Rackard League 2010

Rackard League A Football Final 2010

Gorey CBS   4-1- Piercestown   2-6

(John Colloton) 

Underdogs Gorey C B S captured their fourth Rackard League A title in a row on Saturday last in sunny St Patricks Park. In fact, were it not for an absence in the 2006-‘07 season this would have been six in a row! Once again, having an eye for a goal and serious tough tackling, were the main forces to drive them over the line. Piercestown began in a bright and lively fashion. Midfielders Conor Firman and Barry O’Connor along with Adam Cantwell, Peter Barry and Michael Codd were causing all kinds of problems for their opponents. Firman scored a cracker of a goal, while Sam Audsley slotted over a free after good work by Codd. Half-way through the half the energetic Firman scored a fine point. Codd himself scored a stylish minor also and it was a just reward for his efforts. Gorey however, though not on top in general play, had their say on the scoreboard too. Tiernan Doyle got his sides first major after great work from the influential Charlie McGuckian.Wing forward Michael Molloy popped over a neat free but it was Stephen Hempenstall’s confident penalty that gave Gorey a slender one point lead at half time.

Half Time Gorey 2-1 Piercestown 1- 3. 

Gorey seemed to play in a more determined and confident manner in the second half. This coupled with Piercestown’s continued bad luck with frees served to widen the gap on the scoreboard. At one stage in the second 25, Gorey led by seven points. Inspired substitute Reece Hughes banged in a beautiful goal giving Shane Parle no chance. Another passed him soon after as a 30m from Hempenstall managed to deceive all in its path on the way to the net. Niall Sinnott and Paul Carton were really beginning to establish their presence on proceedings now. Wing back Cillian Donohue was a brilliant force for his team mates constantly driving forward and putting the Piercestown defenders on the back foot.

Piercestown’s Rory O Connor kept his charges in touch though with three frees and he provided plenty of  nervous moments for Gorey with his attacking play. The stylish Peter Barry hit a lovely goal near the death but it was not enough to secure victory against a Gorey  side who had been weakened with the unlucky sin binning of Hempenstall. Gorey’s Tom Cleary, Michael Duke and Eoin Molloy put their bodies on the line for the cause and relief was to be the town boys as ref John Diskin blew the final whistle. 

Gorey CBS - Tom Cleary, Michael Duke, Eoin Molloy, Brian O’Doherty, Cillian Donohue, Seamus O’Donnell, Jack Cullen, Niall Sinnott, Paul Carton, Eoghan Kennedy, Charlie Mc Guckian, Michael Molloy, Tiernan Doyle, Stephan Hempenstall, Calleum Travers, Lee Kennedy, Reece Hughes, Ben O’ Connor, Jack Cushe, Owen Doyle, Gracjan Dettclaff, Derick Woods, Eddie O’ Brien Murphy, David Christie.

Piercestown - Shane Parle, Eoin O Leary, Cian Ryan, Philip Dempsey, Adam Mcloughlin, Rory O’ Connor, Ben Maddock, Barry O’Connor, Conor Firman, Kyle Firman, Peter Barry, Adam Campbell, Jack Devereux, Michael Codd, Sam Audsley, Philip Walsh, Andrew Harrington, Aaron Breen, David Corcoran, Josh Byrne, Ciarán Mahon, David O’Farrell, Gerald Doyle, Cian Kelly, Peter Gately, Stephen Doyle, Ciarán Dunne, Jordan Hayes, Callum,Quirke, Jack Roche 




A power packed second half display of disciplined football paved the way for Piercestown to reclaim the Allianz Rionn A Title against a brave Castlebridge side in the last of the finals played in a resplendent Taghmon on Thursday last. These sides had met in the group stages with Castlebridge edging it by a goal so a tight contest was expected.

Piercestown settled immediately to the task and Áine Ennis, who led the attack superbly all through, fired over the opening score after a minute. Siobhán Doolan, who was a real dynamo at midfield, replied for Castlebridge with a fine long range effort which went over off the post. Orla Barrett, who was a constant thorn in the Castlebridge defence, slotted over a fine minor with eight minutes gone. Castlebridge responded immediately with Siobhán Doolan again breaking from midfield and her long range effort dipped under the crossbar  to give them the lead 1-1 to 0-2.

Castlebridge were unlucky not to extend their lead when Jennifer Murphy’s first timed effort rebounded to safety off the foot of the post. Two pointed frees from Emma Codd and Sarah O’Connor levelled matters and at the break it was 1-1 to 0-4.

