with late point from Roche
Dunworth Cup Final
A point from a 30 metre placed ball two minutes into added time by Alan Roche earned Feohanagh/Castlemahon a deserved draw with holders Granagh/Ballingarry in a thrilling 42 score Dunworth Cup Final in front of a big crowd in ideal conditions at Ballingarry on Sunday evening.
Donal Mulcahy had the Ballingarry pitch in top class condition for this 23rd annual Granagh/Ballingarry senior hurling tournament final between two fine sporting sides who produced 60 minutes plus of exciting hurling with a draw a fair result at Billy Phillips’s final whistle.
The opening seven minutes were close and exciting with points traded by Cathal O’Keeffe from play and Alan Roche from a placed ball, Cathal O’Keeffe from a placed ball and Seamus Flanagan from play for 0-3 each. Michael Fitzgibbon and Patrick Lomasney had wides for Feohanagh/Castlemahon before Limerick captain Donal O’Grady put Granagh/Ballingarry 0-4 to 0-3 ahead with a fine point following a good solo run on 8 minutes. Then a long delivery by Barry Lynch was collected by William Lomasney who laid off to Seamus Flanagan who finished past Jimmy Shiels to put the Feohanagh/Castlemahon boys two ahead 1-3 to 0-4 on nine minutes.
Far from being overawed, Granagh/Ballingarry had a fine point from play by Cathal O’Keeffe on 11 minutes followed two minutes later by a cracking Donal O’Grady goal to leave it 1-5 to 1-3 in favour of Granagh/Ballingarry on 13 minutes. Then two points for Feohanagh/Castlemahon courtesy of Alan Roche from a 65 on 14 minutes and a placed ball a minute later to level the score for the fourth time at 1-5 each at the end of the first quarter.
Denis O’Connor from play on 17 minutes and Cathal O’Keeffe from a placed ball two minutes later gave the home side a two point advantage before Kieran Guina collected from a Seamus Flanagan cross and goaled to put the Feohanagh/Castlemahon boys one ahead 2-5 to 1-7 on 20 minutes.
Cathal O’Keeffe of Granagh/Ballingarry made it level for the fifth time with his fourth point from play on 21 minutes. The next seven minutes belonged to Alan Roche of Feohanagh/Castlemahon with four unanswered points from placed balls followed up by a long range point from play courtesy of Seán Flanagan to put last year’s County junior A champions five ahead on 29 minutes. The final few minutes produced no more scores to leave Feohanagh/Castlemahon still leading at the interval by five, 2-10 to 1-8.
The Feohanagh/Castlemahon boys started the second half from where they had left with points by Alan Roche from a placed ball on 32 minutes and William Lomasney from play on 34 minutes followed up a minute later by a cracking Michael Fitzgibbon goal to leave the visitors ten ahead 3-13 to 1-8 on 35 minutes. Then Denis O’Connor had points from placed balls for Granagh/Ballingarry on 37 and 40 minutes before points were traded by Barry Lynch from play on 42 minutes and Cathal O’Keeffe from a placed ball a minute later to leave it Feohanagh/Castlemahon 3-13, Granagh/Ballingarry 1-11 on 43 minutes.
Granagh/Ballingarry were majestic for the next 11 minutes striking 1-5 courtesy of a point by sub Brendan Lynch on 44 minutes, Cathal O’Keeffe from a placed ball on 45 minutes, Donal O’Grady from play on 46 minutes, Cathal O’Keeffe from a 65 on 50 minutes followed by a smashing Denis O’Connor goal on 52 minutes and a pointed free by Cathal O’Keefe to minutes later to leave the score level for the fifth time in this thrilling 23rd Dunworth Cup final, Granagh/Ballingarry 2-16, Feohanagh/Castlemahon 3-13 on 54 minutes.
Then Alan Roche finally ended 12 minutes without a Feohanagh/Castlemahon score when he split the uprights from a placed ball on 55 minutes cancelled out by Eoin Kennedy from play a minute to level for the sixth time. Then a long delivery by Niall Kennedy of Feohanagh/Castlemahon went all the way to the back of the Granagh/Ballingarry net on 57 minutes and Ross Egan followed up a minute later with a well taken point from play to give the visitors a four point 4-16 to 2-17 advantage with two minutes of normal time left. Granagh/Ballingarry were not overawed and scored a smashing Cathal O’Keeffe goal on 59 minutes followed by points by Denis O’Connor from a placed ball on 60 minutes and Cathal O’Keeffe from play on 61 minutes to put the boys in black and green one ahead 3-19 to 4-15.
