Tramore’s late, late show

Michael Kiely

Tramores Bob Costelloe contests a high ball with Conor O

Tramore 1-11; Gaultier 1-9

Tramore launched a late smash and grab raid to snatch two crucial championship points at a warm and sunny Walsh Park last Saturday evening. In a group that also contains Clashmore and Stradbally, this game was viewed as a vital relegation clash.

It was two late points from substitute Declan King that sealed victory for a Tramore side who had missed several opportunities to win this game before they eventually did.

Tramore got off to a flying start when Mark Power linked up well with Martin Whelan on the left hand side before finishing to the Gaultier net from close range.

This lead proved to be short lived as Gaultier midfielder Steven Hearne won possession and released Gearoid O’Connor who blasted the ball to the roof of the Tramore goal.

Gaultier took the lead for the first time in the 8th minute with a sublime point from the evergreen Paul Fitzgerald, but this was cancelled out by a first point of the night from Tramore’s dangerous corner forward, Leigh Quilty.

Paul Ogle and Bob Costelloe were certainly on top in midfield and this enabled Tramore to launch attack after attack. Between the 10th and 15th minute Tramore added 3 points to put some daylight between the teams. Two of these were Leigh Quilty frees, the other an excellent point from Dayne Ormond after he was brilliantly picked out by Bob Costelloe.

Gaultier fought back, however and a well taken point from Doonbeg man, Diarmuid Smith, and a converted 45 from Anthony Fitzgerald in the final minute of the half, reduced the deficit to a single point. This left it 1-4 to 1-3 to Tramore at the interval with Tramore probably a little disappointed not to have a bigger lead.

Stole in

Tramore had an excellent opportunity to extend their lead in the first minute of the second half. Wing forward Richard Hickey rounded his marker and stole in along the endline. Unfortunately for him, Gaultier goalkeeper, James Cusack was alive to the danger and made an excellent stop to deny Hickey. Leigh Quilty converted the resultant 45 to put 2 points between the sides.

In the 35th minute, Gaultier corner back, Tyrone Power burst out of defence with the ball to launch an attack. The ball found its way to attacker in chief, Anthony Fitzgerald who somehow managed to split the posts from an impossible angle.

Try as they might, Gaultier could not get back on level terms and a neat move led to Cathal Duffy restoring the two point deficit in the 38th minute.

Then the barony men hit their best patch of the game as a free and then a 45 from Anthony Fitzgerald brought them level before a stupendous point from Paul Maher put them into the lead.

Corner forward Dayne Ormond, set up Martin Whelan for a score in the 52nd minute and it looked as if we were going to be in for a thrilling finish.

An excellent individual effort from team captain, Gearoid O’Connor and a free from Paul Maher following a foul on Anthony Fitzgerald gave Gaultier a two point lead with 5 minutes to go and a Gaultier victory looked likely.

Substitute Declan King scored a fine point to give Tramore hope before county star Paul Ogle scored a point from a considerable distance to level matters with 2 minutes of injury time played.

Most of the crowd expected the final whistle to be blown on the kick out, but referee, John Murray played on. Tramore won the kick out and the ball found its way to supersub Declan King who slotted over to the delight of the large Tramore following.

Martin Whelan then added the insurance score to give Tramore a two point victory on a scoreline of 1-11 to 1-9.

This was a very satisfying victory for Tramore. Not only did team manager Liam Daniels manage to put one over on his former club but the win will go a long way towards retaining their senior status for another season. There was no question that Martin Whelan was the star man in this encounter. His movement off the ball enabled him to give his team mates an option when they were in possession and his use of any possession he had himself opened up the Gaultier defence on several occasions. Substitute Declan King, scored two fine points and will probably start the next day. Paul Ogle and Bob Costelloe certainly won the midfield battle and in the end this was probably the deciding factor of the game.

For Gaultier, this will be a particularly galling defeat. They never like losing to their near neighbours and unless they improve greatly for the upcoming clashes with Stradbally and Clashmore, they will be staring down the barrel of relegation.

Tramore: G Kelly, G Dunphy, P Dunphy, J Hayden, W Cullinane, D Goggin, E Lonergan, P Ogle, B Costelloe, R Hickey, M Power, C Duffy, L Quilty, M Whelan, D Ormond. Subs: D King for M Power, P Cleary for C Duffy

Scorers: L Quilty 0-4 (0-2f, 0-1 45), M Power 1-0, M Whelan 0-2, D King 0-2, D Ormond 0-1, C Duffy 0-1, P Ogle 0-1.

Gaultier: J Cusack, R McDonagh, G Molloy, T Power, R Croke, R Hearne, T Dunphy, S Hearne, C O’Riordan, P Maher, N Smyth, G O’Connor, P Fitzgerald, A Fitzgerald, D Smith. Subs: C McDonald for D Smith, I Hatton for R Croke, P Carroll for R Hearne.

Scorers: A Fitzgerald 0-4 (0-2f, 0-1 45), G O’Connor 1-1, P Maher 0-2 (0-1f), P Fitzgerald 0-1, D Smith 0-1

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