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St Senan's are Novice County Champions 2015-11-07 20:03:00

Castleisland Mart Novice Championship Final
St Senans 1-10 Lispole 1-9

After a tough uncompromising game that ebbed and flowed, St Senans were deserving county Novice champions for the first time since 1984. Senans and Lispole have been the most consistent teams in this grade over recent years and this showed in the early exchanges with both defenses well on top. Scoring was at a premium with the frees of Padraig Quille edging Senans a point ahead of Lispole early in the first half. From then on Senans managed to get a grip on proceedings with Damien Somers winning plenty of possession in midfield allied to some magnificent defensing by Sean T Dillon and Philip Twomey.

Two quick points by Quille stretched the gap to three before the break. However, two quick points in reply by Declan O’Sullivan and Tom Kavanagh left the minimum between the sides going in to half time.

Upon the restart came the moment that would break this final wide open. Some smart running by the Senans forwards created space for Padraig Quille to finish to the net and establish a lead they would never relinquish. To their credit, Lispole showed why they keep coming back. Two pointed frees by Cathal O’Sullivan halved the gap but realizing that history was within their grasp, Senans took the game by the scruff of the neck and raced for home.

Five unanswered points from Shane Nolan(0-2), David Behan, Quille again and the point of the game from wing forward Con O’Keeffe left the scoreline 1-10 to 0-7 in favour of Senans with a little under ten minutes remaining. Yet Lispole still would not yield. They chipped three quick points to reduce the margin before a late goal from Cathal O’Sullivan left the minimum between the sides. The next kickout was to prove vital as Senans claimed the restart and held out for the final two minutes to seal their victory on a scoreline of 1-10 to 1-9.
The Hickey/Quirke Cup was presented to winning captain Sean Weir after the game by vice chairman of the county committee Diarmuid Ó Sé. The Man of the Match was the excellent Padrain Quille who finished with a total of 1-05 for the winners. The award was presented by Jimmy Roche representing Castleisland Co-Op Mart sponsors of the competition.

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