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Independent.ie Fitzgibbon Cup Final Replay UL 2-18 WIT 1-14 (Full match Video)

posted Mar 12, 2015, 5:28 AM by HE GAA   [ updated Mar 12, 2015, 8:49 AM ]


Independent.ie Fitzgibbon Cup Final Replay UL 2-18 WIT 1-14 (Full match Video)




UL defeated WIT by seven points in the Independent.ie Fitzgibbon Cup Final Replay in Páirc Uí Rinn last evening. Full match with commentary from Oisin Langan and Seanie McGrath can be seen below. (Camera and Production by Jerome Quinn)

First Half


Second Half

YouTube Video




Holders Begin Campaign with Impressive Win in Derby Tie

posted Jan 27, 2015, 10:50 AM by HE GAA

Independent.ie HE GAA Sigerson Cup UCC: 3-15 CIT: 1-06


By: Stephen Walsh

UCC won this local Cork derby by 15 points against CIT played in the Mardyke in front of a large crowd. A strong second half showing from UCC proved the difference between the sides,  at one stage UCC scored 3-10 without reply and this was to prove vital to the final score. UCC will now play the winners of the Queens/IT Sligo clash on the 11th of February in the Mardyke.

UCC started the stronger of the two sides with Conor Cox who would go onto score eight points during the game opening the scoring with a point after a minute. Cork Senior Donal Óg Hodnett would open the scoring for CIT with a point from a free 20 yards out from goal on seven minutes.

CIT were to take the lead on ten minutes when Darragh Tracey laid the ball off to John Corkery and the Cork man slotted the ball low past Michael Martin into the UCC goal. This was followed up with Brendan O’Sullivan scoring a point for CIT to extend the lead to 1-3 to 0-2.

CIT were playing the better football as 15 minutes of the game passed with them being successful down the right wing in particular. While defensively CIT were making good use of the sweeper that was restricting the ball going into UCC’s dangerous full forward line.

Their cause was further helped on 19 minutes when UCC player Brian O’Driscoll was shown a black card by Derek O’Mahony for dragging back Donough Leahy as he attempted to clear the ball.

The loss of O’Driscoll appeared to spur UCC on with Kerry senior player Paul Geaney scoring a point and then Luke Connolly pointed shortly afterwards following a poor kick out.  

UCC were to get their first goal of the game on 27 minutes when Sean Kiely made a powerful run into the box before passing to Thomas Hickey who punched the ball into the net.

The second goal arrived on the verge of half time when a Cox free dropped short and Geaney rose highest to punch the ball into the net past Hanrahan.  This was followed up with Tomas Clancy scoring a point as UCC went in to the break 2-8 to 1-3 ahead.

The second half was hardly a minute old when Conor Dorman burst through the middle of the pitch to power a shot low past Hanrahan into the CIT goal.  Further points followed through Cox and Clancy as UCC were now well on top of Paudie Kissane’s CIT team.

It wasn’t until 16 minutes had gone in the second half that CIT scored their first point of the half through O’Sullivan and this was followed up by a point from Michael Vaughan minutes later.

As the game entered the final ten minutes both sides emptied their benches to give players a run out and as a result the pace of the game slowed considerably.

In the final minutes CIT nearly grabbed a late consolation goal but Michael Martin was well able to save O’Sullivan’s shot before reacting quickly to push Hodnett’s rebound out for a 45.

For CIT it’s the end of their Sigerson campaign in 2015 while for Billy Morgan’s UCC they have a quarter final in two weeks time in the Mardyke.

UCC Scorers: C. Cox (0-8, 0-4f), T. Hickey (1-2), P. Geaney (1-1), C. Dorman (1-0), T. Clancy (0-2), L. Connolly, D. Harrington (0-1, each)

CIT Scorers: J. Corkery (1-1), D. Hodnett (0-1f), B O’Sullivan (0-2, each), M. Vaughan (0-1)

UCC (Cork unless stated): Michael Martin, Fergal McNamara (Kerry), Jack Maguire (Kerry), David Culhane (Kerry), Conor Dorman, Brian O’Driscoll, Tomas Clancy, Ian Maguire, Gary O’Sullivan (Kerry), Shaun Keane (Kerry), Luke Connolly, Sean Kiely, Thomas Hickey (Kerry), Paul Geaney (Kerry), Conor Cox (Kerry)

Subs: Sean White for O’Driscoll (19) (Black Card), David Harrington for Geaney (37), Éanna Ó Conchuir (Kerry) for Kiely (42), Padraig O Connor (Kerry) for Culhane (47), Jamie Davis for Clancy (49), Alan O’Donovan for Keane (55)

CIT (Cork unless stated): David Hanrahan, Paul O’Sullivan (Kerry), Stephen Cahil (Limerick), TJ Brosnan, Padraig Crowley, Brendan O’Sullivan (Kerry), Donough Leahy (Tipperary), Killian O’Connor, Darragh Tracey (Limerick), Sean O’Flynn (Tipperary), Jerry O’Connor, Conor Jordan (Kerry), Barry O’Mahony, Donal Óg Hodnett, John Corkery

Subs: Michael Vaughan for O’Connor (30), Roland Whelton for Leahy (39), Dan Daly (Kerry) for Tracey (39), Anthony O’Connor for O’Mahony (51), 

Independent.ie HE GAA Fitzgibbon Cup 2015 Preview

posted Jan 25, 2015, 8:23 AM by HE GAA   [ updated Jan 28, 2015, 2:48 AM ]

Independent.ie HE GAA Fitzgibbon Cup 2015 Preview




 

The Independent.ie Higher Education GAA Hurling Championships Weekend was launched last Thursday  morning on the campus of the host venue, Limerick Institute of Technology.

