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    IHC FINAL. Na Fianna 2-16, Navan O Mahonys 2-16

    Intermediate Hurling Championship Final ends in a draw

    Na Fianna and Navan O'Mahonys will have to meet again after these two sides served up a hugely entertaining intermediate hurling final. Viewed by many as the two standout teams of the intermediate grade this year, this game lived up to its pre match billing.

    Such was this absorbing encounter Na Fianna looked to have turned the tide with two quick fire goals to lead by 2 points at the three quarter stage 2-12 2-10. With an extra man after Navan O'Mahonys lost full back Cormac Reilly to a straight red approaching half time , Na Fianna looked set to collect the Tommy Leonard Cup. A Paddy Skehan free reduced this to 1 point before Na Fianna goalkeeper and captain Eoin Reilly did well to keep out a goal effort by Mikey Kelly. Mark Slevin pushed the lead back out to 2 points but points by Jack Walsh and another Skehan free had the teams level yet again. With full time approaching it was Navan O'Mahonys who pushed on and two further points had them leading and looking like they would regain their senior status having being relegated last year. However such was the resolve shown by Pat O' Halloran’s charges throughout this campaign they found themselves level yet again courtesy of points by the impressive Sean Martin following David Kirby fielding a vital puck out from captain Eoin Reilly and then a free from Barry Slevin left the teams level at 2-15 2-15. It then looked that Paddy Skehan had won it for his side following a free but late drama saw Barry Slevin pointing from distance to send this exciting contest to a replay next Saturday.

    It was Na Fianna who started impressively with early points by Barry Slevin (3 frees) and by Sean Martin. Paddy Skehan got Navan O'Mahonys off the mark with Diarmuid Bailey then pointing as Na Fianna led 5 points to 1 after 10 minutes. However Navan O'Mahonys then hit 1-4 in a 10 minute spell with David Quirke netting for his side as they now led 1-5 to 0-5. Navan O'Mahonys lost their full back Cormac Reilly to a straight red card with Barry Slevin pointing the resulting 21 yard free. O'Mahonys responded to this setback with a 2nd goal by Mikey Kelly to push their lead out to 5 points. Sean Martin then pointed and following a foul on Na Fianna substitute Sean Coffey, Barry Slevin reduced the deficit to 3 points. Two frees by the impressive Skehan in-between a side-line cut by the impressive Slevin saw Navan O'Mahonys lead 2-7 to 0-9 at half time.

    Barry Slevin opened the 2nd half scoring with a pointed free before Paddy Skehan replied with a free for his side. Na Fianna reduced the deficit to 2 points following points by Mark Slevin and Diarmuid Bailey. However Navan O'Mahonys responded with 2 points of their own by Skehan & Kelly to lead 2-10 to 0-12 after 43 minutes. Na Fianna looked to have turned the tide following 2 goals in a 90 second period. Firstly David Kirby connected expertly to a long delivery by Mark Slevin then Peter Slevin also raised his sides second green flag almost immediately as another long delivery fell dangerously in the Navan O'Mahonys defence to which he was the quickest to react.

    This set up a grand stand finish as Na Fianna looked to be in a strong position with an extra player and a slender 2 point lead but found themselves twice needing late scores by Barry Slevin to send this absorbing contest to a replay next weekend.

    Na Fianna - Eoin Reilly, Noel O'Sullivan, Evan Mullally, Christy Cosgrave, Niall Reilly, Daniel Gleeson, Jonathan McCloskey, Ethan Devine, Diarmuid Bailey (0-2), Cian Slattery, Peter Slevin (1-0); Barry Slevin (0-9, 7 fs,1 sideline),Mark Slevin (0-2), David Kirby (1-0), Sean Martin (0-3). Subs - Sean Coffey for Ethan Devine, Ronan Byrne for Coffey, Shane Burke for Niall Reilly, Will Flynn for McCloskey.

    Intermediate Hurling Championship Final ends in a draw

    Na Fianna and Navan O'Mahonys will have to meet again after these two sides served up a hugely entertaining intermediate hurling final. Viewed by many as the two standout teams of the intermediate grade this year, this game lived up to its pre match billing.

    Such was this absorbing encounter Na Fianna looked to have turned the tide with two quick fire goals to lead by 2 points at the three quarter stage 2-12 2-10. With an extra man after Navan O'Mahonys lost full back Cormac Reilly to a straight red approaching half time , Na Fianna looked set to collect the Tommy Leonard Cup. A Paddy Skehan free reduced this to 1 point before Na Fianna goalkeeper and captain Eoin Reilly did well to keep out a goal effort by Mikey Kelly. Mark Slevin pushed the lead back out to 2 points but points by Jack Walsh and another Skehan free had the teams level yet again. With full time approaching it was Navan O'Mahonys who pushed on and two further points had them leading and looking like they would regain their senior status having being relegated last year. However such was the resolve shown by Pat O' Halloran’s charges throughout this campaign they found themselves level yet again courtesy of points by the impressive Sean Martin following David Kirby fielding a vital puck out from captain Eoin Reilly and then a free from Barry Slevin left the teams level at 2-15 2-15. It then looked that Paddy Skehan had won it for his side following a free but late drama saw Barry Slevin pointing from distance to send this exciting contest to a replay next Saturday.

    It was Na Fianna who started impressively with early points by Barry Slevin (3 frees) and by Sean Martin. Paddy Skehan got Navan O'Mahonys off the mark with Diarmuid Bailey then pointing as Na Fianna led 5 points to 1 after 10 minutes. However Navan O'Mahonys then hit 1-4 in a 10 minute spell with David Quirke netting for his side as they now led 1-5 to 0-5. Navan O'Mahonys lost their full back Cormac Reilly to a straight red card with Barry Slevin pointing the resulting 21 yard free. O'Mahonys responded to this setback with a 2nd goal by Mikey Kelly to push their lead out to 5 points. Sean Martin then pointed and following a foul on Na Fianna substitute Sean Coffey, Barry Slevin reduced the deficit to 3 points. Two frees by the impressive Skehan in-between a side-line cut by the impressive Slevin saw Navan O'Mahonys lead 2-7 to 0-9 at half time.

    Barry Slevin opened the 2nd half scoring with a pointed free before Paddy Skehan replied with a free for his side. Na Fianna reduced the deficit to 2 points following points by Mark Slevin and Diarmuid Bailey. However Navan O'Mahonys responded with 2 points of their own by Skehan & Kelly to lead 2-10 to 0-12 after 43 minutes. Na Fianna looked to have turned the tide following 2 goals in a 90 second period. Firstly David Kirby connected expertly to a long delivery by Mark Slevin then Peter Slevin also raised his sides second green flag almost immediately as another long delivery fell dangerously in the Navan O'Mahonys defence to which he was the quickest to react.

    This set up a grand stand finish as Na Fianna looked to be in a strong position with an extra player and a slender 2 point lead but found themselves twice needing late scores by Barry Slevin to send this absorbing contest to a replay next weekend.

    Na Fianna - Eoin Reilly, Noel O'Sullivan, Evan Mullally, Christy Cosgrave, Niall Reilly, Daniel Gleeson, Jonathan McCloskey, Ethan Devine, Diarmuid Bailey (0-2), Cian Slattery, Peter Slevin (1-0); Barry Slevin (0-9, 7 fs,1 sideline),Mark Slevin (0-2), David Kirby (1-0), Sean Martin (0-3). Subs - Sean Coffey for Ethan Devine, Ronan Byrne for Coffey, Shane Burke for Niall Reilly, Will Flynn for McCloskey.

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