AIB Munster GAA Hurling Senior Club Championship Quarter-Final – Thurles Sarsfields (Tipperary) 2-12 Kilmallock (Limerick) 0-15

Corbett does talking on the pitch for Thurles

By Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Thurles Sarsfields (Tipperary) 2-12 Kilmallock (Limerick) 0-15

As hurling fans from Tipperary and beyond tucked into Lar Corbett’s autobiography, the man himself got back to doing what he does best yesterday. To say that the last couple of months have been difficult for the 2010 Hurler of the Year would be an understatement. For many, he was the scapegoat following Tipperary’s 19-point defeat against Kilkenny in the All-Ireland semi-final back in August. Some don’t even want him back in the blue but when Corbett’s on his game, he’s still one of the finest forwards in the country. And after announcing on television last Friday night that he’s available for selection in 2013, he gave new Tipp boss Eamon O’Shea some food for thought in Kilmallock.

Having been held scoreless in the county final victory over Drom & Inch, Corbett showed flashes of his old brilliance yesterday. He blasted over the game’s opening score after 10 seconds, nailed his side’s opening score of the second half and finished a brilliant 43rd minute move for a second Sars goal. And like they did in 2010, the Premier county flag-bearers survived a stern test on Kilmallock soil. They march on to face Cork champions Sarsfields on November 11 and this hugely entertaining game will have steeled them for what might lie in store down the line. Sars have won 32 Tipperary SHC titles but have never won a Munster crown — that’s something they want to put right.

And yet it was Kilmallock who got off to a rip-roaring start in front of an official attendance of 3,600. With more than a hint of winter in the air, both sides would go on to make light of the conditions. With just three minutes on the watch, they were 0-1 to 0-3 behind as Kilmallock midfielder Paudie O’Brien drilled over three long-range points. A brace of points from Pa Bourke, who collected 1-5 in total, levelled matters and when Robbie Egan and Bourke traded scores, the sides were deadlocked at 0-4 apiece. Then, in the 19th minute, Bourke went for the jugular from a 20m free and struck the game’s opening goal.

It was a strike that helped to open up a 1-7 to 0-5 lead for Sars at half-time as Kilmallock, who registered eight second half wides despite not hitting one in the first half, went 17 minutes without a score after Egan’s point. A free from leading scorer Eoin Ryan on the half hour stopped the rot but Bourke responded in kind with the final score of the first half. Kilmallock boss Tony Considine was incensed by the first-half performance of referee Colm Lyons (who flashed eight yellow cards in total). Considine even marched on to the field to remonstrate with the Cork whistler.

Considine explained afterwards: “I felt for a long time we weren’t getting them (calls). I think everyone else in the ground felt we weren’t getting them either. I don’t know how ye felt looking at it from a different position to me. I’d say he looked at himself at half-time, he definitely wasn’t having a good game. “And that’s not sour grapes. It’s a long time since I went into a referee. I don’t usually do things like that but I did it today. I just felt that frees were very easily conceded and it’s a manly game as well, especially in this weather.”

Three times in the second half Kilmallock got to within a point but they could never draw level as the Sars defence, held together magnificently by Pádraic Maher, repelled them. And Corbett’s goal was such a tonic for the winners as he finished a quite brilliant move that passed through the hands of Bourke, Denis Maher and Mikey O’Brien before Corbett applied the finish. Having weathered the storm, Sars picked off the late scores to get over the line and delighted boss Seamus Quinn gasped: “People in our own county question the character of this team and we just keep producing it. “Anybody that was here today would know that. It should go around the county that we have character and we have bottle. That’s what it’s going to boil down to, if you’re going to win these games at this time of the year.”

Scorers for Kilmallock: E Ryan 0-6 (4f), P O’Brien & S O’Donnell 0-3 each, R Egan, P O’Dwyer & K O’Donnell 0-1 each.

Scorers for Thurles Sarsfields: P Bourke 1-5 (1-3f), L Corbett 1-2, J Enright 0-3f, D Maher & M O’Brien 0-1 each.

KILMALLOCK: B Hennessy; L Hurley, P O’Loughlin, K O’Mahony; L Walsh, G O’Mahony, B O’Sullivan; R Egan, P O’Brien; J Mulcahy, P O’Dwyer, E Ryan; G Mulcahy, K O’Donnell, S O’Donnell.
Sub: K Kennelly for J Mulcahy (48).

