McGrath Cup Senior Football Semi Final – Cork 2-17 CIT 0-7

All too easy as Cork give CIT lesson

Cork 2-17 Cork IT 0-7

By Denis Hurley for the Irish Examiner newspaper

CORK easily booked their passage to the McGrath Cup final at Páirc Uí Rinn yesterday, a greater intensity playing a big part in their 16-point victory over Cork IT. While CIT’s priority is the Sigerson Cup, in which they meet DCU next week, they would still have been expected to challenge Cork here, especially after beating IT Tralee so comfortably in the quarter-final. Cork selector Terry O’Neill admitted he was surprised the Rebels were not pushed. “To be honest, I thought they were a bit disappointing, as CIT teams would go,” he said. “When you look through their team, they have a lot of current and former Kerry and Cork U21 players. Fellas lose sight of that as well, it’s a big, big step up from being a good U21 player to being a county senior player. The workrate of the players today and the strength that they’d have developed, it’s a different kettle of fish.”

Paul Kerrigan finished Cork’s top scorer with 1-6, his 13th-minute goal coming after he had scored three points in a row following an early switch into the full-forward line. After Micheál Ó Laoire, Kevin O’Sullivan and Patrick Kelly had linked well, Kelly’s handpass found Kerrigan in space and his finish past Brian Kelly was clinical as a 1-4 to 0-0 lead was opened up. The other point had come from Fintan Goold inside 17 seconds. Goold was named at full-forward but switched with Kerrigan in the opening few minutes but actually spent much of his time sweeping around the half-back line. It was a tactic that worked well, even if it did not receive a stress test. Whenever CIT gained possession in the Cork half, the ball-carrier found himself under heavy pressure from red jerseys, resulting in plenty of turnovers.

In contrast, when Cork were on the attack they moved the ball swiftly and with purpose and by the end of the opening half five of their six starting forwards had scored, profiting from the good work of Pearse O’Neill and Micheál Ó Laoire at midfield. Making his first start, Ó Laoire did not look out of place as he covered a lot of ground and his late point was reward for his efforts. By that stage the Naomh Abán man was operating as a wing-forward, following the introduction of Nicholas Murphy to midfield and Cork’s reduction to 14 men when Colm O’Neill suffered a hamstring injury after all five subs had been used and was taken off as a precaution.

Not hitting the heights of his 2-4 salvo against Clare the previous week, O’Neill was still strongly involved and his second point of the game, when he gathered an excellent left-footed Graham Canty pass from deep before shooting from out on the left, made it 1-11 to 0-1 at half-time, Jerry O’Connor with CIT’s solitary point in the 27th minute. Rory O’Sullivan was battling hard at midfield for the students and was he unlucky not to point on a couple of occasions, but even when CIT scored three of the first four points of the second-half a fightback was not a realistic proposition. Just in case there were any doubts, Paudie Kissane followed up his 45th minute point with a well-taken goal after a lovely one-two with Colm O’Neill to make it 2-13 to 0-4. Murphy could have had a third goal shortly after that but shot over the bar, however it made little material difference to the outcome.

Scorers for Cork: P Kerrigan 1-6 (0-3f, 0-1 45), P Kissane 1-1, C O’Neill 0-2, P O’Neill, M Ó Laoire, L Shorten, F Goold, K O’Sullivan, N O’Leary, F Lynch, N Murphy 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork IT: R O’Sullivan, H Curran 0-2 each, J O’Connor, C Fleming, D Óg Hodnett (0-1f) 0-1 each.

CORK: D Lordan; E Cotter, R Carey, K Harrington; S Kiely, G Canty, P Kissane; P O’Neill, M Ó Laoire; P Kelly, P Kerrigan, L Shorten; F Goold, C O’Neill, K O’Sullivan.

Subs: F Lynch for Kelly (33, injured), M Shields for Kiely, N O’Leary for Canty, A O’Connor for P O’Neill (all half-time), N Murphy for O’Sullivan (46).

CORK IT: B Kelly; N Galvin, M Griffin, D O’Sullivan; J Walsh, S O’Donoghue, B Maguire; R O’Sullivan, B O’Sullivan; W O’Mahony, B O’Regan, D Leahy; J O’Connor, D Óg Hodnett, H Curran.

Subs: C Fleming for O’Mahony (half-time), P Kilkenny for R O’Sullivan (44), J Dineen for Leahy (48), J Dennis for Griffin (50), J Cronin for O’Connor (52).

Referee: D O’Mahony (Tipperary)

 

Kerrigan shines for Cork

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Cork 2-17 Cork IT 0-7

Cork breezed into the final, where they will meet Tipperary, with a 16-point victory over CIT at Pairc Ui Rinn yesterday. From the off, it was one-way traffic, as Fintan Goold’s point inside 17 seconds set the tone for Cork and Paul Kerrigan — who would finish with 1-6 — added three more by the 11th minute. Kerrigan then added a goal, rounding off an excellent team move involving Micheal O Laoire, Kevin O’Sullivan and Patrick Kelly. Cork had added four more points before CIT opened their account through Jerry O’Connor in the 27th minute, as winners’ intensity was proving far too much.

By half-time, the score was 1-11 to 0-1, Colm O’Neill getting the final score of the half as he gathered an excellent Graham Canty pass before firing over. Although CIT scored three of the first four points of the second half, a quick blast of 1-1 from Cork wing-back Paudie Kissane stretched the lead to 2-13 to 0-4. From there it was a procession, despite Cork having to play the last 17 minutes with 14 men after Colm O’Neill went off with a hamstring injury.

Scorers — Cork: P Kerrigan 1-6 (0-3f, 0-1 45), P Kissane 1-1, C O’Neill 0-2, P O’Neill, M O Laoire, L Shorten, F Goold, K O’Sullivan, N O’Leary, F Lynch, N Murphy 0-1 each. Cork IT: R O’Sullivan, H Curran 0-2 each, J O’Connor, C Fleming, D Og Hodnett (1f) 0-1 each.

CORK — D Lordan; E Cotter, R Carey, K Harrington; S Kiely, G Canty, P Kissane; P O’Neill, M O Laoire; P Kelly, P Kerrigan, L Shorten; F Goold, C O’Neill, K O’Sullivan. Subs: F Lynch for Kelly (33), M Shields for Kiely, N O’Leary for Canty, A O’Connor for P O’Neill (all h-t), N Murphy for O’Sullivan (46).

