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Wee celebrations go on Offaly long!

The victorious Louth team is given a big welcome home on the Sunday following victory over Offaly in the NFL Division 2 Final in Croke Park.

The players' coach reaches Drogheda around 7.30pm, from there it is on to Dunleer where several hundred supporters are waiting and it is late in the night when the Reds make their way to Dundalk.

There is a poignant note, however. On the Monday the team and management attend the funeral of Kevin O'Neill, father of midfielder Aidan O'Neill. He died suddenly on the previous Friday.

Louth get the better of Offaly on a 1-13 to 0-13 scoreline.

The Midlanders score the last four points of the first half to lead 0-9 to 0-6 at the break. Offaly twice show four points in front during the third quarter before the Paddy Clarke-managed outfit hits 1-5 without reply, the goal coming in the 53rd minute from Simon Gerrard.

Rock Celtic secure a dramatic extra-time win against Slane Wanderers in the MDL Challenge Cup Final. It finishes 3-2 in United Park as the Seasiders lift the cup for the first time.

Seventeen-year-old Dessie McKeown comes off the bench with a little more than two minutes remaining and then heads a winner in the dying seconds.

Luckless Slane had twice come back to draw level, including in extra time.

Rock take the lead against the run of play on the half-hour mark. Veteran striker Fintan Lynch pounces on a mis-placed header back to the keeper to slam the ball into an open net from close range. Derek Rock replies for Slane with a low drive from 14 yards shortly before the break.

In extra time Chris Ward rounds two players to set up Lynch for his second. Slane draw level from the penalty spot, and although Gavin Mulholland is sent off for disputing the penalty decision, in a match littered with yellow cards, McKeown has time to clinch it.

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