Little learned in stroll for Kerry
Kerry 4-26 Waterford 1-4
By Kieran McCarthy for the Irish Examiner newspaper
Kerry U21 boss Eamonn Fitzmaurice urged his team not to get carried away by last night’s 31-point demolition of Waterford in an extremely one-sided Munster football championship semi-final. After watching his side surge into a 22-point half-time lead before easing off somewhat in the second period, Fitzmaurice also admitted he would have preferred a sterner test ahead of the Munster final against Cork in two weeks’ time.
“Tonight was all about getting the result and having a professional performance. Our lads were well tuned-in and well-focussed. We probably expected a bit more from Waterford but we just got off to a good start, maybe Waterford’s heads then dropped but that can happen,” the Kerry manager said. “We got early goals and we kicked good points but we won’t be reading too much into the game. It was about getting to a Munster final in two weeks’ time, and that’s where we want to be. It wasn’t ideal but there wasn’t a lot that we could do about that. We would have preferred a tougher test.”
Totally dominant throughout, Kerry simply had too much class and guile for a Waterford team playing their first game of this Munster championship, while the home side did have the benefit of a quarter-final victory away to Tipperary. Still, Kerry dominated midfield through James Walsh and also had far too much power in attack. The full-forward line of Ian Galvin, Conor Cox and Kieran Hurley were rampant in the first-half, combining for a first-half total of 3-8, while wing-forward Stephen O’Brien weighed in with 1-2 in that one-sided first period.
After 15 minutes, Kerry only led 0-5 to 0-1 and Waterford goalkeeper Eamonn Cahill had pulled off an amazing three point-blank saves in just 30 seconds. But then the floodgates opened. A brilliantly arrowed Ian Galvin goal was quickly followed by a cooly slotted goal from the excellent Conor Cox, and before half-time, both Hurley and O’Brien had added to Waterford’s woes. 22 points up at the break (4-12 to 0-2), Kerry eased back in the second-half as they showed some mercy, going for points instead of goals as they rattled off another 0-8 on the trot. Waterford’s Paul Power then sent over his second free, his side’s first score in 26 minutes, and while Blake O’Connor then add a late consolation goal it was a night to forget for the Déise. Kerry now face Cork in the final in Tralee on April 11.
Scorers for Kerry: C Cox (2f) 1-7, K Hurley 1-5, S O’Brien 1-2, I Galvin 1-1, E O’Connor (1f) 0-3, C Brady, S O’Carroll, M Reen 0-2 each, J Walsh, G O’Grady 0-1 each.
Scorers for Waterford: B O’Connor 1-0, P Power 0-2f, G Nugent, R Cahill 0-1 each.
KERRY: P O’Sullivan; M Galvin, M Griffin, F McNamara; P Kilkenny, J Sherwood, P Murphy; D O’Sullivan, J Walsh; S O’Carroll, C Brady, S O’Brien; I Galvin, C Cox, K Hurley.
Subs: M Reen for S O’Brien (ht); G O’Grady for K Hurley (36); P Lucey for D O’Sullivan (36); E O’Connor for C Cox (47); M Brennan for S O’Carroll (47).
WATERFORD: E Cahill; B Power, C Flaherty, R Ó Ceallaigh; M Power, D Foley, J Power; D Connolly, R Cahill; E Walsh, M Scurry, B O’Connor; P Power, G Nugent, S Kirwan.
Subs: M O’Halloran for D Connolly (23); M Wyse for M Power (ht); C Crowch for R Ó Ceallaigh (ht); J Prendergast for S Kirwan (ht).
