Dramatic comeback seals title for Aughavas

Aughavas claimed a stunning victory over neighbours Gortletteragh in Wednesday’s U-14 11-a-side league final in Pairc Sean MacDiarmada with captain Daniel Bohan the hero as he helped complete an astonishing comeback by scoring an excellent individual goal in the first minute of injury time.

Aughavas claimed a stunning victory over neighbours Gortletteragh in Wednesday’s U-14 11-a-side league final in Pairc Sean MacDiarmada with captain Daniel Bohan the hero as he helped complete an astonishing comeback by scoring an excellent individual goal in the first minute of injury time.

Aughavas claimed a stunning victory over neighbours Gortletteragh in Wednesday’s U-14 11-a-side league final in Pairc Sean MacDiarmada with captain Daniel Bohan the hero as he helped complete an astonishing comeback by scoring an excellent individual goal in the first minute of injury time.

U-14 11-A-SIDE FINAL

AUGHAVAS 4-8

GORTLETTERAGH 4-6

By Philip Rooney

At half-time, such a scenario had seemed highly unlikely as Gortletteragh looked in complete control, leading by 14 points. However, Aughavas upped their performance considerably in the second half and led by the likes of Fintan Gallogly, Seamus Sweeney, James Canning and Daniel Bohan they produced a comeback nobody could have predicted.

It was a cruel outcome for the Gortletteragh players, but the fact that they were held scoreless for the entire second half gives and indication of where their problems stemmed from as Aughavas capitalised on having the wind at their backs to produce a dramatic final 20 minutes.

Both sides looked evenly matched but it was Gortletteragh who opened the scoring after Jack Heslin’s pass found Dylan Ward who made no mistake with his fourth minute point. Less than a minute later, Gortletteragh came agonisingly close to scoring the opening goal but were denied by Aughavas keeper Edward Lynch who did well to save Shane Keigheran’s effort.

Gortletteragh continued to pile on the pressure and it was no surprise when Jack Heslin’s point doubled Gortletteragh’s lead. It was to get much worse for Aughavas as Gortletteragh struck for four goals in the space of two minutes to seemingly all but end the game as a contest.

To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.