AIB All-Ireland Club Intermediate Hurling Championship Quarter-Final – Youghal (Cork) 0-14 St. Gabriels (London) 0-9

Delight for Cooney as Youghal rise to challenge

Youghal 0-14 St Gabriel’s 0-9

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Youghal booked a semi-final date with Kilnadeema-Leitrim of Galway after an impressive victory over 14-man St Gabriel’s at Ruislip. The Cork and Munster champions were too sharp for the home side, with Brendan Ring and captain Bill Cooper in free-scoring form at the Emerald Grounds. “Today was a massive challenge for us because of having to travel over and stay in London,” said the Youghal manager, former GAA president Christy Cooney. “We prepared extremely well for this. We knew we were coming over to face a very good team and thankfully we performed.”

The visitors dominated the opening exchanges, hoovering up breaking ball around midfield and putting Gabriel’s under serious pressure from their own puck-outs, and their lead stood at six points with 20 minutes on the clock. The Londoners hit a purple patch late in the half, firing three points without reply, but their hopes of reaching back-to-back All-Ireland finals were dashed on 28 minutes when Neil Rogers was given a straight red card for a late challenge on Nigel Roche. Youghal should have wrapped up victory shortly after the restart when John Grealish fouled Alan Frahill-O’Connor inside the area, but the Gabriel’s goalkeeper redeemed himself by saving Leigh Desmond’s penalty. That miss didn’t prove costly, however, as Gabriel’s struggled to find a way through Youghal’s miserly defence and went scoreless for 20 second-half minutes.

Scorers – Youghal: B Ring 0-6 (4fs), B Cooper 0-3, J O’Mahony, L Desmond, C O’Mahony, A Curtin, D Ring 0-1 each.

St Gabriel’s: M Finn (1f), E Kelly (1f) 0-2 each, K Coen, S Egan, G Hennelly, B Gaffney, K Walsh 0-1 each.

Youghal – R Cunningham; B O’Sullivan, J Grace, K Walsh; M Cronin, C Spillane, B Ring; L Desmond, N Roche; D Ring, A Frahill-O’Connor, B Cooper; J O’Mahony, C O’Mahony, B Ring.

Subs: A Curtin for O’Mahony (36), B Coleman for D Ring (53), J Ormond for J O’Mahony (57), D Scanlon for B Ring (60).

St Gabriel’s – J Grealish; F Tierney, B Costello, N Coady; E Collins, M Ryan, E Cooney; PJ Rowe, E Kelly; K Coen, L Hands, N Rogers; G Hennelly, M Finn, B Gaffney.

Subs: P Sloane for Tierney (21), S Egan for Hands (h-t), K Walsh for Coen (36), C Hands for Coady (57).

Ref – A Stapleton (Laois)

Fixture Details

01.12.2013 (Sun)

AIB GAA Hurling All Ireland Intermediate Club Championship 13/14 Quarter Final

Ruislip 13:00

St Gabriel’s (Londain) v Youghal (Corcaigh)

Referee: Anthony Stapleton (Laois)

(E.T. if Necessary)

AIB Munster Club SFC Final – Dr. Crokes 0-13 Cratloe 0-12

Buckley’s late winner breaks Cratloe hearts

Dr Crokes (Kerry) 0-13 Cratloe (Clare) 0-12

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Long after this gripping Munster club SFC final yesterday, lost in his own thoughts, Cratloe’s Podge Collins stood in the middle of the Gaelic Grounds pitch a forlorn figure impervious to the repeated attempts at consolation by friends and supporters. In a truly phenomenal individual effort he covered every blade of grass on that pitch over and over but now it was over he was still, statue-still. He knew, as surely as did everyone else in the 2,384 attendance, this was a game the Clare champions should have won.

Podge you see is a competitor, as fierce and driven as any who has ever taken to that famous pitch on the Ennis Road in Limerick. He has already won All-Ireland senior and U21 hurling titles with Clare this year and was almost an automatic choice on the All Star team. No matter. With his father Colm as team manager, his closest of close friends — including brother Sean at wing-forward — alongside him, this was a title he desperately wanted to win. This was a title he knew Cratloe had in their grasp but allowed slip through their fingers. For that, there is no consolation nor will there ever be, unless Cratloe return to this stage and do what they just failed to do yesterday. And don’t rule that out.

But what a Munster final this was. The first-time crowned Clare champions, deserve credit not just for Podge but for the other Clare hurling stars who graced that pitch yesterday like Cathal McInerney, Conor McGrath, Fergal Lynch, Conor Ryan. Credit also to an outstanding defensive sextet of David Ryan, Barry Duggan, Sean Chaplin in the full-back line, team captain Ogie Murphy, Michael Hawes and Enda Boyce in the outer line. Massive underdogs going into the game (33/1) and trailing by 0-10 to 0-3 at the break after enjoying a perfect two-point start (defenders Boyce from a free and the raiding Chaplin the scorers), they looked a beaten docket. They were perfect conditions for the free-running three-in-a-row-seeking champions, the legendary Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper in superb form, and it all looked set fair for a massacre.

