Tourlestrane meet Harps
Fureys Coaches Senior Football League Division 1: Tourlestrane 0-12 Eastern Harps 0-10
An injury-time save on the line by Tourlestrane keeper Adam Broe denied Eastern Harps a late, late goal that would have earned them a win in this entertaining Fureys Coaches Division 1 encounter at Tourlestrane on Easter Sunday afternoon.
This was a much-improved second half display from the visitors who were trailing at one stage by 7 points with 20 minutes left but they clawed their way right back into it and almost snatched victory right at the end but for Broe's heroics.
It was the hosts who had to contend with 14 men after defender Noel Gaughan was shown a second yellow by referee Barry Judge just before the break. The reigning champions were ahead by 8 points to 4 at the interval but it was Harps who outscored them in the second half with some fine attempts on target.
John Kelly, who was inventing a lot of chances for Tourlestrane on the attack, had to eventually leave through injury after an awkward-looking fall but he managed to play on for some time before John Marren replaced him shortly before the break.
It was the hosts who went into an early 2 point lead with a Rian Kennedy free and a fantastic score from Brian Egan from play. Harps got off the mark with good work from Shane O'Grady seeing Martin Doherty win back possession and point, quickly followed by another as Tony Taylor tapped over a free on Shaun O'Hara on 10 minutes. Michael Clarke, impressive for Harps put them in front before Tourlestrane started to dominate, scoring 5 on the bounce, Brian Egan, Liam Gaughan, Kelly, Kenny Gavigan and James Leonard all on target, Tourlestrane also seeing a goal chance drift out for a '45.
A Taylor free after O'Hara was dragged down was responded with a Liam Gaughan free before the break as the hosts led 8 points to 4 but had a man less after Noel Gaughan was sent off.
It was Harps who threatened close to goal shortly after the resumption, Tourlestrane defending strongly. Two fine scores from the lively Rian Kennedy from a free and play and another from brother Oisín saw them comfortably ahead by 7 but Harps were not done yet.
The introduction of Ross Donovan, greeted by cheers from the Harps' support, gave them an added boost and the comeback began.
A Taylor free, his third, was followed with an excellent score from a difficult angle by Thomas Cryan.
O'Grady sent over a fantastic score from distance to bring it back to a four point game with just over 10 minutes remaining.
Harps,who were showing more drive, saw 2 chances sail wide before Ronan Mulligan made it a three point game with 5 minutes to go.
Tourlestrane got a needed score from Barry Walsh before Clarke overturned a Tourlestrane kick-out and pointed before Harps again won possession, Evan Lavin, Clarke and Barry Cryan involved which saw Donovan send over an excellent point to leave just 2 between the sides.
As the clock ticked down, Thomas Cryan's attempt was stopped on the line by Broe to deny the visitors and save the day for Tourlestrane.
TOURLESTRANE: A Broe, N Gaughan, B Walsh, D Leonard, O Kennedy, A McIntyre, J Leonard, S Henry, K Gavigan, C Henry, B Egan, R Kennedy, G Gaughan, J Kelly, L Gaughan.
Subs used: J Marren for Kelly (28, inj), C Surlis for Egan (49), K O'Hara for Gavigan (57).
Scorers: R Kennedy (0-3, 2f), B Egan (0-2), L Gaughan (0-2, 1f), J Kelly (0-1), K Gavigan (0-1), J Leonard (0-1), O Kennedy (0-1), B Walsh (0-1).
EASTERN HARPS: A Davey, T Taheny, B Cryan, C Coyle, B Molloy, E Lavin, K Gallagher, S O'Grady, T Taylor, S O'Hara, M Doherty, M Clarke, C Hannon, T Cryan, R Mulligan.
Subs used: D Sheppard for Hannon (28), R Donovan for Taheny (39), R Reid for Taylor (49 b/s), Taylor for Doherty (57).
Scorers: T Taylor (0-3, 3f), M Clarke (0-2), M Doherty (0-1), T Cryan (0-1), S O'Grady (0-1), R Mulligan (0-1), R Donovan (0-1).
REFEREE: B Judge.