Mullahoran 3-13 Bredagh 2-11 in Ulster Intermediate quarter-final in Cootehill after extra-time.
Mullahoran progressed to the Ulster Intermediate semi-finals after a five point win over Down champions Bredagh after a pulsating contest.
The Cavan champions had a dream start when Enda Reilly converted a penalty in the third minute to put them 1-01 to no score in the ascendancy. Bredagh took control of the scoreboard for the rest of the half and were ahead by six points to 1-02 at the interval.
The task of victory was made harder for Mullahoran when talisman Philip Brady was sent off in first half injury time for picking up a black card after earlier receiving a yellow card.
Mullahoran battled strongly in the second half and victory appeared to be in their grasp when Colm O’Reilly made it Mullahoran 1-08 Bredagh 0-08 points in the 61st minute but Bredagh provided another twist to the story.
Intermediate ulster Club (Extra Time (2nd half), 111min) Mullahoran 3-13 (22) Bredagh 2-11 (17) @CavanCoBoardGaa Full Time
— Mullahoran GAA (@MullahoranGAA) November 3, 2018
Substitute Joe Shields finished the ball to the net for the Down side to force the game into extra-time.
The first half of extra-time and the pendulum had swung for Bredagh with a second goal for them through Donal O’Hara putting them into a 2-09 to 1-08 after 66 minutes.
One minute later Mullahoran were rewarded another penalty, this time Enda Reilly’s shot was saved but he put the rebound to the back of the net. The sides were level at half-time in extra-time 2-10 apiece.
The key moment of the game arrived in 79th minute when Patrick Brady finished to the net a great move from Mullahoran and the Cavan side went four points ahead.
Well done to @MullahoranGAA on an excellent victory today. Showed great character, heroic defending and clinical finishing when it mattered. Classic!!!!
— Gerry Brady (@gerryjbrady56) November 3, 2018
Seanie Smith’s side didn’t look back and claimed the win to march onto the last four.
Mullahoran manager Seanie Smith spoke to Mickey Brennan after the game.