Tracton scoring burst too much for Aghabullogue

Tracton 0-21 Aghabullogue 1-12

After going in level at half-time, despite wasting a lot of good possession, the defeated finalists in 2010 stepped things up considerably upon the resumption and outscored their opponents 0-7 to 0-1 between the 31st and 45th minutes to establish a cushion which would not be punctured.

It now means Aghabullogue only have one more chance to get back into the championship race.

Nine points, and some fine play from midfielder Ronan Walsh, were key for the south-east side, with Kieran Corrigan a colossus at full-back, while Mick Barry battled well with Aghabullogue’s main scoring threat Finbarr Foley.

Foley accounted for eight points of his side’s output, deadly from placed balls, but a lack of overall scoring power was costly for them.

Despite that, however, Aghabullogue were more than competitive in the opening half. They led three times early on, Greg Murphy influential at centre-forward, and though points from Walsh put Tracton into a 0-6 to 0-4 lead, a pair of sweet scores from Donal Twomey tied matters by the 22nd minute. Then, they regained the lead when goalkeeper Denis O’Leary drilled a penalty after Twomey had been fouled, but Tracton responded positively though James Harrington and Michael O’Sullivan.

Tracton almost went in leading at the break when O’Sullivan’s low shot looked destined for thebottom corner but O’Leary saved magnificently, Walsh converting the 65 to leave it 0-10 to 1-7 at half-time.

Three points in as many minutes from Walsh early in the second-half allowed Tracton breathing space, but though powerful midfielder Niall Buckley scored what should have been a rousing point for Aghabullogue in response, it only merely interrupted the flow. Two from Michael O’Sullivan and one each from Seán O’Sullivan and Walsh left six in it.

The gap would have been even more but for great tracking and a super block from Niall Buckley after Chris Lordan had set up Michael O’Sullivan for a chance, but even with a quarter of the game remaining, the outcome was gaining definition.

Though Foley did send over a few frees for Aghabullogue, Tracton continued to respond, Joe Kingston in particular impressing in the closing stages with Gearóid Kingston getting a beauty.

From a late Aghabullogue free around the 65’, Foley dropped the ball into the Tracton goalmouth but goalkeeper Damian Walsh gathered possession without too much trouble.

The Coachford side will discover their third-round opponents at tonight’s draw in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, while Tracton can look forward to round four and re-entry to the championship.

Scorers for Tracton: R Walsh 0-9 (0-7f, 0-1 65), Joe Kingston 0-4, M O’Sullivan 0-3, K Lynch 0-2, G Kingston, J Harrington, S O’Sullivan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Aghabullogue: F Foley 0-8 (0-7f, 0-1 65), D O’Leary 1-0, D Twomey 0-2, N Buckley, J Buckley 0-1 each.

TRACTON: D Walsh; M Barry, K Corrigan, C McGuinness; R Cronin, B Lynch, C Lordan; K Lynch, R Walsh; Joe Kingston, S O’Sullivan, J Harrington; John Kingston, G Kingston, M O’Sullivan.

Subs: D O’Callaghan for G Kinston, J McGuinness for K Lynch (both 60).

AGHABULLOGUE: D O’Leary; D Murphy, J Foley, A Hogan; D Quinlan, N Buckley, E Kennedy; P O’Rourke, D Buckley; S O’Sullivan, G Murphy, A Barry-Murphy; D Twomey, J Buckley, F Foley.

Subs: P Murphy for Barry-Murphy (half-time), M O’Flynn for O’Rourke (42), P Twomey for G Murphy (54, injured), B Buckley for Kennedy (55).

Referee: D Daly (Brian Dillons).

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