Cumann Lúthchleas Gael Uladh

Down grab Late Victory

August 17th, 2009

down-dublin-aimfc-qf.jpgESB All Ireland MFC Quarter-Final:
Down 2-16  Dublin 2-14

Down grabbed themselves a place in the last four of the ESB All Ireland MFC thanks to an injury time goal from Niall McPartland on Saturday in Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan.

Dublin had levelled the game thanks to a 58th-minute Philip Ryan goal and took the lead going into additional time when Darragh Stapleton added two further points.

However, the men from the capital were denied a place in the semi-finals when McPartland latched on to a lofted ball into the full-forward line and fired to the back of the net to give the Mourne men a two-point victory.

Dublin made the perfect start when the impressive Stapleton netted a goal after just four minutes, but the Ulster champions hit back to reduce the deficit to two points – 1-5 to 0-6.

Ross McGarry then hit the net for Mark Turley’s charges before a further exchange of scores saw the side level at 1-8 apiece at half-time.

Down then raced into a 1-13 to 1-9 lead at the start of the second half before Ryan’s goal levelled the game in the dying minutes.

However, the day was destined to end in heartbreak for the Dubs when McPartland stole in late on to score the winning goal.

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