 

The semi-final of the prestigious Independent.ie Fitzgibbon Cup will be hosted at the Moylsih campus on Friday 27th February (FINAL VENUE TBC LIT/Gaelic Grounds) 28th February) In addition, Limerick Institute of Technology. will also HOST the Independent.ie sponsored Ryan and Fergal Maher Cups, a total of six semi-finals on Friday and three finals on Saturday, as well as the Corn Padraig MacDiarmada final on the Friday of what promises to be fantastic weekend of Hurling.

 

Speaking at the launch Dr Maria Hinfelaar, President Limerick Institute of Technology said “I am delighted to host the Fitzgibbon Cup finals weekend this year. We have an excellent team at LIT, both on and off the pitch, to make the event a high profile success for all the participating teams, their back room staff, spectators and sponsors. I cannot wait until the end of February.”

 





Speaking on behalf of the competitions new sponsor Ger Keville, Independent.ie Sports Editor said Independent.ie is Irelands premier destination for sports, complete with up to date coverage and news of all competitions. As the major sponsor of the Fitzgibbon Cup we are excited to be able to provide even more coverage of such a prestigious competition, loved by Irish people.

 

2015 sees the tenth anniversary of the Limericks Institutes first triumph in the competition (2005) and first hosting of the event, which is also the last year the Higher Education competition finals visited Shannonside.

 

Defending Independent.ie Fitzgibbon Cup champions WIT will face stiff competition to retain their crown this year from the likes of recent league winners IT Carlow, while defeated league finalists UCC also impressed during their campaign this winter. Group fixtures commence on Thursday January 29th with seven fixtures taking place throughout the country (fixture details attached separately).

 

The Fitzgibbon Cup was first competed for in 1912,. The first 30 years of Fitzgibbon were dominated by UCD and UCC, with UCG winning occasionally. QUB took part for the first time in 1946, and in the 1960s Trinity, the University of Ulster in Coleraine, and NUI Maynooth joined. In the late 1980s all the teams in Division 1 of the Higher Education League were admitted, and in the 1990s several new third level institutes became participants. The trophy, was first purchased in 1912 by Dr Edwin Fitzgibbon, Capuchin friar and a professor of philosophy in UCC, who donated most of his annual salary to purchase it.

 

The number of clubs competing rises to 15 this year with the inclusion of Maynooth University and Ulster University Jordanstown in the top tier. This years final will take place in the Gaelic Grounds at 7.30pm on Saturday February 28th and will be televised live on TG4.

 

Follow all the action from the Independent.ie HE GAA Championships including video previews and highlights on  www.youtube.com/HigherEdGAA match updates via @HigherEdGAA and GAA Higher Education on Facebook with fixtures, match reports and previews on www.Independent.ie and www.he.gaa.ie



Independent.ie HE GAA Sigerson Cup 2015 Preview

posted Jan 25, 2015, 8:15 AM by HE GAA   [ updated Jan 27, 2015, 1:58 AM ]


Independent.ie HE GAA Sigerson Cup 2015 Preview







Independent.ie HE GAA Sigerson Cup Squads 2015


Independent.ie Higher Education GAA Football Championships Weekend 2015 Launch

 

The 2015 Independent.ie Higher Education GAA Football Championships Weekend was launched this afternoon on the campus of reigning Sigerson champions University College Cork.

 

The final and semi-final of the prestigious Independent.ie Sigerson Cup will be hosted by the college in the Mardyke on 20th February and 21st February. In addition, UCC will host also the Independent.ie sponsored Trench and Corn na Mac Leinn Cup, a total of six semi-finals on Friday and three finals on Saturday, as well as the Corn Comhairle Ardoideachais final on the Friday of what promises to be fantastic weekend of Gaelic Football.

 




UCC President, Michael Murphy, said that. ‘We are proud and honoured to host the Sigerson Cup for 2015. George Sigerson is part of our tradition in UCC as he was a Medical Graduate of the old Queen’s College Cork in 1859. The competition is a major national Gaelic Football event where players from all counties have the opportunity to forge relationships that last a lifetime  - without county borders. This is the essence of the competition.”

 

“Sport has been intrinsic to the student life at University College Cork since it’s foundation and so UCC are delighted to welcome the wider football fraternity from all Third Level educational institutions throughout Ireland and beyond to Cork next February”

 




At UCC for the Launch of the Independent.ie Sigerson Cup Competition were L to R., Alan Quirke, UCC Sports Officer, Dr. Con Murphy, ( President UCC-GFC ), Tomas Clancy, Captain UCC Sigerson Cup Team, Dr. Michael Murphy, President UCC, David Culhane, UCC Sigerson Cup Team and Declan Kidney, UCC Director of Sport. Picture, Tony O'Connell Photography.


