Limerick County Senior Hurling Championship Final – Na Piarsaigh 0-14 Adare 0-12

Na Piarsaigh defeated Adare by 0-14 to 0-12 in the Limerick County Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday October 6th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Munster Under 17 Football Competition – Tipperary 0-6 Clare 0-6

Daryl Darcy Inter County U17 Football Tournament 2013

Tipperary and Clare played out a low scoring draw in the opening game of the Daryl Darcy Munster Under 17 Football Tournament in Dr Morris Park Thurles on Monday night 7th October. Conditions were mild but wet, which made handling difficult for the players. After early Tipperary pressure Clare were first to register with a good point from play by Éimhin Courtney following a good movement up-field. Tipperary replied with two pointed frees from Alan Tynan. Missed opportunities were the order of the day at this point but Tipperary did manage two further points from play from Anthony Leahy and Shane Lonergan to go in at half time leading on a score line of 0-4 to 0-1.

On the resumption Clare came more and more into the game and points from Conol O Hainiféin and Aidan Davidson brought them to within a point of Tipperary. A good point from play from Stephen Quirke restored Tipperary to a two point lead but further scores from Courtney (free) and Davidson from play made the sides level. A Michael O’Connor point from play put Tipperary one up coming into the closing stages. A late pointed free from Davidson got Clare level and that’s how it finished on a score line of 0-6 to 0-6.

A good work out for both teams with missed chances the main talking point at the end. So spoils were divided as both counties go into the next round with room for improvement.

Tipperary lined out with Jack Brady Ballina in goal, Ross Dennehy Commercials, Liam Ryan Commercials, Faolain Linnane Sarsfields, Stephen Kelly Commercials, Paul Maher Kilsheelan, Willie Connors Kildangan, Stephen Quirke (0-1 free) Moyle Rovers, Billy McCarthy Sarsfields, Ross Peters Commercials, Michael O’Connor (0-1) Cahir, Shane Lonergan (0-1) Moyle Rovers, Alan Tynan (0-2 frees) Inane Rovers, Anthony Leahy (0-1) Lattin Cullen, Michael Nugent

Subs used Brian Norris Moyle Rovers, Jack Kennedy Commercials, Liam Duffey Newport, Phelim o Hagen Ballina.

Clare line out – Eoin O’Kelly Cratloe in goal, Conor Downes Naomh Eoin, Pierce Lillis Cooraclare, Gary Meaney Coolmeen, Gary McMahon Kilmihil, Colm Pyne Killimer, Cian O’Dea Kilfenora, Conol O hAiniféin (0-1) Eire Óg Ennis, Conor Magner Naomh Eoin, Maccon Byrne St Breckans Lisdoonvarna, Éimhin Courtney (0-3) Eire Óg Ennis, Aidan Davidson St Breckans Lisdoonvarna, Cillian Cunningham Killimer, Michael Duffy (0-2) Kilfenora, Nigel Murray O’Currys

Subs used James Murphy Naomh Eoin, Cathal Frawley Ennistymon, Eoin Callinan Kilmihil

Referee – J Murphy (Limerick)

Munster Under 17 Football Competition – Limerick defeated Waterford

Limerick recorded a comfortable victory over Waterford in the first round of the Munster Under 17 Football competition at Martintown, County Limerick on Monday October 7th.

Limerick Squad: A Brouder, C Dunford, B Stack, S Murphy, S Ivess, K Ryan, F O’Grady, D Noonan, T Childs, K Kelly, C Burke, J Lyons, R Kennedy, C Lenihan, G McCarthy, R Noonan, S Brosnan, C Flanagan, D Hanley, S O’Sullivan, S McNamara, A Cosgrave, C Nicol, R Casey.

