Munster Ladies Football Plate Final – Mourneabbey (Cork) 7-8 Southern Gaels (Kerry) 1-8

Munster Ladies Plate Final

Five Goal Doireann kills off Southern Challenge

Mourneabbey 7-8 Southern Gaels 1-8

The sheer individual class of Cork senior Doireann O’Sullivan with five goals was the difference as Southern Gaels learned a harsh lesson in the reality of Munster club football when they suffered their worst defeat ever in Munster competitions last Sunday.

The South Kerry girls went into the game as outsiders but with the loss of Inter County star Deirdre Corridan (travelling) and regular corner back Sinead Clifford( Injured), they were to have a mountain to climb. The game as a contest was as good as over by the 13th minute when Doireann O’Sullivan had hit her third goal and with another from Emma Coakley putting the Cork side 4-3 to no score in front.

Southern Gaels open their account on the 16th when Anna Galvin pointed a 30 Metre free and Lisa O’Sullivan added another shortly after. However, this good work was washed away quickly as Mourneabbey hit them for two further goals prior to the break including a penalty, which cost the Kerry side a yellow card as they; day was going from bad to worse. Mourneabbey lead 6-4 to 0-2 at the break.

Southern Gaels did salvage some pride in the second half as Linda Cronin had a brace of good early points as they managed to steadily build the score board and despite being hit for O’Sullivans fifth goal in the 33rd minute they continued to attack at every opportunity. Lisa O’Sullivan was certainly showing the way in the full forward line and was always a real threat. Linda Cronin, Caroline Kelly and Anna Galvin were more prominent in the second half and while Lisa O’Sullivan’s late goal was a consolation it was exceptionally well taken by the only shining light on an otherwise dark day for Southern Gaels.

Mourneabbey may have reduced the gears somewhat in the second half but the wonderful open play of their forwards was a joy to watch as the Cork side gained some consolation after a disappointing early exit in the Cork championship.

Southern Gaels: M Daly, F Keating, C O’Sullivan, O Donovan, C Quinlan, C Kelly, E Kissane, A Galvin 0-2(1F), M O’ Connell, S Fitzgerald, L Cronin 0-2, R Galvin, A Fitzgerald, J O’Connell, L O’Sullivan 1-4(1F)

Subs: E O’Driscoll for R Galvin (H/T), C O’Sullivan for F Keating (37M), S O’Shea for J O’Connell(49M) L Galvin for S Fitzgerald (53M)

Mournabbey: M O’Sullivan, A Walsh, C Stack, E Forde, Miriam O’Callaghan, Maire O’Callaghan, A O’ Sullivan, C O’Sullivan, E Meaney, R O’Sullivan, B O’Sullivan, E Coakley 1-1, L Fitzgerald 1-5 (2F), D O’Sullivan 5-1, N O’Sullivan. Subs L Crowley 0-1 for Miriam O’Callaghan(H/T), R Harrington for A Walsh (45M) J Forde for D O’Sullivan (48M)

Referee K Martin (Waterford)

Munster Club Intermediate Ladies Football Final – Boherbue (Cork) 3-6 Aherlow (Tipperary) 0-12

Munster Intermediate Club Final

Boher see off Hanley inspired Aherlow

Boherbue 3-6 Aherlow 0-12

Boher put back-to-back Munster Junior and intermediate titles together after a hard fought contested in Kilmallock last Sunday. However, they were put to the pin of their collar when Aherlow who successfully chased down an 8-point lead to get back level just ran out of steam and failed to score in the last ten minutes of the game to leave the Cork side out of sight again.

Julie Dennehy and Claire O’Connor’s early brace of goals put Boher on the road to a 2-2 to 0-2 lead after 12 minutes. When Julie Dennehy crashed another to the net on the 22nd minute, it looked as if the mountain was too high to climb for the Tipp girls. However almost single handed Edel led the line for Aherlow and slowly began to reel off points, mostly frees that she won herself to leave a better reflection on the half time score board 3-2 to 0-6 in favour of the Cork girls.

Both sides swapped early points in the second half before Aherlow got to grips with the Boher challenge. In the next fifteen minutes, they raised five white flags all from the boot of Hanley who at times had lines of black and amber jerseys to break through.

The biggest roar of the day came when Aherlow got back to level terms by the 48th minute. However, the effort they used in getting back was to tell in the final ten minutes as Boher with points from Dennehy (2) and Rosie Twohig put sufficient day light between again.

Boherbue’s Shelly Twohig accepted the Cup and Edel Hanley was player of the game with a personal haul of 0-11 out of her sides 0-12.

Aherlow: L Grogan, L Ivory, G Wade, B Condon, A Meaney, R Kenneally, G Ryan, S Condon, B Watters, C Mullins, A Staunton 0-1, AM Fahey, K Crowe, E Hanley 0-11(8F), M Condon

Subs: M O’Gorman for L Grogan (Inj- 16M), G Blackburn for L Ivory (27M)

BoherBue: M Murphy, A Clifford, E Casey, H O’Connor, O McAuliffe, U Twohig, B Casey, S Twohig, L Dineen, Caroline O’Connor, S Kelly, R Twohig 0-1, Claire O’Connor 1-0, J Dennehy 2-4 (2F), S Heelan

Referee: Jason Mullins (Kerry)

Munster Senior Ladies Football Final – The Banner (Clare) 1-13 St Val’s (Cork) 1-12

Munster Senior Ladies Final

Banner roar to life

The Banner 1-13 St Val’s 1-12

When Caoimhe Creedon stood, up to take a last minute free from the 35 Metre line it looked as if St. Val’s were going to take another late victory but cruelly for Creedon her effort drop short and was cleared by the Banner. A minute later Katie Cahill scored a point that will be long remembered in Clare as it was going to be the difference between two sides who really just went for it all day.