Piercestown upped the tempo in the second half  and took the lead when the impressive Sarah O’Connor’s long range shot bounced over. Emma Codd again was accurate from a free when Orla Barrett was fouled. A feature of this game was the tremendous tackling of both sides and space and time were at a premium. The Piercestown defence was rock solid superbly marshalled by Lucy McGuinness and Ciara and Sarah O’Connor while Mikaela Lannigan and Sinead Ronan John excelled at the back for Castlebridge. Piercestown struck for the decisive score on seventeen minutes when Rachel Scannel pounced onto a searching delivery from Emma Codd and coolly slotted the ball to the net to make it 1-6 to 1-1. Castlebridge were dealt a further blow when the hard working Sadbh McCarthy had to go off injured. Sarah O’Connor added another free and Aine Ennis had the final say deep into injury time when she cracked home a piledriver from twenty metres to round off a fantastic second half display. A jubilant Catriona Sinnott received the Allianz Cup from Rackard League secretary Jim Dempsey.

Piercestown: Tara Doyle, Lucy McGuinness, Brónagh Whitty, Ciara O'Connor,  Sarah O’Connor, Mary Barrett, Lauren Kavanagh, Catríona Sinnott, Emma Codd, Rachel Scannell, Jodi Rochford, Áine Ennis, Orla Barrett.Also Elaine O’Sullivan Connell, Gráinne Shirley, Clare Moran, Becky Hamilton, Sarah Goff, Jade Maynard, Mary Ellen Sugden, Tamara Dooley, Anna Mai Stafford, Katie Nolan, Megan Carthy, Lily Frankis and Katie Clarke.

Castlebridge: Chloe Mythen, Sadbh McCarthy, Mikaela Lannigan, Sinead Ronan John, Rebecca Carter, Hannah Scully, Siobhan Doolan Jessie Harding, Larah Campbell, Fiona Kinsella, Kara Doyle, Sarah Harding Kenny, Jennifer Murphy. Also Deirdre Byrne, Anna Quaid, Lauren Dempsey,Anna Whelan, Kim Quaid, Sarah Doyle, Elenor Lacey, Jamie Devereux, Emma Rossiter, Kelly Scallen, Abbey Gaynor, Caitlin Malone, Julie Halpin, Caitlin Carroll, Ciara Moody, Amy Gainford, Ciara Forde and Ciara Kehoe.

Referee: John Diskin.


GOREY C.B.S.   1 - 8

Piercestown retained their Rackard League Hurling crown in perfect conditions in Wexford Park on Tuesday. It was a tough and keenly contested encounter between the two kingpins of Wexford primary schools hurling, over the last number of years. Brilliant free taking, superb goalkeeping and fast free flowing hurling were the order of the day in a game that swayed both ways over the hour.

Gorey made little of the underdog tag in the opening half of this years final as they raced into a three point lead courtesy of ace free taker Aodhan Doyle. Their half back line were impenetrable in these stages and launched attack after attack on the Piercestown defence. However nerves soon settled and a dangerous cross by centre forward Conor Firman was expertly batted to the net by Daragh Kenny to square things up. Gorey’s response was immediate and Doyle put his team mates ahead again with a good free. The impressive Firman struck a great long-range point to even things up again. Points were then exchanged by Gorey’s Conor Levingston and Piercestowns Jack Stafford, but, Conor Coleman had the last say of the half with another well executed free. So the Piercestown / Murrintown boys went in at half time with a one point lead but it could have been much different but for the first of a series of fantastic saves by net-minder Dylan Byrne .

Half Time Piercestown  1 – 3               Gorey C B S    0 – 5


The second half began with a neat point from Daragh Kenny. This was followed by two more awesome saves by Dylan Byrne from Charlie McGuckin and Paul Murphy. However Gorey’s influential centre back Gary Molloy put the resulting 65s over to keep his team in touch. It was at this stage that Firman really started to stamp his authority on the game as he scored an unstoppable goal. This seemed to create a bit of panic among the Gorey defence and they started to give away some unfortunate scorable frees, which Firman confidently slotted over. The Piercestown boys also hit another major after a congested goalmouth scramble to put eight points between the sides.

The good standard of hurling continued as Gorey, typically, refused to wilt and Aodhán Doyle hit another goal and point from frees. However though, they had the last word on the scoreboard Piercestown emerged as deserving champions. They had great performances from Dylan Byrne,  Maurice Walsh, Conor Coleman, Conor Firman and Daragh Kenny. Gorey owed most to Gary Molloy, Killian Cushe, Aodhán Doyle, Conor Levingston and Charlie McGuckin.

