Seir Kieran Óg 0-7
Kilcormac/Killoughey won the FCA Cup for the third time in four years and 15th in all, when they had two points to spare over Seir Kieran Óg in this re-fixed Minor A Hurling Final played in Banagher this afternoon. The double K’s could even afford the luxury of 15 wides, compared to just five for The Seir Kieran/Drumcullen combination. The pitch in Banagher was in good condition for the time of year and the rain held off for the duration of the game.
While scoring was low, this was a well contested encounter with both sides giving it everything and the result in doubt right up to the final whistle.
The first half was very evenly contested with just one point being scored from play, by Shaun Lowry for K/K, and it was K/K who went in leading 0-5 to 0-3 at the break. On the resumption Seir Kieran Óg upped the tempo and with the help of two John Murray points from play and two pointed frees by Sean Kinsella were 0-7 to 0-5 in front with twelve minutes left. However, the game’s all important score came in the 22nd minute when substitute Karl Guinan goaled for K/K to give them a one point lead and three minutes later Captain Cillian Kiely added a point from play. Seir Kieran Óg tried desperately for a late goal to claim victory, but the K/K defence stood firm and held out for a merited victory.
Kilcormac/Killoughey: Cillian Kiely 0-5 (0-4f), Karl Guinan 1-0, Shaun Lowry 0-1
Seir Kieran Óg: Sean Kinsella 0-5 (all frees), John Murray 0-2
Kilcormac/Killoughey: Conor Quinn, Kevin Ryan, Oisin Mahon, Cathal Gath, Cormac Dunne, Michael Ryan, Anthony Kilmartin, Shaun Lowry, Brian Dunne, Dylan Young, James Kilmartin, Dylan Reams, Dylan Leonard, Cillian Kiely (Capt), Ronan Molloy Subs used: Karl Guinan, Stephen Leonard, Peadar Coughlan
Seir Kieran Óg: Kevin Fleury, Padraig Bergin, Patrick Mulrooney, Barry O’Meara, Barry Kealey, Michael Gilligan, Shane Kinahan, Padraig Guinan, Sean Kinsella, John Murray, Barry Kinsella, Lee Spain, Cathal Dooley, Dylan Kennedy, Ciaran Guinan Sub used: Joe McCarthy
Ref: Paddy Kirwan
Best of luck to Offaly's Scór na nÓg competitors in the Leinster semi finals in Parnells GAA, Coolock, Dublin, on Sunday 14th December at 2pm.
Offaly will be represented as follows: Figure Dancing: Birr; Solo Singing: Avril Spain, Ferbane; Recitation: Niall Mahon, Kilcormac/Killoughey; Ballad Group: Shamrocks; Leiriu: Shamrocks; Instrumental Music: Killeigh; Set Dancing: Kilcormac/Killoughey.
Shamrocks also won the Table Quiz and progress directly to the All Ireland final.
Chairperson Padraig Boland paid tribute to Andy Gallagher, who did not seek election, at the Offaly GAA Annual Convention held in O'Connor Pk, Tullamore on Tuesday December 9th. Padraig outlined how Andy had given a lieftime of service to Offaly GAA as a player, club official, Manager and selector of County Hurling teams and for over 30 years as an administrator. He also paid tribute to Mary Dooley who's term as Cultural Officer also came to an end. Raheen were announced as club of the year and their Chairperson John Hackett was presented with the Fr McWey Cup by Padraig Boland.
The following Officers were elected for 2015 - (O) = outgoing
Chairperson: Padraig Boland (Ferbane) (O)
Vice Chairperson: Joe Higgins (Tubber) (O)
Secretary: Tommy Byrne (Gracefield) (O)
Asst. Secretary: Mary Dunne (Ballyfore) (O)
Treasurer: Jimmy Hogan (Birr) (O)
Asst. Treasurer: Martin Boland (Ballyfore)
Central Council Delegate: Pat Teehan (Coolderry) (O)
Leinster Council Delegate: Joe O'Brien (Drumcullen) (O), Fergal McKeon (Tullamore) (O)
PRO: Eamonn Cusack (Durrow) (O)
Cultural Officer: Damien Martin (St Rynagh's)
Development Officer: James Murphy (Rhode)
Childrens Officer: Dolores Slevin (KIlcormac/Killoughey)
AIB Leinster Club Football Semi-final
Rhode (Offaly) 1-15 Moorefield (Kildare) 2-04
Rhode qualified for theie first Leinster final since 2010 when they comfortably defeated Kildare Champions Moorefield in front of 2,985 spectators in O’Connor Park, Tullamore this afternoon
A goal from Anton Sullivan after nine minutes set the home side on their way as they completely overwhelmed Moorefield in the first half, eventually building up a 1-09 to 1-01 interval lead.
