McGrath Cup Senior Football Quarter Final – Kerry 0-17 IT Tralee 0-8

Kerry defeated IT Tralee by 0-17 to 0-8 in the McGrath Cup Football Quarter-Final on Sunday January 5th at John Mitchels GAA Club Tralee.

McGrath Cup Quarter Final

Kerry 0-17 IT Tralee 0-7

Report by Donal Barry

Venue: John Mitchels Tralee

Maybe it was the new venue, maybe it was to see a black card or maybe it was a needed break from the Christmas holidays, but Kerry supporters turned up in big numbers to see their team’s season opener against IT Tralee in John Mitchels new complex at the outskirts of Tralee town. In the end it was a comfortable outing for Eamon Fitzmaurice’s men who took a 0-9 to 0-4 lead to the break but it may have been different had Stephen O’Brien not picked up the Kingdoms first official black card for checking his opponent. His “forced substitution” Barry John Keane was to become a constant thorn in the IT defence for the remainder of the game picking up four points from play including two first half efforts that gave Kerry a comfortable lead despite the fact that the IT had the gap down to just 3 at one stage.

The second half saw Tralee start the brighter and spurred on by a John Egan point they began to ask plenty questions of Kerry’s new defensive lines and were it not for some wayward shooting they could have been even closer. However, Kerry through the brilliance of Bryan Sheehan they added a 35 M pointed free on the 45th minute that brought the biggest cheer of the day, his effort was kicked almost twenty yards wide of the post and came in under a strong wind to be greet by a white flag. From there Kerry moved into a different stride and added 6 unanswered points with Keane and Fitzgerald combining nicely at times. Bantry’s Rory Deane did respond with two hard worked efforts for the students but at that stage Fitzmaurice was running his bench and Kerry were well on the road to defending their McGrath Cup title.

Both sides will have been happy with the outing “We were conscious of the fact we gave up 4 goals last year to Kerry and we have a defensive strategy in place to deal with them and it was pleasing that we did not concede a goal and I can’t really remember them getting a shot at goal” Was Tralee IT’s manager Wayne Quillinan response to his team efforts in the aftermath of the game. Eamon Fitzmaurice admitted that his team made “hard work of it at times, but it is a learning curve for a lot of the younger players and to be honest I felt we did alright”. Not wishing to signal out any one player Fitzmaurice could not ignore Brian Sheehan contribution. “Bryan was outstanding and was hungry for work but his free taking was immaculate. It’s a great option for us,” He added

Both managers shared the same view on black cards that it be given some time. “It needs to be given a little time for all of us to learn” added Fitzmaurice. Kerry lost corner forward Stephen O’Brien to a black card on the 25th for checking a player but Tralee IT’s Giles O’Grady seemed to escape one in the second half with an ironic cheer from the stand to greet his lucky escape. Kerry now play CIT in Kerry next weekend in the Semi-final with Cork and UL in the second semi-final

Kerry – Brian Kelly, Paul Murphy, Mark Griffin, Shane Enright, Mikey Geaney, Jack Sherwood, Brian Maguire (0-1), Anthony Maher, David Moran, Jonathan Lyne, Brian Sheehan(0-6F), Donnachagh Walsh (0-2), Shane O’Callaghan, Alan Fitzgerald (0-3) Stephen O’Brien (0-1)

Subs: Barry John Keane (0-4) for S O’Brien (25M Black Card), Mark Reen for S O’Callaghan (51), Edmond Walsh for A Maher (51) Brendan Kelliher for M Geaney (54)

IT Tralee – Nicholas O’Sullivan, John Horgan, Padraig Og O’Se, Sean T Dillion, Denis McElligott, Eammon Hickson, Sean McCarthy, Rory Deane (0-2), Damien Somers, Daniel O’Shea, John Egan (0-1), Darren Wallace, Kieran Mulvihill 0-2,(1F) Peter Nash, Barry O’Hare (0-2F)

Referee: James Bermingham (Cork)

