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Emyvale V Aughnamullen in JBFL

I arrived in Tully for what I thought was a Ladies Football game between Emyvale and Truagh. It was sometime since I had covered a Ladies game and was looking forward to it. However when I got there I discovered that there had been a change of times as the Men were playing Aughnamullen at 5pm and the Ladies game had been put back to 6.30pm. Unfortunately due to another commitment I could not stay for the second game but have some photos from the Men's game. This was a tough, fast and furious game with great displays from some players on both sides and the outcome in doubt till the final whistle. From an Emyvale point of view victory should have been theirs as they led from start to finish always staying at least one point ahead, Most of these scores came from good team work and good finishing but in between the scores mistakes were being made. Indeed there were times, especially during the second half, when I though the teams had exchanged players as the ball was given away to the oppositions through poor passing and lack of concentration. During this period too a bit of aggression crept into the game which took away from the spectacle and a couple of players can count themselves lucky not to have been shown Red rather than Yellow. A number of Emyvale players had to be replaced due to injuries received from aggressive play and this weakened the team as they lost their composure with players unsure where they were supposed to be. With minutes remaining Aughnamullen pushed all forward and exercised fierce pressure on the Emyvale goal and on one occasion the defence panicked and gave away a penalty which was converted and put Aughnamullen ahead. It was now extra time and Emyvale swept forward and scored the equalising point and that is how it ended. It was a game the home side should have won but didn't yet displayed a good appetite for the game and there were three or four players who stood out for commitment and participation in the game. It might be unfair to single out anyone but I was very impressed with the Keeper, Eoghan Treanor, who looked confident between the posts and used his kick-outs to perfection. Another Cluxton or Beggan in the making.