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.
— CastleblayneyHurling (@blayneyhurling) February 10, 2019
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.
— Monaghan GAA (@monaghangaa) February 10, 2019
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.