Ti­na­hely hold

West men’s late rally comes

Bray People - - SPORT - CONOR HAT­TON at Ti­na­hely


TI­NA­HELY came through in this Ark­low Bay Ho­tel JCFC en­counter af­ter with­stand­ing a late rally from Donard-The Glen in Ti­na­hely last Thurs­day evening.

The home side looked to be in cruise con­trol en­ter­ing the home straight but in the end Jimmy Kelly’s fi­nal whis­tle was a wel­come sound as they came away with two points that leaves them in pole po­si­tion to qual­ify for the semi-fi­nals af­ter two wins and a draw with one match left to play.

The game was lit­tered with great scores but equally poor misses as both sides will rue op­por­tu­ni­ties they left be­hind.

Ti­na­hely played some great foot­ball but at times they prob­a­bly over­played it or chose the wrong op­tion.

You get the sense though that the more matches they play the bet­ter they’ll get and if they fully click it will take a very good team to stop them in this year’s cham­pi­onship.

Donard played some good stuff them­selves with the likes of Lawrence and Bren­dan Daly re­ally stand­ing out but they didn’t score be­tween the third and 48th min­utes and missed a cou­ple of gilt edge goal chances.

David Dil­lon was im­mense for Ti­na­hely and caught count­less high balls around the mid­dle as Donard couldn’t re­ally get near him.

The sharp shoot­ing Eric Donoghue was lethal from placed balls, es­pe­cially in the first half, while the likes of Wil­lie Quaile, An­thony Phe­lan and Niall Gor­man used their pace well with count­less runs through the mid­dle, although at times they prob­a­bly over­played it.

The fact that only five scores were con­ceded was a tes­ta­ment to the Ti­na­hely backs with man moun­tain Bill Ka­vanagh clean­ing up on the dirty ball at wing back and Kevin Doyle solid as a brick house in the full-back line.

They also owe a huge debt to shot stopper Alan Lil­lis who made a cou­ple of point blank saves and was gen­er­ally steady through­out.

Donard must have en­joyed the com­forts of the away dress­ing rooms as they were a full 20 min­utes late com­ing out.

They were quick­est out of the blocks how­ever as Alan Lil­lis palmed a fisted ef­fort out for a 45.

Dean Mann’s low 45 against the wind bi­sected the posts to give them the ideal start but that would be the one and only time the visi­tors led.

Cor­mac Kelly gets his shot away de­spite the at­ten­tions of Ul­tan Rooney dur­ing the JCFC clash in Bray. Fer­gal Ógs ran out win­ners on a score of 1-22 to 1-06.

Gav Har­ris kicks a point for Fer­gal Ógs against Strat­ford-Grange­con.

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