Allianz Football League Division 2 – Fermanagh 0-18 Clare 1-10

Fermanagh defeated Clare by 0-18 to 1-10 in Round 5 of the Allianz Football League Division 2 on Sunday March 19th at Brewster Park Enniskillen.

Allianz FL D2: Quigley stars for Fermanagh

Allianz Football League Division Two


Report By Orla Bannon for

Fermanagh boosted their hopes of survival in Division Two of the Allianz Football League, Sean Quigley’s accuracy from dead balls giving them a comfortable home win over Clare. After three heavy defeats in a row, Pete McGrath’s side badly needed two league points in Brewster Park and Quigley’s timing was perfect, hitting 0-8, including five frees and two ’45’s to lift Fermanagh off the bottom of the table. The sides were level four times in the opening half with Fermanagh leading 0-8 to 0-7 at the break.

Fermanagh had six different scorers from play in the opening half and recovered from the early blow of losing Tomas Corrigan to a calf injury after just eight minutes. Clare relied mostly on frees with Eoin Cleary and David Tubridy scoring all their first-half points between them, Cleary with 0-5 (four frees) before the break. Knowing they needed a win to stand any hope of avoiding relegation, Fermanagh came out with renewed purpose at the start of the second half and scored three points in a row, Eddie Courtney and Aidan Breen from play to take a healthy 0-11 to 0-7 lead.

Clare, who should have been full of confidence after beating Cork last time out, offered little resistance in the second half against the wind. But they did hit 1-1 in a two-minute spell to cancel out Fermanagh’s early second-half scores. Keelan Sexton palmed a goal to the net after 46 minutes and Tubridy’s free levelled matters at 0-11 to 1-8.

Fermanagh, who leaked four goals last time out against Kildare, responded brilliantly to the setback and scored the next five points in a row. Quigley struck the ball superbly off the ground to land two ’45’s and a monster free to stretch the home side clear. He could have had at least one goal, Clare goalkeeper Joe Hayes coming off his line smartly to block Quigley’s low shot with his legs. Aidan Breen scored three second-half points while Barry Mulrone had a hand in most of Fermanagh’s attacks to ensure an important victory ahead of next week’s trip to Meath.

Scorers for Fermanagh: Sean Quigley 0-8 (5fs, 2 ’45’s), Aidan Breen 0-3, Eddie Courtney, Barry Mulrone 0-2 each, Paul McCusker 0-1, Ryan Jones 0-1, Tomas Corrigan 0-1.

Scorers for Clare: Eoin Cleary 0-5 (3fs), David Tubridy 0-4 (2fs), Keelan Sexton 1-0, Jamie Malone 0-1.

FERMANAGH: Thomas Treacy; Mickey Jones, Che Cullen, Kane Connor; Conor Murphy; Barry Mulrone, Aidan Breen; Eoin Donnelly, Lee Cullen; Paul McCusker, Ryan Jones, Ryan Lyons: Eddie Courtney, Sean Quigley, Tomas Corrigan.
Subs: Eoin McManus for Corrigan (8), Eoin McManus for Corrigan (8), Declan McCusker for Murphy (48), James McMahon for Lyons (50), Darryl Keenan for McManus (57), Tommy McCaffrey for Courtney (70), Cathal Beacom for P McCusker (70).

CLARE: Joe Hayes; Martin McMahon, Kevin Harnett, John Hayes; Liam Markham, Gordon Kelly, Dean Ryan; Cathal O’Connor, Gary Brennan; Cian O’Dea, Keelan Sexton, Shane Brennan; Eoin Cleary, David Tubridy, Jamie Malone
Subs: David Egan for O’Dea (53), Eoghan Collins for John Hayes (62), Seanie Malone for Cleary (64), Darren Nagle for Ryan (65).

REFEREE: Marty Duffy (Sligo).

Fixture Details

19.03.2017 (Sun)
Allianz Football League Roinn 2 Round 5
Brewster Park, Enniskillen 14:00
Fear Manach v An Clár
Referee: Marty Duffy (Sligeach)

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

Report from

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.

AIB All-Ireland Club Senior Football Championship Final – Dr. Crokes (Kerry) 1-9 Slaughtneil (Derry) 1-7

Dr. Crokes (Kerry) defeated Slaughtneil (Derry) by 1-9 to 1-7 in the AIB All-Ireland Club Senior Football Championship Final on Friday March 17th at Croke Park.

Dr. Crokes win AIB GAA All-Ireland Club SFC Final

AIB GAA All-Ireland Club Senior Football Championship Final

Dr. Crokes (Kerry) 1-9 Slaughtneil (Derry) 1-7

Report By John Harrington for

Dr. Crokes dug deep to defeat a brave Slaughtneil in Croke Park this evening and win the AIB All-Ireland Club SFC for the first time since 1992.

Colm Cooper was the team mascot back then, and 25 years later he and this generation of Dr. Crokes players finally reached the promised land after many years of trying and falling just short.

They deserved their victory, but you could argue the decisive moment of the match came just before half-time when Slaughtneil midfielder Pádraig Cassidy was red-carded for striking.

Winning the match with 14-men was always going to be a huge ask for the Derry side, and Cassidy had been a key player for them until his departure, scoring their first-half goal.

Until that red-card there was nothing between the two teams. Slaughtneil were actually the quicker team to settle and seriously troubled Dr. Crokes early on with their clever, skilful, and every effective brand of football.

They played Sé McGuigan and Cormac Doherty in a two-man full-forward line right on the edge of the Dr. Crokes square, and made them the focal point of their attacking strategy.

Once they brought the ball into the Dr. Crokes half with strong running and slick hand-passing, they would then drive it in long and support runners would feed off the breaks from McGuigan and Doherty.

Sweetly struck points on the run from two of those support runners, Shane McGuigan and Christopher Bradley, gave them an early two-point lead as Dr. Crokes struggled to match their energy.

The Kerry and Munster champions slowly settled through, and Brian Looney got them off the mark after six minutes with a nice finish from the left-wing after cutting back inside onto his right foot.

That positive start from Looney was a foretaste of what was to come, and by half-time he would have accumulated three points from play, all of them really classy scores.

