McGrath Cup Senior Football Quarter Final – UCC 1-19 Limerick 0-10

UCC defeated Limerick by 1-19 to 0-10 in the McGrath Cup Senior Football Quarter Final on Sunday at Michael Neville Park Rathkeale.

Limerick suffer as UCC give Sigerson warning

UCC 1-19 Limerick 0-10

By Brendan Buckley for the Irish Examiner newspaper

UCC sent out a chilling warning ahead of the defence of their Sigerson Cup title at this end of this month with an emphatic victory over Limerick in Rathkeale’s Mick Neville Park. The Cork students had a Marc Collins 25th minute goal to thank for a 1-5 to 0-5 lead. But on the turnover, the UCC men took control and five successive points in the opening eight minutes after the restart laid the foundations for an easy victory. “I thought we started brightly and were sharp but the goal knocked the stuffing out of us,” said a disappointed Limerick manager Maurice Horan. “It is difficult when you are missing so many experienced players when the floodgates opened in the second half and it was one-way traffic in the end.

They are getting ready for their championship competition and are looking towards the Sigerson in a couple of weeks and we have to go back to training on Tuesday and try and get ready for our league opener in three weeks. Playing with the wind in the second half, UCC outscored Limerick 0-14 to 0-5 in the second period to book a McGrath Cup semi-final place against Tipperary. In all 10 different players found the target for the Cork side with Paul Geaney helping himself to four points and Mark Reen kicking three in the second period. A largely experimental Limerick relied heavily on Ger Collins and free-taker Mike Quilligan for scores but they never troubled the college side, who led from start to finish with Kevin O’Driscoll and Geaney getting them off the mark with scores inside the opening two minutes. Indeed the winning margin could have been greater but for three superb saves from Limerick’s Brian Scanlon.

Scorers for UCC: M Collins 1-3 (1free), P Geaney 0-4, M Reen 0-3, B Coughlan, B O’Driscoll (1free) 0-2 each, K O’Driscoll, JB Spillane, D Nation, J O’Sullivan, A Greaney 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: G Collins (1free), M Quilligan (3frees) 0-4 each, J Riordan, G O’Connell 0-1 each.

UCC: D Farry (Cork), J O’Sullivan (Cork), E O’Sullivan (Cork), S Enright (Kerry), P Crowley (Kerry), N Daly (Roscommon), B Daly (Cork); K O’Driscoll (Cork), D Nation (Cork); M Reen (Kerry), M Collins (Cork), JB Spillane (Kerry); B O’Driscoll (Cork), B Coughlan (Cork). P Geaney (Kerry).

Subs: A Greaney (Kerry) for Crowley (52), J O’Sullivan (Kerry) for Nation (52), S Beston (Cork for Spillane (59), L Jennings (Cork) for O’Sullivan (59), D O’Sullivan (Kerry) for Collins).

LIMERICK: B Scanlon; M McCorkack, J McCarthy, L O’Dwyer; E Barry, J Riordan, P Ranahan; E Joy, P Kinnerk; D Treacy, M Quilligan, P Maloney; G Collins, G O’Connell, D Kelly.

Subs: S Buckley for Kinnerk (28), J Cooke for Kelly (40), J O’Meara for Maloney (44), C Coady for McCormack (48), S Nix for Buckley (58).

Referee: D O’Mahony (Tipperary)

Team News

Limerick Senior Football team to play UCC

1. Brian Scanlon (Gerald Griffins)

2. Mike McCormick (Mungret)

3. Johnny McCarthy (St. Kieran’s)

4. Lorcan O’Dwyer (Palllasgreen)

5. Eoin Barry (Drom-Broadford)

6. John Riordan (Fr. Casey’s)

7. Pa Ranahan (Ballysteen)

8. Eoin Joy (Fr. Casey’s)

9. Paul Kinnerk (Monaleen)

10. Darragh Treacy (St. Kieran’s)

11. Mike Quilligan (Newcastlewest)

12. Philip Maloney (Glin)

13. Ger Collins (Monaleen) Captain.

14. Dinny Ahern (Kilteely-Dromkeen)

15. Donnagh Kelly (Fr. Casey’s)

 

