Irish Examiner 9. 10. 1972.
First E. Cork junior title for Dungourney.
Bride Rovers 2-8.
Dungourney, one of the glamour teams in the early days of the Association and with senior hurling championships to their credit in 1902, ’07 and ’09 had to wait until yesterday to win their first East Cork Junior A hurling championship when they defeated Bride Rovers in the final at Midleton.
Beaten in the two previous year’s finals, yesterday’s win was one of the most popular achieved by any side in recent years. Rain fell continuously during the game but this did not affect the play and the standard was one of the best seen in years.
Dungourney, having the wind and rain advantage in the first half, opening the scoring with a point but Bride Rovers replied almost immediately and when the winners went two points clear, Bride Rovers again levelled matters. A point to each side left the score 0-4 each at half time.
With the elements in their favour now, Bride Rovers looked likely winners, especially when they added a goal and a point on resuming. Both sides exchanged scores and with the score 1-6 to 0-5 in Bride Rovers favour Dungourney surprised even themselves when they launched an all-out attack that yielded four goals and a point without reply from their opponents. Bride Rovers then added a goal and a point but at this stage Dungourney were clearly on top and a last minute point for Bride Rovers closed the scoring.
The cup, which is appropriately named the Jim Kelleher Memorial Trophy, was presented to Dungourney amid scenes of unprecedented enthusiasm that even the rain could not dampen. Prior to the game a two minutes silence was observed to the memory of Joe Foley of Sarsfields who was the first treasure of the Divisional Board.