Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 0-15

Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 0-15

Report from the RTE.ie web site

Kilkenny drew first blood in the Allianz Hurling League with an eight-point defeat of great rivals Tipperary at Nowlan Park. Meeting for the first time since the Cats’ 2011 All-Ireland win, the hosts charged into an early lead with Richie Power netting a 12th minute penalty. TJ Reid impressed up front as the hosts built a 1-10 to 0-08 interval lead, while free-taker Pa Bourke led Tipp’s scoring with 0-05.

Declan Ryan’s side soon reduced the arrears to three points, but Eoin Larkin, who grabbed a 41st minute goal, and top scorer Power (1-11) steered Kilkenny home. Strong in the air and fast on their feet, the Cats were just too sharp for the Munster men this afternoon with Power producing a man-of-the-match performance full of accurate shooting and clever interplay. Tipp manager Ryan handed league debuts to defender Donagh Maher, a brother of Shane Maher, and wing forward Adrian Ryan, who is a first cousin of Gearoid Ryan.

The Cats started the game with eight players who lined out for last September’s All-Ireland decider, while Kilkenny had 12 back on board – their three absentees being the retired Eddie Brennan and injured duo Henry Shefflin and Richie Hogan. Colin Fennelly won a first minute free which Power pointed and in a bright opening spell, Noel McGrath levelled with a lovely score from the right. Brendan Cummins, a late inclusion for the visitors, did well to parry Reid’s shot from close range, but Power pointed the resulting ’65’.

Reid’s rousing midfield catch and delivery in set up Matthew Ruth for Kilkenny’s third point and Michael Rice, in acres of space, soon added a fourth. Reid continued to catch the eye, soaring high to claim a David Herity puck-out and driving forward for a deserved first point. Kilkenny moved 1-05 to 0-01 ahead after just 12 minutes. Power gathered a ball in from the left sideline and was fouled by Conor O’Mahony for a harshly-awarded penalty which he smashed home himself.

Tipperary had an immediate goal chance at the other end but Noel McGrath was closed down by JJ Delaney and Brian Hogan and eventually kicked the ball wide. Placed balls from O’Mahony and Pa Bourke got wind-backed Tipp into the game, and Gearoid Ryan teed up McGrath for his second point from play. The Premier County outfit continued to improve with Bourke converting a 21st minute free. But Power ended a barren spell for the Cats with a close range free. Approaching the half hour Bourke and Rice swapped further scores, the latter benefiting from a superb flicked pass from Ruth. Pointed frees from Power and Bourke dominated the remainder of the first half, the former tallying up 1-05 over the opening 35 minutes.

However, the home supporters were treated to a smashing late score from play when great interplay between Brian Hogan, Power and Reid set up Larkin for a crisp strike over the bar. Three minutes into the second half, McGrath landed his third point from play after a short free was played into him. Tipp were chipping away at Kilkenny’s advantage but just when Bourke had the deficit down to three again, Larkin grabbed his side’s second goal. Reid plucked another puck-out down from the sky and passed for Larkin to drive through the heart of the Tipp defence.

With Cummins and the covering Donagh Maher unable to stop him, Larkin did well to stay on his feet and scoop the ball into an empty net. Power added two more frees over the next four minutes, moving the Cats 2-12 to 0-10 clear and the two league points were within their grasp. Colin Fennelly had two opportunities to find the net for Kilkenny but he was hooked for the first, and Donagh Maher also did well to block a goal-bound effort.

Two more frees from Power and an excellent Larkin point from 50 metres cancelled out a Brendan Maher score at the other end. Kilkenny goalkeeper David Herity will have been pleased to keep a clean sheet. John O’Brien soon have netted in the 56th minute after a lovely set-up by Brian O’Meara who fed a pass through off his knees. Despite the Cats’ defence was caught off guard for once, O’Brien’s angled shot flew wide of the far post and as the intensity dropped, Kilkenny’s opening Division 1A victory was a certainty. Tipp substitutes Eoin Kelly and Shane Bourke added a late collection of points, with the latter landing three well-taken scores from play. Fellow substitute James Woodlock raided forward to set up Bourke’s second point as the gap was cut to 2-15 to 0-13. Bourke added a third from a tight angle, but Power fittingly closed out the scoring with two more frees.

Scorers – Kilkenny: R Power 1-11 (1-00 pen, 0-10f, 0-01 ’65’), E Larkin 1-02, M Rice 0-02, M Ruth, TJ Reid 0-01 each

Tipperary: P Bourke 0-06 (0-05f, 0-01 ’65’), N McGrath, S Bourke 0-03 each, C O’Mahony (0-01f), B Maher, E Kelly 0-01 each

KILKENNY: David Herity; Jackie Tyrrell, JJ Delaney, Noel Hickey; Tommy Walsh, Brian Hogan, Paul Murphy; Paddy Hogan, Michael Fennelly; TJ Reid, Michael Rice, Eoin Larkin (capt); Colin Fennelly, Richie Power, Matthew Ruth.

Subs used: Conor Fogarty for Delaney (57 mins), John Mulhall for C Fennelly (63), Richie Doyle for P Hogan (66).

TIPPERARY: Brendan Cummins; Donagh Maher, Paul Curran (capt), Michael Cahill; Shane Maher, Conor O’Mahony, Padraic Maher; Brendan Maher, David Young; Gearoid Ryan, Noel McGrath, Adrian Ryan; Pa Bourke, Brian O’Meara, John O’Brien.

Subs used: James Woodlock for B Maher (17-18 mins, blood sub), Shane Bourke for A Ryan (half-time), Eoin Kelly for G Ryan (49), James Woodlock for O’Brien (57), John O’Keeffe for Curran (60), Shane McGrath for P Bourke (64).

Referee: Michael Wadding (Waterford)

 

Power inspires Cats to opening day win

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A: Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 0-15

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Kilkenny delivered a huge statement of intent at Nowlan Park on Sunday afternoon, opening their 2012 Allianz Hurling League campaign with an impressive eight-point defeat of Tipperary. It was an early-season repeat of last year’s All-Ireland final and once again the Cats proved far too strong, with Richie Power scoring 1-11 of their total in a high-scoring game.

For those of a superstitious nature, the winner of the Allianz League game between the sides in each of the last seasons has gone on to win the All-Ireland final later in the year. Brian Cody, the Kilkenny manager, named 12 of the side that contested last September’s All-Ireland final in his starting XV, while Tipperary started with eight, Brendan Cummins coming in as a late replacement for Darren Gleeson, whose wife gave birth this morning.

Kilkenny had the better of the first half and led by 1-10 to 0-8 at the break, Power converting a 12th minute penalty after he had been fouled in the square. At that stage the Cats led by 1-5 to 0-1, but Tipperary hit the next four points in a row to come back into the game, Pa Bourke hitting a brace and Noel McGrath also getting on the scoreboard.

The Premier County had the gap down to just three points within minutes of the resumption of play, as the prolific Bourke brought his tally for the day to 0-6 and McGrath struck a third from play. Kilkenny, however, hit back ruthlessly, Eoin Larkin forcing the ball over the line for a perfectly timed goal on 41 minutes after a long ball into the Tipperary defence had caused chaos.

