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

Kerry defeated Dublin by 1-14 to 0-11 in round 1 of the Allianz Football League Division 1 on Saturday at Croke Park.

Sheehan points the way for Kerry

Allianz Football League Division I: Dublin 0-11 Kerry 1-14

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Kerry gained a measure of revenge for last year’s All-Ireland final defeat by beating Dublin in the opening game of their Allianz Football League Division I campaign at Croke Park. Kerry trailed by 0-7 to 0-5 at the break, but Bryan Sheehan gave a tour de force performance in the second half, bringing his total for the game to 0-8 with as succession of sweetly struck frees, and Darran O’Sullivan scored a crucial 55th minute goal to help the Kingdom to victory. To make matters worse for Dublin, Eamonn Fennell was shown a straight red card two minutes from time after appearing to hit out at Sheehan.

Kerry had opened an early three-point lead with James O’Donoghue, who was making his first senior start, kicking a point and Sheehan adding two more, one from play and a second from a placed ball. That was only after Dublin had opened in the same manner they finished the All-Ireland final. Within 20 seconds of the start, Mossie Quinn was denied a goal, forcing a great save from Kerry goalkeeper Brendan Kealy, who pushed his shot wide with his feet.

Dublin got off the mark when All-Ireland final hero Kevin McManamon, Dublin’s best performer on the night, sent over brilliant point, stating his case for a regular starting place to manager Pat Gilroy. Gradually Dublin came back into the game and by the time McManamon had snaffled a second they were level at 0-5 apiece after 23 minutes. The first half was without much further incident until it moved into added time and Dublin edged ahead when Quinn and Cluxton – with a brilliantly struck ’45 – put the All-Ireland champions two clear at the break. McManamon then had a chance to repeat his heroics from last September when he raced clear on goal after the restart, but he drove the ball over the bar when one-on-one with Kealy, the opposition goalkeeper.

That miss appeared to embolden Kerry and they hit the next four points, all from the boot of Sheehan, who was enjoying a profitable might in Jack O’Connor’s midfield. Kerry made it 1-4 on the bounce when Darran O’Sullivan used his pace to run clear of the Dublin defence and calmly slot past Cluxton. They led by 1-10 to 0-8 with 15 minutes left. Connolly and Cluxton hit back for Dublin, but Sheehan was in fine form and BJ Keane, the Kerry corner forward, knocked over his second and third points of the game late on to seal the win.

Dublin: S Cluxton (0-2, 0-1f, 0-1’45); M Fitzsimons, R O’Carroll, P McMahon; J McCarthy, G Brennan, C Dias; R McConnell, M D Macauley, P Brogan, K McManamon (0-3), B Cullen (0-1); D Connolly (0-1), E O’Gara, T Quinn (0-4, 0-3f).

Subs: P Flynn for P Brogan (45), K Nolan for M Fitzsimons, E Fennell for R McConnell (both 51), D Kelly for E O’Gara (63), S Murray for M D Macauley (64).

Kerry: B Kealy: S Enright; M Ó Sé, P Crowley; T Ó Sé, K Young, B Maguire; S Scanlon, B Sheehan (0-8, 0-5f); P Galvin, Darran O’Sullivan (1-0), S O’Sullivan; J O’Donoghue (0-3, 0-2f), K Donaghy (capt), BJ Keane (0-3).

Subs: A Maher for S Scanlon (HT), P Curtin for S O’Sullivan (50), D O’Callaghan for Darran O’Sullivan (61), A O’Mahony for P Crowley (66), D Bohan for BJ Keane (71).

Referee: Maurice Deegan (Laois)

Attendance: 45,838

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Quarter Final – Tipperary 2-11 UL 0-12

Kelly shows class as Tipp seal Cork date

Tipperary 2-11 UL 0-12

By Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tipperary manager Declan Ryan is relishing the prospect of an early season joust with old rivals Cork next Sunday in what could be an early season dress rehearsal for a Munster semi-final in the summer. The counties will lock horns in the semi-finals of the Waterford Crystal Cup in Clonmel, with both teams in experimental mode ahead of the Allianz Hurling League campaign. Tipp stuttered past University of Limerick in heavy conditions at Nenagh’s MacDonagh Park on Saturday, with former captain Eoin Kelly showing flashes of enduring class during an impressive 18-minute cameo appearance. Tipp just about coped better with the heavy pitch as they recorded a five-point victory against a UL team lining out with ten starters from last week’s Fitzgibbon Cup stalemate against Limerick IT. Tipp raced into a 2-4 to 0-0 lead by the 17th minute, with Pa Bourke goaling from a 20m free in the 13th minute before impressive full-forward Brian O’Meara netted four minutes later.

