Electric Ireland Munster MFC Q-F – Tipperary 2-11 Waterford 2-7

Tipperary defeated Waterford by 2-11 to 2-7 in the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Football Minor Championship Quarter-Final on Wednesday April 16th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.

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Bergin double tilts it for Tipp

Tipperary 2-11 Waterford 2-7

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Jamie Bergin’s second goal, five minutes from time, proved the game-changer as Tipperary advanced to the minor semi- final at Fraher Field. Waterford, inspired by man of the match Conor Gleeson, recovered from four down to lead with nine minutes left. Padraig White then levelled it before Bergin pounced.

Waterford got off to an ideal start when Gleeson’s effort in the seventh minute dropped into the net. Tipp blasted 1-4 without reply during the second quarter and silenced Gleeson momentarily. Bergin rattled the net on 16 minutes, while Tommy Nolan, Jack Skehan, White (free) and Emmet Maloney had points. Cormac Curran hit Waterford’s first point on 15 minutes. Jack Kennedy maintained Tipp’s four-point lead at the break. Ross Peters then restored Tipp’s half-time lead (1-8 to 1-4) and Gleeson then hit an unstoppable shot to the net. A brace from Mullaney and another from Michael Sweeney put them 2-7 to 1-9 ahead. White levelled on 54 minutes and then Bergin’s second goal sealed it.

Scorers – Tipperary: J Bergin 2-0, P White (1f), E Maloney, J Kennedy 0-2 each, P Maher, R Peters, T Nolan, S Quirke, J Skehan 0-1 each. Waterford: C Gleeson 2-1, J Mullaney, M Sweeney 0-2 each, C Curran, J Allen (f) 0-1 each.

Tipperary – J Brady; D Owens, L Ryan, C O’Shaughnessy; W Connors, C O’Mahony, J Skehan; T Nolan, S Quirke; E Maloney, P White, R Peters; J Bergin, J Kennedy, P Maher
Subs: P Murphy for Ryan (46); L Fahy for O’Mahony (51); D McGrath for Peters (52); J Delahunty for Bergin (57).

Waterford – K Dwane; C O’Neill, J Guiry, M Cronin; M Shine, E O’Halloran, J Mullaney; C Curran, C Prunty; A Donnelly, C Murray, J Allen; D Guiry, C Gleeson, D Lyons
Subs: M Sweeney for Allen (h-t), P Whyte for Donnelly (48).

REF – K Murphy (Cork).


Fixture Details

WEDNESDAY APRIL 16TH

ELECTRIC IRELAND MUNSTER MINOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER FINALS

Waterford v Tipperary

Portláirge v Tiobraid Árann

Venue: Fraher Field Dungarvan, 7pm

Referee – Kevin Murphy (Cork)
Standby Referee – James Bermingham (Cork)
Linesman – John Ryan (Cork)
Sideline Official – David Murnane (Cork)

Extra time
– (2 periods x 10 minutes only) to be played if sides finish level at the end of 60 minutes

Next Round – the winners play the winners of Clare v Kerry in the Munster Semi-Final on May 7th or 14th. The losers will play the winners of the first Play-Off game (loser of Cork v Limerick V loser of Clare v Kerry) on April 30th.

Admission Prices
Adult – €10
Student/OAP with appropriate ID Card – €5
Under 16s are free

PRO Contact Details

Waterford PRO Emer Barry – pro.waterford@gaa.ie and 087 950 6613

Acting Tipperary PRO Ed Donnelly – pro.tipperary@gaa.ie and 087 205 5642

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ger Ryan at pro.munster@gaa.ie for more information

Team News

The Tipperary team to play Waterford in Wednesday’s Munster Minor Football Championship has been announced. Four of the team which lost the 2013 Munster Minor Football Final to Kerry are once again eligible to play in this year’s competition and are named to start by manager Charlie McGeever, namely Jack Brady, Danny Owens, Paul Maher and team captain Willie Connors.

Tipperary (MF v Waterford) – Jack Brady (Ballina); Danny Owens (Moyle Rovers), Liam Ryan (Clonmel Commercials), Colm O’Shaughnessy (Ardfinnan); Willie Connors (Kildangan – Captain), Cathal O’Mahony (St. Patricks), Jack Skehan (Holycross-Ballycahill); Tommy Nolan (Drom and Inch), Stephen Quirke (Moyle Rovers); Emmet Maloney (Drom and Inch), Padraig White (Clonmel Commercials), Ross Peters (Clonmel Commercials); Jamie Bergin (Drom & Inch), Jack Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials), Paul Maher (Kilsheelan-Kilcash)​

The Waterford Minor Football team to play Tipperary on Wednesday night in Fraher Field in the Munster Minor Football Championship is as follows –
1 Kevin Dwane Ballinacourty
2 Ciaran O’Neill Brickey Rangers
3 Jack Guiry Nire
4 Donnachadha Kirwan Dungarvan
5 Micheal Shine Ballinameela
6 Edmond O’Halloran Clashmore Kinsalebeg
7 Jack Mullaney Stradbally
8 Cormac Curran Brickey Rangers
9 Conor Prunty Ballinacourty
10 Aaron Donnelly Dungarvan CAPTAIN
11 Conor Murray Rathgormack
12 Joe Allen Dungarvan
13 Dylan Guiry Nire
14 Conor Gleeson Nire
15 Darragh Lyons Dungarvan

For the Record

Waterford

Tipperary

2014 Team Management

Oran Curran (Dungarvan) – Manager

Selectors-   Dick Guiry (The Nire), John Browne (Erins Own), Tim Lenihan (Shamrocks)

Charlie McGeever –
Manager

Selectors – Shane Stapleton, Kieran Healy and Niall Fitzgerald.

2014 Team Captain

Aaron Donnelly (Dungarvan)

Willie Connors
(Kildangan)

2013 Championship Performance

Defeated Limerick by 3-10 to 3-9 in the first round in Fraher Field Dungarvan.

Lost to Kerry by 1-15 to 2-6 in the Munster Semi-Final at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.

Defeated Clare by 1-10 to -0-8 in the first round. Went on  to defeat Cork by 0-11 to 0-8 in the semi-final.

Lost Munster Final to Kerry by 0-15 to 0-10 at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.

Lost to Monaghan in the All Ireland Quarter-Final by 0-12 to 0-9 at Pearse Park, Longford.

Number of Munster Minor Football titles

0

7

Last Munster Minor Football Title

N/A

2012

Munster Minor Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 41
Won – 7
Lost – 29
Drawn – 5
Played – 53
Won – 26
Lost – 23
Drawn – 4
Last meeting in the Munster Minor Football Championship 2009 Munster Minor Football Championship Play-Off game at Semple Stadium Thurles on April 24th – Tipperary 1-15 Waterford 0-6.