Waterford Squad: Paul Curran; Darren McGuckian, Jack Duggan, James Schley; Ciaran O’Neill, James Coad, Stephen Cliff; Conor Prunty, Neil Phelan; Michael Kiely, Michael Sweeney, David Looby; Paul Tobin, Mark Ronan, Dylan Power

Subs – Sean Cullinane, Cormac Dwyer, Shane Stafford, Declan Fitzgerald, James Kennedy

Referee – Joe Larkin (Cork)

Tipperary County Senior Hurling Championship Final – Loughmore-Castleiney 1-17 Nenagh Eire Og 1-16

Mastery of McGraths inspires Loughmore-Castleiney victory

By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Loughmore-Castleiney 1-17 Nenagh Éire Óg 1-16

David Kennedy interview with Newstalk

With six McGraths figuring on Declan Laffan’s starting 15 — two pairs of brothers and two further cousins — one always held the feeling that if Loughmore-Castleiney were to secure a third county title, at least one of the sextet would feature prominently. In the end, it was cousins Liam and Noel who occupied centre-stage. The Loughmore-Castleiney team of 1988, the club’s maiden county championship winning side, were paraded in front of the New Stand before throw-in. Selector Pat McGrath, wing-back on that occasion, delivered the crucial goal in the replay victory over Borrisoleigh and it was his nephew Liam who yesterday delivered the vital major. Pat’s son Noel hit seven points over the hour, including five on the hop between the 36th and 42nd minute. Both players rose magnificently to the challenge in the second period and had it not been for their sterling contribution, there is no doubting where the Dan Breen Cup would be residing this week.

The defeated finalists led by 1-7 to 0-6, though the key statistic of that opening half-hour was Loughmore-Caslteiney’s wides tally of 11. “Composure was what we looked for at half-time,” said selector Seamus Bohan. “We had some terrible wides, but we were getting the shots in. That was crucial. It wasn’t as if we weren’t creating chances. We started to dictate in the half-back line towards the end of the first half. John Meagher was key. He held the hold thing together. “We told them to steady down a small bit at the break, compose themselves and try to find the player in the better position. We needed Liam’s goal. That lad, if he gets half a chance he will put it away. Then Noel McGrath sure, what more can you say about him. He was awesome.”

The winners led by the minimum entering the two minutes of additional time and were forced to exhaust every avenue of energy and effort to hold out the Nenagh onslaught. Pearse Morris first squandered his effort directly in front of goal; a second chance subsequently fell to Paddy Murphy though he was quickly smothered by three green and red shirts, while Michael Heffernan saw his shot blocked away in the dying seconds. The game’s conclusion, unkind and all as it was, left Liam Heffernan’s side with a horrible empty feeling, one which won’t be helped by the evidence from the post-mortem which is sure to be conducted this week.

Nenagh Éire Óg bolted from the blocks and were three up inside four minutes as Pearse Morris, Michael Heffernan and Ritchie Flannery all found the target. Loughmore-Castleiney responded through Liam and Aidan McGrath, but a Paddy Murphy goal on 11 minutes moved the North Tipp outfit four clear. Aidan Coffey and Tommy Heffernan stretched their lead to six in the ensuing passages of play — their starting front six were all marked on the scoresheet by the end of the first quarter — and while the 2007 champions kept in touch, on two further occasions did Nenagh reestablish said six-point cushion.

Crucially, however, they were unable to tighten sufficiently the noose hanging around Loughmore’s neck and when Liam and Aidan McGrath added further to their respective tallies, the half-time deficit of four was by no means insurmountable. Nenagh’s Michael Heffernan drove a 35th minute penalty over the bar and his failure to find the net was punished by two Noel McGrath minors — the latter an absolute belter from distance. Indeed, the wing-forward was now the game’s central figure, popping up all over the half-forward line and three further points from the Tipperary senior cancelled out the collective haul of the Nenagh forward unit during this spell. It was a masterclass from a man who had kept a low profile early on.

With Nenagh still holding the scoreboard initiative, 1-12 to 0-13, the contest was turned on its head on 44 minutes. John Meagher supplied the delivery and Liam McGrath somehow fielded possession between two blue shirts, turned for goal and really there was only ever going to be one outcome. Loughmore-Castleiney in front for the first time. Tomás, Noel and Ciaran McGrath traded white flags with Michael Heffernan (0-2) and Paddy Murphy on the run in for home, but Nenagh just couldn’t find that equalising score and when Evan Sweeney dissected the posts on 58 minutes, extending their lead to two, it left Nenagh with too high a mountain to scale.

