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Captain McIntyre leads the way as Clontarf bag a double

Dublin JFC1 ‘County’ final


The Clontarf teams that won the Dublin JFC1 'County' Championship

The Clontarf teams that won the Dublin JFC1 'County' Championship

The Clontarf teams that won the Dublin JFC1 'County' Championship

Clontarf made the most of home advantage as they secured the Go-Ahead Dublin Junior 1 All County Football Championship when edging Templeogue Synge Street by 0-9 to 0-6 at St Anne’s Park on Sunday morning.

Having won the AFL4 league final earlier in the year, a talented Clontarf side were fancied to complete the double, but it was only in the second half that they began to exert their control on matters, having trailed by 0-4 to 0-2 at half-time.

They made a decisive push in the third quarter, outscoring their opponents by 0-6 to 0-1, with captain Shane McIntyre leading by example as he kicked three crucial points.

“It’s is great to win both the league and the championship and we are delighted with the way the year has turned out,” said Clontarf mentor Pat Cunningham.

“We lost the final to Raheny by a point last year so winning on Sunday makes this extra special – and we have used a lot of young players in this campaign, which has worked out well for us,” he added.

The impact from the substitutes was extremely important in wrestling the initiative back from Synge Street – and the hosts gained full value from their bench through points from Sean Prendergast, Karl Millar and DJ O’Flaherty.

Liam Ennis kicked points in either half and once Clontarf edged in front, the defensive excellence of centre-back Conor Mullins ensured there would be no way back for the visitors.

“It was a very tight match all the way through but I just felt that Clontarf had that extra little bit of quality on the day and they deserved the win,” said Templeogue Synge Street manager Ray Gilmartin.

“It was intense and competitive for the large part and we were very pleased with our first-half performance.

“However, it just took so much effort restricting them in terms of scores that our attack suffered at the opposite end, but, having said that, we were very pleased to restrict a team as good as them to just nine points over the hour.

“It was a serious defensive effort from ourselves, but just not enough on the day,” he added.

That Templeogue put themselves in such a healthy position at the break was reflected in the strong showing at full-back from Tom Ruane, and they made some impression on the scoreboard through a brace of points by Michael Black and further scores from Barry Fitzgerald and Ciarán Murphy.

Martin Shovlin added a point early in the second half, but they managed just a solitary score for the remainder of the contest through Mark Hayes – as the hosts held on, with a fair degree of comfort, to complete an impressive and noteworthy league and championship double.

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