AIB Munster GAA Hurling Senior Club Championship Quarter Final – Na Piarsaigh (Limerick) 3-17 Loughmore-Castleiney (Tipperary) 2-18

Na Piarsaigh (Limerick) defeated Loughmore-Castleiney (Tipperary) by 3-17 to 2-18 in the AIB Munster GAA Hurling Senior Club Championship on Sunday October 27th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Dempsey’s double sees Na Piarsaigh shock Tipp kingpins

Report by Jackie Cahill for thescore.ie

Na Piarsaigh (Limerick) 3-17 Loughmore-Castleiney (Tipperary) 2-18

DAVID DEMPSEY’S TWO second half goals helped Limerick champions Na Piarsaigh past Tipperary kingpins Loughmore-Castleiney in a feisty AIB Munster senior club hurling quarter-final at Semple Stadium this afternoon. Loughmore had two players sent off and Na Piarsaigh finished the game with 14 men following a hard-hitting encounter in Thurles. Na Piarsaigh had to come from 10 points down in the second half to claim victory — and set up a semi-final meeting with Waterford representatives Passage, at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick on 10 November. Loughmore trailed by 0-5 to 0-8 in the 21st minute when William O’Donoghue became the fifth Na Piarsaigh forward to register a score from play but that was the cue for the Tipperary kingpins to run riot before half-time. Loughmore led 1-11 to 0-8 at the break, with Liam McGrath netting in the 27th minute, as they defied the odds following Bourke’s sending-off.

A quickfire 1-1 from Cian Hennessy after half-time had Loughmore in 2-12 to 0-8 in front – and in sight of a remarkable victory. Loughmore then lost Willie Eviston to a straight red card – after fellow defender Derek Bourke was dismissed as early as the fourth minute. Eviston was sent off after Kevin Downes had goaled for Na Piarsaigh to spark their fightback. And when Dempsey netted the first of his two goals, in the 39th minute, it was very much game on, in front of 1,642 spectators.

Na Piarsaigh also had a massive wind at their backs in the second half and yet Loughmore refused to bend. They received a boost with five minutes remaining when full-back Kieran Breen was sent off for an off the ball incident involving Liam McGrath. It appeared that Loughmore might hold out but Dempsey broke their hearts in the final minute, after Loughmore goalkeeper Shane Nolan had brilliantly kept out Kevin Ryan’s shot. The brilliant Noel McGrath, scorer of nine points for Loughmore, reduced the deficit to just a point in stoppage time, 2-18 to 3-16, before Shane Dowling’s fifth point, and his fourth from a free, sealed the deal for Na Piarsaigh.

Scorers for Loughmore-Castleiney: Noel McGrath 0-9 (4f, 1 sl), Liam McGrath 1-3 (0-3f), Cian Hennessy 1-1, Ciaran McGrath 0-2, Tom King, John McGrath & Evan Sweeney 0-1 each.

Scorers for Na Piarsaigh: David Dempsey 2-1, Kevin Downes 1-2, Shane Dowling 0-5 (4f), Kevin Ryan & Pat Gleeson 0-2 each, David Breen, James O’Brien, William O’Donoghue, Kieran Kennedy & Adrian Breen 0-1 each.

LOUGHMORE-CASTLEINEY: Shane Nolan; Tommy Long, Derek Bourke, Lorcan Egan; Willie Eviston, John Meagher, Tom King; Ciaran McGrath, Tomás McGrath; John McGrath, David Kennedy, Liam McGrath; Evan Sweeney, Noel McGrath, Cian Hennessy.

Subs: Johnny Campion for Long (60), Micheál Webster for Hennessy (60).

NA PIARSAIGH: Padraig Kennedy; Kieran Breen, Niall Buckley, Michael Casey; Cathal King, David Breen, James O’Brien; Shane Dowling, Alan Dempsey; William O’Donoghue, Kevin Downes, David Dempsey; Kieran Kennedy, Kevin Ryan, Adrian Breen.

Subs: Pat Gleeson for Kennedy (h.t.), Damien Quigley for Adrian Breen (57), Brian Hartnett for Casey (60+3).

