All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers – Limerick 4-15 Westmeath 1-12

Limerick defeated Westmeath by 4-15 to 1-12 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers on Sunday July 5th at Cusack Park Mullingar.

Limerick made to work for victory by battling Westmeath

By John Fallon at Cusack Park for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Limerick 4-15 Westmeath 1-12

Limerick may have got two goals in the opening 13 minutes but they only made the game safe in the closing stages against a battling Westmeath side this afternoon. The heavy rain made hurling difficult in Mullingar, but notions that Limerick would run away with it when Kevin Downes and Seanie Tobin struck for early goals did not materialise.

Westmeath, perhaps buoyed by the exploits of their footballers last week, were full of endeavor although Limerick did not help their cause by squandering a host of goal chances. Tobin’s goal put Limerick 2-2 to 0-2 in front but Westmeath responded to the challenge superbly with the impressive Brendan Murtagh hitting two excellent points.

And then the prospects of a shock result began to surface when midfielder Cormac Boyle finished a great move by blasting to the roof of the net. Westmeath followed that up with points from Murtagh, Boyle and Derek McNicholas to lead by 1-7 to 2-2 after 26 minutes.

Limerick, though, finished the half with four points in a row from Shane Dowling, Paul Brown and two from Tobin to lead by 2-6 to 1-7 at the break. Limerick struck for a goal from Brown within a minute of the restart to leave Westmeath with a huge battle on their hands to get back into the game.

Yet, Michael Ryan’s men never gave up and points from Boyle, McNicholas and Murtagh kept them in touch. Kevin Downes and Dowling found the range for Limerick but efforts from Murtagh and Emmet Corrigan cut the gap to 3-10 to 1-12 with ten minutes left.

But Limerick made the game safe in the dying moments and pulled away with Adrian Breen getting their fourth goal as TJ Ryan’s men hit 1-5 without reply in the closing ten minutes.

Scorers for Limerick: S Dowling 1-3 (0-1f), K Downes 1-2, P Brown 1-1, S Tobin 0-3, D Hannon 0-3 (1f, 1’65), A Breen 1-0, G Mulcahy 0-2, T O’Brien 0-1.

Scorers for Westmeath: B Murtagh 0-6 (2f), C Boyle 1-2, D McNicholas 0-2, E Corrigan 0-1, A Devine 0-1

Limerick: N Quaid; T Condon, R McCarthy, S O’Brien; P O’Brien, G O’Mahony, W McNamara; J Ryan, P Browne; D Breen, S Tobin, S Dowling; C Lynch, K Downes, G Mulcahy.
Subs: D Morrissey for Condon (26), T O’Brien for Lynch (44), D Hannon for Tobin (52), A Breen for Dowling (57),

Westmeath: S McGovern; S Power, T Doyle, K Duncan; A Craig, A Clarke, A McGrath; C Boyle, J Clarke; A Devine, D McNicholas, L Varley; N O’Brien, B Murtagh, R Greville.
Subs: D Clinton for O’Brien (46), E Corrigan for McNicholas (50), K Murphy for Craig (57), N Mitchell for Power (63).

Referee: P O’Dwyer (Carlow).

Fixture Details

Sunday July 5th
GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 1
Cusack Park, Mullingar 14:00
An Iarmhí v Luimneach
Referee: Paud O’Dwyer (Ceatharlach)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Team News


1. Shane McGovern
2. Shane Power
3. Tommy Doyle
4. Kieran Duncan
5. Aaron Craig
6. Aonghus Clarke
7. Alan McGrath
8. Cormac Boyle
9. Joe Clarke
10. Alan Devine
11. Derek McNicholas
12. Liam Varley
13. Niall O’Brien
14. Brendan Murtagh
15. Robbie Greville

1. Nickie Quaid (Effin)
2. Tom Condon (Knockaderry)
3. Richie McCarthy (Blackrock)
4. Seanie O’Brien (Patrickswell)
5. Paudie O’Brien (Kilmallock)
6. Gavin O’Mahony (Kilmallock)
7. Wayne McNamara (Adare)
8. James Ryan (Garryspillane)
9. Paul Browne (Bruff)
10. David Breen (Na Piarsaigh)
11. Seanie Tobin (Murroe-Boher)
12. Shane Dowling (Na Piarsaigh)
13. Cian Lynch (Patrickswell)
14. Kevin Downes (Na Piarsaigh)
15. Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock)

Jim Power Under 14 Football Tournament

The Jim Power Under 14 Football Tournament will take place on Saturday July 4th hosted by Waterford withthe finals taking place in Fraher Field Dungarvan.