Piercestown: Dylan Byrne, Patrick Hamilton, Martin Whelan (capt), John Hamilton, Cian Ryan, Maurice Walsh, Kyle Firman, Jack Stafford, Darragh Rossiter, Conor Coleman, Conor Firman, Daragh Kenny, Barry O' Connor,  Nicky Greene, Philip Mc Dermott, Stephen Doyle. Páraic Rossiter,  Rory O Connor.

Gorey C B S: Jack Cullen, Eoin Molloy, Daniel Sunderland,  Seamus O' Donnell, Joseph Cousins,  Gary Molloy (Capt.), Killian Cushe,  Paul Murphy,  Aodhán Doyle, Tiernan Doyle,  Conor Levingston,  James Lynch,  Cillian Donohue, Bobby O' Sullivan,  Charlie McGuckin,  Adam Dunbar,  Oisín Hobbs, Cian Sheridan, Seán Kehoe,  Robert O' Connor,  Dillon Kenny, Jack Cushe,  Eoghan Kennedy, Seán Delaney, Andy Moorehouse

 Ref: Ger O' Reilly


Rathnure 6-4   Piercestown 3-4

A powerful first half performance laid the foundations for Rathnure to recapture their Allianz camogie crown in this entertaining match played in ideal conditions in Wexford Park on Tuesday last.

However, it was Piercestown who started the better when Áine Ennis was quickest to the breaking ball and her crisp ground stroke rattled the Rathnure net with three minutes gone. Rathnure responded immediately with the influential Olivia Lambert driving through the heart of the Piercestown defence and finishing to the net with a neat hand pass to level the scores. Tara Doyle did well to clear a goalmouth scramble but the ball broke to Aoife Guiney who pointed neatly. However, the Piercestown defence was coming under increasing pressure and Oonagh Doyle  was on hand to flick home a second major for Rathnure from another goalmouth scramble. Rathnure were dominant at this stage and they stretched their lead with a wonderful Róisín Conran point on the run. ELizabeth Whitely increased the Rathnure further when her long range free found a path through a crowded goalmouth to the net to make it 3-2 to 1-0 with twenty minutes gone. Lauren Carty was doing her best to stem the Rathnure tide but she couldn’t prevent Aoife Guiney and Olivia Lambert combining for the former to whip the sliotar to the net. Rathnure underlined their dominance when Olivia Lambert latched onto a clearance to fire over to make it 4-3 to 1-0 at half time.

Piercestown hit the ground running in the second half however with a sweetly struck point from Rachel Cantwell from the stand side. Piercestown then won a free at mid field and Sarah O’Connor’s long free was brilliantly deflected across the square by Lucy McGuiness where Aoife O’Keeffe was on hand to finish to the net. Piercestown were in full flow at this stage and added another minor from Eimear Doherty after a surging run down the open stand side to make it 4-3 to 2-2 after thirty six minutes. A fine Olivia Lambert point with a shortened grip settled Rathnure somewhat but they were left reeling with a wonderful individual goal from the increasingly prominent Rachel Cantwell. As she attacked down the stand side her initial effort was hooked but in a blink of an eye she whipped an unstoppable shot to the net to make it 4-4 to 3-2. This however was as close as Piercestown got and Rathnure showed their class as the stepped up a gear. Jackie Carr goaled with a piledriver of a free on twenty eight minutes despite the best efforts of Tara Doyle. Piercestown added another white flag through Rachel Cantwell and Lauren Carty was moved up front in search of a much needed goal but this led to more space at the back and Aoife Guiney showed a strikers instinct as she latched onto a rebound to finish to the net.. Piercestown attacked to the very end and Sarah O’Connor got their final point with time almost up.

Piercestown showed great character in their second half comeback and had star performers in Lauren Carty, Sarah O’Connor and Rachel Cantwell while Rathnure had match winners in Shannon O’Leary, Leanne Foley, Lizabeth Whitely Olivia Lambert and Aoife Guiney.

Shannon O’Leary, Niamh Smith, Leanne Foley, Rhys Hogan, Nancy Quigley, Oonagh Doyle, Elizabeth Whitely, Jackie Carr, Olivia Lambert, Aoife Guiney, Roisie Conran, Ashlynn O’Leary, Laura Barron, Ava Conran, Lara Conran, Sive O Bolguidhir, Leah Butler, Andrea Creane, Caoimhe Kennedy Ryan.

