Cork football team to play Tipperary in McGrath Cup

Cork footballers will play Tipperary in Round 2 of McGrath Cup.

The game will take place in Mallow on Thursday 2nd January at 7.30pm.

Team to play

1. Joe Creedon (Iveleary)
2. Shane Hickey (Millstreet)
3. Sean Wilson (Douglas)
4. Sam Ryan (St Finbarrs)
5. Tadhg Corkery (Cill na Martra)
6. Sean Meehan (Kiskeam)
7. Cian Kiely (Ballincollig)
8. Brian Hartnett (Douglas)
9. Thomas Clancy (Clonakilty)
10. Colm Barrett (St Finbarrs)
11. Mark Collins (Castlehaven)
12. Peter O Driscoll (Ilen Rovers)
13. Cian Dorgan (Ballincollig)
14. Stephen Sherlock (St Finbarrs)
15. Michael Hurley (Castlehaven)
16. Anthony Casey (Kiskeam)
17. Sean Fitzgerald (O Donovan Rossa)
18. Peter Murphy (Bandon)
19. Liam O Donovan (Clonakilty)
20. Colm O’ Callaghan (Eire Og)
21. Ryan Harkin (Mallow)
22. John O’ Rourke (Carbery Rangers)
23. Damien Gore (Kilmacabea)
24. Cathail O Mahony (Mitchelstown)

Cork beat Waterford in Munster SHL

Cork 1-17
Waterford 1-13

Denis Hurley reports from Fraher Field- report from

CORK PROGRESSED TO the final of the Co-Op SuperStores Munster HL as they saw off Waterford by four points at Dungarvan on Sunday afternoon.

A crowd of 2,976 was present at Fraher Field to witness what was typical pre-season fare, with home side Waterford having 16 wides while Cork built on the pre-Christmas win over Kerry. They will face Clare or Limerick in the decider on 12 January.

Points from Conor Lehane and Michael O’Halloran had put Cork 0-3 to 0-1 ahead before Waterford struck for a goal on nine minutes, Kieran Power’s delivery breaking for Stephen Bennett, who set up Patrick Curran for a good finish.

That score was key for much of the half, with Bennett putting Waterford 1-3 to 0-5 ahead on 21, but Cork dominated from there until half-time. Lehane’s third had them level and he put them in front again from a 65, awarded after his goal attempt from a close-range free was repelled.

Then, on 27, Cork moved four ahead as Chris O’Leary’s ball from deep wasn’t dealt with by the home defence, allowing Tommy O’Connell – just on as a blood sub – to latch on to possession and fire home.

Cork might have had another goal just after that following a good move but Nolan smothered O’Halloran’s half-chance. Nevertheless, points from Jack O’Connor (two) and Lehane with his fifth had Cork seven ahead before Waterford responded in added time through Stephen Bennett and Jack Lyons to trail by five.

michael-ohalloran-and-conor-pruntyCork’s Michael O’Halloran in action against Waterford’s Conor Prunty.Source: Ken Sutton/INPHO

The home side should have eaten into that lead on the resumption but were hampered by poor shooting. They did eventually get off the mark through a Curran free on 40 and he added another four minutes later when play was brought back following a Mikey Kearney goal chance that went wide.

While Luke Meade broke Cork’s second-half duck after that, Waterford remained on top and Curran’s fifth brought them within two with 20 minutes left. Robbie O’Flynn and Aidan Walsh looked to have given Cork breathing space again but Waterford couldn’t be shaken and Shane McNulty, Curran and Kevin Moran had points to leave just one in it with nine left.

Ultimately, Waterford were paid to pay for their inaccuracy though as Lehane, Aidan Walsh and O’Connell made the game safe.

Scorers for Cork: Conor Lehane 0-6 (0-3 frees, 0-1 65), Tommy O’Connell 1-1, Jack O’Connor 0-3, Luke Meade, Robbie O’Flynn, Aidan Walsh 0-2 each, Michael O’Halloran 0-1.

Scorers for Waterford: Patrick Curran 1-6 (0-5 frees), Stephen Bennett 0-2 (0-1 free), Shane McNulty, Kevin Moran, Kieran Bennett, Darragh Lyons, Calum Lyons 0-1 each.


1. Ger Collins (Ballinhassig)

2. Seán O’Leary Hayes (Midleton)
4. Eoghan Murphy (Sarsfields)
20. Niall O’Leary (Castlelyons)

5. Chris O’Leary (Valley Rovers)
6. Bill Cooper (Youghal)
18. Damien Cahalane (St Finbarr’s)

8. Aidan Walsh (Kanturk)
9. Ryan Walsh (Kanturk)

10, Robbie O’Flynn (Erin’s Own)
11. Conor Lehane (Midleton)
12. Seán Twomey (Courcey Rovers)

