Mullarkey Cup Final
by Sean Moriarty
Thomas McCurtians 0-09
Moindearg made history on Sunday by becoming the first club to win all four London junior titles in the one season.
In late August the secured the County championship having already won the league and McArfdle cup early in the season.
Saturday’s final, at Ruislip, was a repeat of last year’s contest which Moindearg also won, thus ensuring back-to-back titles for what will go down as one of the club’s greatest ever seasons.
Saturday’s affair was a close fought affair with each side enjoying various times in control but it was the men in black and amber that held on for the one point victory.
Danny McBride earned an early free for Moindearg, which Garry McClafferty had no trouble in converting. A few minutes later he repeated the same trick before McCurtains opened their account with a great effort by Paddy Halligan from a tight corner of the pitch.
However McBride and McClafferty were working well as a pair upfront for Moindearg and a poork kick-out landed in the former’s hands and he quickly off-loaded it to the later who slotted the ball over with ease.
Seconds later McClafferty added to his side’s tally from play and another free was driven directly to McBride who delivered once again. Mc Curtain’s responded with a Barry McHugh effort but that man again McClafferty was offered another chance to score from a placed ball to bring his side’s first half total to six points. Phillip Murphy scored two, one each from a free and a from play to keep the gap at two points going into the break.
Part two was barely second old when McClafferty was on target again, this time helped by Matt Fitzsimmons.
McCurtains responded well and kept the pressure on. Captain Barry McHugh was on target twice to reduce the gap one point.
A tight, tit-for-tat contest ensued. Aarron McCalfferty’s effort for Moindearg hit the post, while a converted McHugh levelled the game. McBride put one between them again before Ryan Carson tied the contest again.
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