Dr. Harty Cup Hurling Quarter-Final – Our Lady’s Templemore 3-14 Thurles C.B.S. 1-10

Templemore ease past Thurles in Harty Cup

Report by Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

LAST year’s runners up Our Lady’s Templemore eased into the last four of the Harty Cup with a ten-point victory over local rivals Thurles CBS in front of a huge crowd at The Ragg this afternoon.

Our Lady’s Templemore 3-14 Thurles CBS 1-10

Justifying their pre-match favourites tag, Templemore turned the screw in the second half as a two-point interval lead became a big win.

Playing against the breeze in the opening half, goals from Ray McCormack and David O’Shea helped Templemore to lead by 2-4 to 0-8 at the interval.

A late goal from sub Odhran Quirke gave Thurles a glimmer of hope but that was quickly extinguished by McCormack’s second major in the final minute.

Darragh Woods bagged all ten of the Thurles points but finished on the losing side as Templemore – with 2016 All-Ireland minor final starters Brian McGrath, Paddy Cadell and Lyndon Fairbrother in their ranks – marched on.

Scorers for Our Lady’s: R McCormack 2-0, B McGrath 0-5 (3f), D O’Shea 1-1, J Kelly 0-3, L Fairbrother 0-2, S Nolan, A O’Meara & A Ormonde 0-1 each.

Scorers for Thurles CBS: D Woods 0-10 (6f, 1 65, 1 sl), O Quirke 1-0.

OUR LADY’S: E Collins; E Ryan, P Campion, D Byrne; N Quinlan, P Cadell, A O’Meara; D Ryan, S Nolan; D O’Shea, B McGrath, J Kelly; A Ormonde, R McCormack, L Fairbrother
Subs: S Ryan for Byrne (57), J Ryan for D Ryan (57), J Gilmartin for Ormonde (59), S Doyle for Kelly (60+1), G O’Connor for O’Shea (60+2).

THURLES CBS: E Bourke; D Carew, E O’Gorman, Jimmy Ryan; James Ryan, M Purcell, K O’Dwyer; S Ryan, B O’Meara; C Bourke, C Bowe, E Barry; D Woods, A McKelvey, D Flood
Subs: O Quirke for Jimmy Ryan (37), C Connolly for James Ryan (57), TJ Butler for Bowe (57), K Ryan for Flood (58), M Nally for Barry (60).

Referee: J McCormack (Tipperary)


When – Wednesday January 11th at 1:30pm
Where – The Ragg
Referee – John McCormack (Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams, Tipperary)
Next Round – Our Lady’s Templemore v Nenagh C.B.S. in the Semi-Final on Saturday January 28th.


Admission Prices
Adults – €5
Students / OAP’s – €3


Results to Date

Our Lady’s Templemore
Last 16 – Our Lady’s Templemore 6-27 Árdscoil Uí Urmaltaigh Bandon 0-3
Group F – Our Lady’s Templemore 1-23 St Flannans 1-12

Thurles CBS
Last 16 – Thurles C.B.S. 0-14 Abbey C.B.S. 0-9
Group B Round 2 – Thurles C.B.S. 5-25 Gaelcholáiste Mhuire AG 0-13
Group B Round 1 – Thurles C.B.S. 3-17 De La Salle College Waterford 1-8


Match Preview

The eagerly awaited clash of Tipperary rivals Our Lady’s Templemore and Thurles CBS evokes memories of two Quarter-Final games played in early 2008. Despite early goals by John O’Neill and David Butler which put Thurles in to a 7 point lead at half-time, Templemore rallied and with centre-back Noel McGrath chipping in with 10 points, 8 from placed balls, the sides finished level before Thurles won the replay. Thurles CBS would go on to lose the Harty Cup Final to De La Salle later that year before capturing the Harty title the following season.

The respective centre-backs on that occasion (James Barry – Thurles CBS and Noel McGrath – Our Lady’s Templemore) were part of the Tipperary Senior Hurling team which captured the 2016 All-Ireland title and both players have won All-Star awards in recent years. Other players involved back in 2008 and who have progressed to play Senior with Tipperary include John O’Neill, Kieran Morris, David Butler, Aidan McCormack, Denis Maher and Stephen Maher (Thurles CBS) and Willie Ryan, Shane Bourke and Adrian Ryan (Our Lady’s Templemore).

