By Mike Fitzpatrick
Bank of Ireland 3-18, New York 1-14
In this hurling tie, Bank of Ireland’s massively experienced squad inflicted a heavy 10-point victory over the best New York had to offer. The fact though, that the New York season is winding down, with only the senior and junior finals to be contested, perhaps robbed selectors Jimmy Duggan, Tom Canty, Tom Nugent, Maurice Foley, Joe Grace and Mike Kennedy of a large number of talented hurlers who would have certainly made a huge difference to the eventual outcome of this game. Before a senior final is definitely not the best time to throw one’s top players into a friendly match, and although some Tipperary and Limerick hurlers did contest the tie, perhaps their minds were on bigger things.
Amongst the touring Bank team were such luminaries as Cork’s forward Joe Deane, and Clare’s Brian Lohan. These two stars from the inter-county scene at home were excellent, giving a fantastic exhibition of hurling.
Throughout the first half, New York kept within striking distance of their opponents, with some crucial scores from the vastly experienced Tipperary player John Madden, Bonnie Kennedy of Connecticut State, and Limerick’s Tom Simms getting in on the scoring action.
Goals from the bank’s Paul Flynn and Eddie Kirwan kept the visiting side six points clear going into the break.
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Throughout the second half, the home side trailed, and with the bank’s Joe Deane and Pat Hoban firing forward at every opportunity, New York found themselves needing a dozen points to remain in contention.
Towards the end, the selectors gave John Madden the responsibility of leading the forward line, a duty which he fulfilled, hitting a number of late points to bring the opposition’s lead down.
At the end of the afternoon though, it was the Bank of Ireland selection, with all their highly talented inter county players, which snatched the cup.
Bank of Ireland: James Seymour (Tipperary), Liam Hodgins (Galway), Noel Sheehy (Tipperary), Hugh O’Connor (Wexford), Brian Lohan (Clare), Mark Foley (Limerick) (0-1), Gordon Glynn (Galway) (0-2), Sean O’Meara (Tipperary), Maurice Nelligan (Limerick) (0-1), Eddie Kirwan (Laois) (1-0), Kevin Broderick (Galway) (0-3), Joe Deane (Cork) (0-6), Pat Hoban (Kilkenny) (0-3), Paul Flynn (Waterford) (2-2), Michael Quigley (Tipperary). Subs: Michael Larkin (Tipperary), Barry Kearns (Galway).
New York: Ian Duggan, Barry Smith, Phil Wickham, John Nolan, Seamus Pender, John Madden (0-5), Thomas Keane (0-1), Tom Simms (0-2), Vinnie Norton, Bonnie Kennedy (0-3), Darren Doherty, Ray Duggan (0-1), Tadhg O’Callaghan, Sean Nolan (1-0), Davie Simms. Subs: James Butler, Alan Slattery (0-1), Marty McGlade, Finbarr Flood, Jimmy Lyons, John Riordan (0-1), Paul Rafter.