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Remember the Game: The Heath cruise to Kelly Cup Final Victory in 2012

The Heath 3-12 St Josephs 1-4
Kellly Cup Final 2012 

The Heath produced a dominant display of attacking football on the day to clinch the first ever Kelly Cup title , comfortably seeing off the threat of St Josephs by 14 points in Crettyard.

The margin of victory was just reward for a display which had St Josephs in trouble from the opening minutes.

The Heath were more sharper and clinical than there opponents, as they defended strongly and created scoring opportunities almost every time they crossed the half way line with Cathal Whelan really catching the eye with a personal haul of 2-6.

The challenge for St Josephs on the day was to see if they could bring in the successful
U-21s to the senior team.

Unfortunately Josephs on the day they were only competitive in fleeting spells as they struggled to contain a rampant Heath attack in the first half.

The alarm bells were ringing from the start as The Heath scored 5 points in the opening 10 minutes, it already looked like the contest was close to over.

St Josephs kicked into life at that stage with James Doyle pointing a free before he then took advantage of some hesitant defending in The Heath full back line to fist home from close range, after goalkeeper James Farrell failed to hold the ball.

That goal put just one point between the teams, but it lasted barely a minute as The Heath hit back ruthlessly in their next attack.

Chris Bergin picked up the ball 40 yards out, and cut through a gap in the St Josephs defence to race clear on goal and coolly slot the ball into the bottom corner.

James Doyle again hit back for St Josephs with a free, but the rest of the half belonged to The Heath as they put the game beyond doubt.

The half ended and The Heath already looked assured of victory, leading 2-9 to 1-2 and on top in almost every position across the field.

After the end to end fare of the first half the second half was a bit slower with the first score of the second half not coming till the seventh minute.

With seven minutes remaining, The Heath confirmed, if any confirmation was needed, that the game was over with their third goal.

A long ball towards full-forward Seamus Mulhare broke to Cathal Whelan and his shot from 14 yards out found the back of the net despite substitute keeper Dermot Kelly getting his fingertips to it.

Doyle rounded off St Josephs scoring for the night with another free, his third of the game.

The Heath were almost in for a fourth goal in injury time, but despite getting in behind the Josephs cover, they had to settle for a point to settle for a point to round off what was a convincing victory.

Scorers: The Heath: Cathal Whelan 2-6 (0-2 frees), Chris Bergin 1-1 (0-1 free), Daithi Carroll 0-3 (One 45), Padraig Whelan 0-1, Tony Connolly 0-1
St Josephs: James Doyle 1-3 (0-3 frees), Colm Campion 0-1

The Heath: James Farrell, Mark Dowling, Colin Nestor, Eoin Delaney, Eoin Keane, Aidin Bergin, Tony Connolly, Enda Norton, Jimmy Nerney, Daithi Carroll, Chris Bergin, Donal Bigley, Cathal Whelan, Seamus Mulhare, Kieran Hyland. Subs: Padraig Whelan For Donal Bigley, John Booth for Chris Bergin, Conor Bergin For Eoin Keane, Stephen Rainsford For Seamus Mulhare, Barry Whelan For Kieran Hyland.

St Josephs:  Tommy Nolan, Ian Dunne, Aaron Moore, Martin Condron, Adam Campion, Kevin Campion, Dan Dunne, Jason Campion, Ian Donnelly, Mattie Campion, Noel Campion, Johnny Fleming, Tom Dunne, David Brennan, James Doyle. Subs: Colm Campion For Johnny Fleming, Dermot Kelly For Tommy Nolan, Joey Devoy For Tom Dunne, Mark George For Martin Condron, Donie Ramsbottom For Ian Donnelly.

Tom Jones (Laois GAA); David Brennan (St. Joseph’s captain); Tony Connolly (The Heath captain) and Joe Brennan (referee) with the Kelly Cup before the Kelly Cup final at Crettyard. in 2012
Picture: Alf Harvey.
The Heath who defeated St. Joseph’s in the Kelly Cup final at Crettyard in 2012.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
St. Joseph’s who played The Heath in the Kelly Cup final at Crettyard. in 2012
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Enjoying the comfort of the stand for The Heath and St. Joseph’s in the Kelly Cup final at Crettyard.
Picture: Alf Harvey.

Referee: Joe Brennan (Crettyard)

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