Christy Ring Cup Hurling – Kerry 1-25 Kildare 1-21

Kerry defeated Kildare by 1-25 to 1-21 in Round 1 of the Christy Ring Cup Senior Hurling Championship on Saturday at Newbridge.

Nolan the driving force in Kerry win

Kerry 1-25 Kildare 1-21

By Daragh Ó Conchúir for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, April 25, 2011

SHANE Nolan confirmed his under-age promise by blitzing Kildare’s defence for seven points from play as Kerry got their Christy Ring Cup campaign under way at Newbridge. The Crotta man, allied with the ten points provided by Darragh O’Connell, enabled John Meyler’s men to claim the spoils. The hosts put their recent troubles behind them under recently-appointed manager Willie Sunderland and led by a point until John Egan goaled in the 55th minute. Kerry followed with three points in as many minutes to give John Meyler’s men breathing space. Tony Murphy did get a goal back in the dying minutes but Kerry maintained the upper hand.

Scorers for Kerry: D O’Connell 0-10 (4fs, 2 65s), S Nolan 0-7, J Egan 1-2, J Flaherty 0-2, J Casey, M Conway, L Boyle, D Dineen 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kildare: M Fitzgerald 0-5 (4fs), T Murphy 1-2, L Quinn, D Harney 0-3 each, K Divilly, C Kelly, M Moloney 0-2 each, N Ó Muineacháin, B White 0-1 each.

KERRY: B Rochford; J Godley, T Murnane, C Harris, J Casey, M Conway, P O’Grady; D Dineen, J Egan; M Boyle, G O’Brien, S Nolan; D O’Connell, A Boyle, J Flaherty.

Subs: E Fitzgerald for Harris (inj. 3), A Royle for O’Grady (45), L Boyle for O’Brien (62), P O’Keeffe for Conway (67), B Murphy for Flaherty (70).

KILDARE: R Connolly; J Doran, P Reidy, F Ó Muineacháin; J Byrne, R Hoban, N Ó Muineacháin; K Divilly, B White; C Kelly, M Moloney, L Quinn; T Murphy, D Harney, M Fitzgerald.

Subs: E O’Neill for Byrne (54); T Byrne for White (58); K Waltzer for Murphy (69).

Referee: E Hasson (Derry)

Team News


Thursday, 21 April 2011 20:41 | from

The Kerry Senior Hurling Team Vs Kildare, Christy Ring Cup, Round 1, in Newbridge 2.30pm, Saturday 23rd of April, 2011 is as follows:

1 Bernard Rochford Killeagh, Co Cork

2 James Godley Kilmoyley 3 Tom Murnane Kilmoyley 4 Colin Harris Ballincollig, Co Cork

5 Jason Casey Ballyheigue 6 Mike Conway Lixnaw 7 Padraigh O’Grady Ballyduff

8 Darren Dinneen Ardfert 9 John Egan Ardfert

10 Michael Boyle, Captain Ballyduff 11 Gary O’Brien Ballyduff 12 Shane Nolan Crotta O’Neills

13 Darragh O Connell Abbeydorney 14 Aidan Boyle Ballyduff 15 James Flaherty Lixnaw

Subs as follows: 16 John Brendan O’Halloran Kilmoyley

17 Brendan Brosnan Lixnaw 18 David Fitzelle Kilmoyley 19 Liam Boyle Ballyduff

20 Patrick O Keefe Glenfesk 21 Adrian Royle Kilmoyley 22 Paud Costelloe Ballyduff

23 Brian Murphy Causeway 24 Eamonn Fitzgerald Causeway 25 John Fitzgerald Causeway

26 Darren Delaney Ardfert 27 Padraigh Monson Glen Rovers, Co Cork. 28 Ronan Kenny Ballyheigue

29 Anthony Fealy Causeway 30 Darren Wallace Ardfert 31 Niall Young Kilmoyley

Allianz Hurling League Division 2 – Limerick 4-15 Antrim 0-15

Limerick 4-15 Antrim 0-15

From the web site

Limerick signed off on the group stages of their Allianz Hurling League Division Two campaign with a 4-15 to 0-15 defeat of Antrim. Having already booked their place in the League final, there was little for Donal O’Grady’s charges to play for, but they sent out a signal of intent to their opponents in next month’s decider, Clare, with a four-goal salvo. Limerick led by 1-10 to 0-6 at half-time after Kevin Downes had put Seán Tobin through for goal after just three minutes. Downes would then score two goals in the second half, the second of which came right at the death as the Saffrons’ challenge fell apart. Antrim were overly-reliant on the free-taking of Neil McManus, who scored 0-5 in the second half alone. Stephen Lucey and Shane Hickey were in dominant form for the Treaty County defence, while Tobin and Graham Mulcahy were a constant threat in attack.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1 – Tipperary 0-17 Wexford 1-14

