From Crossmaglen to Clonkill: All your county final teams and scorers in one place

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From Crossmaglen to Clonkill: All your county final teams and scorers in one place

ARMAGH SFC final: Crossmaglen Rangers 2-18 Ballymacnab 2-9

BALLYMACNAB saw a potential history-making feat snatched from their grasp at the Athletic Grounds when a power-packed second-half performance saw reigning champions Crossmaglen Rangers overturn a half-time deficit and surge to their 45th Armagh title.

Fuelled by a towering performance from full-forward Jack Grugan who scored 1-6 in all, Ballymacnab had swept into a 1-6 to 0-6 interval lead, Gavin McParland's 16th minute goal bolstering their spirited first-half display.

But that was as good as it got for the challengers. Rangers took total command in the second period inspired by the towering O'Neill brothers Oisin and Rian. The former scored 1-6 while the latter pulled the strings effectively in an attack which flourished throughout the second-half.

As the Ballymacnab defence caved in, Crossmaglen pocketed 1-9 without response to leave their opponents, so confident and adventurous, wallowing in their slipstream.

With O'Neill leading a relentless siege, Rangers picked off points at will notching nine on the bounce between the 39th and 48th minutes before Colin O'Connor swept home their first goal in the 56th minute. By the time O'Neill crashed in the second seven minutes later, the famed black and amber Rangers ribbons were already on the trophy.

And the victory was particularly sweet for 36-year-old skipper Aaron Kernan who conceded that his side had been “sleep-walking” in the first half.

Crossmaglen scorers: O O'Neill (1-5, 3f), C O'Connor (1-1), C Cumiskey, S Morris, R O'Neill, P Hughes, C McConville (0-2 each), M Boyce, A Farrelly (0-1 each).

Ballymacnab scorers: J Grugan (1-6, 2 frees), G McParland (1-0), R Grugan (0-2), P Meegan (0-1).

CROSSMAGEN RANGERS: T McConville; P Hughes, R Kelly, C Crowley; A Kernan, C Cumiskey, G Carragher; S Morris, A Farrelly; J McKeever, O O'Neill, C O'Connor; M Boyce, R O'Neill, C McConville.

Subs: K Carragher for McKeever (39), T Kernan for Boyce (48), J Hanratty for Morris (60), S Finnegan for G Carragher (60).

BALLYMACNAB: C McGivern; C Loughran, R Kennedy, S Lynch; M Beagan, R Gribben, J Gray; C Gribben, P Gribben; P Meegan, B McCone, O McGivern; R Grugan, J Grugan, G McParland.

Subs: R Watters for McGivern (45), N McKee for Meegan (52).

Referee:Jake Magill (Down)

Crossmaglen's Colin O’Connor celebrates scoring a goal. Picture: Inpho
Crossmaglen's Colin O’Connor celebrates scoring a goal. Picture: Inpho

CARLOW SHC final: St Mullins 2-17 Mount Leinster Rangers 1-19

A point from play in the 4th minute of injury time by right full forward Jason O'Neill gave 14-man St Mullins victory in a thrilling Carlow SHC final at Netwatch Cullen Park yesterday, denying south county neighbours Mount Leinster Rangers the three-in-a-row.

The 'Saints', in claiming their 27th title, were inspired by Marty Kavanagh, who scored 10 points in a man-of-the-match performance.

St Mullins' left half back Ger Coady was sent off on a straight red card 14 minutes as they led 2-12 to 1-9 at the break.

Rangers rallied to twice draw level late on but O'Neill had the last say for the new champions.

Scorers for St Mullins: M Kavanagh (0-10, 5f), P Boland, S Murphy (1-1 each), J Doyle (0-3), J O'Neill (0-2).

Scorers for Mt Leinster Rangers: D Murphy (1-13, 13f), C Nolan, J Nolan (0-2 each),T Joyce, Diarmuid Byrne (0-1 each).

ST MULLINS: K Kehoe; C Kavanagh, P Doyle, G Bennett; J Doran, M Walsh, G Coady; J Doyle, O Boland; P Boland, S Murphy, M Kavanagh; J O'Neill, P Walsh, P Connors.

Subs: P Fortune for P Walsh (48); O Ryan for Boland (62).

MOUNT LEINSTER RANGERS: D Grennan; W Hickey, D Tobin, M Doyle; K McDonald, R Coady, R Kelly; Diarmuid Byrne, J Murphy; J Nolan, T Joyce, D Phelan; D Murphy, C Nolan, E Byrne.

Subs: P Coady for Phelan (28); Derek Byrne for Kelly (injured) (33).

Referee: P O'Dwyer (Palatine).

