Blackhill 3-8 Drumhowan 2-8 6/10/19
Blackhill joined three other clubs – including beaten finalists Drumhowan – at the top of the JFC roll of honour when they won last Sunday’s Universal Graphics Junior Football Championship decider in Aughnamullen.
Drumhowan’s first score of the game (a tenth-minute goal by JP O’Neill) briefly edged them ahead, but that proved to be their only time to lead, as goals either side of half-time by Man of the Match Michael Geehan and Anthony Courtney put Blackhill in the driving seat. Patrick Quinn found the net as Drumhowan made a typically spirited comeback in the hope of maintaining their unblemished record in JFC Finals, but Philip Donnelly tapped home a close-range rebound to guide Blackhill over the line for their second junior title in four years.
Blackhill: M Shevlin; T Courtney, R Courtney, D Courtney; A Courtney (1-0), Shane Courtney, J Daly; C Courtney, D Daly (0-2, 1f); J Finnegan (0-1), T Geehan (0-3), G McArdle; P Donnelly (1-0), H Byrne (Capt.), M Geehan (1-2).
Subs: A Burns for McArdle (inj., 35 mins), P Finnegan for D Courtney (black card, 58).
Drumhowan: E Duffy; D McElearney, L McGuirk, O Quinn (Capt.); N Duffy, D Duffy, A Quinn; JP O’Neill (1-0), P Quinn (1-1); Kevin Mooney (0-1), B McGuirk, Kieran Mooney; C Lambe (0-3f), D Millar, C Duffy (0-1).
Subs: P Mulligan (0-2) for McElearney (black card. 24), K McElroy for A Quinn (H-T), C McGinnity for Kieran Mooney (35), A Duffy for C Duffy (42), A Mulligan for McGinnity (60 + 6).
Referee: C Murphy (Seán McDermotts).