CORK IT — B Kelly; N Galvin, M Griffin, D O’Sullivan; J Walsh, S O’Donoghue, B Maguire; R O’Sullivan, B O’Sullivan; W O’Mahony, B O’Regan, D Leahy; J O’Connor, D Og Hodnett, H Curran. Subs: C Fleming for O’Mahony (h-t), P Kilkenny for R O’Sullivan (44), J Dineen for Leahy (48), J Dennis for Griffin (50), J Cronin for O’Connor (52).

REF — D O’Mahony (Tipperary)

Match Preview

Team News

Cork (McGrath Cup semi-final v CIT): D Lordan; E Cotter, R Carey, K Harrington; S Kiely, G Canty, P Kissane; P O’Neill, M Ó Laoire; P Kelly, P Kerrigan, L Shorten; C O’Neill, F Goold, K O’Sullivan.

For the Record

CIT Cork
2011 McGrath Cup Performance Lost to Clare by 0-10 to 0-9 in the first round at Cooraclare 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 0 5
Last McGrath Cup Senior Football Title N/A 2009
McGrath Cup Senior Football Record since 2000 Played – 13
Won – 6
Lost – 7
Drawn – 0
Played – 16
Won – 14
Lost – 2
Drawn – 0

Fixtures and Results

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
Sunday January 15th

@ CIT Sportsgrounds                       Cork Institute of Technology 2-16 IT Tralee 2-5
@ Pairc Ui Rinn                                Cork 2-14 Clare 0-7
@ Clonmel Sportsfield                     Tipperary 4-16 Waterford Institute of Technology 0-6
@ Michael Neville Park                    University College Cork 1-19 Limerick 0-10


Semi-Finals (Extra time)
Sunday January 22nd

@ Pairc Ui Rinn                                Cork v Cork Institute of Technology            @ 2:00pm

@ Clonmel Sportsfield                     Tipperary v University College Cork           @ 2:00pm

Final (Extra time)

Sunday January 29th

Semi-Final winners @ 2:00pm

(See venue permutations below)

@ Pairc Ui Rinn                                Cork v University College Cork

@ Pairc Ui Rinn                                Cork Institute of Technology v University College Cork

@ Clonmel Sportsfield                     Tipperary v Cork

@ Clonmel Sportsfield                     Tipperary v Cork Institute of Technology

McGrath Cup – 2012 Scorers

Barry Grogan (Tipperary) – 3-7 (0-1 free)
Barry O’Hare (IT Tralee) – 1-9 (0-4 frees, 1 45)
Colm O’Neill (Cork) – 2-4
Philip Austin (Tipperary) – 1-7 (1-0 penalty, 0-1 free)
Gary Hurney (Waterford) – 0-10 (0-6 frees)
Donal Óg Hodnett (CIT) – 1-6 (0-3 frees)
David Tubridy (Clare) – 0-7 (0-4 frees, 0-1 45)
Alan O’Donoghue (IT Tralee) – 1-4
Gary Brennan (Clare) – 0-7
Conor Sweeney (Tipperary) – 1-3
Mark Collins (UCC) – 1-3 (0-1 free)
Michael Quinlivan (Tipperary) – 1-2
Hugh Curran (CIT) – 0-5
Joe Dowling (LIT) – 1-1
K O’Grady (WIT) – 0-4 (0-4 frees)
Colin Dempsey (UL) – 0-4 (0-2 frees)
Paul Geaney (UCC) – 0-4
Ger Collins (Limerick) – 0-4 (0-1 free)
Mike Quilligan (Limerick) – 0-4 (0-3 frees)
Mark Reen (UCC) – 0-3
Rory Donnelly (Clare) – 0-3
Ger Quinlan (Clare) – 0-3
Mikey Brennan (IT Tralee) – 1-0
Seanie Cahalane (Cork) – 0-3
Liam Shorten (Cork) – 0-3
Brian Mulvihill (Tipperary) – 0-3
Peter Acheson (Tipperary) – 0-3
Eoghan O’Connor (LIT) – 1-0
Seamus Carroll (LIT) – 1-0
Jerry O’Connor (CIT) – 1-0
G O’Driscoll (IT Tralee) – 1-0
J Burke (LIT) – 0-3 (0-3 frees)
Edmund Walsh (UL) – 1-0
Brian Coughlan (UCC) – 0-2
Fiachra Lynch (Cork) – 0-2
Rory Deane (IT Tralee) – 0-2
Brian Fox (Tipperary) – 0-2
M O’Shea (Clare) – 0-2 (0-2 frees)
Barry O’Driscoll (UCC) – 0-2 (0-1 free)
Alan O’Connor (Cork) – 0-1
Pearse O’Neill (Cork) – 0-1
Hugh Coghlan (Tipperary) – 0-1
Sean Carey (Tipperary) – 0-1
S Murphy (WIT) – 0-1
C McDonnell (WIT) – 0-1
D Heffernan (LIT) – 0-1
S Malone (LIT) – 0-1
M Hallissey (LIT) – 0-1 (0-1 free)
K Larkin (LIT) – 0-1
Barry O’Grady (IT Tralee) – 0-1
Andrew Hegarty (IT Tralee) – 0-1
S O’Hehir (Waterford) – 0-1
S Briggs (Waterford) – 0-1
Liam Ó Lionáin (Waterford) – 0-1 (0-1 free)
G Nugent (Waterford) – 0-1
P Collins (Clare) – 0-1
Mark Cahalane (UL) – 0-1
J O’Donoghue (UL) – 0-1
Michael Geaney (UL) – 0-1
F Fitzgerald (UL) – 0-1
Steve O’Donoghue (CIT) – 0-1
Kevin Hallissey (CIT) – 0-1
Brian McGuire (CIT) – 0-1
P Daly (CIT) – 0-1
R O’Sullivan (CIT) – 0-1
B Poff (IT Tralee) – 0-1
D Kelly (IT Tralee) – 0-1
D Russell (Clare) – 0-1
G Quinlan (Clare) – 0-1
Kevin O’Driscoll (UCC) – 0-1
JB Spillane (UCC) – 0-1
David Nation (UCC) – 0-1
James O’Sullivan (UCC) – 0-1
A Greaney (UCC) – 0-1
J Riordan (Limerick) – 0-1
G O’Connell (Limerick) – 0-1

McGrath Cup Senior Football – Odds and Ends

76 players have scored in the 7 matches to date in 2012 McGrath Senior Football competition to date with Tipperary’s Barry Grogan top of the charts with 3-7.

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 21, Lost 42. No College team won a game in 2011.

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

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, 91 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 14 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 8 years taking part in the competition.