See below the full fixture list.

Dungarvan GAA Grounds

11;00am Rebel Og, West v Tipperary A

12;30pm Tipperary A v Clare

2;00pm Clare v Rebel Og, West

Brickey Rangers GAA Grounds

Pitch A.

11;00am Kerry South v Rebel Og East

12;30pm Rebel Og East v Limerick

2;00pm Limerick v Kerry South

Brickey Rangers GAA Grounds

Pitch B

11;00am Tipperary B v Kerry North

12;30pm Kerry North v Waterford

2.00pm Waterford v Tipperary B

Cup Semi Finals @ 3:30pm – Bushy Park

Plate final @ 4:30pm – Fraher Field, Dungarvan

Cup Final @ 6:00pm – Fraher Field, Dungarvan

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Round 2A Qualifiers – Longford 2-12 Clare 1-12

Longford defeated Clare in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Round 2A Qualifiers on Saturday July 4th at Cusack Park Ennis.

SFC 2A: Longford battle to beat Clare in Ennis


By Daragh Small at Cusack Park, Ennis for

Full-forward Brian Kavanagh hit 1-5 as Longford broke Clare’s stranglehold in Cusack Park and ended their campaign in their Round 2A qualifier. Dessie Reynolds got the other goal for Jack Sheedy’s side who have always impressed in the qualifiers but away from home and in Ennis Clare looked a bridge too far in the first ever championship meeting between these teams.

However the Midlanders buoyed by their promotion to Division III this term have given youth its chance and it paid off here. Their 2-15 to 1-8 victory over Carlow in the last round provided some much needed confidence after the drubbing by Dublin in the Leinster quarter-final and this win will give Longford momentum.

Dean Ryan got Clare’s goal and they led 1-7 to 1-6 at half-time despite playing into the breeze and hitting nine wides before the break.
Gary Brennan got them off the mark with a free after two minutes, Kavanagh replied for Longford and after David Tubridy put Clare back in front Longford hit 1-3 without reply.

Kavanagh slotted the penalty in the seventh minute after a sublime catch from Liam Connerton who was then hauled down by Kieran Russell.
Longford were 1-3 to 0-2 up after 14 minutes but Eoin Cleary pointed a free for Clare and Brennan’s second put them just two in arrears. Then in the 27th minute Ryan was on the end of a sweeping move through the heart of the Longford defence with Cleary and Jamie Malone combining before the Clare wingback gave them the lead.

A Pat Burke point pushed them 1-6 to 1-4 up but Connerton and Dessie Reynolds shot scores with Sean Collins hitting the final score of the half. Longford has the perfect start to the second-half, four minutes in Rory Connor sent over a point and then Reynolds struck a killer second goal.

Two frees from Tubridy got Clare back on track but Connor got his second of the half. Longford 2-8 to 1-9 up in the 51st minute but quick-fire scores from Cleary and Tubridy out the sides level again. Masterson was sent-off shortly after he regained the lead for Longford and Ryan brought Clare level again but Kavanagh saw it out for the visitors.


Scorers for Longford: B Kavanagh 1-5 (1-0 pen, 4f), D Reynolds 1-1, L Connerton 0-2, R Connor 0-2, M Quinn 0-1, D Masterson 0-1.

Scorers for Clare: D Tubridy 0-5 (4f), D Ryan 1-1, E Cleary 0-2 (1f), G Brennan 0-2 (1f), P Burke 0-1, Sean Collins 0-1

LONGFORD: P Collum; C Farrelly, B O’Farrell, F Battrim; CP Smyth, B Gilleran, D Masterson; K Diffley, M Quinn; P Gill, D Reynolds, R McEntire; R Connor, B Kavanagh, L Connerton. Subs: S Doyle for Gill (48), R McNerney for McEntire (61), P Foy for Connor (66).

CLARE: J Hayes; C Russell, K Harnett, M McMahon; S Hickey, G Kelly, D Ryan; G Brennan, C O’Connor; Sean Collins, J Malone, K Sexton; E Cleary, P Burke, D Tubridy. Subs: S McGrath for O’Connor (19), E Coughlan for Cleary (54), Stephen Collins for Kelly (60).

Fixture Details

04.07.2015 (Sat)
GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2A
Cusack Park, Ennis 17:00
An Clár v An Longfort
Referee: Anthony Nolan (Cill Mhantáin)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Team News

CLARE: TJ Hayes; C Russell, K Hartnett, M McMahon; S Hickey, G Kelly, D Ryan; G Brennan, C O’Connor; S Collins, J Malone, K Sexton; E Cleary, D Tubridy, P Burke.

