AIB Munster GAA Junior Football Championship Semi-Final – Castlegregory (Kerry) v Glanworth (Cork)

Castlegregory (Kerry) defeated Glanworth (Cork) by 1-10 to 1-6 in the AIB Munster GAA Junior Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday in Austin Stack Park Tralee.

AIB Munster GAA Intermediate Football Final – Spa (Kerry) v Cratloe (Clare)

Spa (Kerry) defeated Cratloe (Clare) by 2-11 to 0-10 in the AIB Munster GAA Intermediate Football Final on Sunday in Mallow.

AIB Munster GAA Junior Football Championship Semi-Final – Kilgobnet (Waterford) v Mountcollins (Limerick)

Mountcollins (Limerick) defeated Kilgobnet (Waterford) by 0-8 to 0-3 in the AIB Munster GAA Junior Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday in Fraher Field Dungarvan.

Munster Club SHC Final – Newtownshandrum v Ballygunner

Newtownshandrum (Cork) defeated Ballygunner (Waterford) by 2-11 to 2-9 in the AIB Munster GAA Hurling Senior Club Championship Final on Sunday at in Semple Stadium Thurles.

Resolute Newtown turn tide

Newtownshandrum (Cork) 2-11 Ballygunner (Waterford) 2-9

By Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, November 30, 2009

A REAL test of resolve yesterday for the 3,000 dedicated fans who made the journey to Thurles for this Munster final, defying the sleet and biting wind to support their teams. And it proved a real test of resolve for Newtownshandrum also, taken to the brink by a resurgent Ballygunner team that only came to life in the final quarter. Having won the toss the Gunners opted to play with the strong wind, but, in the first three quarters, looked a pale shadow of the side that had chiselled out a Waterford title just six weeks ago. Against a well-oiled Newtown side that was firing on every cylinder, Ballygunner trailed at the break by six points, 1-7 to 0-4, and their situation had worsened 14 minutes into the second half, as the deficit had stretched to ten, 2-9 to 0-5.

Even in the dark depths of winter, however, how quickly it can all still change in a game of hurling. 2-4 the Gunners fired in the next 11 minutes without a reply from the stunned Cork champions, leaving the game tied and nicely balanced as we headed into injury-time. Huge credit to Newtownshandrum, then, that they managed to turn what appeared an unstoppable tide, and two points in those closing minutes from the evergreen and ever-reliable Ben O’Connor was just enough to see them home. “A small bit of showboating,” was selector Patsy Morrissey’s explanation for the dip in Newtownshandrum’s performance during that torrid final quarter. “And we nearly got caught because of it – it’s a huge lesson for us. When you’re ten points up it’s very hard for players to believe they can then be beaten, and they took their foot off the accelerator. But, there’s fierce heart in this team, they dug deep, and their fitness probably told in the end, for which great credit must go to Cian O’Neill and Will McCormack (team trainers).”

Were it not for the grit they showed in the final minutes Newtown would indeed have lost this one, a game which they were comfortably in control. Ballygunner began well, were two points to the good inside six minutes as Newtown struggled to come to grips with the wind. A blood injury to centre-forward Andy Moloney, however, (at the receiving end of an accidental swipe from Newtown wing-back Phillip Noonan) seemed to disrupt the Gunners’ rhythm, and when Moloney returned after ten minutes of attention, Newtown were well on top.

