Balt­in­glass prove too hot to han­dle for Ti­na­hely

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

BALT­IN­GLASS ad­vanced to the county un­der-17 foot­ball fi­nal and a date with Éire Óg af­ter a de­served vic­tory over a tal­ented Ti­na­hely side at Pearse’s Park, Ark­low last Sun­day.

A su­perb sec­ond half dis­play saw the Balt­in­glass men turn a three-point half-time deficit into a com­fort­able six-point vic­tory.

Balt­in­glass sprung out of the blocks with a goal from their first at­tack.

John Keogh launched a de­liv­ery in on top of tow­er­ing full-for­ward Jack Kir­wan and he broke the ball to the in­com­ing Emilio Faulkner with the wing back bury­ing to the Ti­na­hely net.

Matthew Ging and Eoghan Byrne - with a su­perb ef­fort from the out­side of the left boot - got Ti­na­hely tick­ing be­fore Balt­in­glass struck for a sec­ond goal.

Ja­son Steed ham­mered a long ball in on Kir­wan and as the Ti­na­hely de­fence all con­verged on the big man the ball al­luded them all, al­low­ing the un­marked Jack Flem­ing to stride in on goal and place be­yond the de­spair­ing reach of keeper Alex Byrne.

John Keogh stretched the lead be­fore Ti­na­hely, led bril­liantly by cen­tre back Cil­lian McDon­ald, got a grip of the game.

Ruairi Tomp­kins and McDon­ald struck points then Ti­na­hely drew level when Cal­lum Mut­ton blasted home from an acute an­gle af­ter Tomp­kins had done great work to feed him.

Fur­ther points from Ging (2) and McDon­ald had Ti­na­hely three clear at the break.

With Sean O’Brien’s words of wis­dom ring­ing in their ears, Balt­in­glass came out re­ju­ve­nated in the sec­ond half. Sean Doody pointed from the throw in.

Then im­pres­sive wing backs Alan Cor­co­ran and Faulkner com­bined with pace to cre­ate a chance for cor­ner-for­ward Tom Keogh to drill an­other Balt­in­glass goal.

John Keogh pointed again, af­ter Tom Keogh landed a sky­scraper from 50 yards, and cap­tain Steed landed a Gar­ry­owen the lead was out to four with 15 min­utes to play.

Ti­na­hely kept plug­ging away but with Balt­in­glass on top at mid­field and their wing backs mop­ping up ev­ery­thing, the south Wick­low men just could not get the sup­ply of ball into Ging and Eoin Darcy to cause the op­po­si­tion trou­ble.

Darcy did get a point to close the gap, but it was to­ken re­sis­tance as Balt­in­glass were grow­ing all over the pitch.

A fur­ther run of scores from John Keogh, Flem­ing, cen­tre back Alan Bar­rett and Keogh again stretched the lead to six and thats how it was to fin­ish.

An en­joy­able cham­pi­onship game which saw Balt­in­glass in clin­i­cal form when they got a foothold in the sec­ond half.

For Ti­na­hely, Eoghan Byrne, Ging and cen­tre back McDon­ald had fine games.

For Balt­in­glass, John Keogh, Jack Flem­ing and Jack Kir­wan were piv­otal.

Their mid­field duo of Steed and Doody were in­stru­men­tal too in a fine vic­tory man of the match was Faulkner who picked up so much loose ball and drove for­ward at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity, scor­ing one goal and set­ting up the other.

The pride and pas­sion dis­played by O’Brien on the side­line will have these young men run­ning through walls on county fi­nal day. Éire Óg could be in for a hell of a bat­tle.

Scor­ers - Balt­in­glass; John Keogh 0-4, Jack Flem­ing 1-1, Tom Keogh 1-1, Emilio Faulkner 1-0, Alan Bar­rett 0-2, Sean Doody 0-1, Ja­son Steed 0-1.

Ti­na­hely: Cal­lum Mut­ton 1-0, Matthew Ging 0-3, Eoghan Byrne 0-2, Ruairi Tomp­kins 0-2, Cil­lian McDon­ald 0-2, Eoin Darcy 0-1

Balt­in­glass: Dar­ren Wal­she; Arun Daly Danne, Chris Grimes, Hugh O’Toole; Emilio Faulkner, Alan Bar­rett, Aaron Cor­co­ran; Sean Doody, Ja­son Steed; Ja­son Kenny, John Keogh, Adam Ger­maine; Jack Flem­ing, Jack Kir­wan, Tom Keogh. Subs: Adam Keogh, Niall O’Con­nor, Conor Flood.

Ti­na­hely: Alex Byrne; Daniel Hed­der­man, Brad Hickey, Gearoid Don­aghue; Cian O’Neill, Cil­lian McDon­ald, Jack Mur­rey; Eoin Darcy, Adam Had­den; Rory O’Dare, Ruairi Tomp­kins, Diar­muid Lam­bert; Matthew Ging, Eoghan Byrne, Cal­lum Mut­ton. Subs: Pa­trick Mur­phy, Thomas Hay­den.

Ref­eree: Gareth Whe­lan (Kil­te­gan)

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