SFL Division 1B
Greenlough 2-14 Limavady 3-10

It took a late penalty for Enda Lynn to deny Limavady their first win on this return to intermediate football, in a cracking contest at Páirc na gCúnna on Monday evening.

In front of a big crowd,the home side and Greenlough went to toe from the first ball until the very last second in a pulsating league opener.

The Wolfhounds were left to rue two precious league points that slipped through their grasp as Lynn converted an injury time penalty after he was dragged down when bearing down on goal in the dying seconds.

With Greenlough being one of the favourites for promotion out of the new Division 1B, this looked like being a big ask for the Wolfhounds who have spent the last three years in junior football, but they took the game to the visitors from the very first whistle.

Greenlough conceded the Limavady kick-out early on but had more joy when they pushed up on goalkeeper Dean McInnes, who started in place of the injured Oran Hartin.

Both sides got the scoreboard ticking from their first attacks with Ruairi O’Kane kicking Limavady into the lead before Conor Mullan levelled for the visitors.

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Cormac Quigley went close for the Wolfhounds as he saw his goal bound effort crash against the outside of the Greenlough goal before Enda Lynn pointed a free to give the visitors the lead.

Limavady did find the net in the fourth minute when Ruairi Hasson played in Sheagh McLaughlin who gave Brian Henry no chance as he lashed the ball high into the visitors net.

Greenlough responded well and two further points From Lynn tied proceedings up again after 10 minutes.

Minutes later the, the game swung in favour of the Wolfhounds.  Goalkeeper Brian Henry, one of the stars of last season’s minor final defeat to Claudy, lost Richard King’s free in the sun and the ball went straight to the Greenlough net for the second time.

Limavady kicked on with further points from Ruairi Hasson, Cormac Quigley and Richard King helped them to a five point lead at the break, 2-5 to 0-6.

Ten minutes into the second-half Limavady stretched their lead out to nine points when Richard King found the net for the second time and a shock looked to be on the cards.

But Greenlough, who have were seconds away from the 2017 senior championship final, had Brian McCallion on the last 15 minutes for the injured Christopher Lynn.

With more joy on the Limavady kick-out, they clawed their way back into the contest through Derry player Lynn.

His direct running caused the home defence all sorts of problems and with 10 minutes left to play just five points separated the sides.

That gap was cut to three with six minutes of normal time remaining.  Lynn’s shot took a deflection and manage to just about find its way past Dean McInnes, who had a fine game for the home side.

Two further Lynn points reduced the deficit to two points before the Greenlough talisman smashed home the injury time penalty to grab victory from the jaws of defeat.

MATCH STATS:

Greenlough: Brian Henry, Christopher Lagan, Paul Quinn, Joe Kearney, Conal McErlean, Christopher Kearney, Michael McDonnell, Niall Bradley (0-2), Enda McNally, Stefan Lynn (0-1), Ryan Tohill (0-1), Caolan Tohill, Connor Mullan (0-1), Enda Lynn (2-8, 1 pen, 4f, 1 ‘45’), Kevin Mullan (0-1).
Subs: Connor Madden, Damien McTeague, Christopher Lynn, Brian McCallion.

Limavady: Dean McInnes, Kieran McGlinchey, Manus Quigley, Harry McLaughlin, Jamie McLaughlin, Conor Boyd, Ruairi O’Kane (0-2), Sheagh McLaughlin (1-0), Aaron McGregor, Eugene O’Kane, Richard King (2-1, 1-1f), Brandon O’Brien, Oisin Hasson, Cormac Quigley (0-4), Ruairi Hasson (0-3f).
Subs: Fintan Curley, Callum Carten.

Pic: Mary K Burke

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