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Finnegan forces replay for Ravens

FINGAL RAVENS 0-12, BALLYBODEN ST ENDA'S 0-12 (After extra-time)

DRAMA of the highest order in Swords yesterday. A real belter of a third round Evening Herald Dublin SFC tie.

But, unfortunately it was not all good news. Dublin hero, Michael Darragh Macauley, was sent off after getting his second yellow card in the 41st minute.

Then, just before the end of extra-time, a melee developed following a disputed line-ball decision.

It took referee Mick Bissett a few minutes to restore order.

But, on mature reflection, everybody was happy that there will be a second helping. Nobody deserved to lose.

Seven times they were level. The commitment was total. The good-sized crowd were loving every second. And still St Peregrine's await their fourth round opponents. Ravens enjoyed a blistering start but 'Boden led at the interval, 0-4 to 0-3. The pace never dipped. And in the 62nd minute, Warren Finnegan's magnificent free from over 50 yards looked to have won it.

But two minutes later, Andy Kerin's pressure free from the left sent the contest to extra-time. Frees from O'Mahony and Kerin had Boden ahead a half-time in extra-time, 0-11 to 0-9. Two frees from the fabulous Finnegan and Alan Casey levelled matters again. Then O'Mahony curled over a beauty of a free before Finnegan ensured the replay with another left-footed strike.

SCORERS - Fingal Ravens: W Finnegan 0-6 (4f), A Casey 0-4 (3f), S Madigan, D Daly 0-1 each. Ballyboden: D O'Mahony (4f), A Kerin (5f) 0-5 each, R Basquel, S Gibbons 0-1each.

FINGAL RAVENS: D Mitchell; J Boland, C ó Scanaill, B Caulfield; J Morris, C Prendeville, I Kavanagh; D Kavanagh, M Flanagan; N Tormey, S Madigan, D Daly; W Finnegan, C Norton, A Casey. Subs: M Lambe for Norton; L Griffin for Boland; R McCarthy for Madigan; R Norton for Tormey.

BALLYBODEN ST ENDA'S: D Walsh; P O'Brien, D Kiernan, M O'Sullivan; D Davey, I Clarke, B Devlin; M Macauley, D O'Mahony; C Smyth, D O'Reilly, B Dwane; R Basquel, S Gibbons, A Kerin. Subs: P Galvin for O'Reilly; D Manley for Basquel; P O'Connell for Gibbons; J O'Hara for Davey.

REF: M Bissett (Whitehall Colmcille).