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Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Boys' Finals

Div.4---Magnificent match goes way of Laragh boys

Laragh N.S. 1-16

Gowna N.S. 2-11


Laragh N.S just edged out Gowna N.S by two points after extra time in an absorbing Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Division 4 Football Final in the 3G Pitch, Kingspan Breffni Park.

Laragh N.S made a whirlwind start to the match, opening up a seven point lead before Gowna got off the mark in the 14th minute, of the first half. Laragh Captain James Cahill got his side off to the perfect start, with two well taken points inside the opening two minutes of the match.

Craig Rahill hooked a clever point over his shoulder and James Cahill stroked over his third point, to leave Laragh N.S 0-4 to 0-0 to the good after 10 minutes.

James Cahill was lording it around the middle of the park and he scored another tremendously taken point in the 11th minute. They stretched their advantage out to 0-7 to 0-0 by the 13th minute with a Ciaran O'Rourke point and a James Cahill point.

Darragh McConnon got Gowna up and running on the scoreboard in the 14 minute with a lovely solo point. Diarmuid Boylan and Cormac Brady combined in the 16th minute, to set up Darragh McConnon again and the forward made no mistake in splitting the posts.

Gowna N.S, having got off to a very slow start, were beginning to play themselves back into contention and Darragh McConnon got his third point in quick succession, to leave his side only four points in arrears.

Tiarnan Madden's 19th minute point left Gowna N.S with 0-7 to 0-4 half time deficit.

James Cahill got a point for Laragh straight from the throw in, to give his side an early fillip. Gowna N.S's Tiarnan Madden, saw a goal chance flash narrowly wide, of the Laragh goal when well placed.

Gowna didn't have to wait long to rectify their near goal miss hitting the Laragh net from their next attack. Conor Casey sent a tremendous long ball into Cormac Brady in the 23rd minute, who was in acres of space and he buried his shot past Sean O'Rourke to leave just the minimum between the sides 0-8 to 1-4.

Laragh N.S responded instantly with a goal of their own with 24 minutes gone. Ciaran O'Rourke hit a defence splitting pass into Colm O'Rourke and he took the ball around Eoghan Hartin to finish to an empty net.

Conor Casey pointed a free, with 25 minutes gone and Tiarnan Madden belted over a point in the 26th minute after Diarmuid Boylan's assist, to leave Gowna just 1-8 to 1-6 in arrears.

Ciaran O'Rourke responded for Laragh instantly to again open up a three point cushion for his side. Colm O'Rourke saw a presentable goal chance come and go in a flash for Laragh, but this blow was cushioned by yet another superb point from the boot of James Cahill, to leave the scoreboard 1-10 to 1-6 in Laragh's favour after 28 minutes.

Gowna's Cormac Brady pulled his shot horribly wide of the Laragh goals when well placed in the 31st minute as they sought to find that equalising goal. Gowna captain Oisin McConnon and Laragh captain James Cahill from a free traded points to leave it 1-11 to 1-7 after 34 minutes.

Cormac Brady and Ciaran O'Rourke both wasted goal chances for their sides, before Gowna made it a three point game once again, with a Tiarnan Madden free in the 37th minute.

Cormac Brady notched his second goal of the match to level the match for the first time nearing the 39th minute at 2-8 to 1-11. Mario Pandelev looked to have snatched victory for Laragh N.S when his shot just snuck inside the uprights with time almost up.

There was to be a late twist in the tale though, as Cormac Brady held his nerve to slot over the equalising point and send the match into extra time, after the score after regulation time was 1-12 to 2-9.

Tiarnan Madden gave Gowna the lead for the first time in the match in the opening minute of extra time before Laragh levelled the contest up with a Colm O'Rourke free in the third minute.

James Cahill continued his mercurial display with another magnificent point which was added to by Ciaran O'Rourke to ensure Laragh N.S took a 1-15 to 2-10 lead into half time of extra time.

James Cahill rifled in a precision pass to Colm O'Rourke in the opening minute, of the second half of extra time and the forward dissected the posts, to open up a three point cushion for Laragh.

Gowna's Tiarnan Madden pulled a point back for Gowna but alas it was too little too late as Laragh held on to secure the win.

Both sides should take immense credit for providing such a wonderful spectacle in the Alllianz Cumann na mBunscol Division 4 Football Final, that kept the crowd enthralled throughout, with some excellent football on display from both sides.

Laragh N.S: Sean O'Rourke, Killian Dowd, Cian Fitzgerald, Evan Brady, Niall Galligan, Mario Pandelev(0-1), James Cahill(C) (0-9 1f), Colm O'Rourke(1-2 1f), Fionan Brady, Craig Rahill(0-1), Ciaran O'Rourke(0-3). Subs: Sheamus Denning, Dillon Brady.

St. Patrick's Gowna N.S: Eoghan Hartin, Ciaran Boylan, Ryan Brady, Conor Duignan, Conor Casey(0-1 1f), Tiarnan Madden(0-5 1f), Oisin McConnon(C) (0-1), Diarmuid Boylan, Evan Kane, Cormac Brady(2-1), Cian Murray. Sub: Darragh McConnon(0-3), Daire Madden, Cillian Brady, Sean Hartin.

Man of the Match: James Cahill(Laragh N.S).

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