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Aperitif more appetising than the main course

posted 14 Oct 2011, 03:15 by Suzann McLoughlin   [ updated 14 Oct 2011, 03:16 ]
Boardsmill 1-16
Rathmoylon 1-13

The aperitif was more appetising than the main course at Pairc Tailteann on Sunday as Boardsmill made rich amends for last year's IHC near miss by holding off a late Rathmolyon rally to deservedly claim the title.

In the 2010 decider Boardsmill were cruelly denied by a late Drumree goal but David Troy's charges made no mistake this time with a strong finish to the first half crucial as they booked a return to the senior grade.

Rathmolyon had only vacated the premier ranks last year when losing to Navan O'Mahonys in a relegation play-off and, like on many other occasions in the past, they depended too much on veteran Mickey Cole for scores.

The former county forward ace hit all bar two points of the losing total with brother Gary and Mark Lynch their only other marksmen. Boardsmill had a much better spread of scorers with six of them getting on target.

Boardsmill got 1-4 of their total from the 27th minute to the break when a handsome advantage of 10 points (1-11 to 0-4) served them well in the second period when playing into the breeze.

The sides had been on level terms three times during the early exchanges but Rathmolyon did not register again in the first half after a Mickey Cole converted free left them trailing by the minimum after 10 minutes.

A white flag effort by Cathal Flattery set their most productive spell in motion and Thomas Reilly and Thomas Leonard increased the lead.

Then Thomas Pratt struck for the goal on 29 minutes with a ground shot finding the net before Martin Conway completed the scoring for the first half.

Rathmolyon got the start they hoped for in the second period with Mickey Cole soloing in from the left corner and doing well to beat Stephen Masterson with a low drive.

The deficit was reduced to five points in the third quarter and Boardsmill's position looked perilous as the pre-match favourites piled on the pressure. 

Three successive points, struck by Reilly (free), Stephen Gibbons and Pratt, helped to steady the 'Mill ship as they went into a 1-15 to 1-7 lead. In the last quarter they only added another converted Reilly free as Cole tagged on six points.

The losers' main marksman was also guilty of a few misses and the wrong options were taken with long-range frees when a goal was needed in the closing stages.

But Boardsmill were not to be denied as they claimed the title last won in 2000.

Boardsmill: S Masterson; E Corrigan, N McLoughlin (0-1), G Whelan; N Weir, D Farrell, P Guy; B McLoughlin, R Hatton; M Conway (0-1), T Reilly (0-4, 2 frees), S Gibbons (0-3); J Pratt (1-1), C Flattery (0-3), T Leonard (0-3). Subs: E Cribbin for Gibbons (50), F Flattery for B McLoughlin (55), V Guy for Conway (60).

Rathmolyon: S Ennis; G Whelan, J Gantley, J Farrell; M Lynch (0-1), A Fagan, T Cosgrove; A Smith, D Colgan; G Cole (0-1), T Lynch, N Cole,; J Farrell, T Henderson, M Cole (1-11, 0-5 frees). Subs: D Whelan for Lynch (35), E Regan for Colgan (44), D Morgan for Smith (47), S Mulligan for G Cole ((52).

Referee: C Ferguson (Gaeil Colmcille).

Reference: Hogan Stand