Connacht Gold JFC B Final - St.Farnan's 1-14 v Coolaney/Mullinabreena 1-14

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At the water break in the first half Farnan's lead 1-9 v 0-1 and were good value for it too but only scored 5 for the rest of the game whilst Mullinabreena slowly clawed their way back into the game but even in injury time at the end of the game they still had to score 1-2 with the equaliser coming from a long range free from their goal keeper Lorcan Callaghan. 

David Culkin had a first half he will remember forever scoring 5 from 6 attempts in the first half, all from play. Paul Connolly got the first score of the game within 10 seconds of the throw in for Coolaney/Mullinbreena but their slow build up and over reliance on short passing and nothing sticking for their full forward line meant Farnans were in total command. Shane Feeney who won player of the match responded from the kickout. Culkin had two from play when a good turn and run by Tomás Ryan saw him passing across goal to Karl Hannon who rolled the ball into the left corner of the dressing room goals. Declan Cawley, Ryan, Hannon and another two from Culkin saw them to the water break in command. Brian Marren scored a good long range point for the south Sligo side which put a stop to the Farnans scoring. 

Alan Duggan came into the game and scored from play. Matthew Conlon who proved unerring from frees all evening scored three before the halftime whistle with Keith Lang responding for Farnans and again Culkin saw the the lead a fairly commanding 1-11 v 0-6. It looked a tough ask to see them coming back but the last 10 minutes of the half was more direct from Mullinabreena and their tackling improved significantly. 

They got off to a flier in the second half and were the only scorers before the water break with Farnans down to 14 with a black card. Conlon scored three points and captain Duggan got two from play. Farnans also lost their playmaker in Lang to injury however Tomás Ryan who must have been close to man of the match came to midfield and his ability to hold up the ball and put in good ball to the forwards advantage saw himself and Feeney become very influential for the last 20 minutes. Feeney got their first score of the half on 19 minutes after throwing two excellent dummy solos. He and Conlon traded pointed frees. Feeney and Karl Hannon put them 5 up going into injury time. Padraig Culkin was having a stormer in defence for Farnans cutting off many a dangerous situation.

However a long free deliberately dropped short was deflected to the net via the post by Sean Doyle. It still did not appear to be the case that a draw could be salvaged and when Paul Connolly opted to point in the 37th minute it looked as Farnans would hang on. Direct from the kickout Farnans were penalised and with dissent meant the free was brought forward. It still was just inside the 45 and keeper Callaghan came up to try and save the day. Considering he had narrowly missed two earlier efforts there was no sign of nerves and he pinged it over in the last play of the game which was very enjoyable for all in attendance and was a great advert for the B grade of junior. 


St.Farnans - David Culkin 0-5, Karl Hannon 1-2, Shane Feeney 0-3 (1f), Keith Lang 0-2 (2f), Declan Cawley 0-1, Tomás Ryan 0-1 (1f)

Coolaney/Mullinabreena - Matthew Conlon 0-7 (7f), Alan Duggan 0-3, Sean Doyle 1-0, Paul Connolly 0-2, Brian Marren 0-1, Lorcan Callaghan 0-1 (1f)