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Seniors lose out to Loughrea - Match Report 26-04-2016

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Turlough 0-18, Loughrea 1-17

Turloughmore Seniors took to the field in their first round of the SHC Senior A group on Sunday evening in Kenny Park. The conditions were ideal with great weather and the pitch in immaculate condition.

There was a late change on the Turlough team which seen Sean Linnane withdrawn due to injury and replaced by Ronan Badger at full forward.

There was a minutes silence for the late Mary Madden-Joyce before the ball was thrown in.

Turloughmore started well and raced into an early 0-5 to 0-2 point lead on 12 minutes after a good opening point from Conor Shaughnessy and further points from Darren Shaughnessy (0-3) and a Jamie Holland free.

Matthew Keating suffered a big hit shortly after when collecting a high pass which would have seen him through on goal, thankfully he got back to his feet to the relief of the Turloughmore crowd.

Loughrea fought back however with Johnny Maher winning an important free in front of goal which was duly converted by Neil Keary. Keary was on form with his striking throughout the game and put another over shortly after. Conor Shaughnessy and Jamie Holland (free) scored again leaving the game Turlough 0-7, Loughrea 0-6 on 25 mins.

It just wasn’t to be Matthew Keating’s day as on 28 minutes - after contesting a high ball - he came down awkwardly on his ankle suffering a nasty injury and had to be carried off. He was replaced by Eoin Flaherty who moved to corner back with Sean Loftus moving to midfield.

Turlough wouldn’t score again before the break but two Keary frees, a good Jamie Ryan point and a 65 again from Keary saw the half time score-line Turlough 0-7, Loughrea 0-11.

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There were no changes to the Turlough team when play resumed for the second half. Conor Shaughnessy and Jamie Holland (free) traded points with Johnny Coen & Johnny Maher early on.

On 40 minutes Jamie Ryan was put through on goal and using his pace to get away from the Turlough defence, he left Paul Dullaghan with no chance one on one, slotting the ball firmly into the back of the net. Conor Shaughnessy responded with two frees either side of the goal leaving the game now Turlough 0-11, Loughrea 1-13. Turlough added two more scores from Conor Shaughnessy (free) & Jamie Holland (free) shortly after.

Daithi Burke moving to midfield on 45mins made a noticeable difference after he swapped places with Jamie Holland and five minutes later, after a great individual run, he was brought down in the box. Jamie Holland took the resulting penalty but his head-height shot was saved by the Loughrea keeper.

With Turlough now pressing Ronan Badger came into his own, running onto a ball, collecting, turning and striking a superb point over the bar. Mark Murphy then followed this with another good long range effort from the midway line. Loughrea’s Paul Hooban was not to be outdone however and responded with a point from his own 65 yard line leaving only two points between the sides. Shane Burke & Dara Joyce were introduced into the fray at this point replacing Darren Shaughnessy and Brian Murphy in the Turlough forward line.

As the game drew to a close Turlough narrowed the gap with a Conor Shaughnessy free and another brilliant Ronan Badger point leaving the sides level with only minutes to go. Indiscipline ultimately cost Turloughmore in the end however as they gave away two frees which Neil Keary easily slotted over the bar to see Loughrea win out by two.

Team: Paul Dullaghan, Mark Murphy (0-1), Ronan Burke, Sean Loftus, Kevin Hussy, Daithi Burke, Michael Morris, Matthew Keating, Jamie Holland (0-4 frees), Barry Mc Donagh, Darren Shaughnessy (0-3), Cian Burke, Conor Shaughnessy (0-7, 0-5 frees), Ronan Badger (0-3), Brian Murphy.

Turloughmore now go on to play Castlegar in the second round this coming Sunday at 2.30pm in Pearse Stadium.

Turloughmore GAA Club would also like to wish a speedy recovery to Matthew Keating who it has been confirmed broke his ankle in the game and is undergoing surgery this morning.

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