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Butler magic seals title

GALLEN Community School powered their way to All-Ireland glory with an impressive 11-point win over St Mark's in Mullingar.

Powered by midfielder Colin Kenny, and with full-forward Michael Butler a constant threat, the Offaly school dominated the first half.

The Down lads missed two glorious goal opportunities approaching the break and were made to pay when Butler found the net at the other end in the 29th minute, leaving the Ferbane outfit ahead by 1-9 to 0-1 at the break.

A great goal from Tiarnan Rushe within two minutes of the resumption gave St Mark's a modicum of hope, but a terrific second goal from Butler in the 39th minute put Gallen CS 10 points clear (2-10 to 1-3).

An opportunist goal from Conor Owens soon followed but, despite a fabulous goal in reply from Aaron Magee in the 52nd minute, St Mark's paid for their frustration in the closing stages of a hitherto-sporting contest with the dismissal of both Lorcan Brannigan (second yellow) and Jody McGovern (straight red).

SCORERS – Gallen CS: M Butler 2-5 (0-3fs), C Owens 1-0, C Kenny, R Heavin, D Hogan 0-2 each. St Mark's: T Rushe 1-1, A Magee 1-0, J Murphy 0-2 (1f).

GALLEN CS – B Rohan; R Hynes, J Corcoran, A Seery; C Lynam, J Egan, L Cooper; C Kenny, T Corcoran; C Owens, R Heavin, B McEvoy; J Clancy, M Butler, D Hogan. Subs: E Molloy for Hynes (51), J Darcy for Owens (57), J Lowry for Clancy (59), J Quinn for Cooper (60), J Egan for Lynam (60).

ST MARK'S – C Magill; D Murdock, C Fitzpatrick, L Brannigan; P Magee, P Kelly, E Rooney; CJ Barr, J Morgan; J Murphy, J McGovern, A Magee; T Rushe, J McAvoy, C Murray. Subs: P Harper for Murdock (44), C Keenan for Magill (44), C Owens for Murray (53).

REF – J Curley (Meath)

Irish Independent