Lidl Ladies NFL Division 3 Final Replay – Tipperary 0-15 Wexford 1-10

Tipperary defeated Wexford by 0-15 to 1-10 in the Lidl Ladies NFL Division 3 Final Replay on Sunday May 14th at St. Brendan’s Park Birr.



Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 3 final replay

Tipperary 0-15 Wexford 1-10

By Jackie Cahill at St Brendan’s Park, Birr

AISHLING Moloney and Aisling McCarthy contributed 0-11 between them as Tipperary were crowned Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 3 champions on Sunday.

Despite losing three players to second half sin-binnings, and finishing the game with 13 players, Tipp held out in an enthralling replay against Wexford at St Brendan’s Park, Birr.

Beaten finalists after a replay with Waterford last year, Tipp got over the line this time to secure promotion to Division 2. And they had to do it the hard way, coming from six points down in the first half to hold on with two to spare.

Ultimately, it was a strong second half display from Tipp that ensured silverware for the Premier County. Behind by 0-5 to 1-8 approaching the break, McCarthy’s point kept Tipp in touch at the interval, trailing by five.

They’d played against the wind in the opening half but opened the second half with seven unanswered points, as Wexford lost former Kerry star Bernie Breen to the sin-bin. Tipp went from six points down to two points up with eight points in a row either side of the break, and they won the second half by 0-9 to 0-2.

After half-time, McCarthy knocked over two frees before Moloney hit three on the trot from play. Gillian O’Brien put over a 41st minute point and when Moloney was on target again, Tipp moved 0-13 to 1-8 in front.

O’Brien was sent to the sin-bin in the 44th minute and when Maria Curley and Moloney followed, Tipp were down to 12 players. Wexford’s long run without a score had finally ended in the 47th minute when Ellen O’Brien pointed and Catriona Murray’s levelled the game at 1-10 to 0-13.

Wexford were lucky not to concede a goal seven minutes from the end when McCarthy’s free dropped short before Roisin Howard forced a brilliant save from Mary Rose Kelly, who tipped the ball onto the post. Wexford were reduced to 14 players late on when Sarah Harding-Kenny was sin-binned before O’Brien’s return brought Tipp back to 13. And Tipp managed to find the crucial late scores to secure victory, McCarthy taking her tally to 0-5 with a brace of frees.

In the first half, it had looked positive for Wexford, playing with that strong breeze and frustrating Tipp with a packed defence, while breaking at pace. Clara Donnelly was particularly dangerous for the Slaneysiders, with probing runs from deep, and captain Fiona Rochford showed up well again, after her last-gasp free ensured a replay.

With less than 19 minutes on the watch, a tight game was level at 0-4 each, after Wexford had led by three.
Orla O’Dwyer’s leveller for Tipp had forced a brilliant tip-over save from goalkeeper Kelly and Rochford’s goal in the 25th minute was another major fillip.

Rochford’s speculative effort from distance deceived Tipp goalkeeper Lauren Fitzpatrick and dipped into the net, putting Wexford 1-5 to 0-4 clear. That goal helped Wexford to lead at the break but Tipp began the second half firing on all cylinders, and would eventually prevail following an incident-packed game.

Scorers – Tipperary: A Moloney 0-6 (1f), A McCarthy 0-5 (4f), O O’Dwyer 0-2, J Grant & G O’Brien 0-1 each.

Wexford – F Rochford 1-3 (0-1f), E O’Brien & A Murphy 0-2 each, B Breen, K Kearney & C Murray (f) 0-1 each.

Wexford – M.R. Kelly; M Doyle, M Cullen, S Harding-Kenny; N Mernagh, R Murphy, G Hearne; B Breen, K Kearney; C Donnelly, C Murray, N Butler; A Murphy, F Rochford, E O’Brien
Subs: S Cloake for Hearne (46), F Rowe for Butler (57).

Tipperary – L Fitzpatrick; E Buckley, S Condon, C Condon; B Condon, S Lambert, M Curley; J Grant, A Moloney; E Fitzpatrick, A McCarthy, N Lonergan; G O’Brien, O O’Dwyer, M Morrissey
Subs: R Howard for Lonergan (46), E Kelly for Morrissey (52).

Referee: S McNulty (Wicklow)

Munster GAA Senior Championships 2017 Launched

The 2017 Munster GAA Senior Hurling and Senior Football Championships were launched on Monday May 8th in Muckross House Killarney.

Players, Managers and Officials from the six Munster counties attended the launch with former Kerry Footballer Dara Ó Cinnéide the guest speaker on the night.


The Munster Championships get underway on Sunday May 21st with the meeting of old rivals Tipperary and Cork in Semple Stadium Thurles – Click here for more details.




Padraic Maher, Tipperary, Pat O’Connor, Clare, Stephen McDonnell, Cork, Jamie Barron, James Ryan, Limerick at the launch of the Munster Senior Hurling & Football championships at Muckross House, Killarney on Monday.

Lidl National Ladies Football League Division 1 Final – Cork 2-15 Donegal 2-14

Cork defeated Donegal by 2-15 to 2-14 in the Lidl National Ladies Football League Division 1 Final on Sunday May 7th at Parnell Park Dublin.



Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 1 final

Cork 2-15 Donegal 2-14

Report By Jackie Cahill at Parnell Park, Dublin

ORLA Finn collected 1-10 as Cork were crowned Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 1 champions for a fifth successive year. The Rebelettes made it nine League titles in ten seasons with a nervy one-point victory over Donegal at Parnell Park.

In a fixture that was level six times, Ephie Fitzgerald’s Cork had the nous and know-how to deny the first-time Division 1 finalists. And Donegal would finish the game with 13 players when Yvonne McMonagle was sin-binned in the 59th minute, before Katy Herron was shown a red card for a high challenge on Jess O’Shea.

Ultimately, the attacking class of All-Star Finn proved the difference, as she scored 1-4 in the first half before adding six second half points. Donegal’s lethal inside pairing of McMonagle and Geraldine McLaughlin had blazed a trail to the final, registering 12-36 between them in their previous four games, but they were held scoreless in the second half.

In the first half, McLaughlin scored 1-4 and McMonagle 0-3 but they drew a blank after the break as Cork pulled down the shutters. With ten minutes of normal time remaining, the sides were level at 2-13 apiece before two Finn frees put daylight between the sides. Karen Guthrie reduced the deficit to just a point again but Cork held out as Donegal lost two players in the closing minutes.

Considering that Cork were without travelling captain Ciara O’Sullivan and Player of the Year Brid Stack, ruled out through injury, this was a notable victory for the Rebelettes. It’s been a campaign of transition for Cork, who lost Deirdre O’Reilly to retirement while doubts surround the futures of Briege Corkery and Rena Buckley, and yet silverware was still secured. Donegal beat Cork in Mallow during the group stages and their odds tumbled in the days approaching the game.

