ESB Munster Minor Football Championship – Kerry 1-12 Tipperary 2-7

Kerry defeated Tipperary by 1-12 to 2-7 in the ESB Munster Minor Football Championship on Wednesday at Austin Stack Park Tralee.Tipperary will now play the winners of Clare and Waterford on April 24th for a place in the Munster semi-final. 


 

Kerry rattled by battling Premier 

Kerry 1-12 Tipperary 2-7 

By Brendan Larkin for the Irish Examiner newspaper 

Thursday, April 15, 2010 

KERRY had their expected victory over Tipperary in the opening round of the ESB Munster MFC in Tralee last night but it was a close-run thing in the finish as Tipperary banged in two late goals to leave the home side hanging on with just two points to spare. In truth the final scoreline is not a true reflection of the game as Kerry were always in control of a game that rarely reached the heights. However had the visitors not wasted a gilt-edged goal chance in the opening half, the result might have been different. Judgment on this Kerry team will be reserved until later but the majority of the 2,002 spectators went home happy in the knowledge that there are a couple of excellent players on the horizon. 

Full back David Culhane, centre back Laurence Bastible and wing back and captain James Walsh excelled in defence; Damien Somers and George Durrant did well at midfield after a shaky start while up front the pace of Mark Reen, and the excellent point scoring of Eanna O’Connor and Gavin O’Grady ensured the home side advanced to the semi-final. Playing an excellent brand of direct fast football, Kerry hit Tipp early and often with scores to lead 1-4 to nil after just eight minutes and the signs were ominous for the visitors. Mark Reen began the scoring burst with a point after 40 seconds and when the same player took a delightful pass from Gavin O’Grady before slipping home a goal, Kerry got the best possible start. 

Eanna O’Connor who was the only survivor from the starting 15 which won last year’s title, landed a point from a sideline kick and to confirm just how dominant Kerry were in that opening period, Gavin O’Grady pointed a 40-metre free to put his side seven points ahead. Kerry were totally on top in most sectors of the field but strangely, struggled at midfield where the tall Kevin Seymour and John O’Callaghan were dominant, and it came as a surprise when Tipp took off Seymour in the 20th minute. 

Tipperary switched full forward Billy Hewitt out onto the 40 for the remainder of the half and it had the desired effect. They finally got on the scoresheet with a Liam Boland point and two more by Hewitt had them back in the game. Hewitt lost a glorious chance of a goal when Liam Boland put him through, but with only the keeper to beat, he blazed wide. It was a huge let off for Kerry who had gone eight minutes without a score before Barry Dwyer landed a point which gave his side a 1-6 to 0-3 half-time lead. 

Kerry maintained their strong grip in the second half and the scores continued to flow. By the end of the third quarter they had stretched their lead to nine points, 1-11 to 0-5 and looked on course for a comprehensive victory. However Tipp finished strongly with two goals in the closing minutes, and were made to rue that costly miss by Billy Hewitt in the first half. 

Scorers for Kerry: M Reen, 1-2; G O’Grady, 0-4, (2f); E O’Connor, 0-3, (2f); B Dwyer, 0-2; T Hickey, 0-1. 

Scorers for Tipperary: L Boland, 1-3 (0-1f); S Leahy, 1-1; B Hewitt, 0-3, (1f). 

KERRY: P McCarthy; P Kilkenny, D Culhane, F McNamara; J Walsh, L Bastible, J Hickson; D Somers, G Durrant; M Reen, T Hickey, M Mangan; B Dwyer, G O’Grady, E O’Connor.
Subs: J Moynihan for Dwyer, 42; T Morley for O’Grady, A Thompson for Hickson, both 50; E Kiely for Somers, 55; C Cox for O’Connor, 58. 

