Cork keep winning start intact

By Eoin Cormican (Irish Examiner)

Cork 1-15 – 0-9 Leitrim

Cork this afternoon continued their winning start to life in Division 3, the visitors to Carrick-on-Shannon recording their second league victory to remain firmly in the hunt for promotion.

This was Ronan McCarthy’s charges’ first away assignment of the league and while the number of unforced errors made and possession cheaply given away will have frustrated the Cork management, not to mention the four goal chances they failed to capitalise on, they banked two more points towards their end-of-spring goal of 10.
Cork, backed by a strong breeze in the opening half, led 1-7 to 0-3 at the break. The sides had been rather evenly matched on the scoreboard throughout the first half, Cork’s 1-2 burst from the 33rd minute onwards giving them a deserved seven-point interval buffer.
The Cork goal arrived a minute and a half into first-half stoppages, Ciaran Sheehan at the end of an intricate move involving Ian Maguire, who made the initial intercept to secure possession for the visitors, Ruairi Deane, and Tom Clancy.
Cork were certainly not shy of first-half goal-scoring opportunities, but a combination of poor finishing and outstanding goalkeeping on the part of Diarmuid McKiernan meant three earlier chances had come to nothing.
Leitrim, too, had goal chances of their own, the first of which fell to Darragh Rooney. The corner-forward, however, fumbled possession at the crucial moment. Rooney was again at the centre of their second green flag opening, put through by a delicious chipped pass from Keith Beirne, but his shot was kept out by Micheál Martin.

Beirne was the sole Leitrim man to find the target in the opening half, the corner-forward responsible for their 0-3 total.

Deane, Clancy, and Sheehan landed fine scores at the other end, but there was an element of wastefulness to Cork’s point-taking, similar to when presented with goal chances, the visitors clocking seven first-half wides.

Cork were rarely troubled during the second period, Luke Connolly the standout player in red. The Nemo man finished with 0-5 to his name, two apiece from play and frees, as well as an advanced mark. He did, however, shoot wide when presented with a chance of goal.

Leitrim sub Evan Sweeney, with his point on 62 minutes, became the first Leitrim player outside of Beirne to write his name onto the scoresheet.

Scorers for Cork: L Connolly (0-5, 0-2 frees, 0-1 mark); C Sheehan (1-2); C O’Mahony (0-3, 0-1 free); T Clancy, T Corkery, J O’Rourke, S White, P Kerrigan (0-1 each).

Scorers for Leitrim: K Beirne (0-7, 0-5 frees); E Sweeney, R Mulvey (0-1 each).

Cork: M Martin; K Crowley, T Clancy, L O’Donovan; T Corkery, S Powter, M Taylor; I Maguire, B Hartnett; R Deane, S White, J O’Rourke; M Hurley, C Sheehan, C O’Mahony.

Subs: L Connolly for Hurley (30 mins); P Kerrigan for O’Mahony, K O’Driscoll for O’Rourke (56); C Kiely for Powter (58); R Harkin for Sheehan (67).

Leitrim: D McKiernan; F McTague, P Maguire, C Reynolds; C McGloin, J Gilheany, A Flynn; O McCaffrey, D Wrynn; D Flynn, S Quinn, D McGovern; D Rooney, S Moran, K Beirne.

Subs: R Mulvey for McTague (HT); P Dolan for McCaffrey (45); E Sweeney for Rooney (52); R O’Rourke for Gilheany (54, inj); O McLoughlin for Moran (67).

Referee: P Maguire (Longford).

Cork team to play Leitrim announced.

The Cork Football Team to Play Leitrim in Round 2 of the National Football League has been announced.

