Co-Op Munster Hurling League – Clare 2-19 Waterford 3-13

Clare defeated Waterford by 2-19 to 3-13 in the Co-Op Munster Hurling League on Sunday January 22nd at Fraher Field Dungarvan.

Clare claim the spoils against Waterford in Munster SHL clash

Waterford 3-13 Clare 2-19

Report by Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

The crowd of 884 got an entertaining game in Fraher Field, Dungarvan, with Clare taking the honours in this Munster SHL clash.

Waterford attacked the scoreboard end first but a more experienced Clare side were 0-5 to 0-2 up after eight minutes thanks to Shane Golden and Ben O’Gorman dominating midfield.

The home side had settled by the 14th minute, when Peter Hogan’s powerful ground shot to the net made it 1-4 to 0-6 for Waterford. Hogan struck again seven minutes later, flicking home a clever goal – 2-5 to 0-7.

Clare responded with a Cathal Malone goal from close range on 30 minutes – 1-10 to 2-6. Two minutes later Ben O’Gorman, ghosting in from deep, had Clare’s second goal with a fine strike. A Bobby Duggan free had Clare 2-11 to 2-7 ahead at the half.

Clare had three points to Waterford’s one on the resumption, a Jason McCarthy effort the pick of them, and were 2-14 to 2-8 ahead on 45 minutes.

The game sagged a little then in intensity, with Waterford whittling away at the Clare lead with Nolan frees. When Clare’s Brendan Bugler got a second yellow with quarter of an hour left there were just two points in it, 2-14 to 2-12.

A late run of points made it safe for the visitors, though Waterford sub Billy O’Keeffe’s injury-time goal made them sweat for the win.

Scorers for Waterford: B. Nolan (0-6, frees); P. Hogan (2-0); B. O’Keeffe (1-0); DJ Foran, E. Murphy (0-2); J. Fagan, S. Keating, S. Roche (0-1).

Scorers for Clare: B. Duggan (0-4, frees), C. Malone, B. O’Gorman (1-1 each), J. Conlon (0-4); A. Cunningham (0-3); C. O’Donnell (0-2); P. Duggan, J. Shanahan, J. McCarthy, S. Golden (0-1 each).

WATERFORD: I. O’Regan, C. Chester, S. McNulty, C. Lyons, D. Lyons, MJ Sutton, S. Keating, K. Fitzgerald, E. Madigan, M. O’Neill, DJ Foran, B. Nolan, P. Hogan, J. Fagan, E. Murphy
Subs: C. Dunford for McNulty, T. Ryan for Fagan (both HT); S. Roche and B. O’Keeffe for Hogan and Foran (both 47); A. Molumby for Roche (inj, 59).

CLARE: P. Kelly, S McNamara, C. Dillon, S. O’Halloran, J. McCarthy, C. Cleary, B. Bugler, S. Golden, B. O’Gorman, J. Conlon, C. Malone, P. Duggan, C. O’Donnell, B. Duggan, A. Cunningham
Subs: D. Reidy for Conlon (blood, 5-9); D. Reidy for Conlon (18); J. Conlon for Malone (50); C. Galvin for O’Gorman (55); J. Shanahan for P. Duggan (66).

Team News

Clare Senior Hurling Joint Managers Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor have named their starting 15 to face Waterford in the 2017 Co-Op Munster Hurling League at Fraher Field in Dungarvan this Sunday (22 January 2017) at 2.00 p.m.

The team features eight changes from the side that started against Limerick on Wednesday night.

STARTING 15 V Waterford:

1. Patrick Kelly (Inagh-Kilnamona)
2. Shane McNamara (Clooney-Quin)
3. Cian Dillon (Crusheen) Capt.
4. Stephen O’Halloran (Clarecastle)
5. Jason McCarthy (Inagh-Kilnamona)
6. Conor Cleary (Kilmaley)
7. Brendan Bugler (Whitegate)
8. Shane Golden (Sixmilebridge)
9. Ben O’Gorman (Wolfe Tones na Sionna)
10. John Conlon (Clonlara)
11. Cathal Malone (Sixmilebridge)
12. Peter Duggan (Clooney-Quin)
13. Conor O’Donnell (Crusheen)
14. Bobby Duggan (Clarecastle)
15. Aaron Cunningham (Wolfe Tones na Sionna)

