Leitrim 6:11 Tullylish 4:6
IT was goals galore in Tullylish and Leitrim’s league encounter last Friday evening but it was the Fontenoys who came out on top winning comfortably by two goals and five points.
John McAreavey was the first scorer of the game converting a 14 yard free well which was well earned by Shemy O’Hare on the full forward line. It wasn’t long until Leitrim replied by rattling the back of the net with the first goal of the game.
A superb ball to Conor Magee was comfortably stroked over by the talented young forward which left the visitors leading by the minimum. But within the space of a few minutes a 2:2 salvo left the winners leading by three goals.
John McAreavey and Liam Doyle exchanged points for their sides as well as Chris Magee who added to the Tullylish account with a great point.
With Seamy O’Hare coming closest to the first Tullylish goal, he was under considerable pressure and had no other option but to fist the ball over the bar.
In the 18th minute a penalty was awarded to Conor Magee which was steered home by John McAreavey and in a matter of minutes he found the net yet again and reduced the deficit to only two points.
With a string of wides Tullylish struggled to find range before the half time whistle and the Leitrim forwards seized control at this stage stroking over four points from ace scorers Miceal McCartan, Pete Middleton and Martin Doyle leaving the hosts trailing by 6 at the break.
In the early part of the second half the Tullylish defence was under constant siege and yet again the forwards struggled to obtain scores. Leitrim took full advantage and with prominent players like Robbie O’Hare and Gerard McAnulty the visitors racked up another four points taking total ownership of this quarter.
The first Tullylish point of the half came in 16th minute which was followed by an exchange of goals from either team leaving visitors leading by 9.
After a nasty collision involving Conor Magee he was forced to come off due to the incident leaving Tullylish in even more danger. A free kick converted by John McAreavey immediately after this narrowed the gap to 8.
But this was merely a late consolation for Tullylish as two more Leitrim goals cemented their authority leaving the final score as 6:11 to 4:6.
Tullylish Team: Aaron O’Hagan, Sean McDermott, Barry Priestly, Chris Magee (0:1), Joe McDermott, Fiontann O’Dowd, Kevin McKiverigan, Paddy McKiverigan, Gareth Johnston, John McKiverigan, Niall Donnelly, Aidan McKernan, Conor Magee (0:1) John McAreavey (2:3) and Seamy O’Hare (0:1)