Dr Harty Cup
Thurles CBS 3-13 Castletroy 1-9
Doon 3-18 Gaelcholáiste Mhuire A.G 1-10
Dungarvan 1-16 P.S. Blackwater 0-14
Midleton CBS 4-20 Nenagh CBS 2-9
Ardscoil Rís 4-20 Hamilton High School Bandon 3-14
St. Flannans 2-16 DLS Waterford 3-13
Charlevillle 3-16 Our Lady’s Templemore 3-15
High School Clonmel 3-16 Pobalscoil Youghal 3-6
Under 18½ BHC
St Annes CC 1-18 Abbey CBS 0-09
Borrisokane CC 2-13 Ac. Phádraig Mallow 2-13
Rice College Ennis 4-22 Nenagh CC 0-4
Newport 6-15 Roscrea C.C. 1-8
Glanmire PC 2-15 Causeway CS 2-11
St. Caimin CS 1-22 St. Joseph’s Tulla 2-13
Col. Chroist Rí 1-24 Coachford College 1-7
Borrisoleigh w/o Col Treasa Kanturk scr.
Dean Ryan Cup – Under 16 ½ A Hurling
Rochestown 5-14 St. Colman Fermoy 1-7
St. Caimins Shannon 5-21 Gaelcholaiste Mhuire AG 1-11
DLS Waterford 5-12 Abbey CBS 3-7
Ard Scoil Ris 3-18 Killmallock 0-6
Thurles CBS 3-16 St. Flannans 2-11
Midleton CBS 0-12 High School Clonmel 1-6
Under 16 ½ C Hurling
Carrignavar 12-24 Cahir CC 2-7
St Mary Newport w/o Douglas CS scr.
Hospital 4-10 St. Augustines 3-11
St. Mary Newport receive walk over from Douglas PC
St. Pauls 4-16 SR Killenaule 4-09
Tramore CBS 2-15 Col an Phiarsaigh 0-11
Rice College Ennis 3-14 Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal Blarney 2-8
Scarriff 4-23 St. Colmans Col 1-6
Under 16 ½ D Hurling
Newport College 2-10 St. Nicholas, Rinn 2-5
Tralee CBS w/o St. Michaels Limerick CBS scr.
Ennistymon CBS 6-13 St. Ailbes 1-5
St. Clements 2-20 Col Chrcoibhin Fermoy 2-3
St. Pats Comp Shannon 1-08 Mercy Mounthawk 0-09
Mount Soin 8-12 North Mon CBS 0-06
St. Munchins 10-11 Col Mhuire Thurles 3-11
A record number of teams are taking part in the 2012-13 Harty cup following the draws for premier competitions held recently.
14 teams are in the Corn Ui Mhuiri for the coming season.
The league series of the Harty cup will take 5 weeks to run with the opening round on 19th Sept.
It will ensure a record number of hurlers will get the opportunity to play Harty cup hurling.
The Harty Cup groups are:-
Group A: De La Salle Waterford, Castletroy CC, Ard Scoil Ris, Clonmel CBS, Kerry Colleges.
Group B: Blackwater CC, Lismore, Our Ladys Templemore, West Limerick Colleges, Abbey CBS, Charleville CBS.
Group C: Nenagh CBS, Midleton CBS, Colaiste Chroist Ri, HHS Bandon, Thurles CBS.
Group D: Dungarvan Colleges, Doon CBS, Gaelcolaiste Mhuire. St Flannans, St Caimins.
Coláiste na nDéise1-13 St Flannan’s College1-12
Rice College 2-7 Coláiste an Spiorad Naomh 2-4
Rice College Ennis were crowned Munster Colleges Corn Iognaid Rís champions (under 16½C) at Ballyhea in Cork on Wednesday when they overcame the challenge of Coláiste an Spiorad Naomh from Bishopstown in Cork.
The victory marked the first provincial hurling success by the school since 1979, a gap of 32 years, when they captured the senior B (Corn Phadraig) crown. Former Éire Óg player, Pa Lynch was a member of that side and his son Liam played at wing-forward in this week’s winning outfit. This victory also marked Rice College’s first success in this particular competition.
In a game played in difficult conditions, with a strong wind causing problems for players, the Ennis school led from the start.
Team mentors, Martin Brooks (St Joseph’s) and Martin Ronan (Kilmaley) named an unchanged team from the semi-final for this outing. The winners played with the aid of the breeze in the opening half and led by four points at half-time when the score was 2-2 to 1-1.