Fixture Details

McGrath Cup Senior Football Quarter-Final

Kerry v Institute of Technology Tralee

Venue: John Mitchels GAA Club Tralee @ 2:00pm

Referee: James Bermingham (Cork)

Extra time if necessary

Team News

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play IT Tralee in the Munster GAA McGrath Cup on Sunday in John Mitchels GAA Club Tralee at 2pm is as follows:

1. Brian Kelly Killarney Legion

2. Paul Murphy Rathmore

3. Mark Griffin St Michaels/Foilmore

4. Shane Enright Tarbert

5. Mikey Geaney Dingle

6. Jack Sherwood Firies

7. Brian Maguire Listowel Emmets

8. Anthony Maher Duagh

9. David Moran Kerins O’Rahillys

10. Jonathan Lyne Killarney Legion

11. Bryan Sheehan St Marys

12. Donnchadh Walsh Cromane (Capt.)

13. Shane Callaghan Austin Stacks

14. Alan Fitzgerald Castlegregory

15. Stephen O’Brien Kenmare

Subs.

16. Brendan Kealy Kilcummin

17. Barry Shanahan Austin Stacks

18. Barry John Keane Kerins O’Rahillys

19. Edmond Walsh Knocknagoshel

20. Mark Reen Rathmore

* Further Substitutes will be named on Sunday.

* In the absence of Dr Crokes players, Donnchadh Walsh has been named captain for the duration of the McGrath Cup campaign.

McGrath Cup 2014

Kerry senior team open their 2014 campaign with a McGrath Cup quarter final against Tralee IT on Sunday 5th January in John Mitchels GAA Club Tralee.

The winners of that quarter final game will play the winners of the CIT/Mary I. tie in the semi final on the following weekend.

With such established stalwarts as Tomás Ó Sé and Eoin Brosnan retired, the Dr Crokes players concentrating on club activity and one or two more players rehabbing injuries, and a couple of more established players getting a well earned extended break, a number of new faces have been added to the training panel among them Paul O’Donoghue (St Marys), Paul Murphy (Rathmore) and Shane Callaghan (Austin Stacks).

For the Record

Kerry IT Tralee
2013 McGrath Cup Performance Defeated IT Tralee, UCC, Limerick and Tipperary to win the competition. Lost to Kerry by 4-22 to 0-10 in the Preliminary Round.
Number of McGrath Cup Senior Football titles 4 0
Last McGrath Cup Senior Football Title 2013 N/A
McGrath Cup Senior Football Record since 2000 Played – 17
Won – 15
Lost – 2
Drawn – 0
Played – 11
Won – 2
Lost – 9
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the McGrath Cup 2013 Preliminary Round – January 5th at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney – Kerry 4-22 IT Tralee 0-10 – Match Report

Fixtures and Results

Quarter-Finals (Extra time)

Sunday January 5th

@ John Mitchels GAA Club Tralee         Kerry v IT Tralee                                                       @ 2:00pm

@ CIT GAA Grounds                       CIT v Mary I                                                               @ 2:00pm

@ Mallow                                          Cork v LIT                                                                  @ 2:00pm

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick           UL v UCC                                                                  @ 2:30pm


Semi-Finals
(Extra time)

Sunday January 12th

Kerry or IT Tralee v CIT or Mary I

Cork or LIT v UL or UCC

Final (Extra time)

Sunday January 19th

 

McGrath Cup Senior Football – Odds and Ends

Since 2000, Kerry’s McGrath Cup success rate is 88% (best of any county) winning 15 of their 17 matches (a 88% success rate). In the same period, Cork have won 85% of their matches in the competition with 17 wins out of 20.

There was an average of 2.5 goals per match in the 2013 McGrath Cup Competition (25 goals scored in total). This compares with an average of 2.4 goals per game in 2012 and 1.4 goals per game in 2011.

The record of the Third Level Colleges in the McGrath Cup since entering in 2005 is Won 21, Lost 49 (30% success rate). None of the six colleges have a winning record in the competition during that period. UCC have the best record, winning 7 of their 16 matches (44% success rate). CIT have won 6 of their 15 matches (40% success rate) followed by UL who have won 5 of their 13 matches (38% success rate). Meanwhile IT Tralee, LIT and WIT have won 3 out of 26 matches between them. Mary Immaculate College Limerick will compete for the first time in the 2014 McGrath Cup competition.

