Spink 1-9 Slieve Bloom 1-9
Laois Shopping Centre Junior ‘B’ Football Championship Round 1
Slieve Bloom had to settle for a share of the spoils in Spink tonight as a last gasp point from sub Willie Dwyer ensured that both sides finished level.
Slieve Bloom began the game with a lot more energy as they scored 1-3 within seven minutes to give themselves a healthy lead.
Darragh Delaney opened proceedings with a point from distance which was closely followed by the first goal of the game from Taidgh Cuddy. Fergal Burke played a looping ball over the Spink defence to find Cuddy and he dispatched the ball into the corner of the net.
Ben Conroy capitalized on Slieve Bloom’s impressive start with a super solo point. While Ciaran Conroy added to their tally to see them take a comprehensive lead.
Spink responded quickly with a brace of points from Paul Simms. Slieve Bloom were then dispossessed deep in their own half and the ball fell to Simms again who placed the ball into the net which left a point separating the sides.
With minutes remaining in the first half Mark Keogh levelled the game for the first time.
However, Slieve Bloom finished the half stronger and Taidgh Cuddy added two points to his tally to put them ahead at the break – 1-6 to 1-4.
After a passionate team talk from Paddy Gorman, Spink came out all guns blazing in the second half. Points from Mark Keogh and Sean Downey levelled the game while Paul Simm’s effort at goal hit the post.
The sides continued to exchanged points via Paul Simms and Ben Conroy. But in the final quarter Conroy scored a brace of frees to put two in it.
Paul Simms pointed from an acute angle to keep Spink within touching distance. Slieve Bloom had two chance to put the game to bed in the closing stages but both Evan Power and Ben Conroy saw efforts brilliantly saved by Spink keeper Ruaidhri Neavyn.
In the dying moments of the game, substitute Willie Dwyer found himself in space on the edge of box and kicked the ball over the bar to see the sides level for the third time in the game.
Both sides face games against Arles-Killeen in the coming weeks to decide who will advance from the group.
SCORERS – Slieve Bloom: Taidhg Cuddy 1-3, Ben Conroy 0-4 (two frees), Ciaran Conroy and Darragh Delaney 0-1 each Spink: Paul Simms 1-4 (two marks), Mark Kehoe 0-3 (all frees), Sean Downey and Willie Dwyer 0-1 each
SLIEVE BLOOM: Gavin Conroy; Sean Nolan, Martin Delaney, Dylan Collins; Ben Shore, Tom Jnr Delaney, Fergal Burke; Darragh Delaney, Shane Farrell; Ciaran Conroy, Ben Conroy, John Lowry; James Delaney, Evan Power, Taidgh Cuddy. Subs: Rory Power for Collins (27), Ross Holmes for C Conroy (36), Padraig Delaney for J Delaney (51)
SPINK: Ruaidhri Neavyn; Noel Duggan, Ciaran Bowe, Enda Keown; Eoin Simms, Paddy Gorman, James Hennessy; Jamie Drury, Sean Downey; Dylan Byrne Grey, Mark Keogh, Micheal Downey; Paul Simms, Sean O’Dea, Eoin Fitzpatrick. Subs: Cathal O’Shaughnessy for M Downey (25), Seamus Miller for Hennessy (29), Aaron Walsh for Fitzpatrick (ht), Willie Dwyer for O’Dea (36), Michael Downey for Miller (42), Podge Lawlor for M Downey (45)
Referee: Pat Moran (Graiguecullen)
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