McGrath Cup Senior Football Final – Cork 0-13 Tipperary 0-6

Cork defeated Tipperary by 0-13 to 0-6 in the McGrath Cup Senior Football Final on Sunday at Clonmel Sportsfield. Cork led by 0-6 to 0-3 at the interval before taking over in the second half to race in to a 0-12 to 0-4 lead. Tipperary had some late goal chances but Cork goalkeeper Ken O’Halloran pulled off some good saves to ensure a clean sheet. Afterwards, Munster Vice-Chairman Robert Frost presented the McGrath Cup to Cork captain Ray Carey.

 

O’Halloran stands tall for Cork

Tipperary 0-06 Cork 0-13

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

ONLY 29 days have elapsed in the first month of the 2012 season and the Cork senior footballers got their hands on silverware at the Clonmel Sportsfield yesterday. Yet the muted post-match reaction suggests they will not pause too long to reflect on this McGrath Cup final triumph. There were only 915 present to watch Cork trudge past Tipperary in testing underfoot conditions and much of the crowd had dispersed by the time Ray Carey, standing in for regular captain Graham Canty, lifted the trophy. The competition served its purpose for Cork, feeding them a diet of three games during January and allowing Conor Counihan put players under the microscope.

Having picked up a few minor knocks over the past week and putting another side together for a workout with Dublin last Friday night in Abbeyleix, Counihan was forced to shake things up before throw-in yesterday. Six names were scratched off the original teamsheet, with Sean Kiely, Micheal Ó Laoire and Paul Honohan amongst those pushed into action. “It’s a competition we decided to enter this year and, having entered it, we wanted to win it,” reflected Counihan. “We’ve had good ground up to this in our games but that pitch was very tough to play on there. We had a number of new players out there again today and it was an opportunity to have a look at them. It was pleasing.”

Tipperary’s efforts to land a first McGrath Cup crown in eight years were undone by their poor shooting. Points by Phillip Austin in the 32nd minute and Conor Sweeney in the 49th minute were the only occasions when they found solace from play as the Cork defence thwarted Tipperary. In the finale Tipperary managed to crack the codes to unlock the Cork rearguard but found it an impossible task to smuggle the ball past goalkeeper Ken O’Halloran. The Bishopstown man produced breathtaking saves to twice deny Barry Grogan before showing the agility to flick away a Peter Acheson shot en route to the bottom corner injury-time. After also watching Austin smack a left foot shoot narrowly wide in either half, Tipperary manager John Evans was entitled to wonder what would have transpired had his team found the net.

“From a Cork point of view, Ken O’Halloran was man of the match, as he made a few absolutely superb saves,” said Evans. “The shots were just inside the post but he still managed to tip the ball away. That doesn’t mean we’d have won the game but it does show we can create chances. I’m disappointed we didn’t put up a bigger score. There were a few chances we had from frees that you’ve got to put over the bar. But it was good preparation for the league and very honest commitment from both sets of teams in trying conditions.”

Cork’s experience and strength were key facets in their victory with both Michael Shields in defence and Pearse O’Neill commanding midfield. They led 0-6 to 0-3 at the break and looked capable of upping their game. It materialised early in the second-half. Wing-backs Kiely and Conor O’Driscoll showed up well with their range of foot-passing, and both Paul Kerrigan and Fintan Goold displayed the guile to create point-scoring chances as Cork raced 0-11 to 0-4 clear by the 50th minute.

Tipperary shored up their rearguard with Ciaran McDonald and Robbie Kiely to the fore while Austin and Acheson found greater joy weaving their way through the Cork defence. The closing stages saw Tipperary press forward incessantly yet they could not make further inroads on the scoreboard. Cork were indebted to the heroics of O’Halloran in goal and coped with the deteriorating surface to preserve their advantage. But Counihan has injury concerns over Colm O’Neill, Patrick Kelly, Donncha O’Connor and Eoin Cadogan ahead of next Sunday’s league trip to the Morgan Athletic Grounds to face Armagh. “It was tough going out there,” admitted Goold. “If it wasn’t for Ken in goal, it could have been hairy.”

Scorers for Cork: P Kerrigan 0-4 (1f), F Goold 0-3 (2fs), C O’Driscoll, P O’Neill, M Ó Laoire, F Lynch, L Shorten, S Cahalane 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: B Grogan 0-4fs, P Austin, C Sweeney 0-1 each.

CORK: K O’Halloran; M Shields, R Carey, K Harrington; S Kiely, P Kissane, C O’Driscoll; P O’Neill, M Ó Laoire; F Goold, F Lynch, L Shorten; S Cahalane, P Kerrigan, P Honohan.

Subs: L Connolly for Ó Laoire (ht), A O’Reilly for Harrington (51), J Fitzpatrick for Honohan (53), N O’Leary for Shields (63).

TIPPERARY: M O’Donnell; R Costigan, C McDonald, P Codd; R Kiely, T Ryan, L Egan; B Jones, E Ryan; H Coghlan, S Grogan, P Acheson; C Sweeney, P Austin, B Grogan.

Subs: B Fox for Egan (47), S Carey for S Grogan (47), D Heffernan for Jones (54), S Ryan for Coghlan (61).

Referee: Padraig O’Sullivan (Kerry)

 

O’Halloran states case for No 1 shirt

From the Irish Indepdendent newspaper

KEN O’Halloran threw down the gauntlet to Cork’s regular No 1 Alan Quirke with a fine display of goalkeeping as the Rebels claimed a sixth McGrath Cup success yesterday. O’Halloran was dependable throughout as his side claimed a deserved victory in Clonmel, excelling in the closing minutes with three superb saves. The former All-Ireland winning U-21 goalkeeper denied Tipperary hitman Barry Grogan with two fine stops in the space of three minutes before the end but the Bishopstown man left the best for last in stoppage-time. As Tipp chased what would have been a consolation goal, Peter Acheson unleashed a shot that looked destined for the bottom corner, only for 25-year-old O’Halloran to push the fiercely-struck effort away for a ’45’. O’Halloran’s late heroics were the brief highlights on a largely forgettable afternoon in Clonmel as persistent rain beforehand resulted in heavy underfoot conditions.

Good football was at a premium and while Cork boss Conor Counihan will have been pleased by the fighting qualities of his understrength team, he’ll have noticed how Tipp created no fewer than five clear-cut goalscoring opportunities. Apart from O’Halloran’s hat-trick of saves, Tipp also threatened twice through captain Philip Austin, who screwed wide on both occasions when presented with good openings. For Cork, this was merely a starter ahead of the start of the Allianz Football League next Sunday, when the Rebels travel to Armagh. The Leesiders are looking to successfully defend their league title, but Counihan is monitoring a cluster of injuries. Daniel Goulding and Ciaran Sheehan are long-term absentees but Paddy Kelly, Colm O’Neill, Donncha O’Connor and Eoin Cadogan are rated doubtful starters ahead of the trip to the Morgan Athletic Grounds.

Counihan vowed: “We’ll have a few issues but fellas there today performed well and hopefully that gives us a few more options.” By half-time yesterday, Cork had registered more wides than scores, seven to six, while Tipp had just one point from play on the board and trailed by 0-6 to 0-3. Tipp managed just a further point from play during the entire second half while Cork kept the scoreboard ticking over and led by eight points twice before winning by seven.

