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Smyth hits late winner for Raheny in SHC ‘B’ decider

Smyth hits late winner for Raheny in SHC ‘B’ decider

Sun, 8th October 2017

Raheny were crowned Dublin SHC ‘B’ champions when they edged out Whitehall Colmcille, 0-21 to 0-20, in a titanic battle on Saturday afternoon in Parnell Park.

Eoghan Smyth hit a long-range winner for Raheny as extra-time looked a distinct possibility to cap a strong individual display that saw him tally 0-11 (0-8, 0-2 ‘65’).

Whitehall had two late chances but both faded wide while they were also left to rue a number of missed goal opportunities over the course of the hour.

Colmcille led 0-10 to 0-8 at half-time having played with the wind advantage with the accuracy of Paddy Spellacy to the fore, he finished with a personal tally of 0-11 (0-8f).

Whitehall held a four-point advantage with a little over 20 minutes remaining but crucial scores from Aran Kelly, Ger Coady, Seán Dempsey, Eoin Keogh raised Raheny hopes.

It was in the melting point in the dying minutes until Man of the Match Eoghan Smyth struck the winner from 60 metres.

Colmcille battled to the finish and had the opportunities to force extra-time but couldn’t come up with the equalising score.

Both sides progress to next year's Dublin SHC 'A'.

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