McGrath Cup Football Final – Kerry 3-13 Limerick 2-12

Kerry defeated Limerick by 3-13 to 2-12 after extra time in the McGrath Cup Football Final on Sunday January 22nd at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.


McGrath Cup Final: Kerry defeat Limerick

Kerry 3-13 Limerick 2-12

After extra-time

By Jackie Cahill at the Gaelic Grounds for GAA.ie

Kerry claimed their fifth McGrath Cup title win this afternoon but were made to work hard for it by a dogged Limerick outfit at the Gaelic Grounds.

The Kingdom needed extra-time before winning the competition for the first time since 2013 – as sub Conor Geaney’s late goal sealed the win in front of 2,010 spectators.

The sides were level at 1-11 apiece after 70 minutes as Geaney looked to have won it for Kerry with a free before Sean O’Dea, in the fourth minute of stoppage time, ensured two extra 10-minute periods.

The sides traded goals in the first period of extra-time as Barry O’Sullivan netted within 20 seconds of the restart, that Kerry goal cancelled out by Limerick captain Iain Corbett’s goal from a penalty in the 73rd minute, awarded for Shane Enright’s foul on Danny Neville.

As the teams turned around, Kerry led by 2-13 to 2-12 and Geaney’s well-taken goal, set up by a precise Conor Keane pass, put the end result beyond any doubt.

Geaney was brought on as a 65th minute substitute for former Footballer of the Year James O’Donoghue, who limped off with a foot injury.

Kerry also lost Paul Murphy and Gavin Crowley to injury during the game, but manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice indicated after the game that he’s confident that the problems won’t be of a long-term nature, as his charges look ahead to their opening League fixture with Donegal in a fortnight’s time.

For Limerick, who will operate in Allianz Football League Division 4 this season, this was an encouraging outing. They went toe to toe with their much-vaunted opponents for the entire game and despite falling six points behind in the first half and again early in the second, the Shannonsiders worked their way back into contention.

David Moran’s goal for Kerry approaching half-time opened up a 1-6 to 0-3 buffer, but Sean McSweeney’s free cut the interval deficit back to five, Limerick trailing by 0-4 to 1-6.

Ahead by 1-8 to 0-5 when O’Donoghue converted a 39th-minute free, Kerry looked in a good position but Limerick registered 1-3 without reply to draw level.

Seamus O’Carroll’s 53rd minute goal levelled matters, but crucially, Limerick could never get ahead as the sides were deadlocked on three further occasions down the home straight.

Chances came and went at both ends in a frantic finish before Geaney nailed a 69th minute free to put Kerry ahead. O’Dea showed real initiative to bomb forward from defence for an equaliser, but Kerry did enough in extra-time to lift early-season silverware.

Scorers for Kerry: C Geaney 1-2 (2fs), D Moran 1-1, J O’Donoghue 0-4 (3fs), B O’Sullivan 1-0, J Lyne & B.J. Keane (2f) 0-2 each, P Murphy and M Geaney 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: I Corbett 1-2 (1-0 pen), S O’Carroll 1-1, D Neville 0-3, J Lee 0-2 (1f), S O’Dea, D Treacy, G Collins, and S McSweeney (f) 0-1 each.

Kerry: B Kealy; S Enright, J Foley, K Young; P Murphy, T Morley, T O’Sullivan; D Moran, J Barry; J Lyne, J Savage, M Geaney; B.J. Keane, P Geaney, J O’Donoghue
Subs: G Crowley for Murphy (inj., 30), B Sullivan for Savage (45), B Ó Seanacháin for M Geaney (46), B O’Sullivan for Barry (46), D Daly for Crowley (inj., 59), C Geaney for O’Donoghue (inj., 65), C Keane for P Geaney (79), K McCarthy for Keane (80), A Spillane for T O’Sullivan (83).

Limerick: D O’Sullivan; D Daly, J McCarthy, S O’Dea; P White, I Corbett, P Hannon; D Treacy, B Fanning; P Nash, S O’Carroll, B Donovan; S McSweeney, D Neville, G Collins
Subs: J Lee for McSweeney (48), G Noonan for Nash (49), D Ward for Daly (51), C Fahy for Hannon (60), J Naughton for O’Carroll (69), J Bridgeman for White (70+1), C Sheehan for Collins (75), P Quinn for Fanning (83), K Ryan for Treacy (85).

Referee: A Kissane (Waterford)




Team News

Limerick senior football manager Billy Lee has named his team to face Kerry in the Munster McGrath Cup final against Kerry. Following victories over Clare and Waterford in earlier rounds the management team of Billy Lee, Paudie Kissane, Brian Begley and Ricky Ronayne has released the following team and panel for Sunday’s game in the Gaelic Grounds at 3pm.

1. Donal O’Sullivan (Monaleen), 2. Daniel Daly (Fr Caseys), 3. Johnny McCarthy (St Kierans), 4. Sean O Dea (Kilteely/Dromkeen), 5. Paul White (Rathkeale), 6. Iain Corbett (Newcastlewest) (Captain), 7. Paul Hannon (Newcastlewest), 8. Darragh Treacy (St Kierans), 9. David Ward (Fr Caseys), 10. Peter Nash (Kildimo/Pallaskernry), 11. Ger Collins (Monaleen), 12. Brian Donovan (Monaleen), 13. Sean McSweeney (St Kierans) 14. Danny Neville (Ballysteen) and 15. Seamus O Carroll (Cappagh).
16. Brian Scanlon (Gerald Griffin’s), 17. Garrett Noonan (Dromcollogher/Broadford), 18. Cillian Fahy (Dromcollogher/Broadford), 19. Brian Fanning (Pallasgreen), 20. Padraig Quinn (Monaleen), 21. James Bridgeman (St. Senans), 22. Bill Creamer (Cappamore), 23. Cian Sheehan (Newcastlewest), 24. Jamie Lee (Newcastlewest), 25. James Naughton (St. Senans), 26. Killian Ryan (Mungret/St Pauls).


Paths to the Final

Kerry
08/01/2017 – Group A Round 1 – Kerry 3-11 Tipperary 1-3 – Austin Stack Park Tralee – Conor Lane (Cork)
15/01/2017 – Group A Round 3 – Kerry 1-13 Cork 1-9 – Mallow – Derek O’Mahoney (Tipperary)

Limerick
11/01/2017 – Group B Round 2 – Limerick 2-13 Clare 2-9 – St. Patricks GAA – Padraig O’Sullivan (Kerry)
15/01/2017 – Group B Round 3 – Limerick 0-9 Waterford 0-7 – Lemybrien – James Bermingham (Cork)



McGrath Cup Football Roll of Honour

Co-Op Superstores.ie Munster Hurling League – Limerick 4-28 Kerry 0-16

Limerick defeated Kerry by 4-28 to 0-16 in the Co-Op Superstores.ie Munster Hurling League on Sunday January 22nd at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.



Peter Casey stars on debut as Limerick cut loose

Report by Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Munster Hurling League – Limerick 4-28 Kerry 0-16: Former underage star Peter Casey marked his Limerick senior debut with a fine display as the Shannonsiders spanked Kerry by 24 points at the Gaelic Grounds.

Limerick will have to wait on results this week before learning if they’ve made the final but following a 21-point defeat to Cork a week previously, it was an encouraging seven days for manager John Kiely and his players.

Limerick regrouped to beat Clare during the week before seeing off Kerry with plenty to spare. Casey, an All-Ireland U21 medallist with Limerick in 2015, and a senior club winner with Na Piarsaigh, has been touted as a star of the future for some time.

And he showed real flashes of class as Limerick, who also handed senior debuts to Lorcan Lyons and goalkeeper David McCarthy, did pretty much as they pleased.

Kiely revealed: “It was great to see Peter Casey getting back into it again – he’s been off with a concussion for the last three weeks or a month.

“We had to give him time to get himself right and it was lovely for him to get a good run-out today. He needs all the game time he can get now.”

Barry Nash, All-Ireland U21 final man of the match in 2015, also shone with a 2-3 haul as Ronan Lynch came off the bench to score five of his points from frees.

Kerry were stunned when Limerick struck for three goals approaching half-time – Casey, Tom Morrissey and Nash raising green flags.