A penalty from Ronan Sweeney helped Moorefield to cut that gap to three points early in the second half, but Rhode dominated the final quarter and picked off five scores in succession with sharp counter-attacking play.
Despite the fact that one or both of these clubs have competed in nine of the last 11 Leinster senior club football championships, this was only the second meeting between these sides, coming eight years after two penalty goals from Ronan Sweeney helped Moorefield to a 3-06 to 0-08 win over Rhode in the 2006 decider.
Sweeney was on target from the spot again this afternoon and when his goal was followed up by a point from Niall Hurley-Lynch moments later, it looked as if we were poised to witness a thrilling finish as Rhode’s lead had been cut to just three points, 1-10 to 2-04.
However a couple of key wides cost Moorefield dearly and that was to be as close as they got to the victors before Rhode finally rediscovered their attacking rhythm in the final quarter, kick-started by a wonderful solo score from Niall McNamee.
Moorefield were left with little option but to push forward and chase goals in the closing stages and that played into Rhode’s hands as the Offaly side were simply outstanding on the break, moving out of defence at pace and picking off four scores to add real gloss to the scoreboard.
A similar late flourish gave Rhode a nine-point winning margin over Navan O’Mahonys in the previous tie but, while the Meath champions were very unlucky to lose so heavily, Moorefield could have no complaints here after losing out in almost every facet of general play.
Their greater power was expected to tell at midfield in particular but cousins Alan and Conor McNamee did well for Rhode here, while their half lines on either side of the jumpers were ravenous in the hunt for breaking ball.
The loss of captain and centre forward Paraic Sullivan to a straightforward black card seemed like a tough blow for Rhode after 15 minutes but the Offaly club never missed a beat in his absence as substitute Stephen Hannon matched Sullivan’s workrate and carried plenty of ball effectively at the heart of the Moorefield defence.
Rhode built up a 1-06 to 0-01 lead after 20 minutes and looked imperious during those opening exchanges, with Anton Sullivan central to all their best attacking play.
A scrappy goal for Adam Tyrrell, set up by an excellent turnover from Ciarán Kelly in the right corner, gave Moorefield a lifeline but they failed to seize their opportunity, instead coughing up three more points before half-time and failing to add another score of their own.
They did have a glorious opportunity shortly before half-time when Hurley-Lynch beat Alan McNamee and found himself one on one with Ken Garry in the Rhode goal, but the corner-forward delayed a fraction too long in picking his spot and while he did well to slip his effort underneath the Rhode keeper, he gave Ciarán Heavey enough time to get back on the line and make a last-ditch block.
The introduction of Daryl Flynn helped Moorefield to take control of the third quarter and a contentious penalty award in favour of Ronan Sweeney should have energised their push even further, but a couple of key wides cost them dearly and once Rhode came again in the fourth quarter, the Kildare champions had little or no resistance left, particularly once Ronan Sweeney was dismissed for a second yellow card late on.
Rhode: Ken Garry; Jake Kavanagh, Eoin Rigney, James McPadden; Ciaran Heavey, Brian Darby, Eoin Byrne; Alan McNamee, Conor McNamee; Niall Darby (0-03, frees), Pauric Sullivan, Glen O’Connell; Paul McPadden (0-01), Anton Sullivan (1-02), Niall McNamee (0-07, 0-03 frees).
Subs: Stephen Hannon (0-01) for P Sullivan (15 – B/C), Ruairi McNamee (0-01) for P McPadden (52), Shane Sullivan for N Darby (54).
Moorefield: Tom Corley; Ger Naughton, Liam Healy, Liam Callaghan; Kevin Murnaghan, James Murray, Ryan Houlihan; Ross Glavin, Cian O’Connor; Eddie Heavey, Ronan Sweeney (1-00, pen), Adam Tyrrell (1-01); Eanna O’Connor (0-01, free), Ciaran Kelly (0-01), Niall Hurley-Lynch (0-01).
Subs: Daryl Flynn for Glavin (HT), Frank Hanniffy for C O’Connor (51), Lee Murphy for Healy (53), Keith Duane for Murray (55).
