McGrath Cup Football – Kerry 1-13 Cork 1-9

Kerry defeated Cork by 1-13 to 1-9 in Round 3 of the McGrath Cup Football competition on Sunday January 15th at Mallow.

Kerry ease past Cork to set up McGrath Cup final with Limerick

Kerry 1-13 Cork 1-9

By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kerry will meet Limerick in the McGrath Cup final after the Kingdom comfortably overcame Cork this afternoon. Éamonn Fitzmaurice’s men led from pillar to post, with their advantage extending to eight points midway through the second-half.

Jack Savage was most impressive at full-forward, the young Kerins O’Rahilly’s player notching five from play. He could have finished with a great tally, mind, but for a handful of efforts which he dropped into Ken O’Halloran’s gloves.

The visitors were well in control at the break leading by 1-8 to 0-5. That six-point advantage was in place as early as the 14th minute, with Kerry kicking the opening six points of the contest.

Jack Savage and James O’Donoghue inflicted most of the damage, the inside pair accounting for all but one of their opening flurry. A Sean Powter interception set up Niall Coakley for Cork’s opener’s on 15 minutes. The St Jude’s forward would kick four of their five first-half points.

The home side fell further behind when Ken O’Halloran upended Jack Barry on 20 minutes, James O’Donoghue slotting the resulting penalty into the bottom right corner of Ken O’Halloran’s goal.

Gary Murphy kicked two fine points when introduced for Cork in the second period, with Niall Coakley – he was again Cork’s most imposing forward – making amends for a 41st minute missed penalty when finishing to the net on 60 minutes. It did little, however, to alter the final outcome.

Scorers for Kerry: J O’Donoghue (1-3, 0-1 free); J Savage (0-6, 0-1 free); BJ Keane (0-2, 0-1 free); B O’Sullivan, T O’Sullivan (0-1 each).

Scorers for Cork: N Coakley (1-5, 0-3 frees); G Murphy (0-3); B O’Driscoll (0-1);

Kerry: B Kelly; J Foley, M Griffin, K Young; B Ó Beaglaoich, P Crowley, T O’Sullivan; J Barry, T Morley; J Lyne, M Geaney, D Walsh; BJ Keane, J Savage, J O’Donoghue
Subs: B O’Sullivan for Walsh (13 mins, inj); G Crowley for Ó Beaglaoich (43); R Shanahan for Foley (50); C Geaney for O’Donoghue (60); A Spillane for T O’Sullivan (61); D Daly for Geaney (68)

Cork: K O’Halloran; J Loughrey, K Histon, J McLoughlin; S Cronin, C Dorman, M Taylor; I Maguire, R Deane; S Powter, B O’Driscoll, M Collins; N Coakley, P Kelleher, K Davis
Subs: A O’Donovan for Histon (20 mins); G Murphy for Powter (HT); R O’Toole for Maguire (48); E Lavers for Loughrey (61); D O’Driscoll for Davis (60)

Referee: D O’Mahoney (Tipperary)

Match Preview

Team News

The Cork Senior Football team to play Kerry on Sunday at 2pm in Mallow has been announced as follows.

1. Ken O Halloran – Bishopstown
2. Michael Shields – St Finbarrs
3. Tom Clancy – Clonakilty
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. Brian O Driscoll – Tadhg MacCarthaigh
13. Niall Coakley – St Judes
14. Peter Kelleher – Kilmichael
15. Kevin Davis – O Donovan Rossa

16. Ryan Price – O Donovan Rossa
17. Kieran Histon – Cobh
18. Don O Driscoll – Clann na nGael
19. Padraig De Roiste – fermoy
20. Ronan O Toole – Eire Og
21. Alan O Donovan – Nemo Rangers
22. Kevin Crowley – Millstreet

The Kerry Team to play Cork in the Munster Senior Football McGrath Cup on Sunday next in Mallow (2pm) contains 9 players who featured in their final Championship game of 2016 while 5 more, including Under 21 players Jason Foley, Brian Ó Beaglaoich and Tom O’Sullivan, were members of last year’s panel with Jack Savage the odd man out.

