Dr. Harty Cup Quarter-Final Replay – Nenagh CBS 1-7 Thurles CBS 0-8

Forde finds range to inspire Nenagh

Nenagh CBS 1-7 Thurles CBS 0-8

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

In the drawn game of this Harty Cup quarter-final a week ago Seamus Kennedy, one of the stars of Tipperary’s march to All-Ireland minor football honours, was the hero of the hour for Thurles CBS, his late-late injury-time point sending the game to a replay. Yesterday it was the turn of another Tipperary minor star, but this time from a different code and with a different school; Jason Forde, last year’s Tipperary minor hurling captain, notched 1-5 of Nenagh’s 1-7, thus inspiring his side to do what they failed to do last week, and close out the deal.

Conditions at The Ragg were terrible, no fault of the local club who had the pitch in as good a condition as you’ll find anywhere at this time of year. No, this was down to the rain, which fell incessantly. That such a massive crowd still turned up (the stand was packed, hundreds more following proceedings from their cars on sloping banks of the uncovered side) was testimony not just to the enduring interest in hurling in Tipperary, but to the talent in these two schools, to the fare they served up in the drawn game.

They did it again here, defying the conditions to produce another enthralling encounter. With players struggling to hold their feet, struggling also to hold onto their hurleys, the ball like a bar of soap, this was always going to be a low-scoring affair, advantage very much with the defenders. Thus it proved, the teams tied at two points apiece at the break. Thurles were very quickly off the mark, a pointed free in the opening minute by corner-forward Conor Lanigan, but it was 14 minutes before we saw another score, the skilful Forde equalising for Nenagh with his first point of the game. The powerful Kennedy then hit a long-range point for Thurles but it was Jason Forde again replying for Nenagh, making it 0-2 each. As in the drawn game Thurles had plenty of possession but were having problems finding their range. A total of 16 wides they shot last week, seven more they had in that opening half here, wides that would ultimately prove costly. They also had a couple of goal opportunities, Nenagh keeper Will Power (what a great name for an athlete!) fumbling two balls, but on each occasion he recovered well, the chances lost.

In the second half Thurles again began well, two points inside the opening three minutes, both by Lanigan, but Nenagh then reeled off three-in-a-row (Forde with two, sandwiched around an opportunist point by James Mackey) to take the lead for the first time in the game, 0-5 to 0-4, 40 minutes gone. That advantage didn’t last very long, however; points from Lanigan, midfielder Pat Ralph and Clonoulty’s Sean Maher had Thurles back in front by two points as the game headed into the final quarter, and they looking set for victory. Then came the game’s decisive score.

A high centre into the Thurles danger area by Jason Forde was won by Paudge Shanahan, leaving full-back John Ryan with little choice but to bring him down. Inside the area — penalty, said referee Paddy Russell, and Jason’s well-struck bouncer gave the three-man wall no chance; 1-5 to 0-7. Again Thurles came back to tie, again Lanigan doing the honours, but two late points (Forde — inevitably — and Shanahan) saw Nenagh home. A rare win for them over Thurles CBS, and their reward? A semi-final date with the reigning champions, Limerick city powerhouse Árdscoil Rís — hold off on those celebrations!

Scorers for Nenagh: J Forde 1-5 (1-0p, 3fs), P Shanahan, J Mackey 0-1 each.

Scorers for Thurles: C Lanigan 0-5 (4fs), S Kennedy, P Ralph, S Maher (Treacy’s) 0-1 each.

NENAGH CBS: W Power; D Quinn, J Flaherty, S Cleary; E Hynes, J Peters, K Gleeson; J Loughnane, T Gallagher; S O’Brien, J Forde, P Shanahan; P Fogarty, C Delaney, J Mackey.

Subs: S Geaney for Delaney (51), C Leo for Cleary (inj. 59).