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

McGrath Cup Senior Football Roll Of Honour

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

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

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

Kerry (4) – 1996, 2010, 2012

Tipperary (3) – 1989, 1993, 2003

Waterford (1) – 1981

London (1) – 1988

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

McGrath Cup

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

McGrath Cup Senior Football Quarter Final – Cork 3-22 LIT 0-7

Cork defeated LIT by 3-22 to 0-7 in the McGrath Cup Football Quarter-Final on Sunday January 5th at Mallow.

Cubby’s Rebel reign off to flyer

Cork 3-22 LIT 0-7

By Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Season 2014 BC began yesterday in Mallow, with Cork cruising to a comfortable win over Limerick Institute of Technology in the McGrath Cup. Cork manager Brian Cuthbert autographs the jersey of AJ Whelan, 11, and his brother Luke, 9, Donoughmore, Co Cork.Cork manager Brian Cuthbert autographs the jersey of AJ Whelan, 11, and his brother Luke, 9, Donoughmore, Co Cork. Brian Cuthbert began life as Cork senior football manager, and the much-anticipated black card system also took a bow, though referee Padraig O’Sullivan didn’t employ the new procedure until late on.

The new boss first, though. He saw his side hit 3-22 over the 70 minutes and conceded it wasn’t a severe test. “You couldn’t say we learned a whole pile,” said Cuthbert. “We’re together a while but until the matches start you can’t put a shape on what you’re trying to do. Some things we did today, particularly in the first half, were good, some weren’t but that’s the nature of the beast. “We had 21 players today, but we’re minus 20 players. There are 14 with the colleges, four injured and two or three away. So we’re minus 20 again next week.”

In the game itself LIT, who play in the Trench Cup, the second tier of colleges competition, were under serious pressure against a more imposing home side throughout. Cork had the aid of a stiff breeze in the first period and kept the students pinned down in their own half: after 10 minutes the hosts had six points on the board – as well as four wides — and when a John Hayes delivery caused confusion in the LIT goalmouth, Andrew O’Sullivan netted from close range. The contest was as good as over, with the scoreline 1-6 to no score and three-quarters of the game left to play. Cork spent the rest of the half tattooing points over the bar — and amassing a baker’s dozen wides to boot. At the break it was 1-15 to 0-0, and the closest LIT had come to a score was a fine save by Ryan Price after centre-forward Sean Hayes made a rare foray upfield for the students on 31 minutes.

The Limerick college had a Tony McMahon point on the resumption, and with Sean Hayes a focal point at full-forward they kept the scoreboard ticking over, though Cork were also able to hit points into the breeze at the other end. They also added late goals, a neat finish by Kevin Crowley and a good penalty from John Hayes. With minutes remaining first Micheal Ó Laoghaire of Cork and then Con Prendeville of LIT received black cards and walked, our first sight of the new dispensation. It hadn’t been much of a contest, which probably accounted for the lack of cynical fouling which required punishment. “Next week it’s UCC and that’ll be more competitive and ask more questions of our guys,” said Cuthbert. “Which is what we want. We’re three weeks away from the national league and if three or four of these guys put their hands up, then they’re in a better place to start. We’re absolutely open in terms of the panel and nobody has an entitlement to be handed a league jersey.”

Scorers for Cork: J. Hayes 1-4 (1-0 p); A. O’Sullivan 1-2; D. Goulding 0-4 (0-2 fs); D. O’Connor 0-4, K. Crowley 1-0; M. Sugrue, K. O’Driscoll 0-2 each; S. Murphy, C. O’Driscoll, F. Goold and A. Walsh 0-1 each.

Scorers for LIT: J. Hayes 0-2; C. Talty (f), P. Dalton, D. Cleary, E. O’Neill and T. McMahon 0-1 each.

