- Precisely noon
- The time of a decisive confrontation or contest
Well both definitions applied when Broadford met Sixmilebridge’s Intermediate first team (at noon) in their opening match of this year’s Intermediate Championship. This was a game of two contrasting halves. Whilst the first-half seemed somewhat restrained and even docile the second put fire in the bellies of everyone both on and off the field and if not necessarily decisive it was certainly a confrontation.
Darren Chaplin opened the scoring for Broadford with a point from play just seconds in to the match and from then on the match ebbed and flowed and although Broadford maintained a one or two point lead for much of the first-half, neither side seemed particularly in control. Some twenty minutes in, the 'Bridge managed to convert a free to equalise and then after a number of wides for both sides, a point from a 65 put the 'Bridge ahead in the last act of first-half play. Broadford 0-05 SMB 0-06.
Broadford took the first point of the second-half but a red card for Broadford during play around the square six minutes in, fiercely defending the Broadford goal from a direct attack, led to raised tensions all around and set the tone for the rest of the match. After the Bridge won the subsequent free, a second red card just a few minutes later for an off-the-ball incident put Broadford down two men; presenting a tough challenge and a big ask to pull the match back in Broadford’s favour.
Broadford rallied to the cause though and went on to take a further four points coming from play and frees with Diarmuid Moloney's free taking accuracy proving a significant asset under the circumstances. Then a red card awarded to the ‘Bridge 24 minutes in for illegally bringing down a man lessened the gap in player numbers between the two teams to one.
Broadfoard though had already made the allowances necessary and went on to win the match with on a score line of 1-16 to 0-10 with the points coming in the last few minutes of normal time and on in to extra time from Stiofain McMahon, Daren Chaplin, Donie Whelan and Padraig Taylor. The goal came from Shane Taylor in the dying minute of the match after a long pass from Stiofain McMahon.