Gilsenan's Kiltale march to deserved Davis Cup victory
Brian Gilsenan watched his Kiltale side lose the SHC final to Kildalkey a few weeks ago but today his team ended up in the winners' enclosure when they defeated Trim 2-12 to 1-8 in the Brendan Davis Cup final.
Kildalkey was the venue for the game with the trophy named after a wonderful servant to the local club - and hurling in general.
Kiltale couldn't have asked for a better start to the game when captain James Kelly fired to the net in the opening minutes - and the were in front all the way.
They were in front 2-6 to 0-6 at the interval with Peter Durnin netting their second goal and the powered on from there. Durnin finished with 1-3 while Kelly hit 1-2 with Jack Regan firing over three points from play.
Trim's leading marksman was James Murray who hit five points and while Arnie McGee got a late goal for them it was a classic case of too little too late.
Kiltale - Peter Durnin 1-3; James Kelly 1-2; Jack Regan 0-3; Padraig Kelly 0-2; Stephen Donoghue 0-1; Eoghan Frayne 0-1.
Trim - James Murray 0-5 two '65s', one free; Mark Molloy 1-0; Sean McGee 0-1; Joey Cole 0-1; Mikey Cullen 0-1.
Kiltale - Conor Ryan; Conor Shirren, Willie Mahady, Brian O'Reilly; Conor McNally, Stephen Donoghue, Padraig Kelly; James Kellly, Shane Lenihan; Mark O'Sullivan, Chris Reilly, David Donoghue; Peter Durnin, Jack Regan, Ross Ryan. Subs - Eoghan Frayne for Ryan 29 mins, Cathal Brien for D Donoghue 46m, Gavin McVann for P Kelly 47m, Sean Hughes for O'Sullivan, Adam Rooney for Durnin both 61m.
Trim - Charlie Ennis; Ciaran O'Rourke, Ben Holden, Danny Coleman; Dimmy Higgins, James Toher, Sean McGee; Dylan Farrell, Ian Bermingham; Alan Douglas, James Murray, Mikey Cole; Brian Dowling, Joey Cole, David Murtagh. Subs - Ciaran Joyce for J Cole half-time, Aaron McGee for M Cole 46 mins, Harry Cottrell for Higgins 55m, Peter Farrell for Farrell, Josh Harris for Dowling both 57m.
Referee - Ciaran Flynn (Dunsany).
Match report and photographs from game in next issue of the Meath Chronicle.