Dublin Win 3-1 on Penalty’s
It took a penalty shootout to separate Dublin and Meath this evening in Parnell Park in the O’Byrne Cup semi final.
The penalty shootout rule was introduced into the competition this season avoiding the need of playing extra time in the event of a game finishing level.
And it was Dublin who proved to have the sharpshooters for the job scoring there first 3 penalty’s as Meath fluffed their lines.
It was the Dublin footballers first outing of the year and it drew an almost full house to the Donnycarney venue.
Dublin’s O’Byrne Cup Squad was once again managed by Paul Clarke and it featured a host of fringe players and young talent looking to catch the eye ahead of the start of the National League in a few weeks time.
Meath with the more experienced team which included 8 players who featured for them in last year’s championship got off to a bright start and led 0-03 to 0-01 after five minutes, the Meath point scored by Daragh Campion, Ben Brennan and Michael Newman with solitary Dublin reply scored by Oisín Lynch.
A fine point from Ryan Basquel put the bare minimum between the teams. But a minute later a counter attack by Meath yielded the first goal of the game finished decisively to the net by Graham Reilly who only seconds earlier been introduced as a blood-sub.
A Michael Newman free in the 10th minute gave the men from the Royal County a five point advantage. A second point of the contest from the impressive Oisín Lynch reduced the deficit.
A eight minute scoreless period was ended with a converted free from Dublin’s Stephen Smith. Meath responded immediately with a Graham Reilly point.
In the 21st minute Dublin were denied a stonewall penalty when Sean Bugler was fouled inside the square as he bore down on goal, the referee surprisingly gave nothing but as the ball was cleared out to the left corner it was picked up by Dublin’s Callum Pearson who was subsequently fouled and Stephen Smith converted the free.
A point from Sean Bugler another Dublin player who caught the eye left Paul Clarke’s men just two adrift. But a point from play from Darragh Campion and converted free from Michael Newman restored Meath’s four point lead.
But that all changed with two minutes to go to the break as Robbie McDaid broke from his halfback position to palm a Sean Bugler pass to the back of the Meath net.
A Ryan Basquel Point on the stroke of halftime insured the teams would head to the dressing rooms level at 1-07 apiece.
Meath were first to strike seconds after the restart with a point from Graham Reilly. Two quick fire points from Aaron Byrne and Ryan Basquel put Dublin back in front but a point from Meath half forward Darragh Campion restored parity.
For the next ten minutes neither side could add to their totals, that barren spell was finally ended with a nice point from Ryan Basquel and Dublin again led by one.
In the 56th minute a Michael Newman free has the teams level again. A storming run and point from Dublin full back Sean McMahon gave the sky blues the edge again.
But back came Meath with a point from substitute James Conlan as the two sides just couldn’t be separated.
Both teams had a number of opportunities to grab the lead but a couple of wides and some good defending by both sides kept the scoreboard static.
With two minutes of normal time left Dublin were reduced to 14 players when substitute Ciaran Redfin was black carded and sent to the sin bin.
Deep into injury time and Dublin looked to have snatched the win when Conor McHugh broke in along the end line to fist the ball over the bar.
But there was just enough time for one more Meath attack and they made the most of it to win a free in front of the post and Michael Newman dispatches it to level the game.
The full time whistle sounded seconds later and the two teams headed for a penalty shootout to decide who would face Westmeath in next weeks final.
And it was the Dublin players who kept there nerve as Aaron Byrne, Oisín Lynch and Conor McHugh who coolly and decisive dispatched their spot kicks.
Meath on the other had completely fluffed their lines with Michael Newman and Barry Dardis blasting their efforts over and Thomas O’Reilly seeing his penalty saved well by Andy Bunyan and Sean Tobin the only Meath penalty taker successful.
So after the novel penalty shootout win Dublin will face Westmeath next Friday night in the O’Byrne Cup Final.
Scorers for Dublin:
Ryan Basquel 0-04
Robert McDaid 1-00
Oisín Lynch 0-02
Stephen Smith 0-02 (2f)
Seán McMahon 0-01
Aaron Byrne 0-01
Seán Bugler 0-01
Conor McHugh 0-01
Aaron Byrne 1-00
Oisín Lynch 1-00
Conor McHugh 1-00
Scorers for Meath:
Michael Newman 0-05 (4f)
Graham Reilly 1-02
Darragh Campion 0-03
Ben Brennan 0-01
James Conlon 0-01
Michael Newman Miss
Thomas O’Reilly Saved
Sean Tobin 1-00
Barry Dardis Miss
1. Andy Bunyan
2. Nathan Doran
3. Sean McMahon
4. Ciaran Smith
5. Cian O’Connor
6. Conor Mullally
7. Robert McDaid
8. Darren Gavin
9. Cormac Howley
10. Ryan Basquel
11. Aaron Byrne
12. Sean Bugler
13. Stephen Smith
14. Callum Pearson
15. Oisín Lynch
21. Conor McHugh for Stephen Smith (46th Min)
23. Ciaran Reddin for Cormac Howley (46th Min)
17. Shane Boland for Aaron Byrne (54th Min)
20. Andrew McGowan for Nathan Doran (54th Min)
24. Gerry Seaver for Ryan Basquel (64th Min)
22. Jack Hazley for Sean Bugler (72nd Min)
1. Barry Dardis
2. Seamus Lavin
3. Conor McGill
4. Ronan Ryan
5. James McEntee
6. Donal Keogan
7. Niall Kane
8. Bryan Menton
9. Adam Flanagan
10. Niall Hickey
13. Ben Brennan
12. Daniel Quinn
11. Darragh Campion
14. Michael Newman
15. Thomas O’Reilly
22. Graham Reilly for Niall Hickey (blood) (7th Min)
30. Niall Hickey for Graham Reilly (23rd Min)
16. Marcus Brennan for Barry Dardis (Half Time)
22. Graham Reilly for Niall Hickey (Half Time)
17. Gavin McCoy for Daniel Quinn (Half Time)
21. Sean Tobin for Ben Brennan (49th Min)
23. James Conlon for Darragh Campion (64th Min)