Dr Con Murphy (President, UCC Gaelic Football Club) was also present for this morning’s photocall and echoed Michael’s sentiments.

 

‘UCC GAA Club are delighted and honoured to host the finals of these competitions this year. We are only too aware ourselves of how difficult it will be to qualify for the weekend.”

 

“The competitions are a very important part of a student’s playing life and above all one should not lose sight of the fact we compete for enjoyment. We would like to thank Independent.ie for their sponsorship and look forward to welcoming them to the Markdyke on the first championship weekend of their patronage. We also extend a big welcome to all Colleges who will visit Cork on February 20th and 21st

 

Speaking on behalf of the competitions new sponsor Ger Keville, Independent.ie Sports Editor said Independent.ie is Irelands premier destination for sports, complete with up to date coverage and news of all competitions. As the major sponsor of the Sigerson Cup we are excited to be able to provide even more coverage of such a prestigious competition, loved by Irish people.

 

The competition was founded in 1911 when Sigerson, an academic and scholar, donated the cup as up until then there had been no intervarsity tournament for Gaelic Football. 

Until 1933, the Sigerson Cup was played out as a three team league involving UCD, UCC and UCG and interestingly in the first three years of the competition all of three colleges had their name etched onto the prestigious trophy with UCD claiming the very first one. Queens University, Belfast later came on board in 1933. 

However, since its inception the Sigerson Cup has evolved into a nationwide tournament with several universities, institute of technologys and colleges now all taking part. IT Tralee became the first non-university side to win the Sigerson Cup, when they claimed the title in 1997.

 

As defending champions UCC will face stiff competition to retain their crown this year from the likes of recent league winners DCU, while defeated league finalists St.Marys College, Belfast also impressed during their campaign this winter. Fixtures commence on Tuesday January 27th with a mouth-watering local derby between the hosts and Cork IT in the Mardyke (2.30pm) the highlight of the opening days action (full Independent.ie HE GAA Championship fixtures available on www.he.gaa.ie).

 

This years final will take place in the Mardyke on Saturday February 21st and will be televised live on TG4.

 

Follow all the action from the Independent.ie HE GAA Championships including video previews and highlights on  www.youtube.com/HigherEdGAA match updates via @HigherEdGAA and GAA Higher Education on Facebook with fixtures, match reports and previews on www.Independent.ie and www.he.gaa.ie



UCD Take Derby Spoils

posted Dec 4, 2014, 1:04 PM by HE GAA

UCD Take Derby Spoils


Captains Stephen Coen (UCD) and Shane Carthy (DCU) with referee Gary McCormack.

Independent.ie HE GAA Fresher Football League Division 1 Final
U.C.D. 0-22
D.C.U. 1-9
by Michael Dwyer


Dynamic midfield pairing of Tipperary natives Colin O'Riordan and Liam Casey guided U.C.D. to a splendid Freshers Football Division 1 league victory at the expense of D.C.U. on Thursday afternoon .

While O'Riordan, who had just returned from America where he played with the All-Stars football selections, and Casey were industrious, UCD's team as a whole was rich in determination. From the offing, the Belfield students hunted in packs and picked off some sweet scores. Stephen Coen commanded the centre-back berth and Conor McCarthy and Colm Basquel were outstanding up-front for U.C.D. Even when Patrick Dunican tried to get last Seán Mulooly his efforts were futile. The Ross Munnelly-managed home-side had some excellent performances in the form of Shane Carthy and Cian Mulligan and they should feature prominently in the business-end of the Independent.ie championship.

While the first quarter was a fairly even tussle with Kevin Traynor and Shane Carthy matching the Tipp pair, U.C.D. blitzed the home-side between the 16th and 20th minutes with a string of five-points, which gave them a 0-9 0-3 lead on 20 minutes. While David Neary and Diarmuid Breathnach tried to cut their gap, U.C.D., under the tutelage of Stephen O'Shaughnessy, Damien Farrelly and Shane McEntee, were unyielding, and points from Stephen Coen and Colm Basquel contributed to their half-time lead of 0-12 to 0-6.





Stephen Coen (UCD) receives the trophy from CA Chairman Gerry Tully.



Even though the tempo dropped in the third quarter, U.C.D.'s prolific attackers kept the pressure up on the cusp of the final quarter. Monaghan poacher Conor McCarthy was particularly instrumental in his side's 46th minute advantage of 0-18 to 0-8. D.C.U.'s Aaron Byrne capitalised on  a lapse in the opponent's defence during one of their weaker moments with ten minutes remaining, but a closing tally of four-points ensured, that Mayo county star Stephen Coen accepted the trophy from  Comhairle Ardoideachas Chairman Gerry Tully after the final whistle.


