Corn Ui Mhuiri Football Quarter-Final – DLS Macroom 1-12 Skibbereen 1-2

Powerful start propels Macroom boys past St Fachtna’s

De La Salle, Macroom1-12 St Fachtna’s De La Salle (Skibbereen) 1-2

By Denis Hurley for the Irish Examiner newspaper

GREATER scoring power helped Macroom’s De La Salle past St Fachtna’s De La Salle of Skibbereen and into the semi-final of the Corn Uí Mhuirí at Ballineen yesterday. Having gone 1-2 to 0-0 ahead inside the opening five minutes, De La Salle would not score for the remainder of the first half — but still led at half-time — and then made better use of the wind than their opponents had when they switched ends. Four Macroom players scored more than once, with midfielders Peter Kelleher and Cathal Vaughan getting three points each, while Daniel Twomey and goalscorer David Horgan posed a constant threat to the Skibbereen side’s defence. Unfortunately for a St Fachtna’s team that suffered badly with injuries during the game, losing three players, it was not their day in front of the posts, as pressure in the second quarter failed to yield anything more than two Mark O’Driscoll points, one a free. That pair of scores did manage to get them off the mark after a torrid start, as Twomey and Kelleher pointed for Macroom inside four minutes before Horgan profited from a lovely Twomey pass to fire to the net.

After a good Darren Kelly point, Macroom’s dominance around the middle began to subside as Fachtna’s came into the game more, both sides struggling with the difficult conditions, and while Mark O’Driscoll’s double had Fachtna’s back to within three by the 22nd minute, there would be no more scores in the opening period. Despite a number of positional changes as well as two substitutions at half time, Fachtna’s found themselves penned back early in the second half as Macroom reeled off five unanswered points in the opening 12 minutes, the hard work of Pa Lucey a key feature while Vaughan and Kelleher found their range.

With 16 minutes remaining, Skibbereen gave themselves hope when midfielder Brian O’Driscoll played a quick close-in free to Jack Bushe and, after receiving the return pass, got his low shot past a mass of bodies and beyond Dylan Dineen in the Macroom goal. It would prove to be their final score, however, Macroom centre-back Sean O’Leary getting a good block on another Brian O’Driscoll shot late on before four unanswered points from the victors, two each by Twomey and Vaughan, wrapped up the victory. The Macroom side play Coláiste Chríost Rí in an all-Cork semi-final.

Scorers for De La Salle, Macroom: D Twomey, C Vaughan (1f), P Kelleher 0-3 each; D Horgan 1-0; P Lucey 0-2 (2f); D Kelly 0-1.

Scorers for St Fachtna’s De La Salle: B O’Driscoll 1-0; M O’Driscoll 0-2 (1f).

DE LA SALLE, MACROOM: D Dineen; S Kelleher, R O’Dwyer, K Manning; S O’Sullivan, S O’Leary, F Buckley; P Kelleher, C Vaughan; D Kelly, J Moynihan, P Lucey; J Murphy, D Twomey, D Horgan.

Subs: P Berhanu for Lucey (48), B O’Leary for Murphy (52), P Grainger for Manning (60).

ST FACHTNA’S DE LA SALLE: P Rossiter; D Kingston, B Nolan, R Fitzgerald; A Hassett, P O’Brien, S Hourihane; B O’Driscoll, C Newman; T McCarthy, K Davis, R Hayes; D O’Brien, M O’Driscoll, J Bushe.

Subs: M Hurley for D O’Brien (2), D O’Callaghan for Fitzgerald (27), B Hayes for Newman, B Leonard for Kingston (both ht), T Cronin for Leonard (57).

Referee: J Bermingham (Bride Rovers)

Corn Ui Mhuiri Football Quarter-Final – Tralee CBS 0-11 Rochestown 0-9

Tralee CBS defeated Rochestown by 0-11 to 0-9 in the Corn Ui Mhuiri Football Quarter-Final on Wednesday at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.

Experienced Tralee stand firm

Tralee CBS 0-11 Rochestown College 0-9

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

It was a battle between the competition specialists and newcomers in this Corn Uí Mhuirí quarter-final at Fitzgerald Stadium yesterday afternoon. But, ultimately, it was the old order of Tralee CBS, chasing a 16th title, that prevailed after an engaging contest that unfolded in wretched weather conditions. Rochestown College, back participating in the elite senior grade of Munster Colleges football this year for the first time in over half a century, brought strong credentials with them after topping Group A before Christmas. Yet despite mounting a highly-spirited revival after trailing by seven points in the early stages of the second half, they fell just short.

The driving wind and rain had necessitated a change of location before throw-in, with the action switched from Dr Crokes’ grounds across the Lewis Road to Kerry GAA’s flagship venue. Despite the adverse weather the game, which featured marquee names amongst the coaching staffs through Cork goalkeeper Ken O’Halloran (Rochestown College) and Kerry defender Marc Ó Sé (Tralee CBS), contained plenty of endeavour. The manner of Rochestown College’s comeback after half time kept matters interesting until the final whistle.

Tralee CBS had that extra finesse and class up front which proved telling. Forwards such as Ronan Quill, Jack Savage and Sean Moloney were sharp and clinical from the off as they posed problems for the Rochestown defence. But it was centre-forward Niall Sheehy who was the focal point of the Tralee CBS attack with his clever angles of running, strong burst of pace and clear ability to convert points off both feet. The John Mitchels player featured for the Kerry minor team last summer and is eligible again for that grade this year. By the 11th minute he had smacked over a brace of points to help Tralee CBS into a 0-4 to no score advantage and the signs were looking ominous for Rochestown College as they faced into a heavy breeze. They steadied the ship admirably though, with Aaron Ward and Graham Sheehan providing vital respite with a point apiece.

