McGrath Cup Football – Kerry 1-13 Cork 1-9

Kerry defeated Cork by 1-13 to 1-9 in Round 3 of the McGrath Cup Football competition on Sunday January 15th at Mallow.

Kerry ease past Cork to set up McGrath Cup final with Limerick

Kerry 1-13 Cork 1-9

By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kerry will meet Limerick in the McGrath Cup final after the Kingdom comfortably overcame Cork this afternoon. Éamonn Fitzmaurice’s men led from pillar to post, with their advantage extending to eight points midway through the second-half.

Jack Savage was most impressive at full-forward, the young Kerins O’Rahilly’s player notching five from play. He could have finished with a great tally, mind, but for a handful of efforts which he dropped into Ken O’Halloran’s gloves.

The visitors were well in control at the break leading by 1-8 to 0-5. That six-point advantage was in place as early as the 14th minute, with Kerry kicking the opening six points of the contest.

Jack Savage and James O’Donoghue inflicted most of the damage, the inside pair accounting for all but one of their opening flurry. A Sean Powter interception set up Niall Coakley for Cork’s opener’s on 15 minutes. The St Jude’s forward would kick four of their five first-half points.

The home side fell further behind when Ken O’Halloran upended Jack Barry on 20 minutes, James O’Donoghue slotting the resulting penalty into the bottom right corner of Ken O’Halloran’s goal.

Gary Murphy kicked two fine points when introduced for Cork in the second period, with Niall Coakley – he was again Cork’s most imposing forward – making amends for a 41st minute missed penalty when finishing to the net on 60 minutes. It did little, however, to alter the final outcome.

Scorers for Kerry: J O’Donoghue (1-3, 0-1 free); J Savage (0-6, 0-1 free); BJ Keane (0-2, 0-1 free); B O’Sullivan, T O’Sullivan (0-1 each).

Scorers for Cork: N Coakley (1-5, 0-3 frees); G Murphy (0-3); B O’Driscoll (0-1);

Kerry: B Kelly; J Foley, M Griffin, K Young; B Ó Beaglaoich, P Crowley, T O’Sullivan; J Barry, T Morley; J Lyne, M Geaney, D Walsh; BJ Keane, J Savage, J O’Donoghue
Subs: B O’Sullivan for Walsh (13 mins, inj); G Crowley for Ó Beaglaoich (43); R Shanahan for Foley (50); C Geaney for O’Donoghue (60); A Spillane for T O’Sullivan (61); D Daly for Geaney (68)

Cork: K O’Halloran; J Loughrey, K Histon, J McLoughlin; S Cronin, C Dorman, M Taylor; I Maguire, R Deane; S Powter, B O’Driscoll, M Collins; N Coakley, P Kelleher, K Davis
Subs: A O’Donovan for Histon (20 mins); G Murphy for Powter (HT); R O’Toole for Maguire (48); E Lavers for Loughrey (61); D O’Driscoll for Davis (60)

Referee: D O’Mahoney (Tipperary)

Match Preview

Team News

The Cork Senior Football team to play Kerry on Sunday at 2pm in Mallow has been announced as follows.

1. Ken O Halloran – Bishopstown
2. Michael Shields – St Finbarrs
3. Tom Clancy – Clonakilty
4. John McLoughlin – Kanturk
5. Stephen Cronin – Nemo Rangers
6. Conor Dorman – Bishopstown
7. Matthew Taylor – Mallow
8. Ian Maguire – St Finbarrs
9. Ruairi Deane – Bantry Blues
10. Sean Powter – Douglas
11. Mark Collins – Castlehaven
12. Brian O Driscoll – Tadhg MacCarthaigh
13. Niall Coakley – St Judes
14. Peter Kelleher – Kilmichael
15. Kevin Davis – O Donovan Rossa

16. Ryan Price – O Donovan Rossa
17. Kieran Histon – Cobh
18. Don O Driscoll – Clann na nGael
19. Padraig De Roiste – fermoy
20. Ronan O Toole – Eire Og
21. Alan O Donovan – Nemo Rangers
22. Kevin Crowley – Millstreet

The Kerry Team to play Cork in the Munster Senior Football McGrath Cup on Sunday next in Mallow (2pm) contains 9 players who featured in their final Championship game of 2016 while 5 more, including Under 21 players Jason Foley, Brian Ó Beaglaoich and Tom O’Sullivan, were members of last year’s panel with Jack Savage the odd man out.

The team, captained by Peter Crowley is as follows:


1. Brian Kelly Killarney Legion
2. Jason Foley Ballydonoghue
3. Mark Griffin St Michaels/Foilmore
4. Killian Young Renard
5. Brian Ó Beaglaoich An Ghaeltacht
6. Peter Crowley (C) Laune Rangers
7. Tom O’Sullivan Dingle
8. David Moran Kerins O’Rahillys
9. Tadhg Morley Templenoe
10. Jonathan Lyne Killarney Legion
11. Michael Geaney Dingle
12. Donnchadh Walsh Cromane
13. Barry John Keane Kerins O’Rahillys
14. Jack Savage Kerins O’Rahillys
15. James O’Donoghue Killarney Legion

Fir Ionaid:

16. Brendan Kealy Kilcummin
17. Brendan O’Sullivan Valentia
18. Gavin Crowley Templenoe
19. Kevin McCarthy Kilcummin
20. Jack Barry Na Gaeil
21. Ronan Shanahan Austin Stacks
22. Adrian Spillane Templenoe
23. Conor Geaney Dingle
24. Denis Daly St Marys
25. Conor Keane Killarney Legion


Bainisteóir: Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Finuge)

Róghnóirí: Mikey Sheehy (Austin Stacks), Padraig Corcoran (Dingle), Liam Hassett (Laune Rangers), Maurice Fitzgerald (St Marys).

Kerry play Cork in the McGrath Cup in Mallow

Kerry, who fielded a side drawn entirely from their Under 21 squad had little difficulty in disposing of a weakened Tipperary fifteen in the opening round of the McGrath Cup on Sunday last and it was interesting to see that the new “mark” rule had very little impact on proceedings.

So Kerry, with Eamonn Fitzmaurice in charge of the senior panel this time, head to Mallow for their second game on Sunday next against Cork knowing that a win there will earn them a place in the McGrath Cup final on January 22nd. Cork, incidentally, opened their campaign midweek with a good win away to Tipperary.

At a recent Press briefing Eamonn Fitzmaurice gave an up-date on the current situation with regard to player availability for the foreseeable future – and one man who will not be part of the panel this year is Padraig O’Connor of Legion who has emigrated to America. Kerry will be without players from Dr Crokes, Kenmare and Glenbeigh-Glencar until their respective club championship campaigns have finished and the likes of Gavin Crowley (Templenoe), Jack Savage (O’Rahillys), Ronan Shanahan (Austin Stacks), Kevin McCarthy (Kilcummin) and Shane Murphy (Dr Crokes), once his club championship commitments come to an end, will be in training with the senior panel. Neither Aidan O’Mahony nor Kieran Donaghy have yet committed for the coming year but they are expected to make a decision on their futures in the green and gold jersey in the coming weeks as is Colm Cooper once his club championship Commitments have finished. Following the retirement of Marc Ó Sé, Kerry will also of course have to plan without a member of that family in the side for the first time since the late Paidí made his debut as a Minor way back in 1971.

Kerry returned to training on Tuesday of last week and apart from a slight injury being carried by Anthony Maher they are relatively injury free for the Cork fixture which throws in at the Mallow GAA complex at 2pm.

Incidentally, the situation with regard to the Kerry senior captaincy for the coming year is that Dr Crokes, as county champions, have the honour of naming the new Kerry senior football captain but they have chosen to delay that announcement until their Club Championship campaign has been completed. Until then, Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice will appoint an interim captain.

