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Fullen Gaels 2-18, Castleblayney 1-07

posted 26 Jan 2015, 09:51 by Fullen Gaels   [ updated 26 Jan 2015, 09:52 ]

O'Callaghan drives Fullen forward
Fullen Gaels romped to victory over Castleblaney in windy conditions at the Parnells club grounds in Coolock, Dublin yesterday.

The Manchester club made their strength tell in the second quarter, outscoring 'Blaney eight points to one.

Colm O'Callaghan punished every 'Blaney error to help his side to a six-point half-time lead.

In the second half, Fullen Gaels hit a goal and a point inside two minutes, and it got worse for 'Blaney when they were reduced to 13 men with Barney Connor's straight red card.

Fullen Gaels then hit a second goal and tagged on eight unanswered points, and 'Blaney finished with 12 players after Patrick Finnegan's second yellow.

Scorers - Fullen Gaels: V Morrissey 1-5 (3f, 1 '65), C O'Callaghan 0-7 (5f), P Duggan 1-1, S Garry 0-3, V Feherty and G Jacob 0-1 each. Castleblaney: H Byrne 0-4 (3f, 1 '65), S Forde 1-0, N Garland 0-2 (1f, 1 '65), G Brady 0-1.

Fullen Gaels - T Goulding; S Wallace, L Knocker, C Maskey; A Morrissey, J O'Shaughnessy, V Feherty; S Garry, R McEntee; A O'Neill, G Jacob, P Duggan; C O'Callaghan, V Morrissey, D O'Grady. Subs: T Corcoran for D O'Grady (46), D Maskey for V Morrisey (54), D Walsh for S Wallace (55), J Sheehan for P Duggan (58), D O'Dwyer for C O'Callaghan(59).

Castleblaney - D Connolly; B Flanagan, B Connor, P Finnegan; J McHugh, P Treanor, J Lacey; D Crowe, M Treanor; S Forde, H Byrne, B McGuigan; N Garland. G Brady, F Rafter. Subs: P Murphy for G Brady (47).

Ref - D Hughes (Carlow)

Match report from
The Irish Independent on 26th January 2015
Focused Fullen Gaels book final spot

Fullen Gaels (Manchester)2-18 Castleblayney (Monaghan) 1-7: AIB All-Ireland Club JHC semi-final

A sharper, stronger, hungrier and more focused Fullen Gaels romped to victory over an out of sorts Castleblayney in this one sided All-Ireland Club JHC semi-final in Coolock yesterday.
Shane Garry and Reamonn McEntee held sway in midfield while up front the predatory instincts of Colm O’Callaghan and Vincent Morrisey wrecked havoc on a beleagured Monaghan defence. The winners led 0-9 to 0-3 and half time and goals from Morrisey and Paul Duggan ensure their easy passage to Croke Park next month.

FULLEN GAELS: T Goulding, S Wallace, L Knocker, C Maskey, A Morrissey, J O’Shaughnessy, V Feherty 0-1, S Garry 0-3 (0-2 65s), R McEntee, A O’Neill, G Jacob 0-1, P Duggan 1-1, C O’Callaghan 0-7 (0-5f), V Morrissey 1-5 (0-3f, 0-1 ?65), D O’Grady.

Subs: T Corcoran for D O’Grady, D Maskey for V Morrisey, D Walsh for S Wallace.

CASTLEBLAYNEY HC: D Connolly, B Flanagan, B Connor, P Finnegan, J McHugh, P Treanor, J Lacey, D Crowe, M Treanor, S Forde 1-0, H Byrne 0-4 (0-3f, 0-1 ‘65), B McGuigan, N Garland 0-2 (0-1, 0-1 ‘65). G Brady, F Rafter.

Sub: P Murphy for G Brady.

Referee: D Hughes (Carlow).
Match report from The Irish Examiner on 26th January 2015

Fullen Gaels 2-06, Modeligo 0-10

posted 26 Jan 2015, 09:17 by Fullen Gaels   [ updated 26 Jan 2015, 09:46 ]

Munster champs Modeligo blown away by Fullen Gaels
Fullen Gaels 2-6 Modeligo 0-10
Munster champions Modeligo's run in this year's Junior Hurling Championship came to an unscheduled halt at Pairc Na hEireann in Birmingham when they suffered a two-point defeat to a seasoned Fullen Gaels team from Manchester.

The deciding scores in this hard-fought contest were the two goals scored by the winner's corner-forward, Vincent Morrissey, one in each half, while the accuracy of Colm O'Callaghan from placed balls was crucial for a team that scored just 0-3 from play.

Trailing by 0-4 to 0-2, Morrissey's first goal in the 18th minute from a ground strike gave Fullen Gaels a lead they never relinquished and following a player from each side seeing red in the 26th minute as a result of the only unruly period of the hour, they led at the interval by 1-5 to 0-6.

Early second-half scores by Pat Fitzgerald and Tom Devine either side of a Reamonn McEntee point for the winners brought Modeligo to within a point of the British champions but Morrissey struck for his second goal before Kieran McCarthy and Pa O' Donovan scored consolation points.

