AIB Munster Intermediate Club Football Championship Final – An Ghaeltacht (Kerry) 3-21 St. Senans (Limerick) 0-8

An Ghaeltacht (Kerry) defeated St. Senans (Limerick) by 3-21 to 0-8 in the AIB Munster Intermediate Club Football Championship Final on Sunday November 26th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

An Ghaeltacht power past Limerick champions St Senans in Munster final

Report by Jerome O’Connell for the Limerick Leader newspaper

LIMERICK champions St Senans were outclassed by An Ghaeltacht in Sunday’s Munster club IFC Final.

The final score in Austin Stack Park in Tralee was St Senans 0-8 An Ghaeltacht 3-21.

From start to finish the west Kerry men were supreme and now advance to play Tyrone’s Moy in the All Ireland club IFC semi final in the New Year.

By half time the west Kerry side were 18-points clear and that was despite kicking 10 wides.

It was An Ghaeltacht 2-14 St Senans 0-2 at the break with the men in white and red playing with the breeze.

The Limerick champions, who lost this final also back in 2003, would have wanted a confidence boosting start but it was An Ghaeltacht that hit the ground running and scored 1-4 without reply inside five minutes.

Dara O’Se had three of those early points and the first goal came in the second minute from wing back and inter-county man Brian O’Beaglaoich.

St Senans had their first score in the seventh minute with centre back Ian Ryan breaking forward to lead the way as captain.

A free from Richard Hayes in the 17th minute was the only other score from the Foynes-Shanagolden in the half – they registered just one wide and had nine different scorers.

The Hayes free left it 1-7 to 0-2.

A hugely impressive An Ghaeltacht side pushed towards half time with a second goal in the 26th minute – Roibeard O’Se firing low to the net after intercepting a kickout.

The men from West Kerry made three changes at half time – including departing full back Marc O’Se, who is joint-manager. But there was no let-up and they kicked the first four points inside six minutes to move 2-18 to 0-2 clear.

St Senans did find three of the next five points with Seamus McSweeney (free), Ray Flaherty and Adams Kearns finding the range. But the repriece was temporary and PJ Mac Laimh had the third Kerry goal in the 16th minute of the half to move them 3-20 to 0-5 ahead.

An Ghaeltacht scored just once in the final quarter with St Senans points from Richard Hayes and frees from McSweeney and Ryan. But no complaints as the Kerry side captured silverware.

SCORERS: St Senans: Ian Ryan (1free), Richard Hayes (1free), Seamus McSweeney (2frees) 0-2 each, Ray Flaherty and Adams Kearns 0-1 each. An Ghaeltacht: Dara O’Se 0-8 (3frees), PJ Mac Laimh 1-2, Roibeard O’Se 1-1, Eanna O’Conchuir 0-4 (1free), Brian O’Beaglaoich 1-0, Sean O’Gairbhi, Colm O’Muircheartaigh, Sean O’Conchuir, Tomas O’Se and Peter Paul Sauerland, Sean O’Bambaire 0-1 each.

ST SENANS: Anthony Russell; Dan Conroy, James Bridgeman, David Finnerty; Ger Hanlon, Ian Ryan, Ray Flaherty; Maurice Fitzgerald, Stephen O’Connell; Ollie Wallace, Anthony Mulvihill, Seamus McSweeney; James Naughton, Conor Mullane, Richard Hayes
Subs: Darragh Woulfe for Ger Hanlon (26mins), Adams Kearns for Ollie Wallace (31mins), Andy Lane for Anthony Mulvihill (48mins), Niall Guiney for Dan Conroy (48mins), Kieran Kavanagh for Richard Hayes (54mins), Dale Fitzgerald for David Finnerty, b-c (55mins).

AN GHAELTACHT: Tomas Mac an tSaoir; Peter Paul Sauerland, Marc O’Se, Cathal O’Luing; Brian O’Beaglaoich, Padraig O’Se, Colm O’Muricheartaight; Roibeard O’Se, Sean O’Gairbhi; Ciaran O’Coileain; Dara O’Se, PJ Mac Laimh; Tomas O’Se, Eanna O’Conchuir, Sean O’Conchuir
Subs: Sean O’Bambaire for Marc O’Se (h-t), Cathal Mac Gearailt for Sean O’Conchuir (h-t), Gearoid Mac an tSaoir for Sean O’Gairbhi (h-t), Ciaran O’Ceilleachair for Brian O’Beglaoich (48mins), Oigi O’Se for Dara O’Se (48mins), Cathal O’Gairbhi for Peter Paul Sauerland (48mins).

REFEREE: David Murnane (Cork).

AIB All Ireland Junior Camogie Club Championship Final – Clanmaurice (Kerry) 1-4 Kilmessan (Meath) 1-4

Clanmaurice (Kerry) and Kilmessan (Meath) played out a 1-4 to 1-4 draw in the AIB All Ireland Junior Camogie Club Championship Final on Sunday November 26th at Crettyard, Co. Laois.

