West men’s late rally comes
TINAHELY 0-11 DONARD-THE GLEN 1-04
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.