The path of this year’s teams has seen the schools combine for five games between them with only one of those games a close encounter. This was the meeting of Thurles CBS and Abbey CBS a week before Christmas in a keenly contested Last 16 game which Thurles won by five points. Neither school engineered a goal chance on that occasion and Thurles could have won by more but for an off-day from free-taker Darragh Woods who still contributed 10 points to the Thurles tally.

Up until that game, Thurles CBS had looked impressive in their two previous outings, racking up a total of 8 goals and 42 points against De La Salle College Waterford and Gaelcholáiste Mhuire AG respectively. Of even more significance perhaps is the Thurles CBS defence which to date has conceded just one goal in three games (a De La Salle penalty). Their second half displays have been most impressive, conceding just 15 second half points in their three games to date. Darragh Woods has been their top scorer to date with 3-28 to his name while at the back, Tipperary Minor All-Ireland winner and Thurles CBS captain Killian O’Dwyer has led by example.

For Our Lady’s Templemore, on paper they have an outstanding team. From last year’s Harty Cup Final defeat to Ardscoil Ris, eight starters remain and these include members of Tipperary’s Minor All-Ireland panel such as Brian McGrath, Paddy Cadell, Lyndon Fairbrother, Jerry Kelly and Diarmuid Ryan. They have learned little from their two games to date, racking up 7 goals and 50 points with the concession of just 1-15 against St. Flannans and Árdscoil Uí Urmaltaigh Bandon respectively. Top scorers to date include Lyndon Fairbrother (0-11, 0-6 frees), Brian McGrath (0-11, 0-4 frees, 0-2 65s) and Ray McCormack who scored 3-1 in their Last 16 game.

With the talent at their disposal, Our Lady’s Templemore would be many people’s favourites to emulate the Templemore CBS team of 1978 and bring back the Dr. Harty Cup to the town for just the second time. To do so however, they will need to get the better of Thurles CBS, winners of this competition just two seasons ago. All in all, this game promises to be a cracker with John McCormack in charge, throw-in at The Ragg is 1:30pm on Wednesday.

Dr. Harty Cup Hurling Quarter-Final – Nenagh CBS 0-20 De La Salle College 2-13

Morris gets Nenagh over the line in Harty Cup

Report by Tomás McCarthy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tipperary All Ireland minor winner Jake Morris hit three extra time points as Nenagh CBS progressed to the last four of the Harty Cup at a breezy Cashel this afternoon.

Harty Cup Quarter Final

Nenagh CBS 0-20 De La Salle College 2-13 (AET)

De La Salle, inspired by captain Thomas Douglas, rallied from eight points behind to edge 2-11 to 0-16 in front on 55 minutes. Nenagh substitute Kevin McCarthy forced an additional twenty with a stoppage time equaliser.

Nenagh chose to play with the stiff breeze for the opening half and powered 0-9 to 0-1 ahead after sixteen minutes. Centre back Morris contributed three while Mark Daniels and Jerome Cahill added two each. A Douglas strike after 21 minutes left just five between them at the interval (0-11 to 1-3).

The Blues started the second period with white flags through corner forwards Ruairi Maher and Bryan McLoughney. Wind assisted Salle retaliated. Douglas brushed off three Nenagh defenders to find the net again on 35 minutes. Darragh Walsh put Dermot Dooley’s team a point clear before McCarthy pegged them back.

Scorers for Nenagh CBS: J Morris 0-6 (5fs); M Daniels 0-5 (4fs); J Cahill, B McLoughney, B Seymour 0-2 each; K McCarthy, E Power, R Maher 0-1 each.

Scorers for De La Salle College: T Douglas 2-4; H Ruddle Redmond (2fs), D Walsh 0-3 each; C Giles Doran, C Wadding, C Power 0-1 each.

Nenagh CBS: B Hogan (Kiladangan); C O’Brien (Portroe), D Molloy (Kiladangan), J Maloney (Portroe); C Morgan (Kilruane McDonaghs), J Morris (Nenagh Eire Og), C Kelly (Kiladangan); J Cahill (Kilruane McDonaghs), S Kirwan (Burgess); C McCarthy (Nenagh Eire Og); M Daniels (Silvermines), B Seymour (Kiladangan); R Maher (Silvermines), E Power (Silvermines), B McLoughney (Kiladangan)
Subs: K McCarthy (Toomevara) for Seymour (H-T); M O’Neill (Kilruane McDonaghs) for O’Brien (40); B Seymour for Maher (46); A O’Flaherty (Burgess) for Power (58); D Ryan (Silvermines) for Molloy (76); C O’Brien for Kirwan (80).

