2018–19 All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship

The 2018–19 All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship was the 49th annual gaelic football club championship since its establishment in the 1970–71 season. The winners receive the Andy Merrigan Cup.

2018–19 All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship
Tournament details
Year2018–19
TrophyAndy Merrigan Cup
SponsorAIB
Date21 October 2018 – 17 March 2019
Teams32
Defending championsCorofin (Galway)
Winners
ChampionsCorofin
Runners-up
Runners-upDr. Crokes
Other
Websitegaa.ie

The defending champions were Corofin from Galway who defeated Nemo Rangers from Cork on 17 March 2018 to win their 3rd title.

Competition formatEdit

County Championships

All thirty two counties in Ireland and London play their county senior championships between their top gaelic football clubs. Each county decides the format for their county championship. The format can be straight knockout, double-elimination, a league, groups, etc. or a combination.

Only single club teams are allowed to enter the All-Ireland Club championship. If a team which is an amalgamation of two or more clubs, a divisional team or a university team wins a county's championship, a single club team will represent that county in the provincial championship as determined by that county's championship rules. Normally it is the club team that exited the championship at the highest stage.

Provincial Championships

Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster each organise a provincial championship for their participating county champions. The Kilkenny senior champions play in the Leinster Intermediate Club Football Championship. Beginning in 2018–19, London compete in the Connacht championship. In previous years they played one of the provincial champions in a single match in December referred to as a quarter-final.

All matches are knock-out. Two ten minute periods of extra time are played each way if it's a draw at the end of normal time in all matches including the final. If the score is still level after extra time the match is replayed.

All-Ireland

The two semi-finals between the four provincial champions are usually played on a Saturday in mid February. The All-Ireland final is traditionally played in Croke Park on St. Patrick's Day, the 17th of March.

All matches are knock-out. Two ten minute periods of extra time are played each way if it's a draw at the end of normal time in the semi-finals or final. If the score is still level after extra time the match is replayed.

TV CoverageEdit

TG4 continue to broadcast live and deferred club championship games each year.[1] Eir Sport entered the second year of their agreement to broadcast live Gaelic football and hurling club championship games, including county championships, county finals and provincial and All-Ireland club championship matches.[2]

County FinalsEdit

Connacht County & London FinalsEdit

Galway SFC

Leitrim SFC

London SFC

Mayo SFC

Roscommon SFC

Sligo SFC

Leinster County FinalsEdit

Carlow SFC

Dublin SFC

Kildare SFC

Kilkenny SFC

The Kilkenny SFC champions take part in the Leinster Club Intermediate Football Championship.

Laois SFC

Longford SFC

Louth SFC

Meath SFC

Offaly SFC

Westmeath SFC

Wexford SFC

Wicklow SFC

Munster County FinalsEdit

Clare SFC

Cork SFC

Kerry SFC

Limerick SFC

Tipperary SFC

Waterford SFC

Ulster County FinalsEdit

Antrim SFC

Armagh SFC

Cavan SFC

Derry SFC

Donegal SFC

Down SFC

Fermanagh SFC

Monaghan SFC

Tyrone SFC

Provincial ChampionshipsEdit

Connacht Senior Club Football ChampionshipEdit

Quarter-Finals Semi-Finals Final
  Aughawillan (Leitrim) 1-08
  Tourlestrane (Sligo) 0-05   Ballintubber (Mayo) 3-11
  Ballintubber (Mayo) 0-06   Ballintubber (Mayo) 1-09
  Corofin (Galway) 2-10
  Corofin (Galway) 4-22
  Clann na nGael (Roscommon) 1-15   Clann na nGael (Roscommon) 0-07
Tír Chonaill Gaels (London) 1-10

Connacht Quarter-FinalsEdit

Connacht Semi-FinalsEdit

Connacht FinalEdit

25 November 2018 (2018-11-25)
2:00 pm
Final
Ballintubber   1-09 (12) (16) 2-10   Corofin
Gls: J Finnerty 1
Pts: C O’Connor 4 (2f), A Dillon 2, A Plunkett 1, J Gibbons 1, M Plunkett 1
Gls: M Lundy 1, I Burke 1.
Pts: G Sice 3 (3f), C Brady 1, L Silke 1, K Molloy 1, Michael Farragher 1, J Leonard 1, Martin Faragher 1, M Lundy 1.

