Rugby Column Number 141: The Kildare Nationalist – January 15 2019

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Carbery’s masterclass the standout on good weekend for Kildare’s rugby stars

By Daire Walsh

JOEY Carbery stole the show once again for Munster at the Kingsholm Stadium on Friday evening by amassing an astounding personal haul of 26 points in the province’s Pool Two demolition of a hapless Gloucester.

The latest barnstorming display from the Athy man not only garnered him the player of the match award for the second time in six days – he was also honoured for his impressive performance away to Connacht in the Guinness PRO14 – it also places Johann van Graan’s side on the cusp of qualification for the Champions Cup knockout rounds.

Following his erratic return rate off the kicking tee in a round four defeat to Castres, Carbery’s mental resolve was severely tested. However, his response to that set-back has been emphatic, with 17 successive strikes at goal propelling Munster to the top of their domestic and European sections in consummate style.

Despite contributing two tries, two penalties and five conversions on the night, Carbery cut a modest figure in his post-match interview with BT Sport.

“I’m obviously delighted, but what makes me more happy is the scoreboard. We worked hard during the week and we put a few things into place,” Carbery acknowledged.

“We’re just so happy that we could come out and do it tonight. A huge credit to the coaches and the team for how we prepared for this.”

While team-mate CJ Stander heaped praise on Carbery and half-back partner Conor Murray for the way they exploited the frail Gloucester defensive system, the Ardscoil na Trionoide alum believes the dominance of the Munster pack provided the platform for a bonus-point triumph.

“Everything we do comes from them. If they don’t give us a platform then we have nothing to go from. I think it was a huge team performance tonight and we’re obviously stoked for one more big week,” Carbery added.

Indeed, with the gap between themselves and Exeter Chiefs standing at just four points, Munster have a considerable task on their hands this coming weekend. The two sides meet at Thomond Park on Saturday, and if their 10-10 stalemate at Sandy Park in round one is anything to go by, space will be at a premium in the famous Limerick arena.

Whereas the established trio of Rory Scannell, Keith Earls and Andrew Conway also got their names on the scoresheet, it is understandable that Carbery’s haul stole the headlines in Saturday’s papers. Eadestown’s Tadhg Beirne has also enjoyed a seamless transition into the Munster set-up and he is building a formidable second-row partnership with Jean Kleyn.

An injury to Peter O’Mahony saw Beirne finishing the game in the Reds’ back-row and he was subsequently joined by another Kildare native in the form of Jeremy Loughman.

The Athy-raised loosehead prop made his ninth senior appearance of the campaign – deputising for  Irish international Dave Kilcoyne in the closing-quarter. Though his role in the squad is more understated than the ones Carbery and Beirne have been entrusted with, he is becoming a vital cog in Van Graan’s well-oiled machine.

Kill’s Adam Byrne also picked up his ninth cap of 2018/19 at the RDS on Saturday and marked it with a bonus-point try in Leinster’s 29-13 success over Toulouse. In the absence of Rob Kearney and James Lowe, Byrne and Dave Kearney were presented with ideal opportunities to prove their continued worth to the Blues’ cause.

They took full advantage of their respective recalls to the starting line-up, registering second-half tries to lift Leinster to the summit of the Champions Cup Pool One table. Kearney’s five-pointer was particularly eye-catching as he was picked out on the left-wing by Ross Byrne’s sublimely-weighted cross-field pass.

With Jonathan Sexton joining Rob Kearney, James Lowe and Robbie Henshaw on the treatment table, this was a big test of Ross Byrne’s credentials. A couple of wayward manoeuvres not withstanding, he passed the examination with flying colours.

Before making hay on the restart, Leinster required a Jack Conan try to create a 10-6 interval cushion. They gained the maximum total of five points in the end and now move forward to an away trip against Wasps on Sunday knowing that a win of any description will guarantee top spot for the defending champions.

Meanwhile, James Connolly (Naas) played the full 80 minutes in Connacht’s crucial 20-18 win at the expense of Sale Sharks in the Challenge Cup at the Sportsground in Galway on Saturday afternoon.

In contrast to his solitary appearance in the PRO14, Connolly was lining out in Europe for the fifth time this season. This result puts Connacht level on points (17) with Sale moving into the final round of fixtures – albeit Andy Friend’s men trail the English Premiership outfit on score difference.

