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Stephen McDonnell (born 28 January 1989) is an Irish hurler who plays for Cork Senior Championship club Glen Rovers and at inter-county level with the Cork senior hurling team. He usually lines out as a left corner-back.

Stephen McDonnell
Stephen McDonnell.jpg
Personal information
Irish name Stiofáin Mac Domhnaill
Sport Hurling
Position Left corner-back
Born (1989-01-28) 28 January 1989 (age 30)
Cork, Ireland
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Occupation Performance coach
Club(s)
Years Club
2006-present
Glen Rovers
Club titles
Cork titles 2
Colleges(s)
Years College
2008-2012
Cork Institute of Technology
College titles
Fitzgibbon titles 0
Inter-county(ies)*
Years County Apps (scores)
2011-present
Cork 20 (0-00)
Inter-county titles
Munster titles 2
All-Irelands 0
NHL 0
All Stars 0
*Inter County team apps and scores correct as of 11:19, 15 July 2019.

Playing careerEdit

Cork Institute of TechnologyEdit

On 3 March 2012, McDonnell lined out at full-back for the Cork Institute of Technology when they faced University College Cork in the Fitzgibbon Cup final. CIT suffered a 2-15 to 2-14 defeat after extra-time.[1]

Glen RoversEdit

Minor and under-21Edit

McDonnell joined the Glen Rovers club at a young age and played in all grades at juvenile and underage levels. On 20 November 2005, he was at midfield when Glen Rovers defeated Carrigaline by 0-15 to 1-08 in the Premier County Minor Championship final.

On 11 November 2006, McDonnell was again at midfield for a second successive Premier County Minor Championship final. Bishopstown were the opponents, however,0-12 from Patrick Horgan secured an 0-18 to 2-09 victory.

McDonnell subsequently progressed onto the Glen Rovers under-21 team. On 8 November 2008, he was at left wing-back when Glen Rovers drew with Duhallow in the Cork Premier Under-21 Championship final. The replay took place on 16 November, with Glen Rovers winning by 4-15 to 2-18.[2]

SeniorEdit

On 10 October 2010, McDonnell lined out at full-back in Glen Rovers' first Cork Senior Championship final in 19 years, however, Sarsfields won the game by 1-17 to 0-18.[3]

On 12 October 2014, McDonnell was again at full-back when Glen Rovers faced Sarsfields in the Cork Senior Championship final. After helping to set up the Glen's opening score, the team suffered a heavy 2-18 to 0-08 defeat.[4]

McDonnell was at right corner-back for much of the Glen's 2015 championship campaign. He was also named in that position for the final against reigning champions Sarsfields, with the Glen winning by 2-17 to 1-13.[5] It was the club's first championship title since 1989.

For the third year in-a-row, Glen Rovers qualified for the championship final on 9 October 2016. McDonnell was at full-back in the 0-19 to 2-10 defeat of Erin's Own.[6]

CorkEdit

Minor and under-21Edit

McDonnell first played for Cork at minor level during the 2007 Championship, a year which also saw him captain the team. He made his first appearance on 2 May when he played at left wing-back in Cork's 3-15 to 0-09 defeat of Waterford. On 8 July, McDonnell was at midfield for Cork's 0-18 to 1-11 Munster Championship final defeat by Tipperary.[7] After being substituted in that game, he was dropped from the starting fifteen for the subsequent All-Ireland Championship and replaced as captain by Ryan Clifford. On 2 September, McDonnell started the All-Ireland final against Tipperary on the bench but was introduced as a 24th-minute substitute in the 3-14 to 2-11 defeat.[8]

On 2 June 2010, McDonnell made his first appearance for the Cork under-21 team in a 1-16 to 1-03 defeat of Waterford in the Munster Championship.[9]

SeniorEdit

McDonnell made his first appearance for the Cork senior hurling team on 13 February 2011 in a 1-20 to 1-15 National Hurling League defeat of Offaly at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.[10] He was later included on Cork's panel for the 2011 Munster Championship and made his debut at right corner-back on 29 May in a 3-22 to 0-23 defeat by Tipperary.[11]

On 6 May 2012, McDonnell lined out at full-back in the National League final. Cork eventually lost the game to Kilkenny by 3-21 to 0-16.[12]

McDonnell lined out in his first Munster Championship final on 14 July 2013, however, Cork suffered a 0-24 to 0-15 defeat by Limerick.[13] On 8 September, he lined out at right corner-back against Clare when the sides drew in the All-Ireland final.[14] McDonnell was again at right corner-back for the replay on 28 September which Cork lost by 5-16 to 3-16.[15]

