AIB Munster Intermediate Club Football Championship Final – Kenmare Shamrocks (Kerry) 1-20 Adare (Limerick) 1-8

Kenmare Shamrocks (Kerry) defeated Adare (Limerick) by 1-20 to 1-8 in the AIB Munster Intermediate Club Football Championship Final on Sunday November 27th at Mallow.


Kenmare’s forward power leaves Adare on the ropes

Report by Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Adare (Limerick) 1-8 Kenmare (Kerry) 1-20: A quality display by Kerry champions Kenmare meant this Munster club intermediate football final was as good as over at half-time in Mallow, Co Cork, yesterday.


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Limerick’s Adare gave a good account of themselves, but had to bow the knee to a slick Kerry outfit. Up front, in particular, Kenmare showed their class, with their full- forward line of Sean O’Shea, Paul O’Connor, and Stephen O’Brien helping themselves to the vast majority of the scores. O’Shea, O’Connor and O’Brien would grace any senior club team, and at a grade below that were nigh on irresistible.

Adare donned the green of Limerick and defended the clubhouse end in the first half, opening with a first-minute free from Hugh Bourke. The same man added another point from a similar position two minutes later and Adare looked to have settled to their task.

Kenmare opened with a Paul O’Connor point and soon got into their groove, however, opening Adare up at will. They came close twice before midfielder David Hallissey forced a good save from Adare keeper Brendan Carmody, but Sean O’Shea pointed the rebound. Captain Stephen O’Brien followed suit, curling over a good point on seven minutes to put Kenmare ahead.

Adare pulled Bourke and Mikey Lyons outfield in those early stages, but that proved counter-productive for the men in green. The strategy left Tommy O’Sullivan spare at the back for Kenmare and his fine covering made it hard for Adare to make headway up front.

Adare were forced to play laterally and, when their passing broke down or was turned over, they were immediately punished by the fast-breaking Kerrymen, who had those potent targets in their full-forward line. O’Connor hit two fine points and O’Shea added an even better one to push Kenmare 0-6 to 0-2 up with 12 minutes gone.

On a rare foray upfield, Adare’s Mark Connolly managed to outwit two Kenmare defenders to hit a point, but the Kerry champions were dominant, Stephen O’Brien responding instantly with another point. Patrick O’Shea (free) and Sean O’Shea chipped in with more points before another Bourke free kept Adare in touch.

Kenmare’s response was definitive, ending the game as a contest. Firstly, came a long, mazy Stephen O’Brien run out of his own defence which ended with a point from distance. The resulting short kick-out was well read by Sean O’Shea, who intercepted well before hitting the back of the net on 24 minutes.

Bourke, Adare’s best forward, hit back with a good effort from play, before Sean O’Shea responded to leave it 1-11 to 0-5 at half-time, with a long 30 minutes in store for the Adare support.

Kenmare didn’t dawdle in stamping their authority on the second half, either. O’Brien hit two points and O’Connor added a free before another O’Shea point made it 1-15 to 0-5 before the 40th minute.

Adare midfielder Jack English hit a fine point to keep the Limerick flag flying, but it was their only score of the third quarter.

That early fusillade from Kenmare drained much of the competitive edge out of the second half, though Adare did add another Bourke free with 10 minutes left.

The same player took a quick free to Mark Connolly with seven minutes to go, and Connolly did well to goal. Adare added a Paul Maher point to give some cheer to their supporters, but it was too late, as was a straight red card for Kenmare sub Denis Cronin with five minutes left.

Granted, wing-back Diarmaid Sexton blazed a goal chance wide with four minutes on the clock, but Kenmare still had time for O’Brien to hit two more points, as well as late, late contributions from substitutes Colm and Brian O’Sullivan.

Scorers for Adare: H. Bourke (0-4 frees, 0-5); M. Connolly (1-1); J. English, P. Maher (0-1 each).

Scorers for Kenmare: S. O’Shea (1-5); S. O’Brien (0-7); P. O’Connor (0-2 frees, 0-5); P. O’Shea (free), C. O’Sullivan, B. O’Sullivan (0-1 each).

ADARE: B. Carmody, O. Collins, A. O’Connell, N. Mulvihill, S. Doherty (c), D. Connolly, D. Sexton, J. Lohan, J. English, E. Ryan, H. Bourke, D. Lyons, M. Lyons, S. Costello, M. Connolly.
Subs: R. Bourke for E. Ryan (HT); C. McCarthy for Lyons (32); P. Maher for N. Mulvihill (47); E. Costello for Collins (51); B. Supple for Lohan (56).

KENMARE: K. Fitzgibbon, Stephen O’Shea, T. O’Sullivan, D. Crowley, S. O’Sullivan, D. O’Shea, M. Crowley, J. M. Foley, D. Hallissey, P. O’Shea, S. O’Leary, K. O’Sullivan, Sean O’Shea, P. O’Connor, S. O’Brien (c).
Subs: A. O’Leary for K. O’Sullivan (black card, 30); D. O’Connor for P. O’Shea (37); S. Dalton and D. Cronin for J. M. Foley and M. Crowley (both 46); C. O’Sullivan for Hallissey (50); J. Fitzgibbon for S. Costello (54); B. O’Sullivan for Sean O’Shea (56).

