Munster U21 Football Q-Final – Kerry 1-17 Clare 2-8

Kerry defeated Clare by 1-17 to 2-8 in the Eirgrid Munster Under 21 Football Championship Quarter-Final on Wednesday March 8th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

Kerry overcome Clare to progress in Munster U-21 Football Championship

Report by Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kerry … 1-17, Clare … 2-8: Kerry will play Waterford in the Munster U21 football semi-final next Wednesday after this less than convincing quarter-final win over Clare.

It was only in the last quarter that the Kingdom pulled clear, kicking four points in-a-row between the 46th and 57th minute to slowly kill off the Clare challenge. The Banner had cut the deficit to the minimum when Éimhin Courtney bagged their second goal on 39 minutes. They’d kick only two more points, though, in the remaining 20 minutes.

Kerry went in at the break three in front, but it’s unlikely that management were wholly enamoured by their team’s first-half showing. The visitors opened up the Kerry defence for four goal chances, taking the last of these on 23 minutes.

Half-back Conall Ó hAiniféin gathered possession around the middle of the field, before cutting straight through the heart of the home defence and beating Shane Ryan with a well-placed effort. The goal brought Clare to within two points of Kerry, 0-8 to 1-3, but the response from Jack O’Connor’s side was as quick as it was clinical.

Matthew Flaherty opened his account and the gap was back to five when Cathal Banbury set-up Matthew O’Sullivan for a Kerry goal on 25 minutes.

You’d have expected the favourites to push on here and drive a significant wedge between themselves and their opponents come the break, but, instead, it was Clare who played the better football approaching half-time. The Banner counter-attacked with purpose and yet another Ó hAiniféin ended with a white flag, with Conor Finucane’s second free further narrowing the gap.

Scorers for Kerry: M O’Sullivan (1-1); S O’Shea (0-4, 0-2 frees); M O’Flaherty, K Spillane (0-3 each); C Geaney (0-1 free), C Bambury (0-2 each); L O’Donoghue, T O’Sullivan (0-1 each)

Scorers for Clare: C Finucane (0-5, 0-4 frees); C Ó hAiniféin (1-1); É Courtney (1-0); K Sexton (0-1 free), A Davidson (0-1 each).

Kerry: S Ryan (Rathmore); TL O’Sullivan (Dingle), J Foley (Ballydonoghue), T O’Sullivan (Dingle); B Sugrue (Renard), A Barry (Na Gaeil), D O’Brien (Glenflesk); B O’Sullivan (Dingle), B Ó Seanacháin (Ballydonoghue); B Barrett (Ardfert), S O’Shea (Kenmare), M Flaherty (Dingle); C Bambury (Dingle), M O’Sullivan (St Michael’s Foilmore), C Geaney (Dingle)
Subs: K Spillane (Templenoe) for M O’Sullivan (34); J Morgan (Austin Stacks) for O’Brien (41); C Coffey (Kerins O’Rahillys) for Sugrue (53); L O’Donoghue (Glenflesk) for Geaney (54); R Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht) for O’Sullivan, I Parker (Churchill) for Bambury (both 58).

Clare: K Roche (Cooralcare); E O’Connor (Éire Óg Ennis), D Nagle (Liscannor), C Payne (Killimor); C Ó hAiniféin (Ruan), R McMahon (Kildysart), C Brennan (Clondegad); D Bohannon (Shannon Gaels), C O’Dea (Kilfenora); A Davidson (St Breckan’s), A Sweeney (St Breckan’s), D Egan (Kilmihil); C Finucane (Lissycasey), K Sexton (Kilmurry/Ibrickane), E Courtney (Éire Óg Ennis)
Subs: R Danagher (St Breckan’s) for O’Connor (HT); O Hanrahan (Lissycasey) for Egan (36); J Culligan (Ballyvaughan) for Payne (40); S O’Donoghue (Cooraclare) for Bohannon (42); C Downes (O’Curry’s) for Sweeney (50); D Foran (Killimor) for Davidson (52).

Referee: A Kissane (Waterford).