Evan McNamara scored Rice College’s first goal, applying a great finish after a good move. A defensive error created the opening for the Ennis school’s second goal, which came from Eanna Barry.
With the assistance of the wind for the second half, the Cork City school fought hard and while Rice College were under a lot of pressure, they never lost the lead. Coláiste an Spiorad Naomh goaled from a penalty to close the gap to the minimum but the winner’s defence held firm, with Lee Brady outstanding at corner-back delivering a man-of-the-match performance. Michael Lyons also did well while the half-backs battled hard throughout.
The new Munster champions had an even share of possession at midfield thanks to the efforts of Ritchie Hennessy, scorer of some excellent points from frees, and Conor O’Brien. In attack, Liam Lynch and Michael O’Malley worked hard throughout while substitute Colm Fitzgerald, introduced at half time, helped set up a number of important scores for the team.
On their way to the final, Rice College beat Kilmallock, St Munchin’s and Pallaskenry before overcoming Cashel in the semi-final.
The game finished in a welter of excitement and both sides were reduced in number in the final minute.
Rice College goalie Conor Harkin and the opposition’s full-forward were dismissed while the Ennis side’s Michael O’Malley picked up a second yellow card, which also resulted in his dismissal.
After the game team captain Fionn O’Carroll was presented with the trophy by the Provincial Colleges Council servicing officer, Tom Collum.
Rice College: Conor Harkin (Ballyea); Lee Brady (Ballyea), Shane McInerney (Inagh-Kilnamona), Michael Lyons (Ruan); Fionn O’Carroll (St Joseph’s), Conor Finnucane (Lissycasey), Conor O’Halloran (Éire Óg); Ritchie Hennessy (Clooney-Quin), Conor O’Brien (St Joseph’s); Nicky Twumasai (Éire Óg), Michael O’Malley (Kilmaley), Liam Lynch (Éire Óg); Paddy O’Malley (Éire Óg), Evan McNamara (Inagh-Kilanamona), Eanna Barry (Clooney-Quin).
Scorers: Ritchie Hennessy (0-5, 4f); Evan McNamara (1-1); Eanna Barry (1-0); Nicky Twumasai (0-1).
Subs: Colm Fitzgerald (Doora-Barefield); Conor McInerney (Doora-Barefield); Cillian Brennan (Ballyea); Seamus Quigley (Bodyke).
St Flannan’s College, Ennis 5-9 Presentation, Thurles 4-3
In a hard-fought contest played under lights at Dr Morris Park in Thurles last Friday, St Flannan’s overcame Presentation, Thurles in the Munster Colleges Senior A Camogie semi-final and, as a result, they will play St Mary’s from Charleville or St Mary’s from Nenagh in the provincial final at Newmarket this Saturday at 2pm.
Rice College 1-16 Cashel 3-7
Rice College qualified for the Munster Colleges (Corn Iognaid Ris) U-16½C hurling championship final when they accounted for Cashel at Na Piarsaigh grounds in Limerick on Tuesday.
In the final they will face Coláiste an Spiorad Naomh from Bishopstown in Cork. The final is expected to be played during the first week in December when the Ennis school will attempt to win the title for the first time.
The foundations for this week’s victory were laid in the opening half when the winners enjoyed midfield dominance thanks to the play of Ritchie Hennessy and Conor O’Brien. They built up a four-point lead when playing with the aid of the breeze.
A goal from Nicky Twumasai gave them the upperhand on a day when centre-forward Michael O’Malley again was in sparkling form. He finished the game as the team’s top scorer with 0-6 to his credit and others to score were Ritchie Hennessy (0-4), Evan McNamara (0-3), Paddy O’Malley (0-2) and Eanna Barry (0-1).
In addition to O’Malley and the midfield pair, Shane McInerney at full back, Michael Lyons at corner back and Paddy O’Malley in attack also impressed.
Rice College: Conor Harkin (Ballyea); Lee Brady (Ballyea), Shane McInerney (Inagh-Kilnamona), Michael Lyons (Ruan); Fionn O’Carroll (St Joseph’s), Conor Finnucane (Lissycasey), Conor O’Halloran (Éire Óg); Ritchie Hennessy (Clooney-Quin), Conor O’Brien (St Joseph’s); Eanna Barry (Clooney-Quin), Michael O’Malley (Kilmaley), Liam Lynch (Éire Óg); Paddy O’Malley (Éire Óg), Nicky Twumasai (Éire Óg), Evan McNamaa (Inagh-Kilanaona).
Subs: Cillian Brennnan (Ballyea), Colm Fitzgerald (St Joseph’s).