CORK: R. Price; J. McLoughlin, E. Cadogan, N. Galvin; J. Loughrey, A. Sheehan, K. O’Driscoll; A. Walsh, F. Goold; C. O’Driscoll, M. Sugrue, A. O’Sullivan; D. Goulding, D. O’Connor, J. Hayes.

Subs: K. O’Halloran for Price, S. Murphy for Loughrey, M. Ó Laoghaire for Walsh (all HT); K. Crowley for Goold, 45; C. Lyons for Sheehan, 47; C. O’Connor for D. O’Connor, 58.

LIMERICK IT: J. Brudair (Limerick); C. Prendeville (Clare), J. Collins (Galway), J. McDonnell (Cork); D. Masterson (Clare), A. Butler (Mayo), P. Dalton (Tipperary); S. Sherry (Monaghan), C. Talty (Clare); D. Cleary (Clare), S. Hayes (Clare), E. O’Neill (Kildare); P. O’Sullivan (Kerry), K. O’Driscoll (Kerry), A. Downes (Clare).

Subs: T. McMahon (Limerick) for Sherry, HT; S. Ryan (Clare) for Downes, 44; K. McDonagh (Galway) for O’Sullivan, 51; C. Breathnach (Galway) for O’Driscoll, 60.

Referee: Padraig O’Sullivan (Kerry)

Fixture Details

McGrath Cup Senior Football Quarter-Final

Cork v Limerick Institute of Technology

Venue: Mallow @ 2:00pm

Referee: Padraig O’Sullivan (Kerry)

Extra time if necessary

Team News

The Cork Senior Football team to play LIT in the McGrath Cup at 2pm on Sunday in Mallow will line out as follows:

1. Ryan Price O’Donovan Rossa

2. John McLoughlin Kanturk

3. Eoin Cadogan Douglas

4. Noel Galvin Ballincollig

5. James Loughrey Mallow

6. Alan Sheehan Dohenys

7. Kevin O’Driscoll Tadhg MacCárthaigh

8. Aidan Walsh Kanturk

9. Fintan Goold Macroom

10. Colm O’Driscoll Tadhg MacCárthaigh

11. Mark Sugrue Bandon

12. Andrew O’Sullivan Castletownbere

13. Daniel Goulding Éire Óg

14. Donncha O’Connor Ballydesmond

15. John Hayes Carbery Rangers

Subs:

16. Ken O’Halloran Bishopstown

17. Colin Lyons St. Finbarr’s

18. Sean Murphy Ballydesmond

19. Micheál Ó Laoire Naomh Abán

20. Kevin Crowley Millstreet

21. Killian O’Connor Mallow

This will be manager Brian Cuthbert’s first competitive game at the helm, and while there are a number of new faces named in the squad, most have played football for Cork at some level. Of the starting fifteen, Eoin Cadogan, Aidan Walsh, Daniel Goulding, Donncha O’Connor and John Hayes played in the 2010 All-Ireland Final, while Fintan Goold was also involved that year.

For the Record

Cork LIT
2013 McGrath Cup Performance Defeated CIT before losing to Tipperary in the Quarter-Final by 2-9 to 1-9. Lost to Clare by 1-20 to 1-2 in the Preliminary Round.
Number of McGrath Cup Senior Football titles 6 0
Last McGrath Cup Senior Football Title 2012 N/A
McGrath Cup Senior Football Record since 2000 Played – 20
Won – 17
Lost – 3
Drawn – 0
Played – 7
Won – 1
Lost – 6
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the McGrath Cup No previous meetings

Fixtures and Results

Quarter-Finals (Extra time)

Sunday January 5th

@ Austin Stack Park Tralee           Kerry v IT Tralee                                                       @ 2:00pm

@ CIT GAA Grounds                       CIT v Mary I                                                               @ 2:00pm

@ Mallow                                          Cork v LIT                                                                  @ 2:00pm

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick           UL v UCC                                                                  @ 2:30pm


Semi-Finals
(Extra time)

Sunday January 12th

Kerry or IT Tralee v CIT or Mary I

Cork or LIT v UL or UCC

Final (Extra time)

Sunday January 19th

McGrath Cup Senior Football – Odds and Ends

Since 2000, Kerry’s McGrath Cup success rate is 88% (best of any county) winning 15 of their 17 matches (a 88% success rate). In the same period, Cork have won 85% of their matches in the competition with 17 wins out of 20.