Co-Op Munster Hurling League – Clare 2-24 Kerry 1-15

Clare defeated Kerry by 2-24 to 1-15 in the Co-Op Munster Hurling League on Sunday January 15th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

Co-Op Munster Hurling League

Kerry 1-15 Clare 2-24

Kerry went down to their second defeat in the Munster Senior Hurling League when Clare, in their first competitive outing of the year, were twelve point winners over the Kingdom at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park this afternoon.

Clare lined out as per programme with Kerry having one change – Padraig Boyle deputising for Michael O’Leary and Clare it was who reeled off the first two points of the game but Shane Nolan, with three points from placed balls, had Kerry in front by the ninth minute. The visitors had the next five scores, with David Reidy getting two from frees, before Padraig Boyle pointed from long range for Kerry’s first score from play. Clare increased their lead to 5 points with minors from McInerney and Malone but Jordan Conway and John Egan kept Kerry in touch though Martin Stackpoole was forced into a fine save from David Reidy to keep the Kerry goal intact. Podge Collins had his second for Clare but then Kerry responded well scoring four without reply the pick of which was from a Clareman – Pa Kelly, Kerry’s centre back – to level the scores in the 29th minute. Clare finished the half stronger however and Kevin Hehir soloed through from midfield to slam the ball tennis style to the net on the half hour mark and at the break it was 1-12 to 0-11 for the Bannermen.

The sides exchanged points twice on the resumption but Clare were 1-16 to 0-13 by the 15th minute of the half. The introduction of Peter Duggan added more fire up front for Clare and Podge Collins slammed a loose ball to the net in the 24th minute but Kerry’s reply was admirable with Mikey Boyle soloing in from the wing to plant the ball in the far corner to give Kerry hope. Just five points in it now but from here to the end, Clare dominated the game and scored 8 points without reply, five of those from the unerring stick of David Reidy from frees and Peter Duggan slammed his penalty attempt over the bar a minute from the end of normal time. Shane Nolan had the final say with a pointed free for the homeside.

Clare’s next outing is on Wednesday evening next in Sixmilebridge against neighbours Limerick while Kerry travel to the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday next to take on Limerick.

Kerry: Shane Nolan 0-7 (Frees), Mikey Boyle 1-0, John Egan and Jordan Conway 0-2 each, Pa Kelly, Paudie O’Connor, Thomas Casey, Padraig Boyle, 0-1 each.
Clare: David Reidy 0-10 (9 frees), Podge Collins 1-3, Kevin Hehir 1-1, Peter Duggan (0-1 free) and Cathal McInerney 0-2 each, Seadma Morey, Jason McCarthy, Colm Galvin, Cathal Malone, Aaron Cunningham and Aaron Shanagher 0-1 each.

Match Preview

Team News

The Kerry Senior Hurling Team to play Clare in the Munster Senior Hurling League in Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on Sunday next (2pm) shows 6 changes from the side that played Cork in Round 1 last Sunday as the Kerry management give starting places to more players on the panel. Into the side come Martin Stackpoole, Bryan Murphy, John Buckley, Pa Kelly, Thomas Casey and Jordan Conway.

The team captained by Daniel Collins of Kilmoyley is as follows:

1 Martin Stackpoole Lixnaw
2 Sean Weir Crotta O’Neills
3 Rory Horgan St Brendans
4 Bryan Murphy Causeway
5 John Buckley Lixnaw
6 Pa Kelly Clarecastle
7 Darren Dineen St Brendans
8 Paudie O’Connor Kilmoyley
9 Thomas Casey Causeway
10 Micheal O’Leary Abbeydorney
11 Daniel Collins (C) Kilmoyley
12 Mikey Boyle Ballyduff
13 John Egan St Brendans
14 Shane Nolan Crotta O’Neills
15 Jordan Conway Crotta O’Neills

Fir Ionaid:

16 Aiden McCabe Kilmoyley
17 Billy Lyons Causeway
18 James O’Connor Abbeydorney
19 Tomás O’Connor Crotta O’Neills
20 Padraig Boyle Ballyduff
21 James Godley Kilmoyley
22 Fionán Horgan St Brendans
23 Philp Lucid Ballyheigue
24 John Griffin Lixnaw
25 Sean Nolan Kilmoyley
26 Jordan Brick Kilmoyley


Bainisteoir: Fintan O’Connor
Coach: Brendan Cummins
Treanálaí: Damien Ryall (Abbeydorney)
Róghnoir: Ian Brick (Kilmoyley)

The following players are members of the extended panel for Sunday’s game:

Brendan O’Leary Abbeydorney
Jack Goulding Ballyduff
Stephen Murphy Causeway
Liam Mullins Lixnaw
Keith Carmody Causeway
Colum Harty Causeway
Paud Costello Ballyduff
Darragh Shanahan Lixnaw


Jason Diggins Causeway (Injured)
Mike Milner Dr Crokes

Kerry Senior Hurlers take on Clare in Munster Senior Hurling League

Following a creditable performance against Cork before going down by 1 – 28 to 0 – 18 in Round 1 of the Co-Op Superstores Munster senior hurling league Kerry’s next and first home game of the season will be against Clare on this Sunday, 15th January at Austin Stack Park, 2.00p.m.

Further games: Round 3 – Sunday, 22 Jan. v Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds, 2.00p.m.; Round 4 – Wednesday, 25 Jan. v Waterford at Austin Stack Park, 7.30p.m. Details of the new Munster league sponsors, Co-Op Superstores, the retail arm of Dairygold, are viewable online at

Kilmoyley goalkeeper, Aidan McCabe has been nominated by his club as the Kerry senior hurling captain for 2017, Aidan captained his club to the county championship title last year. His clubmate, Ian Brick, is coming in as a selector and a second selector will be named in due course.

Co-Op Munster Hurling League – Cork 7-22 Limerick 1-19

Cork defeated Limerick by 7-22 to 1-19 in the Co-Op Munster Hurling League on Sunday January 15th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Cork had no problem beating Limerick in the Munster senior hurling league

By Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Limerick 1-19 Cork 7-22

A comfortable win for Cork over Limerick in this Munster senior hurling league clash in the Gaelic Grounds with 1,625 in attendance.

Cork started with the breeze, but Limerick began brightly with an early goal from Barry Nash, who finished from a tight angle after two minutes. Luke Meade’s alertness on seven minutes gave Cork their first goal: 1-2 to 1-1 on seven minutes.

Driven on by a dominant half-back line, the visitors added a second goal on 15 minutes – the dangerous Alan Cadogan gathered on the right, swept infield and billowed the net, 2-5 to 1-3.

The game loosened up, with Limerick’s Kevin O’Brien and Cork’s Shane Kingston hitting points from play as Cork maintained their lead until the 29th minute. Darragh Fitzgibbon then soloed through the Limerick defence and passed to Kingston, who got Cork’s third goal. Cork added a flurry of late points to go in 3-12 to 1-9 ahead at the half.

Cork resumed with Horgan’s first goal, a snap shot after good work by Cadogan, putting eleven points between the sides. Though Limerick made sweeping changes, the game was too far gone for them to retrieve, and on fifty minutes Horgan duly added a second goal, finishing a rebound from a Cadogan shot.

Cadogan set up Cork’s sixth three minutes later with a pass to his clubmate, Shane Kingston, and a seventh came for sub. Michael O’Halloran when he took a neat pass from Horgan. The eventual winning margin was 21 points.

Scorers for Limerick: R. Lynch (0-11, 0-8 frees); B. Nash (1-0); K. O’Brien (0-3); A. Dempsey, D. Byrnes, P. Browne, D. Dempsey, J. Ryan (0-1).

Scorers for Cork: P. Horgan (2-5, 0-3 frees); A. Cadogan (1-4) ; S. Kingston (2-2); L. Meade, M. O’Halloran (1-0), B. Cooper (0-3); M. Coleman, R. O’’Flynn, D. Fitzgibbon (0-2 each); B. Hennessy, D. Kearney (0-1 each).

