Graiguecullen 1-7 St Joseph’s 0-5
2000 Feile Football Final
Graiguecullen captured the first Laois Feile football title of the 21st century following a five point win over St Joseph’s 17 years ago.
The Barrowsiders had been edged out in the previous two U-12 finals by Stradbally so, when they finally got the better of them in the semi final of this competition after extra time, they went into this final as firm favourites.
The game, which was played in Ratheniska, saw Graiguecullen race into a three point lead within the first ten minutes thanks to Chris Hurley, John Tierney and Ian Fleming.
With their very first attack, St Joseph’s were awarded a penalty but it was missed and Graiguecullen added two more points via Fleming and Rory Hurley to move five clear.
Mark Delaney finally raised a white flag for St Joseph’s but that would prove to be their only score as Graiguecullen took a 0-5 to 0-1 lead into the half time break.
St Joseph’s made a great start to the second half as Michael Byrne kicked their second point but any hopes of a comeback faded five minutes later.
Centre forward Ian Fleming soloed half way up the pitch before unleashing a thunderbolt into the top corner for the game’s only goal.
Dave Hurley added a brace of points and all of a sudden Graiguecullen led by eight points with less than a quarter of the game to go.
To their credit, St Joseph’s didn’t give up and they kicked the final three points of the half via Mark Delaney, Stephen Delaney and Billy Campion.
But it wasn’t enough and Graiguecullen went on to lift the trophy.
SCORERS – Graiguecullen: Ian Fleming 1-2, Rory Hurley 1-1, Dave Hurley 0-2, John Tierney and Chris Hurley 0-1 each St. Joseph’s: Mark Delaney 0-2, Stephen Delaney, Billy Campion and Michael Byrne 0-1 each
GRAIGUECULLEN: Shane O’Neill; Niall O’Rourke, Mark Timmons, Denis Byrne; Jason McGrath, Fionn O’Rourke, Leon Deere; Rory Hurley, Denis Nolan; Dave Hurley, Ian Fleming, John Tierney; Barry O’Sullivan, Barry Murphy, Chris Hurley. Subs: Jason Kelly for D. Hurley
ST JOSEPH’S: Ray Kealy; Adrian Brophy, Ian Donnelly, Enda Butler; Declan Brennan, Pat Fleming, Stephen Delaney; David Lynsky, Richard Keogh; Niall Moore, Brian Brennan, Billy Campion; Pat Hickey, Mark Delaney, Michael Byrne. Subs: Jack Dempsey for Hickey