After several years being beaten in the early stages of the Championship the confidence and self belief of the players was at an all time low. They failed to win games that should have been won and when the pressure came on in the closing stages their lack of self belief allowed their opponents to get on top. Poor preparation and lack of commitment contributed to the downfall which ultimately led to relegation to Intermediate status in 2002.
The first round of the Intermediate Championship was against Clondegad on 28th June 2003 at Lissycasey. Kilmihil started well and ran up a five point lead inside eleven minutes and retired at half time 0-8 to 0-4. Clondegad reduced the deficit to two points early in the second half but Kilmihil maintained a two point advantage up to the final two minutes when Clondegad kicked two points to level the scores at 12 points each. This is a game that should have been won but once again the lack of self belief meant that they had to settle for a draw.
Morale was low when they took on Michael Cusack’s in the second round and they ended up loosing by a point, 0-11 to 2-6.
In the final match of the Group they lost out to Eire Og by a point and thus failed to quality for the play off stages of the Championship, worse still they had to face a relegation match to avoid the drop to Junior status. However they rallied to beat Kilfenora on 6th September 0-14 to 2-2.
U16 Division 2 Football Championship
Kilmihil met Ennistymon in the U16 Division 2 Final at Miltown Malbay on 11th July and the game ended with a six point victory for Kilmihil on the score of 3-5 to 1-5.
This tense affair was played in front of a large crowd and Kilmihil did most of the attacking in the opening half in spite of the fact that they were playing against the breeze. Ennistymon took a two point lead before David Griffin got one back for Kilmihil. With three minutes left in the first half David scored a goal following a good move to put Kilmihil in the lead for the first time and they retired at the break 1-1 to 0-3. Ennistymon levelled just after half time but Shane Egan restored Kilmihil’s lead with a point. James Egan scored a goal and Shane Egan added a point to open a five point lead. However Ennistymon were not beaten yet and responded with a goal. They continued to press but their efforts were wide of the mark. The final result was put beyond doubt when substitute Shane Egan scored another goal with one minute remaining and James Egan had the last word with a point from a free.
Team Lineout: Christopher Donnelly, Niall Reidy, Declan Mc Sweeney, Patrick Mc Mahon, Sean O’Leary, Jonathan O’Sullivan, Eamonn Ryan, Alan Normoyle, Kevin Keating, David Griffin (1-1), Lawrence Murray, Shane Egan (0-1), James Egan (Capt.) (1-1), David Ryan, Paul Finucane. Sub. Shane Egan (1-2).
West Clare U12A Hurling Championship
Kilmihil had a comprehensive victory over Kilrush in the first round of the West Clare U12A Hurling Championship on the score of 4-9 to 1-0.
Success continued with a 7 point victory over Clonbony in the semi-final, final score Kilmihil 4-4 Clonbony 2-3
They met Kilkee/Bealaha in the final and totally dominated the game leading 3-4 to no score at half time.
Final Score: Kilmihil 5-6 Kilkee/Bealaha 1-0.
Members of the Panel: Conor Finucane, Stan Lineen, Rita Coughlan, Gearoid O’Gorman, Brendan Egan, Mark Coughlan, Eimear Considine, Stephen O’Dea, Martin O’Leary, Ailish Considine, Ronan Waters, Jamie Carey, Sean Johnston, Eimear Pilkington, David Coughlan & Colm Callinan.
West Clare U14 Hurling Championship
Kilmihil defeated Clonbony in the Semi-Final of the U14 West Clare Hurling Championship on the score of 5-14 to 1-0. Shane Egan with 2-5 and Thomas Downes with 2-4 were the top scorers. Others to impress were Joe Griffin, Brian Crowley, Brian Dalton & Enda Considine.
U14D Hurling Championship
Kilmihil had a comprehensive victory over Bodyke in the final of the U14D Hurling Championship. Final Score: Kilmihil 7-5 Bodyke 1-1
Team: Shane Egan (Capt.), Joe Griffin, Aaron Lineen, Thomas Downes, Joe Duggan, Dermot Tubridy, Darragh Lineen, Brian Dalton, Sean King, Ronan Killeen, Mark Donnellan, Brian Crowley, Jamie Carey, David Finucane, Brian Golden, Stephen O’Neill, Enda Considine, Shane Fitzpatrick & Brendan Egan.
Kilmihil coasted into the Final of the West Clare U16 Hurling Championship with an easy victory over Clonbony. Kilmihil led at half time 3-4 to no score and finished the game with 7-10 to 1-4.
Scorers: Shane Egan 4-2, Niall Reidy 3-0, Laurence Murray 0-4, James Egan 0-2, Thomas Donnellan & Kevin Keating 0-1 each.
U16C Hurling Championship
An outstanding performance from Alan Normoyle was one of the highlights of Kilmihil’s win over Inagh in the U16C Hurling Championship Final. Shane Egan was the top scorer with 8 points (7 frees). Kevin Keating scored a goal with under ten minutes remaining and it killed off any hopes of an Inagh fight back.
Team: Patrick O’Dea, Johnny Keogh, Jonathan O’Sullivan, Paul Finucane, Eugene Flanagan, Thomas Donnellan, David Ryan (Capt.), Alan Normoyle, David Griffin, James Egan, Shane Egan, Brian Golden & Shane Egan. Subs: Kevin Keating, Lawrence Murray, Declan Mc Sweeney, Niall Reidy & Thomas Downes.
Scorers: Shane Egan (0-8), Kevin Keating (1-0), David Griffin & Lawrence Murray (0-2 each), Brian Golden & Declan Sweeney (0-1 each).
Anthony Daly, Fr. Peter O’Loughlin, Ollie Breen & Gerry Crowley were in charge of the team.