All-Ireland Junior Hurling Semi-Final
Supermacs (Galway) v H&MV Engineering (Limerick)
St. Patrick's GAA Grounds, Limerick.
Friday February 3rd at 8:00pm.
Galway Teachers who were defeated in the Interfirms All Ireland Senior Hurling Semi Final
Front Row: (left to right) Paul Killilea(capt), Colm Flynn, Brian Mahony, Mark Monaghan, Jamie Ryan, Rory Gantley, Syvie Og Lindane. Back Row: (left to right) John Hardiman, Edward Kiely, Tomas Mannion, Darragh Curry, Colm, Larkin, Niall Armstrong, Eric Warde, Sean Kilduff, Paul. Colcannon and Michael Fahy,
Suir Eng (Waterford) 1-18 1-10 Galway Teachers
An understrength Galway Teachers went down to a strong Suir Engineering side in the Interfirms All Ireland Senior Hurling semi final in a match which was played in the Kilkenny GAA Training Centre just outside Kilkenny city last Saturday.
It was a valiant effort by the Galway Teachers who were short the Thomas’s & Ahascragh/Fohenagh contingent as they were preparing for All Ireland club semi finals as well as the Galway players who were in Walsh Cup action on the same day.
Never the less it was a spirited display by Michael Fahy’s charges and thanks to a Darragh Curry goal lead by three at the interval. They also led by five early in the second half, but were reeled in by an astute Suir Engineering side for whom Johnstown’s Conor Tobin finished with a personnel tally of 12 points. Tobin’s accuracy from play and frees the key to Suir’s success.
It was Suir who started brighter with early points from Conor Tobin and Niall Doherty. Both sides squandered a number of opportunities before Rory Gantley opened the Teachers account from a free on 11 minutes.
Midfielder Niall Doherty replied immediately for Suir. The Waterford side were generally on top in these early stages. Teachers goalkeeper Eric Warde from a long range free brought the margin back to one as the match entered the second quarter.
Adrian Cleere with an effort from play reopened Suir’s two point advantage early in the second quarter. Then came the break, the Galway side wanted. Paul Killilea was fouled close to goal. Darragh Curry caught the Suir defence off guard as he fired the quickly taken free to the back of the net to give the Teachers the lead after 23 minutes.
Jamie Ryan was on target minutes later, when he was on hand from a Rory Gantley’s quickly taken 65’.
The Teachers finished the half the stronger. A Rory Gantley free stretched the Galway men’s advantage to three. Brian O Meara replied for Suir before another Gantley free finished the first half scoring.
Half time: Galway Teachers 1-05 0-05 Suir Engineering
Teachers opened the second half strongly without another Gantley free from distance inside the opening minute. Moments later the lead was increased to five with another fine point. The move started with goalkeeper Eric Warde who fed Rory Gantley to tee up John Brehony for a good score. Conor Lannigan pulled one back for Suir. Teachers responded when Colm Larkin finished off a fine move involving Paul Concannon and John Brehony.
Suir turned the screw for the remainder of the third quarter and 1-4 without reply left the Waterford side two clear at the end of the third quarter. Four Conor Tobin points, with three from frees between the 6th & 13th minute brought the margin down to one. Then came Suir’s goal. Tobin instrumental again this time, setting up Brian O Meara who fired past Eric Warde to give Suir the lead which they were not to squander.
Another Rory Gantley free left the minimum between the sides once more. Conor Tobin from another free doubled Suir’s lead once more. Credit to the Teachers they battled hard and substitute Emmett Mahoney set up John Brehony for another score as they just trailed by one with 12 minutes remaining.
However that was as good as it was to get for the Teachers as Suir finished stronger with Conor Tobin scoring a further six points, four from frees and an Aaron Dunne effort to setup an All Ireland final with either Grant Engineering from Offaly or Glanbia from Kilkenny.
Scorers: Suir Eng, C. Tobin (0-12, 7f), B. O Meara (1-1), N. Doherty(0-2), A. Cleere, C. Lanigan, A. Dunne (0-1 each).
