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YOUTH| Aghyaran Pip Brackaville In Thriller.

Sunday 08.11.2015
Team Talk Mag


Aghyaran and Brackaville served up a fifteen goal thriller at Killyclogher in the final of the Under 13 Grade 3 league. The outcome hung in the balance right up until the final whistle as the lead switched from one team to the other as the final whistle approached.

Seventeen goals might appear to suggest that the standard of goalkeeping was not up to scratch. However nothing could be further from the truth as both Callum Moore and Oisin Hegarty made some superb stops between the sticks for their respective teams.

Brackaville started the better and led 2-2 to 0-1 after seven minutes following goals from Ronan Mc Hugh and Jake Dillon. With Diarmaid Mc Hugh, Pearce Goan and captain Shay Gallagher coming more into the game Aghyaran hit 1-5 without reply to move one point in front midway through the first half.


Back came Brackaville and with Oisin Brady and Josh Griggs driving the Owen Roes forward they were soon in front again. Another goal from Dillon and a point from the impressive Ronan Mc Hugh had the boys in red ahead again. However Aghyaran finished the half the stronger and goals from Ronan Dolan and the marauding Shay Gallagher sent them in at the break leading 3-7 to 3-4.


The second half took a while to get going but when it did it was even more compelling than the first. Ronan Dolan hit the net after five minutes to extend Aghyaran’s lead but goals from Brackaville trio Shane Mc Intyre, Mc Hugh and Dillon had Brackaville 6-4 to 4-8 in front. With nineteen second half minutes gone Mc Hugh found the net again for the East Tyrone lads and it seemed as if they were on their way to lifting the title.

However Aghyaran dug deep and a 23rd minute goal from corner back Caolan Mc Glinchey followed by another from Shay Gallagher suddenly had Aghyaran in front once more. The Owen Roes responded superbly and Jake Dillon hit the net for his fourth goal to edge his team ahead again. There was still time for one last twist as Aghyaran were awarded a late penalty which was converted by the outstanding Diarmaid Mc Hugh and a breathless game ended.

Both teams deserve great credit for the quality of the football served up in this high scoring, pulsating game of football. The game finished 7-9 to 8-5 in favour of Aghyaran, only one point separating the teams at the final whistle.



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