Sunday, 21st Aug, 2011
Glen Emmets 1-14 Hunterstown 1-10
Junior Championship Quarter Final
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Glen Emmets v Hunterstown Rovers, Championship Q-Final, Ardee – 21st August 2011
On a bright and sunny evening in Pairc Mhuire, Ardee, the Emmets progressed to a championship semi-final for the third year in a row with a well deserved victory over Hunterstown Rovers.
Eamon Mullen opened the scoring for the Emmets after three minutes with his first of eight points from a free. Paul Carrie from Huntersown also showed his free-kicking ability and responded less than a minute later. However this would be the last time the sides would reach parity and two well worked and well-taken points from Keith Rooney and Martin Morgan extended our lead. Hunterstown were battling hard though, with the action coming thick and fast, they scored after nine minutes with a point from play by Brendan Lennon but Mullen cancelled this out with another free on eleven minutes.
Carrie was successful from another free after thirteen minutes before Eamon Taaffe opened his account with a very nice point from the right after fourteen minutes. Five minutes later Mullen showed his class and versatility with three points in three minutes, a free, a 45’ and one from play. Taaffe contributed with another fine score, similar to his first as the Emmets started to take a firm hold on the game.
The Emmets backs and midfield were dominating especially through the fielding abilities of centre half Stephen Murphy and Gordon Healy in the middle. The backs conceded just two more points before, just on half- time, Taaffe picked up a pass on the 20 metre line, turned sharply and headed for the Hunterstown goal. He was waiting for Mark Noone to slip his marker and put him through on the net but the Hunterstown corner back was blocking this pass. The 35 year old had no other option but to strike himself from about 17 metres out and the ball travelled sweetly into the top left corner. This score settled the first half action and the Emmets went in with a commanding lead of 1-9 to 0-5.
Keith Lynch opened the second half scoring with a nice point after just three minutes winning a rebound off the upright to extend the Emmets lead to eight points. Points were traded by both sides with Mullen contributing another three before the end, two from frees.
Keith Farnan and Ian Cusack came on for the exhausted old men, Eamonn Taaffe and Martin Morgan who amazingly have a combined age of 72 years. The old-boys showed their class and experience though and had played their part in getting the Emmets to a six point lead with just ten minutes to go.
The Emmets should have coasted home easily only for a bizarre goal which came from a long ball which was misjudged by keeped Fergus “Barney” Barnett. Barney had made the run to the 14 yard line to try and intercept the ball only to see the ball hop over him and head for the net. Full-back and captain Aidan Monaghan battled with the full-forward but couldn’t keep the ball from the net. To add further drama, the referee had blown for a square ball and disallowed the goal before consulting with the umpires and then overturning his decision.
This left just a goal between the sides and still seven minutes of normal time to go, the scoreline being 1-12 to 1-9. The Emmets weren’t going to be denied though and another free by Eamon Mullen got the much-coveted four point lead. Good play by Keith Rooney won another free and Mark Noone broke his duck by converting from twenty metres to put five in it.
Keith Boylan came on for Tom Grimes with five minutes of normal time left and helped the defence hold out. Hunterstown did register a point on the sixty minute mark and although four additional minutes were played they were unable to change the scoreboard any further and the Emmets advance to a semi-final meeting against Dunleer on a score-line of 1-14 to 1-10.
An incident just as normal time elapsed saw Keith Lynch get a red-card for allegedly striking his opponent, although television replays are inconclusive it is likely the wing-forward will miss the semi-final now.
There were some excellent displays from players such as Stephen Murphy, Gordon and Stephen Healy, the latter showing his usual hard-tackling skills and breaking-ball winning ability. Eamon Taaffe rolled back the years with a fine 1-2 scored from play and with an eight point tally (five from frees) and an all-round fine performance Eamon Mullen also contributed to a good team effort.
While the second-half showing wasn’t championship-winning standards, the result is all that matters at this stage of the competition. The Emmets go forward again but should be well and truly grounded in the knowledge that no championship medals are won in August and that they have only matched the level which they reached for the last three years. Nevertheless, we are in a third adult semi-final of the season and we’re thankful to have a sliver of hope and joy at the end of a very emotional and heart-breaking week for the club.
Glen Emmets :
1. Fergus Barnett
2. Danny White
3. Aidan Monahan
4. Colin Carolan
5. Tom Grimes (Keith Boylan on 56 minutes)
6. Stephen Murphy
7. Stephen Healy
8. Gordon Healy
9. Ronan Grufferty
10. Martin Morgan – 0-1 (Keith Farnan on 50 minutes)
11. Eamonn Mullen -- 0-8 pts, 5 frees, 1 45’,
12. Keith Lynch -- 0-1 (Sent off on 60 minutes)
13. Mark Noone -- 0-1, free
14. Eamonn Taaffe -- 1-2 (Ian Cusack on 50 minutes)
15. Keith Rooney – 0.1