Then Feohanagh/Castlemahon were awarded a 30 metre free in front of the Granagh/Ballingarry goal and from the placed ball awarded Alan Roche split the uprights to take this enthralling 23rd Dunworth Cup final to a replay, denying Granagh/Ballingarry three in a row.
Granagh-Ballingarry: Jimmy Shiels, Donagh McCarthy, Cian Cagney, Bobby Houlihan, John Carroll, David Clancy, Niall McCarthy, Bert Hanley, Seán Lenihan, Eoin Kennedy 0-1, Donal O'Grady 1-3, Pat Carroll, David Condron, Denis O'Connor 1-4, Cathal O'Keeffe 1-10. Subs used: Michael Carroll, Brendan Lynch 0-1, Jack O'Donoghue.
Feohanagh-Castlemahon: Gearóid Sexton, Noel Corbett, Seán Downey, Mattie O'Sullivan, Jason Flynn, Barry Lynch 0-1, Niall Kennedy 1-0, Seán Flanagan 0-2, Michael Fitzgibbon 1-0, Patrick Lomasney, William Lomasney 0-1, Alan Roche 0-10, Seamus Flanagan 1-1, Kieran Guina 1-0. Subs: Ross Egan 0-1, Tossie Butler, Barry Noonan, John F Reidy, James Guina.
Referee: Billy Phillips, Tournafulla.
County Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship round 6 preview
There should be a feast of hurtling in G.A.A. venues all over the county this weekend for the four sixth-round games listed in the Limerick County Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship. The mouth-watering clashes include Granagh-Ballingarry and Dromin-Athlacca on Saturday 29th August at Fitzgerald Park Kilmallock at 6.30pm; this meeting of neighbouring rivals has generated a buzz in both clubs as Granagh-Ballingarry in 6th place in the table on 4 points hope for a win to keep their hopes for a semi-final spot alive if other results go in their favour, and Dromin-Athlacca, who are bottom on one point at the moment, will need to take both points to avoid the drop to the second tier of Intermediate hurling for next season.
Granagh-Ballingarry v Dromin-Athlacca, 1994-2006
Dromin-Athlacca have a proud championship record over Granagh-Ballingarry, beating them in the 1994 County Junior A Hurling Championship quarter-final after a replay and in the County Intermediate Hurling Championship in 1999 and 2000. Granagh-Ballingarry did gain some revenge for those defeats at Pairc Caoimh O Luing Feenagh on Friday 20th July 2001, beating Athlacca 2-6 to 1-3 to qualify for the quarter-finals; the winning Granagh-Ballingarry side that evening was Shane Mulqueen, Ollie O'Brien, Donagh McCarthy, Mick Carroll, Darren Clifford, Seamus Stapleton, Aidan Mulqueen, Donal O'Grady 0-2, Niall McCarthy, Ed O'Brien, Neville O'Donnell, Micheál Clancy. John Morrison 2-4, Ciarán Mulqueen and David Clancy, and the subs used were Mark Sheehy, Paul Kennedy and Eoin Kennedy.
When the sides met again on Sunday 14th July 2002 in the same championship a goal from a penalty four minutes into the second half was the deciding score for the South division side in their 1-10 to 0-1 win over Granagh-Ballingarry, also at Pairc Caoimh O Luing, and that Granagh-Ballingarry side consisted of Shane Mulqueen, Ollie O'Brien, Seamus Stapleton, Aidan Mulqueen, Darren Clifford, Donagh McCarthy, Paul Kennedy 0-1, Niall McCarthy, Donal O'Grady 0-1, Micheál Clancy 0-3, Bobby Houlihan, Ed O'Brien, Stephen Stapleton, Mick Carroll 0-1, subs used Bert Hanley, Cormac McCarthy and Eoin Kennedy.