The team, captained by Peter Crowley is as follows:


1. Brian Kelly Killarney Legion
2. Jason Foley Ballydonoghue
3. Mark Griffin St Michaels/Foilmore
4. Killian Young Renard
5. Brian Ó Beaglaoich An Ghaeltacht
6. Peter Crowley (C) Laune Rangers
7. Tom O’Sullivan Dingle
8. David Moran Kerins O’Rahillys
9. Tadhg Morley Templenoe
10. Jonathan Lyne Killarney Legion
11. Michael Geaney Dingle
12. Donnchadh Walsh Cromane
13. Barry John Keane Kerins O’Rahillys
14. Jack Savage Kerins O’Rahillys
15. James O’Donoghue Killarney Legion

Fir Ionaid:

16. Brendan Kealy Kilcummin
17. Brendan O’Sullivan Valentia
18. Gavin Crowley Templenoe
19. Kevin McCarthy Kilcummin
20. Jack Barry Na Gaeil
21. Ronan Shanahan Austin Stacks
22. Adrian Spillane Templenoe
23. Conor Geaney Dingle
24. Denis Daly St Marys
25. Conor Keane Killarney Legion


Bainisteóir: Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Finuge)

Róghnóirí: Mikey Sheehy (Austin Stacks), Padraig Corcoran (Dingle), Liam Hassett (Laune Rangers), Maurice Fitzgerald (St Marys).

Kerry play Cork in the McGrath Cup in Mallow

Kerry, who fielded a side drawn entirely from their Under 21 squad had little difficulty in disposing of a weakened Tipperary fifteen in the opening round of the McGrath Cup on Sunday last and it was interesting to see that the new “mark” rule had very little impact on proceedings.

So Kerry, with Eamonn Fitzmaurice in charge of the senior panel this time, head to Mallow for their second game on Sunday next against Cork knowing that a win there will earn them a place in the McGrath Cup final on January 22nd. Cork, incidentally, opened their campaign midweek with a good win away to Tipperary.

At a recent Press briefing Eamonn Fitzmaurice gave an up-date on the current situation with regard to player availability for the foreseeable future – and one man who will not be part of the panel this year is Padraig O’Connor of Legion who has emigrated to America. Kerry will be without players from Dr Crokes, Kenmare and Glenbeigh-Glencar until their respective club championship campaigns have finished and the likes of Gavin Crowley (Templenoe), Jack Savage (O’Rahillys), Ronan Shanahan (Austin Stacks), Kevin McCarthy (Kilcummin) and Shane Murphy (Dr Crokes), once his club championship commitments come to an end, will be in training with the senior panel. Neither Aidan O’Mahony nor Kieran Donaghy have yet committed for the coming year but they are expected to make a decision on their futures in the green and gold jersey in the coming weeks as is Colm Cooper once his club championship Commitments have finished. Following the retirement of Marc Ó Sé, Kerry will also of course have to plan without a member of that family in the side for the first time since the late Paidí made his debut as a Minor way back in 1971.

Kerry returned to training on Tuesday of last week and apart from a slight injury being carried by Anthony Maher they are relatively injury free for the Cork fixture which throws in at the Mallow GAA complex at 2pm.

Incidentally, the situation with regard to the Kerry senior captaincy for the coming year is that Dr Crokes, as county champions, have the honour of naming the new Kerry senior football captain but they have chosen to delay that announcement until their Club Championship campaign has been completed. Until then, Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice will appoint an interim captain.

Co-Op Munster Hurling League – Clare 2-24 Kerry 1-15

Clare defeated Kerry by 2-24 to 1-15 in the Co-Op Munster Hurling League on Sunday January 15th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

Co-Op Munster Hurling League

Kerry 1-15 Clare 2-24

Kerry went down to their second defeat in the Munster Senior Hurling League when Clare, in their first competitive outing of the year, were twelve point winners over the Kingdom at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park this afternoon.

Clare lined out as per programme with Kerry having one change – Padraig Boyle deputising for Michael O’Leary and Clare it was who reeled off the first two points of the game but Shane Nolan, with three points from placed balls, had Kerry in front by the ninth minute. The visitors had the next five scores, with David Reidy getting two from frees, before Padraig Boyle pointed from long range for Kerry’s first score from play. Clare increased their lead to 5 points with minors from McInerney and Malone but Jordan Conway and John Egan kept Kerry in touch though Martin Stackpoole was forced into a fine save from David Reidy to keep the Kerry goal intact. Podge Collins had his second for Clare but then Kerry responded well scoring four without reply the pick of which was from a Clareman – Pa Kelly, Kerry’s centre back – to level the scores in the 29th minute. Clare finished the half stronger however and Kevin Hehir soloed through from midfield to slam the ball tennis style to the net on the half hour mark and at the break it was 1-12 to 0-11 for the Bannermen.