Referee: Cathal McAllister (Cork)

When – Sunday October 27th at 2:00pm

Where – Semple Stadium Thurles

Extra time – (2 periods x 10 minutes only) to be played if sides finish level at the end of 60 minutes

Replay date – Saturday November 2nd or Sunday November 3rd at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick

Next Round – the winners play Passage (Waterford) in the Munster Club Semi-Final on Sunday November 10th at Semple Stadium Thurles or the Gaelic Grounds Limerick

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

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

For the Record

Loughmore-Castleiney (Tipperary) Na Piarsaigh (Limerick)
2013 Team Manager Declan Laffan Sean Stack
2013 Team Captain Ciaran McGrath James O’Brien
Number of Munster Club Senior Hurling titles 1 1
Last Munster Club
Senior Hurling Title
2007
(Loughmore-Castleiney, Tipperary 1-6 Tulla, Clare 0-7)
2011
(Na Piarsaigh, Limerick 1-13 Crusheen, Clare 0-9 (Replay)
Number of Munster Club Senior Hurling titles
(by County)
12 6
Last Munster Club
Senior Hurling Title
(by County)
2012
(Thurles Sarsfields, Tipperary 1-21 De La Salle, Waterford 1-16)
2011
(Na Piarsaigh, Limerick 1-13 Crusheen, Clare 0-9 (Replay))
Munster Club Senior Hurling Championship Record since 2000 for each county’s representative Played – 26
Won – 15
Lost –  9
Drawn – 2
Played – 22
Won – 8
Lost –  12
Drawn – 2
Last meeting in the Munster Club Senior Hurling Championship involving participating county representatives October 28th 2012 at Kilmallock (Munster Club Quarter-Final) –Thurles Sarsfields (Tipperary) 2-12 Kilmallock (Limerick) 0-15 – Goals by Pa Bourke and Lar Corbett helped the Tipperary champions to a three point victory.

Munster GAA HURLING Club Senior Championship 2013

Quarter-Final

Sunday October 27th (Replay date – Saturday November 2nd)

@ Semple Stadium Thurles           Loughmore-Castleiney (Tipperary) v Na Piarsaigh (Limerick) 2:00pm


Semi-Finals
Sunday November 10th (Replay date – Saturday November 16th)

@ Semple Stadium Thurles or Passage (Waterford) v Loughmore-Castleiney (Tipperary)

Gaelic Grounds Limerick or Na Piarsaigh (Limerick) 2:00pm

Sunday November 17th

@ Cork venue Clare champions v Cork champions 2:00pm

Final

Sunday November 24th (Replay date – Saturday November 30th)


2:00pm throw-in

Odds and Ends

From 2010 through 2012, the travelling team has won 8 of the 9 matches played in the Munster Club Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals. The victory of Thurles Sarsfields (Tipperary) over Sarsfields (Cork) at Semple Stadium in the 2012 Semi-Final is the only exception in the past 3 seasons.

2013 marks the third appearance by Loughmore-Castleiney in the Munster Club Senior Hurling Championship. Their record to date is 3 wins with just 1 defeat (at the hands of Patrickswell (Limerick) by 1-12 to 0-9 in the 1988 Munster Semi-Final).

Na Piarsaigh’s first appearance in the Munster Club Senior Hurling Championship saw them finish as winners following a replay victory over Crusheen (Clare). Their records to date is 2 wins and 1 draw.

Tipperary hold the record for the number of clubs that have won the Munster title, with nine different clubs all claiming provincial victories on behalf of the county (Carrick Davins, Roscrea, Moycarkey-Borris, Kilruane MacDonaghs, Borris-Ileigh, Cashel King Cormacs, Toomevara, Loughmore-Castleiney and Thurles Sarsfields).

Of the 5 participating counties in this year’s Munster Club Senior Hurling Championship, Waterford have the best record since 2000 with 18 victories and 1 draw out of 28 matches played. Tipperary has the next best record with 15 wins and 2 draws out of 26 games.
The Munster Club Senior Hurling Championship is very competitive with only one score separating the champions and runner-up in each final from 2004 through 2011 (drawn match). Thurles Sarsfields (Tipperary) won the 2012 final versus De La Salle (Waterford) by five points.

Munster GAA Club HURLING Senior Championship Roll Of Honour

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

Tipperary (12) – 1966, 1969, 1970, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1993, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2012

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

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

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

Munster GAA Club HURLING Senior Championship – List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began 1888 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/shclub_teams/


All Ireland GAA Club HURLING Senior Championship

In the Club Senior Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork clubs have won 9 titles followed by Tipperary with 3 and Clare with 2. Galway lead the roll of honour with 12 club titles followed by Kilkenny clubs with 10.

