All-Ireland League Division 1A: Terenure College V Cork Constitution – Irishrugby.ie – January 16 2022

Cork Constitution’s title defence suffered another blow as Terenure College completed a superb double over Brian Hickey’s men at Lakelands Park.

Terenure moved back into the top four and Con slipped to sixth in the table, following two Craig Adams tries in a tense 13-6 home victory.

‘Nure lost Cathal Marsh to an injury during the warm-up, but James Thornton was a more than able deputy. Nonetheless, he watched his opposite number, Con captain Aidan Moynihan, kick the visitors into a second-minute lead.

In a scrappy first half, clear-cut opportunities were hard to come by and ‘Nure had to wait until the 38th minute for their breakthrough try.

Adams raced over on the left wing following some excellent approach work from Luke Clohessy and Adam La Grue. Con were then left ruing a late decision to go for touch when they were subsequently turned over.

Con had a further setback in the 54th minute when flanker Mike Casey was sin-binned, and from a kick through by La Grue a few minutes later, Adams showed great pace to ground the ball before the end line.

The post denied Thornton’s conversion and although a Moynihan penalty pulled it back to 10-6, Thornton had the final say with a well-struck kick from the right.

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Roberto Lopes/Cape Verde Africa Cup Of Nations Piece: The Tallaght Echo (Online) – January 21 2022

Lopes and Cape Verde to square off with Senegal in AFCON

CRUMLIN native Roberto Lopes’ memorable journey with Cape Verde in the Africa Cup of Nations will continue into next week after the Blue Sharks were drawn against Senegal in the tournament’s Round of 16.

Taking place next Tuesday at Kouekong Stadium in Bafoussam (kick-off 5pm), this tie will see Lopes coming face-to-face with Liverpool star Sadio Mané.

Runners-up to Algeria when the AFCON was previously held back in 2019, Senegal are viewed as one of the teams to beat – even if their performances and results have been somewhat patchy thus far in Cameroon.

In their Group B opener against Zimbabwe, they required a penalty from Mané deep into stoppage-time in order to claim a 1-0 victory.

Following this game, the Lions of Teranga played out scoreless draws with Guinea and Malawi to ultimately top the table in somewhat underwhelming fashion.

Mané has been utilised in three different attacking positions to date by team manager Aliou Cissé – a former Birmingham City and Portsmouth footballer – and remains their most potent threat.

Chelsea goalkeeper Édouard Mendy and team captain Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli) also bring considerable gravitas, while ex-Aston Villa and Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye is now a regular first-teamer at Paris Saint-Germain.

For their part, Cape Verde were the top-ranked third-placed team in the tournament and comfortably earned a spot in the knockout rounds as a consequence.

A 1-0 defeat to Burkina Faso in their second game of Group A was a disappointment, but an identical winning margin at the expense of Ethiopia and a commendable 1-1 draw with host nation Cameroon shows that it isn’t beyond them to pull off a surprise on Tuesday.

Shamrock Rovers centre-half Roberto Lopes has been a solid presence at the heart of the Cape Verde back-three and was named man of the match as reward for his impressive display against Cameroon the last day out.

The furthest Cape Verde have gone in the AFCON was the quarter-final stage on their debut appearance in 2013 – six years before the Round of 16 was first introduced. Time will tell if they can match this achievement in the delayed 2021 tournament.

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All-Ireland League Piece: Jordan Coghlan (Terenure College) – The Tallaght Echo – January 20 2022

TERENURE COLLEGE ALL-IRELAND LEAGUE PIECE

By Daire Walsh

AS TERENURE College RFC look to build on their current rich vein of form, back-row Jordan Coghlan is confident the team can remain in the shake-up come the business end of the All-Ireland League Division 1A season.

Following their impressive victory against Cork Constitution at Lakelands Park last Saturday, Sean Skehan’s ‘Nure have recorded six wins on the bounce in domestic rugby’s top-flight.

This has elevated them to fourth-place in the table and keeps them firmly in the hunt for an All-Ireland League semi-final spot later in the year.

