All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Croke Cup (Under 18.5 A Hurling) Semi-Final – Our Lady’s Templemore 0-24 Kilkenny CBS 2-15

Our Lady’s Templemore defeated Kilkenny CBS by 0-24 to 2-15 in the All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Croke Cup (Under 18.5 A Hurling) Semi-Final on Wednesday March 15th at O’Moore Park Portlaoise.


Tom Byrnes: Templemore ready for final test

Report by Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Our Lady’s, Templemore (Tipperary) 0-24 Kilkenny CBS 2-15: Our Lady’s Templemore manager Tom Byrnes is relishing a crack at competition kingpins St Kieran’s in the Croke Cup final on Saturday week. St Kieran’s, the famed Kilkenny academy, are going for four in a row as Our Lady’s gear up for their first final since 1978.

Having won the Harty Cup for the first time in 39 years, Our Lady’s went a step further by seeing off the dogged challenge of Kilkenny CBS in yesterday’s Masita Post-Primary Schools All-Ireland Senior A Hurling semi-final.

However, standing in the path of ultimate glory are St Kieran’s, conquerors of Kilkenny CBS in the Leinster final and boasting a full-back line that Byrnes holds in the highest esteem. “They’re a savage outfit,” said Byrnes. “They’re big as well, strong and probably have the best full-back line I’ve ever seen at colleges hurling. You have Adrian Ronan’s son [Tommy] and DJ Carey’s son [Michael] is full-back. They’re formidable and they’re going to be a huge test.”

After walloping St Colman’s in the Harty final, Our Lady’s got the tight game they needed after a few weeks off. It should prime them for the St Kieran’s challenge and, while Our Lady’s won by three points, goals in stoppage time at the end of each half added some gloss to the final score, from a Kilkenny CBS perspective.

In truth, Templemore were the superior side, but CBS brought buckets of heart to O’Moore Park in Portlaoise. Crucially, Our Lady’s kept Sean Bolger quiet and, while Niall Brassil scored nine points, eight of those scores came from placed balls. In total, CBS hit 1-7 from play, but Templemore managed 0-16, including five in the first half from Andrew Ormonde.

Brian McGrath, Tipp’s 2016 All-Ireland minor winning captain, matched Brassil’s tally and his late point, after CBS goalkeeper Ben Maher had goaled from a 20m free, was a sumptuous effort from the right touchline. At key moments, particularly in the second half, McGrath showed real leadership, but he wasn’t alone, with full-back Padraig Campion executing a couple of heroic late blocks. Maher was blinded by the sun late on in the Leinster final, but any lingering fears about his mentality on the big day were banished by a series of fine saves. The O’Loughlin Gaels net-minder looks like a player destined for a big future and, in years to come, it’s likely that Our Lady’s and CBS players will renew acquaintances in the county colours of Tipperary and Kilkenny.

At half-time, Our Lady’s led by 0-14 to 1-8, as Joe Sheehan’s goal brought CBS back into contention. However, they couldn’t get closer to the winners than two points in the second half, as Templemore’s dream of a Harty/Croke Cup double, to emulate the feats of 1978, remain alive.

Scorers for Our Lady’s, Templemore: B McGrath 0-9 (5f, 2 65s) A Ormonde 0-5, D O’Shea 0-3, J Kelly & L Fairbrother (1f) 0-2 each, É McBride, J Ryan & R McCormack 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kilkenny CBS: N Brassil 0-9 (7f, 1 65), J Sheehan 1-3, B Maher 1-0f, S Boyd 0-2, S Bolger 0-1.

