Allianz Football League Division 1 Final – Cork 2-10 Mayo 0-11

Cork seal three-in-a-row with second half goals

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Allianz Football League Division I Final: Cork 2-10 Mayo 0-11

Cork gave a masterful second half performance to claim a third successive Allianz Football League Division I title at Croke Park on Sunday. Having been outplayed for long periods of the first half, the Rebels went into the break 0-9 to 0-5 down, but with the wind at their backs in the second half, Conor Counihan’s side outscored their opponents by 2-5 to 0-2 to secure the first three-in-a-row since Kerry managed the feat in the early 1970s. Cork hit 1-3 without reply at the start of the second half to wipe out Mayo’s lead, with Colm O’Neill scoring their opening goal in the 47th minute, before Aidan Walsh’s second killed off Mayo’s challenge nine minutes later.

It was yet another miserable afternoon for the Westerners in Croke Park, losing their 11th national final in the last 12 they have contested. Both sides started nervously and struggled with a strong breeze that was blowing straight down the pitch into the Davin Stand end, favouring Cork in the first half. Pearse O’Neill was gulity of one of Cork’s early wides before he steadied himself and hit the opening score of the game after six minutes.

Mayo were reliant on the free-taking prowess of Cillian O’Connor in the first quarter – a mostly stale affair – and the Young Footballer of the Year had the Westerners 0-3 to 0-2 ahead on 16 minutes, with Fintan Goold getting Cork’s second. O’Connor nudged Mayo further ahead with another well-struck free from his hands before Goold responded for the champions, scoring their third from play in contrast to Mayo, whose first four scores came from frees. Keith Higgins’ point after a trademark foray upfield was Mayo’s first from play, before two more followed in a minute. O’Connor scored his fifth and first from play, but he probably should have had greater reward for his endeavour, choosing to go it alone and blast over the bar when a pass inside to the unmarked Barry Moran might have reaped a greater dividend. When Donal Vaughan broke upfield and slotted over another Mayo point, James Horan’s side had stitched together three scores without reply and led by 0-7 to 0-3, having played the sharper football.

Two quick frees brought Cork to within two points – the second a long range effort from Graham Canty which bounced before going over and nearly embarrassed Mayo goalkeeper David Clarke – but it was a temporary reprieve. Mayo were dominant in the first half, and Andy Moran opened his account in added time, finishing a flowing move with a fine score. Mayo, however, were still not finished, and when Barry Moran claimed a towering catch from a kick-out, he fed the rampaging Vaughan, who was stopped abruptly in his tracks with a shuddering tackle by Pearse O’Neill, who was booked for the challenge. O’Connor sent over the resultant free, landing his sixth point of the half to leave his side 0-9 to 0-5 ahead at the break.

That gap was down to a point within three minutes of the restart. Alan O’Connor, Paddy Kelly and Pearse O’Neill showed just how significant the breeze was by hitting just as many scores from play in three minutes as Cork had managed in the entire first half. Cork were level on 43 minutes when Donncha O’Connor flashed over a point. O’Connor then played a pivotal role in Cork’s goal, finding Colm O’Neill in space on the edge of the square and the Ballyclough man hammered home his fourth goal of the campaign, leaving Clarke with no chance. It was 10 minutes before Mayo managed a shot in the second half and five more before Kevin McLoughlin checked the Rebels’ progress with a point.

But Mayo’s hopes of a first league title since 2001 were dealt a hammer blow when Cork scored a lucky second goal. Goold’s angled shot struck a post and fell kindly for Aidan Walsh, the Kanturk man making no mistake with an emphatic finish despite the attention of two defenders. Cork led by 2-9 to 0-10. A Conor Mortimer free and a brilliant Daniel Goulding point rounded off the scoring with five minutes left to leave five points between the sides in the end.

Mayo Scorers: C O’Connor 0-6 (0-5f), K Higgins 0-1, A Moran 0-1, D Vaughan 0-1, K McLoughlin 0-1, C Mortimer 0-1 (0-1f).

Cork Scorers: P O’Neill 0-2, F Goold 0-2, G Canty 0-1 (0-1f), D O’Connor 0-2 (0-1f), P Kelly 0-1, A O’Connor 0-1, A Walsh 1-0, C O’Neill 1-0, D Goulding 0-1.

Mayo: D Clarke; K Keane, G Cafferkey, K Higgins; L Keegan, D Vaughan, C Boyle; B Moran, J Gibbons; K McLoughlin, A Moran, A Dillon; C Mortimer, C O’Connor, M Conroy. Subs: P Harte for Gibbons (40), E Varley for Conroy (47), D Geraghty for Harte (50-51, temp), Geraghty for B Moran (56), J Doherty for O’Connor (61), R Feeney for Dillon (68).

Cork: A Quirke; R Carey, M Shields, E Cadogan; N O’Leary, G Canty, P Kissane; P O’Neill, A O’Connor; F Goold, P Kelly, P Kerrigan; C O’Neill, A Walsh, D O’Connor. Subs: B O’Driscoll for A Walsh (58-64, temp), D Goudling for C O’Neill (64), N Murphy for A O’Connor (64), B O’Driscoll for P O’Neill (68).

Referee: Maurice Deegan (Laois)

Attendance: 22,827

Bord Gáis Energy Ladies NFL Division 2 Semi Final – Mayo 4-6 Kerry 1-7

Mayo defeated Kerry by 4-6 to 1-7 in the Bord Gáis Energy Ladies NFL Division 2 Semi Final on Sunday at Banagher.

Mayo led by 2-2 to 1-4 at half-time against Kerry, having played against the wind in the opening half. Staunton was the star of the show for Mayo once again as Sarah Roe and Niamh Kelly chipped in with the other goals for the side managed by Fr. Mike Murphy and Jimmy Corbett.

Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh finished as Kerry’s leading scorer with a haul of 1-2 while Mayo’s other two points were supplied by Staunton’s Carnacon clubmate Fiona McHale.

Bord Gáis Energy Ladies NFL Division 1 Semi Final – Cork 3-10 Meath 1-10

Cork defeated Meath by 3-10 to 0-10 in Sunday’s semi-final at Crettyard while Monaghan scored an impressive 2-9 to 0-7 victory over Dublin in the other semi-final, played at the Gaelic Grounds, Drogheda. Cork are chasing a fifth successive Division 1 crown this year – and seventh in eight seasons. But they will have to get past a fired-up Monaghan in the final to claim the silverware again as Gregory McGonagle’s charges will be out for revenge following last year’s All-Ireland final.

Cork led by 2-4 to 0-6 at the midway point at Crettyard as Rhona Ni Bhuachalla struck with a sixth minute goal before Ciara O’Sullivan added a second in the eleventh minute. Cork had the benefit of a strong breeze in the second half and added a third goal three minutes from time through substitute Valerie Mulcahy, scorer of 1-8 in last year’s League final against Laois.

Bord Gáis Energy Ladies NFL Division 2 Semi Final – Galway 3-6 Clare 1-10

Galway defeated Clare by 3-6 to 1-10 in the Bord Gáis Energy Ladies NFL Division 2 Semi Final on Sunday at Banagher.

Gillian Joyce scored a late goal to seal a 3-6 to 1-10 victory over Clare.  At half-time, Clare led by 1-8 to 2-1 but Noelle Comyn’s Banner County had played with a strong first half breeze and were undone by a spirited Galway fightback.

Irish Daily Star National Camogie League Division 1 Semi Final – Cork 1-12 Galway 0-10

Cork defeated Galway by 1-12 to 0-10 in the Irish Daily Star National Camogie League Division 1 Semi Final on Saturday at Sixmilebridge.

Munster Vocational Schools Senior B Hurling final – Coláiste Treasa Kanturk 2-15 Scoil Ruain Killenaule 2-9

Kanturk do the double

Coláiste Treasa Kanturk 2-15 Scoil Ruain Killenaule 2-9

By Therese O’Callaghan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Coláiste Treasa Kanturk completed a provincial double at Fermoy yesterday when they collected the Munster Vocational Schools senior B hurling title — adding to the football honours they’ve already annexed. While the final result indicates a close game, there was little doubt about the outcome once they surged ahead by 12 points early in the second half. Scoil Ruain never gave up though, and must be credited for a rallying final quarter that yielded two goals and two points. Coláiste Treasa were 0-8 to 0-3 to the good when corner forward Cian Murphy struck for their opening goal. They were thankful too to the alertness of their keeper Colm Noonan who made a few great saves.

However it must be said Scoil Ruain contributed to their own downfall with far too many wides and when Daniel Guinan pointed from a placed ball before the break they had fallen behind, 0-5 to 1-10. Hopes of a revival were dashed when Kevin Crowley found the net for Coláiste Treasa directly from the restart. However, although the Killenaule side trailed 2-11 to 0-5 they kept working. In the closing 10 minutes Jack Shelly goaled twice — once from a penalty –— but they’ll rue a missed penalty from Guinan who blasted over.

Still, Coláiste Treasa managed to keep them at distance. Donal Hannon shot their last four points before Scoil Ruain were reduced to 14 men when Dylan Fitzgerald was sent off on 50 minutes. This competition goes no further as there is no All Ireland series for this grade.

Scorers for Coláiste Treasa: D Hannon 0-6 (0-4f), C Murphy 1-3, K Crowley 1-0, G Forde (0-1f, 0-1 ‘65), I Walsh 0-2 each, J Browne, S Cremin 0-1 each.

Scorers for Scoil Ruain: J Shelly 2-2 (1-0 pen, 0-1f), D Guinan 0-5 (0-1 pen, 0-1f, 0-1 ‘65), J O’Connor, D Connolly 0-1 each.

Coláiste Treasa: C Noonan (Kanturk); P Allen (Newmarket), M O’Brien (Dromtariffe), S O’Callaghan (do.); A Ryan (Newmarket), A O’Keeffe (Kanturk), G Forde (Newmarket); I Walsh (Kanturk), D Hannon (Newmarket); K Crowley (Millstreet), J Flaherty (Newmarket), J Browne (Kanturk); S Cremin (Dromtariffe), S Crowley (Kilbrin), C Murphy (Banteer).

Subs: S O’Keeffe (Dromtariffe) for Cremin (47), D Crowley (Dromtariffe) for O’Callaghan (59), D Browne (Kanturk) for Flaherty (59).

Scoil Ruain: R Walsh (Mullinahone); S Luttrell (Moyle Rovers), G Browning (Mullinahone), D Walzer (do.); D O’Riordan (St Patrick’s Drang an), L Mulally (Mullinahone), D Blake (Killenaule); D Fitzgerald (Fethard), A O’Connell (Killenaule); D Connolly (Mullinahone), J Shelly (do.), R Dooley (Gortnahoe-Glengoole); S Walzer (Mullinahone), D Guinan (Killenaule), J O’Connor (do).

Subs: P Webster (Gortnahoe Glengoole) for D O’Riordan (h/t), C Maher (Ballingarry) for A O’Connell (40), M Dunne (Mullinahone) for R Dooley (50).

