Rebel Óg launch

Rebel Óg represents the most significant change in underage GAA in Cork for over 50 years. The formal launch of this special event to share our ambitious development plans promoting hurling, football, handball and rounders across the County will take place on Tuesday April 5th 2011 in the Vertigo Conference Centre, Cork County Hall at 5:30pm.

Allianz Hurling League Division 2 – Laois 3-16 Clare 3-13

In Allianz Hurling League Division Two, a late goal by Willie Hyland gave Laois a 3-16 to 3-13 win over Clare at O’Moore Park.

Laois were 1-9 to 0-6 clear at the break, their goal coming from John Brophy after four minutes and Conor McGrath raising a green flag for the Banner. Goals from Darach Honan and Jonathan Clancy had Clare in the driving seat in the second half, before Owen Holohan cut the gap to two points with ten minutes left. However, Laois bounced back from two successive defeats when Hyland pounced on a Joe Fitzpatrick ball to force home the winning goal.

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Westmeath 0-14 Limerick 0-12

Westmeath defeated Limerick by 0-14 to 0-12 in Round 6 of the Allianz Football League Division 3 on Sunday at Newcastlewest.

Team News

Limerick Senior Football team for Division 3 Round 6 game V Westmeath in Newcastlewest on Sunday 3rd April at 2.30pm

Stephen Lavin back from a long injury and Stephen Lucey back from injury also.

1 Scanlon, Brian

2 Riordan, Mark

3 Gallagher, Shane

4 Lavin, Stephen

5 Riordan, John

6 McCarthy, Johnny

7 Ranahan, Pa

8 Lee, Tom

9 Galvin, John

10 Kelly, Stephen

11 Joy, Eoin

12 Buckley, Seanie

13 Ryan, Ian

14 Mullane, John

15 Collins, Ger


16 Ryan, Ger

17 Sheehan, Mike

18 McCormack, Mike

19 O’Flaherty, Ray (St. Senan’s)

20 Lucey, Stephen

21 Kennedy, Padraic

22 Kelly, James

23 O’Connor, Eoghan

24 Ward, Dave

25 Costelloe, Liam

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Offaly 1-14 Waterford 1-12

Offaly defeated Waterford by 1-14 to 1-12 in Round 6 of the Allianz Football League Division 3 on Sunday at Fraher Field Dungarvan.

Team News

1. Kieran Cotter Geraldines C. Mac Oitir

2. Maurice O’Gorman Nire M. O Gormain

3. Thomas O’Gorman Nire T. O’Gormain

4. Kieran Connery Clashmore C. O Conaire

5. Wayne Hennessy Ardmore W. O hAonghusa CAPTAIN

6. Shane Briggs Ballinacourty S. De Brig

7. John Hurney Ballinacourty S. O’hUrnai

8. Tommy Prendergast Kilrossanty T. de Priondargais

9. Brian Phelan Ballinameela B. O’Faolain

10. Brian Wall Nire B. de Bhal

11. Sean Fleming Clashmore S. Phleimeann

12. Tommy Connors Stradbally T. O Conchuir

13. Joey Veale Kilrossanty S. de Bhial

14. Patrick Hurney Ballinacourty P. O’hUrnai

15. Mark Ferncombe Ballinacourty M. Ferncombe
16. Cillian O’Keeffe Clashmore C. O’Caoimh

17. J.J. Hutchinson Gaultier JJ MacUistin

18. Kevin Power Rathgormack C. de Paor

19. Michael O’Gorman Nire M. O Gormain

20. Richie Hennessy Ardmore R. O hAonghusa

21. Tom Wall Nire T. de Bhal

22. Tony Grey Stradbally T. de Grae

23. Liam O Lonain An Rinn Liam O Lonain

24. Conor Phelan Brickey Rangers C. O’Faolain

25. Eamonn Walsh Ballinameela E. Breathnach

26. Sean Dempsey Colligan S. O Diomasach


Manager: John Owens

Selectors: Jim McGrath

Liam Dalton

Kenny Hassett

Joe Hagan


Team Secretary: Eddie O’Grady


Medical Team: Cian O Conchuir

Declan Spellman.

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Fermanagh 0-17 Clare 0-9

Fermanagh defeated Clare by 0-17 to 0-9 in Round 8 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Sunday at Brewster Park.

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Kerry 1-14 Monaghan 0-11

Kerry defeated Monaghan by 1-14 to 0-11 in Round 6 of the Allianz Football League Division 1 on Sunday at Inniskeen.

Monaghan 0-11 Kerry 1-14

From the web site

Monaghan slipped closer to relegation to Division Two of the Allianz Football League following a 1-14 to 0-11 defeat to Kerry in Inniskeen. Despite a spirited second half comeback, Kerry’s class was far too great for Eamonn McEneaney’s inexperienced side and they look doomed to the drop. The Farney men could yet survive in the top flight if they beat Mayo next week and finish level with Galway and Armagh on four points, at which point matters would be decided by scoring difference.

