Waterford Crystal Cup Final – Limerick 3-20 Cork 1-16

Limerick defeated Cork by 3-20 to 1-16 in the Waterford Crystal Cup Final on Saturday January 31st at Mallow.



Limerick beat Cork to claim Waterford Crystal Cup

Cork 1-16 Limerick 3-20

Report from RTE.ie

Limerick secured the first silverware of the year in Mallow when claiming their first Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006 in a commanding display that saw them defeat Cork by ten points.

Despite meeting in the last two Munster finals and also going toe- to-toe in Division 1B of the Allianz League last year, this was the first ever decider between the neighbouring counties in this provincial competition, a prospect that attracted 2,145 hardy souls to Mallow.

It was a very open and entertaining contest typifying a pre-season competition as all but three points of the 40 scores came from play, a statistic that impressively including all of Limerick’s tally. Limerick held the upper hand in the opening half after been rocked into life by Stephen Moylan’s eighth minute goal for the hosts which eased Cork 1-2 to 0-2 clear.

It appeared to be the jolt that Limerick required as within four minutes, they had cancelled out the Rebel’s advantage before hitting the front with an opportunistic 14th minute goal from Gavin O’Mahony. The Kilmallock player, who was allowed to play due to a suspension for his club’s All-Ireland Semi-Final next weekend, intercepted on the 45 metre line and burst through unchallenged to billow the net at 1-06 to 1-02.

The visitors would maintain that healthy cushion, thanks in the main to inspirational scoring contributions from wing-back Tom Condon and teenage sensation Cian Lynch who would both finish the half with three points apiece. Damien Cahalane and Cian McCarthy performed best for Cork at either end of the pitch in that period to keep their side in touch, however that good work would be outdone just before the break when goalkeeper Patrick Collins spilled a routine catch and Adrian Breen was on hand to give Limerick a 2-11 to 1-09 advantage.

In an effort to get back on track, Cork emptied their experienced bench in the third quarter, with Seamus Harnedy, Marc Ellis, Christopher Joyce, Patrick Horgan and Conor O’Sullivan all being introduced to good effect. The home side would reduce the arrears to three by the 50th minute while Horgan also fired a bullet off the crossbar that somehow ricocheted wide.

Limerick’s response epitomised the character of the current side however as they outscored their frustrated opponents by 1-6 to 0-2 in a strong finish that included a second goal for Breen in the 57th minute. Cork’s attempts on goal proved in vein as Limerick exacted revenge for last year’s double defeat in league and championship deciders and also got a much needed boost ahead of their latest league promotion charge.

Cork: P Collins; W Kearney, D Cahalane, S O’Donoghue; B O’Sullivan, L McLoughlin, G O’Connor; P Haughney (0-02), A Walsh (0-02); B Lawton (0-01), C McCarthy (0-08, 0-03f), B Murray (0-01); S Moylan (1-00), L O’Farrell (0-01), D McCarthy
Subs: S Harnedy for Murray (half-time), M Ellis for O’Connor (half-time), C Joyce for O’Sullivan (40), P Horgan (0-01) for D McCarthy (45), C O’Sullivan for O’Donoghue (54)

Limerick: N Quaid; S Hickey, R McCarthy, S Walsh; T Condon (0-03), D O’Grady, D Morrissey; J Ryan (0-02), C King (0-02); N Moran (0-01), G O’Mahony (1-02), C Lynch (0-04); T Morrissey (0-02), S Dowling (0-01), A Breen (2-03)
Subs: P Browne for Moran (38, inj), W McNamara for Condon (40), P Begley for King (54), J Fitzgibbon for Lynch (60), C Allis for O’Grady (65)




When – Saturday January 31st at 7pm

Where – Mallow

Referee: Johnny Ryan (Tipperary)

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

Admission Prices –
Adults – €10
Students / OAPs – €5
Under 16s will admitted free

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


Team News

The Cork Senior Hurling team to play Limerick lines out as follows –

1. Patrick Collins (Ballinhassig)
2. William Kearney (Sarsfields)

3. Damien Cahalane (St.Finbarr’s)

4. Sean O’Donoghue (Inniscarra)

5. Brian O’Sullivan (Fermoy)

6. Lorcán McLoughlin (Kanturk)

7. Glen O’Connor (St. Finbarr’s)

8. Paul Haughney (Midleton)

9. Andy Walsh (Killeagh)

10. Brian Murray (Bishopstown)

11. Cian McCarthy (Sarsfields)

12. Brian Lawton (Castlemartyr)

13. Stephen Moylan (Douglas)

14. Luke O’Farrell (Midleton)

15. Darren McCarthy (Ballymartle)

Subs:

16. Anthony Nash (Kanturk)

17. Conor O’Sullivan (Sarsfields)

18. Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh)

19. Mark Ellis (Millstreet)

20. Patrick Cronin (Bishopstown)

21. Dayne Lee (Na Piarsaigh)

22. Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael)

23. Alan Frahill-O’Connor (Youghal)

24. Anthony Spillane (Castlelyons)

25. Paudie O’Sullivan (Cloyne)

26. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers)

Stephen McDonnell remains on the injured list, is progressing well and is expected to be back in action in coming weeks. Both the CIT and UCC players are unavailable for Cork panel selection as they are tied to their respective academies for this competition.

Manager: Jimmy Barry-Murphy

Selectors: Mark Landers (Coach), Seanie McGrath, Johnny Crowley.


Match Coverage


For the Record

Cork Limerick
2014 Waterford Crystal Cup Performance Did not participate. Defeated IT Tralee in preliminary round before losing to Clare in the quarter-final.
Number of Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling titles 1
Last Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Title N/A 2006
Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Record since 2006 Played – 16
Won – 10
Lost – 6
Drawn – 0
Played – 15
Won – 8
Lost – 6
Drawn – 1

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling 2015


Preliminary Round

Friday January 9th

Dr. Morris Park,Thurles                   Tipperary 4-16          Mary Immaculate College 1-16 

Saturday January 10th

CIT GAA Grounds                            Cork 1-18                   UL 1-15

Sunday January 11th   

WIT, Carriganore                              Waterford 1-22          LIT 0-18

Quarter-Finals 

Saturday January 17th

CIT GAA Grounds                            Cork 4-15                   CIT 1-13

Kilmallock                                          Limerick 2-15            Waterford 1-15

Austin Stack Park, Tralee               UCC 2-23                  Kerry 2-14

Sunday January 18th  

Sixmilebridge                                    Clare 0-16                 Tipperary 0-15

Semi-Finals

Saturday January 24th

Mallow                                               Cork 2-21                   Clare 0-18

Kilmallock                                          Limerick 0-22            UCC 1-17

Final

Saturday January 31st

Mallow                                                           Cork v Limerick                     @ 7pm


Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling – Useful Information

37 goals were scored in the 2014 Waterford Crystal Cup competition an average of 3.7 per game for the 10 games played. 35 goals were scored in each of the 2012 and 2013 competitions both over 11 games (an average of 3.2 goals per game). This contrasts with 23 goals in the 2011 competition over 10 games (an average of 2.3 goals per game). In the first 9 games in the 2015 competition, 23 goals have been scored (an average of 2.6 goals per game).

