Inspired by a brilliant performance by their goal-scoring hero Mikey John Moynihan, Gneeveguilla staged a mighty final quarter comeback to wipe out a three-point deficit and eventually emerge seven points to spare over a gallant Rathmore side in this O'Sullivan Cup Final, played in heavy, underfoot conditions before a reasonable good attendance at Kilcummin on Saturday..
Indeed, Gneeveguilla will be the first to admit that they were flattered by the winning margin which does not reflect the closeness of the play for three quarters of a game which produced some fine passages of football. Rathmore were very much in control for long periods, particularly round the centre where Padraig Murphy and James Moynihan were dominant and the losers will surely rue the fact that they conceded two rather easy goals - one in each half. .
Derry Lenihan sent over two fine points from the wing to open the Rathmore scoring. Mike John Moynihan struck for the first of his three goals in the 22nd minute when goalkeeper Donal O'Connor failed to hold a centre from Peadar O'Callaghan and the burly Gullane man was in like a flash to crash the ball into the net. Veteran Johnny Cahill tied the scoring with a fine point and Padraig Murphy put Rathmore ahead when he lofted over a grand point. But before half time Ger Looney had the equaliser to leave the interval score, Gneeveguilla 1-01, Rathmore 0-04.
On the turnover Rathmore really stepped up their performance and after 12 minutes play forged into a three point lead with Johnny Cahill (O-2) and Dermie Fitzgerald the scorers.At this stage Gneeveguilla appeared to be in trouble. Two minutes later came the turning point in the game; Dan O'Keeffe invincible at full back for Gneeveguilla - sent a clearance to Ger Looney who in turn placed Mike John Moynihan and he sent a rasping shot to the roof of the net from all of 25m.
This was the score that really ignited the Gneeveguilla side and while Rathmore were briefly ahead with a point by Fintan Twomey the winners really took control in the last ten minutes of the game. Dan Brosnan and Peadar Callaghan had points in quick succession. Then O’Callaghan sent in a centre which deceived the Rathmore keeper to find the net and in the final minute Mike John Moynihan put the icing on the cake for the winners when he crashed a penalty shot to the net to leave Gneeveguilla winners by seven points.
GNEEVEGUILLA 4-03 RATHMORE 0-8
Referee: Mike O'Donoghue (Dromcarbin)..