Fahey clinches it for Davis in Minor B C’ship victory
AFTER chasing Naomh Barróg throughout much of the Minor B Football Championship showpiece, Thomas Davis saw Ryan Fahey step up to convert the winning score in extra-time at Chanel on Sunday.
Fahey led the charge for the Kiltipper side throughout the entirety of what was a tense affair, with his 0-7 haul from the forward-line ultimately propelling his side to a 0-14 to 0-13 victory after 80 minutes.
Accounting for half of his team’s scores on the day, Fahey was unflinching alongside Fionn Lynch, who managed 0-3 himself.
The gamed lacked any rhythm or flow as both teams struggled to get to grips with what turned out to be a dogfight.
Jack Lynch was able to impose his influence on the match for the Kilbarrick side, creating a plethora of issues for the Davis’ defensive line.
All from dead-balls, Lynch struck a handsome 0-9 between the uprights, which included a slick score under pressure next to the opposition sideline.
It was Emmet Mythen who got the game underway for Barróg, as they charged into a 0-4 to 0-1 lead by the end of the first quarter.
However, the young Kiltipper lads pulled it back to level-pegging at 0-5 a piece by the midway point.
Ross Mularly and Kyle Murphy fired over for the Mark Bates-managed side while the likes of Sean Benton, Kai Young Byrne, Harry Harmon and Ciaran Kavanagh all put in solid displays.
Down the other end of the pitch, Paddy Doyle, Aaron Comerford and Robbie Reidy done well across the full-back line for Barróg.
Having played a nice brand of football through the hands and using the space well, Barróg’s approach was stifled after the break in the wake of a tactical swap by Davis’.
However, after falling behind towards the end, Lynch came to the rescue for Barróg to slot another point over the bar and ultimately, take the game to extra-time.
Near flawless from kick-outs, Thomas Davis goalkeeper Glen Brogan displayed his full range of abilities when, in the extra-time, he stopped what seemed a sure goal.
Still deadlocked at the half-way point of extra-time, the match saw Fahey swoop in late on to seize the win and see his side take the trophy back to Kiltipper Road.