AIB Munster GAA Hurling Junior Club Championship Quarter-Final – St Kieran’s (Limerick) 0-14 Kilsheelan-Kilcash (Tipperary) 1-2

St Kieran’s so impressive in easy march to semi-finals

By John Redington for the Irish Examiner newspaper

St Kieran’s (Limerick) 0-14 Kilsheelan-Kilcash (Tipperary) 1-2

Limerick’s St Kieran’s of Ardagh-Coolcappa got the better of Tipperary’s Kilsheelan-Kilcash to reach the Munster JHC semi-finals at the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday. Kilsheelan bagged the only goal after 10 minutes but Donie Nolan’s free-taking saw St Kieran’s to a 0-9 to 1-1 half-time lead. The second half was close but the Suirsiders could not make any breach a tight Kieran’s defence.

Scorers for St Kieran’s: D Nolan 0-9 (6fs, 1 65), A Molyneaux, R Cahill, J Muckell, JB Harnett, D Treacy 0-1.

Scorers for Kilsheelan-Kilcash: E Sweeney 1-0, A Harte (f), J Roche 0-1.

ST KIERAN’S: J Greaney; M Windle, P McCarthy, B McCarthy; M Flynn, P Windle, S Windle; A Molyneaux, JB Harnett; I Mackessy, J McCarthy, R Cahill; D Collum, D Nolan, J Muckell.

Subs: D Treacy for D Collum (43), T Doyle for J Muckell (59), M Breen for M Windle (59), J Windle for S Windle (61), C Madigan for I Mackessy (62).

KILSHEELAN-KILCASH: I Coughlan; C Davin Murphy, J Ryan, K Larkin; D Lonergan, S Prendergast, S O’Halloran; T Ryan, W Ryan; B Maher, N Walsh, P Larkin; E Sweeney, J Roche, A Harte.

Subs: A Walsh for E Sweeney (23), N Ó Cuinneagáin for C Davin Murphy (43), P Kennedy for N Ó Cuinneagáin (inj 54), D Corcoran for S O’Halloran (56), K Robinson for J Roche (56).

Referee: D Fox (Clare)

For the Record

St. Kierans (Limerick) Kilsheelan-Kilcash (Tipperary)
Number of Munster Club Junior Hurling titles
(by County)
1 1
Last Munster Club
Junior Hurling Title
(by County)
(Blackrock (Limerick) 1-12 Fermoy (Cork) 0-14)
(Moyle Rovers (Tipperary) 3-10 Barryroe (Cork) 0-9)
Munster Club Junior Hurling Championship Record since 2000 for each county’s representative Played – 14
Won – 6
Lost – 8
Drawn – 0
Played – 16
Won – 8
Lost –  8
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the Munster Club Junior Hurling Championship involving participating county representatives November 22nd 2009 (Munster Club Semi-Final) at Kilmallock
Blackrock (Limerick) 0-11 Aherlow (Tipperary) 0-9


Munster GAA HURLING Club Junior Championship 2012


Saturday November 10th (Replay date – Saturday November 17th)

@ Feenagh                            St. Kierans (Limerick) v Kilsheelan-Kilcash (Tipperary) 2:00pm

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

@ Kerry or Tipperary venue             Kenmare Shamrocks (Kerry) v

St. Kierans (Limerick) or Kilsheelan-Kilcash (Tipperary)

@ Waterford venue               Butlerstown (Waterford) v Kildorrey (Cork)


Sunday December 9th (Replay date – Saturday December 15th)

@ Mallow

Odds and Ends

Cork clubs have won at least 1 match in each of the years of the competition since beginning in 2003.

The Limerick representatives in the Munster Junior Hurling Championship have won at least 1 match in each of the last 3 seasons.

Tipperary’s representatives have won two of their last six matches in the Munster Junior Hurling Championship.

Since 2003, the average winning margin of victory in the Munster Club Junior Hurling Final has been 10.7 points. The winning club has averaged 20.6 aggregate points while the losing club has averaged 9.9 aggregate points.

Munster GAA Club HURLING Junior Championship Roll Of Honour

Cork (6) – 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011

Clare (1) – 2003

Tipperary (1) – 2007

Limerick (1) – 2009

All Ireland GAA Club HURLING Junior Championship

In the Club Junior Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork top the charts with 4 titles while Limerick have 1 title courtesy of Blackrock in 2009/2010.

