AIB Munster GAA Club Intermediate Football Championship Final – Ardfert (Kerry) 1-12 Valley Rovers (Cork) 1-10

Ardfert (Kerry) defeated Valley Rovers (Cork) by 1-12 to 1-10 in the AIB Munster GAA Club Intermediate Football Championship Final on Saturday November 29th at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.

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Tesco Homegrown Intermediate Ladies Football Club Championship Final – Castleisland Desmonds (Kerry) 2-11 Clonbur (Galway) 1-6

Castleisland Desmonds (Kerry) defeated Clonbur (Galway) by 2-11 to 1-6 in the Tesco Homegrown Intermediate Ladies Football Club Championship Final on Saturday November 29th at Corofin, County Clare.

Castleisland Desmonds claim All-Ireland intermediate club ladies title

Castleisland Desmonds (Kerry) 2-11 Clonbur (Galway) 1-6

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LEANNE MANGAN’S ACCURACY from frees was the key ingredient as Castleisland Desmonds held off a concerted Clonbur rally in the second half to be crowned Tesco Homegrown All-Ireland intermediate club ladies football champions in Corofin yesterday. Underground conditions were difficult at the Clare venue but that didn’t stop both sides serving up a treat to the big crowd in attendance.

The final margin was harsh on the Galway Gaeltacht girls, as Castleisland substitutes Elaine Guiney and Laoibhse Walmsley struck for a goal and a point from the game’s last two acts deep in injury-time. There was no questioning the merit of the Desmonds’ success though, as they held the upper hand for the majority of proceedings and should have led by more than four points at the interval.
In the end, they held their nerve well to see off the Clonbur onslaught and captain Lorraine Scanlon was understandably exultant immediately afterwards.

“It’s fantastic,” beamed the Kerry star. “It’s what you dream about. To win an All-Ireland with your club, with the girls you grew up with, is unbelievable. The support was fantastic. Castleisland was all decorated during the week and there was a great buzz around the town. Fair dues to the supporters, they came out in their droves today.

“Clonbur came at us strongly but we had a tough game in the semi-final that went to extra time and I’d say that stood to us. When it came down to it, the girls stood up today. “This is one of the sweetest victories you could ever wish for.”
Desmonds were certainly the superior unit in the first half and when Mangan slotted her first free after just 30 seconds, they had a lead they never yielded.

Áine O’Connor and Scanlon had added to that score by the time Mairéad Seoighe got Clonbur off the mark with a 12th minute free taken in lovely languid fashion off the turf. Both sides spurned opportunities but Clonbur could afford them less given that they were generally on the back foot.

Melissa Holland made a smart save from Lorna Seoighe but the problem for the former Galway All-Ireland winner was that she had to go too deep to gain possession. By contrast, with so much ball going the other way and the likes of 16-year-old Andrea Murphy excelling as a ball-winner in the Castleisland half-forward line, the under-pressure Clonbur defence conceded frees that Mangan punished.
The full-forward did have a low shot for goal deflected just wide but her fourth successful free and fifth point in total of the first half made it 0-7 to 0-1.

Clonbur did finish the half strongly with points from Mairéad and Lorna Seoighe before half time to give them some hope however.
They looked dead and buried though when Mangan’s kick from 30 yards hopped into the net with O’Connor distracting Clonbur goalie Rita Ní Chearnaigh in the 38th minute. By this stage, Lorna Seoighe was moved to full-forward and she scored a point before setting up substitute Michaela Ní Chearnaigh for a 45th minute goal that really galvinised the westerners.

It was a fantastically-composed finish by the 15-year-old, who was closed down initially but turned back onto her left to stitch an unstoppable shot beyond Holland. When Sinéad Nic Aodhagáin added a point four minutes later, it was a three-point game — 1-8 to 1-5.
A number of injury stoppages appeared to stall the Clonbur momentum however, and a couple of Mangan frees calmed the Kerry champions before the late injury-time flurry embellished the final margin.

