Corn Ui Mhuiri Quarter Final – PS Dingle 0-12 Colaiste Chriost Ri 1-6

PS Dingle defeated Colaiste Chriost Ri by 0-12 to 1-6 in the Corn Ui Mhuiri Quarter Final on Wednesday January 22nd at Dr. Crokes GAA Grounds Killarney.

Corn Ui Mhuiri Quarter Final – DLS Macroom 1-13 IS Kilorglin 1-7

DLS Macroom defeated IS Kilorglin by 1-13 to 1-7 in the Corn Ui Mhuiri Quarter Final on Wednesday January 22nd at Rathmore.

Dr. Harty Cup Quarter-Final – Hamilton HS Bandon 0-13 Dungarvan CBS 0-11

Hamilton High School Bandon defeated Dungarvan CBS by 0-13 to 0-11 in the Dr. Harty Cup Quarter final on Tuesday January 21st at Mallow.

Cahalane points way as dogged Hamilton ‘empty the tank’

By Denis Hurley for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Hamilton HS, Bandon 0-13 Dungarvan CBS 0-11

A first Dr Harty Cup semi-final awaits for Bandon’s Hamilton High School after grinding out victory over Dungarvan CBS at Mallow yesterday. While this time of year nearly always mitigates against flowing hurling, this was, nevertheless, an absorbing contest. Having led by four points at half-time, after playing with the wind, Hamilton expected a strong riposte from Dungarvan in the second-half and when the questions were asked they had the answers. Michael Cahalane, currently training with the Cork senior panel, led the way as always with 10 points, but it was far from a one-man operation. Full-back and captain Micheál McSweeney shone in defence, limiting the effectiveness of Patrick Curran, while Luke Meade performed a role of inestimable value as a sweeper in the second-half. In addition, Jerry O’Neill worked hard in the half-forward line.

For manager Aidan O’Donoghue the disciplined defending was a key component in advancing. “It’s very difficult to put into words,” he said. “We feel we should have been more than four points up at half-time, we had a strong wind but we didn’t work hard enough. We knew what was ahead of us in the second-half, we knew it was a big job but they did it, they absolutely emptied the tank. They were incredibly disciplined.”

Dungarvan, featuring a number of players to win the competition as part of the combined Dungarvan Colleges side, may reflect on the decision not to move away from playing a sweeper in the second-half when they had the wind. While Darragh Lyons had a great game in that berth, he may have been more effective in attack where Curran was shouldering a heavy scoring burden despite only recovering from a broken hand. In the opening half, Lyons prevented Hamilton taking full advantage of the elements, while Cormac Curran was on top in midfield. Three late Cahalane points gave Hamilton the 0-8 to 0-5 interval advantage, however.

Though Dungarvan’s Cormac O’Grady registered the first score of the second-half inside 16 seconds, the expected overhaul never happened as Bandon defended well, Andrew O’Connell shining and Cahalane on hand to convert any frees. Trevor Horgan’s 42nd-minute point opened up a 0-11 to 0-7 lead and while Dungarvan’s play had begun to betray some anxiety, two points from Patrick Curran and one by Carthach Barry had just one in it with 10 minutes left. Cahalane eased Bandon ahead again and while Dungarvan piled on the pressure, the defending remained stout, McSweeney making a great kicked clearance after losing his hurley and Christopher O’Leary an outstanding sliding block. Patrick Curran’s free from the 65m line put just a point in it, but when sub Eoin O’Reilly engineered a Bandon break and was fouled, Cahalane put it over. The whistle sounded moments later, a semi-final against Ardscoil Rís on February 1 secured.

Scorers for Hamilton HS: M Cahalane 0-10 (five frees, two 65s, one sideline), T Horgan 0-2, L Meade 0-1.

Scorers for Dungarvan CBS: P Curran 0-7 (four frees, one 65), C O’Grady 0-2, C Barry, A Donnelly 0-1 each.

HAMILTON HS: R McCarthy (Valley Rovers); A O’Connell (Bandon), M McSweeney (Newcestown), J O’Callaghan (Ahan Gaels); N Murray (Newcestown), C O’Leary (Valley Rovers), M Kennelly (Newcestown); J Mulcahy (Bandon), L Meade (Newcestown); J O’Neill (Courcey Rovers), T Horgan (Newcestown), D Curran (Newcestown); B Crowley (Valley Rovers), M Cahalane (Bandon), K O’Donovan (Ahan Gaels).

Sub: E O’Reilly (Valley Rovers) for Crowley (28).

DUNGARVAN CBS: S Murray (Dungarvan); B Egan (Dungarvan), K Daly (Dungarvan), C Culloo (Ballinameela); C Barry (Brickey Rangers), M Cronin (Ardmore), S Nugent (St Carthage’s); C Curran (Brickey Rangers), M Shine (Ballinameela); P Curran (Dungarvan), A Donnelly (Dungarvan), C O’Grady (St Carthage’s); D Lyons (Dungarvan), C Morrissey (Brickey Rangers), G Waters (Dungarvan).

Referee: F Horgan (Tipperary)

McGrath Cup Senior Football Final – Cork 1-11 Kerry 0-10

Cork defeated Kerry by 1-11 to 0-10 in

Hayes’ strike decisive for determined Cork

Report from the Irish Examiner newspaper

Cork collected the McGrath Cup yesterday with a four-point win over Kerry in Mallow, a determined second-half display and a good John Hayes goal the key to their first silverware of 2014. A wasteful Kerry attack let plenty of scores behind them in the first-half, and once Cork rearranged their half-back line at the break they had the platform to drive them to victory, though both managers left north Cork with plenty to work on. Kerry started well, with a Bryan Sheehan free and three wides before Donnchadh Walsh chipped in with their second point. The visitors dominated around the middle and David Moran inparticular was able to pick out his man with foot passes, pressurising the Cork defence Sheehan landed a 45 on 10 minutes to make it three points before Aidan Walsh got Cork off the mark with a fine point. Kerry continued to dominate, however, with Cork finding it hard to get into the opposition half.

