North county men seek eighth ti­tle

New Ross Standard - - SPORT -

WITH SEVEN county ti­tles to their name al­ready, and ten ap­pear­ances in to­tal, Ki­lanerin have a marked edge in terms of tra­di­tion on Shel­maliers who will be fea­tur­ing in a fi­nal for the first time ever on Sun­day.

The Gorey Dis­trict side claimed a fa­mous vic­tory in 1974 when they pipped Rath­nure in the de­cider by 1-3 to 1-2, just twelve months af­ter ac­count­ing for Tagh­mon-Cam­ross in the In­ter­me­di­ate equiv­a­lent.

How­ever, it was 19 years be­fore a sec­ond ti­tle was an­nexed, but in re­mark­ably sim­i­lar cir­cum­stances.

Af­ter see­ing off St. Martin’s in a mem­o­rable three­game In­ter­me­di­ate fi­nal saga in 1992, Ki­lanerin took the Se­nior crown at the first at­tempt once more.

This time Sars­fields were their vic­tims, with the sides play­ing a 2-4 to 1-7 draw be­fore Nicky D’Arcy led the red and whites to a 1-5 to 1-3 suc­cess in the re­play.

That was the be­gin­ning of a won­der­ful era for foot­ball in Ki­lanerin, and they con­tested an­other four fi­nals in five years be­tween 1995 and 1999.

Keen­est ri­vals Castle­town were beaten in the ’95 de­cider by 1-9 to 0-7, but there was a slip the fol­low­ing year when Glynn-Barn­town claimed their sole ti­tle to date by 2-3 to 0-7.

Ki­lanerin bounced back from that heart­break in 1997 with a com­mand­ing 2-12 to 0-7 vic­tory against Adamstown, and they also won the last fi­nal held in Gorey in 1999 when Castle­town suc­cumbed by 1-13 to 1-7.

Af­ter a 3-8 to 0-13 loss to St. Anne’s in the 2001 fi­nal, Ki­lanerin oblit­er­ated first-time finalists Horeswood on a 1-23 to 0-6 score­line in 2003.

Their last ti­tle ar­rived in 2008, beat­ing Gusser­ane by 1-12 to 0-12, but near neigh­bours Castle­town fi­nally de­feated them in a fi­nal for the first time in 2010 by 0-12 to 0-9.

Ki­lanerin men­tors Ray Hol­land, Pat Forde, Wil­lie Mur­phy and John Joe O’Reilly.

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