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DEFENDING CHAMPIONS, Tourlestrane, took another major step towards regaining their Belfry Senior Championship crown when they brushed aside the challenge of South Sligo neighbours, Coolaney/Mullinabreena at Connolly Park, Collooney, on Saturday.
CM have performed more than adequately in their first year back in the senior ranks but they were no match for the pace and power of a lively Tourlestrane outift.
Two goals in a stunning two minute spell in the first half put the Champions in the driving seat and they never looked back
Brendan Egan opened the scoring with a point after two minutes and Coolaney-Mullinabreena replied with a fine point from Shane O'Brien.
John Quinn, John Kelly and Brian Egan pointed for the winners but Coolaney-Mullinabreena kept in touch with good points from Eoghan O'Dowd and Aidan Coleman.
In the 19th minute the turning point was Tourlestrane's first goal when Shane Dunne scored after a good move involving four players. A minute later Tourlestrane scored a second goal when John Quinn got the final touch after poor defending from Coolaney-Mullinabreena.
Shane O'Brien pointed a free for Coolaney-Mullinabreena but Tourlestrane finished the half strongly with points by John Marren and Brian Egan. They led 2-6 to 0-4 at half-time. Coolaney-Mullinabreena started the second-half well with three points in-a-row from Shane O'Brien, Ray Connolly and Aidan Coleman.
Tourlestrane responded with a third goal in the 37th minute when Alan Dunne finished well from John Kelly's pass. Two more points from Brian Egan put Tourlestrane 10 points ahead, 3-8 to 0-7.
Coolaney-Mullinabreena substitute Kieran Finan scored a point from a free but it was game over when Tourlestrane scored another goal with 15 minutes left. Diarmuid Dunne was the scorer this time and this score was followed by a pointed free from Brian Egan. Tourlestrane then increased their lead with points by full-forward Egan and John Quinn. In the last three minutes Coolaney-Mullinabreena scored three points from Kieran Finan, Darren Coleman and Shane O'Brien to leave the four goals between them.
TOURLESTRANE: Seamus Gildea, Diarmuid Dunne (1-0), Brian Kennedy, Colin Neary, Noel Gaughan, David Durkin, James Leonard, Brendan Egan (0-1), Shane Dunne (1-0), Alan Dunne (1-0), Eamonn O'Hara, John Marren (0-1), John Quinn (1-2), Brian Egan (0-6, 4f), John Kelly (0-1) Subs: Matthew Brennan, Barry Walsh, Aaron Murtagh COOLANEY-MULLINABREENA: Francis Brennan, Enda Kivlehan, Sean Gorman, Shane Marren, Conor Gorman, Cian O'Dowd, Aidan Coleman (0-2), Brendan Coleman, Declan McCormack, Raymond Connolly (0-1), Barry Kivlehan, John McGowan, Shane O'Brien (0-4, 3f), Criostóir Davey, Eoghan O'Dowd (0-1). Subs used: Kieran Finan (0-2, 2f), Shane Kivlehan ('blood' sub), Darren Coleman (0-1) Referee: Ciaran McGovern
Wednesday August 15 2012
TOURLESTRANE sent out a clear message of intent with this impressive win over St. Molaise Gaels at Markievicz Park on Saturday last.
The defending champions took a little while to get into their stride but once they hit top gear they had too much pace and power for the North Sligo outfit.
The Gaels gave as good as they got in the first half and led 1-3 to 0-5 at the interval but it was a different story after the break as Tourlestrane took complete control and decorated some impressive approach play with a string of excellent scorers.
The decisive moment arrived six minutes into the second half when Eamonn O'Hara, who was very influential throughout, latched on to a long clearance and fired to the net to give the South Sligo men a 1-8 to 1-3 lead.
It had been quite close up to that point but Tourlestrane took great confidence from O'Hara's goal and went to to dominate the game in the last quarter.
Adrian McIntyre was outstanding at midfield for the champions while John Marren was at the heart of almost everything up front. John Quinn, Brian Egan and veteran, Gerry McGowan, were also highly impressive in a slick moving Tourlestrane attack.
In a lack-lustre opening, points from play by Brian Egan and O'Hara gave Tourlestrane a two point advantage by the 14th minute but the Gaels then enjoyed a very productive spell. Martin Feeney opened their account with a terrific score from a free in the 16th minute and then Noel McLoughlin and John Gilsenan got through for points to edge them in front.
At the other end, the Gaels keeper, Glenn McHugh, was obliged to make a point blank save to keep out Brian Egan's goalbound shot in the 27th minute but two scores in quick succession from Marren and Brian Egan gave Tourlestrane a 0-4 to 0-3 lead.
However, the champions were rocked on their heels in the 30th minute when Mark Quinn, who was very industrious in the first half, cut in from the left wing to set up John Gilsenan for a welltaken goal. A pointed free by John Quinn reduced the gap to the minimum just before the break.
Tourlestrane showed much more urgency in the early stages of the second period and points by Brian Egan, Quinn and Aaron Murtagh edged them two points clear before O'Hara struck for the game-changing goal in the 36th minute.
It was all one-way traffic thereafter as Tourlestrane pressed forward with renewed conviction. Points by Darragh Currid and McLoughlin gave the Gaels some hope but in truth the South Sligo side's authority was never in doubt.
