Ti­na­hely take over

AGB’s bright start fades as Reds cruise to county fi­nal

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - LIAM O’LOUGH­LIN at Ti­na­hely

THE AGB girls be­gan this ladies Mi­nor foot­ball cham­pi­onship semi-fi­nal, played in Ti­na­hely on Sunday last, in a con­fi­dent, dom­i­nant man­ner.

They moved the ball swiftly, com­bin­ing well as a team. Their for­wards looked dan­ger­ous and Ti­na­hely in these early min­utes were at sixes and sev­ens. They were strug­gling to stay in the game and AGB were grad­u­ally build­ing the scores.

Muire­ann O’Con­nor opened their scor­ing with a point and Lu­cie Kin­dal quickly added a goal. Cen­tre for­ward Eve Rogers pointed a free and when she blasted home a goal it left the vis­i­tors ahead by 2-2 to nil by the ten-minute mark.

Ti­na­hely had hardly been in their op­po­nent’s half and it took twelve min­utes for their first mean­ing­ful at­tack with Eimear O’Sul­li­van shoot­ing a wide. Grad­u­ally the red and white brigade be­gan to get go­ing.

Aimee Ma­her and Ais­ling Win­ter­botham be­gan to get par­ity in the mid­field area while the half backs Jade Shan­non, Dervla Byrne and Eimear Mut­ton were push­ing for­ward in sup­port.

Siofra Byrne and Eimear O’Brien be­gan to get on more ball and grad­u­ally the game be­gan to change. Ti­na­hely had made two sub­sti­tu­tions al­ready in the game.

A goal from cor­ner-for­ward Ni­amh Mut­ton seemed to give a great lift to the Ti­na­hely girls who were now beginning to put on the pres­sure.

AGB cen­tre-for­ward Eve Rogers stead­ied things for the Ark­low girls with a fine point but back came the home side and full-for­ward Alice Mul­hall net­ted a se­cond goal fol­low­ing good ap­proach play by Siofra Byrne.

Ti­na­hely’s first point came af­ter 20 min­utes from Siofra Byrne but once again Eve Rogers tapped over an Ark­low point from a free in re­ply. The score now stood at 2-4 to 2-1 but the mo­men­tum was swing­ing strongly to the Ti­na­hely girls.

Eimear O’Brien pointed and when a shot for goal from Eimear O’Sul­li­van skid­ded to the net on the greasy sod, it put her side a point ahead. Eimear O’Brien quickly added three points in a row and mid­fielder Aimee Ma­her added an­other.

Eve Rogers scored an AGB point in re­sponse just on the call of half-time. Ti­na­hely led by 3-6 to 2-5 in an ex­tra­or­di­nary turn­around from the open­ing ten min­utes.

Lu­cie Ken­dal re­duced the gap to a goal in the open­ing min­utes of the se­cond half when she took a pass from free and added an AGB point.

How­ever, the game was put be­yond their reach be­fore ten min­utes had elapsed, by which time Ti­na­hely had scored three goals in a row. First-half sub­sti­tute Casey Byrne slot­ted home the first while half-time re­place­ment Zoe Ka­tus calmly con­verted two penalty kicks, one to each cor­ner.

De­spite the best ef­forts of Caoil­fhinn Ka­vanagh, Emer Kelly, Eve Rogers, Grace Hur­ley and Luci Ken­dal the vis­i­tors be­gan to fade from the game as Ti­na­hely grad­u­ally took over.

An­other half-time re­place­ment Lacey Shan­non added two more goals as she, Siofra Byrne and Eimear O’Brien formed a lethal half-for­ward line.

Siofra Byrne, Eimear O’Brien, Aimee Ma­her and Lacey Shan­non got the Ti­na­hely se­cond-half points, but it was the goals that killed the game for the Ark­low girls. They con­tested well for the se­cond half but Ti­na­hely ran out very com­fort­able win­ners on an 8-10 to 2-6 score line.

Scor­ers - Ti­na­hely: Lacey Shan­non 2-1, Zoe Ka­tus 2-0, Eimear O’Brien 0-5, Casey Byrne 1-0, Ni­amh Mut­ton 1-0, Alice Mul­hall 1-0, Eimear O’Sul­li­van 1-0, Siofra Byrne 0-2, Aimee Ma­her 0-2.

AGB: Eve Rogers 1-4, Lu­cie Kin­dal 1-1, Muire­ann O’Con­nor 0-1.

Ti­na­hely, who se­cured a place in the county Mi­nor ‘A’ foot­ball fi­nal by beat­ing AGB last week­end.

The AGB side who started brightly but suc­cumbed to a strong Ti­na­hely side in the county fi­nal last Sunday.

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