McGrath Cup Football Q-Final – Clare 0-10 CIT 0-9

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Clare 0-10 Cork IT 0-9

By Gerry Quinn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, January 17, 2011

CLARE claimed the spoils in this competitive McGrath Cup quarter-final at Cooraclare yesterday. Fifteen minutes had elapsed before Alan Clohessy opened the home account after good work by full-forward Timmy Ryan. Points from Rory Donnelly, David O’Brien (free) and substitute David Tubridy had Clare three clear by the 32nd minute but CIT surged back to draw level courtesy of scores from Walsh, Dónal Óg Hodnett and Peadar O’Driscoll. Clare started the second half brightly with points from Clohessy and Tubridy but again they were quickly reeled in with Hodnett and sub Andy O’Brien finding the target. Kildorrery clubman O’Brien made a telling difference when introduced for John Dinneen. He kicked four points, two from play and was a constant danger to the Clare defence. Clohessy, Darren O’Neill and Donnelly again came to Clare’s aid with points (0-9 to 0-6) before CIT again hit back to narrow the gap. O’Brien landed two scores from free-kicks before the whistle but a Tubridy point five minutes from time kept Clare’s interest in the competition alive.

Scorers for Clare: D Tubridy (0-3) 1 f, A Clohessy (0-3) 2 f’s, R Donnelly (0-2), D O’Brien (0-1) f, D O’Neill (0-1).

Scorers for CIT: A O’Brien (0-4) 2 f’s, BJ Walsh (0-2) 1 f, D Óg Hodnett (0-2) f’s, P O’Driscoll (0-1).

CLARE: Joe Hayes, N White, L Healy, M McMahon, Graham Kelly, Gordon Kelly (Capt.) John Hayes, G Brennan, C O’Connor, D Daly, S McNeilis, D O’Brien, R Donnelly, T Ryan, A Clohessy.

Subs: D Tubridy for G Brennan inj. (13), S Brennan for O’Brien (half-time), D O’Neill for McNeilis (43).

CIT: B Walsh (Cork), B McGuire (Kerry), S O’Donoghue (Cork), R O’Dwyer (Cork), P Minihane (Cork), B Russell (Cork), C O’Driscoll (Cork), P Daly (Cork), S O’Hare (Waterford), P O’Driscoll (Cork), BJ Walsh (Kerry), R Power (Cork), J Dinneen (Cork), H Curran (Cork), D Óg Hodnett (Cork).

Subs: A Walsh (Cork) for Daly inj. (8), B O’Regan (Cork) for McGuire (half-time), S Kelleher (Cork) for P O’Driscoll (40), A O’Brien (Cork) for Dinneen (50), W O’Mahony (Cork) for Hodnett inj. (56).

Referee: K O’Brien (Tipperary)

McGrath Cup Football Q-Final – Kerry 2-18 LIT 0-5

Kingdom romp to meeting with Cork

Kerry 2-17 Limerick IT 0-5

By Murt Murphy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, January 17, 2011

KERRY booked a McGrath Cup semi-final with All-Ireland champions Cork on Sunday following this mismatch at Austin Stack Park, Tralee yesterday. The hosts bossed this tie from the outset with Darran O’Sullivan looking sharp, in his return to attack after playing at wing-back last week. LIT, thanks to two early points from their Limerick senior Ger Collins, trailed 0-4 to 0-2 after 15 minutes, with Alan O’Sullivan, Gary Sayers and David Geaney (2 frees) on the mark for Kerry.

However, with Tomas Ó Sé, Padraig Reidy and Jonathon Lyne solid in defence, the Kingdom began to pull clear. A succession of points, including a superb effort from Lyne, saw Kerry race 0-8 to 0-2 clear by the 30th minute, and it was game over in the 32nd minute when David Geaney’s 45 was punched to the net by his cousin Paul. Kerry led 1-10 to 0-3 and early points from Alan O’Sullivan and Darran O’Sullivan extended Kerry’s lead before a David Geaney goal heaped further misery on the students (2-14 to 0-3).

Scorers for Kerry: D Geaney 1-6 (0-4 frees), P Geaney 1-3, D O’Sullivan 0-2 (0-1 free), J Lyne and A O’Sullivan 0-2 each, G Sayers, and B O’Grady 0-1 each.

Scorers for LIT: G Collins 0-3 (0-1free), E O’Connor 0-1 free, G O’Gorman 0-1.

