Corn Ui Mhuiri Football – Mercy Mounthawk 4-16 High School Clonmel 0-7

Corn Ui Mhuiri Under 18 ½ A Football

Mercy Mounthawk 4-16 High School Clonmel 0-7

Report by Ed Donnelly (

Mercy Mounthawk from Tralee earned the first victory in the 2016/2017 Corn Ui Mhuiri competition by virtue of a comprehensive 21 point victory over last year’s finalists High School Clonmel. Played at Mallow GAA Complex on a dry, brisk afternoon, Mercy Mounthawk began strongly with a point from play in the opening minute from Bobby O’Regan. This was quickly followed by three further points before High School Clonmel got their opening score, a point from play by wing-back Manus McFadden in the 12th minute. The Mercy Mounthawk dominance was pronounced at this stage and corner-forward Rory O’Connor was denied by two excellent saves by Aidan Tobin in the High School Clonmel goal to keep the deficit at manageable levels. Mercy Mounthawk midfielder had his side’s third goal chance in the 23rd minute and while the Clonmel defence could do nothing on this occasion, his shot sailed just over the bar for the final point of the opening half, leaving the interval score at 0-8 to 0-3 in favour of the Kerry school.

Mercy Mounthawk were in no mood to let the Clonmel side back in to this game and rattled off the first four points of the second half before the first goal arrived, courtesy of wing-forward Michael Walsh in the 40th minute. From the resultant kickout, Mercy Mounthawk were again on the attack before the Clonmel defence fouled Rory O’Connor at the expense of a penalty which was expertly dispatched by Bobby O’Regan. With the score now reading 2-12 to 0-3, the game was well and truly over as a contest as both schools began to ring the changes.

The final quarter saw Mercy Mounthawk add two further goals from corner-back Padraig Mahony and full-forward Dara Devine and despite some late efforts by Clonmel to score a consolation goal, it wasn’t to be as the Tralee based school ran out 4-16 to 0-7 winners.

Mercy Mounthawk: Brian O’Regan; Padraig Mahony (1-0), Shane Walsh, Donagh McMahon; Colm Carmody, Sean Collins (0-1), Fergal Barry (0-1); Ciaran O’Reilly (0-1), Michael Linnane; Sean Griffin, Bobby O’Regan (1-3, 1-0 penalty, 0-1 free), Michael Walsh (1-0); Rory O’Connor, Dara Devine (1-6, 0-2 frees), Eoin McElligott (0-4)
Subs: Diarmuid O’Connor for Carmody (45m), Richard O’Flaherty for O’Connor (52m), Eoin O’Malley for Linnane (52m), Rory Murphy for Devine (53m), Fiachra Ennis for Griffin (53m)

High School Clonmel: Aidan Tobin; Dean McMurrow, Oisin O’Dwyer, Shane Egan; Jamie Grant (0-2), Conor McGrath, Manus McFadden (0-1); Luke Fogarty, Ben Owens; Sean Maher, Shane O’Meara, Michael Farrow; Michael Murphy, Cian O’Sullivan (0-2 frees), Sean Martin (0-1 free)
Subs: Aaron Phelan for Farrow (35m), Conor Foley (0-1) for McElligott (42m), Keenan Bowe for McMahon (42m), Ian Foley for Murphy (52m), Jamie Roche for Fogarty (59m)

Referee: Kevin Walsh (Clare)

Dean Ryan Cup Hurling Semi-Final – Thurles CBS 4-24 Midleton CBS 0-8

Dean Ryan Cup Under 16 ½ A Hurling Semi-Final

Thurles CBS 4-24 Midleton CBS 0-8

Report by Ed Donnelly (

Thurles CBS booked their place in the Dean Ryan Cup Final courtesy of a comfortable victory over a disappointing Midleton CBS on Wednesday at Ardfinnan.

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Midleton started well and scored two points from play in the opening two minutes but amazingly, failed to score from play again in the game. Thurles CBS had a goal chance in the third minute but Eoin Morris saw his effort well saved by the Midleton goalkeeper Jack McGann. This reprieve would not last long however as Max Hackett made no mistake from close range in the fifth minute to raise a green flag for Thurles CBS and put them in to a 1-1 to 0-3 lead. Midleton equalised soon afterwards courtesy of a free from Joe Stack but Thurles CBS were winning all the key duels and raced in to a six point lead at the end of the opening quarter as Max Hackett got in for his second goal.

The second quarter belonged in its entirety to Thurles CBS as Midleton were making no impression at all up front. After Midleton’s promising start, Thurles outscored Midleton by 1-10 to 0-0 in the closing 20 minutes of the first half and by the interval, Thurles led by 2-11 to 0-4.

