Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Dublin 4-21 Cork 2-17

Dublin defeated Cork by 4-21 to 2-17 in Round 3 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Saturday March 5th at Croke Park.

Late goals hide scale of Cork’s defeat at hands of Dublin hurlers

By Eoghan Cormican, Croke Park for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Dublin 4-21 Cork 2-17

Cork’s dreadful start to the Allianz hurling league worsened this evening at Croke Park as Kieran Kingston’s side fell to their hosts by 10 points. The visitors were a distant second best from very early in the opening period, but what will be of greatest concern to the management was not so much the losing margin, rather the lack of effort from the men wearing red and white.

Cork were down and out at half-time, trailing 3-12 to 0-9. Leading 0-4 to 0-2 after six minutes, Cork then conceded 3-6 on the bounce in falling 13 points in arrears. Treacy started their burst with two frees in quick succession following successive mistakes by Christopher Joyce.

Liam Rushe capitalised on a poor Mark Ellis clearance to split the posts from distance and three more followed from Treacy, Daire Plunkett and Niall McMorrow. Eamon Dillon grabbed the first goal of the game on 19 minutes, turning provider for Treacy on 22 minutes who drilled home goal number two.

From the ensuing puck-out, Bill Cooper failed to hold onto the sliotar and the passage of play ended with Seán McGrath rattling the Cork net. A Patrick Horgan free ended a 20 minutes scoring spell for the visitors, but no inroads could they make. Dublin were at their ease in the second-half and added a fourth goal on 48 minutes as Eamon Dillon drilled a low shot to the right of Anthony Nash.

They could have had a fifth but for a superb intervention by Bill Cooper to deny Niall McMorrow. Seamus Harnedy prodded in two consolation goals in second-half stoppage time. It failed, though, to put respectability on the final scoreline.

Scorers for Cork: P Horgan (0-7, 0-6 frees, 0-1 ’65); S Harnedy (2-0); C Lehane (0-4); P Haughney (0-1 ’65), L Farrell (0-2 each); B Lawton, B Cooper (0-1 each).

Scorers for Dublin: D Treacy (1-7, 0-5 frees); E Dillon (2-2); S McGrath (1-0); M Schutte, N McMorrow S Barrett (0-2 each); D O’Callaghan, L Rushe, J McCaffrey, S Treacy, D Plunkett (0-1 each).

Cork: A Nash; S McDonnell, K Burke, C Joyce; D Cahalane, M Ellis, C Murphy; D Kearney, B Lawton; B Cooper, S Harnedy, C Lehane; L O’Farrell, P Cronin, P Horgan
Subs: C Cronin for McGrath (HT), J Boland for McCaffrey (57), S Treacy for O’Callaghan, F McGibb for D Treacy (both 64), J Madden for O’Callaghan (68)

Dublin: C Dooley; E O’Donnell, C O’Callaghan, O Gough; S Barrett, L Rushe, J McCaffrey; D O’Connell, D Plunkett; S McGrath, N McMorrow, D Treacy; D O’Callaghan, M Schutte, E Dillon.
Subs: L McLoughlin for Murphy (27 mins), P Haughney for Kearney (31), S Murphy for McDonnell (HT), P O’Sullivan for Cronin (44), W Leahy for P Horan (61)

Referee: A Kelly (Galway)

Team News

The Cork team to play Dublin on Saturday night in the Allianz Hurling League in Croke Park @ 5pm has been announced as follows.

1. Anthony Nash (Kanturk)
2. Killian Burke (Midleton)
3. Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh)
4. Stephen McDonnell (Glen Rovers)
5. Damian Cahalane (St Finbarrs)
6. Mark Ellis (Millstreet)
7. Cormac Murphy (Mallow)
8. Daniel Kearney (Sarsfield)
9. Brian Lawton (Castlemartyr)
10. Bill Cooper (Youghal)
11. Seamus Harnedy (St Itas)
12. Patrick Cronin (Bishopstown)
13. Conor Lehane (Midleton)
14. Stephen Moylan (Douglas)
15. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers)

16. Patrick Collins (Ballinhassig)
17. Stephen Murphy (Blackrock)
18. Cian Buckley (Na Pairsaigh)
19. William Egan (Kilbrin)
20. Lorcan McLoughlin (Kanturk)
21. Paul Haughney (Midleton)
22. John Cronin (Lisgoold)
23. Paudie O’Sullivan (Cloyne)
24. Luke O’Farrell (Midleton)
25. Cian McCarthy (Sarsfield)
26. William Leahy (Aghada)

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Clare 1-21 Laois 0-16

Clare defeated Laois by 1-21 to 0-16 in Round 3 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B on Saturday March 5th at O’Moore Park Portlaoise.