Declan Ryan looked to the Tipperary bench to freshen things up and Eoin Kelly and Shane Bourke certainly seemed to liven up the visitors’ attack when they were introduced. Kilkenny were brilliant in defence, though, with Tommy Walsh, imperious under the high ball in the half-back line, once again seeming to deliver his best performances when faced with blue and gold opposition. Two late Power frees saw the 2011 GAA All Star bring his total to 1-11 and Kilkenny cruise to a deserved eight-point win.

Dr. Harty Cup Final – Colaiste Na Deise 2-14 Nenagh CBS 1-10

Déise savour ‘unbelievable’ victory

Coláiste na nDéise 2-14 Nenagh CBS 1-10

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

For only the fourth time in the history of the competition, the Dr Harty Cup resides in Waterford after Dungarvan combination Coláiste na nDéise swept to glory in sparkling fashion at Cashel. Coláiste na nDéise followed in the footsteps of the 1953 winning Mount Sion side and the De La Salle outfit that claimed back-to-back titles in 2007 and 2008, as they produced a dynamic and skilful display that broke the resistance of a brave Nenagh CBS challenge.

There was a great sense of expectation before this final began as both sides were pursuit of their first title and the novelty of the pairing attracted a huge crowd to Leahy Park. However a blistering opening half performance by Coláiste na nDéise settled the encounter as they enjoyed a 2-5 to 0-1 advantage after the opening quarter and by the interval were still in control as they led 2-10 to 0-5.

Nenagh CBS battled brilliantly to the final whistle, with Jack Peters and Jack Loughnane leading the way, but they could never make serious inroads into the Coláiste na nDéise advantage. The final whistle sparked huge scenes of celebration as the amalgamation, who lost their opening game to Midleton CBS, savoured a remarkable triumph. “Kerry Colleges beat us two years ago and we were at the lowest ebb we could be,” revealed manager Darragh Duggan afterwards. “They came from nowhere, it’s unbelievable. The boys have come back and you saw today how much they wanted it. Fellas asked did we want it more than Nenagh and I think we answered everyone today, with no little hurling as well. “That can’t be overlooked. The boys have unbelievable skill. Looking at the Dungarvan lads after the Doon defeat last week was heartbreaking, they had it and they were sucker-punched. They learned from it and today weren’t going to be beaten.”

Nenagh coach CBS Donagh O’Donnell showed the polar opposite emotion: “We’re gutted. We thought we had everything right – kept to our routine and we just didn’t really show up. Maybe nerves got to us and we leaked two goals in the first ten minutes. “After that it was going to be uphill. I’m very proud of the players, they’re such a good group. They work very hard and even despite the way the first half went, they kept plugging away in the second half.”

Coláiste na nDéise had an array of outstanding individual performers with the Curran brothers, Cathal and Patrick, posing problems for the Nenagh CBS rearguard all afternoon as they struck 2-11 between them. Kieran Power and Michéal Harney also had important roles to play in attack while Colin Dunford and Cormac Curran, a grandson of Austin Flynn the full-back on the 1959 Waterford All-Ireland senior winning team, excelled at midfield. In defence Clashmore’s Tadgh Burke was hugely impressive while goalkeeper Eoin Kearns made a superb early save to deny Stephen O’Brien a potentially vital goal for Nenagh CBS.

Coláiste na nDéise were clinical from the off in attack while they displayed a sharpness all over the pitch that prevented Nenagh CBS from replicating the heroics of recent wins over Thurles CBS and Ardscoil Rís. Patrick Curran smashed home their first goal in the ninth minute after a great team move involving Power, Harney and Cormac Curran. Then in the 12th minute, Cathal Curran blasted a 20-yard free to the roof of the net and Coláiste na nDéise were in a commanding nine-point lead.

Nenagh fought manfully to get back in contention, with Tadhg Gallagher hitting a couple of fine points, but Cathal and Cormac Curran raised four white flags at the end of the half, to reinforce Coláiste na nDéise’s superiority. The Dungarvan combination maintained their focus after the interval with a defence led by Tom Tobin, Tom Devine and Burke in exemplary form and at one juncture enjoyed a 2-13 to 0-6 advantage. Nenagh CBS mounted a revival in the closing quarter with Jason Forde, who was well-marshalled by the Coláiste na nDéise defence, grabbing a late consolation goal. Both sides were reduced to 14 men in the closing stages with Podge Shanahan (Nenagh CBS) and Evan Collins (Coláiste na Déise) dismissed in separate incidents.

Scorers for Coláiste na nDéise: Cathal Curran 1-9 (1-6fs), P Curran 1-2, Cormac Curran 0-2 (0-1f), C Dunford 0-1.

Scorers for Nenagh CBS: J Forde 1-4 (0-4f), T Gallagher 0-3, J Loughnane (1 65) 0-2, P Shanahan 0-1.

COLÁISTE NA DÉISE: E Kearns (St Mary’s); K Looby (St Oliver’s), T Tobin (St Mary’s), S O’Donovan (Modeligo); E Collins (Abbeyside), T Devine (Modeligo), T Burke (Clashmore); C Dunford (Colligan), Cormac Curran (Brickey Rangers); R Donnelly (Dungarvan), M Harney (Bunmahon), K Power (Kilrossanty); M Kiely (St Mary’s), Cathal Curran (Dungarvan), P Curran (Dungarvan).

Subs: K Sheehan (St Mary’s) for Power (59), E Crotty (Abbeyside) for Donnelly (59).

NENAGH CBS: W Power (Silvermines); D Quinn (Éire Óg Nenagh), K Gubbins (Éire Óg Nenagh), S Cleary (Kilruane McDonaghs); J Flaherty (Burgess), J Peters (Kilruane McDonaghs), E Hynes (Templederry); J Loughnane (Kildangan), T Gallagher (Kildangan); C Delaney (Toomevara), J Forde (Silvermines), S O’Brien (Ballina); P Fogarty (Silvermines), P Shanahan (Toomevara), J Mackey (Éire Óg Nenagh).

Subs: S Geaney (Éire Óg Nenagh) for Mackey (22), K Gleeson (Éire Óg Nenagh) for Delaney (42).

Referee: Shane Hourigan (Limerick)

GAA Football Interprovincial Final – Ulster 3-11 Munster 1-15


Hughes in plea for Interpros

Ulster 3-11 Munster 1-15

By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

“Hopefully Christy doesn’t get his way,” was the cry from Ulster captain Darren Hughes after accepting the M Donnelly Interprovincial SF Cup from the GAA president. The Monaghan man had a quiet word with Cooney after the declaration at the end of his winning speech as if to say he meant no offence with his jibe at the Cork man’s questioning of the series. But Hughes’ words were greeted with a rapturous response from the Ulster supporters in the 2,860 crowd, who remained on to see him lift the silverware as the northern province retained the title they won in 2009 when they also beat Munster. Earlier this week, Cooney suggested the series has had its day but Hughes begged to differ and so did the entertainment in yesterday’s final.