But Tipp fell asleep from there until half-time as UL, inspired by the free-taking of Clare’s Conor McGrath, halved the deficit and went in at the break 2-4 to 0-5 adrift. Despite playing with the breeze in the second half, the students could never quite get close enough to mount a serious challenge to the Munster champions and Kelly settled any nerves by shooting three points from play after coming on as a 52nd minute sub. “He made a serious contribution when he came in and we’re delighted to see him in that kind of form,” said Declan Ryan smiled.

Cork now stand between Tipp and a place in the Waterford Crystal final and Ryan reflected: “It will be a good test. Cork are trying out plenty of players as well. “They’re getting ready for the league – the same as ourselves.” Ryan also insisted his panel remains open to any player showing good form for his club as the season progresses. And the three-time All-Ireland SHC medallist admitted cutting seven players from an extended squad last week wasn’t a pleasant task. “It’s tough – that’s the tough side of the job but unfortunately you can’t carry everyone. If people are showing form, we’ll hold onto them but if people are not showing form, well, they’re going to struggle to stay on the squad.”

Scorers for Tipperary: P Bourke 1-3 (1-2f), B O’Meara 1-0, E Kelly 0-3, A Ryan, J O’Neill, G Ryan, J O’Brien, J Woodlock 0-1 each.

Scorers for UL: C McGrath 0-7 (6fs), P Kelly 0-2, L Ryan (f), M Heffernan, P Walsh 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: D Gleeson; D Maher, P Curran, M Cahill; S Maher, C O’Mahony, J Coghlan; D Young, B Maher; G Ryan, A Ryan, P Bourke; J O’Neill, B O’Meara, J O’Brien.

Subs: C O’Brien for D Maher (ht), J Woodlock for Young (46), T Stapleton for Coghlan (46), E Kelly for A Ryan (52), S Curran for G Ryan (64).

UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK: T Lowry (Tipperary); P Stapleton (Tipperary), Michael Walsh (Kilkenny), K Fox (Tipperary); L Ryan (Kilkenny), B Bugler (Clare), Martin Walsh (Kilkenny); S Golden (Clare), L Markham (Clare); B Beckett (Kilkenny), J Gallagher (Tipperary), P Walsh (Kilkenny); M Heffernan (Tipperary), P Murphy (Tipperary), C McGrath (Clare).

Subs: P Kelly (Tipperary) for Golden (ht), T O’Brien (Limerick) for Murphy (43), C Fogarty (Kilkenny) for Heffernan (52), P Flanagan (Clare) for Beckett (57), M Boran (Kilkenny) for P Walsh (63).

Referee: C Lyons (Cork)

For the Record

Tipperary UL
2011 Waterford Crystal Cup Performance Lost to the Waterford Institute of Technology by 2-17 to 1-19 in the Preliminary Round Reached the Semi-finals where they lost to Cork by 1-18 to 2-13
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 – 14
Won – 10
Lost – 4
Drawn – 0
Played – 13
Won – 7
Lost – 6
Drawn – 0

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling 2012

Preliminary Round

Sunday January 22nd

@ Dolla                                              Tipperary 2-24 Limerick Institute of Technology 1-16

Sunday January 29th

@ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney       Kerry 1-20 IT Tralee 1-15

@ Sixmilebridge                               Clare 3-25 WIT 0-5

Quarter-Finals (Extra time)

Saturday February 4th

@ MacDonagh Park Nenagh          Tipperary v University of Limerick               @ 2:00pm

@ Pairc Ui Rinn                                Cork v Kerry                                                   @ 3:00pm

@ Sixmilebridge                               Limerick v Clare                                            @ 7:00pm

Sunday February 5th

@ WIT Sportsgrounds                      Waterford v UCC                                          @ 2:00pm

Semi-Finals (Extra time)
Sunday February 12th

@ TBC                                               Cork or Kerry v UL or Tipperary
@ TBC                                               Limerick or Clare v Waterford or UCC

Final (Extra time)

Sunday February 19th


Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling – Odds and Ends

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).

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.

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.

39 players scored in the three matches played in the preliminary round.

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

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

The record of the Third Level Colleges in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006 is Won 18, Lost 37, a 33% success rate. Since the Third Level Colleges entered the McGrath Cup (Senior Football) in 2005, their success rate is 32%.

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.

IT Tralee is the only team not to win a game in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006, losing their first match in the last 5 seasons.

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.

