McGrath Cup Preliminary Round – Kerry 4-22 IT Tralee 0-10

Kerry defeated IT Tralee by 4-22 to 0-10 in the preliminary round of the Munster McGrath Cup Senior Football competition on Saturday at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney. Kerry led by 3-9 to 0-4 at half-time. The Kerry goals were scored by Paul Geaney (2), Michael Geaney and Patrick Curtin. Kerry will now play UCC in the Quarter-Final on Sunday January 13th at 2:00pm in Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.

Buckley’s ring of confidence

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kerry 4-22 IT Tralee 0-10

A gentle introduction to senior inter-county management for new Kerry boss Eamonn Fitzmaurice in Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday with his largely experimental team cruising to victory in this one-sided McGrath Cup encounter. “Job done,” was the Finuge man’s immediate reaction. “Of course fellas were going to be rusty, it’s only the 5th of January, but we’re up and running and have another game next weekend [against UCC] to look forward to. The longer we can stay in the McGrath Cup the better it is in terms of preparation for the league.”

In truth this was a contest only for about ten minutes. Impressive corner-forward Paul Geaney had the ball in the IT Tralee net inside the opening minute thanks to good build up play by Darran O’Sullivan. But points from wing-forwards Darren Wallace and Brendan Pott had the students back to within a point after eight minutes. That was it though, end of challenge. With Paul Geaney’s cousin Michael adding a second goal (27th minute), Paul notching his second and Kerry’s third (32, midfielder Kieran Donaghy a central figure in both), a variety of players adding points, Kerry had built a match-winning lead (3-9 to 0-4) by the break.

“We were a small bit naive,” said IT Tralee manager Wayne Quillinan, former boss of Austin Stacks. “We spoke about it all week, you couldn’t have any fear in the belly but talking to the lads, they admitted they did have a small bit of fear and it led to the basic errors that then led to their first two goals. That set the tone for the game.”

Three minutes into the second half, whatever slim hopes IT Tralee may have been harbouring were well and truly shattered with impressive full-forward Patrick Curtin scoring the fourth and final Kerry goal. From there to the end it was a procession of Kerry scores and scorers, points flowing from all angles, the entire full-forward line of Brian Looney, Curtin and Paul Geaney again on the scoresheet, just as they’d been in the opening half (they finished with 3-12 between them). “They were a potent line,” agreed Fitzmaurice. “We got a few good goals, probably had a few more chances and kicked some great points. You can’t ask anymore of them, they all finished well.”

The new-look full-back line also did well, the experienced Marc Ó Sé flanked by Fionn Fitzgerald and Shane Enright, but the most impressive performances in what admittedly was a very one-sided affair came from the new-look midfield pairing of stand-in captain Johnny Buckley (finished with three points) and man-of-the-match Kieran Donaghy.

Early days of course, very early days, but this was a very positive start to the new year by Kerry, a very positive start also for the new regime led by Fitzmaurice, who himself was delighted to have this one done with. “It felt fine, it is a relief to have the first game over. It’s been coming a long time — I’ve been in the job since last August, there’s been a lot of behind the scenes work in getting things ready. It’s great to be up and running now.”

Scorers for Kerry: P Geaney 2-4 (1f); P Curtin 1-5; M Geaney 1-1; J Buckley 0-3; P O’Connor 0-3 (1f); B Looney 0-3 (1 45); BJ Keane 0-2; D O’Sullivan 0-1.

Scorers for IT Tralee: A O’Donoghue 0-3 (3f); S Carroll 0-2 (1f); B Pott, D Wallace, R Deane, S Killeen, S McCarthy 0-1 each.

KERRY: B Kelly; F Fitzgerald, M Ó Sé, S Enright; J Lyne, J Sherwood, K Young; K Donaghy, J Buckley (c); M Geaney, D O’Sullivan, M O’Donoghue; B Looney, P Curtin, P Geaney.

Subs: D Culhane (Ó Sé 35); BJ Keane (O’Sullivan 35); T Ó Sé (Lyne 54); P O’Connor (P Geaney 54); A Garnett (Buckley 55).

IT Tralee: P O’Sullivan (Kerry); C Farrell (Kildare), J Scully (Wexford); S McCarthy (Kerry), G O’Grady (Cork), M Brosnan (Kerry); R Deane (Cork), D Somers (Clare); D Wallace (Kerry), I Corbett (Limerick), B Poff (Kerry); A O’Donoghue (Kerry), S Carroll (Kerry), B O’Hare (Louth).

Subs: D Cahalane (Kerry, Farrell 35); D Murphy (Kerry, Wallace 49); D Mannix (Kerry, O’Hare 49); S Killeen (Galway, Somers 56); N Curran (Wicklow, Corbett 63).

Referee: K O’Brien (Tipperary)

 

Kerry new guns step up to mark to sink Tralee

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Kerry 4-22 IT Tralee 0-10

New-look Kerry breezed into the quarter-finals of this competition with a facile 24-point victory over the students of IT Tralee the preliminary round game played at the Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney yesterday afternoon. Kerry dominated from the outset with new midfield pairing Kieran Donaghy and captain Johnny Buckley providing a plentiful supply of ball to their inside forward line of Brian Looney, Patrick Curtin and goal poacher supreme Paul Geaney, who got the bulk of the Kerry scores, against a very defensive IT outfit, who sometimes – understandably given their vaulted opposition – had 13 players behind the ball. Kerry were boosted with goals in the sixth minute from Paul Geaney after a Darran O’Sullivan assist, while further goals from Mikey Geaney in the 27th minute – after a defence-splitting pass from the impressive Buckley – and a third maximum from Paul Geaney, after a Donaghy knockdown, saw Kerry build up a seemingly unassailable half-time advantage of 3-9 to 0-4, with Alan O’Donoghue looking the liveliest Tralee attacker.

It was all one-way traffic in the second half as Barry John Keane came off the bench to kick two points, Paul O’Connor kicked three off the bench while Paddy Curtin ran riot with 1-4 in the second period. Paul Geaney, Fionn Fitzgerald, Mikey Geaney and Curtin, of the newcomers impressed for Kerry, while Tomas O Se got a rousing welcome when introduced in the second period. IT Tralee were reliant on Alan O’Donoghue with two frees and points from Cork’s Ruairi Deane, Sean McCarthy and Shane Carroll. However, Tralee could not match the scoring prowess of Kerry’s inside line, with Looney, Curtin and Geaney kicking 3-12 of the Kingdom’s total.

Scorers – Kerry: P Geaney 2-4 (1f); P Curtin 1-5; M Geaney 1-1; P O’Connor (1f); B Looney (1 ’45’); J Buckley 0-3 each; BJ Keane 0-2; D O’Sullivan 0-1. Tralee: A O’Donoghue 0-3 (3f); S Carroll 0-2 (1f); B Poff, D Wallace, R Deane, S Killeen, S McCarthy 0-1 each

Kerry: B Kelly; F Fitzgerald, M Ó Sé, S Enright; J Lyne, J Sherwood, K Young; K Donaghy, J Buckley (capt); M Geaney, D O’Sullivan, M O’Donoghue; B Looney, P Curtin, P Geaney.
Subs: D Culhane (Ó Sé 35); BJ Keane (O’Sullivan 35); T Ó Sé (Lyne 54); P O’Connor (P Geaney 54); A Garnett (Buckley 55)

IT Tralee: P O’Sullivan (Kerry); C Farrell (Kildare), J Scully (Wexford); S McCarthy (Kerry), G O’Grady (Cork), M Brosnan (Kerry); R Deane (Cork), D Somers (Clare); D Wallace (Kerry), I Corbett (Limerick), B Poff (Kerry); A O’Donoghue (Kerry), S Carroll (Kerry), B O’Hare (Louth).
Subs: D Cahalane (Kerry, Farrell 35); D Murphy (Kerry, Wallace 49); D Mannix (Kerry, O’Hare 49); S Killeen (Galway, Somers 56); N Curran (Wicklow, Corbett 63)

Referee: K O’Brien (Tipperary)

 

Munster GAA McGrath Cup – Preliminary Round

Kerry 4-22 IT Tralee 0-10

Eamonn Fitzmaurice got his Kerry managerial career off to the perfect start when The Kingdom proved too strong for IT Tralee in Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday evening. IT did get the better start but failed to convert an abundance of possession and once Paul Geaney struck for the first of his goals in the 5th minute the writing was on the wall for the students. Two further goals from the Geaneys, Michael and Paul, saw Kerry lead by 3-9 to 0-4 at the break.

A goal and a point on the resumption from Patrick Curtin ensured that there would be no way back for the Tralee side, who despite being outplayed, battled on gamely picking off some nice points from the likes of Shane Carroll, Alan O’Donoghue and Sean McCarthy.

Kerry: Brian Kelly (Legion), Fionn Fitzgerald (Dr Crokes), Marc Ó Sé (An Gaeltacht), Shane Enright (Tarbert), Jonathan Lyne (Legion), Jack Sherwood (Firies), Killian Young (Renard), Kieran Donaghy (Austin Stacks), Johnny Buckley 0-3 (Dr Crokes), (Captain), Mikey Geaney 1-1 (Dingle), Darran O’Sullivan 0-1 (Glenbeigh/Glencar), Michael O’Donoghue (Spa), Brian Looney 0-3 (Dr Crokes), Patrick Curtin 1-5 (Moyvane), Paul Geaney 2-4 (Dingle).

Subs: Tomás Ó Sé (An Gaeltacht), David Culhane (Ballylongford), Paul O’Connor 0-3 (Kenmare), Barry John Keane 0-1 (Kerins O’Rahillys), Andrew Garnett (Spa).

IT Tralee: Paul O’Sullivan, Cian Farrell, Joe Scully, David Larkin, Sean McCarthy (0-1), Giles O’Grady, Michael Brosnan, Ruairi deane (0-1), Damien Sommers, Darren Wallace (0-1), Ian Corbett, Brendan Poff (0-1), Alan O’Donoghue (0-3 Fr), Shane Carroll (0-2), Barry O’Hare. Subs: Dan Cahalane, Daniel Murphy, Sean Killeen (0-1), David Mannix, Niall Curran.