There was an average of 2.5 goals per match in the 2013 McGrath Cup Competition (25 goals scored in total). This compares with an average of 2.4 goals per game in 2012 and 1.4 goals per game in 2011.

The record of the Third Level Colleges in the McGrath Cup since entering in 2005 is Won 21, Lost 49 (30% success rate). None of the six colleges have a winning record in the competition during that period. UCC have the best record, winning 7 of their 16 matches (44% success rate). CIT have won 6 of their 15 matches (40% success rate) followed by UL who have won 5 of their 13 matches (38% success rate). Meanwhile IT Tralee, LIT and WIT have won 3 out of 26 matches between them. Mary Immaculate College Limerick will compete for the first time in the 2014 McGrath Cup competition.

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

McGrath Cup Senior Football Roll Of Honour

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

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

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

Kerry (4) – 1996, 2010, 2012

Tipperary (3) – 1989, 1993, 2003

Waterford (1) – 1981

London (1) – 1988

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

McGrath Cup

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

McGrath Cup Senior Football Quarter Final – UL 5-18 UCC 4-16

UL defeated UCC by 5-18 to 4-16 in the McGrath Cup Football Quarter-Final on Sunday January 5th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

O’Donoghue shows All Star class to inspire UL in thriller

Ul 5-18 UCC 4-16

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Only about 100 watched this extraordinary McGrath Cup quarter-final at Limerick’s Gaelic Grounds, which produced a whopping nine goals and 34 points. It was all the more remarkable as the final quarter was played in virtual darkness and torrential rain which had briefly delayed the start of the second half. The Liam Kearns-managed UL proved deserving, if surprise, winners of a game in which they trailed by seven points 10 minutes into the second half. Those who went along to see the new black-card rule in operation were disappointed as no card of any colour was produced by referee Derek O’Mahoney.

For James O’Donoghue, from the Legion club in Killarney, it was an afternoon to remember. The All Star scored 1-10 for UL (five frees) and Paul Whyte scored 2-2 (1f) in the shock win. After the sides had been level twice during the opening period, UL led by a point — 3-7 to 2-9 — at the interval and might have had another goal from a shot which hit the cross-bar. They also fluffed another couple of good chances.

Michael Quinlivan 2-4 and Conor Cox 1-6 (3fs) top-scored for UCC, who were rocked by two Limerick goals inside as many minutes by Enda Hogan and Paul Whyte which tied the game after 51 minutes. Fittingly, O’Donoghue fired over the lead point for UL and they finished the stronger thanks to further points from the Kerry star.

Scorers — UL: J O’Donoughue 1-10 (5fs), P Whyte 2-2 (1f), P McHugh, B O’Shea 1-1 each, D Daly, J O’Rourke 0-2 each. UCC: M Quinlivan 2-4, C Cox 1-6 (3fs), T Hickey 1-3, B O’Driscoll, S Kiely, M O’Connor 0-1 each.

UL — R Byrne; E Kiely, M Tierney, C Lowry; D Dolan, T Clancy, L Mulligan; P McHugh, E Hogan; P Whyte, D Daly, J Spillane; B O’Shea, J O’Donoghue, J O’Rourke. Subs: A Barry for McHugh (66), M Eaton for Spillane (70).

UCC — S Mellett; D Culhane, E O’Mahony, D O’Donovan; B O’Driscoll, C Dorman, D Hazel; S Kiely, E Healy; A Spillane, A Cronin, G O’Sullivan; C Cox, M Quinlivan, T Hickey. Subs: S Keane for O’Sullivan (31), I McGuire for Hazel (34), M O’Connor for Spillane (43).