Fixture Details

Sunday 26th November 2017
AIB All Ireland Junior Camogie Club Championship Final
Clanmaurice v Kilmessan Conor Quinlan Crettyard Co.Laois 14:00

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AIB Munster Senior Club Football Championship Final – Nemo Rangers (Cork) 0-16 Dr. Crokes (Kerry) 0-11

Nemo Rangers (Cork) defeated Dr. Crokes (Kerry) by 0-16 to 0-11 in the AIB Munster Senior Club Football Championship Final on Sunday November 26th at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Match Highlights

Luke Connolly stars as Nemo Rangers inflict rare defeat on Dr Crokes

Nemo Rangers 0-16 Dr Crokes 0-11

Report by John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

With no shortage in style, Nemo Rangers claimed a 16th Munster SFC title this afternoon, in doing so dethroning All-Ireland champions Dr Crokes and consigning them to their only defeat of 2017.

Watched by a 2,851 crowd in Páirc Uí Rinn, Nemo were full value for a victory founded in a terrific purple patch and confirmed with the brilliance of Luke Connolly in the second period.

Connolly helped himself to 10 points in a fine individual performance although there was excellent support from the likes of Paddy Gumley, Alan O’Donovan and Kevin Fulignati.

The only question mark over Nemo’s win was how they didn’t win by more and easier given how much they bossed proceedings in the first half. Crokes managed to close the gap to two points in the 41st minute but then Connolly struck over a quick brace and Paul Kerrigan opened up the margin to five.

Kieran O’Leary’s dismissal for a second yellow card crippled Crokes and while substitute Tony Brosnan had a late strike snuffed out by Micheál Aodh Martin Nemo were never truly threatened by a disappointing Crokes.

Nemo Rangers’s half-time advantage was four points, 0-9 to 0-5, and yet it hardly flattered them. In total, they had five goal opportunities in the first half, John Payne and Shane Murphy literally and metaphorically saving Crokes’ blushes.

While Connolly and Gumley were excellent throughout the period, they couldn’t make Nemo’s obvious superiority count. Payne was sharp to deny Barry O’Driscoll a chance at goal in the fifth minute and was again called on to stop Paul Kerrigan after the Cork captain cut a swath through the centre of the Kerrymen’s defence.

Payne then made a successful but desperate attempt to cut out Alan O’Donovan’s ball inside to Gumley when the Nemo full-forward looked set to find the net.

Goalkeeper Murphy took over fire-fighting duties from Payne first in the 20th minute when Gumley fed Connolly with an incisive pass and Connolly struck soundly on the volley only for the Crokes’ No1 to make an acrobatic save. That would have been enough for Connolly to curse him but Murphy then rejected his shot in the 25th minute.

With the scores 0-8 to 0-4 at that stage, Crokes might have been tasting Nemo’s dust but Brian Looney sent over a score soon afterwards to settle the visitors slightly.

Having gone ahead three times in the opening 10 minutes, they conceded six points in a row and looked dumbstruck, the inability to lay a hand on Nemo captain Aidan O’Reilly for his 17th minute score an indictment of their play.

Gavin White was the one Crokes’ player truly taking it to the opposition while Murphy, as excellent as he has been with his kick-outs for the Killarney club these last couple of seasons, was struggling to find his men as Nemo pressed up.

Scorers for Nemo Rangers: L. Connolly (0-10, 4 frees, 2 45s); P. Gumley (0-3); A. O’Reilly, P. Kerrigan, C. Horgan (0-1 each).

Scorers for Dr Crokes: C. Cooper (frees), D. Casey (1 free) (0-3 each); B. Looney (0-2 ); J. Buckley, G. White, J. Kiely (0-1 each).

NEMO RANGERS: M.A. Martin; K. O’Donovan, A. O’Reilly (c), A. Cronin; J. Donovan, S. Cronin, K. Fulignati; A. O’Donovan, J. Horgan; B. O’Driscoll, P. Kerrigan, C. O’Brien; L. Connolly, P. Gumley, C. Dalton.
Subs for Nemo Rangers: C. Horgan for P. Gumley (58); A. Greaney for P. Kerrigan (inj 60+3).

DR CROKES: S. Murphy; J. Payne, M. Moloney, L. Quinn; D. O’Leary, F. Fitzgerald, G. White; J. Buckley, A. O’Sullivan; M. Burns, G. O’Shea, B. Looney; C. Cooper, D. Casey (c), K. O’Leary.
Subs for Dr Crokes: P. Clarke for G. O’Shea (44); T. Brosnan for M. Burns (48); E. Brosnan for L. Quinn (54); J. Kiely for B. Looney (54).

Sent off: K. O’Leary (53, second yellow).

Referee: S. Lonergan (Tipperary)

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