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Cork Senior Football Championship Final – Nemo Rangers 2-10 St. Finbarrs 1-8

Mighty Nemo kings again

Nemo Rangers 2-10 St Finbarr’s 1-8

By Fintan O’Toole

Monday, October 25, 2010

THE natural order of club football matters on Leeside has been restored. Nemo Rangers were a notable absentee from the pageantry of county final day and that has been a source of irritation to the fraternity in Trabeg over the past 12 months. Yesterday afternoon in Páirc Uí Chaoimh they sought redress before a crowd of 6,017 in the 2010 instalment of the Cork SFC final. At the finish there was the familiar sight of black and green jerseys alighting the victory podium, with Briain Morgan hoisting the Andy Scannell trophy into the air on this occasion.

It was a day when experience won out. St Finbarr’s aspiration was that the memories of last year’s defeat would fuel their drive to success. Nemo’s Southside rivals proved stubborn opponents who refused to yield until the very end. Yet the experience that this group of Nemo Rangers players have stockpiled over the past decade served them well as they chiselled a win out of tight circumstances. When dissecting the game, the timing of Nemo Rangers two goals had a seismic influence on proceedings. They had endured a listless opening to the game which paled in comparison to St Finbarr’s bright and vibrant beginning.

Trailing 0-4 to 0-1, Nemo’schallenge was ignited in the 13th minute. A William Morgan sideline from the left wing was not adequately dealt with by the StFinbarr’s defence, and when it fell to Paul Kerrigan at the back post, he bundled a shot to the net. Two minutes later Glen O’Connor coughed up possession under pressure and David Kearney swept a precise shot between the posts. A deficit had suddenly morphed into an advantage for Nemo Rangers and they were back in the hunt. Their second goal was a critical strike as it served as a perfect riposte to a St Finbarr’s surge.

In the 40th minute Robert O’Mahony ghosted in along the left flank and uncorked a fizzing drive to the net. That gave St Finbarr’s renewed impetus and two minutes later they nearly carved open the Nemo Rangers backline again to raise another green flag. Jason Sexton popped a pass to send Jim O’Donoghue careering clear but he was foiled by goalkeeper Briain Morgan who sprung to his right to palm the shot around the post. Roy Leahy did swing over the resultant ‘45 but as the match descended into its final quarter, Nemo Rangers raised their second green flag. The score was the product of a team move that featured David Niblock, Alan Cronin, Colin O’Brien and Sean O’Brien, with Barry O’Driscoll capping off that sequence of passes with a decisive finish to the net.

That sent Nemo racing 2-9 to 1-7 clear and that is not the type of advantage that they are in the habit of relinquishing. St Finbarr’s persistence meant the game stayed interesting until the end. But two factors frustrated their attempts at a revival. First Nemo Rangers’ defending was of the top-drawer variety. After a nervous phase in the opening-half when Jason Sexton wreaked havoc with stylish points off left and right, Nemo’s rearguard tightened up.

County men Derek Kavanagh and Brian O’Regan offered great assurance, while youngster Aidan O’Reilly stymied the threat ofSexton when handed that task before half-time and kept him scoreless in the second-half. The man-of-the-match bauble went to half-back Colin O’Brien and it was merited as he produced another brilliant display. Secondly St Finbarr’s tried to force goals too early in the finale. They punted several high balls in the direction of substitute Ian Leahy hoping to profit from breaks but he lacked support around him. When Fionán Murray curled over a free in the 52nd minute, there was just four points between the sides. Yet on a couple of occasions after that when St Finbarr’s could have popped the ball over the bar from out the field, they eschewed the chance and tried to manoeuvre opportunities closer to goal.

Terrific St Finbarr’s defending in the final quarter ensured that the scent of victory was always there. Glen O’Connor, substitute Michael Ryan and Neal Horgan drove them on, while Michael Shields gained a foothold when shifted to midfield. However, their areas of profit in attack dried up as Nemo Rangers came to terms with Colin O’Sullivan’s creativity and denied Roy Leahy opportunities to split the posts from dead ball situations. Nemo Rangers were sloppy in front of goal in the final quarter as they squandered chances to increase their lead. But Alan Cronin was accurate when swinging over a shot in the 62nd minute and that point copper-fastened their 18th crown.

Scorers for Nemo Rangers: P Kerrigan 1-3 (two frees); B O’Driscoll 1-1; D Kearney, D Niblock, A Cronin 0-2 each.

St Finbarr’s: J Sexton (one sideline), R Leahy (two frees, one ‘45) 0-3 each; R O’Mahony 1-0; F Murray (one free), C O’Sullivan 0-1 each.

Substitutes for Nemo Rangers: M Cronin for Breen (44), J Masters for Kearney (46), D Mehigan for W Morgan (50), A Morgan for O’Brien (53), B Twomey for Niblock (62).

St Finbarr’s: F Murray for O’Donoghue (48), M Ryan for O’Shea (48), I Leahy for O’Sullivan (52), G Leahy for McCarthy (60).

