Sunday’s County Football Finals round-up
Clare SFC Final replay
ST JOSEPH'S, MILTOWN-MALBAY 0-12 KILMURRY-IBRICKANE 0-8
Cork SFC Final
Donegal SFC Final replay
Limerick SFC Final
NEWCASTLEWEST 1-11 OOLA 0-8
Meath SFC Final
Kildare SFC Final replay
SARSFIELDS 2-15 MOOREFIELD 2-9
St Joseph’s Miltown-Malbay were crowned Clare football champions for the 15th time in their history after a 0-12 to 0-8 win over Kilmurry-Ibrickane at Cusack Park.
There was nothing to separate the sides this day last week, and they were level again at the half-way stage of this afternoon’s replay. A huge score from Conor Cleary levelled the scores at 0-5 apiece just before the whistle, with Kilmurry’s Keelan Sexton and Miltown’s Eoin Cleary both to the fore in the opening half hour.
Into the second half, and it was still nip and tuck as the game entered its final stages with the score at 0-8 each, only for a terrific injury time scoring burst from St Joseph’s to seal the title.
Darragh McDonagh, Eoin Cleary, Cormac Murray and Eoin Curtain all came up with the vital late points to hand them a four-point win after an epic battle over 120 minutes.
Sarsfield’s stopped the Moorefield three-in-a-row in the replay of the Kildare football final at St Conleth's Park, overturning a two-point half-time deficit to win 2-15 to 2-9 in the end.
Sarsfield’s raced into an early 0-5 to 0-1 lead, with Ben McCormack and Conor Hartley providing scores. Holders Moorefield though forced their way back into the game with Eanna and Cian O’Connor among their point-scorers, and they took the lead in the 22nd minute with a Niall Hurley Lynch goal.
The second half began just like the first, Sarsfields outscoring Moorefield five points to one, before Cian Costigan struck for a goal in the 50th minute to hand them a commanding five-point lead going into the closing stages.
An Eanna O'Connor penalty in injury time gave Moorefield a sliver of hope of salvaging a result, converted after they had a penalty saved moments before.
Moorefield were now going all out in the dying seconds, but Sarsfields' won back possession in the middle with the Moorefield keeper stranded out the field, and substitute Shane Doyle was able to find the empty net to seal the six-point win.
Newcastle West became Limerick champions for a fourth time after seeing off Oola 1-11 to 0-8 at the LIT Gaelic Grounds.
Oola were bidding for a first title since 1979, while Newcastle West were seeking to bridge just a four-year gap since their last win in 2015.
It was a thoroughly dominant first-half display from Newcastle, who led 0-9 to 0-2 at the break with points coming from Mike McMahon, Iain Corbett and Eoin Hurley. It took Oola 19 minutes to get on the scoreboard, with both their points coming from frees.
Corbett scored from the spot ten minutes into the second half to further Newacastle’s lead, with Oola getting their first point from play in the 48th minute to bring the score to 1-9 to 0-5.
While Oola battled gamely until the final whistle with three late Josh Ryan frees, Newcastle West’s powerful first-half performance was enough to ensure they ran out six-point winners and take their place in the Munster championship.