TIPPERARY: P Nolan; P Dalton, J Ryan, S Taylor; M Murphy, N O’Meara, P O’Meara; K Seymour, J O’Callaghan; D Leahy, B Harkin, B Maher; L Boland, B Hewitt, L McGrath.
Subs: M O’Sullivan for Murphy, 9; S Leahy for Seymour, 20; K Kennedy for N O’Meara, 35; C O’Sullivan for J Ryan, 44; S Power for B Maher, 45; L Treacy for D Leahy, 50. 

Referee: Roy Hickey (Clare). 


 Kerry survive late blitz 

 For the Irish Independent newspaper 

Kerry 1-12 Tipperary 2-7 

Thursday April 15 2010 

Two Tipperary goals in injury-time put a gloss on the scoreline as Kerry, under new boss Pat O’Driscoll, advanced at Austin Stack Park.  Mark Reen opened Kerry’s account with a superb point in the second minute before Thomas Hickey added another within 60 seconds.  Hickey then raced through the middle in the fourth minute and fed Gavin O’Grady, who passed to Reen, who blasted the ball to Tipperary net.  Eanna O’Connor saw his sideline ball hop over the bar and O’Grady made it 1-4 to 0-0 in the eighth minute with a pointed free. 

Two Billy Hewitt points and a Liam Boland free was all Tipp’ could muster as Kerry led 1-6 to 0-3 at the interval.  Kerry took over again in the third quarter with points from O’Connor, O’Grady and Hickey as they led 1-11 to 0-4. However Tipperary never gave up and two late goals from Boland and Shane Leahy cut the deficit to two points. 

Scorers — Kerry: M Reen 1-2, G O’Grady 0-4 (2f), E O’Connor 0-3 (1f), T Hickey 0-2, B Dwyer 0-1. Tipperary: L Boland 1-3 (0-1f), S Leahy 1-1, B Hewitt 0-3 (1f) 

Kerry — P McCarthy, P Kilkenny, D Culhane, F McNamara, J Walsh, L Bastible, J Hickson, D Somers, G Durant, M Reen, T Hickey, M Mangan, B Dwyer, G O’Grady, E O’Connor. Subs: J Moynihan for B Dwyer (47), T Morley for G O’Grady (50), A Thompson for J Hickson (54), E Kiely for D Somers (58), C Cox for E O’Connor (60). 

Tipperary — P Nolan, P Dalton, J Ryan, S Taylor, M Murphy, N O’Meara, P O’Meara, K Seymour, J O’Callaghan, D Leahy, B Harkin, B Maher, L Boland, B Hewitt, L McGrath. Subs: M O’Sullivan for M Murphy (10), S Leahy for K Seymour (25), K Kennedy for N O’Meara (32) ( blood) , C O’Sullivan for J Ryan (44), S Power for D Leahy(44) , L Treacy for B Maher (46). 

Ref — R Hickey (Clare) 


Perfect start puts Kerry clearFrom the Irish Times newspaper  

MUNSTER MFC FIRST ROUND/Kerry 1-12 Tipperary 2-7: TWO LATE Tipperary goals put a gloss on the score as a Kerry side under new boss Pat O’Driscoll deservedly advanced at Austin Stack Park last night. Kerry did the damage in opening eight minutes with an explosive scoring burst of 1-4 without reply.  Mark Reen opened Kerry’s account with a superb point in the second minute and Thomas Hickey added another within a minute. Tipperary were chasing shadows as Hickey raced through the middle in the fourth minute and he fed Gavin O’Grady, who quickly transferred the ball to the inrushing Mark Reen, who blasted the ball to Tipperary net. Two Billy Hewitt points and a Liam Boland free was all Tipp had to show as Kerry led 1-6 to 0-3 at the interval.Kerry took over again in the third quarter with a string of points from Eanna O’Connor, Gavin O’Grady and Hickey as they looked to be cruising as they led 1-11 to 0-4 at the end of the third quarter. Tipperary never gave up as Kerry ran their bench and two late goals from Boland and Shane Leahy cut the deficit to two points. Time, however, was not on Tipperary’s side. 

