The Realities of Pitch Maintenance

The Realities of Pitch Maintenance

Modern pitch maintenance requires much more than cutting and the application of an agricultural compound fertiliser a few times a year. Other factors must be taken into account in order to achieve good results from the playing surface such as:-

– Safety.

– Drainage.

– Compaction.

– Uniform Ball Response.

The application of sand as in Sand Topdressing Programmes is not an end in itself but only one of a number of annual interlinked operations necessary to achieve a good quality playing surface.

All pitches require an annual overhaul to ensure that performance over the following playing season meets the standards demanded. This annual overhaul must rectify the following problems:-

– Ease Compaction built up during heavy use over the last

number of seasons.

– Ensure that divots and depressions which might be responsible

for accidents are eliminated.

– Grass quality is of a standard to give good ball response,

that the grass density is high and the grass types making up the

sward meets the requirements of high volumes of play.

– Nutrient levels are such that slow growth is achieved over as long

a period as possible during the year and more importantly that

flushes of soft grass are avoided and the volumes of cut grass

being removed or left on the surface after cutting is reduced.

I address a number of these operations hereunder.

Compaction

The intense compaction caused by thirty pairs of booted feet continuously pounding on an area of 1.2 – 1.3 hectares, under a wide range of weather conditions, is extremely more intense than anything encountered in agriculture. Easing this compaction is essential to ensure safe playing conditions and to encourage a good grass sward with desirable grass species.

Aeration must be carried out at least annually or more often if possible and carried out with a machine which will cause fracturing of the soils thereby easing the compaction and allowing for enhanced drainage and deeper root growth.

Topdressing

Topdress with good quality sand to enhance the ability of the playing surface to take stress, thus reducing compaction, fills minor depressions and promotes tillering of specific grass types leading to a thicker sward. However it is the combination of aeration and topdressing that gives superior results.

Fertilisers

Applications of fertilisers have historically been confined to Agricultural products whose formulation is designed for maximum dry matter yield such as silage, and cereals, these products are not suitable for playing pitches as they result in excessive soft growth which in turn requires increased cutting and results in a build up of dead plant material at the surface of the pitch. This dead plant material impedes young grasses coming through. The recent availability of pitch specific slow release products at an economical cost has seen enhanced pitch quality and lower maintenance costs.

Other Operations

Maintenance practices which are recommended to be carried out on a 24 – 36 month cycle and bring great benefit to playing surfaces are Scarifying and Overseeding.

Scarification

Scarification is the use of vertical blades to remove dead plant material from the surface of the pitch. This dead plant material builds up when grass is cut and left on the surface and because of the natural process of grasses dying off. The build up of dead plant material known as ‘Thatch’ kills off desirable grasses and encourages weed grasses and bare patches.

Scarification results in the removal of this dead material and aids tillering of desirable grass types which aids sward development.

Overseeding

Overseeding, a practice common in Agriculture is also very important in pitch maintenance.

The grass types on a pitch will alter over time, the percentages of the grasses sown initially will reduce over time and with usage letting native undesirable grasses increase. Overseeding with good quality grass types on a 24 – 36 month cycle, slows down this process and keeps the playing surface in good playing condition. It is necessary when overseeding to stitch seed into the surface to achieve a high percentage of seed take, broadcasting the seed on the surface results in very low take.

To achieve the best results from the overseeding operation seed bed conditions are required which can be achieved by firstly Scarifying the surface, secondly Topdressing the surface, thirdly Aerating the surface and finally Stitch Seeding into the playing surface.

JAMES HEALY.

Turf Grass Consultant & Agronomist

Frewen Cup Final – Tralee CBS 1-11 St. Flannan’s 1-10

Tralee’s half-time switches turn final lights out for Flannan’s

Tralee CBS 1-11 St Flannan’s (Ennis) 1-10

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Thursday, March 31, 2011

TRALEE CBS withstood a fierce challenge from St Flannan’s to capture honours in an exciting Frewen Cup (Munster Colleges U16½ AFC) final at the Limerick venue of Croagh yesterday afternoon. Tralee CBS, who included Kerry senior defender Marc Ó Sé amongst their management team, secured their second title in four years and that was principally due to a fine second-half display as they overcame a 1-5 to 1-3 interval deficit to triumph. Tralee CBS benefited from some astute half-time positional switches which aided their success. Captain Niall Sheehy thrived when moved to centre-forward as he kicked sublime points from open play and dead ball. Greg Horan helped Tralee gain a stronger foothold at midfield and, in the closing stages, helped his defence stymie the influence of St Flannan’s attacker Martin O’Leary. Full-back Argent Kastrati and wing-back Tom McLoughlin excelled in the Tralee rearguard as the match progressed while Danny Carroll was an incisive presence up front.

In this competition last year, St Flannan’s were routed by 19 points at the quarter-final stage by Tralee. But this time the St Flannan’s defence, led by Aidan McGuane, Stephen Ward and Shane O’Donnell, restricted the space available to the Tralee attack. Captain Sean Corry was to the fore at midfield, Tadgh Lynch was an energetic force all over the pitch while Kilmihil player O’Leary caused difficulties for Tralee. Flannan’s were rocked when the Kerry side pounced for a goal in the ninth minute. Conor Jordan pumped a long ball forward which was fisted across by Carroll and substitute Kyle Fitzgibbon, only on the pitch for a minute having replaced the injured Brian Scannell, lashed the loose ball to the net.

However St Flannan’s regained control with O’Leary punishing indiscretions by Tralee players as he claimed three points, while another fine effort by wing-back Conor Clancy saw the Ennis school lead 0-5 to 1-1 by the 21st minute. Tralee regained the initiative with splendid scores by Carroll and Sheehy, yet the St Flannan’s challenge was boosted considerably in first-half injury-time when O’Leary tore through the Tralee defence before passing off to David Conroy. His goalbound drive took a deflection and looped up over goalkeeper Maurice Leen and nestled in the bottom corner of the net.

St Flannan’s built on that score when O’Leary pointed soon after the break to leave them 1-6 to 1-3 ahead. Tralee then started to command matters in key positions and kicked six of the game’s next seven points — Sheehy was responsible for four of those. By the 51st minute, Tralee were in the ascendancy by 1-9 to 1-7, yet St Flannan’s battled admirably until the finish. Barry Lynch and O’Leary knocked over points to tie the sides at 1-9 apiece with four minutes left but Tralee surged downfield with Carroll and Jordan scoring from their next two attacks. A late point by Ciaran MacMathuna was all St Flannan’s could muster as Tralee held on for glory.

Scorers for Tralee CBS: N Sheehy 0-5 (3f); D Carroll 0-3; K Fitzgibbon 1-0; R Quill, M Wrenn, C Jordan 0-1 each.

Scorers for St Flannan’s: M O’Leary 0-5 (4f, 1 ‘45); D Conroy 1-0; C MacMathúna 0-2 (1f); C Clancy, T Kerins, B Lynch 0-1 each.

TRALEE CBS: M Leen (Ballymacelligott); B Walsh (Austin Stacks), A Kastrati (John Mitchels), T Begley (Kerins O’Rahilly’s); B Howard (Ballymacelligott), C Jordan (Austin Stacks), T McLoughlin (Austin Stacks); N Sheehy (John Mitchels), J Moran (John Mitchels); B Scannell (Kerins O’Rahilly’s), G Horan (Austin Stacks), E McAllen (Austin Stacks); J Savage (Kerins O’Rahilly’s), D Carroll (Austin Stacks), R Quill (Kerins O’Rahilly’s).

Subs: K Fitzgibbon (Austin Stacks) for Scannell (8), M Wrenn (John Mitchels) for McAllen (41), A Duggan (Austin Stacks) for Savage (41), S O’Connor (John Mitchels) for Howard (53).

ST FLANNAN’S: K Normoyle (Lissycasey); C Dolan (Éire Óg), A McGuane (Kilmihil), R Rafferty (Michael Cusacks); S Ward (Clarecastle), S O’Donnell (Éire Óg), C Clancy (Clarecastle); S Corry (Éire Óg), C MacMathúna (Éire Óg); D Conroy (St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield), B Lynch (Lissycasey), D Kerins (St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield); M O’Leary (Kilmihil), E Courtney (Éire Óg), T Lynch (Clondegad).

Referee: S Hourigan (Rathkeale)

Presentation of Frewen Cup by Christy Killeen to captain of  Tralee CBS, Niall Sheehy
Tralee CBS – 2011 Frewen Cup Champions
Photos courtesy of Adrienne McLoughlin

Allianz Hurling League Division 1 – Kilkenny 2-16 Waterford 1-13

Kilkenny defeated Waterford by 2-16 to 1-13 in the Allianz Hurling League on Sunday at Nowlan Park Kilkenny.


Allianz Hurling League Division 2 – Limerick 3-18 Carlow 1-15

Limerick defeated Carlow by 3-18 to 1-15 in Round 5 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 2 on Sunday at Dr. Cullen Park Carlow.


Allianz Hurling League Division 1 – Cork 1-14 Tipperary 1-14

Cork and Tipperary played out an exciting draw in Round 5 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 on Sunday at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

No advantage in cagey encounter

By KEITH DUGGAN at Páirc Uí Chaoimh for the Irish Times newspaper

ALLIANZ HURLING LEAGUE DIVISION ONE Cork 1-14 Tipperary 1-14: THIS WAS such a cagey match that even Ben O’Connor, Cork’s most reliable of sharpshooters, couldn’t separate the teams from a dead-ball opportunity in the very last seconds. Even as the home voices among a decent crowd of 7,782 began to roar approval his free – awkwardly angled but well within his compass – came back off the post and was swept up by the Tipperary defenders. It brought about the fairest result to a match in which both teams were clearly in self-discovery mode and which in all likelihood ends their ambitions of adding to their haul of league silverware this year.