“I just want to win,” said Coghlan. “I’d be fairly peed off now if we weren’t in the final or if we haven’t won. That’s just the way I am. Especially when I was speaking to the coaches before I joined.

“When I came home, the vision they were giving me. Just looking at the squad, it would be hard not to see us doing well.

“That’s obviously why there was the frustration there when we were losing those games [three successive defeats early in the season]. Now it’s just a bit more clear what we can do. The lads have a bit more belief now in what we’re doing,” Coghlan explained.

Having previously lined out for Leinster, Munster, Nottingham and Leicester Tigers, Coghlan called time on the professional side of his rugby career at the age of 28 last summer.

He is one of several members of the Terenure squad to have played the sport on a full-time basis in the recent past with former St Mary’s College RFC fly-half Cathal Marsh included amongst this cohort.

In fact, given he was in the Leinster Academy at the same time as Marsh and the likes of winger Sam Coghlan-Murray, the Raheny native found himself amongst familiar territory when he joined forces with ‘Nure in advance of the present campaign.

“That was another big reason why I went to Terenure coming from the UK,” said Coghlan.

“Obviously linking up with those lads again who I would be close friends with. Coming over, seeing the squad that they were building.

“Even though it’s a very young squad, it certainly is a squad full of talent. They’re all a great bunch of lads as well. It’s easy when you come down to training and at the games when you’re such close mates. It’s great, a very good squad to be a part of.”

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Leinster Schools Camogie Senior ‘A’ League Cup Final: Mount Sackville V St Joseph’s College, Lucan – The Tallaght Echo – January 20 2022

St Joseph’s are pipped in Leinster League decider

By Daire Walsh

THERE was heartbreak for St Joseph’s College, Lucan in the Leinster Schools Camogie Senior ‘A’ League Cup decider at the National Games Development Centre in Abbotstown on Friday afternoon.

Leading by a single point in the closing stages of the contest, Joseph’s conceded a late goal to their opponents Mount Sackville and found themselves chasing the game.

A fourth point from the impressive Sinéad Daly offered them a glimmer of hope, but Mount Sackville did just enough to claim the spoils on a final scoreline of 3-7 to 2-9.

Aside from Daly, Hannah Gibbs and Aoibheann Scott chipped in with 1-1 apiece, while Aoibheann Stokes (0-2) and Sophie McIntyre (0-1) also worked their way onto the scoresheet.

Despite coming up short on the day, Joseph’s manager David Kirwan praised his side for their commendable endeavours.

“Very disappointed for our girls of course, but they put in a serious effort,” he said.

“They gave it everything they had. Can’t fault them at all for their effort. You have to say well done to Mount Sackville on a great win.”

Even though Mount Sackville hit the ground running with an early point, Joseph’s fired back with an unanswered haul of 1-2. In addition to points by Scott (’45’) and Stokes, Gibbs rattled the Mount Sackville net in fine style.

Their Chapelizod counterparts subsequently gained the upper hand, before a Scott goal direct from a free – squeezed in between points by Daly and Gibbs – propelled the Lucan outfit into a 2-4 to 1-6 interval lead.

A second goal on the resumption helped Sackville to regain the initiative, but Joseph’s remained in the driving seat courtesy of contributions from Daly (two), Stokes and McIntyre.

There was to be a final twist, however, and a 54th-minute major proved to be the decisive score from a Mount Sackville perspective.

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All-Ireland Ladies Football Junior Club Championship Preview: St Jude’s V Carrickmacross – The Tallaght Echo – January 20 2022

“It’s a really exciting time to be part of the team”- Keyes

ST JUDE’S ladies football captain Aoife Keyes has said reaching an All-Ireland final would serve as a massive boost to all those with a vested interest in the Tymon Park club.

An historic place in a national decider is the prize on offer at St Margaret’s GAA this coming Sunday (throw-in 1pm) when the Templeogue outfit face Carrickmacross of Monaghan in the last-four of the All-Ireland Junior Club Championship.

While their journey to this stage of the competition is testament to how much women’s football has developed in recent years, their exploits are capturing the attention of all those within St Jude’s.

