Allianz Football League Division 4 – Laois 2-12 Limerick 0-9

Laois defeated Limerick by 2-12 to 0-9 in Round 1 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Saturday January 27th at O’Moore Park Portlaoise.


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McGrath Cup Football Final – Cork 3-13 Clare 3-12

Cork defeated Clare by 3-13 to 3-12 in the McGrath Cup Football Final on Saturday January 13th at Mallow.


Sherlock to rescue as Clare force Cork to play catch-up

Report by Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

McGrath Cup Final

CORK 3-13 CLARE 3-12

For the 691 spectators filing out of Mallow last Saturday evening, there was little doubt about the headline.

Stephen Sherlock’s close-range goal in the 73rd minute had stolen victory for Cork over Clare and won the Rebels their first silverware of the season, the McGrath Cup.

Both managers left Mallow with positives. Cork boss Ronan McCarthy saw his team trail with time almost up, but they created three goal chances in the last five minutes and Sherlock’s cool finish won them the game.

Colm Collins of Clare saw his side fall behind by ten points midway through the first half but a storming 20 minutes after the break got them three points ahead. On the other hand, both nursed nagging worries on the drive home as well.

Cork were overrun by Clare in the second half and couldn’t stem the tide until they emptied their bench; Clare were leading in injury time but couldn’t marshal the bodies in front of goal to deny Cork a match-winning opportunity. Little wonder that was still on Collins’ mind after the game.

“It’s very disappointing to lose a game like that, a goal in the last minute, and we’d feel we could have been a lot better there, but overall we’d be very happy with our second-half display. We took the game to Cork and got some very good scores. There are a good few things to brush up on, but the competition has served us well – and congrats to Cork on the robbery!”

In the red and white corner Ronan McCarthy was still trying to puzzle out the proceedings.

“It’s very hard to know what to make of it. I thought the scoreboard flattered us massively at half-time, when we were seven points up. They were good up front, they moved us around very well, the two goals we got early in the first half gave us a cushion at half-time that, based on the way we played, we probably didn’t deserve. In the second half our energy levels dropped a little and they took over, and then we made a few substitutions and we got some momentum in the last seven or eight minutes. We had three goal opportunities in the last four or five minutes and we managed to take one. It was a funny kind of a game, it’s hard to know what to make of it.”

Both diagnoses were correct. Cork had two goals on the board in the first six minutes thanks to Mark Collins and Sherlock, but Clare were far from outclassed and, as McCarthy said, their movement up front caused the Cork defence issues all evening. Cork were 2-8 to 0-4 ahead late in the half when Keelan Sexton got inside to hammer home a fine goal to leave it 2-8 to 1-4 at the break.

Clare stormed into the second half, hitting 1-4 without reply and they were level at the three quarter stage, when a long ball from Eimhin Courtney squirted past Cork ‘keeper Mark White for a vital score.

Cork emptied the bench, bringing on trump cards like Sean Powter and Ian Maguire, and Clare were pegged back. They saw their crossbar rattled by Pádraig Clancy in the 70th minute and Sherlock had an injury-time shot turned away by Killian Roche.

Sherlock pointed a free to make it a two point game and then hit that dramatic late winner.

“We gave them a dream start,” said Collins, “And while they were very well-taken goals by good Cork forwards, they came from silly mistakes from us. We gave them two goals of a start, and to come back from that to bring it to the last minute – that was good.”

McCarthy acknowledged the Banner quality: “To be fair to Clare, in general play overall they were superior to us in the first half, and in the second half there was a good 20 minutes when they were well on top. We lacked a foothold in the game and I don’t know how it turned, we got some momentum in the last few minutes when fellas threw the shackles off and started chasing the game, and we got a result out of it.”

Scorers for Cork: S. Sherlock (3 frees, 2-3); M. Collins (1-1); M. Hurley (0-4) C. Vaughan (1 free, 0-3); C. Kiely, D. O’Callaghan (0-1 each).

Scorers for Clare: E. Courtney (1-3); C. Finucane (3 frees 0-5); K. Sexton (1-1); A. Sweeney (1-0); C. O’Connor (45), D. Bohannon, G. O’Brien (0-1 each).

CORK: M. White, S. Ryan, C. Dorman, M. McSweeney, P. Clancy, K. Flahive, C. Kiely, J. O’Sullivan (c), D. O’Callaghan, S. White, K. Crowley, M. Hurley, C. Vaughan, M. Collins, S. Sherlock.
Subs: C. Dorgan for Vaughan (inj, 33); I. Maguire and S. Powter for Dorman and Crowley (52); R. Deane for Collins (53); S. Powter for O’Callaghan (54); D. Quinn for S. White (58).

