All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Hogan Cup (Under 18.5 A Football) Semi-Final – St. Brendan’s Killarney 3-13 St Colmans Claremorris 1-11

St. Brendan’s Killarney defeated St Colmans Claremorris by 3-13 to 1-11 in the All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Hogan Cup (Under 18.5 A Football) Semi-Final on Saturday March 18th at Cusack Park Ennis.

St Brendan’s power past St Colman’s to book Hogan Cup final spot

Goals were key for the Killarney outfit who are aiming to defend their title.

St Brendan’s College, Killarney (Kerry) 3-13 St Colman’s Claremorris (Mayo) 1-11

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TWO GOALS IN three second-half minutes were crucial to defending Hogan Cup champions St Brendan’s College returning to Croke Park for the decider in two weeks’ time.
The Sem overcame a spirited challenge from St Colman’s of Claremorris this afternoon at Cusack Park in Ennis.

Level at 1-8 apiece, 10 minutes into the second-half, a fortuitous goal from the Sem’s David Shaw went underneath Claremorris goalkeeper Brian McGuinness in tricky and slippery conditions to put them back in charge after leading by 0-8 to 1-4 at half-time.

Shaw combined with Cian Gammell and Mark O’Shea in the 43rd minute to fist home his second and the school’s third goal on a day the contributions of Chris O’Donoghue in defence, Gammell at midfield along with those of Niall Donohoe and Dara Moynihan going forward stood out in an eight point win for the Sem.

Conor Diskin and Jack Ronayne were St Colman’s key men on the day as Diskin fisted in their goal in the 21st minute after a Brian Quinn attempt at a point dropped short. The Sem now await the winners of next Wednesday’s second semi-final between St Mary’s Magherafelt of Derry and St Peter’s College of Wexford in the decider on Saturday, 1 April.

St Brendans: D Shaw (2-2), M O’Shea (1-1), D O’Sullivan (0-3, 1f), N Donohoe and D Moynihan (0-2 each), C Flynn, C Gammell and B Courtney (‘45’) (0-1 each)
St Colman’s: E Ronane (0-4, 1f), C Diskin (1-0), J Ronayne (0-3), J Jennings, B Quinn, C Goulding and S McGreal (0-1 each)

St Brendans College, Killarney
Robert Osborne (Killarney Legion)
Lorcán McMonagle (Dr Crokes)
Chris O’Donoghue (Glenflesk)
Sean O’Leary (Kilcummin)
Jack Griffin (Dr Crokes)
Michael Potts (Dr Crokes)
Niall Donohoe (Firies)
Billy Courtney (Dr Crokes)
Cian Gammell (Killarney Legion)
Dara Moynihan (Spa)
Donnachadh O’Sullivan (Firies)
Barry Keane (Listry)
David Shaw (Dr Crokes)
Mark O’Shea (Dr Crokes)
Ciaran Flynn (Firies)
Subs: Michael Devlin (Killarney Legion) for Flynn (HT), Mark Harnett (Dr Crokes) for Keane (48), Barry Slattery (Killarney Legion) for McMonagle (53), Evan Cosgrave (Firies) for Donohoe (57), Jake Flynn (Firies) for O’Shea (59), Oran O’Donoghue (Glenflesk) for Gammell (60 + 2)

St Colman’s Claremorris
Brian McGuinness (Claremorris)
Kieran Fahey (Davitts)
Kenneth Lydon (Garrymore)
Bradley Hughes (Garrymore)
David Gannon (Claremorris)
Paddy Barry (Claremorris)
Brian Quinn (Claremorris)
Conor Diskin (Claremorris)
Ciaran Golding (Balla)
Stephen McGreal (Claremorris)
Jack Ronayne (Davitts)
Enda Hession (Garrymore)
James Jennings (Mayo Gaels)
Liam Óg Horkan (Garrymore)
Evan Ronane (Davitts)
Subs: Dimitri Trench (Davitts) for Barry (HT), Tomas Morris (Hollymount/Carramore) for Quinn (47), Francis Regan (Mayo Gaels) for Hughes (51)

Referee: John Hickey (Carlow)

The Masita GAA All Ireland Post Primary Schools Hogan Cup (Senior ‘A’ Football) semi-finals take place on Saturday. At Cusack Park, Ennis, St Colmans, Claremorris take on the fabled and in-form St Brendan’s Killarney.

There are strong family ties within the Colman’s set-up with brothers Pat and Enda Hession being part of the Claremorris squad. They beat St Attracta’s, Tubbercurry, to win the Connacht title at the start of the year and it’s clear that the tie that binds current and past players from the school remains healthy. Current Mayo senior footballers Colm Boyle, Shane Nally, Stephen Coen and Caolan Crowe, all of whom have worn the famous red of Colman’s in the recent past, have been helping the side that currently fields five Mayo minors. It’s clear that ‘Colman’s joint managers Vinnie Walsh and Gareth Duggan have left no stone unturned in their preparations this season as they bid to bring the Hogan Cup back to Claremorris. The Mayo school has won the provincial ‘A’ senior championship five times in the history of the competition: 1970, 1977, 1981, 2009 and 2017. For a school with such a rich history and great tradition of producing wonderful footballers and fine teams, it seems remarkable that their trophy cabinet hasn’t been packed even fuller.

