Munster GAA Post Primary Schools Under 15 A Football (Corn An Bhráthair Choilm Taft) Final – St Flannan’s College Ennis 3-5 St Francis College Rochestown 2-7

St Flannan’s College Ennis defeated St Francis College Rochestown by 3-5 to 2-7 in the Munster GAA Post Primary Schools Under 15 A Football (Corn An Bhráthair Choilm Taft) Final on Wednesday November 19th at Ballyagran.

Corn An Bhráthair Choilm Taft Final

St Flannan’s College (Ennis) 3-5 St Francis College (Rochestown) 2-7

Report by Diarmuid Sheehan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

St Flannan’s College Ennis were crowned the inaugural Corn An Bráthair Choilm Taft champions at Ballygaran yesterday after edging out Cork’s St Francis College Rochestown in a thriller.

The U15 football competition got the final it deserved at the Limerick venue with both sides putting in a terrific effort in front of a large and always vocal crowd.

St Flannan’s centre back Gearóid Cahill proved to be the hero of the hour bagging the winning goal late on – less than a minute after setting up his attacking colleague Philip Talty for the Clare boy’s second goal.

Cahill’s dominance was simply perfection as he strode through the Cork side’s midfield at will, causing no end of problems throughout. The number six also scored his side’s opening goal – a penalty in the sixth minute.

For the vanquished side the result was heart-breaking after they fought their way back to lead when a defeat had looked likely for long periods. Flannan’s led by 1-4 to 0-3 at the break.

Second half goals from Rory Doyle and midfielder Shane Downey looked to have given the rebel side the win only for Cahill’s late heroics and a wonderful save from St Flannan’s keeper Daniel Hickey who pushed a last minute game deciding penalty over the bar.

Scorers for St Flannan’s College: G Cahill 2-1 (1-0 pen); P Talty 1-2; E Thynne, K Considine 0-1 each (both frees).

St Francis College: R Doyle 1-3 (0-1 pen); S Downey 1-0; J Kabia 0-2; C O’Mahony, C Russell 0-1 each.

ST FLANNAN’S COLLEGE: D Kelly (Clondegad); D Hickey (Banner), J Finnucane (Kilmihil), M Kenny (Banner); C McDonagh (St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield),G Cahill (Corofin), E Breen (Clondegad); I Molloy (Banner), G Collins (Éire Óg); R Collins (Banner), P Talty (Éire Óg), E Thynne (St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield); K Considine (Banner), T O’Brien (St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield), D Daly (Banner). Subs: M McInerney (Éire Óg) for T O’Brien (59).

ST FRANCIS COLLEGE: A Kelleher (Douglas); B O’Neill (Douglas), J Lester (Passage West), J O’Connell (Douglas); D Malone (Douglas), C Russell (Douglas), J Ryan (St Finbarrs); S Downey (Shamrocks), D Quinlan (Nemo Rangers); P Vaughan (Carrigaline), C O’Mahony (Douglas), A Hennessy (St Michaels); R Doyle (Douglas), E Donlon (Douglas), J Kabia (Douglas). Subs: S McCabe for C Russell (BC) (12), D O’Driscoll (Douglas) for E Donlon (half time), Z Slowey (Nemo Rangers) for P Vaughan (45), S McCabe (Douglas) for D O’Driscoll (58).

Referee: R Maloney (Limerick)

Dr. Harty Cup Round 4 Round-up

The penultimate stage of the Dr. Harty Cup group rounds took place on Wednesday November 19th with 7 games down for decision.

Tuesday 25th November
SNTN Doon 0-15 Castletroy College 0-12 – Match Report / Photos

Wednesday 19th November – Round-up
Ard Scoil Ris 1-21 West Lim College 0-11 – Match Report
Thurles CBS 2-15 Blackwater CS 3-3
St Colmans 5-11 DLS Waterford 0-6
Rochestown 0-16 St Caimins Shannon 0-13 – Match Report
PS Youghal 0-18 Charleville CBS 2-11
Ham HS Bandon 2-16 Midleton CBS 0-21 – Match Report / Photos
Nenagh CBS 1-17 HS Clonmel 0-16

Dr. Harty Cup Round 4 Round-up

Four of the eight Quarter-Final places were claimed on Wednesday during an exciting round in the Dr. Harty Cup Senior A Hurling competition with Thurles CBS, PS Youghal, Rochestown College and Hamilton High School Bandon qualifying with Round 4 victories.

