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THE last trophy of the season is on its way to Meath after Dunboyne struck a late double to stun St Joseph's Boys and claim the Ryan Cup at Armagh Road on Wednesday night.

DUNBOYNE...........................................3

ST. JOSEPH'S BOYS..................................2

Trailing by two goals to one, and with the Saints eyeing up a spot in their trophy cabinet for the cup, the Meath side cracked home twice in the last six minutes to bring the curtain down on the season in dramatic style.

John Byrne brought the campaign to a classy end as he clipped a sublime last-minute chip over Stephen Kelleher to complete the comeback.

Byrne beat the offside trap and escaped clear in on goal. Kelleher closed off the angles and made himself as big as possible, but the winger deftly lifted the ball over the 'keeper for an audacious winner.

This was a lively encounter from the off and the only surprise was that it took 39 minutes before the deadlock was cracked when Danut Sorlea stabbed home from close range to give the Saints the lead.

A slip in the Saints' rear guard allowed Colin Richardson to steal in just after half time, and the midfielder made no mistake, calmly tucking home the equaliser by Kelleher.

The joy was short-lived as the Sallynoggin side regained the lead, this time Colm Harmon powerfully heading home Luke McWilliams' cross.

O'Neill was in inspired form in the Dunboyne goal as he kept his side in this final with a string of saves, brimming with both quality and bravery.

Brendan Lee punished the Saints for their shyness in front of goal as the defender thumped home from the edge of the area with just six minutes to go, setting Byrne up to grab the glory in the last minute.


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