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Quigley trio to fore as Roslea bridge 24-year gap

Goals win games and Roslea swooped for three to secure the title at Brewster Park, Enniskillen yesterday.

Seamus Quigley plundered the first on 15 minutes after reacting quickest to a ball off the post before his brother Sean added the second just before the break.

The younger Quigley had already split the posts twice for a Roslea side who mixed the direct style with a strong running game used to great effect by the third Quigley brother, Conor, from wing-back.

St Patrick's never threw the towel in and clipped over a number of points in the second half, but the result was never in doubt.

St Pat's looked for the a goal to throw them a lifeline, but it never came and instead as Roslea bridged a 24-year gap to land the New York Cup.

Scorers -- Roslea: Sean Quigley 1-3, Seamus Quigley, B Sherlock 1-0 each, L Lynch 0-1. St Patrick's: E Maguire 0-7 (0-6f), F O'Reilly 0-1.

Roslea -- S Boyle, N Cassidy, C Mulligan, C Quigley, M Renfrew, P Lynch, P Sherry, K Cosgrove, J Sherry, L Lynch, J Boyle, B Sherlock, N Cosgrove , Seamus Quigley, Sean Quigley. Subs: D Reilly for C Quigley (35), E Sherry for L Lynch (60).

St Patrick's -- C McMahon, B O'Reilly, R McCaffrey, C O'Reilly, P McManus, P Grue, R Daly, F O'Reilly, S McDermott, R McGrade, O Boyle, E Maguire, E Cadden, J McGovern, P Cadden. Subs: E McDermott for P Cadden (15), M McGrade for E Cadden (40), M Coillins for C O'Reilly (45).

Geraghty goal helps Gaels end long wait

A 46th-minute goal from Paul Geraghty proved decisive as Neasden Gaels claimed their first senior title in 11 years at Ruislip yesterday.

The former Galway midfielder was in the right place to fist home Stephen Lynch's miscued free, and although Parnells fought back to within a score of their opponents, Neasden held on.

Runners-up for the past two seasons, a third straight final defeat never looked likely for Neasden. Despite the difficult conditions they led from the second minute until the final whistle.

Scores from open play were few and far between but three early frees from Carlow native Lynch got Neasden off to a flier.

An inspirational point from Tony Gaughan eight minutes in the second half put Neasden three points to the good.

A trio of David O'Sullivan frees left a single score between the sides late on, but Neasden held on to claim only the second senior championship in their history.

Scorers -- Neasden Gaels: S Lynch 0-5 (0-5f), P Geraghty 1-0, B Comer, T Gaughan 0-1 each. Parnells: D O'Sullivan 0-6 (0-5f); D O'Donovan 0-1.

Neasden Gaels -- J McNamara; C O'Flynn, K Geraghty, B McDonagh; P McCone, T Gaughan, B Comer; C McGoldrick, A Flanagan; M Geraghty, P Geraghty, J Raftery; D Carty, P Friel, S Lynch. Subs: T Dougan for O'Flynn (41); C McGann for McNamara (44); M Geraghty for Raftery (50); D O'Connor for Lynch (55).

Parnells -- E Byrne; E O'Connor, C Kelleher, T Quaid; K Culhane, E Crowley, N Tuohy; E Brennan, E Fallon; D Ryan, D O'Donovan, D O'Sullivan; E Flaherty, J Niblock, A Murray. Subs: O Patterson for Brennan (41); A Murray for Fallon (41); R Dempsey for Crowley (53); M Bowler for Ryan (58).

Ref -- C Conneely (Galway).

Irish Independent

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