Little changed in the second half as Thurles continued to score at will. Darren Flood added a third goal for Thurles in the 41st minute before substitute Eoin Purcell scored the fourth goal 12 minutes later. Thurles could afford to score a point from a penalty in the closing stages and despite hitting 14 wides in the match, they racked up an impressive 4-24 by the time the final whistle sounded. Darragh Tynan, Max Hackett and Darren Flood accounted for 3-17 of the Thurles score as all of their forwards scored at least once from play. Joe Stack scored six of Midleton’s points, all from frees.

Thurles CBS will now play St. Colmans in the Final after the Fermoy school defeated John the Baptist Community School by 3-12 to 1-12 in the other semi-final played at Golden.

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AIB Munster Intermediate Club Hurling Championship Quarter-Final – Monaleen (Limerick) 2-21 St Josephs (Clare) 3-13

Monaleen (Limerick) defeated St Josephs (Clare) by 2-19 to 3-13 after extra time in the AIB Munster Intermediate Club Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday October 22nd at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Thrilling extra time win for Monaleen in Munster club hurling

Report from the Limerick Leader newspaper

Monaleen booked their place in the semi final of the Munster club IHC this Saturday afternoon with a thrilling extra time win over Doora-Barefield, 2-21 to 3-13.

The exciting quarter final win books a semi final against Kerry’s Kilmoyley on November 5/6 in the Gaelic Grounds. Monaleen had a return of 1-12 from Andrew La Touche Cosgrave – 1-6 from play. A return of 2-3 from play from wing forward Tom Hannan had Doora-Barefield 2-5 to 0-8 ahead at half time. Monaleen had played with the aid of the gentle breeze in the first half.

The sides were level on four occasions in that first half but goals in the 10th and 20th minutes had the Clare side ahead. Andrew La Touche Cosgrave and Ed Doyle had early Monaleen points as the side were tied 0-3 each after eight minutes. Then came the first Hannan goal to move the men in maroon 1-3 to 0-4 ahead. Ger Collins (2) and Shane Mullane hit back to move Monaleen ahead again. But then came the second Doora-Barefield goal to move them 2-4 to 0-8 ahead.

The only score of the final 10-minutes was a Davy Conroy point to leave the Clare side three points clear at the break. On the change of ends points from a Conroy free and another from Hannan moved Doora-Barefield 2-7 to 0-8 clear.

Two La Touche Cosgrave frees hit back and then came two goals in 90-seconds. The first went to La Touche Cosgrave but Doora-Barefield hit back immediately when Alan O’Neill fired a penalty to the net. That left it 3-7 to 1-10 with 41-minutes played. O’Neill and sub Niall DeLoughrey added points and the Clare side were five points clear entering the final quarter.

But Doora-Barefield weren’t to score in the final 25-minutes of action – including almost eight minutes of injury time. The final five points went to Monaleen to force extra time. Lorcan Lyons and a La Touche Cosgrave free deep into injury time forced the extra time.

Monaleen continued to dominate in extra time with four successive scores from subs Mark O’Dwyer and Darren Golden, along with captain Peter Russell to move 1-19 to 3-9 clear. Finally after 32-minutes without a score Davy Conroy had Doora-Barefield back on the scoresheet. When O’Neill added another it was 1-19 to 3-11 at half time in extra time.

So Monaleen brought a two point lead into the second period of extra time. The Limerick city side had the tonic start to the second half when Ger Collins goaled after 27-seconds and that was good enough to see them through.

Clare Senior Football Championship Final Replay – Kilmurry / Ibrickane 2-13 Cratloe 0-6

Kilmurry / Ibrickane defeated Cratloe by 2-13 to 0-6 in the Clare Senior Football Championship Final Replay on Sunday October 23rd at Cusack Park Ennis.

Kilmurry Ibrickane win 11th Clare title

Report by Gerry Quinn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kilmurry Ibrickane 2-13 Cratloe 0-6: A powerful second-half performance saw Kilmurry Ibrickane claim their 11th Clare SFC title in front of a crowd of 3,722 at Cusack Park, Ennis.

After a doughty, defensive, first half display, after which they led 0-6 to 0-4, the men from the west opened up in the second period, to carve through a disappointing Cratloe outfit.

Killmurry manager Aidan Moloney remarked after the game: “Whereas we had a bit of a wind in the first half, it was minimal and I don’t think it affected the game much. I think our backs really had shut the game down. It took us a while to get the hang of things but as the game went on we kept possession better and there’s no doubt we got the scores as a reward.”

