Seamus Carthy Auctioneers AFL Division One (O’Rourke Cup) Final
St. Faithleach’s 2-14
Clann na nGael 1-14
St. Faithleach’s rescued their season when they won the O’Rourke Cup on their own patch in Ballyleague last Sunday. While it won’t make up for their relegation from the senior championship ranks this summer, it is consolation as they look forward to 2020. For Clann, it’s a disappointing end to what has been a poor season for them overall.
It was a hard-fought match all through and it took an injury-time goal from Kevin Farrell to separate the teams. But Clann contributed to an enjoyable encounter and they did very well without their talisman Donie Shine.
Clann were the better side in the opening half and with Cathal Shine, Johnny Dunning and Dylan Sumner impressive they led by 0-9 to 0-5 at half-time with Darren Carberry and Diarmuid Murtagh keeping the flag flying for Faithleach’s.
But the Ballyleague men were a much better side in the second half and they had levelled the scores by the 40th minute after they kicked four points without reply. Impressive sub Darragh Hussey was on target with three and Diarmuid Murtagh got the other. Clann edged ahead by a point before Diarmuid struck for a goal in the 47th minute and then a Kevin Farrell point put the home side three ahead.
But Clann were not finished and Emmett Kenny scored a fine goal to put them a point up before Diarmuid Murtagh equalised with a pointed free and Farrell struck late to give the title to Faithleach’s
St. Faithleach’s: M Tarmey; S Ormsby, M Cox, J Browne; D Harrison, D Nerney, C Gunn; C Kennelly, C Mangan; B Murtagh, K Farrell (1-2), J Hussey (0-2); A Murtagh, D Murtagh (1-4), D Carberry (0-2).
Subs: D Hussey (0-3) for Browne, D Rooney (0-1) for J Hussey, M Dunne for Mangan.
Clann na nGael: D Finneran; D Duff, D Pettit, R Gavin; D Flynn, S Pettit (0-1), C Duignan; G Pettit, C Shine (0-3); E Kenny (1-1), D Sumner (0-2), P McManus; C O’Brien (0-2), J Dunning (0-3), C Lennon (0-2).
Subs: D Connaughton for Duignan, S Henry for O’Brien.
Referee: P Fahy