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Champions 2001

Here are a list of reports looking back at County Football winners 2001 AnnaghdownAnnaghdown roll back the clock

Galway SFC semi-final

Annaghdown got the better of reigning champions Killanin at Tuam to book their place in the Galway SFC final.
Annaghdown's present stars rolled back the clock to the eighties when they were the undisputed kingpins of Galway football and they were thoroughly deserving of the win. In fact, they wouldn't have been flattered by a wider winning margin.
Centre-back Ronan Leonard, Damien Burke, Morgan and Matt Duggan and substitute Michael Newell were particularly prominent for the winners.
Annaghdown scorers - D Burke 0-2, S Kavanagh 0-2, M Newell 0-2, PJ Fahy 0-1, M Duggan 0-1.
Killanin scorers - D Beirne 0-4, E Fahey 0-2.

Annaghdown shock Killererin

Galway SFC final

Killererin were left to rue a missed Tommie Joyce second half penalty as Annaghadown celebrated a memorable win over their more fancied opposition.
Despite Joyce's miss early in the second half, the surprise packets of this year's Galway SFC were well worth their two point win and, indeed, should have probably had the game wrapped up much earlier.
They got off to a great start when Damien Burke fired home from the spot following a foul by county ‘keeper Alan Keane on Carl Leonard.
County star Padraig Joyce kept Killererin in touch throughout and ended up with a personal tally of 0-7 but not even he could deprive Annghadown of their first county title in 14 years.

Annaghdown - P O'Neill; V Small, A Fitzpatrick, M O'Neill; B Qualter, R Leonard, P Craven; Morgan Duggan, Matt Duggan; D Burke (1-3), S Kavanagh, M Melia; C Leonard, M Newell (0-1), PJ Fahy (0-2). Subs - J Mannion (0-1) for Melia.
Killererin - A Kane; M Nicholson, O Wilson, G Curran; K Courtney, P Miskell, T Mannion; J Wilson, M Bermingham; M Mitchell, T Joyce, T Wilson; N Joyce, P Joyce (0-7), P Mitchell (0-1).

Annaghdown pip St Mary's in dying seconds

Connacht Club SFC semi-final
St Mary's.................................0-11

Galway champs Annaghdown produced a Lazarus-like comeback to rob St Mary's from Sligo of victory in this Connacht Club SFC semi-final at Tuam Stadium.
Annaghdown trailed by five points at half-time and went six behind shortly after the resumption but inspired by Michael Newell and Damien Burke in attack they produced a comeback which resulted in Burke scoring the winning point from a free in the dying seconds of the game.
It was a bitter blow for the men from the Yeats County, particularly full-foward Mark Brehony who was once again their star man and contributed an individual tally of 0-7.

Annaghdown - P O'Neill; V Small, A Fitzpatrick, M O'Neill; B Qualter, R Leonard, P Craven; Morgan Duggan, Matt Duggan; D Burke (0-4), S Kavanagh, K Mannion (0-2); C Leonard, M Newell (0-4), PJ Fahey (0-1). Subs - L O'Flynn for Qualter, M Melia (0-1) for C Leonard, G Ford for Matt Duggan.
St Mary's - N Walsh; J Martin, D Keane, C Walsh; A Collery, N Murray, P Leonard; J Campbell (0-4), P Mullen; M Bree, P Bree, N Smith; J Davey, M Brehony (0-7), D Caffrey. Sub - R Bree (0-2) for Smith.

Charlestown's Connacht title joy

Connacht Club SFC final

Charlestown of Mayo won the Connacht Club SFC title at their first attempt when getting the better of Annaghdown of Galway at Tuam Stadium.
In a hugely entertaining game, the sides were level, 2-7 each, at the 50th minute stage but points by Mark Caffrey and Richard Haran edged the Mayo champs ahead and they held on to clinch victory.
"This really is an incredible day for Charlestown club," said team captain David Tiernan afterwards. "Who would have thought last spring that we would be here today? It took an awful lot of hard work and so many people put so much into it but it has been worth it.
"It's great to see so many happy Charlestown people. Some of them came from America to support us and we're delighted we were able to give them a great day out and hopefully there's more to come."

Charlestown - J Casey; E Casey, R Lenehan, R O'Connell; D Higgins, D Healy, K Duignan; D Tiernan, A Higgins; R Haran (0-4), M Caffrey (0-3), P Mulligan (0-1); P Horkan (2-0), O Conway, S Higgins (0-1).
Subs - O Gallagher for Higgins, A Mulligan for Horkan.
Annaghdown - P O'Neill; V Small, A Fitzpatrick, M O'Neill; B Qualter, R Leonard, P Creaven; Morgan Duggan, Matt Duggan; D Burke (1-1), S Kavanagh (1-0), J Mannion (0-1); C Leonard, M Newell (0-3), PJ Fahy (0-2). Subs - M Melia for C Leonard, L O'Flynn for Mannion, D Naughton for Small, B Newell for Creaven.