St Flannan’s 1-20 Blackwater College 2-13
Already through to the play-offs in the race for the Dr Harty Cup, Munster Colleges Senior A Hurling Championship, St Flannan’s made sure of top spot in the group with an impressive victory over Blackwater Community School at Tipperary on Wednesday.
The Waterford outfit needed to win to stay in the title race but the writing was on the wall for them at half-time when they only led by two points after playing with the aid of the wind.
Conditions were difficult and this was particularly true of the second half, which was played in heavy rainfall.
Shane O’Donnell returned after injury and following his introduction, he scored the all-important goal for his side on a day when corner-back Shane Kelleher was outstanding, blotting out the highly rated Stephen Bennett. The half-back and half-forwards trios also impressed for the winners.
St Flannan’s: Anthony Griffey (Clarecastle); David Clancy (Doora-Barefield), Jack Browne (Ballyea), Shane Kelleher (Newmarket); Gearóid Ryan (Clarecastle), Tony Kelly (Ballyea), Aidan McGuane (Kilmaley); Conor Cleary (Miltown), David Conroy (Doora-Barefield); Peter Duggan (Clooney-Quin), Mark McGuane (Clarecastle), Stephen Ward (Clarecastle); Bobby Duggan (Clarecastle), Cian Moloney (Kilmaley), David Reidy (Éire Óg).
Subs: Shane O’Donnell (Éire Óg) for Moloney; Joe Barry (Clarecastle) for Reidy; Robbie O’Loughlin (Ruan) for Conroy; Darragh McMahon (Kilmaley) for Clancy.
Midleton 3-13 St Caimin’s 0-7
There was nothing at stake when Midleton and St Caimin’s clashed in this Harty Cup tie at Charleville on Wednesday. Midleton were already through to the play-offs and St Caimin’s were out of the title race.
The Clare side, the majority of whom will be eligible for this competition again next season, provided stiff competition for the favourites, with Alex Morey at centre-back and full-forward Conor Deasy doing particularly well.
St Caimin’s: James Hickey (Cratloe); Dominick Costigan (Cratloe), Evan Keogh (Newmarket), Barry Fitzpatrick (Sixmilebridge); Shane Gleeson (Cratloe), Alex Morey (Sixmilebridge), Stephen Mulready (Sixmilebridge); John Mulready (Sixmilebridge), James Warren (Newmarket); David Murphy (Sixmilebridge), Shane O’Leary (Cratloe), Gavin White (Sixmilebridge); Brian Corry (Sixmilebridge), Conor Deasy (Sixmilebridge), Oisín Pender (Newmarket).
Subs: Oisín O’Connor (Newmarket) for Murphy; Jamie Arthur (Newmarket) for Pender; Owen Kelly (Cratloe) for Hickey; Andrew Shanagher (Wolfe Tones) for Fitzpatrick.
Ard Scoil Rís 4-11 Charleville CBS 0-11
Title holders Ard Scoil Rís, who are chasing their third championship in succession, proved too strong for Charleville CBS in this repeat of last year’s final, played at Bruff on Wednesday.
Sixmilebridge and Clare star Jamie Shanahan, who has been a leading light in their last two successes, lined out at midfield for the winners. Colin Crehan from O’Callaghan’s Mills was introduced during the course of the game.
The eight quarter-finalists are St Flannan’s, Thurles, Midleton, Waterford Colleges, Ard Scoil Rís, De La Salle, Nenagh and Castletroy College. The quarter-final pairings will be decided at a meeting of the colleges council early in January and the games are scheduled for January 18.
Clonmell 1-11 St Joseph's Tulla 0-10
St Joseph’s Tulla bowed out of the senior B hurling championship title race (Corn Phadraig) when they went under to Clonmel at Ballybrickan on Wednesday.
With a loss to Dungarvan and victory over Glanmire from their opening two games in the competition, the Clare side needed to win this week to progress.
They were ahead by three points at half-time, 0-7 to 0-4, after playing with the aid of the breeze but the decisive score came midway through the second half when the Tipperary outfit struck for a goal
St Joseph’s: Daniel Vaughan (Tulla); Oisín Donnellan (Feakle), Niall Bolton (Tulla), James Noonan (Feakle); Gareth Bleach (Whitegate), Aidan O’Gorman (O’Callaghan’s Mills), Owen McInerney (O’Callaghan’s Mills); Shane Taylor (Broadford), Owen Tuohy (Feakle); Ryan Taylor (Clooney-Quin), Diarmuid Moloney (Broadford), Stephen McMahon (Broadford); John O’Brien (O’Callaghan’s Mills), Colin Corbett (Tulla), Sean Shanahan (Clooney-Quin).