CORK SHC final: Imokilly 2-17 Glen Rovers 1-16

Scorers for Imokilly: D Dalton (1-7, 1-4 frees, 1 65); S Harnedy (1-2); B Cooper (0-3); A Spillane, P O’Sullivan, W Leahy, S Hegarty and S O’Regan Óg (0-1 each)

Scorers for Glen Rovers: P Horgan (0-11, 8 frees); D Cronin (1-0); D Brosnan (0-2); D Noonan, L Coughlan and C Dorris (0-1 each)

IMOKILLY: D O’Callaghan (Watergrasshill), K Histon (Cobh), C Barry (Castlelyons), G Millerick (Fr O’Neill’s), S Hegarty (Dungourney), M Russell (Aghada), J Cronin (Lisgoold), B Cooper (Youghal), M O’Keeffe (Fr O’Neill’s), B Lawton (Castlemartyr), S Harnedy (St Ita’s), A Spillane (Castlelyons), P O’Sullivan (Cloyne), D Dalton (Fr O’Neill’s), W Leahy (Aghada).

Subs: S O’Regan Óg (Watergrasshill) for O’Keeffe (53), J Stack (Castlemartyr) for Leahy (60).

GLEN ROVERS: C Hickey, S McDonnell, D Dooling, C Healy, R Downey, B Moylan, D Noonan, D Cronin, A O’ Donovan, D Brosnan, P Horgan, D Cunningham, C Dorris, S Kennefick, L Coughlan.

Subs: A Lynch for Cunningham (52), D Busteed for Kennefick (56), D Tynan for Coughlan (59).

Referee: Nathan Wall (Ballincollig)

CLARE SFC: St Joseph’s Miltown 0-9 Kilmurry Ibrickane 0-9

What this county final lacked in terms of quality it made up for in effort and intensity as injury-time points at either end of the field put the bragging rights among the next neighbours from West Clare on hold for a week.

It looked as if Conor Cleary’s 61st-minute point had sealed it for St Joseph’s Miltown. The county hurler arced over from 20 yards and a 15th title and back-to-back triumphs for the first time in 113 years was within touching distance.

The defending champions had been largely dominant in the second half when playing with the wind, but their profligacy allowed Kilmurry Ibrickane off the hook.

And into that vacuum jumped the ‘Bricks, with star quality that has seen them claim six county titles since 2009 rising once more when Ian McInerney coolly lofted over a 50-yard free with the last play of the game.

It was what they deserved, because in a game of inches with both sides yielding nothing, another day out was the fitting endgame from a contest of packed defences.

Indeed, the fact that an own-point from Miltown’s full-back Seanie Malone eight minutes into the second half provided one of the biggest talking points was a commentary on game’s overall standard.

“Would we have deserved to win it,” mused Miltown’s manager David O’Brien afterwards. “We probably didn’t deserve to lose, but I think both teams will go with the theory that they didn’t do enough to win. It was always going to be close and very tense,” he added.

“We always know there was going to be nothing in it,” said Kilmurry Ibrickane’s Aiden Moloney. “Our lads know we have to improve in a lot of areas. We didn’t get enough from our forward line and that’s an aspect we have to look at,” he continued.

Kilmurry Ibrickane had started very well, with the fire they brought to proceedings as underdogs finding a spark with a brace of pointed frees from Keelan Sexton inside eight minutes.

It was an early marker, one that was added to when Sexton and Michael Hogan responded to Miltown’s opening point through Eoin Cleary after ten minutes to open up a 0-4 to 0-1 lead approaching half-time.

Miltown were under pressure, but as their defence gradually turned the screw on marquee men like Sexton and Dermot Coughlan, so did their forwards finally find some form with points via Cleary’s second free and efforts by Kieran Malone and Seanie Malone to level things at 0-4 apiece by the break.

The champions hit the front for the first time six minutes after the resumption through Cormac Murray, but try as they might they just couldn’t put daylight between the sides.

Murray, Kieran Malone and sub Eoin Curtin all gave them lead points, only for each effort to be matched down the other end, with Malone’s gift when he mishit a clearance over his own bar added to by a brace of Sexton frees as it went to the wire.

From Miltown’s perspective it shouldn’t have come to that, but when a bout of sustained pressure finally ended with Cleary’s point they had one hand on the Jack Daly Cup.

“After that for us it was about getting down the field,” said Aiden Moloney. “They have the experience and were cool. They kept possession and didn’t panic. We got our free and it was great score."

“I was disappointed we didn’t get a free out,” said David O’Brien, "but have no issue with the referee."

Scorers for St Joseph’s Miltown: E Cleary (0-2, frees), C Murray (0-2, 1 free), K Malone (0-2), S Malone (0-1), E Curtin (0-1), C Cleary (0-1).

Scorers for Kilmurry Ibrickane: K Sexton (0-6,frees), M Hogan, Ian McInerney (free) (0-1 each), S Malone (0-1, own-point)

ST JOSEPH’S MILTOWN: Sean O’Brien; E O’Gorman, S Malone, Eoin O’Brien; Aidan McGuane, Gordon Kelly (Capt), G Curtin; O Looney, C Cleary, M Murray, E Cleary, K Malone; B Curtin, D McDonagh, C Murray.