At half-time, they were very much in the hunt, trailing by 1-9 to 2-8 but caught by two sucker-punch Cork goals.
Within 19 seconds, Cork had the ball in the net as Finn profited from the throw-in with a smashing finish. And yet Donegal, who lost Kate Keeney to an early injury, rallied to level at 1-1 to 0-4 by the tenth minute, with McLaughlin looking particularly dangerous.

McLaughlin fired home an unstoppable goal in the 16th minute to level matters again at 1-5 each and when Guthrie converted a free ten minutes before half-time, Donegal were ahead for the first time in the game. Smelling danger, Cork responded with an Eimear Scally levelling point before the Éire Óg star netted in the 23rd minute, rewarding the approach work of Shauna Kelly, Bríd O’Sullivan and captain for the day, Doireann O’Sullivan.

Donegal remained competitive approaching the break and an impressive opening to the second half saw Micheál Naughton’s charges back in front. Niamh Hegarty goaled in the 37th minute, knifing through the Cork cover after taking a pass from Herron.

Two points clear, 2-10 to 2-8, Donegal had a platform but Cork have been in worse situations before and were quickly level. Both sides traded blows down the home straight, with Donegal missing several good chances while their fans expressed annoyance with referee Colm McManus, but Cork had the wherewithal to get the job done and retain the silverware.

Scorers for Cork – O Finn 1-10 (0-9f), E Scally 1-1, B O’Sullivan 0-2, N Cotter & L Coppinger 0-1 each.

Scorers for Donegal – G McLaughlin 1-4 (0-1f), N Hegarty 1-1, K Guthrie 0-4 (3f), Y McMonagle 0-3, K Herron & E Ward 0-1.

Cork – M O’Brien, M Ambrose, R Phelan, E Spillane; M Duggan, E Meaney, S Kelly; N Cotter, J O’Shea; L Coppinger, B O’Sullivan, O Farmer; E Scally, D O’Sullivan, O Finn.
Subs: A Hutchings for Coppinger (53), Á O’Sullivan for Farmer (56).

Donegal – A McColgan; T Doherty, E Gallagher, N McLaughlin; T McClafferty, C Hegarty, K Keeney; K Herron, K Guthrie; G Houston, N Hegarty, S McGruddy; R Friel, G McLaughlin, Y McMonagle.
Subs: D Foley for Keeney (inj., 7), P McGrory for Friel (h.t.), E Ward for McGruddy (46).

Referee: C McManus (Meath)


Team News

CORK: M O’Brien (Clonakilty); M Ambrose (St. Val’s), R Phelan (Aghada), E Spillane (Bantry Blues); M Duggan (Doheny’s), B Stack (St. Mary’s), S Kelly (Araglen Desmonds Buí), N Cotter (Beara), J O’Shea (Inch Rovers); L Coppinger (St. Colum’s), B O’Sullivan (Mourneabbey), O Farmer (Midleton); E Scally (Éire Óg), D O’Sullivan (Mourneabbey), O Finn (Kinsale).

DONEGAL: A McColgan (Malin); T Doherty (Carndonagh), E Gallagher (Termon), N McLaughlin (Termon); T McClafferty (Termon), C Hegarty (Moville), K Keeney (Four Masters); K Herron (Glenfin), K Guthrie (Glenfin); G Houston (Glenfin), N Hegarty (Moville), S McGruddy (Termon); R Friel (Termon), G McLaughlin (Termon), Y McMonagle (Glenfin).


Munster Super 10’s Fe15

The Munster Super 10’s is a competition run by Munster Coaching & Games for clubs throughout the Province. It is played at 10 a side with a panel of 12 players and is open to all clubs with a choice to play football or hurling. The games are fast, action packed and competitive. The novelty of playing 10 a side has proven a big hit with the players as it is a refreshing change to the 15 a side game.


To get a flavour of the action, please see the video below to give you a glimpse of what its all about


When is it happening?
The competition with a blitz day on the 27th May involving 4 teams at a central location. Clubs have to be open to travel but the venues and groups will be devised to limit travel where possible while giving clubs the opportunity to play against unfamiliar opposition.

What Format is used?
Each club plays 3 games on the day and the group winners will advance to the finals in Mallow on the 10th June. Games are played at 10 a side and the games are played 21 to 21 using u12 size portable goal posts.The games are approximately 12 minutes per half but after playing 3 games this is more than adequate. Clubs are asked to guarantee all players a minimum of 30 minutes playing time.

All group winners will receive a specially commissioned training top while the outright winning teams in both codes will receive gear bags for all 12 squad members and a set of goal posts for their club.

How to Enter?
Clubs should contact their local GDA if they have any questions on this event.

If happy to enter, then just complete the form below.! However, before you enter, please check that all your players will be available on the day and that you are prepared to travel. In previous years, clubs pulled out at the last minute which is very unfair on the host clubs and other teams in the group. Therefore it is important to have your homework done before completing the form – CLICK HERE TO ENTER

THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS THE 5th May.
No entries can be accepted after this point


Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1 Final – Galway 3-21 Tipperary 0-14

Galway defeated Tipperary by 3-21 to 0-14 in the Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1 Final on Sunday April 23rd at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.




Allianz Hurling League Final: Flynn stars in Galway triumph

GALWAY 3-21 TIPPERARY 0-14

Report By John Harrington for GAA.ie

Galway blew Tipperary to smithereens with an explosive shock and awe performance in today’s Allianz Hurling League Final at the Gaelic Grounds.

A match that was expected to be an evenly balanced affair was anything but as Galway both out-hurled and out-fought a strangely listless looking Tipperary team. The Galway backs held the much vaunted Tipperary attack to just five points from play, and their forwards tore apart the normally self-assured Premier County defence.

The winning margin of 16 points in no way flattered the Tribesmen, who could have piled further misery on the reigning All-Ireland champions had their finishing been more clinical. Both teams were guilty of hitting some poor wides in the first half particularly, and with the sliotar constantly going out of play the game struggled to burst into any sort of life early on.

But as the progressed a pattern started to emerge, and it was one of Galway dominance. Their half-backs won almost every ball that came down their throats, and on the few occasions that it was hit beyond them Daithi Burke was there to hoover it up. Tipperary’s star-studded attack was struggling to make any sort of impression, and they failed to score a point from play until the 15th minute through Noel McGrath.

