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)


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)

AIB Munster Senior Club Football Championship Semi-Final – Dr. Crokes (Kerry) 1-12 Loughmore-Castleiney (Tipperary) 0-9

Dr. Crokes (Kerry) defeated Loughmore-Castleiney (Tipperary) by 1-12 to 0-9 in the AIB Munster Senior Club Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday November 13th at Dr. Crokes GAA Grounds Killarney.

Dr Crokes lacked ‘energy and urgency’ in race for the line

By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Dr Crokes (Kerry) 1-12 Loughmore-Castleiney (Tipperary) 0-9: No energy, no urgency, no composure, poor decision-making, sloppy with ball in hand and wasteful in front of goal.

No, this wasn’t the post-match assessment of Loughmore-Castleiney manager Declan Laffan after his team’s six-point dismissal at the hands of Dr Crokes — albeit he was frustrated by a raft of refereeing decisions.

Instead, this was the reaction offered by winning selector Harry O’Neill. And if the deeply dissatisfied demeanour of the Crokes players was anything to go by as they trooped off the pitch afterwards, it’s fair to say his views were shared by the vast majority of the Killarney camp. Indeed, such was their frustration at the final whistle that there were a couple of strong words exchanged between one management official and a player whilst still on the field.

“Everyone is passionate about what we do here,” said O’Neill. “I think there was a bit of frustration coming out there [after the final whistle]. If we took the frustration out during the match then we might have won it by a bit more. But we didn’t. We set out to bring passion and composure to the game, but those elements didn’t come together and so you are going to be frustrated.”

The final scoreline may have had them six clear of the visitors, but this was an afternoon where Pat O’Shea’s charges laboured, rather than strode, to the finishing post.

Colm Cooper, who finished with 1-3 to his name, was the sole Crokes player to seriously trouble the opposition defence. Brian Looney was substituted with 25 minutes remaining; Johnny Buckley was hauled ashore, as was Kieran O’Leary and Ambrose O’Donovan. Throw in Fionn Fitzgerald’s 42nd minute black card and it was just that sort of a day for Crokes.

Cooper’s well-taken goal six minutes in — he was set-up by a delicious Kieran O’Leary pass — was their sole score inside the opening 14 minutes and was cancelled out by two Liam McGrath frees and a Joseph Hennessy point. The latter should have offloaded to Brian McGrath who was unmarked just yards from Shane Murphy’s goal.

Three unanswered points thereafter from Gavin O’Shea, Diathí Casey and Johnny Buckley — the last of which arrived off the back of an excellent one-two with Cooper — put Crokes 1-3 to 0-3 clear. Still, there was never a sense they were about to speed off into the distance. It was as if they were stuck in third gear.

The gap held at three to the break, 1-5 to 0-5, but could have been closer had advantage been afforded to Brian McGrath on 24 minutes. Liam McGrath had been fouled as the ball fell kindly to his first cousin inside the Crokes cover, but instead of allowing the All-Ireland minor winning hurling captain continue toward goal, referee James Bermingham called play back for a Loughmore-Castleiney free which Liam knocked over.

“We were very disappointed going in at half-time at how we had played,” continued O’Neill. “We showed a lack of energy, a lack of urgency. We were sloppy in our delivery of passes. We had very bad wides in the first five, six minutes, ones, normally, where if you put a blindfold on a lad, they’d kick it over.

“We managed the game a small bit better in the second-half, but we didn’t perform better. It was a very poor performance.” He added: “We knew we were going to be in a battle and we tried to get that through to players, but maybe it didn’t get through to our lads what they were really going to be up against.”

A fine Liam Treacy effort 23 seconds into the second period cut the deficit to two, but it was the Tipp side’s sole score from play for the remainder of the half; Liam McGrath added three frees to the three he converted in the first-half.

A second three-point burst from Looney, Casey (free) and Cooper shoved the favourites into a 1-9 to 0-7 lead with 20 minutes remaining and probably the most pleasing aspect of their performance was the manner in which the defence shut down the several final quarter plays where Loughmore sought to engineer a goal opening.

The visitors finished with 13 men as Tomás McGrath and John Ryan received second yellows on 57 and 61 minutes respectively. When these two teams last clashed in the 2013 Munster semi-final, 17 cards (three red, 14 yellow) were doled out. Yesterday’s card count reached 13.

“We wouldn’t be happy with some of the decisions of the referee, probably all through the game,” said Loughmore-Castleiney manager Declan Laffan. “The big one was when Brian McGrath was through on goal in the first-half. There was no one within 20 yards of him and the referee blows back for the free instead of giving the advantage.

“There’ll be something made of our discipline again. In my opinion, the referee was the one who caused the aggro. Players get frustrated when they feel they’re not being treated properly.”

Scorers for Dr Crokes: C Cooper (1-3, 0-1 free); D Casey (0-2, 0-2 frees); E Brosnan, J Kiely, G White, G O’Shea, J Buckley, B Looney, T Brosnan (0-1 each).

