Friday 28 July 2017

Kelly inspires Mayfield to historic triumph

Mayfield 2-16 Mooncoin 1-18 All-Ireland JHC Final

The Mayfield team and back-room staff celebrate after winning the All-Ireland JHC title against Mooncoin in Croke Park (PIARAS Ó MÍDHEACH/SPORTSFILE)
The Mayfield team and back-room staff celebrate after winning the All-Ireland JHC title against Mooncoin in Croke Park (PIARAS Ó MÍDHEACH/SPORTSFILE)

Nicky Kelly saved his finest hour for the biggest stage of all as Mayfield edged out Mooncoin in a thriller to lift the title for the first time.

Kelly was a class apart as he laid on a scoring masterclass, hitting 11 points including a glorious stoppage-time winner.

All three goals in this game came in a remarkable four-minute spell early in the second quarter.

Patrick Duggan and David Malone netted for the Cork men, either side of a John Fitzgerald strike, and there was little to separate the sides at that stage.

Ray Wall of Mooncoin in action against David O'Neill of Mayfield Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Ray Wall of Mooncoin in action against David O'Neill of Mayfield Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

But Mayfield hit the last five points of the half to lead by 2-9 to 1-6 at the break.

Kilkenny side Mooncoin came out for the second period with intent, pulling back points through Kevin Crowley, Ray Wall and Eamonn Hennebry.

Mayfield, with that man Kelly in electrifying form, kept their noses in front, but their opponents got level twice, through Crowley and substitute Patrick Walsh, who tied it up with just two minutes left on the clock.

But Kelly rose to the occasion in magnificent fashion, firing over a brilliant winner deep into stoppage-time to seal a first All-Ireland title for his club.

SCORERS - Mayfield: N Kelly 0-11 (6fs), D Malone 1-2, P Duggan 1-0, S Duggan, D O'Neill, K Punch 0-1 each. Mooncoin: K Crowley 0-8 (5fs, 1 '65'), J Fitzgerald 1-1, E Hennebry 0-3, A Walsh, R Wall 0-2 each, M Grace, P Walsh 0-1 each.

Mayfield - R O'Keefe 6; K Brosnan 6, D Lucey 8, B O'Leary 7; G Lehane 7, S O'Donovan 8, G Looney 6; K Punch 7, D Hayes 8; D O'Neill 6, N Kelly 9, D Malone 8; S Duggan 6, S Kelly 6, P Duggan 7. Subs: I Looney 6 for S Duggan (52), C O'Sullivan 5 for Punch (56), K Walsh 4 for S Kelly (56).

Mooncoin - E Purcell 6; C Brophy 6, N Mackey 6, L Henebry 7; C Daly 7, E Henebry 8, S Kearns 7; C Fleming 5, K Crowley 7; S Walsh 5, A Walsh 6, R Wall 6; M Grace 5, E Henebry, J Fitzgerald 6. Subs: E Ryan 6 for Fleming (h-t), K Kirwan 5 for S Walsh, P Henebry 5 for Grace (48), P Walsh for Wall (50).

REF - C Cunning (Antrim).

Irish Independent

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