Referee: Michael Collins (Clonakilty)

Waterford Senior Hurling Championship Final – De La Salle 3-13 Ballygunner 1-11

Do-or-die De La Salle catch fire in second half

De La Salle 3-13 Ballygunner 1-11

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, October 25, 2010

DE LA Salle stormed to a second Waterford senior hurling title yesterday, reversing their group stages defeat at the hands of Ballygunner as they ran out easy winners in Walsh Park. Defeated 3-20 to 0-14 during the summer by yesterday’s opponents, De La Salle turned things around in fine style, with three second-half goals putting Ballygunner to the sword. It was a game that was slow to come to the boil: the teams couldn’t be faulted for effort, but despite perfect conditions for hurling, the final didn’t crackle in a lacklustre first-half. De La Salle’s tactical gambit was the move of John Mullane from the full-forward line to centre-half-forward, presumably with the intention of testing Fergal Hartley’s speed. Ballygunner countered with the switch of Philip Mahony to centre-back, where he did well on the Waterford county star.

The Gunners’ problems lay further upfield, where De La Salle held sway in the half-back line in particular: a pre-throw-in move sent Bryan Phelan from midfield to wing-back in a direct swap with Conan Watt, and he, Stephen Daniels and the imperious Kevin Moran at centre-back dominated proceedings. In that first-half, Ballygunner were reduced to shots from distance and the free-taking prowess of Stephen Power, as they made no headway against a resolute De La Salle defence. At the other end De La Salle were also relying on the dead ball, with Mullane unerring and David Greene chipping in with two points. It might have grown worse for Ballygunner on 24 minutes when Mullane shipped a heavy challenge and then, soon after, Jake Dillon was floored near goal. Neither incident drew a whistle from referee Michael Wadding, much to the annoyance of those in white and red.

Four up at the break, eight points to four, De La Salle began the second-half in fine style, Mullane hitting over a superb point from the wing and adding a free to give his side a six points lead. JJ Hutchinson and David O’Sullivan cut that to four, but Mullane added another free before the game was blown wide open. On 40 minutes Páidíú Nevin broke through a knot of players 40 yards from goal and the De La Salle man kept his nerve, soloing through to bury a fine goal from close range. Within 60 seconds De La Salle had the ball in the net again: Dean Twomey beat the cover on the right wing and bore down on goal, finishing neatly in the corner.

At that stage it was 2-11 to six points, and people started heading for the exits. Four minutes later that trickle of early departures became a flood, thanks to Nevin’s second goal. Twomey fielded a long Stevie Brenner puck-out before slipping a clever pass to Nevin, whose finish made it 3-11 to 0-7. With the game over as a contest, Ballygunner picked up some consolation scores, David O’Sullivan pulling first-time on a loose ball for a goal, while free-taker Stephen Power’s late penalty soared over, rather than under, the bar.

An eight-point defeat didn’t flatter the champions, who have now added a second title to their inaugural win back in 2008. They’ll fancy their chances in the Munster club championship, given their recent – 2008 – experience in winning that title. “I think we’ve finally got the respect we deserve,” said John Mullane at the final whistle. “Take our backs, that half-back line of Stephen Daniels, Bryan Phelan and Kevin Moran, our full-back line – they’re as good as any six not just in Waterford, in Ireland. “The goals we got today, Páidí Nevin and Dean Twomey wouldn’t be the usual lads you’d see getting goals, but thank God they got them today. We’re a do-or-die team. We’ve proven that down through the years. When it comes to the knock-out we’re a very hard team to beat.”

Other contestants in the Munster club hurling championship have been warned.

Scorers for De La Salle: J. Mullane 0-9 (0-7 fs); P. Nevin 2-0; D. Twomey 1-0; D. Greene 0-2; L Hayes, E. Madigan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Ballygunner: S. Power 0-7 (04 fs, 0-1 65, 0-1 p); D. O’Sullivan 1-2; JJ Hutchinson, Philip Mahony 0-1 each.

Subs for Ballygunner: N. Waldron for T. Power, (46); B. Coughlan for J. Kearney, (50). M. Kearney for JJ Hutchinson (53).

Subs for De La Salle: E. Madigan for J. Dillon, (47); L. Hayes for Greene, (50); D. McGrath for J. Keane, (54); P. Kennedy for Doherty, (58).

Referee: M. Wadding (Roanmore)

International Rules Series 1st Test – Australia 47 Ireland 40

Australia draw first blood

From the web site

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Ireland 40 (1-8-10) Australia 47 (0-14-5)

Ireland were beaten 47-40 in the first Test of the 2010 Irish Daily Mail International Rules Series at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick on Saturday night.

Anthony Tohill’s side will take a seven-point deficit into next Saturday’s second Test at Croke Park, where they will need a vastly improved display if they want to hold onto the Cormac McAnallen Cup. Given that the Australians have tended to improve between Tests in the past, with the benefit of additional playing time with the round ball, Ireland face a mammoth task to turn the Series around.

Ireland trailed by 47-29 with six minutes left on the clock, but a spirited comeback, sparked by a brilliant solo goal by Bernard Brogan, saved their blushes and gave the 30,000-strong crowd something to cheer about at the end of a one-sided game.

