A Man of The Match performance from Captain and full forward Dan Currams helped Kilcormac/Killoughey complete a three-in-a-row of Molloy Environmental Offaly Senior Hurling Championship titles in front of a crowd of 6,312 at O’Connor Pk, today.
The double KK’s laid the foundation for this victory in the opening five minutes, when playing against the strong wind the raced into a 1-2 to 0-0 victory inside the first five minutes. The goal being kicked to the net by Conor Mahon. A fortuitous Joseph O’Connor goal in the 30th minute of the half gave St Rynagh’s a lifeline as they cut the deficit to two points at the break K/K 1-9 St Rynagh’s 1-7.
On the resumption there was only one team in it and from the moment Dan Currams scored his sides second goal, the only question was the margin of victory. Eventually K/K ran out double score winners on a 2-18 to 1-9 scoreline
Scorers: Ciaran Slevin 0-8 (0-6f), Dan Currams 1-4, Conor Mahon 1-2, Peter Geraghty 0-2 (0-1 sideline), James Gorman 0-2
St Rynagh’s: Stephen Quirke 0-4 (0-3f), Joseph O’Connor 1-1, Stephen Wynne 0-2 (0-1f), Gary Kelly 0-1, Paul Quirke 0-1
Kilcormac/Killoughey: Conor Slevin, Con Mahon, Ger Healion, Alan McConville, Kevin Grogan, Peter Healion, Brian Leonard, Damian Kilmartin, Killian Leonard, Ciaran Slevin, Conor Mahon, Killian Kiely, James Gorman, Dan Currams, Peter Geraghty Subs: Chris Guinan for A McConville, Dylan Murray for P Geraghty, Enda Grogan for K Grogan, Shane Guinan for Ciaran Slevin, John Grogan for B Leonard
St Rynagh’s: Conor Clancy, Simon Óg Lyons, Dermott Shortt, Daniel Maloney, Sean Dolan, Gary Conneely, Pat Camon, James Sullivan, Aidan Treacy, Paul Quirke, Stephen Wynne, Gary Kelly, Stephen Quirke, Ger Rafferty, Joseph O’Connor Subs: Matthew Maloney for G Kelly, Ger Scales for J Sullivan, Niall Wynne for A Treacy, Conor Hernon for D Maloney
Ref: Brian Gavin (Clara)
The saying goals win matches was never more evident than in this replay of the Tullamore Court Hotel Intermediate Football final at O’Connor Pk, in front of 1,398 spectators today. Raheen got three goals and they all came at crucial stages. The first after 15 minutes when they trailed 0-3 to 0-1. The second four minutes into the second half when they again trailed by two points and the third with two minutes left as Shamrocks were chasing an equalising goal.
Like in the drawn game Raheen’s Danny McEvoy opened the scoring with a point inside the first sixty seconds. However, Shamrocks, playing with the aid of the wind, soon settled and Nigel Dunne opened their account in the 3rd minute and two minutes later put his side in front with a pointed free. A superb point from Patrick Dunican in 11th minute stretched Shamrocks lead to two. Raheen were then guilty of missing two scoreable frees, before the first of their three goals arrived in the 15th minute, courtesy of Captain Padraig Bracken, his shot from 40 metres just crept in under the crossbar. Two minutes later Raheen lost the services of John Crombie as he was black carded. McEvoy then stretched Raheen’s lead to two points in the 19th minutes, but that was to be their last score of the half. Shamrocks for their part finished the half three points from play, Johnny O’Toole had the first, Patrick Dunican then equalised and in first half injury time Packie Walsh gave them a 0-6 to 1-2 half time lead.
Inside three minutes of the restart Packie Walsh gave Shamrocks a two point lead, but Raheen were soon back in front, when Richie Reynolds got on the end of a good move to put his side 2-2 to 0-7 in front. Raheen then hit a purple patch kicking four points without reply between the 5th and 17th minutes. Dylan Hyland got the first, Reynolds then pointed a free, Padraig Bracken kicked a long range effort and Reynolds from play left it 2-6 to 0-7 with 17 minutes left on the clock. A Nigel Dunne pointed 45’ was followed by one from play from the same player to cut the margin to three with ten minutes left. Declan Byrne and Dunne (f) then swapped points and there was still a goal between the sides with just minutes left. Raheen then sealed victory with a little bit of magic from Reynolds who chipped the advancing Shamrocks goalie to score his second and his side’s third goal and in the process seal Raheen’s first Intermediate title since 1981.
