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Sarsfields Win Extra Time Thriller

Sunday 05.11.2023
Team Talk Mag
All County League


Drumragh and Aghaloo served up a division three promotion playoff cracker at Killyclogher on Saturday afternoon with the Sarsfields prevailing on a 0-25 to 2-13 scoreline in an encounter that required extra time to decide.

It looked as though it was going to be one way traffic as Drumragh dominated most of the first half to establish a 0-11 to 0-1 lead. Eoin Montgomery was in superb form from frees as well as play with Benny Drumm, Niall McCarney and defender Ben Monk all on target as well. In the closing five minutes of the half Tiarnan Donnelly, James O’Hara and Jody McGlone closed the gap but the latter was them sent off for a second yellow although in the last action of the half a Niall McElroy penalty left it 0-11 to 1-4 at the short whistle.

A brace from midfielder Stewart Douglas and one from Gary O’Gorman helped Aghaloo get on level terms in the early stages of the second half and while Alex McGlinchey briefly restored Drumragh’s lead it was all Aghaloo now. O’Gorman sent over the equaliser and with eleven minutes to go McElroy coolly converted another spot kick. Drumragh raised their game to get level thanks to efforts from Montgomery and substitute Martin Taggart. Late scores from Donnelly and McElroy looked to have won it for Aghaloo but with the last kick McCarney held his nerve to convert a free to leave it 0-17 to 2-11 and extra time.

Drumragh looked the sharper side in extra time and so it proved on the scoreboard with their bench contributing 0-7 overall with Taggart getting another three and Oran Devlin and Aaron Montgomery also registering while man of the match Eoin Montgomery took his personal haul to 0-10 to set up a meeting with Killeeshil.

 

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