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Ardfert Advance to All Ireland Final - Brosna go to a Replay 2015-01-25 22:20:00

All Ireland Intermediate Football Semi Final

Ardfert 1-8          Warrenpoint 0-10

Displaying heart and spirit in abundance, Ardfert have made it through to another All Ireland Inter Championship semi final following a narrow one point victory over Down side Warrenpoint in Portlaoise today.  It was a tough encounter from start to finish with the Kerry side holding out despite intense pressure from the favourites from the North. With their county player Ross McGarry in top form, Warrenpoint had the better of the opening proceedings and despite points from the Wallaces, Darren and Damien (2), the McGarry inspired outfit led by 5 points to 3 after 20 minutes of play. Ardfert moved Mike Moloney onto McGarry and they then hit a purple patch with David Griffin pointing before great work by Shane Griffin set up John Egan for an all important goal. Damien Wallace added a point and it was 1-5 to 0-5 at the break for the Kerry side.

Shane Griffin and McGarry exchanged points on the resumption and later McGarry’s 3rd point from play left just the minimum between the sides and Ardfert had to soak up some intense pressure around the three quarter stage. Darren Wallace raised the siege with a great point with 10 to go but 2 good scores for the northerners left a point between them once again with 5 minutes to go. Ardfert held their nerve and despite Brandon Barrett hitting the butt of the post in the final passage of play with an insurance point there for the taking, Ardfert are now back in the Intermediate final for the first time since 2007.

In that final in Croke Park on Valentines Day, Ardfert will play St Croans of Roscommon who defeated Sean O’Mahonys of Louth in the other semi final by 0-14 to 2-7.

Scorers: Damien Wallace 0-4 (2fr), John Egan 1-0, Darren Wallace 0-2, David Griffin, Trevor Wallace and Shane Griffin 0-1 each.

All Ireland Junior Football Semi Final

Brosna 0-10 Rock St Pats 1-7

Brosna had to survive an early 4 points deficit to keep their hopes alive of reaching a first Junior All Ireland Football Final after an exciting 80 minutes of play in Ballinasloe where extra time failed to separate the sides. The Tyrone side had the benefit of the wind in the first half and hit for an early goal by Eamonn Ward to put them 4 points up inside as many minutes. Tom McGoldrick opened Brosna’s account from a free and Mike Finnegan added another but there was still four points between the sides at the break, 1-4 to 0-3 for the Northern outfit.

Scores were exchanged throughout the 3rd quarter as Brosna piled on the pressure but with 10 minutes remaining, three points still separated the sides. Points from Adam Barry and Tom McGoldrick narrowed the gap to the minimum and in a tremendously exciting finish Adam Barry was the Brosna hero with the equalising point to send the game into extra time, 1-6 to 0-9.

In the 20 minutes extra time played, both sides recorded just a point apiece with Tom McGoldrick getting that all important Brosna score for the sides to finish all square, 0-10 to 1-7.

With the final fixed for February, the replay will obviously go ahead next weekend. John Mitchels of Liverpool are through to the final following a 1-9 to 1-6 victory over Moate All Whites.

Munster Junior B Club Championship

Valentia 0-12     Kildimo 1-8

Valentia are Munster Junior B champions following a narrow one point win over Kildimo at Knockaderry South Limerick today. The Limerick side got the better start and led by 3 points to 1 before a brace from Pau O’Connor had the sides level by the 22nd minute. Kildimo hit back to lead by 5 points to 4 at the break with John Shanahan notching Valentia’s 4th point just before the interval.

Shanahan had the sides on level terms soon after the restart and the same player gave Valentia the lead for the first time soon after. With Man of the Match, Brendan O’Sullivan thundering into the game, Valentia  had three points on the trot, O’Sullivan accounting for 2 of those, and the Islanders led by 10 points to 6 by the 23rd minute of the half. Two further points from John Shanahan seemed to have insured victory but Peter Nash crashed a late effort to the net for Kildimo before the Referee’s whistle sounded for a relieved Valentia outfit.