Corn Ui Mhuiri Final – St. Brendan’s 2-20 Tralee CBS 0-11

St. Brendan’s Killarney defeated Tralee CBS by 2-20 to 0-11 in the Corn Ui Mhuiri Football Final on Saturday February 25th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

Match Coverage

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Sprinkled with eastern promise, St Brendan’s win Corn Ui Mhuiri

Report by Tony Leen for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Corn Ui Mhuiri final – St Brendan’s Killarney 2-20 Tralee CBS 0-11: From west to east, the wellspring of Kerry football talent is shifting.

Who knows why these things happen. Neat answers abound. Dr Crokes continue to produce stellar youngsters on an industrial scale, but they’ve been an oasis in East Kerry, which hasn’t won a senior county championship since 1999.

Seamus Moynihan coached the division to the county minor title last year, and the Glenflesk legend’s stock as a mentor rises daily and stealthily. Vince Cooper – you may know his brother – is doing lauded work as the GDA in the region. Each is a contributory influence, doubtless, but seven clubs were represented on the St Brendan’s team that went through the gears seamlessly in Tralee on Saturday to retain the Corn Ui Mhuiri crown with 15 points to spare.

This isn’t a single-engined vehicle. Tralee CBS had been rigorously gut-checked over three intense games against Coláiste Chríost Rí in the semi-final but once David Shaw goaled six minutes after the break for the Sem, their opponents knew they were in the wrong weight division.

Sem manager Gary McGrath is well aware the All-Ireland colleges (Hogan Cup) champions are a talented group but he hasn’t been slow to call in reinforcements in the guise of some of last year’s stellar Leaving Certs to bulk up A v B duels with the class of 2017.

“We play a lot of in-house games with the co-operation of the lads who’ve just gone from the school out of last year’s team. We might play 18 against 15 and they are titanic battles. Some of our so-called ‘training sessions’, they talk about Cody’s sessions in Kilkenny, it’s similar, and it gets us up to match speed.”

The Green stood their ground in an engaging first- half on Saturday, employing a sweeper and utilising the height and mobility of full- forward Gearóid Fitzgerald to keep the Sem honest. Tralee were only a point down after 15 minutes and trailed 0-8 to 0-6 at the break. In truth, though, the Killarney lads were just getting started.

Three fast scores on the resumption and Shaw’s goal stretched the gap to six (1-11 to 0-8). But the time midfielder Billy Courtney powered through for the second goal on 44 minutes, the Sem were 2-14 to 0-9 in front. Done and dusted. There’s eight of the Sem squad with the Kerry minors aiming for a fourth All-Ireland in a row this year (interestingly, Tralee CBS has no player in the currrent minor squad), and if the Killarney school regains the Hogan Cup, that will be four successive Kingdom successes in the schools grade too. And it’s all down to the development squads?

“East Kerry development officer, Vince Cooper, is doing unbelievable work, but the clubs in East Kerry are working very hard too,” McGrath explained. “There’s good co-operation between the schools and the clubs, which is of mutual benefit. It is all feeding into the same pot.”

Three Croke Park county minors from last year – Billy Courtney, Dara Moynihan and David Shaw – contributed 2-6 between them, but Firies centre-forward Donnchadh O’Sullivan is a two-footed talent to keep an eye on over the summer. He claimed seven points on Saturday and his movement caused Tralee a lot of difficulties. All in all though, St Brendan’s look exactly what no school team should so early – seasoned. If over-confidence doesn’t up-end them, it will take some haymaker from an opponent to do so.

CBS manager Marc Ó Sé was annoyed with the margin of the defeat but from Tralee’s starting point this season, a provincial final is progress. “They are an exceptional unit, Hogan Cup champions with strength in depth. We wouldn’t have that depth. But our fellas are in the latter stages of the (junior equivalent) Frewen Cup and are Dunloe Cup champions. The Green had a few barren years but we are definitely on the up.”

It was a first final in nine years for Tralee and the likes of Kieran Dwyer, Brandon Patterson, the O’Connors at midfield and tidy scorer, Michael Kelliher will be enhanced by the campaign.

Scorers for St Brendan’s: D Shaw (1-4), D O’Sullivan (0-7, 4 frees), B Courtney (1-1), J Griffin, M O’Shea (0-2 each), N Donohue, C Gammell, D Moynihan, B Keane (0-1 each).

Scorers for Tralee CBS: M Kelliher (0-4, 3 frees), T. O’Connor (0-2), K Dwyer (free), T Hoare, D Keane, S Quilter, N O’Mahoney (0-1 each).

St BRENDAN’S: R Osborne (Legion); L MacMonagle (Dr Crokes), C. O’Donoghue (Glenflesk), S O’Leary (Kilcummin); J Griffin (Dr Crokes), M Potts (Dr Crokes), N Donohue (Firies); B Courtney (Dr Crokes), C Gammell (Legion); D Moynihan (Spa), D. O’Sullivan (Firies), B. Keane (Listry); D Shaw (Dr Crokes), M O’Shea (Dr Crokes), C Flynn (Firies).
Subs: M Hartnett (Dr Crokes) for Keane (44);; M Fitzgerald (Dr Crokes) for Griffin (56).

TRALEE CBS: S Foley (Kerins O’Rahilly’s); B Patterson (Austin Stacks), T Lynch (St Pat’s), J Myers (John Mitchels); J Walsh (Knocknagoshel), K. Dwyer (St Pat’s), N O’Mahoney (Na Gaeil); J O’Connor (Austin Stacks), T. O’Connor (Ballymacelligot); S Donnellan (Churchill), T Hoare (Kerins O’Rahillys), M Scanlon (Castlergregory); D Keane (Ballymacelligott), G. Fitzgerald (Austin Stacks), M Kelliher (John Mitchels)
Subs: S Quilter (Austin Stacks) for Donnellan (41); A Roche (Kerins O’Rahillys) for Scanlon (49); D Fitzmaurice (Austin Stacks) for Kelliher (54); S Hamilton (Churchill) for Hoare (58).


Fixture Details

Saturday 25th February @ 4:30pm
Corn Ui Mhuiri (18.5 A F) final
St Brendans V Tralee CBS
Austin Stack Park
Referee – Eddie Walsh

In the event of a draw, the replay will be scheduled for the 4th March.

When – Saturday February 25th at 4:30pm
Where – Austin Stack Park Tralee
Referee – Eddie Walsh (Kerry)
Next Round – The winners will play the Connacht champions on Saturday March 18th

Admission Prices
Adults – €10
Students / OAP’s – €5
Under 12s – Free

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Match Programme

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Results to Date

Tralee CBS
Semi-Final 2nd Replay – Tralee CBS 1-10 Colaiste Chriost Rí 0-11
Semi-Final Replay – Tralee CBS 2-11 Colaiste Chriost Rí 1-14 (AET)
Semi-Final – Tralee CBS 1-18 Colaiste Chriost Rí 1-18 (AET)
Quarter-Final – Tralee CBS 2-10 IS Killorglin 1-10
Group A Round 3 – Tralee CBS 1-10 Coláiste Choilm Ballincollig 0-4
Group A Round 2 – St. Francis College Rochestown 3-10 Tralee CBS 1-16
Group A Round 1 – Tralee CBS 1-15 Coláiste na Sceilge 0-11

St Brendan’s Killarney
Semi-Final – St Brendan’s Killarney 2-17 St Flannans 1-11
Quarter-Final – St Brendan’s Killarney 2-18 PS Chorcha Dhuibhne 0-9
Group C Round 3 – St Brendan’s Killarney 2-24 Árdscoil Uí Urmaltaigh Bandon 0-8
Group C Round 2 – St Brendan’s Killarney 1-15 De La Salle College Macroom 1-8
Group C Round 1 – St Brendan’s Killarney 2-23 I.S. Killorglin 1-7

Match Preview

Saturday’s Corn Ui Mhuiri Final will serve as yet another reminder of the healthy state of Kerry underage football as St Brendan’s Killarney look to retain their title against a battle hardened Tralee CBS side.

