McEneaney rescues Geraldines

Geraldines (Louth) 2-09 Naomh Olaf (Dublin) 1-12 (aet)
Two totally committed sides couldn’t be divided at the end of a very exciting Leinster Club IFC final at Drogheda when Jim McEneaney’s pointed free seconds from the end of extra-time gave Geraldines a deserved second chance.

This wasn’t the only time McEneaney came to his side’s rescue. Having being called from the bench, the son of team manager, former Monaghan star Eamon, pointed a 45 to level the match seconds from the end of regulation time.

By then Naomh Olaf were down to 14, Conor Haskins having been shown a straight red with his side showing one point in front. Back to full strength for extra-time, the Dublin champions eased into a two-point lead, but determined Geraldines fought to the finish and were rewarded with a draw.

Scorers for Geraldines: G Trainor (2-1), J McEneaney (0-4, 2 45s, 2fs), S O’Hanlon (0-3, 1 45, 1f), J Breen (0-1).

Scorers for Naomh Olaf: E Kinsella (0-3, 1f), B Begley, F Purcell (0-3, 2fs each), David Byrne (1-0), F McCann, S Hickey, E Christian (0-1 each).

GERALDINES: N Cooney; S Watters, T Costelloe, T Hand; J Craven, G Hoey, K Pepper; M Rogers, S Reidy; S Thornton, J Breen, P Hoey; B Hamilton, S O’Hanlon, G Trainor.

Subs: S Callan for P Hoey; J McEneaney for Watters; J Arrowsmith for Thornton; D Hamill for Hamilton.

NAOMH OLAF: N Gibbons; A Murphy, K Birrane, R Miley; B Gaughran, C Doyle, David Byrne; Darragh Byrne, C Haskins; F McCann, F Purcell, B Begley; J McGrath, E Kinsella, E Christian.

Subs: T O’Donnell for McGrath; G Wilkins for Begley; D Mescall for McCann; S Whyte for David Byrne; B Begley for Christian; F McCann for Purcell; S Hickey came in for extra-time.

Referee: A Nolan (Wicklow).

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