MUNSTER GAA FOOTBALL MINOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2014

First Round

Wednesday April 16th

@ Fraher Field Dungarvan                        Waterford v Tipperary                      @ 7pm
@ Cusack Park Ennis                    Clare v Kerry                                     @ 6.30pm

@ Páirc Uí Rinn                               Cork v Limerick                                 @ 7pm

Play-off 1

Wedneday April 23rd or Thursday April 24th  

@ TBC                                               Clare or Kerry v Cork or Limerick

Play-off 2

Wednesday April 30th

@ TBC                                               Waterford or Tipperary v Winner of Play-Off 1.

Semi-Finals

Wednesday May 7th or 14th

@ TBC                                   Winners of Waterford v Tipperary v Winners of Kerry v Clare
@ TBC                                   Winners of Cork v Limerick v Play-Off 2 

Final
Sunday July 6th

@ TBC                                                                                                                       @ 12:00 noon

Useful Information

Clare have won at least one game in each of the last five seasons in the Munster Minor Football Championship.

Since 1956, Cork and Kerry have won every Munster Minor Football title with the exception of 1984, 1995, 2011 and 2012 when Tipperary were successful.

Kerry have played 55 games in the Munster Minor Football Championship since 2000, leading Tipperary  who played 53 games in the same period.

Cork, Kerry and Tipperary won at least 1 match in the Munster Minor Football Championship every year since 2001.

Waterford have won 2 of their last 20 matches in the Munster Minor Football Championship.

Limerick have won one of their last 11 matches in the Munster Minor Football Championship.

All 6 counties have been involved in draws since 2000. Remarkably Kerry, Cork, Tipperary and Clare have all had 4 draws in that period while Waterford have had 5 and Limerick 3. 

Munster Minor Football Championship Roll Of Honour

Kerry (42)

1931, 1932, 1933, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2013.

Cork (29)

1939, 1952, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2010

Tipperary (7)

1934, 1935, 1955, 1984, 1995, 2011, 2012

Clare (3)

1929, 1930, 1953

Limerick (1)

1956

Munster Minor Football Championship – List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began in 1929 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/mf_teams/

Munster Minor Football Cup

The Tadhg Crowley Cup was presented by Munster Council in 1990 to commemorate late Munster Council Treasurer. Tadhg was elected as Munster Council Treasurer in 1968 and served until his death in December 1989. A teacher by profession, he also served as Kerry County Board Secretary from 1955 until 1970. Tadhg was recognized as a specialist in organizing and handling styles and gates at Munster Championship games.

All Ireland Minor Football Championship

In the Minor Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Kerry top the charts with 11 titles while Cork are tied for second with Dublin with 10 titles. Clare won the first All-Ireland Minor Football title in 1929 while Tipperary’s two All-Ireland successes at this grade came in 1934 and 2011. Between them Munster counties have accounted for 24 All-Ireland Minor Football titles, ahead of Leinster and Ulster (20 titles each) and Connacht (18 titles).

Kerry were All-Ireland Minor Football Champions in 1931, 1932, 1933, 1946, 1950, 1962, 1963, 1975, 1980, 1988, 1994

Cork were All-Ireland Minor Football Champions in 1961, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1974, 1981, 1991, 1993, 2000

Electric Ireland Munster MFC Q-Final – Kerry 2-16 Clare 0-7

Kerry defeated Clare by 2-16 to 0-7 in the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Football Minor Championship Quarter-Final on Wednesday April 16th at Cusack Park Ennis.


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Kiely hits groove to sink Clare

Kerry 2-16 Clare 0-7

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Kerry got their campaign off to a good start at Cusack Park, Ennis as they cruised to a comfortable victory over Clare. A 0-8 to 0-3 lead at the break was no more than Kerry deserved and with the wind at their backs in the second half, they forged further ahead. With Barry O’Sullivan and Mark O’Connor outstanding in the middle, Jack O’Connor’s youngsters built on this dominance to carve out the win.

Clare opened the scoring in the sixth minute when wing-forward Keelan Sexton landed a free-kick from 50 metres. Kerry’s Jordan Kiely levelled matters with a fisted effort. The sides were tied at 0-3 apiece by the 12th, but five unanswered Kerry points before the break gave them the platform. Kiely grabbed Kerry’s first goal eight minutes after the restart when he was fed by substitute Stephen O’Sullivan and the second goal arrived in the 49th minute. Killian Spillane – from the famous Templenoe family – also tortured Clare, while Kiely can be happy with his 2-3 personal tally.

Scorers – Kerry: J Kiely 2-3, K Spillane 0-6, M Flaherty 0-3, M Burns 0-2, S O’Sullivan, I Parker 0-1 each. Clare: K Sexton 0-2fs, E Courtney 0-2, C Finucane, C Pyne, L Madigan 0-1 each.

Kerry – S Ryan (capt); J Morgan, B Begley, T O’Sullivan; J Foley, A Barry, B Sugrue; B O’Sullivan, M O’Connor; M Flaherty, B Rayle, M Burns; J Kelly, K Spillane, C Bambury
Subs: S O’Sullivan for Bambury (inj, 4), C Coffey for Foley (26), L Kearney for Rayle (52), T Ó Sé for B O’Sullivan (52), I Parker for Flaherty (58), D Roche for Morgan (58).

Clare – K Normoyle; B Cahill (capt), P Lillis, J Woods; C Ó hAiniféin, C Pyne, C O’Dea; N McCarthy, E Hanrahan; K Sexton, E Courtney, A Rudd; C Finucane, M Duffy, A Davidson
Subs: C Downes for Cahill (BC, 20), L Tierney for Rudd (h-t), L Madigan for Duffy (38), M Byrne for Hanrahan (45), L Howard for Pyne (55).

REF –S Lonergan (Tipperary)


Fixture Details

WEDNESDAY APRIL 16TH

ELECTRIC IRELAND MUNSTER MINOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER FINALS

Clare v Kerry

An Clár v Ciarraí

Venue: Cusack Park, Ennis, 6.30pm

Referee: Sean Lonergan (Tiobraid Árann)

Extra Time if necessary

Referee: Seán Lonergan (Tipperary) 

Standby Referee: David Grogan (Tipperary)

Linesman: Keith Delahunty (Tipperary)

4th Official: John McCormack (Tipperary)

Extra time – (2 periods x 10 minutes only) to be played if sides finish level at the end of 60 minutes

Next Round – the winners play the winners of Waterford v Tipperary in the Munster Semi-Final on May 7th or 14th. The losers will play the losers of Cork v Limerick on April 23rd or 24th.

