Pádraig Pearses cruised into the last eight of the Hodson Bay Hotel senior football championship this afternoon as they comfortably accounted for Tulsk Lord Edwards at Dr. Hyde Park, outscoring their opponents by 1-12 to no score across the second and third quarter of the game en route to a 2-17 to 0-8 win.
Tulsk, who came into the game under a cloud due to the absence of key forwards Thomas O’Rourke and Callum Fahey, started very brightly with points from Louis Galvin and Robbie Kelly to open the scoring. Pearses settled back into the game but a wonderful David Carleton point made it 0-4 to 0-3 to the underdogs at the first half water-break, and suggested that a tight game was in store.
Instead, Pearses gradually took over and by half-time were 0-8 to 0-4 in front, with Paul Carey their leading light close to goal. The mercurial corner forward had four points in the first half and went on to rack up 1-6, his goal in the 43rd minute effectively settling the tie as it put the 2019 county champions 12 points in front.
The introduction of Daniel Connolly added some life to the Tulsk attack and he added three points in the final quarter, but by then it was pedestrian fare as there was no doubt as to which club would be the last to go into the quarter-final pot.
The relegation clash at lunchtime saw Elphin explode out of the blocks and hold on in the face of strong Western Gaels pressure after half-time, with just a solitary point between the teams at the end, 2-7 to 1-9, in favour of Basil Mannion’s side.
Gerry Cregg was Elphin’s hero in the first half with two superb goals as they took a 2-6 to 0-4 lead into the interval, but Aaron Brady wasn’t far behind after he put in a superb shift in goal, denying Jack Higgins from close range before half-time and chipping over three excellent dead ball scores from distance.
The tide turned after half-time however as Western Gaels piled on the pressure, but errant shooting haunted them as they added nine second half wides to the half a dozen they struck in the opening half hour.
A fourth point from Brady from out on the left wing was Elphin’s only score of the period, but it was enough as Western Gaels couldn’t quite get on level terms. A fantastic opportunist goal from Oran Hester brought them to within one, but a series of late chances went astray and so they will play St. Croan’s next weekend, hoping to extend their run at senior football beyond their current 16-year tenure.