Scorers for Loughmore-Castleiney: N McGrath (0-7, 0-2fs); L McGrath 1-2 (0-1 f); A McGrath (0-2, 0-2 f) C Hennessy (0-2), E Sweeney, D Kennedy, C McGrath, T McGrath (0-1).

Scorers for Nenagh Éire Óg: M Heffernan (0-7, 0-3 fs, 0-1 pen); P Murphy (1-2); P Morris (0-3); T Heffernan (0-2); R Flannery, A Coffey (0-1).

LOUGHMORE-CASTLEINEY: S Nolan; T Long, D Bourke, J Hennessy; A McGrath, J Meagher, T King; C McGrath, T McGrath; J McGrath, D Kennedy, N McGrath; L McGrath, E Sweeney, C Hennessy.
Subs: M Webster for D Kennedy (56).

NENAGH ÉIRE ÓG: M McNamara; M Flannery, N Maloney, J Brennan; D Quinn, H Maloney, Billy Heffernan; Barry Heffernan, K Tucker; P Morris, M Heffernan, T Heffernan; A Coffey, P Murphy, R Flannery.
Subs: P Ryan for A Coffey (46); D Quinn for B Heffernan (52); J Slattery for Ryan (60).

Referee: J McCormack (Knockavilla Kickhams)


Noel McGrath inspires Loughmore Castleiney to Tipperary hurling final win

Report by Jackie Cahill for thescore.ie

Loughmore-Castleiney 1-17 Nenagh Éire Óg 1-16

NOEL McGrath’s second half super show inspired Loughmore-Castleiney to a come from behind victory against Nenagh Éire Óg in this afternoon’s Clean Ireland Recycling Tipperary SHC final in Thurles. Tipperary star McGrath shot six of his seven points after half-time as Loughmore-Castleiney came from six points down to claim the Dan Breen Cup for the third time.

Their first Tipperary crown since 2007 was secured with a stirring second half display, with McGrath and centre back John Meagher leading the charge. On three occasions in the first half, Loughmore trailed by six points and by half-time, they had registered eleven wides.

In the second half, Loughmore were much more economical with their shooting, racking up just two, as Nenagh hit seven. By the 14th minute, all six of Nenagh’s six starting forwards were on the scoresheet as the Blues stormed into a 1-5 to 0-2 lead.

The goal, in the 12th minute, was finished to the net by Paddy Murphy after Barry Heffernan’s long ball broke kindly for the full-forward. At half-time, Nenagh were four points clear, 1-7 to 0-6, but Loughmore had the breeze at their backs for the second half, as 7195 spectators looked on. Nenagh were awarded a 34th minute penalty when Ritchie Flannery was fouled but their leading scorer Mikey Heffernan skied his effort over the crossbar.

That point was Nenagh’s first score since the 19th minute but McGrath was soon grabbing the game by the scruff of the neck. The 2010 All-Ireland senior medallist was just 16 in 2007 when Loughmore claimed their last county title and he stepped up to the plate once again on the local calendar’s biggest day. And midway through the second half, Noel’s cousin Liam, who captained Tipperary’s minor footballers to All-Ireland glory in 2011, grabbed the crucial goal.

Meagher supplied a pinpoint delivery but McGrath still had plenty to do as he plucked the ball out of the sky before burying a textbook goal at the Town End of Semple Stadium. Loughmore were now ahead for the first time in the game but with four minutes remaining, Nenagh were back level at 1-15 apiece.

In a grandstand finish, Ciaran McGrath and Evan Sweeney stepped up with the crucial points before Heffernan cut the deficit to just a single point with a free in stoppage time. Nenagh piled forward in search of an equaliser but it never came and Loughmore held on to set up an AIB Munster quarter-final against Limerick champions Na Piarsaigh in a fortnight’s time.