Admission Prices
Adult – €10
Student/OAP with appropriate ID Card – €5
Under 16s are free

PRO Contact Details

Clare PRO Sean O’Halloran – pro.clare@gaa.ie and 087 247 7803

Kerry PRO John O’Leary – pro.kerry@gaa.ie and 087 302 6041

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ger Ryan at pro.munster@gaa.ie for more information

Team News

Kerry Minor Team v Clare
Three of the side defeated by Tyrone in last year’s All Ireland quarter final have been named in the Kerry Minor Football Team to play Clare in the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Minor Football Championship Round 1 in Cusack Park Ennis on Wednesday April 16th at 6:30.
The team is as follows and the captain will be named at a later stage:

1 Shane Ryan Rathmore
2 Jack Morgan Austin Stacks
3 Brian Begley An Ghaeltacht
4 Tom O’Sullivan Dingle
5 Jason Foley Ballydonoghue
6 Andrew Barry Na Gaeil
7 Brian Sugrue Renard
8 Barry O’Sullivan Dingle
9 Mark O’Connor Dingle
10 Matthew Flaherty Dingle
11 Brian Rayle Lispole
12 Micheál Burns Dr Crokes
13 Jordan Kiely Dr Crokes
14 Killian Spillane Templenoe
15 Cathal Bambury Dingle

Fir Ionaid
16 Eoin O’Connell St Senans
17 Liam Kearney Spa
18 Stephen O Sullivan Templenoe
19 Cormac Coffey Kerins O’Rahillys
20 Shane Cronin Spa
21 Dan O Donoghue Spa
22 Ivan Parker Churchill
23 David Roche Milltown C’maine
24 Tomas Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht

Bainistíocht:
Bainisteoir: Jack O’Connor (Dromid Pearses)
Roghnoirí: Micheal O’Shea (Castlegregory), John Galvin (Dr Crokes), Eamon Whelan (St Senans).

Extended Training Panel Members
25 Patrick Clifford Templenoe
26 John Mark Foley Kilgarvan
27 Patrick O’Shea Kilgarvan
28 Gavin White Dr. Crokes
29 Rob Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht
30 Andy Quigley Valentia
31 Jonathan O’Sullivan Milltown C’maine

Recovering from Injury and not considered
Cian O’Connor Castleisland Desmonds
Liam Carey Beaufort
Philip Casey Kilcummin

CLARE (v Kerry): K Normoyle (Lissycasey); B Cahill (Lissycasey), P Lillis (Cooraclare), J Woods (Éire Óg); C O’Dea (Kilfenora), C Pyne (Killimer), C O’Hanafin (Éire Óg); N McCarthy (Lissycasey), C Hanrahan (St Joseph’s Doora Barefield); C Sexton (Kilmurry Ibrickane), E Courtney (Éire Óg), A Rudd (Wolfe Tones); C Finucane (Lissycasey), D Duffy (Kilfenora), A Davidson (St Breckans).


For the Record

 

Clare

Kerry

2014 Team Management

Aiden O’Keeffe – Manager

Selectors-   Tom  Byrne and Joe Considine

Jack O’Connor (Dromid Pearses) – Manager

Selectors-   Micheál O’Shea (Castlegregory), John Galvin (Dr. Crokes), Eamon Whelan (St. Senans)

Trainers – Alan O’Sullivan and Arthur Fitzgerald

2014 Team Captain

TBC

Liam Kearney

(Spa)

2013 Championship Performance

Lost to Tipperary by 1-10 to 0-8 in the first round.

Defeated Limerick by 1-12 to 0-9 in the first Play-Off game.

Lost to Kerry by 0-15 to 0-9 in the second play-off game.

Drew with Cork 2-13 each in the first round. Lost the replay by 3-6 to 0-10.

Defeated Clare by 0-15 to – 0-9 in the second Play-Off game.

Defeated Waterford by 1-15 to 2-6 in the semi-final.

Won the Munster Final defeating Tipperary by 0-15 to 0-10 at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.

Lost to Tyrone in the All Ireland Quarter-Final by 0-17 to 1-12  at Croke Park.

Number of Munster Minor Football titles

3

42

Last Munster Minor Football Title

1953

2013

Munster Minor Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 46
Won – 16
Lost – 26
Drawn – 4
Played – 55
Won – 41
Lost – 10
Drawn – 4
Last meeting in the Munster Minor Football Championship 2013 Munster Minor Football Championship second Play-Off game at Austin Stack Park, Tralee on May 4th – Kerry 0-15 Clare 0-9.


MUNSTER GAA FOOTBALL MINOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2014

First Round

Wednesday April 16th

@ Fraher Field Dungarvan                        Waterford v Tipperary                      @ 7pm
@ Cusack Park Ennis                    Clare v Kerry                                     @ 6.30pm

@ Páirc Uí Rinn                               Cork v Limerick                                 @ 7pm

Play-off 1

Wedneday April 23rd or Thursday April 24th  

@ TBC                                               Clare or Kerry v Cork or Limerick

Play-off 2

Wednesday April 30th  

@ TBC                                               Waterford or Tipperary v Winner of Play-Off 1.

Semi-Finals

Wednesday May 7th or 14th

@ TBC                                   Winners of Waterford v Tipperary v Winners of Kerry v Clare
@ TBC                                   Winners of Cork v Limerick v Play-Off 2 

Final
Sunday July 6th

@ TBC                                                                                                                       @ 12:00 noon

Useful Information

 Clare have won at least one game in each of the last five seasons in the Munster Minor Football Championship.

Since 1956, Cork and Kerry have won every Munster Minor Football title with the exception of 1984, 1995, 2011 and 2012 when Tipperary were successful.

Kerry have played 55 games in the Munster Minor Football Championship since 2000, leading Tipperary  who played 53 games in the same period.

Cork, Kerry and Tipperary won at least 1 match in the Munster Minor Football Championship every year since 2001.

Waterford have won 2 of their last 20 matches in the Munster Minor Football Championship.

Limerick have won one of their last 11 matches in the Munster Minor Football Championship.

All 6 counties have been involved in draws since 2000. Remarkably Kerry, Cork, Tipperary and Clare have all had 4 draws in that period while Waterford have had 5 and Limerick 3. 

Munster Minor Football Championship Roll Of Honour

Kerry (42)

1931, 1932, 1933, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2013.

Cork (29)

1939, 1952, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2010

Tipperary (7)

1934, 1935, 1955, 1984, 1995, 2011, 2012

Clare (3)

1929, 1930, 1953

Limerick (1)

1956

Munster Minor Football Championship – List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began in 1929 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/mf_teams/

Munster Minor Football Cup

The Tadhg Crowley Cup was presented by Munster Council in 1990 to commemorate late Munster Council Treasurer. Tadhg was elected as Munster Council Treasurer in 1968 and served until his death in December 1989. A teacher by profession, he also served as Kerry County Board Secretary from 1955 until 1970. Tadhg was recognized as a specialist in organizing and handling styles and gates at Munster Championship games.

All Ireland Minor Football Championship

In the Minor Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Kerry top the charts with 11 titles while Cork are tied for second with Dublin with 10 titles. Clare won the first All-Ireland Minor Football title in 1929 while Tipperary’s two All-Ireland successes at this grade came in 1934 and 2011. Between them Munster counties have accounted for 24 All-Ireland Minor Football titles, ahead of Leinster and Ulster (20 titles each) and Connacht (18 titles).

