Allianz Hurling League Playoff – Offaly 3-19 Kerry 0-14

Offaly defeated Kerry by 3-19 to 0-14 in the Allianz Hurling League Playoff on Saturday April 12th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Quirke secures Offaly’s status

Offaly 3-19 Kerry 0-14 (Allianz HL play-off)

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Fourteen-man Offaly had two Stephen Quirke goals to thank for their survival in Division 1B as the previously unbeaten Kerry hurlers tested them to their limits. In his first season in charge of his native county, Brian Whelehan will be relieved not to be facing into the Leinster championship after a relegation, but he will be very nervous with his team in this form.

The sending-off of Offaly full-forward Sean Cleary 10 minutes into the second half seemed to galvanise the Leinster side, with Kerry, who dominated the first half, falling away. Goals from Joe Bergin and Quirke’s brace proved the difference in the end. Playing with a very strong wind at their backs, the underdogs needed a bright start, but even Kerry couldn’t have expected to lead to 0-7 to 0-0 after nine minutes.

Offaly finally got on the scoreboard in the 10th minute when Cleary got on the end of Colin Egan’s long ball. Brian Carroll hit a point from a good goal chance and landed another free to close the gap to five points 13 minutes before the break, before Quirke and Conor Mahon got in on the act and Offaly began to settle.

Suddenly, after all their dominance the Kerry lead was down to two points and when Conor Mahon picked out Bergin with a great ball over the top of the Kerry defence, the Seir Kieran man pushed Offaly ahead with a lethal, low finish past Tadhg Flynn. Quirke’s two late goals then saved Offaly’s league spot, and their reputation.

Scorers – Offaly: S Quirke 2-1, J Bergin 1-1, B Carroll 0-8 (5f), C Mahon, S Dooley 0-2 each, C Egan, K Connolly, D Currams, S Cleary, T Geraghty 0-1 each. Kerry: S Nolan 0-8 (3f, 1 ’65’), C Harty 0-2, D O’Connell, B O’Leary, P Boyle, B Brosnan 0-1 each.

Offaly: Conor Slevin; N Wynne, G Healion, J Rigney; B Harding, C Egan, C Parlon; K Connolly, Ciarán Slevin; B Carroll, D Currams, C Mahon; S Quirke, S Cleary, J Bergin. Subs: P Geraghty for Ciarán Slevin (29), C McDonald for Healion (50), S Dooley, for Bergin (51), T Geraghty for Quirke (65), K Brady for Connolly(70).

Kerry: T Flynn; B Murphy, T Murnane, T Casey; S Weir, D Dinneen, D O’Connell; J Griffin, C Harty; B O’Leary, D Collins, S Nolan; K Carmody, P Boyle, J Egan. Subs: B Brosnan for Carmody (28), P O’Connor for Brosnan (51), J Leahy for O’Leary (54), P Lucid for Boyle (63).

Referee: J Ryan (Tipperary)

Offaly retain IB status after play-off win

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B Relegation/Promotion Final: Kerry 0-14 Offaly 3-19

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Offaly retained their Division IB status with a 14-point play-off win over Kerry at Semple Stadium, Thurles on Saturday night. Brian Whelehan’s charges came good in the second half having gone in level at the break, 1-8 to 0-11, after an even first half against the Division IIA champions, who beat Carlow six days ago at the same venue to reach the play-off. Offaly trailed for much of the first half, but Joe Bergin hit the Faithful County’s opening goal in the 33rd minute, giving them the lead for the first time, before the Kingdom replied to go in level at the break.

Eamonn Kelly’s underdogs faced into the wind in the second half, but it was Offaly who looked to be in trouble when they had Seán Cleary sent off while being subbed. However, Offaly hit two goals in the final quarter to take control of the game, Stephen Quirke finding the back of the net in the 53rd and 64th minutes, his second putting them 3-14 to 0-14 ahead. Offaly then finished off the game with five successive scores to wrap up a win that guarantees their place in the second tier of the Allianz Hurling League for 2015.

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Team News

The Offaly Senior Hurling Team to play Kerry on Saturday evening in Semple Stadium in the Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1B 2014 Relegation/Promotion Final

Offaly (AHL v Kerry): Conor Slevin, Niall Wynne, Ger Healion, James Rigney, Cathal Parlon, Colin Egan, Barry Harding, Kevin Connolly, Ciarán Slevin, Joe Bergin Capt, Dan Currams, Conor Mahon, Brian Carroll, Sean Cleary, Stephen Quirke

Causeway’s Thomas Casey and Brendan O’Leary of Abbeydorney come into the Kerry team for this evening’s Allianz Hurling League Division 1B / 2A promotion / relegation playoff against Offaly in Thurles. They replace Mikey Boyle and Davy Butler, who started last weekend’s Division 2A final victory over Carlow.