That tied the game up at three-points apiece, but thereafter Galway moved up through the gears and pulled away from Tipperary. David Burke was hurling a lot of ball, and Joe Canning and Conor Whelan were both looking sharp whenever they won possession. They both hit three points from play in that first half, and Tipperary would have been in serious trouble had Jason Flynn shown similar accuracy rather than hit three poor wides. He wasn’t the only Galway player who showed a lack of composure in front of the posts, and by half-time they had racked up 11 wides.

They’d also scored 11 points, though, which was enough to give them a six point lead over an increasingly disjointed looking Tipperary by the half-time break.

Things went from bad to worse for Tipperary after little over a minute of the second half when Jason Flynn finally zeroed his sights and fired home a superb goal for Galway. The Tipp management responded by making a number of positional switches to try to spark their team into life, but it amounted to little more than rearranging the deck-chairs on the Titanic.

Galway’s dominance grew and grew, they were hungrier for the ball than Tipperary, and their physical dominance in all areas of the pitch was stark. Points from Whelan and Canning (2) kept the Galway score ticking over, and then Flynn struck his second-goal of the day to end the game as a contest once and for all.

Just like for his first goal he burst past Michael Cahill and left the Tipperary corner-back for dead and then also rounded James Barry before finishing clinically. The rest of the game was a Galway procession with Tipperary unable to muster any sort of fight-back, and the men in maroon added further gloss to the score-board when Cathal Mannion raced through to score their third goal late on.

In all aspects, this was a highly impressive performance from Galway that anoints them not just as League champions, but deadly serious contenders for the All-Ireland title. They have such a potent mixture of physicality and skill that on days like today when they pull it all together they’re a close to irresistible proposition.

As for Tipperary, the temptation might be to write off this defeat as just one of those bad days at the office, but Michael Ryan is unlikely to take that approach. Some of his players will have a lot to prove in training between now and May 21 if they want a chance at redemption by starting the Munster Quarter-Final against Cork.

Scorers for Galway: Joe Canning 0-9 (3fs, 2 ’65), Jason Flynn 2-1, Conor Whelan 0-5, Cathal Mannion 1-1, Aidan Harte 0-2, Johnny Coen 0-1, David Burke 0-1, Thomas Monaghan 0-1

Scorers for Tipperary: John McGrath 0-6 (5fs), Michael Breen 0-2, Noel McGrath 0-2, Ronan Maher 0-2 (2fs), Brendan Maher 0-1, John O’Dwyer 0-1 (f).

GALWAY: Colm Callanan; Adrian Tuohy, Daithi Burke, Paul Killeen; Pádraic Mannion, Gearóid McInerney, Aidan Harte; Johnny Coen, David Burke; Jason Flynn, Joe Canning, Joseph Cooney; Conor Whelan, Cathal Mannion, Niall Burke
Subs: Jonathan Glynn for Joe Canning (61), John Hanbury for Daithi Burke (65), Cyril Donnellan for Niall Burke (67), Thomas Monaghan for Jason Flynn (68), Sean Loftus for Paul Killeen (70).

TIPPERARY: Darren Gleeson; Cathal Barrett, James Barry, Michael Cahill; Seamus Kennedy, Ronan Maher, Pádraic Maher; Brendan Maher, Jason Forde; Dan McCormack, Michael Breen, Steven O’Brien; Noel McGrath, John O’Dwyer, John McGrath
Subs: Niall O’Meara for Steven O’Brien (32), Patrick Maher for John O’Dwyer (45), Paul Flynn for Jason Forde (59), Tomás Hamill for Michael Cahill (60), Daire Quinn for Noel McGrath (66).

REFEREE: Colm Lyons (Cork)






Team News

The Tipperary team to play Galway in the Allianz Hurling League Final on Sunday next, April 23rd, at 3.30pm in the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick has been announced by manager Michael Ryan.

With Seamus Callanan ruled out through injury, John O’Dwyer comes into the Tipperary attack, while Michael Breen also returns to the starting lineup.

The Tipperary team therefore lines out as follows;

1. Darren Gleeson – Portroe
2. Cathal Barrett – Holycross-Ballycahill
3. James Barry – Upperchurch-Drombane
4. Michael Cahill – Thurles Sarsfields
5. Seamus Kennedy – St. Marys
6. Ronan Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
7. Padraic Maher (Capt.) – Thurles Sarsfields
8. Brendan Maher – Borris-Ileigh
9. Jason Forde – Silvermines
10. Dan McCormack – Borris-Ileigh
11. Michael Breen – Ballina
12. Steven O’Brien – Ballina
13. Noel McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
14. John O’Dwyer – Killenaule
15. John McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney

Allianz Football League Roinn 1 Final – Kerry 0-20 Dublin 1-16

Kerry defeated Dublin by 0-20 to 1-16 in the Allianz Football League Roinn 1 Final on Sunday April 9th at Croke Park.







Allianz FL D1 Final: Kerry end Dublin’s streak

Allianz Football League Division 1 Final

KERRY 0-20 DUBLIN 1-16

Report By John Harrington for GAA.ie

Kerry are the Allianz Football League Division 1 Champions and Dublin’s unbeaten run in the League and Championship has finally been ended after 37 matches.

A simple sentence that covers the basics, but doesn’t come close to capturing the drama of another epic contest between these two great rivals. It all ended in a welter of excitement as Dublin very nearly pulled off another Houdini escape-act only to let the key for the final padlock slip from their grasp.

Five points behind with 12 minutes remaining and still three in arrears as the game ticked into four minutes of injury-time, Jim Gavin’s never-say-die team somehow gave themselves a chance to take the game to extra-time with the last kick of the match. Dean Rock stood over a free around 48 yards out, kicked it cleanly, and as it sailed through the air it looked like it was going to make it.

With everyone in the stadium holding their breath the ball the ball struck the post, the final whistle blew, Dublin’s long unbeaten run was over, and Kerry were Allianz Football League champions. It was always going to take a magical performance to break this Dublin team’s spell, and that’s exactly what Kerry produced.

They played with huge conviction and ambition, and in the second-half pulled Dublin apart with the quality of some of their football. It was only Dublin’s blunt refusal to be beaten that dragged them back into the contest. Any other team would have been well-beaten by Kerry’s combination of graft and enterprise.

You expected this to be a flammable sort of encounter from the very start, but instead it was more of a slow-burner. There were no big hits or tackles of note to in the opening quarter of the game, as both defences were content to screen their men rather than go full-blooded for every ball.

There was a lot of lateral passing and precious few incisive attacking thrusts down the middle, so what scores there were tended to be landed from wide positions. Paul Flynn scored the first of those for Dublin, and it was a beauty, as he curled one over on the run from the right-hand side.

Kerry immediately responded through Jack Savage who was a late addition to the team in place of Stephen O’Brien and then took the lead through the always dangerous Paul Geaney. As the game settled down though it was Dublin who were looking the slightly more convincing team.