Galway Teachers, R. Gantley (0-5, 5f), D. Curry (1-0), J. Brehony (0-2), J. Ryan (0-1), C. Larkin (0-1) E. Warde( 0-1, 1f)
Galway Teachers: E. Warde (Mullagh), M. Monaghan (Craughwell), E. Kiely (Doon, Limerick), T. Mannion (Castlegar), S. Linnane(Gort), B. Mahony (Loughrea), P. Concannon (Killimordaly), R. Gantley (Beagh), C. Larkin (Tynagh Abbey Duniry), J. Brehony (Tynagh Abbey Duniry), D. Curry (Tulla, Clare), J. Ryan (Craughwell), S. Kilduff (Clarenbridge), P. Killilea (Gort), C. Flynn (T. Larkins) Subs: E. Mahony (Loughrea), N. Armstrong (Clarenbridge).
Suir Engineering: J. Culleton (Mullinavat, Kilkenny), J. Hartley (Tullogher, Kilkenny), B. Awlward (Ballyhale Shamrocks, Kilkenny), E. O Connell (Killenaule, Tipperary), P. Hartley (Tullogher, Kilkenny), A. Brennan (Caherline, Limerick), D. Gray (Galmoy, Kilkenny), N. Doherty (Galmoy, Kilkenny), A. Dunne (Carrick Swans, Tipperary), A. Cleere(Ballingarry, Tipperary), C. Tobin(Johnstown, Kilkenny), B. Coady(Ballyhale Shamrocks, Kilkenny), C. Lanigan(Thurles Sarsfields, Tipperary), B. O Meara (Kilruane McDonagh, Tipperary), K. Bergin (Dunnimaggin, Kilkenny) Subs: M. Farrell (Blackrock,Cork)
Referee: Anthony Stapleton(Laois)
SUPERMACS SEAL INTERFIRMS TITLE IN A DRAMATIC FINISH
Supermacs 3-11 Athenry Industries 0-18
Joe Killeen (Chairman Galway Interfirms) presenting the Galway Junior Hurling Cup to John McDonagh (captain of the victorious Supermacs team)
Supermacs were crowned Interfirms Junior Hurling champions with a last gasp victory over Athenry Industries in a match which was played in St Marys Raheen last Saturday Trailing by a point in injury time, Conor Gardiner finished a David Concannon free to the net to snatch the title.
Goals win matches and Supermacs struck three times. Athenry contributed an excellent hours hurling but suffered heartbreak for the second year in succession. They were on top for the majority of the match, however the goals at crucial stages been the key to Supermacs success.
Both sides exchanged early points in a lively opening. Brian and David Concannon on target for Supermacs while Michael Morris and Donal Barry pointed for Athenry. Barry’s effort coming after a good move involving Mark Hannon and Stephen Kelly.
Clement Earls stuck Supermacs first goal on 11 minutes, when his effort just crossed the line despite the best efforts of the Athenry rearguard. Cathal Keane stretched Supermacs advantage to four moments later.
Niall Morrissey with two pointed frees reduced the arrears to two after 18 minutes. Brian Concannon (Supermacs) and Enda Concannon(Athenry) exchanged points. Athenry finished the half the stronger and leveled the contest entering injury times with two further Niall Morrissey frees.
Athenry were on top and when Michael Morris was impeded inside they were awarded a penalty. However Morrissey’s penalty was well saved by Padraig Daly. From the resultant 65’, the Sarsfield’s clubman made amends to fire over his fifth point to leave the Athenry men one ahead at the end of an entertaining opening period.
Half Time: Athenry Industries 0-09 1-05 Supermacs.
Athenry started the second half where they left off in the first half with another Morrissey free and fine Ronan Hardiman point to stretch their advantage to three in the opening minutes of the second half.
Supermacs responded with a second goal. Conor Gardiner setting up Clement Earls for his second goal. It was Athenry Industries who responded with points from Michael Morris and a long range free from Keith Kennedy to lead by two 10 minutes into the second half.
David Concannon from a free reduced the advantage to the minimum, however a fine score from Ronan Hardiman and another Morrissey free had the Athenry men three clear as the match entered the final quarter.
