Munster Senior Hurling League – Limerick 2-23 Kerry 0-18

Limerick defeated Kerry by 2-23 to 0-18 in Round 1 of the Munster Senior Hurling League on Sunday January 3rd at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

McGrath Cup Football – Clare 1-10 Tipperary 1-9

Clare defeated Tipperary by 1-10 to 1-9 in the first round of the McGrath Cup Senior Football competition on Sunday January 3rd at Miltown Malbay.

Late goal by Kieran Malone caps Clare comeback

By Gerry Quinn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Clare 1-10 Tipperary 1-9: A late goal by local star Kieran Malone earned Clare victory over Tipperary in the opening round of the McGrath Cup yesterday.

Clare’s Keelan Sexton opened the scoring, from a fifth-minute free, before Tipperary’s Brian Fox and Eoin Cleary exchanged scores.

Then, Liam Kearns’ visitors took the game by the scruff of the neck and scored 1-5 in a devastating ten-minute spell. Kevin O’Halloran was the goal-scorer. He cheekily lobbed Clare goalkeeper, Pierce De Loughrey, who was off his line. At half-time, Tipperary had a 1-6 to 0-4 lead.

On the restart, Clare scored two valuable points, from Sexton and sub, Gary Brennan, to reduce the deficit to three. However, with seven minutes remaining, Tipp led 1-9 to 0-8, but another Clare sub, David Tubridy, kicked two points from play, before turning provider for the in-rushing Malone, who rifled home from close range. Tipp had chances to tie the game, but poor shooting let them down.

Scorers for Clare: K Sexton (0-4, 3 frees), K Malone (1-0), D Tubridy (0-2), E Cleary (f), C O’Connor (’45), G Brennan, S O’Donoghue (0-1) each.

Scorers for Tipperary: K O’Halloran (1-3, 2 frees), B Hewitt (0-2), B Fox, A Moloney, C Sweeney, C O’Shaughnessy (0-1) each.

CLARE: P De Loughrey, M Malone, K Harnett, M McMahon, S Haugh, E Coughlan, P Lillis, C O’Connor, S O’Donoghue, C O’Dea, S Collins, K Sexton, M O’Leary, A O’Neill, E Cleary.
Subs: G Brennan for O’Dea (28), K Malone for O’Leary (half-time), E Ralph for O’Neill (49), D McMahon for Haugh (51), D Tubridy for Cleary (56).

TIPPERARY: C Kendrick, J Feehan, A Campbell, C O’Shaughnessy, J O’Callaghan, R Kiely, S Leahy, A Moloney, M Dunne, B Fox, C Sweeney, J Keane, K O’Halloran, L Casey, B Hewitt.
Subs: N O’Donovan for Moloney (54), D Leahy for Keane (61), L Boland for S Leahy (62), G Cronin for D Leahy.

Referee: S Mulvihill (Kerry).

AIB All-Ireland Club Junior Football Championship Quarter-Final – Templenoe (Kerry) 2-8 John Mitchels (Birmingham) 0-6

Templenoe (Kerry) defeated John Mitchels (Birmingham) by 2-8 to 0-6 in the AIB All-Ireland Club Junior Football Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday 10th at Páirc na hÉireann.

Munster Senior Hurling League – Cork 1-20 Kerry 0-18

Cork defeated Kerry by 1-20 to 0-18 in Round 2 of the Munster Senior Hurling League on Sunday January 10th at Mallow.

McGrath Cup Football – Cork 1-10 Limerick 0-12

Cork defeated Limerick by 1-10 to 0-12 in the McGrath Cup Football Group B Round 1 on Sunday January 3rd at Mallow.

Mixed bag for Cork as new boss Peadar Healy kicks off

Report from the Irish Examiner newspaper

Cork 1-10 Limerick 0-12: Much like the half-eaten tin of Roses post-Christmas, there wasn’t a whole pile to get excited about yesterday afternoon in Mallow. For Cork, that is.

Beyond the result and the return to action of midfield pair, Ian Maguire and Ruairí Deane, Cork boss Peadar Healy was hard-pressed attempting to squeeze the positives out of this one-point win.