Subs: Mark Lynch (Tulla) for J O’Brien (inj); Ciaran Cooney (O’Callaghan’s Mills) for S McMahon; Con Smyth (Feakle) for Shanahan.
Rice College 3-14 Pallaskenry 2-5
Rice College Ennis progressed to the semi-final of Corn Iognaid Rís, Munster Colleges U-16½ C Hurling Championship when they accounted for Pallaskenry at Rathbane in Limerick on Monday.
In the semi-final, they will play Cashel and this game is set for Tuesday next at Rathbane.
St Augustine’s from Dungarvan and Coláiste an Spiorad Naomh from Cork will meet in the other semi-final, which is set for Killeagh in Cork this Friday. In Monday’s game, Rice College were well on top throughout. They played with the aid of the breeze in the opening half and were 1-9 to 0-1 in front at half-time, with the goal coming from Nicky Twumasai.
Second-half goals from Michael O’Malley and Ritchie Hennessy sealed a comfortable win for the Ennis outfit.
Shane McInerney, Lee Brady and Conor Finnucane impressed in the winner’s defence. Ritchie Hennessy, who scored 1-3, dominated matters at midfield while Michael O’Malley, who finished with 1-6, was the best forward on view.
In earlier rounds Rice College beat Kilmallock and St Munchin’s.
Rice College: Conor Harkin (Ballyea); Lee Brady (Ballyea), Shane McInerney (Inagh-Kilnamona), Colm Rice (Ruan); Michael Lyons (Ruan), Conor Finnucane (Lissycasey), Fionn O’Carroll (Doora-Barefield); Ritchie Hennessy (Clooney Quin), Conor O’Brien (Doora-Barefield); Eanna Barry (Clooney Quin), Nicky Twumasai (Éire Óg), Liam Lynch (Éire Óg); Paddy O’Malley (Éire Óg), Michael O’Malley (Kilmaley), Evan McNamara (Inagh-Kilnamona).
Subs: Colm Fitzgerald (Doora-Barefield); Diarmuid Cleary (Corofin); Conor McInerney (Doora Barefield); Seamus Foudy (Inagh-Kilnamona).
Scariff Community College 3-16 Rice College 2-9
Scariff Community College booked their place in the semi-final of the Munster C Colleges Hurling Championship with a hard-earned win over Clare rivals Rice College in Clooney-Quin last week. The final score fails to provide a fair reflection of what was an enthralling contest and somewhat flatters the victors, who were only two points ahead with 12 minutes remaining.
Played in ideal conditions for November, Ennis CBS elected to play with the strong wind in the first half and raced into a four-point lead, scoring a goal with their first attack. To their credit, the East Clare students’ response was swift with a great goal from Colin Burke and points from Martin Cunningham and Eoin McMahon. Indeed, McMahon looked particularly sharp in the first half, raising a green flag in the 18th minute. Ennis CBS scored some superb long-range points, with Richie Hennessy excelling. In an attempt to counteract the elements, Scariff deployed an extra defende r in the first half, at the end of which they were ahead, 2-5 to 1-7.
In the first 15 minutes of the second half both sides refused to yield. The intensity level and exceptional tackling from both sides was a characteristic of the tie, with Bodyke’s Eanna Doyle particularly prominent for the East Clare school. His fellow clubman Patrick Walsh began to dominate affairs at midfield, while centre-back Eoin Quirke was also coming to the fore. The Scariff defence, ably marshalled by Quirke, Ronan Corry and Cathal Madden, began to repel each CBS attack. Seven minutes from the end Patrick Fitzgerald raced through the Ennis defence and blasted to the net, giving his side an unassailable lead. At the final whistle there was a sense of relief for many of the East Clare contingent, with seven of the starting 15 tasting defeat in the Minor B Championship semi-final only days previously against Kilmaley.
Having defeated Scoil Mhuire & Íde, Newcastle West and Tramore CBS in previous rounds, Scariff can now look forward to the prospect of facing Limerick or Waterford opposition, with the Clare side set to play either Killmalock or Kilmacthomas. Scariff Community College are coached by Seán McNamara (O’Callaghan’s Mills), Andrew Fahey (Whitegate), Colm Madden (Bodyke) and Liam Clancy (Newmarket). The Munster semi-final is pencilled in for February 1.