Kerry were All-Ireland Minor Football Champions in 1931, 1932, 1933, 1946, 1950, 1962, 1963, 1975, 1980, 1988, 1994

Cork were All-Ireland Minor Football Champions in 1961, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1974, 1981, 1991, 1993, 2000

Allianz Leagues Super Scores: 13 April

This week’s Super Scores looks back at the on-pitch battles that took place to make the Allianz Football League final on 27 April


Source: GAA.ie

GAA Go Games




GAA and Samaritans team up

The GAA and Samaritans have come together to offer greater emotional support for people who are struggling to cope across the 32 counties.

Mental health was identified as a key focus area for the GAA in 2014 and the volunteer-based ethos and 32-county nature of Samaritans made them a natural fit for the Association
Liam Ó Néill

The announcement is the first of a series of initiatives the GAA will be undertaking this year to make sure its members have access to emotional support in these challenging times. For Samaritans, working with the country’s largest sporting and community organisation offers the opportunity to extend its important work even further across the country and into every parish on the island of Ireland.

The partnership aims to encourage people who are going through a difficult time to seek help, while also tackling the stigma associated with mental health problems. In doing so, both organisations hope that people will access the round the clock support provided by Samaritans.

“Mental health was identified as a key focus area for the GAA in 2014 and the volunteer-based ethos and 32-county nature of Samaritans made them a natural fit for the Association,” explains An tUachtarán CLG, Liam O’Neill. “At some stage of our lives we all struggle. The GAA has always prided itself on being there for its members in times of need, and now thanks to Samaritans, our members across the entire GAA family have an additional support structure available to them.”

Catherine Brogan, Executive Director for Samaritans Ireland, said “Samaritans and the GAA are an important part of community life in Ireland. Both organisations are aware of the problems that so many are experiencing and understand the importance of providing support. This innovative partnership will allow us to let people know that there is always someone there to talk to

Allianz Football League Division 1 S-Final – Dublin 2-20 Cork 2-13

Dublin defeated Cork by 2-20 to 2-13 in the Allianz Football League Division 1 Semi-Final on Sunday April 13th at Croke Park.


Source: TG4


Dublin blow Cork away in second half storm

Allianz Football League Division I Semi-Final: Dublin 2-20 Cork 2-13

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Dublin delivered a huge statement of their intent for the year ahead with a hugely impressive Allianz League semi-final defeat of Cork at Croke Park on Sunday afternoon.

After being totally outplayed in the first half, and conceding two early goals, Dublin trailed by eight points at the beak and went 10 down at the start of the second half. However, a lucky Michael Darragh Macauley goal in the 40th minute sparked a quite remarkable turnaround. By the 53rd minute, Dublin were still 2-13 to 1-11 down, but they hit 1-9 without reply, including a 65th minute Diarmuid Connolly penalty, in the closing stages to seal an incredible win.

“We just couldn’t get the ball past midfield and it was wave after wave of attack. They had momentum,” admitted a stunned Cork manager, Brian Cuthbert afterwards, Cork looked to have had the game won inside the first seven minutes. Colm O’Neill smashed home a trademark shot after a superb move involving Paul Kerrigan and Daniel Goulding, before the Rebels snaffled a second goal when Dublin ‘keeper Stephen Cluxton failed to deal with a high Brian Hurley ball and allowed Mark Collins to tap into the empty net.

Having scores two early goals in their Round 7 defeat of Tyrone last week, Dublin were rocked as they trailed by 2-2 to 0-2 after seven minutes.
Hurley, the Castlehaven star, scored five brilliant points from play in the first half and might have had a goal on 25 minutes after he was played through by an incisive Donncha O’Connor pass, but the burly full-forward smashed over the bar instead.

Dublin brought Eoghan O’Gara off the bench in place of Jason Whelan on 26 minutes and he made an impact with two points before the break. However, the irrepressible Hurley struck his fifth of the afternoon just before the whistle to leave the Rebels 2-9 to 0-7 ahead at half-time. Cork added to their tally at the start of the second half with scores from Jamie O’Sullivan and Daniel Goulding before the Dubs got a massive stroke of luck on 40 minutes when Philly McMahon’s shot struck a post and fell into the grateful arms of Macauley, who finished superbly.

The goal sparked Dublin into life. Davy Byrne blazed over the bar and substitute Bernard Brogan lofted over two frees before Paddy Kelly gave the Rebels some reprieve with a score in the 53rd minute. It proved to be their last of the game.Dublin had the bit between their teeth and Paddy Andrews and Jonny Cooper hit the target before Macauley had them level on the hour mark. Andrews and Alan Brogan nudged the champions ahead before Connolly slotted home from the penalty spot after James Loughrey had fouled Bernard Brogan. The game was already over, but Dublin added further scores from Ciaran Reddin and Bernard Brogan at the death to rub salt into Cork’s open wounds.
***
Scorers for Dublin: D Connolly 1-2 (1-0 pen, 0-1f), MD Macauley 1-1, P Andrews 0-4, E O’Gara 0-3, B Brogan 0-3 (0-3f), J Cooper, A Brogan, D Byrne, C Reddin, K McManamon, P Flynn 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork: B Hurley 0-5, C O’Neill 1-1, M Collins 1-1, D Goulding 0-2 (0-1f), D O’Connor, F Goold, P Kelly, J O’Sullivan 0-1 each.

Dublin: Stephen Cluxton; Jonny Cooper, Rory O’Carroll, Philly McMahon; James McCarthy, Nicky Devereux, Kevin Nolan; Michael Darragh Macauley, Declan O’Mahony; Jason Whelan, Alan Brogan, Diarmuid Connolly; Kevin McManamon, Paul Flynn, Paddy Andrews
Subs: E O’Gara for J Whelan (26), D Byrne for D O’Mahony (HT), B Brogan for K McManamon (44), D Nelson for K Nolan (57), C Reddin for P Andrews (66), T Brady for E O’Gara (72).

Cork: Ken O’Halloran; Michael Shields, Jamie O’Sullivan, Tom Clancy; James Loughrey, Patrick Kelly, Damien Cahalane; Fintan Goold, Andrew O’Sullivan; Mark Collins, Donncha O’Connor, Paul Kerrigan; Daniel Goulding, Brian Hurley, Colm O’Neill
Subs: J O’Rourke for D O’Connor (44), A Walsh for D Goulding (49), J Hayes for C O’Neill (55), N Galvin for Tom Clancy (60), Tomás Clancy for A O’Sullivan (63), K O’Driscoll for P Kerrigan (72).

Referee: Ciarán Branagan (Down)

Attendance: 28,903




Team News

CORK (SF v Dublin): Ken O’Halloran; Michael Shields, Jamie O’Sullivan, Tom Clancy; James Loughrey, Patrick Kelly, Damien Cahalane; Fintan Goold, Andrew O’Sullivan; Mark Collins, Donncha O’Connor, Paul Kerrigan; Daniel Goulding, Brian Hurley, Colm O’Neill.