For the Record

Limerick UCC
2011 McGrath Cup Performance Lost to Cork by 3-11 to 1-12 in the first round at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick Lost to Clare by 1-13 to 0-13 in the Preliminary round at Cooraclare
Number of McGrath Cup Senior Football titles 5 0
Last McGrath Cup Senior Football Title 2005 N/A
McGrath Cup Senior Football Record since 2000 Played – 24
Won – 15
Lost – 9
Drawn – 0
Played – 13
Won – 6
Lost – 7
Drawn – 0

McGrath Cup Senior Football 2012

Preliminary Round

Sunday January 8th

@ WIT Sportsgrounds                      IT Tralee 2-14 Waterford 0-14

@ Doonbeg                                       Clare 0-18 University of Limerick 1-8

@ Clonmel Sportsfield                     Tipperary 2-13 Limerick Institute of Technology 3-8

Quarter-Finals (Extra time)

Sunday January 15th

@ CIT Sportsgrounds                       CIT v IT Tralee                                               @ 2:00pm
@ Pairc Ui Rinn                                Cork v Clare                                                  @ 2:00pm
@ Clonmel Sportsfield                     WIT v Tipperary                                             @ 2:00pm
@ Michael Neville Park                    Limerick v UCC                                            @ 2:00pm


Semi-Finals (Extra time)
Sunday January 22nd

CIT or IT Tralee v Cork or Clare                  @ 2:00pm

WIT or Tipperary v Limerick or UCC          @ 2:00pm

Final (Extra time)

Sunday January 29th

McGrath Cup Senior Football – Odds and Ends

Clare have contested 6 Finals since 2000, winning the title in 2000, 2002 and 2008.

Since the Third Level Colleges were allowed to take part in the McGrath Cup competition in 2005, only the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and UCC have qualified for the final. CIT lost the 2005 Final to Limerick by 2-10 to 1-3 while UCC lost to Kerry by 1-11 to 0-9 in the 2010 Final.

The record of the Third Level Colleges in the McGrath Cup since entering in 2005 (including the 2012 preliminary round) is Won 19, Lost 40. No College team won a game in 2011.

Waterford won the first McGrath Cup title in 1981, captained by Michael Coffey. This is their only McGrath Cup title to date.

From 2000 through 2012 to date, 87 matches were played in the McGrath Cup. Limerick have won the most games in this period, a total of 15 against 9 defeats. Clare also have 15 victories since 2000 while Cork recorded 13 victories during 5 campaigns.

Since 2000, Kerry have taken part in the McGrath Cup on 4 occasions (2005, 2006, 2010 and 2011), losing just twice in 13 matches (to Tipperary in the 2005 Quarter-Final and to Cork in the 2006 Final).

The Waterford Institute of Technology have yet to win a McGrath Cup match in their 7 years taking part in the competition. IT Tralee won their first match in 2005 and lost their next 5 before defeating Waterford in the preliminary round of the 2012 competition.

McGrath Cup Senior Football Roll Of Honour

Clare (10) – 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2008

Limerick (5) – 1985, 1987, 2001, 2004, 2005

Cork (5) – 1998, 1999, 2006, 2007, 2009

Tipperary (3) – 1989, 1993, 2003

Kerry (3) – 1996, 2010, 2011

Waterford (1) – 1981

London (1) – 1988

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete Roll of Honour since the competition began in 1981 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/mcgrath-cup-football/

McGrath Cup

Presented by Joe McGrath on June 21st, 1981 for the promotion of Senior Football in Munster

McGrath Cup Senior Football Quarter Final – Cork IT 2-16 IT Tralee 2-5

CIT defeated IT Tralee by 2-16 to 2-5 in the McGrath Cup Senior Football Quarter Final on Sunday in the CIT Sportsgrounds.

Hodnett and Currantear Tralee apart

Cork IT 2-16 IT Tralee 2-5

By Denis Hurley for the Irish Examiner newspaper

CORK IT will meet Cork in the semi-final of the McGrath Cup next Sunday after overcoming IT Tralee without too much trouble at the CIT Sports Stadium yesterday. Only briefly trailing after Gary O’Driscoll’s 10th-minute goal gave Tralee a 1-1 to 0-2 lead, CIT rallied to lead by 0-9 to 1-4 at half-time and added 1-3 before the visitors opened their second-half account in the 55th minute, by which stage the outcome was well decided. Inside forwards Donal Óg Hodnett and Hugh Curran were the scorers-in-chief for CIT, Cork U21 star Hodnett finishing with a haul of 1-6 while Curran had five points to his name, four in the first half.

