Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship – Kerry 2-16 Clare 1-6

Kerry defeated Clare by 2-16 to 1-6 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship on Wednesday April 12th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.


Kingdom firepower too much for Banner

Report from the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kerry unleashed their superior firepower in the opening half of this Electric Ireland Munster MFC quarter-final against a Clare side caught in the headlights in near perfect conditions at the Austin Stack Park last night.

Kerry have not lost a Munster minor game since the quarter-final defeat against Cork in 2013. Facing an attack spearheaded by top gun David Clifford, Clare were under the cosh from the outset.

Donal O’Sullivan converted a free inside the opening minute and then added a point from an assist by Fiachra Clifford. Centre forward Brian Friel, a survivor from last year’s All-Ireland final winning side, then carved open the Clare defence to make it 0-3 to 0-0 inside the opening four minutes.

Clare’s Colin McNeilis and wing-forward Sean Rouine were trying to curb the Kingdom but Kerry’s defence were able to cut out any Clare attack in the opening quarter with Ryan O’Neill, Sean O’Leary, and Michael Potts particularly effective.

Kerry controlled the middle as well thanks to Barry O’Mahony and Diarmuid O’Connor while Adam Donoghue fetched some good ball at wing-forward. Kerry struck for two goals in a two-minute spell when a sweeping move started by Michael Potts saw Fiachra Clifford feed David Clifford who slipped the ball to th Clare net in the sixth minute. A minute later Donal O’Sullivan was on hand when Donncha O’Sullivan’s shot was parried by Clare keeper Mark Lillis and he finished to an empty net.

Clifford them made it 2-4 to no score and another O’Sullivan free had Kerry in cruise control by the end of the opening quarter, leading 2-5 to 0-0.

Clare got their only score of the opening half in the 16th minute when a free from midfielder Danny Griffin was knocked down by Danny Cooney on the edge of the square into the path of Gearoid Cahill who found the Kerry net.

That was as good as it got for Clare, who had three more efforts before the break but they were all collected by Kerry keeper Devidas Uosis while Kerry tacked on five more points, a ’45 and a superb effort from play by David Clifford and one each from Barry O’Mahony, Donncha O’Sullivan and a free from Donal O’Sullivan, to leave Kerry 2-10 to 1-0 ahead at half-time.

Scorers for Kerry: Donal O’Sullivan (1-6, 4 frees), D Clifford (1-4, 1 ’45), E Horan, B O’Mahony, B Friel, F Clifford, D O’Sullivan, and N Donohue (0-1 each).

Scorers for Clare: G Cahill (1-0), G Cooney (0-3, 2 frees), D Coughlan (0-2, 1 free), D Ryan (0-1).

KERRY: D Uosis ( Dingle); R O’Neill (Na Gaeil), C O’Donoghue (Glenflesk), S O’Leary (Kilcummin); M Potts (Dr Crokes), E Horan (Scartaglen), P Warren (Gneeveguilla); B Mahony (St Senans), D O’Connor (Na Gaeil); A Donoghue (Castleisland Desmonds), B Friel (Rathmore), F Clifford (Laune Rangers); Donnchadh O’Sullivan (Firies), D Clifford (Fossa), Donal O’Sullivan (Kilgarvan).
Subs: M Slattery (Austin Stacks) for B Friel(h/t), N Donohue (Firies) for P Warren (45), C O’Reilly (Austin Stacks) for S O’Leary (47), J Griffin (Dr Crokes) for F Clifford (50), C Ferriter (Annascaul) for Donnchadh O’Sullivan (52), M O’Leary (Renard) for M Potts (57).

CLARE: M Lillis (Cooraclare); J Sheedy (St Breckans), J O’Sullivan (Wolfe Tones), J Miniter (Kilrush); F Donnellan (Cooraclare), K White (Inagh Kilnamona), C McNeilis (Clondegad); D Griffin (Eire Óg), P Kelly (St Breckans); S Rouine (Ennistymon), C O’Donoghue (Cooraclare), D Ryan (Cratloe); G Cooney (Kilmurry Ibrickane ), D Coughlan (Corofin), Cahill (St Joseph’s Doora Barefield).
Subs: Rian Considine (Cratloe ) for Ciaran O’Donoghue (38), A McNamara (Ml Cusack’s) for G Cahill (48), C McMahon (Cratloe ) for P Kelly ( 50), A O’Brien (St Breckans) for K White (55), R O’Doherty (Ennistymon) for D Griffin (58), R Phelan (Kilrush) for D Ryan (60).

Referee: D Murnane (Cork)


The Kerry Minor Football Team to play Clare in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Quarter Final at Austin Stack Park on Wednesday evening contains just 4 of the side who played in the All Ireland Minor Final last year – Michael Potts, Diarmuid O’Connor, Brian Friel and David Clifford.

