Waterford Crystal Cup Quarter Final – Cork 4-15 CIT 1-13

Cork defeated CIT by 4-15 to 1-13 in the Quarter Final of the Waterford Crystal Cup on Saturday January 17th at CIT Sports Grounds.

Victory for Cork in Waterford Crystal Quarter-Final

Waterford Crystal Cup Quarter-Final

Cork 4-15 CIT 1-13

Cork will now meet either Clare or Tipperary in the semi-final, details tbc

Report from the42.ie

CORK FINISHED STRONGLY to book their place in the semi-finals of the Waterford Crystal Cup against Cork IT at the CIT Sports Stadium this afternoon. A trio of points from the home side, from Daire Lordan, sub Seán O’Mahony and John Cronin, brought them to within a point, 2-11 to 1-13, with six minutes of normal time left, but the Munster champions produced a powerful response to close out the game.

First, sub Daniel Kearney finished to the net from a Brian Lawton pass and then Darren McCarthy rounded off a nice move involving Paudie O’Sullivan and Peter Kelleher to score his second goal. Four unanswered points followed to leave 11 between the sides at the end, though for long periods CIT made a game of it. While Stephen Moylan’s 16th-minute goal helped to put Cork into a 1-5 to 0-3 lead, CIT were level at 1-6 each by 29, Kevin Kavanagh with the goal after a well-taken strike.

William Murphy’s point then put the students in front but it was the only time they led. McCarthy put Cork 2-6 to 1-7 in front in the final minute of normal time in the first half, poking home the rebound after Moylan had drawn a good save from Gary Minihane.
Three early points from Dayne Lee, Paudie O’Sullivan and Paul Haughney extended the lead to five points by the 44th minute. An improvement in CIT’s shooting helped to bring them back into contention, but Cork had too much for them in the closing stages.

Scorers for Cork: Darren McCarthy 2-2, Paudie O’Sullivan 0-5 (0-3 frees), Stephen Moylan 1-2, Daniel Kearney 1-0, Dayne Lee, Paul Haughney 0-2 each, Patrick Cronin, Séamus Harnedy 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork IT: Daire Lordan 0-4 (0-3 frees), Kevin Kavanagh 1-0, John O’Dwyer, Seán O’Mahony, Conor Hammersley 0-2 each, William Murphy, John Cronin, Bill Cooper 0-1 each.

1. Patrick Collins
2. William Kearney
3. Christopher Joyce
4. Conor O’Sullivan
5. Brian O’Sullivan
6. Lorcán McLoughlin
7. Glen O’Connor
8. Brian Murray
9. Paul Haughney
12. Alan Frahill-O’Connor
11. Andy Walsh
10. Dayne Lee
13. Stephen Moylan
14. Paudie O’Sullivan
15. Darren McCarthy
24. Peter Kelleher for Frahill-O’Connor (half-time)
20. Brian Lawton for Murray (41)
18. Daniel Kearney for Haughney (47, injured)
19. Patrick Cronin for Lee (58, injured)
23. Séamus Harnedy for Walsh (63)

CORK IT (Cork unless stated)
1. Gary Minihane
2. Stephen Murphy
3. Alan Dennehy
4. Tomás Lawrence
5. Jack Herlihy
6. Michael Russell
7. Cian Buckley
8. Aidan Walsh
9. William Murphy
11. Daire Lordan
10. Bill Cooper
12. John Cronin
13. John O’Dwyer (Tipperary)
19. Kevin Kavanagh
14. Conor Hammersley (Tipperary)
21. Seán O’Mahony for Murphy (57, injured)
23. Noel McNamara for Walsh (66, injured)
15. Patrick White for Lordan (65)

Referee: John McCormack (Tipperary).