Then again, the 2016 calendar is but three days old and it should be noted that only two members of the team that lined out against Limerick in this McGrath Cup opener were present inside the whitewash last July when Cork folded to Kildare — Colm and Kevin O’Driscoll. This was a largely experimental Cork side and, to be fair, they did what was asked of them, even if they went about it in a laboured manner.

Ahead by the minimum at the break, 1-5, to 0-7, Dan MacEoin’s second point on 55 minutes moved Healy’s outfit two to the good — 1-8 to 0-9. Having kicked five wides between the resumption and MacEoin’s second, and lost excellent corner-back Paul White through injury on 44 minutes, it was expected the Limerick challenge would fade. Anything but.

Danny Neville kicked their third score of the half on 56 minutes and there followed a James Naughton free and a huge effort from Neville to propel John Brudair’s men in front for the first time in proceedings. Naughton did have a chance to double their lead, but his effort dropped short. And on an afternoon when clear-cut chances were at a premium, owing largely to the biting cold weather and soft underfoot conditions, it was an important miss.

Indeed, aside from a Neville hit-and-hope deep in stoppages, it proved their last chance of the game as the final five minutes saw Cork press forward at every turn.

A gentle nudge on sub Killian O’Hanlon allowed Daniel Goulding level matters from the placed ball on 68 minutes and within 50 seconds of that score Cork were level. The ensuing kick-out was fielded by a red shirt, possession moved to Alan O’Donovan who in turn picked out Goulding; the Éire Óg full-forward duly obliging.

O’Donovan was one of a number of players handed their first Cork start by Healy and although the Rebels’ half-back-line came under fierce pressure in the first half, as Limerick defenders Paul White, Ian Corbett — the contributor of two points — and Sean O’Dea poured through at every opportunity, the Nemo Rangers footballer finished strongly.

Encouraging too were the performances of Maguire and Deane in the middle of the field, Luke Connolly and Seamus Hickey in the opening half and MacEoin in the second.

Connolly was involved in setting up Goulding for the opening score and come the close of the first quarter, the home side had pushed 1-3 to 0-2 in front; Connolly again involved in the contest’s sole major. His crossfield kick to Deane cut open the visitor’s rearguard and when the latter threaded possession to the onrushing Kevin O’Driscoll, the end result was inevitable.

Limerick, through Stephen Kelly, Corbett, O’Dea and Sean McSweeney (0-2), rallied with five of the next six scores to level matters at 1-4 to 0-7 on 31 minutes. Indeed, the lead would have been theirs but for a missed penalty on 19 minutes, full-forward Stephen Kelly driving right and wide after Tom Clancy was adjudged to have pushed White. A mixed bag so for Healy in his first competitive game in charge. Next stop; An Rinn for the clash with Waterford.

Scorers for Cork: D Goudling (0-5, 0-2 frees); K O’Driscoll (1-0); S Hickey, D MacEoin (0-2 each); L Connolly (0-1, 0-1 free).

Scorers for Limerick: S McSweeney (0-3, 0-1 free); D Neville, I Corbett, S Kelly (0-2 each); S O’Dea, J Naughton (0-1 free), B Fanning, (0-1 each).

CORK: M Aodh Martin; C O’Driscoll, J Davis, L Harrington; A O’Donovan, T Clancy, M Collins; I Maguire, R Deane; S Beston, L Connolly, K O’Driscoll; D MacEoin, D Goulding, S Hickey.
Subs: B Coughlan for Connolly (HT), D Hazel for Harrington (HT), K O’Hanlon for Beston (HT), P Kelleher for K O’Driscoll (59), B Daly for Deane (65).

LIMERICK: B Scanlon; J McCarthy, P Browne, P White; S Cahill, I Corbett, S O’Dea; G Hegarty, D Treacy; B Fanning, P Ranahan, S Buckley; S McSweeney, S Kelly, D Neville
Subs: C Moran for McCarthy (30 mins), S Flanagan for White (44, inj), J Naughton for Ranahan (53).

Referee: A Kissane (Waterford).

