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Victorious St Mel's crowned All-Ireland champions

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Longford's Top 10 Memorable Sporting Moments  - Victorious St Mel's crowned All-Ireland champions

The all-conquering St Mel's team who lined-out in the All-Ireland Senior Colleges Final at Hyde Park, Roscommon back in May 1987.

The Moment: The late, late point from Paul Victory that clinched the All-Ireland colleges title for St Mel’s College

The Year: 1987 

A brilliantly taken point by Paul Victory, just two minutes from full-time, earned St Mel’s a dramatic win (0-8 to 1-4) over St Mary’s, Galway in the All-Ireland Colleges Senior Football Championship Final at Hyde Park, Roscommon.

The hard earned success ended a long 24-year wait for the Longford college to be crowned All-Ireland champions once again. In regaining the coveted Hogan Cup for the first time since 1963, St Mel’s displayed tremendous determination and a great level of commitment.

While they always looked the likely winners, their already onerous task was made all the more difficult by some terrible refereeing by Cork official Michael Keane, some of whose decisions were disgraceful, to say the least.

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Keane favoured the Galway boys for most of the hour and had St Mel’s lost the referee would have been largely to blame for what would have been a complete travesty of justice.

His general handling of the game greatly infuriated the huge contingent of St Mel’s supporters among the 5,000 attendance.
Fortunately, Fr Peter Burke’s charges overcame the heavy burden of the referee’s incompetence to prove themselves worthy champions.

While the entire team played their part in St Mel’s fourth Hogan Cup triumph, the courageous defence deserve special praise for the impressive manner in which they curbed the threat of the opposing attack and were particularly brilliant in the first half when facing the fairly stiff breeze.

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All-Ireland Champions! The all-conquering St Mel's team who lined-out in the All-Ireland Senior Colleges Final at Hyde Park, Roscommon back in May 1987. Back row (l to r): Padraig O'Dowd (Lanesboro), Mark McNamara (Mostrim), Eoghan Donlon (Strokestown), Tommy Reilly (Gortletteragh), Andrew Carrigy (Ballinalee), Padraig Farrell (Ballinalee), Michael Conboy (Dromard), Paul Victory (Ardagh). Front row (l to r): Enda Flynn (Clonguish), James Halligan (Longford), Martin McGlynn (Kiltubrid), Adrian McKeon (Drumlish, captain), Aidan Rowan (Kenagh), Paul Leavy (Clondra), Dermot O'Reilly (Abbeylara).