Mellows and Haran hold their nerve in breathtaking climax

Liam Mellows' Aonghus Callanan picking off a point against Cappataggle's Michael Broderick during Sunday's senior hurling semi-final at Kenny Park. Photos: Brian Harding.
Liam Mellows' Aonghus Callanan picking off a point against Cappataggle's Michael Broderick during Sunday's senior hurling semi-final at Kenny Park. Photos: Brian Harding.

Liam Mellows 0-20

Cappataggle 0-19

THE agony and the ecstasy which hurling evokes within us all was never as apparent as in Kenny Park in the second of Sunday’s senior hurling championship semi-final double header as two 63rd minute points by Jack Forde and Tadhg Haran snatched victory from Cappataggle, denying them an historic first ever county final appearance.

As the final whistle sounded and the large crowd made their way towards the exit gates, Cappataggle players fell to their knees crestfallen, having come up short by a point to Louis Mulqueen’s side for the second successive year.

Last year they were left to rue a few late missed opportunities and it was the same story this year as late chances by Dan Nevin and James Skehill, though admittedly from huge distance, and Michael Garvey went by the wayside, putting a shuddering halt to their season in a game they certainly didn’t deserve to lose.

Whether or not they deserved to win is another argument as Mellows, who impressed in the opening half in particular, showed extraordinary battling qualities to eek out the narrowest of victories as wave after wave of black and red pressure came at them in the second half.

They showed exactly why they are county champions and it would be remiss not to heap praise on their display whilst also condoling with Cappataggle.

Cappataggle looked the team more likely to win late on when recovering from a 0-14 to 0-10 interval deficit to draw level at 0-15 apiece and subsequently take the lead.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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