Referee: Keith O’Brien (Tipperary)

For the Record

Kerry IT Tralee
2012 McGrath Cup Performance Did not take part Defeated Waterford by 2-14 to 0-14 before losing to CIT by 2-16 to 2-5
Number of McGrath Cup Senior Football titles 3 0
Last McGrath Cup Senior Football Title 2011 N/A
McGrath Cup Senior Football Record since 2000 Played – 13
Won – 11
Lost – 2
Drawn – 0
Played – 10
Won – 2
Lost – 8
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the McGrath Cup 2011 Preliminary Round – January 9th at Austin Stack Park Tralee – Kerry 1-14 IT Tralee 1-13 – Match Report

Fixtures and Results


Preliminary Round (Extra time)

Saturday January 5th

@ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney       Kerry v IT Tralee                                                        @ 2:00pm

Sunday January 6th

@ Miltown-Malbay                            Clare v LIT                                                                  @ 2:00pm
@ Cork IT                                           Cork v CIT                                                                  @ 2:00pm

Quarter-Finals (Extra time)

Sunday January 13th

@ Limerick venue                             Limerick v Clare or LIT                                             @ 2:00pm

@ Kerry venue or TBC                     UCC v Kerry or IT Tralee                                          @ 2:00pm

@ Cork or Tipperary venue Tipperary v Cork or CIT                                            @ 2:00pm

@ Waterford venue                           Waterford v UL                                                          @ 2:00pm


Semi-Finals
(Extra time)

Sunday January 20th

Final (Extra time)

Sunday January 27th

 

McGrath Cup Senior Football – Odds and Ends

Since 2000, Cork’s McGrath Cup success rate is 89% (best of any county) with 16 wins out of 18 in the competition.  In the same period, Kerry have won 11 of their 13 matches (a 85% success rate).

Despite a goal-less final, there was an average of 2.4 goals per match in the 2012 McGrath Cup competition (22 goals scored in total). This contrasts with 16 goals scored in the 2011 competition over 11 matches (an average of 1.4 goals per match).

The record of the Third Level Colleges in the McGrath Cup since entering in 2005 is Won 21, Lost 44 (32% success rate). None of the six colleges have a winning record in the competition during that period. UCC have the best record, winning 7 of their 15 matches (47% success rate). CIT have won 6 of their 14 matches (43% success rate) followed by UL who have won 5 of their 12 matches (42% success rate). Meanwhile IT Tralee, LIT and WIT have won 3 out of 24 matches between them.

Kerry have not lost a match in the McGrath Cup since the 2006 final where the Kingdom lost to Cork by 1-9 to 0-6 at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Limerick footballers have won 1 of their last 6 matches in the McGrath Cup. Waterford have won 1 of their last 5 matches.

Tipperary is the only team to have won at least 1 match in the last 3 years of the McGrath Cup with a 66% record during that period, Won 6 Lost 3.

Clare footballers have won 4 of their last 6 matches in the McGrath Cup over the last two seasons. During that span, Clare have scored 3 goals and conceded 3 goals.

McGrath Cup Senior Football Roll Of Honour

Clare (12) – 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2008

Cork (6) – 1998, 1999, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Limerick (5) – 1985, 1987, 2001, 2004, 2005

Tipperary (3) – 1989, 1993, 2003

Kerry (3) – 1996, 2010, 2011

Waterford (1) – 1981

London (1) – 1988

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete Roll of Honour since the competition began in 1981 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/mcgrath-cup-football/

McGrath Cup

Presented by Joe McGrath on June 21st, 1981 for the promotion of Senior Football in Munster.

McGrath Cup Preliminary Round – Cork 1-15 CIT 0-11

Hodnett, Mulrooney catch the eye in Cork opener

By Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Cork 1-15 Cork IT 0-11

The usual question about games like this — a week into the new year, with 460 hardy souls present — revolves around their significance. Those at pitchside yesterday for Cork’s easy win over hosts Cork Institute of Technology in the McGrath Cup suggested the game’s importance ended with the last notes of the referee’s final whistle. It would be hard to disagree at first glance. Cork fielded just five players who lined out in their championship exit last summer to Donegal, though they brought on three more who featured in that Croke Park defeat.

Students of yesterday’s game, scrappy as it was, would have noted one or two interesting alignments, however: Damien Cahalane, star of Castlehaven’s run to the Munster club final, lined out at corner-back, while Alan O’Connor, long-time midfielder, spent the first half at full-forward. Neither man looked completely at ease in his new berth: Cahalane, one of life’s natural half-backs, made one surging upfield break but looked constricted back in the corner. O’Connor also looked a little unsure of the different angles near the goal and appeared happier when involved in midfield in the second half.

Cork were three ahead at the break, 0-8 to 0-5, with Colm O’Neill for the county side and Donal Óg Hodnett for the students doing most of the scoring for their respective teams. Cork had stretched their lead to four on the resumption when a short CIT kick-out was intercepted by the alert Liam Shorten, who played sub Donncha O’Connor in for the goal which ended the game as a contest.

Cork manager Conor Counihan sketched out the inter-county manager’s view of the early-season competitions. “We’ve to try to look at players as best we can but we have 11 players tied up elsewhere with colleges and so on — it doesn’t really matter where they’re playing as long as we get to see them, but you’re limited in what you can do when you’re down that many, plus fellas who might be injured. “We’ll mix and match as long as we’re involved in it. If we got through next week we’d get another game out of it, but that game [at home to Tipperary] will be a tough game. We’ll give everyone a run within reason.”

Every year has to start somewhere. Counihan could reflect on a hardworking display by Douglas’s Odhran Mulrooney, who got up and down the field well, chipped in with two points and also turned the ball over with clean tackles more than once. Andrew O’Sullivan of Castletownbere did well in the middle of the field in the first half for Cork, while for CIT Donal Óg Hodnett’s industry on as tight a marker as Michael Shields will also have caught the eye of the Cork senior management. Less happily for the manager, Paul Kerrigan picked up a cheap second yellow and was sent off with a couple of minutes left.

Before going into the dressing room, Counihan added that Aidan Walsh faces a hearing during the week on his chances of lining out for DCU, while he sidestepped a question on Damien Cahalane’s long term availability — “We’re taking that one day at a time, we’ll see how that goes,” was his answer. Given Cahalane’s membership of the county senior hurling panel last year, perhaps there was a bit more significance to yesterday than we first thought.

Before the game a minute’s silence was observed in memory of the late Joe McGrath, who trained Cork, Limerick and Waterford, and after whom the McGrath Cup is named.

Scorers for Cork: C O’Neill 0-4 (2f, 1 45), D O’Connor 1-1 (0-1f); O Mulrooney, P Kerrigan, P O’Neill 0-2 each; C O’Driscoll, S Kiely, A O’Sullivan and L Shorten 0-1 each.

Scorers for CIT: D Óg Hodnett 0-4 (3f); B O’Regan 0-2; C Lyons, J O’Connor, D Leahy, M Vaughan and A Sweeney (1f) 0-1 each.

CORK: D Lordan, J McLoughlin, M Shields,D Cahalane, D O’Sullivan, C O’Driscoll, S Kiely, P O’Neill, A O’Sullivan, J Fitzpatrick, P Kerrigan, O Mulrooney, C O’Neill, A O’Connor, L Shorten.

Subs: N O’Leary for O’Driscoll and D O’Connor for Fitzpatrick HT; P Kissane for D O’Sullivan, 40; K O’Halloran for Lordan, 51; C O’Donovan for A O’Sullivan, 57.

CORK IT: A O’Donoghue (Aghada); E Byrne (Bishopstown), M Griffin (St Michael’s, Foilmore); D O’Sullivan (Spa); C Lyons (St Finbarrs), B O’Sullivan (Valentia), J.Cronin (Lisgoold); S O’Donoghue (Ballincollig), P Daly (St. Mary’s, Cork); J O’Connor (Boherbue), B O’Regan (Nemo Rangers), D Leahy (Arravale Rovers); P Joy (Laune Rangers), D Óg Hodnett (O’Donovan Rossa), D Crowley (Bishopstown).

Subs: J Walsh (Knocknagoshel) for O’Donoghue (43); P Kilkenny (Glenbeigh-Glencar) for Cronin; M Vaughan (Millstreet) for J O’Connor (both 48); S Finn (Glanworth) for E Byrne (58); A Sweeney (Listry) for D Crowley (58).

Referee: E. Walsh (Kerry)

Team News

The Cork Senior Football team to play CIT in Sunday’s McGrath Cup Preliminary Round at 2pm in CIT will line out as follows:

1. David Lordan

2. John McLoughlin 3. Michael Shields 4. Damien Cahalane

5. Denis O’Sullivan 6. Conor O’Driscoll 7. Sean Kiely

8. Pearse O’Neill 9. Andrew O’Sullivan

10. James Fitzpatrick 11. Paul Kerrigan 12. Odhran Mulrooney

13. Colm O’Neill 14. Alan O’Connor 15. Liam Shorten

Subs:

16. Ken O’Halloran (Bishopstown)

17. Paudie Kissane (Clyda Rovers)

18. Shane Beston (Mitchelstown)

19. Noel O’Leary (Cill na Martra)

20. Chris O’Donovan (Valley Rovers)

21. Donnacha O’Connor (Ballydesmond)

 

The Cork Institute of Technology panel for Sunday’s match is as follows –

Andrew O’Donoghue Cork

Peter Daly Cork

Noel Galvin Cork

Stephen O’Donoghue Cork

Colin Lyons Cork

Donal Hodnett Cork

Ciaran Sheehan Cork

Rory O’Sullivan Cork

Kevin Hallissey Cork

Denis Crowley Cork

Eoin Byrne Cork

Jerry O’Connor Cork

John Cronin Cork

Micheal Vaughan Cork

Patrick Kilkenny Kerry

Mark Griffin Kerry

James Walsh Kerry

Damien O’Sullivan Kerry

Brian O’Regan Kerry

Daniel Daly Kerry

Anthony Sweeney Kerry

Darragh Treacy Limerick

Donagh Leahy Tipperary

Sean O’Hare Waterford

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at pro.munster@gaa.ie for more information

For the Record

Cork CIT
2012 McGrath Cup Performance Defeated Clare, CIT and Tipperary to win the McGrath Cup, winning the final v Tipperary by 0-13 to 0-6 Defeated IT Tralee before losing to Cork by 2-17 to 0-7 in the semi-final
Number of McGrath Cup Senior Football titles 6 0
Last McGrath Cup Senior Football Title 2012 N/A
McGrath Cup Senior Football Record since 2000 Played – 18
Won – 16
Lost – 2
Drawn – 0
Played – 14
Won – 6
Lost – 8
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the McGrath Cup 2012 Semi-Final – January 22nd at Pairc Ui Rinn
Cork 2-17 CIT 0-7 – Match Report

Fixtures and Results

Preliminary Round (Extra time)

Saturday January 5th

@ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney       Kerry v IT Tralee                                                        @ 2:00pm

Sunday January 6th

@ Miltown-Malbay                            Clare v LIT                                                                  @ 2:00pm
@ Cork IT                                           Cork v CIT                                                                  @ 2:00pm

Quarter-Finals (Extra time)

Sunday January 13th

@ Limerick venue                             Limerick v Clare or LIT                                             @ 2:00pm

@ Kerry venue or TBC                     UCC v Kerry or IT Tralee                                          @ 2:00pm

@ Cork or Tipperary venue Tipperary v Cork or CIT                                            @ 2:00pm

@ Waterford venue                           Waterford v UL                                                          @ 2:00pm


Semi-Finals
(Extra time)

Sunday January 20th


Final (Extra time)

Sunday January 27th

 

McGrath Cup Senior Football – Odds and Ends

Since 2000, Cork’s McGrath Cup success rate is 89% (best of any county) with 16 wins out of 18 in the competition.  In the same period, Kerry have won 11 of their 13 matches (a 85% success rate).