Scariff Community College: Noel O’Donnell (Whitegate); Luke Patterson (Whitegate), Ronan Corry (Scariff), Eanna Doyle (Bodyke); John Scanlon (Scariff), Eoin Quirke (Whitegate), Cathal Madden (Scariff); Martin Cunningham (Scariff), Patrick Walsh (Bodyke); Adrian O’Grady (Scariff), Eoin McMahon (Killanena), Reuban Noyes (Whitegate); Colin Burke (Whitegate), Colin McNamara (Killanena), Patrick Fitzgerald (Bodyke).
Subs: Liam Sugrue (Whitegate) for Noyes; Aidan McCarthy (Whitegate) for Scanlan; Conor McDermott (Whitegate) for O’Grady.
Dr,. Rogers Cup Senior C.H.
Scariff C.C. 3-16 Col.an Rísigh Ennis 2-9
Kilmallock 1-11 St. DDeclan’s Kilmac. 0-14
Pallaskenry 3-12 Hospital C.S. 1-10
Dr. Harty Cup
Ardscoil Rís Limerick 2-21 De la Salle Waterford 1-16
Charleville CBS 2-10 Col.Chríost Rí Cork 1-16
Midleton CBS 3-9 Coláistí na nDéise 1-14
Our Lady's Templemore 1-14 St.Caimin's C.S. Shannon 0-5
St Flannan's Ennis 1-15 Thurles CBS 1-13
Blackwater C.S. Lismore 0-16 St. Colman's Fermoy 1-13
Nenagh CBS 0-15 Coláistí Chiarraí 0-6
Cashel C.S. 1-11 Rochestown 1-15
Clonmel H.S. 8-14 Glanmire C.C. 5-11
Gaelchol Mhuire Cork 1-7 Carrigaline C.S. 3-15
PS na Tríonóide Youghal 2-14 Abbey CBS Tipperary 2-13
Dr. Rogers Cup
Blarney 6-16 Borrisoleigh 3-14
Corn Iognáid Rís
Mount Sion CBS Waterford 3-13 DouglasC.S.Cork 3-5
Mercy Mounthawk Tralee 2-15 Col Mhichíl Limerick 3-15
Dean Ryan Cup
Midleton CBS 1-13 Clonmel H.S. 2-5
DLS. Waterford 1-11 St. Flannans Ennis 1-5
Gaelchol. Mhuire Cork 3-17 Ardscoil Rís Limerick 0-19 aet.
Charleville CBS 4-8 St. Colman’s Fermoy 0-12
Dr. Rogers Cup
PS. na Tríonóide Youghal 1-11 St. Paul’s C.C. Waterford 0-4
St. Augustine’s Dungarvan 3-20 Tramore CBS 0-4
North Mon. Cork 6-11 Ballincollig C.S. 2-10
Cashel C.S. 1-15 Borrisoleigh 0-14
Hospital C.S. 8-6 Ennistymon CBS 1-14
Col.an Rísigh Ennis 4-17 St. Munchin’s Limerick 2-7
Kilmallock 2-9 Ballingarry 0-9
Scarrif C.C. 9-16 SMI Newcastle West 0-6
Blarney 3-17 Doughlas CS. 2-11
Carrignavar 3-9 Mounthawk Tralee 0-12
St. Declan’s Kilmacthomas 0-18 St. Munchin’s Limerick 0-11
DR. Kinnane Cup
Our Lady’s Templemore 3-18 Glanmire C.C. 1-8
Castletroy Coll.Limerick 3-9 Abbey CBS Tipperary 2-6
Col.Chríost Rí Cork 4-26 Doon CBS 0-6
Rochestown Coll. 1-15 St. Caimin’s C.S. Shannon 1-8
Dungarvan CBS 3-16 St. Joseph’s Tulla 1-12
Corn Mhic Chraith
St. Declan’s Kilmacthomas 3-2 Carrignavar 1-9
Carrigaline C.S. 1-10 PS na Tríonóide Youghal 1-6
Mounthawk Tralee 7-16 St. Anne’s C.C.Killaloe
Munster Post Primary School Fixtures:
White Cup U/15 A.H.
Ballyhea Ardscoil Rís Limerick v Glanmire C.C. 1.30.p.m.
Frewen Cup U/16 ½ A.
Killorglin Tralee CBS v Col. na Sceilge 2.30.p.m.
Corn na gColáistí U/16 ½ B.F.
Charleville Rochestown Coll. v St. Caimin's C.S. Shannon 1.30.p.m.
Corn an Uachtaráin Senior B.F. Final/Replay
Fermoy Abbey CBS Tipperary v Carrigaline C.S. 2.30.p.m.