St Brendan’s Killarney as reigning Corn Ui Mhuiri and Hogan Cup champions have been impressive in their march to this year’s Munster Final. In their five matches to date, they have averaged just under 25 points on aggregate per game. Perhaps an even more impressive stat in their mean defence which has kept opponents to under ten scores in all bar their semi-final when St. Flannans managed to score 1-11. With a sprinkling of All-Ireland Minor Football medal winners in their team, St. Brendan’s will certainly go in to Saturday’s game as deserving favourites.

Tralee CBS on the other hand were not seen as one of the favourites to progress to this stage, in particular when losing out by three points to St. Francis College Rochestown in the group stages. Tralee managed to qualify for the knockout stages as group runners-up and in the Quarter-Final, they were put to the pin of their collar by IS Killorglin before winning out by 3 points. A semi-final versus Colaiste Chriost Rí awaited and what an epic saga that turned out to be as it took 220 minutes of football to separate the sides. In the first game, Colaiste Chriost Rí were the better side early on but Tralee CBS looked destined to progress only for the Cork side to come back to level at the end of normal time and the end of extra time to force a replay. In that replay, it was Colaiste Chriost Rí who found themselves in front only to be pegged back with late Tralee CBS scores at the end of normal time and extra time to ensure a third game was required. In that second replay, Tralee CBS scored an all-important goal early on and that proved decisive in earning a 1-10 to 0-11 victory and with it, a place in the Corn Ui Mhuiri Final.

If you cannot make it to the Austin Stack Park Tralee on Saturday will be streamed live via Don’t miss out.

Eddie Walsh of Kerry will be the referee for Saturday’s Final and may the best team win.

Harty Cup Final – Our Lady’s Templemore 2-22 St Colman’s 1-6

Our Lady’s Templemore defeated St Colman’s Fermoy by 2-22 to 1-6 in the Dr. Harty Cup Hurling Final on Saturday February 18th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

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Templemore put years of heartbreak to rest as they win first Harty Cup since 1978

Our Lady’s Secondary School, Templemore (Tipperary) 2-22 St Colman’s College (Cork) 1-6

By Jackie Cahill at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick for

THE FAMINE IS over! Our Lady’s Secondary School, Templemore, are Dr. Harty champions for the first time in 39 years.

Prior to today, Martin Bourke back in 1978 was the only man to captain the school, known then as Templemore CBS, to victory in the prestigious Munster post-primary schools competition. But Paddy Cadell, a member of Tipperary’s 2016 All-Ireland minor winning side, lifted the trophy amid joyous scenes at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick, following a 19-point rout of St Colman’s.

In front of 4,924 spectators, Our Lady’s weren’t going to be denied on this occasion. They’d lost four finals (2000, 2002, 2013 and 2016) since winning the competition all those years ago but fielding eight of the players who started in last year’s final loss to Ardscoil Rís, Templemore were inspired.

Brian McGrath, captain of the Tipperary minors last year, scored 1-7, Jerry Kelly was superb at wing forward with five points and midfielder Stevie Nolan, who went off bloodied in stoppage time, contributed four points in a power-packed performance.

Skipper Cadell marshalled a rock-solid rearguard as, from the off, Our Lady’s made their intentions clear, racing into a 0-5 to 0-0 lead within nine minutes. McGrath got the ball rolling with a free before Nolan, Kelly, McGrath again and Andrew Ormonde pointed from play.

9-time champions St Colman’s, in their first Harty final in 14 years, finally got off the mark when wing-back Eoin Roche put over a ninth-minute point but in the opening half, none of their forwards managed to score from play.

Niall O’Leary also contributed from the half-back line while midfielder Diarmuid Lenihan scored two frees.
In contrast, Our Lady’s would finish the first half with five of their six forwards on target, while Nolan contributed three points from midfield.

Ahead to 0-6 to 0-2, Our Lady’s struck for goal in the 17th minute and it was a brilliant Andrew Ormonde effort as he left Kieran Neville trailing in his wake before crashing a shot into the far top corner. Our Lady’s were almost in for a second goal three minutes before half-time but Ray McCormack’s shot was blocked by St Colman’s goalkeeper Eoin Davis. In first half stoppage time, Our Lady’s managed three points to open up a 1-12 to 0-4 interval lead.

They were full value for that 11-point margin, too, and other scores were left out there as Our Lady’s registered eight wides before the break, compared to just two for St Colman’s. Our Lady’s were too hot to handle, as McGrath played the ‘link man’ role brilliantly from centre forward, scoring three points and assisting two more in the first half.

A 24th-minute score vividly illustrated how tuned in Our Lady’s were, as Nolan and McGrath played a one-two before Nolan arrowed over a classy score. David Lardner pointed from play early in the second half as St Colman’s forward finally got on the scoresheet – but that was the sum total of the attacking sextet’s efforts.
O’Leary was the best St Colman’s player on view and after he was shoved into attack, the Castlelyons starlet bagged a 49th-minute goal.

But within a minute, McGrath had cancelled that out at the other end and when he added a free, Our Lady’s were 2-20 to 1-5 ahead. It was a day when a far superior Our Lady’s outfit would respond to whatever was thrown at them and their commitment to the cause was summed up in stoppage time when Nolan threw his head in the way of Lardner’s shot – and was taken off with blood streaming from his face.

Colman’s will now regroup for an All-Ireland quarter-final clash with St Brigid’s of Loughrea, with Our Lady’s safely through to a Croke Cup semi-final on 11 March.

Scorers for Our Lady’s: Brian McGrath 1-7 (0-2f, 0-2 65s), Jerry Kelly 0-5, Stevie Nolan 0-4, Andrew Ormonde 1-1, Lyndon Fairbrother 0-4 (3f), David O’Shea 0-1.

Scorers for St Colman’s: Niall O’Leary 1-1, Diarmuid Lenihan 0-3 (2f), Eoin Roche & David Lardner 0-1 each.