Every defender was winning his individual battle, Jerry O’Mahony (outstanding all through), Brendan Mulcahy and captain Dermot Gleeson were watertight at the back while Sean O’Riordan, Pat Mulcahy and Phillip Noonan were supreme in the half-back line. In midfield, the pacy pair of PJ Copse and Cathal Naughton were causing havoc, while up front, and even into that strong and biting wind, every forward looked capable of scoring. The hard-working Ryan Clifford had two points, Jerry O’Connor had one, Ben had three – two from frees and one from a sweet acute-angle line-ball. The score of the day, however, and contender for goal of the season, came from full-forward James Bowles. It came in the 26th minute with Newtown leading by 0-6 to 0-3 and it was the kind of multi-pass score that defines this team. It began with a well-placed clearance from Dermot Gleeson to Ryan Clifford, thence to Sean O’Riordan who sent a long ball to the corner for Jamie Coughlan to chase. The youngster did just that, bamboozled his marker with a bit of ball/stick magic, but then – an easy point there for the taking – Jamie went for the jugular. His short stick-pass inside found Bowles who had stolen half a yard on Willie Kiely. In a blur the ball was in the net and Newtown were in the driving-seat.

Three minutes into the second half it was young Coughlan who was rattling the rigging with a ground shot from close range leaving Newtown ten points clear and one hand firmly on the cup. Then came the Ballygunner revival and/or the Newtown valley period. It started with yet another Paul Flynn pointed free, was given huge momentum by two goals in two minutes from the two Ballygunner subs, Stephen Power and Barry Mullane, and ended with a hat-trick of frees by Flynn. The sides were locked on 2-9 apiece with seven minutes to be played and the momentum very much with the Gunners, but – as stated by Patsy Morrissey – Newtown had the heart to recover, and two points from Ben ended the contest. “Isn’t it great to be Munster champions,” said Patsy, “And still have plenty to work on?” Isn’t it just – four times Cork champions this decade, three times kings of Munster, the Newtownshandrum fairy-tale continues.

Scorers for Newtownshandrum: B. O’Connor 0-5 (0-2 frees, 0-1 65, 0-1 s/l); J. Bowles 1-0; J. Coughlan 1-0; R. Clifford 0-2; C. Naughton 0-2; PJ Copse, Jerry O’Connor, 0-1 each.

Scorers for Ballygunner: P. Flynn 0-8 (all frees); S. Power 1-0; B. Mullane 1-0; B. O’Sullivan 0-1.

NEWTOWNSHANDRUM: W. Biggane; J. O’Mahony, B. Mulcahy, D. Gleeson (c); S. O’Riordan, P. Mulcahy, P. Noonan; PJ Copse, C. Naughton; R. Clifford, Jerry O’Connor, M. Bowles; J. Coughlan, J. Bowles, B. O’Connor.

Subs: J. Herlihy (M. Bowles 26); JP King (Clifford 54); John O’Connor (Copse 58).

BALLYGUNNER: S. O’Keeffe; A. Kirwan (c); W. Kiely, V. Molloy; Phillip Mahoney, F. Hartley, W. Hutchinson; C. Kehoe, S. O’Sullivan; JJ Hutchinson, A. Moloney, Pauric Mahoney; B. O’Sullivan, P. Flynn, G. O’Connor.

Subs: B. Mullane (JJ Hutchinson 38); S. Power (Moloney inj. 46 – blood sub ditto, 8/17).

Referee: D. O’Driscoll (Ballinacurra Gaels, Limerick)

Tesco Ladies Football All Ireland Senior Club Final – Donoughmore (Cork) v Donaghmoyne (Monaghan)

Tesco All-Ireland Ladies senior club football championship final.

Donaghmoyne (Monaghan) 2-7 Donoughmore (Cork) 1-8

Jackie Cahill reports from St Rynagh’s GAA club, Banagher, Offaly.

DONAGHMOYNE were crowned Tesco All-Ireland Ladies senior club football champions for the second time in four seasons as they saw off Cork opponents Donoughmore by two points in a gripping decider on Sunday. The Monaghan and Ulster standard bearers held on for victory at the home of St Rynagh’s GAA club in the Offaly town of Banagher as Donoughmore suffered defeat in the final for the second time in six years. Donaghmoyne did much of the hard work in before half-time as they recovered from a sluggish start to lead by 2-2 to 1-3 at the break, having played against a strong and icy first half breeze. Donaghmoyne, who also won the title in 2006, found themselves 1-2 to 0-1 behind after just seven minutes as Donoughmore piled on the pressure from the start in front of an estimated attendance of 1500.