U.C.D. 
Scorers 
Conor McCarthy (0-8, 3 frees), Colm Basquel (0-3), Liam Casey (0-3), Seán Meade (0-2), Brian Byrne (0-2), Dylan Kilgallon (0-1), James Feehan (0-1), Stephen Coen (0-1), Colin O'Riordan (0-1).
Colm Honan (Meath), Eoin Merchant (Dublin), Seán Mulooly (Roscommon), Seán Conlon (Mayo), Eoin Lafferty (Louth), Stephen Coen (capt., Mayo), Brian Harnan (Meath), Liam Casey (Tipperary), Colin O'Riordan (Tipperary), Jake Malone (Dublin), Brian Byrne (Kildare), Dylan Kilgallon (Sligo), Conor McCarthy (Monaghan), Colm Basquel (Dublin), Seán Meade (Meath). Subs: Declan Byrne (Offaly) for Jake Malone; Tom Hayes (Cavan) for Seán Meade; Liam Hughes (Longford) for Dylan Kilgallon; Benjamin Kelly (Cavan) for Eoin Lafferty; Darragh Ó Bróin (Sligo) for Colm Basquel; James Feehan (Tipperary) for Brian Harnan.

D.C.U. 
Scorers - Shane Carthy (0-4 frees), Adam Byrne (1-0), Cian Mulligan (0-2), David Neary (0-1), Diarmuid Breathnach (0-1 free), Liam Henry (0-1)
Seán Daffin (Donegal), David Neary (Roscommon), Des Reynolds (Longford), Eoghan Bateman (Kildare), Liam Henry (Sligo), Brian O'Shaughnessy (Galway), Kevin Breslin (Donegal), Kevin Traynor (Meath), Shane Carthy (Dublin), Cian Mulligan (Donegal), Aaron Byrne (Dublin), Alistair Fitzgerald (Dublin), Conor Bradley (Cavan), Patrick Dunican (Offaly), Diarmuid Breathnach (Carlow).

Referee - Gary McCormack (Dublin).

IT Carlow Make History While DCU Return To The Top

posted Dec 4, 2014, 1:46 AM by HE GAA   [ updated Dec 4, 2014, 2:38 AM ]

IT Carlow Make History While DCU Return To The Top


DCU celebrate following their victory over St.Mary's in the Athletic Grounds


Independent.ie HE GAA Senior Football League Division 1 Final 

DCU: 2-11

St.Mary's Belfast: 1-09

DCU returned to the pinnacle of Higher Education Gaelic Football claiming their second ever Ryan Cup title. In a bitterly cold Athletic Grounds, the Dublin university overcame St.Mary's Belfast with a last quarter surge ensuring the trophy returned to Collins Ave, Inspired by the two goal Conor McGraynor, the Niall Moyna managed side saw off "the Ranch" who after an impressive showing in the Senior and Intermediate Leagues also look like serious Sigerson contenders

VIDEO DCU's Second Half Goal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCgxaorEuiM

VIDEO First Half Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rk5uaiGOwhs

VIDEO: Second Half Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-A4AVeWUfE4&feature=youtu.be

More to follow





Marino defeated IT Sligo also last evening in Duggan Park, Ballinasloe (1-17 to 1-11)


Independent.ie HE GAA Senior Hurling League Division 1 Final 

UCC: 1-18

IT Carlow: 3-21

By:  Stephen Walsh

IT Carlow beat UCC in the final of the Higher Education league final in Fraher Field, Dungarvan by nine points on a score line of 3-21 to 1-18. IT Carlow containing players from ten counties proved too strong for a UCC team this evening.

Both sides were managed by hurling greats with UCC managed by current Dublin manager Ger Cunningham while IT Carlow were managed by Kilkenny legend DJ Carey and current selector Michael Dempsey.

Laois county hurler Stephen Maher opened the scoring on two minutes with a free from 40 yards. Maher was accurate with the free taking throughout the entire game scoring seven points during the match from frees.

UCC were to get the first goal of the game on eight minutes when Brian Hartnett picked up the ball on the 40 before going on a powerful run through the centre of the Carlow defence that allowed him to bury the ball low and hard past Conor Clancy in the Carlow goal.

IT Carlow were to bounce back with a goal less than a minute later. Martin Kavanagh hit a long distance shot that dropped short and bounced off the crossbar to Chris Bolger who made no mistake scoring from close range.

IT Carlow then went on a strong scoring run hitting four points without reply as Charles Dwyer and Ian Byrne kept the umpires behind the goal busy raising the white flag.

David Geary scored a point for UCC while Conor Lehane scored a few frees to keep UCC within touching distance of the Carlow College.

Just as UCC levelled the game at 1-8 a piece on 22 minutes after being down by four points earlier in the half they conceded a soft goal. A mistake from Paudie Prendergast allowed Bolger to capitalise and score underneath the body of Paul Hallissey for his second goal of the game.

Goal scorer Brian Hartnett had to be replaced on 26 minutes for UCC with an arm injury and he was replaced by Waterford’s DJ Foran. This forced UCC into a few positional changes with Foran going in full forward with Anthony Spillane going out on the wing.

UCC responded well to the concession of the goal with points from Mark O’Brien and Lehane while Maher scored for Carlow as referee Johnny Ryan ended the half with the score line 2-11 to 1-12 in favour of IT Carlow.

All-Ireland medallist and former Kilkenny player Aidan Fogarty scored the second half’s opening score as IT Carlow set out to extend the lead and build upon their first half performance.

The decisive moment in the second half arrived on 36 minutes when Meath’s Jack Fagan smashed the sliothar into the roof of the net from 20 yards past Hallissey for Carlow’s third goal of the game.

The momentum was now all with IT Carlow as they were winning the individual battles all over the pitch. Their dominance was being rewarded on the scoreboard with Fagan and Dwyer pointing from play.

