Saturday marked a historic occasion for North Wexford club, Kilanerin/Ballyfad, after they received the Leinster Intermediate Football title.
The game was played in Wexford Park against Ballyboughal of Dublin, and thankfully for the Wexford side, they emerged victorious on a scoreline of 0-13 to 0-11.
The match was closely contested throughout, being level at half-time with five points apiece. Coming to its closing stages, the Kilanerin side took the lead with thanks to some terrific free-kick taking from the ever-reliable Mattie Forde and points from Niall Hughes and Emmett O’Toole.
Within a matter of minutes, Kilanerin went three-up and the game looked dead and buried with only two minutes to go and with Ballyboughal down to fourteen men for an off-the-ball incident.
However, the finale was as dramatic as they come, due to the referee awarding a penalty to the Fingal side, with a last-gasp chance to bring the game to extra-time.
A heart-in-mouth moment for the Kilanerin players, management and supporters, but the Ballyboughal penalty-taker failed to take advantage of the opportunity and could only manage a point for his efforts.
Now, Kilanerin will move on to face Michael Glavey’s of Roscommon in the All-Ireland semi-finals in January.
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