Monday 19 August 2019

Glynn's frees hand Hogan glory to St Michael's

St Michael’s Enniskillen 1-12 Naas CBS 1-11

Jubilant St Michael’s Enniskillen players celebrate with the Hogan Cup. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Jubilant St Michael’s Enniskillen players celebrate with the Hogan Cup. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

It proved to be third time lucky for St Michael's Enniskillen in a Hogan Cup final on Saturday in Croke Park.

After defeats in the 2002 and 2012 deciders they managed to withstand a late fightback from Naas to land their maiden title in a tight contest.

A new winner was guaranteed in advance, with Naas CBS the first Kildare side ever to contest the decider, but St Michael's manager Dominic Corrigan felt a challenge match between the sides in January had given them a few tips.

"The big moments in the game went our way and it was a great collective performance. We are in heaven at the moment," the former Fermanagh senior manager said.

Eoin Conneff put Naas ahead with the game's first goal in the 12th minute, before Darragh McBrien raised a green flag at the other end to make it 1-3 to 1-2.

Man of the match Micheál Glynn's accuracy from frees was a big part of St Michael's win as they led by 1-6 to 1-4 at half-time.

St Michael's went ahead by four at the three-quarter mark (1-9 to 1-5), but Naas did press hard in the last 10 minutes. St Michael's keeper Seán McNally made a big save from Tony O'Connor, but O'Connor and Paddy McDermott kept St Michael's on their toes to leave it at 1-11 to 1-10, two minutes into an additional six.

Conor Love's second point was the insurance score St Michael's wanted, as a Mikey McGovern free was all Naas could muster.

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