In a complete turnaround, however, Cratloe made all the running in that second half, outscoring the four-time Kerry champions 0-9 to 0-1 to lead by a point as the game headed into the final couple of minutes. Then came the denouement, and greatest credit of all on this day has to go to Dr Crokes. In that opening half they looked every inch of what we know them to be, a well-oiled football machine, tight and disciplined in a defence led by Fionn Fitzgerald and Eoin Brosnan, dominant in midfield where captain Ambrose O’Donovan and Johnny Buckley held sway and bristling with threat up front with Alan O’Sullivan, Daithi Casey, Brian Looney, Kieran O’Leary and the sublime Cooper.

After the break, they were overrun by a superior force and swamped by wave after wave of attack — often from their own goal-line — by Cratloe. It wasn’t that Crokes became complacent. Far from it, said midfielder Buckley. “We had studied Cratloe, they have a serious standard, both physically and with their ball skills, had beaten a lot of very good teams along the way,” he said. “We were under no illusions about them, knew they were a good side. We tried to focus on coming back out and pushing on again in the first 10 minutes. But they came out all guns blazing, put in a huge performance for the first five minutes and it kind of set the tone for the rest of the half, for them and for us. We struggled to match their pace and intensity.”

The low point came in the 54th minute, Gooch getting a thoroughly deserved second yellow card for a reckless challenge on the now near unstoppable Conor McGrath, leaving Crokes down to 14 at a most crucial point in the game. It looked even worse for the Killarney side a minute later when the outstanding Cathal McInerney kicked his fifth point of the half to put the Clare men ahead 0-12 to 0-11. And that’s when this Crokes side showed the mark of the champions they are, the champions they remain, those final game-winning minutes. “We’ve had a lot of tough days in this competition, you’d like to think we’ve learned from that,” Buckley said. “It’s there, in the back of your head. Probably the more experienced players just decided we weren’t going to have another bad day at the office and thankfully we pulled through.”

That they did was due in no small part to Johnny himself, not just for the winning point he kicked in the last minute of added-time but for his overall contribution. No consolation for Cratloe, but they will be back.

Scorers for Dr Crokes: C Cooper (0-4, 1f), A O’Sullivan, B Looney, D Casey (1f) (0-2 each), K O’Leary, J Buckley, F Fitzgerald (0-1 each).

Scorers for Cratloe: C McInerney (0-5, 2fs), C McGrath (0-2), S Chaplin, F Lynch, S Collins, L Markham, E Boyce (f) (0-1 each).

DR CROKES: D Moloney; K Ward, F Fitzgerald, J Payne; L Quinn, E Brosnan, M Moloney; A O’Donovan (c), J Buckley; A O’Sullivan, D Casey, B Looney; K O’Leary, C Cooper, G O’Shea.

Subs for Dr Crokes: M Burns for O’Shea (46); D O’Leary for Ward (49); S Doolan for Quinn (55).

CRATLOE: P Deloughrey; D Ryan, B Duggan, S Chaplin; M Murphy (c) M Hawes, E Boyce; F Lynch, C Ryan; S Collins, C Duggan, L Markham; C McInerney, P Collins, C McGrath.

Subs for Cratloe: P Chaplin for McInerney (40-45, blood).

Referee: C Lane (Cork)

 

When – Sunday December 1st at 2:00pm

Where – Gaelic Grounds Limerick

Referee – Conor Lane (Cork)
Standby Referee – James Bermingham (Cork)
Linesman – Kevin Murphy (Cork)
4th Official – Nathan Wall (Cork)
Umpires – D J Sullivan, Pat Kelly, Ger Fleming, Ray Hegarty (Cork)

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

Next Round – the winners qualify for the All-Ireland series against Connacht champions Castlebar Mitchels.

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

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

For the Record

Dr. Crokes (Kerry) Cratloe (Clare)
Number of Munster Club Senior Football titles

(Dr. Crokes
1990, 1991, 2006, 2011, 2012)

0
Last Munster Club
Senior Football Title
2012 N/A
Number of Munster Club Senior Football titles
(by County)
15 3
Last Munster Club
Senior Football Title
(by County)
2012 

(Dr. Crokes)

2009 

(Kilmurry-Ibrickane)

Munster Club Senior Football Championship Record since 2000 for each county’s representative Played – 27
Won – 18
Lost –  9
Drawn – 0
Played – 27
Won – 14
Lost –  11
Drawn – 2
Last meeting in the Munster Club Senior Football Championship involving participating county representatives November 4th 2012 at Quilty (Munster Club Quarter-Final)
Dr. Crokes (Kerry) 2-8 Kilmurry-Ibrickane (Clare) 0-13

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Club Senior Championship 2013

Quarter-Finals
Sunday November 3rd

@ Fraher Field Dungarvan Ballinacourty (Waterford) 2-7 Drom-Broadford (Limerick) 0-11