They will meet a really strong St Brendan’s side, however. The Kerry side are reigning Hogan Cup champions and ended a long wait without national success last season. In that final David Clifford contributed a massive 2-5 to help secure a first Hogan Cup success since 1992, and third in all. Dara Moynihan was also superb as St Brendan’s finished with a flourish to deny St Pat’s Maghera a sixth title, and erase the memories of most recent final defeats in 2010 and 2008. The defending champions blew Tralee CBS away in the Munster Colleges SFC final at Austin Stacks Park, putting in a thrilling second half performance to claim a 22nd provincial title.

Their big guns really showed up that day with Billy Courtney outstanding in the middle of the field and Donnchadh O’Sullivan flying it too. AFL trialist David Shaw is also at the heart of their push and is capable of putting on an exhibition of score-taking at any time. Indeed the entire St Brendan’s forward line could yet carry too much potency for St Colman’s, but it should be a great battle.

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Carlow 2-10 Waterford 0-7

Carlow defeated Waterford by 2-10 to 0-7 in Round 5 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Saturday March 18th at Netwatch Cullen Park Carlow.

Broderick inspires Carlow

Carlow 2-10 Waterford 0-7

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Gaining confidence from a fifth-minute goal from man-of-the-match Paul Broderick, Carlow went on to record a convincing nine-point win over a listless Waterford side in this clash of counties in mid-table of Division 4 of the NFL at Netwatch Cullen Park on Saturday night.

Although there was nothing but pride at stake the game was illuminated by the predatory Broderick, who finished with a commendable tally of 2-6, 2-2 from play. That early goal separated the sides at half-time as Carlow led 1-5 to 0-5.

Waterford could only muster two second-half points, firstly from a Donie Breathnach free and one from play by captain Paul Whyte. Each side had a midfielder black carded in the second half with Waterford’s Michael Curry sidelined on 50 minutes to be followed 10 minutes later by Brendan Murphy. The result saw Carlow leapfrog the visitors in the league table, with two wins and a draw in Westmeath now to their credit.

Scorers – Carlow: P Broderick 2-6 (3fs, 1 ’45), D Foley 0-2 (1 f), S Murphy, D Moran 0-1 each. Waterford: P Whyte 0-3 (2fs), D Breathnach 0-3 (1f), T Prendergast 0-1.

Carlow: R Molloy 7; C Crowley 7, M Rennick 6, G Power 6; D Moran 7, S Redmond 7, G Kelly 7; B Murphy 8, S Murphy 8; A Kelly 6, D Foley 6, S Gannon 7; P Broderick 9, C Moran 6, J Murphy 6. Subs: S Clarke 6 for Power (53); S O’Neill 6 for J Murphy (54); C Lawlor 6 for B Murphy (black card, 60); B Cawley for D Moran (66); J Clarke for Foley (69).

Waterford: S Enright 7; S Dalton 7, T O’Gorman 7, C Maguire 6; J McGrath 7, Kenny Murphy 6, R O’Ceallaigh 6; T Prendergast 7, M Curry 6; Kieran Murphy 6, P Whyte 8, C Murray 7; D Breathnach 6, J Veale 6, F Ó’Cuirrín 6. Subs: M O’Halloran 6 for Maguire (h/t); A Trihy 6 for Kieran Murphy (45); J Curry 6 for M Curry (black card, 50); D Guiry for Maguire (55).

Ref – P Maguire (Longford).

Fixture Details

18.03.2017 (Sat)
Allianz Football League Roinn 4 Round 5
Netwatch Cullen Park, Carlow 19:30
Ceatharlach v Port Láirge
Referee: Patrick Maguire (An Longfort)

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Kerry 0-13 Dublin 0-13

Kerry and Dublin finished level at 0-13 apiece in Round 5 of the Allianz Football League Division 1 on Saturday March 18th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

Allianz FL D1: Kerry and Dublin share the spoils

Allianz Football League Division 1

Kerry 0-13 Dublin 0-13

Report by By Paul Brennan for

Dublin’s 33-game unbeaten run across League and Championship teetered but didn’t topple in Tralee as they equalled the 34-game run set by Kerry some 84 years ago.

It was fitting that it was team from the Kingdom that had the chance to beat Dublin and preserve their county’s record and while they came mighty close to doing both, Dublin found a way.

It took every bit of the 74 minutes in front of a 12,000 capacity crowd in Austin Stack Park but Paul Mannion was the Dublin saviour with an equalising point to share the spoils and break Kerry hearts.

Kingdom boss Eamonn Fitzmaurice will privately curse some missed chances and spilled turnovers – none more so than the mistake that led to Mannion’s equaliser – but he won’t question his players’ character and work ethic on this occasion.

The draw arrested a run of four defeats to Dublin and will plump up Kerry’s confidence ahead of a possible Championship rematch later in the summer.