Kerry came close to goaling at the end of the first quarter when a Barry John Keane effort was deflected just past Bryan Sheehan’s outstretched toe with the goal gaping, but the score remained 0-3 to 0-1 until the 23rd minute, when Daniel Goulding blasted over with a goal on offer. Three minutes later Barry John Keane almost got the game’s opening goal, flicking over from close range after good interplay between Paul Geaney and Alan Fitzgerald. Kerrigan responded and then Goulding pointed a free from beyond the Kerry 45: four points apiece on the half-hour. Kerry should really have goaled a minute later, but Cork ’keeper Ken O’Halloran did well to smother Donnchadh Walsh at point-blank range: Sheehan missed the resulting 45, but there was still time for Keane to point neatly to restore Kerry’s lead – 0-5 to 0-4 at the break, but the Kingdom should have been much further in front given the opportunities spurned.

Cork were much better on the resumption, with Michael Shields at wing-back, James Loughrey at centre-back and Aidan Walsh more influential in midfield. A Mark Collins free and a fine Kerrigan point from play put them one ahead, and then Shields ranged upfield to boot over a point from long range. Kerry had to wait 13 minutes for their first score, a good Jonathan Lyne effort after a fine run, but Cork struck decisively – a long Aidan Walsh delivery broke to sub John Hayes, who bore down on goal and netted from close range: 1-7 to 0-6 at the three-quarter stage.

A good Goulding point promptly stretched the lead further, and when the same man popped a free over it was 1-9 to 0-6 with just over 10 minutes left. Sheehan pulled one back with a free and sub Shane O’Callaghan cut the deficit to four with a point of his own. Andrew O’Sullivan and Jonathan Lyne swapped points before a Keane free made it 1-10 to 0-10 with eight minutes on the clock. There were a few black cards to liven up the proceedings late on, Aidan O’Mahony, Fintan Goold and Michael Shields the men going off early, but Cork held out for a good win, Donncha O’Connor’s late free the insurance point.

Those in the crowd looking for a hint of Cork’s playing style in 2014 saw the Rebels play a more direct game in the second-half, and Shields’ repositioning in the half-back line gave them another attacking option. For Kerry, Paul Galvin came on to his usual reception from a Cork crowd, but didn’t occupy his usual spot. The Finuge man played in the half-back line and did well, intercepting one Cork attack which looked ominous. With Aidan O’Mahony, another sub, replacing Bryan Sheehan and playing up front, Cork may not be the only team shaking things up tactically this season.

Scorers for Cork: D. Goulding 0-4 (0-2 fs); J. Hayes 1-0; M. Collins 0-2 (0-1 f); D. O’Connor (f), A. O’Sullivan, M. Shields, A. Walsh and P. Kerrigan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kerry: B. Sheehan (0-2 fs, 0-1 45) and B. J. Keane (0-1 f) 0-3 each; J. Lyne 0-2; D. Walsh, S O’Callaghan 0-1 each.

CORK: K. O’Halloran; J. McLoughlin, E. Cadogan, M. Shields; J. Loughrey, T. Clancy, K. O’Driscoll; A. Walsh, F. Goold; C. O’Driscoll, M. Collins, A. O’Sullivan; D. Goulding, P. Kerrigan, B. O’Driscoll.

Subs: D. O’Connor and J. Hayes for C. O’Driscoll and B. O’Driscoll, 43; M. Sugrue for Collins, 53; B. Hurley for Goulding, 62; M. O Laoghaire for Goold 65 (b c), A. Sheehan for Shields 67 (b c).

KERRY: B. Kelly, P. Murphy, M. Griffin, S. Enright, P. Crowley, J. Sherwood, M. Geaney, A. Maher, D. Moran, J. Lyne, B. Sheehan, D. Walsh, A. Fitzgerald, P. Geaney, B. J. Keane.

Subs: S. O’Callaghan for Fitzgerald, HT; M. Mangan for Maher, 44; A. O’Mahony and P. Galvin for Sheehan and Sherwood, both 53; B. Maguire for M. Geaney, 62; B. Shanahan for O’Mahony, 64 (b c).

Referee: D. O’Mahony (Tipperary).

Team News

Kerry: B Kelly; P Murphy, M Griffin, S Enright; P Crowley, J Sherwood, M Geaney; A Maher, D Moran; J Lyne, B Sheehan, D Walsh; BJ Keane, A Fitzgerald, S O’Brien

There have been two late changes to the Cork team for Sunday’s game which will now line out as follows –

1. Ken O’Halloran (Bishopstown)

2. John McLoughlin (Kanturk)

3. Eoin Cadogan (Douglas)

4. Michael Shields (St. Finbarr’s)

5. James Loughrey (Mallow)

6. Tomás Clancy (Fermoy)

7. Kevin O’Driscoll (Tadgh MacCárthaigh)

8. Aidan Walsh (Kanturk)

9. Fintan Goold (Macroom)

10. Colm O’Driscoll (Tadgh MacCárthaigh)

11. Mark Collins (Castlehaven)

12. Andrew O’Sullivan (Castletownbere)

13. Daniel Goulding (Eire Óg)

14. Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers)

15. Barry O’Driscoll (Nemo Rangers)

Subs:

16. Ryan Price (O’Donovan Rossa)

17. John Hayes (Carbery Rangers)

18. Shaun Murphy (Ballydesmond)

19. Micheál Ó Laoire (Naomh Abán)

20. Brian Hurley (Castlehaven)

21. Donncha O’Connor (Ballydesmond)

22. Alan Sheehan (Dohenys)

23. Mark Sugrue (Bandon)

24. Colin Lyons (St. Finbarr’s)

25. Killian O’Connor (Mallow)

Kevin Crowley and Noel Galvin, who were originally named to start in the two corner back positions, have both picked up hamstring injuries in training and will be out of action for at least fourteen days. They will be replaced by John McLoughlin and team captain, Michael Shields. Brian Hurley has also been added to the match day panel.

