Late Molloy point gives Dunloy a share of the spoils

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Keelan Mollloy whose late point earned Dunloy a draw with St Brigid’s

All County Football League Division 2

St Brigids 3-10 2-13 Dunloy

Dunloy got their league form back on track on Wednesday evening when they travelled to Musgrave Park to take on Naomh Bríd and came away with a share of the spoils thanks to a late point from Keelan Molloy. Hampered in recent weeks because of clashes with the Under 21 Hurling Championship and the Christy Ring Cup, team manager Dominic Dillon has been forced to field weakened teams of late but the Cuchullain’s were back nearing full strength for this outing. Dillon will be disappointed at letting an eleven point lead slip but he will be delighted at how the game was saved in the dying minute when all appeared to be lost.

Dunloy started the game strongly and registered the first two points before the opening goal arrived. After a charging run at the defence by Conor ‘Woody’ McKinley the big centre-forward released Keelan Molloy and when the talented teenager is one-on-one there’s only one outcome Dunloy lead 1-02 to 0-00 after five minutes. The teams exchanged a few points each before the away side struck the net again. After great work by Nigel Elliott on the side line he cut in and unselfishly squared the ball to Chrissy McMahon who palmed the leather to the St Bridget’s net. Dunloy led by 8 with nearly 20 minutes gone. The next 3 scores were Dunloys and with only stoppage time left in the 1st half the lead was eleven but right on the whistle a searching run through the heart of the Dunloy defence ended up in the back of the net.

Half Time score: St Brigids 1-02 2-07 Dunloy

The second half started well for Dunloy and McKinely pointed to put his side nine clear. However the next twenty minutes was all about St Brigid’s as they started to dominate with and after a series of well taken points they cut the gap to the minimum with a goal from a penalty. The Belfast men were now in full flight and four unanswered points put them three head with just five minutes left to play.

Dunloy needed something special and they got it from Conor McKinley who after winning a high ball spun his man and from twenty metres out he unleashed a bullet which flew into the top corner of the net. It appeared that McKinley’s great effort would go unrewarded when the home team nosed in front again deep into injury time but with less than a minute of stoppage time remaining Keelan Molloy picked the ball up 30 yards out the pitch weaved passed two men and from the tightest of angles squeezed over a brilliant equalising point

Dunloy

  1. Sean Doherty
  2. Oran Quinn
  3. Duane Scott
  4. Jamie McFerran
  5. Stephen McToal
  6. Karl O’Kane
  7. Cathair McGuigan
  8. Miceal Murphy
  9. Karl Fitzpatrick
  10. Decky McGarry
  11. Conor McKinley
  12. Chrissy McMahon
  13. Keelan Molloy
  14. Ryan Elliott
  15. Nigel Elliott

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