At the break, Limerick were 3-15 to 0-7 clear and while Kerry were better in the second half, Nash would add another goal to add gloss to the final scoreline.

A disappointing afternoon for Fintan O’Connor’s visitors ended with them reduced to 14 men, James O’Connor dismissed late on for a second bookable offence.

O’Connor said: “They came out in the second half and battled a bit harder – got a lot more tackles, hooks and blocks in, what we’re trying to base our whole effort around. Very disappointed with the result but happy with how they stuck at it.”

Scorers for Limerick: P Casey (1-9, 6 frees); B Nash (2-3); T Morrissey (1-2); R Lynch (0-6, 5 frees); C Lynch (0-3); K O’Brien (0-2); S Cahill, J Ryan, G Mulcahy (0-1 each).

Scorers for Kerry: S Nolan (0-6, 5 frees); D Collins (0-4); M Boyle (0-2); J Griffin, P Boyle, J Goulding (sl) & S Murphy (0-1 each).

LIMERICK: B Hennessy; S Cahill, R McCarthy, R English; L Lyons, D Hannon, S Hickey; D O’Donovan, P Browne; K Hayes, T Morrissey, J Ryan; B Nash, C Lynch, P Casey.
Subs: D Morrissey for R McCarthy (33), D McCarthy for Hennessy (h.t.), R Lynch for Ryan (h.t.), D Dempsey for Morrissey (54), K O’Brien for Nash (54), G Mulcahy for Hayes (blood, 62).

KERRY: A McCabe; B Lyons, P Costello, S Weir; J Griffin, J Godley, J O’Connor; T O’Connor, T Casey; K Carmody, D Collins, M Boyle; J Goulding, P Boyle, S Nolan.
Subs: S Nolan for Lyons (h.t.), P O’Connor for T O’Connor (h.t.), P Lucid for P Boyle (47), S Murphy for Griffin (50), J Brick for Nolan (61).

Referee: J McCormack (Tipperary)



Team News

Limerick senior hurling team to face Kerry in the Co-op Superstores.ie Munster Senior Hurling League round 4 this Sunday afternoon at 1pm in Gaelic Grounds has been released.

1. Barry Hennessy (Kilmallock), 2. Stephen Cahill (Tournafulla), 3. Richie McCarthy (Blackrock), 4. Richie English (Doon), 5. Lorcan Lyons (Monaleen), 6. Declan Hannon (Adare), 7. Seamus Hickey (Murroe/Boher), 8. Darragh O Donovan (Doon), 9. Paul Browne (Bruff)(Captain), 10. Kyle Hayes (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), 11. Tom Morrissey (Ahane), 12. James Ryan (Garryspillane), 13. Barry Nash (South Liberties), 14. Cian Lynch (Patrickswell) and 15. Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh).
16. David McCarthy Glenroe, 17. Diarmaid Byrnes Patrickswell, 18. Seanie O Brien Patrickswell, 19. Mike Casey Na Piarsaigh, 20. Pat Ryan Doon, 21. Graeme Mulcahy Kilmallock, 22. David Dempsey Na Piarsaigh, 23. Ronan Lynch Na Piarsaigh, 24. Kevin O Brien Patrickswell, 25. Dan Morrissey Ahane, 26. Andrew La Touche Cosgrave, (Monaleen).

The Kerry Senior Hurling Team to play Limerick in the CoOpsuperstores.ie Munster Senior Hurling League in the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday next (1:00pm) shows 7 changes from the side that played Clare in Round 2 on Sunday last as the Kerry management rotate the players in the squad. Into the side come Aiden McCabe, Billy Lyons, Paud Costelloe, John Griffin, James O’Connor, Tomás O’Connor, and Jack Goulding.

The team captained by Aiden McCabe of Kilmoyley is as follows:

1 Aiden McCabe (C) Kilmoyley
2 Billy Lyons Causeway
3 Paud Costello Ballyduff
4 Bryan Murphy Causeway
5 John Griffin Lixnaw
6 Patrick Kelly Clarecastle
7 James O’Connor Abbeydorney
8 Tomás O’Connor Crotta O’Neills
9 Tommy Casey Causeway
10 Jordan Conway Crotta O’Neills
11 Daniel Collins Kilmoyley
12 Mikey Boyle Ballyduff
13 Jack Goulding Ballyduff
14 Padraig Boyle Ballyduff
15 Shane Nolan Crotta O’Neills

Fir Ionaid:

16 Martin Stackpoole Lixnaw
17 Sean Nolan Kilmoyley
18 Sean Weir Crotta O’Neills
19 Paudie O’Connor Kilmoyley
20 John Buckley Lixnaw
21 Jordan Brick Kilmoyley
22 Jason Wallace Lixnaw
23 Philp Lucid Ballyheigue
24 Daniel Carroll Ballyduff
25 Liam Mullins Lixnaw
26 Keith Carmody Causeway

Bainistíocht:

Bainisteoir: Fintan O’Connor

Coach: Brendan Cummins

Treanálaí: Damien Ryall (Abbeydorney)

Róghnoir: Ian Brick (Kilmoyley)

The following players are members of the extended panel for Sunday’s game:

Rory Horgan St Brendans
Darren Dineen St Brendans
Micheal O’Leary Abbeydorney
Fionán Horgan St Brendans
John Egan St Brendans
James Godley Kilmoyley
Brendan O’Leary Abbeydorney
Stephen Murphy Causeway
Colum Harty Causeway
Darragh Shanahan Lixnaw

Unavailable

Jason Diggins Causeway (Injured)
Mike Milner Dr Crokes

Co-Op Superstores.ie Munster Hurling League – Clare 2-19 Waterford 3-13

Clare defeated Waterford by 2-19 to 3-13 in the Co-Op Superstores.ie Munster Hurling League on Sunday January 22nd at Fraher Field Dungarvan.


Clare claim the spoils against Waterford in Munster SHL clash

Waterford 3-13 Clare 2-19

Report by Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

The crowd of 884 got an entertaining game in Fraher Field, Dungarvan, with Clare taking the honours in this Munster SHL clash.

Waterford attacked the scoreboard end first but a more experienced Clare side were 0-5 to 0-2 up after eight minutes thanks to Shane Golden and Ben O’Gorman dominating midfield.

The home side had settled by the 14th minute, when Peter Hogan’s powerful ground shot to the net made it 1-4 to 0-6 for Waterford. Hogan struck again seven minutes later, flicking home a clever goal – 2-5 to 0-7.

Clare responded with a Cathal Malone goal from close range on 30 minutes – 1-10 to 2-6. Two minutes later Ben O’Gorman, ghosting in from deep, had Clare’s second goal with a fine strike. A Bobby Duggan free had Clare 2-11 to 2-7 ahead at the half.

Clare had three points to Waterford’s one on the resumption, a Jason McCarthy effort the pick of them, and were 2-14 to 2-8 ahead on 45 minutes.

The game sagged a little then in intensity, with Waterford whittling away at the Clare lead with Nolan frees. When Clare’s Brendan Bugler got a second yellow with quarter of an hour left there were just two points in it, 2-14 to 2-12.

A late run of points made it safe for the visitors, though Waterford sub Billy O’Keeffe’s injury-time goal made them sweat for the win.

Scorers for Waterford: B. Nolan (0-6, frees); P. Hogan (2-0); B. O’Keeffe (1-0); DJ Foran, E. Murphy (0-2); J. Fagan, S. Keating, S. Roche (0-1).

Scorers for Clare: B. Duggan (0-4, frees), C. Malone, B. O’Gorman (1-1 each), J. Conlon (0-4); A. Cunningham (0-3); C. O’Donnell (0-2); P. Duggan, J. Shanahan, J. McCarthy, S. Golden (0-1 each).

WATERFORD: I. O’Regan, C. Chester, S. McNulty, C. Lyons, D. Lyons, MJ Sutton, S. Keating, K. Fitzgerald, E. Madigan, M. O’Neill, DJ Foran, B. Nolan, P. Hogan, J. Fagan, E. Murphy
Subs: C. Dunford for McNulty, T. Ryan for Fagan (both HT); S. Roche and B. O’Keeffe for Hogan and Foran (both 47); A. Molumby for Roche (inj, 59).