Referee: Keith O’Brien (Tipperary)
The Kerry U21 team play the semi final of the Cadburys Munster U21 Championship on Wednesday 14th March when they play Waterford in Austin Stack Park, Tralee at 7.30pm. The team and squad are as follows:
1. Paul O’Sullivan Churchill
2. Matthew Galvin Ballymacelligott 3. Mark Griffin St Michael’s Foilmore 4. Fearghal McNamara Austin Stacks
5. Pa Kilkenny Glenbeigh / Glencar 6. Jack Sherwood Firies 7. Paul Murphy Rathmore
8. Darragh O’Sullivan Dingle 9. James Walsh Knocknagoshel
10.Shane O’Carroll Austin Stacks11.Chris Brady (Capt) Dr Crokes 12.Stephen O’Brien Kenmare
13.Ian Galvin Derrynane 14.Conor Cox Listowel Emmets 15.Kieran Hurley St Pat’s Blennerville
16.Padraic McCarthy Rathmore 17.Philip Galvin Ballymacelligott 18.Michael Brennan Churchill 19.David Culhane Ballylongford 20.Eanna O’Connor St Michael’s Foilmore 21. Mark Reen Rathmore 22.Tadgh Morley Templenoe 23.Gavin o’Grady Glenbeigh / Glencar 24.Padraig Lucey Legion
The remaining players on the training squad are as follows – 25.Padraig O’Connor Gneeveguilla 26.Jason Hickson Annascaul 27.Chris Davies Legion 28.Niall O’Shea Piarsaigh Na Dromada 29.Dominic O’Sullivan Piarsaigh Na Dromada 30.Séan McCarthy Legion 31.Donal O’Sullivan Rathmore 32.John Moynihan Rathmore
Manager: Éamonn Fitzmaurice Finuge; Selectors: Darragh Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht, Harry O’Neill Dr Crokes, John Shanahan Valentia
Physical Trainer: John O’Sullivan Kerins O’Rahillys; Logistics & Gear: Cathal Ó Dubhda An Ghaeltacht
Waterford U/21 Football Team v Kerry 28th March 2012
1. Eamonn Cahill Rathgormack
2. Billy Power Rathgormack
3. Colm Faherty Clashmore / Kinsalebeg
4. Ray O Ceallaigh An Gaeltacht
5. Maurice Power Ballinacourty
6. Darren Foley Clashmore / Kinsalebeg
7. John Power Ballinacourty
8. David Connolly Micheal Mac Craith’s
9. Ronan Cahill Rathgormack
10. Eoin Walsh Kilmacthomas
11. Martin Scurry John MItchel’s
12. Blake O Connor Portlaw
13. Paul Power Portlaw
14. Gavin Nugent (capt) Rathgormack
15. Stephen Kirwan Rathgormack
When – Wednesday March 28th at 7:30pm
Where – Austin Stack Park Tralee
Referee – Keith O’Brien (Tipperary)
Standby Referee – Derek O’Mahony (Tipperary)
Linesman – Conor Lane (Cork)
4th Official – James Bermingham (Cork)
Extra time – (2 periods x 10 minutes only) to be played if sides finish level at the end of 60 minutes
Replay date – Wednesday April 4th at 7:30pm in Fraher Field Dungarvan
Next Round – the winners play Cork or Clare on Wednesday April 11th in the Munster Final
Admission Prices –
Adult – €10
Student/OAP with appropriate ID Card – €5
Under 16s are free
Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at email@example.com for more information
For the Record
|2012 Team Management||Mervyn Cummins (Manager), Gerry Casey,
(Finuge – Manager),
Darragh Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht)
Harry O’Neill (Dr. Crokes),
John Shanahan (Valentia)
|2011 Championship Performance||Lost to Tipperary by
1-14 to 1-4 in the Quarter-Final at Fraher Field Dungarvan
|Defeated Limerick by 3-15 to 2-6 in the Semi-Final before losing to Cork by 2-24 to 0-8 in the Final|
|Number of Munster Under 21 Football titles||1||25|
|Last Munster Under 21 Football Title||2010||2008|
|Munster Under 21 Football Championship Record since 2000||Played – 19
Won – 8
Lost – 11
Drawn – 0
|Played – 26
Won – 14
Lost – 10
Drawn – 2
|Last meeting in the Munster Under 21 Football Championship||2010 Munster Semi-Final – March 20th at Fraher Field Dungarvan – Kerry 1-18 Waterford 0-3|
|What happened 3 years ago?
