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Maguire's last minute winner hands title to Middletown

Lavey 2-13 Middletown 2-16

By John Campbell

A golden goal in the dying moments from Martin Maguire gave Armagh champions Middletown Na Fianna their second-ever Ulster Intermediate Hurling title yesterday after a gripping contest against Derry title-holders Lavey.

The orchard county showed grit, courage and no little stamina in staging a dramatic recovery after appearing to have surrendered the at the end of the third quarter.

Match-winner Maguire was due to start on the bench, but the big full forward came in for Martin Moan and immediately let his presence be known.

After being fouled for the opening score, he played in half forward Cahal Carvill for a goal as Middletown raced into a 1-03 to no score lead on five minutes.

Lavey settled though, and led by midfield maestro Paddy Henry, started to eat away at the Middletown lead. He played a free short to corner forward Liam Murphy who rattled the back of the Middletown net. Henry picked off a further six points, to give Lavey a slender half-time lead (1-8 to 0-7).

The momentum was still with Lavey at the start of the second half and in the 36th minute, it was looking good for the Derry side as Paddy Henry hit the roof of the net from the penalty spot.

But from then the Armagh side took over and led by Ryan Gaffney and Maguire they began to claw their way back before Maguire's late goal sealed Lavey's fate.

Scorers: Middletown: Ryan Gaffney 0-09 (8F), Cahal Carvill 1-02 Martin Maguire 1-02 each, Paddy McBride 0-02, Kieran McKernan 0-01.

Lavey: Paddy Henry 1-11 1-00 (Pen) 0-09 (F) 0-01 (65), Liam Murphy 1-00, Colm Murphy 0-01, Niall Toner 0-01.

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