CLARE: P. Kelly, S McNamara, C. Dillon, S. O’Halloran, J. McCarthy, C. Cleary, B. Bugler, S. Golden, B. O’Gorman, J. Conlon, C. Malone, P. Duggan, C. O’Donnell, B. Duggan, A. Cunningham
Subs: D. Reidy for Conlon (blood, 5-9); D. Reidy for Conlon (18); J. Conlon for Malone (50); C. Galvin for O’Gorman (55); J. Shanahan for P. Duggan (66).




Team News

Clare Senior Hurling Joint Managers Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor have named their starting 15 to face Waterford in the 2017 Co-Op Superstores.ie Munster Hurling League at Fraher Field in Dungarvan this Sunday (22 January 2017) at 2.00 p.m.

The team features eight changes from the side that started against Limerick on Wednesday night.

STARTING 15 V Waterford:

1. Patrick Kelly (Inagh-Kilnamona)
2. Shane McNamara (Clooney-Quin)
3. Cian Dillon (Crusheen) Capt.
4. Stephen O’Halloran (Clarecastle)
5. Jason McCarthy (Inagh-Kilnamona)
6. Conor Cleary (Kilmaley)
7. Brendan Bugler (Whitegate)
8. Shane Golden (Sixmilebridge)
9. Ben O’Gorman (Wolfe Tones na Sionna)
10. John Conlon (Clonlara)
11. Cathal Malone (Sixmilebridge)
12. Peter Duggan (Clooney-Quin)
13. Conor O’Donnell (Crusheen)
14. Bobby Duggan (Clarecastle)
15. Aaron Cunningham (Wolfe Tones na Sionna)

SUBSTITUTES:
16. Andrew Fahy (Whitegate)
17. Jamie Shanahan (Sixmilebridge)
18. Colm Galvin (Clonlara)
19. Podge Collins (Cratloe)
20. Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge)
21. Aron Shanagher (Wolfe Tones na Sionna)
22. Cathal O’Connell (Clonlara)
23. Eoin Quirke (Whitegate)
24. David Reidy (Éire Óg Inis)
25. Conor Ryan (Cratloe)
26. Cathal McInerney (Cratloe)
27. David Fitzgerald (Inagh-Kilnamona)
28. Kevin Hehir (Inagh-Kilnamona)

Dr. Harty Cup Hurling Quarter-Final Replay – CBS Midleton 2-11 Árdscoil Rís Limerick 0-15

CBS Midleton defeated Árdscoil Rís Limerick by 2-11 to 0-15 in the Dr. Harty Cup Hurling Quarter-Final Replay on Thursday January 19th at Bansha.


Liam O’Shea holds his nerve for Midleton

Report By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Midleton CBS 2-11 Ardscoil Rís 0-15: Midleton CBS set up an all-Cork Harty Cup semi-final against St Colman’s, Fermoy on Saturday week following this thrilling replay victory over the reigning champions.

The Cork outfit looked down and out as the clock ticked into second-half stoppages, Ardscoil Rís having hit eight of the previous nine scores to turn a six-point deficit into the narrowest of leads.

The Limerick school’s revival had stemmed from the sending off of Midleton forward Charlie Terry entering the final quarter. The loss of their primary ball-winner had left a massive void in the Midleton attack and Ardscoil Rís assumed total control.

A huge score from centre-back Darragh Carroll on 59 minutes nudged the Limerick students 0-15 to 1-11 in front. In the ensuing passage of play, however, possession was worked inside to Midleton sub Michael Kelly and he was hauled to the floor when attempting to pull the trigger. Referee Willie Barrett signalled for a penalty and extra-time seemed inevitable.

The instruction from the line, though, was to go for goal. Liam O’Shea was handed responsibility and despite a muted run-up, the half-forward rifled the sliotar to the roof of Bryan Curtain’s goal.

Three minutes of stoppages were played, but the champions, bidding to reach a 10th consecutive Harty semi, could find no way through.

“I thought we were out of it,” said Midleton joint-manager Tim Collins. “Liam O’Shea showed all the bottle in the world to stick that penalty. It’s massive for us to be involved in a semi-final.”

A somewhat fractious first-half, which saw five players yellow-carded, had finished with Ardscoil Rís holding the slenderest of leads, 0-6 to 0-5. Liam Gosnell and O’Shea’s accuracy from the dead ball, added to Charlie Terry’s aerial prowess, twice put Midleton two clear in the opening quarter.

A fine David Woulfe score and three Brian Ryan frees turned the tide come the interval, with the latter’s late pull on Terry instigating a shemozzle after which Barrett reprimanded three players.

Midleton midfielder Christy Coughlan saw yellow during this episode and it was his delivery early in the second period which brought about the quarter-final’s opening goal. Liam O’Shea was the receiver, with the half- forward throwing possession across the 20-metre line to the unmarked Liam Gosnell and he made no mistake.

Gosnell swelled his tally with two points and although Brian Ryan attempted to stop the bleeding with his first from play, three without reply from Gosnell (free), Terry and O’Shea sent them 1-10 to 0-7 clear.

Then arrived Terry’s dismissal for a second bookable offence, momentum dramatically shifting in favour of Ardscoil Rís turning the bend for home. Ryan (0-2 frees), Woulfe, Will Henn and James Daly contributed during a six-in-a-row flurry completed by Darragh Carroll’s monstrous lead score inside the final minute.

O’Shea and Midleton would hold their nerve during the tensest of finishes and having lost out to St Colman’s in the opening round, now have a chance to exact revenge.

Scorers for Midleton CBS: L Gosnell (1-5, 0-4 frees); L O’Shea (1-4, 1-0 pen, 0-2 frees); C Terry (0-2).

Scorers for Ardscoil Rís: B Ryan (0-7, 0-5 frees, 0-1 free); D Woulfe (0-3); W Henn, J Daly, P O’Brien, R Considine, J McInerney (0-1 each).

Midleton CBS: R Walsh (St Colman’s); E O’Sullivan (do), S O’Leary Hayes (Midleton), A Daly (do); R McConville (Midleton), J McDonnell Aghada), A Walsh Barry (Carrigtwohill); S O’Meara (Midleton), C Coughlan (Killeagh); L O’Shea (Lisgoold), G Millerick (Fr O’Neill’s), L Gosnell (Carrigtwohill); B Twomey (do), C Terry (Aghada), J Stack (Kiltha Óg)
Subs:M Kelly (Kiltha Óg) for Stack (51); L Duggan Murray (St Colman’s) for Twomey (54).

Ardscoil Rís: B Curtin (Adare); M Daly (Na Piarsaigh), R Connolly (Adare), J Considine (Patrickswell); J Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), D Carroll (Newport), D Ryan (Cratloe); R Duff (Mungret St Paul’s), J Gleeson (Na Piarsaigh); P O’Brien (Mungret St Paul’s), B Ryan (South Liberties), W Henn (Na Piarsaigh); D Woulfe (Kilmallock), R McCarthy (Na Piarsaigh), J McInerney (Cratloe)
Subs: R Considine (Cratloe) for O’Brien (42); J Daly (Na Piarsaigh) for McInerney (48); C O’Reilly (Patrickswell) for Henn (59).

Referee: W Barrett (Tipperary)



When – Thursday January 19th at 1:30pm
Where – Bansha
Referee – Willie Barrett (Tipperary)
Next Round – The winners will play Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy in the Semi-Final on Saturday January 28th.

Admission Prices
Adults – €5
Students / OAP’s – €3


Results to Date
Árdscoil Rís Limerick
Quarter-Final – Árdscoil Rís Limerick 1-15 CBS Midleton 2-12 (after extra time)
Last 16 – Árdscoil Rís 4-16 Scoil Na mBraithre` Rathluirc 1-07
Group D – Árdscoil Rís Limerick 2-17 Árdscoil Uí Urmaltaigh Bandon 1-5

CBS Midleton
Quarter-Final – Árdscoil Rís Limerick 1-15 CBS Midleton 2-12 (after extra time)
Last 16 – CBS Midleton 1-15 Scoil Na Trioniode Doon 1-12
Group E – Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy 2-15 CBS Midleton 1-14


Match Preview
Bansha will be the venue for the eagerly anticipated Harty Cup Quarter-Final replay between the defending champions – Árdscoil Rís Limerick and CBS Midleton. On Wednesday last, the defending champions Árdscoil Rís entered the drawn game as favourites but CBS Midleton had other ideas and the schools served up a highly entertaining game as the teams could not be separated after 80 minutes of action.