A fourth win of the campaign, combined with Cork’s defeat in Castlebar, sees Kerry slip quietly into contention for a place in the Allianz League Division One final ahead of the final game of the campaign against Down next weekend. It’s a prospect that looked highly unlikely after three rounds of the competition, when Kerry had just two points on the board following defeats to Cork and Dublin. But the Kingdom can now pip their great Munster rivals Cork to a place in the final against the Dubs after a third win on the trot, which was inspired by excellent performances from Declan O’Sullivan and Kieran Donaghy.

O’Sullivan scored 1-2 in the first half as Kerry made Monaghan pay dearly for their decision to play into the breeze by racking up a 1-9 to 0-1 lead. Kieran O’Leary opened Kerry’s account with a free in the tenth minute and from then on, Jack O’Connor’s side completely dominated the first half. Donaghy, who started at midfield, soon moved into the full forward line and he was the orchestrator and creator of much that was to be admired in Kerry’s play.

Declan O’Sullivan’s goal came in the 35th minute after he drifted into space on the edge of the square and fired a low shot past Mark Keogh, the Monaghan goalkeeper. Monaghan’s sole response in the first half was point from Eoin Duffy in the 32nd minute and they went into the break 11 points in arrears. Although Monaghan did win the second half by 0-10 to 0-5, with Conor McManus and Christopher McGuinness, they never really threatened to cause an upset.

Team News

The Kerry Senior Football team V Monaghan for Sunday 3rd April has been announced and is as follows:

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

2. Pádraig Reidy (Scartaglin) 3. Marc Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht) 4) Adrian O’Connell (St Michael’s Foilmore) 5. Aidan O’Mahony (Rathmore) 6. Killian Young (Renard) 7. Daniel Bohan (Austin Stacks)

8. David Moran (Kerins O’Rahilly’s) 9. Anthony Maher (Duagh) 10.Declan O’Sullivan (Piarsaigh Na Dromada) 11. Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar) 12. Paul Galvin (Finuge)

13 Kieran O’Leary (Captain) (Dr. Crokes) 14. Kieran Donaghy (Austin Stacks) 15. David Geaney (An Daingean)
The substitutes that will travel are as follows: Brendan Kealy (Kilcummin) Seamus Scanlon (Currow) Shane Enright (Tarbert) Brian Maguire (Listowel Emmett’s) Gary O’Driscoll (Skellig Rangers) Alan O’Sullivan (Tuosist) Niall O’Mahony (Spa) Johnny Buckley (Dr. Crokes) JB Spillane(Castlegregory) and Danny O’Sullivan (Kerins O’Rahilly’s)

Note: Eoin Brosnan, Tomas Ó Sé, Colm Cooper and Donnchadh Walsh are being rested. Bryan Sheehan is injured and TomO’Sullivan has the flu.

Bainisteóir: Jack O’Connor (Piarsaigh Na Dromada)

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

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

Allianz Hurling League Division 2 – Limerick 1-24 Kerry 1-9

Limerick 1-24 Kerry 1-9

From the web site

All the promotion and relegation issues in Division Two of the Allianz Hurling League have been tied up after Limerick comfortably beat Kerry in Kilmallock on Sunday. It puts Limerick in an unassailable position at the top of the league going into the final week of fixtures and they are the team who will be promoted regardless of the outcome of the league final as promotion is decided on league standings alone.

With Westmeath already relegated, the only issue is whether it’s Clare or Antrim who face the Treaty Men in the league final. Limerick never looked like being in trouble against Kerry, with young gun Kevin Downes in sparkling form. The exciting forward grabbed the goal for Limerick and is clearly one to watch for Donal O’Grady’s men.

Team News

The Kerry Senior Hurling team to play Limerick on Sunday 3rd April in Kilmallock at 1pm is as follows:

1. Bernard Rochford (Killeagh, Cork)

2. Eamon Fitzgerald (Causeway) 3. Tom Murnane (Kilmoyley) 4. Colin Harris (Ballincollig)

5. Padraig O’Grady (Ballyduff) 6. Mike Conway (Lixnaw) 7. Jason Casey (Ballyheigue)

8. Paud Costello (Ballyduff) 9. Darren Dineen (Ardfert)

10. Shane Nolan (Crotta O’Neills) 11. Liam Boyle (Captain) (Ballyduff) 12. David Fitzell (Kilmoyley)

13. John Egan (Ardfert) 14. Aidan Boyle (Ballyduff) 15. Darragh O’Connell (Abbeydorney)


16. John B. O’Halloran (Kilmoyley)

17. Brendan Brosnan (Lixnaw) 18. Adrian Royle (Kilmoyley) 19. James Flaherty (Lixnaw)

20. Patrick O’Keeffe (Glenflesk) 21. Darren Wallace (Ardfert) 22. Thomas Moloney (Ardfert )

23. Ronan Kenny (Ballyheigue) 24. Gary O’Brien (Ballyduff)


Manager: John Meyler

Selectors: John Hennessey & Sean O’Shea

Coach/trainer: Joe O’Connor


The Limerick Senior Hurling team to play Kerry is as follows –

1 Nicky Quaid Effin

2 David Moloney Blackrock

3 Gavin O’Mahoney (Capt) Kilmallock

4 Tom Condon Knoockaderry

5 Wayne McNamara Adare

6 Seamus Hickey Murroe/Boher

7 David Breen NaPiarsaigh

8 Donal O’Grady Granagh/Ballingarry

9 Paul Browne Bruff

10 Niall Moran Ahane

11 Richie McCarthy Blackrock

12 James Ryan Garryspillane

13 Sean Tobin Murroe/Boher

14 Kevin Downes NaPiarsaigh

15 Pat Tobin Murroe/Boher


Allianz Football League Division 1 – Mayo 1-13 Cork 0-14

Doherty seals Mayo’s status

Crucial goal keeps Rebels waiting on final spot

Mayo 1-13 Cork 0-14

Allianz football league Div 1

By Liam Kelly for the Irish Independent newspaper

Monday April 04 2011

Jason Doherty was the toast of Mayo last night after his golden goal proved the crucial element in the Green and Red saving their top-flight status at McHale Park, Castlebar yesterday. The 22-year-old has proven a real find for the senior team during this league campaign and has shown himself to be a genuine member of that rare species — the goal poacher. Six times he has hit the back of the net to date, making him the division’s top goal-scorer and none was more important than the 47th minute strike that lifted the home team in every way. Leading by a point at half-time, Mayo had eked out a three-point lead by the time Doherty gained possession and jinked forward into the heart of the Cork defence. His first shot was scrambled away by Cork ‘keeper Ray O’Halloran, but the ball broke loose and cool-head Doherty followed up to slot the ball home.

At a stroke the lead was six points and when Andy Moran fired over another score from a free a minute later, Cork were seven points down and wondering what had hit them. Conor Counihan’s men had coped well in a tough, edgy opening 35 minutes against the big wind to go into half-time just a point down on a 0-7 to 0-6 scoreline. Once Pearse O’Neill smashed over a long-range equalising point almost immediately on the re-start, Mayo manager James Horan could sense the sudden tension afflicting the home fans.

“Pearse O’Neill kicked a huge point at the start of the second half with a strong wind and you could almost hear ‘here we go again’ emanating from the crowd. But the lads stood up really well and everyone of them worked hard,” he said. That was an understatement. In fact, both sets of players worked their socks off, because the stakes were high. A win for Cork and they were certain of a final against Dublin; defeat for Mayo virtually assured them of relegation. No wonder referee Rory Hickey dished out six yellow cards, four to Mayo and two to Cork.

He did raise the ire of the Mayo fans for some of the frees he awarded against the home team, but considering that every so often play would move on, leaving a couple of players rolling and tussling on the ground, he did well to avoid sending anyone off. In fairness, the occasional grunt ‘n’ grapple usually ended with the antagonists getting up and getting on with it and the game never descended into nastiness. Ironically, the team playing against the wind produced the better football in each half, but credit to Mayo because they had more to prove than Cork after gaining just three points from their previous five matches. Dillon, scorer of five points, four of them frees and three of those coming in a windy second half, deservedly got man of the match, but Mayo had a team of heroes.

You could highlight the non-stop graft of Andy Moran, the threat of Doherty and Alan Freeman up front, the crunching physicality of Aidan O’Shea in midfield, the energy and commitment of Keith Higgins, Richie Feeney, and Kevin McLoughlin, and that would be only half the story. There was luck, and some bloody-minded stubborn resistance as well, for Mayo gave themselves a torrid last 18 minutes — 16 of normal time and two added on — as their last score came in the 54th minute.


That arose when Alan Freeman struck the ball magnificently from 35 metres to make the score 1-13 to 0-9. Seven points ahead, with John Miskella on and Cork in the mood for rampage — what a task Mayo set themselves. Daniel Goulding, with two points from frees and one from a ’45 cut the margin, and Miskella’s 65th minute point on the run with no challenge from a Mayo defender left Cork three behind — 1-13 to 0-13. Every ball was fiercely contested, and Miskella notched up another point with two minutes of normal time left to raise the temperature to fever pitch.

Somehow, Mayo held out, even when a Goulding high, dropping, teasing ball dropped into the heart of their defence and goalie and defenders collided in their desperation to clear. Luckily the ball ran free and Higgins got it away, to be quickly followed by an Eoin Cadogan close-range blast that hit the upright. Cork had strong performances from Ray Carey, Michael Shields, Noel O’Leary, Cadogan, Pearse O’Neill and Goulding.