SCORERS - Fullen Gaels: R McEntee 0-1, C O'Callaghan 0-4 (3f), P Duggan 0-1, V Morrissey 2-0.

Modeligo - P Fitzgerald 0-1, P O' Donovan, 0-2 (1f), K McCarthy 0-4 (1f), T Devine 0-3(2f).

Fullen Gaels - T Gulding; S Wallace, L Knocke, C Maskey; A Morrissey, S Garry, N Unwin; J O'Shaugnessy, R McEntee; V Faherty, G Jacob, A O'Neill; C O' Callaghan, P Duggan, V Morrissey. Sub: D O' Grady for P Duggan (40 mins).

Modeligo - D O' Keeffe; R Buckley, B McCarthy, S O' Donovan; J McGrath, P Fitzgerald, S Troy; P Walsh, T Walsh; N O' Donovan, P O' Donovan, K McCarthy; M Troy, T Devine, R Reddy. Subs: L Queally for N O' Donovan (half-time), J Troy for R Reddy (54 mins), JP Ryan for R Reddy (57 mins).

Ref - G McGrath (Wexford).
Match report from The Irish Independent on 12th January 2015

Fullen Gaels 1-08, Creggan Kickhams 2-10

posted 9 Oct 2014, 07:02 by Fullen Gaels

Antrim champs Creggan shake off Gaels to reach final

Creggan Kickhams (Antrim) 2-10 Fullen Gaels (Manchester) 1-08

Antrim champions Creggan Kickhams beat Fullen Gaels in Newry yesterday to reach the All-Ireland junior hurling club final.

Shane Lawless scored a terrific 18th minute goal for the Manchester side, who were beaten All-Ireland finalists last year, to put them 1-5 to 1-1 ahead. However Creggan trailed by just 1-6 to 2-2 at half-time, with goals from Conleth McGrenaghan and Conor Small. Oran McCann scored five frees in the second half to put the Antrim men through to the Croke Park decider on February 8.

Scorers for Creggan Kickhams: O McCann 0-7 (6f), C Small 1-1, C McGrenaghan 1-0, C McCann 0-2 (1f)

Scorers for Fullen Gaels: A O’Neill 0-5 (5f), S Lawless 1-0, G Jacobs, A Morrissey, E Lyons 0-1 each

CREGGAN KICKHAMS: B Prenter; D McCann, A Maguire, D Carey; F McAuley, T McCann, M Johnston; S Maguire, A McKeown; K Rice, O McCann, C McGrenaghan; C Small, J Dougan, C McCann

Subs: R McCann for Dougan (21), B Maguire for McAuley (60)

FULLEN GAELS: T Goulding; E O’Brien, L Knocker, S Wallace; E Gleeson, J O’Shaughnessy, C Maskey; E McEntee, S Lawless; J O’Halloran, G Jacob, P Duggan; P Ryan, A O’Neill, A Morrissey

Subs: R O’Donnell for Duggan (24), E Lyons for Ryan (HT), R Wedel for Wallace (40), C O’Connor for McEntee (51)

Referee: Christy Browne (Galway).


Match Report for Irish Examiner on January 27, 2014



Fullen Gaels 1-08, Ballinamere 0-10

posted 18 Dec 2013, 06:31 by Fullen Gaels   [ updated 9 Oct 2014, 07:02 ]

O'Donnell does the damage as Fullen Gaels show their mettle


16 DECEMBER 2013

Manchester's Fullen Gaels sent Leinster champions Ballinamere crashing out in this war of attrition.

The exiles raced into a four-point lead within four minutes with corner-forward Peter Ryan's excellent strike past Kieran McLoughlin the only goal of the game.

The Offaly champions rallied through a couple of Stephen Weir points but Fullen Gaels struck back with four frees by wing-forward Robert O'Donnell.

Three points down at the restart, Ballinamere made the most of the wind at their backs to go level thanks to excellent long-distance efforts by Paddy Murphy and Jamie McKeogh. And it was midfielder McKeogh who blasted them into the lead midway through the half.

Martin Og Buggy tapped over a 10th point but last season's All-Ireland finalists fought back as wing-forward O'Donnell notched two vital scores to set up a January semi-final date with Antrim's Creggan Kickhams.

Scorers -- Fullen Gaels: R O'Donnell 0-6 (4fs), P Ryan 1-0, E Gleeson, G Jacob 0-1 each. Ballinamere: P Murphy 0-4 (1f); S Weir 0-3; J McKeogh 0-2; M Og Buggy 0-1.

Fullen Gaels -- T Goulding; R Wedel, L Knocker, S Wallace; E Gleeson, J O'Shaughnessy, C Maskey; S Lawless, R McEntee; R O'Donnell, G Jacob, V Morrissey; P Ryan, A O'Neill, P Duggan. Subs: E O'Brien for Wedel (19), J B O'Halloran for Morrissey (56), D Walsh for Ryan (63).

Ballinamere -- K McLoughlin; K Molloy, E Buggy, D Spollen; D Magner, G Spollen, P McDermott; K Mealiffe, J McKeogh; P Murphy, M Murphy, M Og Buggy; D Wyer, S Weir, N Minnock. Subs: A Scully for Minnock (56); R Buggy for M Murphy (60).