@ Dr. Crokes Killarney       Dr. Crokes (Kerry) 1-11 Castlehaven (Cork) 0-8

Semi-Finals
Saturday November 16th

@ Dr. Crokes Killarney                   Dr. Crokes (Kerry) 3-16 Loughmore-Castleiney (Tipperary) 1-5

Sunday November 17th

@ Cusack Park Ennis                    Cratloe (Clare) 1-10 Ballinacourty (Waterford) 0-11

Final (Extra time)

Sunday December 1st

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick           Dr. Crokes (Kerry) v Cratloe (Clare) @ 2:00pm

Odds and Ends

Dr. Crokes (Kerry) are looking to win three Munster Club Senior Football titles in a row. The only club to achieve this feat in the past was Nemo Rangers (Cork) who captured three titles in a row from 2000 to 2002, winning the All-Ireland Club title following their 2002 Munster success.

Kerry’s record in the Munster Club Senior Football Championship sees them with 15 titles compared to 27 titles for Cork clubs. Since 2000, Kerry have captured 4 Munster club titles. During Kerry’s Golden Years at Inter-County level, Kerry won just 3 of the 12 Munster Club Senior Football titles on offer (Austin Stacks – 1976 & Castleisland Desmonds 1984 and 1985).

Cratloe’s victory over Ballinacourty (Waterford) in the semi-final was the first win for a Clare club in the Munster Club Senior Football Championship since Kilmurry-Ibrickane (Clare) won the 2009 Munster Club Senior Football title.

Since St. Patrick’s Day 1996, only 1 of the last 17 Munster Club Senior Football champions (6%) have won the All-Ireland Club Senior Football titles – Nemo Rangers in the 2002/2003 season. Prior to 1996, Munster Clubs captured 15 All-Ireland’s at this grade, an average of 60% dating back to 1971.

From 1964 to 1997, no club outside of Kerry or Cork won the Munster Club Senior Football title (Thomond College representing Limerick won the 1977 title). Since 1998, Kilmurry/Ibrickane (2), Doonbeg and Dromcollogher-Broadford have been successful in winning the Munster Club Senior Football titles.

Munster GAA Club FOOTBALL Senior Championship Roll Of Honour

Cork (27) – 1966, 1967, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2010

Kerry (15) – 1964, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1976, 1984, 1985, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 2003, 2006, 2011, 2012

Clare (3) – 1998, 2004, 2009

Limerick (2) – 1977, 2008

Munster GAA Club FOOTBALL 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 1964  – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/sfclub_teams

Munster GAA Club FOOTBALL Senior Championship Finals – 2002 to 2012

2012 – Dr. Crokes, Kerry 0-19 Castlehaven, Cork 0-12

2011 – Dr. Crokes, Kerry 3-14 UCC, Cork 2-10

2010 – Nemo Rangers, Cork 1-15 Dr. Crokes, Kerry 1-13

2009 – Kilmurry-Ibrickane, Clare 0-7 Kerins O’Rahillys, Kerry 0-6

2008 – Dromcollogher-Broadford, Limerick 0-6 Kilmurry-Ibrickane, Clare 0-5

2007 – Nemo Rangers, Cork 1-10 Ballinacourty, Waterford 1-7

2006 – Dr. Crokes, Kerry 2-5 Nire, Waterford 0-8

2005 – Nemo Rangers, Cork 2-12 St. Senan’s Kilkee, Clare 1-6

2004 – Kilmurry Ibrickane, Clare 0-9 Stradbally, Waterford 0-9 (drawn game);
Kilmurry Ibrickane, Clare 0-9 Stradbally, Waterford 0-8 (replay)

2003 – An Ghaeltacht, Kerry 1-8 St. Senan’s Kilkee 1-6

2002 – Nemo Rangers, Cork 4-15 Monaleen, Limerick 0-6

All Ireland GAA Club FOOTBALL Senior Championship

In the Club Senior Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork top the charts with 11 titles followed by Kerry with 5. Limerick have 1 All-Ireland Club Football title courtesy of Thomond College in 1977/1978.

Munster Club Senior FOOTBALL Cup

Club Championship Senior Football Cup – Michael O’Connor Cup

Presented by Munster Council in 1991 to commemorate late Chairman & Treasurer.

AIB Munster GAA Football Junior Club Championship Final – Keel (Kerry) 0-14 Feohanagh / Castlemahon (Limerick) 0-4

Keel (Kerry) defeated Feohanagh / Castlemahon (Limerick) by 0-14 to 0-4 in the AIB Munster GAA Football Junior Club Championship Final on Sunday December 8th at Mallow.

