Monday Memories – Reserve League champions 26 years ago

October 13th, 2014 | Monday Memories

1988 Reserve League winners

1988 Reserve League winners – Back row: Damien McSorley, Ciaran O’Neill, Jarlath McElholm, Colin McDaid, John McCance, Paul Logue, Owen McMullan, Niall Laird, Paul McCann, Ryan McGrath, Kenny Clarke. Front row: Barney McKenny, Paul Woodhead, Brian McGinn, Don Gormley, Chris O’Neill, Peter Quinn, Damian O’Neill, Linus Nugent, Declan O’Neill.

FOLLOWING a weekend when our Reserves landed the Division One league title, it is appropriate this week that we wind the clock back 26 years to 1988 for our Monday Memories series, when our Reserve team last won the Division One League.

With the 2014 league title coming hot on the heels of our seniors county championship victory, it is such a coincidence that the last time the Reserve League was won was also the last time the O’Neill Cup rested in Healy Park – 1988.

Back then the boys were crowned champions after their final league game against Coalisland, a game which they won on a 4-5 to 1-8 scoreline.

The team that day was as follows – Paul Logue (c), John McCance, Paul McCann, Brian McGinn, Colin McDaid, Tony McGinn (0-1), Chris O’Neill, Owen McMullan (0-1), Kenny Clarke, Damian O’Neill, Niall Laird, Don Gormley (1-1), Paul Woodhead (0-2), Barney McKenny (1-0), Linus Nugent (2-0). Subs – Martin Turbitt, Ciaran O’Neill, Jarlath McElholm, Ryan McGrath, Peter (P.C.) Quinn