Referee: A. Kissane (Waterford).




AIB Munster Club SFC Final – Dr. Crokes 3-15 The Nire 0-6

Dr. Crokes (Kerry) defeated The Nire (Waterford) by 3-15 to 0-6 in the AIB Munster Senior Club Football Championship Final on Sunday November 27th at Mallow.



Dr Crokes saunter to fourth Munster title in six year with win over The Nire

Dr Crokes 3-15 The Nire 0-6

Report by Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Dr Crokes, courtesy of this 18-point annihilation of The Nire, sauntered to a fourth Munster title in six years this afternoon.

The game as a contest was well over by the call for the interval break with the Kerry champions ahead by 3-9 to 0-1. Daithí Casey, who supplied all three of Crokes’ goals, raised the first of his green flags nine minutes in. Colm Cooper, with his first touch of the game, started the move. It put the favourites 1-2 ahead and already The Nire looked in trouble.

Points followed from Casey (free), Brian Looney and O’Leary tagged on points and they celebrated a second goal when Casey banged home a 20th minute penalty. The referee initially awarded a 20-metre free but then gave the penalty following consultation with his umpires.

At 2-5 to 0-0, it was ominous for the underdogs. Dermot Ryan kicked their sole score of the half on 21 minutes. Crokes answered with a superb Casey goal. Looney, Cooper and Johnny Buckley had the difference at 17 come the break.

It was 18 come the final whistle. A seventh title in total for the Killarney club. Next up is Corofin in the All-Ireland semi-final.

Scorers for Dr Crokes: D Casey (3-2, 1-0 pen, 0-1 free); K O’Leary (0-4); C Cooper (0-1 free), B Looney (0-2 each); A O’Donovan, J Buckley, E Brosnan, J Kiely, C Brady (0-1 each).

Scorers for The Nire: D Ryan (0-4); L Lawlor (0-2).

Dr Crokes: S Murphy; F Fitzgerald, M Moloney, J Payne; G White, A O’Sullivan, D O’Leary; A O’Donovan, E Brosnan; J Buckley, G O’Shea, B Looney; K O’Leary, C Cooper, D Casey
Subs: M Burns for O’Donovan (43 mins); J Kiely for Casey (47); T Brosnan for O’Shea (50); L Quinn for J Payne (50); C Brady for Looney (54); PJ Lawlor for O’Sullivan (56).

The Nire: T Wall; D Ryan, T Gorman, J Walsh; S Ryan, J Barron, J McGrath; S Walsh, Dylan Guiry; B Wall, S Lawlor, M Walsh; C Gleeson, L Lawlor, Darren Guiry
Subs: J Mulcahy for Walsh (HT), C Guiry for Dylan Guiry (HT); C Mulcahy for Barron (38, bc); S Ryan for McGrath (42); K Guiry for B Wall (53); K Brazil for Lawlor (58)

Referee: K Murphy (Cork)




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Eirgrid All-Ireland Under 21 Football Championship Semi-Final – Kerry or Cork v Sligo, Galway or Mayo

Kerry or Cork will play Sligo, Galway or Mayo in the Eirgrid All-Ireland Under 21 Football Championship Semi-Final on Saturday April 15th.

AIB Munster Club SHC Final – Ballyea 1-21 Glen Rovers 2-10

Ballyea (Clare) defeated Glen Rovers (Cork) by 1-21 to 2-10 in the AIB Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship Final on Sunday November 20th at Semple Stadium Thurles.


Kelly shines as Ballyea win AIB Munster Club SHC Final

AIB Munster Senior Club Hurling Final

BALLYEA (CLARE) 1-21 GLEN ROVERS (CORK) 2-10

By Jackie Cahill at Semple Stadium, Thurles for GAA.ie

Tony Kelly was at his brilliant best as Ballyea were crowned AIB Munster senior club hurling champions this afternoon. Clare’s 2013 Hurler of the Year crowned a five-star display with five points from play as Ballyea advanced to an All-Ireland semi-final against Galway outfit St Thomas’s in February.

Ballyea were inspired as they downed Cork opponents Glen Rovers, who were appearing in a Munster final for the first time in 40 years. In their very first provincial final appearance, Ballyea showed fine composure in the second half to add more silverware following their breakthrough county success recently.

On a bitterly cold afternoon in Thurles, Ballyea had established a nine-point lead, 1-10 to 0-4, at half-time. But they were rocked by two Conor Dorris goals early in the second half as Rovers roared back to within three points.

With 11 minutes left, Rovers were just three behind again when Cork senior star Patrick Horgan landed a ’65 but Ballyea finished excellently, with leading scorer Niall Deasy accurate on placed balls and from play throughout. In front of 4,593 spectators, the sides were level three times in the opening 12 minutes before Ballyea put some daylight between them.

