Cashel and Golden draw u-21 football thriller

After a titanic battle that included extra time, Golden Kilfeacle and Cashel will have to do it all again in the West U-21 A football championship semi final, played in Bansha last Saturday afternoon, Cashel 1-12, Golden 0-15.

After a titanic battle that included extra time, Golden Kilfeacle and Cashel will have to do it all again in the West U-21 A football championship semi final, played in Bansha last Saturday afternoon, Cashel 1-12, Golden 0-15.

It was terrific entertainment with missed penalties on both sides, open goals spurned and an exhibition of high fielding most notably from former minor star Dylan Fitzell.

Both teams will look back on this and rue some great chances but in the end both teams were satisfied to meet again.

Cashel were much the faster out of the blocks and had three points on the board in the first ten minutes. Golden looked very sluggish at this stage but were given a lifeline when Thomas Byrnes was fouled for a penalty.

However Seanie O’Halloran was most unfortunate to see his shot just drift wide of the post. It seemed to spark Golden to life and they got back in the game with points from Sean Hayes, Josh Keane and Pakie O’Connell.

Cashel however still had the upperhand and Dylan Fitzell was most unlucky to see his shot come off the crossbar after a great run. At the break Cashel had a three point lead 0-6 to 0-3.

In the second half Golden began to exert more influence and Thomas Byrnes, now stationed at full forward, hit three fine points to bring Golden level. Both sides then had great chances to raise a green flag, Liam Nagle was unlucky to see a rasper drift wide, while Golden keeper Niall Fogarty pulled off a magnificent penalty save to keep Golden in touch.

With time almost up Thomas Byrnes hit his fourth point of the second half to draw the sides level and bring the game to extra time on a scoreline of 0-9 to 0-9.

Golden started much the brighter here and again Byrnes and Keith Landy had them in a good position coming into the final ten minutes. However a superb catch and solo run from Dylan Fitzell ended in a great goal for Cashel to give them a two point lead but late points from Keith Landy and Sean Hayes gave Golden a fully deserved draw.

A cracking game, both sides missed chances but the replay next weekend in New Inn promises to be another exciting clash.

Best for Golden on the day were Niall Fogarty James Casey, Thomas Byrnes and Sean Hayes, while Cathal Minogue, Paddy Morrissey, Dylan Fitzell, Seamus Reade and Brian Quinlan excelled for Cashel.

Cashel King Cormacs: Gearóid Slattery (0-1), Niall Anglim, Cathal Minogue, Shane Murphy, Paddy Morrissey, Simon Delaney, James Cummins (0-1), Jonathan Grogan, Dylan Fitzell (0-1), Eoin Ryan (0-1), Andrew Wallace, Michael McDermott (0-1), Robert Anglim, Seamus Reade (0-3), Brian Quinlan (1-4). Subs: Michael Killian O’Dwyer for James Cummins, Niall Fitzgerald for Andrew Wallace, Eoin Quirke for Robert Anglim, Mark Wallace for Paddy Morrissey.

Golden-Kilfeacle: Niall Fogarty, Alan Wade, Paddy Ryan, Matthew Ryan, Shane o Connell. Aiden o Connell, James Casey. Sean Hayes (0-3), Ger Barlow, Keith Landy (0-2), Thomas Byrnes (0-5), Josh Keane (0-1), Seanie Halloran, Liam Nagle (0-3), 15) Pakie o Connell (0-1). Subs: Stephen Ryan for Pakie O’Connell, Christopher Ryan for Liam Nagle

Referee: David Grogan (Aherlow)