Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Semi Final – Tipperary 0-26 Cork 1-19

Pre-season score-quake but Tipp go extra mile

Tipperary 0-26 Cork 1-19 aet

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

The Waterford Crystal Tournament is meant to be an early-season warm-up competition, an opportunity for teams to shake loose the winter cobwebs. Given the competitive nature of this semi-final in Templemore yesterday, Tipperary establishing their superiority only after extra-time, one wonders if anyone has informed the players because this was one hell of a battle. Tipperary lined out with a very strong side, nine of the starting 15 from last year’s All-Ireland final loss to Kilkenny, while Cork, though they did feature Sean Óg Ó hAilpin in his first game for Cork since his superb performance against Kilkenny in the All-Ireland semi-final defeat of 2010, had a largely experimental team. It showed too, in the first half especially, as Tipperary time and again cut through the heart of the Cork defence only to squander several gilt-edged goal chances. As it was, with inside forwards Brian O’Meara (especially) and John O’Brien impressing, they led at the break by just a single point, 0-7 to 0-6.

The second-half was a far more even affair, Cork getting some fine performances from several newcomers, most notably centre-back Ross Cashman (Kilbrittain) and midfielder Darren Sweetman (Dohenys). “Darren Sweetman is only 18, doing his Leaving Cert,” said manager Jimmy Barry Murphy. “We’re thrilled with him, did a very good job; Ross Cashman played very well at centre-back — we’re casting the net wide to see if we can get players who are up to the standard.” Brian Corry too made a welcome return to the big stage, and though up against no less a defender than Padraic Maher, still managed three fine points from play.

At the end of that second half, Tipperary having managed to botch another couple of goal opportunities (though Martin Coleman in the Cork goals was an alert and imposing figure), the scores were level at 0-18 apiece. Then wing-forward Adrian Ryan had three fine points for Tipp, midfield sub James Woodlock had two, Brian O’Meara continuing to impress, while sub Luke O’Farrell was looking very sharp for the visitors.

Into extra-time then. The first half again was even enough, Tipp edging ahead by a point, 0-20 to 0-19 but again — as in the first half of regular time — hitting a slew of wides. The final period, however, was the real difference, five points in-a-row for the home team, two of those from sub Sean Curran, veteran Eoin Kelly also prominent, and though Tracton’s Michael O’Sullivan did manage a goal for Cork, a low grounder past the unsighted Brendan Cummins, that was mere consolation.

A good contest, and two satisfied managers — first up, Tipp’s Declan Ryan: “We missed a few goal chances but it’s nice to come out of a tight game and win it. It’s early days and the boys are in heavy training at the moment.” A few individuals caught his eye, most notably Brian O’Meara, but there were others. “Brian played well, he’s a ball winner and a very physical guy. He’s put in a big effort since January 1, training with WIT as well — I’m delighted with the way he played today. Adrian Ryan has been there or thereabouts for the last couple of years and played U21. It was a very workmanlike performance from Adrian today – he too has been putting in a huge effort, he’ll give you everything that he has.” As for Jimmy Barry Murphy, equally satisfied. “We could have done without the extra-time to be honest but we’re very pleased with the workout. Over the last couple of years Tipp have gone a little ahead of us and we’re working very hard to close that gap. I was very pleased with the attitude of the lads, I couldn’t have asked for anything more from them.”

Scorers for Tipperary: B O’Meara 0-5; E Kelly 0-4 (0-3f, 0-1 65); A Ryan 0-3; J O’Brien 0-3; P Bourke 0-3 (0-2f); J Woodlock 0-2; S Curran 0-2; G Ryan 0-2; C O’Mahony, J Ryan, 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork: M O’Sullivan 1-0; C Naughton 0-3; P Cronin 0-3; B Corry 0-3; J Coughlan 0-3 (0-2f); R Cashman 0-3 (0-2f, 0-1 65); L O’Farrell 0-2; R Clifford, N McCarthy, 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: B Cummins; C O’Brien, P Curran (c), M Cahill; S Maher, C O’Mahony, Padraic Maher; J Ryan, S McGrath; G Ryan, Patrick Maher, A Ryan; P Bourke, B O’Meara, J O’Brien.

Subs: J Woodlock (McGrath inj. 29); D Young (J Ryan 51); E Kelly (Bourke 51); S Curran (Maher 66); P Bourke (Patrick Maher inj. 68); J Ryan (A Ryan 73).

CORK: M Coleman; B Murphy, E Dillon, C O’Sullivan; J Gardiner, R Cashman, S O hAilpin; D Sweetman, P Cronin (c); B Corry, N McCarthy, C Naughton; J Coughlan, E Murphy, R Clifford.

Subs: M O’Sullivan (McCarthy 42); C Joyce (Ó hAilpin 48); L O’Farrell (Clifford 48); B O’Connor (E Murphy 54); S O’Neill (O’Sullivan 58); N McCarthy (Corry 70); R Clifford (Sweetman 70); E Murphy (Cronin inj. 77).

Referee: S Hourigan (Limerick)

Team News

The Tipperary Senior Hurling team to play Cork in the Waterford Crystal Cup semi-final v Cork on Sunday February 12 at Templemore at 1pm is:

1. Brendan Cummins (Ballybacon-Grange)

2. Conor O’Brien (Éire Óg Annacarty)

3. Paul Curran (Mullinahone) Captain

4. Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)

5. Shane Maher (Burgess)

6. Conor O’Mahony (Newport)

7. Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

8. Johnny Ryan (Drom and Inch)

9. Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch)

10. Gearóid Ryan (Templederry Kenyons)

11. Patrick Maher (Lorrha & Dorrha)

12. Adrian Ryan (Templederry Kenyons)

13. Timmy Hammersley (Clonoulty Rossmore)

14. Brian O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs)

15. John O’Brien (Toomevara)

The Cork Senior Hurling team to play Tipperary in Sunday’s Waterford Crystal Cup Semi-Final at 1pm in Templemore will line out as follows:

1. Martin Coleman

2. Brian Murphy 3. Eoin Dillon 4. Conor O’Sullivan

5. Christopher Joyce 6. Ross Cashman 7. John Gardiner

8. Darren Sweetnam 9. Pa Cronin

10. Brian Corry 11. Niall McCarthy 12. Cathal Naughton

13. Luke O’ Farrell 14. Eoin Murphy 15. Ryan Clifford

The team shows a number of changes in personnel from the defeat of Kerry, with Martin Coleman replacing Anthony Nash in goals, while Brian Murphy is chosen at corner back in place of Damien Cahalane.

