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Counsel too Good for brave 'Tarf

GOOD Counsel assumed complete control after the break as they accounted for a battling Clontarf by 6-16 to 1-8 in their Sheridan Cup Final at St Anne's Park last Sunday afternoon.

The contest was delicately poised at the interval but the visitors proved far too strong upon the restart as they cruised to victory in the second-half.

The victory was especially pleasing for the Drimnagh club as it repeated last year's success in the same competition after they came through very tough ties against both Beann Éadair and Erin's Isle to reach the final.

The depth in Good Counsel's panel proved crucial, as reflected by the contributions of both Alex Quinn and James Murphy while they were also able to call on the services of former Dublin player John O'Brien, who was highly influential on the edge of the square for Counsel.

Their efforts already complemented an already vibrant attack that saw Dean Blood, Ciaran Ward and Anto Doyle all excel, much to the delight of team manager Robbie Mullen.

"The club is thrilled to retain the Sheridan Cup after narrow wins in the quarter-final and semi-final.

"We played a strong Clontarf team today who stayed with us up until the final quarter of the game but we managed to pull away after that,"said Mullen.

For Clontarf, it was an afternoon of disappointment, given their battling efforts.

Their defence fought valiantly through the efforts of goalkeeper Colm McCabe, centre-back Paul Murphy and Sean McGovern at corner-back but it proved a bridge too far according to team manager Willie O'Connor. "It was very tough on our lads playing against such a calibre of player that they had,"he said.

Good Counsel: Darren Donohue; Ian Armstrong, Shane Martin, Luke Blood; Jonathan Hayes, Tom Byrne, Rory Kelly; PJ Impey, Mick Mulligan; Bill Lennon, Robbie Ryder, Ciaran Ward; Anto Doyle, John O'Brien, Dean Blood. Subs used: Colin Dowling, James Murphy, Lar O Brien, Alex Quinn, Keith Doolin, Alan Maxwell.

Clontarf (Panel): Colm McCabe, Sean McGovern, Aidan O'Toole, Colm Grogan, Darren Lambert, Paul Murphy, John O'Rourke, Anthony Eames, Eoin Waldron, Thomas O'Connor, Shane Dunlea, John Traynor, Mickey McGlinchey, Daragh O'Brien, Caelam Tummon, Ross Coy, Killian Marsh, Graham Johnson, Cathal O'Mahony, Louie O'Donahue, Paul Adamson, Ross McCullough.