Raheen: Richie Reynolds 2-2 (0-1f), Padraig Bracken 1-1, Danny McEvoy 0-2, Declan Byrne 0-1, Dylan Hyland 0-1
Shamrocks: Nigel Dunne 0-5 (0-2f, 0-1 45’), Patrick Dunican 0-2, Packie Walsh 0-2, Johnny O’Toole 0-1
Raheen: James Boland, Brian Corcoran, Mick McManamon, James Lalor, Brian Crombie, Brian Kehoe, Chris Floody, Padraig Bracken, Declan Byrne, Liam Boland, Ben Ridgeway, John Crombie, Paddy Rigney, Danny McEvoy, Richie Reynolds Subs: Dylan Hyland for J Crombie (black card), Niall Dempsey for B Crombie, Mikey Keogh for R Reynolds, Mark Gorman for D Byrne
Shamrocks: Alan O’Connell, David O’Toole, Darragh Minnock, Paddy Kelly, Daniel Heffernan, Scott Delaney, Alan Heffernan, Paul Minnock, Johnny O’Toole, Gary Hutchenson, Shane Cunningham, Karl Mollin, Packie Walsh, Nigel Dunne, Patrick Dunican Subs: Shane Heffernan for Cunningham, Glen Mooney for P Kelly, Adrian Minnock for D Minnock, Barry Kelly for P Walsh, Ivor Scully for P Minnock, Ciaran Buckley for Hutchenson
Ref: Fergal Smyth
The Dowling Cup resides in Rhode for the 7th time since 2004 following their three point win over their near neighbours Edenderry, played before a crowd of 5,314 in O’Connor Pk, Tullamore this afternoon.
Edenderry had the game’s opening score in the 4th minute, when Derek Kelly pointed a free. However, two Niall McNamee points had the Rhode men in front by the 6th minute and they were never subsequently headed. Rhode’s first goal chance came in the 8th minute when Eoghan Byrne raced up fielded before transferring to Anton Sullivan who’s goal bound shot just skimmed the top of the crossbar. Derek Kelly pointed his second free of the game in the 11th minute, but again Rhode responded with two Niall McNamee points to leave them 0-5 to 0-2 in front at the end of the first quarter. Edenderry substitute Adam Mahon narrowed the gap on 18 minutes, and they had a further chance when gaining a 45’, but Richie Dalton’s effort fell just short. Niall Darby and Sean Doyle swapped points before the break to leave the half time score Rhode 0-6 Edenderry 0-4.
On the resumption Edenderry had two early wides, before a brace of points from Paul McPadden gave Rhode a four point advantage. McPadden then saw an effort come back off the post and Niall McNamee was on hand to flash the ball over the bar. Further points from Niall Darby and Niall McNamee had Rhode 0-11 to 0-4 in front after 40 minutes. However, they only scored two more points in the final 20 minutes as Edenderry came more into the game. Edenderry were thrown a lifeline at the end of the third quarter when substitute Mark Young got on the end of a Sean Doyle free to fist the ball to the net. Two minutes later Niall McNamee saw his free come back off the post, but his was quickest to react and sent the ball over the crossbar. With eleven minutes to go Derek Kelly scored a great point for Edenderry to again cut the deficit to four 0-12 to 1-5. Paul McPadden with his third point of the game eased the pressure for Rhode before two pointed Edenderry frees from Sean Moriarty and Sean Doyle left just a goal between them as the game entered injury time. In that two minutes of injury Edenderry did have a half chance of a goal, but the Rhode defence stood firm and held on for a well-deserved 26th senior title.
After the game Sean Grogan, Captain of the Offaly Minor All-Ireland winning team of 1964, who were guests of honours at the final, presented the Red Shop, Man of The Match award to Rhode full back Eoin Rigney.
