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20th March, 1887

Lovers of hurling had an opportunity of witnessing a very interesting and well contested match on Sunday, 20th March, 1887 at Clonroad on a field belonging to Mrs. Roughan, kindly given for the occasion. The contesting clubs were the A. M. Sulli-vans (Ennis) and Wolfe Tone (Kilmaley). The weather was exceptionally fine and the attendance was estimated at 6,000.
This was the third public match played by the Ennis Club, they having been defeated on two occasions by the Tulla hurling club and from the rather poor form they displayed in those matches, a defeat in the match under notice was anticipated. However, having vastly improved by assiduous practice and in picking the men for play on this occasion made a more judicious selection than in the former matches, when some of the men were more ornamental than useful, they appeared on Sunday in very superior form and achieved a brilliant victory scoring two goals and four points, while the Kilmaley men did not get a single point.
Play commenced at 2 o'clock and for a time the ball was kept in neutral ground, but after some very good play by the Ennis team, in which M. Moloney, P. Finn and M. I.ogan were conspicuous, the leather was carried to the Kilmaley goal, where a point was scored. Shortly after, Logan claimed a free puck in the visitors' territory and a
fine blow sent the ball spinning high in the air between the posts, adding another point to the score. For Ennis the most conspicuous players were Messrs Moloney, Lyons, Logan, Finn, Kenny, Flaherty and P. McNamara.
For Kilmaley the following played best—Messrs McGuane, Culligan, Falle, Gallery, Hayes, Frawley, McGann, Cahill and Neylon.
Messrs P. Mclnerney, D. Halpin and P. McNamara acted as umpires for Kilmaley and T. O'Dea, M. Carmody and P. Hynes umpires for Ennis. Mr. T. O'Neill ref ereed.
After the match the visitors were entertained at the rooms of the A. M. Sullivan Club, Town Hall, Ennis, where an enjoyable evening was spent.
The band of the St. Patrick's Temperance Society, Ennis, headed by Honest James McMahon, is deserving of a special word of praise for enlivening the day's proceedings with sweet strains of music.


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