AIB Munster GAA Club Championship Results – October 28/29

AIB Munster GAA Club Championship Fixtures – October 28th / 29th 2017

28 October:

AIB Munster Junior Club Hurling Championship Quarter-Final

Ballybacon-Grange (Tipperary) 5-24 Kenmare (Kerry) 1-4


29 October:

AIB Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship Quarter-Final

Ballygunner (Waterford) 1-21 Thurles Sarsfields (Tipperary) 1-19 (AET)


AIB Munster Senior Club Football Championship Quarter-Final

Dr. Crokes (Kerry) 0-14 Clonmel Commercials (Tipperary) 0-8

AIB Munster Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final

Mallow (Cork) 1-11 Dungarvan 0-11


2017 AIB Munster GAA Club Championship Fixtures / Results

AIB Munster Senior Club Football Championship Quarter-Final – Dr. Crokes (Kerry) 0-14 Clonmel Commercials (Tipperary) 0-8

Dr. Crokes (Kerry) defeated Clonmel Commercials (Tipperary) by 0-14 to 0-8 in the AIB Munster Senior Club Football Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday October 29th at Clonmel Sportsfield.

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Adult: €15.00
Students/OAPS receive €5 concession on full priced adult tickets with valid id at the designated stile.
Juveniles/U16’s: Free of Charge

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

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

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Adult General Admission: €15.00
Students/Seniors reveive a €5.00 concession on full price adult tickets with valid ID at the designated sitle
Juveniles/U16’s: Free

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Munster Junior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final


Report by Jeddy Walsh for the Nationalist newspaper

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Referee: Joe Larkin (Cork)

Munster Scór na nÓg Final 2017/2018

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

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

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

Nemo Rangers 4-12 St Finbarr’s 3-13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St Finbarr’s reaction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Referee: J Bermingham (Bride Rovers)

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

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

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

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