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1964 Title win

The following is the report in the Connacht Tribune, dated Oct 24th 1964.

MOYCULLEN ARE HURLING CHAMPIONS

Moycullen :       7-13
Cappataggle:     5-2

In a terrific second half at Athenry on Sunday, Moycullen swamped Cappataggle and became county intermediate hurling champions of 1964.

All through the first half, aided by a very slight breeze, "Cappy" were the masters, and led by "Gus" Lohan, they built up a six point lead before half-time.

On the resumption, however, Moycullen were a completely different proposition. They swept "Cappy" before them and had taken the lead before ten minutes had elapsed.

The main reason for this big change was the switching of Mairtin Faherty to midfield, where he held the stylish Gus Lohan. Lohan, incidently, gave a fine display of sportsmanship on Sunday when he took a tremendous amount of punishment. He played the ball all through and never once complained.

Hubery Molloy opened the scoring with a point for Moycullen, but Ryan replied with a goal for "Cappy" to which Lohan added a point. Noone added a goal before Faherty had a brace of points for Moycullen. Conneely and Cormican goaled for "Cappy" and Broderick added a point. Before half-time Moycullen narrowed the gap when J.J. Faherty had a goal and a point and Taidg Kyne had a further goal. 

On the resumption, it was all Moycullen: Lydon and Faherty had goals followed by points from the Fahertys. Kyne, Molloy and Darcy. Hubert Molloy had a brace of goals and Faherty had another. Taidg Kyne pointed before Gus Lohan cut through for "Cappy's" only goal of the second half.

Before the final whistle, Faherty and Molloy had points for Moycullen.

Brendan Faherty had a good game in goal for Moycullen and got good cover from J. O'Connor, M. Lally and especially Pat Keady. Tom Bohan had a great game at centre half back and got able support from Gavin and Richardson on the wings.

John Joe Faherty had one of his best games at midfield and had a good partner in Mairtin Faherty for most of the hour.

Kevin Darcy came into his own when he was switched to the forwards, and was a constant threat. McDonagh and Lydon were speedy half forwards.

Hubert Molloy was in his element at corner forward and he rarely missed an opportunity to score, while C. Flaherty and T. Kyne were among the scorers.

For Cappataggle, Gus Lohan alone impressed, while Broderick, Cormican, Murray and Nevin tried hard.

Scorers:
Moycullen - H. Molloy 2-3, T. Kyne 1-4, J. J. Faherty 1-1, C. Faherty 1-2, M. Faherty 0-3, T. McDonagh and S. Lydon 1-0 each.
Cappataggle - G. Lohan 1-1, S. Noone 1-1, J. Ryan, S. Connelly and J. Cormican 1-0 each.

Moycullen: B. Faherty, J. Connor, M. Lally, P. Keady, S. Gavin, T. Bohan, J. Richardson, K. Darcy, J.J. Faherty, S. Lydon, F. McDonagh, M. Faherty, H. Molloy, C. Faherty, T. Kyne. (see Team Photo)

Cappataggle: P. Hession, S. Murray, P. Pender, J. Donnellan, M. Hynes, S. Nevin, J. Conneely, J. Browne, G. Lohan, M. Noone, S. Noone, G. Broderick, S. Cormican, J. Conneely, J. Ryan.

Referee: Mr. A. Higgins.

FOOTNOTE:
Incidently, the year before in 1963 they had beaten Eyrecourt to capture the County Junior title (their fourth at the time). The year before that again, they actually only lost the County Junior final by just one (disputed) point to a very talented Killimordaly side.

One final note is that 1964 was also a great year for the Moycullen footballers. They won the West Board and County Junior Football Championships, beating Loughrea by a great score of 5-14 to 1-4 in the latter final. Their senior footballers also performed well, as they too reached the West Board Senior Final, only to lose to Fr. Griffins in that decider.
For the record the following was the side that played in the 1964 County Junior Football Final:
L. Conneely, P. Molloy, T. Clancy, L. Molloy, D. Maloney, N. Clancy, J. O'Connor, Padraic Clancy, M. Flaherty, M. J. Dunne, J. McLoughlin, M. Mulkerrins, P. Melia, H. Molloy and S. Gavin.


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