Rhode: Niall McNamee 0-7 (0-3f), Paul McPadden 0-3, Niall Darby 0-2, Anton Sullivan 0-1,
Edenderry: Derek Kelly 0-3 (0-2f), Mark Young 1-0, Sean Doyle 0-2, Adam Mahon 0-1, Sean Moriarty 0-1 (f),
Rhode: Ken Garry, Jake Kavanagh, Eoin Rigney, James McPadden, Ciaran Heavy, Brian Darby, Eoghan Byrne, Alan McNamee, Conor McNamee, Niall Darby, Pauric Sullivan (Capt), Darren Garry, Paul McPadden, Anton Sullivan, Niall McNamee Subs: Glenn O’Connell for D Garry, Ruairi McNamee for P McPadden
Edenderry: Brian Quinlan, Colm Byrne, Sean Marshall, Sean Pender, Basil Malone, Stephen Guing, Stuart Cullen, Richie Dalton(Capt), Derek Kelly, David Hanlon, Ciaran Hurley, Keith McGuinness, Sean Doyle, Aaron McDonnell, Sean Moriarty Subs: Adam Mahon for Marshall, Mark Young for B Malone, Oran Lawton for Dalton (black card), Ciaran Farrell for Hurley, Daniel Nolan for McGuinness
Wides: Rhode 10 Edenderry 8
Ref: Damien Brazil (Shannonbridge)
Shamrocks and Raheen must meet again after playing out a highly entertaining draw in the final of the Tullamore Court Hotel, Intermediate Football final in front of 1,828 supporters at O’Connor Pk today.
Raheen got off to the better start and dominated the opening quarter after which they led by 0-5 to 0-1. Danny McEvoy opened the scoring after just a minute and Paddy Rigney quickly followed with another. Rigney then pointed a free before Packie Walsh had Shamrocks opening score on six minutes. McEvoy then kicked two splendid points, but that was to be his sides last score of the half. Ten scoreless minutes followed before, Dunne pointed his second free of the game. Johnny O’Toole had the last score of the half to leave it 0-5 to 0-3 at the break.
On the resumption, Shamrocks upped the tempo and two Scott Delaney points inside the opening minutes had the sided level. A Nigel Dunne free then edged Shamrocks in front for the first time. Then in the 36th minute David O’Toole was brought down in the square. Nigel Dunne stepped up to the penalty, but saw his shot blaze over the crossbar. Richie Reynolds (f) and Patrick Dunican then swapped points to leave it 0-8 to 0-6 in Shamrocks favour at the end of the third quarter. Points from Paddy Rigney (f) and Danny McEvoy, had the side’s level, before Dunne again edged Shamrocks in front. Raheen then hit a purple patch and four points from Richie Reynolds, Paddy Rigney, John and Brian Crombie between the 20th and 29th minute seemed to secure the title for them. However, as the gam entered injury time Scott Delaney got through for a Shamrocks goal to tie the game. The drama wasn’t over yet however, and in injury time Raheen were awarded a free 35 metres out to win the game. Paddy Rigney elected to take it from his hands, but his effort fell short and wen the ball went loose to Dylan Hyland his rushed shot went wide of the mark and sent the game to a replay.