Cork Institute of Technology Football Panel

The Cork Institute of Technology panel for the 2012 McGrath Cup includes the following players broken down by county –

Cork (15) – Aidan Walsh, Andrew O’Donoghue, Brian O’Regan, Hugh Curran, Jerry O’Connor, John Cronin, John Dineen, Kevin Hallissey, Noel Galvin, Peter Daly, Stephen O’Donoghue, William O’Mahony, Eoin Keane, Rory O’Sullivan, Cian Fleming

Kerry (7) – Brian Kelly, Brian McGuire, Damien O’Sullivan, Donal Hodnett, James Walsh, Mark Griffin, Pa Kilkenny

Tipperary (1) – Donogh Leahy

Clare (1) – Keith O’Connor

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 Semi Final – Tipperary 1-15 UCC 0-10

Evans will follow Premier board’s lead on payments

Tipperary 1-15 UCC 0-10

By Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

TIPPERARY boss John Evans has vowed to abide by the county board’s stance on management payments. Two years ago, Croke Park top brass shot down moves to install Evans as Director of Football in Tipperary, which would have been an officially paid position. The Kerry native nevertheless remained in charge of the Premier County’s seniors and is also involved in the coaching of various underage teams. But despite such a heavy workload, Evans receives no official remuneration for his efforts. Following the release of Duffy’s document, Tipperary chairman Sean Nugent voiced strong opposition to any moves to pay managers. And Evans said: “I’ve made no comment on it. Whatever the Tipperary county board decide, that’s what I go under. If that’s not payment to managers, then so be it. I’m under the umbrella of the Tipperary county board. My term is supposed to finish with them this year and we’ll see where we go from there.”

Evans, meanwhile, is looking forward to the visit of Cork to Clonmel for Sunday’s McGrath Cup decider after an impressive 1-15 to 0-10 victory against an under-strength University College Cork outfit yesterday. Barry Grogan took his tally to 4-12 from three matches with a haul of 1-5 yesterday, including a 56th minute goal that ended UCC’s resistance as Tipp moved 1-13 to 0-9 clear. But it was UCC, with the aid of the breeze in the first half, who opened much the brighter in what was a disappointing contest overall, not helped by the amount of frees blown by referee Maurice Condon. Gavin O’Grady showed some lovely touches at corner-forward for UCC but the students were flat overall.

The first half yielded just five points from play as the sides went in level at 0-7 apiece, with Tipp recovering well after falling 0-4 to 0-1 behind by the 11th minute. After hitting the front for the first time in the game, via a Grogan 45 in the 43rd minute, Tipp kicked on and held the lead from there until the finish. Hugh Coghlan shone for the hosts in the second half, scoring three points before arrowing a superb crossfield ball to Grogan for a goal. Evans added: “It’s good preparation so early in the year. There is no substitute for games. Today was another step forward, we played a lot better than we did in the previous two Sundays.”

Scorers for Tipperary: B Grogan 1-6 (0-4f, 0-1 45), H Coghlan 0-3, B Fox, P Acheson, C Sweeney, P Austin, B Mulvihill & S Ryan, 0-1 each.

Scorers for UCC: G O’Grady 0-6 (5f), J O’Sullivan 0-3 (2f), G Ryan 0-1.

TIPPERARY: P Fitzgerald; J Ryan, P Codd, A Morrissey; L Egan, T Ryan, B Fox; B Jones, E Ryan; H Coghlan, D Butler, P Acheson; C Sweeney, P Austin, B Grogan.

Subs: R Costigan for J Ryan (46), M Quinlivan for Butler (57), S Grogan for E Ryan (62), S Ryan for Austin (68), B Mulvihill for Coghlan (70+1).

UCC: S Mellet (Cork); M Galvin (Kerry), David Culhane (Kerry), R Buckley (Cork); L Jennings (Cork), A Greaney (Kerry), M Hickey (Cork); P Lucey (Kerry), J O’Sullivan (Cork); B Daly (Cork), D O’Sullivan (Kerry), S Beston (Cork); G Ryan (Tipperary), B Coughlan (Cork), G O’Grady (Kerry).

Subs: O Mulrooney (Cork) for Coughlan (51), E Buckley (Cork) for Daly (65).

Referee: M Condon (Waterford)

Match Preview

For the Record

Tipperary UCC
2011 McGrath Cup Performance Defeated UL in the Preliminary Round before losing to Waterford in the Quarter-Final Lost to Clare by 1-13 to 0-13 in the Preliminary round at Cooraclare
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 – 21
Won – 10
Lost – 11
Drawn – 0
Played – 14
Won – 7
Lost – 7
Drawn – 0

Fixtures and Results

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
Sunday January 15th

@ CIT Sportsgrounds                       Cork Institute of Technology 2-16 IT Tralee 2-5
@ Pairc Ui Rinn                                Cork 2-14 Clare 0-7
@ Clonmel Sportsfield                     Tipperary 4-16 Waterford Institute of Technology 0-6
@ Michael Neville Park                    University College Cork 1-19 Limerick 0-10


Semi-Finals (Extra time)
Sunday January 22nd

@ Pairc Ui Rinn                                Cork v Cork Institute of Technology            @ 2:00pm

@ Clonmel Sportsfield                     Tipperary v University College Cork           @ 2:00pm

Final (Extra time)

Sunday January 29th

Semi-Final winners @ 2:00pm

(See venue permutations below)

@ Pairc Ui Rinn                                Cork v University College Cork

@ Pairc Ui Rinn                                Cork Institute of Technology v University College Cork

@ Clonmel Sportsfield                     Tipperary v Cork

@ Clonmel Sportsfield                     Tipperary v Cork Institute of Technology