Subs: E Curtin for M Murray (44), Graham Kelly for Looney (58).

KILMURRY IBRICKANE: I McInerney; M McMahon, D Hickey M Killeen; D Sexton, C Morrissey, D Walsh; K King (Capt), A McCarthy; M Hogan, S Hickey, K Sexton; Niall Hickey, D Coughlan, E Coughlan.

Subs: E Bracken for N Hickey (40), S Moloney for Hogan (51), D Callinan for E Coughlan (51), D King for King (58), M O’Dwyer for Sexton (58).

Referee: Chris Maguire (Wolfe Tones, Shannon)

DERRY SFC final: Magherafelt 0-12 Glen 0-11

O'Donovan Rossa, Magherafelt were crowned Derry senior football champions for the first time in 41 years after surviving a late scare against Glen at Celtic Park on Sunday.

A crowd of over 9,500 saw Magherafelt dominate proceedings but they almost came unstuck when a late Glen rally brought them back to within a point as the clock ticked passed the fourth of four added minutes of injury-time.

Indeed the final Glen attack looked to have run its course until Ciaran McFaul engineered himself a yard of space but just before he got his shot off, referee John Joe Cleary's whistle sounded. The shot sailed between the posts but to no reward. The game had finished and Magherafelt were champions. Deservedly so.

Adrian Cush's men were the better side throughout, gradually growing into the opening half after a slow start to turn around with a 0-9 to 0-5 lead, Shane Heavron deadly accurate from frees.

Glen's misfiring kickout was handing possession to Magherafelt throughout that opening half and it allowed the Rossas a lead they would never lose.

Magherafelt could even afford to miss a second-half penalty when Shane Heavron saw his kick superbly turned away by Callum Mullan-Young, 'Man of the Match' Emmet McGuckin hitting what turned out to be the winning score before McFaul's late point that never was.

Scorers for Glen: D Tallon, A Doherty (0-4 each); E Bradley (free), P Gunning (free), J Doherty (0-1 each).

Scorers for Magherafelt: S Heavron (0-5, 4 frees); E McGuckin (0-3); P McLarnon, J Young; A McElhone, C Murphy, C McCloskey (0-1 each)

GLEN: C Mullan-Young; O McGill, R Dougan, O Hegarty; C Mulholland, C Carville, E Doherty; C McFaul, E Bradley; C McGuckian, J Doherty, D Tallon; P Gunning, A Doherty, E McGuckin.

Subs: S O'Hare for C McGuckian (42); T Flanagan for S O'Hara (inj, 50); C Convery for P Gunning (56); C Bradley for C McCabe (59); J McCamley for C Convery (Black Card, 64)

MAGHERAFELT: O Lynch; S McErlain, D O'Neill, G Lupari; C McCloskey, F Duffin, C Kearns; J Monaghan, D Heavron; P McLarnon, S Heavron, J Young; A McElhone, C Murphy, E McGuckin.

Subs: D McCusker for A McElhone, 45mins; D Martin for P McLarnon, 50mins; J Keenan for G Lupari, 57mins; S Og Monaghan for J Young, 59mins;

Referee: John Joe Cleary (Castledawson)

DONEGAL SFC final: Gaoth Dobhair 0-8 Naomh Conaill 0-8

GAOTH DOBHAIR and Naomh Conaill will have to do it all over again after a drab Donegal SFC final ended all square this afternoon in Ballybofey.

Naomh Conaill from Glenties had lost in each of the last two finals – against Gaoth Dobhair 12 months ago and then Kilcar the year beforehand – and were considered huge outsiders against the Ulster champions.

However, Naomh Conaill gave a good account of themselves in the first half and went in ahead on a 0-5 to 0-4 scoreline. Gaoth Dobhair lose Kieran Gillespie to a knee injury right on half-time, the same player who only last month returned from a 10-month ACL lay-off.

Gaoth Dobhair scored the first two points, with Stephen McGrath in the Naomh Conaill goal making an excellent save on just eight minutes to deny Odhran McFadden-Ferry a goal, with the ball dropping to Cian Mulligan to fire over a point.

However, Naomh Conaill felt their way into the contest, thanks mainly because of three frees from Eoghan McGettigan and points from Brendan McDyer and Jeaic Mac Ceallabhuí to manufacture a narrow lead at the interval.

A point from Charlie McGuinness – a nephew of Donegal’s 2012 All-Ireland winning manager Jim – inside of 20 seconds of the second half getting underway put Naomh Conaill into a two-point lead and an upset seemed on the cards. Naomh Conaill were 0-6 to 0-4 in front.

However, the second half was mostly bossed by Gaoth Dobhair as Naomh Conaill didn’t score for 23 minutes.

In the meantime, Mervyn O’Donnell’s Gaoth Dobhair came from two down to two up and although far from their best, were seemingly in control. They scored points from Niall Friel, Eamonn Collum, Neil McGee and Gavin McBride to go 0-8 to 0-6 ahead and Collum’s attempt to lift the ball over McGrath in the Naomh Conaill goal went wide.

