Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Semi Final – Clare 2-28 UCC 1-4

Clare defeated UCC by 2-28 to 1-4 in the Waterford Crystal Cup Hurling Semi-Final on Sunday January 26th at Sixmilebridge.

Stroll in the park for Clare as students get a lesson

Clare 2-28 University College Cork 1-04

By Gerry Quinn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Clare, with nine of their All-Ireland winning team starting, overwhelmed UCC in the Waterford Crystal Tournament semi-final at Sixmilebridge yesterday. There was a huge gulf in class with 12 Clare players getting on the scoresheet whereas only three players found the target for the students. The UCC forward line was woefully inept, managing only one score from play, a Jack Ahern goal in the 25th minute. However, the students were always going to be up against it as Clare considerably strengthened their side from the quarter-final against Limerick.

In the Limerick game, newcomer Bobby Duggan was the star of the show, but a broken thumb in training sidelined the Clarecastle clubman. Yesterday, free-taker Colin Ryan was the top-scorer and put in a man-of-the match display. Clare faced the breeze in the opening half but it didn’t hamper their scoring ability. They were picking off points with ease and in the 13th Dave Reidy, clean through was dragged down, the ref having no option but to award a penalty. Ryan blasted it to the net and when Peter Duggan added a point, Clare enjoyed a ten point lead. Liam Markham and Duggan dominated midfield for the home side and at half-time Clare led 1-10 to 1-3.

To add to the students’ woe, Clare introduced three substitutes after the interval, including Shane O’Donnell, Clare’s three goal hero in the All-Ireland replay. Seven unanswered points in as many minutes after the re-start, emphasised Clare’s dominance and with his team leading 1-21 to 1-3 on the 53rd minute, Davy Fitzgerald had the luxury of emptying the bench. A close-in pointed free by Jack Ahern in the 49th was UCC’s only score in the second period, Clare grabbed a second goal through Davy O’Halloran late in the tie.

Clare selector Mike Deegan agreed it was no more than a stroll for Clare. “It was very one-sided,” he said. “But having said that, all we are worried about is ourselves. You could see our boys were a bit rusty. They need hurling and that’s what today was all about. We didn’t really worry about UCC, we need to get games into the lads and that was what today was about.” Clare now await the winners of the other semi-final between Tipperary and University of Limerick, a game was postponed yesterday due to an unplayable pitch at McDonagh Park, Nenagh.

Scorers for Clare: C Ryan (1-12) 1-0 pen. 0-7 f’s, D O’Halloran (1-1), J Conlan (0- 3), P Donnellan, C O’Connell, C McGrath, C McInerney (0-2) each, C Dillon, P Duggan, D Reidy, J Shanahan (0-1) each.

UCC: P Deasy (1-0), J Ahern (0-3) all f’s, J Barry (0-1) ’65.

CLARE: P Kelly, S Morey, D McInerney, C Dillon, B Bugler, P Donnellan, P O’Connor, L Markham, P Duggan, J Conlon, C O’Connell, C Ryan, D O’Halloran, C McGrath, D Reidy.

Subs: C McInerney for McGrath (43), J Shanahan for Duggan (43), C Cleary for O’Connor (51), P Flanagan for Morey (51), N O’Connell for Dillon (63).

UCC: D McCarthy (Cork); S Maher (Tipperary), D Glynn (Kilkenny), D Lester (Cork); J Barry (Tipperary), C Murphy (Cork), S Roche (Kilkenny); R O’Shea (Cork), D O’Mahony (Cork); T Butler (Tipperary), M Sugrue (Cork), B Hartnett (Cork), A Cadogan (Cork), J Ahern (Limerick), P Deasy (Cork).

Subs: N Purcell (Clare) for Barry, S O’Donnell (Clare) for O’Shea, M O’Driscoll (Cork) for Maher (all half-time), A Goold (Cork) for Glynn (48) PJ Hall (Limerick) for McCarthy (53).

