Daniel Kille was the hero of the hour after ending up with nine points as Lisnaskea Emmets of Fermanagh booked a final date at Croke Park with a seven-point win over Kildare's Ballymore Eustace in Navan yesterday.
Despite Tommie Archbold hitting the net after nine minutes for Ballymore, it was the Ulster champions who bossed the opening half. They already held a four-point lead before Mark Little blasted to the net in the final minute before the break to put them 1-8 to 1-1 ahead.
That was to prove the crucial score of the game.
Despite Ballymore's best efforts in the second half they just couldn't eat into the Lisnaskea lead.
The Kildare side never got closer than five points to their opponents.
Their day was summed up when Shane Kavanagh, brother of Kildare inter-county star James, picked up a second yellow card in the dying stages of the game.
Scorers -- Lisnaskea Emmets: D Kille 0-9 (0-5f), M Little 1-0, A Little, S Carters, S Ingram 0-1 each. Ballymore: T Archbold 1-0, J Kavanagh 0-2, E Kavangh (1f), S Kavanagh, K Conway 0-1 each.
Lisnaskea Emmets -- B McGoldrick; M Smyth, P Collins, K Curran; J Woods, M McKenna, N McIlroy; B Óg Maguire, C Curran; A Little, S Carters, M Little; S Ingram, P Curran, D Kille. Subs: D Graham for Collins (36), C Moane for Curran (60).
Ballymore -- K McNally; C Clarke, P Browne, K Fennell; G Fennell, J Doyle, K Conway; T Grace, J Kavanagh; S Kavanagh, E Kavanagh, W O'Donoghue; M McCarville, T Archibold, G Clarke. Subs: M Headon for G Fennell (48), A Rooney for McCarville (56), B Moore for G Clarke (60), T O'Rourke for E Kavanagh (60).
Ref -- J Curley (Meath).