After what wasn’t the best of games, something dictated by weather conditions that saw a gale blowing directly down the pitch, St Vincent’s edged home on the JFC decider.
Of course, the Ardcath side will say that final are for winning and the result is all that matters.
It was a result earned by a goal out of context with the rest of a dour struggle and it came just before halftime when Eric Callaghan drove home a left-footed strike after a flowing Ardcath attack, a goal that was redemption for the centre forward who was sent off in last years final when his side lost to Ballivor.
It took the winners all of seventeen minutes to even get on the scoresheet and Dunsany didn’t take full advantage of having the elements at their back in that opening period, although they did go two points up early on they didn’t score again before the interval by which time the winners had 1-2 on the scoreboard.
Strangely the roles were reversed after the resumption with the Vincent’s only managing two points in the second period.
Dunsany needed a goal, but even though the winners sat back and defended their lead they never even threatened Evan Connor’s goal, the Ardcath netminder’s shirt was as white at the end as it was at the start.
The losers didn’t help themselves at times as their indiscipline reared its head with a few frees being moved forward for backchat and county player Eoin Harkin being black carded.
A draw may well have been a fairer outcome, but the winners were that little sharper in attack, and their defence did enough to deny Dunsanya clear sight of goal.