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

Waterford Crystal Cup – 2012 Scorers

Pa Bourke (Tipperary) – 0-13, 0-12 frees
Shane Brick (Kerry) – 0-12, 0-8 frees, 0-1 65
Joe Canning (LIT) – 1-8, 0-6 frees
Daire Keane (Clare) – 1-6
Eamonn Brosnan (IT Tralee) – 1-5, 0-4 frees
Colin Ryan (Clare) – 0-7, 0-3 frees
Aaron Cunningham (Clare) – 1-4, 0-2 frees
Darragh O’Connell (Kerry) – 1-4, 0-2 frees
John O’Neill (Tipperary) – 1-1
Timmy Hammersley (Tipperary) – 1-0
Shane McGrath (Tipperary) – 0-3
Eoin Hayes (Clare) – 1-0
Nicky O’Connell (Clare) – 0-3
Mark Deegan (IT Tralee) – 0-3, 0-2 frees
John Egan (Kerry) – 0-2
M Lynch (IT Tralee) – 0-2
Brendan Maher (Tipperary) – 0-2
Adrian Ryan (Tipperary) – 0-2
Brian O’Meara (Tipperary) – 0-2
Pat Donnellan (Clare) – 0-2
Jonathan Clancy (Clare) – 0-2
Paul Browne (LIT) – 0-2
Sean O’Brien (LIT) – 0-2
Cathal McInerney (LIT) – 0-2 frees
D Murphy (WIT) – 0-2 frees
Michael Boyle (Kerry) – 0-1
Shane Nolan (Kerry) – 0-1
David Collins (Tipperary) – 0-1
Conor Cooney (Clare) – 0-1
Thaigh Morley (IT Tralee) – 0-1
Barry O’Grady (IT Tralee) – 0-1
Fergus Kennedy (IT Tralee) – 0-1
Gearoid O’Doherty (IT Tralee) – 0-1
Donal O’Halloran (IT Tralee) – 0-1
Eoin Ryan (LIT) – 0-1
C Madden (LIT) – 0-1
J Dillon (WIT) – 0-1
K Hammersley (WIT) – 0-1 free
C O’Meara (WIT) – 0-1 free 

 

 

 

 

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Quarter Final – Cork 5-18 Kerry 1-14

Cork test reserve strength

Cork 5-18 Kerry 1-14

By Fintan O’ Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

He bid farewell to the inter-county game in November 2000, three months after his Cork team had been defeated in the All-Ireland semi-final by Offaly. Twelve years on, Jimmy Barry-Murphy was back in the managerial cockpit, striding out onto the Páirc Uí Rinn pitch shortly before 3pm on Saturday. JBM’s second coming was a modest affair, with only 513 supporters turning out to greet him in the dreary conditions. His return to the Cork hot seat has generated an expectation of great championship days but the low-key Waterford Crystal Cup was where it began. The first day out was a success on the scoreboard as a Cork team, heavily populated with new faces, overwhelmed last year’s Christy Ring Cup champions Kerry and sets up a semi-final with Tipperary next week. Not that the new manager was doing cartwheels of celebration afterwards. The level of opposition must be factored into any analysis and the vibes emanating from the Cork setup were that the management and players are still in the process of getting acquainted.

Hurling has changed since Jimmy Barry-Murphy was last Cork manager. Looking towards the Kerry goalmouth he would have seen Bernard Rochford, the Cork substitute netminder in Barry-Murphy’s 1999 All-Ireland winning panel, patrolling that area for the Kingdom. The Cork squad has undergone a large overhaul as well with Saturday an opportunity for new players to impress. The likes of Darren Sweetnam, a former Irish U16 hockey international and Munster U19 rugby player, and Colm Spillane, still a student in St Colman’s College in Fermoy, were amongst those handed their debuts.

“That’s what we set out to do, give new lads a game,” reflected Barry-Murphy. “The result, the wides we hit and things like that doesn’t really worry us. It’s early days. For the first day out, the lads were fairly sharp. You have to keep the win in perspective. There’s a long road ahead yet.” A few yards down the sideline from Barry-Murphy was an old comrade from club and county days. Kerry manager John Meyler, delighted to be briefed afterwards that his son David had been part of a Sunderland side that defeated Stoke 1-0 at the Britannia Stadium, knows a thing or two about second comings. His team may have been beaten but he relished this opportunity to send his players into combat against Cork. “It was very useful for us. We’re not at Cork’s level, we never were, and it’ll take another five years of hard work and graft to try to get up to that. It’s a learning experience.”

And he welcomed the return of his opposing supremo. “Jimmy is a legend. He’s doing great work with Cork and I’m delighted he’s in charge. He’ll pull all the players together. The National League is going to be extremely hard this year since there are only five games but he’ll have the Cork lads hitting the ground running.” The game was a competitive affair in the first half. Cork lead 1-10 to 0-7 at the break with Patrick Horgan goaling yet Shane Brick and Shane Nolan ensured they never got too far away from Kerry in the opening 35 minutes. The second half was a different tale with the clinical finishing of Eoin Murphy, Ryan Clifford and Brian Corry raising green flags for Cork while the composed striking of Luke O’Farrell, Cathal Naughton and Cian McCarthy ensured the points flowed. Kerry kept ploughing away and Aidan Boyle’s goal was a late reward for the efforts.