Of more immediate concern to the All-Ireland champions was the first-half injury to Paddy Stapleton, who joins Brendan Maher on Tipperary’s extensive injury list. The Borrisoleigh man collapsed in a heap after Cork’s towering forward Michael Cussen crashed through him on his way to making a spectacular catch. There was nothing malicious about the collision – in fact, the resultant free went to the Cork men – but Stapleton took a hard knock to the back of his head. “Paddy is gone to hospital,” Declan Ryan confirmed as he stood outside the Tipperary dressingroom afterwards. “Provisional examination shows he might have some whip damage but we don’t know the extent of it yet. The injuries are piling up. We are heading to Galway now and we are going to use it as preparation for the championship. “All of these games are better than training. I think the second half wasn’t far off championship intensity and I think we can be happy enough with the way our guys stuck to the task even after John O’Brien got sent off.”

O’Brien’s dismissal for a second yellow card after he became entangled with the excellent Eoin Cadogan, occurred with just two minutes left and Tipperary defending a one-point lead. A period of open play had flared immediately after half-time, with Luke Farrell finding the net for Cork after Brendan Cummins managed to block Cian McCarthy’s initial strike. Cork followed that with a beautiful point from Cathal Naughton but the daylight wasn’t long closing: Benny Dunne goaled for Tipperary in the 41st minute after a direct run at the Cork goal and then Pa Bourke scored a 65 to level the scores again. “Yeah, Benny got a great goal there,” Ryan said. “It was very important from a management point of view to see that kind of response. Whether we are out of contention or not, we are going to be trying our best for the next two games. This day eight weeks we are playing championship and that is the focal point for us.” Gearóid Ryan had a strong match at midfield for Tipperary and in addition to his goal, Dunne landed a fine first-half point and took some heavy challenges over the afternoon.

Noel McGrath exhibited his trademark vision and sweet touch in an understated performance but as a unit, Tipperary’s attack never fully motored. Lar Corbett had an exceptionally quiet afternoon, one of three starting forwards who did not score from play. And it wasn’t as if they were squandering chances: just five wides in the match, four of those from well struck attempts from deep (including a free and 65) by Pa Bourke. But they were stout in defence, with Pádraic Maher a dominant figure at number six, particularly after Stapleton’s departure.

The Cork attack fired sporadically also. The quest to convert Tom Kenny into a right-half forward was not greatly advanced by today’s evidence, as the Grenagh man had to content himself with scrapping on the fringes rather than making a more explosive impact from deep in the midfield. Cork’s forward thrust came from familiar sources, Cadogan and John Gardiner, who worked a wonderfully fly first-half point from a free for Ronan Curran to land, a piece of improvisation which caught Tipp nodding. Jamie Nagle, making his full league debut as a late replacement for Brian Murphy, enjoyed an auspicious start, holding his own patch of ground and sweeping across the Cork half-back line when required. Stephen McDonnell had a comfortable afternoon at corner back for the home team.

Cian McCarthy finished with three fine points to his name, including an excellent sideline cut, while Pa Cronin grew more authoritative at midfield as the game wore on, claiming a puck-out from Donal Óg Cusack and landing an excellent point in the 44th minute – which once again gave the home team a narrow lead, 1-9 to 1-8 at this stage. But crisp, quick scores like that were rare. Everything was contested and much was scrappy. The exchanges heated up in the second half, with Jerry O’Connor’s cracking point on 50 minutes – a clean, low drive from 70 metres after a quick flick from Pa Cronin – perhaps the highlight of the day. As the minutes ticked on, the match tightened up and Bill Cooper won a free in front of the stand which set O’Connor up for a last-gasp crack at victory.

CORK : D Óg Cusack; S McDonnell, E Cadogan, S Murphy; J Gardiner (0-2, frees), R Curran (0-1), J Nagle; L McLoughlin, P Cronin (0-1); T Kenny, C McCarthy (0-3, 0-1 sideline), C Naughton (0-1); B O’Connor (0-4, frees), M Cussen, L Farrell (1-1). Subs : J O’Connor (0-1) for McLoughlin (33 mins), N McCarthy for Naughton (54 mins), P Horgan for Kenny (55 mins), P O’Sullivan for Cussen (59 mins), B Cooper for McCarthy (66 mins).

TIPPERARY : B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, M Cahill; J O’Keeffe, Pa Maher, D Young; G Ryan (0-1), S McGrath; B Dunne (1-2), N McGrath (0-3), P Maher; S Bourke, P Bourke (0-6, 0-3 frees, 0-2 65s), L Corbett. Subs : E Connolly for Stapleton (15 mins, inj), B O’Meara (0-1) for S Bourke (half-time), J O’Brien (0-1) for P Maher (53 mins), M Gleeson for S McGrath (62 mins), J Coghlan for Young (69 mins).

Referee: M Wadding (Waterford).

 

All thoughts turn to Thurles

Cork 1-14 Tipperary 1-14

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, March 28, 2011

A CRACKING second half to this Allianz NHL game in Páirc Uí Chaoimh yesterday really whet the appetite for the May 29 championship opener between these two sides in Thurles. Both had late opportunities to take maximum points but that would have been harsh as neither side deserved to lose. “Doesn’t do either side any favours for the league,” said Tipperary manager Declan Ryan, “but it doesn’t do either side any harm for May 29 either,” which just about summed things up.

Tied for fifth and sixth spot before the game, both teams really needed a win to keep their slim play-off hopes alive. They are not completely out if yet but must rely on Galway and Kilkenny — now the two teams on top — to suffer a collapse in form and lose both their two remaining games to sneak in. On Ryan’s second point, again there can be very little debate — May 29 in Thurles has been the focus for both these two sides.

Tipperary began well, looking every inch the champions they are, and were three points in front after five minutes thanks to Pa Bourke, Noel McGrath and the evergreen Benny Dunne. Soon, however, and inspired by an outstanding half-back line of John Gardiner, Ronan Curran and late call-up James Nagle, who had a terrific game, Cork settled down and by the ninth minute had tied it up at three points apiece. That was all thanks to the dangerous Luke O’Farrell, Cian McCarthy — who troubled Padraic Maher at centre-back — and a long free from the superb Gardiner. From there to the break it was nip-and-tuck, Tipp nosing ahead 0-7 to 0-6 thanks mainly to the accuracy from placed balls of Bourke but it was poor fare, Cork especially careless with seven wides, against just one registered by Tipp.

Both defences were on top, the full-back line of Stephen McDonnell, Eoin Cadogan and Shane Murphy doing well, while for Tipperary Paul Curran was dealing comfortably with the aerial threat provided by Michael Cussen. The second half saw a huge improvement in the hurling standard, Cork opening with a bang — a goal from a narrow angle by O’Farrell after Brendan Cummins had done well to deny Cussen. Points by Cathal Naughton and Cian McCarthy followed to put Cork four points in front, the majority in the near 8,000 crowd roaring them on. Then came a rare error by the defence, allowing Benny Dunne an almost free run from wide right to shoot one-handed and beat the advancing Donal Óg Cusack.

That goal put Tipperary right back in it the game and a point from a Bourke 65 soon levelled matters. From there to the finish, and just as it had been in the first half, it was tit-for-tat, never more than two points between the sides. Ben O’Connor hit a point, brother Jerry converted a boomer from midfield and partner Pa Cronin did likewise for Cork, with Benny Dunne, subs O’Meara and John O’Brien and midfielder Gearoid Ryan doing the scoring for Tipperary. Approaching the final minutes it was Cork two points behind, 1-14 to 1-12.

Twice thereafter Ben O’Connor did the business from placed balls for Cork, only to be denied by the post with a last-second effort from wide right on the 20m line. The game does leave Cork manager Denis Walsh with something of a selection headache — who will he pick for that May date? “I don’t know!” he said; “If you take James Nagle, coming in today for his first start and really, really did well, and he’s still U-21. “In midfield I thought Lorcán (McLoughlin) was good until he got a knock, he was carrying a shoulder injury coming in. Stephen McDonnell was answering a lot of questions and Shane Murphy came in and did very well. “I’m going to have a headache deciding, there’s no doubt about that,” he added.

For Tipp boss Ryan, injuries are the main concern, with two All Stars — Brendan Maher (broken ankle) and Eoin Kelly (broken finger) — ruled out yesterday, and Paddy Stapleton taken off yesterday. “Paddy is gone to hospital, provisional examinations show that he might have some rib damage but we don’t know the exact extent of it yet — the injuries are piling up.”

Subs for Cork: J O’Connor for McLoughlin (32), N McCarthy for Naughton (53), P Horgan for Kenny (55), P O’Sullivan for Cussen (58), B Cooper for McCarthy (67).

Subs for Tipperary: E Connolly for Stapleton (15), B O’Meara for S Bourke (35), J O’Brien for Patrick Maher (52), M Gleeson for S McGrath (62), J Coghlan for Young (70).

Scorers for Cork: L O’Farrell 1-1; B O’Connor 0-4 (4f); C McCarthy 0-3 (1 s/l); J Gardiner 0-2 (2f), R Curran, P Cronin, C Naughton, J O’Connor, 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: P Bourke 0-6 (5f, 1 ‘65); B Dunne 1-2; N McGrath 0-3; G Ryan, B O’Meara, J O’Brien (0-1 each).