In the opening half, defences dominated and scores were at a premium. Early points by Keelan Sexton and Michael Hogan got Kilmurry off to a good start and they were never lead at any point. David Collins was potentially Cratloe’s most dangerous forward but he was well marshalled by Kilmurry defender Darren Hickey. In that opening period, the southeast Clare side could only muster a single point from play, from wing-back Martin Ógie Murphy, a testament to the vigilance of the Kilmurry defensive unit.

After half time, the 2012 champions pushed on and within ten minutes of the restart had notched 1-2 without reply. Martin McMahon grabbed the game’s first goal on 39 and moments later a Mark McCarthy point put the ‘Bricks’ 1-8 to 0-4 in front.

Their attack, lead by the impressive Keelan Sexton, exerted pressure and picked off some good scores and when veteran sub Johnny Daly was pulled down in possession in injury-time, Sexton duly dispatched the resultant penalty to the Cratloe net.

Colm Collins, the Cratloe manager, was a dejected figure: “There’s no question, Kilmurry were by far the better team on the day. We didn’t show up, we didn’t play well and there’s no doubt about it, Kilmurry deserved the win.”

Scorers for Kilmurry Ibrickane: K Sexton (1-4, 1 free, 1-0 pen); M McMahon (1-0); I McInerney (frees), S Hickey, M McCarthy (0-2 each); P O’Dwyer, M O’Dwyer, M Hogan (0-1 each)

Scores for Cratloe: C McInerney (0-4, 3 frees); M Murphy (0-1); S Collins (0-1 free)

KILMURRY IBRICKANE: I McInerney, M McMahon, D Hickey, M Kileen, D Sexton, C Morissey, D Callinan, M McCarthy, K King, M O’Dwyer, S Hickey, M Hogan, K Sexton, P O’Dwyer, E Coughlan
Subs: N Downes for Callinan (42), N Hickey for Downes inj. (48), E Talty for Morissey (56), J Daly for M O’Dwyer (69).

CRATLOE: P DeLoughrey (Capt.),S Chaplin, B Duggan, L Markham, M Ógie Murphy, M Hawes, E Boyce, C Ryan, J Galvin, A McFaddan, S Collins, S Gleeson, C McInerney, P Collins, D Collins
Subs: C Cooney for McFaddan inj., (13), S McHugh for Gleeson (41).

Referee: P Cosgrove (Corofin)

Limerick Senior Hurling Championship Final – Patrickswell 1-26 Ballybrown 1-7

Patrickswell defeated Ballybrown by 1-26 to 1-7 in the Limerick Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday October 23rd at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Magnificent Patrickswell still pride of the parish

Report by Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Patrickswell 1-26 Ballybrown 1-7: Where parish rivalry is concerned, Patrickswell continue to hold the Indian sign over neighbours Ballybrown. Of far more importance to the famed Limerick club, though, is that blue and gold ribbons once more hang from the John Daly Cup.

Yesterday afternoon’s 19-point hammering of Ballybrown was the most one-sided Limerick senior hurling final since the Patrickswell class of 1970 held Kilmallock to just two points. The manner of this latest victory, or indeed the final scoreline, was of little significance to the ‘Well’s current crop as they celebrated at the final whistle. Solely concerning them was that the club’s 13-year wait for senior glory had been ended.

The win moves Patrickswell to the top of the local roll of honour with Ahane – both clubs boast 19 titles – while also extending their dominance over Ballybrown on county final afternoon. Yesterday’s contest marked the fourth occasion the two clubs, who are pulled from the one parish, had locked horns on the concluding afternoon of the Limerick championship. And just as was the case in 1983, ’87 and ’95, the ‘Well had too much for the team next door.

For 39-year old midfielder Barry Foley, there was a seventh county medal to celebrate. He pocketed his first in the autumn of 1993. Perfectly capturing his longevity in the blue and gold jersey is that many of his current team-mates, including top-scorers Cian Lynch, Aaron Gillane and centre-back Diarmuid Byrnes, were not even born on that successful afternoon 23-years ago.

Indeed, it was Foley’s first point of the afternoon on 44 minutes which completed the scoring contribution of the front eight. Moreover, it was the seventh in a string of unanswered points which saw Gary Kirby’s charges outscore their opponents by 0-9 to 0-1 upon the resumption. With the scoreboard reading 1-19 to 0-7, it was game over. In truth, this contest had long since been decided.

Returning back down the tunnel to the right of the Mackey Stand for the interval break, Patrickswell had moved a good deal closer to bridging their 13-year wait. 1-10 to 0-5 they led. Their advantage was largely born out of Ballybrown’s dreadful inefficiency in front of goal – Evan Loftus’ charges finished the opening period with 12 wides.

Crucial too in the establishment of daylight between the sides was the ‘Well’s unanswered 1-4 between the seventh and 14th minute. With Stephen Foster and Alan O’Connor having cancelled out early scores from Lynch and Gillane, Gary Kirby’s side returned to the front with points from Diarmuid Byrnes (0-2, 0-1 ’65), Thomas O’Brien and Lynch.