However, Tralee CBS firmly pressed on the accelerator before the interval and raced into a 0-8 to 0-2 lead, with Sheehy (two), Conor Jordan and Michael Wrenn all on target. The trend of Tralee CBS dominance was maintained after the break when Savage swept over a free but then the game veered in a different direction as Rochestown College refused to capitulate. Ronan White, Andrew Murphy and Alan O’Donovan all became influential figures in dictating the patterns of play, and while scores from play were a rare commodity, they did find some solace from placed balls.

Graham Sheehan from the right wing and Mark O’Connor from the left proved accurate under pressure as they notched a pair of points apiece. Sheehy grabbed one back for Tralee CBS but trailing 0-10 to 0-6 with 11 minutes remaining, Rochestown College still had justified cause to believe they could claim a semi-final place. They came desperately close to doing so. Substitute Gary Hartnett broke a 37-minute scoring drought from play when he fired over a 51st-minute point and midfielder Jack Somers followed up with a similar effort. Having trimmed the margin to two points, they pounded the Tralee CBS rearguard but a couple of movements broke down when they came close to creating the space to fashion a goalscoring chance. Tralee CBS had resilient second-half displays from Tom McLoughlin and Greg Horan, and were extremely grateful when patient build-up play three minutes from time yielded a marvellous point by wing-back Jake Moran. That gave them enough breathing space and despite shipping another free to Rochestown College attacker Sheehan, they held out to set up a semi-final date with PS Chorca Dhuibhne, who they previously faced in the group stages.

Scorers for Tralee CBS: N Sheehy 0-5 (2f); R Quill, S Moloney, C Jordan, J Savage (0-1f), M Wrenn, J Moran 0-1 each.

Scorers for Rochestown College: G Sheehan 0-4 (4f); M O’Connor 0-2 (2f); G Hartnett, J Somers, A Ward 0-1 each.

TRALEE CBS: E Reidy (Ballymacelligott); M Donnelly (Kerins O’Rahilly’s), S O’Connor (John Mitchels), T Begley (Kerins O’Rahilly’s); T McLoughlin (Austin Stacks), D Moynihan (Na Gaeil), J Moran (John Mitchels); G Horan (Austin Stacks), M Wrenn (John Mitchels); E McAllen (Austin Stacks), N Sheehy (John Mitchels), S Moloney (John Mitchels); C Jordan (Austin Stacks), J Savage (Kerins O’Rahilly’s), R Quill (Kerins O’Rahilly’s).

Subs: S Walsh (Austin Stacks) for Wrenn (40), S Crowley (Austin Stacks) for McAllen (44).

ROCHESTOWN COLLEGE: E Dolan (Douglas); K Flahive (Douglas), R White (Douglas), D Barrett (Nemo Rangers); D Meaney (St Michael’s), A Murphy (St Michael’s), J Somers (Passage); A O’Donovan (Nemo Rangers), C Cormac (St Michael’s); S McDonald (Douglas), K Hodgins (St Finbarr’s), M O’Connor (Douglas); G Sheehan (Douglas) S O’Mahony (Douglas) A Ward (Douglas).

Subs: G Hartnett (Douglas) for Ward (44), E O’Connor (Douglas) for McDonald (57).

Referee: Derek O’Mahony (Tipperary)

Photos courtesy of Adrienne McLoughlin

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling – Tipperary 2-24 LIT 1-16

Tipperary defeated LIT by 2-24 to 1-16 in the Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Preliminary Round on Sunday at Dolla.

Tipp take time to get in groove

Tipperary 2-24 Limerick IT 1-16

By Shane Brophy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

TIPPERARY recovered from a sluggish start to ease into the Waterford Crystal Cup senior hurling quarter-final by defeating Limerick IT at Dolla yesterday. Tipp’s victory margin was flattering though for they struggled to put the college side away after they were reduced to 14 men after 49 minutes when Tipperary’s sole representative on the LIT team, centre-back John O’Keeffe, was dismissed for a second bookable offence. “It was a better start to the Waterford Crystal than we had 12 months ago” said Tipperary manager Declan Ryan, whose side were eliminated at the same stage last year by Waterford IT. “We are a little bit further than we were 12 months ago and some of that showed today, but there are some areas where we can improve over the next few weeks,” he said.

Limerick IT, who begin their Fitzgibbon Cup campaign against UL on Thursday week, made a blistering start and were 1-2 to the good inside five minutes, the goal coming from Joe Canning. Despite finishing his sides’ top-scorer with 1-8, the Galway star had a frustrating day from placed balls, missing four. LIT were lively early on with Paudie O’Brien, Paul Browne and Sean Collins to the fore as their short puckout strategy caused Tipperary problems. But once the home side found their stride they hit seven points without reply midway through the first-half. Pa Bourke was the scorer-in-chief as poor discipline by the college side saw the Thurles Sarsfields attacker finish with 13 points, 12 frees.

Limerick IT were four points to the good after 14 minutes when Tipperary hit their first goal, Brian O’Meara putting in the lively John O’Neill. The corner-forward was denied a second soon after by Andrew Fahy, but Tipp turned a four point deficit into a six point lead by the 24th minute with Shane McGrath, Adrian Ryan, John O’Neill and Pa Bourke getting good points from play. The margin remained the same at half-time and was extended further after the break through Bourke and the impressive Brendan Maher at midfield.

LIT kept in touch through the free-taking of Joe Canning and a point from Sean O’Brien and, despite the loss of centre-back O’Keeffe, had cut the margin to five points by the time substitute Timmy Hammersley reacted quickest to a breaking ball in the square to double to the net for Tipp’s second goal in the 63rd minute. Tipperary eased away in the remaining minutes, with Brian O’Meara adding two points his work rate deserved, while debutant David Collins also got his name on the scoresheet.