REF -- J Keane (Galway)

Match Report for The Irish Independent on December 16, 2013

Fullen Gaels 2-14, Thomastown 2-17

posted 26 Jul 2013, 03:04 by Fullen Gaels   [ updated 9 Oct 2014, 07:01 ]

Heartbreak for Fullen Gaels as Thomastown triumph

Fullen Gaels 2-14
Thomastown 2-17
JHC All-Ireland final

NO talk of brave attempts here. To do that would be to patronise a Fullen Gaels that crossed the Irish Sea with a single aim: to win.

The picture of heartbreak at the final whistle, players left and right hitting the Croke Park sod, showed starkly the Manchester boy’s taste for being second best.

From Hough End to Pairc na hÉireann to Jones’ Road, they travelled in pursuit of glory this season and fell, ultimately, within touching distance of a most unlikely triumph.

Not many clubs with 38 members – 29 players – make it to All-Ireland finals. The fact that Fullen never saw that as an obstacle to victory probably tells you a lot about why they got so far.

They do not yield in the face of unlikely odds. The manner of their second half charge for victory – when at one stage they seemed destined to fade out of the contest – was awesome.

Gaels were still in touch following a fine display of counter-punching in the first half. Given the cats and dogs-like rain tumbling from the sky and the butterflies that were bound to have been fluttering in the bellies of the participants, logic dictated an edgy, attritonal opening. What does logic know?

The 30 minutes before the break were high on scoring, pace and action. Despite both sides employing sweepers in and around the half-back line, attacks were on top.

Fullen’s Waterford hit-man Robbie Power (who finished with 1-9) and Thomastown duo Michael Donnelly and Jonjo Farrell stood out.

The game’s opening goal came on 17 minutes with the sides all square on 0-6. A Farrell shot was saved by Tom Goulding, but Darren Burke was there to bat home the rebound.

Three minutes later Fullen put the ball in the Canal End net when a diagonal ball in from Lawless was chased down and turned in by Power.

Donnelly replied with a long free – a feature of the first half was Thomstown’s ability to respond to Fullen scores almost immediately. Burke squandered a prime goal chance next, blasting over the bar from close range to leave the score 1-9 to 1-6.

An effort from distance from Shane Lawless was cancelled out by Farrell, the last word of the half went to Power, his free from half-way finding the target.

On 40 minutes Darren Burke pointed to put Thomastown six clear. In my notes the word ‘procession appears here. The Kilkenny side had just scored 1-3 without reply and were short-money favourites to gallop to the winning post.

Patrick Duggan did level the scores early in the second half with an opportunistic goal for the British champions, but that was their only score in the second half’s opening 10 minutes.

So, as Thomstown pulled clear, we waited for the fishing strike. Michael Donnelly landed a 65 in the 43rd minute to stretch the lead to seven points … Here we go …

… But then Lawless slotted a steadying point for the Gaels two minutes later. At least they were going to keep things respectable. Yet instead of being a harbinger of a dignified exit, this strike was the spark that lit the fuse.

From there on, Fullen Gaels raged against the prospect of defeat. A pair of frees from Power chipped away at the deficit. When he landed a point from play with nine minutes left, the lead was cut to a goal.

Stuart Waugh then slung over a super score to check Fullen’s momentum. This was another cue for the underdogs to cash their chips and leave the table without fuss.

Yet they sat tight and rolled the dice again. Two frees from Power brought them within two again with three minutes left. Three minutes additional time was announced and it was well within Fullen’s range to haul back the leaders through points.

They passed up easy opportunities for white flags, though, and instead went for goal. It was too soon.

That said, the charge for the line was magnificent; redolent of a more famous Manchester sporting outfit in their furious, relentless stride. Thomastown were pinned to the wall, every rushed clearance being ripped from the sky by the likes of Lawless and Raemon McEntee, James O’Shaughnessy and Power.

The sliotar was drawn by a force as strong as gravity towards the Hill 16 end. Alan Morrissey came closest with a saved shot, yet Fullen could not find that crucial goal.

And one minute into stoppage time, Donnelly (who else?) pointed to prompt a deep roar of relief from the large blue and white contingent in the Hogan.

Thomastown is the second largest town in Co Kilkenny with a population of 2,273. Most of them were in Croke Park on Sunday to see their boys go to battle with a club that’s picking a team from 29.

“Never in my life have I been in such a tough game as that second half out there,” said wining captain Farrell afterwards to Fullen. “Ye left everything on the pitch.”

That they did. Every reserve of sweat and guts was mined in search of victory. They hung tight when the cause seemed remote and in the final shake-up they were one puck of a ball from Heaven. A little more composure in the final reckoning and, perhaps, they could have made it.

Through a quite phenomenal effort, this game was there for them, and that’s what hurt like hell at the finish.