Munster GAA Club HURLING Junior Championship – List of Winning Teams

2003 – Newmarket-on-Fergus (Clare) 3-10 Dromina (Cork) 1-10

NEWMARKET-ON-FERGUS, CLARE: Kieran Devitt, Damien Mulcahy, Anthony Kilmartin, John McInerney, Jimmy Clancy, Dara Naughton , Robert Mullins, Rory Murphy (Captain), Marty Meehan, Shane Liddy, James McInerney, Robert Shanahan, Shane O’Leary, Cathal Kilmartin, Bernard Gaffney
Subs : – Keith Begley for Shane Liddy, Bruce Orpen for Robert Mullins

2004 – Ballygarvan (Cork) 0-16 Tramore (Waterford) 1-5
BALLYGARVAN, CORK: Joe Kennefick; Dona Sweeney, Joe Spillane, Daniel Browne; Ger Spillane, Cian O’Conchur, Alan Butler; Finbarr Barry, Stephen White; Ken Ashman, Shane O’Leary, Gary White; Morgan Sheehy, Michael Dowd, Liam Dillon
Subs: Robert Bouse for G. Spillane (injured); Brian Daly for Dowd (injured)

2005 – Fr. O’Neills (Cork) 1-12 Knockshegowna (Tipperary) 0-7
FR. O’NEILLS, CORK: David Dorgan, Brian O’Driscoll, Dick O’Neill, John O’Mahony, Ray O’Neill, Brian O’Callaghan, Billy Murphy, Jerh Holland (Captain), Ger O’Leary, Colin Buckley, Eoin Conway, Edmund Holland, Podge Butler, John Flavin, Kieran Wall
Subs used: Eoghan McCarthy for Colin Buckley. Unused Subs: Paul Colbert, Quintin Higgins, Eoin Griffin, David Colbert, Mike O’Brien, Rob Murphy, Shane Harrington, James O’Donoghue, James Walsh, Luke Swayne, Ger Hennessy, Shane Donnelly.

2006 – Kilworth (Cork) 4-16 Knockshegowna (Tipperary) 1-7
KILWORTH (CORK): Kieran Walsh (Captain); Alan Kenny, John Hegarty, Damien McNamara; Maurice McNamara, Will Twomey, Mark O’Connor; Dion Cahill, Elton Pierce; Thomas Twomey, Brian Tobin, Joe Cahill; Paudie Lynch, Adrian Mannix, Damien O’Donoghue.
Subs: Declan Tobin for John Hegarty (injured), Aidan Kenny for Thomas Twomey, James Moakley for Brian Tobin, Ned O’Brien for Adrian Mannix, Noel Gowen for Dion Cahill

2007 – Moyle Rovers (Tipperary) 3-10 Barryroe (Cork) 0-9
MOYLE ROVERS (TIPPERARY): Ian Browne; Michael Mulcahy, Noel Wall (Captain), Padraig Kelly; Seán Keating, Daniel Lyne, Ronan Desmond; Martin Dunne, Peter Acheson; Barry Whelan, Eddie Whelan, Sean Carey; Brian Mulvihill, Paul Johnson, Declan Browne
Subs: James Williams for Johnson, John Shanahan for Mulvihill, Kevin Condon for Carey, David Lorigan for Barry Whelan, Denis McGrath for Eddie Whelan

2008 – Dripsey (Cork) 2-11 Kilgarvan (Kerry) 1-3
DRIPSEY (CORK): Aidan Buckley; Barry Kelleher, John O’Mahony, Liam Buckley; John Carey, John O’Riordan, Pat O’Riordan; David Foley, Conor Hayes; Gary Murphy, Diarmuid O’Riordan (Captain), Mark O’Sullivan; David O’Sullivan, John Hogan, David Buckley.
Subs: Ger Manley for Hogan (44th); Thomas Ryan for Buckley (45th)

2009 – Blackrock (Limerick) 1-12 Fermoy (Cork) 0-14
BLACKROCK (LIMERICK): Pat Heffernan; Nigel Hosford, TG Ryan, Tommy Clifford; Ritchie Murphy, Dave Moloney, Niall Moloney; Brian Moloney, Pa McGrath; Kevin Palmer, Ritchie McCarthy, Simon Hennessy; Ruairi O’Shaughnessy, Brendan Hennessy (Captain), Aidan Murphy.
Subs: Barry O’Shaughnessy for Palmer (38), Declan Danaher for Hennessy (48), Ken Douglas for McGrath (54)