Scorers for Tipperary: P Bourke 0-13 (12f); J O’Neill 1-1; S McGrath 0-3; T Hammersley 1-0; B Maher, A Ryan, B O’Meara 0-2 each; D Collins 0-1.

Scorers for LIT: J Canning 1-8 (0-6f); P Browne, S O’Brien 0-2 each; C McInerney 0-2f; E Ryan, C Madden 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: D Gleeson; D Maher, P Curran, M Cahill; S Maher, J Coghlan, Padraic Maher; B Maher, J Woodlock; Patrick Maher, S McGrath, A Ryan; P Bourke, B O’Meara, J O’Neill.

Subs: J Ryan for Woodlock (51); T Hammersley for O’Neill (60); D Collins for McGrath (62); C O’Brien for Cahill (66).

LIMERICK IT: A Fahy (Clare); E Glynn (Clare), R McCarthy (Limerick), B Glynn (Clare); O Whelan (Waterford), J O’Keeffe (Tipperary), P O’Brien (Limerick); P Browne (Limerick), E Ryan (Limerick); S O’Brien (Limerick), S Collins (Clare), C Madden (Limerick); C McInerney (Clare), J Canning (Galway), C O’Connell (Clare).

Subs: J Hayes (Limerick) for Whelan (ht); S Lambert (Galway) for Ryan (ht); C Nelson (Clare) for McInerney (63).

Referee: J Sexton (Cork)


Bourke finds range as Tipp off to flying start

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Tipperary 2-24 Limerick IT 1-16

Waterford Crystal Cup (SH)

Pa Bourke scored 13 points to help Tipperary make a winning start to their 2012 campaign with a win over Limerick IT at Dolla yesterday. The home side pulled away in the final stages, thanks to a Timmy Hammersley goal in the 63rd minute, to beat the college side who played the last 21 minutes with 14 men after centre-back and Tipperary defender John O’Keeffe was dismissed for a second bookable offence. Tipp manager Declan Ryan fielded a strong side to ensure progression to a quarter-final with the University of Limerick in two weeks time, with new captain Paul Curran leading the side from full-back and fellow 2011 All-Stars Michael Cahill and Padraic Maher also starting.

Senior debuts were handed to Donagh Maher and Adrian Ryan with Drom & Inch duo Johnny Ryan and David Collins appearing from the bench. Shane Maher also started at wing-back having opted off at the start of 2011. Limerick IT who begin their Fitzgibbon Cup campaign against UL on Thursday week, made a blistering start and were 1-2 to the good inside five minutes, with the goal coming from Joe Canning. Despite finishing his sides’ top-scorer with 1-8, the Galway star had a frustrating day from placed balls, missing four he would usually convert.

Limerick IT were lively early on with Paudie O’Brien, Paul Browne and Sean Collins to the fore as their short puck-out strategy caused Tipperary problems. Once the home side found their stride, they hit seven points without reply midway through the half with Pa Bourke the scorer-in-chief from placed balls. Limerick IT were four points to the good after 14 minutes when Tipperary hit for their first goal though John O’Neill. The score helped Tipp turn a four-point deficit into a six-point lead by the 24th minute with Shane McGrath, Adrian Ryan, O’Neill and Bourke getting good points from play. It stayed like that until half-time and was extended further through Bourke and the impressive Brendan Maher at midfield. Despite O’Keeffe’s loss, Limerick IT had cut the margin to five points. But Tipp sub Hammersley reacted quickest to a breaking ball in the square for Tipp’s second goal to seal victory.

SCORERS — Tipperary: P Bourke 0-13 (12fs) J O’Neill 1-1, T Hammersley 1-0, S McGrath 0-3, B Maher, A Ryan, B O’Meara 0-2 each, D Collins 0-1. Limerick IT: J Canning 1-8 (0-6fs), P Browne, S O’Brien, C McInerney (2fs), 0-2 each, E Ryan, C Madden, 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY — D Gleeson; D Maher, P Curran, M Cahill; S Maher, J Coghlan, Padraic Maher; B Maher, J Woodlock; Patrick Maher, S McGrath, A Ryan; P Bourke, B O’Meara, J O’Neill. Subs: J Ryan for Woodlock (51); T Hammersley for O’Neill (60); D Collins for McGrath (62); C O’Brien for Cahill (66).

Limerick IT — A Fahy; E Glynn, R McCarthy, B Glynn; O Whelan, J O’Keeffe, P O’Brien; P Browne, E Ryan; S O’Brien, S Collins, C Madden; C McInerney, J Canning, C O’Connell. Subs: J Hayes (Limerick) for Whelan (h-t); S Lambert (Galway) for Ryan (h-t); C Nelson for McInerney (63).

Ref — J Sexton (Cork)

For the Record

Tipperary Limerick Institute of Technology
Team Manager Declan Ryan Davy Fitzgerald
2011 Waterford Crystal Cup Performance Lost to the Waterford Institute of Technology by 2-17 to 1-19 in the Preliminary Round Lost to Clare by 3-14 to 0-15 in the Quarter-Final
Number of Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling titles 2 0
Last Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Title 2008 N/A
Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Record since 2006 Played – 13
Won – 9
Lost – 4
Drawn – 0
Played – 8
Won – 2
Lost – 6
Drawn – 0

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling 2012

Preliminary Round (Extra time)

Sunday January 22nd

@ Dolla                                              Tipperary v LIT                                               @ 2:00pm

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

@ TBC                                               UL v Tipperary or LIT                                    @ 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, Tipperary or LIT
@ TBC                                               Limerick, Clare or LIT v Waterford or UCC

Final (Extra time)

Sunday February 19th

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling – Odds and Ends

Davy Fitzgerald’s record as Waterford Senior Hurling manager was Played 9, Won 8, Lost 1. Davy’s record in this competition as manager of LIT in recent years is less impressive as the college lost out in their first match in each of the last 3 years.

