AIB Munster Intermediate Club Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Lismore (Waterford) 1-15 Newport (Tipperary) 1-12

Lismore (Waterford) defeated Newport (Tipperary) by 1-15 to 1-12 in the AIB Munster Intermediate Club Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday November 5th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.


AIB Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Final

Lismore (Waterford) 1-15 Newport (Tipperary) 1-12

Report by Ed Donnelly (info.munster@gaa.ie)

A good start and a good finish to this game helped Lismore of Waterford qualify for the Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Final courtesy of a three point victory over a wasteful Newport side.


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Played in dry and cold conditions at Fraher Field Dungarvan, Lismore raced in to a 1-3 to 0-0 lead, the goal coming courtesy of Maurice Shanahan in the fourth minute (pictured below).

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Newport were creating chances in this period but had hit four wides and missed two goal chances before they opened their account in the 12th minute when Martin Carey set up Eamon McCormack for a goal.

Scores were at a premium for the next ten minutes but points from Dan Shanahan, Jack Prendergast and Maurice Shanahan (free) eased Lismore in to a five point lead approaching half-time. Newport managed to score two points from play in first half stoppage time courtesy of Martin Carey and Pa Ryan and at the interval, Lismore led by 1-6 to 1-3 with Newport rueing their 7 first half wides.

Lismore edged back in to a five point lead early in the second half as Jack Prendergast and Maurice Shanahan (free) scored points but Newport were soon to get a stranglehold on the game. Slowly but surely, the Tipperary side began to eat in to the deficit. Four points on the trot from Daniel Carew (3 frees) left just two points between the teams at the end of the third quarter. Further points from Odhran Floyd, Stephen O’Connor and Peter O’Sullivan brought the sides level in the 52nd minute and with all the momentum, Newport looked set for victory.

Crucially in this encounter, Lismore never trailed and their response to Newport’s purple patch was instant. Dan Shanahan managed to escape the shackles of Conor O’Mahony long enough to put Lismore back in front in the 53rd minute followed quickly by further points from Brendan Landers and Maurice Shanahan (free) to restore their three point advantage.

The game was now at fever pitch as the tackles flew in and every ball was eagerly contested. Newport to their credit kept plugging away and points from Darragh Carroll (free) and Pa Ryan left the minimum between the teams as the game entered injury time. When news of an additional four minutes injury time were relayed to the 841 patrons in attendance, the tension was palpable.

With the game flowing from end to end, Newport were now taking chances by pushing more players forward and this additional space allowed Lismore midfielder John Prendergast to score a point from play in the 62nd minute to put the Waterford champions in to a dangerous two point lead.

With a goal now required, Newport set about creating a goal chance and it duly arrived courtesy of excellent inter-play from Pa Ryan and team captain Sean O’Brien before O’Brien’s low shot went narrowly wide. Lismore won the resultant puckout and worked the ball to Maurice Shanahan who scored a point from play with the last puck of the game to secure a hard-earned but deserved three point victory.

Lismore will now play Monaleen (Limerick) or Kilmoyley (Kerry) in the Munster Final while Newport can look back with pride on their year while regretting the 14 wides they hit in this game as compared to 5 for the winners.

Lismore: Seanie Barry; Michéal Fitzgerald, David Prendergast, Pat Hennessey; Eoin Bennett, Ray Barry, Paudie Prendergast (Capt., 0-1); Stevie Barry, John Prendergast (0-2); Brendan Landers (0-1), Jack Prendergast (0-1), Maurice Shanahan (1-8, 0-7 frees); Brian Bennett, Dan Shanahan (0-2), Peter O’Keeffe
Subs: Aaron Whelan for O’Keeffe (36m), Ronan Landers for Bennett (51m), Eric O’Sullivan for Stevie Barry (57m)

Newport: Mike Flannery; Conor Hickey, Conor O’Mahony, Andrew Hickey; Odhran Floyd (0-1), Sean O’Brien (Capt.), Conor Floyd; Cian Flanagan, Stephen O’Connor (0-1); Peter O’Sullivan (0-1), Pa Ryan (0-3), Darragh Carroll (0-1 free); Eamon McCormack (1-0), Martin Carey (0-1), Daniel Carew (0-4, 0-3 frees)
Subs: Robert Houlihan for O’Connor (28-29m blood), Eoin Shinnors for Carey (HT), Aidan Moloney for Carew (56m)

Referee: Declan O’Driscoll (Limerick)

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AIB Munster Junior Club Football Championship Quarter-Final – Gabriel Rangers (Cork) 2-11 Meelick (Clare) 0-2

Gabriel Rangers (Cork) defeated Meelick (Clare) by 2-11 to 0-2 in the AIB Munster Junior Club Football Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday November 6th at Clonakilty.