McGrath Cup – 2012 Scorers

Barry Grogan (Tipperary) – 3-7 (0-1 free)
Barry O’Hare (IT Tralee) – 1-9 (0-4 frees, 1 45)
Colm O’Neill (Cork) – 2-4
Philip Austin (Tipperary) – 1-7 (1-0 penalty, 0-1 free)
Gary Hurney (Waterford) – 0-10 (0-6 frees)
Donal Óg Hodnett (CIT) – 1-6 (0-3 frees)
David Tubridy (Clare) – 0-7 (0-4 frees, 0-1 45)
Alan O’Donoghue (IT Tralee) – 1-4
Gary Brennan (Clare) – 0-7
Conor Sweeney (Tipperary) – 1-3
Mark Collins (UCC) – 1-3 (0-1 free)
Michael Quinlivan (Tipperary) – 1-2
Hugh Curran (CIT) – 0-5
Joe Dowling (LIT) – 1-1
K O’Grady (WIT) – 0-4 (0-4 frees)
Colin Dempsey (UL) – 0-4 (0-2 frees)
Paul Geaney (UCC) – 0-4
Ger Collins (Limerick) – 0-4 (0-1 free)
Mike Quilligan (Limerick) – 0-4 (0-3 frees)
Mark Reen (UCC) – 0-3
Rory Donnelly (Clare) – 0-3
Ger Quinlan (Clare) – 0-3
Mikey Brennan (IT Tralee) – 1-0
Seanie Cahalane (Cork) – 0-3
Liam Shorten (Cork) – 0-3
Brian Mulvihill (Tipperary) – 0-3
Peter Acheson (Tipperary) – 0-3
Eoghan O’Connor (LIT) – 1-0
Seamus Carroll (LIT) – 1-0
Jerry O’Connor (CIT) – 1-0
G O’Driscoll (IT Tralee) – 1-0
J Burke (LIT) – 0-3 (0-3 frees)
Edmund Walsh (UL) – 1-0
Brian Coughlan (UCC) – 0-2
Fiachra Lynch (Cork) – 0-2
Rory Deane (IT Tralee) – 0-2
Brian Fox (Tipperary) – 0-2
M O’Shea (Clare) – 0-2 (0-2 frees)
Barry O’Driscoll (UCC) – 0-2 (0-1 free)
Alan O’Connor (Cork) – 0-1
Pearse O’Neill (Cork) – 0-1
Hugh Coghlan (Tipperary) – 0-1
Sean Carey (Tipperary) – 0-1
S Murphy (WIT) – 0-1
C McDonnell (WIT) – 0-1
D Heffernan (LIT) – 0-1
S Malone (LIT) – 0-1
M Hallissey (LIT) – 0-1 (0-1 free)
K Larkin (LIT) – 0-1
Barry O’Grady (IT Tralee) – 0-1
Andrew Hegarty (IT Tralee) – 0-1
S O’Hehir (Waterford) – 0-1
S Briggs (Waterford) – 0-1
Liam Ó Lionáin (Waterford) – 0-1 (0-1 free)
G Nugent (Waterford) – 0-1
P Collins (Clare) – 0-1
Mark Cahalane (UL) – 0-1
J O’Donoghue (UL) – 0-1
Michael Geaney (UL) – 0-1
F Fitzgerald (UL) – 0-1
Steve O’Donoghue (CIT) – 0-1
Kevin Hallissey (CIT) – 0-1
Brian McGuire (CIT) – 0-1
P Daly (CIT) – 0-1
R O’Sullivan (CIT) – 0-1
B Poff (IT Tralee) – 0-1
D Kelly (IT Tralee) – 0-1
D Russell (Clare) – 0-1
G Quinlan (Clare) – 0-1
Kevin O’Driscoll (UCC) – 0-1
JB Spillane (UCC) – 0-1
David Nation (UCC) – 0-1
James O’Sullivan (UCC) – 0-1
A Greaney (UCC) – 0-1
J Riordan (Limerick) – 0-1
G O’Connell (Limerick) – 0-1

McGrath Cup Senior Football – Odds and Ends

76 players have scored in the 7 matches to date in 2012 McGrath Senior Football competition to date with Tipperary’s Barry Grogan top of the charts with 3-7.

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 21, Lost 42. No College team won a game in 2011.

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

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, 91 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 14 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 8 years taking part in the 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

AIB GAA Football All Ireland Junior Club Championship Semi-Final – Derrytresk Fir aChnoic (Tyrone) 1-10 Dromid Pearses (Kerry) 0-7

‘Disgusted’ Dromid left seething

Derrytresk (Tyrone) 1-10 Dromid Pearses 0-7

By Fintan O’ Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

DROMID PEARSES saw their hopes of becoming the fourth Kerry club in succession to reach the All-Ireland club JFC final dashed yesterday in Portlaoise by Tyrone champions Derrytresk, in a game marred by first half brawl. The incident underneath the main stand in Portlaoise involved players and mentors from both sides, as well as supporters from Derrytresk who jumped the barrier. Dromid Pearses lost influential midfielder Thomas Curran with concussion following the incident. Following a further incident at the final whistle Dromid Pearses manager Michael Anthony O’Connell, who saw his team reduced to 13 men following the second-half dismissals of Denis ‘Shine’ O’Sullivan and Colm O’Connor, hit out at the Tyrone club’s tactics.

“I have to hold my hand up and say they were the better team. But I have to say our players were provoked. The tactics they had in beating us, I didn’t agree with. There’s an old trick of the trade where usually you’d bring on a sub to change the game but they brought the sideline on top of us before half-time. I’ve never before in my life witnessed what I saw there. I’m shocked. The linesman said fair play to ye and asked us to try to keep our selectors outside the barrier. He knew where the trouble had started. But that was not good enough. “The episode with Denis Shine turned the game. If anyone saw him now, his eyes are black as he got a boot. And the referee turned around and sent him off. I don’t mind anyone being sent off but what happened there today, I’m absolutely disgusted. Our lads can hold their heads up high as we don’t play that kind of stuff.”

The loss of wing-back O’Sullivan with a second yellow card in the 38th minute was a massive blow for Dromid Pearses. They led at the break (0-4 to 0-3), benefitting from some excellent points by midfielders Curran and Colm O’Connor that illuminated a low-scoring opening 30 minutes of football. However Derrytresk availed of the numerical supremacy in the second-half and their well-organised style of football paid dividends. They received a major boost in the 41st minute when centre-forward Joseph McKee pounced for the only goal of the game when he hammered a cracking shot to the roof of the net after centre-back Cathal O’Neill had scythed through the Dromid Pearses rearguard. The prominent displays of McKee and O’Neill, along with towering midfielder Ronan O’Neill, in the second-half were central to Derrytresk’s progression as they were able to keep Dromid Pearses at bay.

The loss of Curran hit the South Kerry outfit hard around the middle of the field. But with marquee name Declan O’Sullivan roaming all over the pitch to provide leadership, and the persistent efforts of Kevin and Niall O’Shea, Dromid Pearses grimly stuck to their task. Niall O’Shea split the posts with a beautiful score from the left wing but found himself crowded out by the Derrytresk defence when a goal opening nearly materialised in the 48th minute. When wing-back Michael Sheehan burst forward to fire over a classy point with his left foot in the 54th minute, Dromid Pearses had trimmed the gap to four points. Yet the huge effort their 14 men had produced told in the closing stages as Derrytresk started to create overlaps in their attacking play. Their most potent attacker Niall Gavin, who finished with 0-6 to his credit, notched a late brace to seal their place in the Croke Park decider on February 12th and Dromid’s day of woe was completed with the late dismissal of midfielder Colm O’Connor.

