Junior C Football Championship Final Eadestown: 1-14 Athgarvan: 0-7
EXPERIENCE in abundance, fire power and overall strength saw Eadestown capture the Tom Cross JFC 'C' title over a hard working but limited Athgarvan side at St. Conleth's Park on Saturday.
It was a game that saw a few 'veterans' roll back the years with displays that rekindled memories of great days.
Eadestown's Mick McLoughlin, although wearing no. 4, lined out at full forward and did he enjoy himself. Involved in everything in the opening half, he ended with an impressive tally of 1-4.
Playing in front of McLoughlin, and looking remarkaby slim and trim, was Michel Conneff. The former Clane player, who has five SFC medals to his credit, the first won back in 1984, oozed class when in possession and his four points from play gave testament to the fact that once a class player also a class player.
Athgarvan were first to raise a white flag when the dangerous Ollie Lambe found the range. It did not take Eadestown long to hit back, with Mick Fitzpatrick setting up Paudi Ryan and soon afterwards Michel Conneff had 'The Town' in front.
Ollie Lambe, a fine individual effort, leveled up matters but it was from here that Eadestown kicked on. Fitzpatrick found Conneff who saw his goal bound shot rocket off the crossbar, but the Athgarvan goal did not stay intact much longer as Paudi Ryan set up Mick Fitzpatrick who made no mistake from close range.
Wing back, Kevin Gibb sent over soon followed by another from Michel Conneff to put Eadestown ahead 1-4 to 0-2 after 18 minutes.
Athgarvan replied before the break with an Ollie Lambe free and a fine effort from Peter McDonnell. Just on the break, however, Paudi Ryan got his second to leave the score at half time reading Eadestown 1-5 Athgarvan 0-4.
Paudi Ryan opened on the resumption with a point from an acute angle from wide on the left and while Michel Conneff added two more, in between Athgarvan kept in touch with points from Lambe and Paul Hewitt.
That, however, was far as Athgarvan were concerned was as near as they got to Eadestown who upped a gear and hitting some splendid scores from all angles, added on seven points in the final quarter.
Eadestown's most famous adopted son, Niall Quinn, now of course Chairman of Sunder land, entered the fray for the final ten minutes and while he didn't raise a flag, nevertheless, showed lots of enthusiasm for the action. Only last week Quinn popped up on Setana playing for Ireland against England in the 'Soccer Legends' series. Quinn, incidentally found the net at Craven Cottage in a penalty shoot-out in which the 'auld enemy' squeezed through.
Overall this Junior C final was a very sporting game, played in a great manner and while Athgarvan were well beaten in the end, they never threw in the towel.
Eadestown will get immense satisfaction from this one and had some marvellous displays from Mirtn Boran, Alan Kavanagh, Paudi Ryan, Micheal Conneff and Mick Fitzpatrick.
The man of the match award went to Eadestown's corner back, Alan Kavanagh,who rarely put a foot wrong throughout the sixty minutes.
Eadestown: Stephen Moore; Donal Moran, Brian Kavanagh, Alan Kavanagh; John Moore, Mairtin Boran, Kevin Gibb 0-1; Conal Boran 0-1, Cian Bolton 0-2 (free); Michael Coyle, Micheal Conneff 0-4, Paudi Ryan 0-2; Peter Moore, Mick Fitzpatrick 1-4, Darach Lacey. Subs: Tommy Dolan for Peter Moore (half time); Shane Roe for Darach Lacey (half time); Mick Byrne for Kevin Gibb (53 minutes); Niall Quinn for Mick Fitzpatrick (55 minute); Keiran Mullan for Paudi Ryan (58 minute).
Athgarvan: Jonathon Snell; Gavin Doyle, Stephen Twomey, William Delaney; Brian Mullins, Patrick Cuddy, Brian Gormley; Olan O'Mahony, David Snell; Norman Murphy, Darren McNally, Max Duffy; Ollie Lambe 0-4 (2 frees), Peter McDonnell 0-1, Paul Hewitt 0-1. Subs: Ross Kierans for Norman Murphy (57 minute); Paul Browne for Stephen Twomey (58 minute); Thomas O'Dwyer for Peter McDonnell (59 minute).