Dubs ‘Kil’ off Bel­lur­gan’s Le­in­ster hopes

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BEL­LUR­GAN suf­fered the price for a wretched first-half dis­play. Although they man­aged to wipe out a two nil in­ter­val deficit a last minute suc­cour punch put paid to their hopes of a suc­cess­ful run in the Le­in­ster Ju­nior Cup on Sun­day and ended their four match win­ning run.

The Penin­sula side barely tested the AUL side’s goal­keeper in the first half in which they sim­ply never got go­ing. They could eas­ily have fallen be­hind as early as the se­cond minute and were two nil in ar­rears af­ter a half an hour.

Things could only im­prove in the se­cond-half and they did, and ten min­utes in Barry Carr went close to re­duc­ing the deficit when he headed nar­rowly over the cross­bar at the end of a fine move in which Brian White sent Shane Fin­negan rac­ing down the left to whip in a cross to the striker eight yards from goal.

The vis­i­tors got their re­ward for their more as­sertive play half way through fol­low­ing a lovely move with White again in­volved. He worked a one two with Owen Arm­strong to split the mid­dle of the Kilmore de­fence for Ciaran Shee­lan to race onto his pass and took the ball past the goal­keeper and slot­ted it into the empty net.

Two min­utes af­ter that Kilmore were re­duced to ten men with one of their play­ers re­ceiv­ing a se­cond yel­low card. The mo­men­tum was most def­i­nitely with Bel­lur­gan now as they dom­i­nated play and should have equalised in the 75th minute.

Sub­sti­tute De­clan Sharkey only min­utes af­ter his in­tro­duc­tion beat the home left full and en­tered the penalty box and pulled the ball back for Barry Carr to set-up Shee­lan who shot over the bar with his left foot.

The equaliser how­ever, ar­rived ten min­utes from the end when Shane Fin­negan sent a crack­ing free-kick to the home net from 30 yards, ma­noeu­vring it over the wall and into the top cor­ner of the net.

All the odds were stacked in Bel­lur­gan’s favour, hav­ing seized con­trol of the play and now with an ex­tra man. But then in a cruel twist in­stead of be­ing awarded a bla­tant penalty, and the chance to go ahead and in all prob­a­bil­ity book their place in the next round they had Brian White sent-off.

He protested to the ref­eree over the de­ci­sion not to pe­nalise the home side for a hand­ball. He was al­ready booked and the of­fi­cial showed the yel­low card again to him, and cut short his in­volve­ment in the tie.

Then salt was rubbed into the wound of his side when a de­fen­sive er­ror was seized upon by Kilmore who in­ter­cepted a pass in de­fence by Daragh Raf­ferty to score the win­ning goal.

Ciaran Shee­lan went within inches with a 30 yard free-kick of scor­ing just be­fore the fi­nal whis­tle and forc­ing the tie into ex­tra-time.

BEL­LUR­GAN: Robert Arthur, Aoghan McGuin­ness, Ray Fin­negan, Daragh Laf­ferty, John Smith (De­clan Sharkey 60), Sean McEvoy, Brian White, Shane Fin­negan, Owen Arm­strong, (Stephen Fin­negan 75), Barry Carr, Ciaran Shee­lan.

Padraig Faulkner of Grove Rangers and Paddy Reilly of Rock Celtic in ac­tion on Sun­day.

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