MARTIN Finn's magnificent dead-ball striking proved the difference as his impressive 1-7 haul helped St Gabriel's, London, edge out Galway's Killimordaly in an extra-time thriller at St Brendan's Park, Birr.
Killimordaly, leading 1-4 to 1-3, were reduced to 14 men in the first minute of the second half as Niall Earls picked up a second yellow.
Finn missed a difficult opportunity to win it at the end of normal time (1-9 to 2-6) but Gabriel's were like men possessed at the beginning of extra-time and scored three early points.
Restored to the full complement, Killimordaly replied with four on the trot to lead 2-10 to 1-12.
But St Gabriel's got the decisive score in the 72nd minute when Finn netted.
SCORERS – St Gabriel's: M Finn 1-7 (1-7f), L Hands 1-1, N Rogers 0-2 (1f), S Egan, K Walsh 0-1 each. Killimordaly: E Ryan 0-6 (1f), C Earls 1-1 (1f), P Madden 1-0, N Earls 0-2 (2f), A Daly, I Creaven 0-1.
St Gabriel's – A Ryan; F Tierney, B Costello, B Coady; E McKeigue, PJ Rowe, E Collins; N Rogers, E Cooney; G Wynne, S Egan, K Walsh; L Hands, M Finn, J Grealish. Subs: M Fitzsimons for Grealish (43), C Sexton for Hands (48), T Moroney for Tierney (56), T Lally for Wynne (58), Hands for Egan (69), Grealish for Moroney (70).
Killimordaly – P Kilkenny; P Concannon, C McDonagh, A Lawless; D Concannon, K Kennedy, D Connolly; T Madden, C Daly; N Earls, E Ryan, P Madden; D Cooney, J McDonagh, C Earls. Subs: A Daly for McDonagh (28), I Creaven for Cooney (48), N Daly for C Earls (50), F Duane (red card rep), C Earls for N Daly, P Monaghan for Kennedy inj (19).
REF – T Carroll (Offaly).