Team News

Clare (SH v Laois): Andrew Fahy; Patrick O’Connor, Cian Dillon, Paul Flanagan; Brendan Bugler, David McInerney, Conor Cleary; David Reidy, Conor Ryan; John Conlon, Colin Ryan, Gearoid O’Connell; Aaron Cunningham, Shane O’Donnell, Bobby Duggan.

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Dublin 2-14 Cork 2-10

Dublin defeated Cork by 2-14 to 2-10 in Round 4 of the Allianz Football League Division 1 on Saturday March 5th at Croke Park.

Dubs come back in second half to beat Cork

By Brendan O’Brien, Croke Park for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Dublin 2-14 Cork 2-10

Dublin overcame a dreadful first-half in Croke Park this evening to maintain their unbeaten run in the top tier of this season’s Allianz League. Cork, routed at home by Roscommon last weekend, kept the reigning league and All-Ireland champions scoreless for the first 22 minutes and held a seven-point lead at the interval. Yet they still found themselves steamrolled for most of the second-half.

Both teams will harbour mixed emotions. Colm O’Neill, starting his first game of the campaign, was integral to Cork’s unexpected drive in the opening period, claiming 1-3 of their 2-7 total and having a hand in other scores. His goal came from the penalty spot after Philly McMahon pulled Peter Kelleher back by the jersey.

Dublin had already found the net by then, Diarmuid Connolly bursting on to a Bernard Brogan fist pass to smash low past the Cork goalkeeper. It was their first score, but it took a lot longer for the home side to really find their stride. When they did it was impressive.

Nine points on the trot went the way of the Dubs between the 39th and 60th minutes, but the dismissal for a second yellow card of Johnny Cooper sparked a change of momentum with Brian Hurley’s free shortly after giving Cork a first score in almost half an hour. The pair went tit-for-tat thereafter, Cormac Costello’s ninth point – all coming in the second-half and eight of them from frees – put Dublin ahead for the last time before wing-back James McCarthy found the space to finish under the Cork keeper for his side’s second goal.

Predictable result, surprisingly engaging fare though.

Scorers for Dublin: C Costello (0-9, 7f); D Connolly (1-3, 1f, 1 ‘45’); J McCarthy (1-0); P Andrews (0-2).

Scorers for Cork: C O’Neill (1-3, 0-2f); P Kelleher (1-0); B Hurley (0-2, 1f); C O’Driscoll, P Kerrigan, M Collins, R Deane (all 0-1). L Connolly (0-1f).

Dublin: M Savage; J Cooper, P McMahon, D Byrne; J McCarthy, C O’Sullivan, E Lowndes; B Fenton, E O Conghaile; P Flynn, D Connolly, C Kilkenny; C Costello, P Andrews, B Brogan
Subs: J Small for Lowndes and M Fitzsimons for Fenton (both HT); S Carthy for O Conghaile (48); D Rock for Brogan (49); K McManamon for Andrews (65); SB Carthy for Flynn (71).

Cork: M Aodh Martin; J O’Sullivan, E Cadogan, K Crowley; T Clancy, C O’Driscoll, K O’Driscoll; S Kiely, I Maguire; M Collins, L Connolly, B O’Driscoll; C O’Neill, P Kelleher, M Collins
Subs: B Hurley for Kerrigan (31-35) and for K O’Driscoll (54); K O’Hanlon for Kiely (50); R Deane for Connolly (57); A O’Sullivan for Kelleher (67); M Collins for Kerrigan (70).

Referee: P Neilan (Roscommon)

Team News

The Cork team to play Dublin on Saturday night in the Allianz Football League in Croke Park @ 7pm has been announced as follows.

