Multy take Leinster Junior Crown   18/11/2017

Leinster Junior Club Football Final:

Multyfarnham (Westmeath) 2-06

Erin Rovers (Offaly) 0-05

There is no doubt about but Multyfarnham are on a roll in 2017 and that will continue into 2018 at the very least as the Westmeath Junior Football Champions claimed the Leinster title following a controlled display against Offaly champions Erin Rovers. Erin Rovers came into Saturdays final with a fine pedigree and were generally seen as favourites to claim this years Leinster Crown. But Saturdays final proved that there are no certainties in sport and it was Multyfarnham who deservedly took the honours with a 2-6 to 0-5 win claiming a title previously won by Moate All Whites in 2014 and Ballinagore in 2005.  In every team, there are match winners and it certainly was a day to remember for full forward Max Brady who led the Erin Rovers defence a merry dance claiming 2-3 during the course of the game. On a perfect day for football, both teams backed by vociferous support started in lively fashion but neither team claimed a score until the 13th minute when Multy full forward Max Brady latched onto a long delivery to finish to the net from close range. Prior to that score, Multy full back Paul Heavin had cleared what seemed a certain goal for Erin Rovers. Sometimes games are won by these margins and certainly those two early incidents had a bearing on the game. In the space of four minutes after their opening score, Multyfarnham were six points ahead at 1-3 to no score as Erin Rovers were left flustered. With their two young talismen Conor Lynam and Nathan Poland well marshalled, the Offaly champions were less than composed with their shooting firing a number of wides. They did claim two points as the half progressed trailing to Multyfarnham by 1-3 to 0-2 at half time. 

The second half started similar to the first but with Brady on the mark again in the 3rd minute, the odds of Erin Rovers claiming the title diminished. With Ronan Wallace dominant at centre back, the game certainly swung in the home sides favour in the 7th minute as Max Brady fired home his and his teams second goal. It put eight points between the sides and the crown being fitted out for Multyfarnham. Erin Rovers tried to work their way back into the game and while they had periods of pressure, the jig was up as Multyfarnham were comfortable winners at the finish on a score of 2-6 to 0-5. With a wait since 1956 for a title, well it is some turn around for Multyfarnham with a League title, Junior Championship and now a Leinster title. They now take a well deserved break with the All Ireland Semi final against the Connacht champions not until 20th January. 

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