JUNIOR 'B' FOOTBALL: LEAGUE FINAL Kiskeam 2-8 Dromtariffe 1-11 (aet) HONOURS even at the end of a marathon Duhallow Junior B Football League Final as a draw emerged a fair result between two well matched sides in Dromtariffe and Kiskeam at Mallow last Sunday.
Fortunes fluctuated over the 80 minutes yet in the last game of the season at domestic level, both sides gave it their all. And it would had been rough justice if either side had come away empty ended. Dromtariffe required a late surge to take the game into extra time while Kiskeam rallied strongly late on to shoot the closing three points and force a replay.
The early stages furnished strong evidence that an evenly contested game was in the offering. Gradually, Kiskeam's game drew a positive response from the play of Anthony Casey, Daniel O'Connor and Jeremiah McAulliffe
And a goal from Rob Carroll boosted Kiskeam's cause to lead 1-3 to 0-3 at the break. Into, the second half, Kiskeam appeared to be in the driving seat from a second goal netted by Gene Casey.
Dromtariffe refused to be intimidated, their stubborn resistance prompted by the play of John A Browne, Conor O'Donoughue, Eamon O'Flynn and Alan Dennehy.
Target man John O'Sullivan obliged, feeding Daniel O'Keeffe to goal. Two O'Sullivan points tied up the game and it set up a hectic finish. Kiskeam appeared to regain a hold of the proceedings thanks to a pair of David O'Leary points.
Again Dromtariffe rallied and two O'Sullivan points deep into injury time tied up the contest 2-5 to 1-8. Into the first period of extra time, the impetus remained with Dromtariffe, points to O'Sullivan(2) and Pat Dennehy putting a degree of daylight between the contestants.
However for the restart, Dromtariffe were down to 14 players, following a red card for O'Sullivan. Kiskeam mounted a comeback, points to O'Leary, Jamie and Rob Carroll ensuring a stalemate result and a replay eagerly awaited. DROMTARIFFE: D O'Sullivan; R Browne, J A Browne, P O'Callaghan; C Galvin, C O'Donoughue, S O'Callaghan; E O'Flynn, A Dennehy; D O'Connor, P Dennehy 0-2, P Daly; S Collins, J O'Sullivan 0-8 (1f), D O'Keeffe 1-1. Sub: D McSweeney for P O'Callaghan. KISKEAM: B Daly; J O'Sullivan, A Casey, D O'Connor; P H O'Cionnor, J McAulliffe, S Carroll; J Carroll 0-1, D O'Leary 0-5 (4f) ; J Murphy, G Casey 1-0, S O'Leary; S Breen, R Carroll 1-1, T O'Sullivan 0-1. Sub: D Cremin for P O'Connor.
REFEREE: D Twomey (Millstreet)