AGB and Ti­na­hely to bat­tle for league glory

Bray People - - SPORT -

A LATE Chris O’Brien point off his left boot sent the league fi­nal meet­ing be­tween AGB and Ti­na­hely to a re­play ear­lier this year and both sides will fi­nally get the chance to se­cure the ti­tle when they meet in Bal­li­nakill for the re­play this Fri­day evening.

Plenty of foot­ball has been played since that en­joy­able joust in Joule Park Aughrim.

Ti­na­hely have been crowned as Darcy Sand In­ter­me­di­ate foot­ball cham­pi­ons af­ter a stun­ning cam­paign cul­mi­nat­ing in a nerve-wrack­ing fi­nal vic­tory over Carnew.

AGB lit up the Re­nault Se­nior Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship and would only love a bit of sil­ver­ware to make the win­ter’s wait that bit more en­joy­able.

Call­ing this game is very dif­fi­cult for a num­ber of rea­sons. AGB, aside from their un­der-20 play­ers, have played no foot­ball since their cham­pi­onship exit against Rath­new whereas Ti­na­hely came within a few kicks of a ball of pro­gres­sion in Le­in­ster a few weeks back down in Tul­lam­ore.

How­ever, it should be noted that the AGB team that fought back to claim that draw against Ti­na­hely in the league de­cider was de­cid­edly dif­fer­ent to the one that ram­paged through the Se­nior cham­pi­onship and, pro­vid­ing all play­ers are fit and healthy, they will be a tougher prospect to Alan Costello’s men this time around.

Goals from Rory Stokes and Ja­son Cush in the first game was key to Ti­na­hely’s 2-4 to 0-4 lead at the break.

AGB would claw their way back to a 0-13 to 2-7 score at the death with an in­ci­dent in the sec­ond half pro­vid­ing plenty of de­bate in the days fol­low­ing the game.

An AGB player kicked the ball out af­ter a Ti­na­hely player was in­jured. Ti­na­hely scored from the re­sult­ing play much to the an­noy­ance of the AGB play­ers and man­age­ment.

The venue is Bal­li­nakill. Ex­pect wind to be a ma­jor fac­tor for both sides, but ex­pect a humdinger of a bat­tle as well as both sides go hard for the last sil­ver­ware of 2018.

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