Tara Doyle, Bronagh Whitty, Lauren Carty, Emma Codd, Sarah O’Connor, Eimear Doherty, Catriona Sinnott, Laura Doyle, Rachel Cantwell, Lucy McGuiness, Aine Ennis, Aoife O’Keeffe, Niamh Alouf, Jodi Rochford, Jacklyn Breslin, Lauren Swan, Bridín Culleton, Grainne Shirley, Dervla Byrne, Kate Culleton, Anna Collyer, Kim Hogan, Sarah Goff, Meabh Lane, Ava Brennan, Anna Mai Stafford, Melissa Redmond, Lauren Kavanagh.
Ref:  Jack O’Brien.


MINI SEVENS  Camogie Final 2010   (By John Collton)           

Rathnure 4   6     Piercestown 0   0

A very skillful and determined Rathnure side took the mini sevens  camogie title on Thursday night in Wexford Park.

However, a gallant Piercestown  outfit never gave up battling  throughout the game before succumbing to superior opposition.Rathnure's No.  6 Olivia Lambert made her impressions clear from the off as she peppered the town end goal with shot after shot and finished the half with a personal tally of  2   2 .  She and Piercestown's other tormentor in chief, Oonagh Doyle, had great support from  the hard working Lizabeth Whitely and captain Jackie Carr. In defence tight marking and tidy hurling from Leanne Foley and Nancy Quigley kept the constantly dangerous threat  of Lucy Mc Guinness and Sarah O Connor at bay. The first half was also memorable for a magnificent block by Piercestown's Aine Ennis, surely preventing another major and a tireless midfield display by Eimear Doherty .

Half Time Rathnure  2   2 Piercestown 0   0 .

Despite playing against the breeze in the second half Piercestown refused to wilt .Their rearguard of Caitariona Sinnott  and  Lauren Kavanagh fought bravely and skillfully. Goalkeeper  Tara Doyle attacked the ball strongly and did a tough job really well. On the other hand  Rathnure were in no mood for surrender. Whitely and Doyle  joined Lambert in on the scoring act and lively determined substitutes Ava Conran, Laura Barron and Rosie Conran did their part to snuff out any comeback. Their netminder Shannon O'Leary  dealt confidently and expertly with all attacks for an excellent clean sheet.Piercestown also decided to introduce their subs in one last attempt to turn the tide but unfortunately the brave and gutsy efforts of Aoife Whitty , Orlaith Barrett and Mary Barrett were just not enough this time around.So Rathnure are this years deserved champs of mini sevens camogie and it will not be a huge  surprise if these girls clash again in the latter stages of the Rackard League Camogie  competition RATHNURE :Shannon O'Leary, Leanne Foley, Nancy Quigley, Lizabeth Whitely, Jackie Carr,  Olivia Lambert, Oonagh Doyle, Ava Conran, Laura Barron, Rosie Conran.PIERCESTOWN : Tara Doyle, Caitariona Sinnott, Lauren Kavanagh, Aine Ennis, Eimear Doherty, Lucy Mc Guinness, Sarah O'Connor, Aoife Whitty, Orlaith Barrett, Mary Barrett. 


PIERCESTOWN 9 8              GOREY CBS 6 7


Piercestown edged out holders Gorey in this thrilling Allianz Rackard League Sevens Final played in ideal conditions in Wexford Park on Tuesday last. The result of this epic match hung in the balance until the final minute of extra time with both teams displaying fantastic football skills, tremendous support play and accurate finishing which was a credit to their respective mentors. Thirty scores in thirty minutes gives an indication of the attacking style of both teams.

Piercestown opened the scoring with points from Conor Coleman and Barry O’Connor but Gorey settled with a Charlie McGuickin major from close range. Gary Molloy stretched Gorey’s lead with a point but Piercestown responded with a flurry of scores from the Conor Coleman, Peter Barry combo which proved so influential throughout the match. Both added points before Coleman hit the back of the net from a searching Peter Barry pass to put Piercestown three up. However there was still time for James Lynch to bag a goal for Gorey on the stroke of half time to level it 1-4 to 2-1.

A pointed free from Conor Coleman opened the scoring in the second half but Gorey took the lead when James Lynch reacted quickest when Charlie McGuickin’s effort was well saved by Stephen Doyle. Adam Dunbar, who impressed throughout, tagged on another minor but Piercestown came back with a bang with a fantastic Barry O’Connor major after a defence splitting run on four minutes. Dunbar kicked Gorey back into the lead with another minor from a quick free and Conor Levingstone, who was at the heart of Gorey’s intelligent play, added another minor with four minutes left. Back came Piercestown through Darragh Rossiter who latched onto a long clearance and found the back of the net to put the boys in maroon back into the lead. Immediately Gorey levelled through another Dunbar minor to set up a grandstand finish. Gorey seemed to have struck for the decisive score through a Conor Levingstone piledriver to the top corner of the net with time almost up. However Piercestown summoned up one last attack and the ever dangerous Peter Barry ran onto a long clearance and broke through the defence to equalize with the last kick of the game 4-5 each.