THURLES CBS: J Maher; J Bourke, J Ryan, B Troy; R Maher, S Kennedy, C Quirke; P Ralph, S Cahill; Sean Maher (Clonoulty-Rossmore), P Hayes, Sean Maher (Sean Treacy’s); C Hammersley, K Slattery, C Lanigan.

Subs: J Maher for Slattery (30), E Moriarty for Hayes (58), D Burke for Ralph (inj. 60+2).

Referee: P Russell (Tipperary)


Forde steers Nenagh through

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Nenagh CBS 1-7 Thurles CBS 0-8

Late points from Jason Forde and Padraig Shanahan edged Nenagh CBS past their Tipperary rivals at The Ragg yesterday. Many had felt that Nenagh had lost their chance having let a five-point lead slip in the drawn game last week, but this time they finished the stronger to set up a semi-final against Ardscoil Rís. Played in front of another big crowd despite the miserable conditions, both sides produced a gripping contest.

The opening period, though, yielded just four points, two for each side, with Nenagh captain Forde getting the sole score from play in the half. Thurles made a brighter start to the second half with two Conor Lanigan points helping the seven-time champions to a two-point lead. However, Nenagh hit back with a point from James Mackey and two from the impressive Forde to go back in front in the 39th minute. The lead didn’t last long, though, as a three-point salvo from Lanigan, Pat Ralph and Sean Maher in a four-minute spell put Thurles in control.

Nenagh still trailed by two points with seven minutes remaining when they were awarded a penalty after Shanahan was pulled down by John Ryan. Forde used the greasy sod to his advantage as his low shot skidded off the stick of Thurles goalkeeper Jimmy Maher into the net. Thurles levelled in the 56th minute through a Lanigan free and the game appeared destined for extra-time. But Forde struck over a 55-yard free after substitute Sean Geaney was brought down, and Shanahan sealed victory in the third minute of added-time.

Scorers — Nenagh CBS: J Forde 1-5 (1-0 pen, 3f), P Shanahan, J Mackey 0-1 each. Thurles CBS: C Lanigan 0-5 (4f), S Kennedy (1f), P Ralph, S Maher 0-1 each.

Nenagh CBS — W Power; D Quinn, J Flaherty, S Cleary; E Hynes, J Peters, K Gleeson; J Loughnane, T Gallagher; S O’Brien, J Forde, P Shanahan, P Fogarty, C Delaney, J Mackey. Subs: S Geaney for Delaney (50), C Leo for Cleary (58, inj).

Thurles CBS — J Maher; J Bourke, J Ryan, B Troy; R Maher, S Kennedy, C Quirke; P Ralph, S Cahill; S Maher (S), P Hayes, S Maher (C); C Hammersley, K Slattery, C Lanigan. Subs: J Meagher for Slattery (h-t); E Moriarty for Hayes (57); D Burke for Ralph (61, inj).

Ref — P Russell (Tipperary)

Corn Ui Mhuiri Football Quarter-Final – PS Chorcha Dhuibhne 0-10 St. Flannans Ennis 1-3

Chorca Dhuibhne give St Flannan’s runaround

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne 0-10 St Flannan’s, Ennis 1-3

By Murt Murphy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

After a late switch of venue from Abbeyfeale to Rathkeale due to the weather, last year’s beaten finalists Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne advanced to an all-Kerry semi-final meeting with Tralee CBS. St Flannan’s had every chance of causing an upset as they played with the wind in the opening half and led 0-3 to no score after 20 minutes thanks to points from Conor Cleary (two) and Martin O’Leary. However, the Clare side shot nine wides by half time as Chorca Dhuibhne finished stronger thanks to Padraig Ó Sé, Barra Ó Suilleabhain and Brian Ó Raoill. St Flannan’s were winning most of the breaking ball around the middle with Jack Browne, Tony Kelly and Conor Cleary very influential but Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne put menacing passages of play together.