Dromin-Athlacca won County Intermediate Championship honours in 2004 and Granagh-Ballingarry in 2005. In 2006 Granagh-Ballingarry in their first outing in the County Senior Championship came close to causing a serious shock when they gave Croom a fright, though Croom eventually won 2-16 to 2-11. Dromin-Athlacca were defeated 1-16 to 1-8 by holders Garryspillane to set up the first ever clash of Granagh-Ballingarry and Dromin-Athlacca in the County Senior Hurling Championship losers’ group on Friday 28th July 2006 at Pairc Caoimh O Luing where Granagh-Ballingarry came from 0-7 to 0-6 down at half time to beat their neighbours 0-16 to 0-12;
That Granagh-Ballingarry team was Conor Mulqueen, Bobby Houlihan, Donagh McCarthy, Niall McCarthy, Mick carol, David Clancy, Darren Clifford, Cormac McCarthy, Bert Hanley 0-1, Donal O'Grady 0-1, Kevin O'Connor 0-1, Denis O'Connor 0-7, Cian Cagney 0-1, Seamus Stapleton 0-3, Michael Clancy 0-1, and subs Paul Kennedy 0-1 and Ed O'Brien;
The Dromin-Athlacca team was Mark Moynihan, Donal Walsh, Gary Costelloe 0-1, Patrick Herlihy, Gearóid O'Leary, Michael Kelliher, Eoin Brosnan, MichaelCuneen 0-1, Morgan Walsh, Darren Moynihan, Richard Ryan, Paul Neenan 0-7 and Tiernan Ryan 0-3. Granagh-Ballingarry went on to give one of their greatest ever displays at senior level when they came from 2-5 to 0-5 down at half time to beat holders Garryspillane 3-11 to 2-3 at Fitzgerald Park Kilmallock on Sunday 13th August 206 to advance to a quarter-final against Bruree on Saturday 2nd September when goals by James and Ger O'Brien in the 10th and 15th minutes paved the way for a 2-11 to 0-11 victory for Bruree over an out of focus Granagh-Ballingarry, so it was Bruree who played in the semi-final against Doon and Patrickswell in the final and won county senior honours.
Dromin-Athlacca, winners of four county Intermediate Hurling Championships (1977, 2004, 2007 and 2014) have won 6 and drawn 2 of their 15 competitive games and are bottom of the table on one point and will need to take both points to avoid the drop to the County Division 3 Hurling League:
Round 1 Dromin-Athlacca 2-12 St Kieran's 3-8
Round 2 Dromin-Athlacca 3-11 Knockaderry 0-12
Round 3 Dromin-Athlacca 3-12 Pallasgreen 2-15 (a draw)
Round 4 Dromin-Athlacca 2-20 Mungret-St Paul's 0-16
Round 5 Dromin-Athlacca 1-15 Glenroe 1-11
Round 6 Monaleen 3-19 Dromin-Athlacca 2-21
Round 7 Dromin-Athlacca v Bruree to be confirmed.
County Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship
Round 1 Blackrock 3-13 Dromin-Athlacca 1-17
Round 2 Monaleen 2-15 Dromin-Athlacca 0-16
Round 3 Dromin-Athlacca 2-11 Bruree 3-8 (a draw)
Round 4 Garryspillane 0-20 Dromin-Athlacca 1-14
Round 5 Knockainey 1-14 Dromin-Athlacca 0-14
South Intermediate Hurling Championship
Round 1 Dromin-Athlacca 2-21 Bruree 1-12
Semi-final Dromin-Athlacca 1-22 Kilmallock 0-15
Final Knockainey 4-19 Dromin-Athlacca 1-17
South Senior Hurling Championship
Semi-final Knockainey 0-20 Dromin-Athlacca 0-14
Panel: Richard Ryan, Ger Kelleher, Michael Reidy, Derek Kenny, Brian kelleher, Chris Riordan, David Mullins, Tom Breen, Peter Ryan, Paul Neehan David Reidy, Tiernan Ryan, James Kelleher, Jason Lenihan, David Breen, Gearóid O'Leary, Patrick Lynch, Eoin O'Leary, John McManus, Kieran Shortt, Eoin O'Connell, Joe Power, James Dore, Killian Gavan, Gavin Neenan, Shane Rabbitte, Mark Brennan, Brendan Walsh. Manager: Shane Nolan. Selectors: Mark Moynihan, Donal Walsh and Liam Barron. Kit man: Pad Joe Lynch. First aid: Katie Lynch.
Granagh-Ballingarry, winners of two county Intermediate Hurling Championships, Ballingarry 1910 and Granagh-Ballingarry 2005 after nine years playing senior hurling, were relegated to Premier Intermediate for this season, have won ten and drawn one of their 15 competitive games and are sixth in the table on 4 points. they will need to take both points to keep their hope of a semi-final spot alive and not go down to the relegation zone.
County Division 2 Hurling League
Round 1 Granagh-Ballingarry 2=16 Garryspillane 0-12
Round 2 Granagh-Ballingarry v Knockainey t.b.c.