Extra time of five minutes a side followed with both sides matching each other stride for stride. A fine brace of points from Barry O’Connor was cancelled out by McGuickin and Levingstone. However a Conor Coleman goal from a goalmouth scramble  and another O’Connor point edged them in front at half time 5-8 to 4-7. The second half of extra time yielded six goals in five minutes.  Charlie Mcguickin, who terrorised Piercestown throughout, netted first but from the kick out Piercestown’s Peter Barry rattled the net with his second major of the night. McGuickin goaled again for Gorey when he palmed the ball home from a James Lynch centre. But again Piercestown responded with Peter Barry quickest to react to Conor Coleman’s shot which had been well saved by Cillian Donohue. Piercestown now sensed victory and a final push yielded further goals from Daragh Rossiter and Peter Barry to seal a famous victory.

Despite the scoreline both goalkeepers had excellent games time and again intercepting passes and marshalling their overworked defences. This was a fantastic advertisement for the Allianz sevens competition and both teams can be extremely proud of their performances. Afterwards a thrilled Conor Coleman received the Allianz Cup from Jim Dempsey of the Rackard League.



Stephen Doyle, Barry O’Connor, Rory O’Connor, Conor Firman, Peter Barry, Conor Coleman, Dylan Byrne, Darragh Rossiter, Padraig Rossiter, Adam Cantwell.

Gorey CBS

Cillian Donohue, Gary Molloy, Seamus O’Donnell, Conor Levingstone, Adam Dunbar, James Lynch, Charlie McGuickin, Michael Quigley, Stephen Hempenstall, Tiernan Doyle.

Ref Ger O’Reilly



HORESWOOD 8 6                PIERCESTOWN 2 3


Horeswood proved too strong for a gallant Piercestown team in the second of the Allianz Rackard League finals played in Wexford Park last Tuesday night. Piercestown got off to a flyer in this match with a Jacklyn Breslin point in the opening minute. This was quickly followed by a Sarah O’Connor goal and it looked it was going to be one way traffic in Piercestown’s favour. However once Horeswood settled they displayed a fantastic range of footballing skills and had some excellent footballers within their ranks. Sinéad Ryan, who was their inspirational leader in attack, goaled from an incisive pass from Lucille Prendergast on four minutes. Niamh Mernagh, who was becoming dominant at mid field, added  a point to level the scores. Sinéad Ryan added a point and then a goal from an excellent pass from Hazel Murphy. She then fired over a 30 before Hazel Murphy’s long range point wrapped up the first half scoring to make it 3-4 to 1-1.

Horeswood continued with their intelligent passing game after the break and were immediately rewarded with a brace of well taken goals from Hazel Murphy and Sinéad Ryan. Piercestown, in fairness to them, continued to work hard and this was epitomised by Jacklyn Breslin’s goal after three minutes. However this was quickly cancelled out by Sinéad Ryan when she rounded Orlaith Barrett in the Piercestown goal after receiving a defence splitting pass from Hazel Murphy. Horeswood were dominating at this stage and a further 1-1 was added by both Sinead Ryan and Hazel Murphy.

Piercestown kept battling and they finished strongly with two fine Éimear Doherty points in the final minute .

Piercestown had fine performers in in Sarah O’Connor, Éimear O’Doherty and Jacklyn Breslin while Horeswood had star quality in Lucille Prendergast, Hazel Murphy, Niamh Mernagh and the exceptional Sinéad Ryan. Afterwards a delighted Horeswood captain Hazel Murphy received the Allianz Cup from Jim Dempsey of the Rackard League.


Grainne Ryan, Lucille Prendergast, Maria Cummins, Hazel Murphy, Niamh Mernagh, Sinéad Ryan, Niamh Doyle, Tara Rowe, Kelley Murphy, Jane Cummins.


Orlaith Barrett, Éimear Doherty, Jacklyn Breslin, Aoife O’Keeffe, Anna Collyer, Sarah O’Connor, Aine Ennis, Caitriona Sinnott, Lucy McGuinness, Lauren Kavanagh.