SFC First Round
Bhulf Tón 3 16 Moynalvy 0 10
8th April 2018 in Skryne
Bhulf Tón were, as the scoreline suggests, convincing winners in this first round game played in calm conditions in Skryne although a light shower shortly before the game meant underfoot conditions were greasy. Moynalvey only managed one point in the first half, that came in the 8th minute courtesy of their most effective forward David McLoughlin by which time they trailed by 3, the Tones scores coming from Sarán O Fionnagáin, who fired over from close range having fielded a long delivery, a fine solo effort from Fiachra Ward and a free from Cian Ward. Tones dominated possession until the 20th minute by which time Cian Ward had added 3 further frees added to a fine left footed effort from Thomas O Reilly. Moynalvey sensing the game slipping away from them came more into the game but could not find the target and registered 3 wides in as many minutes. However Tones sealed the issue with two late goals just before the interval. Niall Mc Loughlin finished sublimely at the end of a sweeping move while Fiachra Ward added 1 01, the goal coming after he fielded Conor Sheppard’s long delivery and beat the Moynalvey keeper and he followed with the point minutes later to leave the half time score Bhulf Tón 2 08 Moynalvey 0 01. Moynalvey although they had played second fiddle for the opening period would rue 8 wides.
Tones started the second half brightly and notched five points without reply to lead by 2 13 to 0 02 after 37 minutes. Niall O Reilly claimed the opening two scores, finishing off two sweeping moves. His brother Thomas providing the assist on both occasions. Cian Ward added the third point following good combination play while Niall O Reilly and Fiachra ward combined to set up Saran Ó Fionnagáin for his second point of the afternoon. The scoring burst was completed by a Cian Ward free from distance shortly afterwards. Moynalvey stirred in to life and replied with 4 points to which Tones responded with another Cian Ward free. Sarán O Fionnagáin then added a superb goal after fielding a pin point kicked pass from Cian Ward. County panellists Dan O Neill and Thomas O Reilly then combined for an O Reilly point to leave the score at Bhulf Tón 3 15 Moynalvey 0 05 with less than ten minutes remaining. In fairness to the Moynalvey team they remained competitive and added 5 points without reply whilst also blasting a penalty wide. Éanna Harrington completed the scoring for the Tones with a well taken point.
This was a rather one sided game but Moynalvey were short a number of first choice players and they will pose more of a threat later in the season. Tones were clinical in attack (they registered just 5 wides) and played with great teamwork and application. Dan O Neill and the two Harringtons were superb in defence while all the players in the full forward line had good outings. Niall O Reilly took his two points well while also supplying ammunition to the inside line. Stephen Corrigan’s physical presence at mid field was crucial at times. Tones now prepare for St Colmcilles.
David Nolan, Conor Sheppard, Dan O Neill, Eoghan Harrington, Niall Mc Loughlin (1 00), Stephen Sheppard, Éanna Harrington(0 01), Stephen Corrigan, Cian O Neill, Niall O Reilly (0 02), Thomas O Reilly (0 02), Padraic Diamond, Saran Ó Fionnagain (1 02), Cian Ward (0 07,6F), Fiachra Ward (1 02)
Subs: Caolán Ward (blood sub) for Éanna Harrington.