UCC manager Ger Cunningham introduced Alan Cadogan in the hope of changing things for UCC during the second half and his substitution was rewarded minutes later when Cadogan swung over a point from the sideline. Lehane kept scoring for UCC along with Finn but they were only consolation scores as IT Carlow remained in control.

The game finished off with both sides emptying the benches as it was clear to all present that IT Carlow were going to get their first Higher Education league title in their history. Having only claimed promotion to the top tier following a Division 2 League triumph in 2010/11 it is a remarkable achievement for all involved. 

UCC Scorers: Conor Lehane 0-7 (0-4f), Brian Hartnett 1-0, David Geary 0-3, Anthony Spillane, Eoghan Finn, Rickard Cahalane 0-2 each, Mark O’Brien, Alan Cadogan, 0-1 each

Carlow IT Scorers: Stephen Maher 0-8 (0-7f), Chris Bolger 2-2, Jack Fagan 1-2, Charles Dwyer 0-4, Ian Byrne 0-3, Martin Kavanagh, Aidan Fogarty 0-1 each

UCC (Cork unless stated): Paul Hallissey, Paudie Prendergast (Waterford), Michael Breen (Tipperary), Shane Roche (Waterford), Killian Burke, Tadgh Burke (Waterford), Mark O’Brien (Waterford),Cormac Walsh, Rickard Cahalane, Eoghan Finn, Conor Lehane, Brian Hartnett, Anthony Spillane, Shane O’Donnell (Clare), David Geary

Subs: DJ Foran (Waterford) for Hartnett (26 injury), Cormac Murphy for Prendergast (30), Alan Cadogan for Geary (30) Michael Collins for Walsh (34), Shane O’Keeffe for Cahalane (57)

IT Carlow (Carlow unless stated): Conor Clancy (Offaly), Ciaran Doyle (Kilkenny), Michael Ryan, Kevin Hanafin (Kerry), Will Young (Laois), Conor Doughan (Offaly), Dale O’Hanlon (Tipperary), Aidan Fogarty (Kilkenny), Martin Kavanagh, Charles Dwyer (Laois), Ian Byrne (Wexford), Stephen Maher (Laois), Chris Bolger (Kilkenny), Jack Fagan (Meath), Edward Prendergast (Kilkenny)

Subs: James Doyle for Kavanagh (51), Michael Harney (Waterford) for Bolger (56), Tommy Gallagher (Westmeath) for Young (58), Kevin Kelly (Kilkenny) for Fogarty (59)

Referee: Johnny Ryan (Tipperary)


Independent.ie HE GAA Leagues Round Up 


Meanwhile in Tubberclair, DCU also enjoyed success in the Fresher Football Division 3 League Final on an emphatic scoreline of 5-11 to 0-2. Marino claimed their first hurling since 1974/75 by defeating IT Sligo by 6 points in Ballinasloe (1-17 to 1-11). While in a foggy Ballykelly, a strong second half display from Cork IT saw off DIT in the Intermediate Hurling League decider by 3-21 to 1-12.

Today sees the last final of this week with DCU looking to make it a treble against UCD in the Fresher Football Division 1 League final in the DCU Sportsgrounds at 3pm.





UCC Regain Fresher's Title while St.Mary's Complete First Leg of Potential Double

posted Dec 2, 2014, 1:18 AM by HE GAA

Independent.ie HE GAA League Finals Round Up

UCC Retain Title while St.Mary's Complete First Leg of Potential Double 


Benny Hurl (Comhairle Ardoideachais) presents Jack Groogan of St Mary's with the Intermediate Football Leagyue Trophy following their victory over IT Sligo in Dromore last evening.


Comhairle Ardoideachais Chairman Gerry Tully presents Fresher Division 1 Hurling League trophy to UCC captain Cathal Cormac


UCC 4-14 UL 4-11
Independent.ie Fresher Hurling League Division 1 Final

(Programme attached below)

By Marisa Kennedy

UCC survived a late second half surge from UL to be crowned this year’s Division 1 League champions in Mallow on Monday night. The Cork side were handed an eight point advantage at half-time having scored three goals in the first 30 minutes, before the Limerick team produced a fine second half performance, scoring four goals, to ensure only a three point win for UCC.

UCC enjoyed the brighter start to the match as UL struggled to find the pace and form they have enjoyed throughout their League campaign. Kevin Kenny was brought down inside the UL box to earn a penalty for his side, the resulting effort initially saved by the UL goalie, Gavin Ryan. UL failed to clear and the excellent Marc Dolan pounced on the rebound ball for UCC’s first goal of the night.

UCC were merciless and refused to allow UL settle into the game. Points from Dara Walsh and Patrick Curran eased them into a six point lead. UL had to resort to long range efforts to try and overcome the tight UCC defence but their efforts were fruitless as their wide count began to grow. Trevor Horgan eventually got UL off the mark with a fine effort from a tough angle. As they began to find their feet, however, they were dealt a blow as a devastating run from Dolan opened up the UL defence and he soon found the net for his second of the night.

