Cork Senior Football Final Replay – Nemo Rangers 4-12 St. Finbarr’s 3-13

Nemo Rangers defeated St. Finbarr’s by 4-12 to 3-13 in the Cork Senior Football Final Replay on Sunday October 22nd at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.


Nemo Rangers recover from slow start to win Cork SFC final replay

Nemo Rangers 4-12 St Finbarr’s 3-13

Four superbly crafted goals enabled Nemo Rangers edge St Finbarr’s in the Cork SFC replay at Páirc Uí Chaoimh today, writes Ger McCarthy for the Irish Examiner newspaper/

St Finbarr’s got off to a dream start, scoring 1-1 without reply. Nemo’s cause wasn’t helped by an injury to Cian McWhinny that saw the corner-back stretchered off. Yet, the Capwell club recovered from their slow start to level when Ciarán Dalton (point) and Jack Horgan (goal) got their names on the scoresheet.

The remainder of an evenly-fought half saw both sides exchange scores ahead of 10 minutes of injury time where Nemo surged 2-6 to 1-5 in front courtesy of a marvellous Luke Connolly goal.

After the break, Paul Kerrigan and Adrian Grainey found the net to seemingly confirm Nemo as champions, but a late St Finbarr’s comeback including Eoin Finn and Stephen Sherlock goals setup a grandstand finale.

Nemo Rangers manager Larry Kavangh said he had experienced a mixture of emotions in Pairc Ui Chaoimh’s press room shortly after guiding the club to the 2017 Cork SFC title.

Aftwerwards, it was difficult for the Nemo bainisteoir to process a county final replay in which Nemo appeared home and dry before St Finbarr’s staged a late but ultimately unsuccessful comeback.

When asked what he remembered, in the immediate aftermath, a relieved Kavanagh struggled to make sense of what he had just witnessed.
“I remember very little of it to be honest,” Kavanagh said.

“I don’t know where the last 15 minutes went. I looked up to the scoreboard at one stage when we were 11 or 12 up and said we are home and dry. The last 15 minutes were a bit of blur to me and we probably had emptied the bench at that stage so there wasn’t a whole lot we could have done.

“I don’t know how they got that goal from the free, Micheal is over there talking at the minute, but look, we hung on, and it’s all about winning.”

The cliché that goals win games was never more apt on an afternoon seven green flags were raised, but Larry Kavanagh was just thankful his players were able to find the net when it mattered most.

“I’d say it was a great game for the neutral as there were lots of goals going in,” the Nemo Rangers manager commented.

“Jack Horgan got a bullet although I thought he might have overdone it in the buildup. I thought he would put over but it was a goal. Luke’s (Connolly) one, you’d say don’t be taking it on from such an impossible angle but again, a great goal.

“Paul Kerrigan and Adrian Grainey showed great composure but their chances were there to be finished. It is something we have been working on because in some of our other games we haven’t been finishing.

“I thought Paul Kerrigan had a huge game for us today and I’m delighted for him. How do you quantify his experience though? I’m delighted as the semi-final didn’t go too well for him when maybe he was trying too hard. I’m absolutely thrilled for him.”

St Finbarr’s reaction

Meanwhile, disappointed St Finbarr’s coach Ray Keane paid tribute to his young charges after their narrow defeat, writes Barry Coughlan.

Having drawn the first game after coming back from six points down, St Finbarr’s clawed back 10 points in an astonishing last quarter and only just fell short on a scoreline of 4-12 to 3-13.

Two points was the losing margin and Keane praised his troops for what he described as “a typical performance.” “If I asked these guys to go to the top of a mountain 10 times in succession they would do it for me.

“They have huge heart in them, they dug deep again, it never surprises me what they’re capable of. From that point of view I don’t ever think we’re gone out of a game.

“Very simply, I always thought they would get stuck in and give Nemo a fright and they did just that in the last quarter – a very big fright.

“We started very well but unfortunately, and it was unfortunate given there was a bad injury to one of their players. That disrupted the flow of the game, our flow a bit, because we had got the start we needed and they got a wonder goal from Luke Connolly.

“Look, at the end of the day there were just two points, small margins, but I take my hat off to Nemo – they have been there and done it before, and you could see that in the last couple of minutes.”

Scorers for Nemo Rangers: P Kerrigan (1-2), L Connolly (1-1), J Horgan (1-1), A Grainey (1-0), C Dalton and P Gumley (0-2 each), T Ó Sé, K Fulignati, A O’Donovan and B O’Driscoll (0-1 each).

Scorers for St Finbarr’s: S Sherlock (2-7, 3f), E Finn (1-0), R O’Mahony (0-2), D O’Brien, C Lyons, D Quinn and E Dennehy (0-1 each).

NEMO RANGERS: M A Martin; C McWhinney, A O’Reilly (captain), A Cronin; T ÓSé, S Cronin, K Fulignati; A O’Donovan, J Horgan; B O’Driscoll, P Kerrigan, C O’Brien; L Connolly, P Gumley, C Dalton.
Subs: K O’Donovan for C McWhinny (8, inj), J O’Donovan for K Fulignati (36), A Grainey for C O’Brien (37, inj), M Dorgan for J Horgan (54), K Fulignati for A Cronin (54), C Horgan for P Gumley (57).

ST. FINBARR’S: D Murphy; D Quinn, J Burns, A McCarthy; A O’Connor, S Ryan, G O’Connor; I Maguire (captain), C Lyons; D O’Brien, M Shields, E Dennehy; R Leahy, R O’Mahony, S Sherlock.
Subs: E Finn for D O’Brien (42), C Myers-Murray for R Leahy (46), C Keane for C Lyons (46), I O’Callaghan for R O’Mahony (52), R O’Dwyer for S Ryan (57), P Kennedy for G O’Connor (59).

Referee: J Bermingham (Bride Rovers)

Waterford Senior Hurling Final – Ballygunner 2-18 De La Salle 0-16

Ballygunner defeated De La Salle by 2-18 to 0-16 in the Waterford Senior Hurling Final on Sunday October 22nd at Walsh Park Waterford.




Kerry Senior Football Final – Dr. Crokes 0-17 South Kerry 1-12

Dr Crokes defeated South Kerry by 0-17 to 1-12 in the Kerry Senior Football Final on Sunday October 22nd at Austin Stack Park Tralee.



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.

2017 Munster Club Championship Fixtures / Results

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).