Waterford Crystal Cup Semi-Final – Cork 2-21 Clare 0-18

Cork defeated Clare by 2-21 to 0-18 in the semi-final in the Waterford Crystal Cup on Saturday January 24th at Mallow.

O’Farrell shoots down Banner as Cork advance to Waterford Crystal final

Cork 2-21 Clare 0-18

TWO LUKE O’FARRELL goals were central to Cork advancing to the Waterford Crystal Cup final as they saw off Clare in Mallow this afternoon.

The Rebels are the only one of the ‘big five’ Munster hurling powers not to win the season-opening competition, but if they can reproduce a performance like this against Limerick next Saturday night then they will have every chance of breaking their duck.
O’Farrell scored 2-3 – the exact difference between the teams – while Cian McCarthy contributed seven points but they had stars in all lines. Clare, who looked to have a stronger side on paper, laboured in the first half, recording nine wides, and while they improved after half-time they never looked like salvaging the game.

The sides were level at 0-3 each when O’Farrell finished from close range after good work by impressive midfielder Andy Walsh in the 12th minute. Had Patrick Donnellan not been denied by a save from Cork goalkeeper Patrick Collins on 18, the sides would have been tied at 1-5 but Cork made the most of that let-off and outscored their opponents by 1-8 to 0-2 for the remainder of the half.
Cian McCarthy takes a free

O’Farrell’s second goal came in the 33rd minute as he perfectly met a McCarthy delivery to double the ball to the net and give Cork a 2-13 to 0-7 interval lead. Colin Ryan and Bobby Duggan were among the scored as Clare got seven of the first eight points of the second half. Even so, the goals were always a cushion from Cork and they saw out the game well.

Scorers for Cork: Luke O’Farrell 2-3, Cian McCarthy 0-7 (0-3f, 0-2 65), Stephen Moylan, Andy Walsh 0-2 each, Brian Murray, Peter Kelleher, Brian Lawton, Darren McCarthy, Dayne Lee, Paul Haughney, Alan Frahill-O’Connor 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: Cathal O’Connell (0-3f), Bobby Duggan 0-4 each, Brendan Bugler, Colin Ryan (0-1f) 0-3 each, Patrick Donnellan 0-2, Shane Golden, Daire Keane 0-1 each.


1. Patrick Collins
2. Conor O’Sullivan
3. Damien Cahalane
4. Seán O’Donoghue
5. Brian O’Sullivan
6. Lorcán McLoughlin
7. Glen O’Connor
8. Brian Murray
9. Andy Walsh
10. Peter Kelleher
11. Cian McCarthy
12. Brian Lawton
13. Stephen Moylan
14. Luke O’Farrell
15. Darren McCarthy
20. Paul Haughney for Murray (43)
21. Dayne Lee for Kelleher (48)
23. Alan Frahill-O’Connor for Lawton (58)
17. William Kearney for O’Donoghue (62)
19. Mark Ellis for O’Connor (64)


1. Patrick Donnellan
2. Domhnall O’Donovan
3. Cillian Duggan
4. Seadna Morey
7. Conor Cleary
6. Conor Ryan
5. Gearóid O’Connell
19. Colin Ryan
9. Brendan Bugler
10. Patrick Donnellan
11. Bobby Duggan
12. Shane Golden
15. David O’Halloran
14. Aaron Cunningham
13. Cathal O’Connell
17. Paul Flanagan for O’Donovan (9-13, blood)
18. Cian Dillon for Conor Ryan (47)
17. Flanagan for O’Connell (49)
20. John Conlon for O’Halloran (50)
24. Daire Keane for Donnellan (52)

Referee: Paul Foley (Waterford)

Team News

The Cork Senior Hurling team for Saturday’s game is –

1. Patrick Collins (Ballinhassig)
2. Conor O’Sullivan (Sarsfields)

3. Damien Cahalane (St.Finbarr’s)

4. Sean O’Donoghue (Inniscarra)

5. Brian O’Sullivan (Fermoy)

6. Lorcán McLoughlin (Kanturk)

7. Glen O’Connor (St.Finbarr’s)

8. Brian Murray (Bishopstown)

9. Andy Walsh (Killeagh)

10. Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael)

11. Cian McCarthy (Sarsfields)

12. Brian Lawton (Castlemartyr)

13. Stephen Moylan (Douglas)

14. Luke O’Farrell (Midleton)

15. Darren McCarthy (Ballymartle)


16. Anthony Nash (Kanturk)

17. William Kearney (Sarsfields)

18. Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh)

19. Mark Ellis (Millstreet)

20. Daniel Kearney (Sarsfields)

21. Dayne Lee (Na Piarsaigh)

22. Patrick Cronin (Bishopstown)

23. Alan Frahill-O’Connor (Youghal)

24. Seamus Harnedy (St.Ita’s)

25. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers)

26. Paudie O’Sullivan (Cloyne)

Stephen McDonnell, Luke Meade and Paul Haughney are recovering from injury and were not considered. The CIT and UCC players are unavailable for Cork selection as they are tied with their respective academies in this competition.

