Flaherty fires Finuge to title
They may have been without stars like Paul Galvin and Eamonn Fitzmaurice, but Finuge still managed to secure the title in Mallow after a hard-fought win over St Vincent's.
Corner-forward James Flaherty proved to be the hero of the hour as he bagged a fine tally of 1-3 on a day when opportunities were restricted.
His battle with the Cork side's 'keeper Patrick O'Shea turned out to be the contest of the day, with O'Shea making a brace of terrific saves before the No 13 beat him with a classy finish on 40 minutes.
While most of the plaudits will go to the forwards for the victory, the defensive seven can take great pride in their contribution, with the half-back line of Paudie Galvin, Pat Corridan and Conor Fitzmaurice impressing right through.
Vincent's will be bitterly disappointed as they were only able to manage one point from play. This lack of return up front may be their Achilles heel, but their fighting spirit won them plenty of admirers.
Centre-back Kevin Goulding was terrific for the city side – giving a dominant display behind the midfield duo of Stephen Ray and Shane Buckley. Others to impress were Anthony O'Callaghan and Derek O'Connor, but ultimately the day belonged to the North Kerry men.
Scorers – Finuge: J Flaherty 1-3, M Conway, J Griffin 0-1 each. St Vincent's: J Buckley, D O'Connor (2f) 0-2 each; T O'Connell 0-1.
FINUGE – C Fitzmaurice; C Allen, T McKenna, D McCarthy; P Galvin, P Corridan, C Fitzmaurice; J McCarthy, M Corridan; J Corridan, J Griffin, S Power; J Flaherty, M Conway, R Galvin. Subs: E Galvin for S Power (38), R Heffernan for J Corridan (47).
ST VINCENT'S – P O'Shea; A O'Callaghan, P Aherne, W Murphy; C Kenneally, K Goulding, D O'Regan; S Ray, S Buckley; T O'Connell, J Buckley, D Duggan; C Barry, A Buckley, D O'Connor. Subs: A Harte for A Buckley (25), K Lynch for S Buckley (45), D Collins for W Murphy (50), S Buckley for J Buckley (55).
REF – D O'Mahoney (Tipperary).