December 7th, 2009
It was a good year for Antrim clubs in 2009 with St. Gall’s lifting the Ulster title but they might well have been joined on the winner’s rostrum by fellow Belfast side St. Teresa’s who came mighty close to claiming the Ulster JFC title but lost after a replay to a strong Emmyvale side from Monaghan. There was some consolation for the Glen Road side however when Philip Maguire was awarded the man of the match trophy. Maguire covered every inch of Pairc Esler in an effort to get his side over the line but it was not to be and it was the men from the Farney County who prevailed.
AIB Ulster GAA Club Football Junior Championship Final Replay:
Emyvale (Monaghan) 2-14 St Teresa’s (Antrim) 1-11
Emyvale lifted the title when they overcame Antrim champions St Teresa’s, Belfast in this final replay in Pairc Esler Newry.
The winners made a brilliant start with a point from John T Trainor and a goal from Robbie McHugh inside the opening two minutes and Emyvale eventually took total control, with Brendan and PJ McKenna dominating midfield. Emyvale weathered the St Teresa’s second-half storm and struck for their second goal from Daniel McMahon to push on and secure victory.
Emyvale: D McMahon 1-2, R McHugh 1-1, M McAree, JT Trainor 0-3 each, PJ McKenna, G McQuaid 0-2 each, B O’Brien 0-1
St Teresa’s: R Gallagher 0-7, P Dugan 1-1, A Taylor, P McGoldrick, C Sands 0-1 each.
Emyvale: G McCaffrey; K McKenna, S McKenna, P McCarron; B Askin, J Flannery, B O’Brien; B McKenna, PJ McKenna; G McQuaid, M McAree, JT Trainor, D McMahon, G McKernan, R McHugh. Subs: S McMeel for JT Trainor; C Connolly for K McKenna; C McKenna for G McQuaid; S Downey for B Askin; J Morrough for S Downey.
St Teresa’s: C Murtagh; B Curran, C Toal, P Johnston; Colm McGoldrick, Conor McGoldrick, S O’Hara; E Doherty, J Rainey; A Taylor, P Maguire, R Gallagher; P McGoldrick, P Dugan, S McIlvenny. Subs: C Sands for J Rainey; K McLaughlin for C Sands
Ref: C Reynolds (Down).