Waterford Senior Hurling Final – Ballygunner 2-18 De La Salle 0-16

Ballygunner defeated De La Salle by 2-18 to 0-16 in the Waterford Senior Hurling Final on Sunday October 22nd at Walsh Park Waterford.




Cork Senior Football Final Replay – Nemo Rangers 4-12 St. Finbarr’s 3-13

Nemo Rangers defeated St. Finbarr’s by 4-12 to 3-13 in the Cork Senior Football Final Replay on Sunday October 22nd at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.


Nemo Rangers recover from slow start to win Cork SFC final replay

Nemo Rangers 4-12 St Finbarr’s 3-13

Four superbly crafted goals enabled Nemo Rangers edge St Finbarr’s in the Cork SFC replay at Páirc Uí Chaoimh today, writes Ger McCarthy for the Irish Examiner newspaper/

St Finbarr’s got off to a dream start, scoring 1-1 without reply. Nemo’s cause wasn’t helped by an injury to Cian McWhinny that saw the corner-back stretchered off. Yet, the Capwell club recovered from their slow start to level when Ciarán Dalton (point) and Jack Horgan (goal) got their names on the scoresheet.

The remainder of an evenly-fought half saw both sides exchange scores ahead of 10 minutes of injury time where Nemo surged 2-6 to 1-5 in front courtesy of a marvellous Luke Connolly goal.

After the break, Paul Kerrigan and Adrian Grainey found the net to seemingly confirm Nemo as champions, but a late St Finbarr’s comeback including Eoin Finn and Stephen Sherlock goals setup a grandstand finale.

Nemo Rangers manager Larry Kavangh said he had experienced a mixture of emotions in Pairc Ui Chaoimh’s press room shortly after guiding the club to the 2017 Cork SFC title.

Aftwerwards, it was difficult for the Nemo bainisteoir to process a county final replay in which Nemo appeared home and dry before St Finbarr’s staged a late but ultimately unsuccessful comeback.

When asked what he remembered, in the immediate aftermath, a relieved Kavanagh struggled to make sense of what he had just witnessed.
“I remember very little of it to be honest,” Kavanagh said.

“I don’t know where the last 15 minutes went. I looked up to the scoreboard at one stage when we were 11 or 12 up and said we are home and dry. The last 15 minutes were a bit of blur to me and we probably had emptied the bench at that stage so there wasn’t a whole lot we could have done.

“I don’t know how they got that goal from the free, Micheal is over there talking at the minute, but look, we hung on, and it’s all about winning.”

The cliché that goals win games was never more apt on an afternoon seven green flags were raised, but Larry Kavanagh was just thankful his players were able to find the net when it mattered most.

“I’d say it was a great game for the neutral as there were lots of goals going in,” the Nemo Rangers manager commented.

“Jack Horgan got a bullet although I thought he might have overdone it in the buildup. I thought he would put over but it was a goal. Luke’s (Connolly) one, you’d say don’t be taking it on from such an impossible angle but again, a great goal.

“Paul Kerrigan and Adrian Grainey showed great composure but their chances were there to be finished. It is something we have been working on because in some of our other games we haven’t been finishing.

“I thought Paul Kerrigan had a huge game for us today and I’m delighted for him. How do you quantify his experience though? I’m delighted as the semi-final didn’t go too well for him when maybe he was trying too hard. I’m absolutely thrilled for him.”

St Finbarr’s reaction

Meanwhile, disappointed St Finbarr’s coach Ray Keane paid tribute to his young charges after their narrow defeat, writes Barry Coughlan.

Having drawn the first game after coming back from six points down, St Finbarr’s clawed back 10 points in an astonishing last quarter and only just fell short on a scoreline of 4-12 to 3-13.

Two points was the losing margin and Keane praised his troops for what he described as “a typical performance.” “If I asked these guys to go to the top of a mountain 10 times in succession they would do it for me.

“They have huge heart in them, they dug deep again, it never surprises me what they’re capable of. From that point of view I don’t ever think we’re gone out of a game.

“Very simply, I always thought they would get stuck in and give Nemo a fright and they did just that in the last quarter – a very big fright.

“We started very well but unfortunately, and it was unfortunate given there was a bad injury to one of their players. That disrupted the flow of the game, our flow a bit, because we had got the start we needed and they got a wonder goal from Luke Connolly.

“Look, at the end of the day there were just two points, small margins, but I take my hat off to Nemo – they have been there and done it before, and you could see that in the last couple of minutes.”