For the Record

Kerry Cork
2013 McGrath Cup Performance Defeated IT Tralee, UCC, Limerick and Tipperary to win the competition. Defeated CIT before losing to Tipperary in the Quarter-Final by 2-9 to 1-9.
Number of McGrath Cup Senior Football titles 4 6
Last McGrath Cup Senior Football Title 2013 2012
McGrath Cup Senior Football Record since 2000 Played – 19
Won – 17
Lost – 2
Drawn – 0
Played – 22
Won – 19
Lost – 3
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the McGrath Cup January 23rd 2011 – McGrath Cup Semi-Final at Dr. Crokes GAA Club Grounds Killarney
Kerry 2-11 Cork 1-11 – Goals by David Moran and Donnacha Walsh helped Kerry to a three point victory

Fixtures and Results

Quarter-Finals

Sunday January 5th

@ John Mitchels Tralee                  Kerry 0-17 IT Tralee 0-8

@ CIT GAA Grounds                       CIT 5-17 Mary I 2-6

@ Mallow                                          Cork 3-22 LIT 0-7

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick           UL 5-18 UCC 4-16


Semi-Finals

Sunday January 12th

@ John Mitchels Tralee                  Kerry 2-12 CIT 0-13

@ Mallow                                          Cork 6-16 UL 0-7

Final (Extra time)

Sunday January 19th

@ Mallow                                          Cork v Kerry                                                              @ 2:00pm

McGrath Cup Senior Football – Odds and Ends

Since 2000, Kerry’s McGrath Cup success rate is 89% (best of any county) winning 17 of their 19 matches (an 89% success rate). In the same period, Cork have won 86% of their matches in the competition with 19 wins out of 22.

There was an average of 2.5 goals per match in the 2013 McGrath Cup Competition (25 goals scored in total). This compares with an average of 2.4 goals per game in 2012 and 1.4 goals per game in 2011. In the six matches played in the 2014 McGrath Cup, there has been an average of 4.5 goals per match.

The record of the Third Level Colleges in the McGrath Cup since entering in 2005 is Won 23, Lost 55 (29% success rate). None of the third level colleges have a winning record in the competition during that period. CIT and UCC have the best record, both winning 7 of their 17 matches (41% success rate) followed by UL who have won 6 of their 15 matches (40% success rate). Meanwhile IT Tralee, LIT, WIT and Mary I Limerick have won 3 out of 29 matches between them.

Kerry have not lost a match in the McGrath Cup since the 2006 final where the Kingdom lost to Cork by 1-9 to 0-6 at Pairc Ui Rinn.

McGrath Cup Senior Football Roll Of Honour

Clare (12) – 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2008

Cork (6) – 1998, 1999, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Limerick (5) – 1985, 1987, 2001, 2004, 2005

Kerry (4) – 1996, 2010, 2012

Tipperary (3) – 1989, 1993, 2003

Waterford (1) – 1981

London (1) – 1988

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete Roll of Honour since the competition began in 1981 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/mcgrath-cup-football/

McGrath Cup

Presented by Joe McGrath on June 21st, 1981 for the promotion of Senior Football in Munster

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Quarter Final – UCC 3-28 Mary I 2-14

UCC defeated Mary I by 3-28 to 2-14 in the Waterford Crystal Cup Hurling Quarter-Final on Sunday January 19th at the Mardyke.

UCC’s tough schedule enthuses Enright

UCC 3-28 Mary Immaculate Col 2-14

By Denis Hurley for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Waterford Crystal Cup quarter-final:Yesterday’s Waterford Crystal Cup win over Mary Immaculate College at the Mardyke means UCC have an unenviable schedule next weekend, but manager Eddie Enright believes it could be good preparation for their Fitzgibbon Cup campaign. Both of last year’s All-Ireland finalists await UCC, with Saturday’s Canon O’Brien Cup clash with Cork followed by a trip to face Clare on Sunday in the semi-final of the Waterford Crystal. If the college are to win a third successive Fitzgibbon in Belfast, they would be playing on consecutive days at the end of February and start of March and former Tipperary star Enright is looking forward to the challenge. “We have Cork on the Saturday in the Canon O’Brien Cup and then Clare on Sunday, it’s kind of bonus territory,” he said. “It’ll be tough, but that’s kind of like the way the Fitzgibbon is going to be, it’s going to test the panel. Everybody should get a game, I think it’ll work out well for us.”

In last year’s Fitzgibbon final, UCC had only five points to spare on Mary I, but they had things almost all their own way here, never looking back once Jack Ahern’s goal gave them a 1-5 to 0-3 lead in the 10th minute. Further goals from his colleagues in the full-forward line, Conor Lehane and Willie Griffin, ensured a 3-18 to 0-7 half-time lead and the outcome was never in doubt thereafter. All told, the inside trio scored 3-16 between them, with Lehane grabbing 1-6 from full-forward despite being brought off with almost half an hour left. Brian Murray and Daniel Roche processed a lot of ball at midfield and while James Barry scored three points from wing-back, he was just as good at carrying out his primary defensive duties. Barry Lawton and Dan McCormack also had their moments,

Mary I were unable to deal with the widespread quality in a UCC side that was without injured inter-county stars Séamus Harnedy (Cork) and Darragh Fives (Waterford). Though Clare star Colm Galvin and Jamie Wall stood out for the visitors, they couldn’t match UCC’s gear change after Ahern’s goal. Lehane doubled home a Rob O’Shea pass on 18 minutes to make it 2-10 to 0-4 and then Griffin struck just before the half hour, with the 20-point interval deficit rendering the second half not far off redundant. With both teams having availed of the maximum five substitutions early in the second-half, the game became more ragged, though UCC sub Alan Cadogan advanced his claims with a couple of nice points and Griffin and Ahern continued to cause problems for the visitors’ defence. Wall kept battling at full-forward for Mary I and eventually gleaned some reward with a 58th-minute goal and Niall O’Meara added another one not long after. UCC had done more than enough before then, however.

Scorers for UCC: C Lehane (0-2f), W Griffin (0-4f) 1-6 each, J Ahern 1-4, J Barry 0-3 (0-1f), B Murray, B Lawton, D McCormack, A Cadogan 0-2 each, D Roche 0-1.

Scorers for Mary Immaculate College: J Wall 1-3, C Galvin 0-3 (0-1f), N O’Meara 1-0, D Reidy, Eoin Hogan (0-1f), J Moloney 0-2 each, P Hayes, PJ Keane 0-1 each.

UCC (Cork unless stated): D McCarthy; S Maher (Tipperary), D Glynn (Kilkenny), P O’Sullivan; J Barry (Tipperary), C Murphy, K Bourke; B Murray, D Roche; B Lawton, D McCormack (Tipperary), R O’Shea; W Griffin (Limerick), C Lehane, J Ahern (Limerick).

Subs: M Collins for Murray, S Roche (Waterford) for D Roche, C Spillane for Maher (all half-time), A Cadogan for Lehane, D Lester for Barry (both 43).

