Cork Camogie Senior Championship Final – Inniscarra 4-9 Imokilly 4-9

Inniscarra and Imokilly drew in the Cork Camogie Senior Championship Final on a scoreline of 4-9 to 4-9 on Sunday at CIT.

Clare Senior Football Championship Final – Doonbeg 0-11 Liscannor 0-7

Doonbeg defeated Liscannor by 0-11 to 0-7 in the Clare Senior Football Championship Final on Sunday at Cusack Park Ennis.

Kerry Senior Hurling Championship Final – Ballyduff 2-18 Lixnaw 2-9

Ballyduff defeated Lixnaw by 2-18 to 2-9 in the Kerry Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

Cork Senior Hurling Championship Final – Sarsfields 1-17 Glen Rovers 0-18

Sarsfields defeated Glen Rovers by 1-17 to 0-18 in the Cork Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday in Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Sars show true grit to battle back for victory

Sarsfields 1-17 Glen Rovers 0-18

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, October 11, 2010

A DRAW would have been the popular result in this entertaining, hard-fought and closely contested Cork senior hurling final in Páirc Uí Chaoimh yesterday. Truth be told, however, and all due respect to what had been a mighty effort by the men from the Glen – this year’s Cinderella team from Cork city’s northside – a draw would have been hard on Sars, very hard. Only marginally, yes, but those small margins are what make the difference at this level.

On a pleasant afternoon in the park, albeit on a pitch made greasy by the recent torrential rains, both teams came to play. Four points was the maximum advantage either side ever had, Sars in the opening half (1-3 to 0-2, 14th minute), and that due only to a very fortuitous goal. A huge breeze-assisted free from outstanding corner-back Conor O’Sullivan, from wide left just outside his own 45m, carried all the way to the Glen square, but keeper Cathal Hickey was both unsighted and distracted by the presence and attempted ‘doubles’ on the dropping ball of a couple of Sars attackers. Ball ended up in the net, which drew genuine sympathy from Sars keeper and captain Alan Kennedy – “I have so much time for Cathal, an incredible guy – before the game he came up and shook my hand.”

The Glen recovered well from that setback and by the 23rd minute, with five points from the magnificent blade of Patrick Horgan (came into the game with a 10-pt championship average, 6-32 in seven games, notched another ten here), one each from the impressive Dean Brosnan and Brian Moylan, they were level, 1-4 to 0-7. Another huge free from O’Sullivan, however, this one a point, a fine brace from wing-forward Gavin O’Loughlin, then Cian McCarthy’s second of the half, against two more from Horgan, and Sars went in at the break two points ahead, 1-8 to 0-9. Though Sars opened the scoring immediately after the restart, another McCarthy pointed free, the third quarter was dominated by the Glen and in the 51st minute, captain David Cunningham leading by example on the 40, defenders Gavin and Brian Moylan with a point apiece, Brosnan and Horgan also in on the scoring act, they had taken what looked like a game-winning three-point lead, 0-17 to 1-11.

Then came the storming Sars finish, however, and fittingly, it was led by a point from hard-working never-say-die Kieran ‘Fraggie’ Murphy. His only point of the game, and it was set up for him by another ne’er-say-die hero, the towering Michael Cussen. Seven shots Michael had on goal in this game, seven wides, yet he never dropped the head, never stopped shooting, never stopped trying. He had his just reward too, in the final minute, super control of a high Daniel Roche centre, then a shot to the net despite being double-fouled; the goal was called back, whistle sounded by referee Dave Copps (excellent performance) and penalty awarded before the shot was taken, but no matter.

Cian McCarthy rocketed the ball high over the bar to give the Sars a two-point cushion entering injury-time. A rocky few minutes they were too, for Sars, but the closest the Glen could come was a 20m free from wide right in the last action of the game, drilled low by Patrick Horgan, comfortably saved and cleared. Close, by the Glen, but closed out by the Sars.

