GAA club championship county by county guide




Eoghan Cormican takes a look at each county ahead of the club championship.

CONNACHT

Galway

SFC: Gary Sice kicked 1-4 as Corofin returned to the summit of club football in Galway, dethroning Salthill-Knocknacarra in the process — 2-13 to 0-7 the final score. Corofin’s provincial interest was brought to an end at the semi-final juncture by Castlebar Mitchels.

SHC: Portumna condemned Loughrea to a sixth final defeat in 10 years when regaining the Tom Callanan Cup. Joe Canning and Andy Smith hit 1-5 apiece in the 3-12 to 0-14 win. Francis Canning’s outfit meet Munster champions Na Piarsaigh in the New Year.

Leitrim

SFC: Micheal McWeeney and Alan Doherty notched 1-2 apiece as St Mary’s Kiltogert scored a 2-14 to 2-8 final win over Mohill. St Brigid’s Kiltoom inflicted a 22-point Connacht semi-final hammering.

SHC: Cluainín Iomáint bridged a 53-year gap when defeating Carrick by 1-11 to0-12 — Niall McLoughlin’s 9th minute major the final’s crucial score. Sligowinners Calry/St Joseph’s served up a heavy Connacht junior semi-final defeat in their next outing.

Mayo

SFC: Castlebar Mitchels ended a 20-year famine to the club’s last senior success when overcoming Breaffy (1-11 to 0-8) in the decider. Pat Holmes’ outfit followed up county glory with a thrilling provincial final win, bringing the curtin down on the reign of All-Ireland champions St Brigid’s after extra-time.

SHC: Tooren comfortably accounted for Ballyhaunis (4-10 to 1-6) in collecting their 27th Mayo crown, losing out subsequently to Leitrim-Killnadeema in the Connacht intermediate final.

Roscommon

SFC: Western Gaels were brushed aside as St Brigid’s achieved the four-in-a-row (1-13 to 0-9). Benny O’Brien’s outfit subsequently came a cropper in a gripping Connacht final.

SHC: Four Roads had six points to spare over Oran (2-15 to 2-9) in recording a sixth successive county final victory. Tooren would prove too strong in the Connacht intermediate semi-final.

Sligo

SFC: John Quinn and Brian Egan contributed a combined total of 0-9 in Tourlestrane’s 0-16 to 0-10 final triumph over Tubbercurry. The Sligo winners suffered a surprise defeat to St Mary’s in the first round of the provincial championship.

SHC: Calry/St Joseph’s walloped Coolera-Strandhill 5-13 to 0-6, before defending their Connacht junior crown at the expense of An Spidéal.

LEINSTER

Carlow

SFC: A magnificent James Clarke save seven minutes from time, denying Rathvilly’s Patrick Byrne, was instrumental in securing Old Leighlin a third title in four years, 1-10 to 1-8 the final score. St Lomans cut short their provincial interest, claiming a 1-11 to 1-10 preliminary round win.

SHC: St Mullins were the latest opposition to suffer at the wrath of Mount Leinster Rangers, Tom Mullally’s charges powering to title number six. Ballyboden and Oulart were subsequently overcome in their incredible march to Leinster glory.

Dublin

SFC: Tomás Quinn rolled back the years in steering St Vincent’s to a first Dublin title since 2007. Final opposition came in the shape of reigning champions Ballymun and it required a 59th minute Cameron Diamond effort, in the replay encounter, to swing the verdict. Quinn again proved the hero as provincial honours capped a memorable campaign. They meet Ballinderry in the All-Ireland semi-final.

SHC: Conal Keaney delivered a tour-de-force performance in ushering Ballyboden St Enda’s back to the summit of club hurling in Dublin, their 0-13 to 0-10 win over Lucan yielding a sixth title in seven seasons. Johnny Kenny’s troops fell to Mount Leinster Rangers in a shock Leinster semi-final defeat.

Kildare

SFC: Moorefield’s dominance on the local scene continued with this latest senior success, the club’s sixth since the turn of the millennium. Ronan Sweeney and Adam Tyrell kicked a combined total of 0-9 in the win over Sarsfield, though their bid for a first Leinster final appearance was undone by Portlaoise.

SHC: Billy White and Gerry Keegan shared 0-7 apiece in Celbridge’s six point win over Éire Óg/Corrachoill. A Leinster intermediate campaign beckoned and all went according to plan, that was until Rower-Inistioge entered the plot at the semi-final juncture.

Kilkenny

SFC: Muckalee’s four-in-a-row bid was in very real danger, that was until Colin McGrath slotted a last-minute penalty, fatally wounding the challenge of James Stephens. Wexford outfit St Fintan’s ensured their swift exit in the race for Leinster intermediate honours.

