Virginia College (Cavan) 4-7
St Ciaran’s Ballygawley (Tyrone) 2-13
Virginia College win 5-4 on penalties.
Danske Bank Markey Cup final.
A sudden death penalty save by Glen Prendergast got Virginia College over the line in Kingspan Breffni last Wednesday night. And with the drama at fever pitch the game was forced to spot kicks after Ruairi Canavan’s 45 meter free on the 13th minute of second half extra time. The free awarded would fall into the soft category but the Errigal Ciaran man (back on the field for extra time) made little of the pressure as he sent over.
Referee Ciaran Mulligan was the centre of attention in extra time as he awarded Ballygawley a penalty with three minutes remaining in the second half after a long discussion with his umpire. Pauric Traynor stepped up for the second time with a chance to go one in front but Prentergast saved low to his right.
Cormac Quinn hit the game’s first goal on the 14th minute from the penalty spot. At half-time Virginia held a one point lead with their first goal on the 27th minute slipping in over Stephen McMenimin’s head after Conor Nulty’s shot for a point dropped short.
Corner forward Aaron McCabe found the net with his second chance on the 29th minute leaving Virginia 2-3 to 1-5 ahead. Virginia held that lead until the 20th minute of the second half when Ruairi Canavan found the net to give Ballygawley a one point lead.
St Ciaran’s looked to have done enough by adding two more points until Conor Nulty got a break off Neil McCabe to raise the games fifth green flag. The impressive Odhran Robinson had a free two minutes into injury time to win it for the Tyrone side but his long range effort tailed wide.
The game’s final goal came three minutes into extra-time as speedster and man of the match Sean McEvoy created an overlap for Ryan Galligan to square to Aaron McCabe for a palmed goal. With countless players from both sides cramping up it look like that goal could be enough but credit to Ballygawley they kept battling and two points in extra-time injury time saw them level the match forcing penalties.
Sean McEvoy scored Virginia’s first and Ruairi Canavan levelled. Aaron McCabe’s effort went over the bar and Cormac Quinn put Ballygawley ahead. Cillian McCabe found the net with Virginia’s third and when Prendergast saved low to the left the sides were level. Stephen Kavanagh put Virginia ahead and Oran Treacy’s shot in off Prendergast levelled again.
Both Caolach Monaghan and Pauric Traynor found the net forcing sudden death. McEvoy once again hit the net pilling the pressure on Quinn who done little wrong but was denied by Prendergast once again.
— We Are Cavan (@Wearecavan) February 26, 2020
St Ciaran’s Ballygawley: Stephen McMenemin; John Hetherington, Brendan Quinn, Oisin McCaughey, Finnbar McElroy, Pauraic Traynor(1p-0), Matthew McCarney, Cormac Quinn (0-3), Ronan McElroy, Eoin Millar, Peader Kane, Michael Quinn(0-2), Ruairi Canavan(1-4f), Odhran Robinson(0-2,1’45), Robert Harper. Subs Barry Carberry for E Millar (38), Oran Treacy (0-1) for R Harper (44), Eoghan Carberry for M McCarney (57), Ciaran Bogue (0-1f) for R Canavan (60), Matthew McCarney for B Quinn (76).
Virginia College: Glen Prendergast, Luke Doyle, Cian Donoghue, Ryan Kellet, Stephen Kavanagh, Niall Carolan, Tomas Lynch, Alex Sweeney, Conor Fitzpatrick, Aaron Mannion(0-1), Ryan Galligan(0-2), Neil McCabe, Conor Nutly(2-1), Sean McEvoy(0-1), Aaron McCabe(2-1). Subs Ronan Cullen for T Lynch (HT), Cillian McCabe for R Kellet (41), Turlough Farrelly (0-1) for A Mannion (46), Tadgh Hagen for C Fitzpatrick (54), Sean OgMcGearty for R Galligan (67), Oisin Tynan for N McCabe (70), Caolach Monaghan for C Nulty (76).