Madden late goal hero as Gortletteragh end 13-year title drought
GORTLETTERAGH 3-7 CLÚAINÍN (Manorhamilton) 1-11
Gortletteragh bridged a 13-year gap when they emerged as winners of the inaugural Stephen Dorrigan Cup following extra-time in a highly enjoyable and exciting replayed decider at Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada, Carrick-on-Shannon on Saturday afternoon.
Two Gortletteragh goals at either end of the first half by Noel Beirne gave last year's beaten finalists a deserved 2-3 to 0-4 lead at the break.
However, in a dramatic second half, Cluainin, led by the outstanding wing-forward Gary Hickey, dominated possession and territory, pinning their opponents back in their half for most of the game.
In a tour de force of a performance, Hickey scored all of his team's second-half total of 1-4 to Gortletteragh's two points, the equalising point coming in the second minute of added-time to once again leave the sides level (2-5 to 1-8) at the end of normal time.
The Manorhamilton side led by a point at the end of the first period of extra-time and looked like causing a shock until six minutes from the end when Eanna Madden latched onto a loose ball at the edge of the square to score Gortletteragh's third goal to seal a monumental triumph and break Cluainin hearts.
SCORERS -- Gortletteragh: N Beirne 2-1, E Madden 1-0, C McCrann 0-4 (4f), T Beirne 0-2 (1f). Cluainin: G Hickey 1-8 (8f), M Dolan, B Feeney, D Poniard (0-1 each).
GORTLETTERAGH -- T McLoughlin; S Costello, C Beirne, D Kennedy; B Duignan, S Mallon, K McGrail; C McCrann, M Beirne (capt); C Egan, D Kennedy, E Madden; M O'Donoghue, N Beirne,T Beirne. Subs: C McAuley for M O'Donoghue, J McGuinness for C Egan.
CLUAININ -- R O'Snodaigh; P Clancy, S Feeney (capt), P Clerkin; S McTiernan, M Poniard, J O'Brien; D Poniard, M Dolan; M McKeon, B Feeney, G Hickey; A Coleman, C Phibbs, S McTiernan. Subs: B McDonald for C Phibbs, P Loughlin for A Coleman, V Cronin for S McTiernan, S McTiernan for M Dolan, M Dolan for M McKeon.
REF -- G Chapman (Sligo)