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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. 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 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.

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.

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 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:

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More to follow

Marino defeated IT Sligo also last evening in Duggan Park, Ballinasloe (1-17 to 1-11) 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) 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 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 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 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 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 HE GAA Fresher Hurling League Division 2 Semi-Final which was briefly interrupted by one exuberant supporter (via @UCDGAA)

Cork Colleges Overpower UCD 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 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 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 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 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 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)

DCU and St.Mary's Advance to Ryan Cup Final

posted Nov 20, 2014, 2:20 PM by HE GAA   [ updated Nov 21, 2014, 4:55 AM ]

St.Mary's defeated IT Sligo in the fog in the Tyrone GAA Centre of Excellence in Garvaghy 



UCC 2-13                               DCU 2-19


Kevin Egan reports


DCU produced a devastating second half surge to turn a nine point deficit into a six point victory over UCC in the Higher Education Division One semi-final at Hawkfield GAA grounds in Kildare last night.


UCC’s inexplicable collapse came on the back of an excellent first 34 minutes in which Conor Cox terrorised the DCU backline and Luke Connolly was also prominent in helping the Cork students into a 2-11 to 0-8 lead. However the tide turned utterly after Cox added their second goal shortly after half time and it was one-way traffic from then on, led by Roscommon's Enda Smith who posted seven points from play.


DCU advance to meet St Mary’s in next Wednesday’s final.


Scorers for UCC: C Cox 1-5 (0-2f), L Connolly 0-3 (0-1f), C Horgan 1-0, K Davis, A Spillane, C Dornan, M Sugrue & D Culhane 0-1 each

Scorers for DCU: E Smith 0-7, C McHugh 0-4, D Smith 1-1 (1-0 pen), S O’Brien 1-0, C McGraynor 0-2f, T Flynn, D Byrne, E Keane, E O’Connor & C Daly 0-1.


UCC: (Cork unless stated): MA Martin; J Davis, J Maguire (Kerry), C Histon; C Dornan, S White, K Fulignati; G O’Sullivan (Kerry), D Culhane; K Davis, L Connolly, A Spillane (Kerry); C Cox (Kerry), P Geaney (Kerry), C Horgan.   

Subs: T Clancy for K Davis (42), M Sugrue for Fulignati (48)


DCU: B Flynn (Leitrim); C Ward (Louth), D Wrynn (Leitrim), D Ward (Monaghan); J Bealin (Dublin), D Byrne (Dublin), C Daly (Roscommon); T Flynn (Galway), S O’Brien (Tipperary); E Smith (Roscommon), D Smith (Roscommon), E O’Connor (Louth); C McHugh (Dublin), C McGraynor (Wicklow), R O’Connor (Longford).

Subs: E Murray (Galway) for D Ward (6), E Keane (Laois) for C Ward (25), C Meredith (Laois) for Byrne (36), C McNally (Armagh) for Bealin (27 – B/C)


Referee: Maurice Deegan

UCC advance to Semi-Final

posted Nov 19, 2014, 2:00 PM by HE GAA   [ updated Nov 19, 2014, 2:06 PM ]

UCC advance to Semi-Final

UCC's Tadgh Burke catches the ball ahead of UCD's Ross King
  Photo credit: Marc Moylan HE GAA Senior Hurling League Division 1 Quarter-Final UCC: 3-14 UCD: 0-18
By: Stephen Walsh

UCC emerged victorious in last night’s Higher Education League quarter final against a strong UCD side in the Mardyke on a 3-14 to 0-18 score line. There is a popular saying that “goals win matches” and this was very appropriate with regards to tonight’s game as goals from Rob O’Shea, DJ Foran and Shane O’Donnell proved to be the difference between the sides as UCC now progress to play LIT in the semi final next week at a venue still to be decided.

UCD started of stronger and took the lead within 50 seconds of the first half when Wexford county hurler Conor McDonald pointed from 40 yards.UCC though bounced back immediately when Tom Devine went on a strong run before passing to O’Shea who hit the ball to the back of the net from a few yards out. UCD then went on a scoring spree and took the lead on eight minutes after hitting three unanswered points from Pat Purcell and Ross King.

The second goal arrived on nine minutes after a period of time of wayward shooting from their forward unit. Waterford’s Foran ran with the ball before exchanging a quick one two with O’Donnell which put him into a one on one situation and he scored by hitting it under the body of Billy Leyden to make it 2-0 to 0-4. UCD took control of the game for the next 15 minutes with their midfield of Purcell and Devitt winning lots of ball and they were able to make the most of a lack of discipline with UCC by winning a number of frees. Laois county hurler King who had a brilliant game was accurate with frees to put UCD into the lead on a score of 0-9 to 2-2 as the game approached 26 minutes.Some brilliant long range frees from Cork panellist O’Shea kept UCC in touch and he was assisted by fellow Cork player Conor Lehane as UCC regained the lead. There was still time for Dave Higgins to point for UCD as UCC went into the break 2-6 to 0-10.

Straight from the restart Lehane had a long range shot that was well saved by Leyden for a 65 which O’Shea converted. Both teams then exchanged points with Joe Lyng and O’Shea scoring as the game approached the 39th minute with the score 2-8 to 0-13.UCC introduced Cork player Alan Cadogan and he scored a point from out near the side line within minutes of his introduction.
Clare player O’Donnell scored a goal on 46 minutes when converting a rebound following a great save from Leyden stopping a powerful Lehane shot. He could have scored another goal minutes later when he reacted to a ball in the square after Alan Cadogan’s shot had bounced back off the upright, however Leyden was alert to save it for a 65.

