Sport Hurling

Tuesday 20 February 2018

Late Doughan strike swings it

St Brendan's, Birr 3-6, Colaiste Eoin 0-14

Conor Doughan proved the hero for St Brendan's as his late goal saw off Colaiste Eoin in a thrilling encounter at the UCD Sportsgrounds.

There was very little consistency from either side, bar the free-taking of Colaiste Eoin's Fionain Motherway, who had a terrific game scoring nine points. St Brendan's Kevin Dunne scored a goal within the first five minutes to send out a message to Colaiste Eoin.

Both of Doughan's goals came in the second half -- his second with five minutes to go giving Brendan's a two-point lead. A Motherway free pegged it back to a point with two minutes left and, with Colaiste Eoin pushing to send the game into extra-time, the game erupted into controversy.

Colaiste Eoin were convinced they should have had a '65' after Motherway's shot appeared to take a deflection, but instead the referee deemed the ball went wide and blew for full-time.

Scorers -- St Brendan's: C Doughan 2-1, K Dunne 1-1, E Nolan 0-2, D Cleary, P Mullins 0-1 each. Colaiste Eoin: F Motherway 0-9 (2 65s, 7f), C O Croinin 0-2, E O Doicheartaigh, C O Neall, F O Rian Brion 0-1 each.

St Brendan's -- K Bergin; C Walsh, B Connors, K Donovan; C Fitzgerald, E Hayes, C Mulrooney; D Cleary, P Mullins; E Nolan, C Doughan, J Molloy; S O'Conner, C Guilfoyle, K Dunne. Subs: S O'Connolly for J Molloy (45), B Donnelly for D Cleary (55).

Colaiste Eoin -- C Mac Gabhann; C O Fainin, R O Murchu, C O Dulachain; C O Fearghal, E O Doicheartaigh, J Clintiuin; C O Croinin, D O Gormloich; C O Neall, J O Faolgih, F O Rian Brion; O O Ruairc, S O Dubhghaill, F Motherway. Sub: C O Duibhir for F O Rian Brion.

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