1981 Railway Cup Hurling Championship

The 1981 Railway Cup Hurling Championship was the 55th staging of the Railway Cup since its establishment by the Gaelic Athletic Association in 1927.[1] The cup began on 1 March 1981 and ended on 17 March 1981.

1981 Railway Cup Hurling Championship
Dates1 March 1981 - 17 March 1981
Teams4
ChampionsMunster (35th title)
Joe McKenna (captain)
Runners-upLeinster
Tournament statistics
Matches played3
Goals scored10 (3.33 per match)
Points scored60 (20 per match)
Top scorer(s)Éamonn Cregan (2-09)
1980 (Previous) (Next) 1982

Connacht were the defending champions, however, they were beaten by Leinster in the semi-final.

On 17 March 1981, Munster won the cup after a 2-16 to 2–06 defeat of Leinster in the final at Cusack Park.[2] This was their 35th Railway Cup title overall and their first title since 1978.

ResultsEdit

Semi-finalsEdit

1 March 1981 Semi-final Leinster 0-11 - 0-06 Connacht St. Brendan's Park, Birr
P Delaney 0-3, P Quirke 0-2, P Carroll 0-2, M Walsh 0-2, P Horan 0-1, M Corrigan 0-1. Joe Connolly 0-4, S Linnane 0-1, F Gantley 0-1. Referee: W Horgan (Cork)
1 March 1981 Semi-final Munster 5-13 - 1-08 Ulster St. Conleth's Park, Newbridge
P Horgan 2-1, E Cregan 1-3, J McKenna 1-2, J Fenton 0-4, J Callinan 1-0, E O'Donoghue 0-2, M Walsh 0-1. S Boyle 1-2, E Sheehan 0-3, B Gilmore 0-1, C O'Flynn 0-1, B Donnelly 0-1. Referee: D Robinson (Kildare)

FinalEdit

17 March 1981 Final Munster 2-16 - 2-06 Leinster Cusack Park, Ennis
E Cregan 1-6, J McKenna 1-2, J Callinan 0-4, J Fenton 0-3, P Horgan 0-1. P Delaney 1-2, M Corrigan 1-0, P Horan 0-3, J Kelly 0-1. Referee: S Brennan (Galway)

Scoring statisticsEdit

Top scorers overall
Rank Player Club Tally Total Matches Average
1 Éamonn Cregan Munster 2-09 15 2 7.50
2 Joe McKenna Munster 2-04 10 2 5.00
3 Pat Horgan Leinster 2-02 8 2 4.00
Pat Delaney Leinster 1-05 8 2 4.00

J McKenna 10 P Delaney 8 P Horgan 8

BibliographyEdit

  • Donegan, Des, The Complete Handbook of Gaelic Games (DBA Publications Limited, 2005).

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Neville, Conor (12 December 2016). "The fall and fall of the Railway Cup". ball.ie. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Railway Cup Hurling". Munster GAA. Retrieved 10 April 2018.