Glenelly hang on
Glenelly doggedly held off valiant thirteen-man Tattyreagh to book their place in the Junior championship semi-finals after a close encounter at Greencastle yesterday, writes Kevin Kelly.
Playing against the wind and four points down it looked all over for Tattyreagh when they had two players sent off within a minute of one another midway through the second half; but they hit back to draw level with six minutes left to play only for the St.Josephs to edge back in front again.
Even at that, Tattyreagh had a great chance to force a replay right at the end but Mark Darcy had a shot blocked by Ruairi McGarvey when he could even have had a goal.
It wasn’t a game that rose to any great heights though the second half was considerably better than the opening half hour and on the evidence of this display Glenelly will have to improve if they are to challenge for the title.
Glenelly were against the elements in the first half but it was they who took the lead after seven minutes when Seamus Harkin offloaded for Cathal Nicholas to point.
Barry Montgomery levelled matters with a fine effort from play before they took the lead through midfielder Dominic Harkin. Glenelly though looked the more threatening side and it took a great block from Damian Mullan to deny Ronan O’Kane a goal.
Seamus Harkin and Kevin Gallagher exchanged points from frees before left half back Ryan Prichard joined the attack to land a superb point. O’Kane responded for Glenelly but while Conor Taggart converted a fine long range free for Tattyreagh their 0-5 to 0-3 interval advantage didn’t look to be significant.
Within fifty seconds of the restart their lead was wiped out when Harkin got on the end of a long ball in from Nicholas to palm to the net past keeper Jamie Allen.
Tattyreagh almost responded straight away with a major, but Taggart’s rasping shot just missed the top left hand corner of the net.
Nicholas and Harkin then added to Glenelly’s lead before Tattyreagh were reduced to fourteen men when Gareth Gormley was dismissed for a second yellow card offence. A slight scuffle broke out and when the linesman called in the referee the latter brandished a straight red card to Paul Harley.
Harkin then put four between the sides when he converted a free and it looked as though Glenelly would go on to win comfortably.
Tattyreagh though lifted their game and when Sean Cartin and Montgomery points were followed by a Gallagher goal the St.Patricks were in front with a dozen minutes left to play.
Colm Hicks fired over the equaliser but a rejuvenated Tattyreagh hit the front again through Darcy.
Glenelly though didn’t panic and points from Kevin McCullagh, Nicholas and Harkin saw them hit the front again. Darcy left the minimum between the sides but deep in injury time the same player was denied by that superb McGarvey block.
Glenelly – Tim Harney, Niall Murphy, Ruairi McConnell, Colm Hicks, Ruairi McGarvey, Conal McCullagh, Conor McGarvey, Ciaran Kearney, Darragh Bradley, Michael Nicholas, Seamus Harkin, Cathal Sheerin, Cathal Nicholas, Kevin McCullagh, Ronan O’Kane. Subs – Ryan Falls for Bradley, Gary McGlinchey for Murphy
Scorers – Seamus Harkin 1-4, Cathal Nicholas 0-3, Kevin McCullagh 0-1, Ronan O’Kane 0-1, Colm Hicks 0-1
Tattyreagh – Jamie Allen, Kevin Boyle, Gareth Gormley, Damian Mullan, Paul Harley, Darren Mullan, Ryan Pritchard, Sean Gormley, Dominic Harkin, Declan Gallagher, Barry Montgomery, Chris McCarroll, Conor Taggart, Kevin Gallagher, Mark Darcy. Subs – Sean Cartin for Darcy, Duncan Hydman for Harkin, Mark Darcy for Taggart, Conor Taggart for Cartin
Scorers – Kevin Gallagher 1-1, Barry Montgomery 0-2, Mark Darcy 0-2, Ryan Pritchard 0-1, Dominic Harkin 0-1, Conor Taggart 0-1, Sean Cartin 0-1
Dermot Monaghan, Augher
Attendance: 250, approximately
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