Rathgormack 2-12; Gaultier 0-8
Rathgormack claimed the Eastern Junior football (attached) championship for the second year in a row when they had a comprehensive victory over Gaultier in Carrickbeg last Saturday.
It capped a disappointing day for Gaultier who had earlier departed the senior championship at the hands of Ballinacourty.
The beginning of this game gave no indication of how one-sided the final scoreline would be as Rathgormack scored two early points through Kenny Hassett and Paddy Crotty. But Gaultier replied with two points from the 17-year-old Bob O’Doherty, one off each foot.
Gaultier then stole a march on their rivals when centre-back, Paul Carroll crept upfield to kick a magnificent point from 35 yards.
It was only then, in the 18th minute that Rathgormack started playing. A point from Stevie Kirwan stopped the rot and they hit the jackpot a couple of minutes later.
Over the last 15 years or so, Paddy Crotty has broken the hearts of many a Gaultier team. Back in 1996, he scored two goals in a senior county final to win the game for Rathgormack, and last Saturday in Carrickbeg he scored another goal to once again slay Gaultier.
Five minutes later after an exchange of points between Damien Tiernan and Daniel Drohan, Crotty set up marauding centre-forward, John Kirwan for a second Rathgormack goal which allowed them to go in at half-time leading by 2-5 to 0-5.
Gaultier started the second half well when substitute Brendan Fitzgerald scored a fine point but it did not perturb Rathgormack too much and they scored the next three points to all but seal the deal.
There were very few bright sparks for Gaultier in the second half and they only managed another two points in the game, both through placed balls from Damien Tiernan and Paul Fitzgerald.
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