There were new Club Senior Football champions crowned in a number of counties today, with Errigal Ciaran ending their six-year wait for another Tyrone title.
They ran out 0-13 to 0-8 winners over last year’s champions Dromore at Healy Park this afternoon, putting together a key run of five points without reply as Peter and Davy Harte led by example.
Dromore showed their battling qualities as they came from behind to lead by two points early in the second half, however Errigal’s scoring power was too much for them with Cathal McCarron being dismissed for striking late on.
County star Redmond Barry was in inspirational form as he guided St. Anne’s to a 2-14 to 0-8 victory over Castletown-Liam Mellows in the Wexford SFC final. He slipped home their second goal, adding to an earlier effort from Mark Furlong.
A Paul Earls goal proved decisive as St. Patrick’s came from behind to win the Wicklow Club SFC title. They beat Baltinglass by 1-12 to 0-14 in Aughrim, the venue for their Leinster Championship clash with the Carlow champions on Sunday, October 28.
Meanwhile, Curry are the Sligo Club SFC champions for the first time in six years thanks to today’s 1-16 to 1-10 final triumph over St. Mary’s.
Jason Marren found the net early on for Curry, who responded strongly in the final 12 minutes after Mary’s ace Stephen Coen had converted a penalty to make it 1-12 to 1-10.
The Leitrim county title will be residing in Melvin Gaels’ clubhouse for the next year after they ended Glencar-Manorhamilton’s five in-a-row bid with a 2-7 to 0-7 defeat.
James Phelan slipped home Mevlin’s first goal after reacting quickest to an Emlyn Mulligan free that hit the woodwork. The clinching second goal was fisted in by substitute Jessie McGuinness.
Up in Cavan, there was a dramatic finish to the final replay between Mullahoran and Kingscourt Stars. Mullahoran took the spoils on a 1-8 to 0-7 thanks to a last-gasp goal from Philip Brady.
St. Patrick’s are the Louth champions once again, retaining their crown after running out comfortable 1-13 to 0-7 final winners over Dreadnots.
They had a fortuitous goal from Aidan McCann on the stroke of half-time, but won the second period by 0-6 to 0-3 with Daniel O’Connor, Eamonn Carroll and Eoin O’Connor amongst the scorers.
Ballintubber, meanwhile, remain on course for their fourth successive Mayo Club Senior Football Championship title after coming from behind to beat Crossmolina in Castlebar this afternoon.
Crossmolina certainly put it up to them, with early points from Peadar Gardiner and Ciaran McDonald setting them on their way to a 0-6 to 0-4 half-time lead.
Although they lost the services of McDonald through injury, Cross added two more points to lead by four heading into the final quarter.
However, Ballintubber got back on terms at 1-5 to 0-8 thanks to a galvanising goal from substitute John Duffy. Danny Geraghty then weighed in with the lead point and Alan Dillon took his tally to four as the title holders finished strongly for a 1-7 to 0-8 comeback win.
Their opponents in the county final will be Ballaghaderreen who, aided by a first half goal from Joe Dillon, saw off Knockmore in another tight semi-final clash by 1-10 to 0-10.
Elsewhere, former county star Declan Browne was unable to inspire a comeback win for Moyle Rovers as they were knocked out of the Tipperary Club Senior Football Championship by Arravale Rovers.
Moyle, who lost last year’s final, trailed by 1-5 to 0-6 at half-time in Cahir and a late point from Timmy Dalton decided the second round tie in Arravale’s favour, 1-12 to 1-11. Robbie Kiely netted for the victors.
Thomas McDonagh’s, the reigning Tipp champions, accounted for Fr. John Kenyon’s on a 0-15 to 1-10 scoreline in today’s North Tipperary decider.
St. Anne’s 2-14 Castletown-Liam Mellows 0-08
St. Patrick’s 1-12 Baltinglass 0-14
Errigal Ciaran 0-13 Dromore 0-08
Curry 1-16 St. Mary’s 1-10
Melvin Gaels 2-07 Glencar Manorhamilton 0-07
Mullahoran 1-08 Kingscourt Stars 0-07
Dreadnots 0-07 St. Patrick’s 1-13