CROKES JUST TWO GOOD!
Kilmacud Crokes 2-6
St Oliver Plunkett's/ER 1-7
Kilmacud Crokes produced a superb second half comeback to narrowly defeat a brave St Oliver Plunkett's/Eoghan Ruadh by two points in their enthralling Division 2 Féile Football Final at Blakestown Road on Sunday afternoon.
The contest looked all over bar the shouting at the break as Plunkett's delivered a sublime opening half to lead by nine points at the interval.
But Crokes showed their fighting qualities to carve out a famous victory.
Plunkett's raced out of the blocks from the first whistle with centre-forward Aaron Carey producing an exceptional 20 minutes, kick-started by a surging run and point in the third minute for the game's opening score.
Seán Bugler added a free within two minutes, and Kilmacud were all at sea as Conor Lynch added a third point soon after to reflect that dominance on the scoreboard.
Carey slotted over a brace of sumptuous scores as the half progressed, and a goal that that been threatening duly arrived as Ciarán Murray slotted home a penalty following a foul on David Langan in the 17th minute.
Although Matt Barry converted a close-in free a minute later, Crokes fell further behind to a glorious point from midfielder Seamus Ashton as the Navan Road lads enjoyed a 1-7 to 0-1 lead at the turnaround.
The comeback was instigated by two early points by captain Dan O'Brien and the lively Ryan Donnelly and it gained momentum when Ronan Hayes struck a 28th-minute goal under the body of Ryan Cosgrove.
Further scores by O'Brien and Donnelly acted as a prelude to a dramatic conclusion as substitute Adam Kelly shimmied and shot powerfully to the net in the 38th minute for a goal worthy of winning any final.
Scorers - Kilmacud Crokes: R Hayes, A Kelly 1-0 each; R Donnelly 0-3; D O'Brien 0-2 (1f); M Barry (f) 0-1. St Oliver Plunkett's/Eoghan Ruadh: C Murray 1-0 (penalty); A Carey 0-3; S Bugler 0-2 (1f); C Lynch, S Ashton 0-1 each.
Kilmacud Crokes: N Murray; C Ryan, S Dunbarr, J Gibbons; M Mullin, P Leonard, D Dagg; P O'Reilly, D O'Brien; J Gallagher, B Carr, R Hayes; R Donnelly, E Barr, M Barry. Subs: M Roche for Dagg (14), A Kelly for Barr (26).
St Oliver Plunkett's/Eoghan Ruadh: R Cosgrove; J Cassidy, D Carroll, F Boland; C Barrett, P Maher, D Bergin; S Ashton, D O'Connell; S Bugler, A Casey, C Lynch; C Murray, J Caffrey, D Langan. Subs: E Regan for Caffrey (33).
Referee: Christopher Kelly (Naomh Fionnbarra).
Player of the Game: Aaron Carey (St Oliver Plunkett's/Eoghan Ruadh).