Homeland SFC  Semi-Final Tourlestrane 1-7 v St.Mary's 0-09

Back 08/09/2020 @ 10:00 | mainnews | Homeland SFC Semi-Final Tourlestrane 1-7 v St.Mary's 0-09

The drive for five continues as Tourlestrane scraped past the St. Mary's challenge and booked their place in this years Homeland SFC final in two weeks where they will meet first time finalists Drumcliffe/Rosses Point. The best performers of the day were in the majority from the town side with the Feehilys, Ryan and Niall, Paul Kilcoyne and older head like Johnny Martyn and Stephen Coen causing problems for the champions. Johnny Kelly stepped up to the plate for the south Sligo men with James Leonard and Adrian McIntyre keeping their campaign alive. 

10 minutes had elapsed without the scoreboard having been bothered in the first half with the game reminiscent of a basketball game. Liam Gaughan scored a free and this was cancelled out a minute later by Hubert Gilvarry and by the water break it was 1 v 1 with defences very much on top. Right after the break Johnny Kelly scored the first of his five point haul, and 5 minute later Gaughan extended to 2 the lead with a lovely point from play. Cian Breheny replied with a long range effort after a good time of possession football made no impression. Stephen Coen scored an excellent point from an acute angle and with no supporting players it was a great result considering he had four Tourlestrane players between him and goal. Kelly got his second before the half time break to leave Tourlestrane leading by 0-4 v 0-3. 

Kelly got his third from play in the 3rd minute of the half but from the long kickout from Teape whose kickouts were impressive, saw Nathan Rooney found in front of goal. He could have gone for a point when faced by a defender but instead placed it into the top right of the town goal to put Mary's in front for the first time. Their next score was also a goal 8 minutes later when a ball was picked straight off the ground inside the small square and after a long delay Coen sent Broe the wrong way. At the water break Mary's were in control leading by four and dominant in the breaks and tussles around the middle third. 

However with the break came the chance for Tourlestrane to regroup and from then to the finish it would be safe to say they won over 90% of the breaks and kickouts which gave them a platform to launch their revival. Leonard and Noel Gaughan were prominent in this regard and in a 3 minute spell, Gaughan from a free, along with Leonard and Kelly points had the lead down to 1. In the 29th minute Nathan Rooney sent over an excellent outside of the right effort from out near the dugouts and it appeared they had weathered the storm, however he received a silly black card directly after which put extra pressure on the town team. Between the 30th and 32nd minutes , the same three players as before Kelly, Gaughan and Leonard pointed to go one up. Mary's had the chance to send the game into extra time but went for the goal chance instead of taking a point. 

Tourlestrane will meet Drumcliffe/Rosses point in the final in two weeks time


Tourlestrane - Johnny Kelly 0-5, Liam Gaughan 0-4 (1f), James Leonard 0-2

St.Mary's - Stephen Coen 1-1 (1p), Nathan Rooney 1-1, Hubert Gilvarry, Cian Breheny 0-1 each