Historic JHC victory for St Colmcille's
dublin jfc 'e' final
St Colmcille's made up for the disappointment of last year when they narrowly got the better of St Kevin-Killian's by 1-8 to 0-9 in their hard-fought Dublin Junior 'E' Football Championship final at O'Toole Park last Saturday afternoon.
It was a historic day for the club from Balheary in Swords as it proved their first championship victory since the foundation of the club back in 1935.
The defining score of the match arrived at the end of the third quarter as St Colmcille's full-forward Martin Maughan netted with some excellent defensive work ensuring his side held on by two points by the final whistle.
After losing to Croí Ró Naofa 12 months ago, manager Mick Ryan was thrilled to have secured a landmark win for the historic club.
"It was great to win it after last year," said Ryan.
"We had great support there and that definitely helped and I couldn't be happier for the lads after all the effort that they put in this year to make amends for last year," he added.
Defence was central to St Colmcille's win with full-back Tommy Murphy in obdurate form while corner-backs Aaron Daly and Stephen Byrne also impressed with their tightness and discipline.
Ahead of them, their half-back line of Simon Early, Robbie Pepper and Vincent Lawlor performed well while midfielder Adam Whoriskey was highly influential in addition to kicking a crucial score.
In attack, Derek Norton struck 0-4 from corner-forward with Aaron Lowndes (0-2), Mark Scully, Mark Rogers and Richie Craig all making telling contributions over the hour.
For Kevin-Killian's, it was a story of missed opportunities despite the best efforts of Seán Walsh, Craig Gibson, Austin Kenny, Jim Harbourne and Martin Devoy.
Points did arrive as the contest developed through Stephen Ellis, Harbourne, Kenny and Patrick Devoy but they never arrived in sufficient numbers to take the game away from St Colmcille's.
"We played well in stages but we didn't take the chances when they came along," was the view of Kevin-Killian's manager Conor Hand.
"You couldn't fault the effort of the lads but maybe we just didn't have the same hunger that they had. But, hopefully, the experience will stand to them in the coming year.
"We will hope to build on this."