Further out the field there were excellent performances too. Kerry senior panellist Brian McGuire was impeccable at left half-back, augmenting his display with a fine first-half point, centre-back Steve O’Donoghue was solid alongside him and at midfield Peter Daly made his presence felt too. While Joe Scully impressed at centre-back and O’Driscoll had periods of dominance at midfield, in attack Tralee lacked a cutting edge, with Barry O’Hare their only player to score more than once. Had they built on the O’Driscoll goal, when he rose to win an Alan O’Donoghue delivery before firing home, it might have been more of a game, but CIT responded with three points in-a-row.

Then, with the game poised at 0-6 to 1-3 and 10 minutes left to half-time, Curran hit two points and McGuire also raised a white flag, though Damien Kelly did pull one back to leave two in it. After a Hodnett free and a point from Kevin Hallissey, CIT pulled seven clear as the same two players combined, Hodnett profiting from a Hallissey handpass to finish from close range. Hallissey was denied a goal himself soon after that before O’Hare scored a second for Tralee when he converted the rebound after Rory Deane’s shot hit the crossbar. That cut the deficit to five but a comeback was never a real possibility. Just to make sure, however, CIT closed out the game well, former Cork player Brian O’Regan involved from centre-forward. O’Donoghue, Hodnett and Curran all scored points and Jerry O’Connor rounded off the win when he hooked the loose ball in after Curran’s shot was saved.

Scorers for Cork IT: D Óg Hodnett 1-6 (0-3fs), H Curran 0-5, J O’Connor 1-0, S O’Donoghue, K Hallissey, B McGuire, P Daly, R O’Sullivan 0-1 each.

Scorers for IT Tralee: B O’Hare 1-2 (1f), G O’Driscoll 1-0, B Poff, D Kelly, A O’Donoghue 0-1 each.

CORK IT (Cork unless stated): B Kelly (Kerry); N Galvin, M Griffin (Kerry), D O’Sullivan (Kerry); J Walsh (Kerry), S O’Donoghue, B McGuire (Kerry); P Daly, R O’Sullivan; J O’Connor, B O’Regan, D Leahy (Tipperary); K Hallissey, D Óg Hodnett, H Curran.

Subs: W O’Mahony for Leahy (57), J Dennis (Kerry) for R O’Sullivan (59), J Dineen for Hallissey (66), D Daly for O’Connor (68), J Cronin for D O’Sullivan (70).

IT TRALEE (Kerry unless stated): P O’Sullivan; E Murray (Meath), S Brosnan, D Larkin (Wexford); K Conway (Kildare), J Scully, AJ O’Connor (Cork); R Deane (Cork), G O’Driscoll; S Carroll, B O’Grady, M Brennan; A O’Donoghue, B O’Hare (Louth), B Poff.

Subs: D Kelly for Poff (26), É Flaherty for Conway (48), C O’Sullivan for Carroll (59), A Hegarty (Cork) for O’Driscoll (61), Poff for O’Donoghue (65).

Referee: R Moloney (Limerick)

For the Record

CIT IT Tralee
2011 McGrath Cup Performance Lost to Clare by 0-10 to 0-9 in the first round at Cooraclare Lost to Kerry by 1-14 to 1-13 in the Preliminary Round at Austin Stack Park Tralee
Number of McGrath Cup Senior Football titles 0 0
Last McGrath Cup Senior Football Title N/A N/A
McGrath Cup Senior Football Record since 2000 Played – 12
Won – 5
Lost – 7
Drawn – 0
Played – 9
Won – 2
Lost – 7
Drawn – 0

McGrath Cup Senior Football 2012


Preliminary Round

Sunday January 8th

@ WIT Sportsgrounds                      IT Tralee 2-14 Waterford 0-14

@ Doonbeg                                       Clare 0-18 University of Limerick 1-8

@ Clonmel Sportsfield                     Tipperary 2-13 Limerick Institute of Technology 3-8

Quarter-Finals (Extra time)

Sunday January 15th

@ CIT Sportsgrounds                       CIT v IT Tralee                                               @ 2:00pm
@ Pairc Ui Rinn                                Cork v Clare                                                  @ 2:00pm
@ Clonmel Sportsfield                     WIT v Tipperary                                             @ 2:00pm
@ Michael Neville Park                    Limerick v UCC                                            @ 2:00pm


Semi-Finals (Extra time)
Sunday January 22nd

CIT or IT Tralee v Cork or Clare                  @ 2:00pm

WIT or Tipperary v Limerick or UCC          @ 2:00pm

Final (Extra time)

Sunday January 29th

McGrath Cup Senior Football – Odds and Ends

Clare have contested 6 Finals since 2000, winning the title in 2000, 2002 and 2008.