Referee: M Wadding (Waterford)

When – Sunday January 26th at 2:00pm

Where – Sixmilebridge

Referee – Michael Wadding (Waterford)

Extra time
– (2 periods x 10 minutes only) to be played if sides finish level at the end of 70 minutes

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

For the Record

Clare UCC
2013 Waterford Crystal Cup Performance Defeated UL, Cork and Tipperary to win the competition. Lost to Cork by 3-20 to 1-16 in the Preliminary Round.
Number of Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling titles 2 0
Last Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Title 2013 N/A
Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Record since 2006 Played – 26
Won – 19
Lost – 6
Drawn – 1
Played – 12
Won – 4
Lost – 8
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the Waterford Crystal Cup 2007 Preliminary Round – Clare 1-16 UCC 1-13 – January 14th at Meelick – Tony Considine’s first game as Clare manager began with a three point victory over UCC.

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling 2014

Preliminary Round

Friday January 10th

@ Mick Neville Park Rathkeale     Limerick 10-17 IT Tralee 0-9

Sunday January 12th

@ WIT GAA Grounds Carriganore University of Limerick 1-11 Waterford 0-10

@ MacDonagh Park Nenagh        Tipperary 3-20 LIT 0-5

Quarter-Finals

Sunday January 19th

@ Austin Stack Park Tralee           Tipperary 2-16 Kerry 0-8

@ WIT GAA Grounds Carriganore UL 2-30 WIT 1-20

@ Sixmilebridge                               Clare 1-14 Limerick 0-11

@ Mardyke                                        UCC 3-28 Mary I 2-14

Semi-Finals (Extra Time)

Sunday January 26th

@ MacDonagh Park Nenagh        Tipperary v UL                                              @ 2:00pm
@ Sixmilebridge                               Clare v UCC                                                 @ 2:00pm

Final (Extra Time)

Sunday February 2nd

 

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling – Odds and Ends

Clare are the only team who have won at least one game each year since the Waterford Crystal Cup competition began in 2006. Clare also have the best won / lost record in the competition, winning 19 and drawing 1 of their 26 matches played while winning 2 titles.

The record of the Third Level Colleges in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006 is Won 24, Lost 49, a 33% success rate.

Since the Waterford Crystal Cup began in 2006, Clare (19 wins), Tipperary (17 wins) and Waterford (13 wins) have accounted for 49 of the 88 victories in the competition (56%).

Tipperary hold the record for the longest winning streak in the Waterford Crystal Cup since the competition began under that guise in 2006 when they won 10 consecutive matches between 2007 and 2009.

Limerick have not defeated an inter-county team in the Waterford Crystal Cup since the 2006 semi-final when they defeated Clare by 1-14 to 0-13 at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

35 goals were scored in the 2013 Waterford Crystal Cup competition over 11 matches (an average of 3.2 goals per match). This is the exact same number of goals scored in the 2012 competition while only 23 goals were scored in the 2011 competition over 10 matches (an average of 2.3 goals per match).

None of the five teams who take part in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship have a losing record in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006.

Since the Waterford Crystal Cup began in 2006, 73 games have been played with just 1 draw – the 2012 Limerick v Clare Quarter-Final after two periods of extra time.

Waterford have lost their last 3 matches in the Waterford Crystal Cup having won 8 in a row from 2010 to 2012.

IT Tralee is the only team not to win a game in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006, losing their first match in the last 7 seasons.

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Roll Of Honour

Tipperary (3) – 2007, 2008, 2012

Waterford (2) – 2010, 2011

Clare (2) – 2009, 2013

Limerick (1) – 2006

AIB All-Ireland Club Junior Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Ballysaggart (Waterford) 4-13 Calry St. Josephs (Sligo) 0-8

Ballysaggart (Waterford) defeated Calry St. Josephs (Sligo) by 4-13 to 0-8 in the AIB All-Ireland Club Junior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday January 26th at O’Connor Park Tullamore.

Ballysaggart’s Bennett brothers lead charge to final

By Tomás McCarthy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Ballysaggart (Waterford) 4-13 Calry/St Joseph’s (Sligo) 0-08

The small rural club of Ballysaggart, with an estimated population of 250, are plotting a route to Croke Park on February 8 after a first-half scoring storm overawed Calry/St Joseph’s at O’Connor Park yesterday. Bennett brothers, Stephen, Shane and Kieran, dazzled right from the start and tallied 3-10 between them while the defence, led by veteran stopper Matty Meagher, who made an important first-minute stop, only shipped three points from play.

Mass in the West Waterford parish was brought back to 8am yesterday and the vocal blue and navy band roared their team 17 points into the distance by the break. “Fr Cullinane, he couldn’t make it but he has been unbelievable for us,” said manager Adrian Meagher. “We had a good mass this morning, he mentioned the match an awful lot during the mass and it was brilliant!”

