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Flashback: In The Irish News on Dec 9 1996: Shane King steers Fermanagh to All-Ireland title

SHANE KING produced a quite astonishing performance to steer Fermanagh to an emotional 0-12 to 0-9 victory in yesterday’s All-Ireland B championship final replay at Carrick-on-Shannon.

Jubilant manager Pat King spoke afterwards of how the historic success had been produced by a splendid team effort. But the proud Fermanagh boss acknowledged that his son had been pivot of this spirited win.

The Ulster Railway Cup star showed magnificently for the ball throughout the contest. Time and time again, the corner-forward beat his marker Colm Hannify in the race for possession before inevitably choosing the correct option.

Other Fermanagh players to particularly impress in this gritty team performance included another King boy Barry, midfielders Paul Brewster and Liam McMarron, veteran centre forward Collie Curran plus the Gallagher cousins, Rory and Raymond.

MATCH STATS
Fermanagh:
C McAdam, P Courtney, S Breen, C Fitzpatrick, R Curran, B King, J Gilheaney (0-1), P Brewster, L McBarron, K Donnelly (0-1), C Curran (0- 1), M Greene, N Rooney, R Gallagher (0- 6), S King (0-2). Subs: R Gallagher (0-1) for Rooney (half-time); T Callaghan for Fitzpatrick (33 mins).

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Two goals from the county champions corner-forward Allister McGuile, one in each half, were the scores which took Cushendall to this vital 2-15 to 0-12 Antrim Div 1A hurling league victory.

With Cushendun now finished, but still top of the table with 22 points, the Dall remain very much in the hunt and, victory in the remaining three games would give them a unique double.

Cushendall: C McNaughton, R McNaughton, A McAteer, C McCambridge, D McNaughton, L McKeegan, J McNaughton, J McKillop, M McCambridge, S McKeegan, F McAllister (0-4), J Carson (0-1), A Delargy (0-6), R McNaughton (0-2), A McGuile (2-2).

Cushendun: R McDonnell, R McQuillan, C McNeill, E O’Hara, E Graham (0-3), D Kenny, C Magee, B McSparran (0-1), P Graham, B O’Hara (0-2), A Mort (0-3), G McNeill, C McDonnell (0-2), P McSparran, R P Laverty (0-1).

Referee: Tommy McIntyre (Loughgiel)

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AGHABOG’S Margaret Kearns led Monaghan to the pinnacle of success by adding the Ladies senior football league title to their All-Ireland Championship with a 3-16 to 4-4 win over Mayo in Longford yesterday.

Mayo: C Heffernan (0-1), M McGing (0-1), P Mullin (2-1), C Staunton (1-1) Monaghan: D Dempsey (2-4), A Larkin (0-7), J Greenan (0-3), V Quigley (1-0), B Swift (0-2)

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CATHAL SHORT smashed in a dramatic championship winner seconds into stoppage time to grab the AIB Ulster Club Football Final Replay glory for Crossmaglen.

Short’s 61st-minute goal clinched the provincial title on a 2-5 to 0-8 scoreline for the first time and sets up a February showdown with Kerry champions Laune Rangers in the All-Ireland semi-finals.

Short played the role of villain and hero within the space of four minutes during a tension-filled finish, producing an amazing miss on goal before

snatching victory with almost nothing left to spare.

He played the Get Out Of Jail card with a stunning strike which shattered the Ulster final record of opponents Bellaghy, who in the course of 26

years had never lost a title match.

CROSSMAGLEN STAR RATINGS

Jarlath McConville: Short kick outs which were frequently punished by Bellaghy forwards. 5

Martin Califf: His most important contribution came in the build up to the second goal. 6

Donal Murtagh: Had a sound game on lively Joe Cassidy. 7 Patrick McKeown: Got forward quite a lot but like the Cross defenders was under severe pressure in the first half. 7

Joe Fitzpatrick: Booked in the first half. Kept his head giving in a great ball to Short for the goal. Probably the best of the defenders. 8

Francie Bellew: Flattened in the second half after a rash challenge from Paddy Downey. Not one of his better days. 6

Gary McShane: Replaced towards the end of the first half. Had an anonymous 25 minutes. 5

John McEntee: Booked in the first half. Played well in a roving role up front. 7 Anthony Cunningham: Missed a handful of scorable frees on the left. A poor display all round. 5

Cathal Short: Scored the crucial goal and a dubious looking point that looked to have gone wide in the second half. 7

Tony McEntee: Had a couple of chances for points in the second half but seemed content to pass instead of shooting. His switch to midfield in the second half paid dividends. 7

