Castleblayney Brave in All-Ireland Final

Castleblayney missed out on All-Ireland glory losing to Kilkenny’s Dunnamaggin 1-17 to 1-13 in the final in Croke Park.

Castleblayney went toe to toe with the Kilkenny side that had Noel Hickey a nine time All-Ireland winner in their lineup.

Blayney were the first Monaghan side to ever reach an All-Ireland final but were more than a match for Dunnamaggin throughout the game.

Dunnamagin started well and a John Fitzpatrick goal in the 11th minute put them 1-02 to two points ahead.

Blayney stormed back and a 30th minute goal from Brian McGuigan gave them a 1-08 to 1-06 lead.

The Ulster champions were three points up midway through the second half but a strong bench from Dunnamaggin gave them the edge in the run in for a hard earned victory.

Castleblayneys Fergal Rafter was the game’s top scorer with nine points.

It’s been a great year for Castleblayney with the Ulster championship win defeating Cushendun of Antrim.

Jimmy Lacey’s side then got the better of John Mitchells of Birmingham in the quarter final and Carrick in the semi-final.

Castleblayney have received got great praise for their performance but manager Jimmy Lacey speaking to Sean McCaffrey after the game is disappointed his side couldn’t get a win.

Scorers for Castleblayney: Fergal Rafter 0-9 (0-6fs, 0-165), Brian McGuigan 1-1, Hugh Byrne 0-2, Cormac McNally 0-1.

Scorers for Dunnamaggin: Thomas Maher 0-7 (0-4f, 0-1 65), John Fitzpatrick 1-3, Ray Cody 0-2, Ronan Coffey 0-2, Darren Fitzpatrick, Darragh O’Keeffe, Eoghan Kearney (f) 0-1 each.