Moynalvey 2-08 Dunshaughlin 1-11
In a classic 6 pointer where the loser would struggle to maintain Division 1 status, a draw proved to be the fairest outcome of this closely contested match. Dunshaughlin lined out without a few regulars.
The most notable was Ray Maloney who tweaked a muscle in a bizarre bouncy castle accident. Ben 'The Builder' Duggan took early builders holidays to visit the west of Ireland with Dan 'Caravaggio' Orsmby.
The showery rain made conditions difficult. After a couple of missed chances Dunshaughlin sprang to life with Cian Gallogly winning some possession out in front and kicking some excellent scores. However, after contesting a long ball in Gallogly fell awkwardly and left the field on a stretcher with what looked like a nasty injury. Best wishes to Cian on a speedy recovery. Not to be out done by his younger sibling, Shane Gallogly, was sprung from the bench to kick an excellent score after brilliant build up play from Quick Jack Hetherington. Al Doyle managed to put the shackles on Meath star Cillian O'Sullivan for the hour.
Dunshaughlin took the lead midway through the half. Eoin Hagarty's pointed effort dropped short and the Moynalvey keeper fumbled the ball into the net but Hagarty was adamant his dipping effort had some back spin on the ball and he ran off shouting 'I meant that'. Gabriel Donnelly agreed with his number one customer. Moynalvey responded with a goal of their own after an excellent run through the middle the ball found its way to the net. Mick Ahern, forced to play the game by Caoimhin King, had an excellent outing at the heart of the defence. Adam and Rian Kealy put in a great shift too.
The third quarter was dominated by the away team. Dunshaughlin raced into a 5 point lead through great scores from Tadgh Delaney, Niall Murphy and invisible man Mark Devaney. Devaney, playing with four injuires, yes four, had a good outing. He kept things simple, fed some great ball into his full forward line and took a great score. However the game turned when Niall Murphy received his marching orders for a second yellow. Dunshaughlin were then in a serious battle for the remainder of the game and after being 5 ahead, they went one down and Division 2 was staring them in the face. However, they rallied. A rush of blood to the head for Tadgh Delaney nearly cost the away team as he hopelessly lobbed a ball into the square thinking his team were three points down.
A line ball came on the road side of the field. Mark Devaney wanted it. Eoin Hagarty wanted it. Graham Dowd standing outside the fence wanted it. Coffee machine salesman Hagarty won that battle. Now could he work some magic? Gabriel Donnely offered him free pints for the night in Lawlesses if he scored it. With that, Hagarty, with the outside of his right boot, split the posts with the equaliser.
Dunshaughlin showed heart and resilience to grab a draw with 14 men. Division 1 safety is not guaranteed just yet but that point could prove huge at the end of the year.
Dunshaughlin: A.McDermott, A.Doyle, C.King, J. Hetherington, D.Dunne, M.Ahern, T.Delaney, J.Crimmins, A.Kealy, R.Kealy, E.Hagarty, M.Devaney, F.Toolan, N.Murphy, C.Gallogly.
Moynalvey and Dunshaughlin both remain in relegation trouble following this draw between the sides in Round 10 of the Div. 1 A League played at Kilmore Park Moynalvey on Saturday evening July 15th.
Moynalvey 2-8 Dunshaughlin 1-11
Following this round of back league games the draw didn't help either team as they both remain in relegation trouble heading into the last round of games, with several permutations still to decide who will be in the automatic relegation positions and the playoff position.
It was the home side who started brightly racking up an early three point lead with points from David McLoughlin (2) and Shane Lenehan. The visitors' first score was an Eoin Hagarty goal in the 11th minute. Moynalvey regained the lead with a McLoughlin free before two Cian Gallogly points put the Black & Amber side in front for the first time. Gallogly's brace was followed by another brace, this time two Eoin Hagarty frees to leave it 1-4 to 0-4 after 22 minutes.
A ten minute delay then followed as a serious shoulder injury saw Dunshaughin corner forward Cian Gallogly stretchered from the field and later transferred to hospital by ambulance.
Upon the restart Moynalvey scored their first goal, with a Darren Brennan shot saved and deflected to the net via Padraic Harnan's hand to draw the sides' level 1-4 apiece. Dunshaughlin added two more points before the referee's half time whistle to leave it 1-6 to 1-4 at the break.
Dunshaughlin extended their advantage to three within sixty seconds of the restart with a Niall Murphy point, but Moynalvey were unlucky not to draw level again as a superb run from midfield by Padraic Harnan saw him set up fellow county player Cillian O'Sullivan for a snap shot at goal only to see his effort rebound off the upright. A Dunshaughlin point was countered by a Padraic Harnan free, before points from Mark Devanney & Niall Murphy extended Dunshaughlin's lead to four, 1-9 to 1-5.
A Darren Brennan goal in the 48th minute reduced the deficit to the minimum, but a Tadhg O Dushlaine point for the visitors left two between the sides with 10 minutes remaining. Two McLoughlin points, the first from a free and the second from play levelled the sides for a fourth time, 2-7 to 1-10.
A third McLoughlin point in a row in the 59th minute looked to have snatched victory for Moynalvey only for Dunshaughlin's top scorer Eoin Hagarty to prove to be the hero pointing from the side line in injury time to leave the full time score line reading 2-8 to 1-11.
Moynalvey: Conor Egan, Conor Harnan, Robert Lawless, Darren Brennan (1-0), Eamon Walsh, Stephen Donoghue, Darragh Branigan, Padraic Harnan (1-1, 1f), Donal Smith, David McLoughlin (0-6, 3f), Shane Lenehan (0-1), Conor Shirren, Adam Murphy, Fearghal McCabe, Cillian O'Sullivan. Subs used: Ray Ryan for Egan, Daniel Treacy for Branigan, James O'Neill for Lenehan.
Moynalvey send their best wishes to Dunshaughlin's Cian Gallogly and wish him a speedy recovery.