Castleisland Desmonds: L Mangan 1-7(0-6fs); E Guiney 1-0; R Cronin, L Sanlon, A O’Connor, L Walmsley 0-1 each
Clonbur: M Ní Chearnaigh 1-0; S Ni Aodhagáin, M Seoighe(fs), L Seoighe(1f) 0-2 each

CASTLEISLAND DESMONDS: M Holland, M Shine, A Lyons, J Lynch, T Mangan, C Lynch, E Mangan, A Leonard, E Lynch, R Cronin, L Scanlon, A Murphy, S Murphy, L Mangan, A O’Connor. Subs: L Walmsley for S Murphy (55), E Guiney for O’Connor (60)

CLONBUR: R Ní Chearnaigh, A Nic Aodhagáin, T Ní Mhoráin, A Ní Charragáin, E de Bhallis, Aoife Seoighe, P Nic Gearailt, J Ní Mhoráin, S Nic Aodhagáin, K Uí Chatháin, L Seoighe, M Seoighe, C Seoighe, Aoibhinn Seoighe, A Ní Dhochartaigh. Subs: M Ní Chearnaigh for C Seoighe (42)

REFEREE: J Flood (Wexford)

Masita GAA All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Niall McInerney Cup Final (Junior Hurling ‘A’) – Good Counsel College, New Ross 0-22 Midleton CBS 0-15

Good Counsel College, New Ross defeated Midleton CBS by 0-22 to 0-15 after extra time in the Masita GAA All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Niall McInerney Cup Final (Junior Hurling ‘A’) on Saturday November 29th at Carriganore, Waterford IT Sports Campus, Waterford.

Good Counsel surge to McInerney Cup win

Masita GAA All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Niall McInerney Cup Final


Hurling has the habit of throwing up classics many times during the year but on the final weekend of November anyone who was in WIT Sports Campus in Carriganore was treated to another memorable contest as Good Counsel College saw off Midleton CBS after extra time on an ideal day for hurling, in the Masita All Ireland Post Primary Schools Junior A Cup Final.

Good Counsel are now the holders of both the hurling and football Junior national titles as this skilful bunch of men from Wexford and Kilkenny combined again for glory. With a minute remaining in normal time it looked like Midleton CBS inspired by high scoring forward Liam Gosnell were on their way to victory before Richard Hennessy powered up from corner back to land an eighty yard leveller in the 61st minute of normal time and that magical moment set up an extra twenty minutes.
Extra time proved a step to far for the Cork men as Good Counsel who were more physical in the middle third of the field made their superior fitness count and once they got on a scoring role in extra time they were not going to be stopped claiming the Niall McInerney Cup for the first time in their history.

With two packed stands and fantastic singing and noise from both sets of supporters this game was set up, the skill on the field matched the excitement in the stands as free takers Liam Gosnell and Luke Sinnott got their respective sides off the mark in the opening five minutes from dead balls.
Liam Gosnell a talented, lightning fast corner forward raced clear to fire over Midleton CBS second point of the contest, but Good Counsel began to show more dominance winning more ball in midfield where Sean Nolan and Thomas O’Connor held the edge. This area of the field set up three quick fire points for the New Ross School as Nolan pointed and then balls into the inside corner forwards yielded points from Rory Higgins and Sam Wall.

Chris Coughlan and Sean O’Leary Hayes were making life very difficult for the Good Counsel forwards and their heroics in defence set up Liam Gosnell for his third point of the game. Wing forward Jim Ryan and impressive Rory Higgins were next to point for Good Counsel as the men in blue and white moved 0-6 to 0-3 in front after 17 minutes.

The game was fast and open and score were not hard to come by with the brilliant under foot conditions and Midleton CBS closed the gap to one point when Liam Gosnell added two more pointed frees for his side. Not to be out done by Gosnell, Good Counsel free taker Luke Sinnott added another for his side but fantastic scores on the 24th and 25th minutes from Daire Crotty and Liam Gosnell tied up the scores at seven points apiece.

