Monday 21 August 2017

Plunkett seals it for Aughawillan

Aughawillan 1-10 Glencar/Manorhamilton 0-12 Leitrim SFC Final

Aughawillan had a blistering start as they scored 1-2 without reply in the opening two minutes, the goal from Morgan Quinn setting them up for victory as Glencar/Manorhamilton struggled to keep pace (Stock photo)
Aughawillan had a blistering start as they scored 1-2 without reply in the opening two minutes, the goal from Morgan Quinn setting them up for victory as Glencar/Manorhamilton struggled to keep pace (Stock photo)

A Mark Plunkett converted '45 deep in injury-time secured the Leitrim crown for Aughawillan in a thrilling final in Carrick-on-Shannon.

Seconds earlier Glencar/Manorhamilton could have taken the lead when Conor Dolan put a free narrowly wide, having kicked his side into contention to leave the game tied at the end of normal time.

Aughawillan had a blistering start as they scored 1-2 without reply in the opening two minutes, the goal from Morgan Quinn setting them up for victory as Glencar/Manorhamilton struggled to keep pace.

Points by Sean Quinn and Ciaran Gilheaney extended the 'Willies lead but going into the final 10 minutes, Glencar/Manor kept in touch for a half-time score of 1-6 to 0-5.

Aughawillan outscored Glencar/Manor by three points to one in the first 10 minutes of the second half but in an extraordinary fightback, the north Leitrim side upped the pace and six points without reply put Glencar/Manor level.

In an exciting finale, both sides fought for dominance but Plunkett was the hero with his winning point in extra-time.

SCORERS - Aughawillan: M Quinn 1-1, C Gilheaney (1f), M Plunkett 0-2 each, P Dolan, S Flanagan, S Gilheaney, S Quinn, G Plunkett 0-1 each. Glencar/Manorhamilton: C Dolan 0-8 (6f), J Glancy 0-2, A Croal, D Sweeney 0-1 each.

AUGHAWILLAN - C Maguire; D McGovern, N Plunkett, Michael Quinn; R McTague, B Prior, S Quinn; P Dolan, S Flanagan; M Plunkett, N Beirne, G Plunkett; G McGovern, Morgan Quinn, C Gilheaney. Subs: S Gilheaney for G McGovern (32), S Fox for G Plunkett (60).

GLENCAR/MANORHAMILTON - G Hickey; T McDonald, P Gilmartin, F Rooney; S Loughlin, P Maguire, K McGriskin; A Hickey ,T Coyle; E Sweeney, C Dolan, J Rooney; B McDonald, J Glancy, A McDonald. Subs: G Hickey for K McGriskin (23), AQ Croal for A McDonald (32), R Flynn for E Sweeney (32), D Sweeney for T Coyle (38).

REF - E O'Grady (Drumkeerin).

Irish Independent

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