O’Toole’s dig deep to defend their crown
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.