Cian O’Sullivan was sweeping to good effect in front of his back-line like he usually does, and their half-forward line of Flynn, Ciaran Kilkenny and Diarmuid Connolly were starting to find their rhythm. Kilkenny came off second-best against the tigerish Tadhg Morley when the teams clashed in Tralee a few weeks ago, and he looked determined to balance that ledger.

He constantly made himself available for possession, and when he won the ball he looked very dangerous with it, creating opportunities for himself and others. Points from Kilkenny and Connolly had helped Dublin into a 0-7 t 0-4 lead by the 21st minute, and it seemed as though the reigning champions were starting to build up an irresistible head of steam.

Kerry stuck to the task though, with Donnchadh Walsh, David Moran, and Jack Barry particularly visible in this period of the game as they fought hard to keep Dublin within arm’s reach. The black-carding of Jonathan Lyne for a foul on Diarmuid Connolly looked like a deficit for Kerry, but when Connolly himself was black-carded afterwards shortly afterwards for and off-the-ball pull-back, the ledger was balanced.

The game really burst into life in the final ten minutes of the half as the action quickly moved from one end of the field to the other, and every point was returned with one in kind. The pick of the scores in this period was one by Kilkenny, as he played a series of one-twos to eke out a shooting position for himself before finishing clinically.

Kerry had the last say of the half though, a point from Barry who was a late replacement for Anthony Maher, and at the break there was only a point between the teams, Dublin leading by 0-10 to 0-9. With the benefit of hindsight it’s now easy to say that Kerry were the growing force in the game, but you still wouldn’t have predicted the extent to which they seized the initiative in the second-half.

They scored six points in a row without any reply between the 35th and 52nd minutes, and dominated Dublin in a way we just haven’t seen any team do for a very long time. David Moran and Jack Barry took complete charge of the midfield battle as Brian Fenton and Ciaran Reddin wilted out of the game.

Morley also thundered into the contest to eclipse Kilkenny, while Kerry centre-forward Michael Geaney became one of the main conduits for the flow of the game. And at the tip of the spear was Paul Geaney, who was a very effective target-man throughout and accurate with his free-taking, apart from one notable example.

Two classy points from play from the Geaney cousins had Kerry 0-15 to 0-10 ahead after 52 minutes, and as much as you always expect Dublin to find a way back into the contest, they looked in real trouble. Jim Gavin emptied his bench as he tried to spark his side into life, and Paul Mannion certainly made a massive impact after his introduction.

He kicked a fine point to finally rouse a second-half cheer from the Dublin supporters, but it was his 61st minute goal that really brought the house down. Great work by Ciaran Kilkenny and substitute Michael Darragh MacAuley put him through on goal, and Mannion coolly rounded Brendan Kealy before getting off his shot.

Kerry had gotten men back on the line, but Peter Crowley was unable to get his hand to Mannion’s shot. It was a one-point game now and you presumed that Dublin would find another gear like they usually do in these situations and leave Kerry choking on their exhaust fumes.

But Kerry successfully slowed the game down in the vital minutes that followed Mannion’s goal, and then crucially got the next score of the game through another Paul Geaney free. The hugely inspirational Moran then drove forward to kick another brilliant point, and with a three-point lead established again, some of the blood may have briefly returned to the knuckles of Kerry supporters.

Not for long. Dean Rock gave Dublin hope with two points, before Kerry sub Bryan Sheehan lifted the siege with a brilliant score after a driving run. But still Dublin refused to die. Mannion left the minimum between the teams again with another inspirational point, and the scene was set for that final dramatic act.

Only time will tell what this result means in the bigger championship picture. Some of Dublin’s longest serving players looked a little jaded today, but the likelihood is that the sour taste of defeat will make them doubly determined to come back stronger than ever.

As for Kerry, the experience of beating their great rivals in this fashion can only accelerate the development of their new-look team. You get the feeling these two will go heads up again before the year is out, and for much higher stakes.

Scorers for Dublin: Dean Rock 0-6 (4f), Paul Mannion 1-2, Ciaran Kilkenny 0-2, Ciaran Reddin 0-2, Paul Flynn 0-1, Diarmuid Connolly 0-1, Philip McMahon 0-1, James McCarthy 0-1.

Scorers for Kerry: Paul Geaney 0-8 (5f), David Moran 0-3 (1 ’45), Donnchadh Walsh 0-2, Michael Geaney 0-2, Paul Murphy 0-1, Anthony Maher 0-1, Kevin McCarthy 0-1, Jack Savage 0-1, Bryan Sheehan 0-1.

DUBLIN: Stephen Cluxton; Philip McMahon, Michael Fitzsimons, Darren Daly; James McCarthy, Cian O’Sullivan, Eric Lowndes; Brian Fenton, Ciaran Reddin; Paul Flynn, Ciaran Kilkenny, Diarmuid Connolly; Dean Rock, Paddy Andrews, Bernard Brogan
Subs: Niall Scully for Diarmuid Connolly (black-card) (30), Paul Mannion for Paddy Andrews (41), Kevin McManamon for Cian O’Sullivan (48), Michael Darragh MacAuley for Ciaran Reddin (48), David Byrne for Eric Lowndes (60), Eoghan O’Gara for Paul Flynn (67)

KERRY: Brendan Kealy; Fionn Fitzgerald, Mark Griffin, Ronan Shanahan; Peter Crowley, Tadhg Morley, Paul Murphy; David Moran, Jack Barry; Jonathan Lyne, Michael Geaney, Donnchadh Walsh, Kevin McCarthy, Paul Geaney, Jack Savage
Subs: Gavin Crowley for Jonathan Lyne (black-card) (23), Darran O’Sullivan for Jack Savage (59), Barry John Keane for Kevin McCarthy (63), Bryan Sheehan for Donnchadh Walsh (67), Anthony Maher for Jack Barry (69), Adrian Spillane for Michael Geaney (71).

Ref: Paddy Neilan (Roscommon)




Fixture Details

09.04.2017 (Sun)
Allianz Football League Roinn 1 Final
Páirc an Chrócaigh 16:00
Áth Cliath v Ciarraí
Referee: Paddy Neilan (Ros Comáin)
(E.T. if Necessary)


Team News

KERRY (SF v Dublin) – B Kealy; F Fitzgerald, M Griffin, R Shanahan; P Crowley, T Morley, P Murphy; D Moran, A Maher; J Lyne, M Geaney, D Walsh; K McCarthy, P Geaney, S O’Brien.