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).

Current Tipperary Senior Hurling panelists Eoin Kelly, Conor O’Mahony, Seamus Callanan, Shane McGrath, John O’Keeffe, David Young and Shane Maher have played Fitzgibbon Cup Hurling for the Limerick Institute of Technology in recent years.

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

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.

The Limerick Institute of Technology have won two of their eight matches in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006.  By contrast, in the Fitzgibbon Cup competition dating back to 2005, no other college has qualified for as many Fitzgibbon Cup Finals (4 in total – winners in 2005 & 2007, runners-up in 2008 and 2011).

On this date

2011 – Next Sunday will be 1 year to the day of the last match for LIT in this competition, a 3-14 to 0-15 defeat by Clare at Sixmilebridge. 12 months later, Davy Fitzgerald is now manager to both Clare and LIT for the 2012 season.

2006 – LIT lost to local colleges rivals UL by 2-15 to 0-6 in the Quarter-Final of the inaugural Waterford Crystal Cup competition played at Claughan.

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

LIT Hurling Panel

The Limerick Institute of Technology panel for the 2012 Waterford Crystal Cup includes the following players broken down by county –

Clare (10) – Andrew Fahy (Whitegate), Ronan Taffe (Tubber), Brian Glynn (Inagh/Kilnamona), Eamon Glynn (Inagh/Kilnamona), Sean Collins (Cratloe), Cathal McInerney (Cratloe), Cathal O’Connell (Clonlara), Martin Duggan (Clooney-Quin), John Guilfoyle (Wolfe Tones), Gary Guilfoyle (Feakle)

Cork (1) – Denis O’Sullivan (Ballinascarty)

Galway (2) – Steven Lambert (Kilbaconty), Joe Canning (Portumna)

Limerick (7) – Paudie O’Brien (Kilmallock), Paul Browne (Bruff), Jason Hayes (Bruff), Eoin Ryan (Kilmallock), Richard McCarthy (Blackrock), Sean O’Brien (Patrickswell), Colin Madden (Bruff)

Tipperary (1) – John O’Keeffe (Clonoulty/Rossmore)

Waterford (1) – Eoin Whelan (Mount Sion)

AIB GAA Football All Ireland Intermediate Club Championship Semi-Final – Milltown-Castlemaine (Kerry) 1-7 Craigbane (Derry) 1-6

Brave Milltown-Castlemaine march on

Milltown/Castlemaine (Kerry) 1-7 Craigbane (Derry) 1-6

By Fintan O’ Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

MILLTOWN-Castlemaine held off the determined Craigbane challenge and secured a Croke Park date in three weeks’ time. They may not have scaled the heights of their glittering Munster final display before Christmas but despite being four points down entering the final quarter and struggling against a 14-man Craigbane side, the Kerry champions displayed superb composure. Their players and supporters greeted the final whistle in ecstatic fashion as they realised they will be the third Kerry club in four years to sample the grandeur of All-Ireland final day in this grade.

“I’ve only known them a year but my eternal gratitude will go to my friend Gerry Casey for getting me to go down working with them,” said manager John Fintan Daly. “Lord God, I never thought I’d be taking a club to an All-Ireland final in Croke Park. It’s very special and is a real honour for me. Kerry invented the game of Gaelic football and as a Corkman I’ve no problem admitting that openly. These Ulster teams come down with their short-passing game but we worked on our foot passing which is the Kerry tradition. That showed today. We held our discipline and kept our composure.”

The magnitude of the prize on offer appeared to affect the standard of football in this match as both teams were unusually wayward in front of goal. By the 18th minute, both teams registered a single point apiece until Gavin Wrenn and Ian Twiss supplied three points between them to ensure Milltown-Castlemaine were in a more advantageous position at the break, leading 0-4 to 0-2. Milltown-Castlemaine’s aspirations of victory were handed a further boost when Craigbane wing-back Brian Rainey was sent-off. However the personnel shortage did not inhibit Craigbane and they knitted together their best passages of play in the game. Full-back Fergal Crossan and midfielder Blaine Gormley grew in stature, and when Derry senior Lee Moore found the net, they led 1-5 to 0-4.

But critically Milltown-Castlemaine never panicked. Their riposte was pivotal as Cathal Moriarty and Jerome Flynn transferred the ball to Shane Murphy who finished to the net. Substitute Derek Twiss boomed a long-range free over and after spurning chances from play, Twiss raised another white flag with a 40-yard shot. They could easily have wrapped up the match in injury-time only for Jerome Flynn’s goal effort to hit the woodwork and while Donal Kelliher tapped the rebound over the bar, there was a nervous conclusion in store.

Ryan Moore blasted over a point to shave the deficit to the minimum but a defence which featured Kevin McKenna, Paul Carroll and Marcus Mangan held firm. The younger members of the Kerry club made vital contributions yet Daly paid a glowing tribute to the experienced figures. “Damien Murphy was sick all week but he was a colossus at full-back. He slipped when Lee Moore scored their goal but I was very upset about that as it wasn’t his fault.

“There were problems in the technical area. We were trying to get our sub on and we couldn’t so because of that they had an extra man to create an overlap and they scored the goal. I also thought Joe Daly, our 40-year-old goalkeeper was brilliant. “What a performance by Mike Burke as well at midfield, who was marking a player in Blaine Gormley that mark my words, will play championship for Derry this year. Then Derek Twiss came on as a sub and who else into the teeth of a wind with an All-Ireland final place at stake would have kicked a point from distance like he did towards the end. It’s a wonderful day for everyone involved.”

Scorers for Milltown/Castlemaine: S Murphy 1-0, I Twiss 0-3 (2fs), D Twiss 0-2 (1f), G Wrenn, D Kelliher 0-1 each.

Scorers for Craigbane: L Moore 1-2 (1f), A McLaughlin 0-2, C O’Kane, R Moore 0-1 each.