Quinn (0-2), James Leonard, Brian Egan (0-2), O'Hara and McGowan all got in on the scoring act as Tourlestrane romped to a comfortable victory.
It wasn't by an means a perfect performance by the defending Champions but there was a hunger and desire about their play, particularly in the second half, which suggested that they will only get better as the campaign goes on.
The Gaels still have plenty to play for over the remaining rounds of the Championship and if they can reproduce the spirit they displayed here they could yet figure in the hunt for qualification Tourlestrane: S Gildea, D Dunne, D Durkin, C Neary; J Leonard (0-1), Brendan Egan, M Brennan; A McIntyre, N Gaughan; A Murtagh (0-1), E O'Hara (1-2), J Marren (0-1); J Quinn (0-4), B Egan (0-5), G McGowan (0-1). Sub: M Walsh for Brennan (56 mins) St. Molaise Gaels: G McHugh, L Kennedy, G Gilsenan, J Kelly; A Caraway, T Kennedy, N McLoughlin (0-2); C Burns, M Quinn; J Gilsenan (1-1), K Watters, D Fallon; M Feeney (0-3), M Leonard, D Currid (0-1). Referee: J Griffin
AFTER this blistering share of the spoils, one Sligo GAA County Board official quipped that Tourlestrane and Curry should be made play every Sunday evening at Tubbercurry’s Kilcoyne Park, each rematch having a higher admission charge for eager punters.
Given the intensity of this Group Two clash, Curry drawing level with four minutes left (0-13 to 1-10) and forfeiting additional chances to sink last year’s champions, it is likely fans would keep turning up and willingly pay top dollar to savour further intricate episodes involving these Sligo Senior Championship heavyweights.
Even if referee Gus Chapman appeared to signal full-time at least seven seconds shy of 30 minutes, these south Sligo rivals had enthralled the vocal support.
Only a series of unthinkable results for these clubs over their remaining four Group Two games will prevent both from making the business end of the competition, indeed an October county final involving these GAA cornerstones would be a humdinger.
Curry, for whom Adrian Marren was in blistering form, equalised through Marren’s sixth point in the 56th minute. But two wides and an almost perfect point attempt from Marren, the shot striking the upright and rebounding into play, let Tourlestrane off the hook.
In truth, a draw was the fairest outcome. Matters were tied on six occasions, including the final score, as these arch-rivals dominated in patches.
Curry started the first-half and second-half with purpose (they were 0-3 to 0-0 ahead by the sixth minute and similarly bagged three points in a five-minutes spell early in the second period) with Kevin Giblin, tireless as a sweeper, Brian McDonagh, Cathal Brennan and Sean Davey each growing in stature.
Tourlestrane, without the likes of Eamonn O’Hara and Stephen Henry, had a hero in full-forward John Quinn. The tall, rangy forward contributed 1-4 and was a willing targetman as Tourlestrane aimed ‘route one’ ball his way with positive results.
His goal was an unerring 16th minute finish from a move constructed by the Egan brothers, Brendan and Brian, and, indeed, this was Tourlestrane’s opening score as, although quicker to this breaking ball, they failed to turn possession into scores.
Quinn later displayed versatility when switching to midfield, a reshuffle prompted by David Durkin’s withdrawal and, given that Tourlestrane’s defence lost Barry Kirrane after 10 minutes, Adrian McIntyre’s unwavering presence at No. 6 for the second-half was priceless.
The county champions were 1-5 to 0-5 clear at the interval but, even accounting for eight first-half wides, their advantage was more or less correct given Curry’s potency.
Tourlestrane’s attacking gem, Brian Egan, shot 0-4, including one astonishing point from play, although his opposite number, Adrian Marren, currently the best forward in Sligo, exacted the greater influence.
The tenacity of both sides was wonderful. There were no snidely tackles only honest-to-God challenges, leaving smiling match official Gus Chapman with an easier job.
Tourlestrane’s hunger to hold onto their title was evident in a 44th minute incident when Curry ace Adrian Marren was through for a goal shot. Tourlestrane defender Noel Gaughan, tormented at times by Marren’s wizardry, didn’t give up and denied the attempt with a gutsy block. The team that beats Tourlestrane will have to do it the hard way. Curry, who gave it one hell of a blast last Sunday, would certainly relish a future clash with Neil Egan’s charges.
Player of the Match: John Quinn
Tourlestrane: Seamus Gildea, Barry Kirrane, Noel Gaughan, Colin Neary, Diarmuid Dunne, David Durkin, James Leonard, Brendan Egan, Adrian McIntyre, John Marren, Gary Gaughan, Shane Dunne, John Quinn (1-4, 3f), Brian Egan (0-4, 1f, 0-1 ‘45’), Aaron Murtagh (0-1)
Subs used: Barry Walsh, Gerry McGowan (0-1), Alan Dunne
Curry: John O’Hora, Ken Morley, Stephen Marren, Aodhan Brennan, Stephen Maher, John Feeney, David McDonagh, Brian McDonagh (0-2), David Maye, Cathal Brennan (0-2), Sean Davey (0-2), Robert Wynne, Kevin Giblin, Adrian Marren (0-6, 4f), Jason Marren (0-1)
Subs used: Emmet Marren, Ciaran Brennan, Keith Davey