AIB All-Ireland Club Junior Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Mayfield (Cork) 1-14 Calry St Josephs (Sligo) 1-7

Mayfield (Cork) defeated Calry St Josephs (Sligo) by 1-14 to 1-7 in the AIB All-Ireland Club Junior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday January 29th at O’Connor Park Tullamore.

Nicky Kelly turns on power to fire Mayfield into final

Report by Daragh Ó Conchúir for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Mayfield (Cork) 1-14 Calry St Joseph’s (Sligo) 1-7: Mayfield are one step away from AIB All-Ireland Club Junior Hurling Championship glory after this workmanlike victory over dogged Calry St Joseph’s.

They recovered from a slow start to lead at the break 0-8 to 0-5 and the Cork City outfit pulled away in the second-half as the game fizzled out to an inevitable end despite Conor Griffin’s goal in the sixth minute of injury time for Calry.

Once again, Nicky Kelly’s class shone whenever he was in possession but the centre-forward, who finished with a goal and five points and had a hand in a couple of other scores, was very ably supported in the scoring stakes by David O’Neill and Kevin Punch, who scored four and three points from play, respectively.

The persistent drizzle made for a very scrappy affair but Calry began confidently and with Keith Raymond slotting three frees, were full value for their early two-point lead. They had a couple of half-chances for goals in the early exchanges that might have altered proceedings but were unable to avail of them.

Instead Punch, Kelly and David Malone hit points to settle Mayfield as they themselves went two ahead. Griffin and Raymond ensured the sides were level at 0-5 apiece by the 22nd minute but St Joseph’s failed to score for the next 24 minutes, while Mayfield upped the tempo and managed to create more space, having initially struggled with the conditions.

O’Neill, Punch and Kelly all hit the target before thei nterval, while Podge Duggan was only denied a goal by a smart save from Chris Madden. The game was decided by two events early in the second-half that left Calry with too steep a mountain to climb. In the 33rd minute, by which stage O’Neill had already raised a white flag, Kelly won possession and jinked clear but mishit his strike for a point from about 35 metres. Unfortunately for Madden though, the custodian misjudged the flight of the sliotar and it went all the way to the net to open a seven-point lead.

Punch had made it eight by the time Kevin Gilmartin received his second yellow card seven minutes later and there was no way back.

Mayfield were in cruise control from there and without being spectacular, saw the game out professionally. Raymond ended the Sligo champions’ drought from another placed ball but they needed goals and Griffin’s booted finish came much too late.

Scorers for Mayfield: N Kelly (1-5, 0-3 frees); D O’Neill (0-4); K Punch (0-3); D Hayes, D Malone (0-1 each)

Scorers for Calry/St Joseph’s: K Raymond (0-6 frees); C Griffin (1-1)

MAYFIELD: R O’Keeffe, K Brosnan, D Lucey, G Lehane, D Hayes, S O’Donovan, C Bond, K Punch, C O’Sullivan, D Malone, N Kelly, D O’Neill, S Duggan, K Walsh, P Duggan
Subs: I Looney for Malone (54); M Barry for Walsh (60), J O’Donovan for Hayes (60+4)

CALRY/ST JOSEPH’S: C Madden, T Kelly, J Kenny, J Kerwin, D Keown, C Behan, L Reidy, R Cox, K Raymond, K Gilmartin, D Collery, C Griffin, E McCarthy, J Gilmartin, M Gilmartin
Subs: F Coyne for Reidy (27-29); Coyne for Kerwin (57); N McDermott for Keown (60), D Cox for O’Callaghan (60)

Referee: G McGrath (Wexford)

Fixture Details

29.01.2017 (Sun)
AIB GAA Hurling All-Ireland Junior Club Championship Semi-Finals
O’Connor Park, Tullamore 12.30
Calry/St Joseph’s (Sligeach) v Mayfield (Corcaigh)
Referee: Gearoid McGrath (Loch Garman)
(E.T. if Necessary)

AIB All-Ireland Club Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Ahascragh-Fohenagh (Galway) 1-17 Lismore (Waterford) 0-13

Ahascragh-Fohenagh (Galway) defeated Lismore (Waterford) by 1-17 to 0-13 in the AIB All-Ireland Club Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday January 29th at O’Connor Park Tullamore.

Fixture Details

29.01.2017 (Sun)
AIB GAA Hurling All-Ireland Intermediate Club Championship Semi-Finals
O’Connor Park, Tullamore 14.15
Ath Eascrach/Fothaine (Gaillimh) v Lismore (Port Láirge)
Referee: Mick Murtagh (An Iarmhí)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Munster Hurling League Final – Cork 1-21 Limerick 1-20

Cork defeated Limerick by 1-21 to 1-20 in the Co-Op Munster Hurling League Final on Sunday January 29th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

First trophy of season goes to Cork

Limerick 1-20 Cork 1-21

Report by Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Cork leave it late to claim silverware

Report by Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Limerick 1-20 Cork 1-21: Alan Cadogan, the form player on the form team in the Co-op Munster senior hurling league, struck for a late, late goal in a sodden Gaelic Grounds yesterday to earn Cork the first silverware of the season.

Cork were two points behind deep in injury-time when substitute Seamus Harnedy picked out the Douglas club man and Cadogan finished coolly from an acute angle.

There was still time for Limerick to hunt out an equaliser, but Cork held on for the win.

“When the referee said five minutes (injury-time) I always felt we had a chance,” said Cork manager Kieran Kingston afterwards.

“It was exciting mainly because of the score, to be fair. The scoreline was up and down towards the end and it was anyone’s game up to the end.

“It was played with a lot of effort and work-rate, which you’d expect in a final. We were happy with that, tough conditions, it’s only January so it’s early days. For those that were there, it was exciting towards the end.”

The 2,372 on hand saw Cork go 0-3 to 0-1 up before Limerick goaled on eight minutes, a super James Ryan pass picking out David Dempsey, who finished well from close range.

The goal opened the game up, with the sides swapping points in slippery conditions, Limerick nudging ahead with a Barry Nash point at the end of the first quarter, 1-5 to 0-7.

