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Dunshaughlin V Moynalvey

Moynalvey 2-08

Dunshaughlin 1-11

In a classic 6 pointer where the loser would struggle to maintain Division 1 status, a draw proved to be the fairest outcome of this closely contested match. Dunshaughlin lined out without a few regulars. The most notable was Ray Maloney who tweaked a muscle in a bizarre bouncy castle accident. Ben ‘The Builder’ Duggan took early builders holidays to visit the west of Ireland with Dan ‘Caravaggio’ Orsmby.

The showery rain made conditions difficult. After a couple of missed chances Dunshaughlin sprang to life with Cian Gallogly winning some possession out in front and kicking some excellent scores. However, after contesting a long ball in Gallogly fell awkwardly and left the field on a stretcher with what looked like a nasty injury. Best wishes to Cian on a speedy recovery. Not to be out done by his younger sibling, Shane Gallogly, was sprung from the bench to kick an excellent score after brilliant build up play from Quick Jack Hetherington. Al Doyle managed to put the shackles on Meath star Cillian O’Sullivan for the hour.

Dunshaughlin took the lead midway through the half. Eoin Hagarty’s pointed effort dropped short and the Moynalvey keeper fumbled the ball into the net but Hagarty was adamant his dipping effort had some back spin on the ball and he ran off shouting ‘I meant that’. Gabriel Donnelly agreed with his number one customer. Moynalvey responded with a goal of their own after an excellent run through the middle the ball found its way to the net. Mick Ahern, forced to play the game by Caoimhin King, had an excellent outing at the heart of the defence. Adam and Rian Kealy put in a great shift too.

The third quarter was dominated by the away team. Dunshaughlin raced into a 5 point lead through great scores from Tadgh Delaney, Niall Murphy and invisible man Mark Devaney. Devaney, playing with four injuires, yes four, had a good outing. He kept things simple, fed some great ball into his full forward line and took a great score. However the game turned when Niall Murphy received his marching orders for a second yellow. Dunshaughlin were then in a serious battle for the remainder of the game and after being 5 ahead, they went one down and Division 2 was staring them in the face. However, they rallied. A rush of blood to the head for Tadgh Delaney nearly cost the away team as he hopelessly lobbed a ball into the square thinking his team were three points down. A line ball came on the road side of the field. Mark Devaney wanted it. Eoin Hagarty wanted it. Graham Dowd standing outside the fence wanted it. Coffee machine salesman Hagarty won that battle. Now could he work some magic? Gabriel Donnely offered him free pints for the night in Lawlesses if he scored it. With that, Hagarty, with the outside of his right boot, split the posts with the equaliser.

Dunshaughlin showed heart and resilience to grab a draw with 14 men. Division 1 safety is not guaranteed just yet but that point could prove huge at the end of the year.

 

A.McDermott, A.Doyle, C.King, J. Hetherington, D.Dunne, M.Ahern, T.Delaney, J.Crimmins, A.Kealy, R.Kealy, E.Hagarty, M.Devaney, F.Toolan, N.Murphy, C.Gallogly.

 

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