All Ireland Vocational School Inter County Senior Hurling Semi Final – Tipperary 2-17 Galway 1-14

Tipperary 2-17 Galway 1-14

From the Irish Independent newspaper

A late flourish, which saw Tipperary bag 1-4 without reply in the closing five minutes, ensured a hard-earned victory over a battling Galway side in a hotly contested All-Ireland VS SHC semi-final at a rain-soaked Nenagh yesterday.

Scorers —

Tipperary: E Ryan 1-6 (5f), T Cleary 1-3, N O’Meara 0-4, T Heffernan 0-3, J Samson 0-1.

Galway: K Cullinane 0-4, P Flaherty 0-3, D Burke 0-3 (1 ’65’); C O’Shea 1-0, K Killilea, S Sweeney 0-2 each

Dr. Harty Cup Hurling Semi-Final – Charleville CBS 3-17 Our Lady’s Templemore 1-9

Powerful Charleville bridge 73-year gap

Charleville CBS 3-17 Our Lady’s, Templemore 1-09

By Brendan Larkin for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, February 07, 2011

CHARLEVILLE CBS produced a marvellous display at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick yesterday to reach the Dr Harty Cup final for the first time since 1938. Hurling with confidence across the field, they brushed aside a weak challenge from the Templemore side and there was never a hint of defeat after Darren Sheehy put them ahead with a point in the opening minute. Their full back line of Shane Butler, John Madigan and John Walsh kept a very tight rein on the Templemore forwards, for whom only Liam McGrath and Oisin Jordan threatened.
Charleville coach Kevin Butler, who ironically plays his hurling with Drom and Inch, beamed at the final whistle. “I didn’t see such a comprehensive victory coming,” he said. “All credit to the lads, they have worked extremely hard to get to the final and while we are up against a very serious outfit in Ardscioil Ris, we won’t be found wanting. We were on the easier side of the draw but all the games had to be won. “I knew early in the season we had a very good team and they showed (here) just how good they are. “There are three weeks to the final, and we’ll put in the work to be ready. In a two-horse race anything can happen.”

This match lacked any real atmosphere or sparkle, was riddled with frees from start to finish, and it will be hard to see champions Ardscoil Ris slipping up in the final. Having won the round robin game between the schools, Our Lady’s were confident of repeating that victory over their North Cork opponents, but on the day they ran up against a confident Charleville side that led from start to finish. Sheehy’s point in the first minute put Charleville on their way and with Pa O’Callaghan sparkling at corner forward and later on out in the centre, they were full value for their 0-5 to 0-2 lead by the 15th minute. Only the accuracy of Liam McGrath kept Our Lady’s from being completely over run, and when the classy O’Callaghan brushed his way past a couple of defenders before drilling to the net, Charleville were 1-8 to 0-6 clear as the referee blew for the interval.

Our Lady’s threatened a comeback with three points in a row, two by McGrath within minutes of the restart. But this was always going to be Charleville’s day and after they tacked on three in a row of their own, they effectively killed off the Templemore challenge with a superb second goal from James O’Brien. Mark Kavanagh added a third a minute later when he availed of hesitancy on the part of the Templemore ‘keeper to claim John Morrissey’s long delivery and put his side into an unassailable 3-12 to 0-9 lead at the three quarter stage. Our Lady’s goaled late in the game when Liam McGrath converted a penalty for a foul on himself, but a confident Charleville outfit held all the aces to set up an intriguing final against the defending champions.

Scorers for Charleville: P O’Callaghan 0-9 (0-6 frees); J O’Brien 2-2; M Kavanagh 1-0; T Rea 0-2; D Sheehy, M O’Loughlin, J Morrissey, G Kelleher 0-1 each.

Scorers for Our Lady’s: L McGrath 1-6 (1-4 frees, 0-1 65); O Jordan, S Hassett, J McGrath 0-1 each.

CHARLEVILLE CBS: TJ Garvey; S Butler, J Madigan, J Walsh; C Twomey, D Reidy, A Dennehy; D Sheehy, M O’Loughlin; T Rea, M Kavanagh, J Morrissey; D Copps, J O’Brien, P O’Callaghan.
Subs: G Kelleher for Copps (50); B Morrissey for Rea (55); J McCarthy for O’Callaghan (50); D McCarthy for J Walsh (50).

OUR LADY’S: SP Guerins; J Nyland, K Kennedy, T. Meade; L Mullally, Y Hamill, J Moloney; C O’Riordan, L Treacy; L McGrath, S Hassett, J McGrath; M Kelly, J Bergin, O Jordan.
Subs: B. Kennedy for Mullally (45); P. Meade for Kennedy (50); D. Donnelly for O’Riordan (50).

Referee: M. O’Connor (Limerick)

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Tipperary 0-10 Limerick 0-6

Tipperary defeated Limerick by 0-10 to 0-6 in Round 1 of the National Football League Division 3 on Sunday at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Report by Ed Donnelly

In the heavy conditions, both sides struggled in the first half where poor shooting and wayward passing were the name of the game. As a result, scores were at a premium, 4 in all with Limerick getting 3 of them to lead by 0-3 to 0-1 at the interval. Tipperary had 14 shots on goal in the first half which accounted for 1 point, 9 wides, 2 dropped short, 1 hit the post and 1 deflection for a 45 metre free.