Referee: D O’Farrell (Mitchelstown)

Munster Colleges Corn Na Carraige U16½ C Football Final – Ennistymon CBS (Clare) 1-9 Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine (Kerry) 1-6

Ennistymon edge final after holders lose Rice

Ennistymon CBS (Clare) 1-9 Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine (Kerry) 1-6

By Murt Murphy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

A more determined Ennistymon CBS side deservedly denied holders Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine, Kenmare a hat-trick of Munster Colleges Corn Na Carraige (U16½ FC) titles in miserable conditions at Rathkeale yesterday. The Clare side trailed their Kerry opponents 1-2 to 0-4 after 25 minutes despite benefiting from a strong wind. Inbhear Sceine midfielder John Rice dominated the opening spell, while Killian Spillane — son of Kerry legend Tom — scored a brilliant goal in the 20th minute.

However, Ennistymon, thanks to three Barry Keating frees and points from Aaron Murrihy, Shane Doyle and Joseph Gallagher, hit back before Michael Duffy’s goal edged them into a 1-6 to 1-2 interval lead. The Kenmare side were hit by the loss of Rice to a knee injury in the 38th minute and their attack struggled. Ennistymon added three points from Joseph Gallagher (two) as well as a free from Keating, as the Clare side held out for victory in trying conditions. Meanwhile, Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne completed a Kerry Colleges football treble when they defeated Tarbert CS 2-10 to 1-6 in the replay of the Russell Cup final.

Scorers for Ennistymon CBS: B Keating 0-4 (4f); J Gallagher 0-3; M Duffy 1-0; A Murrihy and S Doyle 0-1 each.

Scorers for Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine: K Spillane 1-5 (0-3f), P Clifford 0-1.

ENNISTYMON CBS: S Noonan, S Haran, K Sexton, D Crowe, K Hehir, C Vaughan, D Nagle, D McCarthy, Kealan Sexton, B Keating, A Murrihy, S Doyle, J Gallagher, M Duffy, S Ralph.

Subs: A Ralph for C Vaughan (21), J McCarthy for Keith Sexton (48).

POBALSCOIL INBHEAR SCEINE: S O’Donoghue, R Lucey, R Fitzpatrick, D Crowley, P O’Shea, G Harrington, J Murphy, J Rice, D Hawnor, D Cassidy, K Spillane, P Clifford, S O’Sullivan, D Hallissey, F O’Sullivan.

Subs: D O’Shea for J Rice (inj 38), J Rice for D O’Shea (50).

Referee: Shane Hourigan (Rathkeale)

Munster MFC Semi-Final 2nd Playoff – Kerry 3-9 Limerick 0-5

Kerry find second wind

Kerry 3-9 Limerick 0-5

By Kieran McCarthy, Tralee for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kerry minor football manager Mickey Ned O’Sullivan has warned his young charges — improve, or face getting dumped out of the Munster MFC in the next round. After watching his team struggle for large parts of last night’s provincial semi-final second play-off victory over Limerick at Austin Stack Park, Tralee before being saved by a second-half scoring burst, O’Sullivan insisted that Kerry must improve ahead of next month’s semi-final against Clare. “We won’t beat Clare on that performance tonight. That’s the reality of it. We need to up our game and get serious. There was a lot of showboating by some of the players. We have to get more honest and play simple football. If we do that then we will do well. We are getting there,” O’Sullivan said.

A first-half Gerald O’Sullivan goal helped Kerry lead 1-4 to 0-4 at half-time but the home side lacked any fluency, while Limerick, despite not scoring for 20 minutes, were well within range of causing a major shock. Points from impressive midfielder David Condron, Robbie Burke, Tony McCarthy and Eoin O’Donnell kept Limerick in touch as Kerry missed two goal chances and just never got into their rhythm, with the exception of full-back Gavin Crowley and midfielder Eanna Ó Conchúir.

Mickey Ned O’Sullivan reflected: “I thought that Limerick played well in the first-half but we played poor and our decision making was poor. There was no bottle there. “In the second-half the players took more responsibility, we played better and got more scores. We’re pleased with how we played in the middle of the field and everyone else seemed to up their game, and we finished strongly.”

After Kerry’s Denis Daly and Limerick’s wing-back Paul White swapped points, Kerry took over as Limerick didn’t score again, despite going all-out for a late goal but by then the Kingdom’s thoughts were already on the provincial semi-final against Clare. Eanna Ó Conchúir’s penalty midway through the second-half, after the effective Conor Keane was fouled pushed Kerry 2-5 to 0-5 ahead. Gaining confidence, Kerry points flowed from Kieran Murphy (45), Greg Horan, Cillian Fitzgerald and Jack Savage as the home side took complete control (2-9 to 0-5), helped by their new-found midfield dominance.

After Limerick’s Robbie Burke hit the post and Kerry keeper Gavin Curran made a smart save from close-range, Kerry rounded off proceedings with a late goal through sub Gavin O’Shea, son of former Kerry senior boss Pat O’Shea. But after three games in 11 days — a first round loss to Tipperary was followed by victory over Waterford last week — Kerry need to improve, and fast, if they want to be considered serious contenders for the provincial crown.

Scorers for Kerry: G O’Sullivan, G O’Shea, E Ó Conchúir (1-0 pen) 1-0 each, N Sheehy (1f), J Savage (1f) 0-2 each, C Keane, D Daly, G Horan, C Fitzgerald, K Murphy (45) 0-1 each.

Limerick: T McCarthy, E O’Donnell, R Burke, D Condron, P White 0-1 each.

KERRY: G Curran; C Ó Luing, G Crowley, S O’Connor; B Crowley, R Murphy, G Horan; E Ó Conchúir, K Murphy; G O’Sullivan, J Savage, C Fitzgerald; N Sheehy, D Daly, C Keane.

Subs: G O’Shea for N Sheehy (41); A Barry for C Keane (54); D Collins for C Ó Luing (58); D Foran for D Daly (60); E Doyle for K Murphy (60).

LIMERICK: J O’Meara; D Greaney, M O’Connor, K Meade; P White, S Cahill, S Barrett; D Condron, R Burke; E O’Donnell, D Daly, T McCarthy; D Stapleton, D O’Donovan, J Breen.

