Oran rally to draw

Mid-South JFC  semi-final Oran                   3-2 St. Joseph          2-5 Oran and St. Josephs played out a hard-fought draw in this mid-south JFC semi-final on Saturday night last. Josephs were 2-4 to 1-0 ahead with 12 minutes to go but Oran staged a late rally to win through to the final.   There were 14 minutes played before Ronan Beirne scored a free for St. Josephs. Oran’s first and only score of the first half was a Shane Regan goal in the 18th minute. However Josephs got their first goal shortly before half-time when Peter Gillooly scored in the 28th minute and a minute later Dominic Gillooly pointed to leave Jospehs 1-2 to 1-0 ahead at half-time.   Four minutes into the new half Josephs scored their second goal through Brian Carroll and then Sean Gilleran got a good point from play. Then, when Pete Gillooly added another point from play in the 12th minute, Josephs led by eight points and looked to be home and dry.   It was not to prove so clear-cut however. Niall Mullen started the Oran revival in the 19th minute with a long-range point and two minutes later Mike Monaghan added another point. Then with nine minutes to go Shane Regan grabbed an opportunist goal after good work from John Garvey.   Josephs came back again with a great point from Pete Gillooly. Shane Regan hit the St. Josephs  crossbar with a rasping shot but when a 45 metre kicked arrived into the St. Josephs  goalmouth a minute later Regan pounced again to grab his – and his side’s –  third goal to tie up the scores with time almost up. St. Josephs: F. McLoughlin; J. Gilleran, C. McNamara, S. Reynolds; N. Gillooly, S. Gilleran, P. Gilleran; J. Gillooly, F. Towey; R. Beirne, S. Gilleran, P. Gillooly; M. Gilleran, D. Gillooly, B. Carroll. Oran: M. Kenny; G. Maguire, S. Staunton, K. Concannon; N. Mullen, D. Beirne, M. Dwyer; K. McDermott, R. Varley; I. Connelly, J. Garvey, C. Mee; C. Maguire, S. Regan, L. Hoban.