Allianz Football League Roinn 3 Final – Tipperary 3-19 Louth 0-19

Tipperary defeated Louth by 3-19 to 0-19 in the Allianz Football League Roinn 3 Final on Saturday April 8th at Croke Park.




Tipperary crowned Allianz FL D3 Champions

Allianz Football League Division 3 Final

TIPPERARY 3-19 LOUTH 0-19

Report By William Dunne for GAA.ie

Vital goals helped Tipperary see off Louth in some style as they were crowned Allianz Football League Division 3 champions at Croke Park this evening.

Already promoted to Division 2, the victory and the silverware that came with it franks the Premier County’s status as one of the most upwardly mobile teams in the country. Last year’s All-Ireland Semi-Final appearance was clearly no fluke, Tipperary are very much a footballing force now.

They came into the game as favourites however it was the Wee County that started the brighter in the sloppy opening minutes that saw Louth go three points up after five minutes with help of a beautiful score from Declan Byrne. Louth then went 11 minutes without a score but despite Tipperary’s superior possession in that period they didn’t take much advantage and by the 16th minute they had registered six wides.

Frees from Michael Quinlivan and Conor Sweeney kept Tipperary in touch as Andy McDonnell extended Louth’s lead to three points once more. It took till the 26th minute for Tipperary to secure just their second point from play through Sweeney that began a purple patch for the premier county in which they scored 1-05 without reply.

The crucial first half goal came from Cahir midfielder Liam Casey after a fisted ball by Sweeney found him behind Louth’s full-back line and he rifled his shot into the roof of the net to make it 1-08 to 0-07. Corner-back Alan Campbell soared up the field and added to Tipperary’s lead with a neat execution from the right before Derek Maguire finished the first half scoring from a tricky angle to make it 1-11 to 0-09 at half-time.

Louth got off to the better start in the second half and with the help of scores from Declan Byrne and Tommy Durnin brought the deficit back to just two points. With the experienced Paddy Codd and Robbie Kiely dominating in Tipperary’s defence, Louth struggled to present any clear goal chances. They did threaten on 45 minutes however, midfielder Tommy Durnin kicking a point after some tough battling on the 21 metre line.

There were four points between the sides when the game’s telling moment arrived after 47 minutes when O’Halloran found himself bearing down on goal only for his shot to be blocked by Louth’s Bevan Duffy. But as Duffy tried to carry the ball to safety he was dispossessed by O’Halloran who moved the ball to Connor Sweeney who banged it to the back of the net to make it 2-15 to 0-14.

Both sides emptied the bench as the game died down with substitute Jim McEneaney successfully taking over free taking duties for Louth. Tipperary’s resilient defence again preventing any goal chances materialising for their opponents as substitutes Liam Boland and Liam McGrath kept the scoreboard ticking.

Louth’s pushed forward in numbers for one last attack but Tipperary turned the ball over and when McGrath fed Sweeney he rounded Louth goalkeeper Lynch to score his second goal and finish the match with a flourish for Tipperary.

Scorers for Tipperary: Conor Sweeney 2-05 (3f), Liam Casey 1-01, Michael Quinlivan 0-03 (2f), Kevin O’Halloran 0-03 (2f), Jack Kennedy 0-02, Alan Campbell, Robbie Kiely, Liam Boland, Liam McGrath, Josh Keane 0-01 each

Scorers for Louth: Ryan Burns 0-05 (4f), Declan Byrne (1f), Tommy Durnin, Jim McEneaney (2f) 0-03 each, Pauric Smith 0-02, Derek Maguire, Andy McDonnell, Eoin O’Connor 0-01 each.

TIPPERARY: Evan Comerford; Alan Campbell, Paddy Codd, Willie Connors; Bill Maher, Robbie Kiely, Shane O’Connell; Liam Casey, Jack Kennedy; Josh Keane, Kevin O’Halloran, Brian Fox; Conor Sweeney, Michael Quinlivan, Emmet Moloney
Subs: George Hannigan for Moloney 52, Liam Boland for O’Halloran 61, Colm O’Shaugnessy for Connors 64, Alan Moloney for Kennedy 67, Liam McGrath for Keane 71, Joseph Hennessy for Quinlivan, 76.

LOUTH: Craig Lynch; Padraigh McGarth, Patrick Kelly, Anthony Williams; Derek Maguire, John Bingham, James Stewart; Tommy Durnin, Andy McDonnell; Declan Byrne, Pauric Smith, Bevan Duffy; Adrian Reid, Eoin O’Connor, Ryan Burns
Subs: Kurt Murphy for Reid HT, Ruairi Moore for Reid 45, Jim McEneaney for O’Connor 48, Gerard McSorley for Burns 57, Conall McKeever for Durnin 64, James Califf for Byrne 70.

REFEREE: Anthony Nolan


Fixture Details

08.04.2017 (Sat)
Allianz Football League Roinn 3 Final
Páirc an Chrócaigh 17:00
An Lú v Tiobraid Árann
Referee: Anthony Nolan (Cill Mhantáin)
(E.T. if Necessary)



Team News

The Tipperary team to play Louth in the Allianz Football League Division 3 Final in Croke Park tomorrow evening, Saturday April 8th at 5pm, has been announced by manager Liam Kearns and lines out as follows;

1. Evan Comerford – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
2. Alan Campbell – Moyle Rovers
3. Paddy Codd – Killenaule
4. Willie Connors – Kiladangan
5. Bill Maher – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
6. Robbie Kiely – Carbery Rangers
7. Shane O’Connell – Golden-Kilfeacle
8. Liam Casey – Cahir
9. Jack Kennedy – Clonmel Commercials
10. Josh Keane – Golden-Kilfeacle
11. Kevin O’Halloran – Portroe
12. Brian Fox (Capt.) – Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill
13. Conor Sweeney – Ballyporeen
14. Michael Quinlivan – Clonmel Commercials
15. Emmet Moloney – Drom & Inch

All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Hogan Cup (Under 18.5 A Football) Final – St. Brendans Killarney 0-18 St. Peters College Wexford 0-10

St. Brendans Killarney defeated St. Peters College Wexford by 0-18 to 0-10 in the All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Hogan Cup (Under 18.5 A Football) Final on Saturday April 1st at Croke Park.



St Brendan’s retain Hogan Cup

Hogan Cup Final

ST BRENDAN’S COLLEGE, KILLARNEY 0-18 ST PETER’S COLLEGE, WEXFORD 0-10

Report from GAA.ie

St Brendan’s of Killarney wrapped up a second straight Hogan Cup title and their fourth overall with a eight-point victory over St Peter’s in Croke Park.

The future is certainly bright in the Kingdom. This was a fourth consecutive Hogan Cup success for a Kerry school after Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne’s wins in 2014 and 2015, not to mention the All-Ireland minor three-in-a-row completed by the county last September.