McGettigan, from a free, and then a 45 by Ciaran Thompson brought Naomh Conaill back on terms and they had a couple of opportunistic efforts to win it in injury time, only for John O’Malley and Dermot Molloy to shoot wide.

Scorers for Naomh Conaill: E McGettigan (0-4, frees), B McDyer, J Mac Ceallabhuí, C McGuinness (0-1), C Thompson (0-1, 45).

Scorers for Gaoth Dobhair: N Friel (0-2), E Collum (0-2, frees), C Mulligan, N McGee, G McBride (0-1), O MacNiallais (0-1, free).

NAOMH CONAILL: S McGrath; U Doherty, AJ Gallagher, K McGettigan; E O’Donnell, A Thompson, E Waide; C Thompson, L McLoone; Brendan McDyer, E McGettigan, E Doherty; J Mac Ceallabhuí, C McGuinness, K Gallagher.

Subs: N Byrne for McGuinness (43), D Molloy for Gallagher (43), J O’Malley for McDyer (54).

GAOBH DOBHAIR: C Sweeney; G McFadden, N McGee, K Gillespie; N Friel, D McBride, D Ó Baoill; M Carroll, E McGee; O McFadden-Ferry, O Mac Niallais, N Ó Baoill; C Mulligan (0-1), K Cassidy, E Collum (0-2f).

Subs: C McFadden for Gillespie (half-time), S Ferry for C McFadden (36), G McBride (0-1) for Collum (43), P McGee for N Ó Baoill (56), E Harkin for McBride (black card, 62).

Referee:E McFeely (St Mary’s, Convoy).

Michael Carroll of Gaoth Dobhair. Picture: Sportsfile
Michael Carroll of Gaoth Dobhair. Picture: Sportsfile

DUBLIN SHC final: Cuala 1-18 St Brigid’s 1-14

Cuala regained their Dublin Senior Hurling Championship title as they accounted for St Brigid’s by four points in their decider at Parnell Park on Sunday afternoon.

Con O’Callaghan was injured in scoring a superb goal for Cuala in the 4th minute and his team suffered up front as a result as Brigid’s stayed in touch initially thanks to points from Paul Winters and Daire Plunkett.

Cuala’s only other score from play in the first-half arrived through Jake Malone in the 11th minute with their opponents gaining confidence the longer the contest evolved.

Winters struck four frees in total during the first period with points by Keith Mullally and substitute Luke Purtill seeing the sides deadlocked at 1-4 to 0-7 by half-time.

A trio of Davis Treacy frees handed Cuala a handy buffer within ten minutes of the restart but as the contest seemed to be slipping away from the underdogs, they were handed a lifeline in the 48th minute as Mullally followed up well to net after Sean Brennan had parried Cian O’Sullivan’s effort.

However, Kevin Callaghan's dismissal six minutes later stalled their momentum and Treacy eased Cuala home by the final whistle.

Scorers for Cuala: D Treacy (0-12, 11 free, 1 65); Con O'Callaghan (1-0); S Moran (0-2); D O'Connell (f), J Malone, C Sheanon, N Kenny (0-1 each).

Scorers for St Brigid’s: P Winters (0-7 frees); K Mullally (1-1); J McGuirk (0-2); D Plunkett, E Dunne (s/l), C O'Sullivan, L Purtill (0-1 each).

CUALA: S Brennan; D Ó Floinn, Cian O’Callaghan, S Timlin; O Gough, P Schutte, S Moran; S Treacy, C Sheanon; J Malone, C Cronin, D O’Connell; D Treacy, Con O’Callaghan, M Schutte.

Subs: N Kenny for Con O’Callaghan (7), J Sheanon for Ó Floinn (ht), L Murphy for Kenny (61)

ST BRIGID’S: A Nolan; A Dunphy, D Ryan, M Kavanagh; J O’Neill, D Plunkett, E McKeigue; K Mullally, C Doyle; C Kellett, E Dunne, P Winters; K Callaghan, C O’Sullivan, J McGuirk.

Subs: L Purtill for McKeigue (23), J O’Connell for Kellett (44).

Referee: Thomas Gleeson (Naomh Fionnbarra)

KILDARE SFC final: Moorefield 2-9 Sarsfields 0-15

NEWBRIDGE rivals Moorefield and Sarsfields will have to meet again next Sunday after Barry Coffey’s wonder score with the last kick of the game in the fifth minute of injury time earned Sarsfields a draw after a pulsating encounter.

Davy Burke’s team would surely have taken that after ten minutes of the game after early goals from Mark McDermott and Eanna O’Connor gave the three-in-a-row chasing Moorefield a 2-3 to 0-3 lead.

Sarsfields responded well to that early setback and scored the next two points of the game through dead balls from Ray Cahill and Ben McCormack.