Scorers for Loughmore-Castleiney: L McGrath (0-6 frees, 0-6 frees); J Hennessy, J McGrath, L Treacy (0-1 each).

Dr Crokes: S Murphy; J Payne, M Moloney, F Fitzgerald; D O’Leary, A O’Sullivan, G White; A O’Donovan, E Brosnan; J Buckley, D Casey, B Looney; K O’Leary, C Cooper, G O’Shea
Subs: M Burns for Looney (35 mins); L Quinn for Fitzgerald (42, bc); J Kiely for O’Shea (48); T Brosnan for Buckley (54); M Milner for A O’Donovan (59); B O’Shea for O’Leary (60).

Loughmore-Castleiney: D Brennan; L Egan, J Meagher, W Eviston; J Ryan, A McGrath, J Hennessy; N McGrath, L Treacy; A McGrath, E Sweeney, T McGrath; J McGrath, B McGrath, L McGrath
Subs: D Kennedy for L Treacy (38, bc); T Maher for Sweeney (58); E Connolly for B McGrath (58).

Referee: J Bermingham (Cork)


AIB Munster Intermediate Club Football Championship Semi-Final – Adare (Limerick) 0-13 Kiskeam (Cork) 0-10

Adare (Limerick) defeated Kiskeam (Cork) by 0-13 to 0-10 in the AIB Munster Intermediate Club Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday November 13th at Mallow.

Adare serve notice with skilful show in Mallow

Report by Diarmuid Sheehan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Adare (Limerick) 0-13 Kiskeam (Cork) 0-10: Adare booked their place in the Munster Club IFC final in impressive fashion with an impressive dismissal of Cork champions Kiskeam at the Mallow GAA Complex yesterday.

The Limerick side made little of their underdog status and had too much guile for a Kiskeam side that struggled for long periods and ultimately ran out of both steam and luck.

Led in the scoring stakes by Shane Costello and Hugh Bourke, Adare dominated the opening 10 minutes, conceded the next 10, before regaining their composure and taking control of the tie for the remainder of the game.

“I just can’t say what it means to us here” manager Harry Gleeson admitted afterwards. “We came here with what we thought was a great bunch of lads, a great group, all friends and we did what many people thought we couldn’t. I am so proud of everyone involved.”

His Kiskeam counterpart Denis Reen was rocked by the reversal yet paid huge tribute to the Limerick champions. “They deserved it. They are a great side” said Reen. “They could have won this by a lot more. We looked tired.

“We were training well but on the day the better side won and I wish them all the best in the future. This side will take some beating”.

Kiskeam had some early chances with the best of those falling to David Scannell. After a slow start from the Cork side they got to the pace of proceedings after falling 0-4 to 0-1 behind with Tom O’Sullivan impressing for the winners.

Kiskeam drew level after 11 minutes with two more fine scores before wing forward Robert Carroll gave the north Cork side the lead with a fisted effort.

Adare could have capitulated at that point but credit to the men in red and black they battled back in what was quickly becoming a highly entertaining encounter. Adare’s Costello was causing no end of problems in the opening period with one of his mazy runs on 20 minutes leading to a golden opportunity for Davy Lyons however a brilliant save from sweeper Daniel Fitzgerald meant the game was all square at the break.

Adare looked comfortable after the restart as Kiskeam began to wilt with Costello, midfielder Jack English and centre-forward Bourke all showing that this is a side that must be taken seriously.

For Kiskeam this will be a tough loss, however, with senior football in their immediate future there will be many more big days ahead.

Scorers for Adare: S Costello 0-5 (one free); H Bourke 0-4 (three frees); M Connolly 0-2, D Lyons, J English 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kiskeam: T O’Sullivan 0-4 (one free); G Casey 0-2 (one free), R Carroll, M Herlihy (one free), D Scannell, B Dennehy 0-1 each.

ADARE: B Carmody; C Ryan, E Costello, A O’Connell; S Doherty, D Connolly, D Sexton; J Lohan, J English; D Lyons, H Bourke, E Ryan; M Connolly, S Costello, N Mulvihill
Subs: P Maher for C Ryan (15), C McCarthy for E Costello (21), R Bourke for N Mulvihill (44), M Lyons for D Lyons (48), J Fitzgibbon for E Ryan (52).

KISKEAM: A Casey; K O’Connor, AJ O’Connor, D J Casey; S Linehan, J Dennehy, M Casey; T Dennehy, M Casey; T Dennehy, A Carroll; G Casey, M Herlihy, R Carroll; D Scannell, D Fitzgerald, T O’Sullivan
Subs: S O’Sullivan for R Carroll (39), B Dennehy for A Carroll (50), L Cardy for K O’Connor (54). J McAulliffe for D Fitzgerald (61)(bc).

Referee: S Lonergan (Tipperary).