Junior Feis Cup football final
Tir na nOg 5-8 All Saints 4-7
Ciaran Dobbin’s second goal, deep into injury time finally killed off the spirited challenge of a young All Saints side in this excellent Feis Junior Football final in Dunloy tonight. Substitute Adrian Scullion had pointed three excellent frees (1 ‘45’) to close the gap to the minimum by the 62nd minute but Dobbin fired past Niall Shannon in the All Saints goals with practically the last kick of the game to seal it for the Whitehill men.
Gerard O’Callaghan’s youthful side played for more than half the game with 14 men after Darren Mussen had received two yellows followed by red in the 24th minute at a time when they had built up a fairly healthy looking 2-3 to 0-2 lead.
Both their goals came from Shane McBride who finished to the net following a goalmouth scramble after 20 second and held off a strong challenge to claim his second with 20 minutes gone. Tir na nOg finished the half strongly however and a couple of pointed Darragh Fagan frees and a late goal from Darren O’Kane for Tir na nOg left them trailing by only two at the turn over.
When Ciaran Dobbin struck with his first goal, a minute into the second half and Eamon Og McAllister punished a bad kick-out soon after the Whitehill side looked in a position to push on for a convincing win but All Saints refused to concede.
They came roaring back with a superb individual goal from Patrick Ferris who raced through from deep in his own half to fire past Darren McCormick. Points from Darren O’Kane, Ciaran Dobbin and Joshua Higgins moved the Randalstown side four clear again as Tir na nOg threatened to take control once more.
Both sides were emptying their benches as the pace of the game continued at break-neck speed and Ciaran Campbell turned his marker to fire home the Ballymena men’s fourth goal to level matters once more with Daragh Fagan edging Tir na nOg one ahead again just before the second water break.
All Saints introduced youngsters, Ronan McKillop and Adrian Scullion for the final quarter and Scullion pointed a ‘45’ with virtually his first kick of the ball and converted a 30 meter free to move the Slemish Park side one in front once more and it was clear this one was going to go down to the wire.
Despite playing into the breeze matters appeared to have turned in favour of the Ballymena side when Tir na nOg had a man black carded but disaster struck the Slemish Park side when Conall O’Neill deflected a Connor McCamphill shot past Niall Shannon as he bravely attempted to block his shot.
Scullion responded from another well struck free into the breeze to leave just one in it once more but as All Saints pushed forward in search of an equaliser they were caught with a decisive counter attack and Dobbin provided a clinical finish to finally end the game as a contest.
Tir na nOg: Darren McCormick, Jude Carey, Ciaran McGrellis (0-1), Ryan Crilly, Ethan Higgins, Brandon McLarnon, Oliver McAtamney, Peter Cullen, Joshua Higgins (0-1), Conor McCamphill (1-0), Eamon Og McAllister (1-0), Darragh Fagan (0-4) , Daniel O’Neill, Ciaran Dobbin (2-1) , Darren O’Kane (01)
Subs: Colum Duffin, Ronan O’Neill, Brian Fitzgerald before Diarmuid McNally replied from a free in the 8th minute.
All Saints: Niall Shannon, Michael Read, Joe Rocks, Paddy O’Brien, Patrick Ferris, Phelim Killough, Conall Killough, Shaun O’Callaghan, James McDonnell, Darragh Mussen, Oisin Connolly, Shane McBride, Ciaran Campbell, Diarmuid McNally, Michael Sloan.
Subs: Conall O’Neill, Shea O’Brien, Ronan Killough, Aidan Scullion.
Referee: Vincent Boyle (Dunloy)