Determined Keel prove the real deal

By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Keel 0-14 Feohanagh/Castlemahon 0-04

Redemption for the footballers of Keel, glorious redemption. Their failure to succeed in Munster back in 2007 has greeted them at every corner in the ensuing six years and PJ Reidy’s outfit were once more reminded of that disappointment yesterday in Mallow — the roll of honour listed in the programme showing one noticeable statistic: Canovee’s victory in 2007 breaking the stranglehold of Kerry clubs. It was no surprise, then, that the first words of captain Martin Burke were to address previous shortcomings. “The ghosts of 2007 have finally been laid to rest,” proclaimed the left half-forward, a sentiment shared by midfielder Thomas Ladden. “They have been put to bed for now,” he smiled. “2007 wasn’t on our thoughts today until that final whistle sounded. Then we knew we had put it behind us. The loss to Canovee was six years ago and even though half the team is different, we are constantly reminded of it. We still hear it on the radio and read it in the paper, but we wanted to put it to bed once and for all. We wanted to do it for the club and we have delivered.”

Limerick teams have never defeated Kerry opposition in the Munster junior championship and it was evident from very early that the trend was not going to be reversed. Indeed, straight from the throw-in, the Mid-Kerry club provided an indication of what was to come. Liam Sheehan worked possession to the edge of the square and was it not for a last-ditch tackle from full-back Gary Nagle, an early Keel major was inevitable. Feohanagh/Castlemahon’s Alan Rocke kicked the opening score of the contest two minutes in, the sole occasion the Limerick men would enjoy the scoreboard advantage. Liam Sheehan (free) and Gary Sayers put Keel on the board and while Michael Fitzgibbon — with an absolute belter from distance — levelled proceedings, it proved their last score in over half an hour of football.

Thereafter is a tale of Keel dominance, remorseless and unrelenting. Liam Sheehan (free) and Gary Sayers (two frees) stretched their lead to three, but, in truth, it should have been far greater. Keel, however, could afford to show an element of wastefulness, such was their supremacy throughout the park. The midfield pairing of Ladden and James Long ruled with an iron fist, while further back Patrick Lomansey and Donal Mullane forced the opposition to feed of scraps.

Feohanagh/Castlemahon, though aided by the elements, opted for a defensive approach, one that terribly hindered their scoring capabilities. 13 men were packed into their own half at all times and on the brief occasion they broke forward, they simply didn’t have the numbers to inflict sufficient damage. Michael Fitzgibbon, to his credit, ploughed a lone furrow up front, but was lacking in capable assistance. Liam Sheehan slotted his third of the afternoon at the change of ends and were it not for an outstanding save from keeper Barry Noonan, the noose would have been tightened there and then. Fitzgibbon provided momentary respite at the other end, but Feohanagh/Castlemahon had already been led to the gallows and the death knell sounded on 39 minutes when Sayers and Terry O’Sullivan split the posts in quick succession.

The Limerick champions, resigned to their faith, offered little by the way of reaction to the pace and ferocity of Keel’s play entering the final quarter. Gary Sayers brought his sides tally into double figures, following up minutes later with a tremendous effort off the left from out the field. The wing-forward was by this juncture almost single-handedly orchestrating proceedings and two further efforts, again right from the top drawer, arrived on the home stretch. Victory, redemption and now to challenges new. “The road to Croke Park is still on,” said Ladden. “We will put the heads down now for the next couple of weeks and hopefully we can get there.”

Scorers for Keel: G Sayers (0-8, 0-3 frees); L Sheehan (0-5, 0-3 frees); T O’Sullivan (0-1).

Scorers for Feohanagh/Castlemahon: M Fitzgibbon (0-3, 0-2 frees); A Roche (0-1).

KEEL: S Cahillane; E Ashe, G Nagle, B Murphy; G Evans, E O’Connor, J Nagle; T Ladden, J Long; G Sayers, L Sheehan, M Burke; T O’Sullivan, M O’Connor, A Cahillane.

Subs: E O’Neill for Evan (40 mins).

FEOHANAGH/CASTLEMAHON: B Nonnan; N Corbett, S Downey, M O’Mahony; N Kennedy, P Lomasney, D Mullane; W Lomasney, T Butler; P Carroll, M O’Sullivan, A Roche; J Guina, M Fitzgibbon, J Reidy.

Subs: C Noonan for Corbett (22 mins); S Flanagan for Guina (HT); J Clifford for Roche (45 mins); T Dore for O’Mahony (47 mins); V Barry for Carroll (55 mins).

Referee: K Murphy (Cork).


Limerick’s Feohanagh-Castlemahon defeated in Munster final

by Jerome O’Connell for the Limerick Leader newspaper

LIMERICK junior football champions Feohanagh-Castlemahon suffered defeat in the Munster club JAFC final this Sunday afternoon in Mallow. The West Limerick side went down 0-14 to 0-4 to Kerry’s Keel. Feohanagh-Castlemahon join Bruff, Mountcollins, Bruree and Cappamore to suffer a provincial final defeat at this grade in the last six years – all to Kerry opposition. While Feohanagh-Castlemahon battled hard from start to finish, Keel clearly had greater forward power and in Gary Sayers they had the class footballer on show. He finished with four points from play and another three from frees. Feohanagh-Castlemahon got the games’s opening score but by half time they were 0-5 to 0-2 in arrears and that was after playing with the stiff wind in the first half.

