Strong finish sees Tubber take spoils
Castleconnor 0-12 Tubbercurry 1-16
When Castleconnor management look back at this game they will rue the fact that they did not make best use out of a strong breeze in the first half. Tubber on the other hand excelled in the first quarter and raced into an early lead in the first 5 minutes of the game with points from Stephen Kilcoyne, 2 from play, with a point from Sean Carrabine in reply for Castleconnor.
Continuing to make light of the breeze in their faces, the Tubber men continued to stay ahead of the westerners. Stephen Curley curled over in the 6th minute to close the gap but this was quickly followed by a free from Darragh Kilcoyne who restored a 2 point lead for Tubber. Score of the half belonged to Sean Carrabine with a huge 50 meter score of his right foot but this was matched by a fine team score finished by Tubbers Cian Gilmartin. Michael Cahill of Castleconnor and Brian Morahan of Tubber swapped scores before a late spurt by the home team with 2 Sean Carrabine scores meaning the teams went in 0-6 a piece at half time.
The home team had their best spell in the 3rd quarter with the introduction of Kevin McDonnell helping them to get a grip around the middle of the field. A point from Carrabine from play and another Stephen Curley free gave the reds a two point lead but Tubber responded with 2 of their own from sub Fergal McDonagh and a free from Stephen Kilcoyne. It was Tubbers turn then to get on top with 2 quick points from Stephen Gilmartin and Stephen Kilcoyne from a free. But there was a great response from Castleconnor with the strong wind picking up, they drove forward and were rewarded with two excellent points - the 1st from Eoin Kent and then from veteran Eamon Cawley. Kilcoyne and McDonnell swapped points leaving the scores at 0-11 a piece with 15 minutes to play.
However, the last 15 minutes belonged to the men from Tubber who scored 4 points from play in a row in a 10 minute spell - sub Dermot Walsh, Brian Morahan, David Kelly and Fergal McDonagh doing the damage. Castleconnor responded with their last score, a Carrabine free, but Tubber hit 1-1 in injury time as the home team wilted, thee point coming from David Kelly and a fine goal finished by James Kelly.
Castleconnor - Kenneth Healy, James Boland, Jason Earlis, Liam Naughton, Michael Cahill(0-1), John McDonnell, Ronan Keane, Eoin Kent, Sean Carrabine (0-6 (2f)), Ronan Wilson, Eamonn Cawley(0-1), Alan Cawley, Luke Munnelly, Brian Howley, Stephen Curley(0-2(1F)). Subs used - Kevin McDonnell(0-1), Matthew Gerraghty, Stephen Kilgannon, Odhran Quinn, Keith Earlis.
Tubbercurry - Griffen Gallagher, Oisin O Donnell, Edward McGuinness, Cathal Surlis, Conall Ryan, James Kelly (1-0), Cian Gilmartin (0-1), Stephen Gilmartin (0-1), Niall Murphy, Brian Curran, David Kelly (0-2), Brian Morahan (0-2), Rory Ryan, Stephen Kilcoyne (0-5 (2F)), Darragh Kilcoyne (0-1F). Subs used - Fergal McDonagh (0-3), Dermot Walsh(0-1).