Cumann Lúthchleas Gael Uladh

MacFarland Galvinised by Keady

June 5th, 2019

Danske Bank MacFarland Cup final
St Patrick’s Keady 7-10 St Colm’s Draperstown 6-11
THERE was no disputing the Player of the Match in yesterday’s Danske Bank MacFarland Cup final in Stewartstown. In the dying minutes Thomas Galvin delivered a goal to turn defeat into victory for St Patrick’s Keady in wet and difficult conditions.
But young Galvin rose above the conditions to shoot six goals and eight points to thwart St Colm’s Draperstown who were appearing in their first ever final. It may have looked like a one-man show for Keady, but Ronny Spottiswood at full-back, Finn Fox and Sean Burke all put in good shifts, while Aaron McGleenan upped the ante for the second half.
Draperstown might feel this one got away from them. They fought back from an interval deficit of a goal to lead by six points with five minutes to go and were double-marking Galvin – but not even the best efforts of Ben O’Connor, Johnny McDaid and excellent full-forward Feargal Bradley could hold on at the end.
Galvin opened his account by hitting the net twice in the first five minutes, but despite a third Keady goal from Liam Farrell, St Colm’s rallied with two goals from Fearghal Bradley and were just 3-5 to 2-5 down at half time.
James McDaid levelled the tie with a shot from distance at the start of the second half and Bradley competed his hat-trick soon after.
At the other end Galvin also completed his hat-trick to level and from then on, Draperstown would edge ahead and Keady (or Galvin) retaliated until Jack Kelly’s goal and a point from James McDaid left St Colm’s with a 6-10 to 5-7 lead on 55 minutes.
Galvin then buried a free for his fifth goal and traded points with McDaid. St Colm’s still held a single point advantage in injury time only for Galvin to win possession and hold off the tackles to crash home the winner.
St Patrick’s: J Hatzer, A Grimes, R Spottiswood, D Harvey, F Fox, J Crilly, S Burke, A McGleenan, P Morgan, T Dynes (0-1), T Galvin (6-8), C Lennon (0-1), J Mallon, L Farrell (1-0), S McCooey
Subs : R Grimes for S McCooey, C McArdle for J Crilly, C O’Callaghan for L Farrell
St Colm’s : L Bradley, J McCullagh, B O’Connor, Johnny McDaid, M McKenna, R O’Hagan (0-1), S McAllister, K Donnelly (0-2), K Hasson, C Boyle (0-1), James McDaid (1-5, 0-5 frees), JL McGlade, J Kelly (1-0), F Bradley (4-1), J Boyle (0-1).

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