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Brackaville And Brocagh Worthy Semi Finalists.

Saturday 25.08.2012
Team Talk Mag
Club


A disappointing crowd turned out for the Friday night junior quarter finals double header at Healy Park but those who did attend were treated to two very competitive games. Fancied sides Brackaville and Brocagh eventually prevailed but only after both received good tests from their opponents.
Championship favourites Brackaville were pushed hard for long periods in the second half by Drumquin and were forced to run their bench before pulling away at the end to win 1-15 to 0-9. A Gary Ferguson goal after twenty four minutes of the second half following some fine individual play from Che O’Donnell proved to be the decisive score. That goal broke Drumquin’s resistance and the Owen Roes added a further three points in the closing six minutes to win by nine at the end and justify their pre -match favourites tag.
They were joined in the last four by Brocagh Emmetts who were given an almighty fright by Fintona in a pulsating second half. Inspired by Ciaran Donnelly Brocagh built up a seven point lead twenty one minutes into the first half as Fintona struggled to get out of their own half. The Pearses were all at sea during the opening twenty minutes but were given the perfect opportunity to grab a lifeline in the game when they were awarded a sixteenth minute penalty. Unfortunately for them Aaron Mc Carney’s shot was saved by Chris Scullion and the chance was lost.
It took Fintona twenty five minutes to register their first score of the game but by half time they were only three in arrears following Benny Mc Carney’s brilliant finish in the second minute of additional time. Buoyed by that score it was a different Fintona side that took to the field for the second half and led by Aaron Mc Carney and Mark Donnelly they hit five unanswered points to take the lead for the first time in the game with nineteen minutes gone in the second half. Indeed had Markie Donnelly’s placed shot found the net midway through that period the game could well have been over. Donnelly’s effort hit the base of the post and rolled across the line before striking the other post and going wide. It was a huge moment in the game and one that had a major say in the final result.
Brocagh looked to be in real trouble at that stage and were struggling to contain a revitalised Pearses side. The introduction of Barry Donnelly and the moving of Ciaran Donnelly proved decisive for Brocagh as they capitalised on Fintona’s profligacy in front of goal to hit the last four points of the match in the closing five minutes to win by two.
Both Brackaville and Brocagh will prove more than worthy opposition for whoever comes through in the remaining quarter finals. Friday night’s games will certainly stand to them as both sides were pushed all the way by Drumquin and Fintona. The winners had to dig deep and showed the depth of their panels when subs from both sides replaced experienced quality players and came on to make major contributions to their teams’ victories.

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