|Dates||5 May 2018 - 1 July 2018|
Richard Coady and Diarmuid Byrne (captain)
Colm Bonnar (manager)
Tommy Doyle (captain)
Michael Ryan (manager)
|Goals scored||50 (2.94 per match)|
|Points scored||661 (38.88 per match)|
The 2018 Joe McDonagh Cup was the inaugural staging of the Joe McDonagh Cup since its establishment by the Gaelic Athletic Association.The fixtures were announced on 13 April 2018. The competition began on 5 May 2018.
On 1 July 2018, Carlow won the title following a 2-26 to 1-24 defeat of Westmeath in the final. This was their second successive promotion within the various tiers of hurling, as they were also the 2017 Christy Ring Cup champions.
Meath were relegated from the Joe McDonagh Cup after losing all of their group stage games.
Antrim's Neil McManus was the competition's top scorer with 3-67.
A total of six teams compete in the Joe McDonagh Cup, with representatives from Leinster (4), Munster (1) and Ulster (1). As 2018 was the inaugural year, four of the teams ( Kerry, Laois, Meath and Westmeath) previously played in the qualifier group of the 2017 Leinster Championship (tier 1) and two teams (Antrim and Carlow) were the finalists in the 2017 Christy Ring Cup (then tier 2, re-classified as tier 3 for 2018).
|Antrim||Creagh Concrete||Neil McManus|| Dominic McKinley |
|Ballycastle||Páirc Mac Uílín||4,900|
|Carlow||IT Carlow||Richard Coady||Colm Bonnar||Carlow||Dr. Cullen Park||21,000|
|Kerry||Kerry Group||Pádraig Boyle||Fintan O'Connor||Tralee||Austin Stack Park||12,000|
|Laois||MW Hire Services||Ross King||Éamonn Kelly||Portlaoise||O'Moore Park||27,000|
|Meath||Uniflu||James Kelly||Nick Fitzgerald||Navan||Páirc Tailteann||15,000|
|Westmeath||Renault||Tommy Doyle||Michael Ryan||Mullingar||Cusack Park||11,000|
All six teams compete in an initial round-robin of five rounds where teams play each other once. The top two teams after the round robin stage play the third-placed teams in the Leinster and Munster championships in the two All-Ireland preliminary quarter finals with the Joe McDonagh Cup teams having home advantage.
The top two teams also compete in the Joe McDonagh Cup final. If the winner is a non-Munster team, they are automatically promoted to the following year's Leinster Championship. If the winner is a Munster team, in effect Kerry, they must win a play-off with the bottom-placed team in the Munster Championship to gain promotion to the following year's Munster Championship.
In order to reduce the number of teams in the Joe McDonagh Cup to five in 2019, the bottom-placed team in the Joe McDonagh Cup are automatically relegated to the following year's Christy Ring Cup and will not be replaced. The team that finishes second last in the 2018 Joe McDonagh Cup plays off against the 2018 Christy Ring Cup champions. The winner of that game plays in the Joe McDonagh Cup in 2019 and the losing team plays in the 2019 Christy Ring Cup.
|5 May 2018Round 1|| Meath ||2-18 - 5-25||Páirc Tailteann, Navan|
|3:00 pm||J Regan (0-12, 0-8 f, 0-2 '65'), G McGowan (1-2), A Douglas (1-1), C McCabe, P Conneely, S Quigley (0-1 each).||Report||N Elliott (3-2), C Johnston (2-4 ,1-0 penalty), N McManus (0-8, 0-6f), S McCrory (0-3), J Maskey and D McKinley (0-2 each), C Carson, M Armstrong, E Campbell and C McCann (0-1 each).||Referee: C McAllister (Cork)|
|5 May 2018Round 1|| Laois ||1-21 - 2-21||O'Moore Park, Portlaoise|