CLARE: K. Roche, E. O’Connor, C. Brennan, G. Kelly, T. Hannan, A. Fitzgerald, J. Malone, S. O’Donoghue, C. O’Connor (c), P. Lillis, A. Sweeney, K. Malone, E. Courtney, K. Sexton, C. Finucane.
Subs: E. Collins for Kelly (blood, 7-11); D. Egan, D. Bohannon and G. O’Brien for S. O’Donoghue, T. Hannan and K. Malone (all HT); J. Mulligan and M. O’Leary for A. Sweeney and E. Collins (60).

Referee: S. Mulvihill (Kerry).



Ticket Information

Adult General Admission: €10.00
Student/OAP’s: receive €5.00 concession on full priced adult tickets prior to entry with Valid ID
U-16’s: Free


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Munster Hurling League Final – Limerick 0-16 Clare 0-10

Limerick defeated Clare by 0-16 to 0-10 in the Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League Final on Sunday January 14th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.


Skipper Browne content as Treaty preparations pay off

Report by Kieran Shannon for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Co-Op Superstores Munster SHL final

LIMERICK 0-16 CLARE 0-10

When Clare sub David Reidy struck over a free with the last puck of this Co-Op Superstores Munster League final for what was his team’s first score in over 25 minutes, the fact it failed to muster a cheer, even of the ironic variety, from the Clare support seemed symptomatic of how redundant this fixture had been reduced to.

For large periods of that second half, Clare gave the impression of a team about as interested in winning back a trophy they won two years ago as Tipperary and Waterford, who didn’t even enter the competition, letting Limerick rack up seven points without reply — and without necessarily having to play especially fluently, either. It would be misleading though to simply dismiss the exercise as meaningless for all concerned.



3,209 spectators made their way through the Gaelic Grounds turnstiles, a bigger crowd than the venue has taken in for a considerable amount of league games this past seven years as the county has found itself stuck in the Groundhog Division that’s 1B. The Limerick team and management certainly took it as an opportunity to further help with preparations for the upcoming league and finally escape from the monotony of life outside the top division.

While it wouldn’t have been something John Kiely would have been necessarily cognisant of, five of the previous eight winners of the Munster League went on later that season to win either a Munster title, a national league, or as was the case with Clare in 2013, the All-Ireland itself, while 2014 winners Tipperary went within a Hawk-Eye call of doing likewise. The chance to win some pre-season silverware wasn’t something such a young team could turn their noses up to at this stage in their development.

“It was a good solid win,” captain Paul Browne would acknowledge, minutes after lifting that item of silverware. “The most pleasing aspect was that some of what we’ve been doing in training the last couple of weeks came to fruition on the pitch. Lads are better prepared this year. Everyone knows their role, knows what they’re supposed to be doing. You saw that out there today — lads were flying around the place and balls were going into hand, even in the poor conditions, and the touch was good, so we’re happy about that.”

What also pleased Browne was how newcomers like Aaron Gillane and Barry O’Connell put up their hand and also, as he put it, “younger older lads like Tom Morrissey” performed so well. Gillane, who scored seven points in last September’s U21 All-Ireland final win, finished with eight here, three from play, while man of the match Morrissey, a member of both the 2015 and 2017 victorious U21 sides, rifled over four from play at wing forward.



As for Clare, joint manager Gerry O’Connor would point out that the game and competition was of some value for his team too.

“Our fullback line was excellent, considering the amount of pressure they were under. And in our half-back line I thought [2017 minor] Diarmuid Ryan was outstanding. If you’re asking what’s the purpose of the Munster League, it’s to find players like Diarmuid Ryan. [Midfielder] Ryan Taylor had a tough first half but it’s ultimately about these guys finding out the level of intensity and physicality that you need to bring to the table.”

As O’Connor would concede though, much of Clare’s problems stemmed from some experienced players struggling to cope with the aggression of their opponents, as much as the heavy conditions.

The Clare management opted to go with the strikingly small and thus imbalanced full-forward line of Shane O’Donnell, Cathal ‘Tots’ O’Connell, and Podge Collins who were simply overpowered, but O’Connor would explain that there was a method in management’s apparent madness. I think physically, Limerick outfought us. Maybe we played a few more mobile, lighter guys that we’d looking to later on in the league and in the championship, and Limerick physically dominated those players at times. [But] Podge hadn’t played a game in three weeks. Tots was injured for our second game. And Shane O’Donnell was away for the Cork game. So you’re trying to blend in new players, you’re trying out more established players in new positions and you’re trying to get game-time under the belt of other existing players. It’s a balancing act because we’re not going to have this luxury [of experimenting] once the national league starts in two weeks against Tipp.”

