Two goals in the dying minutes saw Tallow sensationally produce the second shock of Sunday’s SHC double header at Fraher Field when eliminating Dungarvan from the Senior Championship.
The dogged Bridesiders progressed thanks to a brace of Ryan Grey goals in the 58th and 60th minutes on a night when the nominal home side lacked a ruthless streak in front of goal.
In a deluge of rain, a trio of Thomas Ryan points sent Tallow two clear after six minutes, with Patrick Curran replying for the Old Boro.
Ryan Donnelly pointed excellently after seven minutes before Patrick Curran and Sean Ryan sent the pre-match favourites ahead by the ninth minute.
Two minutes later, Aidan ‘Ringo’ Kearney’s deep, probing ball was dropped by Dungarvan goalkeeper Darren Duggan (in pretty atrocious conditions), with Evan Sheehan pouncing to stab the ball into the net.
Patrick Curran (a free) and Paul O’Brien exchanged points in the 16th and 17th minutes before Cathal Curran stylishly opened his account in the 20th. Patrick Curran levelled things up in the 21st minute before Colm Curran sent the Old Boro ahead for the first time moments later. Patrick Curran gracefully converted a 24th minute 65 before Ryan Grey opened his account to leave Tallow just a point down. Donnelly pointed smartly in the 25th minute, with Patrick Curran adding a free to leave Dungarvan 0-12 to 1-5 up at half-time.
After the break, Cormac Curran and Thomas Ryan traded points in the 32nd and 34th minutes before Tallow hit a purple patch with Ryan Grey, Evan Sheehan and a beauty from William Henley leaving just a point between the sides come the 37th minute.
Five minutes later, Dungarvan’s Colm Curran pointed well, while Bob McCarthy’s whizzing shot left Tallow just two behind at the three-quarter mark. Ryan
Donnelly kept Dungarvan a goal clear after 46 minutes before Thomas Ryan’s free kept Tallow in touch with eight minutes remaining.
A brace of Patrick Curran frees sent the Old Boro four clear in the 56th minute before Tallow produced a sensational finish. Thomas Ryan’s free was swiftly followed by Ryan Grey’s bundling the ball into the net despite Luke Egan’s desperate effort to clear as the sides drew level for the first time in 36 minutes.
There was barely time to draw breath when Grey goaled again after Darren Duggan had batted away William Henley’s initial effort. And when Thomas Ryan struck deep into stoppage time, Dungarvan, even allowing for Ryan Donnelly’s goal-bound shot being brilliantly stopped by Shaun O’Sullivan, had sensationally run out of time.
Tallow: Shaun O’Sullivan; Mark O’Brien, David O’Brien, Kenneth Kearney; Aidan Kearney, James Murray, Robert Beecher; Paul O’Brien, Kieran Geary; William Henley, Bob McCarthy, Ryan Grey; Thomas Ryan, Jordan Henley, Evan Sheehan.
Substitutes: Jake Neville for Bob McCarthy (48 mins) and Brian McCarthy for Robert Beecher (62).
Scorers: Ryan Grey (2-2; 0-1f), Thomas Ryan (0-7; 0-3f, 0-1 65’), Evan Sheehan (1-1), Paul O’Brien, William Henley and Bob McCarthy (0-1 each).
Dungarvan: Darren Duggan; Luke Egan, Conor Sheridan, Darragh Lyons; Kieran Power, Jamie Nagle, Kenny Moore; Cathal Curran, Sean Ryan; Cormac Curran, Colm Curran, Michael Kiely; Ryan Donnelly, Patrick Curran, Gavin Crotty.
Substitutes: Liam Ryan for Michael Kiely (50).
Scorers: Patrick Curran (0-8; 0-5f, 0-1 65’), Ryan Donnelly (0-4), Sean Ryan and Cormac Curran (0-2 each), Cathal Curran and Colm Curran (0-1 each).
Referee: Michael Wadding.