Ard Scoil Ris 1-21 West Limerick Colleges 0-11
Starting with the action in Group 1 and a large crowd turned out in sun drenched Fitzgerald Park Kilmallock as Ard Scoil Ris and West Limerick Colleges squared off in a crucial game. Holders Ard Scoil Ris lost to Thurles in the last round and nothing less than a victory here would suffice. The gravity of their situation was evident in their pre-match preparations and from the throw-in, Ard Scoil Ris were dominant in all sectors, running out to an eight point lead after 12 minutes thanks to the accuracy of Peter Casey from play and captain Ronan Lynch from placed balls. West Limerick Colleges eventually got off the mark with a point followed quickly by three others to reduce the deficit to 0-8 to 0-4 after 20 minutes. However, Ard Scoil Ris took control of the game again in the closing stages of the first half, scoring six unanswered points and at half-time, the margin was 10 points – 0-14 to 0-4.

West Limerick Colleges needed both a good start in the second half and ideally a goal to get back in to contention. While their play did improve, the goal did not look like coming and by the end of the third quarter, the deficit was still at eight points, 0-17 to 0-9. Whatever chance the amalgamation had ebbed away with 10 minutes remaining when man of the match Peter Casey scored the only goal of the game. Casey helped himself to 1-10 with an impressive 1-8 from play. Ronan Lynch added 0-5 from play. The Ard Scoil Ris defence marshalled by centre-back Thomas Grimes held the starting forwards from West Limerick Colleges to just two points from play which illustrates the team effort involved in ensuring this comprehensive 1-21 to 0-11 victory. Ard Scoil Ris now require a victory over winless St. Flannans Ennis in their last game to qualify for the knockout stages.

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Thurles CBS 2-15 Blackwater CS 3-3
In the other group 1 encounter played at Clonmel Sportsfield, table-toppers Thurles CBS had to come from behind to earn a flattering 9 point victory over Blackwater CS. Blackwater opened strongly with 1-1 within the opening stages followed by a second goal on 19 minutes to race in to a 2-2 to 0-5 interval lead. Within moments of the resumption, Thurles CBS levelled proceedings with a goal and followed this up with another green flag three minutes later to take the lead. Though Blackwater would reduce the deficit to a single point with their third goal in the 41st minute, it would prove to be their last score as Thurles finished the game with eight unanswered points to run out winners and qualify for the Quarter-Final as Group 1 winners.

St Colmans 5-11 DLS Waterford 0-6
In the only game played in Group 2, St. Colmans Fermoy kept their ambitions for a knockout place alive and well with a comprehensive 20 point victory over a De La Salle Waterford team who were already out of contention before play commenced. In a low scoring first half, a goal by St. Colmans was enough to see them reach the interval with a 1-4 to 0-2 lead. The second half was a different story as the Fermoy school added another four goals to run out comprehensive winners. The other Group 2 Round 4 game between Castletroy College and SNTN Doon will take place on Tuesday next November 25th at 1:30pm in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick. A victory for Doon in this game would leave four schools all on four points with one round of games remaining.

Rochestown 0-16 St Caimins Shannon 0-13
In Group 3, undefeated Rochestown were made to battle all the way for victory against St. Caimins Shannon. Indeed it was the Clare school who led by 0-7 to 0-5 at half-time. Rochestown’s play improved after the interval, outscoring their opponents by 0-11 to 0-6 to earn a three point victory and a place in the Quarter-Finals with a game to spare.

PS Youghal 0-18 Charleville CBS 2-11
Pobalscoil na Tríonóide Youghal were made to fight all the way by Charleville CBS in Fermoy. Charleville led by 1-8 to 0-7 at the interval. However, the Youghal side outscored their opponents by 0-10 to 0-2 in the second half until Charleville got in for their second goal with 2 minutes remaining to leave just a solitary point between the sides. However, Youghal held out to secure a Quarter-Final place courtesy of a one point victory.

Hamilton High School Bandon 2-16 Midleton CBS 0-21
The game of the day was played in Blackrock as Hamilton High School Bandon and Midleton CBS put their unbeaten records on the line. Midleton were the dominant team in the first half and led by 0-15 to 1-5 at the interval. Hamilton’s play improved after the break, scoring 8 of the next 11 points to leave just two points between the schools when Midleton were reduced to 14 players. Despite this setback, Midleton defended valiantly and as the game entered added time, they led by three points. However, in a dramatic finish Joe O’Mahony scored a goal for Hamilton HS to level the scores before a Luke Murray point helped the Bandon school to a come from behind one point victory and earn a place in the knockout stages.