Team News

Limerick footballers v Cork: Brian Scanlon (Gerald Griffins); Johnny McCarthy (St Kieran’s), Padraig Browne (Fr Casey’s), Paul White (Rathkeale); Stephen Cahill (Mountcollins), Ian Corbett (Newcastle West), Sean O’Dea (Kilteely-Dromkeen); Gearoid Hegarty (St Patrick’s), Darragh Treacy (St Kieran’s); Brian Fanning (Pallasgreen), Pa Ranahan (Ballysteen), Seanie Buckley (Drom-Broadford); Sean McSweeney (St Kieran’s), Stephen Kelly (Newcastle West), Danny Neville (Ballysteen)
Subs: Andrew Ruddle (Newcastle West), Colm Moran (Monaleen), Garrett Noonan (Drom-Broadford), Sean Flanagan (Feohanagh-Castlemahon), Paul Hannon (Newcastle West), James Naughton (St Senan’s), Kevin Moore (Glin), Mike Donovan (Galbally), Tommy Childs (Galtee Gaels), Adrian Enright (Fr Casey’s), Ian Ryan (St Senan’s)

Munster Senior Hurling League – Clare 1-14 Cork 0-14

Clare defeated Cork by 1-14 to 0-14 in Round 1 of the Munster Senior Hurling League on Sunday January 3rd at Sixmilebridge.

Shane O’Donnell haunts Cork again

By Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

An old bogeyman — though still pretty fresh-faced up close — Shane O’Donnell re-enacted Croke Park in September 2013, grabbing the crucial goal that won this Munster Senior Hurling League game.

We nearly had the full reprise late on, when Cork keeper Patrick Collins took on the Anthony Nash role, jogging the length of the Sixmilebridge pitch to try for goal from an injury-time free. Unfortunately for the visitors, his shot whistled over the bar, and victory was Clare’s.

That also meant victory for the Banner’s newest addition, former Cork keeper Dónal Óg Cusack. The managerial move which sparked a hundred off-season headlines was a natural topic of discussion for Clare boss Davy Fitzgerald after the game.

“Dónal Óg has specific responsibilities,” said Fitzgerald. “He and Michael Browne would be responsible for our defence, which is something we badly need to shore up.

“After the Cork game last year, I did nothing but think for two or three weeks about what to do to change it up. Was it an easy decision (bringing in Dónal Óg Cusack)? The most important thing is I do the best I can for Clare. It’s not about Davy Fitzgerald, my job is to put the best team I can in place, and Dónal Óg can add to that. There’s no point in judging him straight away.

“Aengus O’Brien is serious, so is Jimmy Payne, and I may have another addition to make. They’ll all add to our thing.”

Cusack spent the game along the sideline from old comrades like Pat Ryan and clubmate Diarmuid O’Sullivan but the interaction was minimal. Cork team medic Dr Con Murphy looked to hit Cusack with a one-liner before throw-in, but that was it.

Sixmilebridge was playable but heavy, and an even contest took its decisive twist with less than ten minutes to go and the sides tied on a dozen points each. Clare free-taker Bobby Duggan mishit a free from the wing and when Cork failed to clear, O’Donnell goaled from close range.

Fitzgerald’s side led 0-8 to 0-6 at the half, thanks largely to the energy and distribution of Tony Kelly at centre-forward. Cork were reliant on Mark Ellis and William Egan in that first half, but looked set for a heavy beating when Clare rattled off three points on the resumption, pushing them five up.

However, with Paudie O’Sullivan showing up well, Cork then hit six points on the bounce to nudge themselves ahead. It looked as if a draw might be on the cards if neither side could come up with a goal to break the deadlock, and the Banner had just the man to do so in O’Donnell.

There was unhappiness on the Cork side with Clare’s goal — their management were trying to get a sub on at the time — and referee Johnny Murphy wasn’t too decisive about the off-the-ball incidents which saw Clare’s John Conlon put on the ground and Cork’s Conor Twomey taken off injured, but it was a game to suit the day and date alike.

“I’m very happy with the display, firstly,” said new Cork manager Kieran Kingston.

“With the amount of guys we had making their senior debut with the conditions that were out there and thirdly, with the fact that we haven’t had an outdoor training session yet.

“A lot of guys were playing their first game at this level and they showed great hunger and that’s all we asked of them, and in fairness they didn’t let us down.”

His opposite number had positives to take as well. “What I was happy with today was that we didn’t have too many wins last year against county teams,” said Fitzgerald.