2010 – Meelin (Cork) 5-18 St. Patricks (Tipperary) 0-9
MEELIN (CORK): Stephen M. O’Sullivan;  Mike Forrest, Denis O’Riordan, Diarmuid Lenihan;  William Buckley, Kevin Collins, Jerry Forrest (Captain); Liam Collins, William Murphy;  John Forrest, Shane O’Riordan, Brendan O’Sullivan; Eamonn Brosnan, Jeremy Curtin, D.J. O’Sullivan
Subs:  Conor Murphy for B. O’Sullivan (46);  T.J. Brosnan for D. O’Riordan (49); Ben Collins for J. Curtin (50);  Joseph O’Doherty for W. Buckley (50); Liam O’Sullivan  for S. M. O’Sullivan (55)

2011 – Charleville (Cork) 3-15 Cappamore (Limerick) 2-8
CHARLEVILLE: Cyrian Curtin; Micheal O’Flynn, Conor Fitzgerald, Alan Dennehy; Barry McCarthy, Colm O’Flynn, Brendan Dennehy; James Casey, Daniel O’Flynn (Captain); Derry Murphy, Gavin Kelleher. Alan O’Connor; Andrew Cagney, Mervyn Gammell, James O’Brien
Subs: Mark Kavanagh for Kelleher (41), P.J. O’Halloran for Gammell (58), Denis O’Sullivan for M. O’Flynn (58),


AIB Munster GAA Hurling Intermediate Club Championship Semi-Final – Ballyduff (Kerry) 2-13 Ballybrown (Limerick) 0-14

Ballyduff book final spot again

By Eamonn Ryan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Ballyduff (Kerry) 2-13 Ballybrown (Limerick) 0-14 (Aet)

Kerry senior hurling champions Ballyduff are back in the Munster Club IHC final for a second successive year after an extra-time thriller in Kilmallock on Saturday. Twelve months ago they lost out to Limerick’s Effin in the provincial decider and now Silvermines of Tipperary stand in their way. A late goal from Ballyduff’s Gary O’Brien forced extra-time but PJ O’Grady’s men were dominant thereafter with Padraig Boyle and reliable free-taker Bobby O’Sullivan getting the vital scores. O’Sullivan finished with 1-9 and his first half goal had the sides all square (0-7 to 1-4) at the interval.

At the start of the second half the Limerick outfit raced into a 0-11 to 1-4 lead with Lee Doolin, Richie Kenny and free-taker O’Connor among the scores. Two Bobby O’Sullivan frees settled the Kerry challenge but Shane Kenny and O’Connor pointed to put Ballybrown 0-13 to 1-6 clear with seven minutes to play. Then came the second Ballyduff goal and what a score it was with O’Brien finishing to the net after a following move that saw Aidan Boyle supply the final pass. It was then left to O’Sullivan to force extra-time with an injury-time free, 0-13 to 2-7.

Ballyduff certainly had the momentum and two O’Sullivan frees midway through the first period of extra time seized the initiative. Then came a flurry of points in injury-time at the end of the 10-minute period with Padraig Boyle (two) and O’Sullivan (free) increasing the lead to five points, 2-12 to 0-13. There was to be no way back and Ballybrown’s only score of extra-time came from sub Andrew Cliffe in the opening minute of the second period of extra-time. Then in the closing minutes Ballyduff goalkeeper PJ O’Gorman cleared off his line and the deal was done.

Scorers for Ballyduff: B O’Sullivan 1-9 (8fs, 1 65), G O’Brien 1-0, P Boyle 0-2, M Boyle, PJ Connolly 0-1 each.

Scorers for Ballybrown: A O’Connor 0-6 (5fs), L Doolin 0-2, S Foster, B Griffin, M Kiely, R Kenny, S Kenny, A Cliffe, 0-1 each.

BALLYDUFF: PJ O’Gorman; D O’Grady, L Boyle, J Bowler; J Bunyan, P O’Grady, D Goulding; B O’Grady, P Costello; M Boyle, G O’Brien, PJ Connelly; P Boyle, A Boyle, B O’Sullivan.

Subs: A O’Connor for Goulding (36), T O’Rourke for Connolly (36), M O’Connor for Costello (57), PJ Connolly for B O’Grady (77), P Costello for L Boyle (81).