2009 Munster Minor Football Championship Round-up
|Waterford lost to Clare by 1-15 to 1-5 in the first round. Waterford then rebounded to defeat Limerick by 0-9 to 0-6 in the Losers Group 1st playoff before losing to Tipperary by 1-15 to 0-6 in the Losers Group 2nd playoff.||Kerry defeated Tipperary and Clare to qualify for the Munster Final. Kerry proved too strong for Tipperary in the final, winning by 0-12 to 0-6 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.|
2012 Cadbury Munster Under 21 Football Championship Fixtures / Results
Wednesday March 14th
Kerry 0-11 Tipperary 0-5
Clare 2-7 Limerick 0-10
Wednesday March 28th
@ Austin Stack Park Tralee Waterford v Kerry @ 7:30pm
@ Pairc Ui Rinn Cork v Clare @ 7:30pm
Wednesday April 11th
@ Austin Stack Park Tralee Kerry v Cork @ 7:30pm
(met in 2011 final at Pairc Ui Rinn)
@ Austin Stack Park Tralee Kerry v Clare @ 7:30pm
(last meeting in 2007 in Kilmihill)
@ Fraher Field Dungarvan Cork v Waterford @ 7:30pm
(last meeting in 2009 at Pairc Ui Rinn)
@ Cooraclare Waterford v Clare @ 7:30pm
(last meeting in 2006 in Dungarvan)
Extra time if necessary in all games
Munster Under 21 Football Championship Roll of Honour
Kerry (25) – 1962, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2008
Cork (22) – 1963, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1994, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Limerick (1) – 2000
Waterford (1) – 2003
Tipperary (1) – 2010
Munster Under 21 Football Championship – Useful Information
- Attendances for the Munster Under 21 Football Championship have grown by 153% in the period 2007 through to 2011. This is consistent with the 51% rise in attendances for all Munster inter-county football competitions during that period (not including replays).
- All matches in this competition will be played under lights on Wednesday nights for the second consecutive year.
- Kerry Management profiles
- Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Finuge) – was a member of the Kerry Senior Team from 1997 to 2007 and is a holder of three Senior All Ireland medals. He won two U21 titles in 1996 and 1998. He won a County Senior Championship with Feale Rangers in 2007 and UCC. He won an All-Ireland Club Title with Finuge and is a talented hurler and holds two County Hurling titles with Lixnaw. Eamon was a selector with Kerry in 2009 when they won The All-Ireland Senior title. He teaches in Pobal Scoil Chorcha Dhuibhne and has trained school teams.
- Darragh Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht) – holder of six Senior All Ireland medals. This is Darragh’s first management role with a Kerry inter county team.
- Harry O’Neill (Dr Crokes) – the most successful club manager in Kerry in recent years. He led Dr Crokes to back to back Senior County Championship Titles in 2010 & 2011.
- John Shanahan (Valentia) – played for South Kerry for many years. For the past two seasons he was a Kerry Minor selector and assisted Jack O’Connor with the management of Coáiste na Sceilige teams.
- Between 2003 and 2005, Waterford won 5 of their 8 matches played in the Munster Under 21 Football Championshp, securing the 2003 Munster title. Since then, Waterford have lost their first game in each of the last 5 Munster Under 21 Football Championship campaigns, losing by an average of 13 points.
- Kerry have won 2 of the last 12 Munster Under 21 Football Championships, winning 14 of their 26 matches in that period.
- Though Limerick, Waterford and Tipperary have won this competition in this millennium, the combined record of the so called four weaker counties since 2000 is played 76, won 28, lost 45 and drawn 3 – a winning percentage of 37%.
- Kerry and Cork have dominated this competition and only once in the history of the championship were one or both counties not involved in the final. That was in 2000 when Limerick played Waterford in the Final in Dungarvan with Limerick lifting the crown for the first and only time on a 0-7 to 0-4 scoreline.
