Pearses outclassed by terrific Tooreen


AIB Connacht Club Intermediate Hurling Semi-Final: Tooreen (Mayo) 1-21 Pádraig Pearses 1-11

Roscommon champions Pádraig Pearses were brought back down to earth with a bang when they were outclassed by a very impressive Tooreen side in this one-sided Connacht IHC semi-final played in excellent conditions in Athleague on Monday.

  Save for a goal and a point, scored by Daniel Staunton immediately after half-time, Pearses were always chasing the game against a really well drilled and superbly skilful Tooreen side.

  Stephen Coyne and Fergal Boland (a Mayo senior footballer too) dominated the midfield exchanges, David Kenny and Cathal Freeman were superb in defence and in Kenny Feeney, Sean Regan and Shane Boland, the Mayo side had a half-forward line who contributed 0-14 of their side’s total.

  Pearses were unable to stop the Tooreen tidal wave of slick passing, crisp tackling and superb score taking. Their talisman, Daniel Glynn, while deadly accurate from frees, could not get into the game from general play and only Ben Fallon and Daniel Staunton (second half) made any impression for the Roscommon side.

  The Mayo men swept into a 0-7 to 0-2 lead at the end of the first quarter with Boland and Feeney scoring three points apiece with Pearses’ only scores coming from two Daniel Glynn frees. At half-time, Tooreen led by 0-11 to 0-5 with Tadgh Cogavin and Glynn scoring Pearses’ only first-half points from play.

  A very well-taken goal and point from Daniel Staunton on the restart suggested a Pearses comeback, but Tooreen re-asserted their dominance and by the 16th minute led by 0-16 to 1-6 after a series of really well-taken scores.

  The Tooreen goal that finished the game as a contest came in the 53rd minute when a great run from Brian Morley was finished to the net by sub David Harrison via a post.

  Both sides emptied their benches after that as the game petered out and now Tooreen will turn their attention to a Connacht final date against the newly crowned Galway champions Ballinderreen. On the evidence of this display they will give that final a serious rattle.

  For Pearses, it was a disappointing day out but they will be happy with their year’s work and a county senior title in the bag for the first time in 30 years. On Monday though they found out that to make an impression in Connacht they must step it up considerably.

Tooreen: Stephen Lenehan; Daniel Huane, Michael Morley, Aiden Henry; Conor Henry, Cathal Freeman, David Kenny; Stephen Coyne, Fergal Boland (0-4); Kenny Feeney (0-5, 2 frees, ’65), Sean Regan (0-1), Shane Boland (0-8, 5 frees); Brian Morley (0-3), Bobby Douglas, Conor English. Subs: David Harrison (1-0), for Douglas (48), Shane Morley for Henry (56), Sean Kenny for Regan (58).

Pádraig Pearses: Padraig Dolan; Eoghan Costello, Karl Feehily (0-1, ’65), Gavin Downey; David Loughnane, Paul Dolan, Ben Fallon; Tomas Seale, Mike Donoghue; Tadgh Cogavin (0-1), Daniel Glynn (0-8, 6 frees, ’65), Oisin Kelly; Shane Naughton, Cathal Kelly, Daniel Staunton (1-1). Subs: Leon Feehily for O Kelly (36), Jamie Donoghue for Cogavin (40), David Dolan for C Kelly (44), Shane Sweeney for M Donoghue (57), Jimmy Donoghue for Loughnane (60).

Referee: John Keane (Galway)