Leech strikes late to win it for Barrs

Naomh Fionnbarra Glen Em­mets 2-9 1-9

Drogheda Independent - - SPORT -

GOALS right at the be­gin­ning and right at the end of this game helped Naomh Fionnbarra snatch a three­p­oint vic­tory over Glen Em­mets at Tullyallen on Satur­day night.

The Barrs made the brighter start in bizarre cir­cum­stances, scor­ing an early goal through Jack But­terly straight from the throw in, with the Tullyallen goal­keeper ab­sent from his po­si­tion.

The Em­mets replied with a point, but play­ing with a strong breeze they were quite waste­ful, while the Fin­barrs were much more eco­nom­i­cal and scored three more points from play through Gary Matthews, Conor Os­borne and Darren McCon­non.

The Tullyallen men had a grip on mid­field at this stage and kept in touch with a cou­ple of points of their own.

An­other point from Matthews, with the goal at his mercy af­ter the Togher men cut out a short kick­out, and a Bernard Os­borne free kept the score­board tick­ing over.

Glen Em­mets then started to make bet­ter use of the el­e­ments and tacked on a few points, while Jack But­terly scored a lovely point from wide on the left wing to send his team in lead­ing by 1-6 to 0-6 at the break.

Once again the Barrs made the brighter start to the sec­ond half and in­creased their lead to four via an­other good point from Jack But­terly.

Play­ing into the breeze, the Tullyallen men came back into it with a few points of their own be­fore Hugh Os­borne added to the lead once again.

The Em­mets, to their credit, stuck at it and tacked on an­other cou­ple, re­duc­ing the deficit to two points, be­fore a goal from James But­ler put them into the lead en­ter­ing the dy­ing min­utes.

The Fin­barrs dug deep and lev­elled through a point from Wil­liam Woods be­fore Jack But­terly set up Caolan Leech for a goal in the fi­nal minute to snatch vic­tory.

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