Referee: M Wadding (Waterford)

 

Honours even between Cork and Tipp

From the GAA.ie web site

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Cork 1-14 Tipperary 1-14

Any lingering hopes Cork and Tipperary had of making the Allianz Hurling League final have been all but extinguished after the great Munster rivals played out a 1-14 to 1-14 at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday afternoon. Neither manager will be too dismayed, though, as both sides will have gained far more from this thrilling encounter on Leeside. Dubbed as a dress rehearsal for the Munster GAA Hurling Championship quarter-final between the sides on May 29, hurling fans all over the country will be in for a major treat if the main event can come close to matching the drama of this Leeside thriller. In an edge-of-the-seat finale, John Gardiner levelled the game for the Rebels in injury time with a brilliantly-struck long-range free, before Ben O’Connor thought he had filched both points for the home side only to be denied by the post.

“The players are a bit disappointed in there and I am myself because we felt we played well enough to win the game,” said Cork manager Denis Walsh. “Saying that it was probably a fair result because Tipperary played well enough as well.” While the first half was interesting, there were few signs of the pyrotechnics to come, as Pa Bourke notched four points from frees to leave the Premier County 0-7 to 0-6 to the good at the break. Cian McCarthy, the son of former dual star Teddy, grabbed two points from play in the first half for Cork, one of which was a sweetly struck sideline cut from 50 metres out.

The Rebels took little time to scrub Tipperary’s lead, as they made an ideal start to the second half when corner forward Luke O’Farrell drove home a fine goal after Michael Cussen’s close-range shot had been blocked. When Cathal Naughton added a point in the next attack, the Rebels had a three-point cushion. The All-Ireland champions were back on level terms when Benny Dunne cut through the Cork defence and finished with a low shot to the back of Dónal Óg Cusack’s net. Ben O’Connor and midfielder Patrick Cronin, with a brilliant point from midfield, nudged Cork back into the lead, but three points in succession, the third coming from substitute John O’Brien, gave Tipperary the advantage going into the closing stages.

O’Brien was then sent off for a second yellow card offence after he was involved in an off-the-ball incident with Cork full back Eoin Cadogan, but it appeared as if his point would be enough to land the two points on offer. However, Gardiner restored parity with a late free and then came the moment of high drama. Cork were awarded a free from a tight angle after Bill Cooper was fouled under the covered stand, but Ben O’Connor and Cork were denied when the Newtownshandrum man’s free hit the left hand post and dropped back into play.

Team News

The Tipperary team to play Cork in the Allianz hurling league on Sunday shows 4 changes from the team which defeated Offaly in the last round. Paddy Stapleton, Shane McGrath, Shane Bourke and Lar Corbett come into the side in place of Eddie Connolly, Brendan Maher (injured), Paul Kelly and Eoin Kelly (injured). It will be Shane Bourke’s first time to start a league game for Tipperary having made his debut as a substitute against Offaly.

1. Brendan Cummins (Ballybacon-Grange)

2. Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)

3. Paul Curran (Mullinahone) Captain

4. Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh)

5. John O’Keeffe (Clonoulty Rossmore)

6. Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

7. David Young (Toomevara)

8. Gearóid Ryan (Templederry Kenyons)

9. Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch)

10. Benny Dunne (Toomevara)

11. Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)

12. Patrick Maher (Lorrha & Dorrha)

13. Shane Bourke (JK Brackens)

14. Pa Bourke (Thurles Sarsfields)

15. Lar Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields)

 

The Cork team to play Tipperary in the Allianz Hurling League on Sunday at 2.30pm in Páirc Uí Chaoimh lines out as follows:

1. Dónal Óg Cusack

2. Stephen McDonnell 3. Eoin Cadogan 4. Shane Murphy

5. John Gardiner 6. Ronan Curran 7. Brian Murphy

8. Lorcán McLoughlin 9. Pa Cronin

10. Tom Kenny 11. Cian McCarthy 12. Cathal Naughton

13. Ben O’Connor 14. Michael Cussen 15. Luke O’Farrell

16 Anthony Nash Kanturk

17 Eoin Dillon Milford

18 Conor O’Sullivan Sarsfields

19 Mark Ellis Millstreet

20 Graham Callanan Glen Rovers

21 Jerry O’Connor Newtownshandrum

22 Niall McCarthy Carrigtwohill

23 Patrick Horgan Glen Rovers

24 Paudie O’Sullivan Cloyne

25 Bill Cooper Youghal

26 Jamie Coughlan Newtownshandrum

The game will be broadcast live on C103, and there will also be live updates on the Cork GAA Twitter page at http://twitter.com/#!/OfficialCorkGAA

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Clare 1-7 Longford 0-8

Clare edge out Longford

Clare 1-7 Longford 0-8

By Gerry Quinn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, March 28, 2011

CLARE had two points to spare over Longford at Cusack Park, Ennis yesterday. The home-side enjoyed a 1-6 to 0-4 advantage at the break. Although they only managed one score in the second period, a long range David Tubridy pointed free, it still proved enough for their third win of this campaign. Longford for their part were far too reliant on corner-forward Sean McCormack for scores, while man of the match Gary Brennan supplied the game’s only goal with a fisted effort deep into injury-time in the opening half.

Scorers for Clare: D Tubridy 0-6 (4f), G Brennan 1-1 (0-1f).

Scorers for Longford: S McCormack 0-6 (3f), N Mulligan, F McGee 0-1 each.

CLARE: J Hayes; B Duggan, L Healy, M McMahon; K Hartnett, G Kelly, S McNeilis; C O’Connor, G Brennan; M Tubridy, John Hayes, M Foran; A Clohessy, N Browne, D Tubridy.

Subs: S Brennan for O’Connor inj. (18), E Lyons for Foran (34), D O’Neill for Lyons (48), D Blake for John Hayes (56), D O’Connor for M Tubridy (64).

LONGFORD: D Sheridan; D Brady, B Gilleran, D Reilly; S Mulligan, D Masterson, N Farrell; M Brady, B McElvanney; D Barden, P Barden, N Mulligan; D McElligott, P Dowd, S McCormack.

Subs: B Kavanagh for Dowd (34), F McGee for Mulligan (43), K Diffley for McElvanney (inj. 56), P Foy for Masterson (58), K Mulligan for McElligott (69).

Referee: L Devaney (Mayo)

Allianz Hurling League Division 2 – Clare 6-23 Kerry 1-18

Clare defeated Kerry by 6-23 to 1-18 in Round 5 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 2 on Saturday at Cusack Park Ennis.

Banner boss bemoans imbalance in second tier

Clare 6-23 Kerry 1-18

By Gerry Quinn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, March 28, 2011

CLARE manager Ger O’Loughlin bemoaned the imbalance in the second tier of the hurling league after Saturday’s mismatch at Cusack Park, Ennis. “Kerry were very poor I thought. But as John Meyler was saying, that’s the imbalance that’s in Division Two. “We are bordering on being good enough to be in Division 1 but at times we looked as if we are a Division 2 team as well. But on the day Kerry were very weak and it worked out handy enough for us. At times we looked awful loose and we gave away seven or eight needless frees — I’d be disappointed with that.” The hosts led 4-15 to 1-6 at the break. Man of the match John Conlon grabbed a pair of first-half goals while Nicky O’Connell and Diarmuid McMahon also netted with John Egan on target for the visitors. In the second period Kerry battled valiantly but further Clare goals by substitute Caimin Morey and McMahon sealed the issue.

Scorers for Clare: J Conlon (2-1), D McMahon (2-1), N O’Connell (1-4) 0-1 f, 0-1 ‘65, C Morey (1-0) f, S Collins (0-3), D Honan (0-3), J Clancy (0-3), C McGrath (0-3) 1 f, F Lynch (0-2), C Ryan (0-2), f’s, J McInerney (0-1) f.

Scorers for Kerry: D O’Connell (0-11) 11 f’s, J Egan (1-1), S Nolan (0-3), R Kenny (0-1), C Harris (0-1), M Conway (0-1) f.

CLARE: D Tuohy, P Vaughan (Capt.), C Cooney, D O’Donovan, B Bugler, J McInerney, C Dillon, N O’Connell, S Collins, J Colon, F Lynch, J Clancy, C Ryan, D McMahon, C McGrath.

Subs: D Honan for Ryan inj. (17), P Donnellan for McInerney (49), C McInerney for McMahon (51), C Morey for Lynch (57), L Markham for O’Connell (64).

KERRY: B Rochford, E Fitzgerald, T Murnane, C Harris, P O’Grady, M Conway, A Royle, P Costello, D Dineen, S Nolan, L Boyle (Capt.), D Wallace, D O’Connell, R Kenny, J Egan.

Subs: J Casey for Royle (17), J Flaherty for Wallace (59), T Moloney for Kenny (59), D Fitzell for Costello (63).

