Thursday 17 October 2019

Tubbercurry too strong for Gaels

Tubbercurry 1-12 Shamrock Gaels 1-5

Cormac Kearns

Tubbercurry secured second spot in the Belfry Senior Championship Group one with a comprehensive win over a lack lustre Shamrock Gaels last Sunday in Bunninadden.

Tubbercurry were much more dominant than the scoreline suggests and despite a short spell at the beginning of the second half, they were in complete control of this game.

The Gaels, having started without the injured Frank Quinn were dealt a severe blow after ten minutes when talisman David Quinn was shown a straight red putting them on the backfoot.

Tubbercurry, also depleted with injuries, opened the scoring with a David Kelly free but it was ten minutes before they registered their second from play through Oisín O'Donnell against a defensive Gaels side.

O'Donnell got the score of the first half as he waltzed through the Gaels defence to put Tubbercurry three points ahead as the first half drew to a close. Kelly pointed again from a free and Jason Perry got his second on twenty five minutes to leave Tubbercurry five points ahead at half time.

The Gaels came out strongly in the second half and pulled two points back within two minutes from Shane Deignan and Dylan Willis and as they put the Tubbercurry goals under pressure they also registered three wides.

However up stepped the experienced David Kelly who settled Tubbercury nerves with two points from play and a goal after a great move involving Cian Gilmartin on ten minutes.

Gilmartin got his own score a minute later and it was now all Tubbercurry as the Gaels struggled to get their hands on the ball.

Man-of-the-match David Kelly was orchestrating matters from centre forward and with Stephen Gilmartin and Niall Murphy in particular dominating mid-field, the result was never in doubt mid way through the second half.

Dylan Willis did get in for an impressive late goal after he was set up by substitute Ben Tuohy and captain Paul Higgins pointed in the last minute, but it was too little too late for the Gaels.

TUBBERCURRY: Griffin Gallagher, Oisín McCann, Brian Murphy, Cian Gilmartin (0-2), Seimidh O'Baoighill, Mattie Mulhern (0-1), Aidan Brennan, Stephen Gilmartin, Niall Murphy, Dylan Henry, David Kelly (1-5), Brian Morahan, Jason Perry (0-2), Dermot Walsh, Oisín O'Donnell (0-2). Subs: Mickey McDonagh for Jason Perry (inj), Marc Burke for O O'Donnell.

SHAMROCK GAELS: Daniel Lyons, Evan Lyons, Paul Higgins (0-1), Keith McMorrow, Sean Carroll, Karl McKenna, Patrick Benson, James Carroll, Dillon McDermott, Ciaran O'Connor, Shane Deignan (0-1), David Quinn, Darragh Hailstones, Dylan Willis (1-2), Johnny Quinn. Subs: Frank Quinn for C O'Connor, Eoin Carroll (0-1) for J Carroll. Ben Tuohy for K McKenna, Daire Kearns for S Deignan.

REFEREE: John Gilmartin.

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