THURLES SARSFIELDS: P McCormack; S Maher, K O’Gorman, David Maher; D Kennedy, P Maher, M Cahill; M Gleeson, J Enright; P Bourke, J Corbett, L Corbett; M O’Brien, Denis Maher, A McCormack.
Subs: B O’Dwyer for S Maher (inj, 28), G O’Grady for J Corbett (42), J Maher for Enright (47), R Ruth for A McCormack (57).

Referee: C Lyons (Cork)

Next Round – the winners play Sarsfields (Cork) in the Munster Club Semi-Final on Sunday November 11th at a Tipperary venue.

Admission Prices
Adults – €15
Student/OAP – €10
All Under 16s free

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at for more information

For the Record

Thurles Sarsfields (Tipperary) Kilmallock (Limerick)
2012 Team Manager Seamus Quinn Tony Considine
2012 Team Captain Padraic Maher Paudie O’Brien
Number of Munster Club Senior Hurling titles 0 2
Last Munster Club
Senior Hurling Title
N/A 1994
(Kilmallock, Limerick 2-11 Toomevara, Tipperary 1-11)
Number of Munster Club Senior Hurling titles
(by County)
11 6
Last Munster Club
Senior Hurling Title
(by County)
(Loughmore-Castleiney, Tipperary 1-6
Tulla, Clare 0-7)
(Na Piarsaigh, Limerick 1-13 Crusheen, Clare 0-9 (Replay))
Munster Club Senior Hurling Championship Record since 2000 for each county’s representative Played – 23
Won – 12
Lost –  9
Drawn – 2
Played – 21
Won – 8
Lost –  11
Drawn – 2
Last meeting in the Munster Club Senior Hurling Championship involving participating county representatives November 14th 2010 at Kilmallock (Munster Club Semi-Final) –Thurles Sarsfields (Tipperary) 2-10 Kilmallock (Limerick) 0-11 – Goals by Lar Corbett and sub Michael O’Brien helped Thurles Sarsfields to a hard earned five point victory after the sides were level at 0-6 to 0-6 at half-time
Odds and Ends The last home victory by a Limerick Club Senior Hurling champion came in 2008 courtesy of Adare’s 1-11 to 0-10 victory over Toomevara. 

Since 2008, the Tipperary Club Senior Hurling champions have won 1 out of their 5 games played with Thurles Sarsfields victory over Kilmallock in 2010 being the only success.

Munster GAA HURLING Club Senior Championship 2012


Sunday October 28th (Replay date – Saturday November 3rd)

@ Kilmallock                         Kilmallock (Limerick) v Thurles Sarsfields (Tipperary) 2:00pm

Sunday November 11th (Replay date – Saturday November 17th)

@ Clare venue                                  Newmarket-on-Fergus or Cratloe (Clare) v De La Salle (Waterford) 2:00pm

@ Tipperary or Cork venue               Sarsfields (Cork) v Kilmallock (Limerick) or Thurles Sarsfields (Tipperary) 2:00pm


Sunday November 25th (Replay date – Saturday December 1st)

2:00pm throw-in

Odds and Ends

No home team has won a match in the Munster Club Senior Hurling Championship over the past 2 seasons, a run of 6 games of success for the travelling team.

Of the 5 participating counties in this year’s Munster Club Senior Hurling Championship, Waterford have the best record since 2000 with 17 victories and 1 draw out of 26 matches played. Tipperary has the next best record with 12 wins and 2 draws out of 23 games. Cork have a marginally winning record while Clare and Limerick have losing records since 2000 at this grade.

Cork won 10 Munster Club Senior Hurling Championship titles in a row from 1971 through 1980. Interestingly, Cork then went from 1987 to 2003 without winning the title

Munster GAA Club HURLING Senior Championship Roll Of Honour

Cork (17) – 1964, 1965, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1987, 2003, 2005, 2009

Tipperary (11) – 1966, 1969, 1970, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1993, 2004, 2006, 2007

Clare (9) – 1967, 1968, 1984, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000

Limerick (6) – 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994, 2011

Waterford (5) – 1981, 2001, 2002, 2008, 2010

Munster GAA Club HURLING Senior Championship – List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began 1888 –

All Ireland GAA Club HURLING Senior Championship

In the Club Senior Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork clubs have won 9 titles followed by Tipperary with 3 and Clare with 2. Galway lead the roll of honour with 11 club titles followed by Kilkenny clubs with 10.