Tipperary drew with Wexford on a scoreline of 0-17 to 1-14 in Round 7 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 on Sunday at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Tipperary 0-17 Wexford 1-14

From the web site

Wexford completed a scarcely-believable escape from relegation by securing a 0-17 to 1-14 draw with Tipperary in Thurles on Sunday. The draw, allied to Offaly’s defeat to Kilkenny in Nowlan Park, means Wexford will play Division One hurling again next year and Offaly have been relegated to Division Two. Having lost their first five games in the Allianz League, Wexford somehow fashioned a last-gasp win over Cork in Round 6 and once again they relied on a late goal to draw with Tipperary, with Willie Doran’s goal in added time proving the crucial score on this occasion.

Doran’s goal actually put Wexford 1-14 to 0-16 ahead – the first time they led in the entire game – but a Pa Bourke point levelled the game for the All-Ireland champions late on. However, a point was all Wexford needed to stay up and, naturally, the Models’ manager, Colm Bonnar, was delighted with the spirit his players showed. “As the game went on our lads wanted it more because they knew that the prize was staying in Division One and they have had two horrible years down in Division Two so they really worked their socks off for it,” said Bonnar. “All credit to the players, they got a lot of criticism over the last five games but they stood up strong, especially when it counted and our backs were to the wall.”

Tipperary led by 0-11 to 0-6 at the break, having completely dominated a first half in which James Woodlock sent over three scores. Declan Ryan’s side led by 0-4 to 0-0 after Noel McGrath, Michael Heffernan, Pa Bourke and John O’Brien had all notched points to give them the ideal start. At one point the reigning All-Ireland champions led by 0-8 to 0-3, but points from Rory Jacob, Jim Berry and PJ Nolan reduced the gap to four. Seán Carey had the last say of the first half, nudging Tipperary five points clear, but Wexford might have been closer had Berry not missed a seemingly straightforward free just before the whistle.

Wexford appeared to be chasing a lost cause, but they persevered and two more points from Berry and another from Jacob reduced the gap to three, 0-12 to 0-9. Again Tipperary raised their game in response and things looked truly desperate for the Model County when they trailed by 0-16 to 0-11 in the final quarter. But three unanswered points, including one from Stephen Banville gave Wexford hope before Doran hit the back of the net in added time to complete their great escape.

Team News

The Tipperary Senior Hurling team to play Wexford in Round 7 of the Allianz Hurling league shows 8 changes in personnel from the team which defeated Galway. Brendan Cummins, Eddie Connolly, Paddy Stapleton, Conor O’Mahony, James Woodlock, Noel McGrath, Sean Carey and Michael Heffernan come into the team in place of Darren Gleeson, Michael Cahill, Padraic Maher, John O’Keeffe, Gearoid Ryan, Patrick Maher, Shane Bourke and Lar Corbett.

1. Brendan Cummins (Ballybacon-Grange) 2. Eddie Connolly (Loughmore Castleiney) 3. Paul Curran (Mullinahone) 4. Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh) 5. David Young (Toomevara) 6. Conor O’Mahony (Newport) Captain 7. John Coghlan (Moyne-Templetuohy) 8. James Woodlock (Drom and Inch) 9. Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch) 10. Benny Dunne (Toomevara) 11. Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney) 12. Sean Carey (Moyle Rovers) 13. Michael Heffernan (Nenagh Éire Óg) 14. Pa Bourke (Thurles Sarsfields) 15. John O’Brien (Toomevara)

Wexford team to play Tipperary in Semple Stadium on Sunday 17 April: Niall Breen, Paul Roche, Matthew O’Hanlon, Keith Rossiter, Lar Prendergast, Darren Stamp, Ciarán Kenny, David Redmond, Eoin Quigley, PJ Nolan, Harry Kehoe, Stephen Banville, Rory Jacob, Garrett Sinnott, Jim Berry

