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Intermediate Final Preview...from the archives   02/11/2012

Times of county finals is always a good time to remember olden days and teams that have played years ago. This years County Intermediate Final see two strong traditional clubs competing for the right to play senior, and with them both they bring plenty of history to the table.

As part of the preview to the final on Sunday I have delved into the old scrapbooks and will bring you pieces in relation to both Ahascragh-Fohenagh and Killimordaly and help provoke the spirit of days gone by. We will take a look at Killimordaly v Fohenagh in the 1951 East Galway Final, Killimordaly Co. Intermediate final win in 1951, Ahascragh's Co. Intermediate Final defeat to Mullagh in 1972, and also report on Ahascragh-Fohenagh's first AGM for 2002.

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Note: This is what we can see to be the last time Killimordaly and either Ahascragh or Fohenagh met in an Intermediate Final - The 1951 East Galway.

Killimordaly's Scoring Spree in Final

Killimordaly 6-6.........Fohenagh 0-3

Although the big disparity in the scores, 6-6 to 0-3, shows the one-sided scoring, the match was nonetheless an affair of thrills all the way to the final whistle
Killimordaly led by 3-4 to 0-3 at half-time and tagged another 3 goals in the second period to seal the win.

Killimordaly:
J. Dilleen, P. Lawless, P. Coen, T. Earls, RJ Creaven, T. Creaven, J. Creaven, F. Mitchell, Ned Burke, P. Ryan, A. Fahy, T. Haverty, SJ Lawless, J Earls, T. Flannery.

Fohenagh:
T. Clinton, Ml. Barrett, J. Rushe, P. Killilea, J. Sweeney, J. Madden, B. Treacy, J. Fitzgerald, F. Madden, W. Murphy, S. Cahill, T. Sweeney, P. Naughton, J.Jenkins, P. Barrett.

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Note: Killimordaly went on in 1951 to lift the County Intermediate Title, beating South Galway winners Clarenbridge in the decider.

Killimordaly win Intermediate Final

Killimordaly 6-7.........Clarinbridge 3-2

Killimordaly, after a mediocre first half display, ran out easy winners over a poor Clarenbridge side with a score of 6-7 to 3-2 in the Intermediate hurling final played at Ballinasloe.

Although the losers had much the better of matters in the first half and led by 3-0 to 1-1 at the interval, they fell away completely in the second half and after conceding many frees in the closing stages lost by a big margin.

Coen, Creavan and Farrell were the best of the winners backs. W. Fahy, T. Creaven, P and A. Lawless and J.Earls were the pick of the forwards. For Clarinbridge, Feeney, Forde, Trowell and Nilan were outstanding in the backs, Murphy and Forde had grand games at midfield while Egan, Monaghan and O'Dea were the best of the forwards.

The winners opened the scoring with a goal from a melee. F. Murphy levelled off for Clarenbridge and from a pass from O'Connor, Monaghan added another major for the losers. The same player goaled again and Creaven pointed for the winners before half time.

In the second half, J. Murphy pointed from the throw-in for Clarenbridge. Earls pointed and Lawless and Fahy added goals for the winners before F. Murphy pointed for the losers. Creaven pointed two frees for Killimordaly and following a goal from a melee for the winners, Creaven had a goal and three points from frees. A. Lawless closed the scoring with a goal.

Killimordaly:
JJ Dilleen, L. Lawless, P. Coen, B. Creaven, T. Earls, F. Mitchell, P. Creaevan, E. Burke, T. Haverty, W. Fahy, T. Creaven, T. Flannery, P. Lawless, A.Lawless, J. Earls.

Clarinbridge:
T.Egan, C. Connolly, J. Feeney, D. Forde, B. Nilan, T. Trowell, T. Glynn, F. Murphy, S. Forde, L. O'Connor, M. Egan, M. O'Dea, M. Kennedy, M. Monaghan, J. Murphy.

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Note: This is a report of the last time that either an Ahacragh or Fohenagh team contested a county Intermediate final. The year was 1972. 

Mullagh win Close Co. Inter Decider

Mullagh 1-10.................Ahascragh 0-5

The Co Galway Intermediate hurling final played at Ballinasloe on Sunday evening provided a game that always close and interesting in the personal exchanges, but little teamwork of any merit was exhibited by either side and the losers rather than the winners seemed more eager to find the loose man.