Moorefield's Liam Callaghan wandered forward to kick a rare score in reply in the 18th minute but the reigning champions only kicked one further score in the half as Sarsfields took control.

Coffey, Caoimhin McDonnell, Matt Byrne and Cahill all scored in the closing minutes of the half, and Alan Smith also struck the angle of post and bar, and Moorefield’s lead was down to just two by half time, 2-5 to 0-9.

Two Cahill points, one from a free, inside the opening ten minutes of the second half levelled up the scores and then Barry Coffey kicked Sarsfields ahead for the first time since the game’s opening score in the 42nd minute.

Moorefield’s reply was swift and first half substitute Adam Tyrell fired over an equaliser off his trusty left boot.

Coffey again nudged Sarsfields ahead before Moorefield suffered a huge blow when Ronan Sweeney was forced out of the game with a serious-looking knee injury just minutes after coming on.

Despite that, two long range Eanna O’Connor frees gave them the lead once more.

It was helter-skelter stuff at this stage with referee Niall Colgan playing his part in the thrilling action by allowing the game to flow. Cahill levelled the scoring in the 57th minute from a close-range free but Moorefield were on the cusp of victory when Eddie Heavey set up O’Connor for a go-ahead score with just seconds left of normal time.

There were still five minutes of injury time to be played though, enough time for Coffey to level with an incredible score from a tight angle near the right sideline in the last action of the game.

Scorers for Moorefield: E O'Connor (1-4, 2f), E Heavey (0-2), M McDermott (1-0), A Tyrrell, A Masterson, L Callaghan (0-1 each).

Scorers for Sarsfields: R Cahill (0-6, 3 frees), B Coffey (0-5), M Byrne, C McDonnell, B McCormack (’45), A Smith (0-1 each).

MOOREFIELD: I McDonnell; L Callaghan, L Healy, M Dempsey; K Murnaghan, J Murray, S Healy; A Masterson, D Whyte; C O'Connor, E Heavey, A Durney; N Hurley-Lynch, M McDermott, E O'Connor.

Subs: A Tyrrell for Hurley Lynch (32), R Sweeney for Durney (35), Daryl Flynn for Sweeney (46), S Dempsey for M Dempsey (57), Eamonn Callaghan for McDermott (59).

Caoimhin McDonnell of Sarsfields in action against Aaron Masterson of Moorefield. Picture: Sportsfile
Caoimhin McDonnell of Sarsfields in action against Aaron Masterson of Moorefield. Picture: Sportsfile

SARSFIELDS: P O'Sullivan; S Ryan, S Campbell, T Aspell; C Kavanagh, C McConnell, C McInerney Aspell; M Byrne, C McDonnell; C Hartley, B McCormack, B Coffey; D McKenna, R Cahill, A Smith.

Subs: D Ryan for McConnell (18), B McDonnell for McInerney-Aspell (55), C Costigan for McKenna (57); Shane Doyle for Cahill (60).

Referee: N Colgan.

LAOIS SHC final: Rathdowney-Errill 0-17 Borris-Kilcotton 1-9

Rathdowney-Errill claimed their sixth Laois SHC title as a strong second half saw them get the better of Borris-Kilcotton yesterday.

They had to overcome a sluggish start to get their hands on the Bob O’Keeffe Cup, as Borris-Kilcotton settled the quicker. Rathdowney-Errill eventually hit their stride, and points from Ross King and Mark Kavanagh saw them lead 0-6 to 0-5 at half time.

They upped the intensity after the interval though, as King chipped in with two more and Kavanagh was unerring from placed balls. Aaron Dunphy rattled the Rathdowney-Errill net midway through the half to try revive his sides fortunes, but Rathdowney-Errill replied with four points without reply, and cruised home in the end, making up for last year’s loss to Camross.

Scorers for Rathdowney-Errill: Mark Kavanagh (0-11, 10 frees, 65); R King (0-4); P McCane, T Dowling (0-1 each).

Scorers for Borris-Kilcotton: PJ Scully (0-5, 4 frees); A Dunphy (1-0); N Foyle (0-2); J Campion, D Fitzpatrick (0-1 each).

RATHDOWNEY-ERRILL: D Madden; J Corrigan, B Campion, J Purcell; J Fitzpatrick, J Kelly, E Killeen; P Purcell, J Keane; T Dowling, S Dollard, J Ryan; M Kavanagh, R King, P McCane.

Subs: B McGinley for Dowling (37), E Bourke for Dollard (Blood, 53-55)

BORRIS-KILCOTTON: E Fleming; D Fitzpatrick, S Phelan, S Finan; J Fitzpatrick, M Whelan, P Whelan; C Kilbane, C Stapleton; D Quinlan, N Foyle, A Dunphy; S Dunphy, J Campion, PJ Scully.

Subs: E Jones for S Dunphy (38), D Carey for Quinlan (60).

Referee: A Doheny (Castletown).