Pearse Lillis, one of the Clare senior footballers in the Ballyea side, latched onto Gearoid O’Connell’s pass and left the Rovers defence for dead before cracking home a 13th minute goal. That assist wasn’t the only good piece of work from O’Connell all day, as the centre back also collected three points from play in a dominant outing.

Wearing number 5, but operating in the central position, O’Connell was immense and with that excellent half-back line platform to work from, Ballyea made hay. Kelly was everywhere, full of tricks and impudent flicks on a landmark day for his club.

Deasy top-scored and there was a brace of points each for Pat Joe Connolly and Damien Burke, in what was very much a team effort from Ballyea. And yet their nerves jangled with Dorris pounced on defensive uncertainty for goals in the 32nd and 37th minutes.

With their tails finally up, Rovers had a whiff of a fourth-ever provincial title but Ballyea would not be denied their first. All-Star football nominee Gary Brennan became a more prominent figure as Ballyea drove on. And in the final 11 minutes of playing time, plus the extra three minutes, Ballyea outscored Rovers by 0-7 to 0-2.

Scorers for Ballyea: N Deasy 0-7 (3f), T Kelly 0-5, P Lillis 1-1, G O’Connell 0-3, P.J. Connolly & D Burke 0-2 each, G Brennan 0-1.

Scorers for Glen Rovers: C Dorris 2-1, P Horgan 0-5 (4f, 1 65), M Dooley 0-2, D Cunningham & C O’Brien 0-1 each.

BALLYEA: K Sheehan; B Carrig, J Browne, J Neylon; P Flanagan, G O’Connell, J Murphy; T Kelly, S Lineen; N Deasy, P.J. Connolly, C Doohan; P Lillis, G Brennan, D Burke
Sub: P O’Connell for Connolly (62).

GLEN ROVERS: C Hickey; C Healy, S McDonnell, G Moylan; D Dooling, B Moylan, G Callanan; D Cronin, D Noonan; D Brosnan, P Horgan, D Cunningham; C Dorris, C O’Brien, D Busteed
Subs: M Dooley for Busteed (38), B Murphy for G Moylan (38), G Kennefick for O’Brien (45).

Referee: J Murphy (Limerick)


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AIB Munster Intermediate Club Hurling Championship Final – Lismore (Waterford) 2-14 Kilmoyley (Kerry) 0-13

Lismore (Waterford) defeated Kilmoyley (Kerry) by 2-14 to 0-13 in the AIB Munster Intermediate Club Hurling Championship Final on Saturday November 19th at Mallow.


Lismore lift off in second-half

Report by Diarmuid Sheehan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Lismore (Waterford) 2-14 Kilmoyley (Kerry) 0-13

Lismore are the new Munster Club IHC champions after an impressive victory over Kerry side Kilmoyley at Mallow’s GAA Complex on Saturday.

In front of over 1,000 fans, the Waterford men rallied well in the second period after a sluggish opening 30 minutes that saw the side’s level at the interval 0-7 to 0-7.

“We just weren’t clinical enough in the first-half,” Lismore manager Dave Barry admitted. “We had two goal chances that were well saved but overall we needed to improve in the second period. I thought our start to the second-half was key as the 1-2 gave us some breathing space. We won well at the end and that is a testament to the lads. We are a small club and only had 21 players togged out. Injuries have hurt us but this is a brilliant result and we are really looking forward to the All-Ireland series now.”

His opposite number Fergie O’Loughlin was far from downbeat given his side’s display. “We didn’t come to Mallow just to make up the numbers and I felt we played really well. Class won out on the day but that is no reflection on our lads. We got hooked and caught when we probably shouldn’t have but that all comes with experience. Our lads will benefit from a Munster Final and hopefully we can go on from this.”

Lismore opened well with points from Maurice Shanahan, Brendan Landers and Jack Prendergast. However Kilmoyley never let the Waterford men get more than two points ahead and managed to go in at the turn level. Daniel Collins was the star of the show for the Kingdom side with all of their scores (0-13) – including two monster efforts from inside his own half.

Lismore came flying out of the traps after the break rattling over a quick Maurice Shanahan point before corner forward Peter O’Keeffe made the most of some indecision to finish past Aidan McCabe. Lismore stuck the net again five minutes later when Maurice Shanahan cut through the defensive pack after some more good work from Dan. Kilmoyley looked like they could be on the way to a substantial defeat but credit to the men in green and gold they continued to cause problems for Lismore but from 20 minutes out this one was always going the way of the Deise men.

Scorers for Lismore: M Shanahan 1-9 (six frees, one sixty five); P O’Keeffe 1-0; Jack Prendergast, John Prendergast, D Shanahan, B Landers, R Barry 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kilmoyley: D Collins 0-13 (eight frees).

LISMORE: Seanie Barry; P Hennessey, D Prendergast, S Reaney; E Bennett, R Barry, P Prendergast; Stevie Barry, John Prendergast; B Landers, Jack Prendergast, M Shanahan; J Shanahan, D Shanahan, P O’Keeffe.
Subs: B Bennett for S Barry (41), E Quann for B Landers (60), E O’Sullivan for John Prendergast (60), R Landers for Jordan Shanahan (60), O Lineen for O’Keeffe (60).