Tipperary needed to be more clinical in the second and they duly obliged, drawing level after 43 minutes and taking the lead in the 51st minute. From there, they built up momentum to lead by 5 points with 10 minutes to go. Two quick Limerick points made the last few minutes interesting and Limerick’s Seamus O’Carroll had a goal chance blocked with two minutes to go when a green flag would have drawn the sides level. Impressive sub Conor Sweeney had the final say with a pointed free after the lively Peter Acheson was fouled and Tipp won out by four points in the end. Limerick’s Mark O’Riordan picked up his second yellow card in the last minute and was sent off.

This was a most disappointing game but in the first weekend in February, its all about the result and John Evans will be very happy to earn 2 points from his first game against one of the favourites for promotion in the division. Tipperary’s best players on the day were Ciaran McDonald, Lorcan Egan, Brian Fox and Peter Acheson. Limerick’s best player was Ger Collins, scorer of 5 points – 3 from play. Too many Limerick players did not step up to the mark and manager Maurice Horan will look for an improvement on the next day out.

Tipperary: Paul Fitzgerald; Ciaran McDonald, Paddy Codd, Andrew Morrissey; Christopher Aylward, Lorcan Egan, Cathal Dillon; Brian Jones (0-1), George Hannigan (0-1); Brian Fox, Philip Austin (0-1), Peter Acheson (0-2); Stephen Hahessy, Seamus Grogan (0-1), Barry Grogan (0-2 frees)

Subs: Dara Dwyer for Cathal Dillon (injured), Conor Sweeney (0-2, 0-1 free) for Stephen Hahessy, Brian Mulvhill for Philip Austin, Niall Curran for Brian Fox

Limerick: Brian Scanlon; Mark Riordan, Johnny McCarthy, Shane Gallagher; John Riordan, Stephen Lucey, Pa Ranahan; Jim Donovan, John Galvin (0-1); Steven Kelly, Philip Corrigan, Seanie Buckley; Ian Ryan, Seamus O’Carroll, Ger Collins (0-5, 0-2 frees)

Referee: Syl Doyle (Wexford)
Tipp’s team effort too much for Treaty

By Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper


TIPPERARY were transformed after half-time at Semple Stadium yesterday as they got off to a winning start against Limerick in Division 3 of the Allianz NFL. In the first-half, the hosts mustered just a single point from 14 shots and registered nine wides, but Limerick didn’t fare much better as they led by 0-3 to 0-1 at the end of a desperately disappointing half. However, Tipp boss John Evans was most encouraged by a strong second-half display, as the winners outscored the visitors by 0-9 to 0-3.

Tipp, relegated last year, also went closest to an elusive goal when substitute Conor Sweeney rattled the crossbar with a ferocious left-footed strike 10 minutes into the second-half. And on a day when little went right for 2010 Division 4 champions Limerick, in Maurice Horan’s first game in charge, dual star Mark O’Riordan was dismissed for a second bookable offence in the final minute. The free count exceeded 40 on an afternoon when referee Syl Doyle flashed eight yellow cards, including the double award to O’Riordan.

Limerick’s experiment of playing John Galvin at full-forward didn’t work as he was well policed by man-of-the-match Ciarán McDonald. Ger Collins hit five points, including three from play, and was by far his team’s outstanding forward while Tipperary produced a better overall team effort, with seven players ending with their names on the scoresheet. Despite playing against the wind, Tipp had the better of the first-half and should have posted a better return by the midway point. But the home side’s accuracy improved immeasurably in the second-half as Peter Acheson caught the eye with two stunning long-range points. George Hannigan had scored Tipperary’s only point in the first-half before Acheson, captain Barry Grogan and impressive sub Sweeney chipped in with a brace apiece as John Evans’ side upped the ante.

Scorers for Tipperary: P Acheson, B Grogan (2f) & C Sweeney (1f), 0-2 each, B Jones, G Hannigan, P Austin & S Grogan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: G Collins 0-5 (2f), J Galvin 0-1.

TIPPERARY: P Fitzgerald; C McDonald, P Codd, A Morrissey; C Aylward, L Egan, C Dillon; B Jones, G Hannigan; B Fox, P Austin, P Acheson; S Hahessy, S Grogan, B Grogan.
Subs: D Dwyer for Dillon (inj, 6), C Sweeney for Hahessy (28), B Mulvihill for Austin (65), N Curran for Fox (70+1).

LIMERICK: B Scanlon; M O’Riordan, J McCarthy, S Gallagher; J Riordan, S Lucey, P Ranahan; J Donovan, J Galvin; S Kelly, P Corrigan, S Buckley; I Ryan, S O’Carroll, G Collins.
Subs: E O’Connor for Buckley (56), J Cooke for Donovan (60), J Mullane for Ryan (61).

