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Thursday 20 June 2019

Mangan grabs outrageous late winner against the Billies

Donard-The Glen 1-7 Ballymanus 1-6

Pat Dunne at Jim Mills Memorial Park

Donard-The Glen picked up two valuable Hilltonne Engineering Division 2 league points after a tight encounter at home last Friday evening against Ballymanus.

While the scoring might have been low, the game ebbed and flowed throughout. There were plenty of incidents in an intriguing game, from a missed penalty and real late drama in added time at the death, which saw the west side get over the line in an entertaining encounter.

The Billies got off to a dream start after a poor kick-out by Ray Halloran was intercepted by the alert Roan Lynch who dispatched the size five to the back of the net in the second minute for the opening score of the game.

Donard responded with Alan Daly scoring on the turn with a well-taken point after a great ball in from the lively Des Mann.

A high ball into the danger zone was flicked on by Liam Mullen, however, Brendan Doyle gathered the ball and cleared it to safety.

In the next attack, Des Mann was fouled, and Liam Mullen dispatched the resultant free between the posts for Tadgh Fennin's troops.

Padraig Byrne was a constant thorn in the Donard defence all evening, with lots of penetrating runs.

Chances were hard to come by, as both teams were guilty of turning over the ball at crucial times. Des Mann levelled the game in the 15th minute with a long-range point for the Glen men.

Ciaran Walshe's side restored the lead when Kevin Byrne powered in a high ball that was brilliantly plucked out of the sky by Padraig Byrne who turned and split the uprights.

The Billies added a brace of points from Ciaran Whelan and Kevin Byrne to stretch the lead out to three points.

The home side created a host of chances in the closing three minutes; however, some poor shot selection meant no increase to their tally as the half-time whistle sounded with the score reading 0-3 to 1-3.

Two quickfire points by Brian Lennon and Alan Daly cut the deficit to the minimum, as Donard started the brighter. Craig Farrar won possession and cut through beating two defender's and rose another white flag for the visitor's as the game ebbed and flowed.

Alan Daly tagged on another point for Donard before we had some drama - a high ball in from Clifford Grace was brilliantly fielded by Alan Daly who was fouled in the box, penalty was the call.

Liam Mullen placed the ball on the spot. However, play was held up for three minutes, as a Ballymanus midfielder player needed attention for cramp up the field.

After the stoppage, Liam Mullen reset, but his shot was well saved by Brendan Doyle who cleared. Another good save shortly afterwards by Doyle from a Des Mann shot kept Donard at bay.

But, eventually, the goal did arrive. Alan Daly put Brian Lennon clean through and Lennon's rocket gave Doyle no chance in the goal to put Donard two points to the good in the 52nd minute.

Paddy (Moyne) Byrne made a trademark run and cut the deficit to the minimum as we went into six additional minutes of injury time as the game intensified to set up a grandstand finish. Ciaran Whelan pulled a 30m free wide before Glen Farrar levelled proceedings with a monster of a point going into the 66th minute.

While everyone expected the full-time whistle would sound, a quick kick-out by Halloran was gathered by Brian Lennon who fed Harry Mangan, who soloed up along the wing and fired over an outrageous winner from an acute angle to steal the points.

Next up for Ballymanus is Barndarrig, while Donard welcome Rathnew this coming Friday evening.

Scorers - Donard-The Glen: Brian Lennon 1-1, Alan Daly 0-3 (1f), Liam Mullen 0-1, Des Mann 0-1, Harry Mangan 0-1.

Ballymanus: Roan Lynch 1-0, Padraig Byrne 0-1, Ciaran Whelan 0-1, Kevin Byrne 0-1, Craig Farrar 0-1, Paddy (Moyne) Byrne 0-1, Glen Farrar 0-1.

Donard-The Glen: Ray Halloran; Kevin Osborne, Clifford Grace, Harry Mangan; Joe O'Neill, Sean Brannigan; Brian Lennon, George Finlay; Darren O'Neill, Niall Curran, Liam Monaghan; Alan Daly, Liam Mullen, Des Mann. Subs: Larry Daly, Ger Healy.

Ballymanus: Brendan Doyle; Paddy (Gap) Byrne, Aidan Byrne, Glen Farrar; Shane Whelan, Colm Coogan, Kieran Whelan; Dara O'Keeffe, Seamus Coogan; Paul Murray, Padraig Byrne, Craig Farrar; Kevin Byrne, Roan Lynch, Cillian Farrar. Subs: Paddy (Moyne) Byrne.

Referee: Garett Whelan (Kiltegan)

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