Football SFC Prelim Q final

Gaeil Colmcille 3  13 Bhulf Tón 1  13

Castletown on Monday 4th Sep 2018

Ag leath am bhí Bhulf Tón naoi gcúilíní chun deiridh agus cé gur tháining siad ar ais ( ladhgdaigh siad an bearna go ceithre chúilíní) thei orhtu sa deireadh.

Two goals and four points in the first twelve minutes from the Kells men gave them a platform for victory and gave them the cushion they needed to withstand a spirited second half rally from the Oristown- Kilberry men. Tones trailed by nine points after that opening blitz their only scorer being Sarán O Fionnagáin  who pointed after good play from Thomas O Reilly. Niall O Reilly and Thomas O Reilly(2) narrowed the gap to six points before Seamus Mattimoe and Cian Ward(free) traded points. However a mistake in the Tones defence which yielded a goal for the Kells men followed by a Mattimoe point and a Brian O Hanlon free stretched the Gaels lead to 3  07 to 0  05, a whopping eleven point lead after 28 minutes.. Cian Ward responded with a goal to give the Tones a small glimmer of hope in the twenty ninth minute before Gaeil Colmcille closed out the scoring with a free to lead at half time 3  08 to 1  05.                                                                                                                                                                              

Wolfe Tones would need something special in the second half and this did not appear likely as the Kells men outscored them 0  02 to 0  01 in the opening ten minutes, the Tones opener being a Thomas O Reilly free. However Tones found a bit of form helped by the dominance of Cian O Neill and Alan Callaghan in mid field and were boosted by four points in a row Thomas O Reilly (2), Cian Ward (‘45) and Dan O Neill all finding the target. Gaeil Colmcille stopped the rot with a point but the Tones were undeterred and came again with three points in a row. Sarán O Fionnagáin was unlucky not to score a goal as he finished off a Fiachra Ward Cian Ward combination to palm the ball narrowly over the crossbar. Cian Ward added a free and Alan Callaghan added a long range effort to reduce the gap to four points with minutes remaining. There was an extended period of injury time and with Gaeil Colmcille defending in numbers Bhulf Tón could not work the goal they needed. The Kells men held their nerve to finish strongly and added two points in the dying minutes to earn their passage to the quarter final proper.                                  

Victory was earned in the opening minutes of this game as the very lively Kells’ forwards cut through the Tones defence. When Tones did come to life they gave as good as they got but were unable to close the gap and had left themselves too much to do.

Bhulf Tón: David Nolan, Eoghan Harrington, Shane Glynn, Conor Sheppard, Daniel O Neill (0  01), Éanna O Kelly Lynch, Éanna Harrington, Stephen Corrigan, Alan Callaghan (0  01), Stephen Sheppard, Thomas O Reilly (0  05, 3f), Niall O Reilly (0  01), Cian Ward (1  03, ’45,2f), Sarán O Fionnagáin (0  02), Fiachra Ward Subs: Padraic Diamond for O Kelly Lynch, Cian O Neill for Stephen Corrigan, Gary Mc Fadden for Niall O Reilly