Early days but Barry-Murphy already has injury concerns. Darren Sweetnam gave a fine display at midfield but his introduction in the 13th minute was prompted by Patrick Cronin’s withdrawal with a leg gash. In addition Barry-Murphy confirmed that Daniel Kearney will be sidelined for six weeks after fracturing his hand last Tuesday night in a Fitzgibbon Cup game. The old Cork guard have not disappeared either. After the game the team’s physical trainer and former Irish Olympian Dave Matthews went running laps around the pitch with Niall McCarthy, John Gardiner, Ben O’Connor and Brian Murphy. Goalkeeper Donal Óg Cusack and Martin Coleman jogged to a goalmouth and began peppering balls at each other. Their manager watched on in approval. “It’s great, I’m loving it and find it very enjoyable. The lads have been working very hard with their trainers and they’re very committed. It’s Tipperary next week and we’ll look forward to that.”

Scorers for Cork: P Horgan 1-3 (0-2f), B Corry 2-0, E Murphy 1-2, C McCarthy 0-5 (0-2 ’65), R Clifford 1-1, L O’Farrell, C Naughton 0-3 each, D Sweetnam 0-1.

Scorers for Kerry: S Brick 0-6 (0-6f), A Boyle 1-0, S Nolan, D Dineen, J Egan 0-2 each, M Boyle, A Royle 0-1 each.

CORK: A Nash (Kanturk); D Cahalane (St Finbarr’s), E Dillon (Milford), C O’Sullivan (Sarsfields); C Joyce (Na Piarsaigh), R Cashman (Kilbrittain), T Kenny (Grenagh); C Naughton (Newtownshandrum), C McCarthy (Sarsfields); B Corry (Ballymartle), P Cronin (Bishopstown), L O’Farrell (Midleton); P Horgan (Glen Rovers), E Murphy (Erin’s Own), R Clifford (Newtownshandrum). Subs: D Sweetnam (Sam Maguires) for Cronin (inj) (13), C Spillane (Castlelyons) for Cahalane (45), D O’Mahony (Carrigtwohill) for Horgan (52), P O’Brien (Killeagh) for O’Sullivan (53), K Buckley (Na Piarsaigh) for Joyce (53).

KERRY: B Rochford (Killeagh); R Horgan (St Brendan’s), T Murnane (Kilmoyley), J Godley (Kilmoyley); P Costello (Ballyduff), M Lynch (Crotta O’Neills), L Boyle (Ballyduff); D Dineen (St Brendan’s), J Griffin (Lixnaw); S Brick (Kilmoyley), D O’Connell (Abbeydorney), J Egan (St Brendan’s); S Nolan (Crotta O’Neills), A Boyle (Ballyduff), M Boyle (Ballyduff). Subs: PJ Connolly (Ballyduff) for O’Connell (45), C Harris (Ballincollig) for L Boyle (52), J Fitzgerald (Causeway) for Godley (58), J Casey (Ballyheigue) for Lynch (60), A Royle (Kilmoyley) for M Boyle (62).

Referee: Michael Wadding (Waterford)

 

For the Record

Cork Kerry
2011 Waterford Crystal Cup Performance Defeated UCC and UL before losing to Waterford in the Final by 0-21 to 0-16 Lost to the Cork Institute of Technology by 1-7 to 0-7 in the Preliminary Round
Number of Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling titles 0 0
Last Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Title N/A N/A
Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Record since 2006 Played – 8
Won – 4
Lost – 4
Drawn – 0
Played – 7
Won – 1
Lost – 6
Drawn – 0

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling 2012

Preliminary Round

Sunday January 22nd

@ Dolla                                              Tipperary 2-24 Limerick Institute of Technology 1-16

Sunday January 29th

@ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney       Kerry 1-20 IT Tralee 1-15

@ Sixmilebridge                               Clare 3-25 WIT 0-5

Quarter-Finals (Extra time)

Saturday February 4th

@ MacDonagh Park Nenagh          Tipperary v University of Limerick               @ 2:00pm

@ Pairc Ui Rinn                                Cork v Kerry                                                   @ 3:00pm

@ Sixmilebridge                               Limerick v Clare                                            @ 7:00pm

Sunday February 5th

@ WIT Sportsgrounds                      Waterford v UCC                                          @ 2:00pm


Semi-Finals (Extra time)
Sunday February 12th

@ TBC                                               Cork or Kerry v UL or Tipperary
@ TBC                                               Limerick or Clare v Waterford or UCC

Final (Extra time)

Sunday February 19th


Waterford Crystal
Cup Senior Hurling – Odds and Ends

Cork have won four of their eight matches played in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2007 with three victory over third level colleges teams and a one-point victory over Waterford in the 2007 semi-final.