16. Andrew Fahy (Whitegate)
17. Jamie Shanahan (Sixmilebridge)
18. Colm Galvin (Clonlara)
19. Podge Collins (Cratloe)
20. Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge)
21. Aron Shanagher (Wolfe Tones na Sionna)
22. Cathal O’Connell (Clonlara)
23. Eoin Quirke (Whitegate)
24. David Reidy (Éire Óg Inis)
25. Conor Ryan (Cratloe)
26. Cathal McInerney (Cratloe)
27. David Fitzgerald (Inagh-Kilnamona)
28. Kevin Hehir (Inagh-Kilnamona)

Co-Op Munster Hurling League – Limerick 4-28 Kerry 0-16

Limerick defeated Kerry by 4-28 to 0-16 in the Co-Op Munster Hurling League on Sunday January 22nd at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Peter Casey stars on debut as Limerick cut loose

Report by Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Munster Hurling League – Limerick 4-28 Kerry 0-16: Former underage star Peter Casey marked his Limerick senior debut with a fine display as the Shannonsiders spanked Kerry by 24 points at the Gaelic Grounds.

Limerick will have to wait on results this week before learning if they’ve made the final but following a 21-point defeat to Cork a week previously, it was an encouraging seven days for manager John Kiely and his players.

Limerick regrouped to beat Clare during the week before seeing off Kerry with plenty to spare. Casey, an All-Ireland U21 medallist with Limerick in 2015, and a senior club winner with Na Piarsaigh, has been touted as a star of the future for some time.

And he showed real flashes of class as Limerick, who also handed senior debuts to Lorcan Lyons and goalkeeper David McCarthy, did pretty much as they pleased.

Kiely revealed: “It was great to see Peter Casey getting back into it again – he’s been off with a concussion for the last three weeks or a month.

“We had to give him time to get himself right and it was lovely for him to get a good run-out today. He needs all the game time he can get now.”

Barry Nash, All-Ireland U21 final man of the match in 2015, also shone with a 2-3 haul as Ronan Lynch came off the bench to score five of his points from frees.

Kerry were stunned when Limerick struck for three goals approaching half-time – Casey, Tom Morrissey and Nash raising green flags.

At the break, Limerick were 3-15 to 0-7 clear and while Kerry were better in the second half, Nash would add another goal to add gloss to the final scoreline.

A disappointing afternoon for Fintan O’Connor’s visitors ended with them reduced to 14 men, James O’Connor dismissed late on for a second bookable offence.

O’Connor said: “They came out in the second half and battled a bit harder – got a lot more tackles, hooks and blocks in, what we’re trying to base our whole effort around. Very disappointed with the result but happy with how they stuck at it.”

Scorers for Limerick: P Casey (1-9, 6 frees); B Nash (2-3); T Morrissey (1-2); R Lynch (0-6, 5 frees); C Lynch (0-3); K O’Brien (0-2); S Cahill, J Ryan, G Mulcahy (0-1 each).

Scorers for Kerry: S Nolan (0-6, 5 frees); D Collins (0-4); M Boyle (0-2); J Griffin, P Boyle, J Goulding (sl) & S Murphy (0-1 each).

LIMERICK: B Hennessy; S Cahill, R McCarthy, R English; L Lyons, D Hannon, S Hickey; D O’Donovan, P Browne; K Hayes, T Morrissey, J Ryan; B Nash, C Lynch, P Casey.
Subs: D Morrissey for R McCarthy (33), D McCarthy for Hennessy (h.t.), R Lynch for Ryan (h.t.), D Dempsey for Morrissey (54), K O’Brien for Nash (54), G Mulcahy for Hayes (blood, 62).

KERRY: A McCabe; B Lyons, P Costello, S Weir; J Griffin, J Godley, J O’Connor; T O’Connor, T Casey; K Carmody, D Collins, M Boyle; J Goulding, P Boyle, S Nolan.
Subs: S Nolan for Lyons (h.t.), P O’Connor for T O’Connor (h.t.), P Lucid for P Boyle (47), S Murphy for Griffin (50), J Brick for Nolan (61).

Referee: J McCormack (Tipperary)

Team News

Limerick senior hurling team to face Kerry in the Co-op Munster Senior Hurling League round 4 this Sunday afternoon at 1pm in Gaelic Grounds has been released.

