Taaffe’s late strike gives Dunboyne the Blues
DUNBOYNE 3 BALSCADDEN BLUES 4
JACK Taaffe’s last-gasp strike proved decisive as Balscadden Blues’ NDSL Under-16a side came out on top in Sunday’s must-win clash in Summerhill, Dunboyne.
This was a very enjoyable match in tough conditions and it did not start well for league leaders Balscadden as a mix-up at the back within the first five minutes allowing the Dunboyne winger cross and their forward to tap in the opening goal.
This spurred the Scads into gear and within five minutes Lewis Caffrey cut through the Dunboyne defence, only to hit the post. Justin Kavanagh then went close with a fine effort from the edge of the box.
The writing was on the wall for Dunboyne, though, when Joe Gaffney broke from the back line and played in Peter Costigan and he flew past the Dunboyne defenders and buried the ball low and hard in the net.
At 1-1 it was all the Scads, but again they allowed Dunboyne an easy tap-in due to a defensive error, only to reply almost immediately when a corner by Jay was headed on by Gavin Flood and buried by John Guildea - 2-2.
Balscadden pushed on after that and Costigan grabbed his second before half-time, once again rounding the Dunboyne defence and unleashing a rocket of a shot.
The second half was a more tame affair, with backs Gaffney and Luke Horan in complete control and Seamus Cassin bossingthe midfield, and with the Dunboyne backs controlling that part of the field it looked like the game would fizzle out.
However a free kick curled in by Dundoyne landed perfectly for their forward to make it 3-3, setting up a grandstand finish.
Balscadden attacked once more through Cassin and Caffrey, combining well to with Flood whose shot was blocked.
The resulting throw by Gaffney was headed on by Cassin towards Taaffe alone on the edge of the small box and he duly buried the ball in the net.
With one minute to go there was no time for Dunboyne to reply and the points were Balscadden’s, keeping them ahead of nearest challengers Portmarnock.
Balscadden Blues’ Under-16a team.