All Ireland Ladies Junior A Football Final – Sperrin Og (Tyrone) 2-9 Aherlow (Tipperary) 1-10

Sperrin Og (Tyrone) defeated Aherlow (Tipperary) by 2-9 to 1-10 in the All Ireland Ladies Junior A Football Final on Sunday in St. Pergrines GAA Grounds, Blanchardstown, Dublin.

AIB Munster GAA Football Intermediate Club Championship Semi Final – Mullinahone (Tipperary) 0-14 Dungarvan (Waterford) 1-3

Munster Club I.F. semi-final

Mullinahone to contest Munster Final

Mullinahone C.J.Kickhams 0 – 14 Dungarvan 1 – 03

Mullinahone C.J. Kickhams have become the first Tipperary club to contest the Munster Club Intermediate Football final. On Sun. afternoon in famed Fraher Field Dungarvan the lads from Kickham’s little village proved too strong for the home side and Waterford champions Dungarvan. The final score was 0-14 to 1-03 in favour of the Mullinahone men. Their reward for this fine semi-final win is a final clash with the Kerry representatives Milltown-Castlemaine. This game will be played in Mallow at 2pm on Sunday fortnight December 11th. In Sunday’s semi-final Mullinahone took the lead with a point in the first minute and were never led during the rest of the game. Conditions in Dungarvan were excellent for football. There may have been plenty of rain and wind in the week leading up to the game, but on Sunday afternoon everything was fine and dry and the pitch itself was not noticeably heavy. Well known County Cork referee Michael Collins was in charge of the whistle. As patrons scanned their programmes pre match the more recognisable names were those of inter county hurlers. C.J. Kickhams had Paul Curran and Paul Kelly in their first 15, while Eoin Kelly was among the subs. For Dungarvan Jamie Nagle wearing No 9, was to line out at midfield, but changes saw him start at centre half back. A calm afternoon saw neither side begin with an advantage from the elements.

C.J. Kickhams hit the ground running and a point from a free by Adrian Doheny in the first minute. Niall Cronin added a second point a minute later. In the fourth minute Dungarvan’s nerves were evident when Gavin Crotty sent a free wide. Edwin O’Meara followed suit for Mullinahone, but redeemed himself somewhat when he pointed from play within a minute. Johnny Lynch had the distinction of receiving the first yellow of what was turning out to be a sporting game. Nerves were still in evidence in 10 minutes when Kevin Walzer fouled the ball to give away a free which was again missed by the Dungarvan free taker. In 12 minutes Eoin Healy opened the Waterford lads account with a fine point off his left foot. The Dungarvan captain then picked up a yellow card. A.J. Cronin pointed for C.J.K. after the Dungarvan keeper Conor Mulcahy had pulled off a great save. Some of the Mullinahone attack at this stage were guilty of losing an amount of ball, but in the 23rd minute came the best point so far with Kevin Walzer, Sean Curran and finally Adrian Doheny applying the coup de gras. Dungarvan got their free taking going in 25 minutes when Ryan Donnelly pointed. In the 27th minute goalie Mulcahy was again the hero pulling off a splendid save from Sean Curran. The pressure continued and James Connolly up from wing back put his side four points up. Almost on the whistle A J Cronin pointed but Colm Curran brought the half to a close with a Dungarvan point. Half time score Mullinahone C.J.K. 0-07 Dungarvan 0-03

The interval was enlivened by two under 10 games between the competing sides which provided great entertainment for the spectators. It was also a great opportunity for the young footballers to show off their undoubted skills. Again Mullinahone came out of their blocks quickly at the start of the second half. Edwin O’Meara was at the end of a good move to point. When corner back Trevor Galvin saw yellow Adrian Doheny pointed the resultant free. Cormac Curran then came on and then Doheny who has been quite good with his frees off the ground in recent games had a bad miss. Alan Curran saw yellow as Dungarvan tried to come back and increased the pressure. Dungarvan messed up a free which was passed instead of pointed and ended up going wide. Adrian Doheny pointed yet another free in 12 minutes. Conor Sheridan came on for Dungarvan. Jason O’Mahony saw yellow and in 15 minutes trainer Franny Kelly had Eoin Kelly sprung from the Mullinahone bench. Four minutes later Gary Cronin came on as the game appeared to be petering out. With nine minutes left the Mullinahone defence relaxed and Karl Duggan was left free to goal when placed by Ryan Donnelly. The Kickhams responded. Paul Kelly pointed and then Gary Cronin added another. Richie Morrissey and Philip O’Shea were introduced. A second yellow saw Jason O’Mahony walk the walk. Gary Cronin converted the free to rack up Mullinahone’s 13th point. Eddie Phelan replaced A.J. Cronin and as the game ticked over into added time Kevin Walzer kicked a fine point. When the final whistle sounded the score stood Mullinahone C.J.K. 0-14, Dungarvan 1-03.

Mullinahone certainly deserved their win. Some will say that the win was inevitable from a long ways out. However, when Dungarvan goaled rather easily with 10 minutes left there was only four points between the sides. Mullinahone did, however, respond quickly with two points and remained in the ascendancy until the end. Some points worth pondering. Dungarvan outscored Mullinahone in the wides stakes by five to two in the first half. In the 2nd half Dungarvan got only one score even if it was a goal. Mullinahone scored seven points in each half. Both sides, but especially Dungarvan were guilty of some poor distribution. Eoin Kelly is not mentioned among the scorers, but when he came on he got possession a number of times and he always found one of his team mates. His introduction increased the attacking potential of Mullinahone. Brian Treacy, not previously mentioned was an outstanding covering corner back for C.J.K. Mullinahone have been playing constant football since Monday night October 10th. They have improved week by week and game by game. They now have three weeks to prepare for the greatest football test of their lives and with the wily Franny Kelly plotting the way there is no knowing how far they can go. To be the first Tipp team to have reached the Munster Intermediate Club Football Final is great. To be the first to bring the Richard Cummins Cup back so near to Fethard would be wonderful.

Mullinahone C.J. Kickhams:- Michael Lonergan, Joe O’Meara, Martin Costelloe, Brian Treacy, Kevin Walzer, Niall Curran, James Connolly, Paul Curran, Alan Curran, Seán Curran, Niall Cronin, Edwin O’Meara, Paul Kelly, A.J. Cronin, Adrian Doheny. Subs used: – Eoin Kelly, Gary Cronin, Richie Morrissey, Philip O’Shea, Eddie Phelan.

Dungarvan:- Conor Mulcahy, Trevor Galvin, Derek Barry, John Paul Tutty, Shane Kearney, Jamie Nagle, Jason O’Mahony, Colm Curran, Karl Duggan, Eoin Healy, Seamus Cunningham, Gavin Crotty, Ryan Donnelly, Johnny Lynch, Kenny Moore. Subs used: – Cormac Curran, Conor Sheridan, Darragh Fitzgerald.

Referee: – Michael Collins (Corcaigh).

Report supplied by Ricky Sheehan

For the Record

Dungarvan (Waterford) Mullinahone (Tipperary)
Number of Munster Club Intermediate Football titles
(by County)
0 0
Last Munster Intermediate Football Title (by County) N/A N/A
Munster Club Intermediate Football Championship Record since 2000 for each county’s representative Played – 9
Won – 3
Lost –  6
Drawn – 0
Played – 11
Won – 3
Lost –  8
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the Munster Club Intermediate Football Championship involving participating county representatives December 5th 2004 at Walsh Park Waterford
(Munster Club Semi-Final) –
Gaultier (Waterford) 1-5 Killenaule (Tipperary)  0-4
Trends The Waterford champions have not won a match in this competition since 2004 when Gaultier (Waterford) won two matches on their way to the final. Mullinahone’s victory over Mountcollins last Sunday was the first win for the Tipperary Intermediate Football champions in Munster since 2007, a 1-7 to 0-8 victory for Arravale Rovers over Ballyvaughan (Clare).

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Club Intermediate Championship 2011

Quarter-Finals
Sunday November 13th

@ Clonmel Sportsfield                    Mullinahone (Tipperary) 1-9 Mountcollins (Limerick) 0-9
@ Páirc de Búrca Miltown Miltown / Castlemaine (Kerry) 2-5 Clondegad (Clare) 0-10


Semi-Finals (Extra time)
Sunday November 20th (Replay date – Saturday November 26th)

@ Fraher Field Dungarvan            Dungarvan (Waterford) v Mullinahone (Tipperary) 2:00pm

@ Mallow Newmarket (Cork) v Miltown / Castlemaine (Kerry) 2:00pm


Final (Extra time)

Sunday December 11th (Replay date – Saturday December 17th)

2:00pm throw-in @ Mallow GAA Grounds


Odds and Ends

Since the competition began in 2003, Kerry clubs have won 5 of the 8 Munster titles on offer, including the last 4 in a row. Cork clubs have won the other 3 Munster titles.

Cork clubs have won just 1 of their last 5 matches in this competition having won the first 3 Munster Club Intermediate Football titles from 2003 to 2005.

Prior to 2011, Clare clubs qualified for the final of 4 of the last 5 Munster Club Intermediate Championships.

Limerick clubs have lost their opening match in the last 6 Munster Club Intermediate Championships.


Munster GAA Club FOOTBALL Intermediate Championship Roll Of Honour

Kerry (5) – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Cork (3) – 2003, 2004, 2005

Munster GAA Club FOOTBALL Intermediate Championship

List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began 1888 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/ifclub_teams/

All Ireland GAA Club FOOTBALL Intermediate Championship

In the Club Intermediate Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork and Kerry have secured 2 titles each courtesy of Ilen Rovers (Cork – 2003/2004), Carbery Rangers (Cork – 2004/2005), Ardfert (Kerry – 2006/2007) and St. Michael’s Foilmore (Kerry – 2008/2009).

AIB Munster GAA Football Senior Club Championship Semi Final – UCC (Cork) 5-12 Moyle Rovers (Tipperary) 1-5

Moyle blitzed by UCC goal rush

Moyle Rovers (Tipperary) 1-05 UCC (Cork) 5-12

By Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

A REMARKABLE football year for University College Cork could have an ending to match on December 4. The students will contest a first AIB Munster club football final since 1999 on that date, when they face Kerry kingpins Dr Crokes in the provincial showpiece. The Sigerson Cup holders and Cork county champions must go into battle against the Kingdom’s finest without some absent friends, however, as Daithi Casey and Johnny Buckley will line out for Dr Crokes. Casey and Buckley were on duty in Killarney yesterday as Crokes eventually prevailed against Kilmurry-Ibrickane but they were hardly missed as Will Kennedy and Jamie O’Sullivan forged a solid midfield pairing for UCC. Moyle Rovers, runners-up in the Tipperary SFC, were simply overrun as UCC went goal-crazy shortly after half-time, netting three times in the opening four minutes of the second half. That scoring blitz killed the Rovers challenge stone dead and a second painful defeat in the space of a fortnight was a formality thereafter.