Waterford Senior Football Championship Final – The Nire 1-17 Ballinacourty 0-8

The Nire defeated Ballinacourty by 1-17 to 0-8 in the Waterford Senior Football Championship Final on Sunday November 6th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.

AIB Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Ballyea (Clare) 4-18 Thurles Sarsfields (Tipperary) 2-22

Ballyea (Clare) defeated Thurles Sarsfields (Tipperary) by 4-18 to 2-22 after extra time in the AIB Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday November 6th at Cusack Park Ennis.


Munster SHC: Ballyea defeat Thurles in a thriller

Ballyea (Clare) 4-18 Thurles Sarsfields (Tipperary) 1-22

After extra-time

Report from GAA.ie

Tony Kelly scored 1-10 as Ballyea staged a dramatic comeback to defeat Thurles Sarsfields at Cusack Park, Ennis. Thurles Sarsfields led by seven points with eight minutes of normal time remaining, but Ballyea, who won their first Clare SHC title a week ago, came storming back.

Kelly was immense, while Clare’s All Star Football nominee Gary Brennan forced extra-time grabbing a brilliant last gasp goal. Despite leaking two goals in the first six minutes, Thurles Sarsfields responded impressively departing at the break 1-11 to 2-4 in front.

Ballyea got off to a flying start with a fourth minute Tony Kelly goal from a penalty followed by a major from Pearse Lillis, who was causing Thurles plenty of problems. The Tipperary standard bearers, though, with Padraic Maher effective at centre back replied and were assisted by a fortuitous 13th minute Aidan McCormack goal.

That came during a Sarsfields burst in which they struck 1-6 without reply as McCormack and Pa Bourke were sharp in attack. Niall Deasy ended an 18 minute search for a Ballyea score, but Thurles still went in four points ahead at the turnaround.

When the action recommenced Pa Bourke continued to be effective for Thurles, who led by 1-15 to 2-6 at the three quarter mark. In the closing stages Kelly narrowed the gap with a string of delightful points before Brennan’s critical intervention.

It was a thrilling encounter with Ballyea, inspired by Kelly, outscoring Thurles 1-3 to 0-2 in the first period of extra-time with Damien Burke netting a 67th minute goal. A wonderful match remained packed with incident as Padraic Maher rattled the Ballyea in the 75th minute net to draw Sarfields level. But Ballyea stayed cool under pressure as Niall Deasy landed a free and a 65 to seal victory for the Clare outfit.

Scorers for Ballyea: T Kelly 1-10 (1-0 pen, 3fs, 165), N Deasy 0-5 (3fs, 165), P Lillis 1-1, D Burke 1-1, G Brennan 1-0, P Connolly 0-1.

Scorers for Thurles Sarsfields: P Bourke 0-9 (6fs), A McCormack 1-4, P Maher 1-0, T Doyle 0-3, C Lanigan 0-2, R Maher 0-1, J Maher 0-1, M O’Brien 0-1, S Cahill 0-1.



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AIB Munster Intermediate Club Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Kilmoyley (Kerry) 4-12 Monaleen (Limerick) 0-13

Kilmoyley (Kerry) defeated Monaleen (Limerick) by 4-12 to 0-13 in the AIB Munster Intermediate Club Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday November 6th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.



Kilmoyley finally make Munster breakthrough with victory against Monaleen

Report by Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kilmoyley (Kerry) 4-12 Monaleen (Limerick) 0-13

They’ve been knocking since 1971 but yesterday, the door finally opened for Kilmoyley. In all that time, they’ve been playing Munster club hurling at various grades, but had never won a game.