Dr. Crokes defender Gavin White had a glorious chance to score the first goal of the game after a turbo-charged run down the middle ripped the Slaughtneil defence asunder, but he steered his shot wide.

Dr. Crokes had still managed to chisel out a one-point lead by the eleventh minute thanks to converted frees from Colm Cooper and Daithi Casey, but a couple of minutes later they were reeling when Padraig Cassidy goaled for Slaughtneil.

Once again their tactic of going long to their two-man full-forward line and feeding off them worked a treat as O’Doherty won a great ball and then fed the on-rushing Cassidy.

The midfielder still had a lot to do, but he showed real composure to cut back inside onto his left-foot to take goal-keeper Shane Murphy out of the equation and clip a low shot to the back of the net.

Another Christopher Bradley point was followed by a Paul Bradley free after an inspirational run from Chrissy McKaigue, and Slaughtneil were leading by 1-4 to 0-3 and looking good.

Dr. Crokes needed players to step up and show some leadership, and it was no surprise that Daithi Casey and Colm Cooper were those men.

Casey tore the Slaughtneil defence open with a powerful solo down the middle and then had the presence of mind to punch a ball that looked like it was about to bounce away from him into the path of Cooper.

The angle was tight, but Cooper produced a typically clinical finish as he angled a low shot past Antoin McMullan and to the back of the net.

The momentum was with Dr. Crokes now, and a point from Casey and two from Looney had them 1-6 to 1-5 ahead in first-half injury-time.

Then came that decisive moment when Cassidy was red-carded just before half-time for striking out at Kieran O’Leary of Dr. Crokes. By the letter of the law, referee Maurice Deegan had little option but to send him off.

Despite being a man down, Slaughneil bravely stuck to their guns for the second-half, lining out again with two inside forwards pushed right up onto the Dr. Crokes square. They scrapped tenaciously for every ball and deserved to draw level after 37 minutes when Paul Bradley flighted over a free.

The longer the game wore on the more likely the numerical advantage of Dr. Crokes would begin to tell, and so it proved. Their ability to bring on two live-wire attacking subs in the shape of Micheál Burns and Jordan Kiely was also an important factor because they both brought a lot of energy and class to the Crokes attack.

A smartly taken point from Burns pushed the Kerry side two up, and then Kiely set off on a jinking run that won a free Colm Cooper converted to push Dr. Crokes 1-9 to 1-6 ahead and put some daylight between the teams.

Slaughtneil refused to die, though. They emptied their bench to bring some much-needed fresh-legs into their hard-working team, and forced Dr. Crokes to concede a free that Bradley pointed to reduce the gap to two.

That proved to be their last score though as Dr. Crokes saw out the game in a very professional manner. They dropped Colm Cooper back into a deep-lying quarter-back role, and successfully played keep-ball for long stretches to run down the clock and keep Slaughtneil at bay.

Scorers for Dr. Crokes: Colm Cooper 1-2 (2f), Brian Looney 0-3, Daithi Casey 0-3 (2f), Micheál Burns 0-1

Scorers for Slaughtneil: Pádraig Cassidy 1-0, Christopher Bradley 0-2, Paul Bradley 0-3 (2f), Shane McGuigan 0-1, Francis McEldowney 0-1

DR CROKES: Shane Murphy; Luke Quinn, Michael Moloney, John Payne; David O’Leary, Gavin White, Fionn Fitzgerald; Ambrose O’Donovan, Johnny Buckley; Alan O’Sullivan, Gavin O’Shea, Brian Looney; Kieran O’Leary, Daithi Casey, Colm Cooper
Subs: Jordan Kiely for Gavin O’Shea (39), Micheál Burns for Alan O’Sullivan (39), Shane Doolan for David O’Leary (48), Tony Brosnan for Brian Looney (57), Eoin Brosnan for Daithi Casey (62), Christopher Brady for Kieran O’Leary (62)

SLAUGHTNEIL: Antoin McMullan; Brendan Rodgers, Paul McNeill, Karl McKaigue; Keelan Feeney, Christopher McKaigue, Francis McEldowney; Patsy Bradley, Padraig Cassidy; Micheál McGrath, Christopher Bradley, Shane McGuigan; Sé McGuigan, Cormac O’Doherty, Paul Bradley
Subs: Brian Cassidy for Cormac O’Doherty (48), Ronan Bradley for Micheál McGrath (52), Barry McGuigan for Keelan Feeney (52), Gerald Bradley for Sé McGuigan (54)

Ref: Maurice Deegan

Fixture Details

17.03.2017 (Fri)
AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Final
Páirc an Chrócaigh 17:00
Dr Crokes (Ciarraí) v Slaughtneil (Doire)
Referee: Maurice Deegan (Laois)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Ticket Information

Tickets for the games are on sale in advance of Friday’s fixtures from and usual outlets including selected Centra and SuperValu stores and members and supporters are urged to purchase in advance and avoid queuing on the day of the games.

Tickets cost €25 and €5 for children. A rebate of €5.00 is available on €25.00 Cusack/Davin Stand tickets from Block D turnstiles ONLY on the day with a valid student / senior citizens I.D.

There will be a special emphasis on family fun on the day with activities for young and old alike in the stadium as four of our top clubs prepare to take centre stage on one of the highlights of the GAA year.

AIB All-Ireland Club Senior Hurling Championship Final – Cuala (Dublin) 2-19 Ballyea (Clare) 1-10

Cuala (Dublin) defeated Ballyea (Clare) by 2-19 to 1-10 in the AIB All-Ireland Club Senior Hurling Championship Final on Friday March 17th at Croke Park.

Cuala win AIB All Ireland SHC title

AIB All Ireland Club Senior Hurling Championship Final


Report By John Harrington for

Cuala created history in Croke Park today by becoming the first ever Dublin club to win the AIB GAA All-Ireland Club Senior Hurling Championship.

It was a richly deserved victory too as they over-powered a game Ballyea team that simply couldn’t cope with their firepower.

The Dublin side dominated right down the spine of the field thanks to herculean performances from the likes of Cian O’Callaghan, Sean Moran, Darragh O’Connell, John Sheanon, Colm Cronin, and Con O’Callaghan.