Manager Conor Counihan couldn’t fault his team for their blood and thunder approach to try and save the match. “I suppose fellas did push on a bit at the finish, but we left ourselves too much to do at that stage, but there were some positive performances as well,” he said. “We’ve Armagh next week and that’s what we need to focus on now. It’s going to be tough. On today’s performance, we need to up the ante big time.” Mayo skipper Dillon had to leave the pitch due to a hamstring problem in the 66th minute but by the final whistle he was all smiles. “We were disappointed at half time that with a stiff breeze we didn’t take a few more chances, but the goal midway through the second half was a turning point. “We always knew Cork would get their spell, but we battled hard and we won some vital breaks down the middle in the last ten or 15 minutes, so we’re delighted,” he said.

Man of the Match: Alan Dillon (Mayo)

Scorers – Mayo: A Dillon 0-5 (4f), J Doherty 1-1, A Moran 0-2, J Kilcullen 0-2, A Freeman, A O ‘Shea, C O’Connor (f) 0-1 each. Cork: D Goulding 0-7 (5f, 1 ’45), P O’Neill 0-2, J Miskella 0-2, P Kerrigan, F Lynch, S Kiely 0-1 each.

Mayo: R Hennelly 7; T Cunniffe 7, A Feeney 7, K Higgins 8; R Feeney 8, G Cafferky 7, L Keegan 7; A O ‘Shea 8, J Kilcullen 7; K McLoughlin 8, A Dillon 9, A Moran 8; C O’Connor 7, A Freeman 7, J Doherty 8. Subs: E Reilly 7 for T Cunniffe (ht); J Gibbons 7 for J Kilcullen (55); A Campbell 6 for A Dillon (66); P Gardiner for L Keegan (69)

Cork: K O’Halloran 7; R Carey 7 , J O’ Sullivan 7, M Shields 7; S Kiely 7, N O’Leary 7 , E Cadogan 7; A O’Connor 7 , J Fitzpatrick 7; F Goold 7, K O’Driscoll 7, P O’Neill 7; D Goulding 7, F Lynch 7, P Kerrigan 7. Subs: J Miskella 7 for K O’Driscoll (ht); D O’ Sullivan 6 for S Kiely (57); P O’Flynn 6 for J Fitzpatrick (64)

Ref– R Hickey (Clare)


Mayo 1-13 Cork 0-14

From the web site

Mayo hung on for a two-point win over reigning Allianz Football League champions Cork in an exciting game that impacted on both ends of the Division One table. The win means the Westerners have secured their top-flight status for another year, denying the Rebels a place in this year’s final against Dublin, although Conor Counihan’s men can still make it to the League showpiece if they beat Armagh at home next week.

Cork completely dominated the closing stages and pressed hard for the two points and in the end were only the width of a post away from claiming both points, with Eoin Cadogan hitting the woodwork with a shot a minute into injury time. Prior to that, Cork had scored five points without reply to set up a grandstand finish, with substitute John Miskella inspiring the comeback with two excellent points from play.

Mayo had led by 0-7 to 0-6 at the break, but an instinctive finish from the ever-alert Jason Doherty 12 minutes after the restart helped James Horan’s young side into a 1-10 to 0-7 lead. They extended that lead to 1-13 to 0-9 by the 54th minute and, with Taoiseach Enda Kenny looking on, appeared to be on track for a comfortable win. Cork, though, showed exactly why they are the Allianz League Division One and All-Ireland champions by hitting back with three quick frees from Goulding before Miskella got in on the act.

The first half was evenly contested, with the sides level on four occasions in the opening 35 minutes. Pearse O’Neill levelled the game for Cork at 0-5 apiece in the 24th minute, before goal-scorer Doherty and James Kilkcullen nudged Mayo back into the lead. But Cork pegged Mayo back to within a point at the break with yet another Goulding free, before the game really burst to life in the second half and Mayo secured their place in Division One next year by hanging on grimly for the win.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1 – Waterford 2-19 Offaly 1-19

Walsh stars for Deise as Offaly rue missed chances

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Waterford 2-19 Offaly 1-19

Monday April 04 2011

A lucky second-half goal from Brian O’Sullivan helped Waterford edge out an improving Offaly team in the Tullamore sunshine to set up a nail-biting finale against Galway, with a place in the final possibly up for grabs. Waterford, who lost Richie Foley to a thigh injury, led throughout but Offaly were left to rue a host of missed chances. Deise selector Pat Bennett was more than happy to come away with the win. “We were dreading coming to Offaly because they were buoyant after their win last week,” he said. “It was a tough, hard, physical game of hurling. We are still in with a shout.”