Our Lady’s Secondary School, Templemore:

1. Eoin Collins (Drom & Inch)
4. Sean Ryan (Templederry Kenyons)
3. Paraic Campion (Drom & Inch)
2. Eoghan Ryan (Loughmore-Castleiney)
5. Neil Quinlan (JK Brackens)
6. Paddy Cadell (JK Brackens, Capt)
7. Aidan O’Meara (Drom & Inch)
8. Diarmaid Ryan (Clonakenny)
9. Stevie Nolan (Drom & Inch)
10. David O’Shea (JK Brackens)
11. Brian McGrath (Loughmore/Castleiney)
12. Jerry Kelly (Borris-Ileigh)
13. Andrew Ormonde (JK Brackens)
14. Ray McCormack (Borris-Ileigh)
15. Lyndon Fairbrother (JK Brackens)
19. Shane Doyle (JK Brackens) for McCormack (52)
17. Jack Ryan (Toomevara) for D Ryan (53)
20. Jason Gilmartin (Roscrea) for Ormonde (57)
18. Gearoid O’Connor (Moyne-Templetuohy) for O’Shea (59)
22. Delacy Byrne (Clonakenny) for S Ryan (60)

St Colman’s Fermoy

1. Eoin Davis (St Catherine’s)
2. Eoin Wallace (St Catherine’s)
3. Jamie O’Leary (Castlelyons)
4. Kieran Neville (St Catherine’s)
5. Sean McCarthy (Fermoy)
6. Niall O’Leary (Castlelyons)
7. Eoin Roche (Bride Rovers)
8. Shane O’Connor (Bride Rovers)
9. Diarmuid Lenihan (Ballyhooley)
10. Jamie Sheehan (Kilworth)
11. Barry Murphy (Castlelyons)
12. David Lardner (Fermoy)
13. Conleith Ryan (Bride Rovers)
14. Brian Roche (Bride Rovers)
15. Adam Creed (Fermoy)
17. Ross O’Sullivan (Fermoy) for Neville (24)
19. Richard Galvin (St Catherine’s) for Ryan (h.t.)
18. Greg Lardner (Fermoy) for Creed (h.t.)
20. Jake Mehigan (Ballyhooly) for Sheehan (46)
22. Fionnán Hickey (Ballyduff Upper) for Murphy (60+2).

Referee: Rory McGann (Clare)

Match Programme

Don’t miss out on Saturday’s souvenir 48 page match programme with plenty of articles, pen pictures, photos and everything you need to know about the Harty Cup Finals past and present.

Fixture Details

Saturday 18th February
Corn An Artaigh (18.5 A Hurling) final @ 2pm
Our Lady’s Templemore V St Colman’s Fermoy Gaelic Grounds Rory Mc Gann Clare 2pm

Corn Thomais Mhic Cholim (18.5 B Hurling) final @ 12pm
JTB Hospital V Rice College Ennis Gaelic Grounds Fergal Horgan Tipp 12pm

Extra time to be played if necessary in the Corn Thomais Mhic Cholim final. If there is a draw in the Dr. Harty cup final, the replay will be on the 25/2/2017.

When – Saturday February 18th at 2pm
Where – Gaelic Grounds Limerick
Referee – Rory McGann (Clare)
Next Round – The winners will play the winners of Presentation Athenry or the Leinster runners-up in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Saturday March 11th.
The losers will play St Brigid’s Loughrea in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final on Saturday March 4th.

Live Streaming – Both the Harty Cup Final and Saturday’s curtain-raiser (Corn Thomáis Mhic Cholim (18.5 B Hurling) Final between John the Baptist Hospital and Rice College Ennis at 12 noon) will be streamed live on

Admission Prices
Adults – €10
Students / OAP’s – €5
Under 12s – Free

Results to Date
Our Lady’s Templemore
Semi-Final – Our Lady’s Templemore 1-15 Nenagh CBS 0-14
Quarter-Final – Our Lady’s Templemore 3-14 Thurles CBS 1-10
Last 16 – Our Lady’s Templemore 6-27 Árdscoil Uí Urmaltaigh Bandon 0-3
Group F – Our Lady’s Templemore 1-23 St Flannans 1-12

Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy
Semi-Final – Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy 1-8 CBS Midleton 0-7
Quarter-Final – Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy 3-12 Christian Brothers College, Cork 1-12
Last 16 – Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy 4-22 St Flannans 2-19 (AET)
Group E – Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy 2-15 CBS Midleton 1-14

Match Preview

The Gaelic Grounds Limerick will play host to the Dr. Harty Cup Final on Saturday next when Our Lady’s Templemore take on St. Colman’s Fermoy at 2pm.

St. Colman’s Fermoy sit fourth on the Harty Cup roll of honour with nine titles but it is all of 14 years since their last victory when they finished off a memorable three-in-a-row of Harty Cup successes (2001 to 2003).
This year’s campaign began with a tough opening group game against local rivals Midleton CBS. Despite trailing heading in to the closing stages, a strong finish ensured Colmans won by four points. In the last 16, Colmans played St. Flannans (who had earlier lost in the group stages to Our Lady’s Templemore by 11 points) in Kilmallock. St. Colmans were strong favourites to progress and the Cork school led by 7 points early in the second half. However, St. Flannans play improved immeasurably as they went on a 2-5 to 0-1 run to race in to a three point lead heading in to added time. There was still time for one last Fermoy scoring opportunity and Diarmuid Lenihan duly found the net from a free 40 metres from goal to force extra time. Normal service was resumed in extra time as Colmans ran out winners by 9 points.

A Quarter-Final meeting with CBC Cork now awaited and a dominant first half performance was enough to ensure that Colmans would progress, winning in the end by six points. Another meeting with CBS Midleton in the semi-final was next on the agenda. CBS Midleton had accounted for the 2016 champions Ardscoil Ris after a replay in the Quarter-Final and were fancied to progress by many. However, Colmans scored an all-important goal in a low scoring game and qualified for the Harty Cup Final on a scoreline of 1-8 to 0-7.

Our Lady’s Templemore on the other hand had an easier route to the final. A first round meeting versus St. Flannans saw the 2016 Harty Cup finalists lay down a marker by securing an 11 point victory at MacDonagh Park Nenagh. A meeting with Árdscoil Uí Urmaltaigh Bandon in the Last 16 proved to be a no-contest as the Templemore team racked up a facile 6-27 to 0-3 victory. These two games proved little by way of preparation for Templemore’s Quarter-Final meeting with old rivals Thurles CBS. Despite playing against the wind in the first half, Templemore scored two goals and led at half-time. Thurles made it difficult for Templemore for much of the second half but lacked scoring power. A late Templemore goal gave them a flattering 10 point victory.

In the semi-final, a meeting with Nenagh CBS brought a huge crowd to the Toomevara GAA grounds. As with the other semi-final, this was a low scoring affair and a Templemore goal proved to be the crucial score as a battling Nenagh side were unable to match Templemore scoring prowess and lost out by 1-15 to 0-14.

By virtue of their impressive march to the final, allied to the experience of at least half their team being involved in last year’s final will see Our Lady’s Templemore marked down as favourites. Successful Tipperary Minors such as Paddy Cadell, Brian McGrath and Lyndon Fairbrother have led their side well in the campaign to date. Templemore CBS won this title back in 1978 and despite a few final appearances since then, will be looking to bridge that 39 year gap with victory this year.

St. Colmans have been impressive also in their campaign. Aside from the near slip-up against St. Flannans when lady luck was on their side, getting the better of a strong CBS Midleton team on two occasions cannot be underestimated.

Saturday’s game is sure to attract a big crowd to the Gaelic Grounds Limerick so why not arrive early and take in the curtain-raiser, the Corn Thomáis Mhic Cholim (18.5 B Hurling) Final between John the Baptist Hospital and Rice College Ennis at 12 noon. If you cannot make it to the Gaelic Grounds, both finals on Saturday will be streamed live via Don’t miss out.

Rory McGann of Clare will be the referee for Saturday’s Harty Cup Final and may the best team win.

