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Galbally Late Show Seals Win

Sunday 26.05.2024
Team Talk Mag
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The Grade One Under fourteen league final between Galbally and Ardboe played at Killyclogher served up a game to remember that was decided in the final outcome by a smash and grab last minute goal for the Pearses.

This was a game that had everything in terms of skill, endeavour, commitment and hunger as the large crowd were superbly entertained from first whistle to last. Ardboe opened the scoring inside the first minute with a point from Ciaran Mc Keown who was superb throughout. Daniel Mc Crory got on the end of a fine Galbally move to find the net but that goal only roused the loughshore lads and Mc Keown broke through to plunder a goal and leave the score 1-1 to 1-0 in favour of Ardboe after eleven minutes.

Caidan Hancock increased the lead to two points before Galbally, driven by Marcus Mc Laughlin and Lorcan O’Neill, hit a purple patch. Points from Jayden Dorman, Finbarr Quinn, Dara Mc Veigh and James Hurson helped put them 1-5 to 1-2 ahead and looking well placed with half time only five minutes away.

Ardboe showed real mettle with Mc Keown, Ollie Mallon, Jack Muldoon and Odhran Coleman leading the charge. Points from Mc Keown, Mallon and Coleman tied the game as injury time approached but there was still time for drama as both sides created further chances just before the break. Galbally points from James Hurson and Finbarr Quinn were split by a fine Ciaran Mc Keown point to send the teams off at the break with Galbally leading 1-7 to 1-6.

The pace never slackened after the break a s both teams enjoyed periods of dominance. Finbarr Quinn pointed to double the Galbally lead but Ardboe replied with four points in a row courtesy of Mc Keown and Hancock and for a while it looked like the Pearses poor record in grade 1 finals was going to continue.

Ardboe played some superb football in the second half with points from Mc Keown, Mallon and Coleman as they moved three points clear with time running out. Finbarr Quinn converted a Galbally free to reduce the deficit to two.

It looked like the title was going to the lough before a move that began with a great piece of defensive work in the Galbally square took the ball the length of the field before centre back and player of the match Marcus Mc Laughlin finished it to the net. Suddenly Galbally were ahead and time was all but up. The Ardboe lads were devastated and one minute later the referee sounded the final whistle and amid images of great joy Galbally were crowned league champions on a score line of 2-12 to 1-14.

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