Waterford’s spread of scorers was impressive, with debutant Brian O’Sullivan shining with 1-2 from play. Foley was excellent from placed balls before going off injured with full-forward Shane Walsh the star of the show with 1-4. The first half was for the most part a dull affair despite some excellent scoring from both sides, with Walsh particularly good. Shane Dooley opened the scoring but a trio of points from O’Sullivan, Walsh and Foley settled the Deise. Dooley was deadly from frees in the opening half and kept the Faithful County in touch, with Walsh firing over again in the ninth minute to give Waterford a 0-5 to 0-2 lead.

Offaly full-forward Joe Bergin came to life midway through the half and his brace of points left the scores at 0-6 to 0-5 in favour of the Deise. Foley was in fine form from dead balls. He fired over six in the first half and had a strong part to play in the decisive score of the half. On 32 minutes, Walsh disposed Dylan Hayden on the Offaly end line and skipped towards goal before calmly dispatching a low shot beyond the reach of Offaly custodian James Dempsey. A late Offaly rally from Dooley and Carroll left the margin at seven points as Waterford went in leading 1-14 to 0-10 at the break.

Dooley missed a glorious goal chance early in the second half before Bergin finally found the net for the Faithful County in the 39th minute to bring it back to a five-point game. Dooley fired over a free and a ’65’ but Foley was as accurate as ever for the Deise. Waterford looked to have buried Offaly in the 57th minute when a breaking ball around the goalmouth was finished to the net by O’Sullivan, but a resilient Offaly battled back and were unlucky not to have a goal or two late on. Dooley hit three unanswered frees and with five minutes to go Waterford only led by four points. Walsh restored their five-point lead and, despite a late flurry from Offaly, Waterford hung on to win by three points.

Man of the Match: Shane Walsh (Waterford)

Scorers — Waterford: R Foley 0-9 (8f, 1 ’65’), S Walsh 1-4, B O’Sullivan 1-2, S Prendergast, G Crotty, S O’Sullivan, K Moran 0-1 each. Offaly: S Dooley 0-12 (10f, 1 ’65’), J Bergin 1-2, B Carroll 0-3, C Egan, C Parlon 0-1 each.

Offaly — J Dempsey 6, D Franks 6, D Kenny 6, S Egan 6; M Verney 6, R Hanniffy 7, D Morkan 7; C Mahon 8, D Hayden 6; D Molloy 6, G Healion 6, C Egan 8; S Dooley 9, J Bergin 9, B Carroll 8. Subs: M Cordial for Hayden (blood, 17-27), M Cordial 6 for Hayden (h-t), C Parlon 7 for Healion (45), J Mulrooney 6 for Molloy (50).

Waterford — C Hennessy 6; E Murphy 6, W Hutchinson 6, N Connors 7; T Browne 9, M Walsh 8, J Nagle 7; K Moran 7, R Foley 8; S Prendergast 6, S O’Sullivan 6, S Molumphy 6; B O’Sullivan 9, S Walsh 9, G Crotty 6. Subs: P Mahoney 6 for Prendergast (53), E McGrath 6 for Molumphy (60), E Kelly 5for Foley (inj 60), D O’Sullivan 5 for Nagle (67).

Ref — J Ryan (Tipperary)


Offaly 1-19 Waterford 2-19

From the web site

Waterford placed Offaly right in the relegation mire going into the final weekend of Division 1 of the Allianz National Hurling League with a 2-19 to 1-19 win in Tullamore. The result leaves Offaly bottom of the table, level on two points with Wexford, but with a significantly inferior scoring difference of -8. Waterford still have an outside chance of making the league final but they will need a few results to go in their favour on the last weekend. Waterford were always in control of the game and had a big lead of nine points at one stage, however Offaly did come back strongly in the second half. It never looked like being enough to overhaul the Munster champions though. The Déise played with a strong wind in the first period and went into an early lead thanks to Gavin Crotty. The visitors were without John Mullane, who is getting married, but they did have the ageless Tony Browne in their ranks, as he gears up for his 20th year of championship hurling.

Shane Dooley was in good scoring form for Offaly throughout, and he was especially potent from placed balls. He kept the Faithful in touch early on but soon Waterford were in control with Richie Foley hitting a number of frees, which he continued to do all afternoon. Shane Walsh hit two points following three in a row from Foley to put Waterford ahead. Crotty and Joe Bergin then traded points before Seamus Prendergast and Foley for Waterford and Colin Egan and Dooley for Offaly all added points. That left it 0-11 to 0-6 in favour of Waterford.

The key score of the first half came on 27 minutes when Shane Walsh rattled to the net for Waterford. It put them nine points clear but Dooley managed to cut the gap before half time and at the break it was 1-14 to 0-10 in favour of the visitors. But Offaly came out fighting strongly in the second half and set about cutting the gap straight away. Their task was made easier when Joe Bergin finished to the net either side of a brace of frees from Foley. Brian Carroll, Dooley and Colin Egan all pointed as Joe Dooley’s side battled on but Waterford landed the killer blow when they hit their second goal of the game on 56 minutes.

