Corofin/Ruan 7-7 Tulla 5-5
second half performance saw Corofin/Ruan overcome the challenge of a gallant Tulla
side in the U-14 B Final, played in Clarecastle on Friday, June 7th.
off to a great start and led 3-1 to 0-0 after 10 minutes. Two well taken Ashley
Brohan goals reduced the deficit and Corofin/Ruan only trailed by 5 points at
half-time, 3-5 to 2-3.
Tulla scored a fourth goal early in the second half they
looked to be on the road to victory.
Corofin/Ruan improved their performance
throughout the field and goals from Colin Haugh (2), Gearóid Cahill, Seán
O'Brien and Kevin Keane put Corofin/Ruan into the lead.
Tulla were awarded a
penalty but they failed to convert this and that ended their chances of coming
back into contention in this final. Corofin/Ruan ran out deserving winners on a
final score 7-7 to 5-5.
Amid great scenes of celebration, joint-captains
Gearóid Cahill and Colin Haugh accepted the cup from Bord na nÓg Iomáint
Chairman Martin Reynolds for the second year in a row.
Gearóid Hanrahan, Ronan Corey Adrian Shannon for Caimin Whelan,. Padraig Cleary for Eoin Burke, Padraig Casey, Ethan Neylon, Eoin Fitzgerald, Conor O'Brien, Cian O'Loughlin Subs:
Corofin/Ruan Team:- Josh Ryan, Conor Wynne, Eoin McMahon, Liam McGrath, Seán Danagher, Tola Neylon, Eoin Leane, Seán O'Brien 1-0, . Gearóid Cahill 0-3 (0-2 frees),. Caimin Whelan, Ashley Brohan 2-0, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Kevin Keane 1-0, Colin Haugh 3-4 (0-3 frees), Eoin Burke.
Eire Og 3-8 Corofin/Ruan 1-8
The Townies are back’ was the chant from the Éire Óg supporters when their favourites won the U-16A hurling crown for the first time since 2000 at Clarecastle on Sunday afternoon.
Corofin-Ruan started the brighter and were three points ahead after 10 minutes when Fergus Killeen looking really dangerous at centre-forward. Eoin Clancy was dominant at midfield. However, Éire Óg settled and were ahead by the 20th minute with their half-forward line of O’Connor, O’Halloran and O’Connell really coming into the game.
In the 22nd minute, Michael Kelly goaled for Corofin/Ruan to help them regain the lead. In the 26th minute of the first half, Éire Óg corner-forward Tadhg Connellan scored a goal when the ball rebounded off Corofin/Ruan goalie Conor O’Loughlin, after a great shot by Liam Lynch. This left the half-time score at 1-5 to 1-4 in favour of the winners.
Corofin/Ruan were dealt three killer blows in the second half. The town side had goals after the ball rebounded off the upright twice, while Corofin-Ruan were further hit when they lost their very influential player, Fergus Killen, through injury. In the fifth minute of the second half, Conor O’Halloran’s shot hit the upright and rebounded to Shane O’Connell, who found the net.
Lighting doesn’t strike twice or does it? In the 23rd minute another ball hit the upright and this time, Tadhg Connellan was on hand to dispatch the ball to the net. It was three strikes and you’re out for the North Clare team and a great and welcome victory for Éire Óg, who have arrived back at the top of underage hurling in Clare.
Éire Óg: Paul Leamy; Brian Flanagan, Cian O’Ceallaigh, Martin Darcy; David McNamara, Dara Walsh, Jack Keating (captain); Michael Moloney, James Woods; Einne O’Connor, Conor O’Halloran, Shane O’Connell; Liam Lynch, Eimhin Courtney, Tadhg Connellan.
Subs: Lee Flynn, Patrick Chesser, Ruairí Shannon, Conor O’Dwyer, Barry Woods, Oran Slattery, Patrick McDaid and Tom Keating.
Scorers: Tadhg Connellan (2-1), Shane O’Connell (1-3), Michael Moloney (0-3) and Conor O’Halloran (0-1).
Corofin-Ruan: Conor O’Loughlin; Sean Hillery, Michael Duffy, Stephen Burke; Tim O’Connor, Colm Rice, Jason Courtney; Cian O’Dean, Eoin Clancy; Damian O’Loughlin, Fergus Killeen, Michael Lyons; Michael Kelly, Liam O’Donovan, Conal Ó hAinifein.
Subs: Evan Clune, Shane Malone, Barry Heagney, Lee Donovan, Cillian Clancy, Conor Hillery, Mark Corry, Michael Southby, Cian O’Reilly.
Scorers: Michael Kelly (1-1), Fergus Killeen, Conal Ó h-Ainifein (0-3) each; Liam O’Donovan (0-1).a
Ruan 2-5 Ennistymon 1-3
Ruan captured the U-14D title at a wet Cusack Park on Saturday but they were
made fight all the way by gallant Ennistymon who will be wondering what the
outcome might have been had they converted all of their chances, especially in
the second half. Ennistymon were first to score when their midfielder and
captain Dirring McNamara pointed a 35m free. However this was to be their only
score in the first period as Ruan dominated with Colin Haugh in great form.
