Munster Club IHC Final – Ballymartle 2-14 Borrisokane 0-8

Dwyer brace sinks Borrisokane

From the Irish Indepedent newspaper

Ballymartle 2-14 Borrisokane 0-8

Monday November 22 2010

Dan Dwyer was the toast of Ballymartle after his two first-half goals ensured his side of victory in a lopsided decider at the Gaelic Grounds. The Cork champions had the benefit of the stiff breeze in the first half during which they racked up an amazing 10 wides. However, they chalked up 2-8 in the same period when all the Tipperary side could manage was a single point.

The sides were level at 0-1 each after seven minutes, but Ballymartle tacked on points by Barry Dwyer and Brian Corry to open up an 0-4 to 0-1 advantage. Then came the first of Dwyer’s goals. He ran on to a long delivery out of defence and rifled to the net past Declan McCarthy. That goal came after 10 minutes and when the same player scored his second 10 minutes later, it left his side 2-5 to 0-1 clear. Three further points from Barry Dwyer made it 2-8 to a solitary point at half-time. Borrisokane made a better fist of matters in the second half, but their cause was lost having fallen so far behind before the break.

Scorers — Ballymartle: D Dwyer 2-1, B Dwyer 0-6 (0-4f, 0-1’65), B Corry 0-4,J Dwyer 0-2, R O’Dwyer 0-1. Borrisokane: A Hogan, C Larkin (0-2f), T Slevin (0-2f) 0-2 each, B Davis, S Dooley 0-1 each.

Ballymartle — D McCarthy; D Coleman, M Tobin, D Dwyer; D Edmonds, P O’Dwyer, N Sheehan; S Corry, G Webb; R Dwyer, B Corry, B Dwyer; P Coughlan, J Dwyer, D Dwyer. Subs: S O’Mahoney for Coughlan (h-t), J Kelly for Sheehan (55), E Kelly for Webb (58), C Sheehan for S Corry (59).

Borrisokane — P Egan; C Dooley, K Gleeson, P Moriarty; R Davis, E Forde, D Kennedy; T Slevin, S Cleary; P Austin, E Larkin, G McMahon; A Hogan, C Larkin, G Harding. Subs: C Forde for Davis (16), A Comerford for Larkin (27), S Dooley for McMahon (33), B Davis for Harding (47), R Guest for Kennedy (59).

REF– M O’Connor (Limerick)

Munster Council Chairman Sean Walsh presents the Hoare Cup to Ballymartle Captain Patrick Dwyer (Photo courtesy of George Hatchell)

2010 Munster Intermediate Club Hurling Champions Ballymartle (Cork) (Photo courtesy of George Hatchell)

AIB Munster Club Junior Football Championship – St. Mary’s (Kerry) 1-12 Cloyne (Cork) 2-4

St. Mary’s (Kerry) defeated Cloyne (Cork) by 1-12 to 2-4 in the AIB Munster Football Junior Club Championship on Sunday in Carrigtwohill.

AIB Munster Club Senior Football Championship Semi-Final – Dr. Crokes (Kerry) 2-11 Aherlow (Tipperary) 0-9

Amazing escape for Crokes

Dr Crokes (Kerry) 2-11 Aherlow (Tipperary) 0-09

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, November 22, 2010

IF ever a final scoreline told a blatant lie, this was it. At half-time of this defence-dominated Munster club SFC semi-final in Cashel yesterday, red-hot favourites Dr Crokes trailed by three points, 0-6 to 0-3, and a major shock looked on the cards. After 60 minutes, heading into the three signalled minutes of injury-time, they had managed just one more score – a very fortunate goal – and still trailed by two points, 0-8 to 1-3. In the fourth minute of that injury-time, however, Crokes centre-back Luke Quinn stole forward for his second point in two minutes and denied Aherlow a win that even the most partisan of Crokes supporters would not have begrudged them.

So to extra time. With Aherlow out on their feet after a colossal physical effort, it was one-way traffic; a second soft goal, a succession of points, and the expected result was realised. “That was by the skin of our teeth!” said a relieved Shane Myers, man-of-the-match for Crokes. “We had heard stories about how tough these boys are, and they really put it up to us – we were very lucky to get the draw at full-time. “Fair dues to the boys, they put their shoulder to the wheel in extra-time and we got through. But two lucky goals – we’ll take them! The physicality was huge, their sheer physical strength. We got through it in the end but we had work very hard for every single score. It was a battle right to the finish.”

