Tuesday 24 October 2017

Everyone's a winner in crunch tie

O RAGHALLAIGH'S secured Division 1 survival thanks to this eight point victory over Sean O'Mahonys which proved enough to see them finish ahead of Naomh Mairtin on score difference.

Despite losing the game, Sean O'Mahonys also left the Gaelic Grounds relatively satisfied after they finished the campaign in third place to book a Cardinal O'Donnell Cup semi-final meeting with Cooley

During the first half the sides were level on four occasions. Keith Hughes but the Raghs suffered a body blow in the seventh minute with the loss through injury of Stephen Murphy which initially unsettled the full back line.

However, Graham Leech's determination and superb tackling made life difficult for the visitors and gave confidence to his defenders.

At the other end, Ruairi Moore was in fine kicking form and his scores helped the home side go in at the break with a 0-7 to 0-5 lead.

Ben Rogan opened the second half with a point in the first minute and a three point gap had opened for the first time in the match. The O'Mahonys replied with two quick points but again Ruari Moore's accurate place kicking restored the Raghs three point cushion.

With six minutes remaining, the O Raghallaighs lead was just 0-10 to 0-8 but they finished with a flourish and Andrew Rogan's goal proved decisive as his side stayed up in the Senior League.

O RAGHALLAIGHS: Joe Flanagan; Stephen Murphy, James Moonan, Graham Leech; Eoin Moore 0-2, Johnny Clerkin, Alan Doyle; Ciaran Brassil, Robert Mulroy; Keith Hughes 0-1, Ruairi Moore 0-6, Chris Smith 0-2; Ben Rogan 0-1, Dav Finegan, Damien Boyle 0-1. Subs: Stephen Kermode for S Murphy, Andrew Rogan 1-0 for D Finegan.

SEAN O'MAHONYS: Benny Traynor; Mickey Clarke, Peter Nixon, Liam Dullaghan; Ronan Byrne, Keith McLaughlin, John O'Brien; David Dowling, Andrew Nixon; Johnny Connolly, Conor Finnegan 0-1, David Crawley 0-1; Stephen Kilcoyne 0-3, Stephen Fisher, Liam McAleavey. Sub: Barry Mackin 0-1 for J Connolly, Paddy Byrne for L McAleavey.

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