Fullen Gaels: Tom Goulding; Ruairi Wedel, Liam Knocker, Eoin O’Brien; David Neylon, James O’Shaugnessy, Conall Maskey; Reamon McEntee (0-1), Shane Lawless (0-2); Patrick Duggan (1-0), Robbie Power (1-10, 7f), , Simon Wallace; James O’Farrell, Brendan Moloney, Alan Morrissey (0-1). Subs: Alan O’Neill for Wallace (25min), Adrian Nash for O’Farrell (40min)

Thomastown: Darragh McGarry; Sean Mahony, Shane Lanigan, Brian Murphy; Barry Whelan, Pater O’Hanrahan, Richard O’Hara; Dessie Walsh (0-1), Derek Lannigan; Stuart Waugh (0-2), Michael Donnelly (0-8, 4f, 2 ‘65’), Darren Burke (1-2), Thomas O’Hanrahan (1-2), Jonjo Farrell (0-1), Dylan Waugh (0-1). Subs: Adrian Burke for O’Hanrahan (44min), Edward Tennyson for Murphy (47min)

Ref: Garrett Duffy (Antrim)
Match Report for The Irish Post on February 13, 2013

O'Hanrahan strike secures silverware for Thomastown


Thomas O'Hanrahan's 39th-minute goal proved crucial as Thomastown just got the better of Fullen Gaels at a rain-sodden Croke Park.

That goal looked to have set the favourites on course for a comfortable win but Manchester-based Fullen Gaels fought back valiantly.

Fullen Gaels made the brighter start with points from Brendan Moloney and Alan Morrissey, but Thomastown replied in kind through Michael Donnelly and O'Hanrahan.

The Kilkenny men began to dominate possession, with Dessie Walsh particularly influential, and Donnelly punished some Fullen Gaels indiscipline with a series of frees.

The opening goal arrived in the 19th minute when Darren Burke flicked to the net after Jonjo Farrell's shot had been well parried by Tom Goulding, but Gaels hit back with Robbie Power availing of defensive confusion to fire home within a minute.

Both sides were finding their groove at this stage, but Donnelly and Power added points to ensure a 1-10 to 1-8 interval advantage for Thomastown.

Fullen Gaels received a much-needed boost within three minutes of the restart as substitute Alan O'Neill flicked deftly to the net.

However, any momentum that score generated was quickly eroded when O'Hanrahan was on hand to poach a goal from close range with the impressive Dessie Walsh and Burke tagging on points, and they withstood a valiant fightback from the exiles.

Scorers – Thomastown: M Donnelly 0-8 (5f, 2 '65'), D Burke, T O'Hanrahan 1-2 each, S Waugh 0-2, D Waugh, J Farrell, D Walsh 0-1 each. Fullen Gales: R Power 1-9 (0-8f), A O'Neill 1-0, S Lawless 0-2, R McEntee, B Moloney, A Morrissey 0-1 each.

Thomastown – D McGarry; S Mahony, S Lanigan, B Murphy; B Whelan, P O'Hanrahan, R O'Hara; D Walsh, D Lanigan; S Waugh, M Donnelly, D Burke; T O'Hanrahan, J Farrell, D Waugh. Subs: A Burke for D Waugh (44), E Tennyson for Murphy (48), D Prendergast for Burke (52).

Fullen Gaels – T Goulding; R Wedel, L Knocker, E O'Brien; D Neylon, J O'Shaughnessy, C Maskey; R McEntee, S Lawless; P Duggan, R Power, S Wallace; J O'Farrell, B Moloney, A Morrissey. Subs: A O'Neill for Wallace (26), A Nash for O'Farrell (40).

Ref – Garrett Duffy (Antrim).

Match Report for The Irish Independent on February 13, 2013

Fullen Gaels 1-12, Bredagh 1-04

posted 30 Jan 2013, 10:01 by Fullen Gaels   [ updated 9 Oct 2014, 07:01 ]

Match report from Irish Independent and Belfast Telegraph

Power lifts Gaels to final
A dominant first-half display helped Manchester's Fullen Gaels overcome a poor Bredagh, from Antrim, in their one-sided semi-final at Chanel College.

Early points from Robbie Power, Shane Lawless and Simon Wallace saw Fullen dominate from the off – and they scored the opening goal 11 minutes in through Reamonn McEntee, finishing to the roof of the net from 15 yards.

Alan Morrissey registered a fine score as Fullen extended their lead, with Power adding four points to his tally by the end of the half, to leave it 1-9 to 0-0 at the short whistle.

Bredagh finally opened their account when Ian Galway pointed 30 seconds after the restart, but further points from Power maintained Fullen's momentum. Bredagh's inability to score from play proved crucial.

And despite the concession of a late goal to Bredagh's Galway, there was never any question as to Fullen's progression.

Scorers – Fullen Gaels: R Power 0-8 (4f), R McEntee 1-0, S Lawless, S Wallace, A Morrissey, P Duggan 0-1 each. Bredagh: I Galway 1-4 (1-3f, 1 '65')

Fullen Gaels –T Goulding; R Wedel, L Knocker, E O'Brien; D Neylon, J O'Shaughnessy, C Maskey; R McEntee, S Lawless; P Duggan, R Power, S Wallace; J O'Dwyer, B Moloney, A Morrissey. Subs: A O'Neill for Moloney (22), D Maskey for Wallace (49), A Nash for Duggan (63).