Munster Club Senior HURLING Cup

Club Championship Senior Hurling Cup – O’Neill Cup

Presented by Sarsfields Club, Cork, in 1972 to commemorate Billy O’Neill who founded their club in 1903.

AIB Munster GAA Hurling Intermediate Club Championship Quarter-Final – Silvermines (Tipperary) 1-15 Ruan (Clare) 0-6

Forde’s first-half scoring spree powers Silvermines past Ruan

By Gerry Quinn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Silvermines (Tipperary) 1-15 Ruan (Clare) 0-6

It was all so easy for Silvermines in this one-sided Munster Club IHC opener at Sixmilebridge yesterday. The Tipperary men, with Jason Forde leading the charge, sprang from the traps registering 1-3 inside the first quarter, while Ruan had to wait until the 17th minute for John Punch to open their account. Silvermines carved open the Ruan defence in the 14th minute when a cross from Daniel Keogh found Ford in acres of space for the game’s only goal.

At half-time the North Tipperary outfit deservedly led 1-8 to 0-3 with Forde claiming 1-4 of that tally. In the second period Silvermines tagged on a number of scores against a disappointing Clare representatives who lost Aidan Lynch to a second yellow card.

Scorers for Silvermines: J Forde (1-7) 0-5 f’s, Daniel Keogh, (0-3), David Keogh, W Keogh, D Boland, C Gleeson, O Quirke (0-1) each.

Scorers for Ruan: J Punch (0-2) 1 f’s, C Howard, A Lynch, J Clohessy, K Ryan (0-1) each.

SILVERMINES: C Sherlock; M Leamy, B Timmons, Damien Boland; Donal Keogh, R Sherlock, N Quirke; C Gleeson (Capt.), O Quirke; W Keogh, David Boland, S Quirke; Daniel Keogh, J Forde, David Keogh.
Subs: P Fogarty for W Keogh (47), K Cunneen for Gleeson (50), A Ryan for Timmons (53), W Powell for David Boland (54), P Kennedy for S Quirke (56).

RUAN: P Roughan (Capt.); G Bell, N O’Connor, L Quirke; K Ryan, J Clohessy, D Roughan; T Hanrahan, E Hanrahan; J Punch, C Howard, M Vaughan; P Keegan, A Lynch, B Lyons.
Subs: C O’Donoghue for Keegan (38), D Brohan for Punch (48), A Bell for Vaughan (54), D McDonnell for T Hanrahan (56).

Referee: S Hourigan (Limerick)

Next Round – the winners play An Rinn (Waterford) in the Munster Club Semi-Final on Sunday November 4th at 2:00pm in a Tipperary venue.

Match Packages for Sunday

Please be advised that Match Package tickets for patrons wishing to attend both the Munster Club Intermediate match in Sixmilebridge and the Clare Senior Hurling Final on Sunday can be purchased in Sixmilebridge –

Munster Championship Prices – Adult €10, Student/OAP Concession €5

Clare Co Final Prices – Adult €15, Student/OAP Concession €10


Note – Patrons must retain their ticket from the Intermediate match to gain admission through stile 5 in Ennis.

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at for more information

For the Record

Ruan (Clare) Silvermines (Tipperary)
Number of Munster Club Intermediate Hurling titles
(by County)
2 1
Last Munster Intermediate Hurling Title (by County) 2007 2005
Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship Record since 2000 for each county’s representative Played – 16
Won – 9
Lost –  7
Drawn – 0
Played – 15
Won – 7
Lost –  8
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship involving participating county representatives October 30th 2010 at Sixmilebridge (Munster Club Quarter-Final) – Borrisokane (Tipperary) 2-14 Killanena (Clare) 3-10
Odds and Ends Clare clubs have lost their last 3 matches in this competition. With the exception of Borrisokane in 2010, no Tipperary Intermediate Hurling champion has recorded a victory in this grade dating back to 2005.

