All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Hogan Cup (Senior Football “A”) Semi Final – St. Brendan’s Killarney 4-15 St. Benildus Stillorgan 0-9

St. Brendan’s Killarney defeated St. Benildus Stillorgan by 4-15 to 0-9 in the All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Hogan Cup (Senior Football “A”) Semi Final on Wednesday March 16th at MacDonagh Park Nenagh.

Garry McGrath looks to final as St Brendan’s blitz St Benildus College

By Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

St Brendan’s Killarney (Kerry) 4-15 St Benildus College (Dublin) 0-9

Coach Garry McGrath is hoping to strike gold at the third attempt after watching his rampant St Brendan’s demolish St Benildus by 18 points yesterday to book their place in the Hogan Cup final on April 2.

McGrath was involved in 2008 and 2010 when ‘The Sem’ lost out to Ulster opposition in the form of St Pat’s Dungannon and St Colman’s Newry, respectively. The final against St Colman’s five years ago was a particularly chastening experience, as St Brendan’s failed to show up at Croke Park.

But they continued their seemingly relentless march to a first Hogan Cup crown since 1992 by clinically putting away the challenge of Dublin outfit St Benildus at MacDonagh Park in Nenagh yesterday. They were 3-7 to 0-0 ahead approaching half-time and when David Shaw netted their third goal in the 27th minute, some patrons headed for the exits.

St Brendan’s have torched all comers en route to Croke Park and while the margin of victory may not have been as great as the 29 points that separated them from Clonmel High School in the Corn Uí Mhuirí decider, this was another impressive display. There may be a fear that St Brendan’s haven’t been tested ahead of their big day at GAA HQ — and they still don’t know their final opponents.

Sligo’s Summerhill College are Connacht champions and they’ll face off against the MacRory Cup winners, St Pat’s Maghera or St Paul’s Bessbrook before St Brendan’s can plan accordingly.

McGrath countered: “Everybody’s saying to us we haven’t been tested all year — we’re tested every day we go out on the field because the lads are testing themselves.

“We set a platform for them and we expect them to perform to a level. Thankfully they’re performing to to it every day and again, the skills we showed there today.”

St Benildus started brightly enough but once Evan Cronin, scorer of 2-3, notched the opening score of the game for St Brendan’s in the fifth minute, the floodgates opened. McGrath agreed: “Once we got into a rhythm, we got a few early scores and kicked on from there.”

Michael Casey bagged the first goal in the 11th minute, finishing off a beautiful team move before Cronin struck four minutes later. Benildus had lost Aaron Walsh to a black card in the 13th minute and St Brendan’s piled on the misery in the first half. Shaw’s goal had the winners 16 points ahead before points from Callum Pearson and Andrew Fox cut the half-time deficit to 14.

St Benildus enjoyed their best spell of the game early in the second half but any remote hopes of a successful comeback were snuffed out in the 40th minute. Sean O’Brien, one of the better players for St Benildus, was turned over in midfield and St Brendan’s broke with lightning speed. A rapid-fire series of handpasses later and Cronin was in on goal before applying a killer finish.

The game petered out from there and now McGrath believes The Sem have unfinished business to attend to. He said: “It was a bad day, 2010 in Croke Park and we were also beaten in the final in 2008, I was over them in Portlaoise. Hopefully third time lucky.” On this evidence, they’ll take some stopping.

Scorers for St Brendan’s: E Cronin 2-3, D Shaw 1-1, D Clifford 0-4 (1f), M Casey 1-0, D Moynihan 0-3, P McCarthy 0-2, A O’Shea & C O’Shea 0-1 each.

Scorers for St Benildus: S O’Brien 0-3, T Fox 0-2, C Pearson, D O’Brien, J Rafferty & A Fox 0-1 each.

ST BRENDAN’S: D Carroll; M Potts, C O’Donoghue, C Gammell; D O’Brien, D Naughton, N Donohue; L Donoghue, B Courtney; D Moynihan, D Clifford, P McCarthy; E Cronin, D Shaw, M Casey.

Subs: D Spillane for Donohue (45), C O’Shea for Casey (51), M Pierce for Potts (55), C Callaghan for Gammell (55), A O’Shea for Cronin (55), F Murphy for Courtney (56).

ST BENILDUS: A O’Callaghan; P O’Reilly, L Doran, A Walsh; D Keogh, A Bradshaw, S O’Reilly; C Pearson, P Flaherty; D O’Brien, J Rafferty, A Fox; S O’Brien, T Fox, T Keane.
Subs: A Kelly for Walsh (b/c 13), C McRory for P O’Reilly (60).