Bredagh – J Anderson; G Murray, L McCollum, P Byrne; P Gallagher, C Hughes, W Gilmore; P Kelly, E Donnelly; E Trainor, D Hughes, L McMullan; N Irwin, M Scullin, I Galway. Subs: S McGettrick for Murray (16), F McCamphill for Trainor (48), A Donaghy for Byrne (52), C Costello for Gallagher (60)
Ref – J Keenan (Wicklow).

Match report from Irish Independent on January 28th 2013

Bredagh 1-4 Fullen Gaels 1-12

A disappointing first-half performance proved fatal as Bredagh succumbed to Fullen Gales by eight points in their All-Ireland Junior Hurling Championship semi-final in Coolock.

Critically, the Down men were forced to play against the elements in the first-half and struggled to settle against a far more physical Fullen outfit who scored an 11th minute goal when Raemonn McEntee cracked an unstoppable finish into the roof of the net. Further points from Robbie Power and Alan Morrissey ensured an emphatic 1-9 to 0-0 interval lead.

The Ulster champions enjoyed a greater degree of possession upon the restart but were far too dependent on Ian Galway for scores, his injury time goal far too late to affect the result.

Fullen Gaels: T Goulding; R Wedel, L Knocker, E O’Brien; D Neylon, J O’Shaughnessy, C Maskey; R McEntee 1-0, S Lawless 0-1; P Duggan 0-1, R Power 0-8 (4f), S Wallace 0-1; J O’Dwyer, B Moloney, A Morrissey 0-1. Subs: A O’Neill for Moloney (22), D Maskey for Wallace (49), A Nash for Duggan.

Bredagh: J Anderson; G Murray, L McCollum, P Byrne; P Gallagher, C Hughes, W Gilmore; P Kelly, E Donnelly; E Trainor, D Hughes, L McMullan; N Irwin, M Scullin, I Galway 1-4 (1-3f, 0-1 ‘65’). Subs: S McGettrick for Murray (16), F McCamphill for Trainor (48), A Donaghy for Byrne (52), C Costello for Gallagher (60).

Referee: John Keenan (Wicklow).

Match report from Belfast Telegraph on January 28th 2013


Fullen Gaels 0-17, Calry/St Joseph's 0-12 (AET)

posted 3 Dec 2012, 08:31 by Fullen Gaels   [ updated 9 Oct 2014, 07:00 ]

All-Ireland Club JHC quarter-final: Fullen Gaels knock Calry/St Joseph's out
03 December 2012
(after extra-time)

Fullen Gaels booked their place in the last four of the All-Ireland Club JH courtesy of a five point quarter-final win over Calry/St Joseph's on Saturday.

Robbie Power top-scored for the winners with 12 points.

Five unanswered points in the first half of extra-time proved to be the winning of the game.

Fullen Gaels - T Goulding; R Wedel, L Knocker, E O'Brien; S Wallace, D Neylon, C Maskey; R McEntee (0-2), S Lawless; P Duggan (0-1), B Maloney (0-1), D Maskey; A Morrissey, R Power (0-12), A Nash. Sub: J O'Dwyer (0-1) for Maskey.

Calry/St Joseph's - D Reidy; M Gilmartin, J Kenny, K McCarthy; F Coyne, L Reidy (0-1), F Keown; K Raymond (0-6), E Kelly; D Burke (0-2), D Collery, K Gilmartin (0-2); C Griffin, D Cox, D Keown (0-1).

Referee - J Clarke.

Charleville 1-17, Fullen Gaels 0-06

posted 24 Jan 2012, 07:02 by Fullen Gaels   [ updated 9 Oct 2014, 06:58 ]

Match report from Irish Independent and Irish Examiner
Kavanagh adds the gloss

Charleville, Cork 1-17 Fullen Gaels, W'shire 0-6

Charleville qualified for the final when they brushed aside Fullen Gaels with consummate ease in Walsh Park, Waterford, yesterday.

Fullen Gaels actually led 0-2 to 0-1 after eight minutes and were only a point behind in the 19th minute following Kevin Codd's third free.

However, Charleville subsequently took complete control.

Points from James O'Brien (2), Andrew Cagney, James Casey and Brendan Dennehy gave them a 0-10 to 0-4 interval lead.

And full-forward Mark Kavanagh put the gloss on it when he poked the ball over the line on 43 minutes.

Scorers -- Charleville: J O'Brien 0-7 (0-3f), M Kavanagh 1-1, A Cagney 0-3, D Murphy )0-3 (0-1f), J Casey 0-1, B Dennehy 0-1f, B Casey 0-1. Fullen Gaels: K Codd 0-5f, K Hayes 0-1.

Charleville -- S O'Connor; M O'Flynn, C Fitzgerald, A Dennehy; B McCarthy, C O'Flynn, B Dennehy; J Casey, D O'Flynn; D Murphy, A O'Connor, M Gammell; A Cagney, M Kavanagh, J O'Brien. Subs: G Kelleher for Casey, D O'Sullivan for Gammell, F O'Callaghan for Kavanagh, J Foley for A O'Connor, B Casey for O'Brien.

Fullen Gaels -- J Farrell; R Wedel, D Neylon, B Griffith; E Hansberry, J O'Shaughnessy, C Maskey; K Codd, A Morrissey; D Moore, S Carey, R McEntee; P McHugh, K Hayes, C Cafferkey Subs: R Connor for Moore, C Vaughan for Hansberry, P Breen for Griffith, D Maskey for McHugh, N McNamee for McEntee.