Referee: S Doyle (Wexford)

Fixture Details

Semple Stadium 2.30

Tiobraid Árann v Luimneach

Referee: Syl Doyle (Loch Garman)

Admission Details

Ardan O Riain (New Stand) only will be open for the game. Admission will be €10 for adults, €5 for OAPs and students and free for under 16s. Programmes will be €1. All prices are reduced for this year’s league

Team News

The Limerick Senior Football team to play Tipperary in the first round of the Allianz Football League Division 3 on Sunday has been announced.

1. Brian Scanlon

2. Mark Riordan

3. Johnny McCarthy

4. Shane Gallagher

5. John Riordan

6. Stephen Lucey

7. Pa Ranahan

8. Jim Donovan

9. John Galvin

10. Steven Kelly

11. Philip Corrigan

12. Seanie Buckley

13. Ian Ryan

14. Seamus O’Carroll

15. Ger Collins

Dr. Harty Cup Hurling Semi-Final – Ardscoil Rís Limerick 2-19 St. Flannans College Ennis 0-22

Árd Scoil Rís show class of champions

Árd Scoil Rís 2-19 St Flannan’s (Ennis) 0-22

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, February 07, 2011

DEFENDING champions Árd Scoil Rís get a stab at retaining their Dr Harty Cup title after prevailing against St Flannan’s in a thrilling semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds yesterday. There was plenty anticipation before this tie after the splendid form both teams had shown in the quarter-finals and the standard of hurling matched those expectations. Emerging from a tight clash firmly establishes the Limerick school’s credentials to claim silverware and they will enter the final later this month emboldened.

After a closely contested first-half where the teams traded points relentlessly, Árd Scoil Rís made a decisive burst in the third quarter. They outscored their Clare opponents by 2-6 to 0-3 and managing to plunder the only two goals of the game crucially swung matters in their direction. The first arrived in the 38th minute when Shane Dowling rocketed a 20-yard free to the net after John Fitzgibbon had been bundled to the ground. Árd Scoil Rís maintained the momentum and in the 45th minute a lengthy clearance from Declan Hannon evaded the St Flannan’s rearguard, allowing Oisín Hickey to sprint clear and confidently crash the ball past goalkeeper Eoin Enright. St Flannan’s conjured up a spirited revival in the closing stages that almost saw them steal the honours. The switch of the outstanding Tony Kelly to attack aided their cause while corner-forward Shane O’Donnell burst into the game as the Árd Scoil Rís defence struggled to cope with his tricky and incisive play. O’Donnell reeled off three lovely points and when he was hauled down in the 54th minute, Kelly banged over the free to leave it 2-17 to 0-20 in favour of Árd Scoil Rís.

The finale was frenetic as St Flannan’s pounded the Árd Scoil Rís rearguard and they did manage to create goal opportunities. But crucially they failed to raise a green flag from either opening. Árd Scoil Rís netminder PJ Hall diverted a close-range whip by Alan O’Neill out for a ‘65 in the 55th minute and then three minutes later O’Neill flicked the ball towards the net in a crowded goalmouth but the ball rolled inches past the post. Árd Scoil Rís had established an adequate cushion on the scoreboard to survive while the composure of substitute Jack Kelleher and Fitzgibbon was important as they landed late points. The game was illuminated by two exceptional individual scoring returns. Dowling contributed a dazzling tally of 1-10 to the Árd Scoil Rís cause while Kelly racked up a wonderful total of 0-14 for St Flannan’s.

St Flannan’s were grateful for Kelly’s brilliance at the start as they struggled to stifle Árd Scoil Rís in plenty other sectors. The Limerick team sprinted 0-5 to 0-1 clear by the 8th minute with Fitzgibbon and Mark Carmody both illustrating their offensive capabilities. Kelly managed to ignite St Flannan’s challenge with a series of accurate shots from play and frees, and the teams were level at 0-5 apiece by the 12th minute. From there until the break, the hurling was of an extremely high standard with Kelly and Dowling leading the way for their respective teams. Clarecastle attacker Conor O’Gorman did emerge as a potent force for St Flannan’s at wing-forward as he weighed in with three first-half points. Scores by centre-forward Martin O’Leary, Kelly with a brace and O’Gorman altered the complexion of the match approaching the interval as St Flannan’s moved from 0-8 to 0-6 down to be ahead by 0-10 to 0-8.

Árd Scoil Rís responded courtesy of Dowling and Carmody to regain the lead by 0-11 to 0-10 but it was St Flannan’s who closed out the half in style with points by Kelly and O’Gorman edging them in front by 0-12 to 0-11. St Flannan’s did open the second-half in a positive fashion but they were unnerved by the third quarter scoring burst by Árd Scoil Rís, and particularly the goals that Dowling and Hickey registered. Despite a rousing comeback, the Limerick school deservedly advanced to a final meeting with Charleville CBS.

Scorers for Árd Scoil Rís: S Dowling 1-10 (1-7 frees, one ‘65); O Hickey 1-1; M Carmody, J Fitzgibbon 0-3 each; B O’Connor, J Kelleher 0-1 each.

Scorers for St Flannan’s: T Kelly 0-14 (nine frees, one ‘65); C O’Gorman, S O’Donnell 0-3 each; M O’Leary, J Colleran 0-1 each.