Nenagh CBS 1-17 HS Clonmel 0-16
This all Tipperary clash took place in Templemore. After a closely contested first half, Nenagh CBS led by 0-10 to 0-8. The scores remained close all through the second half until a late Michael Brislane goal helped Nenagh to a hard earned four point victory. Keith Nealon scored 9 points from frees for Nenagh who can now look forward to a winner takes all meeting with Midleton CBS in the last round to decide on the second Quarter-Final place from Group 4.

Dr. Harty Cup Tables as of Wednesday November 19th

Group 1 Teams Played Wins Lost Draw Points
Thurles CBS 4 3 0 1 7
Ardscoil Ris 3 2 1 0 4
West Limerick Col 3 1 1 1 3
Blackwater CS 3 1 2 0 2
St Flannans Col 3 0 3 0 0
Group 2 Teams Played Wins Lost Draw Points
Gaelcholaiste Mhuire AG 3 2 1 0 4
Castletroy CC 2 2 0 0 4
St Colmans Fermoy 3 2 1 0 4
SNTN Doon 2 1 1 0 2
DLS Waterford Col 4 0 4 0 0
Group 3 Teams Played Wins Lost Draw Points
P.S Youghal 4 3 1 0 6
Rochestown College 3 3 0 0 6
Our Lady’s Templemore 3 1 2 0 2
St Caimins Shannon 3 1 2 0 2
Charleville CBS 3 0 3 0 0
Group 4 Teams Played Wins Lost Draw Points
Hamilton HS Bandon 3 3 0 0 6
Midleton CBS 3 2 1 0 4
Nenagh CBS 3 2 1 0 4
Dungarvan CBS 3 1 2 0 2
HS Clonmel 4 0 4 0 0

In the ultra-competitive Group 1, four schools are still in the shake-up. Thurles CBS top the group and will clinch a Quarter-Final place with victory over Blackwater CS today in Clonmel. A win for Blackwater however will bring them right back in to contention. In the other game, it will be an all Limerick derby as unbeaten West Limerick Colleges look to dethrone Ard Scoil Ris, the latter of which knows that a defeat will mean they will be very unlikely to qualify. A cracker is expected in Kilmallock for this one.

There is only one game down for decision today in Group 2 as St Colmans Fermoy take on DLS Waterford in Fraher Field. Dungarvan. St. Colmans won their opening game against Doon and a second victory here will see them remain in contention for a knockout place heading in to the last round. DLS Waterford are winless thus far and will look to finish their 2014/2015 campaign today on a high note.  The other Round 4 game in this group between Doon and Castletroy College has been deferred to next Tuesday.

In Group 3, Rochestown College remain undefeated and they will travel to Charleville to take on St. Caimins Shannon, this one with a 2pm throw-in. The Shannon school can get back in to contention here with a victory while a Rochestown win could cement their place in the knockout stages. PS Youghal will play their last game in the group stages against a Charleville CBS side which has lost their two games to date. A victory for PS Youghal will ensure a place in the Quarter-Finals.

Finally, the game of the week in Group 4 takes place in Church Road Blackrock as Cork rivals Midleton CBS and Hamilton High School Bandon take to the field having each won their two games to date. Victory here will guarantee a Quarter-Final place while the loser will still have a chance to qualify the next day out. This has the ingredients to be a cracking game. At the other end of the table, Nenagh CBS can get back in to contention with a victory over HS Clonmel at Templemore.

When – Wednesday November 19th at 1:30pm

Where – Church Road Blackrock

Referee – Nathan Wall

Next Round – Midleton CBS will play Nenagh CBSin Round 5 on December 3rd. Hamilton High School Bandon will play Dungarvan CBSin Round 5 on December 3rd.

Admission Prices

Adults – €5
Students / OAP’s – €3

All Media and Munster Council passes accepted.