Clare (SH v Cork) –
O’Donovan C Duggan Morey
G O’Connell Con Ryan Cleary
Bugler Col Ryan
Donnellan B Duggan Golden
C O’Connell Cunningham O’Halloran

Waterford Crystal Cup Semi-Final – Limerick 0-22 UCC 1-17

Limerick defeated UCC by 0-22 to 1-17 in the semi-final of the Waterford Crystal Cup on Saturday January 24th at Kilmallock.

Limerick hurlers survive students test to book final spot

by Jerome O’Connell for the Limerick Leader newspaper

LIMERICK booked a place in the Waterford Crystal Cup final with this 0-22 to 1-17 win over UCC in Kilmallock. TJ Ryan’s side will play Cork in the final of early season provincial competition next weekend. A Saturday evening clash under the flights of Mallow appears the most likely fixture.

In this two point win over Ger Cunningham’s Cork students Limerick found the late scores to advance after the sides had been level on 11 occasions over the 70-minutes. Limerick made two changes from the quarter-final win over Waterford with Donal O’Grady now at centre back, indirectly replacing the injured David Breen and Stephen Walsh at corner back in place of Tom Condon.

UCC were almost at full strength ahead of the start of their Fitzgibbon Cup campaign on Thursday and they led 0-5 to 0-4 at the end of the opening quarter. It was a frantic opening with the sides sharing six points in the first three minutes with Adrian Breen on the mark for Limerick against his former college.

Limerick were first in front in the 15th minute after a fine Niall Moran point. That put Limerick in the driving seat for the remainder of the half. Conor Allis, and Cian Lynch added points from play as UCC went 19-minutes without a score. By half time it was 0-10 to 0-7 to Limerick.

Rob O’Shea, Conor Lehane and Daniel Roche all had quick points for UCC on the change of ends to level once more. But Limerick responded each time to a flurry of UCC scores with their own run of scores. Cathal King and Lynch were on the mark to open a 0-13 to 0-10 lead with just under 30-minutes to play.

Lehane dominated the next few minutes to help the Leesiders into a 0-15 to 0-14 lead with 16-minutes gone in the second half. Again Limerick fought back with subs Tom Morrissey, Shane Dowling and Paul Browne all on the mark. That had Limerick 0-18 to 0-15 clea with 10-minutes to play. Then DJ Foran goaled for UCC in the 65th minute.

Just as they had done throughout the game Limerick replied impressively with Dowling (free), James Ryan, Patrick Begley and Breen notching late points to seal the win on a day whenLimerick hit 16 wides, compared to just 10 for UCC.

SCORERS: Limerick: Shane Dowling (2frees) and Thomas O’Brien (4frees) 0-4 each, Adrian Breen 0-3, Cian Lynch, James Ryan and Conor Allis (1free) 0-2 each, Niall Moran, Cathal King, Tom Morrissey, Paul Browne, Patrick Begley 0-1 each. UCC: Conor Lehane 0-6 (3frees), Rob O’Shea 0-4 (3frees), DJ Foran 1-0, Alan Cadagon and Stephen O’Keeffe 0-2 each, Shane O’Donnell, Daniel Roche, Paudie Prendergast (free) 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: Nickie Quaid; Stephen Walsh, Richie McCarthy, Seamus Hickey; Wayne McNamara, Donal O’Grady, Dan Morrissey; Conor Allis, Cathal King; Niall Moran, James Ryan, Cian Lynch; Thomas O’Brien, Patrick Begley, Adrian Breen.
Subs: Shane Dowling for Thomas O’Brien (h-t), Tom Condon for Wayne McNamara (h-t), Tom Morrissey for Conor Allis (46mins), Paul Browne for Cathal King (53mins).

UCC (Cork unless stated): David O’Gorman, Killian Burke, David Glynn (Kilkenny), Michael Breen (Tipperary); Cormac Murphy, Paudie Prendergast (Waterford), Shane Roche (Waterford); Daniel Roche, Rob O’Shea; Shane O’Keeffe, Jamie Barron (Waterford), Conor Lehane; Brian Hartnett, Shane O’Donnell (Clare), Alan Cadagon.
Subs: Diarmuid Lestor for Killian Burke (h-t), Michael Collins for Rob O’Shea (40mins), Eoghan Finn for Conor Lehane (51mins), DJ Foran (Waterford) for Shane O’Donnell (51mins), Rickard Cahalane for Michael Breen (59mins).

