Cometh the hour Comer the man
MIDLETON are the Michael O’Connor Motor Factors East Cork JAFC champions following a very late comeback to defeat Fr O’Neill’s in Killeagh, where the Midleton captain Johnny Comer kicked a fantastic 45 to seal the deal eight minutes into injury time.
Blustery conditions welcomed the sides with Midleton having the wind at their backs in the opening half and Cormac Beausang got the Magpies opening score after just one minute.
The response from O’Neill’s was instant as Daniel Harrington pointed from play to level early.
Both sides exchanged points, then O’Neill’s took the lead through a Harrington free, then a mistake at the back by the Midleton keeper on the seventh minute saw Eoin Motherway take a poachers chance and blast the ball into the net to give O’Neill’s a three point lead.
Midleton settled after the goal and again after an exchange of points, Midleton finally got into the match on the quarter mark and hit over six points without reply as all the Midleton forwards got on the score sheet with points from Garan Manly, Johnny Comer, Cormac Walsh, Cillian Hurley and Kieran Mulcahy to lead the game by two points.
To their credit, the men from Aghavine responded well before the short whistle with a classy Joe Millerick point from play and a late Daniel Harrington free to make matters level at half time.
Fr O’Neill’s were brilliant in the opening minutes of the second half with an early point from Paudie McMahon, then a real shot in the arm for the O’Neill’s side as Jason Hankard scored their second goal.
It was a very exciting second half with Midleton replying with three points from play and again the final hung in the balance.
On the third quarter the sides were level and it was impossible to call, but it looked to be going the way of O’Neill’s who led by two points with time up, but three late points including a fantastic 45 from Comer sent the Jim Ryan Cup back to Clonmult Memorial Park.
The Midleton team celebrate their victory over Fr O’Neills at the East Cork Junior A Football Championship final in Killeagh.
Midleton’s Cormac Beausang and Sean O’Meara celebrate their victory over Fr O’Neills with the Jim Ryan Cup in Killeagh.
Donal O’Keeffe, Chairman of East Cork GAA, presenting the Jim Ryan Cup to Johnny Comer, Midleton’s Captain, after his team beat Fr O’Neill’s in the East Cork Junior A Football Championship final in Killeagh.