Our Lady’s, Templemore: E Collins; N Quinlan, P Campion, E Ryan; É McBride, P Cadell, A O’Meara; D Ryan, J Ryan; J Kelly, B McGrath, R McCormack; A Ormonde, D O’Shea, L Fairbrother.
Subs: S Doyle for D Ryan (59), F Purcell for J Ryan (59), G O’Connor for Ormonde (60+3)

Kilkenny CBS: B Maher; M Butler, J Minogue, J Molloy; P Collins, C Flynn, L Stynes; C Heary, N Brassil; R Buckley, S Boyd, S Bolger; S Staunton, D Dunne, J Sheehan.
Subs: C Drennan for Staunton (45), M Doyle for Dunne (53)

Referee: J Keane (Galway)


0-9 for McGrath as Our Lady’s Templemore end 39-year wait for All-Ireland senior hurling final

Tipperary’s 2016 All-Ireland minor hurling winning captain was outstanding today.

Our Lady’s, Templemore (Tipperary) 0-24 Kilkenny CBS 2-15

Report by Jackie Cahill for the42.ie

FRESH FROM WINNING the Harty Cup for the first time in 39 years, Our Lady’s, Templemore, have booked their place in the Masita All-Ireland Post-Primary Schools All-Ireland senior A hurling decider.

Brian McGrath produced some big moments, particularly in the second half, as Templemore advanced to face holders and four-in-a-row chasers St Kieran’s from Kilkenny on Saturday week, 25 March.
Our Lady’s saw off Kilkenny CBS in today’s semi-final at O’Moore Park in Portlaoise and while they led by seven points approaching half-time – 0-14 to 0-17 – the winners were made to work for it.

Andrew Ormonde hit five points from play in the first half alone for Templemore but they the concession of goals in stoppage time at the end of both halves made life nervy for them. Templemore also needed a couple of huge blocks from full-back Pádraig Campion down the home straight but at the other end, Kilkenny CBS had goalkeeper Ben Maher making some big saves. At half-time, Templemore were 0-14 to 1-8 clear but they were hit with a sucker-punch goal in the third minute of stoppage time.

Templemore failed to deal with Niall Brassil’s free into their full-back line and Joe Sheehan was alive to the loose ball, sending a deflected ground-stroke to the net. That goal undid some of Templemore’s good work in the opening half because when they got on a run, they looked really good, with their three inside forwards – Ormonde, David O’Shea and Lyndon Fairbrother – collecting eight points from play between them before the interval.

Templemore opened with the first three points of the game but Kilkenny CBS, playing with the breeze in the opening half, settled and were level at 0-4 each by the 13th minute. The sides were deadlocked twice more but Templemore, who didn’t register a wide in the first half, were finding a steady groove and a devastating scoring run gave them clear daylight. Having fallen 0-5 to 0-6 behind, Templemore unloaded with seven unanswered points in a nine-minute spell.

They could have a goal, too, but CBS goalkeeper Ben Maher did well with a double-save to keep out first Ormonde and then Brian McGrath. Sheehan’s 25th minute point was the first time Kilkenny CBS had scored in ten minutes but Templemore responded with further efforts from Lyndon Fairbrother and David O’Shea. Niall Brassil clipped over his third free of the half before his delivery led to Sheehan’s goal.

The second half ebbed and flowed but the closest that Kilkenny CBS could get was two points. Goalkeeper Maher blasted home a 20m free in stoppage time to narrow the gap to 2-15 to 0-23.
But McGrath, 2016 All-Ireland winning captain for Tipperary, landed an absolute peach from the right touchline to settle frayed Templemore nerves. Templemore now have the chance to emulate their 1978 feats – when they added the Croke Cup to their earlier Harty Cup success.

Scorers for Our Lady’s, Templemore: Brian McGrath 0-9 (0-5f, 0-2 ’65) Andrew Ormonde 0-5, David O’Shea 0-3, Jerry Kelly & Lyndon Fairbrother (1f) 0-2 each, Éanna McBride, Jack Ryan & Ray McCormack 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kilkenny CBS: Niall Brassil 0-9 (7f, 1 65), Joe Sheehan 1-3, Ben Maher 1-0f, Sean Boyd 0-2, Sean Bolger 0-1.