The Wexford School had the final say in the opening half as Luke Sinnott and Rory Higgins converted fine scoring chances to send Good Counsel in front by 0-9 to 0-7 at half time. Good Counsel added to their total immediately after the restart when Jim Ryan found space to point before the men in red from Midleton CBS hit back with superb points from Daire Crotty and Liam O’Shea.

Powerful midfielder Thomas O’Connor was next on the score board for Good Counsel when he was rewarded for some fine fielding in midfield. The real thorn in the Good Counsel side was Liam Gosnell but when he pointed again for Midleton CBS it was cancelled out by a pointed free by Luke Sinnott, leaving the scores at 0-12 to 0-10 in Good Counsel’s favour as the game moved into the final quarter.

The Cork men drew level soon however as Liam Gosnell and second half substitute Padraig O’Brien pointed on the run. Parity did not last long however at Midleton pushed two points clear and it was that man again Liam Gosnell as he added his ninth and tenth points of the game.
Good Counsel roared on by their huge support did not panic however and with three minutes remaining they tied the scores up at 0-14 to 0-14 with a Luke Sinnott 21 yard free and a point from Sean Nolan making sure of an exciting finish.

It was no surprise when Liam Gosnell got a sniff of another point for Midleton he dually obliged and looked to have sealed the win. But it was to be an incredible long range effort by Good Counsel corner back Richard Hennessy that saw his 80 yard strike sail over the bar to send the game to extra time as the final score after sixty minutes read 0-15 apiece.

A ten minute break in the dressing room seemed to work wonders for Good Counsel as they showed great composure for the first extra period, despite missing some early scoring chances they eventually hit the front as Darragh Hartley, Jimmy Sutton and Luke Sinnott pointed superbly. The defence of Good Counsel was immense in extra time with corner backs Cathal O’Connor and Jamie Myler sniffing out the threat in the corner while Jack Walsh and Richard Gill both oozed confidence under any high balls.
Good Counsel Goalkeeper Jack Byrne Doyle made some vital saves as Midleton began to look for a goal, and right before half time in extra time Good Counsel moved 0-19 to 0-15 in front as Luke Sinnott pointing for the sixth time in the game.

Midleton’s race was run they had nothing left to give as Good Counsel snuffed out several scoring chances and with a sweeper employed in the second half of extra time any balls sent in by the Cork men were dealt with by Good Counsel.

Sam Wall, Jim Ryan and Mark O’Neill added three more points for good measure to put a gloss on Good Counsel’s win. It was not a fair reflection of the effort of a brilliant Midleton side, but the greater physicality and fitness won through in the end as the Good Counsel players were engulfed by a tide of running supporters when referee John O’Brien from Tipperary blew his full time whistle at the end of extra time.
GOOD COUNSEL COLLEGE: Jack Byrne Doyle, Cathal O’Connor, Jack Walsh, Richard Hennessy (0-1), Jamie Myler, Eoin Porter, Richard Gill, Sean Nolan (0-2), Thomas O’Connor (0-1), Luke Sinnott (0-7 all frees), Mark O’Neill, Jim Ryan (0-3), Rory Higgins (0-3), Jimmy Sutton (0-1), Sam Wall (0-2). Subs: Darragh Hartley for Walsh (blood), Darragh Hartley for Nolan (injury), Michael Galvin for Wall.

MIDLETON CBS: Ross Walsh, Adam Daly, Sean O’Leary Hayes, Ed Leahy, Sean O’Meara, Jack McDonnell, Brendan Twomey, Daire Crotty (0-2), Chris Coughlan, Charlie Terry, Andrew Leahy, Liam O’Shea (0-1), Chris Power, Conor Keegan, Liam Gosnell (0-11 (0-4 frees). Subs: Padraig O’Brien (0-1) for Power, Kalen O’Donoghue for O’Shea, Ryan McConville for O’Meara, Brendan Twomey for Keegan.