Referee: P Green (Galway)

Team News

The Kerry Senior Hurling team to play Clare on Saturday 26th March at 2.30pm in Ennis is as follows:

1. Bernard Rochford (Killeagh, Cork)
2. Colin Harris (Ballincollig, Cork ) 3. Tom Murnane (Kilmoyley) 4. James Godley (Kilmoyley)

5. Padraig O’Grady (Ballyduff) 6. Mike Conway (Lixnaw) 7. Eamon Fitzgerald (Causeway)

8. Paud Costello (Ballyduff) 9. Darren Dineen (Ardfert)

10. Shane Nolan (Crotta O’Neills) 11. Liam Boyle (Ballyduff) 12. Michael Boyle (Captain) (Ballyduff)

13. John Egan (Ardfert) 14. Ronan Kenny (Ballyheigue) 15. Darragh O’Connell (Abbeydorney)

The substitutes are as follows:

16. John B. O’Halloran (Kilmoyley)

17. Jason Casey (Ballyheigue) 18. Adrian Royle (Kilmoyley) 19. James Flaherty (Lixnaw)

20. Patrick O’Keeffe (Glenflesk) 21. Darren Wallace (Ardfert) 22. Thomas Moloney (Ardfert )

23. Aidan Boyle (Ballyduff) 24. David Fitzell (Kilmoyley)

Manager: John Meyler

Selectors: John Hennessey & Sean O’Shea

Coach/trainer: Joe O’Connor

Cadbury Munster U21FC S-Final – Kerry 3-15 Limerick 2-6

Kerry defeated Limerick by 3-15 to 2-6 in the Cadbury Munster Under 21 Football Championship Semi- Final on Wednesday at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Geaney sparkles for Kingdom

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Kerry 3-15 Limerick 2-6

Thursday March 24 2011

A spectacular performance by Paul Geaney helped Kerry trounce Limerick following a one-sided second half at the Gaelic Grounds last night. Geaney cracked home two of his side’s three goals and he also scored three points, two of them from frees, as his side cruised into the final. But he was not the only Kerry star as James O’Donoughue and Barry John Walsh also made huge contributions. Limerick were given some hope when they were awarded a controversial penalty seconds before half-time which was blasted to the net by Eoghan O’Connor. It left them just two points adrift at the interval, 1-6 to 1-4. Kerry picked off a succession of points and added a couple more goals in the second half as Limerick had no answer to the likes of Edmund Walsh, Barry John Walsh and Stephen O’Brien.

SCORERS — Kerry: P Geaney 2-3 (0-2f), J O’Donoughue 1-4, BJ Walsh 0-5, E Walsh, J Walsh, A Fitzgerald 0-1 each. Limerick: E O’Connor 1-3 (1-0 pen, 3 f), D Kelly 1-0, T McCarthy, J Kelly, J O’Donovan 0-1 each.

Kerry –B Kelly; P Crowley, M Griffin, P Kilkenny; J Sherwood, B Shanahan, J Lyne; C Moriarty, E Walsh; J O’Donoughue, BJ Walsh, A Fitzgerald; S O’Brien, D Casey, P Greaney. Subs: J Walsh for Moriarty (41), N O’Shea for Casey (51).

Limerick — B Scanlon; P Martin, M Sheehan, R O’Flaherty; P Sheehan, P Hannon, P Quinn; T McCarthy, P Horan; P Scanlon, J Kelly, D Kelly; P O’Donnell, J O’Donovan, E O’Connor.

Ref — R Hickey (Clare)

 

When – Wednesday March 23rd at 7:30pm

Where – Gaelic Grounds Limerick

Referee – Rory Hickey (Clare)

Extra time – (2 periods x 10 minutes only) to be played if sides finish level at the end of 60 minutes

Next Round – the winners play Cork or Tipperary on April 6th in the Munster Final

@ Cork venue IF Cork v Kerry 7.30pm

@ Limerick venue IF Cork v Limerick 7.30pm

@ Tipperary venue IF Tipperary v Kerry 7:30pm

@ Limerick venue IF Tipperary v Limerick 7:30pm

Match Preview

Kerry will travel to play Limerick in the Cadbury Munster Under 21 Football semi-final on this Wednesday evening at 7:30pm in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick. The home side had an unlikely but impressive come from behind victory over Clare in the first round. Trailing by 5 points in the second half, their comeback was completed with a last minute James Kelly goal in normal time before winning out in extra time. With 6 of the Limerick Senior panel involved, this win has obviously spurred on Limerick in the Allianz Football League winning their last 2 matches in Division 3 having lost their previous 3 games. Kerry on the other hand will play their first game in this competition having been successful at Minor level in 2008. Helped by 6 Senior panel members themselves, the Kingdom will look to put their lack of match practice behind them and qualify for the Munster Final on April 6th. Rory Hickey (Clare) is the referee.

Team News

Kerry U21 team to play Limerick on Wednesday 23rd March 2011 at 7.30pm in The Gaelic Grounds is as follows:

1. Brian Kelly (Legion )

2. Peter Crowley (Laune Rangers) 3. Mark Griffin (St. Michaels Foilmore) Captain 4. Pa Kilkenny (Glenbeigh/Glencar)
5. Jack Sherwood (Firies ) 6. Barry Shanahan (Austin Stacks ) 7. Jonathan Lyne ( Legion )
8. Colm Moriarty ( An Daingean ) 9. Edmund Walsh ( Knocknagoshel )

10. James O’Donoghue ( Legion ) 11. Barry John Walsh ( Kerins O’Rahillys ) 12. Alan Fitzgerald ( Castlegregory )

13. Steven O’Brien ( Kenmare )14. Daithí Casey ( Dr. Crokes )15. Paul Geaney ( An Daingean )

Subs; 16. Shane O’Leary (Currow) 17. David O’Leary (Dr. Crokes) 18. Kieran Hurley ( St Pats Blennerville ) 19. James Walsh ( Knocknagoshel ) 20. Thomas Ladden ( Keel ) 21. Colm O’Shea ( Firies ) 22. Niall O’Shea ( Dromid Pearses ) 23. James Coffey ( Beaufort ) 24. Shane Carroll ( Austin Stacks )

Manager: John Kennedy (Asdee)

Selectors: Liam Brosnan (Currow), Tom Prendergast (Keel)

Limerick Under 21 team to play Kerry

1. Brian Scanlon Gerald Griffin’s.

2. Paul Martin Ballybricken.

3. Mike Sheehan Fr. Casey’s.

4. Ray O’Flaherty St. Senan’s.

5. Patrick Sheehan St.Mary’s/Sean Finns-Rathkeale.

6. Paul Hannon Newcastlewest.

7. Padraig Quinn Monaleen.

8. Tom McCarthy Mountcollins.

9. Padarig Horan Glin.

10. Seamus O’Carroll Cappagh.

11. James Kelly Newcastlewest.

12. Donagh Kelly (captain) Fr.Caseys.

13. Patrick O’Donnell Galbally.

14. Jack Donovan Galbally.

15. Eoghan O’Connor St.Mary’s/Sean Finns-Rathkeale.

Senior panellists are numbers 1,3,10,11,12 and 15.

Manager Maurice Horan (Na Piarsaigh), Selectors Niall Crowley (Adare), John Ryan (Oola) and Micheal Reidy (Dromcollogher-Broadford)

Admission Prices

Adult – €10

Student/OAP with appropriate ID Card – €5

Under 16s are free

For the Record

Limerick Kerry
2011 Team Management Maurice Horan (Manager – Na Piarsaigh), Niall Crowley (Adare), John Ryan (Oola), Michéal Reidy
(Drumcollogher-Broadford)
John Kennedy
(Bainisteoir –Asdee)
Tom Prendergast (Keel)
Liam Brosnan (Currow)
2011 Team Captain Donagh Kelly
(Fr. Caseys)
Mark Griffin
(St Michaels Foilmore)
Under 21 players on their respective Senior Football Panels Brian Scanlon (Gerald Griffin’s), Seamus O’Carroll (Cappagh), James Kelly (Newcastlewest), Eoghan O’Connor (St.Mary’s / Sean Finns-Rathkeale), Mike Sheehan and Donagh Kelly (both Fr.Casey’s), Jonathan Lyne  (Legion),  Peter Crowley (Laune Rangers), Paul Geaney (An Daingean), Daithí Casey (Dr. Crokes), Barry John Walsh and Barry John Keane (both Kerins O’Rahilly’s)
2010 Championship Performance Defeated Clare in the Quarter-Final before losing to Tipperary in the Munster Semi-Final by 0-16 to 2-5 Defeated Cork by 0-19 to 1-8 in the Quarter-Final and Waterford by 1-18 to 0-3 in the Semi-Final. Kerry lost to Tipperary by 1-7 to 1-6 in the Munster Final.
Number of Munster Under 21 Football titles 1 25
Last Munster Under 21 Football Title 2000 2008
Last victory in the Munster Under 21 Championship 2010 Quarter-Final vs. Clare – 1-10 to 0-10 2010 Semi-Final vs.
Waterford – 1-18 to 0-3
Munster Under 21 Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 18
Won – 8
Lost – 10
Drawn – 0
Played – 23
Won – 12
Lost – 9
Drawn – 2
Last meeting in the Munster Under 21 Football Championship 2008 Munster Quarter-Final – March 15th at Austin Stack Park Tralee – Kerry 0-18 Limerick 1-8
What happened 3 years ago?
2008 Munster Minor Football Championship Round-up
Lost to Cork in the Quarter-Final. Defeated Clare (1-9 to 1-5 at Cusack Park Ennis) and Waterford in the Losers Group playoffs. Lost to Tipperary in the Munster Semi-Final. Defeated Clare and Cork to qualify for the Munster Final. Drew with Tipperary by 1-9 to 1-9 in the final before winning the replay by 2-12 to 0-8.

