CASTLETOWN-GEOGHEGAN: 1-13 BROWNSTOWN: 1-8
Under-dogs, Castletown-Geoghegan took their ninth senior hurling title with a 1-13 to 1-8 win over Brownstown, at Cusack Park. It was a sparkling display from the Black and Ambers. Their skill and determination was too much for Brownstown, but the tie scarcely lived up to expectations.
Paul Kiernan had two points for the winners before Fabian McLavin had their third point at the end of the first quarter. Two quick points from John Leonard reduced the lead to a single point. Points from Michael Bolger and Kieran Kirby restored the status quo. John Leonard hit back for Brownstown and despite all their supremacy Castletown were just two points in front with five minutes of the first half remaining.
How quick their fortune turned. Willie Lowry had two points to leave Castletown leading 0-7 to 0- 3 at the break.
From the restart Willie Lowry was in action again and his two quick points gave Castletown a six points lead and they were `flying'. A Paul Kiernan point left Brownstown in real trouble. Kiernan added another point before Brownstown hit back with a point from Anthony Kelly. John Leonard added another before Pat Clancy crashed home a badly needed goal. Before the cheer that greeted that goal had died down Castletown replied with a Joe Clarke goal.
John Leonard had two points for the losers with Michael Bolger negating one of them and Jimmy Fitzsimons finished the scoring with a rather forlorn point.
Castletown-Geoghegan: Michael Jackson, Pat O'Brien (Captain), Noel Geraghty, Finbar Clarke, Michael Lowry, Gerry Whelan, Liam Glennon, Gerry Daly, Paul Kiernan, Fabian McLavin, Kieran Kirby, Joe Clarke, Declan Kirby, Michael Lowry and Michael Bolger. Sub.: Eamon Clarke.
Brownstown: Johnny Garry, Noel Fitzsimons, John Davis, Brendan Fitzsimons, Gerry Kelly, Richie Shaw, Martin Carr, Tommy Carr, Michael Geraghty.
Despite the loss of key players due to immigration the black and ambers produced a sparkling display of crisp skilful and determined hurling to outclass reigning champions Brownstown in front of two and a half thousand spectators in Cusack Park on Sunday Oct I". From the first whistle it was obvious that the underdogs from Castletown were on a mission to bring home the Examiner cup after a lap of four years. They were by far the sharper, better-prepared and better-motivated side on the day. They played as a team with each man playing his part in this sweet victory. Their defense was lock tight allowing the blues to score only 1-2 from play. Team caption Pat O'Brien kept a very close eye on sharp shooter Johnny Leonard while Mick Lowry seemed to have Pat Clancey in his pocket all day. The experienced threeo of Geraghty, Whelan and Finbar played as a unit and were well aided by the youthful Liam Glennon. Behind them the red Mick Jackson kept everyone on their toes.
Man of the match was undoubtedly midfielder Paul Kiernan a name not synonymous with Castletown teams. The stylish midfielder was a leader of men. His long range striking of the slitor both from the hand and off the ground was a joy to watch. He also contributed five points over the hour. He got good assistance from his partner Gerry Daly who seems to be able to play anywhere. Up front the black and ambers had a jewel in the form of Willy Lowry. The big footballer cum hurler used all his experience to help and guide his youthful colleagues Kieran Kirby, Declan Kirby, Fabian McLavin and Mick Bolger to press home their advantage. He was a constant threat to the Brownstown full back line, both as setting up scores and also raising four white flags for himself.
The evergreen Joe Clarke playing his hurling from the (Sean O'Leary) school of hurling crashed home the decisive goal that gave victory to the men from Castletown. Brownstown tried as they should with good displays from such men as the Shaw's, Fitzsimon's, Carr's and the Davis's but it was not going to be their day. Castletown's legend Eamon Clarke who was out due to a hand injury made his entrance mid way through the second half and contributed in no small way to this victory. After the final whistle sounded the Examiner Cup was presented to the Castletown captain Pat O'Brien by none other than the Westmeath Co. Board chairman Mr. Seamus Whelan, himself a Castletown man.
TEAM: Pat O'Brien, Mick Lowry, Gerry Daly. Fabian McLavin, Declan Kirby, Mick Jackson, Noel Geraghty, Gerry Whelan, Paul Kiernan, Kieran Kirby, Willy Lowry, Finbar Clarke, Liam Glennon, Joe Clarke, Michael Bolger.
SUBS: Tommy Lowry, Chris Dalton, Michael Kirby, Eddie Keavney, Willie Corcoran, Eamon Clarke, John Jackson, David Kirby, Matt Kirby and John Corcoran.
TEAM TRAINERS: Joe Boyce & Bobby Begley.
SELECTORS: Dermot Garvin & Sean Kirby.