AIB Munster Intermediate Club Hurling Championship Quarter-Final – Kilmaley (Clare) 1-20 Murroe-Boher (Limerick) 0-22

Kilmaley (Clare) defeated Murroe-Boher (Limerick) by 1-20 to 0-22 after extra time in the AIB Munster Intermediate Club Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday October 22nd at Cusack Park Ennis.

Munster club heartbreak for Limerick champions Murroe-Boher

Report by Jerome O’Connell for the Limerick Leader newspaper

JUST four days after their Limerick Premier IHC final replay win, Murroe-Boher suffered heartbreak in extra time in the Munster club IHC quarter final. The final scored was Murroe-Boher 0-22 Kilmaley 1-20 in Cusack Park in Ennis this Sunday.

Clare champions Kilmaley now advance to a semi final meeting with Waterford’s An Rinn or Clonea on November 5. It was 1-7 to 0-6 to the Clare champions at half time.

The Kilmaley lead could have been greater but for their tally of 10 wides in the opening 30-minutes – Murroe-Boher had six wides of their own. Before Murroe-Boher had settled, Kilmaley had the sliothar in the net – Daire Keane the scorer after a period of play when the Limerick champions should have cleared their lines.

Murroe-Boher did settle and Seanie Tobin (free) and Dylan Sheehan had points in reply to the early goal. Sheehan had two early points and it was 1-1 to 0-3 before Kilmaley had their first point from play in the 12th minute. When Tobin brothers Seanie and Pat had back-to-back points from play the game was level, 1-2 to 0-5 with 19-minutes played. It was to be Kilmaley that finished the half on top with five of the last six points – two from Michael O’Malley from midfield.

Dylan O’Connor and Seanie Tobin had early second half points for Murroe-Boher and when Sheehan had his third of the day from play, it was 1-9 to 0-11 at the mid-point of the second half. With 10-minutes to go the game was level for the second time, 1-11 to 0-14 with successive points from play for Seanie Tobin. Sub Diarmuid Byrnes then had Murroe-Boher ahead for the first time but the Kilmaley response was points from Cian Moloney (free) and Daire Keane to wrestle back the lead with five minutes to play.

In injury time Karl Cusack popped up to ensure extra time. It was a 60-minute period that saw Kilmaley register 13 wides and Murroe-Boher nine.

Kilmaley were 1-16 to 0-18 ahead at half time in extra time – Mickey O’Neill (2) and Sean Kennedy putting the Clare side. Jack Casey had two points in reply. Daire Keane and Cian Moloney (free) had Kilmaley points in the second period of extra time but back came Murroe-Boher with three unansered points from Seanie Tobin to lead 0-22 to 1-18.

Then Daire Keane levelled yet again. Then came the late late winner from a Michael O’Malley ‘65.

MURROE-BOHER: William Tobin; Barry Cusack, Seamus Hickey, Brian Timmons; Matthew Hanly, Darragh Kennedy, Finn Hourigan; Aaron Kennedy, Dylan Sheehan; Jack Casey, Conor Byrnes, Sean Tobin; Darren Dunlea, Pat Tobin, Cillian Byrnes.
Subs: Ross Kennedy for Barry Cusack, inj (20mins), Dylan O’Connor for Aaron Kennedy (h-t), Karl Cusack for Conor Byrnes, inj (36mins), Diarmuid Byrnes for Matthew Hanly (50mins), Kevin Clohessy for Cillian Byrnes (e-t), Aaron Kennedy for Darren Dunlea (e-t), Matthew Hanly for Finn Hourigan (e-t), Barry Cusack for Pat Tobin (h-t, e-t).