Munster GAA HURLING Club Intermediate Championship 2012

Quarter-Finals (Extra time)

Sunday October 28th (Replay date – Saturday November 3rd)

@ Sixmilebridge                               Ruan (Clare) v Silvermines (Tipperary) 1:00pm

Monday October 29th (Replay date – Saturday November 3rd)

@ Pairc Ui Rinn        Ballinhassig (Cork) v Ballybrown (Limerick) 2:00pm

Semi-Finals (Extra time)

Sunday November 4th (Replay date – Saturday November 10th)

@ Tipperary or Waterford venue     An Rinn (Waterford) v Ruan (Clare) v Silvermines (Tipperary) 2:00pm

@ Limerick or Kerry venue Ballyduff (Kerry) v Ballinhassig (Cork) or Ballybrown (Limerick) 2:00pm

Final (Extra time)

Sunday November 18th (Replay date – Saturday November 24th)

2:00pm throw-in

Odds and Ends

Since the competition began in 2003, Cork clubs have won 4 of the 9 Munster titles on offer. Clare are the only other county with a winning record in this competition, winning 2 Munster titles.

Cork have only lost their opening match in this competition on 3 occasions, in 2004, 2007 and 2011.

In the 3 seasons, 2006 to 2008 in this competition, the only 2 Counties who recorded victories were Cork and Clare. Limerick, Waterford, Kerry and Tipperary proceeded to lose 8 matches between them in this period.

Munster GAA Club HURLING Intermediate Championship Roll Of Honour

Cork (4) – 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010

Clare (2) – 2006, 2007

Tipperary (1) – 2004

Limerick (2) – 2009, 2011

Munster GAA Club HURLING Intermediate Championship

List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began 1888 –

All Ireland GAA Club HURLING Intermediate Championship

In the Club Intermediate Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork have secured 2 titles courtesy of Blarney (2009) and Ballymartyle (2011) while Kildangan (Tipperary) won the 2004 All-Ireland title.

Cork Senior Football Championship Final – Castlehaven 1-7 Duhallow 0-9

Nolan the hero as Castlehaven dig deep for glorious fourth title

By Tony Leen for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Castlehaven 1-07 Duhallow 0-09

I thought it was just slipping away when we got the goal. At the same time, they weren’t really punishing us up at the other end, so there was always a chance The exhalation of relief at the final whistle spoke more eloquently than anything that had gone before. For Castlehaven, this was a Cork football final to be won, a pressure-cooker experience to survive. As man-of-the-match Mark Collins articulated afterwards, hard though the team management tried, it’s impossible to cocoon players from the significance of this occasion.

Football is so important to the community around the West Cork parish that the prospect of successive county final defeats was nigh unthinkable. It was the appalling vista they were facing, nonetheless, as the final ticked over into its 58th minute at Páirc Uí Chaoimh yesterday. Castlehaven hadn’t led since the opening seconds of the decider and Jack Cott’s point for Duhallow edged them 0-8 to 0-7 ahead of 14-man Haven. Mark Collins had claimed their only two points of the second period — class scores they were too — but he was about to make an unwitting contribution far more significant than either of those scores.

Cutting in from the left wing, his point attempt was always dropping short. Fortunately for him, substitute Shane Nolan’s reactions were sharper than Duhallow keeper Kevin Murphy’s to write his name with capital letter in Castlehaven’s history. From mascot for the 1994 Championship-winning side to match-winner 18 years later, it’s been some journey for Nolan, son of Haven stalwart Jim. Like a number of his colleagues, Shane has been encouraged back to his paternal homestead from another club (Valley Rovers) last year. It’s one of the life-support mechanisms Castlehaven have to employ to stay competitive.

Another is their resilience, and they needed it in spades yesterday to claim their fourth Andy Scannell Cup and a first since 2003. In bigger picture terms, it was as poor a final as regulars could remember, featuring two fearful outfits more intent on avoiding defeat than claiming victory. It’s the way of gaelic football these days, sadly. Castlehaven spluttered into life occasionally, but for the greater part of a pedestrian final in front of 6,170 followers, they played second fiddle to a marginally better outfit in Ned English’s Duhallow.

What proved crucial was Damien Cahalane’s handling of Donncha O’Connor. Whereas the Cork attacker had quarter-backed the division to victory over Douglas and Skibbereen, he was afforded no such latitude in the final. Cahalane was called by referee Pat O’Leary for an early tug on O’Connor, but thereafter he harried him down blind alleys and into the sort of traffic O’Connor doesn’t like. It meant Duhallow were limited in the use of their attacking pivot, though midfielders Aidan Walsh and the effective Bertie O’Callaghan kept them on top for most of the first half.

