It took 10 minutes for the game’s first score from Keel’s Gary Sayers but Milltown/Castlemaine soon got a grip of proceedings with a good goal from Cathal Moriarty, giving them a 1-4 to 0-1 lead after 20 minutes.
It took a decent save from Keel goalkeeper Gary Flynn to stop defender Paul Carroll scoring a second soon after.
The lead would be 1-6 to 0-4 at the break as Keel struggled to break down a tight, defensive unit from their opponents throughout as Donal Kelliher, Mike Burke, John Blennerhassett and Moriarty impressed for the victors. Club stalwart Ian Twiss scored two points for Milltown/Castlemaine in his final competitive match as the Division One side won their fifth district title in the space of eight years.
Scorers for Milltown-Castlemaine: Derek Twiss (0-5, two frees), Cathal Moriarty (1-1), Ian Twiss (0-2, one free), Marcus Mangan (0-1, ‘45’), Donal Kelliher and Ciaran Kelliher (0-1 each)
Scorers for Keel: Gary Sayers (0-4, two frees) and Liam O’Shea (0-2)
MILLTOWN-CASTLEMAINE: J Daly; P Carroll, D Murphy, J Blennerhassett; D Roche, M Mangan, P Wren; M Burke, D Kelliher; S Murphy, D Twiss, J Hayes; C Moriarty, C Kelliher, I Twiss
Subs: J O’Sullivan for I Twiss (43) and S Roche for Hayes (49)
KEEL: L Flynn; G Evans, E Ashe, D O’Neill; S Prendeville, M Burke, J Nagle; T Ladden, J Long; G Sayers, L O’Shea, E O’Neill; T O’Sullivan, A Murphy, A Cahillane
Sub: F Ahern for E O’Neill (43)
Referee: P Hayes (Kerins O’Rahillys)