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Mullins strikes OLI/Fin­tan’s win­ner

Enniscorthy Guardian - - SPORT - BREN­DAN FUR­LONG

OLI/ST. FIN­TAN’S 4-5 CLOUGHBAWN 2-10

AN ADAM Mullins goal four min­utes into ad­di­tional time prove de­ci­sive as it handed Our Lady’s Island/St. Fin­tan’s a dra­matic one­point vic­tory over Cloughbawn in this ex­cit­ing Wex­ford Peo­ple Un­der-17 foot­ball Roinn 1 shield fi­nal in Páirc Char­man.

It was a dra­matic game in so many ways, with the open­ing 30 min­utes hav­ing a bit of ev­ery­thing.

Ex­cel­lent scores were taken de­spite the wa­ter­logged na­ture of the pitch, and there was fast, open foot­ball. Sev­eral flare-ups re­sulted in both sides hav­ing a player red carded fol­low­ing sep­a­rate in­ci­dents, while there was a dra­matic Cloughbawn re­cov­ery.

Hav­ing trailed by nine points at the in­ter­val, they led by four in added time, only for the Forth and Bargy com­bi­na­tion to snatch the most dra­matic of vic­to­ries with the fi­nal move of the game.

Cloughbawn, play­ing into the wind ,started im­pres­sively by mov­ing into a 0-3 to nil lead in­side the open­ing ten min­utes through points from Nick Walk­den and Paddy Whitty (two).

The even­tual win­ners were slow to start, hav­ing to wait un­til the 13th minute for their open­ing score, a Liam Crow­ley point.

One minute later they even­tu­ally utilised their pos­ses­sion when Ben Pop­plewell, son of former Ire­land and Lions prop, Nick, found the net from an acute an­gle to give his side the lead for the first time (1-1 to 0-3).

Af­ter Cloughbawn were re­duced to 14 play­ers, with Nick Walk­den red-carded fol­low­ing an off-the-ball in­ci­dent, the even­tual win­ners struck for two goals in­side two min­utes.

A Shane Pet­tit 21st-minute ‘45 found its way to the corner of the net, while Pop­plewell fin­ished from close range fol­low­ing fine ap­proach play, a score that even­tu­ally helped his side to a 3-4 to 0-4 in­ter­val lead.

This was de­spite be­ing re­duced to 14 play­ers on 27 min­utes, when Jack O’Leary re­ceived a sec­ond yel­low fol­lowed by a red af­ter a high tackle.

De­te­ri­o­rat­ing weather made life even more dif­fi­cult for the play­ers on the re­sump­tion. The Island/ Fin­tan’s opened the sec­ond pe­riod with a 35th-minute Pop­plewell point, but Cloughbawn grad­u­ally be­gan to as­sert con­trol, pick­ing off some ex­cel­lent long-range points through Whitty and Neil Fo­ley, al­though they still trailed by 3-5 to 0-9 with seven min­utes re­main­ing.

Cloughbawn even­tu­ally got that much-needed goal four min­utes from the end when a lob­bing Paddy Whitty free de­ceived ev­ery­one to fin­ish in the corner of the net, while one minute later sub­sti­tute Nathan McDon­ald ap­plied the fin­ish to a lob­bing Whitty free to give his side a dra­matic 2-9 to 3-5 lead en­ter­ing the clos­ing stages.

The Island/Fin­tan’s, hav­ing held the lead since the 13th minute, now found them­selves in ar­rears with the game deep in ad­di­tional time.

With one fi­nal at­tack, they man­aged to work the ball in from mid­field, but Cloughbawn ‘keeper Jack Feeney saved ex­cel­lently from Liam Crow­ley. Wing-back Adam Mullins fol­lowed through though to find the net from close range, giv­ing his side a dra­matic win.

Our Lady’s Island/St. Fin­tan’s: James New­port; Mikey Cullen, James O’Leary, Liam Kelly; Seán O’Reilly (capt.), Leigh New­port, Adam Mullins (1-0); Ja­son Dev­ereux, Shane Pet­tit (1-2, 0-1 free); Aaron Busher, Liam Crow­ley (0-1), Tommy Wick­ham; Jack O’Leary, Ben Pop­plewell (2-1), Kyle Rankin (0-1). Subs. - Seán Dono­van, Johnny Kelly, Oisín Meyler, Cil­lian Doyle, Dan Dev­ereux, Dan Kelly, Quin­lan Kelly.

Cloughbawn: Jack Feeney; Michael Mur­phy, Fionn Codd, Ciarán Mur­phy; Dar­ragh Ke­hoe, Shane Ke­hoe, Ryan Mur­phy; Eanna Doyle (0-1 free), Nick Walk­den (0-1); Gary Ke­hoe, Paddy Whitty (1-6, 1-3 frees), Mikey Flem­ing; Dar­ragh Red­mond (0-1), Neil Fo­ley (0-1), Dy­lan Mooney. Subs. - Nathan McDon­ald (1-0) for G. Ke­hoe, inj., also Aaron McManus, Cathal Doyle, Jeff Buck­ley, Josh Buck­ley, Marco Byrne.

Ref­eree: Fran­cis Neville (Shel­maliers).

The tri­umphant Our Lady’s Island/St. Fin­tan’s Minor squad.

Seán O’Reilly, the Our Lady’s Island/St. Fin­tan’s cap­tain, with David Tobin (Coiste na nOg Sec­re­tary) and Bren­dan Fur­long of Peo­ple News­pa­pers (spon­sors).

Liam Crow­ley and Kyle Rankin of Our Lady’s Island/St. Fin­tan’s pile the pres­sure on Cloughbawn’s Dar­ragh Ke­hoe.

It’s head down from Ja­son Dev­ereux of Our Lady’s Island/St. Fin­tan’s as he tries to break free of Shane Roche and Dy­lan Mooney.

Shane Pet­tit of Our Lady’s Island/St. Fin­tan’s steals a march on Cloughbawn duo Paddy Whitty and Michael Mur­phy.

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