Allianz Football League Division 1 – Kildare 2-10 Cork 1-9

Lilies pull off smash and grab

Cork 1-9 Kildare 2-10

By Denis Hurley for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kildare have had worse starts to the season. On Saturday night, Cork were ambushed at Páirc Uí Rinn courtesy of late goals from subs Niall Kelly and Paddy Brophy to complete a nice treble. Coming on the back of the O’Byrne Cup victory over Dublin and league opener against Donegal, Kieran McGeeney’s side have now beaten the last three All-Ireland winners in as many games.

The last time the Lilywhites won their first two league game was in 2004, and while that led to them topping the table, it was Division 2B and their championship campaign amounted to defeats against Wexford and Offaly. Now, they are becoming real contenders, even if McGeeney was keen to downplay any hype. “It is good, there’s not much point in saying anything different,” he said afterwards, “but they are still good enough to know that this time last year we hadn’t won any games and ended up winning the league. “We have Kerry next, I think Dublin after that, you could be sitting bottom in two games very quickly. It’s great to be where we are, don’t get me wrong, but I still think we have a lot of work to do in terms of where we need to go to.”

They did their work impressively on Saturday, holding their hosts scoreless for the last 12 minutes, but McGeeney also acknowledged that the game turned on the sending off of Cork’s Damien Cahalane five minutes into the second half, when Cork led by 1-6 to 0-7. While the withdrawal of Ciarán Sheehan to the half-back line in Cahalane’s absence allowed him to ping a superb pass from which Donncha O’Connor pointed, he was eventually replaced by Fermoy’s Tom Clancy, and the home attacked began to flounder. Aided by Pádraig O’Neill’s endless work in midfield, Kildare were enjoying more of the play, and though for a while they ran the risk of not transforming their momentum into scores, they came good.

In the first half, it had been Cork with a dominance in possession stakes, but as is often the case, breaking through the massed banks of white was problematic — at one stage in the first half Eoin Cadogan emerged from the Cork defence with the ball and, with no options available, he was forced to solo on the spot, the footballing equivalent of a basketball point guard. At times, Kildare’s formation seemed to be a 3-8-3, with positions little more than guidelines, as Cahalane found when searching for somebody to mark at a Lilywhite kick-out, ending up in the left half-forward position.

It was from Kildare kick-outs, as well as on the break after attacks broke down, that Cork found most joy in that opening period. After two Seánie Johnston points had put Kildare 0-3 to 0-1 in front, Donncha O’Connor pulled one back from a free and then Cork added 1-1 as they won Shane Connolly’s next two restarts, Sheehan with the goal after Fintan Goold and Paul Kerrigan had combined to create a chance for him.

Donncha O’Connor should have added another moments later when Colm O’Neill played him in, only for the ball to slip from his grasp, allowing Connolly to claim. Kildare were mainly on the back foot, but Mikey Conway — playing a free role in defence — kicked two fine points to keep them in touch, but Paul Kerrigan closed the half with arguably Cork’s best point, the ball worked through Cadogan, Jamie O’Sullivan and O’Neill before a fine shot from distance. Aidan Walsh began the second half with a booming effort for the hosts, but Daniel Flynn ensured that Kildare hung onto their coat-tails, and then Cahalane’s red card, for an alleged stamp on half-time sub Kelly, swung things their way.

Cork kept ahead, but the introduction of Tomás O’Connor had given Kildare an extra dimension in the full-forward line and it was no surprise when he was the one to supply Kelly for the lead goal. O’Connor was also involved in setting O’Neill away late on, and while he could have gone for a score from a tight angle, instead he hand-passed to Brophy — like Kelly, a minor last year — who had an easy task to finish.

Four points for Kildare, none for Cork, but Rebels manager Conor Counihan didn’t appear to be too disappointed. “It isn’t the place we wanted to be but we are there and the reality is maybe it isn’t a bad place to be either, and when I say a bad place maybe there are lessons to be learned down there to. “Maybe we have to graft a little more, maybe we were a bit spoilt in the past that we were getting on top. Now we are at the bottom and we have to fight our way out of it and that takes character. We are going to have to find that.”

Scorers for Cork: C O’Neill 0-3 (0-2f), C Sheehan 1-0, D O’Connor (0-2f), P Kerrigan 0-2 each, A Walsh, J O’Rourke 0-1 each.

Kildare: M Conway 0-4 (0-2f), N Kelly, P Brophy 1-0 each, S Johnston, P O’Neill 0-2 each, D Flynn, J Doyle (0-1f) 0-1 each.

CORK: K O’Halloran; E Cadogan, E O’Mahony, M Shields; D Cahalane, T Clancy (Clonakilty), J O’Sullivan; G Canty, A Walsh; F Goold, J O’Rourke, C Sheehan; C O’Neill, D O’Connor, P Kerrigan.

Subs: A O’Connor for T Clancy (Clonakilty), half-time; T Clancy (Fermoy) for Sheehan (54), P O’Neill for Goold (61), P Kissane for Walsh (62).

KILDARE: S Connolly; H McGrillen, M Foley, P Kelly; M Conway, O Lyons, E Bolton; G White, P O’Neill; D Flynn, C McNally, B Flanagan; E O’Flaherty, S Johnston, J Doyle.

Subs : N Kelly for McNally, T O’Connor for O’Flaherty (both half-time), E Doyle for Lyons (50), M O’Flaherty for Flanagan (54), P Brophy for Johnston (58).

