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Seniors vs Gort - Report 09-05-2016
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Turlough show heart to level twice in injury time!

Turlough 0-14, Gort 1-11.

Turloughmore Seniors took to the field yesterday (Sunday 8th) in a do or die clash against champions of two years ago Gort in Kenny Park. A loss would have seen them out of contention in the championship after losing their first two group games. 
There was a large crowd present to watch the second game in a double header which first featured Craughwell vs Ardrahan.

There was a late change to the Turlough team when Captain Cian Burke had to be withdrawn after suffering a dislocated elbow in the warm-up. He was replaced at wing forward by Gary Burke. This brought the injury count to 6 regular starters for the heavily weakened Turloughmore squad.

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At 7.05pm referee John Keane threw in the ball. The scores were hard fought in the opening minutes of the game with Gort registering the first point. On 12 minutes the sides were tied at two points a piece after a point from Barry Mc Donagh and a Jamie Holland free. 

On 20 minutes Gort had added two more from play with Sean Linnane responding with a brilliant point of his own after fielding a long range clearance. Linnane was involved in everything in the opening period and put Sean Loftus through on goal shortly after with a clever handpass over the top but unfortunately they were denied by a fine save from the Gort keeper.

On 25 minutes Turlough were hit with yet another blow when Ronan Badger had to be withdrawn due to a knee injury, he was replaced by Richard Doyle at full forward.
Jamie Holland scored another free before the break but it was corner forward Wayne Walsh who got the final score of the half for Gort. The sides went in at the break, Turloughmore 0-05, Gort 0-07.

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The game resumed with the wind now behind the Turlough team. In the 10 minute period that followed Gort scored only once from a free with Turlough missing two and Conor Shaughnessy scoring one. Brian Murphy was in contention for score of the game when he got a great point from half way after a Vincent Doyle pass. This left only a point in it, Turlough 0-07, Gort 0-08.

Turloughmore were building momentum now and Gort were finding it difficult to score with superb defending from the Turlough back 6, in particular Daithi & Ronan Burke. On 45 minutes Conor Shaughnessy leveled the game with a vital free and Jamie Holland gave Turlough the lead soon after from another placed ball. 
When Turloughmore got two more scores, Sean Linnane from play and Richard Doyle winning a free, converted by Jamie, it looked like they were going to win it.

Disaster struck however with Turlough conceding a scrappy goal right on 60 minutes when the ball from a Dullaghan save struck the helmet of a Turlough defender and landed in the path of an oncoming Gort forward who bundled it into the net.
This had been preceded by a questionable Albert Mullins point when he looked to have thrown the ball up and caught it before he took his score. Turlough 0-12, Gort 1-10.

It looked to be all over for the Turlough side but they showed incredible heart when they drew level not once but twice in injury time, first through a Jamie Holland free and finally from a brilliant piece of individual play from Conor Shaughnessy to claim a hard fought draw.

It was a brilliant display from the Turlough team as a whole. There were some superb individual performances from Barry Mc Donagh, Daithi Burke, Ronan Burke, Sean Linnane, Mark Murphy, Vincent Doyle to name a few.

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Team: Paul Dullaghan, Mark Murphy, Ronan Burke, Dara Joyce, Jamie Holland, Daithi Burke, Vincent Doyle, Michael Morris, Brian Murphy, Gary Burke, Sean Linnane, Sean Loftus, Barry Mc Donagh, Ronan Badger, Conor Shaughnessy.

Subs: Richard Doyle for Ronan Badger, Darren Shaughnessy for Gary Burke, Shane Burke for Michael Morris.


This keeps Turlough in with a fighting chance if they can win their next two games against Sarsfields and St. Thomas. Updated SHC Tables after the opening 3 Rounds:

Senior A

Group 1

Pld

S/Diff

Pts

Loughrea

3

4

6

Castlegar

3

12

4

Gort

3

-1

3

Sarsfields

3

-1

2

St Thomas

3

-3

2

Turloughmore

3

-11

1

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