That sextet in particular hurled with a potent combination of aggression, pace, and craft, that bodes very well for the general health of Dublin hurling.

Cuala’s performance was all the more impressive considering the greasy sod and spitting rain made playing conditions difficult.

It was a scrappy, hard-hitting contest in the early stages with forwards finding it difficult to turn quickly which played into the hands of the tight-marking defenders of both teams.

As the half progressed though Cuala gradually began to take control of the contest, thanks largely to the dominance of their half-backs and midfield.

The Dublin team had given regular wing-back John Sheanon the arduous task of man-marking Ballyea danger-man Tony Kelly, and the manner in which the dominated that tussle really set the tone for the contest.

His showing combined with some brilliant hurling from Darragh O’Connell alongside him in the Cuala midfield and the ball-winning ability of Colm Cronin meant the Ballyea defence was coming under increasing pressure.

The first significant blow of the game was struck on 15 minutes when that man Cronin scored a fine goal.

Cuala full-forward Con O’Callaghan broke a high ball right into the onrushing Cronin’s path, and the centre-forward drilled a brilliant finish to the right-hand corner of the net.

The initial response from Ballyea was impressive as Niall Deasy and James Murphy knocked over points to reduce the deficit to two, but Cuala then enjoyed their best spell of the game in the ten minutes before half-time as they hit four unanswered points.

Con O’Callaghan was becoming a more and more influential presence at the apex of their attack, and was very unlucky when a looping shot came off the cross-bar and back into play.

He got the score he had been long-threatening just before the half-time whistle when he slung over a beauty from the right-hand side to give Cuala a 1-7 to 0-4 lead.

Ballyea needed a fast start to the second-half and they nearly got it too when Pearse Lillis tore through on goal.

But just when it looked like he must hit the back of the net, Paul Schutte did brilliantly to get in a partial hook in that took the power out of the shot and made the save a lot easier for Cuala ‘keeper Sean Brennan.

That miss looked all the more costly when Cuala then scored the first three points of the match at the end, two frees from Treacy and another classy point from Con O’Callaghan.

It was starting to look grim for Ballyea who trailed now by nine, but points from Gary Brennan and Pearse Lillis briefly gave their supporters cause for hope.

The problem for the Clare team was that for all of their effort, Cuala remained dangerous at the other end of the field whenever they hit the ball in the direction of men like Cronin, O’Callaghan, and Treacy and by the 45th minute still held an eight-point lead, 1-12 to 0-8.

The match then entered a tit-for-tat phase with Treacy and Niall Deasy regularly exchanging pointed frees, which did little to aid Ballyea’s overall cause.

They badly needed a goal, and it finally came on the 50-minute mark when their two most dangerous forwards combined as Pearse Lillis picked out Deasy with an angled cross-field pass and the wing-forward smashed the ball to the back of the net.

Ballyea had the momentum they so badly craved, but it didn’t last long. Darragh O’Connell immediately responded with a fine point for Cuala after a jet-heeled run, and then a couple of minutes later they struck for their second-goal.

Con O’Callaghan did well again to win a hard ball before popping a perfect hand-pass to the onrushing Jake Malone who delivered an emphatic low finish to the net. Cuala now led by 2-15 to 1-10, and Ballyea were faced with a mountain they simply couldn’t climb.

The remainder of the match was a Cuala procession that delighted their vocal supporters as they hit the final six points of the match. It was the perfect exclamation mark for a hugely emphatic performance.

Scorers for Cuala: David Treacy 0-9 (8f), Colm Cronin 1-1, Jake Malone 1-0, Con O’Callaghan 0-3, Darragh O’Connell 0-3, Colum Sheanon 0-2, John Sheanon 0-1, M Schutte 0-1,

Scorers for Ballyea: Niall Deasy 1-6 (6f), Pearse Lillis 0-2, Gary Brennan 0-1, James Murphy 0-1,

CUALA: Sean Brennan; Simon Timlin, Cian O’Callaghan, Paul Schutte; Jake Malone, Sean Moran, Oisin Gough; John Sheanon, Darragh O’Connell; Sean Treachy, Colm Cronin, David Treacy; Cian Waldron, Con O’Callaghan, Mark Schutte.
Subs: Colum Sheanon for Cian Waldron (46), Ross Tierney for Simon Timlin (61), Nicky Kenny for Colm Cronin (60+3).

BALLYEA: Kevin Sheehan; Joe Neylon, Jack Browne, Brian Carrig; Gearóid O’Connell, Paul Flanagan, James Murphy; Tony Kelly, Stan Lineen; Niall Deasy, Gary Brennan, Cathal Doohan; Pat-Joe Connolly, Damien Burke, Pearse Lillis.
Subs: Martin O’Leary for PJ Connolly (37), David Egan for Damien Burke (39), Brian Murphy for Joe Neylon (55), Mark Coughlan for Stan Lineen (57).

REFEREE: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)

Fixture Details

17.03.2017 (Fri)
AIB GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Final
Páirc an Chrócaigh 15:00
Ballyea (An Clár) v Cuala (Áth Cliath)
Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tiobraid Árann)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Ticket Information

Tickets for the games are on sale in advance of Friday’s fixtures from and usual outlets including selected Centra and SuperValu stores and members and supporters are urged to purchase in advance and avoid queuing on the day of the games.

Tickets cost €25 and €5 for children. A rebate of €5.00 is available on €25.00 Cusack/Davin Stand tickets from Block D turnstiles ONLY on the day with a valid student / senior citizens I.D.

There will be a special emphasis on family fun on the day with activities for young and old alike in the stadium as four of our top clubs prepare to take centre stage on one of the highlights of the GAA year.

Munster U21 Football S-Final – Cork 2-10 Limerick 0-10

Cork defeated Limerick by 2-10 to 0-10 in the Eirgrid Munster Under 21 Football Championship Semi-Final on Wednesday March 15th at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Cork edge through as Limerick pay the penalty

Report by Denis Hurley for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Cork 2-10 Limerick 0-10: In the end, Cork reached a seventh straight EirGrid Munster U21FC final as Limerick were overcome at Páirc Uí Rinn last night, but it was far from straightforward.