Kerry (SH v Offaly): T Flynn; B Murphy, T Murnane, T Casey; S Wei, D Dineen, D O’Connell; J Griffin, C Harty; B O’Leary, D Collins, S Nolan; K Carmody, P Boyle, J Egan (captain).

All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Hogan Cup Senior A Football Final – Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne 1-8 St Pats Maghera 1-6

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne claimed the Hogan Cup title for the first time in their short history with a two-point win over reigning champions St. Pat’s, Maghera at Croke Park on Saturday afternoon.

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Having trailed by 1-4 to 0-2 at the break, Pats’ star man Conor Glass having hit the back of the net in the 12th minute, Éamonn Fitzmaurice’s charges staged a brilliant second half fightback to claim the top prize in second level football.

The West Kerry outfit were back in the game within minutes of the restart when Roibeárd Ó Sé raised a green flag, and two further points from Séamus Ó Muircheartaigh had them ahead for the first time in the 44th minute. Pat’s drew level briefly thanks to a Conor Cassidy effort, but PCD hit the final two points of the game, with Barra Ó Súilleabháin nailing the insurance score, to secure a maiden Hogan Cup title.

Dingle reach Promised Land

By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne 1-8 St Patrick’s, Maghera 1-6

Line crossed, tape broken, summit conquered; phrase it whichever way you please but the bottom line remains unchanged — Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne are Hogan Cup champions, at last. Though the school only came into existence in 2007, Saturday’s victory had been a long time in the making — three consecutive Corn Uí Mhuirí titles followed by two bitter All-Ireland semi-final defeats.

Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s charges had knocked long and hard at the door. The Promised Land was finally reached on Saturday. Indeed, the scenes of unbridled joy which greeted the full-time whistle, Fitzmaurice jumping into the arms of selector Tommy Griffin, Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh banging his desk in the press area, captured poignantly the significance of the win, but also the scale of their achievement.

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne are only the fourth Kerry side to collect secondary school football’s most treasured silverware. As one Croke Park steward quipped: “It may be the only All-Ireland Kerry win this year so they might as well enjoy it!”

St Pats’ tactics of playing just two men — Paul Gunning and Conor Convery — inside the Corca Dhuibhne 40-yard line caused serious problems for Fitzmaurice’s side who simply could not cope with the pace of the Ulster champions on the break. Irrespective, the champions were slow to make their dominance count with Gunning and Conor Glass squandering successive opportunities. On 11 minutes, Corca Dhuibhne’s defensive wall finally gave way. Gunning provided the delivery, Paul McAtamney collected and subsequently off-loaded to Glass who dispatched beyond Dáithí Ó Conchúir. Danny Tallon pointed in the ensuing passage of play to extend their advantage.

The decider was 20 minutes old when Séamus Ó Muircheartaigh had Dingle off the mark, the score providing only momentary respite, however, as Convery, Glass and Tallon landed points for a 1-4 to 0-2 interval scoreline. When you consider Corca Dhuibhne outscored Maghera by 1-6 to 0-2 in the second half, not to mention the seismic shift in momentum, one wonders what exactly was said in the PCD dressing room during the interval.

Wing-back Maitiú Ó Flatharta revealed: “Eamonn hammered home that this was our last 30 minutes together as a team. This would be our last time together in the dressing room. A few of the lads stood up and spoke about what it meant to play for Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, to come from the Gaeltacht. We are all friends and after Eamonn’s speech, by God did we drive it on in that second half. We couldn’t cope with their tactics in the first half, but down the Hill side it seems to open up a lot. We knew that was going to happen. We had to box them up so we dropped back Caoimhghin Begley, then we started to break at pace and turned their game.”

One further directive stemming from said discussion was to employ direct ball on top of the full-forward line and within two minutes of the restart, the ploy had the desired impact. Roibeárd Ó Sé fielded superbly Ó Muircheartaigh’s delivery, put the head down and the end product was befitting of an All-Ireland final. Goal Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne.

