Emo 2-12 Ballyroan-Abbey 1-10 Sparrow Insurances IFC Final 2012
Ahead of tonight’s clash between Emo and Ballyroan-Abbey in the first-round of the Senior Football Championship, we look back on Emo’s victory over the same opposition in 2012 when they claimed the Intermediate title.
This game was an enthralling encounter with Emo coming out on top by five points.
Emo had been relegated from senior the year before and they made an immediate return by capturing the Intermediate Championship.
Emo controlled the game and goals from Evan Costello and Conor Lawlor sealed the victory for ‘The Village’.
It was Ballyroan Abbey’s second time to lose in an Intermediate final in a row.
Ballyroan went in search of a goal to try get themselves back into a game but Emo’s defence held out in the end.
Manager John Strong and captain Darren Strong were proud of their team’s spirit.
They said it was their spirit that got them over the line to secure a return to the senior ranks for the following year.
Scorers- Emo: Evan Costello 1-4 (three frees), Paul Lawlor 0-5 (four frees), Conor Lawlor 1-0, Glenn Brophy,Shane Murphy and Darren Strong 0-1 each; Ballyroan-Abbey: Scott Conroy 0-6 (five frees), Eoin Kearns 1-0, Gerry Scully, Jamie Whelan, Padraig McMahon and Mark McDonald 0-1 each.
EMO: Gerry McGill; Robert Wilkinson, Shane Carney, Brian Gorman; Michael Dowling, Paul Kirwan, Shane Murphy; Paul Lawlor, Darren Strong; Niall Wheeler, Billy Sheehan, Glenn Brophy; Nigel Murphy, Conor Lawlor, Evan Costello Subs: Johnny Booth for Kirwan (30), David Gorman for C Lawlor (47), Ray Ryan for N Murphy (57), Marc Carney for Dowling (59)
Ballyroan-Abbey: Garry Scully; Mark Cahill, Eoin Kearns, Philip Shortall; Niall Wallace, Ruairí Dunne, Jamie Bartley; John Murphy, Padraig McMahon; Martin Scully, James Keegan, Ciarán Keegan; Gerry Scully, Scott Conroy, Jamie Whelan Subs: Danny Donoghue for G Scully (30), Mark McDonald for Kearns (42),