Despite a goal-less final, there was an average of 2.4 goals per match in the 2012 McGrath Cup competition (22 goals scored in total). This contrasts with 16 goals scored in the 2011 competition over 11 matches (an average of 1.4 goals per match).

The record of the Third Level Colleges in the McGrath Cup since entering in 2005 is Won 21, Lost 44 (32% success rate). None of the six colleges have a winning record in the competition during that period. UCC have the best record, winning 7 of their 15 matches (47% success rate). CIT have won 6 of their 14 matches (43% success rate) followed by UL who have won 5 of their 12 matches (42% success rate). Meanwhile IT Tralee, LIT and WIT have won 3 out of 24 matches between them.

Kerry have not lost a match in the McGrath Cup since the 2006 final where the Kingdom lost to Cork by 1-9 to 0-6 at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Limerick footballers have won 1 of their last 6 matches in the McGrath Cup. Waterford have won 1 of their last 5 matches.

Tipperary is the only team to have won at least 1 match in the last 3 years of the McGrath Cup with a 66% record during that period, Won 6 Lost 3.

Clare footballers have won 4 of their last 6 matches in the McGrath Cup over the last two seasons. During that span, Clare have scored 3 goals and conceded 3 goals.

McGrath Cup Senior Football Roll Of Honour

Clare (12) – 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2008

Cork (6) – 1998, 1999, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Limerick (5) – 1985, 1987, 2001, 2004, 2005

Tipperary (3) – 1989, 1993, 2003

Kerry (3) – 1996, 2010, 2011

Waterford (1) – 1981

London (1) – 1988

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete Roll of Honour since the competition began in 1981 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/mcgrath-cup-football/

McGrath Cup

Presented by Joe McGrath on June 21st, 1981 for the promotion of Senior Football in Munster

McGrath Cup Preliminary Round – Clare 1-20 LIT 1-2

Micko raise spirits as Banner plot for the ‘long road’ ahead

By Gerry Quinn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Clare 1-20 Limerick IT 1-2

Same old, same old for the Peter Pan of Gaelic football management. Mick O’Dwyer (76) began another chapter of his amazing career on the sidelines watching his new Clare charges ease past Limerick IT in the opening round of the McGrath Cup at Miltown Malbay yesterday. O’Dwyer is no stranger to facile victories in these parts. Indeed the 9-21 to 1-9 victory of his former Kingdom charges over the Banner in 1979 is still referred to as ‘The Miltown Massacre’ with a shudder in these parts. Now 34 years on, O’Dwyer’s allegiance is on the other side of the Shannon and his enthusiasm remains as fierce as that day in the distant past.

“You can only play what’s in front of you,” remarked O’Dwyer soon after the final whistle, “but our fellows played good attractive football today. They combined well but there’s a lot of work to be done yet. “It was a poor Limerick IT side all right but as I said a minute ago, you play what’s in front of you and that all we could do.” He continued: “We are reasonably fit but we are a long way from championship yet. But we’re improving. There’s a long road ahead of us. Way out in June we are playing Cork in Ennis in the Munster championship but that’s a long way away. So we have a lot of work to do before then. That’s when we want to have our team in real shape, he said.

“We have Limerick next Sunday and that will be a better test of our team. Limerick have been a very good side for the last seven or eight years so we’ll be looking forward to next Sunday’s game.” Clare led 1-11 to 1-0 at the interval with Gary Brennan netting for the winners as they cruised to victory before 651 supporters.

Scorers for Clare: S McGrath (0-7) G Brennan (1-0), A Clohessy (0-4) 1 ‘45, I McInerney (0-3) 1 f, 1’45, P McMahon (0-2), E Coughlan (0-2),J Dowling, N Kelly (0-1) each.

LIT: T McCarthy (1-0), B Coleman (f), C Wallace (0-1) each.

CLARE: J Hayes, S Collins, C Dixon, E Coughlan, M McMahon, G Kelly, D Callinan, G Brennan, C O’Connor, S McGrath, J Dowling, A Clohessy, P McMahon, I McInerney, N Kelly.

Subs: C Duggan for P McMahon (half time), T Downes for Dowling (half time), I Whyte for Callinan (56), J Keane for O’Connor (62), G Quinlan for McInerney (67).

LIT: J Brouder (Limerick), S Considine (Limerick), S Malone (Clare), G Canty (Donegal), P Barrett (Kerry), S Durran (Kerry), G Murphy (Wexford), T McCarthy (Limerick), M Brennan (Kerry), S Ryan (Tipperary), T Griffin (Limerick), S Hayes (Clare), S Behan (Limerick), B Coleman (Sligo), C Callinan (Clare).

Subs: N Breen (Kerry) for Behan (24), C Wallace (Kerry) for Callinan (50), E O’Sullivan (Kerry) for Considine (54), S Ó Comáin (Mayo) for McCarthy (62).

Referee: C Lane (Cork)

Team News

The Clare team for Sunday’s opening McGrath cup clash with LIT will now not be named until just before throw in. The squad trained on Friday night and a number of players have been struck with flu over the past week with management hoping players will recover in time for Sunday’s McGrath Cup game.

 

The LIT team for Sunday’s match will be selected from the following panel –

Conor Talty Parnells Dublin

Ger Collins Monaleen Limerick

Shane Ryan Doonbeg Clare

Sean Hayes Lisseycasey Clare

Seanie Malone Miltown malbay Clare

Will Kennedy Newcastle Tipperary

Sean Ryan Colden/Kilfeakle Tipperary

Michael Jones Quinlan Shannon Rovers Tipperary

Michael Brennan Churchill Kerry

Shane Durran Austin Stacks Kerry

Stephen Commons Claremorris Mayo

Brian Coleman Enniscrone/Killyglass Sligo

Sean O’Connor Castlegregory Kerry

Thomas Smith Fr.Caseys Limerick

Ricky Nolan Spink Laois

Gary Carty Aodh Ruadh Donegal

Luke Conneally Gelnamaddy Galway

Gavin Murphy Cloughbawn Wexford

Tommy Griffin Gearld Griffins Limerick

Tommy McCarthy Mountcollins Limerick

Stephen Behan Fr.Caseys Limerick

James Brouder Mountcollins Limerick

Chris Dixon Kilrush Clare

Joey Rouine Ennistymon Clare

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at pro.munster@gaa.ie for more information

For the Record

Clare LIT
2012 McGrath Cup Performance Defeated UL by 0-18 to 1-8 before losing to Cork by 2-14 to 0-7 in the Quarter-Final. Lost to Tipperary by 2-13 to 3-8 in the Preliminary Round
Number of McGrath Cup Senior Football titles 12 0
Last McGrath Cup Senior Football Title 2008 N/A
McGrath Cup Senior Football Record since 2000 Played – 25
Won – 15
Lost – 10
Drawn – 0
Played – 6
Won – 1
Lost – 5
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the McGrath Cup No prior meeting

Fixtures and Results


Preliminary Round (Extra time)

Saturday January 5th

@ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney       Kerry v IT Tralee                                                        @ 2:00pm

Sunday January 6th

@ Miltown-Malbay                            Clare v LIT                                                                  @ 2:00pm
@ Cork IT                                           Cork v CIT                                                                  @ 2:00pm

Quarter-Finals (Extra time)

Sunday January 13th

@ Limerick venue                             Limerick v Clare or LIT                                             @ 2:00pm

@ Kerry venue or TBC                     UCC v Kerry or IT Tralee                                          @ 2:00pm

@ Cork or Tipperary venue Tipperary v Cork or CIT                                            @ 2:00pm

@ Waterford venue                           Waterford v UL                                                          @ 2:00pm


Semi-Finals
(Extra time)

Sunday January 20th

Final (Extra time)

Sunday January 27th

 

McGrath Cup Senior Football – Odds and Ends

Since 2000, Cork’s McGrath Cup success rate is 89% (best of any county) with 16 wins out of 18 in the competition.  In the same period, Kerry have won 11 of their 13 matches (a 85% success rate).

Despite a goal-less final, there was an average of 2.4 goals per match in the 2012 McGrath Cup competition (22 goals scored in total). This contrasts with 16 goals scored in the 2011 competition over 11 matches (an average of 1.4 goals per match).

The record of the Third Level Colleges in the McGrath Cup since entering in 2005 is Won 21, Lost 44 (32% success rate). None of the six colleges have a winning record in the competition during that period. UCC have the best record, winning 7 of their 15 matches (47% success rate). CIT have won 6 of their 14 matches (43% success rate) followed by UL who have won 5 of their 12 matches (42% success rate). Meanwhile IT Tralee, LIT and WIT have won 3 out of 24 matches between them.

Kerry have not lost a match in the McGrath Cup since the 2006 final where the Kingdom lost to Cork by 1-9 to 0-6 at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Limerick footballers have won 1 of their last 6 matches in the McGrath Cup. Waterford have won 1 of their last 5 matches.

Tipperary is the only team to have won at least 1 match in the last 3 years of the McGrath Cup with a 66% record during that period, Won 6 Lost 3.

Clare footballers have won 4 of their last 6 matches in the McGrath Cup over the last two seasons. During that span, Clare have scored 3 goals and conceded 3 goals.

McGrath Cup Senior Football Roll Of Honour

Clare (12) – 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2008

Cork (6) – 1998, 1999, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Limerick (5) – 1985, 1987, 2001, 2004, 2005

Tipperary (3) – 1989, 1993, 2003

Kerry (3) – 1996, 2010, 2011

Waterford (1) – 1981

London (1) – 1988

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete Roll of Honour since the competition began in 1981 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/mcgrath-cup-football/

McGrath Cup

Presented by Joe McGrath on June 21st, 1981 for the promotion of Senior Football in Munster.

McGrath Cup Quarter Final – Tipperary 2-9 Cork 1-9

Losing start for Cadogan as Tipp finally rock Rebels

By Denis Hurley for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Cork 1-9 Tipperary 2-9

A Cork dual player picking football over hurling is rare but a Tipperary victory over the Rebel county in competitive senior football is even rarer. Eoin Cadogan made his football season debut at full back following his decision to drop inter-county hurling from his CV for 2013. However he could do little to prevent Tipperary from earning their first competitive victory over Cork since a Munster championship game in Clonmel back in 1944.