Scorers for Nemo Rangers: P Kerrigan (1-2), L Connolly (1-1), J Horgan (1-1), A Grainey (1-0), C Dalton and P Gumley (0-2 each), T Ó Sé, K Fulignati, A O’Donovan and B O’Driscoll (0-1 each).

Scorers for St Finbarr’s: S Sherlock (2-7, 3f), E Finn (1-0), R O’Mahony (0-2), D O’Brien, C Lyons, D Quinn and E Dennehy (0-1 each).

NEMO RANGERS: M A Martin; C McWhinney, A O’Reilly (captain), A Cronin; T ÓSé, S Cronin, K Fulignati; A O’Donovan, J Horgan; B O’Driscoll, P Kerrigan, C O’Brien; L Connolly, P Gumley, C Dalton.
Subs: K O’Donovan for C McWhinny (8, inj), J O’Donovan for K Fulignati (36), A Grainey for C O’Brien (37, inj), M Dorgan for J Horgan (54), K Fulignati for A Cronin (54), C Horgan for P Gumley (57).

ST. FINBARR’S: D Murphy; D Quinn, J Burns, A McCarthy; A O’Connor, S Ryan, G O’Connor; I Maguire (captain), C Lyons; D O’Brien, M Shields, E Dennehy; R Leahy, R O’Mahony, S Sherlock.
Subs: E Finn for D O’Brien (42), C Myers-Murray for R Leahy (46), C Keane for C Lyons (46), I O’Callaghan for R O’Mahony (52), R O’Dwyer for S Ryan (57), P Kennedy for G O’Connor (59).

Referee: J Bermingham (Bride Rovers)

Kerry Senior Football Final – Dr. Crokes 0-17 South Kerry 1-12

Dr Crokes defeated South Kerry by 0-17 to 1-12 in the Kerry Senior Football Final on Sunday October 22nd at Austin Stack Park Tralee.



Limerick Senior Football Final – Adare 2-10 Newcastlewest 1-10

Adare defeated Newcastlewest by 2-10 to 1-10 in the Limerick Senior Football Final on Sunday October 22nd at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.


AIB Munster Intermediate Club Hurling Championship Quarter-Final – Kanturk (Cork) 2-17 St Mary’s (Tipperary) 0-11

Kanturk (Cork) defeated St Mary’s (Tipperary) by 2-17 to 0-11 in the AIB Munster Intermediate Club Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday October 22nd at Mallow.


AIB Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship Quarter-Final

Kanturk (Cork) 2-17 St. Mary’s (Tipperary) 0-11

Report by Ed Donnelly

After a slow start, Kanturk produced a dominant display to qualify for the semi-final of the Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship following a 12-point victory over St. Mary’s of Clonmel on Sunday in Mallow.

Played on a dry day in front of an audience of 1,030 paying customers, St. Mary’s played the better hurling in the opening quarter and led by 0-3 to 0-1 after 12 minutes, the best score coming from the stick of Tipperary inter-county star Seamus Kennedy. Kanturk also suffered a significant blow in the seventh minute when Aidan Walsh, clearly hampered by injury from the start, was replaced. Kanturk were under serious pressure in this period but time after time, the Cork defenders won their individual battles to keep the deficit to manageable levels.

Lorcan McLoughlin was doing well at midfield and with the Kanturk defence on top, eventually the Kanturk scoring machine began to motor. In particular, Liam O’Keeffe, Ian Walsh and Donnacha Kennelly were causing all sorts of problems in the St. Mary’s defence and despite hitting 10 first half wides, Kanturk scored nine unanswered points from the 17th to the 28th minute to race in to a seven-point lead. St. Mary’s substitute Eric Walsh managed to break their scoring drought with a point from play in first half injury time and at the interval, Kanturk led by 0-10 to 0-4.

St. Mary’s needed a good start to the second half and they duly delivered with three unanswered points in the opening five minutes to reduce the deficit to a goal. Kanturk replied with a point before a Mark Healy goal in the 39th minute re-established the Cork side’s grip on this game. Kanturk maintained their seven-point cushion for the next 10 minutes or so before the match was ended as a contest in the 52nd minute as Donnacha Kennelly found the St. Mary’s net to leave the score 2-13 to 0-9.

St. Mary’s tried to the finish to raise a green flag but on this day, there would be no consolation score and Kanturk laid down a marker to all and sundry in this competition that they will be a force to be reckoned with. The contribution of 2-17 allied hitting 16 wides and missing some goal chances shows their potential up front. However, the Kanturk defence on this day were totally dominant, forcing the St. Mary’s side to replace their entire full-forward line with no scores from play for that line.

Kanturk will now travel to play Ballyduff (Kerry) in two weeks time in the Munster semi-final while St. Mary’s look forward to returning to the Senior Hurling ranks in 2018.

