B League Bhulf Tón 5 09 O Mathúna 0 12 on Friday 3rd May 2019 in Paddy O Brien Park
Babhta scórálá go luath sa dara leath ina bhfuair na cuairteoirí 5 01, 4 01 ó fear ionad Cian O Neill a chuir Bhulf Tón ar an slí chun an cluiche seo a bhuachaint cé go rabhadar cúig pointe chun deiridh ag leath am.
This was the proverbial game of two halves with the second half showing a complete turnaround in the fortunes of the visitors Wolfe Tones. Their first half display gave no indication of how dominant they would be after the interval. Having played up the hill and into a slight breeze in the first half they struggled to trouble the scoreboard and could only notch two first half scores, a sublime free form an acute angle from Thomas Blaney along with a point from distance from the industrious Gary Mc Fadden. O Mahoneys led comfortably at half time 0 07 to 0 02. All changed after the interval with the introduction of Cian O Neill and a more direct approach from the Tones. O Neill playing at the edge of the square won almost every ball hit his way and his impact was immediate. In the 31st minute he was fouled on gathering possession. Blaney’s quick free found the unmarked Aaron Tolan close to goal and he calmy slotted home to give Tones the best of starts to the second half. By the 40th minute O Neill had added 4 01 and the game was up for the home side. Further points from Blaney (2), Gary mc Fadden(2) and Rossa mc Donnell rounded off the scoring for Tones. O Mahoneys were competitive throughout but the concession of the goals had left them “holed below the waterline”. The Tones team was truly a blend of youth and experience. Stephen Corrigan reeled back the years to give a dominant display at mid field and gave the tones a great platform from kickouts in particular. He was ably supported by veteran Rossa Mc Donnell who was lively throughout and these two combined for a very fine second half score from Mc Donnell. Gary Mc Fadden played a captain’s part. foraged for possession all over the pitch and rounded off his display with two long distance points near the end. Caolán Ward made a welcome return form injury while Conor Brennan made a very fine first half save and dealt calmy with a few tricky balls which dropped just under the crossbar. Thomas Blaney had a lively second half and always seemed to be in plenty of space while his quick thinking for the short free to release Tolan came at an important stage of the match and launched the Tones comeback. Peter Carrol, Aaron Tolan and Tom Gavigan all made good contributions in what is their first year in adult football. The main plaudits however go to Cian O Neill for his devastating 4 01 in six minutes which decided the outcome.
Bhulf Tón: Conor Brennan, Seán Moriarty, Alan Lynam, Alan Mc Keever, Mark Mc Fadden, Aonghus mc Loughlin, Peter Carroll, Stephen Corrigan, Tom Gavigan, Darragh Canny, Gary Mc Fadden (0 03), Jake Mc Fadden, Aaron Tolan (1 00), Rossa Mc Donnell (0 02), Thomas Blaney (0 03) Subs Cian O Neill (4 01) for Darragh Canny (HT), Caolán Ward for Alan mc Keever (40), Seán Lynch for Rossa Mc Donnell (50). Robert Mc Aleese for Tom Gavigan (55)