This A football league was a rematch of the championship decider, where the same
two teams needed a replay and extra-time to separate them. Indeed this was a nip-
and-tuck affair again, with the more recent match practice of White’s Cross a telling
factor in the end of a game played in excellent conditions in Ballinlough. The Barr’s
raced into an early lead and White’s Cross were finding it hard to get into scoring
positions early on. However that all changed dramatically in a telling three minute
burst twenty minutes in. Wing-forward Sean Keane played an exquisite quick free to
midfielder Murt Kelleher, who thundered through the Barr’s defence to score a fine
goal. Sean Keane, Conor Kelleher and Ken O Keeffe all tacked on quick points, and
suddenly the Togher lads were chasing this contest.
In the second half the Barrs tried and tried to break down the Cross defence, but found
Paddy O Brien, John O Connell and Sean Gorman all in majestic form. Behind
them goalkeeper Billy Sheahan stood fine-and-tall for the hour, with the positive
response of his partner Elaine still ringing fresh in his ears, from his proposal of
marriage on the eve of the game! White’s Cross GAA wishes them both every
success together in the future.
White’s Cross lined out as follows: Billy Sheahan, John O Connell, James Cooney,
Sean Gorman, Donal Kelly, Eoin Murnane, Paddy O Brien, Denis O Regan, Murt
Kelleher, Jonathan Kenneally, Conor Buckley, Edwin Buckley, Conor Kelleher, Ken
O Keeffe, Sean Keane. Substitutes: Donnacha Murnane, Brian Murphy, Stuart Kiely,
Dylan Burke, Sean Murnane, Kevin Fennessy, Michael Osborne, Derek O Connor,
Brendáin Murnane, Darragh Keane. Kevin Buckley, Thomas Meade and Paul O
Sullivan were ruled out through injury.