Our Lady’s, Templemore

1. Eoin Collins (Drom & Inch)
20. Neil Quinlan (JK Brackens)
3. Padraig Campion (Drom & Inch)
4. Eoghan Ryan (Loughmore-Castleiney)
5. Éanna McBride (JK Brackens)
6. Paddy Cadell (JK Brackens)
7. Aidan O’Meara (Drom & Inch)
8. Diarmuid Ryan (Clonakenny)
9. Jack Ryan (Toomevara)
12. Jerry Kelly (Borris-Ileigh)
11. Brian McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)
10. Ray McCormack (Borris-Ileigh)
13. Andrew Ormonde (JK Brackens)
14. David O’Shea (JK Brackens)
15. Lyndon Fairbrother (JK Brackens)
Subs
19. Shane Doyle (JK Brackens) for D Ryan (59)
17. Fintan Purcell (Drom & Inch) for J Ryan (59)
18. Gearoid O’Connor (Moyne-Templetuohy) for Ormonde (60+3)

Kilkenny CBS

1. Ben Maher (O’Loughlin Gaels)
5. Mickey Butler (O’Loughlin Gaels)
3. Johnny Minogue (Dicksboro)
6. Jordan Molloy (O’Loughlin Gaels)
9. Peter Collins (O’Loughlin Gaels)
4. Conor Flynn (Graigue-Ballycallan)
2. Liam Stynes (Dicksboro)
12. Conor Heary (O’Loughlin Gaels)
10. Niall Brassil (James Stephens)
7. Ronan Buckley (O’Loughlin Gaels)
14. Sean Boyd (Dicksboro)
13. Sean Bolger (O’Loughlin Gaels)
15. Shane Staunton (Clara)
8. Des Dunne (Danesfort)
21. Joe Sheehan (Dicksboro)
Subs
19. Conor Drennan (Galmoy) for Staunton (45)
17. Mick Doyle (Barrow Rangers) for Dunne (53)

Referee: John Keane (Galway)


BUSINESS END OF THE CROKE CUP

The main event of this week in the Masita GAA All Ireland Post Primary Schools series is the staging of the Croke Cup (Senior ‘A’ Hurling) semi-finals between the famed St. Kieran’s College and St Brigids Loughrea, managed by Galway captain David Burke, at O’Connor Park, Tullamore.

And there is also the equally tasty clash of Kilkenny CBS and Our Lady’s Templemore at Portlaoise.

Both games takes place on Wednesday, March 15 at 2pm.

The renowned hurling stronghold of St Kieran’s recently claimed an incredible 55th Leinster colleges senior championship win and boast 21 All-Ireland titles on top of that. Their latest Leinster success arrived after a 1-14 to 0-13 victory over chief rivals, Kilkenny CBS.

That was Kieran’s third Leinster title on the spin, but the most impressive thing? It was delivered courtesy of a new-look team with the majority of the team from previous successes having moved on.

The key players in the current set-up are lethal forward Adrian Mullen from Ballyhale Shamrocks and classy centre-back, Martin Keoghan from Tullaroan. Indeed, those two are the only survivors from the 2016 team that landed the Leinster and All-Ireland titles.

Meanwhile Harty Cup winners Our Lady’s Secondary School Templemore will play Kilkenny CBS in the All Ireland Post Primary Schools Senior ‘A’ Hurling semi-final at O’Moore Park.

On Wednesday, Sean Bolger bagged a brace at Abbotstown as CBS booked their place in the semi-final. Evan Niland’s freetaking skills had helped Athenry to a three-point lead at the midway point, but a strong second-half showing secured CBS’s progression.

Niland won an All-Ireland minor winner with Galway in 2015 and was in deadly form throughout but outstanding long-range points from the likes of Bolger ultimately sealed a hard-earned win for CBS.