KILMOYLEY: A McCabe; S Murnane, C Savage, D Fitzell; T Murnane, S Dowling, K McCarthy; P O’Connor, J Godley; L Fitzell, D Collins, S Maunsell; R Collins, A Royle, M O’Connor.
Subs: J McElligott for L Fitzell (38), J Brick for D Maunsell (51), F McCarthy for Dowling (58), B Harris for R Collins (58), JP O’Mahony for Murnan (60), T Maunsell for Harris (60).

Referee: R McGann (Clare)


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AIB Munster Junior Club Football Championship Semi-Final – Glenbeigh-Glencar (Kerry) 1-13 Gerald Griffins (Limerick) 0-6

Glenbeigh-Glencar (Kerry) defeated Gerald Griffins (Limerick) by 1-13 to 0-6 in the AIB Munster Junior Club Football Championship Semi-Final on Saturday November 19th at Gerald Griffins GAA Club, Ballyhahill.


Glenbeigh-Glencar enjoy easy passage to decider

Report by Brendan Buckley for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Gerald Griffins (Limerick) 0-6 Glenbeigh-Glencar (Kerry) 1-13

Kerry’s Glenbeigh-Glencar secured a Munster Club JFC final date against Cork’s Gabriel Rangers in Mallow next month with this routine win over the Limerick champions, Gerald Griffins.

The home side in Ballyhahill had opened the scoring with an Aidan Ryan free but then Glenbeigh-Glencar took over and were 1-7 to 0-1 ahead after a quarter hour with Danny O’Sullivan scoring their seventh-minute goal. By half time it was 1-8 to 0-3.

On the restart, Tommy Griffin had two Gerald Griffins points while Micheal Thornton kicked their only score from play on the day to narrow the gap to five points (1-8 to 0-6).

Two yellow cards for Colm McSweeney saw Gerald Griffins down to 14 for the final 20 minutes and Glenbeigh-Glencar eased to the winning line with Gavin O’Grady and Daniel Griffin both kicking three points from play.

Scorers for Gerald Griffins: A Ryan (0-2, 1 free), T Griffin (0-2, 1free, 1 ‘45), P Brouder (0-1 free), M Thornton (0-1).

Scorers for Glenbeigh-Glencar: G O’Grady (0-8, 4frees 1 ‘45), D Griffin (0-3), D O’Sullivan (1-0), T Cahill (0-1), B Murphy (0-1).

GERALD GRIFFINS: S Lynch; B Long, C McSweeney, C Cummane; B Stack, P O’Connell, J Liston; C McSweeney, T Griffin; A Ryan, P Brouder, S O’Connor; M Thornton, B Scanlon, B Herbert
Subs: G Stack for Herbert (24), Diarmuid Noonan for B Stack (34), J Long for Ryan (45), Dara Noonan for J Long (51, b-c), A Lynch for C McSweeney (55), M McSweeney for Scanlon (58).

GLENBEIGH-GLENCAR: R O’Connor; S Roche, J Hoare, C Doyle; J Brosnan, P Kilkenny, S O’Sullivan; C McGillycuddy, F Griffin; Danny O’Sullivan, Darren O’Sullivan, T Cahill; K Courtney, G O’Grady, D Griffin
Subs: B Murphy for Danny O’Sullivan (42), C Teahan for Cahill (50), P Griffin for F Griffin (52), V Hoare for S O’Sullivan (53), S Riordan for Brosnan (53), L Seidler for Darren O’Sullivan (56).

Referee: D Murnane (Cork)

Dean Ryan Cup Hurling Final Replay – Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy 2-12 Thurles CBS 1-13

Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy defeated Thurles CBS by 2-12 to 1-13 in the Dean Ryan Cup Hurling Final Replay on Saturday November 19th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.


Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy 2-12 Thurles CBS 1-13

Round-up by Ed Donnelly

Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy are the 2016 Dean Ryan Cup (Under 16.5 A Hurling) Champions after a hard earned 2-12 to 1-13 victory over Thurles CBS in this replayed final. Played in bitterly cold conditions, Fermoy got off to the better start in a somewhat low-key first half and led by 0-4 to 0-2 after a first quarter where scoring chances were at a premium. Thurles CBS improved their shooting accuracy in the second quarter and reeled off six points without reply to race in to a 0-8 to 0-4 lead approaching half-time before a late Colmans point left three in it at the break, 0-8 to 0-5.


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Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy began the second half intent on reducing the deficit but were wayward in front of goal as Thurles converted two early chances to stretch their lead out to five points, 0-10 to 0-5 after 7 minutes of the second half. Eventually though, the more direct play of the Fermoy side began to pay dividends, scoring three unanswered points followed by an excellent Brian Roche goal to the top corner of the net in the 45th minute to give Colmans a 1-8 to 0-10 advantage. The Fermoy side added on another point in the 47th minute to round off a 1-4 to 0-0 spurt and they looked set for victory.

