In pictures: St Michael's win Fermanagh's first Hogan Cup title by one point after thrilling All Ireland final
St Michael's have won the Hogan Cup to land an historic All-Ireland title for Fermanagh
Michael Glynn proved the hero, scoring seven points during an outstanding performance while MacRory Cup final star Darragh McBrien scored a well-taken goal as well as two points and captain Brandon Horan delivered a leading display.
They had been ahead by four points with seven minutes remaining but a late flurry of action meant Conor Love's added time score proved the winner, erasing the pain of previous final defeats in 2002 and 2012.
Only two Fermanagh representative teams have previously won an 'A' All-Ireland - Fermanagh Technical College and Lisnaskea school St Comghall's on one glorious weekend in the mid-90s.
But this St Michael's squad, made up entirely of players from the county, has now landed an historic victory as an 'all-Fermanagh' team beating the best on the island.
"Unbelievable," star man Glynn told TG4. "There are plenty more to come (for Fermanagh). It's the best feeling in the world. Up Fermanagh."
Team manager Dominic Corrigan explained what it means to the county.
"I'm delighted for everybody in Fermanagh," he told TG4. "It's a special moment and we're going to savour it.
"It's massive for Fermanagh football going forward. We've been on an upwards curve the last number of years and we are going very well at the minute. It's a massive victory for everybody associated with Fermanagh football and for people in the county in general. They'll celebrate this near and far."
Eoin Conneff opened the scores with the first point of the day but St Michael's were soon level through Glynn's well-struck free as he made amends for an early miss.
Josh Largo-Ellis edged the Enniskillen side deservedly ahead on 11 minutes but the self destruct button was hit seconds later when, after Mikey McGovern levelled at two points a piece, a scuffed goal kick let in Eoin Conneff to blast home Naas' goal.
Credit to St Michael's, they immediately set about counteracting the momentary lapse and Glynn slotted over a free well-won by McBrien.
The seven-point hero of the MacRory final then showed his own skills in front of goal as McBrien was fed in by captain Horan and tucked a superb finish into the bottom corner.
A levelling point from Tony O'Connor proved just another momentary disappointment for the Ulster champions, who dominated the closing stages of the half. They got their rewards when Paul McKervey smashed in a point from wide on the left and Glynn's third successfull free opened a two-point gap.
It could have been even better had Conor Love taken advantage when he did well to get past the defence and in one-on-one but he could only find the side-netting.
McGovern and Glynn traded the final points of the half as St Michael's went in two points clear at 1-06 to 1-04.
Glynn started the second half with two more quickfire points to take his own tally to six for the afternoon. It looked like Love could stretch it to a seven point game when he again showed great skill and strength to shrug off the defender but the finish was lacking.
Conneff and McBrien exchanged points before McGovern and Paddy McDermott both pointed for Naas to halve the deficit to just two points. St Michael's had goalkeeper Sean McNally to thank that McGovern didn't add a goal instead.
Glynn's seventh point of the afternoon and a score by substitute Rafferty put St Michael's four clear with seven minutes remaining as they closed in on the crown.
They'll have been looking to see out the win more comfortably than it was in the end as Eoin Archibald and a Paddy McDermott double left the gap at a solitary point with three minutes of added time remaining. Again it could have been worse but for McNally's second top save of the half, denying Tony O'Connor at the end of a mazy run.
Love then bagged a deserved score and even then might not have realised how significant it would prove, McGovern's late score rendering that point the winning one.
And that fact could only be confirmed once a last, last gasp Alex Beirne effort flew wide.
"We responded very well to the early goal and our responses this season have been fantastic. Sean's late save sealed the deal for us," said manager Corrigan.
"We're in heaven at the minute. The finals in 2002 and 2012 were great experiences but we didn't perform. Over the course of the 60 minutes today and over the course of the season, we're worthy Hogan Cup winners."
What a game, what a finish, what a win for Fermanagh.
St Michael's: Glynn 0-07, McBrien 1-02, McKervey 0-01, Rafferty 0-01, Love 0-01 /
Naas CBS: Conneff 1-02, McGovern 0-04, McDermott 0-02, O'Connor 0-01, Archibald 0-01, S Murphy 0-01
Here's how the game happened:
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