That was until the Kerry senior hurling kingpins cracked the code in the AIB Munster IHC, slaying Monaleen at the Gaelic Grounds, and with 11 points to spare. Victory has set up a final clash with Lismore, who boast Dan and Maurice Shanahan in their ranks, but Kilmoyley won’t fear them.

Some six weeks had passed since they retained their senior title in Kerry, and drew level with Ballyduff on 24 crowns each. And now the next challenge for Kilmoyley is to go one step better than Ballyduff, who lost Munster intermediate finals in 2011 and 2012.

Managing them is Fergie O’Loughlin, brother of Clare legend Ger, and he summoned the Banner spirit of ’95 before throw-in yesterday. O’Loughlin said: “I thought we had a great chance today, our preparation was very good, they bought into it and it’s a fantastic feeling. “My cry inside in the dressing room was that I mentioned Anthony Daly in 1995, that we were no longer going to be the whipping boys in Clare. “That statement needed to be made in Munster for Kerry hurling and Kilmoyley.”

And it was an emphatic statement as Kerry senior captain Daniel Collins led by example, collecting 1-7 while also providing an assist for the first of Maurice O’Connor’s two goals. That was Kilmoyley’s second green flag, after Adrian Royle had pounced earlier, and they led by 2-6 to 0-7 at half-time.

Monaleen, without county senior team selector Brian Geary and new call-up Andrew La Touche Cosgrave, briefly threatened a second half revival but a third goal for Kilmoyley, scored by Collins after a searing run, cut that short. And a fourth goal put the icing on the cake with ten minutes remaining, O’Connor collecting his second to put the seal on a memorable afternoon.

Scorers for Kilmoyley: D Collins (1-7, 4 frees), M O’Connor (2-1), A Royle (1-0), J McGelligott (0-2), R Collins and J Godley (0-1 each).

Scorers for Monaleen: M O’Dwyer (0-8, 7 frees), G Gollins and S Mullane (0-2 each), J Nicholas (0-1).

KILMOYLEY: A McCabe; S Murnane, C Savage, R Collins; S Dowling, T Murnane, D Fitzell; P O’Connor, J Godley; K McCarthy, D Collins, S Maunsell; J Brick, A Royle, M O’Connor
Sub: J McGelligott for Brick (38).

MONALEEN: C O’Dwyer; D Madden, D Cosgrave, J Porter; L Lyons, C O’Brien, D Golden; M Doyle, S Griffin; S Mullane, D Doyle, J O’Dwyer; P Russell, G Collins, M O’Dwyer
Subs: J Nicholas for Doyle (h.t.), D Power for Porter (52), C Sherlock for Mullane (53), D Lehane for O’Brien (59)

Referee: C Lyons (Cork)


AIB Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Glen Rovers (Cork) 0-15 Patrickswell (Limerick) 0-14

Glen Rovers (Cork) defeated Patrickswell (Limerick) by 0-15 to 0-14 in the AIB Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday November 6th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.



Munster SHC: Glen Rovers advance

Glen Rovers (Cork) 0-15 Patrickswell (Limerick) 0-14

By Jackie Cahill at the Gaelic Grounds for GAA.ie

Glen Rovers are back in an AIB Munster Senior Club Hurling Final for the first time in 40 years. The Cork outfit, who lost at the semi-final stage to Ballygunner last year, went one step better at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick to edge out Patrickswell.

They left it late, however, only getting ahead in the 58th minute through talismanic county forward Patrick Horgan, who collected eight points in total. And Glen Rovers had goalkeeper Cathal Hickey to thank for a couple of cracking second half saves to deny first Thomas O’Brien and later Seanie O’Brien.

Limerick star Cian Lynch also had an early opportunity that he flashed wide and on a day when Patrickswell should have had at least two goals, they failed to register a green flag. But Glen Rovers were wasteful themselves, particularly in the first half when they registered nine of their 13 wides.

They still managed to do enough, becoming the first Cork club to win a game in the provincial competition since Newtownshandrum won the 2009 final. At half-time, in front of 2,761 spectators on a bitterly cold afternoon, Rovers were 0-4 to 0-7 adrift, but had played against the breeze in the opening half.