In front of 915 spectators, Grogan was held scoreless from play as Michael Shields put the shackles firmly on the Aherlow forward, and O’Halloran denied him when he did get free. Tipp boss John Evans reflected: “Ken O’Halloran made superb saves. He was Man of the Match from a Cork point of view. “It doesn’t mean we’d have won the game if we had got one or two (goals). It just goes to show that we can create chances. The breaks didn’t go our way. We need to be taking the points — there were a couple of chances from frees that you’ve got to be putting over. “But it was good preparation for the league — I’m disappointed that we didn’t put up a better score but it was really honest endeavour. Cork set themselves up defensively and we had to adapt to that as well.”

Scorers — Cork: P Kerrigan 0-4 (1f), F Goold 0-3 (2f), C O’Driscoll, F Lynch, S Cahalane, L Shorten, P O’Neill, M O’Leary 0-1 each. Tipperary: B Grogan 0-4f, C Sweeney, P Austin 0-1 each.

CORK — K O’Halloran; M Shields, R Carey, K Harrington; C O’Driscoll, P Kissane, S Kiely; P O’Neill, M O’Leary; F Goold, F Lynch, L Shorten; S Cahalane, P Kerrigan, P Honohan. Subs: L Connolly for M O’Leary (h-t), A O’Reilly for Harrington (50), J Fitzpatrick for Honohan (53), N O’Leary for Shields (62).

TIPPERARY — M O’Donnell; R Costigan, C McDonald, P Codd; R Kiely, T Ryan, L Egan; B Jones, E Ryan; H Coghlan, S Grogan, P Acheson; C Sweeney, P Austin, B Grogan. Subs: B Fox for Egan (48), S Carey for S Grogan (48), D Heffernan for Jones (57), S Ryan for Coghlan (61), J O’Callaghan for Kiely (67).

Ref — P O’Sullivan (Kerry)

For the Record

Tipperary Cork
Team Manager John Evans Conor Counihan
2011 McGrath Cup Performance Defeated UL in the Preliminary Round before losing to Waterford in the Quarter-Final Defeated WIT and Limerick before losing to Kerry in the semi-final by 2-11 to 1-11.
Number of McGrath Cup Senior Football titles 3 5
Last McGrath Cup Senior Football Title 2003 2009
McGrath Cup Senior Football Record since 2000 Played – 22
Won – 11
Lost – 11
Drawn – 0
Played – 17
Won – 15
Lost – 2
Drawn – 0

Fixtures and Results

Preliminary Round

Sunday January 8th

@ WIT Sportsgrounds                      IT Tralee 2-14 Waterford 0-14

@ Doonbeg                                       Clare 0-18 University of Limerick 1-8

@ Clonmel Sportsfield                     Tipperary 2-13 Limerick Institute of Technology 3-8

Quarter-Finals
Sunday January 15th

@ CIT Sportsgrounds                       Cork Institute of Technology 2-16 IT Tralee 2-5
@ Pairc Ui Rinn                                Cork 2-14 Clare 0-7
@ Clonmel Sportsfield                     Tipperary 4-16 Waterford Institute of Technology 0-6
@ Michael Neville Park                    University College Cork 1-19 Limerick 0-10


Semi-Finals
Sunday January 22nd

@ Pairc Ui Rinn                                Cork 2-17 Cork Institute of Technology 0-7

@ Clonmel Sportsfield                     Tipperary 1-15 University College Cork 0-10

Final (Extra time)

Sunday January 29th

@ Clonmel Sportsfield                     Tipperary v Cork                                           @ 2:00pm

McGrath Cup Senior Football – Odds and Ends

Since 2000, Cork’s McGrath Cup success rate is 88% (best of any county) with 15 wins out of 17 in the competition.  In the same period, Tipperary have won half of their 22 matches, 11 wins, 11 defeats.

85 players have scored in the 9 matches to date in 2012 McGrath Senior Football competition to date with Tipperary’s Barry Grogan top of the charts with 4-13. Colm O’Neill (Cork) is second in the scoring charts with 2-6.

22 goals have been scored to date in the 2012 McGrath Cup competition (an average of 2.4 goals per match). This contrasts with 16 goals scored in the 2011 competition over 11 matches (an average of 1.4 goals per match).

Cork’s last won the McGrath Cup title in 2009 thanks to a 1-13 to 0-6 victory over the University of Limerick. The Cork team on that occasion lined out as follows – K Murphy; B Crowley, N O’Donovan, K Harrington; D Murphy, Eoin Sexton, R O’Sullivan; A O’Sullivan, Alan O’Connor; Conor McCarthy, Fintan Goold, P Kelly; M Harrington, C McManus, K O’Sullivan. Subs used: C Keane for Kelly (yellow card, 33 mins), Seamus Hayes for M Harrington (50), S O’Sullivan for C McManus (51), R Brosnan for Goold (56), P Gayer for Crowley (57).

Tipperary have not qualified for the final of the McGrath Cup since 2003 when they captured the title with a 1-9 to 1-8 victory over Clare at Miltown-Malbay. Fergal O’Callaghan was the winning captain for Tipperary. The Tipperary team on that occasion lined out as follows – Brian Enright; Benny Hahessy, Niall Kelly, Damien Byrne; Shane Maher, Declan Fanning, Niall Fitzgerald; Kevin Mulryan, Aidan Fitzgerald; Tony Doyle, Fergal O’Callaghan (Captain), Patrick Hally; Benny Hickey, Eamonn Hanrahan, David Byrne.
Subs: Declan Browne for Hally, John Paul Looby for David Byrne, Patrick Hally for Maher.

The record of the Third Level Colleges in the McGrath Cup since entering in 2005 (including the 2012 matches to date) is Won 21, Lost 44 (32% success rate)

McGrath Cup Senior Football Roll Of Honour

Clare (12) – 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2008

Limerick (5) – 1985, 1987, 2001, 2004, 2005

Cork (5) – 1998, 1999, 2006, 2007, 2009

Tipperary (3) – 1989, 1993, 2003

Kerry (3) – 1996, 2010, 2011

Waterford (1) – 1981

London (1) – 1988
Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete Roll of Honour since the competition began in 1981 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/mcgrath-cup-football/

McGrath Cup

Presented by Joe McGrath on June 21st, 1981 for the promotion of Senior Football in Munster

