Irish Daily Mail Fitzgibbon Cup Championship Final – UCC 1-20 Mary I 0-14

Classy UCC retain Fitzgibbon Cup Title

Report from the web site

Irish Daily Mail Fitzgibbon Cup Final: UCC 2-17 Mary Immaculate 2-12

UCC retained the Irish Daily Mail Fitzgibbon Cup title with a deserved five-point defeat of Mary Immaculate College at Pearse Stadium, Galway this afternoon. Leading by 0-9 to 0-7 at the break, goals from Conor Lehane and Séamus Harnedy in the second half settled the game in the Leesiders’ favour. Mary I received a massive boost before the game when Declan Hannon was cleared following the red card he received in the semi-final win over WIT yesterday.

Man of the match Conor Lehane opened the scoring for UCC before his Cork team-mate William Egan added to the champions’ haul with a fine score. However, Mary I hit back with three scores on the trot, John Conlon with the first two and then Conor Cooney landing a beauty on the turn to give his side the lead on 12 minutes. UCC responded with a run of four points in succession, Lehane grabbing three of those before Paul Haughney made it 0-7 to 0-4 with 21 minutes played. Lehane finished the first half with 0-6 to his name, but Cooney, who was released by his club St Thomas’ to play from the start having come on as a sub in the semi-final, was in terrific form from limited ball for Mary I, nailing his third from play after a fine effort from his team-mate Luke O’Farrell. Lehane popped over his final score of the half before UCC’s Séamus Harnedy had a great goal chance just before the break, but the Cork star kicked the sliotar wide and the scoreline remained 0-9 to 0-7 in favour of the Leesiders when referee Barry Kelly blew the half-time whistle.

At the start of the second half, UCC moved 0-11 to 0-8 clear thanks to an excellent score from Brian O’Sullivan, before the outstanding Egan then clipped over his second of the game from the half-back line. Seán Curran pulled one back for Mary I but the Leesiders made the first real break in the 39th minute when livewire Lehane pounced for a goal, his tame enough shot finding the back of the net. Curran, though, added two more quickfire scores to drag the Shannonsiders back into the game, and they were just a point in arrears when Conlon blasted a 21-yard free to the back of the net at the start of the fourth quarter.

UCC, to their credit, dug deep and the Mary I defence had no answer to a star-studded attack in which Lehane, Harnedy and the quicksilver Brian Hartnett shone. Harnedy and sub Adrian Breen pushed UCC 1-16 to 1-11 clear, before ‘College’ hit their second goal and all but ended the game as a contest. A mix-up in the Mary I defence opened the door for Harnedy and the Cork inter-county man did the rest, blasting his side 2-16 to 1-11 clear in the 53rd minute. Lehane added some more gloss to the scoreline and brought his tally to 1-9 with a late free, before Eamonn Cregan’s side grabbed a late consolation goal, Cooney hitting the back of the net from a free.

UCC Scorers: C Lehane 1-9 (0-7f), W Egan 0-2, D McCormack 0-1, P Haughney 0-1, B O’Sullivan 0-2, S Harnedy 1-1, A Breen 0-1.

Mary I Scorers: J Conlon 1-4 (1-3f), C Cooney 1-3 (1-0f), L O’Farrell 0-2, S Curran 0-3

All Ireland Senior Club Camogie Final – Milford (Cork) 3-6 Killimor (Galway) 1-6

Milford marvels make history

By Daragh Ó Conchúir for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Milford 3-06 Killimor 1-06

A resolute defensive performance fronted by player of the match Sarah Sexton, Anna Geary and team captain Elaine O’Riordan, was at the very core of Milford’s historic All-Ireland Senior Club camogie championship-winning display at Croke Park on Saturday night. Such was the overall work ethic of the North Cork girls they completely snuffed out the considerable threat of Killimor duo, Brenda Hanney and Martina Conroy.

“I’m delighted for the girls” said manager, Frank Flannery. “It’s a monumental occasion. We didn’t play particularly well but we won. Finals are for winning and that’s the main thing. We were a bit edgy but we said if we conceded no goals we’d win the match. “I think up to today we conceded 2-6 from play all year. We conceded 1-1 today. Eight games, 3-7. That’s good. That’s what our game is built on. You see our wing-forwards, they tuck back like footballers and that’s the way the game is gone. “We didn’t expect Emer Watson’s free to go over the bar and it did so that’s a bonus. It was a big score at the time and I think it took off from there. I think Anna [Geary] and Sarah Sexton really brought us into the game as well. “Regina [Curtin] did so well too. She has been sick all week but you wouldn’t have known it out there as she gave absolutely everything. That’s what these girls are about.

