Coolderry forced to work hard
Coolderry 1-22 Mount Leinster 1-16
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.
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.