“I think we’re the only team in the club that has ever gotten past a Leinster semi-final. It just gives it a bit of belief. Not just for us, but all the other teams, whether it’s male or female, whether it’s football, camogie or hurling,” Keyes remarked.

“It’s a great time to be a part of the club. Hopefully we get to go the full way. If we get to the final it will be amazing. If we get to win the whole thing it will be even better.”

Although they achieved their stated goal of a junior county title with an impressive final victory over Clontarf last October, Keyes and her Jude’s team-mates were not prepared to stop there.

After adding a Leinster junior crown to their list of accolades a little over a month ago, a convincing triumph over the UK-based Tir na nÓg in last Sunday week’s All-Ireland quarter-final at St Margaret’s maintained their quest for a clean sweep of silverware.

“I think the second we got out of Dublin, it kind of became a bit more of a reality that we could go the full way [in Leinster] and then obviously we did.

“I think it kind of just even spurred us on to say ‘why not go for it at this stage’.

“You don’t get too many opportunities to play in an All-Ireland semi-final or even the Leinster final.

“Not even just the players, but the management. We’ve all just had the attitude of ‘we’re going to give it our all’. It’s a really exciting time to be part of the team,” Keyes added.

There was some disappointment within St Jude’s last Sunday as their senior camogie side agonisingly lost out to Dicksboro of Kilkenny in a Leinster Senior Championship semi-final.

A sizeable contingent from this squad – including Dublin captain Hannah Hegarty – are also part of the football panel and experienced attacker Aoife Rockett is hopeful they can go one better this coming weekend.

“They’re back into football mode again now this week” said Rockett. “They’ll be looking to get a win now this weekend, the whole lot of us will. I suppose even more so now that they’re gone from the camogie.

“There’s a bit of nervous energy, for want of a better word. We’ve never actually gotten this far before. We’re in slightly unknown territory” she stressed.

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Sigerson Cup Round 2A: NUI Galway V Queen’s University – The Irish News – January 19 2022

Electric Ireland Sigerson Cup Round 2A: NUI Galway 3-10 Queen’s University, Belfast 2-7

Turbitt scores not enough as NUIG beat Queen’s

By DAIRE WALSH

DESPITE the best efforts of full-forward Conor Turbitt, Queen’s fell to a six-point Sigerson Cup defeat at the hands of NUI Galway at Whitehall Colmcille in Dublin last night.

The Armagh sharpshooter helped himself to an impressive tally of 2-4, but it wasn’t enough to rein in the challenge of NUIG. This was the second time in the space of six days that the Connacht men had overcome Ulster opposition, following hot on the heels of their gutsy 1-10 to 2-5 victory over Ulster University last Wednesday.

It was a bright start from Queen’s with Armagh prospect Kieran Hughes chipping a fine point inside the opening 60 seconds of the contest. However, NUIG were buoyed by their impressive second half display last week and fired back with 2-3 on the bounce.

After bursting through on goal in the second minute, Mayo man Fionn McDonagh blasted beyond the reach of Queen’s netminder Eoghan Mulholland. The pacy wing-forward was soon joined in raising a green flag by his county colleague Tommy Conroy, who comfortably got the better of his marker before unleashing an unstoppable strike to the net.

Galway natives Tommo Culhane and Matthew Tierney (two) also recorded points for Maurice Sheridan’s rampant westerners, but Queen’s eventually came up with an adequate response.

They created a number of goal chances during the opening quarter and finally found their way past Conor Carroll when Turbitt coolly converted a 14th-minute penalty. Moments earlier, the influential number 14 had palmed home from close-range, only to see his effort ruled out for a square ball.

Yet NUIG remained in control with Cathal Donoghue and McDonagh both finding the range either side of the first half water break. Wing-back Peter Brooks and Conroy went on to trade points, leaving Queen’s seven adrift, 2-6 to 1-2, at the interval.

Queen’s enjoyed good spells of possession throughout the opening period but – in stark contrast to NUIG – were struggling to establish a sustained attacking foothold.

An inspirational Turbitt score cancelled out Eoghan Kelly’s fisted point on the resumption, but this only provided Conor Deegan’s outfit with a brief respite. After linking up to telling effect with his brother Paul, Sean Kelly raced through to grab his second goal in as many games on 42 minutes.

