O’Toole’s dig deep to de­fend their crown

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Luke O’Toole’s 0-13, St Kevin’s 0-10: This match brought the cur­tain down on a hec­tic ju­ve­nile scene in 2008.

Played in glo­ri­ous sun­shine on an ex­cel­lent pitch at An Tochar on Satur­day, last year’s A shield win­ners Luke O’Toole’s suc­cess­fully de­fended their ti­tle with a hard fought victory over St. Kevin’s.

There was very lit­tle be­tween the sides in the first-half and by half-time St. Kevin’s had edged in front by 0-5 to 0-4.

St. Kevin’s in­creased their lead with a fur­ther point af­ter the restart, but then Luke O’Toole’s hit a golden patch that brought some ex­cel­lent scores and a lead of 0-13 to 0-7 with ten min­utes re­main­ing.

Typ­i­cal of the game, St. Kevin’s re­fused to lie down and added three more points to their to­tal, leav­ing just a goal be­tween them.

Hard as St. Kevin’s tried, they just could not break down a res­o­lute Luke O’Toole’s de­fence mar­shalled by man of the match Eoin O’Lough­lin at full-back and ex­cel­lent Robert Lam­bert play­ing at cen­tre-back.

In the end Luke O’Toole’s ran out wor­thy win­ners.

Scor­ers for Luke O’Toole’s: Stephen Dil­lon (0-4), Shane O’Ke­effe (0-3), Ian McDon- ald (0-2), Robert Lam­bert (01), An­drew Holt (0-1), Paul O’Ke­effe (0-1), Willy Doyle (0-1).

Re­ply­ing for gal­lant St. Kevin’s were: Peadar Traynor (0-2), Jack Slat­tery (0-2), Kevin Tutty (0-2), Ciarán Tyrrell (0-2), Joe Glen­non (0-1), Niall Clarke (0-1).

Af­ter the game, Pat Mitchell pre­sented the shield to the winning cap­tain Robert Lam­bert and Ed­die Leonard pre­sented the man of the match award to Luke O’Toole’s Eoin O’Lough­lin.

Ref­eree was John O’Brien, New­cas­tle.

This was the last of the 32 fi­nals and it also brought down the cur­tain on Pat Mitchell’s and Ed­die Leonard’s in­volve­ment in the ju­ve­nile scene.

Hav­ing given it their best shot over the last few years, Pat and Ed­die left ju­ve­nile hurl­ing and foot­ball in Wick­low in bet­ter shape than they had found it.

Start­ing the first Sun­day in Fe­bru­ary and run­ning un­til De­cem­ber 6, they or­gan­ised and ran a com­bined to­tal of 846 games in hurl­ing and foot­ball.

Coiste na nOg thank the An Tochar Club and in par­tic­u­lar the grounds­man Paul Brady, not just for their ser­vices on Satur­day but over the last three years.

Luke O'Tooles cap­tain Robert Lam­bert ac­cepts the shield from Pat Mitchell.

Peo­ple News­pa­pers Man of the Match Eoin O'Lough­lin ac­cepts his award from Ed­die Leonard.

Luke O’Toole’s, win­ners of the Mi­nor A foot­ball Shield fi­nal.

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