11 October 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

BY Colm Shalvey

Last Sunday’s draw means that Blackhill and Emyvale must meet again this Saturday under lights in Inniskeen to decide the outcome of the Universal Graphics Junior Football Championship Final.

In a game that never reached the heights of the entertaining clash between the teams in Round 2A, both sides had reasons to be disappointed and relieved to leave Scotstown with a draw. They both showed nerves in a game that was interrupted by a number of stoppages, particularly in the second half, when Emyvale’s Mervyn Brown and Blackhill duo Gerard McArdle and Ryan Courtney were all forced to come off injured, meaning that an almost unprecedented 12 minutes were added to the second half-hour.

Emyvale had led by 1-3 to 0-3 at half-time, thanks to a penalty by David McAlister, but they played second-fiddle for large parts of the second period. It took Blackhill a mere 18 seconds to equalise after the restart when Philip Donnelly found the net to start off an impressive second half from the full-forward, who would go on to hit 1-3 …

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