McGrath Cup – 2012 Scorers

Barry Grogan (Tipperary) – 4-13 (0-5 frees, 0-1 45)
Colm O’Neill (Cork) – 2-6
Barry O’Hare (IT Tralee) – 1-9 (0-4 frees, 0-1 45)
Philip Austin (Tipperary) – 1-8 (1-0 penalty, 0-1 free)
Gary Hurney (Waterford) – 0-10 (0-6 frees)
Donal Óg Hodnett (CIT) – 1-7 (0-4 frees)
Paul Kerrigan (Cork) – 1-6 (0-3 frees, 0-1 45)
Conor Sweeney (Tipperary) – 1-4
David Tubridy (Clare) – 0-7 (0-4 frees, 0-1 45)
Alan O’Donoghue (IT Tralee) – 1-4
Gary Brennan (Clare) – 0-7
Hugh Curran (CIT) – 0-7
Mark Collins (UCC) – 1-3 (0-1 free)
Michael Quinlivan (Tipperary) – 1-2
Hugh Coghlan (Tipperary) – 0-4
Peter Acheson (Tipperary) – 0-4
Brian Mulvihill (Tipperary) – 0-4
Liam Shorten (Cork) – 0-4
Paudie Kissane (Cork) – 1-1
Joe Dowling (LIT) – 1-1
K O’Grady (WIT) – 0-4 (0-4 frees)
Colin Dempsey (UL) – 0-4 (0-2 frees)
Paul Geaney (UCC) – 0-4
Ger Collins (Limerick) – 0-4 (0-1 free)
Mike Quilligan (Limerick) – 0-4 (0-3 frees)
Jerry O’Connor (CIT) – 1-1
Brian Fox (Tipperary) – 0-3
Fiachra Lynch (Cork) – 0-3
Seanie Cahalane (Cork) – 0-3
Mark Reen (UCC) – 0-3
Rory Donnelly (Clare) – 0-3
Ger Quinlan (Clare) – 0-3
Mikey Brennan (IT Tralee) – 1-0
Rory O’Sullivan (CIT) – 0-3
Eoghan O’Connor (LIT) – 1-0
Seamus Carroll (LIT) – 1-0
G O’Driscoll (IT Tralee) – 1-0
J Burke (LIT) – 0-3 (0-3 frees)
Edmund Walsh (UL) – 1-0
Pearse O’Neill (Cork) – 0-2
Brian Coughlan (UCC) – 0-2
Rory Deane (IT Tralee) – 0-2
M O’Shea (Clare) – 0-2 (0-2 frees)
Barry O’Driscoll (UCC) – 0-2 (0-1 free)
Kevin O’Sullivan (Cork) – 0-1
Nicholas Murphy (Cork) – 0-1
Noel O’Leary (Cork) – 0-1
M Ó Laoire (Cork) – 0-1
Fintan Goold (Cork) – 0-1
Alan O’Connor (Cork) – 0-1
Sean Carey (Tipperary) – 0-1
S Ryan (Tipperary) – 0-1
S Murphy (WIT) – 0-1
C McDonnell (WIT) – 0-1
D Heffernan (LIT) – 0-1
S Malone (LIT) – 0-1
M Hallissey (LIT) – 0-1 (0-1 free)
K Larkin (LIT) – 0-1
Barry O’Grady (IT Tralee) – 0-1
Andrew Hegarty (IT Tralee) – 0-1
S O’Hehir (Waterford) – 0-1
S Briggs (Waterford) – 0-1
Liam Ó Lionáin (Waterford) – 0-1 (0-1 free)
G Nugent (Waterford) – 0-1
P Collins (Clare) – 0-1
Mark Cahalane (UL) – 0-1
J O’Donoghue (UL) – 0-1
Michael Geaney (UL) – 0-1
F Fitzgerald (UL) – 0-1
Steve O’Donoghue (CIT) – 0-1
Kevin Hallissey (CIT) – 0-1
Brian McGuire (CIT) – 0-1
P Daly (CIT) – 0-1
C Fleming (CIT) – 0-1
B Poff (IT Tralee) – 0-1
D Kelly (IT Tralee) – 0-1
D Russell (Clare) – 0-1
G Quinlan (Clare) – 0-1
Kevin O’Driscoll (UCC) – 0-1
JB Spillane (UCC) – 0-1
David Nation (UCC) – 0-1
James O’Sullivan (UCC) – 0-1
Adrian Greaney (UCC) – 0-1
John Riordan (Limerick) – 0-1
Graham O’Connell (Limerick) – 0-1


Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Preliminary Round – Clare 3-25 WIT 0-5

Clare show intent

From the Irish Times newspaper

Clare 3-25 Waterford IT 0-5: NEW CLARE manager Davy Fitzgerald witnessed his charges totally outclass Waterford Institute of Technology in a preliminary round game of the Waterford Crystal Cup at Sixmilebridge. Fitzgerald returned to his native county and his home town for the first competitive outing of the year. WIT were short up to 10 regulars on the day because of a vital upcoming Fitzgibbon Cup tie against Cork IT on Thursday next, while Clare were also missing many of their student contingent.

The hosts led by 0-6 to no score by the 10th minute and by half-time had cruised into a 2-14 to 0-3 lead. Aaron Cunningham and the in-form Daire Keane scored the two goals before the break while corner-forward Eoin Hayes added a third, 27 minutes into the second half. Clare will now face Limerick next weekend in the next round.

CLARE : P Kelly, D O’Donovan, C Dillon, C Cooney (0-1); S Morey, E Barrett, J McInerney; N O’Connell (0-3), P Donnellan (0-2); C Chaplin, D Keane (1-7), F Lynch; E Hayes (1-0), C Ryan (0-7, 0-3 frees), A Cunningham (1-3, 0-1 free). Subs: J Clancy (0-2) for Ryan (inj, 26 mins), M Earley for Cooney (62), S O’Halloran for Morey (66).

WIT: S O’Keeffe (Waterford); M Power (Waterford), P Nolan (Kilkenny), J Cahill (Kilkenny); S O’Keeffe (Waterford), L O’Loughlin (Clare), D Murphy (Dublin); M Power (Kilkenny), J O’Dwyer (Tipperary); E Madigan (Waterford), S Cleary (Tipperary), C O’Meara (Tipperary); T Kavanagh (Tipperary), J Dillon (Waterford), K Hammersley (Tipperary).

Subs: B Burke (Galway, O’Dwyer 55); N Connors (Waterford, O’Keeffe 55).

Referee: D Kirwan (Cork)

For the Record

Clare WIT
2011 Waterford Crystal Cup Performance Defeated IT Tralee and LIT before losing to Waterford by 2-19 to 2-18 in the semi-final Defeated Tipperary in the preliminary round before their quarter-final with UL was abandoned due to fog. WIT subsequently withdrew from the competition
Number of Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling titles 1 0
Last Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Title 2009 N/A
Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Record since 2006 Played – 17
Won – 12
Lost – 5
Drawn – 0
Played – 10
Won – 4
Lost – 6
Drawn – 0

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling 2012

Preliminary Round (Extra time)

Sunday January 22nd

@ Dolla                                              Tipperary 2-24 Limerick Institute of Technology 1-16

Sunday January 29th

@ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney       Kerry v IT Tralee                                            @ 2:00pm

@ Sixmilebridge                               Clare v WIT                                                    @ 2:00pm

Quarter-Finals (Extra time)

Sunday February 5th

@ Cork or Kerry venue                     Cork v Kerry or IT Tralee                              @ 2:00pm

@ Tipperary venue                           Tipperary v University of Limerick               @ 2:00pm

@ Limerick or Clare venue              Limerick v Clare or LIT                                 @ 2:00pm

@ WIT Sportsgrounds                      Waterford v UCC                                          @ 2:00pm

Semi-Finals (Extra time)
Sunday February 12th

@ TBC                                               Cork, Kerry or IT Tralee v UL or Tipperary
@ TBC                                               Limerick, Clare or LIT v Waterford or UCC

Final (Extra time)

Sunday February 19th


Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling – Odds and Ends

Clare are the only team who have won at least one game each year since the Waterford Crystal Cup competition began in 2006.

