14 September 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

TYHOLLAND set up a second Intermediate Football Championship Final meeting with Doohamlet in three years when they battled past Donaghmoyne in last Sunday’s semi-final at a rain-soaked Drumhowan.
In a scrappy game which wasn’t helped by difficult conditions, Tyholland failed to impress despite playing against 14 men for more than half of the match and they were never able to really shake off a determined Donaghmoyne effort. Goals by Brian McArdle, Raymond Ronaghan and Shane Treanor – the first two of which had an element of luck involved – saw the north-Monaghan side through, however.
Tyholland lost Gary McQuaid to injury in the first half, but the sending-off of Shane Kelly left Donaghmoyne facing an uphill battle. The three goal-scorers were all prominent for Tyholland, along with Ronan McNally and Greg Ronaghan, while Colm Connolly, Cillian Coleman, Pauric Donaghy and Ciarán Daly led the way for Donaghmoyne.
Donaghmoyne were first to settle into the game and they missed a couple of early chances before Colm Connolly converted a 30-metre free for a foul on Pauric Donaghy, who then linked up with Christopher Deery to kick a point from play and double their lead. Tyholland took the lead with a huge slice of luck on ten minutes when Brian McArdle got on the end of a move involving Gary McQuaid and Raymond Ronaghan and took a shot for a point, which dipped over the head of Donaghmoyne keeper Gerard Lynch and into the net. Connolly got a point back for Donaghmoyne from a 30-metre free after a foul on Donaghy, before Tyholland suffered a blow when Gary McQuaid went off with a shoulder injury.
Lynch made amends for his earlier error when he blocked a shot from Peadar Farrelly, who had been put through by Ryan McKenna, but Donaghmoyne were reduced to 14 men when Shane Kelly was shown a straight red card for leading with the elbow when in possession on the half-way line. A well-struck 40-metre free by McKenna, after a foul on Shane Treanor, regained Tyholland’s lead and they moved four clear on 30 minutes when …

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