Crettyard 1-9 The Rock 0-5
1984 Laois IFC Final
For a small club Crettyard have been senior for most of their history.
After the Fairymount and Tolerton clubs came together, Crettyard claimed junior football success in 1961 and intermediate in 1965.
Ever since they’ve spent the bulk of their time at senior and invariably have bounced back relatively quickly when they’ve dropped out of it.
They claimed the intermediate again in 1976 but in 1984 found themselves in the second tier again.
Yet they went straight back up, recording a comfortable win in the final over a Rock side who had won the junior grade in 1979.
But on a fine Sunday in early August there was to be no denying a Crettyard team captained by centre-back Sammy Kelly and inspired by Pat Nash who scored all nine of their points.
Crettyard led by 0-4 to 0-1 at the break and were always in control throughout the second half before sub Pat Murphy got the clinching goal in the final ten minutes.
The Rock, who were under the guidance of former Laois and Courtwood player Danny Luttrell, had beaten Killeshin, Park and St Manman’s to get to the final but they disappointed on the big day.
Indeed it was the first of three final defeats in the 80s for The Rock as they also lost the 1985 decider to Barrowhouse and the 1986 final to The Heath. They also lost the 1993 final to Killeshin and 1995 final to Rosenallis before beating St Michael’s (Arles-Killeen) after a replay in 1996.
For Crettyard they would stay senior until relegated in 2003. On that occasion they’d win the intermediate again as well as the Leinster title.
They were relegated again in 2019 and were beaten in last year’s intermediate final by Clonaslee.
CRETTYARD: Willie Delaney; Pat Buggy, Eddie Nolan, Ger Purcell; Padraig Doyle, Sammy Kelly, John Kelly; George Brophy, Seamus O’Shea; James Kelly, John Buggy, Pat Nash; Pat Brennan, Martin O’Shea, John Behan. Subs: Pat Murphy for Behan, Ned Kelly for Doyle
THE ROCK: Brian Dunphy; Noel Dunphy, John Deegan, Joe Gorman; Michael Burke, Eugene Conroy, Kevin Dunphy; Michael Conlon, Brendan Deegan; Paschal Dunphy, Kieran Deegan, Leo Storey; Seamus Burke, Kieran Joyce; Christy Storey. Subs: Mick Dunphy, Paul Hyland, Pat Dunphy
REFEREE: Michael Buggy (Stradbally)