ERIN'S Isle produced an exceptional attacking display in accounting for Kevin's by 4-10 to 0-15 in their highly entertaining Dublin Adult Hurling League Division 3 final at Dolphin Park last Saturday afternoon.
Goals were always likely to prove crucial between these evenly-matched sides and it was the visitors' ability to find the net at regular intervals that effectively settled the outcome, with Isle's full-forward James Carroll using his physical presence to telling effect.
Carroll notched a goal of his own in addition to setting up numerous scores for a well-drilled Isle's forward line and corner-forward Paul Murray also chipped in with a valuable 1-2 for the Finglas outfit.
The classy Keith Dunne was another forward to impress, leading the line superbly from centre-forward, and he nullified the normally influential Brian Óg Flannery, who has enjoyed an exceptional campaign at the heart of the Kevin's defence.
The hosts kept in touch through the efforts of Andrew Grattan, Shane Watson, David Reid, Craig Donovan and Stephen Harrington, but a Stephen Casey goal and telling contributions by Gareth Cronin, Eoin Casey and Keith Campbell kept Erin's ahead.
Having being relegated last year, Saturday's success proved the perfect riposte for Isles, with team manager Paddy Peters delighted with how the season evolved.
"It was great to get the win and was a very nice finish to the year. It was great to go straight back up after relegation last year and we now have something to build on for next year," said Peters.
Kevin's defeat completed a miserable week for the hosts, who were beaten by St Oliver Plunkett's/Eoghan Ruadh in the Senior 'B' championship semi-final the previous weekend with them understandably finding it hard to find motivation, according to mentor Paul McManus.
"We just couldn't get last week out of our system and you could see in the dressing room before the game that the lads were still down after losing in the championship. It was very hard to lift them for the league final but although we've lost our last two games, we mustn't forget that we've had a good year," said McManus.