De La Salle College: S O’Brien (De La Salle); C Ryan (Roanmore), D Hogan (Ballygunner), S Kennedy (Ballygunner); J Troy (Ballygunner), S Flynn (De La Salle), T Foley (Ballygunner); C Giles Doran (De La Salle), D Walsh (Piltown); C Wadding (Roanmore), S Carton (De La Salle), M Hutchinson (Passage); D Finn (De La Salle), T Douglas (De La Salle), H Ruddle Redmond (Ballygunner)
Subs: K Hennessy (De La Salle) for Hutchinson (35); F Lawrence (Mooncoin) for Finn (59); R Croke (Mooncoin) for Carton (59); D Finn for Lawrence (60); S Carton for Croke (60); C Power for Finn (63).

Referee: D Fox (Clare)

When – Wednesday January 11th at 1:30pm
Where – Leahy Park Cashel
Referee – Damien Fox (Clare)
Next Round – The winners will play the winners of Thurles CBS and Our Lady’s Templemore in the Semi-Final on Saturday January 28th.


Admission Prices
Adults – €5
Students / OAP’s – €3


Results to Date

De La Salle Waterford
Last 16 – De La Salle College Waterford 1-18 Blackwater CS 0-16 (AET)
Group B Round 3 – De La Salle College Waterford 1-13 Gaelcholáiste Mhuire AG 2-10
Group B Round 1 – Thurles C.B.S. 3-17 De La Salle College Waterford 1-8

Nenagh CBS
Last 16 – Nenagh C.B.S 1-20 Castletroy CC 1-13
Group H – Nenagh C.B.S. 1-22 Abbey C.B.S. 2-16 (AET)


Match Preview

The meeting of De La Salle and Nenagh CBS is a repeat of the Quarter-Final pairing in last year’s Dr. Harty Cup. On that occasion, Nenagh came in to the game as favourites after dethroning the then defending champions Thurles CBS but it was De La Salle who were the more impressive, winning by 0-13 to 0-10 in a close encounter at Kilmallock. The teams were level at 0-5 apiece at the interval before a strong second half performance from De La Salle ensured victory. De La Salle lost out to Our Lady’s Templemore after extra time in the semi-final.

On to this year’s competition and De La Salle had a disappointing second half performance against Thurles CBS, surrendering a five point lead to lose by 15 points. In their next game, De La Salle only needed a draw against Gaelcholáiste Mhuire AG to qualify for the Last 16 on score difference and that is exactly what the Waterford school earned in a game which could have gone either way in an exciting finish. And so on to the Last 16 where Blackwater CS were favourites to progress having won Group C and everything was going to script as they led by four points entering the last five minutes of normal time. However, De La Salle didn’t give up and an injury time goal by substitute Kevin Hennessy forced the sides to extra time where De La Salle would run out winners by five points. Harry Ruddle Redmond accounted for 11 of De La Salle’s 1-18 tally on the day. Interestingly, De La Salle have qualified for the Quarter-Finals without winning any of their three games in normal time.

For Nenagh CBS, a meeting with last year’s Munster and All-Ireland B Champions Abbey CBS to decide on the winners of Group H took place in Newport. In a close game all through, the sides were level at half-time and the end of normal time before Nenagh eventually got their noses in front to secure a three point victory after extra time. Nenagh would take on Castletroy College in the Last 16. Nenagh led by a point after a close opening half. Nenagh threatened to pull away early in the second half but five unanswered points from Castletroy left a point in it entering the final quarter. Nenagh worked their way in to a four point lead entering the final stages before a Conor McCarthy goal for the Tipperary school ensured a seven point victory.

Nenagh will look to All-Ireland Minor winners Jake Morris and Jerome Cahill to reverse last year’s result at this stage but De La Salle will certainly look to reaffirm their superiority and qualify again for the semi-finals.

Clare’s Damien Fox is in charge of this game with a 1:30pm throw-in at Leahy Park Cashel on Wednesday.

Dr. Harty Cup Hurling Quarter-Final – Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy 3-12 Christian Brothers College, Cork 1-12

St Colman’s progress to semis in Harty Cup

Report By Denis Hurley for the Irish Examiner newspaper

St Colman’s made the use of the elements as three first-half goals provided the platform for victory in this Dr Harty Cup quarter-final at Church Road in Blackrock on Wednesday.

St Colman’s College, Fermoy … 3-12; CBC, Cork … 1-12

Having scored the first three points, Colman’s surged clear when Barry Murphy scored a fine goal and Brian Roche was on hand to make it 2-4 to 0-1 on 17 minutes.