Thurles CBS to their credit fought their way back in to the game and thanks to the accuracy of Darren Flood, scored the next three points to take the lead heading in to the last five minutes of normal time. The game was now at fever pitch with both teams fighting tooth and nail for every ball. St.Colmans managed to equalise in the 56th minute before a minute of mayhem.

Firstly, a speculative ball in to the St. Colmans goalmouth was not dealt with and Thurles CBS midfielder Kieran Moloney was on hand to push the ball over the line from close range. Thurles did not have time to celebrate this score for long as from the puckout, St. Colmans worked the ball in to a scoring position for substitute Patrick O’Flynn to set up fellow substitute Dylan O’Connor for a goal and the sides were level once again.

The next score would be crucial and it arrived in the 60th minute as St. Colmans added a point from Eoin Carey. Thurles tried as best they could to find an equaliser but the Colmans defence stood firm and the insurance point by James Kearney for Colmans was added just as the last of the three minutes additional time elapsed to round off a two point victory for Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy.


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Afterwards, Munster GAA Post Primary Schools Secretary Colm Hayes presented the Dean Ryan Cup to the Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy vice-captains (and twins) Brian and Eoin Roche from the Bride Rovers club to the delight of the large travelling contingent from the Cork school. Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy now join Thurles CBS and St. Flannans Ennis on top of the Dean Ryan Cup roll of honour, each having won 12 titles.

Scorers for St Colman’s: B Roche (1-2), E Carey (0-5, 0-3 frees), D O’Connor (1-0), C Ryan (0-3, 0-2 frees), J Kearney and C Barry (0-1 each).

Scorers for Thurles CBS: D Flood (0-9, 0-8 frees), K Moloney (1-0), M Hackett (0-2), K Ryan and J Lanigan (0-1 each).

ST COLMAN’S: B Hogan (Bride Rovers); L Aherne (Fermoy), J Scannell (Fermoy), J Mannix (Bride Rovers); D O’Leary (Watergrasshill), E Roche (Bride Rovers, vice-captain), J Kenny (Castlelyons); E Carey (Kilworth), B Roche (Bride Rovers, vice-captain); J Kearney (Castlelyons), C Ryan (Bride Rovers), J Molloy (Fermoy); C Barry (Bride Rovers), P O’Leary (Watergrasshill), D Morrison (Castlelyons).
Subs: D O’Connor (Castletownroche) for C Barry (43), P O’Flynn (Bride Rovers) for J Molloy (45), D O’Neill (Castletownroche) for D Morrison (59).

THURLES CBS: K Bracken (Durlas Óg); J Hickey (Emeralds), P Melbourne (Moycarkey-Borris), J Synott (Roscrea); K Hayes (Moycarkey-Borris), Z Johnson (Moycarkey-Borris), K Larkin (Moyne-Templetuohy); K Moloney (Durlas Óg), J Morrissey (Moycarkey-Borris); K Ryan (Upperchurch-Drombane), D Flood (Moycarkey-Borris), D Tynan (Roscrea); J Lanigan (Durlas Óg), P Doyle (Galmoy), M Hackett (Moycarkey-Borris).
Subs: E Purcell (Durlas Óg) for J Lanigan (43), J Kirwan (Moycarkey-Borris) for P Doyle (50).

Referee: D O’Callaghan (Limerick)


Dean Ryan Cup Roll of Honour

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Fixture Details

Saturday November 19th @ 2pm
Corn an Rianaigh Final Replay (16.5 A Hurling)
Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy V Thurles C.B.S. in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick
Referee: Donncha O Callaghan
Extra time if necessary


Drawn Game

Dean Ryan Cup Hurling Final – Thurles CBS 3-13 Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy 1-19 – Match Report


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Adults: €5
Students / OAPs: €3


What’s Next?

The winners of this fixture will be scheduled to play the All Ireland Semi-Final versus Gort on the 26th of November 2016.


Paths to the Final

Round 1

Wednesday 21st Sep 2016
Gaelcholáiste Mhuire Thuaigh 3-10 Scoil Na mBraithre` Rathluirc 1-6
CBS Midleton 4-15 Coláiste Iosaef, Kilmallock 0-6

Tuesday 27th Sep 2016
Thurles C.B.S. 2-13 Our Ladys Templemore 1-13 – Match Report / Photos

Wednesday 28th Sep 2016
Árdscoil Rís North Circular Limerick 2-15 Nenagh C.B.S. 1-12 – Match Report / Photos

Quarter-Finals

Tuesday 4th Oct 2016
John The Baptist Community School 5-20 St. Flannans College Ennis 2-10 – Match Report / Photos

Wednesday 5th Oct 2016
Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy 0-21 De La Salle College Waterford 1-15

Monday 10th Oct 2016
CBS Midleton 2-16 Árdscoil Rís North Circular Limerick 2-11

Friday 14th Oct 2016
Thurles C.B.S. 1-11 Gaelcholáiste Mhuire Thuaigh 0-9 – Match Report / Photos

Semi-Finals
Wednesday 19th Oct 2016

Thurles C.B.S. 4-24 CBS Midleton 0-8 – Match Report / Photos
Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy 3-12 John The Baptist Community School 1-12 – Round-up / Photos

Final
Saturday November 12th 2016
Thurles CBS 3-13 Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy 1-19 – Match Report

AIB Munster Junior Club Football Championship Semi-Final – Gabriel Rangers (Cork) 1-13 Clonoulty-Rossmore (Tipperary) 1-4

Gabriel Rangers (Cork) defeated Clonoulty-Rossmore (Tipperary) by 1-13 to 1-4 in the AIB Munster Junior Club Football Championship Semi-Final on Saturday November 19th at Clonakilty.