With both sides agreeable to open football and sweepers nowhere to be seen, the fare was pretty on the eye as was the marksmanship from Owen Mulligan and David Tubridy. Donegal full-back Neil McGee turned the game decisively in Ulster’s favour two minutes from the end when he dispatched the ball past Alan Quirke after a flowing move initiated by Hughes. Up until that, Ulster were struggling around midfield and had seen a one-point advantage at half-time — 1-7 to 0-9 — transform into a three-point deficit by the 51st minute. A Peter Harte goal brought them right back in the game only for a shot by substitute Rory Donnelly to cannon off Lacey and into the Ulster net.

Captain Hughes added his second and third points to narrow the deficit to two before McGee’s foray up the field provided the ultimate dividend. Ulster manager Joe Kernan was delighted for his team just as much as he was for the competition, which he feels got a shot in the arm yesterday. “It’s not dead,” he insisted. “If this is dead, then the Sigerson has to be wiped too. There was nobody at it on Saturday. “It is a great competition and the players love playing in it. It’s great for developing players.” Kernan criticised the lack of promotion done for the final. “I was listening to a lot of the radio stations down south yesterday and not one of them mentioned this game was on today, which was disappointing.”

His opposite number Ger O’Sullivan agreed the competition can go from strength to strength on the back of the final’s quality. He pinpointed the profile it had given to players from Division 4counties like Clare duo Tubridy, who scored eight points, Gary Brennan as well as Waterford’s Gary Hurney. “I’ve seen them first hand in Munster and they’re as good as any player in Munster, nationally, really. They’ll get on any team in Ireland.” O’Sullivan rued Munster’s missed chances when they went three points ahead twice in the second-half. We had a chance or two to go ahead by more but we didn’t take them. We left the door open.”

Kernan was thrilled with the effort of his players. “We gave the boys the freedom to go out and play but they had to have a responsibility and couldn’t be kamikaze. “They did that and they worked for each other — when somebody went up, somebody covered. The ball that Darren Hughes broke to win the ball for the winning goal … bad players don’t win them balls — wholehearted players do and it just epitomised what the boys were like all day.”

By half time, Tubridy and Paddy Kelly had notched all but two of Munster’s total of nine points. Munster looked to attack as much as possible but they discovered the consequence was gaps between their two back lines, which Mulligan exploited at will. The Tyrone player had bagged three points by the break while winning a free, which Martin Penrose converted, and setting up Mark Poland with a superb pass for another score. Poland was the recipient of another terrific ball from Benny Coulter to score Ulster’s first goal. It was their first of three as Munster, despite Tubridy and Paul Kerrigan’s tag team partnership in the second-half, found out to their cost.

Scorers for Ulster: M Poland 1-1 (1f), O Mulligan 0-4 (1f), P Harte, N McGee 1-0, D Hughes 0-3 (2 45s), M Penrose 0-2 (1f), D Gordon 0-1.

Scorers for Munster: D Tubridy 0-8 (3fs, 1 45), P Kerrigan 0-3, K Lacey (og) 1-0, P Kelly, G Hurney (f) 0-2 each.

ULSTER: B McVeigh (Down); B Donaghy (Armagh), N McGee, K Lacey (both Donegal); J Loughrey (Antrim), D Hughes (Monaghan), C McKeever (Armagh); D Gordon (Down), R Kavanagh (Donegal); P Harte (Tyrone), M Poland (Down), M Penrose (Tyrone); C Gilligan (Derry), B Coulter (Down), O Mulligan (Tyrone).

Subs: Joe McMahon (Tyrone) for Gilligan (inj. 23), O Lennon (Monaghan) for Kavanagh (47), V Corey (Monaghan) for Loughrey (50).

MUNSTER: A Quirke (Cork); A O’Mahony (Kerry), J McCarthy, S Lavin (both Limerick); T Ó Se (Kerry), G Canty, P Kissane (both Cork); G Brennan (Clare), S Scanlon (Kerry); P Kelly, P Kerrigan (both Cork), J Cooke (Limerick); D Tubridy (Clare), G Hurney (Waterford), I Ryan (Limerick).

Subs: P O’Neill (Cork) for Cooke (44); R Donnelly (Clare) for Kelly (50); M Collins for Ryan (62).

Referee: Michael Duffy (Sligo)

Ulster take Interprovincial title in dramatic style

From the Breakingnews.ie web site

Ulster 3-11 Munster 1-15

Ulster and Munster served up an Interprovincial football final classic at the Athletic Grounds today, where the northern province retained the title with a late smash-and-grab raid in the form of a goal from full back Neil McGee. A crowd of less than 3,000 turned up, but the quality of this thrilling encounter should give the competition a reprieve of another couple of seasons at least. Ulster’s 30th title takes them two clear of nearest rivals Leinster, but for long stages, Munster looked as if they were set to claim their 16th success.

Inspired by the clinical finishing of Clare’s David Tubridy, who finished with eight points, they seized control in the third quarter, and Rory Donnelly’s goal took them to within touching distance of triumph. But McGee charged forward to blast a superb winning goal to the net two minutes from the end. In front of a crowd of 2,860, Owen Mulligan wasted no time in making his mark, curling over Ulster’s opening point after just 30 seconds. But scores from Clare’s David Tubridy, from a free, and Paddy Kelly had the southerners ahead by the fifth minute.

In an open and entertaining contest, both sides placed the emphasis on playing constructive football, with no sign of sweepers or extra men committed to the defensive cause. And the consequence was a high-scoring opening half which saw the sided level on six occasions. Tubridy looked lively in the left corner throughout, hitting five points, there of them delightful efforts from play, while Kelly and Cork team-mate Paul Kerrigan also found the target.

But while Munster’s approach often focused on route one ball to Waterford full forward Gary Hurney, Ulster, playing into the wind, displayed more fluency and flair, with Mulligan jinking his way around marker Aidan O’Mahony to hit his second point. Monaghan’s Darren Hughes thumped a ’45 between the posts to level the game on the half-hour, and a minute later, the holders struck for a goal. Ciaran McKeever punted a long ball down the right wing in the direction of Benny Coulter, who picked out his down colleague Mark Poland, and he stepped around goalkeeper Alan Quirke before planting the ball in the net. Two more from Tubridy narrowed the gap to a point, Ulster ahead by 1-7 to 0-9 at the break.

Tubridy’s sixth point, from a ’45, had the sides level within two minutes of the restart, and with Gary Brennan and Seamus Scanlon bossing midfield, they went three clear in the 54th minute. Ulster had defended desperately for long stages, but they were given a massive boost when, for the second time in the game, Coulter showed wonderful vision to cross for Peter Harte to first-time to the net with a quarter of an hour to play. But Munster restored their three points cushion four minutes later through substitute Rory Donnelly, another Clare man, whose rasping shot was deflected past Ulster goalkeeper Brendan McVeigh by Karl Lacey.

Despite this latest setback, Ulster had the confidence and composure to play themselves back into the game. Centre back Darren Hughes inspirational captaincy to drive a ’45 through the posts before adding a point from play. In the 68th minute, full back McGee got on the end of a move involving Lacey and Harte to fire an angled shot to the net for a sensational winner.

