Match Reports

Senior Championship Group Stages

posted 23 Jun 2013, 12:59 by Rod Gorman

Beagh 1-17 Tommy Larkins 0-13
Beagh and Tommy Larkins were the last two teams to enter the group stages of the Galway senior hurling championship when they met in Athenry on a very hot evening. Having been drawn in group (D), both teams knew a victory would set them up nicely to qualify for the quarterfinals. Tommys' made the better start and had early points from Jason Flynn, Kevin McHugo and David Hickey before Beagh replied with similar scores from Kevin Keehan, Joe Gantley and Adrian Touhy. The big breakthrough of the game arrived just before half time when  Kieran Diviney breached the Larkins' defense and crashed home the ball for a tonic goal and half time lead, 1-08 to 0-06. The second half was very even with Beagh finding scoring easier especially from Joe Gantley, Padraig Landers and Kevin Keehan. Jason Flynn kept Tommy Larkins in the game with some fine points. (Report by Joe Keane)

Connacht senior B hurling final

posted 12 Feb 2012, 04:14 by Rod Gorman


MERCY COLLEGE WOODFORD......0-15

GARBALLY COLLEGE, BALLINASLOE.......1-11

By Michael O Connor.

It's a busy month for Mercy College, Woodford and for a number of its leading lights as they are attacking Connacht and all Ireland honours on two fronts. First up was Ballinasloe on Saturday and the Connacht Senior B hurling final against Garbally College. Early next month Woodford will pair up with St Raphaels for the Connacht senior A hurling final. Ironically Woodford overcame Raphaels in the B semi final recently to reach this final. It was most certainly the game of two halves with Woodford looking certain champions after 40 minutes only to hang on for dear lives as Garbally post match would regret missing gilt edged goal chances in the opening minutes before Woodford took over proceedings.

13 Tommie Larkins clubmen were on the starting line up and they were quickly into their stride as Woodford's Kevin McHugo opened the scoring in the 3rd minute. Garbally had two great goal chances in the first ten minutes but lacked the confidence to finish and Woodford were let off the hook. Alan Loughnane from Cappatagle opened Garbally's account with a tremendous score in the 5th minute before Woodford took over proceedings threatening to totally overrun the famed Ballinasloe school. The only saving grace for the following 15 minutes from a Garbally perspective was that Woodford were happy to tag on points and not go all the way for goals. Leading the way was Galway minor Jason Flynn who was involved in nearly all scores if not in execution but also in their creation. He pointed in the 6th minute quickly followed by full forward Stephen Keon and Flynn once again a minute later to open up a quick three point lead. The Garbally puck out was being won with ease by Woodford. Flynn, McHugo, Peter English added to their sides tally by the 15th minute as the South Galway school led (0-7) to (0-1) at the end of the first quarter. Kiltormers Mark Cormican and impressive Garbally full forward Paul Claffey with a 65 gave hope to the town school with a score each by the 19th minute. Garbally required a goal and despite holding their own for the next seven minutes they could not manage one further point.

Woodford rallied in the last five minutes with a hat trick of frees from Jason Flynn allied to a brace of points from play by Andrew Moran and Stephen Keon to hold a commanding (0-12) to (0-3) half time advantage that appeared too much for Garbally to surmount. The second half started once again in a positive style for Woodford as Christopher Headd scored his sides 13th point. Paul Claffey and Jason Flynn swopped scores in the 33rd minute as it appeared that Garbally were making no inroads to the Woodford lead.

This all changed as Jason Flynn who suffered a knock was rerouted to full forward and Garbally collectively began to improve led by Paul Claffey, Mark Cormican, Alan Loughnane and Jack Curley. Claffey (3frees) and a well taken goal by Gavin Downey after being set up by Claffey was matched by a solitary Jason Flynn free in the 46th minute. Indeed Woodford managed only one score in the final 25 minutes of the game. Three points was now the difference (0-15) to (1-9 entering the final ten minutes as Woodford hit seven second half wides with four coming in the last eight minutes. Paul Claffey pointed two frees in the 52nd an 59th minute but a late improvement by Woodford kept Garbally from hitting the equaliser and thus the title was winging its way to the border school in the most dramatic fashion.