MILLTOWN/CASTLEMAINE: J Daly; J Blennerhasset, D Murphy, Kevin McKenna; P Carroll, M Mangan, J O’Connor; M Burke, D Kelliher; J Flynn, S Murphy, G Wrenn; C Moriarty, C Kerins, I Twiss.

Subs: B Delaney for Kelliher (blood) (6), Kelliher for Delaney (21), Delaney for Kelliher (38), D Twiss for Kerins (42), Kelliher for G Wrenn (45), P Wrenn for Mangan (55), Kieran McKenna for I Twiss (61).

CRAIGBANE: P Sharkey; D McLaughlin, F Crossan, M McGinty; B Rainey, R Gormley, C McLaughlin; B Gormley, K McElhinney; A Devine, A McLaughlin, C O’Kane; Ryan Moore, L Moore, G Conwell.

Subs: D Lowry for McElhinney (40), N Reilly for L Moore (53), Rory Moore for C McLaughlin (55).

Referee: Damien Brazil (Offaly)

AIB GAA Football All Ireland Junior Club Championship Semi-Final – Derrytresk Fir aChnoic (Tyrone) 1-10 Dromid Pearses (Kerry) 0-7

‘Disgusted’ Dromid left seething

Derrytresk (Tyrone) 1-10 Dromid Pearses 0-7

By Fintan O’ Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

DROMID PEARSES saw their hopes of becoming the fourth Kerry club in succession to reach the All-Ireland club JFC final dashed yesterday in Portlaoise by Tyrone champions Derrytresk, in a game marred by first half brawl. The incident underneath the main stand in Portlaoise involved players and mentors from both sides, as well as supporters from Derrytresk who jumped the barrier. Dromid Pearses lost influential midfielder Thomas Curran with concussion following the incident. Following a further incident at the final whistle Dromid Pearses manager Michael Anthony O’Connell, who saw his team reduced to 13 men following the second-half dismissals of Denis ‘Shine’ O’Sullivan and Colm O’Connor, hit out at the Tyrone club’s tactics.

“I have to hold my hand up and say they were the better team. But I have to say our players were provoked. The tactics they had in beating us, I didn’t agree with. There’s an old trick of the trade where usually you’d bring on a sub to change the game but they brought the sideline on top of us before half-time. I’ve never before in my life witnessed what I saw there. I’m shocked. The linesman said fair play to ye and asked us to try to keep our selectors outside the barrier. He knew where the trouble had started. But that was not good enough. “The episode with Denis Shine turned the game. If anyone saw him now, his eyes are black as he got a boot. And the referee turned around and sent him off. I don’t mind anyone being sent off but what happened there today, I’m absolutely disgusted. Our lads can hold their heads up high as we don’t play that kind of stuff.”

The loss of wing-back O’Sullivan with a second yellow card in the 38th minute was a massive blow for Dromid Pearses. They led at the break (0-4 to 0-3), benefitting from some excellent points by midfielders Curran and Colm O’Connor that illuminated a low-scoring opening 30 minutes of football. However Derrytresk availed of the numerical supremacy in the second-half and their well-organised style of football paid dividends. They received a major boost in the 41st minute when centre-forward Joseph McKee pounced for the only goal of the game when he hammered a cracking shot to the roof of the net after centre-back Cathal O’Neill had scythed through the Dromid Pearses rearguard. The prominent displays of McKee and O’Neill, along with towering midfielder Ronan O’Neill, in the second-half were central to Derrytresk’s progression as they were able to keep Dromid Pearses at bay.

The loss of Curran hit the South Kerry outfit hard around the middle of the field. But with marquee name Declan O’Sullivan roaming all over the pitch to provide leadership, and the persistent efforts of Kevin and Niall O’Shea, Dromid Pearses grimly stuck to their task. Niall O’Shea split the posts with a beautiful score from the left wing but found himself crowded out by the Derrytresk defence when a goal opening nearly materialised in the 48th minute. When wing-back Michael Sheehan burst forward to fire over a classy point with his left foot in the 54th minute, Dromid Pearses had trimmed the gap to four points. Yet the huge effort their 14 men had produced told in the closing stages as Derrytresk started to create overlaps in their attacking play. Their most potent attacker Niall Gavin, who finished with 0-6 to his credit, notched a late brace to seal their place in the Croke Park decider on February 12th and Dromid’s day of woe was completed with the late dismissal of midfielder Colm O’Connor.

Scorers for Derrytresk: N Gavin 0-6 (0-3f), J McKee 1-1, M Rea 0-2 (0-1f), C O’Neill 0-1.

Scorers for Dromid Pearses: Declan O’Sullivan (0-1f), T Curran 0-2 each, M Sheehan, C O’Connor, N O’Shea 0-1 each.

DERRYTRESK: A Quinn; S Slater, K Campbell, J Dillon; E Rea, C O’Neill, C Corr; C Gavin, R O’Neill; C O’Neill, J McKee, M Robinson; N Gavin, K Quinn, M Rea.

Subs: P Kilpatrick for C Gavin (55), G Devlin for Dillon (55).

DROMID PEARSES: A Hogan; P O’Sullivan, Dominic O’Sullivan, Donal O’Sullivan; D ‘Shine’ O’Sullivan, K O’Shea, M Sheehan; C O’Connor, T Curran; A O’Sullivan, Declan O’Sullivan, A O’Connor; E O’Leary, N O’Shea, G O’Sullivan.

Subs: M O’Shea for Curran (inj) (half-time), C Hallissey for G O’Sullivan (34), C Farley for O’Leary (42), M O’Connor for A O’Connor (62).

