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Parnells tame double chasing wild geese men

PARNELLS are the AFL 10 North football champions after winning an entertaining final 1-10 to 0-7, against a fancied Wild Geese side on Sunday.

The Geese were attempting to add the league to their first ever championship title, which they won back in October. However, they came up against a very determined Parnells side who had the right blend of youth and experience.

Wild Geese were first off the blocks and raced into a five-point lead after 10 minutes. Vadim Lee and Daryl Brown were in particularly fine fettle in the attack.

But the Coolock men soon found their feet. Chris Carolan set the ball rolling with two excellent points and when Mikey Gleeson fed Pierce O'Hanlon he made no mistake as he finished ruthlessly to the net.

Parnells continued to dominate. Men like Seán Salmon, John Campbell and Tosh McEvoy were showing all their experience in order to keep the momentum going and ensured their side went in 1-5 to 0-5 up at the break.


The second half was a more dogged affair but it was Parnells who managed to create the better chances.

Chris Carolan was moved to full-forward and he was a great outlet and the focal point for many of their attacks, while Ian Brady helped himself to two points.

The foundation for this victory was certainly in the defence and no one epitomised the spirit of the winners more so than the evergreen Peter White -- his defending from the front and last-ditch tackles inspired those around him.

Parnells selector Dave O'Hanlon was delighted to get his hands on some silverware. "We were disappointed with the way we went out in the championship so this is some consolation. It's great to win any final at any level and I'm delighted for the lads. They showed great character."