Glen Rovers ends 26-year drought

Glen Rovers ends 26-year drought
Sixmilebridge players Conor Deasy, Barry Fitzpatrick and Brian Corry celebrate their Clare County Senior Hurling Championship Final win against Clonlara

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Glen Rovers hurling team are one of 17 new county champions in Ireland this weekend, after ending a 26-year drought to beat Sarsfields to clinch the Cork county title.

The Glen won by 2-17 to 1-13 after two crucial late goals from David Cunningham and David Dooling in what was a tighter game at Páirc Uí Rinn than the scoreline suggests.

The teams were level six times in the game, but with the two goals and some clinical scoring by Rovers’ talisman Horgan who scored seven frees and two from play, they got over the line to prevent Sars from clinching two senior titles in a row.

Glen Rovers ends 26-year drought
Nicky Mernagh lifts the Miley Cup

Meanwhile in Galway, champions Corofin completed three-in-a-row football titles after battling Mountbellew/Moylough for a 3-13 to 0-12 victory.

Mountbellew/Moylough were attempting to claim their fifth crown, but first since 1986, but they never got a sniff of the lead during the game at Tuam Stadium.

Stand-out players were goalscorers Ronan Steede (1-01), Martin Farragher (1-04) and substitute Ian Burke (1-03) who wrapped up the tie for the game.

The All-Ireland Club champions’ manager Stephen Rochford, who is tipped to be the next Mayo manager (see page 44), said he is confident of his side’s chances of mounting a strong Connaght campaign.

In Limerick Na Piarsaigh won their third Senior Hurling Championship title with a 1-22 to 4-12 victory over Patrickswell.

Reports from the Gaelic Grounds suggest there was confusion at the final whistle, as the time on the scoreboard showed there was still some normal time to play, before injury time was even considered.

But four goals from Patrickswell was not enough to claim the title, with Na Piarsaigh’s S Dowling claiming four points and two frees as well as K Ryan, and P Casey getting three scores each and the team’s top scorer Kevin Downes getting his side’s only goal and five points from play too.

Glen Rovers ends 26-year drought
Na Piarsaigh ccelebrate their win over Patrickswell in the Limerick County Senior Hurling Championship Final

The Clare hurling champions of 2015 are Sixmilebridge after they ran to a nine point victory over Clonlara, thanks to the efforts of veteran Niall Gilligan.

The 39-year-old missed just one attempt with his twelve successful frees and one point from play to rack up a tremendous personal score.

In Offally Edenderry clinched a narrow two-point final victory over Rhode to become Senior Football Champions, after coming into the match as underdogs.

They came back well having conceding a goal to Ruairi McNamee in the opening 20 seconds, but after pointing well in the first half, a goal from Derek Kelly four minutes from half-time gave his side a 1-7 to 1-6 lead at half time.

Glen Rovers ends 26-year drought
Corofin captain Martin Farragher

Edenderry stayed on top throughout the second half to secure the match even though there was just a point between the sides in the final ten minutes.

Armagh star Tony Kernan kicked five points, two from ‘45’s, to give his Crossmaglen Rangers side a 43rd football title, and their 19th victory in 20 years.

Meanwhile, in Cavan Kingscourt beat Casterahan by a mere point in a 1-9 to 0-11 win after coming back from behind with a Phillip Tinnelly goal to claim the senior football title.

They will face the Down champions Kilcoo in the Ulster club quarter-final, after they beat Castlewellan by 3-10 to 0-11 to secure a hat-trick of titles in Páirc Esler.

Trillick won the Tyrone football championship in their first season back at senior grade after a two point victory (1-09 to 0-11) over Killyclogher.

Rathnew picked up their third football championship in Wicklow in as many years after their captain Nicky Mernagh scored two second-half goals against St Patrick’s for a 3-6 to 0-9 win.

In Fermanagh, 17-year-old Shane McGullion scored two of his side’s trio of goals to give Derrygonnelly the championship ahead of holders Roslea in a 3-16 to 3-07 win.

Palatine won their first Carlow Senior Football Championship final in nine years with a four point victory over Old Leiughlin at Netwatch Cullen Park.

In Westmeath, St Loman’s won their fifth ever senior football title with a comprehensive 1-15 to 0-8 victory over rivals Castledaly after capitalising on a seven point lead at half-time.

In Sligo, Calry-Joseph’s displayed their dominance when they won their fifth successive title as they beat Western Gaels by a point at Markievicz Park.

Peter Durnin was the hero at Páirc Tailteann, as he scored a double in his side Kiltale’s 2-15 to 0-12 victory over Kildalkey to retain the Meath Senior Hurling title.

St Fetchin’s won the Louth Senior Hurling championship in their first ever attempt after beating favourites Pearse Og by 2-20 to 3-11.

Ballyhaunis retained their Mayo hurling championship with a three-point victory over Toreen and Ballinamore clinched their first hurling crown since 1987 after a one point victory in a tense 3-10 to 3-09 victory over Carrick in the Leitrim final.


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