Cork beat Kerry in opening Munster SHL

Cork score facile win over Kerry to open Munster League campaign

Report By Therese O’Callaghan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Cork 1-27 – 0-11 Kerry

The first game on Kieran Kingston’s return as Cork senior hurling manager was a victorious one at bitterly cold and sometimes wet Mallow tonight.

Youth and experience proved to be a winning combination as they gradually pulled away to see off their neighbours Kerry in the first round of the Co-Op Superstores Munster hurling league.

The straight-forward, and expected, victory in front of 250 spectators sets them up nicely for their final group game away to Waterford Sunday week.

When these two counties met last year in this competition, it resulted in a rare win for the Kingdom. However, there was never any hope of that being repeated.

The more familiar Rebel names of Shane Kingston, Luke Meade, Tim O’Mahony, Seán O’Donoghue and Damien Cahalane successfully backboned Kingston’s side – the manager made one change from the team announced earlier in the day with Shane Kingston replacing Conor Lehane.

Shane Kingston, Sean Twomey, Chris O’Leary, Robbie O’Flynn and Michael O’Halloran all rowed in in the point-taking stakes, while Ryan Walsh secured the only goal of the game six minutes into the second half.

Boss Kingston was obviously delighted with the result, and the overall display.

“We are happy, we had a very young team tonight, some of the lads who are not on our panel but were in for the night. We would have to be happy with their commitment and their attitude. They were trying to do the right thing which is all we can ask for.

“We scored 1-27 and had about 20 wides on top of that. We are a bit rusty. We are only back training a few weeks. We have a lot of gym work done, not a lot of hurling. From that point of view, you would have to be happy with a number of fellas who put their hand up tonight.”

Cork led 0-15 to 0-7 at the interval but they also shot 10 wides to Kerry’s seven. The visitors went toe-to-toe with the hosts for the first quarter, Kingston and Robbie O’Flynn were sharp for Cork while Shane Conway was the pick of the Kerry forwards

Twice Cork came near to goal on the run up to half-time, but Kerry custodian Martin Stackpoole denied Kingston both times. At the other end, Sean O’Donoghue did well to avert the danger near his goalmouth area.

Cork put some distance between the teams approaching the break. Sean Twomey rifling over a brace from distance and O’Flynn landing his third point to give the Rebels a half time lead of eight points.

It was Kerry’s turn to be wasteful in the second half as Cork piled on the pressure. They moved 0-16 to 0-7 ahead before Walsh got through for goal six minutes after the restart. Kerry only added another four points which was testament to a solid Cork rearguard that was headed up by O’Donoghue, O’Leary and Cahalane.

Both sides called in their replacements in the second half. And there was no let up from the winners with Cork’s Mark Coleman also getting in on the scoring act.

Scorers for Cork: S Kingston ( 0-5, 0-1 free), R Walsh (1-2), S Twomey, C O’Leary (0-2 frees) and R O’Flynn( 0-4 each), M O’Halloran (0-3), B Turnbull, M Coleman (0-1 free) (0-2 each), D Cahalane (0-1).

Scorers for Kerry: S Conway 0-7 (0-4 frees), S Nolan, D Collins, G Dooley and D O’Donoghue (0-1 each).

Cork: P Collins; D Lowney, E Murphy, S O’Donoghue; C O’Leary, T O’Mahony, D Cahalane (Capt); B Hennessy, R Walsh; R O’Flynn, S Kingston, S Twomey; L Meade, M O’Halloran, B Turnbull.
Subs: M Coleman for L Meade (half-time), S Óg O’Regan for S Kingston (45), C O’Callaghan for S O’Donoghue (50), E Roche for T O’Mahony (53 inj), B Roche for R O’Flynn (58).

Kerry: M Stackpoole; S Weir, B Murphy (Capt), E Murphy; D Shanahan, F Mackessy, T O’Connor; S Nolan, D Hunt; S Conway, D Collins, G Dooley; J Conway, M Leane, M Slattery.
Subs: P Lucid for D Shanahan (half-time), M Lenihan for S Nolan (half-time), S McElligott for M Slattery (52), D O’Donoghue for J Conway (58), F O’Sullivan for G Dooley (61).

Referee: John O’Halloran (Limerick)

Cork Team VS Kerry in Munster Senior Hurling League

Cork play Kerry tonight in Mallow at 7:30pm in their opening game of the Co-op Superstores Munster Senior Hurling League.

Cork Team to play

1. Patrick Collins Ballinhassig

2. David Lowney Clonakilty

3. Eoghan Murphy Sasrfields

4. Sean O’ Donoghue Inniscarra

5. Chris O’ Leary Valley Rovers

6. Tim O’ Mahony Newtownshandrum

7. Damian Cahalane St Finbarrs

8. Billy Hennessy St Finbarrs

9. Ryan Walsh Kanturk

10. Robbie O’ Flynn Erins Own

11. Conor Lehane Midleton

12. Sean Twoney Courcey Rovers

13. Luke Meade Newcestown

14. Michael O’ Halloran Blackrock

15. Brian Turnbull Douglas

16. Shane Hurley St Finbarrs

17. Conor O’ Callaghan Dromtarriffe

18. Eoin Roche Bride Rovers

19. Mark Coleman Blarney

20. Shane Kingston Douglas

21. Brian Roche Bride Rovers

Cork hurlers in action on Friday.

