Coold­erry forced to work hard

Coold­erry 1-22 Mount Le­in­ster 1-16

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - GaelicGames -

Coold­erry had to pull out all the stops to see off Mount Le­in­ster Rangers at O’Con­nor Park in Tul­lam­ore yes­ter­day. Of­faly cham­pi­ons fin­ished with 13 men – in­flu­en­tial cen­tre half-back Kevin Brady got a sec­ond yel­low five min­utes into the sec­ond half while Mark Ber­gin got a straight red three min­utes from time.

The Car­low king­pins led by 0-5 to 0-3 af­ter 11 min­utes as they dis­played fan­tas­tic ac­cu­racy. By the 17th minute, Coold­erry had edged 0-6 to 0-5 ahead and two ex­cel­lent goals in the space of a minute brought the crowd to their feet. First Chris Nolan got a great goal in the 17th minute and mo­ments later Brian Car­roll can­celled it out with an even bet­ter one.

Red cards

Coold­erry led by 1-13 to 1-9 at half time and were 1-15 to 1-10 ahead and about to en­ter cruise con­trol when Brady saw red. While the nu­mer­i­cal ad­van­tage helped Mount Le­in­ster, Coold­erry al­ways looked to have enough in the tank to win. The Car­low cham­pi­ons got it back to three points with eight min­utes left but they failed to score again as Coold­erry got the last three points. Goal­keeper Stephen Cor­co­ran, who scored five long-range frees, saved an in­jury-time Kevin McDon­ald penalty.

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