Two goals from Maria Watson and another by Deirdre O’Reilly augmented those defensive efforts to cement Milford’s night to remember. In particular, it was their quick-fire double in the space of a minute that blew this game wide open. The first was a wonderfully-crafted effort, as county football star O’Reilly didn’t even have to break stride to crash the ball to the net in the 20th minute after a visionary pass from the outstanding Marie O’Neill. Watson scrambled a second almost immediately after and Milford led 2-4 to 0-5 at half-time. Watson finished expertly from a Regina Curtin pass in the 41st minute and Flannery’s charges saw the game out comfortably from there.

Killimor kept plugging away but never threatened to breach the outstanding Milford rearguard until Brenda Hanney doubled a brilliant goal in the 59th minute. It was much too late for Tommy Callagy’s crew to fashion any sort of comeback but even in the couple of remaining minutes, they never looked like denying their opponents a deserved success.

Scorers for Milford: M Watson 2-0, E Watson 0-4fs, D O’Reilly 1-0, M O’Neill 0-2.

Scorers for Killimor: M Conroy 0-5 (4fs, 1 45); B Hanney 1-1.

Milford: R Finn; K Galvin, M Walsh, L Healy; E O’Riordan, A Geary, S Sexton; O O’Mahony, A Thompson; E Watson, D O’Reilly, A Watson; M O’Neill, R Curtin, M Watson.

Subs: L O’Flynn for A Watson (40), D Hayes for Galvin (56), A O’Flynn for Curtin (56), E Friel for M Watson (58), N O’Brien for Healy (58).

Killimor: H Campbell; J Brien, K Brien, N Hanney; M Duane, AM Hayes, M Callagy; AM Starr, E Haverty; C Conroy, M Conroy, A Brehony; S Keane, B Hanney, D Starr.

Subs: R Groves for Brehony (39); N Burke for D Starr (49).

Referee: G O’Dowd (Limerick)

Corn Uí Mhuirí Final-PS Chorca Dhuibhne 1-15 St. Brendans 1-8

Class act O Se puts Brendan’s to the sword

Report from the Sunday Independent newspaper


Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne retained the Corn Ui Mhuiri as they recovered from a poor start to beat 22-time champions St Brendan’s Killarney on a perfect sod at Fitzgerald Stadium. St Brendan’s dominated the opening quarter, with Kerry U-21 panellist Kieran Murphy lording midfield, but all they had to show for it was three points from frees – two from Tony Brosnan and one from Conor Keane. Once Chorca Dhuibhne moved captain Eanna O Conchuir from the edge of the square to midfield and Tomas O Se warmed to the task, the champions scored six unanswered points in the final 10 minutes of the first half, two from O Conchuir and Cathal O Bambaire, and one each from Pol Breathnach and Tom O Suilleabhain to lead 0-7 to 0-3 at the break.

O Se destroyed the St Brendan’s defence after the break and Chorca Dhuibhne struck for a goal inside a minute when, after a wonder pass from Tom O Suilleabhain to Barra O Suilleabhain, the midfielder found Cathal O Bambaire and he rifled the ball to the net. O Bambaire then pointed after a poor kick-out. O Se was at his marauding best, punching a superb point after a 60-metre run in the 40th minute, while St Brendan’s had to wait until the 46th minute for their first point from play from Jordan Kiely. But after Tom O Suilleabhain and sub Seamus O Muircheartaigh each added two more, it was all over. Kelvin Teahan grabbed a consolation goal, but it will be Chorca Dhuibhne who face the Leinster champions in the Hogan Cup semi-final.

Scorers – Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne: C O Bambaire 1-3, E O Conchuir, T O Suilleabhain 0-3 each, S O Muircheartaigh (1f), P Breathnach 0-2 each, P O Dubhain (1f), T O Se 0-1 each. St Brendan’s College Killarney: C Keane 0-4 (4f), K Teahan 1-0, T Brosnan 0-2 (2f), J Kiely, M Burns 0-1 each.

