Grenagh 4-9, Shamrocks 4-8
Shamrocks lost out in the Rebel Óg County C Football Championship Final in CIT on Sunday last after a magnificient and pulsating game of football. Grenagh will feel that they deserved this one on this occasion after suffering defeats to this Shamrocks team on a few occasions this season, in both hurling and football. They were a much improved team in this game.
Grenagh started very well and looking back at it, the first 10 minutes were catastrophic for Shamrocks. Grenagh waltzed through for 3 goals inside those 10 minutes and led by 3-2 to 0-3. Shamrocks had a mountain to climb. They started to go for goals early on as well which mightnt have been the best of options. Still though, they fought back well after those early setbacks and grew into the game. They scored a goal of themselves but Grenagh still led at halftime by 9 points, 4-4 to 1-4 and were looking full value for the win.
Shamrocks needed a massive effort in the second half and not for the first time this season, they turned in a quite brilliant display to overturn the deficit. They got 2 quick goals and added a few points and it was all Shamrocks now. They went ahead with 5 minutes to go with another goal and it looked in the bag. However, some sloppy defending in front of the Shamrocks goal was pounced upon twice for 2 points and Grenagh led amazingly by a point. The referee played 4 minutes of extra time but Shamrocks just couldn’t get their hands on the ball as Grenagh played down the clock. The final whistle meant this Shamrocks team had lost their 2nd county final of the year, one in hurling and one in football. It was a cruel end to a magnificent effort.
Well done to the players and management team for a great year. The supporters were incredibly loud in the CIT stand as well. Well done to them.
Shamrocks panel: C. Corkery, C. Scriven, D. Barry, C. Hayes, N. Hayes, R. Mehigan, M. Hitchmough, M. Field, A. O’Grady, J. Lynam, A. O’Keeffe, D. Andrews, C. Hayes, S. Flavin, K. Murphy, S. Downey, C. Murphy, D. O’Mahony, E. Seymour.