Fixture Details

2017 EirGrid GAA Football Under 21 Munster Championship Quarter-Final
Wednesday March 8th 2017 @ 7:30pm

Kerry v Clare
Venue: Austin Stack Park Tralee
Referee: Alan Kissane (Waterford)
Extra time if necessary

Ticket Information

Adult General Admission: €10.00
Concession (Student/Senior): €5.00 rebate available on full priced Adult tickets on match day prior to entry with valid ID
Juvenile (Under 16 years of age): Free of Charge
All tickets for this match are UNRESERVED

Team News

KERRY: Shane Ryan; Tom Leo O’Sullivan, Jason Foley, Tom O’Sullivan; Brian Sugrue, Andrew Barry, Daniel O’Brien; Barry O’Sullivan, Brian O Seanachain; Brandon Barrett, Sean O’Shea, Matthew Flaherty; Conor Geaney, Matthew O’Sullivan, Cathal Bambury.

CLARE: Killian Roche; Einne O’Connor, Darren Nagle, Colm Pyne; Conal O hAinifein, Rory McMahon, Killian Brennan; Darragh Bohannon, Cian O’Dea; David Egan, Alan Sweeney, Aidan Davidson; Conor Finucane, Keelan Sexton, Eimhin Courtney.

Match Programme

Pick up a copy of Wednesday’s 16 page souvenir match programme for 2 euro.

Munster U21 Football Q-Final – Limerick 0-16 Tipperary 0-14

Limerick defeated Tipperary by 0-16 to 0-14 after extra time in the Eirgrid Munster Under 21 Football Championship Quarter-Final on Wednesday March 8th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Dramatic win for Limerick over Tipperary at the Gaelic Grounds

Report by Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Limerick won a dramatic EirGrid Munster U21 football championship quarter-final at the Gaelic Grounds this evening – coming good in extra-time to stun Declan Browne’s Tipperary.

In a quite dramatic game, with cards aplenty, Tipp had Emmet Moloney and Willie Connors sent off in normal time, before influential midfielder Jack Kennedy and Jordan Moloney were dismissed on black cards in extra-time.

Limerick also lost Josh Ryan to a red card in stoppage time at the end of the regulation hour but Tipp finished the Gaelic Grounds tussle with 14 players, having used six subs when Moloney was black-carded.

That allowed Limerick to come from three points down and finish with a flourish to set up a semi-final clash with Cork next week.

The sides were deadlocked at 0-10 apiece at the end of 60 minutes and while Kennedy thought he’d won it for Tipp with a free deep in stoppage time, there was still time for Limerick to draw level.

Robert Childs, in the seventh minute of additional time, with five having been signalled, launched a magnificent score from the right touchline and Limerick were back in business.

Tipp opened extra-time with real intent, Ross Peters, the excellent Paudie Feehan and Kennedy landing scores, and they led by 0-13 to 0-11 at the turnaround, before Limerick came thundering back.

Scorers –
Limerick: H Bourke 0-8 (6f), J Ryan (1f, 1 45) & Michael Donovan 0-2 each, P De Brún, K Daly, B Donovan & R Childs 0-1 each.
Tipperary: J Kennedy 0-6 (3f, 2 45s), P Feehan 0-3, B Martin 0-2, J Ryan, J Lyons & R Peters 0-1 each.

Limerick – R Hayes; D Connolly, J Liston, E Sheehy; B Fanning, M Donovan, K Ryan; T Childs, S Murphy; P De Brún, H Bourke, B Donovan; K Daly, J Ryan, AJ O’Connor
Subs: S Stack for Daly (42), R Childs for De Brún (53), E O’Brien for O’Connor (56), M Whelan for T Childs (67), S Brosnan for Murphy (69), AJ O’Connor for K Ryan (69).

