Sides end even in thrilling re­ver­sal

Irish Examiner - County - - Sport - Diar­muid Shee­han

A THRILLING sec­ond half dis­play from Rockchapel saw them drag a draw from what looked like in­evitable de­feat in the In­ter­me­di­ate Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship in Mal­low on Saturday as the Duhal­low side reeled in Aghab­ul­logue to se­cure a sec­ond day out.

Aghab­ul­logue to­tally dom­i­nated pro­ceed­ings in the first half, cut­ting through Rockchapel at will. How­ever, far too many wides in the open­ing 30 meant that Rockchapel were just about in touch at the turn. (1-08 to 0-2).

Rockchapel’s full for­ward Sea­mus Hickey and half time sub­sti­tute Bren­dan Cahill bagged the vi­tal sec­ond half goals for their side dur­ing a pe­riod of dom­i­na­tion that looked like it would ul­ti­mately be suc­cess­ful. How­ever, Aghab­ul­logue, to their credit, ral­lied and just held on with an in­jury-time John Cork­ery point seal­ing the replay.

A bril­liant fin­ish from cor­ner for­ward David Thomp­son on 21 min­utes was the high­light of the open­ing pe­riod for Aghab­ul­logue as they looked to be cruis­ing to a place in the quar­ter fi­nals.

The sec­ond half saw Hickey, Liam Collins and Daniel Curtin all com­ing to the fore for “The Rock” with Cahill’s goal­mouth scram­bled goal look­ing like it would be cru­cial on 50 min­utes.

Wing back Mark Long, Mathew Bradley in the mid­dle, and Cork­ery up front, were bril­liant for their side and their in­put can’t be over­stated as all three, par­tic­u­larly Bradley, worked their mark­ers hard. Niall Barry-Mur­phy also proved to be a real thorn in the Rockchapel rear­guard’s side as he at­tacked from ev­ery quar­ter over and over again.

Lessons will have been learned by both sides, and all con­cerned will need to go back to the draw­ing board as nei­ther squad put in a 60-minute per­for­mance that will see them through next time out.

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