The sides exchanged points twice on the resumption but Clare were 1-16 to 0-13 by the 15th minute of the half. The introduction of Peter Duggan added more fire up front for Clare and Podge Collins slammed a loose ball to the net in the 24th minute but Kerry’s reply was admirable with Mikey Boyle soloing in from the wing to plant the ball in the far corner to give Kerry hope. Just five points in it now but from here to the end, Clare dominated the game and scored 8 points without reply, five of those from the unerring stick of David Reidy from frees and Peter Duggan slammed his penalty attempt over the bar a minute from the end of normal time. Shane Nolan had the final say with a pointed free for the homeside.

Clare’s next outing is on Wednesday evening next in Sixmilebridge against neighbours Limerick while Kerry travel to the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday next to take on Limerick.

Kerry: Shane Nolan 0-7 (Frees), Mikey Boyle 1-0, John Egan and Jordan Conway 0-2 each, Pa Kelly, Paudie O’Connor, Thomas Casey, Padraig Boyle, 0-1 each.
Clare: David Reidy 0-10 (9 frees), Podge Collins 1-3, Kevin Hehir 1-1, Peter Duggan (0-1 free) and Cathal McInerney 0-2 each, Seadma Morey, Jason McCarthy, Colm Galvin, Cathal Malone, Aaron Cunningham and Aaron Shanagher 0-1 each.

Match Preview

Team News

The Kerry Senior Hurling Team to play Clare in the Munster Senior Hurling League in Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on Sunday next (2pm) shows 6 changes from the side that played Cork in Round 1 last Sunday as the Kerry management give starting places to more players on the panel. Into the side come Martin Stackpoole, Bryan Murphy, John Buckley, Pa Kelly, Thomas Casey and Jordan Conway.

The team captained by Daniel Collins of Kilmoyley is as follows:

1 Martin Stackpoole Lixnaw
2 Sean Weir Crotta O’Neills
3 Rory Horgan St Brendans
4 Bryan Murphy Causeway
5 John Buckley Lixnaw
6 Pa Kelly Clarecastle
7 Darren Dineen St Brendans
8 Paudie O’Connor Kilmoyley
9 Thomas Casey Causeway
10 Micheal O’Leary Abbeydorney
11 Daniel Collins (C) Kilmoyley
12 Mikey Boyle Ballyduff
13 John Egan St Brendans
14 Shane Nolan Crotta O’Neills
15 Jordan Conway Crotta O’Neills

Fir Ionaid:

16 Aiden McCabe Kilmoyley
17 Billy Lyons Causeway
18 James O’Connor Abbeydorney
19 Tomás O’Connor Crotta O’Neills
20 Padraig Boyle Ballyduff
21 James Godley Kilmoyley
22 Fionán Horgan St Brendans
23 Philp Lucid Ballyheigue
24 John Griffin Lixnaw
25 Sean Nolan Kilmoyley
26 Jordan Brick Kilmoyley


Bainisteoir: Fintan O’Connor
Coach: Brendan Cummins
Treanálaí: Damien Ryall (Abbeydorney)
Róghnoir: Ian Brick (Kilmoyley)

The following players are members of the extended panel for Sunday’s game:

Brendan O’Leary Abbeydorney
Jack Goulding Ballyduff
Stephen Murphy Causeway
Liam Mullins Lixnaw
Keith Carmody Causeway
Colum Harty Causeway
Paud Costello Ballyduff
Darragh Shanahan Lixnaw


Jason Diggins Causeway (Injured)
Mike Milner Dr Crokes

Kerry Senior Hurlers take on Clare in Munster Senior Hurling League

Following a creditable performance against Cork before going down by 1 – 28 to 0 – 18 in Round 1 of the Co-Op Superstores Munster senior hurling league Kerry’s next and first home game of the season will be against Clare on this Sunday, 15th January at Austin Stack Park, 2.00p.m.

Further games: Round 3 – Sunday, 22 Jan. v Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds, 2.00p.m.; Round 4 – Wednesday, 25 Jan. v Waterford at Austin Stack Park, 7.30p.m. Details of the new Munster league sponsors, Co-Op Superstores, the retail arm of Dairygold, are viewable online at

Kilmoyley goalkeeper, Aidan McCabe has been nominated by his club as the Kerry senior hurling captain for 2017, Aidan captained his club to the county championship title last year. His clubmate, Ian Brick, is coming in as a selector and a second selector will be named in due course.

