A personal haul of 2-9, including two goals in the final five minutes, from man-of-the-match Robbie Foyle sealed a comprehensive eleven point victory for Timahoe and with it a place in the county final. The win was some consolation for Timahoe following their recent defeat in the Senior Football Championship quarter-final
The first half proved to be a bitterly close encounter with only a goal separating the sides after thirty minutes of play. Clough-Ballacolla opened the scoring with a point from midfielder Eoin Doyle after three minutes. Ciaran Finane doubled the Ballacolla lead with a short range free a minute later to open a two point margin.
Timahoe settled into the game shortly after with Robbie Foyle firing a brace of frees in quick succession to level the proceedings with nine minutes on the clock. Clough-Ballacolla’s Ciaran Finane and James Maher exchanged points with Robbie Foyle (2) as the sides remained level approaching the twenty minute mark.
Timahoe had threatened to break their goal drought on a few occasions, and finally did so through corner-forward Ruairi O’Connor after 21 minutes to take the lead for the first time in the game. David McEvoy increased the Timahoe lead from the resulting puck-out to give his side a four point cushion.
Clough-Ballacolla finished the half strongly with points from James Maher (2), Stephen Bergin and Ciaran Finane, while Robbie Foyle continued to lead the Timahoe charge to add a further three points bringing his personal tally to seven points for the half as Timahoe held a one goal advantage at the interval.
The second half started with a bang, with five points within the opening seven minutes. Ruairi O’Connor and Pascal Foyle hit the target for Timahoe, before some persistent fouling from Timahoe gifted Ciaran Finane with the opportunity to fire three frees in quick succession.
However Timahoe began to dictate the game and they turned their two point lead into an eleven point one in the final quarter of an hour while holding Clough-Ballacolla scoreless. Robbie Foyle accounted for 2-2 of Timahoe’s 2-3 in the final fifteen minutes, with Pascal Foyle grabbing his second point of the day to complete the scoring.
Foyle shot two consecutive frees, before he rattled the Clough-Ballacolla net twice, the second of which was from the penalty spot as Timahoe booked their place in the county final against Ballypickas.
Scorers - Timahoe: Robbie Foyle 2-9, 1-5f; Ruairi O’Connor 1-1; Pascal Foyle 0-2, 0-1f; David McEvoy 0-1. Clough-Ballacolla: Ciaran Finane 0-6, 0-5f; James Maher 0-3, 0-1f; Eoin Doyle and Stephen Bergin 0-1 each.
Timahoe: Ciaran Bergin; Conor Lennon, Joe Foyle, Willie Mangan; Richie Oxley, Damien O’Connor, PJ Kelly; Pascal Foyle, Sean Ramsbottom; Joseph O’Connor, Ciaran Lennon, David McEvoy; Robbie Foyle, Liam McEvoy, Ruairi O’Connor. Subs: Geoff Kenneddy for David McEvoy.
Clough-Ballacolla: Brian Flaherty; Eoin Meade, Damien McEvoy, Paddy Whelan; Shane Maher, Ciaran Hyland, Brendan Doherty; James Maher, Eoin Doyle; Damien Hogan, John Keane, Sean Corby; David Campion, Stephen Bergin, Ciaran Finane. Subs: Shane Corby for David Campion; Mark Gorman for Paddy Whelan.
Referee: Pat Moran