Dr. Harty Cup Roll of Honour

Corn Thomáis Mhic Cholim (18.5 B Hurling) Final – John the Baptist Hospital 1-19 Rice College Ennis 3-7

John the Baptist Hospital defeated Rice College Ennis by 1-19 to 3-7 in the Corn Thomáis Mhic Cholim (18.5 B Hurling) Final on Saturday February 18th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Watch the full game via the Munster GAA YouTube channel below

Fixture Details

Saturday 18th February
Corn Thomais Mhic Cholim (18.5 B Hurling) final @ 12pm
JTB Hospital V Rice College Ennis
Gaelic Grounds Limerick at 12 noon
Referee – Fergal Horgan Tipp

Corn An Artaigh (18.5 A Hurling) final @ 2pm
Our Lady’s Templemore V St Colman’s Fermoy Match Preview
Gaelic Grounds Limerick @ 2pm
Referee – Rory Mc Gann Clare

Extra time to be played if necessary in the Corn Thomais Mhic Cholim final. If there is a draw in the Dr. Harty cup final, the replay will be on the 25/2/2017.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Wexford 1-14 Limerick 0-14

Wexford defeated Limerick by 1-14 to 0-14 in Round 1 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B on Sunday February 12th at Innovate Wexford Park.

Allianz HL Div 1B: McDonald stars for Wexford

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B


Report by Michael Dwyer for

A tally of 1-8 from Conor McDonald guided the purple-and-gold to a crucial victory over Limerick in the opening-round of the Allianz Hurling league on Sunday afternoon.

With the wind at their backs Limerick enjoyed a six-point advantage at half-time. However, Wexford’s big guns rose to the challenge.

Rejuvenated by a couple of key substitutions, Wexford held the visitors scoreless for almost 20 minutes. Conor McDonald’s 62nd minute goal stretched Wexford’s lead to four, which was enough to hold off the challenge provided by John Kiely’s Limerick.

Wexford started with a four-man rotating attack. Paul Morris, Lee Chin, Barry Carton and Conor McDonald alternated, with one taking the full-forward spot while the remaining trio took up centre-forward line positions. As a result, David Redmond and Aidan Nolan worked doggedly in defence.

However, Limerick tore through on numerous occasions in the first half. Cian Lynch and Peter Casey directed matters in attack, putting pressure on the Wexford defence.

Points from both Lynch and Casey as well as some eye-catching Seamus Hickey and Graeme Mulcahy efforts contributed to Limerick’s 13th minute lead of seven-points-to-two.

Although a Conor McDonald brace offered hope for the hosts, Limerick dictated matters for the closing quarter-hour.

Following Alan Dempsey’s neat interception, Declan Hannon fired over a point that was the pick of Limerick’s bunch. That stroke gave Limerick a six-point lead at the break.

Although Wexford gained the advantage of the elements after half-time, Limerick were first to threaten as David Dempsey bounded through and forced Mark Fanning to pull off a great save.

While Wexford started to claw back with a trio of points, Peter Casey’s pointed free maintained Limerick’s lead of twelve-points-to-seven on 45 minutes.

It was Wexford who bombarded the visitors from that point onwards. Lee Chin, Aidan Nolan and Barry Carton won puck-outs for the hosts and Davy Fitzgerald made some timely replacements, including Podge Doran, Harry Kehoe, and Nicky Kirwan.

Elegant points from McDonald (two frees), Diarmuid O’Keefe and Harry Kehoe stirred Wexford retaliation before Podge Doran blasted over a 59th minute equaliser. Not even the sheeting rain could deter the home supporters from celebrating Lee Chin’s epic 60th minute effort that put Wexford ahead for the first time.

Conor McDonald widened the gap to five with a quick-fire claim of 1-1. A closing Limerick brace of points could not undo the home-side’s sparkling finish as Wexford fans relished a cracking first-round league victory.

Scorers for Wexford: Conor McDonald 1-8 (4fs, 1 65′), Lee Chin 0-2, Podge Doran 0-2, Harry Kehoe 0-1, Diarmuid O’Keefe 0-1.

Scorers for Limerick: Peter Casey 0-5 (3fs), Graeme Mulcahy 0-2, John Fitzgibbon 0-1 (1f), Gearóid Hegarty 0-1, Cian Lynch 0-1, Paul Browne 0-1, Seamus Hickey 0-1, Declan Hannon 0-1, Diarmuid Byrnes 0-1 (1f).

WEXFORD: Mark Fanning; Eoin Moore, Liam Ryan, James Breen; Simon Donohue, Matthew O’Hanlon, Diarmuid O’Keefe; Shaun Murphy, Aaron Maddock; Aidan Nolan, David Redmond, Barry Carton; Conor McDonald, Lee Chin, Paul Morris
Subs: Podge Doran for A Maddock (41), Harry Kehoe for P Morris (47), Nicky Kirwan for D Redmond (56), Jack O’Connor for B Carton (71).

LIMERICK: Nickie Quaid; Stephen Cahill, Richie McCarthy, Mike Casey; Diarmuid Byrnes, Declan Hannon, Seamus Hickey; Paul Browne, James Ryan; Gearóid Hegarty, Cian Lynch, Kyle Hayes; Peter Casey, David Dempsey, Graeme Mulcahy
Subs: (temp. Alan Dempsey for P Casey 30-34), John Fitzgibbon for J Ryan (44), Alan Dempsey for G Hegarty (47), Tom Morrissey for K Hayes (63), Pat Ryan for P Browne (64).

REFEREE: Diarmuid Kirwan (Cork)

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Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Waterford 1-15 Kilkenny 0-17

Waterford defeated Kilkenny by 1-15 to 0-17 in Round 1 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Sunday February 12th at Nowlan Park Kilkenny.

Allianz HL Div 1A: Waterford claim encouraging win

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A


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Patrick Curran’s first half goal proved to be the decisive score as Derek McGrath’s side got the better of the Cats at a bitterly-cold Nowlan Park, scoring their first win over Brian Cody’s side in Kilkenny since 2004.

Waterford were up and running in the early stages, Pauric Mahony (2) and Conor Gleeson pushing their side 0-3 to 0-1 up inside the opening 10 minutes.

T.J. Reid narrowed the gap with a pointed free, but the hosts were rocked when Curran broke through to blast his side into a strong lead when he gathered Tom Devine’s 12th minute pass and rattled the net (1-3 to 0-2).

The goal proved to be the big score of the half, but a crucial part of Waterford’s display was Mahony’s accuracy from frees. He posted eight points in the first half from placed balls, a run which kept the Deise in front.

T.J. Reid led the Kilkenny charge, grabbing six points in that opening half (five from frees), but Curran’s goal was a hurdle they couldn’t clear. Ollie Walsh sniped the last point of the half, but the Cats still trailed by four at the break (1-11 to 0-10).

Waterford didn’t hang about in the second half, stretching their lead to six points thanks to early scores from Mahony and Jamie Barron. Kilkenny fought hard to narrow the gap, shooting the next four scores through T.J. Reid (0-3) and sub Walter Walsh, but they couldn’t get the goal they craved to reel in the long-time leaders.

While Waterford endured something of a barren spell in the second half – they went 17 minutes without troubling the scoreboard operator – they did get back on track when Mahony and Barron put four points back between the sides late on.