2017 Munster Club Championship Fixtures / Results

Kanturk: Anthony Nash; Paul Walsh, John McLoughlin, Alan Sheehy; John Browne, Darren Browne, Mark Healy (1-1); Lorcan McLoughlin (0-1 free), Ryan Walsh (0-1); Ian Walsh (0-5), Lorcan O’Neill, Aidan Walsh; Donnacha Kennelly (1-3), Alan O’Keeffe, Liam O’Keeffe (0-5, 0-3 frees)
Subs: James Fitzpatrick for Aidan Walsh (7m, injured), Martin O’Riordan for Alan O’Keeffe (41m), Denis O’Connor (0-1) for Ryan Walsh (53m) Jordon Fullerton for Paul Walsh (59m), Christopher Mullane for Ian Walsh (61m)

St. Mary’s: Shane O’Neill, Joe Gunne, Kyle Peters, Paul Nolan; Liam Ryan, Ross Peters, Sammy Ryan; Richie Gunne, Jamie Peters; Jason Lonergan (0-3), Gearoid Buckley, Seamus Kennedy (0-4, 0-3 frees); Dean Fitzgerald, Darren Cass, Sean Kennedy (0-1 free)
Subs: Eric Walsh (0-1) for Joe Gunne (26m), Gavin Ryan (0-1) for Gearoid Buckley (HT), Matt Barlow (0-1) for Sean Kennedy (41m), Conor O’Sullivan for Dean Fitzgerald (41m), Stephen Buckley for Darren Cass (53m)

Referee: Thomas Walsh (Waterford)


AIB Munster Intermediate Club Hurling Championship Quarter-Final – Kilmaley (Clare) 1-20 Murroe-Boher (Limerick) 0-22

Kilmaley (Clare) defeated Murroe-Boher (Limerick) by 1-20 to 0-22 after extra time in the AIB Munster Intermediate Club Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday October 22nd at Cusack Park Ennis.


Munster club heartbreak for Limerick champions Murroe-Boher

Report by Jerome O’Connell for the Limerick Leader newspaper

JUST four days after their Limerick Premier IHC final replay win, Murroe-Boher suffered heartbreak in extra time in the Munster club IHC quarter final. The final scored was Murroe-Boher 0-22 Kilmaley 1-20 in Cusack Park in Ennis this Sunday.

Clare champions Kilmaley now advance to a semi final meeting with Waterford’s An Rinn or Clonea on November 5. It was 1-7 to 0-6 to the Clare champions at half time.

The Kilmaley lead could have been greater but for their tally of 10 wides in the opening 30-minutes – Murroe-Boher had six wides of their own. Before Murroe-Boher had settled, Kilmaley had the sliothar in the net – Daire Keane the scorer after a period of play when the Limerick champions should have cleared their lines.

Murroe-Boher did settle and Seanie Tobin (free) and Dylan Sheehan had points in reply to the early goal. Sheehan had two early points and it was 1-1 to 0-3 before Kilmaley had their first point from play in the 12th minute. When Tobin brothers Seanie and Pat had back-to-back points from play the game was level, 1-2 to 0-5 with 19-minutes played. It was to be Kilmaley that finished the half on top with five of the last six points – two from Michael O’Malley from midfield.

Dylan O’Connor and Seanie Tobin had early second half points for Murroe-Boher and when Sheehan had his third of the day from play, it was 1-9 to 0-11 at the mid-point of the second half. With 10-minutes to go the game was level for the second time, 1-11 to 0-14 with successive points from play for Seanie Tobin. Sub Diarmuid Byrnes then had Murroe-Boher ahead for the first time but the Kilmaley response was points from Cian Moloney (free) and Daire Keane to wrestle back the lead with five minutes to play.

In injury time Karl Cusack popped up to ensure extra time. It was a 60-minute period that saw Kilmaley register 13 wides and Murroe-Boher nine.

Kilmaley were 1-16 to 0-18 ahead at half time in extra time – Mickey O’Neill (2) and Sean Kennedy putting the Clare side. Jack Casey had two points in reply. Daire Keane and Cian Moloney (free) had Kilmaley points in the second period of extra time but back came Murroe-Boher with three unansered points from Seanie Tobin to lead 0-22 to 1-18.

Then Daire Keane levelled yet again. Then came the late late winner from a Michael O’Malley ‘65.