Haugh was to score 1-4 (1-3f) of Ruan’s 1-5 in this period, his goal from a
free after the Ennistymon goalie Joe Kivlehan was deemed to have picked the
ball from the ground in the tenth minute. Eoin McMahon was the other Ruan payer
to score with an excellent long range free.
Ennistymon resumed in the second period with Aaron O’Brien in goal. When he was
slow to clear his line Ruan corner-forward Alan McDonald pounced to score his
sides second goal. Incredibly this was to be Ruan’s last score as Ennistymon
dominated with Dirring Mc Mamara and Luke Howley ruling the roost at midfield.
In the 12th minute Ennistymon’s Derek McInerney had a great goal chance but his
shot went narrowly wide. Ennistymon substitute Patrick O’Rourke had an
excellent point on 15 minutes from the 45m mark.
Ennistymon were now in all-out attack mode and were rewarded with a great run
by Brian Considine who passed to captain McNamara who finished to the net.
It was game on now with Ruan defending for their lives and David Hehir and Ross
O’Donovan clearing time and time again. Ruan’s best player Haugh was now back
to help out his defence.
The second goal Ennistymon needed never came and they had to settle for a late
point from Patrick Kelly.
Ruan: Jack Hehir; David Hehir, Eoin
McMahon; Conor Wynne (0-1), Ross O’Donovan, Nathal Bluett, Ryan Fitzpatrick;
Brian O’Sullivan, David Kirwan, Colin Haugh (1-4), Alan McDonald (1-0).
Sub: Ronan Corey.
Ennistymon: Joe Kivlehan; Cathal O’Gorman, Padraig
Kelly (0-1), Jack Crosse, David McNamara, Luke Howley, Dirring McNamara (1-1),
Cillian O’Donoghue, Brian Considine, Aaron O’Brien, Derek McInerney. Board Chairman Martin Reynolds presents Shield to David Hehir
Subs: Patrick O’Rourke (0-1), Dara
McInerney, Niall Canavan.
Corofin-Ruan 3-8 Ballyea 1-10
IN a very entertaining U-14B Hurling Championship final at Cusack Park on Saturday, Corofin-Ruan captured the honours when the accounted for the holders, Ballyea.
The final scoreline says the margin was four points but the sides were much more closely matched with the result in doubt right to the final whistle. The game was in the second minute of injury time when Conor O’Loughlin’s delivery from midfield went all the way to the net to finally seal victory for the new amalgamation, which only came into being this season.
They took the lead in the very first minute with a point from wing-back Tony Neylon but 14 minutes went by before they had their next score, a goal from joint captain Mark Corry, whose effort from 45m went all the way to the net.
At this stage, a comfortable win for Corofin-Ruan looked likely as they had opened a 1-1 to 0-0 lead despite playing against the wind.
The game was 19 minutes old before Ballyea finally opened their account through Conor Lynch. From here to the half-time whistle, they were in control and picked off some great scores in the process.
Two further Lynch efforts from frees and a Sean Meaney point had them on level terms (1-10 to 0-4) with five minutes still remaining in the half.
Following a great save by the winners’ goalie Gearóid Cahill from Dean Minogue, Ballyea took the lead when Lynch converted the resultant 65’. Minogue then struck for a goal before Lynch converted another long-range free and Ballyea went to the break 1-6 to 1-1 in front.
Having to face the wind in the second half, one of the talking points at the interval was whether or not Ballyea’s five-point lead would be sufficient.
A Mark Corry point and a goal from Colin Haugh saw the winners cut the lead to the minimum within five minutes of the resumption. Things didn’t look good for Ballyea but a Conor Lynch free gave them hope as the standard of play improved.
Two superb scores from midfielder Conor O’Loughlin helped the winners move a point clear by the mid-point of the second half but two equally impressive scores from Dean Minogue had Ballyea back on level terms with 10 minutes remaining.
Minogue was unlucky to see his flick on a high delivery go narrowly wide with seven minutes remaining and as both sides fought tooth and nail for the upperhand a draw was looking increasingly likely.
Mark Corry converted a 30m free for the Corofin-Ruan combination four minutes from the end before O’Loughlin’s injury-time goal sealed victory.
Gearóid Cahill, Cathal Corbett, Ross O’Donovan, Conor O’Loughlin, Mark Corry and Colin Haugh impressed for the winners. Ballyea’s best were Mark and Liam Crowe, Dean Minogue Sean Meaney and Conor Lynch.
After the game, Bord na nÓg chairman Martin Reynolds presented the cup to the joint captains of the winning team, Conor O’Loughlin and Mark Corry.
