Mostrim get the better of Grattans to take league title

Mostrim get the better of Grattans to take league title
The value of experience stood to Mostrim as they got the better of Young Grattans in the Reserve Football League 3 Final at Leo Casey Park in Ballymahon on Friday evening last.

The value of experience stood to Mostrim as they got the better of Young Grattans in the Reserve Football League 3 Final at Leo Casey Park in Ballymahon on Friday evening last.

Seamus Hannon (back home from London), John Coyle, Terry Casey and former Dromard player Padraic Jones all figured prominently for the Edgeworthstown side who ran out comfortable winners in the finish.

Benny Dempsey and John Cullen were also much to the fore for Mostrim, who were unquestionably the superior side but credit to Grattans for staging a determined comeback in the second half after they fell six points behind, 0-11 to 0-5.

The impressive Emmet Clarke surged forward to shoot over the bar in the 40th minute and the lively John Hand then registered a score before substitute Gary Hewitt set up Shane Kelly for a Grattans goal.

Kelly directed the ball into the corner of the net from a tight angle and when another replacement Niall Nerney burst through to land a point in the 45th minute the sides were all square, 1-8 to 0-11.

That was really putting it up to Mostrim but they refused to panic and the pressure was lifted when they were awarded a dubious free in the 48th minute and which was duly converted by Terry Casey.

The introduction of another experienced player, Ray Hussey, steadied Edgeworthstown with his clever distribution of the ball creating scoring chances.

Five more points followed in the final quarter as Mostrim finished very strongly indeed, the scores coming from defender John Skelly and a brace apiece from John Cullen and Terry Casey (free and play).

The accurate Casey ended up with six points (five frees) while Benny Dempsey clocked up a total of five scores (two frees) and he was always a threat in making a big impact in attack.

Grattans (coached by Newtowncashel native Joe Mulvihill) were playing catch up throughout this entertaining encounter but it might have been a different story as both John Hand and Shane Kelly had goal chances in the first half - only to be denied by the Mostrim keeper John Gilchrist who made good saves.

Playing against the wind in the first half, Mostrim were leading by 0-8 to 0-5 at the break - four of their scores coming from Benny Dempsey with Terry Casey (2), Andy Kelly and Barry Noonan also on target.

Padraic Dennigan (when a goal was on), Colm McNally, John Hand and a brace from the prominent Ian Small accounted for the Grattans tally in the first half and they were facing a real uphill battle on the changeover.

Mostrim looked to be well in control when they extended their advantage with further scores from Seamus Hannon, Benny Dempsey and Terry Casey but Grattans came storming back to score 1-3 without reply to leave the match deadlocked.

An exciting final quarter seemed in prospect but Edgeworthstown then stepped up another gear to kick over six points in a row to take the title.

MOSTRIM: John Gilchrist; Paddy Gallagher, Brian Smith; Shane Sheridan, Padraic Jones, John Skelly (0-1); Seamus Hannon (0-1), John Coyle; Barry Noonan (0-1), John Cullen (0-2), Terry Casey (0-6, five frees); Benny Dempsey (0-5, two frees), Andy Kelly (0-1).

Subs:- Ray Hussey for A Kelly (37 mins); Mark Cullen for B Noonan (43 mins); John Mulhern for S Sheridan (46 mins).

YOUNG GRATTANS: Shane Connaughton; Damien McHugh, Mickey Stokes; Jimmy Ruske, Willie John McDermott, Emmet Clarke (0-1); John Twaddle, John Balfe; John Hand (0-2, one free), Padraic Dennigan (0-1), Ian Small (0-2); Shane Kelly (1-0), Colm McNally (0-1).

Subs:- Gary Hewitt for J Ruske (half-time); Niall Nerney (0-1) for P Dennigan (half-time); Michael Madden for S Kelly (52 mins); George Balfe for J Twaddle (52 mins).

Referee: Tommy Donohoe (Rathcline).