Scorers for Derrytresk: N Gavin 0-6 (0-3f), J McKee 1-1, M Rea 0-2 (0-1f), C O’Neill 0-1.

Scorers for Dromid Pearses: Declan O’Sullivan (0-1f), T Curran 0-2 each, M Sheehan, C O’Connor, N O’Shea 0-1 each.

DERRYTRESK: A Quinn; S Slater, K Campbell, J Dillon; E Rea, C O’Neill, C Corr; C Gavin, R O’Neill; C O’Neill, J McKee, M Robinson; N Gavin, K Quinn, M Rea.

Subs: P Kilpatrick for C Gavin (55), G Devlin for Dillon (55).

DROMID PEARSES: A Hogan; P O’Sullivan, Dominic O’Sullivan, Donal O’Sullivan; D ‘Shine’ O’Sullivan, K O’Shea, M Sheehan; C O’Connor, T Curran; A O’Sullivan, Declan O’Sullivan, A O’Connor; E O’Leary, N O’Shea, G O’Sullivan.

Subs: M O’Shea for Curran (inj) (half-time), C Hallissey for G O’Sullivan (34), C Farley for O’Leary (42), M O’Connor for A O’Connor (62).

Referee: Francis Flynn (Leitrim)

AIB GAA Hurling All Ireland Junior Club Championship Semi-Final – Charleville (Cork) 1-17 Fullen Gaels (Warwickshire) 0-6

Free-flowing Charleville in control

Charleville (Cork) 1-17 Fullen Gaels 0-6

By John Murphy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

A NEW YEAR and a new horizon loom large for Charleville’s junior hurlers. Last season the north Cork club claimed county, divisional and Munster honours in an historic campaign. But the journey was not destined to end there. Yesterday they headed in their hundreds to Walsh Park in Waterford and came away with a place in next month’s All-Ireland Club final at Croke Park against Kilkenny’s St. Patrick’s, Ballyragget. It was easy in the end for Charleville but there was little to suggest such a margin in the first quarter hour as the Warwickshire men matched the favourites stride for stride in an exciting opening spell.

However once the winners eased into their free flowing brand of hurling the cross channel visitors were overwhelmed and outclassed. Corner forwards Andrew Cagney and James O’Brien were Charleville’s go to men in attack while centre back Colm O’Flynn produced a defensive masterclass. Both sides started brightly with freetakers Kevin Codd and O’Brien twice exchanging points from placed balls. But then Charleville began to assert control as points from Cagney and Brendan Dennehy helped the Cork outfit into a six points interval lead (0-10 to 0-4). It was close on one way traffic after the restart with a Mark Kavanagh goal in the 43rd minute breaking their opponents’ spirit as the game fizzled out.

Charleville coach John Brouder said: “That goal put us on our way and it completely knocked the last of the fight out of our opponents. We laid the victory foundations in the first half when playing into the wind, and so much of our second-half really was good to watch’’. Looking forward to next month’s historic All-Ireland decider he warned: “We’ll need to get even more from the lads if we are to win the title, but we believe in our hearts that we are good enough to do so.

Scorers for Charleville: J. O’Brien (0-7, 0-3 frees); M. Kavanagh (1-1); A. Cagney (0-3); D. Murphy (0-3, 0-1 free); J. Casey, B. Dennehy (f), B. Casey (0-1) each.

Scorers for Fullen Gaels: K. Codd (0-5 frees); K. Hughes (0-1).

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

Subs: G. Kelleher for Casey (44); D. O’Sullivan for Gammell (49); F. O’Callaghan for Kavanagh (50); J. Foley for O’Connor (50); B. Casey for O’Brien (50).

FULLEN GAELS: J. O’Farrell (Tipperary); R. Wedel (Cork), D. Neylon (Galway), B. Griffith (Kilkenny); E. Hansberry (Galway), J. O’Shaughnessy (Cork), C. Maskey (Antrim); K. Codd (Wexford), A. Morrissey (Cork); D. Moore (Limerick), S. Carey (Tipperary), R. McEntee (Galway); P. McHugh (Tyrone), K. Hayes (Cork), C. Cafferkey (Wexford).

Subs: R. Connor (Offaly) for Moore (ht); C. Vaughan (Clare) for Hansberry (ht); D. Maskey (Antrim) for McHugh (57); P. Breen (Donegal) for Griffith (57); N. NcNamee (Galway) for McEntee (57).

Referee: David Hughes, Carlow

AIB GAA Hurling All Ireland Intermediate Club Championship Semi-Final – Middletown Na Fianna (Armagh) 3-14 Effin (Limerick) 2-10

Middletown the masters as Effin’s final dream shattered

Middletown (Armagh) 3-13 Effin (Limerick) 2-10

By Diarmuid O’ Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

THE end of the dream for gallant Effin in Birr yesterday in this entertaining All-Ireland club intermediate hurling-final. It wasn’t the expected result, as the high-flying Limerick and Munster champions were hotly favoured to join neighbours Charleville in an All-Ireland finals double-header in Croke Park on February 11. Charleville duly kept their part of the bargain, overcoming Fullen Gaels in the junior semi-final yesterday, but Effin had neither excuse nor complaint after this one. On a perfect afternoon for hurling, a reasonable sod, they were outworked and outplayed by a well-drilled Middletown outfit.

Hurling in the Orchard county is getting stronger and stronger and Armagh are now more than capable of putting it up to Antrim in Ulster, at underage especially. Middletown Na Fianna are an integral part of that revolution. They are ten-times senior county champions and 13 of their starting 15 yesterday are on the Armagh senior panel that competes these days at Christy Ring level. That strength became increasingly more obvious as this game progressed, with the Ulster side looking by far the more balanced team.

Middletown had the advantage of the strong breeze and they immediately took the fight to Effin, going two points up after two minutes. Effin then got on the scoreboard with a Tommy Quaid free, but Middletown again took over after a point apiece from Barney McCann, captain Ryan Gaffney (causing real problems at full-forward) and free-taker David Carvill. Then came the first goal of the game, the tricky Cathal Carvill finishing a Ryan Gaffney cross from close range. Effin were in real trouble. Seven points behind after just 11 minutes, they spent the rest of the half playing catch-up. Six points was the deficit at the break (1-9 to 0-6) but had Middletown taken full advantage of all their opportunities that could well have been several points more.