The game-changing moment occurred in the 19th minute when a Chorca Dhuibhne turnover saw Tadgh Lynch race inside the Dingle defence and as Gavin Curran advanced, Lynch blazed wide. Chorca Dhuibhne, who had yet to score, lifted their game and five unanswered points followed from Dara Ó Sé (three), Jack Ó Suilleabhain and Cathal Ó Bambaire, which saw the West Kerry side lead 0-5 to 0-3 at the interval. Two quick points from Dara Ó Sé on resumption seemed to have Chorca Dhuibhne in a strong position but St Flannan’s rallied when Conor Cleary finished a Martin O’Leary sideline ball to the net. However, they failed to score for the rest of the game as Chorca Dhuibhne shut up shop with Cathal Ó Luing and Padraig Ó Se (son of Páidí) excelling.

* The late switch could have been avoided if there had been an early inspection at Abbeyfeale, which was clearly unplayable. However, thanks to the quick thinking of referee Richard Moloney and the desire of both schools to play, the tie was saved and the cavalcade of players, supporters and students travelled 15 miles up the road to Rathkeale. Interestingly it was the third venue change as the original venue was Croagh which was only changed late on Tuesday evening. Oh, the joys of colleges football.

Scorers for Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne: D Ó Sé 0-6 (4f); B Ó Suilleabhain 0-2; J Ó Suilleabhain, C Ó Bambaire 0-1 each.

Scorers St Flannan’s Ennis: C Cleary 1-2 (0-1f), Martin O’Leary 0-1.

POBALSCOIL CHORCA DHUIBHNE: G Ó Currain; P Ó Conchuir C Ó Luing, T Ó Suilleabhain; D Ó Suilleabhain , P Ó Sé, M Ó Flatharta; B Ó Suilleabhain, E Ó Conchuir; B Ó Raoill, Dara Ó Sé , J Ó Suilleabhain; C Ó Bambaire T Ó Caomhanaigh, M Ó Flannura.

Subs: T Ó Fathaigh for Ó Flannura (17), Micheal Ó Ciobhain for Ó Bambaire (50), S Ó Muircheartaigh for D Ó Suilleabhain (57), E Ó Muircheartaigh for Ó Fathaigh (59).

ST FLANNAN’S ENNIS: C Normoyle; A McGuane, G Ryan, R Rafferty; S Ward, J Browne, S O’Donnell; T Kelly, S Corry; C Cleary, T Lynch, D Neylon; M O’Leary, David Conroy, Barry Lynch.

Subs: K McMahon for S Corry (38), E Courtney for D Neylon (40), S Murphy for A McGuane (59).

Referee: Richard Moloney (Bruff)

Corn Ui Mhuiri Football Quarter-Final – DLS Macroom 1-12 Skibbereen 1-2

Powerful start propels Macroom boys past St Fachtna’s

De La Salle, Macroom1-12 St Fachtna’s De La Salle (Skibbereen) 1-2

By Denis Hurley for the Irish Examiner newspaper

GREATER scoring power helped Macroom’s De La Salle past St Fachtna’s De La Salle of Skibbereen and into the semi-final of the Corn Uí Mhuirí at Ballineen yesterday. Having gone 1-2 to 0-0 ahead inside the opening five minutes, De La Salle would not score for the remainder of the first half — but still led at half-time — and then made better use of the wind than their opponents had when they switched ends. Four Macroom players scored more than once, with midfielders Peter Kelleher and Cathal Vaughan getting three points each, while Daniel Twomey and goalscorer David Horgan posed a constant threat to the Skibbereen side’s defence. Unfortunately for a St Fachtna’s team that suffered badly with injuries during the game, losing three players, it was not their day in front of the posts, as pressure in the second quarter failed to yield anything more than two Mark O’Driscoll points, one a free. That pair of scores did manage to get them off the mark after a torrid start, as Twomey and Kelleher pointed for Macroom inside four minutes before Horgan profited from a lovely Twomey pass to fire to the net.