On 14 minutes, the favourites sped further clear. Thomas O’Brien gathered Mark Carmody’s delivery into the right corner, offloaded to Lar Considine who pulled the sliotar across the square where the unmarked Kevin O’Brien was left with the simplest of finishes. Kyle Loftus and Alan O’Connor split the posts in the ensuing passages to pare the margin back to five. But that was the beginning and end of the Ballybrown comeback. If you could even call that. Jack Kelleher, Gillane (free), Thomas O’Brien and the lively Lynch swelled their tally before the break and it was more of the same in the second period.

For Ballybrown, their first-half shooting and collective failure to reappear for the second period will hurt most during the quiet winter months. Loftus’ troops managed a meagre 1-2 in the closing 35 minutes of action, with Stephen Foster shooting a 50th minute consolation goal.

Scorers for Patrickswell: A Gillane (0-7, 0-5 frees); D Byrnes (0-6, 0-4 frees, 0-1 ‘65); C Lynch (0-3); K O’Brien (1-0); S O’Brien, J Kelleher, B Foley, T O’Brien (0-2 each); M Carmody, L Considine (0-1 each).

Scorers for Ballybrown: S Foster (1-1); A O’Connor (0-4, 0-3 frees); L Doolan, K Loftus (0-1 each).

Patrickswell: B Murray; N Carmody, J Mann, T Nolan; M Carmody, D Byrnes, N Foley; B Foley, J Kelleher; A Gillane, S O’Brien, C Lynch; T O’Brien, K O’Brien, L Considine
Subs: J Flynn for Nolan (56 mins); P Harty for S O’Brien (56); A Carroll for Considine (56); D Woulfe for K O’Brien (58); K Dundon for N Carmody (58).

Ballybrown: C Hedderman; L Doran, M Kiely, S O’Reilly; J Adams, R Kenny, D Kenny; S Kenny, S Foster; R Griffin, L Doolan, B Griffin; D Hall, K Loftus, A O’Connor.

Subs: M Sheehan for Hall (41 mins); A Cliffe for Doolan (41 mins); J Hall for Griffin (48); D Hartnett for Adams (55).

Referee: J Mullins (St Kieran’s).

Waterford Senior Hurling Championship Final – Ballygunner 4-20 Passage 1-12

Ballygunner defeated Passage by 4-20 to 1-12 in the Waterford Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday October 23rd at Walsh Park Waterford.

Pauric Mahony’s magic drives Ballygunner as Pat Flynn is honoured

By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Ballygunner 4-20 Passage 1-12: The memory of the late Pat Flynn was honoured in style by his Ballygunner clubmen as they claimed a thoroughly convincing third consecutive senior county title in front of a disappointing 3,811 Walsh Park crowd.

Former Waterford goalkeeper Flynn, father of Paul, passed away on Thursday. His funeral takes place in the parish’s St Mary’s Church this morning where there will be smiles as well as tears as the current side replicated what Flynn’s team accomplished in the late 1960s.

On a weekend where recently-deceased bastions of clubs in Munster sport were celebrated with victories, Flynn’s grandson was the team mascot. And how Flynn would have been proud of the outrageous save made by Stephen O’Keeffe from Conor Carey in the 42nd minute. Had the ball made its way past O’Keeffe, Passage may have made a better fist of upsetting Ballygunner.

Instead, the defending champions notched up the next four scores to add to the four unanswered points they had registered prior to O’Keeffe’s denial. Cillian Fitzgerald eventually brought a halt to Passage’s barren spell that amounted to 17 minutes but Ballygunner’s coup de grace came in the form of substitute Stephen Power’s 51st-minute goal, O’Keeffe providing the assist with a huge wind-aided restart.

Seconds later and man-of-the-match Pauric Mahony had added another goal to stretch Ballygunner’s advantage to 13. A Thomas Connors goal in the 54th minute brought some respectability to the scoreboard only for Passage’s opponents to reel off the last six points of the game.

In this mood, they could go all the way to Croke Park on March 17, particularly if the Mahony brothers continue the form they have demonstrated for most of 2016. Philip was excellent in the opening stages when Passage, backed by the wind, were posing more of a threat while Pauric was simply talismanic in how he brought his team-mates into the game while helping himself to scores here and there.

Both sides were fortunate not to lose a man in the third minute when a nasty row broke out after Barry Coughlan and Eoin Kelly became embroiled in a ground tussle. Michael O’Brien, after consulting with his umpire, chose to yellow card the pair but it was a let-off given that there had been at least one punch thrown and in the subsequent melee players struck with hurleys.

