With trying to put last week’s defeat against An Riocht behind them, today’s opposition was Ballyholland Harps. As league leaders, the Newry side are league leaders and it was going to be a big ask but with the ‘Lish boys and girls having home advantage, who knew what might happen.
The match is underway and as anticipated Ballyholland started strongly and with some great forwards, they were causing trouble from the off. Some fine defending from James Webb, Brogan McComiskey and Rory McIlduff tried to keep them at bay, Tullylish were trying their best to attack and on one of the few occasion’s it was Eoin McManus that slotted the ball between the posts. But Tullylish where struggling to keep the Harps at bay with Taylor Hadden outstanding in nets only for Hadden the score line would have been a lot more going into the break.
Second half up and running with some good fielding from Tony McCartan in the midfield and the wind behind the home teams back Tullylish surely would put up a better display. Daniel Morgan was starting to come into the game with Louis O’Neil in the middle of the park .Tullylish slotted over another point from Eoin McManus but the Harps players were not going to let the Lish into the game that easy and slotted in another few goals .
Tullylish were a tighter unit now and changes made on the front row with Louis Hill and Taylor Breen exchanged for Heidi Conlon and Alisha Breen, Shea Fitzpatrick on for Louis O,Neil and in the half forward line Rory Og Gaynor replaces Tiernan Lyness. Tullylish kept plugging away and had a lot more possession but it was trying to turn them into scores.
Harry Agnew and James Webb had steadied the rear guard which let Tony McCartan start to control midfield and push the ball forward to Heidi Conlon who took a wonderful point against a strong Ballyholland back line. When this was asked of Alisha Breen she stepped up also and put in a great performance these girls were showing the boys that they could be a force when asked of. But the Harps were too strong for the Tullylish boys and girls and ran out comfortable winners.
Tullylish will have to regroup and have a few tough matches to come so we need all the support we can get on the field and off the field. Thanks to Ballyholland for a great display of football, thanks to the supporters and also to the coaches.
Final Score Tullylish 0-3—-Ballyholland Harps 5-8