The record of the Third Level Colleges in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006 is Won 18, Lost 35, a 34% success rate. Since the Third Level Colleges entered the McGrath Cup (Senior Football) in 2005, their success rate is 32%.

Tipperary won their first 6 home matches in the Waterford Crystal Cup from 2006 to 2009 before losing their first round matches in 2010 (v Clare at Borrisoleigh) and in 2011 (v WIT at Clonmel).

Waterford have won 11 of their last 13 matches in the Waterford Crystal Cup, including a current winning streak of 7 matches.

Tipperary hold the record for the longest winning streak in the Waterford Crystal Cup since the competition began under that guise in 2006 when they won 10 consecutive matches between 2007 and 2009.

Limerick won the first Waterford Crystal Cup title in 2006, winning four matches in the process. Since then, in three appearances in the competition they have failed to win a game.

The University of Limerick is the only third level college to have a winning record in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006 – winning 7 games and losing 6.

Kerry and IT Tralee are the only teams not to win a game in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006 with Kerry losing 6 games and IT Tralee losing 4. Those teams are drawn together in the preliminary round on January 29th so one of those streaks will end.

None of the five teams who take part in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship have a losing record in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006.

On this date

January 29th 2006 – Clare lost to Limerick in the Waterford Crystal Cup Semi-Final by 1-14 to 0-13 in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick

Waterford Crystal Cup

Waterford Crystal began their sponsorship of the Munster pre-season hurling competition in 2006. Prior to this, the competition was played in different formats dating back to the early 1990’s and was most popularly known as the South Eastern Hurling League which also included county teams from Leinster.

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Roll Of Honour

Waterford (2) – 2010, 2011

Tipperary (2) – 2007, 2008

Clare (1) – 2009

Limerick (1) – 2006

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Preliminary Round – Kerry 1-20 IT Tralee 1-15

KERRY LEAVE IT LATE AS TRALEE ARE FLOORED BY A FLYING BRICK

The Waterford Crystal Hurling – Preliminary Round

Kerry 1-20 IT Tralee 1-15

By Murt Murphy for kerrygaa.ie

KERRY recorded their first ever Waterford Crystal Cup victory thanks to Shane Brick’s 12-point haul against IT Tralee in a preliminary round game at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney today. John Egan scored the first point of the 2012 for Kerry and overall it was a useful exercise. Kerry boss John Meyler spoke to www.kerrygaa.ie after the game “We were just a small bit rusty today. It was our first competitive match and we scored 1-20, which I was delighted with. It was great to have Shane Brick back. At times we played very well and there were times when we turned over the ball too much and gave away some silly frees. But overall I am pleased with the effort and that is what you are looking for at this time of the year” The Kerry boss is very much looking forward to playing Cork next Sunday and he believes it will be educational for the Kerry lads ” I think that the Cork game is important now, and they will test us. We will see where are weak because they will expose us, it will be quicker hurling and we try and work on that this week. It will also be very good preparation for the start of the League.”

In fact it’s to the start of the League that Meyler’s thoughts are now firmly focussed “It has to be our main objective this year. There are six teams in Division 2 this year and they all are capable of winning Division 2 and each county will have its their goal, to win Division 2 and get into Division1B. The likes of Westmeath, Carlow, Down and Wicklow have made great strides so it is going to be extremely competitive. Our first match is away to Westmeath, four weeks today and they were down today having a look at us.”

The Kerry boss is looking forward to getting some players back. “We had a few problems coming into today with the four lads getting their Christy Ring awards in Dublin last night and Tom Murnane and Shane Nolan was playing with Munster yesterday afternoon so it wasn’t the greatest preparation in terms of today. I was delighted to have Shane Brick back, he is vital to us. Rory Horgan came in and made a good start to his intercounty career. Hopefully now we will have Andrew Keane back, Willie O’Dwyer ( not for game against Cork), Padraig Boyle into the forwards so have another four players to come back into the squad and that will strengthen us again”

But Meyler thinks that the Cork game is ideal “Look it is important against Cork that we keep our shape and our structure because Cork will be too strong for us. It like doing honours maths in the Leaving Cert – you are going to be tested – but it’s better to get a pass in an honours paper than an honour in a Pass paper and it’s an education we want next Sunday – the touch- the pace, the striking of the Cork lads will be superior than anything we have met or are likely to meet for the rest of the year so it will an ideal outing for us in many ways. But I was pleased with today and it gets the year off on the right note”

After IT Tralee enjoyed the better of the first half, leading 1-10 to 1-9 at half-time thanks to Eamonn Brosnan’s 1-5 and Mark Deegan’s 0-3, Kerry cranked up the pressure in the second half but they left it late to make a winning move. Tied four times in the second half, with 10 minutes left it was 1-14 apiece but Brick (0-4) and Kerry goal-scorer Darragh O’Connell (0-2) helped Kerry to set-up a quarter-final against Cork next weekend.

Kerry: B Rochford; P Costello, R Horgan, J Godley; L Boyle, T Murnane, J Griffin; D Dineen, D O’Connell (1-4, 0-2f); S Brick (0-12, 0-8f, 0-1 65), M Boyle (0-1), J Egan (0-2); PJ Connolly, A Boyle, J Flaherty

Subs: S Nolan (0-1), C Harris.

IT Tralee: D Delaney; T Morley (0-1), O Gately, M Lynch (0-2); B Murphy, M Deegan (0-3, 0-2f), M Cleary; M Kiely, J Leahy; C Harty, B O’Grady (0-1), F Kennedy (0-1); E Brosnan (1-5, 0-4f), P O’Connor, G O’Doherty (0-1)

Subs: P Carey, D O’Halloran (0-1), J Walsh.

Referee: Michael O’Connor (Limerick)

Team News

Kerry SH team to play IT Tralee is as follows –

1 Bernard Rochford Killeagh, Co Cork

2 Paud Costelloe Ballyduff

3 Rory Horgan Ardfert

4 James Godley Kilmoyley

5 Liam Boyle, Captain Ballyduff

6 Tom Murnane Kilmoyley

7 John Griffin Lixnaw

8 Darren Dinneen Ardfert

9 Darragh O Connell Abbeydorney

10 Shane Brick Kilmoyley

11 Michael Boyle Ballyduff

12 John Egan Ardfert

13 Pa Joe Connolly Ballyduff

14 Aidan Boyle Ballyduff

15 Shane Nolan Crotta O’Neills

16 John B O Halloran Kilmoyley

17 John Fitzgerald Causeway

18 Colin Harris Ballincollig, Co Cork

19 Ally O Connor Ballyduff

20 Cyril Lynch Crotta O’Neills

21 James Flaherty Lixnaw

22 Darren Wallace Ardfert

23 Anthony Fealy Causeway

24 Adrian Royle Kilmoyley

Kerry SH Team Management – Bainisteoir John Meyler; Trainer Joe O Connor; Trainer Wayne Murphy; Coach Eddie Murphy; Selector John Hennessey, Christy Walsh

