April 23rd, 2023
Tummery travelled to crevenish road to take on Ryan Campbell’s NFC Kesh today on a wet and windy April afternoon. Kesh one of the inform teams in division one with 5 victories on the trot in division one it was surely going to be a ding dong battle.
Ryan was forced in to some changes with injuries and players unavailable with Declan McNulty replacing Tommy Mullan at left back and Oisin Gormley coming in for Blain Campbell at the heart of the defence.
Kevin taggart was in charge of proceedings and got the game underway with tummery attacking the clubhouse end of the pitch for the opening 45. Tummery started very well and were playing some nice attacking football and had a series of corners in the first third of the half but never troubled McClelland in the home goal. Paul mchugh should have done better with a free header from 6 yards out. Tummery were wasteful with chances and the sting would be in the tail later in the half. Kesh looking to catch tummery on the break with long balls over the top.
Kevin mcaleer and Daniel Wilson both seen yellow on 17 minutes for a off the ball reaction with each other.
On 29 minutes against the run of play kesh were 1 to the good when Ryan Campbell forced a mistake out of Niall McCrory and tapped the ball home in to an empty net.
Declan McNulty played in a great free kick minutes later a defence splitting free kick that was headed just wide.
This setback galvanised tummery and they pushed and pushed for a equaliser. With Paudi Dillon creating havoc on the wing against captain beacom. Malachy McLaughlin was getting on top in the middle third against the talented McDonagh and walker. On 44 minutes the kesh leader was rubbed out when Paudi Dillon got to the byline past his marker beacom beating him for pace and strength and cut the ball back to paul mchugh at the back post and finished to the net. A great time to get what tummery deserved for their first half performance unlucky not to find themselves a few goals in front.
Second half got underway and the rain a wind had finally settled and both sets of fans hoping for more of the same for the second period.
Kevin taggart got proceedings underway in the second half and kesh started the half with intent with Lee walker hitting the cross bar from distance and Sean McDonagh testing Niall McCrory on at least two occasions, spud saving well from both. Then it was Tummery’s turn to go close with Martin Hughes lobbing the goal keeper from 35 yards and the ball bounced off the bar. Aidy McCaffrey then went close from distance. Walker received a yellow card for a late lunge on Paudi Dillon with Dillon coming out injured out of it.
On 74 minutes kesh dealt tummery with a hammer blow when young substitute jack Beatty received the ball at the edge of the 18 took three touches an finished in to the right hand corner of the net to send the kesh fans off there seats but they would be soon back on them with the fight in this tummery team they would not be deterred.
Martin Hughes had grant Ellis in his pocket all afternoon pinning him and rolling him at every ball he received. Tummery pressed hard all over the park with Ryan Hanna pushing further forward and mchugh marauding in to the box again. On 78 minutes tummery were level when Doc again received the ball in to him in the box and turned Ellis inside out a finished in to the top left of the net past McClelland.
Declan Molloy was unbelievable all game at centre half along with young Oisin Gormley stifling any attacks from kesh late in the game and driving tummery forward with Hanna and McLaughlin. On 87 minutes that man again Martin Hughes got the ball in the kesh box and shot at goal an it hit the net with a slight deflection which left McClelland with no chance to send the tummery faithful in to ecstasy. With Martin Hughes getting his jersey ripped off him by one of the kesh players and a yellow card for his joyous celebration showing what it means for him a this club.
Tummery defended well for the last 3 minutes plus injury time with whistler taggart playing 7 minutes of injury time. Blain Campbell replaced Martin Hughes as he was applauded of the pitch for his work rate all afternoon and goals. Kesh had a few corners in the last few minutes but headed clear by captain mccaffrey and Molloy.
Taggart blew the whistle with 97 minutes played in what was a great display of Fermanagh and western football from both sides.
Thanks to all our fans who made the trip to kesh today and were the 12th man for us today a cheered up on from minute 1 to minute 97 and never let the setbacks deter us. We take on lisbellaw united at home on Tuesday night at 6.45 please come in numbers and cheer the lads on as we chase another 3 big points
Our youthful reserves were on the end of a 4-1 defeat by Ardstraw with several youth players in our starting 11