The winners were served well by Cian Noonan, Conor Nevin, Peter English in the first half, Andrew Moran throughout, Kevin McHugo, Stephen Keon and Jason Flynn. Best for Garbally were Sean Connaughton, Jack Curley, Danny Byrne, Mark Cormican, Alan Loughnane, Declan Dillon and Paul Claffey.

MERCY COLLEGE WOODFORD (All Tommie Larkins unless stated): Cathal Touhy, Aaron Conway, Chris Moloney, Cian Noonan, Cathal Kelly, Conor Nevin, Colin McCormack, Peter English (0-1), Andrew Moran (0-1), Kevin McHugo (0-2), Jason Flynn (0-8), Ciaran Cunningham (Tynagh/Abbey/Duniry, Chris Headd (0-1) (Killmor), Stephen Keon (0-2), Aidan McHugh.  Subs: Ross McMahon for A McHugh

GARBALLY COLLEGE: Eoin Hardiman (Ballinasloe), Sean Connaughton (Ballinasloe), David Shaughnessy (Ballinasloe), Eoin Stack (Ballinasloe), Danny Byrne (Ballinasloe), Shane Naughton (Pearses, Roscommon), Jack Curley (Kiltormer), Gavin Downey (1-0) (Pearses, Roscommon), Mark Cormican (0-1) (Kiltormer), Paul Dolan (Pearses Roscommon), Declan Dillon (0-1) (Ballinasloe), Alan Loughnane (0-1)(Cappatagle), Jason Mannion (Pearses, Roscommon), Paul Claffey (0-7) (Cappatagle), Patrick Connolly (0-1) (Ballinasloe). Subs: Conor Glynn (Pearses, Roscommon for Dillon.

REFEREE: CHRISTY BROWNE (Ballinasloe).

After the game Michael Fahy presented the Connacht Senior B Cup to Woodford captain Andrew Moran, while Michael O'Connor from NUI Galway presented the NUI Galway GAA man of the match award to Jason Flynn.


Junior A

posted 17 Jul 2011, 11:57 by Rod Gorman

Tommy Larkins remain unbeaten in the Guillanes Junior A hurling championship 2011.In a tight and competitive clash played last Sunday evening against neighbours Portumna in Loughrea, larkins can count themselves somewhat lucky to have taken a point from the game. They can on the other hand feel aggrieved at not taking some more of the goal chances that fell their way in the first half, with Ivan Canning making 2 good saves from Michael Tuohy and  Michael Garvey. Larkins did however hit the net in the first half through Mickey Fahy, after a long delivery to the edge of the square was finished neatly on the ground.Peter English and Conor Nevin at wing-back were Tommies best performers in that first half.Larkins were forced to make a few changes coming into the game,  with Owen Rohan failing a late fitness test in Woodford prior to the game, which was closely monitored by Paddy Moroney .John Glynn stepped in at corner back in place of  Oxegen victimGolly Goman. In the opening half  Tommies played well  and went in narrowly ahead at half-time.However it was always going to be a big ask to keep up the intensity levels in the 2nd half,with some  players in larkin’s half forward-line and mid- field finding  that the efforts made on  the Shearwater dance floor were beginning to take their  toll!!  