Ref -- D Hughes (Carlow).

Match report from Irish Independent on January 23rd 2012


Free-flowing Charleville in control
Charleville (Cork)1-17 Fullen Gaels 0-6

A NEW YEAR and a new horizon loom large for Charleville’s junior hurlers.

Last season the north Cork club claimed county, divisional and Munster honours in an historic campaign. But the journey was not destined to end there. Yesterday they headed in their hundreds to Walsh Park in Waterford and came away with a place in next month’s All-Ireland Club final at Croke Park against Kilkenny’s St. Patrick’s, Ballyragget.

It was easy in the end for Charleville but there was little to suggest such a margin in the first quarter hour as the Warwickshire men matched the favourites stride for stride in an exciting opening spell.

However once the winners eased into their free flowing brand of hurling the cross channel visitors were overwhelmed and outclassed. Corner forwards Andrew Cagney and James O’Brien were Charleville’s go to men in attack while centre back Colm O’Flynn produced a defensive masterclass.

Both sides started brightly with freetakers Kevin Codd and O’Brien twice exchanging points from placed balls. But then Charleville began to assert control as points from Cagney and Brendan Dennehy helped the Cork outfit into a six points interval lead (0-10 to 0-4).

It was close on one way traffic after the restart with a Mark Kavanagh goal in the 43rd minute breaking their opponents’ spirit as the game fizzled out.

Charleville coach John Brouder said: "That goal put us on our way and it completely knocked the last of the fight out of our opponents. We laid the victory foundations in the first half when playing into the wind, and so much of our second-half really was good to watch’’.

Looking forward to next month’s historic All-Ireland decider he warned: "We’ll need to get even more from the lads if we are to win the title, but we believe in our hearts that we are good enough to do so.

Scorers for Charleville: J. O’Brien (0-7, 0-3 frees); M. Kavanagh (1-1); A. Cagney (0-3); D. Murphy (0-3, 0-1 free); J. Casey, B. Dennehy (f), B. Casey (0-1) each.

Scorers for Fullen Gaels: K. Codd (0-5 frees); K. Hughes (0-1).

CHARLEVILLE: S. O’Connor; M. O’Flynn, C. Fitzgerald, A. Dennehy; B. McCarthy, C. O’Flynn, B. Dennehy; J. Casey, D. O’Flynn; D. Murphy, A. O’Connor, M. Gammell; A. Cagney, M. Kavanagh, J. O’Brien.

Subs: G. Kelleher for Casey (44); D. O’Sullivan for Gammell (49); F. O’Callaghan for Kavanagh (50); J. Foley for O’Connor (50); B. Casey for O’Brien (50).

FULLEN GAELS: J. O’Farrell (Tipperary); R. Wedel (Cork), D. Neylon (Galway), B. Griffith (Kilkenny); E. Hansberry (Galway), J. O’Shaughnessy (Cork), C. Maskey (Antrim); K. Codd (Wexford), A. Morrissey (Cork); D. Moore (Limerick), S. Carey (Tipperary), R. McEntee (Galway); P. McHugh (Tyrone), K. Hayes (Cork), C. Cafferkey (Wexford).

Subs: R. Connor (Offaly) for Moore (ht); C. Vaughan (Clare) for Hansberry (ht); D. Maskey (Antrim) for McHugh (57); P. Breen (Donegal) for Griffith (57); N. NcNamee (Galway) for McEntee (57).

Referee: David Hughes, Carlow.

Match report from Irish Examiner on January 23rd 2012

Fullen Gaels 4-08, Burt 1-07

posted 7 Dec 2011, 04:08 by Fullen Gaels   [ updated 9 Oct 2014, 06:57 ]

Match reports from Irish Independent, The Irish Post and The Irish World  

Hayes on the double to crush Burt 

Fullen Gaels 4-8, Burt 1-7

Burt's campaign came to an end in Birmingham yesterday as All-Britain Junior Champions Fullen Gaels from Manchester cruised into the semi-finals.

First-half goals by Kevin Hayes and Paddy Breen helped push Gaels ahead. Stephen Gillespie and Michael McCann attempted to rally Burt with three points, but the Donegal men found themselves seven points in arrears at the break.

Conor Cafferkey drove goal number three past Paul O'Brien just after the restart and despite Niall Campbell's goal, the visitors were unable to make sufficient inroads into the deficit. Hayes round-ed off the winners' goal spree with his second on the hour.

Scorers -- Fullen Gaels: K Hayes 2-4, C Cafferkey 1-0, P Breen 1-1, K Codd, S Carey, R McEntee 0-1 each. Burt: N Campbell 1-2 (0-2f), M McCann 0-2, E McDermott, S Gillespie, B Harrigan 0-1 each.

Fullen Gaels -- J Farrell; B Griffiths, D Neylon, R Weddel; C Maskey, J O'Shaughnessy, E Hansberry; K Codd, A Morrissey; P Breen, D Moore, R McEntee; K Hayes, S Carey, C Cafferkey. Subs: P McHugh for Breen (40), C Vaughan for Griffiths (55), N McNamee for Maskey (70).