LIMERICK: B. Hennessy, T. Condon, R. English, S. O’Brien, D. Morrissey, B. O’Connell, S. Cahill, D. O’Donovan, P. Ryan, R. Lynch, A. Dempsey, R. Hanley, C. Ryan, B. Nash, K. O’Brien
Subs: M. Casey for Condon (inj., 28); D. Dempsey for A. Dempsey, D. Byrnes for Morrissey, J. Ryan for O’Donovan (all HT); P. Browne for P. Ryan (47).

CORK: A. Nash, C. Spillane, S. McDonnell, D. Griffin, C. O’Leary, L. McLoughlin, M. Coleman, D. Kearney, D. Fitzgibbon, B. Cooper, L. Meade, S. Kingston, A. Cadogan, P. Horgan, R. O’Flynn
Subs: D. Brosnan for Meade (52); C. Murphy for Kearney and M. O’Halloran for Cadogan (both 58); J. Sheehan for McDonnell (60); B. Hennessy for Fitzgibbon (62).

Referee: P. Kelly (Tipperary)

Match Preview

Team News

Limerick senior hurling team to face Cork in the Co-Op Munster Senior Hurling League this Sunday afternoon at the Gaelic Grounds has been released.

1. Barry Hennessy (Kilmallock), 2 Tom Condon (Knockaderry), 3. Richie English (Doon), 4. Seanie O Brien (Patrickswell), 5. Dan Morrissey (Ahane), 6. Barry O Connell (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), 7. Stephen Cahill (Tournafulla), 8. Darragh O Donovan (Doon) 9. Pat Ryan (Doon) 10. Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh), 11. Alan Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh), 12. Robbie Hanley (Kilmallock), 13. Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen), 14. Barry Nash (South Liberties) and 15. Kevin O Brien (Patrickswell).

16. Nickie Quaid (Effin)(Captain), 17. Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell), 18. Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell), 19. David Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh), 20. Lorcan Lyons (Monaleen), 21. Andrew La Touche Cosgrave (Monaleen), 22. Richie McCarthy (Blackrock), 23. James Ryan (Garryspillane), 24. Kyle Hayes (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), 25. Paul Browne (Bruff), 26. Mike Casey (Na Piarsaigh).

The Cork Senior Hurling team to play Limerick on Sunday at 2pm in the Gaelic Grounds has been announced as follows.

1. Anthony Nash – Kanturk
2. Colm Spillane – Castlelyons
3, Stephen McDonnell – Glen Rovers
4. David Griffin – Carrigaline
5. Chris O Leary – Valley Rovers
6. Lorcan McLoughlin – Kanturk
7. Mark Coleman – Blarney
8. Daniel Kearney – Sarsfields
9. Darragh Fitzgibbon – Charleville
10. Bill Cooper – Youghal
11, Luke Meade – Newcestown
12. Shane Kingston – Douglas
13. Alan Cadagon – Douglas
14. Patrick Horgan – Glen Rovers
15. Michael Cahalane – Bandon

16. Patrick Collins – Ballinhassig
17. Jack Sheehan – Erins Own
18. Cormac Murphy – Mallow
19. Dean Brosnan – Glen Rovers
20. Robbie O Flynn – Erins Own
21. Michael O Halloran – Blackrock
22. Shane O Keeffe – Blackrock

McGrath Cup Football – Limerick 0-9 Waterford 0-7

Limerick defeated Waterford by 0-9 to 0-7 in Round 3 of the McGrath Cup Football competition on Sunday January 15th at Lemybrien.

Neville shoots Limerick to a McGrath Cup showdown

Limerick 0-9 Waterford 0-7

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Danny Neville guided Limerick to the McGrath Cup final with five second-half points at a breezy Lemybrien yesterday.

The sides were deadlocked at the break, before the Ballysteen attacker moved to full-forward and posted three consecutive scores during the third quarter.
The Shannonsiders never looked back and maintained their unbeaten start under new boss Billy Lee.

After shooting eight first-half wides, he was encouraged by his side’s response. “We were a lot happier with the second-half performance. We had opportunities in the first-half and we didn’t execute them. It’s about building confidence in these lads because they’re a very young team,” said Lee.

In a below-par contest, Limerick wasted 11 first-half scoring opportunities with the elements behind them. Conor Murray curled over a beauty for the hosts, with Patrick Hurney and captain Paul Whyte (free) also raising white flags. Sean McSweeney levelled matters from an injury-time placed ball to leave it 0-3 apiece.

Joey Veale nudged Waterford in front again 18 seconds after the restart. Neville shot three points on the trot, however, including a delicious free with the outside of his right boot, to hand Limerick the initiative.

Whyte and Patrick Hurney twice closed the gap to the minimum, but a punched effort by substitute Killian Ryan and Neville’s fifth point settled the issue in favour of Lee’s side.

Scorers – Limerick: D Neville 0-5 (1f), C Sheehan, B Donovan, K Ryan, S McSweeney (f) 0-1 each. Waterford: P Whyte (2fs), P Hurney 0-2 each, C Murray, J Veale, J McGrath 0-1 each.

Limerick – D O’Sullivan; P White, J McCarthy, G Noonan; P Quinn, C Fahy, P Hannon; B Fanning, D Treacy; C Sheehan, S O’Carroll, D Neville; J Naughton, S McSweeney, B Donovan.
Subs: P Nash for Sheehan (29); J Lee for McSweeney (45); D Ward for Hannon (56); S O’Dea for O’Carroll (56); K Ryan for Naughton (56); B Creamer for Quinn (69).

Waterford – S Enright; J McGrath, T O’Gorman, S Dalton; R O Ceallaigh, S Prendergast, F Galvin; T Prendergast, M Curry; F Ó Cuirrín, M O’Halloran, P Hurney; C Murray, P Whyte, J Veale.
Subs: D Breathnach for O’Halloran (34), G Crotty for Murray (48), D Guiry for Veale (57), C Maguire for G Crotty (67 BC)

REF – J Bermingham (Cork)

Match Preview

Team News

New Limerick senior football manager Billy Lee has named the same starting fifteen and match panel that was used in their victory over Clare midweek to face Waterford on Sunday. The management team of Billy Lee, Paudie Kissane, Brian Begley and Ricky Ronayne has released the following team and panel for Sunday’s game in round two of the McGrath Cup in Leymbrien Co Waterford at 2pm.

1. Donal O’Sullivan (Monaleen), 2. Daniel Daly (Fr Caseys), 3. Johnny McCarthy (St Kierans), 4. Sean O Dea (Kilteely/Dromkeen), 5. Paul White (Rathkeale), 6. Iain Corbett (Newcastlewest) (Captain), 7. Paul Hannon (Newcastlewest), 8. Darragh Treacy (St Kierans), 9. David Ward (Fr Caseys), 10. Peter Nash (Kildimo/Pallaskernry), 11. Ger Collins (Monaleen), 12. Danny Neville (Ballysteen), 13. Sean McSweeney (St Kierans) 14. Seamus O Carroll (Cappagh) and 15. Jamie Lee (Newcastlewest).

16 Andrew Ruddle (Newcastlewest) 17. Padraig Quinn (Monaleen), 18. James Bridgeman (St Senans), 19. Cillian Fahy (Dromcollogher/Broadford), 20. Garrett Noonan (Dromcollogher/Broadford), 21. Bill Creamer (Cappamore), 22. Brian Fanning (Pallasgreen), 23. Brian Donovan (Monaleen), 24. Barry Lynch (Feoghanagh/Castlemahon), 25. Killian Ryan (Mungret/St Pauls) and 26. James Naughton (St Senans).

Co-Op Munster Hurling League – Limerick 2-15 Clare 0-19

Limerick defeated Clare by 2-15 to 0-19 in the Co-Op Munster Hurling League on Wednesday January 18th at Sixmilebridge.