Alan Roche had the first scores of the game in the second minute after a great drive up the right wing by Niall Kennedy. Paddy Carroll supplied the fine pass and Roche lofted over from 30-minutes. Their second and only other score of the first half came in the ninth minute. And, what a score it was – from all of 50-metres Mike Fitzgibbon kicked a mammoth score. That left it 0-2 each but from here the Kerry side took over.

Sean Downey, Fitzgibbon, Tossie Butler and William Lomasney continued to take the fight to the Kerry side but the advantage for Keel was three points at the break. On the change of ends, Barry Noonan did brilliantly to deny Keel a goal, when saving from Mikey O’Connor. But there was never to be a serious challenge from Feohanagh-Castlemahon – who only managed two Fitzgibbon frees in the half. Keel defended in numbers and broke forward with pace to ensure a smooth passage to the winning line.

SCORES: Feohanagh-Castlemahon: Michael Fitzgibbon 0-3 (2frees), Alan Roche 0-1. Keel: Gary Sayers 0-7 (3frees), Liam Sheehan 0-5 (3frees), Terry O’Sullivan, Bart Murphy 0-1 each.

FEOHANAGH-CASTLEMAHON: Barry Noonan; Noel Corbett, Sean Downey, Mike O’Mahony; Niall Kennedy, Patrick Lomasney, Donal Mullane; William Lomasney, Tossie Butler; Paddy Carroll, Mattie O’Sullivan, Alan Roche; James Guina, Michael Fitzgibbon, John Reidy. Subs: Conor Noonan for Noel Corbett (22mins), Sean Flanagan for James Guina (h-t), Jason Clifford for Alan Roche (44mins), Timmy Dore for Mike O’Mahony (46mins), Vinny Barry for Paddy Carroll (54mins).

KEEL: Stephen Cahillane; Emmet Ashe, Gary Nagle, Bart Murphy; Gavin Evans, Eoghan O’Connor, James Nagle; Thomas Ladden, James Long; Gary Gayers, Liam Sheehan, Martin Burke, Terry O’Sullivan, Mikey O’Connor, Aaron Cahillane. Sub: Eoin O’Neill for Gavin Evans (40mins), Colm O’Neill for Mikey O’Connor (48mins).

REFEREE: Kevin Murphy (Cork)

AIB Munster GAA Hurling Junior Club Championship Final – Ballysaggart (Waterford) 3-12 Feenagh / Kilmeedy (Limerick) 0-15

Ballysaggart (Waterford) defeated Feenagh / Kilmeedy (Limerick) by 3-12 to 0-15 in the AIB Munster GAA Hurling Junior Club Championship Final on Sunday December 8th at Mallow.

Meagher shares out Ballysaggart plaudits

By John Fogarty GAA Correspondent for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Ballysaggart 3-12 Feenagh/Kilmeedy 0-15

Ballysaggart is one of the smallest units in the entire GAA, a tiny secluded village in a parish with a population of less than 250 in the hills beyond Lismore. Yesterday in Mallow they joined the elite when becoming the first Waterford club to win the Munster club junior hurling title. It was hard won too, a high-quality contest against very worthy opponents, Limerick champions Feenagh/Kilmeedy. At one end of the field for Ballysaggart was veteran keeper Matty Meagher (40), in his 25th adult season with the club, safer than houses with a series of outstanding under-pressure clean catches. At the other the uber-talented teenager Stephen Bennett, who finished the afternoon with 1-7. His 1-4 in the opening half in which Ballysaggart faced into a very stiff breeze helping his side to a 1-8 to 0-9 half-time lead.

For all of Bennett’s scoring heroics, however, younger brother Shane also impressed with a 1-2 haul — burly Ronan Walsh with their third major — defence was the key to this win. While Meagher offered a very secure last line, he was for giving credit to those outside him. “Our defence was immense today again, as it has been all year,” he said. “The boys work so hard above to get the scores, we have to work to keep the score down at the other end. They were just absolutely outstanding — fair play to any team that can get scores off them because they’ll earn it.”

The full-back trio of Kieran Fennessy flanked by Bobby Ryan and Daniel Devine was especially impressive, safe and sure-footed, aware of the threat posed by full-forward Jimmy O’Sullivan who was constantly probing, ever-ready to capitalise on the frequent raids in from the flanks by the dangerous Feenagh duo John O’Gorman and Diarmuid Coleman. “We were a bit disappointed that we were letting them have the ball and come through but we said there would be no rash tackles, we would stand them up and see what would happen. No free shots but no silly frees either.”

Ballysaggart did that to perfection, albeit it took them to the second half to really get it right. In the first half, capitalising on those early scores from the Bennett brothers (older sibling Kieran, 19, was also impressive, in midfield), the Deciemen led 1-6 to 0-3 after 18 minutes and considering the wind they would face in the second half, a trimmimg looked likely for Feenagh/Kilmeedy. An exhibition of dead-ball shooting from centre-back Eddie Murphy (three frees from well inside his own half) and Diarmuid Coleman (two frees, two 65s), kept hopes alive for the Limerick champions coming up to the break, and it was talk of those ‘silly frees’ that dominated proceedings in the Ballysaggart dressing room at the break.

