Thursday 26 April 2018

In brief: Mooney fires Newry to final

St Colman's 3-14 Dundalk Schools 1-9: NEWRY'S St Colman's are only an hour away from retaining their All-Ireland Colleges SFC A title after overcoming the challenge of Dundalk Schools in Crossmaglen yesterday.

The Hogan Cup holders got off to a whirlwind start in this semi-final clash with points from Ryan Johnson, Caolan Mooney and Jerome Johnson and they never looked back. Mooney bagged two first-half goals as well with Conal McKeever getting a late goal for Dundalk to leave it 2-8 to 1-4 at the break.

In the second half, the superb Ciarán Byrne took his personal haul to six points for Dundalk but the holders were always in control with Jerome Johnston, Mooney and Tony McGreevey all getting points before Shay McArdle put the icing on the cake with a goal.

Scorers -- St Colman's: C Mooney 2-3, J Johnson 0-5, S McArdle 1-1, T McGreevy, P Morgan, K Haughey, J Haughey, R Johnson 0-1 each. Dundalk Schools: C Byrne 0-6, C McKeever 1-1, D McMahon, S McAuley 0-1 each.

St Colman's: M McNeice; M O'Hare, N Donnelly, J Haughey; D Brannigan, E Magee, K Haughey; R Johnson, C Gough; T Mulholland, P Casey, C Mooney; S McArdle, J Johnson, T McGreevy. Subs: P Morgan for Mulholland, R Mussen for Mooney.

Dundalk Schools: D Breen; K Lenehan, D Smith, C McMenamin; Sean Thornton, D McMahon, S McAule; P Reilly, J Stewart; K Hearty, A Sharkey, C Doyle; C Byrne, Shane Thornton, C McKeever. Subs: C Ryan for Reilly, R Williams for McMenamin, A Murphy for Shane Thornton, A English for Sean Thornton, P Lynch for McAuley

Referee: P McEnaney (Monaghan).

Walsh leads from front

St Jarlath's 1-14

Col Chríost Rí 0-14

Hogan Cup aristocrats St Jarlath's defeated Coláiste Chríost Rí in a thrilling All-Ireland Colleges football semi-final at Claughan yesterday. Conor McNamara's 27th-minute goal helped a Shane Walsh-inspired Jarlath's into a commanding 1-8 to 0-5 interval advantage. Chriost Rí, with Luke Connolly outstanding, came thundering back after the restart as they posed questions of Jarlath's resolve.

The Tuam nursery responded as three crucial points from captain Ian Burke and a late effort from Walsh ensured Jarlath's advanced to the decider.

Scorers -- St Jarlath's: S Walsh 0-6 (3f), I Burke 0-3, C McNamara 1-0, A Varley, A Nolan, G Armstrong, M McWalters, L Silke 0-1 each. Coláiste Chríost Rí: L Connolly 0-5 (3f), J Philpott 0-3 (2f), E McGreevy, C Dalton 0-2 each, P Fitzgerald, E Finn 0-1 each.

St Jarlath's, Tuam: J Healy; C Mulryan, C Cunningham, D Collins; P Glynn, A Nolan, P Varley; G Armstrong, L Silke; S Walsh, A Varley, C McNamara; S Silke, I Burke, M McWalters. Subs: C Langan for McNamara (54), M Farragher for Glynn (57), C Treacy for Mulryan (60).

Coláiste Chríost Rí: J Kerins; I Lynch, K Fulignati, M Lyons; E Dunne, T Lawrence, S Cronin; S O'Keeffe, E Finn; A Nolan, E McGreevy, P Fitzgerald; J Philpott, L Connolly, C Dalton. Subs: C Madden for Finn (54).

Referee: P O'Sullivan (Kerry).

Clon stroll past Athenry

Clonakilty CC 5-19

Athenry VS 1-5

Athenry scored the opening goal of the All-Ireland VS Junior B football championship via Colm Mannion but by half-time at Kilmallock, Clonakilty led by 0-8 to 1-2 and from there on they cruised into the final.

Any hopes of an Athenry comeback were crushed when they conceded two goals inside three minutes of the restart.

Scorers -- Clonakilty: G Barry 1-4, E Hartnett 1-3, J Hayes and F O'Connell 1-1 each, M O'Donovan 1-0, C Cullinane 0-3, K Cormican and A O'Donovan 0-2 each, G Ryan, C Kennedy, F Butler, 0-1 each.

Athenry VS: C Mannion 1-0, C Kennedy 0-3, M Hession, D Fahy 0-1 each.

The late Tomás Ua Murchada

Tomás Ua Murchada, who died last week after a long illness, was one of the famous Murphy brothers, who were great Gaelic footballers, from Camp in Kerry.

Tomás and his three brothers, Seán, Pádraig and Séamus blazed a trail of glory back in 1950s with Coláiste íosagáin, Ballyvourney and later with various Kerry teams. All four brothers won the Corn Uí Mhuirí with Ballyvourney and of course Seán created a record unequalled to this day. During his career, he won All-Ireland medals with all three brothers in three different grades.

In 1949 he won a junior All-Ireland medal with Pádraig; in 1950 he won a minor All-Ireland medal with Tomás and in 1959 he won a senior All-Ireland with Séamus. Tomás qualified as an engineer at UCC where he won two Sigerson Cup medals as well as his minor All-Ireland medal with Kerry.

He is survived by his wife Margaret, his seven children, his brothers, sisters and extended family.

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