Barry Nash goal proves a winner for Limerick

Report by Gerry Quinn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Limerick 2-15 Clare 0-19: Limerick took the honours in Round 2 of the Co Op Stores.Ie Munster Hurling League at Sixmilebridge last evening in front of 1,719 spectators.

Trailing for most of the game they were inspired by a Barry Nash goal in the 64th minute and ran out winners by two.

At the break, Clare enjoyed a 0-12 to 1-8 lead. But that scoreline didn’t reflect the Banner’s opening half dominance. Clare got off to a perfect start and led 0-4 to 0-0 by the sixth minute. Points registered by John Conlon, David Fitzgerald, Shane Golden and Aaron Cunningham affirmed the hosts early dominance.

Limerick eventually got off the mark on seven, when Ger Hegarty pointed. Diarmuid Byrnes and John Fitzgibbon had one each and by the 12th, there was only a point between the sides.

Clare’s David Reidy and Byrnes exchanged points before a pair of scores by Clare wing forward John Conlon opened a three point difference. Clare found themselves 0-9 to 0-5 to the good by the twentieth as they began to pull away from their opponents. The half’s only goal was a lifeline to the Shannonsiders and when Graeme Mulcahy capitalised on a defensive mistake, he hauled his side to level terms 1-8 to Clare’s 0-11. Cathal “Tots” O’Connell pointed a free in injury time to put the minimum between them at the whistle.

In the second period Limerick chased their rivals and kept in touch for most of the half. Their improved performance paid off when trailing by two late in the game, full-forward Barry Nash got away from his marker and rifled Donal Tuohy’s net to give Limerick the lead for the first time.

An Aaaron Cunningham point levelled matters but points by Paul Browne, Cian Lynch and Diarmuid Byrnes saw the Treaty men home safe. Clare managed one late score by sub Ben O’Gorman.

Scorers for Limerick: D Byrnes (0-5) 3 f’s, S Tobin (0-3),f’s, G Mulcahy (1-0), B Nash (1-0), J Fitzgibbon (0-2), C Lynch (0-2), G Hegarty, T Morrissey, P Browne (0-1) each.

Clare: D Reidy ((0-4) f’s, J Conlon (0-4), A Cunningham (0-3), S Golden (0-2), C O’Connell (0-1) , D Fitzgerald, C Malone, , J McCarthy, B O’Gorman (0-1) each.

Clare: D Tuohy, S McNamara, C Dillon (Capt.), S Morey, D Fitzgerald, C Galvin, J Shanahan, D Reidy, S Golden, J Conlon, C Malone, P Duggan, C O’Connell, A Shanagher, A Cunningham
Subs: J McCarthy for Shanagher (h/t), B O’Gorman for Fitzgerald (61), K Hehir for Reidy (67), B Duggan for P Duggan (67).

Limerick: N Quaid; S Cahill, R McCarthy, M Casey; D Byrnes (Capt.), D Hannon, G O’Mahoney; J Fitzgibbon, J Ryan; G Hegarty, C Lynch, A La Touce Cosgrove, G Mulcahy, B Nash, S Tobin
Subs: K Hayes for Hegarty inj (30), T Morrissey for La Touche Cosgrave (50), D Dempsey for Tobin (50), P Browne for Ryan (52), S Hickey for Fitzgibbon (64)

Referee: C McAllister (Cork).

Team News

Limerick senior hurling team to face Clare in the Co-op Munster Senior Hurling League round 3 this Wednesday evening at 7.30pm in Sixmilebridge has been released.

1. Nickie Quaid (Effin), 2 Stephen Cahill (Tournafulla), 3. Richie McCarthy (Blackrock), 4. Mike Casey (Na Piarsaigh), 5. Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell)(Captain), 6. Declan Hannon (Adare), 7. Gavin O Mahony (Kilmallock), 8. John Fitzgibbon (Adare), 9. James Ryan (Garryspillane), 10. Gearoid Hegarty (St Patrick’s), 11. Cian Lynch (Patrickswell), 12. Andrew La Touche Cosgrave (Monaleen), 13. Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock), 14. Barry Nash (South Liberties) and 15. Sean Tobin (Murroe/Boher).
Subs: 16. David McCarthy (Glenroe), 17. Seamus Hickey (Murroe/Boher), 18. Seanie O Brien (Patrickswel), 19. Lorcan Lyons (Monaleen), 20. Darragh O Donovan (Doon), 21. Paul Browne (Bruff), 22. David Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh), 23. Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh), 24. Kyle Hayes (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), 25. Tom Morrissey (Ahane), 26. Kevin O Brien (Patrickswell).

The Clare team to play Limerick is as follows –

Donal Tuohy (Crusheen)
Shane McNamara (Clooney-Quin)
Cian Dillon (Crusheen) Capt.
Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge)
David Fitzgerald (Inagh-Kilnamona)
Colm Galvin (Clonlara)
Jamie Shanahan (Sixmilebridge)
David Reidy (Éire Óg Inis)
Shane Golden (Sixmilebridge)
John Conlon (Clonlara)
Cathal Malone (Sixmilebridge)
Peter Duggan (Clooney-Quin)
Cathal O’Connell (Clonlara)
Aron Shanagher (Wolfe Tones na Sionna)
Aaron Cunningham (Wolfe Tones na Sionna)
Patrick Kelly (Inagh-Kilnamona)
Conor Cleary (Kilmaley)
Stephen O’Halloran (Clarecastle)
Ben O’Gorman (Wolfe Tones na Sionna)
Bobby Duggan (Clarecastle)
Jason McCarthy (Inagh-Kilnamona)
Brendan Bugler (Whitegate)
Eoin Quirke (Whitegate)
Kevin Hehir (Inagh-Kilnamona)
Conor O’Donnell (Crusheen)
Conor Ryan (Cratloe)

Corn Ui Mhuiri Football Quarter-Final – St Flannan’s 4-9 Mercy Mounthawk 2-12

St Flannan’s defeated Mercy Mounthawk by 4-9 to 2-12 in the Corn Ui Mhuiri Football Quarter-Final on Wednesday at Mick Neville Park Rathkeale.

Early goal blitz does the trick for St Flannan’s

Report by Murt Murphy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

St Flannan’s College 4-9 Mercy Mounthawk 2-12: A three-goal St Flannan’s, College, Ennis salvo in the opening 10 minutes proved decisive as they had to withstand a tremendous second-half comeback from Mercy Mounthawk, Tralee to hang on for a three-point win, in this gripping Corn Ui Mhuiri quarter-final at Rathkeale.

St Flannan’s strolled through a static Mounthawk defence to score goals in the seventh, ninth and 10th minutes from Gearóid Cahill, Sean Kennedy and Eoghan Thynne as they raced 3-3 to 0-3 in front. From then onwards Mounthawk outscored the winners 2-9 to 1-6 – a fact not lost on St Flannan’s manager and former Clare senior footballer, Darragh Kelly.

“We enjoyed an excellent first-half but really Mercy Mounthawk did not start well at all. We really walked in for four goals in the opening spell and I am sure when they look back on it, they will be very disappointed in the goals they conceded.

“But, the other side of that, is we were eight points up at half-time, and once we missed the goal chance at the start of the second-half we sat back, when we really should have been pushing on. “

To their credit Mounthawk hit back with 1-2 without reply after suffering that early goal blitz, with Bobby Regan getting the goal. Then another soft goal conceded by the Tralee side when they allowed Cahill to run straight through the middle and St Flannan’s looked home and hosed at half time leading 4-7 to 1-8.

Kelly was disappointed with St Flannan’s second-half display that could have cost them victory. “We only scored two points from frees and it will not be good enough to progress in the competition.”