Allianz Hurling League Division 2 – Laois 4-15 Kerry 1-15


Sunday, 17 April 2011 18:46 |


By Murt Murphy for

LAOIS proved just too strong for Kerry when the sides clashed in a dead rubber Allianz National Hurling League Division 2 game, played in ideal conditions at Austin Stack Park this afternoon. Laois finished in mid table while Kerry boss John Meyler will be pleased to have maintained their Div 2 status and given some more game time to his younger players, in preparation for the next weekend’s Christy Ring Cup opener against Kildare. Laois were always in control of this contest with man-of-the-match Willie Hyland, who posted 0-9 of Laois’s final tally, being the star turn in a game that was predictable from the very outset.

Laois were way superior in most facets of the game to Kerry and led at the break by 2-7 to 0-6 thanks in the main to goals from Garry Reddan and midfielder Sean Bourke. Aidan Boyle, with a tremendous strike five minutes into the second half re-ignited Kerry’s hopes somewhat but Laois were never in any danger and goals from Sean Bourke, his second of the game, and Owen Holohan completed a comprehensive victory for the Leinster men.



W Hyland 0-9 (0-5 frees); S Bourke 2-2; G Reddan 1-1; O Holohan 1-0; B Dunne, N Costelloe, J Rowney 0-1 each.


D O’Connell 0-6, 0-5 frees), J Egan 0-4; A Boyle 1-0; S Nolan 0-2; J Flaherty 0-2; P O’Keeffe 0-1.


KERRY: JB O’Halloran; B Brosnan, J Godley, C Harris; J Casey, M Conway, T Murnane; D Fitzell, D Dineen, M Boyle (captain), G O’Brien, S Nolan; J Egan, A Boyle, D O’Connell.

Subs: James Flaherty for D Fitzell, Aidan Royle for A Boyle, R Casey for D O’Connell, P O’Keeffe for D Dineen, B Murphy for J Flaherty.

LAOIS: P Mullanney, J A Delaney, B Campion, B Stapleton; J Fitzpatrick, M Whelan, B Galvin; N Costelloe, S Burke, B Dunne, G Reddan, W Hyland; O Holohan, N Foyle, J Brophy.

Subs: S Dollard for G Reddan, J Prior for J A Delaney, J Rowney for N Foyle.

Referee: G O’Connell (Cork)


Kerry 1-15 Laois 4-15

From the web site

In a game of little consequence to either end of the Allianz League Division Two table, Laois finished off their campaign on a high at Austin Stack Park, Tralee. Laois led by 2-7 to 0-6 at the break thanks to goals from Gary Reddan and Seán Bourke. Aidan Boyle briefly gave Kerry hope with a goal on the resumption of play, but that was quickly extinguished when Bourke and Owen Holohan scored further three-pointers for the Kingdom. Willie Hyland top-scored with 0-9 (0-5f) for Laois, while Darragh O’Connell hit 0-6 (0-5f) for the Kingdom.


Allianz Hurling League Division 2 – Clare 4-28 Carlow 0-8

Clare 4-28 Carlow 0-8

From the web site

Clare had 32 points to spare over Carlow in a one-sided Division Two clash, a result which secured the Banner County’s passage to the final of the competition. They will now face Limerick in a winner-takes all clash with a place in Division One in 2012 up for grabs. Clare led 1-15 to 0-4 at half-time thanks to Diarmuid McMahon’s goal on 23 minutes, before Colin Ryan, Jonathan Clancy and McMahon all hit the back of the net in the second half to complete the rout.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1 – Waterford 1-17 Galway 1-16

Allianz League Division 1: Galway miss out

Waterford 1-17 Galway 1-16

From the web site

Reigning Allianz Hurling League champions Galway missed out on the opportunity to defend their title in next month’s final after they were beaten by a point in Walsh Park on Sunday. A win for Galway would have been enough to secure one of the two available final berths, but their challenge faltered and they fell to their third defeat of the campaign, slipping to fifth place in the final standings. Although all the pre-match focus was on Galway’s chances of making the final, in the end Waterford finished third in the table and would have qualified for League showpiece had Dublin lost to Cork on Leeside. In the end, though, it was the Dubs who went through, thanks largely to Galway’s defeat. Déise boss Davy Fitzgerald joked afterwards that his old Clare inter-county team-mate and Dublin’s manager, Anthony Daly, owed him a big favour for helping the men from the capital into their first League decider since 1946.