SHC: A year after their intermediate final win, Clara’s rise in the Kilkenny club scene reached its zenith with senior glory at the expense of a fancied Carrickshock. Lester Ryan buried a 21 yard free late in the game to swing the issue, though Michael Purcell’s charges were unable to repeat their heroics a week later as Oulart-the-Ballagh triumphed in their Leinster first round meeting.

Laois

SFC: A record-breaking seventh county title on the bounce etched Portlaoise into the history books as Arles Killeen fell to a second-half power surge. Paul Fitzpatrick netted Portlaoise’s second major late on, the deciding score in their 2-8 to 1-8 win. Leinster glory once more proved elusive, their second successive final loss.

SHC: County title number 24 for the hurlers from Camross- midfielder Zane Keenan tallying seven points in the 2-12 to 1-12 scalp of Borris-Kilcotton. Hopes were high that Kilcormac-Killoughey would be displaced in the Leinster quarter-final. Alas, it was it not to be.

Longford

SFC: Peter Foy’s ninth minute major was the catalyst in Longford Slashers’ latest senior success, their third in four years, with Dromard the victims on this occasion. Dennis Connerton’s charges turned in a determined Leinster quarter-final display, though it was insufficient to topple Portlaoise.

SHC: Sean Browne rattled the Clonguish Gaels net either side of half-time, but it was Sean Mulhern’s 58th-minute point that settled this final battle, -Wolfe Tones scoring a narrow 3-12 to 2-14 win, regaining a title they last won in 2011.

Louth

SFC: The Joe Ward Cup settled in Newtown for the 20th time, the Cooley Kickhams challenge fading after a positive opening. Andy McDonnell’s first-half goal was crucial for the winners, though Newtown failed to make any headway in Leinster, losing out to Summerhill in the quarter-final.

SHC: Pearse Óg and Knockbridge locked horns in the decider for a second successive season and as in 2012, Pearse Óg prevailed; five points the difference on this occasion (2-9 to 1-7). Éire Óg Greystones, however, ended the run of Pearse Óg at the quarter-final stage of the Leinster junior championship.

Meath

SFC: Summerhill survived a second-half wobble against Na Fianna to eventually secure their second title in three seasons (1-13 to 1-10). St Vincent’s ensured there would be no further silverware collected by Declan McCabe’s side in 2013, edging their Leinster semi-final tussle.

SHC: Title number 29 for Kilmessan, their latest victory – 2-16 to 0-11 the final scoreline — coming at the expense of Longwood, appearing in the showpiece event for the first time 1961. Kilmessan exited the Leinster intermediate championship in the penultimate round, falling at the sword of eventual winners Buffers Alley.

Offaly

SFC: Shane Dooley showed his dual capabilities when pilfering 2-3 in Tullamore’s final win, title number 29 captured at the expense of 2012 winners Rhode. Louth kingpins Newton would prove too strong in the Leinster quarter-final.

SHC: In a battle between the long-time kingpins of Offaly hurling and the pretenders to their throne, Kilcormac-Killoughey dislodged Birr as the once powerhouses in the Faithful County, achieving back-to-back titles with seven points to spare — Ciarán Slevin the key contributor with 0-11. Their subsequent drive to rule once more in Leinster came a cropper at the semi-final hurdle against Oulart-The Ballagh.

Westmeath

SFC: St Loman’s bridged a 50-year gap for senior honours when overcoming Tyrellspass. The crucial score arrived in the 46th minute, David Whelan bagging the contest’s sole major to propel the Mullingar club to glory. St Loman’s fairytale run did not extend to Leinster as St Vincent’s accounted for their quarter-final exit.

SHC: Aonghus Clarke’s goal, though registered only three minutes in, would prove the defining score of the decider, Castletown-Geoghegan edging out St Oliver Plunkett’s by 1-12 to 0-11. Mount Leinster Rangers brought to a halt their winning run in the Leinster quarter-final.

Wexford

SFC: A historic first title for St Martin’s. Centre-forward Ciarán Lyng, the contributor of 0-3, was the star performer in turning over the challenge of Fethard – 1-8 to 0-5 the final score. A first foray into Leinster ended at the hands of Moorefield.

SHC: Nicky Kirwan (two) and Rory Jacob supplied the green flag strikes as Martin Storey’s men completed the drive for five, Ferns St Aidan’s the victims in Oulart-The Ballagh’s latest glory march. The club once more bore the tag of perennial bridesmaid in Leinster, however, suffering a fourth consecutive final defeat.