Foley hit a long ball towards the goal and it fell to Brian O’Sullivan who finished smartly. Shane Dooley responded with a quick free but the gap was seven points now and it looked all over. However, Offaly finished the stronger of the two sides and outscored Waterford by 0-6 to 0-1 in the final 15 minutes of the game, with Dooley and Brian Carroll doing most of the work. It wasn’t enough though and even though Waterford eased up after O’Sullivan’s goal, they had done enough.

With Wexford and Offaly now on the same points, it could come down to scoring difference as both sides face daunting trips to Tipperary and Kilkenny in their final two fixtures. With both their opponents still chasing a spot in the final, it is unlikely either Offaly or Wexford will find much sympathy in their fight against relegation. Waterford on the other hand could still make the final, but they will need to beat Galway on the final weekend and hope for a number of favours from other teams.

Team News

Waterford Hurling Team attached to play Offaly in Tullamore on Sunday.

1. Clinton Hennessy – Ardmore

2. Eoin Murphy, Shamrocks 3. Wayne Hutchinson, Ballygunner 4. Noel Connors, Passage

5. Tony Browne, Mount Sion 6. Michael Walsh, Stradbally 7. Jamie Nagle, Dungarvan

8. Richie Foley, Abbeyside 9. Kevin Moran, De La Salle

10. Seamus Prendergast, Ardmore 11. Shane O’Sullivan, Ballygunner 12. Stephen Molumphy (Ballyduff Upper)

13. Gavin Crotty, Dungarvan 14. Shane Walsh, Fourmilewater 15. Brian O’Sullivan, Ballygunner


Allianz Hurling League Division 1 – Wexford 1-16 Cork 1-15

Fire in the Yellow Bellies reels in Cork

Wexford 1-16 Cork 1-15

By Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner web site

Monday, April 04, 2011

A TALE of two halves in Wexford Park yesterday — the best of times for Wexford and the worst for Cork, as the Slaneysiders overturned an eight-point deficit to storm to victory. “There have been a lot of post mortems on Wexford hurling in the last week or 10 days,” said Wexford manager Colm Bonnar afterwards. “But I felt we’d made steady improvement. In the last 10 years, it’s probably a long time since a Wexford team scored an average of 19, 20 points as we’ve done but nobody gave us credit for those improvements. “I was confident we could score 1-16, 1-17, before the game, though obviously Cork getting only one goal kept us in it.”

Bonnar was right. Though Cork bossed proceedings from the start, they didn’t punish Wexford when the home side were under severe pressure early on. Cork full-forward Michael Cussen’s first-minute shot might have yielded a goal, for instance, but his shot went just over the bar. Wexford’s deployment of full-forward Harry Kehoe to strengthen their midfield didn’t help; it meant ball after ball went to Cork’s free man, full-back Eoin Dillon, and the home side were under constant pressure, 0-5 to 0-1 down after 10 minutes.

On 16 minutes, Wexford’s Jim Berry hit the post from a free and Rory Jacob engineered a shot from the rebound that Cork keeper Anthony Nash turned away with the help of the crossbar: that was as good as it got for Wexford in the first half. Ten minutes later the Leesiders, already four points up, had a good goal from Cathal Naughton after Brian Murphy and Tom Kenny combined well: 1-8 to 0-4, and Ben O’Connor added a point seconds later. Berry gave the scoreboard a more respectable look by half-time with three late frees, making it 1-9 to 0-7 at the half. “We knew we could get back into it,” said Bonnar. “We felt we were in the game, there was a strong breeze and we felt we could turn it around.”

They did. Within five minutes of the resumption a re-energised Wexford were ahead. Points from PJ Nolan Paul Roche (a 65 and a free from his own half) and Berry were augmented by a soft goal — Nash fumbled a high ball and PJ Banville swept it home. Wexford smelt a victory while Cork, disappointingly for manager Denis Walsh, failed to respond. “The game was there for us, we were in cruise control,” said Walsh. “We weren’t clinical enough up front. We talked about that at half-time, about not leaving them back into it, because if that happened only one team would win it.”

While Cork struggled to win possession up front, Roche and Daniel Redmond helped drive the home side on and another long-range free from Roche had Wexford three ahead approaching injury time. Ben O’Connor — described as a “colossus” by his manager after the game — cut the gap to one point with two frees, but Wexford hung on. “I’m disappointed with myself more than anything else,” said Cork boss Denis Walsh at the final whistle. “Rather than blaming the players I’d look at whether we made too many changes, I didn’t think we did. “The very first shot (Cussen’s) should have been under rather than over the bar, but we lost our shape. When it came to a fight we had lost our shape and they kept theirs.”