1. Micheál Martin (Nemo Rangers)
2. Sean Powter (Douglas)
3. Thomas Clancy (Clonakilty)
4. Kevin Crowley (Millstreet)
5. Tadhg Corkery (Cill na Martra)
6. Liam O’ Donovan (Clonakilty)
7. Mattie Taylor (Mallow)
8. Ian Maguire (St Finbarrs)  – Captain
9. Brian Hartnett (Douglas)
10. John O’ Rourke (Carbery Rangers)
11. Sean White (Clonakilty)
12. Ruairí Deane (Bantry)
13. Michael Hurley (Castlehaven)
14. Ciaran Sheehan (Eire Og)
15. Cathail O’ Mahony (Mitchelstown)
16. Joe Creedon (Iveleary)
17. Aidan Browne (Newmarket)
18. Peter Murphy (Bandon)
19. Tomas Clancy (Fermoy)
20. Cian Kiely (Ballincollig)
21. Kevin O’ Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
22. Ryan Harkin (Mallow)
23. Shane Forde (Na Piarsaigh)
24. Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers)
25. Luke Connolly (Nemo Rangers)
26. Stephen Sherlock (St. Finbarr’s)

Cork footballers travel to Leitrim

Cork footballers will travel to Carrick-on-Shannon on Sunday in Round 2 of Allianz Football League. Leitrim will be the Rebels’ opposition as they seek their second win in this season’s competition.

Cork had seven points to spare in their opening league game on Saturday last in Páirc Uí Chaoimh  against Offaly.

The team to play Leitrim will be announced on Friday evening on

Tickets for the game are currently available at your local Supervalu and Centra stores. Tickets cost €10.00 and U16’s are free.


Game information  
Competition Allianz Football League
Round 2nd round
Teams Cork vs Leitrim
Venue Avantcard Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada
Time 2pm
Date February 2nd 2020
Referee Patrick Maguire

2020 Rochestown Park Hotel County Football leagues launched.


The 2020 Rochestown Park Hotel County Football leagues were launched on Monday night in the Rochestown Park Hotel. The Rochestown Park Hotel which had previously sponsored the Division 1 League, agreed to sponsor Divisions 1 – 5 in 2019 and this agreement will remain in place again for 2020. Clubs in attendance were the teams that’s will compete in Division 1 along with winners from Divisions 3 , 4 and 5 from 2019.
Cork GAA Vice – Chairperson Marc Sheehan spoke about the importance of the leagues and how the 2019 leagues were a great success with the finals being played in July. Marc wish all the teams taking part the best of luck and thanked The Rochestown Park Hotel for their continued support. Speaking on behalf of the sponsors was Sales and Marketing Manager Steve Cox. Steve said the Hotel were delighted to sponsor the leagues for the year ahead and how good it was to see the finals played in 2019 in the middle of the summer. Steve thanked everyone for their attendance and wished all the teams the best of luck for the years ahead.
The leagues begin this Friday when Nemo Rangers host Carbery Rangers at 7.45pm in Division 1.

Opening fixtures list 2020 

Fixtures from 28/01/2020 to 05/02/2020
Friday 31st January 2020
Rochestown Park Hotel Division 1 Football League (Kelleher Shield)
Team 1   Team 2 Referee Venue Time
Nemo Rangers v Carbery Rangers TBC Nemo Rangers 19:45
Rochestown Park Hotel Division 4 Football League
Team 1   Team 2 Referee Venue Time
Mitchelstown v Mayfield TBC Mitchelstown 20:00
Rochestown Park Hotel Division 5 Football League
Team 1   Team 2 Referee Venue Time
Kildorrery v Glanmire TBC Kildorrery 19:45
Sunday 02nd February 2020
Rochestown Park Hotel Division 1 Football League (Kelleher Shield)
Team 1   Team 2 Referee Venue Time
Clonakilty v St Finbarrs TBC Clonakilty 14:00
Ballincollig v O Donovan Rossa TBC Ballincollig 14:00
Kiskeam v St Michaels TBC Kiskeam 14:00
Cill na Martra v Mallow TBC Cill Na Martra 14:00
Rochestown Park Hotel Division 2 Football League
Team 1   Team 2 Referee Venue Time
Valley Rovers v Douglas TBC Brinny 14:00
Ilen Rovers v Kanturk TBC Rath 14:00
Eire Og v Newmarket TBC Ovens 14:00
Ballingeary v Carrigaline TBC Ballingeary 14:00
Newcestown v Clyda Rovers TBC Newcestown 14:00
Rochestown Park Hotel Division 3 Football League
Team 1   Team 2 Referee Venue Time
Castletownbere v Bandon TBC Castletownbere 14:00
Aghada v Glanworth TBC Aghada (Rostellen) 14:00
Naomh Aban v Knocknagree TBC Ballyvourney 14:00
Rochestown Park Hotel Division 4 Football League
Team 1   Team 2 Referee Venue Time
Bantry Blues v Bishopstown TBC Wolf Tone Park 14:00
Kinsale v Na Piarsaigh TBC Kinsale 14:00
Dromtarriffe v Glenville TBC Dromtarriffe 14:00
Rochestown Park Hotel Division 5 Football League
Team 1   Team 2 Referee Venue Time
St Nicks v St Finbarrs TBC St Nicks 11:00
Kilshannig v Grenagh TBC Kilshannig 14:00
Millstreet v Adrigole TBC Millstreet 14:00
Monday 03rd February 2020
Rochestown Park Hotel Division 3 Football League
Team 1   Team 2 Referee Venue Time
Nemo Rangers v Macroom TBC Macroom 19:45