Co-Op Munster Hurling League – Cork 7-22 Limerick 1-19

Cork defeated Limerick by 7-22 to 1-19 in the Co-Op Munster Hurling League on Sunday January 15th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Cork had no problem beating Limerick in the Munster senior hurling league

By Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Limerick 1-19 Cork 7-22

A comfortable win for Cork over Limerick in this Munster senior hurling league clash in the Gaelic Grounds with 1,625 in attendance.

Cork started with the breeze, but Limerick began brightly with an early goal from Barry Nash, who finished from a tight angle after two minutes. Luke Meade’s alertness on seven minutes gave Cork their first goal: 1-2 to 1-1 on seven minutes.

Driven on by a dominant half-back line, the visitors added a second goal on 15 minutes – the dangerous Alan Cadogan gathered on the right, swept infield and billowed the net, 2-5 to 1-3.

The game loosened up, with Limerick’s Kevin O’Brien and Cork’s Shane Kingston hitting points from play as Cork maintained their lead until the 29th minute. Darragh Fitzgibbon then soloed through the Limerick defence and passed to Kingston, who got Cork’s third goal. Cork added a flurry of late points to go in 3-12 to 1-9 ahead at the half.

Cork resumed with Horgan’s first goal, a snap shot after good work by Cadogan, putting eleven points between the sides. Though Limerick made sweeping changes, the game was too far gone for them to retrieve, and on fifty minutes Horgan duly added a second goal, finishing a rebound from a Cadogan shot.

Cadogan set up Cork’s sixth three minutes later with a pass to his clubmate, Shane Kingston, and a seventh came for sub. Michael O’Halloran when he took a neat pass from Horgan. The eventual winning margin was 21 points.

Scorers for Limerick: R. Lynch (0-11, 0-8 frees); B. Nash (1-0); K. O’Brien (0-3); A. Dempsey, D. Byrnes, P. Browne, D. Dempsey, J. Ryan (0-1).

Scorers for Cork: P. Horgan (2-5, 0-3 frees); A. Cadogan (1-4) ; S. Kingston (2-2); L. Meade, M. O’Halloran (1-0), B. Cooper (0-3); M. Coleman, R. O’’Flynn, D. Fitzgibbon (0-2 each); B. Hennessy, D. Kearney (0-1 each).

LIMERICK: B. Hennessy, T. Condon, R. English, S. O’Brien, D. Morrissey, B. O’Connell, S. Cahill, D. O’Donovan, P. Ryan, R. Lynch, A. Dempsey, R. Hanley, C. Ryan, B. Nash, K. O’Brien
Subs: M. Casey for Condon (inj., 28); D. Dempsey for A. Dempsey, D. Byrnes for Morrissey, J. Ryan for O’Donovan (all HT); P. Browne for P. Ryan (47).

CORK: A. Nash, C. Spillane, S. McDonnell, D. Griffin, C. O’Leary, L. McLoughlin, M. Coleman, D. Kearney, D. Fitzgibbon, B. Cooper, L. Meade, S. Kingston, A. Cadogan, P. Horgan, R. O’Flynn
Subs: D. Brosnan for Meade (52); C. Murphy for Kearney and M. O’Halloran for Cadogan (both 58); J. Sheehan for McDonnell (60); B. Hennessy for Fitzgibbon (62).

Referee: P. Kelly (Tipperary)

Match Preview

Team News

Limerick senior hurling team to face Cork in the Co-Op Munster Senior Hurling League this Sunday afternoon at the Gaelic Grounds has been released.

1. Barry Hennessy (Kilmallock), 2 Tom Condon (Knockaderry), 3. Richie English (Doon), 4. Seanie O Brien (Patrickswell), 5. Dan Morrissey (Ahane), 6. Barry O Connell (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), 7. Stephen Cahill (Tournafulla), 8. Darragh O Donovan (Doon) 9. Pat Ryan (Doon) 10. Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh), 11. Alan Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh), 12. Robbie Hanley (Kilmallock), 13. Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen), 14. Barry Nash (South Liberties) and 15. Kevin O Brien (Patrickswell).

16. Nickie Quaid (Effin)(Captain), 17. Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell), 18. Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell), 19. David Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh), 20. Lorcan Lyons (Monaleen), 21. Andrew La Touche Cosgrave (Monaleen), 22. Richie McCarthy (Blackrock), 23. James Ryan (Garryspillane), 24. Kyle Hayes (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), 25. Paul Browne (Bruff), 26. Mike Casey (Na Piarsaigh).

The Cork Senior Hurling team to play Limerick on Sunday at 2pm in the Gaelic Grounds has been announced as follows.

