New­town win dra­matic fi­nal


Bray People - - Sport - Mark KENNEDY

New­town 1- 8, An Tochar 0-10: New­town in­scribed their name on the 2008 cham­pi­onship roll of hon­our at Ark­low on Satur­day when their Ju­nior foot­ballers won the B ti­tle in a dra­matic fi­nale to their game with An Tochar.

The Round­wood men, af­ter trail­ing their op­po­nents to Des Wat­ters early penalty strike, dom­i­nated play for most of the sec­ond-half and were shap­ing up as likely win­ners af­ter they forged ahead by 0-9 to 1-5.

Up to the 28th minute of the sec­ond-half New­town had been play­ing sec­ond fid­dle to ram­pant Round­wood, their only re­sponse to the al­most con­tin­u­ous at­tack­ing of An Tochar was two rapid fire shots by mid­fielder Des Wat­ters, the first end­ing up as a gift into the hands of keeper Liam Cullen and the sec­ond im­me­di­ately af­ter­wards miss­ing the tar­get com­pletely.

In­deed Paul Brady’s men should have been fur­ther ahead at that stage as in the first dra­matic mo­ment of a sec­ond half played at a much higher tempo than the first they failed to cap­i­talise on a golden op­por­tu­nity for a goal less than ten min­utes into the new half.

An Tochar’s full- for­ward Fer­gal Mul­li­gan bore down on the New­town goal with men­ac­ing in­tent af­ter be­ing fed the ball by his flanker John Carr; the New­town de­fence were left with no op­tion but to haul Mul­li­gan to the ground.

Shay Cullen, who had been the Round­wood team’s top scorer and preda­tory for­ward through­out this cham­pi­onship, stepped up to the penalty but his shot was bril­liantly saved by New­town’s Marty Ka­vanagh, the re­place­ment keeper for in­jured reg­u­lar Trevor O’Brien.

Cullen met the re­bound with a vol­ley but it too was saved, with the ball then rolling along the cross­bar, off the left hand post and out for a ‘45’ which led to a point in­stead as Gary McGilly­cuddy took a short free to Cullen who made some amends by pop­ping the ball over the bar.

That missed goal chance was to come back to haunt An Tochar be­fore the end of the game as New­town awoke from their sec­ond half slum­bers in the clos­ing min­utes to snatch victory in the nail- bit­ing dra­matic fi­nale to this match.

Unan­swered sec­ond half points by Cullen (2), Cor­mac Carthy and Joe Cole­man had put An Tochar in front for the first time, 0- 9 to 1- 5, en­ter­ing the fi­nal quar­ter but they lacked the killer in­stinct on this oc­ca­sions, fail­ing to put away their op­po­nents who had failed to score for 29 min­utes of the half.

In the dy­ing min­utes of the match New­town sprang to life again with David Healy lev­el­ling the game on 59 min­utes and set­ting up a grand­stand fin­ish. He put his team back in front a minute later and in the 31 minute Shay Cullen made it all square once more 0-10 to 1-7.

Three minute more were played and, while most peo­ple would have set­tled for a draw, New­town’s mid­fielder Des Wat­ters ended such thoughts when he landed the win­ner for the mag­pies.

This was a game that re­volved around two penalty awards, one taken by New­town, the other missed by An Tochar.

The penalty for New­town came af­ter just four min­utes of the first half when David Healy was brought down af­ter be­ing put through on goal by Terry Mur­phy.

In­flu­en­tial mid­fielder Des Wa­ters made no mis­take with the spot kick, steer­ing his shot to the net off Liam Cullen’s right hand post.

That goal was to prove the dif­fer­ence be­tween the teams through­out the first half, which saw a bet­ter New­town team lead all the way and their goalie Marty Ka­vanagh ef­fect an­other cru­cial save from Noel Wolo­han at the ex­pense of a ‘ 45’ on twelve min­utes.

Full- for­ward David Healy, the scorer of six points, had a huge game for New­town as they went on to lead by 1-5 to 0-5 at half time, but then An Tochar will for ever be­moan that missed penalty in the sec­ond half which could have made all the dif­fer­ence in the end.

Scor­ers for New­town: Des Wat­ters (10), David Healy (0-6), PJ Dowl­ing (0-1).

An Tochar scor­ers: Shay Cullen (0-6), Cor­mac Carthy (0-2), Ed­die Ka­vanagh and Joe Cole­man (0-1 each).

New­town: Marty Ka­vanagh, Stephen Kelly, Stephen Byrne, Glen McKenna, Noel McKenna, Stu­art Power, Des Wat­ters, PJ Dowl­ing, John Halpin, Ray Carthy, An­thony Duffy, Danny Shan­non, David Healy, Terry Mur­phy. Subs: David Greenan for D. Shan­non, Brian Ma­her for A. Duffy, Michael Hack­ett for S. Byrne.

An Tochar: Liam Cullen, Mick Nolan, Gary McGilly­cuddy, Paul Brady, Os­car Long, James Dixon, Noel Power, Conor Davis, Cor­mac Carthy, Shay Cullen, Noel Wolo­han, Ed­die Ka­vanagh, Joe Cole­man, Fer­gal Mul­li­gan, John Carr. Subs: Paul Kenna for N. Power, Ciaran Crow­ley for N. Wolo­han.

Ref­eree: (Hol­ly­wood).

Liam Cullen

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