Since the Waterford Crystal Cup began in 2006, Clare (21 wins) and Tipperary (19 wins) have the most wins in the competition.

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.

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

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


Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Roll Of Honour

Tipperary (4) – 2007, 2008, 2012, 2014

Waterford (2) – 2010, 2011

Clare (2) – 2009, 2013

Limerick (1) – 2006

Harty Cup S-F – St. Francis College 4-11 Ard Scoil Rís 1-17

St. Francis College Rochestown defeated Ard Scoil Ris by 4-11 to 1-17 in the Dr. Harty Cup Semi-Final on Saturday January 31st at Charleville.


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Rochestown stay on track for quadruple after beating Ard Scoil Rís

By Denis Hurley for the Irish Examiner newspaper

St Francis College, Rochestown 4-11 Ard Scoil Rís 1-17: Dr Harty Cup semi-final: Not since Midleton CBS’s win of 2006 has a Cork school inscribed its name on the Dr Harty Cup, but the possibility of that run ending remains a live possibility after this Charleville cracker.

On Saturday, Rochestown’s St Francis College continued their pitch for the perfect season and maintained hopes of an incredible quadruple with a fine all-round performance against holders Ardscoil Rís. The O’Callaghan Cup (Cork SAHC) is already in the cabinet, the final of its football equivalent (Simcox Cup) is approaching and next Saturday they face St Brendan’s of Killarney in the Corn Uí Mhuirí semi-final.

A first-ever Harty would cap it all and selector Diarmuid Fahy expressed his delight after an impressive win. “It’s a massive achievement for the school,” he said. “They kept their heads all through, they were fantastic.

Though the point-scoring sights will have to be calibrated before the final against Thurles, it was otherwise hard to fault Rochestown. Seán Powter’s two goals were a great reward for his industry while 1-3 and 1-2 respectively from Ciarán Cormack and Shane Kingston won’t surprise any observers of underage hurling in Cork.

John Cashman and David Griffin at full- and centre-back, switched from their usual posts, helped to lead a good defensive effort and at midfield John O’Sullivan ran himself to a standstill, scoring one point but involved at the coalface for countless others.

Rochestown enjoyed a dream start, up 0-6 to 0-2 and 0-7 to 0-3 inside 20 minutes despite playing against the wind. Kingston went close to an early goal too, but there appeared to be an inevitability about how Ardscoil began to claw their way back into the game.

Ronan Lynch led the charge as they drew level only for Powter to fire to the net for ‘Roco’ on 28 minutes after he had extracted the ball from a scrum of players. Even still, though, Ardscoil managed to tie matters by half-time, Peter Casey with two fine points and then Nathan Fox with a long-range effort.

Casey and Lynch then put the Limerick school ahead for the first time early in the second half, but when the difficult questions were asked, Rochestown had the answers. Diarmaid O’Mahony levelled from halfway after Griffin had batted down a ball he shouldn’t have got to, and then Kingston struck for a goal, cracking a powerful shot from the right after he had created the chance himself.

Casey’s fifth point left just two in it, but then Rochestown bagged a third goal. Kingston’s long-range goal attempt looked speculative but it required goalkeeper Seán Mullane to parry the ball and Powter slid in to force the ball over the line. Points from Lynch kept Ardscoil within touching distance but once more Rochestown came up with a goal when required and the best was saved until last. O’Sullivan played a nice ball to Powter and his pass was beautifully controlled by Cormack, who applied a lovely finish.

That made it 4-10 to 0-15, but even then Ardscoil weren’t lying down. Lynch added two more frees to bring his tally to nine points, though when Daniel Meaney pointed in injury time it looked to have decided the outcome. There was time for Ardscoil to win a late penalty but though Lynch drilled that home, it was the last action. The final awaits for Rochestown.

“A lot of the lads will be playing next Saturday again against Brendan’s but they’re managing well,” Fahy said. They’re well looked after in their clubs, which is very important too. The support from them and the school community is fantastic. There are a lot of wise heads on young shoulders.”

Scorers for Rochestown: S Powter 2-0, C Cormack 1-3 (three frees), S Kingston 1-2, J O’Sullivan, D O’Mahony 0-2 each, L O’Sullivan, D Meaney 0-1 each.

Scorers for Ardscoil Rís: R Lynch 1-9 (1-0 penalty, seven frees), P Casey 0-5 (two frees), N Fox, M Mackey, P O’Loughlin 0-1 each.

ROCHESTOWN COLLEGE: A Cullinane (Douglas); D Murphy (Douglas), J Cashman (Blackrock), N Walsh (Douglas); C Sheehan (Douglas), D Griffin (Carrigaline), D Kelliher (Cobh); E O’Brien (Douglas), J O’Sullivan (Blackrock); D Meaney (Blackrock), D O’Mahony (Douglas), S Kingston (Blackrock); L O’Sullivan (Blackrock), C Cormack (Blackrock), S Powter (Douglas).
Subs: M McAuliffe (Douglas) for L O’Sullivan (54), K O’Donovan (Nemo Rangers) for Sheehan (57).

ARD SCOIL RÍS: S Mullane (Mungret); S Hogan (Adare), N Fox (Parteen), J Boylan (Na Piarsaigh); C Holihan (Na Piarsaigh), T Grimes (Na Piarsaigh), S Phelan (Broadford); E Ryan (Adare), J Flynn (Patrickswell); M Mackey (Adare), A Gillane (Patrickswell), P O’Loughlin (Clonlara); P Casey (Na Piarsaigh), R Lynch (Na Piarsaigh), C Boylan (Na Piarsaigh).
Subs: K Howard (Old Christians) for Boylan (half-time), E Mulcahy (Mungret) for Ryan (42).

Referee: D Fox (Clare)


Rochestown College overcome the champions to reach their first ever Harty Cup decider

Rochestown College (Cork) 4-11 Ardscoil Rís (Limerick) 1-17

Report from the42.ie

GOALS WERE CRUCIAL for St Francis College, Rochestown, whose dream season continued as they dethroned Dr Harty Cup holders Ardscoil Rís in their semi-final at Charleville today. Rochestown only trailed once in the whole game, after points from Aaron Gillane and Ronan Lynch had put Ardscoil 0-12 to 1-8 clear early in the second half, but the response was emphatic.

Diarmaid O’Mahony’s point levelled matters before Shane Kingston netted in the 41st minute. Though the impressive Peter Casey responded for Ardscoil, Rochestown’s third goal arrived soon after as Seán Powter slid in for his second green flag after Seán Mullane had saved from Kingston.