Pakie Cahalane, though not called upon to any great extent, did make one or two excellent saves, Iggy Clarke was slow to get going, possibly as a result of another match played immediately before the final, but he hurled steadily and accurately. Kieran Coone and Joe Clarke were two others to show up well in this sector.

It was a nice duel between Charley Clarke and Tim Cahalane and the Ahascragh pair of Tom Divilly and Martin Mitchell, but Cahalane in the latter stages was always able to break free when it counted. Generally the Mullagh half-forard line Kearns, Hardiman and Frank Donohue were the best of the forwards.

All round the Ahascragh defence was good with Charley Cotton, J.J. O'Donnell and Sean Divilly turning in a good display. At centrefield Tom Divilly was doing his share and a bit more at times. Mansie Walshe, Michael and Billy Lyons were best of the forwards.

Mullagh:
P. Cahalane, J.J. O'Donnell, J.Clarke, P. Donohue, J. Mooney, I. Clarke 1-1, K. Coone, C.Clarke, T. Cahalane 0-3, A.Kearns, P. Hardiman 0-3, F. Donohue 0-1, T. Glennon, J. Rafferty, G. Clarke 0-1.

Ahascragh:
J. Colohan, J. McLoughlin, M. Nolan, M. Moclair, S. Divilly, S. Cotton, O. Colohan, T. Divilly 0-1, M.Mitchell, M.Hely, M. Walshe 0-1, M. Lyons, S. Galvin, A. Devine, B. Lyons 0-3. 

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Note: This is an extract of the minutes from the first ever AGM of Ahascragh-Fohenagh Hurling Club in 2002.

Ahascragh-Fohenagh Hurling Club look back on hectic year's activities

The Annual General Meeting of the Ahascaragh-Fohenagh Hurling Club was held recently in the clubhouse in Ahascragh.

Chairman Seamus Lohan extended a warm welcome to the large attendance and reflected on a successful year for the club. The thanked all his fellow officers for their excellent work and support and he congratulated the under 14 team on winning the county title.

Secretary Michelle Healy gave a comprehensive report of the years activities. 2002 will be remembered as an historic year in Ahascragh and Fohenagh following the amalgamation decision last January.
She gave special metion to the under 21 panel who are still in with a chance to win a county title. They will meet Abbeyknockmoy in a quarter-final replay early in the New Year.
The Field and Lotto Committee were complimented on their hard work during the year. Congratulations were extended to Jason Lohan who was a member of the Galway Intermediate Hurling panel which won the All-Ireland title in September.
Shane Hogan and John Smyth were members of the Connacht Schools Under 17 selection that travelled to New York and Boston in October, while Laurence Tully and Mark Smyth represented their club on the Galway Under 14 team in the Tony Forrestial Tournament in Waterford. Thanks were also extended to the Caltra Football Club and officers.

Treasurers Anthony Kelly and Colm Kirwin gave a detailed account of the years expenses and were happy to report a healthy balance after a very active year, with the lotto the main source of income. Thanks to Irene Gavin who ensures all tickets are ready for collection every Monday night before the draw.

All outgoing officers were elected unanimously -
Presidents: Tim Sweeney and Jackie Dillon
Chairman: Seamus Lohan
Vice-Chairman: Joe Finnerty
Secretary: Michelle Healy
Assistant Secretary: T.J. Cleary
Treasurers: Colm Kirwin and Anthony Kelly
PRO: Michael Hogan
Delegate: Sean Keane

Managers and Selectors for the various teams:
Intermediate: Seamus Ryan (trainer), Eugene Hession and John Egan
Junior B: Jimmy Devine, Colm Kirwin, Joe Finnerty and Gerry Smyth
Junior C: T.J.Cleary and Padraig Barrett
Under 21: Eugene Hession, Billy Lyons and Sean Lally
Minor: Kevin Gavin and Seamus Mocklair.

The Executive Committee consists of all the adult and juvenile officers plus Pat Gavin, Billy Lyons, Tony Kelly, Seamus Mocklair and Kevin Gavin.

Field Committee: Jackie Dillon, Joe Finnerty, Colm Kirwin, Seamus Lohan, Vincent Lyons, Pat Gavin and Anthony Kelly.

Membership - €15 adult, €10 students, €8 juvenile and membership deadline is 1st March 2003

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Best of luck to both clubs on Sunday!
The Man with the Cap





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