Classy Carey takes care of Tulsk challenge!

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Hodson Bay Hotel Roscommon SFC Quarter-Final Play-off 

Pádraig Pearses 2-17 Tulsk 0-8

For the first 15 minutes of this play-off, played in perfect weather conditions at Dr. Hyde Park last Sunday, it looked like Tulsk were going to give Pádraig Pearses a searching test of their credentials. They had plenty of possession, led by 0-4 to 0-3, and were looking well capable of causing several problems for their opponents.

But after the first water break Pearses emerged a different side. They were committed in the tackle and denied Tulsk any time and space on the ball. Niall and Conor Daly prospered at midfield, David Murray carried intelligently, and up front, Paul Carey and Hubert Darcy began to get the better of their markers.

Suddenly Tulsk were in trouble. They were chasing shadows all over the field as Pearses ruled the roost. After Ryan Galvin scored a point from play in the 14th minute it would be over 35 minutes before Tulsk scored again –

and at that stage the game was long over as a contest.

Points from the outstanding Paul Carey, Hubert Darcy, Jack Tumulty, Lorcan Daly and Emmett Kelly saw the 2019 champions ahead by 0-8 to 0-4 at half-time.

When play resumed Pearses pressed their foot on the accelerator and put the issue beyond Tulsk in the third quarter. Carey helped himself to two points, and when he blasted home a great goal in the 43rd minute it was 1-13 to 0-4 and Pat Flanagan’s men were already looking ahead to the quarter-finals.

Both sides ran their benches in the final quarter as the game petered out. In fairness to Tulsk, they battled away gamely and put some respectability on the scoreboard with a run of late points, with impressive sub Daniel Connolly accounting for three fine scores. But Pearses were simply too strong and Tumulty bundled the ball into the Tulsk net in the final minute of normal time for their second goal.

This was definitely Pearses’ best showing of the championship so far and they will go into this weekend’s quarter-final against Boyle with a lot of momentum. After this showing, don’t rule them out as contenders.

Anthony Butler, David Murray, Niall and Conor Daly and Paul Carey were excellent on the day, while for a well beaten Tulsk, Dylan Gaughan was best performer by some considerable distance. Padraig Scott, Ryan Galvin and sub Daniel Connolly had their moments.

Pádraig Pearses: Paul Whelan; Gavin Downey, Mark Richardson, Anthony Butler; Shane Carty, Ronan Daly, David Murray; Niall Daly (0-1), Conor Daly (0-1); Conor Payne, Emmett Kelly (0-1), Lorcan Daly (0-2); Jack Tumulty (1-1), Hubert Darcy (0-4, 1 m, 1 f), Paul Carey (1-6, 2f). Subs: Shane Mulvey for Carty (35), Jack Downey for G Downey (39), Conor Lohan for Richardson (44), Eoin Colleran for Darcy (45), Aaron Feehily (0-1) for N Daly (45).

Tulsk: Reagan Fahey; Niall McNamara, Dara O’Rourke, Stephen Lennon; Ryan Galvin (0-1), Dylan Gaughan (0-1), Padraig Scott; David Coyne, Tadhg O’Rourke; Robbie Kelly (0-1), Gerry Galvin, Cathal O’Rourke; Evan Flynn, David Carleton (0-1), Louis Galvin (0-1, free). Subs: Ryan Donoghue for McNamara (24), Daniel Connolly (0-3, 1 ‘45) for Flynn (35), Ryan Larkin for Carleton (45), Sean Murray for L Galvin (45), James Egan for Scott (50).

Referee: Gerry Carmody.