They were more disciplined thereafter, the outside defensive line of Barry Murphy, Eugene O’Brien (co-captain, along with Christy Murphy) and Caileann O’Gorman really stepping up their game. “It’s down to the coaching the lads [management] are giving them,” said Meagher. “Everything is about ‘Don’t waste the ball, don’t hit it for the sake of hitting it — hold it, get it to the man in the best position, trust the man beside you that he can take that pass, get that score’. That’s what it’s about, team-work, team-mates working for each other and that’s what this success is down to.”

They needed to show that team-work in the second half in the face of relentless attacks by Feenagh/Kilmeedy. Goals would prove the difference, Ballysaggart repelling every effort at one end, Ronan Walsh (38m) and Shane Bennett (42m) doing the necessary at the other, Shane’s goal giving Ballysaggart a seven-point cushion they would defend to the end.

Scorers for Ballysaggart: Stephen Bennett 1-7 (4f); Shane Bennett 1-2; R Walsh 1-0; D Meagher 0-2; C Murphy 0-1.

Scorers for Feenagh/Kilmeedy: D Coleman 0-6 (4f, 2 65); E Murphy 0-4 (4f); J O’Sullivan 0-2; J O’Gorman, L Lynch, J Nix, 0-1 each.

BALLYSAGGART: M Meagher; B Ryan, K Fennessy, D Devine; B Murphy, E O’Brien (jt capt), C O’Gorman; C Murphy (jt capt), K Bennett; K Cashell, D Meagher, Shane Bennett; R Walsh, Stephen Bennett, T Bennett.

Subs: M Kearney for Walsh (58); C Fitzgerald for T Bennett (61); S Meagher for Shane Bennett (61).

FEENAGH/KILMEEDY: D Egan; J O’Regan, L Murphy, N Irwin; M Bergin, E Murphy, J Gaffney (capt); D Harrold, G O’Gorman; D Coleman, P Irwin, J O’Gorman; L Lynch, J O’Sullivan, D Kiely.

Subs: B Hannigan for N Irwin (30); P O’Regan for G O’Gorman (49); J Nix for Kiely (49); D O’Sullivan for Lynch (59); B O’Sullivan for P Irwin (5

Referee: J O’Brien (Tipperary).

 

Limerick side Feenagh-Kilmeedy lose out to Waterford goals in Munster final

by Jerome O’Connell for the Limerick Leader newspaper

LIMERICK junior hurling champions Feenagh-Kilmeedy were beaten 3-12 to 0-15 in this Sunday’s Munster club JAHC final by Waterford’s Ballysaggart. Two goals within a three minute period at the start of the second half proved the winning of this provincial crown. Indeed, the Waterford side started both halves with a flurry of scores.

They were 1-2 to 0-1 clear after seven minutes and by half time they led 1-8 to 0-9 despite playing against the wind in the first half. Feenagh-Kilmeedy showed great heart to battle back in the opening half after a nervous start. But ultimately they relied heavily on placed balls for scores – notching just five scores from play over the hour. At the other end of the field, Ballysaggart had a match winner in teenager Stephen Bennett. He was one of the stars of Waterford’s All-Ireland minor hurling win and in this final he scored 1-4 from play as well as four frees. His goal came after six minutes.

Feenagh-Kilmeedy had to wit until the 10th minute for Jimmy O’Sullivan to have their first score from play. That left it 1-2 to 0-2 but it was soon 1-4 to 0-2. The John O’Gorman had a fine score as Feenagh-Kilmeedy found some form. But the lead was once again stretched to 1-6 to 0-3 with 18-minutes played. Then came a purple patch for the west Limerick men with Diarmuid Coleman and Edward Murphy landing three successive scores from placed balls. Bennett hit back with successive points from play but Feenagh-Kilmeedy were not up to the intensity of the game and finished the half on top. The final three points of the half again came from Coleman and Murphy frees.

After settling into the final, Feenagh-Kilmeedy needed to dominate the early parts of the second half. But alas, the eventual winners struck for home with come vital goals. Feenagh-Kilmeedy had actually re-started brightly with Coleman (free) and John Lynch points to leave just a score between the teams. Then Ronan Walsh caught a long delivery and fired to the Feenagh-Kilmeedy net. Jimmy O’Sullivan hit back with then Shane Bennett crashed home their third goal from 20-metres.

That left it 3-10 to 0-12 with just under 20-minutes to play.Only a goal could really have inspired Feenagh-Kilmeedy and they found Matty Meagher ultra secure in the Ballysaggart goal. Darragh Kiely and Edward Murphy (21-metre free) tried for goals but to no success. Sub John Nix helped reduced the lead and with seven minutes to play it was 3-10 to 0-15. But up stepped Bennett again to seal a merited first Munster club JAHC title for Waterford.

