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‘Enda’ the road for brave Naomh Éanna in Croke Park

AIB All-Ireland Intermediate Club Football Final 2019

Naomh Éanna (Antrim) 2-9 Kilcummin (Kerry) 5-13

From Odhrán Crumley in Croke Park

Kevin McCarthy hit 3-6 as Kilcummin dismissed Naomh Éanna, 5-13 to 2-9 to claim the AIB All-Ireland Intermediate Football crown in Croke Park.

The Munster champions raced into an early 2-3 to no score lead as Matt Keane and Kevin McCarthy registered majors.

To their credit, the Antrim men would fight back to within two points by the 20th minute of the game Eoin Nagle landing a spectacular goal before Ruairi Scott added a second quick-fire goal.

Disaster would strike before the break as the Kerry men were awarded a penalty and Naomh Éanna lost their goalkeeper to a black card and with no recognised keeper on the bench, forward Michael Morgan went between the stick and could only watch as Kieran Murphy dispatched the spot-kick.

The Saffron men were left with no sub-keeper as regular number two was prior engaged with Larne in the Irish League.

The deficit was five at the break as Kilcummin led 3-6 to 2-4, two further goals from McCarthy in the final ten minutes were enough to seal his hat-trick and All-Ireland glory for his club and heartbreak for the Ulster champions.

Kilcummin: B Kealy, S O’Leary, D Mahar, D Moynihan, P Casey, C O’Leary (0-1), W Maher, K Murphy (1-1 1pen), K Gorman, S McSweeney, G O’Leary (0-2), P Nagle, N Duggan (0-1 1f), K McCarthy (3-6), M Keane (1-0).

Subs: J McCarthy for P Nagle (44), D O’Leary for W Maher (44), I Devane for N Duggan (53), D O’Leary for G O’Leary (55), K Teahan for K Murphy (58), M Ó Sé for M Keane (61)

Naomh Éanna: P Flood, K Jennings, D Gault, M McNamee, C Lyttle, J McAuley, C McAuley, P Curran, J Maskey, P Healy, R Scott (1-2), K Healy, E Gibson, O Eastwood (0-7 4f), E Nagle (1-0).

Subs: C O’Neill for P Curran (18), P Flood for M Morgan (22), C Thompson for C McAuley (22), C Eastwood for D Gault (43), N McKeown for E Gibson (53), R Kennedy for R Scott (57), D Walsh for K Healy (60)

Referee: J Molloy (Galway)


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