Round 3 Granagh-Ballingarry 4-10 Blackrock 2-10
Round 4 Granagh-Ballingarry 1-16 Bruff 1=13
Round 5 South Liberties 1-15 Granagh-Ballingarry 0-11
Round 6 Granagh-Ballingarry 1-15 Croom 0-15
Round 7 Granagh-Ballingarry 2-15 Effin 2-12
County Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship
Round 1 Knockainey 1-12 Granagh-Ballingarry 0-14
Round 2 Garryspillane 2-13 Granagh-Ballingarry 1-5
Round 3 Granagh-Ballingarry 0-13 Pallasgreen 0-10
Round 4 Granagh-Ballingarry 0-17 Monaleen 0-14
Round 5 Blackrock 3-16 Granagh-Ballingarry 2-17
West Intermediate Hurling Championship quarter-final
Granagh-Ballingarry 1-23 Monagea 3-13
West Senior Hurling Championship
Quarter-final: Granagh-Ballingarry 0-13 St Kieran's 0-11
Semi-final Granagh-Ballingarry 3-11 Newcastle West 1-11
Dunworth Cup final
Granagh-Ballingarry 3-19 Feohanagh-Castlemahon 4-16
Panel: Jimmy Shiels, Cian Cagney, Donagh McCarthy, Michael Carroll, John Carroll, David Clancy, Bobby Houlihan, Bert Hanley, Seán Lenihan, Niall Kennedy, Donal O'Grady, Denis O'Connor, David Condron, Kevin O'Connor, Eoin Kennedy, Colm Noonan, Michael Clancy, Niall McCarthy, Cathal O'Keeffe, Jack O'Donoghue, Darren Clifford, Mark Tierney, Mike Walsh, Eoin Casey, Kevin Mulcahy, Kevin Forde, Padraig Lynch. manager: Seamus Stapleton. Coach: John Tuohy. Selectors: Paddy Hennessey, Willie Power and Darragh O'Grady. Gear: Donal Mulcahy. First aid: Breda and Laura O'Keeffe.
The proverbial ‘mouth-watering clash’ awaits us with neither side fearing the other and both confident of victory for Dromin-Athlacca to avoid the drip to the second tier of Intermediate for next season and Granagh-Ballingarry to keep their semi-final hopes alive and get out of the relegation zone. So this Saturday 29th August Fitzgerald Park Kilmallock is the place for all Granagh-Ballingarry fans to be at 6.30pm.
U14/U15 Hurling and Football Update
With the group stages of the U14 and U15 hurling and football championships now complete the various Granagh/Ballingarry teams have qualified as follows. The U14 hurlers have qualified for the Division 2 shield semi where they will play Bruff. The U14 footballers have qualified for the division 3 Football final where they will play neighbours Rathkeale. The U15 hurlers have qualified for the division 3 Hurling final where they will play shamrock Gaels. The dates and venues for all of these games are yet to be confirmed. Well done to al the U14 and U15 boys for their efforts in qualifying to date.
Luke and Seán in Limerick U14 and U15 County Action
The club would like to wish good luck to Luke Flynn and Seán O’Connor who wil embark on hurling action with Limerick this coming weekend as part of the U14 and U15 hurling squads. Luke will line out with the U14s in the Tony Forrestal/Sonny Walsh Cup in Waterford city. Seán will line out with the U15s as they take part in the Ted Hanley Memorial Cup in Ballygarvan, Co. Cork. Best wishes to Luke and Seán as well as to both Limerick squads and management.
Limerick make it to their first U21 final since 2002
All Ireland U21 Hurling Championship semi-final
Congratulations to the Limerick U21 hurlers on their thrilling six point victory over a fancied Galway at Semple Stadium, Thurles on Saturday evening to qualify for their first All Ireland U21 Championship Final since 2002 against Wexford 1-21 to 1-8, winners over Antrim in the first semi-final. Limerick led 0-10 to 0-4 after 24 minutes, then a superb sideline cut on 23 minutes by J. Flynn hit the fuse for a Galway revival. With further unanswered white flags courtesy of S. Cooney, B. Molloy and three more from the stick of the hard working J. Flynn (two from placed ball) levelling the match at 0-10 apiece at the interval. Galway edged in front with a fine point by D. Nevin inside the opening minute at the second half but it was the boys in green and white who dominated from here as they added 1-10 to their total and held the Galway boys to six points to set up a final meeting with Wexford on Saturday September 12th at the same venue.
Limerick: D. McCarthy, S. Finn, R. English, M. Casey, D. Byrnes 0-2, B. O’Connell, G. Hegarty 0-1, D. O’Donovan 0-2, P. Ryan, b. Nash 0-1, C. Lynch 0-1, D. Dempsey 0-4, R. Lynch 0-3, C. Ryan 0-3, T. Morrissey 1-3. Subs used: A. La touché, P. Casey, N. O’Callaghan, J. Kelliher.
