Senior Hurling Match Reports
February 22, 2006. Colaiste Mhuire gan Smal v Queens University, Belfast.
Ryan cup, ¼ Final. Athlone I.T.
Mary I. 2-15
Mary I. faced a tough task in taking on Queens University, Belfast on Wednesday last. The quarter final played in Athlone was played in bitterly cold conditions but on an excellent pitch.
Mary I. started well with Brendan Hayes scoring an excellent point. After this score, the Limerick side played well and added on a further 9 points before half time. Quite a number came from frees scored by Mike Fitzgerald. The score at half time showed Mary I. ahead by 10 points. Queens came with a strong reputation that they had beaten Mary I. in the Fitzgibbon Cup two years ago, so the Limerick side knew it would be physically tough.
Against the wind in the second half, Mary I. worked hard for each other and added on 2-05 to their score. These came from Mike Fitzgerald, Denis Moloney, Brendan Hayes, Stephen Littleton, Paul Killilea and Paul Horan.
All in all, a good team performance and Mary Immaculate college now take on Sligo I.T., last years Ryan Cup winners, in the semi-final in Cork on Friday 3rd March. A very tough task lies ahead.
Mary I.: Adrian Kirby, Brendan Hayes, Brian Russell, Brian McAuley, Cormac Duggan, David Brouder, David Doyle, David Minogue, David Moloney, Denis Kelly, Denis Moloney, Derek Aylward, Ger Lyons, John Barry, Matthew Prendergast, Mike Fitzgerald, Padraic Duggan, Paul Horan, Paul Killilea, Philip Lonergan, Philip O’Brien, Roger Ryan, Ronan Loughrey, Sean Kenny, Shane Carroll, Stephen Littleton, Tomas McLoughlin.
March 03, 2006. Coláiste Mhuire gan Smál vs Sligo I.T.
Ryan Cup Semi Final, The Farm, Cork.
Mary I. 3-10
Sligo I.T. 2-10
In a bruising encounter, Mary I. faced the Ryan cup holders, Sligo I.T., in the semi-final of the competition. Mary I. scored first with a point from a free from Mike Fitzgerald. He followed up this score with another point from a free. Fitzgerald featuring prominently in the opening minutes also scored a goal to put Mary I. 1-2 to no score ahead after ten minutes. Sligo were not going to lie down and be defeated easily though. Winning possession, they put the Mary I. defence under severe pressure and clocked up their opening point of the match. They followed this quickly with another score. Mary I. responded by putting ball into the full forward, Paul Killilea, who caught the sliotar, turned on his man and found the goal with his shot. Killilea was causing the Sligo full back line problems all day. Sligo then responded by scoring four points from play to make the score 2-2 to 0-6. Mary I. never dropped their heads, however, and after a brilliant pass from Cormac Duggan, Mike Fitzgerald scored another point. Sligo got the last score of the first half however with a point from a free. At half time the score stood at Mary I. 2-3, Sligo I.T. 0-7.
After the break, Mary I. were the more focused side. They started to perform as a team, worked very hard and Sligo couldn’t cope with their scoring prowess. The first point of the second half came from a free, again with Fitzgerald pointing. Brendan Hayes got the point he deserved, after a great pass from Paul Horan. Then Roger Ryan got himself on the score-sheet with a well taken point. Mary I. were leading well at this stage, the score standing at 2-6 to 0-7 in Mary I’s favour. Sligo however, showed their mettle scoring a goal and a point in quick succession to put themselves just a point behind. Mary I. regained their composure and, again, Fitzgerald scored two points from free’s and Horan rattled the net with a fine shot that left the keeper standing. Now with the score standing at 3-8 to 1-8 Mary I. were well ahead. Sligo mustered an attack and scored another point. Mary I. responded with yet another free from Mike Fitzgerald. Sligo won a sixty-five and went for goal but the ball ended up over the bar with another point for Sligo. Denis Moloney responded for Mary I. by scoring the point of the match, with an effort from his own half back line to put Mary I. six points ahead again. Sligo rallied in the dying minutes, and, after a flurry of great saves from goalie Ger Lyons, Sligo finally found the back of the net in injury time with their last score of the game.