Tipperary – C Manton; W Connors, L Ryan, C O’Shaughnessy; D Brennan, L Fahey, P Feehan; D Owens, J Kennedy; A Buckley, S Quirke, E Moloney; J Ryan, J Butler, B Martin
Subs: M O’Connor for Butler (43), D Egan for Buckley (49), J Lyons for Ryan (58), S Power for Brennan (64), J Moloney for Kennedy (b/c 70), G Whelan for Feehan (70).

ref – S Joy (Kerry)

Fixture Details

2017 EirGrid GAA Football Under 21 Munster Championship Quarter-Final
Wednesday March 8th 2017 @ 7:30pm

Limerick v Tipperary
Venue: Gaelic Grounds Limerick
Referee: Sean Joy (Kerry)
Extra time if necessary

Ticket Information

Adult General Admission: €10.00
Concession (Student/Senior): €5.00 rebate available on full priced Adult tickets on match day prior to entry with valid ID
Juvenile (Under 16 years of age): Free of Charge
All tickets for this match are UNRESERVED

Team News

Manager Declan Brouder has released his starting fifteen for this Wednesday evening’s EirGrid Munster U21 football championship quarter final against Tipperary at the Gaelic Grounds. The management team of manager Declan Brouder (Newcastle West), Coach Tommy Stack (Dromcollogher/Broadford) and selectors Gerard O’Connor (Fr. Caseys), Karl Lenihan (Newcastle West) and John O’Grady (Oola) has released the following fifteen.

1. Richard Hayes (St Senans), 2. David Connolly (Adare), 3. Jim Liston (Gearld Griffins), 4. Edward Sheehy (Granagh/Ballingarry), 5. Brian Fanning (Pallasgreen), 6. Sean Murphy (Newcastle West), 7. Michael Donovan (Galbally), 8. Josh Ryan (Oola), 9. Tommie Childs (Galtee Gaels), 10. Padraig De Brún (Firies), 11. Hugh Bourke (Adare), 12. Killian Ryan (Mungret/St Pauls) (Captain), 13. Kieran Daly (Na Piarsaigh), 14. AJ O Connor (Newcastle West), 15. Brian Donovan (Monaleen).

The Tipperary football team to play Limerick in the EirGrid Munster U21 Football Championship Quarter-Final in the Gaelic Grounds tomorrow night, Wednesday March 8th at 7.30pm has been announced by manager Declan Browne.

The team lines out as follows –

Tipperary U21F v Limerick – Charlie Manton (Fethard), Willie Connors (Kiladangan), Liam Ryan (Clonmel Commercials), Colm O’Shaughnessy (Ardfinnan), Daire Brennan (Kilsheelan-Kilcash), Liam Fahey (Rockwell Rovers), Paudie Feehan (Killenaule), Danny Owens (Moyle Rovers, captain), Jack Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials), Aidan Buckley (St Patrick’s), Stephen Quirke (Moyle Rovers), Emmet Moloney (Drom & Inch), Joe Ryan (Kilmurry, Cork), Jack Butler (Upperchurch-Drombane) & Brendan Martin (Kilsheelan-Kilcash).

Match Programme

Frewen Cup Under 16.5 A Football Final – Pobalscoil Corca Dhuibhne 1-15 St Brendan’s Killarney 0-12

Pobalscoil Corca Dhuibhne defeated St Brendan’s Killarney by 1-15 to 0-12 in the Munster GAA Post Primary Schools Frewen Cup Under 16.5 A Football Final on Wednesday March 8th at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.

All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Croke Cup (Under 18.5 A Hurling) Quarter-Final – St Brigid’s Loughrea 0-19 St. Colman’s Fermoy 1-13

St Brigid’s Loughrea defeated St. Colman’s Fermoy by 0-19 to 1-13 in the All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Croke Cup (Under 18.5 A Hurling) Quarter-Final on Wednesday March 8th at UL 4G pitch.

Galway captain sees his St Brigid’s team defeat Cork’s St Colman’s to reach All-Ireland semi-final

Conor Molloy the match-winner today for St Brigid’s with 0-8.

St Brigid’s, Loughrea (Galway) 0-19 St Colman’s, Fermoy (Cork) 1-13

Report by Jackie Cahill for

CONOR MOLLOY LED the way with eight points as Connacht champions St Brigid’s Loughrea overturned a five-point deficit to book a place in the All-Ireland Post Primary Schools senior hurling A semi-finals today.