Patrickswell were moving better, but failed to translate some good possession into scores, which left the door open for Rovers after half-time. After Hickey saved from Thomas O’Brien, Horgan hit a point from play at the other end to kickstart proceedings in the second half, but Aaron Gillane’s point had Patrickswell three clear again.

Rovers dug in and were level at nine points each when Horgan clipped over a 39th minute free. Patrickswell rallied again to move two points clear on three occasions as the scores began to flow freely but Horgan was the man who pulled them level at 0-3 apiece with eight minutes left.

Hickey was called into action again with five minutes left, pushing away Seanie O’Brien’s effort before Lar Considine pulled on the loose ball and put it wide with the goal gaping. Those were costly missed as, two minutes from time, Horgan somehow managed to engineer a free for himself despite being surrounded by a posse of Patrickswell players and converted for the lead score, 0-14 to 0-13.

Conor Dorris made it a two-point game with a glorious score from the touchline before Patrickswell gave themselves a glimmer of hope when their leading scorer Gillane was on target with a free in the second minute of stoppage time. But the clock ran out on Gary Kirby’s charges and Glen Rovers will now aim for a first Munster senior club title since 1976 in a fortnight’s time, when they face Clare kingpins Ballyea in a novel decider.

Scorers for Glen Rovers: P Horgan 0-8 (6fs), D Brosnan, C Dorris and D Busteed 0-2 each, D Cronin 0-1.

Scorers for Patrickswell: A Gillane 0-6 (4fs), D Byrnes 0-3 (2 65s, 1f), T O’Brien 0-2, C Lynch, J Kelleher and K O’Brien 0-1 each.

Glen Rovers: C Hickey; C Healy, S McDonnell, G Moylan; D Dooling, B Moylan, G Callanan; D Cronin, D Noonan; D Brosnan, P Horgan, D Cunningham; C Dorris, C O’Brien, D Busteed
Sub: B Phelan for O’Brien (44).

Patrickswell: B Murray; N Carmody, J Mann, T Nolan; M Carmody, D Byrnes, N Foley; J Kelleher, B Foley; A Gillane, S O’Brien, C Lynch; T O’Brien, K O’Brien L Considine
Subs: J Flynn for B Foley (48), P Harty for Considine (58).

Referee: R McGann (Clare).
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AIB Munster Senior Club Football Championship Semi-Final – The Nire (Waterford) 2-15 Carbery Rangers (Cork) 1-13

The Nire (Waterford) defeated Carbery Rangers (Cork) by 2-15 to 1-13 after extra time in the AIB Munster Senior Club Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday November 13th at Clonakility.


The Nire find extra energy to outgun Carbery Rangers

Report by Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Carbery Rangers (Cork) 1-13 The Nire (Waterford) 2-15: This lively Munster Club SFC semi-final at Clonakilty went to extra-time before The Nire’s hunger and work rate were finally rewarded, the Waterford champions seeing off Carbery Rangers of Cork with a burst of 1-4 to 0-2 in the additional period.

Rangers’ manager Ronan McCarthy said he had no complaints with the result, and the 1,975 in attendance couldn’t have either. The Nire recovered from a six-point deficit with 20 minutes to go to lead in injury time, and their eventual win was just reward for their application.

It looked different for the West Cork side early on. The only goal of the first-half came when centre-back Robbie Kiely hit a long clearance which broke kindly for Hayes eight minutes into the game.

Hayes was outnumbered but kept his nerve to roll a calm finish to the corner of the net, and the score clearly boosted the West Cork men’s confidence. By contrast, The Nire wouldn’t have been happy when looking back on their first-half, which yielded only four scores.

They came close to springing the lock to the Carbery defence more than once with cross-field deliveries but the Cork side were only really troubled once, when Dylan Guiry’s driving run gave him a sight of goal – his shot was deflected and Ronan Milner in the Carbery goal had to look sharp to make the stop.

In general Robbie Kiely’s marshalling of the Cork side’s defence kept them untroubled, and they could also depend on midfielder Brian Shanahan’s accuracy from frees – he hit two good ones to push the Cork side five ahead, a fair reflection of their display in the opening 30 minutes. Dylan Guiry, again breaking from deep, managed another Nire point, but John Hayes’s late, late free made it 1-6 to 0-4 at half-time.