Referee: Francis Flynn (Leitrim)

AIB GAA Hurling All Ireland Intermediate Club Championship Semi-Final – Middletown Na Fianna (Armagh) 3-14 Effin (Limerick) 2-10

Middletown the masters as Effin’s final dream shattered

Middletown (Armagh) 3-13 Effin (Limerick) 2-10

By Diarmuid O’ Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

THE end of the dream for gallant Effin in Birr yesterday in this entertaining All-Ireland club intermediate hurling-final. It wasn’t the expected result, as the high-flying Limerick and Munster champions were hotly favoured to join neighbours Charleville in an All-Ireland finals double-header in Croke Park on February 11. Charleville duly kept their part of the bargain, overcoming Fullen Gaels in the junior semi-final yesterday, but Effin had neither excuse nor complaint after this one. On a perfect afternoon for hurling, a reasonable sod, they were outworked and outplayed by a well-drilled Middletown outfit.

Hurling in the Orchard county is getting stronger and stronger and Armagh are now more than capable of putting it up to Antrim in Ulster, at underage especially. Middletown Na Fianna are an integral part of that revolution. They are ten-times senior county champions and 13 of their starting 15 yesterday are on the Armagh senior panel that competes these days at Christy Ring level. That strength became increasingly more obvious as this game progressed, with the Ulster side looking by far the more balanced team.

Middletown had the advantage of the strong breeze and they immediately took the fight to Effin, going two points up after two minutes. Effin then got on the scoreboard with a Tommy Quaid free, but Middletown again took over after a point apiece from Barney McCann, captain Ryan Gaffney (causing real problems at full-forward) and free-taker David Carvill. Then came the first goal of the game, the tricky Cathal Carvill finishing a Ryan Gaffney cross from close range. Effin were in real trouble. Seven points behind after just 11 minutes, they spent the rest of the half playing catch-up. Six points was the deficit at the break (1-9 to 0-6) but had Middletown taken full advantage of all their opportunities that could well have been several points more.

On the resumption, the teams exchanged points (David Carvill a Middletown free, Hugh O’Neill replying with a fine Effin effort from wide right), but two goals within a minute then effectively ended the game as a contest. The first (Middletown’s second of the game) was fairly fortuitous, corner-forward David Moan getting a second chance after his initial effort was blocked down but then hitting a perfect ground shot into the top corner of the net. That was in the 37th minute and just 30 seconds later Middletown were back for more, Conor McCann playing a superb one/two with the ever-present Ryan Gaffney to blast past the unfortunate James O’Leary once more. At 3-10 to 0-7 Effin were now in deep trouble, but with 22 minutes still to play, they did at least have time on their side.

Digging deep, they took the fight to Middletown and two goals of their own (Darren Sheehy and Nicky Quaid, shifted from centre-back to centre-forward) had the deficit back to six points again in the 49th minute. Middletown were not going to be denied, however, and a few superb points from Moan (2) and sub Shea Gaffney closed out a well-deserved win.

Scorers for Middletown Na Fianna: D Moan 1-2; D Carvill 0-5 (0-5f); C Carvill 1-0; C McCann 1-0; B McCann 0-2 (0-1f); R Gaffney 0-2 (0-1f); F Woods, S Gaffney, M Maguire, 0-1 each.

Scorers for Effin: T Quaid 0-7 (0-7f); N Quaid 1-0; D Sheehy 1-0; H O’Neill 0-2; D Moloney 0-1.

MIDDLETOWN NA FIANNA: P Moan; B Mallon, P Hughes, F Woods; K McKernan, N Curry, P Gaffney; B McCann, P McBride; M Maguire, C McCann, D Carvill; C Carvill, R Gaffney (c), M Moan.

Subs: N McCann (D Carvill 41); S McCann (Hughes 44); S Gaffney (C McCann 49); P Curry (Maguire 60); JJ Hughes (Mallon 60).

EFFIN: J O’Leary; JP O’Donnell (c), J Dillon, A Dillon; M O’Donnell, N Quaid, M Rea; J O’Donnell P Carroll; P O’Kelly, D Moloney, C Kearney; H O’Neill, T Quaid, T Rea.

Subs: D Sheehy (O’Kelly 29); JM Manning (M Rea 33).

Referee: S Cleere (Kilkenny)

AIB GAA Hurling All Ireland Junior Club Championship Semi-Final – Charleville (Cork) 1-17 Fullen Gaels (Warwickshire) 0-6

Free-flowing Charleville in control

Charleville (Cork) 1-17 Fullen Gaels 0-6

By John Murphy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

A NEW YEAR and a new horizon loom large for Charleville’s junior hurlers. Last season the north Cork club claimed county, divisional and Munster honours in an historic campaign. But the journey was not destined to end there. Yesterday they headed in their hundreds to Walsh Park in Waterford and came away with a place in next month’s All-Ireland Club final at Croke Park against Kilkenny’s St. Patrick’s, Ballyragget. It was easy in the end for Charleville but there was little to suggest such a margin in the first quarter hour as the Warwickshire men matched the favourites stride for stride in an exciting opening spell.

However once the winners eased into their free flowing brand of hurling the cross channel visitors were overwhelmed and outclassed. Corner forwards Andrew Cagney and James O’Brien were Charleville’s go to men in attack while centre back Colm O’Flynn produced a defensive masterclass. Both sides started brightly with freetakers Kevin Codd and O’Brien twice exchanging points from placed balls. But then Charleville began to assert control as points from Cagney and Brendan Dennehy helped the Cork outfit into a six points interval lead (0-10 to 0-4). It was close on one way traffic after the restart with a Mark Kavanagh goal in the 43rd minute breaking their opponents’ spirit as the game fizzled out.

Charleville coach John Brouder said: “That goal put us on our way and it completely knocked the last of the fight out of our opponents. We laid the victory foundations in the first half when playing into the wind, and so much of our second-half really was good to watch’’. Looking forward to next month’s historic All-Ireland decider he warned: “We’ll need to get even more from the lads if we are to win the title, but we believe in our hearts that we are good enough to do so.