“I thought we fought it well. Was it skilful out there? It wasn’t. But there was a bit of fight out there.”

Scorers for Clare: T. Kelly (0-6, 4 frees); S. O’Donnell (1-0); G. O’Connell, J. Conlon (frees), B. Duggan (frees) (0-2 each); P. Duggan, M. O’Malley, (0-1 each).

Scorers for Cork: P. O’Sullivan (0-7, 6 frees); W. Leahy (0-2); P. Collins (f), L. Meade, P. Haughney, M. Ellis, D. Brosnan (0-1 each).

CLARE: D. Tuohy, E. O’Brien, P. O’Connor, P. Flanagan, J. Browne, C. Ryan, G. O’Connell, C. Galvin, S. Golden, D. Fitzgerald, T. Kelly ( c), P. Duggan, J. Conlon, D. Honan, D. Reidy.
Subs: S. O’Donnell for Honan, 45; B. Duggan for P. Duggan, 48; M. O’Malley for Galvin, 55; C. McGrath for Ryan, 65.

CORK: P. Collins, C. Twomey, P. O’Mahony, C. Spillane, B. Moylan, D. Cahalane, W. Egan, P. Haughney, M. Ellis, W. Leahy, P. O’Sullivan( c), D. Brosnan, S. Moylan, C. Cormack, T. Horgan.
Subs: L. Meade for Horgan, 41; P. O’Rourke for Cormack, 50; D. Browne for Twomey (inj.), 55; N. Cashman for B. Moylan, 63.

Referee: J. Murphy (Limerick)

Att: 1,309.

Team News

1) Donal Tuohy (Crusheen)
2) Eoin O’Brien (Newmarket-on-Fergus)
3) Pat O’Connor (Tubber)
4) Paul Flanagan (Ballyea)
5) Jack Browne (Ballyea)
6) Conor Ryan (Cratloe)
7) Gearóid O’Connell (Ballyea)
8) Colm Galvin (Clonlara)
9) Shane Golden (Sixmilebridge)
10) David Reidy (Éire Óg)
11) Tony Kelly (Ballyea) – captain
12) Peter Duggan (Clooney Quin)
13) John Conlon (Clonlara)
14) Darach Honan (Clonlara)
15) David Fitzgerald (Inagh Kilnamona)

1. Patrick Collins (Ballinhassig)
2. Conor Twomey (Newtownshandrum)
3. Patrick O’Mahony (Midleton)
4. Colm Spillane (Castlelyons)
5. Brian Moylan (Glen Rovers)
6. Damian Cahalane (St Finbarrs)
7. William Egan (Kilbrin)
8. Paul Haughney (Midleton)
9. Mark Ellis (Millstreet)
10. William Leahy (Aghada)
11. Paidi O’Sullivan (Cloyne)
12. Dean Brosnan (Glen Rovers)
13. Stephen Moylan (Douglas)
14. Bill Cooper (Youghal)
15.Trevor Horgan (Newcestown)
16. Declan Dalton (Fr O’Neills)
17. Niall Cashman (Blackrock)
18. Darren Browne (Kanturk)
19. Patrick O’Rourke (Na Pairsaigh)
20. Cathal Cormack (Blackrock)
21. Luke Meade (Newcestown)
22. Tim O’Mahony (Newcestownshandrum)
23. Shane O’Neill (Bishopstown)
24. Cormac Murphy (Mallow)
25. Pat Horgan (Glen Rovers)
26. Alan Cadogan (Douglas)

McGrath Cup Football – Clare 0-12 Kerry 0-9

Clare defeated Kerry by 0-12 to 0-9 in McGrath Cup Football Group A Round 2 on Sunday January 10th at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.

Eamonn Fitzmaurice confirms Paul Galvin is Kerry’s only departure

By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

McGrath Cup – Clare 0-12 Kerry 0-9: Paul Galvin will not be returning to the Kerry football set-up for the season ahead, manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice confirmed yesterday evening.

The 36-year-old, who came out of retirement last March and was introduced as a second-half sub in the All-Ireland final defeat to Dublin, is the sole departure from the Kingdom panel — which will be captained by Bryan Sheehan for 2016.