Still Kilkenny wouldn’t give up. Spurred on by frees from Reid and goalkeeper Eoin Murphy they battled on, making it a one-point game when Kieran Joyce fired over a good score following Richie Hogan’s injury-time pass, but the Deise held out to make a winning start to their League campaign.

Scorers for Waterford: Pauric Mahony 0-10 (7fs, 265s); Patrick Curran 1-1; Jamie Barron 0-3; Conor Gleeson 0-1.

Scorers for Kilkenny: TJ. Reid 0-10, (7fs, 265s); Eoin Murphy (0-1, free); Ollie Walsh, Pat Lyng, Richie Hogan, Liam Blanchfield, Walter Walsh, Kieran Joyce 0-1 each

KILKENNY: Eoin Murphy; Joey Holden, Padraig Walsh, Conor O’Shea; Paul Murphy, Kieran Joyce, Cillian Buckley; Ollie Walsh, Conor Fogarty; Pat Lyng, T.J. Reid, Sean Morrissey; Jonjo Farrell, Liam Blanchfield, Richie Hogan
Subs: Walter Walsh for Sean Morrissey (36), Paddy Deegan for Ollie Walsh (52), Richie Leahy for Pat Lyng (55), Shane Prendergast for Cillian Buckley (60), Conor Martin for Liam Blanchfield (70).

WATERFORD: Ian O’Regan; Shane Fives, Barry Coughlan, Noel Connors; Tadhg de Burca, Stephen Daniels, Mikey Kearney; Jamie Barron, Conor Gleeson; Kevin Moran, Pauric Mahony, Michael Walsh; Patrick Curran, Tom Devine, Shane Bennett. Subs: Austin Gleeson for Mikey Kearney (52), Brian O’Halloran for Shane Bennett (55), Jake Dillon for Tom Devine (62), Gavin O’Brien for Patrick Curran (69), Shane McNulty for Stephen Daniels (70).

REFEREE: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)

Team News

The Waterford Senior Hurling Team to face Kilkenny in Nowlan Park on Sunday is as follows –

1. Ian O’Regan (Mount Sion)
2. Shane Fives (Tourin)
3. Barry Coughlan (Ballygunner)
4. Noel Connors (Passage)
5. Tadhg de Burca (Clashmore / Kinsalebeg)
17. Stephen Daniels (De La Salle)
21. Mikey Kearney (Ballyduff Upper)
8. Jamie Barron (Fourmilewater)
9. Conor Gleeson (Fourmilewater)
10. Kevin Moran (De La Salle)
11. Pauric Mahony (Ballygunner)
12. Michael Walsh (Stradbally)
13. Patrick Curran (Dungarvan)
23. Tom Devine (Modeligo)
20. Shane Bennett (Ballysaggart)

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Cork 0-21 Clare 1-11

Cork defeated Clare by 0-21 to 1-11 in Round 1 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Saturday February 11th at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Allianz HL D1A: Slick Cork impress against Clare

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A

CORK 0-21 CLARE 1-11

Report by Denis Hurley for

While Cork had won the pre-season Co-Op Munster Hurling League, nobody in the Rebel County was going overboard, especially in the wake of such a disappointing 2016 campaign.

The visit of Allianz Hurling League champions Clare would provide a firmer test of Kieran Kingston’s side’s credentials, it was felt, but if that was the case then Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday night illustrated that the road ahead may be bright.

Cork never trailed in this game and can feel aggrieved not to have led by more than two points, 0-8 to 1-3, at half-time, after Podge Collins goaled for Clare shortly before half-time. Up until then, poor shooting had hampered the Banner while Cork shone, led by stand-in captain Alan Cadogan, who shot four first-half points.

And yet, for all the dominance, Cork could have fallen behind when Collins was fouled by Colm Spillane for a penalty early in the second half, but Anthony Nash repelled Tony Kelly’s effort and Aron Shanagher’s rebound.

Cork reeled off five of the next six points, with the excellent Daniel Kearney getting two of those and though Clare continued to threaten goals, good defending by Spillane and David Griffin denied Collins and Shane O’Donnell respectively.

From there, Cork pushed on, with manager Kingston’s son Shane bringing his tally to four while fellow debutants Luke Meade and Darragh Fitzgibbon made their mark too.

Having not won at all in their regular schedule last year, Cork will look to make it two wins in a row at home to Dublin next Saturday while Clare will look for a response when Kilkenny visit.

Scorers for Cork: Patrick Horgan 0-5 (0-4 frees), Shane Kingston, Alan Cadogan 0-4 each, Daniel Kearney, Luke Meade 0-2 each, Séamus Harnedy, Bill Cooper, Darragh Fitzgibbon, Dean Brosnan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: Tony Kelly 0-6, Podge Collins 1-1, David Reidy 0-2f, Aaron Shanagher, John Conlon 0-1 each.

CORK: Anthony Nash (Kanturk); Killian Burke (Midleton), Colm Spillane (Castlelyons), David Griffin (Carrigaline); Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh), Mark Ellis (Millstreet), Mark Coleman (Blarney); Bill Cooper (Youghal), Daniel Kearney (Sarsfields); Darragh Fitzgibbon (Charleville), Séamus Harnedy (St Ita’s), Shane Kingston (Douglas); Alan Cadogan (Douglas), Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers), Luke Meade (Newcestown)
Subs: Chris O’Leary (Valley Rovers) for Ellis (59), Robbie O’Flynn (Erin’s Own) for Fitzgibbon (62), Lorcán McLoughlin (Kanturk) for Cooper (68), Paul Haughney (Midleton) for Kearney (68), Dean Brosnan (Glen Rovers) for Kingston (70)

CLARE: Donal Tuohy (Crusheen); Séadna Morey (Sixmilebridge), Cian Dillon (Crusheen), Jack Browne (Ballyea); Jamie Shanahan (Sixmilebridge), Conor Cleary (St Joseph’s Milltown), Brendan Bugler (Whitegate); Shane Golden (Sixmilebridge), Tony Kelly (Ballyea); John Conlon (Clonlara), Podge Collins (Cratloe), Cathal Malone (Sixmilebridge); Aron Shanagher (Wolfe Tones), Shane O’Donnell (Éire Óg Inis), David Reidy (Éire Óg Inis).
Subs: Jason McCarthy (Inagh-Kilnamona) for Reidy (half-time), David Fitzgerald (Inagh-Kilnamona) for Golden (46), Aaron Cunningham (Wolfe Tones) for Conlon (62)

Referee: John Keenan (Wicklow)

Team News

The Cork Senior Hurling team to play Clare in the Allianz Hurling league on tomorrow Saturday 11th February in Pairc Ui Rinn @ 7pm has been announced as follows.