A sparse crowd, no more than a couple of hundred, descended on the Clonmel Sportsfield, with conditions very decent for the time of year. Tipperary champions Thomas MacDonaghs were ineligible to compete in the Munster club campaign because of their divisional status. UCC had a powerful scoring contribution from a full-forward line comprised entirely of Kerrymen. Paul Geaney, who scored 1-2 for Dingle against Austin Stacks in the Kerry SFL Division 1 final on Saturday, roused himself for a second match within 24 hours. And the corner forward was brilliant during the 44 minutes he was on the pitch, scoring 2-5 and setting up Stephen O’Brien for the second of his two goals in the 35th minute. At full-forward, Gavin O’Grady was another to impress as he finished with 0-5 to his credit, including three points from play in the second half.

Forty-two minutes elapsed before a player outside of the red-hot UCCinside line raised a flag, when Mike Griffin pointed, and Tipperary’s Gavin Ryan was the only non-Kerry native to register a score when he fisted home a 59th minute goal. The scenario that unfolded was in marked contrast to UCC’s quarter-final victory over Limerick outfit Monaleen, when extra-time wasrequired. That win seems to have steeled UCC as they were ruthlessly efficient in their work yesterday and in the mood right from the start. A fortuitous goal from midfielder Peter Acheson, one of the few bright spots on a forgettable afternoon for the Monroe outfit, had Rovers level at 1-1 to 0-4 before UCC regained complete control and led by 1-7 to 1-2 at the break, with Stephen O’Brien netting the first of his brace in the first minute of stoppage time.

Within a minute of the restart, they struck again as Geaney took advantage of Darragh Dwyer’s error before hammering a rising drive into the topcorner. Two goals in a minute then put paid to the Rovers challenge as Geaney finished a flowing move after the ball had passed through the hands of O’Brien and O’Grady in the 34th minute. With UCC’s next attack, they struck again as Geaney placed O’Brien for a close-range finish. The Rovers misery was complete in the 59th minute when Rockwell Rovers club man Gavin Ryan fisted home a monstrous free boomed into the Rovers goalmouth by UCCmidfielder Jamie O’Sullivan.

Scorers for Moyle Rovers: P Acheson 1-0, L Boland 0-2 (1f), A Campbell, S Carey andB Mulvihill 0-1 each.

UCC: P Geaney 2-5 (0-2f), S O’Brien 2-1,G O’Grady (0-5, 2f), G Ryan 1-0, M Griffin 0-1.

MOYLE ROVERS: I Browne; D Conway,R Power, D Dwyer; A Campbell, D Nolan,S Keating; M Dunne, N Fitzgerald; J Shanahan, P Acheson, D Lyne; S Carey, P Quirke, B Mulvihill.

Subs: R Desmond for Keating (39), L Boland for Mulvihill (39), A Kelly for Shanahan (49), J Lonergan for Dunne (49), L Cronin for Conway (49).

UCC: S Mellett; M Hickey, P Crowley, M Galvin;T Clancy, N Daly, S Kiely; W Kennedy, J O’Sullivan; B Coughlan, M Griffin, JB Spillane;S O’Brien, G O’Grady, P Geaney.

Subs: G Ryan for Geaney (44), S Beston for JB Spillane (49), D Culhane for Crowley (49), A Greaney for Daly (50), D O’Shea for Kennedy (50).

Referee: P O’Sullivan (Kerry)

For the Record

UCC (Cork) Moyle Rovers (Tipperary)
Number of Munster Club Senior Football titles 3 0
Last Munster Club
Senior Football Title
1999 N/A
Number of Munster Club Senior Football titles
(by County)
27 0
Last Munster Club
Senior Football Title
(by County)
2010 

(Nemo Rangers)

N/A
Munster Club Senior Football Championship Record since 2000 for each county’s representative Played – 24
Won – 19
Lost –  5
Drawn – 0
Played – 15
Won – 3
Lost –  11
Drawn – 1
Last meeting in the Munster Club Senior Football Championship involving participating county representatives November 11th 2007 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh
(Munster Club Quarter-Final) –
Nemo Rangers (Cork) 1-14 Moyle Rovers (Tipperary) 2-6

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Club Senior Championship 2011

Quarter-Final

Sunday November 6th (Replay date – Saturday November 12th)

@ Cloughduv                                   UCC (Cork) 1-19 Monaleen (Limerick) 2-15 (AET)

@ Fraher Field Dungarvan Dr. Crokes (Kerry) 3-13 Ballinacourty (Waterford) 0-7


Semi-Finals
Sunday November 20th (Replay date – Saturday November 26th)

@ Dr. Crokes GAA Club grounds Kilmurry-Ibrickane (Clare) v Dr. Crokes (Kerry) 2:00pm

@ Clonmel Sportsfield                     Moyle Rovers (Tipperary) v UCC (Cork) 2:00pm

Final

Sunday December 4th (Replay date – Saturday December 10th)

2:00pm throw-in

Odds and Ends

Since 2000, Cork hold the best record in the Munster Club Championship with 19 victories and 6 Munster Club titles during that period.

Clare won 3 Munster Club Senior Football titles since 2004 and have won 13 of the 24 matches played in the Munster Club Championship since 2000.

Kerry’s record in the Munster Club Senior Football Championship sees them with 13 titles, just under half the total of Cork clubs (27). Since 2000, Kerry have captured 2 Munster club titles and have not captured the All-Ireland Club Senior Football title since Laune Rangers victory in 1995 / 1996. During Kerry’s Golden Years at Inter-County level, Kerry won just 3 of the 12 Munster Club Senior Football titles on offer (Austin Stacks – 1976 & Castleisland Desmonds 1984 and 1985).

Limerick’s Dromcollogher-Broadford defeated Nemo Rangers and Kilmurry/Ibrickane to win the 2008 Munster Club Senior Football title. Those 2 victories are the only wins for the Limerick Senior Football champions in this competition dating back to 2003, a period of 9 matches which include 8 defeats and 1 drawn game, includling Monaleen’s defeat to UCC this season.

Tipperary and Waterford are the only Munster counties yet to win a Munster Club Senior Football title.

From 1964 to 1997, no club outside of Kerry or Cork won the Munster Club Senior Football title (Thomond College representing Limerick won the 1977 title). Since 1998, Kilmurry/Ibrickane (2), Doonbeg and Dromcollogher-Broadford have been successful in winning the Munster Club Senior Football titles.

Since St. Patrick’s Day 1996, only 1 of the last 15 Munster Club Senior Football champions (7%) have won the All-Ireland Club Senior Football title – Nemo Rangers in the 2002/2003 season. Prior to 1996, Munster Clubs captured 15 All-Ireland’s at this grade, an average of 60% dating back to 1971.

Munster GAA Club FOOTBALL Senior Championship Roll Of Honour

Cork (27) – 1966, 1967, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2010

Kerry (13) – 1964, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1976, 1984, 1985, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 2003, 2006,

Clare (3) – 1998, 2004, 2009

Limerick (2) – 1977, 2008

Munster GAA Club FOOTBALL Senior Championship – List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began 1888 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/sfclub_teams


All Ireland GAA Club FOOTBALL Senior Championship

In the Club Senior Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork top the charts with 11 titles followed by Kerry with 5. Limerick have 1 All-Ireland Club Football title courtesy of Thomond College in 1977/1978.


Munster Club Senior
FOOTBALL Cup
Club Championship Senior Football Cup – Michael O’Connor Cup

Presented by Munster Council in 1991 to commemorate late Chairman & Treasurer.

AIB Munster GAA Hurling Junior Club Championship Quarter Final – Charleville (Cork) 1-13 Kenmare (Kerry) 0-5

O’Brien scoring ace as Charleville cruise past hapless Kenmare

Charleville 1-13 Kenmare 0-5

By Jordan Murphy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, November 21, 2011

CHARLEVILLE cruised to an emphatic 11-point win in this Munster Club JHC quarter-final in front of one of the biggest crowds seen at Kenmare’s Fr Breen Park in a number of years. Charleville got off to a dream start when wing-forward Derry Murphy drove through the Kenmare defence, before placing James O’ Brien, who billowed the Kenmare net. Charleville then tacked on three quick points, one from Derry Murphy and two from James O’Brien as they raced 1-3 to 0-0 clear inside the opening 10 minutes. Kenmare responded with a James Duncan point, their only score from play, but were dealt a blow in the 11th minute when midfielder Jimmy Wharton received a straight red card for a wild swing on Charleville’s James O’Brien. Seán O’Regan scored four points from frees as Kenmare staged a mini comeback, but Charleville led by 1-7 to 0-5 at half-time.

In the second half, with an extra man Charleville took over, adding on six further points. Kenmare failed to score in the second-half, despite the best efforts of Alan O’Leary and Seán O’Regan. Charleville with centre-back Danny O’Flynn, wing-back Barry McCarthy and forwards James O’Brien and Alan O’Connor, outstanding, advance to the Munster semi-final.

Scorers for Charleville: J O’Brien 1-6 (3fs), A Cagney 0-2, D Murphy, M Kavanagh, M Gammell, F O’Callaghan, A O’Connor 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kenmare: S O’Regan 0-4fs, James Duncan 0-1.

CHARLEVILLE: S O’ Connor; M O’Flynn, C Fitzgerald, A Dennehy; B McCarthy, D O’Flynn, B Dennehy; M Gammell, J Casey; G Kelleher, D O’ Sullivan A O’Connor; J O’ Brien, D Murphy, M Kavanagh.

Subs: F O’ Callaghan for O’Brien (45), N O’Keeffe for Gammell (45), P Gammell for A Dennehy (45), S Butler for M O’Flynn (54).

KENMARE: S Mac Gearailt; J Healy, DJ Brennan, M Fitzgerald; P Moriarty, P O’Shea, A Crowley; K O’Sullivan, J Wharton; J Duncan, S O’ Regan, TP O’ Connor; P O’Connor, L O’Shea, A O’Leary.

Subs: K Fitzgibbon for L O’Shea, S Duncan for S O’Regan (46), S Ryan for Healy (50).

Referee: F Horgan (Tipperary).

