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Reds through to final

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

ROSTREVOR will face Annaclone in the Down Intermediate Final after the Reds overcame Liatriom in Friday's semi-final.


Rostrevor ...2-15
Liatroim ...1-10

 

Played in Pairc Esler Rostrevor finished the game strongly and were deserved winners.

It was a poor first half of football played a relatively slow pace and seemed quite strange for a semi-final. Of course nerves may have played its part while the drop in temperature didn't help.

It took Rostrevor 24 minutes before they scored from play and it could have been a goal.

Brian Keenan blocked Darren O'Higgins and Conal Gordan and Conor Doyle linked up before the latter spotted Caolan Mooney racing towards the square and with the keeper to beat the Down man flashed his shot over the bar. It was a cracking score, but the move warranted a goal.

That score levelled the teams on five points each as Jonathan Parr (45'), Conor Doyle (2) and Piaras Kane all converted for Rostrevor, whereas Gerard McAnulty (2), Pearse Og McCrickard and the evergreen Liam Doyle (two points within a minute) replied for Liatroim.

Rostrevor kicked five first half wides to Liatriom's four but they couldn't be separated at the break as Shaun Parr added to the Reds tally after McCrickard had given his side the lead.

Half-time: Rostrevor 0-6 Laitriom 0-06

There was little to choose between the teams as they were level on seven occasions until the Reds pulled away at the last quarter.

McCrickard's converted 45 gave Laitriom the lead but Conor Doyle drilled over a point after a brilliant Jonathan Connolly run from defence. The Shaun Parr edged Rostrevor ahead before McAnulty's free levelled the score again.

Both teams started to become more adventurous going forward and Liatriom could have bagged a goal after McCrickard and Owen Clarke linked up but Johnny Parr pulled off a stunning save. Liam Doyle though did put Liatriom in front for the last time (0-09 to 0-08) on 41 minutes. James Donaghy dully levelled after a super run from Mooney and two points in as many minutes from Conor Magee gave Rostrevor a rare two-point lead with 49 minutes played.

Then a minute later Liatriom were caught ball-watching because they waited for Doyle to curl his 30-metre free between the posts but instead he delivered to the unmarked Piaras Kane at the edge of the square and with only the keeper to beat he rattled the net, for an intelligently simple goal.

With a spring in their step Rostrevor killed the game off with Doyle confidently stroking over two points in a row and Mooney tagged on a point after one of his lung-bursting runs.

And Conor Magee's goal on 56 minutes but the game beyond doubt, and it was no more the hardworking midfielder deserved, as he punched into the net following Donaghy's fine pass.

Conor McCrickard's goal in additional time was mere consolation as Shane Mulholland's Rostervor had already thoughts on the final against Annaclone, who saw off Drumaness on Thursday.

Jonathan Parr, Jonathan Connolly, Conor Magee, Conal Gordan, James Donaghy and Conor Doyle were best for the Reds on Friday night but they will need more players to step up in the Final, if they are to win silverware.

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