The Banner made the better start and were 1-4 to 0-0 to the good by the eighth minute, before St. Val’s even woke from their slumber. In truth, it could have been more were it not for a terrific save by the Val’s custodian Jean O’Sullivan. Val’s finally got back on top of affairs and with a vital Jean Lucey goal in the 12th minute; they began to close the gap. However, this was to become a Niamh O’Dea and Caoimhe Creedon battle as both carried their teams largely for scores. O’Dea would finish the day with 1-6 while Creedon would have a personal tally of 0-8.

The sides went to the break with the Banner just two ahead 1-7 to 1-5. Val’s needed to kick on early in the second half and while they managed to disrupt a lot of ball heading to the Banner forward line they were unable to close the gap. With 8 minutes to go, there was still two points between them. It was in the last ten minutes that Val’s found the gear they needed and Creedon kicked the equaliser on the 60th minute it looked as if both sides would have another day. However, Creedon’s final free did not have the distance and Katie Cahill ensured that the Michael Ryan Cup would head back to the Banner for the first time since 1996 winners ironically defeated a Michael Ryan trained Ballymacarby of Waterford.

Niamh O’Dea collect both cup and player of the game award on the day of her birthday. This was possibly one of the greatest finals in recent years at this grade. The Banner had stars all over the field. Laura Ryan and Louise Woods were immense in the backline while veterans Louise Hency and Niamh Keane battled all day. In the forward line, it would be easy to talk about the wonderful Niamh O’Dea but a lot of the good work was done by her forward teammates whose off the ball running and support play opened a lot of space when it was needed.

It was cruel on St Val’s who after a slow start got back to level right on full time. Jean O’Sullivan made a number of telling saves in the Val’s goal and after a shaky start, Eva Dunne and Claire Ambrose got on top of things. Breige Corkery’s normal rampaging was curtailed somewhat as she ended up marking O’Dea but Fiona Crowley caught the eye when introduced with Jean Lucey and Louise Cohalan always dangerous.

The Banner: E O’Driscoll, E O’Dea, L Ryan, N Cavanagh, L Woods, S Quinn, O Lynch 0-2, L Hencey, N Keane, G Nolan 0-1, A Malone 0-1, N Carroll, K Cahill 0-1, N O’Dea 1-6 (2F) S Higgins. Subs: A Keane 0-1 for S Higgins (32M), K Roche 0-1 for N Carroll (45M)

St. Val’s: J O’Sullivan, S Cotter, M Ambrose, Liz Coholan, E Dunne, C Ambrosse, V Foley, Louise Coholan 0-1, N Canty, C Byrne, J Lucey 1-1, B Corkery, M Corkery 0-1, C Creedon 0-8 (4F), A Plunkett 0-1, Subs: F Crowley for N Canty (35M), B Hennigan for C Byrne (35M)

Referee: Keith Delahunty (Tipperary)

Banner Ladies, Clare

St. Val’s (Cork)

Munster Under 17 Football Competition – Tipperary 1-13 Limerick 1-6

Daryl Darcy Munster U17 Football Tournament

Tipperary 1-13 Limerick 1-6

In a well contested game in Dr Morris Pk Thurles, on Monday night 21st October Tipperary booked their passage to the final of the Daryl Darcy Under 17 Football Tournament by virtue of a well deserved and hard fought victory over Limerick. The win was fashioned in the first half as Tipperary got out of the blocks and shot into a 5 point lead with good points from Liam Duffy, Michael O’Connor and Jack Kennedy all from play added to by two points from Padraig White, one play and one free. A well worked goal from Darren McGrath put Tipperary in to a commanding 1-5 to 0-2 point lead going into the closing stages of the opening half. Full credit to Limerick who responded with points from Jonathan Lyons, Kieran Browder and Ciaran Kelly and following a good up field Limerick move, Tipperary conceded a penalty which Conor Burke dispatched to the net with confidence. Tipperary got back on track with points from Padraig White, two frees, Michael O’Connor and Tommy Nolan all from play. Tipperary led at half time 1-9 to 1-3.

The second half followed the same pattern as the first with Tipp getting off the mark early with scores from Michael O’Connor and Padraig White. Limerick however had a very productive spell hitting three unanswered points and when a further penalty was awarded they looked to be gaining momentum. The penalty however was well saved by Jack Brady in the Tipperary goal and Tipperary regained composure. Further points from Padraig White, Darren McGrath and corner back Faolainn Linnane Tipperary eased out to their well deserved victory.

Conditions were wet and windy which made handling difficult but all credit to both sides for serving up a game of quality with great scores, good team play all played in a very competitive but sporting atmosphere. In the other game played on Monday night, Clare recorded a 1-8 to 0-9 victory over Waterford in a match played in Clonoulty. Tipperary now go forward to the Daryl Darcy Cup final against Clare while Limerick and Waterford will contest the plate final.

Tipperary: Jack Brady, Ross Dennehy, Danny Owens, Faolainn Linnane, Stephen Kelly, Willie Connors, Brian Norris, Stephen Quirke, Jack Kennedy, Michael O’Connor, Padraig White, Tommy Nolan, Liam Duffy, Stephen Lonergan, Darren McGrath
Subs: Billy McCarthy, Colm O’Shaughnessy and Anthony Leahy

Limerick: Andy Brouder, Brendan Stack, Stephen Brosnan, Killian Ryan, Cormac Flanagan, Fiacra o Grady, Tommy Childs, Sean Ivfss, Jonathan Lyons, Conor Burke, Mikey Morrissey, Gary McCarthy, Ciaran Brouder, Kieran Kelly

Referee – James Bermingham (Cork)

Munster Under 17 Football Competition – Clare 1-8 Waterford 0-9

Clare 1-8 Waterford 0-9

After suffering two heavy defeats against Limerick and Tipperary, the Waterford Under 17 Footballers faced an uphill task against an unbeaten Clare side in Clonoulty on Monday night. However a much improved Waterford display with great work rate and intensity in the play was almost enough to beat the Banner boys.