MARY IMMACULATE COLLEGE: N Kelly (Westmeath); C Barry (Cork), A Ryan (Tipperary), Éanna Hogan (Tipperary); M Collier (Laois), J Meagher (Tipperary), S Kennedy (Tipperary); L Considine (Limerick), C Galvin (Clare); PJ Keane (Kerry), D Reidy (Limerick), D Ferncombe (Tipperary); Eoin Hogan (Tipperary), J Wall (Cork), N O’Meara (Tipperary).

Subs: J Hannon (Limerick) for Considine, L Corry (Clare) for Barry (both half-time), J Moloney (Tipperary) for Keane (41), M O’Shea (Clare) for Galvin, P Hayes (Tipperary) for Eoin Hogan (both 54).

Referee: J O’Brien (Tipperary)

For the Record

UCC Mary I
2013 Waterford Crystal Cup Performance Lost to Cork by 3-20 to 1-16 in the Preliminary Round. Lost to Limerick by 3-15 to 0-13 in the Preliminary Round.
Number of Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling titles 0 0
Last Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Title N/A N/A
Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Record since 2006 Played – 11
Won – 3
Lost – 8
Drawn – 0
Played – 1
Won – 0
Lost – 1
Drawn – 0

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling 2014


Preliminary Round

Friday January 10th

@ Mick Neville Park Rathkeale     Limerick 10-17 IT Tralee 0-9

Sunday January 12th

@ WIT GAA Grounds Carriganore University of Limerick 1-11 Waterford 0-10

@ MacDonagh Park Nenagh        Tipperary 3-20 LIT 0-5

Quarter-Finals (Extra Time)

Sunday January 19th

@ Austin Stack Park Tralee           Kerry v Tipperary                                                      @ 1:00pm

@ WIT GAA Grounds Carriganore WIT v UL                                                                  @ 2:00pm

@ Sixmilebridge                               Clare v Limerick                                                       @ 2:00pm

@ Mardyke                                        UCC v Mary I                                                @ 2:00pm

 

Semi-Finals (Extra Time)

Sunday January 26th

Kerry or Tipperary v WIT or UL

Clare or Limerick v UCC or Mary I

Final (Extra Time)

Sunday February 2nd

 

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling – Odds and Ends

The record of the Third Level Colleges in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006 is Won 22, Lost 47, a 32% success rate.

Limerick have not defeated an inter-county team in the Waterford Crystal Cup since the 2006 semi-final when they defeated Clare by 1-14 to 0-13 at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Clare are the only team who have won at least one game each year since the Waterford Crystal Cup competition began in 2006. Clare also have the best won / lost record in the competition, winning 18 and drawing 1 of their 25 matches played while winning 2 titles.

35 goals were scored in the 2013 Waterford Crystal Cup competition over 11 matches (an average of 3.2 goals per match). This is the exact same number of goals scored in the 2012 competition while only 23 goals were scored in the 2011 competition over 10 matches (an average of 2.3 goals per match).

Since the Waterford Crystal Cup began in 2006, Clare (18 wins), Tipperary (16 wins) and Waterford (13 wins) have accounted for 47 of the 84 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, 69 games have been played with just 1 draw – the 2012 Limerick v Clare Quarter-Final after two periods of extra time.

Waterford have lost their last 3 matches in the Waterford Crystal Cup having won 8 in a row from 2010 to 2012.

IT Tralee is the only team not to win a game in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006, losing their first match in the last 7 seasons.

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Roll Of Honour

Tipperary (3) – 2007, 2008, 2012

Waterford (2) – 2010, 2011

Clare (2) – 2009, 2013

Limerick (1) – 2006

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Quarter Final – Clare 1-14 Limerick 0-11

Clare defeated Limerick by 1-14 to 0-11 in the Waterford Crystal Cup Hurling Quarter-Final on Sunday January 19th at Sixmilebridge.

New lads put down marker for Davy

Clare 1-14 Limerick 0-11

Report from the Irish Examiner newspaper

Waterford Crystal Cup: Limerick were late arriving at Sixmilebridge yesterday for this Waterford Crystal Cup quarter-final, for which manager TJ Ryan had a valid excuse. “There was a crash in the Shannon tunnel which caught us up, the whole tunnel was closed. We were late for the warm-up in Meelick, late getting here. We had decided not to go by Thomond Park because of the match there (Munster v Edinburgh) but we still got caught.”

Limerick were also late in getting into this game: scoreless after eight ineffective minutes, and already 1-1 behind against a Clare side that was shorn 14 starters from last September’s All-Ireland triumph (late call-up Pat O’Connor the only exception). For this TJ had less of an excuse: “We’d have been happy with a few of the performances but we missed a lot of chances in front of goals, missed a lot of frees. We had a few chances to get back into the game but conceded a few soft frees which they scored — that was the difference.” Let it be noted, however, late start notwithstanding, there were other extenuating circumstances yesterday, and for both sides — this was winter hurling. The Sixmilebridge pitch showed the effects the recent torrential rain and cut up badly. It made for a disappointing spectacle for the 1,456 souls who had braved the cold.

Clare led 1-9 to 0-6 at the break, their goal coming in the first minute when corner-forward David Reidy appeared to get a touch on a Cathal ‘Tots’ O’Connell centre, deceiving Barry Hennessy in the Limerick goal. The second half was even more low-scoring, just five points apiece as a dominant Clare defence comfortably coped with what an admittedly limited Limerick attack could throw at them. A winning start to 2014 then for the All-Ireland champions, an emphatic start especially for two debutants in the forward line, the precocious Bobby Duggan (just out of minor he ended with a cool 12 points to his name) and the diminutive ‘Tots’ O’Connell, a thorn in the side of the Limerick defence from first ball to last.

Midfielder Shane Golden also caught the eye but best news of all for Davy Fitzgerald: the display of the defence, the inside trio of Killian Ryan, Cillian Duggan and flying Seadhna Morey especially impressive. Bearing in mind that neither Paul Flanagan nor Jack Browne, corner-backs on the U21 All-Ireland-winning side of last year, were available, it just goes to show the depth of talent in Clare currently.