Potts, together with Chris O’Donoghue, Sean O’Leary and Donnchadh O’Sullivan, were members of the St Brendans College Hogan Cup winning side this year.

The team, captained by David Clifford is as follows:

Deividas Uosis Dingle

Ryan O’Neill Na Gaeil

Chris O’Donoghue Glenflesk

Sean O’Leary Kilcummin

Michael Potts Dr. Crokes

Eddie Horan Scartaglen

Patrick Warren Gneeveguilla

Barry Mahony St. Senans

Diarmuid O’Connor Na Gaeil

Adam Donoghue Castleisland

Brian Friel Rathmore

Fiáchra Clifford Laune Rangers

Donchadh O’Sullivan Firies

David Clifford (C) Fossa

Donal O’Sullivan Kilgarvan

Fir Ionaid:

Nelu O’Doherty Dr. Crokes

Ciarán O’Reilly Austin Stacks

Niall Donohue Firies

Michael Slattery Austin Stacks

Michael O’Leary Renard

Jack Griffin Dr. Crokes

Dylan Casey Austin Stacks

Cathal Ferriter Annascaul

Mark Ashe Dingle

Bainistíocht:

Bainisteoir: Peter Keane (St Marys)

Treanalaí: Chris Flannery and Padraig Murphy

Roghnoirí: Tommy Griffin (Dingle), James Foley (Kilcummin)

Additional Players on the Kerry Minor Panel

Ciaran Kennedy (Beaufort), Eddie Browne (Listowel Emmets), Ruadhan McCarthy (Dingle), Luka Brosnan (Castleisland Desmonds), Sean O’Connell (Cordal).

Rehabbing from Injury: Cian Gammell (Killarney Legion) & Cian O’Callaghan (Firies)


Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship – Limerick 1-10 Waterford 0-9

Limerick defeated Waterford by 1-10 to 0-9 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship on Wednesday April 12th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.


Limerick forced to dig deep against spirited Waterford

Report from the Irish Examiner newspaper

Coming into last night’s first round of the Munster championship in the Gaelic Grounds, few were giving Waterford any hope, as they were off the back of almighty hidings from Cork teams in last week’s U17 tie and the 2015 U16 tournament.

However, they threw the form book out the window and, despite losing a man to a debatable first-half decision, they ignited the game after the break before an injury-time goal delivered Limerick a flattering victory.

Though they made heavy weather of their dominance of a turgid opening period, Limerick looked to have the game well under control when they led by six 10 minutes into the second half.

However, once Waterford threw caution to the wind coming up to the three-quarter mark and started to attack with conviction, Limerick struggled to protect their lead and were thankful for the breaks and the decisions going their way before the game ended after five eventful added minutes.

After a shapeless opening, Seán Whelan-Barrett’s free got Waterford off the mark, before Limerick skipper Karl Moloney replied. With the breeze behind them, the hosts were dominating possession but, between shooting wide and failing to get the last pass in, they didn’t take the lead until the quarter mark, but Niall McAuliffe’s free adjusted the radar, as Seán Ryan and Noel Callanan quickly followed up.

Waterford’s task was made more difficult when Billy Power received a straight red for a challenge, but Limerick failed to exploit the extra man and Mark Twomey pulled one back with a free. Coming up to the break, the home side picked it up again, as Ryan sent over his second and Callanan and McAuliffe followed up to increase their lead to 0-7 to 0-2.

The pace of the game moved up a notch on the restart, with Twomey sending over a 50-metre free, only to be met by Callanan and a Rory O’Brien free. However, when Whelan-Barrett replied off a free, Waterford began to move forward with greater intensity as they took over midfield. It was game on when Darragh O’Keeffe pulled back another and Tom Barron’s ground kick skimmed inches over the crossbar off a goalmouth scramble.

O’Brien’s free, brought in for dissent, halted the Decies march, but it was met in kind by Barron and, after sub Brian Lynch brought the gap back to two, Waterford were denied the lead when Cian Walsh spectacularly saved off Whelan-Barrett. After two chances were missed, Whelan-Barrett sent over a free.

However, just as they were closing in for the kill, a Limerick break drew a free close in. It was quickly taken and sub Calvin Moran burst in to shoot to the corner of the net. Waterford tried to respond and had a penalty call turned down before time ran out.

Scorers for Limerick: N Callanan 0-3, Calvin Moran 1-0, S Ryan, N McAuliffe (1f), R O’Brien (2f) 0-2 each, K Moloney 0-1.