One could say that Limerick’s extra-time quarter-final win over Tipperary ultimately had two effects which cancelled each other out — the match practice advantage they had over Cork allowed them to outperform their hosts in the first half, but the 80 minutes caught up with them as the Rebels held them to just a point in the second half.

The game wasn’t fully safe until sub Michael Hurley goaled for Cork at the death, but they showed a big improvement in the second period, which left manager Seán Hayes pleased.

“I’ve been saying all week that the 80 minutes they had last week would stand to them,” he said. “It took us 30 minutes to get up to championship pace but thankfully, we showed our merit and came back and had a great second half. We improved as the game went on and we made some good substitutions.”

The game could arguably be distilled to a few knife-edge moments. Limerick could have moved five ahead in the first half but for a missed penalty. Then, with Cork ahead by one in the second half, Limerick were wide with what would have been a levelling free and were immediately punished by a Hurley point.

Just before Hurley opened up a three-point lead, some Limerick supporters felt they should have had another spot-kick but referee Rory Hickey deemed Seán Wilson’s challenge on Brian Donovan to have been good defending.

“The ball went the other way so obviously Seán got a touch to put it out,” Hayes said.

“We could have had a penalty too for a foot block, but we were given a 45. If they got a penalty for a foot block, I don’t see what the difference is.”

After falling behind early, Cork looked to have asserted themselves when they pushed ahead through a fifth-minute goal. Full-forward Maidhcí Ó Duinnín was the man who got it, slotting home nicely, but Seán Powter was the architect and engineer, creating the opening with a surging run halfway before offloading perfectly.

However, it didn’t knock Limerick out of their stride and the visitors would score six of the next eight points. Hugh Bourke’s free-taking was excellent while Donovan and AJ O’Connor were also on target, but the penalty was certainly a missed opportunity. The score stood at 0-7 to 1-2 for the Treatymen when O’Connor forced a turnover and fed Bourke, whose shot was illegally blocked by Cork full-back John Dineen.

O’Connor struck the penalty well, but Ross Donovan in the Cork goal pulled off a great save. Limerick goalkeeper Richard Hayes did have the next score with a free from distance, but Cork had called in the cavalry with Michael Hurley and team captain Seán O’Donoghue sprung from the bench before the first half was out.

Hurley and then Gary Murphy made the gap more manageable and though Bourke’s fourth point left Limerick leading by 0-9 to 1-2 going in, Cork had achieved parity within three minutes of matters resuming and then pushed ahead, with Brian Coakley prominent.

Bourke levelled, but that was their final score as Hurley took over. He finished with 1-3, Powter once again the creator for the late second goal for a perhaps flattering six-point margin.

Limerick manager Declan Brouder felt that it was a case of his team running out of legs as much as anything.

“It’s really down inside there,” he said, “they left everything out there but unfortunately in the second half we ran out of energy, I think the extra time last week caught up with us.”

Instead of dwelling on whether they should have had a penalty, Brouder preferred to take the positives. “Right now, the game is over, there’s no point getting drawn on it,” he said. “We had a penalty in the first half that we missed, this wasn’t given, we’ll look back on the video and we’ll see.

“I’m just proud of my players, I felt we bossed the first half, it was almost an injustice that we were only two ahead at half-time. No matter what happens, we’ll always have pride and we’ll always stay together.”

Scorers for Cork: M Hurley (1-3), B Coakley (0-4, 2 frees), M Ó Duinnín (1-0), S Sherlock (0-2, 1 free), G Murphy (0-1).

Scorers for Limerick: H Bourke (0-5, frees), B Donovan (0-2), R Hayes (free), K Daly, AJ O’Connor (0-1 each).

CORK: R Donovan (Nemo Rangers); S Daly (Dohenys), J Mullins (Éire Óg), S Wilson (Douglas); J O’Riordan (Carbery Rangers), A Browne (Newmarket), C Kiely (Ballincollig); E Lavers (Dohenys), S O’Leary (Bantry Blues); B Coakley (Carrigaline), S Powter (Douglas), D Meaney (St Michael’s); G Murphy (Castletownbere), M Ó Duinnín (Naomh Abán), S Sherlock (St Finbarr’s).
Subs: M Hurley (Castlehaven) for Meaney (22), S O’Donoghue (Inniscarra) for O’Leary (28), L O’Donovan (Clonakilty) for Ó Duinnín (half-time), S O’Donovan (Ilen Rovers) for Sherlock (56), M Buckley (Dohenys) for Coakley (60).

LIMERICK: R Hayes (St Senan’s); E Sheehy (Granagh-Ballingarry), M Donovan (Galbally), D Connolly (Adare); R Childs (Galtee Gaels), C Flanagan (Crecora), B Fanning (Pallasgreen); J Liston (Gerald Griffins), T Childs (Galtee Gaels); P de Brún (Firies, Kerry), S Murphy (Newcastlewest), B Donovan (Monaleen); K Daly (Na Piarsaigh), AJ O’Connor (Newcastlewest), H Bourke (Adare).
Subs: S Stack (Newcastlewest) for de Brún (46), M Connolly (Adare) for O’Connor (51), S Brosnan (Newcastlewest) for Flanagan (56).

Referee: R Hickey (Clare).

Strong second half sees Cork advance to seventh consecutive Munster U21 final

Cork 2-10 Limerick 0-10

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Sub Michael Hurley scored 1-3 as Cork saw off Limerick at Páirc Uí Rinn to reach the EirGrid Munster U-21 football final for the seventh year in succession.

Senior star Hurley, brother of Brian, had been kept in reserve as he returned from injury but both he and captain Sean O’Donoghue were introduced in the first half as Cork struggled against an impressive Limerick side. Hugh Bourke and Brian Donovan had been among the scorers as the visitors moved 0-7 to 1-2 in front, Maidhci O Duinnin with the Cork goal, but they could have been further ahead but for a good penalty save by Cork’s Ross Donovan from AJ O’Connor.

Limerick goalkeeper Richard Hayes had a long-range free after that but Hurley and Gary Murphy had Cork back to a point before Bourke’s free left it 0-9 to 1-4 at half-time.