KERRY: P McCarthy; P Kilkenny, D Culhane, F McNamara; J Walsh, L Bastible, J Hickson; D Somers, G Durant; M Reen (1-2), T Hickey (0-2), M Mangan; B Dwyer (0-1), G O’Grady (0-4, two frees), E O’Connor (0-3, one free). Subs: J Moynihan for B Dwyer (47 mins); T Morley for G O’Grady (50); A Thompson for J Hickson (54); E Kiely for D Somers (58); C Cox for E O’Connor (60). 

TIPPERARY: P Nolan; P Dalton, J Ryan, S Taylor; M Murphy, N O’Meara, P O’Meara; K Seymour, J O’Callaghan; D Leahy, B Harkin, B Maher; L Boland (1-3, 0-1 from free), B Hewitt (0-3, one free), L McGrath. Subs: M O’Sullivan for M Murphy (10 mins); S Leahy (1-1) for K Seymour (25); K Kennedy for N O’Meara (32, blood); C O’Sullivan for J Ryan (44); S Power for D Leahy (44); L Treacy for B Maher (46). Referee: R Hickey (Clare)
 Team News The Tipperary Minor Football team to play Kerry in the Munster Minor Football Championship in Tralee this evening is: 1. Paul Nolan                     Clonmel Commercials
2. Paddy Dalton                 Arravale Rovers – Captain       
3. Jonathan Ryan               Ardfinnan        
4. Shane Taylor                 Clonmel Commercials
5. Micheál Murphy            Ballylooby/Castlegrace
6. Niall O’Meara                Kilruane MacDonaghs
7. Padraig O’Meara           Shannon Rovers          
8. Kevin Seymour              Burgess           
9. John O’Callaghan           Ballyporeen     
10. Donagh Leahy               Arravale Rovers          
11. Benny Harkin                 Borris-Ileigh    
12. Bill Maher                      Kilsheelan/Kilcash       
13. Liam Boland                  Moyle Rovers  
14. Billy Hewitt                    Ardfinnan        
15. Liam McGrath               Loughmore/Castleiney
  

The Kerry Minor Team to play in the Munster Quarter Final is as follows:1. Padraig McCarthy Rathmore 2. Pa Kilkenny Glenbeigh/Glencar 3. David Culhane Ballylongford 4. Ferghal McNamara Austin Stacks 5. James Walsh Knocknagoshel Captain 6. Laurence Bastible John Mitchels 7. Jason Hickson Annascaul 8. Damien Summers St Senans 9. George Durrant Dingle 10. Mark Reen Rathmore 11. Thomas Hickey Castleisland Desmonds 12. Marcus Mangan Milltown/Castlemaine 13. Barry Dwyer Waterville 14. Gavin O’Grady Glenbeigh/Glencar 15. Eanna O’Connor St Michael’s Foilmore
Substitutes are: 16. Damien Horgan St Mary’s Caherciveen 17. John Moynihan Rathmore 18. Andrew Thompson Kerins O’Rahillys 19. Tadhg Morley Templenoe 20. Daniel Daly St Mary’s Caherciveen 21. Eamonn Kiely Brosna 22. Conor Cox Listowel Emmett’s 23. Alan O’Leary Kenmare 24. Pa Wrenn Milltown/CastlemaineManager Pat O’Driscoll Ardfert
Selectors: Willie Maher ( Kilcummin,) Michael Moynihan (Na Gaeil), John Shanahan (Valentia) and Padraig Corkery (Dingle)

ESB Munster Minor Football Championship – Cork 1-9 Clare 0-9

Cork defeated Clare by 1-9 to 0-9 in the ESB Munster Minor Football Championship on Wednesday at Cusack Park Ennis.