The impressive Peter Casey hit four points on the spin and pushed Limerick two ahead; Patrick Horgan’s accuracy from frees tied the game for Cork, but there was still time for Graeme Mulcahy and Kyle Hayes to push Limerick two ahead at the break, 1-11 to 0-12.

On the resumption, Limerick were sharper, pushing three ahead by the 45th minute thanks to another Casey free — a good Nickey Quaid save denied Darragh Fitzgibbon a Cork goal just afterwards.

Dempsey gave Limerick a four-point lead turning into the final quarter but Horgan (two), Kingston, sub Seamus Harnedy, and Daniel Kearney put Cork ahead with five points in a row.

Limerick rallied, however. Points from Casey, Dempsey, and Byrnes (free) seemed to make it safe — until Cadogan’s late intervention.

John Kiely was frank at the final whistle. “I think we sucker-punched ourselves to be honest,” said the Limerick boss.

“We had plenty of chances to put the game into a safer position, we should’ve had a four or five-point lead and it was our own doing that we didn’t have ourselves in a better position. We left ourselves vulnerable to that goal.

“He (Cadogan) was under a lot of pressure, boys tried their best but he got it off, it’s more about the performance than the result.

“It would’ve been nice to win it, of course it would, but I’m very happy with the performance, I think we progressed quite a bit over the course of the last month.

“We controlled the game for large periods, we were very solid, we didn’t have a lot of options on the bench because we played a game yesterday with the rest of the panel so that left us a bit shy.

“On another day we would’ve had fresher legs to come in but I’m not making any excuses.”

For Cork, there was encouragement from the result and from the survival of newcomers such as David Griffin and Killian Burke in a full-back line which had to be reconfigured due to injury at half-time, while a first sighting of Seamus Harnedy in good form will also encourage the Leesiders.

This was a fairer reflection of Limerick’s quality after the seven-goal drubbing at Cork’s hands in the league proper. In Diarmaid Byrnes they have a long-range free-taker of real quality and Peter Casey was dangerous all through.

A decent warm-up for the league in a fortnight’s time? Absolutely. If February’s fare is as entertaining as yesterday there’ll be no complaints.

Scorers for Limerick: P. Casey (0-9, 0-7 frees); D. Dempsey (1-3), D. Byrnes (0-4, 0-3 frees); G. Mulcahy, B. Nash, K. Hayes, G. Hegarty (0-1 each).

Scorers for Cork: P. Horgan (0-9, 0-7 frees); A. Cadogan (1-2) C. Lehane, S. Kingston (0-3); D. Brosnan, M. Coleman, D. Kearney, S. Harnedy (0-1 each).

LIMERICK: N. Quaid, S. Cahill, R. McCarthy, M. Casey, D. Byrnes, D. Hannon, G. O’Mahony, P. Browne, J. Ryan (C), G. Hegarty, D. Dempsey, K. Hayes, P. Casey, B. Nash, G. Mulcahy
Subs: C. Lynch for J. Ryan (60); K. O’Brien for (66) for Hayes (67); S. Tobin for Mulcahy (73).

CORK: A. Nash, S. McDonnell, C. Spillane, D. Cahalane, M. Ellis, C. Joyce, M. Coleman, L. McLoughlin, D. Kearney, C. Lehane, L. Meade, S. Kingston, A. Cadogan, P. Horgan, D. Fitzgibbon
Subs: D. Griffin for Cahalane and K. Burke for Spillane, D. Brosnan for McLoughlin (all HT); S. Harnedy for Fitzgibbon (60); C. O’Sullivan for McDonnell (72).

Referee: P. Kelly (Tipperary)

Team News

Limerick senior hurling team to face Cork in the Co-op Munster Senior Hurling League Final this Sunday afternoon at 2pm in Gaelic Grounds has been released.

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

The Cork Senior Hurling team to play Limerick on Sunday 29th January at 2pm in the Co-op Munster Hurling League Final @ Gaelic Grounds has been announced as follows.

1. Anthony Nash – Kanturk
2. Stephen McDonnell – Glen Rovers
3 Colm Spillane – Castlelyons
4. Damian Cahalane – St Finbarr’s
5. Mark Ellis – Millstreet
6. Christopher Joyce – Na Piarsaigh
7. Mark Coleman – Blarney
8. Lorcan McLoughlin – Kanturk
9. Daniel Kearney – Sarsfields
10. Conor Lehane – Midleton
11. Luke Meade – Newcestown
12. Shane Kingston – Douglas
13. Alan Cadogan – Douglas
14. Patrick Horgan – Glen Rovers
15. Darragh Fitzgibbon – Charleville
16. Patrick Collins – Ballinhassig
17. David Griffin – Carrigaline
18. Conor O’Sullivan – Sarsfields
19. Jack Sheehan – Erins Own
20. Killian Burke – Midleton
21. Chris O’Leary – Valley Rovers
22. Cormac Murphy – Mallow
23. Paul Haughney – Midleton
24. Dean Brosnan – Glen Rovers
25. Seamus Harnedy -St Ita’s
26. Michael Cahalane – Bandon

Co-Op Munster Hurling League Fixtures / Results / League Table

AIB All-Ireland Club Intermediate Football Championship Semi-Final – Westport (Mayo) 1-10 Kenmare Shamrocks (Kerry) 0-11

Westport (Mayo) defeated Kenmare Shamrocks (Kerry) by 1-10 to 0-11 after extra time in the AIB All-Ireland Club Intermediate Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday January 29th at Cusack Park Ennis.

Defiant Westport snatch it at the death

Report by Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Westport 1-10 Kenmare 0-11 (after extra-time): We were 78 minutes into this All-Ireland Club IFC semi-final when Westport snuck their noses in front for the first time.

They had spent much of the day in Kenmare’s shadow; falling four behind in the opening quarter and trailing by three with the clock reading 54 minutes. That there was even need for extra-time was testament to their resilience and ability to remain with the Kerry and Munster champions, without ever threatening to beat them.