 

CHARLEVILLE PUT 14 MAN KENMARE TO THE SWORD

Munster Junior Club Hurling Quarter-final

Charleville 1-13 Kenmare 0-5

By Jordan Murphy for kerrygaa.ie

Charleville cruised to an emphatic eleven point win over Kenmare, in front of one of the biggest crowds seen at the Fr. Breen Park (Kenmare) in a number of years but a continuous downpour ruined the game as a contest. Charleville got off to a dream start when wing forward Derry Murphy ran through the Kenmare defence, before placing James O’ Brien, who billowed the Kenmare net. Charleville then tacked on three quick points, one from Derry Murphy and two from James O’Brien as they raced 1-3 to 0-0 clear inside the opening ten minutes. Kenmare responded with a James Duncan point, their only score from play. Kenmare were dealt a mortal blow in the 11th minute, when midfielder Jimmy Wharton received a straight red card for a wild swing on Chareville’s James O’ Brien. Sean O’ Regan scored four points from frees as Kenmare staged a mini comeback, but Charleville led by 1-7 to 0-5 at half time.

In the second half, with advantage of an extra man Charleville took over, adding on six further points. Conditions deteriorated due to heavy rain and it made hurling almost impossible. In fact Kenmare failed to score in the second half despite the best efforts of Alan O’ Leary and Sean O’ Regan who both struck wides, but this game was anti climax as Charleville with centre back Danny O’ Flynn, wing back Barry McCarthy and forwards James O ‘Brien and Alan O’ Connor, outstanding, advance to the Munster semi final.

Scorers:

Charleville: J O’ Brien 1-6 (0-3 frees), A Cagney 0.2, D Murphy, M Kavanagh, M Gammell, F O’ Callaghan and A O’ Connor 0-1 each.

Kenmare: S O’ Regan 0-4 (0-4 frees), James Duncan 0-1.

Teams

Charleville:

S O’ Connor, M O ‘ Flynn, C Fitzgerald, A Dennehy, B McCarthy, D O’ Flynn, B Dennehy, M Gammell, J Casey, G Kelleher, D O’ Sullivan A O’ Connor, J O’ Brien, D Murphy, M Kavanagh.

Subs: F O’ Callaghan for J O’ Brien, N O’ Keeffe for M Gammell, P Gammell for A Dennehy all at 45 min. S Butler for M O’ Flynn 54 min.

Kenmare:

S Mac Gearailt, J Healy, D.J. Brennan, M Fitzgerald, P Moriarty, P O’ Shea, A Crowley, K O’ Sullivan, J Wharton, J Duncan, S O’ Regan, T.P O’ Connor, P O’ Connor, L O’ Shea, A O’ Leary.

Subs: K Fitzgibbon for L O’ Shea, S Duncan for S O’ Regan 46 min. S Ryan for J Healy 50 min.

Referee: F Horgan (Tipperary)

 

Next Round – the winners play Rockwell Rovers (Tipperary) in the Munster Club Semi-Final on Sunday November 27th at a Cork venue.

For the Record

Kenmare (Kerry) Charleville (Cork)
Number of Munster Club Junior Hurling titles
(by County)
0 5
Last Munster Club
Junior Hurling Title
(by County)
N/A 2010
(Meelin (Cork) 5-18
St. Patricks (Tipperary) 0-9)
Munster Club Junior Hurling Championship Record since 2000 for each county’s representative Played – 10
Won – 2
Lost –  8
Drawn – 0
Played – 20
Won – 17
Lost –  3
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the Munster Club Junior Hurling Championship involving participating county representatives November 22nd 2009 at Kilgarvan
(Munster Club Semi-Final) –
Fermoy (Cork) 1-12 Kilgarvan (Kerry) 1-8

Munster GAA HURLING Club Junior Championship 2011

Quarter-Final

Sunday November 20th (Replay date – Saturday November 26th)

@ Kenmare                                       Kenmare (Kerry) or Charleville (Cork) 2:00pm


Semi-Finals
Sunday November 27th (Replay date – Saturday December 3rd)

@ Cork or Tipperary venue Rockwell Rovers v (Kerry) or Charleville (Cork) 2:00pm
@ Limerick venue                (Limerick) v Ballinameela (Waterford) 2:00pm

Final

Sunday December 11th (Replay date – Saturday December 17th)

2:00pm throw-in @ Mallow GAA Grounds

Odds and Ends

Cork clubs have won at least 1 match in each of the years of the competition since beginning in 2003.

Tipperary clubs have won at least 1 match in 5 of the last 6 years.

Waterford clubs have lost their last 5 matches in this competition dating back to 2006.

The Kerry Intermediate Hurling champions represent their county in the Munster Club Junior Hurling Championship.

Clare have not entered this competition since 2007 due to the fact that the majority of teams in the Clare Junior Hurling Championship are 2nd teams and would not be able to represent their county.

Munster GAA Club HURLING Junior Championship Roll Of Honour

Cork (5) – 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010

Clare (1) – 2003

Tipperary (1) – 2007

Limerick (1) – 2009

Munster GAA Club HURLING Junior Championship – List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began 1888 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/jhclub_teams/

All Ireland GAA Club HURLING Junior Championship

In the Club Junior Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork top the charts with 4 titles while Limerick have 1 title courtesy of Blackrock in 2009/2010.

AIB Munster GAA Football Senior Club Championship Semi Final – Dr. Crokes (Kerry) 0-12 Kilmurry-Ibrickane (Clare) 0-9

Crokes survive Clare scare

Dr Crokes (Kerry) 0-12 Kilmurray Ibrickane (Clare) 0-09

By Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

NO TARMAC melting on the roads and no throngs jamming all routes into Killarney yesterday, but an enthralling game nonetheless in this AIB Munster Club SFC semi-final at Dr Crokes ground. The club championships often throw up pocket classics that stay warm in the memory, and this meeting of Kerry and Clare was one of them. Forget the climate and the crowds, there were other preconceptions and presumptions coming to an abrupt end in Killarney: a terrific game ending twelve points to nine rather than a scorefest, for instance. Or the visitors settling quicker and jumping into a three points to nil lead in the first five minutes. Fourteen men keeping possession more easily than when they were fully staffed. Or Colm Cooper staying scoreless until 12 minutes to go.

If, before the game, you’d told Crokes manager Harry O’Neill about Cooper not threatening the scoreboard for almost 50 minutes – or that he’d lose centre-forward Daithi Casey with a quarter of the game to play and the Clare side two points ahead – he’d have probably swallowed hard and tried to see the positives somewhere in the distance. Which shows what you can achieve with statistics. The other side of the equation was that Crokes kept Kilmurry scoreless for the last 22 minutes, and Cooper hit the last four scores of the match to see them home by three.

For all that, he still wasn’t the most crucial performer for Crokes. O’Neill moved Eoin Brosnan to a roaming role further upfield in the second-half, and the big man revelled in that freedom – setting up scores, linking the play and using his intelligence to cut out Kilmurry attacks. The run of the game? Kilmurry-Ibrickane hit those three early points, and Crokes showed some frustration, collecting three yellow cards inside the first ten minutes (Jamie Doolan, Fionn Fitzgerald and Andrew Kenneally). They reeled in the Clare men with points from Daithí Casey and Kieran O’Leary (two) before Casey (free) nudged the Lewis Road side ahead. Evan Talty and Ian McInerney put Kilmurry one ahead before sub Johnny Daly (on for Mike McCarthy, who was taken to hospital with a suspected cruciate ligament injury) made the gap two.

Crokes wouldn’t have been happy with the treatment of Cooper in the lead-up to that point. The inter-county star was pinned to the ground in the Kilmurry half by an opponent before the Clare men swept downfield to score, and Cooper suffered further ignominy when yellow-carded by referee Derek O’Mahoney. Johnny Buckley made it 0-6 to 0-5 at the break, but Enda Coughlan and Noel Downes helped Kilmurry to a three-point lead early in the second half. Casey and Daly swapped frees before Crokes sub Chris Brady hit back with a fisted point.

Then the game took a decisive swing with a second yellow, and dismissal, for Daithí Casey. The sending-off energised Crokes in their characteristic calm possession-game-way (unsurprising, perhaps, given the last phase of their warm-up was a lengthy conditioned game based on ball retention). The Killarney men didn’t panic – or, as noted, start beating the chests – but used the space well, creating room where they wanted to: in the Kilmurry half. Their opponents didn’t seem able to organise the extra man and after Kieran O’Leary cut the deficit to two, Cooper took over, running the game in the last ten minutes and helping himself to four points: the equaliser and the winning margin. Kilmurry’s Enda Coughlan got a straight red with six minutes left. “For very long stages we were in trouble,” said Cooper. “They were very much on top for maybe 95% of the game, but a small bit of experience from our fellas just got us over the line.” Crokes face UCC in the provincial final, but their sleek ground was itself a place for higher learning yesterday.

Scorers for Dr Crokes: C. Cooper 0-4 (0-1 f); D. Casey, K. O’Leary 0-3 (0-1 f) each; C. Brady, J. Buckley 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kilmurry-Ibrickane: N. Downes, E. Coughlan, J. Daly (0-1 f) 0-2 each; I. McInerney (f), M. Hogan and E. Talty 0-1 each.

DR CROKES: A. Kelly; J. Payne, L. Quinn (c), D. O’Leary; F. Fitzgerald, E. Brosnan, S. Myers; A. O’Donovan, J. Buckley; A. Kenneally, D. Casey, B. Looney; C. Cooper, K. O’Leary, J. Doolan.

Subs: B. McMahon for D. O’Leary (half-time); C. Brady for J. Doolan (40); S. O’Neill for Kenneally (52).

KILMURRY-IBRICKANE: P. O’Dwyer; S. Hickey, D. Hickey, M. McMahon; D. Callinan, E. Talty, E. Coughlan; P. O’Connor, P. O’Dwyer (c); I. McInerney, M. Hogan, M. McCarthy; S. Moloney, N. Downes, M. O’Dwyer.

Subs: J. Daly for M. McCarthy (25).

Referee: D. O’Mahoney (Tipperary).

 

Magical Cooper to the rescue for Crokes

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

IN the end it was a familiar story, all about the magic of Colm Cooper — yet again. Midway through a rain-soaked second half in Killarney, Cooper’s Dr Crokes trailed Clare champions Kilmurry-Ibrickane by 0-9 to 0-7 and were down to 14 men after Daithi Casey’s red card. Cooper and Crokes were backed into a corner, with little room to manoeuvre. But, in typical fashion, Cooper took control of the game despite all the close attention he received, whipping over the last four points of an intense contest. Along with Eoin Brosnan, who was excellent when he pushed up more in the second half, Cooper rescued Dr Crokes on a day when the Kerry champions were pushed all the way by a well-organised Kilmurry-Ibrickane.