On the resumption, the teams exchanged points (David Carvill a Middletown free, Hugh O’Neill replying with a fine Effin effort from wide right), but two goals within a minute then effectively ended the game as a contest. The first (Middletown’s second of the game) was fairly fortuitous, corner-forward David Moan getting a second chance after his initial effort was blocked down but then hitting a perfect ground shot into the top corner of the net. That was in the 37th minute and just 30 seconds later Middletown were back for more, Conor McCann playing a superb one/two with the ever-present Ryan Gaffney to blast past the unfortunate James O’Leary once more. At 3-10 to 0-7 Effin were now in deep trouble, but with 22 minutes still to play, they did at least have time on their side.

Digging deep, they took the fight to Middletown and two goals of their own (Darren Sheehy and Nicky Quaid, shifted from centre-back to centre-forward) had the deficit back to six points again in the 49th minute. Middletown were not going to be denied, however, and a few superb points from Moan (2) and sub Shea Gaffney closed out a well-deserved win.

Scorers for Middletown Na Fianna: D Moan 1-2; D Carvill 0-5 (0-5f); C Carvill 1-0; C McCann 1-0; B McCann 0-2 (0-1f); R Gaffney 0-2 (0-1f); F Woods, S Gaffney, M Maguire, 0-1 each.

Scorers for Effin: T Quaid 0-7 (0-7f); N Quaid 1-0; D Sheehy 1-0; H O’Neill 0-2; D Moloney 0-1.

MIDDLETOWN NA FIANNA: P Moan; B Mallon, P Hughes, F Woods; K McKernan, N Curry, P Gaffney; B McCann, P McBride; M Maguire, C McCann, D Carvill; C Carvill, R Gaffney (c), M Moan.

Subs: N McCann (D Carvill 41); S McCann (Hughes 44); S Gaffney (C McCann 49); P Curry (Maguire 60); JJ Hughes (Mallon 60).

EFFIN: J O’Leary; JP O’Donnell (c), J Dillon, A Dillon; M O’Donnell, N Quaid, M Rea; J O’Donnell P Carroll; P O’Kelly, D Moloney, C Kearney; H O’Neill, T Quaid, T Rea.

Subs: D Sheehy (O’Kelly 29); JM Manning (M Rea 33).

Referee: S Cleere (Kilkenny)

AIB GAA Football All Ireland Intermediate Club Championship Semi-Final – Milltown-Castlemaine (Kerry) 1-7 Craigbane (Derry) 1-6

Brave Milltown-Castlemaine march on

Milltown/Castlemaine (Kerry) 1-7 Craigbane (Derry) 1-6

By Fintan O’ Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

MILLTOWN-Castlemaine held off the determined Craigbane challenge and secured a Croke Park date in three weeks’ time. They may not have scaled the heights of their glittering Munster final display before Christmas but despite being four points down entering the final quarter and struggling against a 14-man Craigbane side, the Kerry champions displayed superb composure. Their players and supporters greeted the final whistle in ecstatic fashion as they realised they will be the third Kerry club in four years to sample the grandeur of All-Ireland final day in this grade.

“I’ve only known them a year but my eternal gratitude will go to my friend Gerry Casey for getting me to go down working with them,” said manager John Fintan Daly. “Lord God, I never thought I’d be taking a club to an All-Ireland final in Croke Park. It’s very special and is a real honour for me. Kerry invented the game of Gaelic football and as a Corkman I’ve no problem admitting that openly. These Ulster teams come down with their short-passing game but we worked on our foot passing which is the Kerry tradition. That showed today. We held our discipline and kept our composure.”

The magnitude of the prize on offer appeared to affect the standard of football in this match as both teams were unusually wayward in front of goal. By the 18th minute, both teams registered a single point apiece until Gavin Wrenn and Ian Twiss supplied three points between them to ensure Milltown-Castlemaine were in a more advantageous position at the break, leading 0-4 to 0-2. Milltown-Castlemaine’s aspirations of victory were handed a further boost when Craigbane wing-back Brian Rainey was sent-off. However the personnel shortage did not inhibit Craigbane and they knitted together their best passages of play in the game. Full-back Fergal Crossan and midfielder Blaine Gormley grew in stature, and when Derry senior Lee Moore found the net, they led 1-5 to 0-4.

But critically Milltown-Castlemaine never panicked. Their riposte was pivotal as Cathal Moriarty and Jerome Flynn transferred the ball to Shane Murphy who finished to the net. Substitute Derek Twiss boomed a long-range free over and after spurning chances from play, Twiss raised another white flag with a 40-yard shot. They could easily have wrapped up the match in injury-time only for Jerome Flynn’s goal effort to hit the woodwork and while Donal Kelliher tapped the rebound over the bar, there was a nervous conclusion in store.

Ryan Moore blasted over a point to shave the deficit to the minimum but a defence which featured Kevin McKenna, Paul Carroll and Marcus Mangan held firm. The younger members of the Kerry club made vital contributions yet Daly paid a glowing tribute to the experienced figures. “Damien Murphy was sick all week but he was a colossus at full-back. He slipped when Lee Moore scored their goal but I was very upset about that as it wasn’t his fault.

“There were problems in the technical area. We were trying to get our sub on and we couldn’t so because of that they had an extra man to create an overlap and they scored the goal. I also thought Joe Daly, our 40-year-old goalkeeper was brilliant. “What a performance by Mike Burke as well at midfield, who was marking a player in Blaine Gormley that mark my words, will play championship for Derry this year. Then Derek Twiss came on as a sub and who else into the teeth of a wind with an All-Ireland final place at stake would have kicked a point from distance like he did towards the end. It’s a wonderful day for everyone involved.”

Scorers for Milltown/Castlemaine: S Murphy 1-0, I Twiss 0-3 (2fs), D Twiss 0-2 (1f), G Wrenn, D Kelliher 0-1 each.

Scorers for Craigbane: L Moore 1-2 (1f), A McLaughlin 0-2, C O’Kane, R Moore 0-1 each.

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

Subs: B Delaney for Kelliher (blood) (6), Kelliher for Delaney (21), Delaney for Kelliher (38), D Twiss for Kerins (42), Kelliher for G Wrenn (45), P Wrenn for Mangan (55), Kieran McKenna for I Twiss (61).

CRAIGBANE: P Sharkey; D McLaughlin, F Crossan, M McGinty; B Rainey, R Gormley, C McLaughlin; B Gormley, K McElhinney; A Devine, A McLaughlin, C O’Kane; Ryan Moore, L Moore, G Conwell.