UL continued to work hard, Alan Murphy trekking to the half-back line to put in a magnificent hook to prevent the deficit from expanding. However, their defence was unable to cope with the constant attacking pressure from the clinical UCC forwards, and for the third time, Gavin Ryan’s net was shook, this time Donal Hannon providing the final shot. UL introduced Barry Heffernan and Josh Keane who made an immediate impact for the Limerick side, Keane putting pressure on the clearly dominant UCC midfield.

UCC’s workrate and intensity didn’t waver. A wonderful catch from Curran and his resulting point saw the gap between the sides enter double figures. A lapse in discipline from the UCC defence, allowed his opposite number, Murphy, to reduce the deficit by two as the teams headed in for half-time.

Another Murphy free was the opening score of the second half. The UCC dominance continued however as they enjoyed further points from Cathal McCormack and Dolan, once again. What could have been another UCC goal, which would have effectively killed off the match, was cleverly cleared by Leigh Bergin and ended up between the posts at the opposite end from Kevin Bergin. The sides traded points, UL finally beginning to match the intensity of their Cork counterparts. UL’s hard work began to pay off when Paul Ryan scrambled the ball into the back of Jack Barry’s goal after an excellent solo run from Heffernan. The Limerick team began to sense a comeback and added two further points.

UCC’s Kevin Kenny was taken down, a foul that saw David Fitzgerald sent off after a second yellow. Curran gratefully pointed the resulting free. The wing forward then added a magnificent long-range effort to his tally. Unfazed by the loss of a man, UL fought on and a wonderful collective effort from their forwards ended up rattling the net, Liam Moloney taking the plaudits. Their joy was short lived as Donal Hannon soon cancelled out the UL goal with a rasper of a shot for UCC’s fourth. Moments later, UL threatened the UCC goal again only for brilliant work from Jack Barry clearing the danger. UCC began to feel the pressure and missed two manageable scores.

UL continued to grow in midfield and a clever pass from Josh Keane allowed Ian Galvin to be released through the UCC defence. A flick onto Murphy and the Kilkenny man ensured Jack Barry was beaten again. With minutes left, there was only six between the sides. UL were awarded a 65 which Murphy dropped into the box. UCC failed to clear the ball sufficiently and with the box crowded, Liam Moloney managed to find the back of the UCC net once again.

It was a nervy last minute for UCC as UL continued to win possession and pose an attack. A final wide from Tom Morrissey brought the UL tally to eleven and with the resulting puck-out came the final whistle. UCC held on for a three point win to claim this year’s Fresher Hurling League Cup.




Benny Hurl (Comhairle Ardoideachais) presents Jack Groogan of St Mary's with the Intermediate Football Leagyue Trophy following their victory over IT Sligo in Dromore last evening.


St.Mary's 1-11 IT Sligo 0-10

Independent.ie Intermediate Football League Final

(Programme attached below)

St.Mary's rallied late, scoring 1-04 without reply in the closing stages to defeat IT Sligo in Dromore, Tyrone last evening in a tightly contested affair. iT Sligo, who were hoping to seek revenge for their defeat in the Senior Division 1 League semi-final against the same opposition ten days previously, led by the narrowest of margins at hte break (0-04 to 0-03).

The Connacht had extended this lead to 3 points by the 53rd minutes. , before the Belfast side's late onslaught with the goal coming in the final action of the game. St.Mary's attention now turns to the Athetlic Grounds on Wednesday night(7.30pm) where they face DCU in the Independent.ie Division 1 League Final.

Other finals this week include the Division 1 Hurling League Final (UCC v IT Carlow, 4.30pm Wednesday, Fraher Field, Dungarvan), Division 3 Hurling League Final (IT Sligo v Marino, 8pm Wednesday, Duggan Park, Ballinasloe), Fresher Division 1 League Final (DCU v UCD, 3pm Thursday, DCU Sportsgrounds)


Cork Colleges Overpower UCD

posted Nov 27, 2014, 11:14 AM by HE GAA   [ updated Nov 27, 2014, 11:38 AM ]






Ballykelly was the venue for this afternoon's Independent.ie HE GAA Fresher Hurling League Division 2 Semi-Final which was briefly interrupted by one exuberant supporter (via @UCDGAA)



Cork Colleges Overpower UCD
Independent.ie Fresher Hurling League Division 2 Semi-Final
Cork C.F.E. 2-8
U.C.D.(B) 0-12

By Michael Dwyer

A hammer-and-tongs second-half display from Cork C.F.E. put them through to the Independent.ie Freshers hurling division 2 league final to the despair of U.C.D. on a dreary Thursday afternoon last at Ballykelly.

With heavy ground at the Kildare venue, a war of attrition was in-store. However, some splendid individual performances on both sides made the game an attractive spectacle. Eric Mealy was unceasing for Cork while Aaron Stafford showed his experience as a Cork county minor hurler. Stafford's class was matched near the end by U.C.D.'s Collum Breslin. For the metropolitans, Nevin Rossiter commanded the full-back berth and Henry Keyes made a few incisive bursts through the Cork defence. It was a terrific acid test for the Rebels as they now face either UUJ or Galway/Roscommon ETB in the final/

Cork's cracking start was an ominous sign for U.C.D. Within six seconds of the throw-in, their captain, Stafford, broke from the centre of the field and opened his side's scoring-account with a splendid shot. Ben Cowman struck back for U.C.D. four minutes later when he sallied over a similar gem. Although Eoin Sheehan restored the Munster men's lead, his score also marked the start of a thirteen-minute scoring-drought for the eventual victors. In the interim, U.C.D.'s half-back line of Andrew O'Dowd, Tom Skehan and Ben Cowman began to play with composure, which gave rise to a U.C.D. string of four points as Henry Keyes (2) and Brendan Cullen (2 frees) obliged. The Cork response was clinical though. Subsequent to a saved James Moynihan shot, netminder Colin Lynch couldn't keep the Cork crowd at bay as they flooded the goal-mouth with players. Darragh Looney looked like the last player to get a touch on the ball. The sides shared the final four points of the half to leave things all-square at the interval (1-4 to 0-7).