The Dublin team has also been named: Stephen Cluxton (Parnells), Jonny Cooper (Na Fianna), Rory O’Carroll (Kilmacud Crokes), Philly McMahon (Ballymun Kickhams), James McCarthy (Ballymun Kickhams), Cian O’Sullivan (Kilmacud Crokes), Kevin Nolan (Kilmacud Crokes), Michael Dara Macauley Ballyboden St. Enda’s), Tomás Brady (Na Fianna), Jason Whelan (Ballymun Kickhams), Alan Brogan (St. Oliver Plunkett’s Eoghan Ruaidh), Diarmuid Connolly (St. Vincent’s), Kevin McManamon (St. Jude’s), Eoghan O’Gara (Templeogue Synge Street), Paddy Andrews (St. Vincent’s).


All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Hogan Cup Senior A Football Final – Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne 1-8 St Pats Maghera 1-6

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne claimed the Hogan Cup title for the first time in their short history with a two-point win over reigning champions St. Pat’s, Maghera at Croke Park on Saturday afternoon.


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Having trailed by 1-4 to 0-2 at the break, Pats’ star man Conor Glass having hit the back of the net in the 12th minute, Éamonn Fitzmaurice’s charges staged a brilliant second half fightback to claim the top prize in second level football.

The West Kerry outfit were back in the game within minutes of the restart when Roibeárd Ó Sé raised a green flag, and two further points from Séamus Ó Muircheartaigh had them ahead for the first time in the 44th minute. Pat’s drew level briefly thanks to a Conor Cassidy effort, but PCD hit the final two points of the game, with Barra Ó Súilleabháin nailing the insurance score, to secure a maiden Hogan Cup title.


Dingle reach Promised Land

By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne 1-8 St Patrick’s, Maghera 1-6

Line crossed, tape broken, summit conquered; phrase it whichever way you please but the bottom line remains unchanged — Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne are Hogan Cup champions, at last. Though the school only came into existence in 2007, Saturday’s victory had been a long time in the making — three consecutive Corn Uí Mhuirí titles followed by two bitter All-Ireland semi-final defeats.

Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s charges had knocked long and hard at the door. The Promised Land was finally reached on Saturday. Indeed, the scenes of unbridled joy which greeted the full-time whistle, Fitzmaurice jumping into the arms of selector Tommy Griffin, Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh banging his desk in the press area, captured poignantly the significance of the win, but also the scale of their achievement.

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne are only the fourth Kerry side to collect secondary school football’s most treasured silverware. As one Croke Park steward quipped: “It may be the only All-Ireland Kerry win this year so they might as well enjoy it!”

St Pats’ tactics of playing just two men — Paul Gunning and Conor Convery — inside the Corca Dhuibhne 40-yard line caused serious problems for Fitzmaurice’s side who simply could not cope with the pace of the Ulster champions on the break. Irrespective, the champions were slow to make their dominance count with Gunning and Conor Glass squandering successive opportunities. On 11 minutes, Corca Dhuibhne’s defensive wall finally gave way. Gunning provided the delivery, Paul McAtamney collected and subsequently off-loaded to Glass who dispatched beyond Dáithí Ó Conchúir. Danny Tallon pointed in the ensuing passage of play to extend their advantage.

The decider was 20 minutes old when Séamus Ó Muircheartaigh had Dingle off the mark, the score providing only momentary respite, however, as Convery, Glass and Tallon landed points for a 1-4 to 0-2 interval scoreline. When you consider Corca Dhuibhne outscored Maghera by 1-6 to 0-2 in the second half, not to mention the seismic shift in momentum, one wonders what exactly was said in the PCD dressing room during the interval.

Wing-back Maitiú Ó Flatharta revealed: “Eamonn hammered home that this was our last 30 minutes together as a team. This would be our last time together in the dressing room. A few of the lads stood up and spoke about what it meant to play for Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, to come from the Gaeltacht. We are all friends and after Eamonn’s speech, by God did we drive it on in that second half. We couldn’t cope with their tactics in the first half, but down the Hill side it seems to open up a lot. We knew that was going to happen. We had to box them up so we dropped back Caoimhghin Begley, then we started to break at pace and turned their game.”

One further directive stemming from said discussion was to employ direct ball on top of the full-forward line and within two minutes of the restart, the ploy had the desired impact. Roibeárd Ó Sé fielded superbly Ó Muircheartaigh’s delivery, put the head down and the end product was befitting of an All-Ireland final. Goal Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne.

Thereafter, the tide turned dramatically with Fitzmaurice’s students raising four of the next five white flags — Ó Muircheartaigh (two frees), Ó Flatharta and Tom Ó Súilleabháin (free) the providers. Conor Cassidy kicked arguably the score of the afternoon on 54 minutes to level matters at 1-6 apiece, but Corca Dhuibhne were relentless by this juncture, pushing forward at every turn.

Moreover, the midfield partnership of Barra Ó Súilleabháin and Marc Ó Conchúir had long since established their authority, having played second fiddle for most of the opening half. Tom Ó Súilleabháin edged the winners back in front with the finish line in sight and the honours were theirs when Barra Ó Súilleabháin, the figure at the centre of the black card controversy back in January, split the posts in the subsequent action. Line crossed, tape broken, summit conquered.

Scorers for Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne: R Ó Sé (1-0); S Ó Muircheartaigh (0-3, 0-2 frees); T Ó Súilleabháin (0-2, 0-2 frees); M Ó Flatharta, B Ó Súilleabháin, T Ó Sé (0-1 each).

Scorers for St Patrick’s, Maghera: C Glass (1-1); D Tallon (0-2); C Cassidy, C Convery (0-1 free), P McAtamney (0-1 each).

POBALSCOIL CHORCA DHUIBHNE: D Ó Conchúir; C Ó Súilleabháin, B Ó Beaglaioch, T Ó Súilleabháin; M Ó Flatharta, C Ó Beaglaioch, S Ó Gairbhia; B Ó Súilleabháin, M Ó Conchúir; R Ó Sé, B Ó Raoil, S Ó Muircheartaigh; C Ó Géibheannaigh, C Ó Bambaire, T Ó Sé.
Subs: C Ó Murchú for Ó Géibheannaigh (HT); S Ó Bambaire for Ó Raoil (53 mins); T de Brn for Ó Muircheartaigh (60).

ST PATRICK’S, MAGHERA: C McCloy; P McNeill, O Hegarty, C McNeill; C O’Doherty, P Hagan, C Mulholland; C Glass, C Cassidy; J Doherty, P McAtamney, M McGrath; P Gunning, D Tallon, C Convery.
Subs: S Quinn for Mulholland (59 mins).

Referee: G McCormack (Dublin)

Game-changer

Roibeárd Ó Sé’s 32nd minute goal. St Patrick’s had ruled the opening-half with an iron fist, but Ó Sé’s strike, coupled with subsequent points from Maitiú Ó Flatharta and Séamus Ó Muircheartaigh wiped out that advantage within eight minutes of the restart.

Talk of the town

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne are only the fourth Kerry nursery to lift the Hogan Cup, following in the footsteps of Intermediate School, Killorglin (1996), St Brendan’s, Killarney (1969 & 1992) and Coláiste Na Sceilge (2009).

Did that just happen?

Referee Gary McCormack ordered a number of players from both teams off the pitch to put on gumshields.

