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Dunshaughlin 0-16 Oldcastle 3-7

A great night’s entertainment under lights in Dunshaughlin ended with a last minute equalizer for visitors Oldcastle. Dunshaughlin retained their unbeaten league record, but for the second game in a row had to share the points by conceding at the death having dominated the second half. While Dunshaughlin produced a fine display of point taking and outscored Oldcastle sixteen scores to ten the visitors netted three times while the Black and Ambers failed to hit the net. When they did, late on, courtesy of Luke Mitchell, the referee ruled it out despite the fact that Mitchell was pulled back on his way in.


Oldcastle dominated the early exchanges running in 1-2 with the benefit of the wind after Tommy Kinsella opened Dunshaughlin’s account with a well struck free. The home side then produced some excellent football scoring five points without reply, the highlights being a Niall Murphy special, Tadhg Ó Dúshláine’s effort after a flowing move begun by Matthew Moyles and a rare sight, corner back Alastar Doyle slotting over after another rapid interchange of passes. All the good work was undone in a manic five minutes when Oldcastle added three points and then plundered a goal after a mix up between Adam McDermott and Niall Murphy. Two points before the break reduced the deficit to two and the Black and Ambers kept up the momentum with four early second half points, two from Wes Goodwin. But Oldcastle struck again and Adam McDermott had no option but to haul down a forward who broke through the defence, conceding a penalty and getting a black card for his trouble. Andrew Smith saved the resultant spot shot but the breaking ball was forced home by an inrushing forward.


Mathew Costello edged Dunshaughlin two in front with a brace of frees and a fine effort from play before Mitchell’s late ‘goal’ and two last ditch Oldcastle’s points left the sides level at the finish. It was a game that entertained a big crowd- a fast moving Oldcastle side that pounced on Dunshaughlin mistakes, a fine display of point taking by the home side, a number of yellow cards and three blacks for Dunshaughlin, the one against Jack Crimmins completely unwarranted.


Dunshaughlin: Adam McDermott; Alastar Doyle (0-1), Fergus Toolan, Niall Byrne; Tommy Johnson, Niall Murphy (0-1), Dan Ormsby; John Crimmins, Ronan Geraghty; Ben Duggan, Tadhg O Dúshláine (0-4), Matthew Moyles, Wes Goodwin (0-3), Caoimhín King (0-1), Tommy Kinsella (0-1); Subs used: Mathew Costello (0-4), Oisín Foley, Paddy Maher, Niall Herlihy, Luke Mitchell, Andrew Smith. One point unaccounted for.

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