The teams were level 11 times over the course of normal time and extra time showing how little there is between them. Árdscoil Rís had the aid of the wind in the first half and led by three point at the interval. However, CBS Midleton dominated the opening 20 minutes of the second half and led by two points heading in to the final stages. Árdscoil Rís showed their character to come back and when Diarmuid Ryan scored an excellent point in injury time, the teams were destined for extra time.
Despite both scoring goals in the opening period of extra time, neither could pull away and at the end of 80 minutes, a draw was a fair result.

Willie Barrett is the referee for this replay with a 1:30pm throw-in at Bansha on Thursday.

Co-Op Superstores.ie Munster Hurling League – Cork 0-25 Waterford 1-19

Cork defeated Waterford by 0-25 to 1-19 in the Co-Op Superstores.ie Munster Hurling League on Wednesday January 18th at Mallow.


Cork bench turn on the magic to kill off Waterford

Report by Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Cork 0-25 Waterford 1-19: Cork’s Kieran Kingston had his bench to thank for a third consecutive Co-Op Superstores.ie Munster SHL win, with three of the players called down from the stand providing the crucial scores.

With proceedings in Mallow tied at 1-18 to 0-21 four minutes from time, Daniel Kearney struck his fifth point to edge Cork back in front – Kearney started the game at midfield but wielded far greater influence when moved forward in the second period.

Thereafter, Alan Cadogan, one of the second-half subs, pick-pocketed a Waterford defender, threw possession across to fellow reserve Darragh Fitzgibbon and the Charleville youngster put two between the sides.

Tom Devine subsequently narrowed the margin, but it was to prove the visitors’ concluding score. Cork, on the other hand, weren’t done yet and could have had a goal but for Ian O’Regan’s flying save to tip Shane Kingston’s shot over the bar; Kingston the second Cork replacement to write his name onto the scoresheet.

Cadogan’s 72nd minute point brought that figure to three, the same number of wins the Rebels have now clocked this January. It was an encouraging win for the home side given their laboured start and paucity of scorers in the opening period.

Waterford had returned to the dressing room 1-10 to 0-12 in front at the break, a scoreline the visiting management are sure to have been slightly frustrated with given they led by 1-6 to 0-2 a quarter of an hour in. The Bennett brothers contributed 0-4 of this opening burst; Shane nailed three placed ball efforts while Stephen found the range with a well struck shot from out the field. Left half-forward Eamonn Murphy supplied the green flag after seven minutes.

Tom Devine provided the final pass and Murphy met the sliotar on the hop to give Anthony Nash no chance in the Cork goal. Kieran Kingston’s charges had yet to get going and it wasn’t until Robbie O’Flynn expertly picked out Patrick Horgan for Cork’s opening score from play after 17 minutes the Rebels began to show any hint of potency. Mind you, it was the threat of Horgan alone that had the home side just the one in arrears at the break – the Cork full-forward tallied 0-10 of their first-half dozen.

Two apiece from Horgan and Kearney early in the second period propelled Cork into the lead for the first time, although this was followed by a 15-minute barren spell where the Déise, through Shane Bennett, replied with four on the hop. It made for a decent conclusion, one in which Cork’s second-half introductions stood up.

Waterford entertain Clare this Sunday, while Cork are not in action until next Wednesday when they are the visitors to Sixmilebridge.

Scorers for Cork: P Horgan (0-13, 0-9 frees); D Kearney (0-5); R O’Flynn (0-2); D Brosnan, L Meade, D Fitzgibbon, S Kingston, A Cadogan (0-1 each).

Scorers for Waterford: Shane Bennett (0-9, 0-8 frees); Stephen Bennett (0-5); E Murphy (1-1); B O’Keeffe, C Roche , T Devine, B Nolan (0-1 each).

Cork: A Nash; J Sheehan, C Spillane, S O’Donoghue; C O’Leary, L McLoughlin, C Joyce; C Murphy, D Kearney; D Brosnan, L Meade, M O’Halloran; M Cahalane, P Horgan, R O’Flynn.
Subs: D Fitzgibbon for O’Halloran, C Lehane for Calahane (both HT); M Coleman for Murphy (48); A Cadogan for Brosnan (61); S Kingston for O’Flynn (59).

Waterford: I O’Regan; I Kenny, S Roche, C Chester; D Lyons, S Keating, C Lyons; M Kearney, E Madigan; B O’Keeffe, Stephen Bennett, E Murphy; C Roche, T Devine, Shane Bennett.
Subs: M O’Brien for Madigan (48); C Gleeson for Chester (49); B Nolan for Kearney (54); A Molumby for Shane Bennett (57); J Lyons for Murphy (67).

Referee: F Horgan (Tipperary)



Team News

The Cork Senior Hurling team to play Waterford on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the Mallow GAA, Complex has been announced as follows.

1. Anthony Nash – Kanturk
2. Jack Sheehan – Erins Own
3. Colm Spillane – Castlelyons
4. Sean O’Donoghue – Inniscarra
5. Chris O Leary – Valley Rovers
6. Lorcan McLoughlin – Kanturk
7. Christopher Joyce – Na Piarsaigh
8. Cormac Murphy – Mallow
9. Daniel Kearney – Sarsfields
10. Dean Brosnan – Glen Rovers
11. Luke Meade – Newcestown
12. Michael O Halloran – Blackrock
13. Michael Cahalane – Bandon
14. Patrick Horgan – Glen Rovers
15. Robbie O Flynn – Erins Own
Subs:
16. Patrick Collins – Ballinhassig
17. Stephen McDonnell – Glen Rovers
18. David Griffin – Carrigaline
19. Cian Walsh – St Finbarr’s
20. Mark Coleman – Blarney
21. Billy Hennessey – St Finbarr’s
22. Darragh Fitzgibbon – Charleville
23. Shane Kingston – Douglas
24. Alan Cadogan – Douglas
25. Conor Lehane – Midleton
26. Shane O Keeffe – Blackrock

Co-Op Superstores.ie Munster Hurling League – Limerick 2-15 Clare 0-19

Limerick defeated Clare by 2-15 to 0-19 in the Co-Op Superstores.ie Munster Hurling League on Wednesday January 18th at Sixmilebridge.


Barry Nash goal proves a winner for Limerick

Report by Gerry Quinn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Limerick 2-15 Clare 0-19: Limerick took the honours in Round 2 of the Co Op Stores.Ie Munster Hurling League at Sixmilebridge last evening in front of 1,719 spectators.

Trailing for most of the game they were inspired by a Barry Nash goal in the 64th minute and ran out winners by two.

At the break, Clare enjoyed a 0-12 to 1-8 lead. But that scoreline didn’t reflect the Banner’s opening half dominance. Clare got off to a perfect start and led 0-4 to 0-0 by the sixth minute. Points registered by John Conlon, David Fitzgerald, Shane Golden and Aaron Cunningham affirmed the hosts early dominance.

Limerick eventually got off the mark on seven, when Ger Hegarty pointed. Diarmuid Byrnes and John Fitzgibbon had one each and by the 12th, there was only a point between the sides.

Clare’s David Reidy and Byrnes exchanged points before a pair of scores by Clare wing forward John Conlon opened a three point difference. Clare found themselves 0-9 to 0-5 to the good by the twentieth as they began to pull away from their opponents. The half’s only goal was a lifeline to the Shannonsiders and when Graeme Mulcahy capitalised on a defensive mistake, he hauled his side to level terms 1-8 to Clare’s 0-11. Cathal “Tots” O’Connell pointed a free in injury time to put the minimum between them at the whistle.

In the second period Limerick chased their rivals and kept in touch for most of the half. Their improved performance paid off when trailing by two late in the game, full-forward Barry Nash got away from his marker and rifled Donal Tuohy’s net to give Limerick the lead for the first time.