Referee: D O’Mahoney (Tipperary)

Munster Under 21 Football S-Final – Cork 3-18 Waterford 0-2

Cork defeated Waterford by 3-18 to 0-2 in the EirGrid GAA Football Under 21 Munster Championship Semi-Final on Wednesday March 16th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.

Cork remain untested after cruising into another U21 decider

By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Waterford 0-2 Cork 3-18: Cork eased into a sixth consecutive Munster U21 decider with this 25-point annihilation of a wholly disjointed Waterford outfit.

Cork’s dominance on the night was summed up by the Déise’s inability to raise a flag of any description until the 49th minute, when Jason Curry slotted over from close range. The Waterford half-forward added a second three minutes from home, but little respectability did it add to the final scoreline.

For the visitors, the primary objective of returning to the provincial decider was achieved, but it will surely concern management they now head to Tralee on April 7 without having been remotely tested in either of their championship outings — in stark contrast to final opponents Kerry who have come through stiff examinations from Tipperary and Limerick.

“What benefit do you get out of this?” questioned Cork manager Sean Hayes afterwards. “That is not Waterford’s fault and it is not our fault. We just had to come down and do the best we could.

“The first-half was competitive. Our shot selection was good, but the end result wasn’t great. We had nine wides in the first-half. We spoke about it at half-time and we were a lot more clinical in the second-half. We, as a group, are in our third Munster final in a row after coming through two away games. We have played what was put in front of us and we have won well.”

This semi-final as a contest was done and dusted by the break, the visitors enjoying an 0-8 to 0-0 lead. And, in truth, the gap should have been far, far greater; Hayes’ charges kicking nine first-half wides, as well as failing to put away a single one of their four gilt-edged goal chances.

Peter Kelleher was involved in Cork’s first three sightings of goal, his low drive seven minutes in kept out by a superb Kevin Dwane save. The crossbar denied him on 16 minutes, while Dwane advanced smartly off his line in the subsequent action to move possession away from the Cork full-forward. Waterford full-back Stephen Dalton threw his body in the way of Don O’Driscoll’s shot on 25 minutes and while the home outfit were successful in preventing a Cork goal, no such luck did they enjoy at the other end.

Aside from a couple of wayward shots, Ger Power’s side made zero impact in the opposition half. For Cork, Don O’Driscoll, Ryan Harkin and Michael Hurley had the favourites three to the good inside six minutes and although still very early in the contest, there was an inevitability to the final outcome as Cork poured forward with consummate ease.

Brian Coakley and Hurley brought their tally to five and three more approaching the break from Sean O’Donoghue and Coakley (0-2) had Cork with one foot in the decider by the break. Both feet were firmly planted in the Munster final come the 38th minute; Kelleher teeing up Coakley for the Rebels’ second goal, Michael Hurley having kicked their first just after the resumption. Coakley notched his second free thereafter and the winners had a third major when Sean White put through Don O’Driscoll on 45 minutes.

Management again took advantage of the one-sided nature of proceedings to empty the bench and subs Cian Dorgan (0-1), Stephen Sherlock (0-3) and Mick Dineen (0-1) all staked their claim for starting berths with late scores.

Scorers for Cork: B Coakley (1-4, 0-2 frees); M Hurley (1-3); D O’Driscoll (1-2); S Sherlock (0-3, 0-1 free); S O’Donoghue (0-2); M Dineen, C Dorgan, R Harkin, P Kelleher (0-1 each).

Scorers for Waterford: J Curry (0-2, 0-1 free).

Cork: A Casey (Kiskeam); K Histon (Cobh), J Mullins (Éire Óg), M McSweeney (Newcestown); K Flahive (Douglas), S Cronin (Nemo Rangers), E Lavers (Boherbue); S White (Clonakilty), R O’Toole (Éire Óg); D O’Driscoll (Clann na nGael), S O’Donoghue (Inniscarra), R Harkin (Mallow); B Coakley (Carrigaline), P Kelleher (Kilmichael), M Hurley (Castlehaven).
Subs: M Dineen (Naomh Aban) for Kelleher (38), S O Leary (Bantry Blues) for O’Toole (40, inj), S O’Donovan (Ilen Rovers) for Harkin (44), C Dorgan (Ballincollig) for Kelleher (44), S Sherlock (St Finbarr’s) for Coakley (47), R Donovan (Nemo Rangers) for Casey (49)

