ALL-IRELAND SUCCESS FOR SUPERMAC'S HURLERS
Supermacs All-Ireland Interfirms Junior Hurling Champions.
Back Row: (left to right) Padraig Daly, Daniel Lally, David Concannon, Paul Kennedy, Dara Cooney, Clement Earls, Keith Hardiman, Evan Curley, Tomas Hoban, Oisin Coyle, Fintan Burke, Daniel McManus, Conor Quinlan. Front Row: (left to right) Oisin Quinlan, Padraig Earls, Conor Gardiner, Cathal Keane, Eanna Ryan, John McDonagh, Iomar Creaven, Cathal Kelly, Dean Earls, Brian Concannon, Conor Daly, David Skehill and Andrew Daly.
Supermacs 2-17 Romoquip (Offaly) 2-8
Supermac's created their own piece of history when they were crowned All-Ireland champions in their first season in Interfirms GAA with a nine point victory over Romoquip in Duggan Park during the week.
After their success in the semi-final over a fancied Limerick side, Supermac's put in another fine team performance. Romoquip did ask questions throughout but Supermac's slicker stick work and indeed teamwork, the key to this success.
They lead from start to finish and when Romoquip posed questions, Supermac's answered those questions with scores at crucial stages. Their inside forwards Clement Earls and Brian Concannon causing the Romoquip defence all sorts of problems.
Supermac's were lively early on and wasted a few opportunities before Brian Concannon found the net after 3 minutes after a long delivery from Clement Earls. Romoquip’s scorer in chief Peader Murray replied with a pointed free minutes later.
David Concannon from range added another point for Supermac's before they hit the net again after 12 minutes. Good work from the ever green Clement Earls set up Tomas Hoban who made no mistake from close range.
When Cathal Keane pointed again, moments later Supermac's were seven clear approaching the end of the opening quarter.
However two minutes later Romoquip were back in the match when Peader Murray fired a free to the Supermac's net, this was followed quickly by a point from another free to leave just a goal between the sides after 18 minutes.
A Clement Earls free steadied the ship for Supermac's before Romoquip added points in quick succession to half the advantage with six minutes remaining in the first half. Brian Kelly who was winning a lot of ball inside pointed and Peader Murray added to his tally with a 65.
Supermac's who were focused throughout replied with answered points from Eanna Ryan and a double from Clement Earls, the first a fine solo effort and a long range free.
Romoquip replied with a double from Aidan Treacy and another free from Peader Murray to leave a goal between the sides with half time approaching. The evergreen Clement Earls pointed in injury time to leave Supermacs four clear at the interval
Half Time: Supermac's 2-07 1-06 Romoquip.
Supermac's who were undoubtedly the better team in the first half realized that at the interval and started the second half in determined fashion. Clement Earls with two pointed frees and fine efforts from Brian Concannon and Eanna Ryan left eight between the sides after 40 minutes.
Peader Murray had Romoquips opening score in the second period three minutes later. Again Supermac's responded with three further points.
Tomas Hoban after linking well with Eanna Ryan added to their tally. A pointed free from Clement Earls and an effort from Brian Concannon after good play from Earls left Supermac's 10 clear early in the third quarter.
Again the Offaly side refused to lie down. Peadar Murray from another free reduced the arrears before he got at the end of a delivery from Aidan Treacy to flick to the back of the Supermac's net which left just six between the sides with nine minutes remaining.
It was as good as it was to get for Romoquip as Supermac's again finished out the contest with two fine points from Clement Earls and a Dara Cooney effort to run out nine point victors in the end.
Another fine team performance from John McDonagh's charges who finished All-Ireland Hurling Champions in their first year in Interfirms GAA.
Supermacs. C. Earls (0-9, 5f,), T. Hoban(1-1), B. Concannon(1-2), E. Ryan(0-2), D. Concannon, C. Keane, D. Cooney(0-1 each)
Romoquip. P. Murray(2-6, 1-4f, 65’). A. Teacey, B. Kelly(0-1each),
Supermacs(Killimordaly unless stated) P. Daly, D. Earls, C. Daly, E. Curley(Kilmademna Leitrim),I Creaven, D. Lally(Loughrea), D. Concannon, O. Coyne(Loughrea), C. Gardiner(Tommy Larkins), C. Keane(Athenry), E. Ryan, T. Hoban(Loughrea), B. Concannon, P. Kennedy, C. Earls.
Subs:F. Burke(St Thomas’s), J. McDonagh, K. Hardiman, D. McManus(Loughrea), D. Cooney
Romoquip: G. Corrigan, P. Bergin, R. Brearton, D. Coughlan, C. Leonard, E. Hayes, B. Kelly, A. Treacey. D. Maloney, s. Carroll, G. Kelly, B. Connors, P. Murray, D. Egan, M. Gallagher.
