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Crumlin edge Anne's

A pulsating game at Pearse Park saw Crumlin emerge with the U16 Division Three title thanks to a 2-16 to 2-10 extra-time victory over St Anne's, writes Diarmuid Geraghty.

The visitors enjoyed the better of the first period and led by 2-4 to 0-4 at the break, goals from Chris Gaynor and Darragh Fulham giving them a deserved lead.

But Crumlin rallied and played some excellent football to drag themselves back into proceedings despite the best efforts of Anne's goalkeeper Andrew Timmons.

A Rob Nolan goal halfway through the second half was vital in forcing the draw at full-time, 1-11 to 2-8.

At this stage, the momentum was firmly with the winners, and another goal from David Doyle just minutes into the added time set them on their way to victory.

The half-forward line of Nolan, Lee Coleman and Jamie Hollywood were instrumental in the turnaround, gaining vital primary possession at key stages.

Centre back Troy Kennedy was also immense, his all-action, no-nonsense style was inspirational in dragging his team back from the brink.

But this was a victory that was all about the collective as manager Tony Russell described it as "the complete team performance" in the aftermath.


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