By Eoin Donovan
St Mary’s 1 (Harrington 3) Rockmount 2 (King 15, Duggan 90 pen)
It was the visitors who won this highly intense local derby which in Kilkully by a single goal margin thanks to goals from Alan King and Danny Duggan with Trevor Harrington scoring for the hosts.
Harrington slotted home from close range in the third minute as he reacted quickest to a mix up in the Rockmount penalty box between Sean O’Callaghan and Brendan O’Connell.
The away team then upped their game in the next few minutes as they looked to create chances from all over the pitch only to be let down in the final third.
However, they did find a way back into the game when Alan King tried his luck from the edge of the area following a Mary’s clearance from a set piece as he rifled a shot into the corner of the net leaving Mary’s keeper Oisin with no chance.
Both teams had plenty of opportunities to gain the advantage in this evenly matched league fixure but neither side could capitalise as they went into the interval on level terms.
Both teams came out determined to secure all three points in the second half with St Mary’s youth player, Colm Murphy clearing everything that came his way.
It was a case of throwing bodies on the line for both sides as the came became a war of attrition.
The last 25 minutes of this tight affair was very even as the scoreline would suggest with two very well organised and compact defences.
Rockmount went on to nick a winner in the dying minutes of the game when the referee pointed to the spot in the 92nd minute, the decision stood despite some complaints from the crowd.
Up stepped Duggan to take it himself as he calmly and confidentally slotted home.
Best players on the day were James Carson and Alan King for Rockmount alongside Adam Crowley, Colin Hannfin and Colm Murphy of St Mary’s with Murphy getting my man of the match as he was very solid throughout the 90 minutes and looked like he’s being playing senior football all his life.