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Weekend GAA Club Reports

Monday, November 12, 2012

Here's a comprehensive set of reports from the senior club championship games which took place in football and hurling around the country at the weekend.


Saturday, November 10


Stradbally 1-8 The Nire 0-10

Stradbally won their eighth Waterford title in 12 years with an injury-time victory in the county final replay over rivals The Nire at Fraher Field on Saturday.

David Grey kicked the winner after another compelling tussle between the sides, which had swung back towards Stradbally in the second half after The Nire had been in control for the opening half hour.

The Nire led 0-7 to 0-4 at half-time, and had been 0-5 to 0-1 up after 15 minutes, a reflection of their early dominance. They remained two ahead until the 48th minute, when Ger Power's goal put Stradbally ahead for the first time.

Shane Aherne stretched the lead to two, before points from Shane Walsh and Thomas O'Gorman brought The Nire level in the dying stages. Then the opportunity fell to Stradbally's Grey, who took his chance superbly to give his side the win.

Sunday, November 11


Ballaghaderreen (Mayo) 1-15 Curry (Sligo) 1-7

Mayo champions Ballaghaderreen will play St. Brigid's in the Connacht final after comfortably defeating Sligo outfit Curry in McHale Park.

The key period for Ballaghaderreen was the opening quarter of the second half, when they struck 1-7 without reply to take total control of the game. Curry also had centre half back John Feeney sent off in this period, making their task even harder.

Curry had led 1-5 to 0-6 at the break, with Sligo star David Maye striking a sweet goal for them after six minutes. However, the Ballaghaderreen burst completey floored Curry after the restart.

James Kilcullen hit the goal, while points from Barry Kelly, Peter Kelly, Barry Regan (4) and Kilcullen pushed Ballaghaderreen into an unassailable lead, which Curry didn't come close to cutting down in the final quarter.

Salthill-Knocknacarra (Galway) 0-8 St Brigid’s (Roscommon) 0-15

St. Brigid's bid to win three Connacht titles in a row remains intact after a comfortable win over Galway champions Salthill-Knocknacarra at Pearse Stadium on Sunday.

The game was tight early on, before a run of five unanswered points from St. Brigid's gave them an interval lead of 0-8 to 0-4.

They pushed on early in the second half, and three points without reply, from Frankie Dolan, Senan Kilbride and Damien Kelleher put them seven points ahead.

The superb Seán Armstrong kept Salthill-Knocknacarra in touch with some outstanding points in the final 15 minutes, but Brigid's were always in control, and with veteran Dolan deadly accurate from frees, they were always able to get the scores to preserve their big lead.


Emmet Óg Killoe (Longford) 2-13 Navan O’Mahony’s (Meath) 0-8

Emmet Óg have been the story of the AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Club Championships so far this season, and their brilliant run continued with a crushing victory over Meath champions Navan O'Mahonys on Sunday.

They lead 0-7 to 0-4 at the break, with six different players scoring for them before the interval. Then, the winning of the game came shortly after the restart when they swooped for two quick goals.

First, Simon Kiernan fisted a goal for Killoe and then the swashbuckling Michéal Quinn pounced on an error before crashing to the net. That left the Longford men nine ahead.

It was all plain sailing for them from there on, and they kicked six more points before the end of the game to march into the Leinster semis, where they will play Portlaoise.

St Patrick’s (Wicklow) 0-4 Portlaoise (Laois) 3-15

Six-in-a-row Laois champions Portlaoise made short work of Wicklow town side St. Patrick's in their Leinster quarter-final at Aughrim on Sunday.

Portlaoise had 20 points to spare in a match that was simply never a contest. They led 2-6 to 0-0 at half-time, their goals coming from Conor Boyle and Brian McCormack.

St. Patrick's finally got off the mark with a couple of points after the restart, but Portlaoise resumed where they left off soon enough and dominated for the remainder of the game, adding scores with ease.

They will play Longford champions Emmet Óg Killoe in the Leinster semi-final in a fortnight.

Sarsfields (Kildare) 1-12 St Patrick’s (Louth) 2-6

Kildare champions Sarsfields will play Dublin's Ballymun Kickhams in the Leinster semi-finals after defeating Louth side St. Patrick's in Newbridge.

Sarsfields lead comfortably early on, but St. Patrick's finally came to life at the end of the first half, with a goal from full-back Dessie Finnegan sending them in just two points behind at 0-7 to 1-2. However, they had Kevin Toner sent off just before the break, leaving them down to 14 men for the second half.