2011 Munster Under 21 Football Championship Matches played to date

Tipperary 1-14 Waterford 1-4 – March 9th @ Fraher Field Dungarvan (Munster Quarter-Final)

Tipperary: Jack English; Mark Hanly, Jonathan Ryan, Robbie Kiely; Donagh Leahy, Eddie Kenrick, John O’Callaghan (0-1); Peter Acheson (0-1), Donagh Heffernan; Billy Hewitt, Thomas Hanly, Aldo Matassa (0-1); Conor Sweeney (1-6, 0-5 frees), David Butler (0-3), David McGrath (0-1)

Subs: Michael O’Dwyer for Thomas Hanly (38th minute), Gavin Ryan for Donagh Leahy (50th minute), Paul McEvoy (0-1) for Billy Hewitt (54th minute). Liam Boland for David Butler (55th minute), Kevin O’Riordan for Peter Acheson (57th minute)

Waterford: Kevin Williams; Mark Cummins, Shane O’Cuirrin, Mark Wyse; Thomas Walsh, David Phelan (1-0), Jamie Kirwan; Ronan Cahill (Captain), Niall Walsh (0-1); Conor Buckley, Adam Brophy, James Coade; David Grey (0-1), Tadhg Houlihan, Paul Whyte (0-2, 0-1 free, 0-1 45)

Sub: Eoin Walsh for James Coade (HT), Paul Drohan for Conor Buckley (49th minute), Ian Power for Paul Whyte (52nd minute), Sean Burke for Thomas Walsh (56th minute)

Referee: Padraig O’Sullivan (Kerry)

Limerick 2-11 Clare 0-15 (AET) – March 9th @ Pairc na Gael Limerick (Munster Quarter-Final)

Limerick: Brian Scanlon; Paul Martin, Mike Sheehan, Ray O’Flaherty; Patrick Sheehan, Paul Hannon, Padraig Quinn; Tom McCarthy, Padraig Horan; Seamus O’Carroll, James Kelly, Donagh Kelly (Captain); Eoghan O’Connor, Jack Donovan, Patrick O’Donnell.

Subs: Barry Ryan for Horan (39); Padraig Scanlon for O’Donnell (45); Aidan O’Sullivan for Quinn (inj. 53); Eoin Cahill for Ryan (inj. 55); Jamie Richardson for D Kelly (59).

Extra-time: Paudie O’Connor (additional player 60); Padraig Quinn for Martin (79).

Clare: Jamie Joyce; Joe Blake, Sean Brennan, Sean Cormican; Stephan Collins, Liam Markham, Stephan Tierney; Conor Ryan, Shane Brennan; Podge Collins, Michael Malone, Conor Cormican; Podge McMahon (Captain), Cathal McInerney, Killian Malone.

Subs: Darren O’Neill for Conor Cormican (30); Joe Curtin for Michael Malone (45).

2011 Top Scorers – Munster Under 21 Football Championship

Conor Sweeney (Tipperary) – 1-6, 0-5 frees

Eoghan O’Connor (Limerick) – 0-7, 0-5 frees

Cathal McInerney (Clare) – 0-6, 0-3 frees

Killian Malone (Clare) – 0-5, 0-3 frees

James Kelly (Limerick) – 1-1

Jack Donovan (Limerick) – 1-1

David Butler (Tipperary) – 0-3

David Phelan (Waterford) – 1-0

Paul Whyte (Waterford) – 0-2, 0-1 free, 0-1 45

Podge McMahon (Clare) – 0-2, 0-1 free

John O’Callaghan (Tipperary), Peter Acheson (Tipperary), Aldo Matassa (Tipperary), David McGrath (Tipperary), Paul McEvoy (Tipperary), Niall Walsh (Waterford), David Grey (Waterford), Seamus O’Carroll (Limerick), Donagh Kelly (Limerick), Podge Collins (Clare), Daniel Gallery (Clare) – 0-1 each

Munster Under 21 Football Finals

1962 @ Kenmare Kerry 2-7 Cork 1-4

1963 @ Clonakilty Cork 2-3 Kerry 1-4

1964 @ Kilmallock Kerry 0-15 Tipperary 1-2

1965 @ Castletownroche Cork 2-14 Tipperary 1-6

1966 @ Cork Ath. Grounds Kerry 3-8 Cork 0-14

1967 @ Listowel Kerry 2-12 Clare 1-7

1968 @ Kilrush Kerry 5-7 Clare 2-9

1969 @ Killarney Cork 1-14 Kerry 1-11

1970 @ Buttevant Cork 5-12 Clare 1-7

1971 @ Fermoy Cork 1-10 Waterford 2-5

1972 @ Killarney Kerry 1-11 Cork 2-7

1973 @ Skibbereen Kerry 2-12 Cork 1-12

1974 @ Cahirciveen Cork 3-5 Kerry 1-10

1975 @ Killorglin Kerry 0-17 Waterford 1-5

1976 @ Dingle Kerry 2-16 Cork 1-6

1977 @ P. Ui Chaoimh Kerry 2-8 Cork 0-8

1978 @ Killarney Kerry 0-14 Cork 0-9

1979 @ Limerick Cork 1-11 Clare 1-9

1980 @ Bruff Cork 3-15 Clare 0-4

1981 @ Tralee Cork 0-11 Kerry 0-5

1982 @ Pairc Ui Chaoimh Cork 2-12 Kerry 0-4

1983 @ Castleisland Kerry 1-10 Cork 0-12

1984 @ Askeaton Cork 1-18 Limerick 0-4

1985 @ Tralee Cork 1-18 Clare 1-7

1986 @ Clonmel Cork 0-8 Tipperary 0-7

1987 @ Tralee Kerry 0-7 Tipperary 0-7 Draw

@ Clonmel Kerry 0-15 Tipperary 1-11 Replay

1988 @ Cooraclare Kerry 0-14 Clare 2-6

1989 @ Limerick Cork 3-15 Clare 1-7

1990 @ Tralee Kerry 2-9 Cork 0-9

1991 @ P. Ui Chaoimh Kerry 1-8 Cork 0-10

1992 @ Tralee Kerry 3-12 Cork 1-8

1993 @ Waterford Kerry 1-21 Waterford 3-5

1994 @ Dungarvan Cork 2-11 Waterford 0-4

1995 @ Killarney Kerry 1-21 Waterford 2-5

1996 @ Tralee Kerry 3-14 Clare 0-6

1997 @ Tralee Kerry 2-11 Cork 3-8 Draw

@ Pairc Ui Rinn Kerry 0-12 Cork 1-7 Replay

1998 @ Tralee Kerry 3-10 Tipperary 1-11

1999 @ Tralee Kerry 1-10 Cork 0-7

2000 @ Dungarvan Limerick 0-7 Waterford 0-4

2001 @ Kilmallock Cork 1-12 Limerick 0-8

2002 @ Ennis Kerry 3-15 Clare 2-11

2003 @ Waterford Waterford 2-8 Kerry 1-9

2004 @ Tralee Cork 0-13 Kerry 0-12

2005 @ Limerick Cork 1-14 Limerick 1-11

2006 @ Pairc Ui Rinn Cork 4-14 Waterford 1-6

2007 @ Limerick Cork 3-19 Tipperary 3-12

2008 @ Ardfinnan Kerry 0-15 Tipperary 2-7

2009 @ Thurles Cork 1-9 Tipperary 2-5

2010 @ Tralee Tipperary 1-7 Kerry 1-6

CADBURY MUNSTER GAA FOOTBALL UNDER 21 CHAMPIONSHIP 2011

Quarter Finals

Wednesday March 9th

@ Pairc na nGael, Limerick Limerick 2-11 Clare 0-15 (after extra time)

@ Fraher Field, Dungarvan Tipperary 1-14 Waterford 1-4

 

Semi-Finals

Wednesday March 23rd

@ Pairc Uí Rinn, Cork Cork v Tipperary 7.30pm

@ Pairc na nGael, Limerick Limerick v Kerry 7.30pm

 

WEDNESDAY APRIL 6th.

FINAL

@ Cork venue IF Cork v Kerry 7.30pm

@ Limerick venue IF Cork v Limerick 7.30pm

@ Tipperary venue IF Tipperary v Kerry 7:30pm

@ Limerick venue IF Tipperary v Limerick 7:30pm

EXTRA TIME IN ALL GAMES

Cadbury have sponsored the championship since 2005 and are delighted to announce a number of new initiatives aimed at further rewarding GAA players and supporters across the island of Ireland.

Cadbury Hero of the Future Awards:

The Cadbury Hero of the Future Award is selected by public voting on www.cadburygaau21.com and adjudication from Kerry legend Darragh O’Sé, Kildare Senior Footballer Dermot Earley, former Dublin Manager Paul Caffrey and TG4 journalist Micheal Ó Domhnaill. The winning player will win a holiday voucher for himself, €1000 for his club and €1000 for his county board. Cadbury also offer each of the 15 Hero’s of the Match a training kit for their club.

Past winners are: 2006: Keith Higgins from Mayo 2007: Fintan Goold from Cork; 2008: Killian Young from Kerry

2009: Colm O’Neill from Cork; 2010: Rory O’Carroll from Dublin

Cadbury Buses

This year’s campaign will continue with the project started in 2010 and have fully branded, bespoke buses, taking supporters of the four semi-finalists and two finalists to the matches. These will be promoted in the relevant counties and help to facilitate greater supporter engagement.

• MUNSTER UNDER 21 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP ROLL OF HONOUR

• Kerry (25)

1962, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2008

• Cork (21)

1963, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1994,

2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009

• Waterford (1) – 2003 Limerick (1) – 2000 Tipperary (1)- 2010

1962-2011

• At the Munster Council Convention of 1961 held in Tralee it was suggested that an Under 21competition be inaugurated.

