Limerick champions Oola advance into Munster semi final

Limerick champions Oola advance into Munster semi final

LIMERICK champions Oola advanced to the Munster club JBFC semi final this Sunday with an extra time win over Tipperary’s Arravale Rovers.

The final score in Knockaderry was 1-10 to 1-8.

The Limerick junior B football champions now play a semi final against Kerry’s Lispole next Sunday (2.00) again in Knockaderry.

Oola goalkeeper Cian McNamara proved the hero for his side with a penalty save in the final seconds to ensure victory.

Oola had earlier looked on course for a win when 1-7 to 0-3 ahead with 46-minutes played.

The opening half was low key with Oola 0-5 to 0-1 ahead at half time with Brian Fenton with three pointed frees.

On the change of ends, John Clifford scored a seventh minute penalty for Oola. 

A second fine point from Patrick Cummins and a fourth Fenton free had Oola in total control, 1-7 to 0-3 entering the final quarter.

But there wasn’t to be another Oola score and Arravale Rovers found five successive scores.

Nonetheless Oola looked likely to hold on until the game’s 59th minute when Roger O’Connor found the net to tie up the game for the first time and ultimately force extra time.

In extra time there was to be just a Diarmuid Cummins point in the first period of 10-minutes.

Arravale Rovers had to game all-square again after 90-seconds of the restart with Stephen Quinn kicking his fourth pointed free.

Joe Shanahan hit back to restore the Oola lead and then a Clifford free left two between the sides with four minutes to play.

The final twist came in injury time. A foot block in a crowded Oola goalmouth saw a penalty awarded to Arravale Rovers. Stephen Quinn stepped forward but Cian McNamara dived full length to save and ensure a Munster semi final spot and local bragging right for Oola.

* See the print edition of the Limerick Leader for a full match report