Brian Coakley (two) and Stephen Sherlock pushed Cork in front on the resumption, and while Bourke was on hand to level for Limerick once more, it would prove to be their last score. Sherlock and a pair of Hurley points gave Cork their biggest lead of the game as the end neared, and at the death Sean Powter set Hurley up for the clinching goal.

Scorers –
Cork: M Hurley 1-3, B Coakley 0-4 (2f), M Ó Duinnín 1-0, S Sherlock 0-2 (1f), G Murphy 0-1
Limerick: H Bourke 0-5(f), B Donovan 0-2, R Hayes (f), K Daly, AJ O’Connor 0-1 each.

CORK – R Donovan; S Daly, J Mullins, S Wilson; J O’Riordan, A Browne, C Kiely; K Flahive, S O’Leary; B Coakley, S Powter, D Meaney; G Murphy, M Ó Duinnín, S Sherlock
Subs: M Hurley for Meaney (22), S O’Donoghue for O’Leary (28), L O’Donovan for Ó Duinnín (h-t), S O’Donovan for Sherlock (56), M Buckley for Coakley (60).

LIMERICK – R Hayes; E Sheehy, M Donovan, D Connolly; R Childs, C Flanagan, B Fanning; J Liston, T Childs; P de Brún, S Murphy, B Donovan; K Daly, AJ O’Connor, H Bourke
Subs: S Stack for de Brún (46), M Connolly for O’Connor (51), S Brosnan for Flanagan (56).

Ref – R Hickey (Clare)

Team News

The Cork team to play Limerick in the EirGrid Munster U21Football Championship next Wednesday 15th March @ 7.30pm in Pairc Ui Rinn has been announced as follows.

CORK: R Donovan (Nemo Rangers); S Daly (Dohenys), J Mullins (Éire Óg), S Wilson (Douglas); J O’Riordan (Carbery Rangers), A Browne (Newmarket), C Kiely (Ballincollig); K Flahive (Douglas), S O’Leary (Bantry Blues); B Coakley (Carrigaline), S Powter (Douglas), D Meaney (St Michael’s); G Murphy (Castletownbere), M Dineen (Naomh Abán), S Sherlock (St Finbarr’s).
Subs: C Kelly (Éire Óg), K O’Donovan (Nemo Rangers), E Lavers (Dohenys), L O’Donovan (Clonakilty), S O’Donoghue (Inniscarra, c), M Hurley (Castlehaven), S O’Donovan (Ilen Rovers), T Foley (Bantry Blues), M Buckley (Dohenys).

Limerick Manager Declan Brouder has released his starting fifteen for this Wednesday evening’s EirGrid Munster U21 football championship semi final against Cork at Pairc Uí Rinn. 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 release the following fifteen. 1. Richard Hayes (St Senans), 2. David Connolly (Adare), 3. Jim Liston (Gearld Griffins), 4. Edward Sheehy (Granagh/Ballingarry), 5. Robert Childs (Galtee Gaels), 6. Michael Donovan (Galbally), 7. Cormac Flanagan (Crecora/Manister) 8. Brian Fanning (Pallasgreen), 9. Tommie Childs (Galtee Gaels), 10. Sean Murphy (Newcastle West), 11. AJ O Connor (Newcastle West), 12. Padraig De Brún (Firies), 13. Kieran Daly (Na Piarsaigh), 14. Brian Donovan (Monaleen) 15. Hugh Bourke (Adare).

Match Programme

Munster U21 Football S-Final – Kerry 1-18 Waterford 0-7

Kerry defeated Waterford by 1-18 to 0-7 in the Eirgrid Munster Under 21 Football Championship Semi-Final on Wednesday March 15th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.

Kerry cruise but stiffer tests await

Report by Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kerry 1-18 Waterford 0-7: That his charges never went beyond second gear didn’t bother Jack O’Connor. The Kerry U21s travelled to Dungarvan to do a job and did it with the minimum of fuss. Statements of intent can wait for Páirc Uí Rinn in two weeks.

Within 20 seconds of the start of yesterday evening’s Munster U21 semi-final, the visiting attack had prised open Waterford for what would prove the first of many goal chances. Lee O’Donoghue put Cathal Bambury inside the cover and, but for the intervention of the right post, Kerry would have been on their way to the significant victory that had been widely forecast before throw-in.

Mind you, they didn’t have long to wait to assert their dominance on the scoreboard. Killian Spillane, Andrew Barry, and Cathal Bambury had them three clear by the fourth minute. Bambury, Sean O’Shea, and Matthew O’Flaherty doubled that advantage by the 10th.

Leaving aside Kerry’s obvious superiority, the home side came across as disjointed. It was almost as if they hadn’t played together before. They hadn’t, in fact. In advance of this fixture, the squad had assembled for just two training sessions.

They might have matched Kerry score for score in the second period, but given the difference was 14 points at the break, the events of the second half were largely redundant. Little wonder Kerry boss O’Connor wasn’t getting too worked up about his side easing off after the restart.

“I know we didn’t set the world alight or give ourselves 10 out of 10, but we just needed to come down and do a job as good as we could. We did that,” remarked O’Connor.

“We had six changes made in the second half and we were maybe a little disjointed when they got their few scores. The name of the game, though, was getting out of here with a result.”

Killian Spillane, who finished as Kerry’s top scorer with 1-6, supplied the game’s sole goal six minutes from half-time. The lively Sean O’Shea created the chance with a searing run and all that was required of the Templenoe youngster was to palm the ball past Déise keeper Kevin Dwane.

Waterford, 1-12 to 0-1 in arrears at the break, had David Looby to thank for getting them on the board. His 12th-minute point arrived via the dead ball, as did his and Waterford’s second on 33 minutes. Not until Conor Gleeson burst past four green and gold jerseys in the 40th minute did Waterford have a score from play to their name. They’d kick four without reply between the 45th and 56th minute, which was mere damage limitation.

Both sides had been reduced to 14 men by this juncture. Cormac Coffey picked up a second yellow card for a high tackle on 42 minutes. Waterford’s numerical advantage didn’t last long, as Cormac Curran was sent to the line on a straight red card following an off-the-ball incident with Andrew Barry.

Brian O’Beaglaoich, who hadn’t been seen in the green and gold since the McGrath Cup win over Cork on January 15, got a quarter of an hour under his belt and management will be keen for him to start in the decider in a fortnight.