Scorers for Loughmore-Castleiney: Noel McGrath 0-7 (0-1f, 0-1 ’65), L McGrath 1-2, A McGrath (0-2f) & C Hennessy 0-2 each, C McGrath, T McGrath, D Kennedy & E Sweeney 0-1 each.

Scorers for Nenagh Éire Óg: M Heffernan 0-7 (0-3f, 0-1 pen), P Murphy 1-2, P Morris 0-3, T Heffernan 0-2, A Coffey & R Flannery 0-1 each.

LOUGHMORE-CASTLEINEY: Shane Nolan; Tommy Long, Derek Bourke, Joseph Hennessy; Aidan McGrath, John Meagher, Tom King; Ciaran McGrath, Tomás McGrath; John McGrath, David Kennedy, Noel McGrath; Liam McGrath, Evan Sweeney, Cian Hennessy.
Sub: Micheál Webster for Kennedy (56).

NENAGH ÉIRE ÓG: Michael McNamara; Mark Flannery, Noel Maloney, John Brennan; Daire Quinn, Hugh Maloney, Billy Heffernan; Barry Heffernan, Kevin Tucker; Pearse Morris, Michael Heffernan, Tommy Heffernan; Andrew Coffey, Paddy Murphy, Ritchie Flannery.
Subs: Donncha Quinn for Billy Heffernan (52), Paul Ryan for Coffey (46), Johnny Slattery for Paul Ryan (60).

Referee: John McCormack (Knockavilla Kickhams)

Cork County Senior Football Championship Final – Castlehaven 0-16 Nemo Rangers 1-11

Hurley’s heroics herald defiant Haven response

Castlehaven 0-16 Nemo Rangers 1-11

By John Fogarty GAA Correspondent for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Afterwards, Brian Hurley stood alongside his captain Sean Cahalane in holding aloft the Andy Scannell Cup. If the game was his, then so too would be the glory. And who could blame him? By his own standards, he was unhappy with what he offered up in the last two county finals but there couldn’t be any complaints with his 12-point return yesterday. Okay, so he kicked three wides but they were minor imperfections on a virtuoso performance that delivered Castlehaven their fourth senior title.

As well as a first-class display of forward play from Hurley, the 7,258 crowd in Páirc Uí Chaoimh were treated to a thrilling first-half, characterised by excellent finishing from both sides. Nemo Rangers went into the break 1-8 to 0-10 ahead but the whistle came at a good time for them as Castlehaven rallied well following Alan Cronin Snr’s brilliant 27th minute goal. Such was Hurley’s influence, Sean McKeown was called ashore in the 26th minute when a rearrangement of the Nemo back-line might have been a better option. For Hurley kicked the last three points of the first half, two from frees, to bring his tally to seven by the interval. The utilisation of a sweeper would have been better placed given the impact Hurley had but none was forthcoming and as much as Alan Cronin Jnr make a decent fist of firefighting against him in the second half.

Nemo may rue the lack of added attention on Hurley as well as their six second-half wides in a period when they only mustered two points from play. The second of them came from James Masters’ boot deep in injury-time when three points were needed off the back of some poor finishing from Nemo, which was in stark contrast to their economy in the first half. Barry O’Driscoll’s inexplicable wide from a close-range free in the 48th minute when Nemo were three in arrears was the fourth of the half. From a more difficult but scoreable position, he screwed another free outside the posts three minutes later.

When Hurley slotted over his free and 12th point in the 54th minute to give Castlehaven a four-point advantage the cost of his error increased. Castlehaven, though, still had to be alert as Nemo pushed to close their deficit and two minutes later Mark Collins put in an exceptional block on Alan Morgan. A quickly-taken Masters free cut the gap to three but Nemo’s avenues were made cul de sacs by Castlehaven and Masters’ point in the 61st minute, with only seconds left, was the equivalent of a resignation.

