Sean saves Shamrocks
A 59th minute point from Seán Wildes staved off a rousing Monageer-Boolavogue fight back and earned Shamrocks a place in the final of the Enniscorthy Farms Systems Junior football championship final after an absorbing contest in Innovate Wexford Park on Sunday.
Shamrocks 1-08 Monageer/Boolavogue 1-07
It was the only score of the half for the Enniscorthy men as Monageer-Boolavogue controlled the majority of the second 30 minutes but how precious it proved to be as it booked their place in the decider.
Shamrocks looked to be cruising to victory, leading 1-7 to 0-2 at the half-time break, but it was a different story entirely after the interval with Monageer-Boolavogue producing wave after wave of attacks.
However, Shamrocks hung in there and got their reward when Wildes broke forward and tapped the ball over the bar in a rare second-half foray forward.
Shamrocks started the contest brightly and were 0-5 to 0-1 ahead after 16 minutes. Maurice Casey opened the scoring in the first minute when he fisted over the bar and Emmet Quirke (2) and Robert Moorehouse added points before Casey grabbed his second, blazing over when a goal chance was on.
Robert Moorehouse and Barry Dobbs added further points before Shamrocks got a real boost on the stroke of half-time. Emmet Quirke's attempt at a point from a free came back off the post and the alert Maurice Casey was on to it like a flash to find the back of the net.
All Monageer-Boolavogue had to show for the first-half was a Matthew Dunne free and a fine point from the boot of Ian Hawkins but things changed dramatically after the break.
Two points from placed balls from Matthew Dunne and one from Cathal Walsh reduced the gap to five and Monageer-Boolavogue got the lift they needed on 40 minutes when they were awarded a penalty and Mick Sweeney confidently swept the ball home.
Paddy Breen surged forward and split the posts to leave just one between the sides in the 44th minute and seconds later they were almost ahead but James Sweeney's effort on goal was saved.
They came agonisingly close to raising the green flag five minutes later when Paddy Breen's shot rattled the crossbar but did draw level on 50 minutes when Matthew Dunne scored a sumptuous point with the outside of his right boot.
It looked like it was only a matter of time before Monageer-Boolavogue cantered into the lead but Shamrocks dug deep into their reserves and Wildes came up with the goods in the 59th minute.
Shamrocks: Colin Sheehan; Padge Dwyer, Mick Weafer, Ricky Murphy; Philip Freeman, Anthony Wallace, Eddie Weafer; John Kavanagh, Seán Wildes (0-1); Ronan Gahan, Emmet Quirke (0-2 frees), Karl Cullen; Barry Dobbs (0-1), Robert Moorehouse (0-2), Maurice Casey (1-2). Subs. - Brandon O'Connor for Kavanagh (black card), Craig Dwyer for Quirke, Jack Moorehouse for Cullen.
Monageer-Boolavogue: Niall Finn; Paul Gahan, Chris Daly, Declan Kelly; Paddy Breen (0-1), Brian O'Loughlin, Mick Sweeney (1-0 penalty); Damien Fenlon, Colm O'Loughlin; Niall O'Reilly, Seán Murphy, Ian Hawkins (0-1); James Sweeney, Matthew Dunne (0-4, 2 frees, 1 '45), Cathal Walsh (0-1 free). Subs. - Mark Gahan for Murphy; James Gahan for C. O'Loughlin (temp.), Denis Walsh for Kelly, James Gahan for C. Walsh.
Referee: Noel O'Connor (Volunteers).