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1973 U-21 Hurling Final

Castletown-Geoghegan 2-6, Castlepollard 2-5.

The 1973 Westmeath Under 21 hurling final, played in Collinstown, produced an exciting and tense finish and Castletown were somewhat fortunate to hold out for a narrow victory. The game, played on an extremely cold day, was described as most entertaining. Favourites, Castletown, playing with a strong
breeze, were just two points ahead at half time and it looked as if an upset was on the cards. However, a great goal by Dessie Costelloe from a twenty one yard free early in the second half and a determined display by their defence kept Castletown on the road to victory. The match report states that fifteen years old goalkeeper, Ger Jackson, was in sound form. His brother, Brendan, was brilliant and repeatedly broke up 'Pollard attacks. He was ably supported in the full back line by Roger Garvin and Martin Keegan. The half back line of Gerry Costelloe, Willy Lowry and Myles Kirby contained their opponents well, with captain, Myles Kirby, bringing off some last ditch clearances. The winners were best served in attack by Kevin McCormack, Dessie Costelloe and Eamon Clarke.

Scorers for Castletown: Dessie Costelloe 1-3, Eamonn Clarke 1-1, Matt Kirby 0-2.

Castletown team: Ger Jackson, Brendan Jackson, Roger Garvin, Martin Keegan, Myles Kirby, Willy Lowry, Gerry Costelloe, Finbar Clarke, Tom Kincaid, Eamon Clarke, Dessie Costelloe, Matt Kirby, Kevin McCormack, Noel Geraghty, Joe Cowley.

Castlepollard: P.Reilly, P. Smith, Scan Melia, Declan Brennan, Gerry Coyne, Eugene Fagan, Anthony Bruton, Scan Farrell, Michael Carroll, Seamus Halpin, Tom Lynch, K. Murphy, M. Kearney, Patsy Gorman, C. Reilly.

Referee: Jimmy Henry.

After the game Rev. A. Fox, Vice-Chairman, Westmeath Co. Board, presented the cup to Myles Kirby, captain of the Castletown team.
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