LONGFORD: P Collum; D Brady, B O’Farrell, F Battrim; C Smyth, B Gilleran, D Masterson; K Diffley, M Quinn; P Gill, R McEntire, R Connor; L Connerton, B Kavanagh, D Reynolds.

Munster GAA Poc Fada Final 2015

The Munster GAA Poc Fada Final 2015 took place on the slopes of Galteemore on Saturday 4th July.

Click here to view photos from the final

Senior Results
1st Aaron Murphy Limerick
2nd Andrew Fahey Clare

Under 16
1st Barry O’Mahoney Kerry
2nd Conor O Brien Tipperary


Limerick – Aaron Murphy Hospital/Herbertstown
Kerry – Shane Nolan Crotta O’Neills
Clare – Andrew Fahy Whitegate
Cork – Declan Dalton Fr O’Neills
Tipperary – Michael Flannery Newport
Waterford – Owen Sauvage Mount Sion

Limerick – Padraig Fitzgerald Cappamore
Kerry – Barry O’Mahony Crotta O’Neills
Clare – Michael Hynes Whitegate
Cork – Ciarr O’Connor Fr O’Neills
Tipperary – Conor O’Brien Portroe
Waterford – Gearóid Murphy Na Gaeil

The Senior and Under 16 winners will go forward to represent Munster in the All-Ireland Poc Fada Final on Saturday August 1st in the Cooley Mountains

Tommy Quaid Cup – the winner of the annual Munster Poc Fada Final competition is awarded the Tommy Quaid Cup in honour of the former Limerick goalkeeper and All-Ireland Poc Fada champion 1991.

The Senior Provincial winners in 2015 will get a Ski trip to Austria in February 2016 sponsored by Top Flight Promotions in conjunction with Today FM

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Round 1 Qualifiers – Clare 3-26 Offaly 0-15

Clare defeated Offaly by 3-26 to 0-15 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Round 1 Qualifiers on Saturday July 4th at Cusack Park Ennis.

SHC R1: Clare return to winning ways and dump Offaly out

GAA All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-final Round 1: Clare 3-26 Offaly 0-15

By Darragh Small at Cusack Park, Ennis for

Former Hurler of Year Tony Kelly started at midfield for Clare and shot eight points as they won their first Championship match in 21 months. It sent Offaly crashing out of this year’s All-Ireland series in their first round qualifier at Ennis.

Davy Fitzgerald’s men had reached crisis point after being dumped out of the Munster championship by Limerick last month. They were relegated from Division 1A of the Allianz league earlier this year but this win will breathe some much needed confidence into the ranks.

The 2013 All-Ireland champions hadn’t won a game in the championship since they beat Cork at Croke Park two years ago but could have a big say yet this year. Colm Galvin’s comeback is a big boost and he was given a rapturous ovation on his return from USA, he was introduced in the 63rd minute.

Conor McGrath got the first goal for Clare and they were 1-13 to 0-9 at half-time. Darach Honan had them ahead after just 20 seconds and when Kelly pointed soon after it didn’t look good for Offaly. The crucial goal came from the stick of McGrath, he slotted after Honan caught a high ball and provided the assist.

The Banner were dominating in every sector and the Offaly forwards had to live off scraps. Shane Dooley kept them in it, he slotted four frees in the opening half but McGrath hit 1-3 for Clare. Conlon got Clare’s final score of the first-half giving them a 1-13 to 0-9 lead and he found the net two minutes after the break to end the game as a contest.

Shane O’Donnell’s goal put a gloss on the scoreline for Clare but it was a fabulous effort created by the wizardry of Kelly.
Offaly kept fighting with half-time substitute Sean Cleary hitting two points but Clare centre-back Conor Ryan was even getting in on the scoring, he got three points in the second-half.

Scorers for Clare: T Kelly 0-8 (2f), C McGrath 1-4, J Conlon 1-2, S O’Donnell 1-0, Colin Ryan 0-3 (2f), Conor Ryan 0-3, D Honan 0-3, S Golden 0-2, P O’Connor 0-1.

Scorers for Offaly: S Dooley 0-6 (6f), S Kinsella 0-4, S Cleary 0-2, J Bergin 0-1, J Mulrooney 0-1, P Murphy 0-1.

