All Ireland Junior Club Hurling Championship Q-Final – Meelin (Cork) 2-15 Fullen Gales Birmingham (Lancashire) 0-8

O’Riordan on song as Meelin march into final four

by Anthony McLaughlin for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, January 24, 2011

Meelin (Cork) 2-15 Fullen Gaels (Lancashire) 0-8

MUNSTER champions Meelin progressed to an All-Ireland Club JHC semi-final in Birmingham on Sunday but manager Liam Ryan wasn’t resting on any laurels. Ryan said: “It was always going to be a tricky assignment today and I’m happy to be getting out of here with the win. Goals win games and the two at the start were the killer blow. I was disappointed with our second-half display, I think there is more in us than what we showed. We’ll have to up the ante for the next round but hopefully the same result again will take us to Croke Park.”

Two first half goals from Shane O’Riordan provided the platform for the Meelin victory. His first came after five minutes when he fired a low shot past John Farrell. Quarter of an hour later O’Riordan again seized the initiative from half-forward and sprinted towards goal to fire another low effort past Farrell. Farrell came to his side’s rescue with two fine saves to deny DJ O’Sullivan and hat-trick chasing O’Riordan. Eamonn Brosnan was proving proficient from the set piece landing his sixth score of the game on the 40th minute mark as Gaels struggled to keep in touch.

Scorers for Meelin: S O’Riordan (2-3), E Brosnan (0-6), B O’Sullivan (0-2), W Buckley, J Forrest, L Collins, J Forrest (0-1) each.

Scorers for Fullen Gaels: K Codd (0-4), C Maskey (0-2), P O’Brien, A Gray (0-1) each.

MEELIN: S M O’Sullivan; M Forrest, D O’Riordan, D Linehan; W Buckley, K Collins, J Forrest; L Collins, W Murphy; B O’Sullivan, S O’Riordan, J Forrest; E Brosnan, C Murphy, D J O’Sullivan.

Subs for Meelin:B Collins for L Collins (53), TJ Brosnan for W Murphy (55), J O’Doherty for J Forrest (61), D O’Callaghan for D.J. O’Sullivan (65).

FULLEN GAELS: J Farrell; B Griffiths, E Hansberry, S O’Hanlon; P Breen, P Murphy, K Driver; K Codd, N Morris; P Gray, R Connor, C Maskey; P O’Brien, C Cafferkey, A Gray.

Sub: C Vaughan for B Griffiths (55).

Referee: R Mathews

Waterford Crystal Cup Hurling Q-Final – Clare 3-14 LIT 0-15

McMahon brace gives Banner the edge

by Gerry Quinn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, January 24, 2011

Clare 3-14 Limerick IT 0-15

CLARE claimed the spoils in Saturday’s Waterford Crystal Cup clash at Sixmilebridge but losing manager Davy Fitzgerald wasn’t too disheartened by the outcome. “We were missing Seamus Callinan, Sean Collins, James McInerney and Joe Canning today — all good lads. But we are delighted that we got that game. I didn’t care that much about winning it because Wednesday week (and the Fitzgibbon Cup) is when we really want to win.” The game’s turning point came in the 51st minute. With the students leading by a point (0-11 to 0-10), Banner centre-forward Diarmuid McMahon grabbed two goals inside 60 seconds after good work on both occasions by impressive youngster Conor McGrath. McMahon’s brace handed the initiative back to the Banner men and sub Adrian Donovan added a third to book their place in the last four.

Scorers for Clare: D McMahon (2-2), C Ryan 0-4 (0-2f), A Donovan (1-0), F Lynch, C McGrath (0-1f) 0-3 each, D Morey, C McInerney (0-1) each.

Scorers for Limerick IT: W Hyland 0-6 (0-2f), B Gaffney 0-5 (0-3f, 0-1 ‘65), S Lambert, M Flaherty, P Browne, P O’Brien (0-1) each.

CLARE: P Brennan; M Earley, C Dillon, J Gunning; C O’Doherty, J McInerney, L Markham; N O’Connell, C Ryan; F Lynch, D McMahon, C Tierney; C McGrath, D Morey, C McInerney.

Subs: C O’Donovan for Morey (half-time), A Donovan for Tierney (51).

LIMERICK IT: M Ryan (Tipperary); E Glynn (Clare), C Cowen (Tipperary), C Cooney (Clare); J Hayes (Limerick), P Donnellan (Clare), J O’Keeffe (Tipperary); P Browne (Limerick), P O’Brien (Limerick); S Lambert (Galway), W Hyland (Laois), S Tobin (Limerick); P Landers (Galway), B Gaffney (Clare), M Flaherty (Clare).

Subs: D Reale (Limerick) for Gaffney (56), M Duggan (Clare) for Landers (57), B Glynn (Clare) for Tobin (66).

Referee: M O’Connor (Limerick)

Waterford Crystal Cup Hurling Q-Final – UL 1-9 WIT 1-11 (match abandoned)

Fog halts Waterford IT

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Waterford IT 1-11 UL 1-9

(Match abandoned after 48 minutes)

Monday January 24 2011

Just when this tie was about to spring to life, the game had to be abandoned due to dense fog, at which stage Waterford IT were in front by two points. Switched from Limerick to Newtownshandrum and with the starting time changed, the sides delivered an entertaining first half and were level at the interval 1-4 to 0-7. The Limerick goal was struck by Tommy Connors before Kieran Grehan responded with a green flag of his own after 40 minutes to put Waterford IT in front 1-9 to 1-7 and both sides had two further points before referee Diarmuid Kirwan called the contest to a halt.

Note – WIT have subsequently withdrawn from the competition and UL will go on to play Cork in the semi-final.

Scorers — Waterford IT: K Grehan 1-2, T Hammersley 0-4 (2f), S Power, M Sheedy 0-2 each, B Burke 0-1. UL: A Quinn 0-5 (3f), T Connor 1-0, A Hogan, B Cronin, P Kelly, Brennan 0-1 each

UL– T Lowry; D Lynch, M Walsh, K Fox; K Murphy, J Gallagher, A Hogan; N O’Murchu, P Cronin; T Connors, P Murphy, M Collins; D Walton, P Kelly, Brennan Subs: M Malone for Fox, T O’Brien for O’Murchu, D Butler for Cronin, A Quinn for Brennan.

Waterford IT — L Tierney; B Kenny, N Hutchinson, P Nolan; J Dowling, E Barrett, M Moloney; J Gahon, B Burke; S Power, M Sheedy,A Shorthall; R Moloughney, K Grehan, T Hammersley Sub: L Harney for Gahon

Ref — D Kirwan (Cork)