KILMALEY: Bryan O’Loughlin; Sean Kennedy, Colin McGuane, Martin O’Connor; Eoin Enright, Conor Cleary, Sean Kennedy; Aidan McGuane, Michael O’Malley; Ken Kennedy, Sean O’Loughlin, Brian Cahill; Cian Moloney, Daire Keane, Eamonn Bracken.
Subs: Alan Markham for Brian Cahill (h-t), Michael O’Neill for Eamonn Bracken (45mins), Paraic McNamara for Sean O’Loughlin (60mins), Conor Neylon for Conor McMahon (61mins), Stephen McNamare for Cian Moloney (13mins, e-t), Eamonn Bracken for Aidan McGuane (13mins, e-t), Noel Casey for Sean Kennnedy, 19mins, e-t).

REFEREE: John Mc Cormack (Tipperary).

AIB Munster Intermediate Club Hurling Championship Quarter-Final – Kanturk (Cork) 2-17 St Mary’s (Tipperary) 0-11

Kanturk (Cork) defeated St Mary’s (Tipperary) by 2-17 to 0-11 in the AIB Munster Intermediate Club Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday October 22nd at Mallow.

AIB Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship Quarter-Final

Kanturk (Cork) 2-17 St. Mary’s (Tipperary) 0-11

Report by Ed Donnelly

After a slow start, Kanturk produced a dominant display to qualify for the semi-final of the Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship following a 12-point victory over St. Mary’s of Clonmel on Sunday in Mallow.

Played on a dry day in front of an audience of 1,030 paying customers, St. Mary’s played the better hurling in the opening quarter and led by 0-3 to 0-1 after 12 minutes, the best score coming from the stick of Tipperary inter-county star Seamus Kennedy. Kanturk also suffered a significant blow in the seventh minute when Aidan Walsh, clearly hampered by injury from the start, was replaced. Kanturk were under serious pressure in this period but time after time, the Cork defenders won their individual battles to keep the deficit to manageable levels.

Lorcan McLoughlin was doing well at midfield and with the Kanturk defence on top, eventually the Kanturk scoring machine began to motor. In particular, Liam O’Keeffe, Ian Walsh and Donnacha Kennelly were causing all sorts of problems in the St. Mary’s defence and despite hitting 10 first half wides, Kanturk scored nine unanswered points from the 17th to the 28th minute to race in to a seven-point lead. St. Mary’s substitute Eric Walsh managed to break their scoring drought with a point from play in first half injury time and at the interval, Kanturk led by 0-10 to 0-4.

St. Mary’s needed a good start to the second half and they duly delivered with three unanswered points in the opening five minutes to reduce the deficit to a goal. Kanturk replied with a point before a Mark Healy goal in the 39th minute re-established the Cork side’s grip on this game. Kanturk maintained their seven-point cushion for the next 10 minutes or so before the match was ended as a contest in the 52nd minute as Donnacha Kennelly found the St. Mary’s net to leave the score 2-13 to 0-9.

St. Mary’s tried to the finish to raise a green flag but on this day, there would be no consolation score and Kanturk laid down a marker to all and sundry in this competition that they will be a force to be reckoned with. The contribution of 2-17 allied hitting 16 wides and missing some goal chances shows their potential up front. However, the Kanturk defence on this day were totally dominant, forcing the St. Mary’s side to replace their entire full-forward line with no scores from play for that line.

Kanturk will now travel to play Ballyduff (Kerry) in two weeks time in the Munster semi-final while St. Mary’s look forward to returning to the Senior Hurling ranks in 2018.

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Kanturk: Anthony Nash; Paul Walsh, John McLoughlin, Alan Sheehy; John Browne, Darren Browne, Mark Healy (1-1); Lorcan McLoughlin (0-1 free), Ryan Walsh (0-1); Ian Walsh (0-5), Lorcan O’Neill, Aidan Walsh; Donnacha Kennelly (1-3), Alan O’Keeffe, Liam O’Keeffe (0-5, 0-3 frees)
Subs: James Fitzpatrick for Aidan Walsh (7m, injured), Martin O’Riordan for Alan O’Keeffe (41m), Denis O’Connor (0-1) for Ryan Walsh (53m) Jordon Fullerton for Paul Walsh (59m), Christopher Mullane for Ian Walsh (61m)