His opposite number was realistic about Wexford’s chances of staying in Division 1 with a win over the All-Ireland champions in their last game. “Obviously with Tipp’s win over Galway, they’ll be playing for a place in the league final,” said Bonnar. “It’ll be a hell of a place to go looking for a point, Offaly are the same, but we feel the league has done a lot for the lads, it’s great preparation. It’s great to finish our games in Wexford Park with a win, anyway.” Denis Walsh, meanwhile, said he’d be focusing on his side’s league finale. “I’ve found out a bit more about some fellas and it mightn’t be all positive,” said Walsh. “We’re out of the league, realistically, but we’ll be targeting the Dublin game.”

Scorers for Wexford: P Roche (3fs, 1 65), J Berry (4fs) 0-4 each, PJ Banville 1-0, PJ Nolan 0-3, N Kirwan (1f), D Redmond 0-2 each, R Jacob 0-1.

Scorers for Cork: B O’Connor 0-9 (8f), C Naughton 1-0, T Kenny, B Murphy, B Cooper, P O’Sullivan, M Cussen, P Horgan 0-1 each.

Subs for Wexford: G Sinnott for W. Doran (blood 29-35), B Doyle for Doran (ht); N Kirwan for J Berry (58), T Mahon for Banville (63), C Farrell for E Quigley (70), M Jacob for L Prendergast (70).

Subs for Cork: C McCarthy for Horgan (51), P Cronin for C O’Sullivan (53), K Murphy for Cussen (63).

Referee: Alan Kelly (Galway)


Model show signs of life

WEXFORD 1-16 CORK 1-15


By Vincent Hogan for the Irish Independent newspaper

A CORPSE climbed off a slab in Wexford Park yesterday to highlight how the more we see in this league, maybe the less we understand. It might amount to but a brief discharge from Purgatory for Wexford hurlers, but, in the week one of their favourite sons warned of a possible future pursuing the Christy Ring Cup, this defeat of Ringy’s beloved blood and bandages had the small crowd whooping wild approval. “Paper-talk,” was how Colm Bonnar dismissed Liam Dunne’s worried prophesy, while yet acknowledging that Wexford had “a huge mountain to climb” if they are to retain Division 1 status. But they still, at least, have the gift of rescue in their hands and, for Bonnar, that was sufficient harvest. Trailing 0-7 to 1-9 at the interval, they goaled early in the second-half and – thereafter – out-gunned Cork, essentially, by force of will.

“There’s been a lot of post-mortems for Wexford hurling over the last week or two” said the Cashel man. “But we knew we’d made steady, steady improvement in this league, even if nobody was giving us any credit for it. I just feel people are very quick to jump on a bandwagon.” They must now play Tipperary in next weekend’s final round of matches and, for all the kudos coming their way last night, defeat to the All-Ireland champions will flush them back down to what Bonner calls “the sheltered life” of Division 2 hurling. A life they know to be ruinous. That said, Wexford hurling may not quite be in need of a wire brush and carbolic soap just yet. For the spirit of men like Paul Roche, Keith Rossiter and Darren Stamp against occasionally nonchalant opposition spoke of a warrior mentality that Cork manager Denis Walsh could only lament had been missing in his troops.

The visitors’ attack, particularly, misfired and only Ben O’Connor and Paudie O’Sullivan escaped their manager’s censure afterwards for what amounted to an exercise in surrender. Michael Cussen had a goal chance in the opening seconds, but blazed the wrong side of the crossbar and, though Cork led 0-5 to 0-1 after nine minutes, they were never able to put sufficient daylight into the arithmetic to subdue the possibility of uprising. Roche, particularly, would prove magnificent, endlessly mopping up ‘dirty’ ball and contributing a succession of points from frees deep in his own half. If the spirit of Vinegar Hill is alive today, the Oulart man is its most obvious expression. That said, Cathal Naughton’s welltaken 28th-minute goal seemed to have edged Cork into a comfortable position by half-time, albeit the bulk of their scores were coming from Ben O’Connor’s dead-ball accuracy.

In the dressing-room, Walsh warned against complacency. But the taps were already running. “We knew if we left them in it, there was only going to be one winner” he said afterwards. “We’d been in cruise control, but we still had to drive on. And we didn’t do that. When it came to a fight, we lost our shape. “I’m disappointed with myself more than anything else to be honest. Did we make too many changes? I don’t think so. Like, four of our starting forwards you’d expect to be playing Championship hurling. I found out a bit more about certain fellas today and it mightn’t be all positive.” Within seven minutes of the resumption, Wexford – incredibly – were leading. Having huffed and puffed through the first-half with a crowded midfield and two-man full-forward line – endless home deliveries dropping into the grateful hand of Cork full-back, Eoin Dillon – they reverted to orthodoxy and reaped an immediate dividend.

