Allianz Football League Division 3 – Cavan 0-18 Limerick 0-14

Cavan defeated Limerick by 0-18 to 0-14 in round 7 of the Allianz Football League Division 3 on Saturday April 5th at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick.

Defeat for Limerick footballers in final league game against Cavan

by Jerome O’Connell for the Limerick Leader newspaper

THE Limerick senior footballers ended their 2014 National League campaign with a 0-18 to 0-14 defeat to Cavan this Saturday in the Gaelic Grounds. Ahead of the final round game Limerick had consolidated their place in Division Three, while the Cavan win ensured they maintained their 100% record. It was three late points from the northerners that sealed the win for the Breffini men. Cavan were 0-8 to 0-7 up at half time.

But it was an opening 35-minutes that saw Limerick kick 10-wides, compared to five for Cavan. For the first 25-minutes it was point for point with John Galvin, Ger Collins and Eoin Hanrahan kicking Limerick points from play as the scoreboard read 0-5 a-piece. Then Cavan kicked three successive scores for a 0-8 to 0-5 lead with half time approaching. But Paudie Browne and Collins found scores in the final minute to ensure just a point divided the teams at the break.

On the resumption Ian Ryan and Seanie Buckley had Limerick ahead but back came Cavan. Three successive points from Cavan native Killian Phair had Limerick 0-13 to 0-12 in arrears with 15-minutes to play. But they were unable to draw level. A second of the day from Galvin had it 0-15 to 0-14 with eight minutes to play but Limerick failed to score in the closing minutes. Attention now turns to the Munster championship clash with Tipperary on May 31 in the Gaelic Grounds.

Limerick: Killian Phair 0-3 (1free), John Galvin, Ger Collins, Eoin Hanrahan (1free), Brian Scanlon (2 ‘45) 0-2 each, Paudie Browne, Ian Ryan, Seanie Buckley 0-1 each.
Cavan: Michael Lyng 0-4, Eugene Keating 0-3 (1free), Philip Tinnelly, Niall Murray, Damien O’Reilly, Jack Brady (1free) 0-2 each, David Givney, Robert Moloney Derham, Gearoid McKieran 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: Brian Scanlon; Sean O’Dea, Johnny McCarthy, Colm Moran; John Riordan, Paudie Browne, Pa Ranahan; Darragh Treacy, John Galvin; Gearoid Hegarty, Cian Sheehan, Seanie Buckley; Eoin Hanrahan, Ger Collins, Ian Ryan
Subs: Killian Phair for Eoin Hanrahan (44mins), Garrett Noonan for Darragh Treacy (48mins), Peter Nash for Gearoid Hegarty (48mins), Keith Hartnett for Ian Ryan (55mins), James O’Meara for John Riordan (58mins), Jamie Lee for Cian Sheehan (60mins).

CAVAN: Alan O’Mara; Joshua Hayes, Rory Dunne, Jason McLoughlin; Philip Tinnelly, Alan Clarke, Damien O’Reilly; Tomas Corr, David Givney; Christopher Conroy, Niall McDermott, Niall Murray; Michael Lyng, Eugene Keating, David Hyland
Subs: Robert Moloney Derham for Tomas Corr (h-t), Jack Brady for Niall McDermott (h-t), Gearoid McKiernan for David Hyland (50mins), Damien Barkery for Jason McLoughlin (50mins), Turloc Mooney for Christopher Conroy (60mins), Martin Dunne for Eugene Keating (68mins).

REFEREE: Liam Devanney (Mayo)

Team News

LIMERICK: Brian Scanlon (Gerald Griffins); Sean O’Dea (Kilteely-Dromkeen, Johnny McCarthy (St Kierans), Colm Moran (Monaleen); John Riordan (Fr Caseys), Padraig Browne (Fr Caseys), Pa Ranahan (Ballysteen); Tom Lee (Ballylanders), John Galvin (Croom); Gearoid Hegarty (St Patricks), Cian Sheehan (Newcastle West), Seanie Buckley (Dromcollogher-Broadford); Eoin Hanrahan (St Patricks), Ger Collins (Monaleen), Ian Ryan (St Senans).