Conleth Ryan followed immediately with a third goal while Jamie Sheehan and Shane Ryan added points as they retired at half-time with a 3-7 to 0-1 lead.

Tommy O’Connell’s free-taking, allied to scores from Declan O’Hanlon, allowed CBC to eat into the lead in the second half, with Roche getting Colman’s only score of the third quarter. When CBC sub Jamie Corkery pointed soon after his introduction, it was 3-10 to 0-11 and the same player went close to a goal but his shot flew across goal and wide.

Diarmuid Lenihan and Murphy settled Colman’s with late points, meaning Eoin Moloney’s late goal for CBC was just a consolation.

Scorers for St Colman’s College: B Murphy (1-3), B Roche (1-2), D Lenihan (0-4, frees), J Sheehan (0-3), C Ryan (1-0).

Scorers for CBC: T O’Connell (0-5, frees), D O’Hanlon (0-4), E Moloney (1-0), J Twomey, D McBarron, J Corkery (0-1 each).

ST COLMAN’S COLLEGE: E Davis (St Catherine’s); E Wallace (St Catherine’s), J O’Leary (Castlelyons), K Neville (St Catherine’s); S McCarthy (Fermoy), N O’Leary (Castlelyons), E Roche (Bride Rovers); S O’Connor (Bride Rovers), D Lenihan (Ballyhooly); J Sheehan (Kilworth), B Murphy (Castlelyons), D Lardner (Fermoy); C Ryan (Bride Rovers), B Roche (Bride Rovers), A Creed (Fermoy)
Subs: E Carey (Kilworth) for Creed (48), F Hickey (Ballyduff Upper, Waterford) for Lardner (55, injured), S Kenny (Ballyduff Upper, Waterford) for Murphy (60, injured).

CBC: D Heffernan (Mallow); C Barrett (St Finbarr’s), C Power (Blarney), A Cronin (Glen Rovers); B Keohane (Ballincollig), E Moloney (Midleton), C Flynn (Na Piarsaigh); M Walsh (Cloughduv), S Finn (Midleton); J Twomey (Kilshanning), D O’Hanlon (Blarney), C Murphy (Na Piarsaigh); T O’Connell (Midleton), R Downey (Glen Rovers), E McCarthy (Inniscarra)
Subs: J Corkery (Glen Rovers) for McCarthy (36), D McBarron (Carrigaline) for Murphy (43), C McNamara (Erin’s Own) for Power (51).

Referee: D Kirwan (Éire Óg)


When – Wednesday January 11th at 1:30pm
Where – Church Rd, Blackrock
Referee – Diarmuid Kirwan (Cork)
Next Round – The winners will play the winners of Árdscoil Rís Limerick and CBS Midleton in the Semi-Final on Saturday January 28th.


Admission Prices
Adults – €5
Students / OAP’s – €3


Results to Date

Christian Brothers College, Cork
Last 16 – CBC, Cork 3-18 St. Francis College Rochestown 3-12
Group A Round 3 – Scoil Na Trioniode Doon 0-12 Christian Brothers College, Cork 0-10
Group A Round 1 – Christian Brothers College, Cork 4-17 Coláiste Iosaef, Kilmallock 1-13

Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy
Last 16 – Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy 4-22 St Flannans 2-19 (AET)
Group E – Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy 2-15 CBS Midleton 1-14


Match Preview

The all Cork clash of St. Colmans Fermoy and CBC Cork will be eagerly anticipated on Leeside. St. Colmans began their campaign on a positive note with a come from behind 2-15 to 1-14 victory over CBS Midleton when scoring 1-6 without reply to finish the game saw them emerge as Group E winners. A semi-final meeting with old rivals St. Flannans awaited and what a game this turned out to be. A Brian Roche goal helped Colmans in to a 1-8 to 0-8 half-time lead. A Barry Murphy goal early in the second half put Colmans seven points up but this game was not over. St. Flannans assumed control for much of the remainder of the second half, outscoring Colmans by 2-5 to 0-1 to put the Clare side three points in front. Deep in to injury time however, a Diarmuid Lenihan free for Colmans seemed to take a deflection through a mass of bodies in front of goal and find the net to force extra time. St. Colmans would run out comprehensive nine point winners in extra time with Barry Murphy adding his second goal.