Scorers:

Ulster: M Poland 1-1, P Harte, N McGee 1-0 each, O Mulligan 0-4 (1f), D Hughes 0-3 (2 ’45), M Penrose 0-2 (1f), D Gordon 0-1.

Munster: R Donnelly 1-0, D Tubridy 0-8 (3f, 1 ’45), P Kerrigan 0-3, P Kelly, G Hurney (1f) 0-2 each.

Teams:

Ulster: B McVeigh, B Donaghy, N McGee, K Lacey, C McKeever, D Hughes, J Loughrey, D Gordon, R Kavanagh, P Harte, M Poland, M Penrose, C Gilligan, B Coulter, O Mulligan.

Subs: J McMahon for Gilligan, O Lennon for Kavanagh, V Corey for Loughrey

Munster: A Quirke, A O’Mahony, J McCarthy, S Lavin, T O Se, G Canty, P Kissane, G Brennan, S Scanlon, P Kelly, P Kerrigan, J Cooke, D Tubridy, G Hurney, I Ryan.

Subs: P O’Neill for Cooke, R Donnelly for Kelly, M Collins for Ryan

Referee: M Duffy (Sligo)

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Team News

There are a number of changes to the Munster Football panel to play Ulster in Sunday’s M Donnelly Inter Provincial Final at the Morgan Athletic Grounds Armagh (2:00pm throw-in).

Limerick’s Seanie Buckley (injured) and Waterford’s Thomas O’Gorman (family commitments) are ruled out of the Munster panel. Meanwhile, Munster manager Ger O’Sullivan has added Rory Donnelly (Clare), Pearse O’Neill (Cork) and Marc O’Se (Kerry) to the panel. Tomás Ó Sé will captain the Munster team.

Munster SF panel v Ulster – Gary Brennan (Clare), Rory Donnelly (Clare), Gordan Kelly (Clare), David Tubridy (Clare), Graham Canty (Cork), Mark Collins (Cork), Patrick Kelly (Cork), Paul Kerrigan (Cork), Paudie Kissane (Cork), Pearse O’Neill (Cork), Alan Quirke (Cork), Brendan Kealy (Kerry), Aidan O Mahony (Kerry), Marc O Se (Kerry), Tomas O Se (Kerry – Captain), Seamus Scanlon (Kerry), John Cooke (Limerick), Steven Lavin (Limerick), Johnny McCarthy (Limerick), Pa Ranahan (Limerick), Ian Ryan (Limerick), Shane Briggs (Waterford), Gary Hurney (Waterford), Patrick Hurney (Waterford), Maurice O’Gorman (Waterford)

Ulster Team for Sunday’s Inter-Pro Football Final: Brendan McVeigh; Brendan Donaghy, Neil McGee, Karl Lacey; Ciaran McKeever, Darren Hughes, James Loughrey; Dan Gordan, Rory Kavanagh; Peter Harte, Mark Poland, Martin Penrose; Conleith Gilligan, Benny Coulter, Owen Mulligan

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at pro.munster@gaa.ie for more information

For the Record

Munster Ulster
Team Manager Ger O’Sullivan (Cork) Joe Kernan (Armagh)
Team Captain Tomás Ó Sé (Kerry) Darren Hughes (Monaghan)
2009 Performance (last year this competition was played) Defeated Connacht by 1-16 to 1-13 in the Semi-Final before losing to Ulster in the final Defeated Leinster in nthe Semi-Final before defeating Munster in the final by 0-15 to 1-8
Number of Football titles 15 29
Last Football Title 2008 2009
Inter Provincial Football Record since 2000 Played – 14
Won – 5
Lost – 9
Drawn – 0
Played – 18
Won – 14
Lost – 4
Drawn – 0

2012 M Donnelly Inter Provincial Football Fixtures / Results


Semi-Finals (Extra time)

Sunday February 19th

@ Parnell Park Dublin                      Munster 1-16 Leinster 1-13

@ Markevicz Park Sligo                  Ulster 3-16 Connacht 0-11

Final (Extra time)

Sunday February 26th

@ Morgan Athletic Grounds            Munster v Ulster                                 @ 2:00pm

Inter Provincial Football – A look back

Ulster have defeated Munster in the last 8 Inter Provincial Finals they have contested dating back to 1979.

Munster’s last victory over Ulster in a final came in 1978 after a replay on a scoreline of 4-12 to 0-19.

Ulster and Munster have played 48 times in the Inter Provincial Football competition since their first meeting in 1927. Ulster have won 25, Munster 18 while there have been 5 draws.

The record of the teams in Inter Provincial Finals involving both Munster and Ulster is Played 17, Ulster 11, Munster 4 and Drawn 2.

Munster have won 15 Inter Provincial Football titles. The breakdown by county of winning Munster Football captains is as follows – Kerry (11), Cork (4). John O’Keeffe (Kerry) is the only player to captain Munster to Inter Provincial Football success on two occasions, winning in 1977 and 1978 while playing at full-back. Tomas O Se is aiming become the 11th captain from Kerry to lead Munster to Inter Provincial Football honours.

Munster Football panel member Rory Donnelly (Cooraclare and Clare) is a nephew of Martin Donnelly, current sponsor of the competition. Rory was part of the team which lost to Ulster by 2-13 to 0-9 in the 2005 semi-final.

Munster did not win an Inter Provincial Football title from 1950 through 1971.

After winning the 1999 title (captained by Seamus Moynihan of Kerry), Munster lost in the semi-final for the next 7 consecutive years. During those barren years, Nicholas Murphy (Cork) played in 6 of the 7 games, missing out only in 2004 before getting his just rewards as winning Munster captain in 2008.

Munster captured 4 Inter Provincial Football titles in a row from 1975 to 1978. Jimmy Barry-Murphy (Cork), Dave McCarthy (Cork), John O’Keeffe (Kerry), Ger Power (Kerry) and John Egan (Kerry) won medals in all four years.

Munster captured the first ever Inter Provincial Football competition in 1927 with victories over Ulster and Connacht.  John Joe Sheehy of Kerry was the winning captain.

Inter Provincial Football Roll Of Honour

Ulster (29) – 1942, 1943, 1947, 1950, 1956, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009

Leinster (28) – 1928, 1929, 1930, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1939, 1940, 1944, 1945, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1974, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006

Munster (15) – 1927, 1931, 1941, 1946, 1948, 1949, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1982, 1999, 2008

Connacht (9) – 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1951, 1957, 1958, 1967, 1969

List of Munster Inter Provincial Football Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site at http://munster.gaa.ie/history/railway-cup-football/ to view the list of all the teams to represent Munster in the Inter Provincial Football competition

Most Recent meeting – Ulster v Munster

2009 Final – Ulster 0-15 Munster 1-8 – Ruislip on November 8th

Munster Team: Paul Fitzgerald (Tipperary); Tomas O’Gorman (Waterford), Johnny McCarthy (Limerick), Padraig Reidy (Kerry); Maurice O’Gorman (Waterford), Michael Shields (Cork); Pa Ranahan (Limerick); Nicholas Murphy (Cork), Pierce O’Neill (Cork); Patrick Kelly (Cork), Donncha O’Connor (Cork – Captain), Paul Kerrigan (Cork); Gary Hurney (Waterford), Daniel Goulding (Cork), Liam Ó Lionáin (Waterford)
Subs: Robbie Costigan (Tipperary) for Maurice O’Gorman, James Ryan (Limerick) for Paul Kerrigan, Seamus Scanlon (Kerry) for Pierce O’Neill, Aidan Walsh (Cork) for Liam Ó Lionáin. Joe Hayes (Clare). Alan O’Connor (Cork), Colm O’Neill (Cork), Shane Walsh (Waterford), Ger Quinlan (Clare) played in the semi-final.

