Eoin Brennan (The 42.ie) reports from Miltown Malbay
BLAKE MURPHY WAS top scorer as Cork eventually advanced to their tenth consecutive Munster decider but only after receiving a real scare from hosts Clare in Miltown Malbay this evening.
In front of a rain-soaked 830 attendance, the Rebels’ first defence of their provincial and All-Ireland U20 crowns was a nervy affair that never seemed comfortable despite holding a six-point cushion entering the final five minutes.
With six of last year’s winning team on show, Cork did begin both halves with confident unanswered surges, kicking 1-2 in the opening 11 minutes of the contest before surpassing that feat on the turnover with a seven point third quarter burst.
However each time they were met head on by an admirable show of defiance from the home side who first rattled off two goals to inch ahead by the break before also kicking the last four points to tee up a grandstand finale.
Led by joint-captains Blake Murphy (0-9) and Mark Cronin (0-2), Cork just about merited their progression to a fifth straight final against Kerry next Wednesday in Tralee (7pm). However, they will require much improvement if they are to double the dose on their oldest rivals after an inconsistent display.
They certainly started in buoyant mood when Blake Murphy’s early brace of frees was capped off by an opportunist goal for Jack Murphy who benefitted from a defensive error to fire to the net from the edge of the square at 1-2 to 0-0 by the 11th minute.
A chastened Clare finally settled with a Shane Meehan free before getting a major shot in the arm at the turn of the opening quarter when Mark McInerney intercepted a kick-out and played the ball through Meehan to the waiting Emmet McMahon to billow the net at 1-2 to 1-1.
Murphy and Cronin points sandwiched another glorious goal opportunity for the visitors, only for Cronin’s effort to be stopped by full-forward Fionn Herlihy whose subsequent attempt was also denied by John Murphy.
A relieved Clare would take full advantage as Mark McInerney raided for 1-1 to inch his side in front at 2-2 to 1-4, the goal a superb patient team move that handed the hosts a minimum half-time lead.
With a chance to regroup, Cork stormed into the new half, with Murphy’s five placed balls punishing increased Clare indiscipline to ease 1-11 to 2-02 entering the final quarter.
That six-point cushion was still intact by the 55th minute but there would be one final backlash from the Banner as McInerney (2) and Emmet McMahon toppled the deficit to three by the 61st minute before a last gasp attempt at an equalising goal just cleared the crossbar for Eoin Rouine.
Scorers for Cork: Blake Murphy (0-9, 7f, 1’45, 1m); Jack Murphy (1-0); Mark Cronin (0-2, 1f); Fionn Herlihy (0-1)
Scorers for Clare: Mark McInerney (1-4, 3f); Emmet McMahon (1-1); Shane Meehan (1f), Eoin Rouine (0-1 each)
1. Josh O’Keeffe (Newmarket)
4. Diarmaid Phelan (Aghada)
3. Daniel O’Mahony (Knocknagree)
2. Colm O’Shea (Kilshannig)
5. David Buckley (Newcestown)
6. Bill Foley (Bantry Blues)
7. Brian Lynch (Douglas)
8. Jack Lawton (Argideen Rangers)
9. Daniel O’Connell (Kanturk)
10. Jack Murphy (Éire Óg)
11. Aodhán Ó Luasa (Naomh Aban)
12. Brian Hayes (St. Finbarr’s)
13. Mark Cronin (Nemo Rangers) (Joint-Captain)
14. Fionn Herlihy (Dohenys)
15. Blake Murphy (St. Vincent’s) (Joint-Captain)
21. Eanna O’Hanlon (Kilshannig) for Foley (half-time)
19. Eoghan Lehane (Canovee) for Lynch (35)
22. Conor Corbett (Clyda Rovers) for Hayes (35)
18. Sean Desmond (Clondrohid) for Phelan (63)
23. Jack Kelleher (Canovee) for Corbett (65 mins)
1. Tom O’Brien (St Joseph’s Doora/Barefield)
2. Manus Doherty (Éire Óg)
3. Michéal Murray (St Joseph’s Miltown)
4. Ciarán McMahon (Ennistymon)
5. Daniel Walsh (Kilmurry Ibrickane)
6. Cillian Rouine (Ennistymon)
7. Sean Conway (Doonbeg) (Captain)
8. Oisín Looney (St Joseph’s Miltown)
9. Eoin Rouine (Ennistymon)
10. John Murphy (Ennistymon)
11. Emmet McMahon (Kildysart)
12. Thomas Clancy (O’Curry’s)
13. Diarmuid O’Donnell (Kildysart)
14. Shane Meehan (Banner)
15. Mark McInerney (Éire Óg)
17. Morgan Garry (Clondegad) for O’Donnell (36)
18. Gavin D’Auria (Éire Óg) for Murray (52)
19. Eoghan Thynne (St Joseph’s Doora/Barefield) for Clancy (53)
20. Cian McDonough (St Joseph’s Doora/Barefield) for Conway (60)
Referee: Brendan Griffin (Kerry)
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Cork U20 footballers will play Clare the Munster Football Championship Semi-Final.
