Munster Hurling League – Waterford 1-24 Cork 1-18

Waterford defeated Cork by 1-24 to 1-18 in Round 2 of the Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League on Wednesday January 2nd at Mallow.

Opportunities to impress as clinical Waterford see off Cork

Report By Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Waterford 1-24 Cork 1-18

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The auditions continue, with both Cork and Waterford giving plenty of panellists an opportunity to impress in tonight’s Co-Op Superstores Munster SHL clash in chilly Mallow.

Winners Waterford were more clinical than their opponents and deserved the win – playing with the wind, they had an early scoring burst by Stephen Bennett.

His 0-3 in three minutes was reeled in quickly by Cork, with Robbie O’Flynn and William Kearney contributing. Waterford settled, however, and five on the bounce pushed them 0-8 to 0-4 ahead on 14 minutes, Kevin Moran’s long-range effort the pick of those scores.

Cork had a goal on 21 minutes, Aidan Walsh finishing a Declan Dalton sideline to the net, making it 1-5 to 0-10. Dalton and Bennett swapped frees before a Dalton brace levelled the game at 1-8 to 0-11.

Mallow man Cormac Murphy nudged Cork ahead with two minutes to the break but Bennett (free) levelled. Dalton drove over two late frees to leave it 1-11 to 0-12 at the half.

Waterford resumed with a goal, Brick Walsh availing of a defensive mix-up to fire home, and three good points – Tommy Ryan (two) and Barron – pushed them 1-15 to 1-12 ahead.

Waterford were in charge and Cork needed a Cormac Murphy point to stay in touch. Bennett (free) and Kearney responded, leaving it 1-17 to 1-14 on 51 minutes.

Murphy and Bennett (free) swapped scores, maintaining Waterford’s advantage before Bennett hit a monster to stretch the visitors’ lead to four turning into the last ten minutes, and they held out for the win.

Scorers for Cork: D. Dalton (0-9, 7 frees); A. Walsh (1-0); C. Murphy (0-3); M. O’Halloran (0-2); R. O’Flynn, W. Kearney, T. O’Mahony, C. Joyce (0-1 each.)

Scorers for Waterford: Stephen Bennett (0-13, 10 frees); M. Kearney (0-4); M. Walsh (1-0); T. Ryan, K. Moran, J. Barron (0-2), J. Prendergast (0-1).

CORK: P. Collins, N. O’Leary, D. Griffin, D. Lowney, C. Joyce, T. O’Mahony, R. Downey, C. Cahalane, W. Kearney, C. Murphy, M. O’Halloran, A. Walsh, J. Coughlan, D. Dalton, R. O’Flynn.
Subs: C. Beausang for O’Flynn (inj, 24); C. O’Callaghan for Lowney (inj, 33); E. Murphy for Walsh (inj, HT); S. O’Leary Hayes for Downey (61); P Leopold for Coughlan (62).

WATERFORD: B. Nolan, S. McNulty, S. Fives, N. Connors (c), J. Henley, M. O’Brien, M. Walsh, J. Barron, B. O’Halloran, K. Moran, M. Kearney, DJ Foran, T. Ryan, Stephen Bennett, C. Roche.
Subs: C. Prunty for O’Brien (53); S. Roche for Walsh (55); A. Gleeson for Moran (63); J. Prendergast for C. Roche (66); K. Bennett for McNulty (70).

Referee: J. Murphy (Limerick).

McGrath Cup Football Semi-Final – Clare 1-17 Waterford 1-6

Clare defeated Waterford by 1-17 to 1-6 in the McGrath Cup Football Semi-Final on Sunday January 6th at the Gold Coast Resort, Ballinacourty, Dungarvan.

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McGrath Cup Football Semi-Final – Cork 3-15 Limerick 0-7

Cork defeated Limerick by 3-15 to 0-7 in the McGrath Cup Football Semi-Final on Sunday January 6th at Mick Neville Park Rathkeale.

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Munster Hurling League – Tipperary 4-20 Kerry 1-14

Tipperary defeated Kerry by 4-20 to 1-14 in Round 3 of the Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League on Saturday January 5th at MacDonagh Park Nenagh.

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Sheedy in no rush to select Tipp skipper ahead of national league

Report By John Fallon for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tipperary 4-20 – 1-14 Kerry

Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy said he will wait until after the final of the Co-Op Superstores Munster hurling League before deciding on a captain to lead the Premier County in his second term in charge. Sheedy said he is finding the Munster League very useful, as he tries out players ahead of the start of the Allianz League.

“We haven’t decided on a captain yet for the year, but we will be doing that ahead of the national league. This is a good competition,” he said after their win over Kerry in McDonagh Park in Nenagh. “We haven’t entered in the last two years, but certainly I am delighted we are in it this year. We are getting a good mix of new lads coming in and getting their chance, and some other guys that are there a while getting their chance. Overall, it is a worthwhile exercise. We won our two games and we are in the final. We get to test ourselves again next weekend against top-class opposition two weeks before we start a national league campaign. That’s very positive from our point of view.”