“It will be interesting to see how the lads who didn’t play today have wintered,” mused Davy: “The lads today were saying ‘We want to be on the panel, we want to be on the team’. We’ll have to cut the panel later and it won’t be easy. A lot of the lads out there today gave a fair performance. I’ve got to get my first team a bit of action although a good question now is — what is my first team? I’m going to have to start giving game-time to the other (first-team) lads.” Good day for Clare then, bad day for Limerick, but neither manager was getting carried away. “We played alright but Limerick had three goal chances in the first half which they didn’t take.” said Fitzgerald. “Limerick were missing a lot (of players) as well so we won’t be reading much into it. My honest opinion is that we are going to be under pressure in the first few rounds of the League. I don’t think we’ll have enough done. “I’m looking at other counties – the likes of Kilkenny and Dublin – they have weeks and weeks of work done. That’s a worry for us going into the League.”

TJ Ryan was more circumspect: “You want to win the game, ultimately, but it’s not the be-all and end-all. “Our first league game is on February 15 and we’ll aim for that, keep the training going.”

Scorers for Clare: B Duggan (0-12, 9fs); C O’Connell (1-1); K Ryan (0-1).

Scorers for Limerick: J Fitzgibbon (0-5 frees); W Hickey (0-2); D O’Donovan, P O’Brien, S Tobin, T Quaid (0-1)..

CLARE: D Touhy; K Ryan, C Duggan, S Morey; C Cleary, P Kelly, P O’Connor; L Markham, S Golden; N O’Connell, C O’Connell, A O’Neill; B Duggan, C Cooney, D Reidy

Subs: S Collins for O’Neill (35); D O’Halloran for Cooney (59); D O’Donovan for Kelly (59); C Ryan for Markham (64); S Gleeson for Reidy (65).

LIMERICK: B Hennessey; S Walsh, P O’Loughlin, R English; W McNamara, G O’Mahony, C McNamara; P Browne, P O’Brien; D O’Donovan, D O’Grady (c), W Hickey; G Mulcahy, M Ryan, J Fitzgibbon.

Subs: S Tobin for O’Donovan (53); T Quaid for Ryan (59); B Lynch for Walsh (65); R McCarthy for English (67).

Referee: D Copps (Cork)

For the Record

Limerick Clare
2013 Waterford Crystal Cup Performance Defeated Mary I before losing to Tipperary in the Quarter-Final by 0-22 to 1-9. Defeated UL, Cork and Tipperary to win the competition.
Number of Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling titles 1 2
Last Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Title 2006 2013
Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Record since 2006 Played – 12
Won – 6
Lost – 5
Drawn – 1
Played – 25
Won – 18
Lost – 6
Drawn – 1

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling 2014


Preliminary Round

Friday January 10th

@ Mick Neville Park Rathkeale     Limerick 10-17 IT Tralee 0-9

Sunday January 12th

@ WIT GAA Grounds Carriganore University of Limerick 1-11 Waterford 0-10

@ MacDonagh Park Nenagh        Tipperary 3-20 LIT 0-5

Quarter-Finals (Extra Time)

Sunday January 19th

@ Austin Stack Park Tralee           Kerry v Tipperary                                                      @ 1:00pm

@ WIT GAA Grounds Carriganore WIT v UL                                                                  @ 2:00pm

@ Sixmilebridge                               Clare v Limerick                                                       @ 2:00pm

@ Mardyke                                        UCC v Mary I                                                @ 2:00pm

 

Semi-Finals (Extra Time)

Sunday January 26th

Kerry or Tipperary v WIT or UL

Clare or Limerick v UCC or Mary I

Final (Extra Time)

Sunday February 2nd

 

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling – Odds and Ends

Limerick have not defeated an inter-county team in the Waterford Crystal Cup since the 2006 semi-final when they defeated Clare by 1-14 to 0-13 at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Clare are the only team who have won at least one game each year since the Waterford Crystal Cup competition began in 2006. Clare also have the best won / lost record in the competition, winning 18 and drawing 1 of their 25 matches played while winning 2 titles.

35 goals were scored in the 2013 Waterford Crystal Cup competition over 11 matches (an average of 3.2 goals per match). This is the exact same number of goals scored in the 2012 competition while only 23 goals were scored in the 2011 competition over 10 matches (an average of 2.3 goals per match).

Since the Waterford Crystal Cup began in 2006, Clare (18 wins), Tipperary (16 wins) and Waterford (13 wins) have accounted for 47 of the 84 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, 69 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 22, Lost 47, a 32% success rate.

Waterford have lost their last 3 matches in the Waterford Crystal Cup having won 8 in a row from 2010 to 2012.

IT Tralee is the only team not to win a game in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006, losing their first match in the last 7 seasons.

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Roll Of Honour

Tipperary (3) – 2007, 2008, 2012

Waterford (2) – 2010, 2011

Clare (2) – 2009, 2013

Limerick (1) – 2006

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Quarter Final – UL 2-30 WIT 1-20

UL defeated WIT by 2-30 to 1-20 in the Waterford Crystal Cup Hurling Quarter-Final on Sunday January 19th at the WIT GAA Grounds Carriganore.

Another win in Déise for UL

UL 2-30 WIT 1-20

By Tomás McCarthy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Waterford Crystal Cup: Two wins on consecutive Sundays on Waterford soil for University of Limerick as they gorged themselves in a feast of 53 scores in calm conditions at Carriganore yesterday. Clare All Stars Conor Ryan and Podge Collins returned and heavily influenced the outcome. “It’s great to have those guys on your team,” remarked manager Brian Lohan afterwards. “The performances from both were absolutely outstanding.” Ryan acted as the stopper of Waterford IT’s attacks and chief distributor to his own forward line while adding two points from play, one free and a 65. Collins soldiered unselfishly at number 11 and threw in some audacious tricks and flicks.

Ten different players chipped in for the Limerick students and 2-22 of their final total came from play. On the left flank of the defence, Limerick’s Thomas Ryan launched three points, Padraic Walsh (Kilkenny) fired four from midfield and Tipp forward Tommy Heffernan was unerring. The close proximity of next Sunday’s semi-final against Tipperary to their Fitzgibbon Cup opener on January 30 raised alarm bells for the former Clare full back. “Both teams are getting closer to the Fitzgibbon. I don’t know is progressing to the next level of the Waterford Crystal, given it is fixed for within the week of the Fitzgibbon, is what we really we want. That’s going to be difficult enough to manage.”