Ref — D O’Mahoney (Tipperary)

Fixture Details

McGrath Cup Senior Football Quarter-Final

University of Limerick v University College Cork

Venue: Gaelic Grounds Limerick @ 2:30pm

Referee: Derek O’Mahoney (Tipperary)

Extra time if necessary

For the Record

UL UCC
2013 McGrath Cup Performance Lost to Waterford in the Quarter-Final by 0-16 to 0-12. Lost to Kerry by 2-12 to 0-10 in the Quarter-Final.
Number of McGrath Cup Senior Football titles 0 0
Last McGrath Cup Senior Football Title N/A N/A
McGrath Cup Senior Football Record since 2000 Played – 13
Won – 5
Lost – 8
Drawn – 0
Played – 16
Won – 7
Lost – 9
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the McGrath Cup No previous meetings

Fixtures and Results

Quarter-Finals (Extra time)

Sunday January 5th

@ Austin Stack Park Tralee           Kerry v IT Tralee                                                       @ 2:00pm

@ CIT GAA Grounds                       CIT v Mary I                                                               @ 2:00pm

@ Mallow                                          Cork v LIT                                                                  @ 2:00pm

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick           UL v UCC                                                                  @ 2:30pm


Semi-Finals
(Extra time)

Sunday January 12th

Kerry or IT Tralee v CIT or Mary I

Cork or LIT v UL or UCC

Final (Extra time)

Sunday January 19th

McGrath Cup Senior Football – Odds and Ends

Since 2000, Kerry’s McGrath Cup success rate is 88% (best of any county) winning 15 of their 17 matches (a 88% success rate). In the same period, Cork have won 85% of their matches in the competition with 17 wins out of 20.

There was an average of 2.5 goals per match in the 2013 McGrath Cup Competition (25 goals scored in total). This compares with an average of 2.4 goals per game in 2012 and 1.4 goals per game in 2011.

The record of the Third Level Colleges in the McGrath Cup since entering in 2005 is Won 21, Lost 49 (30% success rate). None of the six colleges have a winning record in the competition during that period. UCC have the best record, winning 7 of their 16 matches (44% success rate). CIT have won 6 of their 15 matches (40% success rate) followed by UL who have won 5 of their 13 matches (38% success rate). Meanwhile IT Tralee, LIT and WIT have won 3 out of 26 matches between them. Mary Immaculate College Limerick will compete for the first time in the 2014 McGrath Cup competition.

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

McGrath Cup Senior Football Roll Of Honour

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

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

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

Kerry (4) – 1996, 2010, 2012

Tipperary (3) – 1989, 1993, 2003

Waterford (1) – 1981

London (1) – 1988

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

McGrath Cup

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

McGrath Cup Senior Football Quarter Final – CIT 5-17 Mary I 2-6

CIT defeated Mary I by 5-17 to 2-6 in the McGrath Cup Football Quarter-Final on Sunday January 5th at the CIT Grounds.

Hegarty applies finishing touch to CIT stroll

Cork IT 5-17 Mary Immaculate 2-6

A good first-half performance laid the foundations for Cork IT to enjoy a relatively unobstructed McGrath Cup quarter-final victory over Mary Immaculate College. Despite Dan MacEoin’s goal putting the Limerick visitors 1-0 to 0-2 ahead in the ninth minute, CIT responded quickly to establish a foothold in the game. Shane McCarthy and Donal Og Hodnett found the net in quick succession. Then Daniel Daly’s strike shortly before half-time left the score at 3-8 to 1-3 going in at the interval, with the visitors left with a lot to do to claw back into contention.

With Brendan O’Sullivan and Keith O’Connor partnering well in midfield and Pa Kilkenny turning in a very strong display as a sweeper against the wind, CIT had too much nous for their opponents, who were playing in the competition for the first time. While Mary I began the second half brightly, they never managed to get the deficit below nine points as CIT continued to keep the scoreboard ticking over, Cathal Vaughan kicking some lovely points. Another to impress for the home side was Darragh Treacy and he added the fourth goal for Cork IT in the 49th minute before substitute Thomas Hegarty added a fifth. Mac Eoin did get his and Mary Immaculate’s second green flag in the closing stages of the match but CIT’s passage to a semi-final with Kerry next weekend was never in question.