When they did release the handbrake — which was seldom — Castlehaven looked to Brian Hurley and Mark Collins to threaten up front, but too often their efforts were smothered. It took a long range free from Damien Cahalane to keep momentum going, Brian Hurley adding another immediately to tie the final up at 0-4 apiece three minutes before the break. Donncha O’Connor found himself dropping deeper to get on the ball, but when given a half-sight of the posts just before the break, he pointed with some style. Again Castlehaven responded; Collins taking a pass from Sean Dineen to send the sides in level at the break (0-5 each).

Was it asking too much for either side to go for broke after the interval? Apparently so. They shared a mere four points in 26 minutes, but midway through the second-half, there were two potentially decisive moments. O’Connor and Collins swapped points before Haven wing-back Chris Hayes was red-carded for a second bookable offence, tripping Padraig O’Leary. However, rather than push on with the extra man, Duhallow persisted in playing Donal Gayer deeper than midfield in a mopping up role.

Two minutes later (the 45th minute), Donncha O’Connor had his first clear sight of goal, but shot weakly at Paudie Hurley. Duhallow’s Niall Fleming was there to mop up the rebound but inexplicably from a couple of yards, fisted wide. Did the sending off actually help Castlehaven? It’s a moot point. Suddenly the expectation of success was less. They reverted to a two-man attack, Brian Hurley and Mark Collins, and tackled behind midfield like dervishes. In essence, they sacrificed possession and hung on for dear life.

Matthew Dilworth edged Duhallow in front on 48 minutes, but three minutes later Mark Collins chased a ball into the corner and turned sow’s ear into silk purse with a marvellous point. Level again at 0-7 apiece with nine minutes left. As Castlehaven dropped deeper, Ballydesmond’s Bertie O’Callaghan grew in prominence, but Duhallow couldn’t get Donncha O’Connor in space to pull the trigger. Substitute Jack Cott pointed but before they had time to settle, Shane Nolan was readying a new script. “I thought it was just slipping away when we got the goal,” Nolan admitted. “At the same time, they weren’t really punishing us up at the other end, so there was always a chance.”

Castlehaven have had their share of last-minute upsets down the years so once Nolan’s goal afforded them sight of the promised land, they bounded for freedom, though there were a couple of half-scares. Again it was Donncha O’Connor, but once more it was a half-chance on his left foot that was too high to bother Paudie Hurley. Winning ugly is an art in itself, and if this was Castlehaven’s least fluent display of the championship, games won in the trenches have a special appeal too. You can draw on those experiences down the road. They’ll rattle the Munster Club championship now but yesterday was all about gritting it out. The Castlehaven’s creed? The only losers are the ones who give up trying.

Scorers for Castlehaven: M. Collins (0-3), S. Nolan (1-0), B. Hurley (0-2), D. Cahalane (0-1 (free), S. Cahalane (0-1).

Scorers for Duhallow: D. O’Connor (0-4, two frees), P. O’Leary, A. Walsh, N. Fleming, M. Dilworth, J. Cott (0-1 each).

Subs for Castlehaven: M. Cahalane for Burns (38); S. Hurley for A. Cahalane (43); S. Nolan for S Hurley (45).

Subs for Duhallow: J. Cott for Holland (46); N. O’Sullivan for Fleming (57); K. Buckley for Murphy (60).

Blood sub: S. O’Sullivan for A Walsh (37-40) Referee: P. O’Leary (Kilmurry)


Castlehaven defeated Duhallow by 1-7 to 0-9 in the Cork Senior Football Championship Final on Sunday at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Premier Intermediate Football Championship Final – St. Vincent’s 0-12 St. Michaels 0-11

Fixture Details

County Senior & Premier Intermediate Football Finals

Sunday, October 28th at Páirc Uí Chaoimh

Premier Intermediate Football Final: St. Michael’s v St. Vincent’s @ 1.30pm

Senior Football Final: Castlehaven v Duhallow @ 3.15pm

Juvenile Groups

A special juvenile group offer is also available for Sunday’s Finals.

Admission for all U16s (those who have not yet reached their 16th birthday) is FREE, but as an added incentive to clubs and schools who may wish to bring groups to the finals, one adult will be admitted FREE with every ten juveniles for these games (Uncovered stand only).

It is hoped that this offer will encourage clubs and schools to bring their young players to the County Finals, where they will experience club football at the highest level, as well as contributing to the atmosphere on the biggest day in the club football calendar.

Groups should be notified to Páirc Uí Chaoimh by 5pm on Friday.

