Tuesday 12 December 2017

O'Connor leads Pat's to third Louth title in four years

St Patrick's 1-10 Dreadnots 1-8 - Louth SFC final

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St Patrick's started and finished with a flourish in an otherwise dour tussle in Drogheda to claim their third title in four years and their sixth since 2003. In between, Fergal Reel's star-studded side was pushed to their limits.

Pats' Eoin O'Connor got the opening goal, but Dreadnots kept in touch and their dreams of a first ever county title were very much alive at the break as a Paraic Smith goal helped them to a 1-6 to 1-5 advantage. Pats took a grip on proceedings after the restart, but couldn't shake off their gutsy opponents. Points from Paddy Keenan and Daragh Lafferty ensured a victory.

Scorers: St Patrick's: E O'Connor 1-2 (0-1 '45'), P Keenan (1f), K White 0-2 each, A McCann, E Carroll (f), D O'Connor, D Lafferty 0-1 each. Dreadnots: J Califf 0-6fs, P Smith 1-1, A Williams 0-1.

St Patrick's: S Connor; K Toner, D Finnegan, D O'Hanlon; R Finnegan, C Goss, E Zamboglou; P Keenan, P Mallon; A McCann, K White, E Lafferty; E Carroll, D O'Connor, E O'Connor. Subs: D Lafferty or E Lafferty, E White for P Mallon (58, BC).

Dreadnots: C Cunningham; D Shevlin, P Rath, B Gargan; A Williams, C McEvoy, B Faulkner; J Califf, D Campbell; P Lynch, P Kirwan, P Smith; C Campbell, L Shevlin, D O'Brien. Subs: R Kirwan for B Gargan (41), L Judge for D O'Brien (60+).

Referee: Kevin Carroll.

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