Team News

Cork team to play CIT is named as follows –

1.Patrick Collins (Ballinhassig)
2.William Kearney (Sarsfields)
3.Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh)
4.Conor O’Sullivan (Sarsfields)
5.Brian O’Sullivan (Fermoy)
6.Lorcán McLoughlin (Kanturk)
7.Glen O’Connor (St.Finbarrs)
8.Brian Murray (Bishopstown)
9.Paul Haughney (Midleton)
10.Dayne Lee (Na Piarsaigh)
11.Andy Walsh (Killeagh)
12.Alan Frahill O’Connor (Youghal)
13.Stephen Moylan (Douglas)
14.Paudie O’Sullivan (Cloyne)
15.Darren McCarthy (Ballymartle)


16. Anthony Nash (Kanturk) 17. Damien Cahalane (St.Finbarrs) 18. Daniel Kearney (Sarsfields) 19. Patrick Cronin (Bishopstown) 20. Brian Lawton (Castlemartyr) 21. Luke O’Farrell (Midleton) 22. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers) 23. Luke Meade (Newcestown) 24. Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael)

Waterford Crystal Cup Quarter Final – UCC 2-23 Kerry 2-14

UCC defeated Kerry by 2-23 to 2-14 in the Quarter Final of the Waterford Crystal Cup on Saturday January 17th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

UCC beat Kerry and setup Limerick clash

By Mortimer Murphy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kerry 2-14 UCC 2-23

Waterford Crystal Cup

Despite a couple of scares along the way, a classier UCC outfit proved too strong for a youthful Kerry side in heavy and poor weather conditions at Austin Stack Park, Tralee on Saturday. Kerry had only returned to collective training so UCC — just 12 days away from their Fitzgibbon Cup opener — were always going to strip fitter and with superior stick work, by players from elite counties. Kerry, without their five Ardfert players, were never going to cause an upset.

But Kingdom boss Eamon Kelly will be happy with Clare import Patrick Kelly, who looks a good addition to the squad as they showed great spirit and endeavour to lead 0-6 to 0-3 after 25 minutes. It might have been interesting if Shane Nolan had converted his one-on-one penalty a minute later, but it was brilliantly saved by a diving David O’Gorman. This appeared to act as a wake up call to the students, as they fired over nine points without reply in as many minutes, with Alan Cadogan, Rob O’Shea and Barry Lawton doing most of the damage, giving College at 0-12 to 0-6 lead at half-time.

When sub Eoghan Finn extended the students lead to seven on the resumption, it looked like a blowout for the Kingdom, but the introduction of Colm Harty added pace to their attack, and two quick goals from Podge Boyle and Adrian Royle and a Nolan free had the sides tied at 0-13 to 2-7.

However class won out as UCC upped the tempo and a succession of points from Cadogan (3), Finn (3), Barry Lawton (4), with goals from Shane O’Keeffe and Brian Hartnett sealed a deserved win. UCC will now face Limerick in the semis.

Scorers for UCC: A Cadogan (0-6), B Lawton (0-6, three frees), R O Shea (0-4, two frees), E Finn (0-4), S O’Keeffe and B Hartnett (1-0 each), K Burke (0-2), M Breen (0-1)

Kerry: S Nolan (0-8, six frees), A Royle (1-1), P Boyle (1-0), M O’Leary (0-3), and C Harty (0-2)

UCC: D O’Gorman (St Finbarr’s); D Lester (Bishopstown), D Glynn (Kilkenny), M Breen (Ballina); K Burke (Midleton), P Prendergast (Waterford), S Roche (Shamrocks); D Roche (Sarsfields), R O’Shea (Carrigaline); B Lawton (Castlemartyr) , B Hartnett (Midleton), M Collins (Ballinhassig); T Devine (Waterford), DJ Foran (Waterford), A Cadogan (Douglas).
Subs: E Finn (St Finbarr’s) for M Collins (28); S O’Keeffe (Blackrock) for S Roche (56); D Geary (Fermoy) for D J Foran (60); R Cahalane (Ballymartle) for R O’Shea (67); M O’Brien (Waterford) for B Hartnett (67)

KERRY: S Murphy (Causeway); D Fitzell (Kilmoyley), A Fealy (Causeway), B Murphy (Causeway); P Costelloe (Ballyduff), P Kelly (Clare), S Weir (Crotta); J Griffin (Lixnaw), T Casey (Causeway); B O’Leary (Abbeydorney), M Boyle (Ballyduff), A Royle (Kilmoyley); S Nolan (Crotta), M O’Leary (Abbeydorney), P Boyle (Ballyduff)
Subs: C Harty (Causeway) for T Casey (h/t); K Carmody (Causeway) for B O’Leary (47); P McGrath (Causeway) for M Boyle (54); P Lucid (Ballyheigue) for P Kelly (58); T Casey (Causeway) for J Griffin (66).