An Aaaron Cunningham point levelled matters but points by Paul Browne, Cian Lynch and Diarmuid Byrnes saw the Treaty men home safe. Clare managed one late score by sub Ben O’Gorman.

Scorers for Limerick: D Byrnes (0-5) 3 f’s, S Tobin (0-3),f’s, G Mulcahy (1-0), B Nash (1-0), J Fitzgibbon (0-2), C Lynch (0-2), G Hegarty, T Morrissey, P Browne (0-1) each.

Clare: D Reidy ((0-4) f’s, J Conlon (0-4), A Cunningham (0-3), S Golden (0-2), C O’Connell (0-1) , D Fitzgerald, C Malone, , J McCarthy, B O’Gorman (0-1) each.

Clare: D Tuohy, S McNamara, C Dillon (Capt.), S Morey, D Fitzgerald, C Galvin, J Shanahan, D Reidy, S Golden, J Conlon, C Malone, P Duggan, C O’Connell, A Shanagher, A Cunningham
Subs: J McCarthy for Shanagher (h/t), B O’Gorman for Fitzgerald (61), K Hehir for Reidy (67), B Duggan for P Duggan (67).

Limerick: N Quaid; S Cahill, R McCarthy, M Casey; D Byrnes (Capt.), D Hannon, G O’Mahoney; J Fitzgibbon, J Ryan; G Hegarty, C Lynch, A La Touce Cosgrove, G Mulcahy, B Nash, S Tobin
Subs: K Hayes for Hegarty inj (30), T Morrissey for La Touche Cosgrave (50), D Dempsey for Tobin (50), P Browne for Ryan (52), S Hickey for Fitzgibbon (64)

Referee: C McAllister (Cork).


Team News

Limerick senior hurling team to face Clare in the Co-op Superstores.ie Munster Senior Hurling League round 3 this Wednesday evening at 7.30pm in Sixmilebridge has been released.

1. Nickie Quaid (Effin), 2 Stephen Cahill (Tournafulla), 3. Richie McCarthy (Blackrock), 4. Mike Casey (Na Piarsaigh), 5. Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell)(Captain), 6. Declan Hannon (Adare), 7. Gavin O Mahony (Kilmallock), 8. John Fitzgibbon (Adare), 9. James Ryan (Garryspillane), 10. Gearoid Hegarty (St Patrick’s), 11. Cian Lynch (Patrickswell), 12. Andrew La Touche Cosgrave (Monaleen), 13. Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock), 14. Barry Nash (South Liberties) and 15. Sean Tobin (Murroe/Boher).
Subs: 16. David McCarthy (Glenroe), 17. Seamus Hickey (Murroe/Boher), 18. Seanie O Brien (Patrickswel), 19. Lorcan Lyons (Monaleen), 20. Darragh O Donovan (Doon), 21. Paul Browne (Bruff), 22. David Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh), 23. Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh), 24. Kyle Hayes (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), 25. Tom Morrissey (Ahane), 26. Kevin O Brien (Patrickswell).

The Clare team to play Limerick is as follows –

Donal Tuohy (Crusheen)
Shane McNamara (Clooney-Quin)
Cian Dillon (Crusheen) Capt.
Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge)
David Fitzgerald (Inagh-Kilnamona)
Colm Galvin (Clonlara)
Jamie Shanahan (Sixmilebridge)
David Reidy (Éire Óg Inis)
Shane Golden (Sixmilebridge)
John Conlon (Clonlara)
Cathal Malone (Sixmilebridge)
Peter Duggan (Clooney-Quin)
Cathal O’Connell (Clonlara)
Aron Shanagher (Wolfe Tones na Sionna)
Aaron Cunningham (Wolfe Tones na Sionna)
SUBSTITUTES:
Patrick Kelly (Inagh-Kilnamona)
Conor Cleary (Kilmaley)
Stephen O’Halloran (Clarecastle)
Ben O’Gorman (Wolfe Tones na Sionna)
Bobby Duggan (Clarecastle)
Jason McCarthy (Inagh-Kilnamona)
Brendan Bugler (Whitegate)
Eoin Quirke (Whitegate)
Kevin Hehir (Inagh-Kilnamona)
Conor O’Donnell (Crusheen)
Conor Ryan (Cratloe)

Corn Ui Mhuiri Football Quarter-Final – St Flannan’s 4-9 Mercy Mounthawk 2-12

St Flannan’s defeated Mercy Mounthawk by 4-9 to 2-12 in the Corn Ui Mhuiri Football Quarter-Final on Wednesday at Mick Neville Park Rathkeale.


Early goal blitz does the trick for St Flannan’s

Report by Murt Murphy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

St Flannan’s College 4-9 Mercy Mounthawk 2-12: A three-goal St Flannan’s, College, Ennis salvo in the opening 10 minutes proved decisive as they had to withstand a tremendous second-half comeback from Mercy Mounthawk, Tralee to hang on for a three-point win, in this gripping Corn Ui Mhuiri quarter-final at Rathkeale.

St Flannan’s strolled through a static Mounthawk defence to score goals in the seventh, ninth and 10th minutes from Gearóid Cahill, Sean Kennedy and Eoghan Thynne as they raced 3-3 to 0-3 in front. From then onwards Mounthawk outscored the winners 2-9 to 1-6 – a fact not lost on St Flannan’s manager and former Clare senior footballer, Darragh Kelly.

“We enjoyed an excellent first-half but really Mercy Mounthawk did not start well at all. We really walked in for four goals in the opening spell and I am sure when they look back on it, they will be very disappointed in the goals they conceded.

“But, the other side of that, is we were eight points up at half-time, and once we missed the goal chance at the start of the second-half we sat back, when we really should have been pushing on. “

To their credit Mounthawk hit back with 1-2 without reply after suffering that early goal blitz, with Bobby Regan getting the goal. Then another soft goal conceded by the Tralee side when they allowed Cahill to run straight through the middle and St Flannan’s looked home and hosed at half time leading 4-7 to 1-8.

Kelly was disappointed with St Flannan’s second-half display that could have cost them victory. “We only scored two points from frees and it will not be good enough to progress in the competition.”

Kelly added St Flannan’s have not been scoring goals so far in the Corn UI Mhuiri “We are not normally noted for scoring goals we had only scored two before today but I think Mounthawk will be very disappointed when they look back at the four goals they conceded. While it gave us a great cushion and it was the reason we won, you have to give them credit for the way they fought back in the second-half and made a real battle out of it. We will have improve massively to beat St Brendan’s, but we were there last year and we be going into that game with no fear.”

Mercy Mounthawk showed tremendous battling qualities in the second-half as they penned St Flannan’s back in their own half with Shane Walsh, Donagh McMahon, Fergal Barry and Ciaran O’Reilly driving them on, and some excellent free taking by Dara Devine and a goal from a penalty by Bobby Regan saw Mounthawk close the gap to just two points with as many minutes left.

It would have been much closer only for a couple of missed goal chances by the Tralee side, one in particular in the 33rd minute when a Clare defender took a Michael Walsh shot that had beaten the keeper off the line and four very costly wides in the final 10 minutes, when the game was in the melting pot.

St Flannan’s will now face Corn Ui Mhuiri and Hogan Cup holders St Brendan’s, Killarney in the semi-final on Saturday February 4 and for Mercy Mounthawk, it is very much a case of what have been.

Scorers for St Flannan’s College: G Cahill (2-1), D Duggan (0-6, 5 frees), E Thynne (1-1), S Kennedy (1-0), G Cooney (0-1).

Scorers for Mercy Mounthawk: B Regan (2-3, 1-0 pen, 2 frees), D Devine (0-6 frees), R O’Connor (0-2), E McElligott (0-1).

ST FLANNAN’S: T O’Brien; M Collins, P Casey, D O’Shea; I Ugwueru, R Hayes, T Hannan; C Donnelly, C Mc Neilis; S Kennedy, G Cahill, E Thynne; G Cooney, D Duggan, C Brannock.
Subs: D Mescall for M Collins (20), I Molloy for S Kennedy (h/t), P Talty for C Brannock (40)

MERCY MOUNTHAWK: B O’Regan; P O’Mahoney, S Walsh, D McMahon; F Barry, S Collins, C Carmody; C O’Reilly, M Linnane; R O’Connor, B O’Regan, S Griffin; M Walsh, D Devine, E McElligott
Subs: R Murphy for S Griffin (47), M O’Gara for E McElligott (47), F Ennis for M Walsh (55).

