Tullylish U12s unlucky to lose in final

A defeat in the final by hosts Clonduff denied an outstanding Tullylish U12s team their first silverware of the season in the annual Gary Murray Tournament.

In their first game they seen off a stern challenge from Armagh outfit Clann Eireann winning by a single point and in the second game they defeated an impressive Longstone side by two points.

Long range points from the impressive Conor Molloy in midfield was the catalyst for these early wins backed up by goals from his midfield partner Ordhan Connolly helped ‘Lish get off to the perfect start.

However, the third game of the day proved to be Tullylish’s most difficult task when they were beaten by Warrenpoint by a solidary score, but the locals steamrolled their way through the rest of the group games - seeing of Ballyholland and Kildare outfit Clane Whites with some great scores from Liam Campbell, Caolan Doyle, Shea Winters and Rachel Carberry.

In the quarter finals James Fegan - who had now switched to midfiled, fired over some outstanding points from distance.

Goalkeeper Kieron Keetley made a fantastic point blank save that had it went in surely would of ended Tullylish’s involvement in the competition., however with a two point win over Burren ‘Lish marched on to the semi-final to face Ballyholland.

In a tight and tense affair Tullylish scored the points at crucial times - especially a long distance effort from Conor Molloy and a fine strike from Caolan Doyle, but the win that took the team to the final was down to the heroic display from Tullylish’s defence.

Tullylish went into the final as underdogs - coming up against a well supported home side but the brave locals just didn’t have enough to see off the Clonduff challenge. A fortunate goal from the Hilltown side was the difference in the end but Tullylish left the field with their pride firmly intact, proving they are well able to compete with any of the top teams in the county at Under-12 level.