CBC Cork have played three games to date. In their opening match, CBC scored two early goals and led Coláiste Iosaef, Kilmallock by 2-11 to 0-7 at the interval before going on to record a 13 point victory. Their next game would ultimately decide the Group A winners and after a low scoring game, Scoil Na Trioniode Doon ran out two point winners to consign CBC to the runners-up spot and a meeting with St. Francis College Rochestown. CBC did not start well and trailed by five points approaching the interval before a Tommy O’Connell goal left Rochestown just two points in front at half-time. CBC drew level in the 38th minute before completely taking over the game, outscoring Rochestown by 2-9 to 0-1 over the next 15 minutes. CBC led by 14 points heading in the final stages only to concede three late goals but it was too little, too late and CBC qualified for the Quarter-Final with six points to spare.

Diarmuid Kirwan will take the whistle for this game in Church Road Blackrock with a 1:30pm throw-in on Wednesday.

McGrath Cup Football – Limerick 2-13 Clare 2-9

Limerick defeated Clare by 2-13 to 2-9 in Round 2 of the McGrath Cup Football competition on Wednesday January 11th at Rhebogue (St. Patrick’s GAA Club), Limerick.


Limerick get Billy Lee off to a winning start

Report from the Irish Examiner newspaper

Limerick 2-13 Clare 2-9: Billy Lee enjoyed a winning start to his reign as Limerick senior football manager with a strong second-half showing helping his side to a McGrath Cup win over Clare.

Limerick now travel to Lemybrien on Sunday in the knowledge that victory will see them into the McGrath Cup final. A Darragh Treacy goal helped the home side to a 1-5 to 0-7 half time lead in St Patricks GAA grounds in Limerick city. Clare then went 21 minutes without a score at the start of the second-half and allowed Limerick to build a 2-7 to 0-7 lead. The second Limerick goal came from Seamus O’Carroll.

Cian O’Dea helped Clare back into contention with a stunning goal in the 23rd minute of the second-half but Limerick points from Sean McSweeney and Paul White maintained the lead. Eoin Cleary had Clare’s second goal in injury time.

Scorers for Limerick: S O’Carroll (1-4, 2f 1 45), S McSweeney (0-4, 3 f), D Treacy (1-0), D Neville (0-2), D Daly, P White, B Donovan (0-1 each).

Scorers for Clare: K Sexton (0-6, 5f), E Cleary (1-2), C O’Dea 1-0, S McGrath 1-0.

LIMERICK: D O’Sullivan; D Daly J McCarthy, S O’Dea; P White, I Corbett, P Hannan; D Treacy, D Ward; P Nash, G Collins, D Neville; S McSweeney, S O’Carroll, J Lee.
Subs: P Quinn for Daly (41), J Naughton for Lee (45), B Fanning for Ward (48), G Noonan for Nash (51), C Fahy for Hannan (66).

CLARE: J Hayes; D Nagle, J Hayes, M McMahon; L Markham, G Kelly, C O’Dea; G Brennan, C O’Connor; S Brennan, S McGrath, D Bolton; E Cleary, K Sexton, G O’Brien
Subs: J Malone for Bolton (h-t), C Russell for Markham (h-t), S Malone for O’Brien (51), E Collins for Nagle (63), C Malone for S Brennan (66).

Referee: P O’Sullivan (Kerry)


Team News

New Limerick senior football manager Billy Lee has named his team for his opening game of 2017. The management team of Billy Lee, Paudie Kissane, Brian Begley and Ricky Ronayne has released the following for Wednesday nights McGrath Cup against Clare at St Patrick’s at 7.30pm,

1. Donal O’Sullivan (Monaleen), 2. Daniel Daly (Fr Caseys), 3. Johnny McCarthy (St Kierans), 4. Sean O Dea (Kilteely/Dromkeen), 5. Paul White (Rathkeale), 6. Iain Corbett (Newcastlewest) (Captain), 7. Paul Hannon (Newcastlewest), 8. Darragh Treacy (St Kierans), 9. David Ward (Fr Caseys), 10. Peter Nash (Kildimo/Pallaskernry), 11. Ger Collins (Monaleen), 12. Danny Neville (Ballysteen), 13. Sean McSweeney (St Kierans) 14. Seamus O Carroll (Cappagh) and 15. Jamie Lee (Newcastlewest)

THE Clare senior football team to play Limerick on Wednesday evening at St Patrick’s grounds at 7.30pm has been named. The team shows ten changes from that side that defeated Waterford on Sunday with Kilrush duo Darragh Bolton and Gearóid O’Brien making their first starts.

