Kil­cor­mac hold firm to lift ti­tle

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Gaelic Games -

Kil­cor­mac/Kil­loughey re­turned to the sum­mit in Of­faly hurl­ing with a nerve-tin­gling win over St Ry­nagh’s in O’Con­nor Park yes­ter­day.

Ahead 2-13 to 0-8 with 16 min­utes to go, Kil­cor­mac/ Kil­loughey looked to have more than enough done to win but were forced to mount a fe­ro­cious rear­guard ac­tion in the clos­ing quar­ter.

With the wind on their backs, St Ry­nagh’s came storm­ing back and at one stage seemed set to com­plete a heroic come­back. They scored three points on the trot be­fore an op­por­tunist goal from sub­sti­tute Joe O’Con­nor made it 2-13 to 1-11 with 10 min­utes re­main­ing.

A fine Stephen Leonard point set­tled Kil­cor­mac/ Kil­loughey briefly but the hold­ers con­tin­ued swarm­ing for­ward in num­bers, forc­ing them to en­ter into des­per­ate de­fend­ing.

Stephen Quirke and Ciaran Slevin ex­changed late frees as Kil­cor­mac/Kil­loughey held on for a dra­matic but ul­ti­mately de­served win.

KIL­COR­MAC/ KIL­LOUGHEY: Conor S levin; K Leonard, G He a lion, K Grog an; E Grog an(0-1), DKilm art in, JQu inn; C Ki el y (0-1,1f), Ciaran Slevin (1-7,5f); JGor­man (0-1), CM a hon, P Ger ag hty;S Leonard (0-1),PHealion(0-1),TGer­aghty(1-1). Subs: DCur­rams(0-3) for PGer­aghty(20 mins),B Leonard for P Heal ion( 52m ins ), O Ma hon forEGro gan (56 m ins ). S TRY NA GH’ S: CC l an cy;D Maloney,D Shortt,NWynne;C Her non, AT re a cy (0-4, 3 fa nd 1‘65), BC on neely; G Kelly, PC am on; G Scales (0-1), G Con neely, MM aloney;S Quirke (0-7,6f),SDolan(0-3),SWynne. Subs: JO’ Con­nor(1-0 )for Scales(37 mins), RHughes(0-1) for Maloney(39 mins). Ref­eree: R Fitz si­mons

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