Taaffe’s late strike gives Dun­boyne the Blues

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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.

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