Munster Club Senior HURLING Cup

Club Championship Senior Hurling Cup – O’Neill Cup

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

AIB Munster GAA Hurling Intermediate Club Championship Quarter Final – Ballina (Tipperary) 1-12 Dromin-Athlacca (Limerick) 0-14

Ballina (Tipperary) defeated Dromin-Athlacca (Limerick) by 1-12 to 0-14 in the AIB Munster GAA Hurling Intermediate Club Championship on Sunday October 27th at Bruff.

Dromin-Athlacca suffer heartbreak in Munster intermediate club tie

Report from the Limerick Leader newspaper

Ballina (Tipperary) 1-12 Dromin-Athlacca (Limerick) 0-14

DROMIN-ATHLACCA’S dream of adding a Munster intermediate club hurling title to their county final success ended in a heartbreaking 1-12 to 0-14 defeat to Tipperary champions Ballina in an entertaining quarter-final tie played at Bruff this Sunday. Limerick kingpins Dromin-Athlacca, who trailed by six points at the end of the first quarter, looked to have done enough to force the game to extra-time as the sides remained deadlocked deep in stoppage time. However, a terrific pointed free from Ballina’s top scorer Michael Breen, from close to the half way line in the 62nd minute, ensured the visitors recorded a dramatic late victory.

It was tough luck on a brave Dromin-Athlacca side which recovered from a slow start to edge in front in the 58th minute, thanks a superb individual point from James Kelleher. However, two late points for Ballina ultimately swung the outcome in their favour. Dromin-Athlacca were left to rue racking up 11 wides during the hour, an number of them struck from favourable positions.

Ballina deservedly led 1-5 to 0-6 at half-time and would have been further in front had the Tipp side managed to convert a greater number of their scoring chances. Ballina led 1-4 to 0-1 after 18 minutes of a game played on a very good top surface, despite the recent heavy rainfall. A run of four unanswered points for the South Limerick side, scored by David Reidy (2), Jason Lenihan and James Kelleher, had Dromin-Athlacca trailing by just two points at the break.

The Limerick side upped their display in the third quarter to edge in front in the 40th minute, 0-10 to 1-6, when Peter Ryan pointed after excellent approach play by Tom Breen. Ballina edged back in front at 1-10 to 0-11 when less than 10 minutes remaining. However, the Limerick champions hit back once more with points from top scorer David Reidy and a smashing effort from Eoin O’Leary. However, Breen’s injury time score in deteriorating weather conditions guided Ballina through to the semi-final.

SCORERS – Dromin-Athlacca: David Reidy 0-5 (0-4 frees), Michael Reidy, James Kelleher 0-2 each, Peter Ryan, Paul Neenan (free), Tiernan Ryan, Eoin O’Leary, Jason Lenihan 0-1 each. Ballina: Michael Breen 0-5 (0-4 frees), Sean McKeogh 1-0, David Hickey 0-3, Stephen O’Brien 0-2, Brian O’Connor, Brian Stritch 0-1 each.

DROMIN-ATHLACCA – Mark Moynihan; Donal Walsh, Brian Kelleher, Derek Kenny; Gearoid O’Leary, Eoin Benson, Tom Breen; Peter Ryan, Michael Reidy (Capt); Paul Neenan, David Reidy, James Kelleher; Tiernan Ryan, Eoin O’Leary, Jason Lenihan. SUB: Gerry Kelleher for Tiernan Ryan (52 mins).

BALLINA – Martin McKeogh; Donal Kent, Pat Cosgrave, Brian McKeogh; Kevin Cosgrave, Thomas Collins, Donal McKeogh; Gerry O’Brien, Michael Breen; Brian O’Connor, Stephen O’Brien, David Hickey; Sean McKeogh, Brian Stritch, TJ O’Connell. SUBS: Rody Kennedy for Donal McKeogh, Stephen Stritch for O’Connor (both half-time), Eoin Kent for Sean McKeogh (45 mins), Fergal Collins for Donal Kent (48 mins).

REFEREE – Pat Casey (Waterford)

 

When – Sunday October 27th at 2:00pm

Where – Bruff

Referee – Pat Casey (Waterford)

Extra time – (2 periods x 10 minutes only) to be played if sides finish level at the end of 60 minutes

Replay date – Saturday November 2nd or Sunday November 3rd at a Waterford venue

Next Round – the winners play the Kerry representatives in the Munster Club Semi-Final on Sunday November 3rd at 2:00pm in a Kerry or Tipperary venue.