15. Jack O’Connor (Sarsfields)
14. Michael O’Halloran (Blackrock)
13. Luke Meade (Newcestown)


21. Tommy O’Connell (Midleton) for Twomey (25-half-time, blood)
22. Shane O’Regan (Watergrasshill) for O’Halloran (55)
25. Seán O’Donoghue (Inniscarra) for Ryan Walsh (60)
O’Connell for Lehane (65)
19. David Lowney (Clonakilty) for Cooper (68)


1. Billy Nolan (Roanmore)

4. Shane McNulty (De La Salle)

3. Conor Prunty (Abbeyside)
2. Conor Gleeson (Fourmilewater)

7. Kevin Moran (De La Salle)
6. Kieran Power (Dungarvan)
5. Iarlaith Daly (Lismore)

8. Kieran Bennett (Ballysaggart)
9. Jake Dillon (De La Salle)

12. Jack Fagan (De La Salle)
11. Darragh Lyons (Dungarvan)
10. Neil Montgomery (Abbeyside)

13. Billy Power (Clonea)
14. Stephen Bennett (Ballysaggart)
15. Patrick Curran (Dungarvan)


17. Calum Lyons (Ballyduff Lower) for Daly (35, injured)
20. Mikey Kearney (Ballyduff Upper) for Montgomery (half-time)
23. Jack Prendergast (Lismore) for Fagan (half-time)
18. Tom Barron (Fourmilewater) for Stephen Bennett (53)
21. Shane Ryan (Fourmilewater) for Curran (66)

Referee: John McCormack (Tipperary)

Cork win opening game in McGrath Cup

Cork 6-19
Kerry 2-9

Paul Brennan reports from Austin Stack Park report from

DO NOT ADJUST your mobile device: yes, a Cork football team has beaten Kerry in Tralee by 22 points.

Such is the way the GAA calendar is shaping up these days, it is in the dying days of 2019 that the 2020 football season is taking root for Kerry and Cork, and on this evidence it’s the latter who is breaking through first and looking for that early growth.

Of course, there is still turkey in the fridge so context is essential here. Cork manager Ronan McCarthy sent out a strong looking team with plenty of familiar names in his side, with Mattie Taylor, Ian Maguire, Sean White and Sean Powter joined by Ciaran Sheehan, back in a Rebel jersey after a few years in the AFL in Australia.

With the Kerry senior panel departed for a holiday in Thailand, Peter Keane handed the managerial bib over to U20 boss John Sugrue, who opted to field a very callow and inexperienced panel made up largely of players he will use for the U20 championship. And in the end the result fairly reflected the men against boys flavour to this contest.

There was a time not too long ago that these age-old Munster rivals were meeting three and four times a year, but with Cork slipping down the divisions of the National League, and failing to make the business end of the Championship in recent years, the meetings have been less frequent.

Perhaps, then, it was no surprise to see a healthy crowd of 1,585 pitch up in Tralee this afternoon for this McGrath Cup meeting, with the unseasonably dry and warm weather no doubt drawing a few extra supporters out of the house.


A pity, then, that the contest did little to capture the imagination of those looking in, even though the result will have shortened the journey home for the sparse Cork contingent who will have enjoyed this result, no matter the context.

The first quarter was surprisingly competitive with Kerry taking a 0-2 to no score lead and still leading 0-4 to 0-3 after Sean Quilter’s free in the 12th minute.

However, after Maguire, who was excellent at midfield, equalised for Cork in the 14th minute the Rebels pulled further and further away as Kerry’s inexperience was laid bare.

Cork were 0-8 to 0-4 ahead when Cathail O’Mahony raised the first of their six green flags as they enjoyed an unassailable 1-15 to 0-5 half-time lead, even with the aid of a stiff breeze.

It was 1-16 to 0-7 when Cork’s second goal arrived, through Damien Gore in the 52nd minute, and the Kilmacabea man had his hat trick within seven minutes, goaling first from O’Mahony’s teasing pass and then beating Brian Lonergan from the penalty spot after O’Mahony was fouled, making it 4-16 to 0-7.


Shane Forde’s goal helped make it 5-18 to 0-7 by the 64th minute before Kerry engineered consolation goals from Paul Walsh and Quilter, but the crowds were already headed for the exits by that stage.

To add insult to injury for the home side, the Kingdom’s best player on show, full forward Donal O’Sullivan, limped out with a hamstring problem late on, before substitute Powter added Cork’s sixth goal in what was a sobering afternoon for Sugrue and Kerry.

Ronan McCarthy won’t draw anything from this result other than that his players were workmanlike and disciplined on a day that the new playing rules passed by largely unnoticed. Only one offensive mark was claimed – Cork’s Cathail O’Mahony fluffed the free shot in the 46th minute – and Derek O’Mahony didn’t have to utilise the sin-bin in what was a fairly benign contest from start to finish.

Scorers for Cork: Damien Gore 3-5 (1-0 pen), Cathal O’Mahony 1-4 (0-1f), Shane Forde, Sean Powter 1-0 each, Mattie Taylor, Sean White, Ryan Harkin 0-2 each, Kevin Crowley, Ian Maguire, Paul Walsh, Ciaran Sheehan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kerry: Sean Quilter 1-3 (0-2f), Donal O’Sullivan 0-3 (2f), Paul Walsh 1-0, Paul O’Shea 0-2, Adam O’Donoghue 0-1.


