2010 / 2011 AIB All-Ireland Club Senior Football Championship Semi-Final – St. Brigids (Roscommon) 0-13 Nemo Rangers (Cork) 1-8

Brigid’s stun 13-man Nemo

St Brigid’s (Roscommon) 0-13 Nemo Rangers (Cork) 1-8

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, February 28, 2011

TWELVE months ago it was the Kilmurry-Ibrickane supporters deliriously celebrating a famous All-Ireland club semi-final victory in the Gaelic Grounds. On Saturday afternoon that sight was replicated as another army clad in green and red raced onto the pitch to acclaim their playing heroes. St Brigid’s struck a significant blow for Roscommon football here as they ensured they will become the first club from the county to sample the grandeur of the St Patrick’s Day final since Clann na Gael in 1990. In the process, St Brigid’s dumped Nemo Rangers out of the competition. This was a serious setback for the Cork champions who looked to have accrued major momentum when defeating Dr Crokes four weeks ago. They finished this game with 13 men but defender Aidan O’Reilly saw red for a high challenge in the dying stages when St Brigid’s were already assured of success.

However the other dismissal was the critical moment in deciding this tie. Midfielder David Niblock received his second yellow card in the 36th minute and the loss of his aerial prowess and ball-carrying abilities hit Nemo Rangers hard. There was also a tinge of controversy to referee Eddie Kinsella’s decision. Early in the first-half he brandished yellow cards to Niblock and St Brigid’s midfielder Garvan Dolan when they clashed. Then before half-time Dolan was guilty of a foul on Sean O’Brien yet Kinsella did not book him. Yet when Niblock committed a similar offence on Frankie Dolan after the break, Kinsella flashed yellow, and then red. But Nemo manager Eddie Kirwin was not in a mood to gripe over the sending-off.

“It happened. Whether I agree or disagree with it, is irrelevant. I deal in facts. They beat us by two points. I’m not going to moan, we weren’t good enough and we were beaten. We just couldn’t get going and get up to speed.” Niblock’s dismissal occurred at a stage when Nemo had edged ahead by 1-4 to 0-6. In his absence, St Brigid’s thrived. Big names like Peter Domican and Karol Mannion thundered into the game. But the crucial aspect of St Brigid’s improved play was the stellar marksmanship of full-forward Senan Kilbride. In the first-half Kilbride displayed flashes of potential but after the break he cut loose to claim five points. Three of those were from open play and saw him assume responsibility to demand possession before curling shots over from tricky angles with his left foot.

“We’ve always known what a class player Senan Kilbride is”, remarked midfielder Karol Mannion afterwards. “He might not have been seen on the national scale as much and injuries caused him a problem. But Senan was full-forward for Roscommon two years ago and he showed the talent he has out there.” Mannion agreed that Niblock’s departure was hugely significant. He said: “The sending-off was probably a turning point as we seemed to enjoy more possession after that. We worked the ball upfield and started kicking the scores.”

The vivid impact that Kilbride made was in stark contrast to the struggles that Nemo Rangers had in front of goal. Their dazzling scoring performance against Dr Crokes had seen four of their starting forwards kick 0-3 apiece. On this occasion Sean O’Brien’s first-half goal was the only flag raised by an attacker other than James Masters. St Brigid’s had an array of suppliers to their scoring effort with seven players kicking points including four members of their offensive unit. And yet despite their below-par play, Nemo Rangers persistence still saw them on the brink of an improbable success with five minutes remaining. Centre-back Brian O’Regan and sub Alan Morgan banged over inspirational points from distance to see their team steal into a 1-8 to 0-10 lead.

But the extra legs that St Brigid’s possessed told as they surged forward in the finale. In the first-half St Brigid’s shooting had betrayed their approach work as they belted seven balls wide and trailed 1-4 to 0-5 at the interval. The loss of centre-forward Cathal McHugh through injury in the 18th minute was another blow they had to take. However their hunger to atone for the semi-final loss to Crossmaglen four years ago was evident as Darren Dolan, Gearóid Cunniffe and Senan Kilbride notched points in a powerful burst.