Referee: J Mullins (Limerick)

Waterford Crystal Cup

Kerry 2-14 UCC 2-23

Kerry made their exit from the Waterford Crystal Cup when going down to UCC in the quarter final tie in heavy and trying conditions at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park today. Kerry, who lined out with Stephen Murphy between the posts, got off to a flying start and led by 6 points to 2 after just 15 minutes following 2 fine points from Michael O’Leary and 4 from the stick of Shane Nolan, but then the home-side passed up a great chance of a goal when Shane Nolan’s one-on-one penalty was saved by David O’Gorman in the 25th minute. Having survived that let-off, the Cork College went on to score 9 points without reply in the remaining 10 minutes of the half with Alan Cadogan and Barry Lawton excelling, to lead by 0-12 to 0-6 at the break.

Kerry got the perfect start to the second half when two goals in quick succession from Padraig Boyle and Adrian Royle that had the sides on level terms, 2-7 to 0-13 by the 39th minute. UCC, with corner backs, Kilian Burke and Michael Breen impressive, tacked on 6 points by the 49th minute before Midleton’s Brian Hartnett found the net and when Shane O’Keeffe added another goal in the 57th minute the Cork side were 10 points clear 2-10 to 2-10.

Kerry did not throw in the towel and added 4 points in the remaining time, including two from impressive sub Colm Harty, but UCC it is who advance to play Limerick in the semi final next weekend.

Kerry; Shane Nolan 0-8 (6fr), Adrian Royle 1-1, Padraig Boyle 1-0, Michael O’Leary 0-3, Colm Harty 0-2
UCC; Alan Cadogan and Barry Lawton (3fr) 0-6 each, Rob O’Shea (2fr) and Eoghan Finn 0-4 each, Brian Hartnett and Shane O’Keeffe 1-0 each, Killian Burke 0-2 and Michael Breen 0-1

Team News

The Kerry Senior Hurling Team to play UCC in the Qtr Final of the Waterford Crystal Cup on Saturday in Austin Stack Park Tralee at 1:30 is as follows:

1 James Logue Ballingarry/Tipperary

2 Dougie Fitzell Kilmoyley

3 Anthony Fealy Causeway

4 Bryan Murphy Causeway

5 Paud Costelloe Ballyduff

6 Patrick Kelly Clarecastle/Clare

7 Sean Weir Crotta

8 John Griffin Lixnaw (Capt)

9 Thomas Casey Causeway

10 Brendan O’Leary Abbeydorney

11 Mikey Boyle Ballyduff

12 Adrian Royle Kilmoyley

13 Shane Nolan Crotta O’Neills

14 Michael O’Leary Abbeydorney

15 Padraig Boyle Ballyduff

Fir Ionaid

16 Stephen Murphy Causeway

17 Colm Harty Causeway

18 Paul McGrath Causeway

19 Keith Carmody Causeway

20 Philip Lucid Ballyheigue

21 Gearoid O’Doherty Crusheen/Clare

22 Giles O’Grady Ballyduff


Bainisteoir: Eamon Kelly
Coach/Selector: Conor Gleeson
Treánalaí: Damien Ryall
Roghnoirí: Tom O’Connell (Abbeydorney), D.J. Leahy (Causeway)


– James Logue is an All Ireland medallist at Minor, Under 21 and Intermediate level with his native Tipperary and has also represented the County at Senior grade being 3rd choice goalkeeper in 2014. He is a member of the Ballingarry club.

