Monaleen exited the Munster Club Senior Club Championship after they lost out to Cork’s Carbery Rangers on a score of 2-11 to 0-7 at the Gaelic Grounds.
Monaleen will most certainly feel as though the scoreline did not do them any justice, they started very impressively and were unlucky not to be further ahead after the opening exchanges after missing some glorious chances.
Carbery’s goalkeeper Paul Shanahan was in fantastic form and really helped his side in what was a rocky opening for them.
Monaleen were left to rue these missed chances further as Carbery Rangers really kicked on after this early dominance by the Limerick side and took a 0-06 to 0-01 lead after 20 minutes.
John Hayes in particular was causing the Monaleen defence alot of problems. Monaleen did however still look dangerous especially Ger Collins but Carbery’s defence was well disciplined in their approach and continued to add to the scoreboard.
Man of the match Chris O’Donovan really impressed for the Cork side and showed many impressive aspects to his game throughout.
Carbery continued to impress after the half time and it wasn’t long before they delivered a real sucker punch to put the tie beyond any real doubt.
John O’Rouke, who was excellent throughout, won a penalty from Finbarr Nash and cooly dispatched it. Monaleen however to their credit did not give and were boosted by the introduction of Limerick coach Paul Kinnerk who looked sharp.
Perhaps Carbery could also be accused of becoming slightly lacklustre in this point in the game hitting a number of very poor wides when they should have perhaps finished off Monaleen sooner.
They amassed four points in a row but to Carbery’s credit they never panicked and did eventually see out the tie, with a final scoreline of 2-11 to 0-07.
Carbery will now face either Abbeyside or Stradbally in the semi final of the competition, after this performance they must surely be considered real competitors for the Munster title.
For Carbery this victory was just another chapter in what has been an incredible journey for the club, going from winning the Cork Junior Championship in 2003. They still have six players from that 2003 team.
Monaleen it is the end of the road of what has been a great season for the club. Their hurlers will be taking on Kilmoley of Kerry next weekend in the Gaelic Grounds and will be hoping to go one step further than their footballers.
Scorers: Carbery Rangers:J Hayes (1-3, 1-0 pen, 2 frees); A Jennings (1-0); J O’Rourke, C O’Donovan (0-2 each); S Hayes, M Kelly, J O’Riordan and B Shanahan (0-1 each); Monaleen: G Collins (0-3, 2 frees); B Fitzpatrick, P Kinnerk, T Barry and N Loughran (0-1 each)
CARBERY RANGERS: P Shanahan; M Kelly, B Shanahan, R Hegarty; R Kiely, T O’Rourke, J O’Riordan; K McMahon, J Fitzpatrick; A Jennings, C O’Donovan, M Mennis; J O’Rourke, S Hayes, J Hayes. Subs:A Roche for J Fitzpatrick (41); K Fitzpatrick for S Hayes (46); S Murray for R Hegarty (51); P Hodnett for Mennis (54); S O’Neill for C O’Donovan; M Ronan for J Hayes (58).
MONALEEN: D O’Sullivan (jc); C Moran, J O’Dwyer, E Quinlan; P Quinn, J Hoare, S Cusack; B Fitzpatrick, R McGrath; D Enright, L Kavanagh, E Doyle; B O’Donovan, G Collins, G O’Connell (jc). Subs:F Nash for Cusack (29); P Kinnerk for Kavanagh (30); R Murray for Nash (black card); T Barry for Quinlan (37); J Kelly for Quinn (inj. 42); N Loughran for Fitzpatrick (51).
Referee: R Hickey (Clare)
In the earlier game at the Gaelic Grounds Mayfield eased past an under strength St Patrick’s in a very one sided Munster Club Junior Hurling Championship.
St.Pats fielded a very under strength side against an already favoured Mayfield team and suffered the consequences. Their only scores of the first half coming from two Padraig Reale goals.
Mayfield were completely dominant throughout in what was a true no contest. Incredibly, only one of Mayfield scores came from placed ball in what was a destructive attacking performance.
Shane Duggan in particular was in ruthless form amassing an impressive final tally of 2-6. The game finished 4-34 to 2-2.
Mayfield will feel confident going into the semi final against Bodyke but will be aware that the Clare champions will not rollover for them.
St.Pats will be eager to forget this result and look towards their upcoming county final next weekend against Na Piarsaigh where they will have a full panel to choose from once more.
Scorers St Patrick’s: P Reale (2-0), J Mullins (0-2, frees). Mayfield: S Duggan (2-6), N Kely (0-9 ,1 free), S Kelly (1-2), K Walsh, I Looney (0-4 each), P Duggan (1-1), D O’Neill, K Punch, D Hayes (0-2 each), C O’Sullivan, S O’Donovan (0-1 each).
ST. PATRICK’S:D Geary; R McMahon, J Madden, T Quigley; A Kett, W Cronin, J Greenwood; K Maher, K Stephenson; M Downey, J Mullins, P Reale; C Rochford, B Twomey, B Doherty; Subs: D Clancy for McMahon (40), A Hannigan for Twomey (40), G Mullins for Rochford (43), S McNamara for Reale (43).
MAYFIELD: R O’Keeffe; K Brosnan, D Lucey, B O’Leary; G Looney, S O’Donovan, G Lehane; K Punch, D Hayes; S Kelly, N Kelly, D O’Neill; S Duggan, K Walsh, P Duggan; Subs: C Bond for Lehane (h-t), I Looney for P Duggan (37), C O’Sullivan for Punch (h-t), S Crowley for Looney (43), P Hegarty for S Kelly (49).
Referee: T Walsh (Waterford).