1. Micheal Aodh Martin (Nemo Rangers)
2. Colm O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
3. Eoin Cadogan (Douglas)
4. James Loughrey (Mallow)
5. Tom Clancy (Fermoy)
6. Jamie O Sullivan (Bishopstown)
7. Brian O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
8. Kevin O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
9. Ian Maguire (St Finbarr’s)
10. Sean Kiely (Ballincollig)
11. Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers)
12. Luke Connolly (Nemo Rangers)
13. Daniel Goulding (Eire Og)
14. Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael)
15. Brian Hurley (Castlehaven)
16. Ken O Halloran (Bishopstown)
17. Mark Collins (O Donovan Rossa)
18. Bart Daly (Newmarket)
19. Kevin Crowley (Millstreet)
20. Michael Shields (St Finbarr’s)
21. Andrew O Sullivan (Castletownbere)
22. Killian O Hanlon (Kilshannig)
23. Ruairi Deane (Bantry Blues)
24. Mark Collins (Castlehaven)
25. Colm O Neill (Ballyclough)
26. Dan McEoin (Ilen Rovers)

DUBLIN (FL v Cork): M Savage (St Vincent’s); P McMahon (Ballymun Kickhams), J Cooper (Na Fianna), D Byrne (Naomh Olaf); J McCarthy (Ballymun Kickhams), C O’Sullivan (Kilmacud Crokes), E Lowndes (St Peregrine’s); B Fenton (Raheny), E Ó Conghaile (Lucan Sarsfields); P Flynn (Fingallians), D Connolly (St Vincent’s), C Kilkenny (Castleknock); C Costello (Whitehall Colmcille), P Andrews (St Brigid’s), B Brogan (St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh).

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Wexford 0-12 Waterford 0-11

Wexford defeated Waterford by 0-12 to 0-11 in the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Saturday March 5th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.

Team News

Allianz National Football League v Wexford

The Waterford Senior Football Team to face Wexford in Saturday’s night’s Allianz National Football League Round 4 tie in Fraher Field at 7pm has been named

1. Stephen Enright (Ballinacourty)
2. Tadhg Ó hUallacháin (An Rinn)
3. Maurice O’Gorman (The Nire)
4. James McGrath (The Nire)
5. Brian Looby (Ballinacourty)
6. Stephen Prendergast (Kilrossanty)
7. Ray O’Ceallaigh (An Rinn)
8. Tommy Prendergast (Kilrossanty)
9. Conor Prunty (Ballinacourty)
10. Gavin Crotty (Dungarvan)
11. Donie Breathnach (An Rinn)
12. Patrick Hurney (Ballinacourty)
13. Shaun Corcoran (St. Saviours)
14. Joey Veale (Kilrossanty)
15. Paul Whyte (Kilrossanty)

All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Croke Cup (Senior Hurling “A”) Quarter-Final – Our Ladys Templemore 1-18 Gort Community School 0-14

Our Ladys Templemore defeated Gort Community School by 1-18 to 0-14 in the All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Croke Cup (Senior Hurling “A”) Quarter-Final on Saturday March 5th at Kilmallock.

Our Lady’s, Templemore win at heavy cost

By Shane Brophy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Our Lady’s SS, Templemore 1-18 Gort CS 0-14: Our Lady’s Secondary School, Templemore bounced back from their Harty Cup final defeat by overcoming Gort Community School in the quarter-final of the All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Senior ‘A’ Hurling Championship in Kilmallock on Saturday.

The eight-point winning margin did come at a cost as influential attacker Anthony Ryan was sent off in the 46th minute after miss-timing an overhead pull challenging for a puckout, connecting with Gort’s James Cronin Rodgers. Ryan, who had scored 1-2, will now miss Saturday’s semi-final against St Kieran’s College, Kilkenny through suspension with Templemore manager Tom Byrnes admitting it is a blow.

“He is a great leader. It won’t be for the lack of effort among the rest of the lads to do it for him next week but things like that happen, he is a committed lad, it wasn’t malicious and is just one of those things,” he said.

Byrnes was thrilled with the way the side bounced back from the loss in the Munster final. “It was great to see how they reacted after the Harty Cup final because they were fairly sore after it. Against the wind their effort was huge but we are delighted to get a crack at St Kieran’s next week.”

The early stages were well contested before Ryan struck for the crucial goal after 14 minutes, reacting quickest to a scramble in the square to pull a floating ball to the net. He followed it up with a quick point and suddenly Templemore were in command and were eight clear with Jerry Kelly and Lyndon Fairbrother on target.

