Ex­tra-time swings U-21 tus­sle in favour of Duar­igle Gaels

The Corkman - - SPORT - BY JOHN TAR­RANT

Duar­igle Gaels 1-14 O’Dono­van Rossa 1-12

DUAR­IGLE Gaels held out in a nail-bit­ing fin­ish to shade a gritty O’Dono­van Rossa in a crack­ing County U-21 ‘B’ Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship semi fi­nal in Mac­room.

A com­pet­i­tive con­test was dead­locked at the end of the hour, tight games come down to small mar­gins and with the pres­sure at its most in­tense in ex­tra time, Duar­igle Gaels pos­sessed the com­po­sure to grab a two point tri­umph. The Mill­street and Cullen made the brighter be­gin­ning on lead points from Cathal Crow­ley, Padraig Moyni­han and Thomas Walsh.

How­ever Rossa man­aged to find their foot­ing, a phys­i­cally stronger side lifted their game con­sid­er­ably through the ef­forts of Eoin Fitzger­ald, Jamie Shana­han, Rory Byrne, Dy­lan Houri­hane and Eoghan O’Con­nell.

In­deed a re­ju­ve­nated Rossa buzzed, land­ing six points with­out re­ply from O’Con­nell, El­liot Con­nolly, James Shana­han and Kevin Hur­ley to forge a lead.

Back came Duar­igle to break a bar­ren 14 minute run, the in­dus­tri­ous Moyni­han, Crow­ley and Colin Walsh on tar­get to en­sure stale­mate at the break on a 0-8 apiece score­line. Rossa took up the run­ning upon the restart with points to O’Con­nell and Houri­hane.

How­ever Duar­igle’s game took on a new lease of life, greatly en­cour­aged by the play of Tim Healy, Shane Hickey and Dar­ren Kiely in de­fence with Walsh and Pa­trick Di­neen win­ning de­cent ball at mid­field. That al­lowed of­fen­sive at­tacks for Colm O’Leary, Walsh and Crow­ley point.

Though the scor­ing dried up dur­ing clos­ing 10 min­utes, it re­mained highly com­pet­i­tive, Rossa re­ly­ing on a Seán Fitzger­ald point to tie up the game at 0-11 apiece. And the ex­cite­ment grew on the restart, a ter­rific Duar­igle move yielded a goal from Neil Flahive.

Back came Rossa, a foul on O’Con­nell yielded a penalty that Houri­hane tucked away neatly for a 1-12 to 1-11 ad­van­tage by the end of the first pe­riod. A quick turn around, Duar­igle gained a new lease of life to dom­i­nate, Crow­ley, Colin O’Leary and Flahive landed the points to se­cure a pas­sage to the de­cider against Charleville.

DUAR­IGLE GAELS: D O’Leary; T Healy, C Hickey, F Cronin; Colm O’Leary 0-1, S Hickey, D Kiely; P Di­neen, C Walsh 0-2; T Walsh 0-1, M Twomey, P Moyni­han 0-3; J Line­han, C Crow­ley 0-5f, N Flahive 1-1. Subs: S Flem­ing for F Cronin, Colin O’Leary 0-1 for T Walsh.

O’DONO­VAN ROSSA: P Mini­hane; P O’Neill, E Fitzger­ald, S O’Driscoll; J Shana­han 0-2, D O’Dono­van, J Cowap; R Byrne, S Fitzger­ald 0-1; D Daly 0-1, K Hur­ley 0-1, B Crow­ley; E Con­nolly 0-1, D Houri­hane 1-1 (1-0pen), E O’Con­nell 0-5 (4f). Subs: A Nott for B Crow­ley, M O’Sul­li­van for R Byrne, J Lynch for K Hur­ley.

REF­EREE: K Fury (Cill na Mar­tra)

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