St John’s 1-9 Tullylish 3-11
Tullylish ended the season on a positive note with an eight point win away to St Johns on Saturday afternoon.
The game got off to a very slow start as both teams struggled to find the target in the early stages. Points from Chris McGovern and John McAreavey kept Tullylsih in touch as the home team led by three points to two with 22 minutes gone.
However, it was Tullylish who finished the half strongest after John McAreavey goaled in the 24th minute following a move that started with an outstanding catch from Chris Magee on his own 13-metre line. Further points from McAreavey and McGovern left the visitors leading by a goal at the break on a score-line of 1-4 to 0-4.
The half-time break seemed to disrupt Tullylish’s momentum and St Johns took full advantage as they hit 1-2 in the first three minutes of the second half to move into a two-point lead.
Tullylish’s response was impressive though, as they scored 1-4 without reply in the next 12 minutes. Driven on by Davy Corbett and Paddy McKiverigan at midfield and by solid defending from Chris Magee, Conor McManus and Kevin McCartan, Tullylish took a firm grip of the game in the third quarter. A well-taken goal from Chris McGovern and points from McAreavey, Seamus O’Hare and McGovern (2) saw the visitors lead by 5 points with 15 minutes left.
Although St Johns pulled two points back these were quickly cancelled out by three John McAreavey points, the second being a superb effort from 50-metres out. Although they were now leading by six Tullylish continued to press forward and were rewarded when Stephen O’Hare got on the end of a Shannon Drainey delivery to punch to the net.
To their credit the hosts never gave up and it took a great save from Aaron O’Hagan to deny them a late consolation goal. However, they did get the last score of the game with an injury time point.
Following the disappointment of their championship, defeat earlier in the week, Tullylish show great resilience to turn things around in the short time available to them. This was a very impressive second-half performance and having already secured promotion last month the club can now look forward to playing first division football next year. The players and the management team deserve great credit for all their hard work.
Tullylish: A O’Hagan, Chris Magee, B Priestley, R O’Dowd, E Scullion, C McManus, K McKiverigan, D Corbett, P McKiverigan, J McKiverigan, J McAreavey (1-6), Seamus O’Hare (0-1), C McGovern (1-4), S Drainey, K McCartan. Subs used: Stephen O’Hare (1-0), N Toner, B Thompson, M Arlow, A McKernan