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne – D O Conchuir; B O Beaglaoich, C O Luing, C O Suilleabhain; M O Flatharta, P O Conchuir, M O Conchuir; B O Suilleabhain C O Beaglaoich; T O Se, P Breathnach, P O Dubhain; T O Suilleabhain, E O Conchuir, C O Bambaire. Subs: C O Muirthuile for C O Beaglaoich (49), S O Muircheartaigh for P Breathnach (50), R O Se for T O Se (59), C O Gairbhia for M O Conchuir (59), M O Caomhanaigh for P O Dubhain (59)

St Brendan’s College Killarney – A O’Connor; D Galvin, B Lynch, P Casey; D Lyne, J McCarrick, D Rice; K Murphy, J O’Neill; M Burns, T Brosnan, K Teahan; L Byrnes, R O’Riordan, C Keane. Subs: J Kiely for T Brosnan (32), G Kelly for L Byrnes (32), D Roche for D Lyne (43), A Moriarty for D Rice (59)

Ref – Eddie Walsh (Rathmore)

Team Panels

St.Brendan’s College Panel

See below the St.Brendan’s College Panel for the Corn ui Mhuiri 2012-2013 –

Kieran Murphy- Killcummin (Captain)

Andrew O’ Connor- Legion

Roy Kelliher- Glenflesk

Diarmuid Galvin- Dr.Crokes

Josh Flynn- Fyries

Brian Lynch- Spa

Philip Casey- Killcummin

Damien Lyne- Legion

James McCarrick- Glenflesk

Darragh Rice- Fossa

Sean Burke- Fyries

Jack O’ Neill- Legion

Micheal Burns- Dr.Crokes

Tony Brosnan- Dr.Crokes

Kelvin Teahan- Killcummin

Laurence Byrnes- Dr.Crokes

Dara Roche- Glenflesk

Gavin Kelly- Glenflesk

Kevin Keane- Glenflesk

Conor Keane- Legion

Rory O’Riordan- Spa

Matthew Keane- Killcummin

Donal Lyne- Legion

Alan Moriarty- Legion

Jordan Kiely- Dr.Crokes

Paudie Clifford- Fossa

Mikey O’Shea- Fossa

Jack Cahill- Spa

Manager – Harry O’Neill

Selection – Arthur Fitzgerald, Micheal Leahy

Maor Uisce – Gavin O’Shea, Paudraig Moynihan


P.S. Chorca Dhuibhne Panel

The P.S. Chorca Dhuibhne panel is as follows –

Dáithí Ó Conchuir Daingean Uí Chúis

Alan Ó Súilleabháin Lios Póil

Brian Ó Beaglaíoch An Ghaeltacht

Cathal ó Lúing An Ghaeltacht

Conchúir Ó Súilleabháin Daingean Uí Chúis

Maitiú Ó Flatharta Daingean Uí Chúis

Pádraig Ó Conchúir Daingean Uí Chúis

Pádraig Ó Dubháin Daingean Uí Chúis

Marc Ó Conchúir Daingean Uí Chúis

Cian Ó Murchú An Ghaeltacht

Caoimhghín Ó Beaglaíoch An Ghaeltacht

Tadhg de Brún Daingean Uí Chúis

Cathal Ó Gairbhia An Ghaeltacht

Aodhán Mac Gearailt Lios Póil

Éanna Ó Conchúir An Ghaeltacht

Barra Ó Súilleabháin Daingean Uí Chúis

Colm Ó Beaglaíoch An Ghaeltacht

Brian Ó Murchú An Ghaeltacht

Séamus Ó Muircheartaigh An Ghaeltacht

Tomás Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht

Colm Ó Muirthile Lios Póil

Pól Breathnach An Ghaeltacht

Tom Ó Súilleabháin Daingean Uí Chúis

Cathal Ó Bambaire Daingean Uí Chúis

Séin Ó hUallacháin An Ghaeltacht

Roibeárd Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht

Conchúir Ó Géibheannaigh Daingean Uí Chúis

Seán Ó Bambaire An Ghaeltacht

Máirtín Ó Gormáin An Ghaeltacht

Alan Ó Cinnéide Daingean Uí Chúis

Micheál Ó Caomhánaigh Lios Póil

Seán Ó Gairbhia An Ghaeltacht

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Limerick 0-8 Waterford 0-6

Limerick sitting pretty

By Tomás McCarthy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Limerick 0-08 Waterford 0-06

Limerick demonstrated their composure under pressure to squeeze past Waterford in a dour encounter at Fraher Field on Saturday night. Late points from Ian Ryan and Seanie Buckley dug out a win that sends the Shannonsiders to the summit of Division Four.

