Johnstownbridge booked their place in the last four of the intermediate championship at the second time of asking as they finally saw off a Castledermot side who were none too keen on moving aside too easily, writes Ronan Flanagan.
Joe Fox Plant and Tool Hire Intermediate Football Championship Quarter Final Replay
In the first encounter Patrick Mahon’s last gasp penalty saw them salvage a draw but there were no dramatic comebacks on Saturday in Newbridge, although the winners did not have an easy last quarter as the opposition tried in vain to get back into it.
It wasn’t to be although Castledermot had chances to make it a bit nervier for the opposition. In the end they just couldn’t claw it back as a more rounded Johnstownbridge outfit were able to turn on the style at times and make it count on the scoreboard.
Patrick Mahon got the scoring going on a great day for football but then the Bridge hit three on the trot through Eoin O’Donoghue, Ian McKeown and Niall Vaughan.
Another free from Mahon kept the scoring coming thick and fast in the opening ten minutes. Ian McKeown and Mahon exchanged frees as Johnstownbridge managed to open up the Castledermot defence. First Cathal McNally was denied before Sean Hurley saw Paul Murphy in similar form in goals.
Minutes later his side went down the other end to score the first goal of the game. Johnstownbridge were opened up before Emmet O’Keeffe blasted home. Johnstownbridge responded brilliantly as Sean Hurley hit a free from way out on the right sideline. Then Cathal McNally gambled, as all good corner forwards do, and benefited from a defensive mix-up. He was on the ground but managed to regain composure to finish to the net.
The same man was fouled moments later and Eoin O’Donoghue duly converted. Patrick Mahon’s free ended the scoring of the first half that ended 1-6 to 1-4 in favour of the winners.
Straight from the restart Sean Hurley kicked a lovely curling effort before both sides swapped wayward efforts.
Patrick Mahon had just missed a bad free but he made up for it as he thumped over a dead ball from way out.
Then came the score of the game as Johnstownbridge worked it up from the full back line resulting in a tap-in finish from Paul Cribbin whose big brother Keith had given the final pass. It was a sweeping move of pace that deserved a goal.
Hurley tapped over a point moments later before Cathal McNally reacted to a dropped free to swing over. Midway through the half the Bridge led by seven points. Castledermot had chances to close the gap but the next point came from Johnstownbridge seeing them go eight into the lead.
This would prove to be Johnstownbridge’s last score of the day as Castledermot came at them in droves. This in turn saw the men from the north of the county drop deeper and deeper.
One man who had to stand his ground was ‘keeper Ian Farrell who pulled off an amazing save from Anthony Lawler. He hit his shot low and into the corner with power and must have been amazed when Farrell turned it round the post. He could do little for the remainder of the encounter as Castledermot went for points and succeeded through David Keating and Lawler.
There were some nervy moments as Johnstownbridge sat back a bit too much. Castledermot were looking to get in to work a goal but they had to settle for another point courtesy of David Keating.
Ian Farrell; Paul Mooney, Daniel Flynn, Michael Donnelly; Brian Flanagan, Wayne Leonard, James O’Connor; Barry McNally, Paul Cribbin 1-0; Niall Vaughan 0-2, Keith Cribbin, Ian McKeown 0-2 (1f); Eoin O’Donoghue 0-2 (2f), Sean Hurley 0-3 (1f), Cathal McNally 1-1. Subs: Des Holton for Mooney (55mins), Shane Flanagan for P Cribbin (57mins).
Paul Murphy; Liam Cosgrave, William Kelly, Vinnie Dowling; Damien Hendy, Pauric Murphy, Tomás Murphy; Gary Hendy, Gavin Farrell, Anthony Lawler 0-1, David Keating 0-2, Patrick Whelan; Eugene Mahon, Patrick Mahon 0-5 (4f), Emmett O’Keeffe 1-0. Subs: David Doyle for G Hendy (25mins), Dean Farrell for Whelan (40mins), Barry Nolan for Kelly (42mins), Brian Nolan for Cosgrave (54mins), Aidan Murphy for E Mahon (56mins).