McGrath Cup Football – Kerry 0-16 Tipperary 0-10

Kerry defeated Tipperary by 0-16 to 0-10 in McGrath Cup Football Group A Round 3 on Sunday January 17th at Sean Treacy Park Tipperary.

Kerry ease to six-point win over Tipperary

By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kerry 0-16 Tipperary 0-10

Kerry eased to their first competitive win of 2016 with this six-point victory away to Tipperary. With 11 of last year’s All-Ireland match-day squad lining out in this McGrath Cup dead-rubber, the visitors simply carried too much panache for the home outfit – even if their football was disrupted by the unforgivingly poor playing conditions.

Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s charges enjoyed the backing of a strong wind in the opening half and despite holding a 0-9 to 0-3 interval advantage, the gap could have been substantially bigger but for five first-half wides.

David Moran and Tommy Walsh exerted considerable influence at midfield, keeping the supply lines open to the inside line where Barry John Keane and Alan Fitzgerald thrived; the pair kicked five first-half points between them.

Peter Acheson and Liam Casey slotted two points in quick succession at the beginning of the second-half to suggest a comeback effort was on the cards, but the likes of Paul Murphy, Keane again and sub Conor Cox ensured Tipperary never came closer than within four points of their opponents.

Scorers for Kerry: BJ Keane (0-5 0-4 frees); A Fitzgerald (0-3); C Cox (0-1 free), D Moran (0-2 ‘45’s), Philip O’Connor (0-2 each); P Murphy, J O’Sullivan (0-1 each).

Scorers for Tipperary: B Hewitt (0-2 frees), L Casey (0-3 each); R Kiely, P Acheson, D Butler, B Fox (0-1 each).

Kerry: B Kealy; B Ó Beaglaoich, M Griffin, F Fitzgerald; P Murphy, K Young, Padraig O’Connor; D Moran, T Walsh; Philip O’Connor, J Buckley, J O’Sullivan; BJ Keane, A Fitzgerald, S O’Brien.
Subs: B Kelly for Kealy (HT), J Lyne for Walsh (45), W Guthrie for Padraig O’Connor (52), C Cox for Keane (55) T O’Sullivan for Buckley (55), P O’Sullivan for Murphy (55).

Tipperary: C Kendrick; C O’Shaughnessy, J Feehan, C McDonald; J O’Callaghan, R Kiely, S Leahy; A Maloney, N O’Donovan; B Fox, M Dunne, J Keane; P Acheson, L Casey, B Hewitt.
Subs: D Bargerie for McDonald (42 mins), D Butler for O’Callaghan (55), D Leahy for Kiely (60), S Quirke for L Casey (65).

Referee: K Murphy (Cork)

Team News


McGrath Cup Football – Waterford 2-7 Limerick 0-7

Waterford defeated Limerick by 2-7 to 0-7 in McGrath Cup Football Group B Round 3 on Sunday January 17th at Rathkeale.

Waterford outplay Limerick to end on high note

By John Redington for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Waterford 2-7 Limerick 0-7: Although a heavy midweek defeat to Cork meant they relinquish the McGrath Cup title that they won 12 months ago for the first time in 34 years, Waterford signed off their campaign in Munster’s secondary senior football competition with an impressive victory yesterday over Limerick in a wet and windy Rathkeale.

A Donie Breathnach goal just before the break brought Waterford level after they had been being playing second fiddle. But they made no mistake in the second half as they outplayed their hosts and opened up holes in a wobbly Limerick rearguard.

With Cork already qualified from the group, both managers used the opportunity to have a look at what was available in their panels, but this being their last outing before their league openers on Sunday week, the game still had a competitive edge.

However, the visitors retained their outstanding midfielder and forward of recent seasons, and Kilrossany clubmates Tommy Prendergast and Paul Whyte proved to be the difference between the sides. Limerick showed the more decisive movement early on and shot in front with two Seán McSweeney frees and two Danny Neville strikes from play. But all that effort was negated minutes before the break when a hole opened up in front of Breathnach and his low shot to the corner tied the scores at 1-1 to 0-4.

The home side failed to convert chances on the restart and were made pay when Whyte’s free gave Waterford the lead. Minutes later, he was left unmarked for Gavin Crotty’s pass and his effort into the top corner left Limerick with a mountain to climb. Despite responding with three points of their own after the visitors had widened the gap to six, they lost their shape and conviction in the closing period as the Deise pressed home their superiority.

Scorers for Waterford: P Whyte (1-3 1 free); D Breathnach (1-1); S Corcoran (f), R Ó Ceallaigh, T Prendergast (0-1 each)

Scorers for Limerick: S McSweeney (1 free) D Neville (0-2 each); I Corbett, J Naughton (f), S Kelly (f) (0-1 each).