Rebels survive stern Banner test

Cork 1-9 Clare 0-9

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Thursday, April 15, 2010

CORK progressed as expected in last night’s ESB Munster MFC quarter-final at Cusack Park in Ennis but no one in their camp need to be reminded that they made heavy weather of seeing off a brave and spirited Clare side. The home team were crestfallen at the final whistle of this game and it was easy to understand their dejection, as they appeared on the cusp of a famous win with six minutes remaining. Neat footwork by lively wing-forward Padraig Collins saw him stride through for a left-footed point and with a 0-9 to 1-5 advantage against a Cork team that were down to 14 men after Sean O’Shea saw yellow for the second time in the 37th minute, the momentum appeared to be with Clare.

But while their performance was below-par for large chunks of this match, Cork summoned up the goods when their situation was most critical and they wrestled back the initiative. On a night when they largely flatlined in attack, it was the West Cork combination in their full-forward line that caught fire in the closing stages. Castlehaven’s Brian Hurley tied the game when swinging over a lovely shot with his left in the 57th minute and Ilen Rovers’ Daniel McEoin pushed them ahead when he thumped over a 62nd minute free. With Damien Cahalane lording matters at midfield with three magnificent catches from kickouts in a row, Cork continued to pour forward and belied their numerical disadvantage. There was still time for Hurley and McEoin to grab a point each which gave some gloss to Cork’s eventual winning margin. Clare will head for the backdoor section with regrets that they could not close out this game. They got excellent displays from full-back Graham Johnson, centre-back Enda Boyce and captain Padraig Collins at wing-forward.

But they never led by more than two points in the second half and that meant Cork were able to grip onto their coat-tails. Cork’s resilient streak and some fine individual efforts by Derek Crowley and Tomás Clancy in defence kept them in the hunt, and when the chances presented themselves late on, Hurley and McEoin held their nerve to find the range. The opening half was shrouded in mediocrity with the frequency of referee Keith O’Brien’s whistle blasts for fouls stalling the flow of the game. Cork just edged ahead on the scoreboard 1-2 to 0-2 after the first quarter, yet they owed large debt to good fortune for their advantage. The critical score arrived in the 13th minute when corner-forward Hurley’s under-hit shot for a point looped into the net and Hurley contributed the total sum of Cork’s first-half scores on his own, with two accurate pointed frees to complement that goal.

Cork’s attack carried little punch early on and Clare’s defence, spearheaded by Johnson and Boyce, soaked up the pressure. By half-time the sides were locked together 1-2 to 0-5. Yet that state of parity masked the fact that Clare should have been in front given their territorial dominance. Deep-lying half-forwards Seanie Malone and Padraig Collins were impressive ball-carriers, while their ploy of using Darragh Sexton as a third midfielder paid dividends. Tony Kelly and Niall Hickey looked useful in their contributions close to goal, and they each popped up with a splendid point.

Clare began the second half with Niall Hickey curling over and big midfielder Aidan Malone popping over a free. By the 38th minute they were 0-7 to 1-2 ahead and coupled with the dismissal of O’Shea, everything looked to be falling in favour of the home side. Cork ploughed on and a point apiece by Hurley and McEoin brought them back into contention at 1-4 to 0-7 by the 42nd minute. Hickey pushed Clare ahead again before a McEoin free tied matters again with 10 to go. Scores were at a premium now but Collins fine shot in the 54th minute seemed to be crucial, only for Cork’s powerful late rally to ensure they triumphed.

Scorers for Cork: B Hurley, 1-5 (0-3f); D McEoin, 0-4 (0-2f).

Scorers for Clare: A Malone (3f), N Hickey, 0-3 each;, P Collins, 0-2; T Kelly 0-1.

CORK: D Hanrahan; D Crowley, S O’Shea, D O’Donovan; T Clancy, D O’Carroll, M O’Shea; D Cahalane, J Byrne; J O’Rourke, A Cronin, C O’Sullivan; D McEoin, T Hegarty, B Hurley.

Subs: D Murphy for O’Donovan (24), P Hicks for O’Sullivan (ht), D Lester for O’Carroll (41), D Ring for Hegarty (44).