Subs: J Frawley for T McCarthy (41); R McKenna for D Daly (44); D Jones for D Greaney (48); C O’Shea for D O’Donovan (50).

Referee: Michael Rock (Clare)

For the Record

Kerry Limerick
2011 Championship Performance Defeated Waterford in the first round before losing to Tipperary by 2-12 to 3-8 in the semi-final. Lost to Tipperary in the first round before losing to Clare by 1-10 to 0-10 in the Semi-Final 2nd playoff at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.
Number of Munster Minor Football titles 41 1
Last Munster Minor Football Title 2009 1956
Munster Minor Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 47
Won – 36
Lost – 8
Drawn – 3
Played – 38
Won – 10
Lost – 25
Drawn – 3
Last meeting in the Munster Minor Football Championship May 12th 2010 – Kerry 2-15 Limerick 0-7 (Munster Semi-Final) –  Gavin O’Grady scored 1-6 as Kerry proved too strong for Limerick at Newcastlewest.


First Round

Saturday April 14th

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick            Cork 3-13 Limerick 0-6
@ Austin Stack Park Tralee            Tipperary 2-9 Kerry 0-8
@ Cusack Park Ennis                      Clare 2-20 Waterford 0-6

Semi-Final Play-off 1

Tuesday April 17th

@ Fraher Field Dungarvan  Kerry 1-14 Waterford 1-3

Semi-Final Play-off 2

Tuesday April 24th

@ Austin Stack Park Tralee            Limerick vs. Kerry @ 7:00pm


Wednesday May 16th

@ Cork venue Cork v Tipperary

@ Clare or Limerick venue Clare v v Winners of Semi-Final Play-off 2

(See venue permutations below)

@ Clare venue                                    Kerry v Clare
(met in 2009 Semi-final at Austin Stack Park Tralee)

@ Limerick venue       Limerick v Clare
(last meeting in 2008 First Round at Cusack Park Ennis)


Sunday July 8th

Useful Information

Kerry’s defeat to Tipperary in the 2012 first round match broke a 12 match unbeaten run at Austin Stack Park Tralee in this competition dating back to 1993. On that occasion, Cork defeated Kerry by 2-7 to 1-9 in the Munster Minor Football Championship Semi-Final on July 9th 1993.

Prior to 2012, Kerry’s last defeat in a first round Munster Minor Football Championship game was in March 2002 when they lost to Tipperary by 2-11 to 2-9 at Kilmallock. Kerry avenged that defeat with a 3-16 to 2-6 win over Tipperary in the 2002 Munster Final played at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Kerry have never lost 2 Munster Minor Football Championship matches in the one year.

Limerick have lost 6 of their last 7 matches in the Munster Minor Football Championship dating back to 2008. Their only success in that time was a 3-10 to 2-4 victory over Waterford at Kilmallock in the first round in 2010.

Limerick’s last victory away from home in the Munster Minor Football Championship came on April 16th 2008 when they defeated Clare by 1-9 to 1-5 at Cusack Park Ennis in the first round thanks to a Cormac Joyce-Power goal.

Dating back to 2005, Waterford have won 1 of their last 17 games in the Munster Minor Football Championship.

Clare’s victory against Waterford in the first round ensured a semi-final place in May. Clare have qualified for the Munster Minor Football Semi-Final in just 2 of the previous 6 seasons dating back to 2006, losing the semi-finals of 2009 (to Kerry) and 2011 (to Cork).

Since 1956, Cork and Kerry have won every Munster Minor Football title with the exception of 1984, 1995 and 2011 when Tipperary were successful.

Tipperary have played 48 matches in the Munster Minor Football Championship since 2000, more than any other Munster county.

Cork, Kerry and Tipperary have won at least 1 match in the Munster Minor Football Championship every year since 2001.

2012 Munster Minor Football Championship Matches played to date

Tipperary 2-9 Kerry 0-8 – April 14th @ Austin Stack Park Tralee (Munster First Round)

Kerry: S Cahillane; C Ó Lúing, G Crowley, S O’Connor; B Crowley, R Murphy, G Horan; E Doyle, G O’Sullivan; S Moloney, D Ó Sé, E Ó Conchúir; N Sheehy, D Daly, C Keane.
Subs: K Murphy for G O’Sullivan (18); C Fitzgerald for D Daly (30); A Spillane for E Doyle (41); A Barry for N Sheehy (46); J Savage for D Ó Sé (58).

Tipperary: E Comerford; T O’Donoghue, J Feehan, L Egan; K Fahey, D Fitzelle, B Maher; S O’Brien, P Quirke; J Lonergan, J McGrath, G Henry; J Shelly, I Fahey, C Kennedy.
Subs: D Cass for T O’Donoghue (36); J Maher for G Henry (52); T Kirwan for J McGrath (56); TJ Ryan for J Shelly (58).

Referee: James Bermingham (Cork)

Clare 2-20 Waterford 0-6 – April 14th @ Cusack Park Ennis (Munster First Round)

Clare: L Corbett, F Pyne, S Garry, J Brown, C McNeilis, C Murray, M Bohannon, J Malone (Capt.), E Hanrahan, S Corry, N Deasy, T Lynch, B Lynch, E Cleary, C Cleary
Subs: S McGuire for Corry (38), C Deasy for T Lynch (38), N Pender for C Cleary (46), E Clancy for Bohannon (48), C Burke for E Cleary (52).

Waterford: A Kirwan, D Fitzgerald, B Looby, S Halley, T Devine, T Burke, J Barron (Capt.), M Houlihan, M Casey, M Curry, M Kiely, S O’Donovan, A O’Donoghue, P O’Connor, R Donnelly.
Subs: C Gleeson for Casey (half-time), D Scanlon for Houlihan (39), C Burke for Fitzgerald (41), L Houlihan for Curry (43).

