Reserve Footballers were in Annaclone

The Reserve Footballers were in Annaclone on Sunday and faced that, hopefully, once in a lifetime scenario when the referee counted up the scores wrong declaring the match a draw when we had actually won by a point.

Annaclone started brightly and kicked the first three points before a couple in reply from Michael O’Rourke brought An Riocht back into contention but the rally fizzled out with the home side converting three frees to lead six two with a quarter hour gone.

 

The next few minutes saw an exchange of points as Annaclone held their four-point advantage and An Riocht were unable to draw closer. An Riocht needed a goal and Ryan Spiers was put through but shot straight at the keeper before full back Brian Rodgers went on a mazy solo run, had his first effort blocked but persevered to force the rebound to the net and Deaglan Morgan got us on level terms for the first time. In added time Joe McCartan made a great block to prevent the home side retaking the lead.

 

On the restart a Paddy Gartland point put An Riocht in front for the first time and Leigh Campbell pointed with his first touch. Annaclone were not done yet and were level again and could have gone ahead only for a brave save from Stephen Doran on the boot of a home attacker and soon after Joe McCartan completed another diving block with Stephen Doran again quickly off his line to deny Annaclone from the rebound. However, all that pressure told and Annaclone went back in front only for Deaglan Morgan to square it at 1-10 to 0-13 going into the last quarter.

Annaclone went in front again before An Riocht put three points together from Conor Cole, Michael O’Rourke and Ryan Spiers. Annaclone went hunting a goal but Stephen Doran was unbeatable between the visitors posts. With five minutes remaining Annaclone narrowed the margin to the minimum but a Paddy Gartland free gave An Riocht a two point cushion. Annaclone pointed again in the fifty eighth minute to trail by one when the match was blown up early and to add insult to injury the wrong score declared, hopefully it won’t influence our position at the top of the table when the season ends. The next game is in Saval on Sunday week.

 

Team: S Doran, S McVeigh, B Rodgers 1-0, J McCartan, A Sloan, A O’Hanlon, C McVeigh, D Morgan 0-2, C Cole 0-3, D Matthews, M O’Rourke 0-4 (2f), R Spiers 0-1, A McVeigh, P Gartland 0-2 (1f), D Campbell 0-1.

Subs: S McArdle, L Campbell 0-1, C Mulligan, B Allen, M Rooney.


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