Thereafter, the tide turned dramatically with Fitzmaurice’s students raising four of the next five white flags — Ó Muircheartaigh (two frees), Ó Flatharta and Tom Ó Súilleabháin (free) the providers. Conor Cassidy kicked arguably the score of the afternoon on 54 minutes to level matters at 1-6 apiece, but Corca Dhuibhne were relentless by this juncture, pushing forward at every turn.

Moreover, the midfield partnership of Barra Ó Súilleabháin and Marc Ó Conchúir had long since established their authority, having played second fiddle for most of the opening half. Tom Ó Súilleabháin edged the winners back in front with the finish line in sight and the honours were theirs when Barra Ó Súilleabháin, the figure at the centre of the black card controversy back in January, split the posts in the subsequent action. Line crossed, tape broken, summit conquered.

Scorers for Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne: R Ó Sé (1-0); S Ó Muircheartaigh (0-3, 0-2 frees); T Ó Súilleabháin (0-2, 0-2 frees); M Ó Flatharta, B Ó Súilleabháin, T Ó Sé (0-1 each).

Scorers for St Patrick’s, Maghera: C Glass (1-1); D Tallon (0-2); C Cassidy, C Convery (0-1 free), P McAtamney (0-1 each).

POBALSCOIL CHORCA DHUIBHNE: D Ó Conchúir; C Ó Súilleabháin, B Ó Beaglaioch, T Ó Súilleabháin; M Ó Flatharta, C Ó Beaglaioch, S Ó Gairbhia; B Ó Súilleabháin, M Ó Conchúir; R Ó Sé, B Ó Raoil, S Ó Muircheartaigh; C Ó Géibheannaigh, C Ó Bambaire, T Ó Sé.
Subs: C Ó Murchú for Ó Géibheannaigh (HT); S Ó Bambaire for Ó Raoil (53 mins); T de Brn for Ó Muircheartaigh (60).

ST PATRICK’S, MAGHERA: C McCloy; P McNeill, O Hegarty, C McNeill; C O’Doherty, P Hagan, C Mulholland; C Glass, C Cassidy; J Doherty, P McAtamney, M McGrath; P Gunning, D Tallon, C Convery.
Subs: S Quinn for Mulholland (59 mins).

Referee: G McCormack (Dublin)


Roibeárd Ó Sé’s 32nd minute goal. St Patrick’s had ruled the opening-half with an iron fist, but Ó Sé’s strike, coupled with subsequent points from Maitiú Ó Flatharta and Séamus Ó Muircheartaigh wiped out that advantage within eight minutes of the restart.

Talk of the town

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne are only the fourth Kerry nursery to lift the Hogan Cup, following in the footsteps of Intermediate School, Killorglin (1996), St Brendan’s, Killarney (1969 & 1992) and Coláiste Na Sceilge (2009).

Did that just happen?

Referee Gary McCormack ordered a number of players from both teams off the pitch to put on gumshields.

Best on show

Danny Tallon and Conor Glass impressed for Maghera when in the ascendancy, while Maitiú Ó Flatharta and Barra Ó Súilleabháin were excellent for the winners. Midfielder Marc Ó Conchúir, however, shades the verdict for a terrific and selfless shift.

Black card watch

No black cards distributed, nor was there a need for any.

Sideline superior

The decision of Eamonn Fitzmaurice to redeploy corner-back Tom Ó Súilleabháin to corner-forward for the second period proved a masterstroke. Ó Súilleabháin nailed two frees and had a hand in most of Corca Duibhne’s second-half scores.

The man in black

Solid afternoon from Gary McCormack. Fitzmaurice said his side should have been awarded a free just before Maghera’s goal but there was nothing illegal about the challenge in question. Maghera were hard done by at the death when Conor Cassidy put in a tremendous block to dispossess his opponent, but was adjudged to have done so illegally.

What’s next?

End of the road for both schools

This Saturday, Munster champions Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne (Kerry) take on Ulster and reigning Hogan Cup champions St.Patrick’s College, Maghera (Derry) in the Hogan Cup final, the most prestigious prize in schools football in Ireland.

Last year just re-ignited for us the whole euphoria that comes with being All-Ireland champions
Paul Hughes, Maghera The final takes place at Croke Park at 3.15pm on Saturday, and will be broadcast live on TG4.

This week at Croke Park, St. Patrick’s manager Paul Hughes and Tomás MacCárthaigh, Games Coordinator of Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, looked forward to the game. Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, from way out west on the Dingle peninsula, are managed by Kerry senior football boss Éamonn Fitzmaurice. The school’s Games Coordinator Tomás MacCárthaigh tells of how much the people around Dingle are looking forward to the game on Saturday.