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New Ireland Assurance Senior Dub Stars: Dublin V Dub Stars 2018 – Dublinladiesgaelic.ie – January 13 2019

DUBLIN DEFEAT DUB STARS

NEW IRELAND ASSURANCE SENIOR DUB STARS

DUBLIN…………………………………4-13

DUB STARS……………………………..1-9

Report by Daire Walsh

Hannah O’Neill recorded a brace of second-half goals at the DCU Sportsgrounds on Sunday to help Dublin retain the New Ireland Assurance Senior Dub Stars Challenge trophy.

Already in a strong position courtesy of opening period majors by corner-forwards Siobhan Woods and Ciara McGuigan, O’Neill turned on the style after the break to make it a winning start to 2019 for the reigning All-Ireland champions.

The 2018 Dub Stars remained in contention for long stretches of the contest, with the Clontarf duo of Caoimhe O’Connor and Siobhan Killeen leading by example up front. Their inter-county opponents were always expected to push on in the final-quarter, though, and they appeared to be in rude health ahead of the forthcoming National League campaign.

While there were a number of high-profile absentees, Sky Blues supremo Mick Bohan and his opposite numbers – Ian Kealy (Foxrock/Cabinteely), Mick Cronin (Clontarf) and Ciaran Barry (Castleknock) – were able to call upon a number of the Dublin squad from last September’s magnificent All-Ireland triumph over Cork.

Between both sides, there was a 15 players that featured in the Dublin match day squad for that memorable success at Croke Park. Despite lining out minus marauding wing-back Sinead Goldrick, the Stars were backboned by the likes of Olwen Carey, Niamh Collins, Lauren Magee and Niamh McEvoy.

Clann Mhuire’s Carla Rowe was one of the brightest sparks for Dublin during an unforgettable 2018 and she had Dublin up and running inside the opening 60 seconds with a fine point at the end of a prolonged move.

McGuigan was also on target for Bohan’s charges, before the Stars eventually opened their account through a McEvoy free. This was only a temporary respite for the club selection, however. After she had an earlier effort cleared off the line, Woods was on hand to palm home for the opening goal of the game on eight minutes.

The Stars’ initial response to this hammer blow was impressive – McEvoy registered two points in quick succession to breathed fresh life into their challenge. Yet, with Rowe exerting her considerable influence on the ’40’, Dublin re-established their superiority.

Following her close-range free inside the second-quarter, Rowe released the waiting McGuigan for a composed finish to the Stars net in the 21st-minute. Just when it was beginning to look decidedly ominous for the Stars, they received a much-desired lifeline.

O’Connor picked up possession deep inside the Dublin ’45’ and was hauled down inside the square by retreating Dublin full-back Martha Byrne. Once she got to her feet, the dynamic ‘Tarf forward converted the subsequent penalty – in spite of Ciara Trant’s best efforts between the sticks.

There was little let-up in the Dublin charge and they quickly regained their composure through Kate Sullivan and McGuigan points. Nevertheless, there was some light at the end of the tunnel for Dub Stars, with O’Connor reducing their deficit to four points (2-5 to 1-4) at the midway stage with a stoppage-time point.

Having played against a strong breeze in the first half, Dublin were more prolific with the elements at their backs on the resumption.

Rowe’s third point of the game was cancelled out by Lucan Sarsfields’ Laura Quinn, before Dublin gradually started to pull away into a commanding lead. Owens became the latest player to add her name to the scoresheet with a well-measured point, while Woods’ 0-2 salvo gave them significant momentum heading towards the closing-quarter.

2019 should prove to be a big year for Stars forward Killeen, who will be hoping to break into Dublin’s starting line-up as the months progress. As well as being part of the all-conquering Sky Blues panel, 2018 was also a stellar year on the club front for the former Republic of Ireland soccer international.

She contributed an astounding 5-4 tally in Clontarf’s All-Ireland Intermediate Club Championship triumph last month, and chipped over a brace of points to keep the Stars in the reckoning on this occasion.

This served as a reminder to Dublin that the game was still up for grabs and they produced the goods in the closing minutes to ultimately place the outcome beyond doubt. Supplementing Rowe’s settling free, O’Neill kicked a rebounded shot to an empty Stars net.