Ulster Team: J Devine (Tyrone); K Lacey (Donegal), Justin McMahon (Tyrone), G O’Kane (Derry); A Kernan (Armagh), C McKeever (Armagh), R Flanagan (Cavan); K Hughes (Tyrone), E McGinley (Tyrone); P Finlay (Monaghan), B Coulter (Down), Joe McMahon (Tyrone); P Bradley (Derry), S O’Neill (Tyrone), M Murphy (Donegal)
Subs: C Gormley (Tyrone) for McKeever (28); R McCloskey (Fermanagh) for Lacey (ht); D Hughes (Down) for Joe McMahon (41); D Gordon (Down) for Murphy (43); T Freeman (Monaghan) for Hughes (52).

Most Recent victory for Munster v Ulster

2008: Semi-Final: Munster 1-5 Ulster 0-5 – October 26th at Fermoy

Munster: Paul Fitzgerald (Tipperary); Diarmuid Duggan (Cork), Johnny McCarthy (Limerick), Padraig Reidy (Kerry); Tomas Ó Sé (Kerry), Stephen Lavin (Limerick), Tomas O’Gorman (Waterford); John Galvin (Limerick), Nicholas Murphy (Cork); Patrick Kelly (Cork), Daniel Goulding (Cork), Maurice O’Gorman (Waterford); Donncha O’Connor (Cork), Micheal Cussen (Cork), Ian Ryan (Limerick).
Subs: Alan O’Connor (Cork) for Kelly (38), Liam Ó Lionáin (Waterford) for M O’Gorman (56), Michael Crowley (Limerick) for Ryan (59)

Ulster: J Devine (Tyrone); F Moriarty (Armagh), V Corey (Monaghan), K Lacey (Donegal); D Harte (Tyrone), C Gormley (Tyrone), A Carr (Down); D Clerkin (Monaghan), R Kavanagh (Donegal); B Dooher (Tyrone), B Mallon (Armagh), D Hughes (Down); S Johnston (Cavan), E Bradley (Derry), T Freeman (Monaghan).
Subs: K Toner (Armagh) for Johnston (38), S O’Neill for Bradley, E Lennon (Monaghan) for Carr, R Flanagan (Cavan) for Hughes (all 44), R Woods for Kavanagh (53).

Last Inter Provincial Football Title for Munster

2008: Final – Munster 1-9 Connacht 0-7

Munster team: Paul Fitzgerald (Tipperary); Diarmuid Duggan (Cork), Johnny McCarthy (Limerick), Padraig Reidy (Kerry); Tomas Ó Sé (Kerry), Steven Lavin (Limerick), Tomas O’Gorman (Waterford); John Galvin (Limerick), Nicholas Murphy (Cork – Captain); Patrick Kelly (Cork), Donnacha O’Connor (Cork), Maurice O’Gorman (Waterford); Daniel Goulding (Cork), Alan O’Connor (Cork), Ian Ryan (Limerick)
Subs: Robbie Costigan (Tipperary) for Tomas O’Gorman, John Hayes (Cork) for Alan O’Connor, Steven O’Donoghue (Cork) for Patrick Kelly, Eddie Rockett (Waterford) for Maurice O’Gorman, Michael Crowley (Limerick) for Ian Ryan. Joe Hayes (Clare). Michael Cussen (Cork) and Liam Ó Lionáin (Waterford) played in the semi-final.

Allianz Hurling League Division 2A – Westmeath 0-19 Kerry 3-8

Murtagh seals Westmeath win

Westmeath 0-19 Kerry 3-08

By Paul O’Donovan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Not even a hat-trick by Kerry’s Padraig Boyle could prevent Westmeath from getting off to a winning start in their Allianz Division 2A campaign at Cusack Park, Mullingar, yesterday. Westmeath led at the break by 0-12 to 1-6, with Boyle grabbing the first of his three goals in the 14th minute. The home side should have been out of sight 10 minutes into the second half, but they struck too many wides and wasted too much possession. This allowed Kerry to stay in contention and when Boyle flicked his second goal to the net, the Munster men trailed by just a point.

Boyle’s third goal in the 54th minute put Kerry one point in front, but Westmeath rallied and four points by the excellent Brendan Murtagh ensured a win for the Lake County. Murtagh was certainly the star for Westmeath as he finished the match with a personally tally of 13 points.

Scorers for Westmeath: B Murtagh 0-13 (8fs, 1 65), A Mitchell 0-2, A McGrath, J Gilligan, F Boyle, P. Dowdall 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kerry: P Boyle 3-0, S Brick 0-4 (3fs), W Dwyer 0-2, S Nolan, A Boyle 0-1 each.

WESTMEATH: S. McGovern; P. Fennell, A. Price, C. Jordan; J. Gilligan, E. Price, P. Gilsenan; P. Dowdall, J. Clarke; B. Murtagh, A. McGrath, P. Greville; F. Boyle, A. Mitchell, C. Boyle.

Subs: D Carty for C Boyle (53), A Clarke for A Mitchell (60), D McCormack for Jordan (60), C Jordan for Fennell (65).

KERRY: B Rochford; R Horgan, T Murnane, P Costello; J Godley, J Casey, C Harris; D Dineen, J Griffin; D O’Connell, M Boyle, W Dwyer; P Boyle, S Brick, S Nolan.

Subs: A O’Connor for Godley (25), C Harty for Casey (33), A Boyle for O’Connell (47), D Walsh for Harty (55).

Referee: Garrett Duffy (Antrim)

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Clare 2-24 Limerick 1-13

Banner ‘avalanche’ levels Limerick

Limerick 1-13 Clare 2-24

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Davy Fitzgerald’s Clare produced a near-perfect display to dismantle and demolish their Limerick hosts in a thrilling league opener at the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday. Ironically, it was Limerick who had the dream start, with Niall Moran goaling in the second minute after some great work by Graeme Mulcahy and David Breen. Shane Dowling then followed up with three points as the home side established a 1-6 to 0-4 lead by the 21st minute. It was at that point, however, that Clare clicked into gear. A goal by full-forward Colin Ryan, after he was skilfully picked out by Fergal Lynch, was the spark as the Banner landed eight points in-a-row, with corner-forwards Conor McGrath and Cathal McInerney doing most of the damage. Dowling managed a brace before half-time for Limerick, leaving them just four behind (1-12 to 1-8), but another good run by Clare on the restart yielded five points.