- Waterford lifted the title for the only time in 2003 when they overcame Cork in the semi-final and Kerry in the final on a 2-8 to 1-9 scoreline. The victorious Waterford team was – David Hickey, Michael Crotty, Ger Hayes, John O’Reilly, Niall Hennessy (Captain), Edmond Rockett, John Hurney, Sean Dempsey, Michael Walsh, Liam Ó Lonáin, Mark Power, Tony Whelan, Bob Costello, Shane Walsh, Billy Harty
- For the record Cork have appeared in 36 finals: Kerry in 34 finals: Tipperary in 10 finals: Clare in 10 finals: Waterford in 8 finals and Limerick in 4 finals
– Munster Under 21 Football Finals
1962 @ Kenmare Kerry 2-7 Cork 1-4
1963 @ Clonakilty Cork 2-3 Kerry 1-4
1964 @ Kilmallock Kerry 0-15 Tipperary 1-2
1965 @ Castletownroche Cork 2-14 Tipperary 1-6
1966 @ Cork Ath. Grounds Kerry 3-8 Cork 0-14
1967 @ Listowel Kerry 2-12 Clare 1-7
1968 @ Kilrush Kerry 5-7 Clare 2-9
1969 @ Killarney Cork 1-14 Kerry 1-11
1970 @ Buttevant Cork 5-12 Clare 1-7
1971 @ Fermoy Cork 1-10 Waterford 2-5
1972 @ Killarney Kerry 1-11 Cork 2-7
1973 @ Skibbereen Kerry 2-12 Cork 1-12
1974 @ Cahirciveen Cork 3-5 Kerry 1-10
1975 @ Killorglin Kerry 0-17 Waterford 1-5
1976 @ Dingle Kerry 2-16 Cork 1-6
1977 @ Pairc Ui Chaoimh Kerry 2-8 Cork 0-8
1978 @ Killarney Kerry 0-14 Cork 0-9
1979 @ Limerick Cork 1-11 Clare 1-9
1980 @ Bruff Cork 3-15 Clare 0-4
1981 @ Tralee Cork 0-11 Kerry 0-5
1982 @ Pairc Ui Chaoimh Cork 2-12 Kerry 0-4
1983 @ Castleisland Kerry 1-10 Cork 0-12
1984 @ Askeaton Cork 1-18 Limerick 0-4
1985 @ Tralee Cork 1-18 Clare 1-7
1986 @ Clonmel Cork 0-8 Tipperary 0-7
1987 @ Tralee Kerry 0-7 Tipperary 0-7 Draw
@ Clonmel Kerry 0-15 Tipperary 1-11 Replay
1988 @ Cooraclare Kerry 0-14 Clare 2-6
1989 @ Limerick Cork 3-15 Clare 1-7
1990 @ Tralee Kerry 2-9 Cork 0-9
1991 @ P. Ui Chaoimh Kerry 1-8 Cork 0-10
1992 @ Tralee Kerry 3-12 Cork 1-8
1993 @ Waterford Kerry 1-21 Waterford 3-5
1994 @ Dungarvan Cork 2-11 Waterford 0-4
1995 @ Killarney Kerry 1-21 Waterford 2-5
1996 @ Tralee Kerry 3-14 Clare 0-6
1997 @ Tralee Kerry 2-11 Cork 3-8 Draw
@ Pairc Ui Rinn Kerry 0-12 Cork 1-7 Replay
1998 @ Tralee Kerry 3-10 Tipperary 1-11
1999 @ Tralee Kerry 1-10 Cork 0-7
2000 @ Dungarvan Limerick 0-7 Waterford 0-4
2001 @ Kilmallock Cork 1-12 Limerick 0-8
2002 @ Ennis Kerry 3-15 Clare 2-11
2003 @ Waterford Waterford 2-8 Kerry 1-9
2004 @ Tralee Cork 0-13 Kerry 0-12
2005 @ Limerick Cork 1-14 Limerick 1-11
2006 @ Pairc Ui Rinn Cork 4-14 Waterford 1-6
2007 @ Limerick Cork 3-19 Tipperary 3-12
2008 @ Ardfinnan Kerry 0-15 Tipperary 2-7
2009 @ Thurles Cork 1-9 Tipperary 2-5
2010 @ Tralee Tipperary 1-7 Kerry 1-6
2011 @ Pairc Ui Rinn Cork 2-24 Kerry 0-8
2012 Munster Under 21 Football Championship Matches played
Kerry 0-11 Tipperary 0-5 – March 14th @ Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Quarter-Final)
Kerry: P O’Sullivan; P Galvin, M Griffin, F McNamara; P Kilkenny, J Sherwood, P Murphy; D O’Sullivan, J Walsh; M Brennan, C Brady, S O’Carroll; K Hurley, C Cox, S O’Brien.
