Corn Sheáin Uí Mhurchú (18.5 C Football) Final – Mitchelstown CBS 4-10 Presentation Milltown 1-4

Mitchelstown CBS are easy winners in Munster SFC final

Mitchelstown CBS 4-10 Presentation Milltown 1-4

Report by Paddy Ryan

Mitchelstown CBS bridged a 25 year gap when they won the Munster Senior C FC title on Saturday in Rathkeale against Presentation Milltown.

From the start the winners gained control. Their defence were awesome, their midfielders won the aerial tussles and up front the attack in regular supply took some very good scores. Five of the six forwards figured on the scoresheet and George Pendle who did not hit the target had an outstanding game setting up many scores. Milltown found it very hard to make any progress against a very well organised Mitchelstown side. The only attack the Kerry side had in the first quarter was in the 14th minute when Aaron McCarthy cut through but his effort was well saved by Cathal O’Sullivan.

CBS opened well against the cross wind. Mark Keane had the opening score after good play by Sean Walsh and Adrian English. The second score came in the 4th minute when a well taken sideline kick by George Pendle found Dylan Kent who soloed through and released Adrian English for a great point. Good play by Lorcan Finn to Adrian English saw an attempt at goal well saved by Cormac Leane. Mitchelstown forced a ’45 when George Pendle and Lorcan Finn had worked well for Cathal O’Mahony. The ’45 by Eoin O’Mahony was collected by Mark Keane who kicked a superb point. Adrian English followed with a fine point. In the 12th minute good work by George Pendle led to a brilliant point by Cathal O’Mahony.

It took Presentation till the 22nd minute to record their first score when Aaron McCarthy and Fionan Walsh combined well for Cain Bradley who kicked over. CBS continued to dominate, their full forward line who accounted for 2-7 were in great form. Mark Keane was denied a goal by a good save by Cormac Leane. In the 26th minute CBS had their first goal. It came when Cathal O’Mahony, Sean O’Sullivan and Adrian English all combined for Mark Keane who netted from close range 1-5 to 0-1. The Mitchelstown side followed two minutes later when team captain Colin English put Adrian English in for a well taken goal. In the 28th minute a quickly taken free by Sean Walsh to Dylan Kent was pointed by Cathal O’Mahony. In the dying moments Mark Keane and Sean Walsh worked well for Eoin O’Mahony who soloed through and made it 3-6 to 0-1 at the break,

For the second half Presentation moved Aaron McCarthy to midfield with Kerry minor player David Roche. It made little difference as Mitchelstown continued to do well. The 4th goal came in the 34th minute. A movement involving George Pendle, Sean O’Sullivan and Sean Walsh saw the latter release to O’Sullivan who cut through from the ’40 and made it 4-6 to 0-1.

There was no way back at this stage but Kerry teams are never beaten. They rallied a little with Gavin McKenna pointing a free. CBS half backs of Lorcan Finn, Eric O’Donoghue and Dylan Kent closed off any threat from the Milltown attack. Inside Cathal O’Sullivan did well in goal with Jack Coughlan at full back very sound. Eoin Gallahue and Killian Roche were very solid all through. Good play by George Pendle, Eoin O’Mahony and Colin English led to a long range point by Sean Walsh 4-7 to 0-2.

Both sides made a number of substitutions. CBS keeper Cathal O’Sullivan saved well from Aaron McCarthy with Sean Walsh gaining possession from the clearance and finding George Pendle who set up Adrian English who was fouled. Cathal O’Mahony pointed the free opening up an 18 point lead 4-8 to 0-2. Good work for Milltown by Aaron McCarthy led to a point by Craig Counihan. CBS replied immediately when Sean Walsh and Adrian English worked well for Colin English who kicked over. Aaron McCarthy replied with a free. In the 55th minute Presentation had a consolation goal when Craig Counihan and Padraigh O’Brien worked a good cross movement on the wing with David Roche being on hand on the edge of the square to direct the rebound into the net. The concluding score came in the 60th minute when substitutes Padraigh McGrath, James Conway and Padraigh O’Gorman were all involved in placing team captain Colin English for a fine point.

After the game Michael Nash Munster Post Primary Schools Board Development Officer presented the Sean O’Murchu Cup to the winning captain Colin English. The CBS side now go forward to the All Ireland semi final this Saturday against Dunshaughlin CC (Meath) at a venue to be decided.

Scorers for Mitchelstown CBS : Adrian English 1-2, Mark Keane 1-2, Eoin O’Mahony 1-0, Sean O’Sullivan 1-0, Cathal O’Mahony 0-3 (0-1f) Colin English 0-2, Sean Walsh 0-1.

Presentation Milltown : David Roche 1-0, Cain Bradley 0-1, Craig Counihan 0-1, Aaron McCarthy 0-1f. Gavin McKenna 0-1f.

