AIB Munster GAA Club Intermediate Football Championship Semi-Final – Ardfert (Kerry) 1-13 Brickey Rangers (Waterford) 0-7

Ardfert (Kerry) defeated Brickey Rangers (Waterford) by 1-13 to 0-7 in the AIB Munster GAA Club Intermediate Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday November 16th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.


Fixture Details

Sunday November 16th
AIB MUNSTER GAA CLUB INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL
Brickey Rangers (Waterford) v Ardfert (Kerry)
Venue: Fraher Field, Dungarvan 1pm
Referee: Kevin Murphy (Cork)
Extra time if necessary

AIB Munster GAA Club Junior Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Modeligo (Waterford) 2-17 Feohanagh-Castlemahon (Limerick) 2-12

Modeligo (Waterford) defeated Feohanagh-Castlemahon (Limerick) by 2-17 to 2-12 in the AIB Munster GAA Club Junior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday November 16th at Coolyroe.


Fixture Details

Sunday November 16th
AIB MUNSTER GAA CLUB JUNIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL
Feoghanagh Castlemahon (Limerick) v Modeligo (Waterford)
Venue: Coolyroe, Co. Limerick 2pm
Referee: Joe Larkin (Cork)
Extra time if necessary


AIB Munster GAA Club Intermediate Football Championship Semi-Final – Valley Rovers (Cork) 1-11 Na Piarsaigh (Limerick) 1-8

Valley Rovers (Cork) defeated Na Piarsaigh (Limerick) by 1-11 to 1-8 in the AIB Munster GAA Club Intermediate Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday November 16th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.


Battle all the way for Valleys

By Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

AIB MUNSTER CLUB IFC SEMI-FINAL:

Na Piarsaigh (Limerick) 1-8 Valley Rovers (Cork) 1-11

Valley Rovers honoured the memory of their late clubman, Archdeacon Michael O’Brien, with a hard-fought victory over Na Piarsaigh in yesterday’s AIB Munster Club IFC semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds. Valley Rovers produced a competent second-half display to set up a final meeting with Kerry kingpins Ardfert on November 30.

Rovers looked well on course for a comfortable victory in the first-half as midfielder Gary Farrell’s well-taken ninth minute goal helped to establish a five-point lead, 1-3 to 0-1, with less than 12 minutes on the watch.

But Na Piarsaigh roared back into contention to level matters at 1-4 apiece six minutes before half-time, with corner-forward Kieran Daly cutting in along the endline before slamming a rising drive past Alan Quirke.

Rovers boss Ger Slyne agreed: “A super game of football. People were talking about Na Piarsaigh being predominantly hurling but to me that’s a joke. They had some super footballers there – very quick forwards, got great long-range scores, very good in the back line. They were as good as we’ve met all year.

“In the semi-final of the Munster championship, to get a test like that is as good as 10 training sessions.”

After Daly’s goal, impressive corner-forward Fiachra Lynch responded with a point to edge Rovers 1-5 to 1-4 clear at half-time and they opened the second-half with an Eoghan Delaney point.

Na Piarsaigh, who were held scoreless for a 15-minute spell in the first-half, struggled to get points on the board after half-time, managing just one in the second-half before three late scores brought them back to within touching distance.

But Rovers, who had assured performances from corner back and captain Noel O’Donovan, and Kevin Canty at midfield, held out for a deserved win.

Slyne acknowledged that Ardfert will provide stiff opposition.

Slyne predicted: “Again, it’s going to be a huge battle.

“We believe they’re a very strong team – won a great Kerry championship.

“We’re going to have our hands full again but at this stage of the year, every game is going to be tough.

Goalkeeper Quirke, a 2010 All-Ireland senior medallist with Cork, insisted Rovers were ready for a massive test, with memories of a shock defeat against Cratloe five years ago still fresh in his mind.

He said: “We weren’t expecting anything else to be honest – apparently they have a big tradition of winning county championships in hurling and football and this is effectively their home field.

“We’re very happy with the win – we went to Cratloe four or five years ago (2009) and got a good chasing up there.

