Coill Dubh retain title
Coill Dubh 0-15 Ardclough 1-10
Coill Dubh had just a bit too much nous for Ardclough as they retained their title in a tight encounter at St Conleth's Park.
Tom Byrne shot six points for the victors while the defensive unit was particularly impressive in holding their opponents to just six scores over 47 minutes, having conceded five in the opening 13. Ardclough flew out of the traps and a free from Martin Fitzgerald set them in motion as they streaked into an early four-point lead, with Paudie Ryan, Ambrose Finnerty and Paul Fitzgerald also on the mark.
Eanna O'Neill, Luke O'Reilly, Damien Behan and Tom Brady all raised white flags as the defending champions responded by moving into a 0-6 to 0-5 lead but Tony Spain struck for Ardclough's first score in 18 minutes to send the sides in level at the break. Veteran Adrian McAndrew made it a two-point game and though Paul Fitzgerald reduced the margin to the minimum, Byrne brought his tally to six with his first score from play to cement an 11th title for Coill Dubh.
Scorers - Coill Dubh: T Byrne 0-6 (5fs); D Flaherty, L O'Reilly 0-2 each; J Byrne, E O'Neill, D Behan, T Brady, A McAndrew 0-1 each. Ardclough: P Fitzgerald 1-3; M Fitzgerald (fs), P Ryan 0-2 each, C Buggy, A Finnerty, T Spain 0-1 each. Coill Dubh - D Byrne; D Brerton, M Grace, D O'Regan; D Cahill, R Carew, C Gordon; J Byrne, E O'Neill; L O'Reilly, T Byrne, T Brady; R Hayden, D Flaherty, D Behan. Subs: M Delaney for Hayden (33), A McAndrew for Behan (48), B Mullins for Carew (59). Ardclough - A Buggle; N Coulston, T O'Meara, R Spain; D Collins, R O'Malley, R Maguire; P Ryan, P Coleman; R Hoban, C Buggy, A Finnerty; T Spain, M Fitzgerald, Paul Fitzgerald. Subs: J Reid for Finnerty (42), M Ryan for Coleman (42), E Duane for O'Malley (42), Philip Fitzgerald for Ryan (60), Brian Coulston for Spain (60). Ref - F Devereaux jnr (Maynooth)