If Clare beat Limerick they will advance to their second successive McGrath Cup final. The starting 15 is as follows –

Clare: Joe Hayes; Darren Nagle, Kevin Harnett, Martin McMahon; Liam Markham, Gordon Kelly, Cian O’Dea; Gary Brennan and Cathal O’Connor; Shane Brennan, Shane McGrath, Darragh Bolton; Eoin Cleary, Keelan Sexton and Gearóid O’Brien.


Match Coverage

McGrath Cup Football – Cork 2-22 Tipperary 1-10

Cork defeated Tipperary by 2-22 to 1-10 in Round 2 of the McGrath Cup Football on Wednesday January 11th at Templetuohy.


Niall Coakley makes the most of Cork opportunity

By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Cork’s 2017 season opened in promising fashion last night as an experimental outfit eased past the challenge of Tipperary.

A Wednesday night fixture under lights in Templetuohy was as off-Broadway as season openers go, but in fairness to Peadar Healy’s mix and match outfit, they went about their business in determined fashion and had their first victory of the year wrapped up by the call for half-time.

Cian Dorgan and John Mullins were handed their competitive debuts, while Niall Coakley, a native of Carrigaline who plays his club football with St Jude’s in Dublin, was also afforded a first start in a red shirt.

Dorgan was an early withdrawal, an injury sustained in the 12th minute cutting short the Ballincollig man’s evening. His replacement, Kevin Davis, was one of the standout performers on either side, the Skibb forward kicking six points from play upon his introduction. Coakley too had a good night at the office. He finished with 2-3.

Feeding both men, more often than not, was centre- forward Seán Powter, the young Douglas footballer displaying pretty commendable levels of fitness for the second week of January.

This McGrath Cup game was the first meeting of the counties since Tipperary’s famous Munster championship win over the Rebels in June of last year and while revenge certainly wasn’t on the travelling agenda, there was never any fear of a second successive defeat at the hands of the Premier County materialising.

It was game over at half-time, the visitors enjoying a 1-12 to 1-4 advantage. The situation would have been far worse for Liam Kearns’ charges but for an Alan Moloney goal in first-half stoppages. Injury had robbed the home management of defenders Paddy Codd and Colm O’Shaughnessy and their full-back line was continuously stretched by Coakley and the direct running of Powter. Davis, meanwhile, had four points beside his name come the break.

Coakley supplied both Cork goals, the first of which arrived in the 20th minute and in the middle of an unanswered 1-6 from the winners. His initial effort came back down off the post and when Powter suffered the same fortune, the ball fell kindly back into Coakley’s path and he rattled the net from close range.

Healy’s charges noticeably eased off in the second period, with six points being as close as Tipperary would get, that after two on the bounce from the impressive Liam Boland. Liam McGrath and Robbie Kiely were the other Tipperary players to show form, the former kicking three from play before being hauled ashore.

As it was, Cork finished out proceedings with an uninterrupted 1-7. Powter put through Coakley for goal number two on 60 minutes, with Ruairi Deane, Powter, Conor Dorman, Padraig De Róiste, Brian and Don O’Driscoll swelling their tally.

A second successive defeat ends Tipperary’s involvement in the competition, while Cork host Kerry at Mallow on Sunday with the winner advancing to the following weekend’s McGrath Cup decider.

Scorers for Cork: N Coakley (2-3, 0-1 free); K Davis (0-6); B O’Driscoll, D O’Driscoll (0-3 each); R Deane, S Powter (0-2 each); C Dorman, I Maguire, P De Róiste (0-1 each);

Scorers for Tipperary: L Boland (0-4); L McGrath (0-3); A Moloney (1-0); D Foley, L Casey (0-1 each).

CORK: R Price; M Shields, J Mullins, J. McLoughlin; S Cronin, C Dorman, M Taylor; I Maguire, R Deane; K O’Driscoll, S Powter, B O’Driscoll; N Coakley, P Kelleher, C Dorgan.
Subs: D O’Driscoll for K O’Driscoll (11 mins, inj); K Davis for Dorgan (12 mins, inj); K Histon for Taylor (HT); P De Roiste for Maguire (HT).

TIPPERARY: C Kenrick; B Fox, J Hennessy, K Fahey; J Keane, R Kiely, B Maher; A Moloney, J Kennedy; J Lonergan, L Casey, L McGrath; L Boland, C Stapleton, D Foley
Subs: A McGrath for Maher (HT); P Shanahan for Casey (42 mins); C Sweeney for L McGrath (45); M Dunne for Kiely (49, bc); I Fahey for Foley (55).