Playing against a strong breeze, Waterford trailed by 0-7 to 0-1 at half time having missed a golden opportunity for a goal just before the break. With the wind at their back Waterford were hoping for a bright start to the second half. However Clare struck for an early goal from full-forward Niall Murray to increase their interval lead. Despite this set-back, Waterford took control of the game in the third quarter and picked off some excellent scores with all eight of their second half points coming from play. Waterford could not find the goal required to take the lead and when the Decies were reduced to 14 men in the final minutes, Clare held out for victory.

Both sides are to be complimented on playing good football in hard conditions helped by the good condition of the Clonoulty pitch.

Waterford: Paul Curran (St Oliver’s, 0-1); John Havens (Dungarvan), John Frampton (Sacred Heart), John Elsted (Ballinacourty); Diarmuid Gallagher (Brickey Rangers), Conor Prunty (Ballinacourty, 0-2), Darren McGuckian (Stradbally); Michael Kiely (St Oliver’s), Mark Roynayne (St Oliver’s); David Looby (Ballinacourty, 0-1), Pat Whyte (Kilrossanty, 0-1), James Coad (De La Salle, 0-1); Shane Stafford (Sacred Heart), Michael Sweeney (Stradbally, 0-2), Paul Tobin (Stradbally, 0-1)

Subs – Sean Cullinane (Affane/Cappoquin) for Paul Curran, Cormac Dwyer (Ballinacourty) for Shane Stafford

Clare: Eoin O’Kelly (Cratloe); Liam Tierney (St. Breckans Lisdoonvarna), Conor Downes (Naomh Eoin), Gary Meaney (Coolmeen); Pierce Lillis (Cooraclare), Darren Nagle (Liscannor), Cian O’Dea (Kilfenora, 0-1); Eoin Callinan (Kilmihil), Eoin Hanrahan (St. Josephs Doora Barefield); Michael Duffy (Kilfenora, 0-1), Cathal Downes (O’Currys, 0-2), Sean Malone (St. Josephs Miltown Malbay, 0-3); Davy Foran (Killimer), Nigel Murray (O’Currys, 1-0), Keelan Cunningham (Killimer, 0-1)

Subs used – Conor Tevlyn (Naomh Eoin), Alan Sweeney (St. Breckans), James Murphy (Naomh Eoin)

Referee – David Grogan (Tipperary)

Dean Ryan Cup Under 16 1/2 A Hurling Semi-Final – Ard Scoil Ris 4-15 Our Lady’s Templemore 1-16

Ard Scoil Ris defeated Our Lady’s Templemore by 4-15 to 1-16 after extra time in the Dean Ryan Cup Under 16 1/2 A Hurling Semi-Final on Monday October 21st at MacDonagh Park Nenagh.

Waterford County Senior Football Final – Ballinacourty 0-12 Stradbally 0-5

Moore revels in victory

By Tomás McCarthy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Ballinacourty 0-12 Stradbally 0-5

A Ballinacourty blitz, based on pressure play and midfield superiority helped them secure a sixth county title following a fiery final at Fraher Field. They absorbed the loss of the experienced John Hurney to a red card before the interval and kicked on confidently in the second half, guided by man of the match Gary Hurney.

Selector Neil Moore admitted the tag of underdogs proved a massive motivation for his troops. “The lads were determined that we weren’t coming over here and losing. A lot of the talk around was that we were coming over to make up the numbers but we showed a few people that we can play football too. They are very fit and that’s a great tribute to our club fitness coach James Keoghan. Even with the 14 men, they were able to battle on. We are a big, strong, physical team and there has been a good fitness programme put in place in the club this year. All over the field we just said to the lads that they would have to win their own position.”

Facing each other for the third time in four years at this juncture, familiarity bred a certain amount of contempt as both sides finished with 14 men. The key battleground of midfield swung overwhelmingly in Courty’s favour during the second quarter and they never loosened that grip. Gary Hurney ruled the skies and captain Mark Fives reacted quickest to the breaking ball. They were ably assisted by forward thinking half backs in Richie Foley and Shane Briggs. Stradbally eyed up their ninth crown in 13 years beforehand but their bid was significantly hindered by an injury sustained to Michael Walsh. Patrick Hurney and Michael O’Halloran set the early pace for the winners but David Grey, Shane Ahearne (free) and Paddy Kiely replied to give Stradbally a 0-3 to 0-2 first quarter advantage.

Stradbally subsequently experienced difficulties with their own kick out as Mark Fives vacuumed up the breaking ball. The aforementioned Fives equalised before a James O’Mahoney point and a Richie Foley brace established a healthy position for the winners approaching the interval (0-6 to 0-3). Courty could have cashed in more on their midfield mastery but they shot six wides. In the first minute of added time, John Hurney received a straight red card following an off the ball tangle with Tony Grey.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, Courty stretched their legs on the restart. Mark Fives landed his second after a Gary Hurney assist. The evergreen Hurney then squeezed an astonishing attempt inside the left post after being knocked off balance by two Stradbally defenders. The Reds had gone an incredible 34 minutes without a score before Shane Ahearne landed a free on 45 minutes (0-8 to 0-4). The Villagers weren’t to be denied however as Gary Hurney and Michael O’Halloran tacked on two frees. A frustrating afternoon for the Reds was exacerbated when Paddy Kiely was sent off after an altercation with James O’Mahoney on 50 minutes. Mark Ferncombe and John Power put the icing on the cake for Courty with late scores.