Callum Crowe and Brendan Cullen traded blows after the change-of-ends to establish parity for the sixth time of the game. A crucial passage of the game was about to unfurl though. Between the 37th and 41st minutes, U.C.D. struck four of their ten wides and in the meantime Callum Crowe and Aaron Stafford landed some inspirational points. That two-point margin was too much for U.C.D. to grapple with in spite of some tenacious harrying from Brian Bolger. As Brendan Cullen mounted pressure on Cork, they held firm and managed to steal a goal with two minutes of normal-time remaining. Paul Leopold's ball-in looked like it was connected with by Looney for the second time lucky. 

Cork C.F.E. - Nicolas Ó Direáin, David Myles, Adrian Kenneally, Eric Mealy, Dale Bowen, James Forde, Gavin Bagnell (0-1), Paul Leopold, Aaron Stafford (capt., 0-2), Callum Crowe (0-2), Eoin Sheehan (0-1), Darragh Kelly, James Moynihan, Darragh Looney (2-0), Craig Murphy (0-1). Subs: Seán Wade (0-1) for Craig Murphy; Nathan Adams for David Myles.

U.C.D. - Colin Lynch, Paddy Doran, Naomhan Rossiter, Cathal Niall (capt.), Andrew O'Dowd, Tom Skehan, Ben Cowman (0-1), Collum Breslin (0-1), Aaron Murphy (0-1), Shane O'Brien, Henry Keyes (0-2), Seadna Crowley, Declan Stack, Brendan Cullen (0-6 frees), Brian Bolger (0-1). Subs: Peter Crowley for Shane O'Brien.

Referee - Dave Coady (Ballykelly).


Casey & O'Riordan Inspire UCD to Victory

posted Nov 26, 2014, 3:05 AM by HE GAA   [ updated Nov 26, 2014, 3:07 AM ]

Casey & O'Riordan Inspire UCD to Victory




Maynooth University regroup at the final whistle - Picture Credit - @BarryEgan20 via @MaynoothUniGAA

Independent.ie HE GAA Fresher Football League Division 1 Semi-Final 
UCD 2-14
Maynooth University 1-5
by Michael Dwyer

Dynamic midfielders Liam Casey and Colm O'Riordan guided UCD to a comprehensive Independent.ie division 1 league semi-final victory to the despair of Maynooth University amid heavy fog at the Kildare college's campus on Tuesday evening last.

Casey was industrious, especially in how he crafted attacking threats but his Tipperary counterpart stood out as a possible man-of-the-match.  O'Riordan's audacious catches from kick-outs held the sizeable crowd that had gathered in awe. Yet in the second half, UCD found complacency in their ten-point lead and  Colm Basquel, who claimed 1-6 in all, was the only poacher to keep the tempo up for UCD as he closed the game with a string of four points. Maynooth employed a ten-men blanket defence at times during the first half and although Ciarán Sheridan and Chris Gillian thwarted the UCD advances, Stephen Coen and Brian Harnan were quick to drift forward and smother any counterattacks.

Intensity characterised the first-half as UCD grappled with the formidable defence before them. Seán Dempsey showed positive signs for Maynooth as the home-side's sole scorer landed two points to keep tabs on UCD's 0-4 tally on 11 minutes. But UCD struck back with a vigorous six-minute scoring streak, when UCD completed a haul of 1-3. A crescendo of points from Seán Meade, Colin O'Riordan and Colm Basquel preceded Basquel's brilliant goal on 18 minutes (1-7 to 0-2). While Seán Dempsey attempted to lift the siege imposed on Maynooth, Seán Meade wriggled through to bag a second UCD major. Amid a few off-the-ball scuffles, the sides traded blows on the scoreboard too, which gave UCD a 2-8 to 0-4 halftime advantage.

While Seán Dempsey cut Maynooth's deficit within a minute of the restart with a pointed free, a twelve-minute scoring drought for both sides led to a bland second-half. In response to a UCD brace of points! Dempsey buried a penalty for Maynooth, which was awarded by referee Fergal Kelly subsequent to a foul on Patrick Byrne. Colm Basquel answered that blow with a sparkling claim of 0-4 to wrap up the spoils and UCD and set up an All-Ireland league final against DCU/NUI Galway next week. 

UCD - Ryan Haughey, Seán Conlon, Seán Mullooly, Eoin Murchan, Eoin Lafferty, Stephen Coen, Brian Harnan, Liam Casey (0-1), Colin O'Riordan (0-1), Jake Malone, Brian Byrne (0-2, 1 free), Dylan Kilgallon, Conor McCarthy (0-2), Colm Basquel (1-6), Seán Meade (1-2).

