Rackard League Finals 2009




GLYNN 1-13              PIERCESTOWN 4-1


This Allianz Roinn A final was a real rollercoaster of a game. A barnstorming second half comeback by holders Piercestown almost caught Glynn, who had dominated the first half, but the Glynn girls held on to capture their first ever Allianz Roinn A title.

Glynn were quickly into their stride and this early pressure yielded the first score of the game with a Chloe Cashe point from a 45. Piercestown, the holders, were slow to settle and were under severe pressure from the attacking play of Glynn. The hugely impressive Aisling Whelan was a constant threat to the Piercestown rearguard with her incisive, darting runs. Indeed the first quarter developed into an Aisling Whelan exhibition as she reeled off five points from play from various angles and distances. She was well supported during this period by Laura  Dempsey and Sadhbh O’Flaherty whose intelligent play created many of  Aisling’s opportunities. The fact that Piercestown didn’t concede a goal can be attributed  to some excellent  play from the full back line superbly marshalled by Lauren Carthy. Piercestown did have their chances but time and again their final shot was off target. Indeed only for an instinctive reaction save from Aoife O’Neill, Melissa Redmond would have bagged the first goal of the game. However a further brace of Aisling Whelan points sent Glynn in with a commanding eight point lead and left Piercestown ruing their missed chances.


However the second half proved to be a completely different story. Right from the throw in Piercestown broke downfield and Jacqueline Breslin finished off a fine move to the net to bring Piercestown back with a bang. Aisling Whelan replied instantly for Glynn with another minor but this was cancelled out when Orla Barrett reacted quickest to the breaking ball to fire over for the Murrintown girls. Sadhbh O’Flaherty tagged another minor before Piercestown’s Jacqueline Breslin struck for her second major from close range to make it 0-10 to 2-1 with fifteen minutes left.  Glynn, to their credit, didn’t panic and kept their shape and kept playing good football. They were rewarded when Nicola McDonald broke through the Piercestown defence and goaled despite the best efforts Stephanie Murphy.


With five minutes remaining Piercestown moved full back Lauren Carthy up front and they didn’t have to wait long for the move to pay dividends as she powered through the Glynn defence  and crashed the ball to the net. Nicola McDonald and Sadhbh O’Flaherty steadied Glynn nerves with two quick fire points making it 1-12 to 3-1. However Piercestown showed why they were champions last year and have come through play- offs and extra time this year as they came with another late surge. Laura Carthy collected a dangerous Eimear Doherty free and smashed the ball to the net to make it 1-12 to 4-1 entering injury time. However this was to be Glynn’s night and it was only fitting that Aisling Whelan should round off a superb individual and team display by firing over the last point with the final kick of the game.

For Piercestown, who showed great character through their comeback, Lauren Carthy, Eimear Doherty, Lauren Swan and Jacqueline Breslin were outstanding while Glynn had star performers in Roisin Cooney,Chloe Cashe, Laura Dempsey, Sadhbh O’Flaherty, Nicola

McDonald and Aisling Whelan.


Glynn -  Aoife O’Neill, Heather McGrath, Aisling Maher, Roisin Cooney, Katie Doyle,Darerca Crosbie, Chloe Cashe, Laura Dempsey, Sadhbh o’Flaherty, Aisling Whelan, Courtney Carley, Nicola Mcdonald, Jessie Morrissey. Also Emma Kiely, Rebecca Crean, Louise Kehoe, Rebecca Rowe, Sinead Prunty, Eimear Gilhooly, Stephanie Nolan, Carly Walsh, Ciara Kavanagh, Sarah Sweetman, Ciara Doyle, Ciara McCormack, Sarah Morris, Jamie Lee Dempsey, Ruth Cowman, Hazel Kennedy, Katie Connick, Katie Dempsey and Hannah Arthurs.


Piercestown -  Stephanie Murphy, Lucy McGuinness, Lauren Carthy, Catriona Sinnott, Rachel Cantwell, Aine Ennis, Eimear Doherty, Laura Doyle, Lauren Swan, Lauren Kavanagh, Mellisa Redmond, Jacqueline Breslin, Becky Harpur. Also Rachel Rowe, Aoife O’Keeffe, Emma Murphy, Orla Barrett, Ava Brennan, Kate Culleton, Anna Coleir, Bridin Culleton, Emma Freeney, Niamg Alouf, Sorya James, Sarah O’Connor, Sarah Goff, Meabh Lane, Kayleigh Walsh, Gemma Cousins, Megan Corish. 