After a good Darren Kelly point, Macroom’s dominance around the middle began to subside as Fachtna’s came into the game more, both sides struggling with the difficult conditions, and while Mark O’Driscoll’s double had Fachtna’s back to within three by the 22nd minute, there would be no more scores in the opening period. Despite a number of positional changes as well as two substitutions at half time, Fachtna’s found themselves penned back early in the second half as Macroom reeled off five unanswered points in the opening 12 minutes, the hard work of Pa Lucey a key feature while Vaughan and Kelleher found their range.

With 16 minutes remaining, Skibbereen gave themselves hope when midfielder Brian O’Driscoll played a quick close-in free to Jack Bushe and, after receiving the return pass, got his low shot past a mass of bodies and beyond Dylan Dineen in the Macroom goal. It would prove to be their final score, however, Macroom centre-back Sean O’Leary getting a good block on another Brian O’Driscoll shot late on before four unanswered points from the victors, two each by Twomey and Vaughan, wrapped up the victory. The Macroom side play Coláiste Chríost Rí in an all-Cork semi-final.

Scorers for De La Salle, Macroom: D Twomey, C Vaughan (1f), P Kelleher 0-3 each; D Horgan 1-0; P Lucey 0-2 (2f); D Kelly 0-1.

Scorers for St Fachtna’s De La Salle: B O’Driscoll 1-0; M O’Driscoll 0-2 (1f).

DE LA SALLE, MACROOM: D Dineen; S Kelleher, R O’Dwyer, K Manning; S O’Sullivan, S O’Leary, F Buckley; P Kelleher, C Vaughan; D Kelly, J Moynihan, P Lucey; J Murphy, D Twomey, D Horgan.

Subs: P Berhanu for Lucey (48), B O’Leary for Murphy (52), P Grainger for Manning (60).

ST FACHTNA’S DE LA SALLE: P Rossiter; D Kingston, B Nolan, R Fitzgerald; A Hassett, P O’Brien, S Hourihane; B O’Driscoll, C Newman; T McCarthy, K Davis, R Hayes; D O’Brien, M O’Driscoll, J Bushe.

Subs: M Hurley for D O’Brien (2), D O’Callaghan for Fitzgerald (27), B Hayes for Newman, B Leonard for Kingston (both ht), T Cronin for Leonard (57).

Referee: J Bermingham (Bride Rovers)

Corn Ui Mhuiri Football Quarter-Final – Col.Chríost Rí Cork 3-6 St. Brendans Killarney 1-8

Fitzgerald return puts the wind in Críost Rí sails

Coláiste Chríost Rí 3-6 St Brendan’s College, Killarney 1-8

By Kieran McCarthy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

CORK minor Paul Fitzgerald emerged as Coláiste Chríost Rí’s hero as the defending Corn Uí Mhuiri champions battled through to an all-Cork semi-final of the Munster colleges’ competition. Withstanding a late St Brendan’s College comeback in the final 10 minutes of this rain-soaked provincial quarter-final at Knocknagree yesterday and overcoming very difficult playing conditions, Críost Rí laid the foundation for this victory in the first half with two goals in a four-minute burst.

With both Barry Madden and Alan Nolan netting inside the opening 14 minutes to push the Cork school into a 2-4 to 0-2 lead, St Brendan’s were in big trouble, with the wet and heavy conditions not suiting the Killarney side’s neat and tricky forwards, who struggled to get into the game. Críost Rí trainer Aidan Moynihan explained: “Those goals were crucial but we were lucky that they missed the chances they had in the first half. “Conditions were horrific, though it probably suited us more because we have a few guys who were stronger and St Brendan’s were light in the forwards.”

The second quarter saw Gavin Kelly (free) and Darragh Stack — after great work by Cathal Sheehan — narrow the gap at half time, 2-5 to 0-4, but St Brendan’s were guilty of wasting several scoring chances when they were on top, dropping five point attempts short, while Bryan O’Shea’s goal effort was well saved. But with the impressive Paul Fitzgerald — playing his first game since returning from injury — a real force and leader around midfield in the second half, Cork minor Stephen Cronin composed at centre-back and corner-forwards Gordon Joyce and Barry Madden dangerous, Críost Rí remained in control.