Best on show

Danny Tallon and Conor Glass impressed for Maghera when in the ascendancy, while Maitiú Ó Flatharta and Barra Ó Súilleabháin were excellent for the winners. Midfielder Marc Ó Conchúir, however, shades the verdict for a terrific and selfless shift.

Black card watch

No black cards distributed, nor was there a need for any.

Sideline superior

The decision of Eamonn Fitzmaurice to redeploy corner-back Tom Ó Súilleabháin to corner-forward for the second period proved a masterstroke. Ó Súilleabháin nailed two frees and had a hand in most of Corca Duibhne’s second-half scores.

The man in black

Solid afternoon from Gary McCormack. Fitzmaurice said his side should have been awarded a free just before Maghera’s goal but there was nothing illegal about the challenge in question. Maghera were hard done by at the death when Conor Cassidy put in a tremendous block to dispossess his opponent, but was adjudged to have done so illegally.

What’s next?

End of the road for both schools



This Saturday, Munster champions Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne (Kerry) take on Ulster and reigning Hogan Cup champions St.Patrick’s College, Maghera (Derry) in the Hogan Cup final, the most prestigious prize in schools football in Ireland.

Last year just re-ignited for us the whole euphoria that comes with being All-Ireland champions
Paul Hughes, Maghera The final takes place at Croke Park at 3.15pm on Saturday, and will be broadcast live on TG4.

This week at Croke Park, St. Patrick’s manager Paul Hughes and Tomás MacCárthaigh, Games Coordinator of Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, looked forward to the game. Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, from way out west on the Dingle peninsula, are managed by Kerry senior football boss Éamonn Fitzmaurice. The school’s Games Coordinator Tomás MacCárthaigh tells of how much the people around Dingle are looking forward to the game on Saturday.

“I brought this group here (Croke Park) and we’re very taken with the whole arena and everything,” he said. “The whole occasion on Saturday then, the whole peninsula is eagerly looking forward to it. It’s a great community event there. There’s a number of supporters buses being organised and there is flags and bunting up all over Dingle.

“There’s something very special when a team from your locality is involved and in this team you’re talking about three clubs. You’re talking about Dingle, you’re talking about An Ghaeltacht, you’re talking about Lispole. And people down there have a great affiliation with their native place.”
Looking at the challenge posed by St. Patrick’s Maghera, the reigning All-Ireland champions, he spoke of his admiration for the team the Kerry side will face.

“We have a great respect for them,” he said. “I remember looking at them last year against Navan. They were highly impressive. They are a big physical team with no shortage of skill. However, we have big players as well and we’re not lacking skill either.”

St. Patrick’s manager Paul Hughes reflected on the great recent success the school have enjoyed.
“Last year was our first time to win a Hogan in 10 years, we had been fortunate to win a few before over the years – 1989, 1990, 1995, 2003 – and last year just re-ignited for us the whole euphoria that comes with being All-Ireland champions,” he said.

The prospect of a two-in-a-row now looms large for the Derry side, and Hughes emphasised what a big thing it would be if they could achieve it now. “If we were able to come here now and do a back to back title, it just really puts us at the pinnacle of what we have been achieving over the years. It sets a standard and memory for the boys that will last a lifetime,” he said.

Match Coverage

This game will be shown live on TG4


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Masita All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Senior B Football Paddy Drummond Cup Final – Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig (Cork) 1-11 Scoil Aodháin Glasnevin (Dublin) 1-10

Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig (Cork) defeated Scoil Aodháin Glasnevin (Dublin) by 1-11 to 1-10 in the Masita All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Senior B Football Paddy Drummond Cup Final on Sunday April 12th at Croke Park.

Coláiste Choilm from Ballincollig in Cork claimed the senior ‘B’ post primary title with a narrow defeat of Scoil Aodháin at Croke Park. Declan Hyland came off the bench to score the all-important late goal for the Cork outfit.


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Glory day for Coláiste Choilm

By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig 1-11 Scoil Aodháin 1-10

When Declan Hyland stepped onto the Croke Park turf, his sole aim — indeed his sole directive — was to impact, however possible, upon proceedings. The Coláiste Choilm substitute, introduced on 49 minutes, drifted immediately into the left corner despite having replaced right half-forward Seán Curzon.

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Manager John O’Shea would joke afterwards that Hyland was more filling an empty space than following any tactical direction from the sideline. Nonetheless, possession was floated to the Inniscarra youngster, unmarked and very much under the radar of the Scoil Aodháin rearguard. Off he raced, soloing twice with the right boot before unleashing an unstoppable effort with the left into the top corner of Seán Motherway’s goal. All within 10 seconds of entering the fray. Incredible.

The score fired Coláiste Choilm 1-11 to 1-8 in front, the first time the Cork school led, but instead of pushing for home, they shut up shop in a bid to close out the result. O’Shea considered if differently: “Scoil Aodháin sensed time was running out and pushed hard for scores so we had no option but to funnel players back. I wouldn’t say we retreated.”

Conor Kavanagh (free) reduced the deficit on 57 minutes having missed a similar effort moments earlier. Scoil Aodháin struggled from placed ball with centre-back Alan O’Brien also missing a crucial free down the home stretch. Still, when Ian Jesson found Kavanagh in acres of space underneath the Hogan Stand, the margin was cut to the minimum.

The Leinster champions enjoyed a raft of openings thereafter, the outstanding opportunity falling to Cathal Doran; the half-forward, though positioned inside the 21-yard line, was unable to oblige, his tame effort falling into the arms of keeper Christopher Kelly. Presented with a late free, Kavanagh opted to pick out a team-mate rather than have a pot at goal, and referee Séan Hurzon signalled full-time before Jesson got his kick away.

“We are absolutely thrilled, it was a great game to win,” reflected O’Shea. “It didn’t look good for us for long periods. We stuck with it as we’ve done all year, we’ve been in worse situations. Again, the character came through. “Scoil Aodháin could have had three goals inside the opening quarter. It took us a long time to get to the pitch of the game. Lads were extremely nervous. I told the lads to stick at it during the break, we were now winning a lot of possession around the middle that we weren’t in the first 10 minutes. They have savage belief and Declan’s goal was a major point.”

As noted, Coláiste Choilm were subject to severe examination during the opening exchanges, Scoil Aodháin threatening to put this one to bed very early on. Conor Kavanagh pounced for the opening goal in the second minute, the centre-forward, set up by Séan Ryan and Patrick Small, crashing an effort beyond a hapless Kelly.

Further goal chances presented themselves but, crucially, none were capitalised upon — Eoghan O’Donnell blasting wide from close range on six minutes. The winners eventually settled and points courtesy of Sean O’Donoghue (0-2), an impressive figure throughout, and Aaron O’Raw squared matters after 15 minutes. Scoil Aodháin, though, continued to enjoy the upper hand, the midfield pairing of Aaron Elliott and Séan Ryan dominant, and reasserted their advantage through Kavanagh (free), Elliott (0-2) and Gavin King — 1-4 to 0-5 the interval difference.