Corn Solo U /15 C.H.
Youghal ST. Augustine's Dungarvan v Blarney 1.00.p.m.
Corn an Rúnaí Senior C.F. Final
Clarina Cashel C.S. v St.Michael's Listowel 1.30.p.m
White Cup U/15 A.H.
Ballyagran Midleton CBS v St. Flannan's Coll.Ennis 2.30.p.m.
Corn Solo U/15 C.H.
Old Parish Tramore CBS v Douglas C.S. 1.30.p.m.
St. Vincent's/Cork Rochestown Coll. v North Monastery 2.30.p.m.
Corn an Phiarsaigh U/15 B.H
Mallow Charleville CBS v Gaelchol. Mhuire Cork 2.30.p.m.
Corn na Carraige U.16 ½ C.F.
Clarecastle Lisdoonvarna v St. Munchin's Coll. Limerick 1.30.p.m..
Corn Uí Mhuirí Senior A F. Final
Crokes/Killarney Col. Chríost Rí Cork v P.S. Chorca Dhuibhne Dingle 2.30.p.m.
Cork Rochestown Coll. v North Monastery 2.30.p.m.
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UCC outclass GMIT, but improvement needed
UCC 0-16 GMIT 0-8
By John Fallon
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
UCC were much too good for their GMIT hosts at Carnmore, Galway yesterday, but whether they are good enough to collect their 41st Fitzgibbon Cup title remains to be seen. They always looked like winning this one, yet lacked a killer instinct. Agoal in the final quarter could have seen GMIT stage another late rally as they have done more than once this year.
But now they are through to another Fitzgibbon Cup weekend and the most prolific winners of the competition should have centre-back Kevin Moran - rested yesterday because of De La Salle's All-Ireland Club semi-final clash with Clarinbridge on Saturday - back for the concluding stages in Waterford the weekend after next.
UCC's dominance was never in doubt, yet they never quite put away a GMIT side who only managed one point from play. However, the UCC defence, especially their hard working half-back line of Jamie Nagle, Bryan O'Sullivan and Willie Egan, snuffed out the threat of a UCC goal.
UCC only trailed when Mayo's Kenny Feeney hit the first point of the game and with six players finding the target from frees, in addition to free-takers Kevin Keehan and Egan, UCC were always on the front foot. A brace of long range points from Daniel Roche and one apiece before the break from Shane Bourke and James Cassin saw UCC lead 0-10 to 0-4 at the break, all the home side's points coming from Feeney frees.
GMIT needed a good start to the second-half, but it was UCC who got it with another point from Bourke and Keehan's fourth free of the afternoon. GMIT, with Galway's Ger Mahon at centre-back and Limerick's Wayne McNamara at midfied doing most to rally them, enjoyed plenty of possession to make a tight finish but they lacked penetration and accuracy.
Eight wides to UCC's three told its own story and their only point from play over the hour came from Colin Egan after 38 minutes which reduced the deficit to 0-12 to 0-5.
UCC introduced Luke O'Farrell and he hit three second-half points. GMIT responded with a couple of points from frees by Thomas Flannery but were guilty of some poor wides which would have narrowed the margin.
Darach Honan seemed poised to kill the game as a contest after 51 minutes when he rounded his man and bore down on goal but the Clare man's piledriver was excellently saved by Joe Keane. However, O'Farrell's third point put further daylight between the sides just when it seemed GMIT might stage a late rally.
Scorers for UCC: K Keehan (0-4, 4fs); L O'Farrell (0-3); D Roche (0-2); S Bourke (0-2); D Brosnan (0-2); W Egan (0-1, 1f); D Honan (0-1); J Cassin (0-1).
GMIT: K Feeney (0-4, 4fs); T Flannery (0-3, 3fs); C Egan (0-1).
UCC: D McCarthy (Cork); C O'Sullivan (Cork), P O'Loughlan (Limerick), M Cahill (Tipperary); J Nagle (Cork), B O'Sullivan (Limerick), W Egan (Cork); P O'Mahony (Waterford), D Roche (Cork); S Bourke (Tipperary), K Keehan (Galway), D Brosnan (Cork); D Honan (Clare), J Cassin (Kilkenny), G Mulcahy (Limerick).
Subs: L O'Farrell for Cassin (38m), S O'Farrell (Cork) for Roche (47); D Kearney for Brosnan (52); S Harnedy (Cork) for Keehan (57).