“We learned our lesson that day – you don’t take anybody lightly.

“It’s great to be in a Munster Club final – it’s a big occasion for the club and the parishes down there. We look forward to it and we’ll give it a good shot.”

Scorers for Na Piarsaigh: K Daly 1-1, E Hogan 0-3 (2f), A Costello (f), E Egan (f), R McKenna & A Dempsey 0-1 each.

Scorers for Valley Rovers: F Lynch 0-4, G Farrell 1-0, J Cottrell 0-2, K Canty, E Delaney, H O’Donovan (f), M Power & E Manning 0-1 each.

NA PIARSAIGH: B Donnelly; A Finnegan, C Coady, D McLaughlin; M Buckley, K Nolan, P Hodnett; W O’Donoghue, E Kehilly; B Shannon, A Costelloe, E Hogan; E Egan, R McKenna, K Daly.

Subs: A Dempsey for McKenna (44), P Kennedy for Hodnett (48), R Sheehan for Egan (52), N Shannon for Costelloe (59).

VALLEY ROVERS: A Quirke; N O’Donovan, J Lynch, J Lyons; D Crowley, D Lynch, T Cummins; K Canty, G Farrell; D Murphy, J Murphy, E Delaney; J Cottrell, H O’Donovan, F Lynch.

Subs: B Murphy for Lyons (23), E Fallon for J Murphy (42), E Manning for Lynch (51), S Manning for Farrell (56), M Power for D Murphy (57), R Butler for Cottrell (60).

Referee: E Walsh (Kerry)

AIB Munster Club SFC S-Final – The Nire 1-13 Cratloe 2-8

The Nire (Waterford) defeated Cratloe (Clare) by 1-13 to 2-8 after extra time in the AIB Munster GAA Club Senior Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday November 16th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.


Munster SFC: The Nire deny Cratloe in thriller

AIB Munster Senior Football Club Semi-Final: THE NIRE 1-13 CRATLOE 2-8 (AET)

Report from GAA.ie

The Nire claimed an absorbing Munster semi final and broke Cratloe’s winning momentum following eighty minutes of end to end drama at Fraher Field.

Late points through Jamie Barron and Brian Wall ultimately settled a thriller to send Benji Whelan’s side through to their second provincial decider. The sides were level seven times before Barron kicked a super point with four minutes remaining. He then set up the experienced Wall to curl in the clincher.

This win was based on fitness and incredible workrate. The Ballymacarbry outfit had heroes throughout the field. From the O’Gorman twins and Wall brothers Diarmuid and Brian at the back through to Shane Walsh at midfield with Jamie Barron, Shane Ryan and Conor Gleeson delivering magic moments in attack. Cathal McInerney and Podge Collins kept Cratloe’s double ambitions alive for as long as possible. An exciting opening half finished all square at 2-3 to 1-6.

Cathal McInerney fisted to the net on eleven minutes following a misjudged kickout from Tom Wall. Conor Gleeson was on song at the other end however and a precise Jamie Barron pass played him in for a goal on after 16 minutes. Cratloe replied straight away as Conor Ryan blasted beyond Wall from close range (2-2 to 1-3). Gleeson and Barron restored parity before another exchange of points through McInerney and Brian Wall.

The Nire claimed the third quarter but only struck over frees from Shane Ryan and Brian Wall. They couldn’t translate their dominance on the scoreboard and kicked three wides. Cratloe punished those misses. The Clare champions hit four on the spin. Cathal McInerney came up with three and Podge Collins sent over an inspirational point.

The blue and gold rung the changes and got a second wind. Shane Walsh blasted over before a belter from Conor Gleeson forced extra time and a chance to pause for breath (1-10 to 2-7). Tiredness on both sides showed during extra time. McInerney and Walsh swapped points in the first period to tie up the match for the seventh time. Both sides fluffed chances before the hosts steadied. Barron and Wall registered crucial scores late on as The Nire eye up a first Munster title for a Waterford club side.
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Scorers for The Nire: C Gleeson 1-2; J Barron, S Walsh, S Ryan (2fs) 0-3 each; B Wall 0-2

Scorers for Cratloe: C McInerney 1-6 (4fs); C Ryan 1-0; P Collins 0-2.

