MUCKALEE retained their senior county football title with a hard-fought win over Kilmoganny - and the elements!
Played in Ballyragget on a wet and windy Wednesday, both sides deserve tremendous for the joust they served in absolutely terrible conditions which, ironically, worsened after a 15-minute weather delay to the match.
Muckalee made full use of the elements in the first half to build up a 0-5 to 0-0 lead at the break. That scoreline was a boost to a team who had to line up without their injured full-back Ollie Walsh and centre-back Paddy Nolan.
Kilmoganny roared back into contention in the dying embers of the game, David Herity getting them to within a point of the leaders (0-5 to 0-4). That was the closest they would come, however, as John Maher landed a great insurance point from the corner of the endline and sideline to double Muckalee’s lead.
Muckalee did have to survive a few close shaves in injury-time. Kilmoganny did have the ball in the net, but their hopes were dashed when referee John Guinan ruled the ‘score’ out for a square ball.
Afterwards Muckalee manager Tom Cullen was jubilant form.
“The players put a tremendous effort in all year,” he said. “They really wanted it today. They showed huge hunger, determination and effort to get this across the line. To win two county titles in a row shows how special this bunch of players are.”
Muckalee - John Coonan, James Maher, Ronan Maher, Aidan Murphy, Mick Morrissey, Paul Maher, Martin Dowling, Joe Maher, Canice Maher, John Mulhall, Robert Shore, Shane Coonan, Colin McGrath, Brian Byrne, John Maher. Sub: Tom Morrissey.Kilmoganny - Jim Fallon, Mark Dowling, Noel Hickey, Liam Heffernan, Jim Power, Mark Heffernan, Andrew Hickey, William Phelan, Canice Hickey, Kenny Moore, J.J. Dunphy, David Herity, Sean Connery, Darren Fitzpatrick, Sean O’Neill. Subs: Peter Kennelly, Kieran Bergin.
Referee - John Guinan (St Lachtain’s).