Garry McGrath’s men were fully deserving of their victory and looked comfortable throughout. They led by 0-10 to 0-3 at half-time and while their Wexford opponents showed signs of life in the second period, the result was never in doubt.

St Peter’s fought back to within four points with 10 minutes remaining, but St Brendan’s clicked through the gears and eased to victory. St Brendan’s have found scores easy to come by throughout their run to glory this season and today was no different. Although it took him 26 minutes to get off the mark, star forward David Shaw posted 0-4, as did the exceptional Donnachadh O’Sullivan.

Midfielder Billy Courtney, who won an All-Ireland minor medal between the posts for Kerry last September, was clinical while converting four placed balls. St Brendan’s surged into a five point lead after the opening quarter, as Dara Moynihan, Donnchadh O’Sullivan, Mark O’Shea and Ciaran Flynn curled over efforts. Barry O’Connor curled over the Wexford side’s only two scores from play in the opening half, as they trailed by 0-9 to 0-3 at the interval.

St Peter’s showed real fight after the break and three points between cousins Rory and Barry O’Connor brought them back into contention. St Brendan’s rattled off three quick-fire scores through Shaw, Courtney (free) and O’Sullivan to extend their lead to eight once again. The Leinster champions posted the next four points, with Cathal Devereux on target twice, but late efforts from Courtney, Micheal Devlin and Shaw rounded off the St Brendan’s victory.

Scorers for St Brendan’s: David Shaw 0-4, Billy Courtney 0-4 (3fs, 145), Donnchadh O’Sullivan 0-4, Dara Moynihan 0-2, Mark O’Shea, Ciaran Flynn, Jack Griffin and Micheal Devlin 0-1 each.

Scorers for St Peter’s: Barry O’Connor 0-5 (1f), Cathal Devereux 0-4 (3fsf), Rory O’Connor 0-1.

ST BRENDAN’S: Robert Osborne; Lorcan McMonagle, Chris O’Donoghue, Sean O’Leary; Jack Griffin, Michael Potts, Niall Donohue; Billy Courtney, Cian Gammelll; Dara Moynihan, Donnchadh O’Sullivan, Barry Keane; David Shaw, Mark O’Shea, Ciaran Flynn.
Subs: Micheal Devlin for Ciaran Flynn (44), Barry Slattery for Chris O’Donoghue (blood sub, 52 – 59), Mark Harnett for Barry Keane (55), Evan Cosgrove for Jack Griffin (61), Niall McCarthy for Mark O’Shea (62), Diarmuid Brosnan for Lorcan McMonagle (63).

ST PETER’S COLLEGE: Richard Ryan; Eoin O’Leary, Ben Maddock, David O’Keeffe; Quinn Saunders, Conor Firman, Finn O’Driscoll; Brian Deeney, Rory O’Connor; Dylan Furlong, Ben Moore, Peter Barry; David Gouldson, Barry O’Connor, Cathal Deverux.
Subs: Michael Codd for Ben Maddock (blood sub, 17 – 22), 18. Dylan Lyne for David Gouldson (ht), Jack Devereux for Peter Barry (57), Michael Codd for Finn O’Driscoll (58), Aaron Breen for Dylan Furlong (62).

REFEREE: Sean Hurson (Tyrone).



Fixture Details

01-04-2017 (Sat)
Masita GAA All Ireland Post Primary Schools Hogan Cup (Senior A Football) Final
Páirc an Chrócaigh
16:00 St Brendans Killarney V St. Peter’s College Wexford
(E.T. if Necessary)


Match Preview

MALONE LEADS HIS SIDE INTO BATTLE AGAINST ST BRENDAN’S

BRIAN Malone is in big demand these days.

Having just helped Wexford secure promotion back to Division 3, Malone, a loyal servant to his county, is also co-manager of the St Peter’s side who face St Brendan’s in this weekend’s Hogan Cup final at Croke Park.

It’s a hectic time, but Malone wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I think when we initially got relegated to Division 4 we thought we would bounce straight back up but we didn’t. It’s not easy to get out of and even with the games we won this year the margins were very tight in all of them,” he says.

“But we are a tight knit group and we stuck at it. We came from behind in a lot of games. There is a small management team of Banty (Seamus McEnaney), Murph (former player David Murphy) and Marty (coach Martin McElkannon).

“Banty likes to keep the circle tight because that way there is more trust within and it’s easier to achieve things.

“It’s great for the county team to be up a division in the Allianz League but it’s also brilliant that St Peter’s are in the Hogan Cup final as well. There is a right buzz down here at the moment and it’s great to see.

“We have been struggling for underage success in recent years in Gaelic football and, in my opinion, the schools and colleges have been keeping the thing going.

“It brings its own issues – we have so many duel players who are being sought after by club and county minor managers – and most of them are in Leaving Cert year as well – so we really have to look out for our players.

“There have been times when we have said to lads – just come to the match, we don’t need you to train. And maybe that has helped us along the way too. But we’re on a high. Playing the final will be something else because St Brendan’s, well we all know the run that they are on at the moment, but we will give it everything.

“I suppose for a 10 year period or so, Wexford football was on a high; one of the best teams in the land and then the thing dipped. I think we’re back on the right track now, there is huge development work being done and I would be positive looking ahead.

“To win a final would be massive but that won’t come easy.”

ST BRENDAN’S ON CREST OF A WAVE

Both Hogan Cup finalists are littered with intercounty talent.

St Brendan’s, the reigning All Ireland champions, are just fresh from winning their 22nd Corn Ui Mhuiri, and they are playing with finesse and style. They are clinical in attack and have All-Ireland winning Kerry minors David Shaw and Billy Courtney will have to be marked closely this afternoon as will Dara Moynihan and centre-forward Donnchadh O’Sullivan.

In beating Claremorris in the Hogan Cup semi-final, ‘Brendan’s had the advantage of a strong wind in the opening half, but while the Killarney college didn’t exactly take full advantage of the elements, they still showed enough against the elements in the second half to come through.

That just shows the poise and class they have.

A 33rd minute goal from Mark O’Shea, nephew of former Kerry senior and Dr Crokes All-Ireland winning club manager, Pat, gave them a lead they never relinquished but the individual skill of David Shaw, who beat four Claremorris players en route to scoring a fine goal, was the icing on the cake.

Yet, they won’t have it all their own way at Croke Park.

St Peter’s have Wexford dual minors dotted everywhere around the field and the final promises to be a cracking affair.

In fact, if the game is not a feast of open, attractive football, it will be a puzzle.

With St Peter’s College back from the margins of Post Primary football and enjoying a Leinster championship win for the first time in a quarter of a Century, they will be keen to press on and add more silverware.