KERRY: T Mac An tSaoir; K O’Dwyer, P Reidy, S Enright; J Lyne, T Ó Sé, E Hickson; S Scanlon, A O’Sullivan; G Sayers, Darran O’Sullivan, B O’Grady; D Geaney, K Donaghy, P Geaney.

Subs: N O’Mahony for G Sayers (ht), D Moran for S Scanlon (47), C O’Mahony for T Ó Sé (47), D O’Sullivan for S Enright (47), M O’Donoghue for K Donaghy (52).

LIMERICK INSTITUTE TECHNOLOGY: P Dwyer; S Bolton, N Brady, P Dalton; N Gaughan, E Leamy, P Sheehan; E Cummins, C Talty; D McNamara, D Clohessy, E O’Connor; D Heffernan, G Collins, G O’Gorman.

Subs: T McCarthy for D Clohessy (43), S Lenihan for E Leamy (45), S Hayes for D Heffernan (50), D Murtagh for P Dalton (inj 55).

Referee: B Tyrell (Tipperary)

Match Preview

Kerry face a college team for the second successive week when they face IT Limerick at Austin Stack Park, having enjoyed a narrow win over IT Tralee last weekend. Paul Geaney was the star of the show last week and he is one of several players manager Jack O’Connor will be keeping an eye on.

McGrath Cup Football Q-Final – Cork 3-11 Limerick 0-12

Cork defeated Limerick by 3-11 to 0-12 in the McGrath Cup Football Quarter-Final on Sunday at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Rebel reserves still calling shots

Cork 3-11 Limerick 0-12

By Denis Hurley for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, January 17, 2011

GREATER composure in front of goal ensured Cork set up a first meeting of the season with Kerry as they accounted for their hosts in the McGrath Cup at the Gaelic Grounds yesterday. The largely experimental side seized control with two first-half goals through Fiachra Lynch and Kevin MacMahon, while second-half Limerick pressure was extinguished when Denis O’Sullivan found the net. There were many positives to be taken from this by Cork manager Conor Counihan on his return from the team holiday in South Africa. The manager said little in the aftermath other than confirming that the full squad will resume training tomorrow night and that there have been no other retirements apart from Derek Kavanagh. Selector Terry O’Neill was happy with the outcome given the strength of the Limerick team, which included John Galvin, Stephen Kelly, Johnny McCarthy and Ian Ryan. “We were pleased, considering we were coming up here and conceding home advantage,” he said. “Limerick had seven or eight of their best team and we had three of our panel from last year, and Donncha O’Connor came on towards the end. “Every game that these guys play and win, it’s giving them that bit more exposure, which is what we entered the competition for. We were hoping to get two or three games and we have that now. You can see by the effort given that they all want to play.”

Cork were able to call upon Ger Spillane, Eoin Cotter and Fiachra Lynch. Of this trio, Lynch stood out, scoring 1-3 in the first half as the visitors sought to isolate him close to goal, where he caused Barry Fitzpatrick problems. His goal on 18 minutes, after he won a Jason Sexton delivery, made it 1-3 to 0-2 before the second green flag by Kevin MacMahon seven minutes later put seven between the teams, 2-4 to 0-3. The Carbery Rangers player profited from a fine pass by Alan O’Connor and when Lynch escaped the shackles of new marker McCarthy, Cork were rampant. Points by Fitzpatrick and Ryan – Limerick’s most potent threat – left six in it at the break, with the home side facing an uphill struggle. They did briefly cut the gap to three points after three scores in-a-row, two by Ryan and one from John Cooke, early in the second half before O’Sullivan’s goal killed any hopes of a comeback.

The Ballinscarthy wing-back’s performance, tight in defence and scoring 1-1 at the other end, improved his standing after a good game against WIT and O’Neill feels he has a future in a red jersey. “I’ve known Denis since he was minor,” he said. “He has natural ability as well, great stamina, he has come back well after having two cruciate operations. “It’s going to take him maybe another 12 months but if he commits himself to the level that’s expected and required of this standard, he has great potential.”

Another to impress in the second half for Cork was sub Mark Cronin. He landed three points in five minutes after his introduction, and O’Neill was also happy with how he had taken to the step up to inter-county level. “I’d know him from seeing him with Gabriel Rangers when they won the west Cork junior last year and I’ll say straight up that they wouldn’t have won it without him. “They scored an average of around 1-10 and he was scoring 1-6, 1-7 in nearly every match. If a guy can do that, you must try and expose him at a higher level to see what he can do. “We’ve seen over the last two Sundays that he’s a very natural footballer.”

