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Bonniconlon 0-6 Swinford 0-6
BONNICONLON and Swinford played out a low scoring draw in near perfect football conditions on Sunday - the scoreline of six points apiece being a fair reflection on the sort of physical game that was played out between these two would-be promotion
chasing sides.
The match began at a very fast pace, with both teams registering points within the first minute. Dessie McCann opened the scoring for Bonniconlon with Paul McDonagh instantly replying with a well worked fisted point, however, a number of other attacking movements came to nothing as both defences stood up well to the early pressure.
The first quarter of the match was marred by the large number of frees awarded to both sides. This slowed down the play and stopped either team from getting a real foothold in the game. Points were once again traded between McCann, from a free, and Vinny Callaghan, two - the first Swinford score coming from good build up play by Shane Philbin, Liam Doyle and Kevin Keane.
24 hours on from his All-Ireland U-21
disappointment with Mayo, county star Aidan Campbell was introduced to the Swinford attack and had an immediate impact. Within minutes he had scored two frees and helped cause havoc in the Bonniconlon back line.
Campbell’s contribution almost led to a Swinford goal in the 29th minute as Vinny Callaghan broke away only for the ball to be stolen from his grasp by the full-back, Damien Dempsey, while in a goal
scoring position.
Another Dessie McCann free just before half time brought Bonniconlon to within two points of Swinford, 0-3 to 0-5, and set his team up well for the second half when they would have the breeze at their backs.
The opening exchanges after the restart were much the same as the first half with both sides trading points within the first few minutes. McCann once again scored for Bonniconlon with Kevin Doyle replying with a wonder point from
50 metres out. This was to be Swinford’s final score of the game.