Cork beat Offaly in opening league game

Cork 0-20
Offaly 0-13


Reports from Páirc Uí Chaoimh for

THE PÁIRC UÍ Chaoimh doors were opened again, a new pitch surface rolled out and Cork’s footballers began life in Division 3 on a positive note.

They accounted for Offaly in their opening league run out tonight, getting their game together as the match unfolded and benefitting from a powerful scoring contribution from their bench.

2,356 were in attendance to see Ronan McCarthy’s team begin their attempt to mount a swift response to relegation from the second tier spring. He was glad of being able to utilise his reserves to get them over the line.

Michael Hurley only entered the action for the start of the second half but had picked off five points by the finish. John O’Rourke weighed in with a brace while points from the emerging pair of Tadhg Corkery and Colm O’Callaghan swelled the return from their substitutes further.

And Cork needed that extra ingredient as they were given a reminder early on of the necessity for proper focus. John Maughan’s Offaly team moved with purpose and their confident kicking in front of goal entitled them to be in the ascendancy, 0-7 to 0-3 by the 20th minute.

At the midway mark of the first half, all three of Offaly’s inside forwards had clipped over points from play. Anton Sullivan and Bernard Allen buzzed with intent, but the latter was sent to the sin bin before the break in a setback for his charges.

Cork deployed Ciaran Sheehan in a roving role from his full-forward berth early on. It paid off with a pair of neatly converted points and he set up another. Sean White tried to get things going from centre-forward as well yet too often Cork’s attacks broke down when they were closing in on Paddy Dunican’s goal. The Offaly netminder stood tall to beat away a stinging drive from Ian Maguire in the 16th minute and repeated that act to deny the same player in the second half.

Given their early difficulties Cork would have been reasonably satisfied to be only 0-9 to 0-8 adrift at the break. They kicked the first four points of the second half and that set the tone for their eventual success.

Offaly were left disappointed after how well they had showed up early on. During Allen’s time off the pitch, Cork moved in front and Offaly never came close to overhauling them on the scoreboard once more. 

By the three-quarter mark Cork were still not out of sight despite commanding the play but they popped over six points after the 62nd minute to affirm their position of strength. Defenders Sean Powter and Sam Ryan made comebacks from severe hamstring injuries to put in good shifts during this win.

They make the trek to Carrick-on-Shannon next week while Offaly will host Longford.

Scorers for Cork: Michael Hurley 0-5 (0-1f), Cathal O’Mahony (0-2f), Ciaran Sheehan (0-1f) 0-3 each, Sean White, John O’Rourke 0-2 each, Brian Hartnett, Ruairi Deane, Colm O’Callaghan, Kevin Crowley, Tadhg Corkery 0-1 each.

Scorers for Offaly: Bernard Allen 0-5 (0-2f), Anton Sullivan 0-4, Ruairi McNamee 0-3 (0-1f), Cian Johnson 0-1.