Clare: P Kelly; D McInerney, C Dillon, S Morey; B Bugler, Conor Ryan, J Browne; P O’Connor, T Kelly; J Conlon, Colin Ryan, S Golden; C McGrath, S O’Donnell, D Honan.
Subs: D Reidy for Conlon (53), A Cunningham for O’Donnell (53), P Flanagan for Dillon (59), D O’Donovan for Browne (60), C Galvin for Honan (63).

Offaly: J Dempsey; D Shortt, N Wynne, D King; E Murphy, C Egan, G Conneely; E Nolan, J Mulrooney; P Murphy, D Currams, J Bergin; B Carroll, S Kinsella, S Dooley.
Subs: S Cleary for Nolan (35), S Ryan for Conneely (41), P Camon for Shortt (51), S Wynne for Currams (58), D Mooney for E Murphy (62), C Kiely for Egan (68).

Referee: John Keenan (Wicklow)

Fixture Details

Saturday July 4th
GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 1
Cusack Park, Ennis 19:00
An Clár v Uíbh Fhailí
Referee: John Keenan (Cill Mhantáin)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Team News

Offaly (SHC v Clare): J Dempsey; N Wynne, D Shortt, D King; E Murphy, C Egan, P Camon; E Nolan, S Ryan; J Mulrooney, D Currams, P Murphy; S Dooley, J Bergin, B Carroll.

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Round 1 Qualifiers – Cork 2-22 Wexford 0-20

Cork defeated Wexford by 2-22 to 0-20 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Round 1 Qualifiers on Saturday July 4th at Innovate Wexford Park.

SHC R1: Lehane stars as Cork beat Wexford

GAA All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifier Round 1: Cork 2-22 Wexford 0-20

By Michael Dwyer at Innovate Wexford Park for

A masterful display from Conor Lehane ensured that Cork earned the All-Ireland SHC Round I Qualifier spoils and dumped Wexford out of the championship in a convincing fashion at Innovate Wexford Park. Lehane was brilliant throughout and finished with 1-6 from play.
This game looked over at the end of the first half when the Rebels racked up a 14-point advantage.

Awestruck supporters packed like sardines in the stands watched on when Anthony Nash’s puck-out from the Clonard End goal was fired in like an bomb after five minutes. Lehane plucked the ball as it flew at the opposite end and finished a neat shot off his right to leave Wexford reeling.

At this stage the visitors led by 1-3 to 0-1. Lehane (2) and Pa Horgan obliged to extend their lead and even when Wexford’s sole scorer for the first 26 minutes, Ian Byrne, landed a brace of frees, Cork fired back with a string of four points, putting Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s men ahead by 1-10 to 0-3 on 19 minutes.

Seamus Harnedy, who also impressed before a hamstring injury forced him off in the second half, scrambled the ball to the net after he was aided by Conor Lehane. A brace from Brian Lawton and another point from Lehane rounded off a rout of a first-half that had Cork leading by 2-16 to 0-9.

In fairness to Wexford in front of their enthusiastic home support, they didn’t lie down. Their purple-patch forced Cork to endure a 21-minute scoring-drought, during which Wexford carved their deficit back to six points.

However, leadership from Andrew Shore and Lee Chin was not enough for the hosts as they could never break past Cork’s full-back line and score the goal they needed. Conor Lehane closed the game with a pair of points as the Midelton clubman led Cork’s crusade for victory.

Scorers for Cork: C Lehane 1-6, P Horgan 0-8 (5 fs), S Harnedy 1-1, B Cooper 0-3, B Lawton 0-2, D Cahalane 0-1, P Cronin 0-1.

Scorers for Wexford: I Byrne 0-12 (10 fs), D Redmond 0-3, H Kehoe 0-2, P Morris 0-1, C McDonald 0-1, K Foley 0-1.

Cork: A Nash; D Cahalane, S McDonnell, B Murphy; A Walsh, M Ellis, C Murphy; D Kearney, B Cooper; C Lehane, P Cronin, B Lawton; A Cadogan, S Harnedy, P Horgan. Subs: S Moylan for S Harnedy (50); R O’Shea for P Cronin (56); P O’Sullivan for D Kearney (64).

