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Congratulations to Brunner’s Own Mr McMahon

The students and staff of St Paul’s CBS would like to offer their congratulations to Mr McMahon Brunner's own Mr McMahon battling hard for Kilmurry-Ibrickane on a very successful season with his Clare club side Kilmurry Ibrickane. Though they were beaten in the All-Ireland club final by Antrim’s St Gall’s, Mr McMahon and all associated with his club can be proud of their achievements this season as they picked up Clare and Munster Senior Football titles. A report on the game, which was played out in front of a Croke Park crowd of almost 35,000 spectators, follows:

St Galls banished memories of their 2006 All-Ireland Club Senior Football Championship final defeat as they took this year’s title with a classy display against first-time finalists Kilmurry-Ibrickane at Croke Park.

St Galls’ Win – As It Happened


In Pictures – All-Ireland Club Finals

Stephen Moloney claimed a first-minute goal for Kilmurry but they were left to rue nine wides as St Gall’s quickly got on top.

The Antrim side hit eight points over the remainder of the first half as they foraged into a 0-08 to 1-01 interval advantage.

Moloney and Michael O’Dwyer tried hard for the Clare men, but the Saints prevailed with CJ McGourty landing 0-03.

With the disappointment of an All-Ireland Club Intermediate hurling final loss just three weeks ago also hanging over them, St Galls were keen to make amends in their centenary year.

That hunger was evident from the throw-in as Kieran McGourty sent over the first score after just 16 seconds for the Falls Road outfit.

In a repeat of their start against Portlaoise in the semi-final, Kilmurry snatched an early goal with Moloney’s well-taken effort sending the large travelling support from West Clare into raptures after just a minute.

Moloney finished after good work by half-back Declan Callinan, but it took Michael McDermott’s charges a further 24 minutes to add to their haul as St Galls seized control.

Scores were at a premium as it was not until the 17th minute before St Galls equalised, courtesy of a pointed free from CJ McGourty and an Aodhán Gallagher score.

St Gall’s continued to press hard, and although they were not always accurate in front of the posts, the Ulster champions looked driven as they began to cause problems for the Kilmurry defence.

Centre-back Anthony Healy was the only St Galls defender to score during the 60-minute final, and his 22nd-minute point was certainly one of the scores of the match.

Healy’s point edged St Gall’s into a 0-05 to 1-00 lead, before CJ McGourty watched his 23rd-minute goal chance slip away following a terrific full-length block by Kilmurry defender Martin McMahon.

Kevin McGourty then ensured that all of the McGourty brothers had pointed by the 24th minute, as he gave his side a double-scores lead.

Kilmurry showed tremendous heart and battling qualities but could only manage a single point before the break with John Daly converting a free.

Scores from Terry O’Neill and Kevin McGourty closed out of the half for St Gall’s, giving them a four-point buffer to take into the second period.

It did not get any better for Kilmurry – the first Clare football team to play in an All-Ireland final since the county’s minors back in 1953 – on the restart.

They failed to score again until the 43rd minute, and in that time St Galls managed to land a hat-trick of points. Kevin Niblock, CJ McGourty and Sean Burke were the scorers as the gap was widened to 0-11 to 1-01.

Stephen Moloney, who top-scored with 1-03, and O’Dwyer cut the gap to four points with ten seconds of normal time left on the clock, but St Gall’s looked far from troubled as a second Niblock point confirmed a deserved win.

After the game, St Galls captain Colin Brady accepted the Andy Merrigan Cup from GAA President Christy Cooney.

ST GALLS: Ronan Gallagher; P Veronica, A McClean, C Brady; M Kelly, A Healy (0-01), S Kelly; S Burke (0-01), A Gallagher (0-01); T O’Neill (0-01), Rory Gallagher (0-01), Kevin McGourty (0-02); C McGourty (0-03, 0-01f), K Niblock (0-02), Kieran McGourty (0-01).

Subs used: K Stewart for O’Neill (46 mins), S Burns for Burke (54), S Kennedy for Veronica (59).

KILMURRY-IBRICKANE: D O’Brien; D Hickey, M Kileen, M McMahon; S Hickey, E Coughlan, D Callinan; P O’Connor, P O’Dwyer; M Hogan, I McInerney, S Moloney (1-03, 0-01f); M O’Dwyer (0-01), J Daly (0-01, 0-01f), N Downes.

Subs used: E Talty for Hogan (12 mins), O O’Dwyer for Talty (33), M McCarthy for P O’Connor (42), P O’Dwyer for Downes (53).

Referee: Derek Fahy (Longford)

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