“It was good to see Brian getting a run,” said O’Connor. “He has had a frustrating time with that injury.

“It is a long time since Kerry beat Cork in Cork in this grade. I remember I was involved in 1997. We went over to Cork, David Moloney saved a last-minute penalty and we beat them by two points. I can’t remember if we beat them up there since. It is a tough place to go. I think it is the challenge we need.”

Scorers for Kerry: K Spillane (1-6, 0-3 frees); C Bambury (0-4); S O’Shea (0-3, 0-1 free); T O’Sullivan (0-2); L O’Donoghue, A Barry, M Flaherty (0-1 each).

Scorers for Waterford: D Looby (0-3, 0-2 frees, 0-1 ’45); J Allen (0-1 free), C Murray, C Gleeson, E O’Halloran (0-1 each).

Kerry: S Ryan (Rathmore); TL O’Sullivan (Dingle), J Foley (Ballydonoghue), B Sugrue (Renard); J Morgan (Austin Stacks), T O’Sullivan (Dingle), C Coffey (Kerins O’Rahillys); A Barry (Na Gaeil), B O’Sullivan (Dingle); B Ó Seanacháin (Ballydonoghue), S O’Shea (Kenmare), M Flaherty (Dingle); L O’Donoghue (Glenflesk), K Spillane (Templenoe), C Bambury (Dingle)
Subs: I Parker (Churchill) for O’Shea (40 mins); B O’Beaglaoich (An Ghaeltacht) for T O’Sullivan (43 mins); R Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht) for Barry (43); D O’Brien (Glenflesk) for Sugrue (47), B Barrett (Ardfert) for Flaherty (47); G O’Sullivan (Dromid Pearses) for Foley (54).

Waterford: K Dwane (Ballinacourty); C McCarthy (Ballinacourty), S Ryan (The Nire), M Cronin (Ardmore); D O’Cathasaigh (An Rinn), S Kelly (Gaultier), E O’Halloran (Clashmore/Kinsalebeg); D Guiry (The Nire), C Curran (Brickey Rangers); C Murray (Rathgormack), M Sweeney (Stradbally), D Looby (Ballinacourty); J Allen (Dungarvan), C Gleeson (The Nire), C Browne (Erin’s Own)
Subs: C O’Neill (Brickey Ragers) for Ryan (19 mins, bc); D Fitzgerald (Kilrossanty) for Sweeney (38); J Mulcahy (The Nire) for Browne (53).

Referee: S Lonergan (Tipperary)

Team News

The Kerry Under 21 Football Team to play Waterford in the Munster Championship Semi Final at Fraher Field Dungarvan on Wednesday evening @ 7:30pm is unchanged from the side that defeated Clare in the Qtr Final last week.

The team, captained by Brian Sugrue of Renard is as follows:

1. Shane Ryan (Rathmore)
2. Tom (Leo) O’Sullivan (Dingle)
3. Jason Foley (Ballydonoghue)
4. Tom O’Sullivan (Dingle)
5. Brian Sugrue (Renard)
6. Andrew Barry (Na Gaeil)
7. Daniel O’Brien (Glenflesk)
8. Barry O’Sullivan (Dingle)
9. Brian Ó Seanacháin (Ballydonoghue)
10. Brandon Barrett (Ardfert)
11. Sean O’Shea (Kenmare)
12. Matthew Flaherty (Dingle)
13. Conor Geaney (Dingle)
14. Matthew O’Sullivan (St Michael’s-Foilmore)
15. Cathal Bambury (Dingle)
16. Eoghan O’Brien (Churchill)
17. Killian Spillane (Templenoe)
18. Cormac Coffey (Kerins O’Rahillys)
19. Ivan Parker (Churchill)
20. Jack Morgan (Austin Stacks)
21. Roibeard Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht)
22. Lee O’Donoghue (Glenflesk)
23. John Mark Foley (Kilgarvan)
24. Graham O’Sullivan (Dromid Pearses)

The Waterford Under 21 Football Team to face Kerry on Wednesday night in Fraher Field at 7:30pm has been named!

1 Kevin Dwane (Ballinacourty)
2 Conor McCarthy (Ballinacourty)
3 Stephen Ryan (The Nire)
4 Michael Cronin (Ardmore)
5 Darach O’Cathasaigh (An Rinn)
6 Sean Kelly (Gaultier)
7 Edmund O’Halloran (Clashmore / Kinsalebeg)
8 Dylan Guiry (The Nire)
9 Conor Gleeson (The Nire)
10 Conor Murray (Rathgormack)
11 Michael Sweeney (Stradbally)
12 David Looby (Ballinacourty)
13 Michael Culloo (Ballinameela)
14 Joe Allen (Dungarvan)
15 Craig Browne (Erins Own)

Match Programme

All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Croke Cup (Under 18.5 A Hurling) Semi-Final – Our Lady’s Templemore 0-24 Kilkenny CBS 2-15

Our Lady’s Templemore defeated Kilkenny CBS by 0-24 to 2-15 in the All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Croke Cup (Under 18.5 A Hurling) Semi-Final on Wednesday March 15th at O’Moore Park Portlaoise.

Tom Byrnes: Templemore ready for final test

Report by Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Our Lady’s, Templemore (Tipperary) 0-24 Kilkenny CBS 2-15: Our Lady’s Templemore manager Tom Byrnes is relishing a crack at competition kingpins St Kieran’s in the Croke Cup final on Saturday week. St Kieran’s, the famed Kilkenny academy, are going for four in a row as Our Lady’s gear up for their first final since 1978.

Having won the Harty Cup for the first time in 39 years, Our Lady’s went a step further by seeing off the dogged challenge of Kilkenny CBS in yesterday’s Masita Post-Primary Schools All-Ireland Senior A Hurling semi-final.

However, standing in the path of ultimate glory are St Kieran’s, conquerors of Kilkenny CBS in the Leinster final and boasting a full-back line that Byrnes holds in the highest esteem. “They’re a savage outfit,” said Byrnes. “They’re big as well, strong and probably have the best full-back line I’ve ever seen at colleges hurling. You have Adrian Ronan’s son [Tommy] and DJ Carey’s son [Michael] is full-back. They’re formidable and they’re going to be a huge test.”