Since the Third Level Colleges were allowed to take part in the McGrath Cup competition in 2005, only the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and UCC have qualified for the final. CIT lost the 2005 Final to Limerick by 2-10 to 1-3 while UCC lost to Kerry by 1-11 to 0-9 in the 2010 Final.

The record of the Third Level Colleges in the McGrath Cup since entering in 2005 (including the 2012 preliminary round) is Won 19, Lost 40. No College team won a game in 2011.

Waterford won the first McGrath Cup title in 1981, captained by Michael Coffey. This is their only McGrath Cup title to date.

From 2000 through 2012 to date, 87 matches were played in the McGrath Cup. Limerick have won the most games in this period, a total of 15 against 9 defeats. Clare also have 15 victories since 2000 while Cork recorded 13 victories during 5 campaigns.

Since 2000, Kerry have taken part in the McGrath Cup on 4 occasions (2005, 2006, 2010 and 2011), losing just twice in 13 matches (to Tipperary in the 2005 Quarter-Final and to Cork in the 2006 Final).

The Waterford Institute of Technology have yet to win a McGrath Cup match in their 7 years taking part in the competition. IT Tralee won their first match in 2005 and lost their next 5 before defeating Waterford in the preliminary round of the 2012 competition.

McGrath Cup Senior Football Roll Of Honour

Clare (10) – 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2008

Limerick (5) – 1985, 1987, 2001, 2004, 2005

Cork (5) – 1998, 1999, 2006, 2007, 2009

Tipperary (3) – 1989, 1993, 2003

Kerry (3) – 1996, 2010, 2011

Waterford (1) – 1981

London (1) – 1988

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete Roll of Honour since the competition began in 1981 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/mcgrath-cup-football/

McGrath Cup

Presented by Joe McGrath on June 21st, 1981 for the promotion of Senior Football in Munster

McGrath Cup Senior Football Quarter Final – Tipperary 4-16 Waterford IT 0-6

Tipperary defeated WIT by 4-16 to 0-6 in the McGrath Cup Senior Football Quarter Final on Sunday in Clonmel Sportsfield.

Grogan on song as Tipp wallop Waterford IT

Tipperary 4-16 Waterford IT 0-6

By Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

ACE forward Barry Grogan helped himself to 3-3 at the Clonmel Sportsfield yesterday as Tipperary demolished Waterford IT by 22 points to book their place in the semi-finals of the McGrath Cup. Grogan’s introduction a week previously proved crucial as Tipp eventually saw off the challenge of Limerick IT and the Aherlow ace, who started at full-forward, took his tally to 3-7 from two outings with an impressive showing. Tipp were impressive and much more cohesivebut Waterford IT’s challenge was extremely poor and the students managed just two points from play in the entire game. Corner-forward Philip Austin helped himself to five points from play for Tipp, including four in the opening half, while Conor Sweeney bagged 0-3 as the Premier County’s starting inside line finished with a combined haul of 3-11.

Having made his senior inter-county debut a week previously, 2011 All-Ireland minor winner Michael Quinlivan came off the bench to notch 1-1 in the second half while the return of former captain Robbie Costigan was another bonus for manager John Evans. Costigan, back from a year in Australia, was solid at midfield on an afternoon when Jonathan Ryan, Niall O’Meara and David Butler were handed full senior debuts. Tipp, who haven’t won the McGrath Cup since 2003, will meet Sigerson Cup holders and Cork senior county champions UCC in next Sunday’s semi-final in Clonmel. And Evans predicted: “UCC will give us more than a tough challenge and we’ll be glad to have three weeks work underneath us. “We may have looked good at times but I thought that WIT weren’t that competitive.”

Scorers for Tipperary: B Grogan 3-3 (1f), P Austin 0-5, M Quinlivan 1-1, C Sweeney, B Mulvihill 0-3 each, B Fox 0-1.

Scorers for Waterford IT: K O’Grady 0-4f, S Murphy, C McDonnell 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: M O’Donnell; J Ryan, P Codd, A Morrissey; L Egan, T Ryan, N O’Meara; R Costigan, B Jones; B Fox, D Butler, P Acheson; C Sweeney, B Grogan, P Austin.

