Dou­ble joy as Reds see off Bless­ing­ton in ‘A’ de­cider

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TI­NA­HELY 5-12 BLESS­ING­TON 3-5

A stun­ning first half and a con­trolled sec­ond saw Ti­na­hely over­come a strong but lim­ited Bless­ing­ton chal­lenge in the flag­ship U16 ‘A’ foot­ball cham­pi­onship fi­nal in Carnew last Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Caus­ing fe­ro­cious dam­age in the first half, the Ti­na­hely girls were al­most out of sight at the break at 3-7 to 1-0 ahead.

Huge credit to the Bless­ing­ton side for a mas­sive ef­fort in the sec­ond half but Ti­na­hely’s class and com­po­sure showed as they with­stood the on­slaught and man­aged to counter strongly them­selves with a fur­ther two ma­jors and five points over the course of a very com­pet­i­tive sec­ond pe­riod.

Goals from Zoe Ka­tus (2) and Laci Shan­non were com­pli­mented by fine points from all an­gles for the Ti­na­hely team in that open­ing half.

Bless­ing­ton started their Se­nior pair of Anna Vasil­jeva and Ni­amh Cullen in the full-for­ward line but were forced to re­assess that sit­u­a­tion as they strug­gled to gain a foothold in the game fur­ther out the field.

Ni­amh Kin­sella ac­quit­ted her­self well in the goals de­spite con­ced­ing five and she pulled off a fan­tas­tic save in the first half from Eimear O’Brien.

The Blues raised a green flag them­selves in that open­ing 30, that from the boot of Sara Bo­han.

Bless­ing­ton came roar­ing back into the game from the start of the sec­ond half and had points from Sara Bo­han (2) and a fine goal from Sad­hbh Fisher and an­other Bo­han point (free) mo­menst later to give them­selves some gen­uine cause for op­ti­mism with plenty of time left to play.

How­ever, Ti­na­hely knuck­led down and an­other rapid 2-2 fin­ished the game as a con­test. Bless­ing­ton toiled re­lent­lessly with Anna Vasil­jeva and Ni­amh Cullen work­ing tire­lessly all over the field but there was very lit­tle they could do in the face of a very ca­pa­ble and im­pres­sive Ti­na­hely per­for­mance on the day.

TI­NA­HELY: Shóna Byrne; Tara McDon­ald, Caoimhe Mur­phy, Anna Lalor; Ciara O’Brien, Jade Shan­non, Eimear Mut­ton; Eimear O’Brien, Eimear O’Sul­li­van; Leah Ger­agthy, Laci Shan­non, Kasey Byrne; Aoife Con­nolly, Zoe Ka­tus, Alice Mul­hall.

BLESS­ING­TON: Ni­amh Kin­sella; Or­laith Be­han, Kayleigh McGuire, Grace Quigley; Caoimhe Kin­sella, Bryana Reid, Emily Rose O’Toole; Alanna Car­roll, Erin King; Kate Lough­man, Sad­hbh Fisher, Sor­cha Nolan; Sara Bo­han, Anna Vasil­jeva, Ni­amh Cullen. Subs: Aibhe King, Leila Shan­non, Sarah Mur­phy, Aoib­heann Bai­ley, Or­laith Ni Chal­lo­chobair, Elaine O’Dwyer, Caoil­fhinn McGin­ley, Ais­linn Flana­gan.

REF­EREE: Mags Do­herty

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Do­minic Leech presents Eimear O’Brien with the ‘A’ cup.

Ti­na­hely landed a cham­pi­onship dou­ble on S

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