The Clare forward line generally misfired. They didn’t score their first point until after eight minutes, failed to score in the last 10 minutes of the first half to trail 0-8 to 0-6 at the interval. They came out to reel off the first three points of the second half to momentarily take the lead for the first and only time, but then went scoreless for 25 minutes. Tony Kelly shot five wides and only one point, and while he repeatedly tried to bring his Ballyea clubmate Niall Deasy into the game, Deasy’s touch and radar was off. The only upside was some of the play of Cathal Malone, who followed up his good form with county champions Sixmilebridge with four points from play here.

“I don’t think we trusted ourselves or the conditions to play the ball through the lines,” O’Connor would pinpoint. “We seemed to hit the ball back down on top of their halfback line and their halfback line was dominating. I’d think we could have been better in how we managed the game and how we managed possession.” Limerick were certainly better in that aspect yesterday. And every aspect.



LIMERICK: N Quaid; T Condon, S Hickey, R English; D Byrnes, D Morrissey, W O’Meara; P Browne (0-1), C Lynch; T Morrissey (0-4), D O’Donovan, B O’Connell (0-1); A Gillane (0-8, 5fs), S Flanagan (0-1), G Hegarty (0-1).
Subs: B Murphy for O’Connell (57 mins), D Reidy for Hegarty (67), A Latouche-Cosgrove for Morrisey (70).

CLARE: Andrew Fahy; J Browne, C Cleary, P O’Connor; D Fitzgerald, D McInerney, D Ryan; R Taylor, C Galvin; N Deasy (0-1, free), T Kelly (0-1), C Malone (0-4); P Collins (0-1), S O’Donnell, C O’Connell (0-2, one free).
Subs: D Reidy (0-1, free) for Taylor (47 mins), J Conlon for Deasy (53), C McGrath for Collins (59), J McCarthy for O’Connell (70), S Morey for Fitzgerald (71)

Referee: Cathal McAllister (Cork)



Ticket Information

Adult General Admission: €10.00
Student/OAP’s: receive €5.00 concession on full priced adult tickets prior to entry with Valid ID
U-16’s: Free
Tickets available to purchase from participating Centra & Supervalu outlets



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Allianz Hurling League Division 1 – Cork 1-24 Kilkenny 0-24

Cork defeated Kilkenny by 1-24 to 0-24 in Round 1 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 on Saturday January 27th at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.


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Ticket Information
Pre-Purchase Price:
Adult: €12.00 (Pre-Purchase discount ends midnight on the day before the fixture)

Match-Day Price
Adult: €15.00
Student / Senior Citizen: €12.00 (available at the grounds on match day with valid I.D.)
Juvenile’s/U 16’s: €5.00

Advance Ticket Purchase
Admission for the game is €15 for adults but buy your tickets before Saturday either online at http://corkgaa.tickets.ie or http://gaa.tickets.ie or at Centra/Supervalu stores (see list below) and you’ll only pay €12!!!

Note: We would particularly ask you to make sure your members are aware that if they buy their adults tickets in advance of Saturday, there is a 20% discount.

Ticket only Turnstiles
Cashless turnstiles will operate for the Allianz League home games at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Ticket Vending Booth
On match days patrons can purchase and pay for tickets at the booths and then proceed to the turnstile gaining admission on ticket presentation. Adult tickets €15.00, Student / Senior Citizen: €12.00 (available at the grounds on match day with valid I.D.), Juvenile’s/U 16’s: €5.00

Note: All Juveniles/U16’s will require a ticket to gain entry to the stadium.


Centra/Supervalu Ticket Outlets

Herlihy’s Centra Bishopstown
O’Feary’s Centra Blarney
Ahern’s Centra Carrigtwohill
Centra / Topaz Charleville
Centra Clonakilty
Centra/Topaz Innishannon
Herlihy’s Centra Fermoy
Centra Kinsale Road
Centra Mallow
Centra Rochestown
Centra South Douglas Road
Whyte’s Centra Togher
Centra Watergrasshill
Cronin’Supermarket, Ballylickey
Down’s SuperValu Ballincollig
Quish’s SuperValu Ballincollig
Caulfield’s SuperValu Bandon
Bigg’s SuperValu Bantry
Scally’s SuperValu Blackrock
Collins SuperValu Blarney
SuperValu Boherbue
Collin’s SuperValu Carrigaline
Murphy’s SuperVal Castletownbere
Dick’s SuperValu Charleville
Scally’s SuperValu Clonakilty
Garvey’s SuperValu Cobh
Healys SuperValu Dunmanway
Riordan’s SuperValu Fermoy
Ryans SuperValu Glanmire
Ryans SuperValu Grange
Singleton, SuperValu Hollyhill
Twohigs SuperValu Kanturk
SuperValu Kinsale
O’ Leary’s SuperValu Macroom
Dano’s SuperValu Mallow
Murray’s SuperValu Mayfield
Cauldfield’s SuperValu Merchant Quay
Hurley’s SuperValu Midleton
SuperValu Millstreet
Farrell’s SuperValu Mitchelstown
O Keffee’s SuperValu Newmarket
Field’s SuperValu Skibbereen
Ryan’s SuperValu Togher
Brookes SuperValu Youghal

Allianz Football League Division 2 – Tipperary 3-16 Cork 1-16

Tipperary defeated Cork by 3-16 to 1-16 in Round 1 of the Allianz Football League Division 2 on Saturday January 27th at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.