It was actually that sheer physical effort that cost Aherlow, ultimately. Crokes are a running/passing/possession team, patient in the build-up, but they got no space yesterday, no time on the ball, as every Aherlow player on the pitch ran himself to a standstill. Three points was all Crokes managed in the first half with Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper man-marked brilliantly by Tipp senior Ciarán McDonald, while full-forward Barry Grogan and midfielder Stuart Moloney each kicked two excellent points for Aherlow, contributing handsomely to that three-point half-time lead.

It was the same story in the second half as the Gooch was forced outfield where his footballing genius became apparent and he pulled the strings for Crokes. Aherlow were still closing off every avenue of attack so much so that Crokes were struggling even to get out of their own half. Were it not for the goal – a long ball in the 38th minute by wing-forward Andrew Kenneally that deceived keeper Brian Moroney – it would have been a shut-out for the second half and those two injury-time Quinn points would have counted for nothing.

In these heavy conditions that work-rate was simply unsustainable for an extra 20 minutes, and where Crokes were in the luxury position of being able to introduce subs of the calibre of Kieran O’Leary, Ambrose O’Donovan and Shane O’Neill in normal time, all of whom contributed handsomely to their cause, the little club from the Aherlow glens was far more restricted and came up short. Nevertheless, it was a proud day for them, and for manager Liam Kearns though he wasn’t best pleased with the man in the middle. “I did say we were going to give them loads, and I expected we’d win this game – I’m gutted for the players. There’s no way Crokes should have got out of here with a win – we played them off the park for 60 minutes, we couldn’t have played any better. I thought the referee played for the draw, which is very disappointing from our point of view. He signalled three minutes of injury-time, played four, and where he got it from I don’t know. It was such an injustice, but that’s what always seems to happen to underdogs. I’m fierce proud of my players, they were brilliant to a man. I gave them a game-plan and they followed it better than any county team I’ve ever had. “Crokes didn’t know where they were so much of that game, didn’t know what was happening – I’m so proud of those players, and gutted for them now.”

Scorers for Dr Crokes: L Quinn 1-2; J Buckley 0-3; K O’Leary 0-3; A Kenneally 1-0; D Casey (free), C Cooper (free), B Looney, 0-1 each.

Scorers for Aherlow: B Grogan 0-4 (0-1 free); S Moloney 0-3; B O’Brien, T Hanley, 0-1 each.

DR. CROKES: C Cronin; D O’Leary, M Moloney, J Payne; S Myers, L Quinn, S Doolan; J Buckley, B McMahon; A Kenneally, E Brosnan, B Looney (c); C Cooper, D Casey, C Brady.

Subs: K O’Leary (Brady 44); A O’Donovan (Looney 53); S O’Neill (Kenneally 60+1); B Looney (McMahon 76); N O’Connell (Brosnan 78).

AHERLOW: B Moroney; M O’Brien, M Hanley, Ciarán McDonald; Chris McDonald, C Dillon, S Mullins; J Hennessey, S Moloney; B O’Brien, S Grogan, L Coskeran; T Hanley, B Grogan, D Peters.

Subs: C O’Shea (T Hanley 44); T Fahey (B O’Brien 57); B O’Brien (Coskeran 69); T Hanley (M O’Brien 75).

Referee: R Hickey (Eire Óg, Ennis)

AIB Munster Club Junior Hurling Championship Semi-Final – St. Patricks (Tipperary) 3-13 Ballydurn (Waterford) 2-13

St. Patricks (Tipperary) defeated Ballydurn (Waterford) by 3-13 to 2-13 after extra time in the AIB Munster Club Junior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday at Walsh Park Waterford.

