Cootehill 5-3 Clontibret 3-3
Cootehill were triumphant in their quest for shield honours against Clontibret in damp conditions at Aughnamullen on Monday evening.
The Cavan boys proved that little bit more clinical in front of goal although Clontibret fought courageously to the end.
The Kevin Og Carney managed outfit got off to the best possible start scoring two goals in the opening 10 minutes from captain Ben and Ned Tully. To their credit Clontibret did respond with two points of their own the latter coming from play from the skillful Odhran Keenan. In response Cootehill scored two quick points approaching the 20th minute only for Clontibret to create their first goal of the evening through Nathan Brennan. As a result, only the mere goal separated the sides at half-time.
Clontibret were level within 4 minutes of the second half through an opportunistic strike from their midfielder Henry Kelly. However, Cootehill sensing the threat posed by their Monaghan counterparts scored a neat goal from their corner forward Ben Brennan. Three minutes later the result appeared all but certain when Ned Tully flicked to the net from a dangerous ball played inside. But Clontibret displayed battling qualities and were back to withing 3 points when Oliver Kelly blasted a low shot to the net.
In the final 15 minutes the aformentioned Ned Tully completed his hat-trick of the evening and victory was within grasp. At this stage the fog was descending, Cootheill managed a converted Ben Brennan free. Before the final act of the evening went to Clontibret when Henry Kelly swiveled to score a beautiful point.
Shortly afterwards the whistle was blown and the Cootehill boys were visibly delighted with the outcome to earn the under 13 hurling shield for 2018.
Teams and Scorers
Cootehill M. Mc Caffrey; M. Mc Dermott 0-1, J. Mc Dermott, R. Gordon; E. Crossan, D Adams, L. Gilmartin; M. Davis, B Tully capt. 1-0, B. Brennan 1-1, N. Tully 3-0.
Subs used: S. Mc Donnell, D. Leddy 0-1, D. Shields.
Clontibret: D. Mc Glone; T. O’Connor, S. Hamill, F. Brennan; R. O’Neill, I. Walsh capt., J. Sullivan; O. Keenan 0-1, H. Kelly 1-2, N. Brennan, K. Mc Keever.
Subs used: B. Kelly 1-0, J. Brady, S. Mc Skeane, O. Kelly 1-0.
Referee: C. Brady