AGB find their goal-den touch to sink Ti­na­hely

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AGB TI­NA­HELY 4-8 1-10

ARK­LOW Geral­dine’s Bal­ly­money made their re­turn back to the Re­nault Se­nior Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship, with a scin­til­lat­ing ex­plo­sive start in the open­ing pe­riod of the match with some clin­i­cal goal scor­ing as they shocked Ti­na­hely in this highly-en­ter­tain­ing en­counter.

Cor­mac O’Shea pointed in the open­ing minute to get Ark­low off the mark. Cor­mac Hy­land raised an­other white flag af­ter a great ball in from Cal Kelly a minute later.

Ti­na­hely set­tled things down briefly when they won a 45 af­ter a great block on a Tony Darcy shot, how­ever Alan Nolan missed the tar­get from the dead ball.

Cal Kelly played a sub­lime ball into his for­ward line where big full-for­ward Phil Healy won pos­ses­sion and rocked the back of Niall Byrne’s net for the first ma­jor of the game in the sixth minute.

Ark­low were play­ing like a team pos­sessed and two min­utes later, Cathal Kelle­her bril­liantly flicked on the ball over his head to the ever-alert Cor­mac O’Shea who fired past Niall Byrne again for an­other green flag in the eighth minute.

Dar­ragh Fitzger­ald then him­self pointed as Ark­low were in dream­land, with not ten min­utes played yet, lead­ing 2-03 to nil.

Cur­tis Keat­ing was deemed to over-carry, af­ter some good de­fen­sive work by Ciaran Hy­land and the dan­ger was cleared. John Blake picked up a yel­low card for a heavy tackle on Fitzger­ald. Ti­na­hely fi­nally got of the mark with a point by Tony Darcy in the 12th minute. Mid­fielder Rory Stokes landed a beauty of a 45 a minute later as Ti­na­hely started to set­tle into the bat­tle to close out the open­ing quar­ter.

Mervyn Travers, Stephen Clux­ton like, was tak­ing his kick-outs very quickly, out to his half back line who were putting good ball up the field to their for­wards, but no scores were reg­is­tered.

In fact it was Ti­na­hely who dom­i­nated the next pe­riod with Rory Stokes point­ing an­other 45 and a Tony Darcy pointed free af­ter 22 min­utes to eat into the deficit.

Alan Dil­lon was bril­liantly blocked by Jack Hamil­ton to pre­vent an­other score for Ti­na­hely. Stephen Hurley pulled two lon­grange frees wide for Ark­low. Phil Healy set­tled things down with a point. The Ark­low backs spilled a ball when try­ing to clear and Ja­son Cush tapped over a point. Cor­mac Hy­land played a great ball to Cor­mac O’Shea who pointed in the 30th minute for AGB. How­ever, Ti­na­hely added two more points in the ad­di­tional min­utes played, to leave the half-time score read- ing 2-05 to 0-07 in favour of the Ark­low side.

Ti­na­hely must have got one hell off a dress­ing down at half-time as they came out a dif­fer­ent beast for restart. Tony Darcy pointed a free af­ter 45 sec­onds and Stokes landed an­other mon­ster of a 45 mo­ments later.

Ti­na­hely hit two bad wides to let Ark­low off the hook, as Mervyn Travers was now slow­ing down his kick-outs to stem the Ti­na­hely up­surge.

Stokes won the re­sul­tant kick­out and fed Tony Darcy a peach off a pass and Darcy hit the back of Travers net in the 38th minute to put Ti­na­hely a point up, af­ter be­ing nine down at one stage.

Stephen Hurley lev­elled mat­ters from a free be­fore Cor­mac Hy­land raised a third green flag for Ark­low in the 45th minute.

A minute later, we had a huge turn­ing point as Stephen Dil­lon saw red af­ter a late tackle on an op­po­nent, that was spot­ted by the lines­man.

This was a huge blow to Ti­na­hely af­ter get­ting back into the mix, los­ing a man in a mo­ment of in­dis­ci­pline. Ark­low now with the ex­tra man made bet­ter use of the space and in the 48th minute, Dar­ragh Fitzger­ald won pos­ses­sion 50 me­tres out and soloed through the heart of the Ti­na­hely de­fence and un­leashed a rocket from 30 me­tres that cruised through the air, into the net as it bulged at the dress­ing room end, as the fourth green flag was waved for Ark­low as we went into the fi­nal ten min­utes with Ark­low lead­ing 4-06 to 1-09 to turn the game back in their favour.

Wil­liam Dil­lon was in­tro­duced for Ti­na­hely and made an im­pact straight away as they won a penalty.

Up stepped Ja­son Cush, and his shot rose over the bar to let AGB of the hook to leave four points in it. Stephen Hurley added an­other point from a free. Ark­low played keep ball go­ing into in­jury time to thwart fur­ther Ti­na­hely pres­sure.

Wing-back, Ciaran O’Shea rounded of the scor­ing with a great point.

More hand­bags fol­lowed be­fore the fi­nal whis­tle sounded in the 65th minute to bring clo­sure to an epic bat­tle.

AGB scor­ers: Cor­mac O Shea 1-02 (1f), Cor­mac Hy­land 1-01, Phil Healy 1-01, Dar­ragh Fitzger­ald 1-01, Stephen Hurley 0-02 (2f), Ciaran O’Shea 0-01.

Ti­na­hely scor­ers: Tony Darcy 1-04 (3f), Rory Stokes 0-03 (2 45s), Ja­son Cush 0-02, Alan Dil­lon 0-01.

St Pa­trick’s and Rath­new bat­tle for pos­ses­sion dur­ing their SFC match in Joule Park, Aughrim.

Ti­na­hely’s Alan Dil­lon chal­lenges AGB’s Danny O’Harte dur­ing the SFC in Joule Park, Aughrim.

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