There was a bit of counfusion over this photo when I posted it on Facebook a few days ago. Everyone in the photo looked so happy but a video shared by Christopher McDonnell showed the Saffrons being beaten by London. It turns out that viedo was from the overall home final and according to Bobby McMullan they exiles had a really strong team at the time because emigration was so high at the time. They had also lost a few key players from their home final win over Cork.
This is a report of the home final
All Ireland Home Junior Hurling final 1959
ANTRIM 3-4 CORK 2-3
1959 Antrim All Ireland Junior Home Champions It was A Day of Triumph – Antrim Hurlers Made History by Padraig Puirseal, Irish Press Antrim 3-4 Cork 2-3 A fast, fit and fearless Antrim fifteen made history at Croke Park yesterday when, by defeating cork in the home final they brought a hurling title to Ulster for the first time, and qualified to meet London in the All Ireland Junior Final proper at Croke Park on October 4.
These saffron-shirted hurlers from Belfast and the Glens well deserved their victory yesterday, for they led right through the hour, and, with the exception of ten minutes towards the end of the game when Cork gave us some brief flashes of their Munster form, were always in command. Indeed the Ulster champions were entirely in control through most of the first half, and sharper shooting by their forwards would have left them well ahead at the interval.
A goal on the stroke of half time by former Senior All Ireland player, Christy O’Shea left Cork five points in arrears at the interval, 2-2 to 1-0 with slight wind advantages still to come.
The Leesiders had four wides in the first five minutes after the interval, and then Antrim came back for a brace of points that left the Northmen seven points clear with just ten minutes to go. Then Cork came briefly into their own. A quick goal and point reduced the margin to a goal, but then Pat Mullaney’s well placed pass was assisted to the net by substitute Eugene McMullan and though Cork tore back for two points, time was running out now.
Star of the winning side was right half forward Pat Mullaney, top scorer of the day. All his scores were well taken, particularly a first half goal when Seamus McGuinness, instead of shooting from a close free, lobbed the ball to Mullaney who took the pass in his stride and crashed the sliothar to the Cork net. Goalie Desi O’Neill did well in defence, but he was fronted by a faultless full back line of Eugene Gallagher, Sam Giles and George Walsh. Forward Robbie Elliott proved a grand substitute centre half when Seamus Wright retired after the interval, while Liam McGarry was a tireless worker. Paschal O’Rourke starred at midfield in the closing quarter. The forwards were wild in their shooting all through, by far the most effective of them being the second half substitutes John Buckley and Mick Horgan. And indeed Corks last chance went when Buckley was sent off by the referee in the closing stages.
Scorers: Antrim-P Mullaney (1-3), E McMullan (1-0), O Campbell (1-0), S McVeigh (0-1). Cork- M Dorgan (1-1), C O’Shea (1-0), J Buckley (0-1), J Young (0-1).
Antrim Team: D O’Neill, E Gallagher, S Giles, G Walsh, J Gibson, S Wright, L McGarry, S Gallagher, A Forsythe, P Mullaney, S McGuinness, O Campbell, B Elliott, S McVeigh, R Elliott. Subs: E McMullan for B Elliott, R McMullan for S Wright.