WATERFORD: S Enright; T Ó hUallacháin, T O’Gorman, M O’Gorman; M Curry, J McGrath, S Prendergast; C Prunty, T Prendergast; D Breathnach, M O’Halloran, D Allen; S Corcoran, JJ Hutchinson, P Whyte.
Subs G Crotty for JJ Hutchinson (43m), P Hurney for S Corcoran (49m), P Crowley for M O’Gorman (inj 61m), L Ó Curráin for M O’Halloran (64m), B Carroll for D Breathnach (71m).

LIMERICK: D O’Sullivan; S O’Dea, G Noonan, C Moran; S Cahill, I Corbett, P Hannan; B Fanning, D Tracey; D Neville, J Lee, C Sheehan; S McSweeney, I Ryan, J Naughton.
Subs: S Flanagan for G Noonan (ht), T Childs for S McSweeney (bc 41m), S Kelly for I Ryan (43m), J Kelly for J Lee (58), B O’Donovan for J Naughton (58m).

Referee: D Grogan (Tipperary)

Munster Senior Hurling League – Clare 1-20 Waterford 1-9

Clare defeated Waterford by 1-20 to 1-9 in Round 4 of the Munster Senior Hurling League on Sunday January 17th at Carriganore, Waterford.

Davy Fitzgerald not reading too much into Clare victory

By Tomás McCarthy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Clare 1-20 Waterford 1-9: Two counties with different pre-season priorities clashed on an afternoon where padded coats, woolly hats and umbrellas were all out in force at an icy Carriganore. Waterford and Clare will meet again in the white heat of the Munster Championship on June 5 but no secrets got out here. A scan through the starting fifteens revealed the likely victor of this low-key encounter.

A more familiar looking Clare, with six of last year’s championship side on show, got the win they required to make the final of this competition at the end of the month. Paudie Prendergast and Thomas Ryan were the only players with previous championship experience under their belts for Waterford as management auditioned six rookies in order to settle on a panel for the next month’s league.

“The Munster league is about how you use it,” explained Davy Fitzgerald. “We had some of our first team players out there and we use it as part of our training. Waterford probably did it differently, they used it to sort out their panel. You won’t judge anything on today. It’s a million miles away from what will happen in June but I’m happy with my lads.” Waterford in the first half showed some lovely passages of play. But it’s just nothing near what’s going to happen in May, June and July,”

Derek McGrath stated that Waterford are a “work in progress” with squad building of most significance. “We’ve made no secret of the fact that we’re using the Munster league to finalise a panel and to try and unearth a couple of players.

“We’re not trying to be dismissive of the competition itself, we are working very hard and trying to balance the amount of game time that lads are being given.”

UCC played a full game against Oulart the Ballagh and we had six players with UCC. We have five players with WIT who are playing a challenge against UL so we are trying to balance the amount that fellas are doing.” Colin Ryan (0-5) and John Conlon (0-4) dominated the first half scoring as Clare opened up a nine point half-time lead (1-12 to 1-3). With the wind, they struck four wides in six minutes before finding their rhythm.

Midfielder David Reidy punished a Jordan Henley slip after 12 minutes as he beat Paddy Cooke at his near post for the opening goal. Two Thomas Ryan frees kept Waterford in touch but a run of seven unanswered points put Clare well out of sight. Colin Ryan was accountable for five of those. Conlon grabbed two, including one that skimmed Cooke’s crossbar.

On 25 minutes, the home crowd got something to cheer as Ryan accelerated past five Clare defenders to allow last year’s county minor Andy Molumby billow the net. Paudie Prendergast added Waterford’s first point from play but Clare claimed the last three scores before the break. 2013 hurler of the year Tony Kelly made his entrance at half time.

Corner forward Michael O’Malley then widened the gap when pointing. Although debutant Brian Nolan belted over a fine score from 60 metres, the Déise couldn’t make any inroads. Clare continued to score freely with subs Kelly and Cathal O’Connell compounding matters for Waterford. With 12 minutes remaining, Molumby intercepted Donal Tuohy’s short puckout but he was cynically brought to ground by David McInerney as the Cappoquin teenager sought a second major. He was one of those to make an imprint in Waterford’s dazzling new white shirts along with Thomas Ryan who ended with seven points.

As supporters filed out of the ground, Clare accumulated a dozen wides in total yet still wound up handsome eleven point winners.

Scorers for Clare: C Ryan 0-7 (4fs, 1 65); J Conlon 0-5; D Honan 0-4; D Reidy 1-0; M O’Malley 0-2; T Kelly, C O’Connell 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: T Ryan 0-7 (6fs); A Molumby 1-0; P Prendergast, B Nolan 0-1 each.