Sullivan and O’Connor also traded scores in advance of a sublime O’Neill strike into the top left-hand corner of Tarpey’s goal. It was just a matter of Dublin closing out of the game from here, though Stars centre-fielder Emma Sherwood did clip a nice point for her side.

The St Brigid’s ace combined effectively throughout with Lauren Magee – who created inroads for the Stars at various stages with her hard running from deep positions. However, there was little she could do to halt the pace and power of her inter-county compatriots.

Emily Flanagan and McGuigan completed the scoring for Dublin on the stroke of full-time, leaving all of 13 points between the sides in the end.

Scorers – Dublin: Ciara McGuigan 1-3, Hannah O’Neill 2-0, Siobhan Woods 1-2, Carla Rowe 0-4 (3f), Kate Sullivan 0-2, Nicole Owens, Emily Flanagan 0-1 each. Dub Stars 2018: Caoimhe O’Connor 1-2 (1-0 pen), Niamh McEvoy 0-3 (2f), Siobhan Killeen 0-2, Emma Sherwood, Laura Quinn 0-1 each.

DUBLIN: Ciara Trant (St Brigid’s); Kate Fitzgibbon (Clontarf), Martha Byrne (Cuala), Rachel Ruddy (Ballyboden St Enda’s); Hannah Leahy (Scoil Ui Chonaill), Lucy Collins (Na Fianna), Ciara Ruddy (Ballyboden St Enda’s); Siobhan McGrath (Thomas Davis), Niamh Hetherton (Clontarf); Kate Sullivan (St Sylvester’s), Carla Rowe (Clann Mhuire), Hannah O’Neill (Foxrock/Cabinteely); Ciara McGuigan (Thomas Davis), Nicole Owens (St Sylvester’s), Siobhan Woods (Raheny).

SUBS: Rachel Fleming (Kilmacud Crokes), Danielle Lawless (St Sylvester’s), Aoife Kane (Kilmacud Crokes), Eve Kehoe (Skerries Harps), Emma McDonagh (Foxrock/Cabinteely), Emily Flanagan (Ballyboden St Enda’s).

DUB STARS 2018: Aisling Tarpey (Foxrock/Cabinteely); Orlaith Higgins (Castleknock), Tarah O’Sullivan (Foxrock/Cabinteely), Sarah Fagan (Clontarf); Hannah McLoughlin (Clontarf), Olwen Carey (Thomas Davis), Niamh Collins (Foxrock/Cabinteely); Lauren Magee (Kilmacud Crokes), Emma Sherwood (St Brigid’s); Laura Carolan (Castleknock), Niamh McEvoy (St Sylvester’s), Eabha Rutledge (Kilmacud Crokes); Ciara Burgess (Castleknock), Caoimhe O’Connor (Clontarf), Siobhan Killeen (Clontarf).

SUBS: Emer Ni Eafa (Fingallians), Ciara Purdy (Na Fianna), Kate McKenna (Clanna Gael Fontenoy), Laura Quinn (Lucan Sarsfields), Eimear Loughlin (Cuala), Jennifer Dunne (Cuala), Aoife Whelan (Castleknock), Oonagh Whyte (Clann Mhuire), Sinead Goldrick (Foxrock/Cabinteely), Lorna Fusciardi (Foxrock/Cabinteely), Sarah Quinn (Foxrock/Cabinteely).

Player of the Match: Siobhan McGrath (Dublin).

Referee: John Doherty (Robert Emmet’s).

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New Ireland Assurance Junior Dub Stars: Blue Team V Navy Team – Dublinladiesgaelic.ie – January 13 2019

NEW IRELAND ASSURANCE JUNIOR DUB STARS

BLUE TEAM…………………………………6-8

NAVY TEAM…………………………………3-4

Report by Daire Walsh

An outstanding performance by Cathy Brock propelled the Blue Team towards an accomplished 13-point victory over the Navy Team in Sunday’s New Ireland Assurance Junior Dub Stars Challenge at the DCU Sportsgrounds.

The Cuala attacker finished with an astonishing personal tally of five goals to round off an excellent individual display at the St Clare’s venue. First-half substitute Lauryn Campbell (Fingallians) also chipped in with 1-3 for the Blues, who held off a spirited second period showing from their Navy counterparts to secure the silverware on offer.