Scorers for Ballinacourty: M Fives, R Foley, G Hurney (1f), M O’Halloran (1f) 0-2 each; J O’Mahoney, P Hurney, M Ferncombe, J Power 0-1 each.

Scorers for Stradbally: S Ahearne (2fs), D Grey 0-2 each; P Kiely 0-1.

Ballinacourty: S Enright; D Collins, S O’Hare, B Looby; C Moloney, S Briggs, R Foley; J Hurney, G Hurney; M Ferncombe, M Fives, J O’Mahoney; J O’Brien, P Hurney, M O’Halloran.

Subs: S Donovan for O’Brien (43); J Power for O’Mahoney (52); G Breen for Collins (61); M Gorman for O’Halloran (62); P Lynch for Moloney (63).

Stradbally: O Costelloe; P Doyle, S Lannon, A Doyle; K Lawlor, E Rockett, T Grey; M Walsh, S Ahearne; J Coffey, P Kiely, T Connors; D Grey, R Ahearne, G Power.

Subs: K Coffey for A Doyle (H-T); A Doyle for P Doyle (38); J Mullaney for Power (43); L Casey for Lawlor (45); T Curran for Connors (52).

Referee: J Condon

Limerick County Senior Football Championship Final – Dromcollogher-Broadford 2-9 Monaleen 2-7

Drom-Broadford in seventh heaven

By John Guiney for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Dromcollogher-Broadford 2-09 Monaleen 2-07

Dromcollogher-Broadford claimed their seventh Limerick SFC title since 2001 with a two-point win over Monaleen in Newcastle West. This victory over the city side saw them retain their crown for the third time. The final pitted the two kingpins of Limerick football in opposition for the first time despite the fact that they had won 10 of the previous 12 final between them. But Drom-Broadford proved themselves the undisputed standard-bearers on Shannonside with a deserved win and their hero was newcomer Killian Phair. A Cavan native, Phair scored the all-important second goal midway through the second half and notched two points from frees and one superb effort from play with the outside of his boot. The secondary school teacher was winning his first title with Drom-Broadford but it’s his third senior county title, having had previous wins in his native Cavan and in London.

Playing with the wind, Phair and colleagues were only 1-4 to 1-1 up at half-time as a tally of eight wides hindered their progress on the scoreboard. But it was an interval lead built despite conceding a goal with the final’s opening score. That green flag was raised by Darragh Bonfil, who soloed through the heart of the defence, to crash brilliantly to the net. But his side failed to build on that early boost and scored just a Ger Collins free for the remainder of the half as the eventual winners took control of possession. It took Drom-Broadford all of 13-minutes to open their account, with defender Dee O’Leary surging upfield to score from a tight angle. Phair and captain Micheal Reidy added points as the game was level after 18 wides. Then came the Collins free but it didn’t stop Drom-Broadford ending the half on top. Another free from Phair regained the lead and then came their first half goal. It came from the penalty spot after Michael Brosnan was fouled, Reidy cooly crashing the spot kick high to the net for a three point half-time lead.

Backed by the wind, Monaleen needed to find early second half momentum, and they did with Graham O’Connell (free) and Collins pointing to reduce the lead to 1-5 to 1-3. But they failed to find any more scores and up the field went Drom-Broadford to find their second goal. Jason Stokes was just on the field and his pass created the opening for Phair, who brilliantly lopped over the goalkeeper from a tight angle. He added a point almost immediately and all of a sudden the lead was 2-7 to 1-3. The game was only entering the final quarter but two points from Pat Donnelly held off any Monaleen charge. But just when it looked like the game would peter out, Monaleen dug deep, with Michael Crowley, Padraig Quinn and sub Muiris Gavin kicking successive points. Then Bonfil was fouled and referee Martin Doherty pointed to the spot for the second time. Collins finished the penalty low to the keeper’s left and all of a sudden the lead was down to a point. But the champions didn’t buckle and Garret Noonan ensured the win with a point in the final minute.

Scorers for Dromcollogher-Broadford: K Phair (1-3, 2f), M Reidy (1-1, 1-0p), D O’Leary, D McCarthy, P Donnelly, G Noonan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Monaleen: G Collins 1-3 (1p, 2f), D Bonfil 1-0, G O’Connell (f), Ml Crowley, P Quinn, M Gavin 0-1 each.

MONALEEN: D O’Sullivan; F Nash, R Murray, C Moran; B Fitzpatrick, P Russell, P Quinn; B Geary, P Kinnerk; E Keating, J O’Brien, D Bonfil; G O’Connell, M Crowley, G Collins.

Subs: M Gavin for Keating (40), J Hoare for Fitzpatrick (44), D Bourke for Murray (46).

DROMCOLLOGHER-BROADFORD: K Noonan; E Barry, T McLoughlin, G Egan; G Noonan, D O’Leary, C Fahy; S Buckley, M O’Sullivan; D McCarthy, P Donnelly, M Brosnan; R Lynch, M Reidy, K Phair.

Subs: G Greaney for Noonan (23), J Stokes for O’Sullivan (40), S Brosnan for McCarthy (52), B Noonan for Fahy (59).

Referee: M Doherty (St Marys Sean Finns)


Drom-Broadford Limerick SFC winners for a seventh time

by Jerome O’Connell for the Limerick Leader newspaper

DROMCOLLOGHER-BROADFORD are Limerick SFC winners for the seventh time after a 2-9 to 2-7 win over Monaleen in Newcastle West this Sunday. Despite a late Monaleen rally, Drom-Broadford retained their county title and a seventh since 2001. The win came despite a tally of 11-wides.

