A point from Andrew Farrell in the final minute of normal time clinched Cashel a vital victory in the Intermediate Football Championship against 14 men St. Patrick’s in the Group 1 clash at Leo Casey Park, Ballymahon on Saturday evening last.
The Ardagh side lost defender Brian Farrell through a second yellow card in the 51st minute and things got worse for St Patrick’s with Philip Gillen getting a black card three minutes later. And then in stoppage time they lost Conor Carroll and Gerard Farrell, both shown black cards by referee Patrick Maguire.
Ardagh felt aggrieved by some decisions by the match official, especially near the end of the game when things were tense. They had a chance to get an equaliser with time almost up but Mark Donlon’s effort went wide.
Cashel dug deep to claim this crucial win. They had several chances to get a goal, especially in the second half, but Ardagh’s Shane Powell was immense in defence. St Patrick’s themselves will rue not taking the opportunities they created.
It was a tight game but one of very poor fare. It didn’t spring to life until the final minutes when Cashel levelled matters and then took the lead.
A free from Killian Farrell opened the scoring in the 6th minute but Cashel replied with points from Andrew Farrell and Ger Dennigan.
Seamus Shortt was on target to leave the sides all square in the 18th minute, only for Dennigan to put his side in front again with a good point.
Cashel keeper Ger Neilon then pulled off a good save to deny Rory Sullivan a goal in the 23rd minute but Sullivan got on the scoresheet minutes later when firing over a free.
Another Killian Farrell free gave Ardagh a one point lead going in at the break, 0-4 to 0-3. Two more frees from Farrell extended Ardagh’s lead to three points by the 38th minute but the key forward had to limp off injured in the 41st minute.
Back came Cashel with Ger Dennigan fisting over a point in the 48th minute to get his side’s first score of the second half and further scores from Dennigan (free) and Shane Muldoon left it level in the 53rd minute.
In the 60th minute Andrew Farrell got what turned out to be the winning score to keep alive the Cashel hopes of reaching the semi-finals.
CASHEL: Ger Neilon; Ronan Farrell, Ronan Muldoon, Ciaran Killian; Mel Farrell, Padraig Farrell, Conan Casey; Luke Casey, Andrew Farrell (0-2); Shane Muldoon (0-1), Gavin Kelly, Shane Bannon; Keith Carberry, Ger Dennigan (0-4, 2 frees), Ronan Healy.
Subs:- Shane Merrigan for C Casey (34 mins); Corie Carberry for C Killian (45 mins); Mark Murtagh for S Muldoon (58 mins), Kevin Farrell for R Farrell (first minute of stoppage time).
ARDAGH ST PATRICK’S: Michael Lenehan; Ciaran Kelly, Brian Farrell, Oisin MacBheatha; Conor Carroll, Shane Powell, Gareth Dennigan; Seamus Shortt (0-1), Gerard Farrell; Cathal McGlynn, Finn Hartmann, Paddy Keenan; Emmet Donlon, Killian Farrell (0-4, all frees), Rory Sullivan (0-1, free).
Subs:- Shane Henry for E Donlon (half-time); Philip Gillen for K Farrell (injured, 41 mins); Paddy Hanley for P Gillen (black card, 54 mins); Michael Lynch for C Carroll (black card) and Mark Donlon for G Farrell (black card), both in the first minute of stoppage time.
Referee: Patrick Maguire (St Mary’s Granard).
Fixtures next weekend
Intermediate Football Championship Group 1 - Round 4
Cashel v Young Grattans.
Killashee St Brigid’s v Ardagh St Patrick’s.
Intermediate Football Championship Group 2 - Round 2
Sean Connolly’s v Rathcline. Prediction: Sean Connolly’s
Kenagh v Legan Sarsfields. Prediction: Kenagh