Scorers for Sarsfields: C McCarthy 0-8 (0-6 frees, 0-1 65); C O’Sullivan 1-1 (frees); G O’Loughlin 0-3; T Óg Murphy 0-3; K Murphy, D Kearney, 0-1 each.

Scorers for Glen Rovers: P Horgan 0-10 (0-8 frees, 0-1 65); D Brosnan 0-2; D Cunningham 0-2; B Moylan 0-2 (0-1 free); G Moylan, D Busteed, 0-1 each.

Subs for Sarsfields: Sarsfields: R Murphy (O’Driscoll inj. 42); W Kearney (O’Loughlin 53); P Ryan (O’Kelly-Lynch 58).

Glen Rovers subs: D Busteed (Cronin 19); E Cronin (Whitty 42).

Referee: D Copps (Ballyhea)

Tipperary Camogie Senior Championship Final – Burgess/Duharra 1-14 Toomevara 2-9

Burgess/Duharra defeated Toomevara by 1-14 to 2-9 after extra time in the Tipperary Camogie Senior Championship Final on Sunday in the Tipperary County Camogie grounds at The Ragg.

Senior county final

Burgess/Duharra 1.14, Toomevara 2.9. (aet)

A huge crowd at the weekend’s camogie showpiece was treated to a spectacular game of skill, determination and excitement as these two teams gave their all in 80 minutes, with Burgess/Duharra claiming their first senior title.

Eimear McDonnell was first to pop up for Burgess to register their first point inside the first minute. Not to be out done, Aine Brislane plucked a ball from the air & Toomevara were level inside the second minute. Combining well together for Burgess/Duharra, Tara Kennedy at wing forward worked hard to set up Eimear McDonnell for the next three points while Tara also pointed. With 20 minutes gone in the half Burgess were in control and were leading 5 points to 1.

Toomevara then had their spell of dominance, with Aoife Ryan and Nicole Walsh pointing. Aine Brislane, who was proving to be a handful for the Burgess defense, was left unmarked and she capitalized with a cracking goal. Now a point up, Toomevara pushed forward with a pointed free from Nicole Walsh. However, Eimear McDonnell pointed a free and on the stroke of half time Ciara Gaynor also pointed to ensure that Burgess had hauled Toomevara back level 0.7 to 1.4.

The first 7 minutes of the second half was a ding dong battle with both defenses standing firm. It was up to Eimear McDonnell to latch onto a speculative ball to score Burgess much needed goal. Both teams exchanged points for the next 10 minutes. Then in the 22nd minute, a 21 yard free for Toomevara was blasted to the back of Burgess net. Suddenly, Toomevara again found themselves ahead by a point, but once again it was Eimear McDonnell who steadied the ship for Burgess with a pointed free. Deep into injury time, Nicole Walsh saw her free sail narrowly wide for Toomevara. At full time of normal time sides were level at 1.9 to 2.6.

Within the first minute of extra time Eimear McDonnell pointed a free, and she pointed another while Nicole Walsh matched her tally to again leave the sides level in the first period. Three pointed frees from Eimear McDonnell in the second period could only be matched by Toomevara `s solitary effort, so it was with huge relief when the final whistle was sounded, and finally, Burgess/Duharra claimed the title of county champions.

Both teams must be complimented for their efforts, and after last years agonizing defeat in the final minute, Burgess/Duharra can now confine that ghost to history. Eimear McDonnell contributed so much to this win, as did Therese Brophy, Tara Kennedy and Deirdre McDonnell. Toomevara also had their star players. Trisha Ryan at corner back and Maria Tynan at centre back both shone. Up front, Aine Brislane created a lot of difficult moments for Burgess, while Nicole Walsh’s free taking kept them in touch, however her threat was some what diluted when she was moved back to support her defenders.

Burgess/Duharra now go on to represent Tipperary in the munster semi final this Saturday October 16th when they travel to play Inniscarra of Cork. Time and venue for this game has yet to be confirmed. All associated with Tipperary Camogie wish them the very best of luck as they build on their success.