Erin's Own 2-15 Newtownshandrum 1-18
A GOAL in injury-time saw it end all square but it was Erin's Own who were celebrating at the end of this Co-Op Superstores Premier SHC clash at Glantane on Saturday night.
The draw was enough to see them advance to the quarter-finals, with their opponents losing out on scoring average. It certainly was drama all the way as Colm Coakley's shot from out the pitch went all the way to the back of the net to see them through.
Referee Joe Larkin went in to check with his umpires before giving the goal as there were shouts of a square ball with Cian O'Callaghan lurking.
But he didn't get a touch and the ref deemed it a goal and with that, Erin's Own advanced and Newtown were out.
Credit to Erin's Own who came from six points down to get the draw, helped by the strong wind in the second half.
Early points from Jamie Coughlan and Jack Twomey put Newtown in front, with Eoghan Murphy replying for Erin's Own.
A goal from Robbie O'Flynn put them in front, with two from Coughlan, along with points from the impressive Tim O'Mahony and Conor Twomey saw Newtown lead 0-7 to 1-2 with 20 minutes gone.
They increased their lead further when Coughlan goaled and by half-time, they were 1-11 to 1-5 in front.
Early points from Murphy, with two, along with Coakley and O'Callaghan reduced the deficit to two. Newtown hit back through Coughlan and Dermot McCarthy and with 45 minutes gone they were 1-15 to 1-11 in front.
Murphy pointed from a fee, but three-in-a-row from Coughlan looked like it was going to be enough for Newtown to take the points, they led 1-18 to 1-12 with time running out.
Two points from Alan Bowen, along with a Murphy free put three between the sides in injury-time, before the dramatic last gasp goal from Coakley secured the draw and with it their place in the quarter-finals.
Scorers for Erin's Own: E Murphy 0-10 (0-8 f, 0-1 65), C Coakley 1-1, R O'Flynn 1-0, A Bowen 0-2, M O'Carroll, C O'Callaghan 0-1 each.
Newtownshandrum: J Coughlan 1-8 (0-5 f), T O'Mahony 0-3, C Twomey, D McCarthy 0-2 each, J Twomey, C O'Brien, J Lane 0-1 each.
ERIN'S OWN: S Bowen; C O’Connor, C Dooley, S Murphy; S Cronin, J O’Flynn, J O'Carroll; S Horgan, C Coakley; C Linehan, R O'Flynn, Ronan Twomey; Cian O'Callaghan, Mossie O’Carroll, E Murphy.
Subs: B Murphy for S Cronin (16 inj), S Kelly for S Horgan, A Bowen for R Twomey (both h-t), S Guilfoyle for C Lenihan (49).
NEWTOWNSHANDRUM: J Bowles; D Guiney, K O’Sullivan, J Twomey; M Ryan, C Twomey, P O’Sullivan; C O’Brien, K Coughlan; D O'Connor, T O’Mahony, J Lane; S Griffin, C Griffin, J Coughlan.
Subs: D McCarthy for D O'Connor (33), J Geary for S Griffin (38), D Stack for J Twomey (45), R Geary for C Griffin (50), M Thompson for J Lane (55).
Referee: Joe Larkin (Ballinora).