ABBEY VOCATIONAL SCHOOL and Bailieboro Community School will have to do it all again after extra time failed to throw up a winner in their Danske Bank Markey Cup semi-final.
Abbey Vocational School 0-13 Bailieboro Community School 0-13 (after extra time)
Peadar Mogan’s point in the second half of extra time secured another bite at the cheery for Pauric O’Donnell’s team.
They will rue those moments in added time at the end of the normal period when, after Daniel Brennan kicked them 0-10 to 0-9 in front, they lost possession and allowed Rory Farrell to point and put the game to extra time.
Farrell swung over with four minutes of additional time played. Right on the blow, Abbey VS lost Thomas McGowan to a second yellow card, but were permitted to bring on Iarla Cox and have the full compliment for extra time.
Callum Clarke and Farrell points put Bailieboro in control, but the teams were deadlocked, 0-12 apiece, as they parted for the extra time interval thanks to Jack Keaney and Nathan Ward’s scpres.
Keaney scored five points and was instrumental for Abbey at the Bawnacre Centre in Irvinestown.
After Farrell wonderfully put Bailieboro back ahead, Abbey finally fashioned the levelling point.
Keaney’s brilliant and determined break concluded with him feeding Mogan. Under pressure, Mogan was forced onto his right foot, but he steadied himself to kick a wonderful equaliser.
With the final kick of the game, Niall McCabe could have won it for Bailieboro, but from a 13 metre free, around 15 metres in from the sideline, he pulled wide of the near post.
It seemed like an age since Aaron Cundelan and Brennan traded early points to get the game up and running.
Abbey scorched past Ballybay Community College 2-20 to 1-8 in their quarter-final last Friday in Garvaghey, but Bailieboro whacked Bundoran’s Magh Ene 3-14 to 0-7.
Neil Ward and Keaney put Abbey ahead, but three McCabe frees had Bailieboro ahead, 0-4 to 0-3, at the break.
Cundelan had the game’s first goal chance, but he shot wide of Gavin Mulreaney’s goal in the 20th minute.
Early in the second half Brennan leveled and, after Conor Sexton and Keaney exchanged points, Abbey took a charge with Neil Ward, Jamie Crawford and Keaney pointing.
Abbey had a golden goal chance when Brendan McCole burst through to tee up Nathan Ward but his low, soccer-style shot was blocked by Stephen O’Reilly, the Bailieboro goalkeeper.
Bailieboro scored four in four minutes, three of them by Cundelan, to edge ahead, but Keaney tied them up as the clock turned red.
Brennan thought he’d won it, but Farrell had other ideas and they’ll do it all again in a replay.
Abbey Vocational School: Gavin Mulreaney; Conor Breslin, Dan Meehan, Cathal Canavan; John Relihan, Aaron McCrea, Ryan Hegarty; Brendan McCole, Neil Ward (0-2); Thomas McGowan, Jack Keaney (0-5, 2f), Peadar Mogan (0-1); Nathan Ward (0-1), Daniel Brennan (0-3), Jamie Crawford (0-1). Subs: Brian Fagan for Hegarty (35), Shaun Griffin for Meehan (57), Iarla Cox for McGowan (60), Daniel Gallagher for Nathan Ward (76).
Bailieboro Community School: Stephen O’Reilly; Conor Smith, Philip Rodgers, Philip Nulty; Cian Monaghan, David Rodgers, Ciaran Smith; Jordan McCabe, Niall McCabe (0-3, 3f); Luke Gilsenan, Nathan Renihan, Dylan Clarke; Rory Farrell (0-4), Aaron Cundelan (0-4), Callum Clarke (0-1). Subs: Conor Sexton (0-1) for Renihan (20).
Referee: Gerry McLaughlin (Fermanagh).