Cork Senior Football Team to play Limerick in McGrath Cup Final

Cork Senior Footballers will play Limerick on Saturday evening at 5:30pm in LIT Gaelic Grounds Limerick in the final of the McGrath Cup 2020

Cork team to play is

1 Anthony Casey Kiskeam

2 Sam Ryan St. Finbarrs

3 Aidan Browne Newmarket

4 Paul Ring Aghabullogue

5 Kevin Crowley Millstreet

6 Sean Meehan Kiskeam

7 Cian Kiely Ballincollig

8 Ian Maguire St. Finbarrs

9 Thomas Clancy Clonakilty

10 Tadhg Corkery Cill na Martra

11 Ciaran Sheehan Eire Óg

12 Mattie Taylor Mallow

13 Damien Gore Kilmacabea

14 Cathail O’ Mahony Mitchelstown

15 Michael Hurley Castlehaven

16 Joe Creedon Iveleary

17 Peter Murphy Bandon

18 John O’ Rourke Carbery Rangers

19 Sean White Clonakilty

20 Killian O’Hanlon Kilshannig

21 Shane Forde Na Piarsaigh

22 Stephen Sherlock St. Finbarrs

23 Kevin O’ Driscoll Tadhg MacCarthaigh

24 Brian Hurley Castlehaven

McGrath Cup Final- Cork VS Limerick


Cork will play Limerick in the Munster McGrath Cup Final on Saturday January 11th at 5:30pm in the LIT Gaelic Grounds.

Brendan Griffin from Kerry will referee the game.

Cork had wins over Kerry and Tipperary in the group stages to qualify for the final. Limerick beat Clare and Waterford to book their place in the final.

Cork’s last win in this competition was in 2018 while Limerick haven’t won this competition since 2005.

This season’s format included all  six teams in the Munster League, split into two groups of three. During the course of the four-week season each team plays the others in their group once (a single round-robin system) for a total of two games. The top team in each group after the group stage contest the final.

The team for the final will be announced later this week.

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 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 footballers to play Kerry in McGrath Cup

Cork Senior footballers will travel to Tralee for their opening game of 2020 season on Sunday.

Cork will play hosts Kerry in round 1 of the McGrath Cup Group B.

This season competition will see all six teams in Munster taking part in the Pre-season tournament. Clare, Waterford and Limerick are in Group A and Group B has Cork, Kerry and Tipperary.

Cork will play Tipperary on January 2nd in our final group game.

Top team from both groups will contest the final.

Game information
Competition McGrath Cup
Round 1st round
Teams Cork vs Kerry
Venue Austin Stack Park Tralee
Time 2pm
Date December 29th
Referee Derek O’Mahoney (Tipperary)