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Doubles delight for Cavan's Paul Brady and Michael Finnegan

Updated: Monday, 07 Apr 2014 21:36 | Comments

Michael Finnegan and Paul Brady won a match for the ages to claim their tenth doubles title
Michael Finnegan and Paul Brady won a match for the ages to claim their tenth doubles title

Cavan's Paul Brady and Michael Finnegan captured their tenth All-Ireland doubles title following a pulsating final against Meath's Tom Sheridan and Brian Carroll at St Comans in Roscommon on Saturday evening. 

In one of the greatest finals in  history, the Cavan men prevailed 18-21, 21-11, 21-19 after a titanic three-hour tussle.

Meath raced into an early lead but Cavan staged a comeback to level affairs at 18-18. However, the unfazed Meath duo closed out the opening game 21-18.

A Brady-inspired Cavan responded brilliantly to coast to a 21-11 win in the second game.

In a match characterised by volatile swings of momentum, Meath forged a 6-0 advantage in the deciding game before Cavan responded with six unanswered points of their own. Brady and Finnegan appeared to have the match sewn up, only for a resilient Meath to reduce arrears to a single point at 20-19. However, Cavan weren’t to be denied as Brady went on to seal the win.

Earlier in the day, Cork's Catriona Casey and Aishling O'Keefe landed the the ladies’ title on a 21-16, 19-21, 21-7 scoreline from Kerry Maria Daly and Ashley Prendiville.

Tyrone's Johnny Woods and Ryan Mullan claimed minor honours after seeing off Clare’s Fergal Coughlan and Jacob Loughnane 17-21, 21-10, 21-17. 

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