MITCHELSTOWN CBS: Cathal O’Sullivan (Mitchelstown) Eoin Gallahue (Galtee Gaels) Jack Coughlan (Glanworth) Killian Roche (Mitchelstown) Lorcan Finn (do) Eric O’Donoghue (Glanworth) Dylan Kent (Kildorrery) Colin English (Capt) (Fr,. Sheehy’s) Sean Walsh (Mitchelstown) George Pendle (do) Sean O’Sullivan (do) Eoin O’Mahony (Ballylanders) Cathal O’Mahony (Mitchesltown) Mark Keane (do) Adrian English (Ballyporeen)
Subs : Ian Butler (Kildorrery) for Lorcan Finn, Tadhg Finn (Mitchelstown) for Cathal O’Mahony, Cathal Harrington (Kildorrery) for Mark Keane, Brian White (Mitchelstown) for Adrian English, Padraigh O’Gorman (Galtee Gaels) for Eoin O’Mahony, Padraigh McGrath (Galtee Gaels) for Sean O’Sullivan (blood) P J Keating (Kildorrery) for Dylan Kent (blood) James Conway (Fr. Sheehy’s) for Sean Walsh (blood)

PRESENTATION MILLTOWN: Cormac Leane (Milltown-Castlemaine) Joseph Meaney (Glenbeigh-Glencar) Ciaran O’Connor (Milltown-Castlemaine) Eddie Rogers (Ballymacelligott) Fionan Walsh (Spa) Jonathan Kissane (Beaufort) Gavin McKenna (Milltown-Castlemaine) David Roche (do) Liam Browne (Firies) Cain Bradley (Milltown-Castlemaine) Padraigh O’Brien (do) Padraigh Cronin (Beaufort) Chris Rogers Ballymacelligott) Aaron McCarthy (Listry) Peadar Keane (do)
Subs : John Talbot (Fossa) for Ciaran O’Connor, Aidan O’Sullivan (Laune Rangers) for Joseph Murphy, Craig Counihan (Milltown-Castlemaine) for Gavin McKenna.

Referee : Donncha O’Callaghan (Feoghanagh)

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Waterford 1-18 Tipperary 1-17

Waterford defeated Tipperary by 1-18 to 1-17 in Round 3 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Sunday March 6th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

D1A: Gleeson the hero as Waterford stun Tipperary


By Jackie Cahill at Semple Stadium, Thurles for

Derek McGrath’s Waterford claimed a tenth successive Allianz Hurling League victory this afternoon as Austin Gleeson banged over a brilliant winner to deny Tipperary in the fourth minute of stoppage time at Semple Stadium. Waterford’s run stretches back to last year’s campaign and they made it three from three in Division IA this year with a come from behind win.

Trailing by five points early in the second half, Waterford hit 1-4 without reply, including Tom Devine’s 59th minute goal, to turn the game on its head. But Tipp looked to have won it when John McGrath netted two minutes from time – before Waterford staged a late revival.

McGrath’s goal handed Tipp a 1-17 to 1-16 advantage in front of 6540 spectators in Thurles but after Patrick Curran converted his ninth point of the game, and seventh free, to level matters, Gleeson bombed over the winner from 100 metres.

Tipp, like they did against Kilkenny at Nowlan Park, lost a game down the home straight from a winning position and they missed goal chances again here. Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher was denied by Waterford goalkeeper Stephen O’Keeffe in the first half and with 12 minutes left, a minute before Devine’s goal, Niall O’Meara went desperately close.

This was a tough one for Tipp to take as they led by 0-12 to 0-8 at half-time, and by 0-14 to 0-9 early in the second half. But League champions Waterford gained a stranglehold around the middle third and turned the screw. John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer finished as Tipp’s leading scorer on the day with 0-11, including nine frees, but he was fortunate to escape with just a yellow card in the 20th minute after a wild pull across Jake Dillon’s shins.


Scorers for Tipperary: J O’Dwyer 0-11 (9f), J McGrath 1-2, M Breen 0-2, B Maher 0-1, N McGrath 0-1

Scorers for Waterford: P Curran 0-9 (7f), T Devine 1-0, S Bennett 0-3, A Gleeson 0-2 (1f), K Moran 0-2, J Barron 0-1 M Kearney 0-1

TIPPERARY: D Gleeson; C Barrett, T Hamill, M Cahill; B Heffernan, R Maher, Pádraic Maher; B Maher, M Breen; N McGrath, D McCormack, Patrick Maher; J O’Dwyer, L McGrath, J McGrath
Subs: N O’Meara for L McGrath (51), K Bergin for McCormack (58).

WATERFORD: S O’Keeffe; S Fives, B Coughlan, N Connors; P Mahony, D Fives, K Moran; J Barron, M Kearney; J Dillon, S Bennett, M Walsh; P Curran, A Gleeson, C Dunford
Subs: T Devine for Kearney (47), T Ryan for Walsh (54), S O’Sullivan for Dunford (65).

Referee: C Lyons (Cork)

Fixture Details

06.03.2016 (Sun)
Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1A Round 3
Semple Stadium, Thurles 15:00
Tiobraid Árann v Port Láirge
Referee: Colm Lyons (Corcaigh)

Team News

Ahead of the Tipperary Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1A round 3 fixture against Waterford in Semple Stadium at 3pm next Sunday, March 6th, Tipperary manager Michael Ryan has made 3 changes to his side looking for a second home win in this year’s league. As anticipated Seamus Callanan from Drom & Inch returns to his customary full forward berth on his seasonal debut while Barry Heffernan from Nenagh Éire Óg makes his league debut at right half back. Ronan Maher from Thurles Sarsfields also marks his first full start of the campaign at centre back.

The panel lines out as follows;
1. Darren Gleeson – Portroe
2. Cathal Barrett – Holycross-Ballycahill
3. Tomás Hamill – Moyne-Templetuohy
4. Michael Cahill – Thurles Sarsfields
5. Barry Heffernan – Nenagh Éire Óg
6. Ronan Maher -Thurles Sarsfields
7. Padraic Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
8. Brendan Maher (Capt.) – Borris-Ileigh
9. Michael Breen – Ballina
10. Noel McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
11. Dan McCormack -Borris-Ileigh
12. Patrick Maher – Lorrha-Dorrha
13. John O’Dwyer – Killenaule
14. Seamus Callanan -Drom & Inch
15. John McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
16. Darragh Mooney – Éire Óg Annacarty
17. Kieran Bergin – Killenaule
18. Andrew Coffey -Nenagh Éire Óg
19. Conor Kenny – Borris-Ileigh
20. Liam McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
21. Conor O’Brien – Éire Óg Annacarty
22. Niall O’Meara -Kilruane MacDonaghs
23. Daire Quinn – Nenagh Éire Óg
24. Adrian Ryan – Templederry Kenyons
25. Liam Ryan – Drom & Inch
26. Willie Ryan – Clonakenny

The Waterford Senior Hurling Team to face Tipperary on Sunday 6th March in Semple Stadium has just being announced following training tonight.

