Sport Gaelic Football

Wednesday 24 January 2018

O'Connor goal makes Saints' day

St Michael's/Foilmore 1-9 Waterville 0-6

Former All-Ireland intermediate champions St Michael's/Foilmore came good in the last quarter of a hard-fought final in Waterville.

Both sides found the wind hard to gauge as Michael's kicked seven first-half wides and they trailed the home side 0-5 to 0-2 at half-time, with former Kerry U-21 ace Eanna O'Connor having difficulty with several placed balls.

The sides swapped early frees, through O'Connor and Stephen O'Dwyer, but it was Waterville with their full-back line, led by Niall Fitzgerald, on top who made the better use of limited chances with points from Stephen and Barry O'Dwyer, Seamus O'Sullivan and a Gearoid O'Sullivan free. However, they could only manage a single second-half point, from a Gearoid O'Sullivan free in the 55th minute, while 2009 champions St Michael's/Foilmore got on top. Two-time All-Ireland medallist Ronan O'Connor sealed glory when he fired a loose ball to net in the 50th minute.

Scorers -- St Michael's/Foilmore: R O'Connor 1-4 (2f), J Clifford 0-2, E O'Connor (f), B Kelly and D Kelly 0-1 each.

Waterville: S O'Dwyer 0-2 (1f), G O'Sullivan 0-2f, S O'Sullivan and B O'Dwyer 0-1 each.

St Michael's/Foilmore -- B Smith; C Granfield, M Griffin, C O'Sullivan; D J Moran, B Galvin, A O'Connell; S O'Connor, S Fogarty; B Kelly, C O'Connor, D Kelly; R O'Connor, E O'Connor, J Clifford. Subs: P King for D J Moran (46), D O'Sullivan for C O'Connor (52)

Waterville -- C Dennehy; F Clifford, N Fitzgerald, A O'Dwyer; O Clifford, K O'Dwyer, G Galvin; S O'Sullivan, G O'Sullivan; A O'Shea, P Curran, C O'Sullivan; B O'Dwyer, S O'Dwyer, E O'Sullivan. Subs: D O'Dwyer for E O'Sullivan (22), D Fenton for S O'Dwyer (inj, h-t).

Ref -- P Lyons (Cromane).

Irish Independent

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