The hurlers of St Fechins captured their third trophy of the season but more importantly their first ever Louth senior league title with a hard earned but deserving 1-7 to 0-8 victory over favourites Pearse Og in this entertaining Final played in Darver last Thursday evening.
The South Louth outfit add this cup to the Tain League Div 5 and Louth Special Hurling Championship titles won earlier this year.
Young midfielder and son of selector Donal Lynch, it was Paddy Lynch who opened the scoring for the Fechins when he pointed from play after 8 minutes. The Dundalk outfit replied with their first point of this final four minutes later from their top scorer David Mahoney.
A pointed free from county regular Gerard Smyth a minute later put Pearse Og in front but they were soon trailing again moments later when Michael Byrne fired home past keeper David Kenna from close range.
The sides exchanged the next two points before a good point from play from David Mulholland had Pearse Og trailing by 1-2 to 0-4 at the end of a low scoring half.
David Stephenson extended the Fechins lead on the resumption with a pointed free but points from the impressive Mahoney on 34 and 41 minutes tied up matters once again.
Stephenson was on target again from a 65 metre free on 46 minutes but once again Pearse Og had a quick response in the form of a good point from distance by half back Andrew McCrave. Lynch and Mahoney then exchanged points from open play to leave the sides still tied at 1-5 to 0-8 with less than ten minutes of the game remaining.
Having lost to Pearse Og earlier in the season, the resolute Fechins were determined to hold out for a memorable victory and they finished the game strongly with winning points from David Stephenson (free) and substitute Paddy McCormack to seal an historic victory for the South Louth side.
ST FECHINS: Stephen Hackett; Caoimhin Seery, Barry Duggan, Darren McDonnell; Donal Ryan, Peter Doran, Oisin Byrne; Vincent Hynes, Paddy Lynch (0-2); David Stephenson (0-3 all frees), Brian Stephenson, Cathal Ryan; Michael Byrne (1-1), Seaghan Conneely, Barry Devlin. Subs – Wayne Treacy for M Byrne, Paddy McCormack (0-1) for B Stephenson.
PEARSE OG: David Kenna; Matthew Myles, Noel Callan, Barry Myles; Donnach Callan, Donal McArdle, Andrew McCrave (0-1); Brain Hassett, Shane Callan; David Mahoney (0-4), David Mulholland (0-1), Brian McCabe; Kenneth O Hagan, Gerard Smyth (0-2 frees), Aidan Callan. Subs – Gary O Brien for D Mulholland, Paul Grimes for K O Hagan, Gerry Hoey for B McCabe.
REFEREE: Paul Drumm.