That opened up a four-point advantage, 3-9 to 0-14, and when Ciarán Cormack rounded off a beautiful move with skilful control and a perfect finish on 55, it was 4-10 to 0-15.

Like any good champions, Ardscoil died hard as Lynch pointed twice and then, after a point from Rochestown midfielder John O’Sullivan – who was excellent throughout – the Limerick side were awarded a penalty. Lynch drilled his shot past the three men on the line to give himself a personal tally of 1-9 and leave just three points in it, but it proved to be the last action.

In the first half, Rochestown had led by four points on two separate occasions but poor shooting was costly and Lynch had helped Ardscoil to level by the 26th minute. While Powter’s first goal gave Rochestown breathing space again, points from Casey (two) and Nathan Fox left it level at the break. In their first ever Dr Harty Cup final, Rochestown will play Thurles CBS on Saturday, 21 February.

Scorers for Rochestown: Seán Powter 2-0, Ciarán Cormack 1-3 (0-3 frees), Shane Kingston 1-2, John O’Sullivan, Diarmaid O’Mahony 0-2 each, Liam O’Sullivan, Daniel Meaney 0-1 each.

Scorers for Ardscoil Rís: Ronan Lynch 1-9 (1-0 penalty, 0-7 frees), Peter Casey 0-5 (0-2 frees), Nathan Fox, Michael Mackey, Páraic O’Loughlin 0-1 each.

ROCHESTOWN COLLEGE
1. Andrew Cullinane (Douglas)
2. Donnchadh Murphy (Douglas)
6. John Cashman (Blackrock)
4. Nathan Walsh (Douglas)
7. Cathal Sheehan (Douglas)
3. David Griffin (Carrigaline)
5. Darragh Kelliher (Cobh)
8. Eoghan O’Brien (Douglas)
9. John O’Sullivan (Blackrock)
25. Daniel Meaney (Blackrock)
11. Diarmaid O’Mahony (Douglas)
12. Shane Kingston (Blackrock)
15. Liam O’Sullivan (Blackrock)
10. Ciarán Cormack (Blackrock)
14. Seán Powter (Douglas)
Subs
17. Matthew McAuliffe (Douglas) for Liam O’Sullivan (54)
23. Kevin O’Donovan (Nemo Rangers) for Sheehan (57)

ARDSCOIL RÍS
1. Seán Mullane (Mungret)
2. Seán Hogan (Adare)
7. Nathan Fox (Parteen)
4. Jerome Boylan (Na Piarsaigh)
5. Conor Holihan (Na Piarsaigh)
6. Thomas Grimes (Na Piarsaigh)
3. Seán Phelan (Broadford)
13. Eoin Ryan (Adare)
15. John Flynn (Patrickswell)
11. Michael Mackey (Adare)
9. Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell)
12. Páraic O’Loughlin (Clonlara)
35. Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh)
8. Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh)
14. Conor Boylan (Na Piarsaigh)
Subs
28. Kevin Howard (Old Christians) for Boylan (half-time)
17. Eoghan Mulcahy (Mungret) for Ryan (42)

Referee: Damien Fox (Clare)


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When – Saturday January 31st at 3pm

Where – Charleville

Referee – Damien Fox (Clare)

Extra time to be played if necessary

Admission Prices

Adults – €5
Students / OAP’s – €3

All Media and Munster Council passes accepted.


Paths to the Quarter-Final

Ard Scoil Ris
Round 1 – Ard Scoil Ris 1-20 Blackwater CS 0-9
Round 2 – Bye
Round 3 – Thurles CBS 3-12 Ard Scoil Ris 0-12
Round 4 – Ard Scoil Ris 1-21 West Limerick College 0-11
Round 5 – Ardscoil Ris 3-14 St. Flannans 2-11
Quarter-Final – Ard Scoil Ris 1-16 Hamilton High School Bandon 1-11

St. Francis College Rochestown
Round 1 – St Francis College Rochestown 2-14 Charleville CBS 0-13
Round 2 – Bye
Round 3 – St Francis College Rochestown 1-18 PS Youghal 1-8
Round 4 – St Francis College Rochestown 0-16 St Caimins Shannon 0-13
Round 5 – St Francis College Rochestown 2-13 Our Ladys Templemore 0-16
Quarter-Final – St. Francis College Rochestown 3-9 Nenagh CBS 2-8


For the Record

Ard Scoil Ris St. Francis College Rochestown
2014 / 2015 Team Management Niall Moran,
Paul Flanagan,
Fergal Lyons &
Barry Hennessy
Diarmaid Fahy (Courcey Rovers), Michael Cullen (Fr. O’Neills), Humphrey Canty (Newcestown) & Aidan Lonergan (Rosegreen)
2014 / 2015 Team Captain Ronan Lynch David Griffin
2013 / 2014 Dr. Harty Cup  Performance Won the Dr. Harty Cup, defeating Scoil Na Troinoide Naofa Doon by 2-13 to 0-4 in the final. Qualified for the semi-final before losing to Scoil Na Trionoide Naofa Doon by 0-15 to 1-9
2013 / 2014 Dean Ryan Cup Under 16 ½ A Hurling Performance Qualified for the Final where they lost to Midleton by 1-14 to 2-10. Lost to Our Lady’s Templemore by 3-20 to 4-13 in the Quarter-Final
Number of Dr. Harty Cup titles 3 0
Last Dr. Harty Cup Title 2013 / 2014 N/A

Dr. Harty Cup Knockout Stages

Quarter-Finals

A          Ard Scoil Ris 1-16 Hamilton High School Bandon 1-11

B          St. Francis College Rochestown 3-9 Nenagh CBS 2-8

C         Castletroy CC 1-14 Pobalscoil Na Tríonóide 0-16

D         Thurles CBS 2-8 Gaelcolaiste Mhuire AG 1-10 

Semi-Finals

Fixed for Saturday January 31st

Castletroy CC V Thurles CBS in Toomevara at 12 noon
Ard Scoil Ris V St Francis Col Rochestown in Charleville at 3pm

Final

Fixed for Saturday February 21st 


Team Panels

Ard Scoil Ris

1.Sean Mullane       Mungret

2. Sean Hogan         Adare

3.Sean Phelan         Broadford

4.Jerome Boylan      Na Piarsaigh

5.Conor Houlihan    Na Piarsaigh

6.Thomas Grimes     Na Piarsaigh (VC)

7.Nathan Fox            Parteen

8.Ronan Lynch        Na Piarsaigh (C)

9.Aaron Gillane        Patrickswell

10.Eoin Ryan           Adare

11.Michael Mackey  Adare

12.Paraic O Loughlin          Clonlara

13.Peter Casey         Na Piarsaigh

14.Conor Boylan      Na Piarsaigh

15.John Flynn          Patrickswell

Subs:

16.Eoghan Foley     Na Piarsaigh

17.Eoghan Mulcahy            Mungret

18.Kevin Howard     Old Christians

19.Gerard Kearns    Claughaun

20.Sean Moran        Mungret

21.David Fitzgerald Clonlara

22.Jeff Ryan Parteen

23. Mark Connolly   Adare

24. Michael Andrews          Na Piarsaigh

25.Paul Moloney      Broadford

26.Cian Moriarty       Clonlara

27.Michael Danagher         Cratloe

28.Rory Duff Mungret

29.Luke Buckley      Adare

30.Michael Fitzgibbon        Mungret

31.Kevin Daly           Na Piarsaigh

32.Brian Curtin         Adare

Team Management; Niall Moran, Paul Flanagan, Barry Hennessy, Fergal Lyons


St. Francis College Rochestown

1          Andrew Cullinane   Douglas

2          Donnchadh Murphy            Douglas

3          David Griffin(c)         Carrigaline

4          Nathan Walsh          Douglas

5          Darragh Kelliher      Cobh

6          John Cashman        Blackrock

7          Cathal Sheehan      Douglas

8          Eoghan O Brien       Douglas

9          John O Sullivan       Blackrock

10        Ciaran Cormack       Blackrock

11        Diarmaid O Mahony            Douglas

12        Shane Kingston       Douglas

13        Paddy Lynch             Blackrock

14        Sean Power              Douglas

15        Liam O’Sullivan       Blackrock

Subs;

16       Daniel O Mahony   Blackrock

17        Matthew McAulliffe  Douglas

18        Rory Crowley            Blackrock

19        David Stack               Carrigaline

20        Ryan Cantwell         Blackrock

21        Ross Coleman         Blackrock

22        James Holland         Douglas

23        Kevin O’Donovan    Nemo Rangers

24        Liam Dineen             Douglas

25        Daniel Meaney         Blackrock

26        David O Regan        Douglas

27        Luke Dunlea             Ballygarvan

28        Daniel O Flaherty    Tracton

29        Sam McGrath            Douglas

30        Jason Murray            Douglas

31        Barry Grainger          Blackrock

32        Brian Turnbull          Douglas

33        Ronan Buckley        Blackrock

34        Paul Davidson         Douglas

35        Philip Buckley          Blackrock

36        Chris Murray             Carrigaline

37        Cian O’Driscoll         Douglas

Team Management; Diarmaid Fahy (Courcey Rovers), Michael Cullen (Fr. O’Neills), Humphrey Canty (Newcestown) & Aidan Lonergan (Rosegreen)


Dr. Harty Cup Tables after Group Stages

Group 1 Teams Played Won Lost Draw Points
Thurles CBS 4 3 0 1 7
Ardscoil Ris 4 3 1 0 6
West Limerick Col 4 2 1 1 5
Blackwater CS 4 1 3 0 2
St Flannans Col 4 0 4 0 0

 

Group 2 Teams Played Won Lost Draw Points Score difference
Castletroy CC 4 3 1 0 6 6
Gaelcholaiste Mhuire AG 4 3 1 0 6 21
St Colmans Fermoy 4 2 2 0 4 9
SNTN Doon 4 2 2 0 4 4
DLS Waterford Col 4 0 4 0 0 -40

 

Group 3 Teams Played Won Lost Draw Points
Rochestown College 4 4 0 0 8
P.S Youghal 4 3 1 0 6
St Caimins Shannon 4 2 2 0 4
Our Lady’s Templemore 4 1 3 0 2
Charleville CBS 4 0 3 0 0

 

Group 4 Teams Played Won Lost Draw Points Score difference
Hamilton HS Bandon 4 4 0 0 8 18
Nenagh CBS 4 3 1 0 6 6
Midleton CBS 4 2 2 0 4 3
Dungarvan CBS 4 1 3 0 2 -6
HS Clonmel 4 0 4 0 0 -21

Dr. Harty Cup Roll Of Honour

St. Flannan’s, Ennis (21) – 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1952, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1976, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005

North Monastery, Cork (19) – 1919, 1929, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1955, 1960, 1961, 1970, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1986, 1994

Limerick CBS (10) – 1920, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1932, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1993

St Colman’s College, Fermoy (9) – 1948, 1949, 1977, 1992, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003

Thurles CBS (7) – 1933, 1938, 1939, 1950, 1951, 1956, 2009

St. Finbarr’s, Cork (7) – 1963, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1984

Rockwell College (5) – 1918, 1923, 1924, 1930, 1931

Ardscoil Rís, Limerick (3) – 2010, 2011, 2013

Midleton CBS  (3) – 1988, 1995, 2006

De La Salle College Waterford (2) – 2007, 2008

St. Munchin’s  (1) – 1922

Mount Sion (1) – 1953

Abbey CBS, Tipperary Town (1) – 1959

Rice College, Ennis (1) – 1962

Coláiste Chríost Rí (1) – 1968

Colaiste Iognaid Ris, Cork (1) – 1975

Templemore CBS (1) – 1978

Colaiste na nDeise (1) – 2012

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Waterford 0-14 Wicklow 0-10

Waterford defeated Wicklow by 0-14 to 0-10 in Round 1 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 at Fraher Field, Dungarvan.



Waterford beat Wicklow – building a head of steam

By Tomás McCarthy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Waterford 0-14 Wicklow 0-10: Allianz Football League Division 4: Waterford reinvested their new found wealth in another adventurous attacking display on Saturday night at Fraher Field. “There was a bit of expectation after winning the McGrath Cup but I think the boys coped with it admirably,” observed manager Tom McGlinchey after his side took care of Wicklow with a confident second-half showing. “We scored 14 points and we had seven different scorers so it was a nice way to start the league.”

McGlinchey hit the reset button beforehand to concentrate minds on promotion. “We took the McGrath Cup as a standalone competition. To get the four competitive games and to win it was absolutely fantastic. We parked it and looked at the league as a new challenge totally. At times tonight, we played good football. I think the crowd here really got behind them and they got some good scores.”

The spread of scorers reflects positively on Waterford’s expressive brand of play. League debutant Michael O’Halloran beamed brightest with four points from play, including a couple of booming second-half efforts.

The sides were tied five times during an entertaining first half, with Conor McGraynor, Dean Odlum and John McGrath all threatening for Wicklow. But as the visitors’ challenge fizzled out, Waterford broke loose towards the tail-end. Even when Liam Lawlor limped out of the fray with a dead leg on 27 minutes, the Déise never blinked.

The Ballinacourty pair of Michael O’Halloran and Patrick Hurney sent over two each and Shane Ahearne claimed three frees as they squeezed 0-9 to 0-7 ahead. With the breeze behind them, Waterford asserted their authority with five uninterrupted points. Tadhg Ó hUallacháin punched over and then created a goal chance for Michael Curry but the Rathgormack man struck the woodwork.