Points from Mattie Byrne and Pádraig Brennan fired Sarsfields further ahead after the restart though, and by the time Robbie Confrey found the net for them with five minutes to go, the game was won.

Colin McCann hit a goal in injury-time for St. Patrick's but it was pure consolation, and Sarsfields march on.

Mullingar Shamrocks (Westmeath) 0-7 Ballymun Kickhams (Dublin) 2-13

Dublin champions Ballymun Kickhams cruised into the Leinster semi-finals with a surprisingly easy victory over Mullingar Shamrocks at Cusack Park.

Davy Byrne's early goal was the centrepiece of an early flurry from Ballymun, who raced into a 1-4 to 0-0 lead. Mullingar recovered somewhat before the interval, but Ballymun were in control at the break, 1-7 to 0-3 ahead.

The second half was almost a mirror image of the first, with Ballymun adding another 1-6 to 0-4 from Mullingar. Their second goal came from Ted Furman shortly after the restart, and that effectively ended the game as a contest.

Dean Rock's shooting efficiency from play and from frees was crucial for Ballymun, and he finished with 0-8 overall in another impressive individual showing.


Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) 3-11 St Eunan’s (Donegal) 1-7

All-Ireland champions Crossmaglen had few problems in a comfortable Ulster quarter-final against Donegal's St. Eunan's in the Athletic Grounds on Sunday.

Kyle Carragher's early goal sent Crossmaglen on their way, although Eunan's recovered quickly to be level at 1-1 to 0-4 after 13 minutes. Cross finished the half well though, and hit five without reply to lead by that margin at the break.

John Haran's goal gave St. Eunan's hope after the restart, but Crossmaglen quickly found their groove again, and their task was made easier by the dismissal of Mark McGowan for Eunan's on 41 minutes.

Aaron Kernan struck Crossmaglen's second goal to put them in firm control, and the third came in injury time from Paul Grant.


Sunday, November 11


Thurles Sarsfields (Tipperary) 2-20 Sarsfields (Cork) 2-15

Tipperary champions Thurles Sarsfields made home advantage count against their namesakes from Cork with a dramatic late victory in the Munster semi-final at Semple Stadium.

The game was level going into injury time, after the Cork Sarsfields had come from six behind to draw level. Then Richie Ruth goaled for Thurles, before they added late points from Aidan McCormack and Johnny Enright to seal the victory.

Thurles led 1-11 to 1-8 at the end of a thrilling first half. Lar Corbett hit the goal for the home side, a brilliant individual effort, with Eoin Quigley responding with a major for the Cork side.

Thurles were dominant for much of the second half, and led by six points with 12 minutes to go, but it was then that Sarsfields of Cork embarked on their comeback. Quigley's second goal sparked the revival, and then two points from Cian McCarthy brought them level.

However, Thurles kept their heads in the final moments, with Ruth's clinical finish sealing their path into the Munster final, where they will play Waterford champions De La Salle.

Newmarket-on-Fergus (Clare) 0-10 De La Salle (Waterford) 1-10

Waterford champions De La Salle reached their third Munster decider in five years with a hard-fought win over Newmarket-on-Fergus in Sixmilebridge on Sunday.

John Keane's goal in injury-time gave them the victory, the forward finishing brilliantly to the net from the edge of the square.

De La Salle led 0-8 to 0-7 at half-time, but the Clare side were in front after the restart when Shane O’Brien hit two fine points.

De La Salle were back in front shortly after, before Newmarket-on-Fergus levelled again to set up the tense final few moments of a game which was finally decided by Keane's rasping finish.


Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-16 Dicksboro 0-12

Ballyhale Shamrocks have now won five out of the last seven Kilkenny titles, following their win over Dicksboro at Nowlan Park on Sunday.

Despite seeing Hurler of the Year Henry Shefflin have two first half penalties saved by Shane Maher, Ballyhale always looked in control of the game and led from start to finish.

Dicksboro always stayed in touch though, and only trailed by two at half-time, 0-9 to 0-7. Ballyhale's most fruitful period came in the third quarter, when their lead swelled to six at one stage.

Dicksboro didn't let them get away from them though, and if Eddie O'Donoghue had found the net when he hit the post with five minutes left, it might have been a very different story. He didn't though, and Mark Aylward's late point added gloss to the Ballyhale win.

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