PASSAGE, who were appearing in their second successive Sports Turf Solutions Seandún Junior A Football final, bridged a 26-year gap as they defeated Delany’s to claim the title from the decider at Ballinlough.
This victory completes the first leg of a double for Passage as they are due to meet Brian Dillon’s in the corresponding hurling decider next week.
Passage have also made amends for last year’s decider in which they were defeated by St Michael’s and they defeated the Dublin Hill side in last year’s semi-final, which ended Delanys two-year reign as champions.
In a game which produced an evenly contested opening half, an early goal for Passage was to prove decisive, while the Dublin Hill side were restricted to a single score after the break. Solid defensive work by Delanys in the final quarter denied Passage further goal-scoring opportunities.
Passage raced into a four-point lead with a point by James Kind and this was followed by a goal from the edge of the square by Cathal McCarthy.
Delany’s responded with a brace of points in the space of a minute by Roy Downey and Cathal McCarthy replied with a point for Passage.
The Dublin Hill side tied the scores at five points apiece with a pointed free from Ciaran McCarthy and this was followed by points from Colin Peelo and Downey, but Shane Howard put Passage back in the driving seat with a pointed free.
Peelo and Sean Harrington exchanged points as Passage led by 1-4 to 0-6 at the interval.
The Dublin Hill side’s only score of the second half came within a minute of the restart as Daniel Aherne slotted over a point from the Passage 45-metre line, to level matters at seven points apiece.
Passage held a grip on proceedings as Scott Coughlan tagged on two unanswered points from play and this was followed by a pointed free by goalkeeper Anthony Kidney.
Wayward kick-outs were proving to be costly for Delany’s midway through the second half as Mark Guinane added a point from play for Passage. Niall Foley pulled off some spectacular saves in the Delany’s goal in this period, but Kidney converted a 45 and a free in the space of three minutes.
Cathal McCarthy and Kind each scored further points from play for Passage, while Kyle Hosford had a shot off target for Delanys.
Howard completed the scoring with a 13-metre free for Passage with the last kick of the game.
Cathal McCarthy 1-2; A Kidney 0-3 (0-2 f, 0-1 45); S Howard 0-2f; J Kind, S Coughlan 0-2 each; M Guinane, S Harrington 0-1 each.
R Downey 0-3; C Peelo 0-2; Ciaran McCarthy 0-1 f; D Aherne 0-1.
A Kidney; R Cooney, E Murphy, P Walsh; K O’Flynn, R Harrington, Cathal McCarthy; S Harrington, J Kind; S Howard, G Carroll, R Carroll; S Coughlan, N McCarthy, C Driscoll.
M Guinane for N McCarthy (39); M Parata for Driscoll, T Lester for Walsh (both 62).
N Foley; J Hosford, J Mulcahy, G Hosford; A Spriggs, R Foley, V Keating; G Gould, C Peelo; D Aherne, R Downey, K Foley; C Healy, D Kenneally, Ciaran McCarthy.
D Carroll for Mulcahy (20); K Hosford for Kenneally (36); K Spriggs for Ciaran McCarthy (44).
Brian Coniry (Crosshaven).