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A last gasp kick from David Fogarty gave St Anne's a one point victory over Gusserane in the Wexford senior final at Wexford Park. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

A last gasp kick from David Fogarty gave St Anne's a one point victory over Gusserane in the Wexford senior final at Wexford Park. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

A last gasp kick from David Fogarty gave St Anne's a one point victory over Gusserane in the Wexford senior final at Wexford Park. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

DAVID FOGARTY'S final kick three minutes into injury time hurtled straight between the posts, giving St Anne's a marvellous victory over Gusserane in this Wexford senior final at Wexford Park.

Fogarty had received an injury in the quarter-final that threatened his championship, but he marked a remarkable recovery, holding his nerve to steer over the winning point, when it looked as if the sides were heading for another day out.

St Anne's were up against it, having to field without their suspended star player, Liam Og McGovern.

But it was in adversity that they showed the resilience and strength to edge home in a dramatic finish and lift the cup for their suspended defender.

Both sides dug deep through the opening 30 minutes of what was a low-scoring affair.

After Shane Cullen and Sean Gaul exchanged points, further points from Padraic Conway and Cullen edged Gusserane into a 0-3 to 0-21 lead after 21 minutes.

Approaching the break, it was a Gaul-pointed free, after Red Barry had been fouled, that left the minimum, 0-3 to 0-2, separating the sides at the interval.

After Cillian Kehoe had extended his side's lead within three minutes of the restart, St Anne's responded with points from Gaul - a free - and David Fogarty, to level the sides, 0-4 each, just 37 minutes into the game.

The only goal of the game arrived one minute later when Gaul got on the end of a penetrating move that prised open the Gusserane defence to clinically finish into the net, giving St Anne's the lead for the first time.

To their credit, Gusserane battled back from this setback.

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And they levelled the game through a Cullen-pointed free - and it was 1-5 to 0-8 with four minutes remaining.

But it was Anne's who kept driving forward, with Fogarty kicking over a superb winning point from out on the wing three minutes into additional time for what proved to be the winning score.

Scorers - St Anne's: S Gaul 1-4 (4fs), D Fogarty 0-2.

Gusserane: S Cullen 0-4 (1 f), C Kehoe, P Conway, G Cullen, A Flynn 0-1 (f).

St Anne's - R Cleary; P O'Keeffe, T Cullen, K Cloney; S Gaul, A Rochford, K Hannigan; D O'Connor, D Fogarty; R Barry, J Fogarty, P White; L Rochford, D O'Keeffe, M Furlong. Subs: F Whelan for Furlong; L O'Neill for Whelan.

Gusserane - D Kehoe; C Somers, A Redmond, S Doyle; L Dillon, R Corcoran, F Ryan; K Cahill, C Kehoe; P Conway, G Cullen, A Flynn; J O'Connor, S Cullen, S Ryan. Subs: G O'Grady for F Ryan; J Cooney for Cahill; P Wall for O'Connor.

Ref - B Martin (Ballyhogue)


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