Referee: David Grogan (Tipperary)

Cork 3-13 Limerick 0-6 – April 14th @ Gaelic Grounds Limerick (Munster First Round)

Cork:  M Martin; S O’Leary, T O’Rourke, S Cronin; K Crowley, C Hyde, J Davis; P Fitzgerald, A O’Donovan; S T O’Sullivan, C Vaughan, B O’Driscoll; K McIntyre, K O’Connor, C Horgan.
Subs: I Maguire for McIntyre (half-time), A Moynihan for O’Connor (half-time), E Dennehy for Crowley (36), A Murphy for O’Leary (53), P Kelleher for Fitzgerald (58).

Limerick: J O’Meara; D Greaney, M O’Connor, K Meade; P White, S Cahill, S Barrett; D Condron, R Burke; S O’Dea, D Daly, R McKenna; J Frawley, D O’Donovan, E O’Donnell.
Subs: T McCarthy for McKenna (28), C O’Shea for O’Dea (28), J Breen for Frawley (35), G Bateman for O’Donnell (50), C Sheehan for O’Donovan (53).

Referee: Edmund Walsh (Kerry)

Kerry 1-14 Waterford 1-3 – April 17th @ Fraher Field Dungarvan (Munster Semi-Final 1st Playoff)

Kerry — G Curran; C U Luing, G Crowley, S O’Connor; B Crowley, R Murphy, J Barry; E O Conchuir, K Murphy; N Sheehy, J Savage, C Fitzgerald; K McCarthy, D Daly, C Keane.
Subs: A Spillane for Fitzgerald (27), S Moloney for Barry (h-t), G O’Shea for McCarthy (h-t), G Horan for O Luing (34), A Barry for Sheehy (54).

Waterford — A Kirwan; C Burke, J O’Donnell, B Looby; S O’Donovan, T Burke, J Barron; T Devine, M Kiely; A O’Donoghue, M Curry, P O’Connor; C Gleeson, L Houlihan, R Donnelly.
Subs: S Halley for C Burke (42), M Casey for O’Donoghue (49), M Troy for Houlihan (54), D Scanlon for Kiely (59).

Referee — Kevin Murphy (Cork)

2012 Top Scorers – Munster Minor Football Championship

Conor Horgan (Cork) – 3-0 (1-0 penalty)
Eoin Cleary (Clare) – 1-6
Ryan Donnelly (Waterford) – 1-6 (1-0 penalty, 0-1 free)
Colman Kennedy (Tipperary) – 2-2 (0-2 frees)
Jack Savage (Kerry) – 0-6 (0-3 frees)
Conor Cleary (Clare) – 0-6
Niall Sheehy (Kerry) – 0-4 (0-3 frees)
Conor Keane (Kerry) – 1-1
Kieran Murphy (Kerry) – 0-4 (0-1 45)
Brian O’Driscoll (Cork) – 0-4 (0-2 frees)
Sean T O’Sullivan (Cork) – 0-3
C Deasy (Clare) – 1-0
B Lynch (Clare) – 0-3
J Malone (Clare) – 0-3
Sean Moloney (Kerry) – 0-2
Dara O’Se (Kerry) – 0-2 (0-1 free)
Robbie Burke (Limerick) – 0-2 (0-1 free)
Alan O’Donovan (Cork) – 0-2
Cathal Vaughan (Cork) – 0-2
TJ Ryan (Tipperary) – 0-2 (0-1 free)
Bill Maher (Tipperary) – 0-2
N Deasy (Clare) – 0-2

D Scanlon (Waterford), L Houlihan (Waterford), M Curry (Waterford), Jason Lonergan (Tipperary), Ian Fahey (Tipperary), Philip Quirke (Tipperary), Adam Barry (Kerry), Eanna O’Conchuir (Kerry), Denis Daly (Kerry), Sean Barrett (Limerick), J Breen (Limerick), G Bateman (Limerick), C Sheehan (Limerick), Ian Maguire (Cork), Paul Fitzgerald (Cork) 0-1 each

Munster Minor Football Championship Roll Of Honour

Kerry (41)

1931, 1932, 1933, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009.

Cork (29)

1939, 1952, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2010

Tipperary (6)

1934, 1935, 1955, 1984, 1995, 2011

Clare (3)

1929, 1930, 1953

Limerick (1)


Munster Minor Football 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 in1929 –

Munster Minor Football Cup

The Tadhg Crowley Cup was presented by Munster Council in 1990 to commemorate late Munster Council Treasurer. Tadhg was elected as Munster Council Treasurer in 1968 and served until his death in December 1989. A teacher by profession, he also served as Kerry County Board Secretary from 1955 until 1970. Tadhg was recognized as a specialist in organizing and handling styles and gates at big Munster Championship games.

All Ireland Minor Football Championship

In the Minor Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Kerry top the charts with 11 titles while Cork are tied for second with Dublin with 10 titles. Clare won the first All-Ireland Minor Football title in 1929 while Tipperary’s two All-Ireland successes at this grade came in 1934 and 2011. Between them Munster counties have accounted for 24 All-Ireland Minor Football titles, ahead of Leinster and Ulster (20 titles each) and Connacht (17 titles).

Kerry were All-Ireland Minor Football Champions in 1931, 1932, 1933, 1946, 1950, 1962, 1963, 1975, 1980, 1988, 1994

Cork were All-Ireland Minor Football Champions in 1961, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1974, 1981, 1991, 1993, 2000

Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Semi Final – Cork 1-25 Tipperary 2-15

Cork 1-25 Tipperary 2-15

Report from the web site

Cork defeated Tipperary 1-25 to 2-15 in thrilling encounter at Semple Stadium to set up an Allianz Hurling League final against Kilkenny. The sides were level on 10 occasions, but Cork finished strongly with 1-07 in the final 10 minutes to Tipp’s sole point. Brian O’Meara and Eoin Kelly set Tipp up for victory with second half goals, but a superb Luke O’Farrell strike sparked a Rebel rout in the closing stages, and with Patrick Horgan claiming a nine points tally, they strode away to win by seven. A superb defensive display by Eoin Cadogan, coupled with huge contributions from Pa Cronin, Horgan and Niall McCarthy set up a mouth-watering title decider.