Coláiste Choilm twice pared back the margin at the change of ends, O’Donoghue’s accuracy from the placed ball central to their resurgence. In truth, the winning captain fought a lone fight for much of the contest up front, Cian Kiely’s 47th-minute white flag the only other score from open play by a Ballincollig forward. It didn’t matter. Hyland’s goal kick-started a memorable afternoon for Munster colleges football.

Scorers for Coláiste Choilm: S O’Donoghue (0-6, 0-2f); D Hyland (1-0); C Kiely (0-2, 0-1f), D Murphy, D McCarthy, A O’Raw (0-1 each).

Scorers for Scoil Aodháin: C Kavanagh (1-4); A Elliott, C Doran (0-2 each); J Connell, G King (0-1 each).

COLÁISTE CHOILM: C Kelly; K O’Regan, K O’Sullivan, P Cronin; D Murphy, M Lordan, D McCarthy; A O’Raw, R O’Toole; L Collins, S O’Donoghue, S Curzon; C Kiely, D Kelly, C Hughes.
Subs: D Hyland for Curzon (49), E O’Shea for Kelly (60), M O’Leary for Hughes (60).

SCOIL AODHÁIN: S Motherway; K Nangle, S Brennan, I Jesson; J Connell, A O’Brien, J McCloone; A Elliott, S Ryan; C Doran, C Kavanagh, G King; P Small, G Doyle, E O’Donnell.
Subs: E Craig for King (50).

Referee: S Hurson (Tyrone)



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The Paddy Drummond Cup Final between Cork’s Coláiste Choilm Ballincollig and Dublin’s Scoil Aodháin promises to be a cracker. “We have a proud Gaelic football history and hopefully we can keep it going,” said Scoil Aodháin selector Ollie Kelleher.

“We won an All-Ireland U-14 ‘A’ title in the mid 1980’s and Leinster in the same grade in 1973, 1974, 1979 and 1980. This year we have won Dublin and Leinster U-14 ‘A’ football, Dublin U-16 ‘A’ football, senior ‘B’ football and also a senior Dublin ‘A’ Hurling title.”

They boast many talented past pupils including former Dublin All-Ireland winners, Tommy Drumm, Paul Clarke and Paddy Moran. Joey Boland and Tomas Brady also attended as did Irish soccer legend Liam Brady.

Their opponents won the Moran Cup (Munster U15 AFC) in 1999 before winning the Frewen Cup (Munster U16 1/2 AFC) in 2001 and 2002. They caused quite a stir at the time by beating a lot of the traditional Kerry schools, St Brendan’s, Intermediate School Killorglin, Tralee CBS and Colaiste na Sceilige.
Their current team won the Simcox Cup this year, beating De La Salle Macroom by 4-13 to 1-18 in the final in January. They beat PS Inbhear Sceine Kenmare in semi-final after being 10 points down at half-time. Then they took Hamilton HS Bandon in the final after a replay, before beating Holy Rosary Mountbellew in the All Ireland semi final.

The starting team is drawn from six clubs in Mid Cork – Eire Og, Ballincollig, Inniscarra, Ballinora, Canovee and Kilmurry and Kerry native John O’Shea is the manager. Past students include current Cork senior footballers Patrick Kelly, Daniel Goulding and Noel Galvin along with AFL player Ciaran Sheehan.
Their captain Sean O’Donoghue is midfield for the Cork minor hurlers who were in action mid-week meaning a very busy seven days for him.


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Allianz Hurling League Playoff – Offaly 3-19 Kerry 0-14

Offaly defeated Kerry by 3-19 to 0-14 in the Allianz Hurling League Playoff on Saturday April 12th at Semple Stadium Thurles.


Quirke secures Offaly’s status

Offaly 3-19 Kerry 0-14 (Allianz HL play-off)

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Fourteen-man Offaly had two Stephen Quirke goals to thank for their survival in Division 1B as the previously unbeaten Kerry hurlers tested them to their limits. In his first season in charge of his native county, Brian Whelehan will be relieved not to be facing into the Leinster championship after a relegation, but he will be very nervous with his team in this form.

The sending-off of Offaly full-forward Sean Cleary 10 minutes into the second half seemed to galvanise the Leinster side, with Kerry, who dominated the first half, falling away. Goals from Joe Bergin and Quirke’s brace proved the difference in the end. Playing with a very strong wind at their backs, the underdogs needed a bright start, but even Kerry couldn’t have expected to lead to 0-7 to 0-0 after nine minutes.

Offaly finally got on the scoreboard in the 10th minute when Cleary got on the end of Colin Egan’s long ball. Brian Carroll hit a point from a good goal chance and landed another free to close the gap to five points 13 minutes before the break, before Quirke and Conor Mahon got in on the act and Offaly began to settle.

Suddenly, after all their dominance the Kerry lead was down to two points and when Conor Mahon picked out Bergin with a great ball over the top of the Kerry defence, the Seir Kieran man pushed Offaly ahead with a lethal, low finish past Tadhg Flynn. Quirke’s two late goals then saved Offaly’s league spot, and their reputation.

Scorers – Offaly: S Quirke 2-1, J Bergin 1-1, B Carroll 0-8 (5f), C Mahon, S Dooley 0-2 each, C Egan, K Connolly, D Currams, S Cleary, T Geraghty 0-1 each. Kerry: S Nolan 0-8 (3f, 1 ’65’), C Harty 0-2, D O’Connell, B O’Leary, P Boyle, B Brosnan 0-1 each.

Offaly: Conor Slevin; N Wynne, G Healion, J Rigney; B Harding, C Egan, C Parlon; K Connolly, Ciarán Slevin; B Carroll, D Currams, C Mahon; S Quirke, S Cleary, J Bergin. Subs: P Geraghty for Ciarán Slevin (29), C McDonald for Healion (50), S Dooley, for Bergin (51), T Geraghty for Quirke (65), K Brady for Connolly(70).

Kerry: T Flynn; B Murphy, T Murnane, T Casey; S Weir, D Dinneen, D O’Connell; J Griffin, C Harty; B O’Leary, D Collins, S Nolan; K Carmody, P Boyle, J Egan. Subs: B Brosnan for Carmody (28), P O’Connor for Brosnan (51), J Leahy for O’Leary (54), P Lucid for Boyle (63).

Referee: J Ryan (Tipperary)


Offaly retain IB status after play-off win

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B Relegation/Promotion Final: Kerry 0-14 Offaly 3-19

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Offaly retained their Division IB status with a 14-point play-off win over Kerry at Semple Stadium, Thurles on Saturday night. Brian Whelehan’s charges came good in the second half having gone in level at the break, 1-8 to 0-11, after an even first half against the Division IIA champions, who beat Carlow six days ago at the same venue to reach the play-off. Offaly trailed for much of the first half, but Joe Bergin hit the Faithful County’s opening goal in the 33rd minute, giving them the lead for the first time, before the Kingdom replied to go in level at the break.