CLARE: D Tuohy; E O’Brien, J Browne, P Flanagan; C Dillon, D McInerney, C Cleary; G O’Connell, D Reidy; P Duggan, C Ryan, B Duggan; M O’Malley, D Honan, J Conlon.
Subs: T Kelly for P Duggan (H-T); C O’Connell for B Duggan (53); D Fitzgerald for Conlon (60); D Conroy for O’Connell (62); E Quirke for McInerney (66).

WATERFORD: P Cooke; J Henley, K Bennett, R Brown; S Ryan, P Prendergast, F McGrath; H Barnes, M O’Brien; M Harney, T Ryan, S Keating; A Molumby, C Guiry, B Nolan.
Subs: E Madigan for Keating (50); T Waring for Guiry (56).

Referee: J O’Brien (Tipperary)

Team News

The Waterford Senior Hurling Management have named the below side to face Clare in Round Four of the Munster Senior Hurling League which will be played in Carriganore on Sunday 17th January at 2pm.

1. Paddy Cooke (Ballygunner)
2. Jordan Henley (Tallow)
3. Kieran Bennett (Ballysaggart)
4. Ross Browne (Colligan)
5. Shane Ryan (Fourmilewater)
6. Paudie Prendergast (Lismore)
7. Frank McGrath (Roanmore)
8. Harley Barnes (Ballygunner)
9. Mark O’Brien (Ferrybank)
10. Míchéal Harney (Bunmahon)
11. Thomas Ryan (Tallow)
12. Seamus Keating (Ardmore)
13. Andy Molumby (Cappoquin)
14. Craig Guiry (Fourmilewater)
15. Brian Nolan (Roanmore)

Munster Senior Hurling League – Limerick 3-17 Cork 0-18

Limerick defeated Cork by 3-17 to 0-18 in Round 4 of the Munster Senior Hurling League on Sunday January 17th at Mallow.

Donal O‘Grady leaves void for Limerick

By Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Munster SHL, Cork 0-18, Limerick 3-17

TJ Ryan’s confirmation that Donal O’Grady had “officially retired” from inter-county hurling was the biggest development from yesterday’s Munster SHL between Limerick and Cork in chilly Mallow.

Limerick got three goals in an entertaining win but the news of O’Grady’s retirement, having captained Limerick to Munster final success in 2013, is likely to be the main reason the game sticks in the memory of the 1,185 present. The visitors had the breeze in the first half and used it well.

They enjoyed an early lead, Declan Hannon hitting three frees and Cian Lynch and Graeme Mulcahy pointing from play — two good Patrick Cronin points were Cork’s answer: 0-5 to 0-2 on ten minutes. The scoring rate dropped then, Conor Lehane hitting a Cork point, with Lynch and Mulcahy replying.

Those Limerick players then combined for a fine goal, a superb Lynch pass freeing Mulcahy, who finished emphatically. A Hannon point just afterwards made it 1-8 to 0-3 on 20 minutes. As the half drew to a conclusion Cork were whittling away at the Limerick lead with O’Sulllivan (two frees) and William Leahy points, but a late Hannon free made it 0-7 to 1-11 at the break.

Cork restarted brightly, with points from Lehane, O’Sullivan, Leahy and sub. Patrick Horgan in the opening four minutes of the second half. Limerick took ten minutes to score, with a Hannon free, and then a terrific David Reidy run opened up the Cork defence — Reidy placed Hannon close to goal, and he netted, giving Limerick a two-goal advantage.

Cork hit back with points from Cronin, O’Sullivan (65) and Paul Haughney; Limerick’s Paul Ryan hit a good point from distance, making it 2-13 to 0-15 at the end of the third quarter. With the game up for grabs a sharpness came into the exchanges, but Limerick had a decisive intervention — Paul Ryan made ground down the right before passing to Darragh O’Donovan, who goaled. Lehane’s point on the resumption made it 3-14 to 0-16, but Cork needed a goal to have any chance of winning, and that goal never came.

Afterwards Ryan described the proceedings as a “typical January game”. “We were seven up at half-time,” added Ryan. “We wanted it, with the wind.

“We showed a bit of heart, a bit of character, and we got that. 3-17 is good scoring any time of year, and any time you come to Cork and win you’d be happy too. We have a lot of young fellas in this year.

“I like this competition because you’ve a couple of games, there’ll be different names in our team tomorrow night, so it’s building for the future and for February 13 at home to Wexford. We want to make sure we’re right for that.”

In the Cork corner those three goals were the main item discussed.

“They were the disappointing thing, and Anthony (Nash) was good for us as well,” said selector Pat Ryan.

