Tir na nOg grab vital victory to protect senior position

Tir na nOg under 10s following trophy success at Eire Og.
Tir na nOg under 10s following trophy success at Eire Og.

Tir na nOg produced a thrilling performance to maintain senior status with away success at Ballymacnab by 1-7 to 0-17.

Team spirit served Tir na nOg across a league campaign that failed too often to result in the rewards for such determination.

However, the players provided an end product when most in need with a victory secured despite the absence of high-profile Brian Mallon.

Jamie McAleenan posted early points, with Paul Carvill and Johnny McGurgan each sharing spells on the scoreboard.

Marc Davidson and Barry McDonald formed a solid midfield partnership and the former fired over from distance before Paul Carvill closed out the impressive first-half display with another point.

However, a Ballymacnab goal left the Tir na nOg lead at a single point before the interval.

Tir na nOg attacked from the start of the second half and Gareth McDonald’s strong play led to Paul Carvill adding early points before a Johnny McGurgan effort increased the tally.

Frees arrived off Paul Carvill and Marc Davidson then Jamie McAleenan capped a flowing team move with an additional point.

Marc Davidson logged the final Tir na nOg point to cement a winning position.

The lotto draw was 10, 16, 17 and 19, with a £1,100 jackpot.

Annaghmore’s Senior Championship quarter-final against Ballymacnab will take place tonight (Friday) in The Athletic Grounds from 8.30.

Mixed HIIT and circuit sessions will run each Monday and Wednesday evening from 7-7.30 or Tuesday and Friday morning between 6.30-7 o’clock.

Irish Dancing will run from Tuesday between 6.30-7.30.

The latest lotto numbers are 6, 12, 15 and 23 - with Stephen McConville the Match Three winner.