McAllister earns Cuchullains a draw in Marian Hill thriller

Senior Reserve Football Shield – Group 1

Friday July 24

St Ergnat’s, Moneyglass 2-11 Dunloy Cuchullains 2-11

Brendan McTaggart reports from Marian Hill, Moneyglass

The gates were opened on Friday evening and the small crowd in attendance were treated to a thriller at the Marian Hill.  Moneyglass led going into injury time and Dunloy thought they had done enough with a goal from Frankie Cochrane.  The home side hit back with Donal Lavery netting a major after a lapse in the Cuchullains defence yet there was still time for more drama.  Cochrane had another goal chance but blazed wide with options but the visitors earned a share of the points when Kevin McAllister held his nerve to point a free in the fifth minute of injury time.

Dunloy came into this game off the back of a convincing win over All Saints and started superbly.  Two points from Eoghan McGrath in the first two minutes and another from Stephen McIlroy on the fifth minute gave the Cuchullains a three point lead.

Moneyglass were slow in starting but had reduced the deficit to the minimum by the first water break – Liam Brady and Donal Lavery with the scores.

Both sides had goal chances in the opening quarter.  Ryan McGreevy denied by Conor McGilligan and Ryan McFarlane bringing the best out of Danny McErlain.  The Cuchullains opened a three point lead again with McIlroy and Anthony Doran before McGrath scored the opening goal of the game in the 26th minute.  Patrick Kinsella intercepting a loose pass before finding Liam McCann in space.  He found McGrath in space and the Dunloy forward made no mistake.

Moneyglass responded perfectly with Niall Boyd (free) finding the range before Conaill Prenter scored their opening goal.  Collecting from Niall Boyd, Prenter finished expertly to give McGilligan little chance. 

A Ryan McGreevy point reduced the Dunloy lead to the minimum in first half injury time but the Cuchullains almost netted again with the last action of the first half.  Liam McCann’s effort from 35 yards cannoning back off the crossbar.

The Cuchullains started the second half on top once again and had another glorious goal chance.  Oisin McPoland flashing wide with the goal at his mercy.  Moneyglass and Boyd began to find their flow however.  Boyd landed two sumptuous points from distance while McGreevy’s second of the game gave them the lead for the first time in the game with McAllister’s 36th minute point the only response from the Cuchullains.

The sides went score for score with Moneyglass edging ahead twice again only for Dunloy to claw them back.  Brady and McGreevy for the home side while Eoghan Scott (two frees) and McGrath tied the sides on 1-9 apiece with seven minutes of the hour remaining.

Moneyglass looked to have taken the momentum with a two point lead with time running out, Boyd and Prenter with the scores and while Doran halved the deficit with the next attack, no one could have foreseen the drama that was to unfold in injury time.

Dunloy’s second goal of the game from a McCann sideline.  He found McGrath in space and he laid off to Frankie Cochrane and the Dunloy sub made no mistake.  The Cuchullains regained possession from the resulting kickout but Moneyglass pressured an error and made the visitors pay the ultimate price.  A four man move countering up the field resulted in Lavery firing home from close range.

The Cuchullains carved open another goal chance with the next attack.  Cochrane once again in the right place but his shot flashed wide from a narrow angle.

The clock ticked into the fifth minute of additional time when Doran and McGrath fashioned another chance.  Moneyglass fouled McGrath and McAllister held his nerve to split the posts from 30 yards in what was the last action of the game.

Dunloy travel to Glenravel next week for the next round of the round robin while All Saints will host the St Ergnat’s side on the same evening.

TEAMS

Moneyglass: Danny McErlain; Eoin McErlain, Diarmuid Scullion, Callum McStocker; Kevin McPeake, Declan Neeson, Fearghal Duffin; Ryan McGreevy, Ciaran Kelly; Conaill Prenter, Niall Boyd, Jamie Duffin; Liam Brady, Donal Lavery, Ross Donnelly

Scorers: Niall Boyd 0-4 (1f); Donal Lavery 1-1; Conaill Prenter 1-1; Ryan McGreevy 0-3; Liam Brady 0-2

Dunloy: Conor McGilligan; Oisin McErlain, Paddy Kinsella, Eoin McMullan; Ciaran McIlfatrick, Padraig McGilligan, Sean Og McErlean; Ryan McFarlane, Anthony Doran; Daithi McGuigan, Liam McCann, Stephen McIlroy; Kevin McAllister, Eoghan McGrath, Oisin McPoland

Scorers: Eoghan McGrath 1-3; Frankie Cochrane 1-00; Kevin McAllister 0-2 (1f); Eoghan Scott 0-2 (2f’s); Anthony Doran 0-2; Stephen McIlroy 0-2

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