Larkin saves Craughwell with dramatic late equalising goal

Cappataggle’s Michael Broderick breaking away from Craughwell's Fergal Healy during Sunday's senior hurling championship clash at Kenny Park. Photos: Enda Noone.
Cappataggle’s Michael Broderick breaking away from Craughwell's Fergal Healy during Sunday's senior hurling championship clash at Kenny Park. Photos: Enda Noone.

Cappataggle 5-10

Craughwell 1-22

THE old adage will have to be changed . . . goals win matches, except when you draw! A dramatic injury time goal from substitute Cian Larkin salvaged a draw for 2015 County Finalists Craughwell on Sunday at Kenny Park, a result that secured second place in Group 1 of the senior A championship and, in the process, a quarter-final berth.

Cappataggle carved through the Craughwell defence on five occasions to goal and they will be disappointed not to have closed out this deal though the draw did secure a preliminary quarter final place, on a day when the nap hand of goals allied to Stephen Creaven’s remarkable tally of 2-8 did much for the cause. Cappataggle’s work rate and ability to close down Craughwell was impressive, though their concession of frees did undo some of their good work.

Niall Healy, not for the first time, was the main man for Craughwell, hitting 15 points over the hour, and his leadership did much to turn the game back Craughwell’s way, especially in the second half when he accounted for eight of his team’s nine scores. That said, the Craughwell management will be deliberating the make up of their defence which was breached too easily for the goals – the concession of which had them chasing the game despite outscoring their opponents by 23 scores to 15.

Both sides displayed some rustiness which was to be expected given the long break, but it was Cappataggle who laid the early marker. A seventh minute Jarlath Mannion run ended with a pass to Damien Joyce who goaled, while on 18 minutes Joyce turned provider to set up Stephen Creaven who batted to the net to build a 2-3 to 0-5 lead.

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