McMahon’s men through to meet Bray in the semi-final
Knockananna cruised to a comfortable victory after a feisty affair in Ballinakill over local rivals Tinahely last Thursday evening.
Knockananna got off to a dream start after just under 60 seconds on the clock. Keith Corrigan’s inch perfect ball found Derek Kavanagh in acres of space inside the Tinahely 45-yard line.
Kavanagh raced through on goal but his initial effort was saved by Damian Darcy, but Kavanagh made no mistake, firing home from the rebound to give Knockananna an early advantage.
Tinahely started slowly and really allowed their rivals to attack at ease early on.
Kavanagh added a further two points from close-range frees before adding a killer blow before the first water break.
Damien Byrne turned his man inside the 21 and his effort struck the post before falling to Derek Kavanagh again to find the net for the second time in five minutes.
Tinahely did slowly grow into the game and had many chances to reduce the deficit but failed to make the most of their opportunities. Anthony Phelan and Kevin Doyle added points to their sides tally before the interval, but Knockananna increased their lead thanks to points from Aaron O’Neill, Keith Corrigan and Stephen Hinchy.
Just moments before half-time, referee Garreth Whelan sent off Knockananna talisman Derek Kavanagh for an off-the-ball incidentm sparking rage along the Knockananna sideline. Tinahely found themselves down by a score of 2-6 to 0-2 heading into the interval.
In comparison to the speed of the first half, the second period was played at a much different tempo. The battle between Johnny Wybrant and Tinahely’s David Dillon was a thrilling one, with both men giving everything they had throughout the match.
Tinahely looked like they were given a lifeline when William Dillon found substitute Adam Cullen in space just yards out from the Knockananna goal. Cullen buried home emphatically to give his Tinahely side some hope of a comeback.
A further point from centre forward Rory O’Dare was as good as it got for Tinahely and Knockananna’s Stephen Hinchy showed real composure whenever he got the ball and added three points from his right boot during the second period to secure the win for his side.
Knockananna: Thomas Whelan; Ciaran Mooney, Gary Bradley, Alan Byrne; Shane Byrne, Brian Leonard, Padraig Lancaster; Keith Corrigan (0-1), Johnny Wybrant; Aaron O’ Neill (0-1), Derek Kavanagh (2-2, 2f), Darren Flynn; Ronan Byrne, Damien Byrne, Stephen Hinchy (0-5, 4f). Subs: Tristan Maher for Aaron O’Neill (52).
Tinahely: Damian Darcy; Larry Keating, John Blake, Kevin Doyle (0-1); Patrick Murphy, Adam Hadden, James Tyrell; David Dillon, William Dillon; Niall Gorman, Rory O ’Dare (0-1, 1f), Anthony Phelan (0-1); Padraig Murphy, David Blake, Daniel Ging. Subs: Jack Murray for James Tyrell (48), Adam Cullen for Anthony Phelan (40)
Referee: Garreth Whelan (Kiltegan)