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Remember the Game: 2001 Leinster hurling triumph for St Fergal’s

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St. Fergal's Rathdowney
St. Fergal's Rathdowney

St Fergal’s Rathdowney 1-12  St Rynagh’s CC Banagher 3-5

Leinster Vocational Schools’ ‘A’ Hurling Final Replay

Sixteen years ago this month, St Fergal’s Rathdowney were crowned Leinster Vocational Schools’ ‘A’ Hurling champions following a one-point win over St Rynagh’s CC of Banagher.

This was a replay after the sides had drawn a couple of weeks previous and there was little between them at any point in the game.

St Fergal’s had the better of the opening exchanges and took a 0-5 to 1-1 lead into the break at half time with points from Fintant Deegan, Peter Gray and Eoin Houlihan proving crucial.

A goal from Philip Russell on the resumption of play aided St Fergal’s cause greatly but the Offaly side grabbed two of their own to keep themselves within striking distance.

Indeed, it looked like we would be heading for extra time when Kevin Kelly leveled the match for the sixth time in the final minute of normal time but St Fergal’s would go on to win it.

Niall Doherty did tremendous work on the wing before picking out Eoin Houlihan for what was a magnificent score.

But there was a late chance for St Rynagh’s to force extra time when they were awarded a free with the last puck of the game. However, Kevin Kelly’s long range effort just tailed wide at the last moment and the Rathdowney school were crowned champions.

SCORERS – St Fergal’s: Philip Russell 1-3, Eoin Houlihan 0-3, Fintan Deegan 0-2, Peter Gray 0-2 (one free), Michael McEvoy and Gary Moore 0-1 each

ST FERGAL’S: Brian Campion; Jason Moynan, Alan Delaney, Philip Doyle; Christopher Jones, Michael McEvoy, Niall Doherty; John Dowling, Peter Gray; John Delaney, Fintan Deegan, Eoin Houlihan; Philip Russell, John Kavanagh, Martin Phelan. Subs: Gary Moore for Kavanagh (45mins), Tom Drennan for Dowling (53mins)

 

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