Éire Óg earn a re­play

Rathvilly 1-9 Éire Óg 0-12

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Gaelic Games -

Late points from Eoghan Ruth and sub­sti­tute Cor­mac Mullins res­cued ÉireÓg in a tense and ex­cit­ing Car­low SFC fi­nal at Net­watch Cullen Park.

There was a sen­sa­tional start for the im­pres­sive at­ten­dance of 3,500 when Alan Kelly’s lobbed ef­fort into the Éire Óg goal area in the first minute fell kindly for Rathvilly full for­ward Gary Dempsey, who found the net. Strug­gled Dempsey quickly added a pointed free as the towns­men strug­gled to es­tab­lish a foothold.

Rathvilly led 1-3 to 0-5 at break and by the 41st minute had forged 1-7 to 0-6 ahead. But Éire Óg grad­u­ally re­duced the gap with Benny Ka­vanagh, Seán Gan­non and Derek Hay­den prominent.

In the end it was left to Ruth and Mullins to res­cue Éire Óg and bring the sides to a sec­ond meeting.

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