Playing on DCU’s pristine all-weather pitch, the Blue Team hit the ground running through the terrific Brock. Her ferocious second-minute effort rebounded off the left-hand post, before ending up in the net off the foot of unfortunate opposition netminder Niamh Kirby.

Despite this early set-back, however, the Navys subsequently reduced their deficit to the bare minimum. Following a breakthrough score for midfielder Roisin McDonald, skipper Aoife Caffrey split the posts at the end of an extended move inside the opposing half.

There had been little to separate the sides in a tentative opening-quarter, but as the half developed, it was the Blues who created the greater inroads in attack. After Aisling Kerins’ long-distance free dropped short, Brock was on hand to shoot beyond the reach of the stranded Kirby.

This was the cue for both sides to make significant alterations to their starting line-up and it was the Blues who ultimately reaped the benefits. The aforementioned Campbell pointed a 22nd-minute free – and this was preceded by a stunning Brock goal five minutes earlier.

While many would be content with a hat-trick of goals, the Dalkey star continued to pose a threat on the edge of the square. Supplementing a Caroline Conway point (free), Brock rattled the back of the Navy net for her fourth goal of the half.

Campbell was more than willing to lift the scoring burden off her shoulders and she was presented with an ideal opportunity to bolster her side’s lead from the penalty spot. She was hauled down inside the square and stepped forward to confidently dispatch the resulting set-piece.

She highlighted her increased prominence with a well-worked point from open play, giving the Blues a seemingly insurmountable 5-3 to 0-2 interval cushion in the process. They maintained their stranglehold on the play when the action resumed – Campbell adding a point on the turn to create additional daylight between the teams.

Templeogue Synge Street’s Ciara Bell – whose club-mate, Ellen Hughes, was listed amongst the Navy squad – also proved to be a livewire presence in a highly-functioning Blues attack. Having initially matched their opponents in the early exchanges, the Navys found themselves struggling to deal with the pace and power of the Blues.

Nevertheless, they persevered with their challenge and finally enjoyed a strong purple patch in the third-quarter. When Lauryn McDonnell was picked in space close to goal, she fired to the bottom left-hand corner with a superb strike.

This added a new lease of life to the Navy challenge and their second goal of the contest soon followed on the stroke of 40 minutes. Aideen Naughton offered fresh impetus to the right-flank of their attack and her tight-angled shot floated home via a deflection.

Although they continued to find space inside the Navy ’45’, the Blues were not as clinical in the second period as they had been prior to the break. A Jodie Kearns point cut the gap to 10 points in the 48th-minute, only for Naomh Olaf’s Aoife Maher to reply immediately at the opposite end of the field.

This settled the Blues back into the action and an outstanding individual single courtesy of Conway effectively eliminated any hope of a dramatic Navy comeback. A Clara O’Sullivan point interrupted their latest scoring sequence, but Brock capitalised on a defensive error to claim her fifth goal in the closing moments.

Her opposite number – Scoil Ui Chonaill’s Sinead de Burca – was set-up by O’Sullivan for a magnificent Navy goal two minutes from time, but with Caroline Brennan and Yvonne Twomey finding the range either side of this score, it acted as scant consolation in the end.

Scorers – Dub Stars Blue Team: Cathy Brock 5-0, Lauryn Campbell 1-3 (1-0 pen, 0-1f), Caroline Conway 0-2 (1f), Caroline Brennan, Yvonne Twomey, Aoife Maher 0-1 each. Dub Stars Navy Team: Sinead de Burca, Lauren McDonnell, Aideen Naughton 1-0 each, Roisin McDonald, Aoife Caffrey, Clara O’Sullivan, Jodie Kearns 0-1 each.

BLUE TEAM: Michelle O’Hare (Na Fianna); Fiona Daly (Erin’s Isle), Fiona Hagan (O’Dwyers), Nicola Johnson (Crumlin); Denise Manning (St Monica’s), Aisling McElvanney (Ballyboden St Enda’s), Kayrah Tanner (St Sylvester’s); Niamh O’Sullivan (St James Gaels), Caroline Conway (Wanderers); Aoife Delaney (Castleknock), Caroline Brennan (Ballyboughal), Yvonne Twomey (Ranelagh Gaels); Ella Carr (St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh), Cathy Brock (Cuala), Aisling Kerins (Robert Emmet’s).

