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Down memory lane......Kinvara v Beagh 1986

posted 29 Apr 2014, 14:10 by Garret Byrne
1986 was the year that Kinvara first met Beagh in Senior Championship hurling. 

The previous year in 1985 Kinvara reach the quarter-finals, only to lose to eventual winners Turloughmore. The Connacht Tribune forecast for 1986 was as follows: "Kinvara will be no pushover for any side but unless their inconsistency is rectified they will have problems in even reaching the quarter-finals." (that could be us in any year in fairness!).
The group was Kinvara, Beagh, Kiltormer, Tommie Larkins, Abbeyknockmoy. We opened our campaign in a defeat to Beagh, followed by a win over Tommie Larkins. We then lost to Kiltormer, but avoided a relegation battle by drawing with Abbeyknockmoy. The records show that Tony Moylan was the team manager, and he had Frank Quinn and Mickey McCormack as selectors.

Special note must be made of Beagh. They won the County Intermediate in 1980 and so played Senior for the first time in 60 years. They had a fare good team in the early 80's and reached county quarter-finals in 1981, 1983, 1984 and 1985. So they too were heading into 1986 full of promise. 

The actual Connacht Tribune report is attached below as a JPEG, but here it is in summary form.

BEAGH.........................4-10
KINVARA.......................2-10

Former county player Finbar Gantley inspired Beagh to a clearcut win over Kinvara in the County Senior Hurling Championship at Ballindereen on Sunday........Kinvara were short some regular through injuries and holidays....................fullback Kevin Huban, despite a bout of flu, Anthony Connolly and James McInerney were Kinvara's best defenders, while Joe Byrne and Gerry McInerney shaded the exchanges at midfield...................Kinvara's best two forwards were Sean Forde and Mick Curtin...............
By the sixth minute.......................Kinvara standing 2-4 to 0-1 in arrears....................Mick Curtin shot home a brillant goal...........a great save from Frank Quinn........halftime score at 3-5 to 1-4.
Second half.......a goal froma 21 yard fee and a point from Mick Curtin..........Beagh's Michael Deeley crashed home a great goal................Joe Byrne replied with a brace of Kinvara points...........Kinvara had the final score, a point from a 21 yard fee by Mick Curtin.

Kinvara:
Frank Quinn, John Waites, Kevin Huban, Paschal Quinn, Anthony Connolly, James McInerney, Martin Keane 0-1, Gerry McInerney 0-1, Joe Byrne 0-3, Ger Mahon, Declan Brogan, Sean Forde, Mick Curtin 2-4, John Huban, Ger Curtin. 
Sub: Kieran Whelan 0-1 for G. Curtin

Beagh:
B. Reilly, M. Killeen, T. Holleran, N. Harrington, P. Neilan, S. Mahon, G. Forde, S. Keane, A. Moylan, F. Diviney, J. Moylan, M. Deeley, F. Gantley, N. Holleran, J. Keehan.


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Garret Byrne,
29 Apr 2014, 14:10
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