Tinahely look unstoppable in Junior ‘C’
Facile win over Valleymount
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