With Nickey O’Connell and John Conlan prominent, Limerick began to fall off the pace. And when McGrath goaled again for Clare in the 57th minute (brilliantly picked out by Seanie Collins) to make it 2-19 to 1-10, it was game over. Fitzgerald admitted: “When we went down five points it wasn’t looking great but I had a feeling we just hadn’t got into gear. We gave up a soft goal at the start and we know why that happened and it was something that we had talked about for a few weeks coming into this and that will stand us in good stead. We recovered very well afterwards and they stuck to their stuff.”

To say that Clare were impressive is to understate things. Once they got into their rhythm they were superb. Their touch and control was a level above Limerick’s, their teamwork and combination repeatedly tore the home team asunder, but most eye-catching of all was their hurling intelligence, their heads-up play. Even this early in the season it has thrown down a marker, not just for the other teams in this division but even for those in the top six. Certainly Limerick manager John Allen believes his own side have catching-up to do. “After 15 minutes it looked like we were going to dominate the game, but they started winning at midfield, started winning in the half-back line, and they overran us from then on. We came back into it for a few minutes before half-time but again they overran us in the second half. They had so much play that we were being beaten everywhere. It was like an avalanche at times.”

Given the nature of this year’s league, a five-game sprint, this loss — and the nature of it — leaves Limerick under pressure. Allen though isn’t throwing in any towel: “There’s no doubt we are behind in sharpness, but it’s day one, we have to keep the heads up, focus on the next game. This is over, if we can win the next four games we can make it to the final of this but on that performance we have a lot of work to do.”

Clare have their own work to do, but if the redoubtable Davy Fitzgerald has them playing like this after only a few weeks of combined hurling training — the team points they scored, the way they sliced open the Limerick defence time after time — what will he have them like when the clock changes and the ground firms up? There is plenty for the Clare supporters to look forward to but, says the man himself, easy awhile on the expectations. “It’s only the first round of the league and there’s no point the people of Clare getting carried away. All they can expect — and I said this from day one — is a hard-working team. We have things to work on and we will have dips. In the long run the lads won’t be too far away; it’s going to take time but we’re on the right track.”

Scorers for Clare: C McGrath 1-11 (0-9f); C Ryan 1-1; J Conlon 0-3; N O’Connell 0-3; C McInerney 0-2; S Collins 0-2; F Lynch, P Donnellan, 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: S Dowling 0-7 (0-4f); N Moran 1-1; D O’Grady 0-2; C Allis 0-2 (0-1 s/l); K Downes 0-1.

Subs for Clare: E Barrett (Bugler 64); L Markham (Lynch 64); C Galvin (Ryan 69).

Subs for Limerick: P O’Brien (J Ryan inj. 10); K Downes (S O’Brien 35); S Walsh (O’Mahony inj. 35); T Quaid (M Ryan 47); J O’Brien (O’Grady 55).

Referee: J Ryan (Tipperary)

 

Fitzgerald’s Clare blitz Limerick

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Davy Fitzgerald has taken every available opportunity to tell people that his young Clare side are a long-term project, but this 14-point win over Limerick on Saturday night will raise hopes that the former All-Ireland winning goalkeeper is on the verge of bringing the county back to the top table.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B: Limerick 1-13 Clare 2-24

Having twice beaten Clare in the Allianz League last year, the home side were firm favourites to make it three in a row at the Gaelic Grounds, but Fitzgerald’s players delivered a performance of massive intensity to ensure a tough start to life as the Treaty County manager for Cork native John Allen. Conor McGrath was Clare’s stand-out performer on the night, scoring 1-10, to ensure a hugely satisfying start to the new campaign for Clare. An early Niall Moran goal gave Limerick the perfect start, and things appeared to be going to plan for Allen when his side led by 1-4 to 0-4 at the end of the first quarter.

However, things then began to unravel for Limerick in the second quarter, as Colin Lynch scored Clare’s opening goal after 22 minutes, hitting the back of the net after taking Fergal Lynch’s pass in his stride. Remarkably, Clare then hit 1-8 without reply and moved 1-12 to 1-6 ahead before a couple of Shane Dowling points left four points between the sides at the break. Four points in a row on the resumption of play left the Banner in control, before McGrath hit a goal in the 57th minute to further enhance his personal tally.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Cork 3-17 Waterford 0-18

Lehane leads Rebel charge

Cork 3-17 Waterford 0-18

By Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

The bumper Cork crowd in Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday night might have come to see a local hero return to the big show, but they saw a new star announce himself in the home side’s Allianz Hurling League Divison 1A win over Waterford. Conor Lehane of Midleton scored seven points from play in Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s first game back as Cork manager, and the youngster was the main topic of conversation for match goers afterwards strolling in the Boreenmanna Road. “He was excellent,” said Barry-Murphy. “It wouldn’t take a genius to pick him for the team. He’s a major talent in Cork and people have seen that for the last couple of years. He was excellent.”

Cork were slow to start, conceding three points in the first six minutes, but then Lehane rattled over three points of his own to tie it up and the home side drove on from there. They had three goals before the break – from Paudie O’Sullivan (two) and Cathal Naughton – and led by 12 at one stage. Waterford rallied in the second-half and cut the deficit to six on the back of Martin O’Neill and Pádraic Mahony’s accuracy, but the superb Lehane had three of Cork’s last four points as the men in red finished with a flourish.

A little context: Waterford boss Michael Ryan could point to a hefty injury list, medium term absentees like John Mullane and Tony Browne, and four experienced men – Noel Connors, Aidan Kearney, Shane O’Sullivan and Maurice Shanahan — pulling out on the day of the game. Consequently the Déise boss had to start Pádraic Mahony for his fourth game in a week. “There were ten fellas who would have been in contention for places that were missing and we lost another two during the game,” said Ryan. “But that’s not an excuse. Cork played very well, they have very pacey forwards and they will take a lot of beating in the summer. “But overall we scored 18 points and we had a lot of young fellas that never played before so there is plenty to work with.”

Ryan neatly sidestepped the possibility of recalls for John Mullane and Eoin Kelly — “We won’t panic and hopefully by the time the league is over we’ll know a lot more about the strength of our panel” — and said a goal was what his team had lacked. “We just needed a goal in the second-half but we didn’t create any goal chances. “We needed a goal to bring us back into it but I knew we would fight to the very end.”

His opposite number was praising his defence for that lack of green flags. “Donal Óg was brilliant in goal, in particular his control of one ball in the first half,” said Barry-Murphy. “Our full back line was excellent, and Ross Cashman, in his first game at this level, was a revelation. To be ultra-critical it was an average enough second-half, we let Waterford back within five or six points at one stage. We were a bit slack in that department and have to work on that. We didn’t get any ball into our full-forward line either, which isn’t good enough.”

The Cork icon wasn’t entertaining any suggestion of hype, either: “It’ll be very easy to keep a lid on the hype because we know where we’re coming from, we’re not fools. Waterford were short a good number of players, four defections before a game would kill you, so we know we have a lot of work to do.” Barry-Murphy will be realistic about the Waterford challenge but will still be pleased with a display yielding 3-16 from play. Darren Sweetnam, another teenager, held his own at midfield and chipped in a sweet point, while Seán Óg Ó hAilpín put in a solid shift alongside him. The big home crowd was also a fair barometer of the positivity within the county about the team.

