Ter­mi­na­tor Tyrrell

Lor­can runs amok as Knock­ananna beat New­cas­tle

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - ERICMELIA at Pearse’s Park, Arklow


KNOCK­ANANNA pro­duced a tremen­dous sec­ond half per­for­mance in their Ju­nior A cham­pi­onship clash with New­cas­tle at Pearse’s Park, Arklow last Sun­day. Re­strict­ing the op­po­si­tion to a sin­gle sec­ond half point, they turned a four-point deficit into a com­fort­able five-point vic­tory with ace full-for­ward Lor­can Tyrrell lead­ing the way, scor­ing a su­perb goal and five points.

A beau­ti­ful af­ter­noon for football saw real cham­pi­onship fare on dis­play, with both teams show­ing pride and com­mit­ment in the jer­sey. It was the men from Knock­ananna who opened the scor­ing with a Kevin Tyrrell free.

New­cas­tle replied im­me­di­ately with Shane Magee running into space and launch­ing a terrific point be­fore Dy­lan Forde gave the seasiders an early lead.

Lor­can Tyrrell pro­vided Tris­tan Ma­her with the chance to level it up af­ter 15 min­utes with a well worked short free and the mid­fielder obliged.

New­cas­tle were start­ing to get on top around the mid­dle third with Shane Cloake gath­er­ing a moun­tain of pos­ses­sion.

It was Cloake him­self who raised the first green flag of the af­ter­noon. Rob­bie O’Gara sprayed a ball into him, he ran at the full­back sold a dummy be­fore drilling home at the near post.

With Cloake play­ing in a sweeper role, New­cas­tle dom­i­nated the next 10 min­utes with Warren Mer­ri­man (3) and Cloake with a long-dis­tance score only replied to for Knock­ananna by a Padraig Lan­caster point to leave the east coast men six clear.

Lor­can Tyrrell with two im­por­tant late points, in­clud­ing a humdinger from 50 yards, closed the first half scor­ing and left the gap at four points.

Knock­ananna made changes at half-time with club vet­eran An­thony Tracey sprung from the bench to re­place his son Dy­lan and it seemed to re­ju­ve­nate his side.

It was all the club from the Car­low bor­der now, with Lor­can Tyrrell adding an­other su­perb score as he was left in an acre of space, Ed Bracken fin­ish­ing off good work by the afore­men­tioned Tracey be­fore Tracey him­self clipped his own score.

When Tyrrell had an ef­fort blocked down he re­trieved the ball him­self took off to­wards goal and his rasp­ing shot was tipped over by keeper Ian Lucey, we had a draw game.

The game’s cru­cial score came with ten min­utes left. Garry Bradley launched a high, hang­ing ball into the New­cas­tle square and it was Tyrrell who rose high­est to palm home. When Tracey trun­dled over to a loose ball and fed Kevin Tyrrell the lead was out to four.

The im­pres­sive wing back Reid Byrne stretched the lead to five with only min­utes left.

It was not un­till in­jury time in the sec­ond pe­riod that New­cas­tle fi­nally trou­bled the score­board with Stephen Tay­lor clip­ping a de­light­ful point but it proved too lit­tle too late.

It was some­what po­etic that Lor­can Tyrrell was to get the last score as he had such an in­flu­ence on the out­come.

A clas­sic cham­pi­onship clash, New­cas­tle will rue shoot­ing 13 wides, many from good po­si­tions and per­haps go­ing too de­fen­sive when they had their lead. Rob­bie O’Gara and Shane Cloake were in­flu­en­tial for them.

For the vic­tors, Reid Byrne and Noel Byrne were tire­less, but Lor­can Tyrrell was tow­er­ing above ev­ery­one else on the field.

I’m sure ev­ery­one wishes Brian Lawrence a speedy re­cov­ery from a nasty look­ing shoul­der in­jury that he re­ceived in the early stages of the sec­ond half.

Scor­ers - Knock­ananna: Reid Byrne 0-1, Padraig Lan­caster 0-1, Tris­tan Ma­her 0-1, Ed Bracken 0-1, Kevin Tyrrell 0-2, Lor­can Tyrrell 1-5, An­thony Tracey 0-1.

New­cas­tle: Stephen Tay­lor 0-1, Dy­lan Forde 0-1, Shane Cloake 1-1, Warren Mer­ri­man 0-3, Shane Magee 0-1.

Knock­ananna: Sean Canna; De­clan Whe­lan, Aaron O’Neill, Brian Lawrence; Reid Byrne, Garry Bradley, Noel Byrne; Padraig Lan­caster, Tris­tan Ma­her; Ed Bracken, De­clan O’Keefe, Kevin Tyrrell; Dy­lan Tracey, Lor­can Tyrrell, Joseph

Byrne. Subs: Alan Doyle, An­thony Tracey, Pa­trick O’Keefe, Johnny Wy­brant, Wil­lie Phe­lan.

New­cas­tle: Ian Lucey; Sean O’Gara, Ciaran Doyle, Dean Tay­lor; Stephen Tay­lor, Ruairi Far­rell, Martin Gask­ins; Oisin Doyle, Rob­bie O’Gara; Dy­lan Forde, Philip O’Con­nor, Shane Cloake; Warren Mer­ri­man, Shane Hef­fer­nan, Shane Magee. Subs: Paul Magee, Neil Yeo­man, Alan Daly, Ryan Hef­fer­nan.

Ref­eree: John Whyte (Donard-The Glen)

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