Behind 0-9 to 0-6 with time against them, Westport realised a goal was required to prolong their All-Ireland campaign. On 55 minutes, they should have been celebrating the opening green flag of this dogged clash where none of the big names on either side managed to leave their mark. Corner-back Niall McManamon had travelled the direct route through the Kenmare defence and with Phil Keegan unmarked inside, all that was required was a half-decent ball over the head of the final defender. The pass, though, was overcooked and possession dribbled over the end line, much to the frustration of the Mayo contingent in the 3,909 strong crowd.

Undeterred, Westport ploughed on. Lee Keegan, having won a free 45 metres from goal, had no interest in allowing one of his team-mates try their luck from a tight angle and so delivered the ball into the opposition danger area. Shane Scott took down possession and while referee Martin McNally initially ignored the foul on the Westport midfielder, he was prompted into awarding a penalty by one of his umpires.

Scott dispatched the penalty to level matters for only the second time. Kenmare forward Paul O’Connor had a chance to win it thereafter, but his ’45 didn’t have the distance. Dara O’Shea, with a monstrous kick from distance, drew first blood for the Kerry champions in extra-time. It was cancelled out by the lively Colm Moran, but again, Westport were unable to find a lead score. Paul O’Connor’s fifth free had Kenmare 0-11 to 1-7 in front at the turnaround and while the hamstring-troubled Stephen O’Brien was introduced for the second period, they would fail to add to their tally.

Brian McDermott secured parity on 75 minutes, with Scott pushing them into pole position two minutes from time. Dara Crowley had kicked wide at the other end in between these two scores and their best chance to draw level fell to O’Connor in the dying embers. His free, however, drifted right and wide. There was also a hefty challenge on Stephen O’Brien directly in front of goal that was waved away by the referee.

In searching for an equaliser during the three additional minutes awarded, gaps opened up at the back and Westport sub Colm Geraghty fired over the insurance score to set up a final date with St Colmcille’s on February 19.

Scorers for Westport: S Scott (1-1, 1-0 pen); L Staunton (0-2 frees), F McDonagh (0-1 free), C Moran (0-2 each); C Geraghty, B McDermott, P Lambert (0-1 each).

Scorers for Kenmare: P O’Connor (0-7, 0-5 frees); D O’Shea, P O’Shea, S O’Leary, S O’Shea (0-1 each).

WESTPORT: P O’Malley; B McDermott, K Keane, N McManamon; K Dever, L Keegan, J Walsh; B O’Malley, S Scott; P Keegan, F McDonagh, L Staunton; C Moran, P Lambert, O McLoughlin.
Subs: R Geraghty for McLoughlin (39 mins); D Horan for Staunton (48); C Geraghty for McDonagh (60); F McDonagh for B O’Malley (70); O McLoughlin for Lambert (78).

KENMARE: K Fitzgibbon; S O’Shea, T O’Sullivan, D Crowley; S O’Sullivan, D O’Shea, M Crowley; JM Foley, D Hallissey; S O’Leary, K O’Sullivan, A O’Leary; P O’Shea, S O’Shea, P O’Connor.
Subs: B O’Sullivan for P O’Shea (41 mins); S Dalton for Hallissey (58); C O’Sullivan for T O’Sullivan (69); S O’Brien for O’Leary (73); D Hallissey for for Dalton (73, bc).

Referee: M McNally (Monaghan).

Fixture Details

29.01.2017 (Sun)
AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Intermediate Club Championship Semi-Finals
Cusack Park, Ennis 14.15
Westport (Maigh Eo) v Kenmare Shamrocks (Ciarraí)
Referee: Martin McNally (Muineachán)
(E.T. if Necessary)

AIB All-Ireland Club Junior Football Championship Semi-Final – Glenbeigh-Glencar (Kerry) 4-14 Louisburgh (Mayo) 0-13

Glenbeigh-Glencar (Kerry) defeated Louisburgh (Mayo) by 4-14 to 0-13 in the AIB All-Ireland Club Junior Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday January 29th at Cusack Park Ennis.

Darran O’Sullivan’s classy goal helps Glenbeigh-Glencar to Croker climax

Report by Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Glenbeigh-Glencar 4-14 Louisburgh 0-13: They were accused of being mentally frail when having come up short in Kerry, but in securing passage to next month’s All-Ireland JFC final, Glenbeigh-Glencar showed nothing but character and self-belief.

In dismissing the challenge of Mayo and Connacht champions Louisburgh yesterday, Aidan O’Shea’s charges maintained the impressive record of Kerry clubs in the All-Ireland junior competition — Glenbeigh-Glencar are the 10th Kingdom outfit in 12 years to reach the All-Ireland junior football decider.

What embellished this latest semi-final win was it was achieved against the backdrop of a lightning start from Louisburgh which yielded seven unanswered points in the opening seven minutes. The Mayo outfit could do no wrong during the opening exchanges, with James Dowd (0-2), Kevin Gibbons (0-2, 0-1 free), Michael Gibbons, Austin O’Malley and Pádraic Prendergast (free) finding the target.

By way of contrast, their opponents could hardly catch possession, never mind a break. Five of goalkeeper Rory O’Connor’s first six kick-outs were fielded by a Louisburgh player, while their defence offered little by the way of resistance to the pace and movement of Kevin Gibbons and James Dowd.

Crucially, though, the Kerry champions kept their heads. There was no panic. Darran O’Sullivan showed his class to prise an opening in the opposition rearguard for their first point after 11 minutes. Tommy Cahill raised a second white flag and while Austin O’Malley fired over at the other end, Glenbeigh-Glencar were slowly settling into proceedings.

Kevin Courtney, having been put through by Gavin O’Grady on 18 minutes, delivered the opening major of the contest. And when Courtney kicked his first point, arriving as it did after two on the bounce from wing-back Caolim Teehan, the sides were level at 1-5 to 0-8.

Pádraic Prendergast briefly returned the Mayo side in front, but a Gavin O’Grady goal on 24 minutes nudged Glenbeigh-Glencar ahead and they didn’t once look over their shoulder thereafter.