It was too late, however, as Mary I.’s second half performance had put them through to the Final with three points to spare. Final Score Mary I. 3-10 Sligo I.T. 2-10.
Mary I: G Lyons; D Kelly, S Kenny, B McAuley; Denis Moloney (0-1), David Moloney, D Brouder; B Mahoney, C Duggan; M Fitzgerald (1-7) , P Horan (1-0), B Hayes (0-1) ; S Littleton, P Killilea (1-0), R Ryan (0-1). Subs; D Russell, P O’Brien, T McLoughlin, A Kirby, S Carroll, R Loughrey, P Lonergan, P Duggan, J Barry, D Aylward, D Minogue, D Doyle.
Referee: Diarmuid Kirwan (Cork)
March 04, 2006. Coláiste Mhuire gan Smál vs N.U.I. Maynooth
Ryan Cup Final, The Mardyke, Cork.
Mary I. 1-15
N.U.I. Maynooth 1-7
Mary I. faced N.U.I. Maynooth in their first Ryan Cup victory since 1982. It proved to be a great display of hurling from both sides. Mary I. opened the scoring with an outstanding long range effort from right half back Denis Moloney. Maynooth answered with two points, both from frees. Mary I. quickly responded with a point from Mike Fitzgerald to make the game level. Maynooth, however, scored another point to go a point ahead. Mary I. then played a high ball into Paul Killilea, the big man turned, beat his marker and struck the sliotar into the back of the net. The score now stood at 1-2 to 0-3 in favour of Mary I. The limerick side regained possession again and Killilea followed up his goal with a fantastic point to put the team three points ahead. Maynooth responded by winning possession at midfield and scoring their fourth point of the match. Mary I. held their nerve however, and re-established their lead with two points from Mike Fitzgerald, one from play and one from a placed ball. Mary I. now led 1-5 to 0-3. Maynooth rallied and gained possession from their own puck-out and scored their fourth point of the first half to stay within shouting distance of Mary I. Cormac Duggan, who was excelling at midfield for Mary I., scored the final point of the first half. At the interval the score was Mary I. 1-6, N.U.I. Maynooth 0-4.
Mary I. came out in the second half a much more determined side. As in the semi-final, the team played very well as a unit going forward and defending. From the first ball of the second half, Mary I. won a free fifty yards from the goal, which Mike Fitzgerald converted. Winning possession from the puck-out, Fitzgerald took another shot on goal and scored a second point. Maynooth, however, notched up their first point of the second half and soon after had the ball in the back of the net. The score now stood at 1-8 to 1-5 in favour of Mary I. Again, the Limerick team started to dominate with two points from Paul Horan who was outstanding at centre forward. Philip O’Brien tagged on another point for Mary I. to put the score at 1-11 to 1-5. Maynooth scored with another point from play but Mary I. responded with a point from Mike Fitzgerald, and another from Roger Ryan who was getting through an amount of work in the half forward line. Two more points, one from play and one from a free, were scored by Fitzgerald and would be Mary I.’s last score of the game. With only minutes remaining on the clock, Maynooth decided to shoot for goal but had two good chances cleared off the line by Ger Lyons. From the resulting sixty-five, Maynooth scored what would turn out to be their last point and the last point of the game. It was little consolation as Mary I. ran out convincing winners in the end.
Overall a fantastic team performance from one to fifteen ensured victory for Mary I. in the first Ryan Cup since 1982 for the College. Captain Séan Kenny accepted the trophy on behalf of Mary I. and Paul Horan won the Datapac Man of the Match award.
Mary I: Ger Lyons, Denis Kelly, Sean Kenny, Brian McAuley; Denis Moloney (0-1), Brian Mahoney, David Brouder, Brendan Hayes, Cormac Duggan (0-1), Mike Fitzgerald (0-8), Paul Horan (0-2), Roger Ryan (0-1), Stephen Littleton, Paul Killea (1-1), Philip O’Brien (0-1) Substitution: Brian Russell for Stephen Littleton.
Subs: Tomas McLoughlin, Adrian Kirby, Shane Carroll, Ronan Loughrey, Philip Lonergan, Padraig Duggan, John Barry, Derek Aylward, Dave Minogue, David Doyle, Dave Moloney (inj).
Referee: Diarmuid Kirwan