It had been Nemo — and Masters in particular — who found their feet quickest. Although the sides were level on four occasions in the first half, Steven O’Brien’s side led for most of it. They were up 0-3 to 0-1 thanks to a typical Masters swivel and kick point followed by Paul Kerrigan and O’Driscoll frees in the space of a minute, both earned by marauding Peter Morgan runs. As Nemo tightened their grip on the Castlehaven kick-out, Kerrigan fisted over another which was followed by a classy Roland Whelton point from distance.

Masters and Hurley then exchanged points before Castlehaven reeled off three unanswered points, a couple of Hurley frees followed by a Shane Nolan point. Whelton went into Conor Lane’s book for a foul on Dylan Mehigan, which Kerrigan converted to tie up the game only for Sean Hurley to boot over another excellent score. After Paudie Hurley was equal to an O’Driscoll goal-bound shot to parry it out for a 45, Kerrigan stepped up to split the post.

It was then Castlehaven’s turn to threaten the Nemo goal when Hurley broke down a ball which after a swap found Mark Collins. His rasping strike beat Darren Farry but not the crossbar. O’Driscoll’s second free put Nemo back in the ascendancy and then followed the only goal of the game. With the Castlehaven full-back line sucked out, Masters, in a playmaking role, kicked a delightful pass into the path of Cronin Snr and his deft finish beat Hurley. Had the first half gone on another minute, Haven would have likely turned around their four-point deficit by the break but they were back on level terms eight minutes into the new half when Colin O’Brien was whistled for over-carrying and Hurley converted.

It was the first of another trio of scores for him without reply although the latter point, a free awarded for a foul against Cronin Jnr, appeared harsh. Castlehaven, having held a one-point lead twice in the first half, were now two ahead and extended it when Sean Cahalane found his range to cap a thoroughly purple patch for the defending champions. Their defence of that lead in the remaining 15 minutes of action was just as emphatic.

Scorers for Castlehaven: B Hurley 0-12 (7 frees); R Whelton, S Nolan, S Hurley, S Cahalane 0-1 each.

Scorers for Nemo Rangers: P Kerrigan 0-5 (3 frees, 1 45); J Masters 0-4 (1 free); A Cronin 1-0; B O’Driscoll 0-2.

CASTLEHAVEN: P Hurley; T O’Leary, D Limrick, L Collins; R Whelton, D Cahalane, C Hayes; S Dineen, D Hurley; E Dennehy, S Hurley, M Collins; S Nolan, S Cahalane, B Hurley.

Subs: M Hurley for E Dennehy (38); D Hegarty for S Nolan (51); S Hurley for C Hayes, S Collins for S Cahalane (both 60 +1).

NEMO RANGERS: D Farry; S McKeown, B O’Regan, A Cronin Jnr; C O’Brien, K Fulignati, A O’Reilly; D Nation, P Morgan; A Cronin Snr, B O’Driscoll, D Mehigan; J Masters, P Kerrigan, A Morgan.

Subs: S Cronin for S McKeown (26); D Niblock for D Nation (37); C O’Shea for A O’Reilly (52); M Dorgan for A Morgan (56).

Referee: Conor Lane (Banteer)

Waterford Senior Hurling Championship Final – Passage 3-16 Ballygunner 3-13

Passage dream comes true

Ballygunner 3-13 Passage 3-16

By Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Sensation yesterday in Walsh Park as Passage grabbed a first Waterford SHC title with an unforgettable finish, hammering 2-4 in the last five minutes to snatch victory from Ballygunner. The Gunners were seven points up with seven minutes left, but were reeled in by four late points which seemed likely to add respectability to the scoreline, and little more, and by two cracking goals: Passage were three points behind on 59 minutes when teenage sub Sean Hogan smashed home a superb equalising goal from an acute angle. Almost on the resumption, the men in red and white stormed forward again, and Hogan touched the ball to joint-captain Conor Carey, who blasted home the winner sparking jubilation among a crowd of around 5,000.

A scrappy, low-scoring opening saw both sides swap points, but on five minutes two of the Passage full-forward line were on the ground off the ball, with ‘Gunner corner-back Paul Coughlin picking up a yellow card. Passage nudged ahead with an Owen Connors free on nine minutes, but they struggled in the early stages to find their key forward, former Waterford star Eoin Kelly. Ballygunner were better around the middle of the field, with Shane O’Sullivan showing his experience to win possession and spray the ball to his inside line.

