Mannion on double
Col Mhuire 2-9
Banagher stood firm to claim another provincial crown after overcoming 14-man Colaiste Mhuire, Johnstown, in Portlaoise on Saturday.
The dismissal of Johnstown centre-back Brendan Murphy on 14 minutes proved to be the pivotal moment -- his sending off resulted in a 21-yard free which Banagher's Trevor Moran drove into the net.
Having not had a single wide in the first half, Banagher went on to hit 10 second-half wides, giving hope to their opponents. However, two opportunist goals from Ethan Mannion eventually saw Banagher safely over the line.
Johnstown's Shane Donnelly scored a goal in the 54th minute to give a glimmer of hope, and although William Brennan also raised the green flag with a 21-yard free with the last puck of the game, it was not enough.
SCORERS -- Banagher: E Mannion 2-0, T Moran 1-4 (1-3f), R Wynne, J O'Connor 0-2 each, A Camon, D Duane 0-1 each. Colaiste Mhuire: W Brennan 1-5 (1-4f 1 '65'), S Donnelly 1-0, K Sweeney 0-2 (1f), D Lennon, A Farrell 0-1 each.
Banagher -- C Clancy; C Daly, S Lyons, N Wynne; D Hopkins, P Camon, S Gardiner; J O'Connor, D Smith; A Camon, R Wynne, J Lewis; D Duane, T Moran, E Mannion. Subs: J Hynes for Duane (40), M Coughlan for Camon (52), S Kenny for Moran (58), M Maloney for Smith (60).
Colaiste Mhuire -- S Moriarty; T Moriarty, L Kennedy, C Bergin; B Quinn, B Murphy, J Stanley; W Brennan, A Farrell; K Sweeney, J Ryan, D Wilson; S Donnelly, J Kenny, D Lennon. Subs: L Hickey for Wilson (39), S Quinlan for Stanley (39), F Phelan for Sweeney (50).
Ref -- A Stapleton (Laois)