“We will be up against it,” says Our Lady’s mentor Noel Fogarty ahead of the semi-final. “But we are in a good place after winning the Harty Cup for the first time in 39 years.

“We were known as Templemore CBS back in 1978 when Martin Bourke captained the team to glory, but it was good to end the long wait.”

Almost 5,000 turned up to watch them hammer nine-time Harty champions St Colman’s by 19 points a few weeks ago and the outpouring of joy was tangible.

“We had been so close,” Fogarty says. We lost finals in 2000, 2002, 2013 and last year. We had serious players like Noel McGrath and Tommy Dunne over the years but we could never get over the line.”

Our Lady’s have the experience of having eight players from the 2016 campaign and Brian McGrath, captain of the all-conquering 2016 Tipperary minor team, is their Talisman, scoring 1-7 from centre-forward last time out.

In the other quarter-final St Brigid’s Loughrea beat St Colman’s Fermoy 0-19 – 1-13 to set up a mouth watering date with St Kieran’s.

As expected, Conor Molloy was in fine form for Loughrea, scoring eight points as they overturned a five-point deficit to book their place in the last four.

St Brigid’s, co-managed by Galway captain and current All-Star David Burke, finished very strongly, with Molloy, brother of Galway senior star and 2016 Under 21 skipper Brian, deadly from frees all day.

Munster U21 Football S-Final – Kerry 1-18 Waterford 0-7

Kerry defeated Waterford by 1-18 to 0-7 in the Eirgrid Munster Under 21 Football Championship Semi-Final on Wednesday March 15th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.


Kerry cruise but stiffer tests await

Report by Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kerry 1-18 Waterford 0-7: That his charges never went beyond second gear didn’t bother Jack O’Connor. The Kerry U21s travelled to Dungarvan to do a job and did it with the minimum of fuss. Statements of intent can wait for Páirc Uí Rinn in two weeks.

Within 20 seconds of the start of yesterday evening’s Munster U21 semi-final, the visiting attack had prised open Waterford for what would prove the first of many goal chances. Lee O’Donoghue put Cathal Bambury inside the cover and, but for the intervention of the right post, Kerry would have been on their way to the significant victory that had been widely forecast before throw-in.

Mind you, they didn’t have long to wait to assert their dominance on the scoreboard. Killian Spillane, Andrew Barry, and Cathal Bambury had them three clear by the fourth minute. Bambury, Sean O’Shea, and Matthew O’Flaherty doubled that advantage by the 10th.

Leaving aside Kerry’s obvious superiority, the home side came across as disjointed. It was almost as if they hadn’t played together before. They hadn’t, in fact. In advance of this fixture, the squad had assembled for just two training sessions.

They might have matched Kerry score for score in the second period, but given the difference was 14 points at the break, the events of the second half were largely redundant. Little wonder Kerry boss O’Connor wasn’t getting too worked up about his side easing off after the restart.

“I know we didn’t set the world alight or give ourselves 10 out of 10, but we just needed to come down and do a job as good as we could. We did that,” remarked O’Connor.

“We had six changes made in the second half and we were maybe a little disjointed when they got their few scores. The name of the game, though, was getting out of here with a result.”

Killian Spillane, who finished as Kerry’s top scorer with 1-6, supplied the game’s sole goal six minutes from half-time. The lively Sean O’Shea created the chance with a searing run and all that was required of the Templenoe youngster was to palm the ball past Déise keeper Kevin Dwane.

Waterford, 1-12 to 0-1 in arrears at the break, had David Looby to thank for getting them on the board. His 12th-minute point arrived via the dead ball, as did his and Waterford’s second on 33 minutes. Not until Conor Gleeson burst past four green and gold jerseys in the 40th minute did Waterford have a score from play to their name. They’d kick four without reply between the 45th and 56th minute, which was mere damage limitation.