Maynooth University - Bob Fitzgerald, Barra McCarthy, Aidan Brennan, Matthew Taggart, Chris Gillian, Ciarán Sheridan, Derry Bradley, Brian O'Connell, Tom Hanaffin, Cathal Maguire, Seán Dempsey (1-5, 1-0 pen., 0-3 frees), Henry Walsh, Cathal Dunne, Evan O'Carroll, Patrick Byrne.

Referee - Fergal Kelly (Longford).

UCC Book Final Place In Quest To Retain League Title

posted Nov 25, 2014, 1:10 AM by HE GAA   [ updated Nov 25, 2014, 1:12 AM ]

UCC Book Final Place In Quest To Retain League Title


Mallow was the venue for last night's Independent.ie HE GAA Senior Hurling League Semi-Final Clash where the Clock Hooter System was trialed.



UCC: 2-18

LIT: 2-14

By: Stephen Walsh

UCC emerged victorious in this  Independent.ie Higher Education league semi-final clash against LIT in Mallow on a score line of 2-18 to 2-14. A strong second half showing from UCC, who were a point behind at the break, was enough to ensure they emerged victorious by a four point margin.

The game had only started when Jamie Shanahan goaled for LIT following a scramble in the UCC square.

Both teams would then swap points with Conor Lehane and David Geary scoring for UCC while Shanahan, who would go on to score 1-9 during the game for LI,T kept them in front with his accurate free-taking..

Cork panellist Rob O’Shea saw his free from the 21 saved by the Limerick defence on 14 minutes as UCC attempted to close the gap while at the other end Seanie O’Brien saw his shot just flash narrowly over Paul Hallissey’s crossbar.

LIT were to get their reward for some attacking play on 22 minutes when David Reidy finished off his impressive run to the bottom right hand corner to put LIT into a lead of 2-3 to 0-6.

Both sides were guilty of some poor shooting during the first half with the ball often dropping short into the keeper’s hands or going wide of the goal.

The half finished off with Geary pointing for UCC as both sides went for the cover of the dressing room as the rain increased.

UCC manager Ger Cunningham introduced Anthony Spillane for Ja Colleran at the start of the second half and he was to have a major influence on the half helping UCC to emerge victorious. Two quick fire points from Spillane had the side’s level as Shanahan pointed yet again.

Both teams then proceeded to give an exhibition in point scoring with Eoghan Finn and Lehane pointing for UCC from all angles while Shanahan kept scoring the frees to keep the score board ticking over.

O’Shea, who was to score four points for UCC from frees during the game. kept UCC within a point of LIT.

Clare senior Shane O’Donnell then scored a goal for UCC following a run through the LIT defence on 43 minutes to put UCC into the lead for the first time in the game. This was a lead they were never going to lose for the rest of the game.

LIT made an attempt to recapture the lead with Shanahan scoring more points from 65’s and a free but Geary pointed for UCC on 50 minutes to relieve the pressure.

The decisive score for UCC arrived on 52 minutes when a low shot from substitute Spillane flew into the bottom left hand corner of the goal to put UCC into a 2-16 to 2-12 lead.

Davy Fitzgerald’s LIT side then threw the “kitchen sink” at the UCC goal in the hope of claiming a few goals but the UCC defence held firm despite the concession of a few late points.

The hooter sounded to UCC cheers and they will now go on to the final next week where they will play the winners of tonight’s other semi-final between Carlow IT and DCU (Hawkfield, Kildare GAA Centre 7.30pm)

UCC Scorers: A. Spillane 1-3, D. Geary, R. O’ Shea (0-4f) 0-4 each, Conor Lehane 0-3, S. O’Donnell 1-0, E. Finn 0-2, R. Cahalane, DJ Foran 0-1 each

LIT Scorers: J. Shanahan 1-9 (0-5f, 0-2. 65), D. Reidy 1-1, S. O’Brien, Paul Flaherty, S. O’Halloran, P. Fitzgerald 0-1 each

UCC (Cork unless stated): Paul Hallissey, Ja Colleran (Clare), Michael Breen (Tipperary), Diarmuid Lester, Killian Burke, Tadgh Bourke (Waterford), Paudie Prendergast (Waterford), Rickard Cahalane, Cormac Murphy, Eoghan Finn, Conor Lehane, DJ Foran (Waterford), Rob O’Shea, Shane O’Donnell (Clare), David Geary

Subs: Tom Devine (Waterford) for Foran (19 injured), Anthony Spillane for Colleran (30), Alan Cadogan for Devine (52)

LIT (Limerick unless stated): Aaron Murphy, Cian Nolan (Clare), Niall O’Connor (Clare), Alan Dempsey, Kieran Bennett (Waterford), Barry O’Connell, Willie Ryan (Tipperary), Paul Flaherty (Galway), Stephen O’Halloran (Clare), Joe Campion (Laois), Seanie O’Brien Peter Duggan (Clare), David Reidy (Clare), Jamie Shanahan (Clare), David Dempsey

Subs: Mark Geaney (Tipperary) for D. Dempsey (30), Shane McGrath (Clare) for A. Dempsey (38), Paddy Fitzgerald (Clare) for Geaney (52)

Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)

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