A five star second half display from midfielder Kyle Ennis earned St Michaels the Allianz Meath Cumann na mBunscol Division 1 hurling title in exciting fashion at Lomans Park Trim.
St. Michaels Trim 5-5 Kildalkey NS 4-4
These two schools have dominated the Division 1 since 2013. Kildalkey were chasing a three in a row while St. Michaels were winners of the top division in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
The holders were in control going in at the break leading 4-1 to 2-0. Joint captain Ciaran Reynolds had the ball in the Michaels net after a minute. Cian Colhoun added a point before the Trim school hit back with a Daniel Murray goal. Evan Ryan and James Cully added to the Kildalkey goal tally. Kyle Rattigan got a second goal for Michaels before Cully raised his second green flag and Kildalkey went in at the break with a deserved seven point lead.
Midfielder Kyle Ennis was in inspired form in the second half for the Trim boys. Ennis hit 1-5 in this period and his scoring form had a major bearing on the outcome. Kildalkey were limited to three points through Jamie Kavanagh, Cully and Colhoun. A Jesse O'Rourke goal and Ennis' third point had the game tied up at 4-3 each. The next score was the crucial one and that fell to Michaels captain Harry O'Connor who found the back of the Kildalkey net to set his team up for victory.
After the game Kathy Butler presented the Division 1 Cup to St. Michaels captain Harry O'Connor.
St. Michaels: Jamie O'Brien, Leon Harris, Padraig Walsh, Garoid O'Donnell, Lorcan Rogers, Adam Donoghue, Darragh McGinly, Kyle Ennis 1-5, Aaron O'Rourke, Jesse O'Rourke 1-0, Harry O'Connor 1-0, Darragh Tormey, Mark Lee, Daniel Murray 1-0, Josh Ayton. Subs: Adam Fee, Kyle Rattigan 1-0, Callum Rattigan, Alex Cole, Luke Carolan, Adam Curran, Daniel Fox, Jack Ward.
Kildalkey NS: Caemerhon Smyth, Patrick Casey, Conor Barnwell, James McBride, Jamie Kavanagh 0-1, Thomas O'Brien McGee, Shay Diggins, Cian Colhoun 0-2, Ciaran Reynolds 1-0, Conor McNally, James Cully 2-1, Mark Hand, Ben Corkery, Aaron Potterton, Evan Ryan 1-0. Subs: Edward Dunne, Daniel Quinn, Cian Walsh Gibbons, Oisin Jennings, Eoghan Jennings, Ryan Kealey, James Smyth, James Potterton.
Referee John Byrne