Referee: Fergal Kelly (Longford)
Kilcormac/Killoughey (Offaly) 1-13
A Dan Currams goal with the last puck of the goal sealed a five-point victory for Kilcormac/Killoughey over Raharney in a fiercely-contested provincial semi-final at Cusack Park yesterday.
It all means that Kilcormac/Killoughey are back in the Leinster final for the second time in three seasons where they will meet the winners of Ballyhale Shamrocks or Kilmacud Crokes.
After the throw-in was delayed by 10 minutes due to crowd congestion outside Cusack Park, Ciaran Slevin got the Offaly champions up and running with two points. John Shaw halved the deficit with Raharney's opening score in the seventh minute before Ciaran Doyle palmed home a goal moments later after the ball had pounced up to him on the edge of the square to give Johnny Greville’s charges the lead for the first time.
Points from Cillian Kiely and Slevin (two) had the double Ks back in front before Joey Boyle equalised. A brilliant Peter Geraghty sideline and another Slevin effort pushed the 2013 All-Ireland finalists two clear, only for points from the Doyle twins, Ciaran and Killian (free), to send the sides in level at half-time, 1-4 to 0-7.
Ciaran Doyle and Brian Leonard traded points on the restart before a Killian Doyle brace gave Raharney a 1-7 to 0-8 lead with 13 minutes remaining. With K/K on the rack, Brian Connaughton then missed the first of his two goal opportunities. Slevin left the minimum in it from a free before hitting the post from another placed ball.
A sublime Ciaran Doyle point restored Raharney’s two-point advantage with seven minutes to go, but they weren’t to score again as Slevin – with his fourth from play – and Kiely restored parity.
With extra-time looming, two Ciaran Slevin pointed frees gave K/K back the initiative. A Daniel Currams goal deep in injury gave his side a five point victory which flattered the Offaly champions
Conor Slevin; Con Mahon, G Healion, A McConville; K Grogan, P Healion, B
Leonard (0-1); D Kilmartin, K Leonard; Ciaran Slevin (0-9, 0-5 frees), Conor
Mahon, C Kiely (0-2); J Gorman, D Currams (1-0), P Geraghty (0-1, sideline).
A Doyle; T Doyle, C Jordan, D Giles; G Greville, P Greville, A Sheils; N
Flanagan, C Boyle; J Boyle (0-1), K Doyle (0-3, 0-1 free), R Greville; C Doyle
(1-3, 0-1 free), B Smyth, J Shaw (0-1).
Referee: David Hughes (Carlow)
Offaly Senior Hurlers will have to plan without the services of Rory Hanniffy and Kevin Brady for 2015 after both players informed Brian Whelahan of their retirement.
Both players have given outstanding service to Offaly hurling for over a decade.
Rory, who won Leinster Minor and U21 medals with Offaly in 2000, made his inter county debut against Galway in the National Hurling League on February 4th 2001, wearing the no 13 shirt, and in June of that year made his Championship debut against Kilkenny again occupying the corner forward berth. In all Rory made a total of 114 appearances for Offaly, 45 in the Championship and 69 in the League. While he began his career as a forward he played most of his games in either the half-back line or mid-field. Rory last appearance for Offaly when he lined out at full back against Tipperary in the All-Ireland qualifier in Portlaoise last July.
Kevin made his inter county debut against Tipperary in the National Hurling League on February 23rd 2003 at right corner back. His first Championship appearance came twelve months later when he lined out at centre-back against Laois. In all Kevin made 97 appearances for Offaly, mostly in the half back line, but also at mid-field. 37 of those appearances came in the Championship, with 60 in the National Hurling league. Like Rory, Kevin's final game was against Tipperary last summer when he lined out at centre back.
The county final of the Table Quiz for Scór na nÓg will take place in O'Connor Park (under the stand) on Friday night 21st November at 7.30pm. The winners will progress straight through to the All Ireland final in City West on the 14th of February.
The finals of the stage categories will take place in Rahan on Saturday 29th of November at 6.30pm, with the winners progressing to the Leinster semi final in Ballymore, Westmeath on Saturday 13th December with counties Westmeath, Longford, Kildare, Kilkenny and Laois. The Leinster final will take place on Saturday 10th January in St Brigids GAA Clubhouse, Navan Road, Dublin 15.
Closing date for Entries is the 19th of November.
Rhode’s greater goalscoring power was critical in O’Connor Park as they advanced to a Leinster semi-final clash with Moorefield in two weeks' time thanks to a 4-10 to 0-13 victory over Navan O’Mahonys in front of a crowd of 1,627.
