Pettit powers side to shield
OLI/Fintan's enjoy success
The outstanding performance from Shane Pettit was one of the major reasons behind the Division 9 Shield success enjoyed by the Our Lady's Island/St. Fintan's team in Ballinakill on Sunday.
OLI/St. Fintan's 3-9 Derry Gaels 1-3
The Wexford side, fresh from their semi-final win over Buffers Alley, recovered after going behind to Wicklow's Derry Gaels in the decider by 1-3 to no score, but a pair of superb goals scored against the wind from Adam Mullins and Pettit just before the end of the first-half put them in a very good position.
The first-half ended level on a score of 2-0 to Our Lady's Island/St. Fintan's, with Derry Gaels having racked up 1-3 with the aid of the strong breeze.
Commanding performances in the second-half from James Cleary at full-back and James O'Leary at centre-back laid the foundations for this excellent win. Both of these young men along with their fellow defenders were quick to snuff out all of the Derry Gaels attacks and kept their opponents scoreless for the remainder of the game.
Shane Pettit, looking like a young Joe Sheridan from Meath, was completely dominant in the second-half and scored 2-6 over the course of this game, five of the points coming from superbly-taken free kicks.
After Derry Gaels' great start it was Adam Mullins who ripped open their defence to plant a beauty of a shot past the Wicklow side's 'keeper.
Two minutes later Pettit unleashed a bomb to bring St. Fintan's back into contention.
The second-half was only seconds old when Pettit fired a shot in, only to see it saved superbly and moments later he took a ball from the galloping James O'Leary and made no mistake this time.
From here on in it was all Our Lady's Island/St. Fintan's. Mullins and Pettit had points from play and then two Pettit frees brought his side up to 3-4 to 1-3 with eleven minutes gone in the second-half.
Derry Gaels tried their very best against the wind but they just couldn't counter the dominance of the leaders, and their job was made all the harder thanks to the impressive marking ability of Liam Kelly on danger man, Adam Keegan, in the second-half.
Three quick points from Petit brought an end to the contest as Our Lady's Island/St. Fintan's ran out 3-9 to 1-3 winners in a sunny Ballinakill, and they returned triumphant to Ballymore on Sunday evening.
Our Lady's Island/St. Fintan's panel: Tommy Wickham, Seán Donovan, Jason Devereux, Jack Kearns, Liam Crowley, Seán Brennan, Shane Pettit, Aaron Busher, Jamie Connick, Daniel Kearns, Jack O'Leary, Adam Mullins, James Cleary, James O'Leary, David Meyler, Ben Popplewell, Liam Kelly, Seán O'Reilly, Mikie Cullen, Conor Kehoe, Cian Corish.
Derry Gaels (Wicklow) panel: James Doyle, Páuric Doyle, Conor Byrne, Kevin Kennedy, Adam Keegan, Darragh Owens, John Toomey, Dara O'Shea, Seán Campbell, Luke Brown, Ciarán Byrne-Thayer, Euan Harper, Eoin Lancaster, Robbie Doyle, Oisín Dunne, Dylan Lynch, Cillian Byrne, Oisín Dillon, Jack Healy, Mark Clancy.