Gabriel Rangers’ more direct approach pays dividends

Report by Mark Woods for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Gabriel Rangers (Cork) 1-13 Clonoulty-Rossmore (Tipperary) 1-4

Cork champions Gabriel Rangers defied treacherous conditions to reach their first Munster Club JFC final at a bitterly cold Clonakilty on Saturday.

They controlled much of the game, leading 0-4 to 0-1 at the break with both sets of players struggling in the heavy going. But Gabriels changed tactics on the resumption. Once the superb Chris Moynihan surged through the Clonoulty-Rossmore defence to plant a point inside 15 seconds, Gabriels’s more direct approach paid dividends.

And with a 0-8 to 0-2 lead after 41 minutes, it seemed the west Cork side would coast to their big day in Mallow on Sunday week.

But, the Tipperary champions stunned them with a quick-fire 1-1. First John O’Keeffe lobbed keeper Darren O’Mahony, and when James Moloney pointed from distance, Gabriels’ advantage had been cut to two points.

Their response, though, was emphatic. They outscored their opponents 1-5 to 0-1 in the remainder of the game with captain Mark Cronin finishing off a flowing move involving the Moynihan brothers, Chris and Richard, and Eddie Goggin, to bag the crucial goal after 51 minutes.

And how the enthusiastic Gabriels’ fans in the 544 crowd cheered closing points from Chris Moynihan, Stephen O’Mahony and a Sean Kelleher free to seal the deal.

Scorers for Gabriel Rangers: M Cronin 1-2, 1f, C Moynihan 0-4, G O’Callaghan 0-2, S Kelleher 0-2f, E O’Brien, E Goggin and S O’Mahony 0-1

Scorers for Clonoulty-Rossmore: J O’Keeffe 1-0, J Moloney, R Heffernan, D Quirke 0-1 each, P White 0-1f .

GABRIEL RANGERS: D O’Mahony; K O’Callaghan, C Newman, J Donegan; P Nolan, R Moynihan, L Hegarty; D O’Sullivan, S O’Mahony; F Hurley, C Moynihan, E O’Brien; M Cronin, E Goggin, S Kelleher.
Subs: G O’Callaghan for Nolan injured 10, S Evans for O’Brien 37, P Hegarty for Newman 58, D Roycroft for O’Callaghan 59.

CLONOULTY-ROSSMORE: J Devane; D Ryan, S O’Connor, D Kennedy; D Murphy, P White, captain, Joey O’Keeffe; A Ryan, J Moloney; R Heffernan, John O’Keeffe, P Ryan; M Ryan, D Quirke, G Mockler.
Subs: P Hayes for P Ryan, black card, 16, D Dwyer for M Ryan 40, D Egan for Mockler 53, S Coffey for Kennedy and W Ryan for Quirke 59.

Referee: S Mulvihill (Kerry)

AIB Munster Senior Club Football Championship Semi-Final – The Nire (Waterford) 2-15 Carbery Rangers (Cork) 1-13

The Nire (Waterford) defeated Carbery Rangers (Cork) by 2-15 to 1-13 after extra time in the AIB Munster Senior Club Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday November 13th at Clonakility.


The Nire find extra energy to outgun Carbery Rangers

Report by Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Carbery Rangers (Cork) 1-13 The Nire (Waterford) 2-15: This lively Munster Club SFC semi-final at Clonakilty went to extra-time before The Nire’s hunger and work rate were finally rewarded, the Waterford champions seeing off Carbery Rangers of Cork with a burst of 1-4 to 0-2 in the additional period.

Rangers’ manager Ronan McCarthy said he had no complaints with the result, and the 1,975 in attendance couldn’t have either. The Nire recovered from a six-point deficit with 20 minutes to go to lead in injury time, and their eventual win was just reward for their application.

It looked different for the West Cork side early on. The only goal of the first-half came when centre-back Robbie Kiely hit a long clearance which broke kindly for Hayes eight minutes into the game.

Hayes was outnumbered but kept his nerve to roll a calm finish to the corner of the net, and the score clearly boosted the West Cork men’s confidence. By contrast, The Nire wouldn’t have been happy when looking back on their first-half, which yielded only four scores.

They came close to springing the lock to the Carbery defence more than once with cross-field deliveries but the Cork side were only really troubled once, when Dylan Guiry’s driving run gave him a sight of goal – his shot was deflected and Ronan Milner in the Carbery goal had to look sharp to make the stop.

