Egan takes centre stage for red-hot Tourlestrane
TOURLESTRANE 1-15 GLENCAR/MANORHAMILTON 2-7
Tourlestrane were deserving winners over a disappointing Glencar/Manorhamilton in this entertaining clash at Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada, Carrick-on-Shannon, yesterday.
The Leitrim champions got off to a great start with two unanswered pointed frees by top scorer James Glancy in the opening 10 minutes.
Man of the Match Brian Egan got Tourlestrane off the mark with an 11th-minute pointed free, but the Sligo champions conceded a goal one minute later when Aaron Hickey took advantage of a mix-up in the Tourlestrane goalmouth.
Two further points from Glancy gave Glencar/Manorhamilton a commanding lead, but in the 20th minute Tourlestrane came back strongly when a well-worked move was finished to the net by Gary Gaughan.
Three further points by the Sligomen to Glencar/Manor's one left the score 1-5 each at the interval. An impressive start to the second half put Tourlestrane in the driving seat as they scored five points without reply.
Glencar/Manor struggled, with the midfield pairing of Brendan Egan and Stephen Henry dominating possession aided by excellent support play from Adrian McIntyre, James Leonard and Shane Dunne.
However, six minutes from time, Adrian Croal gave the huge home support some hope with a scrambled goal to reduce the deficit to the minimum.
Tourlestrane responded immediately with a point from play by James Leonard and as the Leitrim champions' challenge faded, the visitors scored three more unanswered points, the last coming six minutes into added time, to win by a comfortable margin.
SCORERS -- Tourlestrane: G Gaughan 1-0, Brian Egan 0-6 (0-3f),S Dunne, G McGowan 0-2 each, A McIntyre, D Dunne, A Dunne,J Marren,J Leonard 0-1 each. Glencar/Manorhamilton: A Hickey, A Croal 1-0 each, J Glancy 0-7 (0-4f)
TOURLESTRANE -- S Gildea; C Neary, B Kennedy, D Dunne; N Gaughan, A McIntyre,J Leonard; Brendan Egan, S Henry; G Gaughan (Capt), S Dunne, J Marren; A Dunne, G McGowan, Brian Egan. Subs: D Durkin for Brendan Egan, P Leonard for G McGowan.
GLENCAR/MANORHAMILTON -- G Hickey; T McDonald, A O'Flynn, M Poinard; D Kelly, P Maguire, S Loughlin; F McGourty, D Sweeney; G Hickey, C Ryan, A McDonald; A Croal, B McDonald (Capt), J Glancy. Subs: M McGourty for M Poinard, C Ryan for A McDonald, D Poinard for D Kelly, A Sweeney for A Hickey.
REF -- J Henry (Mayo).