Barrett helps end Western Gaels' wait
The experience of losing the last two county finals inspired Western Gaels, as the west Sligo outfit won their first title at this level with a convincing defeat of newcomers Coolera-Strandhill at Markievicz Park.
Western Gaels had the better of the first half, leading 1-9 to 0-4 at the break -- the goal a 12th-minute effort from Michael McGowan -- with full-forward David Barrett supplying five points.
Coolera-Strandhill's best spell came midway through the first half when they managed three unanswered points, with two coming from their top scorer Gary Cadden.
When wing-forward Derek O'Brien netted Western Gaels' second goal five minutes after the restart, his side were 2-10 to 0-4 ahead and en route to a merited win.
Scorers -- Western Gaels: D Barrett 0-10 (0-9f), M McGowan 1-1, D O'Brien 1-0, T Ryan 0-2, J Hynes, Simon Wade 0-1 each. Coolera-Strandhill: G Cadden 0-5 (0-3f, 0-1 '65'), L Cadden 1-1, C Brenan 1-0, D Tobin, C O'Mahony 0-1 each.
Western Gaels -- M Keaney; J Hynes, K Barrett, T Cawley; M Gordon, D Kirby, A Morrison; S Wade, MJ Creane; D O'Brien, M McGowan, A Cawley; J Gordon, D Barrett, T Ryan. Subs: V O'Hora for MJ Creane, C Barrett for A Morrison, G Ryan for T Ryan, M Connolly for T Cawley, O Gordon for J Gordon.
Coolera-Strandhill -- N Murphy; D Moran, S O'Rourke, J Porter; D Bergin, K Cawley, M O'Reilly; C Brennan, N Cadden; D Tobin, L Cadden, G Cadden; C Scanlon, C O'Mahony, C Gillen. Subs: M O'Rourke for D Bergin, S Moloney for C Scanlon, C Burns for J Porter.
REF -- J Doyle (Naomh Eoin).