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Ardmore GAA Club, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, Ireland.

Brilliant Ardmore Capture First Senior Title 1965

Newspaper article about the 1965 Senior Hurling Final.

St Declan’s 1-11
Cnoc Sion 0-2

Ardmore, a great stronghold of the game and area which had produced outstanding players and teams down the years, have made the great break-through and are, at last, senior football champions of the Decies for the first time. And the manner of their victory establishes them as worthy title-holders and leaders of the County.

At Dungarvan last Sunday this well trained superbly fit and confident fifteen mastered Cnoc Sion in every phase of the game, put the issue beyond doubt at an early stage and then proceeded to give an exhibition of teamwork and planned combination. The pity was that there was not sterner opposition to extend the champions and force them to pull out all the stops in their history making bid for that elusive and sweetest first crown.

Ardmore looked a lively bunch, eager, but a trifle nervous – not a bad sign at all. Cnoc Sion looked less eager and a trifle too composed – usually a bad sign.
The city men had the strong wind behind them in the first half. Cnoc Sion made the early running and looked impressive, but they did not finish. Ardmore settle in, JJ Carlton sent to F Hallahan and it was first blood to Declan’s – a point.

J Colbert saved well from N Kelly and Ardmore went away. Sustained Ardmore pressure was rewarded when Tom Power’s shot was deflected to the net by a Monastery defender. It was an innocent enough shot which goalie Culleton appeared to have covered. That goal fired the entire Ardmore fifteen and set them on the high road to victory. They led at the break 1-2 to 0-2.

Cnoc Sion made an early bid to snatch a goal on the resumption and for a brief spell it looked as if they might. But they did not have the equipment and Ardmore returned to dominate the closing stages.

It was a team effort in which every man played his part well, but none will grudge a special word of praise to the great-hearted veteran of Ardmore, Tommie Power. He was tireless at midfield and the inspiring figure on the team. Tribute too is due to Eddie Mooney, who was a rock at full back.

Here are two men who richly deserve to own a coveted county senior medal. The shooting of JJ Carlton, the energy of J Rooney and the positional play of the Hallahans in attack were also noteworthy features.

Congratulations to St Declan’s in winning their first title. They are now installed as 1965 Champions and their form indicates that they will take a deal of stopping in 1966.