O'Neill gives Saints edge
St Mullins 2-17 Mount Leinster Rangers 1-19, Carlow SHC final
A point from play in the fourth minute of injury-time from Jason O'Neill gave 14-man St Mullins a dramatic victory in a thrilling Carlow SHC final at Netwatch Cullen Park yesterday, as the new champions denied their neighbours Mount Leinster Rangers a three-in-a-row of county titles.
The 'Saints' were inspired by their county senior star Marty Kavanagh, who scored 0-10, 0-5 from play, in a man-of-the match performance.
Just before the first Mullins goal, they lost their left half-back Ger Coady to a straight red card for a rash challenge on Rangers' Jon Nolan.
Rangers replied with a fine goal from top scorer Denis Murphy on 25 minutes as they trailed 2-12 to 1-9 at half-time. The Rangers No 13 scored 1-13 in a losing cause.
Rangers ate into the arrears in the second half and a brace of Nolan points on 54 and 55 minutes eventually brought the champions level.
But O'Neill hit the winning point as St Mullins claimed their 27th county title.
Scorers - St Mullins: M Kavanagh 0-10 (5f); S Murphy, P Boland 1-1 each; J Doyle 0-3; J O'Neill 0-2. Mount Leinster Rangers: D Murphy 1-13 (13f); C Nolan, J Nolan 0-2 each; T Joyce, D Byrne 0-1 each.
St Mullins - K Kehoe; C Kavanagh, P Doyle, G Bennett; J Doran, M Walsh, G Coady; J Doyle, O Boland; P Boland, S Murphy, M Kavanagh; J O'Neill, P Walsh, P Connors. Subs: P Fortune for P Walsh (48); O Ryan for Boland (62).
Mount LeinstER Rangers - D Grennan; W Hickey, D Tobin, M Doyle; K McDonald, R Coady, R Kelly; D Byrne, J Murphy; J Nolan, T Joyce, D Phelan; D Murphy, C Nolan, E Byrne. Subs: P Coady for Phelan (28); D Byrne for R Kelly (injured, 33).
Ref - P O'Dwyer (Palatine)