January 14th, 2023
It was third time lucky as tummery took on NFC Kesh at Crawfords lane today an finally the game got the green light after falling foul to the elements on two previous occasions. Kesh under the management of Ryan Campbell unbeaten since change in management would prove a good match for Tummery. Sean Gallinagh was the man in charge of proceedings in absolutely horrendous conditions with driving wind and hail stone storms it was a ding dong battle from minute one with both teams well up for the battle.
Ryan named the same starting 11 as last week that defeated Damolly in the Irish junior cup and have been drawn against strathroy harps in a mouth watering contest in the last 16.
Referee Gallinagh got proceedings underway with tummery attacking the road end of crawfords lane, and for the first 15 minutes tummery bossed the game and had several chances with two falling to Paul mchugh who drove over the bar twice from just inside the 18 yard box. On 17 minutes tummery were dealt with a hammer blow when young defender Oisin Gormley seen a straight red card for an alleged act of violent conduct against Justin Palmer who also was booked as was Declan McNulty. Hanna went in to centre half an nullified the leagues highest goalscorer to date campbell for the rest of the 1st period combined with an assured performance from Blain Campbell at the back. The only effort from Kesh coming from Cashel which ballooned high over the bar. Cashel himself was lucky not to see a card for a late tackle on McCaffrey just at the end of the first half.
Honours even at half time as both sets of players got a break from the absolutely brutal weather.
Tummery took to the field in the second half like a team possessed and on 54 minutes they got there reward for there good start to the second half when set peice expert McNulty whipped in a free kick which bounced in front of keeper McCusker an nestled in the top corner of the net via a touch from the post to send the tummery faithful in to ecstasy. Ryan Hanna with some wonderful interceptions putting his head and body on the line and tackles from malachy McLaughlin breaking up play there wasn’t change much for the kesh attackers. Kesh pushed hard for the equaliser ringing the changes. Nathan Cashel can count himself lucky to stay on the pitch with an absolutely horrendous late tackle on Malachy McLaughlin he seen yellow instead. Martin Hughes was put in on goal by Declan McNulty and flicked the ball past the on rushing goal keeper McCusker and it went narrowly wide tummery were good for there one goal lead.
Kesh pushed hard for an equaliser and on 71 minutes they got it when Ryan Beatty shot from all of 30 yards and beat Niall McCrory at his near post the same player hitting the post 6 minutes later and kesh had a effort cleared off the line.
Paudi Dillon and Brian Campbell replaced Malachy McLaughlin and the tireless James Garrity on 80 minutes an Paudi had a great chance to put tummery back in front but didn’t connect with it as he would have liked and easily gathered by McCusker. Paul Mchugh was brought down in the box but referee Gallinagh waved away the appeal. Every ball was breaking for kesh as the wind and rain drove across crawfords lane but tummery worked tirelessly all over the field to nullify the kesh challenge and with 95 minutes on the clock whistler Gallinagh brought proceedings to a close.
A truly dogged performance with hunger an character all over the pitch from the men in claret in blue who in truth looked like the only team going to win this game playing 75 minutes with 10 men it was a great fighting performance.
We welcome Maheraveely to Crawfords lane next week and thanks to all our fans for staying the full game today in them elements today you truly are one of a kind.
Our reserves got back to winning ways today winning 4-2 away to Lisnarick with the returning Sonnie McDonagh amongst the goals good to see you back scoring and playing Sonnie.