O'Connell's forward Niall Conlon. (Pic: Arthur Kinahan)
Oliver Plunkett's 1-13 O'Connell's 0-12
Adam Brodigan's goal just before half-time helped Oliver Plunkett's to their second home victory of the season on Saturday evening.
Following a good start, O'Connell's had put themselves in a commanding position to claim a win in Mell for the second year in succession when leading 0-7 to 0-3. However, a return of 1-2 to no-reply sent the hosts to the break in front.
Robert Quigley - O'Connells' leading scorer - levelled matters on the restart and with the next six points being shared, with Plunkett's 'keeper Luke Haggins among those on target, from a '45, the sides remained deadlocked heading into the final 10 minutes.
Adam Morgan and the returning Niall Conlon (inset) then traded minors before the hosts came with their match-winning burst.
Trevor Walsh, Cian Brady (2) and a distant effort from Conor Early was enough to condemn O'Connell's to a second away defeat in a row.
Oliver Plunkett's: Luke Haggins (0-1); Cillian Matthews, Frank Daly, Gary Keogh; Josh Cormican (0-1), Conor Early (0-2), Cian Matthews; Robert Brodigan, Trevor Walsh (0-1); Adam Brodigan (1-0), Emmet Kelleher (0-1), Ben McKenna; Niall Murtagh (0-1), Cian Brady (0-2), Andy Morgan (0-3)
Sub: Rory Taaffe (0-1)
O’Connell's: Stuart Reynolds; Keith Woods, Conor Byrne, Kyle Daniels; Liam Kiernan, Salem Rifaie, Micheal Cairns; Conor Kiernan, Jackie Agnew (0-1); Stefan O’Hanrahan, Stuart Osborne (0-1), Emmet Byrne (0-1); Robert Quigley (0-5), Conor McGill (0-1), Niall Conlon (0-3)
Subs: Dean Stanfield, Ciarán O’Brien, Matthew Reynolds
Referee: Stephen Johnson (Glen Emmets)