Scorers for Cork: F Lynch 1-3; D O’Sullivan; K MacMahon 1-1 each; M Cronin 0-3, D Goold, AJ O’Connor, J Sexton 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: I Ryan 0-7 (0-5f); L Costello 0-2, J Cooke, B Fitzpatrick, D Kelly 0-1 each.

CORK: D Lordan; B Shanahan, G Spillane, E Cotter; D O’Sullivan, R O’Sullivan, AJ O’Connor; A O’Connor, E Keane; T O’Neill, D Goold, K MacMahon; J Sexton, F Lynch, C O’Driscoll.

Subs: M Cronin for Sexton (51), D O’Connor for Keane (54), M Herlihy for O’Driscoll (60), D O’Donovan for MacMahon (65), M Dilworth for Goold (68).

LIMERICK: C Wallace; J McCarthy, B Fitzpatrick (0-1), M Sheehan; M McCormack, S Gallagher, P Ranahan; E Joy, J Galvin; J Mullane, S Kelly, D McCarthy; L Costello (0-2), J Cooke (0-1), I Ryan (0-7, 0-5f).

Subs: J Hoare for McCormack (44), D Kelly (0-1) for D McCarthy (57), E Fitzgibbon for Sheehan (62), P Kinnerk for Cooke (64), P Ahern for Kinnerick (68, injured).

Referee: M Condon (Waterford)

Team News

The Limerick Senior Football team to play Cork on Sunday is as follows –

1. Conor Wallace Hospital-Herbertstown.

2. Johnny McCarthy St. Kieran’s.

3. Barry Fitzpatrick Monaleen.

4. Mike Sheehan Fr. Casey’s.

5. Mike McCormack Mungret.

6. Shane Gallagher Ballysteen.

7. Pa Ranahan Ballysteen.

8. Eoin Joy Fr. Casey’s.

9. John Galvin Croom.

10. John Mullane St. Patrick’s.

11. Sean Buckley Drom-Broadford.

12. Derry McCarthy Drom-Broadford.

13. Liam Costelloe Adare.

14. John Cooke Bruff.

15. Ian Ryan St. Senan’s.

Subs:

16. Ger Ryan Galbally.

17. John Riordan Fr. Casey’s.

18. Eoin Fitzgibbon Oola.

19. James Kelly Newcastlewest.

20. Stephen Lucey Croom.

21. Stephen Kelly Newcastlewest.

22. John Bourke Oola

23. Paidi Ahern (Kilteely/Dromkeen)

24. Donagh Kelly (Fr. Casey’s)

25. Paul Kinnerk (Monaleen)

Match Preview

All-Ireland champions Cork’s strength in depth was evident when what was effectively their third team had an easy 0-19 to 0-5 win over IT Waterford last weekend. With most of their squad arriving back from a team holiday in South Africa on Friday, manager Conor Counihan is expected to add four or five players to last week’s squad. Limerick boss Maurice Horan has named an experienced side by including five of the team that played in Limerick’s GAA All-Ireland Qualifier defeat to the Rebels last year.

McGrath Cup Football Q-Final – Waterford 0-11 Tipperary 0-9

Waterford defeated Tipperary by 0-11 to 0-9 in the McGrath Cup Football Quarter-Final on Sunday at Walsh Park Waterford.

Déise boss heaps praise on charges

Waterford 0-11 Tipperary 0-9

By John Murphy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, January 17, 2011

WATERFORD boss John Owens heaped praise on his understrength team after stunning Tipperary in this McGrath Cup quarter-final at Walsh Park yesterday. The visitors started well with points from James Egan (free), Peter Acheson, and Barry Grogan. But Waterford settled and efforts from Kevin Power, Mark Ferncombe and Brian Wall (free) had them level by the 20th minute. Scores from Egan and Seamus Grogan edged Tipperary ahead but Waterford finished the half in style and points from Power, Shane Briggs, and John Hurney had them 0-6 to 0-5 ahead at the break. After early Tipp pressure on the resumption, Waterford responded with a brace of superb points from full forward Patrick Hurney. Tipp had two late goal chance but a home defence, in which Shane Briggs was outstanding, comfortably held out.