Waterford: K Dwane (Ballinacourty); C O’Neill (Brickey Rangers), S Dalton (De La Salle), D Ryan (The Nire); J Mullaney (Stradbally), A Dwyer (Geraldines), W Hahessy (Rathgormack); D Gartland (Ardmore), C Prunty (Ballinacourty); L Mulligan (Rathgormack), E O’Brien (Stradbally), J Curry (Rathgormack); C Murray (Rathgormack), T Devine (Modeligo), F Ó Cuirrín (An Rinn).
Subs: C Gleeson (The Nire) for O’Brien (HT), M Sweeney (Stradbally) for Mulligan (HT), J Fenton (Bunmahon) for Gartland (38 mins), P O’Connor (Clashmore/Kinsalebeg) for Devine (44), E O’Halloran (Clashmore/Kinsalebeg) for Mullaney (55), P Whyte (Kilrossanty) for Hahessy (59).

Referee: S Mulvihill (Kerry).

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Team News

The Cork team to play Waterford has been announced as follows. There are no changes to the team which defeated Clare last Wednesday.

1. Anthony Casey (Kiskeam)
2. Dylan Quinn (St Finbarrs)
3. John Mullins (Eire Og)
4. Michael McSweeney (Newcestown)
5. Kevin Flahive (Douglas)
6. Stephen Cronin (Nemo Rangers) Captain
7. Kieran Histon (Cobh)
8, Sean White (Clonakilty)
9. Ronan O Toole (Eire Og)
10. Don O Driscoll (Clann na Gael)
11. Sean O Donoghue (Inniscarra)
12. Ryan Harkin (Mallow)
13. Brian Coakley (Carrigaline)
14. Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael)
15. Michael Hurley (Castlehaven)

16. Ross Donovan (Nemo Rangers)
17. Kevin Cremin (Boherbue)
18. Eoin Lavers (Dohenys)
19. Cian Kiely (Ballincollig)
20. Sean O Leary (Bantry Blues)
21. Stephen Sherlock (St Finbarrs)
22. Mick Dineen (Naomh Aban)
23. Sean O Donovan (Ilen Rovers)
24. Cian Dorgan (Ballincollig)

Additional Panel Members
Chris Kelly Eire Og, Sean Kelleher, Aghinagh, Keith Hegarty, St Michaels & James Moynihan Canovee

Missing through injury Daniel Meaney St Michaels, Ian Crowley Valley Rovers, Killian O Connor Mallow, Michael Desmond Cill Na Matra, Sean Powter, Douglas, Sean Lucey Ballincollig, Sean Daly Dohenys Conor Kingston & Eoin O Sullivan Douglas

Waterford Under 21 Football team to face Cork on Wednesday night at 7:30pm in Fraher Field.

1. Kevin Dwane (Ballinacourty)
2. Ciarán O’Neill (Brickey Rangers)
3. Stephen Dalton (De La Salle)
4. Dermot Ryan (The Nire)
5. William Hahessy (Rathgormack)
6. Aidan Dwyer (Geraldines)
7. Jack Mullaney (Stradbally)
8. David Gartland (Ardmore)
9. Conor Prunty (Ballinacourty)
10. Liam Mulligan (Rathgormack)
11. Eoin O’Brien (Stradbally)
12. Jason Curry (Rathgormack)
13. Conor Murray (Rathgormack)
14. Tom Devine (Modeligo)
15. Fearghal Ó Cuirrín (An Rinn)


Munster Under 21 Football S-Final – Kerry 1-14 Limerick 2-8

Kerry defeated Limerick by 1-14 to 2-8 in the EirGrid GAA Football Under 21 Munster Championship Semi-Final on Wednesday March 16th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

Kerry U21s survive another tough test

By Denis Hurley for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kerry 1-14 Limerick 2-8: Another gut-check for Kerry in the Munster U21FC at Austin Stack Park last night but, as against Tipperary last week, they prevailed.

In front of 1,714, the outcome was in question until deep into injury-time, when points from midfielder Barry O’Sullivan and sub Jordan Kiely ensured the hosts would advance to the final on April 7.

Having led 0-7 to 0-5 half-time, Kerry fell behind when Limerick’s Killian Ryan goaled following a mazy run two minutes after the restart. Killian Spillane’s third point levelled and then the Kingdom looked to have set the game back on its widely-expected path. From a beautifully weighted pass by Jack Savage, Tony Brosnan was able to palm past Andrew Ruddle for a 1-8 to 1-5 lead.

But Limerick were full of character. Hugh Bourke’s fifth point of the game provided an instant response and it got even better when Ryan and Bourke linked to set up Brian Fanning for a second goal, an excellent low finish from a narrow angle.

