Red mist costs Rangers
St Mullins 2-16 Mt Leinster Rangers 0-13
A fractious final at Netwatch Cullen Park ended with Mount Leinster Rangers reduced to 12 players as 14-man St Mullins deservedly retained the Willie O'Connor Cup.
With Marty Kavanagh on fire up front for St Mullins, grabbing a superb 13th minute goal, they were 1-5 to 0-7 ahead when, on 30 minutes, Rangers right half forward Paul Coady received a straight red card for an apparent striking offence.
The champions led 1-6 to 0-8 at the break and with St Mullins starting to take control with the extra man, the Rangers challenge unravelled completely with the loss through second half yellow cards of full back Brian Nolan (39 minutes) and left full back Garry Kelly on 55 minutes. St Mullins lost left full back Gary Bennett to a straight red on 52 minutes.
The holders were rampant with the extra men and Seamus Murphy's superbly taken 44th minute goal made the game absolutely safe for the holders as they led 2-11 to 0-10 and cruised from there to the finish.
Scorers - St Mullins: M Kavanagh 1-10m 0-8f, S Murphy, J Walsh 1-1 each, J Doyle 0-2, J Kavanagh, John Murphy (No 12) 0-1 each. Mt Leinster Rangers: D Murphy 0-10, 0-9f, R Coady, David Byrne, C Nolan 0-1 each.
St Mullins - K Kehoe; P Doyle, J Doran, G Bennett; D Whelan, P Kehoe, G Coady; J Kavanagh. M Walsh; John Murphy, S Murphy, John Murphy; M Kavanagh, J Walsh, J Doyle. Subs: C Kavanagh for John Murphy (No 10) (22); P Connors for C Kavanagh (40); P Kehoe for Whelan (61); A Doyle for Walsh (61).
MT Leinster Rangers - F Foley; M Malone, B Nolan, G Kelly; E Coady, R Coady, R Kelly; D Phelan, J Murphy; P Coady, Diarmuid Byrne, D Murphy; T Joyce, E Byrne, C Nolan. Subs: K McDonald for E Coady (h/t); H P O'Byrne for Joyce (46); Derek Byrne for Phelan (46); W Hickey for R Coady (61); J Coady for D Murphy (61).
REF - K Kelly (Fighting Cocks).