U16 Division 2 League
Kilmihil had a good run in the U16 Division 2 league with victories over Doonbeg, 1-8 to 1-5 and Killimer 3-13 to 2-7. The final was played in Cooraclare on 17th May 1997 and their opponents were Kilrush.
With Shane Mangan dominating mid-field Kilmihil led at half time by 0-5 to 0-2 but should have been further ahead following a missed penalty which was just inches wide of the target. Kilrush dominated the second half and took a one point lead however the crucial score came when substitute David Lorigan finished a high centre to the net. Kilrush pressed hard but their efforts only yielded a single point as the Kilmihil defence held solid and Kilmihil held on to win by a point.
Final score: Kilmihil 1-7 Kilrush 0-9
Team lineout: Garry Haugh, Padraig O’Halloran, Alan Frawley, Ger Cahill, Derek O’Connell, Keith Considine, Neil Johnston, Shane Mangan (0-2), Alan Duggan, Aidan Frawley, Martin Ryan (0-2), Timmy Ryan (0-2), Ronan Considine, Eoin Downes (Capt.) (0-1) & Noel Downes.
Subs: Barry Normoyle & David Lorigan (1-0).
Kilrush got their revenge on Kilmihil when the sides met in the Semi-Final of the 16A Championship and ran out easy winners on the score of 5-8 to 1-5.
U14A Championship Kilmihil 3-10 v Fergus Rovers 1-2
The Minors reached the Semi-Final.
U15B Final Kilmihil v Killimer
Banner Cup – Semi-Final Beaten by St. Breckan’s 1-14 to 0-11
Kilmihil met Kilkee in the first round of the Senior Championship on 16th August 1997 at Cooraclare. Kilmihil led briefly but once Kilkee settled they took control and Kilmihil were playing catch up for the rest of the game.
Final score: Kilmihil 1-6 Kilkee 1-12.