Both sides had been reduced to 14 men by this juncture. Cormac Coffey picked up a second yellow card for a high tackle on 42 minutes. Waterford’s numerical advantage didn’t last long, as Cormac Curran was sent to the line on a straight red card following an off-the-ball incident with Andrew Barry.

Brian O’Beaglaoich, who hadn’t been seen in the green and gold since the McGrath Cup win over Cork on January 15, got a quarter of an hour under his belt and management will be keen for him to start in the decider in a fortnight.

“It was good to see Brian getting a run,” said O’Connor. “He has had a frustrating time with that injury.

“It is a long time since Kerry beat Cork in Cork in this grade. I remember I was involved in 1997. We went over to Cork, David Moloney saved a last-minute penalty and we beat them by two points. I can’t remember if we beat them up there since. It is a tough place to go. I think it is the challenge we need.”

Scorers for Kerry: K Spillane (1-6, 0-3 frees); C Bambury (0-4); S O’Shea (0-3, 0-1 free); T O’Sullivan (0-2); L O’Donoghue, A Barry, M Flaherty (0-1 each).

Scorers for Waterford: D Looby (0-3, 0-2 frees, 0-1 ’45); J Allen (0-1 free), C Murray, C Gleeson, E O’Halloran (0-1 each).

Kerry: S Ryan (Rathmore); TL O’Sullivan (Dingle), J Foley (Ballydonoghue), B Sugrue (Renard); J Morgan (Austin Stacks), T O’Sullivan (Dingle), C Coffey (Kerins O’Rahillys); A Barry (Na Gaeil), B O’Sullivan (Dingle); B Ó Seanacháin (Ballydonoghue), S O’Shea (Kenmare), M Flaherty (Dingle); L O’Donoghue (Glenflesk), K Spillane (Templenoe), C Bambury (Dingle)
Subs: I Parker (Churchill) for O’Shea (40 mins); B O’Beaglaoich (An Ghaeltacht) for T O’Sullivan (43 mins); R Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht) for Barry (43); D O’Brien (Glenflesk) for Sugrue (47), B Barrett (Ardfert) for Flaherty (47); G O’Sullivan (Dromid Pearses) for Foley (54).

Waterford: K Dwane (Ballinacourty); C McCarthy (Ballinacourty), S Ryan (The Nire), M Cronin (Ardmore); D O’Cathasaigh (An Rinn), S Kelly (Gaultier), E O’Halloran (Clashmore/Kinsalebeg); D Guiry (The Nire), C Curran (Brickey Rangers); C Murray (Rathgormack), M Sweeney (Stradbally), D Looby (Ballinacourty); J Allen (Dungarvan), C Gleeson (The Nire), C Browne (Erin’s Own)
Subs: C O’Neill (Brickey Ragers) for Ryan (19 mins, bc); D Fitzgerald (Kilrossanty) for Sweeney (38); J Mulcahy (The Nire) for Browne (53).

Referee: S Lonergan (Tipperary)




Team News

The Kerry Under 21 Football Team to play Waterford in the Munster Championship Semi Final at Fraher Field Dungarvan on Wednesday evening @ 7:30pm is unchanged from the side that defeated Clare in the Qtr Final last week.

The team, captained by Brian Sugrue of Renard is as follows:

1. Shane Ryan (Rathmore)
2. Tom (Leo) O’Sullivan (Dingle)
3. Jason Foley (Ballydonoghue)
4. Tom O’Sullivan (Dingle)
5. Brian Sugrue (Renard)
6. Andrew Barry (Na Gaeil)
7. Daniel O’Brien (Glenflesk)
8. Barry O’Sullivan (Dingle)
9. Brian Ó Seanacháin (Ballydonoghue)
10. Brandon Barrett (Ardfert)
11. Sean O’Shea (Kenmare)
12. Matthew Flaherty (Dingle)
13. Conor Geaney (Dingle)
14. Matthew O’Sullivan (St Michael’s-Foilmore)
15. Cathal Bambury (Dingle)
Subs
16. Eoghan O’Brien (Churchill)
17. Killian Spillane (Templenoe)
18. Cormac Coffey (Kerins O’Rahillys)
19. Ivan Parker (Churchill)
20. Jack Morgan (Austin Stacks)
21. Roibeard Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht)
22. Lee O’Donoghue (Glenflesk)
23. John Mark Foley (Kilgarvan)
24. Graham O’Sullivan (Dromid Pearses)

The Waterford Under 21 Football Team to face Kerry on Wednesday night in Fraher Field at 7:30pm has been named!