Patrice Kearney scored an excellent goal in the seventh minute for Donoughmore as she finished a flowing move which also involved Rena Buckley and Louise Murphy. Juliet Murphy claimed the player of the match award despite finishing on the losing side and she was a massive influence on the game in the early stages. The Cork midfield ace and team captain drove her team forward but ten minutes before half-time, Donaghmoyne were handed a route back into the game from a penalty. Donoughmore full-back Linda Barrett was sin-binned for a foul on Donaghmoyne midfielder Cora Courtney and from the resultant penalty, Catriona McConnell shot high into the net. Monaghan county star McConnell, who finished as top scorer for her team with 2-3, netted again with the game’s next score, just a minute before half-time.

Centre back Sharon Courtney was the creator with a driving run from the middle of the field and when McConnell took the pass, the full-forward made no mistake with a low finish. 2001 and 2003 champions Donoughmore turned to face the breeze two points in adrift and they fell further behind just six seconds after the restart when the inspirational Courtney stormed forward for a point. Donoughmore hit back to within a point but Hazel Kingham replied for Donaghmoyne with arguably the score of the game in the 41st minute, a magnificent long range point. Kingham was harshly sin-binned soon after but Donaghmoyne coped well with her absence and led by 2-6 to 1-6 with six minutes remaining. Murphy cut the gap back to the bare minimum with a brace of frees and in stoppage time, Donaghmoyne were hanging on for victory before McConnell made sure of the win in the sixth minute of stoppage time with a nerveless free.

DONAGHMOYNE: L Martin; J Geoghegan, F Courtney, N Lynch; H Kingham, S Courtney, J Courtney; A Casey, C Courtney; E McElroy, M Woods, L Kingham; G McGowan, C McConnell, M Grimes.

Subs: A Lennon for L Kingham (44), L Daly for A Lennon (inj, 50).

DONOUGHMORE: C O’Connell; E Walsh, L Barrett, R O’Mahony; A Barrett, V Sheehan, A.M. O’Shea; R Buckley, J Murphy; O Healy, R Curtin, P Kearney; Y Twomey, L Murphy, A O’Connor.

Sub: R Barrett for O’Connor (53).

Referee: D McEnery (Westmeath)

Captains gather ahead of Tesco Ladies finals

Nov 26, 2009

From the GAA.ie web site

The captains of the teams competing in the Tesco All Ireland Club Championship finals gathered in Croke Park today ahead of the action this weekend. The senior final sees Donaghmoyne of Monaghan take on Donoughmore of Cork. Both clubs have won the senior all Ireland club title in the past but it is the Farney girls who have won the title most recently beating Carnacon in 2006. Donoughmore have claimed the All Ireland Club crown twice in 2003 and 2001 with their last appearance in a final coming in 2004 when they lost out to Dublin outfit Ballyboden St Endas. Despite boasting four members of the All Ireland winning Cork panel, Donoughmore were not expected to win the county championship. However the quality of Juliet Murphy and Rena Buckley propelled the team to county and provincial success before accounting for defending champions Carnacon in the All Ireland semi-final.

Five time All Ireland winner and Donoughmore star, Rena Buckley, said, “We had a very quiet start to the season with small numbers at training so there was very low expectations for the team. We just took it game by game and had a very positive approach to each match and none of us thought we would get this far in the competition.” Donaghmoyne are a powerhouse of ladies football in Monaghan. They have nine members of the Monaghan county panel in their ranks including Amanda Casey, Catriona McConnell, Linda Martin and the Courtney sisters Sharon, Fiona, Cora and Joanne. Donaghmoyne defeated Leinster champions Timahoe of Laois to book a place in the final. Donaghmoyne captain Niamh Lynch said, “We are trying to get to the levels we were at back in 2006 when we won the senior club title and our goal is to bring the cup back to Donaghmoyne. Everyone is flying fit and rearing to go but anything can happen on the day.” The senior final will take place in St Rynagh’s GAA Club, Banagher, Co Offaly. Throw-in is at 2.30pm and the game will be televised by TG4.