He subsequently registered an outstanding point to move NUIG 11 points clear, 3-9 to 1-4, though Queen’s did enjoy a mini resurgence inside the final-quarter. Capitalising on a handling error by netminder Carroll, Turbitt flicked home for his second goal of the action in the 47th-minute.

Turbitt and his inside partner Hughes reduced the gap to six with unanswered points, but this was as close as they came to their superior counterparts.

Traded scores between dead-ball specialists Tierney and Turbitt rounded off the scoring and Queen’s will now switch their focus to round three next week.

MATCH STATS

NUI Galway: C Carroll; C Murray, N Mulcahy, G Burke; R Egan, E Kelly (0-1), N Mullen; P Kelly, S Kelly (1-1); F McDonagh (1-2), M Tierney (0-3, 2f), C Donoghue (0-1); T Culhane (0-1, 1f), T Conroy (1-1), C Sweeney.

Subs: T Gill for Donoghue (20), C Monaghan for Egan (48), P O’Donnell for McDonagh (50), R Monaghan for Mullen (58), D Hunt for Culhane (61).

Queen’s University: E Mulholland; S Bolger, R Conroy, S McCarthy; M Murnaghan, P Fagan, P Brooks (0-1); T Bogue, D Guinness; C Gorman, P Finnegan, R Donnolly; K Hughes (0-2), C Turbitt (2-4, 1-0 pen, 0-3f, 0-1 ’45’), J Tunney.

Subs: G Brown for McCarthy, O Mallon for Tunney (both h-t), J Smyth for Gorman, C Love for Finnegan (both 42), C O’Hare for Bolger (58).

Referee: B Cawley (Kildare).

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Fitzgibbon Cup Group A Round One: NUI Galway V UCD – The Irish Independent – January 20 2022

NUI Galway 1-21 UCD 1-18

Evan Niland struck 12 points at Belfield last night as NUI Galway held off a strong challenge from UCD to earn victory in the opening round of the Fitzgibbon Cup.

Thanks in no small part to a superb Fionn McDonagh goal in the 12th-minute, NUIG – playing with the aid of a strong breeze – led 1-3 to 0-4 on the first-quarter mark. Galway native Donal O’Shea (son of former Tipperary manager Eamon) contributed seven points for the hosts during the opening period but with two-time Hurler of the Year Cian Lynch helping himself to a brace of scores, the westerners brought a 1-10 to 0-8 cushion into the interval.

Despite an encouraging start to the second half from UCD – Tom Hannan and Ciaran Foley joined O’Shea on the scoresheet – NUIG remained in the driving seat courtesy of the steady influence of both Niland the ever-impressive Lynch.

An outstanding 1-1 salvo from midfielder Eoin Guilfoyle offered renewed hope to UCD, but with Niland knocking over four points in the closing stages, it was NUIG who prevailed.

Scorers:

NUI Galway: E Niland 0-12 (8f), J Fleming 0-5, C Lynch 0-3, F McDonagh 1-0, B Concannon 0-1.

UCD: D O’Shea 0-11 (8f, 1 ’65’), E Guilfoyle 1-1, L Murphy, K Lahiff 0-2 each, T Hannan, C Foley 0-1 each.

TEAMS –

NUI GALWAY – L Reilly; E Lawless, D Morrissey, I McGlynn; M Gill, J Fitzpatrick, C Caulfield; C Killeen, C Lynch; B Concannon, C Walsh, F McDonagh; E Niland, J Fleming, P Hickey. Subs: O Salmon for McGlynn (26-27, blood), D Kilcommons for Walsh (48), E McMahon for McDonagh (49), S Burke for Killeen (52), Salmon for Lawless (57), L Forde for Hickey (60).

UCD – C O’Donoghue; B Sheehy, E Geraghty, S Audsley; T Hannan, I O hEithir, C Minogue; N Heffernan, E Guilfoyle; D O’Carroll, C Foley, L Murphy; L O’Brien, D O’Shea, C Prendiville.