Wexford: M Fanning; L Ryan, M O’Hanlon, E Moore; A Shore, L Chin, P Foley; D Redmond, A Nolan; D O’Keefe, K Foley, I Byrne; P Morris, C McDonald, L Óg McGovern. Subs: A Kenny for E Moore (17); D Waters for A Nolan (30); H Kehoe for P Foley (31); R Jacob for L Óg McGovern (46); G Sinnott for K Foley (66)

Referee: Alan Kelly (Galway)

Ticket Information

Fixture Details

Saturday July 4th

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 1
Innovate Wexford Park 19.00
Loch Garman v Corcaigh
Referee: Alan Kelly (Gaillimh)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Team News

Cork Senior Hurling Team v Wexford

1. Anthony Nash (Kanturk)
2. Damien Cahalane (St. Finbarr’s)
3. Stephen McDonnell (Glen Rovers)
4. Brian Murphy (Bride Rovers)
5. Aidan Walsh (Kanturk)
6. Mark Ellis (Millstreet)
7. Cormac Murphy (Mallow)
8. Daniel Kearney (Sarsfields)
9. Bill Cooper (Youghal)
10. Conor Lehane (Midleton)
11. Patrick Cronin (Bishopstown)
12. Brian Lawton (Castlemartyr)
13. Alan Cadogan (Douglas)
14. Seamus Harnedy (St. Ita’s)
15. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers)


16. Darren McCarthy (Ballymartle)
17. Aidan Ryan (Midleton)
18. Brian O’Sullivan (Fermoy)
19. William Kearney (Sarsfields)
20. Killian Burke (Midleton)
21. Rob O’Shea (Carrigaline)
22. Stephen Moylan (Douglas)
23. Paudie O’Sullivan (Cloyne)
24. Jamie Coughlan (Newtownshandrum)
25. Andy Walsh (Killeagh)
26. Luke Meade Newcestown)

WEXFORD: M Fanning; L Ryan, M O’Hanlon, E Moore; A Shore, L Chin, P Foley; D Redmond, A Nolan; D O’Keeffe, K Foley, I Byrne; P Morris , C McDonald, L McGovern.

Munster Minor Hurling S-Final – Limerick 1-14 Cork 0-14

Limerick defeated Cork by 1-14 to 0-14 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Thursday July 2nd in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Peter Casey swoops as Limerick stun Cork

By Brendan Larkin for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Cork 0-14 Limerick 1-14: Limerick maintained their dominance over Cork at minor hurling level when they defeated the Leesiders by a goal at the Gaelic Grounds last night in the semi-final of the Munster championship.

And there was no fluke about the result. It was thoroughly deserved by a side that had been beaten by a whopping 10 points in the opening round by the same opposition, and had every incentive to reverse that result in front of an attendance of 4,184.

The home side had a number of stars, notably corner forward Peter Casey who finished the game with 1-6 (1-2 from play); midfielder Darragh Carroll who was surprisingly replaced late in the game; and centre back Paddy O’Loughlin.

Cork will point to the loss of their captain Shane Kingston who scored 1-9 in the opening round. He broke a bone in his foot in a challenge game in the built up to this tie and was sorely missed. A second contributory factor to Cork’s defeat was the 15 wides they hit as against four for the opposition.

Few players came out of this game with their reputations intact, and only wing back Mark Coleman and Darragh Fitzgibbon can look back on this game with any degree of satisfaction. Clearly there was a lot tension and nervousness among both sets of players.

Play was extremely scrappy in the early minutes with a lot of fumbling. In the opening five minutes of play Cork hit three wides to Limerick’s two and one wondered where scores were going to come from. Thankfully the game settled but scores continued to be scarce. Cork played with a sweeper keeping midfielder Darragh Fitzgibbon in behind their half-back line, and it worked well for them.

It made it difficult for the Limerick forwards to penetrate. Seven minutes had elapsed before the first score came, a point by Mark Coleman from a free. Thomas Grimes levelled it for the home side a minute later before Cork began to take control.

By the end of the opening quarter, they had forged 0-4 to 0-2 in front but surprisingly, they hit seven wides in that same period, three of them by keeper Declan Dalton. Cork continued to improve as the half wore on, and three more points were added to lead by double scores – 0-6 to 0-3 after 20 minutes, but they continued to chalk up the wides while Limerick were far more economical with limited possession.

Darragh Carroll gave them a grip at midfield and he and Pat Casey added a brace of points before Casey pointed a close in free, conceded by the Cork keeper after he had his clearance blocked down, the sides retired at the interval tied at 0-7 apiece and it was all to play for.

Play improved immeasurably on the changeover and the sides were level three times in a 10-minute spell as they shared six points. Limerick were clearly not prepared to roll over on this occasion and with Casey leading their challenge, he points two frees, only to see Cork peg them back with like scores from Mark Coleman.

By the end of the third quarter, the game was in the melting pot and to the delight of the home crowd, keeper Eoghan McNamara gave his side the lead for the first time with a point from a long-range free. Cork began to struggle to contain the rampant Limerick forwards and the pressure paid off when Barry Murphy won a penalty. It pitted keeper against keeper but then Cork netminder was equal to McNamara’s poor effort.