Subs: D Lowry for McElhinney (40), N Reilly for L Moore (53), Rory Moore for C McLaughlin (55).

Referee: Damien Brazil (Offaly)

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling – Tipperary 2-24 LIT 1-16

Tipperary defeated LIT by 2-24 to 1-16 in the Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Preliminary Round on Sunday at Dolla.

Tipp take time to get in groove

Tipperary 2-24 Limerick IT 1-16

By Shane Brophy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

TIPPERARY recovered from a sluggish start to ease into the Waterford Crystal Cup senior hurling quarter-final by defeating Limerick IT at Dolla yesterday. Tipp’s victory margin was flattering though for they struggled to put the college side away after they were reduced to 14 men after 49 minutes when Tipperary’s sole representative on the LIT team, centre-back John O’Keeffe, was dismissed for a second bookable offence. “It was a better start to the Waterford Crystal than we had 12 months ago” said Tipperary manager Declan Ryan, whose side were eliminated at the same stage last year by Waterford IT. “We are a little bit further than we were 12 months ago and some of that showed today, but there are some areas where we can improve over the next few weeks,” he said.

Limerick IT, who begin their Fitzgibbon Cup campaign against UL on Thursday week, made a blistering start and were 1-2 to the good inside five minutes, the goal coming from Joe Canning. Despite finishing his sides’ top-scorer with 1-8, the Galway star had a frustrating day from placed balls, missing four. LIT were lively early on with Paudie O’Brien, Paul Browne and Sean Collins to the fore as their short puckout strategy caused Tipperary problems. But once the home side found their stride they hit seven points without reply midway through the first-half. Pa Bourke was the scorer-in-chief as poor discipline by the college side saw the Thurles Sarsfields attacker finish with 13 points, 12 frees.

Limerick IT were four points to the good after 14 minutes when Tipperary hit their first goal, Brian O’Meara putting in the lively John O’Neill. The corner-forward was denied a second soon after by Andrew Fahy, but Tipp turned a four point deficit into a six point lead by the 24th minute with Shane McGrath, Adrian Ryan, John O’Neill and Pa Bourke getting good points from play. The margin remained the same at half-time and was extended further after the break through Bourke and the impressive Brendan Maher at midfield.

LIT kept in touch through the free-taking of Joe Canning and a point from Sean O’Brien and, despite the loss of centre-back O’Keeffe, had cut the margin to five points by the time substitute Timmy Hammersley reacted quickest to a breaking ball in the square to double to the net for Tipp’s second goal in the 63rd minute. Tipperary eased away in the remaining minutes, with Brian O’Meara adding two points his work rate deserved, while debutant David Collins also got his name on the scoresheet.

Scorers for Tipperary: P Bourke 0-13 (12f); J O’Neill 1-1; S McGrath 0-3; T Hammersley 1-0; B Maher, A Ryan, B O’Meara 0-2 each; D Collins 0-1.

Scorers for LIT: J Canning 1-8 (0-6f); P Browne, S O’Brien 0-2 each; C McInerney 0-2f; E Ryan, C Madden 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: D Gleeson; D Maher, P Curran, M Cahill; S Maher, J Coghlan, Padraic Maher; B Maher, J Woodlock; Patrick Maher, S McGrath, A Ryan; P Bourke, B O’Meara, J O’Neill.

Subs: J Ryan for Woodlock (51); T Hammersley for O’Neill (60); D Collins for McGrath (62); C O’Brien for Cahill (66).

LIMERICK IT: A Fahy (Clare); E Glynn (Clare), R McCarthy (Limerick), B Glynn (Clare); O Whelan (Waterford), J O’Keeffe (Tipperary), P O’Brien (Limerick); P Browne (Limerick), E Ryan (Limerick); S O’Brien (Limerick), S Collins (Clare), C Madden (Limerick); C McInerney (Clare), J Canning (Galway), C O’Connell (Clare).

Subs: J Hayes (Limerick) for Whelan (ht); S Lambert (Galway) for Ryan (ht); C Nelson (Clare) for McInerney (63).

Referee: J Sexton (Cork)

 

Bourke finds range as Tipp off to flying start

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Tipperary 2-24 Limerick IT 1-16

Waterford Crystal Cup (SH)

Pa Bourke scored 13 points to help Tipperary make a winning start to their 2012 campaign with a win over Limerick IT at Dolla yesterday. The home side pulled away in the final stages, thanks to a Timmy Hammersley goal in the 63rd minute, to beat the college side who played the last 21 minutes with 14 men after centre-back and Tipperary defender John O’Keeffe was dismissed for a second bookable offence. Tipp manager Declan Ryan fielded a strong side to ensure progression to a quarter-final with the University of Limerick in two weeks time, with new captain Paul Curran leading the side from full-back and fellow 2011 All-Stars Michael Cahill and Padraic Maher also starting.

Senior debuts were handed to Donagh Maher and Adrian Ryan with Drom & Inch duo Johnny Ryan and David Collins appearing from the bench. Shane Maher also started at wing-back having opted off at the start of 2011. Limerick IT who begin their Fitzgibbon Cup campaign against UL on Thursday week, made a blistering start and were 1-2 to the good inside five minutes, with the goal coming from Joe Canning. Despite finishing his sides’ top-scorer with 1-8, the Galway star had a frustrating day from placed balls, missing four he would usually convert.

Limerick IT were lively early on with Paudie O’Brien, Paul Browne and Sean Collins to the fore as their short puck-out strategy caused Tipperary problems. Once the home side found their stride, they hit seven points without reply midway through the half with Pa Bourke the scorer-in-chief from placed balls. Limerick IT were four points to the good after 14 minutes when Tipperary hit for their first goal though John O’Neill. The score helped Tipp turn a four-point deficit into a six-point lead by the 24th minute with Shane McGrath, Adrian Ryan, O’Neill and Bourke getting good points from play. It stayed like that until half-time and was extended further through Bourke and the impressive Brendan Maher at midfield. Despite O’Keeffe’s loss, Limerick IT had cut the margin to five points. But Tipp sub Hammersley reacted quickest to a breaking ball in the square for Tipp’s second goal to seal victory.