1 Kevin Dwane (Ballinacourty)
2 Conor McCarthy (Ballinacourty)
3 Stephen Ryan (The Nire)
4 Michael Cronin (Ardmore)
5 Darach O’Cathasaigh (An Rinn)
6 Sean Kelly (Gaultier)
7 Edmund O’Halloran (Clashmore / Kinsalebeg)
8 Dylan Guiry (The Nire)
9 Conor Gleeson (The Nire)
10 Conor Murray (Rathgormack)
11 Michael Sweeney (Stradbally)
12 David Looby (Ballinacourty)
13 Michael Culloo (Ballinameela)
14 Joe Allen (Dungarvan)
15 Craig Browne (Erins Own)


Match Programme


Munster U21 Football S-Final – Cork 2-10 Limerick 0-10

Cork defeated Limerick by 2-10 to 0-10 in the Eirgrid Munster Under 21 Football Championship Semi-Final on Wednesday March 15th at Pairc Ui Rinn.



Cork edge through as Limerick pay the penalty

Report by Denis Hurley for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Cork 2-10 Limerick 0-10: In the end, Cork reached a seventh straight EirGrid Munster U21FC final as Limerick were overcome at Páirc Uí Rinn last night, but it was far from straightforward.

One could say that Limerick’s extra-time quarter-final win over Tipperary ultimately had two effects which cancelled each other out — the match practice advantage they had over Cork allowed them to outperform their hosts in the first half, but the 80 minutes caught up with them as the Rebels held them to just a point in the second half.

The game wasn’t fully safe until sub Michael Hurley goaled for Cork at the death, but they showed a big improvement in the second period, which left manager Seán Hayes pleased.

“I’ve been saying all week that the 80 minutes they had last week would stand to them,” he said. “It took us 30 minutes to get up to championship pace but thankfully, we showed our merit and came back and had a great second half. We improved as the game went on and we made some good substitutions.”

The game could arguably be distilled to a few knife-edge moments. Limerick could have moved five ahead in the first half but for a missed penalty. Then, with Cork ahead by one in the second half, Limerick were wide with what would have been a levelling free and were immediately punished by a Hurley point.

Just before Hurley opened up a three-point lead, some Limerick supporters felt they should have had another spot-kick but referee Rory Hickey deemed Seán Wilson’s challenge on Brian Donovan to have been good defending.

“The ball went the other way so obviously Seán got a touch to put it out,” Hayes said.

“We could have had a penalty too for a foot block, but we were given a 45. If they got a penalty for a foot block, I don’t see what the difference is.”

After falling behind early, Cork looked to have asserted themselves when they pushed ahead through a fifth-minute goal. Full-forward Maidhcí Ó Duinnín was the man who got it, slotting home nicely, but Seán Powter was the architect and engineer, creating the opening with a surging run halfway before offloading perfectly.

However, it didn’t knock Limerick out of their stride and the visitors would score six of the next eight points. Hugh Bourke’s free-taking was excellent while Donovan and AJ O’Connor were also on target, but the penalty was certainly a missed opportunity. The score stood at 0-7 to 1-2 for the Treatymen when O’Connor forced a turnover and fed Bourke, whose shot was illegally blocked by Cork full-back John Dineen.