1. Barry Hennessy (Kilmallock), 2. Stephen Cahill (Tournafulla), 3. Richie McCarthy (Blackrock), 4. Richie English (Doon), 5. Lorcan Lyons (Monaleen), 6. Declan Hannon (Adare), 7. Seamus Hickey (Murroe/Boher), 8. Darragh O Donovan (Doon), 9. Paul Browne (Bruff)(Captain), 10. Kyle Hayes (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), 11. Tom Morrissey (Ahane), 12. James Ryan (Garryspillane), 13. Barry Nash (South Liberties), 14. Cian Lynch (Patrickswell) and 15. Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh).
16. David McCarthy Glenroe, 17. Diarmaid Byrnes Patrickswell, 18. Seanie O Brien Patrickswell, 19. Mike Casey Na Piarsaigh, 20. Pat Ryan Doon, 21. Graeme Mulcahy Kilmallock, 22. David Dempsey Na Piarsaigh, 23. Ronan Lynch Na Piarsaigh, 24. Kevin O Brien Patrickswell, 25. Dan Morrissey Ahane, 26. Andrew La Touche Cosgrave, (Monaleen).

The Kerry Senior Hurling Team to play Limerick in the Munster Senior Hurling League in the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday next (1:00pm) shows 7 changes from the side that played Clare in Round 2 on Sunday last as the Kerry management rotate the players in the squad. Into the side come Aiden McCabe, Billy Lyons, Paud Costelloe, John Griffin, James O’Connor, Tomás O’Connor, and Jack Goulding.

The team captained by Aiden McCabe of Kilmoyley is as follows:

1 Aiden McCabe (C) Kilmoyley
2 Billy Lyons Causeway
3 Paud Costello Ballyduff
4 Bryan Murphy Causeway
5 John Griffin Lixnaw
6 Patrick Kelly Clarecastle
7 James O’Connor Abbeydorney
8 Tomás O’Connor Crotta O’Neills
9 Tommy Casey Causeway
10 Jordan Conway Crotta O’Neills
11 Daniel Collins Kilmoyley
12 Mikey Boyle Ballyduff
13 Jack Goulding Ballyduff
14 Padraig Boyle Ballyduff
15 Shane Nolan Crotta O’Neills

Fir Ionaid:

16 Martin Stackpoole Lixnaw
17 Sean Nolan Kilmoyley
18 Sean Weir Crotta O’Neills
19 Paudie O’Connor Kilmoyley
20 John Buckley Lixnaw
21 Jordan Brick Kilmoyley
22 Jason Wallace Lixnaw
23 Philp Lucid Ballyheigue
24 Daniel Carroll Ballyduff
25 Liam Mullins Lixnaw
26 Keith Carmody Causeway


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:

Rory Horgan St Brendans
Darren Dineen St Brendans
Micheal O’Leary Abbeydorney
Fionán Horgan St Brendans
John Egan St Brendans
James Godley Kilmoyley
Brendan O’Leary Abbeydorney
Stephen Murphy Causeway
Colum Harty Causeway
Darragh Shanahan Lixnaw


Jason Diggins Causeway (Injured)
Mike Milner Dr Crokes

McGrath Cup Football Final – Kerry 3-13 Limerick 2-12

Kerry defeated Limerick by 3-13 to 2-12 after extra time in the McGrath Cup Football Final on Sunday January 22nd at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

McGrath Cup Final: Kerry defeat Limerick

Kerry 3-13 Limerick 2-12

After extra-time

By Jackie Cahill at the Gaelic Grounds for

Kerry claimed their fifth McGrath Cup title win this afternoon but were made to work hard for it by a dogged Limerick outfit at the Gaelic Grounds.

The Kingdom needed extra-time before winning the competition for the first time since 2013 – as sub Conor Geaney’s late goal sealed the win in front of 2,010 spectators.

The sides were level at 1-11 apiece after 70 minutes as Geaney looked to have won it for Kerry with a free before Sean O’Dea, in the fourth minute of stoppage time, ensured two extra 10-minute periods.

The sides traded goals in the first period of extra-time as Barry O’Sullivan netted within 20 seconds of the restart, that Kerry goal cancelled out by Limerick captain Iain Corbett’s goal from a penalty in the 73rd minute, awarded for Shane Enright’s foul on Danny Neville.

As the teams turned around, Kerry led by 2-13 to 2-12 and Geaney’s well-taken goal, set up by a precise Conor Keane pass, put the end result beyond any doubt.

Geaney was brought on as a 65th minute substitute for former Footballer of the Year James O’Donoghue, who limped off with a foot injury.