Reprint from Celtic Fitness on 2001 County SFC Final

Awesome Annaghdown upset the odds in County Final

Galway Senior County Football Final
Annaghdown 1-7
Killererin 0-8

The year 2001 will forever be etched in our memories as the year of the underdog as yet again in a major final the favourites were cast aside by the hunger of the team with all to play for. Tipp overcame favourites Galway in the All-Ireland Hurling Final, Galway did the business against raging favourites Meath in the football decider while in County Hurling, Clarinbridge shocked everyone when they defeated mighty Athenry. Today in Tuam Stadium Annaghdown added their name to the list of newcomers and they restored themselves to the top of Galway football for the first time since they dominated the grade back in 1987.
This game no only became a battle of two teams but in the end boiled down to a battle between two men. Killererin had the undisputed king of Galway football Padraig Joyce scoring all but one of his sides total while Annaghdown had their own talisman in the form of the super Damien Burke who gave an exhibition of forward play.
With Alan Keane back in their ranks and the two Joyce's in top form it was no wonder that the champs of 1999 were the pre-match favourites. Two early Padraig Joyce frees got them off to a dream start, with Damien Burke responding before the game was turned on it's head and Annaghdown were to take a lead they would never relinquish. A long ball from the underdogs midfield by the impressive Matt Duggan found Michael Newell bearing down on goal and he quickly set up PJ Fahy who was unceremonisly brought to earth by Alan Keane and Pat McGovern had no hesitation in awarding a penalty.
Like a veteran, Burke stepped forward to shoot low to the left past the All-Star nominee and the Annaghdown contingent in the large crowd were in full voice. It was a dream start and settled the team giving them the extra belief if indeed it was needed, but after overcoming Tuam Stars, NUIG and Killanin on the way to the Final Annaghdown they were not short on confidence.
Showing their big match experience Killererin responded with two more Padraig Joyce frees to bring parity to the teams at 1-1 to 0-4 with eleven minutes on the clock. Fahy and Joyce swapped further points but Annaghdown had the chances to put the game beyond reach, but it was a measure of their dominance when they could afford to fire 11 wides and still finish with their noses in front.
Newell had a brilliant chance of a goal in a one-on-one situation with Alan Keane, but shot narrowly wide before Damien Burke rounded off the half with a well-taken point to put the minimum between the sides.
Newell stretched Annaghdowns lead before Killererin had the chance to get back into the game after Packie Mitchell was dragged to the ground and the game saw it's second penalty awarded. Step forward Galway hero Tommy Joyce who struck a super shot but could only watch in horror as it cannoned back of the crossbar and Annaghdown breathed a sigh of relief.
After witnessing the unusual sight of Padraig Joyce plying his trade in his own half which back-fired spectacularly he was brought forward again to try and save the game which was slipping away from them, after Burke added another point.
Ever dependable Joyce replied with two before Annaghdown sub John Mannion struck a super point to bring it down to the wire. Mitchell responded for Killererin as the went forward in droves looking to snatch the game but the Annaghdown defence held firm. A minute into injury time PJ Fahy struck the insurance point for the underdogs as they recorded their fifth county title, and triggered a massive party, which will last well into the week.
After a long hard season it was a sad end for Killererins Galway trio, but one had to feel especially sorry for Padraig Joyce who did everything possible to keep his team in the hunt, but their opponents deserved their victory after a super team performance.

Annaghdown - D. Burke 1-3 (1-1 frees); P.J. Fahy 0-2; M. Newell and J. Mannion 0-1 each.
Killererin: P. Joyce 0-7 (0-4 frees); P. Mitchell 0-1.

ANNAGHDOWN: P. O'Neill; V. Small, A. Fitzpatrick (capt.), M. O'Neill; B. Qualter, R. Leonard, P. Creaven; Morgan Duggan, Matt Duggan; D. Burke, S. Kavanagh, M. Melia; C. Leonard, M. Newell, P.J. Fahy. Sub: J. Mannion for Melia (41st minute).
KILLERERIN: A. Keane; M. Nicholson, O. Wilson (capt.), G. Curran; T. Mannion, P. Miskell, K. Courtney; J. Wilson, M. Birmingham; T. Joyce, P. Joyce, P. Mitchell; M. Mitchell, N. Joyce, T. Wilson. Sub: T. Ryder for Birmingham (42nd minute).
Referee: P. McGovern (Athenry).

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