1. Stephen O’Keeffe (Ballygunner)
2. Shane Fives (Tourin)
3. Barry Coughlan (Ballygunner)
4. Noel Connors (Passage)
5. Austin Gleeson (Mount Sion)
6. Darragh Fives (Tourin)
7. Philip Mahony (Ballygunner)
8. Jamie Barron (Fourmilewater)
23. Mikey Kearney (Ballyduff Upper)
10. Kevin Moran (De La Salle) – Captain
11. Shane Bennett (Ballysaggart)
12. Michael Walsh (Stradbally)
13. Patrick Curran (Dungarvan)
14. Jake Dillon (De La Salle)
15. Colin Dunford (Colligan)

Tipperary SH Update Ahead of Waterford game

Following the short break in the league the Tipperary Senior Hurling panel are now looking forward to the Allianz League Round 3 fixture against Waterford in Semple Stadium on Sunday next, March 6th at 3pm. Waterford, currently top of the table on maximum points with 2 wins out of 2, are going to provide an excellent challenge for Tipperary against the current League holders.

After a busy schedule for our players, competing in the Fitzgibbon Cup competition last weekend and their own normal training schedule, Tipperary management have injury concerns which will impact on the availability of the following players; Jason Forde picked up a hamstring injury playing for UL last weekend while James Barry has picked up a foot injury and are both ruled out for this weekend.

These setbacks, however, are offset by having Seamus Callanan and Kieran Bergin available for selection once again which the Tipperary management are pleased with.

Press Release from Tipperary GAA

Due to the impending adverse weather forecast Semple Stadium management committee have decided in advance, rather than leaving it to the last minute, that the Semple Stadium pitch would not be able to hold both fixtures on Sunday next as originally programmed.

As a result the Allianz Football League Roinn 3 fixture between Tipperary and Offaly has been moved to Sean Treacy Park, Tipperary Town with a 12.30pm throw in on Sunday next, March 6th.

The Allianz League Roinn 1A Senior Hurling fixture between Tipperary and Waterford will go ahead as planned in Semple Stadium but has been moved back to the later time of 3pm to facilitate patrons who may wish to attend both matches.

Both stands will be open in Semple Stadium and due to different price structure at both venues, as indicated patrons attending the football fixture in Tipperary Town who may wish to attend the hurling fixture also will receive a concessionary ticket to allow them pay a reduced admission price in Semple Stadium.

The Match day programme will be the same for both fixtures.

Is mise le meas,
Joe Bracken,
PRO Co. Board

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Kerry 1-13 Donegal 1-8

Kerry defeated Donegal by 1-13 to 1-8 in the Allianz Football League Division 1 on Sunday March 6th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

D1: Kerry see off Donegal in stormy encounter


By Chris McNulty in Tralee for

Kerry had the better of Donegal in a high-octane and highly-charged contest at Austin Stack Park that was ferocious at times, nasty at others. Alan Fitzgerald of Kerry and Donegal’s Leo McLoone were red carded in the first half on a day when Bryan Sheehan’s peerless free taking was key for the home side.

After Peter Crowley goaled for Kerry in the 45th minute, it looked like curtains for Donegal, only for a Michael Murphy goal to give Donegal some hope, but Rory Gallagher’s men slipped to their first League defeat of the campaign. Ten minutes into the second half, Kieran Donaghy off-loaded to Crowley, who surged away from the tackle of Odhrán Mac Niallais before burying his shot past Peter Boyle, the Donegal goalkeeper.

Just when the game seemed to have crept away from them, Donegal hit back as Murphy plucked Eoin McHugh’s sideline ball from the sky right in front of Kerry ‘keeper Brian Kelly. The Donegal captain turned and blasted high to the net and a comeback was possible, but Sheehan, Barry John Keane and Colm Cooper hit the points as Kerry scored their second win in a row.

These teams have had plenty of battles of late – and this one began in the trenches. Fitzgerald was red carded for Kerry in the seventh minute because of a clash with Neil McGee. The Donegal full-back required treatment and didn’t reappear until the second half with Fitzgerald given the marching orders for his part. McLoone followed him in the 27th minute when he clashed with Aidan O’Mahony, but by then the tempers had long since spilled over.

Shane Enright and Denis Daly were black carded within seconds of each other in the 24th minute and Eddie Kinsella, the referee, was at centre stage for much of a first half that saw 25 frees given as well as seven cards. Amid all that, there was a game going on. Five points from Bryan Sheehan, a ’45 and four frees that included one sweet effort from around 50 metres, had Kerry 0-7 to 0-3 in front.

Two Murphy frees had Donegal in touch at the 14th minute, but Sheehan’s free, in between two fisted points from Donnchadh Walsh, had Kerry holding a slender 0-3 to 0-2 advantage. Four from Sheehan, between the 19th and the 29th minutes, put Kerry in control, but Patrick McBrearty drilled over for Donegal, who saw late efforts from Rory Kavanagh and Hugh McFadden crash off the upright.

