A late goal and point for Mountmellick finally put this Boys Division 3 Plate final to bed on Friday, after a cracking game between these two sides in O'Moore Park.
Scoil Phadraig Naofa Mountmellick 5-2
St Colman's NS Stradbally 4-1
While seven points separated the teams at the final whistle, that was a little harsh on Stradbally, who had been within a score of Mountmellick with five minutes to go.
The Mountmellick boys had made the perfect start, as Christopher Lee got them on the scoreboard with an early goal.
Things soon got better for them when fellow attacker Ryan Conran got in on the act, and full-forward Dylan Fallon then got another goal, as Mountmellick took control.
Stradbally never wilted though, and hit back with a goal from Fionn McEvoy. Oisín Hade responded with a goal from a free for Mountmellick, but Fionn McEvoy then got his second. He showed great determination to block down the Mountmellick 'keeper, before goaling from close range. At half time Mountmellick lead 4-0 to 2-0.
Neither side started the second half well, but Oisín Hade pointed a free with eight minutes to go for Mountmellick. Kevin Fennelly hit back with interest for Stradbally with a goal, and then Jake Darcy added a point to leave just one goal in it.
The closing minutes were incredibly tense, as both teams attacked each other relentlessly. In the end, Mountmellick got the key scores, as Dylan Fallon (goal) and Hade (point) saw them home.
SCOIL PHADRAIG NAOFA MOUNTMELLICK
Scorers: Dylan Fallon 2-0, Oisín Hade 1-2 (frees), Ryan Conran, Christoper Lee 0-1 each.
Team: Fionn Donohue; Adam Connolly, David Coss, Senan Furlong-Daly; Darragh Bloomer, Oisín Hade; Christopher Lee, Dylan Fallon, Ryan Conran.
ST COLMAN'S NS STRADBALLY
Scorers: Fionn McEvoy 2-0, Kevin Fennelly 1-0, Jake Darcy 0-1.
Team: Evan Bergin; Conor McDonald, Liam McDonald, David Donohue; Kevin Fennelly, Jake Darcy; Cathal Buggie, Fionn McEvoy, Ronan Creery. Subs: Oran Darcy, Anthony Skelly.
Referee: Eoin Scully (Camross)