Sides end even in thrilling reversal
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.