Burt -- P O'Brien; K Glenn, C Dowds, C McLoughlin; B Harrigan, J Boyle, C McDermott; E McDermott, K Wilson; J Downey, R McDermott, S Gillespie; M McCann, N Campbell, S Boyle. Subs: P Strain for Wilson (35), P McDermott for Downey (35), S Murphy for Gillespie (65).

Ref -- C Lyons (Cork)

Match report from Irish Independent on November 28th 2011

Manchester’s Fullen complete their Burt Warwickshire mission

Fullen Gaels 4-8

Burt (Donegal) 1-7

AIB All-Ireland Junior Hurling Club Championship

By Anthony McLaughlin

2011 HAS been another outstanding year for Fullen Gaels. After winning the Warwickshire Championship and then defeating Michael Cusack’s to lift the All-Britain title they will now venture into the unchartered territory of an All-Ireland Championship Semi-final.

Sunday’s 10-point defeat of Ulster champions Burt came courtesy of a commanding opening 35 minutes, where Gaels took a seven-point lead into the interval. In the end four goals, including a brace for corner-forward Kevin Hayes, proved sufficient enough for them to book their place in the next round, just one game away from a final berth.

A crisp and bright Sunday afternoon greeted the throw-in at Páirc na hÉireann, Warwickshire and it was the Donegal side who were to strike the first blow through midfielder Enda McDermott.

However, Gaels found their stride to land their opening point through Paddy Breen before registering the opening goal of the game after 10 minutes. An initial scramble off the line by Christopher McDermott prevented Conor Cafferkey from scoring, yet once Reamonn McEntee had returned a lobbed pass into the goalmouth there was no mistake at the second time of asking as Hayes found the corner of Paul O’Brien’s net. Cafferkey almost made it two shortly after, however his goal was chalked off for a square ball. Gaels were in the ascendency in the opening half and after Hayes found his range with a point from distance, a swift turn past the last marker in front of goal presented him with a chance to net goal number two only for his fiercely struck effort to rise just above the crossbar.

A superb score from Kevin Codd from 50 metres, played into position thanks to a fine cross pass by Alan Morrissey, nudged Gaels’ lead up to five before the second goal of the game arrived. This time a route-one puck out saw Seamus Carey flick the ball over the head of Ciaran Dowds and into the path of the oncoming Breen, who made no mistake to shoot low first time past O’Brien. Two points late in the half from Michael McCann gave Burt some hope going into the break but this was soon cancelled out as Gaels grabbed their third goal with the opening attack of the second-half, Burt unable to prevent Cafferkey from fielding a quick pass in front of goal and turn to calmly strike past O’Brien.

Burt’s only goal of the game came after 40 minutes, full-forward Niall Campbell dropping a looping shot into the goalmouth and past John Farrell but with a total of nine wides registered in the second period Burt couldn’t find the accuracy needed to force a comeback.

Content to take their opportunities when presented, Gaels landed three further points through Carey, Hayes and McEntee and once Hayes had blasted home goal number four on the hour mark it looked as though they were safely through to the semi-final. Two late frees from Campbell attempted to galvanise Burt but Gaels were comfortably equipped at the back to repel searching frees lobbed into the goal mouth in the final five minutes.

In the end it was a fine, measured performance from Fullen Gaels and they will now look forward to a semi-final meeting with the eventual champions from Munster, the final scheduled for two weeks’ time between Charleville of Cork and Cappamore of Limerick.

Fullen Gaels: J Farrell; B Griffiths, D Neylon, R Weddel; C Maskey, J O’Shaughnessy, E Hansberry; K Codd, A Morrissey; P Breen, D Moore, R McEntee; K Hayes, S Carey, C Cafferkey. Subs: P McHugh (for Breen 40), C Vaughan (for Griffiths 55), N McNamee (for Maskey 70).

Scorers: K Hayes (2-4); C Cafferkey (1-0); P Breen (1-1); K Codd, S Carey, R McEntee (all 0-1).

Burt: P O’Brien; K Glenn, C Dowds, C McLoughlin; B Harrigan, J Boyle, C McDermott; E McDermott, K Wilson; J Downey, R McDermott, S Gillespie; M McCann, N Campbell, S Boyle. Subs: P Strain (for Wilson 35), P McDermott (for Downey 35), S Murphy (for Gillespie 65).

Scorers: N Campbell (1-2, 2f); M McCann (0-2); E McDermott, S Gillespie, B Harrigan (all 0-1).

Referee: C Lyons (Cork)


Man of the match: Alan Morrissey (Fullen Gaels). Irrepressible in a midfield partnership with Kevin Codd, the Cork man brought energy and incisiveness to Gaels’ attacking ambition.

Score of the match: With Alan Morrissey racing down the left flank, the midfielder cleverly switched the point of attack laterally to Kevin Codd who grabbed possession to fire over from 50 metres, a peach of a score.

Turning point: Despite a relatively tentative start, once Conor Cafferkey had steered home the opening goal on ten minutes the complexion of the game altered in favour of the Manchester side.

