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Under 21's get the job done in extra time

posted 17 Nov 2012, 15:08 by Tom Duggan
Southern Under 21 Roinn A quarter final
Mullinavat 1-17  Rower Inistioge 1-15
Our under 21 team gave their supporters something to lift the spirits when overcoming Rower Inistioge in extra time at a bitterly cold Glenmore on Saturday. The victory was fully merited as Mullinavat looked the better team for most of the game but they had to dig deep to see off a dogged Rower Inistioge side which were without the services of the injured Joe Lyng. The opening half was even enough as both sides set about their business but the game really came to life in the twenty fifth minute when John Walsh gathered possession about 40 metres from the Inistioge goal. He set off on a blistering run which took him into the goalmouth and then he unleashed a blistering shot which rattled the net. It was a goal of the highest calibre but the Rower side were not rattled and they replied with two points from Conor Joyce who had taken over the freetaking duties.
Half time score Mullinavat 1- 7 Rower Inistioge 0-6
The Rower side began the second half brightly and added three points to reduce the lead to a single point. Simon Aylward pointed a free and Mark Mansfield added another to edge Mullinavat three points ahead.Back came the Rower and two more pointed frees reduced the deficit to a point again. Ian Duggan and Ciarán Boyle added points to put us three ahead again but still the Rower kept coming back with a pointed free. When Paudie Gahan scored an insiprational point from the right wing to again put us three points clear it looked as though we would hold on but to their credit the Rower side never gave up and right on the stoke of full time they burst through for thr equalising goal.
And so the question was who had the momentum going in to extra time? Answer it was Mullinavat. Two points from Mark Mansfield and one each from Paudie Gahan and Thomas Aylward were enough to see us through and hard as Rower Inistioge tried they could not find a way through a determined Mullinavat defence in which Joe Fennelly, Thomas Aylward and Brian Phelan stood out.
This was a hard earned victory and it should bring our lads on enormously as they did not have a competitive game for some weeks. Many of our lads are capable of playing better but the spirit displayed by the whole team was good and they now will meet John Lockes of Callan in the southern semi final.
Mullinavat: James Culleton, Mikey Jones, Joe Fennelly, Darren Kenneally, Padraig Gahan, Thomas Aylward, Brian Phelan, John Walsh, Simon Aylward, Ger Malone, Pat Mulhern, Mark Mansfield, Liam Fennelly, Ian Duggan, Brian Power.
subs: Ciarán Boyle, Mossy Jones, Conor Duggan