Edenderry (Offaly) 0-11 Rathnew (Wicklow) 0-12: Wicklow champions Rathnew booked a Leinster Club SFC quarter-final with St Loman’s of Westmeath after snatching victory over Edenderry at O’Connor Park yesterday.
It was a win which looked extremely unlikely at the interval with the Offaly hosts enjoying a 0-9 to 0-5 lead.
The combination play of 6”6 full-forward Aaron McDonnell and his corner-forward colleague Seán Doyle was too hot for Rathnew in the opening half as they linked up to score eight points between them.
The Wicklow side looked in serious trouble and two of their three points from play came from defenders.
But Rathnew stormed out on the restart with points from Nicky Mernagh, Jody Merrigan, Graham Merrigan and Theo Smyth. Two frees in quick succession from Edward Doyle gave Rathnew the lead for the first time with eight minutes remaining. But Edenderry were handed a lifeline when Fergal Barry showed Edward Doyle a straight red card for an off the ball altercation.
Seán Doyle levelled from the nervy Edenderry missed a series of glorious point scoring opportunities that could have pushed them home.
Their hesitancy was to prove incredibly costly on two occasions in injury time, initially when Gary Blong handled the ball on the ground close to goal to allow Jody Merrigan to score the winning point from a 20m free, and again when Ciarán Hurley turned down a shooting chance some 30 metres from goal and instead played a handpass leading to a quick turnover with their last possession.
Scorers for Edenderry:
S Doyle 0-8 (0-3f), A McDonnell, S Guing, S Moriarty 0-1 each.
Scorers for Rathnew:
E Doyle 0-4 (0-3f), J Merrigan 0-2 (0-1f, 0-1 ‘45), R O’Brien, L Glynn, E Glynn, N Mernagh, G Merrigan, T Smyth 0-1 each.
Cormac Hurley; S Pender, A Pender, D Hanlon; A Mahon, C Byrne, S Moriarty; R Dalton, S Guing; O Lawton, D Kelly, K McGuinness; J Hayes, A McDonnell, S Doyle.
G Blong for S Pender (44 - bc), Ciarán Hurley for Kelly (44), S Cullen for Moriarty (52), M Young for Lawton (53) RATHNEW: P Dignam; W Kavanagh, J Snell, P Merrigan; E Glynn, R O’Brien, J Manley; J Stafford, A Merriman; E Doyle, L Glynn, T Smyth; N Mernagh, J Merrigan, S Byrne.
G Merrigan (0-01) for Kavanagh (30), J Byrne for Merriman (43 - bc), P Ellis for Byrne (58) Referee: Fergal Barry.
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