GMIT: J Keane (Galway); T Martin (Offaly), C Flannery (Offaly), G O'Halloran (Gal); D Maher (Tipperary), G Mahon (Gal), S Hynes (Gal); K Waters (Offaly), W McNamara (Limerick); D Loughnane (Gal), C Egan (Offaly), A Lynch (Clare); K Feeney (Mayo), R Badger (Gal), J Liddy (Clare).
Subs: C Hands (Gal) for Martin (24); T Flannery (Gal) for Badger (37); J O'Gorman (Gal) for Feeney (45); N Mannion (Gal) for Loughnane (52); C Cannon (Gal) for Liddy (57).
Referee: M Haverty (Galway)
Dooley shines as classy UL march on
University of Limerick 0-15 UCD 0-12
By Fintan O'Toole
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
UL's aspirations of winning the Fitzgibbon Cup title remain intact, but only after they were forced to survive a stern examination from UCD in yesterday's quarter-final. After showing promising form to top Group D, UL's prospects looked favourable and they also had the added benefit of home advantage. But they needed to work hard and hold their nerve, particularly in the second half, to deliver the right result. UCD did not succumb easily and, inspired by the wonderful contribution of Tipperary senior Noel McGrath, they were in the mix until the finish.
In the closing quarter UCD peppered the UL goalmouth with a series of searching balls from sidelines or long-range frees by McGrath. The aerial prowess of Liam Rushe and Walter Walsh offered hope they could generate scores, yet UL's defence, led by Michael Walsh, Seamus Hickey and Brendan Bugler held firm.
UCD's shooting was awry on occasions and the deteriorating conditions also hampered their efforts. They failed to score in the last 14 minutes and after repelling their opponent's attacks, UL sealed their semi-final spot when Shane Dooley popped over a free in injury-time.
UL will enter the finals weekend in Waterford in buoyant mood. They possess a team with serious talent and in the opening quarter they soared 0-7 to 0-3 clear. The return of new Offaly captain Dooley after he missed their opening win over UCC was a boost and he offered an extra dimension going forward as well as proving to be ultra-reliable from placed balls. Patrick Cronin, Bill Beckett and David Burke split the posts from distance as well to provide UL with a nice cushion.
Despite a rocky opening to the game, UCD ploughed on. McGrath had already shown flashes of genius, especially a marvellous sideline cut he pointed in the 11th minute, as he began to orchestrate play before half-time. His freetaking was also impeccable, firing five balls over Thomas Lowry's crossbar in the period between the 20th and 30th minutes.
McGrath was supported by influential half-forwards John O'Loughlin and Rushe, while Óisin Gough and Neal Prendergast helped shore up the defence. The teams were tied 0-9 apiece at the interval and it was UCD who were more satisfied after their second quarter fightback.
Hurling into the wind in the second half, UL were forced to fight for the spoils. They did admirably. Between them Cronin and Burke managed to stifle McGrath's impact from open play at midfield, while UL made a concerted effort to keep puckouts and defensive clearances away from the Loughmore-Castleiney man. Crucially they also moved Seamus Hickey to the half-back line to keep tabs on Rushe and he did not allow the Dublin senior to shine under the high ball.
UCD edged 0-11 to 0-10 ahead by the 38th minute courtesy of a McGrath brace before UCD engineered a critical scoring spree. Paul Kelly, Dooley (2) and Cronin all found their range in a six-minute time frame to send their team in front 0-14 to 0-11. With scores in limited supply in the closing half, that proved to be a pivotal burst by UL.
Scorers for UL: S Dooley 0-7 (0-4 frees, 0-1 '65); P Cronin, P Kelly 0-2 each; D Burke, B Beckett, A Quinn, K Morris 0-1 each.
UCD: N McGrath 0-10 (eight frees, one sideline); C Allis, L Rushe 0-1 each.
UL: T Lowry (Tipperary); M Malone (Kilkenny), M Walsh (Kilkenny), S Hickey (Limerick); P Stapleton (Tipperary), B Bugler (Clare), K Joyce (Kilkenny); D Burke (Galway), P Cronin (Cork); J Gallagher (Tipperary), B Beckett (Kilkenny), S Dooley (Offaly); K Morris (Tipperary), P Kelly (Tipperary), A Quinn (Clare).
Subs: PJ Delaney (Kilkenny) for Malone (36), T Connors (Waterford) for Gallagher (47), P Murphy (Tipperary) for Beckett (55), N O'Murchu (Waterford) for Morris (60).
