AIB Connacht Club IFC Semi-Final
Tulsk Lord Edwards 1-8
Tulsk’s Connacht adventure came to a rather abrupt end as Galway champions Oughterard finished strongly to blow them away during a dominant final quarter at Dr. Hyde Park last Saturday afternoon.
The Roscommon champions gave every bit as good as they got for the first three quarters of this semi-final but a Cian Monaghan-inspired Oughterard finished strongly, scoring 1-7 without reply, to set up a provincial decider against The Neale this weekend.
Tulsk stood strong against the wind in the first half and came into the contest after Cian Monaghan’s 15th minute goal and points from Matthew Tierney (0-3), Niall Lee, Patrick Walsh, and Ronan Mullen had given the visitors a six-point lead (1-6 to 0-3).
Callum Fahey latched on to David Coyne’s intelligent pass for a well-taken 27th minute goal to spark a Tulsk revival, and at half-time Gerry Lohan’s charges wouldn’t have been too disconsolate as they trailed by three (1-7 to 1-4), and with wind assistance to come in the second half.
Indeed, Tulsk gave the Galway side plenty to worry about in that third quarter, and points from Callum Fahey and Thomas O’Rourke and then Fahey and Carleton reduced the deficit to the bare minimum.
Oughterard always looked to have that extra gear however, and the impressive Enda Tierney’s well-struck free from the ground steadied the ship before Niall Lee’s point provided some badly-needed breathing space.
A warning sign of what was coming over the horizon for Tulsk arrived in the 40th minute: Oughterard cut through the Roscommon club’s defences with a free-flowing move but Paul Walsh’s attempt at a point came back off the upright.
By this stage, Enda Tierney and PJ McGauley had begun to grab a stranglehold of midfield and the visitors stormed to victory in the closing stages.
Points from Matthew Tierney, Niall Lee, and ‘Man of the Match’ Monaghan, put them six points ahead before Patrick Walsh was quickest to react to another effort off the upright to grab an opportunist’s goal.
By this stage the legs had gone and the Tulsk resistance had wilted, and there was still time for Monaghan to take his total to 1-3 with a superb point off his left, while the impressive Niall Lee and Enda Tierney rubbed salt into Tulsk wounds with points late on.
This appeared to be a game too far for the Roscommon intermediate champions, who had asked serious questions of Oughterard for 45 minutes of this entertaining encounter. The Galway side, led impressively by Cian Monaghan and Enda Tierney, dominated the final quarter, however, to seal their place in this weekend’s showpiece against The Neale.
Oughterard: Jordan Waller; Ciaran Hanley, Eddie O’Sullivan, Liam Moran; Cian Monaghan (1-3), Ryan Monaghan, Ronan Molloy (0-1); Enda Tierney (0-2, 1 free), PJ McGauley; Brian Lambert, Paul Walsh (0-1), Eric Lee; Niall Lee (0-4, 1 free), Matthew Tierney (0-4, 2 frees), Patrick Walsh (1-1).
Subs: Cian Harte for B Lambert (35 mins), Conrad Clancy for Patrick Walsh (55 mins), Philip Gibbons for C Hanley (55 mins), Donal Gibbons for C Monaghan (58 mins), Thomas Finnerty for N Lee (58 mins), Joey Fox for Paul Walsh (60 mins).
Tulsk Lord Edwards: Regan Fahey; Gerry Galvin, Evan Flynn, Stephen Lennon; Fergal Moylan, Darragh O’Rourke, Ryan Galvin (0-1); Tadhg O’Rourke, David Coyne; Liam Cribbin, Thomas O’Rourke (0-2, one free), Cathal O’Rourke (0-1); Padraig Scott (0-1), Callum Fahey (1-2), Timmy Fitzmaurice.
Subs: David Carleton (0-1) for T Fitzmaurice (21 mins), Robbie Kelly for L Cribbin (half-time), Daniel Connolly for F Moylan (44 mins), Niall McNamara for G Galvin (50 mins), Ian Jones for D Coyne (52 mins), Richie Feeney for C O’Rourke (52 mins).
Referee: Liam Devenney (Mayo)