Referee : R Hickey (Clare)

AIB GAA Football All Ireland Intermediate Club Championship Final – Cookstown Fr Rocks (Tyrone) 1-9 Finuge (Kerry) 0-6

Cookstown Fr Rocks became the first club to win the All-Ireland Intermediate Club title twice, with a six-point victory over Kerry and Munster champions Finuge at Croke Park on Saturday night. They won the title previously in 2010, and dominated more or less from the outset at HQ to reclaim the trophy.

Cookstown took control of proceedings early on, and points from Owen Mulligan (2), Shea McGarrity and Jason Quinn put them 0-4 to 0-1 ahead. Finuge responded with two John Griffin points either side of a Cookstown effort from Marty Hughes, and that left it 0-5 to 0-3 in favour of the Tyrone side. Cookstown led by a point at the break but moved three clear when two points from Quinn made it 0-7 to 0-4. Then came the decisive moments which ultimately tilted things irrevocably in the direction of the Ulster champions.

First, Finuge’s Maurice Corridan was sent off, leaving the Kerrymen with an uphill battle, and then James McGahan goaled for Cookstown, putting them five ahead. Pat Corridan then was dismissed for Finuge, leaving them down to 13 men, and it was effectively game over from there, as points from Mulligan and John Gilmore sealed victory for the Fr Rocks club.

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Waterford 2-8 Tipperary 0-9

Carew content as Déise continue winning ways

By Thomas MacCarthy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Waterford 2-8 Tipperary 0-9

Niall Carew is already getting Waterford moving in the right direction as they sit on top of Division 4 after picking up their second win of the campaign on Saturday night. Robert Ahearne’s crucial second-half goal was somewhat fortunate however as Tipperary goalkeeper Paul Fitzgerald misjudged the flight of the ball and it bounced into the empty net. “All these games are going to be tight,” Carew admitted. “We got a fortuitous goal when the ball hopped over the keeper but in saying that, we missed four or five scores.”

Two wins, a total of 3-17 without marquee forward Gary Hurney and two clean sheets all adds up to a satisfying start. “Defensively, we are hitting our targets, in terms of what we don’t want the opposition to get. Up front, Gary will probably add three or four points and if we are hitting 2-12, we will always have a chance. I’m hoping that a good league campaign will give us the confidence to compete in the summer. We are training quite heavy, no more than any other team at this time of the year. We want to perform in every game and if we perform, we feel we have a chance.”

In the lashing rain at Fraher Field, a Paul Whyte penalty put the hosts 1-1 to 0-0 ahead after six minutes. Their robust defence frustrated the Premier attack and they retained that advantage by the half hour. Tipperary strung together three points before half-time, however, to leave Carew’s side 1-4 to 0-6 in front at the break. On the resumption, the visitors picked up where they left off and sub Conor Sweeney made it all square from a free. The home side absorbed that period of dominance and never looked back after Ahearne’s delivery found the net on 43 minutes.

Scorers for Waterford: P Whyte 1-4 (4fs, pen); R Ahearne 1-1 (1f); P Hurney, T Grey, D Guiry 0-1.

Scorers for Tipperary: B Grogan 0-4 (4fs); P Acheson, B Fox, M Quinlivan, G Hannigan, C Sweeney (f) 0-1.

WATERFORD: S Enright; C Phelan, S Prendergast, M O’Gorman; T Grey, S Briggs, J Hurney; S Ahearne, T Prendergast; L Ó Lonáin, C McGrath, P Hurney; D Guiry, R Ahearne, P Whyte. Subs: G Nugent for McGrath (30); S O’Hare for T Prendergast (65); J Veale for P Hurney (67); S Dempsey for Guiry (70).

TIPPERARY: P Fitzgerald; J Coughlan, P Codd, A Morrissey; A Campbell, C McDonald, B Fox; G Hannigan, H Coughlan; P Acheson, L McGrath, D Leahy; A Moloney, B Grogan, M Quinlivan. Subs: B Jones for H Coughlan (23); C Sweeney for Moloney (H-T); R Kiely for Morrissey (41); B O’Brien for Leahy (50); A Matassa for McGrath (50).

Referee: A Nolan (Wicklow)


Team News

The Tipperary senior football team to play Waterford in the Allianz Football League Division 4 game on Saturday evening in Dungarvan is:

1. Paul Fitzgerald (Fethard)

2. John Coghlan (Moyne Templetuohy)

3. Paddy Codd (Killenaule) Captain

4. Ciaran McDonald (Aherlow)

5. Alan Campbell (Moyle Rovers)

6. Robbie Kiely (Arravale Rovers)

7. Brian Fox (Eire Og Annacarty)

8. George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers)

9. Philip Quirke (Moyle Rovers)

10. Peter Acheson (Moyle Rovers)

11. Hugh Coghlan (Portlaoise, Laois)

12. Donagh Leahy (Arravale Rovers)

13. Alan Maloney (Rockwell Rovers)

14. Barry Grogan (Aherlow)

15. Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials)

The Waterford Senior Football team to play Tipperary on Saturday night is as follows –

1. Stephen Enright Ballinacourty
2. Conor Phelan Brickey Rangers
3. Stephen Prendergast Kilrossanty
4. John Hurney Ballinacourty
5. Maurice O’Gorman Nire
6. Shane Briggs (Captain) Ballinacourty
7. Tony Grey Stradbally
8. Shane Aherne Stradbally
9. Tommy Prendergast Kilrossanty
10. Patrick Hurney Ballinacourty
11. Conor McGrath Brickey Rangers
12. Liam Ó Lonáin An Rinn
13. Darren Guiry Nire
14. Robert Aherne Stradbally
15. Paul Whyte Kilrossanty


Waterford Crystal Cup Final – Clare 1-21 Tipperary 1-13

Fitzgerald ‘not fooled’ as Banner power past Tipp

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald has warned his side not to get complacent ahead of the start of the Allianz Hurling League after this impressive rout of holders Tipp in Thurles. “We were the better team tonight but I’m not fooled,” said Fitzgerald. “We meet Tipp in the league and we know what the story will be. I’m not reading anything into that whatsoever. You know there is a lot more in Tipp and I would have a lot more respect for them than that. “Our movement and our tackling was good. We have been working on that for the last year and a half there now. It means that there are another 10 guys that will have to fight to get back into it.”