SCORERS: Feenagh-Kilmeedy: Diarmuid Coleman 0-6 (4frees, 2 ‘65), Edward Murphy 0-4 (4frees), Jimmy O’Sullivan 0-2, John O’Gorman, John Lynch, JOhn Nix 0-1 each. Ballysaggart: Stephen Bennett 1-8 (0-4frees), Shane Bennett 1-1, Ronan Walsh 1-0, Darren Meagher 0-2, Christy Murphy 0-1.

FEENAGH-KILMEEDY: Daniel Egan; James O’Regan, Liam Murphy, Nelius Irwin; Michael Bergin, Edward Murphy, John Gaffney; Donal Harrold, Gerard O’Gornan; Diarmuid Coleman, Peter Irwin, John O’Gorman; Liam Lynch, Jimmy O’Sullivan, Darragh Kiely. Subs: Brian Hannigan for Nelius Irwin (h-t), Patrick O’Regan for Gerard O’Gorman, inj (49mins), John Nix for Darragh Kiely (49mins), Dave O’Sullivan for Liam Lynch (58mins), Billy O’Sullivan for Peter Irwin (58mins).

BALLYSAGGART: Matty Meagher; Bobby Ryan, Kieran Fennessy, Daniel Devine; Barry Murphy, Eugene O’Brien, Cailean O’Gorman; Christy Murphy, Kieran Bennett; Shane Bennett, Darren Meagher, Kenneth Cahill; Ronan Walsh, Stephen Bennett, Tom Bennett. Subs: Michael Kearney for Ronan Walsh (57mins), Cathal Fitzgerald for Tom Bennett (60mins), Shane Meagher for Shane Bennett (60mins).

REFEREE: John O’Brien (Tipperary)

Bord Gais Energy Munster GAA Awards 2013

The Bord Gais Energy Munster GAA Awards 2013 took place on Saturday December 7th at the Malton Hotel, Killarney.

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Senior Winners and Manager of the Year Announced for 2013 Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Awards

Limerick hurler, Richie McCarthy, Kerry’s James ‘Donoghue and Clare Senior Hurling Manager Davy Fitzgerald were today named the top winners of the Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Awards 2013. The awards will be presented on Saturday night at a gala dinner in the Malton Hotel in Killarney where over 30 players, officials and legends will receive accolades.

Limerick’s Full Back Richie McCarthy was outstanding for this year’s Munster Hurling Champions. He’s made the full back position his own in the last couple of seasons since making his championship debut in 2011.

Kerry’s James O’Donoghue has been selected as the Senior Footballer of the year. The Killarney Legion man has burst on the scene this year winning an All Star in his first full championship season.

Meanwhile Davy Fitzgerald was named Manager of the Year for his leadership of the Clare All Ireland Winning Senior Hurling Team. Davy’s management style is based on building huge passion and commitment amongst his players and his achievement in leading the Clare men to their first All-Ireland success since 1997 makes him a worthy winner.

Speaking on the announcement of these winners, Bord Gáis Energy Managing Director David Kirwan said: “I am delighted that the hard work and achievements of both James O’Donoghue and Richie McCarthy has been recognised. Both players have been outstanding for their respective counties over the last few years. And I would also like to congratulate Davy Fitzgerald on his well-deserved award for his exceptional achievements and work as manager to the Clare Senior Hurling team”.

Also speaking on the announcement of these awards Robert Frost, Chairman of Munster GAA said “Richie McCarthy and James O’Donoghue contributed hugely to their teams march through Munster to secure titles for Limerick and Kerry respectively. The success of a young Clare team in winning All-Ireland Senior honours following a memorable hurling season is testament to the leadership of Davy Fitzgerald and he is a deserving winner of Manager of the Year”

The full list of Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Sports Star of the Year Awards are as follows:

Minor Hurling – Ronan Lynch (Limerick)

Minor Football – Jack Savage (Kerry)

Under 21 Hurling – Colm Galvin (Clare)

Under 21 Football – Brian Hurley (Cork)

Intermediate Hurling – Darragh Egan (Tipperary)

Junior Football – Ruari Deane (Cork)

Camogie Award – Michelle Casey (Limerick)

Ladies Football – Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh (Kerry)

Handballer of Year – Colin Crehan (Clare)

Service to Refereeing – Michael Keane (Cork)

Service in Education – Liam Hodnett (Cork)

Media Award – Paddy Finucane (Tipperary)

Distinguished Service to the GAA – Padraig Mac Mathúna (Clare)

Special Merit Award – Sean Power (Waterford)

Hall of Fame Football – Mike Sheehy (Kerry)

Hall of Fame Hurling – John Galvin (Waterford)

Club of Year – Loughmore-Castleiney (Tipperary)

Senior Hurler of Year – Richie McCarthy (Limerick)

Senior Footballer of Year – James O’Donoghue (Kerry)

Manager of Year – Davy Fitzgerald (Clare).

Camogie, Ladies Football and Handball Winners Announced for 2013 Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Awards

Limerick star Michelle Casey has been announced as the winner of the Camogie Award for the 2013 Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Awards. The Limerick team captain, who led her county to the All-Ireland Intermediate Final this year will be awarded her prize at the awards ceremony which is taking place in the Malton Hotel, Killarney on Saturday, 7 December.