“If I don’t get a phone call off him (Daly) now I will be very disappointed,” Fitzgerald said. “He texted me yesterday and then he rang me when he heard that we were down a few players! “I told him we would be giving it our all because if Cork had beaten them (Dublin) today we were in the League final. We were very close to getting there ourselves. I’m disappointed we didn’t get a crack to be in the League final.” Ultimately, it was two late frees from the impressive Pauric Mahony that gave the points to the Déise. Waterford led 0-9 to 0-8 at the break and went even further ahead when Shane Walsh hit the back of the net in the 39th minute.

However, Joe Canning, making his seasonal debut on his return from a troublesome heel injury, scored a sublime individual goal for Galway, reducing the gap to two points, 1-12 to 1-10. Waterford showed greater desire in the final quarter and despite Canning leveling matters on 70 minutes with a free, Mahony hit the winner in added time. Galway were very disappointing in the first half against a Waterford side missing some of their marquee names, including Richie Foley, Eoin Kelly, John Mullane and Maurice Shanahan.

The Deise were 0-4 to 0-0 ahead by the eighth minute, with Mahony hitting three scores and Brian O’Sullivan chipping in with a fine effort from play. Canning got Galway off the mark in the 13th minute with a free, before Waterford edged further ahead through Walsh and O’Sullivan. In fairness to Galway, they reduced the gap to two at the break thanks to points from Iarla Tannian (two) and fine score from Damien Hayes.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1 – Dublin 1-15 Cork 1-14

Allianz League Division 1: Dublin book League final place

Cork 1-14 Dublin 1-15

From the web site

Dublin have qualified to play Kilkenny in the final of Division One of the Allianz Hurling League after a dramatic 1-15 to 1-14 defeat of Cork at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday. It will be Dublin’s first appearance in a League final since 1946, as their win, combined with Galway’s defeat in Waterford, saw them leap-frog the Tribesmen and Tipperary to finish in second place in the table. “For Dublin it is such a long time since we got there it’s great, it’s fantastic. I’m thrilled for the boys,” said a delighted Dublin manager Anthony Daly. “We made heavy weather of it and Cork missed a fair bit in the first half too. It was a funny old game, (there was) a bit of tension in it.”

Dublin trailed by 0-9 to 0-8 at the break, but Daly’s charges showed remarkable character in the second half, at one stage scoring four points without reply after Cork had made a burst for the line with a Luke O’Farrell goal. Paul Ryan, Dublin’s hero in the draw with Kilkenny in Round 6 at Croke Park, hit 1-8 (0-7f) of his side’s total, his second half goal coming just after half-time before O’Farrell raised a green flag for the Rebels. O’Farrell’s goal put Cork two points clear, but Dublin hit back with four successive points, including a monster free from Ryan, to lead by two. Although Ben O’Connor reduced the gap to the minimum with two minutes left, Dublin held on for a dramatic win.

Ryan was the star of the show, but he was not left to shoulder the scoring burden on his own and was ably assisted by David O’Callaghan, who scored six points from play. John Gardiner opened the scoring for the Rebels at sunny Pairc Uí Chaoimh with a trademark long-range score from play. Indeed, the Rebels moved into a 0-4 to 0-1 lead after nine minutes, with wing-back Gardiner adding his second score of the game from a ’65. Dublin recovered well from their slow start to register four successive points, with Ryan and O’Callaghan dominating the scoring for Anthony Daly’s side.

Cork had a more even spread of scorers, as Niall McCarthy (0-2), O’Farrell and Kieran ‘Fraggy’ Murphy all chipped in with points, while Gardiner added his third of the half. The Dubs’, however, were completely reliant on Ryan and O’Callaghan, who split their first half total of 0-8 evenly between them, with Ryan successful from three placed balls. It was to be another disappointing afternoon for the Rebels, who finish third-from-bottom in the table, just above Wexford and relegated Offaly.