THE NIRE: T Wall; Maurice O’Gorman, T O’Gorman, J Walsh; S Lawlor, B Wall, D Wall; C Guiry, S Walsh; Michael O’Gorman, M Moore, J Barron; S Ryan, L Lawlor, C Gleeson. Subs: K Guiry for Michael O’Gorman (H-T); J Guiry for J Walsh (54); D Ryan for Moore (55); A Lawlor for K Guiry (77).

CRATLOE: P De Loughrey; S Chaplin, B Duggan, S O’Leary; D Ryan, M Hawes, E Boyce; J Galvin, F Lynch; C Ryan, S Collins, L Markham; C McInerney, C McGrath, P Collins. Subs: D Collins for Boyce (34)

Referee: D O’Mahoney (Tipperary)




Fixture Details

Sunday November 16th
AIB MUNSTER GAA CLUB SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL
The Nire (Waterford) v Cratloe (Clare)
Venue: Fraher Field, Dungarvan 2.30pm
Referee: Derek O’Mahoney (Tipperary)
Extra time if necessary



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Munster Club SFC S-Final – Austin Stacks 0-15 Ballincollig 1-9

Austin Stacks (Kerry) defeated Ballincollig (Cork) by 0-15 to 1-9 after extra time in the AIB Munster GAA Club Senior Football Championship Semi-Final on the Sunday November 16th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.


Highlights from Sunday’s game from TG4



Munster SFC: Stacks into final after extra-time

AIB Munster Senior Football Club Semi-Final: AUSTIN STACKS 0-15 BALLINCOLLIG 1-9 (AET)

Stacks outscored their opponents by 0-5 to 0-2 in the extra-time period, meaning that from the 20th minute to the 80th minute, Stacks outscored Ballincollig by 0-14 to 0-5 – the defining statistic of the match. Austin Stacks qualified for their first Munster Senior Football Club Championship final since 1976 on Sunday, earning a deserved extra-time victory over Cork champions Ballincollig in Tralee.

The Kerry champions should have won the game in normal time, having dominated from the 20th minute on, but they opted to try to close out the game defensively in the final 10 minutes with only a one point lead, and they paid the price in the third minute of injury-time when former Cork player John Miskella fired over a brilliant point from distance to take the game to extra-time.

That was only Ballincollig’s third point since the 20th minute, and despite the brief thrill Miskella’s score elicited, it didn’t change the tide of the game in extra-time as Stacks continued to run things in the additional 20 minutes. They outscored their opponents by 0-5 to 0-2 in the extra-time period, meaning that from the 20th minute to the 80th minute, Stacks outscored Ballincollig by 0-14 to 0-5 – the defining statistic of the match.

Ballincollig led by one point at the end of a first half which had two very distinct stages. The Cork champions were in total control for the first 20 minutes, leading 1-4 to 0-1 at that stage, before Stacks dominated the remainder of the half, kicking five without reply.

Ballincollig started solidly as Stacks struggled to create any early rhythm at their home venue. Wing-back Cian Kiely opened the scoring with a fine point, and then on seven minutes, Ballincollig’s Cork star Paddy Kelly found the net. Kelly reacted quickly when John Kelly broke a free kick into his path, and his finish past Darragh O’Brien was clinical. John Kelly fisted over the bar himself moments later, and although Shane Carroll finally got Stacks on the board on 14 minutes from a free, it was followed by two points from Ballincollig’s Cian Dorgan to leave them 1-4 to 0-1 ahead after 20 minutes.

Then came the Stacks revival. Having struggled to make any headway from their tactic of finding Kieran Donaghy early on, Stacks started to mix it up with a more intelligent range of passing, and their purple patch was kickstarted by a lovely left-footed score from distance from Greg Horan.
That was followed by smart scores from Pat McCarthy and David Mannix, and Stacks were flying, with Donaghy now roaming with success around the middle. Mannix made it four in a row with his second in quick succession, dinking over a lovely score after a flowing team move.