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).

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.

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.

39 players scored in the three matches played in the preliminary round.

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

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

The record of the Third Level Colleges in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006 is Won 18, Lost 37, a 33% success rate. Since the Third Level Colleges entered the McGrath Cup (Senior Football) in 2005, their success rate is 32%.

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.

IT Tralee is the only team not to win a game in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006, losing their first match in the last 5 seasons.

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.

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

Waterford Crystal Cup – 2012 Scorers

Pa Bourke (Tipperary) – 0-13, 0-12 frees
Shane Brick (Kerry) – 0-12, 0-8 frees, 0-1 65
Joe Canning (LIT) – 1-8, 0-6 frees
Daire Keane (Clare) – 1-6
Eamonn Brosnan (IT Tralee) – 1-5, 0-4 frees
Colin Ryan (Clare) – 0-7, 0-3 frees
Aaron Cunningham (Clare) – 1-4, 0-2 frees
Darragh O’Connell (Kerry) – 1-4, 0-2 frees
John O’Neill (Tipperary) – 1-1
Timmy Hammersley (Tipperary) – 1-0
Shane McGrath (Tipperary) – 0-3
Eoin Hayes (Clare) – 1-0
Nicky O’Connell (Clare) – 0-3
Mark Deegan (IT Tralee) – 0-3, 0-2 frees
John Egan (Kerry) – 0-2
M Lynch (IT Tralee) – 0-2
Brendan Maher (Tipperary) – 0-2
Adrian Ryan (Tipperary) – 0-2
Brian O’Meara (Tipperary) – 0-2
Pat Donnellan (Clare) – 0-2
Jonathan Clancy (Clare) – 0-2
Paul Browne (LIT) – 0-2
Sean O’Brien (LIT) – 0-2
Cathal McInerney (LIT) – 0-2 frees
D Murphy (WIT) – 0-2 frees
Michael Boyle (Kerry) – 0-1
Shane Nolan (Kerry) – 0-1
David Collins (Tipperary) – 0-1
Conor Cooney (Clare) – 0-1
Thaigh Morley (IT Tralee) – 0-1
Barry O’Grady (IT Tralee) – 0-1
Fergus Kennedy (IT Tralee) – 0-1
Gearoid O’Doherty (IT Tralee) – 0-1
Donal O’Halloran (IT Tralee) – 0-1
Eoin Ryan (LIT) – 0-1
C Madden (LIT) – 0-1
J Dillon (WIT) – 0-1
K Hammersley (WIT) – 0-1 free
C O’Meara (WIT) – 0-1 free 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Quarter Final – Limerick 1-15 Clare 0-18

Hannon to the rescue for Limerick

Clare 0-18 Limerick 1-15

By Diarmuid O’ Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

A virtuoso display from teenage star Declan Hannon denied Clare a merited home win in Sixmilebridge in a marathon Waterford Crystal quarter-final on Saturday evening. The sides were tied at the end of the regulation 70 minutes, 0-13 (Clare) to 1-10 (Limerick), the deadly Hannon with 1-8 for the visitors. They were still deadlocked after 20 minutes of extra-time on 0-17 to 1-14 apiece, with Hannon landing three more points. A further 10 minutes was still not enough to separate two big-hearted teams, just a point apiece added as both defences were increasingly dominant in heavy conditions. Referee Cathal McAllister had seen enough, and though the programme unequivocally stated that extra-time would be played ‘until a result is achieved’, two and a half hours after play had started McAllister signalled an end to proceedings. The replay has been fixed for tomorrow evening at the Gaelic Grounds (7pm) and on the evidence of this display, it deserves a bumper crowd.

Looking sharper and hungrier than their visitors, Clare led by three points at the end of the opening half (0-7 to 0-4). Midfielders Nicky O’Connell and Pat Donnellan had a point apiece from play, corner-forwards Eoin Hayes and Jonny Clancy likewise while tricky full-forward Aaron Cunningham (2) and O’Connell (1) had the other Clare points from placed balls. Hannon hit four (two 65s, two frees) for Limerick. Clare maintained that gap until the 60th minute (0-11 to 0-8) when Hannon — after good work by Mark Carmody and Jim Bob Ryan — was pulled down in the box in the act of goaling. The Adare youngster bounced up and drilled home the resultant penalty to tie the game. Twice Clare regained the lead, twice they were hauled back.

Into our first period of extra-time and again it was Clare nosing ahead with a pointed free apiece from O’Connell and Cunningham, but Hannon, beating off the close attention of three defenders, pulled one back for Limerick before half-time. Twice more in the second half of extra-time Clare again edged two points in front, substitute John Conlon getting a huge cheer for an angled point on his home ground (set up by Cunningham), but with another McNamara point and two from the superb Hannon, Limerick again came back to tie.

