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Cavanaghs' double act steers Moy to title win

Moy 1-10 Michael Glaveys 0-7

By Francis Mooney

Moy struck early for a golden goal and defended their lead with discipline and steel to lift the All-Ireland Club IFC title at Croke Park.

Tom Loughran's dream strike gave the Tyrone champions a cushion which proved decisive as Andrew Glennon led a Roscommon backlash after they had midfielder Caoileann Fitzmaurice sent off.

In the end, Sean Cavanagh's five converted frees and a man of the match performance from brother Colm were enough to seal the deal for the Tir na nOgs from Moy.

The Connacht champions displayed remarkable courage to get on top of the game when they went a man down, and had full forward Glennon had more support up front, they could have pulled off an unlikely victory.

But with Niall Conlon, Mark Gribbin and sweeper specialist Colm Cavanagh putting up a fight at the back, the Moy men were able to weather a furious storm.

"That Michael Glaveys team was a superb team. We knew that they were a young team, and it was important for us to get off to a good start, put them on the back foot," said Moy joint manager Audi Kelly.

"We knew there would be that wee bit of nerves with them, and we got a massive start.

"Tom Loughran, who has been a huge player for us all year, he had a man-marking assignment, but he got the opportunity to get a bit of space at the beginning of the match, and he put it in the back of the net. That gave is a great lift.

"The defence have got the plaudits all year, but we have a real cutting edge in our attack, and at different times we have shown it this year.

Glaveys front man Andrew Glennon was a constant threat, and his points dragged his side back into the game in the second half.

"The way we set up, and we knew the Glaveys big full forward is a superb player, and he has been beating teams on his own through the year, so we had to snuff him, and defensively we did," Kelly added.

Loughran ghosted in to connect with a pass from brother Harry and smash the ball to the net after just 28 seconds, and scores from Ryan Coleman and Harry Loughran opened out a five points lead.

Glennon hit Glaveys' only score of the first half, and despite the high fielding of midfielder John Finan, the Connacht champions could make little headway against a packed Moy defence in which Niall Conlon and Mark Gribbin excelled.

Skipper Eunan Deeney converted a '45, and two Sean Cavanagh conversions sent the Ulster title-holders in with a 1-5 to 0-1 interval lead.

The excellent Glennon landed a spectacular score from far out on the left, with Stephen Comer also hitting a point from distance and Michael Glaveys closed the gap.

But Cavanagh's accuracy from placed balls saw Moy restore their seven-point cushion, and the Roscommon men then suffered a major blow when Fitzmaurice was sent off.

However, it was Glaveys who stepped up the tempo, running at the Moy defence and winning four frees which Glennon converted.

The Tir na nOgs went 17 minutes without a score, but recovered to hit late scores through Conall Duffy and Cavanagh and close the game out.

Moy scorers: T Loughran 1-0, S Cavanagh 0-5 (5f), R Coleman 0-2, H Loughran, E Deeney ('45), C Duffy 0-1 each.

Michael Glaveys scorers: A Glennon 0-6 (4f), S Comer 0-1

MOY: N Brady; P Mackle, T McNicholl, T Conlon; M Gribbin, N Conlon, E Deeney; C Cavanagh, T Loughran; D Conroy, H Loughran, E Rafferty; R Coleman, S Cavanagh, A Currie.

Subs: C Duffy for Conroy (51), A Donaghy for Rafferty (59) ), K McQuade for Currie (61), K Kavanagh for Deeney (62), R O'Neill for T Conlon (64)

MICHAEL GLAVEYS: D O'Malley; N Morris, S O'Malley, L Cregg; G Patterson, C Hussey, D Frayne; C Fitzmaurice, J Finane; T Murphy, S Comer, D Ruane; S Burke, A Glennon, C Heneghan.

Subs: T Murphy for Heneghan (20), J Glennon for Ruane (h-t), S Markham for Cregg (62).

Referee: Brendan Cawley (Kildare)

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