Supermacs worked hard to get back into the contest. Conor Gardiner and Brian Concannon pointed early in the final quarter to bring the margin down to the minimum. Both sides had their chances in this epic contest. David Concannon from a free leveled the contest with 5 minutes remaining.
It was Athenry who responded and they were back in front when substitute Jamie Holland pointed almost immediately. David Concannon from a free replied for Supermacs to set up a grandstand finish in a match which was destined for extra time.
Cathal Keane with a fine solo effort edged Supermacs in front with time running out. Athenry responded when Morrissey was on target yet again from another free from distance. Moments later Athenry were back in front when Morrissey with his 9th point of the contest fired over.
David Concannon was off target from a free as Supermacs battled to salvage the match. They got one final chance and another Concannon free appeared to be drifting wide but Conor Gardiner latched on to the ball to rifle home to wrap up the title for Supermacs. There was no way back for Athenry Industries as Supermacs set up an All Ireland semi final with H&MV Engineering from Limerick in a few weeks time.
Supermacs. C. Earls(2-0), C. Gardiner(1-1), D. Concannon(0-4, 3f), B. Concannon(0-3, 1f), C. Keane(0-2), T. Hoban(0-1)
Athenry Industries. N. Morrissey(0-9, 8f, 1 65’), K. Kennedy(0-2, 2f), R. Hardiman(0-2), M. Morris(0-2), D. Barry(0-1), E. Concannon(0-1), J. Holland(0-1)
Supermacs(Killimordaly unless stated) P. Daly, D. Earls, C. Daly, C. Kelly(T. Larkins), D. Skehill, P. Hoban(Loughrea), A. Daly, O. Coyle(Loughrea), C. Earls, C. Gardiner(Tommy Larkins), T. Hoban(Loughrea), C. Keane(Athenry), B. Concannon, J. McDonagh, D. Concannon
Subs:I. Creaven, S. Concannon, D. Lally(Loughrea), K. Hardiman, P. Kennedy, P. Monaghan(Craughwell).
Athenry Industries: D. Gilligan(Craughwell), S. Burke(Turloughmore), D. Glynn(Athenry), J. Coen(Killimordaly), I. O Shea(Athenry), K. Kennedy(Killimordaly), D. Joyce(Turloughmore), M. Hannon(Athenry), D. Barry(Castlegar), R. Hardiman(Athenry), S. Kelly(Athenry), M. Morris(Turloughmore), N. Morrissey(Sarsfields). E. Concannon(Castlegar), J. Grealish(Athenry).
Subs: D. O Halloran(Athenry), J. Holland(Turloughmore), J. Concannon(Castlegar).
Referee: John Keane(Rahoon)
Supermac’s Galway Interfirms Junior Hurling Champions
Front Row: (left to right) Oisin Quinlan, Evan Curley, Cathal Kelly, Oisin Coyle, Cathal Kelly, John Mc Donagh, Clement Earls, Dean Earls, Shane Concannon, Brian Concannon, Paul Kennedy.Back Row: (left to right) Conor Quinlan, Paul Hoban, Andrew Daly, Padraig Daly, David Skehill, Conor Daly, Patrick Monaghon, Conor Gardiner, Tomas Hoban, Iomar Creven, Keith Hardiman, David Concannon, Daniel Lally and Padraig Earls.
Athenry Industries Galway Junior Hurling Runner-Ups,
Front Row: (left to right) Darragh Gilligan, Donal Barry, Stephen Kelly, Enda Concannon, James Coen, Daragh Glynn, Dara Joyce. Back Row: (left to right) Liam O’Brien, Ronan Hardiman, Ian O’Shea, Niall Morrissey, Shane Burke, Keith Kennedy, Michael Morris, Mark Hannon, John Grealish and Alan Crotty.
Galway Teachers Galway Interfirms Senior Hurling Champions 2016
Front Row: (left to right) Padraig Brehony, Colm Flynn, Mark Monaghan, Alan Dolan, David Burke (capt), Adrian Morrissey, Eric Ward, Colm Larkin, Rory Gantley. Back Row: (left to right) Johnny Coen, Thomas Mannion, Donal Cooney, Shane Morrissey, Neal Armstrong, Paul Killilea, Conor Cooney, James Regan and Sean Kilduff