Referee McAllister was headed for the dressing room but was stopped and informed that a further period of extra-time had to be played. So off we went again. To their great credit not a single player on either team showed any slackening off of effort with neither side prepared to lose a game into which they had put so much effort. Two minutes into the second extra-time, the 92nd minute of action, Limerick went ahead for the first time in the match, a point from wing-forward Conor Allis but Aaron Cunningham cancelled that within minutes. It proved the final score of a hugely entertaining encounter. “Declan Hannon has everything,” said John Allen in this his first competitive outing as Limerick manager. “He’s after filling out, he’s now a lot bigger physically, strong; he’s two-sided, a fine free-taker, his work-rate has radically improved over the last two months. He is a really good player.” Not that John’s satisfaction was confined to one player, nor should it have been. “We had a very weakened side out and Clare had done so well last weekend. It would have been a very bad start for us if we had been at the receiving end of a bad beating. For that reason I’m very pleased with the result, very pleased with the work-rate and the effort, the sheer will to win the fellas showed was heartwarming.”

Equally pleased was Clare first-year manager Davy Fitzgerald. “We’re delighted. Of course we wanted to win it and so did they. We played a different style tonight, we wanted to see how we would get on and we got on all right with it. Tonight wouldn’t have suited a lot of our fellas — we have a lot of young fellas and small fellas but it was good in that we didn’t back down. They’ve beaten us the last few times we met competitively so we stopped the rot. The (league) game in three weeks is the game. They will be at full tilt and so will we. They will reckon they will have the edge, probably should have won an All-Ireland quarter-final last year, we are meant to be a good bit off that. Hopefully we’ll have bridged the gap.”

Scorers for Clare: N O’Connell 0-7 (0-3f, 0-1 65); A Cunningham 0-6 (0-6f); P Donnellan 0-2; E Hayes, J Clancy, J Conlon, 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: D Hannon 1-11 (1-0p, 0-5f, 0-2 65s); C Allis 0-2; W McNamara 0-2.

CLARE: P Kelly; D O’Donovan, C Dillon, C Cooney; J McInerney, E Barrett, S Morey; N O’Connell, P Donnellan; C Chaplin, D Keane, F Lynch; E Hayes, A Cunningham, J Clancy.

Subs: C Galvin (Hayes 50); J Conlon (Keane 56); P Kelly (Chaplin 95).

LIMERICK: N Quaid; S Walsh, T Condon, S O’Neill; B O’Sullivan, W McNamara, T Ryan; D O’Grady, C Allis; D Hannon, J Ryan, N Maher; M Carmody, T Quaid, E Gleeson.

Subs: G Mulcahy (T Quaid 29); G O’Mahony (Maher 45); T O’Callaghan (O’Sullivan 45); B Geary (Gleeson 55); D Moloney (Walsh 80), M Carr (Ryan 98).

Referee: C McAllister (Cork)

 

Neighbours inseparable

Report from the Irish Times newspaper

WATERFORD CRYSTAL CUP/Limerick 1-15 Clare 0-18 (after double extra time)

TWO LOTS of extra-time couldn’t separate neighbours and rivals Clare and Limerick in the Waterford Crystal Senior Hurling Cup quarter-final, played under lights at Sixmilebridge on Saturday. At the end of normal time the sides were level, again after two periods of 10 minutes and even when a further two phases of five minutes were played, they were locked on level scores. Over the 100 minutes, Limerick led only once, yet it was Clare who had to come from behind through an Aaron Cunningham pointed free, close to the end of this highly entertaining marathon.

It took a Declan Hannon free in injury-time – after Clare’s James McInerney was adjudged to have thrown the sliotar – to send the tie to extra-time. Clare led by 0-15 to 1-11 at the end of 10 minutes but they were again level at the end of normal extra-time, 0-17 to 1-14. Limerick, with new manager John Allen on the sideline for the first time, agreed another two five-minute periods. The replay will be held at Limerick’s Gaelic Grounds on Tuesday night at 7pm.

LIMERICK: N Quaid; S Walsh; T Condon; S O’Neill; B O’Sullivan; W McNamara (0-2); T Ryan; D O’Grady; C Allis (0-2), D Hannon (1-11, 0-8 frees); J Ryan; N Maher; M Carmody; T Quaid; E Gleeson. Subs: G Mulcahy for Quaid (28 mins); G O’Mahoney for Maher (45 mins); T O’Callaghan for O’Sullivan (45 mins); B Geary for Gleeson (54 mins); D Moloney for Walsh (80 mins); M Carr for Ryan (98 mins).