REFEREE: Paul Foley (Waterford)

McGrath Cup Final – Waterford 3-12 UCC 1-9

Waterford defeated UCC by 3-12 to 1-9 in the McGrath Cup Final on Saturday January 24th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.

Déise end 34-year wait for McGrath Cup title

McGrath Cup Final: Waterford 3-12 UCC 1-9

Waterford seized their second McGrath Cup crown with a nine point win over UCC at Fraher Field. In front of 907 spectators, goals from Joey Veale, Maurice O’Gorman and Gavin Nugent allowed Tom McGlinchey’s side bridge a 34-year gap for major honours.

McGlinchey named the same starting fifteen that nosed past Cork last Sunday. They built up a 2-6 to 1-7 lead at half time following a fast and furious opening period. Waterford made the perfect start when Joey Veale slotted home after Liam Lawlor’s point effort dropped around the goalmouth.

The students, minus several first choice players, gave the Déise persistent headaches at the back and posted four unanswered points through Conor Horgan, Adrian Spillane, David Harrington and Kevin Davis. Although the hosts got their noses back in front, Horgan pounced for a goal on 18 minutes when Stephen Enright saved Tom Hickey’s close range blast (1-4 to 1-2).

Waterford regained the lead when centre back Maurice O’Gorman made a rare foray into enemy territory and fired a low shot under Pádraig McCarthy. Liam Lawlor and Patrick Hurney extended the margin out to four before a pair of Tom Hickey points left UCC two down at the interval.

On 50 minutes. Michael O’Halloran’s long delivery was fumbled by the UCC defence and full forward Gavin Nugent intervened to hammer home (3-7 to 1-8). Points by Tommy Prendergast, David Grey, Conor Phelan and Shane Ahearne moved them comfortably ahead.

Scorers for Waterford: S Ahearne 0-4 (0-3fs), J Veale, M O’Gorman, G Nugent 1-0 each; P Hurney, L Lawlor 0-2 each; M Curry, T Prendergast, D Grey, C Phelan 0-1 each.

Scorers for UCC: C Horgan 1-2 (0-2fs); D Harrington 0-3; T Hickey 0-2 (0-1f); K Davis, A Spillane 0-1 each.

Waterford: S Enright; D Crowley, N Walsh, T O’Gorman; T Ó hUallacháin, M O’Gorman, R Ó Ceallaigh; S Ahearne, T Prendergast; M Curry, M O’Halloran, P Hurney; L Lawlor, G Nugent, J Veale. Subs: D Grey for Veale (52); J Curry for P Hurney (61); B Power for Crowley (66); O Keevers for Prendergast (66); M Ferncombe for M Curry (69).

UCC: P McCarthy (Kerry); J Davis (Cork), K Fulingati (Cork), K Histon (Cork); K O’Sullivan (Kerry), S White (Cork), E Dennehy (Cork); A O’Donovan (Cork), A Spillane (Kerry); F O’Connor (Cork), K Davis (Cork), S Keane (Kerry); T Hickey (Kerry), D Harrington (Cork), É Ó Conchúir (Kerry). Subs: F Courtney (Kerry) for Hickey (H-T); K Hayes-Curtin (Cork) for J Davis (42); C Hyde (Cork) for White (43); P Scanlon (Kerry) for O’Donovan (44); P Lohan (Tipperary) for Harrington (51); S Power (Tipperary) for Keane (61).

Referee: S Mulvihill (Kerry)
Report: Tomás McCarthy for GAA.ie

When – Saturday January 24th at 6pm

Where – Fraher Field, Dungarvan

Referee – Seamus Mulvihill (Ciarraí)

Extra time – (2 periods x 10 minutes only) to be played if sides finish level at the end of 70 minutes

Admission Prices –
Adults – €10
Students / OAPs – €5
Under 16s will admitted free

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ger Ryan at pro.munster@gaa.ie or 0868149146 for more information

Team News

Waterford Senior Football team to play UCC in the McGrath Cup final on Saturday evening next at 6.00pm in Fraher Field.