After walloping St Colman’s in the Harty final, Our Lady’s got the tight game they needed after a few weeks off. It should prime them for the St Kieran’s challenge and, while Our Lady’s won by three points, goals in stoppage time at the end of each half added some gloss to the final score, from a Kilkenny CBS perspective.

In truth, Templemore were the superior side, but CBS brought buckets of heart to O’Moore Park in Portlaoise. Crucially, Our Lady’s kept Sean Bolger quiet and, while Niall Brassil scored nine points, eight of those scores came from placed balls. In total, CBS hit 1-7 from play, but Templemore managed 0-16, including five in the first half from Andrew Ormonde.

Brian McGrath, Tipp’s 2016 All-Ireland minor winning captain, matched Brassil’s tally and his late point, after CBS goalkeeper Ben Maher had goaled from a 20m free, was a sumptuous effort from the right touchline. At key moments, particularly in the second half, McGrath showed real leadership, but he wasn’t alone, with full-back Padraig Campion executing a couple of heroic late blocks. Maher was blinded by the sun late on in the Leinster final, but any lingering fears about his mentality on the big day were banished by a series of fine saves. The O’Loughlin Gaels net-minder looks like a player destined for a big future and, in years to come, it’s likely that Our Lady’s and CBS players will renew acquaintances in the county colours of Tipperary and Kilkenny.

At half-time, Our Lady’s led by 0-14 to 1-8, as Joe Sheehan’s goal brought CBS back into contention. However, they couldn’t get closer to the winners than two points in the second half, as Templemore’s dream of a Harty/Croke Cup double, to emulate the feats of 1978, remain alive.

Scorers for Our Lady’s, Templemore: B McGrath 0-9 (5f, 2 65s) A Ormonde 0-5, D O’Shea 0-3, J Kelly & L Fairbrother (1f) 0-2 each, É McBride, J Ryan & R McCormack 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kilkenny CBS: N Brassil 0-9 (7f, 1 65), J Sheehan 1-3, B Maher 1-0f, S Boyd 0-2, S Bolger 0-1.

Our Lady’s, Templemore: E Collins; N Quinlan, P Campion, E Ryan; É McBride, P Cadell, A O’Meara; D Ryan, J Ryan; J Kelly, B McGrath, R McCormack; A Ormonde, D O’Shea, L Fairbrother.
Subs: S Doyle for D Ryan (59), F Purcell for J Ryan (59), G O’Connor for Ormonde (60+3)

Kilkenny CBS: B Maher; M Butler, J Minogue, J Molloy; P Collins, C Flynn, L Stynes; C Heary, N Brassil; R Buckley, S Boyd, S Bolger; S Staunton, D Dunne, J Sheehan.
Subs: C Drennan for Staunton (45), M Doyle for Dunne (53)

Referee: J Keane (Galway)

0-9 for McGrath as Our Lady’s Templemore end 39-year wait for All-Ireland senior hurling final

Tipperary’s 2016 All-Ireland minor hurling winning captain was outstanding today.

Our Lady’s, Templemore (Tipperary) 0-24 Kilkenny CBS 2-15

Report by Jackie Cahill for

FRESH FROM WINNING the Harty Cup for the first time in 39 years, Our Lady’s, Templemore, have booked their place in the Masita All-Ireland Post-Primary Schools All-Ireland senior A hurling decider.

Brian McGrath produced some big moments, particularly in the second half, as Templemore advanced to face holders and four-in-a-row chasers St Kieran’s from Kilkenny on Saturday week, 25 March.
Our Lady’s saw off Kilkenny CBS in today’s semi-final at O’Moore Park in Portlaoise and while they led by seven points approaching half-time – 0-14 to 0-17 – the winners were made to work for it.

Andrew Ormonde hit five points from play in the first half alone for Templemore but they the concession of goals in stoppage time at the end of both halves made life nervy for them. Templemore also needed a couple of huge blocks from full-back Pádraig Campion down the home straight but at the other end, Kilkenny CBS had goalkeeper Ben Maher making some big saves. At half-time, Templemore were 0-14 to 1-8 clear but they were hit with a sucker-punch goal in the third minute of stoppage time.

Templemore failed to deal with Niall Brassil’s free into their full-back line and Joe Sheehan was alive to the loose ball, sending a deflected ground-stroke to the net. That goal undid some of Templemore’s good work in the opening half because when they got on a run, they looked really good, with their three inside forwards – Ormonde, David O’Shea and Lyndon Fairbrother – collecting eight points from play between them before the interval.

Templemore opened with the first three points of the game but Kilkenny CBS, playing with the breeze in the opening half, settled and were level at 0-4 each by the 13th minute. The sides were deadlocked twice more but Templemore, who didn’t register a wide in the first half, were finding a steady groove and a devastating scoring run gave them clear daylight. Having fallen 0-5 to 0-6 behind, Templemore unloaded with seven unanswered points in a nine-minute spell.

They could have a goal, too, but CBS goalkeeper Ben Maher did well with a double-save to keep out first Ormonde and then Brian McGrath. Sheehan’s 25th minute point was the first time Kilkenny CBS had scored in ten minutes but Templemore responded with further efforts from Lyndon Fairbrother and David O’Shea. Niall Brassil clipped over his third free of the half before his delivery led to Sheehan’s goal.

The second half ebbed and flowed but the closest that Kilkenny CBS could get was two points. Goalkeeper Maher blasted home a 20m free in stoppage time to narrow the gap to 2-15 to 0-23.
But McGrath, 2016 All-Ireland winning captain for Tipperary, landed an absolute peach from the right touchline to settle frayed Templemore nerves. Templemore now have the chance to emulate their 1978 feats – when they added the Croke Cup to their earlier Harty Cup success.

Scorers for Our Lady’s, Templemore: Brian McGrath 0-9 (0-5f, 0-2 ’65) Andrew Ormonde 0-5, David O’Shea 0-3, Jerry Kelly & Lyndon Fairbrother (1f) 0-2 each, Éanna McBride, Jack Ryan & Ray McCormack 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kilkenny CBS: Niall Brassil 0-9 (7f, 1 65), Joe Sheehan 1-3, Ben Maher 1-0f, Sean Boyd 0-2, Sean Bolger 0-1.

