STINSON’S SHOW STRENGTH OF CHARACTER TO LIFT U14 COUNTY TITLE
Antrim U14 County Football Final 29th September 2007-10-01
Sean Stinson’s 2:7 St Bridget’s Belfast 2:6 (after extra time)
It was strength of character and a solid second half display for Sean Stinson’s that force extra time in this thrilling game played at Creggan on Saturday past.
It was to be the towering figure of St Bridget’s captain Ben Leonard who would be the first to score with a fine long range point just two minute into the contest. Stinson’s Peter Duffin came straight back with a goal for his side just one minute later a score which was against the run of play as St Bridget’s dominated the first half.
It was level with six minutes gone on the clock again Ben Leonard proving his worth from place kicks and from play. St Bridget’s went on to take the lead as S Baille took advantage a deflected save from Ciaran Doherty as he cooled dispatched it to the net.
The Belfast lads increased their lead to four again it was Ben Leonard who took the honour leaving it 1:4 V’s 1:0 in favour of St Bridget’s at the interval.
Proving a thorn in the side of the Stinson’s side Ben Leonard gathered the ball to embark on a solo run and within twenty seconds of the restart he had dispatched the ball to the Stinson’s net.
Now facing a seven point deficit the Stinson boys began to swing into action and as the passing movements forward began to flow Mickey Donnelly got hold to lob the keeper reducing it back to four. Fionnbar O’Neill, Michael Donnelly and Dermot McAlease answered Stinson’s call reducing the deficit to three points.
Captain Paddy Graham and Peter Duffin showed great character getting out in front winning ball against a larger opposition and when Fionnbar O’Neill picked off two points there was just the bare minimum between the two sides Patek Philippe Replica Watches.
With all to play for the crowd found their voices and as the tempo increased the young Stinston team gave one last push which was reward when Paul Kane equalised with two minutes of ordinary time remaining.
St. Bridget’s had an opportunity to win it but there efforts were in vain as the ball sailed wide of the up right as extra time was called.
Stinson’s were to take the lead for the second time as Michael Donnelly cooled took his point matched with a heroic effort from Paul Kane. St Bridget’s pulled it back to one in the second period of extra time but as Stinson’s vigorously defended their lead they held on to win it by just a single point.