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The Irish News Archive - Sep 20 1998: Underdogs Rostrevor bridge gap to claim Down county crown

TAKING THE MICKEY...Mayobridge’s star forward Mickey Linden leaves Rostrevor’s Finbar Caulfield in his wake during yesterday’s Down Senior Football final in Newcastle
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Down SFC final: Rostrevor 1-11 Mayobridge 0-11

ROSTREVOR bridged a 22-year gap to lift their second Down Senior Championship title when they outplayed and out-thought the favourites Mayobridge in an exciting final in St Patrick’s Park Newcastle yesterday.

The winners were always the masters with Jarlath Austin and Barry Tinnelly dominating midfield.

This supremacy gave them a decided advantage and with team captain Aidan Farrell who received the player-of-the-match award and the speed of Lloyd Parr assisted by Aidan Cole they gave the Mayobridge defence a harrowing time.

On a fine sunny afternoon President Mary McAleese who was the special guest of the Down County Board saw her home town team triumph and after the game expressed her joy at their success.

The fact that two new teams were contesting the final brought a new glamour and excitement to the game in an hour of top class football.

For double All-Ireland-winning Allstar Mickey Linden it was a case of so near but yet so far as that much coveted senior championship medal eluded him once again.

Indeed he played his heart out in the Mayobridge attack but it was a case of his youthful team-mates being short on experience which cost them their first title in 80 years.

The turning point came midway through the second half when a long Gary Farrell clearance was picked up by Aidan Cole who sent Lloyd Power through for the only goal of the game.

They added three further points with Robbie Coulter and Mickey Linden having late scores for the losers.

Rostrevor: C McCartan, F Caulfield, M Farrell, S Farrell, M Rowland, G Farrell, D Mackin, J Austin, B Tinnelly, C Daly (0-3), A Farrell (0-3), S Caulfield (0-2), A Cole, P McGrath (0-1), L Power (1- 2).

Mayobridge: E McConville, J Coulter, S McMahon, G Barry, R McConville, F Poland, B Grant, D Rooney, E Woods, B Coulter, M Linden (0-3), M Walsh, R Sexton, P O’Hare, R Coulter (0-8).

Subs: N Sexton for G Barry, G McMahon for R McConville.

Referee: D Moore (Banbridge). Underdogs Rostrevor bridge gap to claim Mourne county crown

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Antrim SFC final St John’s 1-8 Cargin 1-7

Last-gasp goal snatches win for St John’s

A DRAMATIC finish at Casement Park yesterday saw the St John’s famine end and 10 years after winning their last senior football crown, they snatched this one from the jaws of defeat.

Trailing by a single point, 1-6 to 0-8, with the game in its last throws former All Saints player Enda McAtamney had an equaliser in his sights when he struck a long sideline effort from under the stand.

The ball came off the upright and well placed Johnny’s full-forward Brendan Mackin was on hand to tuck the ball past the helpless Kevin McNally as a shell shocked Cargin defence watched in agony.

The 33-year-old former Sarsfield’s defender Mackin was the hero for the afternoon with a goal and three points to his credit.

The electrical supplies supervisor was certainly full of buzz and a constant threat to a Cargin full-back line which, at times, looked anything but secure.

With the final quarter beckoning the south west side took over but their dominance simply was not translated into scores. They missed eight chances – 13 in the game overall – and only a 24th minute Kevin Doyle effort was on target.

Still with three points and just six minutes remaining the effort of midfielders O’Neill and McQuillan suggested they could hold on.

Adams however had other ideas, again coming forward for a score and Mackin lofted over his third point leaving it a one point game with three minutes remaining.

The rest is now history, Mackin joining the ranks of many famous St John’s personalities and Cargin, now more convinced than ever that a championship final jinx definitely exists.

St John’s: B McNulty, L McCurdy, M Bohill, C Anderson, G Adams (0-2), JH Kelly, D Swail, J Murphy, G Heeney, P Curran (0-1), E McAtamney (0-2), D Kennedy, P Nolan, B Mackin (1-3), J Wilson.

Sub: E McKenna for Nolan

Cargin: K McNally, M Logan, D McGuckin, M Gribben, M McAyuley, M Johnson, P Craig, S McQuillan (0-2), C O’Neill, K Doyle (0-1), E McCann (1-0), D McPeake, D Gallagher, E Quinn (0-3), G Scullion (0-1)

Subs: R McGuckian for McPeake, JC Devlin (0-1) for McCann.

Ref: A Higgins (Glenravel)

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