St. Mary’s: Shane O’Neill, Joe Gunne, Kyle Peters, Paul Nolan; Liam Ryan, Ross Peters, Sammy Ryan; Richie Gunne, Jamie Peters; Jason Lonergan (0-3), Gearoid Buckley, Seamus Kennedy (0-4, 0-3 frees); Dean Fitzgerald, Darren Cass, Sean Kennedy (0-1 free)
Subs: Eric Walsh (0-1) for Joe Gunne (26m), Gavin Ryan (0-1) for Gearoid Buckley (HT), Matt Barlow (0-1) for Sean Kennedy (41m), Conor O’Sullivan for Dean Fitzgerald (41m), Stephen Buckley for Darren Cass (53m)

Referee: Thomas Walsh (Waterford)

Cork Senior Hurling Final – Imokilly 3-13 Blackrock 0-18

Imokilly defeated Blackrock by 3-13 to 0-18 in the Cork Senior Hurling Final on Sunday October 22nd at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Limerick Senior Football Final – Adare 2-10 Newcastlewest 1-10

Adare defeated Newcastlewest by 2-10 to 1-10 in the Limerick Senior Football Final on Sunday October 22nd at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

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Clare Senior Hurling Final Replay – Sixmilebridge 1-20 Clooney/Quin 1-14

Sixmilebridge defeated Clooney/Quin by 1-20 to 1-14 in the Clare Senior Hurling Final Replay on Sunday October 22nd at Cusack Park Ennis.

Kerry Senior Hurling Final Replay – Ballyduff 4-13 Lixnaw 1-19

Ballyduff defeated Lixnaw by 4-13 to 1-19 in the Kerry Senior Hurling Final Replay on Sunday October 15th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.4

Brilliant Boyle bags hat-trick and 25th title for Ballyduff

Kerry SHC final replay: Ballyduff 4-13 Lixnaw 1-19

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

A first-half hat-trick from full-forward Aidan Boyle laid the foundations for Ballyduff completing their drive for 25 in a thrilling replay at Austin Stack Park.

Ballyduff’s confidence that could beat Lixnaw was a result of change of game plan by their manager, Blackrock native Bobby Thornhill. And also a glorious past in which Ballyduff have never lost to Lixnaw in a final.

Boyle’s goals came in the third minute, 10th minute, and the hat-trick was complete in first-half injury time – and they led 3-7 to 1-10 at the interval, with Ricky Heffernan goaling for Lixnaw in the 18th minute.

Two early Lixnaw points on the resumption were cancelled out when Aidan Boyle this time turned provider for brother Mikey to rattle the net. Trailing 4-9 to 1-14 midways through the half, Lixnaw looked in trouble but then full-back Padraig O’Grady was red-carded and Lixnaw had the momentum.

Mike Conway kept converting frees but Ballyduff captain Mikey Boyle was now playing heroically in defence as Paud Costello and birthday boy Eoin Ross displayed warrior like qualities and Lixnaw just could not get the goal they craved.

Scorers –

Ballyduff: A Boyle 3-1; M Boyle 1-1; P Boyle (0-4frees), D O’Carroll (0-4), L Boyle, J O’Sullivan and J Goulding (0-1 each).
Lixnaw: M Conway (0-10, 9 frees), R Heffernan (1-1), B Brosnan (0-3, 2’65), J Buckley (0-2), S Conway (0-2, 1f) and J Flaherty (0-1).

BALLYDUFF: PJ O’Gorman; A O’Connor, P O’Grady, C Kearney; D Goulding, P Costello, E Ross; D O’Carroll, A O’Carroll; L Boyle, A Boyle, J O’Sullivan; P Boyle, M Boyle, J Goulding
Subs: J Hussey for L O’Boyle (45), G O’Brien for J O’Sullivan (53), P O’Carroll for A O’Carroll (57), L Boyle for P Boyle (62).