The pot was spilling onto the hob when Kinsella called for the ball at the interval as Rory Gallagher and Frank McGlynn let their feelings be known to the official. Donegal battled back to draw level as Murphy and Neil Gallagher – a half-time replacement – as well as two from McBrearty steadied the ship. Crowley and Murphy swapped goals, but it was the Kingdom who left toasting a win over Tir Chonaill, whose last win in Kerry was way back in 1988.


Scorers for Kerry: B Sheehan 0-8 (7f, 1 ’45), D Walsh 0-3, P Crowley 1-0, BJ Keane, C Cooper 0-1

Scorers for Donegal: M Murphy 1-4 (3f, 1 ’45), P McBrearty 0-3 (2f), N Gallagher 0-1

KERRY: B Kelly; M Ó Sé, M Griffin, S Enright; P Crowley, A O’Mahony, F Fitzgerald; K Donaghy, B Sheehan; D Daly, P Murpy, D Walsh; D O’Sullivan, A Fitzgerald, S O’Brien
Subs: P O’Connor for Enright (black card, 27), C Cooper for Daly (black card, 27), J Buckley for Donaghy (59), BJ Keane for O’Brien (59), B O’Sullivan for Crowley (68), A Walsh for O’Sullivan (70).

DONEGAL: Peter Boyle; E Doherty, N McGee, P McGrath; E Ban Gallagher, R McHugh, A Thompson; R Kavanagh, M Murphy; M O’Reilly, H McFadden, E McHugh; O Mac Niallais, P McBrearty, L McLoone
Subs: N Gallagher for McFadden (h/t), M McElhinney for Doherty (h/t), C Toye for Thompson (54).

Referee: E Kinsella (Laois)

Team News

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Donegal in Round 4 of the Allianz League in Austin Stack Park Tralee on Sunday (2:30pm) shows three changes in personnel from the side that defeated Down on Sunday last.

Brian Kelly starts in goal in place of Brendan Kealy as Eamonn Fitzmaurice continues to rotate his goalkeepers, Peter Crowley, who was introduced as a substitute against Down, starts at right half back in place of Padraig O’Connor, while in the half forward line, St Mary’s player Denis Daly comes in for his League debut in place of his clubmate Aidan Walsh. Kieran Donaghy continues in midfield in place of the injured David Moran.

The substitutes list is notable for the return to the match day panel of Johnny Buckley, recovered from the injury that forced him off against Roscommon, and Jack Sherwood, who returns after a long injury absence. Tommy Walsh, Killian Young and Jonathan Lyne are nursing knocks and are not part of the match day panel.

The team, captained by Bryan Sheehan is as follows:
1. Brian Kelly Killarney Legion
2. Marc Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht
3. Mark Griffin St Michaels/Foilmore
4. Shane Enright Tarbert
5. Peter Crowley Laune Rangers
6. Aidan O’Mahony Rathmore
7. Fionn Fitzgerald Dr Crokes
8. Kieran Donaghy Austin Stacks
9. Bryan Sheehan (C) St Marys
10. Denis Daly St Marys
11. Paul Murphy Rathmore
12. Donnchadh Walsh Cromane
13. Darran O’Sullivan Glenbeigh-Glencar
14. Alan Fitzgerald Castlegregory
15. Stephen O’Brien Kenmare
Fir Ionaid:
16. Brendan Kealy Kilcummin
17. Padraig O’Connor Killarney Legion
18. Aidan Walsh St Marys
19. Colm Cooper Dr Crokes
20. Barry John Keane Kerins O’Rahillys
21. Pa Kilkenny Glenbeigh/Glencar
22. Brendan O’Sullivan Valentia
23. Johnny Buckley Dr Crokes
24. Jack Sherwood Firies
25. Philip O’Connor Cordal
26. Conor Cox Listowel Emmets

Match Coverage

This game will be shown live on TG4

All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Croke Cup (Senior Hurling “A”) Quarter-Final – Ardscoil Ris 3-15 Kilkenny CBS 1-13

Ardscoil Ris defeated Kilkenny CBS by 3-15 to 1-13 in the All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Croke Cup (Senior Hurling “A”) Quarter-Final on Tuesday March 8th at Templemore.

Limerick’s Ardscoil Rís strike three goals as they book All-Ireland hurling semi-final spot

By Jackie Cahill for

A TWO-GOAL blast in the space of three second half minutes paved the way for Harty Cup winners Ardscoil Rís to see off the challenge of Kilkenny CBS and advance to the Croke Cup semi-finals this afternoon.

Ardscoil, four-time Harty Cup winners in the past seven seasons, are targeting a very first All-Ireland crown and their next step is a last four clash with Connacht champions Presentation College Athenry on Saturday. Ardscoil had to work for this one against Leinster runners-up Kilkenny CBS, who cut what was a six-point first half deficit back to a single point, 1-8 to 1-9, in the second half.

But disaster struck for CBS when they conceded goals in the 40th and 42nd minutes as Ardscoil found the cushion they needed to kick for home. Conor Boylan found the net first before Paraic O’Loughlin scored his second goal two minutes later, after CBS goalkeeper Liam Dunphy had batted away Brian Ryan’s initial effort.

Now 3-9 to 1-9 clear, it was plain sailing from there until the finish for Ardscoil, who twice led by nine points towards the finish before winning by eight. Ardscoil led by five points at half-time, 1-9 to 0-7, with Peter Casey warming up nicely for his All-Ireland senior club final appearance with Na Piarsaigh.

The 2015 All-Ireland U21 medallist with Limerick struck four brilliant points in the first half and Ardscoil had the ideal start when they scored a fortuitous goal in the very first minute. O’Loughlin’s effort from the left touchline wasn’t dealt with by Dunphy and the green flag went up to signal the opening score of the game.

