St Mary’s 3-16
Newtown Blues 4-10
Mary’s laid the foundations for this victory with a fine first half display in a thrilling Division 1 final in the Darver grounds.
Blues were playing catch up for most of the half and went in twelve points down at the break.
A few positional changes and substitutes at half time improved the Blues and they started playing more direct football and were rewarded with some terrific point taking by Jamie Kelly.
Goals from Ciaran Downey and Nathan Seery and they gradually clawed back the lead.
But Mary’s still had a bit left in the tank and they hit three points to stretch out their lead.
Blues then hit a purple patch with two goals in quick succession from Nathan Seery and two points from Downey which left for an exciting and nail biting final few minutes.
But Mary’s were not to be denied and held out for a deserving three point win.
Blues had good performances from Jamie Kelly, Kevin Carr, Conor Ayson and Nathan Seery.
There have been titanic struggles between these two sides whenever they met, Newtown Blues double league and championship winners last year had just two points to spare in the 2011 Under 14 Championship semi final, they had a big win against Marys in the league final and Mary’s claimed the Feile semi final by seven points.
St Mary’s deserved this win, they started the better side and dominated until the final quarter when Newtown Blues produced a fantastic fight back that brought them very close to Mary’s.
Both teams tired in the second half after a great game and in the final stages the skill of this Blues side caused a tiring Mary’s team a lot of bother and with the fresh legs of substitute Nathan Seery they got through the defence and Nathan got three goals.
St Mary’s defended very well from the start, B.J. Matthews, Dean McConnon, James Conlon and Brendan Matthews were superb, they had the upper hand in the middle of the field and they looked dangerous in attack.
There was some excellent play from their big players, Ryan Rooney got their first four scores, Evan Keenan and Ciaran Keenan were in top form, and when Conor Gillespie goaled after twelve minutes the Blues looked in trouble.
Two more goals followed from Lorcan Malone and Rory Cousins and the gap was twelve points.
The Blues responded in the last ten minutes of the half and with god play from Fergal Donoghue, Kevin Farrell, Ross Guildea and Ciaran Downey they put some very good moves together and the brilliant Jamie Kelly scored three wonderful points.
Newtown Blues were to outscore the Mary’s by nine points in the second half but some strong play by the winners ensured that they added on valuable points that kept them ahead of the Blues onslaught.
Mary’s had opened the half with two points and were it not for two excellent saves from Ciaran Walsh the game would have been over.
The Blues defence tightened up with good work by Caolan McKenna, Adam McGinn, Ian Connor and Robert Sullivan and with some powerful play by Kevin Carr, Conor Ayson, Fergal Donoghue and Conor Farrell they set up the chances.
Ciaran Downey got a terrific goal and two points and Nathan Seery got his first of three goals and suddenly there were only five points in it. Ryan Rooney and Lorcan Malone got four valuable points between them before the Blues finished with a flourish with two more Nathan Seery goals.
Liam O’Neill, Minor Board Secretary presented the trophy to B.J. Matthews.