Glenarm are the champions

Twenty five years ago Glenarm hurlers (then called St Joseph’s) had their best ever season, winning the Intermediate Hurling Championship, the Intermediate Reserve Championship (both played on the one day in Casement Park) and the Division 2 League title. On Saturday night the club will honour the players from those teams at a gala dinner in the Tullyglass Hotel. To mark the occassion we are runnning a copy of the Ballymena Chronicle’s report of the game from September 1995, plus photos taken on the day.

BALLYMENA CHRONCILE – SEPTEMBER 1995

Glenarm St Joseph’s 2-10 St Enda’s 1-8

St Joseph’s Glenarm won their third Intermediate Hurling title at Casement Park on Sunday and if that was not enough they also clinched the Intermediate Reserve title into the bargain.

Their last title came in 1981 and their first in 1976, but perhaps this was their sweetest of all having been there or there abouts without success for a number of years now.

Hurling Board secretary Tony Mulvenna presents the Intermediate Hurling Championship Cup to Glenarm captain, and man of the match, Sean Waide after his team’s win over St Enda’s in the final at Casement Park. Pic by John McIlwaine

They were always favourites to win this crown, thanks to their fine league run, and that title could come their way very soon. With St Enda’s forced to field without Brendan Prenter the odds were stacked against the Glengormley side and when he did appear, despite injury, his goal showed what a force he could be. They failed also with their poor finishing, shooting eight wides in the first half and nine in the second, while Glenram were much more economical, missing just four times in each half. Glenarm were on top throughout and were never headed after Hugh McKay scored in the first minute. There was an immediate reply from St Enda’s when Liam Vallely, who turned out to be their ace card, pointed in the fourth minute but only to see the Glenarm men pull two ahead with points from Seamus O’Kane and Oliver Mulvenna in the 5th and 6th minutes. Vallely struck back with pointed frees in the 9th and 11th minutes to bring St Enda’s level again, but Glenarm captain Sean Waide, who had an absolutely magnificent game, came up from the half back line to fire over in the 16th minute to give his team back the lead. Vallely, who scored all St Enda’s first half scores, levelled again in the 20th minute, but Waide began the charge who saw his team take a 1-6 to 0-4 lead by half time. In the 25th minute he sent over a long range point and soon afterwards Sean O’Neill struck a telling blow when he kicked the ball to net for the first goal of the game and when Waide added another point they went in at half time with a five point cushion.

Oliver Mulvenna in action during the win over St Enda’s.

To their credit St Enda’s never gave up the fight and they started the second half strongly with a Paul McGarry point. Liam Magill kept the cushion at five when he pointed in the third minute but Tony Morgan hauled St Enda’s back into the game with an eighth minute point.

The telling point of the game came in the next ten minutes when Glenram added a goal and a point without reply to quite frankly put the game beyond St Enda’s reach. Kevin McKay got the point in the ninth minute and six minutes later right-half-forward John Rosborough struck the telling blow with the second goal of the game to give his team a 2-8 to 0-7 lead by the end of the third quarter.

However St Enda’s did not throw in the towel and the appearance of Brendan Prenter gave the Glengormley side a boost. Vallely started the fightback with a point and when Prenter fired the ball to the Glenarm net in the twentieth minute the gap was down to four again. To their credit Glenarm responded well to the pressure and points from Oliver Mulvenna and Sean O’Neill put them six clear and even though Liam Vallely ended the game as he had started it, with a pointed free the cup was bound for Glenarm.

The St Joseph’s men certainly deserved their success but full marks to St Enda’s for a plucky performance. Without the injured Prenter they struggled but they had fine performers in Michael Curran and Liam McCollun in defence, Pat Doran and Declan Steele at midfield and Liam Vallely and Prenter (when he came on) up front. The Glengormley men did enough to suggest they will live to fight another day.

Step forward man of the match Sean Waide! His performance at right-half-back was magnificent and along with Liam Magill and midfielder Kevin McKay kept the St Enda’s forwards on a tight rein. Oliver Mulvenna and Sean O’Neill were the stars up front but what set the sides apart was the ability of the Glenarm men to take their scores. In total eight different players got their names on the scoresheet.  

Glenarm scorers – Sean O’Neill 1-1; John Rosborough 1-0; Sean Waide 0-3; Oliver Mulvenna 0-2; Seamus O’Kane 0-1; Liam Magill 0-1; Kevin McKay 0-1; Hugh McKay 0-1.

St Enda’s scorers – Liam Vallely 0-6 (all frees); Brenan Prenter 1-0; Paul McGarry 0-1; Tony Morgan 0-1.

GLENARM – Hugh Magill, Seamus Dobbin, Francis Magill, Brendan Ward, Sean Waide (capt), Seamus O’Kane, Liam Magill, Kevin McKay and Jim Petticrew, John Rosborough, Pat O’Neill, Oliver Mulvenna, Paddy O’Kane, Sean O’Neill, Hugh McKay.

Subs – Gareth McLaughlin

ST ENDA’S – Declan Lawell, Peter Kane, Michael Curran, Stephen Matthews, Sean O’Connor, Liam McCollum, Jospeh McClintock, Pat Dornan and Declan Steele, Joe Ward, Liam Vallely, Gerard Matthews, Paul McGarry, Tony Morgan, David Maguire.

Subs – Daniel Curran and Brendan Prenter

REFEREE – James McLean (Dunloy)

Tony Mulvenna presents the Intermediate Reserve Cup to team captain Kevin Davey after his team’s win over Carey in the final.

In the Intermediate Reserve final which was played immediately before the main final Glenarm were also victorious as they beat Carey by 6-5 to 1-2.

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