Masita GAA All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Junior A Football Paul McGirr Cup Final – Good Counsel College, New Ross (Wexford) 1-15 St.Francis College, Rochestown (Cork) 0-6

Good Counsel College, New Ross (Wexford) defeated St.Francis College, Rochestown (Cork) by 1-15 to 0-6 in the Masita GAA All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Junior A Football Paul McGirr Cup Final on Saturday April 5th in Clonmel.

Source: Post Primary GAA

Fixture Details

Masita GAA All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Paul McGirr Cup Final

(Junior Football ‘A’)

Good Counsel College, New Ross (Loch Garman) v St.Francis College, Rochestown (Corcaigh) @ 5:00pm

Venue: Clonmel GAA Grounds

Referee: Damian Brazil (Offaly)


Masita GAA All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Senior B Hurling Paddy Buggy Cup Final – Coláiste Phobal Roscrea (Tipperary) 2-16 Cross and Passion College (Antrim) 0-10

Coláiste Phobal Roscrea (Tipperary) defeated Cross and Passion College (Antrim) by 2-16 to 0-10 in the Masita GAA All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Senior B Hurling Paddy Buggy Cup Final on Saturday April 5th at Nowlan Park Kilkenny.

Source: TG4

Coláiste Phobal power show earns title glory

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Colaiste Phobal Roscrea 2-16 Cross and Passion College 0-10

A big win for Coláiste Phobal, Ros Cré in this Masita All-Ireland Post-Primary Paddy Buggy SBHC final in Nowlan Park on Saturday, but a game that turned on a goal which was afterwards questioned by Cross and Passion manager Joe Cassidy.

In the 24th minute of the first half, the score standing at 0-6 each and the Antrim school holding their own in impressive fashion against the Munster champions, Cross keeper Ciarán Butler seemed to have dealt with a long-range Jordan Fogarty. He controlled the ball on his stick, caught it, cleared, but the two umpires were in agreement — the ball had crossed the line and a goal awarded.

Had it though? That was the question Cassidy was asking. “Everything was going to plan. We had set ourselves up with an extra man at the back to keep everything nice and tight. When they got the goal it was six points all or something. I didn’t see but it was given — someone was saying TG4 showed it at half-time and it wasn’t across the line. It was a critical time in the game and after that they were in the driving-seat, we had to go and chase the game.”

He may well have had a point but in truth, and controversial goal or not, once the Shinrone-powered Roscrea school got to grips with the Cross defensive set-up, recovered from going 0-4 to 0-1 down after just nine minutes, there was really no question about which was the better side.

Yes, the goal gave Coláiste Phobal a lift coming up to the break but the second half was practically all one-way traffic, and much of that originated in Shinrone. The Offaly minor champions of 2013 had seven starters, three in a defence that dominated as the game progressed. Declan Cleary at full-back, fronted by county minor Daniel Doughan, along with JP Cleary on the right wing, were augmented by Roscrea’s own Ian Treacy and Brian Davis in the corners, along with captain Lee Cashin on the left wing, and all did a magnificent job.

The aforementioned Jordan Fogarty (also Shinrone) ended up the shooting star of the show, got that goal and was unerring from frees regardless of distance or angle, with a fine partner in Anthony Deveraux. Up front the half-forward trio of Ciarán Cleary (Shinrone), Seán Fogarty (Moneygall) and James Dooley (Borris-in-Ossory) did trojan work, not just in attack but in defence, no cheap ball cleared.

The entire full-forward line was replaced during the game but subs Shane Fletcher, Cian Rigney and second half goal-scorer David Murray all did well. Arguably however the most influential Shinrone native wasn’t on the field at all — manager Willie Smyth.

“One Willie Smyth, there’s only one Willie Smyth!”, so sang the players afterwards as they hoisted their manager in the air. “It was a huge second-half performance. We didn’t hurl particularly well in the opening five or ten minutes, took us a while to cope with their defensive structure. They were packing the defence but coming up to half-time we were starting to come to terms with it, got a few good points. The goal was a huge boost, probably a bit lucky but it brought us back into it. We’ll take it — we conceded goals like that in 2009 and 2011 so it’s swings and roundabouts, we’re due a break.”