Oisin McConville: Cross’s most accomplished forward. Won a lot of frees but did, however, miss a few easy ones. 8

Jim McConville: Played much better in the second half. Did very well in setting up the second goal. 7

Gavin Cumiskey: Replaced midway through the second half. Had an unconvincing game up front. 5

Colum O’Neill: Made little impression up front but did much better when moved to midfield beside Tony McEntee. 7

Subs: Paddy Moley: Booked in the second half but had a solid game. 7

Micheal Moley: Came on midway through the second half and caused havoc in the Bellaghy defence. 7

POWERING THROUGH . . . Crossmaglen’s John McEntee brushes aside the tackle of Bellaghy’s Damien Brown during yesterday’s Ulster Club Football Final replay

BELLAGHY STAR RATINGS

Kevin O’Neill: Got good length on his kick outs. Did well to put Short off the first time but had no chance with either of the goals. 7

Damien Browne: Steady and assured game. 7

David O’Neill: Roasted Cumiskey in the first half but fell away slightly in the second. 7

Ciaran McNally: Probably the best of the Bellaghy defenders. Stuck tight to Jim McConville. 8

Paul Diamond: Like all the Bellaghy defenders had an impressive first half. Came forward well in the second period. 7

Karl Diamond: Another very competent performance. 7

Gerry McPeake: Not as dominant as in the drawn game but still had a sound afternoon. 7

Danny Quinn: Excellent first half but lost his way after the interval. 7

Paddy Downey: Lucky to stay on the pitch after the incident with Bellew. Helped his forwards in the second half. 7

Damien Cassidy: Booked in the first half. Had an excellent opening 30 minutes but faded as the game progressed. 7

Brendan Lee: Replaced midway through the second half. Lost his way after the break. 6

Gareth Doherty: Replaced towards the end. Joe Fitzpatrick had the better of him. 6

Eunan Cassidy: Kept very quiet by McKeown. Will be disappointed not to have contributed more. 6

Joe Cassidy: Had a great first half and scored some excellent frees. 7 Jude Donnelly: Got involved in a few useful exchanges in the first half. 6

Subs: Mark Diamond: Played quite well when coming on for the last 15 minutes. 7

Paul Scullion: Not on long enough for a rating.

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DERMOT Donnelly took the individual honours and led his Annadale Striders team to their 15th consecutive win in the Joe Seeley Memorial 10k, the blue ribboned of the north’s road racing calender.

The early pace was quite gentle but by 3k a group of six led by Dermot Donnelly and Jim Campbell of Striders and containing team mate Tommy Hughes, North Belfast pair John Weir and Peter Smith plus Deon McNeilly (Newcastle) were already 60m clear.

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A FIVE-STAR display by Gabe Jackson powered Star of the Sea to another blazing win in the Budweiser Men’s Super League as they demolished Killester at Maysfield Leisure Centre.

There was delight for Dungannon as well. They hit the road to Castleisland and hit the home side with a whirlwind performance, winning two valuable division one points on a 105- 93 scoreline.

While all 10 Star players were part and parcel of their victory over Killester, it was the power under the opposition boards of Jackson which laid the foundations of victory. The action man was unstoppable and hit a game-high 30 points as Star stormed to another superb victory.

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PROFESSOR Keith Buchanan was a happy man yesterday when the second half of the Coca-Cola swimming distance galas was over, writes Joe Fitzpatrick.

When the entries had closed the veteran Ulster gala organiser was in a bit of a sweat – there were 149 entries for the men’s 200 metres freestyle alone.

Nightmare visions of buses heading for Enniskillen and Derry at midnight had haunted others too.

They need not have worried – the whole thing was over by 8pm.

“The big entry did surprise me a little,” said Keith. “But a little adjustment to the gala format coped with it. That’s not important.

“The existence of such an enormous base of promising young swimmers capable of tackling distance and highly-technical events is significant and very encouraging for the future of Ulster swimming.

“The next wave of champions will come from this strong foundation.”

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WHAT’S that about the higher you go, the further there is to fall?

A mere three weeks ago Celtic sat proudly atop the summit of the Premier Division. However they appear to have treated it like a cliff edge.

For, since Rangers knocked them off their perch with a 1-0 win at Celtic Park in mid-November they’ve gone into free fall and now find themselves eight points behind their Ibrox rivals.

On Saturday at Fir Park they suffered their second defeat inside three months, going down 2-1 to Motherwell, leaving them with only one point from a possible nine – their worst spell of league form in 19 months.

 

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