They now advance to play the Waterford champions Ballinacourty in the Munster club quarter-final. Playing against the wind, Monaleen got the ideal start with Darragh Bonfil goaling after three minutes. It took Drom-Broadford all of 13-minutes to open their account with defender Dee O’Leary surging upfield to score from a tight angle.

By that stage, the west Limerick side had kicked five wides. Killian Phair and Micheal Reidy added points as the game was level after 18-wides. Monaleen’s second score of the half, a Ger Collins free, came in the 20th minute.

But Drom-Broadford finished strongly in the half. A Phair free levelled the game and then three minutes from the break came their goal. Micheal Brosnan was fouled and Micheal Reidy thundered the penalty to the net for a 1-4 to 1-1 half time lead.

Graham O’Connell and Ger Collins had early Monaleen scores in the second half but Drom held off their fight back. The winners then kicked 1-3 to go 2-8 to 1-4 clear. The second goal came from Killian Phair. They were up seven points but Monaleen finished strongly. Mike Crowley, Padraig Quinn and Muiris Gavin kicked points.

Then Ger Collins goaled from the penalty spot. The lead was down to one point with three minutes to play but it was the champions that showed all their experience for Man of the Match Garrett Noonen to advance forward to seal the win.

SCORERS: Dromcollogher-Broadford: Killian Phair 1-3 (0-2frees), Micheal Reidy 1-1 (1-0pen), Dee O’Leary, Derry McCarthy, Patrick Donnelly, Garrett Noonan 0-1 each. Monaleen: Ger Collins 1-3 (1-0pen, 0-2frees), Darragh Bonfil 1-0, Graham O’Connell (free), Michael Crowley, Padraig Quinn, Muiris Gavin 0-1 each.

MONALEEN:Donal O’Sullivan; Finbar Nash, Richie Murray, Colm Moran; Barry Fitzpatrick, Peter Russell, Padraig Quinn; Brian Geary, Paul Kinnerk; Eoin Keating, Jason O’Brien, Darragh Bonfi; Graham O’Connell, Michael Crowley, Ger Collins. Subs: Muiris Gavin for Eoin Keating (40mins), Jack Hoare for Barry Fitzpatrick (44mins), Darren Bourke for Richie Murray (46mins).

DROMCOLLOGHER-BROADFORD: Keith Noonan; Eoin Barry, Tom McLoughlin, Gary Egan; Garrett Noonan, Dee O’Leary, Cillian Fahy; Sean Buckley, Michael O’Sullivan; Derry McCarthy, Patrick Donnelly, Micheal Brosnan; Ray Lynch, Micheal Reidy, Killian Phair. Subs: Gearoid Greaney for Keith Noonan, inj (23mins), Jason Stokes for Michael O’Sullivan (40mins), Seamus Brosnan for Derry McCarthy (52mins), Brian Noonan for Cillian Fahy (59mins).

REFEREE: Martin Doherty (St Marys Sean Finns)

Kerry County Senior Football Championship Final – Dr Crokes 4-16 Austin Stacks 0-12

Crokes eye Mitchels’ five-in-a-row after Stacks put to sword

Dr Crokes 4-16 Austin Stacks 0-12

By John Fogarty GAA Correspondent for the Irish Examiner newspaper

This is what a monopoly looks like and for Dr Crokes it’s what it must feel like this morning. As their fourth consecutive annexing of the Bishop Moynihan Cup, their dominance of Kerry football has never been stronger — but neither has it been as pronounced as this latest victory, a ruthless 16-point execution of a team that had been posting high scores of their own in reaching yesterday’s decider. It was five points better than their winning margin over Dingle last year. Austin Stacks were made to feel like second class citizens as the champions not only played around and above them, as had been expected, but through them too.

According to losing manager Stephen Stack, it was Dr Crokes’ newfound physicality that was the difference between the sides. To use that fact as the sole basis for this emphatic victory would do a disservice to the skill and poise exhibited by the Killarney team. Not only was their delivery of ball into the forward line better, but their teamwork, especially around the middle, unparalleled in a compelling show of creation and industry. But how much they will glean from it other than the sense of achievement won’t be seen for another couple of weeks at the very least. Castlehaven manager Finbarr Santry and defender Damien Cahalane were among the west Cork scouts keeping a watchful eye on proceedings.

As early as last Sunday evening, they had anticipated Dr Crokes would be their Munster quarter-final opponents, but even they would have been taken aback by just how emphatic Crokes were in their suffocation of this game. Brian Hurley will present Crokes’ defence with a problem to solve and, like Nemo Rangers, the Kerry winners are unlikely to drop a sweeper in front of him. But when they can blaze past a genuinely good side like Stacks with relative ease, they might argue they can afford to ignore such considerations.

If Stacks had sought to gain a psychological advantage in wearing an alternative jersey, different to the one agreed with the county board, the act backfired as Crokes led from the outset, Brian Looney’s effort 16 seconds in the first of five scores inside the first seven minutes. The best of them was a dazzling pick-up and run by man of the match Daithi Casey in the fifth minute and while Stacks fired back with points from Paul O’Donoghue and Shane Callaghan, it was just a brief respite for them.

The next five scores were all Crokes, Kieran O’Leary and Colm Cooper each contributing a brace before Chris Brady chipped in with one. Frustration grew in the Stacks’ rank with a series of late tackles, Kieran Donaghy warned by referee Seamus Mulvihill without picking up a yellow card. His county colleague Eoin Brosnan had the better of him in a lot of exchanges. Darragh Long was sacrificed too after being beaten by his marker, John Payne, once too often. Stacks’ corner-back Fergal McNamara ended a 12-minute scoreless spell only for his marker Cooper to find the net with the first of Crokes’ four goals. Shane Carroll took some of the sting out of the score with two points but the difference was still a weighty seven points, augmented to eight by O’Leary just before the break to make it 1-11 to 0-6.