In the hurling stakes, Passage were out of the blocks quicker as was expected considering the breeze at their backs. Three of their first five scores came from defence as they made the most of the conditions in their favour.

Ballygunner eventually settled but were four points down when Tim O’Sullivan found the net in the 18th minute although it appeared Peter Hogan had fouled his marker in the build-up.

assage almost cancelled it out immediately when Eddie Hayden managed to block Thomas Connors but Ballygunner were celebrating a second goal three minutes later as Billy O’Keeffe shot low and true past Eddie Lynch following a blinding turn of pace by Hogan.

With a Fitzgerald free, Passage narrowed the deficit to a point, which would be the difference at half-time (2-5 to 0-10) but they looked naive in contrast to Ballygunner. Even with such a bellowing force in their favour, they were dicing with death by leaving Ballygunner’s two-man inside line in one-on-one situations with so much space to exploit.

With the two goals, all of Passage’s good work was undone and while they knocked over the last three scores of the half their task facing into the wind was always going to be onerous. Kelly, with a 20-metre free, did level matters four minutes into the second half but what followed was a period of Ballygunner dominance that ended the game as a contest to truly put to bed their defeat to their neighbours at this stage three years ago.

Scorers for Ballygunner: Pauric Mahony (1-11, 0-7 frees); S. Power (1-1); T. O’Sullivan, B. O’Keeffe (1-0 each); B. O’Sullivan (0-4); P. Hogan (0-3); D. O’Sullivan (0-1).

Scorers for Passage: K. Fitzgerald (0-4, 3 frees); T. Connors (1-1); O. Connors, E. Kelly (0-2, 1 free each); N. Connors, A. Roche, J. Roche (0-1 each).

BALLYGUNNER: S. O’Keeffe; I. Kenny, B. Coughlan, E. Hayden; H. Barnes, Philip Mahony, S. Walsh; D. O’Sullivan, B. O’Keeffe; S. O’Sullivan, Pauric Mahony, C. Power; T. O’Sullivan, B. O’Sullivan (c), P. Hogan
Subs for Ballygunner: W. Hutchinson for B. Coughlan (blood 5-8); W. Hutchinson for B. O’Keeffe (43); S. Power for H. Barnes (48); M. Mahony for C. Power (52); J. Hutchinson for T. O’Sullivan (54); J. McCarthy for P. Hogan (55).

PASSAGE: E. Lynch; J. Flood, N. Connors, D. Lynch; A. Roche, J. Roche, S. Mason; P. Walsh, S. Hogan; O. Connors (c), K. Fitzgerald; T. Connors, E. Kelly, G. Cullinane
Subs for Passage: J. Whitty for G. Cullinane (h-t); R. Hurley for C. Carey (54); C. O’Neill for K. Fitzgerald, P. Flynn for S. Mason (both 60); P. Donnellan for A. Roche (60+1).

Referee: M. O’Brien (Portlaw).

Dr. Harty Cup Hurling – Castletroy College 3-8 High School Clonmel 1-13

Dr. Harty Cup

Castletroy College 3-8 High School Clonmel 1-13

Report by Ed Donnelly (

Castletroy College edged out High School Clonmel in the opening round of the Dr. Harty Cup Group C played at Sean Treacy Park Tipperary Town on Monday afternoon.

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On a bright, sunny day for hurling, High School Clonmel won the toss and elected to play against the wind. This looked like a great idea when the Clonmel side raced in to a 1-3 to 0-0 lead after 10 minutes, the goal coming from Sean Martin. After hitting a number of wides, Castletroy eventually opened their account in the 12th minute courtesy of a Mark O’Dwyer free. Soon afterwards, Castletroy scored their first goal when Ronan Reale blocked down an attempted clearance by the Clonmel goalkeeper. By the end of the first quarter, the sides were level at 1-3 apiece.

Castletroy had now found their rhythm and scored their second goal in the 24th minute courtesy of Darragh Cullimore. On the stroke of half-time, Castletroy got in for their third goal scored by Ronan Reale and at the interval, the Limerick side led by 3-5 to 1-5.

High School Clonmel with wind assistance in the second half got off to the best possible start with three unanswered points in the opening five minutes after half-time to reduce the deficit to three points. After a period of missed chances on both sides, the High School Clonmel added further points in the 44th and 49th minute to leave just the minimum between the teams heading in to the final ten minutes.

Castletroy had yet to score in the second half until Conor Nicholas converted a long range shot from play to put them back in front by two points. The High School Clonmel were still dominating the general play however and scored two further points to bring the sides level in the 57th minute.