John Gardiner comes in at wing back instead of Tom Kenny, while last week’s substitute Darren Sweetnam gets a first start at midfield, where he is joined by Pa Cronin who started last Saturday’s game at centre forward but went off injured.

Niall McCarthy returns to the familiar centre-forward berth for this game, with Cathal Naughton moving to the wing

For the Record

Cork Tipperary
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 Waterford Institute of Technology by 2-17 to 1-19 in the Preliminary Round
Number of Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling titles 0 2
Last Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Title N/A 2008
Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Record since 2006 Played – 9
Won – 5
Lost – 4
Drawn – 0
Played – 15
Won – 11
Lost – 4
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

Saturday February 4th

@ MacDonagh Park Nenagh          Tipperary 2-11 University of Limerick 0-12

@ Pairc Ui Rinn                                Cork 5-18 Kerry 1-14

@ Sixmilebridge                               Limerick 1-15 Clare 0-18 AET

Sunday February 5th

@ WIT Sportsgrounds                      Waterford 3-19 UCC 1-19

Quarter-Final Replay

Tuesday February 7th

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick            Clare 2-13 Limerick 1-15

Semi-Finals (Extra time)
Sunday February 12th

@ Templemore                                 Cork v Tipperary                                           @ 1:00pm

@ Walsh Park Waterford                 Waterford v Clare                                          @ 2:00pm

Final (Extra time)

Date TBC


Waterford Crystal
Cup Senior Hurling – Odds and Ends

96 players scored in the eight matches played to date in the 2012 Waterford Crystal Cup.

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.

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.

Since the Waterford Crystal Cup began in 2006, 64 games have been played with just 1 draw – the Limerick v Clare Q-Final on Saturday February 4th.

Waterford have won 12 of their last 14 matches in the Waterford Crystal Cup, including a current winning streak of 8 matches.

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 five matches in the competition they have failed to win a game.

None of the third level colleges has a winning record in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006.

The record of the Third Level Colleges in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006 is Won 18, Lost 39, a 32% success rate. Since the Third Level Colleges entered the McGrath Cup (Senior Football) in 2005, their success rate is 32%.

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

Declan Hannon (Limerick) – 1-21, 0-14 frees
Pa Bourke (Tipperary) – 1-16, 1-14 frees
Shane Brick (Kerry) – 0-18, 0-14 frees, 0-1 65
Aaron Cunningham (Clare) – 1-10, 0-8 frees
Martin O’Neill (Waterford) – 1-8, 0-7 frees
Joe Canning (LIT) – 1-8, 0-6 frees
Nicky O’Connell (Clare) – 0-9, 0-4 frees
Daire Keane (Clare) – 1-6
Eamonn Brosnan (IT Tralee) – 1-5, 0-4 frees
Colin Ryan (Clare) – 0-7, 0-3 frees
Conor McGrath (UL) – 0-7, 0-6 frees
Darragh O’Connell (Kerry) – 1-4, 0-2 frees
Padraig Hickey (Clare) – 0-6 frees
Brian Corry (Cork) – 2-0
Patrick Horgan (Cork) – 1-3
Eoghan Murphy (Cork) – 1-3
Michael Walsh (Waterford) – 1-3
Pat Donnellan (Clare) – 0-5
John O’Neill (Tipperary) – 1-2
Brian O’Meara (Tipperary) – 1-2
Brian Hartnett (UCC) – 1-2
Pauric O’Mahony (UCC) – 0-5, 0-4 frees
Eoin Hayes (Clare) – 1-1
Tony Carmody (Clare) – 1-1
Ryan Clifford (Cork) – 1-1
Luke O’Farrell (Cork) – 0-4
Cian McCarthy (Cork) – 0-4
John Egan (Kerry) – 0-4
Maurice Shanahan (Waterford) – 1-0
Ross Horan (Clare) – 1-0
John Conlon (Clare) – 0-3
Jonathan Clancy (Clare) – 0-3
Adrian Ryan (Tipperary) – 0-3
Eoin Kelly (Tipperary) – 0-3
Timmy Hammersley (Tipperary) – 1-0
Shane McGrath (Tipperary) – 0-3
Mark Deegan (IT Tralee) – 0-3, 0-2 frees
Shane Nolan (Kerry) – 0-3
A Boyle (Kerry) – 1-0
Brian O’Sullivan (UCC) – 0-3
W Griffin (UCC) – 0-3 frees
Brian Geary (Limerick) – 1-0
Cathal Naughton (Cork) – 0-2
Brendan Maher (Tipperary) – 0-2
Shane O’Sullivan (Waterford) – 0-2
Wayne McNamara (Limerick) – 0-2
Brian Donnellan (Clare) – 0-2
C Allis (Limerick) – 0-2
M Lynch (IT Tralee) – 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
Paul Kelly (UL) – 0-2
Michael Boyle (Kerry) – 0-2
D Dineen (Kerry) – 0-2
Shane Bourke (UCC) – 0-2
Mikey Ryan (Limerick) – 0-2
James McInerney (Clare) – 0-1 free
Colm Galvin (Clare) – 0-1
Seamus Prendergast (Waterford) – 0-1
Shane Walsh (Waterford) – 0-1
D. Twomey (Waterford) – 0-1
Stephen Molumphy (Waterford) – 0-1
Jamie Nagle (Waterford) – 0-1
P. O’Brien (Waterford) – 0-1
Darren Sweetnam (Cork) – 0-1
James Woodlock (Tipperary) – 0-1
Gearoid Ryan (Tipperary) – 0-1
John O’Brien (Tipperary) – 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
L Ryan (UL) – 0-1 free
Michael Heffernan (UL) – 0-1
P Walsh (UL) – 0-1
A Royle (Kerry) – 0-1
P. Haughney (UCC) – 0-1
E. O’Sullivan (UCC) – 0-1
Dan McCormack (UCC) – 0-1
S. Corry (UCC) – 0-1
David Moloney (Limerick) – 0-1
Donal O’Grady (Limerick) – 0-1
Mark Carmody (Limerick) – 0-1
Graeme Mulcahy (Limerick) – 0-1