“The goal might just have saved the series. I think if we hadn’t got it we were in a pretty bad position,” said Tohill, the Ireland manager.

“We really needed that goal, I think we were 18 points down at the time playing not the way we wanted to play to put it mildly.

“It brought us into it, it brought the crowd into it and it led to us getting a bit of a strong run at it at the end of the game to leave the series alive.”

Tohill’s men were outplayed for much of the game and struggled to cope with the speed and athleticism of the visitors. Australia looked comfortable with the ball in hand and mastered the art of winning marks in front of the Irish goal, which they converted with ease.

The Australian skipper, Adam Goodes, was the chief scoring threat for the Aussies, scoring 12 points (four overs) in a sublime display from full-forward. Dane Swan and Bryce Gibbs were the visitors’ other stand-out performers.

The home side struggled from the off, playing soccer with the ball, when it proved tricky to handle in the wet conditions. The ploy backfired and Ireland conceded the ball frequently.

Ireland trailed by 21-16 after a first half in which the visitors, as expected, showed they were more than capable of playing with the round ball. Tohill’s men had a surfeit of possession, but their use of the ball lacked the clinical edge of the visitors.

By half-time, the Australians had kicked seven overs; Ireland, by contrast, were significantly more profligate, with Seán Cavanagh alone wasting three opportunities for overs, kicking one-point behinds on each occasion.

Brogan pointed the way for Ireland, guiding a seventh minute shot over the bar before Steven McDonnell finally found his range just before the first quarter hooter. By that stage Ireland were already 12-9 down, as Daniel Cross and Todd Banfield had added to an early three-pointer from Adam Goodes, the Australia captain.

The athletic Sydney Swans man, marked by Graham Canty at full-forward, scored his second over of the game with a spectacular leap and catch in the second quarter, levelling the game at 15-15.

Mick Malthouse’s side were starting to hum. Goodes cajoled his charges from full-forward and their lightning-quick inside forward men did the damage just before the half-time hooter. Betts and Todd Banfield obliged with an over each just before the long break to leave Australia 21-16 ahead.

Remarkably, 10 minutes passed before the first score of the third quarter arrived, Matthew Boyd skewing his shot when he probably should have registered three points. Tommy Walsh, who has spent the last 12 months in the AFL with St Kilda, showed him how it’s done, ‘marking’ the ball and slotting over with ease to register Ireland’s first over in nearly 20 minutes’ play.

Then, the recurring theme of the game; Australia came good in the second half of the quarter, dominating play and showing their strength up front. They rattled off 10 points without reply as Leigh Montagna, a team-mate of Walsh at the Saints, kicked two brilliant overs, the first the score of the game. In between, Betts bagged his third over of the night and the Aussies had streaked into a 13-point lead.

Leighton Glynn, a star of the 2008 Series win Down Under, pegged the visitors back just before the hooter, tapping over the bar after he had won space and gathered a clean mark in the inside forward line.

The final quarter saw the Aussies move into a commanding lead, with Goodes grabbing his fourth over, before Dangerfield gave them an 18-point with just nine minutes left.

But Ireland fought back, with Brogan ramming home a superb shot for the only goal of the game with five minutes left. Kevin McKernan added another three-pointer to reduce the gap to just seven at the death.

It was scarcely what Ireland deserved, but the Series remain well and truly alive ahead of the second Test at Croke Park next week.

Ireland: S Cluxton; C McKeever, F Hanley, B Donaghy; S McDermott, G Canty, K Reilly; C Begley, T Kennelly; L Glynn, S McDonnell (captain), S Cavanagh; B Brogan, T Walsh, M Clarke.

Scorers for Ireland (40): S Cluxton 1 (0-0-1) Reilly 1 (0-0-1), Brogan 9 (1-1-0), Cavanagh 6 (1-0-3), McDonnell 8 (0-2-2), Kennelly 1 (0-0-1), M Clarke 1 (0-0-1), Goulding 3 (0-1-0), Walsh 4 (0-1-1), McKernan 3 (0-1-0), McKeever 1 (0-1-0), Glynn 3 (0-1-0).

Interchange: D Goulding, J Kavanagh, N McNamee, K McKernan, B Murphy, M Murphy, E Bolton, P Keenan.

Australia: D Fletcher; B Gibbs, J McVeigh, M Boyd, K Simpson, J Frawley, J Riewoldt, G Ibbotson, T Goldsack, B Green, E Betts, D Swan, A Goodes (captain), P Duffield, L Picken.

Scorers for Australia: Goode 12 (0-4-0), Frawley 3 (0-1-0), Banfield 6 (0-2-0), Cross 6 (0-2-0), E Betts 6 (0-2-0), Boyd 1 (0-0-1), Montagna 6 (0-2-0), Simpson 2 (0-0-2), Dangerfield 3 (0-1-0), Jack 1 (0-0-1).

