"Senior Football County Final Stradbally's Hour of Glory.
Those who were present at Walsh Park on Sunday last saw a really great County Senior Football Final. Every so often one sees a really great moment in GAA affairs within the County. Well, make no mistake about it, Sunday last was one of those rare moments as a really great hearted Stradbally team played inspired football and, playing into the stiff breeze in the second half, they held the vaunted Kill men scoreless in a spell-
To all concerned, players, selectors, trainers and all the other club officials, we say well done, as if ever a club deserved success it was Stradbally who never lost heart through all those frustrating years, and this year's team who battled their way to the final the hard way and deservedly ended the long wait on Sunday last. Needless to say celebrations extraordinary took place on Sunday and Monday nights when it seemed that Stradbally was ablaze with bone fires to prove once again what a County title means to a club and a parish.
Stradbally, full of enthusiasm, were a goal and a point up with in a minute of the game starting. Kill, hardly knowing what had hit them, fought back brilliantly, and within minutes both sides were even. In this half the Villagers gave away many frees and if Kill had availed of all these chances, they could have been a few points ahead at the end of the half. John Power played well for Kill in the first half, while the main instruments for the Kill lead were Michael Lalor who scored the only goal for Kill, Billy Harty and Monty Guiry."
"Stradbally full of enthusiasm were a goal and a point up within a minute of the game starting. Kill, hardly knowing what had hit them fought back brilliantly, and within minutes both sides were even. In this half the Villagers gave away many frees and if Kill had availed of all these chances, they could have been a few points ahead at the end of the half. John Power played well for Kill in the first half, while the main instruments for the Kill lead were Michael Lalor who scored the only goal for Kill, Bill Harty and Monty Guiry.
Going into the second half it was clear to see that Stradbally were on the road to victory. Many of Kill's short passes were intercepted by the Stradbally men which proved to be the reason for the Kill defeat. Pat Clancy was a tower of strength in the Stradbally defence and, in the second half, when switched from centre to full back, was one of the main instigators of the Reds victory. While J. Kiely, at right full back , made three vital saves and brought down Martin Kennedy in the last few minutes to save a certain goal, at the expense of a free, which McMahon sent wide. Kill seemed to have lost touch with the game in the second half and were unable to stop the onward march of Stradbally towards victory.
Best for Stradbally, even though it was a great team effort, were Pat Clancy, J. Kiely, T. Hearn, M. Coffey, T. Cunningham and R. Dunford. Best for Kill were B. Harty, M. Guiry, P McMahon, J. Power, M. Lalor and G. Guiry.
Stradbally W. Dunford, E. Dunphy, R. Aherne, J. Kiely, A. Curran, P. Clancy, L. Carroll, T. Hearne, M. Coffey, P. Butler, T. Cunningham, S. Aherne, J. Keane, Joe Power, J. Curran. Subs., R. Dunford for J. Curran and M. O'Reilly for J. Power.
Kill N. Whelan, K. Casey, G. Mooney, T. Guiry, T. Hennessy, T. Mooney, A. Lannon, G. Guiry, W. Harty, J. Power, M. Guiry, J. Regan, M. Lalor, P. McMahon, M. Kennedy. Subs., D.Kiely for N. Whelan, Tom Murray for John Ryan.
Referee J. Dunphy, Dunhill.
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