Late goal for Gusserane forces draw

Shelmalier minor footballers draw with Gusserane Shels 2-14 Gusserane 3-11, with a very late Gusserane goal.

A late goal in injury time denied the Shelmalier minor footballers a deserving victory over Gusserane resulting in a 2-14 to 3-11 draw in the minor championship played in Gusserane on Saturday last. With the 30 minutes up  on the clock the Shelmaliers were awarded a free out on the 14 yard line, however, the ref awarded a hop ball as he deemed the Shelmalier player had delayed the free too long and from the resulting play Gusserane scored the all important goal to leave the sides level in the end. The Shels started brightly with Tony Smyth scoring 1-2 in the first 10 minutes after good interplay in the forward line.  Neal Rossiter made it 1-3 to 0-2 after 15 minutes with the play moving from end to end both sides were guilty of some wasted scoring opportunities. Eoghan Nolan races from midfield to make it 1-4 for his side in the 20th minute and Adam Whitmore added a further point before half time. Gusserane made a late rally with a goal and a point in the last 5 minutes to leave the narrowest of margins between the sides at half time 1- 5 to 1-4 in favour of the black and amber men.
Stephen McGuire, Adam Whitmore and Tony Smith extended their sides lead in the first 5 minutes of the second half, however, Gusserane hit back with 4 unanswered points the leave the sides level 1-8 each in the 12th minute. A long ball into the box in the 15th minute saw Graham Staples collect and fire to the net with Adam Whitmore, Stephen McGuire making it 2-11 to 1-9 in the 20th minute. A goal and 2 points from Gusserane saw the sides level again in the 23rd minute and 3 unanswered points from Simon Donohoe, Shane Carter and Tony Smith gave the Shels a three point lead as the clock clicked into added time. However, the very late goal from Gusserane saw the side level 2-14 to 3-11 at the full time whistle.
Sean Byrne, Eoin O Leary, Glen Malone, Eoghan Fitzgerald, Aaron Murphy, Simon Donohoe, Kevin Byrne, Eoghan Nolan, Neal Rossiter, Stephen McGuire, Tony Smith, Conor Forde, Conor Cleary, Adam Whitmore and Graham Staples. Subs Shane Carter, John Forde, Aaron Ryan, Niall Cash and Jody Donohoe.