Timahoe 0-10 Mountmellick 0-8
2004 Laois IFC Final
Mountmellick and Timahoe meet in the Laois IFC semi-final this coming Sunday with both clubs trying to make the return to the senior grade after a spell away from the top tier.
It’s a championship pairing that doesn’t have a huge lot of history, though the sides did meet in the opening round of the 2019 intermediate championship, which Mountmellick won narrrowly. Before that you’ve to go back to a Round 2 senior game in 2011 which Timahoe won by two points.
The biggest game between the two, though, is the 2004 intermediate final, one that saw Timahoe win that grade for the second time in five seasons and Mountmellick’s long wait for silverware go on.
Timahoe had won the championship in 2000, but their stay back at senior was a short one and in 2004 they were back down again.
Throughout the 1990s, Mountmellick had come close on numerous occasions to winning intermediate but had fallen short and had again been unsuccessful in 2002 when they went down to Clonaslee in the final.
This was their latest attempt and Timahoe perhaps were somewhat vulnerable without Brendan Quigley and Eoin Culleton, who were both serving a suspension following the controversial row in the Laois-Cork All Ireland minor quarter-final from earlier that summer.
Despite losing to Mountmellick in the group stages, they had recorded a good win over Ballyroan in the semi-final with Mountmellick beating Courtwood on the other side.
And it was a tight, low-scoring game throughout. The sides were level on seven occasions with Shane Conlon leading the way for Mountmellick and Willie Lalor doing the same for Timahoe at the other end.
Mountmellick led 0-4 to 0-3 at half-time but a massive Padraig Clancy point early in the second half drew the sides level again as Timahoe slowly got back on top.
Roghan Headen made a big impact for Timahoe after coming on and scored a good point from play and while Conlon kicked three points in a row for Mountmellick and a replay seemed on the cards, Lalor kicked a free to put Timahoe ahead and then landed a lovely score from play to nudge them two ahead.
From there Mountmellick couldn’t find a way back. Timahoe returned senior for another spell (and reached the final in 2008) before dropping back down to win intermediate again in 2010.
They’d then spend three seasons in senior before being relegated again in 2013 and they’ve remained at intermediate since. They’ve reached finals in 2014 and 2016 but went down to Ballyfin and O’Dempsey’s respectively.
For Mountmellick, their time would come in 2006 as a new generation of players came on the scene and their intermediate final win that year over Annanough was their first since 1968. They would go on to reach two senior semi-finals and a handful of quarter-finals but were relegated in 2017.
They lost the 2018 final to Courtwood and then sem-finals in the past two years to Clonaslee and Mountmellick.
You can check out a selection of Alf Harvey photos from that 2004 county final below.
SCORERS – Timahoe: Willie Lalor 0-6, Padraig Clancy 0-2, Roghan Headen 0-1, Benny O’Connell 0-1. Mountmellick: Shane Conlon 0-7, Jarlath Challoner 0-1
TIMAHOE: Anthony Brady; Tomas Quigley, James Ramsbottom, David O’Connell; John Lowry, Martin Bergin, Joe Fleming; Colm McEvoy, Padraig Clancy; Brian Mangan, Willie Lalor, Benny O’Connell; Robert Quigley, Michael Delaney, Joe Conlon. Subs: Roghan Headen for Mangan, PJ Kelly for R Quigley
MOUNTMELLICK: Donie O’Mahony; David Ryan, Darren Young, Ciaran O’Mahony; Michael Lawlor, Mark Turner, John Lawlor; Darragh Hanlon, Jarlath Challoner; Niall Lynch, Gordon Lalor, Willie Whelan; Donnchadh O’Mahony, Shane Conlon, Tom Minihan. Subs: Tom Gormley for Minihan, David Forde for Whelan, Martin Forde for Lynch
REFEREE: Eddie Kinsella (Courtwood)