                               On resumption Portumna upped the ante.They created a goal chance in the opening 30 seconds which they failed to convert.Soon after referee David Dillon controversially  awarded a 21 yard free after it seemed the Portumna forward had over-carried.Portumna took their point and at this stage were well on top. The Tommy larkins half-back line of Conor Nevin, Ciaran Fahy and Paul Kelly kept Portumna at bay during this period.However Larkins soon found themselves 6 points adrift. A long delivery in to the Larkin’s full back line was blocked into the path of the Portumna Full forward who made no mistakes crashing the ball past a helpless Shane Kelly.This was now a serious  test of character  for Larkins, and akin to the Galway seniors on Saturday evening  leaders came to the fore in certain positions of the pitch. Paul Kelly scored an inspirational point from halfway which lifted the Larkins  resolve. Mickey Fahy then  flicked a long free from Ciaran Fahy to the net bringing Larkins   back in the game.Portumna replied with a point but Ciaran Fahy and Mickey Fahy combined again to similar effect and when Peter English pointed from under the stand it looked like Larkin’s  would claim victory.Portumna responded well and deservedly levelled matters on a final scoreline of Larkins 3-07  to  Portumna’s 1-13. 

Féile na nGael

posted 26 Jun 2011, 04:35 by Rod Gorman   [ updated 26 Jun 2011, 05:42 ]

The weekend of the 24th and 25th June saw Féile na nGael come to Woodford. Tommy Larkins played in division 2, group E and hosted St. Mary's of Leixlip - the Kildare champions. Also in group E were Tynagh/Abbey/Duniry and Antrim champions- McQuillans Ballycastle. Round 1- Tommy Larkins v Leixlip, was played on Friday at 3pm in a rain soaked Woodford, but despite the wintry conditions, a huge crowd turned up to cheer on the lads. Leixlip got the perfect start with a flicked goal early and an excellent exhibition of free taking in tough conditions, allowed them to extend their lead. Larkins got back in the game with a well taken goal by Eanna Murphy and further points from the full forward, both from placed balls and from play left Larkns two up at the break. There was nothing in this game right through the second half and with time running out the sides were level on 1:05 a piece. However, a surging run out of the Leixlip defence resulted in a good delivery towards the Larkins goal and a nicely finished ground stroke was enough to give the Kildare team the victory. Heartbreak for the Larkins lads but they had little time to dwell on it as they prepared for the parade in Loughrea. Here Larkins would have succes however as they were awarded best dressed host team!

Round 2 - Tommy Larkins v Ballycastle,  was played on Saturday morning, with a slight improvement in the weather conditions. Larkins struggled to deal with the physically imposing Antrim side early on and conceded easy scores. Gradually however they got to grips with them and kept in touch with pointed frees from Murphy. A first half goal by the lively Martin Ryan brought Tommies right back into the game and gave them a lift approaching half time. The second half proved tough going for the slight Larkins side and the Antrim champions pulled further in front. Larkins were awarded a penalty late on when Ryan was dragged down after a penetrating run through the heart of the Ballycastle defence. The penalty was missed however, and with it went Larkins hopes of a come back. The defensive display by Larkins in this game was commendable. The full back line of Ciaran Kelly, Ryan Daniels, Jack Sheil and Diarmuid Kelly were imperious and Dylan Loughrey in goal proved very solid. The Larkins half backs - Eoghan Nevin, John Larkin and Conor Fahy were outstanding in all the games and especially against Ballycastle.

Round 3 - Tommy Larkins v Tynagh/Abbey/Duniry, was played immediately after round 2 and Larkins had little time to rest. This game however would turn out to be Larkins best performance and a very impressive display of score taking. Martin Ryan tormented the TAD defence from the start and linked up well with Eanna and Ronan Murphy, the home side would  go on to raise 4 green flags in the first half. Noel Minogue, Martin Ryan and Eanna Murphy all on the score sheet for Larkins. The second half was a much tighter affair, and with Tynagh moving the influential Joseph McLoughlin to midfield, came back into the game with goals from play and placed balls. Larkins however, would continue their impressive forward display and notch up 3 more goals of their own. Ronan Tuohy, Mark Hooban and Tomás Gardiner were a hard working half forward line and Gavin Dervan looked dangerous in the inside forward line. Patrick Glynn started in goal for this game and his long puck outs were a factor in this victory. Brendan Regan was brought on for the injured Conor Fahy and worked tirelessly. Playing two games in a row started to take its toll on the Larkins players as the game progressed, and the introduction of Daniel Gardiner and Ruairi Keane in the corners, brought renewed energy to the game. Shane Connaire came on at corner back and, as he did against Carnmore in the championship, gave a very impressive performance. Shane Donoghue's pace worried the Tynagh backs late in the game as they began to tire and in the end Larkins recorded a good win. This was a nice reward for the hard work they have put in all year and rounded off the weekend nicely.