Wicklow

SFC: Leighton Glynn and James Stafford pounced for two goals at the death to hand Rathnew the unlikeliest of final victories (3-9 to 1-14). Baltinglass were poised to atone for their 2012 loss, but once more cradled defeat following Rathnew’s late surge. Declan Byrne’s men travelled to Longford a week later, but were no match for Dennis Connerton’s Slashers’ outfit.

SHC: Dual star Leighton Glynn struck 0-11 as Glenealy achieved a historic four-in-a-row. Four of the Rathnew outfit that tasted football success also doubled up in the hurling final, Rathnew edging the decider against Bray Emmets by 0-17 to 0-14. The Wicklow champions, minus their dual quartet, were no match for Buffers Alley in the Leinster intermediate semi-final.

MUNSTER

Clare

SFC: Cathal McInerney’s accuracy from the placed ball was pivotal as Cratloe annexed their maiden title, edging out Doonbeg by 0-10 to 0-7. Colm Collins charges were poised for Munster glory when leading Dr Crokes entering the final of normal time. Alas, heartbreak ensued.

SHC: Niall Gilligan rolled back the years in steering Sixmilebridge past the final challenge of Newmarket-on-Fergus, 1-10 to 0-11 the final score. The Clare champions suffered a 4-14 to 0-8 Munster final defeat to Na Piarsaigh.

Cork

SFC: Castlehaven strung back-to-back titles for the first time in the club’s history; Brian Hurley kicking 0-12 in their 0-16 to 1-11 win over Nemo Rangers. Dr Crokes once again proved strong in the first round of Munster.

SHC: Conor Lehane’s 2-10 was crucial as Midleton ended the club’s 22-year wait for senior glory; 2012 winners Sars the defeated outfit in a superb contest. Sixmilebridge showed Peter Smith’s side the exit door at the semi-final juncture in Munster.

Kerry

SFC: Colm Cooper and Kieran O’Leary shared 2-8 in Dr Crokes’ 16-points final hammering of Austin Stacks, their fourth county championship on the bounce.The four-in-a-row in Munster was also completed, though nowhere near as comfortably — Johnny Buckley’s injury-time point preventing what would have been one hell of an upset.

SHC: St Brendan’s Ardfert ended a 23-year famine when they claimed the scalp of 14-man Lixnaw in the replayed final, John Egan the hero, contributing 0-6 of their 0-13 total.

Limerick

SFC: A second-half Killian Phair goal was instrumental in Dromcollogher-Broadford retaining their crown at the expense of Monaleen — 2-9 to 2-7 the final score. Mike Fahy’s charges narrowly lost out to Ballinacourty in the first round of their Munster excursions.

SHC: County stars Kevin Downes and Shane Dowling led the way as Na Piarsaigh recorded only their second senior title. Munster success ensued as Passage and Sixmilebridge were safely negotiated.

Tipperary

SFC: 11 of the team that delivered hurling glory two weeks previous lined out against Aherlow Gaels as the club achieved a famous double; John McGrath snipping 1-9 in their 3-10 to 0-9 victory. County glory was as good as it would get as Dr Crokes dished out a heavy Munster semi-final beating.

SHC: Noel McGrath’s second-half display, not to mention his 1-7 contribution, was the outstanding factor in Loughmore’s third county final win, Nenagh edged out by the narrowest of margins (1-17 to 1-16). Declan Laffan’s charges came out the wrong end of an enthralling Munster quarter-final battle with Na Piarsaigh.

Waterford

SFC: Gary Hurney produced a man of the match performance in Ballinacourty’s sixth Conway Cup triumph, arch rivals Stradbally overcome by 0-12 to 0-5. Pakie Hurney’s men were caught on the hop by Cratloe (1-10 to 0-11) in the Munster semi.

SHC: Passage blasted 2-4 in the final five minutes to snatch glory from Ballygunner (3-16 to 3-13) and, in the process, annexing the club’s maiden county title. Peter Queally’s outfit were the second victims of Na Piarsaigh’s run to Munster glory.

ULSTER

Antrim

SFC: Conor McGourty and Kevin Niblock paved the way as St Galls edged out Cargin by 0-12 to 0-11 in an absorbing final, the club’s 7th successive county title. Their Ulster participation was short and swift as Glenswilly emerged victorious in their quarter-final meeting.

SHC: Loughgiel sauntered to a fourth championship in-a-row with an 11-point victory over Cushendall. Slaughtnil were dismissed in the Ulster decider.

Armagh

SFC: Same old, same old in the Orchard County with Crossmaglen easing to their 17th county title in 18 seasons. Joe Kernan’s troops were dumped out of the provincial race following two epic clashes with Kilcoo.