White Cup Hurling – Ard Scoil Ris v De La Salle

Ard Scoil’s late burst seals first White Cup

By Conor Kane for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Saturday, April 16, 2011

ARD SCOIL RÍS won their first White Cup with an impressive finish at Cahir yesterday. Only headed once throughout the hour, the Limerick lads led by two points entering the final quarter but outscored their Waterford rivals by 1-5 to 0-2 in the closing minutes to claim the spoils. Cian O’Brien grabbed five points while Cian Lynch scored six from play in the first half, a haul which laid a solid foundation for victory. When Aaron Gillane got their second goal in the 54th minute to put them six ahead, there was no way back for the DLS boys.

There was little to separate the sides for much of the opening period, with Sean Hogan’s ninth minute goal for De La Salle putting them two in front for the first time. Lynch repeatedly made possession pay for Ardscoil Ris at the other end and David O’Mahoney’s goal just before the break put four points between the teams. But the Limerick outfit finished strongly to end the season a high.

Scorers for Ardscoil Rís: C. Lynch 0-6, C. O’Brien 0-5 (two frees), D. O’Mahoney 1-1, A. Gillane 1-0, Ronan Lynch 0-2 (one 65, one free), N. Mule 0-2, K. Daly 0-1, P. Casey 0-1.

Scorers for De La Salle: S. Ryan 0-7 (0-4 frees), J. Fitzgerald 0-3 (0-2 frees), S. Hogan 1-, P. Hogan 0-1, D. Hutchinson 0-1.

ARDSCOIL RÍS: A. O’Brien; E. Quitty, P. McNamara, D. Connolly; F. Larkin, R. Lynch, E. Costelloe; D. O’Mahoney, T. Grimes; K. Daly, N. Mule, C. O’Brien (capt); M. Collins, C. Lynch, A. Gillane.

Sub: P. Casey for A. Gillane.

DE LA SALLE: E. Purcell; N. Blanchfield, C. Browne, K. Dillon Dunphy; M. Shanahan, J. McCarthy, E. Hayden; B. Cunningham, G. Flynn; S. Hogan, J. Fitzgerald, S. Ryan; P. Hogan, D. Hutchinson, S. Treacy.

Sub: A. Power for S. Treacy.

Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)

Munster MFC S-Final 1st Playoff – Clare 4-14 Waterford 1-9

Clare defeated Waterford by 4-14 to 1-9 in the Munster GAA Football Minor Championship Semi-Final 1st Playoff on Saturday in Fraher Field Dungarvan. Clare will now play Limerick in the next round.

Clare 4-14 Waterford 1-9

Scorers –

Clare – Niall Hickey 2-2, Conor Cleary 1-3, Eoin Cleary 0-5, 0-3 frees, Martin O’Leary 1-1, 1-0 penalty, Jack Scanlon 0-1, Alan O’Neill 0-1, Cathal McConigley 0-1

Waterford – Tadhg Burke 0-5, 0-4 frees, Gavin Nugent 0-3, Dale Sheridan 1-0, Emmet O’Toole 0-1

Clare – Darren Sexton; Conor Galvin (Captain), James Malone, Oisin Vaughan; Jarlath Colleran, Darragh McDonagh, Stan Lineen; Alan O’Neill, Conor Cleary; Eoin Cleary, Ciaran Devitt, Adrian Murrihy; Martin O’Leary, Niall Hickey William Flynn

Subs: Jack Scanlon for Adrian Murrihy, Conor McNeils for Jarlath Colleran, Luke Brannock for William Flynn, Cathal McConigley for Eoin Cleary, Paudie Nugent for Ollie Vaughan


Waterford – Conor Mulcahy; John Heffernan, Ray O Ceallaigh, PJ Curran; Lorcan O Corrain, David Hallihan, Sean Hyslop; Emmet O’Toole, Gavin Nugent; Michael Curry, Eamonn Power, Tadhg Burke; Michael Kiely, Ryan Donnelly, Eoin Kiely

Subs: Paul Connors for Emmet O’Toole, Dale Sheridan for Eoin Kiely, Jeff Jones for Michael Kiely, Adam O’Donoghue for Ryan Donnelly, Daniel Power for Sean Hyslop

Referee: James Bermingham (Cork)

Breakdown of Scores

2nd minute – Conor Cleary point from play – Clare 0-1 Waterford 0-0

3rd minute – Eoin Cleary point from a free – Clare 0-2 Waterford 0-0

5th minute – Tadhg Burke point from a frees – Clare 0-2 Waterford 0-1

7th minute – Niall Hickey goal from play – Clare 1-2 Waterford 0-1

9th minute – Niall Hickey point from play after his penalty was saved – Clare 1-3 Waterford 0-1

