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Heartbreak for Warrenpoint as Ardfert edge thriller

By Staff Reporter

St Peter's, Warrenpoint came agonisingly close to claiming an AIB All-Ireland Intermediate Club Championship final place.

But they came up a single point short yesterday at O'Moore Park, Portlaoise with Ardfert edging through with a 1-08 to 0-10 win.

The Down champions drew first blood on two minutes when Ryan Mallon soloed up the park before firing over. But Ardfert levelled six minutes later through full forward Damien Wallace.

Jamie Grant and the St Peter's dangerman Ross McGarry put two points between the sides with 12 minutes gone.

However, the Kerry Champions then pointed twice in the next few minutes though the Wallace boys Darren and Damian, with in between, Donagh McAleenan fisting over a fine score.

However, Ardfert then stepped up to the plate. Darren Wallace pointed on 18 minutes and although Ross McGarry hit a cracking effort from play two minutes later, this was to be St Peter's last score in the opening half.

David Griffin cut that gap to one. And the crucial score of the match came on 26 minutes. Shane Griffin set up John Egan who scrambled into the net. And just before the break Damian Wallace added to the Warrenpoint woes when he pointed to leave a goal between the sides at half-time.

A McGarry free immediately after the interval cut the deficit to two. Shane Griffin though erased that with a score at the other end

Points from substitute Caolan McLoughlin and a fine opportunist score from McGarry left just a single score between the sides.

Trevor and Damian Wallace then scored at the other end. And although the Boyle brothers John and Ryan hit excellent points to leave the gap at one point, it just wasn't enough.

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