1. Anthony Nash – Kanturk
2. Killian Burke – Midleton
3. Colm Spillane – Castlelyons
4. David Griffin – Carrigaline
5. Christopher Joyce – Na Piarsaigh
6. Mark Ellis – Millstreet
7. Mark Coleman – Blarney
8. Bill Cooper – Youghal
9. Daniel Kearney – Sarsfields
10. Seamus Harnedy – St Ita’s
11. Luke Meade – Newcestown
12. Shane Kingston – Douglas
13. Alan Cadogan – Douglas
14. Patrick Horgan – Glen Rovers
15. Darragh Fitzgibbon – Charleville


16. Patrick Collins – Ballinhassig
17. Conor O’Sullivan – Sarsfields
18. Jack Sheehan – Erins Own
19. Chris O’Leary – Valley Rovers
20. Cormac Murphy – Mallow
21. Lorcan McLoughlin – Kanturk
22. Paul Haughney – Midleton
23. Dean Brosnan- Glen Rovers
24. Michael Cahalane – Bandon
25. Robbie O’Flynn – Erins Own
26. Shane O’Keeffe – Blackrock

Clare Senior Hurling starting 15 for Allianz HL game V Cork

Clare Senior Hurling Joint Managers Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor have named their starting 15 to face Cork in the first round fixture of the 2017 Allianz National Hurling League Division 1A at Pairc Uí Rinn, Cork, this Saturday (11 February 2017) at 7.00 p.m.

The naming of the team coincides with the announcement that Pat O’Connor (Tubber) has been appointed Clare Senior Hurling Captain for 2017. Tony Kelly (Ballyea) has been named Vice-Captain.

1. Donal Tuohy (Crusheen)
2. Jack Browne (Ballyea)
3. Cian Dillon (Crusheen)
4. Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge)
5. Brendan Bugler (Whitegate)
6. Conor Cleary (Kilmaley)
7. Jamie Shanahan (Sixmilebridge)
8. Shane Golden (Sixmilebridge)
9. Tony Kelly (Ballyea), Captain
10. John Conlon (Clonlara)
11. Podge Collins (Cratloe)
12. Cathal Malone (Sixmilebridge)
13. Aron Shanagher (Wolfe Tones na Sionna)
14. David Reidy (Éire Óg Inis)
15. Shane O Donnell (Éire Óg Inis)

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Tipperary 1-24 Dublin 1-8

Tipperary defeated Dublin by 1-24 to 1-8 in Round 1 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Saturday February 11th at Croke Park.

Allianz HL D1: Tipp outclass Dublin

Allianz Hurling League, Division 1A


Report by Paul Keane for

All-Ireland holders Tipperary picked up where they left off last September on their return to Croke Park, outgunning Dublin with surprising ease to get their Allianz league campaign off to a flying start.

A 0-8 haul from Seamus Callanan, 1-3 from Jason Forde and a couple of excellent displays by Aidan McCormack, who reeled off 0-5 from play, and captain Padraic Maher all added up to a comfortable 16-point win.

Boss Michael Ryan went with just seven of his All-Ireland final team – the same number incidentally that a youthful Dublin retained from their last Championship game of 2016 – and came good after a slow start.

Tipp led by just five at the break but powered past Dublin in the second-half and the hosts’ agony was compounded by Shane Barrett’s 70th minute dismissals for two bookings.

Tipperary didn’t participate in the Munster senior league pre-season competition and, perhaps as a result, took the first 20 minutes or so to get into their stride.

Dublin, who played three games in the Bord na Mona Walsh Cup, moved 0-4 to 0-1 ahead thanks to points from Niall McMorrow, Oisin O’Rorke, Fionntan MacGibb and Donal Burke.

But McCormack’s 19th minute point for Tipp was the first of five-in-a-row spree from the Munster champions that put them in the driving seat.

McCormack, from the Thurles Sarsfields club, was excellent in the opening half and picked off three fine points from play, the third of which came on the stroke of half-time from out on the right wing.

Callanan, nominated for Player of the Year three years running, miscued an early point attempt in the rain sodden conditions but clipped over five first-half points from frees.

Dublin added just two points after running up that early lead and found themselves 0-11 to 0-06 down at the break. Dubs manager Ger Cunningham named three players who were minors last year – Burke, Cian O’Sullivan and Paddy Smyth – and needed his youthful side to come up with a big second-half display.

But they were blown away by Tipp’s sheer ferocity and the greater experience of key players like Maher, who boomed over two great points, Callanan and Forde whose 55th minute goal killed off the contest.

Tipp outscored Dublin by 1-10 to no score at one stage in the second-half and the Sky Blues didn’t score a point from open play in the entire 35 minutes. Sub Eamonn Dillon did pinch a late goal for Dublin when he volleyed in a clever ball across goals from Burke.

Scorers for Tipperary: Seamus Callanan 0-8 (8f), Jason Forde 1-3, Aidan McCormack 0-5, Padraic Maher 0-2, Tomas Hamill 0-1, Noel McGrath 0-1, Kieran Bergin 0-1, Sean Curran 0-1, Niall O’Meara 0-1, J O’Dwyer 0-1 (1f).

Scorers for Dublin: Eamonn Dillon 1-0, Donal Burke 0-3 (0-3f), Niall McMorrow 0-2, Oisin O’Rorke 0-1, Fiontan MacGib 0-1, Chris Crummey 0-1

TIPPERARY: Daragh Mooney; Donagh Maher, James Barry, John O’Keeffe; Tomas Hamill, Ronan Maher, Padraic Maher; Brendan Maher, Kieran Bergin; Steven O’Brien, Jason Forde, Noel McGrath; John O’Dwyer, Seamus Callanan, Aidan McCormack
Subs: Seamus Kennedy for R Maher (27-35), Michael Cahill for O’Keeffe (49), Sean Curran for O’Brien (52), Niall O’Meara for Callanan (55), Barry Heffernan for R Maher (56), Daire Quinn for P Maher (59).

DUBLIN: Gary Maguire; Shane Barrett, Eoghan O’Donnell, Paddy Smyth; Chris Crummey, Liam Rushe, Sean McGrath; Ben Quinn, Niall McMorrow; Donie Fox, Ryan O’Dwyer, Fiontan MacGib; Oisin O’Rorke, Donal Burke, Cian O’Sullivan
Subs: James Madden for McGrath (42), Eamonn Dillon for O’Sullivan (46), Riain McBride for Fox (49), Caolan Conway for O’Rorke (55), Alex Quinn for MacGib (63).

Ref: Paud O’Dwyer (Carlow).

Team News

As his side prepares to line out for the opening fixture of this season’s Allianz Hurling League, Tipperary manager Michael Ryan has named his starting XV to take on Dublin in Roinn 1 in Croke Park, this Saturday, February 11th at 5pm.
With Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields) previously announced as Captain, Ryan hands league debuts to Steven O’Brien (Ballina) and Aidan McCormack (Thurles Sarsfields) as Tipp commence this hurling year in the same venue where they successfully signed off the last.

The team lines out as follows;
1. Daragh Mooney – Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill
2. Donagh Maher – Burgess
3. James Barry – Upperchurch-Drombane
4. John O’Keeffe – Clonoulty-Rossmore
5. Tomás Hamill – Moyne-Templetuohy
6. Ronan Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
7. Padraic Maher (Capt.) – Thurles Sarsfields
8. Brendan Maher – Borris-Ileigh
9. Kieran Bergin – Killenaule
10. Steven O’Brien – Ballina
11. Jason Forde – Silvermines
12. Noel McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
13. John O’Dwyer – Killenaule
14. Seamus Callanan – Drom & Inch
15. Aidan McCormack – Thurles Sarsfields

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Mayo 0-15 Kerry 1-10

Mayo defeated Kerry by 0-15 to 1-10 in Round 2 of the Allianz Football League Division 1 on Saturday February 11th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

Allianz FL D1: Mayo edge out Kerry

Allianz Football League Division One

KERRY 1-10 MAYO 0-15

Report by Paul Brennan for

It’s eight seasons and counting now since Kerry have won their first two games of a National League campaign after Mayo did a snatch and grab job in Tralee to get their campaign up and running with an important win on the road.