In front of a 7,142 crowd, the game as a contest was over by that stage but even Stacks’ most optimistic supporters were resigned to their fate when a dashing Casey run set up Brady to palm the ball to the net. Following a similar plot to Brady’s goal, another blistering O’Leary solo was enough to create the platform for O’Leary to beat Darragh O’Brien. Thirteen points up with 22 minutes left to play, the only thing left to do was marvel at Crokes’ superiority as Stacks almost stood back as if to sample it for themselves. Crokes were celebrating another goal in the 46th minute when O’Leary turned provider for Casey.

It was Crokes’ third palmed goal, an indication of the inroads they made in carrying ball in the second half compared to the first, when they favoured kick-passes. Each side picked off four points in the remaining 15 or so minutes, three Carroll frees giving Stacks’ side of the scoreboard the smallest semblance of respectability. But nothing they assembled in consolation managed to scramble the strength of the message sent out by what is now a historic Dr Crokes team.

Scorers for Dr Crokes: C Cooper (2f), K O’Leary 1-4 each; D Casey 1-2 (0-1f), C Brady 1-1, J Buckley 0-2, B Looney, K Ward, J Doolan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Austin Stacks: S Carroll 0-5 (5f); B Shanahan 0-2; P O’Donoghue, S Callaghan, F McNamara, D Mannix, G Horan 0-1 each.

DR CROKES: D Moloney; K Ward, L Quinn, J Payne; S Myers, F Fitzgerald, E Brosnan; A O’Donovan, J Buckley; A O’Sullivan, D Casey, B Looney; K O’Leary, C Cooper, C Brady.

Subs: J Doolan for C Brady (46), M Moloney for L Quinn (50), D O’Leary for S Myers, G O’Shea for A O’Sullivan (both 51), S Doolan for J Payne (55).

AUSTIN STACKS: D O’Brien; J Dennis, F McNamara, D Bohan; R Shanahan, D McElligott, P McCarthy; K Donaghy, B Shanahan; G Horan, P O’Donoghue, M Collins; D Long, S Carroll, S Callaghan.

Subs: D Mannix for D Long (22), TJ Hogan for R Shanahan (37), C O’Connell for D McElligott (40), C Jordon for J Dennis (43), W Kirby for S Callaghan (46).

Referee: S Mulvihill (St Senans)



Dr Crokes complete four-in-a-row in Kerry with 16-point win over Stacks

Dr Crokes 4-16 Austin Stacks 0-12

Report by Fintan O’Toole for

DR CROKES CRUISED to a fourth successive Kerry senior football title with a dominant display over Austin Stacks in this afternoon’s decider at Fitzgerald Stadium. It was all too easy for the champions who demonstrated their status as the leading club side in the Kingdom in style. Colm Cooper and Kieran O’Leary fired 1-4 apiece as Dr Crokes crushed Austin Stacks, who last won the title in 1994, by 16 points.

Now Dr Crokes will turn their attentions to the provincial and national stage. They have won the last two Munster club titles but fell short at the All-Ireland semi-final stage for the last two years. First up in Munster will be Cork champions Castlehaven on November 3rd, in what will be a repeat of last year’s provincial decider. Dr Crokes secured their passage to that stage after a game which they controlled from an early stage. They raced into a 0-5 to 0-1 lead by the 7th minute before Austin Stacks briefly ralled to cut the gap to two points.

However Dr Crokes then took over to hit five point without reply before Colm Cooper smashed home the first goal of the game in the 25th minute. Shane O’Carroll grabbed a brace of points for Austin Stacks but they still faced a mountain to climb when trailing by eight points at the interval. The second-half saw Dr Crokes in complete control again as they ran away to a comfortable win. Chris Brady notched their second goal in the 31st minute after a terrific run by Daithi Casey to set it up. Then Kieran O’Leary bagged the third goal of the game in the 38th minute before Casey raised their fourth green flag six minutes later.

Scorers for Dr Crokes: Kieran O’Leary, Colm Cooper (0-3f) 1-4 each, Daithi Casey 1-2, Chris Brady 1-1, Johnny Buckley 0-2, Jamie Doolan, Kieran Ward, Brian Looney 0-1 each.

Scorers for Austin Stacks: Shane Carroll 0-4 (0-1f), Barry Shanahan, Shane O’Carroll 0-2 each, Paul O’Donoghue, Fearghal McNamara, David Mannix, Greg Horan 0-1 each.

DR CROKES: David Moloney; Kieran Ward, Luke Quinn, John Payne; Eoin Brosnan, Fionn Fitzgerald, Shane Myers; Ambrose O’Donovan, Johnny Buckley; Alan O’Sullivan, Daithi Casey, Brian Looney; Kieran O’Leary, Colm Cooper, Chris Brady.

Subs: Jamie Doolan for Brady, Michael Moloney for Quinn, Gavin O’Shea for O’Sullivan, David O’Leary for Myers, Shane Doolan for Payne.

AUSTIN STACKS: Darragh O’Brien; Fearghal McNamara, Daniel Bohane, John Dennis; Pa McCarthy, Denis McElligott, Ronan Shanahan; Barry Shanahan, Shane Carroll; Greg Horan, Paul O’Donoghue, Michael Collins; Darragh Long, Kieran Donaghy, Shane O’Callaghan.

Subs: David Mannix for Long, Kieran O’Connell for McElligott, William Kirby for O’Callaghan.

