Leinster JFC final: Brady's brace eases Multy' task
Multyfarnham 2-6 Erin Rovers 0-5
A goal in either half by full-forward Max Brady propelled impressive Westmeath junior football champions Multyfarnham to a fully deserved seven-point victory against pre-match favourites Erin Rovers from Offaly in Saturday's well-contested Leinster final in Mullingar.
Urged on by a huge following, Multyfarnham started nervously before Brady's first goal - a slapped effort at the end of a great move - opened the scoring in the 13th minute. The same player added two points and the hard-working Ian McGovern also got on the scoresheet.
Multyfarnham went on to lead by 1-3 to 0-2 at the interval, the visitors having kicked a whopping 11 wides (to their opponents' six).
When Brady scored his second goal from a tight angle in the 37th minute, Multyfarnham, for whom strong-running centre half back Ronan Wallace excelled throughout, led by 2-4 and 0-2. Full forward Nathan Poland came closest to finding the net for the Pullough-based outfit at the end of a Conor Lynam delivery in the 45th minute.
However, despite their best efforts, there was no way back for Rovers, who finished the game with 14 men following Declan Buckley's 59th-minute dismissal. The Westmeath men, who bridged a 61-year gap when winning their county title last month, now march on to the All-Ireland semi-finals.
Scorers - Multyfarnham: M Brady 2-3 (0-1f); D Loughrey (f), I McGovern, D Wallace 0-1 each. Erin Rovers: R Delaney 0-2 (2fs); R Fox, T Spain, C Lynam 0-1 each.
Multyfarnham: H Reilly; S Moran, P Heavin, J Greene; T McGivney, R Wallace, S Rock; B McLoughlin, D Loughrey; M Reynolds, A McGivney, C Madden; I McGovern, M Brady, D Wallace. Subs: A Loughrey for Madden (50), M Fallon for Reynolds (60 + 4).
Erin Rovers: N Dunne; D Bracken, Andrew Buckley, Aaron Buckley; D Cooney, R Fox, D Buckley; D Spain, T Spain; C Lynam, R Delaney, B Buckley; S Buckley, N Poland, G Russo. Subs: D Kelly for Aaron Buckley (37), C Owens for S Buckley (40), O Buckley for Cooney (BC, 54).
Ref: S Mulhare (Laois).