 

 


Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Semi Final – Clare 3-17 Waterford 4-9

Clare cakewalk, but too early for banner headlines, says Davy

Waterford 4-09 Clare 3-17

By John Murphy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Despite the insistence of Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald that the result of this Waterford Crystal Cup semi-final yesterday will be an “utter irrelevancy’’ when the counties meet in the June Munster championship semi-final, the Banner boss must have been impressed at the way his charges performed. With the exception of the opening quarter, when Waterford forced the pace, Clare were the far superior outfit, and but for a hat trick of late goals the home side would have suffered a much heavier defeat.

Fitzgerald said the outcome will have no relevance on the championship stage: “I know exactly what these Waterford players are made of, and there is no point whatever in me getting excited about our performance today, ’’ Fitzgerald said. “In June it will be a very different story and anyone who thinks otherwise isn’t living in the real world.’’ Even so, his Waterford counterpart Michael Ryan couldn’t conceal his disappointment. “Today Clare put down some very serious question marks that must be answered by us, and clearly we now have a serious lot of work to be done before we next meet them in the championship,’’ Ryan said.

Waterford made the perfect start and were six points to the good inside a quarter of an hour, having had the tonic of an excellent Seamas Prendergast goal in the 10th minute. Even at that early stage Walsh had emerged as a real thorn in the side of the Clare defence, and quality points in the 5th and 6th minutes were no less than his great play deserved. His eventual loss through injury was a serious blow to Waterford. Leading by six points, 1-6 to 0-3, with 20 minutes played, there was little to indicate the depth of the Clare mastery to come, In the space of 12 minutes they reeled off 1-6 without a solitary Waterford response, with their goal in the 27th minute scored by Daire Keane. Colin Ryan too rifled over a marvellous point, and although a pointed free by Martin O’Neill was the final score of the half, Clare were by then a deserving 1-9 to 1-7 in front.

For virtually the entire second half, Waterford were forced to play second fiddle to rampant Clare. Waterford’s positioning of Michael “Brick’’ Walsh at midfield in a switch from centre-forward never paid the expected dividend, and Clare’s near total dominance early in the second-half saw them virtually out of sight with 15 minutes remaining. The second goal came in the 54th minute, a superb effort by Aaron Cunningham, stretching the Clare lead to ten points, 2-15 to 1-8, and while the closing seven minutes brought Waterford goals by Martin O’Neill in the 64th and 68th minutes and another by Seamas Prendergast they were only a small source of consolation.

Scorers for Clare: C Ryan (0-6, 0-5 frees); A Cunningham (1-2); C Galvin (1-1); D Keane (1-1); P O’Connor (0-2); T Carmody, P Donnellan, F Lynch, P Kelly, J Conlon (0-1) each.

Scorers for Waterford; M O’Neill (2-6, 0-6 frees); S Prendergast (2-0); S Wash (0-2); M Shanahan (0-1,f).

CLARE: D Tuohy; D O’Donovan, C Dillon, C, Cooney; S Morey, E Barrett, P O’Connor; C Galvin, P Donnellan; J Conlon, D Keane, F Lynch; T Carmody, C, Ryan, A, Cunningham.

Subs; P, Kelly for Barrett (HT); C, Chaplin for Lynch (48); R, Horan for Keane (60).

WATERFORD: A, Power; S, Fives, D, Prendergast, A, Kearney; J, Nagle, S, O’Sullivan, K, Moran; M, Walsh, P, O’Brien; M, Shanahan, S, Prendergast, D, Twomey; M, O’Neill, S, Walsh, E, McGrath.

Subs; P, Nevin for Twomey(40); T, Ryan for Walsh, inj (51).

Referee: Johnny Ryan, Tipperary

 

For the Record

Waterford Clare
2011 Waterford Crystal Cup Performance Defeated CIT, Clare and Cork to win the competition 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 2 1
Last Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Title 2011 2009
Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Record since 2006 Played – 17
Won – 13
Lost – 4
Drawn – 0
Played – 20
Won – 14
Lost – 5
Drawn – 1

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

Saturday February 4th

@ MacDonagh Park Nenagh          Tipperary 2-11 University of Limerick 0-12

@ Pairc Ui Rinn                                Cork 5-18 Kerry 1-14

@ Sixmilebridge                               Limerick 1-15 Clare 0-18 AET

Sunday February 5th

@ WIT Sportsgrounds                      Waterford 3-19 UCC 1-19

Quarter-Final Replay

Tuesday February 7th

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick            Clare 2-13 Limerick 1-15


Semi-Finals (Extra time)
Sunday February 12th

@ Templemore                                 Cork v Tipperary                                           @ 1:00pm

@ Walsh Park Waterford                 Waterford v Clare                                          @ 2:00pm

Final (Extra time)

Date TBC


Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling – Odds and Ends

96 players scored in the eight matches played to date in the 2012 Waterford Crystal Cup.