Referee: Seamus Mulvihilll (St Senan’s)

The Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship Final Press Pack

• Throw-in Sunday in Fitzgerald Stadium at 3pm and Curtain raiser is the Novice Club Championship Final between Templenoe and Listry at 1pm

• Referee is Seamus Mulvihill of St Senans

• Amhrán na bhFiann will be sung by Aoife Ní Choileain (Aibhistín de Staic)

• Both sides will wear their alternative strips – Dr Crokes white with yellow hoop and black togs and Austin Stacks gold with black shoulder and black togs

• Musical Entertainment will be provided by the Killorglin and District Pipe Band

• At half time, the St Kierans team, winners of the County Championship in 1988, will be introduced to the crowd. At midfield on that team was one Mick Galwey.

• Match Programme is produced by Bórd na nÓg Chiarraí

Austin Stacks V Dr Crokes – Did you know?

Austin Stacks

• Austin Stacks have won the County Championship 11 times, their last in 1994 – against Dr Crokes after a replay.

• The legendary Joe Barrett captained Stacks in each final in their 3-in-a-row from 1930 to 1932

• Should Austin Stacks win today’s final, they will equal the record for the most titles won – currently held by Laune Rangers (12)

• Darragh Long is son of Denny Long All Ireland winning midfielder with Cork in 1973 and winner of 3 County Championships with Austin Stacks in the ‘70s

• Paul Lucey, current selector with Stacks, was manager of the 1994 winning side

• Pa Laide, another current selector, was on the 1994 winning Stacks team. Pa won an All Ireland Minor medal in 1988, an All Ireland Under 21 in 1990 and a Senior medal in 1997 with Kerry

• Austin Stacks are captained by Denis McElligott

Dr Crokes

• The sides only other meeting in a final was in 2010 when Dr Crokes won on a score of 1-15 to 0-11. Since then, Dr Crokes have defeated Austin Stacks at the quarter final stage in both 2011 and 2012

• Dr Crokes have won the County Championship 9 times and are bidding for their 4th title in a row – the last Club to win 4-in-a-row was John Mitchels who won 5 titles between 1959 and 1963 and added another in 1966 for good measure

• In 2000, Colm Cooper, then a mere 17 year old, won his first County Championship medal in the company of his brothers Vince and Danny who were playing, and Mike and Mark who were subs.

• Current goalkeeper, David Moloney won a Co. Champ medal as a midfielder in 2000, and played most of his club football outfield before retiring in 2009. He came out of retirement in May of last year and won another county medal 6 months later in the number 1 Jersey. He won an All Ireland Under 21 medal in 1998 with Kerry as a goalkeeper, saving a last minute penalty against Cork in the Munster semi Final to win the game.

• Ambrose O’Donovan is son of Centenary Kerry Captain, Ambrose senior, and lives but a stone’s throw from the Stadium.

• Michael Moloney is Dr Crokes Senior Captain for 2013.

• Dr Crokes selectors, Noel O’Leary and Vince Casey played in the 1992 All Ireland Club final victory over Thomas Davis.


County Championship Titles

Austin Stacks have won the County title 11 times;

1928 Austin Stacks 3-4 Kerins O’Rahillys 0- 7

1930 Austin Stacks 4-4 Kerins O’Rahillys 2-5

1931 Austin Stacks 2-7 John Mitchels 1-3

1932 Austin Stacks 2-3 North Kerry 1-5

1936 Austin Stacks 0-6 Kerins O’Rahillys 0-4

1973 Austin Stacks 2-8 Na hAghasaigh 1-6

1975 Austin Stacks 1-7 Mid Kerry 1-4

1976 Austin Stacks 1-14 Kenmare 1-7

1979 Austin Stacks 1-11 Castleisland 0-9

1986 Austin Stacks 1-11 Killarney 1-7

1994 Austin Stacks 0-12 Dr Crokes 1-5 (R) 0-13 0-13 (D)

Dr Crokes have won the County Title 9 times(inc, two 3-in-a-rows)

1901 Dr. Crokes 1-2 Caherciveen 0-2

1912 Dr. Crokes 1-6 Tralee Parnells 0-0

1913 Dr. Crokes 3-1 Kilcummin 1-0

1914 Dr. Crokes 1-2 Mitchels 1-0

1991 Dr. Crokes 2-10 Desmonds 1-10

2000 Dr. Crokes 0-7 An Gaeltacht 0-6

2010 Dr. Crokes 1-15 Austin Stacks 0-11

2011 Dr Crokes 2-08 Mid Kerry 0-9

2012 Dr Crokes 2-13 Dingle 0-8

The Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship Final

Finals by 10 – Results

2003 An Ghaeltacht 0-12 Laune Rangers 2-4 (R)

2004 South Kerry 1-13 Laune Rangers 2-5

2005 South Kerry 0-12 Dr Crokes 1-6

2006 South Kerry 0-12 Dr Crokes 1-8

2007 Feale Rangers 1-4 South Kerry 0-6

2008 Mid Kerry 1-7 Kerins O’Rahilly’s 0-9 (R)

2009 South Kerry 1-8 Dr Crokes 0-10

2010 Dr Crokes 1-15 Austin Stacks 0-11

2011 Dr Crokes 2-8 Mid Kerry 0-9

2012 Dr Crokes 2-13 Dingle 0-8


The Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship

Finals by 10 – Captains

2003 Darragh O’Sé (An Ghaeltacht)

2004 Maurice Fitzgerald (South Kerry)

2005 Declan O’Sullivan (South Kerry)

2006 Paul O’Connor (South Kerry)

2007 Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Feale Rangers)

2008 Mike Burke (Mid Kerry)

2009 Stephen O’Sullivan (South Kerry)

2010 Brian Looney (Dr Crokes)

2011 Luke Quinn (Dr Crokes)

2012 Kieran O’Leary (Dr Crokes)


The Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship

Finals by 10 – Man of the Match

2003 Tomas O’Sé (An Ghaeltacht)

2004 John Sugrue (South Kerry)

2005 Maurice Fitzgerald (South Kerry)

2006 Ronán O’Connor (South Kerry)

2007 Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Feale Rangers)

