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Late rally sees O’Dempsey’s snatch a draw against Arles-Killeen

Peter O'Leary scored two goals as O'Dempsey's beat Arles-Killeen last night
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O’Dempsey’s 1-12 Arles Killeen 2-9

ACFL Division 1A

A late comeback from O’Dempsey’s gained them a draw at home to Arles-Killeen this evening, meaning they retained their spot in second place in the ACFL Division 1A after the weekend’s results.

Arles-Killeen went two points up within five minutes when Paul Kingston kicked over a free and Donie Brennan followed with one from play.

Eoin Finlay then had his shot saved by Mick Leigh but the ball deflected up over the bar for an O’Dempsey’s point.

The white flag was raised twice in as many minutes then for Arles-Killeen as Kingston and Jason Enright pointed.

Enright got another two minutes later, a good effort from the right wing.

The two centre forwards, Brian Nugent and Kingston, traded two points each to bring the first half to a close.

Nugent brought the deficit to a point when he got the first of the second half for O’Dempsey’s.

Arles-Killeen’s lead was pushed to two again from a John Mahon point.

O’Dempsey’s then levelled the contest with a point each for Meredith and Bobby Sweeney.

The home side were put under severe pressure then as Arles-Killeen kicked a point and scored two goals in the space of seven minutes.

Kingston scored a free from a tight angle before John Mahon took the ball right down to the end line and took a shot at goal which just dipped under the bar and over the head of Podge Bannon in the goals.

Paul Kingston then scored their second when Donie Brennan was awarded a free and passed it in quickly to Kingston who was free to bury it.

This kicked O’Dempsey’s into life and they went on to hit three unanswered scores.

Brian Nugent was successful from a free before Conor Meredith found the net after a great passing move involving Nugent and Johnny Kelly. Conor Meredith then followed it up with a monster point from midfield.

Kingston stemmed the flow with a good point for Arles-Killeen but
Meredith was like a man possessed and stepped up again to hammer over a huge point.

O’Dempsey’s still lay two points down with two minutes left. Barry Kelly, who had an excellent game at half back, got a deserved point to reduce the gap to one.

Substitute Stephen O’Leary then scored the vital point to level the game in extra-time. He got on the end of an excellent team move and slipped the ball over the bar with ease to snatch the most unlikeliest of draws.

SCORERS – O’Dempsey’s: Conor Meredith 1-3, Brian Nugent 0-5 (0-3frees), Eoin Finlay, Barry Kelly, Stephen O’Leary, Bobby Sweeney 0-1 each Arles-Killeen: Paul Kingston 1-5 (0-4frees), John Mahon 1-1, Jason Enright 0-2, Donie Brennan 0-1

O’DEMPSEY’S: Padraig Bannon; Thomas Kehoe, Peter O’Leary, Eoghan Fitzpatrick; Robbie Kehoe, Cormac O’Hara, Barry Kelly; Conor Meredith, Shane Nerney; Johnny Kelly, Brian Nugent, Bobby Sweeney; Darren Fitzpatrick, Eoin Finlay, David Howlin
Subs: Stephen O’Leary for Howlin (ht)

ARLES-KILLEEN: Mick Leigh; Enda McDonald, James Mahon, Niall O’Rourke; Joe Mulhare, Enda O’Rourke, Cathal Moran O’Brien; Joe Meehan, Dermot Julian; Sean O’Shea, Paul Kingston, John Mahon; Donie Brennan, Jason Enright, Conor Keightley.

Referee: Maurice Deegan (Stradbally)

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