1986 Cork County Senior Football Champions

Senior Football 1986.

Noel Murphy (Castlemartyr),

John Murphy (Glanmire), Sean Bowens (Castlemartyr), Michael Walsh (Youghal),

Kieran Murphy (Castlemartyr) Capt, Conor Counihan (Aghada), Martin McCarthy (Youghal),

Michael Spillane (Castlelyons), Teddy McCarthy (Glanmire),

John Hegarty (Cobh), Denis Walsh (St. Catherines), Billy Ahern (Aghada),

Tadhg Murphy Glanmire), Martin Hennessy (Aghada), Robert Swayne (Youghal).

Subs: Gerard Looney (Aghada), Gerard Morgan (Cobh), Pat Rice (Aghada), Fergus Quill (Youghal), Bertie Óg Murphy (Glanmire), Tom Whelehan (Russell Rovers), Donie Morrissey (Aghada), Jim Cosgrove (Castlemartyr), Christy O'Sullivan (Russell Rovers), Brian Lotty (Glanmire), Jim Reaney (Aghada), Donal Burke (Castlemartyr), Aidan Berry (Aghada).

Imokillys Captain Kieran Murphy(Castlemartyr) raises the Cork County Football Trophy aloft watched by Brian Lotty (Glanmire)

Imokilly come back the from dead! Imokilly 2-4, St. Finbarr’s 0-9

By MICHAEL ELLARD Cork Examiner

It looked certain to be an occasion of sweet revenge for St. Finbarr’s in yesterday’s extraordinary Cork county senior football championship final at Páirc UI Chaoimh when victory looked theirs for the taking.

Then the incredible happened. Imokilly, who had trimmed the Blues sails in the decider two seasons ago, awoke from their slumbers to do so again in most sensational fashion.

St. Finbarr’s, taking full advan­tage of a lack-lustre Imokilly per­formance had nothing left to do, or so it seemed, than to collect the trophy when they opened up a six points lead entering the last quar­ter. Then when all seemed lost, Imokilly took the precious silver in an act of daylight robbery.

Brian Lotty was grounded by Barr’s keeper John Kerins a short Time after he made his appearance

On the scene and Robert Swaine splendidly goaled from the penalty spot. It still appeared that St. Finbarr’s would hold out until Lotty popped up to score a stunning match-winning goal two minutes from time. Imokilly had failed to score in the first half and for three-quarters of the game played second-fiddle to their more-positive opponents.

MORE IMPRESSIVE

St. Finbarr’s had looked much more impressive early on. Their defence, cool and composed, was outstanding. Paddy Hayes, despite some moments of splendour from Teddy McCarthy, was the dominant figure at midfield and with the outstanding Michael Slocum break­ing intelligently on the left flank St. Finbarr’s opened up a five points lead at the interval. They were nearly through for a goal in the 14th minute when John Allen punched down a high kick from Eric Barrett into the path of Dave Barry, but the Blues full-forward failed to make proper contact. -

Back Conor Counihan was in magni­ficent form. He held Imokilly to­gether with a tremendous display. But still St. Finbarr’s were smiling at the break.

St. Finbarr’s were happier after the resumption when Imokilly corner-forward Robert Swaine kick­ed wide from good positions. The new champions had yet to break their duck. They did so in the 33rd minute when left half forward Billy Aherne scored a point to take them out of their agony. But with Slocum continuing to excel in an attacking role, Christy Ryan beginning to win good possession and Dave Barry kicking some really excellent points, St. Finbarr’s firmly held the initiative.

The substitution of Lotty was a blessing for Imokilly. Team captain Kieran Murphy, who had earlier been given a tough time by Kieran McCarthy, thundered back into the match while Counihan re-grouped his forces.

A marvelous point from Murphy narrowed St. Finbarr’s lead to five points in the 47th minute and when Swaine kicked another a minute later there were signs of an Imo­killy revival.

INVALUABLE

But it was Swayne’s penalty that really brought them back into contention. Tadgh Murphy, his experience was invaluable when his side made their last-ditch effort for victory, pounced to give a defence. Splitting pass to Lotty, and Kerins had no option but to foul. However, when Dave Barry kicked a fabulous point to stretch the Barrs’ lead to two the euphoria that surrounded Imokilly’s first goal waned.

But their hopes were given an enormous uplift by an injudicious referring decision from the press box it clearly appeared that the St. Finbarr’s corner-forward Michael Barry was thrown to the ground while in possession. Referee Pat O’Donovan of Bantry, ignored appe­als for what seemed a definite’ penalty and instead decided to hop the ball.

It was a cruel blow to St. Finbarr’s, one from which they never recovered. It gave Imokilly heart to mount their last desperate bid for victory and again it was Tadgh Murphy who played a major role in setting up Lotty’s golden goal.

He won a great ball as it dropped near the St. Finbarr’s square and with great vision picked out the unmarked Lotty with a brilliant hand-pass and the hero of the hour brought the attendance of 7,795 to sensational and joyous Imokilly victory.

Scorers Imokilly B. Swaine 1-1, B. Lotty

1-0, B. Aherne, T. McCarthy (free) and K Murphy 0-1 each.

St. Finbarr’s D. Barry 0-4, M. Slocum 0-3 (0-1 from free), J. Allen and K. McCarthy 0-1 each.

Imokilly: N. Murphy (Castlemartyr) J.

Murphy (Glanmire), S. Bowes (Castlemar­tyr), M. Walsh (Youghal);

K. Murphy (capt) (Castlemartyr), C. Counihan (Aghada), M. McCarthy (Youghal);

M. Spillane (Castle­lyons), T. McCarthy (Glanmire);

J. Hegarty (Cobh), D. Walsh (St. Catherine’s), B. Aherne (Aghada);

T. Murphy (Glanmire), M. Hennessy (Aghada), B. Swaine (Youghal).

Subs: B. Lotty (Glanmire) for Spillane; F. Quill (Youghal) for Aherne; B. Óg Murphy (Glanmire) for Hegarty.

St. Finbarr’s:

J. Kerins;

J. Cremin, J.Meyler, D. Philpott;

M. Carey, G. Desmond,M. Slocum;

P. Hayes, T. Leahy;

E. Barrett, C. Ryan, K. McCarthy;

M. Barry, D. Barry, J.Allen.