After three games and over one hundred and eighty minutes of football just one point seperated Robert Emmett’s and Na Rossa.
Robert Emmett’s 1-8
Na Rossa 1-7
But that one point was enough to see Robert Emmett’s through to the semi-final of the Junor A championship and a mouthwatering last four meeting with neighbours Red Hugh’s.
Having ended level in their two previous game this was another close encounter on the wide open spaces of sun kissed Sean MacCumhaill Park, on Saturday night.
With the sides locked on 1-7 each and the clock ticking on the hour mark, it took an injury time point from wing forward Paddy Dooher to clinch the win.
Up to that it was nip and tick all the way but both sides enjoying their good spells.
Na Rossa with John Paul McCready in good form in front of the posts had led 0-3 to 0-2 before Robert Emmett’s came good in the last ten minutes of the opening half.
The winners scored 1-2 in the closing minutes of the half to go in 1-4 to 0-4 up. Mark Lafferty, who was in sparking form and who ended the game with a personal tally of 1-6, struck for the all important goal five minutes before the break.
Just like the first half, Na Rossa got the second off to a flier too and when Odhran Molloy hit the back of Tyler Lafferty’s net, they were back in front again and two up.
But with Lafferty in fine form Robert Emmett’s hauled them back in and it was all square before Doherty stepped up to land the winner.
Robert Emmett’s: Tyler Lafferty; Brian Dooher, Damien McAnneney, John Doherty; Aaron Dalton, Sean Coyle, Michael McGlinchey (0-1); Simon McMenamin, Dean McBrearty; Paddy Dooher (0-1), Mark Lafferty (1-6), Damien McBride; Ciaran Brennan, Jonathan McLaughlin, Dominic McGlinchey. Subs: Thomas Devlin for J Doherty; John Hunter for D McBride.
Na Rossa: James Bonner; Denis O’Donnell, Daniel Melly, Jamie Cready; John McDyre, Cormac McHugh, Conor Melly; John Paul Breslin, Eugene Molloy (0-1); Christan Bonner, Brian Breslin, Conor McCahill (0-1); John Paul McCready (0-5), Odhran Molloy (0-1), Ryan Hennessy.
Referee: Kieran McShea (Sean MacCumhaills).