Referee: D. Fox (Clare)
SUPERMACS SIXTY MINUTES FROM ALL IRELAND GLORY
Supermacs in the first season competing in Interfirms Hurling are only sixty minutes away from All Ireland glory when they scored a nine point victory over a fancied H&MV side in UL during the week.
As in the county final in January, goals wins matches and Supermacs bagged four on the night all coming at crucial stages. It was an understrength Supermacs side which went to battle but it was a spirited performance from the tribesmen who lead almost from start to finish.
Their inside forward line contributed to 4-7 of the total with Man of the match Clement Earls notching 8 points, six from placed balls. H&MV relied on midfielder Kieran Morris for the bulk of their scores. A personal tally of 2-10 was not enough to thwart Supermacs.
They built up a six point lead midway through the first half. H&MV were on top in the second quarter to reel Supermacs in. Leading by a point at the interval, once Conor Gardiner goaled early the second half, the tribemen were not going to be caught.
It was the Limerick side who drew first blood when the accurate Kieran Morris pointed a free from range. Iomar Creaven leveled for Supermacs moments later before a Clement Earls free edged Supermacs ahead. Morris with an effort from play levelled the contest ten minutes in.
The first break of the match came Supermacs way when Conor Gardiner found the net after good work from Brian Concannon. Gardiner with two points in quick succession stretched the lead to five after 12 minutes.
Another Morris free kept the Limerick side in touch before a brace of points from Brian Concannon had the Galway side six clear at the end of a lively opening quarter.
However H&MV turned the screw in the second quarter. With Dillon Quirke and Kieran Morris gaining the upperhand at midfield they began to eat into Supermacs lead. Morris from a free pulled one back before Morris fired to the net after good work from Paul Ryan after 21 minutes. Another Morris free left the minimum between the sides moments later.
Supermacs had the knack of scoring goals at crucial times. The found the net again after 24 minutes when Brian Concannon turned and fired home.
But H&MV rattled off four on the bounce, three from Kieran Morris to level the contest as the first half entered injury time. A Clement Earls free in injury time brought an entertaining first half to a close.
Half Time: Supermacs 2-07 1-09 H&MV.
Paul Ryan with an effort from play leveled the contest in the opening minute of the second half. However the match turning score came two minutes later. Oisin Coyne fed Conor Gardiner and the Tommy Larkins man made no mistake.
The pendulum began to swing Supermacs way. A Clement Earls 65’ increased their advantage. Conor Gardiner stretched the advantage to five after 38 minutes. Another Morris free kept H&MV in touch.
Clement Earls from a free replied for Supermacs before they went eight clear when Brian Concannon goaled for a fourth time for Supermacs.
H&MV were thrown a lifeline after 44 minutes when Kieran Morris fired home a penalty after he himself was fouled. It was as close as they were going to get as Supermacs finished stronger.
An excellent effort from Clement Earls early in the final quarter left six between the sides before Brian Concannon added to their tally. Kieran Morris from a free reduced the arrears to six with ten minutes to go. They almost had a third goal was it not for the alertness of Padraig Daly in the Supermacs goal.
Supermacs finished the contest stronger with four unanswered points to finish convincing winners. Three coming from the stick of Clement Earls and a great score from Conor Gardiner ensured that Supermacs qualified for a final tilt with Romoquip from Offaly which will be played in Duggan park on Monday evening March 13th at 7.30pm.
Supermacs. C. Gardiner(2-4), B. Concannon(2-3, 1f), C. Earls (0-8, 5f, 65’), I. Creaven (0-1)
H&MV. K. Morris(2-10, 7f, pen 65’). D. Quirke(0-2), P. Ryan (0-1)
Supermacs(Killimordaly unless stated) P. Daly, D. Earls, C. Daly, E. Curley(Kilmademna Leitrim), C. Kelly(T. Larkins), F. Burke(St Thomas), D. Skehill, D. Concannon, O. Coyle(Loughrea), C. Earls, I. Creaven, P. Hoban(Loughrea), B. Concannon, C. Gardiner(Tommy Larkins), P. Kennedy,
Subs:D. Lally(Loughrea), K. Hardiman,
H&MV: C. Shortt, E. Collins, C. Mahoney, G. Fallon, A. Kinnane, W. McNamara, M. Greene, D. Quirke, K. Morris, P. Kelly, P. Ryan, C. Quirke, D. Bergin, C. Cowan, JJ Darmody.
Referee: D. Fox (Clare)
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