B FL Div 2: Late Murphy goals seals win for Moynalvey
11 July 2017
Meath and Moynalvey's Adam Murphy
A goal with literally the last play of the game gave Moynalvey a one point victory over high flying Trim in this Div. 2 B League game played at Kilmore Park Moynalvey on Monday evening 10th July.
Moynalvey 3-14 Trim 1-19
With Trim near the top of the league table and having posted 10-17 in their previous game, they suffered their first defeat of the campaign when going down to a last minute Adam Murphy goal in this contest.
Little separated the sides at any stage in this entertaining game. Trim did open up an early 0-5 to 0-1 lead, with Moynalvey’s early point coming from James O’Neill. It was O’Neill who put Moynalvey in front for a first time in the 18th minute when a James Kelly point attempt came off the upright and quick hands from Shaun Deering recycled the ball to O’Neill who found the net courtesy of the post, leaving it 1-3 to 0-5 to the home side.
Trim recovered from this posting the next two scores, with Moynalvey midfielder Brian Conneely then drawing the sides’ level for the second time in the 27th minute. The sides looked to be heading for the half time interval on level par as Moynalvey points from Shaun Deering and James Kelly were countered by another Trim brace to level matters for a third time. However two minutes into injury time Trim found the net for the game’s first goal giving them a three point half time advantage, 1-9 to 1-6.
Moynalvey’s James O’Neill scored the first point of the second period, but just as they had done at the start of the first half Trim built up a five point lead once again, hitting three points without reply, leaving it 1-12 to 1-7 five minutes into the second half.
A Brian Conneely point was followed by a James Kelly goal, volleyed home after a James O’Neill effort at goal was saved by the Trim ‘Keeper, narrowing the deficit to the minimum and then sixty seconds later it was O’Neill who levelled matters for a fourth time, leaving it 2-9 to 1-12 after 41 minutes.
The next ten minutes saw the sides’ inseparable as each score was matched by the opposition, with the sides’ level for an eight time with six minutes remaining, 2-13 to 1-16. Three Trim points over the final six minutes outscored a James O’Neill free leaving the town side looking good for the win and keeping their unbeaten record in tact.
However there was still time for late drama. With the last play of the game, James O’Neill lofted a free high into the area, the ball broke and county minor Adam Murphy latched onto it to somehow send the ball between a sea of Trim defenders to the back of the net, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat handing the home side a one point win on a 3-14 to 1-19 score line.
Best for the winners were Ray Ryan, Brian O’Reilly, Brian Conneely, Adam Murphy and James O’Neill.
Moynalvey: Ray Ryan, Brian O’Reilly, Padraig Donoghue, Scott Tuite (0-1), Matt Brennan, Anthony Brien, Darragh Branigan, Stephen Cummins, Brian Conneely (0-3), Brian Regan, James Kelly (1-1), James O’Neill (1-6, 2f), Adam Murphy (1-1), Paul Conneely, Shaun Deering (0-2).
Subs used: Padraig Kelly for Cummins, Eamon Walsh for Regan, James Weldon for Brennan.