A Pauric Mahony 65 tied the game on 15 minutes to end a bloodless quarter, but then Ballygunner struck: Stephen Power collected the ball near the Passage goal and was crowded towards the wing, but he somehow got his shot in and it trickled over the line with his teammate David O’Sullivan in close attendance. Passage responded through Killian Fitzgerald and an Eoin Kelly free, and then had a goal of their own. Conor Carey fielded a puck-out, fed Owen Connors, and the wing-forward soloed through before finding the net.

With 22 minutes gone, then, Passage were 1-4 to 1-2 ahead, but Ballygunner weren’t long levelling, through yet another Mahony free and a good Harley Barnes effort from play. Mahony hit another long-range free to give Ballygunner the lead, but Owen Connors equalised with a free from similar range. With the half winding down Pauric Mahony hit his first from play, a terrific effort from long distance, and in injury time Rory Walsh won a free for Passage just over 21 metres out. Kelly went for goal but his shot flew over the bar: 1-6 each at the break. A clever delivery from keeper Stephen O’Keeffe found David O’Sullivan for the opening point of the second half, but Kelly responded with a free to level. Stephen Power’s fine point nudged Ballygunner ahead, and the game was suddenly livelier.

On 35 minutes Brian O’Sullivan found Pauric Mahony, who goaled with a venomous shot. When Mahony knocked over another free a minute later, there was daylight between them, 2-9 to 1-7. An Owen Connors free reduced the deficit but then Ballygunner struck again for goal: Power again won the ball, soloed through the middle and parted to JJ Hutchinson, who goaled calmly from close range. When Owen Connors — again — responded with a free, the gap was two clear goals, 3-9 to 1-9, with a quarter of the game left.

With Wayne Hutchinson dominating at half-back and Shane O’Sullivan on top in midfield, Ballygunner had the perfect platform, and Passage were struggling to make the ball stick up front. When they did make inroads, on 49 minutes John Whitty had a clear sight of goal and let fly, but Stephen O’Keeffe dived full-length to turn the ball around the post: Owen Connors pointed the 65, but Passage needed that goal badly.

In the closing stages Passage managed points from frees by Kelly and Connors, but Ballygunner responded through Brian O’Sullivan and Power, keeping their two-goal lead intact, 3-13 to 1-13, with five minutes left. Killian Fitzgerald and Owen Connors (two frees) cut the deficit to a goal, however, on 59 minutes, and then we had that end-game, never to be forgotten in the picturesque village on the shores of the estuary.

Scorers for Ballygunner: P. Mahony 1-7 (0-5 fs, 0-1 65); S. Power 1-2; JJ Hutchinson 1-0; H. Barnes 0-2; D. O’Sullivan, Brian O’Sullivan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Passage: O. Connors 1-7 (0-6 fs, 0-1 65); E. Kelly 0-5 (0-4 fs); C. Carey, S. Hogan 1-0 each; K. Fitzgerald 0-2; J. Whitty and J. Roche 0-1 each.

BALLYGUNNER: Stephen O’Keeffe, Stephen O’Keeffe, B. Coughlin, P. Coughlin, S. Walsh, W. Hutchinson, A. Kirwan, Philip Mahony, H. Barnes, S. O’Sullivan, Pauric Mahony (c), D. O’Sullivan, Brian O’Sullivan, S. Power, JJ Hutchinson.

Sub: Barry O’Sullivan for JJ Hutchinson, 53.

PASSAGE: E. Lynch, J. Roche, M. Wyse, J. Upton, S. Mason, N. Connors, P. Walsh, K. Fitzgerald, J. Whitty, O. Connors, C. Carey (joint captain), T. Connors, R. Walsh, E. Kelly (joint captain), L. Flynn.

Subs: J. Flood for Upton, 17; S. Hogan for L. Flynn HT; J. McClean for R. Walsh, 49.

