Tir na nOg finish out on top

Tir na nOg under 10s celebrate success in the Donal McArdle Trophy.
Tir na nOg under 10s celebrate success in the Donal McArdle Trophy.

Tir na nOg B recorded victory against Sarsfields by 2-14 to 1-12 during the latest run of league fixtures.

The home side struggled across the initial stages but proved commanding as play progressed.

Sarsfields enjoyed the upper hand across the opening moments with four consecutive points before Jamie McAleenan sparked the fightback after a strong run.

Tir na nOg managed to build on this boost when Peter Wilson fisted over the bar off good work by Jamie McAleenan and the latter’s free cut the gap to a single point.

Both sides shared scores - with Michael Corrigan on target for the hosts - before Sarsfields grabbed the game’s opening goal.

The half finished with Jamie McAleenan and Corey Edgar pushing the Tir na nOg tally to 0-6 as Sarsfields sat on 1-7.

Sarsfields sparked the second-half scoring before Tir na nOg regrouped thanks to Corey Edgar’s approach play and a Jamie McAleenan point.

Points arrived from both sets of players, with Pearse McDonald putting Tir na nOg within four points.

A scoring spree across five minutes switched control to Tir na nOg as Joe Weir capped a flowing team move with a goal, Jamie McAleenan posted back-to-back points and Gerard Bailey steered over Corey Edgar’s pass.

Tir na nOg’s tactical changes helped provide late drive as Jamie McAleenan increased his personal tally by three before Aaron Judge joined from the sidelines to grab a decisive goal.

The under 10s’ final Go Games meeting of the season in Lurgan on Sunday featured two nine-a-side teams - with congratulations from management to the players.

Tir na nOg seniors’ league status remains in the balance as a result of defeat to Killeavy.

Another determined display by Tir na nOg failed to produce a reward as Killeavy recorded victory by 0-12 to 1-6.

Both sides entered the match in pursuit of much-needed points, with the high-stakes reflected in a low-scoring start.

Fifteen minutes of play divided Brian Mallon’s opening point and an effort by Barry McDonald.

Tir na nOg entered half-time up by 0-4 to 0-3 thanks to Brian Mallon and Paul Carvill.

Killeavy turned the tables in the second half but Tir na nOg enjoyed a free-flowing period which led to back-to-back points by Paul Carvill.

Tir na nOg were clear by four with 15 minutes left to play but a Paul Carvill goal failed to cement that position as Killeavy came out on top.

Tir na nOg members would like to wish Darragh McKee a full recovery from injury.