Murphy goal helps Enniskillen rescue a drawNovember 15, 2019
Danske Bank MacRory Cup
Friday 15th November 1.30pm in Roslea :
St Michael’s Enniskillen 1-13 St Colman’s Newry 1-13
DARRAGH McBrien rescued a draw for St Michael’s Enniskillen when he tapped over a free in the fourth minute of added time in this excellent Danske Bank MacRory Cup group game before a good attendance in Roslea yesterday evening.
Both teams were a little below full strength; missing from the champions were Ronan McHugh tied up with Derrygonnelly’s club championship run and Josh Horan while St Colman’s were missing last year’s regular Eamon Browne, Daragh Fagan and Matthew Finnegan.
However a number of players turned in good performances including MacDarragh Hynds, Redmond French, Sean O’Hare, Adam Crimmons and Andrew Gilmore for St Colman’s and Feargal Quinn, Oisin Murphy, Luca McCusker, Tom Keenan and Mícheál Glynn for the Fermanagh side.
It was four points each after 20 minutes and the teams were still level at six each at the change of sides with Glynn accounting for three of Enniskillen’s and Gilmore four from St Colman’s total.
The Newry side started the second half very brightly with two quick points from Gilmore and then a third from Ronan Fitzpatrick before Adam Crimmons played a delightful cross-field pass for Gilmore to run on to.
Although he slipped, he managed to recover, take on his player and apply a neat finish to the top corner of the net.
1-9 to 0-6 down, St Michael’s responded with points from Glynn, James O’Donnell and Luca McCusker only for Ciaran McLaughlin and Crimmons (2) restored that six points’ gap, although Glynn put the ball in the Newry net at the other end. This however was disallowed as he was adjudged to have been in the small square.
It was down to the last ten minutes now and Darragh McBrien and Glynn narrowed the gap before midfielder Oisin Murphy found a little space and hit the top left corner from the 20m line.
Glynn levelled the game going into injury time, but Jack Murtagh pointed at the other end and St Colman’s looked like holding out until they conceded a very late free for over-carrying and McBrien tied the teams from it.
St Colman’s : Andrew Gilmore (1-6, 0-4 frees), Ciaran McLaughlin (0-3, 0-1 free), Adam Crimmons (0-2), Ronan Fitzpatrick (0-1), Jack Murtagh (0-1).
St Michael’s : Oisin Murphy (1-0), Mícheál Glynn (0-6, 0-3 frees), Darragh McBrien (0-3, 0-1 free), Luca McCusker (0-2), James O’Donnell (0-2).