In freezing conditions, Saggart settled on a strategy. Backed by all of the elements, they picked Shane and Stephen Bennett to work as a twin strike force in the full-forward line and they tore the Connacht champions asunder. “We talked about that before we came out,” Meagher explained. “We said that if we win the toss we were going to play with the wind and put the two lads inside and just get good ball into them.”

Stephen Bennett started with three-in-a-row. Keith Raymond and Bennett then exchanged frees. On 13 minutes, Shane Bennett slipped in behind the cover and, after a couple of attempts, found the net. Stephen Bennett added two more frees to open an eight-point gap. Calry weren’t out of the woods, however, as from the a 65, Stephen Bennett drove in the sliotar and Shane got the merest flick to send it flying past Chris Madden. A late avalanche of attacks yielded a further 1-3. Kenneth Cashell posted back to back points and Kieran Bennett was successful from 70m. In the third minute of injury time, Stephen shortened the grip and batted the contest killing third goal. Six minutes into the second half, Ronan Walsh was lurking on the periphery of the square to divert Stephen Bennett’s ball goalwards and the game was over.

Scorers for Ballysaggart: Stephen Bennett 1-8 (5f, 1 65), Shane Bennett 2-0, R Walsh 1-0, K Cashell, K Bennett 0-2 each, M Kearney 0-1.

Scorers for Calry/St Joseph’s: K Raymond 0-5 (4fs, 1 65), E McCarthy, C Griffin, L Reidy 0-1 each).

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

Subs: M Kearney for Walsh (49), S Hale for T Bennett (59), F Meagher for Fennessy (60), P Hale for Cashell (61).

CALRY/ST JOSEPH’S: C Madden; F Coyne, J Kenny, N McDermott; N Treacy, L Reidy, F Keown; R Cox, K Raymond; C Griffin, D Collery, E McCarthy, K Gilmartin, D Burke, D Cox.

Subs: D Reidy for Madden (31), D Keown for D Cox (49), E Kelly for Collery (50).

Referee: P O’Dwyer (Carlow)

AIB All-Ireland Club Intermediate Football Championship Semi-Final – Kiltane (Mayo) 2-9 Clyda Rovers (Cork) 0-9

Kiltane (Mayo) defeated Clyda Rovers (Cork) by 2-9 to 0-9 in the AIB All-Ireland Club Intermediate Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday January 26th at Ballinasloe.

Kiltane’s early blitz kills Clyda

By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kiltane 2-9 Clyda Rovers 0-9

“Are ye from Donegal or Cork,” bellowed the Kiltane supporter midway through the first-half. The Mayo champions, despite playing with a gale force wind in the opening half of yesterday’s semi-final clash, were struggling to break down a well marshalled Clyda Rovers rearguard. John Walsh’s charges, 13 of whom operated inside their own half in the first period, were more than content to retain possession with no forward drive, at one point stringing six handpasses across their own 21 yard line. Effective, if not easy on the eye. The Kiltane supporter, however, had had enough and let rip. Ten minutes later the Clyda defence lay in debris, 2-4 pilfered by the Kiltane forwards during the collapse.

Leading 0-3 to 0-2 by the end of the first quarter, Kiltane were dominant, John Reilly and Jason Healy driving forward from midfield. Clyda’s defensive ploy, however, was working, forcing their opponents to shoot from difficult angles and crowding the central channel with black and amber jerseys. Kiltane had registered four wides by this juncture, dropping as many efforts short — players and supporters alike growing in frustration.

On 22 minutes, the first creak in the system arrived. Clyda’s full-back line, instead of kicking the ball to safety, opted to keep possession, dangerously so, inside the large rectangle. Niall O’Mullane, proved the guilty party, fisting a stray pass straight into the clutches of Kiltane’s Ultan Corrigan. Thank you very much, said the wing-forward, who drove low into the left corner of Cian Conway’s goal.

James Murphy and Darragh Carey traded frees in the ensuing passages of play and on 27 minutes, the Clyda empire suffered a second fatal blow. Corner-forward Shane Lindsay, gathering Darragh Carey’s delivery ahead of Ray Carey, put the head down and made for home, unleashing a superb effort that flew across Conway to nestle again in the left corner of the net.