After a strong start to the second half saw scores from the impressive pair of Enda Coughlan — later to receive a straight red card — and Noel Downes, as well as sub Johnny Daly, Kilmurry-Ibrickane surged ahead by 0-9 to 0-6. A shock was on the cards. But John Kennedy’s side failed to score for the last 23 minutes and struggled to make their extra-man advantage count when Casey received his second yellow card with 16 minutes to go — a total of 11 yellow cards (eight to Crokes) and two red cards were dished out.

Dr Crokes manager Harry O’Neill reckoned that Casey’s red card actually spurred the home side on, explaining: “You need something in a game to really get your guys up for it and that may have been the turning point. “When Daithi got sent off, the rest of the guys said ‘we better stand up and be counted’. That’s what they did.” In that final quarter, sub Chris Brady made an instant impact with a point before Kieran O’Leary and Cooper combined to set the latter up for a score that left Crokes a single point behind, 0-9 to 0-8.

Cooper then took over in the scoring stakes. After Kilmurry-Ibrickane’s Michael Hogan lost the ball, Brosnan set up Cooper to level the game before the Kerry captain swung one over from distance to push the home side in front by 0-10 to 0-9 with eight minutes left. With the game building towards a crescendo, Kilmurry-Ibrickane’s Coughlan then received a straight red before Michael O’Dwyer squandered a great chance of tying the scores once more, as the chance of glory was slipping from the Clare side’s grasp.

Crokes, patient and composed when it really mattered, used all of their experience as Cooper picked off the final two scores to end Kilmurry-Ibrickane’s interest in the Munster campaign. In reflective mood, manager John Kennedy admitted: “Crokes deserved it because they stuck in with it right to the end. But for 50 minutes we matched one of the best teams in the country. At the end there were a few chances that maybe we could have gotten.” Kennedy was hugely proud of Kilmurry-Ibrickane’s performance, particularly in the first half when they raced 0-3 to 0-0 in front inside three minutes, with Noel Downes, who caused plenty of problems in the first half, Coughlan and Michael Hogan delighting the large visiting support.

Back came Crokes, with a brace apiece from Casey and Kieran O’Leary, to hit the front, 0-4 to 0-3, only for Evan Talty, Ian McInerney and sub Johnny Daly — a score that should not have stood as Cooper was fouled in possession while attacking before Kilmurry-Ibrickane launched a counter-attack — to send the Clare men two clear. A monstrous Johnny Buckley effort left Dr Crokes just a point behind at half-time, 0-6 to 0-5, and despite Kilmurry-Ibrickane leading by three at one stage of the second half, they had no answer to the Cooper and Brosnan double act, while Kieran O’Leary also showed up well. It wasn’t vintage Crokes by any means but, not for the first time, they emerged unscathed from a game they could have lost. And not for the first time, Cooper more than played his part.

Scorers — Dr Crokes: C Cooper 0-4 (1f) , K O’Leary, D Casey (1f) 0-3 each, J Buckley, C Brady 0-1 each. Kilmurry-Ibrickane: E Coughlan, N Downes, J Daly (1f) 0-2 each, E Talty, M Hogan, I McInerney (1f) 0-1 each.

Dr Crokes — A Kelly; J Payne, L Quinn, D O’Leary; F Fitzgerald, E Brosnan, S Myers; A O’Donovan, J Buckley; A Kenneally, D Casey, B Looney; C Cooper, K O’Leary, J Doolan. Subs: B McMahon for D O’Leary (h-t); C Brady for J Doolan (41); S O’Neill for A Kenneally (53).

Kilmurry-Ibrickane — P O’Dwyer; S Hickey, D Hickey, M McMahon; D Callinan, E Talty, P O’Connor; E Coughlan, P O’Dwyer; I McInerney, M Hogan, M McCarthy; S Moloney, N Downes, M O’Dwyer.Subs: J Daly for M McCarthy (inj, 22); N Hickey for M Hogan (58).

Ref — D O’Mahony (Tipperary)

 

CLASSY COOPER RESCUES CROKES AFTER RARE OLD FRIGHT FROM CLARE CHAMPIONS

AIB Munster Senior Club Football Championship – semi final

Dr Crokes (Kerry) 0-12 Kilmurry-Ibrickane 0-9

By Murt Murphy for kerrygaa.ie

KERRY captain Colm Cooper was at his imperious best in the final quarter of yesterday’s epic Munster SFC Club semi-final as the Dr Crokes ace rattled off the last four points of the contest that saw his side advance to the provincial final. With the home side trailing 0-9 to 0-7 at the three-quarter stage and having lost Daithi Casey to a second yellow card, Dr Crokes looked in big trouble. But Kilmurry-Ibrickane contributed to their own downfall as they failed to score in the last 23 minutes of this semi-final – after pushing 0-9 to 0-6 ahead after 37 minutes – while they also never made their extra man count. Instead it was Dr Crokes that were spurred on from Casey’s dismissal, a moment that seemed to galvanise the Killarney side as from then on they played their best stuff, with Cooper and the excellent Eoin Brosnan central figures.

After points from sub Chris Brady and Kieran O’Leary left Dr Crokes 0-9 to 0-8 behind, Cooper then took over, as he sprung to life in his own inimitable style by whipping over the final four points of the contest to book Crokes place in the final. But Kilmurry-Ibrickane didn’t help their cause when midfielder Enda Coughlan received a straight red card with five minutes left when his side just trailed by a point, 0-10 to 0-9, while the Clare champions also hit a bad wide that would have squared this contest. Crokes made no such mistakes with Cooper hitting form when it was needed most, ably supported by Brosnan, Kieran O’Leary, and Johnny Buckley and Ambrose O’Donovan in midfield.

But in the first half Dr Crokes failed to really fire and found themselves 0-3 to 0-0 behind with Noel Downes, Coughlan and Michael Hogan all on target for Kilmurry-Ibrickane, who started both halves impressively. Experienced campaigners at this stage, Dr Crokes played their way back into the game and actually led 0-4 to 0-3 at the three-quarter stage, thanks to two points apiece from Kieran O’Leary and Daithi Casey. Kilmurry-Ibrickane, however, were winning the majority of the breaks around the middle and in Downes and Coughlan had two of the game’ best players, as they led 0-6 to 0-5 at half-time. And despite a strong start to the second half, Kilmurry-Ibrickane wilted under the Crokes pressure with Colm Cooper, again, the hero for the Kerry champions.

Crokes boss Harry O’Neill was a relieved man at the end of this tense semi final “It took us some time to counteract their game plan which they carried out to a tee. They got off to a flying start racing three points clear inside the opening two minutes and then after we pegged them back to a point at half time, they blitzed us early in the second half again. We got a rare old fright but our lads showed a lot of character to get back in the game and we had the experience of the likes of Colm Cooper and Eoin Brosnan to finish off the game for us. We knew that Kilmurry-Ibrickane were going to be a tough side to beat but telling fellows that is one thing, and it registering is another”

O’Neill felt that in fact the sending off of Daithi Casey was what helped change the game in their favour as it galvanized fourteen man Crokes “I felt that there was more to give by our lads and that we were of our usual intensity in that second half and then Daithi Casey picked up his second yellow and I think that his sending off lifted our players and the Clare lads never really utilized their numerical advantage which is more often than not the case. We were two points down and a man down but we didn’t panic and the lads raised their game and Colm Cooper Eoin Brosnan took the game by the scruff of the neck so the sending off actually helped us. ”

As for the contribution of Colm Cooper who was well shackled in the opening, but showed all his class with four when Crokes needed them most, O’Neill simply said that “They stopped us from getting ball into Colm Cooper for long periods but the measure of great players like Colm Cooper is that they never give up, and the when the game was there to be won and we eventually managed to get ball to him, and he did the rest. It’s just a privilege for the Crokes to have a player of his class and as a manager; it makes my job easier because he is leader and a match winner”

Scorers

Dr Crokes: C Cooper (1f) 0-4, K O’Leary, D Casey (1f) 0-3 each, J Buckley, C Brady 0-1 each.

Kilmurry-Ibrickane: E Coughlan, N Downes, J Daly (1f) 0-2 each, E Talty, M Hogan, I McInerney (1f) 0-1 each.

Dr Crokes: A Kelly; J Payne, L Quinn, D O’Leary; F Fitzgerald, E Brosnan, S Myers; A O’Donovan, J Buckley; A Kenneally, D Casey, B Looney; C Cooper, K O’Leary, J Doolan.

Subs: B McMahon for D O’Leary; C Brady for J Doolan; S O’Neill for A Kenneally

Kilmurry-Ibrickane: P O’Dwyer; S Hickey, D Hickey, M McMahon; D Callinan, E Talty, E Coughlan; P O’Connor, P O’Dwyer; I McInerney, M Hogan, M McCarthy; S Moloney, N Downes, M O’Dwyer.

Subs: J Daly for M McCarthy; N Hickey for M Hogan.

Referee: Derek O’Mahony (Tipperary).

 

Classy Cooper turns it on to clinch Crokes’ final place

Report from the Irish Times newspaper

MUNSTER SFC SEMI-FINAL Dr Crokes (Kerry) 0-12 Kilmurry-Ibrickane (Clare) 0-9: KERRY CAPTAIN Colm Cooper was at his imperious best in the final quarter of yesterday’s epic Munster SFC club semi-final as he rattled off the last four points of the contest that saw Dr Crokes advance to the provincial final. With the home side trailing 0-9 to 0-7 at the three-quarter stage and having lost Daithí Casey to a second yellow card, Dr Crokes looked in big trouble. But Kilmurry-Ibrickane contributed to their own downfall as they failed to score in the last 23 minutes – after pushing 0-9 to 0-6 ahead after 37 minutes – while they also never made their extra man count.

Instead it was Dr Crokes that were spurred on from Casey’s dismissal, as they played their best stuff, with Cooper and the excellent Eoin Brosnan central figures. After points from substitute Chris Brady and Kieran O’Leary left Dr Crokes 0-9 to 0-8 behind, Cooper took over to book Crokes’ place in the final.Kilmurry-Ibrickane didn’t help their cause when midfielder Enda Coughlan received a straight red card with five minutes left, with his side trailing 0-10 to 0-9. Dr Crokes made no such mistakes with Cooper hitting form when it was needed most, ably supported by Brosnan, Kieran O’Leary, and Johnny Buckley and Ambrose O’Donovan in midfield.