The early exchanges were free-flowing, with the sides level on four occasions in the first 10 minutes; Seadna Morey was to the fore for Clare with two points from play, while Shane Bourke, Brian O’Meara and Eoin Kelly were on the mark for a lively Tipp inside attack. Tipperary struck for goal in the 13th minute after a flowing team move, with Kelly, O’Meara and Bourke combining to set up Patrick Maher for a close-range finish. The home side kept their noses in front through scores from Kelly and Bourke, but Clare were slowly getting on top.

Domhnall O’Donovan and Patrick Donnellan were prominent in defence for the Banner, while good points from the excellent Tony Kelly, Alan O’Neill, Enda Barrett and Fergal Lynch helped the visitors to a three-point half-time lead. A much sharper Clare team extended their dominance in the second half and Shane O’Donnell’s goal in the 52nd minute virtually ended the game as a contest. Man-of-the-match Tony Kelly brought his tally to five points from play, while top scorer Colin Ryan was on form from placed balls, finishing with nine points.

Tipperary struggled to raise a gallop in the second half, scoring just five points, three coming from frees; they also had corner-back Conor O’Brien sent off in the 58th minute for a second bookable offence. Tipperary manager Eamon O’Shea admitted that the defeat was disappointing but hinted that his sides preparations were focused on later in the year. “Yep, it is disappointing when you are beaten. We never seemed to get into the game,” he said. “They had the initiative right from the start and I think it was more than a fair result. “This is a training game before the first round of the league but having said that, they are probably more advanced than we are in terms of where their fitness levels are at. “We are training once a week and people should know tha,t and we train the weekends. It’s a long season and I think that’s what these games are for,” he added.

Scorers – Clare: C Ryan 0-9 (7f, 1 ’65’), T Kelly 0-5, S O’Donnell 1-1, S Morey, F Lynch 0-2 each, E Barrett, A O’Neill 0-1 each. Tipperary: E Kelly 0-6 (5f), P Maher 1-0, S Bourke, S Callanan (1f) 0-2, B O’Meara, J O’Brien, N McGrath (f) 0-1 each.

Clare – P Kelly; D O’Donovan, J McInerney, D McInerney; B Bugler, P Donnellan, P O’Connor; F Lynch, S Morey; C Ryan, T Kelly, E Barrett; P Collins, A O’Neill, S O’Donnell. Subs: P Duggan for Lynch (53), J Clancy for Collins (62), D O’Halloran for O’Donnell (64), L Markham for Barrett (66), D Honan for O’Neill (70+1).

Tipperary – B Cummins; D Maher, P Curran, C O’Brien; J McLoughney, T Stapleton, S Hennessy; S McGrath, N McGrath; J Forde, E Kelly, P Maher; B O’Meara, S Bourke, S Callanan. Subs: J O’Brien for O’Meara (h-t), J Ryan for McLoughney (52), T Hammersley for Kelly (57), J Woodlock for Stapleton (62), J O’Neill for Curran (66 inj).

REF – G O’Connell (Cork)


Waterford Crystal Cup Final: Clare 1-21 Tipperary 1-13

Report from the web site

Clare won the Waterford Crystal Cup for the second time in their history on Saturday, with a comfortable win over Tipperary. Colin Ryan hit 0-9 from placed balls for the victors, while Tony Kelly was outstanding for Davy Fitzgerald’s side, hitting 0-5 from play. Tipperary struck for a goal in the first-half through Patrick Maher, but Clare were the better side for most of the opening period and deservedly led 0-14 to 1-8 at the break. When Shane O’Donnell found the net for Clare midway through the second half, there was no way back for Tipperary, whose evening was made worse by the dismissal of Conor O’Brien.

Scorers for Clare: C Ryan 0-9 (7fs, 1 65), T Kelly 0-5, S O’Donnell 1-1, S Morey 0-2, F Lynch 0-2, A O’Neill 0-1, E Barrett 0-1.

Scorers for Tipperary: E Kelly 0-6, (5fs), P Maher 1-0, S Bourke 0-2, S Callanan 0-2, (1f), J O’Brien 0-1, B O’Meara 0-1, N McGrath 0-1 (1f)

Team News

The Tipperary SH team to play Clare in the Waterford Crystal Cup final on Sunday has only four of the team which started the semi-final against LIT. Conor O’Brien, Joey McLoughney, Shane McGrath and Jason Forde are retained. The line-up for the final sees the return of Brendan Cummins, Paul Curran, Donagh Maher, Brendan Maher, Seamus Hennessy, Noel McGrath, Eoin Kelly, Patrick Maher, Brian O’Meara, Shane Bourke and Seamus Callanan. The team is:

1. Brendan Cummins (Ballybacon-Grange)

2. Conor O’Brien (Éire Óg Annacarty)

3. Paul Curran (Mullinahone)

4. Donagh Maher (Burgess)

5. Joey McLoughney (Toomevara)

6. Brendan Maher (Borris–Ileigh)

7. Seamus Hennessy (Kilruane MacDonaghs)

8. Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch)

9. Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)