Kelly added St Flannan’s have not been scoring goals so far in the Corn UI Mhuiri “We are not normally noted for scoring goals we had only scored two before today but I think Mounthawk will be very disappointed when they look back at the four goals they conceded. While it gave us a great cushion and it was the reason we won, you have to give them credit for the way they fought back in the second-half and made a real battle out of it. We will have improve massively to beat St Brendan’s, but we were there last year and we be going into that game with no fear.”

Mercy Mounthawk showed tremendous battling qualities in the second-half as they penned St Flannan’s back in their own half with Shane Walsh, Donagh McMahon, Fergal Barry and Ciaran O’Reilly driving them on, and some excellent free taking by Dara Devine and a goal from a penalty by Bobby Regan saw Mounthawk close the gap to just two points with as many minutes left.

It would have been much closer only for a couple of missed goal chances by the Tralee side, one in particular in the 33rd minute when a Clare defender took a Michael Walsh shot that had beaten the keeper off the line and four very costly wides in the final 10 minutes, when the game was in the melting pot.

St Flannan’s will now face Corn Ui Mhuiri and Hogan Cup holders St Brendan’s, Killarney in the semi-final on Saturday February 4 and for Mercy Mounthawk, it is very much a case of what have been.

Scorers for St Flannan’s College: G Cahill (2-1), D Duggan (0-6, 5 frees), E Thynne (1-1), S Kennedy (1-0), G Cooney (0-1).

Scorers for Mercy Mounthawk: B Regan (2-3, 1-0 pen, 2 frees), D Devine (0-6 frees), R O’Connor (0-2), E McElligott (0-1).

ST FLANNAN’S: T O’Brien; M Collins, P Casey, D O’Shea; I Ugwueru, R Hayes, T Hannan; C Donnelly, C Mc Neilis; S Kennedy, G Cahill, E Thynne; G Cooney, D Duggan, C Brannock.
Subs: D Mescall for M Collins (20), I Molloy for S Kennedy (h/t), P Talty for C Brannock (40)

MERCY MOUNTHAWK: B O’Regan; P O’Mahoney, S Walsh, D McMahon; F Barry, S Collins, C Carmody; C O’Reilly, M Linnane; R O’Connor, B O’Regan, S Griffin; M Walsh, D Devine, E McElligott
Subs: R Murphy for S Griffin (47), M O’Gara for E McElligott (47), F Ennis for M Walsh (55).

Referee: R Moloney (Limerick).

When – Wednesday January 18th at 1:30pm
Where – Mick Neville Park Rathkeale
Referee – Richard Moloney (Limerick)
Next Round – The winners will play the winners of PS Chorcha Dhuibhne and St Brendans in the Semi-Final on Saturday February 4th.

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

Results to Date

St Flannans
Group D Round 1 – St Flannans 1-8 St. Fachtnas Skibbereen 0-10
Group D Round 2 – P.S Rathmore 3-11 St Flannans 1-14
Group D Round 3 – St Flannans 0-9 P.S Chorcha Dhuibhne 0-5

Mercy Mounthawk
Group B Round 1 – Mercy Mounthawk 4-16 Clonmel High School 0-7
Group B Round 2 – Colaiste Chriost Ri 3-12 Mercy Mounthawk 0-10
Group B Round 3 – Mercy Mounthawk 3-16 Clonakilty Community College 0-8

Match Preview

Mick Neville Park in Rathkeale will be the venue for the meeting of Group D winners St. Flannans and Mercy Mounthawk of Tralee. St. Flannans (three time winners – last time in 1995) reached last year’s Semi-final before bowing out to the eventual winners St. Brendans. This season, St. Flannans took part in Group D, the most competitive of the four groups saw St. Flannans record a first round one point win over St. Fachtnas Skibbereen before losing narrowly to P.S Rathmore by 3-11 to 1-14 in round two. St. Flannans needed to win their last game versus P.S Chorcha Dhuibhne which they duly achieved, winning a low scoring game by 0-9 to 0-5 to qualify for the Quarter-Finals as group winners. Gearóid Cahill, Gavin Cooney and Darragh Duggan scored three points each for the winners on that occasion.

Mercy Mounthawk from Tralee qualified second in Group B following three one-sided games. In Round 1, the Tralee school had 21 points to spare against last year’s finalists Clonmel High School. The tables were turned in round two as Colaiste Chriost Ri defeated Mercy Mounthawk by 11 points. A victory in the last round was required in order to qualify for the knockout stages and Clonakilty Community College proved no match for Mercy Mounthawk as the Tralee School won by 17 points. Bobby O’Regan, Dara Devine and Eoin McElligott have been their top scorers in the campaign to date.

Richard Moloney of Limerick is the referee for this game with a 1:30pm throw-in on Wednesday.

Corn Ui Mhuiri Football Quarter-Final – Colaiste Chriost Rí 0-8 St Francis College Rochestown 0-6

Colaiste Chriost Rí defeated St Francis College Rochestown by 0-8 to 0-6 in the Corn Ui Mhuiri Football Quarter-Final on Wednesday at Church Road, Blackrock.

Paul Kerrigan content as Críost Rí dig it out

Report by Denis Hurley for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Coláiste Chríost Rí 0-8 St Francis College, Rochestown 0-6: While this southside derby veered more towards the tense than the exhilarating at Church Road in Blackrock yesterday, Coláiste Chríost Rí could yet look back on it as being very beneficial.

The Turner’s Cross school, featuring nine of last year’s Frewen Cup (U16½AFC) winning squad, didn’t score after Mark Cronin made it 0-8 to 0-4 in the 46th minute, but crucially they only conceded two more points as they dug in strongly to claim this Corn Uí Mhuirí (Munster PPS U18½ AFC) victory.

For joint-manager, Cork captain Paul Kerrigan, it was the kind of win that could stand to them.

“It was a unique situation, you could cut the tension with a knife,” he said.

“There was a lot of familiarity here, a lot of the players are probably on Rebel Óg squads together.

“We’re not going to play sparkling football all the time, and it’s good for them to know that they can come out of a battle too.

“Rochestown came with a good gameplan and for a lot of the first half they frustrated us. We had to work very hard for the scores, in fairness to Rochestown, and they had to work hard for theirs too.

“It was a game that felt like a draw all the way through, until the end.”

Críost Rí’s 2011 win remains Cork’s last triumph in the competition, while 2013 was the last time they had been in the semi-finals. Rochestown’s recent pedigree is stronger and, while Críost Rí had the better of the play for much of the first half, just a point separated the sides at half-time, 0-4 to 0-3 the score.

At midfield, Críost Rí captain Jack Ryan was very impressive with corner-back John Corcoran a stand-out too, but the swelled defensive ranks of ‘Roco’ made them difficult to break down while the switching of Eoghan Riordan and Nathan Walsh to the full-back line to pick up Cillian Myers Murray and Mark Cronin respectively did much to limit their influence.

When James Holland tied the game within 30 seconds of the restart, it appeared that the same even pattern would pertain for the second period, but slowly Críost Rí began to get a handle as they benefited from the greater space available.

Daniel Lucey put them ahead with a well-taken point while Cronin’s free to make it 0-6 to 0-4, following a flowing move, was the biggest lead the game had seen up until then. Mark Brosnan might have got the goal to put them out of sight, but when he and Cronin added further points, they looked relatively safe anyway, four clear with a quarter of the game left.

Dylan Ward pulled one back for Roco, but Críost Rí might have been in for a goal again, only for Brosnan’s pass to put Cronin through to be deemed illegal. In the next play, Cian Denn had a sight of goal for Rochestown but Barry Cripps’ heroic block denied him.

That was emblematic of Críost Rí’s desire not to allow a green flag and for the remaining seven points Roco could only muster a Holland free. Ward had a quarter-chance at the death but he fired across goal and Críost Rí prevailed.

Tralee CBS will be the semi-final opponents, on Saturday, February 4.