Scorers for Charleville: J. O’Brien (0-7, 0-3 frees); M. Kavanagh (1-1); A. Cagney (0-3); D. Murphy (0-3, 0-1 free); J. Casey, B. Dennehy (f), B. Casey (0-1) each.

Scorers for Fullen Gaels: K. Codd (0-5 frees); K. Hughes (0-1).

CHARLEVILLE: S. O’Connor; M. O’Flynn, C. Fitzgerald, A. Dennehy; B. McCarthy, C. O’Flynn, B. Dennehy; J. Casey, D. O’Flynn; D. Murphy, A. O’Connor, M. Gammell; A. Cagney, M. Kavanagh, J. O’Brien.

Subs: G. Kelleher for Casey (44); D. O’Sullivan for Gammell (49); F. O’Callaghan for Kavanagh (50); J. Foley for O’Connor (50); B. Casey for O’Brien (50).

FULLEN GAELS: J. O’Farrell (Tipperary); R. Wedel (Cork), D. Neylon (Galway), B. Griffith (Kilkenny); E. Hansberry (Galway), J. O’Shaughnessy (Cork), C. Maskey (Antrim); K. Codd (Wexford), A. Morrissey (Cork); D. Moore (Limerick), S. Carey (Tipperary), R. McEntee (Galway); P. McHugh (Tyrone), K. Hayes (Cork), C. Cafferkey (Wexford).

Subs: R. Connor (Offaly) for Moore (ht); C. Vaughan (Clare) for Hansberry (ht); D. Maskey (Antrim) for McHugh (57); P. Breen (Donegal) for Griffith (57); N. NcNamee (Galway) for McEntee (57).

Referee: David Hughes, Carlow

Dr. Harty Cup Quarter-Final – Ardscoil Rís Limerick 2-15 Castletroy College 1-7

Holders Ardscoil power into semi-finals

Ardscoil Rís 2-15 Castletroy College 1-7

By Eamonn Ryan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

HOLDERS Ardscoil Rís eased into the semi-finals of the Harty Cup after they saw off the challenge of cross-city rivals Castletroy College. Ardscoil were on the back foot for long periods but still managed to engineer an 11-point win in this Limerick derby clash. In their first year at this level, Castletroy College started brightly and had two scores on the board inside five minutes from free-taker Killian Enright and Gearoid Hegarty (son of former Limerick star, Ger). Steadily, Ardscoil Rís were growing in stature but eight first-half wides hindered their progress until a 22nd minute goal from Jack Kelleher put them in the driving seat, leading 1-2 to 0-4.

By the interval, Ardscoil were 1-4 to 0-5 ahead, with Cian Lynch adding a fine score to earlier pointed frees from Clare underage star Jamie Shanahan. But on the change of ends, Castletroy hit back with a Edward Doyle penalty low to the net to snatch back the lead, after half-time replacement Christopher Noonan was upended. Enright added a point from play and the underdogs were 1-6 to 1-5 ahead. But this sprung Ardscoil Rís to life and they limited Castletroy College to just one pointed free in the remaining 25 minutes to ensure there was no shock defeat for last season’s All-Ireland finalists.

Ardscoil may only have four (Hall, O’Connell, Shanahan and O’Brien) remaining from the side that lined out in last year’s Harty victory but the experience of qualifying for six straight knockout stages of the competition ensured they never panicked when Castletroy tested their resolve in the opening 40 minutes. After the early scoring from Castletroy in the second half, Ardscoil hit back and Shanahan’s free-taking settled his side. Five points between the 37th and 48th minutes brought his tally to eight and had the champions back 1-11 to 1-6 ahead and well on the road to the semi-finals. If confirmation were needed it came 10 minutes from time, when Kevin O’Brien broke clear of the defence and crashed to the net. He added a point and three substitutes put the icing on the win with late points to move the champions easily into the last four, where they await the replay between Thurles CBS and Nenagh CBS.

Scorers for Ardscoil Rís: J Shanahan 0-8fs, J Kelleher, K O’Brien 1-1 each, C Lynch, R Lynch, M Foley, C O’Brien, M O’Loughlin 0-1 each.

Scorers for Castletroy College: K Enright 0-5 (4fs), E Doyle 1-0 (pen), S Power (f), G Hegarty 0-1 each.

ARDSCOIL RÍS: D Dempsey; R Kirby, PJ Hall, K McNamara; E Fitzgerald, B O’Connell, S Fitzgerald; J Shanahan, J Hannon; W O’Donoghue, R Lynch, J Kelleher; L O’Brien, K O’Brien, C Lynch.

Subs: C O’Brien for L O’Brien (49), E Keogh for E Fitzgerald (52s), M Foley for O’Donoghue (54), M O’Loughlin for O’Brien (57), C McCarthy for Lynch (59).

CASTLETROY COLLEGE: C O’Dwyer; P Morrissey, A Hanley, C O’Brien; J Enright, S Power, J Stack; D Kennedy, S Griffin; J Fox, W Shanahan, A La Touche Cosgrave; E Doyle, G Hegarty, K Enright.

Subs: C Noonan for Stack (ht), J Porter for J Enright (ht), J Nicholas for Shanahan (51), J Sheehan for Griffin (57), B McGinty for Fox (60).