Waterford have won 12 of their last 14 matches in the Waterford Crystal Cup, including a current winning streak of 8 matches.

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

Since the Waterford Crystal Cup began in 2006, 64 games have been played with just 1 draw – the Limerick v Clare Q-Final on Saturday February 4th.

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

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.

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.

None of the third level colleges has a winning record in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006.

The record of the Third Level Colleges in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006 is Won 18, Lost 39, a 32% success rate. Since the Third Level Colleges entered the McGrath Cup (Senior Football) in 2005, their success rate is 32%.

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

Declan Hannon (Limerick) – 1-21, 0-14 frees
Pa Bourke (Tipperary) – 1-16, 1-14 frees
Shane Brick (Kerry) – 0-18, 0-14 frees, 0-1 65
Aaron Cunningham (Clare) – 1-10, 0-8 frees
Martin O’Neill (Waterford) – 1-8, 0-7 frees
Joe Canning (LIT) – 1-8, 0-6 frees
Nicky O’Connell (Clare) – 0-9, 0-4 frees
Daire Keane (Clare) – 1-6
Eamonn Brosnan (IT Tralee) – 1-5, 0-4 frees
Colin Ryan (Clare) – 0-7, 0-3 frees
Conor McGrath (UL) – 0-7, 0-6 frees
Darragh O’Connell (Kerry) – 1-4, 0-2 frees
Padraig Hickey (Clare) – 0-6 frees
Brian Corry (Cork) – 2-0
Patrick Horgan (Cork) – 1-3
Eoghan Murphy (Cork) – 1-3
Michael Walsh (Waterford) – 1-3
Pat Donnellan (Clare) – 0-5
John O’Neill (Tipperary) – 1-2
Brian O’Meara (Tipperary) – 1-2
Brian Hartnett (UCC) – 1-2
Pauric O’Mahony (UCC) – 0-5, 0-4 frees
Eoin Hayes (Clare) – 1-1
Tony Carmody (Clare) – 1-1
Ryan Clifford (Cork) – 1-1
Luke O’Farrell (Cork) – 0-4
Cian McCarthy (Cork) – 0-4
John Egan (Kerry) – 0-4
Maurice Shanahan (Waterford) – 1-0
Ross Horan (Clare) – 1-0
John Conlon (Clare) – 0-3
Jonathan Clancy (Clare) – 0-3
Adrian Ryan (Tipperary) – 0-3
Eoin Kelly (Tipperary) – 0-3
Timmy Hammersley (Tipperary) – 1-0
Shane McGrath (Tipperary) – 0-3
Mark Deegan (IT Tralee) – 0-3, 0-2 frees
Shane Nolan (Kerry) – 0-3
A Boyle (Kerry) – 1-0
Brian O’Sullivan (UCC) – 0-3
W Griffin (UCC) – 0-3 frees
Brian Geary (Limerick) – 1-0
Cathal Naughton (Cork) – 0-2
Brendan Maher (Tipperary) – 0-2
Shane O’Sullivan (Waterford) – 0-2
Wayne McNamara (Limerick) – 0-2
Brian Donnellan (Clare) – 0-2
C Allis (Limerick) – 0-2
M Lynch (IT Tralee) – 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
Paul Kelly (UL) – 0-2
Michael Boyle (Kerry) – 0-2
D Dineen (Kerry) – 0-2
Shane Bourke (UCC) – 0-2
Mikey Ryan (Limerick) – 0-2
James McInerney (Clare) – 0-1 free
Colm Galvin (Clare) – 0-1
Seamus Prendergast (Waterford) – 0-1
Shane Walsh (Waterford) – 0-1
D. Twomey (Waterford) – 0-1
Stephen Molumphy (Waterford) – 0-1
Jamie Nagle (Waterford) – 0-1
P. O’Brien (Waterford) – 0-1
Darren Sweetnam (Cork) – 0-1
James Woodlock (Tipperary) – 0-1
Gearoid Ryan (Tipperary) – 0-1
John O’Brien (Tipperary) – 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
L Ryan (UL) – 0-1 free
Michael Heffernan (UL) – 0-1
P Walsh (UL) – 0-1
A Royle (Kerry) – 0-1
P. Haughney (UCC) – 0-1
E. O’Sullivan (UCC) – 0-1
Dan McCormack (UCC) – 0-1
S. Corry (UCC) – 0-1
David Moloney (Limerick) – 0-1
Donal O’Grady (Limerick) – 0-1
Mark Carmody (Limerick) – 0-1
Graeme Mulcahy (Limerick) – 0-1

 

 

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Cork 4-11 Down 0-10

Three-goal Kelly fires up Cork

Cork 4-11 Down 0-10

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

The margin separating the teams when they clashed in the 2010 All-Ireland final was wafer-thin but since then the chasm between the footballers of Cork and Down has increased substantially. Last March in the league Cork had 11 points to spare and last July in the championship Down were 12 points adrift. Those chastening defeats hurt them and the noises emanating from their camp last week spoke of an intent to bridge the gap, with plans to travel down on Saturday to improve their preparations.  But it failed to alter the recent pattern that has emerged between counties with 13 points separating them at the close of their latest meeting.

Cork strolled to victory with 2,762 spectators present to witness a league encounter where the sense of competitiveness had eroded long before the finish.  A flurry of goals in a 23-minute period that sandwiched the interval was at the core of Cork’s triumph. Patrick Kelly was the chief protagonist as he fired a brace before the break, displaying neat footwork to skip past the Down defence in the 26th minute. He planted the ball past Brendan McVeigh again two minutes later after Pearse O’Neill made a timely interception.