Referees: David Coldrick (Ireland), B Rosebury (Australia)

GAA Press Release – 14.10.10

2010 Irish Daily Mail International Rules Series

Mr Anthony Tohill, Team Manager of the 2010 Ireland International Rules team, today (14th of October 2010) announced his squad for the 2010 Irish Daily Mail International Rules Series at a media briefing in Croke Park.

It is as follows:

Captain: Steven McDonnell Armagh

Vice Captain: Finian Hanley Galway

Colm Begley Laois

Bernard Brogan Dublin

Graham Canty Cork

Seán Cavanagh Tyrone

Martin Clarke Down

Stephen Cluxton Dublin

Brendan Donaghy Armagh

Leighton Glynn Wicklow

Daniel Goulding Cork

James Kavanagh Kildare

Paddy Keenan Louth

Tadhg Kennelly Kerry

Seán McDermott Roscommon

Ciarán McKeever Armagh

Kevin McKernan Down

Brendan Murphy Carlow

Michael Murphy Donegal

Kevin Reilly Meath

Michael Shields Cork

Tommy Walsh Kerry

Standby Players

Emmet Bolton Kildare

Gary Brennan Clare

Gary Connaughton Westmeath

Benny Coulter Down

Eamonn Fennell Dublin

Johnny McCarthy Limerick

Niall McNamee Offaly

“I would like to thank the players, selectors and members of the back room team who have trained extremely hard over the past number of weeks. The level of commitment has been excellent” stated Tohill at the announcement of the Irish team. “The strong interest shown by the players demonstrates their enthusiasm for the game and the importance players place on representing their country.” “Congratulations to all players who have been chosen to represent Ireland. I wish them every success in the 2010 series” said Criostóir Ó Cuana Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael. “I know that, with the backing of Anthony and his selectors, Eoin “Bomber” Liston, Kevin O’Brien and Seán Óg de Paor they will give their utmost to retain the Cormac McAnallen Cup.”

Irish Daily Mail International Rules Match

Ireland v Australia

Saturday 23rd October 2010 7.00 pm at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick

(Pre Match Entertainment from 5.00pm)

Advice for Supporters travelling to Match

  • Road outward/inward from Sarsfield Bridge to Ivans, Caherdavin will be closed to vehicular traffic (except public transport/private coaches/taxis) from 3.00pm
  • Allow plenty of time to get to match
  • Do not park on green areas or obstruct access to property or park in places where parking is prohibited
  • There will be signage on approaches to Shannon Tunnel advising of exit points for match

Park & Ride facilities will be available at the following locations from 4.00pm:

  • Kilmurray Lodge, Castletroy
  • Maldron Hotel, Roxboro
  • Radisson Hotel, Ennis Rd.
  • City East Plaza, Tipperary Rd.

Parking will also be available at:

  • LIT College, Cratloe Rd. —-300 spaces
  • Greenhills Hotel, Ennis Rd.—-300 spaces
  • Na Piarsaigh GAA Grounds—-200 spaces
  • Roadside Parking —-2000 spaces
  • Dunnes Stores, Jetland —–200 spaces
  • Woodies, Jetland —–400 spaces

Patrons coming through City Centre are asked to consider parking in the City Centre and walking to Gaelic Grounds (approx. 20 mins.) or use Bus Eireann Shuttle Service which will be available from Henry St. to Gaelic Grounds from 5.00pm

Commercial parking will be available in the City Centre in the following car parks:

Arthurs Quay, Aviary, Colbert St. Station, Jurys Inn, Howleys Quay, Steamboat Quay, all of which are open until at least 10.00pm on Saturday night.

In addition there are over 4000 car parking spaces on public streets in Limerick City.

The Gardai have advised that illegally parked vehicles will be towed away and subject to a release fee

Do not litter streets/roads

Obey Stewards and Gardai

This is an alcohol-free event and all alcohol will be seized at entry points to ground

Finally, enjoy the match & the advice is if you want to be in the Gaelic Grounds at the start of the match be parked up to no later than 6.00pm.

Dr. Harty Cup – Ardscoil Ris v St. Colman’s

Árdscoil Rís show cup credentials

Árdscoil Rís 2-19 St. Colman’s 2-14

By Brendan Larkin for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Thursday, October 21, 2010

CHAMPIONS Árdscoil Rís remain in pole position to claim Dr Harty Cup honours again on the evidence of this display at Charleville yesterday. Fielding eight of last year’s Munster championship winning team, the Limerick men’s physical presence allied to their superb stick work had Colman’s struggling for long spells. The Fermoy side started brightly with midfielder Mike Spillane firing them to a 0-3 to 0-1 lead after 10 minutes and they would have been further ahead had Jason Mannix not shot into the side netting after rounding the goalkeeper.

Their defence coped well with the towering figures of Brendan O’Connor and Shane Dowling and when David Mangan pointed from a line ball, St Colman’s were 0-7 to 0-4 ahead after 20 minutes.

However, as the tie progressed Árdscoil began to get a grip in defence with Declan Hannon and Martin Moroney to the fore. Shane Dowling goaled from a 20-metre free to put them ahead 1-8 to 0-8 by the break and another by Óisin Hickey after a 50-metre run had them firmly in the driving seat as they led 2-13 to 0-13 at the three-quarters stage.