And all those Shinrone lads? “We had a good number of them, yes, all there on merit, but one thing about this group — they’re a team. I sensed that the way we came through Munster there was a great team spirit there and it kept on building. On a day you don’t know what’s going to happen. We’re known as a good second half team anyway but usually we’re playing with the wind in the second half, today we were facing into it, so it was even better.” The summit reached, will he now head out to pasture? “Absolutely not, this will keep me going for another ten years!”

Scorers for Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré: J Fogarty 1-8 (7f, 0-1 65); D Murray 1-0; J Dooley 0-2; C Cleary 0-2; D Doughan, A Deveraux, A Cleary, S Fletcher, 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cross and Passion College: C McLafferty 0-7 (6f, 0-1 65); J McErlain, D McShane, R McCambridge, 0-1 each.

COLÁISTE PHOBAL ROS CRÉ: E Moloney; B Divis, D Cleary, I Treacy; JP Cleary, D Doughan, L Cashin (c); J Fogarty, A Deveraux; J Dooley, S Fogarty, C Cleary; E Fitzpatrick, S Sampson, A Kirwan.
Subs: A Cleary for Kirwan (inj. 25); S Fletcher for Sampson (42); C Rigney for Fitzpatrick (53); D Murray for A Cleary (57).

CROSS AND PASSION COLLEGE: C Butler; E Hill, R McCambridge, S McBride; C McCaughan, O.D. Laverty, Paddy Joe Graham; C McAllister, D Whelan; S McGrath, C McLafferty, C Christie; D McShane, J McErlain, S Hunter.
Sub: C Patterson for Christie (38).

Referee: J Keenan (Wicklow).

Roscrea lift Paddy Buggy Cup with emphatic win over Ballycastle

Report from

Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré (Tipperary) 2-16 Cross and Passion, Ballycastle (Antrim) 0-10

COLÁISTE PHOBAL ROS CRÉ are the Masita GAA All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Senior B hurling champions after a comprehensive 12-point win over Aintrim’s Cross and Passion College in Nowlan Park this afternoon.

The Tipperary School was formed in 1999 when Roscrea CBS and Sacred Heart amalgamated and they have appeared in no less than 17-major finals since — losing two All-Irelands — but it was third time lucky this afternoon.

However, they were made to sweat in the early stages as Cross and Passion had the better of the opening exchanges, leading 0-4 to 0-1 after five minutes thanks to points from Cormac McClafferty, John McErlean and Diarmuid McShane.

Roscrea fought back though and found themselves level at five points apiece after 20 minutes thanks in part to the free taking of Jordan Fogarty and it was Fogarty who grabbed the game’s first goal in somewhat controversial circumstances with the umpire ruling the sliotar had crossed the line despite the best efforts of the Ballycastle goalkeeper.

That helped the Tipperary school into a 1-7 to 0-6 half-time lead and they really kicked on after the break, man-of-the-match Fogarty’s points ensuring their advantage had stretched to nine points with by the end of the third quarter and David Murray’s goal two minutes from time secured the Paddy Buggy Cup for Roscrea.

Match Preview

Anyone who turns up early to Nowlan Park on Saturday will see an intriguing undercard as the Paddy Buggy Cup Final (Senior Hurling ‘B’) between Tipp’s Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré and Antrim’s Cross and Passion College takes place (3.15pm).

Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré overcame Cashel Community School in Templemore in the Munster Post-Primary School’s Final

In 1999, Roscrea CBS, VS and Sacred Heart Secondary School amalgamated to form Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré, and they have appeared in 17 major finals since, losing two All-Ireland finals in 2001 and 2011, so they are intent on making this decider third time lucky. Many of their players hail from the local club, with help from Moneygall and Clonakenny too. They face a massive battle, however. Ballycastle beat St Fergal’s College, Rathdowney 1-10 – 0-9 in the semi-final and are a serious force to be reckoned with. A power of work has been invested into hurling at the school over the past seven years especially and beating the last Vocational Schools champions last day out was some scalp. Cormac McClafferty, Shea, Ciaran Butler, Ryan McCambridge and TT Butler are among their lead performers.