Fitzmaurice, speaking after the three-point defeat at home to Clare in their first competitive outing of the year, confirmed Marc Ó Sé and Aidan O’Mahony (both aged 35) would again be part of the group in 2016. “Paul won’t be back. He is finished up,” Fitzmaurice said. “He got married, is moving back to Dublin. Other than that, everyone else will be back.”

The Kerry boss insisted that the squad’s January plans had not been thrown awry by yesterday’s exit from the McGrath Cup and said their focus remains on the opening two rounds of the national league, beginning with a trip to Croke Park on January 30.

“We are starting Tuesday night and have three weeks to prepare for the Dublin and Roscommon games. To a man, all of us are really looking forward to getting stuck into it again.”

On the injuries front, Colm Cooper, who underwent minor shoulder surgery before Christmas, is expected to return to full training in the next fortnight. Fitzmaurice forecast March returns for Kieran O’Leary (Achilles tendon), Anthony Maher (hip), Paul and Mikey Geaney (back), while James O’Donoghue (shoulder) should be back in the frame come mid-April.

“If we can advance to the knockout stages of the league, James is a possibility for that. Colm will be the first back in the next week or two. He just needs to get up to speed with regard to contact.

“We won’t be using everyone for the Dublin and Roscommon games. We will gauge where everyone is at when we get back training. While we will be getting fellas back training, that doesn’t necessarily mean we are going to be using fellas for every league game.”

With the majority of last year’s squad not long in the door from the team holiday to Florida, the Kerry management fielded a hugely experimental side for this fixture. And while Legion pair Jamie O’Sullivan and Pádraig O’Connor, along with Gavin O’Grady and Jeff O’Donoghue, played their part in moving the home side 0-7 to 0-3 clear by the break; Kerry would add but two more points to their tally in the second period, both from the placed ball, and the first of which arrived after a 22- minute barren spell.

Clare, having not scored since the 11th minute when they pushed 0-3 to 0-1 clear, kicked five on the bounce through sub David Tubridy (0-2), Eoin Cleary, Keelan Sexton, and Sean Collins to move 0-8 to 0-7 to the good on 55 minutes.

The visitors were rampant and were it not for six second-half wides, the gap would have been far bigger than the three-point margin that separated the sides at the finish.

Jeff O’Donoghue landed Kerry’s first score of the second half on 57 minutes to square proceedings, but Clare, with a much stronger bench to pull from, finished far stronger and sealed their progression to a first McGrath Cup final since 2011 with points from Cleary, Cathal O’Connor, and Tubridy.

Fitzmaurice concluded: “Players could have come into this with a negative attitude saying something like, ‘I am getting a phone call now because the rest of them are in Florida’. If you looked at it from that view, it mightn’t have worked out well for us.

“The fact that every one of them came in positive and saw it as a chance to stake a claim for a place in the panel, I was very impressed with that.

“For a bunch that would never have played together before, they put in a great performance. Obviously, the result went against us but it wasn’t really about that. Fellas had a cut off it and lads put up their hand, which is great.”

Scorers for Clare: E Cleary (0-4, 0-1 free); D Tubridy (0-3, 0-1 free); C O’Connor (0-2, 0-1 ’45); K Sexton, S Collins, M O’Leary (0-1 each).

Scorers for Kerry: G O’Grady (0-3, 0-3 frees); J O’Sullivan (0-3, 0-2 frees); J O’Donoghue (0-2, 0-1 free); Pádraig O’Connor (0-1 each).

CLARE: J Hayes; M Malone, Gordon Kelly, E Ralph; P Lillis, J Malone, C O’Dea; C O’Connor, G Brennan; S Collins, E Coughlan, T Downes; E Cleary, K Malone, K Sexton
Subs: D Tubridy for Downes (HT), C O’Halloran for M Malone (HT), D Burke for Coughlan (40 mins, inj), Graham Kelly for Ralph (51), M O’Leary for K Malone (53), S Haugh for Sexton (62).

KERRY: S Murphy; B Ó Beaglaoich, G Hartnett, P O’Sullivan; Pádraig O’Connor, D O’Sullivan, T O’Sullivan; B O’Sullivan, W Guthrie; Philip O’Connor, J O’Sullivan, S O’Callaghan; P Joy, G O’Grady, J O’Donoghue.
Subs: S Keane for Guthrie (44 mins), D O’Brien for Joy (48), M Foley for T O’Sullivan (52), K Crowley for J O’Sullivan (52), T O’Sullivan for Crowley (62, bc), J O’Sullivan for O’Callaghan (64).