ARD SCOIL RÍS: PJ Hall; K Lynch, B O’Connell, D Moloney; A Dempsey, D Hannon, C Keogh; J Shanahan, M Carmody; M Moroney, S Dowling, B O’Connor; K O’Brien, J Fitzgibbon, O Hickey.

Subs: C Lynch for O’Connor (51), J Kelleher for Keogh (55).

ST FLANNAN’S: E Enright; S Morey, G O’Connell, C O’Loughlin; E Boyce, S O’Halloran, C Doohan; T Kelly, J Colleran; P Duggan, M O’Leary, C O’Gorman; S O’Donnell, A O’Neill, J Browne.

Subs: N Purcell for O’Loughlin (50), R O’Loughlin for Browne (56), D Barry for O’Neill (60).

Referee: Noel Cosgrave (Tipperary)

All Ireland Vocational School Inter County Senior Hurling Semi Final – Kilkenny 3-10 Cork 0-11

Goals help Cats quell Rebel threat

Kilkenny 3-10 Cork 0-11

By Diarmuid Sheehan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, February 07, 2011

KILKENNY booked their place in the All-Ireland Vocational Schools Intercounty Hurling final after they easily dismissed a spirited Cork challenge at a wet and windy Mourneabbey on Saturday afternoon. The Cats were fired up right from the first whistle as they hassled and harried an overworked Cork midfield. Goals from Liam Hickey, Lee Kinsella and Denis Lennon proved to be the vital scores in what was a fairly competitive contest.

Cork, aided by a strong wind, opened the brighter and knocked over three tasty points from play inside six minutes to set down a statement of intent. Kilkenny landed the first sucker punch on 10 minutes when wing forward Hickey netted the Cats’ opener to erase Cork’s early lead. The Rebels responded well but found the Kilkenny attack too hot to handle as they opened up a 1-5 to 0-6 by the break, and facing into a stiff wind for the second period was always going to prove too much. The Cork lads stuck doggedly to their task but suffered a hammer blow on 40 minutes when full-forward Kinsella raised the green flag.

Great credit is due to Cork though as they raised their game again and managed to cut the gap to a more manageable four points before their hopes were finally dashed by the concession of a third goal. It was midfield dynamo Lennon who struck this time as the roving number eight found himself at the end of a flowing move, involving five Kilkenny players, and dispatched the ball to the bottom corner sending Cork out of this year’s tournament. Kilkenny will now face reigning champions Tipperary, in what will be a repeat of last year’s final, as the Premier county saw off the challenge of Galway in the other semi-final clash.

Scorers for Kilkenny: L Hickey, L Kinsella, D Lennon 1-1 each; C Martin 0-4 (two frees), J Tobin, W Brennan, C Walsh 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork: M Howard 0-5 (four frees), J Corkery, M Sugrue (0-2) each; L O’Neill, M Vaughan 0-1 each.

KILKENNY: D Walsh; D Aherne, L O’Cinneide, D Power; B Whelan, B O’Murchu, B Quinn; W Brennan, D Lennon; C Walsh, C Martin, J Tobin; L Hickey, L Kinsella, G Malone.

Subs: N Madden for Quinn (40), A Farrell for Malone (40), L Blanchfield for Tobin (55), S Burcheal for Kinsella (58).

CORK: P Allen; J Ryan, J Daly, C Daly; A Barry Murphy, J Pratt, L O’Neill; A Gould, K Dennehy; M Sugrue, C Coleman, C Cullinane; J Corkery, M Howard, M Vaughan.

Subs: C Noonan for O’Neill (40), C Higgins for Vaughan (40), A O’Donovan for Cullinane (40), B Roche for Pratt.

Referee: J Owens (Wexford)

Goals see Cats ease past Cork

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Kilkenny 3-10 Cork 0-11

Kilkenny brushed aside a spirited Cork side at Mourneabbey yesterday.

Goals from Liam Mackey, Lee Kinsella and Denis Lennon proved to be the difference on the day as the Cats booked their spot in the last two with plenty to spare. Last year’s runners-up made light of the wet and windy conditions as they rattled off a selection of impressive scores throughout the 60 minutes.

Scorers –

Kilkenny: L Hickey, L Kinsella, D Lennon 1-1 each; C Martin 0-4 (2f), J Tobin, W Brennan, C Walsh 0-1 each.

Cork: M Howard 0-5 (4f), J Corkery, M Sugrue 0-2 each; L O’Neill, M Vaughan 0-1 each

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Cork 0-17 Kerry 1-13

Cork display champion poise

Cork 0-17 Kerry 1-13

By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, February 07, 2011

AS phoney wars go, this was a compelling one. Ultimately, a victorious one for Cork — and a particularly sweet win for the All-Irelandchampions with Daniel Goulding’s late free deciding matters on Kerry’s home patch — but an intriguing bout for a plethora of reasons. Forget the two red and six yellow cards — this was no grudge match. On a sodden Austin Stack Park pitch, both defences were on their best behaviour and the players endeavoured to give the 4,100-sized audience an entertaining game if one lacking in quality. Given it was the second month of the year, that was hardly surprising but the affair was riveting. The teams were level on seven occasions and looked set to share the spoils before Goulding arrowed a long-range free to grab the two points for Cork.

