The delayed 2015 County Under 21 Hurling Final proved a milestone for Kilnadeema/Leitrim who captured their first title defeating Loughrea by 0-12 to 0-6 at Duggan Park Ballinasloe. The winners, who celebrate the 20th anniversary of their re-amalgamation in 2016, fittingly marked the occasion with their first ever U-21 ‘A’ hurling title – albeit, even if it was the decider of the 2015 competition.
Ironically, 1996 was also the year their opponents Loughrea claimed their one and only crown at this grade but any hopes Emmett Mahony’s outfit had of securing a second for the club had begun to diminish by half-time.
It wasn’t that Loughrea had been wholly outclassed in the opening half of what, ultimately, was a war of attrition in desperate weather conditions and a heavy sod on Duggan Park – it did exceptionally well to host the game – but they never looked like they had the guile to get the upperhand on Des Roche’s charges.
Kilnadeema/Leitrim: E. Dowling; E. Shalvey, D. O’Donoghue, C. Howard; C. Connor, M. Lawless, C. Langan; S. Roche, S. Molloy; B. Molloy (0-8, all frees), J. Kenny (0-1), M. Lynch (0-2); F. Broderick, T. Molloy, L. Kelly (0-1). Sub: D. Towolowi for Broderick (37 minutes).
Loughrea: P. Whelan; S. Pierce, C. Jennings, C. Gibbons; K. Jennings, S. Sweeney, O. Coyle; G. Loughnane (0-5,all frees), J. Mooney; K. Cooney, J. Ryan (0-1), P. Coyle; S. O’Brien, D. McManus, E. Keary. Subs: D. Sweeney for K. Cooney (37 mins.); B. Keary for E. Keary (45 mins.); E. Rooney for P. Coyle (57 mins.).
Referee: L. Gordon (Killimor).
Reeling back the Year 2016
TURLOUGHMORE JUNIOR 'C' CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS
Turloughmore County Junior ‘C’ Winners. Back row: Brian Morris, Tom Shiel, Conor Feeney, Keith Hession, Keith Fahy, Sean Hughes, Michael Holland, Tom Caulfield, Christy Kearney, Rob Dunleavy, John McGrath, Jamie Joyce, David Rabbitte, Mark McGrath, Sean Collins, Paul Kearney, Martin Spellman, James Collins, Keith McGrath.
Front row: P J O’Brien, Sean Shaughnessy, Donnacha Hughes, Francis Forde, Joe Hession, John O’Brien, Tomas Murphy, Shane Dunleavy, Tom Costello, Ronan O’Shaughnessy, Adrian Morris, David Barrett, Shane Morris, Michelle Morris. Front Luke Dwyer with the cup.
CIANAN FAHY WITH HIS AWARD AT THE U-21 HURLING TEAM OF THE YEAR PRESENTATION
FINTAN BURKE WAS ALSO SELECTED ON THE TEAM PICTURED WITH HIS AWARD