Eamonn Kelly’s underdogs faced into the wind in the second half, but it was Offaly who looked to be in trouble when they had Seán Cleary sent off while being subbed. However, Offaly hit two goals in the final quarter to take control of the game, Stephen Quirke finding the back of the net in the 53rd and 64th minutes, his second putting them 3-14 to 0-14 ahead. Offaly then finished off the game with five successive scores to wrap up a win that guarantees their place in the second tier of the Allianz Hurling League for 2015.


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Team News

The Offaly Senior Hurling Team to play Kerry on Saturday evening in Semple Stadium in the Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1B 2014 Relegation/Promotion Final

Offaly (AHL v Kerry): Conor Slevin, Niall Wynne, Ger Healion, James Rigney, Cathal Parlon, Colin Egan, Barry Harding, Kevin Connolly, Ciarán Slevin, Joe Bergin Capt, Dan Currams, Conor Mahon, Brian Carroll, Sean Cleary, Stephen Quirke

Causeway’s Thomas Casey and Brendan O’Leary of Abbeydorney come into the Kerry team for this evening’s Allianz Hurling League Division 1B / 2A promotion / relegation playoff against Offaly in Thurles. They replace Mikey Boyle and Davy Butler, who started last weekend’s Division 2A final victory over Carlow.

Kerry (SH v Offaly): T Flynn; B Murphy, T Murnane, T Casey; S Wei, D Dineen, D O’Connell; J Griffin, C Harty; B O’Leary, D Collins, S Nolan; K Carmody, P Boyle, J Egan (captain).

Munster GAA Post Primary Schools Under 16 ½ B Football Final – Mercy Mounthawk, Tralee 3-14 Abbey CBS, Tipperary 3-6

Post Primary Schools Munster U 16 ½ B Football Final

Mercy Mounthawk, Tralee 3-14 Abbey CBS, Tipperary 3-6

Report by Jerry Ring

The Abbey CBS failed in their brave bid to win the Post Primary Schools Munster U 16 ½ B Football Final for the first time in Rathkeale on Friday last. The Abbey were left to rue losing concentration in the final minutes of both halves and letting the impressive Tralee outfit chalk up a series of scores in those crucial periods that ultimately decided this exciting match.

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Mounthawk started briskly with the fresh breeze at their backs and raced into a four point lead inside the opening 8 minutes. The Abbey were struggling to gain a foothold in the middle of the field but then against the run of play Daire Egan found the roof of the Mounthawk net in the 12th minute. Mounthawk responded with two points from play before the Abbey boys again responded when Andrew Vance latched on to a brilliant through ball from wing-back Cian Ryan to round Robbie Murphy in the Tralee goals and put the Abbey on level terms after twenty minutes, 2-0 to 0-6. The Tralee based outfit responded immediately when a flowing move finished up with corner forward Ferdia O’Brien finding the bottom right-hand corner of Jack Comerford’s net. Andrew Vance arrowed over a superb free from the right hand touchline and Daire Egan followed this up with a fine score after a typical strong run through the heart of the Mounthawk defence to leave only three points between the sides with 3 minutes to the half-time break. It was in this time that Mounthawk accelerated ahead with four unanswered points from Jack Carmody, Cathal O’Reilly, Karl Mullins and O’Brien. This left the Tipperary boys trailing 1-11 to 2-2 at the break.

Mounthawk opened the scoring immediately after the resumption through captain Andrew Barry and in the 2nd minute of the half Abbey full-back Davy Byron was shown a black card for an innocuous challenge in the middle of the field. The Abbey were certainly up against it at this stage but they showed the character that had got them to this stage of the competition. Shane Neville added a fine point which O’Brien again responded to. Through the tireless work of Tommy Lowry and Shane Neville in the middle of the field the Abbey gained a foothold in the match and in the space of five second half-minutes the talented Shane Ryan fired 1-2 to put this pulsating tie back in the melting pot. The goal arrived when Ryan was picked out by Tommy Lowry with a fine foot pass and the Galtee Rovers man cooly finished to the Mounthawk net. When Ryan fired over his second point the 53rd minute there were only two points between the sides and all the momentum was with the Abbey boys. Shane Neville grazed the post with a super effort that would have drawn the Abbey within one point and from the ensuing kick-out the Abbey earned a scoreable free but took the free quickly and were charged with over-carrying. Within ten seconds the ball was in the Abbey net after the excellent Louis Ryle was the first to react after Abbey goalkeeper Jack Comerford had tipped a fierce goal bound drive on to the crossbar. The Abbey were shell shocked and from the following kick-out Mounthawk won possession and corner-forward Fergal Ryan raised another green flag for the Kerry boys. Andrew Vance replied with a pointed free but it was fitting that Mounthawks captain Andrew Barry closed out the scoring with a fine pointed effort.

The Abbey were left disappointed at the final whistle but could have left the Limerick venue with their heads held high after giving their all against an excellent Tralee outfit for whom centre-back Iarla Courtney was a colossus in the second half when the Abbey making their push for victory. On the day the Abbey were best served by Tommy Lowry, Shane Neville, Shane Ryan, Daire Egan and Andrew Vance. While the Abbey boy’s football ability or commitment could not be questioned a telling statistic from the game was that in the last five minutes of each half the Abbey were outscored 2-5 to 0-2. Having won the Under 15 championship earlier in the season the Abbey certainly have many more exciting days ahead with this very talented group.

Scorers: Abbey: A. Vance 1-2 (0-2 f.), S Ryan 1-2 (0-1f.), D Egan 1-1, S Neville 0-1.
Mounthawk: F O’Brien 1-4, F Ryan 1-2, L Ryle 1-0, A Barry, J Carmody & K Mullins 0-2 each, R Dolan & C O’Reilly 0-1 each.

Abbey: Jack Comerford (Arravale Rovers), Conal Donovan (Arravale Rovers), David Byron (Galtee Rovers), Stephen O’Brien (Éire Óg Annacarty), Cian Ryan (Arravale Rovers), Shane Power (Galtee Rovers), Daniel Kelly (Arravale Rovers), Tommy Lowry (Arravale Rovers), Shane Neville (Lattin/Cullen), Caolan Hennessy (Cappawhite), Daire Egan (Galtee Rovers), Tadhg Ryan (Galtee Rovers), Cormac Maher (Arravale Rovers), Andrew Vance (Emly), Stephen O’Dwyer (Galtee Rovers). Subs: Shane Ryan (Galtee Rovers) for T Ryan, K Franks (Lattin/Cullen) for Byron.

Mounthawk: R Murphy (Austin Stacks), A Thompson (Ardfert), D O Buachalla (Kerins O Rahillys), S Collins (Kerins O Rahillys), C O’Reilly (Austin Stacks), I Courtney (Ardfert), P Quilter (Austin Stacks), A Barry (Na Gaeil), S Dowling (St. Pats), J Carmody (Na Gaeil), R Dolan (Churchill), L Ryle (Austin Stacks), F Ryan (Austin Stacks), K Mullins (Kerins O Rahillys), F O’Brien (Austin Stacks).

Referee: P Carroll (Limerick)