1. Anthony Nash – Kanturk
2. Colm Spillane – Castlelyons
3, Stephen McDonnell – Glen Rovers
4. David Griffin – Carrigaline
5. Chris O Leary – Valley Rovers
6. Lorcan McLoughlin – Kanturk
7. Mark Coleman – Blarney
8. Daniel Kearney – Sarsfields
9. Darragh Fitzgibbon – Charleville
10. Bill Cooper – Youghal
11, Luke Meade – Newcestown
12. Shane Kingston – Douglas
13. Alan Cadagon – Douglas
14. Patrick Horgan – Glen Rovers
15. Michael Cahalane – Bandon

16. Patrick Collins – Ballinhassig
17. Jack Sheehan – Erins Own
18. Cormac Murphy – Mallow
19. Dean Brosnan – Glen Rovers
20. Robbie O Flynn – Erins Own
21. Michael O Halloran – Blackrock
22. Shane O Keeffe – Blackrock

McGrath Cup Football – Limerick 0-9 Waterford 0-7

Limerick defeated Waterford by 0-9 to 0-7 in Round 3 of the McGrath Cup Football competition on Sunday January 15th at Lemybrien.

Neville shoots Limerick to a McGrath Cup showdown

Limerick 0-9 Waterford 0-7

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Danny Neville guided Limerick to the McGrath Cup final with five second-half points at a breezy Lemybrien yesterday.

The sides were deadlocked at the break, before the Ballysteen attacker moved to full-forward and posted three consecutive scores during the third quarter.
The Shannonsiders never looked back and maintained their unbeaten start under new boss Billy Lee.

After shooting eight first-half wides, he was encouraged by his side’s response. “We were a lot happier with the second-half performance. We had opportunities in the first-half and we didn’t execute them. It’s about building confidence in these lads because they’re a very young team,” said Lee.

In a below-par contest, Limerick wasted 11 first-half scoring opportunities with the elements behind them. Conor Murray curled over a beauty for the hosts, with Patrick Hurney and captain Paul Whyte (free) also raising white flags. Sean McSweeney levelled matters from an injury-time placed ball to leave it 0-3 apiece.

Joey Veale nudged Waterford in front again 18 seconds after the restart. Neville shot three points on the trot, however, including a delicious free with the outside of his right boot, to hand Limerick the initiative.

Whyte and Patrick Hurney twice closed the gap to the minimum, but a punched effort by substitute Killian Ryan and Neville’s fifth point settled the issue in favour of Lee’s side.

Scorers – Limerick: D Neville 0-5 (1f), C Sheehan, B Donovan, K Ryan, S McSweeney (f) 0-1 each. Waterford: P Whyte (2fs), P Hurney 0-2 each, C Murray, J Veale, J McGrath 0-1 each.

Limerick – D O’Sullivan; P White, J McCarthy, G Noonan; P Quinn, C Fahy, P Hannon; B Fanning, D Treacy; C Sheehan, S O’Carroll, D Neville; J Naughton, S McSweeney, B Donovan.
Subs: P Nash for Sheehan (29); J Lee for McSweeney (45); D Ward for Hannon (56); S O’Dea for O’Carroll (56); K Ryan for Naughton (56); B Creamer for Quinn (69).

Waterford – S Enright; J McGrath, T O’Gorman, S Dalton; R O Ceallaigh, S Prendergast, F Galvin; T Prendergast, M Curry; F Ó Cuirrín, M O’Halloran, P Hurney; C Murray, P Whyte, J Veale.
Subs: D Breathnach for O’Halloran (34), G Crotty for Murray (48), D Guiry for Veale (57), C Maguire for G Crotty (67 BC)

REF – J Bermingham (Cork)

Match Preview

Team News

New Limerick senior football manager Billy Lee has named the same starting fifteen and match panel that was used in their victory over Clare midweek to face Waterford on Sunday. The management team of Billy Lee, Paudie Kissane, Brian Begley and Ricky Ronayne has released the following team and panel for Sunday’s game in round two of the McGrath Cup in Leymbrien Co Waterford at 2pm.

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).

16 Andrew Ruddle (Newcastlewest) 17. Padraig Quinn (Monaleen), 18. James Bridgeman (St Senans), 19. Cillian Fahy (Dromcollogher/Broadford), 20. Garrett Noonan (Dromcollogher/Broadford), 21. Bill Creamer (Cappamore), 22. Brian Fanning (Pallasgreen), 23. Brian Donovan (Monaleen), 24. Barry Lynch (Feoghanagh/Castlemahon), 25. Killian Ryan (Mungret/St Pauls) and 26. James Naughton (St Senans).