GAA Past Glories

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October 1996

THE BRIDGE TAKE HOME FIRST SENIOR TITLE

Shannonbridge 1-11

Tullamore 0-12

Without the pain of disappointment you cannot appreciate the joy of achievement, so it was with Shannonbridge in 1996. When the disappointment of losing to Ferbane two years previous turned to euphoric joy when the Bridge captured the title for the first time at the expense of a confident Tullamore, Shannonbridge finished with two points to spare in Winning by 1-11 to 0-12. Basically the Bridge made better use of fewer scoring opportunities.

Tulamore probably enjoyed the greater share of possession, but it proved valueless to the blues. Shannonbridge lead by 0-7 to 0-6 at the break despite playing into a strong breeze. The second half saw the dangerous Vinny Mooney clinch victory for the bridge when he lacked on to a ball from Anthony Kelly; Mooney’s left-footed drive beat Ken Furlong in the Tullamore goal to give the opposition the blues. On the day Mike Devine who replaced the injured Joe Duffy served the Bridge well in defence. Also Vincent Darcy and Ger Corbett kept Tullamore at bay, while Jim Killeen’s experience proved invaluable. When John Ryan and Mark Carty got to grips in the middle they won lots of good possession. Up front the Bridge Brothers Fergal and Declan McEvoy scored eight points between them.

Tullamore never looked like scoring a goal due to the watertight defence of Shannonbridge. This was a truly most memorable day in the clubs history. A fantastic fit team with great understanding and spirit in the end landed the west offaly men their first senior title.

Team and Scorers Kevin Rohan, Joe Duffy, Gerry Corbett, Larry Rohan, Colm Kenny, Vincent Darcy, Jim Killeen, John Ryan, Mark Carty, Fergal McEvoy, Declan McEvoy,P J Kelly, Donal Claffey, Vincent Mooney, Anthony Kelly. Subs Niall O’ Shea, Mike Devine


November 1989

SHANNONBRIDGE PUT MUCHLAGH IN THE DUSTBIN


Shannonbridge 1-12

Muchlagh1- 6


Shannonbridge clinched their first Offaly junior Championship title with a convincing win six point win over a gallant Mucklagh outfit in O’ Connor Park Tullamore. Rain, wind and a sometimes treacherously greasy surface could not thwart the sheer determination of this Shannonbridge side. The Shannonsiders whose performance was workman like, tidy and always patient.


Shannonbridge had some impressive performers in virtually every sector of the field. The pick of the pack was Pat and Ger Corbett, Joihney Mooney and Kieran o’ Shea. Midfield pairing of Jim Killeen and Mike Devine were industries at midfield, while up front Captain Declan McEvoy lead by example and was ably assisted by the O’shea brothers Niall and Packie. On the day Niall O’ Shea kicked two exquisite points from sideline kicks, which were off ground as was the rule at the time. The bridge took the lead in the third minute and never subsequently surrendered their advantage until the final whistle, despite persistent pressure from Mucklagh.

Team Packie Brazil, Michael Flanagan, Pat Corbett, Eamon Mahon, Ger Corbett, John Mooney, Kieran O’Shea, Jim Killeen (0-1),Mike Devine(0-3), Des McEvoy, Declan McEvoy (capt), Peter Kelly, Packie O’Shea, Pat Joe Kelly, Niall O’ Shea(0-5)Allen O’ Shea (1-1)

HISTORIC FIRST FOR SHANNONBRIDGE
1989 DIVISION 4 FINAL

Shannonbridge 1-9

Ferbane 0-8

Shannonbridge gained their first major success since the Club was formed in 1972 when they scored four points over Ferbane in Ballycumber. The length of the wait gave the victory a special significance, this game was close and exciting all the way, and it really was a magnificent advertisement for Offaly football. The game had excellent scores to cap some magnificent football outfield. Ferbane earned an equal share of the credit for the quality of the game. The turning point of the game came when Declan McEvoy broke away to send a marvellous, deadly accurate ball to Michael Mahon who was unmarked outside the square and mahons finish to the net was equally perfect.

Ferbane launched attack after attack but a tackle perfectly timed by Pat Corbett, as Kevin flynn kicked for the posts denied Ferbane a goal Chance, and kept the Bridge infront. On the day for the Bridge Packie Brazil was outstanding in goal and was always cool when under pressure. Brazil was well assisted in the back line from Pat Corbett, Mike Flannagan and Eamon Mahon were staunch as Corner backs. Jim Killeen had a good game at centre field and was well assisted by Patjo Kelly. The key men upfront were the O’ Shea trio of Niall, Alan and Packie.

Team and Scorers Packie brazil., Mick Flanagan, John Mooney, Eamon Mahon, Ger Corbett, Pat Corbett, Des McEvoy, Jim Killeen. Pat Joe Kelly, Peter Kelly, Declan McEvoy( capt), Niall O’ Shea (0-4), Alan O’ Shea(0-1), Packie O’ Shea(0-3), Michael Mahon (1-0) Subs Mike Devine (0-1)


THE BRIDGE MAKE NO MISTAKE IN REPLAY

NOVEMBER 1998 JUNIOR B FINAL

Shannonbridge 1-11

Daingean 0-4

As happens so frequently the stronger side will always shine through in the replay asdid Shannobridge when they defeated Daingean in Kilurin. On the day Shannonbridge were always in control throughout out the game. The Bridge were bedrocked by a tigerish defensive performance, best on the day in the back line was Paul Dolan and Trevor Mahon, also Tony Rohan and Brian Kelly swept up any lose ball that came their way. Midfield saw Paul Higgins and Conor killeen lording the centre while upfront the Darcy Brothers Mel and Hubert were constant thorns in the Daingaen defence. While Roger Ryan finished with a tally of six points.

Team and Scorers Martin Deeley, Tony Rohan, Alan O’Shea(captain), Brian Kelly, Nrman Kerans, Paul Dolan, Travor Mahon, Conor Killeen, (0-1 ) Paul Higgins, Harry Kerans, (0-2) Roger Ryan (0-6) Joe Duffy (0-1) Mel Darcy (1-0) Hubert Darcy, Declan Kelly (1-0) Subs: Dermot Turley, John Turley.

Shannonbridge U-14s, 1984 u-14s, 1984

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