Referee: T. O’Sullivan (Cappoquin)

Kerry County Senior Hurling Championship Final – St Brendan’s 0-13 Lixnaw 1-10

Egan saves Saints with dramatic late equaliser

By Murt Murphy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Lixnaw 1-10 St Brendan’s Ardfert 0-13

It took two wonderful John Egan points to rescue St Brendan’s in this gripping Kerry SHC final at Austin Stack Park, Tralee yesterday. Lixnaw led by five points with 12 minutes remaining but couldn’t withstand the late Egan-inspired heroics which forced a replay, likely to be Sunday week, October 27th in Tralee. Despite the low scoring, it was entertaining throughout, with St Brendan’s, who were trying to end a 23-year famine, marginally the better side in the opening half, thanks to the outstanding performances from their three Kerry senior players — Darran Dineen, Rory Horgan and the mercurial Egan.

Enda Galvin on the edge of the square was Lixnaw’s chief scoring threat while James Flaherty and Brendan Brosnan also chipped in with scores. Brendan’s led 0-8 to 0-6 at the interval, with Egan contributing four, while points from young Cian Hussey, Tim Hannafin, Rory Horgan and Denis Moriarty, saw St Brendan’s retire the happier side.

However, the game swung their way in the 41st minute when Stephen Power found Ricky Heffernan alone in front of goal, and he blasted to the St Brendan’s net. Three more points, two from Brosnan followed, and Lixnaw were five clear and coasting. Then, inexplicably, the game changed when Lixnaw took off a tiring Enda Galvin.

Cian Hussey thundered into the game for St Brendan’s and when he raced through in the 50th minute, he blasted a ball destined for the top corner, but somehow Lixnaw keeper Martin Stackpoole made a miracle save to tip it over the bar. Eoin McCarthy then closed the gap to a goal, before St Brendan’s were awarded a penalty, that Darran Dineen took, but John Griffin saved and cleared the danger. Still St Brendan’s refused to give up and after Stackpoole again denied Hussey a goal from point-blank range, points from Hussey and Egan (2) meant the pair will have another day out.

Scorers for Lixnaw: B Brosnan 0-4 (3f), R Heffernan 1-0, E Galvin and J Flaherty 0-2 each, J Griffin and C Fitzmaurice 0-1 each

Scorers for St Brendan’s: J Egan 0-6 (2f), C Hussey 0-3, R Horgan, D Moriarty, O McCarthy and T Hannafin 0-1 each

LIXNAW: M Stackpoole, D McCarthy, T McKenna, P Corridan, J Silles, M Corridan, C Fitzmaurice, J Griffin, B Brosnan, C O’Brien, S Power, R Galvin, E Galvin , R Heffernan, J Flaherty

Subs: J Wallace for R Galvin (h-t), C Fitzmaurice for E Galvin (46), D Shanahan for C Fitzmaurice (56), F Fitzmaurice for C O’Brien (58)

ST BRENDAN’S: D Delaney, F Horgan, C Flaherty, K Orpen, K Hannafin, E Corridan, R Horgan, D Dineen, D Moriarty, D Wallace, O McCarthy, T Hannafin, C Hussey, J Galvin, J Egan.

Subs: A Dineen for J Galvin (40), D Griffin for D Wallace (43), J P Leen for T Hannafin (60)

Referee: Cathal McAllister (Cork)

Munster Under 17 Football Competition – Tipperary 3-15 Waterford 0-3

Tipperary got their first victory in the Munster Under 17 Football Tournament on Monday last when they defeated Waterford by 3-15 to 0-3 in Fraher Field Dungarvan. Waterford had some early chances in the first half but once Tipperary settled down, they were slicker in attack and recorded a comfortable victory. This result sets up a final round meeting with Limerick on Monday next (Dr. Morris Park at 7:30pm) where a draw or victory for Tipperary will see them qualify for the Daryl Darcy Cup Final.