Kerry also lost Paul Murphy and Gavin Crowley to injury during the game, but manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice indicated after the game that he’s confident that the problems won’t be of a long-term nature, as his charges look ahead to their opening League fixture with Donegal in a fortnight’s time.

For Limerick, who will operate in Allianz Football League Division 4 this season, this was an encouraging outing. They went toe to toe with their much-vaunted opponents for the entire game and despite falling six points behind in the first half and again early in the second, the Shannonsiders worked their way back into contention.

David Moran’s goal for Kerry approaching half-time opened up a 1-6 to 0-3 buffer, but Sean McSweeney’s free cut the interval deficit back to five, Limerick trailing by 0-4 to 1-6.

Ahead by 1-8 to 0-5 when O’Donoghue converted a 39th-minute free, Kerry looked in a good position but Limerick registered 1-3 without reply to draw level.

Seamus O’Carroll’s 53rd minute goal levelled matters, but crucially, Limerick could never get ahead as the sides were deadlocked on three further occasions down the home straight.

Chances came and went at both ends in a frantic finish before Geaney nailed a 69th minute free to put Kerry ahead. O’Dea showed real initiative to bomb forward from defence for an equaliser, but Kerry did enough in extra-time to lift early-season silverware.

Scorers for Kerry: C Geaney 1-2 (2fs), D Moran 1-1, J O’Donoghue 0-4 (3fs), B O’Sullivan 1-0, J Lyne & B.J. Keane (2f) 0-2 each, P Murphy and M Geaney 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: I Corbett 1-2 (1-0 pen), S O’Carroll 1-1, D Neville 0-3, J Lee 0-2 (1f), S O’Dea, D Treacy, G Collins, and S McSweeney (f) 0-1 each.

Kerry: B Kealy; S Enright, J Foley, K Young; P Murphy, T Morley, T O’Sullivan; D Moran, J Barry; J Lyne, J Savage, M Geaney; B.J. Keane, P Geaney, J O’Donoghue
Subs: G Crowley for Murphy (inj., 30), B Sullivan for Savage (45), B Ó Seanacháin for M Geaney (46), B O’Sullivan for Barry (46), D Daly for Crowley (inj., 59), C Geaney for O’Donoghue (inj., 65), C Keane for P Geaney (79), K McCarthy for Keane (80), A Spillane for T O’Sullivan (83).

Limerick: D O’Sullivan; D Daly, J McCarthy, S O’Dea; P White, I Corbett, P Hannon; D Treacy, B Fanning; P Nash, S O’Carroll, B Donovan; S McSweeney, D Neville, G Collins
Subs: J Lee for McSweeney (48), G Noonan for Nash (49), D Ward for Daly (51), C Fahy for Hannon (60), J Naughton for O’Carroll (69), J Bridgeman for White (70+1), C Sheehan for Collins (75), P Quinn for Fanning (83), K Ryan for Treacy (85).

Referee: A Kissane (Waterford)

Team News

Limerick senior football manager Billy Lee has named his team to face Kerry in the Munster McGrath Cup final against Kerry. Following victories over Clare and Waterford in earlier rounds 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 the Gaelic Grounds at 3pm.

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. Brian Donovan (Monaleen), 13. Sean McSweeney (St Kierans) 14. Danny Neville (Ballysteen) and 15. Seamus O Carroll (Cappagh).
16. Brian Scanlon (Gerald Griffin’s), 17. Garrett Noonan (Dromcollogher/Broadford), 18. Cillian Fahy (Dromcollogher/Broadford), 19. Brian Fanning (Pallasgreen), 20. Padraig Quinn (Monaleen), 21. James Bridgeman (St. Senans), 22. Bill Creamer (Cappamore), 23. Cian Sheehan (Newcastlewest), 24. Jamie Lee (Newcastlewest), 25. James Naughton (St. Senans), 26. Killian Ryan (Mungret/St Pauls).

Paths to the Final

08/01/2017 – Group A Round 1 – Kerry 3-11 Tipperary 1-3 – Austin Stack Park Tralee – Conor Lane (Cork)
15/01/2017 – Group A Round 3 – Kerry 1-13 Cork 1-9 – Mallow – Derek O’Mahoney (Tipperary)

11/01/2017 – Group B Round 2 – Limerick 2-13 Clare 2-9 – St. Patricks GAA – Padraig O’Sullivan (Kerry)
15/01/2017 – Group B Round 3 – Limerick 0-9 Waterford 0-7 – Lemybrien – James Bermingham (Cork)

McGrath Cup Football Roll of Honour