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First title for Kilmaley
Cork Examiner, Monday Sept. 9th 1985
Kilmaley 0-10, Eire Og 0-8.

There were unprecedented scenes of Jubilation at Cusack Park, Ennis, yesterday as Kilmaley, rank outsiders in the competition, captured their first-ever Clare junior hurling title when they deservedly beat a highly fancied Eire Og, Ennis, side.
On the day Kilmaley’s determination and hunger for success proved too much for the Ennis men and once they edged in front early in the second half they took control. While all of the 17 players used by Kilmaley played a big part in this victory, tremendous credit must go to the selectors. Two of the switches, which they made in the course of the game, played a vital part in this historic success. Midway through the first half they moved. Paddy Hill, a national teacher at North Monastery in Cork, from corner to centre-back in a switch with Tommy Keane and Hill was to go on and prove himself one of the heroes of the day.

When Kilmaley resumed after the break, Martin Meehan had been switched to corner-forward and in the opening six minutes he scored three marvellous points that gave Kilmaley a lead they were never to surrender.

The first half was a rather dour struggle and at the end the teams were on level terms at 0-4 each. It’s true to say that Eire Og missed a number of chances in the opening quarter when Kilmaley looked to be nervous in many positions,
The drama continued right to the end and Kilmaley hearts must have fluttered in the final seconds when Eire Og were awarded a penalty alter their big full-forward Noel Ryan was fouled in the square Ennis captain Sean Heaslip stepped up to take the shot which was brilliantly saved by the winning captain before Paddy Hill cleared to safety, and the title was on its way to Kilmaley. When the competition commenced at the end of May with 15 teams competing few, if indeed any outside Kilmaley, would have given them a chance of reaching the quarter-final. However, they improved steadily with each game and when they beat the defending champions Sixmilebridge after a replay in the semi-final, many were wondering if they could now go all the way. Eire Og, however, were still the warm pre match favourites but on the day they found Kilmaley’s determination just too much.
Outstanding for Kilmaley were P. J. Kennedy, Martin Darcy, Noel McGuane, Paddy Hill, Tommy Keane, Martin Cahill, Eugene McMahon. Martin Meehan and Séamus Fitzpatrick.
Eire Og had their best players in Séamus Durack, Michael Meagher, John Russell, Declan Coote, Pat Lynch, Sean Heaslip and substitute Sean McCarthy.

Kilmaley: PJ Kennedy (Capt), M. Darcy, N. McGuane, P. Hill, P. Keane, T. Keane N. Romer, E. McMahon, M Cahill, S. Fitzpatrick, G. Pyne, M. Meehan, J. Cahill, J. Mungovan,. Kennedy. Sub: 31. M. Murphy for John Cahill; M. Killeen for Pyne.

Eire Og: S. Durack, M. Meagher, P. Kelly, G. Barry, J. Russell, M. Glynn, P. Mahon D. Coote, M. O’Sullivan, P. Lynch, S, Heaslip, G. Mannion, B. O’Brien, N. Ryan, M. Nugent. 
Subs.: S. McCarthy for Mahon; M. Ryan for O’Sullivan; P. Barry for O’Brien.

Referee: - J. Nihill (Sixmilebridge).



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