10. Jason Forde (Silvermines)

11. Eoin Kelly (Mullinahone)

12. Patrick Maher (Lorrha & Dorrha)

13. Brian O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs)

14. Shane Bourke (JK Brackens)

15. Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch)

For the Record

Clare Tipperary
2012 Waterford Crystal Cup Performance Defeated WIT, Limerick (after a replay) and Waterford before losing to Tipperary in the final. Defeated LIT, UL, Cork and Clare to win the title
Number of Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling titles 1 3
Last Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Title 2009 2012
Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Record since 2006 Played – 24
Won – 17
Lost – 6
Drawn – 1
Played – 19
Won – 15
Lost – 4
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the Waterford Crystal Cup 2012 Waterford Crystal Cup Final on Sunday March 4th at Sixmilebridge – Tipperary 1-21 Clare 2-12

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling 2013

Preliminary Round

Saturday January 19th

@ Kilmallock                               Limerick 3-15 Mary Immaculate College 0-13

@ The Mardyke                          Cork 3-20 UCC 1-16

Sunday January 20th

@ Abbeydorney                          Kerry 6-17 IT Tralee 0-12

@ WIT GAA Grounds                  University of Limerick 1-20 Waterford 0-18

Thursday January 24th

@ Abbeydorney                          Limerick Institute of Technology 1-25 Kerry 3-7

Saturday January 26th

@ Pairc Ui Rinn                           Cork 4-16 Waterford Institute of Technology 1-8

Sunday January 27th

@ Sixmilebridge                          Clare 3-13 University of Limerick   1-13
@ MacDonagh Park Nenagh        Tipperary 0-22 Limerick 1-9


Friday February 1st

@ Sixmilebridge                          Clare 0-20 Cork 2-11

Sunday February 3rd

@ Dolla                                      Tipperary 1-20 Limerick Institute of Technology 2-12


Final (Extra Time)

Saturday February 9th

@ Semple Stadium Thurles          Clare v Tipperary                                   @ 7:30pm

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling – Useful Information

Saturday’s final between Tipperary and Clare will mark the third time in the last five years that they have met in the Waterford Crystal Cup Final, both at Clare venues. In 2009 at Ogonnolloe, Clare were successful on a scoreline of 1-12 to 1-7 in front of an attendance of 1,237. While last year (2012) at Sixmilebridge, Tipperary secured the cup with a 1-21 to 2-12 victory.

2012 Waterford Crystal Cup Final on Sunday March 4th at Sixmilebridge – Tipperary 1-21 Clare 2-12

Tipperary: B Cummins (c); C O’Brien, J Coghlan, M Cahill; D Maher, C O’Mahony (0-3, 0-2 frees, 0-1 65), S Maher; D Young, J Woodlock (0-5); G Ryan (0-2), N McGrath (0-4, 0-2 frees), A Ryan (0-1); J O’Neill (0-3), B O’Meara (1-0), T Hammersley (0-1)

Subs: S McGrath for A Ryan (48), E Kelly (0-2) for D Young (56), J O’Brien for J O’Neill (59).

Clare: D Tuohy; D O’Donovan, C Dillon, C Cooney; S Morey, J McInerney, E Barrett; N O’Connell (0-3 frees), P Donnellan (c) (0-3); C Morey (0-1), D Keane (1-1), F Lynch; J Clancy, C Ryan (0-4 frees), A Cunningham (1-0)

Subs: J Conlon, E Hayes for J Clancy and A Cunningham (62).

Referee: Diarmuid Kirwan (Cork)

2009 Waterford Crystal Cup Final – January 25th at Ogonolloe – Clare 1-12 Tipperary 1-7

Clare — P Brennan; G O’Grady, C Dillon, C McMahon; P Donnellan, G Quinn, C Plunkett; J Clancy, B Bugler (0-1); T Carmody (0-1), T Griffin (0-1), C Ryan (0-6, 0-4 frees); N Gilligan (0-1), A Markham (1-0), B Nugent (0-1)

Subs: D McMahon (0-1) for Nugent (35), P Vaughan for Bugler (39), M Hawes for O’Grady (60), J Conlon for Markham (63).

Tipperary — B Cummins; C O’Brien, D Fanning, P Curran; B Dunne, C O’Mahony, D Fitzgerald; J Woodlock, S Hennessy (0-3, 0-1 free); P Kerwick, H Maloney (0-2), L Corbett; N McGrath (0-1), P Maher (1-0), P Kelly.

Subs: J O’Brien (0-1) for Corbett (36), S Maher for Hennessy (49), W Ryan for Kerwick (49), P Bourke for Maloney (54).

Referee – Diarmuid Kirwan (Cork)

35 goals were scored in the 2012 Waterford Crystal Cup competition over 11 matches (an average of 3.2 goals per match). This contrasts with 23 goals in the 2011 competition over 10 matches (an average of 2.3 goals per match). In the first ten matches in the 2013 competition, there were 33 goals scored (an average of 3.3 goals per match)

Since the Waterford Crystal Cup began in 2006, Clare (17 wins), Tipperary (15 wins) and Waterford (13 wins) have accounted for 45 of the 81 victories in the competition (56%).

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.

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.

Since the Waterford Crystal Cup began in 2006, 76 games have been played with just 1 draw – the 2012 Limerick v Clare Quarter-Final after two periods of extra time.

The record of the Third Level Colleges in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006 is Won 21, Lost 45, a 32% success rate.