On 3 July 2014, McDonnell won a Munster Championship medal following Cork's 2-24 to 0-24 defeat of Limerick in the last final to be played at the old Páirc Uí Chaoimh.[16] He ended the season by being nominated for an All-Star.[17]

On 3 May 2015, McDonnell was at left corner-back in Cork's 1-24 to 0-17 defeat by Waterford in the National League final.[18]

On 3 November 2016, McDonnell was appointed captain of the Cork senior hurling team.[19] His season as captain ended with a first championship defeat for Cork by Wexford in 60 years.[20]

McDonnell retained the captaincy of the team for the 2007 Championship. He won his second Munster Championship medal on 9 July following a 1-25 to 1-20 defeat of Clare in the final.[21] In December McDonnell announced that he was leaving the Cork panel. New manager John Meyler said: "Stephen’s not in our plans. He’s taking time out in 2018 so he won’t be available."[22]

It was announced in November 2018 that McDonnell would be returning to the Cork panel for the 2019 season.[23]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 14 July 2019.
Team Year National League Munster All-Ireland Total
Division Apps Score Apps Score Apps Score Apps Score
Cork 2011 Division 1A 6 0-00 1 0-00 3 0-00 10 0-00
2012 6 0-00 0 0-00 2 0-00 8 0-00
2013 2 0-00 2 0-00 4 0-00 8 0-00
2014 Division 1B 4 0-00 4 0-00 1 0-00 9 0-00
2015 Division 1A 5 0-00 1 0-00 3 0-00 9 0-00
2016 6 0-00 0 0-00 1 0-00 7 0-00
2017 5 0-00 3 0-00 1 0-00 9 0-00
2018
2019 4 0-00 2 0-00 2 0-00 8 0-00
Career total 38 0-00 13 0-00 17 0-00 68 0-00

HonoursEdit

TeamEdit

Glen Rovers
Cork

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Cup glory for UCC". Irish Independent. 4 March 2012. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  2. ^ "GAA Results". Irish Examiner. 17 November 2005. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  3. ^ O'Flynn, Diarmuid (11 October 2010). "Sars show true grit to battle back for victory". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  4. ^ Cormican, Eoghan (13 October 2014). "Just the perfect day for merciless Sars". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  5. ^ Hurley, Denis (12 October 2015). "Glen see off Sars to bridge 26-year gap". Irish Independent. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  6. ^ Cormican, Eoghan (9 October 2016). "Glen Rovers retain Cork SHC final crown". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Tipperary make numbers count". Irish Times. 9 July 2007. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Carey fires Tipperary to double minor glory". Irish Independent. 3 September 2007. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
  9. ^ "All too easy for Cork". Irish Times. 3 June 2010. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
  10. ^ "McDonnell and Ellis get starting spots for Cork". Irish Examiner. 11 February 2011. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
  11. ^ "Dunne goal ends Cork resistance". Irish Independent. 30 May 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
  12. ^ O'Flynn, Diarmuid (7 May 2012). "Cats' smash and grab". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
  13. ^ O'Flynn, Diarmuid (15 July 2013). "Day of joy sends tremor through Treaty". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
  14. ^ O'Flynn, Diarmuid (9 September 2013). "An emotional, riveting roller-coaster". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
  15. ^ O'Flynn, Diarmuid (30 September 2013). "A day borrowed from the hurling gods". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  16. ^ O'Flynn, Diarmuid (14 July 2014). "Irrepressible Rebels rule Munster again". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 17 July 2014.
  17. ^ Farrelly, Mark (9 October 2014). "The Full List Of Hurling All-Star Nominees". Balls.ie. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  18. ^ O'Toole, Fintan (3 May 2015). "Waterford crowned hurling league champions with emphatic win over Cork". The 42. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  19. ^ Russell, Adrian (3 November 2015). "New Cork hurling boss Kieran Kingston names Stephen McDonnell as captain". The 42. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  20. ^ Brennan, John (8 July 2016). "Wexford rock the Rebels for first win over Cork in 60 years". Irish Independent. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  21. ^ "Cork victorious over Clare in Munster hurling final". Irish Examiner. 9 July 2017. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  22. ^ Horgan, John (8 December 2017). "McDonnell opts out of Cork hurling panel with Eoin Cadogan in the mix as a replacement". Evening Echo. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  23. ^ "Cork hurling boss John Meyler receives double boost for 2019 campaign". Hogan Stand. 16 November 2018. Retrieved 5 February 2019.

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