For the Record

Kerry IT Tralee
2011 Waterford Crystal Cup Performance Lost to the Cork Institute of Technology by 1-7 to 0-7 in the Preliminary Round Lost to Clare by 1-19 to 2-13 in the Preliminary Round
Number of Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling titles 0 0
Last Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Title N/A N/A
Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Record since 2006 Played – 6
Won – 0
Lost – 6
Drawn – 0
Played – 4
Won – 0
Lost – 4
Drawn – 0

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling 2012

Preliminary Round (Extra time)

Sunday January 22nd

@ Dolla                                              Tipperary 2-24 Limerick Institute of Technology 1-16

 

Sunday January 29th

@ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney       Kerry v IT Tralee                                            @ 2:00pm

@ Sixmilebridge                               Clare v WIT                                                    @ 2:00pm

Quarter-Finals (Extra time)

Sunday February 5th

@ Cork or Kerry venue                     Cork v Kerry or IT Tralee                              @ 2:00pm

@ Tipperary venue                           Tipperary v University of Limerick               @ 2:00pm

@ Limerick or Clare venue              Limerick v Clare or LIT                                 @ 2:00pm

@ WIT Sportsgrounds                      Waterford v UCC                                          @ 2:00pm


Semi-Finals (Extra time)
Sunday February 12th

@ TBC                                               Cork, Kerry or IT Tralee v UL or Tipperary
@ TBC                                               Limerick, Clare or LIT v Waterford or UCC

Final (Extra time)

Sunday February 19th


Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling – Odds and Ends

Kerry and IT Tralee are the only teams not to win a game in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006 with Kerry losing 6 games and IT Tralee losing 4. Those teams are drawn together in the preliminary round on January 29th so one of those streaks will end.

The record of the Third Level Colleges in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006 is Won 18, Lost 35, a 34% success rate. Since the Third Level Colleges entered the McGrath Cup (Senior Football) in 2005, their success rate is 32%.

Tipperary won their first 6 home matches in the Waterford Crystal Cup from 2006 to 2009 before losing their first round matches in 2010 (v Clare at Borrisoleigh) and in 2011 (v WIT at Clonmel).

Waterford have won 11 of their last 13 matches in the Waterford Crystal Cup, including a current winning streak of 7 matches.

Tipperary hold the record for the longest winning streak in the Waterford Crystal Cup since the competition began under that guise in 2006 when they won 10 consecutive matches between 2007 and 2009.

Clare are the only team who have won at least one game each year since the Waterford Crystal Cup competition began in 2006.

Limerick won the first Waterford Crystal Cup title in 2006, winning four matches in the process. Since then, in three appearances in the competition they have failed to win a game.

The University of Limerick is the only third level college to have a winning record in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006 – winning 7 games and losing 6.

None of the five teams who take part in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship have a losing record in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006.

On this date

January 29th 2006 – Clare lost to Limerick in the Waterford Crystal Cup Semi-Final by 1-14 to 0-13 in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick

Waterford Crystal Cup

Waterford Crystal began their sponsorship of the Munster pre-season hurling competition in 2006. Prior to this, the competition was played in different formats dating back to the early 1990’s and was most popularly known as the South Eastern Hurling League which also included county teams from Leinster.

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Roll Of Honour

Waterford (2) – 2010, 2011

Tipperary (2) – 2007, 2008

Clare (1) – 2009

Limerick (1) – 2006

IT Tralee Hurling Panel

The IT Tralee panel for the 2012 Waterford Crystal Cup includes the following players broken down by county –

Kerry (7) – Darren Delaney, Jason Bowler, Brian Murphy, Jason Leahy, Colum Harty, Barry O Grady, Kevin Ophern

Tipperary (5) – Paudi Carey, Danny Noonan, Fergal Collins, Paddy Gavin, Damien Ryan

Limerick (4) – Mike Rea, Mark Deegan, Mikie Kiely, Podge O Connor

Clare (3) – Fergus Kennedy, Gearoid O Doherty, Donal O’Halloran

Cork (3) – Oisin Gately, Eamonn Brosnan, Ross Corbett

Mayo (1) – Thaigh Morley

Offaly (1) – Micheal Cleary

Munster Scor na nOg Final

Torthaí — Comórtaisí Ceannais na Mumhan — Scór na nÓg Domhnach 29ú Eanáir (29/1/12) — Ceapach Choinn, Co. Phort Láirge

Rince Fóirne: Craobh Chomhartha/Luimneach

Amhránaíocht Aonair: Athán-Kelly Ní Riain/Luimneach

Ceol Uirlise: Baile Uí Dhonnchú/Ciarraí

Aithriseoireacht: Uíbh Laoghaire-Treasa Ní Chróinín/Corcaigh

Bailéad Ghrúpa: An Teampall Uachtarach-An Drom Bán/Tiobraid Árann

Tráth na gCeist: Bóthar Buí/Corcaigh

Nuachleas: Raonuithe Cairbre/Corcaigh

Rince Seit: Bóthar Buí/Corcaigh

Comórtaisí Ceannais na hÉireann — Scór na nÓg Satharn 18ú Feabhra (18/2/12) Caisleán a’ Bharraigh, Co. Mhaigh Eo — 3.00 i.n.

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Comórtaisí Ceannais Scór na nÓg na Mumhan

Domhnach 29ú Eanáir (29/1/12)

Ceapach Choinn, Co. Phort Láirge — 2.30 i.n.

Clubanna/Contaethe a bheidh ag glacadh páirte:

Corcaigh

Carraig Uí Leighin: Rince Fóirne

Uíbh Laoghaire/Treasa Ní Chróinín: Amhránaíocht Aonair/Aithriseoireacht

Raonuithe Cairbre: Nuachleas

Bóthar Buí: Ceol Uirlise/Bailéad Ghrúpa/Tráth na gCeist/Rince Seit

Tiobraid Árann

S.C. Ó Breacáin: Rince Fóirne/Rince Seit

Drom agus Inse/Aisling Ní Sheanacháin: Amhránaíocht Aonair

Port Nua: Ceol Uirlise

Buiríos ó Luigheach/Orla Ní Riain: Aithriseoireacht

An Teampall Uachtarach: Bailéad Ghrúpa

Luachma/Caisleán Laighnigh: Tráth na gCeist

Teampall Doire: Nuachleas

Luimneach

Craobh Chomhartha: Rince Fóirne

Athán/Kelly Ní Riain: Amhránaíocht Aonair

An Bhánóg/Gráinne Nic Giobúin: Aithriseoireacht/Ceol Uirlise

Na Piarsaigh: Tráth na gCeist

Ciarraí

Gleann Fleisce: Rince Fóirne/Bailéad Ghrúpa

Baile Mhic Eileagóid/Orla NÍ Chatháin: Amhránaíocht Aonair

Baile Uí Dhonnchú: Ceol Uirlise

Naomh Seanán: Nuachleas

An Rinn Ard: Rince Seit

An Clár

Lios Uí Chathasaigh/Ciarán Ó Maolrúnaigh: Aithriseoireacht/Bailéad Ghrúpa

Nuachleas/Rince Seit

Cora Chaitlín: Tráth na gCeist

 

Comórtaisí Ceannais na hÉireann — Scór na nÓg

Satharn 18ú Feabhra (18/2/12)

Caisleán a’ Bharraigh. Co. Mhaigh Eo — 2.30 i.n.

