Super sub Dan is the man as Fins break Pat's hearts
FINGALLIANS are the JFC 'D' champions thanks to a rousing finish which saw them hit 1-1 in the last three minutes to beat a heart-broken St Pat's Palmerstown side 2-8 to 1-10 at St Margaret's.
It was a dramatic finish after Pat's had dominated in long periods. Indeed, were it not for a goal from freshly introduced substutute Cormac O'Neill right on the stroke of half-time, the eventual winners could have been in all sorts of trouble.
O'Neill's intervention meant they trailed by only three at the break and they soon cut back that lead to the minimum after the restart, only for Pat's to pull clear again entering the final quarter.
Then, after a lot of nip and tuck, John Meehan hit the net for the Fins' second goal.
Extra-time beckoned, but another sub, Dan Davoran, had other ideas as he showed nerves of steel to convert the game's winning score with only seconds remaining. Veteran Joe McGlynn was at the heart of everything for the North County Dublin men, as the 42-year-old showed all his nous over the 60 minutes.
It marks a big achievement for the Swords side, who agonisingly lost out on the 'B' championship having made it all the way to the recent decider.
Team mentor Gary McCallion praised the players and was thrilled to get over the line. "This was a real team performance," said the elated McCallion.
"It's been a great season for us. We have only been beaten twice all year and finished third in the league so it was a great way to see out the season.
"After the other junior team were beaten it was important to get this one and it gives everyone a good boost. The likes of the minors who played will really take a lot for this for next season."