Taking into account how dominant they were in possession, the visitors just about deserved it. Kerry may have kicked eight wides after the break but their barren spell in the third quarter couldn’t go unpunished. Ironically perhaps, they had the better spread of scorers (nine as opposed to Cork’s six), accrued more points from play and were economically clinical with their scoring chances in the first-half to lead by a point at the break, 0-11 to 0-10. But that yawning gap between Donnchadh Walsh’s 39th minute score and substitute Geaney’s 63rd minute goal was their downfall. In that time, while the likes of the aforementioned Walsh were dreadfully off-target, Cork — lording midfield — pointed four times. Kerry recovered briefly and actually led with six minutes left before Darran O’Sullivan was rather harshly pulled up in injury-time for challenging Pearse O’Neill. Donncha O’Connor, despite slipping, converted the free.

Almost straight from Brendan Kealy’s restart, Kerry were fire-fighting again and were adjudged by referee Michael Duffy to have overstepped the mark again seconds after the equaliser. Goulding, after striking two immaculate 45s earlier in the half, didn’t need to be prompted from a similar distance. Admittedly, losing Aidan O’Mahony to a hand injury in the 45th minute had deprived Kerry of some nous at the back. The Ó Sé brothers, captain Tomás and Marc, provided a solid spine but around them there were issues. Corner-back Padraig O’Connor was called ashore just before half-time after haemorrhaging scores and picking up a yellow card on the half-hour mark. Indeed, Cork were finding a lot of reward from pumping ball into their full-forward line in the first-half. All but one of their scores came from their inside line in that time-span.

By the 26th minute, they were three points in arrears when Kieran Donaghy — a terrific target figure for Kerry in the opening 35 minutes — fed Donnchadh Walsh. But they outscored Kerry three points to one for the remainder of the half, all their successful efforts coming from O’Connor in open play. It was a half of gaelic football to enjoy and a departure from previous league encounters which in recent years had offered some wealth of notorious posturing. Toothgate in Páirc Uí Rinn last year, BryanSheehan and Noel O’Leary sent to the line here in Tralee in 2007… frightful Februarys. Not this one. It appeared both teams benched that belief in a game pockmarked by Duffy’s whistle but lacking any of the ugliness seen in previous encounters. On a trying surface, the referee might have considered it more of a mitigating factor in differentiating between tackles and fouls. He did play a lot of advantage but the hefty free count wasn’t justified.

What Barry John Keane and Noel O’Leary did to merit their straight red cards isn’t certain as both were admonished for separate off-the-ball incidents, although the Kerryman’s 55th minute dismissal involved an entangling with O’Leary after Duffy consulted his linesman. Much to the delight of the crowd, the Kilnamartyra man followed Keane two minutes later after an umpire brought something to the referee’s attention but his departure hardly affected Cork. Goulding punted over a 45 soon after the incident when Marc Ó Sé stretched to clear Kerry’s lines and added a second in the 62nd minute following a deflection. Kerry were now trailing by three points and hadn’t scored since Donnchadh Walsh’s 39th minute point when Darran O’Sullivan broke through the middle. His darting run had Cork on the back-foot but his delivery to Paul Geaney was just as good and the replacement’s shot beat KenO’Halloran. Kieran O’Leary swung over a free seconds after and it appeared Kerry had arrested Cork’s momentum. They hadn’t. Cork pressed on and, according to Duffy, forced Kerry into committing fouls, which O’Connor and then Goulding expertly punished.

Scorers for Cork: D Goulding 0-7 (four frees, three 45s); D O’Connor 0-6 (three frees); F Goold, C O’Neill, C O’Driscoll, P Kelly 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kerry: D Geaney 0-4 (one free); P Geaney 1-0; K Donaghy, D Walsh 0-2 each, D Moran, D O’Sullivan, BJ Walsh (one free), BJ Keane, K O’Leary (one free) 0-1 each.

Subs for Cork: P O’Flynn for Spillane (17); C Sheehan for Hayes (44); N Murphy for Walsh (53); D Goold for C O’Neill (66); Denis O’Sullivan for O’Driscoll (69). Red card: N O’Leary (57)

Subs for Kerry: K O’Leary for BJ Walsh (28); S Enright for O’Connor (34); P Crowley for O’Mahony (45); S Scanlon for Maher (53); P Geaney for D Geaney (61).

Referee: Michael Duffy (Sligo)

Goulding guides Rebels over the line

From the web site

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Two injury time frees helped Cork to a narrow 0-17 to 1-13 victory over their Munster rivals Kerry in an enthralling Allianz League Division One clash at Austin Stack Park, Tralee on Sunday. Remarkably, it was the Rebels’ heroes from last September’s All-Ireland final defeat of Down, Daniel Goulding and Donncha O’Connor, who provided the late inspiration once again for Conor Counihan’s side. A goal from substitute Paul Geaney followed quickly by a Kieran O’Leary free gave Kerry a 1-13 to 0-15 lead going into injury-time. However, Cork displayed the resolve that helped them to a first All-Ireland title in 20 years last Septmber to win the game in injury time, O’Connor leveling from a free before Goulding landed his seventh point of the game from a free from 45 metres out to secure the two points with what was effectively the last kick of the game.

