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Injury Time Glory For Junior B Footballers   09/07/2014

Uibh Laoire 2-12
Canovee 0-12

A brace of goals in injury time by Cathal Vaughan & Syl Cotter ensured Uibh Laoire's passage through to the second round of the Mid-Cork Junior B Football Championship, after a very entertaining first round game at Macroom.

Uibh Laoire almost got off to the perfect start after a flowing move from the throw-in presented Don Murphy with a goal chance but his effort skimmed the bar and went over for a point. The good start continued as a trio of points from Cathal Vaughan put Uibh Laoire ahead on a scoreline of 0-04 to 0-00 after just seven minutes. Canovee are always a gallant championship team however, and came back into the game to reduce the Uibh Laoire lead to just one point after thirteen minutes play. The game was now being played at a good pace & both teams were in great form in front of goal. Points from Cathal Vaughan, Kevin Jones, Finbarr McSweeney(Jnr.) and the ever-classy Dan Kelleher kept Uibh Laoire on the scoreboard but Canovee were unerring in front of goal at the other end and took a lead of 0-09 to 0-08 into the half-time break. 

The second half was a much tighter affair as both teams found space much harder to come by, than in the first half. Canovee continued to set the pace but points from Ger McSweeney, Cathal Vaughan & Ciarán Galvin kept Uibh Laoire right on their coattails. With the game tied at 0-12 each entering injury time, Dan Kelleher rolled back the years to show wonderful vision to find young Finbarr McSweeney with a defence-splitting pass & as the young midfielder bore down on goal, he was hauled to the ground for a penalty. Cathal Vaughan duly stepped up to slam the ball to the Canovee net and put a goal between the teams. As Canovee desperately went in search of a goal to equalise, Ciarán Galvin won possession, carried the ball into the Canovee half before finding Finbarr McSweeney with a wonderful pass. McSweeney in turn fed the ball across the goal to where Syl Cotter was on hand to side-foot the ball home to show he has still got his goal-scoring touch. 

That was to be that and Uibh Laoire were relieved to be on the right side of the result after what was an exhilarating hour of football. The players and management will know they have more work to do to progress beyond the next round but will take great heart from coming through such a tough battle. Between the sticks, Joseph Creedon was rock solid & his kickouts were excellent throughout. The whole defence can take great credit for keeping a clean sheet & giving Joseph Creedon little to do in goal. The young and old combination of John O'Callaghan & Finbarr McSweeney provided a good platform for both attack and defence, while up front - Cathal Vaughan did the bulk of the scoring but was ably assisted by the experience of Dan Kelleher and Ger McSweeney. 

There has been no draw made for the second round as of yet but details of that draw will be available on the club website, Twitter & Facebook in due course.

Team: Joseph Creedon, Martin Cotter, Donal Cotter, Alan O'Brien, Ciarán Galvin, Kevin Manning, Brian Murphy, John O'Callaghan, Finbarr McSweeney, Kevin Jones, Cathal Vaughan, Colin Tanner, Ger McSweeney, Dan Kelleher(capt.), Don Murphy.

Subs Used: Syl Cotter, Kevin Hourihan, Peter Lynch & John McNulty.

Scorers: Cathal Vaughan, 1-06; Syl Cotter, 1-00; Finbarr McSweeney, Dan Kelleher, Kevin Jones, Don Murphy & Ciarán Galvin, 0-01 each.




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