UCD: J Ryan (Galway); J Doyle (Wexford), S Cummins (Kilkenny), O Gough (Dublin); S Norton (Kilkenny), N Prendergast (Kilkenny), E O'Shea (Kilkenny); N McGrath (Tipperary), D Fox (Galway); L Rushe (Dublin), J O'Loughlin (Laois), C Allis (Limerick); K Hogan (Kilkenny), W Walsh (Kilkenny), D O'Connor (Dublin).
Subs: J Foley (Wexford) for Allis (49), C Brennan (Kilkenny) for O'Loughlin (59).
Referee: Alan Kelly (Galway)
Cork IT show true grit to hold off dogged St Pat's
Cork IT 1-11 St Patrick's College (Dublin) 1-9
By Diarmuid O'Flynn
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
THEY have neither the high profile nor the heavy-hitting personnel of the big guns, but CIT maintained their interest in the Fitzgibbon Cup with a narrow quarter-final win at their impressive Bishopstown complex yesterday. They were made to earn it, however, as a battling St Pat's fought back from a very poor start and brought it right down to the wire.
Played in terrible conditions, it was CIT straight into their stride, Kilkenny star Colin Fennelly using his pace to drive in from the corner and smash a low drive past Eoin Reilly, inside the first minute.
With four unanswered points (two well-struck frees by Patrick O'Connor, one each from Fennelly and corner-forward Ryan Clifford), CIT built on that lead and led 1-4 to 0-0 after quarter of an hour, playing into the wind.
That scoreline was flattering, however. With late call-up Tom Breen causing problems inside, St Pat's had created a plethora of chances but eight wides in that period told a tale. Eventually they got off the mark, a point in the 20th minute from free-taker Paudie Kehoe, and from there to the end, they were actually the better side. Three points they added before the break (Breen with two, centre-forward Johnjoe Farrell with the other), against two from CIT (frees by O'Connor and Clifford), to leave five between them (1-6 to 0-4).
The second half was when the Kilkenny-powered St Pat's really came to the fore. Points from Farrell and Kehoe, against another Clifford free, reduced the deficit to 1-7 to 0-6, and in the 37th minute, real trouble for the home side. A brilliant pass by St Pat's Paudie Kehoe found the unmarked Ian Duggan in the right corner and the Mullinavat marksman beat Tommy Quaid from point-blank range.
Bafflingly, though, with the strong wind at their backs, CIT were playing with a withdrawn attacker, leaving the dangerous Fennelly isolated up front and St Patrick's with an extra defender to cut off the supply. It made no sense, and from a situation in which CIT had looked like they were coasting to victory, now it was game on.
CIT hit back, yet another Clifford pointed free, but not for the first time in this campaign St Pat's dug in, Breen still causing problems inside. They were level in the 52nd minute, Kehoe converting two frees on Breen. CIT edged ahead again, Clifford's fourth pointed free after Fennelly drew the foul, but this was almost immediately negated when, at the other end, Kehoe notching his fifth point from placed balls. With Five minutes left, conditions making good hurling impossible, it was very much a case of who wanted it more. And this was when CIT showed true grit. A muscular point from Colm Casey put them a point up with four minutes left in normal time. They toughed out four minutes added time, Clifford with the final say with a free from 45m on the right sideline.
Scorers for CIT: R Clifford 0-6 (0-5f); C Fennelly 1-1; P O'Connor 0-3(0-3f); C Casey 0-1.
Scorers for St. Patrick's: P Kehoe 0-5 (0-5f); G Spollen 1-0; T Breen 0-2; JJ Farrell 0-2.
CIT (Cork unless stated): T Quaid (Limerick); J O'Callaghan, E Dillon, J O'Herlihy; S McDonnell, R Cashman, C Leahy; S White, L McLoughlin; P O'Connor (Clare), C Casey, M Bowles; M O'Sullivan, C Fennelly (Kilkenny), R Clifford.
Subs: P Gould for White (43); S Corcoran for O'Sullivan (48); E Cronin for Casey (58); S Daniels (Waterford) for O'Herlihy (inj. 59).
ST PATRICK'S: E Reilly (Laois); D Wafer (Kilkenny), A Murphy (Kilkenny), N Ring (Dublin); M Quilty (Dublin), B Travers (Wexford), C Whelan (Waterford); L Ryan (Kilkenny), I Whelan (Kilkenny); C Maher (Kilkenny), JJ Farrell (Kilkenny), A Dermody (Kilkenny); G Spollen (Offaly), P Kehoe (Carlow), T Breen (Kilkenny).
Subs: N Breen (Wexford) for Dermody (43); B Timmons (Tipperary) for Spollen (48). Blood sub: Spollen for Duggan 50/52.
Referee: P Casey (Waterford)