Corofin-Ruan: Gearóid Cahill; Conor Wynne, Cathal Corbett, Eoin McMahon; Liam McGrath, Ross O’Donovan, Tola Neylon (0-1); Conor O’Loughlin (1-2), Damian O’Loughlin; David Hehir, Rory Conroy, Mark Corry (1-3); Nathan Bluett (0-1), James Tierney, Colin Haugh (1-1).
Sub: Cillian Clancy for Hehir (half-time).
Ballyea: Oisín Hennessy; Conor Donnellan, Peter Casey, Robert Mannion; Greg Allard, Mark Crowe, Liam Crowe; Dean Minogue (1-2), Eamonn Breen; Aaron Griffin, Sean Meaney (0-1), Conor Lynch (0-6); Aidan Lynch, Daniel Cleary (0-1), Michael McCarthy.
Referee: John Dolan, Clarecastle.
Corofin/Ruan players celebrate a great victory
Ruan 2-7 Crusheen/Tubber 2-5
Crusheen/Tubber started this U-15C Championship final in great from, with an early goal from Ross Hayes, which helped them to lead 1-5 to 0-4 at the break.
Ruan's Michael Lyons clears under pressure from Ronan Monaghan
Lee O’Donovan got his first goal in the sixth minute of the second half to set up a great game of hurling. A long free from Ronan Monahan went all the way to the Ruan net on the 15th minute. Ruan, however, were never out of the game and a second goal from O’Donovan after great work by Liam O’Donovan saw them lead for the first time in the 25th minute.
This was a lead they would keep to the end, despite the best efforts of Donal McMahon, who was now playing on the edge of the square. He saw his last-minute 20m free saved and the rebound go narrowly wide. Great credit must go to Ruan, who were the smaller side physically but whose never-say-did attitude saw them claim the honours.
Ruan failed to score a goal until the 40th minute when Lee O’Donovan hit the target and Crusheen responded with scores from Donal McMahon and Monahan. O’Donovan’s second goal put Ruan ahead and from there they held out, despite a late rally from the vanquished.
The champions had sterling performances from Michael Lyons, Conal Ó hAinifein, Lee O’Donovan, Liam O’Donovan, Colm Rice, Jason Courtney and Tim O’Connor. Crusheen/Tubber were served well by Ronan Monahan, Colin Waters, Donal McMahon, Cillian Droney, Simon O’Donoghue, Brian McDonagh and Sean Culligan.
Ruan: Colin Haugh; Sean Hillery, Michael Lyons, Nathan Bluett; Ross O’Donovan, Jason Courtney, Tim O’Connor; Colm Rice, Conor Hillery, Barry Heagney; Conal O’hAinifein (capt, 0-2), Mark Corry; Lee O’Donovan (2-1), Liam O’Donovan, Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Crusheen/Tubber: Josh Monahan; Emmet Quinn, Simon O’Donoghue, Gavin O’Brien; John Faul, Donal McMahon (0-2), Brian McDonagh; Cillian Droney, Colm Halpin; Colin Waters, Darragh McMahon, Cillian Mullins; Ronan Monahan (1-3), Sean Culligan, Ross Hayes (1-0).
Sub: Breffni Horner.
Referee: Tony McCarthy (Newmarket)
Coca Cola GAA Feile na nGael Div 3 Hurling Final
Castletown-Geoghegan ( Westmeath)...........5-8 Ruan (Clare)...............1-2
By Michael O Connor.
A powerful start by Westmeath side Castletown-Geoghegan laid the foundations for a comfortable win over a game Ruan side from Clare. A trio of first half goals from Liam Cassidy (2) and Paddy Doody set the winners on the way even though Ruan had half a dozen goal chances that went abegging in a half time scoreline of (3-4) to (0-1) that did scant justice to the efforts of the Clare side. Castletown-Geoghegan continued their dominance in the second half with early scores from Liam Cassidy, Cormac Deegan, the excellent Paddy Doody (goal), Johnny Bermingham and Shane Clavin before Conal O hAinifein scored a goal from a free. A late goal from sub Andrew Corbett sealed the win for the Westmeath outfit as the final whistle brought huge celebrations for the last Westmeath support.
CASTLETOWN-GEOGHEGAN; C Daly, P Doody (2-2), J Fox, M Mealiffe, B Carey, A Kincaid, S Fagan, T Moran, S Clavin (0-2), J Bermingham(0-1), C Glennon, L Cassidy (2-1), C Kane, C Deegan (0-1), B Heeney. Sub: L McNally-Woods for A Corbett (1-0) for Doody, D Glennon for Deegan, S Maher for Mealiffe, B Heeney for Bermingham.
RUAN: C Hillary, N Bluett, M Lyons, R O Donovan, A O Brien, J Courtney, S Hillary, C O hAinifein (1-1), C Rice, T O Connor, B Heagney, M Corry, L O Donovan (0-1), R Fitzpatrick, C Haugh.
Referee: Seanie McMahon