Late point wins it for Downings


The old adage of a two point lead being the most precarious in Gaelic football held true at Hibernian Park yesterday when Gary McClafferty struck an injury time goal to nick a win for Downings.

Burt 0-12 . . . . . . . . . Downings 2-7

Burt, who had led by 0-8 to 0-4 at half time, had found themselves pegged back to level midway through the second half when James Lee McBride hit Downings’ first goal.

That made it 0-10 to 1-7, and Burt responded well with Joe Boyle and Sean McHugh pointing to put them two ahead.

But the home side wasted a series of late chances to extend their lead and were hit with a sucker punch right at the death.

Lorcan Connor chipped a close range free short into the square that Burt keeper Kevin McDermott caught. But McDermott was dispossessed as he made his way out and McClafferty poked the loose ball to the net.

There was barely time for the kickout to be taken before referee Shane Toolan sounded the full time whistle and Downings celebrated while Burt were left wondering how they had allowed victory to be snatched from their grasp.

Burt: K McDermott; K Glenn, S O’Donnell, T Doherty; M McCann, R McDermott, P McHugh (0-3); C Dowds, S Gillespie; M Donaghey, C Gallagher (0-1), J Boyle (0-4); M Coyle (0-1), S McHugh (0-2), M McHugh (0-1). Subs: D McLaughlin and E McDermott.

Downings: P McGroddy; M Davis, C Mac Aodh, S Gallagher; C Carr, O Boyce, B Trearty; S Coyle, S Boyce; F McClafferty, G McClaffery (1-3), J L McBride (1-1); C Gallagher (0-1), L Connor (0-2), Aaron Mc Clafferty. Referee: S Toolan (Aodh Ruadh).