The Meath champions had the aid of the breeze in the first half but two Glenn O’Connell goals, the second from a penalty, gave Rhode a 2-03 to 0-08 interval lead. O’Mahonys dominated the third quarter but failed to hit the front at any stage and the Offaly men made them pay late on when Niall McNamee and Brian Darby struck goals with the last two scores of the tie.
The final score certainly flattered Rhode in the sense that Navan O’Mahonys enjoyed plenty of possession and territory throughout this tie, however, as had been the case in Rhode’s first round win over St Patrick’s of Louth, the home side were far more clinical in front of goal. That sharpness proved to be critical as they came through long spells of playing second best and still rarely sustained too much damage in terms of scores.
Glenn O’Connell posted their opening goal after just three minutes of play and he looked as surprised as anyone when the Navan defence backed off him and showed him a clear path to goal from 30 metres out, instead anticipating a lay-off to either Niall McNamee or Paul McPadden. O’Connell duly accepted the gift and blasted the ball past David Quirke, and it was a score his team badly needed as they didn’t raise another flag until the 17th minute, by which time Navan had drawn level.
O’Mahonys, too, struggled to take their chances but they did hit a purple patch shortly before half-time when they finally took advantage of the wind, striking five excellent long-range points over the bar in quick succession from between 40 and 50 metres out. Stephen Bray concluded this salvo with a brace of right-footed scores and that left Navan well poised at 0-08 to 1-02 in front.
However, a crucial swing moment went Rhode’s way on the stroke of half-time when Damien Moran was adjudged to have fouled Brian Darby in the penalty area and Glenn O’Connell was given the chance to put Rhode back in front from the penalty spot. O’Connell made no mistake with an accurate low finish and Rhode built on that momentum after the interval when Niall McNamee, Conor McNamee and Anton Sullivan (twice) all struck neat scores from play to build up a four-point lead.
Navan missed two very scorable frees in that period and it looked as if the game was slipping away from them until they rallied from the 38th minute onwards, eventually drawing level after kicking four points, including two close-range frees from Jake Regan. Points from Anton Sullivan and O’Connell put Rhode back in front but the sending off of county under-21 midfielder Conor McNamee with five minutes to play threatened to hand Navan the initiative once again.
The home side’s defence held out, however, and they struck three times on the break in injury time, twice hitting the net through Niall McNamee and Brian Darby to round off a successful afternoon and to set up a meeting with Kildare champions Moorefield, scheduled to be played in Tullamore in a fortnight’s time.
Rhode: Ken Garry; James McPadden, Brian Darby (1-00), Jake Kavanagh; Ciaran Heavey, Eoin Rigney, Eoghan Byrne; Alan McNamee, Conor McNamee (0-01); Niall Darby, Pauric Sullivan, Glen O’Connell (2-01, 1-00 pen); Paul McPadden, Anton Sullivan (0-04), Niall McNamee (1-04, 0-01 free). Subs: Ruairi McNamee for N Darby (47), Stephen Hannon for P McPadden (47)
Navan O’Mahonys: David Quirke; Niall McKeigue, Brian Dillon, James O’Reilly; Darragh Smyth, Shane Crosby (0-02), Gary O’Brien; Cormac McGuinness, Damien Moran; Shane Gillespie, David Bray, AlanForde (0-02); Jake Regan (0-05, 0-03 frees), Stephen Bray (0-03, 0-01 free), Ruairi Ó’Coileáin.
Subs: Ian Matthews for Smyth (12), Stephen Mac Gabhann for McGuinness (38), Darragh Maguire for Moran (53)
Referee: John Hickey (Carlow)
This year's county final of Scór na nÓg will be held in Rahan hall on Saturday the 29th of November at 6.30pm. The Table Quiz will take place on Friday night 28th in O'Connor Park at 7.30pm, with the winners proceeding straight to the All Ireland Final. This year clubs can take part by entering just one category on the programme.
County final winners will progress to the Leinster semi final on 13th/14th December, venue to be confirmed, with the Leinster final scheduled for the weekend of 10th/11th January. The All Ireland will be held in City West, Dublin, on the 14th February 2015.
Please let me know as soon as possible if your club intends taking part, with final entries to be confirmed no later than Wednesday 19th November. We would love to see some new, or returning clubs, take part in this year's competition.
If you require any further information, or would like to meet with a member of the committee for more information, please contact Mary Dooley, Secretary, Culture Committee on 087 6884644.