12th minute – Niall Hickey scores a point from play after a good passing move from the Clare defence – Clare 1-4 Waterford 0-1

14th minute – Conor Clear scores a goal after another good passing move by Clare – Clare 2-4 Waterford 0-1

15th minute – Gavin Nugent responds with Waterford’s first point from play – Clare 2-4 Waterford 0-2

16th minute – Niall Hickey scores a goal from close range for Clare – Clare 3-4 Waterford 0-2

18th minute – Eoin Cleary kicks a lovely point for Clare off his left foot – Clare 3-5 Waterford 0-2

21st minute – Emmet O’Toole kicks a point from play and is replaced 10 seconds later – Clare 3-5 Waterford 0-3

22nd minute – Gavin Nugent kicks a point from play for Waterford – Clare 3-5 Waterford 0-4

25th minute – Tadhg Burke kicks a point from a free for Waterford – Clare 3-5 Waterford 0-5

27th minute – Martin O’Leary kicks a point from play for Clare – Clare 3-6 Waterford 0-5

28th minute – Eoin Cleary kicks a point from play for Clare – Clare 3-7 Waterford 0-5

31st minute- Tadhg Burke kicks a point from play for Waterford – Clare 3-7 Waterford 0-6

HALF-TIME – Clare 3-7 Waterford 0-6

31st minute – Clare sub Jack Scanlon scores a point – Clare 3-8 Waterford 0-6

32nd minute – Clare’s Alan O’Neill scores a point from play – Clare 3-9 Waterford 0-6

38th minute – Tadhg Burke kicks a point from a free – Clare 3-9 Waterford 0-7

40th minute – Eoin Cleary kicks a long range point from a free for Clare – Clare 3-10 Waterford 0-7

42nd minute – Gavin Nugent kicks a point for Waterford – Clare 3-10 Waterford 0-8

46th minute – Eoin Cleary kicks a pointed free for Clare – Clare 3-11 Waterford 0-8

46th minute – Conor Cleary kicks a point from play – Clare 3-12 Waterford 0-8

49th minute – Dale Sheridan scores a goal for Waterford – Clare 3-12 Waterford 1-8

51st minute – Tadhg Burke points a free for Waterford – Clare 3-12 Waterford 1-9

54th minute – Cathal McConigley scores a point from play for Clare – Clare 3-13 Waterford 1-9

60th minute – Martin O’Leary scores a goal from a penalty for Clare – Clare 4-13 Waterford 1-9

62nd minute – Conor Cleary scores a point from play for Clare – Clare 4-14 Waterford 1-9

For the Record

Waterford Clare
2011 Team Management Niall Cronin (Manager),
John Phelan (Coach),
James Condon,
Pat Kiely,
Paudie Kiely.
Michael Neylon (Corofin – Manager); Noel Normoyle (Kilmihil); Maurice Reidy (St.Joseph’s Miltown); Leo Donoghue (Kildysart)
2011 Team Captain Billy Power
Conor Gavin
2010 Championship Performance Lost to Limerick in the first round followed by a defeat to Clare in the Semi-Final 1st playoff. Lost to Cork in the first round. Defeated Waterford in the Semi-Final 1st playoff before losing to Tipperary in the Semi-Final 2nd playoff by 1-8 to 1-3 at Thurles.
Number of Munster Minor Football titles 0 3
Last Munster Minor Football Title N/A 1953
Munster Minor Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 36
Won – 6
Lost – 25
Drawn – 5
Played – 38
Won – 12
Lost – 22
Drawn – 4
Last meeting in the Munster Minor Football Championship April 19th 2010 at Cusack Park Ennis in the Semi-Final playoff 1– Clare 4-10 Waterford 1-6


First Round

Wednesday April 13th

@ Kilmallock                                     Tipperary 1-13 Limerick 0-9

@ Austin Stack Park Tralee           Kerry 4-16 Waterford 0-6

@ Pairc Uí Rinn                               Cork 2-10 Clare 0-11

Semi-Final Play-off 1

Saturday April 16th

@ Fraher Field Dungarvan                        Waterford v Clare 7:30pm

Semi-Final Play-off 2

Saturday April 23rd

Limerick v Winner of Semi-Final Play-off 1 (Waterford v Clare)

