Shee­han’s last ditch point se­cures ti­tle for St Johns

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St Johns 1-9 Kil­murry 1-8

ST. John’s dis­cov­ered some late in­spi­ra­tion from match win­ner Kevin Shee­han to claim a dra­matic vic­tory over Kil­murry in the County JBFL Fi­nal played at Ovens.

The win­ners wrote their name into the his­tory books to claim a first time county ti­tle. Hav­ing en­dured some hard knocks over re­cent sea­sons on a run of de­feats in county fi­nals, the Duhal­low side were in­tent on mak­ing up for pre­vi­ous re­ver­sals and fit­tingly, man of the match Shee­han de­liv­ered the match win­ning score.

From a low scor­ing sec­ond half with op­por­tu­ni­ties hard to come by, St. Johns made an all out as­sault to di­vide the sides and it duly ar­rived late to a closely con­tested en­counter. Ul­ti­mately St. Johns con­sis­tent form of late con­tin­ued into the county af­ter com­plet­ing a league and cham­pi­onship dou­ble within Duhal­low.

Two evenly matched sides were con­tent to trade early points, three from St. Johns Jamie Kelle­her can­celled out by Michael John O’Ma­hony and Michael Kelle­her for Kil­murry. Steadily, St Johns play gath­ered trac­tion, boosted by the im­put of Shee­han, Pa Ro­han, David Bar­rett and Kelle­her.

With mo­men­tum be­hind them, St. Johns turned pos­ses­sion into scores, high­lighted on Eoin Bar­rett spread-eagling the Kil­murry de­fence to blast home a goal. Trail­ing by four points, Kil­murry re­acted to a pre­car­i­ous sit­u­a­tion, helped by the splen­did play of Liam O’Sul­li­van and Colm Crow­ley at mid­field, well sup­ported by Liam Buck­ley and Wil­liam Bar­rett.

In­deed Kil­murry’s hopes bright­ened with a fine goal from Paudie O’Con­nell to en­sure par­ity at 1-6 apiece at the in­ter­val. Com­pared to the open­ing 30 min­utes, the stan­dard of fare dropped on the turnover.

At times, both sides over in­dulged on their ap­proach play and it saw well earned pos­ses­sion go to waste. Kil­murry did reg­is­ter points from David O’Hal­lo­ran and O’Con­nell to nudge ahead.

St. Johns re­sponded to end a bar­ren 17 min­utes with­out a score when Kelle­her pointed a free. That set up a rous­ing fin­ish, St. John’s de­liv­ered the all im­po­rant win­ner from the out­stand­ing Shee­han to swing the is­sue.

ST JOHNS: H Shee­han; C Lane, D O’Ke­effe, P O’Ke­effe; S Kelle­her 0-1, K Shee­han 0-1, P Ro­han; DBar­rett, Eoin Bar­rett 1-0, B Kelle­her, J O’Ma­hony 0-1, A Shee­han; P O’Sul­li­van, Eric Bar­rett 0-1, J Kelle­her 0-5 (3f). Subs: N Cork­ery for B Kelle­her, A Shee­han for A T Shee­han, D Cork­ery for P O’Sul­li­van, T Shee­han for D Cork­ery.

KIL­MURRY: K Crow­ley; M Dromey, E Bar­rett, L Buck­ley; C Kear­ney, W Bar­rett, P Hin­chion; L O’Sul­li­van, C Crow­ley; M J O’Ma­hony 0-3, D O’Hal­lo­ran 0-2, J Ber­chanu; M Kelle­her 0-1, F Crow­ley, P O’Con­nell 1-2. Sub: J Burke for M Kelle­her.

REF­EREE: T Lyons

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