The interval scoreline had them 2-6 to 0-10 clear and thoughts turned to a final appearance at Croke Park when Darran O’Sullivan rifled in goal number three.

Courtney nabbed his second and Glenbeigh- Glencar’s fourth entering the final quarter and while O’Sullivan, O’Grady and Courtney will receive much of the plaudits, it should be noted following Louisburgh’s early avalanche, the winning defence limited their opponents to just six points for the remainder of this semi-final.

Scorers for Glenbeigh-Glencar: K Courtney (2-3); G O’Grady (0-2 frees), D O’Sullivan (1-3 each); T Cahill (0-2 frees), C Teehan (0-2 each); J Brosnan (0-1).

Scorers for Louisburgh: K Gibbon (0-2 frees), Pádraic Prendergast (0-3 frees), J Dowd, A O’Malley (0-3 each); M Gibbons (0-1).

GLENBEIGH-GLENCAR: R O’Connor; S O’Sullivan, J Hoare, C Doyle; J Brosnan, P Kilkenny, C Teehan; C McGillycuddy, F Griffin; Danny O’Sullivan, Darran O’Sullivan, T Cahill; K Courtney, G O’Grady, D Griffin.
Subs: B Murphy for Danny O’Sullivan, J McKenna for D Griffin (both 44 mins); V Hoare for Doyle (48); D McGillycuddy for S O’Sullivan (51); C Purcell for Teehan, P Griffin for Cahill (both 57).

LOUISBURGH: D O’Malley; E O’Malley, M O’Malley, R Prendergast; Paul Prendergast, J Dawson, A Moran; Pádraic Prendergast, P O’Malley; J Gibbons, A O’Malley, P McDonnell; J Dowd, K Gibbons, M Gibbons.
Subs: O Lally for McDonnell (34 mins); D Pender for Paul Prendergast (38); E O’Toole for P O’Malley, T Dawson for J Gibbons (both 45); J Gibbons for Moran, J Reilly for M O’Malley (both 54)

Referee: B Cawley (Kildare).

Fixture Details

29.01.2017 (Sun)
AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Junior Club Championship Semi-Finals
Cusack Park, Ennis 12.30
Louisburgh (Maigh Eo) v Glenbeigh-Glencar (Ciarraí)
Referee: Brendan Cawley (Cill Dara)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Co-Op Munster Hurling League – Waterford 4-21 Kerry 0-15

Waterford defeated Kerry by 4-21 to 0-15 in the Co-Op Munster Hurling League on Saturday January 28th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.

Full-strength Déise punish Kingdom

Waterford 4-21 Kerry 0-16

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Waterford’s big hitters returned to demolish Kerry by 17 points on Saturday. Pauric Mahony, Austin Gleeson and Michael Walsh opened up in the January sunshine at Fraher Field.

“We followed the same path as last year, relatively experimental up until today,” Waterford manager Derek McGrath explained. “It wasn’t out of disrespect to Kerry or otherwise, it was just part of our plan that today we would give more of the regulars some game-time.”

On 11 minutes, Stephen Bennett punished a Kerry error with a three-pointer. Two more followed through Walsh and Gleeson and 3-3 without reply created an 11-point gap at half-time.

Subs Thomas Ryan and Brian O’Halloran drove it on during the second period. A trademark Walsh handpass allowed Ryan to hit the net again after 62 minutes.

McGrath revealed that goalkeeper Stephen O’Keeffe may miss the start of the NHL due to a nasty cut to his arm. “He probably won’t feature in the first couple of rounds but we were going with a split decision anyway this year with the ‘keepers.”

Kerry manager Fintan O’Connor rued those sloppy first-half goals. The Kingdom host Laois in the opening round of the NHL next month.

“1B is so competitive, you’re just fighting for points every week. We’ll be scrapping to get whatever we can,” he said.

Scorers –
Waterford: P Mahony 0-14 (8fs, 65′), A Gleeson 1-2, T Ryan 1-1, S Bennett, M Walsh 1-0 each, B O’Halloran 0-3, C Gleeson 0-1
Kerry: S Nolan 0-7 (6fs, 65’), M Boyle, D Collins, P Boyle 0-2 each, J Egan, J Goulding, C Harty 0-1 each.

Waterford – I O’Regan; S Fives, B Coughlan, N Connors; C Gleeson, T de Búrca, S Daniels; K Moran, M Kearney; M Walsh, A Gleeson, P Mahony; J Dillon, S Bennett, P Curran
Subs: B O’Halloran for Curran (h-t), T Ryan for Bennett (h-t), J Barron for Kearney (48), D Fives for De Búrca (51), DJ Foran for A Gleeson (59).

Kerry – A McCabe; B Murphy, P Costello, S Weir; J Griffin, D Dineen, K Carmody; J Goulding, P O’Connor; D Collins, M Boyle, J Conway; J Egan, P Boyle, S Nolan
Subs: C Harty for Egan (h-t), J O’Connor for Griffin (47), S Murphy for Conway (51), J Godley for P O’Connor (61), P Lucid for Nolan (64).

Ref – N Wall (Cork)

Team News

The Kerry Senior Hurling Team to play Waterford in the Munster Senior Hurling League in Dungarvan on Saturday next (12:30pm) shows 6 changes from the side that played Limerick in Round 3 on Sunday last as the Kerry management rotate the players in the squad.

Into the side come Martin Stackpoole, Bryan Murphy, Darren Dineen, Paudie O’Connor, Jordan Conway, and John Egan.

