Donoughmore win U21 County with Late winner

July 23, 2018

Donoughmore    2 – 13

     Tadhg MacCarthaigh   2 – 12

........... Picture the scene – the county U21 C football championship final at Páirc Ui Rinn was almost four minutes into injury time with the sides level at 2-12 each when Donoughmore were awarded a ‘45’, definitely a last chance of victory but a difficult shot as Darren Lucey was to kick into the wind.  Lucey, who had already scored 2-2 for his side, held his composure and fully focuses on the task, ran up and belted the ball straight and true between the posts to give Donoughmore the lead and the county title after a thrilling game.

Donoughmore led by 1-3 to 0-4 at the end of the opening quarter, Darren Lucey scoring the goal from the penalty spot in the 8th minute and the Donoughmore points coming from Lucey, Martin O’Sulllivan and Billy Barrett.   A minute after the winners goal, a T Mac Carthaigh penalty was brilliantly and saved and Donoughmore were flying when Darren Lucey went through for a second goal in the 16th minute.  Donoughmore led at the break by 2-6 to 0-5 after playing with the strong wind.

A goal and a point for the West Cork side early in the second half left only one goal between the teams and when MacCarthaighs had a second goal in the  38th minute the gap between the teams was only two points, 2-8 to 2-6 and with ten minutes remaining the sides were level at 2-9 each.  It was hectic now and points were exchanged before brave Donoughmore raised a two point lead only to be brought back to level again in injury time.  ‘Cometh the hour, cometh the man’ and Darren Lucey seized the moment to sent the Donoughmore supporters into cloud nine. 

Donoughmore scorers: D Lucey 2-3 (10 pen,0-1f), M O’Sullivan 0-5, B Barrett 0-2, J Bruton 0-1, J Kennedy 0-1 (f), St John Forde 0-1.

Donoughmore: Michael Buckley: David Looney, Brendan O’Callaghan, Adrian Looney: Darren Lucey, Niall O Callaghan, St. John Forde: Martin O Sullivan, Ben Honohan: Kieran Aherne,Alan Jones, Billy Barrett: Jeremy Kennedy, Cian Murphy, Josh Bruton. Subs: Owen Buckley 37.Also: Daire O Shea, Shane Kelleher, Colm Looney, Lorcan Morrissey, Joseph Twomey, Seán Mc Auliffe.

Selectors: Mossie Barrett Coach,  Seán O Shea and Philip Barrett.

Report : Thanks to Brendan Kenneally

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