SUBS: Agustina Lazarini (St Brendan’s), Ciara Bell (Templeogue Synge Street), Ava Berry (Whitehall Colmcille), Lauryn Campbell (Fingallians), Rioghain Ni Lorcain (Castleknock), Fiona McCabe (Clontarf), Shona McNally (St Anne’s), Tia Harte (Naomh Barrog), Aoife Maher (Naomh Olaf), Deirdre Megan (Stars Of Erin), Aisling O’Leary (Shankill), Ava Lewis (St Jude’s).

NAVY TEAM: Niamh Kirby (O’Dwyers); Kate Brereton (Skerries Harps), Rachel Brennan (St Peregrine’s), Zoe Higgins (Ballymun Kickhams); Fionnuala Hogan (Foxrock/Cabinteely), Keelin Timoney (Kilmacud Crokes), Laurie Baxter (St Finian’s, Swords); Roisin McDonald (St Brendan’s), Laura Rock (Garristown); Aoife Caffrey (Na Fianna), Clara O’Sullivan (Naomh Olaf), Emma Fleming (Clontarf); Niamh Keenan (Parnell’s), Sinead de Burca (Scoil Ui Chonaill), Emma Byrne (St Patrick’s).

SUBS: Jodie Kearns (Craobh Chiarain), Hannah Lohan (Clanna Gael Fontenoy), Jessica Manning (Fingal Ravens), Lauren McDonnell (St Margaret’s), Ellen Hughes (Templeogue Synge Street), Maeve O’Donnell (Trinity Gaels), Jenny Meagher (Thomas Davis), Davina Neary (Round Tower Lusk), Lauren Finnan (Lucan Sarsfields), Aideen Naughton (Scoil Ui Chonaill), Mairead Byrne (St Finian’s, Newcastle), Annette Murray (Erin’s Isle), Deirdre Moore (Man-O-War).

Player of the Match: Rachel Brennan (Navy Team)

Referee: Gavin Donegan (Trinity Gaels).

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Post-Match Reaction: Heineken Cup Pool One – Leinster V Toulouse – January 13 2019

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen unable to hide his pride after win over Toulouse

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen was in a buoyant mood after his side made light of some high-profile absentees to record an emphatic 29-13 bonus-point win over Toulouse in pool one of the Heineken Champions Cup.

Despite taking to the pitch without captain Jonathan Sexton – in addition to the experienced international trio of Rob Kearney, Robbie Henshaw and Devin Toner and the suspended James Lowe – the defending champions scored four tries to leapfrog Toulouse into pole position heading into next weekend’s final round.

After watching Dave Kearney, Sean Cronin and Adam Byrne touch down in the second half to add to Jack Conan’s 34th-minute effort, Cullen said: “To get the win and bonus point is doubly pleasing.

“Conditions were difficult out there but we managed possession quite well in the first half. Toulouse had this big wall of defenders the whole time and our guys showed good patience to keep hold of the ball.

“It was much better at the start of the second half where we played in their half of the field and picked off a few scores when they came along.

“I’m delighted for the guys, we had a lot of young guys out there today and it was a huge step up for them. We’re delighted to get that win. It was a very positive step for a lot of our younger guys.

“A lot of guys have been fighting hard to get into the team. They’ve been very unlucky at various stages during the year with selections. It’s a good competitive group at the moment.

“They all want to be involved, they know what’s at stake. They know there’s big games coming up, whether that’s with Leinster or with Ireland.”

Sexton’s deputy at fly-half, Ross Byrne, was one of those to impress as Leinster put themselves on the cusp of securing a home quarter-final, which they will be hoping to achieve away to Wasps next Sunday.

There is concern for Byrne’s half-back partner Luke McGrath who came off with a worrying knee injury in the 60th minute.

Cullen added: “Lukey has done something to his knee, we’ll get that assessed. Other guys are not too bad, the usual bangs and bumps.

“Next week is a completely different challenge now. We’ll have to turn our attention to Wasps quite quickly. It’s a slightly longer week. We’ll see how all the other pools unfold.

“We still have a lot of work to do to try and win our pool. They (Wasps) won’t make it easy, they won’t give it up easy. They’re at home. We need to make sure we’re clear as to how we manage the environment over there.”