1. Anthony Casey (Kiskeam)

2. Maurice Shanley (Clonakilty)
3. Aidan Browne (Newmarket)
4. Nathan Walsh (Douglas)

5. Kevin Crowley (Millstreet)
6. Peter Murphy (Bandon)
7. Mattie Taylor (Mallow)

8. Ian Maguire (St Finbarrs)
9. Paul Walsh (Kanturk)

10. Shane Forde (Na Piarsaigh)
11. Sean White (Clonakilty)
12. Ryan Harkin (Mallow)

13. Damien Gore (Kilmacabea)
14. Ciaran Sheehan (Eire Og)
15. Cathail O Mahony (Mitchelstown)


17. Paul Ring (Aghabullogue) for N Walsh (inj, 41)
19. Cian Kiely (Ballincollig) for M Taylor (50)
23. Sean Powter (Douglas) for S White (51)
25. Ruairi Deane (Bantry Blues) for C Sheehan (55)
21. Brian Hartnett (Douglas) for P Walsh (59)


1. Brian Lonergan (Ballymacelligott)

2. Sean T Dillon (St Senans)
3. James McCarthy (Kenmare)
18. Luka Brosnan (Castleisland Desmonds)

5. Dan McCarthy (Kenmare)
17. Sean O’Connell (Cordal)
7. Cormac Coffey (Kerins O’Rahillys)

8. Griffin Wharton (Kenmare)
9. Barry Mahony (St Senans)

10. Ronan Buckley (Listry)
11. Paul O’Shea (Kilcummin)
12. Adam Donoghue (Castleisland Desmonds)

13. Paul Walsh (Brosna)
14. Donal O’Sullivan (Kilgarvan)
15. Sean Quilter (Austin Stacks)


20. Tadhg Sugrue (Tuosist) for G Wharton (42)
4. Owen Fitzgerald (Gneeveguilla) for S T Dillon (50)
21. Killian Falvey (Annascaul) for B Mahony (59)
19. Seán Óg Moran (Dingle) for J McCarthy (63)
22. Darragh Rahilly (Rathmore) for D O’Sullivan (inj, 63)

Referee: Derek O’Mahony (Tipperary

Cork footballers play Kerry in McGrath Cup

Cork footballers will play Kerry in Round 1 of McGrath Cup.

The game will take place in Tralee on Sunday at 2pm.

Team to play

1. Anthony Casey (Kiskeam)
2. Maurice Shanley (Clonakilty)
3. Aidan Browne (Newmarket)
4. Nathan Walsh (Douglas)
5. Kevin Crowley (Millstreet)
6. Peter Murphy (Bandon)
7. Mattie Taylor (Mallow)
8. Ian Maguire (St Finbarrs)
9. Paul Walsh (Kanturk)
10. Shane Forde (Na Piarsaigh)
11. Sean White (Clonakilty)
12. Ryan Harkin (Mallow)
13. Damien Gore (Kilmacabea)
14. Ciaran Sheehan (Eire Og)
15. Cathail O Mahony (Mitchelstown)
16. Joe Creedon (Iveleary)
17. Paul Ring (Aghabullogue)
18. Liam O Donovan (Clonakilty)
19. Cian Kiely (Ballincollig)
20. Tom Clancy (Clonakilty)
21. Brian Hartnett (Douglas)
22. Mark Collins (Castlehaven)
23. Sean Powter (Douglas)
24. Michael Hurley (Castlehaven)
25. Ruairi Deane (Bantry Blues)

Cork Hurling team to play Waterford in Munster SHL

Cork hurlers travel to Dungarvan on Sunday next for Round 2 of Co-op Superstores Munster Senior Hurling League. The game will start at 2pm.

The Cork team to play

1. Ger Collins ( Ballinhassig)
2. Sean O Leary-Hayes (Midleton)
3. Eoin Cadogan (Douglas)
4. Eoghan Murphy (Sarsfields)
5. Chris O Leary (Valley Rovers)
6. Bill Cooper (Youghal)
7. Tim O Mahony (Newtownshandrum)
8. Aidan Walsh (Kanturk)
9. Ryan Walsh (Kanturk)
10. Robbie O Flynn (Erins Own)
11. Conor Lehane (Midleton)
12. Sean Twomey ( Courcey Rovers)
13. Luke Meade (Newcestown)
14. Michael O’Halloran (Blackrock)
15. Jack O Connor (Sarsfields)
16. Patrick Collins (Ballinhassig)
17. Conor O Callaghan (Dromtarriffe)
18. Damian Cahalane (St.Finbarrs)
19. David Lowney (Clonakilty)
20. Niall O Leary (Castlelyons)
21. Tommy O Connell (Midleton)
22. Shane O Regan (Watergrasshill
23. Brian Turnbull (Douglas)
24. Seamus Harnedy (St Itas)
25. Sean O Donoghue (Inniscarra)