The game was now flowing from end to end with the next score being crucial. That score duly arrived in the 58th minute when a long range shot by Sean Martin sailed over the crossbar for a Clonmel point to give them the lead. Their advantage was short lived when from the resultant puckout, Castletroy won a 20 metre free which was duly converted by Mark O’Dwyer to bring the sides level again.

There was still time for one last piece of drama as Castletroy College worked the ball to full-forward Ronan Reale who scored a point from play as the game entered injury time. High School Clonmel tried their best to find an equaliser but the Castletroy defence stood firm to ensure a hard earned one point victory as referee John McCormack blew up for full-time.

Both of these schools will now play P.S. Blackwater with the top two sides qualifying for the last 16.

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Castletroy College: P Hartnett; I Campbell, D Maher, N O’Brien; S O’Kane, C Nicholas (0-1), H Gleeson; D Minihane, K Barry; D Lynch, J Hickey (0-1), M O’Dwyer (0-5, 0-3 frees); D Cullimore (1-0), R Reale (2-1), P Power
Subs: D Hegarty for Gleeson (35m), A Rowsome for Hickey (49m)

High School Clonmel: L Delahunty; C Crowe, C McGrath, M McFadden; J Gunne, L Fogarty, J Ryan; D Bolger (0-1), M Stokes (0-5 frees); G Cullinane, B Owens (0-4), A Peters; C McKeown, S Martin (1-2), S Kennedy
Sub: N Hoctor (0-1) for McKeown (22m)

Referee: John McCormack (Knockavilla Kickhams)


Dr. Harty Cup Hurling – Our Ladys Templemore 1-23 St. Flannans 1-12

Dr. Harty Cup

Our Ladys Templemore 1-23 St. Flannans 1-12

Report by Ed Donnelly (

Our Lady’s Templemore proved too strong for St. Flannans in Tuesday’s Group F encounter in the Dr. Harty Cup played at a sunny MacDonagh Park Nenagh.

With a new format in place, those schools in a two team group are already guaranteed a place in the last 16 of the competition. So this game was all about determining who would be progressing as the group winner and in theory, get a more favourable draw in the knockout stages.

The ultimate result in this game wasn’t in doubt from an early stage as Templemore took control from the beginning. After a couple of early wides, Our Lady’s got off the mark as Brian McGrath set up Jerry Kelly for a point from play, the first of five for the wing-forward. St. Flannans opened their account with a free courtesy of Tom O’Rourke in the eighth minute.

Templemore continued to dominate in all sectors except one, the scoreboard. By the 20th minute, Templemore were three points up, 0-5 to 0-2 but had recorded 10 wides which illustrated their dominance in general play. Templemore’s accuracy improved in the last ten minutes of the first half, finding their range with five of their last six shots to go in at the interval in front by 0-10 to 0-3.

Templemore’s play upon the resumption was more direct and by the end of the third quarter, they led by 0-18 to 0-6 with Jerry Kelly, Brian McGrath and Lyndon Fairbrother scoring at will. To St. Flannans credit, they were never going to win this game but showed commendable spirit throughout and were rewarded in the 46th minute when Gearoid Cahill ghosted in behind the Templemore full-back line to raise the green flag. This goal began a mini-revival for the Clare school as they accounted for six of the next nine points over the following 10 minutes to leave the score at 0-22 to 1-12 heading in to the last five minutes.

St. Flannans needed another goal to try and get back in to this game but alas, the goal went the way of Our Lady’s when substitute Andrew Ormond scored from close range in the 56th minute. The Templemore side would add one further point before the final whistle sounded with Our Lady’s Templemore running out winners by 1-23 to 1-12. Templemore also won the wide count, accounting for 15 as compared to 8 for Flannans.

Our Lady’s Templemore: Eoin Collins (Drom & Inch); Sean Ryan (Templederry Kenyons), Pauric Campion (Drom & Inch), Eoghan Ryan (Loughmore-Castleiney); Eanna McBride (JK Brackens), Diarmaid Ryan (Clonakenny), Aidan O’Meara (Drom & Inch); Paddy Cadell (JK Brackens, Captain, 0-2), David O’Shea (JK Brackens); Jerry Kelly (Borris-Ileigh, 0-5), Brian McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney, 0-5, 0-1 65), Gearoid O’Connor (Moyne-Templetuohy); Stevie Nolan (Drom & Inch), Ray McCormack (Borris-Ileigh), Lyndon Fairbrother (JK Brackens, 0-9, 0-6 frees)
Subs: Jason Gilmartin (Roscrea, 0-2) for O’Shea (32m), Andrew Ormond (JK Brackens, 1-0) for O’Connor (47m), Neil Quinlan (JK Brackens) for Sean Ryan (52m), Delacy Byrne (Clonakenny) for McBride (55m), Jack Ryan (Toomevara) for McGrath (58m)