Clare beat Waterford in Q-Final on Thursday evening.
The Semi-Final will take place in Miltown Malbay at 7pm on February 26th
EirGrid Munster Under 20 Football Championship Semi-Final
Wednesday February 26th
Clare v Cork
Venue: Hennessy Memorial Park Miltown Malbay @ 7pm
Referee: Brendan Griffin (Kerry)
Extra Time if Necessary (Result on the Day)
The Cork team has been announced here
Keith Ricken from St.Vincent’s and CIT is Manager, his selectors are Colm O’Neill (Ballyclough), Maurice Moore (Carbery Rangers), Barry Corkery (Éire Óg) and Micheál Ó Cróinín (Naomh Abán)
Full Munster U20 Championship Draw
The Basic Level 1 Referee Foundation Course will be held in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Thursday 27th February, Tuesday 3rd March and Thursday 5th of March from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.
Applicants must be 17 years of age or older to take part in this course. The link to the application is http://tiny.cc/CorkGAA2020RefereeCourse
Cork GAA are currently recruiting a Games Development Administrator. Details can be found here
The Cork County Committee wish to recruit a County Games Development Administrator. The role holder will be responsible for the implementation of specific GAA Games Development Policy within County Cork. The role holder will work as part of a team, in conjunction with other full time and voluntary personnel, to deliver the goals and objectives of the County Games Development Plan.
The Cork Under 20 Football Team to play Clare has been announced.
1. Josh O Keeffe – Newmarket
2. Colm O Shea – Kilshannig
3. Daniel O Mahony – Knocknagree
4. Diarmaid Phelan – Aghada
5. David Buckley – Newcestown
6. Bill Foley – Bantry Blues
7. Brian Lynch – Douglas
8. Jack Lawton – Argideen Rangers
9. Daniel O Connell – Kanturk
10. Jack Murphy – Éire Óg
11. Aodhán Ó Luasa – Naomh Aban
12. Brian Hayes – St. Finbarrs
13. Mark Cronin – Nemo Rangers (Joint Captain)
14. Fionn Herlihy – Doheny’s
15. Blake Murphy – St. Vincent’s (Joint Captain)
16. Cian O Leary – Douglas
17. Bill Curtin – Kilshannig
18. Sean Desmond – Clondrohid
19. Eoghan Lehane – Canovee
20. Darragh Cashman – Millstreet
21. Eanna O Hanlon – Kilshannig
22. Conor Corbett – Clyda Rovers
23. Conor Russell – Douglas
24. Gerry O Sullivan – Boherbue
Extended Panel Members
Eoin Nation – Nemo Rangers
Ciaran Nyhan – Ballinascarthy
Jack Kelliher – Canovee
Dylan Connolly – Glanworth
Kieran Twomey – Kilshannig
Conor Smith – Aghabullogue
Management: Keith Ricken, Michéal Ó Cronín, Maurice Moore, Colm O Neill, Barry Corkery
Strength & Conditioning: Con Burns
Goalkeeping Coach: Kevin Murphy
Logistics: Charlie McCarthy, Brian Walsh, Denis McSweeney
Medical: Dr Aidan Kelleher, Brian O Connell
Liaison Officer: Des Cullinane
Allianz Hurling League Division One Group A
LIMERICK 0-29 CORK 2-21
By Denis Hurley at Pairc Ui Chaoimh via gaa.ie
Limerick secured their spot in the knockout stages of Division 1 of the Allianz Hurling League as they finished strongly to see off Cork at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday afternoon.
Leading by 0-17 to 0-11 at half-time, the Shannonsiders were met by a strong Cork comeback in the second half and Patrick Horgan’s 66th-minute point – his 17th of the game – made it 2-21 to 0-26 for the Rebels.
However, they wouldn’t score again and points from Kyle Hayes, Diarmaid Byrnes and a 13th from Aaron Gillane gave them the victory, their third in three outings this year.
John Kiely’s side probably deserved the win on balance, but Cork can at least take comfort from their second-period response, as goals from Shane Kingston and Aidan Walsh brought them back into it. While they have two wins from four, they have the consolation of having outgoaled their opponents in each outing so far.
A point from Cian Lynch inside 25 seconds had Limerick off to a fine start and Aaron Gillane’s free doubled that lead. While Cork levelled through a pair of Patrick Horgan frees, they never led at any stage in the opening half.