Donncha O’Connor maintained his high standards from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time, striking with customary assurance after Mark Collins was felled. By the 49th minute the Ballydesmond man’s perseverance in keeping the ball in play was rewarded when Kelly side-footed home to complete his hat-trick. “Yeah it’s the first one in my career,” revealed Kelly. “I rarely even get goal chances, let alone score goals. It’s probably something that’ll never happen for me again to get three so I’ll enjoy it.”

Raising the green flag with frequency is something that has eluded Cork during Counihan’s reign as evidenced by the total of four goals they mustered during their march to the All-Ireland title in 2010. Their strike rate here heartened Counihan yet the size of their winning margin surprised him, judging his response to the query as to whether he was expecting a sterner challenge.  “Oh Jesus, absolutely. Down were coming down here having beaten Donegal last week so we said it’d be tough. The game fell our way with the break of the ball and the goals and that sort of thing, it’s very hard to come back from that.  “I don’t think that was a true reflection of Down, it’s difficult playing away when you’ve a full team but when you’re understrength it’s harder. When you concede three goals in the first half, it’s very difficult to get a team to lift themselves.”

Counihan’s point about Down having personnel deficiencies was salient. Their defence continues to be a cause for concern and Dan McCartan was the only starting member of their rearguard to have featured in the 2010 All-Ireland decider. Kevin McKernan and Conor Garvey were whipped off the bench yet they could not stem the tide. Down availed of Cork’s sluggish opening to lead 0-3 to 0-0 after 11 minutes courtesy of Aidan Carr points but that bright outlook quickly evaporated.

Cork battened down the hatches, Pearse O’Neill and Alan O’Connor provided a physical edge at midfield while they displayed a ruthless streak up front. Mark Collins and Barry O’Driscoll had productive afternoons in attack as they continue to adjust to life at senior level while Donncha O’Connor was in exemplary form at full-forward. They outscored Down by 3-5 to 0-2 in the closing 25 minutes of the first half.  Down attempted to salvage the game but could not make inroads into Cork’s lead. Dan Gordon registered their solitary second-half point from play in the 40th minute and with Brendan Coulter, Mark Poland and Danny Hughes held scoreless, it was a frustrating afternoon.  Cork’s disappointment in Armagh last Sunday clearly fuelled their motivation to succeed here. The focus that Counihan demands during the league continues to be met by his players as this was their 13th win out of 14 home league games during his tenure.

For Down there is three weeks to iron out the kinks in their play ahead of another tussle with a Munster side when they face Kerry.  “It wasn’t the result or the performance we were looking for,” admitted selector Aidan O’Rourke.  “Ten minutes into the game we were reasonably happy, but the goals were criminal. We went through the McKenna Cup without conceding a goal, but that changed last week against Donegal and today we conceded six goal opportunities and let in four.”

Scorers for Cork: P Kelly 3-0, D O’Connor 1-4 (1-0 pen, 3fs), B O’Driscoll 0-2, M Shields, F Goold, M Collins, A O’Connor, P O’Neill 0-1 each.

Scorers for Down: A Carr 0-5 (0-4f), L Doyle 0-2fs, A Brannigan, D Gordon, C Laverty 0-1 each.

Subs for Cork: P Kerrigan for Lynch (25), E Cotter for Cadogan (half-time), S Kiely for O’Leary (53), N Murphy for A O’Connor (65), L Shorten for Goold (65).

Subs for Down: C Garvey for D McCartan (32), C Maginn for Poland (half-time), K McKernan for G McCartan (42), A McArdle for Turley (42), B McArdle for Costello (53).

Referee: Rory Hickey (Clare)

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Fermanagh 0-11 Clare 0-8

Fermanagh fight back to secure points

Fermanagh 0-11 Clare 0-8

By Colm Bradley for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Peter Canavan’s Fermanagh side came from behind to secure a win over Clare at Brewster Park. There was stunned silence at the break as Clare led by three points.  Rory Donnelly, David Tubridy and David Russell, who replaced the injured Ger Quinlan at midfield, impressed in that opening half for the Banner.  But Fermanagh were a changed outfit on the restart, with sub Shane McCabe leading by example. Corner-forward Paul Ward benefited most from McCabe’s vision, kicking three points from play, while Seamus Quigley landed six from placed balls. With three points between them David Tubridy had a snap shot well saved by Chris Snow in the Fermanagh goal to deny the Banner a share of the spoils.

Scorers for Fermanagh: Seamus Quigley (0-6, 0-5f, 0-1 45), P Ward (0-3), B Mulrone (0-1), S Lyons (0-1).

Scorers for Clare: D Tubridy (0-5, 0-4f), A Clohessy (0-1), S McGrath (0-1), D Russell (0-1).

FERMANAGH: C Snow; N Bogue, B Owens, J Woods; C Quigley, R McCluskey, B Mulrone; J Sherry, E Donnelly; S Lyons, B Óg Maguire, M Little; P Ward, Seamus Quigley, Sean Quigley.

Subs: S McCabe for Little (ht), K Connor for B Óg Maguire (ht), D Kille for Sean Quigley (ht), E Maguire for K Connor (62).

CLARE: J Hayes, B Hartnett, S McNeilis, L Healy, M McMahon, G Kelly, J Hayes, G Brennan, G Quinlan, N Browne, S McGrath, S Brennan, R Donnelly, D Tubridy, A Clohessy Subs: D Russell for Quinlan (8), J Dowling for N Browne (62), T Ryan for Russell (66).

Referee: Jerome Henry

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Limerick 1-13 London 1-7

Ryan hits 1-6 as Treaty defeat 14-man exiles

Limerick 1-13 London 1-07

By John Redington for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Limerick topped the Allianz League Division 4 table after an unimpressive performance at the Gaelic Grounds yesterday. The hosts proved too strong for a London outfit forced to play all but the opening four minutes without red-carded centre-forward Lorcan Mulvey. Though Limerick controlled the game and looked far sharper in attack, the sides were level (0-7 to 1-4) with Pádraig McGoldrick converting a 31st minute penalty following Damien Quaide’s foul on Eoin O’Neill. Limerick had a penalty themselves moments after the restart but Seanie Buckley’s effort was saved by Declan Traynor. However, Ian Ryan found the Limerick net minutes later when he goaled following a Ger Collins’s pass. The Shannonsiders were never troubled thereafter.