Referee: M Collins (Cork)

Team News

Munster Senior Hurling League – Cork 2-18 Waterford 0-13

Cork defeated Waterford by 2-18 to 0-13 in Round 3 of the Munster Senior Hurling League on Wednesday January 13th at Mallow.

Team News

CORK (SH v Waterford): P Collins (Ballinhassig); S Murphy (Blackrock), C Spillane (Castlelyons), C Buckley (Na Piarsaigh); P O’Mahony (Midleton), M Ellis (Millstreet), W Egan (Kilbrin); C Murphy (Mallow), D Cahalane (St Finbarr’s); D Brosnan (Glen Rovers), B Cooper (Youghal), P Cronin (Bishopstown); P O’Rourke (Na Piarsaigh), L O’Farrell (Midleton), S Moylan (Douglas)
Subs: A Nash (Kanturk), P O’Sullivan (Carrigtwohill), B Moylan (Glen Rovers), S Harnedy (St Ita’s), P Haughney (Midleton), W Leahy (Aghada), C O’Sullivan (Sarsfields), P O’Sullivan (Cloyne), S O’Neill (Bishopstown), C Cormack (Blackrock), B Lawton (Castlemartyr)

Waterford Senior Hurling Team v Cork

The Waterford Senior Hurling Team to face Cork in Mallow at 7:30pm this coming Wednesday has been named as follows:

1. Ian O’Regan (Mount Sion)
2. Conor Gleeson (Fourmilewater)
3. Shane Roche (Shamrocks)
4. Kieran Bennett (Ballysaggart)
5. Paudie Prendergast (Lismore)
6. Shane McNulty (De La Salle)
7. Gavin O’Brien (Roanmore)
8. Colin Dunford (Colligan)
9. Shane Bennett (Ballysaggart)
10. Míchéal Harney (Bunmahon)
11. Shane O’Sullivan (Ballygunner)
12. Tommy Waring (Erins Own)
13. Tommy Ryan (Tallow)
14. Colm Roche (Shamrocks)
15. Mikey Kearney (Ballyduff Upper)

Munster Senior Hurling League – Clare 2-27 Kerry 0-8

Clare defeated Kerry by 2-27 to 0-8 in Round 3 of the Munster Senior Hurling League on Wednesday January 13th at Sixmilebridge.

One-way traffic as classy Clare brush aside hapless Kerry

By Gerry Quinn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Clare 2-27 Kerry 0-8: It was all one-way traffic at Sixmilebridge last night when Clare had 25 points to spare over Kerry in the Munster Senior Hurling league.

Played in front of 510 hardy souls who braved the elements, the homeside started with six players who featured in their All–Ireland win in 2013 and had too much in the tank for a hapless Kerry outfit.

The gulf in class was evidenced in the fact that the Banner lead by 1-16 to 0-3 at the break. Kerry achieved their opening score, a Mikey Boyle point in the twenty-first minute.

At this juncture Clare had amassed a whopping 1-10, exhibiting a high work rate and the goal came courtesy of wing forward Peter Duggan who flicked past Kerry keeper Aidan McCabe from a David Reidy delivery. It was also Reidy who got the scoring off to a start, inside thirty seconds from the right wing.

Conor O’Donnell grabbed Clare’s last point of the half to ensure that all six forwards and both midfielders got on the score-sheet. After half-time though Kerry regrouped and featured well in the third quarter. They outscored their opponents by five points to one in that period but a resurgent Clare retook command as the game progressed.

Some impressive scores by the likes of Daire Keane, Cathal O’Connell and Mikey O’Malley maintained their dominance and when Peter Duggan got in for his second goal with three minutes remaining, Clare were home and hosed.

Scorers for Clare: P Duggan (2-2), C Ryan (0-8) 7 f’s, C O’Connell (0-3) 1 f, J Conlon (0-3) G O’Connell, D Reidy, C O’Donnell, M O Malley (0-2) each, D Honan, D Keane, C Dillon (0-1) each.