Rory O’Connor is one of their main men. In the semi-final, he scored a brilliant 41st minute goal into the wind which proved crucial for them as they withstood a late surge from that gallant St Mary’s side, who only days earlier had landed that MacRory Cup title.

St Peter’s may be more renowned for their hurling exploits, (they have four Croke Cup titles) but there will be a huge hunger associated with seeking a first All-Ireland senior football title and in O’Connor and his cousin, Barry, son of Wexford hurling legend, George, they have stars in both codes too. Cathal Devereux is also a classy player that St Brendan’s will have to watch out for today.

Eirgrid Munster Under 21 Football Final – Kerry 2-16 Cork 0-6

Kerry defeated Cork by 2-16 to 0-6 in the Eirgrid Munster Under 21 Football Championship Final on Wednesday March 29th at Pairc Ui Rinn.


Video Footage of the Entire Game


Kerry cruise to EirGrid Munster U21 Final win

EirGrid Munster Under 21 Championship Final

KERRY 2-16 CORK 0-6

Report By Denis Hurley for GAA.ie

A dominant performance saw Kerry win a first EirGrid Munster U21FC title since 2008, proving far too strong for Cork at Páirc Uí Rinn.

While Cork – seeking a sixth provincial title in seven years – couldn’t start key players Kevin Flahive or Stephen Sherlock, some senior counties would have struggled to deal with the Kingdom, featuring 14 players who had won All-Ireland minor medals in the past three years.

In front of 3,861, Kerry began like they meant business and within the first seven minutes they had four unanswered points on the board, Kilian Spillane with two while Seán O’Shea and Cathal Bambury were also on target.

In the midst of that, Cork’s Michael Hurley was unlucky not to cap a driving run with a goal, his shot hitting the post, and the Rebels suggested that they had settled when a free from captain Seán O’Donoghue was followed by two points from Brian Coakley.

Instead, though, Kerry found another gear and pushed on to open up a lead that Cork wouldn’t be able to bridge. In the 19th minute, they struck for a goal as wing-back Brian Ó Beaglaioch – pushed up on Cork sweeper Michael Dineen – cut through and squared for full-forward Matthew O’Sullivan, who had an easy task from close range.

An excellent Spillane point from the left was followed by a good O’Shea free and Kerry were good value for their 1-6 to 0-3 half-time lead. By the time Cork would get their fourth point, a Gary Murphy free in the 38th minute, Kerry had added another four of their own in the opening seven minutes of the second half. The impressive Tom O’Sullivan got things going after the restart before O’Shea and Spillane (two) opened up a ten-point advantage.

Murphy’s point didn’t signal a Cork comeback, with Andrew Barry continuing to dominate at midfield for Kerry. The points continued to come and half-time sub Conor Geaney was only denied a goal by a good Ross Donovan save.

At the other end, Cork wing-back Jerry O’Riordan might have netted, but Ó Beaglaioch made a great goal-line block. Even if it had gone in, a comeback wasn’t going to materialise but Geaney capped a good night for Kerry, who will present tough opposition for Galway or Sligo in the All-Ireland semi-final.

Scorers for Kerry: Seán O’Shea 0-6 (3fs, 145), Killian Spillane 0-5 (2fs), Conor Geaney 1-2 (0-1 free), Matthew O’Sullivan 1-1, Cathal Bambury, Tom O’Sullivan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork: Brian Coakley (1f), Stephen Sherlock (2fs) 0-2 each, Gary Murphy, Seán O’Donoghue 0-1 (f) each.

KERRY: Shane Ryan; Jason Foley, Tom (Leo) O’Sullivan, Brian Sugrue; Brian Ó Beaglaíoch, Tom O’Sullivan, Gavin White; Andrew Barry, Brian Ó Seanacháin; Brandon Barrett, Seán O’Shea, Matthew Flaherty; Killian Spillane, Matthew O’Sullivan, Cathal Bambury.
Subs: Jack Morgan for Sugrue (16, injured), Conor Geaney for Bambury (half-time), Micheál Burns for Barrett (45), Barry O’Sullivan for Flaherty (46), Cormac Coffey for Tom O’Sullivan (50, black card), Jordan Kiely for Matthew O’Sullivan (52).

CORK: Ross Donovan; Seán Daly, John Mullins, Seán Wilson; Jerry O’Riordan, Aidan Browne, Cian Kiely; Eoin Lavers, Seán O’Donoghue; Gary Murphy, Seán Powter, Liam O’Donovan; Brian Coakley, Michael Dineen, Michael Hurley.
Subs: Daniel Meaney for Dineen (22), Stephen Sherlock for Lavers (half-time), Mark Buckley for Murphy, Kevin O’Donovan for Browne (both 42), Seán O’Donovan for Coakley (46), Seán O’Leary for Daly (57).

REFEREE: Alan Kissane (Waterford)




Fixture Details

2017 EirGrid GAA Football Under 21 Munster Championship Final
Wednesday March 29th 2017 @ 7:30pm
Cork v Kerry
Venue: Pairc Ui Rinn
Referee: Alan Kissane (Waterford)
Extra time if necessary


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Team News

The Cork team to play Kerry in the EirGrid Munster U21Football Championship Final next Wednesday 29th March @ 7.30pm in Pairc Ui Rinn has been announced as follows.

1) Ross Donovan – Nemo Rangers
2) Sean Daly – Dohenys
3) John Mullins – Eire og
4) Sean Wilson – Douglas
5) Jerry O’Riordan – Carbery Rangers
6) Aidan Browne – Newmarket
7) Cian Kiely – Ballincollig
8) Kevin Flahive – Douglas
9) Eoin Lavers – Dohenys
10) Brian Coakley – Carrigaline
11) Sean Powter – Douglas
12) Sean O’Donoghue – Inniscarra (Captain)
13) Gary Murphy – Castletownbere
14) Stephen Sherlock – St Finbarrs
15) Michael Hurley – Castlehaven

Subs

16) Chris Kelly- Eire Og
17) Kevin O’ Donovan – Nemo Rangers
18) Daniel Meaney – St Michaels
19) Liam O’ Donovan – Clonakilty
20) Sean O’ Leary – Bantry Biues
21) Mark Buckley – Dohenys
22) Sean O’ Donovan – Ilen Rovers
23) Tim Foley – Bantry Blues
24) Michael Dineen – Naomh Aban

The Kerry Under 21 Football Team to play Cork in the Munster Championship Final at Páirc Uí Rinn on Wednesday evening @ 7:30 pm contains 8 of the side that started in last year’s final against the same opposition – Jason Foley, Tom O’Sullivan, Tom “Leo” O’Sullivan, Brian Ó Beaglaoich, Gavin White, Brian Ó Seanachain, Matthew Flaherty and Killian Spillane – while 4 more of Wednesday’s side – Shane Ryan, Brian Sugrue, Andrew Barry and Matthew O’Sullivan – were on the injured list for last year’s decider.