LIMERICK: B Scanlon; D Quaide, J McCarthy, L O’Dwyer; J Riordan, B Fitzpatrick, P Ranahan; S Buckley, S Lucey; D Treacy, E O’Connor (0-2), J Cooke; G Collins (0-2), J O’Meara (0-2), I Ryan (1-6, 2f).

Subs: S Lavin for D Quaide, Ian Corbett for Darragh Treacy (half-time), G O’Connell (0-1) for J Cooke, S Nix for S Lucey, M O’Keeffe for L O’Dwyer.

LONDON: D Traynor; S Hannon, S Bradshaw, D McGreevy; A Gaughan, S Mulligan, J Scanlon; S McVeigh (0-1), M Gottsche; C McCallion, L Mulvey, M Mullins; P McGoldrick (1-4, (1pen, 4f), S Kelly, E O’Neill (0-2, 2f).

Subs: P McDermott for S Kelly, S Doolin for J Scanlon, F Niblock for E O’Neill, F McVey for M Mullins.

Referee: K O’Brien (Tipperary)

 

Ryan strike helps Limerick kill off London challenge

From the Limerick Leader newspaper

Limerick claimed their second win of the Allianz Football League Division 4 campaign on Sunday thanks to a 1-13 to 1-7 win over London in the Gaelic Grounds. A bizarre first half saw the hosts scream into an instant lead, go a man up after four minutes when London centre-forward Lorcan Mulvey gained a straight red for an off-the-ball incident, strike seven excellent points through almost constant pressure and still find themselves level at the break against opponents who hardly launched a serious attempt at the posts during the entire period. It wasn’t until Ian Ryan found the net ten minutes after the break that the game finally reverted to form and the hosts collected their expected victory.

Limerick were three points up in as many minutes through Ger Collins, James O’Meara and Ian Ryan but lost their direction after London packed back following Mulvey’s dismissal. Two Pádraig McGoldrick frees on their occasional breaks brought the vistors back into contention and Eoin O’Neill sent over a third placed ball after Eoghan O’Connor’s reply. Home side pressure finally seemed to be paying off when Ryan, O’Connor and Ryan again finished off three patient moves but London resurrected their hopes when McGoldrick slotted home a penalty and O’Neill tapped over a free from the resulting kickout to give them an unlikely tie of 0-7 to 1-4 at the break. Limerick got a penalty of their own on the restart but Declan Traynor saved off Seánie Buckley. After an O’Meara point, Ryan made up for the missed opportunity when taking a pass from Collins to slip under Traynor. And that was enough to finally settle the tie.

Scorers – Limerick: Ian Ryan 1-6 (0-2 frees), Ger Collins 0-2, James O’Meara 0-2, Eoghan O’Connor 0-2, Graham O’Connell 0-1; London: Pádraig McGoldrick 1-4 (1-0 penalty, 0-4 frees), Eoin O’Neill 0-2 (both frees), Seán McVeigh 0-1.

Limerick – Brian Scanlon; Damien Quaide, Johnny McCarthy, Lorcan O’Dwyer; John Riordan, Barry Fitzpatrick, Pa Ranahan; Seánie Buckley, Stephen Lucey; Darragh Treacy, Eoghan O’Connor, John Cooke; Ger Collins, James O’Meara, Ian Ryan. Subs: Stephen Lavin for Damien Quaide (half-time), Ian Corbett for Darragh Treacy (half-time), Graham O’Connell for John Cooke (59 mins), Stephen Nix for Stephen Lucey (61 mins), Mike O’Keeffe for Lorcan O’Dwyer (67 mins).

London – Declan Traynor; Séamus Hannon, Seán Bradshaw, David McGreevy; Anthony Gaughan, Shane Mulligan, John Scanlon; Seán McVeigh, Mark Gottsche; Ciarán McCallion, Lorcan Mulvey, Michael Mullins; Pádraig McGoldrick, Seán Kelly, Eoin O’Neill. Subs: Paul McDermott for Seán Kelly (44 mins), Shane Doolin for John Scanlon (53 mins), Francis Niblock for Eoin O’Neill (56 Mins), Fergal McVey for Michael Mullins (61 mins), Barry Kerr for Anthony Gaughan (65 mins).

Referee – Keith O’Brien (Tipperary)

AIB All-Ireland Club Intermediate Football Championship Final – Milltown/Castlemaine (Kerry) 1-13 Davitts (Mayo) 1-6

Milltown-Castlemaine reign

Milltown-Castlemaine (Kerry) 1-13 Davitts (Mayo) 1-06

By Brendan O’Brien for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kerry’s affinity with the All-Ireland Club IFC – not to mention Croke Park – continued yesterday with Milltown-Castlemaine claiming the county’s third title in the tournament’s eight-year history. For Mayo, it was a familiar story of an altogether more depressing sort. Yet another defeat for one of it’s sides in HQ and, not just that, but another day in which the men from the west failed utterly to give a true account of themselves.  It was a wholly unexpected turn of events given the fact Davitts had entered the weekend as slight favourites after an impressive semi-final performance when they restricted Éire Óg of Greystones to just six points while Milltown-Castlemaine had struggled past Derry’s Craigbane.

In one sense, it was a final that brought great symmetry to the eventual champions’ campaign given they had struggled past opponents in quarter and semi-finals only to win both the provincial and national deciders at something of a canter.  The Munster champions led from the second minute when wing-back Paul O’Carroll pointed and they now follow Ardfert (2007) and St Michael’s Foilmore (2009) into the history books.  This was, in fact, the most one-sided decider ever at this grade and the painful truth for Davitts is they were clearly in some trouble from the initial exchanges against a side that boasted a roll call of quality performances.