Admission Prices
Adults – €10
Student/OAP – €5
All Under 16s free

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

For the Record

Dromin-Athlacca (Limerick) Ballina (Tipperary)
Number of Munster Club Intermediate Hurling titles
(by County)
2 2
Last Munster Intermediate Hurling Title (by County) 2011 2012
Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship Record since 2000 for each county’s representative Played – 17
Won – 8
Lost –  8
Drawn – 1
Played – 18
Won – 10
Lost –  8
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship involving participating county representatives November 6th 2011 at Kilmallock (Munster Club Semi-Final) –
Effin (Limerick) 2-15 Aherlow (Tipperary) 1-17

Munster GAA HURLING Club Intermediate Championship 2013

Quarter-Finals (Extra time)

Sunday October 27th (Replay date – Saturday November 2nd)

@ Pairc Ui Rinn                                  Youghal (Cork) v Ardmore (Waterford) 2:00pm

@ Bruff     Dromin-Athlacca (Limerick) v Ballina (Tipperary) 2:00pm


Semi-Finals (Extra time)
Sunday November 3rd (Replay date – Saturday November 9th)

 

@ Clare or Waterford venue          Clare representatives v Youghal (Cork) or Ardmore (Waterford) 2:00pm

@ Kerry or Tipperary venue Kerry champions v

Dromin-Athlacca (Limerick) or Ballina (Tipperary) 2:00pm

Final (Extra time)

Sunday November 17th (Replay date – Saturday November 23rd)


2:00pm throw-in

Odds and Ends

Limerick have won two of the last four Munster Club Intermediate Hurling titles courtesy of South Liberties (2009) and Effiin (2011).

Silvermines (Tipperary) defeated Ballina in the 2012 Tipperary Intermediate Hurling Final before going on to defeat Ruan (Clare), An Rinn (Waterford) and Ballyduff (Kerry) to win the Munster title.

Since the competition began in 2003, Cork clubs have won 4 of the 9 Munster titles on offer, the last one in 2010 when Ballymartle were successful. Clare and Tipperary are the only other counties with a winning record in this competition.

Munster GAA Club HURLING Intermediate Championship Roll Of Honour

Cork (4) – 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010

Clare (2) – 2006, 2007

Tipperary (2) – 2004, 2012

Limerick (2) – 2009, 2011

Munster GAA Club HURLING Intermediate Championship
List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began 1888 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/ihclub_teams/

All Ireland GAA Club HURLING Intermediate Championship

In the Club Intermediate Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork have secured 2 titles courtesy of Blarney

AIB Munster GAA Hurling Intermediate Club Championship Quarter Final – Youghal (Cork) 4-13 Ardmore (Waterford) 1-12

Youghal (Cork) defeated Ardmore (Waterford) by 4-13 to 1-12 in the AIB Munster GAA Hurling Intermediate Club Championship on Sunday October 27th at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Youghal make most of Ardmore red card

By Therese O’Callaghan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Youghal (Cork) 4-13 Ardmore (Waterford) 1-12

The bragging rights and a place in the Munster Club IHC semi-final were at stake in this clash at windswept Páirc Uí Rinn yesterday. Ardmore and Youghal are less than 10 miles apart and the players even enjoyed a celebratory drink together after their respective county final victories, but yesterday it was back to business and a win to savour then for Youghal against 14-man Ardmore. “Yeah, definitely,” said Youghal captain Bill Copper. “We would have gone to school with a lot of their lads. We know each other fairly well. We opened up in the last quarter, as you would expect when they were a man down. We were looking at teams like Ballymartle and Blarney coming out of the Premier intermediate hurling division in Cork and going all the way. Hopefully we can go on now and win Munster.”

The game’s defining moment came eight minutes in when Ardmore captain and centre-back Declan Prendergast received a straight red for an altercation with Alan Frahill O’Connor. A number of players got involved in the skirmish at a juncture when Ardmore trailed 1-0 to 1-2 (O’Connor having bagged the 1-2). Ardmore selector Tom Flynn accepted the offence deserved a red but argued there were two players involved: “There were two fellas” he said. “We are disappointed over that. We can’t complain about the sending off, it was fair enough. But there was a head-butt thrown first. It was a bit early in the game for it to happen and it had a huge bearing.” Overall, though, he said they would look forward to senior status next year. “Our lads are either under 22 or over 30. There is a small gap there. Today was our first game as a senior club and we are disappointed to lose. But, we don’t think we are too much off of the likes of Passage (senior county champions), we wouldn’t fear them. Hopefully we can use this as experience”.

