Wolfe Tones set the tone of the match with an early goal but Broadford clawed back three straight points from play for Diarmuid Moloney, Stiofain McMahon and Craig Chaplin to bring the score line level again. From this point on though, Broadford were unable to surpass Wolf Tones score line. Despite a second goal for Wolfe Tones in the 20th minute however, Broadford did ensure Wolfe Tones could not extend their lead by more than four points at any time in the first half, which ended 2-04 to 0-07, ensuring Broadford had all to play for in the second half.
After trading points in the opening minutes of the second half Wolfe Tones then broke away with a point and their third goal to establish a seven point lead by the sixth minute. Broadford claimed a point from a free but Wolf Tones soon had their seven point lead re-established.
In a show of great grit and determination, Broadford fought back hard and with four straight points from play and, added to that, Padraig Hickey’s points from a free and two 65’s, and just one point for Wolfe Tones sandwiched in between, Broadford looked like they might well turn the match around in the last few minutes after incredibly putting just one point between the two sides with less than five minutes of normal time on the clock.
The lads in green and gold just needed a lucky break that had eluded them from the very beginning of the match. Unfortunately though it was not to be and a crushing goal from Wolfe Tones in the last minute of play helped to ensure Broadford’s hopes of promotion after just one year as Intermediates were dashed. Final score 4-10 to 0-17.
Wolfe Tones went out of their way to neutralise the often devastating impact of Padraig Hickey in previous matches and afforded few goal scoring opportunities to their opponents. Broadford forwards Stiofain McMahon and Donie Whelan came tantalising close to scoring a goal each in the second half after skilfully outmanoeuvring the Wolfe Tones back line only to be surrounded within feet from the goal line to deny the much needed goals. Broadford’s performance was also marked by a cracking save from Alan McMahon from a goal attempt just outside the square in the second half and the characteristic mid-field domination of Aonghus O’Brien and Shane Taylor.
The Broadford hurlers did well to reach the final and did the parish proud in a match that is sure to be remembered for a long time to come.