SCORERS — Tipperary: P Bourke 0-13 (12fs) J O’Neill 1-1, T Hammersley 1-0, S McGrath 0-3, B Maher, A Ryan, B O’Meara 0-2 each, D Collins 0-1. Limerick IT: J Canning 1-8 (0-6fs), P Browne, S O’Brien, C McInerney (2fs), 0-2 each, E Ryan, C Madden, 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY — D Gleeson; D Maher, P Curran, M Cahill; S Maher, J Coghlan, Padraic Maher; B Maher, J Woodlock; Patrick Maher, S McGrath, A Ryan; P Bourke, B O’Meara, J O’Neill. Subs: J Ryan for Woodlock (51); T Hammersley for O’Neill (60); D Collins for McGrath (62); C O’Brien for Cahill (66).

Limerick IT — A Fahy; E Glynn, R McCarthy, B Glynn; O Whelan, J O’Keeffe, P O’Brien; P Browne, E Ryan; S O’Brien, S Collins, C Madden; C McInerney, J Canning, C O’Connell. Subs: J Hayes (Limerick) for Whelan (h-t); S Lambert (Galway) for Ryan (h-t); C Nelson for McInerney (63).

Ref — J Sexton (Cork)

For the Record

Tipperary Limerick Institute of Technology
Team Manager Declan Ryan Davy Fitzgerald
2011 Waterford Crystal Cup Performance Lost to the Waterford Institute of Technology by 2-17 to 1-19 in the Preliminary Round Lost to Clare by 3-14 to 0-15 in the Quarter-Final
Number of Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling titles 2 0
Last Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Title 2008 N/A
Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Record since 2006 Played – 13
Won – 9
Lost – 4
Drawn – 0
Played – 8
Won – 2
Lost – 6
Drawn – 0

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling 2012

Preliminary Round (Extra time)

Sunday January 22nd

@ Dolla                                              Tipperary v LIT                                               @ 2:00pm

Sunday January 29th

@ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney       Kerry v IT Tralee                                            @ 2:00pm

@ Sixmilebridge                               Clare v WIT                                                    @ 2:00pm

Quarter-Finals (Extra time)

Sunday February 5th

@ Cork or Kerry venue                     Cork v Kerry or IT Tralee                              @ 2:00pm

@ TBC                                               UL v Tipperary or LIT                                    @ 2:00pm

@ Limerick or Clare venue              Limerick v Clare or LIT                                 @ 2:00pm

@ WIT Sportsgrounds                      Waterford v UCC                                          @ 2:00pm

Semi-Finals (Extra time)
Sunday February 12th

@ TBC                                               Cork, Kerry or IT Tralee v UL, Tipperary or LIT
@ TBC                                               Limerick, Clare or LIT v Waterford or UCC

Final (Extra time)

Sunday February 19th


Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling – Odds and Ends

Davy Fitzgerald’s record as Waterford Senior Hurling manager was Played 9, Won 8, Lost 1. Davy’s record in this competition as manager of LIT in recent years is less impressive as the college lost out in their first match in each of the last 3 years.

Tipperary won their first 6 home matches in the Waterford Crystal Cup from 2006 to 2009 before losing their first round matches in 2010 (v Clare at Borrisoleigh) and in 2011 (v WIT at Clonmel).

Current Tipperary Senior Hurling panelists Eoin Kelly, Conor O’Mahony, Seamus Callanan, Shane McGrath, John O’Keeffe, David Young and Shane Maher have played Fitzgibbon Cup Hurling for the Limerick Institute of Technology in recent years.

Waterford have won 11 of their last 13 matches in the Waterford Crystal Cup, including a current winning streak of 7 matches.

Tipperary hold the record for the longest winning streak in the Waterford Crystal Cup since the competition began under that guise in 2006 when they won 10 consecutive matches between 2007 and 2009.

Clare are the only team who have won at least one game each year since the Waterford Crystal Cup competition began in 2006.

Limerick won the first Waterford Crystal Cup title in 2006, winning four matches in the process. Since then, in three appearances in the competition they have failed to win a game.

The record of the Third Level Colleges in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006 is Won 18, Lost 34, a 35% success rate. Since the Third Level Colleges entered the McGrath Cup (Senior Football) in 2005, their success rate is 32%.

The University of Limerick is the only third level college to have a winning record in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006 – winning 7 games and losing 6.

Kerry and IT Tralee are the only teams not to win a game in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006 with Kerry losing 6 games and IT Tralee losing 4. Those teams are drawn together in the preliminary round on January 29th so one of those streaks will end.

None of the five teams who take part in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship have a losing record in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006.

The Limerick Institute of Technology have won two of their eight matches in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006.  By contrast, in the Fitzgibbon Cup competition dating back to 2005, no other college has qualified for as many Fitzgibbon Cup Finals (4 in total – winners in 2005 & 2007, runners-up in 2008 and 2011).

On this date

2011 – Next Sunday will be 1 year to the day of the last match for LIT in this competition, a 3-14 to 0-15 defeat by Clare at Sixmilebridge. 12 months later, Davy Fitzgerald is now manager to both Clare and LIT for the 2012 season.

2006 – LIT lost to local colleges rivals UL by 2-15 to 0-6 in the Quarter-Final of the inaugural Waterford Crystal Cup competition played at Claughan.

Waterford Crystal Cup

Waterford Crystal began their sponsorship of the Munster pre-season hurling competition in 2006. Prior to this, the competition was played in different formats dating back to the early 1990’s and was most popularly known as the South Eastern Hurling League which also included county teams from Leinster.

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Roll Of Honour

Waterford (2) – 2010, 2011

Tipperary (2) – 2007, 2008

Clare (1) – 2009

Limerick (1) – 2006

LIT Hurling Panel

The Limerick Institute of Technology panel for the 2012 Waterford Crystal Cup includes the following players broken down by county –

Clare (10) – Andrew Fahy (Whitegate), Ronan Taffe (Tubber), Brian Glynn (Inagh/Kilnamona), Eamon Glynn (Inagh/Kilnamona), Sean Collins (Cratloe), Cathal McInerney (Cratloe), Cathal O’Connell (Clonlara), Martin Duggan (Clooney-Quin), John Guilfoyle (Wolfe Tones), Gary Guilfoyle (Feakle)

Cork (1) – Denis O’Sullivan (Ballinascarty)

Galway (2) – Steven Lambert (Kilbaconty), Joe Canning (Portumna)

Limerick (7) – Paudie O’Brien (Kilmallock), Paul Browne (Bruff), Jason Hayes (Bruff), Eoin Ryan (Kilmallock), Richard McCarthy (Blackrock), Sean O’Brien (Patrickswell), Colin Madden (Bruff)

Tipperary (1) – John O’Keeffe (Clonoulty/Rossmore)

Waterford (1) – Eoin Whelan (Mount Sion)