O’Connor struck the penalty well, but Ross Donovan in the Cork goal pulled off a great save. Limerick goalkeeper Richard Hayes did have the next score with a free from distance, but Cork had called in the cavalry with Michael Hurley and team captain Seán O’Donoghue sprung from the bench before the first half was out.

Hurley and then Gary Murphy made the gap more manageable and though Bourke’s fourth point left Limerick leading by 0-9 to 1-2 going in, Cork had achieved parity within three minutes of matters resuming and then pushed ahead, with Brian Coakley prominent.

Bourke levelled, but that was their final score as Hurley took over. He finished with 1-3, Powter once again the creator for the late second goal for a perhaps flattering six-point margin.

Limerick manager Declan Brouder felt that it was a case of his team running out of legs as much as anything.

“It’s really down inside there,” he said, “they left everything out there but unfortunately in the second half we ran out of energy, I think the extra time last week caught up with us.”

Instead of dwelling on whether they should have had a penalty, Brouder preferred to take the positives. “Right now, the game is over, there’s no point getting drawn on it,” he said. “We had a penalty in the first half that we missed, this wasn’t given, we’ll look back on the video and we’ll see.

“I’m just proud of my players, I felt we bossed the first half, it was almost an injustice that we were only two ahead at half-time. No matter what happens, we’ll always have pride and we’ll always stay together.”

Scorers for Cork: M Hurley (1-3), B Coakley (0-4, 2 frees), M Ó Duinnín (1-0), S Sherlock (0-2, 1 free), G Murphy (0-1).

Scorers for Limerick: H Bourke (0-5, frees), B Donovan (0-2), R Hayes (free), K Daly, AJ O’Connor (0-1 each).

CORK: R Donovan (Nemo Rangers); S Daly (Dohenys), J Mullins (Éire Óg), S Wilson (Douglas); J O’Riordan (Carbery Rangers), A Browne (Newmarket), C Kiely (Ballincollig); E Lavers (Dohenys), S O’Leary (Bantry Blues); B Coakley (Carrigaline), S Powter (Douglas), D Meaney (St Michael’s); G Murphy (Castletownbere), M Ó Duinnín (Naomh Abán), S Sherlock (St Finbarr’s).
Subs: M Hurley (Castlehaven) for Meaney (22), S O’Donoghue (Inniscarra) for O’Leary (28), L O’Donovan (Clonakilty) for Ó Duinnín (half-time), S O’Donovan (Ilen Rovers) for Sherlock (56), M Buckley (Dohenys) for Coakley (60).

LIMERICK: R Hayes (St Senan’s); E Sheehy (Granagh-Ballingarry), M Donovan (Galbally), D Connolly (Adare); R Childs (Galtee Gaels), C Flanagan (Crecora), B Fanning (Pallasgreen); J Liston (Gerald Griffins), T Childs (Galtee Gaels); P de Brún (Firies, Kerry), S Murphy (Newcastlewest), B Donovan (Monaleen); K Daly (Na Piarsaigh), AJ O’Connor (Newcastlewest), H Bourke (Adare).
Subs: S Stack (Newcastlewest) for de Brún (46), M Connolly (Adare) for O’Connor (51), S Brosnan (Newcastlewest) for Flanagan (56).

Referee: R Hickey (Clare).


Strong second half sees Cork advance to seventh consecutive Munster U21 final

Cork 2-10 Limerick 0-10

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Sub Michael Hurley scored 1-3 as Cork saw off Limerick at Páirc Uí Rinn to reach the EirGrid Munster U-21 football final for the seventh year in succession.

Senior star Hurley, brother of Brian, had been kept in reserve as he returned from injury but both he and captain Sean O’Donoghue were introduced in the first half as Cork struggled against an impressive Limerick side. Hugh Bourke and Brian Donovan had been among the scorers as the visitors moved 0-7 to 1-2 in front, Maidhci O Duinnin with the Cork goal, but they could have been further ahead but for a good penalty save by Cork’s Ross Donovan from AJ O’Connor.