Now that 69-year drought is over, in fairly emphatic fashion it must be said, it says much about the footballing aims and aspirations of the county that manager Peter Creedon was not reading much into the result. “It’s a nice win for us in January,” he said, “we’ve been training hard since November. “It was good to be able to have nine or 10 of our championship team to call on, but I wouldn’t read too much into the result. We weren’t going out trying mad for the win, we just wanted to go out and play a game of football and see what we could learn about the young players, some of them showed quite well. “Cork kicked bad wides, it’s grand, we got what we wanted. We weren’t too bothered about the McGrath Cup at the start of the year. We just said we’d mix up the seniors and the U21s and see where we go. “If Cork had upped the pace a bit, I think that we might have struggled.”

But it was Cork who struggled, as, despite naming a strong starting 15, they never led and would have lost by more but for a late revival as Tipp flagged. Cadogan did relatively well tracking Philip Quirke and often found himself in the middle of the park where his driving runs achieved more than some team-mates in attacking positions. Damien Cahalane, who played wing-back in the second half, also had his moments and Andrew O’Sullivan worked hard in midfield, but Cork struggled. 12 wides were registered and at times the forward division was too static.

While obviously pleased to have secured Cadogan’s exclusive services, Counihan was not happy with the performance and the manner of the defeat. “It’s been a difficult decision for Eoin to make, but we’re happy to have him,” he said. “We’re disappointed with the loss, there’s no point in saying otherwise. We shouldn’t have been complacent but can I really say yes to that? I’m not sure. “Some of our lads will be very disappointed with the decisions they made. We all have to question ourselves, but I don’t want to take from Tipperary, they were fully deserving of their win.”

There can be no denying the last statement, for Tipp were far better. Full-back and captain Paddy Codd was outstanding, alongside him Andrew Morrissey worked incredibly hard, and in attack familiar names like Barry Grogan, scorer of 1-5, and Philip Austin had their good work augmented by Quirke. He kicked two superb early frees, with Grogan also finding his range, and with Donncha O’Connor almost solely carrying the Cork scoring burden, the visitors led by 0-7 to 0-4 at half-time. Cork attempted surgery at half-time, with Aidan Walsh, Pearse O’Neill and Paul Kerrigan introduced, and the opening minutes of the second half yielded points from Liam Shorten and Ciarán Sheehan, now at full-forward, as the gap was cut to a point.

Tipp got a break with a penalty for a foul on Austin. Grogan sent Ken O’Halloran the wrong way before adding a point and then Bill Maher nabbed a second goal, profiting from work by Austin and Liam McGrath to make it 2-8 to 0-6. As the end neared, though, Tipp flagged and sub Fintan Goold kicked two Cork frees before Sheehan cut the gap to three points when he goaled in injury time. Cork piled on the pressure in the search for an equalising goal, but had Tipp been denied it would have been an injustice. They had done enough.

Scorers for Tipperary: B Grogan 1-6 (0-4f), B Maher 1-0, P Quirke 0-2f, P Austin 0-1.

Scorers for Cork: C Sheehan 1-1, D O’Connor 0-3 (0-1f), L Shorten, F Goold (0-2f) 0-2 each, B O’Driscoll 0-1f.

TIPPERARY: P Fitzgerald; A Morrissey, P Codd, J Coghlan; A Campbell, S Kennedy, J O’Callaghan; G Hannigan, S O’Brien; P Austin, L McGrath, A Matassa; B Maher, P Quirke, B Grogan.

Subs: L Egan for Campbell (45), K Bergin for Matassa (inj. 53), B O’Brien for Maher (53), D Lowry for Austin (inj. 59), D Lynch for O’Callaghan (66).

CORK: K O’Halloran; J McLoughlin, E Cadogan, D Cahalane; M Shields, B Shanahan, N O’Leary; A O’Connor, A O’Sullivan; J Fitzpatrick, C Sheehan, O Mulrooney; B O’Driscoll, D O’Connor, L Shorten.

Subs: P Kerrigan for D O’Connor, P O’Neill for Mulrooney, A Walsh for Fitzpatrick (all ht), F Goold for O’Driscoll (65), S Kiely for O’Leary (70).

Referee: S Joy (Kerry)

Team News

The Cork Senior Football team to play Tipperary in the McGrath Cup Quarter-Final on Sunday at 2pm in Páirc Uí Rinn will line out as follows:

1. Ken O Halloran (Bishopstown)

2. John McLoughlin (Kanturk)

3. Eoin Cadogan (Douglas)

4. Damien Cahalane  (Castlehaven)

5. Michael Shields (St. Finbarr’s)

6. Brian Shanahan (Carbery Rangers)

7. Noel O’Leary  (Cill na Martra)

8. Alan O’Connor (St. Colum’s)

9. Andrew O’Sullivan (Castletownbere)

10. James Fitzpatrick (Carbery Rangers)

11. Ciarán Sheehan (Eire Og)

12. Odhran Mulrooney  (Douglas)

13. Barry O’Driscoll (Nemo Rangers)

14. Donnacha O’Connor (Ballydesmond)

15. Liam Shorten (Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh)

Subs:

16. David Lordan (Ballincollig)

17. Sean Kiely (Macroom)

18. Conor O’Driscoll (Ilen Rovers)

19. Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers)

20. Pearse O’Neill (Aghada)

21. Denis O’Sullivan (Ballinascarthy)

22. Fintan Goold (Macroom)

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at pro.munster@gaa.ie for more information

For the Record

Cork Tipperary
2012 McGrath Cup Performance Defeated Clare, CIT and Tipperary to win the McGrath Cup, winning the final v Tipperary by 0-13 to 0-6 Defeated LIT, WIT and UCC before losing to Cork in the Final.
Number of McGrath Cup Senior Football titles 6 3
Last McGrath Cup Senior Football Title 2012 2003
McGrath Cup Senior Football Record since 2000 Played – 19
Won – 17
Lost – 2
Drawn – 0
Played – 23
Won – 11
Lost – 12
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the McGrath Cup 2012 Final – January 29th at Clonmel Sportsfield
Cork 0-13 Tipperary 0-6 – Match Report


Fixtures and Results


Preliminary Round

Saturday January 5th

@ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney       Kerry 4-22 IT Tralee 0-10

Sunday January 6th

@ Miltown-Malbay                            Clare 1-19 LIT 1-2
@ Cork IT GAA Grounds                 Cork 1-15 CIT 0-10

Quarter-Finals (Extra time)

Sunday January 13th

@ Foynes                                          Limerick v Clare                                                        @ 2:00pm

@ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney       Kerry v UCC                                                              @ 2:00pm

@ Pairc Ui Rinn                                Tipperary v Cork                                                       @ 2:00pm

@ WIT GAA Grounds Carriganore Waterford v UL                                                          @ 2:00pm


Semi-Finals
(Extra time)

Sunday January 20th

Limerick or Clare v Kerry or UCC

Venue Permutations

Limerick v Kerry – Kerry venue

Clare v Kerry – Clare venue

Limerick v UCC – Limerick venue

Clare v UCC – Clare venue

 

Cork or Tipperary v Waterford or UL

Venue Permutations

Cork v Waterford – Waterford venue

Tipperary v Waterford – Tipperary venue

Cork v UL – Cork venue

Tipperary v UL – Tipperary venue

 

Final (Extra time)

Sunday January 27th


McGrath Cup Senior Football – Odds and Ends

Since 2000, Cork’s McGrath Cup success rate is 89% (best of any county) with 17 wins out of 19 in the competition.  In the same period, Kerry have won 12 of their 14 matches (a 86% success rate).

Despite a goal-less final, there was an average of 2.4 goals per match in the 2012 McGrath Cup competition (22 goals scored in total). This contrasts with 16 goals scored in the 2011 competition over 11 matches (an average of 1.4 goals per match).

The record of the Third Level Colleges in the McGrath Cup since entering in 2005 is Won 21, Lost 47 (31% success rate). None of the six colleges have a winning record in the competition during that period. UCC have the best record, winning 7 of their 15 matches (47% success rate) while UL have won 5 of their 12 matches (42% success rate).

Since 2011, the record of Third Level Colleges when playing an Inter-County team in the McGrath Cup is Won 2, Lost 14 (13% success rate)

Kerry have not lost a match in the McGrath Cup since the 2006 final where the Kingdom lost to Cork by 1-9 to 0-6 at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Limerick footballers have won 1 of their last 6 matches in the McGrath Cup. Waterford have won 1 of their last 5 matches.

Tipperary is the only team to have won at least 1 match in the last 3 years of the McGrath Cup with a 66% record during that period, Won 6 Lost 3.

Clare footballers have won 5 of their last 7 matches in the McGrath Cup over the last two seasons. During that span, Clare have scored 4 goals and conceded 4 goals.

McGrath Cup Senior Football Roll Of Honour

Clare (12) – 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2008

Cork (6) – 1998, 1999, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Limerick (5) – 1985, 1987, 2001, 2004, 2005

Tipperary (3) – 1989, 1993, 2003

Kerry (3) – 1996, 2010, 2011

Waterford (1) – 1981

London (1) – 1988

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete Roll of Honour since the competition began in 1981 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/mcgrath-cup-football/

McGrath Cup

Presented by Joe McGrath on June 21st, 1981 for the promotion of Senior Football in Munster

McGrath Cup – 2013 Scorers

Paul Geaney (Kerry) 2-4 (0-1 free)
Patrick Curtin (Kerry) 1-5 

Shane McGrath (Clare) 0-7

Michael Geaney (Kerry) 1-1
Colm O’Neill (Cork) 0-4 (0-2 frees, 0-1 45)
Donncha O’Connor (Cork) 1-1 (0-1 free)

Alan Clohessy (Clare) 0-4 (0-1 45)
Donal Óg Hodnett (CIT) 0-4 (0-3 frees)

Johnny Buckley (Kerry) 0-3

Paul O’Connor (Kerry) 0-3 (0-1 free)

Brian Looney (Kerry) 0-3 (0-1 45)

Gary Brennan (Clare) 1-0

I McInerney (Clare) 0-3 (0-1 free, 0-1 45)

Alan O’Donoghue (IT Tralee) 0-3 (0-3 frees)
Tommy McCarthy (LIT) 1-0

 

Barry John Keane (Kerry) 0-2 

S Carroll (IT Tralee) 0-2 (0-1 free)
Odhran Mulrooney (Cork) 0-2

Paul Kerrigan (Cork) 0-2

Pearse O’Neill (Cork) 0-2

P McMahon (Clare) 0-2

Enda Coughlan  (Clare)  0-2

Brian O’Regan (CIT) 0-2

 

Darran O’Sullivan (Kerry), Conor O’Driscoll (Cork), Sean Kiely (Cork), Andrew O’Sullivan (Cork), Liam Shorten (Cork), J Dowling (Clare), N Kelly (Clare), Brendan Pott (IT Tralee), Darren Wallace (IT Tralee), Ruairi Deane (IT Tralee), Sean Killeen (IT Tralee), Sean McCarthy (IT Tralee), Colin Lyons (CIT), Jerry O’Connor (CIT), Donagh Leahy (CIT), Micheal Vaughan (CIT), Anthony Sweeney  (CIT) (0-1 free), Brian Coleman (LIT) (0-1 free), C Wallace (LIT) 0-1 each.