Corner-forward Cathal Moriarty earned the official vote of man of the match for a display that allied intelligence with instinct but there were contenders wearing green sprinkled throughout every line on the pitch.  Others of note were Gavin Wrenn who chipped in with a hat-trick of points, Jerome Flynn who worked relentlessly all day and the wing-backs Jono O’Connor and Paul O’Carroll who raided deep and retreated deeper when the occasions demanded.  As with the Oscars, the only problem with naming a few is the inevitable omission of endless others who deserve their mention every bit as much but the fact is there wasn’t an area or a period where the Kerry side struggled.

Davitts, in contrast, proved too reliant on midfielder Ronan McNamara and corner-forward Michael Conroy, neither of whom could do enough with limited possession to turn the tide.  Conroy was the true ace in their pack. Or should have been.  Recently recalled to James Horan’s Mayo squad, he had kicked 1-22 in his previous three games but was isolated far too much by his team-mates who depended on long, hopeful punts forward in his general direction.

Too often he had to roam towards the sidelines to collect and even when he did he found himself superbly shepherded by Kevin McKenna who will have slept soundly last night having kept his man scoreless from play.  The one time Davitts’ long-ball game paid off it did so in spades with Conroy tipping down another Hail Mary in the direction of the overlapping Fergal McGrath whose low shot slipped under Mark Diskin and into the net.

Half-time was just four minutes away when McGrath struck and it halved what had been a six-point Milltown-Castlemaine lead built on an abundance of possession and the game’s first goal after 11 minutes.  Moriarty was the supplier, sending in a ball towards the Davitts square that was obviously launched with the intention of splitting the posts but instead dropped into the path of Colm Kearins who punched home.  One or two defenders protested it was a case of square ball but they were muted in tone and the same players were probably still thanking their goalkeeper for saving from Kearins in a one-on-one situation minutes before.

By half-time the gap was at four and an effort from Keith Prendergast reduced that to a goal soon after the change of ends but any hopes of seeing an edge-of-the-seat contest faded with every minute that passed thereafter without another Davitts score.  In total, 27 second-half minutes slipped by before they bothered the scoreboard again with a pair of frees from Conroy. Problem was that Milltown-Castlemaine had added five of their own to the debate in the meantime.  It was that straightforward.

Scorers for Davitts: M Conroy 0-3fs, F McGrath 1-0, A McTigue, R McNamara, K Prendergast 0-1 each.

Scorers for Milltown-Castlemaine: I Twiss 0-4fs, C Kearins 1-0, G Wrenn 0-3, D Kelliher 0-2, P O’Carroll, J Flynn, C Moriarty, D Twiss 0-1 each.

DAVITTS: M Diskin; C Roche, A Roche, K Gallagher; J Clarke, C Boyle, J Cummins; R McNamara, P Carey; K Prendergast, D McDonagh, O Coyne; A McTigue, F McGrath, M Conroy.

Subs: F Barrett for Clarke (39), K Glynn for McDonagh (39), C O’Gara for Kearns (51), J Ronayne for Carey (57).

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

Subs: D Twiss for Flynn (51), P Wrenn for O’Carroll (62), K McKenna for I Twiss (64).

Referee: D Brazil (Offaly)

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Antrim 1-13 Tipperary 0-13

Loughrey goal topples Tipperary

Tipperary 0-13 Antrim 1-13

By Shane Brophy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tipperary’s promotion ambitions are hanging by a thread following this second successive league defeat at Semple Stadium yesterday. Tipp began brightly and kicked the first two points through Hugh Coghlan and Philip Austin, but the visitors responded with three points from Michael Armstrong, Tomas and Michael McCann.  The home side hit back with Austin kicking two points and Barry Grogan adding a third. Antrim responded with the only goal in the 23rd minute from James Loughrey. Despite Barry Grogan responding with a point, Antrim hit the last four points to lead 1-8 to 0-6 at half-time.  With their midfield dominant, Antrim increased their lead to nine. Michael Quinlivan kicked Tipp’s first score of the second half in the 52nd minute and with Barry Grogan kicking six points, five from frees, they dominated the final 20 minutes. But their comeback was too little too late.

Scorers for Tipp: B Grogan 0-8 (6f); P Austin 0-3; H Coghlan, M Quinlivan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Antrim: T McCann 0-5 (3f, 1 45); J Loughrey 1-1; P Cunningham 0-3 (2f); M Armstrong 0-2; M McCann, M Magill 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: P Fitzgerald; R Costigan, P Codd, C McDonald; H Coghlan, T Ryan, R Kiely; B Jones, E Ryan; S Carey, P Austin, D Leahy; M Quinlivan, S Ryan, B Grogan.

Subs: D Heffernan for S Ryan (ht); B Mulvihill for Carey (ht); D Lynch for Coghlan (45); L McGrath for Leahy (53); G Hannigan for E Ryan (62).

ANTRIM: C Kerr; P Gallagher, D O’Hagan, M McAleese; T Scullion, J Crozier, J Loughrey; M McCann, C Kelly; M Sweeney, K Brady, M Armstrong; B Neeson, T McCann, P Cunningham.

Subs: S Finch for O’Hagan (22); M Magill for Neeson (26); A Healy for Armstrong (48); A Gallagher for Healy (65).