Match Stats:

Wides: Fullen Gaels (8) 9, Burt (1) 10

Frees for: Fullen Gaels (2) 5, Burt (1) 4

Yellow Cards: Fullen Gaels 1 (K Codd 43), Burt 0.

Match report from The Irish Post on December 5th 2011

Super Kev Fires Fullen into All-Ireland Semis
Match report from The Irish World on November 30th, 2011

Fullen Gaels 3-12, Michael Cusacks 1-10

posted 7 Dec 2011, 03:21 by Fullen Gaels   [ updated 7 Dec 2011, 04:29 ]

Match report from The Irish Post
Manchester rules battle of Britain


Fullen Gaels                3-12

Michael Cusacks          1-10


By Ronan Early


MANCHESTER is the seat of power for British soccer, and, not to be left out, their hurlers claimed the crown on Sunday.

Michael Cusacks were fancied before this game but they couldn’t cope with their more physically imposing and skilful opponents from the north west.

Fullen were eights points ahead after a first half where they were carried along by a stiff breeze. When the final whistle sounded, they were still eights points to the good. 

However, it wasn’t as pedestrian a win as that stat suggests.

Cusacks, with the assistance of the elements, got a run on the Gaels after half time. They outscored their opponents by seven points to two in the third quarter and with 15 minutes left the scoreboard read: Fullen 1-10, Cusacks 0-10. With momentum and the wind behind them, the London team looked poised to reel in their prey.

Then came the contest’s crucial score.

Fullen substitute Paddy Breen ran hard at the Cusacks defence from the right flank. He cut in towards the goal and continued to make inroads. When the defenders massed, he hand-passed the sliotar across the small square. It was met by the inrushing Kevin Hayes. Goal. Cusacks’ was march halted, never to gather pace again.

The outcome was put beyond any lingering doubt after 55 minutes when the excellent Hayes caught a high ball to the square and layed it off to rampaging full-forward Conor Cafferkey who drove it to the net.

Fullen could now afford to relax and think about their All-Ireland quarter final, yet one of their number wasn’t looking showing much foresight. In an incident that was more bizarre than malicious, Wexford man Kevin Codd managed to get himself sent off.

The man they call ‘Fish’ clattered into wing-back Padraic Comerford and, fists-pumping and lungs bursting, celebrated his foul like you see some psyched up rugby props celebrating the award of a penalty after a collapsed scrum. 

Perhaps perplexed by the pointlessness of the act, perhaps unwilling to take on the horse-sized Fish, Cusacks players applauded ironically. Then we had a traditional schmozzle after which Stephen Crowe saw yellow and Codd got a straight red.  

He’ll miss the next game in Fullen’s adventure, which is a shame because he’s arguably their best player and did more than most to secure this win.

Codd got a grip around centrefield early on. He took up decent positions, won plenty of possession and distributed it cleverly after one far-out attempt drifted wide. He opened the scoring on four minutes with a free from 65 metres.

Eanna Cullen replied for Cusacks but thereafter Fullen took control. Between the 12th and 22nd minutes they rattled off seven points, unanswered. By the time Stephen Barden pointed, it was 21 minutes since Cusacks’ last score.

Then Fullen got their first goal. A free deep in their own half, taken out by the left sideline by James O’Shaughnessy, was carried over the heads of the full-back-line by the breeze and Cafferkey directed it past Michael Doyle.

Barden got a point before half-time to jumpstart the Cusacks’ revival that he led valiantly. However, his run of scores after the break and a goal at the end was not enough to deny Manchester’s finest their day of triumph.  


Fullen Gaels: John Farrell (Tipp); Brendan Griffiths (Kilkenny), David Neylon (Galway) Ruairi Wedel (Cork); Connaill Maskey (Antrim), James O’Shaughnessy (Cork), Eamonn Hansberry (Galway); Kevin Codd (Wexford), Alan Morrissey (Cork); Dan Moore (Limerick), Seamus Carey (Tipp), Reamonn McEntee (Galway); Kevin Hayes (Cork), Conor Cafferkey (Wexford), Paudie McHugh (Tyrone)


Scorers: Cafferkey (2-3), Hayes (1-5, 0-2f), McEntee (0-2), Carey (0-1), Codd (0-1f)


Subs: Paddy Breen (Donegal) for McHugh, Declan Walsh (Donegal) for Carey


Michael Cusacks: Michal Doyle (Cork); Michael Kennedy (Tipp), James Purcell, Aaron McCarthy (Kilkenny); Paudi Commerford (Tipp), Stephen Crowe (Kildare), Ollie Plunkett (Westmeath); Eanna Cullen (Wicklow), Stephen Bradley (Wexford); Kenneth Bradley (Wexford), Shane Hickey (Wexford), Stephen Barden (Westmeath); Paul Murphy (Westmeath), Niall Cullen (Wexford), Shane Lyng (Kilkenny)


Scorers: Barden (1-8, 5f, 1 65), Cullen, Bradley, Hickey (0-1 each)


Subs: Fergal Walsh (Mayo) for McCarthy, Niall Clancy (Leitrim) for Murphy  


Ref: Mattie Maher


Match report from the The Irish Post on November 5th 2011


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