The Tesco Junior All Ireland Club final sees Clonakilty of Cork take on Drumcliffe/Rosses Point of Sligo. This is a first appearance in an All Ireland club final for both clubs and Drumcliffe/Rosses Point could become the first club from Connacht to win the junior title. Clonakilty powered past Corduff of Monaghan to reach the final while Drumcliff/Rosses Point eked out a one point victory over St James of Wexford to secure their spot in the final. The Tesco Junior All Ireland final will take place in Ferbane GAA Club in County Offaly at 1pm on Sunday 29th November. Pat Quill, President of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association, was in GAA Headquarters to wish the players luck. “The club scene is the foundation of our game. It cements our communities and is an integral part of our local identity. The chance to win an All Ireland Club medal does not come around very often and all the players competing this weekend should treasure the experience of playing in a final in front of their family, friends and neighbours. I would also like to pay tribute to our club competition sponsors Tesco who have come on board this year and will play an important role in developing the club game over the next three years. I have no doubt they will be a huge asset to the club competitions and to Ladies Football alike.” Kenny Jacobs, Marketing Director, Tesco Ireland, commented, “We are delighted to be the new sponsors of the Club Championships. I would like to congratulate all four teams in reaching the finals and I would like to wish everyone involved the very best of luck next Sunday.”

Tesco Ladies Football All Ireland Junior Club Final – Clonakilty (Cork) v Drumcliffe Rosses Point (Sligo)

Clonakilty (Cork) defeated Drumcliffe Rosses Point (Sligo) by 4-12 to 0-1 in the Tesco Ladies Football All Ireland Junior Club Final on Sunday in Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow.

Match Report

Clonakilty became the fifth Cork team to claim the Tesco All-Ireland ladies junior club football title as they crushed Sligo opponents Drumcliffe by 4-12 to 0-1 at Dr. Cullen Park in Carlow on Sunday. All six of Clonakilty’s forwards were on target during a one-sided encounter as Drumcliffe were restricted to just a solitary first half point, scored by Nicole Fowley. Clonakilty had the game wrapped up by half-time, leading by 2-6 to 0-1 as two goals in a five-minute spell gave them real breathing space.

There was no score at all in the game from the fifth minute until Aoife Deasy scored the first of her two goals in the 25th minute with a soccer-style effort that crept into the net. Four minutes later, Erica Jennings found the direct from a free as Clonakilty established an eleven-point half-time lead. Clonakilty, who had a player of the match performance from Beulah McManus, tacked on another 2-6 in the second half as Deasy grabbed her second goal 17 minutes after the restart before Mary O’Donovan added the fourth goal a minute later.

Tesco Ladies All-Ireland Junior club football final details:

Scorers for Clonakilty: A Deasy 2-0, E Jennings 1-4, Marie O’Donovan 1-1, Mary O’Donovan 0-4, S Whelton, C O’Leary & J Brennan 0-1 each.

Scorer for Drumcliffe: N Fowley 0-1

Match Preview

The Tesco Junior All Ireland Club final sees Clonakilty of Cork take on Drumcliffe/Rosses Point of Sligo. This is a first appearance in an All Ireland club final for both clubs and Drumcliffe/Rosses Point could become the first club from Connacht to win the junior title. Clonakilty powered past Corduff of Monaghan to reach the final while Drumcliff/Rosses Point eked out a one point victory over St James of Wexford to secure their spot in the final. The Tesco Junior All Ireland final will take place in Ferbane GAA Club in County Offaly at 1pm on Sunday 29th November.