Referee: R Moloney (Limerick).


When – Wednesday January 18th at 1:30pm
Where – Mick Neville Park Rathkeale
Referee – Richard Moloney (Limerick)
Next Round – The winners will play the winners of PS Chorcha Dhuibhne and St Brendans in the Semi-Final on Saturday February 4th.


Admission Prices
Adults – €5
Students / OAP’s – €3


Results to Date

St Flannans
Group D Round 1 – St Flannans 1-8 St. Fachtnas Skibbereen 0-10
Group D Round 2 – P.S Rathmore 3-11 St Flannans 1-14
Group D Round 3 – St Flannans 0-9 P.S Chorcha Dhuibhne 0-5

Mercy Mounthawk
Group B Round 1 – Mercy Mounthawk 4-16 Clonmel High School 0-7
Group B Round 2 – Colaiste Chriost Ri 3-12 Mercy Mounthawk 0-10
Group B Round 3 – Mercy Mounthawk 3-16 Clonakilty Community College 0-8


Match Preview

Mick Neville Park in Rathkeale will be the venue for the meeting of Group D winners St. Flannans and Mercy Mounthawk of Tralee. St. Flannans (three time winners – last time in 1995) reached last year’s Semi-final before bowing out to the eventual winners St. Brendans. This season, St. Flannans took part in Group D, the most competitive of the four groups saw St. Flannans record a first round one point win over St. Fachtnas Skibbereen before losing narrowly to P.S Rathmore by 3-11 to 1-14 in round two. St. Flannans needed to win their last game versus P.S Chorcha Dhuibhne which they duly achieved, winning a low scoring game by 0-9 to 0-5 to qualify for the Quarter-Finals as group winners. Gearóid Cahill, Gavin Cooney and Darragh Duggan scored three points each for the winners on that occasion.

Mercy Mounthawk from Tralee qualified second in Group B following three one-sided games. In Round 1, the Tralee school had 21 points to spare against last year’s finalists Clonmel High School. The tables were turned in round two as Colaiste Chriost Ri defeated Mercy Mounthawk by 11 points. A victory in the last round was required in order to qualify for the knockout stages and Clonakilty Community College proved no match for Mercy Mounthawk as the Tralee School won by 17 points. Bobby O’Regan, Dara Devine and Eoin McElligott have been their top scorers in the campaign to date.

Richard Moloney of Limerick is the referee for this game with a 1:30pm throw-in on Wednesday.


Corn Ui Mhuiri Football Quarter-Final – Tralee CBS 2-10 IS Killorglin 1-10

Tralee CBS defeated IS Killorglin by 2-10 to 1-10 in the Corn Ui Mhuiri Football Quarter-Final on Wednesday in Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.


Kieran O’Dwyer drives battling Tralee CBS past Killorglin

Report by Cian Locke in the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tralee CBS 2-10 Intermediate School Killorglin 1-10: It took a goal pretty much from nothing to drive them onto victory but Tralee CBS (The Green) were thankful for an improved second-half display in seeing off a spirited IS Killorglin challenge in Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney yesterday.

Nine wides proved to be the undoing of the Mid Kerry School as Green mentor Marc Ó Sé, working alongside Mike Tim and Nealie O’Sullivan in looking after the Tralee side, praised the nature of their comeback from a four-point deficit 10 minutes into the second-half.

“There was a huge improvement in our performance in the second-half, Killorglin were all over us in the first-half and were working very hard. Our luck changed, thankfully, and Kieran O’Dwyer drove us on I felt in the second period and the lads got huge encouragement from his leadership. Our second goal was huge as well, Jason (Mortimer) took it brilliantly and it’s great to see him back after having problems with injuries and we hope his brother Sean and Niall O’Mahony can recover from their own injuries before the semi-finals.

“Brandon Paterson, Jack Myers and keeper Shane Foley made some big saves as well and we’re relishing the thought of being in a semi-final. We know we have a lot to improve though and we’ll have to take a good look back on the video, particularly the first-half.”

Trailing 1-6 to 1-3 at half-time and 1-9 to 1-5 in the 40th minute, there didn’t appear to be much on for sub Mortimer when he drove the ball from distance. However, it found its way past Cian O’Sullivan for the Green’s second goal. All-Ireland minor winners Mike Breen and Caoilm Teahan had been very impressive for Killorglin but it was a more effective second-half display from their former Kerry team-mate O’Dwyer that got the Green back in control as his two points put them back ahead three-quarter mark.

The game’s opening two goals had come inside the first five minutes, Gearóid Fitzgerald scoring from Tralee’s first attack in the third minute. But their defence was caught napping at the other end two minutes later, allowing Roan Moriarty tap home.

A 24-minute period without a score in the second-half proved detrimental to Kerry U-21 selector Micheál O’Shea’s Killorglin side however, as Daire Cleary’s 62nd-minute free was purely consolation. However, Diarmuid O’Mahony and Darragh O’Connor had gone close to securing winning goals in the closing stages, but Paterson and goalkeeper Shane Foley stayed firm. At the other end, Cian O’Sullivan did make a decent save from close range to prevent the Green adding a third goal.

A first appearance in a Corn Ui Mhuiri semi-final since 2012 now awaits for Tralee CBS, where they will face Colaiste Chriost Ri, their third Cork opposition in the competition.

Scorers for Tralee CBS: M Kelliher (0-5, 3f), G Fitzgerald and J Mortimer (1-0 each), K O’Dwyer (0-2), E Greaney, T O’Connor and J O’Connor (0-1 each).

IS Killorglin: P Daly (0-4, 4f), R Moriarty (1-0), M Breen (0-2), C Teahan, P Carey, C Kennedy and D Cleary (f) (0-1 each)

TRALEE CBS: S Foley, B Patterson, T Lynch, J Myers, J Walsh, K Dwyer, A Clifford, J O’Connor, T O’Connor, S Donnellan, T Hoare, D Fitzmaurice, E Greaney, G Fitzgerald, M Kelliher
Subs: J Mortimer for Fitzmaurice (36), M Hoare for Greaney (52) and M Scanlon for Clifford (58).

IS KILORGLIN: C O’Sullivan, D O’Mahony, C Murphy, C Sugrue, D Mangan, P Carey, I McGuillicuddy, M Breen, C Teahan, D Casey, C Kennedy, D Cleary, P Daly (Laune Rangers), R Moriarty, D O’Connor.
Subs: K Fitzpatrick for Mangan (47), E O’Sullivan for Daly (58) and P Daly (Firies) for Casey (60).

Referee: K Walsh (Clare)


When – Wednesday January 18th at 1:30pm
Where – Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney
Referee – Kevin Walsh (Clare)
Next Round – The winners will play the winners of Colaiste Chriost Rí and St Francis College Rochestown in the Semi-Final on Saturday February 4th.


Admission Prices
Adults – €5
Students / OAP’s – €3


Results to Date

Tralee CBS
Group A Round 1 – Tralee CBS 1-15 Coláiste na Sceilge 0-11
Group A Round 2 – St. Francis College Rochestown 3-10 Tralee CBS 1-16
Group A Round 3 – Tralee CBS 1-10 Coláiste Choilm Ballincollig 0-4

IS Killorglin
Group C Round 1 – St Brendans Killarney 2-23 I.S. Killorglin 1-7
Group C Round 2 – I.S. Killorglin 2-14 Árdscoil Uí Urmaltaigh Bandon 1-7
Group C Round 3 – I.S. Killorglin 1-12 De La Salle College Macroom 2-8


Match Preview

The all Kerry schools Tralee CBS and IS Killorglin will play to determine which will qualify for this year’s Semi-Finals. Both schools won two and lost one of their Group games played before Christmas. In Group A, Tralee CBS recorded good victories over Coláiste na Sceilge and Coláiste Choilm Ballincollig, losing out in round two to St. Francis College Rochestown by three points. A number of the current Tralee CBS side finished as runners-up to St. Brendans Killarney in the 2014/2015 Frewen Cup. Kerry Minor Kieran Dwyer at centre-back and Dual Kerry Minor All-Ireland winner Tomás O’Connor at midfield will lead the Tralee CBS charge for a place in the semi-finals.