• Convention of 1962, held in Thurles, decided to inaugurate an Under 21 Football competition

• The first game in this new competition was played on the 22/7/1962 with Cork defeating Waterford in a quarter final clash at the Cork Athletic Grounds. The second quarter final, Limerick v Kerry, did not take place as Limerick were unable to field a team because of Club commitments. In the semi-finals Cork defeated Tipperary while Kerry overcame the Clare challenge. The final was played in Kenmare on the 9th. of December with victory going to the Kerry side on a 2-7 to 1-4 scoreline. The Kerry Team that won the inaugural Munster Under 21 Football Championship was – Peter Hanley, Jo Jo Barrett, B. Glavin. P. Kerins, Pat Aherne, P. O’Donoghue, J. O’Driscoll, M. Fleming, Denis O’Sullivan, Aloysius ‘’Weeshie’’ Fogarty, Seamus Roche, D. O’Shea, Dom O’Donnell (Capt), R. O’Donnell, D. O’Shea

• Cork were victorious in the 1963 competition and the winning team was – Ray Cawley, Dermot Kehilly, John McGrath, Des Nangle, Donal Buckley, Denis Coughlan, Gus Harrington, Brendan Coughlan, Paul O’Sullivan, Mick Coughlan, Ned Coughlan, Dan Haredy, J.J. Murphy, Tim F. Hayes, Flor Hayes. Current Kerry Under 21 Football Selector Tom Prendergast was a member of the 1963 Kerry Under 21 Football team which lost to Cork in the final.

• Kerry were winners in 1964 and they went on to defeat Galway and Laois and so capture the first All-Ireland Title in this grade.

• Kerry and Cork have dominated this competition and only once in the history of the championship were one or both counties not involved in the final. That was in 2000 when Limerick played Waterford in the Final in Dungarvan with Limerick lifting the crown for the first and only time on a 0-7 to 0-4 scoreline. The winning Limerick Team was Mike Keogh, Mark O’Riordan, Pat Fitzgerald, Brian Geary, Conor Mullane, Stephen Lucey, Tommy Stack. Jason Stokes, John Galvin (Captain), Pat Aherne, Timmy Carroll, Declan Brouder, Conor Fitzgerald, Brian Begley, Colm Hickey.

• Waterford lifted the title for the only time in 2003 when they overcame Cork in the semi-final and Kerry in the final on a 2-8 to 1-9 scoreline. The victorious Waterford team was – David Hickey, Michael Crotty, Ger Hayes, John O’Reilly, Niall Hennessy (Captain), Edmond Rockett, John Hurney, Sean Dempsey, Michael Walsh, Liam Ó Lonáin, Mark Power, Tony Whelan, Bob Costello, Shane Walsh, Billy Harty

• Tipperary, who suffered defeat in 9 finals, recorded their first Munster Under 21 Football success when they overcame Kerry 1-7 to 1-6 in Tralee in 2010. The victorious Tipperary team was – Kieran Kenrick, Robbie Kiely, Ciaran McDonald (Captain), Donal Lynch, Padraig O’Dwyer, John Coghlan, Dara Dwyer, Alan Moloney, Peter Acheson, Sean Carey, Bernard O’Brien, Aldo Matassa, Conor Sweeney, Brian O’Meara, Michael O’Dwyer

• For the record Cork have appeared in 35 finals: Kerry in 33 finals: Tipperary in 10 finals: Clare in 10 finals: Waterford in 8 finals and Limerick in 4 finals

• Only 2 Finals have been drawn. The 1987 final between Kerry and Tipperary played in Tralee finished level, 0-7 each and in the replay in Clonmel victory went to Kerry on a 0-15 to 1-11 scoreline. The 1997 final between Cork and Kerry also finished all square, Kerry 2-11 Cork 3-8, in Tralee with victory going to the Kerry side in the replay at Pairc Ui Rinn on a 0-12 to 1-7 scoreline

Munster Under 21 Football Cup:

Corn na Cásca presented by the Munster Council in 1966 to commemorate the jubilee of the 1916 Rising.

All Ireland Under 21 Football Championship

In Under 21 Football All Ireland Roll of Honour Cork have won 11 Titles and Kerry have 10 Titles to their credit. Cork were All Ireland Under 21 Champions in 1970, 1971, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1994, 2007, 2009. Kerry titles were won in 1964, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2008

Cadbury Munster U21FC S-Final – Cork 0-21 Tipperary 2-3

Cork defeated Tipperary by 0-21 to 2-3 in the Cadbury Munster Under 21 Football Championship Semi- Final on Wednesday at Pairc Ui Rinn Cork.

Collins helps Cork cruise to the finish

From the Irish Times newspaper

MUNSTER UNDER-21 FC SEMI-FINAL Cork 0-21 Tipperary 2-3: CORK STRIPPED Tipperary of their Munster title with an impressive semi-final win at Páirc Uí Rinn last night. They dominated the first half but had only a three-point lead to show for their efforts at half-time, 0-10 to 2-1, accumulating eight wides in the process. Cork opened brightly, going 0-5 to 0-1 ahead, but Tipperary stunned them with a fine goal from Donagh Leahy in the 11th minute after good approach work by Also Matassa and Billy Hewitt.

Cork seized the initiative again, scoring four points without reply – Barry O’Driscoll scoring twice – only for Tipperary to grab a second goal after 27 minutes, David McGrath finishing well. But Cork pushed on again in the second half, hitting eight points in a row with man-of-the-match Mark Collins leading by example at centre forward and senior stars Aidan Walsh and Ciarán Sheehan also contributing significantly. The game was well over by the time substitute Liam Boland kicked Tipperary’s first point from play after 47 minutes.

CORK : S Mellet; L Jennings, D Cahalane, A Cronin; P Daly, T Clancy (Clonakilty), J Wall; M Ó Laoire (0-3), A Walsh (capt); C Sheehan (0-4), M Collins (0-8, 0-5 frees), J O’Rourke; D Óg Hodnett, B O’Driscoll (0-4, one free), P Honohan (0-2). Subs : B Coughlan for O’Driscoll (55 mins), E Buckley for Hodnett and D Nation for Walsh (57 mins), T Clancy (Fermoy) for Wall and D O’Donovan for Cronin (59 mins).

TIPPERARY : J English; R Kiely, J Ryan, M Hanly; D Leahy (1-0), E Kenrick, J O’Callaghan; D Heffernan, P Acheson (0-1); B Hewitt, A Moloney, A Matassa; C Sweeney (0-1, free), D Butler, D McGrath (1-0). Subs : G Ryan for Kenrick (17 mins), M Dwyer for Hewitt (half-time), L Boland (0-1) for Butler (44 mins), T Hanley for Matassa (45 mins), G Quinn for M Hanly (55 mins).

Referee: M Condon (Waterford)

2011 Cadbury Munster Under 21 Football Championship Semi-Final

Cork vs. Tipperary

When – Wednesday March 23rd at 7:30pm

Where – Pairc Ui Rinn Cork (GPS co-ordinates – 51.891471, 8.437157)

Referee – Maurice Condon (Waterford)

Extra time – (2 periods x 10 minutes only) to be played if sides finish level at the end of 60 minutes

Next Round – the winners play Kerry or Limerick on April 6th in the Munster Final

@ Cork venue IF Cork v Kerry 7.30pm

@ Limerick venue IF Cork v Limerick 7.30pm

@ Tipperary venue IF Tipperary v Kerry 7:30pm

@ Limerick venue IF Tipperary v Limerick 7:30pm

Match Preview

Pairc Ui Rinn will be the venue on this Wednesday night for an eagerly awaited clash between the Cadbury Munster Under 21 Football champions of the last 2 seasons when Tipperary travel to play Cork. The defending champions Tipperary had a good win in the first round over Waterford and with roughly half of their 2010 champion selection still available for selection, they will be formidable opponents. Cork on the other hand will look to All-Ireland Senior stars Aidan Walsh and Ciaran Sheehan to lead their challenge in their first competitive outing of the year. Clashes between these counties at Minor and Under 21 have been close in recent years with the visiting team winning the last 3 underage meetings since 2009. All of those clashes were decided by 1 score and this game should be no different. Throw-in is at 7:30pm and Maurice Condon (Waterford) will be the referee.

Team News

The Tipperary Under 21 football team to play Cork in the Munster Under 21 football semi-final on Wednesday evening next at Pairc Ui Rinn shows no changes in personnel from the team which started against Waterford in the quarter final. The team is

1. Jack English (Ballyporeen)

2. Robbie Kiely (Arravale Rovers)

3. Jonathan Ryan (Ardfinnan)

4. Mark Hanly (Aherlow)

5. Donagh Leahy (Arravale Rovers)

6. Eddie Kenrick (Cahir)

7. John O’Callaghan (Ballyporeen)

8. Donagh Heffernan (Cappawhite)

9. Peter Acheson (Moyle Rovers)

10. Billy Hewitt (Ardfinnan)

11. Thomas Hanly (Aherlow)

12. Aldo Matassa (Clonmel Commercials)

13. Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen)

14. David Butler (Drom & Inch)

15. David McGrath (Moyle Rovers)

Cork will play Tipperary on Wednesday night in the Munster U21 Football Championship Semi-Final at 7.30pm in Páirc Uí Rinn. The team lines out as follows:

1. Sean Mellet
Carrigaline

2. Liam Jennings                                  3. Damian Cahalane                                          4. Alan Cronin
Ballincollig                                                          Castlehaven                                                 Nemo Rangers

5. Peter Daly                                                         6. Tom Clancy                                                     7. Jamie Wall
St Marys                                                                      Clonakilty                                                        Kilbrittain

8. Micheál O Laoire                                            9. Aidan Walsh
Naomh Aban                                                        Kanturk

10. Ciarán Sheehan                                            11. Mark Collins                                  12. John O Rourke
Eire Og                                                                  Castlehaven                                                         Carbery Rangers

13. Donal Og Hodnett                        14. Barry O’Driscoll                                             15. Paul Honohan
O Donovan Rossa                                                Nemo Rangers                                                      Bishopstown

Subs

16. Darren Farry Nemo Rangers
17. Danny O Donovan Ilen Rovers
18. Thomas Clancy Fermoy
19. John Cronin Lisgoold
20. David Nation Nemo Rangers
21. Brian Coughlan Kinsale
22. Kevin Hallissey Eire Og
23. Eoin Buckley St Michaels
24. Shane Beston Mitchelstown

Aidan Walsh captains the team, with Ciarán Sheehan vice-captain.