CLARE: P Kelly (Inagh-Kilnamona); D O’Donovan; C Dillon; C Cooney; J McInerney; E Barrett; S Morey; N O’Connell (0-6, 0-4 frees); P Donnellan (0-3); C Chaplin; D Keane; F Lynch; E Hayes (0-1), A Cunningham (0-6, frees); J Clancy (0-1). Subs: C Galvin for Hayes (50 mins); J Conlon (0-1) for Keane (56 mins); P Kelly (Clarecastle) for Chaplin (95 mins).

Referee: C McAllister (Cork).

(After double extra-time)

For the Record

Limerick Clare
2011 Waterford Crystal Cup Performance Did not take part Defeated IT Tralee and LIT before losing to Waterford by 2-19 to 2-18 in the semi-final
Number of Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling titles 1 1
Last Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Title 2006 2009
Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Record since 2006 Played – 7
Won – 4
Lost – 3
Drawn – 0
Played – 18
Won – 13
Lost – 5
Drawn – 0

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling 2012

Preliminary Round

Sunday January 22nd

@ Dolla                                              Tipperary 2-24 Limerick Institute of Technology 1-16

Sunday January 29th

@ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney       Kerry 1-20 IT Tralee 1-15

@ Sixmilebridge                               Clare 3-25 WIT 0-5

Quarter-Finals (Extra time)

Saturday February 4th

@ MacDonagh Park Nenagh          Tipperary v University of Limerick               @ 2:00pm

@ Pairc Ui Rinn                                Cork v Kerry                                                   @ 3:00pm

@ Sixmilebridge                               Limerick v Clare                                            @ 7:00pm

Sunday February 5th

@ WIT Sportsgrounds                      Waterford v UCC                                          @ 2:00pm


Semi-Finals (Extra time)
Sunday February 12th

@ TBC                                               Cork or Kerry v UL or Tipperary
@ TBC                                               Limerick or Clare v Waterford or UCC

Final (Extra time)

Sunday February 19th


Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling – Odds and Ends

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.

39 players scored in the three matches played in the preliminary round.

Cork have won four of their eight matches played in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2007 with three victory over third level colleges teams and a one-point victory over Waterford in the 2007 semi-final.

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).

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.

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.

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

The record of the Third Level Colleges in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006 is Won 18, Lost 37, a 33% success rate. Since the Third Level Colleges entered the McGrath Cup (Senior Football) in 2005, their success rate is 32%.

IT Tralee is the only team not to win a game in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006, losing their first match in the last 5 seasons.

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.

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

Waterford Crystal Cup – 2012 Scorers

Pa Bourke (Tipperary) – 0-13, 0-12 frees
Shane Brick (Kerry) – 0-12, 0-8 frees, 0-1 65
Joe Canning (LIT) – 1-8, 0-6 frees
Daire Keane (Clare) – 1-6
Eamonn Brosnan (IT Tralee) – 1-5, 0-4 frees
Colin Ryan (Clare) – 0-7, 0-3 frees
Aaron Cunningham (Clare) – 1-4, 0-2 frees
Darragh O’Connell (Kerry) – 1-4, 0-2 frees
John O’Neill (Tipperary) – 1-1
Timmy Hammersley (Tipperary) – 1-0
Shane McGrath (Tipperary) – 0-3
Eoin Hayes (Clare) – 1-0
Nicky O’Connell (Clare) – 0-3
Mark Deegan (IT Tralee) – 0-3, 0-2 frees
John Egan (Kerry) – 0-2
M Lynch (IT Tralee) – 0-2
Brendan Maher (Tipperary) – 0-2
Adrian Ryan (Tipperary) – 0-2
Brian O’Meara (Tipperary) – 0-2
Pat Donnellan (Clare) – 0-2
Jonathan Clancy (Clare) – 0-2
Paul Browne (LIT) – 0-2
Sean O’Brien (LIT) – 0-2
Cathal McInerney (LIT) – 0-2 frees
D Murphy (WIT) – 0-2 frees
Michael Boyle (Kerry) – 0-1
Shane Nolan (Kerry) – 0-1
David Collins (Tipperary) – 0-1
Conor Cooney (Clare) – 0-1
Thaigh Morley (IT Tralee) – 0-1
Barry O’Grady (IT Tralee) – 0-1
Fergus Kennedy (IT Tralee) – 0-1
Gearoid O’Doherty (IT Tralee) – 0-1
Donal O’Halloran (IT Tralee) – 0-1
Eoin Ryan (LIT) – 0-1
C Madden (LIT) – 0-1
J Dillon (WIT) – 0-1
K Hammersley (WIT) – 0-1 free
C O’Meara (WIT) – 0-1 free 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Harty Cup Semi-Final – Colaiste Na Deise 2-13 DLS Waterford 1-8

