All Ireland Feile na nGael title

(Tipperary Star report)

The 1990 Feile na nGael was held in Tipperary and the finals were played in Semple Stadium.

Division 1 Final

Dúrlas Óg 2-4 Kilruane MacDonagh 1-4

Dúrlas Óg, reigning under 12 and under 14 county hurling champions, were the pride of Tipperary on Sunday evening last after they had made history by winning the Christy Ring Trophy in the premier division of Feile na nGael at the expense of county colleagues Kilruane MacDonaghs, the first time that a Tipperary team had won the top competition in the national event.

While Dúrlas Óg made history and were deserving winners, Kilruane MacDonaghs pushed them to their very limits in a splendid Division 1 final.

Kilruane, rural under 14 champions last year, were representing their club for the second time in the history of the competition - they were beaten in 1980 - and started very promising with Declan Darcy and Sean Costello points. A goal from David O'Riordan in the 7th minute brought Dúrlas Óg right back into contention and they continued to play well up to the interval at which stage the sides were level on a 0-3 to 1-0 scoreline.

They started the second half in flying fashion with John Enright opening the scoring and within a minute David Dunne with a fine goal set them on their way. Although much the better side they were never able to relax and a Sean Sheppard goal in the 12th minute after a great save from Mark Wade put them under pressure coming towards the end of the twenty minutes play, before Patrick Lalor and Johnny Enright had scores to put the seal on victory.

The entire Dúrlas Óg side played well in the second half but it was chiefly the efforts of Mark Wade in goal, Mark King at full back, Colm Coppinger, Jimmy Darcy, David O'Riordan, David Dunne, Johnny Enright and Ollie Geoghegan that caught the eye most.

For Kilruane MacDonaghs Michael Haverty, Michael Ryan, Mark Kenneally, Michael Mulcahy, Declan Darcy were best.

Dúrlas Óg: M. Wade, C. Coppinger, M. King, M. Kennedy, M. Dowd, J. Darcy, G. Mernagh, P. Hackett, D. O'Riordan, L. Scully, D. Dunne, O. Geoghegan, J. Enright, P. Lalor, J. Dwyer. 
Sub. R. O'Riordan.

Kilruane MacDonaghs: K. O'Brien, D. Kenneally, M. Haverty, E. Troy, C. Ryan, M. Ryan, M. Kenneally, M. Mulcahy, A. Mulcahy, D. Darcy, S. Sheppard, W. Brennan, T. Brennan, M. O'Leary, S. Costello. 
Sub. R. Casey.

Referee: W. Barrett (Ardfinnan)