County Board vice-chairman Paddy McMahon presenting the Kevin Mullen Shield to Eamonn McAuley, Na Piarsaigh captain, in Stabannon on Saturday night. (Picture: Arthur Kinahan)
Kevin Mullen Shield
Na Piarsaigh 3-8 Glen Emmets 1-3
Na Piarsaigh recovered from a slow start before brushing aside the challenge of Glen Emmets to claim victory in the Kevin Mullen Shield final at Stabannon on Saturday night.
The Dundalk men trailed by a point in the run up to half-time, but over the course of the next 33 minutes, they out-scored their opponents 3-4 to 0-1 to come out with a deserved win.
Following a cagey first quarter it was the Emmets who landed the first major blow when Keith Lynch got in for the first goal of the game on 17 minutes.
It looked as if that would be enough to give his side the lead at the break, but with three minutes remaining in the half, David Boyle found the net to send the Dundalk men in with a 1-4 to 1-2 advantage.
The Tullyallen men were given the chance to restore their advantage two minutes into the second half when they were awarded a penalty. However, goalkeeper Adam Molloy was equal to the task and not only did he save the spot-kick, but also kept out the rebound before the danger was cleared.
Na Piarsaigh took full advantage of that double save as they saw Michael Woods add a second goal on 41 minutes to put his team in charge.
Glen Emmets were unable to muster a response and managed only one second half point from Andrew Mooney before Eamonn McAuley sealed a deserved win with Na Piarsaigh’s third goal.
Na Piarsaigh: Adam Molloy; Stephen McGuinness, Ronan McCartney, Fergal Mulholland; Ciarán Murphy, Conall Shields, Joe Woods; Jarlath Lyons (0-1), Gerard Smyth; Eamonn McAuley (1-0), Mark Larkin (0-2), Robert Murphy (0-3); Tommy Muckian, Michael Woods (1-0), David Boyle (1-2)
Subs: Shane Roddy, Stephen Arrowsmith, Seán McAuley
Glen Emmets: Conor Kelly; Evan English, Tom Grimes, Keith Farnan; Keith Boylan, Stephen Healy, Sam Kenny; Seán Byrne, Andrew Mooney (0-2); Kealan O’Neill, Ronan Grufferty (0-1), Keith Lynch (1-0); Jamie Gilkes, Isaac Walsh, David Bracken
Subs: Mark Garvey, Robbie Byrne, Jamie Farnan, Evan Lynch, Ben Hilliard, Joe Farrelly