On This Day: Footballers draw with London & Na Piarsaigh lose out in maiden All-Ireland semi-final

February 11

On this day three years ago London snatched a late goal to force a draw with Limerick in the National League in Ruislip. On the same day in 2012, Na Piarsaigh lost out to Loughgiel Shamrocks in their first ever All-Ireland semi-final.


2018

A 76th minute London goal minute ensured Limerick and the Exiles would finish level at 2-8 apiece in the third round of the 2018 National Football League.

Jamie Lee would open the scoring for Limerick in the sixth minute but they would only register one more score in the next 20 as the home side moved 1-1 to 0-2 clear.

Points from Danny Neville and Gareth Noonan had Limerick level before Josh Ryan’s goal gave them a two point cushion at the half.

Limerick opened the second half scoring but four in a row from London had them ahead before Jamie Lee levelled entering the final quarter.

Lee pushed Limerick ahead before two points had London in the lead heading into injury time.

Ryan would grab his second in the first minute of additional time with Seamus Carroll’s point looking likely to seal the win.

But there was to be last minute drama as London goaled to force a draw.


2012

In their first ever All-Ireland semi-final, Na Piarsaigh would lose out 0-27 to 2-13 after extra-time against eventual champions Loughgiel Shamrocks of Antrim.

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Not to be overawed by the occasion after winning first county and Munster titles in 2011. Na Piarsaigh were 0-5 to 0-4 ahead inside the opening quarter.

But seven on the bounce for the Antrim champions gave them a commanding lead appraoching the half.

There was to be another turn prior to the break however, with David Breen’s goal reducing the deficit to three.

Loughgiel once again dominated on the restart and were eight points clear heading into the final ten minutes of the game with Liam Watson to the fore for the Antrim side.

But points from Breen and Shane Dowling reduced the gap to four in injury time.

Robert Sheehan had Na Piarsaigh’s second goal with a minute of stoppage time to play with Kevin Downes levelling with the last puck of the game.

But the additional period would prove a bridge too far as Na Piarsaigh only added another point with Loughgiel running out eight point victors as Watson finished with a personal tally of 0-16.

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