Referee: John O’Brien (Tipperary)
Report: Noel Holohan for

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Fixture Details

Saturday 29th November 2014

Masita GAA All-Ireland Post Primary Schools
Niall McInerney Cup Final (Junior Hurling ‘A’)
Good Counsel College, New Ross (Loch Garman) v Midleton CBS Secondary School (Corcaigh)
Venue: Carriganore, Waterford IT Sports Campus, Waterford at 2pm
Referee: John O’Brien(Tiobraid Árann)
Extra-time to be played if necessary

Tesco Homegrown Junior Ladies Football Club Championship Final – Murroe-Boher (Limerick) 3-11 St Ciaran’s (Roscommon) 1-1

Murroe-Boher (Limerick) defeated St Ciaran’s (Roscommon) by 3-11 to 1-1 in the Tesco Homegrown Junior Ladies Football Club Championship Final on Saturday November 29th at Ballinasloe.

Murroe-Boher Provide Fantastic Display to Claim TESCO Homegrown All Ireland Junior Club Title

Murroe Boher (Limerick) 3-11 St. Ciaran’s (Roscommon) 1-1

It was a famous day for the newly formed Murroe Boher of Limerick who produced a devastating display to win the TESCO Homegrown Junior All Ireland Club Final at the expense of St. Ciaran’s of Roscommon.

A near flawless first half for the Limerick club set them on their way as they settled the contest before the half time whistle thanks to goals from Michelle Norris and Lisa Leonard. Much of the dominance of the Limerick club was established in midfield where Shauna Ryan and Niamh Richardson immediately seized the match by the scruff of the neck as both players scored early points. Norris struck for goal after 12 minutes as her speculative effort went directly into the St. Ciaran’s net and was immediately followed by a point from Claire Keating. Lisa Leonard then piled the pressure on St. Ciaran’s as she finished brilliantly to the net when put through by Claire Keating. Shauna Ryan scored another point for Murroe before St. Ciaran’s replied with their first score of the match, a badly needed goal from Aoife Bandon, right on the stroke of half time to give hope to the Roscommon club.

However that hope was short lived as Lisa Leonard effectively ended the match as she grabbed the ball after a scramble on the goal line and finished to the net from point blank range. From then until the final whistle it was a procession for the champions elect who continued to rack up the scores with only a soul point from St. Ciaran’s Rachel Fitzmaurice in reply. The last score of the match came from the boot of Murroe substitute Keely Lenihan to seal a 3-11 to 1-01 victory for the Limerick club.

It was a very difficult day for St. Ciaran’s who were overwhelmed from the first whistle but they had good performances from goalkeeper Paula Daly and Rachel Fitzmaurice. There were superb performances all over the pitch for the Murroe side with corner backs Aoife Meaney and Saoirse Barry at the heart of an excellent defensive display along with dynamic wingback Kathryn Fahey who also popped up with a point of her own and Louise Crowley who played a captain’s role at centre half back. Grainne Regan and Claire Keating lead the forwards well with Michelle Norris particularly impressive at wing forward. However, it was at midfield that this match was won where Shauna Ryan was a fantastic presence alongside the deserved Player of the Match Niamh Richardson.

Murroe-Boher: A. Barry, A. Meaney, S. O’Connor, S. Barry, A. Regan, L. Crowley (capt), K Fahey (0-01), N. Richardson (0-02), S. Ryan (0-03, 2 frees), M. O’Meara, Grainne Regan (0-02, 1 free), M. Norris (1-00), L. Leonard (2-00), C. Keating, A. Russell.
Substitutes: Roisin O’Malley for Saoirse Barry, Aimee O’Brien for Lisa Leonard, Alanagh Russell for Keely Lenihan (0-01)

St. Ciaran’s: Paula Daly (capt), Ali Crean, Niamh Connolly, Sarah Crean, Honor Ennis, Shauna Fitzmaurice, Chloe Whyte Lennon, Niamh Brandon, Rebecca Brennan, Aoife Beades, Elaine Daly, Ciara Brennan, Laura Fleming, Aoife Brandon (1-00), Rachel Fitzmaurice (0-01).
Substitutes: Ali Crean for Eala Ní Chumhall