Dream start powers five-goal Two Mile House to glory

Fuerty 1-11 Two Mile House 5-7

Dream start powers five-goal Two Mile House  to glory

The winners, without injured Kildare player Peter Kelly for almost the whole game, had a dream start with two goals inside the opening six minutes. They then hit the net three times in an eight minute spell in the second-half to secure the county’s first All-Ireland at this grade. Mark Sherry drilled the ball low into the Canal End goal in the fourth minute after a good run and pass from Chris Healy. Two minutes later, a goalkeeping blunder allowed Adam Burke to fist the ball home to put them six points up.

Fuerty were slow to settle but picked off some lovely points and hit seven in a row to take the lead, albeit briefly, after 23 minutes. After Gearoid Ennis’ free – the only point in the opening half hour that was not scored from play – Fuerty fired over six unanswered points in 12 minutes to wipe out their opponents’ two goal cushion.

However that was as good as it got for the Roscommon junior champions. Aidan Casey registered Two Mile House’s first point after 24 minutes to stop the rot and they held a slender 2-3 to 0-8 interval lead.

The Kildare side then plundered three goals in eight minutes to kill the game off. Adam Burke’s initial shot was blocked by the goalkeeper Joe Fallon but he finished the rebound four minutes after the interval. Fallon then fumbled a high ball allowing Mark Sherry to fist home his second of the match.

The rout was complete when Chris Healy converted a penalty after 42 minutes. Robbie Fallon got a consolation goal for the Roscommon champions.

After losing five county junior finals in Kildare, it’s been some transformation for Two Mile House this year.

County star Peter Kelly, who came off the bench late on after undergoing a knee operation over Christmas, said: “we were always the bridesmaids, never the brides”.

“The young fellas coming through really turned it on and we played some champagne football early on. They battled back hard but the three goals in the second-half put us safe.”

Scorers for Fuerty: R Fallon 1-2, N Kilroy 0-3, P Leahy 0-2, G Ennis 0-2 (1f), D Delaney, G Fallon 0-1 each.

Scorers for Two Mile House: A Burke 2-2, M Sherry 2-0, C Healy 1-1 (pen), A Casey 0-3, C Julian 0-1 (f).

FUERTY: J Fallon; P Neilan, P Kelehan, A Moore; S Melia, T Bannon, D Delaney; N Keenan, F Hanlon; G Fallon, N Kilroy, E Bannon; G Ennis, R Fallon, P Leahy.

Subs: M Connaughton for E Bannon (45), E Whyte for Hanlon (45), M Keaveney for Melia (49), D Heavey for Delaney (60), N Connolly for Ennis (60).

TWO MILE HOUSE: J Goff; B Byrne, M Kelly, A Dowling; N McLoughlin, W Burke, N Sherry; D Casey, N Browne; C Julian, M Sherry, S Darcy; C Healy, A Burke, A Casey.

Subs: D Browne for Dowling (29), T O’Neill for Julian (55), P Kelly for D Casey (58), R May for N Sherry (59), G Burke for A Casey (60).

Referee: Martin McNally (Monaghan)

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