Kerry Senior Football Championship Final – Dr. Crokes 2-13 Daingean Uí Chúis 0-8

Crokes cruise to three in-a-row

By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Dr Crokes 2-13 Dingle 0-08

Three is the magic number for Dr Crokes but it also proved the easiest as they won their third consecutive Kerry SFC title with consummate ease. Held up against their previous wins over Austin Stacks and Mid Kerry, respectively, there was no comparison as they ran out comfortable winners. With 10 minutes left and Daithí Casey becoming the sixth and final Crokes forward to register a point to put his side nine ahead, those patrons not of a black and amber persuasion began to filter out of Austin Stack Park. With the benefit of hindsight, it was actually 10 minutes in that Dingle’s day looked over when Colm Cooper had laid on goals for Chris Brady and Brian Looney to help them into a 2-4 to 0-2 lead.

A professionally-minded team like Crokes were never going to surrender such an advantage and as it turned out, the closest Dingle got to them was six points. One statistic gleefully mentioned among the club’s joyous throngs afterwards was that they haven’t been beaten by another club in the county in seven years. A truly remarkable run. This morning, their minds will be aimed north towards Clare and the prospect of a Munster club championship quarter-final against Kilmurry-Ibrickane on Sunday.

Making light of losing defender Fionn Fitzgerald to food poisoning prior to the game, the champions never lost control of the tie even when they were soaking up Dingle pressure in the latter part of the first half. Registering three wides before the break, Ambrose O’Donovan’s use of the boot wasn’t great at times but his work-rate was unquestionable and he opened Crokes’ account two minutes in. Dingle responded via a Paul Geaney point and a Joe Sheehy free but in the next five minutes Crokes showed their frightening potential, bagging 2-3.

After Cooper had supplied Looney for a point, the inter-county star had the vision to spot an unmarked Brady with a quick free and the full forward finished to the net. Less than a minute later, Cooper was again involved in an exciting attacking move which saw some hard running from Looney matched by an equally impressive finish from last season’s captain. Cooper turned from provider to finisher to lob over a point after a quality low delivery in from Johnny Buckley and then Looney, a deserving man of the match, found his range once more. Why Dingle didn’t see fit to combat the wind facing them and sweep in front of Cooper is a mystery but the Killarney men certainly lapped it up.

Nineteen minutes past before Crokes scored again as Dingle slowly found their feet. They went the same amount of time between scores, David Geaney ending that barren spell on 23 minute. Four minutes later, Paul Geaney picked off their best score of the game when some hard work from Michael Geaney gave Sheehy the opportunity to deliver a peach of a pass into the inside forward line. Paul Geaney scored again with a free in the last minute of first half’s normal time but Crokes pointed either side of it through Luke Quinn and Kieran O’Leary from an acute angle. That left it 2-6 to 0-5 at half-time and even with Dingle set to benefit from the conditions, Crokes had scored more and conceded less facing a similar gale in the semi-final against Laune Rangers.

O’Leary and Looney pointed to stretch Crokes’ lead to nine by the 35th minute. Michael Geaney, along with Paul, fought valiantly against an increasingly ominous prospect and fired over a score two minutes later. A Cooper free neutralised that and while both those Geaney’s split the posts successively in the 42nd and 43rd minutes the latter, a Paul Geaney point, turned out to be Dingle’s last of the game. From there on in it was all Crokes, Jamie Doolan and Casey becoming the last of their attack to raise flags. Cooper booted his third of the game with seven minutes left to extend his team’s lead into double figures and he was on hand in injury-time to, just like he did in the semi-final when they were also rounding off a win, set up substitute Gavin O’Shea for a point.

Scorers for Dr Crokes: B Looney 1-3; C Brady 1-0; C Cooper (1f) 0-3; K O’Leary 0-2; A O’Donovan, L Quinn, J Doolan, D Casey, G O’Shea 0-1 each.

Scorers for Dingle: P Geaney 0-4 (1f); M Geaney 0-2; J Sheehy (free), D Geaney 0-1 each.

DR CROKES: D Moloney; J Payne, L Quinn, M Moloney; S Doolan, E Brosnan, S Myers; A O’Donovan, J Buckley; K O’Leary, D Casey, B Looney; J Doolan, C Brady, C Cooper.

Subs: G O’Shea for Brady (55); D O’Leary for Looney, A Kenneally for S Doolan (both 58).

