After losing consecutive finals, Simon Keller kicked Garbally College to their 45th senior title after a pulsating tussle with Summerhill College at the Sportsground.
Despite having two players sin-binned during the second half, Noel Mannion’s outfit held on for their first title in eight years and denied the Sligo school the glory in their first Connacht final.
Indeed it could easily have fallen the other way had Summerhill College fly-half Jack Keegan slotted a very tough conversion of Cillian Gallagher’s try six minutes from time.
It had started so well for Summerhill too when second-row Ciaran Cassidy crashed over in the second minute following a well-constructed maul, with Keegan converting for a 7-0 lead.
Keller – who kicked five from five off the tee – got Garbally off the mark with a seventh-minute penalty when Keegan was penalised for not rolling away from the tackle.
The Ballinasloe school slowly began to get a foothold in the game and when O’Neill powered over from close range in the 31st minute, Keller converted to give them the lead.