Cork 1986 Team Honoured 2011-09-08 06:00:00

Cork 1986 Jubilee Team

By Jim O'Sullivan (from All-Ireland Match Programme)

So many recollections from the 1986 All-Ireland hurling final, not least that favourites Galway tasted defeat for the second successive year. Teddy McCarthy made his Championship debut for Cork and Jimmy Barry-Murphy brought the curtain down on a glorious career.

You had the Galway tactic of playing three at midfield backfiring after having worked spectacularly in their shock semi-final victory over Kilkenny and winning captain Tom Cashman in his speech having a gentle swipe at the Mayor of Galway over remarks he had earlier made about Cork's prospects.


Galway qualified in Semple Stadium on a 4-12 to 0-13 scoreline, giving them their first win over Kilkenny in 33 years. Manager Cyril Farrell's strategy was aimed at midfield dominance and utilisation of their speed in attack and yielded a rich dividend. The same day in Croke Park, Cork got the fright of their lives from Antrim before finishing 7-11 to 1-24.


Clearly resentful of the tag of outsiders going into the final, Cork produced a display which initially shocked Galway and ultimately overwhelmed them (4-13 to 2-15). Interestingly, Galway triumphed by the same margin in the semi-final the year before, when Barry-Murphy was ruled out by injury.


In his victory speech, Cashman singled out manager Johnny Clifford for special praise, commenting: "Johnny, you said we'd do it and we did."


"We struggled to beat Antrim and the way Galway defeated Kilkenny, they were favourites,'' he recalled last week. "Johnny did a lot of work in getting us focused.''


Cork devised a simple strategy of their own. Johnny Crowley - the ‘loose' defender - held his position and amazingly Galway played a lot of ball into his corner. Cork seized the initiative with an early John Fenton goal from a penalty, and with the defence outstanding in the second half, a superb goal from Tomás Mulcahy at a critical stage helped decide the outcome.


A few weeks later, Cashman and Clifford were invited up to Galway by the Mayor in a goodwill gesture. Nowadays, Cashman says that he is ‘remembered more' for his comment than for being the winning captain.


Cork:
Ger Cunningham; Denis Mulcahy, Richard Brown, Johnny Crowley; Pat Hartnett, Tom Cashman (Captain; 0-1), Denis Walsh; John Fenton (1-4), Jim Cashman; Teddy McCarthy, Tomás Mulcahy (1-1), Tony O'Sullivan (0-1); Ger Fitzgerald (0-1), Jimmy Barry-Murphy (0-2), Kevin Hennessy (2-1). Subs: Frank O'Sullivan, Johnny O'Callaghan, Cathal Casey, John Meyler, Kieran Kingston (0-2) (for Fenton, injured), John Fitzgibbon. The team was managed by Johnny Clifford.

Photo courtesy Sportsfile

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