Referee: S Hourigan (Rathkeale)

Dr. Harty Cup Quarter-Final – Nenagh CBS 0-16 Thurles CBS 1-13

Kennedy snatches late Thurles leveller

Thurles CBS 1-13 Nenagh CBS 0-16

By Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

ALL-IRELAND minor football medallist Seamus Kennedy scored an equalising point in the 10th minute of stoppage time as Thurles CBS salvaged a replay from a gripping Dr Harty Cup quarter-final with Tipp rivals Nenagh CBS at Dolla yesterday. Referee Fergal Horgan added an extra 11 minutes and that gave 2009 champions Thurles the time they needed to snatch a draw in front of a bumper crowd. After the regulation hour, Nenagh were on course to avenge their 2010 semi-final defeat by Thurles as they led 0-16 to 0-11 but the seven-time winners struck late with a 1-2 haul to level proceedings. In the fourth minute of injury time, Kevin Slattery pounced for a close range goal, after Pat Ralph’s viciously-struck 20m free was saved, and, incredibly, late points from Conor Lanigan (free) and Kennedy ensured a replay next week.

Nenagh will argue far too much added time was played but it was a stop-start affair in the second-half and a serious injury to Nenagh full-back Niall Gleeson held the game up for four minutes. Thurles also racked up 16 wides, including 10 in the second-half, and suffered from free-taking troubles throughout the game. Clonoulty-Rossmore’s Sean Maher helped himself to three points from play for Thurles but the centre-forward was also guilty of five wides in the second-half.

Nenagh mentors will hope their players are not scarred psychologically after letting the lead slip in the dying minutes, but they certainly won’t lie down in the replay and have a potential match winner in Jason Forde. On home soil, the Silvermines star scored 0-9, including five frees and a sideline cut. Forde was to the fore in the opening half as Nenagh, who conceded the opening two scores, hit a purple patch of eight points without reply to establish a commanding 0-8 to 0-2 lead. Conor Lanigan’s 23rd minute point ended a 17-minute barren spell for Thurles and, by half-time, they were in touch, trailing by 0-7 to 0-9.

Midway through the second period, the sides were level at 0-11 apiece before Nenagh stepped on the gas again and cruised into a 0-16 to 0-11 lead with a run of five unanswered scores. With Thurles profligate in front of goal, Nenagh looked on course for a sweet victory but there was still time left, plenty for it, for Thurles to mount a remarkable comeback.

Scorers for Thurles CBS: K Slattery 1-1, Sean Maher (Clonoulty-Rossmore) 0-3, P Ralph 0-3 (2f), C Lanigan 0-3 (2f), C Hammersley 0-2, S Kennedy 0-1.

Scorers for Nenagh CBS: J Forde 0-9 (5f, 1 sl), P Fogarty 0-2, J Loughnane, T Gallagher, S O’Brien, P Shanahan & J Mackey, 0-1 each.

THURLES CBS: J Maher; J Bourke, J Ryan, B Troy; R Maher, S Kennedy, C Quirke; S Nally, S Cahill; C Hammersley, Sean Maher (Clonoulty-Rossmore), K Slattery; E Moriarty, P Ralph, C Lanigan.
Subs: J Meagher for Moriarty (40), Sean Maher (Sean Treacys) for Cahill (54), P Hayes for R Maher (60+6).

NENAGH CBS: W Power; D Quinn, N Gleeson, S Cleary; E Hynes, J Peters, J Flaherty; J Loughnane, T Gallagher; P Shanahan, C Delaney, S O’Brien; J Forde, P Fogarty, J Mackey.
Subs: C Leo for Gleeson (inj, 37), K Gleeson for Mackey (60+2).

Referee: F Horgan (Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams)

Dr. Harty Cup Quarter-Final – Colaiste Na Deise 1-13 St Flannan’s 1-12

14-man Coláiste dig deep to prevail

Coláiste na nDéise 1-13 St Flannan’s College 1-12

By Conor Kane for the Irish Examiner newspaper

DESPITE playing the entire game with 14 men, Coláiste na nDéise still managed to keep their noses ahead of hurling bluebloods St Flannan’s and claim the spoils in this Harty Cup quarter-final in Tipperary town. Midfielder Kieran Power received a red card from referee John O’Brien before the ball was thrown in, after an incident which left Martin O’Leary on the ground. But the numerical deficit didn’t stop the west Waterford side.

Ten points from wing-forward Cathal Curran — all from placed balls — laid the foundation for the victory while Michael Hurney turned in an impressive performance at centre-forward, bagging 1-1 from play. St Flannan’s were off tempo in the opening half and conceded too many frees which Curran converted time and again. Hurney’s 21st minute goal came after he scrambled the sliothar into the net, and edged the Waterford three clear (1-7 to 0-7) at the break.

The Ennis outfit stormed back into contention on the restart as a goal from a long-range Stephen Ward effort levelled the tie and made for a tense second period. The Clare team’s only time in front came when the influential Tony Kelly converted a free to put them 1-9 to 1-9 to the good but their opponents responded in kind with more points from Curran and an excellent effort from play by Michael Hurney. They led by two heading towards the end before a fine score from Tony Kelly gave Flannan’s hope of a dramatic rescue, but the equaliser they needed never came.

Scorers for Coláiste na nDéise: C Curran 0-10 (9f, 1 65), M Hurney 1-1, M Kiely 0-1, P Curran 0-1.

Scorers for St Flannan’s: T. Kelly 0-5 (0-4f), P Duggan 0-3 (2f, 1 sideline), S Ward 1-0, M O’Leary 0-1, C Cleary 0-1 (f), S O’Donnell 0-1, D Reidy 0-1.

COLÁISTE NA NDÉISE: E Kearns, S O’Donovan, T Tobin, T Burke, E Collins, T Devine, K Sheehan, K Power, C Dunford, C Curran, M Hurney, R Donnelly, M Kiely, K Daly, P Curran.

Sub: B Looby for C Dunford.

ST FLANNAN’S COLLEGE: E Quilligan, D Conroy, J Brown, S Kelleher, G Ryan, T Kelly, A McGuane, C Cleary, M O’Leary, P Duggan, M McGuane, S Ward, B Duggan, S O’Donnell, D Reidy.

Referee: J O’Brien (Cork)