Subs: I Galvin for Hurley (42), D Culhane for P Galvin (46), T Morley for Kilkenny (53), M Reen for Brady (60), E O’Connor for Cox (60).
Tipperary: E Comerford; G Mulhair, D Kearney, M Hanly; D Leahy, N O’Meara, J O’Callaghan; A Campbell, A Matassa; S Leahy, A Cleere, B Hewitt; L Treacy, M Quinlivan, L McGrath.
Subs: I Fahey for Hewitt (inj. 26), L Boland for Matassa (45), P O’Meara for Treacy (46), P Murphy for Campbell (57), S O’Meara for Cleere (60).
Referee: Conor Lane (Cork)
Clare 2-7 Limerick 0-10 – March 14th @ Pairc na Gael Limerick (Munster Quarter-Final)
Clare: W De Loughery; E Ralph, E Malone, M O’Connor; S Malone, S Collins, S Tierney; K O’Connor, C Ryan; D O’Neill, P Collins, S Brennan; E Finucane, C McInerney, S O’Driscoll.
Subs: M O’Shea for S O’Driscoll (35), M Malone for K O’Connor (43), J Looney for C Ryan (50), R Linnane for E Finucane (59), O Vaughan for E Ralph (62).
Limerick: J Brouder; A Morrissey, A O’Sullivan, C McLoughlin; J O’Meara, T McCarthy, S Sheahan; D Treacy, I Corbett, D O’Connor, E O’Connor, F O’Riordan; D O’Dea, J Donovan, J Lee.
Subs: J Lane for D O’Dea (45), D Bonfil for J Donovan (51), P Quinn for D Treacy (28), T Quilligan for J Lee (58).
Referee: Derek O’Mahony (Tipperary)
2012 Top Scorers – Munster Under 21 Football Championship
Cathal McInerney (Clare) – 2-1
Eoghan O’Connor (Limerick) – 0-5 (0-4 frees)
Stephen O’Brien (Kerry) – 0-4
Conor Cox (Kerry) – 0-4 (0-1 free)
Stephen Tierney (Clare) – 0-3
K Hurley (Kerry) – 0-2
D O’Neill (Clare) – 0-2 (0-1 free)
D O’Connor (Limerick) – 0-2
Pa Kilkenny (Kerry), J Lee (Limerick), I Corbett (Limerick), F O’Riordan (Limerick), E Finucane (Clare), Donagh Leahy (Tipperary), Adrian Cleere (Tipperary), Liam Treacy (Tipperary), Michael Quinlivan (Tipperary), Liam McGrath (Tipperary) – 0-1 each
Munster Under 21 Football Cup
Corn na Cásca presented by the Football Council in 1966 to commemorate the jubilee of the 1916 Rising.
All Ireland Under 21 Football Championship
In Under 21 Football All Ireland Roll of Honour Cork have won 11 Titles and Kerry have 10 Titles to their credit. Cork were All Ireland Under 21 Champions in 1970, 1971, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1994, 2007, 2009. Kerry titles were won in 1964, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2008
Cadbury renew sponsorship of Cadbury GAA U21 Football Championship
Kraft Foods recently announced the renewal of the Cadbury sponsorship of the GAA U21 Football Championship for another 3 years. The renewal builds on a successful 7 year partnership between Cadbury and the GAA which has seen the Championship go from strength to strength with greater TV coverage now than ever before and over 20,000 fans attending the final in Croke Park last year. This success has been built on innovative sponsorship activation especially in the area of new media which has seen an ever increasing engaged audience of GAA fans participate in the Championship discussion.