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

1 Martin Stackpoole Lixnaw
2 Bryan Murphy Causeway
3 Paud Costello Ballyduff
4 Sean Weir Crotta O’Neills
5 Keith Carmody Causeway
6 Darren Dineen St Brendans
7 John Griffin Lixnaw
8 Jack Goulding Ballyduff
9 Paudie O’Connor Kilmoyley
10 Jordan Conway Crotta O’Neills
11 Mikey Boyle Ballyduff
12 Daniel Collins (C) Kilmoyley
13 John Egan St Brendans
14 Padraig Boyle Ballyduff
15 Shane Nolan Crotta O’Neills

Fir Ionaid:

16 Aiden McCabe Kilmoyley
17 John Buckley Lixnaw
18 James Godley Kilmoyley
19 James O’Connor Abbeydorney
20 Colum Harty Causeway
21 Billy Lyons Causeway
22 Tomás O’Connor Crotta O’Neills
23 Stephen Murphy Causeway
24 Michael O’Leary Abbeydorney
25 Fionán Horgan St Brendans
26 Philp Lucid Ballyheigue

Dr. Harty Cup Hurling Semi-Final – Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy 1-8 CBS Midleton 0-7

Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy defeated CBS Midleton by 1-8 to 0-7 in the Dr. Harty Cup Hurling Semi-Final on Saturday January 28th at Mallow.

St Colman’s can dream of double after tight derby duel

Report by Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

St Colman’s Fermoy 1-8 Midleton CBS 0-7: When the most coveted piece of silverware in Munster Colleges hurling last resided at St Colman’s, it sat in a display cabinet next to the Dean Ryan Cup.

The latter trophy returned to the Fermoy College in November for the first time since 2003 and the prospect of yet another provincial double nears reality following Saturday’s all-Cork Dr Harty Cup semi-final win – St Colman’s have not been present in the decider since winning the last of their nine Harty Cup titles 14 years ago.

There they’ll meet Our Lady’s, Templemore and there is no question the gritty performance which saw them squeeze past their East Cork rivals won’t be sufficient to trouble, in the words of St Colman’s manager Flannan Cleary, the “red hot favourites”. That this semi-final didn’t live up to its billing, though, will matter little to the Fermoy students as they set about preparing for February 18. A crowd of 2,691 flocked to Mallow for the third meeting of the pair this season; an unanswered 1-6 in the closing 10 minutes of their first round Harty Cup clash back in October swung the verdict in St Colmans’ favour, with Midleton CBS exacting revenge in the Cork colleges final a week before Christmas.

Between then and here, St Colman’s put 3-12 past CBC to further signal their intent, while Midleton ended the reign of 2016 champions Ardscoil Rís after two epic quarter-final battles.

This particular contest, however, failed to come anywhere near the dizzy heights either reached in previous rounds. The first- half, in particular, was awash with errors. Scores, on the other hand, were desperately hard come by. Six white flags was all they could muster, only two of which arrived from open play.

The winners, having faced a strong breeze in the opening period, were much the happier with the 0-3 apiece interval scoreline. “To keep them to three points whilst we were playing against that breeze was terrific,” said Cleary. “We came out then and we got the start we wanted.”

By that, he means the 1-2 which they bagged within eight minutes of the restart. Diarmuid Lenihan threw over a ’65 following Adam Daly’s goal-line heroics in preventing Brian Roche’s ground stroke from crossing the white paint. David Lardner doubled their advantage and while Liam O’Shea got his and Midleton’s fourth point in response, Fermoy full- forward Roche capitalised on a defensive error in the 38th minute to register the only major.

They’d hit just three points in the remaining 22 minutes, but with Midleton’s radar, from both open play and the dead ball, out of whack – the losers hit 14 wides in total, their 1-8 tally proved more than enough to get the job done.

There were a couple of nervy moments late on as centre-back Niall O’Leary, excellent throughout, had to throw his body in front of Ger Millerick’s goal-bound effort. Liam Gosnell sent the rebound wide and their challenge ended when Liam O’Shea’s close-range free was repelled – the latter pair accounted for Midleton’s 0-7 total.

“After we got the goal, we went into a bit of a lull. When we were in that lull, Midleton didn’t capitalise. They threw the kitchen sink at us and it was really tough going there at the end, but our defence stood up to it. The leaders we have inside in our dressing-room is absolutely fantastic. It’s a fantastic win.”

An added bonus was having atoned for their one-point defeat to Ardscoil Rís at this very juncture 12 months ago.

“As I told the Midleton lads, we were in their position last year. We lost in heartbreaking circumstances. Nine of the lads playing here were there last year. That hurt drove us.”

Scorers for St Colman’s: D Lenihan (0-3, 0-2 frees, 0-1 ’65); B Roche (1-0); B Murphy (0-2); S O’Connor, D Lardner, R Galvin (0-1 each).

Scorers for Midleton CBS: L O’Shea (0-5, 0-2 frees); L Gosnell (0-2 frees).

ST COLMAN’S: E Davis (St Catherine’s); E Wallace (St Catherine’s), J O’Leary (Castlelyons), K Neville (St Catherine’s); S McCarthy (Fermoy), N O’Leary (Castlelyons), E Roche (Bride Rovers); S O’Connor (Bride Rovers), D Lenihan (Ballyhooly); J Sheehan (Kilworth), B Murphy (Castlelyons), D Lardner (Fermoy); C Ryan (Bride Rovers), B Roche (Bride Rovers), A Creed (Fermoy).
Subs: F Hickey (Ballyduff Upper) for Ryan (44 mins); R Galvin (St Catherine’s) for Sheehan (53); J Meighan (Ballyhooly) for Creed (58), G Lardner (Fermoy) for McCarthy (58)

MIDLETON CBS: R Walsh (St Colman’s); A Daly (Midleton), S O’Leary-Hayes (Midleton), E O’Sullivan (St Colman’s); R McConville (Midleton), J McDonnell (Aghada), A Walsh Barry (Carrigtwohill); S O’Meara (Midleton), C Coughlan (Killeagh); B Twomey (Carrigtwohill), G Millerick (Fr O’Neill’s), C Terry (Aghada); L O’Shea (Lisgoold), J Stack (Kiltha Óg), L Gosnell (Carrigtwohill).
Subs: M Kelly (Kiltha Óg) for Twomey (41); P O’Brien (Midleton) for Stack (50).

Referee: D Kirwan (Cork).

When – Saturday January 28th at 1:30pm
Where – Mallow
Referee – Diarmuid Kirwan (Cork)
Next Round – The winners will play the winners Our Lady’s Templemore and Nenagh CBS in the Final on Saturday February 18th.