Subs: C O Cathasaigh for Geraghty (43), D O’Brien for O hEithir (52), K Lahiff for O’Carroll, D O Floinn for Murphy (both 54).

Referee: J Keenan (Wicklow)

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Fitzgibbon Cup Group A Round One: NUI Galway V UCD – The Irish Examiner – January 20 2022

Evan Niland and Cian Lynch star as NUI Galway overcome UCD challenge

Evan Niland struck 12 points at Belfield as NUI Galway held off a strong challenge from UCD to earn victory in the opening round of the Fitzgibbon Cup.

NUI Galway 1-21 UCD 1-18 

Evan Niland struck 12 points at Belfield as NUI Galway held off a strong challenge from UCD to earn victory in the opening round of the Fitzgibbon Cup.

Thanks in no small part to a superb Fionn McDonagh goal in the 12th-minute, NUIG – playing with the aid of a strong breeze – led 1-3 to 0-4 on the first-quarter mark. Galway native Donal O’Shea contributed seven points for the hosts during the opening period but with two-time Hurler of the Year Cian Lynch helping himself to a brace of scores, the Westerners brought a 1-10 to 0-8 cushion into the interval.

Despite an encouraging start to the second half from UCD, NUIG remained in the driving seat courtesy of the steady influence of both Niland the ever-impressive Lynch.

An outstanding 1-1 salvo from midfielder Eoin Guilfoyle offered renewed hope to UCD, but with Niland knocking over four points in the closing stages, it was NUIG who prevailed.

Scorers for NUI Galway: E Niland (0-12, 8f), J Fleming (0-5), C Lynch (0-3), F McDonagh (1-0), B Concannon (0-1).

Scorers for UCD: D O’Shea (0-11, 8f, 1 ’65’), E Guilfoyle (1-1), L Murphy, K Lahiff (0-2 each), T Hannan, C Foley 0-1 each.

NUI GALWAY: L Reilly (Castlegar); E Lawless (Athenry), D Morrissey (Sarsfields), I McGlynn (Kilconieron); M Gill (Castlegar), J Fitzpatrick (Killimordaly), C Caulfield (Kilconieron); C Killeen (Loughrea), C Lynch (Patrickswell); B Concannon (Killimordaly), C Walsh (Turloughmore), F McDonagh (Moycullen); E Niland (Clarinbridge), J Fleming (Meelick/Eyrecourt), P Hickey (Eire Og).

Subs: O Salmon (Clarinbridge for McGlynn (26-27, blood), D Kilcommins (Annaghdown) for Walsh (48), E McMahon (Crusheen) for McDonagh (49), S Burke (Kilconieron) for Killeen (52), Salmon for Lawless (57), L Forde (Ardrahan) for Hickey (60).

UCD: C O’Donoghue (Ballyboden St Enda’s); B Sheehy (Kilmacud Crokes), E Geraghty (Oranmore/Maree), S Audsley (St Martin’s); T Hannan (St Joseph’s/Doora Barefield), I O hEithir (Ballinteer St John’s), C Minogue (Bodyke); N Heffernan (Golden Kilfeacle), E Guilfoyle (James Stephens); D O’Carroll (Lisdowney), C Foley (Naomh Olaf), L Murphy (Cuala); L O’Brien (Ballinameela), D O’Shea (Salthill/Knocknacarra), C Prendiville (Graigue Ballycallan).

Subs: C O Cathasaigh (Kilmacud Crokes) for Geraghty (43), D O’Brien (Mullinahone) for O hEithir (52), K Lahiff (St Jude’s) for O’Carroll, D O Floinn (Cuala) for Murphy (both 54).

Referee: J Keenan (Wicklow).

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Sigerson Cup Round 2A: NUI Galway V Queen’s University – The Irish Independent – January 19 2022

NUI Galway 3-10 Queens University 2-7

NUI Galway defeated Ulster opposition for the second time in the space of six days at Whitehall Colmcille GAA grounds in north Dublin to safely progress into the quarter-final stage of the Sigerson Cup.

