Mount Leinster Rangers 0-18
Loughgiel Shamrocks 2-11
MOUNT LEINSTER RANGERS fairytale season continued today in Newry as they became the first Carlow club to reach the AIB All-Ireland SHC final.
Man-of-the-match Denis Murphy was the hero as he struck 0-11, including the score that transpired to be the winner with four minutes remaining against 2012 champions Loughgiel Shamrocks.
Murphy had also starred in the Leinster final win but all over the pitch Tom Mullally’s side showed a superb attitude that enabled them to book their place in Croke Park on St Patrick’s Day.
Loughgiel Shamrocks, who were reduced to 14 men late on when Mark McFadden was dismissed, had a last-gasp chance to force extra-time but Liam Watson’s free from distance dropped short and Mount Leinster Rangers were able to clear their lines.
Mount Leinster Rangers settled well and lead by 0-10 to 0-6 at half-time before stretching their lead soon after to 0-12 to 0-7.
Then Loughgiel received a major boost with a Benny McCarry goal in the 35th minute and they forced their way back into the game. Mount Leinster Rangers created another advantage with some superb scores by Murphy as well as Diarmuid and Derek Byrne.
They lead by three points with eight minutes remaining before Watson struck Loughgiel’s second goal to tie the teams – 2-10 to 0-16. In a frenetic finale the teams swapped points before Murphy grabbed the winner.
Scorers for Mount Leinster Rangers: Denis Murphy 0-11 (0-5f), Eoin Doyle, 0-2, Diarmuid Byrne, Derek Byrne, Padraig Nolan, John Coady, David Phelan 0-1 each.
Scorers for Loughgiel Shamrocks: Liam Watson 1-6 (0-3f), Benny McCarry 1-0, Eddie McCloskey 0-2, Shay Casey, Mark McFadden, Joey Scullion 0-1 each.
MOUNT LEINSTER RANGERS: Frank Foley; Michael Doyle, Garry Doyle, Gary Kelly; Diarmuid Byrne, Richard Coady, Edward Coady; Derek Byrne, Padraig Nolan; Paul Coady, Edward Byrne, David Phelan; Denis Murphy, John Coady, Eoin Doyle.
Subs: Jack Murphy for Nolan (48), Hugh Paddy O’Byrne for John Coady (56), Willie Murphy for Eoin Doyle (58).
LOUGHGIEL SHAMROCKS: DD Quinn; Paddy Gillan, Neil McGarry, Ruairi McCloskey; Martin Scullion, Barney McAuley, Odhran McFadden; Mark McFadden, Tony McCloskey; Johnny Scullion, Declan Laverty, Eddie McCloskey; Benny McCarry, Shay Casey, Liam Watson.
Subs: James Campbell for Martin Scullion (36), Daniel McCloskey for Joey Scullion (56).
Referee: Cathal McAllister (Cork)