Stephen Banville moved to the edge of the ‘square’ and, having been in Ronan Curran’s pocket on the halfline, now suddenly came alive. He’d already tested Anthony Nash with a snap-shot from 20 yards when the Cork goalkeeper failed to deal with an incoming missile in the 40th minute and, at maybe the third attempt, Banville forced the sliotar home. Roche followed up with a free from 90 metres and, when Dillon fouled Banville, Jim Berry edged Wexford in front for the first time. From there to the end, it became less a hurling game than an exploration of manhood and a few Cork players didn’t impress with their response.


Wexford, by contrast, were finding attacking inspiration in men like David Redmond, the excellent PJ Nolan and – on his introduction – Nicky Kirwan. They eased three points clear with as many minutes remaining, only for two O’Connor frees to narrow it to the minimum. And so it ended in a frenzy of shrieks and whistles, poor, put-upon Wexford somehow holding on. “We needed the win, because the longer we went without one, the more pressure was coming on” admitted Bonnar. “But anyone who has seen us in our last four games would know that we’ve been averaging 19 or 20 points. We knew we were well capable of this. “That said, Tipp beat Galway easily today, so they’ll be playing us now to get to a league final. It’s going to be a hell of a place to go in and try to look for two points.” Still, wreaths might be a bit premature.

Man of the Match: Paul Roche (Wexford)

SCORERS – Wexford: P Roche 0-4 (3f, 1 ‘65’), J Berry 0-4f, PJ Nolan 0-3, S Banville 1-0, D Redmond 0-2, N Kirwan 0-2 (1f), R Jacob 0-1. Cork: B O’Connor 0-9 (8f), C Naughton 1-0, B Murphy, T Kenny, B Cooper, P O’Sullivan, M Cussen, P Horgan 0-1 each.

WEXFORD: N Breen 7; P Roche 9, M O’Hanlon 8, K Rossiter 8; L Prendergast 7, D Stamp 8, C Kenny 7; D Redmond 7, E Quigley 6; PJ Nolan 8, W Doran 6, S Banville 6; R Jacob 7, H Kehoe 6, J Berry 6.

Subs: B Doyle 7 for Doran (h-t), N Kirwan 7 for Berry (58), T Waters for Banville (63), C Farrell for Quigley (70), M Jacob for Kehoe (71).

CORK: A Nash 7; S O’Neill 7, E Dillon 7, C O’Sullivan 7; R Curran 9, M Ellis 7, J Nagle 8; B Murphy 7, T Kenny 7; B O’Connor 8, B Cooper 6, C Naughton 6; P O’Sullivan 7, M Cussen 6, P Horgan 6.

Subs: C McCarthy 7 for Horgan (50), P Cronin 7 for C O’Sullivan (55), K Murphy for Cussen (61).

REF – A Kelly (Galway)


Wexford 1-16 Cork 1-15

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Wexford came back brilliantly to beat Cork in the second half of their Allianz National Hurling League clash in Wexford Park on Sunday, leaving them with a good chance of avoiding relegation going into the final weekend. Denis Walsh’s Cork led by five points at the break and Wexford’s status in the top division was looking very precarious but they came out fighting in the second half, and got in front shortly after Stephen Banville’s goal. It was very tight from then on but the Model Men’s greater desire saw them come good in the end to take what could prove to be a crucial victory.

Wexford could have scored a goal early on when Jim Berry’s ball troubled Anthony Nash and fell to Harry Kehoe, whose shot was then saved by the Cork keeper. Cork survived the scare to race into an early lead. Brian Murphy and PJ Nolan exchanged points before Ben O’Connor popped over a few frees. As well as O’Connor’s shooting, Michael Cussen was causing problems for the Wexford full-back line with his rangy running and Paudie O’Sullivan was also dangerous. O’Connor had four points to his name by the 22nd minute as Cork led 0-7 to 0-3. Berry and O’Connor traded further scores and then, shortly before half-time, Cathal Naughton rattled to the net to put Cork well in control. The move started when Tom Kenny did well to win possession before racing towards goal and laying off to Newtownshandrum clubman Naughton, who came in from the left and finished well. The goal, coupled with O’Connor’s excellent finishing, made it 1-9 to 0-7 at half-time.

Colm Bonnar obviously laid down the consequences of a defeat to his players well during the interval as they looked like a different team after the restart. Banville’s goal after a Nash fumble, alongside points from Paul Nolan and three majestic scores from Paul Roche suddenly had Wexford in front. Roche’s points had in particular been inspirational, with two flying over from around 100 metres out. This left it Wexford 1-11 to Cork’s 1-10 and it was tit for tat for most of the second half until a run of three Wexford points effectively settled the game.

Nicky Kirwan hit two and Roche knocked over another great score to set the home side up for the win. Two late frees from Ben O’Connor took his personal tally for the day to 0-10 but Wexford held on for a win which showed they do indeed possess that special quality of true grit. They will need to show more of it if they want to avoid relegation though, with a visit to Tipperary in the final round ahead of them, with the Premier having given the performance of the League so far when they annihilated Galway on Sunday.