Christy Cooney made a late call not to start regular midfielder Nigel Roche after he picked up a shoulder injury in the Cork league final the previous Sunday. Nonetheless, they settled immediately with Frahill O’Connor’s 1-2 before John Gartland pulled a goal back for Ardmore. The sending off of Prendergast then appeared to spark the Waterford champions into action, especially his brother Seamus who made a huge impact throughout. He finished the match with nine points, having a big physical presence over his markers.

Barry Ring acted as the extra defender for Youghal but it was Ardmore – playing with the strong wind – that took control hitting five points to Youghal’s one with Prendergast in particular giving them a vital edge. Youghal weren’t firing on all cylinders and their shooting was off too. They brought Andrew Curtin into the fray. They were making little leeway, and dogged defending from Richie Hennessy denied O’Connor a second goal before the changeover. This left Ardmore to the front, 1-8 to 1-5 at the break. Youghal were turning with wind advantage and it was a question of would Ardmore’s 14 hold out against Youghal’s 15? Two points within a couple of minutes from John Gartland and Prendergast suggested they might. But, Youghal got the break they badly needed when a Leigh Desmond free was tipped to the net by Ciaran O’Mahony and when Brendan Ring followed with a white flag, the deficit was reduced to one point. Prendergast added two frees for Ardmore and by the 42nd minute they led 1-12 to 2-7, but they were flat out.

They failed to score again as the numerical disadvantage told. Youghal came into their own for the remaining quarter. Curtin’s goal followed points from Cooper and Desmond. They added four more white flags in the 50th, 52nd, 54th and 56th minute before wing-back Ollie Dempsey — equally at home in the attack — combined with James O’Mahony to fire past Clinton Hennessy.

Scorers for Youghal: A Frahill O’Connor (1-3), A Curtin (1-1), L Desmond (0-4, three frees), C O’Mahony and O Dempsey (1-0 each), B Ring (0-3), B Cooper (0-2).

Scorers for Ardmore: S Prendergast (0-9, five frees), J Gartland (1-1), M Cronin and S Keating (0-1 each).

YOUGHAL: R Cunningham; B Sullivan, J Grace, K Walsh; O Dempsey, C Spillane, Barry Ring; D Ring, J O’Mahony; C O’Mahony, A Frahill O’Connor, B Cooper (Capt); B Moloney, Brendan Ring, L Desmond.

Subs: A Curtin for D Ring (bs 17-22), A Curtin for B Moloney (23), B Coleman for C O’Mahony (46), D Scanlon for O Dempsey (60).

ARDMORE: C Hennessy; N Hennessy, C O’Shea, D Power; K Murphy, D Prendergast (Capt), R Hennessy; M Cronin, W Hennessy; S Keating, D Gartland, C Hennessy; T Conway, S Prendergast, J Gartland.

Referee: F Horgan (Tipperary)

 

When – Sunday October 27th at 2:00pm

Where – Pairc Ui Rinn

Extra time – (2 periods x 10 minutes only) to be played if sides finish level at the end of 60 minutes

Replay date – Saturday November 2nd at a Waterford venue

Next Round – the winners play the Clare representatives in the Munster Club Semi-Final on Sunday November 3rd at 2:00pm in a Clare or Waterford venue.

Admission Prices
Adults – €10
Student/OAP – €5
All Under 16s free

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

For the Record

Youghal (Cork) Ardmore (Waterford)
Number of Munster Club Intermediate Hurling titles
(by County)
4 0
Last Munster Intermediate Hurling Title (by County) 2010 N/A
Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship Record since 2000 for each county’s representative Played – 19
Won – 12
Lost –  6
Drawn – 1
Played – 10
Won – 2
Lost –  8
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship involving participating county representatives November 8th 2009 at Fraher Field Dungavan
(Munster Club Semi-Final) –
Douglas (Cork) 2-22 Dungarvan (Waterford) 1-9

Munster GAA HURLING Club Intermediate Championship 2013

Quarter-Finals (Extra time)

Sunday October 27th (Replay date – Saturday November 2nd)

@ Pairc Ui Rinn                                  Youghal (Cork) v Ardmore (Waterford) 2:00pm

@ Bruff     Dromin-Athlacca (Limerick) v Ballina (Tipperary) 2:00pm


Semi-Finals (Extra time)
Sunday November 3rd (Replay date – Saturday November 9th)

@ Clare or Waterford venue Clare representatives v Youghal (Cork) or Ardmore (Waterford) 2:00pm

@ Kerry or Tipperary venue Kerry champions v Dromin-Athlacca (Limerick) or Ballina (Tipperary) 2:00pm

Final (Extra time)

Sunday November 17th (Replay date – Saturday November 23rd)


2:00pm throw-in

Odds and Ends

Since the competition began in 2003, Cork clubs have won 4 of the 9 Munster titles on offer, the last one in 2010 when Ballymartle were successful. Clare and Tipperary are the only other counties with a winning record in this competition.