Management:

John Cleary (Castlehaven) – Coach
Mick O’Loughlin (Bishopstown)
Donal McCarthy (Valley Rovers)
Michael Linehan (Killavullen)
Brian Herlihy (Dohenys)

Admission Prices

Adult – €10

Student/OAP with appropriate ID Card – €5

Under 16s are free

For the Record

Cork Tipperary
2011 Team Management John Cleary
(Castlehaven – Coach),
Mick O’Loughlin (Bishopstown)
Donal McCarthy
(Valley Rovers)
Michael Linehan (Killavullen)
Brian Herlihy (Dohenys)
John Evans (Laune Rangers), Brian Burke (Fethard),
Tommy Toomey
(Arravale Rovers),
Michael O’Loughlin (Trainer)
2011 Team Captain Aidan Walsh (Kanturk) Peter Acheson (Moyle Rovers)
Under 21 players on their respective Senior Football Panels Aidan Walsh and
Ciaran Sheehan
Dara O’Dwyer, Peter Acheson, Conor Sweeney, Alan Moloney, Aldo Matassa
2010 Championship Performance Lost Munster Quarter-Final to Kerry by 0-19 to 1-8 Won Munster Final – 1-7 to 1-6 over Kerry at Tralee, lost All-Ireland Semi-Final to Donegal
Number of Munster Under 21 Football titles 21 1
Last Munster Under 21 Football Title 2009 2010
Last victory in the Munster Under 21 Championship 2009 Munster Final 2010 Munster Final
Munster Under 21 Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 24
Won – 18
Lost – 5
Drawn – 1
Played  – 18
Won – 8
Lost – 10
Drawn  – 0
Last meeting in the Munster Under 21 Football Championship 2009 Munster Final – March 28th at Semple Stadium Thurles 

Cork 1-9 Tipperary 2-5

Cork led by 0-4 to 0-2 at the interval. Goals by Brian Fox and Timmy Dalton set Tipperary up for victory but 14-man Cork scored an injury time goal by corner-back Noel Galvin to secure a dramatic victory.

What happened 3 years ago? 

2008 Munster Minor Football Championship Round-up

Cork defeated Limerick by 2-13 to 0-10 at the Gaelic Grounds in the Quarter-Final before losing out to Kerry by 0-13 to 0-11 in the Semi-Final at Pairc Ui Rinn. Tipperary defeated Waterford by 3-9 to 0-8 at Dungarvan in the Quarter-Final.  Tipperary defeated Limerick in the semi-final and lost to Kerry in the Munster Final after a replay.

2011 Munster Under 21 Football Championship Matches played to date

Tipperary 1-14 Waterford 1-4 – March 9th @ Fraher Field Dungarvan (Munster Quarter-Final)

Tipperary: Jack English; Mark Hanly, Jonathan Ryan, Robbie Kiely; Donagh Leahy, Eddie Kenrick, John O’Callaghan (0-1); Peter Acheson (0-1), Donagh Heffernan; Billy Hewitt, Thomas Hanly, Aldo Matassa (0-1); Conor Sweeney (1-6, 0-5 frees), David Butler (0-3), David McGrath (0-1)

Subs: Michael O’Dwyer for Thomas Hanly (38th minute), Gavin Ryan for Donagh Leahy (50th minute), Paul McEvoy (0-1) for Billy Hewitt (54th minute). Liam Boland for David Butler (55th minute), Kevin O’Riordan for Peter Acheson (57th minute)

Waterford: Kevin Williams; Mark Cummins, Shane O’Cuirrin, Mark Wyse; Thomas Walsh, David Phelan (1-0), Jamie Kirwan; Ronan Cahill (Captain), Niall Walsh (0-1); Conor Buckley, Adam Brophy, James Coade; David Grey (0-1), Tadhg Houlihan, Paul Whyte (0-2, 0-1 free, 0-1 45)

Sub: Eoin Walsh for James Coade (HT), Paul Drohan for Conor Buckley (49th minute), Ian Power for Paul Whyte (52nd minute), Sean Burke for Thomas Walsh (56th minute)

Referee: Padraig O’Sullivan (Kerry)

Limerick 2-11 Clare 0-15 (AET) – March 9th @ Pairc na Gael Limerick (Munster Quarter-Final)

Limerick: Brian Scanlon; Paul Martin, Mike Sheehan, Ray O’Flaherty; Patrick Sheehan, Paul Hannon, Padraig Quinn; Tom McCarthy, Padraig Horan; Seamus O’Carroll, James Kelly, Donagh Kelly (Captain); Eoghan O’Connor, Jack Donovan, Patrick O’Donnell.

Subs: Barry Ryan for Horan (39); Padraig Scanlon for O’Donnell (45); Aidan O’Sullivan for Quinn (inj. 53); Eoin Cahill for Ryan (inj. 55); Jamie Richardson for D Kelly (59).

Extra-time: Paudie O’Connor (additional player 60); Padraig Quinn for Martin (79).

Clare: Jamie Joyce; Joe Blake, Sean Brennan, Sean Cormican; Stephan Collins, Liam Markham, Stephan Tierney; Conor Ryan, Shane Brennan; Podge Collins, Michael Malone, Conor Cormican; Podge McMahon (Captain), Cathal McInerney, Killian Malone.

Subs: Darren O’Neill for Conor Cormican (30); Joe Curtin for Michael Malone (45).

2011 Top Scorers – Munster Under 21 Football Championship

Conor Sweeney (Tipperary) – 1-6, 0-5 frees

Eoghan O’Connor (Limerick) – 0-7, 0-5 frees

Cathal McInerney (Clare) – 0-6, 0-3 frees

Killian Malone (Clare) – 0-5, 0-3 frees

James Kelly (Limerick) – 1-1

Jack Donovan (Limerick) – 1-1

David Butler (Tipperary) – 0-3

David Phelan (Waterford) – 1-0

Paul Whyte (Waterford) – 0-2, 0-1 free, 0-1 45

Podge McMahon (Clare) – 0-2, 0-1 free

John O’Callaghan (Tipperary), Peter Acheson (Tipperary), Aldo Matassa (Tipperary), David McGrath (Tipperary), Paul McEvoy (Tipperary), Niall Walsh (Waterford), David Grey (Waterford), Seamus O’Carroll (Limerick), Donagh Kelly (Limerick), Podge Collins (Clare), Daniel Gallery (Clare) – 0-1 each

Munster Under 21 Football Finals

1962 @ Kenmare Kerry 2-7 Cork 1-4

1963 @ Clonakilty Cork 2-3 Kerry 1-4

1964 @ Kilmallock Kerry 0-15 Tipperary 1-2

1965 @ Castletownroche Cork 2-14 Tipperary 1-6

1966 @ Cork Ath. Grounds Kerry 3-8 Cork 0-14

1967 @ Listowel Kerry 2-12 Clare 1-7

1968 @ Kilrush Kerry 5-7 Clare 2-9

1969 @ Killarney Cork 1-14 Kerry 1-11

1970 @ Buttevant Cork 5-12 Clare 1-7

1971 @ Fermoy Cork 1-10 Waterford 2-5

1972 @ Killarney Kerry 1-11 Cork 2-7

1973 @ Skibbereen Kerry 2-12 Cork 1-12

1974 @ Cahirciveen Cork 3-5 Kerry 1-10

1975 @ Killorglin Kerry 0-17 Waterford 1-5

1976 @ Dingle Kerry 2-16 Cork 1-6

1977 @ P. Ui Chaoimh Kerry 2-8 Cork 0-8

1978 @ Killarney Kerry 0-14 Cork 0-9

1979 @ Limerick Cork 1-11 Clare 1-9

1980 @ Bruff Cork 3-15 Clare 0-4

1981 @ Tralee Cork 0-11 Kerry 0-5

1982 @ Pairc Ui Chaoimh Cork 2-12 Kerry 0-4

1983 @ Castleisland Kerry 1-10 Cork 0-12

1984 @ Askeaton Cork 1-18 Limerick 0-4

1985 @ Tralee Cork 1-18 Clare 1-7

1986 @ Clonmel Cork 0-8 Tipperary 0-7

1987 @ Tralee Kerry 0-7 Tipperary 0-7 Draw

@ Clonmel Kerry 0-15 Tipperary 1-11 Replay

1988 @ Cooraclare Kerry 0-14 Clare 2-6

1989 @ Limerick Cork 3-15 Clare 1-7

1990 @ Tralee Kerry 2-9 Cork 0-9

1991 @ P. Ui Chaoimh Kerry 1-8 Cork 0-10

1992 @ Tralee Kerry 3-12 Cork 1-8

1993 @ Waterford Kerry 1-21 Waterford 3-5

1994 @ Dungarvan Cork 2-11 Waterford 0-4

1995 @ Killarney Kerry 1-21 Waterford 2-5

1996 @ Tralee Kerry 3-14 Clare 0-6

1997 @ Tralee Kerry 2-11 Cork 3-8 Draw

@ Pairc Ui Rinn Kerry 0-12 Cork 1-7 Replay

1998 @ Tralee Kerry 3-10 Tipperary 1-11

1999 @ Tralee Kerry 1-10 Cork 0-7

2000 @ Dungarvan Limerick 0-7 Waterford 0-4

2001 @ Kilmallock Cork 1-12 Limerick 0-8

2002 @ Ennis Kerry 3-15 Clare 2-11

2003 @ Waterford Waterford 2-8 Kerry 1-9

2004 @ Tralee Cork 0-13 Kerry 0-12

2005 @ Limerick Cork 1-14 Limerick 1-11

2006 @ Pairc Ui Rinn Cork 4-14 Waterford 1-6

2007 @ Limerick Cork 3-19 Tipperary 3-12

2008 @ Ardfinnan Kerry 0-15 Tipperary 2-7

2009 @ Thurles Cork 1-9 Tipperary 2-5

2010 @ Tralee Tipperary 1-7 Kerry 1-6

CADBURY MUNSTER GAA FOOTBALL UNDER 21 CHAMPIONSHIP 2011

Quarter Finals

Wednesday March 9th

@ Pairc na nGael, Limerick Limerick 2-11 Clare 0-15 (after extra time)

