April 14th 2019
Mayo Senior League Division 4
Ballintubber 2-16 Tourmakeady 4-2
As reported by Oisín McGovern.
Our Junior team made it two emphatic wins from two for Ballintubber this weekend with an impressive victory in Tourmakeady today. It was our blend of youth and experienced which saw us come out on top in this local derby in cold and blustery weather conditions. Our half-forward line of Seanie Larkin, Hugh Geraghty and Noel Geraghty were all superb while veteran Paul Earley never put a foot wrong at centre-back. Similarly, rookies Jack Walsh and Finian Bourke gave assured displays in defence while Stephen Broderick controlled midfield well. Indeed, such was our dominance that our winning margin would have been well into the double digits had it not been for two late goals from the home side. Nonetheless, Jackie Heneghan, Michael Kerrigan, Gerry Dillon and Martin Finnerty will no doubt take plenty of positives from this performance as we prepare to face the Gaeltacht side in the championship later on in the year.
The home side registered the first score through a David Dolan free in the first minute before a Darragh McGovern point got us off the mark. The Geraghty brothers, Hugh and Noel, then strung together four fine scores before corner-back Finian Bourke added a single. Subsitute Jarlath Staunton, a defender by trade, impressed immediately after his introduction to the forward line with a pair of well-taken scores.
We proceeded to turn the screw in the final minute of the first half when Alan McHale, making his first start for our Juniors, fed Darragh McGovern who palmed the ball into the back of the Tourmakeady net. However the home side briefly rallied to win a penalty which Kevin Dolan dispatched hard and low past Niall Staunton.
The home side landed another goal after the break when a high ball was n bundled into the net, leaving the scores at 1-10 to 2-1. The home side added a second point but a point from Noel Geraghty and a massive strike from brother Hugh nudged us two points further ahead.
Niall Staunton was forced to make a save at one point but we pressed ahead nonetheless. Substitute Dean Loftus added a point while also having a powerful shot saved, which was eventually sent over the bar by Noel Geraghty. Seanie Larkin capped a fine performance with five minutes to go when he intercepted a kick-out before firing home a daisy-cutter of a shot for our second goal.
A pair of somewhat flukey goals from the hosts provided some consolation in the dying minutes, but the outcome of this game had been all but decided a long time before.
Ballintubber team that lined out: (1)Niall Staunton (2)Jack Walsh (3)Kevin Shannon (4)Finian Bourke (0-1) (5)Gavin Roache (6)Paul Earley (7)John Kerrigan (17)David McHale (9)Stephen Broderick (0-1) (10)Noel Geraghty (0-4) (11)Hugh Geraghty (0-6, 5f) (12)Seanie Larkin (1-0) (13)Seamus Thomas (14)Darragh McGovern (1-1) (15)Alan McHale
Substitutions used: Jarlath Staunton (0-2) for Seamus Thomas, Dean Loftus (0-1) for Darragh McGovern, Liam Feeney for Gavin Roache, Alan Larkin for Seanie Larkin