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Sixteen Champions Crowned In Cracking Weekend Of Club Action

What an epic weekend of county final action as 16 champions were confirmed across the country. 

It started on Saturday afternoon when Cargin claimed back-to-back Antrim senior titles following an epic win over Lámh Dhearg. The action resumed on Sunday as 10 football finals and six hurling deciders went down tot he wire with one of the fairytale victories seeing Naomh Eoin crowned Sligo hurling champions for the first time.

Elsewhere in hurling, Ballygunner maintained their grip on the Waterford title while Davy Fitzgerald tasted success with his home club Sixmilebridge.

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In Ulster, Castlerahan claimed a second successive Cavan title while Kilcoo regained control of the landscape in Down football. Mattie Donnelly’s Trillick completed the action in Ulster winning the Tyrone title.

Out west, both the Leitrim and Roscommon SFC finals proved to be thrillers while the majority of the football finals took place in Leinster where champions were crowned in Offaly, Laois, Wicklow, Westmeath and Wexford. It would have been one-more had the Louth SFC final not been postponed late in the day.

Here is your comprehensive round-up of County Final Sunday.

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Antrim SFC final replay: Cargin 3-16 Lámh Dhearg 0-23 (Corrigan Park)

Cargin are Antrim senior football champions for the fourth time in six seasons after a thrilling replay victory over Lámh Dhearg. The favourites were pushed all the way by the seasons’ fairytale contenders who had to withstand two semi-final replays that included the now-infamous free-kick shootout that was called to a halt at 10.30 pm.

Tómas McCann got Cargin off to the perfect start pouncing on a defensive error to fire home to an empty net. Cargin then finished the half as they started when an attempted point by Ciaran Bradley dropped into the arms of Michael Magill who rounded the Lámh Dhearg defence to also score into the open goal.

Bradley and Magill combined again for the full-forward’s second and Cargin’s third in the second half as the reigning champions looked to be sailing to victory.

Lámh Dhearg mounted a comeback though and forced the game to extra-time with a flurry of late scores. However, Cargin’s resolve shone through as they pulled away in extra-time.

Captained by John Finucane, the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Lámh Dhearg will probably feel they left it behind them the last day out when they were in the ascendency with ten minutes to go only for Cargin to mount a late comeback.

A hugely enjoyable and successful season for the Antrim SFC. Despite being known as a hruling county, the football’s coverage was among the best coverage in the country.

Down SFC final: Kilcoo 1-12 Warrenpoint 0-14 (Páirc Esler)

Dylan Ward’s goal helped Kilcoo claim back control of the Down senior football championship after a one-point win over a Warrenpoint side who put in a mammoth effort.

Tyrone SFC final: Errigal Ciarán 2-4 Trillick 0-12 (Healy Park)

Mattie Donnelly’s Trillick overcame Peter Harte’s Errigal Ciarán to win their first county championship since 2015 and eighth overall with a two-point win at Healy Park.

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Cavan SFC Final: Castlerahan 1-9 Ramor United 0-10 (Kingspan Breffni Park)

After fighting tooth and nail to finally win their first county title in 2018, Castlerahan are now back-to-back champions following a two-point win over Ramor United.

A dour enough game where neither side scored for the final 13 minutes, Oisin O’Connell’s sixth-minute goal proved to be the difference between the sides.

Leitrim SFC Final: Ballinamore 0-15 Glencar-Manorhamilton 0-16 (Páirc Seán MacDiarmada)

Glencar-Manorhamilton picked up their first county title in eight years with a dramatic one-point win over Ballinamore. Captain Conor Dolan proved the hero hitting a last-gasp winner to claim the Connacht Gold Leitrim SFC title.

Roscommon SFC final: Pádraig Pearses v Roscommon Gaels (Dr Hyde Park)

Pádraig Pearses are Roscommon SFC winners for the first time in their history following a three-point win over Roscommon Gaels.

