Murray penalty tilts balance in Annaduff’s favour

In a game that swung one way and then the other and back again, a Colm Murray penalty two minutes into added time at the end of an enthralling U-14 League 13-a-side Final last Friday in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada broke Carrigallen hearts and brought the title to Annaduff.

In a game that swung one way and then the other and back again, a Colm Murray penalty two minutes into added time at the end of an enthralling U-14 League 13-a-side Final last Friday in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada broke Carrigallen hearts and brought the title to Annaduff.

Annaduff 3-7

Carrigallen 2-9

Carrigallen had started the better but in a blistering burst for ten minutes either side of halftime, a rampant Annaduff seemed to put the game well beyond the reach of their opponents until the incredibly nimble foot-work of Colm Kiernan re-ignited the game.

The Carrigallen forward, who ended up with a tally of 2-6, somehow wriggled his way through a massed Annaduff defence, not once, but twice to score two dramatic goals in less than a minute to get his team back into the contest.

Carrigallen camped in Annaduff’s half and opened up a two point lead as the game entered added time before a last gasp attack saw Conor Cronin dragged to the ground, leaving Colm Murray to dispatch his second penalty of the game for a dramatic Annaduff victory.

With Carrigallen starting best, two Colm Kiernan frees in the first seven minutes got them off to a great start. Colm Murray hit back with a free but when Annaduff keeper Shane Cox ran into Andrew Hession, a penalty was rightly awarded.

Unfortunately for Carrigallen, Kiernan drove his spot-kick over the bar on 12 minutes. Kiernan added a free as Carrigallen led by three points but in the final ten minutes of the half, Annaduff suddenly found their rhythm, with Murray and Sean Quigley putting over points in the space of a minute.

Referee Derek Moran awarded his second penalty when an Annaduff player was knocked over, Murray putting away the penalty in style. And with three minutes left in the half, Conor Cronin ran half the length of the field to bury an unstoppable shot in the Carrigallen net.

Kiernan hit back with a free to leave Annaduff leading 2-3 to 0-5 at the break but Annaduff continued in the second half where they had left off with points from Adam O’Hagan, Daragh Flanagan (2) and Kyle Mulvihill Farrell in the first 13 minutes of the half, despite missing a succession of chances.

But Colm Kiernan turned the game upside down in the space of a minute – Mark Dolan’s great run set up his first goal, some incredible foot-work followed by a chip goal while his second came after incredible weaving through a massed defence.

That left two points left two points between the team but with Annaduff panicking slightly, Carrigallen started to pour forward and a Kiernan free and a hooked Conor Hession point, set up by Dolan & Kiernan, levelled the scores.

Both sides missed chances to go in front, although Annaduff were the more wasteful and they looked as if they would pay when Conor Gray put over two great points, the second after a long run, to leave Carrigallen two up as the game entered injury time.

Oran Newton saw a long range shot hit the crossbar but when it looked as if the chance was gone, Sean Quigley took off on a long run that somehow saw him retain possession. An off-load to Conor Cronin saw the Annaduff midfielder dragged down and a third penalty was awarded.

With immense pressure on his shoulders, Colm Murray proved more than equal to the task by drilling a low penalty into the bottom left corner to snatch a famous Annaduff victory.