“The target for our lads was that we haven’t played in a semi-final or a final for a few years,” Kerrigan said. “We wanted to make sure that they played on a weekend for the school. We won’t fear anyone and I don’t think anyone will fear us. We spend a lot of the time working on ourselves, we have two weeks now to build it up.”

Scorers for Coláiste Chríost Rí: M Cronin (0-3, 1 free), C Myers Murray (0-2, frees), J Ryan, D Lucey M Brosnan (0-1 each).

Scorers for St Francis College: J Holland 0-3 (1 free), D Ward, C Russell, M McAuliffe (0-1 each).

COLÁISTE CHRÍOST RÍ: D Moran (St Finbarr’s); A McGowan (Nemo Rangers), B Cripps (Nemo Rangers), J Corcoran (Nemo Rangers); M Hitchmough (Shamrocks), P Cummins (St Michael’s), D Kelly (Douglas); J Ryan (Sliabh Rua), K Forde (Nemo Rangers); J Coughlan (Nemo Rangers), D Lucey (Mayfield), J O’Brien (St Finbarr’s); M Cronin (Nemo Rangers), M Brosnan (Carrigaline), C Myers Murray (St Finbarr’s).
Subs: R Dalton (Nemo Rangers) for Forde (30, injured), J O’Brien (Nemo Rangers) for Coughlan (58).

ST FRANCIS COLLEGE: D O’Keeffe (Douglas); E Riordan (Carrigaline), R Ó Colmáin (St Michael’s), N Walsh (Douglas); D Corkery (St Michael’s), D Ward (Douglas), J Golden (St Michael’s); J Lyons (Nemo Rangers), C Denn (St Michael’s); D Andrews (Shamrocks); M McAuliffe (Douglas), L Grainger (St Michael’s); J Holland (Douglas), C Russell (Douglas), C O’Mahony (Douglas)
Subs: A Hennessy (St Michael’s) for Golden (27, injured), S Hilliard (Cobh) for Corkery (half-time), D Cormack (St Michael’s) for Andrews (45, injured), B Powter (Douglas) for Denn (57).

Referee: M Meade (Limerick)

When – Wednesday January 18th at 1:30pm
Where – Church Road, Blackrock
Referee – Mike Meade (Limerick)
Next Round – The winners will play the winners of Tralee CBS and IS Killorglin in the Semi-Final on Saturday February 4th.

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

Results to Date

Colaiste Chriost Rí
Group B Round 1 – Colaiste Chriost Ri 0-22 Clonakilty Community College 1-4
Group B Round 2 – Colaiste Chriost Ri 3-12 Mercy Mounthawk 0-10
Group B Round 3 – Colaiste Chriost Ri 2-9 Clonmel High School 0-6

St Francis College Rochestown
Group A Round 1 – St. Francis College Rochestown 2-13 Coláiste Choilm Ballincollig 2-11
Group A Round 2 – St. Francis College Rochestown 3-10 Tralee CBS 1-16
Group A Round 3 – St. Francis College Rochestown 1-12 Coláiste na Sceilge 2-8

Match Preview

The meeting of Cork schools Colaiste Chriost Rí and St Francis College Rochestown in Church Road Blackrock is the only Quarter-Final game between two undefeated teams. Rochestown secured victories over Coláiste Choilm Ballincollig, Tralee CBS and Coláiste na Sceilge but only by an aggregate margin of six points showing the competitive nature of their games. Rochestown will look to progress to the semi-finals for the third consecutive year having lost out in the 2015 final to P.S Chorcha Dhuibhne and the 2016 semi-final to Clonmel High School.

Colaiste Chriost Rí are 15 times winners of this competition, the last success coming in 2011. Their march to the Quarter-Finals are much more straight-forward as they accounted for Clonakilty Community College, Mercy Mounthawk and Clonmel High School by an aggregate 35 points. This pales in comparison to the last two seasons where they failed to progress from the Group stages, finishing bottom in their respective groups in both seasons. The influx of young talent from the side which captured last season’s Frewen Cup (U16.5 A Football) has boosted the current side and they will look to qualify for the semi-finals for the first time since 2013.

Mike Meade (Limerick) will referee this game on Wednesday with a 1:30pm throw-in.

Corn Ui Mhuiri Football Quarter-Final – Tralee CBS 2-10 IS Killorglin 1-10

Tralee CBS defeated IS Killorglin by 2-10 to 1-10 in the Corn Ui Mhuiri Football Quarter-Final on Wednesday in Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.

Kieran O’Dwyer drives battling Tralee CBS past Killorglin

Report by Cian Locke in the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tralee CBS 2-10 Intermediate School Killorglin 1-10: It took a goal pretty much from nothing to drive them onto victory but Tralee CBS (The Green) were thankful for an improved second-half display in seeing off a spirited IS Killorglin challenge in Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney yesterday.

Nine wides proved to be the undoing of the Mid Kerry School as Green mentor Marc Ó Sé, working alongside Mike Tim and Nealie O’Sullivan in looking after the Tralee side, praised the nature of their comeback from a four-point deficit 10 minutes into the second-half.

“There was a huge improvement in our performance in the second-half, Killorglin were all over us in the first-half and were working very hard. Our luck changed, thankfully, and Kieran O’Dwyer drove us on I felt in the second period and the lads got huge encouragement from his leadership. Our second goal was huge as well, Jason (Mortimer) took it brilliantly and it’s great to see him back after having problems with injuries and we hope his brother Sean and Niall O’Mahony can recover from their own injuries before the semi-finals.

“Brandon Paterson, Jack Myers and keeper Shane Foley made some big saves as well and we’re relishing the thought of being in a semi-final. We know we have a lot to improve though and we’ll have to take a good look back on the video, particularly the first-half.”

Trailing 1-6 to 1-3 at half-time and 1-9 to 1-5 in the 40th minute, there didn’t appear to be much on for sub Mortimer when he drove the ball from distance. However, it found its way past Cian O’Sullivan for the Green’s second goal. All-Ireland minor winners Mike Breen and Caoilm Teahan had been very impressive for Killorglin but it was a more effective second-half display from their former Kerry team-mate O’Dwyer that got the Green back in control as his two points put them back ahead three-quarter mark.

The game’s opening two goals had come inside the first five minutes, Gearóid Fitzgerald scoring from Tralee’s first attack in the third minute. But their defence was caught napping at the other end two minutes later, allowing Roan Moriarty tap home.

A 24-minute period without a score in the second-half proved detrimental to Kerry U-21 selector Micheál O’Shea’s Killorglin side however, as Daire Cleary’s 62nd-minute free was purely consolation. However, Diarmuid O’Mahony and Darragh O’Connor had gone close to securing winning goals in the closing stages, but Paterson and goalkeeper Shane Foley stayed firm. At the other end, Cian O’Sullivan did make a decent save from close range to prevent the Green adding a third goal.

A first appearance in a Corn Ui Mhuiri semi-final since 2012 now awaits for Tralee CBS, where they will face Colaiste Chriost Ri, their third Cork opposition in the competition.

Scorers for Tralee CBS: M Kelliher (0-5, 3f), G Fitzgerald and J Mortimer (1-0 each), K O’Dwyer (0-2), E Greaney, T O’Connor and J O’Connor (0-1 each).

IS Killorglin: P Daly (0-4, 4f), R Moriarty (1-0), M Breen (0-2), C Teahan, P Carey, C Kennedy and D Cleary (f) (0-1 each)

TRALEE CBS: S Foley, B Patterson, T Lynch, J Myers, J Walsh, K Dwyer, A Clifford, J O’Connor, T O’Connor, S Donnellan, T Hoare, D Fitzmaurice, E Greaney, G Fitzgerald, M Kelliher
Subs: J Mortimer for Fitzmaurice (36), M Hoare for Greaney (52) and M Scanlon for Clifford (58).

