Derrylaughan 0-12 Galbally 2-6
A stunning goal in injury time from Enda McGarrity saved Galbally’s championship dreams as they earned a dramatic draw with Derrylaughan on Saturday evening.
The Kevin Barrys had looked the likely winners which, on the balance of play they probably would have deserved, but teenager McGarrity had other ideas.
Not fit to start, due to injury, he took his opportunity in style as he blasted an unstoppable shot to the top left hand corner of the net from twenty five yards out giving keeper James Kennedy no chance.
Moments later the final whistle sounded and the reaction of both camps told its own story. The Pearses knew that they had got out of jail while Derrylaughan trudged off the field as if they had lost the game.
It’s still all to play for though and the sides will renew acquaintances at Dungannon next Saturday evening with Urney awaiting the winners in the semi-final.
The Kevin Barrys looked the sharper side in the opening stages despite playing against the wind and after Tomas Carney had put them in front following a sharp turn his older brother Darragh doubled their advantage from a 4th minute free.
It took Galbally seven minutes to open their account but it proved to be a significant score.
They patiently held possession in the right corner of their attack before Liam Rafferty fisted the ball through for Sean Murphy to provide a precision finish in the bottom left hand corner of the net.
Paul Rafferty followed that up with a point from a free but back came Derrylaughan with a fine point from wing back Liam Gervin after a forty metre run.
Teenager Brian Kennedy then brought the sides level before Darragh Carney converted a free as well as a 45 for a 0-6 to 1-1 lead by the 24th minute. Both sides gave away possession cheaply before Rafferty knocked over a long range free with the last kick of the opening period.
Two minutes into the second half defender Conor McCabe landed a brilliant point with the outside of his boot but that score was cancelled out by another Rafferty free.
Ciaran Quinn and Murphy exchanged scores and going into the final quarter Derrylaughan held a two point advantage after corner back Seamus McCann got his name on the score sheet.
With a dozen minutes left to play Liam Rafferty got Galbally’s first, and only point from play, and when Murphy levelled matters from a free they looked to have had all the momentum.
Derrylaughan though lifted their game with team captain Quinn really coming to the fore with two points either side of one from Ciaran Gervin as they looked to have put themselves into a winning position.
Both sides missed chances before McGarrity took centre stage with that contender for goal of the season.