It sounds as if this evening’s replayed Intermediate football final between Moy Davitts and Kiltimagh at MacHale Park was a real cracker. Fortunes swayed one way, then the other and just when it looked as if Kiltimagh were going to do it, back came Moy Davitts with a late decisive burst to claim the spoils.
At half-time Moy Davitts looked well in control, leading at that stage by five points. Kiltimagh kept in touch, though, and a goal from a penalty by Eoghan Lavin pulled them level. Two further points by the same player, the first from a free and the second from a ’45, put them in a commanding position with time running out.
Brian Gallagher added a further point to Kiltimagh’s total and, with the game entering injury time, that appeared to be that. Only it wasn’t.
A goal from Sean Mulderring brought the contest right back to boiling point. Then, with extra-time looming, Seán Kelly (fun fact: he was the first ever Mayo player to have a black card brandished at him) won it for Moy Davitts. What a winner it was too:
— Mid West Radio (@radiomidwest) October 28, 2017
As every football person in the county knows so well, there’s only a tiny sliver separating the unbounded joy of victory from the unfathomable despair of defeat. So it was in tonight’s game too.
Huge congrats to Moy Davitts for claiming the Sweeney Cup and, with it, promotion to the senior ranks for next year. Massive commiserations to Kiltimagh, who came within touching distance of championship success tonight, only to see it snatched away from them at the death.