Arravale Rovers into West Tipperary senior football final

The replay of the West Tipperary senior football championship semi-final at Lattin lacked the closeness of the drawn game and Arravale Rovers were convincing winners on a scoreline of 2-11 to 0-9.

The replay of the West Tipperary senior football championship semi-final at Lattin lacked the closeness of the drawn game and Arravale Rovers were convincing winners on a scoreline of 2-11 to 0-9.

Arravale showed their superiority in the first half when, in spite of playing against the breeze, they took the game to Galtee Rovers and scored 1-5 to their opponents 0-3 in the course of the half.

The goal in the 16th minute by Shane Leahy was a good illustration. Working the ball our of defence the half-back line moved forward and in a fine series of passes they got the ball close to the Galtee goal. One of the passes went astray and Galtee started a counterattack but Leahy was present to make a vital interception and, despite the attentions of the goal-keeper got his kick in for a fine goal.

This score consolidated Arravale’s superiority. Until then in spite of good possession they were only a point in front on a scoreline of 0-3 to 0-2. They added two points to Galtee’s one to give them a five-point cushion at the interval.

Galtee’s main tactic was pumping balls into Colin Morrissey at full-forward but he met his match in Arravale’s Robbie Kiely, who had a superb game. Galtee’s plight was worsened in the 26th minute when Tony O’Brien was red carded. They had to face the breeze, the five-point deficit and the shortage of a player in the second-half.

Galtee made a huge effort after the interval and scored the first three points to reduce the deficit to two. Colin Morrissey had moved out to centrefield, where he joined his brother Pa. They gained a lot of possession, ran at the Arravale defence and caused them to give away numerous frees.

However, that was as good as it got for Galtee, The shortage of a man as well as the breeze caught up with them. Arravale overcame the initial shock and gradually restored their superiority. They added a number of points and by the 19th minute had restored their lead on a scoreline of 1-10 to 0-8.

A minutre later disaster struck for Galtee. A short kick out was intercepted by Timmy Dalton and before the goalkeeper could get back into his goal he was lobbed and the ball went into the net. It was a body blow for Galtee and put Arravale in a commanding position.

There were still twelve minutes of play left. Galtee tried hard. Andrew Morrissey made some great runs up field but very little came from the effort with the exception of a point. Arravale also got a point in the final minute to leave the final score 2-11 to 0-9 in favour of Arravale.

Arravale got great displays from the two Daltons, Robbie Kiely, Darren Lowry and Michael O’Dwyer, while Galtee were best served by Andrew Morrissey, Vincent Murphy, Patrick Ryan, Pa and Colin Morrissey in the second half.

Arravale Rovers: Brian Glasheen, Paddy Dalton, Robbie Kiely (0-1), Peter Mulhair, Shane Leahy (1-0), Jer Mulkhair, Stephen Spillane, Darren Lowry (0-1), Damien Kiely, MichaelO;Dwyer, Andrew Lacey, Donagh Leahy (0-2), Timmy Dalton (1-4), James Hogan (0-3), Niall Daly. Subs: Stephen Quinn for Andrew Lacey, Roger O’Connor for Stephen Spillane, John Hayes for Darren Lowry, Fergal O’Reilly for James Hogan.

Galtee Rovers: Eamon O’Connnell, Adrian Grace, Conor O’Sullivan, Andrew Morrissey (0-1), Robert Doyle, Vincent Murphy, Christopher Higgins, Seamus Moloney, Pa Morrissey (0-2), Tony O’Brien (0-1), Mark O’Brien (0-1), Patrick Ryan (0-3), Michael O’Connell, Colin Morrissey, Niall Daly. Subs: Anthony Boles for Adrian Grace, Christopher Doyle for Mark O’Brien, Damian Burke for Seamus Moloney, Shane Egan (0-1) for Niall Daly.

Referee: David Grogan (Aherlow)