The first half was a spiky affair with yellow cards almost as frequent as scores in the first 25 minutes with tempers spilling in front of vociferous crowd with plenty of Dublin support packed into the old ground.

Paul Murphy screwed an early goal chance wide for Kerry before Peter Crowley and Paul Geaney (two) helping Kerry into a 0-3 to 0-2 lead after 25 minutes. David Moran then had his goal-bound effort deflected out for a ’45’, which Brendan Kealy converted.

Three Dean Rock frees brought Dublin back into the game and the led for the first time, 0-5 to 0-4, by the 34th minute, with referee Sean Hurson working hard to keep both teams’ discipline in control.

Geaney and Stephen Cluxton picked up yellow cards for some wrestling in the Dublin goal, before the latter had to save smartly from the the former to prevent a Kerry goal as the team went to the interval inseparable at 0-5 apiece.

The first four scores of the second half were Kerry’s – Geaney (two), Moran and Kevin McCarthy – as Kerry led 0-9 to 0-5 after 50 minutes, but the next six went to Dublin who sensed their unbeaten run was seriously under threat.

Rock added two frees either side of a scramble in the Kerry goalmouth before McHugh and Eoghan O’Gara drew them level. Two more Rock frees had Dublin two ahead on the hour mark, but Geaney added his sixth and seventh points to level it again.

Barry John Keane edged Kerry ahead again and when Donnchadh Walsh doubled Kerry’s lead in the 70th minute Dublin’s run was under serious question, but somehow they found a way – they always seem to. Rock’s 72nd minute free halved the deficit and then Mannion remained the coolest man in the cauldron to mine the equaliser.

Dublin finished the final seconds with 14 men after Ciaran Kilkenny was booked a second time, and Dublin take on Roscommon in Croke Park next weekend where anything other than defeat will see them assume the unbeaten record all for themselves.

Scorers for Kerry: Paul Geaney 0-7 (4f), Donnchadh Walsh 0-1, Peter Crowley 0-1, Brendan Kealy 0-1 ’45’, David Moran 0-1, Kevin McCarthy 0-1, Barry John Keane 0-1

Scorers for Dublin: Dean Rock 0-9f, Conor McHugh 0-2, Eoghan O’Gara 0-1, Paul Mannion 0-1

KERRY: Brendan Kealy; Shane Enright, Mark Griffin, Ronan Shanahan; Paul Crowley, Tadhg Morley, Killian Young; David Moran, Jack Barry; Adrian Spillane, Paul Murphy, Donnchadh Walsh; Kevin McCarthy, Paul Geaney, Jack Savage
Subs: Jonathan Lyne for S Enright (inj, 16 min), Stephen O’Brien for J Savage (HT), Barry John Keane for Adrian Spillane (52 min), Anthony Maher for J Barry (55 min), Darran O’Sullivan for K McCarthy (61 min), Michael Geaney for K Young (inj, 61 min)

DUBLIN: Stephen Cluxton; Philly McMahon, Michael Fitzsimons, David Byrne; Darren Daly, John Small, Eric Lowndes; Brian Fenton, Michael Darragh Macauley; Niall Scully, Dean Rock, Shane B Carthy; Ciaran Kilkenny, Paddy Andrews, Conor McHugh
Subs: Cian O’Sullivan for D Byrne (HT), Paul Flynn for N Scully (42 min), Kevin McManamon for MD Macauley (45 mins), Eoghan O’Gara for P Andrews (47 mins), Paul Mannion for J Small (inj, 49 mins), Bernard Brogan for C McHugh (69 mins)

Referee: Sean Hurson (Tyrone)

Fixture Details

18.03.2017 (Sat)
Allianz Football League Roinn 1 Round 5
Austin Stack Park, Tralee 19:00
Ciarraí v Áth Cliath
Referee: Sean Hurson (Tír Eoghain)

Team News

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Dublin in Round 5 of the Allianz Football League in Austin Stack Park on Saturday evening at 7pm shows 2 changes in personnel from the side that defeated Roscommon in Round 4.

Mark Griffin returns to the defence in place of Paul Murphy who moves up front where he is joined by Adrian Spillane in place of Barry John Keane and the injured James O’Donoghue.

The team captained by Peter Crowley is as follows:

Kerry: Brendan Kealy; Shane Enright, Mark Griffin, Ronan Shanahan; Peter Crowley (Capt), Tadhg Morley, Killian Young; David Moran, Jack Barry; Adrian Spillane, Paul Murphy, Donnchadh Walsh; Kevin McCarthy, Paul Geaney, Jack Savage

Subs: Brian Kelly, Barry John Keane, Jonathan Lyne, Anthony Maher, Stephen O’Brien, Darran O’Sullivan, Michael Geaney, Bryan Sheehan, Cathal Ó Lúing, Denis Daly, Gavin Crowley, Conor Keane

Dublin: Stephen Cluxton; Philly McMahon, Mick Fitzsimons, David Byrne; Darren Daly, John Small, Eric Lowndes; Brian Fenton, Michael Darragh Macauley; Niall Scully, Dean Rock, Shane Carthy; Ciarán Kilkenny, Eoghan O’Gara, Conor McHugh.