Carter pulls it out of the Aughrim fire
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.