CBS scored their only goal in the first minute of the second half and this was another scruffy effort as Bill Sheehan scrambled the ball home from close range after Sean Bolger’s speculative effort caused havoc in the Ardscoil goalmouth. Despite trailing at half-time, CBS could have been much closer but for nine first half wides.

Scorers for Ardscoil Rís: Paraic O’Loughlin 2-0, Peter Casey, Paul O’Brien (0-3f, 0-1 ’65) 0-5 each, Conor Boylan 1-1, Darragh Carroll, David Fitzgerald 0-2 each.

Scorers fro Kilkenny CBS: Sean Bolger 0-6 (0-2f, 0-1 ’65), Bill Sheehan 1-1, Niall Brassil 0-2, Shane Mahony, John McEvoy, Jordan Molloy & Ronan Buckley 0-1 each.

Ardscoil Rís

1. Eoghan Foley (Na Piarsaigh)
2. Sean Hogan (Adare)
3. Sean Phelan (Broadford)
4. Ronan Connolly (Adare)
5. Conor Houlihan (Na Piarsaigh)
6. Nathan Fox (Parteen)
7. Jerome Boylan (Na Piarsaigh)
8. John Flynn (Patrickswell)
9. Brian Ryan (South Liberties)
10. Darragh Carroll (Kilteely/Dromkeen)
11. Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh)
12. Paraic O’Loughlin (Clonlara)
13. Conor Boylan (Na Piarsaigh)
14. Paul O’Brien (Mungret)
15. David Fitzgerald (Clonlara)
17. Jack Delahunty (Newport) for Connolly (40)
20. Jack McInerney (Cratloe) for O’Loughlin (50)
21. Joe Gleeson (Na Piarsaigh) for Flynn (52)
23. Darragh Cunningham (Cratloe) for Casey (55)
22. Ian Considine (Na Piarsaigh) for Ryan (55)
Kilkenny CBS

1. Liam Dunphy (Lisdowney)
2. Kieran Ryan (Dicksboro)
3. Conor Flynn (Graigue-Ballycallan)
4. Conor Fitzpatrick (Dicksboro)
5. Shane Mahony (O’Loughlin Gaels)
6. Marc Drennan (Barrow Rangers)
27. Conor Doheny (Dicksboro)
8. Chris Kavanagh (Dicksboro)
9. Niall Brassil (James Stephens)
10. Sean Bolger (O’Loughlin Gaels)
11. Jay Leahy (O’Loughin Gaels)
12. John McEvoy (James Stephens)
13. Bill Sheehan (Dicksboro)
14. Conor Heary (O’Loughlin Gaels)
20. Jordan Molloy (O’Loughlin Gaels)
15. Conor Drennan (Galmoy) for Heary (38)
22. Ronan Buckley (O’Loughlin Gaels) for Brassil (59)
21. Sean Boyd (Dicksboro) for McEvoy (59)
7. Des Dunne (Danesfort) for Flynn (60+3)

Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)

Munster Under 21 Football Q-Final – Cork 0-23 Clare 0-8

Cork defeated Clare by 0-23 to 0-8 in the EirGrid GAA Football Under 21 Munster Championship Quarter-Final on Wednesday March 9th at Cooraclare.

Mature Cork U21s secure comfortable win on points

By Denis Hurley for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Cork 0-23 Clare 0-8

Cork impressed in the second half to pull clear of Clare in their Eirgrid Munster U21FC quarter-final at Cooraclare.

Having been tested by the home side, the Rebels led by 0-10 to 0-5 at half-time and Cian O’Dea’s point for Clare on the resumption suggested that the visitors might be in for a gut-check. However, Cork responded with three points on the trot, one by Seán O’Donoghue and two from Brian Coakley, and though Keelan Sexton had another for Clare, they wouldn’t score again until injury time, by which stage the outcome was long decided.

In between, Cork scored nine unanswered points as they played with a calmness and maturity. Peter Kelleher, who has performed well for the seniors in the league, was a focal point at full-forward while O’Donoghue at number 11 was excellent in his 44 minutes on the field and Ronan O’Toole was tireless at midfield.

While Cork didn’t get a goal, they were unlucky with the final pass more than once and at the other end the concentration was never allowed to waver as John Mullins and Kevin Flahive made good blocks and goalkeeper Anthony Casey was an assured presence. In the first half, the netminder was twice called upon to make good saves, from Clare’s Sexton and Seán O’Donoghue, before six consecutive points put them 0-8 to 0-2 to the good, O’Donoghue on form and Ryan Harkin sending over a beauty from the left.

As the break neared, Michael Hurley put them 0-10 to 0-3 ahead but O’Dea and Sexton gave Clare hope with scores before the whistle. O’Dea’s second brought it to four points early in the second half, but that was as close as Clare came.

Scorers for Cork: S O’Donoghue 0-6 (three frees), B Coakley 0-5 (four frees), S Sherlock 0-3 (one free), P Kelleher, M Hurley 0-2 each, R Harkin, M McSweeney, R O’Toole, D O’Driscoll, M Ó Duinnín 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: K Sexton 0-4 (three frees), C Brennan (one free), C O’Dea 0-2 each.