Tipperary 1-19 Munster 1-13

Tipperary defeated Munster by 1-19 to 1-13 in a charity game at MacDonagh Park, Nenagh on Saturday.

The Tipperary Senior Hurling team will play a Munster senior hurling selection in a charity game at MacDonagh Park, Nenagh on Saturday next January 28th at 3pm. All proceeds will be given to Breast Cancer Ireland. Admission is €10 for adults and €5 for OAPs / students with under 16s free. A match programme will be available free of charge. O’Neills have kindly sponsored special jerseys for both teams featuring the colour pink which is associated worldwide with efforts to support breast cancer patients and promote research into breast cancer treatment.

Paul Collins of Today FM will act as MC for the game and there will be an auction at half time for a signed jersey from each team. There will also be a raffle with tickets on sale for €1 and there will also be other novelty memorabilia on sale such as wristbands and polo caps.

 

Tipperary Manager, Declan Ryan and Munster Manager, Liam Sheedy have both stated that this game will be an important part of their preparations for their forthcoming Waterford Crystal Cup and Railway Cup games respectively.

Breast Cancer Ireland is a charity administered through the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland with the purpose of raising critical funding to support breast cancer research programmes in Ireland.  Its goal, through Research, is to transform breast cancer, from often being a fatal disease, to a chronic illness, that can be maintained long term through treatment. Collaboration amongst all clinicians and scientists nationally is paramount, as this helps speed up discovery times and ultimately will affect more positive treatment outcomes for patients. Aisling Hurley from Breast Cancer Ireland noted “When breast cancer affects a person, it not only affects them personally but has a huge impact on their family and friends.  We are delighted to have been chosen by the Tipperary & Munster Senior Hurling Teams for their event this Saturday and we wish them the best of good luck.  Support for research is critical if we are going to advance a cure for this disease”

Please come along and see Tipperary and Munster’s best playing in novel jerseys for a very worthy cause next Saturday.

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Team News

The Munster Senior Hurling panel to play Tipperary on Saturday next @ 3:00pm in MacDonagh Park Nenagh in a charity match for Breast Cancer Ireland includes 11 current or past All-Star award winners. The Munster panel includes players from all six provinces as follows – Tipperary (10), Waterford (4), Cork (4), Limerick (4), Clare (2) and Kerry (2).

MUNSTER SH PANEL v Tipperary – Cian Dillon (Clare), Pat Donnellan (Clare), Pa Cronin (Cork), Donal Óg Cusack (Cork), John Gardiner (Cork), Patrick Horgan (Cork), Tom Murnane (Kerry), Shane Nolan (Kerry), Tom Condon (Limerick), Declan Hannon (Limerick), Donal O’Grady (Limerick), Nicky Quaid (Limerick), Michael Cahill (Tipperary), Lar Corbett (Tipperary), Paul Curran (Tipperary), Eoin Kelly (Tipperary), Padraic Maher (Tipperary), Patrick Maher (Tipperary), Brendan Maher (Tipperary), Shane McGrath (Tipperary), Conor O’Mahony (Tipperary), Gearóid Ryan (Tipperary), Liam Lawlor (Waterford), Kevin Moran (Waterford), Shane O’Sullivan (Waterford), Michael Walsh (Waterford)

Selectors – Liam Sheedy (Tipperary – Manager), Stephen Frampton (Waterford), Jamsie O’Connor (Clare), Coach – Eamon O’Shea (Tipperary)

TIPPERARY SH PANEL v Munster – Pa Bourke (Thurles Sarsfields), John Coghlan (Moyne Templetuohy), David Collins (Drom and Inch), Darren Gleeson (Portroe), Timmy Hammersley (Clonoulty Rossmore), Pat Kerwick (Killenaule), Stephen Lillis (Thurles Sarsfields), James Logue (Ballingarry), Shane Maher (Burgess), Paddy Murphy (Nenagh Eire Og), Conor O’Brien (Eire Og, Annacarty), John O’Brien (Toomevara), John O’Keeffe (Clonoulty Rossmore), Brian O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs), John O’Neill (Clonoulty Rossmore), Adrian Ryan (Templederry Kenyons), Johnny Ryan (Drom and Inch), Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh), Thomas Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons), Gerry Walsh (Carrick Swans), James Woodlock (Drom and Inch), David Young (Toomevara)

GDA Hurling Positions in South Kerry & Limerick City

MUNSTER GAA

GAMES DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATOR (HURLING)

LIMERICK CITY

SOUTH KERRY

Cúige Mumhan CLG wish to recruit two Games Development Administrators for the above counties. The successful candidates will be responsible for the development of the game of hurling (in line with GAA Games Development Policy) within each specific region.

Duties & Responsibilities include:

• Implement a regular programme of hurling games appropriate to the age and ability of the various playing groups at all levels.

• Introduce coaching and skill development initiatives appropriate to the age and ability of the various playing groups.

• Deliver a programme of courses and workshops appropriate to the requirements of Hurling Coaches, Administrators and Referees to fulfil their various functions in a Games Development context.

• Introduce and implement a variety of initiatives to support the development of the game of hurling by managing the identification, recruitment and training of key personnel within Clubs, Schools and Counties to effectively develop Gaelic Games in the community.

Requirements:

• At least 5 years experience of working in the GAA or similar sporting organization (Voluntary or Professional Capacity)

• Exceptional interpersonal skills, strong ability to work in high-pressure situations

• Excellent administrative and IT Skills are essential

• At least Award 1 GAA Coaching Qualification

• Full Clean Drivers License is essential

• Excellent communication/presentation skills (verbal and written)

• An appropriate Third Level Qualification would be a distinct advantage

Candidates interested in the above roles should apply by sending an up to date Curriculum Vitae by email indicating which county you are applying for to jobapplications@gaa.ie on or before 5pm on Thursday 26th January 2012.

GAA is an equal opportunities employer

McGrath Cup Senior Football Fixtures / Results

SUNDAY JANUARY 29th

McGrath Cup Senior Football Final

Tipperary v Cork
Venue: Clonmel Sportsfield @ 2:00pm
Referee: Padraig O’Sullivan (Kerry)
Extra time if necessary

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SUNDAY JANUARY 22nd

McGrath Cup Senior Football Semi-Final Results

Tipperary 1-15 University College Cork 0-10

Cork 2-17 Cork Institute of Technology 0-7

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SUNDAY JANUARY 15TH

McGrath Cup Senior Football Quarter-Final Results
Cork Institute of Technology 2-16 Institute of Technology Tralee 2-5

Cork 2-14 Clare 0-7

Tipperary 4-16 Waterford Institute of Technology 0-6

UCC 1-19 Limerick 0-10

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SUNDAY JANUARY 8TH

McGrath Cup Senior Football Preliminary Round Results
IT Tralee 2-14 Waterford 0-14

Clare 0-18 University of Limerick 1-8

Tipperary 2-13 Limerick Institute of Technology 3-8

Corn Ui Mhuiri Football Quarter-Final – PS Chorcha Dhuibhne 0-10 St. Flannans Ennis 1-3

Chorca Dhuibhne give St Flannan’s runaround

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne 0-10 St Flannan’s, Ennis 1-3

By Murt Murphy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

After a late switch of venue from Abbeyfeale to Rathkeale due to the weather, last year’s beaten finalists Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne advanced to an all-Kerry semi-final meeting with Tralee CBS. St Flannan’s had every chance of causing an upset as they played with the wind in the opening half and led 0-3 to no score after 20 minutes thanks to points from Conor Cleary (two) and Martin O’Leary. However, the Clare side shot nine wides by half time as Chorca Dhuibhne finished stronger thanks to Padraig Ó Sé, Barra Ó Suilleabhain and Brian Ó Raoill. St Flannan’s were winning most of the breaking ball around the middle with Jack Browne, Tony Kelly and Conor Cleary very influential but Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne put menacing passages of play together.