LIXNAW: M Stackpoole; D McCarthy, P Corridan, D Shanahan; B Brosnan, S Power, C O’Keeffe; J McKenna, B McAuliffe; J Buckley, R Heffernan, R Galvin; C Sheehy, M Conway, S Conway
Subs: J Flaherty for C Sheehy (h/t), M Corridan for D McCarthy (h/t), G Stackpoole for S Power (39), L Mullins for R Galvin (46), E Galvin for J McKenna (54).

Ref: C McAllister (Cork).

Clare Senior Hurling Final – Sixmilebridge 0-19 Clooney/Quin 1-16

Sixmilebridge drew with Clooney/Quin on a scoreline of 0-19 to 1-16 in the Clare Senior Hurling Final on Sunday October 15th at Cusack Park Ennis.

Clooney-Quin’s title wait goes on a little longer

Report from the Irish Examiner newspaper

When Sixmilebridge went ahead for the first time all afternoon 30 seconds into injury time, Clooney-Quin’s tilt at a first Clare senior title in 75 years looked destined to fall into the category of defeats their fellow red-and-green brethren in Mayo know only too well: gallant, heroic even, but ultimately, cruelly, denied.

For most of the second half they’d had Sixmilebridge breathing down their necks as the 2015 champions had wiped out a three-point half-time deficit within five minutes of the restart, and there was a sense that at some stage Sixmilebridge’s greater dynastic know-how would tell.

Clooney-Quin had resisted it with all their might, six times nosing a point ahead again whenever The Bridge had drawn level, but when veteran substitute Niall Gilligan levelled matters once again and then centre-back Seadna Morey bucked the sequence of tit-for-tat points by latching onto a half-blocked clearance to fire over his third point of the day, Sixmilebridge’s superior depth and scoring spread seemed to have been decisive.

The underdogs’ fate looked all the more doomed when a terrific Peter Duggan sideline cut was taken off the crossbar by Sixmilebridge’s Derek Fahy similar to how Donal Óg Cusack and Eoin Murphy brilliantly defied those other great romantics, Waterford, at the death. Clooney-Quin though just would not relent and would carve out an equalising score that typified their many virtues.

As the game entered a second minute of injury time, goalkeeper Keith Hogan collected a long deliverance in his own square. Hogan had been exceptional all through, making at least four outstanding saves, including one from a Jamie Shanahan penalty shortly after half-time, and once more he’d demonstrate his composure and alertness to pick out wing back Padraig Ward over by the left touchline.

Ward, who epitomised the pluckiness and stickwork of Clooney-Quin’s less-heralded names, duly landed the ball on top of the opposing 20m line. And there to grab it was former county man Fergal Lynch whose paw and heft in the second half was a constant thorn to the Bridge and a constant outlet to Clooney-Quin.

Lynch was fouled, allowing Duggan to register his 10th point of the day and earn his team a draw in what has to have been the best Clare county final of this millennium.

“The Bridge probably went ahead at the best time in the game and it’s great credit to our lads that we responded,” Clooney-Quin coach Fergie O’Loughlin admitted.

“It’s a pity we didn’t get over the line ourselves but it’s great to be still there and to have a second county final in 75 years.”

While O’Loughlin was no stranger to county finals, his players were, this being the first time since 1952 that the club had even made it to the semi-final round. That inexperience was one of the reasons why Sixmilebridge were so heavily-favoured to win their third county title in five seasons but there were few signs of over-anxiety here with Clooney-Quin shooting only four wides all day.

“The various writers, pundits and bookies must have seen very little of us all year because our work ethic has been absolutely fantastic,” said O’Loughlin. “A lot of people have said that we’re one-dimensional, that it’s just the Peter Duggan show. You saw there it’s not.”

By the 10th minute mark midfielder Ryan Taylor had shot over two points from play. In the 20th minute the small but terrifically tidy duo of James Corry and Ronan O’Donnell would combine for the latter to fire to the net to put their team 1-6 to 0-4 up while on the stroke of half-time Michael Corry would conjure a point in a phone booth on the right touchline for a 1-9 to 0-9 Clooney-Quin lead.

