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Junior Football County Quarter final

posted 22 Oct 2012, 00:23 by Newcastle Gaa
The County quarter final of the Junior A football championship pitted South champions, Newcastle, against West runners-up, Arravale Rovers, in Cahir on Sunday, October 21st. Arravale Rovers lost the West final by one point so the Newcastle team and mentors knew the opposition would pose a very strong test. Having won the toss, Newcastle decided to play against the stiff breeze and this seemed a very good decision as Newcastle trailed by a single point at half time, 1-4 to 0-6. The Arravale Rovers goal came after Darren Goonan had made the second of two more outstanding saves in the Newcastle goal, but the Arravale midfielder was on hand to pick up the rebound and score the goal. At the start of the second half Newcastle started to dominate possession around the central third of the field and eventually led by one point with 10 minutes to go. In the final minutes both teams added one point but also missed a number of opportunities. After four and a half minutes of injury time, the referee finally blew the full time whistle with Newcastle ahead by that one point, 0-10 to 1-6. Whilst the overall performance was not as spectacular as in the South final, this was a well earned win and proved that the team are capable of playing good football on a regular basis. Team and scorers were Darren Goonan, Niall Morrissey, Tomás O’Dwyer, Emmet Prendergast, James Fitzpatrick, Brian Sweeney (0-1, free), Cormac O’Flynn, Conor Grant, Diarmuid Devaney, Barry Hickey (0-3), Michael Kennedy, Brian Hyland, Andrew Fitzpatrick (0-4, 1 free), James Lonergan and Daniel Kennedy (0-2). Subs were Tommy Sweeney for Michael Kennedy (30 mins), John McCarra for James Lonergan (42 mins), Alan Sweeney for Conor Grant (48 mins) and Caoimhín McGrath for Barry Hickey (62 minutes). 

The provisional fixture for the county semi-final is next Sunday, October 28th against Borrisokane in Holycross at 2:30pm. Check the county fixtures for confirmation.