Corn an Uachtaráin Senior B Football Final Replay – Abbey CBS Tipperary 2-8 Carrigaline C.S. 1-10

Abbey CBS defeated Carrigaline Community School by 2-8 to 1-10 in the Corn an Uachtaráin Munster Colleges SFC B Final Replay on Wednesday March 2nd at Fermoy.

Abbey CBS captain Fintan Ryan with the cup

Munster Colleges’ S.F. ‘B’ Final Replay:-

Abbey CBS 2-8 … Carrigaline CS 1-10

It was a case of Lazarus on the double. Twice the Abbey CBS came from the ‘dead’ in a pulsating second half to snatch a most dramatic late winner in this replayed Munster Colleges senior football ‘B’ final at Fermoy on Wednesday of last week. An injury-time point from substitute Kevin O’Donovan brought Corn an Uachtaran to Tipperary town for the sixth time and left Cork side, Carrigaline, stunned by the second half turn of events. What an amazing second half! Twice Carrigaline built commanding leads but each time the Abbey refused to buckle and came storming back to eventually plunder the spoils in an astonishing finish. It will surely be recorded as one of the most remarkable Munster finals in a grade where the Abbey now sits joint top of the roll of honour with six titles, all won in the last fifteen years.

It was a baffled Carrigaline Community School that departed Fermoy. Opening the second half they were just a point up but a dominant third quarter put them in a seemingly unassailable position. Points by Killian McIntyre (two) and Michael Lynch (free) were supplemented by a goal from Jamie De Puis and with just a solitary Peter Mulhair response coming from the Abbey the Cork school seemed set for a famous victory when they led by 1-6 to 0-3. But an Abbey team that had beaten Castletroy, Douglas and Ballincollig en route this final was unlikely to give up the ghost so handily and so with characteristic grit the CBS stormed back into the contest. The rally began with a Niall Daly point and five minutes later the same player was on hand to volleyball home a goal after Killian Ryan did so well to place the pass in front of him. With Christopher Ryan and Killian Ryan following up with points and just a solitary, though quality, Michael Lynch response from Carrigaline, the Abbey was now on a roll, just one point adrift.

But just when Carrigaline seemed to be on the ropes, back they hit with another surge of scores to regain the initiative. With fluid attacking moves building from midfield they responded to the Abbey’s revival with unanswered points from Kevin Kavanagh (two) and Michael Lynch to regain a four-point advantage with the game entering the final four minutes. It was end game surely for the Abbey now, especially as they’d lost Christopher Ryan to a second yellow card to leave the landscape looking really bleak for the Tipperary school.

But those final few minutes will be the makings of nightmares down in Cork and the stuff of dreams in Tipperary. Cometh the hour, cometh the man – or in this case men – as Niall Daly and substitute Eoin Riordan combined for a crucial second Abbey goal, Daly sliding the ball across to Riordan who took just one touch before sending a low shot to the Cork net. With just three minutes remaining the game was once more in the melting pot as Carrigaline’s advantage was down to a single point.

Not for long though. The game was in the final minute when Niall Daly pointed a pressure free from around thirty metres out to level the tie. Extra time surely beckoned now but in injury time another Abbey substitute, Kevin O’Donovan, slotted over a superb point to give the CBS the lead for the first time since the opening minutes. Carrigaline were now without influential midfielder Kevin Kavanagh following a second yellow card but they had one final chance to rescue the day when full forward, Michael Lynch, drove across the face of the Abbey goal and wide from the left corner. The kick-out brought the long whistle and an eruption of Abbey delight after a heart-stopping display.

The comeback kings will relish this win because it took true grit to rebound twice during an eventful second half. The opening period was calmer with scores in short supply. Both sides did have goal chances, Diarmuid O’Donnell kicking wide for the Abbey and corner back, Matthew Ryan, taking the ball off the Abbey goal line when a major breach seemed inevitable. The half eventually ended 0-3 to 0-2 for Carrigaline, the lead point a fantastic score from a side line kick by full forward Michael Lynch; the same player added another remarkable point in the second half but it was a case of hero turned villain when he missed the target on that final chance to save the day deep into injury time.

It was a case of heroes all round for the Abbey who will now face the Connacht champions in an All Ireland semi billed for March 26. Dean Kelly got caught for that one goal but otherwise had a flawless day between the posts, his long kick-outs a major plus for his side. The Abbey defence takes much credit for the win standing up manfully when the team was under the cosh, especially in the second and third quarters. In an impressive unit overall full back Liam O’Dea was excellent, Fintan Ryan finished especially strong at number six and Oisin O’Mara did a really fine man-marking job on Carrigaline danger man, Jamie De Puis.

The midfield pair Leonard Vance and Killian Ryan worked hard against very strong opponents in Kevin Kavanagh and Stephen Dwane. In attack Niall Daly, after a quiet opening half, turned in a man-of-the-match display on the turnover, scoring 1-4 and being the key play-maker in most Abbey attacks. Diarmuid O’Donnell was heavily involved too and substitutes Kevin O’Donovan and Eoin Riordan won’t easily forget their crucial inputs either. For Carrigaline it was a devastating way to lose a game they seemed to have secured twice in that explosive second half. They had some outstanding individual players, especially midfielder Kevin Kavanagh and full forward Michael Lynch. Killian McIntyre was impressive too and Jamie De Puis took a lot of careful watching. In the end the goals undid their best efforts.

