TI­NA­HELY TRI­UMPH!

Tin­box see off Moore­field in Le­in­ster cham­pi­onship

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TI­NA­HELY MOORE­FIELD 3-11 3-10

TI­NA­HELY are through to the Le­in­ster Ladies Foot­ball In­ter­me­di­ate quar­ter-fi­nal af­ter edg­ing Kil­dare cham­pi­ons Moore­field in a thrilling game in Ti­na­hely on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

The Wick­low girls were forced to dig deep and de­spite trail­ing for most of the sec­ond half three late Laura Ho­gan points saw them creep over the line and se­cure a nerve rack­ing vic­tory.

The game was played at a fran­tic pace, with bril­liant scores on both sides and huge credit must go to the vis­it­ing side as they con­trib­uted equally to what was a re­ally bril­liant game of foot­ball.

Ti­na­hely started strong as Ho­gan kicked a goal and a cou­ple of points early on to es­tab­lish an early lead. But Moore­field hit the women with a pair of quick fire goals just be­fore half time and held the lead for most of the rest of the game as a late surge of scores saw Ti­na­hely come through an epic match.

It was clear from the first whis­tle that it was go­ing to be a ti­tanic tus­sle as both side’s set­tled into the game early with good points.

Moore­field brought a very strong run­ning game and af­ter a great run from mid­fielder Amber Master­son the ball was sent over by in­ter­county star Mary Hul­graine for the first score of the game.

Ti­na­hely came roar­ing back though and Laura Ho­gan soon lev­elled mat­ters with a free from near the left side line and the full for­wards af­ter­noon got even bet­ter min­utes later as she ran in and fin­ished low to the left of Ni­amh Do­ran for the game’s first goal and give Ti­na­hely a very solid foot­ing in the match.

Ho­gan added an­other be­fore Ti­na­hely suf­fered an early set back as mid­fielder Aoife Gor­man had to spend 10 min­utes in the sin bin fol­low­ing a high tackle.

Moore­field added a cou­ple of one point­ers through Han­nah Quirke and Kate Han­non but Ti­na­hely kept the score­board tick­ing over them­selves and held the away side at arm’s length for the open­ing 20 min­utes with the im­pres­sive Sarah Byrne clip­ping over on the right.

Laura Ho­gan got in be­hind once more but this time Do­ran was equal to her ef­fort and soon Ti­na­hely were made pay as Moore­field hit 2-1 with­out re­ply in the space of five min­utes.

Wing back Ais­ling Cur­ley was hugely im­pres­sive and fol­low­ing one of her many runs through she coolly rounded Shauna Ber­ming­ham and blasted to the net. Kayleigh Humphries fol­lowed up with a sec­ond goal soon af­ter and all of a sud­den Ti­na­hely had been hit for six and found them­selves trail­ing by four.

Ho­gan got a set­tling score from a free just be­fore half time as Ti­na­hely went in three down and with much to pon­der if they were to over­come the deficit and earn the win.

The two sides seemed very well matched and can­celled each other out on most fronts. Ti­na­hely left a good num­ber of scores be­hind them in the first half which was prov­ing to be the dif­fer­ence. If they could rec­tify this in the sec­ond half they would surely be there or there abouts at the end.

From the first at­tack, Ti­na­hely set the tone with Sarah Byrne point­ing, af­ter good play from Jessie Byrne, and the wing for­ward soon added her first and Ti­na­hely’s sec­ond ma­jor to bring the sides level within a cou­ple of min­utes as the game re­ally started to heat up.

Just when Ti­na­hely seemed to be turn­ing the tide how­ever Moore­field came roar­ing back once more as the mo­men­tum seemed to switch around ev­ery five min­utes.

Kate Han­non goaled bril­liantly af­ter a sweep­ing at­tack either side of a cou­ple of score’s as the Kil­dare side now held a 5 point lead with less than 15 min­utes to play.

Ti­na­hely went to their bench as Sinéad Byrne and trump card Lucy Mul­hall en­tered the fray and although they had an im­pact Moore­field still seemed to be head­ing to­wards vic­tory as Humphries can­celled out a pointed ef­fort from Mul­hall.

But with ten min­utes to go Ti­na­hely earned the cru­cial life­line to keep them in the game. A bril­liant long ball from Jackie Kinch found Laura Ho­gan who off­loaded to the on­rush­ing Sarah Byrne. Byrne’s shot took a slight de­flec­tion but found the top right cor­ner of the net to leave two points be­tween the sides.

Sarah Ho­gan caught bril­liantly, be­fore re­leas­ing Lucy Mul­hall who cut through and popped to Aoife Gor­man who pointed from 25 yards, in front to level the sides.

Gal­lantly Moore­field swung the pen­du­lum of mo­men­tum once more with two points in a row from Han­non and Quirke but this time they’re lead would not last long.

Ti­na­hely were not to be de­nied and great work from Aimee Ma­her and Emily Mul­hall set up Laura Ho­gan to level the scores with two pointed frees in quick suc­ces­sion.

Fi­nally fol­low­ing a great turnover by Ciara Stokes the ball found its way to the trusty arms of Ho­gan once again and she swept over from in front of goal with her trusty right foot to boot Ti­na­hely into the next round of Le­in­ster.

Scor­ers - Ti­na­hely: Laura Ho­gan 1-7 (0-4 F), Sarah Byrne 2-2, Lucy Mul­hall 0-1, Aoife Gor­man 0-1.

Moore­field: Kate Han­non 1-3 (0-2F), Kayleigh Humphries 1-3,Ais­ling Cur­ley 1-0, Han­nah Quirke 0-1, Mary Hul­graine 0-1, Dearb­hail Kelly 0-1, Carrie Ped­ley 0-1.

Shauna Birm­ing­ham, Ciara Stokes, Sarah Ho­gan, Emily Had­den, Emily Mul­hall, Ni­amh Kenny, Aimee Ma­her, Jessie Byrne, Aoife Gor­man, Sarah Byrne, Jackie Kinch, Ciara Byrne, Rachel Byrne, Laura Ho­gan, Loretta Gil­bert. Subs: Sinead Byrne for Ciara Stokes, Lucy Mul­hall for Loretta Gil­bert.

Ni­amh Do­ran, Shauna Doyle, Ciara Re­gan, Sheena O’Brien, Ais­ling Cur­ley, Emma Har­ney, Ciara Conaty, Kate Han­non, Amber Master­son, Dearb­hail Kelly, Carrie Ped­ley, Kayleigh Humphries, Mary Hul­graine, Han­nah Quirke, Leanne Cur­ran. Subs: Michelle Cur­ley for Ciara Conaty, Emma Cur­ley for Kate Han­non, Sarah Mur­ray for Carrie Ped­ley, Sa­man­tha Cullen for Sarah Mur­ray.

Barry Red­mond (Wex- ford).

Ti­na­hely’s Ciara Byrne takes on Moore­field’s Derb­hail Kelly in the Le­in­ster In­ter­me­di­ate foot­ball cham­pi­onship clash in Ti­na­hely last Satur­day af­ter­noon. Photos: Joe Byrne

Ti­na­hely’s Loretta Gil­bert bat­tles for pos­ses­sion with Moore­field’s Shauna Doyle.

Ti­na­hely’s Sarah Byrne col­lides with Moore­field’s Emma Har­ney.

Ti­na­hely’s Jackie Kinch looks to launch an at­tack.

Laura Ho­gan fires over a point against Moore­field.

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