Clinical Palatine land sixth title
Two well-taken Palatine goals in the 37th and 43rd minutes set the Kildare border side on their way to retaining the Conlon Cup as Carlow senior football champions at Netwatch Cullen Park yesterday.
Palatine 2-13 Rathvilly0-12
The reigning champions secured a merited seven-point win over Rathvilly, before an attendance of 2,500, to claim their sixth SFC title.
Played in ideal conditions there was nothing to choose between the sides in the opening half and they were deadlocked at 0-6 apiece at the break with Rathvilly's big-name player Brendan Murphy influential at midfield.
Palatine struck for a superb 43rd-minute goal from midfielder David Reid following some swift inter-passing among the forwards. Six minutes later another lovely forward move by the champions saw teenage corner-forward Conor Crowley provide the final pass for centre-forward Ciarán Moran, who found the net, as the holders took a commanding 2-8 to 0-9 lead.
Palatine retained their grip on the game for the balance of play with man of the match Shane O'Neill, another teenager, showing wonderful maturity from general play while also kicking six points as his side prevailed once again in Carlow.
Scorers - Rathvilly: G Demspey 0-5 (3f), Brendan Murphy, E Finnegan 0-2 each, K Doyle, J J Smith, A Kelly 0-1 each. Palatine: S O'Neill 0-7 (6f), D Reid 1-1, C Moran 1-0, C Kearney (f), S Reilly, P Reid, T Kenny, C Crowley 0-1 each.
Palatine - C Kearney; C O'Doherty, C Lawlor, M Rennick; S Reilly, Christopher Crowley, J Brennan; D Reid, J Kane; N Reid, C Moran, S O'Neill; J Kenny, T Kenny, Conor Crowley. Subs: J Reid for J Kenny (43); P Reid for D Reid (58); B Kelly for O'Neill (60), B Farrell for Moran (60).
Rathvilly - R Molloy; B J Molloy, T Bolger, K Curran; J O'Donoghue, W O'Donoghue, C Byrne; K Doyle, Brian Murphy; Brendan Murphy, J J Smith, E Finnegan; D Molloy, G Dempsey, A Kelly. Subs: J B Leonard for Doyle (41); D O'Brien for Brian Murphy (45); R Ryan for Molloy (49); B Smith for Finnegan (54).
Referee - D Hickey (Fenagh).