Clonguish finish strongest to seal extra-time victory

Clonguish celebrate after winning the All County Football Reserve League Division 3 title after extra-time on Sunday last at Allen Park. Pic: Ray Donlon
Three points in the final five minutes of extra-time helped Clonguish to a four point win over a spirited St Brigid’s side in the Reserve League Division 3 Final on Sunday afternoon.

Three points in the final five minutes of extra-time helped Clonguish to a four point win over a spirited St Brigid’s side in the Reserve League Division 3 Final on Sunday afternoon.

One point separated the sides after the first period of extra-time. Clonguish upped their performance after the resumption to claim victory.

It was an entertaining game with the difference between the sides being Clonguish forward Ian Reilly. He was initially named on the bench but started due to an injury to Derek Duggan.

The Killashee side started brightly and a goal from Quentin Lee in the 11th minute helped them build up a four point lead. Frees from Reilly and a Shane O’Brien goal closed the gap to one point in the 23rd minute.

Reilly levelled the game in the 29th minute before a nice point from Stephen Norton gave Clonguish a one point lead going in at the break; 1-5 to 1-4. St Brigid’s worked hard in the opening stages of the second half and a good point from James Edgeworth in the 34th minute drew the game level.

Clonguish took control again; a pointed free and a goal from Reilly along with a nice point from Mark Fallon put them ahead by five in the 38th minute but Brigid’s responded with a Lee penalty to cut the gap to two in the 41st minute.

Brigid’s found themselves trailing by five once again in the 49th minute but credit to them they were back to within two in the 54th minute when Lee finished to net.

Just before the end Clonguish’s Colin Reynolds was shown a second yellow before Norton put three between them but in additional time Enda McKiernan grabbed a dramatic goal to take the game to extra-time.

Brigid’s started extra-time well but when John Dowd grabbed a third goal for Clonguish it turned the game in their favour. They were able to close out the game in the final five minutes with goalkeeper Martin McHugh getting the insurance point from a ’45 in the 60th minute.

Clonguish: Martin McHugh (0-1,’45); Paul Barden, Gerry Moore; Noel Murphy, Conor Shields (0-1), Niall Tighe; John Dowd (1-0), Eric Flynn; Colin Reynolds, Stephen Norton (0-2), Mark Fallon (0-1); Shane O’Brien (1-1), Ian Reilly (1-10,9f)

Subs: Raymond O’Brien (0-1f) for O’Brien inj (25 mins), Rory Breslin for Flynn (58mins), James Smith on in extra-time

St Brigid’s: Pat Farrell; Enda McPartland, Alan Milton; Derek Steele, Keelan Cox, Robert O’Reilly; Enda McKiernan (1-1), Nathan Cox (0-1); Mark Rossiter, Quentin Lee (3-0), James Edgeworth (0-1); Francis Dolan (0-7,5f), Sean Sheridan.

Sub: Raymond O’Reilly for Sheridan (half-time)

Referee: Enda Murphy (St Mary’s, Granard)