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

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Roll Of Honour

Tipperary (3) – 2007, 2008, 2012

Waterford (2) – 2010, 2011

Clare (1) – 2009

Limerick (1) – 2006

Waterford Crystal Cup – 2013 Scorers

Gary Guilfoyle (LIT) 2-19 (1-18 frees)
Kieran Morris (UL) 1-13 (0-12 frees)
Patrick Horgan (Cork) 2-8 (1-4 frees, 0-2 65s) 

Nicky O’Connell (Clare) 1-9 (0-6 frees, 0-1 ‘65)
Shane Nolan (Kerry) 2-6 (0-2 frees)

Shane Dowling (Limerick) 2-5 (0-4 frees)
Adrian Mannix (Cork) 2-4
Willie Griffin (UCC) 1-7 (1-5 frees)

Willie O’Dwyer (Kerry) 2-4

Colin Ryan (Clare) 0-9 (0-6 frees)
Daniel Collins 2-3 (Kerry)
John O’Dwyer (Tipperary) 0-8 (0-2 frees, 0-2 ’65)
Jamie Coughlan (Cork) 1-4
Mark Deegan (IT Tralee) 0-7 (0-7 frees)
Paudie O’Brien (LIT)  0-6

Paudie O’Sullivan (Cork) 1-3

Shane O’Sullivan (Waterford) 0-6 (0-2 frees, 0-1 65)
Darren Dineen (Kerry) 1-3
Shane Dowling (Limerick) 1-3 (1-0 pen, 0-2 frees)
Michael Sheedy (WIT) 1-3 (0-2 frees)
Johnny Ryan (Tipperary) 0-5 (0-4 frees, 0-1 65)
Eoin Kelly (Tipperary) 0-5 (0-4 frees)

Brian O’Meara (Tipperary) 0-5 (0-1 free)

Seamus Harnedy (UCC) 0-5

John Conlon (Mary Immaculate College) 0-5 (0-4 frees)
Padraig Boyle (Kerry) 1-2
John O’Neill (Tipperary) 0-4
Shane McGrath (Tipperary) 0-4
Cian O’Connell (Clare) 0-4 (0-3 frees)
Pa Cronin (Cork) 0-4 (0-2 frees)

Sean Maunsell (Kerry) 1-1

Niall Moran (Limerick) 0-4
Eamonn Murphy (UL) 0-4
Adrian Ryan (UL) 0-4
Stephen Moylan (Cork) 0-4

Cian McCarthy (Cork) 0-4 (0-4 frees)
David Breen (Limerick) 1-0
Paul Kelly (UL) 1-0

Mike Daffy (LIT) 1-0
Sean Collins (LIT) 0-3

Sean Curran (Mary Immaculate College) 0-3 (0-1 free)

Richie Foley (Waterford) 0-3

Jake Dillon (Waterford) 0-3 (0-2 frees, 0-1 penalty)

Seadna Morey (Clare) 1-0
Alan O’Neill (Clare) 1-0
David Butler (UL) 0-3
Timmy Hammersley (Tipperary) 0-3
Jason Forde (Tipperary) 0-3
Michael Heffernan (Tipperary) 1-0

Anthony Nash (Cork) 1-0 (1-0 penalty)


Joey McLoughney (Tipperary) 0-2 (0-1 free)
Paul O’Flaherty (LIT) 0-2 

Colin Madden (LIT) 0-2

Brendan O’Leary (Kerry) 0-2

Conor Allis (Limerick) 0-2
Colm Galvin (Mary Immaculate College) 0-2
Seamus Prendergast (Waterford) 0-2
PJ Connolly (Kerry) 0-2
Fergal Lynch (Clare) 0-2
D O’Halloran (Clare) 0-2
Paudge Collins (Clare) 0-2
S O’Donnell (Clare) 0-2
Shane Golden (UL) 0-2
P. Walsh (UL) 0-2
Gavin O’Mahoney (Limerick) 0-2 (0-2 frees)
Niall Maher (Limerick) 0-2
Rob O’Shea (Cork) 0-2
Eoin Murphy (WIT) 0-2 (0-1 free, 0-1 65)

John O’Brien (Tipperary), Christy Coughlan (Tipperary), Shane Bourke (Tipperary), Jonathan Clancy (Clare), Enda Barrett (Clare), Tony Kelly (Clare), Michael Cussen (Cork), Brian Corry (Cork), Daniel Kearney (Cork), Darragh O’Connell (Kerry) (0-1 free), Seanie Tobin (Limerick), David Reidy (Limerick), Kevin Downes (Limerick), Seamus Hickey (Limerick), T. Heffernan (UL), C. Ryan (UL), Brian Stapleton (UL), Kevin Moran (Waterford), Shane Walsh (Waterford), J. Barron (Waterford), Gavin O’Brien (0-1 free), Brian Hartnett (UCC), Conor Lehane (UCC), Dan McCormack (UCC), B Murray (UCC), Jack Walsh (IT Tralee), Giles O’Grady (IT Tralee), S Conlon (IT Tralee), Podge O’Connor  (IT Tralee), Darren Wallace (IT Tralee), Declan Hannon (Mary Immaculate College) (0-1 ’65), Luke O’Farrell (Mary Immaculate College), Brian O’Halloran (Mary Immaculate College), Paudie Ahern (LIT), Eoin O’Sullivan (LIT), Jamie Fitzgibbon (LIT), C Malone (UL), G Brennan (UL), James Ryan (Limerick), Seamus Hickey (Limerick), Martin Gaffney (WIT), Harry Kehoe (WIT) (0-1 free), G Aylward (WIT), John Guilfoyle (LIT), Padraig Greene (LIT)  0-1 each



AIB GAA Football All Ireland Junior Club Championship Semi-Final 2nd Replay – Kenmare Shamrocks (Kerry) 1-17 Castleknock (Dublin) 1-12

Kenmare finally emerged from their epic battle with Leinster champions Castleknock, winning by five points in their second All-Ireland semi-final replay on Saturday evening at Croke Park. The two sides couldn’t be separated after two encounters went to extra-time in recent weeks, but Kenmare will now play Ballinasloe in the All-Ireland final after finally seeing off the north Dublin side. Kenmare’s cause was greatly helped by a brilliant display from Paul O’Connor, who contributed 1-6 of his side’s decisive half-time tally – they went in at the break leading 1-10 to 0-7.