Colman’s narrowed the gap with a 48th-minute goal when Mannix first timed Mike Spillane’s cross to the net, but they failed to build on that score as Carmody continued to fire over points.

The Cork side kept battling and were rewarded with a second goal by Mike Spillane from a 20-metre free, but it only served to put a more respectable look on the scoreboard.

The win guarantees Árdscoil a place in the last eight, while St. Colman’s must beat Waterford Colleges to join them in the knockout phase.

Scorers for Árdscoil Rís: M. Carmody 0-7; S. Dowling 1-2 (1-0 free); O. Hickey 1-1; J. Kelleher, B. O’Connor, J. Fitzgibbon 0-2 each; D. Hannon, , D. Moloney, J. Shanahan 0-1 each.

Scorers for St. Colman’s: M. Spillane 1-9 (1-6 frees); J. Mannix 1-1; M. Pyne, D. Mangan (free), C. Spillane, P. Roche 0-1 each.

ÁRDSCOIL RÍS: PJ Wall; A. Dempsey, B. O’Connell, F. Carey; K. Lynch, D. Hannon, M. Moroney; J. Shanahan, M. Ryan; M. Carmody, S. Dowling, B. O’Connor; J. Kelleher, J. Fitzgibbon, O. Hickey.

Subs: D. Moloney for Ryan (40); J. Hannon for Carey (50); C. Keogh for O’Connor (55); K. O’Brien for Kelleher (57); D. Sheppard for Dempsey (60).

ST. COLMAN’S: E. Barry; W. Walsh, C. O’Leary, C. Barry; P. Roche, D. O’Carroll, K. Morrison; M. Spillane, E. Maye; D. Mangan, C. Spillane, M. Wade; N. McNamara, M. Pyne, J. Mannix.

Subs: E. O’Neill for Morrison (45); P. de Roiste for Pyne (55); J. Hogan for Wade (57); E. Lonergan for Maye (60).

Referee: F. Horgan (Tipperary).

Carmody’s late haul helps Ardscoil Ris into last eight

Ardscoil Ris 2-19 St Colman’s 2-14

Thursday October 21 2010

ARDSCOIL RIS assured themselves of a place in the last eight with this comfortable win over St Colman’s at Charleville.

The Limerick school settled well and, helped by a Shane Dowling goal, led 1-8 to 0-8 at half-time.

A minute into the second half Ardscoil Ris bagged a second goal, this time through Oisin Hickey, as St Colman’s began to struggle.

However, when Jason Mannix and Mike Spillane flashed home goals for Colman’s, the game was back in the melting pot.

However, up stepped Mark Carmody to send the defending champions clear with four superb points.

Scorers — Ardscoil Ris: M Carmody 0-7, S Dowling 1-2 (1-0f), O Hickey 1-2, J Kelleher, B O’Connor 0-2 each, D Hannon, J Fitzgibbon (0-1f), D Moloney, J Shanahan 0-1 each. St Colman’s: M Spillane 1-9 (1-6f), J Mannix 1-1, M Pyne, D Mangan (0-1f), C Spillane, P Roche 0-1 each.

ARDSCOIL RIS — PJ Wall; A Dempsey, B O’Connell, F Carey; K Lynch, D Hannon, M Moroney; J Shanahan, M Ryan; M Carmody, S Dowling, B O’Connor; J Kelleher, J Fitzgibbon, O Hickey. Subs: D Moloney for Ryan (40); J Hannon for Carey (50); C Keogh for O’Connor (55); K O’Brien for Kelleher (57); D Sheppard for Dempsey (60).

ST COLMAN’S — E Barry; W Walsh, C O’Leary, C Barry; P Roche, D O’Carroll, K Morrison; M Spillane, E Maye; D Mangan, C Spillane, M Wade; N McNamara, M Pyne, J Mannix. Subs: E O’Neill for Morrison (45); P de Roiste for Pyne (55); J Hogan for Wade (57); E Lonergan for Maye (60).

Ref — F Horgan (Tipperary)

Dr. Harty Cup – St. Flannans v Thurles CBS

St Flannan’s turn it on in second-half

St. Flannan’s, Ennis 3-17 Thurles CBS 1-13

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Thursday, October 21, 2010

FAVOURITES St. Flannan’s College proved too strong for Thurles in this Harty Cup second round clash at sunny Nenagh yesterday. Powered by several of the Clare minor team that did so well this year, he Ennis college trailed was actually by a point behind at the break, 0-9 to 0-8 at the break, but three second-half goals saw them ease to a comfortable win against a game but outclassed Thurles.

Flannan’s got off to a strong start, 0-4 to 0-0 ahead after just five minutes; corner-forwards Shane O’Donnell and Peter Duggan had one apiece, with midfielder and man-of-the-match Tony Kelly already stamping his class with a brace. Thurles hit back immediately, points from Seán Maher, Kevin Slattery and centre-forward Aidan McCormack, scorer of a phenomenal 19 points in the recent Tipperary county minor final for Thurles. McCormack lined out at corner-forward for the Thurles Sars senior team that beat Toomevara in last Sunday’s Tipperary county semi-final and, though well defended by a Flannan’s half-back line in which team captain Stephen O’Halloran was superb, he played a major part as the Tipperary college recovered well from their poor start.