Referee: R Hickey (Clare)



Team News

The Cork Senior Football team to play Tipperary on Wednesday at 7.30pm in Templetuohy has been announced as follows.

1. Ryan Price – O Donovan Rossa
2. Michael Shields – St Finbarrs
3. John Mullins – Eire Og
4. John McLoughlin – Kanturk
5. Stephen Cronin – Nemo Rangers
6. Conor Dorman – Bishopstown
7. Matthew Taylor – Mallow
8. Ian Maguire – St Finbarrs
9. Ruairi Deane – Bantry Blues
10. Sean Powter – Douglas
11. Mark Collins – Castlehaven
12. Kevin O Driscoll – Tadhg MacCarthaigh
13. Niall Coakley – St Judes
14. Peter Kelleher – Kilmichael
15. Cian Dorgan – Ballincollig

16. Ken O Halloran – Bishopstown
17. Brian O Driscoll – Tadhg MacCarthaigh
18. Don O Driscoll – Clann na nGael
19. Kevin Davis – O Donovan Rossa
20. Kieran Histon – Cobh
21. Padraig De Roiste – Fermoy


The Tipperary football team to play Cork in Group A Round 2 of the McGrath Cup this Wednesday night at 7.30pm in Templetuohy has been announced.

The Tipperary panel is as follows;

1 Ciarán Kenrick – Moyle Rovers
2 Emmet Moloney – Drom & Inch
3 Joseph Hennessy – Loughmore-Castleiney
4 Kevin Fahey – Clonmel Commercials
5 Bill Maher – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
6 Robbie Kiely (Capt.) – Carbery Rangers
7 Brian Fox – Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill
8 Alan Moloney – Rockwell Rovers
9 Jack Kennedy – Clonmel Commercials
10 Jason Lonergan – Clonmel Commercials
11 Philip Austin – Borrisokane
12 Josh Keane – Golden-Kilfeacle
13 Conor Sweeney – Ballyporeen
14 Colm Stapleton – Upperchurch-Drombane
15 Diarmuid Foley – Moyle Rovers

Fir Ionaid:
16 Evan Comerford – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
17 Liam Boland – Moyle Rovers
18 Liam Casey – Cahir
19 Martin Dunne – Moyle Rovers
20 Paul Shanahan – Upperchurch-Drombane
21 David Butler – Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams
22 Cian Hennessy – Loughmore-Castleiney
23 Aidan McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
24 Liam McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
25 Ian Fahey – Clonmel Commercials

Dr. Harty Cup Hurling Quarter-Final – Árdscoil Rís Limerick 1-15 CBS Midleton 2-12

Ardscoil Rís and Midleton CBS must meet again in Harty

Report by Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Ardscoil Rís and Midleton CBS will have to do it all again next week after this highly entertaining Harty Cup quarter-final finished level after eighty minutes.

Harty Cup quarter-final

Ardscoil Rís 1-15 Midleton CBS 2-12 (AET)

Midleton will feel aggrieved not to have sealed the deal in normal time having turned around a three-point interval deficit to lead by two with 12 minutes remaining. They also had the benefit of a strong wind in the second period.

The reigning champions, though, weren’t about to relinquish their crown without a fight and a free each from Brian Ryan and Paul O’Brien levelled matters at 1-7 to 0-10 with four minutes remaining.

A Liam Gosnell edged the Cork college back in front with one minute remaining, but parity had been restored as the clock entered the red as Ardscoil Rís sub Will Henn confidently split the posts.

Gosnell, this time standing on the sideline some 50 metres out, threw over another placed ball effort 40 seconds into time added on. This looked to be the winner. Not quite. Referee Fergal Horgan played four minutes of additional time and in the third minute of this four, Diarmuid Ryan struck a fantastic point off the hurl to force extra time.

James Daly and Liam Gonsell both raised green flags in the first period of extra and it was tit for tat all the way to the finish line. 11 times they were level, in total. Gosnell had a chance to win it at the death, but his free tailed right and wide.

Scorers for Ardscoil Rís: B Ryan (0-7, 0-5 frees); J Daly (1-0); P O’Brien (0-2 frees), J McInerney (0-2 each); D Carroll (0-1 sc), D Ryan, R Considine, W Henn (0-1 each).

Scorers for Midleton CBS: L Gosnell (1-9, 0-6 frees, 0-1 ’65); J Stack (1-0); B Twomey, G Millerick, B Twomey (0-1 each).