“It’s a fantastic feeling”, said an elated St Brigid’s manager Noel O’Brien. “It’s fantastic for the club, fantastic for the supporters, right throughout Roscommon and even beyond the borders and we appreciate that great support. Experience counts. If you go back and look at the Roscommon championship, there were games when we were struggling in that and we dug deep. We had guys who played in 2007 and you saw that desire towards the end.”

Scorers for St Brigid’s: S Kilbride 0-6 (three frees); F Dolan 0-2 (one free); K Mannion, E Sheehy, G Cunniffe, I Kilbride, D Dolan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Nemo Rangers: J Masters 0-6 (five frees); S O’Brien 1-0; B O’Regan, A Morgan 0-1 each.

ST BRIGID’S: P Martin; R Kelly, D Donnelly, D Sheehy; I Kilbride, P Domican, G Cunniffe; G Dolan, K Mannion; D Dolan, Cathal McHugh, E Sheehy; D O’Connor, S Kilbride, F Dolan.

Subs: Conor McHugh for McHugh (inj) (18), D Kelleher for O’Connor (28).

NEMO RANGERS: B Morgan; C O’Shea, D Kavanagh, A O’Reilly; C O’Brien, B O’Regan, D Breen; D Niblock, P Morgan; A Cronin, P Kerrigan, B O’Driscoll; J Masters, S O’Brien, D Kearney.

Subs: D Mehigan for Kearney (38), W Morgan for O’Brien (46), A Morgan for O’Driscoll (54).

Referee: Eddie Kinsella (Laois)

Corn Phádraig Senior B Hurling Final – Cashel Community College 2-8 Dungarvan CBS 1-8

Early goals do the damage as Cashel cling on

Cashel CS 2-8 Dungarvan CBS 1-8

Report by Brendan Larkin for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, February 28, 2011

CASHEL Community School bridged a 29 year gap at Clonmel on Saturday when winning the Munster Colleges SBHC title for the first time since 1982. In a marvellous final they withstood a tremendous fightback by Dungarvan who won the title last year for the first time, and on the evidence of this performance, will make a strong bid for All-Ireland honours in the coming weeks. The winners had wind advantage in the first half and wasted little time in stamping their authority on the tie. With Pa Ryan unstoppable at full-forward, the Tipperary school raced into a 2-1 to 0-1 lead after 10 minutes — Ryan and Kieran Carroll the goalscorers. Ryan’s strike was a superb effort. He showed super skill collecting Dylan Fitzell’s marvellous line ball, before giving the Dungarvan goalkeeper no chance from close range. The Cashel full-forward also provided the pass which set up Carroll’s effort minutes later.

Only some excellent defending by centre-back Kieran Power kept the Waterford school in the hunt, but the pressure on their defence was incessant and a litany of points had Cashel 2-7 to 0-4 ahead at the break. Cathal Curran led the Dungarvan recovery with a goal in the 35th minute and inspired by the brilliance of Power, Dungarvan laid siege to the Cashel goal. Great defending by Simon Delaney and Kevin Maloney ensured Cashel kept their noses in front but at the three quarter stage the deficit was down to a goal (2-7 to 1-7). Indeed John Grogan’s point in the 55th minute was their only score of the second half and though Dungarvan continued to pound their opponent’s defence searching for the equalising goal, Cashel’s defence held firm to secure the honours.

Scorers for Cashel: P. Ryan, K. Carroll 1-1 each; C. Morrissey, K. O’Donnell 0-2 each; J. Keane, J. Grogan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Dungarvan: C. Curran 1-4 (0-3 frees); J. Morrissey 0-2; K. Power (free), D. Breathnach 0-1 each.

CASHEL CS: D. Hayes; J. Ryan, K. Maloney, A. O’Connell; S. Delaney, C. Quigley, M. Fox; D. Fitzell, K. O’Donnell; J. Grogan, C. Morrissey, J. Keane; K. Carroll, P. Ryan, D. Thompson.

DUNGARVAN CBS: E. Kerins; T. Tobin, C. Walsh, K. Sheehan; C. O’Shea, K. Power, K. Healy; C. Dunford, C. Sheridan; J. Morrissey, M. Harney; M. Kiely, D. Breathnach, C. Curran.

Subs: P. Curran for Dunford (half time); R. Donnelly for Kiely (55).

