Byrne keeps cool to snatch last-gasp winner for 14-man Roanmore

Roanmore 2-9 Fourmilewater 1-11

This game had everything quality scores, great individual performances, a second half dust-up that briefly threatened to get completely out of hand, and a tension-charged finish which saw Roanmore sensationally garner the spoils.

A draw would probably have been the fairest result, but credit Roanmore, who were reduced to 14 players minutes before the end and came back to snatch victory.

Roanmore enjoyed a dream start when David Byrne goaled inside two minutes but Seamus Lawlor netted for Fourmilewater in the 8th minute and, after dominating territorially, they went on to lead 1-5 to 1-4 at half-time.

It should have been far greater advantage, however, but their forwards shot 11 wides to the winners' three. Ultimately, those misses came back to haunt them.

Laurence O'Neill scored Roanmore's second goal in the 38th minute, which eased them four points clear, but Fourmile refused to panic. Shane Walsh, now rampant after his switch to midfield, showed the way with a pointed free before play was held up for several minutes following the game's only untoward incident.

This was nasty in the extreme, and the two yellow cards (one to a player from each side) brandished didn't at all reflect the seriousness of it.

A replay loomed when Shane Walsh's pointed free levelled in added time. But there was to be one final twist. Roanmore were awarded a free on the halfway line, which was hotly disputed by Fourmile - too hotly as things transpired - and when the referee brought the ball forward another 20 metres David Byrne cooly slotted it over for the winning point.

Scorers: Roanmore: D. Byrne (1-4); L. O'Neill (1-0); D. Murphy (0-2); P. Murphy (0-2); C. Fanning (0-1). Fourmilewater: S. Walsh (0-5); S. Lawlor (1-0); D. Spellman (0-3); B. Wall (0-2); A. Lawlor (0-1).

ROANMORE: T. Flynn; K. Cheasty, E. Carew, G. Mackey; K. Gentleman, G. Quinlan, S. O'Donoghue; P. Murphy, C. Fanning; S. Murphy, C. O'Byrne, D. Murphy; D. Byrne, S. Flynn, L. O'Neill. Sub: A. Burns for Cheasty.

FOURMILEWATER: E. Wall; J. Moore, A. Ryan, J. Walsh; Maurice O'Gorman, L. Lawlor, L. Walsh; A. O'Gorman, R. Rice; A. Lawlor, M. Walsh, B. Wall; S. Lawlor, D. Spellman, S. Walsh. Subs; T. O'Gorman for Maurice O'Gorman; Michael O'Gorman for A. Lawlor.

Referee: D Ó Murchú, An Rinn.

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