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Cumann na mBunscoil Division 2 Final
Carrigallen v Annaduff

Venue: Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada Date: 14.06.2010 Throw-in: 7:30pm

Final Score: 6-13 / 5-10
Carrigallen complete memorable double
by Staff Reporter, Leitrim Observer

Carrigallen emerged victorious in last Monday evenings Cumann na mBunscoil Division 2 Final after an absorbing encounter between two evenly matched sides. Both sides had several star performers but the undoubted man of the match was Carrigallen's Daniel Hackett and he opened the scoring with two early points although Annaduff immediately hit back with two points of their own through Colm Murray.

Points from Conor Gray and Daniel Hackett helped re-establish Carrigallen's two point lead although Annaduff soon hit back with a pointed free from Sean Quigley. A further five minutes passed before the next score was registered when Quigley converted another free to level matters once again.

Three minutes from the end of the first half, Annaduff struck for the game's opening goal when James Doherty and Connor Cronin combined well to create an opportunity for Sean Quigley, who made no mistake. That score was quickly followed by an Adam O'Hagan point as Annaduff moved four points clear but the deficit was reduced to the bare minimum in the final minute of the half.

Colm Kiernan and Luke Donohoe both did very well in the build-up and when the ball fell to Jamie McManus he lobbed the ball over Shane Cox and into the Annaduff goal meaning the score at the interval was 1-6 to 1-5 in favour of Annaduff. The opening half proved to be an enjoyable 20 minutes of football but that was nothing compared to what was to follow in the second half as both sides gave their all in a pulsating finale as scores flew in at both ends in rapid succession. With both sides having registered a point apiece in the opening stages, Carrigallen struck for the opening goal of the second half from Marc Dolan's free and after a further point apiece, Daniel Hackett struck for two goals in quick succession. The second of those was particularly impressive as he drilled an unstoppable shot past Shane Cox.

Carrigallen seemed to have all the momentum behind them when Hackett added to his side's tally with a 29th minute free but Annaduff were far from finished and scored two quick goals of their own. The first of those saw Colm Murray reacting quickest after Evan O'Connell had initially made a fine save to deny him before he scored from close range and a minute later Sean Quigley scored his side's third goal to leave just two points between the sides.

If there were any fears among Carrigallen supporters as to how their side would react to that setback, those fears were soon eased as Daniel Hackett cleverly exchanged passes with Conor Hession before finding the net. Again, there was an almost instant reply as Adam O'Hagan pointed before Connor Cronin goaled from a free to bring his side to within a solitary point with just six minutes remaining. However, once again there was an instant reply as Jack Ledwith scored Carrigallen's sixth goal.

Crucially for Carrigallen they were able to maintain the momentum after that goal and followed it up with six unanswered points to all but secure victory. To their credit, Annaduff kept battling and in injury time Colm Murray pointed before Conor cronin completed the game’s scoring with a goal. However, there was to be no time for a dramatic comeback as Carrigallen held on for victory.

St. Mary's Carrigallen
Evan O’Connell, Conor Gray (0-2), Ciaran Kenny, Philip O’Rourke, Marc Dolan (1-0), JP Rawle, Daniel Hackett (3-8), Colm Kiernan (0-1), Cormac Whelan, Luke Donohoe, Jack Ledwith (1-0), Jamie McManus (1-0), Brian Kiernan. Subs: Conor Hession (0-2), Jack Lynch, Ronan O’Neill, Andrew Hession, Eoin Kearney, Aaron Flynn, Ryan Finnegan.

Shane Cox, David Faughnan, Daire Guckian, Daire Flanagan, Leigh McManus, Ciaran Egan, James Doherty (0-2), Connor Cronin (2-0), Kyle Farrell, Colm Murray (1-5), Adam O’Hagan (0-2), Sean Quigley (2-1), Eoghan Moylan. Sub used: Michael Cox.
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