Afterwards, manager Maurice Horan highlighted their ability to close out the game in a controlled manner as crucial to victory. “Our experienced heads got on the ball at the right time and Ian Ryan kicked the frees. It was satisfying guys took control and took the sting out of Waterford at crucial times. It just looked like there wasn’t going to be a goal in that game so it had to be points.” For the third game running Horan’s charges took the spoils by two points or less but the manager still sees room for improvement. “It’s pleasing to see that we can eke it out and just about get over the finish line.

“At the same time we are not scoring enough and Limerick usually score more than that. We would like to believe that we have more scoring power than that. Once you win one, the stakes get higher for the next one. If we were to pull two points out of the next one at home to Carlow it would be fantastic. I think next weekend the league is going to turn a corner; you will really see who is pushing for promotion at that stage.” The top two sides in the division served up a low quality affair as they shared 23 wides over the 70 minutes. The visitors displayed more menace in attack throughout and led 0-4 to 0-2 at the break. Waterford captain Gary Hurney came off the bench early in that opening half to make his first league appearance of the season as the hosts misfired up front. They hit eight first half wides and went 26 minutes without a score before Hurney converted a free late in that opening spell.

A scrappy second-half developed into a shoot-out between Ian Ryan and Hurney. On two occasions, Hurney brought the hosts to within a point, but he ploughed a lone furrow up front and they couldn’t apply further pressure. While Ryan emerged as top scorer for the visitors, he could depend on a stronger supporting cast. Ryan and Buckley kicked crucial points in the closing five minutes to give Limerick a buffer to protect. Corner back Conor Phelan made a late raid in injury time but his effort was cleared to safety. Despite Saturday night’s setback, Hurney remains optimistic about Waterford’s promotion hopes: “Overall, the performance wasn’t too bad. I suppose we have to be more clinical up front, that’s obvious. That game is over now and we have to drive on to next week.

Scorers for Limerick: I Ryan 0-4 (2fs); J Riordan, G Collins, E O’Connor, S Buckley 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: G Hurney 0-5 (2fs); G Nugent 0-1.

LIMERICK: B Scanlon; C Coady, L O’Dwyer, M O’Riordan ; S Lavin, P Browne, P Ranahan; T Lee, B O’Brien; J O’Meara, E O’Connor, J Riordan; G Collins, S O’Carroll, I Ryan.

Subs: D O’Connor for O’Carroll (46); I Corbett for O’Meara (52); S Buckley for Lee (54); D Treacey for O’Brien (67).

WATERFORD: S Enright; C Phelan, S Prendergast, M O’Gorman; T Grey, S Briggs, J Hurney; S Ahearne, T Prendergast; L Ó Lonáin, P Whyte, D Guiry; P Hurney, R Ahearne, G Nugent.

Subs: G Hurney for P Whyte (20); M Scurry for Nugent (42); D Hallahan for Guiry (53); S O’Hare for T Prendergast (62).

Referee: J Hickey (Carlow)


Limerick record third straight win in Division IV

Report from the web site

Allianz Football League Division IV: Waterford 0-6 Limerick 0-8

Limerick’s promotion hopes were given a major boost when they recorded a deserved two-point win over Waterford in a disappointing game at Dungarvan on Saturday night. Maurice Horan’s side are now in the driving seat in the bottom tier after recording their third straight win in the competition against a Déise outfit who also had one eye on promotion after an unbeaten start to the year. Horan’s side led by 0-4 to 0-1 after 22 minutes thanks to an Eoghan O’Connor score, but the Déise pulled a point back just before the break to leave two between the sides at half-time. Waterford had the gap down to just a single point by the 62nd minute, but Niall Carew’s side kicked 12 wides throughout the 70 minutes and it was Limerick who came good in the closing stages. A Seánie Buckley point four minutes from the end gave the visitors a three-point cushion and they held on to seal their place at the top of the Division IV table.

Team News

The Limerick Team to play Waterford on Saturday has been announced and shows just one change from the team that beat Offaly 2 weeks ago. Seamus O’Carroll ( now with Parnells London) is in for Derry O’Connor.

1 Brian Scanlan

2 Cian Coady

3 Johnny McCarthy

4 Mark O’Riordan

5 Stephen Lavin

6 Paudie Browne

7 Pa Ranahan

8 Thomas Lee

9 Bobby O’Brien

10 James O’Meara

11 John Riordan

12 Seamus O’Carroll

13 Ger Collins

14 Eoghan O’Connor

15 Ian Ryan

Waterford SF v Limerick – Enright, Phelan, S.Pender, O’Gorman,Grey,Briggs (C), JHurney, S.Aherne, T.Pender, Lonáin, Whyte, P.Hurney,Guiry, R.Aherne, Nugent