Late Winner From Ciaran Downes Secures Shannon Gaels/Kilmihil County Under 21A Football Crown

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Shannon Gaels/Kilmihil are the county under 21A football champions.

Paul Reidy’s side beat St. Breckan’s 3-10 to 1-15 in an epic contest in Cusack Park today to win a first ever title for the amalgamation.

Goals from Gearoid O’Grady and Thomas Kelly in the opening 12 minutes gave them an early 2-3 to 0-2 advantage.


But St. Breckan’s overturned the deficit with Colm O’Brien, Joe McGann and Jamie Stack tallying before Jonah Culligan’s 29th minute goal gave them a 1-10 to 2-6 interval lead.

However, Niall Ellis struck a third goal for Shannon Gaels/Kilmihil within 60 seconds of the restart before Ciaran Downes made it 3-7 to 1-10.

Four unanswered St. Breckan’s scores overturned the deficit before the amalgamation responded and the contest looked destined for a replay.

But in the fourth minute of added time, Ciaran Downes struck the winning score to give Shannon Gaels/Kilmihil the county title.