In the first half Dr Crokes failed to fire and found themselves 0-3 to 0-0 behind, with Noel Downes, Coughlan and Michael Hogan all on target for Kilmurry-Ibrickane. Dr Crokes played their way back into the game and went 0-4 to 0-3 in front, thanks to two points apiece from Kieran O’Leary and Casey. Kilmurry-Ibrickane, however, were winning the majority of the breaks around the middle and in Downes and Coughlan had two of the game’s best players, as they led 0-6 to 0-5 at half-time.

And despite a strong start to the second half, Kilmurry-Ibrickane wilted under the Dr Crokes pressure. Dr Crokes boss Harry O’Neill was a relieved man afterwards: “It took us some time to counteract their game plan, which they carried out to a tee. They got off to a flying start, racing three points clear inside the opening two minutes and then after we pegged them back to a point at half-time, they blitzed us early in the second half again. “We knew Kilmurry-Ibrickane were going to be a tough side to beat but telling fellows that is one thing, and it registering is another. “We were two points down and a man down but we didn’t panic and the lads raised their game and Colm Cooper and Eoin Brosnan took the game by the scruff of the neck – so the sending off actually helped us.”

DR CROKES : A Kelly; J Payne, L Quinn, D O’Leary; F Fitzgerald, E Brosnan, S Myers; A O’Donovan, J Buckley (0-1); A Kenneally, D Casey (0-3, 0-1 free), B Looney; C Cooper (0-4, 0-1 free), K O’Leary (0-3), J Doolan. Subs : B McMahon for D O’Leary; C Brady (0-1) for J Doolan; S O’Neill for A Kenneally.

KILMURRY-IBRICKANE : P O’Dwyer; S Hickey, D Hickey, M McMahon; D Callinan, E Talty (0-1), E Coughlan (0-2); P O’Connor, P O’Dwyer; I McInerney (0-1, free), M Hogan (0-1), M McCarthy; S Moloney, N Downes (0-2), M O’Dwyer. Subs : J Daly (0-2, 0-1 free) for M McCarthy; N Hickey for M Hogan.

Referee: D O’Mahony (Tipperary)

For the Record

Kilmurry-Ibrickane (Clare) Dr. Crokes (Kerry)
Number of Munster Club Senior Football titles

(Kilmurry-Ibrickane
2004, 2009)

(Dr. Crokes
1990, 1991, 2006)

Last Munster Club
Senior Football Title
2009 2006
Number of Munster Club Senior Football titles
(by County)
3 13
Last Munster Club
Senior Football Title
(by County)
2009 

(Kilmurry-Ibrickane)

2006 

(Dr. Crokes)

Munster Club Senior Football Championship Record since 2000 for each county’s representative Played – 24
Won – 13
Lost –  9
Drawn – 2
Played – 20
Won – 11
Lost –  9
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the Munster Club Senior Football Championship involving participating county representatives December 2nd 2009 at Gaelic Grounds Limerick
(Munster Club Final) –
Kilmurry-Ibrickane (Clare) 0-7 Kerins O’Rahillys (Kerry) 0-6

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Club Senior Championship 2011

Quarter-Final

Sunday November 6th (Replay date – Saturday November 12th)

@ Cloughduv                                   UCC (Cork) 1-19 Monaleen (Limerick) 2-15 (AET)

@ Fraher Field Dungarvan Dr. Crokes (Kerry) 3-13 Ballinacourty (Waterford) 0-7


Semi-Finals
Sunday November 20th (Replay date – Saturday November 26th)

@ Dr. Crokes GAA Club grounds Kilmurry-Ibrickane (Clare) v Dr. Crokes (Kerry) 2:00pm

@ Clonmel Sportsfield                     Moyle Rovers (Tipperary) v UCC (Cork) 2:00pm

Final

Sunday December 4th (Replay date – Saturday December 10th)

2:00pm throw-in

Odds and Ends

Since 2000, Cork hold the best record in the Munster Club Championship with 19 victories and 6 Munster Club titles during that period.

Clare won 3 Munster Club Senior Football titles since 2004 and have won 13 of the 24 matches played in the Munster Club Championship since 2000.

Kerry’s record in the Munster Club Senior Football Championship sees them with 13 titles, just under half the total of Cork clubs (27). Since 2000, Kerry have captured 2 Munster club titles and have not captured the All-Ireland Club Senior Football title since Laune Rangers victory in 1995 / 1996. During Kerry’s Golden Years at Inter-County level, Kerry won just 3 of the 12 Munster Club Senior Football titles on offer (Austin Stacks – 1976 & Castleisland Desmonds 1984 and 1985).

Limerick’s Dromcollogher-Broadford defeated Nemo Rangers and Kilmurry/Ibrickane to win the 2008 Munster Club Senior Football title. Those 2 victories are the only wins for the Limerick Senior Football champions in this competition dating back to 2003, a period of 9 matches which include 8 defeats and 1 drawn game, includling Monaleen’s defeat to UCC this season.

Tipperary and Waterford are the only Munster counties yet to win a Munster Club Senior Football title.

From 1964 to 1997, no club outside of Kerry or Cork won the Munster Club Senior Football title (Thomond College representing Limerick won the 1977 title). Since 1998, Kilmurry/Ibrickane (2), Doonbeg and Dromcollogher-Broadford have been successful in winning the Munster Club Senior Football titles.

Since St. Patrick’s Day 1996, only 1 of the last 15 Munster Club Senior Football champions (7%) have won the All-Ireland Club Senior Football title – Nemo Rangers in the 2002/2003 season. Prior to 1996, Munster Clubs captured 15 All-Ireland’s at this grade, an average of 60% dating back to 1971.

Munster GAA Club FOOTBALL Senior Championship Roll Of Honour

Cork (27) – 1966, 1967, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2010

Kerry (13) – 1964, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1976, 1984, 1985, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 2003, 2006,

Clare (3) – 1998, 2004, 2009

Limerick (2) – 1977, 2008

Munster GAA Club FOOTBALL Senior Championship – List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began 1888 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/sfclub_teams

All Ireland GAA Club FOOTBALL Senior Championship

In the Club Senior Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork top the charts with 11 titles followed by Kerry with 5. Limerick have 1 All-Ireland Club Football title courtesy of Thomond College in 1977/1978.

Munster Club Senior FOOTBALL Cup

Club Championship Senior Football Cup – Michael O’Connor Cup

Presented by Munster Council in 1991 to commemorate late Chairman & Treasurer.

AIB Munster Club IHC Final – Effin 0-14 Ballyduff 0-11

Glory dayas Effin brave hearts beat odds

Effin (Limerick) 0-14 Ballyduff (Kerry) 0-11

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

“ALL for one and one for all,” the motto coined by Alexandre Dumas for his fictional Three Musketeers; it could instead have been coined for the very real hurling warriors of Effin. In a tale every bit as full of dashing as anything Dumas ever penned, in less than two years this little club from the south Limerick-north Cork border has gone from rags to previously undreamed-of riches. It’s all down to a group of players who simply refuse to lose, who have shrugged off the shackles that saw Effin – as proud a hurling parish as any in the nation – slaves to a losing history, too long without a single adult county hurling title.

Last year they won the county junior title and celebrated for months. This year, their first at IHC, they had already exceeded all expectations and won the Limerick title. Yesterday, however, they became Munster champions, again overcoming huge odds, again beating a team to whom they were expected to bow the knee. “There’s not a whole lot I can say about them,” said manager Peter Finn, though the players have plenty to say about the Bruree native. “The best coach any of us has ever played under,” stated captain John P O’Donnell. “You just look at the crowd that was here today [supporting us]. There’s definitely not that number of people in Effin parish anyway! But these guys have caught the imagination of everyone, there’s desperate heart in them. I said to them at half-time ‘lads, we have a chance here’. “We were poor in the first-half, no doubt about it, lucky to be only a point behind. I think it was just nerves, the occasion probably got to us, but in the second-half we really put the shoulder to the wheel. I knew once we got on top we weren’t going to concede much. I knew if we didn’t concede a goal we’d probably win, and we haven’t conceded too many goals throughout the year.”

That’s the summation of the game right there. Ballyduff started very well, corner-forward Pat Joe Connolly’s three points in seven minutes seeming to confirm the opinion of the oddsmakers that this was going to be a one-sided affair. A quick move by Peter Finn and the three wise men (Ger Power, Denis O’Donovan and Jim Byrnes) on the sideline, however — John P O’Donnell over on Pat Joe — and that particular threat was snuffed out. Andrew Dillon shone in his new position, John Dillon was doing wonders between them while in the half-back line, Michael O’Donnell and Michael Rea on the wings and the commanding Nicky Quaid in the centre began to impose themselves. In midfield James O’Donnell and Patrick Carroll more than held their own, while the powerful half-forward line of Pierce O’Kelly, Damien Moloney and Conor Kearney began the work that would eventually see Effin home. Inside them, three extremely skilful players in Timmy Rea, Tommy Quaid and Darren Sheehy.

With every individual in every line now fighting like dogs for every ball, gradually Effin began to work their way into the game, and though they were fortunate to be just a point behind at the break, 0-8 to 0-7, they were beginning to look slightly the better side. The second-half confirmed that impression. Not until the 51st minute did Ballyduff score again, and this despite the best efforts of the four talented Boyle brothers, Liam, Pádraig, Aidan and Mikey, the intelligent clearances of Padraig O’Grady. Meanwhile Effin had scored four, teenager Timmy Rea really coming into his own. Ballyduff rallied, points from Mikey and Aidan Boyle bringing them back within one (0-11 to 0-10, 52nd minute), but it was Effin finishing with style, three unanswered points. A magnificent individual display by Nicky Quaid, one for the ages, but more significantly, magnificent team display.

Scorers for Effin: T Quaid 0-4fs, T Rea 0-3, N Quaid 0-3 (2fs, 1 65), D Moloney 0-2, D Sheehy, E Kelly, 0-1 each.

Scorers for Ballyduff: M Boyle, PJ Connolly 0-3 each A Boyle, B O’Sullivan (2fs) 0-2 each, B O’Grady 0-1.

EFFIN: D O’Donoghue; JP O’Donnell, J Dillon, A Dillon; M O’Donnell, N Quaid, M Rea; J O’Donnell, P Carroll; P O’Kelly, D Moloney, C Kearney; T Quaid, T Rea, D Sheehy.

Subs: E Kelly for O’Kelly (30), H O’Neill for Sheehy (45).

BALLYDUFF: PJ O’Gorman; J Bowler, P Costello, D O’Grady; A O’Connor, P O’Grady, L Boyle; B O’Sullivan, B O’Grady; P Boyle, A Boyle, G O’Brien; PJ Connolly, M Boyle, A O’Carroll.

Subs: JP Leahy for O’Carroll (43), D Goulding for D O’Grady (58), T O’Rourke for P Boyle (60).