GALWAY SFC final: Corofin 0-15 Tuam Stars 2-9

Scorers for Corofin: J Leonard (0-4, (2 frees); G Sice (0-4, 3 frees); Michael Farragher, L Silke, K Molloy (0-2 each); Martin Farragher (0-1).

Scorers for Tuam Stars: B Mannion (0-5, 2 frees); J Murphy (1-1, 1-0 pen); P Collins (1-0); N Henry, B O’Connell, G Connell (0-1 each).

COROFIN: B Power; C Cunningham, C Silke, C McGrath; R Mahon, L Silke, D McHugh; K Molloy, R Steede; G Sice, D Wall, J Leonard ; Martin Farragher, Michael Farragher, I Burke.

Subs: M Lundy for Mahon (HT), D Burke for Cunningham (53), G Burke for Wall (59).

Michael Farragher of Corofin in action against Aonghus Tierney of Tuam Stars. Picture: Sportsfile
Michael Farragher of Corofin in action against Aonghus Tierney of Tuam Stars. Picture: Sportsfile

TUAM STARS: J Trayers; R O’Connor, A Tierney, B O’Donnell; G O’Donnell, D O’Rourke, B Mashengele; C Rhatigan, P Collins; N Henry, J Murphy, S Kelly; B Mannion, M Mannion, B O’Connell.

Subs: G Connell for Henry (48), C McWalter for Kelly (56).

Referee: Gearoid O’Conamha.

LOUTH SFC final: Newtown Blues 2-9 Naomh Mairtin 1-9

Newtown Blues survived a late scare to complete a rare three-in-a-row in Louth.

In a repeat of last year’s final, the reigning champs led Noamh Mairtin by 11 points at one stage in the first period, but were hanging on at the end as Sam Mulroy netted in the final minute of additional time and then rattled the side-netting from three yards out seconds later.

But there was no doubt the better team prevailed.

The Blues were irresistible in the opening 15 minutes. Robbie Carr settled any lingering nerves with a point after just 20 seconds and they took a firm grip on the contest when a sweeping move from defence to attack saw wing back Alan Connor race clear and finish low past Craig Lynch.

Connor drifted forward to add a point before another defender, Fergal Donohoe, was hauled down for a stonewall penalty, which full back Emmet Carolan dispatched.

Further points from Ross Nally and Ciaran Downey sent the Blues 11 points clear.

A shell-shocked Naomh Mairtin recovered somewhat before the break, but their three-point haul was hard-earned as they adjourned with a mountain to climb, 2-5 to 0-3 down.

The Blues kept their opponents at arm’s length until deep into stoppage time, but they were worthy winners, clinching a first three-in-a-row in the county since 1978 and only the second overall.

Scorers for Newtown Blues: A Connor (1-1); R Carr (0-3, 1 free); E Carolan (1-0 pen); A McDonnell (0-2, 1 free); C Downey (free), C Branigan, R Nally (0-1 each).

Scorers for Naomh Mairtin: C Whelan (0-3, 1 free); S Mulroy (1-3, 2 frees, 1 45); E Callaghan, W Campbell, J Clutterbuck (0-1 each).

NEWTOWN BLUES: J Lowney; A Connor, K Carr, E Carolan; J Connolly, P Moore, E Carolan; A McDonnell, J Kermode; C Branigan, C Downey, R Carr; C Judge, R Nally, C Noore.

Subs: D Nally for C Moore (34), I Connor for P Moore (45), H McGinn for C Branigan (48), T Costelloe for C Judge (56), J Kelly for R Nally (56).

NAOMH MAIRTIN: C Lynch; P Berrill, M Fanning, M Whelan; T Sullivan, C Morgan, J Clutterbuck; W Campbell, G Mooney; S Campbell, B McQuillan, C Healy; E Callaghan, JP Rooney, S Mulroy.

Subs: C Whelan for S Campbell (13, BC), Val Leddy for T Sullivan (42), G McQuillan for C Healy (46), F McCullough for W Campbell (60).

Referee: K Brady.

MAYO SFC final: Ballintubber 1-14 Ballaghaderreen 1-11

BALLINTUBBER: B Walsh; G Loftus, B Murphy, R O’Connor; D Coleman, M Plunkett (1-0), M Kelly; J Gibbons, D O’Connor (0-1); C Gavin (0-1), C O’Connor (0-7, 4fs), B Walsh; N Geraghty, A Plunkett, S O’Malley (0-3).

Subs: K McDonnell (0-2) for A Plunkett; J Geraghty for Kelly; P O’Connor for O’Malley.

BALLAGHADEREEN: P Sharkey; D Drake, S Cunniffe, P Kelly; D McBrien (0-1), O Jordan (0-1), S Akram; D Kelly, R Lynch; D Feeney, C Hanley (0-1), L O’Grady (0-1); C Doohan (1-1), A Moran (0-6, 3fs), K Callaghan.