The unavailability of Waterford quartet Stephen O’Keeffe, Pauric Mahony, Jake Dillon and Stephen Roche along with Kilkenny’s Eoin Murphy hindered WIT’s chances before throw in but Thomas Hamill got them moving within 12 seconds. In a hectic opening half, Harry Kehoe and Liam McGrath dominated scoring for the hosts as they established a 0-11 to 0-8 lead after 27 minutes. For UL, Conor Ryan had fired a hat-trick of points from distance but Cathal Malone was the only forward to make headway with three of his own.

That all changed before the interval as they shot 1-5 in the space of eight minutes. Martin Boran passed to Tommy Heffernan on 34 minutes and he rippled the top corner as UL led 1-13 to 0-12. Raiding midfielder Padraic Walsh resumed the shoot-out within eight seconds. Podge Collins was left isolated in front of goal on 39 minutes and Tom O’Brien picked him out to open up an eight point gap (2-15 to 0-13). Johnny Hayes raised a green flag at the other end almost immediately after a Cormac Heffernan assist but the Waterford students were outgunned thereafter.

Walsh helped himself to three second-half points, Thomas Ryan stepped forward for another three and Tommy Heffernan continued to punish from frees. With 10 minutes left, a triangle between Conor Ryan, Walsh and Collins was finished by the latter who fooled his marker with a cheeky sidestep.

Scorers for UL: T Heffernan 1-8 (6fs), P Collins 1-1, C Ryan (1f, 1 65), P Walsh (0-4 each), T Ryan, B Stapleton, C Malone (0-3 each), B Maher (0-2), J Forde, M Ryan (0-1 each).

Scorers for WIT: H Kehoe (0-8, 7fs), J Hayes (1-2), L McGrath, C Kenny (0-3 each), M Gaffney, T Hamill, A Kenny, M Power (0-1 each).

UL: S Hassett (Tipperary); D Quinn (Tipperary), J Sheehan (Cork), J Browne (Clare); C Ryan (Clare), D Morrissey (Limerick), T Ryan (Limerick); B Maher (Tipperary), P Walsh (Kilkenny); C Malone (Clare), P Collins (Clare), B Stapleton (Tipperary); T O’Brien (Limerick), M Boran (Kilkenny), T Heffernan (Tipperary).

Subs: J Forde (Tipperary) for Boran (47), M O’Neill (Clare) for Malone (53), M Ryan (Limerick) for O’Brien (53), K O’Brien (Limerick) for Stapleton (56), P Ryan (Tipperary) for Browne (64).

WIT: K Hammersley (Waterford); G Teehan (Kilkenny), P Gahan (Kilkenny), J Maher (Waterford); T Hamill (Tipperary), J O’Dwyer (Tipperary), S Murphy (Wexford); C Kenny (Kilkenny), J Langton (Kilkenny); J Hayes (Kilkenny), H Kehoe (Wexford), A Kenny (Wexford); L McGrath (Tipperary), M Gaffney (Kilkenny), M Power (Kilkenny).

Subs: C Heffernan (Waterford) for L McGrath (ht), T Fox (Tipperary) for Gaffney (ht), L O’Loughlin (Clare) for Hamill (58), A McGrath (Tipperary) for Langton (52), L Hickey (Kilkenny) for Maher (64).

Referee: J Sexton (Cork)

For the Record

WIT UL
2013 Waterford Crystal Cup Performance Lost to Cork by 4-16 to 1-8 in the Quarter-Final Defeated Waterford before losing to Clare in the Quarter-Final by 3-13 to 1-13.
Number of Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling titles 2 0
Last Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Title 2011 N/A
Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Record since 2006 Played – 13
Won – 5
Lost – 8
Drawn – 0
Played – 17
Won – 9
Lost – 8
Drawn – 0

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling 2014


Preliminary Round

Friday January 10th

@ Mick Neville Park Rathkeale     Limerick 10-17 IT Tralee 0-9

Sunday January 12th

@ WIT GAA Grounds Carriganore University of Limerick 1-11 Waterford 0-10

@ MacDonagh Park Nenagh        Tipperary 3-20 LIT 0-5

Quarter-Finals (Extra Time)

Sunday January 19th

@ Austin Stack Park Tralee           Kerry v Tipperary                                                      @ 1:00pm

@ WIT GAA Grounds Carriganore WIT v UL                                                                  @ 2:00pm

@ Sixmilebridge                               Clare v Limerick                                                       @ 2:00pm

@ Mardyke                                        UCC v Mary I                                                @ 2:00pm

 

Semi-Finals (Extra Time)

Sunday January 26th

Kerry or Tipperary v WIT or UL

Clare or Limerick v UCC or Mary I

Final (Extra Time)

Sunday February 2nd

 

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling – Odds and Ends

The record of the Third Level Colleges in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006 is Won 22, Lost 47, a 32% success rate.

The University of Limerick is the only third-level college with a winning record in the Waterford Crystal Cup, winning 9 of their 17 matches played to date.

Limerick have not defeated an inter-county team in the Waterford Crystal Cup since the 2006 semi-final when they defeated Clare by 1-14 to 0-13 at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Clare are the only team who have won at least one game each year since the Waterford Crystal Cup competition began in 2006. Clare also have the best won / lost record in the competition, winning 18 and drawing 1 of their 25 matches played while winning 2 titles.

35 goals were scored in the 2013 Waterford Crystal Cup competition over 11 matches (an average of 3.2 goals per match). This is the exact same number of goals scored in the 2012 competition while only 23 goals were scored in the 2011 competition over 10 matches (an average of 2.3 goals per match).

Since the Waterford Crystal Cup began in 2006, Clare (18 wins), Tipperary (16 wins) and Waterford (13 wins) have accounted for 47 of the 84 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, 69 games have been played with just 1 draw – the 2012 Limerick v Clare Quarter-Final after two periods of extra time.

Waterford have lost their last 3 matches in the Waterford Crystal Cup having won 8 in a row from 2010 to 2012.

IT Tralee is the only team not to win a game in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006, losing their first match in the last 7 seasons.