Castleknock, unsurprisingly, made a real battle of it in the second half, and with Ciarán Kilkenny knocking over some superb scores for them, it looked like yet another tight finish could be in prospect. Rory Corcoran’s goal left just a point in it midway through the second half, but Kenmare pulled away again and were five clear by the time the game entered injury time. Castleknock were given one late, late chance when Corcoran stepped up to a penalty with seconds remaining. His shot was brilliantly saved, but it wouldn’t have mattered anyway as by then time was all but up and Kenmare held an unassailable lead.

Dr. Harty Cup Semi-Final Replay – Our Lady’s Templemore 1-13 Ardscoil Ris Limerick 0-14

McGrath magic drags Our Lady’s into decider

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper


INSPIRED by Tipperary minor star John McGrath, Our Lady’s Templemore booked their place in the final following an absorbing replay in Nenagh. Our Lady’s held a 0-9 to 0-7 interval lead, with Ardscoil Ris left to rue missing two gilt-edged goal chances. Within seconds of the restart Our Lady’s were five clear thanks to a sublime McGrath goal. McGrath’s accuracy from placed balls helped keep Our Lady’s in front despite Ardscoil battling to get back on terms with a raft of long-range Ronan Lynch frees. Cian Lynch gave Our Lady’s a scare when he clipped the upright with a last-gasp effort. Our Lady’s now face Dungarvan Colleges in the final. “Dungarvan Colleges will be red-hot favourites, but we’ll prepare as best we can and give it a good lash anyway,” coach Tom Byrnes said.

Scorers – Our Lady’s Templemore: J McGrath 1-7 (0-6f), T Nolan 0-3, JJ Ryan 0-2, B Kennedy 0-1. Ardscoil Ris – R Lynch 0-7 (5f, 1 ’65’), W O’Donoghue, C O’Brien (2f) 0-2 each, C Crehan, C Lynch , M O’Loughlin 0-1 each.

Our Lady’s Templemore – S Guerins; James Bergin, J Ryan, D Brereton; P Hogan, J Nyland, M Campion, C O’Riordan, J McGrath; T Nolan, B Kennedy, D Carey; Jamie Bergin, JJ Ryan , T Maher. Subs: T Brett for Hogan (inj 46), D McEnroe for Maher (55).

Ardscoil Ris – C Houlihan; B Fitzpatrick, M Buckley, J O’Halloran; E Costelloe, R Lynch, A Carroll; M Foley (7), W O’Donoghue; C O’Brien, C Lynch, D Dempsey; C Crehan, E Keogh, T Grimes. Subs: M O’Loughlin for Keogh (38), I Galvin for O’Brien (43), J English for Grimes (54).

Ref – D Copps (Cork)

AIB All-Ireland Club Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Kilcormac-Killoughey (Offaly) 1-20 Thurles Sarsfields (Tipperary) 1-14

Kilcormac’s greater desire takes them to higher plane

Kilcormac 1-20 Thurles Sarsfields 1-14

Report by Dermot Crowe for the Sunday Independent newspaper

A famous day for Offaly hurling and the people of Kilcormac-Killoughey. Available at 5/1 to win this semi-final, they gave a performance that had defiance at its core, as if they came to Portlaoise a shade insulted to lodge the strongest objection to those bleak forecasts.

But odds and Offaly, well they are an odd mix at times. This was an unforgettable triumph for a club that won its first county title only last autumn, even if they have been threatening for some time. Ten years ago, Birr won the last of their four All-Irelands and the time since has seen a democratisation of hurling in the county. Coolderry exceeded expectations to reach the All-Ireland final last year; now Kilcormac-Killoughey will experience that rare privilege, too, next month. Their win was every bit as emphatic as the scoreline reads. Thurles brought a reputation for destroying teams with opulent spells of high-street hurling, but yesterday the rules of engagement were set to different co-ordinates. It wasn’t a day for parlour hurlers, it was indisputably a battle and Kilcormac showed the greater appetite.

Some of the bigger Thurles names didn’t shine. Lar Corbett was held scoreless and he didn’t have a notable input. The same could be said of Paudie Maher at centre-back and with Michael Cahill and David Kennedy in the same line, Kilcormac were still able to root out five points from play. All of their forwards registered and Ciarán Slevin, not for the first time, was their chief source.

Throughout the field, Sarsfields were badgered by the relentless attentions of the Kilcormac players, with turnover ball leading to a number of their scores. Pa Bourke played at full-forward and scored a fine goal nearing half-time, but his performance was mixed and often subdued. Richie Ruth and Aidan McCormack only got to show flashes of what they can do. Ronan Maher came on in the second half and helped raise the tempo and for a while Sarsfields appeared capable of making their escape.

In the 51st minute, Bourke’s free left them only one point adrift, 1-13 to 1-14, having trailed by five at one stage, but Kilcormac scored six more to Sarsfields solitary reply from Michael O’Brien. The weather held but there had been a lot of rain leading up to it, which left its mark, both goal areas covered in sand. Sarsfields won’t go looking for excuses there; the answers lie within.

