Friday 23 February 2018

Coughlan penalty proves decisive as Old Leighlin crush feeble Rathvilly

Old Leighlin 1-11, Rathvilly 0-7, Carlow SFC Final replay

OLD Leighlin lifted the Conlon Cup for just the second time in their history after a deserved victory.

While many believed they had blown their chance to claim the title after last week's draw, their ability to close down the space in their half and create it at the other end proved an unstoppable combination.

Swapping scores with Rathvilly, the sides looked to be going in at the break level until Cathal Coughlan fired a penalty into the top corner with the last kick of the half, making it 1-5 to 0-5. The expected onslaught from Rathvilly, who went into the first game 4/9 favourites, never came and when International Rules midfielder Brendan Murphy was given a red card with 10 minutes to go, the contest was over.

SCORERS -- Old Leighlin: C Coughlan 1-2 (1-0 pen, 0-1 f), D Bambrick 0-3, Seamus Kinsella 0-2 (0-1f), P Hickey, D Kelly, H Graham, Sean Kinsella 0-1 each. Rathvilly: B Murphy (0-1f), JJ Smith (0-1f) 0-3 each, E Finnegan 0-1.

Old Leighlin -- J Clarke; R Burke, M Meaney, S Daly; D Dowling, J Hayden, G Hickey; P Hickey, M Brennan; D Kelly, C Coughlan, H Gahan; W Minchin, D Bambrick, Seamus Kinsella). Subs: Sean Kinsella for Minchin (15), B Lawlor for Gahan (60), J Nevin for Seamus Kinsella (60).

Rathvilly -- R Molloy; J Kehoe, T Bolger, K Byrne; A Bolger, S Kavanagh, BJ Molloy; K Doyle, B Murphy; B Murphy, A Kelly, E Finnegan; Dl O'Brien, JJ Smith, D Molloy. Subs: J O'Donoghue for A Bolger (h-t), G Dempsey for O'Brien (37), D Byrne for Finnegan (43), B Leonard for Kavanagh (51).

Ref -- K Kelly (Fighting Cocks).

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