Referee: Denis Nolan


Allianz I.N.T.O. Mini-Sevens

Finals 2009 

Hurling – Murrintown 3-06             Gorey 3-05

The Boys of Murrintown and Gorey CBS served up a fantastic game of hurling in the Allianz INTO GAA mini sevens on Thursday evening 14th May in Wexford park. This was exciting right to the final whistle and winners only emerged after extra time was played.
It was Murrintown who got off to a strong start with a number of chances. Darren Codd was unlucky to see his shot go wide after two minutes but shortly after Jake Firman put pressure on Darragh Bellanova who had many saves in the Gorey goal but finally the sliotar slipped through his fingers to the back of the net.
Gorey immediately were on the attack and opened their scoring with a fine Aodhan Doyle point. Aaron Maddock pointed a free for Murrintown before Conor Levingstone who had been denied by Murrintown’s Philip Mc Dermott on three occasions finally scored a great goal. Kevin Harrington was also denied a goal by Philip Mc Dermott. Again Aaron Maddock pointed a free to leave the half time score at Murrintown 1-2 Gorey 1-1. Murrintown were first off the mark in the second half with Darragh Kenny receiving a fine pass from Aaron Maddock and finishing with a great goal. Gorey now showed that they were not going to give up easily and had a number of chances with Conor Levingstone unlucky not to find the net again. Cian Ryan and Jake Firman were great in defence for Murrintown. Ben Egan pointed a fine free before Conor Levinstone had another attempt at goal and equalised the match. Gary Molloy came onto Gorey team in place of Kevin Harrington. Paul Murphy put the Gorey boys ahead with just three minutes remaining but great work from Darren Codd and Jake Firman ensured the match would go to extra time.

It was Gorey who looked stronger in the first half of extra time and Aodhan Doyle found the net after just one minute. Jake Firman replied with another goal immediately following a fantastic shot from way out the field. Thanks to a Ben Egan 65, Gorey led by the minimum at half time.
Gorey were extremely unlucky not to get a goal again before half time with a fine pass from Paul Murphy resulting in a shot from Aodhan Doyle hitting the crossbar.
Gorey did find the equaliser with a Paul Murphy point but with less than a minute remaining Jake Firman managed  to put Murrintown ahead.
It was Philip Mc Dermott who saved the day for Murrintown saving a great shot from Aodhan Doyle on the goal-line to deny Gorey CBS victory.
This was a fantastic display of hurling with wonderful displays from all players on both teams. It was heartbreaking for Gorey who played their hearts out throughout. Well done to the boys of Murrintown on this victory.
Both teams received their medals from Jim Dempsey  and Eamonn Barrett of Rackard League.
It was fitting that Murrintown won the first mini sevens in 1988 and now have won the 2009 mini sevens which is the last one in its current format.

Murrintown: Philip Mc Dermott, Jake Firman, Cian Ryan, Darren Codd, Aaron Maddock , Nicky Greene, Darragh Kenny, Kyle Firman, Roy Nunn, Ciaran O’ Gorman

Gorey CBS: Darragh Bellanova, Ben Egan, Paul Murphy, Daniel Sunderland, Conor Levingstone, Aodhan Doyle, Kevin Harrington, Gary Molloy, Eoin Mc Guckin, Adam Dunbar.