It was a let off for Cork but they failed to capitalise. Limerick sensed victory when Thomas Grimes pointed with four minutes remaining and amid tremendous excitement the home side struck for the killer score. A long ball deep into the Cork defence saw two backs commit the cardinal error of contesting it together and the sliotar broke kindly to Casey who billowed the Cork net.

Scorers – Limerick: P. Casey 1-6 (0-4 frees); T. Grimes, D. Carroll, K. Hayes 0-2 each; B. Ryan, E. McNamara (free) 0-1 each.

Cork: M. Coleman 0-05 (0-03 frees); D. Fitzgibbon (0-1free), L. Healy, 0-2 each; T. O’Mahony, C. O’Leary, S. Powter, C. Cormack, D. Dalton (65) 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: E. McNamara; T. Hayes, E. McSweeney, J. O’Grady; C. Byrnes, P. O’Loughlin, C. Houlihan; D. Carroll, D. Grimes; K. Hayes, S. Flanagan, B. Ryan; P. Casey, M. Mackey, B. Murphy.
Subs: W. O’Meara for Mackey (50); C. Boylan for Carroll (53); O. O’Reilly for Ryan (58); P. Aherne for Hayes (59).

CORK: D. Dalton; S. Smyth, D. Griffin, C. McCarthy; M. Coleman, E. Murphy ©, D. Lowney; C. O’Leary, D. Fitzgibbon; L. Healy, M. O’Halloran, T. O’Mahony; S. Powter, C. Cormack, J. Looney.
Subs: J. Cashman for O’Leary (half time); R. O’Flynn for O’Halloran (40); B. Dunne for Powter (45); B. Hennessy for J. Looney (50).

Referee: P. Foley (Waterford)

Team News

Cork U18 Hurling Team v Limerick

1: Declan Dalton (Fr O’Neills)
2: Seadnaidh Smyth (Midleton)
3: David Griffin (Carrigaline)
4: Conor McCarthy (Blarney)
5: Mark Coleman (Blarney)
6. Eoghan Murphy (Sarsfields) Capt.
7: David Lowney (Clonakilty)
8: Chris O’Leary (Valley Rovers)
9: Darragh Fitzgibbon (Charleville)
10: Liam Healy (Sarsfields)
11: Michael O’Halloran (Blackrock)
12: Tim O’Mahony (Shandrum)
13: Sean Powter (Douglas)
14: Ciaran Cormack (Blackrock)
15: John Looney (Aghada)


16: Barry Kenneally (Cuchulainns)
17: Niall O’Leary (Castlelyons)
18: John Cashman (Blackrock)
19: Conor Cahalane (St Finbarrs)
20: Billy Hennessy (St Finbarrs)
21: Donal English (Sarsfields)
22: Billy Dunne (Fr O’Neills)
23: Robbie O’Flynn (Erins Own)
24: Robert Bourke (Ballincollig)
25: Shane Kingston (Douglas)

Limerick minor hurling panel v Cork
1. Eoghan McNamama (Captain)(Doon), 2. Thomas Hayes (Doon), 3. Conor McSweeney (South Liberties), 4. Jack O Grady (Knockainey), 5. Conor Byrnes (Murroe Boher), 6. Paddy O Loughlin (Kilmallock), 7. Conor Houlihan (Na Piarsaigh), 8. Darragh Carroll (Kilteely Dromkeen), 9. Thomas Grimes (Na Piarsaigh), 10. Kyle Hayes (Kildimo Pallaskenry), 11. Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh Castlemahon), 12. Brian Ryan (South Liberties), 13. Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh), 14. Mickey Mackey (Adare) & 15 Barry Murphy (Doon).
16. Adam O Brien (Ahane), 17. Colum Carroll (Ahane), 18. Conor Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), 19. Willie O’Meara (Askeaton), 20. Ciaran O Connor (Kilmallock,), 21. Oisin O Reilly (Kilmallock), 22. Eoin Ryan (Adare), 23. Paudie Ahern (Kileedy) & 24. Cian Flynn Magner (Kileedy).

Match Programme


Munster Junior Football Final – Kerry 1-20 Cork 0-11

Kerry defeated Cork by 1-20 to 0-11 in the Munster Junior Football Championship Final on Wednesday July 1st at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Kerry class tells in second half

Cork 0-11 Kerry 1-20

By Tony Leen, Pairc Ui Rinn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

A 42nd Munster Junior football title for Kerry, but such are the idiosyncrasies of the grade that most of the 1,300 observers at Pairc Ui Rinn Wednesday night came searching for diamonds in the rough. For the victors, there was a clutch of luminaries, including a six-point haul from their free-moving centre-forward Jeff O’Donoghue, and the lightning quick corner-forward Thomas Hickey.

