A late Conor Sheridan penalty helped St Patrick's Navan inflict a hard 1-12 to 2-8 loss on Coláiste Eoin in their provincial final in Parnell Park, writes Rónán Mac Lochlainn.
With the Gaelscoil leading by a point entering injury-time, St Pat's lively corner-forward Fiachra Ross was fouled in the square and midfielder Sheridan hammered home the rebound after his initial attempt was superbly saved by Daniel Ó Caoimh.
Despite this setback, Colásite Eoin had one final opportunity to snatch victory, but impressive sub Maitias Mac Donnncha's close-range effort had just too much elevation and his point proved too little too late as St Pat's held on for a one-point victory.
Colm O'Rourke's charges dominated the first period and held an 0-8 to 0-2 interval lead. The second half was a completely different entity, with Donal Sutcliffe exerting a huge presence in midfield and, despite conceding two early scores, Colásite Eoin were thrown a lifeline as subs Mac Donncha and Alex Ó Maoilmhiaigh, scored three unanswered points and a goal respectively.
Aran Ó Murchú and Sutcliffe then had the Gaelscoil on level terms with 10 minutes left, but St Pat's regained the lead -- Alan Forde and Shane Gillespie taking points.
Back came Eoin, though, and a Marc Schutte goal with four minutes left looked to have sealed it, but it proved a false dawn for Eoin.
Scorers -- St Patrick's: F Ross 0-4, C Sheridan 1-0, A Forde, F McEntee, S Gillespie 0-2, D Maguire, P Fox 0-1 each. Coláiste Eoin: A Ó Maoilmhiaigh, M Schutte 1-0, M Mac Donncha 0-3, D Sutcliffe (f, '45') 0-2, P Ó Fógartaigh, C Mac Gearailt (f), A Ó Murchú 0-1 each.
St Patrick's: C Flynn; C Wickham, C McConnell, C Noonan; N Groome, D Maguire, C Finnegan ; C Sheridan, S Barry; C Fitzsimons, A Forde, P Fox; F Ross, S Gillespie, F McEntee. Subs: L Bourke for Fitzsimons.
Coláiste Eoin: D Ó Caoimh; S Ó Seasnáin, E Ó Loinsigh, D Ó hAodha; G Ó Fógartaigh, A Ó Murchú, J Mac Cionnaith; J Mac Suibhne, D Sutcliffe; M Schutte, P Ó Dálaigh, C Mac Gearlait; B Ó Murchú, S Mac Craith, P Ó Fógartaigh. Subs: C Mac Binéid for Ó hAodha, M Ó Duibhir for Ó Dálaigh, M Mac Donncha and A Ó Maoilmhiaigh for Mac Gearailt and Ó Fógartaigh, Ó Dálaigh for B Ó Murchú. Ref: D Fahy (Longford)