Thursday 30 March 2017

Crawley steals historic glory for O'Mahony's

Conor Crawley, Sean O'Mahony's.
Conor Crawley, Sean O'Mahony's.

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Conor Crawley fisted home a priceless late goal as Sean O'Mahony's claimed their first ever county SFC title in Drogheda.

Sean O'Mahony's 1-11 St Mary's 1-9

Beaten finalists 12 months ago, the dream looked to be dying again for the Dundalk side when they slipped four points behind midway through the second period.

After a cagey opening half ended at 0-6 apiece, St Mary's seized the initiative in the second. A flowing move carved out a rare goal chance, which wing-forward Mark Fay took with an emphatic finish.

Mary's added points through Darren Clarke and the inspirational Ronan Carroll to open a 1-9 to 0-8 lead.

But O'Mahony's drew on their trademark resilience as Conor Finnegan, Liam Dullaghan and full back Ronan Byrne cut the deficit to a point.

Then, in the final minute, a high ball came back off the crossbar and Crawley made himself the hero.

SCORERS - Sean O'Mahony's: C Finnegan 0-6 (3fs, 2 '45's), C Crawley 1-0, L Dullaghan 0-2, K Murphy, R Byrne, S Kilcoyne 0-1 each. St Mary's: R Carroll, D Matthews 0-3 each, M Fay 1-0, D Clarke 0-2 (1f), P Clarke 0-1.

SEAN O'MAHONY'S - K Brennan; K Murphy, R Byrne, M Clarke; L Dullaghan, J O'Brien, B O'Brien; S Brennan, C Martin; C Finnegan, S Fisher, J Connolly; S Kilcoyne, C Crawley, B McLaughlin. Subs: N McLaughlin for J Connolly (ht), D Dowling for B O'Brien (49), B Mackin for S Kilcoyne (58).

ST MARY'S - P Duffy; C Keenan, J Bingham, K Faulkner; E Keenan, N Eccles, B Matthews; R Carroll, R Leavy; D McConnon, P Clarke, M Fay; D Matthews, D Clarke, B Faulkner. Subs: N Carroll for B Matthews (21), S McCoy for D McConnon (58), RJ Callaghan (60+).

REF - S Johnson.

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