“I brought this group here (Croke Park) and we’re very taken with the whole arena and everything,” he said. “The whole occasion on Saturday then, the whole peninsula is eagerly looking forward to it. It’s a great community event there. There’s a number of supporters buses being organised and there is flags and bunting up all over Dingle.

“There’s something very special when a team from your locality is involved and in this team you’re talking about three clubs. You’re talking about Dingle, you’re talking about An Ghaeltacht, you’re talking about Lispole. And people down there have a great affiliation with their native place.”
Looking at the challenge posed by St. Patrick’s Maghera, the reigning All-Ireland champions, he spoke of his admiration for the team the Kerry side will face.

“We have a great respect for them,” he said. “I remember looking at them last year against Navan. They were highly impressive. They are a big physical team with no shortage of skill. However, we have big players as well and we’re not lacking skill either.”

St. Patrick’s manager Paul Hughes reflected on the great recent success the school have enjoyed.
“Last year was our first time to win a Hogan in 10 years, we had been fortunate to win a few before over the years – 1989, 1990, 1995, 2003 – and last year just re-ignited for us the whole euphoria that comes with being All-Ireland champions,” he said.

The prospect of a two-in-a-row now looms large for the Derry side, and Hughes emphasised what a big thing it would be if they could achieve it now. “If we were able to come here now and do a back to back title, it just really puts us at the pinnacle of what we have been achieving over the years. It sets a standard and memory for the boys that will last a lifetime,” he said.

Match Coverage

This game will be shown live on TG4

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Masita All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Senior B Football Paddy Drummond Cup Final – Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig (Cork) 1-11 Scoil Aodháin Glasnevin (Dublin) 1-10

Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig (Cork) defeated Scoil Aodháin Glasnevin (Dublin) by 1-11 to 1-10 in the Masita All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Senior B Football Paddy Drummond Cup Final on Sunday April 12th at Croke Park.

Coláiste Choilm from Ballincollig in Cork claimed the senior ‘B’ post primary title with a narrow defeat of Scoil Aodháin at Croke Park. Declan Hyland came off the bench to score the all-important late goal for the Cork outfit.

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Glory day for Coláiste Choilm

By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig 1-11 Scoil Aodháin 1-10

When Declan Hyland stepped onto the Croke Park turf, his sole aim — indeed his sole directive — was to impact, however possible, upon proceedings. The Coláiste Choilm substitute, introduced on 49 minutes, drifted immediately into the left corner despite having replaced right half-forward Seán Curzon.

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Manager John O’Shea would joke afterwards that Hyland was more filling an empty space than following any tactical direction from the sideline. Nonetheless, possession was floated to the Inniscarra youngster, unmarked and very much under the radar of the Scoil Aodháin rearguard. Off he raced, soloing twice with the right boot before unleashing an unstoppable effort with the left into the top corner of Seán Motherway’s goal. All within 10 seconds of entering the fray. Incredible.

The score fired Coláiste Choilm 1-11 to 1-8 in front, the first time the Cork school led, but instead of pushing for home, they shut up shop in a bid to close out the result. O’Shea considered if differently: “Scoil Aodháin sensed time was running out and pushed hard for scores so we had no option but to funnel players back. I wouldn’t say we retreated.”

Conor Kavanagh (free) reduced the deficit on 57 minutes having missed a similar effort moments earlier. Scoil Aodháin struggled from placed ball with centre-back Alan O’Brien also missing a crucial free down the home stretch. Still, when Ian Jesson found Kavanagh in acres of space underneath the Hogan Stand, the margin was cut to the minimum.

The Leinster champions enjoyed a raft of openings thereafter, the outstanding opportunity falling to Cathal Doran; the half-forward, though positioned inside the 21-yard line, was unable to oblige, his tame effort falling into the arms of keeper Christopher Kelly. Presented with a late free, Kavanagh opted to pick out a team-mate rather than have a pot at goal, and referee Séan Hurzon signalled full-time before Jesson got his kick away.

“We are absolutely thrilled, it was a great game to win,” reflected O’Shea. “It didn’t look good for us for long periods. We stuck with it as we’ve done all year, we’ve been in worse situations. Again, the character came through. “Scoil Aodháin could have had three goals inside the opening quarter. It took us a long time to get to the pitch of the game. Lads were extremely nervous. I told the lads to stick at it during the break, we were now winning a lot of possession around the middle that we weren’t in the first 10 minutes. They have savage belief and Declan’s goal was a major point.”

