Little did the Carbury players realise as they exited St. Conleth’s Park, Newbridge, on 15 September1985 having defeated Raheens to regain the SFC title (Carbury 1-9 Raheens 0-5) that 27 years on they would still be attempting to regain the Dermot Bourke Cup, a cup they had won for the first time in ’85.
And no doubt the men from Caragh did not envisage that they would be waiting the same 27 years before gracing another senior final and at intermediate level at that, but such is football.
According to the Leinster Leader of 1985, Carbury won because they “showed fierce determination, were hungry for success and were first to the ball.”
Pat Kenny and Mick Moore shaded midfield (despite a brilliant display from David Malone) with Mick Moore moving to the centre in the second half to give his side the edge in that area.
Up front the Kellys, Seamus Lenehan and Mick Moore were too strong for their immediate opponents while at the back Pat McKeever rarely gave Gerry Power room to manoeuvre and Dermot Reilly kept tabs on Noel Byrne.
Carbury played with the aid of the wind in the opening half but it was Raheens who threatened with a goal when a move involving David Malone, Noel Byrne and Eamonn Winders was denied by the brilliant Ollie Crinnigan who was at his best throughout the game.
Mick Moore eventually opened for Carbury as Raheens found it difficult to open their account due to some very poor shooting and the excellence of veteran Crinnigan.
A brilliant ball saw Mick Moore get in behind the Raheens defence and the big man made no mistake giving keeper Lynch no chance.
Raheens dominated the last ten minutes of the half but only had one point to show, that coming in the 29 minute from Eamonn Winders which left the half time score reading Carbury 1-4 Raheens 0-1.
Raheens upped their game on the resumption and two quick points had the attendance of 4,342 all set for a rip-roaring half but despite taking control in midfield, the Raheens front men just could not shake off the shackles of a hard working Carbury defence.
Carbury switched Mick Moore to the middle and this had the desired effect of breaking the Raheens dominance.
A great move that began with a Pat Birmingham clearance saw Mick McGlynn head for goal but he was taken down and while Michael Lynch made a brilliant penalty save from Mick Moore, the resultant ‘50’ was knocked over by Moore to settle the Carbury boys who were never really troubled from there on in.
Carbury: Ollie Crinnigan; Hugh Farrell, Johnny McKeon, Pat Birmingham (cpt); Liam Balfe, Pat McKeever, Dermot Reilly; Pat Kenny 0-1, Mick McGlynn 0-1; Jim Kelly, Mick Moore 1-4, Kevin Kelly; Seamus Lenehan 0-2, Pat Mangan, Tommy Kelly 0-1.
Raheens: Michael Lynch; Seán Power, Martin Lynch, Billy Graham; Tom Waters 0-1, Pat Dunney, Dominic Campbell; Pat Winders (cpt), David Malone; Noel Byrne, Gerry Power 0-3, Tony Murphy; Brendan Conlon, Eamonn Winders 0-1, Brendan Power 0-1. Subs: Paddy Campbell for Brendan Conlon; Paul Brien for Billy Graham; Morgan O’Flaherty for Pat Winders.
Referee: Mick Kelleher (Athy).
Man of the Match: Pat Birmingham.