CLARE: R Dunne; J Colleran, G Johnson, O Vaughan; S Lineen, E Boyce, W De Loughrey; R Linnane, A Malone; S Malone, C O’Reilly, P Collins; T Kelly, N Hickey, D Sexton. Subs: A Downes for O’Reilly (41), A Murrihy for S Malone (47).

Referee: Keith O’Brien (Tipperary).

Cork 1-9 Clare 0-9

http://www.independent.ie/sport/gaelic-football/mceoin-hurley-sink-clare-2138528.html

Thursday April 15 2010

The Cork minors left it late to secure their semi-final place at Cusack Park, Ennis. Going into injury-time, the scoreboard read Clare 0-9, Cork 1-6, but then a tremendous late burst yielded three points courtesy of corner-forwards Daniel McEoin (two) and Brian Hurley. The young Leesiders had to contend with being a man down for most of the second period after full-back Sean O’Shea was dismissed in the 37th minute for a second yellow card.

A tightly contested game saw the sides level at the break (Cork 1-2 to Clare 0-5), with Cork’s Hurley providing the only goal of the contest in the 13th minute. Cork were wasteful in front of goal over the hour, shooting a total of 14 wides. Midfielder Damien Cahalane was an inspiration for the Rebels while, up-front, McEoin and Hurley showed some sparkle. The home side had to rely on team captain and half-forward Padraig Collins to provide most of their best moments.

Scorers — Cork: B Hurley 1-5 (0-5f), D McEoin 0-4 (2f). Clare: N Hickey, A Malone (3f) 0-3 each, P Collins 0-2, T Kelly 0-1.

Cork — D Hanrahan; D Crowley, S O’Shea, D O’Donovan; T Clancy, D O’Carroll, M O’Shea; D Cahalane, J Byrne; J O’Rourke, A Cronin, C O’Sullivan; D McEoin, T Hegarty, B Hurley. Subs: D Murphy for O’Donovan (24), P Hicks for O’Sullivan (h-t), D Lester for O’Carroll (41), D Ring for Hegarty (45).

Clare — R Dunne; J Colleran, G Johnson, O Vaughan; S Lineen, D Sexton, W De Loughrey; R Linnane, A Malone; S Malone, C O’Reilly, P Collins ; T Kelly, N Hickey, E Boyce. Subs: A Downes for O’Reilly (40), A Murrihy for S Malone (46),

Ref — K O’Brien (Tipperary)

ESB Munster Minor Football Championship – Limerick 3-10 Waterford 2-4

Limerick defeated Waterford by 3-10 to 2-4 in the ESB Munster Minor Football Championship on Wednesday at Kilmallock.

Limerick keep brave Déise at bay

Limerick 3-10 Waterford 2-4

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Thursday, April 15, 2010

A WELL-DRILLED, highly-skilled Limerick were far too strong for Waterford in this opening round of the Munster MFC in Kilmallock last night, qualifying for a semi-final meeting with Kerry and condemning the Déise boys to a backdoor meeting with Clare on Monday evening next. From the time corner-forward Danny Frewn blasted home the first Limerick goal in the fifth minute, the signs were good for the home side; by the 13th minute they were looking home and hosed, 2-4 on the board (wing-forward Brian Noonan with the second major) with Waterford yet to register. The visitors made a fight of it and in the next 10 minutes, in their best spell of the match, they scored 1-2 without reply. Full-forward Eoin Walsh opened Waterford’s account with a point and talented corner-forward Paul White then notched 1-1, and it was game on. Limerick responded well, however, and two further points (one each from Jamie Lee and freetaker Pádraig Scanlon) made it 2-6 to 1-3 at the break, double scores.

On the resumption of play Limerick again had a tonic start, a goal after three minutes, when the alert Patrick O’Donnell pounced on a dropped ball by Waterford keeper Conor Mulcahy. Again, however, Waterford refused to lie down, and though Limerick built on their lead with points from hard-running corner-back Shane Reynolds (point of the match, in fact) and Padraig Scanlon, a second Waterford goal – from White again – had the margin back to just seven points (3-8 to 2-4) with 10 minutes left to play. In the last quarter, Limerick went to the bench, and the fresh legs of Seán O’Donnell, Liam Quinn and the pacy Kevin Brosnan was enough to see the well-supported home team record a well-merited win.