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

Results to Date
Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy
Quarter-Final – Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy 3-12 Christian Brothers College, Cork 1-12
Last 16 – Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy 4-22 St Flannans 2-19 (AET)
Group E – Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy 2-15 CBS Midleton 1-14

CBS Midleton
Quarter-Final Replay – CBS Midleton 2-11 Árdscoil Rís Limerick 0-15
Quarter-Final – CBS Midleton 2-12 Árdscoil Rís Limerick 1-15 (AET)
Last 16 – CBS Midleton 1-15 Scoil Na Trioniode Doon 1-12
Group E – Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy 2-15 CBS Midleton 1-14

Match Preview

Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy and CBS Midleton will meet on Saturday in Mallow vying for a place in the 2017 Harty Cup Final on February 18th. These Cork schools are no strangers to each other having met in Group E in their opening game of the competition. On that occasion, CBS Midleton led by five points heading in the final stages only to see the Fermoy side scored an unanswered 1 goal and six points to win by 2-15 to 1-14.

Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy moved on to a meeting with St. Flannans in the last 16 and though heavily favoured, found themselves three points down deep in to injury time only for a last gasp Diarmuid Lenihan free to find its way through a number of players in to the back of the net to force extra time. Fermoy made no mistake in the additional period and won by nine points in the end. There was no such drama in the Quarter-Final as a dominating first half versus Christian Brothers College, Cork put Fermoy in to an unassailable position. Despite a comeback from CBC, Fermoy qualified for the semi-final with six points to spare. The Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy forward unit has improved from game to game and players like Barry Murphy, Brian Roche, Conleth Ryan and Diarmuid Lenihan will prove a handful for any side as the school aims to qualify for their first Harty Cup Final since 2003.

CBS Midleton have had a tougher route to the semi-finals, firstly overcoming a battling Scoil Na Trioniode Doon in the last 16 by three points before being drawn against the 2016 champions Árdscoil Rís Limerick in the Quarter-Final. This tie proved to be one of the better Harty Cup battles of recent times as it took 140 minutes to decide the winner after a draw and replay. In the drawn game, the sides were level no less than 11 times through the game and though Midleton led heading in to the end of normal time, Árdscoil Rís rallied to force extra time where no winner could be declared. The schools returned to the fray a week later for another cracking game. Midleton appeared set for victory but having been reduced to 14 men, the Cork side conceded a six point lead in the closing stages and found themselves a point down in injury time. There would be one further twist as Midleton earned a penalty and with the option of taking a point to force another period of extra time, Liam O’Shea went for goal and duly converted which turned out to be the winning score as Midleton progressed by a two point winning margin.

For CBS Midleton, these two tough Quarter-Final games will surely stand to them in their quest to qualify for their first Harty Cup Final since 2006. Liam Gosnell and Liam O’Shea up front have been responsible for the majority of Midleton’s scores in this campaign and aided by goalkeeper Ross Walsh, Sean O’Leary Hayes, Aaron Walsh Barry and Christy Coughlan they will hope to overturn their opening game defeat at the hands of Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy back in October.

Diarmuid Kirwan is the referee for this game in Mallow on Saturday with a 1:30pm throw-in.

Dr. Harty Cup Hurling Semi-Final – Our Lady’s Templemore 1-15 Nenagh CBS 0-14

Our Lady’s Templemore defeated Nenagh CBS by 1-15 to 0-14 in the Dr. Harty Cup Hurling Semi-Final on Saturday January 28th at Toomevara.

Templemore’s eyes firmly set on first Dr Harty Cup since 1978 as they progress to the final

Our Lady’s Secondary School Templemore 1-15 Nenagh CBS 0-14

Report by Shane Brophy for

OUR LADY’S SECONDARY School Templemore progressed to the Harty Cup final for the second consecutive year after getting the better of local rivals Nenagh CBS in a well contested semi-final played in a packed Toomevara this afternoon.

Andrew Ormonde’s 16th minute goal proved to the difference for the majority of a tight game where free-flowing hurling was at a premium as both sides brought huge intensity and workrate with no player having much time on the ball.

Nenagh played with the breeze in the opening half and after a slow start in which they trailed 0-5 to 0-2, fought back to level by the quarter hour when Ormonde forced the ball over the line from close range after Nenagh keeper Barry Hogan had saved from Brian McGrath.

At the other end Templemore goalkeeper Eoin Collins pulled off a superb save to deny Bryan McLoughney on the stroke of half time as Templemore led 1-7 to 0-8 at the break.

Templemore managed to keep their noses in front throughout the second half, relying on the free-taking of Brian McGrath as. Nenagh’s defence stepped up and with sub Ruairi Maher and Ciaran Kelly finding the target, they wouldn’t go away.

However late scores from man of the match Stevie Nolan, Lyndon Fairbrother and Jerry Kelly saw Templemore to victory.

Scorers for Our Ladys Secondary School, Templemore: Neil Quinlan (0-1), Stevie Nolan (0-3), Brian McGrath (0-6, 5f), Jerry Kelly (0-2), Andrew Ormonde (1-2), Lydon Fairbrother (0-1)

Scorers for Nenagh CBS: Barry Hogan (0-1, 1f), Jake Morris (0-2, 1f), Jerome Cahill (0-2), Mark Daniels (0-4, 3f), Billy Seymour (0-1), Ciaran Kelly (0-1), Kevin McCarthy (0-1), Ruairi Maher (0-2)

Our Ladys Secondary School, Templemore:

1. Eoin Collins (Drom & Inch)
2. Sean Ryan (Templederry Kenyons)
3. Paraic Campion (Drom & Inch)
4. Eoghan Ryan (Loughmore/Castleiney)
5. Neil Quinlan (JK Brackens)
6. Paddy Cadell (JK Brackens, Capt)
7. Aidan O’Meara (Drom & Inch)
8. Diarmuid Ryan (Clonakenny)
9. Stevie Nolan (Drom & Inch)
10. David O’Shea (JK Brackens)
11. Brian McGrath (Loughmore/Castleiney)
12. Jerry Kelly (Borris-Ileigh)
13. Andrew Ormonde (JK Brackens)
14. Ray McCormack (Borris-Ileigh)
15. Lyndon Fairbrother (JK Brackens)
Shane Doyle (JK Brackens) for O’Shea (27-29 blood)
Jack Ryan (Toomevara) for D Ryan (45 inj)
Shane Doyle for Ormonde (56)
Jason Gilmartin (Roscrea) for O’Shea (59)

