Ti­na­hely turn on the style

Bray People - - SPORT - RICHARD CLUNE at Ti­na­hely

TI­NA­HELY 7-14 AGB 1-05

TI­NA­HELY were the bet­ter team and fully de­served their win but the mar­gin of vic­tory doesn’t re­flect how well Ark­low Geraldines Bal­ly­money played in this match.

For the ten-minute pe­riod ei­ther side of half-time AGB caused the Ti­na­hely de­fence all sorts of prob­lems and cre­ated a num­ber of chances, they just failed to take them.

They scored 1-02 in that pe­riod but kicked five wides.

The Ti­na­hely de­fence parted like the Red Sea when­ever AGB ran at them and the im­pres­sive Anne Marie Kee­gan was usu­ally the player run­ning through it, her speed and strength a lethal com- bi­na­tion. Even when Ti­na­hely took re­me­dial ac­tion and placed county corner-back Emily Mul­hall on her Kee­gan still had the up­per hand. She’s one to watch.

Along­side Kee­gan, the diminu­tive Grace Hur­ley jinked her way past any tack­ler while a few other team­mates did well at times.

Their play didn’t de­serve a 27-point loss, they kicked 11 wides, forced Ti­na­hely goal­keeper Shauna Ber­ming­ham into three ex­cel­lent saves and two of their shots crashed off the up­right. A fi­nal tally of 3-10 or there­abouts would be a bet­ter re­flec­tion of AGB’s per­for­mance.

Ti­na­hely will be happy to take an­other step on the rung to­wards a county cham­pi­onship with room for im­prove­ment.

Their de­fence ought to be a con­cern, though the re­turn of county cap­tain Sarah Ho­gan will help rem­edy that, and they only fi­nally shrugged AGB off in the fi­nal quar­ter.

They started well with 3-05 on the board by the 20th minute and pulled away with 2-09 in the fi­nal quar­ter, AGB’s good play lim­ited them to 2-01 in the mid­dle third of the game.

Sarah Byrne fin­ished the game with a nice haul of 3-02 and she started the scor­ing for her team with a shot that crept over the bar. Rachel Byrne added the sec­ond fol­low­ing a mis­take in the Ark­low mid­field and then Ciara Byrne struck the game’s first goal when she was left un­marked.

Grace Hur­ley got AGB’s first point in the sev­enth minute and al­most got a goal mo­ments later, she glided past Aine Byrne and flashed a shot inches wide.

Sarah Byrne didn’t have such prob­lems for her first goal and it was 2-02 to a point by the tenth minute.

Aimee Ma­her of Ti­na­hely is chased by Aine O’ Reilly of AGB.

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