Piercestown 3-15   Gorey C.B.S  1-05

Last Wednesday evening saw a near perfect performance by Piercestown as they defeated Gorey C.B.S to claim the Rackard League Hurling title on a sun drenched Wexford Park. Both teams had topped their respective leagues in the run up to the final and Gorey C.B.S was aiming for a fourth title in a row.
Piercestown playing with the wind in the first half had the better of the early exchanges with their centre forward Joe Coleman in fine form confidently striking over a 65 to send Piercestown into an early lead. For most of the first half both defences were on top with both centre backs in dominant form. Piercestown however began to win the midfield battle with Jake Firman and Aaron Maddock pulling the strings. Firman was to finish the half with four points to his credit alongside points from Kenny (1), Walsh (1), J Coleman (3), and C Coleman (1).
Gorey C.B.S to their credit continued to hurl well and replied with points from Eoin McGuikin and the impressive Aobahn Doyle.
The second half in truth belonged to Piercestown and especially to Joe Coleman who seemed to be able to pull out scores from every conceivable angle. As well as scoring 1-5 in the second half he had a hand in Piercestown’s two other goals with some neat hand passing. Gorey C.B.S tried their best to stay in touch but with the Piercestown full back line in formidable form they were kept out though Ben Egan the Gorey centre back put over three lovely 65’s . Conor Levingstone  added a late consolation goal for Gorey but Piercestown were not to be denied and when Dickie Murphy blew the final whistle most in the crowd would admit that the better team had won.

Piercestown: Philip McDermott, Martin Whelan, Joe O'Connor (Capt.), Jack Stafford, Darren codd, Barry O'Connor, Maurice Walsh, Aaron Maddock, Jake Firman, Conor Coleman, Joe Coleman, Rory O'Connor, Nicky Greene, Paddy Whelan, Darragh Kenny, Subs: John Hamilton, Cian Ryan, Dylan Byrne, Mikey Coleman, Barry O'Connor, Conor Firman. 

St. Joseph's Gorey: Darragh Bellanova, Shane Cushe, Darragh Hughes, Killian Cushe, Gary Molloy, Ben Egan (Capt.), Daniel Sunderland, James Teal, Paul Murphy, Eoin McGuickin, Kevin Harrington, Adam Dunbar, Aodhán Doyle, Conor Levingston, James Lynch, Mark Kinsella, James Redmond, Andy Cashe, Joseph Cousins, John Kehoe, Ryan Cullen, Brendan O'Brien, Oisín Hobbs, Seamus O'Donnell.

Allianz Rackard League Camogie Final 2009 - 19th June 2009

Piercestown Murrintown 1-3 Rathnure 0.2

This year Allianz sponsored Rackard League Camogie final featured Piercestown/Murrintown and Rathnure. The game was a repeat of last years Roinn A decider in which Rathnure were victorious after extra time. This year the girls of Pircestown/Murrintown National schools were not to be denied. Wind assisted they completely dominated the first half possession. However due to some great defending by Shannon O’Leary and Leanne Foley and to the outstanding goal keeping of Laura Brennan, Rathnure restricted their opponents to a solitary point scored by Katie O’Connor from a 65,. Facing into the second half breeze Piercestown may have felt they had blown their chances but an inspiration point from Amy Cardiff from the throw in doubled their advantage. Rathnure to their credit came more into the game and a fine pointed free by Kaylee O’Connor reduced the deficit to the bare minimum. A goal midway through the half by Amy Rochford proved to be the decisive socre and gave Piercestown a commanding lead they never looked like relinquishing. Katie O’Connor, Katie O’Connel added one further point to their sides tally to leave the final score at 1-3 to 0.2 and give Pierstown their first ever Roinn A title. Best for the winners on the day were Mureann Byrne, Anna Corcoran, Ellen Barrett, Katie O’Connor, Aishling Cronin, and Amy Rochford while for the gallant losers. Laura Brennan, Michelle Martin, Olivia Lambert and Kaylee O’Connel stood out.

Piercestown: Chloe Ennis, Anna Corcoran, Muireann Byrne, Aoife McAuliffe, Ellen Barrett, Katie O'Connor, Aisling Cronin, Aisling McAuliffe, Amy Cardiff, Amy Rochford, Deirdre Stacy, Hannah Francis, Rosie Nolan, Sarah Berney, Lorna Murphy, Leona Johnston, Andrea Furlong, Aoife Daly, Orla Coleman, Katie Lawlor, Nicole Barnwell, Louise Murphy

Rathnure: Laura Brennan, Shannon O'Leary, Leanne Foley, Nancy Quigley, Farren Byrne, Jackie Carr, Michelle Martin, Elizabeth Whitely, Kaylee O'Connell, Rosie Conran, Olivia Lambert, Oonagh Doyle, Gráinne Nolan, Ava Conran, Sive Ó Bolguidhir, Laura Barron, Niamh Smith.