They’re a talented bunch, this Limerick team, strong down the middle of the defence where the tenacious Shane O’Connor – mentioned already – was always on top, James O’Meara a class act at centre-back. Midfielders Ian Corbett and Padraig Scanlon are both dangerous as supplementary attackers but also cover back well, while Dara Treacy – nominally full-forward but given a roving role – was man-of-the-match. They have real pace too, in defence and attack, in corner-forward Danny Frewn especially. Frewn scored one goal and could easily have had a hat-trick. As for Waterford, they too had their performers (and Paul White will do damage against any team, given a decent supply of ball) but sadly, on this night at least, not enough of either.

Scorers for Limerick: P O’Donnell, 1-2; P Scanlon, 0-5 (3f); D Frewn, 1-1; B Noonan, 1-0; S Reynolds, J Lee, 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: P White 2-1 (0-1f); E Walsh, E Power, C O’Shea, 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: J Greaney; S Reynolds, S O’Connor, B McCarthy; M O’Leary, J O’Meara, B Doherty; I Corbett (capt), P Scanlon; B Noonan, M Brosnahan, P O’Donnell; J Lee, D Treacy, D Frewn.

Subs: G O’Connor for Brosnahan, 43; S O’Donnell for Noonan, 55; L Quinn for O’Donnell, 55; K Doody for Lee, 56; K Brosnan for O’Leary, 59.

WATERFORD: C Mulcahy; C O’Hare, K Phelan, S McGrath; L O Corraoin, D Duggan, B Carroll; R Sheehan, D O’Brien (capt); E O Ceallaigh, S Lawless, E Power; D Hallihan, E Walsh, P White.

Subs: C O’Shea for Lawless, 38; R Dunfort for O’Brien, 45; C Condon for O Ceallaigh, 47; L Middleton for O’Hare, 57.

Referee: G O Loinsigh (Kerry).

Frewen sends Limerick on way

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Limerick 3-10 Waterford 2-4

Thursday April 15 2010

Limerick cruised into the next round when they outplayed Waterford in Kilmallock. A goal inside two minutes by Danny Frewen put Limerick on their way and when Brian Noonan got a second after 10 minutes, the home side were up 2-3 to 0-0. The Treaty County went on to lead 2-6 to 1-2 at the interval with full-forward Eoin Walsh getting the Waterford goal.

Limerick kept up the pressure on the resumption and a goal by Pat O’Donell killed off the game as a contest. Such was their dominance that corner-back Shane Reynolds was able to move forward sufficiently to score a point. Waterford introduced Cormac Condon for Eanna O Ceallaigh late on and Condon got their second goal, but it was too late as Limerick had the game won at that stage..

Scorers — Limerick: P Scanlon 0-5 (0-4f), D Frewen, P O’Donnell 1-1 each, B Noonan 1-0, J Lee 0-2, S Reynolds 0-1. Waterford: E Walsh 1-1, C Condon 1-0, S Lawless, E Power P White 0-1 each.

Limerick — J Greaney; S Reynolds, S O’Connor, B McCarthy; M O’Leary, J O’Meara, B Doherty; I Corbett, P Scanlon; B Noonan, M Brosnahan, P O’Donnell; J Lee, D Treacy, D Frewen. Subs: S O’Donnell for Noonan, G O’Connor for Brosnahan, K Doody for Lee, K Brosnahan for O’Leary.

Waterford — C Mulcahy; C O’Hare, K Phelan, S McGrath; L O Corraoin, D Duggan, B Carroll; R Sheehan, D O’Brien; E O Ceallaigh, S Lawless, E Power; D Hanlon, E Walsh, P White. Sub: C Condon for O Ceallaigh.

Ref — G Lynch, Kerry