1. Micheál Martin (Nemo Rangers)

2. Sean Powter (Douglas)
3. Sam Ryan (St Finbarrs)
4. Paul Ring (Aghabullogue)

5. Kevin Crowley (Millstreet)
6. Liam O’Donovan (Clonakilty)
7. Mattie Taylor (Mallow)

8. Ian Maguire (St Finbarrs)
21. Thomas Clancy (Clonakilty)

12. Ruairí Deane (Bantry)
11. Sean White (Clonakilty)
10. Brian Hartnett (Douglas)

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


25. Michael Hurley (Castlehaven) for Gore (half-time)
24. John O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers) for Clancy (49)
22. Colm O’Callaghan (Éire Óg) for O’Mahony (55)
18. Tadhg Corkery (Cill Na Martra) for O’Donovan (58)
17. Peter Murphy (Bandon) for Sheehan (67)


1. Paddy Dunican (Shamrocks)

2. Declan Hogan (Tullamore)
3. Eoin Rigney (Rhode)
4. Niall Darby (Rhode – captain)

5. Eoin Carroll (Cappincur)
6. David Dempsey (Ballycommon)
7. Jordan Hayes (Edenderry)

8. Cathal Mangan (Kilclonfert)
9. Michael Brazil (Tullamore)

10. Shane Horan (Kilmacud Crokes, Dublin)
11. Ruairi McNamee (Rhode)
12. Conor McNamee (Rhode)

15. Cian Johnson (Ferbane)
14. Bernard Allen (Tubber)
13. Anton Sullivan (Rhode)


24. Ronan McEvoy (Shannonbridge) for Conor McNamee (16)
17. Cian Donohue (St Brigid’s) for McEvoy (48)
22. Mark Abbott (Edenderry) for Johnson (56)
23. Jason Dempsey (Bracknagh) for Brazil (59)
19. Ciaran Donnelly (Bracknagh) for Horan (64)

Referee: Derek O’Mahoney (Tipperary)

New Football Playing Rules

New Football Playing Rules


 Eanáir 2020





1.    The time activation for Sin Bin will commence when the game restarts after the dismissal of the player.


2.   After the 10 minutes has elapsed, a player can only return to the field of play at a break in play, and with the permission of referee.


If a player returns to the field of play without the permission of the Referee, he shall be dealt with under Rule 6.1 “to challenge the authority of the Referee, linesman or side-line official”. Penalty: Yellow Card. (In effect this would result with the player being sent off because a black card followed by yellow card results in Red card)


3.    If a goalkeeper receives a black card, it is at the discretion of the relevant team management as to how to address this matter, e.g. they may choose to use a substitute or use an outfield player (Note: If any outfield player is selected , he must wear a distinctive top if he wishes to avail of the protection provided to goalkeepers as per rule)


4.   A player who is in the Sin Bin at the end of extra time, and who has served his 10 minutes but has not returned to play (as there was no break in play) is eligible to be involved in a penalty shootout.


5.   If a player commits a further aggressive infraction while in the Sin Bin, the Referee will issue the Player with the relevant card, he will be sent off and cannot return to the game







Mark/Advanced Mark


2.12 Mark (1) (ii)


When a player catches the ball cleanly on or inside a 45m line from a kick in play (i.e. not from set-play) delivered by an attacking player on or beyond the opposing team’s 45m line, that travels at least 20m and without it touching the ground.


  1. The Referee will award the mark by blowing his whistle, the player shall signify to the Referee if he is availing of the free-kick by immediately raising his arm upright and then taking the kick himself from the hands. The free kick shall be taken from the point where the Mark is awarded except in the case of a Mark awarded to an attacking team inside a 13m line when the free shall be taken from the point on the 13m line, directly in line with where the Mark is awarded.


  1. Please also note that for all marks (the advance mark and the kickout mark) the following provisions apply; the player will now be allowed 15 seconds to take the mark (it was 5 seconds previously). The opposing players must retreat 13m (which was 10 previously).


  1. If a player claims the mark, he cannot opt to play on.


  1. It should also be noted that as a Kick-out Mark is considered a “set play” in the Playing Rules, players will not be able to claim an Advanced Mark from the free kick that follows the awarding of a kick-out Mark.