SCORERS — Cork IT: C Vaughan 0-8 (4fs), D Treacy 1-2, D Og Hodnett, D Daly 1-1 each, S McCarthy, T Hegarty 1-0 each, R O’Sullivan, J Collins, B O’Sullivan, C Flanagan (f), J Corkery 0-1 each. Mary Immaculate College: D Mac Eoin 2-1, S Brosnan 0-2, C O’Sullivan, J Wall, P Murphy 0-1 each.

CORK IT — D Hanrahan; J O’Donoghue, E Byrne, TJ Brosnan; R O’Sullivan, P Daly, J Collins; B O’Sullivan, K O’Connor; D Treacy, S McCarthy, D Daly; C Vaughan, D Og Hodnett, P Kilkenny. Subs: T Hegarty for D Daly (43), K O’Dwyer for O’Donoghue (43), C Flanagan for Vaughan (52), J Walsh for Hodnett (54), J Corkery for Treacy (54), S Cahill for Collins (63).

MARY IMMACULATE COLLEGE — A O’Donnell; M O’Shea, C Galvin, P Bane; T O’Brien, J Wall, D Foran; J Wright, P Murphy; E O Grialais, S Brosnan, C O’Sullivan; D Mac Eoin, J Cottrell, J Malone. Subs: C O’Leary for Brosnan (43), M Malone for O’Brien (50), M Hyland for O’Sullivan (62).

REF — R Hickey (Clare)

Fixture Details

McGrath Cup Senior Football Quarter-Final

Cork Institute of Technology v Mary Immaculate College Limerick

Venue: CIT GAA Grounds @ 2:00pm

Referee: Rory Hickey (Clare)

Extra time if necessary

For the Record

CIT Mary I
2013 McGrath Cup Performance Lost to Cork by 1-15 to 0-10 in the Preliminary Round. Did not take part
Number of McGrath Cup Senior Football titles 0 0
Last McGrath Cup Senior Football Title N/A N/A
McGrath Cup Senior Football Record since 2000 Played – 15
Won – 6
Lost – 9
Drawn – 0
Played – 0
Won – 0
Lost – 0
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the McGrath Cup No previous meetings

Fixtures and Results

Quarter-Finals (Extra time)

Sunday January 5th

@ Austin Stack Park Tralee           Kerry v IT Tralee                                                       @ 2:00pm

@ CIT GAA Grounds                       CIT v Mary I                                                               @ 2:00pm

@ Mallow                                          Cork v LIT                                                                  @ 2:00pm

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick           UL v UCC                                                                  @ 2:30pm


Semi-Finals
(Extra time)

Sunday January 12th

Kerry or IT Tralee v CIT or Mary I

Cork or LIT v UL or UCC

Final (Extra time)

Sunday January 19th

McGrath Cup Senior Football – Odds and Ends

Since 2000, Kerry’s McGrath Cup success rate is 88% (best of any county) winning 15 of their 17 matches (a 88% success rate). In the same period, Cork have won 85% of their matches in the competition with 17 wins out of 20.

There was an average of 2.5 goals per match in the 2013 McGrath Cup Competition (25 goals scored in total). This compares with an average of 2.4 goals per game in 2012 and 1.4 goals per game in 2011.

The record of the Third Level Colleges in the McGrath Cup since entering in 2005 is Won 21, Lost 49 (30% success rate). None of the six colleges have a winning record in the competition during that period. UCC have the best record, winning 7 of their 16 matches (44% success rate). CIT have won 6 of their 15 matches (40% success rate) followed by UL who have won 5 of their 13 matches (38% success rate). Meanwhile IT Tralee, LIT and WIT have won 3 out of 26 matches between them. Mary Immaculate College Limerick will compete for the first time in the 2014 McGrath Cup competition.

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

McGrath Cup Senior Football Roll Of Honour

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

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

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

Kerry (4) – 1996, 2010, 2012

Tipperary (3) – 1989, 1993, 2003

Waterford (1) – 1981

London (1) – 1988

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

McGrath Cup

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