Tubbercurry edge out St Mary's in Kiernan Cup final
LAST year's beaten senior Championship finalists, Tubbercurry, picked up the first piece of senior silverware of the 2014 season with a hard fought win over St. Mary's in the final of the Kiernan Cup at Corran Park, Ballymote on Good Friday.
In a match at times which lacked quality with a large amount of errors, turnovers and mistakes made by both teams, Tubbercurry always had a slight edge and emerged as worthy winners.
The South Sligo side were more clinical in attack throughout, a fact most evident in the decisive goal of the match when Dermot Walsh finished off excellent approach work by Steven Kilcoyne.
This goal proved to be the difference at the end of the match.
Minutes after conceding the goal, Mary's were dealt another massive blow when Johnny Davey was given a black card for pulling down his man.
Walsh's goal helped Tubber establish a 1-4 to 0-3 lead. Their points in this period were scored by Stephen Matthews and Fergal McDonagh who claimed two each.
Ex-League of Ireland player, Mark McGoldrick, who is back with the club got one of Mary's points while their other scorers were Cian Breheny and Seamus Cawley.
Steven Kilcoyne and Fergal McDonagh extended the lead for Tubbercurry but the Mary's men regrouped before the half time whistle as McGoldrick and Christopher Kelly reduced the gap to four points before the break
And it could been closer if Cian Breheny had landed two opportunities whic drifted narrowly wide. The score at the break was Tubbercurry 1-6 St.Mary's 0-5 .
Mary's started the second half with renewed urgency and had the gap down to just a goal following a good score by Breheny.
The Ballydoogan side were well on top at midfield at this stage and when Cawley fired over another well taken point it looked as if they were poised to push on and take control.
Tubber had other ideas, however, and a good point by McDonagh put them three clear once more.
The game really opened up at this stage as Mary's fought their way back into contention. Christopher Kelly got their revival under way and then McGoldrick got through for an equalising score. With the game in the balance, Tubber stepped up to the plate. They edged in front shortly afterwards and then points in quick succession by McDonagh and Walsh ensured that the Kiernan Cup would find a resting home in South Sligo this year.
TUBBERCURRY : Ross McCarrick, David Wynne,Brian Murphy, Daniel Maye,Fabio Cretaro,J ames Kelly, Eoin Coleman, Aidan Brennan, Mark Burke, John McDonagh,Stephen Matthews(0-2,1f),Cathal Surlis, Fergal McDonagh(0-5,2fs), Steven Kilcoyne(0-1), Dermot Walsh(1-1). Subs: Barry Brennan for Fabio Cretaro , Barry Murphy for Barry Brennan (Black Card)
ST MARY'S : Kevin Donegan, Kevin Coen ,Stephen Keenan, Ciaran O'Boyle, Ben McGarry, Johnny Davey, Niall McManus , Dermot O'Connor, Cian Breheny(0-2),Stephen Hansberry, Colm Egan, Declan Cawley, Christopher Kelly(0-2), Seamus Cawley(0-2,1f),Mark McGoldrick(0-3,1f). Subs:: David Martyn for Johnny Davey (Black Card), Neil Smyth for Stephen Hansberry ,Dylan Corcoran for Declan Cawley
REFEREE : John Gilmartin