O’Halloran’s third from 40 metres out started to turn the screw. It was one-way traffic and further points from Mark Ferncombe, Ahearne and O’Halloran opened up an unassailable seven-point lead. Wicklow substitute Seanie Furlong had a penalty claim turned down and their woes were compounded by a black card for Ross O’Brien. They didn’t land a blow for 31 minutes before a late flood of consolation points. After five home wins on the spin, a trip to Tullamore poses the next test for McGlinchey’s side.

Scorers for Waterford: M O’Halloran, S Ahearne (4fs) 0-4 each; P Hurney 0-2; T Ó hUallacháin, M Ferncombe, L Lawlor, G Nugent 0-1 each.

Scorers for Wicklow: D Odlum 0-4 (2fs); J McGrath 0-3 (2fs); C McGraynor 0-2 (2fs); T Kelly 0-1.

WATERFORD: S Enright; D Crowley, R Ó Ceallaigh, T O’Gorman; T Ó hUallacháin, M O’Gorman, C Phelan; S Ahearne, T Prendergast; M Curry, M O’Halloran, P Hurney; L Lawlor, J Veale, G Nugent.
Subs: M Ferncombe for Lawlor (27); L Ó Corraoin for Veale (43); P Whyte for Nugent (50); S Prendergast for Phelan (58); O Keevers for Curry (62); D Grey for T O’Gorman (73).

WICKLOW: R Lambert; A Murphy, P Cunningham, A Byrne; D Healy, S Kelly, R O’Brien; P McLoughlin, A McLoughlin; D Woods, J McGrath, D Hayden; D Odlum, C McGraynor, T Kelly.
Subs: S Furlong for Kelly (H-T); M McLoughlin for Woods (43); M Kenny for McGrath (48); C Murphy for Byrne (52); P McWalter for O’Brien (BC, 58).

Referee: M Collins (Cork)



Fixture Details

Saturday 31 January
Allianz Football League Roinn 4 2015 (Round 1)
Venue: Fraher Field Dungarvan
Waterford V Wicklow 19:00
Referere: Michael Collins


Allianz Football League Division IV: Waterford 0-14 Wicklow 0-10

Waterford continued their impressive early season form with a four-point defeat of Wicklow at Fraher Field in Dungarvan on Saturday night, their fifth successive victory of 2015. Having won the McGrath Cup last week, Tom McGlinchey’s charges made the perfect start to their Allianz League campaign in front of 420 supporters at a frigid Dungarvan.

Michael O’Halloran was the man of the match, hitting two points from play in each half. Waterford led by 0-9 to 0-7 at the break, having lost Liam Lawlor to injury in the second quarter, but an impressive second half showing from the home side saw them post a notable opening day win.




Team News

Waterford Senior Football Team to play Wicklow in the opening round of the Allianz Football League Div. 4 on Saturday at 7pm.

1. Stephen Enright Ballinacourty
2. Dean Crowley St. Saviours
3. Ray Ó Ceallaigh An Rinn
4. Thomas O’Gorman (CAPT) Nire
5. Tadhg Ó hUallacháin An Rinn
6. Maurice O’Gorman Nire
7. Conor Phelan Brickey Rangers
8. Shane Aherne Stradbally
9. Tommy Prendergast Kilrossanty
10. Michael Curry Rathgormack
11. Michael O’Halloran Ballinacourty
12. Patrick Hurney Ballinacourty
13. Liam Lawlor Nire
14. Joey Veale Kilrossanty
15. Gavin Nugent Rathgormack

Munster GAA Annual Convention 2014

The 2014 Munster GAA Annual Convention took place on Friday January 30th at the Killarney Plaza Hotel.


Chairman’s Address to Convention by Robert Frost – Microsoft Word format


Annual Report

Munster GAA CEO Simon Moroney has released his Annual Report ahead of the Munster GAA Convention.

Annual Report to Munster GAA Convention 2014 – PDF format

Note that all Annual Reports to Munster GAA Convention from 2008 through to 2014 in the About Us section of the web site.

Dr. Harty Cup Senior A Hurling Semi-Finals

The Dr. Harty Cup Semi-Finals will take place on Saturday January 31st.


Fixture Details
Saturday January 31st
Castletroy CC V Thurles CBS – Toomevara – Referee: Nathan Wall – 12pm
Ard Scoil Ris V St Francis College Rochestown – Charleville – Referee: Damien Fox – 2:30pm


Dr. Harty Cup Quarter-Final Results

Dr. Harty Cup Semi-Final – Thurles CBS 1-9 Castletroy CC 0-11

Thurles CBS defeated Castletroy CC by 1-9 to 0-11 in the Dr. Harty Cup Semi-Final on Saturday January 31st at Toomevara.


Thurles CBS into first Harty Cup final since 2011 at Castletroy’s expense

By Shane Brophy for the Irish Times newspaper

Thurles CBS (Tipperary) 1-9 Castletroy CC (Limerick) 0-11

Thurles CBS withstood a ferocious second half fightback from 14-man Castletroy Community College to progress to their first Harty Cup final since 2011 following a tight semi-final in Toomevara on Saturday afternoon.

Castletroy did superbly well to be in with a chance at the end having played almost 50 minutes with 14 men after full forward Ian Coates was issued with a straight red card for an off the ball strike on Thurles’ Jack Derby.

However, Thurles struggled to make their numerical advantage count in the bitterly cold conditions, that was until the final five minutes of the first half when they scored three unanswered points from Niall Heffernan (2 frees) and Michael Connors before Robbie Long struck for the goal in added time, deflecting Heffernan’s free to the net.

Castletroy had the breeze with them after the break and they made it count with Nash’s free-taking to a high standard while half back Andrew La Touche Cosgrave burst forward for two inspirational scores.

However the Limerick side were unable to level as Thurles kept their noses in front with Niall Heffernan continuing to be the teams chief threat in attack. A total of 13 wides from Thurles ensured Castletroy remained in the hunt in the closing stages with Barry Nash having his sides best opportunity to force a replay but he miss-hit his scoreable effort in the final minute as Thurles hung on.

Thurles CBS: W Tierney; C McCullagh, E Heffernan, J Derby; T Hayes, J Skehan, D Quirke; B McCarthy, C Moloney; M Connors (0-1), K Duggan (0-1), N Heffernan (0-7, 6f); J Butler, R Teehan, R Long (1-0)
Replacements: R Purcell for Butler (46); P Kennedy for Moloney (48); B Kelly for Connors (55).

Castletroy Community College: J Power; Brian Nash, E Enright, F Hourigan; D Garry, C Carroll, D Golden; L Lyons, C O’Meara; C Nicholas, Barry Nash (0-8, 7f), J Nicholas; A La Touche Cosgrave (0-3, 1f), I Coates, E Hourigan. Replacements: M O’Dwyer for O’Meara (HT)

Referee: N Wall (Cork)


Long’s goal against 14-man Castletroy books Harty Cup final spot for Thurles CBS

Thurles CBS (Tipperary) 1-9 Castletroy CC (Limerick) 0-11

Report from the42.ie

THURLES CBS WITHSTOOD a ferocious second-half revival from Castletroy Community College to progress to their first Dr Harty Cup final since 2010, in a well-contested semi-final in Toomevara this afternoon. Barry Nash, a Limerick minor star for the past two years, had the chance in the final minute to send the game to a replay, but he mis-hit a scorable free and Castletroy’s chance at a first Harty Cup final appearance disappeared.

