Malahide cs captured the Development Shield from the jaws of defeat, when a try from Andy Hunter in the final minute ensured the title would return to the capital.
The Midlanders had stormed into a commanding 11-point lead at the turnover. However, two further tries from man of the match Andy Hunter and two conversions from captain Shane Woods stole victory from Malahide's Leinster counterparts with the final kick of this entertaining contest.
SCORERS -- Malahide CS: A Hunter 3 tries; B Walsh try; S Woods 2 cons. St Mel's College, Longford : C Farrell 3 pens, con; G McDermott try.
Malahide CS: M Go-As, R O'Connell, A Hunter, J Dillon, R O'Connell, F Neary, S Kinsella, E Foley, M Conellan, S Woods (Captain), D Hayes, D Breen, S Breen, M Quinn, O O'Toole
St Mel's: C Cassidy, J Heffernan, S McVeigh, C Farrell, K Farrell, J Compton, D Gill, G McDermott, S Rogers, D Bennett, A Keane, T Shanley, E Brady, P Kiernan, D Kelly. Replacements: B Walsh for Kiernan 34, S Kelly for Keane 36.
Referee: E Gibney (Kildare)