I.S. Killorglin on the other hand had a difficult round one assignment, playing the defending champions St. Brendans and losing out by 19 points. Killorglin rebounded from this set-back to record back to back victories over Árdscoil Uí Urmaltaigh Bandon (10 points) and De La Salle College Macroom (1 point) to qualify for the knockout stages in second place in Group C. Ian McGillycuddy’s late goal helped Killorglin to defeat De La Salle College Macroom to ensure qualification for the Quarter-Finals. Patrick Daly and Cian O’Shea combined for 7 points in that game.

Kevin Walsh (Clare) will take charge of this one at 1:30pm on Wednesday in Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.


Corn Ui Mhuiri Football Quarter-Final – Colaiste Chriost Rí 0-8 St Francis College Rochestown 0-6

Colaiste Chriost Rí defeated St Francis College Rochestown by 0-8 to 0-6 in the Corn Ui Mhuiri Football Quarter-Final on Wednesday at Church Road, Blackrock.


Paul Kerrigan content as Críost Rí dig it out

Report by Denis Hurley for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Coláiste Chríost Rí 0-8 St Francis College, Rochestown 0-6: While this southside derby veered more towards the tense than the exhilarating at Church Road in Blackrock yesterday, Coláiste Chríost Rí could yet look back on it as being very beneficial.

The Turner’s Cross school, featuring nine of last year’s Frewen Cup (U16½AFC) winning squad, didn’t score after Mark Cronin made it 0-8 to 0-4 in the 46th minute, but crucially they only conceded two more points as they dug in strongly to claim this Corn Uí Mhuirí (Munster PPS U18½ AFC) victory.

For joint-manager, Cork captain Paul Kerrigan, it was the kind of win that could stand to them.

“It was a unique situation, you could cut the tension with a knife,” he said.

“There was a lot of familiarity here, a lot of the players are probably on Rebel Óg squads together.

“We’re not going to play sparkling football all the time, and it’s good for them to know that they can come out of a battle too.

“Rochestown came with a good gameplan and for a lot of the first half they frustrated us. We had to work very hard for the scores, in fairness to Rochestown, and they had to work hard for theirs too.

“It was a game that felt like a draw all the way through, until the end.”

Críost Rí’s 2011 win remains Cork’s last triumph in the competition, while 2013 was the last time they had been in the semi-finals. Rochestown’s recent pedigree is stronger and, while Críost Rí had the better of the play for much of the first half, just a point separated the sides at half-time, 0-4 to 0-3 the score.

At midfield, Críost Rí captain Jack Ryan was very impressive with corner-back John Corcoran a stand-out too, but the swelled defensive ranks of ‘Roco’ made them difficult to break down while the switching of Eoghan Riordan and Nathan Walsh to the full-back line to pick up Cillian Myers Murray and Mark Cronin respectively did much to limit their influence.

When James Holland tied the game within 30 seconds of the restart, it appeared that the same even pattern would pertain for the second period, but slowly Críost Rí began to get a handle as they benefited from the greater space available.

Daniel Lucey put them ahead with a well-taken point while Cronin’s free to make it 0-6 to 0-4, following a flowing move, was the biggest lead the game had seen up until then. Mark Brosnan might have got the goal to put them out of sight, but when he and Cronin added further points, they looked relatively safe anyway, four clear with a quarter of the game left.

Dylan Ward pulled one back for Roco, but Críost Rí might have been in for a goal again, only for Brosnan’s pass to put Cronin through to be deemed illegal. In the next play, Cian Denn had a sight of goal for Rochestown but Barry Cripps’ heroic block denied him.

That was emblematic of Críost Rí’s desire not to allow a green flag and for the remaining seven points Roco could only muster a Holland free. Ward had a quarter-chance at the death but he fired across goal and Críost Rí prevailed.

Tralee CBS will be the semi-final opponents, on Saturday, February 4.

“The target for our lads was that we haven’t played in a semi-final or a final for a few years,” Kerrigan said. “We wanted to make sure that they played on a weekend for the school. We won’t fear anyone and I don’t think anyone will fear us. We spend a lot of the time working on ourselves, we have two weeks now to build it up.”

Scorers for Coláiste Chríost Rí: M Cronin (0-3, 1 free), C Myers Murray (0-2, frees), J Ryan, D Lucey M Brosnan (0-1 each).

Scorers for St Francis College: J Holland 0-3 (1 free), D Ward, C Russell, M McAuliffe (0-1 each).

COLÁISTE CHRÍOST RÍ: D Moran (St Finbarr’s); A McGowan (Nemo Rangers), B Cripps (Nemo Rangers), J Corcoran (Nemo Rangers); M Hitchmough (Shamrocks), P Cummins (St Michael’s), D Kelly (Douglas); J Ryan (Sliabh Rua), K Forde (Nemo Rangers); J Coughlan (Nemo Rangers), D Lucey (Mayfield), J O’Brien (St Finbarr’s); M Cronin (Nemo Rangers), M Brosnan (Carrigaline), C Myers Murray (St Finbarr’s).
Subs: R Dalton (Nemo Rangers) for Forde (30, injured), J O’Brien (Nemo Rangers) for Coughlan (58).

ST FRANCIS COLLEGE: D O’Keeffe (Douglas); E Riordan (Carrigaline), R Ó Colmáin (St Michael’s), N Walsh (Douglas); D Corkery (St Michael’s), D Ward (Douglas), J Golden (St Michael’s); J Lyons (Nemo Rangers), C Denn (St Michael’s); D Andrews (Shamrocks); M McAuliffe (Douglas), L Grainger (St Michael’s); J Holland (Douglas), C Russell (Douglas), C O’Mahony (Douglas)
Subs: A Hennessy (St Michael’s) for Golden (27, injured), S Hilliard (Cobh) for Corkery (half-time), D Cormack (St Michael’s) for Andrews (45, injured), B Powter (Douglas) for Denn (57).

Referee: M Meade (Limerick)


When – Wednesday January 18th at 1:30pm
Where – Church Road, Blackrock
Referee – Mike Meade (Limerick)
Next Round – The winners will play the winners of Tralee CBS and IS Killorglin in the Semi-Final on Saturday February 4th.


Admission Prices
Adults – €5
Students / OAP’s – €3


Results to Date

Colaiste Chriost Rí
Group B Round 1 – Colaiste Chriost Ri 0-22 Clonakilty Community College 1-4
Group B Round 2 – Colaiste Chriost Ri 3-12 Mercy Mounthawk 0-10
Group B Round 3 – Colaiste Chriost Ri 2-9 Clonmel High School 0-6

St Francis College Rochestown
Group A Round 1 – St. Francis College Rochestown 2-13 Coláiste Choilm Ballincollig 2-11
Group A Round 2 – St. Francis College Rochestown 3-10 Tralee CBS 1-16
Group A Round 3 – St. Francis College Rochestown 1-12 Coláiste na Sceilge 2-8


Match Preview

The meeting of Cork schools Colaiste Chriost Rí and St Francis College Rochestown in Church Road Blackrock is the only Quarter-Final game between two undefeated teams. Rochestown secured victories over Coláiste Choilm Ballincollig, Tralee CBS and Coláiste na Sceilge but only by an aggregate margin of six points showing the competitive nature of their games. Rochestown will look to progress to the semi-finals for the third consecutive year having lost out in the 2015 final to P.S Chorcha Dhuibhne and the 2016 semi-final to Clonmel High School.

Colaiste Chriost Rí are 15 times winners of this competition, the last success coming in 2011. Their march to the Quarter-Finals are much more straight-forward as they accounted for Clonakilty Community College, Mercy Mounthawk and Clonmel High School by an aggregate 35 points. This pales in comparison to the last two seasons where they failed to progress from the Group stages, finishing bottom in their respective groups in both seasons. The influx of young talent from the side which captured last season’s Frewen Cup (U16.5 A Football) has boosted the current side and they will look to qualify for the semi-finals for the first time since 2013.