The game-changing moment occurred in the 19th minute when a Chorca Dhuibhne turnover saw Tadgh Lynch race inside the Dingle defence and as Gavin Curran advanced, Lynch blazed wide. Chorca Dhuibhne, who had yet to score, lifted their game and five unanswered points followed from Dara Ó Sé (three), Jack Ó Suilleabhain and Cathal Ó Bambaire, which saw the West Kerry side lead 0-5 to 0-3 at the interval. Two quick points from Dara Ó Sé on resumption seemed to have Chorca Dhuibhne in a strong position but St Flannan’s rallied when Conor Cleary finished a Martin O’Leary sideline ball to the net. However, they failed to score for the rest of the game as Chorca Dhuibhne shut up shop with Cathal Ó Luing and Padraig Ó Se (son of Páidí) excelling.

* The late switch could have been avoided if there had been an early inspection at Abbeyfeale, which was clearly unplayable. However, thanks to the quick thinking of referee Richard Moloney and the desire of both schools to play, the tie was saved and the cavalcade of players, supporters and students travelled 15 miles up the road to Rathkeale. Interestingly it was the third venue change as the original venue was Croagh which was only changed late on Tuesday evening. Oh, the joys of colleges football.

Scorers for Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne: D Ó Sé 0-6 (4f); B Ó Suilleabhain 0-2; J Ó Suilleabhain, C Ó Bambaire 0-1 each.

Scorers St Flannan’s Ennis: C Cleary 1-2 (0-1f), Martin O’Leary 0-1.

POBALSCOIL CHORCA DHUIBHNE: G Ó Currain; P Ó Conchuir C Ó Luing, T Ó Suilleabhain; D Ó Suilleabhain , P Ó Sé, M Ó Flatharta; B Ó Suilleabhain, E Ó Conchuir; B Ó Raoill, Dara Ó Sé , J Ó Suilleabhain; C Ó Bambaire T Ó Caomhanaigh, M Ó Flannura.

Subs: T Ó Fathaigh for Ó Flannura (17), Micheal Ó Ciobhain for Ó Bambaire (50), S Ó Muircheartaigh for D Ó Suilleabhain (57), E Ó Muircheartaigh for Ó Fathaigh (59).

ST FLANNAN’S ENNIS: C Normoyle; A McGuane, G Ryan, R Rafferty; S Ward, J Browne, S O’Donnell; T Kelly, S Corry; C Cleary, T Lynch, D Neylon; M O’Leary, David Conroy, Barry Lynch.

Subs: K McMahon for S Corry (38), E Courtney for D Neylon (40), S Murphy for A McGuane (59).

Referee: Richard Moloney (Bruff)

Corn Ui Mhuiri Football Quarter-Final – Col.Chríost Rí Cork 3-6 St. Brendans Killarney 1-8

Fitzgerald return puts the wind in Críost Rí sails

Coláiste Chríost Rí 3-6 St Brendan’s College, Killarney 1-8

By Kieran McCarthy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

CORK minor Paul Fitzgerald emerged as Coláiste Chríost Rí’s hero as the defending Corn Uí Mhuiri champions battled through to an all-Cork semi-final of the Munster colleges’ competition. Withstanding a late St Brendan’s College comeback in the final 10 minutes of this rain-soaked provincial quarter-final at Knocknagree yesterday and overcoming very difficult playing conditions, Críost Rí laid the foundation for this victory in the first half with two goals in a four-minute burst.

With both Barry Madden and Alan Nolan netting inside the opening 14 minutes to push the Cork school into a 2-4 to 0-2 lead, St Brendan’s were in big trouble, with the wet and heavy conditions not suiting the Killarney side’s neat and tricky forwards, who struggled to get into the game. Críost Rí trainer Aidan Moynihan explained: “Those goals were crucial but we were lucky that they missed the chances they had in the first half. “Conditions were horrific, though it probably suited us more because we have a few guys who were stronger and St Brendan’s were light in the forwards.”

The second quarter saw Gavin Kelly (free) and Darragh Stack — after great work by Cathal Sheehan — narrow the gap at half time, 2-5 to 0-4, but St Brendan’s were guilty of wasting several scoring chances when they were on top, dropping five point attempts short, while Bryan O’Shea’s goal effort was well saved. But with the impressive Paul Fitzgerald — playing his first game since returning from injury — a real force and leader around midfield in the second half, Cork minor Stephen Cronin composed at centre-back and corner-forwards Gordon Joyce and Barry Madden dangerous, Críost Rí remained in control.

Fitzgerald and St Brendan’s midfielder Kieran Murphy swapped points before superb work from Críost Rí wing-back Enda Dennehy, winning the ball in defence before bursting forward at pace, set up Barry Madden for his second goal, as Críost Rí moved 10 points clear, 3-6 to 0-5, with 10 minutes left. But 2010 Munster champions St Brendan’s refused to lie down, applying serious pressure in the closing stages that yielded 1-3, while Jamie Spillane’s effort on goal was saved and Conor Keane’s shot was deflected wide. A well-taken goal into the corner from Bryan O’Shea and points from Chris Lawlor, Cathal Sheehan and David O’Donoghue moved St Brendan’s to within four points of Críost Rí but it was all too late.

St Brendan’s trainer Kieran Herlihy said: “Conditions are a great leveller. All year long we were a team based on skill, movement and pace but we didn’t adapt to the conditions as quickly as Críost Rí did today. “We left ourselves with too much of a gap and even though we had enough possession in the second half we didn’t utilise it. It was possibly too late when we got into the game.”

Scorers for Coláiste Chríost Rí: B Madden 2-0; A Nolan 1-0; G Joyce, P Fitzgerald 0-2 each; C Horgan (f), D O’Neill 0-1 each.

Scorers for St Brendan’s College, Killarney: B O’Shea 1-1; G O’Shea (f), G Kelly (f), K P Murphy (f), D Stack, C Lawlor, C Sheehan, D O’Donoghue 0-1 each.

COLÁISTE CHRÍOST RÍ: C Keane; TJ Murphy, I Lucey, B Wharton; E Dennehy, S Cronin, D O’Neill; P Fitzgerald, D Scannell; R Scully, A Nolan, P Kelleher; B Madden, C Horgan, G Joyce.

Sub: E O’Brien for B Wharton (ht).