Horgan gave Cork the lead for the first time in the ninth minute, after Pa Bourke (2) had traded points with John Gardiner and William Egan. A superb Niall McCarthy score was followed by another Horgan point, but Tipp responded with Shane Bourke firing in a shot which goalkeeper Donal Og Cusack did well to deflect over the bar. Moments later, Cusack’s game was over, due to an injury sustained while stretching for a ball, with Anthony Nash coming into the action after 16 minutes. Jamie Coughlan’s creative streak saw him carve an opening for Horgan to clip over his third score, and when Paudie O’Sullivan tagged on another Cork point, they led by three.

But that advantage was soon wiped out. With James Woodlock imposing himself on the game, Tipp came strong, Woodlock firing over a long range effort and setting up a gem for Bourke, who also converted another free to make it 0-07 each on 25 minutes.

Bourke’s fifth score had Tipperary back in front, but only briefly, for Horgan’s fourth levelled the scores for the fifth time, before Egan steered over a long range free to make it 0-09 to 0-08 in the Rebels’ favour. A wonderful Niall McCarthy score eased Cork two ahead, and with Eoin Cadogan revelling at the heart of their defence, they thwarted their opponents until Brian O’Meara popped up with a stoppage time point, and won the free from which Bourke sent the sides in level on 0-10 each.

Horgan and Luke O’Farrell tagged on further points as Cork eased into a two-point lead early in the second half, but in the 46th minute, Brian O’Meara used his stregth and power to bustle his way past two defenders and blast the ball to the net. But Cork, with Horgan, Egan and O’Farrell all on target, kept their noses in front until substitute Eoin Kelly drilled a 20-metre free direct to the net. Tipp were clinging on to a two-point lead when O’Farrell broke away on the left to arrow an angled shot to the net for a magnificent 57th minute goal, a score that effectively killed off the Premier county’s title challenge. Cork scored at will in the closing stages, with substitutes Conor Lehane and Darren Sweetnam and Horgan leading the Rebels to glory, while the brilliant Cadogan continued to deliver an exhibition of defending.

Cork scorers: L O’Farrell 1-02, P Horgan 0-09 (6f), N McCarthy, W Egan (2f) 0-03 each, P Cronin, C Lehane 0-02 each, J Gardiner, P O’Sullivan, D Sweetnam, A Nash 0-01 each.

Tipperary scorers: B O’Meara 1-02, E Kelly 1-01 (1-01f), P Bourke 0-07 (5f), J Woodlock, G Ryan, N McGrath, S Bourke, J O’Brien 0-01 each.

TIPPERARY: B Cummins, C O’Brien, Padraic Maher, M Cahill, T Stapleton. C O’Mahony, D Young, B Maher, J Woodlock, G Ryan, N McGrath, P Bourke, S Bourke, B O’Meara, J O’Brien.

Subs: S Maher for Young, E Kelly for S Bourke, S McGrath for B Maher, S Curran for Woodlock, J O’Neill for N McGrath.

CORK: D Og Cusack, S O’Neill, S McDonnell, C O’Sullivan, S O hAilpín, E Cadogan, W Egan, J Gardiner, L McLoughlin, J Coughlan, P Cronin, N McCarthy, L O’Farrell, P O’Sullivan, P Horgan.

Subs: A Nash for Cusack, J Kenny for O hAilpin, C Lehane for Coughlan, D Sweetnam for McCarthy, C McCarthy for McLoughlin.

Referee: M Wadding (Waterford)


Cork send summer signals

Cork 1-25 Tipperary 2-15

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, April 23, 2012

Move over, make a bit of room for us there lads — that was the message delivered to Kilkenny and Tipperary from Semple Stadium yesterday as Cork came with a powerful finish to qualify for their second Allianz Hurling League final in three years (lost the 2010 final to Galway).

For some time now the consensus has been that the Cats and Tipp — All-Ireland finalists for the past three years — sit on their own at hurling’s top table, Dublin leading a chasing pack that has been living on scraps. Not any more. Yes, it’s still only the league, but the 15,000+ attendance in Thurles yesterday were witness to a team of real ability, a team ahead of schedule in its development, a team that will surely now harbour ambitions that extend beyond the league final against Kilkenny in two weeks.

Right from the start Cork were in this game and though playing into a strong breeze, carried the fight to Tipperary in the opening 23 minutes, at the end of which they led 0-7 to 0-4. They lost their captain and keeper Donal Óg Cusack during that period (a freak Achilles tendon injury) but just as they had absorbed the loss of four starters from the drawn game against the same opposition in the final league round two weeks ago, so they absorbed Cusack’s loss, took it in their stride, big-hitting Anthony Nash taking over between the sticks.

Jamie Coughlan was causing all sorts of problems at centre-forward for Conor O’Mahony with his pace and skill, wings Pa Cronin and Niall McCarthy were winning their battles, while the inside line of Luke O’Farrell, Paudie O’Sullivan and Patrick Horgan bristled with threat. At the other end, centre-back Eoin Cadogan again led the line with authority, while behind him Shane O’Neill was enjoying a massive battle with Tipperary’s giant Brian O’Meara, Stephen McDonnell and Conor O’Sullivan doing well alongside. O’Meara deserves special mention. Though on a beaten team, being very tightly marked by the gritty O’Neill, the big man from Kilruane had a superb game; finished with 1-2 and could have been more, his bulk and strength complemented by a silken touch.  By the break Tipp had managed something of a comeback, game tied at 0-10 apiece, free-taker Pa Bourke doing the bulk of their scoring (seven points, five placed balls). It was a false reflection on events, however, Cork already looking the better side.

