Gill goals secure senior status for Fr Manning Gaels

Cian Brady (Fr Manning Gaels) comes away with the ball ahead of Carrickedmond's Kevin Moran during Saturday's Peter Hanley Motors SFC relegation semi-final at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park. Photo: Declan Gilmore
A goal from Pauric Gill two minutes from time helped Fr Manning Gaels consolidate their senior championship status for next year and left Carrickedmond fighting for theirs.

A goal from Pauric Gill two minutes from time helped Fr Manning Gaels consolidate their senior championship status for next year and left Carrickedmond fighting for theirs.

With six minutes of Saturday’s relegation semi-final at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park remaining Carrickedmond were two points up, 0-10 to 1-5, and looking like they could hold on for the win but in a four minute spell disaster struck.

First John Gerety received a black card and because he was already on a yellow he couldn’t be replaced.

Eoin Keane hit over a free to cut the gap to one in the 57th minute and then one minute later Dylan Quinn found the unmarked Gill and he struck a powerful shot past Garrett Higgins to edge his side back in front.

Try as they might Carrickedmond, who haven’t scored a goal in this year’s championship, just couldn’t get the scores they needed to get back into the game and now face into a relegation final.

The Gaels struck first within seconds of the throw-in when Gill found the back of the net for the first of his two goals.

A free from Mark McDonnell and a point from Marty Mulvey cut the gap to one in the fifth minute. Mulvey had a goal chance two minutes later but dragged his shot wide.

Ciaran Cooney pointed for the Gaels but points from Padraig O’Shea, Mulvey and Jonathan Keegan put Carrickedmond ahead by a point, 0-5 to 1-1, in the 27th minute. The Gaels were level though in the 29th minute when Gill was fouled and Eoin Keane pointed the free. Right before the break John Lenehan gave his Carrickedmond the lead again, 0-6 to 1-2.

Another McDonnell free at the start of the second half put Eugene McCormack’s charges in front by two points.

In a nine minute spell, points were exchanged, with the Gaels clawing back to within a point only for Carrickedmond to edge two clear again.

In the 51st minute, with the score at 0-9 to 1-5, Patrick Farrell set up Lenehan to put Carrickedmond ahead by two again but that was to be their final score of the game. Although they did have chances after that they simply couldn’t put them away.

Carrickedmond lost Gerety in the 54th minute before Keane reduced the deficit to just one point three minutes later.

With time nearly up the Gaels went on the attack; the excellent Dylan Quinn found Gill and he fired to the net to give his side a dramatic win.

FR MANNING GAELS: Paddy Collum; Michael Kelly, Cian Brady, Dylan Quinn; Leon McKeown, Aaron Quinn, Ciaran Cooney (0-1); Johnny Kane, David Collum; Emmet Noonan (0-1), Fergal Reilly, Mark Duffy (0-1); Eoin Keane (0-2, 2f), Diarmuid Cooney (0-1), Pauric Gill (2-0)

Subs: Mike Kiernan for C Cooney (half-time), Darren Reilly for L McKeown (45 mins), Darren Farrelly for F Reilly (52 mins).

CARRICKEDMOND: Garrett Higgins; Oisin Farrell, Kevin Moran, Niall O’Farrell; John Gerety, Padraig O’Shea (0-1), Cathal Belton; John O’Shea, Barry O’Farrell; Padraig McGrath, Barry Stewart, Marty Mulvey (0-2); John Lenehan (0-2), Mark McDonnell (0-2, 2f), Jonathan Keegan (0-3).

Sub: Patrick Farrell for P McGrath (29 mins).

REFEREE: Frank Toher

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