Newtown Blues won the Sheelan Cup for 2012 with a one point victory after extra time over an O’Connell’s team that refused to give up in Dunleer on Saturday night.
The Blues were three points to one up after ten minutes with their scores from James Murray and two from Conor Brannigan one a free, the O’Connell’s score a free from Andrew Sharkey.
The sides traded the next four points, Paul Moore and a Colm Judge free for the Drogheda side and Sharkey and Jackie Agnew for the Bellingham side. Brannigan pointed another free but O’Connell’s replied with two from Paul McKeever and Dean Stanfield to leave one between them.
The last score of the half came from another free for Brannigan to leave the half time score Blues 0-7, O’Connell’s 0-5.
The second half started with a point from Louth minor Robert Quigley who had come on as a sub for O’Connell’s just before half time.
Well worked goal
The Blues then produced a good move that resulted in Robert Carr finding the net. Sharkey pointed a free for the Bellingham side but the Blues got two in a row from Brannigan and Murray to leave them 1-9 to 0-7 in front.
The Bellingham side then hit a purple patch and brought the game level with points from Quigley and a Mckeever free and the goal from their other Louth minor substitute Cian Doyle who showed great skill with his finish.
Brannigan scored another free for his side his sixed of the game but McKeever replied for O’Connell’s to keep them level with time almost up.
Then three minutes in to injury time David Doyle looked to have won it for O’Connell’s but the game went on and Colm Judge equalized for the Blues and the final whistle went from the kick out to send the game to extra time with the full time score 1-11 each.
The extra time was not pretty with both teams guilty of a lot of off the ball stuff with four straight red cards two for each team.
Andy McDonnell on as a sub earlier in the game got the only score of the first half a goal which also saw the first red card for Jason Carroll from O’Connell’s.
Half time Blues lead 2-11 to 1-11. Paul Mckeever hit the net early in the second half and Niall Conlon added a point to put the Bellingham side ahead.
Jackie Agnew, Thomas Costello and Aidan O’Brian were all red carded in the following minutes.
Brannigan got his side level with a free and the same player got what was the last score of the game and the Blues held on to win the Sheelan Cup; the first county trophy of 2012.