Mike Meade (Limerick) will referee this game on Wednesday with a 1:30pm throw-in.


Corn Ui Mhuiri Football Quarter-Final – St Brendans 2-18 PS Chorcha Dhuibhne 0-9

St Brendans defeated PS Chorcha Dhuibhne by 2-18 to 0-9 in the Corn Ui Mhuiri Football Quarter-Final on Wednesday at Milltown.


St Brendan’s turn on the power

Report By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

St Brendan’s, Killarney 2-18 Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne 0-9: A dominant second-half performance from St Brendan’s – in which the favourites outscored their opponents 2-10 to 0-2 – eased the Killarney outfit into the penultimate round of the Corn Uí Mhuirí.

When these two colleges collided at the quarter-final juncture 12 months ago, it was Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne who arrived into Dr Crokes’ field as reigning Corn Uí Mhuirí and Hogan Cup champions. St Brendan’s, the challengers on that occasion, brought to an end the Dingle school’s four-year dominance within Munster with a powerful display and the roles were very much reversed yesterday as Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne came as challengers, hoping to unseat last year’s provincial and All-Ireland champions.

Alas, their challenge ran aground early in the second period. With this quarter-final finely poised at 0-8 to 0-7 at the break, St Brendan’s cut loose upon the restart and hit 1-4 without reply between the 33rd and 40th minute to move 1-13 to 0-8 clear.

Dara Moynihan and Donnchadh O’Sullivan, who terrorised the Dingle defence throughout, established the first bit of daylight when kicking successive points to leave the scoreboard reading 0-11 to 0-8 in their favour. It was the first time more than two points had separated the sides – the teams were level on six occasions during a somewhat stop-start opening.

O’Sullivan would provide the contest’s opening goal on 35 minutes, collecting and finishing Cian Gammell’s through ball. A placed ball effort from the Firies centre-forward and a fantastic score involving the lively Jack Griffin, Ciaran Flynn and finished by corner-back Sean O’Leary followed thereafter to leave Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne in serious bother.

The Dingle outfit had delivered a rousing second-half performance to push St Brendan’s to a point in last October’s Kerry colleges final, but no such resistance was offered here and a Cathal Firtéar free on 43 minutes woule prove their last score of the afternoon. O’Sullivan (0-2, 0-1 free) and Moynihan continued to wreak havoc and the former, along with full-forward Mark O’Shea, was centrally involved in sub Michéal Devlin’s 56th minute goal.

Half-back Jack Griffin was rewarded for his many darting runs with a point late on. He was part of a defence which, having been stretched early on, completely shut up shop upon the change of ends. Most noticeable was the sight of three green shirts on the St Brendan’s 20-metre line each time Chorca Dhuibhne sought to engineer a score.

Ruadhán MacCárthaigh and Mícheál Ó Beoláin had enjoyed plenty of success when attacking down the right; the latter knocked over four first-half frees, while MacCárthaigh notched two fine points from distance. Their failure, however, to raise a gallop in the second-half was to prove their downfall.

Gary McGrath’s students now advance to meet St Flannan’s in the semi-final for a second successive season. Full-forward David Shaw, who missed yesterday’s game due to his presence in Florida at an AFL Academy camp, is expected to be home for the fixture.

Scorers for St Brendan’s, Killarney: D O’Sullivan (1-7, 0-4 frees); D Moynihan (0-5); M Devlin (1-0); S O’Leary, J Griffin, B Courtney (0-1 free), N McCarthy, M O’Shea, M Hartnett (0-1 each).

Scorers for Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne: M Ó Beoláin (0-4, 0-4 frees); R MacCárthaigh (0-2); C Firtéar (0-1 free), L Ó Bambaire, D Uosis (0-1 each).

St Brendan’s, Killarney: R Osborne (Legion); C Callaghan (Firies), C O’Donoghue (Glenflesk), S O’Leary (Kilcummin); J Griffin (Dr Crokes), M Potts (Dr Crokes), E Cosgrave (Firies); B Courtney (Dr Crokes), C Gammell (Legion); D Moynihan (Spa), D O’Sullivan (Firies), N Donoghue (Firies); N McCarthy (Spa), M O’Shea (Dr Crokes), C Flynn (Firies)
Subs: L McMonagle (Dr Crokes) for Cosgrave (47 mins); M Devlin (Legion) for McCarthy (53); M Hartnett (Dr Crokes) for Flynn (56); B Keane (Listry) for Donoghue (56); B Slattery (Legion) for Callaghan, O O’Donoghue ( Glenflesk) for Griffin (both 60).

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne: E Ó Brosnacháin (Daingean Uí Chúis); G Ó Leidhinn (Abha na Scáil), C Ó Muircheartaigh (Abha na Scáil), F Ó Cuanaigh (An Ghaeltacht); M Ághas (Daingean Uí Chúis), B Ó Conchúir (Daingean ÚI Chúis), F Sauerland (An Ghaeltacht); P Pól Sauerland (An Ghaeltacht), R MacCárthaigh (Daingean Úi Chúis); M Ó Beoláin (Daingean Uí Chúis), C Firtéar (Abha na Scáil), T Ó Dubháin (Daingean Uí Chúis); C Ó Failbhe (Abha na Scáil), L Ó Bambaire (An Ghaeltacht), D Uosis (Daingea Uí Chuis)
Subs: A MacAmhlaoibh (An Ghaeltacht) for Ó Beoláin (47); R Ó Beaglaoich (An Ghaeltacht) for Uosis (53); S Ó Conchúir (An Ghaeltacht) for Ó Failbhe (56)

Referee: E Walsh (Kerry).


When – Wednesday January 18th at 1:30pm
Where – Milltown
Referee – Eddie Walsh (Kerry)
Next Round – The winners will play the winners of St Flannans and Mercy Mounthawk in the Semi-Final on Saturday February 4th.


Admission Prices
Adults – €5
Students / OAP’s – €3


Results to Date

PS Chorcha Dhuibhne
Group D Round 1 – P.S Chorcha Dhuibhne 1-21 P.S Rathmore 3-6
Group D Round 2 – P.S Chorcha Dhuibhne 0-13 St. Fachtnas Skibbereen 0-6
Group D Round 3 – St Flannans 0-9 P.S Chorcha Dhuibhne 0-5

St Brendans
Group C Round 1 – St Brendans Killarney 2-23 I.S. Killorglin 1-7
Group C Round 2 – St Brendans Killarney 1-15 De La Salle College Macroom 1-8
Group C Round 3 – St Brendans Killarney 2-24 Árdscoil Uí Urmaltaigh Bandon 0-8


Match Preview

The undoubted clash of the Quarter-Round in the Corn Ui Mhuiri Football competition is the meeting of Kerry rivals Pobalscoil Chorcha Dhuibhne and St Brendans. Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne won this title four years in succession from 2012 to 2015 before being dethroned last year when St. Brendans Killarney captured Corn Ui Mhuiri and Hogan Cup honours. The schools met at this stage of the competition last season at Lewis Road where St. Brendans ran out comprehensive winners on a scoreline of 1-14 to 0-4, the goal coming from David Clifford.

Pobalscoil Chorcha Dhuibhne’s quest to return to the top table in this competition began well in the group stages before Christmas courtesy of victories over P.S Rathmore (9 points) and St. Fachtnas Skibbereen (7 points). However, in the final round of the group stages, Pobalscoil Chorcha Dhuibhne lost out by four points to St. Flannans to finish second in Group D. The Dingle school will look to forwards Killian Falvey, Deividas Usosis and Liam Bambury to record the scores to dethrone the defending champions.

St. Brendans on the other hand have been very impressive in the group stages, defeating I.S. Killorglin, De La Salle College Macroom and Árdscoil Uí Urmaltaigh Bandon by a combined 48 points to demonstrate their ambitions to retain their Munster and All-Ireland titles at this grade. Six of last year’s starting line-up are available for selection this season and they have looked a formidable outfit in this year’s competition to date.

Eddie Walsh is the man in the middle for this one on Wednesday next with a 1:30pm throw-in at Milltown.