They closed to gap to just one point with their fifth in the space of five minutes when Shane O’Callaghan battled hard for possession before firing over, and with Ballincollig midfielder Ciarán O’Sullivan forced off with injury before the end of the break, the half ended on a much darker note than it had begun for the Cork champions. Stacks’ confidence was still up after the restart and they were soon level – and then in front – after Carroll slotted over two frees in quick succession to make it seven points in a row. However, Miskella, who turns 37 in March, got Ballincollig’s first score in almost 20 minutes to bring them level again.

The second half was cagey, with chances limited, and two points from Horan and Denis McElligott had Stacks 0-10 to 1-5 ahead after 48 minutes. Séan Kiely cut through the Stacks defence and fired over for Ballincollig two minutes later to cut the gap to one, but a frustrating period followed for the Cork champions as Stacks looking to be closing out the victory.

Retaining possession with ease around the middle – and with Donaghy performing very well by now at midfield – Stacks kept Ballincollig out in the closing stages, and were seconds from sealing a 0-10 to 1-6 win before Miskella came from nowhere to kick over a brilliant score from distance in the third minute of injury-time to take the game to extra-time.

The first half of extra-time was all one way traffic as Stacks kicked the only three points of the 10-minute half through Darragh Long (free), Pat McCarthy and Mannix. One noteworthy moment came when Greg Horan fired over for Stacks, only for it to be ruled out as the referee had not been told he had come back on the field as a substitute, having been originally taken off at the end of normal time.

Donaghy and Miskella traded points after the restart of the second half of extra-time, and although a Dorgan ’45’ cut the gap to two with six minutes remaining, Stacks were in control and they sealed a three-point victory thanks to a late free from Long.
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Scorers for Austin Stacks: S Carroll 0-3 (3f), D Mannix 0-3, G Horan 0-2, P McCarthy 0-2, Darragh Long 0-2 (2f), S O’Callaghan 0-1, D McElligott 0-1, K Donaghy 0-1

Scorers for Ballincollig: P Kelly 1-0, C Dorgan 0-3 (1 ’45’, 1f), J Miskella 0-3, C Kiely 0-1, J Kelly 0-1, S Kiely 0-1

AUSTIN STACKS: D O’Brien; R Shanahan, F MacNamara, C Jordan; P McCarthy, B Shanahan, D McElligott; W Guthrie, G Horan; S O’Callaghan, S Carroll, D Bohan; D Mannix, K Donaghy, M Collins. Subs: F Mangan for M Collins (HT), J Dennis for R Shanahan (33), Darragh Long for S Carroll (53), Ciarán O’Connell for D Bohan (56), William Kirby for G Horan (59), G Horan for D McElligott (67), M Collins for D Mannix (70), D Bohan for F MacNamara (74), M Collins (Black Card, 75).

BALLINCOLLIG: D Lordan; L Prendergast, L Jennings, N Galvin; J Murphy, S O’Donoghue, C Kiely; S Kiely, C O’Sullivan; G Durrant, P Kelly, N Allen; J Kelly, C Dorgan, J Miskella. Subs: Peter O’Neill for C O’Sullivan (29), C Moore for L Prendergast (HT), Niall Allen for D Tobin (40), Ian Coughlan for J Kelly (48), Dylan Kerstein for J Murphy (56), S Lucey for N Galvin (61), J Murphy for P O’Neill (70).
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Report: Arthur Sullivan from GAA.ie



Ticket Details

Tickets for this game can be purchased in advance via tickets.ie or selected Centra and Supervalu outlets.



Fixture Details

Sunday November 16th
AIB MUNSTER GAA CLUB SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL
Austin Stacks (Kerry) v Ballincollig (Cork)
Venue: Austin Stack Park, Tralee 2pm
Referee: Rory Hickey (Clare)
Extra time if necessary



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