Castletroy did superbly well to be in with a chance at the end, having played almost 50 minutes with fourteen men after full-forward Ian Coates was shown a straight red card for an off-the-ball strike on Thurles’ Jack Derby. However, Thurles struggled to make their numerical advantage count in the bitterly cold conditions — until the final five minutes of the first half when they scored three unanswered points from Niall Heffernan (two frees) and Michael Connors, before Robbie Long struck for the goal in added time, deflecting Heffernan’s free to the net.

Castletroy had the breeze with them after the break and they made it count, with Nash’s free-taking to a high standard, while half-back Andrew La Touche Cosgrave burst forward for two inspirational scores. However, the Limerick side were unable to level as Thurles kept their noses in front, with Niall Heffernan continuing to be the team’s chief threat in attack.

Thirteen wides from Thurles ensured Castletroy remained in the hunt in the closing stages, with Nash having his side’s best opportunity to force a replay, but it wasn’t to be. Thurles CBS will play Rochestown College in the final on Saturday, 21 February.

Scorers for Thurles CBS: Niall Heffernan 0-7 (6 frees); Robbie Long 1-0; Kevin Duggan, Michael Connors 0-1 each.

Scorers for Castletroy CC: Barry Nash 0-8 (7 frees); Andrew La Touche Cosgrave 0-3 (1 free)

THURLES CBS
1. William Tierney
2. Chris McCullagh
3. Enda Heffernan
4. Jack Derby
5. Tom Hayes
6. Jack Skehan
7. Dillon Quirke
8. Billy McCarthy
9. Cathal Moloney
10. Michael Connors
11. Kevin Duggan
12. Niall Heffernan
13. Jack Butler
14. Ronan Teehan
15. Robbie Long
Subs
Rory Purcell for Butler (46)
Paul Kennedy for Moloney (48)
Brendan Kelly for Connors (55)

CASTLETROY CC
1. Jamie Power
2. Brian Nash
3. Evan Enright
4. Finn Hourigan
5. David Garry
6. Colum Carroll
7. Darren Golden
8. Lorcan Lyons
9. Ciaran O’Meara
10. Conor Nicholas
11. Barry Nash
12. John Nicholas
13. Andrew La Touche Cosgrave
14. Ian Coates
15. Eoin Hourigan
Subs
Mark O’Dwyer for O’Meara (H-T)

Referee: Nathan Wall (Cork)



When – Saturday January 31st at 12 noon

Where – Toomevara

Referee – Nathan Wall (Cork)

Extra time to be played if necessary

Admission Prices

Adults – €5
Students / OAP’s – €3

All Media and Munster Council passes accepted.


Paths to the Quarter-Final

Thurles CBS

Round 1 – Thurles CBS 5-26 St Flannans 0-6
Round 2 – Thurles CBS 1-15 West Limerick Colleges 3-9
Round 3 – Thurles CBS 3-12 Ard Scoil Ris 0-12
Round 4 – Thurles CBS 2-15 Blackwater CS 3-3
Round 5 – Bye
Quarter-Final – Thurles CBS 2-8 Gaelcolaiste Mhuire AG 1-10

Castletroy CC

Round 1 – Bye
Round 2 – Castletroy CC 3-9 DLS Waterford 1-9
Round 3 – Castletroy CC 2-13 Gaelcolaiste Mhuire AG 0-18
Round 4 – SNTN Doon 0-15 Castletroy CC 0-12
Round 5 – Castletroy CC 2-9 St Colmans Fermoy 0-13
Quarter-Final – Castletroy CC 1-14 Pobalscoil Na Tríonóide 0-16


For the Record

  Thurles CBS Castletroy CC
2014 / 2015 Team Management Niall Cahill,
Martin Maher,
John Devane
Leonard Coughlan,
Peter O’Reilly
2014 / 2015 Team Captain Ronan Teehan Barry Nash
2013 / 2014 Dr. Harty Cup  Performance Qualified for the Quarter-Final before losing to St Francis College Rochestown by 1-13 to 0-11 Defeated Gaelcholaiste Mhuire in the group stages but lost out to Thurles CBS and Scoil na Trionoide Doon and did not progress.
2013 / 2014 Dean Ryan Cup Under 16 ½ A Hurling Performance Qualified for the Quarter-Final where they lost to the eventual winners Midleton CBS by 1-24 to 1-12 Did not take part. Lost to Pobalscoil na Tríonóide Youghal in the Quarter-Final of the Under 16 ½ B competition.
Number of Dr. Harty Cup titles 7 0
Last Dr. Harty Cup Title 2009 N/A

Dr. Harty Cup Knockout Stages

Quarter-Finals

A          Ard Scoil Ris 1-16 Hamilton High School Bandon 1-11

B          St. Francis College Rochestown 3-9 Nenagh CBS 2-8

C         Castletroy CC 1-14 Pobalscoil Na Tríonóide 0-16

D         Thurles CBS 2-8 Gaelcolaiste Mhuire AG 1-10 

Semi-Finals

Fixed for Saturday January 31st

Castletroy CC V Thurles CBS in Toomevara at 12 noon
Ard Scoil Ris V St Francis Col Rochestown in Charleville at 3pm

Final

Fixed for Saturday February 21st 


Team Panels

Thurles CBS Senior A Hurling Panel

1 William Tierney
Thurles Sarsfields

2 Dillon Quirke                                 3 Enda Heffernan                            4 Jack Derby
Clonoulty Rossmore                      Clonoulty Rossmore                       Thurles Sarsfields

5 Ronan Heffernan                                     6 Jack Skehan                                 7 Christopher McCullagh
Clonoulty Rossmore                       Holycross Ballycahill                       Moycarkey Borris

8 Billy McCarthy                               9 Cathal Moloney
Thurles Sarsfields                           Thurles Sarsfields

10 Niall Heffernan                           11 Kevin Duggan                           12 Ronan Teehan (C)
Moycarkey Borris                              Galmoy                                            Gortnahoe Glengoole

13 Jack Butler                                   14 Brendan Kelly                             15 Robbie Long
Upperchurch Drombane                Rathdowney Errill                           Drom & Inch

Subs;16 James McCormack Borris-Ileigh, 17 Eoin Barry Killenaule, 18 Michael Connors Drom & Inch, 19 Kieran Cummins Moycarkey Borris, 20 Martán Fennelly Killenaule, 21 Tom Hayes Moycarkey Borris, 22 Paul Kennedy Drom & Inch, 23 Killian O’Dwyer Killenaule,  24 Rory Purcell Thurles Sarsfields, 25 Michael Purcell Thurles Sarsfields, 26 Matt Stakelum Holycross Ballycahill, 27 Jack Bergin JK Brackens, 28 Bill Darcy Thurles Sarsfields, 29 David Egan Clonoulty Rossmore, 30 Eric Fanning Moycarkey Borris, 31 Stevie Flanagan Holycross Ballycahill, 32 Adam Garrett Thurles Sarsfields, 33 Ronan Gleeson Upperchurch Drombane, 34 Gary Healy Thurles Sarsfields, 35 Diarmaid Leahy Moyne Templetuohy, 36 Faolan Linnane Thurles Sarsfields, 37 Niall Moloney Loughmore Castleliney, 38 Jimmy Ryan Clonoulty Rossmore, 39 Conor Stakelum Thurles Sarsfields, 40 Tom Stakelum Killenaule, 41 Jack Stapleton Killenaule, 42 Micheal Troy Emeralds

Team Management; John Devane, Martin Maher, Niall Cahill.