Cork’s 2020 hurling season will begin on December 20th.

This years Pre-season Munster Senior Hurling League competition will see six counties split into two groups. Cork are in Group B with Kerry and Waterford with Limerick, Tipperary and Clare in Group A.

Kieran Kingston’s side will take on Kerry in Mallow in our opening game with a 7:30pm start on Friday. Cork team will be named at 1pm on Friday.

After Christmas, we will travel to Dungarvan to play Waterford at 2pm on December 29th for our second game.

The top two sides from both groups will contest the final in early January.

Munster Senior Hurling League Fixtures

December 20th: Cork v Kerry, Mallow 7.30pm.
December 29th : Waterford v Cork, Fraher Field 2pm.

Cathail O’Mahony of Cork wins the Munster Under 20 Footballer of the Year, 

Cathail was a Cork Minor Footballer in 2016 and 2017 before going on to be joint captain when Mitchelstown CBS that won the Munster Senior B Hurling Championship.

In 2019 Cathail played a huge role for Cork in their march to Munster and All-Ireland Under 20 Football glory. His display of point scoring from play and frees was of the highest quality and his tally of 2 goals and 20 points over the campaign showed him as a player with wonderful talent.

It culminated in him being named Man of the Match in the All-Ireland Final victory over Dublin and later being named at full-forward on the EirGrid Under 20 Football team of the year.

Ladies Footballer of the Year – Melissa Duggan (Cork)

2019 has certainly proven to be a standout year in the Senior Inter-County career of Cork’s Melissa Duggan. A member of the Dohenys club in Dunmanway, Melissa won a first National Ladies Football League title in May of this year when Cork defeated Galway in the Division One decider. As a result of numerous eye-catching performances over the course of the league, Melissa was named at left corner back on the Division One Team of the League.

In June, Melissa claimed a second Munster Senior Ladies Football Championship medal following Cork’s victory over Waterford. Cork bowed out of the All-Ireland Senior Championship at the semi-final stage to the eventual champions Dublin. However, Melissa’s individual excellence throughout the Championship saw her receive a first All-Star award recently. Club success was also to follow this year as Melissa helped Dohenys to win a much coveted County Junior title in October. To complete a remarkable year, Melissa captained Munster last weekend to a second Ladies Football Interprovincial title in a row, a feat last achieved in 2004.

Cork players take part in All-stars hurling tour

A 27-strong panel, including some of the biggest names in hurling, today flew out from Dublin travelling to Abu Dhabi where they will embark on a five-day PwC All-Star hurling tour.

The touring panel is made up of 2018 and 2019 All-Stars and nominees and it also includes a number of representatives from the Champions 15 team.

In all there are players from 13 different counties in the travelling party, with the feature event scheduled for the Zayed Sports City on Saturday afternoon (local time) where exhibition hurling and camogie matches will be played by local players before a game between the visiting All-Star teams.

All-Ireland winning manager Liam Sheedy will manage the 2019 selection with former Cork manager John Meyler looking after the 2018 team.

Referee James Owens is joined on the tour by David Gough and Conor Lane.

A highlight of the tour will be the post-match reception which will be hosted by the Irish Ambassador to the U.A.E, Mr. Aidan Cronin, at his residence on Saturday evening.

The Middle East GAA Board and Abu Dhabi Na Fianna will host the touring party.

2018/2019 PwC All-Star Hurling Tour Panel

Seán Finn (Limerick)

Declan Hannon (Limerick)

Dan Morrissey (Limerick)

Cian Lynch (Limerick)

Darragh Fitzgibbon (Cork)

Peter Duggan (Clare)

Séamus Harnedy (Cork)

Patrick Horgan (Cork)

John Conlon (Clare)

Graeme Mulcahy (Limerick)

Cathal Barrett (Tipperary)

Padraig Maher (Tipperary)

Noel McGrath (Tipperary)

Diarmuid O’Keeffe (Wexford)

Lee Chin (Wexford)

Séamus Callanan (Tipperary)

Patrick Purcell (Laois)

Shane Conway (Kerry)

Killian Doyle (Westmeath)

Enda Rowland (Laois)

Neil McManus (Antrim)

Declan Coulter (Donegal)

Patrick McKenna (Kildare)

Edward Byrne (Carlow)

Anthony Nash (Cork)

John McGrath (Tipperary)

James Weir (Sligo

Forth All-star for Patrick Horgan

On Friday night, Patrick Horgan received his fourth All-Star award at the PwC banquet at the Convention Centre in Dublin.

Horgan was selected in a corner-forward slot, for the third year in succession. His first All-Star was in 2013.


Forth All-Star for Patrick Horgan

In his six championship games this year for Cork, Horgan scored 7-62 for Cork, scoring 3-10 against Kilkenny in All-Ireland Q-Final.