UCC had goalkeeper Paul Hallissey to thank for not conceding as he made two brilliant saves from Lyng and King at point blank range in the final ten minutes as UCC dealt with everything UCD could throw at them.A late point from corner back Killian Burke sealed the victory for the home side as they emerged triumphant on a score line of 3-14 to 0-18 and get ready for further challenges ahead in the coming week.

UCC scorers: R. O’Shea 1-6 (0-2f, 0-2. 65) C. Lehane 0-3 (0-1f), Foran and O’Donnell 1-0 each, S O’Keeffe 0-2, A. Cadogan, K. Burke, T. Devine 0-1 each

UCD scorers: R. King 0-8 (0-6f, 0-1. 65), P. Purcell 0-3, C. Davitt 0-2, C. O’Shea, C. O’Shea, D. Higgins, J. Lyng, C. McDonald 0-1 each

UCC (Cork Unless Stated): Paul Hallissey, Killian Burke, Tadgh Burke (Waterford), Shane Roche (Waterford), James Nagle, Michael Breen (Tipperary), Mark O’Brien (Waterford), Michael Collins, Tom Devine (Waterford), Shane O’Keeffe, Rob O’Shea, DJ Foran (Waterford), Anthony Spillane, Conor Lehane, Shane O’Donnell (Clare)
Subs: Alan Cadogan for Spillane (39), Brian Hartnett for Collins (39), Cormac Murphy for Nagle (41), Paudie Prendergast (Waterford) for Devine (57)

UCD (Dublin Unless Stated): Billy Leyden (Kilkenny), Eoin Conroy (Wexford), Matthew O’Hanlon (Wexford), Seán Murphy (Wexford), Barry Whelan (Kilkenny), Cian O’Callaghan, Cillian Buckley (Kilkenny), Conor Devitt (Wexford), Joe Lyng (Kilkenny), Dave Higgins (Westmeath), Conor O’Shea (Kilkenny), Ross King (Laois), Conor McDonald (Wexford), Darragh Dolan (Galway)
Subs: Conor O’Shea (Galway) for Dolan (34), Lorcan Mullins (Down) for O’Shea (56)

Referee: Cathal McAllister (Aghada) to sponsor Higher Education GAA Competitions

posted Oct 9, 2014, 6:44 AM by HE GAA to sponsor Higher Education GAA Competitions 

Comhairle Ardoideachais and Cumann Lúthchleas Gael are delighted to announce the as the new competition sponsor of all Higher Education GAA competitions for the next three academic years.  The partnership will lead to increased coverage of Third Level games on the website.

The Higher Education Leagues commence this week with over 400 fixtures scheduled before the champions will be crowned in late November. Over the next two months, 45 Higher Education Institutes will take part in nine Gaelic football competitions with 31 involved in the seven hurling competitions on campuses all over the island.  The 16 competitions cater for all levels of students from All-Star nominees to beginners.

Speaking on behalf of Cumann Lúthchleas Gael Uachtarán Liam Ó Néill said: “The third level sector is one of huge importance to us in terms of games promotion and player retention.

“It has been a fertile ground for the Association and our activity in this sector ensures a presence for us with a hugely important demographic, not just for the GAA, but for the island as a whole

“We are pleased to partner with given the reach of their platform in addition to the strong tradition of Gaelic games coverage within the group as a whole.

On behalf of, Lia Bresnihan said “We are delighted to partner with the GAA on the Higher Education competitions.  There is a great appetite online for GAA content and we are thrilled to be able to provide rich online experiences to the GAA communities across Ireland and abroad.”

This season’s Higher Education Gaelic Football Championship Finals will be hosted by defending Sigerson Cup champions UCC on February 20th and 21st 2015. This year’s All-Ireland Championship season once again highlighted the links between Higher Education GAA and the inter-county set-up, with eight members of the victorious Kerry panel having donned the famous skull and cross bones of UCC in the Mardyke before graduating to inter-county success.

The 2015 Higher Education Hurling Championship Finals return to Limerick Institute of Technology on February 27th/28th for the first time since 2005, when the hosts claimed their first premier title inspired on the pitch by Tipperary legend Eoin Kelly, and off the pitch by Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald continues to be involved as an integral part of the hurling set up in the Institute.

Fixtures, results and news updates will be available throughout the season on and

Follow all the action on the ‘GAA Higher Education’ or ‘Independent Sport’ Facebook pages, and on Twitter @HigherEdGAA or @IndoSport.

National Student Bursaries Scheme 2014/15

posted Sep 17, 2014, 3:36 AM by HE GAA   [ updated Sep 17, 2014, 3:37 AM ]

National Student Bursaries Scheme 2014/15

The GAA have again reiterated their commitment to the ongoing educational development of its players and members by announcing details of the 2014/2015 GAA National Student Bursary scheme. Now in its eighth year, the scheme is open to members of the Association who are attending a full-time Higher Education course (except those who hold another GAA-related or college scholarship/bursary) and who are active participants in their Higher Education club; to date the GAA has invested close to €1.5million in the seven years that its Bursary Schemes have been in existence.


The schemes are administered by the respective Provincial Councils and recipients will again be selected based on a range of criteria, including their playing, coaching or administrative commitments to the GAA. A number of awards in each province will be reserved for those excelling in the areas of coaching and administration.


Applications for the scheme will be considered by a sub-committee in each province; each bursary granted will be for €750/£600.


Further information and application forms for this year’s scheme are available to download by clicking on the below form and guidelines and the various GAA Provincial Council websites and offices and from the Higher Education Colleges website All completed forms should be returned to the relevant Provincial Council and the closing date for application will be October 10th.  


Senior Inter-County players who were on their County’s Senior Panel in 2013 should apply for Bursaries via the Gaelic Players Association; further information at


* Ulster GAA has not confirmed its involvement with the scheme for this year therefore players within Ulster should contact the Ulster Council for more information. T: 028 (048) 3752 1900.


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