Brian Wall (free) and sub. Kieran Fitzpatrick swapped scores on the resumption, but wing-back Jerry O’Riordan ranged forward for a fine score to put Carbery six ahead on 37 minutes. Then The Nire struck – a sweeping move ended with Gleeson rattling the crossbar from close range, but Liam Lawlor slotted the rebound expertly to the net. A Wall free and a fine Gleeson point from play and it was 1-7 to 1-8 with 20 minutes left, The Nire in full cry.

Brian Hodnett and Wall (free) swapped points before Gleeson levelled proceedings with 10 minutes remaining and the game anybody’s.

The Nire roared forward and Wall pointed another free to nudge his side ahead. John Hayes levelled matters in the 59th minute, but when Gleeson hit another fine point it looked enough for a dramatic Nire win. With a last-gasp effort, however, Carbery sub. Seamus Hayes fisted over a dramatic equaliser.

In extra time the Waterford men surged ahead: Darren Guiry and Brian Shanahan swapped points, and then The Nire simply took over. Sub Jake Mulcahy put his side one up, and then came the crucial score: a Gleeson cross broke kindly for Shane Walsh and he found the net calmly. Gleeson hit another fine point and it was 2-14 to 1-12 at half-time in extra time.

Darren Guiry added yet another for The Nire on the resumption, but they needed a superb save by Tommy Wall to deny Seamus Hayes a certain goal on 73 minutes – Wall was injured, and substituted, in the process, but it was the play which made the game safe for his side.

On yesterday’s evidence – and given how close they came to beating Austin Stacks in the 2014 decider – their opponents in the final, Dr Crokes, should consider themselves forewarned. The Nire will bring a hard core of inter county experience in hurling and football to the table in two weeks’ time, as well as a sense of unfinished business. A danger combination.

Scorers for Carbery Rangers: J. Hayes (1-3, 0-3 frees); B. Shanahan (0-4, 0-2 frees); B. Hodnett (0-2); J. O’Riordan, K. Fitzpatrick, K. McMahon, S. Hayes (0-1 each).

Scorers for The Nire: B. Wall (0-6, 0-5 frees); C. Gleeson (0-5); L. Lawlor, S. Walsh (1-0 each); Darren Gary (0-2 frees); J. Mulcahy, Dylan Guiry (0-1 each).

CARBERY RANGERS: R. Milner, M. Kelly, T. O’Rourke, S. Murray, J. O’Riordan, R. Kiely, P. Hodnett, B. Shanahan, J. Fitzpatrick, A. Jennings, B. Hodnett, K. McMahon, C. O’Donovan, C. O’Rourke, J. Hayes.

Subs: R. Hegarty for Murray (15); K. Fitzpatrick for C. O’Rourke (HT); S. Hayes for O’Donovan (43); M. Mennis for Jennings (44); A. Roche for Kelly (48); M. Ronan for T. O’Rourke (58); B. Kelly for Mennis (Start ET); M. Kelly for P. Hodnett (66); A. Jennings for B. Hodnett (HT ET); C. O’Donovan for B. Kelly (black card, 70).

THE NIRE: T. Wall, J. Walsh, T. O’Gorman, D. Ryan, J. McGrath, C. Guiry, J. Barron, S. Walsh (c), D. Guiry, S. Lawlor, B. Wall, S. Ryan, L. Lawlor, D. Guiry, C. Gleeson
Subs: K. Guiry and J. Mulcahy for C. Guiry and L. Lawlor (50); D. Nugent for K. Guiry (62); K. Guiry and L. Lawlor for D. Nugent and B. Wall (Start ET); C. Mulcahy for J. Walsh (75); D. Murphy for T. Wall (inj, 75); K. Brazil for L. Lawlor (80).

Referee: P. O’Sullivan (Kerry)



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AIB Munster Junior Club Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Ballyduff Lower (Waterford) 0-14 Ballybacon-Grange (Tipperary) 0-6

Ballyduff Lower (Waterford) defeated Ballybacon-Grange (Tipperary) by 0-14 to 0-6 in the AIB Munster Junior Club Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Saturday November 12th at Walsh Park Waterford.


