Millstreet teams record outstanding triumphs during the past year
Published 20/11/2003 | 00:11
Divisional prizes in both football and hurling were lifted as were a string of county juvenile titles that augurs for a promising future. Down through the decades, Millstreet produced many great individuals and teams - with a glittering list of achievements and the feats of 2003 add a further chapter to an illustrious club history. Millstreet upset the formbook to bridge an e
Divisional prizes in both football and hurling were lifted as were a string of county juvenile titles that augurs for a promising future. Down through the decades, Millstreet produced many great individuals and teams - with a glittering list of achievements and the feats of 2003 add a further chapter to an illustrious club history.
Millstreet upset the formbook to bridge an eleven year gap to regain the Duhallow Junior A Football Championship title and in doing so, Millstreet clearly driven on by a burning desire to succeed announced their arrival back at the top of the ranks in Duhallow football. A refusal to surrender became a common denominator in all Millstreet’s games to uphold the great traditions of the club.
Divisional finalists Dromtariffe and Millstreet faced each other in the prelimary round to the campaign with the former shading matters by the minimum of margins. The back door swung opened for Millstreet and a late surge warded off Cullen in the losers round. Into a quarter final marathon, it took all of three games and great resilience for Millstreet to dispose of Boherbue after a second replay.
And Millstreet gathered a merited victory at the expense of Knocknagree in an entertaining semi final by availing of two first half goals to provide the platform for victory.
There was no denying Millstreet their finest hour in the decider on recording a 3-5 to 0-9 triumph over Dromtariffe.
The new champions found redemption at the end of a seven game campaign by availing of the back door and replays to deliver the dividends at the concluding hurdle thanks to converting goaling opportunities at key stages.
Championship final day revealed Millstreet held the stamina to cope with the pressure of the occasion. From goalkeeper Jerry Pat O’Leary to corner forward Brian A Kelleher, Millstreetís resilience, indomitable spirit and motivation carried the day to a side captained by Sean Barrett.
Earlier in the season, 2003 began on a promising note -the Duhallow Junior A Hurling League changed hands with Millstreet claiming their second outright victory defending holders Kilbrin.
By the end of the hour, Millstreet had to call on all of their energies to withstand a marvellous second half Kilbrin rally before Millstreet dug deep when it was required to regain their earlier authority to sweep to their second title in 3 years.
Over the past two decades, Millstreet giant strides in hurling delivered a series of outstanding results at juvenile, minor and under 21 grades - that talent surfacing at junior level culminating on league success while a clear new year resolution will be to add a championship title - last captured by Millstreet in 1963.
Meanwhile the ongoing investment of underage football and hurling is paying off for Millstreet with another outstanding season rewarded by rich dividends for juvenile and national school ranks.
A historic breakthrough surfaced on Millstreet gathering a thrilling victory over Aghada in the Cork Co. Under 12 Hurling Championship Final following a replay. It was a case of unbridled joy at the end of a spellbinding 60 minutes that provided lavish entertainment for the big attendance.
From a fast and open contest, Millstreet’s better hurling won the day, whipping into every challenge with unrelenting commitment and decorated their work with marvellous skill to delight team management and supporters to claim Millstreet’s initial county hurling title in this grade in addition to collecting divisional league and championship honours.
The majority of that county winning side nurtured their skills from the encouragement and tutoring delivered at Millstreet’s Scoil Mhuire Boys National School. Their efforts met with a double Hurling and Football Sciath Na Scoil county triumph this year - the football title added during the past week on a victory over Upper Glanmire at Pairc Ui Rinn.
From county to divisional level, Millstreet teams from juvenile to junior level have offered marvellous entertainment during the past year - all associated with the club enjoying every minute of it and hoping for a repeat of the same in 2004.