BALLYBROWN: D Lyons, R Burke, J Kennedy, S O’Reilly; I Burke, R Kenny, D Kenny; S Foster, J Hall; K Loftus, B Griffin, S Kenny; M Kiely, A O’Connor, L Doolin.

Subs: A Roberts for I Burke (24), D Hall for Kiely (39), P Hartigan for Loftus (51), P McCarthy for Doolin (58), A Cliffe for Foster (70), D Hartnett for R Burke (77).

Referee: P Casey (Waterford)


Limerick GAA – Ballybrown bow out of Munster

Report from the Limerick Leader newspaper

LIMERICK intermediate hurling champions Ballybrown bowed out of the Munster club IHC when beaten 2-13 to 0-14 after extra-time by Kerry senior champions Ballyduff. Last year Limerick’s Effin beat Ballyduff in the Munster final but this time round the Kerry men were too strong for Ballybrown. But it was a game that the Clarina men should have won in normal time but plenty chances to secure a final place against Silvermines.

The sides were level 0-7 to 1-4 at half time with Bobby O’Sullivan getting the Ballyduff goal. Then on the change of ends, Ballybrown looked to be primed for victory with Lee Doolin, Richie Kenny and Alan O’Connor opening a 0-11 to 1-4 lead. But they failed to build on that advantage and were to score just two points in the final 20-minutes.

Ballyduff got their second crucial goal four minutes from the end to snatch a 2-7 to 0-13 draw. In extra-time there was always only one winner. By the end of the first period Ballyduff were 2-12 to 0-13 clear. Sub Andrew Cliffe got the only score for Ballybrown in extra-time.

SCORES: Ballybrown: A O’Connor 0-6 (5frees), L Doolin 0-2, S Foster, B Griffin, M Kiely, R Kenny, S Kenny, A Cliffe, 0-1 each. Ballyduff: B O’Sullivan 1-9 (0-8frees, ‘65), G O’Brien 1-0, P Boyle 0-2, M Boyle, PJ Connolly 0-1 each.

BALLYBROWN – David Lyons, Roddy Burke, James Kennedy, Stevie O’Reilly; Ian Burke, Richie Kenny, Des Kenny; Stephen Foster, James Hall; Kyle Loftus, Alan O’Connor, Shane Kenny; Mikey Kiely, Bryan Griffin, Lee Doolin. Subs: Adrian Roberts for Ian Burke, inj (24mins), David Hall for Mikey Kiely (39mins), Pat Hartigan for Kyle Loftus (51mins), Pat McCarthy for Lee Doolin (58), Andrew Cliffe for Stephen Foster (h-t, e-t), David Hartnett for Roddy Burke, inj (17mins, e-t).

BALLYDUFF – PJ O’Gorman; David O’Grady, Liam Boyle, Jason Bowler; Joe Bunyan, Padraig O’Grady, David Goulding; Barry O’Grady, Paud Costello; Mickey Boyle, Gary O’Brien, Pat Joe Connolly; Padraig Boyle, Aidan Boyle, Bobby O’Sullivan. Subs: Ally O’Connor for David Goulding (36mins), Thomas O’Rourke for Pat Joe Connolly (36mins), Martin O’Connor for Paud Costello (57mins), Pat Joe Connolly for Barry O’Grady (7mins, e-t), Paud Costello for Liam Boyle 21mins, e-t).

REFERE – Pat Casey (Waterford)

For the Record

Ballybrown (Limerick) Ballyduff (Kerry)
Number of Munster Club Intermediate Hurling titles
(by County)
2 0
Last Munster Intermediate Hurling Title (by County) 2011 N/A
Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship Record since 2003 for each county’s representative Played – 16
Won – 8
Lost –  7
Drawn – 1
Played – 7
Won – 2
Lost –  5
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship involving participating county representatives November 20th 2011 at Newcastlewest
(Munster Club Final)
Effin (Limerick) 0-14 Ballyduff (Kerry) 0-11

Munster GAA HURLING Club Intermediate Championship 2012


Sunday October 28th

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

Monday October 29th

@ Pairc Ui Rinn        Ballinhassig (Cork) 1-17 Ballybrown (Limerick) 0-20 (AET)

Quarter-Final Replay

Saturday November 3rd

@ Kilmallock             Ballybrown (Limerick) 3-10 Ballinhassig (Cork) 2-7

Semi-Finals (Extra time)
Sunday November 4th

@ Dolla                                              Silvermines (Tipperary) 0-13 An Rinn (Waterford) 0-11

Saturday November 10th (Replay date – Saturday November 17th)

@ Kilmallock Ballyduff (Kerry) v  Ballybrown (Limerick) 2:00pm

Odds and Ends

Limerick clubs have lost just 1 of their last 9 matches in the Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship, a 0-15 to 0-9 defeat for Hospital-Herbertstown against Ballymartyle in the 2010 Munster Semi-Final.