CORK: A Casey (Kiskeam); D Quinn (St Finbarr’s), M McSweeney (Newcestown), J Mullins (Éire Óg); K Flahive (Douglas), S Cronin (Nemo Rangers), K Histon (Cobh); S White (Clonakilty), R O’Toole (Éire Óg); D O’Driscoll (Clann nan Gael), S O’Donoghue (Inniscarra), R Harkin (Mallow); B Coakley (Carrigaline), P Kelleher (Kilmichael), M Hurley (Castlehaven).
Subs: E Lavers (Dohenys) for Histon (40), M Ó Duinnín (Naomh Abán) for O’Donoghue (44), S O’Leary (Bantry Blues) for O’Driscoll (45), S Sherlock (St Finbarr’s) for Hurley (49), C Kiely (Ballincollig) for McSweeney, K Cremin (Boherbue) for Harkin (both 53).

CLARE: K Roche (Cooraclare); C O’Halloran (Éire Óg Ennis), D Nagle (Liscannor), N Lynch (Clondegad); P Lillis (Cooraclare), J O’Dea (Kilfenora), C O’Dea (Kilfenora); D Walsh (Éire Óg Ennis), L Tierney (St Breckan’s); K Malone (St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield), C Brennan (Clondegad), C Ó hAiniféin (Éire Óg Ennis); K Sexton (Kilmurry-Ibrickane), S O’Donoghue (Cooraclare), D Egan (Kilmihil).
Subs: T Lynch (Clondegad) for Egan, M Duffy (Kilfenora) for Walsh (both half-time), E O’Connor (Éire Óg Ennis) for O’Donoghue (47), E Tubridy (Doonbeg) for Malone (54).

Referee: S Lonergan (Tipperary)

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The Cork team to play Clare has been announced as follows

1. Anthony Casey (Kiskeam)
2. Dylan Quinn (St Finbarrs)
3. John Mullins (Eire Og)
4. Michael McSweeney (Newcestown)
5. Kevin Flahive (Douglas)
6. Stephen Cronin (Nemo Rangers) Captain
7. Kieran Histon (Cobh)
8, Sean White (Clonakilty)
9. Ronan O Toole (Eire Og)
10. Don O Driscoll (Clann na Gael)
11. Sean O Donoghue (Inniscarra)
12. Ryan Harkin (Mallow)
13. Brian Coakley (Carrigaline)
14. Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael)
15. Michael Hurley (Castlehaven)

16. Ross Donovan (Nemo Rangers)
17. Kevin Cremin (Boherbue)
18. Eoin Lavers (Dohenys)
19. Cian Kiely (Ballincollig)
20. Sean O Leary (Bantry Blues)
21. Stephen Sherlock (St Finbarrs)
22. Mick Dineen (Naomh Aban)
23. Sean O Donovan (Ilen Rovers)
24. Cian Dorgan (Ballincollig)


Munster Under 21 Football Q-Final – Kerry 0-11 Tipperary 1-7

Kerry defeated Tipperary by 0-11 to 1-7 in the EirGrid GAA Football Under 21 Munster Championship Quarter-Final on Wednesday March 9th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

Captain Savage to the rescue as Jack O’Connor’s 14-man Kerry squeeze past Tipp

Report by Paul Brennan for

Kerry 0-11 Tipperary 1-7

A REAL LACK of ambition denied Tipperary what would have been an upset win against Kerry as they failed to make their extra man count in a fairly drab Munster U21 quarter-final in Tralee.

For their part, Kerry showed admirable poise and industry to grind out a character building one-point win after losing midfielder Matthew O’Sullivan to a second yellow card six minutes before half time to advance to a semi-final against Limerick next week.

Only Tipperary can answer why they stood back for the second half and never took the game to a Kerry team that had looked a little vulnerable at the back in the first quarter and more so in the second. The fact that Kerry registered 11 wides to just two from the visitors tells its own story with regards to the teams’ ambition to win this match, and in the end the free taking of Jack Savage, who tallied eight points in all, saw Kerry over the line.

The first quarter was a desperately pedestrian affair, lacking any championship urgency or bite. It took five minutes before Micheal Burns fisted Kerry into the lead and another five before Stephen Quirke levelled from the boot. Savage scored points from play in the 12th and 21st minutes either side of a teasing low shot from corner back Tom O’Sullivan that fizzed narrowly wide of the Tipperary post.

It took until the 24th minute for the game to come to life, a little, with O’Sullivan dismissed for a second booking, and a minute later Tipp midfielder Liam Casey playing a neat one-two through the Kerry defence before coolly finishing past Eoghan O’Brien to make it 1-1 to 0-3.

Savage and Josh Keane traded frees before Casey took a point after Tipp briefly threatened the Kerry goal as the visitors looked to make their numerical advantage count, but two Savage frees in added time brought the teams level again, 0-6 to 1-3, at the break.

With the slight wind advantage in the second half Tipperary were expected to press forward but instead they sat back, and as happens so often in this situation it was the 14 men of Kerry that showed the greater ambition. Two Savage frees were answered by points from Jack Kennedy and Ross Mulcahy, but then Barry O’Sullivan, Savage and Burns raised flags to open a three-point lead. Kennedy replied with a point but a superb block on Colm O’Shaughnessy denied Tipperary a late goal chance and Kerry were through.