Busy Ballyduff Lower keep their run going

By Dermot Keyes for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Ballyduff Lower (Waterford) 0-14 Ballybacon-Grange (Tipperary) 0-6: Ballyduff Lower, in action for the third time in a week given their ongoing Waterford JFC campaign, powered into the provincial decider following a comfortable win over Ballybacon-Grange at Walsh Park on Saturday.

Brian Power’s reliability from the dead ball, coupled with four points from play by former inter-county man Jack Kennedy, propelled the Déise men to victory against a Ballybacon outfit who landed just three points from play, and only one during the second-half.

On a day when neither side carried a potent goal threat, Ballyduff led 0-6 to 0-5 at the break, having responded well to Ballybacon’s positive opening, after the Tipp men led by two points inside the opening three minutes.

However, as the match wore on, Ballybacon’s inability to make good on decent territory was punished by Ballyduff’s greater accuracy, as Power and Kennedy ensured their campaign will endure into a Munster Final appearance on December 4th.

Scorers for Ballyduff Lower: Brian Power (0-7f), J Kennedy (0-4), D Reade (0-1), C Lyons (0-1), D Cheasty (0-1).

Scorers for Ballybacon-Grange: B Cummins (0-2; 0-1f, 0-1 65), A Lonergan (0-1f), G Cronin (0-1), D O’Regan (0-1), T Kirwan (0-1).

BALLYDUFF LOWER: M Atkins; M De Paor, J O’Leary, M Millea; Bryan Power, C Lyons, P Kennedy; C Power, Brian Power; C Dunphy, J Kennedy, J Lyons; D Reade, D Cheasty, E Cummins
Subs: R Coffey-O’Shea for E Cummins (49); A Carroll for C Dunphy (59).

BALLYBACON-GRANGE: B Cummins; P Walsh, E Walsh, C Carrigan; A Savage, B Dillon, S Nagle; C O’Gorman, B Hewitt; G Cronin, M O’Sullivan, P Murphy; T Kirwan, A Lonergan, D O’Regan
Subs: M Barlow for T Kirwan and D Boyle for E Walsh (both HT); S Maher for M O’Sullivan (57); B Lonergan for A Lonergan (54); M Ryan for G Cronin (60+).

Referee: J Murphy (Limerick)

AIB Munster Junior Club Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Mayfield (Cork) 1-27 Bodyke (Clare) 1-7

Mayfield (Cork) defeated Bodyke (Clare) by 1-27 to 1-7 in the AIB Munster Junior Club Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday November 13th at Mayfield.


Mayfield ease their way to Munster junior decider

Report by Therese O’Callaghan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Mayfield (Cork) 1-27 Bodyke (Clare) 1-7: Mayfield had very little difficulty in getting the better of Bodyke at their home grounds yesterday to set up a Munster JAHC club final against Ballyduff Lower in Mallow on the first Sunday in December.

In their two games in Munster so far, the Cork side has totalled 5-61, having also recorded a facile victory over St Patrick’s, Limerick a fortnight ago.

Bodyke didn’t help their cause with full-back Ian Molloy receiving two needless yellow cards in quick succession as early as the fifth minute, and while they kept battling, the numerical disadvantage eventually told.

Mayfield led 1-11 to 1-5 at the break, and had matters all their own way in the second half as they cruised to a 20-point win. A flawless performance with some spectacular point-taking from Kevin Punch, Nicky Kelly, David O’Neill, Shane Kelly and Shane Duggan. Duggan netted the Mayfield goal on nine minutes. Paddy Fitzgerald raised the Bodyke green flag, while Keith Quigley bagged five points. The Clare side finished with 13 men after Colin Molloy got a second yellow late on.

Scorers for Mayfield: N Kelly (0-8, four frees), S Duggan (1-5), D O’Neill (0-4), S Kelly and K Punch (0-3 each), R O’Keeffe (pen), G Looney, D Malone and K Walsh (0-1 each).