Last September, Cork’s forward pair landed 0-14 between them; on this occasion, with O’Connor chipping in with 0-6, they scored all but four of Cork’s haul. It was a brilliant finish to a fascinating game that had all the quality one would expect from much later in the year. The first half alone offered 21 points, with the Kingdom going in at the break ahead by the odd point, 0-11 to 0-10. While the second half may have lacked the same pyrotechnics, the exciting finish was precipitated by a sending off on each side, as Cork’s Noel O’Leary and Kerry’s Barry John Keane were sent off on straight red cards following an off-the ball incident. At that stage, Cork had moved 0-13 to 0-12 ahead, and two more points from Goulding left the All-Ireland champions in the driving seat, three points clear with seven minutes left.

Kerry hit back immediately when Darran O’Sullivan knifed through the Cork defence and set up Paul Geaney – the Dingle man, a cousin of David, had been brought on as a sub minutes previously – for the only goal of the game. Another sub, Kieran O’Leary nudged Kerry ahead with a free before the Rebels reasserted their place as the team to beat this year with a trademark late finish. Kerry had started the game brightly. David Geaney, making his Allianz League debut, didn’t take long to settle into his new surroundings, putting Kerry into the lead inside the first 30 seconds, before David Moran added a second a minute later.

The standard of play, and especially the quality of shooting on display, was quite remarkable, with Goulding and Fintan Goold responding for the Rebels with points from play. Kieran Donaghy was causing havoc at full forward for the Kingdom, his physicality proving problematic for Jamie O’Sullivan, the Cork full back. Donaghy turned O’Sullivan inside out in the sixth minute to nudge Kerry two clear.

However, Cork soon moved up a gear and four successive points saw them assert their dominance on a game that was a brilliant showcase for Allianz League football. Cork’s forwards began to bully the Kerry defence, with Donncha O’Connor, who ensured it was a torrid debut for Pádraig O’Connor, hit the final point of the that purple patch. Cork’s Ger Spillane, a late replacement for John Miskella, was forced off the field after suffering an injury while being blocked by Barry John Walsh. Kerry kicked four points on the trot to ease three ahead, 0-10 to 0-7, by the 27th minute. Donncha O’Connor, who chipped in with four first half points, kicked a brace off his weaker left foot in first half injury time to leave the minimum between the sides at the break.

Scorers for Kerry: D Geaney 0-4 (0-1f), D Moran 0-1, K Donaghy 0-2, BJ Walsh 0-1 (0-1f), BJ Keane 0-1, Darran O’Sullivan 0-1, D Walsh 0-2, K O”Leary 0-1 (0-f), P Geaney 1-0.

Subs: K O’Leary for BJ Walsh, S Enright for P O’Connor, P Crowley for A O’Mahony (inj), S Scanlon for A Maher, P Geaney for D Geaney.

Scorers for Cork: D Goulding 0-7 (0-2f, 0-3 ‘45), F Goold 0-1, C O’Neill, D O’Connor 0-6 (0-4f), C O’Driscoll 0-1, P Kelly 0-1

Subs: P O’Flynn for G Spillane, C Sheehan for J Hayes, N Murohy for A Walsh, D Goold for C O’Neill.

Team News

CORK (v Kerry): K O’Halloran; R Carey, J O’Sullivan, E Cadogan; C O’Driscoll, J Miskella, N O’Leary; A O’Connor, A Walsh; P Kelly, P O’Neill, F Goold; D Goulding, D O’Connor, C O’Neill

The Kerry Senior team to play Cork in The Allianz League on Sunday is as follows –

1. Brendan Kealy (Kilcummin)

2. Pádraig Reidy (Scartaglin)

3. Marc Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht)

4. Padraig O’Connor (Legion)

5. Aidan O’Mahony (Rathmore)

6. Tomás Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht)

7. Jonathan Lyne (Legion)

8. Anthony Maher (Duagh)

9. David Moran (Kerins O’Rahilly’s)

10. Barry John Keane (Kerins O’Rahillys)

11. Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar)

12. Donnchadh Walsh (Cromane)

13. Barry John Walsh (Kerins O’Rahillys)

14. Kieran Donaghy (Austin Stacks)

15. David Geaney (An Daingean)


16. Tomás Mac a t’Saoir (An Ghaeltacht)

17.Seamus Scanlon (Currow)

18. Paul Geaney (An Daingean)

19. Shane Enright (Tarbert)

20. Brian Maguire (Listowel Emmets)

21. Peter Crowley (Laune Rangers)

22. Gary O’Driscoll (Skellig Rangers)

23. Daithí Casey (Dr. Crokes)

24. Kieran O’Leary (Dr. Crokes)

Physical Trainer: Alan O’Sullivan

Manager: Jack O’Connor

Physical Trainer: Alan O’Sullivan

Selectors: Ger O’Keeffe & Diarmuid Murphy

Match Preview

Kerry v Cork, Tralee, 2.30pm

From the web site

Friday, February 04, 2011

This local joust is, no doubt, the big game of the first weekend of the Allianz Football League. It doesn’t get much better than Cork and Kerry – especially when we’ve all been starved of this level of inter-county football for the best part of four months. As Allianz League and GAA All-Ireland champions, the Rebels will be afforded a guard of honour onto the pitch in Tralee by their great rivals. You can be sure that is where the cordiality between the sides will begin and end.

