NT&DL Premier Division
Ballymackey Fc 0-5 Thurles Town
Paul Kirwan 2′
Barry Ryan 6′ 11′ 46′
Eoghan Vaughan 49′
Thurles Town made it five wins from five in the NT&DL Premier Division after a 5-0 win against bottom of table Ballymackey Fc.
Town flew out of the blocks and on two minutes Micheal Byrne went down the right and his inch perfect pass found Captain Barry Ryan and he slid Paul Kirwan through and he made no mistake with his left foot drive into the bottom corner to stun the home side. Only four minutes later Town doubled their lead when when Ryan grabbed the ball in the box and rounded the defender before finishing into the roof of the net.
It was to be 3-0 on the eleven minute Mark when Liam Hickeys pass found Kirwan and he returned the favour to Ryan as he teed him up for the easiest of tap ins. Town kept the pressure on and thee home side were left with little possession and only shots from distance as Aaron Ryan and Johnny Pearson were very comfortable in the Town backline. Town should have made it four on thirty three minutes when Eoghan Vaughan’s free kick was headed back across the goal by Kirwan but Ryan and the impressive Micheal Foley seem to get in each others way with the goal at their mercy.
The same combination again on thirty five minutes when Kirwan again squared for Ryan but he somehow managed to miss from only a couple of yards. Ballymackey then got their first real chance of note when Denis Haverty found himself bearing down on David Coppinger in the goal but Coppinger was more than a match for the strike. Town nearly made it four on the stroke of half time when a long ball from Coppinger got through to Kirwan who in turn tried an audacious overhead kick from thirty yards only to see it go inches wide with the keeper beaten.
The second half started as the first half did and it only took Town fifteen seconds to grab their fourth when Hickey found Ryan with a beautiful through ball and the veteran striker made no mistake as he lashed the ball to the keepers right to complete his hattrick with aplomb. Only three minutes later it was 5-0 when Kirwan sent Ryan down the right and his inch perfect square ball found Vaughan on hand to tap the ball home.
The game was dead and buried then and Town just passed the ball around and it took until the 78th minute to get the next real chance when Vaughan again found space in the box but his shot was stopped excellently on the line by David Kennedy. Ryan nearly grabbed a fourth with five minutes remaining when he found himself bearing down on goal thanks to a Micky Comerford pass and his shot rebounded off the crossbar despite Paul Kirwans screams for a pass. Kirwan nearly grabbed his second when his brilliant lob bounced off the bar in stoppage time and the rebound from Ryan somehow managed to go off the target.
Another impressive win from Town against an albeit understrength Ballymackey side who to their credit never gave up and at times were more than a match for Town. Ryan brings his tally for the season to 25 goals. Brilliant on the day were Ryan and Pearson at centre half who gave the opposition little or nothing in the way of chances. Micheal Foley was again impressive as his box to box play shone throughout, Paul Kirwan was a constant menace all game and the Ballymackey defence hand no answer to his aerial ability. Denis Haverty and David Kennedy were best in the day for Ballymackey but the stoppagetime.ie Man Of The Match award has to go to Barry Ryan, his hattrick and two assists speak for themselves but on the day with a bit more luck he could have managed seven goals. A fantastic display of an opportune strikers ability.
Stoppagetime.ie Man Of The Match: Barry Ryan