McGrath Cup Quarter Final – Waterford 0-16 UL 0-12

Déise deliver opening victory for Carew

By Tomás McCarthy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Waterford 0-16 UL 0-12 (AET)

Niall Carew’s tenure as Waterford football manager got off to a winning start at a bitterly cold Carraiganore yesterday, with Gary Hurney kicking five points to shrug off the stubborn challenge of UL after extra-time. The students looked set for victory as they led by a point entering injury-time before Déise defender Tony Grey surged forward to nab the equaliser. The home side pressed on in extra-time and outscored their opponents by six points by two. This was a hard-fought encounter, which saw both sides commit heavy numbers to defence. UL raced into a four point lead inside eight minutes. Tipperary senior Alan Moloney stroked over two points, with Ed Walsh and Liam McGovern also on target. Moloney was a constant menace and he notched four first half points and six in all.

Waterford, who started with three debutants, took time to settle but they hauled themselves back into contention. Paul Whyte, Darren Guiry and Gavin Nugent bagged two points apiece to leave the sides level at 0-6 each by half-time. Gary Hurney nudged Waterford ahead for the first time with the opening score of the second half. Paul Whyte pushed them two points clear but UL regained a grip on proceedings. Two points from substitute Denis Keohane gave them a slender advantage as the clock ticked down. Tony Grey had the last word in the second minute of injury-time however to tie it up at 0-10 apiece.

Waterford led 0-13 to 0-11 after the first period of extra-time, with Gary Hurney, Shane Ahearne and Grey all splitting the posts. Hurney landed two more in the second period to bring his tally to five and set up a semi final meeting with Tipperary next weekend. Meanwhile, UCC grabbed a late goal to defeat Waterford by 3-18 to 1-23 in a senior hurling challenge match played at Ardmore yesterday afternoon. Déise boss Michael Ryan utilised his full squad in a game played over four periods of 20 minutes. Shane Walsh netted the Waterford goal.

Scorers for Waterford: G Hurney 0-5(1f); P Whyte 0-3 (2f); G Nugent, D Guiry, T Grey, S Ahearne (1f) 0-2 each.

Scorers for UL: A Moloney 0-6 (2f, 2 45’); E Walsh, D Keohane 0-2 each; L McGovern, J O’Rourke 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: S Enright; T Ó hUallacháin, M Scurry, J Hurney; T Grey, S Briggs, R Cahill; T Prendergast, S Ahearne; M O’Gorman, P Hurney, P Whyte; D Guiry, G Hurney, G Nugent.

Subs: C Phelan for Ó hUallacháin (h-t); L Ó Lonáin for Guiry (50); C McGrath for Nugent (52); S Prendergast for J Hurney (63); J McGrath for Scurry (68); S Dempsey for Cahill (80); J Wall for T Prendergast (83).

UL: R Byrne (Mayo); M Tierney (Kerry), T Clancy (Cork), B Maguire (Kerry); L Mulligan (Kerry), N Fitzgerald (Kerry), D Ryan (Clare); D Niblock (Cork), K Canty (Cork); L McGovern (Kildare), A Moloney (Tipperary), G Ryan (Tipperary); J O’Rourke (Cork), S O’Callaghan (Kerry), E Walsh (Kerry).

Subs: D Dolan (Mayo) for G Ryan (32); D Keohane (Cork) for O’Callaghan (54); J Spillane (Kerry) for D Ryan (78).

Referee: B Tyrell (Tipperary)

Team News

Waterford Football team to play UL on Sunday in Carriganore at 2.00pm in McGrath Cup Quarter Final. Opening game of 2013 season under new manager Niall Carew

1 Stephen Enright Ballinacourty

2 Tadgh O hUallachain An Rinn

3 Stephen Prendergast Killrossanty

4 Connor Phelan Brickey Rangers

5 Tony Grey Stradbally

6 Shane Briggs Ballinacourty

7 Ronan Cahill Rathgormack

8 Tommy Prendergast Killrossanty

9 Sean Dempsey Colligan

10 Conor McGrath Brickey Rangers

11 Paul Whyte Killrossanty

12 Maurice O Gorman The Nire

13 John Wall Colligan

14 Patrick Hurney Ballinacourty

15 Gavin Nugent Rathgormack

 

The University of Limerick panel for the McGrath Cup is as follows –

Rory Byrne Castlebar Mitchells Mayo
Niall Fitzgerald Waterville Kerry
Tom Clancy Clonakilty Cork
Brian McGuire Listowel Kerry
Luke Mulligan St. Patricks Kerry
Jack Sherwood Friaries Kerry
Dean Ryan Eire Og, Inis Clare
David Niblock Nemo Rangers Cork
Kevin Canty Valley Rovers Cork
John O’Rourke Carberry Rangers Cork
Alan Moloney Rockwell Rovers Tipperary
James O’Donoghue Legion Kerry
Liam McGovern Athy Kildare
Ed Walsh Knocknagoshel Kerry
Eoin Slattery Eire Og, Inis Clare
Ambrose O’Donovan Dr. Croke’s Kerry
Martin Tierney Kerins O’Rahillys Kerry
David Dolan Garrymore Mayo
Barry John Walsh Kerins O’Rahillys Kerry
Padraig O’Connor Gneeveguilla Kerry
Paul Conroy St. James’ Galway
Denis Keohane Naomh Abain Cork
Colin Dempsey Swinford Mayo

Manager: Declan O’Keeffe

Selectors: Denis O’Keeffe and Brian Carson

Development Officer: Patsy Morrissey

Runai: Amanda Hogan

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at pro.munster@gaa.ie for more information

For the Record

Waterford UL
2012 McGrath Cup Performance Lost to IT Tralee by 2-14 to 0-14 in the Preliminary Round Lost to Clare by 0-18 to 1-8 in the Preliminary Round
Number of McGrath Cup Senior Football titles 1 0
Last McGrath Cup Senior Football Title 1981 N/A
McGrath Cup Senior Football Record since 2000 Played – 18
Won – 5
Lost – 13
Drawn – 0
Played – 12
Won – 5
Lost – 7
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the McGrath Cup 2009 Semi-Final – January 18th at Kill
University of Limerick 0-13 Waterford 0-8

Fixtures and Results


Preliminary Round

Saturday January 5th

@ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney       Kerry 4-22 IT Tralee 0-10

Sunday January 6th

@ Miltown-Malbay                            Clare 1-19 LIT 1-2
@ Cork IT GAA Grounds                 Cork 1-15 CIT 0-10

Quarter-Finals (Extra time)

Sunday January 13th

@ Foynes                                          Limerick v Clare                                                        @ 2:00pm

@ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney       Kerry v UCC                                                              @ 2:00pm

@ Pairc Ui Rinn                                Tipperary v Cork                                                       @ 2:00pm

@ WIT GAA Grounds Carriganore Waterford v UL                                                          @ 2:00pm


Semi-Finals
(Extra time)

Sunday January 20th

Limerick or Clare v Kerry or UCC

Venue Permutations

Limerick v Kerry – Kerry venue

Clare v Kerry – Clare venue

Limerick v UCC – Limerick venue

Clare v UCC – Clare venue

 

Cork or Tipperary v Waterford or UL

Venue Permutations

Cork v Waterford – Waterford venue

Tipperary v Waterford – Tipperary venue

Cork v UL – Cork venue

Tipperary v UL – Tipperary venue

Final (Extra time)

Sunday January 27th

 

McGrath Cup Senior Football – Odds and Ends

Since 2000, Cork’s McGrath Cup success rate is 89% (best of any county) with 17 wins out of 19 in the competition.  In the same period, Kerry have won 12 of their 14 matches (a 86% success rate).

Despite a goal-less final, there was an average of 2.4 goals per match in the 2012 McGrath Cup competition (22 goals scored in total). This contrasts with 16 goals scored in the 2011 competition over 11 matches (an average of 1.4 goals per match).

The record of the Third Level Colleges in the McGrath Cup since entering in 2005 is Won 21, Lost 47 (31% success rate). None of the six colleges have a winning record in the competition during that period. UCC have the best record, winning 7 of their 15 matches (47% success rate) while UL have won 5 of their 12 matches (42% success rate).

Since 2011, the record of Third Level Colleges when playing an Inter-County team in the McGrath Cup is Won 2, Lost 14 (13% success rate)

Kerry have not lost a match in the McGrath Cup since the 2006 final where the Kingdom lost to Cork by 1-9 to 0-6 at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Limerick footballers have won 1 of their last 6 matches in the McGrath Cup. Waterford have won 1 of their last 5 matches.

Tipperary is the only team to have won at least 1 match in the last 3 years of the McGrath Cup with a 66% record during that period, Won 6 Lost 3.

Clare footballers have won 5 of their last 7 matches in the McGrath Cup over the last two seasons. During that span, Clare have scored 4 goals and conceded 4 goals.

McGrath Cup Senior Football Roll Of Honour

Clare (12) – 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2008

Cork (6) – 1998, 1999, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Limerick (5) – 1985, 1987, 2001, 2004, 2005

Tipperary (3) – 1989, 1993, 2003

Kerry (3) – 1996, 2010, 2011

Waterford (1) – 1981

London (1) – 1988

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete Roll of Honour since the competition began in 1981 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/mcgrath-cup-football/

McGrath Cup

Presented by Joe McGrath on June 21st, 1981 for the promotion of Senior Football in Munster

McGrath Cup – 2013 Scorers

Paul Geaney (Kerry) 2-4 (0-1 free)
Patrick Curtin (Kerry) 1-5 

Shane McGrath (Clare) 0-7

Michael Geaney (Kerry) 1-1
Colm O’Neill (Cork) 0-4 (0-2 frees, 0-1 45)
Donncha O’Connor (Cork) 1-1 (0-1 free)

Alan Clohessy (Clare) 0-4 (0-1 45)
Donal Óg Hodnett (CIT) 0-4 (0-3 frees)

Johnny Buckley (Kerry) 0-3

Paul O’Connor (Kerry) 0-3 (0-1 free)

Brian Looney (Kerry) 0-3 (0-1 45)

Gary Brennan (Clare) 1-0

I McInerney (Clare) 0-3 (0-1 free, 0-1 45)

Alan O’Donoghue (IT Tralee) 0-3 (0-3 frees)
Tommy McCarthy (LIT) 1-0

 

Barry John Keane (Kerry) 0-2 

S Carroll (IT Tralee) 0-2 (0-1 free)
Odhran Mulrooney (Cork) 0-2

Paul Kerrigan (Cork) 0-2

Pearse O’Neill (Cork) 0-2

P McMahon (Clare) 0-2

Enda Coughlan  (Clare)  0-2

Brian O’Regan (CIT) 0-2

 

Darran O’Sullivan (Kerry), Conor O’Driscoll (Cork), Sean Kiely (Cork), Andrew O’Sullivan (Cork), Liam Shorten (Cork), J Dowling (Clare), N Kelly (Clare), Brendan Pott (IT Tralee), Darren Wallace (IT Tralee), Ruairi Deane (IT Tralee), Sean Killeen (IT Tralee), Sean McCarthy (IT Tralee), Colin Lyons (CIT), Jerry O’Connor (CIT), Donagh Leahy (CIT), Micheal Vaughan (CIT), Anthony Sweeney  (CIT) (0-1 free), Brian Coleman (LIT) (0-1 free), C Wallace (LIT) 0-1 each.