2019 PwC Hurling All-Stars: Brian Hogan (Tipperary); Seán Finn (Limerick), Ronan Maher (Tipperary), Cathal Barrett (Tipperary); Brendan Maher (Tipperary), Pádraig Walsh (Kilkenny), Pádraic Maher (Tipperary); Noel McGrath (Tipperary), Diarmuid O’Keeffe (Wexford); Lee Chin (Wexford), TJ Reid (Kilkenny), Colin Fennelly (Kilkenny); Aaron Gillane (Limerick), Séamus Callanan (Tipperary), Patrick Horgan (Cork).


Encouraging times for Cork Football

Electric Ireland Minor Football Championship Final

CORK 3-20 GALWAY 3-14 By Cian O’Connell at Croke Park

These are encouraging times for Cork football with the Electric Ireland Minor title added to the collection at GAA headquarters.

A compelling encounter was decided by the remarkable resilience demonstrated by a Conor Corbett inspired Cork, who delivered with substance and style to secure a memorable extra-time success.

Having already tasted EirGrid Under 20 glory in 2019 this was another pleasant afternoon for Cork.

Ultimately Galway left reflecting on what might have been. Seconds away from triumphing Galway were beaten by a determined Cork, who were cool and calculated under duress.

Tight, tense, and tactical the opening period was satisfactory for Galway, who departed at the break armed with a 0-8 to 0-5 advantage.

That was chiefly due to the damage inflicted by a smart full forward line which glimmered with potential throughout.

The splendid Tomo Culhane was surrounded by two lively attackers in Nathan Grainger and Daniel Cox, who were motoring smoothly as Donal O’Fatharta’s outfit set the agenda.

At the opposite end Cork captain Conor Corbett did mine three first half points causing Galway problems with his considerable ability.

While neither team register a score until the eighth minute Galway went on to enjoy a productive burst prompted by Culhane.

Cork were struggling to contain the Salthill-Knocknacarra clubman, who clipped four points to edge Galway 0-4 to 0-2 ahead by the 16th minute.

When the interval rolled around the gap was extended to three with Culhane briskly adding two frees either side of a Patrick Campbell effort.


Galway had moved 0-10 to 0-6 in the ascendancy, but were then rocked by a Cork spell of supremacy which yielded 1-2 without reply.

Cork’s goal arrived in the 37th minute when Jack Cahalane rattled the Galway net following a Michael O’Neill pass.

Suddenly Cork only trailed by one and they were back trading on parity when Darragh Cashman thumped over a point.

A subsequent Corbett score had Cork 1-8 to 0-10 in front, but Nathan Grainger levelled in the 43rd minute ensuring the issue was delicately poised entering the last quarter.

It remained gripping until the end of normal time as the lead switched hands on numerous occasions.

Daniel Cox’s thunderbolt goal in the 57th minute had Galway 1-12 to 1-11 ahead but Michael O’Neill equalised from a free.

Culhane steered Galway in front. Cork’s response was a Luke Murphy point. The drama continued when Galway substitute Niall Cunningham slammed a goal in the third minute of additional time.

Once more Cork came swinging with Corbett replying with the major required; 2-13 each. Culhane had a last gasp opportunity with a free from an awkward angle. It was waved wide. Extra-time was required.

Cork started with energy and intent as a Ryan O’Donovan goal was quickly followed by a point from the crafty Corbett and when O’Neill added two more Bobby O’Dwyer’s side were six to the good.

Even though the bustling Cunningham blasted a goal in the dying embers, Galway couldn’t recover.

Scorers for Cork: Conor Corbett 1-7, Michael O’Neill 0-6 (3fs), Jack Cahalane 1-1, Ryan O’Donovan 1-2, Darragh Cashman 0-2, Patrick Campbell and Luke Murphy 0-1 each.

Scorers for Galway: Tomo Culhane 0-10 (7fs), Niall Cunningham 2-0, Daniel Cox 1-2, Nathan Grainger 0-2.

CORK: Cian O’Leary; Daniel Peet, Neil Lordan, Joseph O’Shea; Adam Walsh Murphy, Daniel Linehan, Darragh Cashman; Eoghan Nash, Jack Lawton; Hugh Murphy, Patrick Campbell, Kelan Scannell; Michael O’Neill, Jack Cahalane, Conor Corbett.

Subs: Sean Andrews for Peet (35), Nathan Gough for O’Shea (46), Luke Murphy for Nash (51), Ryan O’Donovan for Cahalane (60), Tadhg O’Donoghue for Walsh Murphy (69), Jack Cahalane for Campbell (76), Eoghan Nash for Lawton (76).

GALWAY: Donie Halleran; Jonathan McGrath, Ruairí King, Liam Tevnan; Cian Hernon, Ethan Fiorentini, Kyle O’Neill; James McLaughlin, Daniel O’Flaherty; Evan Nolan, Warren Seoige, Dylan Brady; Nathan Grainger, Tomo Culhane, Daniel Cox.

Subs: Conal Gallagher for O’Flaherty (52), Niall Cunningham for Grainger (56), Darragh Kennedy for Nolan (56), James Webb for Hernon (57), Mark Colleran for Brady (65), Daniel McNulty for O’Neill (76), Alan Naughton for Cox (76).

REFEREE: Noel Mooney (Cavan).