Launching the Championship at an event in Croke Park last month were promising Under 21 footballers; Patrick McBrearty (Donegal), Michael Quinlivan (Tipperary) and Cillian O’Connor (Mayo), Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Críostóir Ó Cuana and Cadbury Hero of the Future (HOTF) Judges: Paul Caffrey, Dermot Earley and Micheál Ó Domhnaill.
Speaking at the launch, Shane Guest, Kraft Foods Ireland said “We are delighted to be able to renew our sponsorship with the GAA and look forward to building on the success of the past 7 years. The skill and determination these young footballers demonstrate continues to astound us and we look forward to another exciting championship in 2012”.
Speaking at the launch Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Críostóir Ó Cuana said: “The GAA U21 Football Championship has served as an important stepping stone for many of the players who progress to reach the highest level of our game and those who follow the grade closely have been treated to some excellent campaigns in recent seasons. To that end we are delighted to acknowledge the three year extension to our arrangement with Cadbury. Their support and innovation has helped bring great energy to the competition in recent seasons and I look forward to the continuation of what has been a fruitful partnership ahead of what promises to be another intriguing championship.”
Last year’s championship culminated in a great spectacle which saw over 20,000 attendants in Croke Park watch Galway earn a hard fought win against Ulster Champions Cavan and this year the Cadbury GAA Facebook Community have again identified Cavan and Galway as the two counties most likely to battle it out for the All Ireland title. The Cadbury GAA under 21 Football Championship is widely regarded as an important stepping stone to senior success with a large number of Under 21 players already starring for their senior county teams in the National League and in previous Senior All Ireland Championships. Amongst those is 2010 Cadbury Hero of the Future Rory O’Carroll who starred at full back as Dublin claimed the All-Ireland for the first time since 1995. Previous Cadbury Hero of the Future award winners; Colm O’Neill, (HOTF 2009), Killian Young (2008) and Fintan Goold’s (HOTF 2007) have also gone on to claim All-Ireland Senior success.
Cadbury Hero of the Future Awards
Former Cadbury Hero of the Future Award Winners:
- 2006: Keith Higgins from Mayo
- 2007: Fintan Goold from Cork
- 2008: Killian Young from Kerry
- 2009: Colm O’Neill from Cork
- 2010: Rory O’Carroll from Dublin
- 2011: Thomas Flynn from Galway
Cadbury Scholarship Programme
The Cadbury Scholarship programme now covers 9 third level institutions with 13 students receiving awards so far in 2012.
- James O’Meara – Limerick (UL)
- Eamonn Kiely – Kerry (UL)
- Damien Cahalane – Cork (UCC)
- Kevin Hallissey – Cork (CIT)
- Gary Sweeney – Galway – (NUI Galway)
- Einne O’ hEochaidh – Galway (NUI Galway)
- Kevin O’Sullivan – Meath (TCD)
- Patrick O’Higgins – Dublin (TCD)
- Aaron Murphy – Wicklow (UCD)
- Cormac Boyle – Westmeath (UCD)
- Ciaran Cafferky – Roscommon (DCU)
- Jack McCarron – Monaghan (DCU)
- Bernard Allen – Offaly (DIT)
- 2 x University of Ulster – scholarships yet to take place
Cadbury GAA Online
For the 2012 season, Cadbury will continue to build on its digital platforms for its dedicated online community who follow every move of the Championship throughout the season. With established social media platforms including
GAA fans from every corner of the globe can contribute with comments, photos and videos and of course vote for the 2011 Cadbury Hero of the Future.
For further information: Darragh Rea
firstname.lastname@example.org or 01 4980322 / 086 8981062