Pat Quill, President of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association, was in GAA Headquarters to wish the players luck. “The club scene is the foundation of our game. It cements our communities and is an integral part of our local identity. The chance to win an All Ireland Club medal does not come around very often and all the players competing this weekend should treasure the experience of playing in a final in front of their family, friends and neighbours. I would also like to pay tribute to our club competition sponsors Tesco who have come on board this year and will play an important role in developing the club game over the next three years. I have no doubt they will be a huge asset to the club competitions and to Ladies Football alike.” Kenny Jacobs, Marketing Director, Tesco Ireland, commented, “We are delighted to be the new sponsors of the Club Championships. I would like to congratulate all four teams in reaching the finals and I would like to wish everyone involved the very best of luck next Sunday.”

All Ireland Senior Club Camogie Final – Cashel v Athenry – Match Off

Please be advised, due to the inclement weather, both of today’s All Ireland club (senior and junior) camogie finals have to be postponed.

SUN 29 NOV

ALL IRELAND SENIOR CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

Athenry, Galway –v- Cashel, Tipperary, St. Conleth’s Park Newbridge, Co. Kildare, 2pm Ref: Fintan McNamara, Clare

ALL IRELAND JUNIOR CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

Lavey, Derry –v- St. Anne’s, Dunhill, Waterford, Donaghmore Ashbourne, Co. Meath, 2.30pm Ref: Mike O’Kelly, Cork

The fixtures committee will reconvene asap to re-schedule both matches for next weekend (Dec 6th).

Match Preview

A repeat of the 2007 All Ireland final when Cashel claimed their only title. So, revenge is on the mind of Athenry who are attempting to win the Cup for the first time in 32 years.

Both captains will play a major role. Una O’Dwyer is skipper of Cashel, and the full back will pull the strings from the edge of the square where up front Claire Grogan is the big threat.

Athenry captain Therese Maher is a massive player and her influence will have a big say.

Verdict: Cashel

Team News

Athenry: S Gannon; K Glynn, A Poniard, D Coen; C Cunniffe, R Glynn, K Ruddy; S Donohue, L Linnane; N Jordan, T Maher (Capt), N Coen; B Kerins, K O’Dwyer, M Keogh.

Cashel: H Breen; C Ryan, U O’Dwyer (Capt), N Dwyer; P Bulfin, P Fogarty, J McGrath; J Horan, L Grogan, C Hennessy, M Morrissey, C Grogan; A Lonergan, E Hayden, C Dwyer.

All-Ireland Junior Club Camogie Final – St. Anne’s, Dunhill (Waterford) v Lavey (Derry) – Match Off

Please be advised, due to the inclement weather, both of today’s All Ireland club (senior and junior) camogie finals have to be postponed.

SUN 29 NOV

ALL IRELAND SENIOR CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

Athenry, Galway –v- Cashel, Tipperary, St. Conleth’s Park Newbridge, Co. Kildare, 2pm Ref: Fintan McNamara, Clare

ALL IRELAND JUNIOR CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

Lavey, Derry –v- St. Anne’s, Dunhill, Waterford, Donaghmore Ashbourne, Co. Meath, 2.30pm Ref: Mike O’Kelly, Cork

The fixtures committee will reconvene asap to re-schedule both matches for next weekend (Dec 6th).

Maurice Davin Ceremony

On Thursday November 26th, a joint ceremony between Choiste Tiobraid Árann and Comhairle na Mumhan took place at the grave of Maurice Davin in Churchtown Cemetery, Carrick on Suir.

Representatives of both GAA units laid wreaths and an oration was delivered by Jack Ryan, son of the late Seamus O’Riain, who wrote the much-acclaimed biography of the first President of the Association.

AIB Munster GAA Football Junior Club Championship Quarter Final – Castlegregory (Kerry) v Clooney Quin (Clare)

Castlegregory (Kerry) defeated Clooney Quin (Clare) by 1-16 to 0-4 in the AIB Munster GAA Football Junior Club Championship Quarter Final on Sunday at Castlegregory.

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