Knocknagree 1-13 St Vincent’s 1-7
THE final scoreline doesn’t reflect the closeness of this Premier Intermediate football championship as a goal from substitute Gearoid Looney with 10 minutes remaining finally swung the balance in Knocknagree’s favour.
Credit to Vincent’s they battled to the wire but in the end fell short as last years Intermediate football champions showed their class when the game hung in the balance.
The Saints got the perfect start when a superb move ended with Anthony O’Callaghan billowing the back of the net with a superb shot.
Knocknagree to be fair responded on their next possession with a superb Eoghan McSweeney point that was quickly followed by a similar Fintan O’Connor white flag.
Vincent’s playing against the wind looked under pressure and they had goalkeeper Paddy O’Shea to thank for denying Denis O’Connor a certain goal when he parried his shot over the bar in the 10th minute.
After going 12 minutes without a score the Saints responded with a slick Anthony Harte point before Denis O’Connor added his second to tie the game a minute later.
Despite having the majority of possession Knocknagree kicked four consecutive wides and with five minutes remaining to the interval they found themselves trailing by the minimum.
Luckily for Knocknagree they found their shooting boots in the four minutes of added time as three consecutive points John F Daly (2) and Denis O’Connor saw them go in at the break commanding a 0-8 to 1-2 lead.
The city side got the perfect start when John Paul Murphy kicked a superb point just two minutes into the restart and when Blake Murphy kicked a free three minutes later the lead was reduced to the minimum.
Vincent’s couldn’t push on and Knocknagree to their credit recovered with three unanswered points.
The game was still in the balance up to the 50th minute but when Looney got on the end of a clever pass he duly placed the ball wide of Paddy O’Shea to the corner of the net.
Vincent’s battled to the wire, but they lacked ideas going forward that ultimately cost them victory.
Scorers for Knocknagree: G Looney 1-0, F O’Connor 0-3 (0-1 f), J F Daly 0-3, D O’Connor 0-3, E McSweeney 0-2, J Dennehy, David O’Connor 0-1 each.
St Vincent’s: B Murphy 0-3 (0-2 f), A O’Callaghan 1-0, A Harte 0-2, D Duggan, J P Murphy 0-1 each.
KNOCKNAGREE: P Doyle; M Doyle, D O’Mahony, G O’Connor; D Cooper, K Buckley, M Mahoney; D O’Connor, D Moynihan; J Dennehy, J Dennehy, E McSweeney, F O’Connor; D O’Connor, J F Daly, M Dilworth.
Sub: G Looney for M Dilworth (inj h-t).
St VINCENT'S: P O’Shea; D O’Regan, A O’Callaghan, D Fenton; K Mullen, G McCarthy, S Duggan; W Long, A O’Callaghan; A Harte, D Duggan, D O’Connor; K Lynch, B Murphy, J P Murphy.
Subs: P O’Sullivan for W Long (45), K Sorensen for S Duggan (48), C Caufield for K Mullen (50), J Price for J P Murphy (51), R Fielding for D Sorensen (52).
Referee: D Whelan (Aghada).