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Glack End 38-Year Wait


St Colm's Drum 1-06

O'Connor's Glack 1-13


Hunger sated.


A goal from Niall McGowan in the opening minute of the second half extinguished any hope St Colm's had of mounting a comeback as Glack ended a 38-year famine to lift the Joe Brolly Cup at Celtic Park on Saturday evening.


Drum did hit back with a goal of their own through Rory O'Reilly but the unerring free-taking ability of Niall McGowan came to the fore in the second period as Glack kept themselves in front until the end.


It took the sides five opening minutes to raise a white flag. A fired-up Aaron Moore cut inside to point on his left foot and two minutes later the same player doubled the Glack lead, swinging a leg at a loose ball that landed between the uprights.

Drum recorded a number of missed chances before Ryan Morgan opened a three-point gap, ending an excellent full-pitch O'Connor's move by tapping over. Rory O'Reilly got Drum off the mark immediately before Donal Brolly cut the deficit to a single point with a free.


Ryan Morgan then traded scores with Niall Ferris before James O'Connor seared his way through the Drum defence to flash an effort over the bar and Niall McGowan followed with a close-range free to stretch the gap to 3 points. O'Connor then hit his second as Glack ended the half four to the good.


Within fifteen seconds of the throw-in, Niall McGowan hammered to the Drum net and a visible relief spread throughout the Glack side and points followed quickly from Eoin Mackey and Aaron Moore to open a 9-point gap.


Drum hit back with a superb goal, Rory O'Reilly taking Cathair McCloskey's cross in his stride and firing into the roof of the net, before Niall Ferris hung an effort over the bar to reduce arrears to five.

Sperrin View Electrical Man of the Match - Glack's Cormac Boyle.

Cormac Boyle dampened the Drum comeback before Niall McGowan raced 70 yards to pop over. McGowan then landed another free from under the stand and left the deficit at eight points.


A further Niall Ferris score left it at seven points but a late brace from McGowan either side of a Rory O'Reilly free ended the scoring for the afternoon.


Delight for Glack who last lifted the trophy in 1981 and their airhorn-toting support thronged the pitch at the end in celebration. It'll be the Tyrone champions next for the new JFC kingpins.


St Colm's: Eunan O'Hara, Liam Millar, Damien Brolly, Seamus O'Kane, Shane Millar, Alex Moore, Niall Burke, Gabriel Farren, James McCartney, Donal Brolly (0-01f), Ryan O'Kane, Kevin O'Reilly, Niall Ferris (0-03), Rory O'Reilly (1-01), Cathair McCloskey.


Subs: Marc McLaughlin for Alex Moore 41', Tommy McCloskey for Donal Brolly 44', Conor O'Kane for Cathair McCloskey 57'.


O'Connor's: James-Martin McLaughlin, Ronan O'Kane, Ciaran O'Brien, James O'Connor (0-02), Ryan O'Kane, Ciaran Carmichael, Ryan Morgan (0-01, 0-01f), Martin McGonigle, Eddie McLaughlin, Finbar O'Brien (0-01), Niall McGowan (1-02, 0-03f), Liam O'Brien, Aaron Moore (0-02), Cormac Boyle (0-01), Eoin Mackey (0-01).


Subs: Adam O'Kane for Eoin Mackey 37', Evin King for Ryan O'Kane 49', Luke McLaughlin for Evin King 52' (Blood Sub - reversed 56'), Jason Canning for Aaron Moore 56', Caolan Roddy for Cormac Boyle 58', Oran Canning for Liam O'Brien 61', Lewis France for James O'Connor 61'.


Referee: Sean McGuigan - Sleacht Néill


Man of the Match: Cormac Boyle - O'Connor's Glack


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