Dan Currams’ goal near half-time offered a neat demonstration of Kilcormac’s irrepressible willpower, when he managed to dribble the ball past Patrick McCormack after he seemed to have forfeited possession. It wasn’t a thing of beauty but the game was never at risk of being mistaken for a beauty contest. Before that Sarsfields had a good spell, though short-lived, with Bourke’s goal and a glorious point over the shoulder from McCormack. A goal down, Kilcormac relished the challenge. A long-range free from Brian Leonard underlined their intent. Then Currams struck, bullying his way through, to give his side a 1-8 to 1-7 lead and everything to fight for facing into the second half.

From there the intensity of the match never waned. Kilcormac restarted with an inspirational score from Conor Mahon and a Slevin free left them a goal clear. Two more quickly followed, the first a free after Denis Maher was bottled up and blown for over-carrying. Currams struck one with his back to goal under pressure and the gap was five. With 20 minutes to go, Bourke tried to goal from a free but the Kilcormac line could not be breached.

They did begin to make inroads and in an eight-minute spell five of the six points scored came from the Munster champions. They were also unlucky not to get a second goal, Corbett’s beautifully flighted ball met with a sweet one-handed connection from Ruth, but it was stopped by Conor Slevin. The save had more to do with luck probably, but on this day, of all days, Kilcormac had earned it and more.

Scorers – Kilcormac: C Slevin 0-11 (0-8f, 1 ’65’), D Currams 1-1, C Mahon, B Leonard 0-2f, T Geraghty, J Gorman, P Geraghty, K Leonard 0-1 each. Sarsfields: P Bourke 1-5 (3f, 1 ’65’), J Enright (2 ’65s’), D Maher 0-2 each, M Gleeson, A McCormack, R Ruth, R Maher, M O’Brien 0-1.

Kilcormac-Killoughey: C Slevin; J Grogan, G Healion, A McConville; K Grogan, P Healion, B Leonard; D Kilmartin, K Leonard; C Slevin, C Mahon, P Geraghty; J Gorman, D Currams, T Geraghty. Subs: C Guinan for B Leonard (59).

Thurles Sarsfields: P McCormack; D Maher, K O’Gorman, S Maher; D Kennedy, P Maher, M Cahill; M Gleeson, J Enright; D Maher, J Corbett, L Corbett; A McCormack, P Bourke, R Ruth. Subs: R Maher for Enright (38), G O’Grady for J Corbett (43), M O’Brien for Ruth (51).

Referee: C Lyons (Cork)


Kilcormac chase one more first

By Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Thurles Sarsfields 1-14 Kilcormac-Killoughey 1-20

The cartwheels performed in the middle of O’Moore Park on Saturday told you everything you needed to know. The acrobat in question had a green and gold headband and was celebrating Kilcormac-Killoughey’s deserved win over favourites Thurles Sarsfields in a cracking All-Ireland club hurling semi-final at the Portlaoise venue. A first county title, a first provincial title, a first St Patrick’s Day appointment in Croke Park.

It’s been some year for the Offaly men and their manager, Danny Owens. “We knew we’d be up against a very good team, and they are a good team,” said Owens as he was congratulated by what looked like the entire population of Kilcormac-Killoughey. “But our lads are just relentless. They’re very fit, very determined, very focused and they have a lot of skill. When you have those attributes you’re always in with a chance. “We knew if we got under their skins a bit we’d have a chance to maybe rattle them and get the better of them.”

The Offaly side played into the wind in the first half but theirs was the happier dressing room at the break. They held the Thurles attack for most of the first half and it was point for point — with Thurles relying largely on placed balls — until the 27th minute, when Pa Bourke struck for the game’s first goal, out-fielding Ger Healion and finishing well. With the game edging into injury time, Kilcormac-Killoughey hit back, Daniel Currams making a lot of ground down the middle and staying calm to finish from the edge of the square to make it 1-8 to 1-7 at half time in his side’s favour.

Tipp style versus Offaly determination? Too simplistic, but the winners’ huge appetite for work was visible on the resumption: Ciarán Slevin’s free-taking helped Kilcormac-Killoughey to a five-point lead before a sluggish Thurles side responded, Bourke leading the charge. Corbett did some damage at midfield and Bourke had a goal attempt from a close-in free turned away, but they couldn’t draw level.

When Kilcormac keeper Conor Slevin somehow kept out Richie Ruth’s goal-bound flick, the Offaly men got back in gear: Slevin’s brother Ciarán was unerring from placed balls and restored Kilcormac’s momentum, and a six-point win certainly didn’t flatter them. “Momentum is a big catchword in rugby parlance at the moment,” said Thurles manager Seamus Quinn after he visited the winners’ dressing room. “When we got the goal in the first half they got a goal straight away, and that took from our momentum. “We had two goal chances in the second half and if they had gone in it might have gone the other way. But they’re a fine team, they hurled well, are a tight-knit group — and you saw it there today, no little skill. “I told them that we didn’t underestimate them for a second — it was a first time for us, a first time for them, we were going for the prize and fair dues to them, they took it.”

Owens was looking ahead to the All-Ireland final, suggesting Kilcormac-Killoughey will stick to a tried and trusted tactical approach: “We didn’t go out to man-mark them [Thurles]. We knew Lar [Corbett] would run all over the field, and for someone to run after him would be crazy, to give up a player on your team. So we played an orthodox back line, we didn’t pack our defence, we came out to go for the jugular and to try to win the game. There was going to be no packing the defence — we played our defence in position as much as we could and cut down on the space. “It worked out on the day. Today was a good day and hopefully it’ll repeat itself in the All-Ireland club final.”

