Annanough come out on top against tough Graiguecullen side

Andrew Egan

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Annanough are through to the Junior ‘A’ quarter finals, after they defeated a strong Graiguecullen second string outfit in Annanough. Both sides had comfortable victories the first day out, against The Harps and Spink respectively, but it was the men from Vicarstown who came out the winners of this round two clash.

Annanough 2-14 Graiguecullen 1-13

Graiguecullen were the faster team out of the blocks, as they hit three points without reply to catch the favourites by surprise. Mark Doogue, Alan Malone and Robert Doogue all fired between the posts, as Graiguecullen were looking to put down a marker early on.

Killian Horgan pointed for Annanough’s first, before they nearly levelled the game. John Scully tore through the Graiguecullen defence, but he was denied by Peter Brannigan. ‘Blondie’ pulled off another good save from the rebound, as Robert Kinsella was denied from close range. James Miller did pull another point back for Annanough, but Graiguecullen were matching up to them.

The sides traded points through John O’Neill and Mark Doogue for Graiguecullen, and Robert Kinsella and John Scully for Annanough. Annanough were growing into the game though, and the home team hit 1-2 before the end of the half to put them into the driving seat.

Smart hold up play from James Miller put Elliot Scully through, and he swung over the bar off his left. Donal Miller then landed a super point from a free, before Killlian Horgan scored the first goal of the game. Elliot Scully put the Graiguecullen full back line under immense pressure, and this allowed Robert Kinsella to play Killian Horgan through, and he finished with reassurance.

Robert Doogue slotted over a free for Graiguecullen, as they trailed 0-6 to 1-6 at the interval.

Annanough looked the fitter team bursting out of the dressing room at half-time, and they kicked the first three scores. Ciaran Hennessy, Donal Miller and John Scully dominated the air, and they all landed a point each.

John O’Neill and John Scully swapped points, before Graiguecullen edged back into it. Half-time substitute Thomas Brennan and Robert Doogue (free) pointed, as they cut the gap to four. Fergal Scully split the posts for Annanough, but Robert Doogue replied with another free.

However, Graiguecullen’s momentum was halted when Elliot Scully dispatched a penalty, after David Booth was hauled down. Graiguecullen were now seven down, but they weren’t giving up that easy. They were awarded a penalty themselves soon after, and John O’Neill rifled one into the roof of the net to put four in it again.

They needed another goal, but the Annanough defence held strong to see out the win.

ANNANOUGH

Scorers: Killian Horgan 1-2 (0-1 free), John Scully 0-4, Elliot Scully 1-1 (1-0 pen),Ciaran Hennessy and Donal Miller (frees) 0-2 each, Fergal Scully, Robert Kinsella and James Miller 0-1 each

Team: Sean Hennessy; Ronan Stapleton, Rory Stapleton, Connor Stapleton; Marcus Shortall, Marty Stapleton, Fergal Scully; Shane Stapleton, John Scully; Donal Miller, Killian Horgan, Ciaran Hennessy; Elliot Scully, Robert Kinsella, James Miller. Subs: David Booth for J Miller (38 mins, injured), Jamie Fenlon for Kinsella (42 mins), Johnny Fennelly for Shortall (47 mins), Darragh Stapleton for C Hennessy (53 mins), James Wright for E Scully (60 mins)

GRAIGUECULLEN

Scorers: Mark Doogue 0-5 (0-1 free), John O’Neill 1-2 (1-0 pen), Robert Doogue 0-4 (0-3 frees), Thomas Brennan and Alan Malone 0-1 each

Team: Peter Brannigan; Stephen Alysbury, Wayne Humphreys, Daithi Hurley; Luke Alysbury, Jamie Malone, Eoin Alysbury; Frances Doogue, Patrick Murphy; Alan Malone, Mark Doogue, Sean Farrell; Robert Doogue, John O’Neill, John Tierney. Subs: Adam Kerfah for Hurley (28 mins, black card), Thomas Brennan for Tierney (half-time), Kevin Smith for E Alysbury (43 mins), Conor Hayden for A Malone (47 mins)

Referee: Michael Tarpey (Kilcavan)