As good as Limerick were, though, Kerry didn’t panic either. Savage levelled again with a free and then two fine Spillane points put them back into a lead they wouldn’t lose, though the first of them had a question-mark attached as it hovered over the post.

Limerick couldn’t be shaken off, but at times the visitors lacked players to take on scoring chances and possession was turned over – even if their bench felt it wasn’t always done fairly.

Kiely’s point from Micheál Burns’ pass put Kerry 1-12 to 2-7 in front on 58 minutes, but Fanning’s excellent point gave Limerick hope in the five minutes of additional time. They couldn’t find an equaliser though and Kerry saw things out.

Their manager Jack O’Connor took some positives, but also cited areas to work on. “We were good when we had the ball, we weren’t so good when we didn’t,” he said. “We’re going to have to defend better as a unit, not allow our backs to be isolated like they were tonight.

“We kicked 1-14, which is a good score any night. Kiely gave us great impetus up front and Éanna Ó Conchúir gave us great legs. We need to improve, but I think there’s improvement in us. Cork will be something similar, they are after winning two games by over 20 points a night. We’re well aware that there’s a huge task ahead of us.”

O’Connor’s Limerick counterpart Declan Brouder wasn’t clinging to crutch of a moral victory. “I’m hugely proud,” he said.

“We came back here expecting a win. At half-time, we thought we’d win the game, when we scored our goals we thought we’d win the game, in injury-time we were a point down and we still thought we’d win the game.

“We’re not interested in moral victories. We put a in a performance against Cork last year that, in the build-up to this game, nobody gave us much credit for. We performed because we had the effort put in.”

If Brouder had one misgiving, though, it was in the second-half free-count. “I think it was 15 for Kerry and three for Limerick,” he said.

“We’d hugely aggrieved with some of the calls coming down the straight. Tralee is a tough place to come, hard to get a result; it’s even harder when those 50-50 calls are going against you.”

In the first-half, Kerry could afford a 12-minute period without a score but still led by two at half-time. The hosts showed good signs in fits and starts, with the corner-forwards, Tony Brosnan and Jack Savage, dovetailing nicely with number 14 Killian Spillane, the trio account for all of their opening-period output.

Four points in a row between the seventh and 13th minutes had eradicated an early 0-3 to 0-1 deficit, and things would have been very comfortable had Brosnan not been unlucky to rattle the crossbar with a ferocious shot after Tom O’Sullivan had excellent placed the ball in his hands.

That let-off helped Limerick to reignite their challenge. Early on, they played with a guile and gumption which had seen them take the lead, with Hugh Bourke and Brian Donovan getting nice scores, and it was two Bourke frees which tied matters by the 23rd minute. Savage and Spillane ended Kerry’s drought to give them that two-point lead, but Ryan’s excellent goal on the resumption gave notice Limerick weren’t for lying down and the Kerry goal didn’t faze them either. They may have lost, but died with their boots on.

Scorers for Kerry: J Savage (three frees), K Spillane 0-5 each, T Brosnan 1-1, J Kiely 0-2, B O’Sullivan 0-1.

Scorers for Limerick: H Bourke 0-6 (five frees), B Fanning 1-1, K Ryan 1-0, B Donovan 0-1.

KERRY: E O’Brien (Churchill); B Ó Beaglaíoch (An Ghaeltacht), C Ó Lúing (An Ghaeltacht), B Sugrue (Renard); T O’Sullivan (Dingle), A Barry (Na Gaeil), G White (Dr Crokes); B O’Sullivan (Dingle), M O’Sullivan (St Michael’s-Foilmore); B Ó Seanacháin (Ballydonoghue), M Burns (Dr Crokes), D Foran (St Senan’s); T Brosnan (Dr Crokes), K Spillane (Templenoe), J Savage (Kerins O’Rahillys).
Subs: É Ó Conchúir (An Ghaeltacht) for Foran (42), J Foley (Ballydonoghue) for Ó Lúing (44), J Kiely (Dr Crokes) for Brosnan (45), G Horan for M O’Sullivan (51), D O’Donoghue for Sugrue (54, injured), C Geaney (Dingle) for Ó Seanacháin (58).