IS KILORGLIN: C O’Sullivan, D O’Mahony, C Murphy, C Sugrue, D Mangan, P Carey, I McGuillicuddy, M Breen, C Teahan, D Casey, C Kennedy, D Cleary, P Daly (Laune Rangers), R Moriarty, D O’Connor.
Subs: K Fitzpatrick for Mangan (47), E O’Sullivan for Daly (58) and P Daly (Firies) for Casey (60).

Referee: K Walsh (Clare)

When – Wednesday January 18th at 1:30pm
Where – Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney
Referee – Kevin Walsh (Clare)
Next Round – The winners will play the winners of Colaiste Chriost Rí and St Francis College Rochestown in the Semi-Final on Saturday February 4th.

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

Results to Date

Tralee CBS
Group A Round 1 – Tralee CBS 1-15 Coláiste na Sceilge 0-11
Group A Round 2 – St. Francis College Rochestown 3-10 Tralee CBS 1-16
Group A Round 3 – Tralee CBS 1-10 Coláiste Choilm Ballincollig 0-4

IS Killorglin
Group C Round 1 – St Brendans Killarney 2-23 I.S. Killorglin 1-7
Group C Round 2 – I.S. Killorglin 2-14 Árdscoil Uí Urmaltaigh Bandon 1-7
Group C Round 3 – I.S. Killorglin 1-12 De La Salle College Macroom 2-8

Match Preview

The all Kerry schools Tralee CBS and IS Killorglin will play to determine which will qualify for this year’s Semi-Finals. Both schools won two and lost one of their Group games played before Christmas. In Group A, Tralee CBS recorded good victories over Coláiste na Sceilge and Coláiste Choilm Ballincollig, losing out in round two to St. Francis College Rochestown by three points. A number of the current Tralee CBS side finished as runners-up to St. Brendans Killarney in the 2014/2015 Frewen Cup. Kerry Minor Kieran Dwyer at centre-back and Dual Kerry Minor All-Ireland winner Tomás O’Connor at midfield will lead the Tralee CBS charge for a place in the semi-finals.

I.S. Killorglin on the other hand had a difficult round one assignment, playing the defending champions St. Brendans and losing out by 19 points. Killorglin rebounded from this set-back to record back to back victories over Árdscoil Uí Urmaltaigh Bandon (10 points) and De La Salle College Macroom (1 point) to qualify for the knockout stages in second place in Group C. Ian McGillycuddy’s late goal helped Killorglin to defeat De La Salle College Macroom to ensure qualification for the Quarter-Finals. Patrick Daly and Cian O’Shea combined for 7 points in that game.

Kevin Walsh (Clare) will take charge of this one at 1:30pm on Wednesday in Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.

Corn Ui Mhuiri Football Quarter-Final – St Brendans 2-18 PS Chorcha Dhuibhne 0-9

St Brendans defeated PS Chorcha Dhuibhne by 2-18 to 0-9 in the Corn Ui Mhuiri Football Quarter-Final on Wednesday at Milltown.

St Brendan’s turn on the power

Report By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

St Brendan’s, Killarney 2-18 Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne 0-9: A dominant second-half performance from St Brendan’s – in which the favourites outscored their opponents 2-10 to 0-2 – eased the Killarney outfit into the penultimate round of the Corn Uí Mhuirí.

When these two colleges collided at the quarter-final juncture 12 months ago, it was Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne who arrived into Dr Crokes’ field as reigning Corn Uí Mhuirí and Hogan Cup champions. St Brendan’s, the challengers on that occasion, brought to an end the Dingle school’s four-year dominance within Munster with a powerful display and the roles were very much reversed yesterday as Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne came as challengers, hoping to unseat last year’s provincial and All-Ireland champions.

Alas, their challenge ran aground early in the second period. With this quarter-final finely poised at 0-8 to 0-7 at the break, St Brendan’s cut loose upon the restart and hit 1-4 without reply between the 33rd and 40th minute to move 1-13 to 0-8 clear.

Dara Moynihan and Donnchadh O’Sullivan, who terrorised the Dingle defence throughout, established the first bit of daylight when kicking successive points to leave the scoreboard reading 0-11 to 0-8 in their favour. It was the first time more than two points had separated the sides – the teams were level on six occasions during a somewhat stop-start opening.

O’Sullivan would provide the contest’s opening goal on 35 minutes, collecting and finishing Cian Gammell’s through ball. A placed ball effort from the Firies centre-forward and a fantastic score involving the lively Jack Griffin, Ciaran Flynn and finished by corner-back Sean O’Leary followed thereafter to leave Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne in serious bother.

The Dingle outfit had delivered a rousing second-half performance to push St Brendan’s to a point in last October’s Kerry colleges final, but no such resistance was offered here and a Cathal Firtéar free on 43 minutes woule prove their last score of the afternoon. O’Sullivan (0-2, 0-1 free) and Moynihan continued to wreak havoc and the former, along with full-forward Mark O’Shea, was centrally involved in sub Michéal Devlin’s 56th minute goal.

Half-back Jack Griffin was rewarded for his many darting runs with a point late on. He was part of a defence which, having been stretched early on, completely shut up shop upon the change of ends. Most noticeable was the sight of three green shirts on the St Brendan’s 20-metre line each time Chorca Dhuibhne sought to engineer a score.

Ruadhán MacCárthaigh and Mícheál Ó Beoláin had enjoyed plenty of success when attacking down the right; the latter knocked over four first-half frees, while MacCárthaigh notched two fine points from distance. Their failure, however, to raise a gallop in the second-half was to prove their downfall.

Gary McGrath’s students now advance to meet St Flannan’s in the semi-final for a second successive season. Full-forward David Shaw, who missed yesterday’s game due to his presence in Florida at an AFL Academy camp, is expected to be home for the fixture.

Scorers for St Brendan’s, Killarney: D O’Sullivan (1-7, 0-4 frees); D Moynihan (0-5); M Devlin (1-0); S O’Leary, J Griffin, B Courtney (0-1 free), N McCarthy, M O’Shea, M Hartnett (0-1 each).

Scorers for Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne: M Ó Beoláin (0-4, 0-4 frees); R MacCárthaigh (0-2); C Firtéar (0-1 free), L Ó Bambaire, D Uosis (0-1 each).

St Brendan’s, Killarney: R Osborne (Legion); C Callaghan (Firies), C O’Donoghue (Glenflesk), S O’Leary (Kilcummin); J Griffin (Dr Crokes), M Potts (Dr Crokes), E Cosgrave (Firies); B Courtney (Dr Crokes), C Gammell (Legion); D Moynihan (Spa), D O’Sullivan (Firies), N Donoghue (Firies); N McCarthy (Spa), M O’Shea (Dr Crokes), C Flynn (Firies)
Subs: L McMonagle (Dr Crokes) for Cosgrave (47 mins); M Devlin (Legion) for McCarthy (53); M Hartnett (Dr Crokes) for Flynn (56); B Keane (Listry) for Donoghue (56); B Slattery (Legion) for Callaghan, O O’Donoghue ( Glenflesk) for Griffin (both 60).

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne: E Ó Brosnacháin (Daingean Uí Chúis); G Ó Leidhinn (Abha na Scáil), C Ó Muircheartaigh (Abha na Scáil), F Ó Cuanaigh (An Ghaeltacht); M Ághas (Daingean Uí Chúis), B Ó Conchúir (Daingean ÚI Chúis), F Sauerland (An Ghaeltacht); P Pól Sauerland (An Ghaeltacht), R MacCárthaigh (Daingean Úi Chúis); M Ó Beoláin (Daingean Uí Chúis), C Firtéar (Abha na Scáil), T Ó Dubháin (Daingean Uí Chúis); C Ó Failbhe (Abha na Scáil), L Ó Bambaire (An Ghaeltacht), D Uosis (Daingea Uí Chuis)
Subs: A MacAmhlaoibh (An Ghaeltacht) for Ó Beoláin (47); R Ó Beaglaoich (An Ghaeltacht) for Uosis (53); S Ó Conchúir (An Ghaeltacht) for Ó Failbhe (56)

Referee: E Walsh (Kerry).