– Patrick Kelly, a Clare native whose mother hails from North Kerry, was a member of Davy Fitzgerald’s Senior All Ireland winning squad in 2013. He is also the holder of All Ireland medals at Under 21 and Intermediate levels.

– Gearoid O’Doherty is currently attached to the Crusheen Club in Clare with whom he has won a Senior Hurling Championship medal and he has also featured for Clare at underage level. He is currently working in Tralee and will also be transferring his Club allegiance to the county.

Waterford Crystal Cup Quarter Final – Limerick 2-15 Waterford 1-15

Limerick defeated Waterford by 2-15 to 1-15 in the Quarter Final of the Waterford Crystal Cup on Saturday January 17th at Kilmallock.

One goal allows Limerick to beat Waterford

By Brendan Buckley for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Limerick 2-15 Waterford 1-15

Waterford Crystal Cup

Limerick and Waterford will meet in the key opening round game in the National League under the floodlights of the Gaelic Grounds on St Valentine’s Night. For TJ Ryan and Derek McGrath that February 14 date is the early season target but for now any pre-league confidence boost goes to Limerick. This was the Shannonsiders’ first outing of 2015 and they returned to action with seven of their side that last saw action in Croke Park in August’s All-Ireland SHC semi-final epic with Kilkenny.

Limerick manager TJ Ryan saw plenty merit to his side’s quarter-final win. “We struggled early — we had a couple of half chances of goals and eight wides in the first half but at this time of the year those things happen but we would have to say that overall it was a good performance.”

His side now meet UCC in next weekend’s semi-final in a competition Limerick haven’t won since 2006. “It’s a great tournament for trying out fellas — we had only one of our starting forwards from last year starting so there were five new forwards and its a good opportunity. There are a couple of guys out injured — Kevin Downes and Seanie Tobin so other guys will get an opportunity,” explained Ryan.

In the opening quarter, his Limerick side struggled against a Waterford outfit that defeated Limerick IT in a preliminary round game the previous weekend. Waterford boss McGrath kept faith with 11 of that side, with Pauric Mahony not involved and Michael Walsh and Barry Coughlan introduced as subs.

That win over the students appeared to give Waterford an early edge and they led 1-7 to 0-3 after 26 minutes with Martin O’Neill, Thomas Connors and Shane O’Sullivan all finding the range. Then in the 22nd minute Jake Dillon goaled to push his side seven clear. But Limerick found form before the break with Adrian Breen goaling in injury time to leave the half time score 1-8 to 1-7 and Ryan a little more content.

“We struggled early on but the five or six minutes before half time was probably what won the game for us,” he outlined. On the changeover, Limerick looked sharper. A Dillon free had Waterford’s lead back to two points before Donal O’Grady and Tom Morrissey (free) tied the encounter for the first time.

Then came a stroke of luck for Limerick when Stephen O’Keeffe couldn’t scramble across his goal line in time after Shane Fives’ hurley had diverted the sliotar goalwards as battled for a dropping ball with Limerick full forward Patrick Begley. Limerick were in front for the first time and they never relinquished the lead.

Last year’s Munster MHC winning captain Cian Lynch was one of three debutants for Limerick and his third point of the day stretched the advantage. Back came Waterford but O’Neill (2frees) and Thomas Connors scores couldn’t haul back Limerick. Tom Morrissey, Cathal King and O’Grady had Limerick four clear with five minutes to play. Two further O’Neill scores cut the deficit but there was to be no late dramatics as Limerick turn attentions to UCC and Waterford to that NHL meeting early next month.

Scorers for Limerick: A Breen 1-2, C Lynch 0-3, S Fives 1-0 (og), C King, T O’Brien (1f), D O’Grady, T Morrissey (1f) 0-2 each, D Morrissey, S Dowling (1f) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: M O’Neill 0-8 (6f), J Dillon 1-3 (3f), T Connors 0-2, S O’Sullivan, S Bennett 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: N Quaid; T Condon, R McCarthy, S Hickey; C Allis, W McNamara, D Morrissey; J Ryan, C King; D Breen, N Moran, C Lynch; T O’Brien, P Begley, A Breen.
Subs: D O’Grady for D Breen (10), T Morrissey for O’Brien (h-t), P Browne for Moran (55), S Dowling for A Breen (61).

