Kelly Tour' de force slays Mary's
Published 03/10/2016 | 02:30
Tourlestrane claimed their 12th county title following an efficient seven-point dismissal of last year's champions St Mary's at Markievicz Park.
Tourlestrane 1-14 St Mary's 1-7
Substitute John Kelly's brilliant individual goal after 44 minutes - he netted just 60 seconds after his introduction - and a top performance from Sligo U-21 star Cathal Henry, named man of the match, underpinned a dominant showing from a side jointly-managed by two former Sligo greats, Eamonn O'Hara and Gerry McGowan.
The winners finished with 13 players due to red cards for Pat Harte and Noel Gaughan in second-half stoppage time, and St Mary's were also reduced in numbers late on as goalkeeper Fintan Ruddy was sent to the line.
There was further woe for the beaten finalists as their goalscorer, Kyle Cawley, was red-carded following an ugly brawl that broke out at the full-time whistle.
St Mary's, bidding to become the first club to win back-to-back Sligo titles since 1989, when St Patrick's retained the Owen B Hunt Cup, briefly burst into life when county star Cawley - the match-winner in last year's final - goaled in the ninth minute from Nathan Rooney's wonderful pass.
That goal put Sligo town outfit St Mary's three points clear, 1-3 to 0-3, but four unanswered points from Tourlestrane, who were playing against the breeze, handed the initiative back to the south county club.
Although a superb point from former Offaly player Rory Guinan drew the holders level, 1-4 to 0-7, it was the highly effective Tourlestrane side who were ahead at the break, 0-9 to 1-4, after two frees from their top scorer, Brian Egan, who finished with 0-6.
St Mary's, who failed to sparkle, only pointed twice in the second period and Tourlestrane were already looking the likely winners, with a four-point lead, 0-12 to 1-5, when substitute Kelly provided the final's highlight with a tidy finish after a scything solo run from the 45-metre line.
SCORERS - Tourlestrane: B Egan 0-6 (4fs), J Kelly 1-0, C Henry, J Quinn (1f) 0-2, L Gaughan, A Dunne, P Harte, James Leonard 0-1 each. St Mary's: K Cawley 1-1, M Breheny 0-3 (3fs), R Guinan 0-2 (1f), N Rooney 0-1.
TOURLESTRANE - P McVeigh, C Neary, N Gaughan, B Kennedy, JF Carr, S Dunne, J Leonard (c), S Henry, A McIntyre; P Harte, G Gaughan, A Dunne, L Gaughan, C Henry, B Egan. Subs: J Kelly for L Gaughan (43), J Quinn for Dunne (46), N Egan for B Egan (55).
ST MARY'S - F Ruddy, K Coen, L Nicholson, L Henry, C O'Grady, J Davey, J Lynch (c), P Kilcoyne, N McManus; R Guinan, M Breheny, G O'Kelly-Lynch, K Cawley, M McGoldrick, N Rooney. Subs: C Breheny for O'Kelly-Lynch (26), S Henry for O'Grady (32), C Kelly for Guinan (36), D Kilgallon for M McGoldrick (42), D Corcoran for Lynch (52).
Ref - J Gilmartin (Curry)