ST BRENDAN’S COLLEGE, KILLARNEY: R Kelliher; D O’Keeffe, C Sheehan, B Lynch; D Osterloh, D O’Donoghue, D McCarthy; K P Murphy, C Lawlor; D Stack, B O’Shea, C Ó Lionard; G O’Shea, C Keane, G Kelly.

Subs: B O’Donoghue for C Ó Lionard (ht), J Aherne for D O’Keeffe (37), J Spillane for G Kelly (40), K I Murphy for B O’Donoghue (53).

Referee: Michael Meade (Limerick)

Dr. Harty Cup Quarter-Final Replay – Nenagh CBS 1-7 Thurles CBS 0-8

Forde finds range to inspire Nenagh

Nenagh CBS 1-7 Thurles CBS 0-8

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

In the drawn game of this Harty Cup quarter-final a week ago Seamus Kennedy, one of the stars of Tipperary’s march to All-Ireland minor football honours, was the hero of the hour for Thurles CBS, his late-late injury-time point sending the game to a replay. Yesterday it was the turn of another Tipperary minor star, but this time from a different code and with a different school; Jason Forde, last year’s Tipperary minor hurling captain, notched 1-5 of Nenagh’s 1-7, thus inspiring his side to do what they failed to do last week, and close out the deal.

Conditions at The Ragg were terrible, no fault of the local club who had the pitch in as good a condition as you’ll find anywhere at this time of year. No, this was down to the rain, which fell incessantly. That such a massive crowd still turned up (the stand was packed, hundreds more following proceedings from their cars on sloping banks of the uncovered side) was testimony not just to the enduring interest in hurling in Tipperary, but to the talent in these two schools, to the fare they served up in the drawn game.

They did it again here, defying the conditions to produce another enthralling encounter. With players struggling to hold their feet, struggling also to hold onto their hurleys, the ball like a bar of soap, this was always going to be a low-scoring affair, advantage very much with the defenders. Thus it proved, the teams tied at two points apiece at the break. Thurles were very quickly off the mark, a pointed free in the opening minute by corner-forward Conor Lanigan, but it was 14 minutes before we saw another score, the skilful Forde equalising for Nenagh with his first point of the game. The powerful Kennedy then hit a long-range point for Thurles but it was Jason Forde again replying for Nenagh, making it 0-2 each. As in the drawn game Thurles had plenty of possession but were having problems finding their range. A total of 16 wides they shot last week, seven more they had in that opening half here, wides that would ultimately prove costly. They also had a couple of goal opportunities, Nenagh keeper Will Power (what a great name for an athlete!) fumbling two balls, but on each occasion he recovered well, the chances lost.

In the second half Thurles again began well, two points inside the opening three minutes, both by Lanigan, but Nenagh then reeled off three-in-a-row (Forde with two, sandwiched around an opportunist point by James Mackey) to take the lead for the first time in the game, 0-5 to 0-4, 40 minutes gone. That advantage didn’t last very long, however; points from Lanigan, midfielder Pat Ralph and Clonoulty’s Sean Maher had Thurles back in front by two points as the game headed into the final quarter, and they looking set for victory. Then came the game’s decisive score.

A high centre into the Thurles danger area by Jason Forde was won by Paudge Shanahan, leaving full-back John Ryan with little choice but to bring him down. Inside the area — penalty, said referee Paddy Russell, and Jason’s well-struck bouncer gave the three-man wall no chance; 1-5 to 0-7. Again Thurles came back to tie, again Lanigan doing the honours, but two late points (Forde — inevitably — and Shanahan) saw Nenagh home. A rare win for them over Thurles CBS, and their reward? A semi-final date with the reigning champions, Limerick city powerhouse Árdscoil Rís — hold off on those celebrations!

Scorers for Nenagh: J Forde 1-5 (1-0p, 3fs), P Shanahan, J Mackey 0-1 each.

Scorers for Thurles: C Lanigan 0-5 (4fs), S Kennedy, P Ralph, S Maher (Treacy’s) 0-1 each.

NENAGH CBS: W Power; D Quinn, J Flaherty, S Cleary; E Hynes, J Peters, K Gleeson; J Loughnane, T Gallagher; S O’Brien, J Forde, P Shanahan; P Fogarty, C Delaney, J Mackey.

Subs: S Geaney for Delaney (51), C Leo for Cleary (inj. 59).

THURLES CBS: J Maher; J Bourke, J Ryan, B Troy; R Maher, S Kennedy, C Quirke; P Ralph, S Cahill; Sean Maher (Clonoulty-Rossmore), P Hayes, Sean Maher (Sean Treacy’s); C Hammersley, K Slattery, C Lanigan.

Subs: J Maher for Slattery (30), E Moriarty for Hayes (58), D Burke for Ralph (inj. 60+2).

Referee: P Russell (Tipperary)

 

Forde steers Nenagh through

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Nenagh CBS 1-7 Thurles CBS 0-8

Late points from Jason Forde and Padraig Shanahan edged Nenagh CBS past their Tipperary rivals at The Ragg yesterday. Many had felt that Nenagh had lost their chance having let a five-point lead slip in the drawn game last week, but this time they finished the stronger to set up a semi-final against Ardscoil Rís. Played in front of another big crowd despite the miserable conditions, both sides produced a gripping contest.

The opening period, though, yielded just four points, two for each side, with Nenagh captain Forde getting the sole score from play in the half. Thurles made a brighter start to the second half with two Conor Lanigan points helping the seven-time champions to a two-point lead. However, Nenagh hit back with a point from James Mackey and two from the impressive Forde to go back in front in the 39th minute. The lead didn’t last long, though, as a three-point salvo from Lanigan, Pat Ralph and Sean Maher in a four-minute spell put Thurles in control.

Nenagh still trailed by two points with seven minutes remaining when they were awarded a penalty after Shanahan was pulled down by John Ryan. Forde used the greasy sod to his advantage as his low shot skidded off the stick of Thurles goalkeeper Jimmy Maher into the net. Thurles levelled in the 56th minute through a Lanigan free and the game appeared destined for extra-time. But Forde struck over a 55-yard free after substitute Sean Geaney was brought down, and Shanahan sealed victory in the third minute of added-time.

Scorers — Nenagh CBS: J Forde 1-5 (1-0 pen, 3f), P Shanahan, J Mackey 0-1 each. Thurles CBS: C Lanigan 0-5 (4f), S Kennedy (1f), P Ralph, S Maher 0-1 each.

Nenagh CBS — W Power; D Quinn, J Flaherty, S Cleary; E Hynes, J Peters, K Gleeson; J Loughnane, T Gallagher; S O’Brien, J Forde, P Shanahan, P Fogarty, C Delaney, J Mackey. Subs: S Geaney for Delaney (50), C Leo for Cleary (58, inj).

Thurles CBS — J Maher; J Bourke, J Ryan, B Troy; R Maher, S Kennedy, C Quirke; P Ralph, S Cahill; S Maher (S), P Hayes, S Maher (C); C Hammersley, K Slattery, C Lanigan. Subs: J Meagher for Slattery (h-t); E Moriarty for Hayes (57); D Burke for Ralph (61, inj).

Ref — P Russell (Tipperary)