Tyrrell bags magic goal to help Reds to vi­tal win!

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TIGHT games are of­ten de­cided by mo­ments of magic and that’s not a bad way to be­gin this re­port on a very de­cent bat­tle be­tween Knock­ananna and Barndarrig in a must-win Boom Plat­form Hire Ju­nior ‘A’ Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship clash played in Joule Park, Aughrim, last Sun­day af­ter­noon.

The mo­ment ar­rived early in the se­cond half but it was a score that seemed to knock the stuff­ing out of Barndarrig and it pro­pelled Knock­ananna into a three-point lead at a very im­por­tant stage in the game.

Be­fore we get to that mo­ment of magic, it’s im­por­tant to say what a dif­fer­ence a week makes in terms of Knock­ananna and their over­all ap­proach and de­meanor com­pared to the pre­vi­ous week when they suc­cumbed fairly meekly to the Val­ley­mount chal­lenge at the same venue.

Gone was the com­pla­cency and ap­par­ent lack of in­ter­est, and in their stead were en­thu­si­asm and a sense of pur­pose which Barndarrig found quite hard to com­bat at times with Eu­gene O’Brien’s men cre­at­ing a num­ber of goal chances and only the fine goal­keep­ing of Jamie Roe keep­ing them at bay. That is un­til 120 sec­onds into the se­cond half.

A week pre­vi­ous to this mo­ment, cor­ner-for­ward Kevin Tyrrell looked like he’d rather be dip­ping sheep than look­ing to tear holes in the op­po­si­tion’s last line of de­fence. At one stage dur­ing the Val­ley­mount game, Tyrrell could be seen stand­ing dead still on the 21 with his arms folded like a man at the back of the chapel at Sun­day mass, half dy­ing with de­sire for the priest to get to the com­mu­nion so he could high­tail it for a cure.

But last Sun­day was dif­fer­ent. Tyrrell was look­ing like he was in the zone. Any­one that knows Ju­nior foot­ball in Wick­low will know of the po­ten­tial of Kevin Tyrrell and when he’s on form he’s a pure headache for a cor­ner-back.

Derek ‘Sham­rock’ Ka­vanagh gath­ers the ball close to the half­way line on the dress­ing room side of Joule Park, Aughrim, from a pass from the hard-work­ing De­clan Whe­lan and af­ter good work by Paddy Byrne. Ka­vanagh turns for goal but fum­bles the ball but man­ages to gather it again. He takes a quick look up and wal­lops a long ball into a slight gap in the Barndarrig de­fence and it’s on the way to Johnny Dev­ereux and Tyrrell. Tyrrell watches it hop and knows the craic. Dev­ereux com­mits but it’s a dis­as­trous de­ci­sion and the ball is gone over his flail­ing hand and into the very un­crossed arms of Tyrrell. He still has work to do. Jamie Roe is ap­proach­ing and he’s proved to be equal to what­ever Knock­ananna have thrown at him so far.

Out comes Roe. Tyrrell looks up, his thought pro­cesses func­tion­ing at a higher level, and he dinks the ball over Roe and it’s in the back of the net. Beau­ti­ful.

It takes a cer­tain kind of player to be able to pro­duce that bit of magic in such a brief flash of time and Kevin Tyrrell is ex­actly that kind of player.

It’s an en­joy­able game so far for what was a very dis­ap­point­ing crowd of spec­ta­tors. The sides were level at the break at 0-07 apiece.

Things were look­ing very promis­ing for Barndarrig af­ter 11 min­utes when the led by 0-04 to 0-01 with points com­ing from Paddy Byrne, Jimmy Wal­dron and two Michael Mur­phy con­verted frees. Knock­ananna’s lone point had come from the boot of Derek Ka­vanagh from a free not long af­ter cen­tre-hafl back Paddy Byrne had al­most cracked the cross­bar of Jamie Roe’s goal with a rocket of a shot that the Barndarrig keeper got his fin­ger­tips to some­how; Byrne hav­ing been set free by a dinky lit­tle pass from a seem­ingly born-again Keith Cor­ri­gan.

Knock­ananna were cre­at­ing goal chances and Johnny Wy­brant pointed from one such op­por­tu­nity and this was fol­lowed by points from Kevin Tyrrell and an­other Ka­vanagh free to tie the scores.

Wides were be­gin­ning to ap­pear on the hori­zon as a po­ten­tial prob­lem for Barndarrig at this stage, while Knock­ananna lost cor­ner-back Michael Byrne to in­jury with 16 gone but they took the lead on 20 min­utes thanks to an­other Ka­vanagh free but Jimmy Wal­dron lev­elled mat­ters again with a fine ef­fort from play.

Ka­vanagh and Rochard Sheane traded points and Michael Mur­phy and the afore­men­tioned Ka­vanagh made it 0-07 apiece at the enf of the first half with Johnny Wy­brant bring­ing an ex­cel­lent save out of Roe in be­tween those two fi­nal scores.

Kevin Tyrrell’s goal was an­swered very well by Barndarrig, with points from Sheane and Mur­phy ei­ther side of a point from Tyrrell that was made pos­si­ble by an ex­quis­ite dummy by the tal­ented cor­ner-for­ward.

A su­perb score from Ed­die Bracken was fol­lowed by a lovely score from Garry Bradley and when Tyrrell added an­other, things were look­ing very good for Eu­gene O’Brien’s men at 1-11 to 0-09 with 42 min­utes played.

Barndarrig’s Martin Cullen started to make his pres­ence felt at this stage and he would bag two fine scores over the next six min­utes with a Jimmy Wal­dron ef­fort in be­tween while Lor­can Tyrrell split the Barndarrig de­fence wide open but de­cided to blaze over rather than go for the jugu­lar, 1-12 to 0-12 with 49 on the clock.

A Michael Mur­phy free left Knock­ananna ahead by two points and that’s how it teetered for the last few mo­ments un­til Derek ‘Sham­rock’ Ka­vanagh gath­ered pos­ses­sion in the spills of rain out near the side­line and in a mo­ment of foot­balling beauty the for­mer Aughrim star let loose with a mighty ef­fort off the out­side of his right boot and it flew straight and true over the black spot to re­turn Knock­ananna to a three-

Barndarrig’s Richard Sheane tries to break through the Knock­ananna pack.

Barndarrig’s Michael Mur­phy is bot­tled up by Knock­ananna’s Padraig Lan­caster and De­clan Whe­lan

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