When – Wednesday January 18th at 1:30pm
Where – Milltown
Referee – Eddie Walsh (Kerry)
Next Round – The winners will play the winners of St Flannans and Mercy Mounthawk in the Semi-Final on Saturday February 4th.

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

Results to Date

PS Chorcha Dhuibhne
Group D Round 1 – P.S Chorcha Dhuibhne 1-21 P.S Rathmore 3-6
Group D Round 2 – P.S Chorcha Dhuibhne 0-13 St. Fachtnas Skibbereen 0-6
Group D Round 3 – St Flannans 0-9 P.S Chorcha Dhuibhne 0-5

St Brendans
Group C Round 1 – St Brendans Killarney 2-23 I.S. Killorglin 1-7
Group C Round 2 – St Brendans Killarney 1-15 De La Salle College Macroom 1-8
Group C Round 3 – St Brendans Killarney 2-24 Árdscoil Uí Urmaltaigh Bandon 0-8

Match Preview

The undoubted clash of the Quarter-Round in the Corn Ui Mhuiri Football competition is the meeting of Kerry rivals Pobalscoil Chorcha Dhuibhne and St Brendans. Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne won this title four years in succession from 2012 to 2015 before being dethroned last year when St. Brendans Killarney captured Corn Ui Mhuiri and Hogan Cup honours. The schools met at this stage of the competition last season at Lewis Road where St. Brendans ran out comprehensive winners on a scoreline of 1-14 to 0-4, the goal coming from David Clifford.

Pobalscoil Chorcha Dhuibhne’s quest to return to the top table in this competition began well in the group stages before Christmas courtesy of victories over P.S Rathmore (9 points) and St. Fachtnas Skibbereen (7 points). However, in the final round of the group stages, Pobalscoil Chorcha Dhuibhne lost out by four points to St. Flannans to finish second in Group D. The Dingle school will look to forwards Killian Falvey, Deividas Usosis and Liam Bambury to record the scores to dethrone the defending champions.

St. Brendans on the other hand have been very impressive in the group stages, defeating I.S. Killorglin, De La Salle College Macroom and Árdscoil Uí Urmaltaigh Bandon by a combined 48 points to demonstrate their ambitions to retain their Munster and All-Ireland titles at this grade. Six of last year’s starting line-up are available for selection this season and they have looked a formidable outfit in this year’s competition to date.

Eddie Walsh is the man in the middle for this one on Wednesday next with a 1:30pm throw-in at Milltown.

Co-Op Munster Hurling League – Cork 0-25 Waterford 1-19

Cork defeated Waterford by 0-25 to 1-19 in the Co-Op Munster Hurling League on Wednesday January 18th at Mallow.

Cork bench turn on the magic to kill off Waterford

Report by Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Cork 0-25 Waterford 1-19: Cork’s Kieran Kingston had his bench to thank for a third consecutive Co-Op Munster SHL win, with three of the players called down from the stand providing the crucial scores.

With proceedings in Mallow tied at 1-18 to 0-21 four minutes from time, Daniel Kearney struck his fifth point to edge Cork back in front – Kearney started the game at midfield but wielded far greater influence when moved forward in the second period.

Thereafter, Alan Cadogan, one of the second-half subs, pick-pocketed a Waterford defender, threw possession across to fellow reserve Darragh Fitzgibbon and the Charleville youngster put two between the sides.

Tom Devine subsequently narrowed the margin, but it was to prove the visitors’ concluding score. Cork, on the other hand, weren’t done yet and could have had a goal but for Ian O’Regan’s flying save to tip Shane Kingston’s shot over the bar; Kingston the second Cork replacement to write his name onto the scoresheet.

Cadogan’s 72nd minute point brought that figure to three, the same number of wins the Rebels have now clocked this January. It was an encouraging win for the home side given their laboured start and paucity of scorers in the opening period.

Waterford had returned to the dressing room 1-10 to 0-12 in front at the break, a scoreline the visiting management are sure to have been slightly frustrated with given they led by 1-6 to 0-2 a quarter of an hour in. The Bennett brothers contributed 0-4 of this opening burst; Shane nailed three placed ball efforts while Stephen found the range with a well struck shot from out the field. Left half-forward Eamonn Murphy supplied the green flag after seven minutes.

Tom Devine provided the final pass and Murphy met the sliotar on the hop to give Anthony Nash no chance in the Cork goal. Kieran Kingston’s charges had yet to get going and it wasn’t until Robbie O’Flynn expertly picked out Patrick Horgan for Cork’s opening score from play after 17 minutes the Rebels began to show any hint of potency. Mind you, it was the threat of Horgan alone that had the home side just the one in arrears at the break – the Cork full-forward tallied 0-10 of their first-half dozen.

Two apiece from Horgan and Kearney early in the second period propelled Cork into the lead for the first time, although this was followed by a 15-minute barren spell where the Déise, through Shane Bennett, replied with four on the hop. It made for a decent conclusion, one in which Cork’s second-half introductions stood up.

Waterford entertain Clare this Sunday, while Cork are not in action until next Wednesday when they are the visitors to Sixmilebridge.

Scorers for Cork: P Horgan (0-13, 0-9 frees); D Kearney (0-5); R O’Flynn (0-2); D Brosnan, L Meade, D Fitzgibbon, S Kingston, A Cadogan (0-1 each).

Scorers for Waterford: Shane Bennett (0-9, 0-8 frees); Stephen Bennett (0-5); E Murphy (1-1); B O’Keeffe, C Roche , T Devine, B Nolan (0-1 each).

Cork: A Nash; J Sheehan, C Spillane, S O’Donoghue; C O’Leary, L McLoughlin, C Joyce; C Murphy, D Kearney; D Brosnan, L Meade, M O’Halloran; M Cahalane, P Horgan, R O’Flynn.
Subs: D Fitzgibbon for O’Halloran, C Lehane for Calahane (both HT); M Coleman for Murphy (48); A Cadogan for Brosnan (61); S Kingston for O’Flynn (59).

Waterford: I O’Regan; I Kenny, S Roche, C Chester; D Lyons, S Keating, C Lyons; M Kearney, E Madigan; B O’Keeffe, Stephen Bennett, E Murphy; C Roche, T Devine, Shane Bennett.
Subs: M O’Brien for Madigan (48); C Gleeson for Chester (49); B Nolan for Kearney (54); A Molumby for Shane Bennett (57); J Lyons for Murphy (67).

Referee: F Horgan (Tipperary)

Team News

The Cork Senior Hurling team to play Waterford on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the Mallow GAA, Complex has been announced as follows.

1. Anthony Nash – Kanturk
2. Jack Sheehan – Erins Own
3. Colm Spillane – Castlelyons
4. Sean O’Donoghue – Inniscarra
5. Chris O Leary – Valley Rovers
6. Lorcan McLoughlin – Kanturk
7. Christopher Joyce – Na Piarsaigh
8. Cormac Murphy – Mallow
9. Daniel Kearney – Sarsfields
10. Dean Brosnan – Glen Rovers
11. Luke Meade – Newcestown
12. Michael O Halloran – Blackrock
13. Michael Cahalane – Bandon
14. Patrick Horgan – Glen Rovers
15. Robbie O Flynn – Erins Own
16. Patrick Collins – Ballinhassig
17. Stephen McDonnell – Glen Rovers
18. David Griffin – Carrigaline
19. Cian Walsh – St Finbarr’s
20. Mark Coleman – Blarney
21. Billy Hennessey – St Finbarr’s
22. Darragh Fitzgibbon – Charleville
23. Shane Kingston – Douglas
24. Alan Cadogan – Douglas
25. Conor Lehane – Midleton
26. Shane O Keeffe – Blackrock