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The Heath 1-11 Killeshin 1-12
Laois Shopping Centre Senior Football Championship Round 3
Killeshin advanced to the Senior Football Championship quarter finals after a dramatic late victory over The Heath in O’Moore Park.
Evan Lowry was their hero as his late strike gave Mark O’Regan’s men the win.
The Heath had led for most of the game but failed to score for the last 15 minutes as Killeshin came back to triumph.
It was The Heath who were out of the blocks the quickest with JP Nerney and Chris Bergin giving them the lead early on.
However, Killeshin hadn’t come to simply make up the numbers and they got back in it with a tremendous David Aston free from an acute angle.
Evan Lowry then kicked them level with the evergreen Cathal Brennan putting them ahead before the game’s first goal arrived after 10 minutes.
It came for Killeshin but it was all The Heath’s own doing. Aidan Bergin handpassed the ball straight to Stephen Attride on the edge of the D and he ran through before smashing the ball past Joe Walshe.
The Heath kept turning over the ball and Aston punished them with his second free to leave it 1-4 to 0-2 at the midpoint of the half.
Killeshin were then denied what looked to be a clear penalty when Cathal Brennan seemed to be pulled back as he shot but The Heath went straight down the field and ended their 15 minute score drought with a Chris Bergin point.
Robbie Dowling then kicked one from fully 45 metres for The Heath before Ciarán Booth scored from a tight angle to leave two in it.
And The Heath were ahead with five first half minutes to play. Chris Bergin’s long range shot was parried by keeper Shane Coakley but it fell kindly for Andrew Booth who stuck the ball in the net.
Daithi Carroll then kicked a free before Ciarán Booth slotted another and all of sudden The Heath were three clear.
Killeshin had gone 15 minutes without a score before David Aston hit his third in first half injury time and then Cathal Brennan followed that from the resulting kick-out with another – leaving it 1-7 to 1-6 to The Heath at the break.
Eoin Delaney and David Aston traded frees on the resumption of play before Andrew Booth scored from a shot that went like a banana and kissed the upright before going over.
Eoin Lowry narrowed the gap to one when he fisted over David Aston’s long range free but the gap was out to two again as we entered the final quarter thanks to Eoin Delaney.
Alan Whelan then popped up from corner back to move The Heath three clear but Aston cut it to two points as we entered the last ten minutes with his fifth free.
Cathal Brennan then scored after Joe Walshe pushed his effort over and the sides were level in the 54th minute when David Aston converted his sixth free after Adam Deering had been fouled.
Both sides then traded bad wides before five minutes of injury time were signalled just as Evan Lowry gave Killeshin the lead.
But The Heath couldn’t get the score they needed to force extra time and Killeshin held on.
SCORERS – THE HEATH: Chris Bergin 0-2, Andrew Booth 1-1, Daithi Carroll 0-1, Robbie Dowling 0-1, JP Nerney 0-1, Ciarán Booth 0-2, Eoin Delaney 0-3 (0-1 free), Alan Whelan 0-1 KILLESHIN: Stephen Attride 1-0, David Aston 0-5 (0-5 frees), Cathal Brennan 0-3, Evan Lowry 0-2, Eoin Lowry 0-1
THE HEATH: Joe Walshe; Gary Roe Smith, Aidan Bergin, Alan Whelan; Ciarán Booth, Denis Booth, James Phelan; Colin Nestor, Robbie Dowling; Brian Ging, Chris Bergin, JP Nerney; Daithi Carroll, Andrew Booth, Eoin Delaney. Subs: Jimmy Nerney for Phelan (ht), Mark Dunne for JP Nerney (ht), Podge Whelan for C Booth (54mins, inj)
KILLESHIN: Shane Coakley; James Davis, Kevin Ryan, Barry Ryan; Pauric Bolton, Arnie Mahon, Shane Bolger; Brian Lowry, Stephen Attride; Simon Attride, David Aston, Mark McDermott; Evan Lowry, Cathal Brennan, Eoin Lowry. Subs: Adam Deering for K Ryan (23mins, inj), Eoin Scully for Davis (40mins), Damien Lowry for B Lowry (47mins), David McDermott for Simon Attride (50mins), Keelan Galligan for Bolger (63mins, inj)
Referee: David Moore (St Joseph’s)