Ballyduff are the only Kerry club to have won a game in the Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship, securing 2 wins on their way to the 2011 Munster Final.

Waterford clubs have taken part in this competition on 7 previous occasions. Only Ballyduff Upper (2005 Waterford champions) have won a game in the Munster Club Intermediate Championship.

Despite the Tipperary Intermediate Hurling Champions going from 2005 to 2009 without winning a match in the Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship, Tipperary clubs have a 50% record in this competition dating back to its inception in 2003.

Since the competition began in 2003, Cork clubs have won 4 of the 9 Munster titles on offer.

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

Limerick (2) – 2009, 2011

Tipperary (1) – 2004

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.

Waterford Senior Football Championship Final Replay – Stradbally 1-8 Nire 0-10

Sticky Stradbally break Nire hearts again

By John Murphy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Stradbally 1-8 Nire 0-10

A case of history repeating at Fraher Field on Saturday after Stradbally secured another senior football title with a replay final victory over Nire. David Grey’s injury time point meant this was the fourth time in a decade that Nire lost to the same opponents in the such heartbreaking circumstances. The losers bossed long spells of this tie before veteran Ger Power’s fisted goal in the 48th minute gave Stradbally the lead for the first time, and dramatically changed the course of this decider.

Nire raced into a four points lead midway through the opening half (0-5 to 0-1) before retiring 0-7 to 0-4 clear at the break. Stradbally’s woes were compounded by injuries to corner-back Trevor Costelloe and midfielder John Hearne with both players removed to hospital. Niall Curran’s pointed free for Stradbally within two minutes of the restart was neutralised by a magnificent Shane Walsh effort in the 36th minute, but it was back to a two point game on the three quarter hour when John Coffey kicked a great score.

‘Brick’ Walsh began to shine in his roving midfield role for Nire and the goal they were threatening came in the 48th minute when Power fisted Robert Ahearne’s well flighted centre to the net. It gave Stradbally the lead for the first time, and soon after the outstanding Ahearne pointed a 45 to open a two point gap. But back came Nire as points from Shane Walsh and Thomas O’Gorman had the sides deadlocked again by the 55th minute.

It was looking more and more like extra-time as the clock ticked past the hour mark, but into the second of two minutes of added time sub Grey became the Stradbally hero with the winning score. There will be little time for Stradbally to celebrate with a Munster Club semi-final date with Castlehaven on Sunday.

Scorers for Stradbally: S. Ahearne (0-4, 0-1 free, 0-1 “45’’); G. Power (1- 0); N. Curran (0-2, frees); J. Coffey, D. Grey (0-1) each.

Scorers for Nire: S. Walsh (0-3, 0-1 free); B. Wall (0-2, 0-1 free); L Lawlor (0-2); D. Guiry, S. Ryan, T. O’Gorman (0-1) each.

STRADBALLY: O. Costelloe; A. Dole, K. Coffey, T. Costelloe; T. Grey, E. Rockett, S. Lannon; M. Walsh, J. Hearne; P.Kiely, G. Power, J. Coffey; N.Curran, S. Ahearne, R. Ahearne.

Subs: P. Doyle for T.Costelloe inj (5); S. Cunningham for Hearne inj (28); D. Grey for A. Doyle (40); L. Casey for P. Doyle (59); T. Curran for Power (60).

NIRE: T. Wall; J. McGrath, Mce. O’Gorman, J. Walsh; S. Lawlor, M. Walsh, J. Moore; Ml. O’Gorman, T. O’Gorman; D. Guiry, B. Wall, J. Barron; S. Walsh, L. Lawlor, S. Ryan.

Subs: R. Fenton for L. Lawlor, inj(44); D. Wall for Ryan(53).

Referee: Alan Kissane, Dunhill