Junior A

posted 20 Jun 2011, 06:15 by Rod Gorman

Tommie Larkins Junior A’s notched up their second successive victory in Ballinasloe on Friday evening last in somewhat fortuitous circumstances having been outplayed for large parts of the game by a strong and fit Barna/Furbo outfit. Barna Furbo followed on from their impressive Junior B success last year by starting brightly as Tommie larkins were surprisingly slow out of the blocks. Indeed Tommie’s were lucky to be only four points down at the break, due mainly to some resolute defending,  and the performance of Michael Garvey up front who tormented the Barna/Furbo defence throughout the game, finishing with an impressive personal tally of 2-02.Barna Furbo opened the scoring with 1-02 without reply.  Garvey replied with an emphatic cath and finish ,having  started in the absence of the experienced Cathal Fahy who was away on an overseas mission in eastern Europe. Points from Conor Nevin and a great Michael Tuohy effort from play kept Larkin’s in touch. Barna/Furbo went in at half-time four points to the good on a 1-08 to 1-04 scoreline. The second half resumed in much the same fashion as the first, with Larkin’s in difficulty in many positions. As a result of the constant pressure Larkins found themselves seven points in arrears halfway through the second half.During this period Barna furbo had chances to finish off the game but failed to capitalise,  due to careless finishing and the  heroic  defending  of Owen Monaghan on the edge of the Larkins square. Barna Furbo would later be left to rue  these  wasted opportunities as Tommies upped the tempo in the closing 15 minutes. With substitutes Mickey Fahy,Declan Larkin and Andrew Moran having a positive impact, the game turned in Larkin’s favour.Garvey goaled again, followed almost immediately by a neat Mickey Fahy finish which left Barna Furbo reeling.Moments later the green flag was raised again as ‘Fox’  Brudair finished sublimely from an almost impossible angle. At this stage larkin’s were rampant with Peter English improving at midfield and the evergreen Raymond Daniels powering into the game at wing forward and Ciarán Fahy coming to grips with the centre back position. Larkins, who  now  found themselves a goal to the good entering the closing stages had to  survive a late Barna Furbo rally before Mickey fahy sealed a four point  victory with a late  point.Joe Joe Larkin’s final whistle was greeted with cheers from  the larkins faithful but  manager Joe Duane will expect a more consistent all round performance in the remaining group  games.

Junior A

posted 13 Jun 2011, 11:44 by Rod Gorman

Tommie's junior A's opened their championship account against Skehana in Ballinasloe on Saturday evening.An exciting sprinkle of youth allied to some experienced campaigners led to an impressive display.They emerged victorious on a scoreline of 2-15 to 1-08.Very little seperated the teams in the first half. Tommie's were lucky to lead at the break by 2 points, 2-05 to 1-06,thanks mainly to goals from Declan Larkin just on the stroke of half time and earlier a neat finish  from Conor nevin after good work from Michael Tuohy and Ray Daniels.Larkins's increased the work rate all over the field in the second half and good points were picked off by Peter English,nevin, and Michael Garvey.A power house display by Damien ''Pat Fox'' Brudar epitomised the Larkin's work ethic.Tommies were solid in defence with Paul Kelly, Ciarán Fahy and Owen Rohan forming a strong half back line.Behind them veteran Barry Donohue was ably asisted in the full back line by Owen Monaghan and the tigerish Noel 'golly' Gorman with Shane Kelly solid in goals. John Glynn and Peter English impressed in midfield.Up front Larkins looked dangerous with many different scorers. Tommie's will hopefully improve further on this performance against last year's junior B winners Barna Furbo on Friday evening next in Loughrea.