  1. If the Referee determines that the player who makes the Mark has been injured in the process and is unable to take the kick, the Referee shall direct the player’s nearest team mate to take the kick, but this may only be allowed in exceptional circumstances.





Cork U20’s win Joh Kerins Cup 2020

Cork footballers won the John Kerins Cup today with a 2-14 to 1-11 win over Kildare.

Cork’s goals both came from Blake Murphy.

Cork VS Offaly

Cork will begin their Allianz Football League Division 3 campaign on Saturday at 6pm.

Cork’s opening round 1 fixture will be against Offaly.

Details of the Cork team can be found here

Saturday’s game will be refereed by Derek O Mahoney (Tipperary).

Cork’s pre-season programme concluded at the McGrath Cup final with a loss Limerick. Cork had earlier wins over Kerry and Tipperary in the competition.

At 4pm on Saturday, Cork Ladies footballers will play their first game in Pairc Ui Chaoimh when they meet Westmeath in the LIDL National Ladies Football League.

There will be live coverage of the game on C103 from 6pm

Tickets for the game are €10 per adult and U16’s are free.

Tickets for the game can be purchased here

Cork’s full fixtures Jan 25: v Offaly (h); Feb 2: v Leitrim (a); Feb 9: v Down (h); Feb 22: v Tipperary (a); Mar 1: v Derry (h); Mar 14: v Louth (h); Mar 22: v Longford (a).

Game information
Competition Allianz Football League Division 3
Round 1st
Teams Cork vs Offaly
Venue Pairc Ui Chaoimh
Time 6pm
Date January 25th
Referee Derek O Mahoney.

Cork Under 20 Football Team announced.


The Cork team to play Kildare in the Final of the John Kerins Cup has been announced. The game will take place on Saturday in John Lockes Park, Callan Co Kilkenny at 1pm.

1. Josh O ‘Keeffe (Newmarket)
2. Colm O’ Shea (Kilshannig)
3. Daniel O ‘ Mahony (Knocknagree)
4. Diarmaid Phelan (Aghada)
5. Ciaran O’ Sullivan (Urhan)
6. Sean Desmond (Clondrohid)
7. Brian Lynch (Douglas)
8. Brian Hayes (St. Finbarr’s)
9. Jack Lawton (Argideen Rangers)
10. Daniel O’ Connell (Kanturk)
11. Mark Cronin (Nemo Rangers)
12. Fionn Herlihy (Doheny’s)
13. Kieran Twomey (Kilshannig)
14. Blake Murphy (St. Vincent’s) – Capt
15. Conor Russell (Douglas)
16. Dylan Foley (Eire Og)
17. Eoghan Lehane (Canovee)
18. Conor Smith (Aghabollogue)
19. Aodhán Ó Luasa (Naomh Aban)
20. Gerry O Sullivan (Boherbue)
21. Darragh Hayes (Carbery Rangers)
22. Ciaran Nyhan (Ballinascarthy)
23. Darragh Cashman (Millstreet)
24. Dylan Connolly (Glanworth)
25. Elliot Connolly (O’ Donovan Rossa)
26. Bill Curtin (Kilshannig)
27. Conor Crowley (Glanmire)
28. Mark Lenihan (Buttevant)
29. Ian Jennings (Kilmacabea)
30. Darragh Holland (Argideen Rangers)

Junior B Football Championship Draws

Draws for the Junior B football County Competition were made on last night.

Round 1
A Kilbrin v Goleen
B Doneraile v Abbey Rovers
C Randal Óg v Shanballymore
D Deel Rovers v Ballinacurra
E St. John’s v Garnish
F Dripsey v Glengarriffe

Round 2
(i) Loser A v Loser B
(ii) Loser C v Loser D
(iii) Loser E v Loser F

Round 3
Winner (ii) v Winner (iii)

Quarter-finalists (8)
Winner A, Winner B, Winner C, Winner D, Winner E, Winner F, Winner (i) Winner Round 3