1. Stephen Enright Ballinacourty
2. Dean Crowley St. Saviours
3. Niall Walsh Kilrossanty
4. Thomas O’Gorman (CAPT) Nire
5. Tadhg Ó hUallacháin An Rinn
6. Maurice O’Gorman Nire
7. Ray Ó Ceallaigh An Rinn
8. Shane Aherne Stradbally
9. Tommy Prendergast Kilrossanty
10. Michael Curry Rathgormack
11. Michael O’Halloran Ballinacourty
12. Patrick Hurney Ballinacourty
13. Liam Lawlor Nire
14. Gavin Nugent Rathgormack
15. Joey Veale Kilrossanty

UCC (Cork clubs unless stated): M Martin (Nemo Rangers); J Davis (Douglas), J McGuire (Listowel Emmets, Kerry), D Culhane (Ballylongford, Kerry); C Dorman (Bishopstown), S White (Clonakilty), T Clancy (Fermoy); I Maguire (St Finbarr’s), G O’Sullivan (Listry, Kerry); S Keane (Legion, Kerry), L Connolly (Nemo Rangers), É Ó Conchúir (An Ghaeltacht, Kerry); T Hickey (Castleisland Desmonds, Kerry), C Cox (Listowel Emmets, Kerry), D Harrington (Adrigole).
Subs: P McCarthy (Rathmore, Kerry), P O’Connor (Legion, Kerry), F McNamara (Austin Stacks, Kerry), B O’Driscoll (Tadhg Mac Cárthaigh), P Geaney (Dingle, Kerry), S Kiely (Ballincollig), C Horgan (Nemo Rangers), A Spillane (Templenoe, Kerry), E Dennehy (St Finbarr’s), K O’Sullivan (Kenmare Shamrocks, Kerry), K Histon (Cobh), A O’Donovan (Nemo Rangers), R Murphy (Beaufort, Kerry), K Davis (O’Donovan Rossa), P Scanlon (Glin, Kerry), F Courtney (Beaufort, Kerry), K Fulignati (Nemo Rangers).

For the Record

  Waterford UCC
2014 McGrath Cup Performance Did not take part Lost to University of Limerick by 5-18 to 4-16 in the quarter final on January 5th.
Number of McGrath Cup Senior Football titles 1 0
Last McGrath Cup Senior Football Title 1981 N/A
McGrath Cup Senior Football Record since 2000 Played – 20
Won – 6
Lost – 14
Drawn – 0
Played – 17
Won – 7
Lost – 10
Drawn – 0

Fixtures and Results

Preliminary Round

Sunday January 4th

@ Carriganore                                 Waterford 1-16          UL 2-7

@ Mallow                                          Cork 7-20                   Mary Immaculate 0-4

Sunday January 11th

@ AustinStack Park Tralee            IT Tralee 4-12            Kerry 0-16

@ Rathkeale                                     UCC 4-16                  Limerick 3-9

@ Clonmel                                        Cork 1-14                   Tipperary 0-12

@ Clashmore                                   Waterford 1-11          Cork IT 0-9

Friday January 16th

@ IT Tralee                                        UCC 0-18                  IT Tralee 0-6

Sunday January 18th

@ Clashmore                                   Waterford 0-8            Cork 0-7

Final (Extra time)

Saturday January 25th

@ Fraher Field, Dungarvan                       Waterford v UCC                              @ 6pm

McGrath Cup Senior Football – Odds and Ends

Since 2000, Cork have won 20 of their 23 games (an 87% success rate, the best of any county). In the same period, Kerry’s McGrath Cup success rate is 85% with 17 wins out of 20 in the competition.

In the 8 games to date in the 2015 McGrath Cup, there has been an average of 2.9 goals per game. This compares with 4 in 2014, 2.6 in 2013, 2.4 in 2012 and 1.4 in 2011.

The last time a college reached the final was in 2010 when UCC also qualified. On that occasion they lost to Kerry by 1-11 to 0-9.

The last McGrath Cup Final which did not involve Cork or Kerry was in 2008 when Clare defeated Limerick by 1-6 to 0-8. Neither Cork or Kerry took part in the competition that year. The last McGrath Cup in which Cork and Kerry were both defeated in the early stages of the competition was in 2005. On that occasion, Tipperary accounted for Kerry in the Quarter-Final by 1-10 to 0-8 while Cork lost out in the semi-final to Limerick by 2-3 to 0-7. The 2005 McGrath Cup was won by Limerick following a 2-10 to 1-3 victory over the Cork Institute of Technology in the final.

Two counties lost to colleges teams in this year’s competition – UCC defeated Limerick and IT Tralee defeated Kerry. No college team defeated a county in 2014 but only Kerry and Cork participated. No college defeated a county team either in 2013. In 2012 IT Tralee defeated Waterford and UCC defeated Limerick.

McGrath Cup Senior Football Roll Of Honour

Clare (12) – 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2008

Cork (7) – 1998, 1999, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2014

Limerick (5) – 1985, 1987, 2001, 2004, 2005

Kerry (4) – 1996, 2010, 2011, 2013

Tipperary (3) – 1989, 1993, 2003

Waterford (1) – 1981

London (1) – 1988

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete Roll of Honour since the competition began in 1981 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/mcgrath-cup-football/

McGrath Cup

Presented by Joe McGrath on June 21st, 1981 for the promotion of Senior Football in Munster.