Kudos, too, to Kerry’s management which culled both its starting midfielders at a point in the game when they had lost the control given them by a five-point start. In came Listry’s Gary O’Sullivan and James Walsh was shifted from wing back to midfield with telling effect. In their best spell, which amounted to the second quarter of the game when Cork registered eight points, the hosts got the bit between their teeth, led by midfielders Micheal O Laoire and Cillian Brosnan, and forwards Mark Sugrue and Seamus Hickey.

But a cursory glance at the starting line-ups suggested Kerry had a better depth of talent. At least six of the starting 15 have been in with the Kingdom’s seniors in the last 12 months, and once they righted the ship at the break, Kerry moved up a gear. In fact, Cork claimed only one second half point before a late flurry of scores in dead time. By that time, Jeff O’Donoghue had taken the game by the scruff of the neck for the Kingdom, claiming six points from play.

When Brian Crowley was fouled in the square on 49 minutes, Conor Cox netted the penalty to put this one to bed. The Listowel man finished with 1-7. If Cork died fast in the second period, they were full of vigour before the break. Thirteen minutes in, you’d have given little for Cork’s dignity, much less their chances.

With Thomas Hickey buzzing around the visitors’ attack – necessitating a 7th minute substitution by Cork – the Kingdom were scoring at will. A searing run from David Culhane set up James Walsh who cracked a bullet off the crossbar. From the rebound Brian Crowley gave Kerry a three point start, and two more followed from Jeff and Alan O’Donoghue.

The first murmurs of embarrassment could be detected amongst the Rebel loyalists. However, a resurrection was stirring, started by Mark Sugrue, added to by Brian Coughlan and then carried forward by midfielders Micheal O Laoire and Cillian Brosnan.

By the 22nd minute, the sides were level, but Cork powered on, with Seamus Hickey giving them to lead, and Sugrue embellishing their half-time advantage of 0-8 to 0-5. The Kerry dressing room must have resembled a tribunal of inquiry. But once the established some control at midfield after half-time, a second junior title on the trot was never in doubt.

Scorers for Cork: M Sugrue (0-4, 3 frees), M O Laoire (0-2), C Brosnan, S Hickey, B Coughlan, S Kiely, P. Condon (0-1 each).

Scorers for Kerry: C Cox (1-7, 1-0 pen, 1 free, 1 45), J O’Donoghue (0-6), B Crowley, T Hickey (0-2 each), A. O’Donoghue, G.O’Sullivan, E Kiely (0-1 each).

CORK: A Seymour (Castlehaven); AJ O’Connor (Kiskeam), D Murphy (Ballincollig), J McLoughlin (Kanturk); S Kiely (Macroom), J Collins (St Mary’s), B. Daly (Newmarket); M O’Leary (Naomh Aban), C Brosnan (Brian Dillons); J Corkery (Aghabullogue), B Coughlan (Kinsale), M Sugrue (Bandon); A. O’Connor (Knocknagree), S Hickey (Rockchapel), A Barry (Glanmire).
Subs: F Herlihy (Mitchelstown) for AJ O’Connor (7 mins); P Condon (Mayfield) for Barry (38); P Daly (St Mary’s) for Collins (44); R O’Hagan (Fermoy) for A. O’Connor (51); J Ryan (Newmarket) for Murphy (54).

KERRY: S Murphy (Kilcummin); D O’Donoghue (Spa), J McGuire (Listowel), D Culhane (Ballylongford); J Walsh (Knocknagoshel), T Morley (Templenoe), G Crowley (Templenoe); B O’Sullivan (Valentia), L Kearney (Spa); B Crowley (Templenoe), J. O’Donoghue (Glenflesk), P. O’Connor (Cordal); A. O’Donoghue (John Mitchels), C Cox (Listowel), T Hickey (Desmonds).
Subs: G O’Sullivan (Listry) for Kearney (25); E Kiely (Brosna) for O’Sullivan (36); A Barry (Brosna) for B Crowley (54); M Brennan (Churchill) for O’Donoghue (58); G Gibson (Waterville) for G Crowley (59); D Griffin (Ardfert) for J O’Donoghue (59).

Referee: A Kissane (Waterford).