Clyda had hardly surveyed the damage when Tony Gaughan and Edmund Barrett raised white flags, the interval scoreline: 2-7 to 0-3. Kiltane captain Patrick Joe Gaughan laughs that had he won the toss, the electronic board at the railway end could have read quite differently at the break. “I lost the toss and I was kind of delighted,” he smiled. “Going up for it I was in total quandary as to what to do. I didn’t know what way they would set up. My theory would be to play with the wind and get a lead, but with a defensive team like Clyda, it is hard to know what to do because they can snuff you out. And they did that to us for the first 15 minutes. They defended really well and were holding the ball very well. We got the goals then and drove on.”

It was the turn of Gaughan and co to adopt the siege mentality at the change of ends and effectively they did. Edmund Barrett, in a rare second-half attacking foray, stretched Kiltane’s advantage, but Clyda quickly responded, substitute Séamus Roynane, Paudie Kissane and Conor Flanagan (free) closing the gap with three unanswered points. Corrigan kicked the winners’ final score 12 minutes out and from there to the end it was a tale of sustained Clyda pressure, though they never looked like bridging the deficit. A miserable afternoon for the Mourneabbey side was summed up by Paudie Kissane’s late penalty which flew over the bar. Flanagan (free) and substitute Séan O’Connell raised further white flags in injury time, the game as a contest though had long since been decided. And so Mayo’s Croke Park curse will receive an early examination this 2014. Gaughan doesn’t need reminding.

Scorers for Kiltane: U Corrigan (1-2, 0-2 frees); S Lindsay (1-1); E Barrett (0-2, 0-1 free); D Carey (0-1 ‘45), J Reilly (0-1 free), J Healy, T Gaughan (0-1 each).

Scorers for Clyda Rovers: P Kissane (0-2, 0-1 pen); C Flanagan (0-2, 0-2 frees); J Murphy (0-1 free), C O’Sullivan, P O’Mullane, S Roynane, S O’Connell (0-1 each).

KILTANE: MJ Reilly; S Sweeney, D Carey, R Corrigan; PJ Gaughan, T Gaughan, M Gallagher; J Reilly, J Healy; U Corrigan, S Gaughan, M Sweeney; S Lindsay, E Barrett, T Conroy.

Subs: S Carey for Gallagher (51 mins), K Ginty for Sweeney (60 mins), B McAndrew for Lindsay (60 mins), P Deane for Conroy (60 mins), O Munnelly for Carey (60 mins).

CLYDA ROVERS: C Conway; N O’Mullane, R Carey, C Kenny; C Buckley, F O’Shea, O’Hanlon; D O’Callaghan, C Flanagan; Cian O’Sullivan, P Kissane, G Carey; J Murphy, P O’Mullane, Conor O’Sullivan.

Subs: S Roynane for Buckley (27 mins), M O’Brien for O’Hanlon (HT), S O’Connell for O’Mullane (51 mins), J O’Hanlon for O’Callaghan (56 mins).

Referee: D Brazil (Offaly)

Munster Scór na nÓg Finals

Munster Scór na nÓg Torthaí

Cork clubs dominated the Airtricity Munster Scór na nÓg Finals hosted in Mallow today. At the completion of an exciting programme, underage GAA teams from across the province put together the best of cultural entertainment much to the delight of the capacity attendance.

Boherbue collected a popular double for Cork at figure dancing and ballad group with Clodagh O’Donovan(Courcey Rovers) in solo singing and Clyda Rovers music group added victories for the host county.

For Kerry, Spa landed a double in set dancing and Alison Fitzmartin at recitation. Tipperary relied on Borrisoeigh to ground out a rewarding win in the stage production.

The Munster winners go forward to the All Ireland Scór na nÓg Finals in Castlebar on Saturday, March 1.

Click to view photos from the finals

The Munster champions are

Rince Fóirne: Boherbue (Cork)

Amhránaíocht Aonair: Clodagh O’Donovan (Courcey Rvs, Cork)

Ceol Uirlise: Clyda Rovers (Cork)

Aithriseoireacht: Alison Ni Ghilla Mhairtin (Spa-Kerry)

Bailéad Ghrúpa: Boherbue(Cork)

Leiriú: Borrisoleigh (Tipperary)

Rince Seit: Spa (Kerry)