@ Fraher Field, Dungarvan Tipperary 1-14 Waterford 1-4

 

Semi-Finals

Wednesday March 23rd

@ Pairc Uí Rinn, Cork Cork v Tipperary 7.30pm

@ Pairc na nGael, Limerick Limerick v Kerry 7.30pm

 

WEDNESDAY APRIL 6th.

FINAL

@ Cork venue IF Cork v Kerry 7.30pm

@ Limerick venue IF Cork v Limerick 7.30pm

@ Tipperary venue IF Tipperary v Kerry 7:30pm

@ Limerick venue IF Tipperary v Limerick 7:30pm

EXTRA TIME IN ALL GAMES

Cadbury have sponsored the championship since 2005 and are delighted to announce a number of new initiatives aimed at further rewarding GAA players and supporters across the island of Ireland.

Cadbury Hero of the Future Awards:

The Cadbury Hero of the Future Award is selected by public voting on www.cadburygaau21.com and adjudication from Kerry legend Darragh O’Sé, Kildare Senior Footballer Dermot Earley, former Dublin Manager Paul Caffrey and TG4 journalist Micheal Ó Domhnaill. The winning player will win a holiday voucher for himself, €1000 for his club and €1000 for his county board. Cadbury also offer each of the 15 Hero’s of the Match a training kit for their club.

Past winners are: 2006: Keith Higgins from Mayo 2007: Fintan Goold from Cork; 2008: Killian Young from Kerry

2009: Colm O’Neill from Cork; 2010: Rory O’Carroll from Dublin

Cadbury Buses

This year’s campaign will continue with the project started in 2010 and have fully branded, bespoke buses, taking supporters of the four semi-finalists and two finalists to the matches. These will be promoted in the relevant counties and help to facilitate greater supporter engagement.

• MUNSTER UNDER 21 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP ROLL OF HONOUR

• Kerry (25)

1962, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2008

• Cork (21)

1963, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1994,

2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009

• Waterford (1) – 2003 Limerick (1) – 2000 Tipperary (1)- 2010

1962-2011

• At the Munster Council Convention of 1961 held in Tralee it was suggested that an Under 21competition be inaugurated.

• Convention of 1962, held in Thurles, decided to inaugurate an Under 21 Football competition

• The first game in this new competition was played on the 22/7/1962 with Cork defeating Waterford in a quarter final clash at the Cork Athletic Grounds. The second quarter final, Limerick v Kerry, did not take place as Limerick were unable to field a team because of Club commitments. In the semi-finals Cork defeated Tipperary while Kerry overcame the Clare challenge. The final was played in Kenmare on the 9th. of December with victory going to the Kerry side on a 2-7 to 1-4 scoreline. The Kerry Team that won the inaugural Munster Under 21 Football Championship was – Peter Hanley, Jo Jo Barrett, B. Glavin. P. Kerins, Pat Aherne, P. O’Donoghue, J. O’Driscoll, M. Fleming, Denis O’Sullivan, Aloysius ‘’Weeshie’’ Fogarty, Seamus Roche, D. O’Shea, Dom O’Donnell (Capt), R. O’Donnell, D. O’Shea

• Cork were victorious in the 1963 competition and the winning team was – Ray Cawley, Dermot Kehilly, John McGrath, Des Nangle, Donal Buckley, Denis Coughlan, Gus Harrington, Brendan Coughlan, Paul O’Sullivan, Mick Coughlan, Ned Coughlan, Dan Haredy, J.J. Murphy, Tim F. Hayes, Flor Hayes. Current Kerry Under 21 Football Selector Tom Prendergast was a member of the 1963 Kerry Under 21 Football team which lost to Cork in the final.

• Kerry were winners in 1964 and they went on to defeat Galway and Laois and so capture the first All-Ireland Title in this grade.

• Kerry and Cork have dominated this competition and only once in the history of the championship were one or both counties not involved in the final. That was in 2000 when Limerick played Waterford in the Final in Dungarvan with Limerick lifting the crown for the first and only time on a 0-7 to 0-4 scoreline. The winning Limerick Team was Mike Keogh, Mark O’Riordan, Pat Fitzgerald, Brian Geary, Conor Mullane, Stephen Lucey, Tommy Stack. Jason Stokes, John Galvin (Captain), Pat Aherne, Timmy Carroll, Declan Brouder, Conor Fitzgerald, Brian Begley, Colm Hickey.

• Waterford lifted the title for the only time in 2003 when they overcame Cork in the semi-final and Kerry in the final on a 2-8 to 1-9 scoreline. The victorious Waterford team was – David Hickey, Michael Crotty, Ger Hayes, John O’Reilly, Niall Hennessy (Captain), Edmond Rockett, John Hurney, Sean Dempsey, Michael Walsh, Liam Ó Lonáin, Mark Power, Tony Whelan, Bob Costello, Shane Walsh, Billy Harty

• Tipperary, who suffered defeat in 9 finals, recorded their first Munster Under 21 Football success when they overcame Kerry 1-7 to 1-6 in Tralee in 2010. The victorious Tipperary team was – Kieran Kenrick, Robbie Kiely, Ciaran McDonald (Captain), Donal Lynch, Padraig O’Dwyer, John Coghlan, Dara Dwyer, Alan Moloney, Peter Acheson, Sean Carey, Bernard O’Brien, Aldo Matassa, Conor Sweeney, Brian O’Meara, Michael O’Dwyer

• For the record Cork have appeared in 35 finals: Kerry in 33 finals: Tipperary in 10 finals: Clare in 10 finals: Waterford in 8 finals and Limerick in 4 finals

• Only 2 Finals have been drawn. The 1987 final between Kerry and Tipperary played in Tralee finished level, 0-7 each and in the replay in Clonmel victory went to Kerry on a 0-15 to 1-11 scoreline. The 1997 final between Cork and Kerry also finished all square, Kerry 2-11 Cork 3-8, in Tralee with victory going to the Kerry side in the replay at Pairc Ui Rinn on a 0-12 to 1-7 scoreline

Munster Under 21 Football Cup:

Corn na Cásca presented by the Munster Council in 1966 to commemorate the jubilee of the 1916 Rising.

All Ireland Under 21 Football Championship

In Under 21 Football All Ireland Roll of Honour Cork have won 11 Titles and Kerry have 10 Titles to their credit. Cork were All Ireland Under 21 Champions in 1970, 1971, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1994, 2007, 2009. Kerry titles were won in 1964, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2008


Allianz Football League Division 3 – Tipperary 1-11 Offaly 0-13

Tipperary rise to the task

From the Irish Times newspaper

NFL DIVISION THREE: Tipperary 1-11 Offaly 0-13: TIPPERARY EASED their relegation worries with a surprising, but richly deserved, one-point win in Tullamore yesterday. It was a huge win for Tipperary who laid the foundations for victory with a blistering start to the second half. Behind by seven points to four at half-time, Tipperary goalkeeper Matthew O’Donnell made a great save to deny Offaly substitute Graham Guilfoyle. Buoyed by that let-off, Tipperary then scored 1-3 without reply, Brian Mulvihill racing through the centre unimpeded to fire to the net.

Tipp continued to have the edge and were 1-10 to 0-8 ahead with 15 minutes left. Offaly battled back and points from Niall McNamee and John Reynolds cut the deficit to the minimum, with Reynolds’ shot deep in injury-time screaming over the bar. For Offaly it was a devastating result after a fine win in Louth the previous Sunday, but they could have no complaints after a dreadfully lacklustre display.

TIPPERARY: M O’Donnell; A Morrissey, P Codd, C McDonald; N Curran, H Coghlan, B Fox (0-1); B Jones, G Hannigan; J Cagney (0-1), P Austin (0-1), B Mulvihill (1-1); A Rockett, B Coen, B Grogan (0-7, four frees). Subs: S Hahessy for Rockett (30 mins), P Acheson for Coen (46), A Matassa for Cagney (63), C McGrath for Mulvihill (71).

OFFALY: A Mulhall; B Darby, S Brady, S Pender; S Sullivan, K Slattery, J Keane (0-1); R Dalton, N Smith; S Ryan, N McNamee (0-6, two frees), C McManus (0-2, one free, one 45); N Dunne, K Casey (0-1), J Reynolds (0-2). Subs: J Coughlan for N Smith (inj 13 mins) G Guilfoyle for Ryan (ht), B Connor (0-1) for Dunne (45m), B Allen for Coughlan (65m).

Referee: P O’Sullivan (Kerry)

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