Scorers for Waterford: S Whelan-Barrett 0-3 (3f), M Twomey (2f), T Barron (1f) 0-2 each, D O’Keeffe, B Lynch 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: C Walsh; M Quinlan, E Burke, C Ferris; P Power, J Fitzgerald, J Cummins; K Moloney, L Kennedy; B Coleman, N Callanan, R O’Brien; D Burke, S Ryan, Colm Moran.
Subs: N McAuliffe for Colm Moran (inj 5), P Collins for N McAuliffe (35), Calvin Moran for S Ryan (40), A Costelloe for B Coleman (52).

WATERFORD: A Beresford; M Horgan, S Ahern, D Cullinane; S Murphy-Nix, M Twomey, C Kilgannon; M Devine, C Cullinane; B Power, D Booth, S Whelan-Barrett; S Curry, D O’Keeffe, T Barron
Subs: B Lynch for D Booth (38), D Montgomery for S Curry (46), J Walsh for D O’Keeffe (54).

Referee: D Grogan (Tipperary).


Team News

The Waterford Minor Football Team to play Limerick was named tonight!

1. Aaron Beresford (Ballinacourty)
2. Michael Horgan (Colligan)
3. Shane Ahern (Ballinacourty)
4. Reece Stringer (Colligan)
5. Sam Murphy-Nix (Colligan)
6. Mark Twomey (Ballinacourty)
7. Conor Kilgannon (Gaultier)
8. Mick Devine (Dungarvan)
9. John Devine (Dungarvan)
10. Billy Power (Rathgormack)
11. Dan Booth (Colligan)
12. Sean Whelan-Barrett (Ballinacourty)
13. Stephen Curry (Rathgormack)
14. Darragh O’Keeffe (Gaultier)
15. Tom Barron (The Nire)

Limerick minor football team and match panel is released by the management team of John Ryan manager, coach/selector Brian Nolan and selectors Cathal Minihane and David O Connor this evening. Limerick will take on Waterford this Wednesday evening at the Gaelic Grounds with a starting time of 7pm.

The Limerick minor football team is as follows 1. Cian Walsh (St. Senans), 2. Mark Quinlan (Galbally), 3. Eoin Burke (St. Kierans), 4. Cillian Ferris (Ballysteen), 5. Padraig Power, (Rathkeale), 6. Jack Fitzgerald (Adare), 7. James Cummins (Galbally), 8. Karl Moloney (Crecora/Manister) (Captain), 9. Liam Kennedy (St. Kierans), 10. Barry Coleman (Rathkeale), 11. Noel Callanan (St. Kierans), 12. Rory O Brien (Fr. Caseys), 13. David Burke (Mungret/St.Pauls), 14. Niall McAuliffe (Newcastle West), 15. Colm Moran (Mungret/St.Pauls) (V.Captain)


Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship – Cork 3-21 Tipperary 1-8

Cork defeated Tipperary by 3-21 to 1-8 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship on Wednesday April 12th at Semple Stadium Thurles.


Cork breeze past Tipp exercise

Report from the Irish Examiner newspaper

For Cork, this Munster minor quarter-final had dwarfed to a futile exercise long before the finish. Brian Herlihy’s young charges had travelled in expectation of a serious challenge, an examination similar to what last year’s class had been subjected to when these counties met at this very juncture. That particular quarter-final ended with a winning margin of three points for Cork. It wasn’t so close on this occasion. Not by a long shot.

The visitors finished 19 points clear. In truth, the gap could have been even greater. The winners, in front of a crowd of 1,158, kicked 15 wides, while second-half sub Cillian Myers-Murray blasted a goal chance wide in the final quarter. Colm O’Callaghan, too, could have opted for goal when kicking the last two of his three points. That manager Brian Herlihy was able to empty his bench by the 49th minute tells you how dominant Cork were and, equally, how poor Tipperary were.

This was a throwback to the dark old days when Premier football teams were routinely routed by Cork and Kerry. The home outfit kicked only two scores in the opening 20 minutes and only three scores in the closing 20 minutes. Matt O’Dohery’s side meet either Clare or Waterford on April 26 and the manager has some job on his hands to lift morale after this bruising annihilation.

It was effectively game over at half-time as the visitors held a 1-9 to 0-4 advantage and such was the lack of oomph in the Tipperary play that there was nothing to suggest a comeback of any sorts would materialise after the break.

The home side struggled desperately around midfield, especially under their own kick-out. Cork’s midfield pair of Ryan Walsh and Mark Keane, along with half-forward Colm O’Callaghan, won restart after restart. And with half-backs Jason Harrington and Jack McCarthy bursting off the shoulder each time, the Tipperary defence found themselves scrambling on numerous occasions to block the Cork runners coming from deep.