Medical Team; Bill McCormack, Pearse Murphy.

Backroom Team; Liam Lanigan, Ayrton Ryan Casey, William Creedon, Patrick Bowden


Castletroy CC

1. Jamie Power

(Monaleen)

2. Brian Nash                                       3. Evan Enright                                  4. Finn Hourigan
(South Liberties)                                        (Ahane)                                  (Murroe Boher)

5. David Garry                                     6. Colum Carroll                        7. A. LaTouche Cosgrave
(South Liberties)                                  (Ahane)                                               (Monaleen)

8. Lorcan Lyons                      9. Ciarán O’Meara
(Monaleen)                               (Ahane)

10. Ian Coates                                        11. Barry Nash                         12. John Nicholas
(Old Christians)                                       (South Liberties)                      (Monaleen)

13. Conor Nicholas                                        14. Eoin Hourigan                   15. Mark O’Dwyer
(Monaleen)                                                (Murroe Boher)                          (Monaleen)

Subs

17. Aaron Kennedy (Muroe Boher)

18. Aaron Hackett (Ahane)

19. Patrick Minehan (Ahane)

20. Kevin Gleeson (Monaleen)

21. Kyrin McGarry (Claughán)

22. Gearóid Hartnett (Ahane)

23. Michael Fox (Ahane)

24. Shane Hackett (Ahane)

25.  Conal Ryan (Ballybricken)

26. Darren Golden (Monaleen)


Dr. Harty Cup Tables after Group Stages

Group 1 Teams Played Won Lost Draw Points
Thurles CBS 4 3 0 1 7
Ardscoil Ris 4 3 1 0 6
West Limerick Col 4 2 1 1 5
Blackwater CS 4 1 3 0 2
St Flannans Col 4 0 4 0 0

 

Group 2 Teams Played Won Lost Draw Points Score difference
Castletroy CC 4 3 1 0 6 6
Gaelcholaiste Mhuire AG 4 3 1 0 6 21
St Colmans Fermoy 4 2 2 0 4 9
SNTN Doon 4 2 2 0 4 4
DLS Waterford Col 4 0 4 0 0 -40

 

Group 3 Teams Played Won Lost Draw Points
Rochestown College 4 4 0 0 8
P.S Youghal 4 3 1 0 6
St Caimins Shannon 4 2 2 0 4
Our Lady’s Templemore 4 1 3 0 2
Charleville CBS 4 0 3 0 0

 

Group 4 Teams Played Won Lost Draw Points Score difference
Hamilton HS Bandon 4 4 0 0 8 18
Nenagh CBS 4 3 1 0 6 6
Midleton CBS 4 2 2 0 4 3
Dungarvan CBS 4 1 3 0 2 -6
HS Clonmel 4 0 4 0 0 -21

Dr. Harty Cup Roll Of Honour

St. Flannan’s, Ennis (21) – 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1952, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1976, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005

North Monastery, Cork (19) – 1919, 1929, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1955, 1960, 1961, 1970, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1986, 1994

Limerick CBS (10) – 1920, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1932, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1993

St Colman’s College, Fermoy (9) – 1948, 1949, 1977, 1992, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003

Thurles CBS (7) – 1933, 1938, 1939, 1950, 1951, 1956, 2009

St. Finbarr’s, Cork (7) – 1963, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1984

Rockwell College (5) – 1918, 1923, 1924, 1930, 1931

Ardscoil Rís, Limerick (3) – 2010, 2011, 2013

Midleton CBS  (3) – 1988, 1995, 2006

De La Salle College Waterford (2) – 2007, 2008

St. Munchin’s  (1) – 1922

Mount Sion (1) – 1953

Abbey CBS, Tipperary Town (1) – 1959

Rice College, Ennis (1) – 1962

Coláiste Chríost Rí (1) – 1968

Colaiste Iognaid Ris, Cork (1) – 1975

Templemore CBS (1) – 1978

Colaiste na nDeise (1) – 2012

Allianz Football Leagues 2015 Launched!

GAA.ie was present at the launch of the 2015 Allianz Football Leagues in Croke Park and spoke to players Paul Geaney (Kerry) and Séamus O’Shea (Mayo), as well as managers Jason Ryan (Kildare) and Kieran McGeeney (Armagh) of their hopes ahead of the opening weekend of fixtures on January 31st/February 1st.

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Fixtures / Results

See below a list of the 2015 Munster GAA Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Fixtures / Results.

Fixtures

FINAL

Cork v Limerick – Saturday January 31st at 7pm in Mallow


Results

SEMI-FINALS

Cork 2-21 Clare 0-18

Limerick 0-22 UCC 1-17

QUARTER-FINALS

Clare 0-16 Tipperary 0-15

Cork 4-15 CIT 1-13

Limerick 2-15 Waterford 1-15

UCC 2-23 Kerry 2-14

PRELIMINARY ROUND

Tipperary 4-16 Mary Immaculate College Limerick 1-16

Cork 1-18 University of Limerick 1-15

Waterford 1-22 Limerick IT 0-18


Waterford Crystal Cup Results – 2010 to 2015


AIB All-Ireland Club Junior Football Championship Semi-Final – Brosna (Kerry) 0-10 Rock (Tyrone) 1-7

Brosna (Kerry) drew with Rock (Tyrone) after extra time in the AIB All-Ireland Club Junior Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday January 25th at Ballinasloe on a scoreline of Brosna (Kerry) 0-10 Rock (Tyrone) 1-7.


Brosna and Rock St Patrick’s must meet again

By Daragh Small for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Brosna (Kerry) 0-10 Rock St Patrick’s (Tyrone) 1-7 (AET): AIB All-Ireland Club JFC semi-final: Brosna and Rock St Patrick’s must meet again to see who enjoys a St Valentine’s date in Croke Park. Extra-time failed to separate the pair in a tense All-Ireland Club JFC semi-final at Duggan Park in Ballinasloe yesterday.