While Toulouse, who now sit three points behind Leinster, remain right in contention for a quarter-final berth, their Dublin defeat is undoubtedly a setback following a run of four straight wins in Europe.

South African flanker Rynhardt Elstadt feels it was a good learning experience for the French side.

“We didn’t focus on anyone that’s missing (for Leinster),” he admitted afterwards. “Because when they played us (in Toulouse in October), we didn’t have a lot of players as well. The next guy in their place is just as good and they showed it out there this afternoon.

“You can feel the difference, the way the (Leinster) boys are performing and playing together as a pack. If you want to test character and you want to pitch yourself against any team, that’s the team to play against. It was probably one of our most physical games of the season.

“In the first half, we had some good defence and I thought we did really well. But Leinster are a really phenomenal team. They have really good finishers, they know how to finish, they’re a class finishing team.

“I just think we lacked a bit of edge today. Leinster are right up there as one of the teams to beat this year, they’re really, really good.”

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Dublin Schools Junior ‘D1’ Hurling Championship Final: Old Bawn Community School V Moyle Park College – The Evening Herald – January 10 2019

GAELIC GAMES – DUBLIN JH D1 FINAL: OLD BAWN 5-8 MOYLE PK COLL 3-4

Dawn have measure of Moyle Park

Daire Walsh

OLD Bawn Community School produced a powerful second-half display to get the better of Moyle Park College at the National Games Development Centre in Abbotstown yesterday afternoon.

Despite finding themselves on level terms at the midway point in the proceedings (1-3 apiece), the Tallaght side pushed on when the action resumed to claim the silverware in spectacular style.

Throughout the course of the hour, captain Fionn Murray led by example at centre-back. His early goal helped Old Bawn to settle, before Moyle Park registered unanswered haul of 1-3 to turn the table of their southside rivals.

However, with Ciaran Kavanagh offering an assured presence as the last line of defence, they had cancelled out the Moyle Park advantage in time for the break. This was the cue for midfielder Sam Stewart to come into his own, though he was ably-assisted by the likes of Karl McGill (who finished with 1-1 to his name), Stuart Barrett and wing-back Ciaran Lynch.

The dynamic Stewart was the main source of scores in a frantic and contributed an outstanding personal tally of 3-6. While Moyle Park pose an attacking edge in possession, Old Bawn (the alma mater of Leitrim senior hurler Zak Moradi) recorded a convincing 5-8 to 3-4 win at the end of a compelling encounter.

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Dublin Schools Senior ‘C’ Hurling Championship Semi-Final: Malahide Community School V Clonkeen College – The Evening Herald – January 10 2019

GAELIC GAMES – DUBLIN SH ‘C’ SEMI-FINAL: MALAHIDE CS 3-17 CLONKEEN COLL 3-12

Malahide hit extra gear to seal slot

Daire Walsh

MALAHIDE Community School will face St David’s CBS in the Dublin Schools Senior ‘C’ Hurling Championship decider after they recorded a five-point victory over Clonkeen College at Broomfield on Tuesday.

David’s ensured home advantage worked in their favour when they faced St Mac Dara’s CC at the end of November and Malahide were hoping for similar fortune when they welcomed Clonkeen to the northside. In the first competitive fixture to take place on St Sylvester’s new astro pitch, Malahide held a slender edge during the early exchanges.

Playing with a strong wind at their backs, John Mangan’s side were 1-9 to 2-4 in front when the half-time whistle sounded. Dublin North Colleges duo Liam Foley and Darragh McLoughney were in sparkling form throughout, while half-forward Sean Murphy was another lively presence in attack.

They were under the cosh at various stages in the first half, however, as Clonkeen sought to keep themselves within touching distance. The Deansgrange outfit were ideally placed to turn the tables on their opponents, but it was Malahide who discovered an extra gear when the action resumed.

With McLoughney switching effortlessly between midfield and centre-forward, they managed to keep Clonkeen at arm’s length. Although their southside counterparts continued to pose a considerable attacking threat, the increased prominence of 2018 Dublin minor footballer Sean Guiden helped Malahide to ultimately advance.

