Peter’s edge a tight affair

October 22, 2018

● Intermediate Championship Final St Peter’s 1-11 Mullaghbawn 1-10

Five unanswered points in a 10 minute second half spell gave St. Peter’s a four point cushion which they held onto until four minutes of added time had elapsed when Mullaghbawn with the clock against them, got a goal to cut the deficit to the minimum 1-11 to 1-10, which proved to be the games last score, which enable Peter’s to capture their first Atty Hearty Cup in 37 years. 

All the prediction of this being a too close to call contest proved correct as the teams were level at half time, having also been level three times over the course of the opening half. 

A jittery Peter’s defence was punished three times in the opening 9 minutes for fouls committed, as Eddie English (2) and Eoghan McDonnell (1) helped Mullaghbawn lead 3-1. 

On 10 minutes, Niall McConville having replied to Eddie’s opening point to level matters.  Added his second point immediately from the resulting kick out Shea Geraghty equalised with a point from play. 

Two Peter’s wides were followed by a Niall Creaney pile driver hitting the crossbar. Shea Loye regained the lead for the south Armagh side, but it was soon cancelled by a Geraghty pointed free. 

A defence splitting 7 man Mullaghbawn move ended with a terrific team point converted by Loye to make it 5-4 after 22 minutes. 

Brendan Murphy Mullaghbawn’s goalkeeper then pulled off a terrific save to deny Fearghal Moore a goal but the rebound fell kindly for the attacker and he fired to the net, much to the delight of the ‘freecrow’ supporters as they took a 1-4 to 0-5 lead. 

A minute later Eogan McDonnell dragged his shot wide of the upright with a goal at his mercy. There was no respite on goal chances, Peter’s Creaney was denyed a goal by the crossbar for the second time and 3 minutes later Moore rattle the crossbar for the third time. 

Inspired by the let offs Mullaghbawn substitute Niall Strain marked his introduction with a point with this first touch just before the short whistle sounded. Mullaghbawn go to man English levelled things going in at the break 0-7 to 1-4 with this third point of the half. 

The second half began with Strain, his second point put Mullaghbawn back in front. Falling behind inspired Peter’s to their best and most telling period of play as Creaney levelled before McConville’s gave them the lead on the 39th minute with his third point. 

Geraghty doubled the lead, Creaney bagged his second of the half with Moore hitting Peter’s 5th point without reply to open up a 1-9 to 0-8 lead. 

An English free ended a 13 minute barren spell for his team and moments later Strain was blocked as he bore down on goal. 

Prominent defender Barry McKinley forsaked his defensive duties to knock over a great point. Allowing the advantage referee Phillp Conway let Moore’s point stand to put a green flag 1-10 to 0-10 between the sides as five minutes of added timed was held up. 

Influential Peter’s half back Emmet Haughian received a black card as Kieran Grant forced a 45’ off Findon from the resulting free kick. Grant over hit the 45’ wide at the mark. Peter’s broke upfield from the kick out and a high point goalwards was punched out by goalkeeper Murphy but Peter’s Creaney was on hand to gather the ball and fist over, the most important of his four second half points, as it put his team four ahead. 

Mullaghbawn never gave up and Kieran Grant was on hand to give them a lifeline as he goaled from close in as the clock entered the red zone. 

Peter’s won the kick out and brought the ball into attack resulting in them winning a free. McConville was off target with his efforts but the final whistle sounded from the kick out leaving Peter’s the winners 1-11 to 1-10. 

Mullaghbawn: Brendan Murphy, Shane McParland, Fearghal Mackin, Niall Ward, Patrick Tiernan, Barry McKinley (1), Gerard Doherty, Cormac Smyth, Ruairi McCann, Kieran Grant (1-0), Eogan McDonnell (0-1), Eddie English (0-4), Shea Loye (0-2), Gerard McCann. Subs: Niall Strain (0-2) for Darren McCann, Pauric Mackin for Ward, Ciaran Gallogly for Gerard McCann. 

Peter’s: Darren Kelly, Glen Glannigan, Sean O’Neill, Alex McCabe, Emmett Haughian, Ciaran McCavigan, Aaron Findon, Darren Moore, Niall Creaney (0-4), Ruairi McDonnell, Shea Geraghty (0-3), Niall McConville (0-3), Feargal Moore (1-1).