Back on the 20th of July, Tinahely kicked off the D’Arcy Sands Intermediate Football Championship with an evening throw-in against Kilmacanogue. Fresh off their relegation from the senior football championship the year before, Tinahely were looking to make a statement, which they most certainly did.
On that night, Kilmacanogue fell victim to a wounded animal when Tinahely cruised to a 4-11 to 3-06 win to kick-off their championship campaign the right way.
Fast forward just over two months, at the tail end of the intermediate championship campaign, and Tinahely looked to repeat that feat against the same opposition for a place in the final against Carnew Emmets. Much like that July night in Ashford, Tinahely made no mistake in picking apart Kilmac early.
The two sides traded points early on, with Tony Darcy answering Sam O’Callaghan and Niall Meldon’s scores. In fact, Darcy was the thorn in Tinahely’s side all afternoon, as he showed by splitting the posts for Tinahely’s next two scores in a row. It was his fifth point, and Andy Dillon’s first, that allowed for Tinahely to establish some sort of breathing room to make the scores 0-07 to 0-05.
While Kilmac were closer to Tinahely than they were at the same stage of their first encounter when they had conceded 1-07 before their very first score, they were feeling a sense of deja-vu shortly thereafter when Willie Dillon netted Tinahely’s first goal of the evening to extend their lead to five points.
The situation was made worse for Kilmac late in the first-half when Alan Dillon and James Hedderman points followed up Tinahely’s second goal of the evening through the clinical Tony Darcy.
Similarly to the first, Kilmac made a good start to the second-half. Sam O’Callaghan and Aaron Creavin pointed for their side shortly after Tinahely goalkeeper Alan Nolan made a great save to deny Kilmac their first goal of the game.
Niall Meldon then produced a sweet strike to net Kilmac’s first goal of proceedings to reduce the score to 2-11 to 1-07.
Whereas Tinahely went from strength-to-strength in their game back in July, the second-half of Sunday afternoon’s game did not go according to that plan. Kilmac followed up Niall Meldon’s goal with their second, this time through Sam O’Callaghan to reduce the deficit to 2-13 to 2-09.
Unfortunately, the effort committed to chalking back the first half deficit which had been built up did not account for the time left on the clock, as Tinahely ran out 2-13 to 2-09 winners — thus setting up a mouth-watering intermediate football championship final against local rivals Carnew Emmets.
WicklowNews Man of the Match: Tony Darcy.