As The Bridge’s manager John O’Meara would highlight afterwards though, his team did not panic, even if he himself got into a heated exchange with O’Loughin on the line.

After 23 minutes Sixmilebridge still hadn’t a forward score from play yet within five minutes of the restart Shanahan alone would have rattled over three from play as well as missing that penalty.

Part of O’Meara’s own frustration would have stemmed from some refereeing decisions. “A disappointing thing from our perspective was we had the ball in the net twice and ended up with no goal. On another day they’d have been let go and we’d have ended up with the goals. But the important thing is we’re still in it. We showed good composure.”

As of yet, it is unclear if the replay will be next weekend or the week after.

SIXMILEBRIDGE: D Fahy; N Purcell, A Quilligan, B Fitzpatrick; P Fitzpatrick, S Morey (0-3), C Morey (0-1); B Carey, K Lynch; C Malone, J Shanahan (0-10, 4 frees, 2 65s), S Golden (0-1); B Corey (0-2), A Morey (0-1, free), A Mulready.
Subs: C Deasy for Lynch, N Gilligan (0-1) for Mulready (both half-time), G Whyte for Carey (48 mins).

CLOONEY-QUIN: K Hogan; B McInerney, S McNamara, R McNamara; C Duggan, C Harrison, D Murphy; P Ward, R Taylor (0-2); P Duggan (0-10, nine frees), M Corry (0-2), D Hannon; R O’Donnell (1-1), F Lynch (0-1), J Corry.
Subs: M Duffy for Hannon (half-time).

Referee: A Heagney

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Limerick Senior Hurling Final – Na Piarsaigh 1-22 Kilmallock 2-14

Na Piarsaigh defeated Kilmallock by 1-22 to 2-14 in the Limerick Senior Hurling Final on Sunday October 15th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Piarsaigh quick to turn on the turbo

Report by the Irish Examiner newspaper

This was a convincing return to fortunes for Na Piarsaigh whose fourth senior county title never really looked in doubt in the Gaelic Grounds.

Seven points up at the break, the Caherdavin men went 10 points up early in the second half and only took their foot off Kilmallock’s necks when the deed was done.

Adrian Breen was excellent throughout, helping himself to half a dozen points from play, while corner-back Niall Buckley was the pick of the Na Piarsaigh defence in a game that was far less competitive than the scoreboard at the end suggested.

That was because of two late consolation goals for Jake and Graham Mulcahy but Na Piarsaigh manager Shane O’Neill wasn’t too perturbed by that as he saw his side give a commanding display to claim a fourth crown in seven years.

“A goal always comes at the right time but the Kilmallock goals came at the wrong time. They brought it back to five near the end but the end game was up at that stage. A lot of the boys were out on their feet because they had worked so hard. It’s always the same at the end of a final when a team is chasing and structure goes and you’ve fellas all over the place. It’s human nature.”

David Dempsey’s superb 47th-minute goal following a Buckley clearance put Na Piarsaigh back into a 10-point lead after Kilmallock attempted to give the scoreboard some respectability. After that came Peter Casey’s first point of the game and Breen’s final two points in a decider where he was a terror for the Kilmallock rearguard.

Na Piarsaigh could even afford to lose a countyman in Shane Dowling who had to retire injured with a knee problem in the 43rd minute having attempted to shrug it off. Dowling had fired over five first-half frees in a period where Kilmallock were holding their own but for their wide count (six), in particular, their inaccuracy from frees.

Na Piarsaigh rushed into a 0-5 to 0-1 lead after 10 minutes but Kilmallock clawed their way back into the game and were just a point behind in the 14th minute.

In a period where their only wide came in the 14th minute, Na Piarsaigh hardly looked rattled and dominated the final 10 minutes of the half, outscoring their opponents nine points to one.

An ugly row broke out in the 22nd minute and referee Donnacha O’Callaghan was quite lenient in issuing only one card, a yellow to Na Piarsaigh captain Cathal King, when each team could have lost a player.

