Crawley steals historic glory for O'Mahony's
Published 03/10/2016 | 02:30
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.