The draw was the per­fect re­sult

Irish Examiner - County - - Sport - Diar­muid Shee­han

A DRAW was the per­fect re­sult af­ter Bal­ly­desmond and Mitchel­stown served up a ter­rific In­ter­me­di­ate Foot­ball C Round 4 cham­pi­onship tie in Mal­low on Saturday night.

For Bal­ly­desmond, Don­n­cha O’Con­nor was the star man, with Donal O’Con­nor and Bren­dan Flem­ing also im­press­ing.

For Mitchel­stown, Shane Be­ston gave an­other five-star dis­play, with Cathal O’Ma­hony and James Shee­han also show­ing their worth.

Shee­han’s tally of seven points was just one shy of the Bal­ly­desmond tal­is­man’s eight scores. Mitchel­stown’s Shee­han was first to raise a white flag. How­ever, this was quickly can­celled out by the ever-re­li­able Don­n­cha O’Con­nor. Bal­ly­desmond were dealt an early blow when cor­ner back Tim Howard had to be car­ried from the pitch, but they stayed with their op­po­nents till the quar­ter hour mark as the teams shared six points.

Mitchel­stown had a pe­riod of dom­i­nance for the next 10 min­utes, bag­ging an­other point from Shee­han, and a bril­liant team goal which was fin­ished to the net by the classy Be­ston.

Bal­ly­desmond stuck to their task and man­aged to get Don­n­cha O’Con­nor on the ball to score three of their next four points, which brought the men in blue back to within two, as the sides headed for the tun­nel (1-6 to 0-7).

Bal­ly­desmond took con­trol of the game af­ter the restart and man­aged to get back to par­ity by the 42nd minute, be­fore tak­ing the lead for the first time just shy of the three­quar­ter mark. A goal from Shane Kelly soon af­ter looked to have sealed this one for the Duhal­low men. How­ever, Bal­ly­desmond re­treated into their own half, and Mitchel­stown bat­tled back with four late points to level this one up in ex­tra time and set up a wellde­served replay.

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