Reds win with late own goal
Monageer consolidate on top
An injury-time own goal from the unfortunate Willie O'Shaughnessy handed victory to Monageer-Boolavogue in a keenly-contested Enniscorthy Farm Systems Junior football championship Group A game in Ballymurn on Sunday.
Monageer-B'vogue 2-6 Shelmaliers 1-8
Shelmaliers were clinging on to a two-point lead after Monageer-Boolavogue had pressed them back for the final quarter and looked to have done just enough to claim the two points.
However, with only seconds remaining, O'Shaughnessy tried to clear the danger from in front of his own goalmouth but fluffed his lines and inadvertently turned the ball into his own net.
Both sides boasted one hundred per cent records going into the match so all that was at stake was who would top the group, but it was evident from early on that both wanted to continue their winning momentum.
Shelmaliers were marginally the better side in the first-half and led by 0-6 to 0-3 at the break with points from Colin Redmond (two), Michael Feeney, Conor Hearne and Derek Walsh (two), while scores from James Sweeney, Matthew Dunne and Cathal Walsh kept the Enniscorthy District side in touch.
However, Monageer-Boolavogue stormed out of the blocks after the interval and were in front within a minute of the re-start.
Seconds in John O'Loughlin raised the green flag, coolly finishing to the net after neat build-up play, before Cathal Walsh pointed to edge his side in front (1-4 to 0-6).
Shelmaliers responded positively to the setback though, levelling matters with a Derek Walsh free before Michael Feeney clinically finished to the net to restore their three-point advantage.
Cathal Walsh and Jody Donohoe then swapped points and although Monageer-Boolavogue drove forward in waves, some wayward shooting looked like it would prove costly.
However, a 58th-minute point from substitute Mark Gahan gave them hope before O'Shaughnessy's late slip-up gifted them victory. The result means Monageer-Boolavogue will meet Glynn-Barntown in the quarter-final, while Shelmaliers will face Blackwater in a local derby.
Monageer-Boolavogue: Seán McCabe; Paul Gahan, Chris Kehoe, Declan Kelly; Niall O'Reilly, Brian O'Loughlin, Ray O'Brien; Paddy Breen, Conal Nolan; Seán Roche, John O'Loughlin (1-0), Michael Sweeney; James Sweeney (0-1), Matthew Dunne (0-1), Cathal Walsh (0-3, 2 frees). Subs. - Mark Gahan (0-1) for O'Loughlin, Ian Hawkins for O'Brien, Rob Donnelly for Nolan (black card).
Shelmaliers: Seán Byrne; Eoghan Fitzgerald, Darren Malone, Eoin O'Leary; Craig Parker, Cian Manley, Cathal Gaule; Alan Griffith, Conor Hearne (0-1); Willie O'Shaughnessy, Colin Redmond (0-2, 1 free), Michael Feeney (1-1); Jody Donohoe (0-1), Derek Walsh (0-3, 1 free), Colin Cleary. Subs. - Enda Cloake for Feeney (black card).
Referee: Noel O'Connor (Volunteers).