St. Flannans: Ronan Callinan (Kilmaley); Mark Russell (Clarecastle), Peter Casey (Ballyea), Eoghan Tynne (St. Josephs Doora Barefield); Eoghan Wallace (Clarecastle), David Mescall (Inagh/Kilnamona, Captain), Cian Donnelly (Clarecastle); Ross Hayes (Crusheen, 0-1 free), Tom Hannon (St. Josephs Doora Barefield); Eoghan O’Hara (Clarecastle), Sean Kennedy (Kilmaley, 0-1), Gearoid Cahill (Corofin, 1-1); Tom O’Rourke (Kilmaley, 0-6 frees), Colin Haugh (Ruan, 0-1), Sean Meaney (Ballyea, 0-2)

Clare Senior Hurling Championship Final Replay – Ballyea 2-14 Clonlara 1-14

Ballyea defeated Clonlara by 2-14 to 1-14 in the Clare Senior Hurling Championship Final Replay on Sunday October 30th at Cusack Park Ennis.

Tipperary Senior Football Championship Final – Loughmore-Castleiney 1-9 Moyle Rovers 1-6

Loughmore-Castleiney defeated Moyle Rovers by 1-9 to 1-6 in the Tipperary Water County Senior Football Championship Final on Sunday October 30th at Leahy Park Cashel.

In a tight game, Loughmore led for most of the first half until Dara Ryan got in for a goal as half-time approached, putting them in front by 1-3 to 0-4. However, Cian Hennessy (man of the match and scorer of 1-2) responded with a goal almost immediately and at the interval, Loughmore led by 1-6 to 1-3. Scores were at a premium in the second half but Loughmore did enough to keep their noses in front and secure a deserved County Senior Football title.

Loughmore-Castleiney will now play Dr. Crokes (Kerry) in the Munster Club Semi-Final on Sunday November 13th at a Kerry venue.

Loughmore back at the top of Tipperary football


Report by Jeddy Walsh ( for the Nationalist newspaper


Loughmore/Castleiney are champions of Tipperary football for the third time in four years following their victory over Moyle Rovers in today’s county final played in Cashel.

The Mid side, captained by Liam McGrath, are fully deserving of this latest success, having beaten both of last year’s finalists, Clonmel Commercials and Moyle Rovers, on consecutive Sundays at Leahy Park.

Today’s decider won’t go down in the history books as a classic final by any means but Loughmore won’t be too concerned about that. They came to get their hands back on the O’Dwyer Cup and at no stage of the game did they look like being denied that by a Rovers side that played second fiddle all day.

Favourites beforehand after their one point win over Munster champions Commercials the previous Sunday, Loughmore, as expected, took the game by the scruff of the neck and after Moyle Rovers had missed a couple of early chances the Mid boys got on top.

Early points for Loughmore from Noel and Aidan McGrath put them ahead but they also had two early goal chances from Noel McGrath and John Ryan as Rovers struggled with their intensity. The Powerstown/Lisronagh side weren’t helping themselves though with three bad wides inside the first 10 minutes coupled with the loss through injury of wing-back Tadgh Fitzgerald after fielding magnificently in the middle of the park.

After ‘Man of the Match’ Cian Hennessy put his side three up, Stephen Quirke eventually got his side on the scoreboard from a 45 in the 12th minute.

Joe Hennessy with a superb point out on the right for Loughmore was matched by a Liam Boland point, Rovers’ only score from play in the opening period. And when Stephen Quirke made it 4-3 for Rovers with a free on 26 minutes it seemed the South Tipp side were doing well for themselves considering Loughmore seemed more dominant overall.

Suddenly the game exploded to life when substitute Dara Ryan took a pass from Liam Boland and finished brilliantly past Dominic Brennan for an unlikely 1-3 to 0-4 lead to Rovers as half-time approached.

But it is often said in sport that the most likely time to concede a goal is after scoring one and almost from the kick-out Cian Hennessy finished off a great Loughmore move when beating Ian Browne, although the veteran Rovers keeper did get a touch to it.

Quickly captain Liam McGrath and John McGrath added points against a stunned Rovers and Loughmore went in three to the good at the break.

A dour third quarter almost passed without a score before Liam Treacy made it 1-7 to 1-3 after 44 minutes with the first point of the second half. And but for a superb save from Ian Browne from Joseph Hennessy soon afterwards the game might have been put to bed early for Loughmore.

Another point from Liam McGrath, the minor who captained Tipp to All-Ireland glory in 2011, stretched the lead to five points as it looked increasingly likely he would be lifting the O’Dwyer Cup also before day’s end.