Leinster Senior Club Football ChampionshipEdit

Preliminary Round Quarter-Finals Semi-Finals Final
  Shelmaliers (Wexford) 1-02
  St. Peter's, Dunboyne (Meath) 1-12   St. Peter's, Dunboyne (Meath) 0-7
  Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin) 2-17
  Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin) 1-17
  Mullingar Shamrocks (Westmeath) 1-06   Portlaoise (Laois) 3-8
  Moorefield (Kildare) 2-09   Moorefield (Kildare) 1-11
  Portlaoise (Laois) 1-14
  Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin) 1-06
St Patrick's (Wicklow) 1-09   Mullinalaghta (Longford) 1-08
  Rhode (Offaly) 2-16   Rhode (Offaly) 0-7
  Mullinalaghta (Longford) 1-6
  Mullinalaghta (Longford) 2-15
  Éire Óg (Carlow) 0-3
  Newtown Blues (Louth) 0-8
  Éire Óg (Carlow) 2-9

Leinster Preliminary RoundEdit

Leinster Quarter-FinalsEdit

Leinster Semi-FinalsEdit

Leinster FinalEdit

9 December 2018 (2018-12-09)
Final
Mullinalaghta   1-08 (11) (09) 1-06  Kilmacud Crokes
Gls: G Rogers 1.
Pts: Rian Brady 4 (1f), D McGivney 2 (1f), A McElligott 1, D McElligott 1.
Gls: P Burke 1.
Pts: P Mannion 2 (2f), C Pearson 2, P Burke 1, C Dias 1.

Munster Senior Club Football ChampionshipEdit

Round of 16 Quarter-Final Semi-Final Final
  Adare (Limerick)
  The Nire – Fourmilewater (Waterford)
The Nire – Fourmilewater
St. Joseph's, Milltown Malbay (Clare)
St. Joseph's, Milltown Malbay (Clare)
Dr. Crokes (Kerry)
Moyle Rovers (Tipperary)
Dr. Crokes (Kerry)
Dr. Crokes (Kerry)
St. Finbarr's (Cork)

Munster Quarter-FinalsEdit

Munster Semi-FinalsEdit

Munster FinalEdit

25 November 2018 (2018-11-25)
Munster final
Dr. Crokes   1-21 (24) (15) 2-09   Miltown Malbay
Gls: D Shaw 1.
Pts: T Brosnan 8 (5f), D Casey 3 (2f), K O’Leary 2, B Looney 2, M Burns 2, S Murphy 1 (1 ’45), J Buckley 1, G O’Shea 1, J Kiely 1.
Gls: D McDonagh 1, O Looney 1.
Pts: E Cleary 3 (2f), K Malone 2, D McDonagh 2, K Keavey 1, E O’Gorman 1.
Gaelic Grounds, Limerick
Referee: A Kissane (Waterford)

Ulster Senior Club Football ChampionshipEdit

Quarter-Finals Semi-Finals Final
  Erins Own, Cargin (Antrim) 1-13
  Gaoth Dobhair (Donegal) 3-11
  Gaoth Dobhair (Donegal) 4-11
  Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) 0-16
  Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) 0-12
  Coalisland (Tyrone) 0-10
  Gaoth Dobhair (Donegal) 0-13 (aet)
  Scotstown (Monaghan) 0-12 (aet)
  Castlerahan (Cavan) 0-11
  Eoghan Rua (Derry) 2-11
  Eoghan Rua (Derry) 2-10
  Scotstown (Monaghan) 1-14
  Burren (Down) 0-10
  Scotstown (Monaghan) 2-17   Scotstown (Monaghan) 0-13
  Derrygonnelly Harps (Fermanagh) 1-11

Ulster Preliminary RoundEdit

Ulster Quarter-FinalsEdit

Ulster Semi-FinalsEdit

Ulster FinalEdit

2 December 2018 (2018-12-02)
2:00 pm
Final
Gaoth Dobhair  
(Donegal)
0-13 (13) (12) 0-12
(a.e.t.)
  Scotstown
(Monaghan)
(HT: 0-05 – 0-05)
(FT: 0-11 – 0-11)

Pts: Odhran MacNiallais (4, 3f), Kevin Cassidy (2), Cian Mulligan, Eamonn Collum, Micheal Carroll, Naoise O Baoill, James Carroll (f), Ryan Kelly, Shane Ferry

Pts: Shane Carey (6, 3f), Rory Beggan (2, 1f, 1 '45), Darren Hughes, Kieran Hughes, Conor McCarthy, Damien McArdle
Healy Park, Omagh
Referee: Noel Mooney (Cavan)

All-IrelandEdit

For official fixtures and results see All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship at gaa.ie