Scorers –
Kerry: Jack Savage (0-8, 6f), Micheal Burns (0-2), Barry O’Sullivan (0-1)
Tipperary: Liam Casey (1-1), Jack Kennedy (0-2), Josh Keane (0-2f), Ross Mulcahy (0-1), Stephen Quirke (0-1)


1. Eoghan O’Brien (Churchill)
2. Brian Ó Beaglaoich (An Ghaeltacht)
3. Cathal Ó Lúing (An Ghaeltacht)
4. Tom O’Sullivan (Dingle)
5. Brian Sugrue (Renard)
6. Andrew Barry (Na Gael)
7. Gavin White (Dr Crokes)
8. Matthew O’Sullivan (St Michaels-Foilmore)
9. Greg Horan (Austin Stacks)
10. Brandon Barrett (Ardfert)
11. Micheál Burns (Dr Crokes)
12. Brian Ó Seanacháin (Ballydonoghue)
13. Tony Brosnan (Dr Crokes)
14. Eanna Ó Conchúir (An Ghaeltacht)
15. Jack Savage (Kerins O’Rahillys)
18. Killian Spillane (Templenoe) for E O Conchuir (HT)
20. Barry O’Sullivan (Dingle) for G Horan (HT)
17. Dara Roche (Glenflesk) for T Brosnan (40)
24. David Foran (St Senans) for B Barrett (41, inj)
19. Dan O’Donoghue (Spa) for B Sugrue (58)


1. Jake McDonald (Clonmel Commercials)
2. Colm O’Shaughnessy (Ardfinnan)
3. Jimmy Feehan (Killenaule)
4. Danny Owens (Moyle Rovers)
5. Ross Mulcahy (Moyle Rovers)
6. Kevin Fahey (Clonmel Commercials)
7. Shane O’Connell (Golden-Kilfeacle)
8. Paul Shanahan (Upperchurch-Drombane)
9. Liam Casey (Cahir)
10. Emmet Moloney (Drom-Inch)
11. Jack Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials)
12. Josh Keane (Golden-Kilfeacle)
13. Paul Maher (Kilsheelan-Kilcash)
14. Stephen Quirke (Moyle Rovers)
15. Tommy Nolan (Drom-Inch)
17. Luke Boland (Moyle Rovers) for P Shanahan (55)
18. Brendan Martin (Kilsheelan-Kilcash) for T Nolan (57)

Referee: Kevin Murphy (Cork)

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Team News

As the Tipperary U21 football panel go in defence of their crown in the EirGrid GAA Munster U21 Football Championship Quarter-Final against Kerry in Austin Stack Park, Tralee, this Wednesday night, March 9th at 7.30pm, manager Tommy Toomey has named an experienced side ahead of the fixture.

It comprises of 6 senior players among the starting 15, led by captain Jimmy Feehan. The other senior stars are Colm O’Shaughnessy, Ross Mulcahy, Kevin Fahey, Liam Casey, and Josh Keane. In all there are 9 of last year’s panel also in the starting 15, 8 of which played competitively in last year’s championship.

Outside of that, 5 of last year’s minor team, Danny Owens, Emmet Moloney, Jack Kennedy, Stephen Quirke and Tommy Nolan step up to the mark at U21 level while arriving new to the starting team is Shane O’Connell from Golden-Kilfeacle.

The team lines out as follows –

1. Jake McDonald – Clonmel Commercials
2. Colm O’Shaughnessy – Ardfinnan
3. Jimmy Feehan (Capt.) – Killenaule
4. Danny Owens – Moyle Rovers
5. Ross Mulcahy – Moyle Rovers
6. Kevin Fahey – Clonmel Commercials
7. Shane O’Connell – Golden-Kilfeacle
8. Paul Shanahan – Upperchurch-Drombane
9. Liam Casey – Cahir
10. Emmet Moloney – Drom & Inch
11. Jack Kennedy – Clonmel Commercials
12. Josh Keane – Golden-Kilfeacle
13. Paul Maher – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
14. Stephen Quirke – Moyle Rovers
15. Tommy Nolan – Drom & Inch

16. Charlie Manton -Fethard
17. Luke Boland – Moyle Rovers
18. Brendan Martin – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
19. Morgan Irwin – Moyle Rovers
20. Tadhg Fitzgerald – Moyle Rovers
21. Niall McKenna – Cahir
22. Gerry Cronin – Ardfinnan
23. Mark Russell – Aherlow Gaels
24. Joe Ryan – Kilmurry

Manager – Tommy Toomey
Selectors – Liam Kearns, Paul Fitzgerald, Shane Stapleton

The Kerry Team to play Tipperary in the EirGrid Munster GAA Under 21 Football Championship Round 1 at Austin Stack Park on Wednesday evening at 7:30 contains just 4 of the side defeated by Cork in last year’s Round 1 game – Brian Ó Beagaloich, Cathal Ó Lúing, Micheál Burns and Jack Savage. Two more, Greg Horan and Eánna Ó Conchúir were introduced as subs in that game.

Nine of the side won All Ireland Minor Medal in either 2014 or 2015 are included. The team, captained by Jack Savage of Kerins O’Rahillys is as follows –

1. Eoghan O’Brien Churchill
2. Brian Ó Beaglaoich An Ghaeltacht
3. Cathal Ó Lúing An Ghaeltacht
4. Tom O’Sullivan Dingle
5. Brian Sugrue Renard
6. Andrew Barry Na Gael
7. Gavin White Dr Crokes
8. Matthew O’Sullivan St Michaels-Foilmore
9. Greg Horan Austin Stacks
10. Brandon Barrett Ardfert
11. Micheál Burns Dr Crokes
12. Brian Ó Seanacháin Ballydonoghue
13. Tony Brosnan Dr Crokes
14. Eanna Ó Conchúir An Ghaeltacht
15. Jack Savage (C) Kerins O’Rahillys

Fir Ionaid
16. Darragh O’Shea Ballydonoghue
17. Dara Roche Glenflesk
18. Killian Spillane Templenoe
19. Dan O’Donoghue Spa
20. Barry O’Sullivan Dingle
21. Jason Foley Ballydonoghue
22. Conor Geaney Dingle
23. Tom (Leo) O’Sullivan Dingle
24. Jordan Kiely Dr Crokes
25. David Foran St Senans


Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Limerick 6-29 Laois 1-12

Limerick defeated Laois by 6-29 to 1-12 in Allianz Hurling League Division 1B on Saturday March 12th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Croke Cup (Senior Hurling “A”) Semi-Final – St. Kieran’s Kilkenny 2-16 Our Ladys Templemore 0-13

St. Kieran’s Kilkenny defeated Our Ladys Templemore by 2-16 to 0-13 in the All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Croke Cup (Senior Hurling “A”) Semi-Final on Saturday March 12th at Clonmel Sportsfield.