A Mayo response was expected after their loss to Monaghan the previous Saturday, but Kerry were expected to put opening round back to back wins together for the first time since 2009 to build on their win over Donegal last weekend.

Not so. Mayo showed all their mettle and fire to turn a four-point half time deficit into a two-point win, in a game that saw both teams finish with 14 men on the field. Mayo’s Tom Parsons was red carded in the 73rd minute as Kerry desperately chased something in the dying moments, with Jason Foley being black carded for the hosts in the 67th minute after they had their six substitutes used.

It made for a tense and tetchy finish to a game played with great tempo even if their shooting on both sides was a little wayward.

Cillian O’Connor scored nine frees for the winners but was guilty of a few poor misses, while David Moran had a first half penalty brilliantly saved by Mayo keeper David Clarke.

Andy Moran, a late call-up for Evan Regan, was in excellent form and scored three from play, as Mayo prepare to host Roscommon in a fortnight with their tails up.

Early points from Jack Barry, Jack Savage and Paul Geaney had Kerry into a 0-3 to 0-0 lead and the home side led 0-4 to 0-2 when Clarke pushed away Moran’s penalty after Adrian Spillane was pulled down.

Kerry had more goal chances before Barry John Keane finally converted one, seizing on the loose ball after Clarke had only half cleared a high ball. That helped Kerry to a 1-7 to 0-6 half time lead.

Early points from Conor O’Shea and Cillian O’Connor brought Mayo back into contention and Andy Moran’s 52nd point levelled matters, just before Jason Doherty saw his effort on goal scrambled away in the Kerry goalnouth.

Conor Geaney put Kerry ahead, 1-10 to 0-12, in the 57th minute but that would be their last score as Moran and two O’Connor frees saw Mayo earn a badly needed win and leaves Kerry looking for better fortune when Monaghan come to Killarney in two weeks.

Scorers for Kerry: Barry John Keane 1-3, Jack Barry 0-2, Paul Geaney 0-2 (2f), Paul Murphy, Jack Savage, Conor Geaney all 0-1.

Scorers for Mayo: Cillian O’Connor 0-9 (9f), Andy Moran 0-3, Kevin McLoughlin, Tom Parsons, Conor O’Shea all 0-1

KERRY: Brian Kelly, Ronan Shanahan, Mark Griffin, Killian Young, Jonathan Lyne, Peter Crowley, Tadhg Morley, David Moran, Jack Barry, Adrian Spillane, Paul Murphy, Donnchadh Walsh, Jack Savage, Paul Geaney, Conor Keane.
Subs: Barry John Keane for P Geaney (inj, 19 mins), Tom O’Sullivan for K Young (inj, 28), Conor Geaney for C Keane (48), Michael Geaney for A Spillane (52), Jason Foley for R Shanahan (inj, 57), Barry O’Sullivan for J Lyne (B/C, 60), Jason Foley (B/C, 67 not replaced)

MAYO: David Clarke, Donie Newcombe, Keith Higgins, Paddy Durcan, Colm Boyle, Stephen Coen, David Drake, Donal Vaughan, Tom Parsons, Fergal Boland, Kevin McLoughlin, Jason Doherty, Andy Moran, Conor O’Shea, Cillian O’Connor. Subs: Eoin O’Donoghue for D Drake (24 mins), Diarmuid O’Connor for F Boland (46), Shane Nally for D Vaughan (51), Evan Regan for J Doherty (59), Michael Plunkett for E Regan (69), Danny Kirby for C O’Shea (70)

Referee: P Hughes (Armagh)

Team News

KERRY: Brian Kelly; Ronan Shanahan, Mark Griffin, Killian Young; Jonathan Lyne, Peter Crowley, Tadhg Morley; David Moran, Jack Barry; Adrian Spillane, Paul Murphy, Donnchadh Walsh; Jack Savage, Paul Geaney, James O’Donoghue.

MAYO: David Clarke; Donie Newcombe, Keith Higgins, Paddy Durcan; Colm Boyle, Stephen Coen, David Drake; Donal Vaughan, Tom Parsons; Fergal Boland, Kevin McLoughlin, Jason Doherty; Evan Regan, Alan Freeman, Cillian O’Connor.

AIB All-Ireland Club Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Ballyea (Clare) 1-19 St. Thomas’ (Galway) 2-14

Ballyea (Clare) defeated St. Thomas’ (Galway) by 1-19 to 2-14 in the AIB All-Ireland Club Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Saturday February 4th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Ballyea claim All-Ireland final place despite St Thomas comeback

BALLYEA (Clare) 1-19 ST THOMAS’ (Galway) 2-14

Report By Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Victory went to Ballyea in this dramatic All-Ireland club semi-final in a chilly Semple Stadium, the 4,206 in attendance seeing a masterclass from the Clare champions before St Thomas’ produced a stirring comeback. Thirteen points down in the second half, the Galway men were only seen off by a Tony Kelly point in the last minute of injury time.

Spectators saw Ballyea attack the town end in the first half but both sides took time to settle before two Niall Deasy frees got the Clare men on the scoreboard.

The Munster champions were sharper and more accurate, leading 0-6 to 0-2 thanks partly to two fine Gearoid O’Connell points and partly to Tony Kelly’s driving play around the middle.

Ballyea dominated the opening half – more Deasy points made it 0-9 to 0-2 with five minutes to the break, while the Galway men hit three wides in a row before Darragh Burke pointed a late 65.

However, there was time for Deasy to hit another free before the break, his seventh score of the half, making it 0-10 to 0-3 at the half.

The teams exchanged points on the resumption – a Darragh Burke free answered with a Tony Kelly point on the run. St Thomas’ were more competitive but Ballyea were slicker and kept them at bay.

Sean Skehill almost found the Ballyea net with a ground shot but St Thomas’ were already nine down when Deasy tore in from the right to goal from close range on 40 minutes: 1-14 to 0-5.

Conor Cooney found the net with a close-in free and then an improbable seven points in a row made it interesting. As time ticked away St Thomas’ sub Anthony Kelly’s late goal cut the difference to the minimum, but up popped his namesake on the Clare side to make it safe.

Scorers for Ballyea: N. Deasy (1-11, 0-8 frees); T. Kelly (0-3); G. O’Connell, PJ Connolly (0-2 each); C. Doohan (0-1).

Scores for St. Thomas: Darragh Burke (0-8, 0-2 65s, 0-5 frees); C. Cooney (free), A. Kelly (1-0 each); K. Burke (0-2); E. Burke, S. Cooney, J. Regan, D. Cooney (0-1 each).