WATERFORD: S O’Keeffe; M McNulty, S Fives, N Connors; G O’Brien, A Gleeson, P Walsh; M O’Neill, S O’Sullivan; K Moran, T Connors, D Breathnach; B O’Halloran, J Dillon, M Kearney.
Subs: C Curran for Breathnach (39), M Walsh for O’Halloran (50), S Bennett for T Connors (56), B Coughlan for Dillon (66).

Referee: D Fox (Clare)

Limerick hurlers beat Waterford in opening game of 2015

by Jerome O’Connell for the Limerick Leader newspaper

THE Limerick senior hurlers got 2015 off to a wining start this Saturday afternoon with a 2-15 to 1-15 win over Waterford in the Waterford Crystal Cup in Kilmallock. The win books TJ Ryan’s side a semi final spot against UCC.

Limerick lined out with seven of the side that lost to Kilkenny in Croke Park last August in the All Ireland SHC semi-final. But this early season win over Waterford also saw two debuts with Cian Lynch and Patrick Begley making their first starts for the county senior side in a competitive fixture. Tom Morrissey made his first appearance in a senior jersey as a half time substitute.

Waterford were fast from the blocks and led 1-7 to 0-3 after 26-minutes. Jake Dillon had their goal after 22-minutes. But Limerick finally came to life just before half time with Cian Lynch and Adrian Breen each hitting two points to leave the scoreboard reading Waterford 1-8 to 1-7 ahead at the break. The Limerick goal came in first half injury time from Adrian Breen.

In the second half Limerick looked the better team. They were helped on their way by an own goal in the 10th minute of the second half. Shane Fives got the last touch when he contested a dropping ball with Patrick Begley after Donal O’Grady had delivered into the goalmouth. Limerick added a point and were 2-10 to 1-9 ahead with 20-minutes to play.

But the Limerick defence was now on top and Waterford were restricted to just three points from play in the second half. Debutantes Lynch and Tom Morrissey and also Cathal King scored fine points for a 2-12 to 1-12 lead with 10-minutes to play. Donal O’Grady and Dan Morrissey then found the range from distance to ensure the merited win, which was a first over an inter-county team in this competition since 2006.

SCORERS: Limerick: Adrian Breen 1-2, Cian Lynch 0-3, Cathal King, Thomas O’Brien (1free), Donal O’Grady, Tom Morrissey (1free) 0-2 each, Dan Morrissey, Shane Dowling (free) 0-1 each. Waterford: Martin O’Neill 0-8 (6frees), Jake Dillon 1-3 (0-3frees), Thomas Connors 0-2, Shane O’Sullivan, Shane Bennett 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: Nickie Quaid; Tom Condon, Richie McCarthy, Seamus Hickey; Conor Allis, Wayne McNamara, Dan Morrissey; James Ryan, Cathal King; David Breen, Niall Moran, Cian Lynch; Thomas O’Brien, Patrick Begley, Adrian Breen. Subs: Donal O’Grady for David Breen, inj (10mins), Tom Morrissey for Thomas O’Brien, inj (h-t), Paul Browne for Niall Moran, inj (55mins), Shane Dowling for Adrian Breen (61mins).

WATERFORD: Stephen O’Keeffe; Mark McNulty, Shane Fives, Noel Connors; Gavin O’Brien, Austin Gleeson, Pa Walsh; Martin O’Neill, Shane O’Sullivan; Kevin Moran, Thomas Connors, Donie Breathnach; Brian O’Halloran, Jake Dillon, Michael Kearney. Subs: Cormac Curran for Donie Breathnach (39mins), Michael Walsh for Brian O’Halloran (50mins), Shane Bennett for Thomas Connors (56mins), Barry Coughlan for Jake Dillon (66mins).

REFEREE: Damien Fox (Clare).