By Ian Baker
EAMONN Murphy’s 93rd minute point put Leixlip into a Pittman Traffic Intermediate Championship semi-final after an extra-time defeat of Allenwood.
Leixlip hit the ground running with two Paddy Meagher points by the 6th minute, before Johnny Doyle and Johnny Byrne points levelled the game by the 11th minute. Following a sensational Darren Judge point, Byrne’s 15th minute goal gave Allenwood a 1-3 – 0-2 lead at the first-quarter water break.
Relying on Neil Jordan’s free-taking, Leixlip were only four points adrift in the 28th minute, but when Meagher and Eamonn Murphy added concluding first-half points, Leixlip trailed 1-6 – 0-7 at half-time.
But when Ciaran Fadian finished a poor Allenwood kickout to the net and Tommy Moolick scored a penalty, Leixlip led 2-9 – 1-8 before the third-quarter water break. Shane McCormack denied Brian Gibbons a game-winning goal as Allenwood surged with two stunning points from Byrne and Doyle. However, Murphy’s responding ’45 was struck just as sweetly.
Allenwood soon levelled when Judge slotted a 63rd minute penalty and then followed up with a calmly-taken 64th minute score from distance. Allenwood thought they’d won the game when Byrne kicked a vital point in the 68th minute, but Murphy’s 70th minute free set the game to extra-time.
Without any score for the full ten minutes of the first period of extra-time, Doyle gave Allenwood a one-point lead on the stroke of half-time.
Judge handed Allenwood a two-point lead at the beginning of the second period of extra-time, but Murphy reduced the margin to one-point with an 85th minute free. So, when substitute Ciaran Silke levelled the game in the 89th minute, the opportunity fell to Murphy to win the game with a 93rd minute free.
LEIXLIP: Kyle Costello; Conor Flynn, Ryan Doyle, Kevin Conneely; Ciaran Fadian 1-0, Brian Gibbons, Jack Quinn; Ronan Fitzsimons, Tommy Moolick 1-0 (pen); Darren O’Connor, John Roche, Niall White; Eamonn Murphy 0-6, (4f, 1 ’45), Neil Jordan 0-4, (3f), Paddy Meagher 0-4. Subs used: Ciaran Silke 0-1, Mark O’Toole, Cathal Derivan, Eanna McHugh, Liam Mahon.
ALLENWOOD: Shane McCormack; Ronan Guilfoyle, Cillian Moran, Sean Moran; Stephen Conlon, Mark Hogarty, Killian Darling; Johnny Doyle 0-3, Darragh Malone; Fionn Maher, Johnny Byrne 1-4, Jack Turbett; Eoin Bagnall 0-3, (1f), Darren Judge 1-4 (1f, pen), Billy McNamee. Subs used: Joe Carroll, Aaron Dunne, Eric Judge.
REFEREE: Liam Herbert
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