University of Limerick Panel

The University of Limerick Hurling Panel for the Waterford Crystal Cup includes the following players –

Matthew Ryan            Tipperary

Mark Carmody           Limerick

Jason Forde                Tipperary

Brian Stapleton           Tipperary

Podge Collins              Clare

Conor Ryan                Clare

Stephen Daniels          Waterford

Jack Browne               Clare

Cathal Malone             Clare

Paul Flanagan             Clare

Tommy Heffernan      Tipperary

Pa Ryan                      Tipperary

Seadna Morey                        Clare

Dan Morrissey            Limerick

Mark Deegan              Limerick

Thomas Ryan             Limerick

Bill Maher                    Tipperary

Thomas O Brien         Limerick

Kevin O Brien             Limerick

John Fitzgibbon           Limerick

Padraic Walsh             Kilkenny

Johnathan Glynn        Galway

 

Waterford Institute of Technology Panel

Stephen O Keeffe       Waterford

Stephen O Keeffe       Waterford

Luke O Loughlin          Clare

Jerome Maher                        Waterford

Shaun Murphy                        Wexford

Thomas Hamill            Tipperary

Eoin Moore                 Wexford

Harry Kehoe               Wexford

Stephen Roche           Waterford

Gavin O Brien             Waterford

Pauric Mahony           Waterford

Eoin Murphy               Kilkenny

Liam McGrath             Tipperary

Jake Dillon                  Waterford

Martin Power              Kilkenny

Kieran Hamersley       Tipperary

Cormac Heffernan     Waterford

Andrew Kenny                        Wexford

Joe O Dwyer              Tipperary

Pauric Gahan              Kilkenny

Ger Teehan                 Kilkenny

Shane Ryan                Waterford

Jack Langton              Kilkenny

Tom Fox                     Tipperary

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Roll Of Honour

Tipperary (3) – 2007, 2008, 2012; Waterford (2) – 2010, 2011; Clare (2) – 2009, 2013; Limerick (1) – 2006

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Quarter Final – Tipperary 2-16 Kerry 0-8

Tipperary defeated Kerry by 2-16 to 0-8 in the Waterford Crystal Cup Hurling Quarter-Final on Sunday January 19th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

Kelly hits 1-8 as Tipp take time

Tipperary 2-16 Kerry 0-8

By Murt Murphy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Waterford Crystal Cup: As expected Tipperary overcame a youthful Kerry side in this Waterford Crystal Cup quarter-final at Austin Stack Park, Tralee. However, the scoreline was far closer than most of the 357 supporters anticipated. It was only in the final 15 minutes that Tipperary’s class told, albeit in horrific conditions, with Noel McGrath and Padraic Maher coming off the bench. The game was played in a downpour but Kerry’s tactics were working early on with corner-forward Paul McGrathplaying as a third midfielder andDaniel Collins dropping back to provide cover.

Tipperary assistant manager Mick Ryan praised Kerry: “Delighted to come out of here with a win. It was very difficult out there and we were under no illusions but that it was going to be difficult. “I thought Kerry were very game and I thought they had a very good game plan in the first half.” Ryan was pleased that star forward Eoin Kelly was back, top scoring with 1-8. “It’s great to have Eoin back, really great but several of the lads did well, because those were very tough conditions on both sets of players.”

For new Kerry boss Eamonn Kelly, a Tipperary native, there was much to admire about the way his inexperienced side battled: “It was a good start, a lot of young lads who made their debuts today played well today. “Our two corner backs, Dougie Fitzell and Kevin Orpen, were very strong while wing back Seán Weir never stopped attacking and working.”

Tipperary led 0-4 to 0-3 after 21 minutes and while they were never to lose that lead, they required a brace of Michael Cahill points to move 0-9 to 0-3 clear by half-time. Kerry took the game to Tipperary on the resumption with three unanswered points, one from Philip Lucid, and two Nolan frees, to close the gap to just three points. That prompted Tipp to introduce the big guns with the likes of Noel McGrath and Padraic Maher coming off the bench, then Michael Cahill goaled in the 50th minute — after which Tipp kicked on to win by 16.

Scorers for Tipperary: E Kelly (1-8, 0-4f), M Cahill (1-2), D Collins (0-2), D Maher, N McGrath, R Maher, C O’Riordan (0-1).

Kerry scorers: S Nolan (0-5f), P Lucid, M Boyle and P Boyle (0-1).

TIPPERARY: D Egan; C Bartlett, C O’Mahony, J Peters; S McGrath, B Maher, C O’Brien; M Cahill, J Woodlock; D Maher, D Collins, Patrick B Maher; E Kelly, P Murphy, C Kenny.

Subs: N McGrath for P Murphy (h/t), Padraic Maher for J Woodlock (48), R Maher for P B Maher (52, C O’Riordan for D Collins (69).

KERRY: T Flynn; D Fitzell, T Casey, K Orpen; S Weir, J Leahy, Brendan O’Leary; P Lucid , D Collins; M Boyle, S Nolan, C O Brien; PJ Connolly, P Boyle, P McGrath.

Subs: D Dineen for T Casey (29 inj), R Heffernan for P McGrath (35), P O’Connor for C O’Brien (48), K Dineen for R Heffernan (50), Brian O’Leary for P Lucid (65).

Referee: D O’Driscoll (Limerick)

When – Sunday January 19th at 1:00pm

Where – Austin Stack Park Tralee

Referee – Declan O’Driscoll (Limerick)

Extra time
– (2 periods x 10 minutes only) to be played if sides finish level at the end of 70 minutes

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

For the Record

Tipperary Kerry
2013 Waterford Crystal Cup Performance Defeated Limerick and LIT before losing to Clare by 1-21 to 1-13 in the Final. Defeated IT Tralee before losing to LIT by 1-25 to 3-7 in the Quarter-Final
Number of Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling titles 3 0
Last Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Title 2012 N/A
Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Record since 2006 Played – 21
Won – 16
Lost – 5
Drawn – 0
Played – 10
Won – 2
Lost – 8
Drawn – 0

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling 2014

Preliminary Round

Friday January 10th

@ Mick Neville Park Rathkeale     Limerick 10-17 IT Tralee 0-9

Sunday January 12th

@ WIT GAA Grounds Carriganore University of Limerick 1-11 Waterford 0-10

@ MacDonagh Park Nenagh        Tipperary 3-20 LIT 0-5

Quarter-Finals (Extra Time)

Sunday January 19th

@ Austin Stack Park Tralee           Kerry v Tipperary                                                      @ 1:00pm

@ WIT GAA Grounds Carriganore WIT v UL                                                                  @ 2:00pm

@ Sixmilebridge                               Clare v Limerick                                                       @ 2:00pm

@ Mardyke                                        UCC v Mary I                                                @ 2:00pm

Semi-Finals (Extra Time)

Sunday January 26th

Kerry or Tipperary v WIT or UL

Clare or Limerick v UCC or Mary I

Final (Extra Time)

Sunday February 2nd

 

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling – Odds and Ends

Since the Waterford Crystal Cup began in 2006, Clare (18 wins), Tipperary (16 wins) and Waterford (13 wins) have accounted for 47 of the 84 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.