In the corresponding fixture last year Cork won by 1-12 to 0-12 at Páirc Uí Rinn, but the game will be remembered for the dismissal of Kerry’s Paul Galvin and Cork’s Eoin Cadogan. Noel Galvin was also sent off for the Rebels, who won thanks, in the main, to seven Daniel Goulding points. Paul Galvin is unavailable for Kerry as he is recovering from a hip/groin problem, while Cadogan is expected to start at full-back for the Rebels, as he continues to play a duel role at inter-county level this year. Kerry, of course, endured a troubled season last year and the general consensus is that they are in a period of transition and rebuilding following the sundering of their All-Ireland winning side from 2009.

Manager Jack O’Connor tried out a number of new players in the successful McGrath Cup campaign and has signalled that some of the new guard will be given a chance to prove their worth in the Allianz League. Paul Galvin, in a recent interview with, believes there are opportunities up for grabs. “There is a huge opportunity there for the younger players. If you are a young player you are in a great position because there are spots up for grabs,” “Any fella who shows the old bit of attitude and a bit of desire to get in there, and who doesn’t care about reputations, just wants to make a spot for himself, he is on a winner. That’s all it takes, a fella who doesn’t care about who is in front of him or behind him, just wants to play.”

The Geaney cousins from Dingle have already made an impression, while Daithí Casey and Kieran O’Leary of Dr Crokes are likely to play a part after impressive Munster campaigns with their Club. Cork’s second game of the campaign is against Dublin in Croke Park, so with the tough schedule, ambitions on Leeside have been tempered somewhat, especially as the squad spent most of last month on holiday in South Africa. Anthony Lynch, Graham Canty, Alan Quirke and Paudie Kissane are all out injured for Cork; the Nemo Rangers contingent are also unavailable due to their upcoming AIB GAA Club semi-final against St Brigid’s of Roscommon.

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Leitrim 0-12 Clare 0-11

Card-fest in Carrick

From the Irish Independent newspaper


Monday February 07 2011

THE referee’s performance was the big talking point as Leitrim overcame 13-man Clare in Carrick-on-Shannon. Shaun McLaughlin of Donegal showed eight players from each team the yellow card and straight reds to Gordon Kelly and David Tubridy. Leitrim should have had a healthier lead at the break after Clare captain Gordon Kelly’s dismissal in the 29th minute, but a series of missed frees kept Clare in touch 0-6 to 0-4. Two unanswered Clare points immediately on the resumption restored parity, but the visitors were reduced to 13 men in the 40th minute when centre-half forward David Tubridy saw red. Clare led by two points with four minutes left, but in a frenetic finale Leitrim sub Conor Beirne struck two points and Wayne McKeon broke banner hearts with the winner.

SCORERS — Leitrim: J Glancy 0-4 (1f), C Beirne 0-3 (3f), A Croal 0-2, R Cox, R Mulvey, W McKeon 0-1 each. Clare: A Clohessy (2f), D Tubridy (2f) 0-3 each, R Donnelly 0-2, C O’Connor, S Brennan, G Brennan 0-1 each.

LEITRIM — C McCrann; G Reynolds, R Gallagher, P Maguire; D Beck, B McWeeney, B Prior; T Beirne, W McKeon; R Mulvey, J Glancy (capt), P Brennan; B McDonald, A Croal, R Cox. Subs: C Beirne for R Cox, C Maguire for R Mulvey, C Clarke for P Brennan, C Sheridan for G Reynolds, D Sweeney for B McDonald.

CLARE — J Hayes; L Healy, B Duggan, N White; M McMahon, G Kelly (capt), J Hayes; G Brennan, C O’Connor; D Daly, D Tubridy, N Browne; R Donnelly, T Ryan, A Clohessy. Subs: S Brennan for T Ryan, K Hartnett for N White, M Foran for D Daly, S McNelis for M McMahon.

REF — S McLaughlin (Donegal)

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Wexford 4-11 Waterford 2-6

Brosnan fires up Wexford

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Wexford 4-11 Waterford 2-6

Monday February 07 2011

BEN BROSNAN sparkled with two smashing goals as Wexford got off to the most impressive of starts at Wexford Park. Despite finding it difficult to settle playing with a gale-force first-half wind, they led 1-9 to 0-2 at the interval, with the goal coming from debutant full-forward Kevin O’Grady in injury-time. When the visitors struck for their opening goal from Tommy Prendergast after 52 minutes, it seemed a revival was on, particularly when Patrick Hurney added a second goal three minutes later, leaving it 2-11 to 2-3. But Wexford were making better use of possession and they responded with Brosnan’s second goal on 62 minutes. Four minutes from the end Ciaran Lyng added a splendid fourth goal.