Referee: M Wadding (Waterford).

 

Towering Quaid display guides Effin to title glory

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Effin (Limerick) 0-14 Ballyduff (Kerry) 0-11

EFFIN completed a rollercoaster journey to the title before a huge crowd in Newcastle West, where they beat Kerry senior champions Ballyduff to claim the title. A superb display at centre-back by Limerick senior goalkeeper Nicky Quaid inspired this latest triumph for a club who won their local junior championship just 12 months ago. Ballyduff, the red-hot favourites, set a cracking pace with three points without reply by Pat Joe Connolly inside seven minutes. Three points by Nicky Quaid helped tie it up at 0-4 each before Ballyduff went three clear again through Mike Boyle, Barry O’Grady and Aidan Boyle. Two frees, this time by Tommy Quaid, and one from play by Damian Moloney left a point between them at half-time, 0-8 to 0-7 in favour of the Kerry side.

A Tommy Quaid free levelled things again and Effin led for the first time thanks to a point by Timmy Rea. Substitute Enda Kelly and a free by Tommy Quaid had Effin three in front before Mike Boyle had Ballyduff’s first point of the half 10 minutes from the end and Aidan Boyle had another to leave only one between them. Two more points by Timmy Rea and another by Moloney wrapped it up for Effin. The Quaid brothers, Nicky and Tommy, John Dillon, Mike and Timmy Rea and Damian Moloney starred for Effin with Jason Bowler, Ally O’Connor, Padraig O’Grady, Bobby O’Sullivan and Pat Joe Connolly shining for a Ballyduff side attempting to become the first Kerry team to win a Munster hurling title.

Scorers — Effin: T Quaid 0-4 (4f), N Quaid (2f, 1 ’65’), T Rea 0-3 each, D Moloney 0-2, E Kelly, D Sheehy 0-1 each. Ballyduff: PJ Connolly, M Boyle 0-3 each, B O’Sullivan (2f), A Boyle 0-2 each, B O’Grady 0-1.

Effin — D O’Donoughue; John P O’Donnell, J Dillon, A Dillon; M O’Donnell, N Quaid, M Rea; James O’Donnell, P Carroll; T Rea, D Moloney, C Kearney; P O’Kelly, T Quaid, D Sheehy. Subs: E Kelly for O’Kelly (29), H O’Neill for Sheehy (45).

Ballyduff — PJ O’Gorman; J Bowler, P Costelloe, D O’Grady; A O’Connor, P O’Grady, L Boyle; B O’Sullivan, B O’Grady; G O’Brien, A Boyle, P Boyle; PJ Connolly, M boyle, A O’Carroll. Subs: JP Leahy for O’Carroll (43), D Goulding for D O’Grady (57), T O’Rourke for P Boyle (58).

Ref — M Wadding (Waterford)

 

EFFIN BREAK BALLYDUFF HEARTS WITH SECOND HALF FLOURISH

AIB Munster Intermediate Club Hurling Final

Effin (Limerick) 0-14 Ballyduff 0-11

By Murt Murphy for kerrygaa.ie

There was to be no fairytale ending for brave Ballyduff as they just came up short after a titanic struggle with Limerick champions Effin, in the AIB Munster Intermediate Club Hurling Final played before a huge crowd at Newcastle West on Sunday afternoon. In truth, it was a game that Ballyduff could have won but on the Effin displayed tremendous resolve and fought back in the second half to out point a Ballyduff side whose radar was not working on the day and the telling stat of all was – Ballyduff won the wide count 12- 5 and it is hard to win finals of any sort when you waste that number of scoring chances in a tight game and on a heavy sod.

The turning point on this game probably was the first five minutes of the second half when Ballyduff shot three wides, one from a Bobby O’Sullivan free and two from young Padraig Boyle as Effin responded with two points to take a 0-9 to 0-8 lead, a lead they never lost. So from being 0-8 to 0-7 in front at the break, Ballyduff found themselves a point down and they did not post a second half score until the 50th minute and by then Effin had the bit between their teeth and they were not going to let go. However it was a mighty contest, played between two sets of warriors, not a foul stroke, and Ballyduff can hold their heads high because they left nobody down in their historic journey to a Munster Final.

Finals are won on small margins and it appeared that if this game was played on a drier sod, then Ballyduff might well be Munster Champions today, but they were beaten by a good side for whom Nickie Quaid at centre-back was simply awesome but why Ballyduff continued to direct ball down his throat, will forever remain a mystery. Basically Effin displayed more composure in front of goal and maybe their experience last year in the Junior Championship in Limerick and Munster gave them a slight edge.

Ballyduff looked the better side for long periods of the opening half and young corner-forward Pat Joe Connolly’s three points in seven minutes seeming to confirm the opinion of the odds makers that this was going to be a one-sided affair. But for some reason Ballyduff began to depart from the script and wasted valuable possession with poor shot selection and wayward shooting. Three points by Nicky Quaid helped tie it up at 0-4 each before Ballyduff went three clear again through Mike Boyle, Barry O’Grady and Aidan Boyle. Two frees, this time by Tommy Quaid, and one from play by Damian Moloney left a point between them at half-time, 0-8 to 0-7 in favour of the Kerry side.

A Tommy Quaid free levelled things again and Effin led for the first time thanks to a point by Timmy Rea. Substitute Enda Kelly and a free by Tommy Quaid had Effin three in front before Mike Boyle had Ballyduff’s first point of the half 10 minutes from the end and Aidan Boyle had another to leave only one between them. However Ballyduff’s wide count had reached six for the second half as Nickie Quaid, repelled the Kerry champions, time and time again. The goal that Ballyduff craved never came despite the heroic defensive play of Jason Bowler, Ally O’Connor and Paud Costello.

Two more points by Timmy Rea and another by Moloney wrapped it up for Effin. The Quaid brothers, Nicky and Tommy, John Dillon, Mike and Timmy Rea and Damian Moloney starred for Effin with Jason Bowler, Ally O’Connor, Padraig O’Grady, Mikey and Aidan Boyle and Pat Joe Connolly shining for a Ballyduff side attempting to become the first Kerry team to win a Munster hurling title. For Effin it was glory as they celebrated after the final whistle but Ballyduff it was heartache but they will be back – Ballyduff simply know no other way!

Scorers

Effin

T Quaid 0-4 frees, N Quaid 0-3 (0-2 frees, 0-1 ’65), T Rea 0-3, D Moloney 0-2, D Sheehy and E Kelly 0-1 each

Ballyduff

M Boyle and P J Connolly 0-3 each, A Boyle 0-2, B O’Sullivan 0-2 frees, B O’Grady 0-1

Teams:

Effin

Danny O’Donoghue, John P O’Donnell, John Dillon, Andrew Dillon, Michael O’Donnell, Nickie Quaid, Michael Rea, James O’Donnell, Patrick Carroll, Timmy Rea, Damien Moloney, Conor Kearney, Pierse Kelly, Tommy Quaid, Darran Sheehy

Subs: Enda Kelly for P Kelly (30), Hugh O’Neill for D Sheehy (46)

Ballyduff

P J O’Gorman, Jason Bowler, Paud Costello, David O’Grady, Ally O’Connor, Padraig O’Grady, Liam Boyle, Bobby O’Sullivan, Barry O’Grady, Garry O’Brien, Aidan Boyle, Padraig Boyle, Pat Joe Connolly, Mikey Boyle, Anthony O’Carroll

Subs: John Paul Leahy for Anthony O’Carroll (43), David Goulding for D O’Grady (55), Thomas O’Rourke for P Boyle (58)

Referee: Michael Wadding (Waterford)

 

Next Round – the winners play Ulster champions Middletown Na Fianna (Armagh) in the All-Ireland Club Intermediate Hurling Semi-Final.


For the Record

Ballyduff (Kerry) Effin (Limerick)
Number of Munster Club Intermediate Hurling titles
(by County)
0 1
Last Munster Intermediate Hurling Title (by County) N/A 2009 

(South Liberties)

Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship Record since 2000 for each county’s representative Played – 6
Won – 2
Lost –  4
Drawn – 0
Played – 13
Won – 6
Lost –  7
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship involving participating county representatives October 31st 2010 at Ballyduff (Munster Club Quarter-Final)
Hospital-Herbertstown (Limerick)  2-11 Ballyduff (Kerry) 2-9

Munster GAA HURLING Club Intermediate Championship 2011

Quarter-Finals
Sunday October 30th

@ Cloughduv                                   Ballyduff (Kerry) 1-14 Courcey Rovers (Cork) 0-15

@ Walsh Park Waterford Effin (Limerick) 0-13 Dunhill (Waterford) 1-4


Semi-Finals
Sunday November 6th

@ Kilmallock                                     Effin (Limerick) 2-15  Aherlow (Tipperary) 1-17

@ Austin Stack Park Tralee Ballyduff (Kerry) 3-8 Eire Og Ennis (Clare) 2-10

Final (Extra time)

Sunday November 20th (Replay date – Saturday November 26th)

@ Newcastlewest                            Effin (Limerick) v Ballyduff (Kerry) 2:00pm

Odds and Ends

Effin and Ballyduff have both scored an aggregate of 34 points in their two matches to date in their march to the Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Final. Ballyduff have proved the more prolific goal scorers with four green flags, accounting for a total of 4-22. Effin have relied more on scoring points, getting 2-28 in their two matches.

Effin have the better defensive record of the finalists, conceding 2-21 in their two games compared to Ballyduff who have conceded 2-25.

This year’s final sees both finalists qualifying for the final following victories in both the Munster Quarter-Final and Munster Semi-Final. This last happened in the Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship in 2003 when Bride Rovers (Cork) and Kilruane MacDonaghs (Tipperary) made it through to the final with Bride Rovers winning by 0-14 to 0-11. In 2008, Blarney (Cork) and Broadford (Clare) came through from the Quarter-Finals to contest the Final. However, Blarney received a walkover when Waterford did not have a representative in the competition so did not have to record two victories on the field of play to qualify for the final.

Of the 16 clubs to contest the final of the Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship, only the last 3 winners of the competition have managed to score two goals. 8 clubs have scored 1 goal in the final while 5 clubs have failed to raise a green flag. 2006 champions Clooney-Quin (Clare) are the only club to win the title without scoring a goal, defeating Bishopstown (Cork) by 0-14 to 1-8.

Since the competition began in 2003, Cork clubs have won 4 of the 8 Munster titles on offer. Clare are the only other county with a winning record in this competition, winning 2 Munster titles.

All Ireland GAA Club HURLING Intermediate Championship

In the Club Intermediate Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork have secured 2 titles courtesy of Blarney (2009) and Ballymartyle (2011) while Kildangan (Tipperary) won the 2004 All-Ireland title.