Gort relied primarily on the free-taking of Cathal Noonan for scores but Enda’s Fahy and Egan did land good scores to keep the Galway men in touch going into the second half (1-11 to 0-8) and when Cianan Fahy and Egan pointed within minutes of the restart, it appeared as if the Connacht outfit were going to fight back.

Templemore were able to keep their opponents at arms length with McGrath (2 frees), Jamie Bergin and Ryan on target, before the latter’s dismissal. Gort pushed on looking for goals but found Templemore keeper Jack Kennedy in fine form, making three good saves, including an injury time penalty from Cianan Fahy as the Tipperary side progressed to the last four.

Scorers for Templemore: J Bergin 0-7 (6f); A Ryan 1-2; B McGrath (frees), L Fairbrother 0-3 each; D O’Shea, J Kelly, K Hassett, P Cadell 0-1 each.

Scorers for Gort: C Noonan 0-6f; C Fahy 0-3 (2f); E Fahy, E Egan (1 s-cut) 0-2 each; C O’Shea 0-1.

OUR LADY’S SS TEMPLEMORE: J Kennedy; C O’Meara, D Ryan, E Ryan; T Murphy, K Hassett, P Cadell; D O’Shea, B McGrath; S Nolan, A Ryan, R McCormack; J Bergin, J Kelly, L Fairbrother
Subs: P Nyland for O’Shea (52); P Bergin for Kelly (60).

GORT CS: L Byrne; D Fahy, S Fahy, B Burke; S Cosgrove, C Fahy, M Smyth; J Prendergast, J Cronin Rodgers; C O’Shea, C Noonan, M Lynskey; E Fahy, B Mullins, E Egan
Subs: N Fahy for Smyth (16); K O’Rourke for Mullins (59)

Referee: C McAllister (Cork)

Corn Sheáin Uí Mhurchú (18.5 C Football) Final – Mitchelstown CBS 4-10 Presentation Milltown 1-4

Mitchelstown CBS are easy winners in Munster SFC final

Mitchelstown CBS 4-10 Presentation Milltown 1-4

Report by Paddy Ryan

Mitchelstown CBS bridged a 25 year gap when they won the Munster Senior C FC title on Saturday in Rathkeale against Presentation Milltown.

From the start the winners gained control. Their defence were awesome, their midfielders won the aerial tussles and up front the attack in regular supply took some very good scores. Five of the six forwards figured on the scoresheet and George Pendle who did not hit the target had an outstanding game setting up many scores. Milltown found it very hard to make any progress against a very well organised Mitchelstown side. The only attack the Kerry side had in the first quarter was in the 14th minute when Aaron McCarthy cut through but his effort was well saved by Cathal O’Sullivan.

CBS opened well against the cross wind. Mark Keane had the opening score after good play by Sean Walsh and Adrian English. The second score came in the 4th minute when a well taken sideline kick by George Pendle found Dylan Kent who soloed through and released Adrian English for a great point. Good play by Lorcan Finn to Adrian English saw an attempt at goal well saved by Cormac Leane. Mitchelstown forced a ’45 when George Pendle and Lorcan Finn had worked well for Cathal O’Mahony. The ’45 by Eoin O’Mahony was collected by Mark Keane who kicked a superb point. Adrian English followed with a fine point. In the 12th minute good work by George Pendle led to a brilliant point by Cathal O’Mahony.

It took Presentation till the 22nd minute to record their first score when Aaron McCarthy and Fionan Walsh combined well for Cain Bradley who kicked over. CBS continued to dominate, their full forward line who accounted for 2-7 were in great form. Mark Keane was denied a goal by a good save by Cormac Leane. In the 26th minute CBS had their first goal. It came when Cathal O’Mahony, Sean O’Sullivan and Adrian English all combined for Mark Keane who netted from close range 1-5 to 0-1. The Mitchelstown side followed two minutes later when team captain Colin English put Adrian English in for a well taken goal. In the 28th minute a quickly taken free by Sean Walsh to Dylan Kent was pointed by Cathal O’Mahony. In the dying moments Mark Keane and Sean Walsh worked well for Eoin O’Mahony who soloed through and made it 3-6 to 0-1 at the break,

For the second half Presentation moved Aaron McCarthy to midfield with Kerry minor player David Roche. It made little difference as Mitchelstown continued to do well. The 4th goal came in the 34th minute. A movement involving George Pendle, Sean O’Sullivan and Sean Walsh saw the latter release to O’Sullivan who cut through from the ’40 and made it 4-6 to 0-1.