Subs: A Lynch for P Kelly; T Carmody for Feeney; D McHugh for O’Grady.

Referee: J Henry (Castlebar Mitchels)

OFFALY SHC final: St. Rynagh’s 0-16 Birr 1-12

St. Rynagh’s secured their 18th Offaly senior hurling crown in the most dramatic of circumstances yesterday in Tullamore as a late point from Joseph O’Connor crowned a fourth quarter surge that saw them score nine of the last ten points of the game, pipping Birr at the post by the minimum.

This was a defeat that will haunt Birr, as they controlled the game for long stretches, their dominance stemming from incredible performances from Paul Cleary, Brian Watkins and in particular Seán Ryan at half back.

They burst out of the blocks with 1-2 in the first three minutes, county goalkeeper Eoghan Cahill scoring their goal, and were well worthy of their 1-7 to 0-4 interval lead. Rynagh’s halved the gap with three early points at the start of the second half but Birr came again with four in a row, including some majestic points from Cahill and Colm Mulrooney.

The introduction of Diarmuid Horan and Stephen Quirke off the bench proved crucial, as they contributed 0-2 and 0-4 respectively, with Quirke collecting the man of the match award as a result.

His last two points tied up the game going into stoppage time, with O’Connor delivering the coup de grace in the second additional minute.

Scorers for St. Rynagh’s: S Quirke (0-4), A Treacy (1 ’65, 1f) and S Dolan (0-3 each), D Horan (0-2), G Kelly, A Kenny (1f), R Hughes and J O’Connor (0-1 each).

Scorers for Birr: E Cahill (1-5, 3 frees), C Mulrooney (0-3), B Murphy, C Taylor, M Watkins, P Mullins (0-1 each).

ST. RYNAGH’S: C Clancy; S Wynne, C Hernon, D Shortt; M Moloney, B Conneely, P Quirke; Joseph O’Connor, G Kelly; G Conneely, R Hughes, C Flannery; S Dolan, A Treacy, A Kenny.

Subs: S Quirke for Flannery (28), D Horan for G Conneely (HT), L O’Connor for Kenny (48), G Conneely for Kelly (58), Flannery for Horan (60+2).

BIRR: B Mullins; O Murphy, D Watkins, J Irwin; B Watkins, P Cleary, S Ryan; B Murphy, S Lonergan; C Mulrooney, D Hayden, C Taylor; B Harding, M Watkins, E Cahill.

Subs: P Mullins for Harding (12), M Verney for Hayden (50), D Quegan for Mullins (55), E Pilkington for Watkins (59), T Bolger for Lonergan (60+4).

Referee: K Dooley (Drumcullen)

SLIGO SFC final : Tourlestrane 2-17 Coolera-Strandhill 0-9

Tourlestrane swooped for a fourth successive Sligo SFC title and this was one of their most convincing county final victories as they beat Coolera-Strandhill 2-17 to 0-9 at Markievicz Park.

A stoppage time goal from man-of-the-match Liam Gaughan added gloss to the south Sligo club's win. It was a 14th minute goal from Gaughan's older brother, Gary, that set Tourlestrane's victory juggernaut in motion.

Tourlestrane led by five points at the break (1-8 to 0-6) and they added a further 10 scores during a breeze-assisted second-half which they dominated. Playmaker John Kelly notched three impressive points in that second period.

Sligo star Niall Murphy did his best to keep Coolera-Strandhill in with a shout – he scored seven points, six of which were from play – but was only one of two scorers for the ultimately overwhelmed beaten finalists. Murphy had a 50th minute goal ruled out due to an infringement.

Scorers for Tourlestrane: L Gaughan (1-4), G Gaughan (1-1), C Henry (0-4, 3f), J Kelly (0-3), J Leonard (0-2), A Dunne, O Kennedy, C Marren (0-1 each).

Scorers for Coolera-Strandhill: N Murphy (0-7, 1f), B O'Mahony (0-2).

COOLERA-STRANDHILL: K Harte, E Mitchell, G Cawley, M Comerford, S Murphy, C McDonagh, A Higgins, B Doyle, K Banks, C Parke, K Cawley, A O’Boyle, B O’Mahony, K O’Neil, N Murphy (0-7, 1f)

Sub: D McGee for Aaron O’Boyle, (60).

TOURLESTRANE: A Broe, C Surlis, JF Carr, B Walsh, O Kennedy, A McIntyre, K O’Hara, S Henry, C Henry, K Gavaghan, J Kelly, J Leonard, G Gaughan, L Gaughan, A Dunne

Subs: P Harte for S Henry, (37); C Marren for A Dunne, (41); N Gaughan for K O’Hara, (43); B Egan for C Henry, (59); R Kennedy for G Gaughan, (60+1).

Referee: Conor Conway (St Mary’s)

WATERFORD SFC final: Rathgormack 2-6 Ballinacourty 1-6

There was an outpouring of joy at Fraher Field yesterday as Rathgormack raised the Conway Cup for the first time in 20 years. Green and red supporters poured onto the field to celebrate their tenth county title.