2008 Donnchadh Walsh (Mid Kerry)

2009 Declan O’Sullivan (South Kerry)

2010 Colm Cooper (Dr Crokes)

2011 Luke Quinn (Dr Crokes)

2012 Brian Looney (Dr Crokes)

International Rules 1st Test – Ireland 57 Australia 35

Ireland Finish Strongly to Seal First Test Win

Report from the web site

Irish Daily Mail International Rules First Test: Ireland 57 (2-12-9) Australia 35 (1-7-8)

Ireland will take a 22-point lead into next weekend’s second Test at Croke Park after comfortably beating Australia in the series opener at Kingspan Breffni Park on Saturday night. Ireland dominated the first half and were 29-9 ahead at the long break. The hosts extended that advantage to 24 points when Zach Tuohy hit the back of the net in the 47th minute before the Australians mounted a spirited comeback and had the gap down to eight (39-31) a minute into the fourth quarter.

Jake Neade’s goal three minutes from the end of the third quarter was the start of a super purple patch for the visitors, who hit 14 points in a row to make a real game of it. However, Ireland snaffled a second six-pointer, through Mayo’s Kevin McLoughlin, 14 minutes into the final quarter to seal the win. Ireland had much the better of the first 18-minute period and were 17-4 ahead at the first hooter. Ross Munnelly, who kicked two excellent overs and set up another for Loais team-mate Colm Begley, was the outstanding player on show.

Michael Murphy opened the scoring with a well-taken over before the impressive Steven Motlop hit back for the visitors. However, Mick O’Loughlin’s side struggled in the opening half and failed to pose any real danger for the home defence. The first real goal chance of a one-sided first half came in the 28th minute when Jack McCaffrey punched a hole in the Aussies’ defence with a searing run, but Donegal’s Paddy McBrearty was forced wide when he had the goal at his mercy.

Australia’s $10 (AUS) man Lance Franklin showed flashes of his ability and hit an over and a behind to reduce the gap, but when Seán Cavanagh, winning his 11th international cap, drove over his first over of the game, Ireland led by 29-9 at the break. Paul Flynn and Motlop traded overs at the start of the third quarter, before Ireland had another goal chance, but Cavanagh was denied by a fine save from Australian goalkeeper Ashley McGrath. Ireland found a way through on 47 minutes, when Colm Boyle found Tuohy and the Laois man, who plays for Carlton in the AFL, powered through the visitors’ defence and drove a shot beyond the hapless McGrath. At that stage, Paul Earley’s side were 39-14 ahead and coasting.

The tourists then came to life, hitting 13 points without reply in the final three minutes of the third quarter. Eddie Betts did the damage for their goal, using his pace to find space on the endline before popping a pass to Jake Neade, who rolled the ball to the back of Paddy O’Rourke’s net. Lewis Jetta and Alwyn Davey then added further overs to the Australians’ tally, before Franklin knocked over a behind almost two minutes into third quarter added time to leave the score at the three-quarter marker Ireland 39 Australia 27.

Dominic Barry pulled another point back for the tourists, but they should have added a second goal five minutes into the final quarter when their star player, Motlop, was played clear on goal but blazed a shot off the bar when it seemed harder to miss. Ireland breathed a huge sigh of relief but were under severe pressure. Ciarán Sheehan eased that pressure when he hit a crucial over six minutes from the end, curling the ball over after Conor McManus flicked the ball into his path. Four minutes later, Ireland had a second goal when Kevin McLoughlin won a loose ball and placed a shot past McGrath to put his side 49-32 ahead. Colm Boyle and Conor McManus added further overs in the closing stages for the Irish, who will take a 22-point lead into next Saturday’s second Test.

Scorers for Australia: S Motlop 8 (0-2-2), J Neade 6 (1-0-0), L Franklin 6 (0-1-3), L Jetta 6 (0-2-0), M Stokes 3 (0-1-0), Alwyn Davey 3 (0-1-0), D Barry 1 (0-0-1), Aaron Davey 1 (0-0-1), D Wells 1 (0-0-1).

Scorers for Ireland: R Munnelly 9 (0-2-3), M Murphy 7 (0-2-1), Z Tuohy 6 (1-0-0), K McLoughlin 6 (1-0-0), C McManus 5 (0-1-2), C Sheehan 4 (0-1-1), C Byrne 4 (0-1-1), C Begley 3 (0-1-0), C Boyle 3 (0-1-0), A O’Shea 3 (0-1-0), S Cavanagh 3 (0-1-0), P Flynn 3 (0-1-0), J McCaffrey 1 (0-0-1).

Australia: A McGrath; C Yarran, T Armstrong, C Ellis-Yollman; J Harbrow, N Lovett-Murray, Lewis Jetta; D Wells, L Franklin; M Stokes, J Hill, Aaron Davey; S Motlop, L Thomas, E Betts.

Interchange Players: Leroy Jetta, S Welligham, S Edwards, Alwyn Davey, J Neade, D Batty.

Ireland: P O’Rourke; N McGee, F Hanley, C McKaigue; L Keegan, Z Tuohy, J McCaffrey; A Walsh, S Cavanagh; P Flynn, C Byrne, C Sheehan; P McBrearty, M Murphy, R Munnelly.

Interchange Players: C Begley, C Boyle, P Conroy, C Kilkenny, K McLoughlin, C MacManus, A O’Shea, M Shields.

Referees: Maurice Deegan (Ireland), Matt Stevic (Australia).

Attendance: 17,657