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Herald Cup Champions

St. Mary’s 5-6

Hollypark 3-11

A last gasp goal from centre back Dylan Timbs secured a 7th Herald Cup victory for St. Mary’s last Wednesday. The boys from Rathfanham started brightly and a goal from Michael Kennedy had them 1-1 to 0-1 up after 5 minutes. St. Mary’s were ahead by 4 at half time after further goals from Rian Meaney and Tiernan Kennedy on a scoreline of 3-3 to 1-5.

Hollypark rallied excellently at the start of the second half and cut the arrears to one quickly after the restart. Hollypark were on top for much of the second period, but the boys in the blue and yellow never gave up. Two excellent points from Séan Keary and a goal from Dylan Timbs kept them in touch. Ciaran Murphy made some brilliant saves in the goal, and the backs battled excellently led by the excellent Daragh Smyth at full back.

With seconds remaining, trailing by two points, hard working midfielder David Quinlivan delivered a high ball into the square where Timbs rose highest to catch the ball before burying it to the back of the net off his left hand side. Hollypark hurled excellently throughout but St. Mary’s hard work and never say die attitude was the difference in the end. Captain Evan Moynihan lifted the Herald Cup in front of the Cusack Stand to cap a tremendous year for St. Mary’s where they captured both Division One football and hurling crowns.

Photos of the final are now available from this link: Herald Cup Final Photos