AIB Munster Club Senior Football Championship Semi-Final – Nemo Rangers (Cork) 1-12 Stradbally (Waterford) 1-5

Kerrigan points way as powerful Nemo march on
Nemo Rangers (Cork) 1-12 Stradbally (Waterford) 1-5
By Jim O’Sullivan for the Irish Examiner newspaper
Monday, November 22, 2010
THERE was never any doubt about favourites Nemo Rangers securing their place in the AIB Munster Club football final in Páirc Uí Rinn yesterday. They got the perfect start with a fourth-minute goal from a questionable penalty but the simple explanation for their victory was that, typically, they were much more effective in taking their scores in comparison to their opponents.  Apart from the penalty, given against full-back Shane Lannon for what looked like a decent challenge on Sean O’Brien, Stradbally had reason to question an umpiring decision early in the second half, when Michael Walsh was denied what looked like a point.  They also had centre-back Eddie Rockett red-carded near the end following an incident in which Nemo forward Barry O’Driscoll was injured by a high tackle and a melee – in which a Nemo team official was implicated – developed.
However, while making the point that ‘underdogs’ always need decisions to go their way, Stradbally manager Sean Aherne wasn’t critical of the refereeing.  “The penalty gave them a cushion for the rest of the game,’’ he admitted. “I felt at half time that Stradbally would have kicked on and done better. We didn’t, so you’d have to give credit to Nemo Rangers. The better team won on the day definitely.”
Nemo manager Eddie Kirwan was pleased with the way his team responded to the concession of a goal. “There’s a prevailing attitude we weren’t going to come unstuck this year after Drom Broadford two years ago, when we let ourselves down,’’ he said. “It wasn’t going to happen today. We have conceded goals in other games before, but we are very experienced. We don’t panic. We just got a few points and closed the game down.’’ Stradbally lived up to Kirwan’s rating of them as a ‘dogged’ team, and there was early evidence of that by the way in which they fought back quickly after the penalty was confidently converted by David Kearney, following on from the first of five first-half points from top scorer Paul Kerrigan.
With inter-county hurling star ‘Brick’ Walsh again linking up with John Coffey as effectively at midfield as he had done in the quarter-final against Doonbeg, Stradbally hit back with three points in as many minutes. Interestingly, while two of them came from centre-forward Shane Aherne, it was notable that he failed to score again. One of the main reasons was he didn’t get a chance to get the ball very often as the Nemo defence remained solid. Brian O’Regan never wilted in the centre and behind him Derek Kavanagh was always in control at the edge of the square.
Nemo settled into a rhythm and Kerrigan was hugely influential, both with impeccable free-taking and in general play. Additionally, David Niblock and Peter Morgan were much more involved around the middle of the field, meaning that Nemo dictated the play more or less for the second quarter to turn over 1-7 to 0-5 in front. That lead was stretched to seven points with early scores from Kerrigan and William Morgan in the second half, following which Walsh’s ‘point’ wasn’t given after the referee consulted with his umpires. The visitors remained competitive, but their difficulty in penetrating in any serious manner limited progress until a brilliant move involving Shane Aherne, Tony Grey and Walsh ended with Robert Aherne scoring a perfect goal in the 42nd minute.
Crucially, Niall Curran missed a scorable free two minutes later and so, instead of having to cope with a three-points deficit, Stradbally saw the lead increase to five after Barry O’Driscoll put over a great score in the 47th minute. Nemo were as good as sure of their place in the final after that before Kerrigan and Alan Morgan added further scores near the end.
Scorers for Nemo Rangers: P. Kerrigan 0-7 (four frees); D. Kearney 1-1 (penalty goal); D. Niblock, W. Morgan, B. O’Driscoll (free) and A. Morgan 0-1 each.
Scorers for Stradbally: R. Aherne 1-0; N. Curran 0-3 (two frees); S. Aherne (0-2).
NEMO RANGERS: B. Morgan (capt.); D. Breen, D. Kavanagh, C. O’Shea; C. O’Brien, B. O’Regan, A. O’Reilly; P. Morgan, D. Niblock; P. Kerrigan, A. Cronin, W. Morgan; B. O’Driscoll, S. O’Brien, D. Kearney. Subs: J. Masters for O’Driscoll (injured, 57); A. Morgan for W. Morgan (59); M. Dorgan for Niblock (62).
STRADBALLY: O. Costelloe; A. Doyle, S. Lannon, T. Costelloe; J. Hearne, E. Rockett, T. Grey; M. Walsh, J. Coffey; S. Cunningham, S. Aherne, T. Connors; R. Aherne, N. Curran, T. Curran.Subs: P. Doyle for S. Cunningham (37); P. Weldon for Herne (50).
Referee: Pádraig O’Sullivan (Kerry)

AIB Munster Club Junior Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Meelin (Cork) 2-15 Effin (Limerick) 1-10

Meelin (Cork) defeated Effin (Limerick) by 2-15 to 1-10 in the AIB Munster Club Junior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday in Kilmallock.