Wednesday 24 January 2018

O'Callaghan unstoppable

lethal wing-forward John Michael O'Callaghan bagged 1-9 to steer Clonakilty CC to their sixth Munster title yesterday.

The Arigeen Rangers star was in scintillating form and scored 1-7 in the second half alone, as the Co Cork outfit triumphed for the first time since 2007.

Tommy Heffernan scored 2-6 for Nenagh, but it wasn't enough for the Tipperary team as Clonakilty advanced to an All-Ireland final showdown with Naomh Cormac, Kilcormac (Offaly) or St Killian's VS from New Inn (Galway).

Rory O'Sullivan scored 1-3 in the first half for Clonakilty in Mallow, his 27th-minute goal helping the winners into a 1-7 to 0-8 half-time lead. O'Callaghan saw them home in the second.

SCORERS -- Clonakilty: JM O'Callaghan 1-9 (0-3f), R O'Sullivan 1-3, C Cullinane 0-3, K Cormican 0-1. Nenagh VS: T Heffernan 2-6 (1-2f), S Murray 0-2, K Ryan (Toomevara), J Ryan, M McCarthy 0-1 each.

CLONAKILTY CC -- D Dullea; C Ryan, J Murphy, J O'Mahony; J Ryan, C Smith, S Sheehy; R O'Sullivan, J McCarthy; K Cormican, T Clancy, JM O'Callaghan; E Ryan, D McCarthy, C Cullinane. Subs: E Feed for O'Mahony (h/t), S Fitzpatrick for J McCarthy (h/t), F Butler for D McCarthy (54), A O'Donovan for Cormican (54).

NENAGH VS -- J McCormack; C O'Riordan, A McCloskey, K Ryan (Burgess); B Heffernan, J Mulqueen, K Ryan (Toomevara); S Murray, M Harty; J Ryan, T Heffernan; M McCarthy; C Hall, T Hogan, JP Grace. Subs: B O'Brien for Grace (54), J McKnight for Hogan (54).

Ref -- M Meade (Limerick).

Irish Independent

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