IT WAS said after St. Andrews defeated Tinryland in the semi-final that the pick of both teams still wouldn't compete with the Eire Og Minors but for a long time on Sunday afternoon Andrews competed with Eire Og before the eventual winners pulled away out of sight.
In Niall Quinlan and Chris Blake Eire Og have two serious sharp shooters and for now the sky is the limit for both of them. They won a Junior together last week, a Minor on Sunday and Blake picked up a Senior medal also to add to his Minor league medal from earlier this year.
After 20 minutes in this final Eire Og had a two point, 6-4, and St. Andrew's were well within reach of their opponents but they were over reliant on Andrew Beaton who would go on to be their only scorer.
Niall Quinlan, Niall Swan, Ronan O'Brien and Chris Blake did the early damage for Eire Og and to finish off the half the same players, less Swan, continued to drive home their dominance and it was 10-4 at half time.
St. Andrews were not gone yet and they put the first two scores on the board in the second half with two really good frees by Andrew Beaton but that was all they could manage as Eire Og took over and by the 25th minute they were running in the subs who also managed to get on the scoreboard.
Conor Murphy, Shane Noonan, Fiach O'Toole and Adam Murphy added their names to the score sheet from the first half with Conor Murphy getting a wonder goal after he ran from the 45 all the way to goal before dispatching a low shot past Rory Doyle in the St. Andrews goal. Liam Galway, Thomas Maher and Andrew Kane tried hard for the runners up but it wasn't to be.
The win poses an interesting question, are Willie and Niall Quinlan the first father/son pair to win a Minor and a Junior on the same team in the same year in the country? We'll get back to you!