“The (Munster) league has been good for us, we’ve been able to see a lot of players and we’re a new management team as well, but the three goals, that’s something that’s been happening to Cork for a few years and it’s something we plan to sort.

“A goal would have gotten us back into it, you could see when they got a goal our heads dropped a small bit. Something else to work on. When we finalise our panel the idea is to get a way of playing, making sure we’re defensively sound.

“A lot of the backs played well, there was no shortage of effort, but in fairness, Limerick had some very good players and they took advantage of us at times.”

Conclusions for those in attendance? In the green and white corner last year’s break-out star Cian Lynch looked as lively as ever, showing real vision to find Mulcahy for his first-half goal. The youngster from Patrickswell also looked a little broader across the shoulders, which augurs well for the level of attention he’s likely to face later in the year.

Limerick also had Seamus Hickey and James Ryan’s usual calm efficiency to depend on, though both managements will be aware that the strength of the breeze gave each team a half in which to dominate. For Cork supporters there was the stationing of Shane O’Neill at wing – rather than corner-back, which may nod to a different posting come the summer-time. Or may not. Spring has yet to arrive, after all.

Scorers for Cork: Paudie O’Sullivan (1 65, 5 frees) (0-7); P. Cronin (0-4); C. Lehane (0-3); W. Leahy (0-2), P. Haughney, P. Horgan (0-1 each).

Scorers for Limerick: D. Hannon (0-1 65, 0-7 ffs) (1-9); G. Mulcahy (1-2); D. O’Donovan (1-0), C. Lynch (0-3); P. Ryan, D. Reidy, P. Browne (0-1) each.

CORK: A. Nash, Pat O’Sullivan, P. O’Mahony, C. O’Sullivan, S. O’Neill, C. Twomey, N. Cashman, P. Haughney, C. Cormac, D. Brosnan, Paudie O’Sullivan, P. Cronin, L. Meade, W. Leahy, C. Lehane
Subs: P. Horgan for Meade (HT); W. Egan for Brosnan (48); C. Murphy for Pat O’Sullivan (55); D. Cahalane for Cormac (60); P. O’Rourke for Leahy (65).

LIMERICK: B. Hennessy, S. Finn, D. Morrissey, R. English, S. O’Brien, B. O’Connell, S. Hickey, J. Ryan, P. Ryan, D. O’Donovan, C. Lynch, D. Reidy, T. O’Brien, D. Hannon, G. Mulcahy.
Subs: R. McCarthy and J. Fitzgibbon for D. Morrissey and T. O’Brien (48); P. Browne for Mulcahy (60); W. McNamara for O’Connell (60); J. Riordan for J. Ryan (66).

Referee: T. Walsh (Waterford)

Team News

The Cork Senior Hurling team to play Limerick on Sunday at 2pm in Mallow has been named as follows:

1. Anthony Nash (Kanturk)
2. Pat O’Sullivan (Carrigtohill)
3. Patrick O’Mahony (Midleton)
4. Conor O’Sullivan (Sarsfield)
5. Shane O’Neill (Bishopstown)
6. Conor Twomey (Newtownshandrum
7. Niall Cashman (Blackrock)
8. Paul Haughney (Midleton)
9. Cathal Cormack (Blackrock)
10. Dean Brosnan (Glen Rovers)
11 Paudie O’Sullivan (Cloyne)
12. Patrick Cronin (Bishopstown)
13. Luke Meade (Newcestown)
14. William Leahy (Aghada)
15. Conor Lehane (Midleton)

16. Patrick Collins (Ballinhassig)
17. Cian Buckley (Na Piarsaigh)
18. William Egan (Kilbrin)
19. Damien Cahalane (St Finbarrs)
20. Brian Lawton (Castlemartyr)
21. Patrick Rourke (Na Piarsaigh)
22. Stephen Moylan (Douglas)
23. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers)

Limerick senior hurling management team has released their starting fifteen for this Sunday’s Munster Senior Hurling League round three clash with Cork. This round three game will take place in Mallow at 2pm. The senior hurling management of T.J. Ryan, David Clarke, Don Flynn, Dinny Cahill & Joe O Connor has released the following starting fifteen

Barry Hennessy (Kilmallock), Tom Condon (Knockaderry), Dan Morrissey (Ahane), Richie English (Doon), Seanie O Brien (Patrickswell), Barry O Connell (Kildimo Pallaskenry), Seamus Hickey (Murroe Boher), James Ryan (Garryspillane), Pat Ryan (Doon), Darragh O Donovan (Doon), Cian Lynch (Patrickswell), David Reidy (Dromin Athlacca), Thomas O Brien (Patrickswell), Declan Hannon (Adare) and Sean Tobin (Murroe Boher).