Fitzgerald and St Brendan’s midfielder Kieran Murphy swapped points before superb work from Críost Rí wing-back Enda Dennehy, winning the ball in defence before bursting forward at pace, set up Barry Madden for his second goal, as Críost Rí moved 10 points clear, 3-6 to 0-5, with 10 minutes left. But 2010 Munster champions St Brendan’s refused to lie down, applying serious pressure in the closing stages that yielded 1-3, while Jamie Spillane’s effort on goal was saved and Conor Keane’s shot was deflected wide. A well-taken goal into the corner from Bryan O’Shea and points from Chris Lawlor, Cathal Sheehan and David O’Donoghue moved St Brendan’s to within four points of Críost Rí but it was all too late.

St Brendan’s trainer Kieran Herlihy said: “Conditions are a great leveller. All year long we were a team based on skill, movement and pace but we didn’t adapt to the conditions as quickly as Críost Rí did today. “We left ourselves with too much of a gap and even though we had enough possession in the second half we didn’t utilise it. It was possibly too late when we got into the game.”

Scorers for Coláiste Chríost Rí: B Madden 2-0; A Nolan 1-0; G Joyce, P Fitzgerald 0-2 each; C Horgan (f), D O’Neill 0-1 each.

Scorers for St Brendan’s College, Killarney: B O’Shea 1-1; G O’Shea (f), G Kelly (f), K P Murphy (f), D Stack, C Lawlor, C Sheehan, D O’Donoghue 0-1 each.

COLÁISTE CHRÍOST RÍ: C Keane; TJ Murphy, I Lucey, B Wharton; E Dennehy, S Cronin, D O’Neill; P Fitzgerald, D Scannell; R Scully, A Nolan, P Kelleher; B Madden, C Horgan, G Joyce.

Sub: E O’Brien for B Wharton (ht).

ST BRENDAN’S COLLEGE, KILLARNEY: R Kelliher; D O’Keeffe, C Sheehan, B Lynch; D Osterloh, D O’Donoghue, D McCarthy; K P Murphy, C Lawlor; D Stack, B O’Shea, C Ó Lionard; G O’Shea, C Keane, G Kelly.

Subs: B O’Donoghue for C Ó Lionard (ht), J Aherne for D O’Keeffe (37), J Spillane for G Kelly (40), K I Murphy for B O’Donoghue (53).

Referee: Michael Meade (Limerick)

Corn Ui Mhuiri Football Quarter-Final – Tralee CBS 0-11 Rochestown 0-9

Tralee CBS defeated Rochestown by 0-11 to 0-9 in the Corn Ui Mhuiri Football Quarter-Final on Wednesday at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.

Experienced Tralee stand firm

Tralee CBS 0-11 Rochestown College 0-9

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

It was a battle between the competition specialists and newcomers in this Corn Uí Mhuirí quarter-final at Fitzgerald Stadium yesterday afternoon. But, ultimately, it was the old order of Tralee CBS, chasing a 16th title, that prevailed after an engaging contest that unfolded in wretched weather conditions. Rochestown College, back participating in the elite senior grade of Munster Colleges football this year for the first time in over half a century, brought strong credentials with them after topping Group A before Christmas. Yet despite mounting a highly-spirited revival after trailing by seven points in the early stages of the second half, they fell just short.

The driving wind and rain had necessitated a change of location before throw-in, with the action switched from Dr Crokes’ grounds across the Lewis Road to Kerry GAA’s flagship venue. Despite the adverse weather the game, which featured marquee names amongst the coaching staffs through Cork goalkeeper Ken O’Halloran (Rochestown College) and Kerry defender Marc Ó Sé (Tralee CBS), contained plenty of endeavour. The manner of Rochestown College’s comeback after half time kept matters interesting until the final whistle.