Subs: E Connolly for T Ryan (ht), M Quinlivan for Austin (44), D Heffernan for Costigan (47), B Mulvihill for Fox (52), J O’Callaghan for Jones (58).

WIT: B Redmond (Wexford); L Thomas (Kildare), E Walsh (Waterford), S Murphy (Laois); B Rogers (Louth), M Molloy (Wexford), J McGrath (Waterford); S Culleton (Wexford), S Prendergast (Waterford); B McGarr (Wicklow), G Ward (Waterford), C McDonnell (Kildare); K O’Grady (Wexford), S Burke (Laois), L McGrath (Tipperary).

Subs: B Thornton (Kildare) for Burke (ht), S Dalton (Meath) for Ward (44), D Doyle-Murphy (Wexford) for Thomas (58), Peter O’Hagan (Waterford) for McDonnell (69).

Referee: M Collins (Cork)

For the Record

Tipperary Waterford Institute of Technology
2011 McGrath Cup Performance Defeated UL in the Preliminary Round before losing to Waterford in the Quarter-Final Lost to Cork by 0-18 to 0-5 in the Preliminary Round at Pairc Ui Rinn
Number of McGrath Cup Senior Football titles 3 0
Last McGrath Cup Senior Football Title 2003 N/A
McGrath Cup Senior Football Record since 2000 Played – 20
Won – 9
Lost – 11
Drawn – 0
Played – 7
Won – 0
Lost – 7
Drawn – 0

McGrath Cup Senior Football 2012


Preliminary Round

Sunday January 8th

@ WIT Sportsgrounds                      IT Tralee 2-14 Waterford 0-14

@ Doonbeg                                       Clare 0-18 University of Limerick 1-8

@ Clonmel Sportsfield                     Tipperary 2-13 Limerick Institute of Technology 3-8

Quarter-Finals (Extra time)

Sunday January 15th

@ CIT Sportsgrounds                       CIT v IT Tralee                                               @ 2:00pm
@ Pairc Ui Rinn                                Cork v Clare                                                  @ 2:00pm
@ Clonmel Sportsfield                     WIT v Tipperary                                             @ 2:00pm
@ Michael Neville Park                    Limerick v UCC                                            @ 2:00pm


Semi-Finals (Extra time)
Sunday January 22nd

CIT or IT Tralee v Cork or Clare                  @ 2:00pm

WIT or Tipperary v Limerick or UCC          @ 2:00pm

Final (Extra time)

Sunday January 29th

McGrath Cup Senior Football – Odds and Ends

Clare have contested 6 Finals since 2000, winning the title in 2000, 2002 and 2008.

Since the Third Level Colleges were allowed to take part in the McGrath Cup competition in 2005, only the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and UCC have qualified for the final. CIT lost the 2005 Final to Limerick by 2-10 to 1-3 while UCC lost to Kerry by 1-11 to 0-9 in the 2010 Final.

The record of the Third Level Colleges in the McGrath Cup since entering in 2005 (including the 2012 preliminary round) is Won 19, Lost 40. No College team won a game in 2011.

Waterford won the first McGrath Cup title in 1981, captained by Michael Coffey. This is their only McGrath Cup title to date.

From 2000 through 2012 to date, 87 matches were played in the McGrath Cup. Limerick have won the most games in this period, a total of 15 against 9 defeats. Clare also have 15 victories since 2000 while Cork recorded 13 victories during 5 campaigns.

Since 2000, Kerry have taken part in the McGrath Cup on 4 occasions (2005, 2006, 2010 and 2011), losing just twice in 13 matches (to Tipperary in the 2005 Quarter-Final and to Cork in the 2006 Final).

The Waterford Institute of Technology have yet to win a McGrath Cup match in their 7 years taking part in the competition. IT Tralee won their first match in 2005 and lost their next 5 before defeating Waterford in the preliminary round of the 2012 competition.

McGrath Cup Senior Football Roll Of Honour

Clare (10) – 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2008

Limerick (5) – 1985, 1987, 2001, 2004, 2005

Cork (5) – 1998, 1999, 2006, 2007, 2009

Tipperary (3) – 1989, 1993, 2003

Kerry (3) – 1996, 2010, 2011

Waterford (1) – 1981

London (1) – 1988

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete Roll of Honour since the competition began in 1981 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/mcgrath-cup-football/

McGrath Cup

Presented by Joe McGrath on June 21st, 1981 for the promotion of Senior Football in Munster

McGrath Cup Senior Football Quarter Final – Cork 2-14 Clare 0-7

Cork defeated Clare by 2-14 to 0-7 in the McGrath Cup Senior Football Quarter Final on Sunday in Pairc Ui Rinn.