McGrath Cup Quarter Final – Kerry 2-12 UCC 0-10

Curtin and Cox catch Fitzmaurice’s eye as Kerry advance

By Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kerry 2-12 UCC 0-10

Kerry boss Eamon Fitzmaurice was in the unusual position of enjoying performances of players on both sides yesterday, as his Kingdom side eased past UCC in a McGrath Cup quarter-final at a misty Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney. Two first-half goals from impressive full-forward Patrick Curtin ended the game as a contest but UCC’s top forward, Conor Cox of Listowel Emmets who ended with six points, is also a Kingdom prospect and one of seven in the college’s starting 15. “Conor played well,” said Fitzmaurice after the game. “So did all of the UCC lads who are in with us. I know Conor kicked a share of scores and we know well the quality he possesses. “He is going to have a busy schedule now, between the Sigerson with UCC, he is involved with Darragh [Ó Sé), with the U21s and he is in and out with us as well so I suppose for the next while it’s going to be about balancing commitments, to ensure that he is not over extended at any stage.”

As might be expected of a team with Sigerson commitments looming, UCC were sharper out of the blocks and ran up a three-point lead courtesy of a Cox free, Gavin O’Grady (45) and a fine Brian Coughlan effort from play. Kerry were slow to get into their stride but Darran O’Sullivan’s opener, a free from wide right, sparked his team-mates to action. Michael Geaney and Paddy Curtin levelled matters and Paul Geaney edged Kerry ahead. Kerry struck for the first goal at the end of the first quarter, Kieran O’Leary feeding Curtin, who played a one-two with Paul Geaney before finishing emphatically. The Kingdom radar then let them down, with four consecutive wides and Darran O’Sullivan hitting the woodwork, but Curtin hit his second goal on the half-hour. Cox added two points for UCC but two Geaney points either side of a Johnny Buckley effort left it 2-7 to 0-5 at the half.

The second half fizzled out, with heavy underfoot conditions taking a toll on UCC. Kerry hit some good points to take their total to 2-12, while Cox started and ended UCC’s scoring. But the biggest cheer of the afternoon came when Kieran Donaghy was substituted, the PA announcer wishing him well in his wedding next weekend. In his absence Fitzmaurice will shuffle the deck against Limerick in next Sunday’s semi-final. “Anthony Maher will be back in with us next weekend and the Crokes lads are going back training with Crokes this week, but there will be a few of them available to us for the game next weekend, if we want them.” “It’ll be a more physical test, but in fairness to UCC they were quite physical in the second half and they have a share of pretty senior players around that are well conditioned, the likes of Niall Daly and JB Spillane, and they had a couple of big men like Peter Acheson who have played senior inter-county, and Peter Crowley.”

Scorers for Kerry: P Curtin 2-2, P Geaney 0-3 (1f), J Buckley 0-2, M Geaney, D O’Sullivan (f), K O’Leary, M O’Donoghue and BJ Keane 0-1 each

Scorers for UCC: C Cox 0-6 (3fs), G O’Grady 0-2 (1 45), B Coughlan, P Acheson

KERRY: B Kealy; M Ó Sé, M Moloney, F Fitzgerald; J Lyne, J Sherwood, K Young; K Donaghy, J Buckley; M Geaney, D O’Sullivan, M O’Donoghue; K O’Leary (c), P Curtin, P Geaney.

Subs: BJ Keane for D O’Sullivan (ht), T Ó Sé for Fitzgerald (50), P O’Connor for O’Leary (50), A O’Mahony for O’Donoghue (57), A Garnett for Donaghy (64).

UCC: S Mellett (Carrigaline/Cork); J O’Sullivan (Bishopstown/Cork), P Galvin (Ballymacelligot/Kerry), F McNamara (Austin Stacks/Kerry); P Crowley (Laune Rangers/Kerry), N Daly (Padraig Pearses/Roscommon) T Clancy (Fermoy/Cork); P Acheson (Moyle Rovers/Tipperary), D O’Sullivan (Dingle/Kerry); K O’Driscoll (Tadhg McCarthaigh/Cork), B Coughlan (Kinsale/Cork), JB Spillane (Castlegregory/Kerry); C Cox (Listowel Emmets/Kerry), E Buckley (St Michael’s/Cork), G O’Grady (Glenbeigh-Glencar/Kerry).

Subs: M Reen (Rathmore) for Buckley (53), P Lucey (Legion) for Coughlan (59).

Referee: D O’Mahony (Tipperary)

For the Record

Kerry UCC
2012 McGrath Cup Performance Did not take part Defeated Limerick by 1-19 to 0-10 before losing to Tipperary in the semi-final by
1-15 to 0-10
Number of McGrath Cup Senior Football titles 3 0
Last McGrath Cup Senior Football Title 2011 N/A
McGrath Cup Senior Football Record since 2000 Played – 14
Won – 12
Lost – 2
Drawn – 0
Played – 15
Won – 7
Lost – 8
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the McGrath Cup 2010 Final – January 30th at Austin Stack Park Tralee
Kerry 1-11 UCC 0-9 – Match Report

Fixtures and Results

Preliminary Round

Saturday January 5th

@ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney       Kerry 4-22 IT Tralee 0-10

Sunday January 6th

@ Miltown-Malbay                            Clare 1-19 LIT 1-2
@ Cork IT GAA Grounds                 Cork 1-15 CIT 0-10

Quarter-Finals (Extra time)

Sunday January 13th

@ Foynes                                          Limerick v Clare                                                        @ 2:00pm

@ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney       Kerry v UCC                                                              @ 2:00pm

@ Pairc Ui Rinn                                Tipperary v Cork                                                       @ 2:00pm

@ WIT GAA Grounds Carriganore Waterford v UL                                                          @ 2:00pm


Semi-Finals
(Extra time)

Sunday January 20th

Limerick or Clare v Kerry or UCC

Venue Permutations

Limerick v Kerry – Kerry venue

Clare v Kerry – Clare venue

Limerick v UCC – Limerick venue

Clare v UCC – Clare venue

 

Cork or Tipperary v Waterford or UL

Venue Permutations

Cork v Waterford – Waterford venue

Tipperary v Waterford – Tipperary venue

Cork v UL – Cork venue

Tipperary v UL – Tipperary venue

Final (Extra time)

Sunday January 27th


McGrath Cup Senior Football – Odds and Ends

Since 2000, Cork’s McGrath Cup success rate is 89% (best of any county) with 17 wins out of 19 in the competition.  In the same period, Kerry have won 12 of their 14 matches (a 86% success rate).

Despite a goal-less final, there was an average of 2.4 goals per match in the 2012 McGrath Cup competition (22 goals scored in total). This contrasts with 16 goals scored in the 2011 competition over 11 matches (an average of 1.4 goals per match).

The record of the Third Level Colleges in the McGrath Cup since entering in 2005 is Won 21, Lost 47 (31% success rate). None of the six colleges have a winning record in the competition during that period. UCC have the best record, winning 7 of their 15 matches (47% success rate) while UL have won 5 of their 12 matches (42% success rate).

Since 2011, the record of Third Level Colleges when playing an Inter-County team in the McGrath Cup is Won 2, Lost 14 (13% success rate)

Kerry have not lost a match in the McGrath Cup since the 2006 final where the Kingdom lost to Cork by 1-9 to 0-6 at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Limerick footballers have won 1 of their last 6 matches in the McGrath Cup. Waterford have won 1 of their last 5 matches.

Tipperary is the only team to have won at least 1 match in the last 3 years of the McGrath Cup with a 66% record during that period, Won 6 Lost 3.

Clare footballers have won 5 of their last 7 matches in the McGrath Cup over the last two seasons. During that span, Clare have scored 4 goals and conceded 4 goals.

McGrath Cup Senior Football Roll Of Honour

Clare (12) – 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2008

Cork (6) – 1998, 1999, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Limerick (5) – 1985, 1987, 2001, 2004, 2005

Tipperary (3) – 1989, 1993, 2003

Kerry (3) – 1996, 2010, 2011

Waterford (1) – 1981

London (1) – 1988

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete Roll of Honour since the competition began in 1981 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/mcgrath-cup-football/

McGrath Cup

Presented by Joe McGrath on June 21st, 1981 for the promotion of Senior Football in Munster

McGrath Cup – 2013 Scorers

Paul Geaney (Kerry) 2-4 (0-1 free)
Patrick Curtin (Kerry) 1-5 

Shane McGrath (Clare) 0-7

Michael Geaney (Kerry) 1-1
Colm O’Neill (Cork) 0-4 (0-2 frees, 0-1 45)
Donncha O’Connor (Cork) 1-1 (0-1 free)

Alan Clohessy (Clare) 0-4 (0-1 45)
Donal Óg Hodnett (CIT) 0-4 (0-3 frees)

Johnny Buckley (Kerry) 0-3

Paul O’Connor (Kerry) 0-3 (0-1 free)

Brian Looney (Kerry) 0-3 (0-1 45)

Gary Brennan (Clare) 1-0

I McInerney (Clare) 0-3 (0-1 free, 0-1 45)

Alan O’Donoghue (IT Tralee) 0-3 (0-3 frees)
Tommy McCarthy (LIT) 1-0

 

Barry John Keane (Kerry) 0-2 

S Carroll (IT Tralee) 0-2 (0-1 free)
Odhran Mulrooney (Cork) 0-2

Paul Kerrigan (Cork) 0-2

Pearse O’Neill (Cork) 0-2

P McMahon (Clare) 0-2

Enda Coughlan  (Clare)  0-2

Brian O’Regan (CIT) 0-2

 

Darran O’Sullivan (Kerry), Conor O’Driscoll (Cork), Sean Kiely (Cork), Andrew O’Sullivan (Cork), Liam Shorten (Cork), J Dowling (Clare), N Kelly (Clare), Brendan Pott (IT Tralee), Darren Wallace (IT Tralee), Ruairi Deane (IT Tralee), Sean Killeen (IT Tralee), Sean McCarthy (IT Tralee), Colin Lyons (CIT), Jerry O’Connor (CIT), Donagh Leahy (CIT), Micheal Vaughan (CIT), Anthony Sweeney  (CIT) (0-1 free), Brian Coleman (LIT) (0-1 free), C Wallace (LIT) 0-1 each.

