fall to another home defeat
ACFL Div 2: Tullylish
1-11 Ballyholland 0-18
Tullylish fell to another home defeat
on Friday night last against a Ballyholland
team possessing too much firepower.
In what was a must win game for
both sides there was little between
the sides for the first 3 quarters
of the game but the visitors took
over in the final 15 minutes to
win quite easily in the end.
The game started well for Tullylish and they were soon in the lead through a John McAreveay free and a Chris McGovern point. Tullylish were on top for large parts of the opening 15 minutes and although Ballyholland responded with a point Tullylish went further ahead with another John McAreavay score. Tullylish were dominant at this stage winning most of the ball around midfield and another score was put on the board with Eamon Morgan blasting over the bar when looming down on goal. This was as good as it got for Tullylish as Ballyholland started coming back into the game adding 2 points to cut the deficit down to a minimum. Ballyholland were soon level but Tullylish responded with the only goal of the game from Chris McGovern after a big ball into the full forward line. This gave Tullylish a big boost but they were still under pressure at the back conceding silly frees close to goal to allow Ballyholland into the lead for the first time after 25 minutes. Tullylish did battle back for the last 5 minutes of the half scoring 2 points from Gary Chambers and John McAreavey to leave the half time score Tullylish 1-6 Ballyholland 0-10
Tullylish had a lot of work to do in the second half if they wanted to secure the points but as they had done throughout too many passes went astray and the visitors had the game in the bag with 15 minutes to play. Tullylish did register the first score of the half through Gary Chambers but failed to score again for a full 20 minutes. During this time Ballyholland scored at regular intervals knocking over 8 unanswered points to secure the game. Tullylish worked hard but poor handling and passing was their downfall. They did battle back scoring 4 unanswered points in the final 5 minutes but this was far from enough.
Tullylish must sharpen up their performances this was a game they could have won but in the end Ballyholland were the more composed team. Tullylish must improve in the games to come to help secure the points needed for survival.
Tullylish: R McConville; P Grew (M McArtan); M Feeney; G McEvoy; B Priestly; C McManus 0-1; R Barry; D Corbett; P Quinn; J McAreavey 0-4; B Roberts (M McEvoy); M Fitzpatrick (S Greenaway); E Morgan 0-1 (C Thompson 0-1); C McGovern 1-2; G Chambers 0-2.