Munster GAA Club HURLING Intermediate Championship Roll Of Honour

Cork (4) – 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010

Clare (2) – 2006, 2007

Tipperary (1) – 2004

Limerick (1) – 2009

Munster GAA Club HURLING Intermediate Championship

List of Winning Teams

2003 – Bride Rovers (Cork) 0-14 Kilruane MacDonagh’s (Tipperary) 0-11
BRIDE ROVERS, CORK: Denis Fitzgerald; Aidan Collins, Niall Fitzgerald, James Murphy; Barry Johnson, Barry Murphy, Brendan Walsh; Padraig Murphy, Brian Murphy; Donal Ryan, Michael Hogan, Terry Broderick; Richard Cahill, Sean Ryan (Captain), Jerome O’Driscoll.
Subs: Pat Cotter for Hogan

2004 – Kildangan (Tipperary) 1-10 Dromin Athlacca (Limerick) 1-4
KILDANGAN, TIPPERARY: Dermot Hogan; Brian Lawlor, Liam Kelly, Michael Ryan, Karl Hogan, Dan Hackett, Ger Slattery (Captain); Brian Kelly, John Maher; Tommy Connors, Liam Karl Flannery, Enda Nolan, Darragh Egan, Hugh Flannery, Conor Hayes.
Subs: Colm McGrath for Maher, Patrick Lynch for Hayes.

2005 – Ballinhassig (Cork) 1-12 Ballyduff Upper (Waterford) 0-13
BALLINHASSIG, CORK: Martin Coleman, Stephen McCarthy, Brian O’Sullivan, Brendan Coleman, James Ahearne, Michael Ahearne, Brendan Lombard, David Brennan, Kevin O’Sullivan, Paul O’Sullivan, John Mullaney, Stephen Dineen, Diarmuid Duggan, Dan O’Callaghan, John O’Sullivan.
Subs: Declan O’Sullivan for John O’Sullivan; Tadhg Coleman for Duggan

2006 – Clooney-Quin (Clare) 0-14 Bishopstown (Cork) 1-8
CLOONEY-QUIN, CLARE: Damien O’Halloran; Eoin Gallagher, Pat Markham, Joe O’Loughlin; Adrian Fleming, Cillian Duggan, Enda Harrison; Sean Conheady, Conor Harrison; John Earls, Fergal Lynch, Donnacha Murphy; Brian Shally, Ronan Gallagher, Cathal Egan
Subs: Shane McNamara for John Earls; Mark O’Halloran for Donnacha Murphy

2007 – Clonlara (Clare) 1-14 Dromin-Athlacca (Limerick) 1-8
CLONLARA, CLARE: Gerard O’Connell, Brian Woods, John Moloney, Paul Collins (Captain) Domhnall O’Donovan, Paul Nihill, Nicholas O’Connell, Cormac O’Donovan, Diarmuid Conway, John Conlan, Tomas O’Donovan, Patrick O’Hare, Darach Honan, Donal Maddan, Thomas Lynch
Sub: Alan O’Connell for Lynch (60th minute). Unused subs – Barry Moloney, Diarmuid O’Meara, William Slattery, Jason Murphy, John Barry, Eoin Hackett, Senan Nihill, Mark Dillon

2008 – Blarney (Cork) 2-7 Broadford (Clare) 0-3
BLARNEY, CORK: Ronan Byrne; Danny Cronin (Captain), Darragh McSweeney, Paul O’Leary; Joe Jordan, James Hughes, Stephen O’Donoghue; Brian Hurley, Mark McCarthy; Brian Deasy, Eoin Hallahan, Johnny Hurley; Mark Cremin, Ross McNamara, Colin Murphy
Subs: Gerard O’Donovan for Danny Cronin (27); Eugene McCarthy for Deasy (42); James O’Sullivan for McNamara (55); Dave McCarthy for Hallahan (58); Peter Aherne for Murphy (58)

2009 – South Liberties (Limerick) 2-10 Douglas (Cork) 1-12
SOUTH LIBERTIES, LIMERICK: Albert Shanahan; Shane Garry, Niall Shanahan, Tony Carroll; Thomas Ryan, Mark Keane, Shane O’Neill (Captain); William Hickey, Mike Keane; Brian Slattery, Anthony Owens, Rory O’Neill; Colm Godfrey, Ciaran Carbery, David O’Neill
Subs: Eamonn O’Connell for William Hickey (30); Derek Grimes for Colm Godfrey (30); Mike Moynihan for Ciaran Carbery (48)

2010 – Ballymartle (Cork) 2-14  Borrisokane (Tipperary) 0-8
BALLYMARTLE (CORK): Declan McCarthy; Daniel Coleman, Michael Tobin, Declan Dwyer; Daniel Edmonds, Patrick O’Dwyer (Captain), Noel Sheehan; S Corry, Graham Webb; Ruairiy Dwyer, Brian Corry, Barry Dwyer; Paul Coughlan, Jamie Dwyer, Dan Dwyer
Subs: Sean O’Mahoney for Coughlan (h-t), John Kelly for Sheehan (55), Eamonn Kelly for Webb (58), Colm Sheehan for S Corry (59)

AIB Munster GAA Football Intermediate Club Championship Semi Final – Milltown / Castlemaine (Kerry) 1-9 Newmarket (Cork) 1-6

NEWMARKET BOW OUT OF MUNSTER

By Noel Horgan at Mallow GAA Complex for the Corkman newspaper

TRAILING by 1-5 to 0-2, they clearly had a hill to climb at the end of the first half, but Newmarket made a gallant bid for survival before their aspirations in the Munster club intermediate football championship were eventually dashed by Milltown-Castlemaine at Mallow last Sunday. Overall, the Cork kingpins could have no complaints about the outcome as they lacked the firepower that the Kerry side brought to the table, and they were also forced to play second fiddle for long stretches of the contest at midfield.

The fact that Newmarket failed to register a score from play after John Lane drew first blood with a point in the 11th minute tells its own story, and their short-passing game before the break played right into the hands of a well- drilled Milltown-Castlemaine defence in which Damien Murphy was a tower of strength at full-back.

At the other end, Denys O’Brien excelled as well in the No 3 shirt for Newmarket, enjoying much the better of his duel with Milltown-Castlemaine’s towering full forward Colm Kerins during the opening 20 minutes. With Cathal Moriarty and veteran Ian Twiss, who won a Cork county senior medal with UCC in 1999, showing up well in the corner forward berths, however, and Gavin Wrenn making a share of headway too on the left wing, Miltown-Castlemaine had much more to offer up front in the first half.

Wrenn’s departure with an injury after 17 minutes did little to ease the pressure on the Newmarket defence, as his replacement Donal Kelliher slotted in smoothly on the ’40 following his introduction, while Miltown-Castlemaine’s long- ball game began to bear fruit once their deliveries were directed with greater accuracy to target- man Kearns at the edge of the square. Kerins underlined his potential with a couple of inspirational points which left Newmarket trailing by 0- 5 to 0- 1 before their prospects suffered a major set-back nearing half-time.

That came in the form of a goal by Miltown-Castlemaine wing-forward Jerome Flynn, who completed a slick move initiated by Kerins, and it meant that Newmarket, despite replying with a converted free from TJ Bodie, had a lot of ground to make up when backed by a fresh breeze in the second half. As well as Denys O’Brien, Brian O’Riordan, Mark Reidy and TJ Brosnan had kept their end up fairly well at the back for Newmarket before the break, but only John Lane showed promise in attack, while Bart Daly, who would have been expected to make a telling contribution at midfield, caught a tartar in Miltown-Castlemaine’s Mike Burke.

For the second half, Daly was switched to left half forward, with Tony O’Keeffe going from there to full forward, and David O’Flynn moving from the right wing to team up with Colin O’Sullivan at midfield. The reshuffle didn’t yield any appreciable results, although TJ Bodie, who adopted a roaming role at corner forward from the outset, began to make his presence felt around the middle, allowing Newmarket to more than hold their own territorially during the third quarter. In addition, unattended pivot Mark Reidy processed an amount of ball after Donal Kelliher opted to play it deep at centre forward for Miltown-Castlemaine, and, with Barry O’Leary and TJ Brosnan also motoring well on the flanks, Newmarket’s half back line established a firm grip.

As their problems persisted in attack, however, Newmarket struggled to make inroads on the deficit until a long delivery from Barry O’Leary led to a questionable foul on John Lane, and Brian O’Riordan expertly converted the resultant penalty to make it 1-6 to 1-4 after 43 minutes. That threw the issue wide open, and, after Ian Twiss quickly replied with a point for Miltown-Castlemaine, Newmarket, aided by a brace of converted frees by TJ Bodie, were snapping at their heels approaching the last five minutes.

But Newmarket never functioned with any great conviction in attack where John Lane found it increasingly difficult to elude the attentions of Milltown- Castlemaine’s tenacious corner back Kevin McKenna in the second half, and their hopes of salvaging the game weren’t helped by the dismissal of David O’Flynn for a second bookable offence nearing the end of regulation time.

Substitute Derek Twiss had eased Miltown-Castlemaine’s anxiety prior to that with a point, and he capped an impressive cameo with another score in stoppage time to leave three between the sides at the finish. In light of their superiority in the first half, Miltown-Castlemaine weren’t unduly flattered by their winning margin, but Newmarket’s second half comeback meant they emerged from the fray with their pride very much intact. Given the dominance enjoyed by Kerry clubs at intermediate level in Munster since 2006, Newmarket, who won the county title against all predictions this year, certainly lost no caste in succumbing to Milltown-Castlemaine in a semi-final that went down to the wire..