There was no way back at this stage but Kerry teams are never beaten. They rallied a little with Gavin McKenna pointing a free. CBS half backs of Lorcan Finn, Eric O’Donoghue and Dylan Kent closed off any threat from the Milltown attack. Inside Cathal O’Sullivan did well in goal with Jack Coughlan at full back very sound. Eoin Gallahue and Killian Roche were very solid all through. Good play by George Pendle, Eoin O’Mahony and Colin English led to a long range point by Sean Walsh 4-7 to 0-2.

Both sides made a number of substitutions. CBS keeper Cathal O’Sullivan saved well from Aaron McCarthy with Sean Walsh gaining possession from the clearance and finding George Pendle who set up Adrian English who was fouled. Cathal O’Mahony pointed the free opening up an 18 point lead 4-8 to 0-2. Good work for Milltown by Aaron McCarthy led to a point by Craig Counihan. CBS replied immediately when Sean Walsh and Adrian English worked well for Colin English who kicked over. Aaron McCarthy replied with a free. In the 55th minute Presentation had a consolation goal when Craig Counihan and Padraigh O’Brien worked a good cross movement on the wing with David Roche being on hand on the edge of the square to direct the rebound into the net. The concluding score came in the 60th minute when substitutes Padraigh McGrath, James Conway and Padraigh O’Gorman were all involved in placing team captain Colin English for a fine point.

After the game Michael Nash Munster Post Primary Schools Board Development Officer presented the Sean O’Murchu Cup to the winning captain Colin English. The CBS side now go forward to the All Ireland semi final this Saturday against Dunshaughlin CC (Meath) at a venue to be decided.

Scorers for Mitchelstown CBS : Adrian English 1-2, Mark Keane 1-2, Eoin O’Mahony 1-0, Sean O’Sullivan 1-0, Cathal O’Mahony 0-3 (0-1f) Colin English 0-2, Sean Walsh 0-1.

Presentation Milltown : David Roche 1-0, Cain Bradley 0-1, Craig Counihan 0-1, Aaron McCarthy 0-1f. Gavin McKenna 0-1f.

MITCHELSTOWN CBS: Cathal O’Sullivan (Mitchelstown) Eoin Gallahue (Galtee Gaels) Jack Coughlan (Glanworth) Killian Roche (Mitchelstown) Lorcan Finn (do) Eric O’Donoghue (Glanworth) Dylan Kent (Kildorrery) Colin English (Capt) (Fr,. Sheehy’s) Sean Walsh (Mitchelstown) George Pendle (do) Sean O’Sullivan (do) Eoin O’Mahony (Ballylanders) Cathal O’Mahony (Mitchesltown) Mark Keane (do) Adrian English (Ballyporeen)
Subs : Ian Butler (Kildorrery) for Lorcan Finn, Tadhg Finn (Mitchelstown) for Cathal O’Mahony, Cathal Harrington (Kildorrery) for Mark Keane, Brian White (Mitchelstown) for Adrian English, Padraigh O’Gorman (Galtee Gaels) for Eoin O’Mahony, Padraigh McGrath (Galtee Gaels) for Sean O’Sullivan (blood) P J Keating (Kildorrery) for Dylan Kent (blood) James Conway (Fr. Sheehy’s) for Sean Walsh (blood)

PRESENTATION MILLTOWN: Cormac Leane (Milltown-Castlemaine) Joseph Meaney (Glenbeigh-Glencar) Ciaran O’Connor (Milltown-Castlemaine) Eddie Rogers (Ballymacelligott) Fionan Walsh (Spa) Jonathan Kissane (Beaufort) Gavin McKenna (Milltown-Castlemaine) David Roche (do) Liam Browne (Firies) Cain Bradley (Milltown-Castlemaine) Padraigh O’Brien (do) Padraigh Cronin (Beaufort) Chris Rogers Ballymacelligott) Aaron McCarthy (Listry) Peadar Keane (do)
Subs : John Talbot (Fossa) for Ciaran O’Connor, Aidan O’Sullivan (Laune Rangers) for Joseph Murphy, Craig Counihan (Milltown-Castlemaine) for Gavin McKenna.

Referee : Donncha O’Callaghan (Feoghanagh)