On for vic­tory

Too late as Ti­na­hely tri­umph

Bray People - - SPORT -

Within 60 sec­onds the sides were level as Eric Donoghue con­verted a free from 25 yards and Ti­na­hely would go on and dom­i­nate the half although Donard missed some good chances.

Seán Pol­lard used his ex­pert po­si­tional play to get in be­hind but missed the first ma­jor chance with the goal gap­ing.

Within min­utes Donard nearly pun­ished them in full but Lil­lis was on hand to beat away Ed­die Flynn’s rasper from 10 yards.

Ti­na­hely closed out the half with good points from the busy Conor Kenny and his name­sake Shane as well as a hand­ful of Donoghue frees to lead by six at the break.

They con­tin­ued on in the same vein of dom­i­na­tion in the se­cond half, although Donard had their mo­ments, and seemed to be cruis­ing to vic­tory with 10 min­utes to go as they led 10 points to 2 with sub­sti­tute Stephen Nolan giv­ing them the eight-point cush­ion with a well taken point.

Flynn and Lawrence Daly added points be­fore the lat­ter pounced on a break­ing ball in the box as his bullet found the top right cor­ner to leave Ti­na­hely sup­port­ers anx­iously look­ing at their watches.

An­thony Phe­lan’s pointed 45 acted as an in­sur­ance point to give Ti­na­hely a four-point buf­fer but they sur­vived some ner­vous mo­ments as Donard came at them hard in the fi­nal five min­utes.

It was too lit­tle too late though for the West men as Ti­na­hely de­servedly came through to pre­serve their po­si­tion at the top of the group and leave Donard with 2 must win matches against Coolkenno and An­nacurra if they’re to qual­ify.

Scor­ers - Ti­na­hely: Eric Donoghue 0-5 (all frees), Conor Kenny 0-2, Wil­lie Quaile 0-1, Shane Kenny 0-1, An­thony Phe­lan 0-1 (45), Stephen Nolan 0-1.

Donard-The Glen: Lawrence Daly 1-1, Dean Mann 0-1 (45), Stephen Do­herty 0-1, Ed­die Flynn 0-1.

Ti­na­hely: Alan Lil­lis, Thomas Dal­ton, Kevin Doyle, Danny Quinn, Bill Ka­vanagh, Brian Hickie, Wil­lie Quaile, An­thony Phe­lan, Niall Gor­man, Conor Kenny, David Dil­lon, Eric Donoghue, Seán Pol­lard, Shane Kenny, Stu­art Gil­bert. Subs: An­thony Byrne for Brian Hickie (8 mins), Enda O’Keefe for An­thony Byrne (13 mins, BC), Stephen Nolan for Seán Pol­lard (38 mins).

Donard-The Glen: Enda Wal­she, Gavin Wal­she, Bren­dan Daly, Ger Hal­lo­ran, Ger Daly, Micheal Daly, James Cor­ri­gan Steve Pierce, Dean Mann, Lawrence Daly, Stephen Do­herty, De­clan Healy, Colm O’Neill, Ed­die Flynn, Bren­dan Coyne. Subs: Jerome Kelly for James Cor­ri­gan (22 mins).

Ref­eree: Jimmy Kelly (Knock­ananna)

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