Thursday 21 September 2017

Phelan fires double as Rangers storm to glory

MT LEINSTER RANGERS 3-13 ERIN'S OWN 0-6

Mount Leinster Rangers underlined their class as they brought the Willie O'Connor Cup home for the fifth time since 2006.

Playing with the benefit of the strong wind, the All-Ireland Intermediate Club champions, appearing in their eighth successive county final, enjoyed a lightning start, bagging 1-2 inside three minutes.

David Phelan got the goal, from a groundstroke, and with Eddie Byrne prominent, Rangers extended their advantage to 1-5 to 0-0 by the end of the first quarter.

Erin's, attempting to end a 42-year famine, finally registered their first score in the 19th minute courtesy of a Craig Doyle free, and they still had a glimmer of hope at half-time, trailing 1-7 to 0-2.

An early exchange of second-half points gave hope to the Damien Fitzhenry-coached Bagenalstown side, but four Denis Murphy frees in succession preceded Alan Corcoran's 51st-minute point, which was the losers' first score from play.

Tom Mullally's Rangers then killed off the game with a quick-fire brace of goals, from Phelan and substitute Eoin Doyle, with Erin's Own goalkeeper David Miley issued with a straight red card in the aftermath of the latter.

Rangers sub Jack Murphy had earlier played a starring role in his club's MHC final success, a rare on-field double.

Scorers -- Mount Leinster Rangers: D Phelan 2-0, E Doyle 1-1, D Murphy 0-4, E Byrne 0-3, J Coady 0-2, E Coady, W Hickey, P Coady 0-1 each. Erin's Own: C Doyle 0-4 (3f), J Corcoran (1f), A Corcoran 0-1 each.

MOUNT LEINSTER RANGERS -- F Foley; M Doyle, G Doyle, G Kelly; B Nolan (Capt), R Coady, R Kelly, E Coady, D Byrne; J Coady, E Byrne, D Phelan; HP O'Byrne, W Hickey, D Murphy. Subs: E Doyle for O'Byrne (h-t), P Coady for W Hickey (57), P Nolan for D Murphy (57), D Grennan for M Doyle (58), J Murphy for J Coady (59).

ERIN'S OWN -- D Miley; P Abbey, D Somers, J Geoghegan; J Miley, J Corcoran, A Corcoran; E Minchin, J Rogers; R Kent, C Doyle, P Doyle; A Beaton, T Nolan, A McDonald. Subs: M McDonald for Kent (47), C Cody for Beaton (52), J Barron for T Nolan (55), B Hourihane for Geoghegan (58).

REF -- P Kehoe.

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