Scorers for Waterford: K. Power (0-3); P. Hurney (0-3); E. Walsh, S. Briggs, J. Hurney, B. Wall (f), M. Ferncombe, (0-1) each.

Scorers for Tipperary: B. Grogan (0-2); J. Egan (0-2, 0-1 free); C. Sweeney (0-2, 0-1 free); B. Mulvihill (f), P. Acheson, S. Grogan (0-1) each.

WATERFORD: K. Cotter; K. Connery, T. O’Gorman, C. Phelan; E. Walsh, S. Briggs, J. Hurney; B. Phelan, T. Prendergast; W. Hennessy, K. Power, B. Wall; M. Ferncombe, P. Hurney, S. Fleming.
Subs: G. Kelly for Cotter (ht); J. Phelan for Walsh (45); J. Walsh for Connery (50); M. O’Gorman for Phelan (58); J. Veale for Fleming (62).

TIPPERARY: P. Fitzgerald; N. Curran, P. Codd, A. Morrissey; C. McGrath, L. Egan, C. Dillon; G. Hannigan, B. Jones; P. Acheson, S. Grogan, B. Mulvihill; J. Egan, S. Hahessy, B. Grogan.
Subs: A. Matassa for Hahessy (45); C. Sweeney for J. Egan (58); D.Dwyer for S. Grogan (61).

Referee: C. Lane, Cork
Hurney on song for Waterford

From the Irish Times newspaper

Waterford 0-11 Tipperary 0-9

WATERFORD ARE through to the semi-finals of the McGrath Cup after a two point win over Tipperary in Walsh Park yesterday. Tipperary started the game very strongly and with Barry Grogan looking very dangerous, they raced into an early three-point lead. However, Waterford soon settled down and with corner-forward Seán Fleming very prominent, they were level after 20 minutes with Kevin Power kicking the first of his three points.

The sides were level until Waterford centre-back Shane Briggs broke upfield to kick a fine point which sent his side in at the break with a one-point lead. Waterford were the first out of the blocks in the second half with Eamonn Walsh and then Kevin Power scoring to extend their lead to three points. Waterford were boosted by three second-half points by full-forward Patrick Hurney, which were enough to help them seal a morale-boosting victory.

WATERFORD: K Cotter: C Phelan, T O’Gorman, K Connery; E Walsh (0-1), S Briggs (0-1), J Hurney (0-1); B Phelan, T Prendergast; W Hennessy, K Power (0-3), B Wall (0-1, free); M Ferncombe (0-1), P Hurney (0-3), S Fleming. Subs: G Kelly for K Cotter, J Phelan for E Walsh, J Walsh for K Connery, M O’Gorman for B Phelan, J Veale for S Fleming.

TIPPERARY: P Fitzgerald; N Curran, P Codd, A Morrissey; C McGrath, L Egan, C Dillon; G Hannigan, B Jones; P Acheson (0-1), S Grogan (0-1), B Mulvihill (0-1, free); J Egan (0-2, one free), S Hahessy, B Grogan (0-2) Subs: A Matassa for S Hahessy, C Sweeney (0-2, one free) for J Egan, D Dwyer for S Grogan.

Referee: C Lane (Cork)

Team News

The Tipperary Senior Football team to play Waterford is as follows –

Paul Fitzgerald Fethard

David Buckley Inane Rovers

Paddy Codd Killenaule

Andrew Morrissey Galtee Rovers

Ciaran McGrath Loughmore/Castleiney

Lorcan Egan JK Brackens

Cathal Dillon Aherlow

George Hannigan Shannon Rovers

Brian Jones Arravale Rovers

Peter Acheson Moyle Rovers

Seamus Grogan Aherlow

Brian Mulvihill Moyle Rovers

James Egan Loughmore/Castleiney

Stephen Hahessy Carrick Swans

Barry Grogan Aherlow

Subs:

Ciaran Kenderick Moyle Rovers

Niall Curran Mullinahone

Darragh Dwyer Moyle Rovers

Donal Lynch Clonmel Commercials

Alan Rockett Carrick Swans

Aldo Matassa Clonmel Commercials

Brian Coen Fethard

Conor Sweeney Ballyporeen

Johnny Cagney Clonmel Óg

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Preliminary Round – Clare 1-19 ITT 2-13

Clare defeated the Institute of Technology Tralee by 1-19 to 2-13 in the Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Preliminary Round on Sunday in Sixmilebridge.