Wednesday 19 June 2019

Emmets stave off late Gneeveguilla rally to reach U21 Invitation final

Duhallow U-21 Football Invitation Cup semi final Robert Emmets 3-6 Gneeveguilla 2-5

Robert Emmets shook off a determined challange from Gneeveguilla to a lively Credit Union Duhallow U21 Football Invitation Cup semi final played at a windswept Knocknagree on Saturday last.

A howling crossfield wind didn't help constructive football yet the sides on duty offered plenty of committment that ensured a lively encounter.

At the end of the hour, the Newmarket and Lismire combination deserved their victory, the better balanced side and goals at key stages proved instrumental to the destination of the spoils.

Gneeveguilla offered flashes of potential and a closing rally came within reach of their opponents but it wasn't enough to totally wear down Emmets. The victors took encourgement of a prominent start, boosted by an opportunist goal from Daniel Culloty, a free kick saw the ball thread a path to the Gneeveguiila net in the 9th min.

The Kerry side began to warm to their task, helped by excellently struck pointed frees to Padraig O'Sullivan and a pair from play by Con Buckley.

However Emmets held a far greater tempo to their game through the urgency paraded by Aidan Browne, Paudie Allen, Alan Ryan and Johathan Flaherty.

Some hasty shooting let Emmets down on squandering a run of scoring chances. However Donal Hannon did oblige from placed balls for Emmets enjoy a 1-5 to 0-4 interval advantage.

A stalemate developed upon the restart before Emmets prospects took on a rosy hue after Michael McSweeney placed Barry O'Connor to net.

Gneeveguilla weren't found wanting and a goal from substitute Adam O'Leary threw the game wide open. Again Emmets refused to be knocked off course, Conor O'Keeffe and McSweeney combining for Browne to raise a green flag.

O'Keeffe tacked on a pointed free yet Emmets endured some anxious late moments after Gneeveguilla grabbed a late consolation goal from Conor Herlihy, not enough to save the day. Emmets win ensures a Cork and Kerry decider, Rathmore and Glenflesk involved on the opposite side of the draw.

ROBERT EMMETS: S McAulliffe; D Norton, J Hayes, J Guiney; G Forde, P Allen, A Browne 1-0; A Ryan, J Flaherty; C O'Keeffe 0-1f, D Hannon 0-3(0-2'45, 0-1f), M Cottrell; M McSweeney, D Culloty 1-1, B O'Connor 1-1. Sub. T Ryan for Culloty.

GNEEVEGUILLA: G Cronin; C O'Connor, D Murphy, K Coughlan; C Crowley, K O'Connor, D O'Sullivan; P O'Sullivan 0-2f, E Herlihy; M Brosnan, C Herlihy 1-0, J Brosnan; S O'Sullivan, C Buckley 0-3(0-1f), T Murphy. Subs. A O'Leary 1-0 for Murphy, D Crowley for D O'Sullivan.

Referee: D Casey (Scartiglen)