The second half continued in the same vein, Cork hurling very well throughout the field but hit with two body-blows, goals from O’Meara (46) and sub Eoin Kelly (20m free 53rd min). Each of those goals put Tipp back into the lead, but each time Cork responded immediately with points at the other end — no accident, said Cadogan. “That’s something we focused on in training; when you get setbacks in games you don’t sit back, you have to try and pick yourself up. The movement of our forwards and the way they were moving — it was great for a back to be looking at that down the field, seeing the points going over like that then the goal as well.”

Ah yes, the Cork goal. It arrived in the 57th minute, Horgan and McCarthy combining to put O’Farrell through; Luke had Paudie O’Sullivan available in the centre — didn’t need him, his blistering angled drive almost taking the rigging from the Tipp goals. It put Cork 1-18 to 2-14 up and when the kids came on, Conor Lehane and Darren Sweetnam, the icing was put on the cake, Cork outscoring Tipp 1-7 to 0-1 in the final 10 minutes to romp home. It was total hurling, the forwards running up a big score, midfield supplying the ammo, the backs doing a suffocating job on the dangerous Tipp attack. “We’re working as a unit,” Eoin Cadogan explained: “Any defence in the country has to be tight when you have the likes of Eoin Kelly roaming around the place, Noel McGrath as well. We stood up to them well today but they will be a different animal come championship.”

It’s not just the kids doing the business either, says Eoin. “The old as well, you had Tom Kenny coming on too. It’s a huge bonus when the legs are getting tired to see these fresh guys coming in. With his first touch Conor Lehane puts the ball over the bar, as did Darren Sweetnam, that was a huge bonus for the backs looking down the field. Overall we can be delighted with today.”

Scorers for Cork: P Horgan 0-9 (6f); L O’Farrell 1-2; N McCarthy 0-3; W Egan 0-3 (2f); P Cronin 0-2; C Lehane 0-2; J Gardiner, P O’Sullivan, D Sweetnam, A Nash (f), 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: P Bourke 0-7 (5f); B O’Meara 1-2; E Kelly 1-1 (1-1f); G Ryan 0-2; J Woodlock, N McGrath, J O’Brien, 0-1 each.

Subs for Cork: A Nash (Cusack inj. 17); T Kenny (Ó hAilpín 60); C Lehane (Coughlan 60); D Sweetnam (McCarthy 66); C McCarthy (McLoughlin 67).

Tipperary Subs: S Maher (Young 28); E Kelly (S Bourke 45); S McGrath (B Maher 48); S Curran (Woodlock 61); J O’Neill (N McGrath 68).

Referee: M Wadding (Waterford)

Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Semi Final – Kilkenny 1-20 Clare 0-14

Kilkenny cruise into the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 final

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Kilkenny cruised into the Allianz HL Division One final with a storming second-half performance that shattered the hopes of plucky Clare, winning on a final scoreline of 1-20 to 0-14. Richie Power hit five points, but had a penalty saved, as Kilkenny went in at the break ahead by 0-8 to 0-7, with Conor McGrath also striking five for Clare. Matthew Ruth netted the only goal of the game for the Cats four minutes into the second half, and they finished the job off clinically, with Power bringing his tally to nine points and Ruth bagging 1-4.

Davy Fitzgerald’s banners side competed on equal terms with the mighty Cats in the first half, but the gulf in class was ruthlessly exposed in the second period as Brian Cody’s men took their opponents apart. After Ruth scored the only goal of the game, the floodgates opened, and Power helped himself to a nine-point haul as Kilkenny won by nine. McGrath swept over a couple of early frees to give Clare a measure of confidence, but the Cats were ahead by the ninth minute, thanks to Colin Fennelly’s splendid long-range strike.

Pat O’Connor and Donal O’Donovan stood firm at the back as Kilkenny continued to press, and after Power had shot Kilkenny into a two-point lead, the banner came back again to level with scores form Sean Collins and Nicky O’Connell, who drove a long-range free between the uprights. O’Connell and Patrick Donnellan were important figures around midfield as Clare battled to gain the upper hand, but they received a let-off in the 21st minute when Eoin Larkin finished to the net after being sent in by Fennelly. But referee Alan Kelly disallowed the goal and instead awarded a penalty for Brendan Bugler’s foul on Larkin.

Power stepped up, but his strike was kept out by Donnellan when a three-pointer would have eased his side four clear. Power did make amends with his fourth point from a free, but McGrath duly brought his tally to four with two points, one a superb effort from play, to bring the sides level on 0-06 each in the 27th minute. Power arrowed over a stoppage-time free to ease the All-Ireland champions ahead once again, 0-8 to 0-7 at the break.

And they grabbed a goal four minutes into the second half. Larkin again the man causing mayhem as his angled shot was saved by goalkeeper Patrick Kelly, but Ruth nipped in to finish to the net from close range. Ruth and Fennelly tagged on points, and suddenly Clare found themselves trailing by five. Clare needed a big response, and while they did pull back points through Liam Markham and O’Connell, Kilkenny were able to pick off points with relative comfort, opening out a six-point lead through TJ Reid.

Tommy Walsh imposed himself on the game in typical fashion at the back as Brian Cody’s side grew in stature, with Cillian Buckley an immense figure in the central area. Power was still hitting the target from frees and play, and Larkin finally got his name on the scoresheet as the margin grew to nine with ten minutes to play. The damage could have been greater, but for the heroic defending of O’Donovan and Cian Dillon, and Clare staged a minor revival to pull back scores through Colin Ryan and Donnellan. But it was to be Kilkenny’s day, and they hit the game’s last three scores, with Fennelly, substitute Kieran Joyce and Ruth all hitting the target.