Referee: G. Hoey (Clare)

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Dublin 3-10 Kerry 1-15

Plenty for everyone in Croker scorefest

Dublin 3-10 Kerry 1-15

By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, February 28, 2011

IT’S the goals that are winning these games for Dublin. It sure isn’t the points. For the second time in seven days, they scored three goals yet were well beaten in the points department. There were more damning facts for Pat Gilroy to digest. Kerry registered 16 scores to their 13. After 50 minutes, Dublin had a dismal three points (2-3) to their credit. Michael Darragh MacAuley’s 51st minute goal reawakened Dublin and set them on a path to a third straight Division One win but it was understandable why Gilroy was keen to temper the victory.

In his first year in 2009, he bought into the idea of attempting to outscore teams, taking risks at the back to commit more players forward. Kerry showed up the folly of such a tactic. He’s been trying to get away from it ever since. “We’d be very happy to have two more points but conceding 18 points in inter-county?” shrugged Gilroy. “Now I will make allowances for the fact that it is Croke Park and there is extra space at this time of the year. “But 18 points, I think we have the worst defensive record now in the league, so we have a lot of work to do. “We seemed to be doing okay for the first 60 minutes but then our defence was not good in the last 10 minutes so we have plenty to be working on. The goals are saving our bacon and it is great to create them. Again we had a number of chances apart from the ones we got so we have to be very happy with that. You can’t knock that.”

If Gilroy got the result he wanted, Jack O’Connor was rewarded with the performance he demanded. They hauled back four-point deficits in both halves, were the better side for long periods and can count themselves unlucky not to have picked up a point. “Overall, we’re encouraged,” he said. “The Dubs are very fit and full of running and 15 minutes into the second-half it looked like they might over-run us. I thought we showed great courage and chipped away a few scores there at the end. I’m happy with the performance but disappointed not to get a point out of it.”

Kerry had recovered well from Tomas Quinn and Kevin McManamon’s goals in the first 15 minutes, scoring one of their own via Bryan Sheehan’s penalty then pegging back Dublin to restore parity at the break, Sheehan’s free in added time making it 1-6 to 2-3. With David Moran showing real mettle in midfield, they kept Dublin scoreless for the first 13 minutes of the second-half while at the same time adding on a couple of points (although they’ll rue their total of 15 wides). Even when Dublin’s revival — sparked by MacAuley’s goal obliterated Kerry’s advantage and saw the home side hold a four-point lead with eight minutes left, Kerry didn’t panic.

Donnchadh Walsh was a magnet for the ball and went about feeding Darran O’Sullivan and Colm Cooper for scores. The latter looked to have the beating of Dublin on his own when he knocked over a couple of points in as many minutes to level things up at the end of normal time. But then Bernard Brogan, who had played second fiddle to Marc Ó Sé for most of the game, managed to slip him and score the winner. After some handbags stuff between players and a dispute over where Kerry’s free should be taken, there was still time for Sheehan to shoot from 50 metres but he sent it wide. In the league table, Kerry had nothing to show for their efforts but O’Connor found plenty of nourishment from the game. Cooper, for one, was back to his best. “This is his theatre,” said the manager. “If he plays as well as that for the rest of the year we’ll have every chance.”

It was Moran’s success that warmed O’Connor most. “Dave Moran contributed a ferocious amount of ball after that and turned in a great display in the middle of the field, which is also very encouraging because it has been a problem area for us. I thought himself and Scanlon acquitted themselves very well even though the Dubs have a great system going with the kick-outs now. You have to hand it to (Stephen) Cluxton, he’s able to hit the target more often than not.” It was Cluxton’s kick-outs that Kerry targeted to such effect in 2009. As for Gilroy, he allowed himself to cite the positives of the win as well as the obvious negatives. Dublin kicked just six wides, two coming in the second-half. Their conversion rate pleased him.

“I think we created a lot of chances last year and we didn’t take them. Even in the Cork match in the semi-final we had a number of chances and fluffed them. I think we are a bit more clinical. We have been doing a lot of work on it, and they seem to be coming from different people, so we’d have to be happy with that.”

Dublin: S Cluxton; A Hubbard, S Murray, M Fitzsimons; D Lally (0-1), J McCarthy, P Casey; D Bastick, B Cahill; P Flynn (0-1), K McManamon (1-1), D Connolly; T Quinn (1-0), E O’Gara (0-1), B Brogan (0-4, 3 frees).

