Ex­pe­ri­ence wins the day

Bray People - - SPORT -


AN­NACURRA and Ti­na­hely played out a com­pet­i­tive match on Thurs­day evening in ideal con­di­tions at An­nacurra in the Ju­nior C foot­ball cham­pi­onship sec­ond round.

Ti­na­hely fielded a side with a blend of youth and ex­pe­ri­ence with Shane Kenny point­ing from play within a minute.

An­nacurra re­sponded with their first at­tack of the game with a move up the field which re­sulted in a wide.

On five min­utes, Kenny fed Stu­art Gil­bert in the in­side line for a fine point.

An­nacurra, al­though un­der pres­sure, were set­tling into the game and a fine run by their cen­tre-back Mark Doyle whose ef­fort went wide.

Niall Gor­man se­cured the ball on eight min­utes and fed to Sean Pol­lard who pointed from the right hand side.

Some stout de­fend­ing by Kevin Doyle kept Ti­na­hely at bay but again the wide count was mount­ing for An­nacurra with a long range free from Bob Fitzger­ald miss­ing the tar­get.

David Dillon was put in one on one and David Whitty pulled off a mag­nif­i­cent save to deny the vis­i­tors.

An­nacurra con­tin­ued to press Ti­na­hely with some great moves un­for­tu­nately miss­ing the tar­get. Ti­na­hely slightly edg­ing the mid­field area the ball was se­cured by David Dillon who shot over the bar.

Ti­na­hely scores from play fol­lowed for Sean Pol­lard (point) and Stu­art Gil­bert (goal), Shane Kenny also reg­is­tered a score from a dead ball.

An­nacurra upped their game at this point with some good foot­ball and reg­is­tered their first score around the 20-minute mark from James Walsh fol­low­ing good work from cen­tre-for­ward Colm Ma­her.

A long range score from Bob Fitzger­ald four min­utes later kept the An­nacurra score­board tick­ing over and they were un­lucky when a minute later when they hit the post.

At the start of the sec­ond half a Ti­na­hely at­tack was well de­fended by An­nacurra and Colm Ma­her was caus­ing prob­lems for the Ti­na­hely de­fence with some hard di­rect run­ning and a point from play kept the pres­sure on the vis­i­tors.

Ti­na­hely’s first score was reg­is­tered by a Stu­art Gil­bert goal giv­ing the keeper no chance.

A great move up the field fol­lowed by An­nacurra with Glenn Austin point­ing with nine min­utes gone.

A half blocked ball by the An­nacurra de­fence re­sulted in the ball break­ing in the dan­ger area with Sean Pol­lard re­act­ing first and send­ing the ball to the net on 12 min­utes.

Quick think­ing by An­nacurra from a free caught the Ti­na­hely nap­ping re­sulted in a fine point from play.

Points were then ex­changed for each side.

The hard work­ing and much im­proved Bill Ka­vanagh was win­ning some dirty ball in the mid­dle third for Ti­na­hely and Kevin Doyle fedS­tu­art Gil­bert to reg­is­ter an­other score from play.

A great run at pace by Glenn Austin re­sulted in a fine score for An­nacurra.

A brave save by Alan Lil­lis on 26 min­utes saw him punch­ing the ball out to clear the dan­ger.

The fi­nal two scores were reg­is­tered by Stephen Nolan (free) and Stu­art Gil­bert from play.

The game was played in a great spirit by both clubs.

Ti­na­hely ben­e­fit­ted from the vast ex­pe­ri­ence of David Dillon, Shane Kenny, Stu­art Gil­bert and Brian Hickey.

Others to catch the eye were Bill Ka­vanagh, Sean Pol­lard, An­thony Phelan, Kevin Doyle and Niall Gor­man in what was a great team dis­play.

Alan Lil­lis, Danny Quinn, Kevin Doyle, Thomas Dal­ton, Tony Lacey, Brian Hickey, Ray Mcg­lynn, An­thony Phelan, Niall O’ Gor­man, Bill Ka­vanagh, David Dillon, Eric Dono­hoe, Sean Pol­lard, Stu­art Gil­bert, Shane Kenny.

David Whitty, jack Keenan, Shane o Neill, Brian Shan­non, Niall Mur­phy, Mark Doyle, James Walsh, Robert Fitzger­ald, Stephen Mur­phy, Glen Austin, Colm Ma­her, Brian McDon­ald, John O’Neill, Sean O’Neill, Diar­muid Mur­phy.

Dar­ragh Byrne

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