(See venue permutations below)

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick           Limerick v Clare 7:30pm

@ Leamybrien                        Limerick v Waterford 7:30pm


Wednesday May 18th

@ Tipperary venue                          Kerry v Tipperary 7:00pm

@ venue TBC                                   Cork v Semi-Final Playoff 2 winners 7:00pm



Sunday July 3rd

2011 Munster Minor Football Championship Matches played to date

Tipperary 1-13 Limerick 0-9 – April 13th @ Kilmallock (Munster First Round)

Tipperary: G Slattery; O O’Flynn, C O’Sullivan, P McGuire; B Maher, F Ryan, C O’Riordan; S O’Brien, D Butler; J Martin, P Quirke, I Foley; L McGrath, M Quinlivan, TJ Ryan.
Subs: D Lonergan for Martin (30); C Kennedy for Quirke (50); G Henry for Fahey (55); L Vance for O’Brien (59); E Fitzgerald for TJ Ryan (63)

Limerick: D Condron; S Barrett, K O’Donoghue, B McCarthy; E O’Donnell, S O’Connor, K Brosnan; D Tracey, T Griffin; J Quaid, D O’Dea, F O’Riordan; D Neville, K Larkin, D Frewen.
Subs: W Shanahan for Larkin (35); D Lillis for Quaid (43); K Meade for Barrett (48); L Hanly for Neville (52); N Mann for O’Dea (57)

Referee: Sean Jay (Kerry)

Cork 2-10 Clare 0-11 – April 13th @ Pairc Uí Rinn (Munster First Round)

Cork: J McDonnell; J Davis, C Dorman, K Hayes-Curtin; K Crowley, K Fulignati, K O’Hanlon; S Kiely, M Sugrue; B O’Driscoll, A Cadogan, D Harrington; D McEoin, S O’Mahony, C O’Sullivan.
Subs: D Murphy for O’Hanlon (half-time), S Ryan for Fulignati (42), J Corkery for Harrington (55), K McIntyre for Cadogan (57).

Clare: D Sexton; C Gavin, C O’Brien, O Vaughan; J Colleran, S Lineen, D Bolton; A O’Neill, D McDonagh; E Cleary, C Cleary, A Murrihy; M O’Leary, N Hickey, J Malone.
Subs: W Flynn for Malone (38), J Rouine for Bolton (42), C Devitt for O’Leary (52), J Sweeney for O’Brien (56), J Scanlon for Murrihy (58).

Referee: Richard Moloney (Limerick)

Kerry 4-16 Waterford 0-6 – April 13th @ Austin Stack Park Tralee (Munster First Round)

Kerry – S Murphy, P O’Se, T Morley, C Fitzgerald, M O’Connor, R Murphy, K Murphy, G O’Leary, S Keane, T Hickey, P Boyle, J O’Donoghue, D O’Brien, C Keating, J Moriarty
Subs: P Wrenn for K Murphy ( 54), K McCarthy for J Moriarty ( 54), I McCarthy for D O’Brien ( 56)

Waterford – C Mulcahy, P Houlihan, D Power, P Curran, L O’Corrain R O’Ceallaigh, S Hyslop, E O’Toole, D Hallihan, G Nugent, E Power, T Burke, E Kiely, R Donnelly, M Kiely
Subs: M Curry for D Power (41), J Jones for E O’Toole ( 51)

Referee: Keith O’Brien (Tipperary)

2011 Top Scorers – Munster Minor Football Championship

Thomas Hickey (Kerry) – 1-5 (0-4 frees)
Dan MacEoin (Cork) 1-4 (0-2 frees)
Padraig Boyle (Kerry) –  2-1
TJ Ryan (Tipperary) 0-6 (0-3 frees)
Niall Hickey (Clare)  0-5 (0-3 frees)
Jeff O’Donoghue (Kerry)   0-5 (0-3 frees)
Michael Quinlivan (Tipperary) 1-2
Jamie Moriarty (Kerry) –  1-1
Cian O’Sullivan (Cork) 0-3
Stephen O’Mahony (Cork) 1-0
Francis O’Riordan (Limerick) 0-2 (0-1 free)
Dara Tracey (Limerick) 0-2
Dean Lillis (Limerick) 0-2
Martin O’Leary (Clare) 0-2
Tadhg Burke (Waterford 0-2 (0-2 frees)
Gavin Nugent (Waterford) 0-2
Eamonn Power (Waterford) 0-2
Ciaran Keating (Kerry) –  0-2
Philip Quirke (Tipperary) 0-2 (0-1 free)
Dean Lonergan (Tipperary) 0-2