Subs used: MD Macauley (1-1) for Bastick (half-time), A Brogan (0-1) for Quinn, B Cullen for Connolly (both 49), G Brennan for McCarthy (52), P Andrews for Flynn (64).

Kerry: B Kealy; P Reidy, M O Se, K Young; T O Se, E Brosnan, A O’Mahony; S Scanlon, B Sheehan (1-5, 1 penalty, 4 frees); D Moran (0-1), Darran O’Sullivan (0-2), D Walsh (0-1); C Cooper (0-6, 1 free), K Donaghy, D Geaney.

Subs used: K O’Leary for D Geaney (21 mins), J Lyne for T O Se (54), A Maher for Brosnan (58), A O’Connell for O’Mahony (66).

Referee: Marty Duffy (Sligo)

 

Goals vital for the Dubs

From the GAA.ie web site

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Dublin remain undefeated at the top of Division 1 of the Allianz Football League after goals proved critical in beating Kerry by 3-10 to 1-15 at Croke Park on Saturday night. Following on from the good win over Cork at GAA Headquarters a week previously, the Dubs once again provided excitement for those attracted by the Spring Series, with this game in the balance right up until the very end, when a late Bryan Sheehan free which would have levelled the game dropped wide. From the very start, this was event-filled, Tomás Quinn finding the net for Dublin as early as the third minute, but just four minutes later Sheehan levelled the game at the unusual score of 1-0 apiece as he converted a penalty after Colm Cooper had been fouled. After Bernard Brogan and Cooper had traded frees, the game produced an amazing third goal by the 14th minute as Eoghan O’Gara’s shot was blocked but Kevin McManamon was on hand to fire home the rebound and make it 2-2 to 1-1. Some good frees from Cooper and Sheehan began to reel in the lead as Dublin endured a scoring drought, however, and by half-time it was 2-3 to 1-6.

At the outset of the second half, the Kingdom were asserting themselves, with Sheehan impressive from placed balls, but in the 51st minute, Dublin sub Michael Dara Macauley scored a third goal with a drop kick to put the hosts 3-4 to 1-9 ahead, and they would not trail again after that. Despite the best efforts of Sheehan, Dublin had the momentum with them by now and opened up some daylight before Kerry began to reel them in as the end neared, however they could not find the equaliser and Pat Gilroy’s side extended their 100% record in the league. Elsewhere in the League, Down also remain unbeaten after they beat Armagh 0-12 to 0-11 at Páirc Esler, while in Division 2 Antrim overcame Meath on a 0-14 to 0-11 scoreline.

Team News

The Kerry Senior Football team V Dublin Saturday 26th February 2011

1. Brendan Kealy (Kilcummin)

2. Pádraig Reidy (Scartaglin) 3. Marc Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht) 4. Killian Young (Renard)

5. Tomás Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht) 6. Eoin Brosnan (Dr. Crokes) 7. Aidan O’Mahony (Rathmore)

8. Seamus Scanlon (Currow) 9. Bryan Sheehan (St. Mary’s)

10. David Moran (Kerins O’Rahilly’s) 11. Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar) 12. Donnchadh Walsh (Cromane)

13. Colm Cooper (Captain) Dr. Crokes 14. Kieran Donaghy (Austin Stacks) 15. David Geaney (An Daingean)

Substitutes:

16. Tomás Mac a t’Saoir (An Ghaeltacht) 17. Anthony Maher (Duagh) 18. Jonathan Lyne (Legion) 19. Gary O’Driscoll (Skellig Rangers) 20. Paul Geaney (An Daingean) 21. Kieran O’Leary (Dr. Crokes) 22. Adrian O’Connell (St Michael’s Foilmore) 23. Peter Crowley (Laune Rangers) 24. Daithí Casey (Dr. Crokes)

Bainisteóir: Jack O’Connor (Piarsaigh Na Dromada)

Traenálaí: Alan O’Sullivan (Kerins O’Rahillys)

Roghnóirí: Ger O’Keeffe (Austin Stacks) & Diarmuid Murphy (An Daingean)

Media Release

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Four Nights, Eight Games, Four Gigs: All Part of the “Dublin Spring Series” at Croke Park

Dublin County Board announce ticket pricing and entertainment initiative to promote the 2011 Allianz Leagues home games

The Dublin County Board today announced details of an exciting and ground-breaking promotional campaign around the Dublin football and hurling Allianz Leagues home games which is being billed as the “Dublin Spring Series”. This will consist of eight games; four football, two hurling, one camogie and another to be confirmed along with four music acts all of which can be attended for just €45 (an adult stand ticket for all four games) or just €55 for one adult and one child for all four events.

