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Second All Ireland Title For Cookstown

Sunday 10.02.2013
Team Talk Mag

Cookstown [Tyrone] 1-9 Finuge [Kerry] 0-6
Cookstown made history at Croke Park last night when they became the first club to win the All Ireland Intermediate title twice when they had a deserved six point success over Kerry’s Finuge.

It was Tyrone and Ulster champions Cookstown who led 0-5 to 0-4 at the break after a first half that saw the Kerry men register seven wides. James Flaherty put Finuge in front only for Tyrone star Owen Mulligan to level matters from a free.

In the 10th minute Cookstown keeper Marty Rea pulled off a brilliant save to deny John Griffin and that inspired his team mates with Shea McGarrity, Jason Quinn and Mulligan all hitting quality points as they established a 0-4 to 0-1 lead by the end of the opening quarter.

Griffin then blasted over the bar when a goal was on the cards but Cookstown came straight up the field with Quinn playing a great ball inside to attacking half back Martin Hughes who split the posts. Kerry senior manager Eamon Fitzmaurice then scored from play as well as from a free to reduce the gap to the minimum.

On the restart Cookstown took the game by the scruff of the neck with Quinn landing a brilliant brace inside three minutes. In the fifth minute Finuge were dealt a blow when they had midfielder Maurice Corridan sent off for a second yellow card offence.

Finuge centre half back Pat Corridan then hit a monster score from forty seven metres out but in the 13th minute Cookstown struck for a brilliantly worked goal. Former Tyrone star Raymond Mulgrew, who only came home from Australia last week and who had come on in the closing stages of the first half, offloaded the ball for James McGahan to finish clinically past keeper Cillian Fitzmaurice.

Moments later Finuge were down to thirteen men when Pat Corridan was straight red carded for an elbow on John Gilmore. Paul Galvin knocked over a free but Cookstown weren’t going to be denied with Gilmore and Mulligan landing points. In the closing stages Cookstown had to finish with fourteen men when substitute Barry Mulligan was stretchered off but they had the game won at that stage.

In the closing couple of minutes they showed great composure to retain possession and when the final whistle sounded the scenes of jubilation showed just what it meant to the players, management and supporters.

Cookstown – M Rea, P McGurk , S Monaghan, M Hughes [0-1], R Pickering, M Murray, B Hughes, C Mullan, C O’Hare, S McGarrity [0-1], O Mulligan [0-3], B Mulligan, J Quinn [0-3], J Gilmore [0-1], J McGahan [1-0]. Subs – R Mulgrew for O’Hare, D Hughes for McGurk, Barry Mulligan for Mullan, P Kelly for Brian Mulligan, R Mullan for McGarrity

Finuge – C Fitzmaurice, C Allen, T McKenna, D McCarthy, P Galvin, P Corridan [0-1], C Fitzmaurice, M Conway, M Corridan, P Galvin [0-1], J Griffin [0-1], S Power, J Flaherty [0-1], E Fitzmaurice [0-2], R Galvin. Subs – R Heffernan for Power, K Roche for P Galvin, J Corridan for Conway, J McCarthy for Flaherty

Referee – F Kelly, Longford



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