Cometh the hour Comer the man

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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.

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