’When your luck is in - it’s really in’. Just ask the gaels of Drumree who had double reason to celebrate in 1998. While the Junior football championship win may have grabbed all the headlines, their hurlers also did the club proud by capturing the Junior hurling championship at the expense of Trim after a replay.
The drawn match didn’t do the much maligned reputation of Meath hurling any favours, with the scoreboard reading 0-4 to 0-4 at the end of that particular encounter. While there wasn’t a lot more scores in the replay, it was a more livelier affair with Drumree running out winners by the narrowest of margins, 1-6 to 1-5.
Trouble erupted in the second half when two Drumree players were the victims of ’heavy challenges’ but it could be said that the winners were no angels either.
Wearing neighbours’ Dunshaughlin’s jerseys (because of a clash of red and white), Drumree were first out of the starting blocks and raced into a 1-2 to 0-0 lead. The goal was rather fortuitous with Gerard Troy’s 45 metre free somehow managing to squeeze its way into the Trim net after five minutes.
The same player had opened Drumree’s account from another free and David Troy got the other.
The latter score came on twelve minutes but Drumree failed to register another until the until added time of the first half when Sean Curley made it 1-3 to 0-3.
Gary Donoghue increased Drumree’s advantage with a point two minutes into the second period, but then a bout of Trim pressure yielded 1-2 to give Trim a one point lead . . . but as events transpired they failed to trouble the scoreboard operator for the remainder of the tie.
Declan Troy got the eventual winners back on track with a ’65’ and then sent over the winning score from play with ten minutes remaining.
Keeper Willie Shanley, Declan Troy, Ger Clarke, Padraig Shanley, Dermot Doyle, Gary Donoghue and Gerard Troy did most to ensure that the cup would be returning to Dunshaughlin parish.
The victorious Drumree junior hurling team was as follows; W. Shanley; G. Clarke, T. Doyle, P. O’Rourke; P. Doyle, Declan Troy (0-2), P. Shanley; D. Doyle, D. Crimmins; P. Gaughan, Gerard Troy (1-1), G. Donoghue (0-1); S. Curley (0-1), David Troy (0-1), S. Kennedy.
Subs - George Troy for Kennedy.