Shiels Cup Final
by Sean Moriarty
North London Shamrocks 1-14
St Brendan’s 1-08
A goal half way through the first half should have given St Brendans’s the advantage to put this game beyond the much more fancied North London Shamrocks.
In fact it did the exact opposite, forcing to the Intermediate county champions to dig deep and go after the double the duly craved.
Up to this point the game was a very even contest. John Daly was the first to register for St Brendan’s after seven minutes. Brian Smyth, who interestingly had started for St Gabriels in the preceding hurling contest, opened Shamrock’s scoring a few minutes later before Damian Walsh put Brendan’s on the fore front. It was, almost instantly, negated by Ciaran Cleary’s effort before James Grant put Brendan’s in front again. It was that kind of a game. Smyth levelled the contest.
Then came the goal, courtesy of Alan Benson who was set up by Daly. It should have helped the men in blue white to settle down but instead the floodgates opened at the other end.
Full back Dannn O’Meachair’s came just before Daly regained the three point advantage.
Cleary, Jarlath Glynn and Scott Conroy hit three unanswered scores to level the game while half back Denis O’ Reagan gave the north Londoners and lead at half time.
The contest was levelled again by Niall Camp who was set up by McGinn but Shamrocks took control again and efforts by half-time sub PP O’Hara, Eamon Scanlon, twice and Conroy added to their chances of making the double.
McGinn’s second effort probably did not deserve to end in a score. His fine high lobbying ball was aimed for one of full forward line but the ball bounced in the square and landed neatly over the St Brendan’s crossbar.
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