Dublin IHC final
Parnell Park hosted the Go Ahead Dublin Intermediate Hurling Championship final last Sunday afternoon with Fingallians pulling away in the second-half to deservedly take the spoils with a 1-20 to 0-10 victory over Erin’s Isle.
There was little to separate the sides initially with the teams deadlocked at 0-9 apiece by half-time but the Swords club assumed complete control upon the resumption to ease their way to the title by the final whistle.
Conor Byrne set the tone for the winners with an immaculate performance from corner-back as Fins made history in winning their first-ever title at this grade, much to the delight of team manager Ryan O’Dwyer.
“We are thrilled to have gotten over the line after losing last year’s final and I thought that the lads showed great character throughout.
“I had a fair few people slapping me on the back after the game but really, it was the lads that did it and I’m delighted for them.
“I felt before the game that we needed a strong start and that’s what our focus was on but that never really happened in the first half so I’m very pleased with how they regrouped and performed in the second-half.
“To be fair, all the credit for this win goes to John Williams, who has driven on hurling in the club for years.
“Every player involved would have had John as a coach at underage and to be honest, I’m just reaping the rewards from all his tireless efforts down the years,” added the former Dublin attacker.
In addition to Byrne, there were many key performers for the winners with Shane Howard giving a phenomenal display after the break as he dropped back from midfield to pick up a wealth of ball from his half-back line.
Darragh Power was another to impress upon the restart while the likes of Eoin O’Connor, Mick Rock and Mark Cullen were similarly influential as Fingallians seized control of matters.
For Erin’s Isle, it proved a disappointing end to their encouraging season, but they started well with Graham King to the fore from both placed balls and open play while Fins got up and running through scores by O’Connor, Cullen and Power.
Cullen’s goal in the second half finally put daylight between the teams with substitute Peter Daly ensuring Fins remained on the front foot until the final whistle.
Fingallians Panel: S Nolan, A Smith, D Fagan, C Byrne, C Shaw, I Kennedy, D Lynch, S Howard, D Foley, M Rock, D Power, E Howard, E O’Connor, S Hickey, M Cullen, D Delaney, B Rodgers, D Williams, P Daly, C Markey, TJ Howard, B Stears, G Rodgers, G Howard, C smith, C Lynch, E Tuohy, R Hennessy.
Erin’s Isle Panel: D McCabe, E king, T Fox, J Nicholson, D Murray, L Finnegan, J Perry, R Fitzpatrick, G King, I Fitzpatrick, E Carney, D Kelly, C Donohoe, C Berrigan, D Casey, A Langan, A Docherty, A Morgan K Dunne, G Farrell, M Donohoe, D Hanlon, F Carroll, G Cronin, C Kelly, A Keoghan, J Redmond, C Carney.