“You just need to look around to see what it means,” said an ecstatic manager Ger Power who played back in 1999. “This is what it’s all about. This is a community effort. As the old African proverb goes, it takes a whole village to rear a child. These are all children of the village and there’s only one village!”

First half goals from Paul Drohan and man of the match Willie Hahessy laid the foundations for victory in front of 2,095 spectators. An own goal rattled them in the third quarter as Ballinacourty closed within a point. The leaders only tagged on two further points (frees by Jason Curry and Jason Gleeson) but they helm firm in defence as Liam Connolly and Tom Walsh made huge blocks.

Appearing in their first final in 18 years, Rathgormack created five goalscoring chances in the opening half and took two of them. Their youthful exuberance opened up the opposition defence. Drohan palmed to the net on 17 minutes after James Power cut through the Ballinacourty backs (1-2 to 0-1).

Peter Queally’s men responded with three unanswered points from David Looby (free), Mark Ferncombe and Sean Whelan-Barrett. On 22 minutes, a magical flick from Conor Murray engineered a second green flag for Hahessy. Two Stephen Curry singles gave the underdogs a five point advantage at the break (2-4 to 0-5).

A minute into the second half, Whelan-Barrett struck the post and the ball went into the net off Rathgormack defender Cathal Crowch. Looby landed his third free on 36 minutes (2-4 to 1-6). Courty didn't score again however as they couldn’t break down a ravenous Rathgormack.

“The most pleasing aspect was how the lads fought and fought and fought to the bitter end,” Power remarked. “They never gave up. That’s one of the things we pride ourselves on.” Courty sub Patrick Hurney was dismissed in injury time on two yellow cards.

Scorers for Rathgormack: P Drohan, W Hahessy (1-0 each); J Gleeson (0-3, 1 free); S Curry (0-2); J Curry (0-1 free).

Scorers for Ballinacourty: Own goal (1-0); David Looby (0-3 frees); S Whelan-Barrett (0-2); M Ferncombe (0-1).

RATHGORMACK: P Hunt; C Crowch, C Walsh, L Connolly; W Hahessy, M Curry, T Walsh; J Curry, R Flynn; B Power, S Curry, J Power; C Murray, J Gleeson, P Drohan.

Subs: John Kirwan for Drohan (44), D Hennebry for S Curry (58), R Cahill for Flynn (59), R Crotty for B Power (63), Jamie Kirwan for J Power (64).

BALLINACOURTY: S Enright; J Elsted, B Looby, D McGrath; N Montgomery, R Foley, D Collins; C Prunty, J Beresford; D Looby, M O’Halloran, M Twomey; S Whelan-Barrett, M Ferncombe, M Maher.

Subs: P Hurney for M Twomey (30), J Hurney for J Beresford (HT), M Kiely for D Looby (47), T Looby for Maher (51), J O’Mahony for Whelan-Barrett (59).

Referee: A Fitzgerald

WESTMEATH SHC final: Clonkill 2-16 Castletown-Geoghegan 1-16

Clonkill won back to back Westmeath senior hurling titles with victory over Castletown-Geoghegan at TEG Cusack Park, Mullingar yesterday.

Clonkill led 2-9 to 1-4 thanks to goals in the 17th and 30th minutes from Jordy Smyth and Peadar Scally, with Ciaran O’Brien netting for Castletown.

Scorers for Clonkill: B Murtagh (0-6, 2f, 1 ’65), J Smyth (1-2), P Scally (1-0), L Loughlin (0-2), P Dowdall, L Folan, C Austin, N Mitchell, N Dowdall, Anthony Price (0-1 each).

Scorers for Castletown-Geoghegan: A Clarke (0-9, 7 frees), C O’Brien (1-0), J Clarke (0-3), L Varley, P Maxwell, D Lynch, A Corbett (0-1 each).

CLONKILL: A Mitchell; D Egerton, A Price, J Kenny; K Reilly, P Dowdall 0-1, L Folan; S Power, C Austin; N Mitchell, P Scally, L Loughlin; N Dowdall, B Murtagh, J Smyth.

Subs: A Price for N Dowdall (40), E Price for C Austin (46), M Keegan for P Dowdall (52), C Nolan for P Scally (59), A Loughlin for J Smyth (66).

CASTLETOWN-GEOGHEGAN: S Maher; C Kane, D McDermott, A Glennon; L Varley, S Clavin, D Lynch; J Bermingham, P Maxwell; N Kirby, A Clarke, Paddy Doody; Joe Clarke, Niall O’Brien, Ciaran O’Brien.

Subs: E Quinn for Kirby (inj, 15 mins), A Corbett for P Doody (ht), C Deegan for C O’Brien (55), N McKenna for J Clarke (60).

Referee: Alfie Devine (Castlepollard).

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