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Schools Sports Star Of The Week: Tom Ó hEachthigheirn (Coláiste Eoin) – The Evening Herald – January 10 2019

STAR OF THE WEEK

Tom Ó hEachthigheirn (Coláiste Eoin)

WHILE there were a number of outstanding performances in Coláiste Eoin’s Leinster Senior ‘A’ Hurling Championship victory over Dublin North yesterday, the versatile Tom Ó hEachthigheirn’s part in their eventual success cannot be underestimated.

Having lined out as a half-back for his school in the past, the Ballinteer St John’s man transferred effortlessly between the half-forward and full-forward lines in this hard-fought provincial contest.

In addition to finishing with an impressive tally of 1-1, Ó hEachthigheirn fought tirelessly for possession throughout the course of the play and is a worthy recipient of this week’s award.

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Post-Match Reaction: Leinster Schools Senior ‘A’ Hurling Championship – Colaiste Eoin Manager Aodan De Paor – The Evening Herald – January 10 2019

DUBLIN NORTH V COL EOIN REACTION

De Paor: O hEachthigheirn’s goal crucial factor in making the semis

Daire Walsh

COLÁISTE Eoin manager Aodan De Paor acknowledged that Tom Ó hEachthigheirn’s 27th-minute goal played a crucial part in his side’s Leinster Schools Senior ‘A’ Hurling Championship second round victory over 14-man Dublin North at Parnell Park.

Leading by just three points at that stage, Ó hEachthigheirn’s superb finish was the springboard for the Booterstown outfit to establish a commanding 2-6 to 0-4 interval lead.

“We were just saying on the line, we felt we’d been on top and we were only three points up,” De Paor explained.

“Just a few minutes before half-time, to get another goal really helped. It made them [North] panic a little bit.”

Nevertheless, De Paor praised North for the way they fought back in the second period – when they cut the gap to two points prior to a late blitz by the eventual winners.

“It’s always going to happen, especially with the level of players they have. The fellas they can bring on, who are also almost county fellas. They really worked hard to get back into it,” De Paor added.

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Leinster Schools Senior ‘A’ Hurling Championship Round Two: Colaiste Eoin V Dublin North – The Evening Herald – January 10 2019

GAELIC GAMES – LEINSTER SH ‘A’: COL EOIN 3-12 DUBLIN NTH 0-11

EOIN PROVE 4-MIDABLE

COLÁISTE EOIN…………………………………..3-12

DUBLIN NORTH……………………………………0-11

Daire Walsh

COLAISTE Eoin progressed to the semi-finals of the Leinster Senior ‘A’ Hurling Championship with a commanding triumph against 14-man Dublin North at Parnell Park yesterday.

Thanks in no small part to goals from Pádraig Puirséil, Tom Ó hEachthigheirn and Rian Ó Maoileoin, the Gaelscoil had the measure of the defending champions. Whereas Eoin have reached the last-four via the direct route, North can join them by returning to winning ways in a forthcoming quarter-final.

Following traded scores between Séamus Ó Fiachna and Cillian Hayes, Puirséil’s fourth-minute strike rattled the back of the North net. While their opponents responded through the reliable Liam Dunne, Ó Fiachna soon found the target at the opposite end.

Dunne kept North in contention during a tentative opening period, only for Paul O’Brien’s side to suffer a double blow on 27 minutes. After Tom Ó hEachthigheirn fired beyond the reach of John Sammon, he was involved in an off-the-ball incident with North’s Adam Codd.

This led to the dismissal of the latter and Eoin subsequently increased the gap to eight (2-6 to 0-4) courtesy of Puirséil and Darach Mac Giolla Bhríde points.

A resurgent North were not prepared to go down without a fight, though, and hit six points without reply on the restart.

In addition to Dunne’s four-point salvo, Luke Swan and Andrew Dunphy also added their names to the scoresheet. Yet, despite being under intense pressure, Ó Fiachna’s close-range free on 52 minutes proved to be the catalyst for Eoin to ease themselves home.

An Ó Maoileoin major supplemented an earlier point for Puirséil, before Ó hEachthigheirn and Odhrán Mac Gearailt (two) also raised white flags.

Dunne’s eighth point cancelled out another Puirséil effort, but it was a mere consolation on a day when Coláiste Eoin established their title credentials.