Limerick have not defeated an inter-county team in the Waterford Crystal Cup since the 2006 semi-final when they defeated Clare by 1-14 to 0-13 at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Clare are the only team who have won at least one game each year since the Waterford Crystal Cup competition began in 2006. Clare also have the best won / lost record in the competition, winning 18 and drawing 1 of their 25 matches played while winning 2 titles.

35 goals were scored in the 2013 Waterford Crystal Cup competition over 11 matches (an average of 3.2 goals per match). This is the exact same number of goals scored in the 2012 competition while only 23 goals were scored in the 2011 competition over 10 matches (an average of 2.3 goals per match).

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, 69 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 22, Lost 47, a 32% success rate.

Waterford have lost their last 3 matches in the Waterford Crystal Cup having won 8 in a row from 2010 to 2012.

IT Tralee is the only team not to win a game in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006, losing their first match in the last 7 seasons.

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Roll Of Honour

Tipperary (3) – 2007, 2008, 2012

Waterford (2) – 2010, 2011

Clare (2) – 2009, 2013

Limerick (1) – 2006

Dr. Harty Cup Quarter-Final – Ard Scoil Ris 2-19 Our Ladys Templemore 1-8

Ard Scoil Ris defeated Our Ladys Templemore by 2-19 to 1-8 in the Dr. Harty Cup Quarter-Final on Friday January 17th at MacDonagh Park Nenagh.

Lynch shines as Ardscoil Rís book place in Harty Cup semis

Report from thescore.ie

Ardscoil Rís (Limerick) 2-19 Our Lady’s Templemore (Tipperary) 1-8

MUNSTER GAA’s 2013 young hurler of the year Ronan Lynch led the rout as Ardscoil Rís hammered Our Lady’s, Templemore, in this afternoon’s Harty Cup quarter-final at MacDonagh Park, Nenagh. Lynch, a member of the Limerick team that won last year’s provincial minor crown, scored 0-12 as Ardscoil advanced to a last four showdown with Dungarvan CBS or Hamilton High School, Bandon. Na Piarsaigh star Lynch displayed his full range of skills as he landed eight points from frees, three from play and a superb sideline cut in the second half to crown his display. Micheal O’Loughlin was another to impress at corner forward as he landed 1-3 from play and Lynch’s namesake Cian (no relation), a fellow member of last year’s Limerick minor team, raised three white flags with points from play.

Templemore, who last year’s semi-final replay between the sides, had no answers as Ardscoil ran out winners by 14 points. At half-time, breeze-assisted Ardscoil led by 2-11 to 1-4, with Colin Crehan and O’Loughlin striking for goals within three minutes of each other. Templemore’s leading scorer Tommy Nolan netted before half-time but the 1978 competition winners played second fiddle throughout against Ardscoil, who claimed back to back titles in 2010 and 2011.

Scorers for Ardscoil Rís: Ronan Lynch 0-12 (8f, 1 sl), Micheal O’Loughlin 1-3, Colin Crehan 1-0, Cian Lynch 0-3, Alex Morey 0-1.

Scorers for Our Lady’s Templemore: Tommy Nolan 1-5 (0-4f), Dylan Carey 0-2, Colin O’Riordan 0-1.

Ardscoil Rís: Paraic O’Loughlin; Eoghan Costelloe, Barry Fitzpatrick, Josh O’Halloran; Gordan Brown, Michael Casey, Jack English; Cian O’Brien, Ronan Lynch; Aaron Gillane, Cian Lynch, Ian Galvin; Colin Crehan, Alex Morey, Micheal O’Loughlin.

Subs: Thomas Grimes for Gillane (44), Charlie McCarthy for O’Brien (44), Cian O’Brien for Casey (55), Kieran Daly for Crehan (56).

Our Lady’s Templemore: David O’Shea; Emmet Moloney, Padraig Hogan, Kevin Ahearne; Bill O’Connell, Brian McGrath, Kevin Hassett; Colin O’Riordan, Tommy Brett; Jordan Moloney, Dylan Carey, John Joe Ryan; Stephen Nolan, Dylan Moloney, Tommy Nolan.

Subs: Jamie Bergin for S Nolan (37), Jack Fogarty for Brett (40), Anthony Ryan for J Moloney (59).

Referee: David Copps (Limerick).

2014 Munster Cumann na mBunscol AGM

The Annual General Meeting of Cumann an mBunscol, Coiste na Mumhan took place in Ennis last Friday. Robert Frost, Cathaoirleach of Comhairle na Mumhan, Michael Mc Donagh, Chairman Clare County Board and Michael McCarthy, Leas Cathoirleach of Munster Coaching and Games Committee, were among the invited guests.

Joe Lyons, Cathaoirleach, presided. In the course of his address, he stated that approximately 1,000 schools are active in Cumann na mBunscol activities in the Province of Munster. He thanked the Munster Council for the use of Aras Mumhan for meetings and for the support, financial and otherwise, that the Council gives to the work of Cumann na mBunscol. Mr Lyons wished Comhairle na Mumhan well in its quest to identify a sponsor for the Primary Go Games exhibition games.

The following officers were elected for the coming year:

Cathaoirleach: Seosamh O Laighin (Luimneach)

Leas cathaoirleach: Tomas Ó hAiniféin (Ciarraí)

Rúnaí: Cillian Ó Raghallaigh (Port Láirge)

Cisteoir: Mairead Ni Cheallacháin (Corcaigh)

Oifigeach Caidrimh Poibli: Aodán Ó Rinn (Toibrad Árann)

Oifigeach Forbartha: An Bráthair Séamus Ó Duidhíorma (Luimneach)