Wednesday 23 October 2019

Freeman shines for Tooreen

Tooreen 0-15 Ballyhaunis 0-11

Man of the match Cathal Freeman. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Man of the match Cathal Freeman. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

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Tooreen retained their title following another close battle with neighbours Ballyhaunis, who had home advantage this time.

Although man of the match Cathal Freeman opened the scoring for Tooreen in the fourth minute with a delightful point, it was Ballyhaunis who had the better of the exchanges in the opening quarter.

Shane Boland, for Tooreen, and Keith Higgins, for Ballyhaunis, traded points to leave the home side one in front at the end of the first quarter - 0-3 to 0-2.

The remainder of the half saw Tooreen take control, to lead 0-9 to 0-5 at the interval.

Ballyhaunis came back strongly in the second half and by the 40th minute were back on level terms, with four unanswered points.

However, that was as good as it got for Ballyhaunis, as Tooreen took control and outscored their opponents by six points to two.

Ballyhaunis' cause was not helped in the 54th minute when they had county football star Higgins harshly red-carded.

Scorers - Tooreen: S Boland 0-6 (5fs), C Freeman, F Boland 0-3 each, S Kenny 0-2 (1f), C Henry 0-1. Ballyhaunis: B Hunt (3fs), K Higgins (3fs) 0-4 each, E Collins, A Phillips, A Lyons 0-1 each.

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Tooreen - S Lenehan; A Henry, M Morley, P Delaney; S Morley, S Coyne, C Henry; C Freeman, D Kenny; S Boland, B Morley, S Kenny; J Ganley, F Boland, D Huane. Subs: E Delaney for Ganley (32), D Harrison for S Kenny (45), N Robinson for B Morley (50).

Ballyhaunis - D O'Brien; A Brennan, F Lyons, Jack Coyne; C Gardiner, E Collins, K Kelly; K McDermott, A Lyons; S Hoban, K Higgins, P Kiely; Jason Coyne, A Phillips, B Hunt. Subs: E Phillips for Jason Coyne (38), S Griffin for A Lyons (44), M Lyons for Hoban (52), M Phillips for Kiely (57).

Ref - C Collins (Lacken).

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