ACFL Division 2
Rasharkin 2-11 Sarsfields 2-13
A goal from substitute Sam Walsh in the second minute of injury time gave Sarsfield’s two much needed points as they overcame the challenge of St. Mary’s Aghagallon in Dreen today.
The home side looked to be on their way to victory when an Eamon McNeill point moved them four in front with 8 minutes of normal time remaining but the home side wouldn’t score again until the same player fired over a consolation point in injury time.
It was visitors Sarsfields who came back strongly to hit 1-4 without reply to move three in front as the game went into injury time to move them just a point behind their hosts in the league table as both side fight to stave off the threat of relegation.
It was St. Mary’s Rasharkin who made the better opening with Oran McMullan, Eamon McNeill and Ryan Lynch moving them three in front after 7 minutes but slowly the visitors began to get a foothold in the game.
They came back strongly with five unanswered points, two from Brian Healey and a hat-trick of minors from lively full-forward, Gary Lennon.
Ruairi O’Boyle hit the home side’s first score for 21 minutes when he sent over in the 28th minute and Gerard O’Hagan added another but points from Sam Walsh and Kevin Floyd left the ‘Paddies’ 0-7 to 0-5 ahead at ther break and fully deserving of their lead.
Sarsfield’s made an excellent start to the second half and Tomas Skillen put them in a strong position when he fired to the net from close range in the third minute to move them five ahead.
The Rasharkin response was quick and decisive and Ruairi O’Boyle finished from close range to again reduce the deficit to two and herald a period of Rasharkin supremacy with Thomas McMullan driving them forward from mid-field.
Shane Hasson, goalkeeper, Andrew Hasson and Colm Kennedy hit three unanswered point to see them take the lead by the 9th minute before Gary Lennon replied from a 10th minute free to tie the contest.
Oran McMullan appeared to have put the Dreen side in a strong position when he fire home from close range with Lennon replying with a point for the visitors and Lynch and McNeill sending over at the other end to move the home side four in front after 22 minutes.
It was Sarsfield’s who finished the stronger however as they began to get on top at midfield following the departure of the influential McMullan as they kicked four points in quick succession through Sam Walsh, Brian Healey and Gary Lennon (0-2) to draw level with time almost up.
As the home side pushed forward in search of a winner Sarsfield’s forced a turnover around midfield and Tomas Skillen won the race with keeper Andrew Hasson to palm the ball across goal and Sam Walsh applied the finish from close range to put his side three in front.
The home side staged one last attack in search of an equaliser but Eamon McNeill was forced to settle for a point and it was to prove to be the final piece of action as referee Charlie Hemsworth sounded his full-time whistle from the resulting kick-out.
Rasharkin: 1 – Andrew Hasson, 2 – Daniel Doherty, 3 – Emmet McFerran, 4 – Pearse Kelly, 5 – James Higgins, 6 – Seamus Ellis, 7 – Conor Hasson, 8 – Thomas McMullan, 9 – Tiernan O’Boyle,
10 – Oran McMullan, 11 – Eammon McNeill, 12 – Shane Hasson, 13 – Ryan Lynch, 14 – Gerard O’Hagan, 15 – Ruairi O’Boyle.
Donagh Quigg for James Higgins, Conor McFerran for Thomas McMullan, Colm Kennedy.
Sarsfields: 1 Michael Brady, 2 Declan Laverty, 3 Pearse Murray, 4 Liam Mitchell, 5 Philip McPeake, 6 Niall McAlea, 26 Conor Laverty, 8 Cormac Murray, 9 Miceal Ferris, 10 Joe Mcnally, 11 Conor Glenholmes, 12 Kevin Floyd, 13 Brian Healey, 14 Garry Lennon, 15 Tomas Skillen.
Subs: Sam Walsh, Kevin McKernan, Brian McCaul, Anthony McGarrigle
Referee: Charlie Hemsworth