BALLYEA: K. Sheehan, J. Neylon, J. Browne, B. Carrig, G. O’Connell, P. Flanagan, J. Murphy, T. Kelly, S. Lineen (c), N. Deasy, G. Brennan, C. Doohan, P.J. Connolly, D. Burke, P. Lillis
Subs: M. O’Leary for D. Burke (33)

ST THOMAS’: P. Skehill (c), F. Burke, C. Burke, E. Burke, D. Cooney, S. Cooney, J. Regan, David Burke, B. Burke, C. Cooney, Darragh Burke, D. Sherry, B. Farrell, S. Skehill, K. Burke
Subs: A. Kelly for Sherry (inj., 21); M. Caulfield for Farrell (44)

Referee: S. Cleere (Kilkenny)

Fixture Details

AIB GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Semi-Final
Semple Stadium, Thurles 17:00
St Thomas (Gaillimh) v Ballyea (An Clár)
Referee: Sean Cleere (Cill Chainnigh)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Match Coverage

Dr. Harty Cup Hurling Quarter-Final Replay – CBS Midleton 2-11 Árdscoil Rís Limerick 0-15

CBS Midleton defeated Árdscoil Rís Limerick by 2-11 to 0-15 in the Dr. Harty Cup Hurling Quarter-Final Replay on Thursday January 19th at Bansha.

Liam O’Shea holds his nerve for Midleton

Report By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Midleton CBS 2-11 Ardscoil Rís 0-15: Midleton CBS set up an all-Cork Harty Cup semi-final against St Colman’s, Fermoy on Saturday week following this thrilling replay victory over the reigning champions.

The Cork outfit looked down and out as the clock ticked into second-half stoppages, Ardscoil Rís having hit eight of the previous nine scores to turn a six-point deficit into the narrowest of leads.

The Limerick school’s revival had stemmed from the sending off of Midleton forward Charlie Terry entering the final quarter. The loss of their primary ball-winner had left a massive void in the Midleton attack and Ardscoil Rís assumed total control.

A huge score from centre-back Darragh Carroll on 59 minutes nudged the Limerick students 0-15 to 1-11 in front. In the ensuing passage of play, however, possession was worked inside to Midleton sub Michael Kelly and he was hauled to the floor when attempting to pull the trigger. Referee Willie Barrett signalled for a penalty and extra-time seemed inevitable.

The instruction from the line, though, was to go for goal. Liam O’Shea was handed responsibility and despite a muted run-up, the half-forward rifled the sliotar to the roof of Bryan Curtain’s goal.

Three minutes of stoppages were played, but the champions, bidding to reach a 10th consecutive Harty semi, could find no way through.

“I thought we were out of it,” said Midleton joint-manager Tim Collins. “Liam O’Shea showed all the bottle in the world to stick that penalty. It’s massive for us to be involved in a semi-final.”

A somewhat fractious first-half, which saw five players yellow-carded, had finished with Ardscoil Rís holding the slenderest of leads, 0-6 to 0-5. Liam Gosnell and O’Shea’s accuracy from the dead ball, added to Charlie Terry’s aerial prowess, twice put Midleton two clear in the opening quarter.

A fine David Woulfe score and three Brian Ryan frees turned the tide come the interval, with the latter’s late pull on Terry instigating a shemozzle after which Barrett reprimanded three players.

Midleton midfielder Christy Coughlan saw yellow during this episode and it was his delivery early in the second period which brought about the quarter-final’s opening goal. Liam O’Shea was the receiver, with the half- forward throwing possession across the 20-metre line to the unmarked Liam Gosnell and he made no mistake.

Gosnell swelled his tally with two points and although Brian Ryan attempted to stop the bleeding with his first from play, three without reply from Gosnell (free), Terry and O’Shea sent them 1-10 to 0-7 clear.

Then arrived Terry’s dismissal for a second bookable offence, momentum dramatically shifting in favour of Ardscoil Rís turning the bend for home. Ryan (0-2 frees), Woulfe, Will Henn and James Daly contributed during a six-in-a-row flurry completed by Darragh Carroll’s monstrous lead score inside the final minute.

O’Shea and Midleton would hold their nerve during the tensest of finishes and having lost out to St Colman’s in the opening round, now have a chance to exact revenge.

Scorers for Midleton CBS: L Gosnell (1-5, 0-4 frees); L O’Shea (1-4, 1-0 pen, 0-2 frees); C Terry (0-2).

Scorers for Ardscoil Rís: B Ryan (0-7, 0-5 frees, 0-1 free); D Woulfe (0-3); W Henn, J Daly, P O’Brien, R Considine, J McInerney (0-1 each).

Midleton CBS: R Walsh (St Colman’s); E O’Sullivan (do), S O’Leary Hayes (Midleton), A Daly (do); R McConville (Midleton), J McDonnell Aghada), A Walsh Barry (Carrigtwohill); S O’Meara (Midleton), C Coughlan (Killeagh); L O’Shea (Lisgoold), G Millerick (Fr O’Neill’s), L Gosnell (Carrigtwohill); B Twomey (do), C Terry (Aghada), J Stack (Kiltha Óg)
Subs:M Kelly (Kiltha Óg) for Stack (51); L Duggan Murray (St Colman’s) for Twomey (54).

Ardscoil Rís: B Curtin (Adare); M Daly (Na Piarsaigh), R Connolly (Adare), J Considine (Patrickswell); J Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), D Carroll (Newport), D Ryan (Cratloe); R Duff (Mungret St Paul’s), J Gleeson (Na Piarsaigh); P O’Brien (Mungret St Paul’s), B Ryan (South Liberties), W Henn (Na Piarsaigh); D Woulfe (Kilmallock), R McCarthy (Na Piarsaigh), J McInerney (Cratloe)
Subs: R Considine (Cratloe) for O’Brien (42); J Daly (Na Piarsaigh) for McInerney (48); C O’Reilly (Patrickswell) for Henn (59).

Referee: W Barrett (Tipperary)

When – Thursday January 19th at 1:30pm
Where – Bansha
Referee – Willie Barrett (Tipperary)
Next Round – The winners will play Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy in the Semi-Final on Saturday January 28th.

Admission Prices
Adults – €5
Students / OAP’s – €3

Results to Date
Árdscoil Rís Limerick
Quarter-Final – Árdscoil Rís Limerick 1-15 CBS Midleton 2-12 (after extra time)
Last 16 – Árdscoil Rís 4-16 Scoil Na mBraithre` Rathluirc 1-07
Group D – Árdscoil Rís Limerick 2-17 Árdscoil Uí Urmaltaigh Bandon 1-5

CBS Midleton
Quarter-Final – Árdscoil Rís Limerick 1-15 CBS Midleton 2-12 (after extra time)
Last 16 – CBS Midleton 1-15 Scoil Na Trioniode Doon 1-12
Group E – Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy 2-15 CBS Midleton 1-14

Match Preview
Bansha will be the venue for the eagerly anticipated Harty Cup Quarter-Final replay between the defending champions – Árdscoil Rís Limerick and CBS Midleton. On Wednesday last, the defending champions Árdscoil Rís entered the drawn game as favourites but CBS Midleton had other ideas and the schools served up a highly entertaining game as the teams could not be separated after 80 minutes of action.

The teams were level 11 times over the course of normal time and extra time showing how little there is between them. Árdscoil Rís had the aid of the wind in the first half and led by three point at the interval. However, CBS Midleton dominated the opening 20 minutes of the second half and led by two points heading in to the final stages. Árdscoil Rís showed their character to come back and when Diarmuid Ryan scored an excellent point in injury time, the teams were destined for extra time.
Despite both scoring goals in the opening period of extra time, neither could pull away and at the end of 80 minutes, a draw was a fair result.

Willie Barrett is the referee for this replay with a 1:30pm throw-in at Bansha on Thursday.

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