There wasn’t a lot between the sides for most of the opening half, but then Tipperary hit a purple patch and killed off a gutsy Kerry team with 3-5 in an 11-minute spell before the break. Goals from Jason Forde and Noel McGrath either side of an effort from last year’s impressive U21 Mark Kehoe did the damage, as Tipp went in leading by 3-14 to 0-7, having played with the breeze. McGrath’s effort was superb and had the crowd of 1,186 in raptures when he met a cross from Forde first time and buried it in the net.

Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher became the sixth Tipp forward to score when he found the net three minutes after the restart as they cruised to victory while a committed Kerry earned a fine goal from the impressive Shane Conway in the closing stages.

“Kerry are a team I have huge admiration for. They are working off a very small base,” said Sheedy. “Very spirited in their hurling. Some really good fielders off the ball, especially in the second half, the subs took some savage scores. It was nip and tuck in that second half, but we did the damage when we were on in that 15 minutes in the first half. It was very good. We are very pleased,” added Sheedy.

Scorers for Tipperary: J Forde (1-5, 2 frees, 1 65); N McGrath (1-4); M Kehoe (1-3); Patrick Maher (1-0); J Morris (0-3); M Breen, W Connors, D McCormack, C Darcy, D Maher (0-1 each).

Scorers for Kerry: B Barrett (0-5, 4 frees); S Conway (1-2); M O’Leary (0-3); J Goulding (0-2); N O’Mahony, P Boyle (0-1 each).

TIPPERARY: B Hogan; D Maher, Padraic Maher, K O’Dwyer; A Flynn, S Kennedy, B Heffernan; M Breen, W Connors; D McCormack, N McGrath, Patrick Maher; M Kehoe, J Forde, J Morris.
Subs: C Barrett for D Maher (48), C Darcy for Kehoe (52), R Byrne for Kennedy (55), M McCarthy for N McGrath (63), T Fox for Heffernan (63).

KERRY: J B O’Halloran; E Leen, J O’Connor, J Buckley; J Diggins, M Boyle, T O’Connor; D Griffin, N O’Mahony; M O’Leary, S Conway, F MacKessy; J Goulding, B Barrett, M Slattery.
Subs: P Boyle for MacKessy (42), B Murphy for J O’Connor (42), J Conway for Slattery (44), Sean Weir for Leen (54), M Leane for O’Mahony (55).

Referee: Nathan Wall (Cork)

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Munster Hurling League – Clare 2-20 Waterford 3-16

Clare defeated Waterford by 2-20 to 3-16 in Round 3 of the Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League on Sunday January 6th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.

Clare beat Waterford to line up final clash with Tipperary

Report by Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Waterford 3-16 – 2-20 Clare

Clare will face Tipperary in the Co-Op Superstores Munster SHL final, having beaten Waterford in Fraher Field, Dungarvan in front of 3,039 spectators.

The home side defended the scoreboard end in the first half and faced the breeze, but Clare dominated immediately, hitting five points in the first five minutes, Shane Golden’s long range effort the best of them.

Stephen Bennett opened Waterford’s account (free) but the home side needed keeper Billy Nolan to save from Aaron Shanagher to stay in touch. Golden, Diarmuid Ryan and Aidan McCarthy pushed Clare 0-9 to 0-2 ahead on 15 minutes.

Niall Deasy and Ryan tacked on more points from distance before Nolan saved well again, this time from Michael O’Neill; Clare keeper Donal Tuohy saved smartly from Stephen Bennett when the ball went downfield.

Ryan added his fifth from play before Bennett had his fourth free, but then a Shanagher effort dropped short and Clare captain Tony Kelly beat Nolan to the ball before goaling – 1-12 to 0-4 on 26 minutes.

Tuohy denied Tommy Ryan a goal late on but then Stephen Bennett won an Austin Gleeson delivery and slalomed through for a goal on 32 minutes, though there was time for one more Clare point, a Deasy free: 1-14 to 1-5 at the half.

Bennett resumed with another free but Golden responded in kind, and Waterford hit three wides in a row after that. Deasy knocked over the frees for Clare but Waterford, through Bennett, cut the lead to 1-17 to 1-11 at the three-quarter mark.

Kevin Moran, on as a sub, made it a five point game, but Kelly steadied the ship for Clare. Bennett (free) and sub Mikey Kearney cut the lead to four, only for another sub – Podge Collins of Clare – to find Colin Guilfoyle with a clever pass. Guilfoyle’s goal strike made it 2-18 to 1-15 with less than ten minutes left.

Clare saw it home from there, though Waterford kept knocking on the door for another goal and were eventually rewarded with a Tommy Ryan strike and a Bennett goal from a free that came too late to affect the outcome.

Scorers for Waterford: Stephen Bennett (2-12, 1-10 frees); T. Ryan (1-1); DJ Foran, K. Moran, M. Kearney (0-1 each).

Scorers for Clare: D. Ryan (0-6); N. Deasy (3 frees, 0-5), T. Kelly (1-2); C. Guilfoyle (1-1); S. Golden (0-3); A. McCarthy, R. Taylor, D. Conroy (0-1 each).