 

McGrath Cup Quarter Final – Limerick 2-16 Clare 2-13

Limerick show extra mettle as Clare lapse

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Limerick 2-16 Clare 2-13

An open and entertaining McGrath Cup quarter-final in chilly Foynes yesterday and an ultimately deserved but skin-of-the-teeth win for the home side. With the clock running down in normal time, Limerick trailed Clare by five points, a deficit that would have been much greater had Clare not been so wasteful in the second half (eight wides). However, they kept their cool, none more so than local man and captain-for-the-day Ian Ryan, who tapped over two points to bring them within a goal as the match went into injury-time. In those extra minutes up popped Seamus O’Carroll to fire home the equaliser. Cruel on Clare, compounded when Limerick then proved the stronger outfit in extra-time, worthy if fortunate winners. “It was one we left slip,” said Clare manager Mick O’Dwyer, “We should definitely have won it in regular time, there’s no doubt about that but we conceded two soft goals. Still, those are the kind of things that will happen at this time of the year. Overall I’m happy enough with the way they played.”

Ironically, his Limerick counterpart, Maurice Horan, also complained of two softly-conceded goals by his side. “We started off very brightly, we were quite satisfied with the first 20 minutes but then for some reason we stopped playing, they were creating overlaps all over the place. The two goals were too soft but after half-time they got only 1-5 for the rest of the game (1-6), including extra-time, so I’m quite happy with that, we contained them better.” Could be that Maurice is being a little hard on his side there though, on the first goal especially. It came in the 28th minute, Limerick leading 0-6 to 0-5, when corner-forward Podge McMahon just beat Cian Cody to a high centre, his touch beating Brian Scanlon from close range. Clare dominated the rest of the half and led 1-7 to 0-6 at the break.

Clare’s second goal came just after half-time and yes, that one was something of a gift, McMahon left with a simple tap-in after Scanlon dropped the ball at his feet. It put Clare seven points in front, a commanding lead, but it was also to be McMahon’s last act. “We lost a couple of good players, McMahon and Alan Clohessy,” Micko pointed out; “Podge has a hamstring problem, Clohessy hurt his ankle, very unlucky. No great disappointment on his part, however, that Clare’s interest in the McGrath Cup is over — that’s not where Micko places his emphasis. “No, I never did, did I? That was a good workout, will prepare us for the league — we know now exactly where we stand with a lot of the players we put in today, we’re learning all the time.”

For Horan, the campaign continues, Kerry next Sunday in the semi-final, with the prospect of some very strong and experienced players yet to return. “All going to plan John Galvin will be back in the middle of March, Jim O’Donovan around the same time, Stephen Lucey hopefully before that. Seanie Buckley will have an MRI on Monday, we don’t know exactly what’s wrong with him, something around the hip or groin. “Our approach this year is that we’re not really experimenting in the McGrath Cup, we’re trying to get as far into the competition as we can. Kerry next now, we’re looking forward to that, you can’t beat that kind of competition.”

Scorers for Limerick: I Ryan 1-7 (4f); S O’Carroll 1-3 (2 45s); E O’Connor 0-2; G Collins 0-2; D O’Connor 0-2.

Scorers for Clare: P McMahon 2-1; D Tubridy 0-5 (3f); I McInerney 0-3 (3f); A Clohessy 0-3 (1f); G Brennan 0-1.

LIMERICK: B Scanlon; C Cody, J McCarthy, M O’Riordan; S Lavin, P Browne, P Ranahan; T Lee, B O’Brien; J Riordan, T O’Meara, S O’Carroll; E O’Connor, G Collins, I Ryan.

Subs: D O’Connor (O’Meara 35); D Treacy (Lee 50); M Sheehan (O’Riordan 54); S Kelly (Collins inj. 60); L O’Dwyer (Cody 62).

Extra-time: D Neville (Nevin 80).

CLARE: J Hayes; S Collins, C Dixon, D Callinan; S Haugh, G Kelly, M McMahon; G Brennan, C O’Connor; A Clohessy, I McInerney, S McGrath; P McMahon, C Talty, D Tubridy.

Subs: C Dunning (Talty inj. 12); M McCarthy (McMahon inj. 52); N Kelly (Clohessy inj. 52); T Downes (Haugh 70); F Hayes (McGrath 71). Blood sub: S McNelis (Collins 44/54).

Extra-time: S Ryan (McCarthy 70); G Quinlan (O’Connor 75).

Referee: P O’Sullivan (Kerry)

 

THE Limerick senior footballers have opened their 2013 account with a victory thanks to a 2-16 to 2-13 win over Clare

Report from the Limerick Leader newspaper

Sunday’s extra-time victory in Foynes was the first opening day win since 2010, when Limerick beat Colleges side Waterford IT at the same stage of the McGrath Cup. The win over Clare books a semi-final spot away to Kerry next weekend, with Tipperary playing Waterford in the other semi-final of the early season provincial competition. The three point win over Mick O’Dwyer’s Clare ends The Banner’s winning streak over Limerick after the men in Saffron and Blue won both encounter’s last year – in the league and championship. For long periods it looked like Clare were once again going to get one over on their Shannonside neighbours.

Limerick needed an injury-time goal from Seamus O’Carroll to force extra-time. Entering the final 10-minutes, Clare were 2-10 to 1-8 clear. It was a strong Limerick team with Cian Coady (Na Piarsaigh) and Bobby O’Brien (Bruff) handed opportunties to impress with starters. Darragh Treacy, Derry O’Connor, Mike Sheehan and Danny Neville were among the fresh faces to see action during the game.

Playing with the wind from the off, Limerick looked sharp and led 0-6 to 0-4 after 18 minutes. Inside forward duo Ger Collins and Ian Ryan had helped themselves to two points each and Limerick looked to be moving well. Then all went wrong and Clare began to dominate. Indeed Limerick failed to score for the final 17-minutes of the first half and it was Clare that led 1-7 to 0-6 at the break with Podge McMahon just about getting a fist to a cross-field ball in the 27th minute to divert to the net. McMahon’s second goal three minutes after the restart had Clare in command, 2-7 to 0-6.

Limerick used their substitutes bench and it finally had the desired result with a 57th minute goal from Ian Ryan bringing the home side to life. That left it 2-9 to 1-8 with 13-minutes to play. Clare will rue their 11-wides and a lack of concentration that allowed Limerick to garner momentum in the final quarter. Captain for the day, in a game played in his home pitch, Ian Ryan added two frees to his goal and Limerick were now chasing an equaliser.

It came in injury-time when O’Carroll kicked to the net after a goalmouth scramble. In extra-time Limerick played with the wind in the first 10-minute period and sub Derry O’Connor kicked two fine points to inspire those around him. Ryan and O’Carroll added points as Limerick led 2-14 to 2-12. Limerick were now on top with subs Darragh Treacy and Mike Sheehan doing well and Clare’s chances were at a minimum. Eoghan O’Connor and Ryan (free) sealed the win and progress in the competition for the first time in three years.

SCORERS – Limerick: Ian Ryan 1-7 (0-4 frees), Seamus O’Carroll 1-3 (0-2 ’45s), Derry O’Connor, Ger Collins, Eoghan O’Connor 0-2 each. Clare: Podge McMahon 2-1, David Tubridy 0-5 (two frees), Alan Clohessy (one free), I McInerney (all frees) 0-3 each, Gary Brennan 0-1.

LIMERICK – Brian Scanlon; Cian Coady, Johnny McCarthy, Mark O’Riordan; Stephen Lavin, Paudie Browne, Pa Ranahan; Thomas Lee, Bobby O’Brien; John Riordan, James O’Meara, Seamus O’Carroll; Eoghan O’Connor, Ger Collins, Ian Ryan. Subs: Derry O’Connor for O’Meara (h-t), Darragh Treacy for Lee (50mins), Mike Sheehan for O’Riordan (54mins), Stephen Kelly for Collins (57mins), Lorcan O’Dwyer for Coady (61mins), Danny Neville for Lavin (11mins, e-t).

CLARE – Joe Hayes; Stephen Collins, Chris Dixon, Declan Callinan; Sean Haugh, Gordan Kelly, Martin McMahon; Gary Brennan, Cathal O’Connor; Shane McGrath, Ian McInerney, Alan Clohessy; Podge McMahon, Conor Talty, David Tubridy. Subs: Chris Dunning for Talty (12mins), Mark McCarthy for McMahon (38mins), Niall Kelly for Clohessy (51mins), Thomas Downes for Haugh (70mins), Francie Hayes for McGrath (71mins), Shane Ryan for McCarthy (h-t, e-t), Ger Quinlan for O’Connor (15mins, e-t).

REFEREE – Padraig O’Sullivan (Kerry)

Team News

1 Brian Scanlan, Gerald Griffin’s.

2 Cian Coady Na Piarsaigh.

3 Johnny McCarthy St. Kieran’s.

4 Mark O’Riordan Croom.

5 Stephen Lavin Adare.

6 Paudie Browne Fr. Casey’s.

7 Pa Ranahan Ballysteen.

8 Thomas Lee Ballylanders.

9 Bobby O’Brien Bruff.

10 John Riordan Fr. Casey’s.

11 James O’Meara Ballysteen.

12 Seamus O’Carroll Cappagh Kilcornan.

13 Eoghan O’Connor St. Mary’s/Sean Finns.

14 Ger Collins Monaleen.

15 Ian Ryan St.Senan’s.

Manager Maurice Horan

Selector: Joe Lee

Coach: Mickey McGeehin

Conditioning Coach: Andy O’Neill

Doctor: Mick Lucey

Physio: Jamie Bowman

Asst Physio: Gordon Cagney

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at pro.munster@gaa.ie for more information

For the Record

Limerick Clare
2012 McGrath Cup Performance Lost to UCC by 1-19 to 0-10 in the Quarter-Final Defeated UL by 0-18 to 1-8 before losing to Cork by 2-14 to 0-7 in the Quarter-Final.
Number of McGrath Cup Senior Football titles 5 12
Last McGrath Cup Senior Football Title 2005 2008
McGrath Cup Senior Football Record since 2000 Played – 25
Won – 15
Lost – 10
Drawn – 0
Played – 26
Won – 16
Lost – 10
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the McGrath Cup 2008 Final – January 27th at Cooraclare – Clare 1-6 Limerick 0-8 

Scorers –
Clare: D Tubridy 1-2 (2f, 1pen), D Russell, F O’Dea (2f) 0-2 each
Limerick: I. Ryan 0-3 (2f), J Cooke 0-2, M Crowley (f), G Collins, K O’Callaghan (f) 0-1 each.

