Battling Ballyporeen earn replay
By Conor Kane for the Irish Examiner newspaper
Ballyporeen (Tipperary) 2-12 De La Salle (Waterford) 4-06 (aet)
Not even extra-time could split these teams and both Ballyporeen and De La Salle went home thinking they had the winning of this Munster Club IFC quarter-final in Clonmel. An amazing second-half had Ballyporeen nine down with 19 to play, yet they led by one in the closing minutes after a comeback inspired by captain Conor Sweeney which saw them score 1-7 without answer. After being in a seemingly-unassailable position, it was De La Salle who needed a late Oran Keevers equaliser to send the game into extra-time. Two first-half goals by Jake Dillon, following their opener by Mitchell Casey, and then a fourth goal in the second-half from Ian Cantwell when he kept the ball on the ground left them well ahead. But Ballyporeen kept plugging away and Tommy Sweeney bagged their second goal — the first by Conor Sweeney in the opening half — to keep them in the hunt. Extra-time proved anti-climactic as legs grew tired and the evening grew dull, and the teams have to do it all once more.
Scorers for Ballyporeen: C Sweeney (1-8, 4fs), T Sweeney (1-0), J O’Callaghan (0-2), F O’Sullivan, D Barrett (0-1 each).
Scorers for De La Salle: J Dillon (2-0), I Cantwell (1-3, 3f), M Casey (1-0), E Barrett, O Keevers, S Walsh (0-1 each).
BALLYPOREEN: M Sweeney; S O’Callaghan, D Russell, B Breedy; E Morrissey, W English, R O’Callaghan; J O’Callaghan, J Martin; P Fitzgerald, C Sweeney, D Lyons; S Lynch, T Sweeney, F O’Sullivan.
DE LA SALLE: D Dennison; S Dalton, C Clancy, C Sheehan; O Keevers, T Kearney, D Kennedy; J Kennedy, E Barrett; I Cantwell, M Casey, K Byrne; C Morris, L Hayes, P Kennedy.
Ref: Richard Moloney (Limerick)
When – Sunday November 3rd at 2:00pm
Where – Clonmel Sportsfield
Referee – Richard Moloney (Limerick)
Extra time – (2 periods x 10 minutes only) to be played if sides finish level at the end of 60 minutes
Replay date – Saturday November 9th at a Waterford venue
Next Round – the winners will play Clyda Rovers (Cork) in the Munster Semi-Final on Sunday November 10th at a Tipperary or Waterford venue.
Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at email@example.com for more information
For the Record
Munster GAA FOOTBALL Club Intermediate Championship 2013
Quarter-Finals (Extra time)
@ Clonmel Sportsfield Ballyporeen (Tipperary) v De La Salle (Waterford) 2:00pm
@ Askeaton St. Mary’s Sean Finns (Limerick)
v St. Joseph’s Milltown Malbay (Clare) 2:00pm
@ Tipperary or Waterford venue Clyda Rovers (Cork) v
Ballyporeen (Tipperary) De La Salle (Waterford) 2:00pm
@ Limerick or Clare venue Currow (Kerry) v St. Mary’s Sean Finns (Limerick)
or St. Joseph’s Milltown Malbay (Clare) 2:00pm
Final (Extra time)
Sunday November 24th
Odds and Ends
Since the competition began in 2003, Kerry clubs have won 7 of the 10 Munster titles on offer, including the last 7 in a row. Cork clubs have won the other 3 Munster titles in 2003, 2004 and 2005.
Kerry’s Club Intermediate Football champions have won their last 17 matches in this competition.
Kerry (7) – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Cork (3) – 2003, 2004, 2005
All Ireland GAA Club FOOTBALL Intermediate Championship
In the Club Intermediate Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Kerry clubs have secured 3 titles courtesy of Ardfert (Kerry – 2006/2007), St. Michael’s Foilmore (Kerry – 2008/2009) and Milltown-Castlemaine (Kerry – 2011/2012). Cork clubs have won 2 All-Ireland titles at this grade – Ilen Rovers (Cork – 2003/2004) and Carbery Rangers (Cork – 2004/2005).