As noted, Coláiste Choilm were subject to severe examination during the opening exchanges, Scoil Aodháin threatening to put this one to bed very early on. Conor Kavanagh pounced for the opening goal in the second minute, the centre-forward, set up by Séan Ryan and Patrick Small, crashing an effort beyond a hapless Kelly.

Further goal chances presented themselves but, crucially, none were capitalised upon — Eoghan O’Donnell blasting wide from close range on six minutes. The winners eventually settled and points courtesy of Sean O’Donoghue (0-2), an impressive figure throughout, and Aaron O’Raw squared matters after 15 minutes. Scoil Aodháin, though, continued to enjoy the upper hand, the midfield pairing of Aaron Elliott and Séan Ryan dominant, and reasserted their advantage through Kavanagh (free), Elliott (0-2) and Gavin King — 1-4 to 0-5 the interval difference.

Coláiste Choilm twice pared back the margin at the change of ends, O’Donoghue’s accuracy from the placed ball central to their resurgence. In truth, the winning captain fought a lone fight for much of the contest up front, Cian Kiely’s 47th-minute white flag the only other score from open play by a Ballincollig forward. It didn’t matter. Hyland’s goal kick-started a memorable afternoon for Munster colleges football.

Scorers for Coláiste Choilm: S O’Donoghue (0-6, 0-2f); D Hyland (1-0); C Kiely (0-2, 0-1f), D Murphy, D McCarthy, A O’Raw (0-1 each).

Scorers for Scoil Aodháin: C Kavanagh (1-4); A Elliott, C Doran (0-2 each); J Connell, G King (0-1 each).

COLÁISTE CHOILM: C Kelly; K O’Regan, K O’Sullivan, P Cronin; D Murphy, M Lordan, D McCarthy; A O’Raw, R O’Toole; L Collins, S O’Donoghue, S Curzon; C Kiely, D Kelly, C Hughes.
Subs: D Hyland for Curzon (49), E O’Shea for Kelly (60), M O’Leary for Hughes (60).

SCOIL AODHÁIN: S Motherway; K Nangle, S Brennan, I Jesson; J Connell, A O’Brien, J McCloone; A Elliott, S Ryan; C Doran, C Kavanagh, G King; P Small, G Doyle, E O’Donnell.
Subs: E Craig for King (50).

Referee: S Hurson (Tyrone)

Source: TG4

The Paddy Drummond Cup Final between Cork’s Coláiste Choilm Ballincollig and Dublin’s Scoil Aodháin promises to be a cracker. “We have a proud Gaelic football history and hopefully we can keep it going,” said Scoil Aodháin selector Ollie Kelleher.

“We won an All-Ireland U-14 ‘A’ title in the mid 1980’s and Leinster in the same grade in 1973, 1974, 1979 and 1980. This year we have won Dublin and Leinster U-14 ‘A’ football, Dublin U-16 ‘A’ football, senior ‘B’ football and also a senior Dublin ‘A’ Hurling title.”

They boast many talented past pupils including former Dublin All-Ireland winners, Tommy Drumm, Paul Clarke and Paddy Moran. Joey Boland and Tomas Brady also attended as did Irish soccer legend Liam Brady.

Their opponents won the Moran Cup (Munster U15 AFC) in 1999 before winning the Frewen Cup (Munster U16 1/2 AFC) in 2001 and 2002. They caused quite a stir at the time by beating a lot of the traditional Kerry schools, St Brendan’s, Intermediate School Killorglin, Tralee CBS and Colaiste na Sceilige.
Their current team won the Simcox Cup this year, beating De La Salle Macroom by 4-13 to 1-18 in the final in January. They beat PS Inbhear Sceine Kenmare in semi-final after being 10 points down at half-time. Then they took Hamilton HS Bandon in the final after a replay, before beating Holy Rosary Mountbellew in the All Ireland semi final.

The starting team is drawn from six clubs in Mid Cork – Eire Og, Ballincollig, Inniscarra, Ballinora, Canovee and Kilmurry and Kerry native John O’Shea is the manager. Past students include current Cork senior footballers Patrick Kelly, Daniel Goulding and Noel Galvin along with AFL player Ciaran Sheehan.
Their captain Sean O’Donoghue is midfield for the Cork minor hurlers who were in action mid-week meaning a very busy seven days for him.

Source: Post Primary Schools