Dromid reach club final after extra-time win over Galtee

Munster Club JFC semi-final: Dromid Pearses 2-17 Galtee Gaels 3-10 (after extra-time)

Jason O'Connor, Dromid GAA Grounds

We've been here before with Dromid Pearses! Under the cosh at home in a Munster Junior semi-final and looking to be in serious trouble at half-time.

However much like Kanturk over in Waterville back in 2011, they found a way back to force extra-time before Graham O'Sullivan repeated his extra-time heroics against Firies in the Premier Junior Final and guided his side through to another gripping victory.

The long trek for Galtee Gaels to Dromid was considered to be a detriment in advance but the Limerick side looked very much up to the task in the first period with midfielder Tommie Childs dominating the game at midfield. Niall O'Shea might have scored the first point of the game but Galtee were showing the better conviction in taking their scores, Maurice O'Sullivan forcing their first goal in after seven minutes after Childs sent in a dangerous high ball.

Wayne Walsh powered home their second goal in the 11th minute as a subsequent point from Sean Casey had the visitors 2-2 to 0-1 in front. Dilan O'Donoghue managed to find the onrushing Graham O'Sullivan in the 13th minute for Dromid's first goal but Galtee's dominance continued.

Alan Condon scored a third goal for the Limerick side in the 22nd minute as centre-back Sean McGrath's point made it a nine point deficit for Dromid at 3-5 to 1-2 with seven minutes of the first-half left. Chris Farley kept Dromid on the fringes of a comeback with their second goal in the 26th minute but it still looked a tall order at the break in Galtee leading by 3-7 to 2-5.

Needing a good start to the second half, Dromid scored the first three points but maybe more crucial was an intervention by goalkeeper Brian O'Leary in the 41st minute. He stopped Sean Casey rushing through for Galtee's fourth goal at the concession of a '45' from which Galtee's only second-half score from their third goalscorer Condon came.

Denis 'Shine' O'Sullivan entered proceedings on the three-quarter mark as the Dromid chairman's heart and desire gave another boost to the South Kerry side despite a few chances going a begging.

With only a point between the sides Dromid looked in serious bother with five minutes left when Niall O'Shea was shown a red card for an apparent strike but the numbers were soon even when Galtee's Richard Fitzgerald was sent off for a second yellow. In the 58th minute came the equaliser, Denis 'Shine' doing great work in the build-up as Padraig 'Jackie' O'Sullivan held his nerve to level the scores up after normal time at 2-11 to 3-8.

In truth the game should not have needed extra-time had Dromid but only a further two cracks at a winner but in the first period came Graham O'Sullivan's fierce drive once more. He scored four of their five points in that time to finish with a total of 1-5 from centre-back with Galtee only able to add points from Casey and a free from Bobbie Childs to make the interval score 2-16 to 3-10.

A black card for Kevin O'Leary was a setback for Dromid but Padraig 'Jackie' made an important block before the only score of the second period came from Chris Farley fisting over right at the death.

With it a 13-point turnaround was completed and Dromid could start to think of another Munster Final as they pulled through a white knuckled ride yet again!

Dromid Pearses: Brian O'Leary, Cian Ó Sé, Dominic O'Sullivan, Shane O'Connor, Padraig Sheehan, Graham O'Sullivan (1-5), Padraig J O'Sullivan (0-1), Kevin O'Leary, Aidan S O'Sullivan, Gearóid O'Sullivan (0-1), Chris Farley (1-3, 1f), Kevin Sheehan, Dilan O'Donoghue (0-1), Thomas Curran (0-2f), Niall O'Shea (0-4). Subs: Keelan Farley for K Sheehan, Denis O'Sullivan for P Sheehan, John GG O'Shea for N O'Shea, Eoin O'Leary for Gearóid O'Sullivan, Michael Sheehan for K O'Leary (black card).

Galtee Gaels: Mike Jones, Eoin Gallahue, Richard Fitzgerald, Ian Whelan, Alan Coughlan, Sean McGrath (0-2), Eamonn Maloney, Tommie Childs, Alan Condon (1-2), Sean Casey (0-3), Bob Childs (0-3f), Derek Gallahue, Padraig McGrath, Maurice O'Sullivan (1-0), Wayne Walsh (1-0). Subs: Brendan McGrath for Walsh, Eamon Kelly for D Gallahue, Shane McNamara for O'Sullivan, Paul Moriarty for Fitzgerald, Patrick Cleary for Whelan.

Referee: Pa O'Driscoll (Cork)

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