Captain Kavanagh saves Naomh Eoin
A LATE Naomh Eoin rally ensured that the Willie O'Connor Cup went unclaimed at the end of yesterday's final at Dr Cullen Park.
The Myshall men battled back from a deficit of three points to force a draw through an injury-time point from a long-range free by captain Dwain Kavanagh.
A crowd of 2,500 watched as Naomh Eoin had the better of the opening quarter, after which they led by 0-4 to 0-1. Rangers slowly gained a foothold, but it took a fine save from their goalkeeper Frank Foley to deny Naomh Eoin full-forward Robbie Foley a goal on 23 minutes.
Five minutes later, the 'keeper travelled the length of the field to net a 28th-minute penalty as Rangers went in at the interval 1-4 to 0-5 ahead. Mount Leinster, fielding four Coady brothers, looked likely winners for most of the second half but the Myshall side displayed great fighting spirit.
With free-taker Brian 'Red' Murphy keeping them in touch, they had their reward with that late leveller as seven minutes of injury-time failed to produce a winner.
Scorers -- Mt Leinster Rangers: F Foley 1-0 pen, D Murphy 0-2 (1f), E Coady, D Byrne, E Byrne, J Coady, D Phelan 0-1 each. Naomh Eoin: B Murphy 0-5 (5f), C McCabe, S Kavanagh, E Nolan (1f), R Foley, D Kavanagh (1f) 0-1 each.
Mount Leinster Rangers -- F Foley; G Kelly, B Nolan, K Lawlor; R Coady, J Hickey, R Kelly; E Coady, D Byrne; E Byrne, J Coady, D Phelan; P Coady, D Murphy, HP O'Byrne. Subs: W Hickey for O'Byrne (40); P Nolan for P Coady (48); G Doyle for R Coady (53); C O'Byrne for Murphy (60).
Naomh Eoin -- N Roberts; T Nolan, S Kavanagh, M Murphy; T Minchin, E Nolan, D Kavanagh; D Roberts, M Mullins; J M Nolan, M Clowry, C McCabe; B Murphy, R Foley, A Kenny. Subs: J O'Hara for T Nolan (h-t); D J O'Regan for McCabe (35); J Waters for J M Nolan (53); S Smithers for Kenny (55); E Kavanagh for Minchin (60).
Ref -- D Hughes (Bagenalstown).