The Galway scorers were J. Flynn 0-7, B. Molloy 0-5, D. Nevin 0-2, E. Brannigan, S. Cooney and C. Whelan 0-1 each.
All Ireland U21 Hurling Championship semi-final: Wexford 1-21, Antrim 1-8; Limerick 1-20, Galway 0-17.
All Ireland Senior football championship semi-final: Kerry 0-18, Tyrone 0-11.
All Ireland Minor Football Championship Semi Final
Kerry 1-11, Derry 1-6
West Junior B Football Championship semi finals
St. Senan’s 1-9, Drom Broadford 0-11
Knockaderry 0-10, Glin 0-5
West Minor A and B Hurling Championship Round 3
Dáithi Broudairs 3-23, St. Kieran’s 5-2
West Junior A Football Championship semi final
Cappagh 2-8, Gerald Griffin’s 0-12
West Junior A Hurling Championship quarter final
Drom Broadford 2-22, Templeglantine 0-9
West Junior A Hurling Championship semi final
Tournafulla 1-16, Killeedy 1-14
€9,100 Jackpot on Monday
There was no winner of the €9,000 jackpot in the Granagh-Ballingarry GAA club lottery on Monday 24th August at Dinny AsBar, Ballingarry. The numbers drawn were 1, 20, 28 and 32. The lucky dips of €20 each went to Mary Carroll, Jim Roche, Ber and Mike Chawke, John O’Sullivan and Neilus Brosnan. The next draw is on Monday 31st August at Barrett’s Bar in Ballingarry for a jackpot of €9,100. We thank all our punters for their continued support.
All Ireland Hurling Final Tickets
The draw for the Granagh-Ballingarry allocation of All Ireland Hurling final tickets will take place in the GAA clubhouse, Ballingarry, on Thursday 3rd September at 8.30pm. All club members only who are going to the final and want to be in the draw should contact secretary John Lynch at 087-2912356 on or before Wednesday 2nd September at 6pm.
County Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship Round 6
Sunday 20th September: Bruree v Granagh-Ballingarry, Fitzgerald Park, Kilmallock at 6pm. Blackrock v Garryspillane, Kilbreedy at 6pm . Dromin Athlacca v Pallasgreen, Bruff at 6pm. Monaleen v Knockainey, Cahirconlish at 6pm.
Friday 28th August
County Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship Round 6: Blackrock v Pallasgreen in Hospital at 6.30pm.
County Intermediate Hurling Championship Group 1 Round 5: Cappamore v Feenagh-Kilmeedy, Fitzgerald Park, Kilmallock, at 6.45pm. Mungret/St. Paul’s v St. Kieran’s in Croagh at 6.45pm. Knockaderry v Caherline in Clarina at 6.45pm.
West Junior B Hurling Championship quarter final: Killeedy v Tournafulla, Quaid Park, Coolyroe, at 6.30pm.
Saturday 29th August
County Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship Round 6: Granagh Ballingarry v Dromin-Athlacca, Fitzgerald Park, Kilmallock, at 6.30pm. Monaleen v Garryspillane in Bruff at 5pm.
County Senior Hurling Championship Group 1 Round 5:
Ahane v South Liberties in Caherconlish at 6.30pm. Murroe-Boher v Effin in Bruff at 6.30pm
County Intermediate Hurling Championship Group 2 Round 5: Kildimo/Pallaskenry v Hospital-Herbertstown in Ballingarry at 6.30pm. Glenroe v Feohanagh-Castlemahon in Ballyagran at 6.30pm. Newcastle West v Claughaun in Croagh at 6.30pm.
West Junior A Football Championship Final: Cappagh v Monagea in Askeaton at 3.30pm
Sunday 30th August
All Ireland Minor Football Championship semi-final:
Tipperary v Kildare, Croke Park, 1.30pm.
All Ireland Senior Football Championship semi-final:
Mayo v Dublin, Croke Park, 3.30pm
County Senior Hurling Championship Group 1, Round 5:
Doon v Ballybrown, Fitzgerald Park, Kilmallock, at 6.30pm. Adare v Bruff in Claughaun at 6.30pm. Na Piarsaigh v Croom in Clarina at 6.30pm.
County Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship Round 6: Bruree v Knockainey in Kilfinane at 6.30pm.
West Junior B Hurling Championship quarter-final: Croagh-Kilfinny v Feohanagh-Castlemahon in Knockaderry at 1.30pm.
West Junior A Hurling Championship semi-final: Rathkeale v Drom-Broadford in Feenagh at 6.30pm.
Thursday 3rd September:
Draw for All Ireland Hurling Final tickets in the clubhouse Ballingarry at 8.30pm.