McHale and Durkin help create history for Parke
Connacht Club JFC Final
PARKE laid the foundations for their first provincial title success when they built a commanding 13-point lead over Leitrim champions Eslin in the first half at McHale Park yesterday.
The Mayo champions had too much firepower for the visitors and although Eslin staged a mini revival with two second-half goals, a more experienced Parke side were always in command.
With Sean McHale and Darren Durkin finding the net, Parke shot to a 2-12 to 0-5 half-time lead.
Things brightened for Eslin in the second half and at one stage they looked to be mounting a serious comeback after goals from Ronan Reynolds and substitute Enda Turbitt.
But it was not to be and Parke clung on to see out the game with a couple of late scores from the excellent Richard O'Boyle and Durkin.
Scorers -- Parke: S McHale 1-4, S Cloherty 0-5 (0-1f), D Durkin 1-2, D Flynn 0-3 (0-1f), R O'Boyle, D Neary 0-1 each. Eslin: R Reynolds 1-1, C Beirne 0-4 (0-2f), E Turbitt 1-0, C Duignan 0-2 (0-1f), P Kilcrann, B Higgins 0-1 each.
Parke -- B Coyle; M Morley, J Cloherty, P Moran; P Dunne, T Walsh, D Hopkins; S Cloherty, D Neary; R O'Boyle, N Dunne, D Durkin; D Flynn, S McHale, C Kerins. Subs: F McHale for B Coyle, K Hall for Durkan, S Duffy for S McHale, A Dunne for Morley.
Eslin -- E Higgins; G Egan, T Beirne, C Turbitt; D Stenson, S Beirne, P McNulty; B Higgins, C Duignan; B Bohan, P Kilcrann, P Reynolds; E Stenson, C Beirne, D Reynolds. Subs: B McLoughlin for D Reynolds, C Reynolds for P McNulty, D Reynolds for Kilcrann, E Turbitt for E Stenson.
Ref -- D (Roscommon).