Neighbours produce an entertaining encounter

Published 02/08/2014 | 00:00

With five games of under-21 football down for decision last weekend only three eventually went ahead and the first of these was an exciting bout between neighbours, Naomh Eoin and Kildavin-Clonegal.

The venue was Brother Leo Park in Tullow and although some spectators said the standard was below par there was no doubting the commitment and desire of both sides and despite a slack enough first half, the two teams really got into gear in the second and gave a performance worth watching.

This effort was embodied by none more so than Naomh Eoin full-forward, Brian Treacy.

A man who normally minds the net in the small ball game showed head and shoulders above the rest on Saturday night starting first at full-forward, where he played an excellent role as a target and link man, and then moving out to midfield later in the game and displaying some superb high fielding and clever game management with simple but crucial passes at important times.

Treacy got himself on the score sheet shortly after the first quarter but after that score his side trailed by six points to two.

Kildavin had opened the scoring early on with good points from Owen Roberts and when Daniel Murphy put them further in front with three points of his own and with Jack Dempsey also on target, the signs were not good for Naomh Eoin, who were very slow to start.

Brian Treacy and then Keith Slye then finally got Naomh Eoin off the mark with back to back scores and although Naomh Eoin missed a great opportunity of a goal it was Kildavin who would have the final say in the half when wing back Michael Redmond came forward and slotted an excellent point to leave his side in the lead at the break, 0-7 to 0-3.

Two minutes after the restart it seemed to be game over after Daniel Murphy was allowed too much room in the Myshall back-line and he scored a great goal to give his team a seven point lead and up to that point it was a deserved lead.

The lads from Myshall must have drank slow burning fuel at half time as they slowly got themselves back into the game with a quick 1-2 with Ross Smithers and Martin Doyle both pointing and sandwiched in between those points was a belter of a goal from Anthony Hogan who stuck the ball in the top corner.

Things looked to turn south on Naomh Eoin briefly as they had midfielder Tadgh O'Connor black carded and replaced by Kevin Hosey and almost immediately Ian St. Ledger had the ball in the net after a tidy finish and Kildavin were back to a five point lead.

However in the same minute as the St. Ledger goal, amazingly, Naomh Eoin hit 1-1 as Keith Slye raised a white flag and Hogan bagged his second goal of the evening and the gap was the minimum.

St. Ledger sent over a good free but points from Brian Treacy, now at midfield, and Jack Kavanagh, set up after a great catch by Treacy, had the game level heading for the last 10 minutes.

Kildavin had been reduced to 14 men after centre-back Liam Roberts had been shown a second yellow and his presence was missed as a '45 from Naomh Eoin was fisted to the net by substitute Cathal Deacon.

Two Ian St. Ledger frees had the game level in the 59th minute and just when it seemed like a draw was going to be the fair result, another Naomh Eoin substitute stood up to be counted when Neil Coogan sent over the winning score in the dying seconds.

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