Feerick strike kick-starts Multyfarnham push
Multyfarnham 1-14 Lahardane 2-9
Lahardane's romance with the junior championship came to an end at Hyde Park, Roscommon, on Saturday, as Westmeath champions Multyfarnham dug deep to land two late points to secure their place in next month's All-Ireland final.
The Mayo side, under former county manger and player John Maughan, won their first ever county and provincial title and had high hopes of making the final.
They looked to be in a strong position at half-time when they led by 1-5 to 0-6 - the goal on 23 minutes from James Maughan - and they extended that lead to four points at one stage in the second-half.
However, a goal from Emmet Feerick reignited the hopes of the Westmeath men.
They went ahead by four points themselves only for Cormac Reilly to score a second goal for Lahardane, who were on level terms as injury-time approached despite losing Barry Leonard to a second yellow card 10 minutes from time.
It was during the four minutes of injury-time that Multyfarnham found more and late points from Daniel Loughrey and Ciaran Madden sealed a place in the final after a gripping encounter.
SCORERS - Multyfarnham: D Loughrey 0-5 (3f), E Feerick (1-0), M, Brady 0-2, R Wallace, B McLoughlin, A McGivney, C Madden, E McGovern, D Wallace and M Fallon 0-1 each.
Lahardane: J Maughan 1-1, C Reilly 1-0, A Murphy (1f) and A Leonard 0-3 each (2f), T Dever and M Noone 0-1 each.
MULTYFARNHAM: H Reilly, S Moran, P Heavin, J Greene, A Loughrey, R Wallace, S Rocke, B McLoughlin, A McGivney, M Reynolds, D Loughrey, C Madden, I McGovern, M Brady, D Wallace Subs: E Feerick for A Loughrey (BC), T McGivney for B McLoughlin, G Feerick for S Rocke.
LAHARDANE: J Mulherin, B Leonard, C Coleman, P O'Malley, P Coleman, M Queenan, C Rowland, T Dever, G Naughton, A Murphy, J Maughan, M Noone, S Loftus, A Leonard, K Loftus. Subs: C Reilly for K Loftus, G Mulherin for G Naughton, M Coleman for S Loftus.
REF - S Laverty (Antrim)