O’Neill’s winter warmer for Cork

Cork 2-14 Clare 0-7

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

TEN MONTHS after hobbling off in Pearse Stadium with a snapped cruciate ligament for the second time in his career, Colm O’Neill announced his return to the inter-county senior stage in style yesterday in Páirc Uí Rinn. The 23 year-old achieved his primary objective of emerging unscathed from the 70 minutes of action in this McGrath Cup quarter-final. And as a bonus he illuminated a humdrum clash with a 2-4 haul. His second goal in the 61st minute copper-fastened Cork’s triumph and was a signature effort. A flowing team move from deep in defence had carved open the Clare rearguard before O’Neill stepped inside the defence and thumped a fierce right-foot shot to the roof of the net.

Cork boss Conor Counihan watched on approvingly and was glad to reflect on the return of the Ballyclough attacker. “That second goal was a flash of the Colm of old. There was good teamwork involved in it and the finish then was very nice to see.” O’Neill will have more game time at the same venue on Sunday in a semi-final clash against CIT. That eagerness to impress will be shared by the bunch of new faces that populated the Cork line-up yesterday. In defence Kevin Harrington and Aidan O’Reilly competently dealt with the challenges they faced on the left flank.

In attack Liam Shorten swept over three tidy points in a busy display and Seanie Cahalane worked tirelessly at the edge of the square. Kevin O’Sullivan, back in the Cork line up for the first time since March 2009, and Graham Canty, back for the first time in a non championship setting since April 2010, were prominent figures during the second-half . The audition process continues in six days’ time. “Challenge matches are okay but whether it’s McGrath Cup or any other type of competition, it gives lads more of an incentive,” reasoned Counihan. “If we can get another couple of games in before the start of the league, that’s good for us as we need it to sharpen up. The new lads did acquit themselves well but the next game will tell us more. We’ll be double-jobbing on Sunday as we can have a look at the Cork lads in the CIT team.”

This was a stress-free afternoon for Cork and the perfect opportunity to shake off winter cobwebs. The match had slipped away from Clare early on as Cork set a fast pace and when O’Neill cleverly flicked home a ball floated in by Shorten in the 26th minute, Clare were staring at a 1-5 to 0-1 deficit. Three Banner points either side of the interval threatened to make a game of it but Cork pressed on the accelerator and took control. The fact that they outscored Clare by 1-5 to 0-1 in the closing 20 minutes neatly summarised the gulf between the two sides and leading lights like Michael Shields and Paul Kerrigan enjoyed a run out during late cameos from the bench.

For opponents Clare, defeat will see them take stock ahead of their opening league game on February 5. They foraged away in the second-half but the loss of their blue-chip attacker David Tubridy, who posted 0-7 the previous Sunday against UL, through injury hit them hard. Yet the sight of Gary Brennan arcing over three beautiful second-half points was heartening. “The most important ambition we have is the win the first game of the league against Waterford,” admitted Clare boss Micheal McDermott. “The opposition was at a different level but the most disappointing thing today was we made too many mistakes. There were very few positives to take from the game but it’s the month of January and, hopefully, we’ll learn a lot from this.”

Scorers for Cork: C O’Neill 2-4 (0-2f, 0-1 ‘45), L Shorten 0-3, F Lynch 0-2, C O’Driscoll, S Cahalane, K O’Sullivan, P O’Neill, A O’Connor 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: G Brennan 0-3, M O’Shea 0-2 (0-2f), D Russell, G Quinlan 0-1 each.

CORK: K O’Halloran; E Cotter, R Carey, K Harrington; C O’Driscoll, G Canty, A O’Reilly; J Fitzpatrick, A O’Connor; F Lynch, F Goold, L Shorten; C O’Neill, S Cahalane, K O’Sullivan.

Subs: P O’Neill for Fitzpatrick (38), S Kiely for Goold (51), P Kerrigan for O’Sullivan (55), M Ó Laoire for Lynch (55), M Shields for O’Connor (57).