WATERFORD: B. Nolan, D. Lyons, C. Prunty, N. Connors (c), M. Harney, A. Gleeson, K. Bennett, J. Barron, S. Roche, C. Dunford, Shane Bennett, DJ Foran, T. Ryan, Stephen Bennett, J. Prendergast.
Subs: C. Lyons and K. Moran for Gleeson and Harney (HT); M. Kearney for Shane Bennett (45); M. Walsh for Prendergast (52); J. Henley for Lyons (inj, 70).

CLARE: D. Tuohy, J. McCarthy, D. McInerney, R. Hayes, A. McCarthy, C.Cleary, C. Malone, S. Golden, T. Kelly (c), D. Ryan, N. Deasy, R.Taylor, C. Guilfoyle, A. Shanagher, M. O’Neill.
Subs: J. Browne for Hayes (14); G. Cooney for Shanagher (52); P. Collins for O’Neill (56); D. Conroy for Guilfoyle (59); M. O’Malley for Taylor (60).

Referee: K. Jordan (Tipperary).

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McGrath Cup Football Final – Clare 1-9 Cork 0-9

Clare defeated Cork by 1-9 to 0-9 in the 2019 McGrath Cup Football Final on Saturday January 12th at Hennessy Memorial Park Miltown Malbay.

Late rally sees Clare claim first McGrath Cup since 2008

Clare 1-9 – 0-9 Cork

Report by Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

A flurry of late points saw Clare crowned McGrath Cup football champions for the first time in 11 years.

With the sides deadlocked at 1-6 to 0-9 entering the final 10 minutes, it was the home outfit who made the decisive burst as back-to-back Keelan Sexton points were followed by a game-clinching score from half-back Dean Ryan in the second minute of stoppages.

Cork required a goal to force extra-time at Miltown-Malbay, but it was Clare who engineered a green flag opening in injury-time, Cork ‘keeper Chris Kelly expertly tipping Sexton’s drive around the post.

The three-point win represented Clare’s first McGrath Cup success since 2008 and will have them in confident mood ahead of the visit of Donegal to Ennis, for the first round of the Allianz league, in a fortnight.

The pick-up in intensity in the second period, as well as the mildly entertaining conclusion, stood in stark contrast to a pretty dire first-half of football which saw Clare lead 1-3 to 0-3 at the break.

Spectators at Miltown-Malbay were treated to just seven scores during the opening 35 minutes of football, only three of which arrived from open play. The score which separated the sides at the break was Gordon Kelly’s eighth-minute goal, his speculative effort from out the field deceiving newcomer Kelly between the Cork sticks.

With Gary Brennan at full-forward, Clare had thrice gone long in the opening minutes in a bid to exploit the offensive mark, but with no success enjoyed, it was a ploy that was largely abandoned for the remainder of the half. Brennan, with a fine kick, was responsible for Clare’s sole first-half point from play.

Down the other end of the field, Cian Kiely’s 5th-minute effort was Cork’s sole first-half score from play. Two Stephen Sherlock frees completed their measly 0-3 total.

The introduction of Keelan Sexton at half-time gave Clare a second forward target to aim at, the Kilmurry Ibrickane sharpshooter and Gary Brennan extending the Banner’s lead at a wet and windy Miltown-Malbay to five points.

Cork finally shook themselves into action thereafter. Two apiece from Mark Collins and Damien Gore, along with a Peter Kelleher white flag, had the visitors back on level terms. This five-in-a-row was by some distance their most productive spell of the game. Crucially, though, they never snuck their noses in front, with Clare landing the vital scores as the finishing line came into view.

Scorers for Clare: K Sexton (0-4, 0-3 frees); G Kelly (1-0); C O’Connor (0-2 frees), G Brennan (0-2); D Ryan (0-1).

Scorers for Cork: S Sherlock (0-2 frees), M Collins (0-2, 0-1 free), D Gore (0-2, 0-1 free); E McSweeney, C Kiely, P Kelleher (0-1 each).

Clare: E Tubridy; G Kelly, C Brennan, K Harnett; D Ryan, A Fitzgerald, E Collins; D Bohannon, C O’Connor; C O’Dea, D O’Halloran, D Coughlan; G Cooney, G Brennan, K Malone.
Subs: K Sexton for O’Halloran, S O’Donoghue for Gooney (both HT); G O’Brien for Malone (47 mins); D Tubridy for Bohannon (55); S Collins for Coughlan (57).

Cork: C Kelly; S Ryan, P Murphy, A Browne; L O’Donovan, T Clancy, S Cronin; J Fitzpatrick, R O’Toole; J O’Rourke, E McSweeney, C Kiely; M Collins, P Kelleher, S Sherlock.
Subs: D Gore for Sherlock (43 mins); N Walsh for Ryan, K O’Donovan for O’Rourke (both 51); T Corkery for Kiely (60); for B Murphy for Cronin (66).

Referee: P O’Sullivan (Kerry)

Fixture Details

Saturday January 12th
2019 McGrath Cup Football Final
Clare v Cork
Venue: Miltown-Malbay @ 2pm
Referee: Padraig O’Sullivan (Kerry)
Extra time if necessary (Result on the Day)

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