In the other dressing-room, Michael Ryan and his men have a task on their hands preserving their Division One status. Defeat in the opening game means a team is facing the wind, as it were, from then on, and Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh could find his sojourn at centre-forward short-lived as he’s moved back to stiffen up the defence. Still, as both men were saying in different ways, it’s still only February. There’s a long year there yet.

Scorers for Cork: C Lehane 0-7, P O’Sullivan 2-1, P Horgan 0-4 (0-1 f), C Naughton 1-1, B O’Connor, D Sweetnam, P Cronin, S Óg Ó hAilpín 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: M. O’Neill 0-5 (0-3 fs), P Mahony 0-4 (0-3 fs), G O’Brien 0-2, P O’Brien, K Moran, J Nagle, K Casey, S Prendergast, E McGrath, T Ryan 0-01 each.

Subs for Cork: T Kenny for Sweetnam (49 mins), L McLoughlin for Gardiner (55), L O’Farrell for Naughton (64), B Corry for Lehane (68).

Subs for Waterford: E McGrath for S Walsh (half-time), P Prendergast for D Prendergast, G O’Brien for O’Neill (both 57 mins), T Ryan for Casey (63), D Twomey for S Prendergast (68).

Referee: Barry Kelly (Westmeath)

 

JBM’s Rebels off to flying start

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A: Cork 3-17 Waterford 0-18

Cork made the perfect start to life under new manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday night, where three first half goals helped the Rebels to an eight-point win over Waterford. Man of the match Conor Lehane exemplified everything that was good about Cork’s performance, scoring seven points from play in a spell binding display. Cork trailed early on but they then hit 1-6 without reply in 13 first half minutes to turn the game on its head, with Lehane scoring three of those points and full-forward Paudie O’Sullivan pouncing for a fine goal. Two more goals followed just before the half hour mark, Cathal Naughton finishing a brilliant Cork move and then O’Sullivan taking advantage of some slack Déise defending to give the home side an unassailable 3-8 to 0-5 lead.

Although Waterford opened the second half with three points in a row and Cork were struggling in midfield, Michael Ryan’s charges never closed the gap to anything less than the five points they trailed by after 52 minutes, when Paudie O’Mahony struck two frees in quick succession. Lehane, Seán Óg Ó hAilpín and Patrick Horgan ended any hopes of a Waterford comeback with three quickfire scores. Lehane, though, stole the show and guaranteed himself the man of the match award when he hit three superb points from play in the final 10 minutes.

Cork looked nervous in the opening minutes in front of the bumper crowd in Páirc Uí Rinn and it was Waterford who made the better start, with Paul O’Brien, Kevin Moran and Martin O’Neill putting the visitors three points clear inside the first five minutes. Cork soon settled, however, with 19-year-old Lehane showing well at wing-forward, and three points inside 10 minutes from the Midleton prodigy helped the Rebels to take control of the game. Barry-Murphy’s fingerprints were all over some of Cork’s eye-catching forward play, with Lehane, Pa Cronin and Ben O’Connor in particular causing the Déise defence huge problems.

O’Connor and Cronin combined well to send Paudie O’Sullivan through for Cork’s first goal on 20 minutes, before Naughton breached the Waterford goal for a second time seven minutes later, again after a sweet move down the left flank. The game was effectively over when O’Sullivan, the Cork full-forward, beat his man to a high ball in front of the small square and finished neatly past Ian O’Regan, the Waterford goalkeeper.

Waterford hit two points just before the break, through Paudie O’Mahony and O’Neill, but they still went in at the break trailing by 10 points, 3-8 to 0-7. Waterford manager Ryan must have given his players an earful at half-time because they were certainly far more lively after the resumption of play, hitting the first three points of the second half.

The Cork forwards weren’t getting anywhere near the freedom they were allowed earlier in the game and debutant Darren Sweetnam was struggling with the pace of the game, forcing Barry-Murphy to make a change in midfield, with the experienced Tom Kenny coming on as a sub. Ó hAilpín, making his first start in a Cork jersey since August 2010, slotted over a fine point to settle any Cork nerves before Lehane enraptured the home crowd with a string of points in the closing quarter to seal a hugely satisfying win for the Rebels.

Corn an Rúnaí Senior C Football Final – St Fintan’s, Doon CBS 3-8 Patrician Academy, Mallow 1-12

Doon CBS on the double

St Fintan’s, Doon CBS 3-8 Patrician Academy, Mallow 1-12

By Diarmuid Sheehan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

St Fintan’s, Doon CBS secured their second provincial title of the season with a narrow Munster Colleges S‘C’FC final victory in Mallow on Saturday. The Limerick outfit, who claimed Senior B hurling honours a week ago, fought back superbly from a four-point deficit late on to sneak past a fancied Patrician Academy side by two points. Three superb goals from Cappawhite’s Russell Quirke set the tone for the day as the Doon outfit played a clinical counter-attacking game. Points from Aaron Sheehan and a Ryan Harkin penalty looked to have sealed the win before Doon’s late surge snatched victory.

Scorers for Doon: R Quirke 3-1 (1-0 pen), D Donovan 0-4 (0-3f), P Ryan 0-2, K Hewston 0-1f.

Scorers for Mallow: M Heffernan 0-8 (0-6f), R Harkin 1-1 (1-0 pen), A Sheehan 0-3.

ST FINTAN’S DOON CBS: T Ryan; T Berkley, S Ryan, J Hayes; C Berkley, P Roche, S Ryan; D Stapleton, T Fox; K Hewston, R English, M Dee; P Ryan, D O’Donovan, R Quirke.

MALLOW: P Buckley: N O’Keeffe, L Cronin, J Murphy; E O’Regan, P Herlihy, C Casey; K O’Connor, G Linehan; R Harkin, M Heffernan, A Sheehan; C Crawley, D O’Callaghan, D Clogan. Subs: J O’Hanlon for L Cronin (33), M O’Rourke for D Clogan (43), D Sheahan for C Crawley (48), M Dineen for E O’Regan (48).

Referee: M Meade (Ballylanders)

Senior All-Ireland Inter-County Football Vocational Schools Final – Cork 0-13 Kildare 0-12

Cork celebrate after nerve-jangling end

Cork 0-13 Kildare 0-12

By Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Cork boss Hughie Murphy insisted the All-Ireland Vocational Schools’ senior inter-county football championship is worth retaining following his team’s victory in Saturday’s final at Templetuohy. Murphy masterminded Cork’s third victory in five seasons but GAA chiefs have decreed the competition will be suspended for two years. Murphy said: “Christy Cooney or Páraic Duffy won’t be ringing me asking for my opinion but for what it’s worth, I think it’s definitely worth keeping. We operate from November to February and it’s a time of year where minors and county teams all over the country are banned from training but you spot them in pitches on Saturday mornings. “Some of those guys will give the minor selectors something to think about now – from smaller, rural clubs or maybe hurling clubs. “Daniel Nyhan (Ballinascarty) is an example. I don’t think he’s got a look in but he was outstanding there and last Saturday in the semi-final win over (last year’s winners) Donegal. But hopefully we’ll see it back – it’s only suspended for two years.”