MURROE-BOHER: William Tobin; Barry Cusack, Seamus Hickey, Brian Timmons; Matthew Hanly, Darragh Kennedy, Finn Hourigan; Aaron Kennedy, Dylan Sheehan; Jack Casey, Conor Byrnes, Sean Tobin; Darren Dunlea, Pat Tobin, Cillian Byrnes.
Subs: Ross Kennedy for Barry Cusack, inj (20mins), Dylan O’Connor for Aaron Kennedy (h-t), Karl Cusack for Conor Byrnes, inj (36mins), Diarmuid Byrnes for Matthew Hanly (50mins), Kevin Clohessy for Cillian Byrnes (e-t), Aaron Kennedy for Darren Dunlea (e-t), Matthew Hanly for Finn Hourigan (e-t), Barry Cusack for Pat Tobin (h-t, e-t).

KILMALEY: Bryan O’Loughlin; Sean Kennedy, Colin McGuane, Martin O’Connor; Eoin Enright, Conor Cleary, Sean Kennedy; Aidan McGuane, Michael O’Malley; Ken Kennedy, Sean O’Loughlin, Brian Cahill; Cian Moloney, Daire Keane, Eamonn Bracken.
Subs: Alan Markham for Brian Cahill (h-t), Michael O’Neill for Eamonn Bracken (45mins), Paraic McNamara for Sean O’Loughlin (60mins), Conor Neylon for Conor McMahon (61mins), Stephen McNamare for Cian Moloney (13mins, e-t), Eamonn Bracken for Aidan McGuane (13mins, e-t), Noel Casey for Sean Kennnedy, 19mins, e-t).

REFEREE: John Mc Cormack (Tipperary).

AIB Munster Junior Club Hurling Championship Quarter-Final – Ballybacon-Grange (Tipperary) 5-24 Kenmare (Kerry) 1-4

Ballybacon-Grange (Tipperary) defeated Kenmare (Kerry) by 5-24 to 1-4 in the AIB Munster Junior Club Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday October 28th at Ardfinnan.


Ballybacon/Grange stroll to 32-points win in Munster championship

ALL TOO EASY FOR HOME SIDE

Munster Junior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final

BALLYBACON/GRANGE 5-24 :: 1-4 KENMARE

Report by Jeddy Walsh for the Nationalist newspaper

At Ardfinnan this afternoon, Ballybacon/Grange strolled to the easiest of victories in a totally one-sided Munster Junior Hurling Champioship quarter-final against Kerry representatives Kenmare. Indeed, long before the full-time whistle was sounded the Tipperary representatives had ensured their passage to the provincial semi-finals, but in truth they will have gained little or learned much from what was not much more than a good training session for them.

Still awaiting their county final, but selected to represent the county on the basis that Toomevara have more than one team, Ballybacon/Grange after a slow opening quarter put the Kerry boys to the sword eventually.

At the interval the home side were almost home and hosed leading by 2-11 to 1-3, but if the first half was one-sided the second half was simply off the scale with Ballybacon outscoring the visitors by 3-13 to 0-1. There was no sense or meaning to game in the end such was the gulf in class between the sides. Kenmare, only third choice as Kerry representatives after Kilgarvan and Crokes had declined the offer, were no match for a very decent home outfit.

The winners now find themselves still in two competitions as we begin November – a county decider against Toome’ and a Munster semi-final – but they would surely have welcomed a stiffer test today in preparation for both. For the visitors from South Kerry, it was a second visit to South Tipperary inside a year. Twelve months ago Kenmare’s intermediate footballers en route to a provincial title stopped off in Clonmel to annihilate Tipp champions Fethard by 4-25 to 0-5; a year later though the shoe was on the other foot in the small ball code.

After 10 minutes of today’s game no one could have envisaged the eventual outcome as the two sides were level at 0-2 apiece. However a 12th minute goal from Daniel O’Regan after the Kenmare keeper Patrick Palmer failed to deal adequately with a sideline cut handed the initiative softly to the home side. Five minutes later Palmer was forced off with a wrist injury forcing Johnny Breen back from full-forward to take up the custodian’s role.

Ballybacon suddenly found a rich vein of form with five rapid points from play from Aidan Savage, Gerry Cronin, Aaron Lonergan, Daniel O’Regan and midfielder Brian Dillon. A second goal rifled home in the 23rd minute by Declan Walsh, after another long sideline cut had caused consternation in the Kenmare goalmouth, put Ballybacon eight points clear and there was no way back after that.

Kenmare midfielder and captain Kevin O’Sullivan hit a point from half-way for his side’s first point from play after 26 minutes – the two earlier scores were James Duncan frees. And it was Duncan again who had the honour of scoring his side’s only goal in the 19th minute after O’Sullivan’s long delivery bobbled about in Brendan Cummins’ goalmouth area. Not too many Kerrymen can boast of having beaten the five-times All-Star with a goal.

