Friday, 9th Sep, 2011
Glen Emmets 1-09 Lannleire 0-09
Junior C/ship Semi-Final Re-play
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Louth Junior Championship Semi-Final Replay v Lannleire – Match Report
Monasterboice under lights is proving to be a lucky place for the Emmets this year as they progressed to their first Championship final since 2004 last Saturday night.
A large crowd witnessed a pulsating start from the Emmets and seen Eamon Mullen open the scoring with a free after 2 minutes. This set the standard for the first half with the Emmets having almost total possession and Eamon Taaffe added another for the Tullyallen men after 6 minutes. It was just 2 more minutes before the next score was registered. A high ball into full-forward Damien Grimes saw the “prodigy from Philipstown” win the ball over the full-back and turn his marker with only the ‘keeper to beat. Just as he prepared to unleash his shot he was taken down by the full-back and although the ball had spilled to Keith Rooney who had finished to the net, the referee had already blown for a spot kick. Up stepped Eamon Mullen to safely rattle the back of the net with a rasper that probably would have went in even if the Lannleire ‘keeper had got behind it.
Mullen notched another point from a free after 15 minutes, giving the Emmets a 1-3 to no score lead which they were well worthy of. It took Dunleer 18 minutes to get off the mark, with No. 10 Colin Murphy breaking the duck with a point. Ian Cusack and Keith Rooney then scored after 21 and 24 minutes respectively, however these were cancelled out by points by Alan Murphy and Carlos Lambe from a free just on half time. These points were critical for Lannleire and the half-time score of 1-5 to 0-3 somewhat flattered Dunleer and really the Emmets should have went in at the break further ahead.
Lanneire got the second-half’s first score after only 1 minute which signalled their intention that they were far from finished in this game, Alan Murphy showing again that he was their main threat. Rooney kept the Emmets 5 point lead intact with a nice point on 8 minutes. Dunleer were determined though and full-forward Paul Callan shot a beautiful score from the left on 10 minutes but the Emmets were equal to it seconds later when mid-fielder Ronan Grufferty scored an equally impressive freew from far out on near the right sideline.
Stephen Healy then scored a minute later after a fine move up from half-back and with another impressive score from Grufferty from another free on 16 minutes, the Emmets looked to have one foot in the final with the score at 1-9 to 0-5.
The Emmets would not score again though for the rest of the game and when Carlos Lambe added 2 points on 21 and 23 minutes followed by another Colin Murphy point on 24 minutes, the Emmets knew they weren’t home-and-hosed yet.
Alan Murphy pointed from a free after 31 minutes played to leave a goal between the sides. Dunleer piled forward now trying to save their Championship, knowing that a 3-pointer was all that would suffice. They looked to have had it too when a high ball was floated in and a Lannleire fist got to it first on the 14 meter line. The ball looped agonisingly towards the top corner, it seemed destined to go in only to down from corner of the post and bar and be cleared off the line by Barney.
The Emmets cleared and this was the last chance for Lannleire. Emmet’s advance, and even the neutrals would say deservedly so, to final on a scoreline of 1-9 to 0-9.
Thoughts now turn to the final against St. Fechins on 25th September. The players know they are up against a quality intermediate outfit but also know that if they can maintain a first-half performance like this, with a slight improvement on the finishing, then the title is in sight.
Keith Rooney showed that he still has the skills of a quality forward with his performance. Also impressive again were Colin Carolan and the two Stephens, Murphy and Healy. Damien Grimes also deserves a mention for his hard-working and self-less display, and it’s obvious his tough training games against former Emmets full-backs has stood to his credit here and hardened him for Championship football.
Roll on the 25th and lets bring Christy Bellew back to Tullyallen!
12.Keith Farnan on for 10.Martin Morgan after 38 mins
18.David Bracken on for 14.Eamon Taffee after 38 mins
21.Paul Mc Groarty on for 27.Gordan Healy after 55 mins
11.Eamon Mullen 1-02pts (1 penalty & 2 frees)
13.Keith Rooney 0-02pts
8.Ronan Grufferty 0-02pts (2 frees)
9.Stephen Healy 0-01pt
14.Eamon Taffee 0-01pt
26.Ian Cusack 0-01pt
Glen Emmets 1-05pts Lannleire 0-03pts