Scorers for Kerry: S Nolan (0-2 f’s, J Buckley, C Harty, B O Leary, K Carmody, J Conway (f), M Boyle (0-1) each.

CLARE: A Fahy, E O’Brien, P O’Connor, P Flanagan, P Donnellan, C Dillon (Capt.), J Browne, G O’Connell, D Reidy, P Duggan, J Conlon, C Ryan, C O’Donnell, D Honan, C O’Connell.
Subs: C Cleary for Donnellan (55), M O Malley for O Donnell (56), D Keane For Honan 63), D Conroy for Ryan (63), K Hehir for Reidy (68).

KERRY: A McCabe, S Weir, B Murphy, D Fitzell, D Collins (Capt.), B Brosnan, J Diggins, M Milner, M Boyle, C Harty, B O’Leary, S Nolan, K Carmody, M O’Leary, T Conway.
Subs: P O Connor for Milner (h/t), J Buckley for B Brosnan (h/t), S Maunsell for Nolan (49), G Stackpool for Weir(61).

Referee: J Larkin (Cork)

Team News


1. Andrew Fahy (Whitegate)
2. Eoin O’Brien (Newmarket-on-Fergus)
3. Pat O’Connor (Tubber)
4. Paul Flanagan (Ballyea)
5. Patrick Donnellan (O’Callaghan’s Mills)
6. Cian Dillon (Crusheen) – Captain
7. Jack Browne (Ballyea)
8. Gearoid O’Connell (Ballyea)
9. David Reidy (Éire Óg)
10. Peter Duggan (Clooney Quin)
11. John Conlon (Clonlara)
12. Colin Ryan (Newmarket-on-Fergus)
13. Conor O’Donnell (Crusheen)
14. Darach Honan (Clonlara)
15. Cathal O’Connell (Clonlara)

McGrath Cup Football – Cork 3-19 Waterford 1-5

Cork defeated Waterford by 3-19 to 1-5 in the McGrath Cup Football Group B Round 2 on Thursday January 14th at Mallow.

Cork saunter past Waterford to McGrath Cup final

By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Three first-half goals eased Cork past the hapless challenge of 13-man Waterford in this massively one-sided and ultimately futile McGrath Cup fixture. Peadar Healy’s side will face Clare in the final next Friday night and the Rebel footballers can be certain of a far stiffer examination.

Waterford were put out of sight before ever kicking a single score in Mallow yesterday evening. Tom McGlinchey’s side had been hit for 2-2 when Paul Whyte opened their account on 14 minutes, the gap stretching out to 15-points come half-time: Cork 3-10 to 0-4.

For the winners, the damage was done as early as the 10th minute, Peter Kelleher fisting to the net Daniel Goulding’s attempted point. The green flag was a near carbon copy of Cork’s opening goal after seven minutes, Andrew O’Sullivan fisting the ball past incoming Waterford ’keeper Sean Barron in a sweeping move which involved Ian Maguire, Tom Clancy and James Loughrey. Two Ruairí Deane points followed Kelleher’s effort and, though the clock read just 13 minutes, Cork were effectively out of sight.

Waterford full-forward Whyte, as noted, broke their duck inside the quarter hour and, while he and Shaun Corcoran (a free) swelled their tally after a Daniel Goulding free, the six points that separated the sides on 19 minutes — 2-3 to 0-3 read the scoreboard — was as close as Waterford would come to their opponents.

The visitors would fail to add to their tally in the subsequent 17 minutes of action, during which Healy’s charges hit an unanswered 1-7. Peter Kelleher, with an auspicious chip to lob ’keeper Barron, registered Cork’s third major of the evening on 24 minutes. Cork tails were by this juncture high and Mark Collins (0-2), Brian Hurley (a free), Daniel Goulding (0-2), Luke Connolly, and Bart Daly all added their names to the scoresheet. Indeed, Connolly’s kick approaching the interval break put all six starting forwards on the board.

The home outfit, for whom Daniel Goulding and Ruarí Deane impressed, refused to let up in the second period and were it not for a fine save from substitute keeper Stephen Enright, Mark Collins was in for Cork goal number four. As it was, sub Brian Coughlan, Hurley (0-3) and Goulding extended their lead out to 19-points.