In general Robbie Kiely’s marshalling of the Cork side’s defence kept them untroubled, and they could also depend on midfielder Brian Shanahan’s accuracy from frees – he hit two good ones to push the Cork side five ahead, a fair reflection of their display in the opening 30 minutes. Dylan Guiry, again breaking from deep, managed another Nire point, but John Hayes’s late, late free made it 1-6 to 0-4 at half-time.

Brian Wall (free) and sub. Kieran Fitzpatrick swapped scores on the resumption, but wing-back Jerry O’Riordan ranged forward for a fine score to put Carbery six ahead on 37 minutes. Then The Nire struck – a sweeping move ended with Gleeson rattling the crossbar from close range, but Liam Lawlor slotted the rebound expertly to the net. A Wall free and a fine Gleeson point from play and it was 1-7 to 1-8 with 20 minutes left, The Nire in full cry.

Brian Hodnett and Wall (free) swapped points before Gleeson levelled proceedings with 10 minutes remaining and the game anybody’s.

The Nire roared forward and Wall pointed another free to nudge his side ahead. John Hayes levelled matters in the 59th minute, but when Gleeson hit another fine point it looked enough for a dramatic Nire win. With a last-gasp effort, however, Carbery sub. Seamus Hayes fisted over a dramatic equaliser.

In extra time the Waterford men surged ahead: Darren Guiry and Brian Shanahan swapped points, and then The Nire simply took over. Sub Jake Mulcahy put his side one up, and then came the crucial score: a Gleeson cross broke kindly for Shane Walsh and he found the net calmly. Gleeson hit another fine point and it was 2-14 to 1-12 at half-time in extra time.

Darren Guiry added yet another for The Nire on the resumption, but they needed a superb save by Tommy Wall to deny Seamus Hayes a certain goal on 73 minutes – Wall was injured, and substituted, in the process, but it was the play which made the game safe for his side.

On yesterday’s evidence – and given how close they came to beating Austin Stacks in the 2014 decider – their opponents in the final, Dr Crokes, should consider themselves forewarned. The Nire will bring a hard core of inter county experience in hurling and football to the table in two weeks’ time, as well as a sense of unfinished business. A danger combination.

Scorers for Carbery Rangers: J. Hayes (1-3, 0-3 frees); B. Shanahan (0-4, 0-2 frees); B. Hodnett (0-2); J. O’Riordan, K. Fitzpatrick, K. McMahon, S. Hayes (0-1 each).

Scorers for The Nire: B. Wall (0-6, 0-5 frees); C. Gleeson (0-5); L. Lawlor, S. Walsh (1-0 each); Darren Gary (0-2 frees); J. Mulcahy, Dylan Guiry (0-1 each).

CARBERY RANGERS: R. Milner, M. Kelly, T. O’Rourke, S. Murray, J. O’Riordan, R. Kiely, P. Hodnett, B. Shanahan, J. Fitzpatrick, A. Jennings, B. Hodnett, K. McMahon, C. O’Donovan, C. O’Rourke, J. Hayes.

Subs: R. Hegarty for Murray (15); K. Fitzpatrick for C. O’Rourke (HT); S. Hayes for O’Donovan (43); M. Mennis for Jennings (44); A. Roche for Kelly (48); M. Ronan for T. O’Rourke (58); B. Kelly for Mennis (Start ET); M. Kelly for P. Hodnett (66); A. Jennings for B. Hodnett (HT ET); C. O’Donovan for B. Kelly (black card, 70).

THE NIRE: T. Wall, J. Walsh, T. O’Gorman, D. Ryan, J. McGrath, C. Guiry, J. Barron, S. Walsh (c), D. Guiry, S. Lawlor, B. Wall, S. Ryan, L. Lawlor, D. Guiry, C. Gleeson
Subs: K. Guiry and J. Mulcahy for C. Guiry and L. Lawlor (50); D. Nugent for K. Guiry (62); K. Guiry and L. Lawlor for D. Nugent and B. Wall (Start ET); C. Mulcahy for J. Walsh (75); D. Murphy for T. Wall (inj, 75); K. Brazil for L. Lawlor (80).

Referee: P. O’Sullivan (Kerry)



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AIB Munster Senior Club Football Championship Semi-Final – Dr. Crokes (Kerry) 1-12 Loughmore-Castleiney (Tipperary) 0-9

Dr. Crokes (Kerry) defeated Loughmore-Castleiney (Tipperary) by 1-12 to 0-9 in the AIB Munster Senior Club Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday November 13th at Dr. Crokes GAA Grounds Killarney.


Dr Crokes lacked ‘energy and urgency’ in race for the line

By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Dr Crokes (Kerry) 1-12 Loughmore-Castleiney (Tipperary) 0-9: No energy, no urgency, no composure, poor decision-making, sloppy with ball in hand and wasteful in front of goal.

No, this wasn’t the post-match assessment of Loughmore-Castleiney manager Declan Laffan after his team’s six-point dismissal at the hands of Dr Crokes — albeit he was frustrated by a raft of refereeing decisions.