St Kieran’s see off Templemore to keep title defence on track

St Kieran’s (Kilkenny) 2-16 Our Lady’s Templemore (Tipperary) 0-13

Report from

Croke Cup (All-Ireland Colleges SH A semi-final)

JOE CUDDIHY SCORED a crucial second-half goal to help holders St Kieran’s finally see off the dogged challenge of Our Lady’s Templemore in this afternoon’s Croke Cup semi-final in Clonmel.

St Kieran’s, aiming to win the competition for a third successive year, eventually won their semi-final by nine points but on three occasions in the second half, Templemore were within two points of their opponents. St Kieran’s hitman Adrian Mullen had a penalty brilliantly saved by Jack Kennedy midway through the second half and when David O’Shea pointed at the other end for Templemore, they were sensing an upset.

Templemore were still hanging in with eight minutes left, trailing by four points, when Cuddihy struck for the killer goal. Templemore protested that one of their players was fouled before Kieran’s broke and after DJ Carey’s son Seán provided a brilliant offload for Cuddihy, the finish was clinical.

St Kieran’s were now seven points clear, 2-13 to 0-12, and the gap was 10 at one stage before the 20-time Croke Cup champions won pulling up. St Kieran’s led by 1-9 to 0-8 at half-time, a four-point gap when they had led by seven in the 20th minute. Mullen’s free put St Kieran’s 1-8 to 0-4 clear but Templemore reeled off four of the last five scores of the opening half to remain in touch.

But Templemore had just one point from play in the opening half, Lyndon Fairbrother on target early on, and they were reliant on Brian McGrath from long-range placed balls, with Jamie Bergin hitting them closer in. Kieran’s, who will play Ardscoil Rís in the final, had the ideal start, leading by 1-1 to 0-0 within two minutes.

But Templemore hung in grimly to give themselves a chance ahead of the second half. Cuddihy popped over the opening point of the game before towering centre forward Colum Prendiville took a pass from Edward Moylan, who made an incisive run, for the goal.

Templemore, playing without suspended captain Anthony Ryan, had their opening score from a Bergin free before Fairbrother cut the gap back to a manageable 0-2 to 1-1. Three unanswered points from Prendiville, Edward Moylan and Michael Cody had Kieran’s five points clear and they would continue to have the upper hand before Templemore rallied approaching half-time.

Scorers for St Kieran’s: Adrian Mullen 0-7 (6f), Colum Prendiville 1-3, Joe Cuddihy 1-1, Michael Cody, Edmond Delaney, Joe Connolly, Seán Carey & Edward Moylan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Our Lady’s Templemore: Brian McGrath 0-5 (3f, 1 65), Jamie Bergin 0-3f, Jerry Kelly 0-2, David O’Shea, Stephen Nolan & Lyndon Fairbrother 0-1 each.

1. Darragh Phelan (Emeralds)
2. Conor Byrne (James Stephens)
3. Tommy Walsh (Tullaroan)
4. Evan Carroll (Dicksboro)
5. Michael Cody (Dunnamaggin)
6. Darren Mullen (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
7. Matt Kenny (Clara)
8. Martin Keoghan (Tullaroan)
9. Edmond Delaney (Conahy Shamrocks)
10. Joe Connolly (Clara)
11. Colum Prendiville (Graigue-Ballycallan)
12. Adrian Mullen (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
13. Seán Carey (Young Irelands)
14. Joe Cuddihy (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
15. Edward Moylan (Dicksboro)
20. Victor Costello (Dunnamaggin) for Delaney (60)
17. Niall Delaney (James Stephens) for Byrne (60)

1. Jack Kennedy (JK Brackens)
4. Eoghan Ryan (Loughmore-Castleiney)
3. Diarmaid Ryan (Clonakenny)
2. Conor O’Meara (Drom & Inch)
9. Paddy Cadell (JK Brackens)
7. Kevin Hassett (Drom & Inch)
5. Tom Murphy (JK Brackens)
6. Brian McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)
18. Neil Quinlan (JK Brackens)
12. Stephen Nolan (Dom & Inch)
15. Lyndon Fairbrother (JK Brackens)
17. Ray McCormack (Borrisoleigh)
10. Jamie Bergin (Drom & Inch)
14. Jerry Kelly (Borrisoleigh)
8. David O’Shea (JK Brackens)
19. Aidan O’Meara (Drom & Inch) for O’Shea (54)
13. Paul Bergin (Drom & Inch) for Jamie Bergin (54)

Referee: John Keane (Galway)

All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Croke Cup (Senior Hurling “A”) Semi-Final – Ardscoil Ris 1-18 Presentation Athenry 0-20

Ardscoil Ris defeated Presentation Athenry by 1-18 to 0-20 in the All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Croke Cup (Senior Hurling “A”) Semi-Final on Saturday March 12th at Gurteen, County Clare.

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Limerick 3-14 Westmeath 0-7

Limerick defeated Westmeath by 3-14 to 0-7 in the Allianz Football League Division 3 on Saturday March 12th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.