AIB Munster GAA Hurling Intermediate Club Championship Quarter-Final – Ballyduff (Kerry) 1-14 Courcey Rovers (Cork) 0-15

Ballyduff finish with a flourish to see off Courcey’s

Ballyduff 1-14 Courcey Rovers 0-15

By Denis Hurley for the Irish Examiner newspaper

THREE unanswered points in the final 10 minutes helped Ballyduff past Courcey Rovers at Cloughduv in the Munster IHC yesterday, a first hurling victory for a Kerry club in the provincial competition. Having gone in at half-time leading by 1-8 to 0-6 after hitting a purple patch midway through the first half, Ballyduff were pinned back in the second period as Courceys got on top, scoring six unanswered points to put themselves in front. However, points from Ballyduff’s Mikey Boyle, Aiden Boyle and Bobby O’Sullivan turned the game; fittingly too as they scored 10 of their side’s points between them, Boyle outstanding at centre-forward, where he did much to quell the influence of Courceys’ Vincent Hurley.

Courceys began well, Daire Lordan with two points as they moved into a 0-4 to 0-2 lead. The Kerry senior champions hit the front in the 20th minute as the influential Padraig Boyle played a good ball across goal to find the unmarked Anthony O’Carroll and he fired home from close range. Points immediately after that from Mikey Boyle (two) and Padraig Boyle helped to push them 1-5 to 0-4 clear and when wing-back Liam Boyle landed an huge effort in injury time, they led by five points at the interval. Two Daire Lordan points suggested a Courceys fightback early in the second half, but Ballyduff responded with an O’Sullivan free and a super Aiden Boyle effort.

Courceys began to find some fluency, however, aided by David Hayes and David Murphy’s work in midfield, and both of those were among the scores as they hit six in a row, Seamus Hayes involved in almost all of them with clever ball-use. Daire Lordan’s 65 in the 50th minute put them ahead and Daire Lordan was on hand again to make it 1-15 to 1-11 coming down the home stretch. They would not score again, though, as Ballyduff produced the strong late effort to take the honours.

Scorers for Ballyduff: A Boyle 0-4 (0-1 sideline), M Boyle, B O’Sullivan (fs) 0-3 each, A O’Carroll 1-0, P Boyle 0-2, L Boyle, PJ Connolly 0-1 each.

Scorers for Courcey Rovers: Daire Lordan 0-8 (2fs, 1 65), S Lordan 0-2, D Hayes, N Murphy, D Murphy, C Lordan, G Minihane 0-1 each.

BALLYDUFF: PJ O’Gorman; J Bowler, P Costello, D O’Grady; A O’Connor, P O’Grady, L Boyle; B O’Sullivan, B O’Grady; P Boyle, A Boyle, G O’Brien; A O’Carroll, M Boyle, PJ Connolly.

Subs: D Goulding for O’Connor (49), E O’Connor for D O’Grady (52), T O’Rourke for O’Carroll (60).

COURCEY ROVERS: S Nyhan; D Duggan, T Lordan, Dan Lordan; O Gately, V Hurley, B Hayes; D Hayes, D Murphy; S Hayes, Daire Lordan, S Lordan; K Moloney, N Murphy, C Lordan.

Subs: G Minihane for C Lordan (34), G Moloney for K Moloney (43), J Murphy (KK) for N Murphy (45).

Referee: S Hourigan (Limerick)


Next Round – the winners play Eire Og Ennis (Clare) in the Munster Club Semi-Final on Sunday November 6th at 2:00pm in a Kerry venue.

For the Record

Courcey Rovers (Cork) Ballyduff (Kerry)
Number of Munster Club Intermediate Hurling titles
(by County)
4 0
Last Munster Intermediate Hurling Title (by County) 2010 N/A
Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship Record since 2000 for each county’s representative Played – 16
Won – 12
Lost –  4
Drawn – 0
Played – 4
Won – 0
Lost –  4
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship involving participating county representatives November 1st 2009 at Pairc Ui Rinn (Munster Club Quarter-Final) – Douglas (Cork) 1-23 Kilmoyley (Kerry)  1-12
Winning Streaks Cork’s Club Intermediate Hurling champions have won 5 of their last 6 matches in this competition, including Munster and All-Ireland Club titles for Blarney in 2008 and Ballymartyle in 2010. Kerry have lost all four of their matches in this grade since 2003. Since 2008, Kerry’s Senior Hurling Champions have represented the county at this grade.



Munster GAA HURLING Club Intermediate Championship 2011

Quarter-Finals (Extra time)

Sunday October 30th (Replay date – Saturday November 5th)

@ Cloughduv                                   Courcey Rovers (Cork) v Ballyduff (Kerry) 2:00pm

@ Walsh Park Waterford Effin (Limerick) v Dunhill (Waterford) 2:00pm

Semi-Finals (Extra time)
Sunday November 6th (Replay date – Saturday November 12th)


@ Tipperary or Limerick venue     Aherlow (Tipperary) v Effin (Limerick) or Dunhill (Waterford)

@ Clare or Kerry venue Eire Og Ennis (Clare) v
Courcey Rovers (Cork) or Ballyduff (Kerry)

Final (Extra time)

Sunday November 20th (Replay date – Saturday November 26th)

2:00pm throw-in

Odds and Ends

Since the competition began in 2003, Cork clubs have won 4 of the 8 Munster titles on offer. Clare are the only other county with a winning record in this competition, winning 2 Munster titles.

Following Kildangan’s Munster and All-Ireland victory in 2004, Tipperary clubs would have to wait another 6 years before winning another game in this competition courtesy of Borrisokane’s march to the 2010 Final.

Cork have only lost their opening match in this competition on 2 occasions, in 2004 and 2007.

In the 3 seasons, 2006 to 2008 in this competition, the only 2 Counties who recorded victories were Cork and Clare. Limerick, Waterford, Kerry and Tipperary proceeded to lose 8 matches between them in this period.

Munster GAA Club HURLING Intermediate Championship Roll Of Honour

Cork (4) – 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010

Clare (2) – 2006, 2007

Tipperary (1) – 2004

Limerick (1) – 2009

Munster GAA Club HURLING Intermediate Championship

List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began 1888 –

All Ireland GAA Club HURLING Intermediate Championship

In the Club Intermediate Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork have secured 2 titles courtesy of Blarney (2009) and Ballymartyle (2011) while Kildangan (Tipperary) won the 2004 All-Ireland title.