Tinnelly gives Stars edge
Kingscourt 1-9 Castlerahan 0-11
The old adage that goals win matches bounced off the rafters of Kingspan Breffni Park as Kingscourt came from behind to take the Cavan crown yesterday.
The Stars failed to shine until the 52nd minute, when Philip Tinnelly's palmed goal handed them a lead that they never relinquished.
Tinnelly's effort left the long-time leaders trailing by 0-8 to 1-8 and although Castlerahan fought to the end, they were out of luck when Paul Smith's shot in the dying seconds cannoned off the upright before trickling over the end-line.
Castlerahan had looked well placed at the interval to stop their opponents securing an 11th title when leading by three points - 0-5 to 0-2. In their 10th game of the series, Kingscourt looked a tired team as they tried to eat into their opponents' lead but they leapt into a 0-8 to 0-7 lead.
Enda Flanagan levelled it once more only for Tinnelly to palm the ball into the net after Philip Smith ghosted in behind the Castlerahan defence.
A free and a superb point in the 59th minute left just the minimum between the sides. Castlerahan worked to conjure up an equaliser, but Smith's shot in added-time sealed his side's fate.
Scorers - Kingscourt: P Tinnelly 1-1; P Corrigan 0-3; B Reilly (1f '45) 0-2; P Smith, C McArdle, C McGowan 0-1 each. Castlerahan: C Mackey (3f) 0-3; C Daly, E Flanagan 0-2 each; R Flanagan, O O'Connell, C McEnroe (1f), P Smith 0-1 each.
Kingscourt Stars - J Farrelly; R Sheridan, P Faulkner, S Grey; B Tully, A Clarke, N McIntyre; B Reilly, K Gorman; P Tinnelly, P Corrigan, K McCabe; D Gunne, C McGowan, R Carey. Subs: G Sheenan for Farrelly (29); Philip Smith for C McGowan (33); I McArdle for Gunne (40); Mark McGovern for McCabe (54); T Malone for Gorman (57); T Wakely for Grey (61).
Castlerahan - J Leahy; S Cooney, B Coleman, P Smith; E O'Connell, F Reilly, C McBreen; A Cusack, C Daly; R Flanagan, C Mackey, D Lynch; C McEnroe, E Flanagan, O O'Connell. Subs: S Brady for McBreen (51), F Flanagan for McEnroe (57).
Ref - N Mooney (Cavan Gaels).