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Galbally Book Last Four Spot After Healy Park Thriller

Sunday 03.11.2019
Team Talk Mag
Championship Football


If you ever needed your faith restored in football then you’d have done worse than to get yourself along to Healy Park on Sunday afternoon where Galbally and Laragh Utd from Cavan served up a thrilling battle. Laragh had the finish line in sight with two minutes to go but Galbally worked a superb move to offer Daniel Kerr a goal opportunity which he cooly finished to send the Galbally faithful several feet off their seats. That goal put Galbally two up and proved to be the winning score as Laragh only managed another point in the six minutes that followed.

Galbally, as is their way this year, were quick out of the blocks to lead 0-6 to 0-2 by the quarter hour mark, Enda McGarrity, Sean Murphy, Daniel Kerr, and Conor Donaghy 0-3 were all on target for the Pearses. Laragh’s scores came via Paul Smith and Liam McKenna. The Cavan champions began to come more into the game at this point and thanks to points from Patrick Rudden and Paul Smith had Galbally within their sights by the 21st minute. 0-8 to 0-5. Laragh then struck for the first of their two goals. A long ball into the edge of the square was won by Jack McKenna ahead of Galbally goalkeeper Liam Og MacAuley and the sides were level 0-8 to 1-5.

Further points from Liam Rafferty, Sean Murphy and Conor Donaghy and scores from Ruairi Power, Patrick Rudden and Liam McKenna left the sides level Galbally 0-11 Laragh Utd 1-8 at the short whistle.

By the three quarter hour mark Laragh had squeezed a single point ahead as Liam McKenna, Lee Reilly and Sean Tierney registered scores for the Cavan men while Daniel Kerr hit two points for Galbally. The final fifteen minutes were played at breakneck speed. Points from Kerr and Murphy were cancelled out by a Colm McKenna point and an excellent Paul Smith goal for Laragh. 0-13 to 2-10.

Galbally refused to go away however and frees from Kerr and Murphy kept them in the game before Daniel Kerr popped up in the 58th minute to finish a brilliant move involving Mickey Murphy and Declan Murphy. Laragh may well have rolled home a goal of their own seconds later but the best that they could manage was a late Paul Smith point in the 63rd minute.

Final Score : Galbally 1-17 Laragh Utd 2-13

Referee : Anthony Marron (Monaghan)

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