Moore grabs a late win­ner

Réalt na Mara pip St. Pat’s

Gorey Guardian - - SPORT - JA­SON GOODISON in Craan­ford


A 61st-minute point from Réalt na Mara’s Cor­mac Moore snatched vic­tory with al­most the last kick of the game in the Green­star Gorey Dis­trict Un­der-21 foot­ball Roinn 1 cham­pi­onship fi­nal in Craan­ford on Satur­day.

It was cer­tainly a well-timed mi­nor for the win­ners’ cen­tre-for­ward, whose side had only spent about six minutes of the en­tire game in the lead when this score went be­tween the posts.

In­deed, St. Pa­trick’s looked the more ready for the oc­ca­sion in the early stages, as John Doyle opened the scor­ing be­fore pulling a good save from Réalt na Mara ‘keeper Ki­ran Gigi.

How­ever, they did find the net in the tenth and 15th minutes. Ash­ley Tully fin­ished low af­ter good work from Conor O’Leary and Conor Mor­ris be­fore Ciarán Mur­phy’s shot took ad­van­tage of a Gigi slip in the goal­mouth.

Be­tween these Bal­ly­oughter goals, their ri­vals had raised the green flag them­selves to keep within touch­ing dis­tance. Billy Con­roy tapped into an empty net af­ter Moore’s shot on goal was par­ried.

Eoin Cor­co­ran and Michael Burke then added points to cut the deficit to two af­ter 20 minutes (2-3 to 1-4).

Mur­phy and Doyle were on tar­get again be­fore the end of the half, but Réalt na Mara closed out the pe­riod strong­est. Dy­lan Sweeney punched home af­ter an im­pres­sive run and as­sist by James Flem­ing, be­fore kick­ing a free be­tween the posts to level the scores at the in­ter­val.

The sec­ond-half lacked some of the ex­cite­ment that had been packed into the first 30 minutes. Mor­ris and Burke were on tar­get for their sides as St. Pa­trick’s were matched with two mi­nors apiece lead­ing into the fi­nal quar­ter.

It was here that Réalt na Mara took a mo­men­tary lead, as Sweeney kicked over from close range in the 48th minute (2-8 to 2-7).

That ad­van­tage was short­lived. Tully fin­ished low again from a move started by mid­fielder Michael Car­roll, and per­haps St. Pa­trick’s were start­ing to think that may be enough.

Réalt na Mara had been spend­ing less and less time in the op­po­si­tion’s half as the game went on, but used one of their rare coun­ters for­ward to raise the green flag for the third time them­selves. Flem­ing coolly placed a left-footed shot into the side of the net to re­gain the lead.

Mur­phy lev­elled again in the 56th minute but, just as it looked like ex­tra-time was im­mi­nent, Sweeney found Moore 40 me­tres from goal.

The Réalt na Mara man stead­ied him­self be­fore con­fi­dently kick­ing be­tween the sticks to snatch vic­tory as time ex­pired, leav­ing his side with a county semi-fi­nal against Sars­fields in St. Pa­trick’s Park next Satur­day.

Réalt na Mara: Ki­ran Gigi; Kil­lian Doyle, David Do­ran (capt.), Conor Doyle; Brian O’Con­nor, Tom Sin­nott, Pa­trick Flem­ing; Cathal Dun­bar (0-1), Eoin Cor­co­ran (0-1); Michael Burke (0-2), Cor­mac Moore (0-1), Bren­dan Cor­co­ran; James Flem­ing (1-0), Dy­lan Sweeney (1-4, 0-4 frees), Billy Con­roy (1-0). Sub. - Dar­ren Mor­ris for Sin­nott (54).

St. Pa­trick’s: Jack Quinn; Glen Car­ton, Joe Cousins, Bren­dan Byrne; Ian Maguire, Kyle Byrne, Seán Red­mond; Michael Car­roll, Michael O’Brien; Ciarán Mur­phy (1-2), John Doyle (0-4, 2 frees), Conor O’Leary; Conor Mor­ris (0-2), Cian Hogan, Ash­ley Tully (capt., 2-0).

Ref­eree: James Owens (Kil­rush).

The win­ning Réalt na Mara squad with the spoils of suc­cess. Ciarán Mur­phy of St. Pa­trick’s takes off with Réalt na Mara’s Pa­trick Flem­ing and Michael Burke in pur­suit.

David Do­ran re­ceives the Oliver J. Mur­ray Me­mo­rial Cup from Jim Mur­ray and Jack O’Brien.

Ash­ley Tully (15) scor­ing one of his two goals for St. Pa­trick’s in Satur­day’s fi­nal in Craan­ford.

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