Scorers for Kilcormac-Killoughey: C Slevin 0-11 (8f, 1 65); D Currams 1-1; C Mahon and B Leonard (2f) 0-2 each; T Geraghty, P Geraghty, J Gorman and K Leonard 0-1 each.

Scorers for Thurles Sarsfields: P Bourke 1-5 (0-3f, 0-1 65); D Maher and J Enright (2 65) 0-2 each; M Gleeson, R Maher, A McCormack, R Ruth and M O’Brien 0-1 each.

KILCORMAC-KILLOUGHEY: Conor Slevin, J Grogan, G Healion, A McConville, K Grogan, P Healion, B Leonard, D Kilmartin, K Leonard, Ciaran Slevin, C Mahon, P Geraghty, J Gorman, D Currams, T Geraghty.

Sub: C Guinan for B Leonard (60).

THURLES SARSFIELDS: P McCormack, S Maher, K O’Gorman, David Maher, D Kennedy, P Maher, M Cahill, M Gleeson, J Enright, Denis Maher, J Corbett, L Corbett, R Ruth, P Bourke, A McCormack.

Subs: R Maher for Enright (38); G O’Grady for J Corbett (42); M O’Brien for Ruth (50).

Referee: C Lyons (Cork)


Kilcormac-Killoughey stun Thurles to reach final

Report from the web site

Kilcormac-Killoughey are through to the final of the AIB GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Club Championship on St Patrick’s Day after an incredible 1-20 to 1-14 defeat of Thurles Sarsfields at Portlaoise today. Massive underdogs going into the game, Danny Owens’ side defied the odds by finishing brilliantly and hitting six points without reply in the closing stages to seal a deserved win. Ciaran Slevin was the star of the show for the Offaly champions – who won their first county and provincial titles last autumn – scoring 0-11 in total and hitting some excellent scores in that crucial period at the end.

Kilcormac-Killoughey led by 1-8 to 1-7 at the break thanks to a goal from Daniel Currams just before the half-time whistle. Minutes earlier, Pa Bourke had hit the back of the net for Thurles, who had the better of the opening exchanges. Kilcormac’ hit the first five points of the second half to grab the momentum, before Thurles came back into the game with a burst of their own, drawing to within a point at one stage after hitting three points in a row.

Crucially, in that period the Tipperary side also missed two goal chances, Pa Bourke, his side’s top scorer with 1-5, hit the crossbar from a 21-yard free and Richie Ruth forced a fine save from Kilcormac’ goalkeeper Conor Slevin. That was the story of Thurles’s afternoon, though, as they hit 15 wides and their big names failed to have any impact on the game, with Lar Corbett strangely subdued in a deep-lying role. Kilcormac ruthlessly exposed their opponents’ ineptitude. Ciaran Slevin, Peter Geraghty and Dan Currams all hit the target in the game-winning burst. Slevin then hit three more to bring his tally to 0-11 and his side were home and dry.

Kilcormac-Killoughey Scorers: Ciaran Slevin 0-11 (0-8f, 0-1 ’65), Daniel Currams 1-1, Brian Leonard (0-1f), Conor Mahon 0-2 each, James Gorman, Tomas Geraghty, Peter Geraghty, Killian Leonard 0-1 each.

Thurles Sarsfields Scorers: Pa Bourke 1-5 (0-3f, 0-1 ’65), Johnny Enright (0-1f, 0-1 ’65), Denis Maher 0-2 each, Richie Ruth, Michael Gleeson, Aidan McCormack, Ronan Maher, Michael O’Brien 0-1 each.

Kilcormac-Killoughey: Conor Slevin; James Grogan, Ger Healion, Alan McConville; Kevin Grogan, Peter Healion, Brian Leonard; Killian Leonard, Damien Kilmartin; Ciaran Slevin, Conor Mahon, Peter Geraghty; James Gorman, Daniel Currams, Tomas Geraghty.

Thurles Sarsfields: Paddy McCormack; Stephen Maher; Kevin O’Gorman, David Maher; David Kennedy, Padraic Maher, Michael Cahill; Michael Gleeson, Johnny Enright; Pa Bourke, Jim Corbett, Lar Corbett; Richie Ruth, Pa Bourke, Aidan McCormack. Subs: Ronan Maher for Enright, Ger O’Grady for Jim Corbett, Michael O’Brien for Ruth.

Referee: Colm Lyons (Cork)

Corn Phádraig Senior B Hurling Semi-Final – Dungarvan CBS 1-22 Rochestown College Cork 3-7

Dungarvan CBS defeated Rochestown College Cork by 1-22 to 3-7 in the Corn Phádraig Senior B Hurling Semi-Final on Saturday in Youghal.

St. Francis College Rochestown Senior Hurling panel 2012-2013

Eoghan O’Brien Douglas

David King Blackrock

Daniel Meaney Blackrock

Paddy Lynch Blackrock

Darragh Kelliher Cobh

David O’Connor Blackrock

Kevin Foley Blackrock

Andrew Cullinane Douglas

Neil Murphy Nemo Rangers

David Barrett Nemo Rangers Joint Captain

John Gleeson Douglas

Mark O’ Connor Douglas

Liam O’Connell Douglas

Dylan Long Douglas

Mark Dolan Douglas

Niall Cashman Blackrock

David Kirk Carrigaline

Aodán Cotter Carrigaline

Gavin Connolly Blackrock

Aaron Ward Douglas

Jordan Kavanagh Douglas

Alan O’Donovan Nemo Rangers

Conor O’Brien Douglas Joint Captain

Donal Kiely Tracton

Cathal Cormack Blackrock

Jack Ronan Cobh

Kevin Hodgins St. Finbarrs

Andrew Murphy Blackrock

Conor Kingston Douglas