Clare – J Hayes; L Healy, C Whelan, D Connole; J Larkin, G Kelly, E. Doyle; D Kelly, F. O’Dea; J Hayes, M O’Shea, D Russell; S Hickey, T Ryan, D Tubridy. Subs: S. Collins for Hayes (h/t), C Dillon for Ryan (42), K Whelan for Collins (60)

Limerick — S Kiely; S Walsh, J McCarthy, S Gallagher; P Browne, S Lavin, P Ranahan; J Galvin, J Cooke; S Buckley, D Phelan, A Lane; G Collins, J Murphy, I Ryan. Subs: M Crowley for Lane (15), D Carroll for Browne (25), T Cahill for Murphy (41), K. O’Callaghan for Crowley (47), G. Noonan for Cooke (57).

Ref — P Russell (Tipperary)

Fixtures and Results

Preliminary Round

Saturday January 5th

@ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney       Kerry 4-22 IT Tralee 0-10

Sunday January 6th

@ Miltown-Malbay                            Clare 1-19 LIT 1-2
@ Cork IT GAA Grounds                 Cork 1-15 CIT 0-10

Quarter-Finals (Extra time)

Sunday January 13th

@ Foynes                                          Limerick v Clare                                                        @ 2:00pm

@ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney       Kerry v UCC                                                              @ 2:00pm

@ Pairc Ui Rinn                                Tipperary v Cork                                                       @ 2:00pm

@ WIT GAA Grounds Carriganore Waterford v UL                                                          @ 2:00pm


Semi-Finals
(Extra time)

Sunday January 20th

Limerick or Clare v Kerry or UCC

Venue Permutations

Limerick v Kerry – Kerry venue

Clare v Kerry – Clare venue

Limerick v UCC – Limerick venue

Clare v UCC – Clare venue

 

Cork or Tipperary v Waterford or UL

Venue Permutations

Cork v Waterford – Waterford venue

Tipperary v Waterford – Tipperary venue

Cork v UL – Cork venue

Tipperary v UL – Tipperary venue

Final (Extra time)

Sunday January 27th


McGrath Cup Senior Football – Odds and Ends

Since 2000, Cork’s McGrath Cup success rate is 89% (best of any county) with 17 wins out of 19 in the competition.  In the same period, Kerry have won 12 of their 14 matches (a 86% success rate).

Despite a goal-less final, there was an average of 2.4 goals per match in the 2012 McGrath Cup competition (22 goals scored in total). This contrasts with 16 goals scored in the 2011 competition over 11 matches (an average of 1.4 goals per match).

The record of the Third Level Colleges in the McGrath Cup since entering in 2005 is Won 21, Lost 47 (31% success rate). None of the six colleges have a winning record in the competition during that period. UCC have the best record, winning 7 of their 15 matches (47% success rate) while UL have won 5 of their 12 matches (42% success rate).

Since 2011, the record of Third Level Colleges when playing an Inter-County team in the McGrath Cup is Won 2, Lost 14 (13% success rate)

Kerry have not lost a match in the McGrath Cup since the 2006 final where the Kingdom lost to Cork by 1-9 to 0-6 at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Limerick footballers have won 1 of their last 6 matches in the McGrath Cup. Waterford have won 1 of their last 5 matches.

Tipperary is the only team to have won at least 1 match in the last 3 years of the McGrath Cup with a 66% record during that period, Won 6 Lost 3.

Clare footballers have won 5 of their last 7 matches in the McGrath Cup over the last two seasons. During that span, Clare have scored 4 goals and conceded 4 goals.

McGrath Cup Senior Football Roll Of Honour

Clare (12) – 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2008

Cork (6) – 1998, 1999, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Limerick (5) – 1985, 1987, 2001, 2004, 2005

Tipperary (3) – 1989, 1993, 2003

Kerry (3) – 1996, 2010, 2011

Waterford (1) – 1981

London (1) – 1988

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete Roll of Honour since the competition began in 1981 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/mcgrath-cup-football/

McGrath Cup

Presented by Joe McGrath on June 21st, 1981 for the promotion of Senior Football in Munster

McGrath Cup – 2013 Scorers

Paul Geaney (Kerry) 2-4 (0-1 free)
Patrick Curtin (Kerry) 1-5 

Shane McGrath (Clare) 0-7

Michael Geaney (Kerry) 1-1
Colm O’Neill (Cork) 0-4 (0-2 frees, 0-1 45)
Donncha O’Connor (Cork) 1-1 (0-1 free)

Alan Clohessy (Clare) 0-4 (0-1 45)
Donal Óg Hodnett (CIT) 0-4 (0-3 frees)

Johnny Buckley (Kerry) 0-3

Paul O’Connor (Kerry) 0-3 (0-1 free)

Brian Looney (Kerry) 0-3 (0-1 45)

Gary Brennan (Clare) 1-0

I McInerney (Clare) 0-3 (0-1 free, 0-1 45)

Alan O’Donoghue (IT Tralee) 0-3 (0-3 frees)
Tommy McCarthy (LIT) 1-0

 

Barry John Keane (Kerry) 0-2 

S Carroll (IT Tralee) 0-2 (0-1 free)
Odhran Mulrooney (Cork) 0-2

Paul Kerrigan (Cork) 0-2

Pearse O’Neill (Cork) 0-2

P McMahon (Clare) 0-2

Enda Coughlan  (Clare)  0-2

Brian O’Regan (CIT) 0-2

 

Darran O’Sullivan (Kerry), Conor O’Driscoll (Cork), Sean Kiely (Cork), Andrew O’Sullivan (Cork), Liam Shorten (Cork), J Dowling (Clare), N Kelly (Clare), Brendan Pott (IT Tralee), Darren Wallace (IT Tralee), Ruairi Deane (IT Tralee), Sean Killeen (IT Tralee), Sean McCarthy (IT Tralee), Colin Lyons (CIT), Jerry O’Connor (CIT), Donagh Leahy (CIT), Micheal Vaughan (CIT), Anthony Sweeney  (CIT) (0-1 free), Brian Coleman (LIT) (0-1 free), C Wallace (LIT) 0-1 each.

 

Corn Phádraig Senior B Hurling Quarter-Final – P.S. na Tríonóide Youghal 0-11 Patrician Ac. Mallow 1-6

P.S. na Tríonóide Youghal defeated Patrician Ac. Mallow by 0-11 to 1-6 in the Corn Phádraig Senior B Hurling Quarter-Final on January 16th at Watergrasshill.

Pobalscoil Na Trionóide Youghal panel

The Pobalscoil Na Trionóide Youghal panel for this match is as follows –

Adam Curley Clashmore

Aidan O Neill Youghal

Aindriú Seoighe Youghal

Brendan Delaney Killeagh/Itas

Ciarán O Brien Killeagh/Itas – Captain

Colin Keenaghan Youghal

Conor Hennessy Youghal

Chris Morrisson Youghal

Daragh O Brien Killeagh/Itas

Declan Dalton Fr. O Neills

Danny Walsh Youghal

Danny O Neill Clashmore

Ed O Halloran Clashmore

Kash Ransom Youghal

Liam McGrath Youghal

Mathew Farrell Youghal

Matthew Murphy Killeagh/Itas

Mark Coady Youghal

Mark Coleman Killeagh/Itas

Michael Kelly Clashmore

Oliver Dempsey Youghal

Paul O Connor Clashmore

Ryan Cody Youghal

Ryan Sullivan Clashmore

Bobby McCarthy Killeagh/Itas

Robby Deady Clashmore

Ronan O Sullivan Youghal

Corn Phádraig Senior B Hurling Quarter-Final – St. Joseph’s Tulla 4-9 St Josephs College Borrisoleigh 0-10

St. Joseph’s Tulla defeated St Josephs College Borrisoleigh by 4-9 to 0-10 in the Corn Phádraig Senior B Hurling Quarter-Final on January 16th at Meelick.

St Joseph’s College, Borrisoleigh panel

The St Joseph’s College, Borrisoleigh panel is as follows –

1. Darragh Carey (Templederry)

2. Liam Ryan (Borrisoleigh)

3. Willie Costigan (Clonakenny)

4. Dean Ryan (Toomevara)

5. Shane Kenny (Borrisoleigh)

6. Seamus Bourke (Borrisoleigh – Captain)

7. Kieran Flaherty (Toomevara)

8. Cathal Kennedy (Toomevara)

9. Mark Gleeson (Templederry)

10. Ciarán Carey (Templederry)

11. Luke Ryan (Toomevara)

12. Ryan Toohey (Silvermines)

13. Ciarán Maher (Holycross/Ballycahill)

14. Paul Ryan (Toomevara)

15. Kieran Maher (Borrisoleigh)

16. Jack Delaney (Toomevara)

17. Declan Ryan (Borrisoleigh)

18. Thomas Ryan (Borrisoleigh)

19. Danny Ryan (Borrisoleigh)

20. Evan Egan (Loughmore/Castleiney)

21. Andrew Hayden (Silvermines)

22. Jim Shanahan (Toomevara)

23. Odhrán Murphy (Templederry)

24. Seán Kenny (Borrisoleigh)

25. Eoin Stapleton (Borrisoleigh)

26. Liam McCutcheon (Templederry)

27. Cathal O Sullivan (JK Brackens)

St Joseph’s Tulla Panel

The St Joseph’s Tulla Panel is as follows –

1. Daniel Vaughan (Tulla)

2. Mark Perrill (Crusheen)

3. James Noonan (Feakle)

4. Seán Shanahan (Clooney-Quin)

5. Eoin Tuohy (Feakle)

6. Niall Bolton (Tulla)

7. Ciarán Cooney (O’Callaghans Mills)

8. Oisín Donnellan (Feakle – Captain)

9. Conn Smyth (Feakle)

10. Darren Chaplin (Broadford)

11. Diarmuid Moloney (Broadford)

12. Evan McMahon (Feakle)

13. John O’Brien (O’Callaghans Mills)

14. Colin Corbett (Tulla)

15. Mark Lynch (Tulla)

Subs

16. Michael Burke (Feakle)

17. Cathal Lenihan (O’Callaghans Mills)

18. David Kearney (Crusheen)

19. Steven Conway (Feakle)

20. Martin Daly (Feakle)

21. Ruairí Nash (Clooney-Quin)

22. Emmett Gleeson (Tulla)

23. Niall McGrath (Bodyke)

24. Diarmuid Murphy (Tulla)

25. Seán Culligan (Crusheen)

26. Paraic Mulconroy (Tulla)

27. Eric Conway (Feakle)

28. Cathal Linnane (Feakle)

29. Stephen McMahon (Broadford)

30. Cian Harrington (Feakle)

 

Corn Phádraig Senior B Hurling Quarter-Final – Rochestown College Cork 2-8 Colaiste Iosaef Kilmallock 1-5

Rochestown College Cork defeated Colaiste Iosaef Kilmallock by 2-8 to 1-5 in the Corn Phádraig Senior B Hurling Quarter-Final on January 16th at Mallow.