For the following minutes, matters threatened to boil over but it was Na Piarsaigh who puffed their chests out best with three Dowling frees followed by points from Kevin Downes and David Dempsey.

Kevin O’Donnell and Adrian Breen swapped scores and Na Piarsaigh’s advantage read 0-14 to 0-7 at the interval and extended to 10 when Ronan Lynch, Downes and Breen again, after a slick pick-up, sent over points. It was that rally which pleased their manager most.

“I was delighted with how we started and then at the start of the second half when Kilmallock are usually very strong we targeted it to make sure we were the ones setting the tone and I think we did that as well so it kind of finished it then,” said O’Neill.

Buckley was clearing his lines almost at will, inspiring his colleagues as much as disheartening a Kilmallock attack that looked out of ideas long before the final whistle. Points from Michael Houlihan (free), Gavin O’Mahony and then Graeme Mulcahy and Paudie O’Brien either side of an Alan Dempsey score from distance did give Kilmallock some momentum not enough as the other Dempsey then swooped for his goal.

Mulcahy may have been unfortunate not to win a penalty after a questionable challenge by Buckley in the 41st minute but it was difficult to see Kilmallock getting enough of a foothold to challenge such a physically impressive outfit as Na Piarsaigh.

“It has been ourselves and Kilmallock since 2010,” remarked O’Neill. “I know the ‘Well (Patrickswell) won last year when we didn’t get through our group but we have had a fierce rivalry and the same with the U21s. You just don’t know with Kilmallock – that was the fifth time we played in my tenure and it’s three-two (to Na Piarsaigh). Anything can happen on any particular day.

“The ‘Well won it last year and couldn’t get back to the final. It’s really difficult with four or five really good teams in Limerick at any particular time. County finals are there to be respected and I think the boys showed that today.

“I thought against Doon, I don’t think we got the credit for it. In the first 20 minutes, I thought we pulverised them. I thought it was the best hurling we played in two years. We allowed them back into the game with silly frees and that kind of thing. It was something we dealt with and the boys were very disciplined today.”

Scorers for Na Piarsaigh: A. Breen (0-6); S. Dowling (0-5, frees); D. Dempsey (1-2); K. Downes (0-3); R. Lynch (0-2, 1 free); D. Breen, A. Dempsey, P. Casey, T. Grimes (0-1 each).

Scorers for Kilmallock: G. Mulcahy (1-4); J. Mulcahy (1-1); K. O’Donnell (0-3); E. Ryan (0-2, frees); R. Hanley, G. O’Mahony, P. O’Brien, M. Houlihan (free) (0-1 each).

NA PIARSAIGH: P. Kennedy; J. Boylan, M. Casey, N. Buckley; T. Grimes, C. King (c), A. Dempsey; S. Dowling, W. O’Donoghue; A. Breen, D. Breen, D. Dempsey; R. Lynch, K. Downes, P. Casey.
Subs for Na Piarsaigh: G. Brown for S. Dowling (inj 43); C. Boylan for D. Breen (49); M. Foley for W. O’Donoghue (59); J. O’Brien for J. Boylan (60+2).

KILMALLOCK: B. Hennessy; L. Hurley (c), M. O’Loughlin, A. Costelloe; D. Joy, Philip O’Loughlin, Paddy O’Loughlin; J. Mulcahy, K. O’Donnell; P. O’Brien, G. O’Mahony, M. Houlihan; G. Mulcahy, R. Hanley, E. Ryan
Subs for Kilmallock: O. O’Reilly for E. Ryan (h-t); D. Woulfe for M. Houlihan (53).

Referee: D. O’Callaghan (Feohanagh-Castlemahon).

Tipperary Senior Football Final – Clonmel Commercials 2-9 Killenaule 0-8

Clonmel Commercials defeated Killenaule by 2-9 to 0-8 in the Tipperary Senior Football Final on Sunday October 15th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

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