MIKEY Gaule proved the match winner for Faugh's on Saturday as he pulled off three top class saves for the Tymon Park boys in O'Toole Park.
It was to prove a disappointing day for Mick Kennedy's men who had been hoping to retain their Intermediate status having dropped down a grade last season. But with Eoin Twomey and Darragh O'Sé, the latter the youngest member of the team at 17, giving exceptional displays at wing back, Faugh's having competed in three of the last four semi-finals had the measure of the Swords men.
Faughs opened up an early 3-0 advantage following a series of frees from Mikey Ryan before JM Sheridan countered with two scores at the other end. Faughs however began to get on top and were to outscore Fins on a 5-1 scoreline to open up a telling lead. However, the dead ball expertise of Sheridan (his brother Paddy was missing for this game along with corner forward Barry Mullane) kept Fins in touch and a point from Dermot Vaughan left them just three points in arrears at the interval, 0-12 to 0-9. Indeed the scoreline might have been closer had it not been for the intervention of Gaule who was on hand to deny Sheridan and Matty Lambe.
But after Faughs had added an early point, Fingallians then found the back of the net through Eoin Cullen to put just one point between the teams. But with Twomey moved on to Sheridan after the break, Faughs regained control with scores from Ryan, Eoin Roche and former Dublin hurler, Johnny Small seeing them prevail in the end.