At the break the Sean Maher managed Ballybacon were 11 points to the good at 2-11 to 1-3 with all six forwards having scored from play. At the break it looked ominous for the visitors.

And so it turned out as within 90 seconds of the restart Ballybacon, via Declan Walsh, Michael O’Sullivan and the outstanding Aaron Lonergan, had tagged on three more points without reply.

Indeed there was to be just one reply from Kenmare in the whole of the second half, a free from halfway by James Duncan after 38 minutes.

Ten minutes after the re-start Gavin Whelan, just on the field as an early second half sub, banged home his side’s third goal after a good move involving Michael Barlow and Aaron Lonergan.

The fourth goal came soon afterwards when ‘man of the match’ Aaron Lonergan soloed through to blast low to the net on the run making it 4-17 to 1-4 with 17 minutes still to play.

Gavin Whelan completed the goalscoring in the 48th minute when finishing nicely for his second goal.

The remaining 12 minutes was more akin to a backs-and-forwards session with the attackers having the better of it, during which time Michael Barlow (2), Aaron Lonergan, Oisin Ryan, Billy Hewitt and Johnny English all got their names on the scoreboard with points. By the end of the day 13 different Ballybacon players had scored.

Ballybacon will scarcely get a handier game than this anywhere but they can only play what is put in front of them. The backline were on top throughout conceding a meagre 1-1 from open play with Michael Barlow to the fore with a lot of deliveries. In the forwards Billy Hewitt was central in so much of their good work with Daniel O’Regan and Aaron Lonergan in particular scoring well. Substitute Gavin Whelan on his introduction took his two goals excellently.

Kenmare are one of just four junior sides in the whole of Kerry and in fairness to them they took on the Munster challenge when others declined. With little hurling done this year – one game in competitive action in Kerry – it was clear that they were lacking match sharpness against Ballybacon. But what they lacked in first touch and craft they more than made up for in effort and the likes of Kevin O’Sullivan, James Duncan, Tommy O’Sullivan, Maurice Fitzgerald and especially David Cronin who played his heart out in an overstretched back line, they gave of their all. You can only but admire their efforts.

Ballybacon’s centre-forward Billy Hewitt soloes through the heart of the Kenmare defence with Kenmare captain Kevin O’Sullivan in pursuit.

BALLYBACON GRANGE: Brendan Cummins (0-1F), Philip Walsh, Eoin Walsh, Craig Carrigan (Captain), Sean Nagle, Colin O’Gorman, Michael Barlow (0-2), Michael O’Sullivan (0-1), Brian Dillon (0-1), Daniel O’Regan (1-3), Billy Hewitt (0-4), Gerry Cronin (0-1), Aaron Lonergan (1-6, 0-2F), Declan Walsh (1-2), Aidan Savage (0-1).
Subs: Colm O’Shaughnessy for Carrigan (35), Gavin Whelan (2-0) for D. Walsh (35), James O’Mahoney for O’Regan (43), Johnny English (0-1) for Savage (45) Oisin Ryan (0-1) for O’Sullivan (47).

KENMARE: Patrick Palmer, Maurice Fitzgerald, Tommy O’Sullivan, David Cronin, Paul O’Sullivan, Brian O’Sullivan, David Crowley, Kevin O’Sullivan (Captain, 0-1), Colm O’Sullivan, James Duncan (1-3, 0-3F), David Hallissey, Shane Duncan, Micheál McCarthy, Johnny Breen, Joseph Doyle.
Subs: Shannon Ryan for Palmer (inj, 17), Aidan Quinlan for Ryan (35), Brian Finnegan for Doyle (43), Mort O’Shea for P. O’Sullivan (50).

Referee: Joe Larkin (Cork)

AIB Munster Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final – Mallow (Cork) 1-11 Dungarvan (Waterford) 0-11

Mallow (Cork) defeated Dungarvan (Waterford) by 1-11 to 0-11 in the AIB Munster Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday October 29th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.

Clare Senior Football Final – Kilmurry-Ibrickane 1-14 Clondegad 0-14

Kilmurry-Ibrickane defeated Clondegad by 1-14 to 0-14 in the Clare Senior Football Final on Sunday October 29th at Cusack Park Ennis.



AIB Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship Quarter-Final – Ballygunner (Waterford) 1-21 Thurles Sarsfields (Tipperary) 1-19

Ballygunner (Waterford) defeated Thurles Sarsfields (Tipperary) by 1-21 to 1-19 in the AIB Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday October 29th at Walsh Park Waterford.




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