LIMERICK: A Ruddle (Newcastlewest); S Flanagan (Feohanagh-Castlemahon), M O’Sullivan (Galtee Gaels), M Donovan (Galbally); G Brown (Na Piarsaigh), S O’Dea (Kilteely-Dromkeen), K Ryan (Mungret); T Childs (Galtee Gaels), S Murphy (Newcastlewest); B Fanning (Pallasgreen), S Cahill (Mountcollins), J English (Adare); B Donovan (Monaleen), C Sheehan (Newcastlewest), H Bourke (Adare).
Subs: S Brosnan (Newcastlewest) for English (17, injured), S Costello (Adare) for Childs (47), D Connolly (Adare) for O’Sullivan (50), K Daly (Na Piarsaigh) for Murphy (59), C Flanagan (Crecora) for S Flanagan (60).

Referee: A Kissane (Waterford)

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Team News

The Kerry Team to play Limerick in the EirGrid Munster GAA Under 21 Football Championship Semi Final at Austin Stack Park on this Wednesday evening at 7:30 shows three changes in personnel from the side that defeated Tipperary in the opening Round. Barry O’Sullivan replaces Greg Horan in midfield, David Foran comes in for the injured Brandon Barrett in the half forward line and Killian Spillane takes over on the edge of the square from Eánna Ó Conchúir.

The team contains 5 of the side defeated by Cork in last year’s semi final game – Brian Ó Beagaloich, Cathal Ó Lúing, Barry O’Sullivan, Micheál Burns and Jack Savage. 10 of the side won All Ireland Minor Medals in either 2014 or 2015.

The team, captained by Jack Savage of Kerins O’Rahillys is as follows:
1.Eoghan O’Brien Churchill
2.Brian Ó Beaglaoich An Ghaeltacht
3.Cathal Ó Lúing An Ghaeltacht
4.Tom O’Sullivan Dingle
5.Brian Sugrue Renard
6.Andrew Barry Na Gael
7.Gavin White Dr Crokes
8.Barry O’Sullivan Dingle
9.Matthew O’Sullivan St Michaels-Foilmore
10.David Foran St Senans
11.Micheál Burns Dr Crokes
12.Brian Ó Seanacháin Ballydonoghue
13.Tony Brosnan Dr Crokes
14.Killian Spillane Templenoe
15.Jack Savage (C) Kerins O’Rahillys
Fir Ionaid
16.Darragh O’Shea Ballydonoghue
17.Greg Horan Austin Stacks
18.Eanna Ó Conchúir An Ghaeltacht
19.Dara Roche Glenflesk
20.Dan O’Donoghue Spa
21.Jason Foley Ballydonoghue
22.Conor Geaney Dingle
23.Tom (Leo) O’Sullivan Dingle
24.Jordan Kiely Dr Crokes

Bainisteoir:Jack O’Connor (Dromid Pearses)
Roghnoirí: Micheál O’Shea (Castlegregory), Eamon Whelan (St Senans), Declan O’Sullivan (Dromid Pearses).
Treanálaí: Alan O’Sullivan and Arthur Fitzgerald

Additional Information
The following players are members of the extended Kerry Under 21 panel: Cormac Coffey (Kerins O’Rahillys), Matthew Flaherty (Dingle), Shane O’Connor (John Mitchels), James Duggan (John Mitchels), Fionán Clifford (Waterville), Brian Rayle (Lispole), Patrick O’Connor (Dingle), Brandon Barrett (Ardfert, injured)

The Limerick U21 football team and panel to face Kerry on this Wednesday evening is announced. The Limerick U21 management team has released their panel of 24 to take on Kerry in Tralee.

The team and panel is as follows 1. Andrew Ruddle (Newcastlewest), 2. Sean O Dea (Kilteely/Dromkeen) (Captain), 3. Stephen Cahill (Mountcollins), 4. Maurice O Sullivan (Galtee Gaels), 5. Michael O Donovan (Galbally), 6. Sean Flannagan (Feohanagh/Castlemahon), 7. Gordon Brown (Na Piarsaigh), 8. Cillian Fahy (Dromcollogher/Broadford), 9. Tommie Childs (Galtee Gaels), 10. Sean Murphy (Newcastlewest), 11. Killian Ryan (Mungret St Pauls), 12. Brian Fanning (Pallasgreen), 13. Hugh Bourke (Adare), 14. Cian Sheehan (Newcastlewest), 15. Brian Donovan ( Monaleen).
16. Richard Hayes (St Senans), 17. David Connelly (Adare), 18. Cormac Flanagan (Crecora) 19. Stephen Brosan (Newcastlewest), 20. Kieran Daly (Na Piarsaigh), 21. Jack English (Adare), 22. Eoin Hurley (Newcastlewest), 23. Shane Costello (Adare), 24. Gavin Reidy (Newcastlewest).