For the Record

Midleton CBS Hamilton High School Bandon
2014 / 2015 Team Management Seamus Murphy &
Sean Hurley
Aidan O’Donoghue, Philip Crowley, James Desmond, Robert Honahan.
2014 / 2015 Team Captain Gary Leahy Chris O’Leary
2013 / 2014 Dr. Harty Cup  Performance Finished 3rd in their group following two wins from four matches Qualified for the Semi-Final before losing to the eventual champions Ard Scoil Ris
2013 / 2014 Dean Ryan Cup Under 16 ½ A Hurling Performance Defeated Ard Scoil Ris to win the Dean Ryan Cup Final Did not take part. Lost to Causeway in the Under 16 ½ B Hurling Quarter-Final
Number of Dr. Harty Cup titles 3 0
Last Dr. Harty Cup Title 2006 N/A

Team Panels

Hamilton High School Bandon

Name (English) Club
Chris O’Leary Valley Rovers (C)
Luke Meade Newcestown
Darragh Curran Newcestown
Séan O’Donovan Newcestown
Eoin O’Reilly Valley Rovers
Eoin O’Brien Ballinascarthy
Danny O’Sullivan Valley Rovers
Jonathan Mulcahy Bandon
Billy Crowley Valley Rovers
Mickey Dormon Courcey Rovers
Joe Bernard Valley Rovers
Andrew O’Callaghan Valley Rovers
Tadhg O’Sullivan Courcey Rovers
Luke Murray Ballinascarthy
Niall O’Driscoll St. Oliver Plunketts
Donal McCarthy Valley Rovers
James Kelleher Newcestown
William Hurley Valley Rovers
Colm Dinneen Newcestown
Cathal Maguire Courcey Rovers
Colm Butler Valley Rovers
Joe O’Mahony Bandon
Timmy McCarthy Bandon
Séan O’Regan Valley Rovers
Cathal Dart O’Flynn Valley Rovers
Ian Crowley Valley Rovers
Tadhg Kearney Kilbrittain
Daniel Kenneally Valley Rovers
Tomás Sheehan Kilbrittain
Gearóid O’Donovan D. O’Mathúnas
Peter O’Riordan Newcestown
Aaron Lyons Valley Rovers
Ted Kearney Barryroe
John McCarthy Courcey Rovers
Ben Murray Ballinascarthy
Eoin Buckley Ballinhassig

Midleton CBS

Garan Manley (Midleton)

Luke Dineen (Midleton)

Kevin Mulcahy (Midleton)

Cormac Beausang (Midleton)

Seadnaidh Smith (Midleton)

Brendan McCarthy (Carrigtwohill)

Brian Cashman (Carrigtwohill)

Ciaran Gosnell (Carrigtwohill)

Oliver Baverstock (Carrigtwohill)

Steven O’ Flynn (Carrigtwohill)

Charlie Terry (Aghada)

Ed Leahy (Aghada)

Jack Mc Donnell (Aghada)

John Looney (Aghada)

Ian Cahill (Cloyne)

Jordan Sherlock (Cloyne)

Josh Beausang (Russell Rovers)

Kevin Moynihan (Russell Rovers)

Ross Walsh (Russell Rovers)

Sean O Connor (Fr O Neills)

Killian Broderick (Fr O Neills)

Tom Mellerick (Fr O Neills)

Mike Mellerick (Fr O Neills)

Cal Hegarty (Fr O Neills)

Billy Dunne (Fr O Neills)

Dan Harrington (Fr O Neills)

Kevin Sullivan (Fr O Neills)

Conor Parker (Fr O Neills)

Shay OGorman (Kiltha Og)

Ryan Denny (Kiltha Og)

Cathal Martin (Kiltha Og)

Dan Landers (Killeagh)

Killian Treacy (Killeagh)

Andy Leahy (Killeagh)

Gary Leahy (Killeagh) (Captain)

Dr. Harty Cup Roll Of Honour

St. Flannan’s, Ennis (21) – 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1952, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1976, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005
North Monastery, Cork (19) – 1919, 1929, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1955, 1960, 1961, 1970, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1986, 1994
Limerick CBS (10) – 1920, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1932, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1993
St Colman’s College, Fermoy (9) – 1948, 1949, 1977, 1992, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003
Thurles CBS (7) – 1933, 1938, 1939, 1950, 1951, 1956, 2009
St. Finbarr’s, Cork (7) – 1963, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1984
Rockwell College (5) – 1918, 1923, 1924, 1930, 1931
Ardscoil Rís, Limerick (3) – 2010, 2011, 2014
Midleton CBS  (3) – 1988, 1995, 2006
De La Salle College Waterford (2) – 2007, 2008
Colaiste na nDeise (2) – 2012, 2013
St. Munchin’s  (1) – 1922
Mount Sion (1) – 1953
Abbey CBS, Tipperary Town (1) – 1959
Rice College, Ennis (1) – 1962
Coláiste Chríost Rí (1) – 1968
Colaiste Iognaid Ris, Cork (1) – 1975
Templemore CBS (1) – 1978