Scorers — Wexford: B Brosnan 2-5 (0-2f), C Lyng 1-4 (0-1f), K O’Grady 1-0, B Malone, D Waters 0-1 each. Waterford: P Hurney 1-2 (0-2f), T Prendergast 1-1, B Wall, S Briggs, B Phelan 0-1 each.

Wexford — A Masterson; N Murphy, G Molloy, J Wadding; B Malone, D Murphy, A Flynn; D Waters, R Quinlivan; L Og McGovern, R Barry, G Sunderland; C Lyng, K O’Grady, B Brosnan. Subs: A Doyle for Flynn (21), C Morris for Sunderland (46), S O’Neill for McGovern (53), S McLoughlin for O’Grady (63), C Carty for Brosnan (70).

Waterford — T Wall; K Connery, T O’Gorman, C Phelan; E Walsh, S Briggs, M O’Gorman; B Phelan, M Ahern; B Wall, K Power, W Hennessy; P Hurney, T Prendergast, S fleming. Subs: J Veale for Fleming (46), M O’Gorman for Power (55), M Ferncombe for Hennessy (56), C O’Keeffe for Ahern (67).

Ref — G McCormack (Dublin)

Corn Uí Mhuirí Senior A Football Semi-final – P.S. Chorca Dhuibhne Dingle 2-9 St. Brendan’s College Killarney 0-8

P.S. Chorca Dhuibhne Dingle defeated St. Brendan’s Coll. Killarney by 2-9 to 0-8 in the Corn Uí Mhuirí Senior A Football Semi-final on Sunday at Milltown.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1 – Cork 1-20 Offaly 1-15

Cork defeated Offaly by 1-20 to 1-15 in Round 1 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 on Sunday at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Rebels hit the ground running

From the web site

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Cork 1-20 Offaly 1-15

Cork pulled through to a five-point victory in the end over Offaly, but it took them all their time to overcome the dogged visitors in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, winning by 1-20 to 1-15. The Rebel men led by just a point at the break, 1-12 to 1-11, with Offaly having shown particularly strong resistance in the first half. However, Cork’s physical power proved too much in the second half and they ultimately were able to restrict the Faithful side to four points in that period, paving the way for what was ultimately a comfortable enough win. Cork got off to the perfect start, putting the ball in the net within 50 seconds as Tom Kenny fired home with an angled shot from the wing.

However, Offaly responded well with two points from Shane Dooley and a neat solo effort from Shane Kelly to get level. However, Cork always seemed to be able to move up a gear when needed and a Pat Horgan brace either side of an effort from the impressive Pa Cronin restored Cork’s lead and left Offaly constantly battling to keep up. But keep up they did as Colin Egan fired to the net to draw his side level at 1-4 apiece. Both sides traded scores for the next few minutes to keep the teams level before Cathal Naughton put Cork in front with a fine clipped effort.

Cork finished the half strongly but the superb work of Offaly’s Brian Carroll kept his side well in contention and there was just a point between the teams at the break as Cork led 1-12 to 1-11. Horgan had a great goal chance for Cork at the start of the second half but his effort was deflected over the bar to put two between the sides again. Offaly had one fine chance for a goal early in the second half but Anthony Nash’s save from Dooley proved crucial and at the time, gave Cork the fillip they needed to go on and win the game.

Still, Cork never were able to fully shake off Offaly but the Leinster side found things much tougher in the second period, only scoring four points as Cork slowly but surely squeezed them out of the game. A point from Cronin left a goal between the teams with a quarter of an hour or so to go and further points from Ben O’Connor and Brian Murphy put Cork too far clear for Offaly to catch them. Cork could have made the scoreline more impressive towards the end but Cian McCarthy’s penalty was saved and the Munster men settled for a five-point win.

Team News

The Cork Senior Hurling team to play Offaly in the Allianz Hurling League (Round 1) on Sunday at 2.30pm in Páirc Uí Chaoimh will line out as follows:

1. Anthony Nash

2. Stephen McDonnell 3. Eoin Cadogan 4. Shane Murphy
Glen Rovers                  Douglas                    Erins Own

5. John Gardiner 6. Mark Ellis 7. Ray Ryan
Na Piarsaigh                    Millstreet                Sarsfields

8. Jerry O’Connor 9. William Egan
Newtownshandrum                  Kilbrin

10. Tom Kenny 11. Pa Cronin 12. Cathal Naughton
Grenagh                           Bishopstown           Newtownshandrum

13. Ben O’Connor 14. Paudie O’Sullivan 15. Pat Horgan
Newtownshandrum                Cloyne                     Glen Rovers


16. Martin Coleman Ballinhassig
17. Eoin Dillon Milford
18. Conor O’Sullivan Sarsfields
19. Ronan Curran St. Finbarrs
20. Brian Murphy Bride Rovers
21. Lorcan McLoughlin Kanturk
22. Cian McCarthy Sarsfields
23. Niall McCarthy Carrigtwohill
24. Kieran Murphy Sarsfields