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Liatroim book place in quarter final after defeat of Rostrevor

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

LIATROIM booked their place in the quarter final of the Down Intermediate Club Championship with a hard-fought and narrow victory over Rostrevor.

Rostrevor...0-16
Liatroim...0-17 .

An injury-time converted free from Gerard McAnulty edged Rostrevor out in a game the Reds had enough chances to win.

The sides couldn't be separated after 30 minutes with both sides firing over lovely scores.

They were level on three points apiece after the first quarter with Conor Doyle (2) and Conal Gordan pointing for the Reds, while Oisin Mc-Manus and Pearse Og McCrickard replied for Laitroim.

Rostrevor had Down's Caolan Mooney back in the team and but it was Doyle that kept the scoreboard ticking over.

Indeed the Reds had the ability to stretch their lead but Liatroim refused to give up and with the slick Liam Doyle driving his team forward, they created chances.

Doyle edged Rostrevor ahead with two fine points but PJ Davidson launched a long-range effort between the posts to close the gap.

Rostrevor should have went further in front when corner-back Jonathan Connolly robbed an attacker and set up a counterattack and having played a number of give and go passes, he received the last pass in front of goal but crucially lost his footing and the chance was gone.

But they enjoyed a touch more fortune when Piaras Kane's shot clipped the post and dropped between the posts.

Liatroim got it tactically spot on with their kick-outs and aimed for the sidelines, to keep the ball away from Mooney.

Doyle's fifth point gave Rostrevor a 0-07 to 0-04 lead with 21 minutes played. Then the skies opened and it poured with rain.

The conditions though didn't dampen the performance and Davidson squeezed over a beautiful point from just inside the sideline. Conor Fegan replied with a free and Davidson knocked over another point following Liam Doyle's pass.

Liatroim had the proverbial bit between their teeth and after Gerard McAnulty's converted free, this was no better showcased that McCrickard's levelling point, because he bullishly kept pressing and was blocked three times before kicking the loose ball between the sticks.

 

Half-time: Rostrevor 0-08 Liatroim 0-08.

Liatroim showed their intentions early with McCrickard being denied a goal thanks to a stunning Jonny Parr save, who tapped over the crossbar.

Davidson then followed this up with a nice score as Liatroim took a two-point lead for the first time.

The game looked like slipping from the Reds and then Mooney made one of his trademark bursting runs down the middle and kicked between the posts.

And within a minute Shaun Parr displayed composure and class to stroke over an equalising point.

Rostrevor looked to have turned a corner when Kane chipped in with his second point and Shaun Parr again calmly pointed. But Liatroim dug in and with McAnulty's converted free they were back in the game.

Indeed McCrickard would have blasted in a goal but Jonny Parr came off his line to make another magnificent save.

And relief turned to confidence when white boots Mooney launched a cracking 50-metre effort between the posts. But Liatroim's Roll Royce player Liam Doyle with in a point to ensure Rostrevor would have no easy finish.

The Reds had chances to add their tally with Mooney carrying the threat with his bursting runs, but his effort drifted wide and another dropped short.

Liatroim's lively substitute, Robbie O'Hare levelled the score with 55 minutes played but Shaun Parr's third point edged the Reds ahead for one last time, as O'Hare and captain Micael McCartan gave Liatroim the lead.

Rostrevor kept pressing and Mooney levelled the score for the sixth time but it was McAnulty's converted free that sent Liatroim into the quarter-final and the Reds into the backdoor.

Rostrevor scorers: Conor Doyle (0-5, 1f), Caolan Mooney (0-4), Shaun Parr (0-3), Piaras Kane (0-2), Conal Gordan (0-1), Conor Fegan (0-1 f).

Liatroim scorers: PJ Davidson (0-4), Gerard McAnulty (0-4, all frees) Pearse Og McCrickard (0-2), Robbie O'H a re (0-2), Darren O'Higgins (0-1), Miceal McCartan (0-1), Oisin McManus (0-1), Liam Doyle (0-1f).

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