Limerick goalkeeper Richard Hayes had a long-range free after that but Hurley and Gary Murphy had Cork back to a point before Bourke’s free left it 0-9 to 1-4 at half-time.

Brian Coakley (two) and Stephen Sherlock pushed Cork in front on the resumption, and while Bourke was on hand to level for Limerick once more, it would prove to be their last score. Sherlock and a pair of Hurley points gave Cork their biggest lead of the game as the end neared, and at the death Sean Powter set Hurley up for the clinching goal.

Scorers –
Cork: M Hurley 1-3, B Coakley 0-4 (2f), M Ó Duinnín 1-0, S Sherlock 0-2 (1f), G Murphy 0-1
Limerick: H Bourke 0-5(f), B Donovan 0-2, R Hayes (f), K Daly, AJ O’Connor 0-1 each.

CORK – R Donovan; S Daly, J Mullins, S Wilson; J O’Riordan, A Browne, C Kiely; K Flahive, S O’Leary; B Coakley, S Powter, D Meaney; G Murphy, M Ó Duinnín, S Sherlock
Subs: M Hurley for Meaney (22), S O’Donoghue for O’Leary (28), L O’Donovan for Ó Duinnín (h-t), S O’Donovan for Sherlock (56), M Buckley for Coakley (60).

LIMERICK – R Hayes; E Sheehy, M Donovan, D Connolly; R Childs, C Flanagan, B Fanning; J Liston, T Childs; P de Brún, S Murphy, B Donovan; K Daly, AJ O’Connor, H Bourke
Subs: S Stack for de Brún (46), M Connolly for O’Connor (51), S Brosnan for Flanagan (56).

Ref – R Hickey (Clare)






Team News

The Cork team to play Limerick in the EirGrid Munster U21Football Championship next Wednesday 15th March @ 7.30pm in Pairc Ui Rinn has been announced as follows.

CORK: R Donovan (Nemo Rangers); S Daly (Dohenys), J Mullins (Éire Óg), S Wilson (Douglas); J O’Riordan (Carbery Rangers), A Browne (Newmarket), C Kiely (Ballincollig); K Flahive (Douglas), S O’Leary (Bantry Blues); B Coakley (Carrigaline), S Powter (Douglas), D Meaney (St Michael’s); G Murphy (Castletownbere), M Dineen (Naomh Abán), S Sherlock (St Finbarr’s).
Subs: C Kelly (Éire Óg), K O’Donovan (Nemo Rangers), E Lavers (Dohenys), L O’Donovan (Clonakilty), S O’Donoghue (Inniscarra, c), M Hurley (Castlehaven), S O’Donovan (Ilen Rovers), T Foley (Bantry Blues), M Buckley (Dohenys).

Limerick Manager Declan Brouder has released his starting fifteen for this Wednesday evening’s EirGrid Munster U21 football championship semi final against Cork at Pairc Uí Rinn. The management team of manager Declan Brouder (Newcastle West), Coach Tommy Stack (Dromcollogher/Broadford) and selectors Gerard O’Connor (Fr. Caseys), Karl Lenihan (Newcastle West) and John O’Grady (Oola) has release the following fifteen. 1. Richard Hayes (St Senans), 2. David Connolly (Adare), 3. Jim Liston (Gearld Griffins), 4. Edward Sheehy (Granagh/Ballingarry), 5. Robert Childs (Galtee Gaels), 6. Michael Donovan (Galbally), 7. Cormac Flanagan (Crecora/Manister) 8. Brian Fanning (Pallasgreen), 9. Tommie Childs (Galtee Gaels), 10. Sean Murphy (Newcastle West), 11. AJ O Connor (Newcastle West), 12. Padraig De Brún (Firies), 13. Kieran Daly (Na Piarsaigh), 14. Brian Donovan (Monaleen) 15. Hugh Bourke (Adare).


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