Cullen’s late show puts Annaghmore in control to wrap up thrilling second-half comeback against Granemore rivals

Michael McQuade.
Michael McQuade.

Connor Cullen’s last-gasp free helped Annaghmore complete a thrilling second-half fightback with victory against Granemore.

The league fixture at Pearse Park entered half-time with Annaghmore down by four points.

However, a determined team display helped to turn the tables as John McConville, Jamie McDonald, Steven McConville, Paul Tennyson, Paul Cullen, Patrick McQuade, Conor McCann, Shane McGeown and Connor Cullen proved in impressive form.

Connor Cullen’s free and an assist for Shane McGeown kept Annaghmore in early contention before Granemore pushed on to open up a gap courtesy of five unanswered points.

A penalty shout was dismissed before the interval but Connor Cullen converted the resultant free to put Annaghmore down by 0-7 to 0-3.

Granemore posted the opening score of the second half ahead of Annaghmore pressure which left the teams level after three blistering minutes.

Michael McQuade picked out Connor Cullen and the latter moved past one challenge before firing over a slick score. Diare McConville attacked from defence and put Granemore on the backfoot with an upfield pass which Conor McCann flicked for Connor Cullen to collect and convert a fine goal.

Conor McCann’s driving play led to an equaliser then both sides added to the overall tally, with Owen McCormack’s accuracy from frees putting the hosts on top.

The alert John McConville tipped a dipping free over the crossbar in the closing moments before Connor Cullen stepped up to slot over the match-winning free from distance.

The match handed Paul Tennyson a first start of the season and Paul Cullen a welcome return from injury, with Patrick McQuade enjoying a debut midfield start.

Annaghmore face Tir na nOg on Sunday from 2 o’clock at Pearse Park.

Annaghmore’s end-of-season disco will take place tonight (Friday) from 7-8.30 in the clubrooms, with admission free and parents welcome to stay and enjoy the refreshments.

Club cycle training sessions will run each Tuesday and Thursday from 7 o’clock in the clubrooms.

The opening Boot Camp has been planned for Monday, June 29 to finish on Friday, July 10 across the following times: Monday/Wednesday evenings - 7-7.30; Tuesday/Thursday/Friday mornings - 6.30-7 o’clock. Each session will cost £2.

The Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps will feature a Naomh Eoin session in Annaghmore from Monday, July 6 to Friday, July 10. Register at gaa.ie/kelloggsculcamps.

FIXTURES

SATURDAY, JUNE 27: Simplyfruit Division One North (under eights, 11 o’clock): Wolfe Tones Derrymacash v Tir na nÓg, Clann Eireann v Maghery Sean McDermotts; Simplyfruit Division Two North (under eights, 11 o’clock): Ballyhegan Davitts v Eire Óg, Sarsfields Derrytrasna v Naomh Eoin.

SUNDAY, JUNE 28: Simplyfruit Division North (under 10s, 11 o’clock): Ballyhegan Davitts v Clan na Gael, St Paul’s Lurgan v Maghery Sean McDermotts, Clann Eireann v Tir na nÓg.