Ougherard 2-15 Magheracloone Mitchells 0-12
Oughterard drew an end to the wonderful journey of Magheracloone Mitchells to become All-Ireland Intermediate club football champions.
The Galway side showed no sympathy of the plight of Monaghan side who, against all the odds made it to the final having suffered loss of their pitches and clubhouse 16 months ago.
An emotionless unanswered scoring sequence of 1-4 at the end the first half proved to be the difference over the hour for the Tommy Finnerty's side, Eric Lee with an electrifying goal.
Right from the throw in, the Galway side signalled their intent with pace, power and Patrick Walsh supplying the finesse.
Magheracloone looked to Tommy Freeman to calm their nerves and the veteran duly delivered.
The former Monaghan star reeled in the years with a sparkling curling opener for his side and they soon were 3-1 ahead with James Ward punched effort before Freeman added another with a free.
The Galway champions were all the while probing and stayed in contention with midfielder Enda Tierney finding the range with a long range free. Once the sides were level they then went point for point with a fascinating struggle for aerial domination in between.
Gavin Doogan, another now retired Monaghan player for Mitchells powered over the first of his two first half points and his side had a goal disallowed for a square ball but their resistance was about to burst.
The final ten minutes of the half decisively belonged to Oughterard.
First, Niall Lee landed a free for Oughterard, their third place kicker to find the range in the opening half as Lee and both Tierney brothers punishing any indiscipline after Oughterards goal on 20 minutes from Eric Lee.
A wonderful solo effort, Lee’s pace and persistence combined for the Hill 16 end to open up for him. Still with a lot to do, Lee composed himself to supply an excellent low finish as the Galway men deservedly led 1-10 to 0-07 at half time.
Upon the resumption, Magheracloone got the start they needed to get back into the game. They ate into the deficit with four of the first five points of the half. Wing forward Padraig McMahon, a Freeman brace and an inspirational effort from Jack Doogan.
Exhauted by the effort indiscipline would soon catch up with Mitchells again, with Michael Jones the first of two Magheracloone players to see red in the second period. Corner forward Ryan Farrelly went shortly before Oughterards second goal.
Substitute Conor Clancy found the net at the second attempt as Oughterard saw out the game with the ease of two man numerical advantage. Niall Lee added to his account and impressive Monaghan’s, Cian and Ryan made sure they both finished with a brace a piece.
Magheracloone, as their spirit has shown in the weeks prior, never gave up and Freeman pulled back a free but there would be no denying Oughterard’s brilliance.
Oughterard: Jordan Waller; Eddie O’Sullivan, Ciarán Hanley, Liam Moran; Ryan Monaghan (0-02), Cian Monaghan (0-02), Ronan Molloy; Enda Tierney (0-03, 0-02f), PJ McGauley; Paul Walsh, Matthew Tierney (0-01, 0-01f), Brian Lambert; Eric Lee (1-00), Patrick Walsh (0-02), Niall Lee (0-04, 0-02f).
Subs Used: Cian Harte for Ronan Molloy (16), Daniel Kenny for Brian Lambert (h-t), Conrad Clancy (1-01) for PJ McGauley (55), Donal Gibbons for Ryan Monaghan (60) Phillip Gibbons for Patrick Walsh (60) Ian Gibbons (0-01, 0-01f) for Niall Lee (62).
Magheracloone Mitchells: David Kirk; Jack Doogan (0-01), Peter Ward, Paul McArdle; Michael Jones, James Ward (0-01), Killian Rudden; Jamie Kieran, Gavin Doogan (0-02); Barry Kieran, Allan Kieran, Pádraig McMahon (0-01); Tommy Freeman (0-05, 0-03f), Michael Metzger (0-01), Ryan Farrelly (0-01).
Subs Used: Conor McKeown for Killian Rudden (h-t), Liam Óg Murray for Michael Metzger (40), Alan McCahey for Jack Doogan (45), Peter Tuite for Barry Kieran (50), Niall Marron for Allan Kieran (61)
Referee: Sean Laverty (Antrim)