After that the game faded out as a contest and it never looked likely that Loughmore would be caught by a side that could only score two points from play all day, both from Liam Boland.

That second point from play by Boland was quickly cancelled by Cian Hennessy and with six minutes to go Rovers needed a miracle. Two further frees was all they could muster from Liam Boland and Stephen Quirke to bring it back to three points. But the better team were full value for their victory and deservedly are now back at the pinnacle of Tipperary football, and who can argue with a team that has won three titles in four years.

Finals are for winning, and they only give out one cup at the end of the game, regardless of the performance. While it wasn’t an outstanding game by any means in front of the 1,257 attendance, the winners did more than enough all day. Cian Hennessy was ‘Man of the Match’ for his overall performance and contributing 1-2, while John Meagher (supposedly joining the Tipp senior panel soon), Noel McGrath, John McGrath and Liam McGrath also stood out superbly. But it was a typical hard-working in-your-face Loughmore win based on team work and total commitment from start to finish.

For Rovers it will be hard pill to swallow, a second county final defeat in succession. If last year they came away from Semple Stadium feeling they had left it behind them, they cannot justifiably feel likewise after today. It seemed as a team they were swimming against the tide all year and the loss of their leader Peter Acheson to emigration mid year was a huge blow, followed by injuries to some key players such as Darragh Dwyer, Morgan Irwin and Ciaran Kenrick. They suffered a further early blow today with Tadgh Fitzgerald’s loss. Having said that they did tremendously well to get back to the county decider. But today, they needed every crumb going to trouble Loughmore and they didn’t do themselves any favours with some woeful misses for frees and play over the hour, 13 in all.

Alan Campbell was a class act at the heart of defence and Danny Owens gave his all, but 1-6 over the hour with just two points from play was never going to be enough for their first county win since 2009. With only two contributing to the scoreboard on the day, it would always be an uphill battle. It will be back to the drawingboard once more at Monroe. The talent is there no doubt and if the work ethic and never-say-die commitment of Loughmore/Castleiney as an true example can be matched going forward, their day too will come soon.

Loughmore/Castleiney: Dominic Brennan, Lorcan Egan, John Meagher, Tomás McGrath, John Ryan, Ciaran McGrath, Joseph Hennessy (0-1), Noel McGrath (0-1), John McGrath (0-1), Brian McGrath, Liam Treacy (0-1), Aidan McGrath (0-1), Liam McGrath (Capt, O-2), Evan Sweeney, Cian Hennessy (1-2)
Subs: Willie Eviston for Noel McGrath (black card, 56 minutes); Eamonn Connolly for Sweeney (58 minutes).

Moyle Rovers: Ian Browne, Paddy Morrissey, Alan Campbell, Danny Lyne (Capt), David McGrath, Ross Mulcahy, Tadgh Fitzgerald, Luke Boland, Danny Owens, Diarmuid Foley, Stephen Quirke (0-3, 0-1×45, 0-2F), Shane Foley, Liam Boland (0-3, 0-1F), Craig Condon, Thomas Hill
Subs: Martin Dunne for Condon (50 minutes).

Referee: David Grogan (Aherlow)

There will be new champions crowned on Sunday next in Leahy Park, Cashel when Loughmore-Castleiney and Moyle Rovers meet in the Tipperary Water Co. Senior Football Final with throw in at 2.30pm.

Both sides emerged victorious from the semi-finals last Sunday to contest for the title in what should be an intriguing afternoon of action. Moyle Rovers are back in the final hoping to make amends for the one point defeat they suffered at the hands of Clonmel Commercials at the same stage last year and claim their first title since 2009 when Liam Cronin captained his side to victory. Now Liam is on the line as he and his fellow management team look to captain Danny Lyne to go one step further this year and lift the cup.

The wait hasn’t been so long for Loughmore-Castleiney who make their first appearance in the county decider since 2014 when they also completed the double by retaining their title. David Kennedy was captain in 2014 and Liam McGrath will be hoping to do the same on Sunday next.

It has been a busy few days for Moyle Rovers as they first saw off the challenge of Aherlow Gaels in the quarter-final last Wednesday night, 2-11 to 0-13 in Ballyporeen which earned them to right to meet Kilsheelan-Kilcash in the semi-final last Sunday in Cahir. In what was a one sided affair Moyle Rovers were very comfortable winners on a score line of 4-14 to 0-06, thanks to a brace of first half goals from Diarmuid Foley and one each from Liam Boland and Stephen Quirke in the second half.

Not as easy for Loughmore-Castleiney in Boherlahan as they had the reigning champions Clonmel Commercials to contend with. In a very close and thrilling game the Mid men came through as narrow victors 0-9 to 0-8 to set up the clash with Moyle Rovers.