Scorers

MILTOWN- CASTLEMAINE: I Twiss 0-4, 0-2 frees, J Flynn 1-0, C Kerins and D Twiss 0-2 each, C Moriarty 0-1

NEWMARKET: TJ Bodie 0- 5 frees, B O’Riordan 1-0 penalty, J Lane 0-1

MILTOWN- CASTLEMAINE: J Daly, Kevin McKenna, D Murphy, J Blennerhasset, P Carroll, M Mangan, J O’Connor, M Burke, B Delaney, J Flynn, S Murphy, G Wrenn, C Moriarty, C Kerins, I Twiss. Subs: D Kelliher for Wrenn (injured), Kieran McKenna for Flynn, D Twiss for Kieran McKenna, P Wrenn for O’Connor

NEWMARKET: N O’Connor, B O’Riordan, D O’Brien, J Ryan, B O’Leary, M Reidy, TJ Brosnan, B Daly, C O’Sullivan, D O’Flynn, K O’Sullivan, T O’Keeffe, TJ Bodie, N Flanagan, J Lane. Subs: T Murphy for Flanagan (injured), M Murphy for C O’Sullivan

REFEREE: M Condon (Waterford)

 

Daly’s rousing words inspire Milltown-Castlemaine victory

Milltown-Castlemaine (Kerry) 1-09 Newmarket (Cork) 1-06

By Denis Hurley for the Irish Examiner newspaper

A GOOD first half paved the way for Milltown-Castlemaine to reach the Munster club IFC final at Mallow yesterday as they withstood a strong second-half Newmarket comeback. Leading by 1-5 to 0-2 at half-time after an excellent performance once they found their rhythm, inspired by former Kerry player Ian Twiss, the Kingdom champions looked set to sail into the decider. But Newmarket got themselves back into contention through a Brian O’Riordan penalty. However, they could not get level at any stage, an overreliance on TJ Bodie frees hampering them while Twiss scored for Milltown-Castlemaine and his brother Derek came off the bench to kick two priceless late points.

That Milltown-Castlemaine are managed by John Fintan Daly, from the same Duhallow division as Newmarket, only added to the intrigue. “When we crossed the Cork/Kerry border at Rathmore and went into my parish, Knocknagree,” he said, “we stopped the bus and I named five names to them — Ardfert, Annascaul, St Michael’s/Foilmore, Spa and Gneeveguilla. “What do they all have in common? They all came out of Kerry and won Munster. I said, ‘Are ye going to come back to Kerry and say ye failed the green and gold? I’m not a Kerryman, it’s over to ye now’. “They knew that, they knew that they’d have to fight to the depths, nobody can say we don’t deserve this, but fair play to Newmarket, they lost nothing in defeat.”

Aside from Twiss, Mike Burke was immense in midfield while Damien Murphy was excellent at full-back. While it took them 12 minutes to get on the scoreboard, Twiss answering John Lane’s opener, once they did they were the better side but could not always make it count. They led 0-3 to 0-1 in the 26th minute when Colm Kerins scored two beauties. Then Jerome Flynn found the net, finishing a flowing move involving sub Donal Kelliher — another to have a positive influence — Twiss and Shane Murphy, and while Bodie finished the half’s scoring, at 1-5 to 0-2 ahead Milltown-Castlemaine looked very comfortable.

A couple of Bodie frees early helped Newmarket back into contention, but they still trailed by 1-6 to 0-4 before the penalty, Paul Carroll was penalised for a sliding tackle on Lane. Just as he had in the county final win over Clyda Rovers, O’Riordan came up from corner-back and he stroked his shot past Joe Daly and, while Twiss responded, two excellent Bodie frees left just the minimum in it. A chance for an equaliser could not be forged, however. Instead, Derek Twiss was on target following David O’Flynn’s dismissal for two yellow cards. Milltown-Castlemaine now play Mullinahone of Tipperary at Mallow in three weeks’ time.

Scorers for Milltown-Castlemaine: I Twiss 0-4 (2fs), J Flynn 1-0, D Twiss, C Kerins 0-2 each, C Moriarty 0-1.

Scorers for Newmarket: TJ Bodie 0-5fs, B O’Riordan 1-0p, J Lane 0-1.

MILLTOWN-CASTLEMAINE: J Daly; Kevin McKenna, D Murphy, J Blennerhasset; P Carroll, M Mangan, J O’Connor; M Burke, B Delaney; J Flynn, S Murphy, G Wrenn; C Moriarty, C Kerins, I Twiss.

Subs: D Kelleher for G Wrenn (inj. 19), Kieran McKenna for Flynn (37), D Twiss for Kieran McKenna (46), P Wrenn for O’Connor (54).

NEWMARKET: N O’Connor; B O’Riordan, D O’Brien, J Ryan; B O’Leary, M Reidy, TJ Brosnan; B Daly, C O’Sullivan; D O’Flynn, K O’Sullivan, T O’Keeffe; TJ Bodie, N Flanagan, J Lane.

Subs: T Murphy for Flanagan (inj. 27), M Murphy for C O’Sullivan (59).

Referee: M Condon (Waterford)

 

MILLTOWN/CASTLEMAINE AND MULLINAHONE ADVANCE TO FINAL

Munster Intermediate Club Football – semi finals

by Murt Murphy for kerrygaa.ie

It will be a Kerry/Tipperary Munster Intermediate Cub Football Final following wins for Milltown/Castlemaine over Cork champions Newmarket and Tipperary side Mullinahone who defeated Dungarvan from Waterford. Kerry champions Milltown/Castlemaine followed Dr Crokes and Dromid Pearses into a Munster Club Final, with a 1-9 to 1-6 win, at Mallow with Jerome Flynn scoring a goal on the stroke of half time. This was a big step up for the Kerry side that were fortunate to survive the previous week but they showed their class and true ability in this typical Kerry/Cork clash. It was in truth a superb team display that featured a number of outstanding individual displays. Ian Twiss epitomized the spirit of the team with a fine display despite an injury ravaged season.

Aside from Twiss, Mike Burke gave another towering display at midfield while Damien Murphy was excellent at full-back. Hard to fathom that this was Burkes eight weekend of action in the last nine – not bad for a player considered to be a veteran. While it took them 12 minutes to get on the scoreboard, Twiss answering John Lane’s opener, once they did they were the better side but could not always make it count. They led 0-3 to 0-1 in the 26th minute when Colm Kerins scored two excellent points and then came Flynn’s goal. In the final analysis Milltown/Castlemaine’s superior firepower was the main difference between the sides.

Five of Milltown’s forwards scored from play, while at the other end, Newmarket’s attack scored only one point from play. Their goal was a converted penalty from corner back, Brian O’Riordan and corner forward T J Bodie scored five points from frees. Milltown Castlemaine also appeared stronger on the bench, with Donal Kelliher and Derek Twiss who scored two points, both making telling contributions.

However Newmarket fought back and got a life line when Brian Flynn netted from the penalty spot in the 44th minute, but superb displays from Damien Murphy, Mike Burke and Donal Kelliher saw Milltown/Castlemaine advance with Ian Twiss top scoring with four points while T J Bodie amassed 0-5 (all frees) for Newmarket. Mullinahone had things very much their own way as they easily accounted for Dungarvan on a 0-14 to 1-3 but they will be underdogs in the Munster Final at Mallow in three weeks’ time.

Scorers for Milltown-Castlemaine: I Twiss 0-4 (2fs), J Flynn 1-0, D Twiss, C Kerins 0-2 each, C Moriarty 0-1.

Scorers for Newmarket: TJ Bodie 0-5fs, B O’Riordan 1-0p, J Lane 0-1.

MILLTOWN-CASTLEMAINE: J Daly; Kevin McKenna, D Murphy, J Blennerhasset; P Carroll, M Mangan, J O’Connor; M Burke, B Delaney; J Flynn, S Murphy, G Wrenn; C Moriarty, C Kerins, I Twiss.

Subs: D Kelleher for G Wrenn (inj. 19), Kieran McKenna for Flynn (37), D Twiss for Kieran McKenna (46), P Wrenn for O’Connor (54).

NEWMARKET: N O’Connor; B O’Riordan, D O’Brien, J Ryan; B O’Leary, M Reidy, TJ Brosnan; B Daly, C O’Sullivan; D O’Flynn, K O’Sullivan, T O’Keeffe; TJ Bodie, N Flanagan, J Lane.

Subs: T Murphy for Flanagan (inj. 27), M Murphy for C O’Sullivan (59).

Referee: M Condon (Waterford)

For the Record

Miltown-Castlemaine (Kerry) Newmarket (Cork)
Number of Munster Club Intermediate Football titles
(by County)
5 3
Last Munster Intermediate Football Title (by County) 2010
(Gneeveguilla (Kerry) 1-11
St. Breckans (Clare) 0-7)
2005
(Carbery Rangers (Cork) 1-10 Pallasgreen (Limerick) 1-7)
Munster Club Intermediate Football Championship Record since 2000 for each county’s representative Played – 18
Won – 14
Lost –  3
Drawn – 1
Played – 16
Won – 8
Lost –  8
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the Munster Club Intermediate Football Championship involving participating county representatives November 14th 2010 at Gneeveguilla (Munster Club Semi-Final) Gneeveguilla (Kerry) 0-12 Newcestown (Cork) 1-8
Trends Kerry’s Club Intermediate Football champions have won their last 13 matches in this competition.  Cork clubs have lost their last 4 Munster Club Intermediate Football Championship matches dating back to 2007. Their last victory came when Mallow (Cork) defeated Athea (Limerick) by 0-12 to 0-7 on November 11th 2007 in Mallow GAA Complex.

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Club Intermediate Championship 2011

Quarter-Finals
Sunday November 13th

@ Clonmel Sportsfield                    Mullinahone (Tipperary) 1-9 Mountcollins (Limerick) 0-9
@ Páirc de Búrca Miltown Miltown / Castlemaine (Kerry) 2-5 Clondegad (Clare) 0-10


Semi-Finals (Extra time)
Sunday November 20th (Replay date – Saturday November 26th)

@ Fraher Field Dungarvan            Dungarvan (Waterford) v Mullinahone (Tipperary) 2:00pm

@ Mallow Newmarket (Cork) v Miltown / Castlemaine (Kerry) 2:00pm


Final (Extra time)

Sunday December 11th (Replay date – Saturday December 17th)

2:00pm throw-in @ Mallow GAA Grounds

Odds and Ends

Since the competition began in 2003, Kerry clubs have won 5 of the 8 Munster titles on offer, including the last 4 in a row. Cork clubs have won the other 3 Munster titles.

Cork clubs have won just 1 of their last 5 matches in this competition having won the first 3 Munster Club Intermediate Football titles from 2003 to 2005.

Prior to 2011, Clare clubs qualified for the final of 4 of the last 5 Munster Club Intermediate Championships.

Limerick clubs have lost their opening match in the last 6 Munster Club Intermediate Championships.


Munster GAA Club FOOTBALL Intermediate Championship Roll Of Honour

Kerry (5) – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Cork (3) – 2003, 2004, 2005

Munster GAA Club FOOTBALL Intermediate Championship
List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began 1888 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/ifclub_teams/

All Ireland GAA Club FOOTBALL Intermediate Championship

In the Club Intermediate Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork and Kerry have secured 2 titles each courtesy of Ilen Rovers (Cork – 2003/2004), Carbery Rangers (Cork – 2004/2005), Ardfert (Kerry – 2006/2007) and St. Michael’s Foilmore (Kerry – 2008/2009).