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

Waterford clubs have lost their last six games in this competition. Their last victory dates back to 2005 when Ballyduff Upper defeated Granagh Ballingarry (Limerick) in the Munster Semi-Final by 1-20 to 2-9. No Waterford club has ever won an away match in the Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship.

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

Munster GAA Club HURLING Intermediate Championship Roll Of Honour

Cork (4) – 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010

Clare (2) – 2006, 2007

Tipperary (2) – 2004, 2012

Limerick (2) – 2009, 2011

Munster GAA Club HURLING Intermediate Championship

List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began 1888 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/ihclub_teams/


All Ireland GAA Club HURLING Intermediate Championship

In the Club Intermediate Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork have secured 2 titles courtesy of Blarney

Kerry County Senior Hurling Championship Final Replay – St Brendan’s 0-13 Lixnaw 0-8

St. Brendan’s defeated Lixnaw by 0-13 to 0-8 in the Kerry County Senior Hurling Championship Final Replay on Sunday October 27th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

Famine over for Brendan’s

By Murt Murphy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

St Brendan’s 0-13 Lixnaw 0-8

St Brendan’s, Ardfert ended a 23-year famine in the Kerry SHC when they beat 14-man Lixnaw in the replayed final at Austin Stack Park yesterday in a game ruined by a swirling wind and a heavy surface. It was Lixnaw’s third final loss in four years, and they were architects of their own downfall, shooting 12 wides and having experienced defender Maurice Corridan red-carded in the 26th minute. To their credit they did not fold until ten minutes from the end, when inspirational centre-back Darren Dineen fired St Brendan’s to the front, a lead they were not to lose. Four more unanswered points followed from John Egan, Eoin McCarthy, Darren Wallace and a Dineen last minute penalty when he opted to point rather than go for goal.

It was a game dominated by defences with Darren Dineen a colossus for St Brendan’s, along with Conor Flaherty, Kevin Orpen and Eamonn Corridan, while for Lixnaw Trevor McKenna, Pat Corridan, Declan McCarthy and Brendan Brosnan hurled their hearts out. Lixnaw were backed by the strong wind in the opening half, but failed to take advantage, shooting eight wides as they led 0-5 to 0-3 at the interval. Two points from James Flaherty, one from Cillian Fitzmaurice and two frees from Brendan Brosnan was Lixnaw’s meagre return, while John Egan accounted for all of the St Brendan’s total.

Despite being a man down, Lixnaw began the second-half in explosive fashion with two Brosnan frees. However, as the half wore on, St Brendan’s began to spray the ball wide and Lixnaw, visibly tired, and two Egan frees, combined with points from Cian Hussey and Tom Moloney, tied the game at 0-7 apiece. John Galvin gave St Brendan’s the lead for the first time, in the 46 minute, but a Brosnan free levelled the contest in the 49 minute. However, once man of the match Darren Dineen raced upfield to point St Brendan’s into the lead, Lixnaw tired visibly, and St Brendan’s finished them off in style to win the Neilus Flynn Cup for the first time since 1990.

Scorers for St Brendan’s: J Egan 0-6 (0-3 frees, 0-1 ’65), D Dineen 0-2, 0-1 pen, T Moloney, O McCarthy, C Hussey, J Galvin and D Wallace 0-1 each.

Lixnaw scorers: B Brosnan 0-5 all frees, J Flaherty 0-2, C Fitzmaurice 0-1

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

Subs: S Griffin for O McCarthy (20), D Griffin for F Horgan (h/t), O McCarthy for S Griffin (33), K Fitzgerald for T Hannafin (48), D Wallace for J Galvin (52)

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

Subs: J Wallace for E Galvin (h/t), R Galvin for Cillian Fitzmaurice (54) Conor Fitzmaurice for C O’Brien (56)

Referee: John Sexton (Cork)