14-man Coláiste na nDéise seal final slot

Coláiste na nDéise 2-13 De La Salle College (Waterford) 1-8

By John Murphy for Irish Examiner newspaper

Coláiste na nDéise cruised into the Dr Harty Cup final with victory in the all-Waterford affair which started bizarrely at Fraher Field, Dungarvan on Saturday. For the second consecutive game the winners were reduced to 14 men before the throw-in. On this occasion full-forward Kevin Daly was red-carded by Cathal McAllister following an altercation with defender Paul Coughlan, who received his marching orders before the interval. But Coláiste na nDéise, an amalgamation of Dungarvan CBS and St. Augustine’s College, made light of that early numerical disadvantage and superb points, coupled with goals in the 5th and 15th minutes, had them 2-9 to 0-1 clear by the break. Cathal, Patrick, and Cormac Curran were the point scorers in chief for the victors while Michael Kiely and Michael Harney netted the goals.

De La Salle refused to drop their heads on the restart and introduction of Jack McCarthy and Austin Gleeson’s switch from midfield to centre-forward helped the cause. McCarthy chipped in with three second half points while Gleeson hit 1-2 from placed balls. But their efforts were not enough to deny Coláiste na nDéise this famous victory and a place in the Harty Cup final for only the second time. They had many impressive players on the day, none more so than the Curran brothers, Cathal and Patrick, in attack while the goalscorers, Michael Kiely (until forced off injured after the interval) and Michael Harney, also did invaluable work. Cormac Curran was a revelation too when he moved to attack while Colin Dunford at midfield and the left flank defensive duo of Sean O’Donovan and Tadgh Burke, together with full-back Tom Tobin and a confident goalkeeper in Eoin Kearns all played their parts.

Scorers for Colaiste na nDéise: Cathal Curran (0-6, 2f); M. Kiely (1-1); M. Harney (1-0); Cormac Curran (0-3); P. Curran (0-2); C. Dunford (0-1).

Scorers for De La Salle College: A. Gleeson (1-3, frees); J. McCarthy (0-3); A. Farrell, B. O’Sullivan(0-1) each.

COLÁISTE na nDÉISE:E. Kerins; K. Looby, T. Tobin, S. O’Donovan; E. Collins, T. Devine, T. Burke; C. Dunford, Cormac Curran; Cathal Curran, M. Harney, R. Donnelly; M. Kiely, K. Daly, P. Curran. Sub: J. Gartland for Kiely (inj, 52).

DE LA SALLE COLLEGE: M. Sheridan; C. Fleming, P. Coughlan, K. Walsh; A. O’Sullivan, A. Gleeson, B. O’Keeffe; C. Breheny, S. McNulty; M. O’Brien, B. O’Sullivan, T Mullally; D. Flynn, P. Flynn, D. Hutchinson.

Subs: J. McCarthy for O’Brien (22); A. Farrell for Hutchinson (ht); E. Power for Sheridan (39); C. Sheehan for P. Flynn (42); R. Hurley for Mullally (50).

Referee: Cathal McAllister, Cork

 

Currans on form

From the Irish Times newspaper

DR HARTY CUP SEMI-FINALS/Coláiste na nDeise 2-13 De La Salle College 1-8: COLÁISTE NA nDeise ended Waterford’s De La Salle’s hopes in impressive fashion in Dungarvan on Saturday despite Kevin Daly’s dismissal following an altercation with fullback Paul Coughlan.

However, the 14 players of Coláiste Na nDeise dominated the first half in which De La Salle failed to score. With Cathal and Cormac Curran rifling over points, and Michael Kiely and Michael Harney goaling in the fifth and 15th minutes, they led at the interval 2-9 to 0-0. The losers were reduced to 14 with the dismissal of Coughlan before the break. Cathal, Cormac, and Patrick Curran, continued to lead the attack after the restart.

COLÁISTE NA NDEISE: E Kerins; K Looby, T Tobin, S O’Donovan; E Collins, T Devine, T Burke; C Dunford (0-1), Cormac Curran (0-3); Cathal Curran (0-6, 2 frees), M Harney (1-0), R Donnelly; M Kiely (1-1), K Daly, P Curran (0-2). Sub: J Gartland for Kiely.

DE LA SALLE COLLEGE: M Sheridan; C Fleming, P Coughlan, K Walsh; A O’Sullivan, A Gleeson (1-3, frees), B O’Keeffe; C Breheny, S McNulty; M O’Brien, B O’Sullivan (0-1), T Mullally; D Flynn, P Flynn, D Hutchinson. Subs: J McCarthy (0-3) for O’Brien; A Farrell (0-1) for Hutchinson; E Power for Sheridan; C Sheehan for P Flynn; R Hurley for Mullally.

Referee: C McAllister (Cork)