After William O’Donoghue set up Séamus Flanagan for a fine Limerick point and Gillane made it 0-4 to 0-2, Cork did respond again thanks to Shane Kingston and a close-range Horgan free, but Limerick were to have eight of the next ten scores.
Lynch, Flanagan, Gillane and O’Donoghue were all on target for the Shannonsiders to make it 0-8 to 0-4, with Diarmaid Byrnes and Gearóid Hegarty impressing. Horgan sent over another, followed by his fifth point in the 15th minute, but they struggled to find scores from alternative sources.
Limerick continued to display excellent accuracy with Darragh O’Donovan, Paddy O’Loughlin and David Dempsey bringing their tally of scorers to seven, and the scoreline 0-11 to 0-6, before they registered a wide.
Even after that first errant effort, O’Donovan put five between the teams and, while Cork’s Declan Dalton put over a sideline cut, Kyle Hayes almost set up Flanagan for an easy goal chance, with Tim O’Mahony making a vital interception in the Cork goalmouth.
Horgan and Dalton kept Cork in touch, but between the 28th and 34th minutes four Gillane frees opened up an eight-point advantage for the visitors.
That was reduced slightly by half-time, two more Horgan frees for Cork, and he had another on the resumption to leave five in it, 0-17 to 0-12.
While Darragh O’Donovan replied with his third, Cork harnessed some momentum and were back to within four when Bill Cooper’s pass allowed Shane Kingston to cut through the Limerick cover and fire home in the 45th minute.
Gearóid Hegarty gave Limerick breathing space again but Cork were level thanks to two Horgan points. They went ahead for the first time on 53, sub Walsh reacting well to send a shot to the net after a Horgan free broke.
Gillane’s 10th and 11th points brought Limerick to a point, Horgan’s 15th pushed Cork ahead again, but Hayes and sub Tom Morrissey levelled it, 2-19 to 0-25, with nine minutes left. Horgan put Cork ahead again and did the same when Gillane got his 12th, but the Treatymen drove on from there.
Scorers for Limerick: Aaron Gillane 0-13 (11fs), Darragh O’Donovan 0-3, Kyle Hayes, Paddy O’Loughlin, Séamus Flanagan, Cian Lynch 0-2 each, Gearóid Hegarty, William O’Donoghue, David Dempsey, Tom Morrissey, Diarmaid Byrnes (65) 0-1 each.
Scorers for Cork: Patrick Horgan 0-17 (15fs, 1 65), Shane Kingston 1-1, Aidan Walsh 1-0, Declan Dalton (1 sideline) 0-2, Bill Cooper 0-1.
LIMERICK: Nickie Quaid; Seán Finn, Mike Casey, Aaron Costello; Diarmaid Byrnes, Declan Hannon, Paddy O’Loughlin; Cian Lynch, William O’Donoghue; Kyle Hayes, Gearóid Hegarty, Darragh O’Donovan; David Dempsey, Aaron Gillane, Séamus Flanagan.
Subs: Tom Morrissey for Hegarty, Graeme Mulcahy for Dempsey (both 56), David Reidy for Lynch (60), Barry Nash for O’Loughlin (64), Darren O’Connell for Flanagan (67).
CORK: Patrick Collins; Eoin Cadogan, Colm Spillane, Seán O’Leary Hayes; Mark Coleman, Robert Downey, Tim O’Mahony; Bill Cooper, Darragh Fitzgibbon; Robbie O’Flynn, Séamus Harnedy, Luke Meade; Declan Dalton, Patrick Horgan, Shane Kingston.
Subs: Aidan Walsh for Meade (half-time), Conor Lehane for Dalton (57), Christopher Joyce for O’Mahony (66), Conor Cahalane for O’Flynn (70).
REFEREE: Seán Cleere (Kilkenny).
Cork will play Limerick in Round 4 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Sunday February 23rd at 2pm in Páirc Uí Chaoimh
Cork’s sit in mid-table after three league games. Cork beat Tipperary and Westmeath but lost to Waterford.
Cork Team to play Limerick has been announced here.
Cork Minor Hurlers will play a challenge game against Wexford at 12pm before the senior game.
The Cork Hurlers will wear a special commemorative jersey details of which can be found here
|Competition||Allianz Hurling League|
|Teams||Cork and Limerick|
|Venue||Páirc Uí Chaoimh|
|Date||February 23rd 2020|
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John Fallon reports from Semple Stadium for 42.ie
CORK HAD TO stage a second-half comeback to preserve their perfect start to their Division 3 football league campaign as a brave Tipperary effort came up just short tonight.