Tipperary: Jake McDonald (Clonmel Commercials); Ross Dennehy (Clonmel Commercials), Emmett Moloney (Drom & Inch), Faolain Linnane (Thurles Sarsfields); Tommy Nolan (Drom & Inch), Willie Connors (Kildangan), Stephen Kelly (Clonmel Commercials)l Stephen Quirke (Moyle Rovers), Jack Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials); Michael O’Connor (Cahir), Padraig White (Clonmel Commercials), Shane Lonergan (Moyle Rovers); Darren McGrath (Galtee Rovers), Paul Maher (Kilsheelan-Kilcash), Ross Peters (Clonmel Commercials)

Subs: Jamie Bergin, Adam Garrett, Billy McCarthy, Sean Butler, Gary English, Brian Norris, Anthony Leahy, Eric Walsh, Graham Kelly, Liam Duffy, Michael Quigley

Waterford: Paul Curran; Jack Duggan, John Frampton, John Havens; Kieran O’Neill, Jack Curry, Donnchadha Kirwin; Joe Allen, Aaron Donnelly; Gearóid Hearne, Evan Connor, Cian Culloo; Conor Gleeson, Edmund Halloran, Conor Murray

Subs: Pat Whyte, Steven Cliffe, Brian Connolly, Mark Mulvihill, Diarmuid Gallagher, Jack Donovan, Aaron Sullivan, Eamonn Crotty, Rian Reddy.

Referee – K. Murphy (Cork)

Dean Ryan Cup Under 16 1/2 A Hurling Semi-Final – Midleton CBS 1-14 Blackwater PS 2-10

Midleton CBS defeated Blackwater PS by 1-14 to 2-10 in the Dean Ryan Cup Under 16 1/2 A Hurling Semi-Final on Thursday October 17th at Youghal.

Munster Under 17 Football Competition – Clare 1-13 Limerick 1-3

Clare proved too strong for Limerick recording a 1-13 to 1-3 at Cooraclare on Monday helped by a goal by midfielder Darragh Walsh and 7 points from full-forward Michael Duffy.

Clare: James Murphy (Naomh Eoin); Liam Tierney (St. Breckans Lisdoonvarna), Pierce Lillis (Cooraclare), Conor Downes (Naomh Eoin); Darren Nagle (Liscannor, 0-2), James Woods (Éire Óg Inis), Cian O’Dea (Kilfenora); Conal O’ hAiniféin (Éire Óg Inis, 0-2), Darragh Walsh (Éire Óg Inis, 1-0); Aidan Davidson (St. Breckans Lisdoonvarna), Keelan Sexton (Kilmurry Ibrickane), Niall McCarthy (Lissycasey); Eimhin Courtney (Éire Óg Inis, 0-2), Michael Duffy (Éire Óg Inis, 0-7), Nigel Murray (O’Currys)

Subs – Cillian Normoyle (Lissycasey) for James Murphy, Eoin Callinan (Kilmihil) for Keelan Sexton, Gary Meaney (Coolmeen) for Nigel Murray, Keelan Cunningham (Killimer) for Niall McCathy, Conor Magnor (Naomh Eoin), Cathal Downes (O’Currys)

Limerick Squad: Raymond Noonan (St Kierans), James Meaney (Bruff), Brendan Stack (Gerald Griffins), Colm Nicol (Ballybricken/Bohermore), Cormac Flanagan (Crecora), Killian Ryan (Mungret), David Hanly (Ballysteen), Tommy Childs (Galtee Gaels), Robert Casey (Galbally), Mikey Morrissey (St Mary’s Sean Finns), Conor Burke (Crecora), Ciaran Kelly (Ballylanders), Gary McCarthy (Galbally), Ciaran Brouder, Ross Kennedy, Alan Cosgrave (Pallasgreen), Alan Ryan (Kildimo-Pallaskenry), Edward Sheehy (Granagh/Ballingarry), Chris Dunford (Mungret), Conor Lenihan (Mungret), Martin McSweeney

Referee – S.Mulvihill (Kerry)

Fixture Details

October 14th

Clare V Limerick

Cooraclare

Referee – S.Mulvihill (Kerry)