Ti­na­hely look un­stop­pable in Ju­nior ‘C’

Facile win over Val­ley­mount

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - SPORT - BREN­DAN LAWRENCE

TI­NA­HELY’S glar­ing su­pe­ri­or­ity within the Ju­nior ‘C’ foot­ball cham­pi­onship was ham­mered home on Thurs­day evening last when they de­stroyed a vis­it­ing Val­ley­mount by 11-18 to 0-9.

This vic­tory comes hot on the heels of their dis­man­tling of Strat­ford-Grange­con the week pre­vi­ous and the re­sults should send a stark warn­ing to the teams they have yet to meet in the early stages of this cham­pi­onship.

Sim­ply put, they are too strong for the Ju­nior ‘C’ cham­pi­onship. This well pop­u­lated team would chal­lenge hard for the Ju­nior ‘B’ and eas­ily hold their own in the Ju­nior ‘ A’ leav­ing them with a gross ad­van­tage in the low­est grade of com­pe­ti­tion in the county.

In fair­ness to Ti­na­hely – beaten in last year’s de­cider by Ash­ford – it’s not their fault that they are en­joy­ing ruddy health in a club that is mo­tor­ing along. When your main team is at the top of their game the ef­fects are al­ways felt by the sec­ond or third teams and this is very much the case in Ti­na­hely.

They have a very strong spine in their team. From Tony Lacey at full-back, Kevin Doyle or Ray McG­lynn at cen­tre half, David Dil- lon and Niall Gorman at mid­field, Brian Hickey at 11 and David Blake at full-for­ward, it’s not hard to see why they are rack­ing up big scores. Add in Wil­lie Quaile en­joy­ing a su­perb start to the cham­pi­onship with a man of the match per­for­mance against Val­ley­mount and the im­pres­sive Eric Dono­hue prowl­ing at cor­ner-for­ward and the fact that they have very de­cent subs to call on and it’s ob­vi­ously go­ing to take a mon­u­men­tal ef­fort to stop them.

It was clear from the off in this game that Ti­na­hely had too much for Val­ley­mount. They led 6-10 to 0-1 at the break; Val­ley­mount scor­ing af­ter 20 min­utes through the im­pres­sive Alan Browne. Ti­na­hely had goals from Eric Dono­hue, Brian Hickey, David Blake, Padraig Mur­phy (2) and a fisted ef­fort from David Dil­lon.

It’s a mea­sure of the char­ac­ter of a team and the play­ers within it as to how they deal with be­ing on the re­ceiv­ing end of such a drub­bing at half-time. Val­ley­mount had nu­mer­ous chances in front of the posts in the sec­ond half. It wasn’t all one-way traf­fic to be fair, but when Ti­na­hely broke they were in a dif­fer­ent place than their west­ern vis­i­tors.

But Val­ley­mount didn’t lie down, to their credit. They kept go­ing in the face of the Ti­na­hely as­sault and they en­joyed a much bet­ter sec­ond half go­ing for­ward and in the last quar­ter they re­ally upped their game and they recorded sec­ond half points from Alan Browne (2), Keiv Leonard, Davy Mi­ley (3), Sean Geoghe­gan and Gary Geoghe­gan and they will take scalps from their re­main­ing games.

The big prob­lem for the rest of the teams in this com­pe­ti­tion who go on to qual­ify for the knock-out stages is that the jug­ger­naut that is the Ti­na­hely team are go­ing to be the sig­nif­i­cant ele­phant in the room when it comes to prepar­ing and hoping for cham­pi­onship suc­cess.

Scor­ers – Ti­na­hely: David Dil­lon 3-0, Padraig Mur­phy 2-0, Wil­lie Quaile 1-5, Brian Hickey 1-3, David Blake 1-3, Niall Gorman 0-5, Eric Dono­hue 2-1, Ste­wart Gil­bert 1-0, Damien Cullen 0-1.

Val­ley­mount: Alan Browne 0-3 (1f), Davy Mi­ley 0-3, James Clarke 0-1, Sean Geoghe­gan 0-1, Gary Geoghe­gan 0-1.

Ti­na­hely: Wil­liam Lil­lis; Aaron Doyle, Tony Lacey, Thomas Dal­ton; Wilie Quaile, Kevin Doyle, Danny Quinn; David Dil­lon, Niall Gorman; Damien Cullen, Brian Hickey, Padraig Mur­phy; Sean Pol­lard, David Blake, Eric Dono­hue. Subs: Enda O’Ke­effe, Ste­wart Gil­bert, Ro­nan Hed­der­man, Shane Kenny.

Val­ley­mount: Conor Harpur; Andy Far­ring­ton, Ai­dan Mi­ley, Ai­dan Con­don; Keiv Leonard, Alan Browne, David Richard­son; Johnny Cahill, Diarmuid Nu­gent; Sean Geoghe­gan, Adam Con­don, Conor Ryan; Gary Geoghe­gan, Davy Mi­ley, James Clarke. Subs: Paul Car­roll, Michael Ryan.

Ref­eree: Jimmy Lawler

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