St Mary’s-Sean Finns completed a remarkable year when they won the Limerick U-21 FC ‘A’ title on St Stephen’s Day.
What a year it has been for football in Rathkeale.
Most in the west Limerick town would have been more than happy with the county junior A football title, but now they have finished the year in style by adding the county U-21 A football championship to their trophy cabinet.
While St Marys Sean Finns were the better outfit across many sectors, the crowd left with the name of Eoghan O’Connor hot on their lips. O’Connor was in fine form and finished with five points.
Backed by the wind in the opening half, the men in blue and white positioned O’Connor at full forward and despite the best efforts of the Shamrock defence he scored, set-up or was fouled for the majority of scores as the Rathkeale men cleverly worked possession into space.
Then in the second period, O’Connor came to centre forward when playing against the wind and displayed a huge work rate to maintain his sides lead, which was 1-5 to 1-1 at the interval.
Martin Roche had opened the scoring inside five minute and soon after O’Connor was off the mark with a pointed free.
Shamrocks (an amalgamation of Ballylanders, Galtee Gaels and Effin) soon found the range when Danny Frewen points.
With Effin’s Conor Kearney growing in stature in midfield, the southerners powered forward and when they won a penalty Mark O’Connell made no mistake for a 1-1 to 0-2 lead.
But that was it for Shamrocks in the opening half.
O’Connor and Deane Maune replied. Then came the crucial goal for St Marys Sean Finns.
Sean Sheahan had the intial shot but it was Eoin O’Donnell, who applied the finish to the net. O’Connor then sent the sides to the dressing room with the west Limerick side four points clear.
Try as they might, Shamrocks couldn’t find the scores to really trouble the Rathkeale men.
There was an early scores for Frewen but points from Anthony Supple and Martin Roche eased St Marys Sean Finns into a commanding lead of 1-7 to 1-2 with 10-minutes to play.
Mark O’Connell hit back but despite the wind it was Rathkeale who finished the stronger with Roche and Supple adding further points along with an O’Connor free.
SCORERS – St Mary’s Sean Finns-Rathkeale: Eoghan O’Connor 0-5, Martin Roche 0-3, Eoin O’Donnell 1-0, Anthony Supple 0-2, Dean Maune 0-1. Shamrocks: Mark O’Connell 1-1, Danny Frewen 0-2.