All-Ireland BracketEdit

Semi-Finals Final
      
  Corofin
  Gaoth Dobhair
 
 
  Dr. Crokes
 Mullinalaghta

All-Ireland Semi-FinalsEdit

16 February 2019 (2019-02-16)
13:30 GMT (UTC+0)
Semi-Final
Corofin   2-13 (19) (15) 1-12   Gaoth Dobhair
Gls: G Sice 1, Martin Farragher 1.
Pts: Gary Sice 7 (7f), J Leonard 2 (1f), L Silke 1, D Burke 1, I Burke 1, G Burke 1
Gls: K Cassidy 1.
Pts: K Cassidy 2, E Collum 2 (1f), O Mac Niallais 2 (1f), J Carroll 2, C Mulligan 2, D Ó Baoill 1, N Friel 1.
Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada, Carrick-on-Shannon
Referee: Maurice Deegan (Stradbally, Laois)
16 February 2019 (2019-02-16)
15:30 GMT (UTC+0)
Semi-Final
Dr. Crokes   0-18 (18) (13) 2-7   Mullinalaghta

Pts: T Brosnan 6 (4f), K O’Leary 4, D Shaw 3, D Casey 2 (1f), M Burns 1, G O’Shea 1, B Looney 1.
Gls: G Rogers 1, J Matthews 1.
Pts: D McGivney 5 (4f), B Fox 1, D McElligott 1.
Semple Stadium, Thurles
Referee: Sean Hurson (Galbally, Tyrone)

All-Ireland FinalEdit

Two ten minute periods of extra time are played if the match is level at the end of the normal sixty minutes.

17 March 2019 (2019-03-17)
3:45 pm
Final
Corofin   2-16 (22) (10) 0-10 Dr. Crokes  
Gls: G Sice 1, J Leonard 1.
Pts: G Sice 5 (3fs), Martin Farragher 4, J Leonard 3, D Burke 2, Mike Farragher, K Molloy 1 each.

Pts: T Brosnan 5 (4fs), D Casey 3 (2fs), M Burns, C Cooper (f) 1 each.
Croke Park, Dublin
Referee: Barry Cassidy (Bellaghy, Derry)

Championship statisticsEdit

Top scorersEdit

Overall
Rank Player Club Tally Total Matches Average
1 Tony Brosnan Dr. Crokes 0-30 30 5 6.00
2 Gary Sice Corofin 2-17 23 4 5.75
3 Jason Leonard Corofin 3-12 21 4 5.25
4 Paul Mannion Kilmacud Crokes 2-13 19 3 6.33
5 Kevin Cassidy Gaoth Dobhair 3-09 18 4 4.50
6 Shane Carey Scotstown 0-16 16 4 4.00
7 Kieran O'Leary Dr. Crokes 2-09 15 5 3.00
Rian O'Neill Crossmaglen Rangers 0-15 15 2 7.50
Cillian O'Connor Ballintubber 0-15 15 3 5.00
8 Niall McNamee Rhode 0-14 14 2 7.00
In a single game
Rank Player Club Tally Total Opposition
1 Jason Leonard Corofin 2-06 12 Clann na nGael
Paul Mannion Kilmacud Crokes 2-06 12 St. Peter's Dunboyne
2 Niall McNamee Rhode 0-11 11 St. Patrick's
3 Adam Tyrrell Moorefield 2-04 10 Mullingar Shamrocks
Gary Sice Corofin 1-07 10 Gaoth Dobhair
4 Daire Ó Baoill Gaoth Dobhair 3-00 9 Crossmaglen Rangers
Donie Shine Clann na nGael 0-09 9 Tír Chonaill Gaels
5 Kieran O'Leary Dr. Crokes 2-02 8 Moyle Rovers
Gary Sice Corofin 1-05 8 Dr. Crokes
Tony Brosnan Dr. Crokes 0-08 8 Miltown Malbay
Paddy McNeice Coalisland Na Fianna 0-08 8 Crossmaglen Rangers
Rian O'Neill Crossmaglen Rangers 0-08 8 Gaoth Dobhair

2018-19 Club All-Stars & Club Footballer of the YearEdit

The Club All-Star awards were initiated in the 2017–18 season.

Club Team Of The Year
  1. Bernard Power (Corofin)
  2. Liam Silke (Corofin)
  3. Patrick Fox (Mullinalaghta)
  4. Odhrán McFadden-Ferry (Gaoth Dobhair)
  5. Kieran Molloy (Corofin)
  6. Gavin White (Dr. Crokes)
  7. Donal McElligott (Mullinalaghta)
  8. Daithí Burke (Corofin)
  9. Odhrán MacNiallais (Gaoth Dobhair)
  10. Gary Sice (Corofin)
  11. Kieran O’Leary (Dr Crokes)
  12. Jason Leonard (Corofin)
  13. Tony Brosnan (Dr Crokes)
  14. Kevin Cassidy (Gaoth Dobhair)
  15. Martin Farragher (Corofin)
Club Footballer Of The Year

Kieran Molloy (Corofin)

Also nominated -

  • Kevin Cassidy (Gaoth Dobhair)
  • Gary Sice (Corofin)

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