Monday 26 August 2019

Two wins from two for Tubbercurry

Tubbercurry 3-13 St Molaise Gaels 1-10

David Goulden

Tubbercurry made it two wins from two in group one of the Belfry Senior Football Championship after they overcame St Molasie Gaels in Collooney on Saturday evening.

Having seen off St Mary's in their opening group game six days earlier, Tubber are now looking comfortable in their bid to make the quarter finals ahead of this Sunday's clash with holders Tourlestrane, in what will be a repeat of last year's final.

Meanwhile, with two defeats from two, Molaise, who finished this game with 13, face into a crunch game with St Mary's at the same time. The Grange remain in contention for one of those four qualification spots.

It was the underdogs who started this one on the front foot. Molaise totalling three scores without reply as Tubber endured a sluggish opening.

Alan McLoughlin was his usual sharp-shooting self as he fired over two of Gaels' opening three scores from the full forward spot. Johnny Gilsean's score from 40 metres out sandwiched in between.

An out-of-sorts Tubber might have been further behind in the opening ten.

Dylan Henry's attempted fist pass back to Griffin Gallagher sailed over the head of the goalkeeper before it was swept to safety by a defender. While Gallagher was on hand to pull off a brave stop with his feet, denying McLoughlin's low effort.

It took eleven minutes for the Black and White to record a score, although it was exactly what was required as captain David Kelly volleyed to the net from close range.

Both teams were forced into a number of changes from the starting 15 named in the lead up to this game. Tubber manager Colm McGee had to reshuffle once more mid-way through the half when Conall Ryan was stretchered off following a collision on the stand side of the ground.

A mini-shoot-out saw both camps in good form in front of the posts for a short time. Kelly, Oisin O'Donnell and Dermot Walsh amongst the scorers for Tubber.

While Cathal Burns and Aaron Currid kept the Green and White competitive and the score even at 0-7 to 1-4.

Tubber finished the half the stronger, with O'Donnell's third point along with scores from the angle from both Brian Morahan and Steven Matthews throughout the eight minutes of injury time.

McGee's men began the second half where they left off. A Jason Perry free was followed up by points from play from the boots of both Kelly and substitute Seimidh O'Baoighill who did well to find the posts while under heavy pressure from Robbie Ryan.

This game's turning point arrived on 35 minutes.

Molaise finding themselves a player down when Burns was shown red for an off-the-ball incident after Gallagher fouled McLoughlin.

Diarmuid Gallagher did slot over the resulting free, but Molaise conceded their second goal three minutes later when Cian Gilmartin found space around the back. The Tubber full-back showing composure with a cool left footed finish.

Nine points in arrears, the north Sligo side were then offered salvation from the penalty spot after Tubber's Walsh had cracked the post. Jason Brennan pushed to the floor as he pulled the trigger in front of goal.

Jamie McLoughlin dispatched the penalty but Molaise were too far behind at this stage. Tubber all but confirming their second win in a week when they picked up their third green flag on 12 minutes from time.

Kelly and Walsh involved in the build up before O'Donnell's shot smacked back off the inside of post and beyond McLoughlin.

To their credit, Willie Gormley's charges didn't concede defeat and might have been closer to Tubber at full-time had it not been for a great save from Gallagher to deny James Heraghty. While Callum O'Domhnaill also saw his goal-bound shot taken from the line.

But Molaise's evening was to end in disappointment when, nine points behind in injury time, they had Alan McLoughlin sent to the bench for a second yellow for dissent.

Tubbercurry: Griffin Gallagher; Oisin McCann, Brian Murphy, Cian Gilmartin (1-0); Darragh Kilcoyne, Oisin O'Donnell (1-2) (0-1f), Conall Ryan (Seimidh O'Baoighill 16) (0-1); Aidan Brennan, Niall Martin (0-1); Dylan Henry, David Kelly (0-3) (0-2f), Brian Morahan (0-1); Jason Perry (0-1) (0-1f) (Fergal McDonagh 49) (0-1), Dermot Walsh (0-2) (0-1f) (Mattie Mulhern 57), Steven Matthews (1-1).

St Molaise Gaels: Niall McLoughlin; Gavin Gilsenan, Robbie Ryan, Liam Kennedy; Callum O'Domhnaill, Johnny Kelly (Mark Quinn 50), Aaron Currid (0-2); Cathal Burns (0-1), Daniel Kearney (Oisin Sheridan 44); Jason Brennan, Diarmuid Gallagher (0-1), Paddy McGowan; Johnny Gilsenan (0-1) (James Heraghty 50), Alan McLoughlin (0-4), Jamie McLoughlin (1-1) (0-1f).

Sent off: Cathal Burns, Alan McLoughlin.

Referee: Ronan Hynes (St Farnan's).

Sligo Champion