Instead, this was the reaction offered by winning selector Harry O’Neill. And if the deeply dissatisfied demeanour of the Crokes players was anything to go by as they trooped off the pitch afterwards, it’s fair to say his views were shared by the vast majority of the Killarney camp. Indeed, such was their frustration at the final whistle that there were a couple of strong words exchanged between one management official and a player whilst still on the field.

“Everyone is passionate about what we do here,” said O’Neill. “I think there was a bit of frustration coming out there [after the final whistle]. If we took the frustration out during the match then we might have won it by a bit more. But we didn’t. We set out to bring passion and composure to the game, but those elements didn’t come together and so you are going to be frustrated.”

The final scoreline may have had them six clear of the visitors, but this was an afternoon where Pat O’Shea’s charges laboured, rather than strode, to the finishing post.

Colm Cooper, who finished with 1-3 to his name, was the sole Crokes player to seriously trouble the opposition defence. Brian Looney was substituted with 25 minutes remaining; Johnny Buckley was hauled ashore, as was Kieran O’Leary and Ambrose O’Donovan. Throw in Fionn Fitzgerald’s 42nd minute black card and it was just that sort of a day for Crokes.

Cooper’s well-taken goal six minutes in — he was set-up by a delicious Kieran O’Leary pass — was their sole score inside the opening 14 minutes and was cancelled out by two Liam McGrath frees and a Joseph Hennessy point. The latter should have offloaded to Brian McGrath who was unmarked just yards from Shane Murphy’s goal.

Three unanswered points thereafter from Gavin O’Shea, Diathí Casey and Johnny Buckley — the last of which arrived off the back of an excellent one-two with Cooper — put Crokes 1-3 to 0-3 clear. Still, there was never a sense they were about to speed off into the distance. It was as if they were stuck in third gear.

The gap held at three to the break, 1-5 to 0-5, but could have been closer had advantage been afforded to Brian McGrath on 24 minutes. Liam McGrath had been fouled as the ball fell kindly to his first cousin inside the Crokes cover, but instead of allowing the All-Ireland minor winning hurling captain continue toward goal, referee James Bermingham called play back for a Loughmore-Castleiney free which Liam knocked over.

“We were very disappointed going in at half-time at how we had played,” continued O’Neill. “We showed a lack of energy, a lack of urgency. We were sloppy in our delivery of passes. We had very bad wides in the first five, six minutes, ones, normally, where if you put a blindfold on a lad, they’d kick it over.

“We managed the game a small bit better in the second-half, but we didn’t perform better. It was a very poor performance.” He added: “We knew we were going to be in a battle and we tried to get that through to players, but maybe it didn’t get through to our lads what they were really going to be up against.”

A fine Liam Treacy effort 23 seconds into the second period cut the deficit to two, but it was the Tipp side’s sole score from play for the remainder of the half; Liam McGrath added three frees to the three he converted in the first-half.

A second three-point burst from Looney, Casey (free) and Cooper shoved the favourites into a 1-9 to 0-7 lead with 20 minutes remaining and probably the most pleasing aspect of their performance was the manner in which the defence shut down the several final quarter plays where Loughmore sought to engineer a goal opening.

The visitors finished with 13 men as Tomás McGrath and John Ryan received second yellows on 57 and 61 minutes respectively. When these two teams last clashed in the 2013 Munster semi-final, 17 cards (three red, 14 yellow) were doled out. Yesterday’s card count reached 13.

“We wouldn’t be happy with some of the decisions of the referee, probably all through the game,” said Loughmore-Castleiney manager Declan Laffan. “The big one was when Brian McGrath was through on goal in the first-half. There was no one within 20 yards of him and the referee blows back for the free instead of giving the advantage.

“There’ll be something made of our discipline again. In my opinion, the referee was the one who caused the aggro. Players get frustrated when they feel they’re not being treated properly.”

Scorers for Dr Crokes: C Cooper (1-3, 0-1 free); D Casey (0-2, 0-2 frees); E Brosnan, J Kiely, G White, G O’Shea, J Buckley, B Looney, T Brosnan (0-1 each).

Scorers for Loughmore-Castleiney: L McGrath (0-6 frees, 0-6 frees); J Hennessy, J McGrath, L Treacy (0-1 each).

Dr Crokes: S Murphy; J Payne, M Moloney, F Fitzgerald; D O’Leary, A O’Sullivan, G White; A O’Donovan, E Brosnan; J Buckley, D Casey, B Looney; K O’Leary, C Cooper, G O’Shea
Subs: M Burns for Looney (35 mins); L Quinn for Fitzgerald (42, bc); J Kiely for O’Shea (48); T Brosnan for Buckley (54); M Milner for A O’Donovan (59); B O’Shea for O’Leary (60).

Loughmore-Castleiney: D Brennan; L Egan, J Meagher, W Eviston; J Ryan, A McGrath, J Hennessy; N McGrath, L Treacy; A McGrath, E Sweeney, T McGrath; J McGrath, B McGrath, L McGrath
Subs: D Kennedy for L Treacy (38, bc); T Maher for Sweeney (58); E Connolly for B McGrath (58).

Referee: J Bermingham (Cork)





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