Inishowen win Oscar Traynor Trophy
There were emotional scenes at the end of the game as Inishowen Manager Diarmuid O’Brien ran on to the pitch to congratulate his players after the managed to hold on after some determined defending in the second half.
Inishowen got off to the perfect start when after 12 minutes Stephen McLaughlin was put through and made no mistake in finishing as he kept his head and slotted home against the onrushing Gary Neville.
The home side doubled their lead in the 35th minute when Man of the Match Kieran McDaid found himself through on goal and he blasted the ball past Neville who was rooted to his line.
Inishowen looked in total control and with Matthew Byrne, Stephen McLaughlin and Brendan McLaughlin impressing. Limerick had no answers and bar some cross goal shots they never troubled Patrick Harkin in goal.
Limerick did get into the game in the 40th minute when Inishowen gave away a soft free and from the delivery Thomas Clarke poked home the ball in a crowded penalty area.
The second half saw Inishowen soak up the pressure and always looked in control, they looked the more confident side and always looked dangerous on the break.
Inishowen held on to lift the trophy in front of their home fans having gone close in the last three seasons after being beaten in the final in 2013 and the semi-final last season both defeats at the hands of the AUL.
INISHOWEN LEAGUE: Patrick Harkin, John McLaughlin, Matthew Byrne, Oisin McColgan, William McLaughlin, Shane Canning, Stephen McLaughlin, Kieran McDaid, Anthony Doherty, Brendan McLaughlin, Nigel McMonagle, Terence Doherty, Michael Devlin, D.J. Canavan, Dillon Ruddy, Stephen McCarron, Darragh McLaughlin, Jonathan Noone.
LIMERICK LEAGUE: Gary Neville, Wayne Colbert, Aled Harkin, Patrick Mullins, Thomas Clarke, John Tierney, Kieran O'Connell, John Connery, Shane Clarke, Mike O'Gorman, Owen Hanrahan, Edward O'Donovan, Craig Madigan, Shane Waters, Shane Dillon, Alex Abessolo, Adrian Hurley, Robert Shire.
Match Officials: Marty McGarrilgle, Vincent McLaughlin, John Coll, Paul Duddy (Donegal)
Referee Observer: Paul Deering (Sligo)