Also showing up well for Thurles were John Ryan and John Meagher, full-back and centre-back respectively. Up front wing-forward Seán Maher was an impressive figure all through, especially when moved to the 40’, and with those guys all going well, when Thurles went on a five points to nil run in the second quarter it even began to look as though a surprise was on the cards. Thurles actually extended their lead immediately after the break, a pointed free by McCormack from half-way. Flannan’s fought back, however, got to grips with the threat of McCormack, and in the 37th minute regained the lead, a searing run right through the heart of the Thurles defence by centre-forward Cathal Doohan !that ended with a shot from close range, and a brilliant individual goal. Barely a minute later, Thurles still reeling from that one, Flannan’s did it again, this time hard-working wing-forward Conor O’Gorman with the lethal finish off a Doohan centre, making it 2-9 to 0-10. Thurles rallied, points from Seamus Kennedy and Dylan Burke putting just a goal between them again in the 40th minute (2-9 to 0-12). The final 20 minutes were dominated by Flannan’s, however, Kelly outstanding in midfield, and his unstoppable penalty in the 46th minute after Alan O’Neill was pulled down sealed matters.

Scorers for St. Flannan’s: T Kelly 1-10 (1-0 pen, 0-8 frees, 0-1 65); C Doohan 1-2; C O’Gorman 1-0; P Duggan, S O’Donnell, M O’Leary, J Colleran, J Browne, 0-1 each.

Thurles CBS: S Maher 1-3; A McCormack 0-5 (0-3 frees, 0-1 65); K Slattery 0-2 (0-1 free); C Hammersley, D Burke, S Kennedy, 0-1 each.

ST. FLANNAN’S: P Kennedy; S Morey, N Purcell, C O’Loughlin; G O’Connell, S O’Halloran (c), E Boyce; J Colleran, T Kelly; M O’Leary, C Doohan, C O’Gorman; S O’Donnell, A O’Neill, P Duggan.

Subs: J Browne for Duggan (53); M Sweeney for O’Donnell (58).

THURLES CBS: J Maher; M Cussen, J Ryan, J Burke; C Quirke, J Meagher, D Corbett; P Ralph, S Kennedy; S Maher, A McCormack, D Burke; M O’Brien, K Slattery, C Hammersley.

Subs: L Egan for Cussen (38); E Moriarty for D Burke (50); M O’Dwyer for Quirke (51); S Cahill for Slattery (58); P Egan for McCormack (60).

Referee: S Hourigan (St. Mary’s, Rathkeale)

Dr. Harty Cup – Nenagh CBS v Kerry Colleges

Forde the driving force behind Nenagh success

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Nenagh CBS 3-15 Kerry Colleges 1-7

Thursday October 21 2010

An early second-half scoring burst that saw Nenagh CBS add 2-3 without reply settled this tie with a depleted Kerry Colleges side at Newcastle West yesterday.

Tipperary minor Jason Forde amassed a haul of 0-12 for the victors while corner-forward Paraic Shanahan fired home two goals.

Scorers — Nenagh CBS: J Forde 0-12 (0-7f), P Shanahan 2-1, M Tuite 1-0, P Fogarty, D Walsh 0-1 each. Kerry Colleges: P Boyle 1-1, V Savage 0-3 (0-2f), D Collins 0-2 (0-1f), D Leahy 0-1.

Nenagh CBS — K Flynn; J Peters, J O’Dwyer, J Loughnane; E Hynes, D Quinn, J O’Flaherty; D Ryan, S Geaney; K O’Flaherty, M Tuite, P Fogarty; P Shanahan, J Forde, D Walsh. Subs: T Gallagher for S Geaney, K Seymour for K O’Flaherty, C Canning for D Walsh, K Gubbins for J Loughnane.

Kerry Colleges — Tommy Casey; T B McElligott, D Fitzelle, D Lynch; T Allen, T Barrett, C Savage; D Collins, Tomas Casey; D Leahy, V Savage, S Leahy; P McGrath, P Boyle, P O’Regan. Subs: T Cunningham for T Allen, J M O’Carroll for P O’Regan, S Casey for J M O’Carroll.

Ref — M Mann (Limerick)

Dr. Harty Cup – Our Lady’s Templemore v St. Caimin’s Shannon

McGrath turns on style to inspire Our Lady’s triumph

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Our Lady’s, Templemore 2-19 St Caimin’s, Shannon 2-13

Thursday October 21 2010

A superb display by wing-forward Liam McGrath inspired Our Lady’s Templemore to victory in a hugely entertaining clash at Claughaun yesterday. St Caimin’s led by 1-9 to 0-8 at the break, with the brilliant Aaron Cunningham scoring 1-8 on his way to 2-11. But Tipperary minor star McGrath took control in the second half, adding 2-5 to his 0-3 first-half tally.