Nenagh CBS:
1. Barry Hogan (Kiladangan)
2. Jack Maloney (Portroe)
3. Conor O’Brien (Portroe)
4. Darragh Molloy (Kiladangan)
5. Mark O’Neill (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
6. Jake Morris (Nenagh Eire Og, Capt)
7. Craig Morgan (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
8. Jerome Cahill (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
9. Stephen Kirwan (Burgess)
10. Conor McCarthy (Nenagh Eire Og)
11. Mark Daniels (Silvermines)
12. Bryan McLoughney (Kiladangan)
13. Billy Seymour (Kiladangan)
14. Ciaran Kelly (Kiladangan)
15. Kevin McCarthy (Toomevara)
Ruairi Maher (Silvermines) for K McCarthy (45)
Robbie Quirke (Cappawhite) for Kirwan (45);
Conor Bonar (Nenagh Eire Og) for O’Neill (53);
Daniel Ryan (Silvermines) for O’Brien (56 inj);
Mark O’Neill for Molloy (59 inj).

Referee: John McCormack (Tipperary)

When – Saturday January 28th at 1:30pm
Where – Toomevara
Referee – John McCormack (Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams, Tipperary)
Next Round – The winners will play the winners of St. Colmans Fermoy and Midleton CBS in the Final on Saturday February 18th.

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

Results to Date
Our Lady’s Templemore
Quarter-Final – Our Lady’s Templemore 3-14 Thurles CBS 1-10
Last 16 – Our Lady’s Templemore 6-27 Árdscoil Uí Urmaltaigh Bandon 0-3
Group F – Our Lady’s Templemore 1-23 St Flannans 1-12

Nenagh CBS
Quarter-Final – Nenagh C.B.S 0-20 De La Salle College Waterford 2-13 (AET)
Last 16 – Nenagh C.B.S 1-20 Castletroy CC 1-13
Group H – Nenagh CBS 1-22 Abbey CBS 2-16 (AET)

Match Preview

Toomevara will host the all Tipperary clash of Our Lady’s Templemore and Nenagh CBS on Saturday next. Both schools have been very competitive in this competition in recent years but have only 1 Harty Cup title between then, the 1978 victory for the then named Templemore CBS side. Since 1978, both Nenagh and Templemore have reached 4 Harty Cup Finals apiece only to finish runners-up on each occasion. Templemore lost last year’s final to Ardscoil Ris as well as finals in 2000, 2002 and 2013. For Nenagh, their Harty Cup Final appearances came in 1990, 1996, 1997 and 2012 although in 2012 they did go on to captured the All-Ireland Croke Cup title.

The clear favourite to win this game is Our Lady’s Templemore who have been impressive to date, racking up 10 goals and 64 points while conceding just 2 goals and 25 points. While not being tested in their opening two matches against St Flannans and Árdscoil Uí Urmaltaigh Bandon, their Quarter-Final meeting with Thurles CBS was in the balance for long periods and while Our Lady’s Templemore eventually ran out flattering 10 point winners, they will have learned a lot about their side which will be to their benefit heading in to the semi-final meeting with Nenagh CBS.

Players such as Brian McGrath, Lyndon Fairbrother and team captain Paddy Cadell are well known leaders of this team but others such as Diarmuid Ryan, Jerry Kelly, David O’Shea and Ray McCormack have been integral to their dominant form to date in this competition.

For Nenagh CBS, they have had a tougher route to the semi-final. While favourites to advance from their group, their game with Abbey CBS (last year’s B champions) went to extra time before Nenagh came out on top by three points. Nenagh were again favoured to win their last 16 meeting with Castletroy College and despite a lull midway through the game, ran out seven point winners. Nenagh’s Quarter-Final meeting with De La Salle was a repeat pairing from the same stage of last year’s competition, a game won by De La Salle. On this occasion, it took extra time before Nenagh eventually qualified for the semi-final by a solitary point.

For Nenagh, the 2016 Munster Minor Hurler of the year Jake Morris has been their best player to date and his late scores in the Quarter-Final helped them to defeat De La Salle. Jerome Cahill is another All-Ireland Minor medal winner from last year’s Tipperary side and has been very influential to date in this competition. Others such as Mark Daniels, goalkeeper Barry Hogan and Bryan Moloughney have played important roles in Nenagh’s journey to the semi-final and they will look to these players and others to play to top form in the hope of causing an upset.

John McCormack is in charge of this game with a 1:30pm throw-in.

2017 Munster GAA Convention

The Munster GAA annual Provincial Convention took place at the Anner Hotel, Thurles, County Tipperary, on Saturday, 28th January 2017.

Click to view photos from Convention

Address to Munster Convention by Munster GAA Chairman Jerry O’Sullivan

Outgoing Munster GAA Treasurer Anthony Walsh (Waterford) and Munster GAA PRO Ger Ryan (Tipperary) both stepped down following the completion of their three year terms.

Anthony Walsh was duly elected unopposed to the role of Munster GAA PRO.

Anthony Walsh

Meanwhile, Pearse Murphy (Cork) was elected as Munster GAA Treasurer following a contest with three others – details as follows –

  • 1st count in Munster Treasurer election – Pearse Murphy (Cork) 17, John O’Sullivan (Clare) 16, Donal Morrissey (Limerick) 9, Eamon Buckley (Tipperary) 9 (Buckley eliminated)
  • 2nd count in Munster Treasurer election – Pearse Murphy (Cork) 26, John O’Sullivan (Clare) 16, Donal Morrissey (Limerick) 9. Pearse Murphy elected

    Pearse Murphy

    Attached please find the Convention Booklet which includes:
    1. Agenda for Convention
    2. Annual Report on Activities 2016
    3. Audited Accounts for Year Ended 31/10/2016
    4. Nominations and Motion

    2017 Munster GAA Convention Booklet – PDF Format

    Munster GAA Chairmen – 1901 to 2016

  • Co-Op Munster Hurling League – Cork 0-19 Clare 0-15

    Cork defeated Clare by 0-19 to 0-15 in the Co-Op Munster Hurling League on Wednesday January 25th at Sixmilebridge.

