This Under 21 Championship final was switched to Hibernian Park in Burt after O’Donnell Park was deemed unplayable.
By Charlie Collins
And, to their credit, Setanta agreed to play the game on the opposition’s home turf.
Burt led by three points at half-time, mainly due to Liam Og McKinney’s excellent seven point return, four of those from play.
They raced to an early five point lead, four from McKinney and a cracker from Conor Gartland. McKinney had also rattled a piledriver against the post during that period of dominance by Burt.
It was the 14th minute before Setanta registered their first score, an Oisin Marley free to leave it 0-06 to 0-01 to Burt after fifteen minutes.
Setanta were back in it in the 20th minute – Ryan Coyle finishing off a good move with a shot that keeper McColgan will be disappointed he didn’t deal with better .
Ruairi Campbell’s free left just a point between them but Liam Og McKinney finished off the half with another two points and Burt led by three at the break.
Half-time Burt 0-08 Setanta 1-02
The home side doubled that lead in the first minute of the second-half when Setanta’s defence didn’t deal with a long ball in and Paddy Curran reacted quickly to boot the ball low to the net.
Setanta hit back almost immediately when excellent play by Oisin Marley set up Ryan Coyle and he cracked home his and Setanta’s second goal to leave it 1-08 to 2-02, and game on again.
Both teams lost a player just after this as Setanta’s Ruairi McLaughlin and Burt’s Ciaran Curran were red carded after a flare-up involving a big number of players after McLaughlin’s wild swing on Paddy Curran.
Burt responded well when the action started again, McKinney pointed a free and then following a scramble for possession close to the Setanta goal, Paddy Curran again used the boot to shoot low past Liam Carlin and the gap was out to seven points, 2-09 to 2-02.
Ruairi Campbell and Oisin Marley pointed for Setanta, but in between those they also lost Caolan McClintock to a straight red card for an off the ball offence.
However they couldn’t close the gap any further as both teams added two more points.
The excellent Liam Og McKinney added both Burt’s scores, bringing his total to an impressive ten points.
Meanwhile, Jason McDaid and Dean Harvey got 13-man Setanta’s final two scores to leave it 2-11 to 2-06 to Burt and the Under 21 Championship secured.
Burt: Darius McColgan; Ciaran Kelly, James Donaghy, Pauric Curran; Callum Purvis, Oisin Kelly, Kevin Curran; Ciaran Curran, Conor Gartland (0-01), Peter Campbell, Jack Gallagher, Paddy Curran ( 2-00), Liam Og McKinney (0-10/ 6f’s), Jack Lavery, Ciaran Porter.
Subs; Leo Doherty for Campbell , Odhran Devlin for Paddy Curran.
Setanta: Liam Carlin; Eoin O’Neill, Ruairi McLaughlin, Tiernan Farren; Pauric Moss, Steven McBride, Tommy Lee Scully; Dean Harvey (0-01), Ryan Callaghan; Jason McDaid (0-01) , Oisin Marley (0-2f), Ruairi Campbell (0-02/1f), Caolan McClintock, Ryan Coyle (2-00) and Tiernan Kelly.
Subs: Ronan McLaughlin for Scully, Darragh McMenamin for Ryan Coyle.
Referee; Aidan McAleer ( Muff ).