Referee: C Lane (Cork)

All-Ireland Camogie Senior Club Championship Semi-Final – Drom & Inch (Tipperary) 1-12 Killimor (Galway) 1-7

Drom/Inch (Tipperary) 1-12 Killimor (Galway) 1-07
Report from the RTE.ie web site
Killimor’s grip on the All-Ireland Senior Club Camogie Championship is no more as Drom/Inch dominated the Galwegians at MacDonagh Park in Nenagh to book a place in this year’s final against Oulart The Ballagh. Drom/Inch held the upper hand from the moment team captain Mary Looby capitalised on some clever play by Geraldine Kinane and Niamh Harkin to goal in the seventh minute. Brenda Hanney was amongst Killimor’s best players and might have hit back in kind within a minute but with Joanne Ryan driving the Tipperary side onwards from midfield it is unlikely that even a three-pointer at that juncture would have made any difference. Indeed, the brilliance of Killimor goalkeeper Helen Campbell ensured that the final margin wasn’t much greater, while their goal, courtesy of Hanney, came much too late in the second half to threaten a comeback.
The 1-06 to 0-04 half-time scoreline was in no way flattering to Drom/Inch, with Looby, Kinane, Caitriona Shortt and Antoinette Kennedy registering points to help them gain that five-point advantage. Shortt was in scintillating form after the resumption, the corner-forward responsible for all six of her side’s points in that period. Whether it was from play, frees or 45s made no difference, as Shortt raised white flag after white flag. In contrast, it was hard work for Killimor, Martina Conroy and the industrious Hanney getting on the mark before Hanney’s late goal helped put a bit more respectability on the scoreline.
Scorers:
Drom/Inch: C Shortt 0-8 (3 45s, 2fs); M Looby 1-1, J Ryan, G Kinane, A Kennedy 0-1 each
Killimor: B Hanney 1-1; M Conroy 0-3(1f); S Keane 0-2; A Brehony 0-1
Drom/Inch: R Kenneally; P McGrath, L Bourke, N Connolly; N Harrington, M Shortt, T Shortt; S Bourke, J Ryan; G Kinane, A Kennedy, E Shanahan; C Shortt, N Harkin, M Looby. Sub: A Eviston for T Shortt (50)
Killimor: H Campbell; J Brien, N Lawless, N Hanney; M Duane, AM Hayes, K Brien; E Haverty, AM Starr; M Conroy, C Conroy, B Hanney; A Brehony; D Starr, S Keane, A Brehony. Sub: S Brien for D Starr (46)
Referee: O Elliott (Antrim)

Corn Uí Mhuirí Senior A Football Semi-final – P.S. Corcha Dhuibhne 0-14 Tralee CBS 0-9

Awesome Ó Sé leads Chorca Dhuibhne

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne 0-14 Tralee CBS 0-09

by Murt Murphy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Last year’s defeated finalists Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne deservedly beat a brave Tralee CBS side in a keenly contested Corn Uí Mhuirí semi-final at the Dr Crokes Grounds, Killarney yesterday. PS Chorca Dhuibhne dominated for long periods thanks to the inspirational play of Padraig Ó Se (son of Kerry legend Páidí) at centre-back, Barra Ó Suilleabhain and Eanna Ó Conchuir at midfield and the strong running of Dara Ó Sé on the forty.

PS Chorca Dhuibhne raced into a 0-4 to 0-0 lead inside the opening 11 minutes, thanks to points from Barra Ó Suilleabhain, Micheal Ó Flannura, Tomas Ó Caomhanaigh (free) and wing back Padraig Ó Dubhain. The West Kerry side were denied a goal in the 14th minute when Eanna Reidy turned a Tom Kavanagh piledriver around the post for a ‘45’.

Tralee CBS eventually got going in the 15th minute with a fine point from wing back Tom McLoughlin. Tralee then hit three unanswered points from Jack Savage (2) and one from Greg Horan to close the gap to a single point, but late points from Barra Ó Suilleabhain and Dara Ó Sé saw PS Chorca Dhuibhne lead 0-6 to 0-4 at the interval. The sides were level on 0-7 apiece by the 40th minute as Tralee CBS, largely due to the efforts of Tom McLoughlin, Sean Moloney, Jack Savage and Greg Horan.

Padraig Ó Se’s shackling of Tralee’s dangerman Niall Sheehy proved crucial as the game progressed. Chorca Dhuibhne suddenly stepped it up a notch and two superb points from their Frewen Cup star Brian Ó Raoill in the 41st and 42nd minutes, settled his side. Driven on by the imperious Ó Se, Chorca Dhuibhne finished the stronger with four Dara Ó Sé frees and now they face De La Salle, Macroom on March 4 in Fitzgerald Stadium.

Scorers for Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne: D Ó Sé 0-6 (0-4 frees), B Ó Suilleabhain and B Ó Raoill 0-2 each, T Ó Caomhanaigh 0-1 free, P Ó Dubhain, J Ó Suilleabhain and M Ó Flannura 0-1 each.

Tralee CBS scorers: J Savage 0-3 (0-2 frees), S Moloney 0-2, T McLoughlin, G Horan, N Sheehy, and R Quill 0-1 each.

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne: G Ó Currain; P Ó Conchuir, C Ó Luing, T Ó Suilleabhain; P Ó Dubhain, P Ó Sé, M Ó Flatharta; B Ó Suilleabhain, E Ó Conchuir; B Ó Raoill, Dara Ó Se, J Ó Suilleabhain; S Ó hUallacháin, T Ó Caomhanaigh, M Ó Flannura.

Subs: P Breathnach for B Ó Suilleabhain (inj 40), M Ó Ciobhain for P Ó Dubhain (53) , C Ó Bambaire for S Ó hUallacháin (56) E Ó Muircheartaigh for B Ó Raoill (60).

Tralee CBS: E Reidy; M Donnelly, S O’Connor, T Begley; T McLoughlin, D Moynihan, J Moran; G Horan, M Wrenn; J Savage, N Sheehy, S Moloney; C Jordan, D Carroll, R Quill.

Subs: E Mac Allen for J Moran (45), A Kastrati for R Quill (54)

Referee: Eddie Walsh (Rathmore)