Scorers: Raheen: Paddy Rigney 0-4 (0-2f), Danny McEvoy 0-4, Richie Reynolds 0-2 (0-1f), John Crombie 0-1, Brian Crombie 0-1
Shamrocks: Nigel Dunne 0-4 (0-3f, 0-1 penalty), Scott Delaney 1-2, Johnny O’Toole 0-1, Patrick Dunican 0-1, Packie Walsh 0-1,
Raheen: James Boland, Brian Corcoran, Mick McManamon, James Lalor, Brian Crombie, Brian Kehoe, Chris Floody, Padraig Bracken (Capt), Declan Byrne, Liam Gorman, Ben Ridgeway, John Crombie, Paddy Rigney, Danny McEvoy, Richie Reynolds Subs: Liam Boland for B Kehoe, Dylan Hyland for L Gorman
Shamrocks: Alan O’Connell, Adrian Minnock, Darragh Minnock, Paddy Kelly, Daniel Heffernan (capt), Scott Delaney, Alan Heffernan, Paul Minnock, Johnny O’Toole, Shane Heffernan, Gary Hutchinson, Karl Mollin, Packie Walsh, Nigel Dunne, Patrick Dunican Subs: David O’Toole for S Heffernan, Barry Kelly for P Walsh (inj), Adrian Minnock for Adrian Minnock, Ivor Scully for Paul Minnock, Ciaran Buckley for Ivor Scully (black card)
Ref: Davy Walsh
Kinnitty 2-10 Clara 2-6
Kinnitty are Tullamore Court Hotel Junior B Football Champions following their 2-10 to 2-6 victory over Clara in a highly entertaining final played at O’Connor Pk today. Kinnitty set the foundation for their success in the opening quarter when they ran their North Offaly opponents ragged. Shane Kinsella opened the scoring inside two minutes when he pointed from play and a minute later the lively centre forward crashed the ball to the back of the Clara net. Further points from James Rigney (2) and Kinsella saw Kinnitty lead 1-4 to 0-0 after just 11 minutes. Clara slowly edged their way back into the game and in the 15th minute Padraig Moran got on the end of a Enda Dunne delivery to send the ball to the net. Two minutes later Tony Dalton had a guilt edged chance for a Clara goal, but in an effort to find a colleague, he flicked the ball wide. James Stewart, then pointed a free for Clara, before having to retire with an injury. At the other end James Rigney saw his effort saved by Mark Fallon in the Clara goal and Shane Kinsella sent the rebound wide. Mark Robinson then kicked the point of the game, before Enda Dunne pulled one back for Clara. Kinnitty finished the half with points from Mark Robinson and Shane Kinsella to leave them 1-7 to 1-2 ahead at the break.
On the resumption Clara got off to a flier when Carl Stewart started and finished a great move to the Kinnitty net inside 90 seconds. Shane Kinsella then pointed a free for Kinnitty and Shane Grennan had one from play for Clara to leave it 1-8 to 2-3 after 40 minutes. Eight scoreless minutes followed, before Johnny Rigney (f) and James Rigney sent over points to stretch Kinnitty’s lead to four. They held that lead until four minutes from time when George Robbins pointed for Clara and then Fergal Moran saw his goalbound shot saved at the expense of a 45’ which Clara failed to convert. Substitute Colin Flanagan then pointed a free to narrow the gap to two and Kinnitty began to look shaky. However, as the game entered injury time Mark Robinson sealed victory with a goal. Clara did have the last score of the game, a Fergal Moran point, but it was too little too late as Kinnitty held on for a four point victory.
Kinnitty: Shane Kinsella 1-4 (0-1f), Mark Robinson 1-2, James Rigney 0-3, Liam Bergin 0-1, Johnny Rigney 0-1 (f)
Clara: Padraig Moran 1-0, Carl Stewart 1-0, Shane Grennan, Enda Dunne, George Robbins, Fergal Moran, Colin Flanagan, James Stewart 0-1 each
Kinnitty: Kevin O’Connor, Brian Coughlan, Tommy Rigney, Johnny Rigney, Brian Donnelly, Brian Downey, Christopher Leonard (Capt), Paddy Rigney, Andrew Tooher, James Dempsey, Shane Kinsella, Paul O’Donnell, Mark Robinson, James Rigney, Liam Bergin Subs: Enda Grimes for B Donnelly
Clara: Mark Fallon, Dermot Doolan, Chris Dwyer, Padraig Henry, James Fleming, Carl Stewart, Shane Grennan, Willie Fleming, Sean Nolan, Johnny Hanamy, Enda Dunne, George Robbins, Padraig Moran, Tony Dalton, James Stewart Subs: Nigel Monaghan for Hanamy, Denis Hackett for Stewart (inj), Fergal Moran for Monaghan, Brian Gavin for Enda Dunne, Colin Flanagan for P Moran
Ref: John O’Reilly (Edenderry)
On Saturday 11th the Junior B Football Final between Clara and Kinnitty is at 2.15pm followed by Raheen v Shamrocks in the Intermediate Final at 4.00pm.
Admission: Adults €10.00, Students and OAPs €5.00 and U14s free
On Sunday 12th the Junior A Football Final between Clonbullogue and Daingean is at 1.30pm with the battle for the Dowling Cup in the Senior Football Final between Edenderrry and Rhode at 3.30pm.
