St Michael’s are Intermediate Champions

October 6, 2009


St Michael’s cruised to the Armagh Intermediate championship title in a disappointingly one sided final that was effectively over as a contest by the half hour mark. Third division champions elect, Keady, the form side coming into the final, behaved like rabbits caught in the headlights as they left all which got them to the final in the dressing room. Seasoned campaigners St Michael’s might be heading to the third division but came with a gameplan and executed it to perfection using all their experience to put in a terrific team performance.

St Michael’s bridged a 10 year absence of the Atty Hearty Cup from their grasp with style and panache and when Keady did mount a mini second half revival it was crushed by a Paul O’Rourke goal a few minutes from time that put the seal on victory. It looked as if Keady would go in scoreless at the break as they trailed 8-0 in added on time. A speculative effort from Raymond Mullen slipped from the grasp of goalkeeper Peter Slane to the back of the net to open the Keady account leaving it 0-8 to 1-0 at half-time.

One expected the lifeline goal to spark Keady into action but they could not curb the influence Shane Rock and Barry Murray were having on the game. St Michael’s keeper may have been at fault for the goal but he made amends with a great stop to deny Paul Murray a goal with some 10 minutes left on the clock. The winners were able to get six different scorers on the list with Kevin Murray (0-4) and Paul O Rourke (1-1) the top marksmen.

St Michael’s centre half-back Barry Murray picked up the Man Of the Match award.

A full match report will appear in next week’s issue.