Wednesday 26 October 2016

Coen helps Mayo champions dig deep for provincial glory

Hollymount/C'more 0-9 Maigh Cuilinn 0-8

Published 16/11/2015 | 02:30

Darren Coen kicked the first couple of scores at the start of the second-half
Darren Coen kicked the first couple of scores at the start of the second-half

Connacht iFC final Hollymount/Carramore survived a spirited comeback from Maigh Cuilinn to win their first Connacht intermediate crown at Pearse Stadium.

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This was a team effort from the Mayo champions, who were made to work after the break despite their two-point lead going into a second-half where they played with a massive breeze behind them.

Tom Connelly's men led 0-6 to 0-4 at half-time after they imposed themselves on Maigh Cuilinn, and justified captain Darren Coen's decision to play against the breeze in the first-half. 

It took a fantastic Seamus Ó Frigil save from Darren Coen to deny the Mayo champions a goal early on, but a Peadar Ó Cuaig free gave Maigh Cuilinn a two-point lead after seven minutes.

However, they only hit one more score in the first-half, a Daith Ó Gaoithin free, as they succumbed to the Hollymount/Carramore onslaught.

Corner-forward Damien Kelly was proving a menace, kicking two good points, Ian Costello did likewise while Darren Coen added to his tally, as Hollymount/Carramore took a strong lead into the break. Darren Coen kicked the first couple of scores at the start of the second-half, but then Ó Cuaig led the Maigh Cuilinn charge with three-in-a-row from frees.

 However, Kevin Feerick settled Hollymount/Carramore, and despite Gearoid Braidseach's late free, Maigh Cuilinn couldn't pull off the miracle comeback, and become the first team to win two Connacht intermediate titles.

Scorers - Hollymount/Carramore: D Coen 0-4 (3f); D Kelly 0-2; I Costello 0-2; K Feerick 0-1. Maigh Cuilinn: P Ó Cuaig 0-4 (4f); D Ó Gaoithin 0-3 (3f); G Braidseach 0-1 (1f).

Hollymount/Carramore - N Campbell; R Connolly, D McHugh, D Feerick; P Feerick, B Sheridan, R Molloy; K McNamara, S Coen; K Feerick, I Costello, K Costello; D Kelly, D Coen (capt), D Costello.

Subs: L Macken for Connolly (36), A Fahey for D Costello (46), C Heneghan for Kelly (51), C Connolly for D Coen (58, bc). Maigh Cuilinn - S Ó Frigil; P Ezergallis, M Ó Donncha, G Ó Bothain; G Braidseach, E Breathnach, A Ó Laithimh; M Ó Loideain (capt), P Ó Cuaig; S Ó Ceallaigh, B Ó Fathartha, D Ó Gaoithin; T Ó hÚiginn, D Ó Conghaile, C Ó Bothain.

Subs: S Ó Fathartha for Breathnach (30mins), P Ó Loideain for O Fathartha (46), C Ó Donnabhain for Ó Conghaile (57), P Ó Bán for Ó Ceallaigh (57), M Ó Coileain for Ezergallis (62). REF -M Duffy (Sligo).

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