Another player to be honoured in ladies GAA is Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh, part of the Kerry team who won their first Munster Championship in a decade and a 2013 All Star. She has been named as the recipient of the Ladies Football Award for 2013.

Meanwhile the Handball Award went to Clare’s Colin Crehan who is the current Minor Singles and Doubles All Ireland Champion.

Ger Cunningham, Sports Ambassador with Bord Gáis Energy commented:: “Michelle Casey has led Limerick with distinction this year as a rock at centre-back while Kerry All Star Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh was in devastating form when the Kingdom won their first Munster Championship in a decade.”

Munster GAA Chairman Robert Frost said “I would like to congratulate Michelle, Louise and Colin on their well-deserved awards following their outstanding displays during 2013“.

Hall of Fame Winners Announced for 2013 Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Awards – Kerry and Waterford Legends to join elite band

Waterford hurling hero John Galvin and Kerry footballing legend Mike Sheehy are the latest Munster legends to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, it was announced today. The two greats will receive their awards at the Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Awards Gala Dinner on Saturday, December 7 in the Malton Hotel, Killarney.

Waterford and Portlaw’s John Galvin was the first Decies All Star ever in 1974 and repeated the feat in 1982. The son of All-Ireland-medal winner Willie Galvin, his county career started in the 1972 championship and he became a regular player until his retirement at the end of the 1986 championship. He won five county championship medals with Portlaw during that time.

Kerry footballer Mike Sheehy is one of the most decorated players of all time, winning a record equalling Eight All Ireland Senior medals, Seven All Star Awards and 11 Munster Championships. The Austin Stacks man played 45 Championship games for Kerry scoring a massive 29 goals and 205 points in the process.

The two join the fellow GAA greats in the Hall of Fame including Gerald McCarthy, Paudie Lynch , Seamus Durack, Eamon Cregan and Mick O’Dwyer.

Commenting on the announcement of the Hall of Fame winners for 2013, Ger Cunningham, Sports Ambassador with Bord Gáis Energy said: said: “Mikey Sheehy is one of the most famous names in Football while John Galvin gave many years of sterling service to Waterford hurling. It’s fitting that they are inducted into such an illustrious group.”

Also speaking on the announcement of these awards Robert Frost, Chairman of Munster GAA said “The outstanding achievements of John Galvin and Mikey Sheehy are worthy of recognition and Munster GAA are honoured to select both as this year’s Hall of Fame awards. Congratulations also to the other award winners”

Other 2013 winners also announced today are Paddy Finucane of Tiipperary who won the Media Award; Michael Keane of Cork, Services to Refereeing; Liam Hodnett, Cork, Services in Education Award; Padraig Mac Mathúna,, of Clare, Distinguished Service Award; Tipp’s Darragh Egan won the Intermediate Hurling Award and Ruari Deane of Cork won the Junior Football Award.

Under 21 and Minor Winners Announced for 2013 Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Awards

Four Counties shared the spoils in the Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Minor and U21 Awards for 2013, it was announced today, with winners in Cork and Kerry in football and Limerick and Clare in hurling.

Kerry’s Jack Savage took the Minor Football Award in his second year at that level. He scored ten of the Kingdom’s 15 points in the Munster Final defeat of Tipperary, Kerry’s first Munster Minor success since 2009.

Meanwhile, Limerick’s Ronan Lynch was the equivalent winner in hurling as part of the Treaty’s Munster Championship winning side.

At Under 21 level, Brian Hurley of Cork took the Football Award. The Business student from Union Hall was Cork’s top scorer in the 2013 All Ireland campaign with 2-18 to his name including 1-4 in the All Ireland Final as well as a further 1-13 in the senior ranks.

And All Ireland hurling-winning Clare centre-fielder, senior All Star and and Bord Gais Energy Under 21 Team of the Year shoe-in Colm Galvin completed the quartet.

Speaking on the announcement of the Under 21 and Minor winners for 2013, Bord Gáis Energy Managing Director David Kirwan said: “There is some amazing talent coming through at U21 and Minor level in GAA and it is fitting that we are recognising our future GAA stars at the Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Awards which also honours GAA legends, past and present. All of these recipients are already gracing the senior ranks and I wish both the U21 and Minor winners for 2013 long and successful careers in their respective sports.”

Also speaking on the announcement of these awards Robert Frost, Chairman of Munster GAA said: ‘’The Minor and Under 21 players being honoured made significant contributions during this year’s underage championship’s which were played at a high standard”.

The awards will be presented at Gala dinner at the Malton Hotel in Killarney on Saturday, December 7th.

ENDS

For further information, please contact:

Ed Donnelly

Munster GAA PRO

Email: pro.munster@gaa.ie

Tel: 087 2055642

Nigel O’Mahony

OMF Publicity for Bord Gáis Energy

Email: nigel@omfpublicity.ie

Tel: 086 2497530