ST MULLINS MOUNT LEINSTER RANGERS
IN THE J.J. Kavanagh & Son Intermediate hurling championship final replay St. Mullins held on for dear life and a one point win over neighbours Mount Leinster Rangers in a good game at Dr. Cullen Park on Sunday.
The sides had finished at 1-10 each two weeks previous, and four minutes from the end of Sundays game the score was still 1-10, until a Walter Coady free changed the scene.
Rangers started briskly with points from a Michael Malone free, and Patrick Kealy from play in the first two minutes. A minute later St. Mullins on their first raid hit a major with a James Doyle goal from play from 15 metres.
Twelve minutes on the clock Mount Leinster Rangers won a free which was taken by top scorer Michael Malone, possibly one of the best shots seen in Dr. Cullen Park for a very long time. Michael lifted and struck the sliothar and it hit the upright dead on about a foot from the ground and, like as if it was guided by laser, the sliothar flashed in to the far corner of the net as Rangers took the lead again 1-3 to 1-2. Pressure from MLR soon after forced Pat Fenlon to dive to save a superb shot before the rebound went inches wide. Nine minutes before the break James Doyle tied the sides at 1-3 each as the men in green applying pressure held a slender one point lead at half time 1-6 to 1-5.
It was nip and tuck all the way in the last period and if St. Mullins did get two points clear the men in red and black hauled them back to a point. Five minutes remaining and Michael Malone tied the sides at 1-10 all and in a welter of excitement St. Mullins defended heroically and held on, although Mount Leinster Rangers had chances to draw level at least in a fine game until Walter Coady stepped up and nailed the free for the eventual champions.
St. Mullins captain Pat Fenlon was presented with the Pat Foley Cup by county secretary Ger Lennon another Saints man.