Scorers for Bodyke: K Quigley (0-5, four frees), P Fitzgerald (1-0), W Fitzgerald and K Quigley (0-1 each).

MAYFIELD: R O’Keeffe; K Brosnan, D Lucey, B O’Leary; G Looney, S Donovan (capt), G Lehane; K Punch, D Hayes; S Kelly, N Kelly, D O’Neill; S Duggan, K Walsh, P Duggan
Subs: S Crowley for B O’Leary (43), D Malone for K Walsh (46), C O’Sullivan for G Looney (49), I Looney for D O’Neill (53), C Bond for G Lehane (56).

BODYKE: S Quigley; P McNamara, I Molloy, G Moroney; C Molloy (Capt), P Walsh, S Walsh; K Quigley, D Melody; D McGuire, P Fitzgerald, L O’Donnell; I Murray, C Walsh, J Howard.
Subs: W Fitzgerald for J Howard (13), C Malone for P Fitzgerald (50), P Fitzgerald for L O’Donnell (51 inj), E Healy for G Moroney (64).

Referee: John McCormack (Tipperary)

AIB Munster Intermediate Club Football Championship Semi-Final – Kenmare (Kerry) 3-11 Kifenora (Clare) 0-7

Kenmare (Kerry) defeated Kifenora (Clare) by 3-11 to 0-7 in the AIB Munster Intermediate Club Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday November 13th at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.


Dream start sets up Kenmare for victory

Report by Mortimer Murphy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kenmare Shamrocks (Kerry) 3-11 Kilfenora (Clare) 0-7: Kenmare Shamrocks qualified for their second Munster Club final in five years with a 13 point win over Clare champions Kilfenora in Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney yesterday.

The Kerry outfit had a dream start: Paul O’Connor set up All-Ireland winning Kerry minor captain Seanie O’Shea for their first goal inside the opening minute.

Despite that early blow Kilfenora refused to crumble with skipper Cian O’Dea and Killian Malone leading their charge Indeed Kenmare can thank goalkeeper Kieran Fitzgibbon and full back Tommy O’Sullivan for denying the visitors goals in a fast-paced first half.

O’Connor was again the provider for Kenmare’s second goal through Stephen O’Brien, a strike which handed them a 2-6 to 0-5 lead at half-time. However, they were guilty of overplaying the ball at times instead of taking the simpler option when it came to scores. Despite the high profile of the Kenmare full- forward line it was some of their less heralded figures like midfielder David Hallissey along with Shane and Kevin O’Sullivan who impressed most in this victory.

O’Connor scored the game’s third goal two minutes after the restart to end the game as a contest at 3-6 to 0-5. Both Malone and James Keane were the Clare side’s only scorers from play on the day as O’Dea slotted over two impressive ‘45’s’ as part of a three-point total. Kenmare now look to do the Munster Club IFC and JFC double when they face Adare.

Scorers for Kenmare Shamrocks: P O’Connor (1-5, 4f), S O’Brien (1-2), Sean O’Shea (1-1), K O’Sullivan (0-2) and S O’Leary (0-1)

Kilfenora scorers: C O’Dea (0-3, 2 ‘45’s, 1f), K Malone (0-3, 2f) and J Keane (0- 1)

KENMARE: K Fitzgibbon; Stephen O’Shea, T O’Sullivan, D Crowley; S O’Sullivan, D O’Shea, M Crowley; JM Foley, D Hallissey; P O’Shea, S O’Leary, K O’Sullivan; Sean O’Shea, P O’Connor, S O’Brien
Subs: D O’Connor for Sean O’Shea and D Cronin for Stephen O’Shea (both 40); S Dalton for Foley and C O’Sullivan for D O’Shea (both 45); B O’Sullivan for O’Leary (49) and K Price for P O’Shea (54);

KILFENORA: L Keane; S Long, P Carkill, C Howley; M Egan, P Connole, D Egan; J O’Dea, C O’Dea; A Long, M Duffy, P Ireland; K Malone, D McCormack, J Keane
Subs: J O’Gorman for Keane (51); D Flanagan for Long (57); D McMahon for McCormack and MJ Malone for Ireland (both 59);

Referee: R Moloney (Limerick)