    Cork make it four in a row to set up final re-match with Limerick

    Report By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

    Cork 0-19 Clare 0-15: Cork’s fourth win of the Co-Op Munster SHL denied Clare a place in this Sunday’s decider.

    The home outfit needed to overcome the Rebels last night to dislodge Limerick from second place in the table, but failure to do so means Cork will now meet the Treaty County in the final this weekend.

    Kieran Kingston’s charges, having walloped Limerick to the tune of 21-points when they met at the Gaelic Grounds a week and a half ago, can expect a much stiffer examination in what will be their final outing ahead of the league’s commencement on February 4.

    Clare had sought a postponement of this fixture owing to the Fitzgibbon Cup involvement of 13 of their squad on Tuesday. Five of that group – Bobby Duggan, Colm Galvin, Peter Duggan, Jason McCarthy and Jamie Shanahan – started here, with LIT pair David Reidy and Ben O’Gorman introduced in the second-half.

    The hosts played with a strong wind in the opening period, but little use did they make of it. Aside from Aaron Shanagher’s repelled goal effort approaching the break and the sporadic bursts of Cathal O’Connell, their full-forward line cut a largely subdued bunch for the opening 35 minutes.

    The home side clocked seven first-half wides, while a litany of handling errors and poor passes further out the field put paid to several more attacks. Cork, mind, were also guilty of a couple of basic errors in what was typical January fare.

    Aaron Cunningham and a pair of Cathal O’Connell frees had the Banner 0-3 to 0-1 clear after eight minutes. Then the wides started to mount and with Cork hitting six of the next eight scores, Clare found themselves 0-7 to 0-5 in arrears after 23 minutes – Shane O’Keeffe, Dean Brosnan and four from the stick of the lively Conor Lehane turning the tide in the visitors’ favour.

    Points from Aaron Cunningham, O’Connell, Shane Golden and Bobby Duggan returned Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor’s side in front at the break, 0-9 to 0-8. It was never going to be enough, though.

    Mind you, the table-toppers, for whom last night’s fixture was effectively a dead-rubber having already been assured of a final berth, took a while to shake off their opponents and proceedings were tied at 0-12 apiece when Bobby Duggan threw over a 54th minute free.

    Lehane (two frees), Cormac Murphy, Kearney and Shane O’Keeffe fired over the next five scores and all of a sudden, daylight had been established. Bobby Duggan kept the home account ticking over. It was a goal, though, they required. And with Killian Burke and Cormac Murphy minding the house well, a green flag never looked on the cards.

    Goalkeeper Declan Dalton, with his second long-range free, and sub Tim O’Mahony swelled the winners tally. The former was called into action late on to deal with a Duggan 20-metre free. It amounted to nothing and so ended Clare’s January campaign.

    Scorers for Cork: C Lehane (0-8, 0-4 frees); D Kearney (0-3); D Dalton (0-2 frees), S O’Keeffe (0-2 each); T O’Mahony, M O’Halloran, C Murphy, D Brosnan (0-1 each).

    Scorers for Clare: C O’Connell (0-6, 0-5 frees); B Duggan (0-4, 0-3 frees); A Cunningham, S Golden (0-2 each); S Morey (0-1).

    CORK: D Dalton; J Sheehan, D Griffin, C O’Sullivan; K Burke, C Joyce, C Murphy; M Ellis, P Haughney; S O’Keeffe, C Lehane, D Brosnan; L Meade, M O’Halloran, D Kearney
    Subs: S McDonnell for Meade (31 mins, inj); T O’Mahony for Haughney (52); D O’Driscoll for O’Halloran (65).

    CLARE: A Fahy; J McCarthy, C Dillon, S Morey; J Shanahan, C Ryan, B Bugler; S Golden, C Galvin; A Cunningham, C Malone, P Duggan; B Duggan, A Shanagher, C O’Connell
    Subs: E Quirke for Galvin (HT); D Fitzgerald for Ryan (HT); D Reidy for P Duggan (HT); C O’Donnell for O’Connell (46); B O’Gorman for Shanahan (51).

    Referee: J Murphy (Limerick)

    Team News

    The Cork Senior Hurling team to play Clare on tomorrow Wednesday 25th January at 7.30pm in the Sixmilebridge has been announced as follows.

    1. Declan Dalton – Fr O’Neill

    2. Killian Burke – Midleton

    3. David Griffin – Carrigaline

    4. Conor O’Sullivan – Sarsfields

    5. Mark Ellis – Millstreet

    6. Christopher Joyce – Na Piarsaigh

    7. Cormac Murphy – Mallow

    8. Lorcan McLoughlin – Kanturk

    9. Paul Haughney – Midleton

    10. Bill Cooper – Youghal

    11. Conor Lehane – Midleton

    12. Dean Brosnan – Glen Rovers

    13. Luke Meade – Newcestown

    14. Shane O’Keeffe – Blackrock

    15. Michael O’Halloran – Blackrock


    16. Anthony Nash – Kanturk

    17. Stephen McDonnell – Glen Rovers

    18. Jack Sheehan – Erins Own

    19. Eddie Gunning – Na Piarsaigh

    20. Daniel Kearney – Sarsfields

    21. Tim O’Mahony – Newcestownshandrum

    22. Darren O’Driscoll – Carrigtwohill

    23. Billy Dunne – Fr O’ Neills

    24. Damian Cahalane – St Finbar;s

    25. Seamus Harnedy – St Itas

    26. Pat Horgan – Glen Rovers