St Brigid’s, co-managed by Galway captain and current All-Star David Burke, will face off against Croke Cup holders St Kieran’s at the weekend, as St Colman’s, Fermoy, bowed out of the competition at the quarter-final stage this afternoon. St Colman’s led by a point at half-time, 0-9 to 0-8, on the 4G pitch at University of Limerick.

And it looked good for the Harty Cup runners-up when they registered a quick-fire 1-1 after half-time, Jake Mehigan netting within 15 seconds of the restart. But St Brigid’s won the remainder of the game by 0-11 to 0-3, with Molloy, brother of Galway senior panellist and 2016 U21 captain Brian, collecting seven of his eight-point total from placed balls.

The Loughrea school also had strong displays from Ronan Glennon, powerful centre-forward Dylan Towolawi and Donal Mannion, as Diarmuid Lenihan scored eight points for St Colman’s.
St Brigid’s had the better of the early exchanges but after drawing level at 0-5 apiece, St Colman’s edged ahead for the first time in the 24th minute.

The sides were level on three further occasions approaching half-time before Lenihan crashed over a point from play to establish a narrow interval lead.
Mehigan took a pass from Shane O’Connor before notching the only goal of the game and while Adam Creed added a point for St Colman’s, St Brigid’s responded with four points in quick succession. They got level at 0-15 to 1-12 when Glennon, who became increasingly influential, fired over the equalising score and the Galway boys, captained by Conor Molloy’s brother Stephen, kicked for home from there.

Scorers for St Brigid’s: Conor Molloy 0-8 (0-6f, 0-1 ’65), Ronan Glennon, Dylan Towolawi, Donal Mannion (0-1 sl) 0-3 each, Jason Nevin & Ben Moran 0-1 each.

Scorers for St Colman’s: Diarmuid Lenihan 0-8 (0-5f), Jake Mehigan 1-0, Niall O’Leary 0-2f, Barry Murphy, Greg Lardner & Adam Creed 0-1 each.

St Brigid’s Loughrea

1. Brendan Lynch (Tynagh/Abbey/Duniry)
2. Conor Delaney (Cappataggle)
3. Cian Mahony (St Thomas’)
4. Colin Curley (Kilconieron)
5. Ben Burke (Kilconieron)
6. Stephen Molloy (Kilnadeema/Leitrim – capt.)
7. Vinnie Kenny (Kilnadeema/Leitrim)
8. Ronan Glennon (Mullagh)
12. Ben Moran (Tynagh/Abbey/Duniry)
9. Sean Fallon (St Thomas’)
11. Dylan Towolawi (Kilnadeema/Leitrim)
14. Donal Mannion (Cappataggle)
10. Jason Nevin (Mullagh)
13. Conor Molloy (Kilnadeema/Leitrim)
15. Damian McGlynn (St Thomas’)
21. Keane Holloway (Kilconieron) for Fallon (45)
20. Niall Horan (Craughwell) for Nevin (55)

St Colman’s Fermoy

1. Eoin Davis (St Catherines)
2. Eoin Wallace (St Catherines)
3. Jamie O’Leary (Castlelyons)
17. Ross O’Sullivan (Fermoy)
5. Sean McCarthy (Fermoy)
6. Niall O’Leary (Castlelyons)
7. Eoin Roche (Bride Rovers)
8. Shane O’Connor (Bride Rovers)
9. Diarmuid Lenihan (Ballyhooly)
14. Brian Roche (Bride Rovers)
11. Barry Murphy (Castlelyons)
12. David Lardner (Fermoy)
20. Jake Mehigan (Ballyhooly)
25. Niall O’Regan (St Catherines)
15. Adam Creed (Fermoy)
18. David Lardner (Fermoy) for McCarthy (41)
22. Fionnán Hickey (Ballyduff Upper) for O’Regan (45)
13. Conleith Ryan (Bride Rovers) for Mehigan (52)
23. Eoin Carey (Kilworth) for D Lardner (57)

Referee: Johnny Murphy (Limerick)