Carter pulls it out of the Aughrim fire

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AUGHRIM BAL­LI­NA­COR 3-09 3-09

SOME­TIMES a draw is a fair re­sult, and that was ex­actly the case on Tues­day night as Aughrim wel­comed Bal­li­na­cor to the Com­mu­nity field for their Cam­pus Oil foot­ball league Di­vi­sion 2 clash.

How­ever, it took a last gasp penalty from cor­ner for­ward David Carter to res­cue a point for the men from the Glen and there was con­sid­er­able de­bate from the crowd on the side line as to whether it was a penalty.

The home side made the brighter start to this clash and recorded their first score of the game three min­utes in when Rory O’Brien slot­ted over a good point.

Aughrim raised the first green flag of the evening three min­utes later. A good move up the field al­lowed Dean New­some to blast the ball past a help­less Ciaran O’Neill in the Bal­li­na­cor goal.

David Carter pointed a good free in the sev­enth minute to open the scor­ing for the vis­i­tors be­fore Philip Byrne and Derek Ka­vanagh ex­changed points.

Aughrim could have very eas­ily had an­other goal 10 min­utes in when Dean New­some hit a rasper of a shot. How­ever, O’Neill pro­duced a save that Stephen Clux­ton would have been proud of.

Bal­li­na­cor got their first goal of the game 14 min­utes in. Some good play from Danny Dowling in the mid­dle of the field put Martin Byrne in and he coolly slot­ted the ball past O’Brien in the Aughrim goal.

The vis­i­tors were start­ing to get on top at this stage and were com­mand­ing the game from the mid­dle of the park and they had an­other goal a minute later.

De­nis Hef­fer­nan was put through but he was took down in the box and the ref­eree awarded a penalty which Carter duly dis­patched to the back of the net to put Bal­li­na­cor into a three-point lead.

Points from Paddy Phe­len and Patrick Ka­vanagh re­duced the ‘cors lead to two be­fore some good play from Brian Hanlon put David Carter in for an­other point.

Aughrim were slowly be­gin­ning to get on top and the next two scores of the game went to the home side, with points from Rory O’ Brien and Conor Phe­lan.

How­ever, an­other good point from David Carter on the stroke of half time sent Bal­li­na­cor into the break with a nar­row point lead.

Both sides made a slow start to the sec­ond half and the first score went to the home side when Ka­vanagh kicked an­other good point to level it.

It was turn­ing into a ti­tanic bat­tle at this stage and an­other point from Carter in the 33rd minute put Bal­li­na­cor back into the lead. Nei­ther of the two sides could get on top though, with both mid-fields evenly matched.

Aughrim could have had an­other goal in the 36th minute cour­tesy of Rory O'Brien but O'Neill pro­duced an­other save out of the top drawer.

They did raise their sec­ond green flag off the evening in the 43rd minute when a sweep­ing high ball into the square from Rory O’ Brien was met with Dean New­some’s fist.

David Carter was prov­ing deadly ac­cu­rate and he slot­ted over an­other free in the 45th minute to keep the sides closely matched and some good Danny Dowling play in the cen­ter of the field al­lowed Conor Parsons in for a point in the 47th minute.

The ad­van­tage swung back to Aughrim fifty min­utes in though when some poor de­fend­ing from Bal­li­na­cor put Dean New­some in for an­other goal.

Bal­li­na­cor hit straight back though with points from Martin Byrne and David Carter.

Points from New­some and Phe­len put Aughrim into a three-point lead and it looked like they would claim vic­tory but with less than a minute left on the clock Carter was brought down.

The ref awarded a penalty and Carter stood up and slot­ted home to level the game.

Aughrim: Larry O’Brien; Billy Byrne, Stephan Mann, Butch Lacey; Oisin Doyle, Liam Keenan, Conor Lam­bert; Andrew Holt, Paddy Phe­lan; Conor Phe­lan, Robert Lam­bert, Derek Ka­vanagh; Patrick Ka­vanagh, Rory O’ Brien, Dean New­some.

Bal­li­na­cor: Ciaran O’Neill; John De­vitt, Michael Dowling, Philip Dunne; James Byrne, Danny Dowling, J.P Byrne; Martin Byrne, Chris Mur­phy; Philip Byrne, Conor Parsons, Brian Hanlon; Dave Carter, Den­nis Hef­fer­nan, Kevin Byrne. Subs: Ger Byrne for Den­nis Hef­fer­nan, Sean Boyle for Philip Dunne.

Scor­ers Aughrim : Rory O’ Brien 0-2, Derek Ka­vanagh 02, Dean New­some 3-2, Paddy Phe­lan 0-1, Patrick Ka­vanagh 0-1, Conor Phe­lan 0-1.

Bal­li­na­cor: David Carter 2-5, Philip Byrne 0-1, Martin Byrne 1-1, Conor Parsons 0-1 Kevin Byrne 0-1.

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