Carey in flying form as Pearses book their place in the semi-final
Connacht club SFC quarter-final: Pádraig Pearses 3-7 Tourlestrane 0-6
Roscommon champions Padraig Pearses advanced to the Connacht semi-finals after a hard-fought defeat of Sligo's Tourlestrane in Markievicz Park yesterday.
A controversial penalty - awarded after an apparent foot-block early in the second half and dispatched confidently by Hubert Darcy - proved the game's crucial score, and gave the Roscommon men the breathing space to win despite losing Lorcan Daly to a red card.
Pearses also had Conor Daly black-carded in the opening half, and were fortunate to see James Leonard's stinging shot on goal smash back off the crossbar after just seven minutes.
Boosted by this let-off, Pearses netted at the other end just two minutes later. Midfielder Niall Carty provided the finish after David Murray's pass over the top released him into space.
That was Pearses' first score of the game, and their first point didn't arrive until the 17th minute, as Paul Carey claimed the first of his 1-6 tally. The man of the match was his side's only point-scorer from play, and hit 1-4 in the final 15 minutes to secure his side's first ever triumph at this level.
Prior to that, his second pointed free of the day saw Pearses lead by 1-2 to 0-3 at the break, with Cathal Henry, Adrian McIntyre and Liam Gaughan landing the Sligo champions' scores.
Tourlestrane felt they should have had a penalty early in the second half when goalkeeper Paul Whelan appeared to take down Gaughan.
Mayo referee Jerome Henry was unconvinced, however, and he irritated the Tourlestrane supporters even more when he awarded a spot-kick at the opposite end shortly after.
The decision left many confused but there was no mistaking the quality of Darcy's finish, and the full-forward pointed a free soon after as Pearses went six clear.
Daly's sending-off for a second yellow, and two points from Cathal Henry gave Tourlestrane hope heading into the final quarter.
But Carey found a new level in the closing stages, pointing twice from play and twice from frees, before netting from close range in injury-time to put a gloss on the scoreboard.
SCORERS - Pearses: P Carey (4f) 1-6; H Darcy (1-0 pen, 1f) 1-1; N Carty 1-0. Tourlestrane: C Henry (1f) 0-3; A McIntyre, L Gaughan (1f), J Leonard 0-1 each.
TOURLESTRANE - A Broe; C Surlis, JF Carr, B Walsh; O Kennedy, A McIntyre, J Leonard; S Henry, C Henry; N Gaughan, J Kelly, K Gavigan; A Dunne, G Gaughan, L Gaughan. Subs: C Marren for Dunne (35), P Harte for Kennedy (41), B Egan for L Gaughan (45), R Kennedy for Leonard (black card 59), S Dunne for Gavigan (60), E Walsh for Kelly (60).
PADRAIG PEARSES - P Whelan; M Richardson, D Murray, A Butler; G Downey, R Daly, S Carty; C Daly, N Daly; P Carey, N Carty, L Daly; E Kelly, H Darcy, C Payne. Subs: T Butler for C Daly (black card 19), A Duffy for Kelly (45), A Feehily for Downey (60), S Fahy for Carey (60), J Kelly for Payne (60).
REF - J Henry (Mayo).