Athy hold off late rally to book final spot

Celbridge come up a point short

Tommy Callaghan

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Athy hold off late rally to book final spot

Niall Kelly in sparkling form fro Athy

Athy are through to the final of the SFC following a one point win over Celbrige  at St Conleth's Park this evening.

In the end there was just a point separating the sides but no body could Athy their win, a victory they fully deserved.

The sides were level at the break 1-5 to 0-8, Kevin O'Callaghaqn getting the Celbridge goal after just three minutes.

On the resumption it was Athy who dominated opening up a six point lead after just 36 points and while celbridge came back in the final minutes of the game they failed to get the leveler, despite carving out some late changes.

Final score: Athy 0-17 Celbridge 1-13.

Scorers: Athy, Niall Kelly 0-6, Liam McGovern 0-5 (1 free), James Eaton 0-2, David Hyland 0-2, Pascal Connell 0-2,

Celbrige, Kevin Callaghan 1-2, David Hughes 0-8 (4 frees), Niall Donnelly 0-1, Fergal Conway 0-1, Mark O'Sullivan 0-1.


ATHY: Stephen Davies; Tomás Foley, Killian Mulhall, Ross Bell; Sean Ronan, David Hyland, John Moran; Kevin Feely, Pascal Connell; Liam McGovern, Mark Hyland, James Eaton; Cian Reynolds, Tony Gibbons, Niall Kelly. Subs: Conor Ronan for Ross Bell (18 minutes); Barry Kelly for Cian Reynolds (hlf time); Paddy Dunne for Tony Gibbons (53 minutes); Mick Foley for Tomas Foley (61 minutes).


CELBRIDGE: ShaneMcNamara; Johon Costello, Mick O'Grady, Tony Archbold; Hugh McGrillen Michael Konstantin,Mick O'Grady, Codnor Plunkett; Kevin Flynn, Fergal Conway; Ollie Lyons, David Byrne, Niall Donnelly; David Hugjes, David Byrne, Kevin O'Callaghan, Liam O'Flynn. Subs: Shane O'Flynn for Niall Donnelly (44 minutes); Dylan Corcoran for David Byrne (45 minutes); Darragh McEvoy for Michael Konstantin (44 minutes); Mark O'Sullilvlan for Liam O'Flynn (51 minutes).


REFEREE: Ray Kelly.