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Ticket Information
Pre-Purchase Price:
Adult: €12.00 (Pre-Purchase discount ends midnight on the day before the fixture)

Match-Day Price
Adult: €15.00
Student / Senior Citizen: €12.00 (available at the grounds on match day with valid I.D.)
Juvenile’s/U 16’s: €5.00

Advance Ticket Purchase
Admission for the game is €15 for adults but buy your tickets before Saturday either online at http://corkgaa.tickets.ie or http://gaa.tickets.ie or at Centra/Supervalu stores (see list below) and you’ll only pay €12!!!

Note: We would particularly ask you to make sure your members are aware that if they buy their adults tickets in advance of Saturday, there is a 20% discount.

Ticket only Turnstiles
Cashless turnstiles will operate for the Allianz League home games at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Ticket Vending Booth
On match days patrons can purchase and pay for tickets at the booths and then proceed to the turnstile gaining admission on ticket presentation. Adult tickets €15.00, Student / Senior Citizen: €12.00 (available at the grounds on match day with valid I.D.), Juvenile’s/U 16’s: €5.00

Note: All Juveniles/U16’s will require a ticket to gain entry to the stadium.


Centra/Supervalu Ticket Outlets

Herlihy’s Centra Bishopstown
O’Feary’s Centra Blarney
Ahern’s Centra Carrigtwohill
Centra / Topaz Charleville
Centra Clonakilty
Centra/Topaz Innishannon
Herlihy’s Centra Fermoy
Centra Kinsale Road
Centra Mallow
Centra Rochestown
Centra South Douglas Road
Whyte’s Centra Togher
Centra Watergrasshill
Cronin’Supermarket, Ballylickey
Down’s SuperValu Ballincollig
Quish’s SuperValu Ballincollig
Caulfield’s SuperValu Bandon
Bigg’s SuperValu Bantry
Scally’s SuperValu Blackrock
Collins SuperValu Blarney
SuperValu Boherbue
Collin’s SuperValu Carrigaline
Murphy’s SuperVal Castletownbere
Dick’s SuperValu Charleville
Scally’s SuperValu Clonakilty
Garvey’s SuperValu Cobh
Healys SuperValu Dunmanway
Riordan’s SuperValu Fermoy
Ryans SuperValu Glanmire
Ryans SuperValu Grange
Singleton, SuperValu Hollyhill
Twohigs SuperValu Kanturk
SuperValu Kinsale
O’ Leary’s SuperValu Macroom
Dano’s SuperValu Mallow
Murray’s SuperValu Mayfield
Cauldfield’s SuperValu Merchant Quay
Hurley’s SuperValu Midleton
SuperValu Millstreet
Farrell’s SuperValu Mitchelstown
O Keffee’s SuperValu Newmarket
Field’s SuperValu Skibbereen
Ryan’s SuperValu Togher
Brookes SuperValu Youghal

Dr. Harty Cup Hurling Semi-Final – Ardscoil Ris 0-17 CBC Cork 2-8

Ardscoil Ris defeated CBC Cork in the Dr. Harty Cup Hurling Semi-Final on Saturday January 27th at Mallow.



Fixture Details

Saturday January 27th
Ardscoil Ris v CBC Cork
Venue: Mallow @ 1:30pm
Referee: John McCormack (Tipperary)
Extra time if necessary

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Limerick 1-25 Laois 0-18

Limerick defeated Laois by 1-25 to 0-18 in Round 1 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B on Sunday January 28th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Wicklow 0-12 Waterford 0-12

Wicklow drew Waterford on a scoreline of 0-12 to 0-12 in Round 1 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Sunday January 28th at Joule Park Aughrim.


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Allianz Hurling League Division 1 – Wexford 2-20 Waterford 0-19

Wexford defeated Waterford by 2-20 to 0-19 in Round 1 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 on Sunday January 28th at Walsh Park Waterford.


Allianz Football League Division 1 – Kerry 2-18 Donegal 3-14

Kerry defeated Donegal by 2-18 to 3-14 in Round 1 of the Allianz Football League Division 1 on Sunday January 28th at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.


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