TEN years of pain and anguish came to an end for impressive fashion on Sunday for Edenderry as they battled to a one point win over Clara to reclaim the Dowling Cup.
Peter Brady’s side were the better team on the day and fully deserved their win. As was the case in their wins in the quarter-final and the semi-final, the foundation for their memorable victory was laid at the back where they restricted a potentially potent attack to just eight points.
While there was only a point between the sides when Damian Brazil blew the full-time whistle, the gap could have been much greater if Edenderry had taken their chances.
They kicked nine wides in the first-half with the strong wind, Mark Young had a shot brilliantly saved by Kevin Meehan and the same player later put a penalty over the bar.
Edenderry ‘keeper Brian Quinlan was afforded great protection by his defenders and only had one save to make while Clara’s potent forward line boasting three county players was restricted to just three points from play.
SEE THIS WEEK’S OFFALY EXPRESS (October 12) FOR FULL REPORT AND AN EIGHT PAGE SUPPLEMENT WITH TWO PAGE SOUVENIR POSTER
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