Scorers – Our Lady’s: L McGrath 2-8 (0-7f), S Hartnett 0-4, J McGrath 0-3, J Bergin 0-2, L O’Treasaigh, M Kelly 0-1 each. St Caminin’s: A Cunningham 2-11, S Liddy, A Mulready 0-1 each.

Our Lady’s — J Bourke; B Kennedy, K Kennedy, J Meade; J Nyland, T Hamill, J Moloney; L O’Treasaigh, C O’Riordan; J McGrath, S Hartnett, L McGrath; M Kelly, J Bergin, P Meade.

St Caimins — R McAuley; J Mulready, N O’Connor, B Carey; S Kelleher, F Melody, S O’Leary; K McCafferty, C O’Brien; S Liddy, A Mulready, S Lynch; S Gleeson, A Cunningham, D Collins.

Ref — Mike O’Connor (Na Piarsaigh)

Kerry Senior Football Championship Final – Dr. Crokes 1-15 Austin Stacks 0-11

Clinical Crokes learn from painful past

Dr Crokes 1-15 Austin Stacks 0-11

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, October 18, 2010

THEIR pursuit over the last decade has been frustrating and fruitless but yesterday brought atonement for Dr Crokes in the form of their seventh Kerry football title. The Killarney club have endured plenty of anguish since they last held the Bishop Moynihan Cup in 2000 but no one amongst the 10,219 spectators at Austin Stack Park yesterday could deny the legitimacy of their success in this AIB Kerry SFC final. Austin Stacks brought a brilliant bunch of supporters who transformed the venue into a cauldron of colour and noise, but despite a committed effort on the pitch, they were squeezed out by a force with superior football nous.

Dr Crokes absorbed the lessons of the past wisely. The grandeur of county final day did not spook them as they took to the field for their fourth decider in six years whereas a large chunk of the Austin Stacks outfit were entering unchartered territory. That gulf in experience was reflected by the manner in which Dr Crokes settled better. In the opening quarter they had stitched together a 0-5 to 0-1 lead and though Austin Stacks eventually settled, there was an admirable calmness to Dr Crokes play in the finale as they closed the match effectively.

It was pertinent that a team performance won the day for Dr Crokes. In the past there have been accusations that they were guilty of pinning their hopes on the individual input of Colm Cooper. From throw-in yesterday Austin Stacks instructed John Dennis to act as the Gooch’s shadow and at various stages in the first-half, he received assistance in that department from Denis Costelloe and TJ Hogan. Any suspicions that Dr Crokes would struggle at the sight of their go-to guy being double-teamed were quickly dispelled as others picked up the scoring slack.

Midfielder Ambrose O’Donovan, who gave a terrific display, ended the game with four points, three of those fine efforts arriving in the opening period. Chris Brady, the latest attacking gem to roll off their production line, drew frees with his incisive running and he also arced over a stunning 9th minute point after a brilliant cross-field ball by Johnny Buckley. Dr Crokes utilised their spare man impressively with Shane Doolan frequently proving the launch pad for their attacks with his intelligent distribution.

Austin Stacks could have done without that wretched opening after being wounded with injuries before the game. The absence of county man Daniel Bohane’s defensive skills was well-flagged. But the late withdrawal of Graham O’Connell was an additional blow as they missed his presence up front. Their other best finisher Dara Long was well policed by John Payne and was unable to squirm free to come close to replicating the two-goal blast that had felled Dingle in the semi-final. Mikey Collins did prove a thorn in the Dr Crokes rearguard and his persistence and skill to stop a ball going over the sideline in the 27th minute was rewarded with a brilliant point. They sought Kieran Donaghy with frequency from midfield deliveries but the tenacity of Mike Moloney and the assisted covering provided by Luke Quinn and Doolan managed to thwart that danger. Austin Stacks’ decision to return to a more orthodox fifteen before half-time did pay dividends as the experience of Hogan and William Kirby hauled them back into the hunt. Adrift 0-8 to 0-6 at the interval, they were still in the hunt.

Upon the resumption Austin Stacks hopes soared further as they matched Dr Crokes for two points and then Dara Long popped over a free that saw them only trail 0-10 to 0-9. But Dr Crokes’ poise never crumbled and in the heat of battle, their marquee name shone brightest. The improved contributions elsewhere were important on the day but Colm Cooper’s ability to alter the course of the game was instrumental to victory. Not that he was totally anonymous in the first-half – one defence-splitting pass in the 14th minute paved the way for an Ambrose O’Donovan point. But in the second-half, Cooper cut loose with a couple of audacious points before pouncing for the killer blow of the afternoon in the 39th minute. Daithí Casey raced in from the left wing and when he punched a pass across, Cooper neatly slotted past Austin Stacks goalkeeper Martin Moriarty. From that moment Dr Crokes never looked like being overhauled. Austin Stacks required the revitalising tonic of a goal but they never threatened Kieran Cremin with a shot. They perhaps did have cause for complaint when Donaghy was grounded in the 44th minute near goal but after waving away those penalty appeals, Padraig O’Sullivan blew Dara Long for over-carrying in the resultant passage of play. There was to be no silverware bound for Rock Street then despite Austin Stacks relentless battling, man-of-the-match Cooper and O’Donovan supplied the grace notes to victory.

