As dramatic a finish as you could hope to see ensured Mohill’s Connacht Gold Senior Championship dreams remain very much alive but they came extremely close to bowing out at the quarter-final stage as Annaduff led on Saturday evening by four points as the game entered injury time.
By Philip Rooney
Even when John McGuinness struck for the game’s only goal three minutes into injury time, Mohill still realised they needed a further point to get back on level terms and substitute Donal Flynn proved to be Mohill’s hero as he scored a fine equalising point with what was practically the last act of the game.
In retrospect it was probably a fair result as both sides enjoyed their periods of dominance but having seemingly ensured their place in the semi-final it will be interesting to see how Annaduff respond to the blow of conceding those late scores.
Mohill, on the other hand, will have another opportunity to fight for a place in the semi-final and having seemingly lost that chance last Saturday, Mohill will surely have the upper hand psychologically ahead of the replay.
Both sides will have their share of regrets with regards last weekend’s game and plenty on which to work in the next few days as they seek to meet St. Mary’s in the semi-finals.
Mohill’s lightening start should have seen them open up a comfortable lead but they were let down by wayward shooting in the opening half while Annaduff had no less than three excellent chances to find the Mohill net but all three were spurned, meaning they were unable to open up a comprehensive lead of their own.
The game began with Mohill in sparkling form. John McGuinness, Ronan Gallagher and Shane Quinn were at the heart of all their good work as they moved the ball at lightning pace with an accuracy that left Annaduff struggling to make an impact during the opening exchanges.
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