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Dramatic Late Goal Wins Title For Na Doiri Oga
Na Doiri Oga 1-16 Naomh Eoghan 1-14
The grade 3 U20 title was settled in the most dramatic of circumstances at Kildress on Wednesday evening as Na Doiri Oga claimed the silverware with a goal with the last kick of the game to beat a gallant Naomh Eoghan side.
The Derrylaughan / Derrytresk select had led for most of the way of a thrilling encounter but as the contest entered the final ten minutes Naomh Eoghan had turned things around to lead by three. Na Doiri Oga closed the gap to the minimum but time was against them when substitute Keenan Donaghy’s attempt at a point on the right wing finished up in the net to win the contest.
It was a superb game of football between two well matched sides who were laced with quality footballers. The winners raced into a 0-6 to 0-1 advantage with superb midfielder Shane Scullion to the fore with a couple of points with Caoimhin Hughes and Eoghan O’Donnell also on target. With Conor Lagan in fine form from play as well as from frees Naomh Eoghan fought back to only trail 0-10 to 0-7 at the break, Josh Gallagher and Darragh Devine with points as well.
The winners made a great start to the second half as Scullion and O’Donnell tagged on a brace each. Naomh Eoghan were in trouble but with the wind at their backs they fought back points from Lagan and Gallagher before a Devine goal reduced the deficit to two points going into the final quarter. Lagan and wing back Gary Eoin Mayse both scored to level things before the former hit another brace. Scullion had seen a penalty saved by Ciagan Patton at this stage and it looked as though it wasn’t going to be their night.
They showed great spirit though to come from three points down in injury time with O’Donnell and Matthew Devlin both on target to give them renewed hope. Four minutes into injury time Na Doiri Oga had one last attack with Hughes and Gavin Cushnahan combining to play the ball to Donaghy whose shot sailed all the way to the net to win the silverware.