Scorers for Dr Crokes: C Cooper 1-5 (three frees); A O’Donovan, D Casey (three frees) 0-4 each; C Brady, B Looney 0-1 each.

Austin Stacks: D Long 0-5 (four frees); M Collins 0-3; TJ Hogan, S Carroll, K Donaghy 0-1 each.

Subs for Dr Crokes: S O’Neill for Brady (52); B McMahon for Kenneally (56); N O’Connell for Myers (60).

Subs for Austin Stacks: W Guthrie for Leonard (26); F Mangan for Carroll (35); F McNamara for McCarthy (41); D Clifford for Collins (44); Collins for Long (53).

Referee: Padraig O’Sullivan (Firies)

Limerick Senior Football Championship Final – Monaleen 1-9 Adare 1-5

Monaleen turn it round to claim crown

Monaleen 1-9 Adare 1-5

By Brendan Mooney for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, October 18, 2010

A TALE of two halves in Newcastle West yesterday as Monaleen claimed their fourth Limerick SFC title at the expense of an Adare side bidding for their first. The opening 30 minutes pointed towards a fairytale success for a club more accustomed to hurling crowns in recent seasons. Boosted by a cracking Liam Costello goal in the 18th minute along with points from James Hickey and Mickey Lyons, Adare were 1-5 to 0-4 ahead at the interval as Monaleen fumbled and stumbled around the pitch. Only the free-taking of Gavin (3) and a Jason O’Brien effort kept the city outfit in touch.

Even winning manager Ger Lawlor admitted that many of his charges were fearful the game was slipping away from them as they gathered in the dressing room. Lawlor admitted: “We were nervous in the first half and we made an awful lot of mistakes – basic mistakes like giving away the ball. Their goal was from a mistake. But we had a bit of a chat at half-time. Some lads were sniping at one another and blaming one another. But we said we were good enough to win it and we stuck to our plan to get the ball in fast and it worked out. We got the goal off Jason (O’Brien) and Cormac (Joyce Power) kicked two great points that brought us back into it.”

Monaleen were a different force on the restart. Inspired by half-back trio Eoin Keating, Barry Fitzpatrick and sub Padraig Quinn, they began to eliminate the errors, suffocate the Adare attack, and crucially found their scoring touch at the other end. Excellent points from Jason O’Brien and Cormac Joyce Power and a great point from a free from a very acute angle by Muiris Gavin had them level (1-5 to 0-8) before the game’s turning point in the 49th minute. Monaleen midfielder Brian Geary found himself in oceans of space as Adare had lost their shape throughout the pitch. He flighted a long ball into O’Brien, who had dropped in behind the defence. He calmly rolled the ball past Barry Toomey for a goal which changed the complexion of the tie.

Monaleen defended brilliantly in the closing stages while Adare, who failed to score in the second half, were guilty of four terrible wides in the closing stages. Gavin landed his fifth point of the afternoon in the final minute to seal another title for Lawlor’s side. “Our backs were brilliant in the second half,” Lawlor continued. “Finbarr Nash was outstanding, Darren Burke did very well as did Barry Fitzpatrick. Padraig Quinn did very well when he came in for Jack (Hoare) and he is normally a half-forward but played wing back for Limerick minors. A lot of people give out about Monaleen saying we have lads from everywhere. We don’t. We had 13 lads out there today who were born and bred in Monaleen and we came out to the west to beat a west team. And we did that.”

Scorers for Monaleen: J. O’Brien 1-2, M. Gavin 0-5 (frees), C. Joyce Power 0-2.

Scorers for Adare: L. Costello 1-0, J. Hickey 0-3 (frees), M. Lyons and C. Fitzgerald (free) 0-1 each.

MONALEEN: D. O’Sullivan; D. Bourke, P. King, F. Nash; E. Keating, B. Fitzpatrick, J. Hoare; B. Geary, P. Kinnerk; P. Burrell, L. Kavanagh, C. Joyce Power; M. Gavin, J. O’Brien, M. Crowley.

Sub: P. Quinn for J. Hoare (29).

ADARE: B. Toomey; C. Cribbin, D. Mordan, M. Clifford; W. McNamara, S Lavin, F. Kelleher; P. Keane, J. Hickey; D. Sheehan, D. Lavin, C. Fitzgerald; L. Costello, M. Lyons, N. Mulvihill.

Subs: W. Griffin for P. Keane (6); D. Sexton for W. Griffin (55), P. Lavin for W. McNamara (59).

Referee: D. Enright (Dromin/Athlacca)

Waterford Senior Football Championship Final – Stradbally 0-9 Ballinacourty 1-5

Stradbally defeated Ballinacourty by 0-9 to 1-5 in the Waterford Senior Football Championship Final on Sunday in Fraher Field Dungarvan.