In a rare breach of the Cork full-back line on 51 minutes, Conor Prunty and Paul Whyte put through Corcoran for a well-taken goal, but, aside from Whyte’s third minor on 56 minutes, the Deise would not trouble the Cork posts for the remainder of the game. In fairness, their cause wasn’t helped by having to play out the closing stages with 13-men.

Having rung five changes at the break and using their sixth and final substitution to replace the injured Liam Lawlor on 41 minutes, Waterford were unable to replace the black-carded Peter Crowley on 55 minutes and their misery was compounded when midfielder Tommy Prendergast hobbled off injured before the finish.

Seamus Hickey, Jamie Davis and two more from the lively Goulding rounded out this 20 point hammering. Revenge for Clashmore 12 months ago.

Scorers for Cork: D Goulding (0-6, 0-1 free); P Kelleher (2-0); B Hurley (0-4, 0-3 frees); A O’Sullivan (1-0); R Deane, M Collins (0-2 each); B Daly, L Connolly, J Davis, B Coughlan, S Hickey (0-1 each).

Scorers for Waterford: S Corcoran (1-1); P Whyte (0-3); M O’Halloran (0-1).

CORK: B O’Connell; C O’Driscoll, J O’Sullivan, K Histon; T Clancy, J Loughrey, B Daly; I Maguire, A O’Sullivan; Mark Collins (0-2), L Connolly, R Deane; D Goulding, P Kelleher, B Hurley.
Subs: B Coughlan for Connolly (HT), J Davis for Histon (HT), S Hickey for Maguire (47 mins), K O’Hanlon for Deane (53), L Harrington for Loughrey (57), Mark Collins for O’Driscoll (62).

WATERFORD: S Barron; T Ó hÚllacháin, T O’Gorman, B Looby; M Curry, J McGarth, R O Ceallaigh; C Prunty, T Prendergast; D Power, D Breathnach, D Allen; S Corcoran, P Whyte, M O’Halloran.
Subs: S Enright for Barron (HT), M O’Gorman for Ó Ceallaigh (HT), JJ Hutchinson for Breathnach (HT), G Crotty for Allen (HT), L Lawlor for Power (HT), L Ó Curráin for Lawlor (41 mins, inj).

Referee: S Lonergan (Tipperary)

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Waterford Senior Football Team v Cork

The Senior Football Team to face Cork in Mallow in the McGrath Cup on Thursday night at 8pm has just being named.

1. Sean Barron (Ardmore)
2. Tadhg O’Hullachain (An Rinn)
3. Thomas O’Gorman (Nire)
4. Brian Looby (Ballinacourty)
5. Michael Curry (Rathgormack)
6. James McGrath (Nire)
7. Ray O’Ceallaigh (An Rinn)
8. Conor Prunty (Ballinacourty)
9. Tommy Prendergast (Kilrossanty)
10. Michael O’Halloran (Ballinacourty)
11. Donie Breathnach (An Rinn)
12. Declan Allen (Clashmore)
13. David Power (Kilrossanty)
14. Paul Whyte (Kilrossanty)
15. Shaun Corcoran (St. Saviours)

The Cork Senior Football team to play Waterford on Thursday at 8pm in Mallow has been named as follows:

Brendan O Connell (Glanmire)
Colm O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
Jamie O Sullivan (Bishopstown)
Kieran Histon (Cobh)
Tomas Clancy (Fermoy)
James Loughrey (Mallow)
Bart Daly (Newmarket)
Ian Maguire (St Finbarrs)
Ruairi Deane (Bantry Blues)
Andrew O Sullivan (Castletownbere)
Luke Connolly (Nemo Rangers)
Mark Collins (Castlehaven)
Daniel Goulding (Eire Og)
Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael)
Brian Hurley (Castlehaven)
16. Ken O Halloran (Bishopstown)
17. Jamie Davis (Douglas)
18. Lorcan Harrington (Castletownbere)
19. Mark Collins (O Donovan Rossa)
20. Killian O Hanlon (Kilshannig)
21. Brian Coughlan (Kinsale)
22. Dan McEoin (Ilen Rovers)
23. Seamus Hickey (Rockchapel)
24. Kevin O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)