Kingdom come again as Kerry trounce Cork in Munster junior football final

Kerry 1-20 Cork 0-11

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KERRY STEAMROLLED CORK in the second half to retain the Munster junior football title. It was first blood to the Kingdom ahead of the senior provincial decider between the counties in Killarney on Sunday. They trailed by three points at half-time but dominated after the break in Páirc Ui Rinn to win by 12.

A pair of points from Conor Cox and one apiece from Brian Crowley, Jeff O’Donoghue and captain Alan O’Donoghue pushed Kerry into an early 0-5 to 0-0 lead. But Mark Sugrue’s frees helped Cork reel off eight unanswered to lead by 0-8 to 0-5 at the end of a see-saw first half.

Jeff O’Donoghue remained a nuisance to the Rebel defence and he kicked four points early in the second half as Kerry mounted their comeback. Cox’s penalty on 49 minutes stretched the holders’ advantage to eight points, 1-14 to 0-9, before they closed out a comfortable win.


1. Anthony Seymour (Castlehaven)
2. AJ O’Connor (Kiskeam)
3. Darren Murphy (Ballincollig)
4. John MacLoughlin (Kanturk)
5. Sean Kiely (capt, Macroom)
6. Jason Collins (St. Mary’s)
7. Bart Daly (Newmarket)
8. Micheál Ó Laoire (Naomh Abán)
9. Cillian Brosnan (Brian Dillons)
10. John Corkery (Aghabullogue)
11. Brian Coughlan (Kinsale)
12. Mark Sugrue (Bandon)
13. Anthony O’Connor (Knocknagree)
14. Seamus Hickey (Rockchapel)
15. Alan Barry (Glanmire)
16. Anthony Casey (Kiskeam)
17. Colm Hyde (Naomh Abán)
18. TJ Brosnan (Newmarket)
19. Fionn Herlihy (Mitchelstown)
20. John Ryan (Newmarket)
21. Peter Daly (St. Mary’s)
22. Paul Condon (Mayfield)
23. Gearoid Finn (Kinsale)
24. Ruairi O’Hagan (Fermoy)


1. Shane Murphy (Kilcummin)
2. Dan O’Donoghue (Spa)
3. Jack McGuire (Listowel Emmetts)
4. David Culhane (Ballylongford)
5. James Walsh (Knocknagoshel)
6. Tadhg Morley (Templenoe)
7. Gavin Crowley (Templenoe)
8. Brendan O’Sullivan (Valentia)
9. Liam Kearney (Spa)
10. Brian Crowley (Templenoe)
11. Jeff O’Donoghue (Glenflesk)
12. Philip O’Connor (Cordal)
13. Alan O’Donoghue (capt, John Mitchels)
14. Conor Cox (Listowel Emmetts)
15. Thomas Hickey (Castleisland Desmonds)
16. Darragh O’Shea (Ballydonoghue)
17. Eamon Kiely (Brosna)
18. Brian Sugrue (Renard)
19. Greg Gibson (Waterville)
20. Michael Brennan (Churchill)
21. Gary O’Sullivan (Listry)
22. Adam Barry (Brosna)
23. David Griffin (Ardfert)
24. Jordan Kiely (Dr Crokes)

Team News

CORK (Munster JFC final v Kerry, Pairc Ui Rinn, Wednesday): A Seymour (Castlehaven); A. J. O’Connor (Kiskeam), D Murphy (Ballincollig), J MacLoughlin (Kanturk); S Kiely (Macroom), J Collins (St. Mary’s), B Daly (Newmarket); Ml Ó Laoire (Naomh Abán Brosnan (Brian Dillons); J Corkery (Aghabullogue), B Coughlan (Kinsale), M Sugrue (Bandon); A O’Connor (Knocknagree), S Hickey (Rockchapel), A Barry (Glanmire).
Subs: A Casey (Kiskeam), C Hyde (Naomh Abán), T. J. Brosnan (Newmarket), F Herlihy (Mitchelstown), J Ryan (Newmarket), P Daly (St. Mary’s), P Condon (Mayfield), G Finn (Kinsale), R O’Hagan (Fermoy).

KERRY (JFC v Cork): S Murphy (Kilcummin); D O’Donoghue (Spa), J McGuire (Listowel Emmets), D Culhane (Ballylongford); J Walsh (Knocknagoshel), T Morley (Templenoe), G Crowley (Templenoe); B O’Sullivan (Valentia), L Kearney (Spa), B Crowley (Templenoe), J Donoghue (Glenflesk), P O’Connor (Cordal); T Hickey (Desmonds), C Cox (Listowel Emmets), A O’Donoghue (John Mitchels).

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