Kilkenny scorers: M Ruth 1-3, R Power 0-9 (7f), C Fennelly 0-4, J Mulhall, E Larkin, K Joyce, TJ Reid 0-1 each.

Clare scorers: C McGrath 0-6 (5f), C Ryan 0-3 (2f), N O’Connell 0-2 (2f), L Markham, P Donnellan, S Collins 0-1 each.

Kilkenny: D Herity, P Murphy, J.J. Delaney, J Tyrrell, T Walsh, B Hogan, R Doyle, M Fennelly, C Buckley, T.J. Reid, R Power, J Mulhall, C Fennelly, E Larkin, M Ruth.

Subs: M Bergin for Larkin, K Joyce for Walsh, C Fogarty for Doyle

Clare: P Kelly, D O’Donovan, C Dillon, C Cooney, B Bugler, P O’Connor, L Markham, N O’Connell, P Donnellan, F Lynch, S Collins, E Barrett, C Ryan, C McGrath, J Conlon.

Subs: J Clancy for Lynch, A Cunningham for Barrett

Referee: A Kelly (Galway)


Kilkenny craft keeps Banner in check

Kilkenny 1-20 Clare 0-14

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kilkenny progressed with their customary assurance yesterday at Semple Stadium but received an adequately stern examination from Clare to earn their right to a spot in the final. This was a game that boiled down to two sides in differing stages of development. When they needed to close out the game in the second half, Kilkenny were able to draw on the defensive nous of JJ Delaney and Brian Hogan, the midfield power of Michael Fennelly and the attacking prowess of Richie Power. The level of experience they have stockpiled in recent seasons was instrumental in ensuring this game metamorphosed into a one-point advantage for Kilkenny at the interval to a nine-point margin by the final whistle.

Clare will not be too downhearted in defeat. Their mission statement this spring was to achieve promotion to Division 1A and their recent riveting success over Limerick meant that aim had already been realised. Yesterday was a bonus match and crucially a chance to pit themselves against a higher class of hurling opposition. For a team still in a burgeoning state, this was an important tussle for a duo like Aaron Cunningham and Seadna Morey who were sprung from the bench late on. This time last year they were eligible for the minor grade and studying for their Leaving Certificate. Clare need time to develop and in manager Davy Fitzgerald’s eyes the most important aspect to this game was avoiding the type of mauling Kilkenny inflicted on Galway a couple of weeks ago.

“We have a very young team and the most important thing is that we weren’t blow off the field. “What they did to Galway a few weeks ago will be on Galway’s mind every time they play them from now. Getting 3-26 to 10 points, that’s what they did to them and they’re capable of doing that every time they go out. We hung in there fairly okay I thought. Naturally it’s a big step. I don’t think physically we were blown out of it.”

Fitzgerald’s point was a salient one as Clare brought a ferocity to their approach from the outset. That was reflected in the physical nature from the opening moments when they stood up to Kilkenny. The shuddering collision between Clare’s Cian Dillon and Kilkenny’s John Mulhall in the 18th minute that led to both players departing the pitch as blood gushed from head wounds was indicative of the early exchanges.

In the second half the sting was largely taken out of the match as Kilkenny’s superiority came to bear. The Clare defence stuck to the Kilkenny attack with determination and did not allow themselves to be prised apart during the first half. They only trailed by 0-8 to 0-7 at half-time after being sustained by the free-taking of Conor McGrath and the clever scything runs of Sean Collins at centre-forward. There was fortune for Clare in the 21st minute when the referee awarded a penalty for a foul on Eoin Larkin despite the James Stephens man finishing to the net and subsequently inspiration for the Banner when captain Pat Donnellan got down well to beat away Richie Power’s penalty effort.

Kilkenny were uncharacteristically wasteful in their forays forward in the first-half but they sharpened their accuracy in the second-half. Matthew Ruth’s goal, which Clare were rightly aggrieved by with the decisions in the build-up to it, in the 40th minute helped settle them. They shot six out of the seven points registered in the game between the 50th and 60th minute. That essentially put the game to bed. Clare had been left reeling by the concession of that goal and Kilkenny took over with Richie Power prominent. Clare looked unlikely to raise a green flag themselves and it was not until injury-time that they had their best chance when substitute Jonathan Clancy’s piledriver was bravely smothered by Kilkenny netminder David Herity.

The theme of newcomers to senior hurling was not just restricted to the Clare line-up on the day, with the performance of Cillian Buckley in the Kilkenny midfield area something for Brian Cody to cherish. The Dicksboro player raised the Irish Press Cup at minor level against Clare in September 2010 and he enjoyed another fruitful afternoon against the Banner here. Matthew Ruth was another to catch the eye as he contributed 1-3 from corner-forward and their development provides plus points for Kilkenny heading into another league decider.

Scorers for Kilkenny: R Power 0-9 (6fs), M Ruth 1-3, C Fennelly, M Fennelly 0-2 each, J Mulhall, TJ Reid, K Joyce, E Larkin 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: C McGrath 0-6 (5fs), C Ryan 0-3 (2fs), N O’Connell 0-2 (2fs), S Collins, P Donnellan, L Markham 0-1 each.

Subs for Clare: E Glynn for Dillon (blood) (18), Dillon for Glynn (21), J Clancy for Lynch (61), A Cunningham for Barrett (61).

Subs for Kilkenny: M Bergin for Mulhall (blood) (18), Mulhall for Bergin (24), Bergin for Larkin (63), K Joyce for Walsh (63), C Fogarty for Doyle (64).

Referee: Alan Kelly (Galway)