DINGLE: S Ó Flatharta; TB Brosnan, J Murphy, G Curran; Paul Devane, B Kelliher, JB Brosnan; CB Moriarty, D O’Sullivan; J Sheehy, M Geaney, R Begley; P Geaney, B O’Connor, D Geaney.

Subs: A Devane for Murphy (17); P Devane for Begley (h-t); B O’Connell for P Devane (38); J Kelliher for M Geaney (inj 55); P Fitzmaurice for Moriarty (59).

Referee: Paul Hayes (Kerins O’Rahillys)

Clare Senior Hurling Championship Final – Newmarket-on-Fergus 3-10 Cratloe 0-9

Newmarket end 31 years of hurt

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Newmarket-on-Fergus 3-10 Cratloe 0-09

It’s taken 31 years since their last win but Newmarket-on-Fergus are once again the kingpins in Clare hurling, victors over 2009 champions Cratloe and thus extending their record at the top of the roll of honour to 23 titles. “This is for every player who has worn this jersey for the last 31 years,” said Newmarket captain Enda Barrett (who had played a real captain’s role with a storming display at centre-back) in accepting the Canon Hamilton Cup. It was a sentiment echoed by man-of-the-match Colin Ryan, who finished with 1-8 to his credit. “This is a day we’ve been waiting for and it has finally come,” he said; “All the hurt of the last 31 years is finally ended.

As the scoreline would suggest it was a victory well earned by Newmarket, though belying that same scoreline is the fact that it wasn’t easily earned. Goals were the difference, the first of the three conceded by Cratloe inside the first minute but setting the tone for the rest of the game. It came off a massive free by long-striking full-back James McInerney (another of Newmarket’s outstanding performers on the day), corner-forward Shane O’Brien jnr. pouncing on a breaking ball to give Seán Hayes no chance in the Cratloe goal.

Cratloe managed to battle back from that early blow, were two points behind after 17 minutes courtesy of points from Seán Collins and Conor McGrath (2), but in the 21st minute came the second body-blow, young O’Brien again the finisher from close range. That score made it 2-3 to 0-3 and when Cratloe lost their captain Barry Duggan to injury a couple of minutes later, it left them with a mountain to climb. “Obviously Barry was a loss,” said Cratloe manager Joe McGrath; “He’s a leader on our team and losing him before half-time wasn’t good news for us, but even before that we were in a bit of trouble.”

Those two goals remained the difference at the break, 2-6 to 0-6, and Cratloe would now have the wind at their backs. Conditions then began to deteriorate, however, very heavy rain on top of the bitter cold, and scoring, even for a team with a plethora of senior county panellists, was now going to be at a premium. So it proved. With James McInerney and Enda Barrett rock solid down the middle, the outstanding Eoin O’Brien and Seán O’Connor in control in the corners, Niall O’Connor and Alan Barrett winning their individual battles on the wing, Newmarket simply shut up shop in that second half.

Three points was all that high-powered Cratloe attack could manage in the second half, the first of those not coming until the 47th minute, Seán Collins with the finish. It wasn’t just the Newmarket back six excelling in denying Cratloe, however, nor even keeper Darren Duggan who made a brilliant save in the 54th minute to deny the same Seán Collins; the attack also played their part, said captain Enda. “The forwards played like real warriors, they defended, worked so hard to close Cratloe down when they had the ball. The defence started there, up front, and it worked its way all the way to the back. It was a great team performance.”

Newmarket weren’t finding it easy to come by scores either in that second period, let it be said, managed just 1-4 and all of that came from Colin Ryan, his cracking individual goal in the 59th minute really putting the cap on an impressive display, both individual and team. An emphatic win then for Newmarket-on-Fergus who now go on to meet De La Salle of Waterford in the Munster club championship.

Scorers for Newmarket: C Ryan 1-8 (7f); S O’Brien jnr. 2-0; D Barrett 0-2.

Scorers for Cratloe: C McGrath 0-5 (4f); S Collins 0-2; D Browne, L Markham (f), 0-1 each.

Newmarket-On -Fergus subs: J Liddy (Kilmartin 44); R Goode (Hayes 58); N Enright (D Barrett inj. 60).

Cratloe subs: D Browne (Duggan inj. 23); A Browne (D Ryan 30); S O’Leary (G Ryan 39); S Gleeson (Chaplin 45).

Referee: A Heagney (Corofin)