SHC: A first title for the men from Cúchullain’s — old rivals Keady edged out following a replay. Cúchullain’s fairytale story almost had another chapter, but Antrim’s Clooney Gaels scored a two-point Ulster intermediate final victory.

Cavan

SFC: Ranked 11/2 outsiders entering the decider, Ballinagh caused a major upset when scoring a first senior title success against Cavan Gaels. Niall McDermott kicked seven points in their 0-12 to 0-11 win. Roslea proved a step too far in the Ulster quarter-final.

SHC: Mullhoran outclassed Cootehill by 0-13 to 0-4 in bagging senior championship number 22. No joy was had in their latest provincial foray, Eoghan Rua advancing at their expense in the quarter-final.

Derry

SFC: An unanswered 2-4 approaching the break was critical as Ballinderry recorded a 3-10 to 2-7 win over Ballinascreen in achieving the three-in-a-row. Far from resting on their latest Derry success, Martin McKinless’ men ended a 12-year wait for Ulster honours, overcoming Glenswilly with four to spare in the final and beat London’s Kingdom Gaels in the All-Ireland CLub SFC quarter-final 3-7 to 2-7 yesterday.

SHC: Brendan Rodgers hit 2-3 in bringing the curtin down on Slaughtneil’s 13-year wait for hurling honours, and, in the process, condemning Ballinascreen to senior hurling and football final defeats. Loughgiel enjoyed the better of their Ulster final meeting.

Donegal

SFC: Michael Murphy tallied 1-5 in Glenswilly’s 16-point final obliteration of Killybegs.The Donegal sharpshooter carried his rich vein of form into their Ulster campaign, netting 25-seconds into the provincial final, though a first provincial crown proved elusive.

SHC: Burt completed the three-in-a-row at the expense of Setanta, Niall Campbell’s 1-4 haul pivotal in the 3-13 to 2-14 win. Clooney Gaels proved a different class in their Ulster intermediate quarter-final clash.

Down

SFC: Kilcoo, upon defending their crown, climbed to second in the roll of honour, moving within one title of the team above them, ironically their final conquests — Burren. Paul Devlin’s fifth point of the contest four minutes into injury time was the deciding score. Ballinderry ended their season at the Ulster semi-final juncture.

SHC: Ballygalget dethroned Portaferry with seven to spare (1-18 to 1-11) in the county final. Loughgiel, however, were not to be stopped in the penultimate round of Ulster.

Fermanagh

SFC: Belcoo were denied a first ever senior title with Quigley brothers Seamus and Sean hitting 1-10 of Roselea’s 1-12 haul. A first ever Ulster final appearance was dashed by a Michael Murphy inspired Glenswilly.

SHC: Lisbellaw had 16-points to spare over Lisnaskea (4-14 to 0-10) in annexing their eighth consecutive county cup, but were on the receiving end of a similar hiding from Slaughtneil in the Ulster semi-final.

Monaghan

SFC: Scotstown ended a 20-year wait for a county title with an emphatic 2-16 to 0-6 win over Clontibret, Shane Carey the outstanding performer with 2-4 to his name. Mattie McGleenan’s charges were hugely unlucky not to advance in the Ulster championship, Ballinderry edging their quarter-final tie by the solitary.

SHC: Ronan Meegan played a captain’s part for Inniskeen by notching all but two points of their 0-13 tally. The win, at the expense of 2012 champions Castleblaney, represented only the club’s second senior title. Their luck, however, ran out in the Ulster intermediate semi-final against Cúchullain’s.

Tyrone

SFC: Goals from Paul Coney, Danny McNulty and PJ Lavery propelled Clonoe to an eighth county title at the expense of Carrickmore. Clonoe, though, were the first outfit to bite the dust in Ulster losing out to Ballinderry in the preliminary round (0-14 to 0-10).

SHC: Damien Casey dissected the Carrickmore posts on nine occasions to comfortably see Eoghan Ruadh, Dungannon retain their crown. Eventual Ulster intermediate champions Clooney Gaels triumphed in their semi-final encounter.

LONDON

SHC: Galway’s Ger Hennelly nabbed 2-2 as St Gabriels retained their senior crown, Brother Pearses easily bowled over — 3-16 to 2-5 the final score. There was to be no return to Croke Park, however, as Youghal ended their run in the All-Ireland intermediate quarter-final.

SFC: A repeat of the 2012 pairing, though the same result failed to materialise — Tír Chonaill Gaels swept aside as Kingdom Kerry Gaels secured their first title since 2004. Lloyd Colfer’s 35th-minute maximum proved the difference in a 1-7 to 0-9 finish. Ballinderry ended their hopes of further glory in the All-Ireland quarter-final yesterday.


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