The team shows 4 changes in personnel from the side that defeated Waterford in the last round; Brain Ó Beagaloich, Brandon Barrett and Matthew O’Sullivan who missed that semi final game due to injury return to the starting fifteen as does Gavin White of Dr Crokes who was club-tied on that occasion. They replace Jack Morgan, Cormac Coffey, Barry O’Sullivan and Lee O’Donoghue.

The Dr Crokes pair of Micheál Burns and Jordan Kiely, both of whom played in last year’s final, are included in the subs having also been club-tied for the previous two games.

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 Brian Sugrue (C) Renard
5 Brian Ó Beaglaoich An Ghaeltacht
6 Tom O’Sullivan Dingle
7 Gavin White Dr. Crokes
8 Andrew Barry Na Gaeil
9 Brian ÓSeanacháin Ballydonoghue
10 Brandon Barrett Ardfert
11 Sean O’Shea Kenmare
12 Matthew Flaherty Dingle
13 Killian Spillane Templenoe
14 Matthew O’Sullivan St Michaels-Foilmore
15 Cathal Bambury Dingle

Fir Ionaid:

16 Eoghan O’Brien Churchill
17 Barry O’Sullivan Dingle
18 Jack Morgan Austin Stacks
19 Conor Geaney Dingle
20 Cormac Coffey Kerins O’Rahillys
21 Daniel O’Brien Glenflesk
22 Jordan Kiely Dr Crokes
23 Micheál Burns Dr. Crokes
24 Roibeard Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht
25 Mark Ryan Rathmore

Bainistíocht:

Bainisteoir: Jack O’Connor (Dromid Pearses)

Roghnoirí: Micheál O’Shea (Castlegregory), Eamon Whelan (St Senans), Declan O’Sullivan (Dromid Pearses).

Treanálaí: Alan O’Sullivan (Kerins O’Rahillys) and Arthur Fitzgerald (Firies)

With the exception of Matthew O’Sullivan, all of the side have played in successful All Ireland Minor winning sides since 2014 with Sean O’Shea a member of last year’s winning side.


Match Coverage

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Match Programme

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All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Croke Cup (Under 18.5 A Hurling) Final – Our Lady’s Templemore 3-13 St. Kierans Kilkenny 3-11

Our Lady’s Templemore defeated St. Kierans Kilkenny by 3-13 to 3-11 in the All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Croke Cup (Under 18.5 A Hurling) Final on Saturday March 25th at Semple Stadium Thurles.


Video Highlights of the Game


Video Footage of the Full Game


Our Lady’s Templemore take home Croke Cup with narrow win over St Kieran’s College

Our Lady’s Templemore 3-13 St Kieran’s College 3-11

Report by Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

St Kieran’s, a point down at the break, started the second period in whirlwind fashion, posting 1-2 in quick succession. Adrian Mullen, who was well marked by Templemore captain Paddy Cadell in the first half, kicked to the net to send the reigning champions 2-8 to 1-7 clear.

Lyndon Fairbrother replied for Templemore with a superb strike to the roof of Dean Mason’s net on 38 minutes. Back down the field, though, came Kieran’s and despite a fine Eoin Collins save to keep out Diarmuid Phelan’s piledriver, Mullen was on hand to stick the rebound to the net for his second and his team’s third green flag. The Kilkenny college once again moved four points clear, but Templemore refused to lie down and a goal by Ray McCormack on 48 minutes after his initial shot was blocked levelled matters at 3-9 apiece.

The winners, in the crucial period of the game, would hit the next four points. Ciarán Brennan and Adrian Mullen both had goal chances late on to rescue the situation for St Kieran’s. Both shots, however, were repelled.

The Tipperary school will have been disappointed to be only clear at the break – 1-7 to 1-6, their lead significantly eaten into by a Ciarán Brennan goal a minute and a half into first-half stoppages. Credit here to Eoghan Moylan who did exceptionally well to dispossess Pádraig Campion to set up the chance for Brennan who finished excellently from an acute angle.

Brian McGrath supplied the Templemore goal on 11 minutes, the half-forward latching onto a long delivery after ghosting in behind the Kieran’s full-back line. The Munster champions were finding scores easing to come by, with David O’Shea, Diarmuid Ryan, Brian McGrath and Jerry Kelly on target from open players.

They faltered slightly after the break but came good at the crucial time to seal a famous victory for the school – their second ever Croke Cup win and first since 1978.

Scorers for Our Lady’s Templemore: B McGrath (1-8, 0-4 frees 0-2 ’65); L Fairbrother (1-1); R McCormack (1-0); D O’Shea, D Ryan, A O’Meara, J Kelly (0-1 each).

Scorers for St Kieran’s College: A Mullen (2-2, 0-1 free, 0-1 65); C Brennan (1-1); E O’Shea (0-3); D Barron (0-2). T Drea, D Phelan (0-1 each).

Our Lady’s Templemore: E Collins (Drom and Inch); N Quinlan (JK Brackens), P Campion (Drom and Inch), E Ryan (Loughmore-Castleiney); E McBride (JK Brackens), A O’Meara (Drom and Inch), P Cadell (JK Brackens); D Ryan (Clonakenny), S Nolan (Drom and Inch); B McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), R McCormack (Borrisoleigh), J Kelly (Borrisoleigh); L Fairbrother (JK Brackens), D O’Shea (JK Brackens), A Ormond (JK Brackens)
Subs: J Ryan (Toomevara) for Nolan (49 mins); S Doyle (JK Brackens) for O’Shea (56); F Purcell (Drom and Inch) for Ormond (60).

St Kieran’s College: D Mason (Ballyhale Shamrocks); T Ronan (Graigue-Ballycallan), M Carey (Young Irelands), L Murphy (James Stephens); B Lawlor (James Stephens), M Keoghan (Tullaroan), K Egan (Graigue-Ballycallan); E O’Shea (O’Loughlin Gaels), T Drea (Young Irelands); A Mullen (Ballyhale Shamrocks), D Phelan (Danesfort), E Moylan (Dicksboro); D Barron (Thomastown), C Brennan (Bennettsbridge), E Sheffline (Ballyhale Shamrocks).
Subs: S Ryan (Graigue-Ballycallan) for Shefflin (41 mins); P Mullen (Danesfort) for Moylan (56); R Whelan (James Stephens) for Lawlor (56).

Referee: C Lyons (Cork).