Senior Championship

posted 5 Jun 2011, 11:25 by Rod Gorman

Tommie Larkin's Seniors got their campaign back on track with a win over Athenry on Sunday afternoon. Played in a sunny but breezy Duggan Park, Larkins took the game to Athenry from the throw in and continued to set the pace right to the final whistle. Aided by a stiff breeze in the opening half, Tommies took some nice points from distance, but then a strong run by paddy Moroney through the centre of the Athenry defence, set up Niall Kelly for a well taken goal. Larkins never looked back from there on. Leading by 9 at the break, Larkins looked to extend that lead early in the second half when Paddy Moroney was through on goal, but a last ditch tackle resulted in a penalty for larkins that they failed to convert. Athenry got the deficit back to six with some long range scores of their own but Jason Flynn steadied the ship with 3 points from play and Tommies finished the game with 10 points to spare. Next up is Pearses in the last group game where a win will secure a place in the knock out stages. Best of luck!

Under 14 Championship

posted 17 May 2011, 14:32 by Rod Gorman

The under 14's got their campaign back on track against Carnmore in round 4 of the championship on Tuesday. The fixture was played in a windswept and wet Carnmore pitch, but Larkins made light of the conditions and recorded a convincing win, on a scoreline of Tommie Larkins 7:05 Carnmore 1:03. Larkins again found themselves up against a physically stronger team but they never allowed Carnmore space or time on the ball and their persistence paid off with Carnmore frequently turning over possession. Best for Larkins on the day were Gavin Dervan who registered two green flags, Jack Sheil who was dominant at full back and Ronan Murphy who delivered some quality ball to the inside forward line. Shane Connaire and Dylan Loughrey also staked a claim for a starting position with impressive displays after coming on. This result should be enough to see Larkins through to the quarter final. Next up is the final group game v Killimordaly on Monday, May 23rd in Mullagh at 6.30. 

Under 14 Championship

posted 9 May 2011, 14:49 by Rod Gorman

No luck for Tommy Larkins in round 3 of the under 14 championship, which was played on Monday 9th May, against near neighbours Portumna. Despite a very strong opening half from Larkins which saw them lead by a point at the break; they struggled to cope with the more physical Portumna side in the second half and conceded easy frees that they were duly punished for. Credit to the Larkins lads who continued to take the game to Portumna and were very unlucky not to register a goal or two, but they will know that the frees tally against them was a big factor in the losing of this game. Portumna tacked on a goal at the end to run out winners on a scoreline of 0:04 - 1:08. Larkins will take positives from the game in that they succeeded in tightening up a defence that had conceeded easy goals in the previous 3 games; they now need to impose more discipline on that improving back play. The forwards didnt get the run of the ball in this game but if they keep creating the chances, they will put the scores on the board in future. Best for Larkins were Ciaran Kelly at corner back, John Larkin at centre back and goalkeeper Patrick Glynn, who made some great saves and was very solid throughout. Better luck next time out v Carnmore on Tuesday, 17th May.

Under 14 Championship

posted 2 May 2011, 05:11 by Rod Gorman

Tommy Larkins under 14's played round 2 of the championship v Ardrahan on Bank Holiday Monday in Woodford. They were unable to build on their first round win however, and Ardrahan picked up their second win in group A. Playing against a strong wind in the first half, Larkins defence was under constant pressure, and though they stood up well to the physically stronger Ardrahan forwards, the concession of 4 soft goals, left them with a mountain to climb in the second half. The wind was a huge factor in this game, and aided by it in the second half, Larkins looked a much better team. Three second half goals brought them back into the game, along with 2 pointed frees, but a disallowed goal for square ball, and the failure to convert further goal chances, meant Ardrahan took the 2 championship points on a scoreline of Tommy Larkins 3:02 Ardrahan 5:03. Best for Larkins on the day were Martin Ryan, Ronan Tuohy and Diarmuid Kelly.

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