Cork’s latest title was achieved in thrilling fashion as Gearóid Finn’s 56th minute free settled a tie that was level six times. There was still time for late drama as Kildare forward Kelvan McNally, who had kicked two superb scores from play, screwed a late free wide when a point would have taken the game into extra-time. At half-time, Cork found themselves 0-3 to 0-6 behind but corner-forward Mark Quinn had twice rattled the Kildare crossbar, prompting Murphy to joke: “I had twenty quid with him that he’d hit the crossbar in the second half!”

Cork then took over after half-time, hitting back to move 0-12 to 0-8 clear before Kildare rallied in a see-saw battle to level at 0-12 apiece. But the young Rebels held their nerve to get the job done and Murphy added: “We’re delighted for them – Cork’s a very big county and Sean Terry (O’Sullivan) took two and a half hours to get back to Garnish last Thursday night after training, leaving Mallow at ten past nine. That kind of commitment speaks volumes for the kids and their families.”

Scorers for Cork: D O’Connor, S.T. O’Sullivan, M Quinn, I Walsh & G Finn (2f), 0-2 each, K Crowley, D Nyhan & G Barry 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kildare: N Flynn 0-7 (2f), K McNally & W Fitzpatrick (1f), 0-2 each, C Jennings 0-1.

CORK: D Casey; K Dennehy, J Lynch, D Canty; K Crowley, C de hÍde, D Nyhan; M Murphy, G Farrell; G O’Shea, D O’Connor, S.T. O’Sullivan; M Quinn, G Barry, G Finn.

Subs: I Walsh for Murphy (18), R Cahalane for O’Shea (53), M Taylor for Lynch (57).

KILDARE: D Byrne; J Kennedy, T O’Connell, E Dempsey; C O’Donoghue, B Nolan, E Farrelly; A Bannon-Whelan, G Savage; R Casey, W Fitzpatrick, K McNally; N Flynn, E O’Keeffe, C Jennings.

Subs: C Davin for Farrelly (22), D Hannon for Casey (50), L McCabe for Jennings (56).

Referee: D O’Mahoney (Tipperary)

Corn an Uachtaráin Munster Colleges SF B Final – St Colman’s, Fermoy v Mercy Mounthawk Tralee – Match Report

Mangan to rescue for Colman’s
St Colman’s, Fermoy 0-09 Mercy Mounthawk Tralee 1-05
By Kieran McCarthy
An injury-time point from sub Daniel Mangan helped St Colman’s, Fermoy snatch the Munster Colleges SBFC (Corn an Uachtaráin) title in dramatic fashion at Knocknagree yesterday. With the teams deadlocked following an explosive final quarter, substitute Mangan popped up to swing over the match-winning point from distance. It capped off an enthralling finale that saw Mercy Mounthawk’s Ciarán O’Connell goal with just 10 minutes left to drag the Tralee school level (1-4 to 0-7).
Less than a minute later Mercy Mounthawk crept ahead when Jack Barry pointed from close-range but St Colman’s responded quickly after Martin Brennan was fouled and awarded a penalty, following a superb Philip Blackburn run. Dramatically, midfielder Anthony Spillane — who kicked five points and performed well in midfield alongside his brother Colm — watched his low effort well saved by Tralee goalkeeper Ciarán O’Connor. But after an inspirational effort from Gary O’Callaghan drew St Colman’s level, the Fermoy school cranked up the pressure, pinning Mercy Mounthawk back before working the space for Mangan’s late winner.
The Kerry school had one last chance to force extra-time but an effort dropped short. The losers will be haunted by such wastefulness — in the first half they had six wides and dropped four efforts short. They trailed 0-3 to 0-2 at half-time despite having the better chance. Mercy Mounthawk restarted with a quick Darragh Carmody brace to edge ahead 0-4 to 0-3, before scores from Colm Spillane and three Anthony Spillane frees put St Colman’s 0-7 to 0-4 in front before the dramatic late conclusion.
Scorers for St Colman’s: A Spillane 0-5 (4f), G O’Callaghan 0-2, C Spillane, D Mangan 0-1 each.
Scorers for Mercy Mounthawk: C O’Connell 1-0, D Carmody 0-3 (2f), C Fitzgerald, J Barry 0-1 each.
ST COLMAN’S: F Hogan; M Kennedy, C Barry, T Carroll; P Murphy, T Condon, P Blackburn; C Spillane, A Spillane; R Bransfield, P De Roiste, A Fenton; M Brennan, G O’Callaghan, N McNamara.
Sub: D Mangan for A Fenton (53).
MERCY MOUNTHAWK: C O’Connor; F Horgan, P McMahon, J O’Kelly; D McGarry, J Cahalane, A Byrne; M O’Sullivan, J Barry; JJ Prior, C O’Connell; D Griffin; D Carmody, C Fitzgerald, D O’Brien.
Subs: E Sheehy for JJ Prior (42); C Sayers for D Griffin (42).
Referee: Michael Meade (Limerick)

Munster Vocational JAHC final – Causeway CS (Kerry) v Roscrea VS – Match Report

Goulding the Causeway hero
Causeway CS (Kerry) 1-11 Roscrea VS 1-07
By Murt Murphy for the Irish Examiner newspaper
Causeway CS completed a glorious four-in-a-row when defeating Roscrea VS in the Munster Vocational JAHC final at a wet and windy Croagh onSaturday. Roscrea had the elements in the first-half and took early control. Wing forward Sam Conlon hit 1-3 in the opening quarter before Causeway’s Paudie O’Connor began to negate his threat. At the break Roscrea led 1-6 to 0-4. Slowly, Causeway began to reel in the Tipperary men with Philip Lucid impressing from placed balls while an inspirational point from Paudie O’Carroll had them level (0-9 to 1-6) with five minutes to go. Then in a rare attack Roscrea’s Sam Conlon gave his side a 59th minute lead — their only score of the half, but Causeway were not to be denied and a fortuitous 61st minute goal from Jack Goulding sealed the win.
Scorers for Causeway CS: P Lucid 0-6 (0-5 frees), P O’Carroll 0-3 (0-1 free), J Goulding 1-0, D O’Carroll and I Lawlor 0-1 each.
Scorers for Roscrea VS: S Conlon 1-4, D Murray 0-3 (0-2 frees).
CAUSEWAY CS: B Dunne; J Barrett, K O’Halloran, P O’Connor; J Hussey, T Brosnan, J Buckley; P O’Carroll, M Stackpoole; P Lucid, D O’Carroll, M Lynch; J Goulding K McCarthy, B Barrett.
Sub: I Lawlor for K McCarthy (22).
ROSCREA: D Ryan; L Cashin, B Larkin, T Dunne; J Moloney, D Doughan, D Cleary; A Devereax, A Cleary; S Conlon, C Rigney, D Murray; J Dooley, S Fogarty, J Fogarty.
Subs: J P Cleary for J Dooley 45, B Loughnane for A Cleary (47), C Cleary for D Murray 50.
Referee: Jason O’Mahony (Limerick)
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