Tralee CBS had that extra finesse and class up front which proved telling. Forwards such as Ronan Quill, Jack Savage and Sean Moloney were sharp and clinical from the off as they posed problems for the Rochestown defence. But it was centre-forward Niall Sheehy who was the focal point of the Tralee CBS attack with his clever angles of running, strong burst of pace and clear ability to convert points off both feet. The John Mitchels player featured for the Kerry minor team last summer and is eligible again for that grade this year. By the 11th minute he had smacked over a brace of points to help Tralee CBS into a 0-4 to no score advantage and the signs were looking ominous for Rochestown College as they faced into a heavy breeze. They steadied the ship admirably though, with Aaron Ward and Graham Sheehan providing vital respite with a point apiece.

However, Tralee CBS firmly pressed on the accelerator before the interval and raced into a 0-8 to 0-2 lead, with Sheehy (two), Conor Jordan and Michael Wrenn all on target. The trend of Tralee CBS dominance was maintained after the break when Savage swept over a free but then the game veered in a different direction as Rochestown College refused to capitulate. Ronan White, Andrew Murphy and Alan O’Donovan all became influential figures in dictating the patterns of play, and while scores from play were a rare commodity, they did find some solace from placed balls.

Graham Sheehan from the right wing and Mark O’Connor from the left proved accurate under pressure as they notched a pair of points apiece. Sheehy grabbed one back for Tralee CBS but trailing 0-10 to 0-6 with 11 minutes remaining, Rochestown College still had justified cause to believe they could claim a semi-final place. They came desperately close to doing so. Substitute Gary Hartnett broke a 37-minute scoring drought from play when he fired over a 51st-minute point and midfielder Jack Somers followed up with a similar effort. Having trimmed the margin to two points, they pounded the Tralee CBS rearguard but a couple of movements broke down when they came close to creating the space to fashion a goalscoring chance. Tralee CBS had resilient second-half displays from Tom McLoughlin and Greg Horan, and were extremely grateful when patient build-up play three minutes from time yielded a marvellous point by wing-back Jake Moran. That gave them enough breathing space and despite shipping another free to Rochestown College attacker Sheehan, they held out to set up a semi-final date with PS Chorca Dhuibhne, who they previously faced in the group stages.

Scorers for Tralee CBS: N Sheehy 0-5 (2f); R Quill, S Moloney, C Jordan, J Savage (0-1f), M Wrenn, J Moran 0-1 each.

Scorers for Rochestown College: G Sheehan 0-4 (4f); M O’Connor 0-2 (2f); G Hartnett, J Somers, A Ward 0-1 each.

TRALEE CBS: E Reidy (Ballymacelligott); M Donnelly (Kerins O’Rahilly’s), S O’Connor (John Mitchels), T Begley (Kerins O’Rahilly’s); T McLoughlin (Austin Stacks), D Moynihan (Na Gaeil), J Moran (John Mitchels); G Horan (Austin Stacks), M Wrenn (John Mitchels); E McAllen (Austin Stacks), N Sheehy (John Mitchels), S Moloney (John Mitchels); C Jordan (Austin Stacks), J Savage (Kerins O’Rahilly’s), R Quill (Kerins O’Rahilly’s).

Subs: S Walsh (Austin Stacks) for Wrenn (40), S Crowley (Austin Stacks) for McAllen (44).

ROCHESTOWN COLLEGE: E Dolan (Douglas); K Flahive (Douglas), R White (Douglas), D Barrett (Nemo Rangers); D Meaney (St Michael’s), A Murphy (St Michael’s), J Somers (Passage); A O’Donovan (Nemo Rangers), C Cormac (St Michael’s); S McDonald (Douglas), K Hodgins (St Finbarr’s), M O’Connor (Douglas); G Sheehan (Douglas) S O’Mahony (Douglas) A Ward (Douglas).

Subs: G Hartnett (Douglas) for Ward (44), E O’Connor (Douglas) for McDonald (57).

Referee: Derek O’Mahony (Tipperary)

Photos courtesy of Adrienne McLoughlin