On 25th July 1982 Kilmihil met Miltown Malbay in the quarter final of the Senior Championship. The sides were level with 5 minutes to go when Francis Cussen got possession and passed to Noel Normoyle who’s shot was saved by Martin Flynn but Kieran Normoyle fisted the rebound to the net to give Kilmihil the lead.
Final Score: Kilmihil 1-9 Miltown Malbay 0-9
Team: Pat Moran, John Moran, Teddy Murphy, Martin Murphy, John Hayes, Stan Lineen, Francis Normoyle, Sean Murphy, Michael Keating, Michael Lineen, Noel Normoyle, Colm Collins, Gerard Johnston, Pat Garry & Michael Garvey.
Subs. Declan Mc Namara for Gerard Johnston & Kieran Normoyle for Martin Murphy (injured), Francis Cussen for Colm Collins.
The Senior Championship Semi-Final was played on 22nd August between Kilmihil and Shannon Gaels and ended on the score of Kilmihil 1-5 Shannon Gaels 1-3.
Shannon Gaels had the upper hand until half way through the second half when Michael Lineen scored a goal to give Kilmihil the edge.
Scorers: Michael Lineen 1-1, Noel Normoyle 0-2, Colm Collins 0-2 (1 free).
Team: Joe Kelly, John Moran, Pat Garry, Pat Pender, John Hayes, Stan Lineen, Martin Murphy, Michael Keating, Sean Murphy, Michael Lineen, Michael Garvey, Pat Moran, Francis Normoyle, Noel Normoyle and Colm Collins.
Sub. Francis Cussen for John Hayes.
The County Final was played on 12th September at Cusack Park between Kilmihil and Doonbeg. This was a close contest and scores were hard to come by and at half time Doonbeg held a one point lead, 1-2 to 0-4. As the game progressed they stretched their lead to 3 points and with five minutes to go Kilmihil got the break they needed when Doonbeg conceded a goal. Kilmihil tried hard to get the winning score but to no avail and so the game ended level at 1-5 each.
The replay was in Cusack Park on 17th October and the game was spoiled by poor weather conditions. The game ended in a one point victory for Doonbeg on the score of 0-4 to 0-3. Colm Collins was the only player to score from play while all 4 points for Doonbeg came from placed balls.
Scorers: Michael Lineen 0-2 (frees), Colm Collins 0-1.
Team: Joe Kelly, Martin Murphy, Teddy Murphy, John Moran, Pat Garry, Stan Lineen, Francis Normoyle, Sean Murphy, Noel Normoyle (Capt.), Colm Collins Michael Garvey, Declan Mc Namara, Michael Lineen, Michael Keating and Francis Cussen.
Sub. Kieran Normoyle for Declan Mc Namara.
The Man-of-The-Match award was presented to John Moran for his outstanding display.
In the Cusack Cup competition for 1982, Kilmihil won all their games in their division and thus qualified for the Semi-Final against Kilkee.
Kilkee started well and had 3 points on the board before Kilmihil got going. Sean Murphy got on top at mid-field and Kilmihil took control of the game and led at half-time 2-1 to 0-3. The second half saw Kilmihil in total control with John Moran and Martin Murphy prominent in defence, Sean Murphy dominant at mid-field and in the forwards, Francis Cussen, Pat Moran and Noel Normoyle were in fine form.
Final Score: Kilmihil 3-4 Kilkee 0-4.
The Cusack Cup Final for 1982 was not played until 8th April 1983, and once again Doonbeg were the opposition. This game ended in a draw at 0-6 each with Noel Normoyle getting the equaliser.
Scorers: Noel Normoyle 0-3, Michael Garvey 0-2, Stan Lineen 0-1.
Team: Declan Mc Namara, Martin Murphy, Stan Lineen, John Moran, John Hayes,
Pat Garry, Francis Normoyle, Michael Garvey, Michael Keating, Colm Collins, Noel Normoyle, Pat Moran, Michael Lineen, Francis Cussen & John Collins.
Subs. Kieran Normoyle for John Collins, Gerard Johnston for Francis Cussen.
The replay took place in Kilrush on 13th May 1983 and Doonbeg won on the score of 0-7 to 0-4. As with all Doonbeg – Kilmihil encounters it was a tough battle dominated by both sets of backs and scoring opportunities were hard to come by. The difference between the sides on this occasion was that Doonbeg took their chances whereas Kilmihil failed to score a number of frees from close-in positions.
Scorers: Michael Lineen 0-2, Padraic Cotter 0-1 (free), Michael Garvey 0-1.
Team: James Pender, John Moran, Stan Lineen, Declan Mc Namara, John Hayes,
Pat Garry, Martin Murphy, Pat Moran, Michael Keating, Michael Lineen, Michael Garvey, Pat Pender, Padraic Cotter, Noel Normoyle & John Collins.
Subs. Kieran Normoyle for Declan Mc Namara, Francis Cussen for John Collins &
Francis Normoyle for John Moran.
In the Semi-Final Kilmihil met St. Michael’s, Ennistymon at Miltown Malbay on 21st August. St. Michael’s dominated the first half when playing with a strong breeze and led at half time 1-3 to no score. In the second half Kilmihil gradually reduced the lead and in the final minute were leading by a point when St. Michael’s scored a goal. Pat Moran reacted sensibly with a quick puck out which reached Pat Pender. He passed to Andrew Johnston who in turn passed to Kieran Normoyle who shot a goal to clinch victory in dramatic fashion. Eire Og were to be our opponents in the Final but refused to play because the fixture was too close to an important hurling fixture. Kilmihil turned up at Miltown for the Final and were awarded a walk-over.
Kilmihil beat Wolfe Tones in the first round of the Minor A Championship but lost the quarter-final to Kilmurry Ibrickane 2-6 to 0-5.
Kilmihil reached the Special Junior Football Championship Final following an easy victory over Shannon Gaels on the score of 1-9 to 1-2.