It all contributed to a constant supply of ball into Cork’s inside line, with Mark Cronin, Cathal O’Mahony, and Damien Gore finishing the half with 1-6 between them. That tally had risen to 3-13 by the final whistle. The Rebels’ opening four points arrived via the dead ball, with each member of that full-forward line throwing over a free, two in the case of full-forward Cathal O’Mahony.

Ryan Lambe kicked the home outfit’s opener eight minutes in. He was one of only two Tipperary players to score from play in the first half an hour. Mark Cronin supplied Cork’s opening goal on 16 minutes, taking the pass from Damien Gore after a fine through ball from centre-back Peter O’Driscoll. Defenders Jack McCarthy and Dylan Ward had written their names onto the scoresheet by half-time. There was no let-up in the pressure applied upon the change of ends, the winners outscoring their opponents by 2-7 to 0-2 in the first 17 minutes of the second period.

Evan Murphy turned over Tipperary defender Paul Devlin in the build-up to Cork’s second goal, Cronin applying the finish for his second green flag of the evening. Gore delivered their third major, Jack McCarthy instrumental in the creation of the score. The visitors finished with nine scorers in total, subs Colm Barrett and Cillian Myers-Murray making an impression when sprung.

Adam McGrath landed a consolation goal 10 minutes from time. It made no difference. This was an evening to forget for Tipperary football.

Scorers for Cork: M Cronin (2-4, 0-2 frees); D Gore (1-5, 0-2 frees); C O’Mahony (0-4, 0-2 frees); C O’Callaghan (0-3); D Ward, J McCarthy, E Murphy, C Barrett, C Myers-Murray (0-1 each).

Scorers for Tipperary: R Lambe (0-3); A McGrath (1-0); S Ryan (0-2, 0-2 frees); R Quigley, C Kennedy, M Stokes (0-1 each).

Cork: K McMahon (Kilshannig); L Finn (Mitchelstown), W Ronan (Kilmurry), D Ward (Douglas); J Harrington (Adrigole), P O’Driscoll (Ilen Rovers), J McCarthy (Carrigaline); R Walsh (Kanturk), M Keane (Mitchelstown); J Murphy (Éire Óg), E Murphy (Dromtariffe), C O’Callaghan (Éire Óg); M Cronin (Nemo Rangers), C O’Mahony (Mitchelstown), D Gore (Kilmacabea)
Subs: C Barrett (St Finbarr’s) for J Murphy (39 mins); C Myers-Murray (St Finbarr’s) for O’Mahony (41); S Meehan (Kiskeam) for Harrington (42); D O’Mahony (Knocknagree) for Ronan (45); J Corcoran (Nemo Rangers) for Finn (45); D Moynihan (Ballydesmond) for E Murphy (49).

Tipperary: J Dolan (Fethard); J Harney (Moyle Rovers), S Grogan (Cahir), J Ryan (Boherlahan-Dualla); R Quigley (Moyle Rovers), P Devlin (Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill), E McBride (JK Brackens); C Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials), J Flannery (Galtee Rovers); D Mulcahy (Moyle Rovers), S Ryan (Galtee Rovers), C Boland (Clonmel Commercials); M Stokes (Kilsheelan-Kilcash), R Lambe (Clonmel Commercials), D Tynan (Inane Rovers)
Subs: D Bolger (Moyle Rovers) for Quigley (HT); C O’Sullivan (Clonmel Óg) for McBride, A McGrath (Galtee Rovers) for Tynan (both 38); D O’Leary (Ardfinnan) for Devlin (46); C McKenna (Cahir) for Ryan (48); L Cleary (Borrisokane) for Harney (50).

Referee: R Moloney (Limerick).


Team News

As Tipperary commence their Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship campaign, the starting XV to play Cork in the Quarter-Final in Semple Stadium, tomorrow night, Wednesday April 12th at 7pm, has been announced by manager Matt Doherty and lines out as follows;

1. Jack Dolan – Fethard,
2. John Ryan – Boherlahan-Dualla
3. Stephen Grogan – Cahir
4. Jack Harney (Joint Captain) – Moyle Rovers
5. Ríain Quigley – Moyle Rovers
6. Paul Devlin – Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill
7. Conall Kennedy – Clonmel Commercials
8. Jake Flannery (Joint Captain) – Galtee Rovers
9. Eanna Mc Bride – JK Brackens
10. Diarmuid Mulcahy – Moyle Rovers
11. Shane Ryan – Galtee Rovers
12. Calvin Boland – Clonmel Commercials
13. Mark Stokes – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
14. Ryan Lambe – Clonmel Commercials
15. Darragh Tynan – Inane Rovers


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