Keelin hits late leveller for Syl’s
ST SYLVESTER’S RAHENY 2-13 3-10
IF this Minor E championship decider is anything to go by, then we are in for a cracker of a replay when the two sides meet for a second time. Two periods of extra time couldn’t separate the teams in the end and Syls will be delights to have come away with a draw after a last gasp equaliser from substitute Keelin Mccormack
All things considered a draw was the fairest result with no quarter given on what was an overcast and rather mucky day at the broomfields.
Raheny who were looking for their second minor title this month looked to be in the driving seat after Cuan Malone had converted from close range to move Raheny two points clear.
However Sylvesters resilience which was to the fore throughout the game paid off as they came back from the death to pull the game out of the bag.
The home side had got off to a flier with Callum Clarke, nephew of Paul, central as they posted the first four points of the game.
However with Tom O’donnell trekking back to aid an under siege Raheny side, the visitors slowly turned the screw.
And 15 minutes into the game they were back into the game when corner forward, Luke Moreau, converted from close range.
However Sylvesters got themselves steadied once more and were within two points of their opponents when a long ball into Sean Mccabe saw the corner forward turn his marker.
However his effort shaved the bottom of the keeper’s right hand post and although Simon Geoghegan would then bring the Raheny lead out to three points, Raheny suffered another goal score soon after when McCabe just failed to get a foot on a ball played in by Tom Killeen.
That was was the last action of a pulsating first half with the scoring reading 1-6 to 0-6. And there was no letting up after the restart with Sylvesters posting three quicks scores through Alan Mckenna Byrne, Sean Curran and Paul Downer before Mccabe came through at pace to finish emphatically past the keeper.
And with Pearse Clyne playing the sweeper role to good effect, Sylvesters continued to push on with successive points from centre forward, Tom Killeen.
And at the other end, they Sylvesters defence was not letting much past them with Matthew Brenner very tenacious in the tackle.
However it took a terrific save from Luke Darcy to push an effort from Geoghegan away to safety.
Darcy would injure himself in the process and despite a very commendable display from Clarke who was now deputizing between the posts, Raheny would dominate the last five minutes.
And after Conor English had seen a blistering effort come back off the crossbar, Raheny would finally find the back off after a stray pass had seen them gain possession in the final minute.
Their initial shot had been blocked but Robert House was on hand to turn the ball home to leave it 1-11 to to 2-8 at full time.
And while Raheny would edge a two points clear after the resumption, David Dennehy then found the roof of the net for Sylvesters to put the home side back in the driving seat at the turnaround.
However another Raheny goal added a further twist to the game in the second period but Sylvesters dug in deep to force the replay.
ST SYLVESTERS: Luke Darcy, Matthew Brenner, Cillian Quinn, Joe Shannon, Aaron Walsh, Ronan Furlong, Tom Bennett, Khrisna Joyce, Luke Muldooon, Paul Downey 0-2 Tom Killeen 0-5(0-1f), Pearse Clyne, Sean Mccabe 1-1, Alan Mckenna Byrne 0-1, Callum Clarke 0-2. Subs: Cathal Rainey, Sean Curran 0-1, David Dennehy 1-0, Conor O Brien 0-1, Ciaran Murray, Sam Mccormack, Cian Smith, Keelin Mccormack 0-1
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