Courtesy of goals from Mayo attackers Fionn McDonagh and Tommy Conroy, the westerners developed an early 2-3 to 0-1 lead over Queen’s University. Maurice Sheridan’s side had the measure of Ulster University in the same venue last week and, despite Conor Turbitt rattling their net off a 14th-minute penalty, they led 2-6 to 1-2 at the interval.

A second goal from Sean Kelly in as many games helped NUIG to establish an 11-point lead (3-9 to 1-4) on the third-quarter mark, before Queen’s enjoyed a mini resurgence in the closing minutes.

A 1-2 salvo from Armagh star Turbitt – bringing his final tally to 2-4 – wasn’t enough to rein in the NUIG challenge, but Conor Deegan’s men can take some solace as they seek to bounce back in the round three of the competition next week.

Scorers – NUI Galway: F McDonagh 1-2, T Conroy, S Kelly 1-1 each, M Tierney 0-3 (2f), T Culhane (f), E Kelly, C Donoghue 0-1 each. Queen’s University: C Turbitt 2-4 (1-0 pen, 0-3f, 0-1 ’45’), K Hughes 0-2, P Brooks 0-1.

NUI GALWAY – C Carroll; C Murray, N Mulcahy, G Burke; R Egan, E Kelly, N Mullen; P Kelly, S Kelly; F McDonagh, M Tierney, C Donoghue; T Culhane, T Conroy, C Sweeney. Subs: T Gill for Donoghue (20), C Monaghan for Egan (48), P O’Donnell for McDonagh (50), R Monaghan for Mullen (58), D Hunt for Culhane (61)

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY – E Mulholland; S Bolger, R Conroy, S McCarthy; M Murnaghan, P Fagan, P Brooks; T Bogue, D Guinness; C Gorman, P Finnegan, R Donnolly; K Hughes, C Turbitt, J Tunney. Subs: G Brown for McCarthy, O Mallon for Tunney (both h-t), J Smyth for Gorman, C Love for Finnegan (both 42), C O’Hare for Bolger (58).

REF – B Cawley (Kildare).

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Africa Cup Of Nations Group A: Cameroon V Cape Verde – The Tallaght Echo (Online) – January 18 2022

Lopes and Cape Verde in waiting game at AFCON

CRUMLIN native Roberto Lopes and Cape Verde will have an anxious wait before discovering their Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) fate after they played out a 1-1 draw with host country Cameroon at the Olembe Stadium in Yaoundé last night.

Following a 39th-minute opener from the vastly-experienced Vincent Aboubakar – playing in his home city – Garry Rodrigues got Cape Verde back on level terms eight minutes into the second half.

Another goal would have seen Bubista’s charges leapfrog the already-qualified Cameroon into top spot in Group A, but instead, they find themselves third in the final standings – just behind Burkina Faso on head-to-head.

It remains to be seen if Lopes’ fascinating AFCON journey will be extended into the knockout phase of the tournament.

Four of the six teams that finish third in their group are afforded a route into the Round of 16, but with the preliminary phase not being completed until Thursday, it is unclear at the moment if they will still be in the reckoning by the end of this week.

Shamrock Rovers star Lopes is certainly doing his bit for the cause as he was named man-of-the-match against Cameroon after delivering a powerful display at the heart of the Cape Verde defence.

Although he was only picking up his 11th cap yesterday evening, Lopes is fast becoming a vital cog in their side. He lines out in a back-three for Shamrock Rovers on a regular basis and takes up a similar role within this Cape Verde outfit.

With four goals to his name already in the tournament, Aboubakar was always likely to be the biggest attacking threat from a Cameroonian perspective.

He had a couple of sightings at goal before eventually firing home after a Moumi Ngamaleu free-kick had only been partially cleared.

This left Cape Verde facing the prospect of a second consecutive defeat but, having enjoyed a promising end to the opening period, they restored parity with a superb back-heeled finish by substitute Rodrigues on 53 minutes.

Despite breathing a sigh of relief when Aboubakar lashed over after goalkeeper Vozinha failed to gather a cross from the left-wing, Cape Verde did enough to deny Cameroon an unblemished record in the group as well as giving themselves a fighting chance of staying in the tournament.

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