Tipperary managed just 0-26 in their opening three games but while they came within five points of that total in front of a crowd of just 875, it wasn’t enough to prevent a second loss of the campaign.
But David Power’s men will take a lot of encouragement from a good display which came up short when Luke Connolly twice found the net in the second half.
Tipperary hit the ground running in perfect conditions at Semple Stadium and deservedly led by 0-5 to 0-0 after just ten minutes.
Riain Quigley marked his senior debut with a point after just 70 seconds and they pushed on from there with Steven O’Brien, Emmet Moloney, Sean O’Connor and Colman Kennedy hitting the range.
Cork, who kicked four wides in the opening eight minutes, finally got off the mark when Mattie Taylor scored after ten minutes, with Cian Kelly quickly adding another.
Tipperary hit back with efforts from Conor Sweeney and Quigley but then after John O’Rourke pointed for the Rebels, Ruairi Deane found the net and Cathail O’Mahony pointed to level at 1-4 to 0-7 after 26 minutes.
The Tipp response was excellent and they hit the next five points before Cork cut the gap before the break through O’Rourke and O’Mahony to trail by 0-12 to 1-6.
Kennedy and Liam Boland extended Tipperary’s lead after the restart before Connolly neatly slotted home a 41st penalty after Taylor was fouled by Quigley to cut the gap to 0-14 to 2-6.
Cork got the deficit down to a point by the 48th minute and then Connolly struck for his second goal to put them ahead for the first time in the game, with substitute Ciaran Sheehan quickly adding a point to lead by 3-10 to 0-16 going into the final quarter.
Sweeney and Brian Fox responded for Tipperary but two more points from Connolly and one from O’Mahony left Cork leading by 3-13 to 0-18 with seven minutes left and they held on for victory even with Ciaran Sheehan black-carded on the hour as a late Tipp rally came up just short.
Scorers for Cork: Luke Connolly 2-2 (1-0 pen, 0-1f, 0-1 mark), Cathail O’Mahony 0-5 (2f), Ruairi Deane 1-0, John O’Rourke 0-2, Sean Powter 0-1, Mattie Taylor 0-1, Cian Kiely 0-1, Ciaran Sheehan 0-1.
Scorers for Tipperary: Jack Kennedy 0-5 (0-4f), Conor Sweeney 0-4 (4f), Liam Boland 0-2, Emmet Moloney 0-2, Steven O’Brien 0-2, Riain Quigley 0-2, Brian Fox 0-1, Sean O’Connor 0-1 (mark), Evan Comerford 0-1 (’45), Colman Kennedy 0-1.
1. Micheál Martin (Nemo Rangers)
4. Paul Ring (Aghabullogue)
2. Sean Powter (Douglas)
3. James Loughrey (Mallow)
5. Tomás Clancy (Fermoy)
6. Mattie Taylor (Mallow)
7. Cian Kiely (Ballincollig)
8. Ian Maguire (St Finbarr’s)
9. Killian O’Hanlon (Kilshannig)
10. John O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers)
11. Sean White (Clonakilty)
12. Brian Hartnett (Douglas)
13. Ruairí Deane (Bantry Blues)
14. Luke Connolly (Nemo Rangers)
15. Cathail O’Mahony (Mitchelstown)
17. Liam O’Donovan (Clonakilty) for Taylor (21-27, blood)
25. Ciaran Sheehan (Éire Óg) for White (45)
17. O’Donovan for Kiely (49)
24. Colm O’Callaghan (Éire Óg) for O’Mahony (56)
20. Paul Walsh (Kanturk) for Powter (62)
21. Kevin O’Driscoll (Tadhg McCartháigh) for O’Hanlon (65)
1. Evan Comerford (Kilsheelan-Kilcash)
2. Alan Campbell (Moyle Rovers)
3. John Meagher (Loughmore-Castleiney)
17. Tadhg Fitzgerald (Moyle Rovers)
10. Kevin Fahey (Clonmel Commercials)
6. Robbie Kiely (Barryroe)
7. Bill Maher (Kilsheelan-Kilcash)
8. Steven O’Brien (Ballina)
11. Jack Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials)
5. Emmet Moloney (Drom & Inch)
26. Colman Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials)
12. Brian Fox (Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill)
14. Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen)
23. Riain Quigley (Moyle Rovers)
25. Sean O’Connor (Clonmel Commercials)
13. Liam Boland (Moyle Rovers) for Kennedy (30)
18. Liam Fahey (Rockwell Rovers) for K Fahey (45)
22. Jason Lonergan (Clonmel Commercials) for O’Connor (58)
15. Kevin O’Halloran (Portroe) for Quigley (58)
4. Joseph Niland (Loughmore-Castleiney) for Moloney (65)
Referee: Brendan Cawley (Kildare).