Connaughton steals title
Westmeath SHC final
Raharney regained the title in dramatic fashion when they dethroned Clonkill in a pulsating clash at Cusack Park, Mullingar, yesterday.
The impressive Alan Dowdall edged the holders ahead to leave Clonkill 0-9 to 0-8 in front at half-time.
Raharney trailed by six points with seven minutes of normal time remaining, but the switching of dual Westmeath player Paul Greville from wing-back to full-forward proved to be an inspired move and he rifled home a wonderful goal in the 57th minute to leave his side a point behind.
A great point from Brendan Murtagh seemed to be the insurance score for Clonkill. However, Brian Connaughton rifled a 25-metre free to the net in injury-time to steal it.
Scorers -- Raharney: B Connaughton 1-4 (1-0f, 0-4 '65's), P Greville 1-1, J Shaw 0-4 (0-1f), N Flanagan, F Boyle, A Giles, C Flanagan, B Smyth 0-1 each. Clonkill: N Dowdall 1-2, B Murtagh (0-2f), A Dowdall 0-3 each, A Mitchell (0-1f, 0-1 '65'), E Price, E Loughlin, A Price 0-2 each.
Raharney -- A Doyle; T Doyle, C Jordan, D Carey; A Giles, B Connaughton, P Greville; N Flanagan, S Morley; C Boyle, J Shaw, F Boyle; B McKeogh, C Flanagan, B Smyth. Subs: J Boyle (for Morley 41), R McKeogh (for Carey 53), P Connaughton (for FBoyle 55).
Clonkill -- B Murray; S Cleary, M Scally, S Loughlin; S Power, A Mitchell, F Fagan; E Price, E Loughlin; A Price, B Murtagh, A Dowdall; N Dowdall, P Dowdall, M Heffernan. Subs: L Folan (for Heffernan 37), J Fagan (for E Loughlin 56).
Ref -- J McGrath (Turin).