Rock, looking for their first All-Ireland JFC final appearance since they lost to Cork’s Canovee in 2008, played with the breeze in the first-half and led 1-4 to 0-3 at the interval. The game’s only goal came from Eamon Ward. That strike, added to an earlier score from Conor McCreesh, came before Tom McGoldrick got Brosna on the scoreboard after seven minutes.

Brothers James and Conor McCreesh had the final say of the first-half with points and the Tyrone men led by four. McGoldrick came to the Kerry side’s rescue in the second-half – he kicked Brosna’s first point and added two more before 60th minute.

Points from Ryan Crilly and Diarmuid Carroll looked to have it out of reach for the Kerrymen but Adam Brady got two points to tie it up. Extra-time was required but Rock’s Aidan McGarrity and McGoldrick of Brosna were the only ones to take their chances.

Scorers for Brosna: T McGoldrick 0-5 (5f); A Brady 0-2; M Finnegan 0-1, T Finnegan 0-1, T Fitzgerald 0-1

Scorers for Rock St Patrick’s: E Ward 1-0; C McCreesh 0-2 (2f), A McGarrity 0-2; J McCreesh 0-1, R Crilly 0-1, D Carroll 0-1

BROSNA: C Kelly; S Fitzmaurice, M Murphy, A Cahill; T Fitzgerald, E Kiely, F McAuliffe; D Curtin, S Curtin; D McAuliffe, T McGoldrick, P Curtin; T Finnegan, M Finnegan, A Barry.
Subs: M O’Keefe for Kelly (inj, 8), P O’Keefe for P Curtin (24), J O’Donnell for P O’Keefe (blood, 36), S McAuliffe for D Curtin (85), G Nash for J O’Donnell (black, 90)

ROCK ST PATRICK’S: N Mullan; M McAleer, P Girvan, R Crilly; T Bloomer, A Girvan, P Ward; M McCreesh, C Gourley; E Williams, C McWilliams, A McGarrity; E Ward, C McCreesh, J McCreesh
Subs: D Carroll for J McCreesh (46), N McWilliams for P Ward (46), E Mallon for McGarrity (85)

Referee: James Molloy (Galway)


Fixture Details

25.01.2015 (Sun)
AIB GAA Football All Ireland Junior Club Championship Semi Finals
Ballinasloe, Galway 14:00
Brosna (Ciarraí) v Rock St Patrick’s (Tír Eoghain)
Referee: James Molloy (Gaillimh)
(E.T. if Necessary)

AIB All-Ireland Club Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Final – O’Donovan Rossa (Antrim) 2-12 Cappoquin (Waterford) 1-8

O’Donovan Rossa (Antrim) defeated Cappoquin (Waterford) by 2-12 to 1-8 in the AIB All-Ireland Club Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Final on January 25th at Cusack Park Mullingar.


Rossa steel too much for Cappoquin

By Tomás McCarthy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

O’Donovan Rossa (Antrim) 2-12Cappoquin (Waterford) 1-8: AIB All-Ireland Club IHC semi-final:

Antrim representatives O’Donovan Rossa sprung from the traps to defeat 14-man Cappoquin with a skilful and steely performance at a blustery Mullingar yesterday. Since an appearance in the All-Ireland senior final 26 years ago, the 15-times Antrim champions have rebuilt in the intermediate championship and they return to Croke Park on February 15 to face Kilburn Gaels.

“Our main objective was to install belief in the team and to try to get the younger players on board and believe in themselves,” explained manager Seamus Shannon. “It is a really young team and to get Rossa back up where it belongs, it takes those younger players to have the commitment and dedication the older generations had.”

Rossa dominated the skies from start to finish. “Anybody who wins the ball in the air generally wins the match,” Shannon observed. Conor McClelland ruled his patch at number six and wing-back Stephen Shannon scored four points, including two rousing efforts into the teeth of the breeze during the third quarter. In the absence of marquee forwards Stephen Beatty and Seaghan Shannon, Thomas Morgan stepped up with 2-3, including 2-1 from play.

Wind-assisted Rossa stunned the Munster champions after just 11 seconds when Thomas Morgan whipped first-time past Donal O’Rourke. The Antrim winners out-muscled their opponents throughout that opening period and displayed their aerial superiority. In the seventh minute, Deaglan Murphy supplied Morgan for his second as he sprinted past his marker and stung the far corner of the net (2-1 to 0-1). Rossa were totally on top against their shell-shocked opponents and were awarded a penalty on 15 minutes when Colm McVeigh was brought to ground. Faced by three defenders on the line, O’Rourke turned Gerard Walsh’s shot away for a ‘65’. The Ulster side also rued seven wides including five placed balls. Cappoquin’s task was made harder when county minor Andy Molumby was dismissed on a second yellow before the break. They reached the dressing room 2-5 to 0-2 in arrears.

Conditions worsened for the second-half as the rain swept in but the Waterford side upped their work-rate. Conor and Paul Murray led the recovery and they chipped away despite the numerical disadvantage. Aaron O’Sullivan batted the ball to the roof of the net on 45 minutes after a lengthy free from O’Rourke to leave five points between the teams (2-7 to 1-5). They didn’t move any nearer, however, as the talented Stephen Shannon replied with two superb strikes against the elements. Cappoquin selector Fintan O’Connor was tremendously proud of their fighting attitude. “They battled to the end and that’s all you can ask. There’s no shame in the way they bowed out.”

Scorers for O’Donovan Rossa: T Morgan 2-3 (2fs); S Shannon 0-4 (2 65s); J McGuinness 0-2; M Armstrong, D Murphy, C McVeigh 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cappoquin: A O’Sullivan 1-0; S O’Rourke 0-3 (3fs); A Molumby, P Murray, F Murray, K O’Sullivan, K Landers (f) 0-1 each.

O’DONOVAN ROSSA: C McDonnell; C Orchin, E O’Neill, K McDonnell; G Walsh, C McClelland, S Shannon; C McElhatton, D Murphy; C McVeigh, M Armstrong, C McGuiness; M Turley, T Morgan, A Orchin.
Subs: C Rocks for McElhatton (38); J McGuinness for McVeigh (42); M Kettle for Turley (48); G Bell for K McDonnell (59); J Quinn for A Orchin (61).

CAPPOQUIN: D O’Rourke; K Looby, C Looby, T Looby; P Morrissey, C Murray, D Cahillane; S Murray, P Murray; S O’Rourke, K Landers, A Molumby; S Coughlan, F Murray, K O’Sullivan.
Subs: A O’Sullivan for Coughlan (30); PJ Curran for K Looby (38).

Referee: P O’Dwyer (Carlow)


Fixture Details

Sunday January 25th
AIB GAA Hurling All Ireland Intermediate Club Championship Semi Finals
Cusack Park Mulingar 14:00
Cappoquin (Port Láirge) v O’Donovan Rossa (Aontroim)
Referee: Paud O’Dwyer (Ceatharlach)
(E.T. if Necessary)