Monday 11 December 2017

Brady downs Cootehill

The Celts pushed forward at every opportunity to regain parity. (Stock photo)
The Celts pushed forward at every opportunity to regain parity. (Stock photo)

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Two first half-goals from full-forward Philip Brady proved pivotal as Mullahoran St Joseph’s regained the Cavan SHC title at Kingspan Breffni Park.

Mullahoran 2-7 Cootehill Celtic 2-6

Cootehill Celtic enjoyed the better start and led by 1-1 to no-score after 10 minutes after Aiden Fitzpatrick’s goal. Mullahoran’s experience began to tell though and when man-of-the-match Brady drilled the ball to the net in the 13th minute, it was game on.

Derrick Dalton put the 2013 champions in front (1-2 to 1-1) for the first time after 17 minutes and it was a lead they would never subsequently relinquish. Cootehill stayed in touch even though Brady’s second major (29) left them trailing by 1-3 to 2-4 at the half-way mark.

Mullahoran led by four points at the three-quarter hour mark but Cootehill hung in there and a second goal (47) by Fitzpatrick left just a point between the sides.

The Celts pushed forward to regain parity. In a last desperate attack, Caoimhín Carney was fouled but his Cootehill colleague Fiachra Hughes pulled the subsequent free narrowly wide with the last puck of the game.

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