Ardscoil Rís: B Curtin (Adare); P Heaney (Na Piarsaigh), R Connolly (Adare), J Considine (Patrickswell); J Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), D Carroll (Newport), D Ryan (Cratloe); B Ryan (South Liberties), J Gleeson (Na Piarsaigh); P O’Brien (Mungret St Paul’s), R Duff (Mungret St Paul’s), R McCarthy (Na Piarsaigh); R Considine (Cratloe), D Woulfe (Kilmallock), J McInerney (Cratloe)
Subs: J Delahunty (Newport) for Heaney (36 mins); W Henn (Na Piarsaigh) for McCarthy (48); J Daly (Na Piarsaigh) for Considine (53); C O’Reilly (Patrickswell) for McInerney (59); E McEvoy (Na Piarsaigh) for Boylan (65); J McInerney for O’Brien (74); J Boylan for Gleeson (77).

Midleton CBS: R Walsh (St Colman’s); A Daly (Midleton), S O’Leary Hayes (Midleton), E O’Sullivan (St Colman’s); R McConville (Midleton), J McDonnell (Aghada), A Walsh Barry (Carrigtwohill); S O’Meara (Midleton), C Coughlan (Killeagh); B Twomey (Carrigtwohill), G Millerick (Fr O’Neill’s), C Terry (Aghada); L O’Shea (Lisgoold), L Gosnell (Carrigtwohill), J Stack (Kiltha Óg)
Subs: L Duggan Murray (St Colman’s) for Coughlan (47 mins); P O’Brien (Midleton) for Terry (54); C Terry for Twomey (60); J Landers (Killeagh) for O’Sullivan (60); C Coughlan (67).

Referee: F Horgan (Tipperary)

When – Wednesday January 11th at 1:30pm
Where – Bansha
Referee – Fergal Horgan (Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams, Tipperary)
Next Round – The winners will play the winners of Christian Brothers College, Cork and Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy in the Semi-Final on Saturday January 28th.


Admission Prices
Adults – €5
Students / OAP’s – €3


Results to Date

Árdscoil Rís Limerick
Last 16 – Árdscoil Rís 4-16 Scoil Na mBraithre` Rathluirc 1-07
Group D – Árdscoil Rís Limerick 2-17 Árdscoil Uí Urmaltaigh Bandon 1-5

CBS Midleton
Last 16 – CBS Midleton 1-15 Scoil Na Trioniode Doon 1-12
Group E – Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy 2-15 CBS Midleton 1-14


Match Preview

The defending champions Árdscoil Rís Limerick will look to qualify for their tenth Harty Cup semi-final in a row when they take on CBS Midleton. The Limerick side have won four of their nine previous semi-final meetings but amazingly, have never lost a Harty Cup final in that time.

Árdscoil Rís have not been tested in their two games to date, putting up 6 goals and 33 points and conceding just 2-12. In the opening round against Hamilton High School, a tally of 2-2 from Limerick Minor of the past three seasons Brian Ryan helped Árdscoil Rís to a 15 point victory. In the Last 16 versus Charleville CBS, Darragh Carroll’s first half goal helped Árdscoil Rís to a 1-8 to 0-4 interval lead. Further goals by Brian Ryan and David Woulfe (2) in the second half ensured a comprehensive 18 point victory and signalled to all teams remaining in this year’s Harty Cup that Árdscoil Rís will be a force to be reckoned with again.

CBS Midleton, winners of the Dean Ryan Cup in the autumn of 2014 and 2015, have an experienced side but lost out to Cork rivals St. Colmans by four points in their Group E encounter. In an exciting game, St. Colmans led by six point early on only to see Midleton record 1-4 without reply to give them a one point interval lead. Midleton stretched their advantage out to five point heading in to the final quarter but Colmans took over completely to score 1-6 without reply in the closing 10 minutes to run out winners by four points with James Sheehan getting the all-important goal for Colmans.

CBS Midleton took on Scoil Na Trioniode Doon in a tricky Last 16 game. There was little between the sides in the opening half but Midleton’s greater threat in open play helped them in to a three point interval lead. When Ger Millerick recorded a Midleton goal at the start of the second half, the game looked over as a contest but to Doon’s credit, they came back to reduce the deficit to three points heading in to the last 10 minutes. Midleton then scored four unanswered points to wrap up the game before a late consolation goal for Doon left three points in it at the finish. Liam Gosnell has been top scorer for Midleton to date scoring 0-15, 10 from frees helped by Liam O’Shea who has 1-5 to his name, 1-3 from play.

Fergal Horgan is the man in the middle for this game with a 1:30pm throw-in at Bansha on Wednesday.