Our Lady’s, Templemore

1. Eoin Collins (Drom & Inch)
20. Neil Quinlan (JK Brackens)
3. Padraig Campion (Drom & Inch)
4. Eoghan Ryan (Loughmore-Castleiney)
5. Éanna McBride (JK Brackens)
6. Paddy Cadell (JK Brackens)
7. Aidan O’Meara (Drom & Inch)
8. Diarmuid Ryan (Clonakenny)
9. Jack Ryan (Toomevara)
12. Jerry Kelly (Borris-Ileigh)
11. Brian McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)
10. Ray McCormack (Borris-Ileigh)
13. Andrew Ormonde (JK Brackens)
14. David O’Shea (JK Brackens)
15. Lyndon Fairbrother (JK Brackens)
19. Shane Doyle (JK Brackens) for D Ryan (59)
17. Fintan Purcell (Drom & Inch) for J Ryan (59)
18. Gearoid O’Connor (Moyne-Templetuohy) for Ormonde (60+3)

Kilkenny CBS

1. Ben Maher (O’Loughlin Gaels)
5. Mickey Butler (O’Loughlin Gaels)
3. Johnny Minogue (Dicksboro)
6. Jordan Molloy (O’Loughlin Gaels)
9. Peter Collins (O’Loughlin Gaels)
4. Conor Flynn (Graigue-Ballycallan)
2. Liam Stynes (Dicksboro)
12. Conor Heary (O’Loughlin Gaels)
10. Niall Brassil (James Stephens)
7. Ronan Buckley (O’Loughlin Gaels)
14. Sean Boyd (Dicksboro)
13. Sean Bolger (O’Loughlin Gaels)
15. Shane Staunton (Clara)
8. Des Dunne (Danesfort)
21. Joe Sheehan (Dicksboro)
19. Conor Drennan (Galmoy) for Staunton (45)
17. Mick Doyle (Barrow Rangers) for Dunne (53)

Referee: John Keane (Galway)


The main event of this week in the Masita GAA All Ireland Post Primary Schools series is the staging of the Croke Cup (Senior ‘A’ Hurling) semi-finals between the famed St. Kieran’s College and St Brigids Loughrea, managed by Galway captain David Burke, at O’Connor Park, Tullamore.

And there is also the equally tasty clash of Kilkenny CBS and Our Lady’s Templemore at Portlaoise.

Both games takes place on Wednesday, March 15 at 2pm.

The renowned hurling stronghold of St Kieran’s recently claimed an incredible 55th Leinster colleges senior championship win and boast 21 All-Ireland titles on top of that. Their latest Leinster success arrived after a 1-14 to 0-13 victory over chief rivals, Kilkenny CBS.

That was Kieran’s third Leinster title on the spin, but the most impressive thing? It was delivered courtesy of a new-look team with the majority of the team from previous successes having moved on.

The key players in the current set-up are lethal forward Adrian Mullen from Ballyhale Shamrocks and classy centre-back, Martin Keoghan from Tullaroan. Indeed, those two are the only survivors from the 2016 team that landed the Leinster and All-Ireland titles.

Meanwhile Harty Cup winners Our Lady’s Secondary School Templemore will play Kilkenny CBS in the All Ireland Post Primary Schools Senior ‘A’ Hurling semi-final at O’Moore Park.

On Wednesday, Sean Bolger bagged a brace at Abbotstown as CBS booked their place in the semi-final. Evan Niland’s freetaking skills had helped Athenry to a three-point lead at the midway point, but a strong second-half showing secured CBS’s progression.

Niland won an All-Ireland minor winner with Galway in 2015 and was in deadly form throughout but outstanding long-range points from the likes of Bolger ultimately sealed a hard-earned win for CBS.

“We will be up against it,” says Our Lady’s mentor Noel Fogarty ahead of the semi-final. “But we are in a good place after winning the Harty Cup for the first time in 39 years.

“We were known as Templemore CBS back in 1978 when Martin Bourke captained the team to glory, but it was good to end the long wait.”

Almost 5,000 turned up to watch them hammer nine-time Harty champions St Colman’s by 19 points a few weeks ago and the outpouring of joy was tangible.

“We had been so close,” Fogarty says. We lost finals in 2000, 2002, 2013 and last year. We had serious players like Noel McGrath and Tommy Dunne over the years but we could never get over the line.”

Our Lady’s have the experience of having eight players from the 2016 campaign and Brian McGrath, captain of the all-conquering 2016 Tipperary minor team, is their Talisman, scoring 1-7 from centre-forward last time out.

In the other quarter-final St Brigid’s Loughrea beat St Colman’s Fermoy 0-19 – 1-13 to set up a mouth watering date with St Kieran’s.

As expected, Conor Molloy was in fine form for Loughrea, scoring eight points as they overturned a five-point deficit to book their place in the last four.

St Brigid’s, co-managed by Galway captain and current All-Star David Burke, finished very strongly, with Molloy, brother of Galway senior star and 2016 Under 21 skipper Brian, deadly from frees all day.

Exciting Camogie Job Opportunity now available


Finance Administrator – temporary full time post to end of January 2018

The Camogie Association is seeking applications for the position of Finance Administrator to join its national office in Croke Park. This is offered as a fixed term contract until the end of January 2018. The post may be subject to an extension.

The Role
The Finance Administrator will report to the Finance Manager. The main responsibility of the post is the maintenance of financial records, the processing of income and expenditure, purchase of goods and services and the undertaking of a range of financial reporting and administrative tasks. The post operates in a team environment and will be expected to work in a collaborative way with staff and volunteer colleagues.
From time to time the post requires an element of working unsocial hours including weekend work and travel.
A full job description and application form is downloadable from

Please see below full job description and application form:

Applications will only be acceptable using the application form. Incomplete application forms or CV only applications will not be considered.

Interviews: Interviews are scheduled for Tuesday 11th April 2017.

Closing date for applications is 5.00 p.m Wednesday 29th March 2017.

Please return applications to or to Recruitment, Camogie Association, Croke Park, Dublin 3