Masita GAA All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Dr. Eamonn O’Sullivan Cup Senior C Football Final – Coláiste Ghobnatan, Baile Bhúirne (Cork) 1-12 Ardee CS (Louth) 2-6

Coláiste Ghobnatan, Baile Bhúirne (Cork) defeated Ardee CS (Louth) by 1-12 to 2-6 in the Masita GAA All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Dr. Eamonn O’Sullivan Cup Senior C Football Final on Saturday April 5th at O’Moore Park Portlaoise.

Source: Post Primary GAA

Rebel youngsters hold off Ardee

Coláiste Ghobnatan, Baile Mhic Íre (Cork) 1-12 Ardee Community School (Louth) 2-6
(Dr Eamonn O’Sullivan Cup Schools SFC ‘C’ Final)

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Coláiste Ghobnatan survived Ardee’s 1-4 in the final minutes to be crowned All-Ireland winners in O’Moore Park, Portlaoise. Trailing by eight points in the final throes of the game, Ardee threw everything at the opposition.

A rousing 1-3 from Ryan Burns brought them to within two points with six minutes left to play, but two insurance points from Dan O Duinnín and Micheal O Deasuna – who finished with 0-4 – steadied the ship as Coláiste Ghobnatan claimed the title.

Scorers – Coláiste Ghobnatan: D Ó hUrdail 1-2, M Ó Deasúna 0-4 (2fs), D Ó Duinnín 0-3 (1f), C Ó Murchú 0-2, D Ó Ceallaigh 0-1. Ardee CS: R Burns 1-4 (2fs), R Rooney 1-0, M Duffy, K Traynor 0-1 each.

COLÁISTE GHOBNATAN – G Ó Luasa; T Ó hÁileasa, G Ó Goillí, A Ó Murchú; E Ó Loingsigh, D Ó Donnchú, A Ó Cuana; M Ó Duinnín, M Ó Deasúna; D Ó hUrdail, D Ó Ceallaigh, T Ó Corcora; C Ó Murchú, D Ó Duinnín, P Ó Liathain
Subs: P Ó Criodáin for Ó Cuana (BC, 47), G Ó Faoláin for Ó Liathain (54).

ARDEE CS – N Carrie; D Carroll, C Clarke, J Matthews; B Matthews, C Keenan, M Keenan; R Rooney, R Ward; E Keenan, M Duffy, D McConnon; R Burns, A Caraher, J Caraher
Subs: K Traynor for M Keenan (17), M McNulty for Duffy (43), D Conlon for Matthews (51).

REF – M Deegan (Laois)

Source: Post Primary GAA

Match Preview

Saturday is a massive day for Post Primary Schools Gaelic football with the Dr Eamonn O’Sullivan Cup Final (Senior Football ‘C’) between Cork’s Coláiste Ghobnatan, Baile Mhic Íre and Louth’s Ardee CS taking place in Ó Moore Park Portlaoise at 2pm.

It’s a first final at this level for the Cork side whose defenders have so far been the corner stone of their team. “Our goalkeeper Gearóid Ó Luasa has yet to concede a goal in the 5 games so far in the competition, but the defence will have to be at their very best to keep out a razor sharp Ardee forward line, containing Louth U-21 player Ryan Burns,” says mentor Shane Ó Duinneacha. “They have been putting up huge scores in their journey to the final.”

The majority of the panel are supplied by the local parishes of Cill Na Martra and Naomh Abán, but a big squad has been needed for a journey which has taken them past Lisdoonvarna (Clare), St. John The Baptist (Limerick), Rice College, (Ennis) and Thurles CBS.

They had much to play for in the Munster final as the cup presented for this newly formed competition was designated the Shane Murphy Memorial Cup. Shane is a dearly departed team-mate of many of the current side who passed away tragically while playing for the school in December 2012. This buoyed them for an All-Ireland semi-final win against Ballinamore CS who had nine Leitrim – and two Cavan – county minors.

Mickey Ned O’Sullivan is over the side, for whom midfielders Maidhc Ó Duinnín and Micheál Ó Deasúna are playing outstanding football.