Michael O’Connor (Kerry), Shaun Keane (Kerry), Brian O’Driscoll (Cork) (0-1 free), Kevin Crowley (Cork), Killian McIntyre (Cork), Jamie Malone (Clare), Conor Cleary (Clare), Eoin Cleary (0-1 free), William Flynn (Clare), Liam McGrath (Tipperary), Jamie Quaid (Limerick), Denis O’Dea (Limerick), Danny Frewen – 0-1 each

Munster Minor Football Championship Roll Of Honour

Kerry (41)

1931, 1932, 1933, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009.

Cork (29)

1939, 1952, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2010

Tipperary (5)

1934, 1935, 1955, 1984, 1995

Clare (3)

1929, 1930, 1953

Limerick (1)


Munster Minor Football Cup

The Tadhg Crowley Cup was presented by Munster Council in 1990 to commemorate late Munster Council Treasurer. Tadhg was elected as Munster Council Treasurer in 1968 and served until his death in December 1989. A teacher by profession, he also served as Kerry County Board Secretary from 1955 until 1970. Tadhg was recognized as a specialist in organizing and handling styles and gates at big Munster Championship games.

All Ireland Minor Football Championship

In the Minor Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Kerry top the charts with 11 titles while Cork are tied for second with Dublin with 10 titles. Clare won the first All-Ireland Minor Football title in 1929 while Tipperary only All-Ireland success at this grade came in 1934. Between them Munster counties have accounted for 23 All-Ireland Minor Football titles, ahead of Leinster and Ulster (20 titles each) and Connacht (17 titles).

The All-Ireland Minor Football title has not been won by a Munster county since Cork’s 2-12 to 0-13 victory over Mayo in the 2000 Final. Since then, Ulster counties have won 7 of the 10 finals played, Connacht 2 titles and Leinster have 1 title.

Kerry were All-Ireland Minor Football Champions in 1931, 1932, 1933, 1946, 1950, 1962, 1963, 1975, 1980, 1988, 1994

Cork were All-Ireland Minor Football Champions in 1961, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1974, 1981, 1991, 1993, 2000

Odds and Ends

Cork are the defending Munster Minor Football Champions following a 1-8 to 1-7 victory over Kerry at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney. Corner-forward Brian Hurley scored 1-6 for the winners, including a 58th minute goal to complete a come from behind victory.

The winning Cork team and scorers were as follows – David Hanrahan; Kevin Fulignati , Damian Cahalane, Darren Murphy; Sean Ryan, Tom Clancy, Jamie Wall; Jamie Burns, John O’Rourke; Kevin Hallissey (0-1), Mark Sugrue, Alan Cronin; Kevin Sheehan (0-1 free), Shane Duggan, Brian Hurley (1-6, 0-4 frees)

Subs: Daniel Fitzgerald (Captain) for S Ryan (45), Dan McEoin for M Sugrue, Stephen O’Mahony for S Duggan (50).

Since 1956, Cork and Kerry have won every Munster Minor Football title with the exception of 1984 and 1995 when Tipperary were successful.

Tipperary have played 45 matches in the Munster Minor Football Championship since 2000, more than any other Munster county.

Waterford have won 1 Munster Minor Football Championship match out of 14 played since 2005.

Cork, Kerry and Tipperary have won at least 1 match in the Munster Minor Football Championship every year since 2001.

The Kerry manager Pat O’Driscoll was the manager of The Ardfert Senior Football team that captured All Ireland Club Junior Championship honours in 2006 and won the All-Ireland Club Intermediate Championship in 2007.

Cadbury All-Ireland Under 21 Football Championship Semi-Final – Galway 1-11 Cork 0-12

Galway defeated Cork by 1-11 to 0-12 in the Cadbury All-Ireland U21 Football Championship Semi-Final on Saturday at Cusack Park, Ennis.