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Minor A Title 1973

At Newmarket, October 7, 1973. Kilmaley 8-14, Broadford 1-2.

In this game Kilmaley led from start to finish and never looked like being in any danger of not winning the title. Their first score came after two minutes when P. J. Kennedy at left full-forward scored a point from a free. Gerry O'Connor scored from another free after five minutes. A minute later Kevin Moloney of Broadford missed a 21 years free. A tenth minute pointed free by Gerry O'Connor stretched Kilmaley's lead.
Midway through the first half James Mungovan at centrefield had to go off injured and was replaced by Eamon Meehan. Gerry O'Connor pointed from a free in the fifteenth minute. Two goals in the 17th and 18th minutes by Naoise Pyne set Kilmaley on the road to victory Further scores by P. J. Kennedy, Tommy
McGann, Gerry O'Connor and John Queally put the issue beyond doubt even before half time. Just before the interval, Kevin Moloney got a goal for Broadford -their only score of the first half.
Two minutes into the second half Kevin Moloney failed with a goal effort from a 21 yard free. In the sixth and seventh minutes Tom McGann got a point plus a goal following a bad puck out from the Broadford goalkeeper. A minute later he again pointed, this time from the wing.
A point by Broadford's Martin Shanahan could do nothing to reduce the arrears and further scores by Gerry Pyne, John Queally and others clinched what turned out to be a landslide victory. A "lack of consensus" between a few players and spectators delayed the match briefly midway through the second half. Order was restored and at the end of the match the winners' trophy was presented to the Kilmaley captain, Joseph Griffin, by Rev. Fr. S. Mullin, chairman of Bord na n6g, (hurling).
Best for Kifanaley were Gerry Pyne, Tommy McGann, Martin Darcy, Gerry O'Connor and P. J. Kennedy.
The game was a replay. In the drawn match, Kilmaley had come back from being 5-4 to 1-8 down at half-time to draw level. The first game was played as a curtain raiser to the senior hurling final and was described by many as one of the best ever minor finals. Two crashing goals from 21 yard frees by Gerry O'Connor was the spur that brought Kilmaley back into the match and helped them live to fight another day.
The team that won the title was: Martin Meehan, Martin Darcy, Noel McGuane, John Frawley, Richie r"yne, Josepn Griffin, Tom Keane, James ivlungovan and Gerry Pyne, Gerry O'Connor, John Mungovan, Tom McGann, Naoise Pyne, John Queally, P. J. Kennedy.
Subs.: E. Meehan, M. Queally, M. Carmody, P. McDonnell, G. O'Neill, P. Casey, J. Casey. 'Referee: Tom Reidy.

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