Clooney Gaels lift crown after win against Clooney Gaels
Uslter IHC Final
Cuchullains 1-13 Clooney Gaels 1-16: When Clooney Gaels found their start to the Antrim leagues a struggle, Seamus Magee stepped in as manager.
They needed a last-minute goal from PJ O'Connell in the first round of the championship to squeeze them past Randalstown. Now, they are Ulster intermediate champions.
"Everything has went well since I came in but nobody would have believed we would be standing here today," said Magee, who was lost for words as the large band of Gaels supporters rejoiced at Sean O'Connell's raising of the trophy.
The Ahoghill-based club had to fend off the Declan Coulter-inspired challenge of Cuchullains, and that man almost rescued extra-time for his side at the death, smashing a shot off the crossbar from 25 yards.
But the defensive effort of Clooney was enough to secure the victory, as Francis Neeson and Eamonn Brady excelled in front of their own goal, repelling whatever the Cuchullian attack could throw at them.
Cuchullains: P Heaney; S Fields, C Clifford, M McCullough; N Duffy (1-0), R McGrattan, E Gribbin (0-1); C Toner (0-1), D Coulter (0-8, 0-4f); T Duffy, T Marley (0-1), C Kane; C Coulter (0-2f), P Duffy, C Gorman (0-1). Subs: C Duffy for T Duffy (36), P McKernan for C Coulter (40), R Devlin for E Gribbin (58)
Clooney Gaels: P Graham; E Brady, F Neeson, C McGlone; J Downey, D Graham (0-1), F O'Neill (0-1); D Neeson (0-1), M Graham (0-2); G Graham (0-5, 0-4f), T McGlone, D Graham; J O'Connell (0-3), PJ O'Connell (1-3), O Neeson. Subs: E Graham for O Neeson (40), S O'Connell for D Neeson (51), J Magee for J Downey (60)
Referee: E Hassan (Derry).