Glynn magic banishes 30 years of hurt for Pearses
Padraig Pearses 1-20 Four Roads 1-13
A stunning 15-point haul from Daniel Glynn fired Padraig Pearses to their county crown since 1987 at Athleague.
Having lost their previous eight finals, Pearses knew that would need something different to prevail, and it was Glynn who provided that X-Factor with a wonderful display of accuracy from frees and general play.
In perfect conditions, Pearses hurled with savage intensity throughout, determined to banish 30 years of heartache.
With their half-back line and joint captain Mike Donoghue leading the charge, Mike Malone's side settled early. Glynn (2), the excellent Shane Naughton and the lively Daniel Staunton grabbed scores inside the opening quarter.
But they couldn't shake off Four Roads initially as points from Johnny Coyne, Padraig Kelly, midfielder David Dolan and Noel Fallon kept their side in contention.
As the half wore on, however, Pearses' dominance was reflected on the scoreboard and four Glynn scores in succession in the final ten minutes opened up a 0-11 to 0-7 half-time advantage.
Glynn and Coyne swapped points at the start of the new half, before James Fitzmaurice's 34th-minute goal propelled Four Roads right back into contention.
In previous years, Pearses may have buckled under pressure. Not this time, and half-time substitute Oisín Kelly grabbed a crucial 45th-minute goal to put them in the driving seat.
Try as they might, Four Roads couldn't break a resolute Pearses defence, and it was fitting that Glynn should fire over one of the points of the day in injury-time to confirm his side as champions.
Scorers - Padraig Pearses: D Glynn 0-15 (10fs), S Naughton 0-4, O Kelly 1-0, D Staunton 0-1. Four Roads: J Coyle 0-6 (4fs), J Fitzmaurice 1-0, D Dolan 0-3 (1'65'), P Kelly 0-2, N Fallon, B Mulry 0-1 each.
PADRAIG PEARSES - P Dolan; K Daly, K Feehily, E Costello; D Loughnane, P Dolan, E Cogavin; T Seale, M. Donoghue; G Downey, D Glynn, S Naughton; A Finnerty, C Kelly, D Staunton. Subs: O Kelly for Finnerty (h-t), T Cogavin for Downey (54), J Donoghue for Daly (54), B Fallon for P Dolan (59), D Dolan for Seale (60).
FOUR ROADS - D Dowd; Cormac Coyle, M McLoughlin, C Dowd; S Curley, M Kelly, J Mulry; J Moran, D Dolan; S Beirne, J Coyne, P Kelly; E Rogerson, J Fitzmaurice, N Fallon. Subs: Conor Coyle for McLoughlin (h-t), J Rogerson for Cormac Coyle (h-t), B Mulry for Beirne (47 mins), A Lawlor for E Rogerson (54), C Dolan for Moran (57).
REF - K McGeeney.