However, they had to withstand a late rally from their opponents after leading by nine points at one stage in the second half. Conor Payne and Hubert Darcy both netted in the first half to set Pearses up for a historic win.

Offaly SFC final: Ferbane 2-13 Rhode 0-14 (O’Connor Park)

Two quick-fire goals including one from young prodigy Cian Johnson helped Ferbane win their twelfth county title and first since 1994 with a five-point win over perennial winners Rhode.

Laois SFC final: Killeshin 2-7 Portlaoise 0-14 (O’Moore Park)

Portlaoise are county champions for the 12th time in 13 seasons following a one-point win over Killeshin who mounted a late comeback after goals in each half from Cathal Brennan and Evan Lowry.

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Wexford SFC Final: Castletown 3-16 Gusserane 2-10 (Innovate Wexford Park)

Castletown moved joint-top on the Wexford SFC roll of honour following a strong win over a game Gusserane side this afternoon.

The champions got off to the perfect start with a Brendan Halpin goal in the first minute before extending their lead to ten in the 24th minute through Jonathan Bealin’s goal. Gusserane had a goal of their own disallowed before Bealin rattled home, however, they did mount a comeback before half-time when Adrian Flynn fired home. The second-half then mirrored the first as Castletown looked to be pulling away before Paraic Conway netted to bring Gusserane back to within four.

Robbie Brooks’ goal ten minutes from time, though, left the end result in no doubt as Castletown collected title number eleven.

Westmeath SFC final: Garrycastle 2-13 St. Loman’s 3-6 (TEG Cusack Park)

Garrycastle trailed St. Loman’s by eight points at half-time but the former All-Ireland finalists mounted an impressive comeback that sees them crowned Westmeath champions for the first time since 2014.

Ken Casey netted first before John Heslin’s double left the half-time score at 3-4 to 0-5. However, Alex Gardiner and Eoin Monaghan hit majors in the second-half to help propel Garrycastle to victory.

Wicklow SFC Final: Arklow Geraldines-Ballymoney 0-7 St Patricks 0-8 (Aughrim)

St Patricks retain their Wicklow SFC crown winning their 14th overall title with a narrow one-point win over an underdog Arklow outfit.

Louth SFC Final: Newtown Blues v Naomh Mairtin (Gaelic Grounds) POSTPONED

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Clare SHC final: Cratloe 0-15 Sixmilebridge 0-21 (Cusack Park)

Davy Fitzgerald’s season juggling the Wexford job alongside his role as manager of home club Sixmilebridge has paid off after the side collected their fourth county title of the decade and 14th overall.

Local rivals, Cratlow were the opponents but despite displaying a wealth of talent they couldn’t live with Fitzgerald’s men who were stronger throughout.

Waterford SHC final: Ballygunner 1-24 De La Salle 1-15 (Walsh Park)

Ballygunner are Waterford champions for the sixth year in a row after a nine-point win over De La Salle. It was a game were last years Munster finalists who took the lead with the game’s first attack and never relinquished it. Once again, they’ll be a force to be reckoned with on the provincial scene.

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Mayo SHC Final: Castlebar Mitchels 1-13 Tooreen 0-18 (MacHale Park)

Known more so for their esteemed reputation on the club football scene it was all hurling today for Castlebar Mitchels who faced Tooreen in the Mayo county final. Unfortunately for them, however, they fell to an agonising two-point defeat as Tooreen collected their 30th county title.

Sligo SHC Final: Easkey 0-12 Naomh Eoin 1-12 (Markievicz Park)

Naomh Eoin collected their maiden Sligo hurling title with a goal three minutes from time help them over the line against an Easkey side who were seeking a first title since 1963.

Longford SHC Final: Clonguish Gaels 1-19 Longford Slashers 0-10 (Pearse Park)

Clonguish Gaels are Longford senior hurling champions for the fifth time following a strong 12-point win over Longford Slashers.

 

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