O’Connells are back in the big time

O’Connells are celebrating a return to Senior Football after claiming the Louth Intermediate Championship title on Sunday afternoon.

The Castlebellingham side proved too strong for Clan na Gael and eventually came out on top with a 1-11 to 0-8 win.

Substituted Sean Connolly was one of the heroes for the winners as he scored the only goal of the game just before the interval, while the O’Connells had the Man of the Match in Jackie Agnew.

It was a bitterly disappointing afternoon at Dunleer for the Dundalk men and as they suffered a fourth Intermediate Final defeat since 2011 and once again missed out on reclaiming a place in the senior ranks.

The game was a relatively even affair in the opening quarter with the Clans edging 0-3 to 0-2 ahead when Conall McKeever landed a point.

However, the O’Connells hit back and points from Niall Conlon and Robert Quigley had them back in front before Connolly’s goal saw his side lead by 1-7 to 0-3 at half time.

The Clans fought back with the help of points from Billy Smith and Stephen Coleman, but the O’Connells remained in control and never looked in any danger of surrendering their lead.

After the final whistle, O’Connells captain Stuart Reynolds, lifted the Seamus Flood Cup in front of the ecstatic supporters.

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