Dunlavin lift the Hennessy
Shane Corrigan goal the difference after a super game
Published 03/04/2013 | 05:22
Dunlavin got first use of the wind but strangely enough it was Blessington that set the early pace.
Jordan Lynch had the first two points of the match even though he lined out in the Blessington half back line and when Declan McEnroy added another point it did appear that a very young Blessington team could pull off a shock result.
However David Hanlon got Dunlavin on the score sheet with a point in the 10th minute and when Vinnie Byrne and Shane Corrigan added more points the sides were level after 20 minutes. When Corrigan scored the only goal of the match in the 22nd minute Dunlavin were on their way.
Mark Wrigley stretched the Dunlavin lead but David Brennan pulled one back for the 'Blues' and only a goal separated the sides at half time - Dunlavin 1-4; Blessington 0-4.
Dermot O'Rourke, Mark Wrigley and Sean Phelan added points for Dunlavin in the third quarter but amazingly Blessington again staged a late comeback with Robert Gilligan, better known as a goalkeeper, adding two late points.
In fact this was a game that Blessington could well have stolen at the finish, they missed four kickable frees into that town end goal in the last quarter and Declan McEnroy sent a blistering shot off the upright in the dying seconds while Dunlavin goalie Joe Walsh brought off two point blank saves during that Blessington period of supremacy.
The cup was presented to Dunlavin captain Ciaran Tackaberry by Ronan Hennessy while the man of the match trophy sponsored by Pat Dunne went to Dunlavin's hyperactive wing forward David Hanlon.