Scorers – Coláiste Eoin: P Puirséil 1-3, S Ó Fiachna 0-4 (4f), T Ó hEachthigheirn 1-1, R Ó Maoileoin 1-0, D Mac Giolla Bhríde, O Mac Gearailt 0-2 each. Dublin North: L Dunne 0-8 (7f, 1 ’65’), A Dunphy, C Hayes, L Swan 0-1 each.

COLÁISTE EOIN: B O hEidhin; B Mac Síthigh, F Ó Murchú, E Ó Ceallacháin; C Ó Cathasaigh, S Ó Cinnseallaigh, I Ó hEithir; C Ó Tuathail, D Mac Dúinnsléibhe; D Mac Giolla Bhríde, O Mac Gearailt, T Ó hEachthigheirn; P Puirséil, D Puirséil, S Ó Fiachna. Subs: R Ó Maoileoin for Mac Giolla Bhríde (40), P Ó Luineacháin for Mac Dúinnsléibhe (43), B Ó Scanláin for P Puirséil (66).

DUBLIN NORTH: J Sammon; T Cullen, A Codd, S Beirnes; M Barr, K Byrne, C Scully; A Dunphy, S Foran; D McLoughney, C Hayes, D Bohan; D Breslin, L Swan, L Dunne. Subs: M Sweeney for Bohan (h-t), B McSweeney for Hayes (50), J Kehoe for Breslin (60).

REFEREE: D Coady (Kildare).

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Rugby Column Number 140: The Kildare Nationalist – January 8 2019

RUGBY

CARBERY SHINES IN MUNSTER TRIUMPH

By Daire Walsh

A PLAYER of the match performance by Athy’s Joey Carbery helped Munster to overcome the challenge of Connacht in a pulsating Guinness PRO14 clash at the Sportsground in Galway on Saturday evening.

Fresh from his accomplished display against former club Leinster on 29 December, the exciting Carbery amassed a 16-point haul to propel Johann van Graan’s outfit to the summit of Conference A. Eadestown man Tadhg Beirne was outstanding alongside Jean Kleyn in the Reds’ second-row,  as he aims to progress up the international ladder in the absence of injured Ulster lock Iain Henderson.

It is also proving to be a productive 2018/19 for Jeremy Loughman (like Carbery, a native of Athy) – who was making his third start of the season in the Munster front-row.

The former Ardscoil na Trionoide student has made eight senior appearances during the current campaign and has established himself as the principle back-up option to Dave Kilcoyne at loosehead prop.

Despite falling behind to an early Tom Farrell try, Munster soon responded with a Peter O’Mahony five-pointer. Carbery comfortably added the bonuses to this score and also converted a Dan Goggin try as Munster moved into the ascendancy.

A Jack Carty penalty reduced their interval lead to 14-10, however, before Cian Kelleher touched down on the resumption to turn the tables on the visitors. Yet, there was never any sense of panic among the Munster ranks.

Beirne was heavily involved in the build-up to their next try on 49 minutes, which ended with Goggin crossing for a second time. Carbery supplemented his latest converted effort with an expertly-struck close-range penalty, giving Munster a 24-17 cushion heading into the final quarter.

When Carbery superbly side-stepped Matt Healy to claim a seven-point salvo, it appeared to be curtains for Connacht. An impressive Carty finish at the opposite end set up a nail-biting conclusion, but Munster held out to record back-to-back interprovincial triumphs.

Meanwhile, Conference B pace-setters Leinster bounced back from their aforementioned defeat to Munster with a 40-7 demolition of Ulster at the RDS on Saturday.

With one eye on this weekend’s Champions Cup encounter against Toulouse, Leo Cullen rested a host of first-choice players for their opening home game of 2019.

However, ahead of a must-win affair with 2018 finalists Racing 92 at Kingspan Stadium, Ulster fielded a largely experienced line-up for the trip to south Dublin.

Kill’s Adam Byrne was making his eighth start of the season, while Jimmy O’Brien (Eadestown) and James Tracy (Kill) were included among the replacements.

Although they leaked a try to Adam McBurney in the same time period, Sean Cronin (two) and Conor O’Brien crossed the visiting whitewash in the first quarter. Indeed, thanks to an Andrew Porter finish, Leinster had already secured a bonus point by the interval.

Tracy (50 minutes) and Jimmy O’Brien (63 minutes) were introduced after the break, as a Jamison Gibson-Park five-pointer preceded a stoppage-time penalty try in a facile win.

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