Admission: Adults €15.00, Students and OAPs €8.00 and U14s free
Kilcormac/Killoughey and St Rynagh’s will meet in the Final of the Offaly Senior Hurling Championship following their respective victories over Coolderry and Seir Kieran in the semi-finals, in front of a 4,000 crowd, at O’Connor Pk this afternoon.
St Rynagh’s 1-17
Seir Kieran 2-7
In the opening game St Rynagh’s had a comfortable 1-17 to 2-7 victory over Seir Kieran. The early exchanges were evenly matched, but when Joe Bergin set up James Mulrooney for a goal in the 9th minute to put his side 1-2 to 0-3 ahead, the advantage seemed to have gone to The Clareen men. However, it was St Rynagh’s who upped the tempo and outscored Billy Dooley’s side by 0-6 to 0-2 in the remainder of the half to leave them 0-9 to 1-4 ahead at the break.
On the resumption Joe Bergin had a fine point to leave the minimum between them, before St Rynagh’s took complete control. For the next 20 minutes they dominated the game and hit 1-6 without reply to race into a 10 point lead. The goal coming from bold substitute Niall Wynne in the 35th minute. Seir Kieran did have a late consolation goal from James Mulrooney, but by that stage St Rynagh’s had booked their place in the decider.
St Rynagh’s: Stephen Quirke 0-6 (0-4f), Paul Quirke 0-4, Stephen Wynne 0-3 (0-2 65’, 0-1f), Niall Wynne 1-0, James Sullivan 0-2, Ger Rafferty 0-1, Joseph O’Connor 0-1
Seir Kieran: James Mulrooney 2-0, Joseph Bergin 0-5 (0-4f), Thomas Carroll 0-1, Dermot Mooney 0-1
Wides: St Rynagh’s six – Seir Kieran eight
Ref Brian Gavin
In the second game Kilcormac/Killoughey booked their place in the final following a hard earned win over Coolderry. Like the opening game the first half exchanges were evenly matched with never more than a puck of a ball between the sides. The sides were level at 0-4 each at the end of the first quarter and by half time there was just a point between the sides K/K 0-8 Coolderry 0-7.
On the resumption K/K completely dominated the third quarter, hitting six points without reply to lead 0-14 to 0-7. However, a Kevin Teehan goal in the 46th minute injected new life in the Coolderry men. Brian Carroll added two points, while Ciaran Slevin (f) had K/K’s only score in the final quarter. Two minutes from time Martin Corcoran saw his first time effort just flash over the crossbar and with it went Coolderry’s last chance of victory as K/K held on for a two point victory.
K/K: Ciaran Slevin 0-7 (0-6f), James Gorman 0-4, Peter Geraghty 0-1, Cillian Kiely 0-1, Conor Mahon 0-1, Dan Currams 0-1
Coolderry: Brian Carroll 0-7 (0-2f, 0-1 65’), Kevin Teehan 1-0, David King 0-1, Cathal Parlon 0-1, Martin Corcoran 0-1.
Wides: K/K ten, Coolderry twelve
Ref: Tony Carroll
The groups for next year’s O’Byrne and Walsh Cup competitions were drawn at last night’s Leinster Council meeting.
In football’s O’Byrne Cup, there will be four groups of four teams, including five as of yet unconfirmed third level college teams. The Walsh Cup consists of four groups of three, including NUIG, DIT and UCD.
In the Kehoe Cup – the draw for which has yet to be made – Louth, Kildare, Wicklow, Meath, Longford and Fingal - will be joined by two unconfirmed college teams.
The O’Byrne Cup will get underway on Sunday, January 4. However, the dates, venues and order of fixtures have still to be finalised by the Leinster CCC.
The O’Byrne Cup groups are:
1. Dublin, Laois, Offaly, college team;
2. Kildare, Louth, Carlow, college team;
3. Meath, Westmeath, Longford, college team;
4. Wexford, Wicklow, college team, college team.
The Walsh Cup groupings are:
1. Kilkenny, Carlow, NUIG;
2. Dublin, Antrim, DIT;
3. Wexford, Laois, UCD;
4. Galway, Westmeath, Offaly.