Scorers for the Abbey: Niall Daly 1-4 (0-3f), Eoin Riordan 1-0, Christopher Ryan, Peter Mulhair, Killian Ryan and Kevin O’Donovan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Carrigaline: Michael Lynch 0-5 (0-2f, 0-1 side-line), Jamie De Puis 1-0, Killian McIntyre 0-3 (0-1f), Kevin Kavanagh 0-2.

Abbey CBS: Dean Kelly (Kickhams); Oisin O’Mara (Kickhams), Liam O’Dea (Pallasgreen), Matthew Ryan (Golden\Kilfeacle); Thomas O’Donoghue (Lattin\Cullen), Fintan Ryan Capt. (Arravale Rvs.), Ed O’Meara (Aherlow); Leonard Vance (Emly) and Killian Ryan (Arravale Rvs.); Brendan McGrath (Galtee Rvs.), Diarmuid O’Donnell (Arravale Rvs.), Peter Mulhair (Arravale Rvs.); Liam Nagel (Golden\Kilfeacle), Christopher Ryan (Golden\Kilfeacle), Niall Daly (Galtee Rvs.). Subs: Eoin Riordan (Solohead) for Liam Nagle, Kevin O’Donovan (Oola) for Brendan McGrath, James Carroll (Aherlow) for Leonard Vance.

Carrigaline CS: Killian O’Mahony (Carrigaline); James Creagh (Carrigaline), David Sheehan (Tracton), Kevin O’Connell (Carrigaline); Shane Griffin (Carrigaline), Killian McSweeney (Carrigaline), Stephen Caffrey (Carrigaline); Stephen Dwane (Carrigaline) and Kevin Kavanagh (Carrigaline); Killian McIntyre (Carrigaline), Jamie Kind (Carrigaline), Jamie De Puis (Carrigaline); Dan McCarthy (Ballygarvan), Michael Lynch (Carrigaline), Paudie Kingston (Carrigaline). Subs: Robert O’Shea (Carrigaline) for Kingston and Eoin Moynihan (Carrigaline) for McCarthy.

Ref: Maurice Condon, Waterford

Abbey CBS – 2010/2011 Corn an Uachtaráin Champions


Cadbury Munster Under 21 Football Championship Launch

The launch of Cadbury Munster Under 21 Football Championship took place on Tuesday March 1st in the Mallow GAA Complex.

Cadbury – Sponsors of the GAA Under 21 Football Championship

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 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.


2011 Cadbury Munster GAA Football U21 Championship Fixtures / Results


Quarter Finals

Wednesday March 9th

@ Pairc na nGael, Limerick Limerick v Clare 7.30pm

@ Fraher Field, Dungarvan Waterford v Tipperary 7.30pm


Wednesday March 23rd

@ Pairc Uí Rinn, Cork IF Cork v Tipperary 7.30pm

@ Fraher Field, Dungarvan IF Waterford v Cork 7.30pm

@ Pairc na nGael, Limerick IF Limerick v Kerry 7.30pm

@ Austin Stack Park, Tralee IF Kerry v Clare 7.30pm



Roll of Honour

Click here to view the full list of winning teams in the Munster Under 21 Football Championship since 1962

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 @ P.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-

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

Useful Information – For the Record

2011 is the 50th Munster Under 21 Football Championship.


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

• 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

Launch of the 2011 Cadbury All-Ireland Under 21 Football Championship

The launch of the 2011 Cadbury All-Ireland Under 21 Football Championship took place recently in Croke Park. See the video below for some footage of the occasion.

Munster Vocational Schools Junior A football final – Clonakilty CC v MICC Dunmanway

Clonakilty CC will play MICC Dunmanway in the Munster Vocational Schools, Junior A football final on Monday March 7th at 4:30pm in Clonakilty.

Fixture Details

Clonakilty CC v MICC Dunmanway

Monday March 7th in Clonaklity @ 4.30

All Ireland Vocational School Inter County Senior Football Final Replay – Cork vs. Donegal

Cork will play Donegal in the All Ireland Vocational School Inter County Senior Football Final Replay on Thursday March 17th at 1:00pm in Pearse Stadium Galway.

Fixture Details

All-Ireland Vocational Schools Intercounty A football final replay

Cork v Donegal,

Thursday 17th March in Pearse Stadium Glaway @1.00

Munster Vocational Schools Senior B football final – Gael Choláiste Trá Lí v Schull CC

Gael Choláiste Trá Lí will play Schull CC in the Munster Vocational Schools Senior B football final on Saturday March 5th in Templenoe at 3:00pm

Fixture Details

Munster Vocational Schools Senior B football final

Gael Choláiste Trá Lí v Schull CC

Sat 5th March in Templenoe @ 3.00