The Series begins on Saturday, 19th February with a double header under lights when Dublin’s footballers and hurlers will take on All-Ireland champions in both codes, Cork and Tipperary. Pop sensations and Dublin fans, Jedward, will add to this superb event by providing entertainment between the games.

All Dublin football home Allianz League matches including Kerry (26th February), Mayo (20th March) and All-Ireland finalists Down (2nd April) will be a part of this series as well as the hurlers home match against Kilkenny on 2nd April.

It is proposed that all games will be played under lights in Croke Park and adding to these great nights will be a selection of entertainment from some of Dublin’s most successful acts. This kicks off with Lucan’s Jedward on 19th February, Damien Dempsey from Donaghmede takes to the stage on 26th February with two more big music acts to be announced next week.

Value is at the core of these events with an adult stand ticket, to cover all four nights, costing just €45 (if purchased as a bundle of four) and a family ticket consisting of one adult and one child to cover each event costs just €55. Tickets to individual games are priced at €13 for adults for stand tickets and only €5 for children. These can be purchased at your local Dublin GAA club, on www.gaa.ie or on www.ticketmaster.ie.

Chairman of Dublin County Board, Andy Kettle said; “We’re looking forward to a superb atmosphere in Croke Park throughout the Allianz Leagues and making Dublin’s home games great events. We would encourage as many people as possible to get out and buy the bundle tickets and take advantage of what promises to be a fantastic mix of football and hurling talent coupled with some of Dublin’s most entertaining music acts. This promotional activity is a great example of how County Boards, sponsors and the GAA can be proactive in promoting our national games,”

Speaking at the announcement, John Costello chief executive of the Dublin County Board said; “We wanted to add something extra to this year’s Allianz Leagues home games and really create a great carnival event that will appeal to families as well as those Dublin fans who regularly attend games. We would like to thank the GAA, Croke Park, Allianz and Vodafone for helping us make this happen.”

“We understand that money is tight at the moment so we have priced tickets as competitively as we possibly can so everyone has the opportunity to come along and enjoy themselves, watch our great national games and soak up the atmospheres,” he concluded.

For further information or to purchase tickets please go to your local Dublin GAA club, log on to www.gaa.ie or go to www.ticketmaster.ie. Dublin clubs will also benefit form ticket sales for the Dublin Spring Series through an innovative revenue share model.

The Dublin Spring Series

Saturday, 19th February

Dublin v Tipperary (Hurling) Throw in: 5.15pm

Jedward 6.50pm

Dublin v Cork (Football) Throw in: 7.30pm

Saturday, 26th February

Dublin v Kilkenny (Camogie) Throw in: 5.15pm

Damien Dempsey 6.50pm

Dublin v Kerry (Football) Throw in: 7.30pm

Sunday, 20th March

Curtain Raiser tbc

Dublin v Mayo (Football) Throw in: 2.30pm

Saturday, 2nd April

Dublin v Kilkenny (Hurling) Throw in: 5.15pm

Dublin v Down (Football) Throw in: 7.30pm

TICKET PRICING INFORMATION

4 Match Deal: Adult €45 (stand) Child €20

4 Match Deal: Adult Terrace €35

Family Packages – 4 matches: 2 Adults and 2 Children €110

Family Packages – 4 Matches: 1 Adult and 1 Child – €55

Single game: Adult €13 Child €5

Single game: 1 Adult and 1 Child €15

Single game: 2 Adults and 2 Kids €30

All Ireland Vocational School Inter County Senior Football Final – Cork vs. Donegal

Cork drew with Donegal in the All Ireland Vocational School Inter County Senior Football Final on Saturday at the Fingallians GAA grounds in Dublin.