CLARE: J Hayes; D Hickey, S McNelis, M McMahon; D Blake, G Kelly, S Tierney; G Quinlan, D Russell; D Daly, R Donnelly, A Clohessy; M O’Shea, G Brennan, E Troy.

Subs: P Collins for Blake (19), D Murphy for Daly (29), T Ryan for Troy (half-time), S O’Driscoll for Brennan (55), D O’Neill for Quinlan (56).

Referee: Maurice Condon (Waterford)

Team News

Cork (McGrath Cup v Clare) – Ken O Halloran, Eoin Cotter, Ray Carey, Kevin Harrington, Conor O Driscoll, Graham Canty, Aidan O’Reilly, James Fitzpatrick, Micheál Ó Laoire, Fiacra Lynch, Fintan Goold, Liam Shorten, Colm O’Neill, Seanie Cahalane, Kevin O Sullivan


For the Record

Clare Cork
2011 McGrath Cup Performance Defeated UCC, CIT and Waterford before losing to Kerry in the Final. Defeated WIT and Limerick before losing to Kerry in the semi-final by 2-11 to 1-11.
Number of McGrath Cup Senior Football titles 10 5
Last McGrath Cup Senior Football Title 2008 2009
McGrath Cup Senior Football Record since 2000 Played – 23
Won – 14
Lost – 9
Drawn – 0
Played – 15
Won – 13
Lost – 2
Drawn – 0

McGrath Cup Senior Football 2012

Preliminary Round

Sunday January 8th

@ WIT Sportsgrounds                      IT Tralee 2-14 Waterford 0-14

@ Doonbeg                                       Clare 0-18 University of Limerick 1-8

@ Clonmel Sportsfield                     Tipperary 2-13 Limerick Institute of Technology 3-8

Quarter-Finals (Extra time)

Sunday January 15th

@ CIT Sportsgrounds                       CIT v IT Tralee                                               @ 2:00pm
@ Pairc Ui Rinn                                Cork v Clare                                                  @ 2:00pm
@ Clonmel Sportsfield                     WIT v Tipperary                                             @ 2:00pm
@ Michael Neville Park                    Limerick v UCC                                            @ 2:00pm


Semi-Finals (Extra time)
Sunday January 22nd

CIT or IT Tralee v Cork or Clare                  @ 2:00pm

WIT or Tipperary v Limerick or UCC          @ 2:00pm

Final (Extra time)

Sunday January 29th

McGrath Cup Senior Football – Odds and Ends

Clare have contested 6 Finals since 2000, winning the title in 2000, 2002 and 2008.

Since the Third Level Colleges were allowed to take part in the McGrath Cup competition in 2005, only the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and UCC have qualified for the final. CIT lost the 2005 Final to Limerick by 2-10 to 1-3 while UCC lost to Kerry by 1-11 to 0-9 in the 2010 Final.

The record of the Third Level Colleges in the McGrath Cup since entering in 2005 (including the 2012 preliminary round) is Won 19, Lost 40. No College team won a game in 2011.

Waterford won the first McGrath Cup title in 1981, captained by Michael Coffey. This is their only McGrath Cup title to date.

From 2000 through 2012 to date, 87 matches were played in the McGrath Cup. Limerick have won the most games in this period, a total of 15 against 9 defeats. Clare also have 15 victories since 2000 while Cork recorded 13 victories during 5 campaigns.

Since 2000, Kerry have taken part in the McGrath Cup on 4 occasions (2005, 2006, 2010 and 2011), losing just twice in 13 matches (to Tipperary in the 2005 Quarter-Final and to Cork in the 2006 Final).

The Waterford Institute of Technology have yet to win a McGrath Cup match in their 7 years taking part in the competition. IT Tralee won their first match in 2005 and lost their next 5 before defeating Waterford in the preliminary round of the 2012 competition.

McGrath Cup Senior Football Roll Of Honour

Clare (10) – 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2008

Limerick (5) – 1985, 1987, 2001, 2004, 2005

Cork (5) – 1998, 1999, 2006, 2007, 2009

Tipperary (3) – 1989, 1993, 2003

Kerry (3) – 1996, 2010, 2011

Waterford (1) – 1981

London (1) – 1988

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete Roll of Honour since the competition began in 1981 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/mcgrath-cup-football/

McGrath Cup

Presented by Joe McGrath on June 21st, 1981 for the promotion of Senior Football in Munster