|3:00 pm||R King (0-10, 0-09 frees 0-01 ‘65), N Foyle (1-02), C Dwyer (0-04), B Conroy, A Corby, P Purcell, W Dunphy, S Maher (0-01 each).||Report||N O’Brien (0-07, 0-04 frees), R Greville (1-03), N Mitchell (1-00), C Boyle, J Boyle (0-03 each), E Price, C Doyle (0-02 each), D McNicholas (0-01, free).||Referee: P Murphy (Carlow)|
|6 May 2018Round 1|| Carlow ||0-21 - 0-18||Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow|
|2:00 pm||D Murphy 0-6 (5f), E Byrne 0-4, J Doyle 0-3, K McDonald 0-2, D English (f), C Nolan, P Coady, D Byrne, R Smithers, J Kavanagh 0-1 each. Kerry:||Report||P Boyle 0-7 (1f), S Conway 0-6 (f), J Goulding 0-4, C Harty 0-1.||Referee: J Heffernan (Wexford)|
|12 May 2018Round 2|| Antrim ||2-16 - 0-19||Corrigan Park, Belfast|
|N McManus 1-8 (7f), N Elliott 1-2, C Johnston 0-2 (1f), J Maskey, E Campbell, M Armstrong, and E McCloskey 0-1 each.||Report||D Murphy 0-11 (8f), JM Nolan (1s/l), J Doyle, C Nolan and C Foley 0-2 each.||Referee: J O'Brien (Laois)|
|13 May 2018Round 2|| Westmeath ||4-24 - 2-17||Cusack Park, Mullingar|
|A Devine 2-2 (0-2fs), A Clarke 0-7, E Price, N O'Brien (2fs) 0-5 each, R Greville 1-1, C Doyle 0-3, N Mitchell 1-0, D McNicholas 0-1.||Report||J Regan 1-2 (0-2fs), A Douglas 1-1, P Conneely (1f), J Kelly, D Kelly (2fs) 0-3 each, C McCabe, M O'Sullivan 0-2 each, S Quigley 0-1.||Referee: C Cunning (Antrim)|
|13 May 2018Round 2|| Kerry ||3-20 - 0-19||Austin Stack Park, Tralee|
|S Conway 0-09 (0-07f), J Goulding 1-02 (0-1 s/l), S Nolan 1-02, B O’Leary 1-00, S Weir 0-02, B Murphy 0-01, B Barrett 0-01, D Griffin 0-01, B O'Mahony 0-01, M O'Connor 0-01.||Report||R King 0-08 (0-06f, 0-02 '65'), B Conroy 0-05, W Dunphy 0-01, S Maher 0-01, P Purcell 0-01, C Taylor 0-01, C Dwyer 0-01, PJ Scully 0-01.||Referee: D Hughes (Carlow)|
|19 May 2018Round 3|| Carlow ||0-21 - 1-14||Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow|
|D Murphy 0-8 (8fs), C Nolan 0-6 (1f), J Doyle 0-3, P Coady, E Byrne, R Kelly and D English (1f) 0-1 each.||Report||P Conneely 1-7 (6fs), G McGowan 0-3, A Gannon 0-2, A Douglas and S Brennan 0-1 each.||Referee: J Keane (Galway)|
|19 May 2018Round 3|| Antrim ||1-19 - 1-20||Pearse Park, Dunloy|
|N McManus 0-11 (9 fs, 1 65), C Johnston 0-3, C Clarke 1-0, E McCloskey 0-1, N Elliott 0-1, J McNaughton 0-1, D McKinley 0-1, C McCann 0-1.||Report||R King 0-11 (10 frees), B Conroy 0-4, W Dunphy 1-1, P Purcell 0-2, C Dwyer 0-1, A Corby 0-1.||Referee: J Heffernan (Wexford)|
|20 May 2018Round 3|| Kerry ||0-15 - 2-12||Austin Stack Park, Tralee|
|D Griffin, P Boyle and S Conway (2f) 0-3 each, B O'Mahony 0-2, J O'Connor, S Nolan, J Goulding and J Conway 0-1 each.||Report||A Devine 0-7 (6f), N O'Brien 1-2, D Clinton 1-0, J Boyle, C Boyle, and A Clarke 0-1 each. Kerry:||Referee: C McAllister (Cork)|
|2 June 2018Round 4|| Meath ||0-16 - 0-18||Páirc Tailteann, Navan|
|P Conneely (0-7 three frees), J Keena (0-2), K Keoghan (0-2), A Gannon (0-2), J Kelly (0-1), J Regan (0-1), S Brennan (0-1).||Report||S Conway (0-6 two frees, two '65s'), P Boyle (0-4), M Stackpoole (0-1 free), B Murphy (0-1), B Barrett (0-2), D Collins (0-1), B O'Leary (0-1), M Boyle (0-1), J Goulding (0-1).||Referee: S Hynes (Galway)|
|2 June 2018Round 4|| Laois ||2-15 - 2-25||O'Moore Park, Portlaoise|
|S Maher 0-8 (five frees, three 65s), R Mullaney 1-3, E Rowland 1-0 (1-0 pen), N Foyle, C Taylor, W Dunphy and M Kavanagh 0-1 each.||Report||JM Nolan 0-6 (one sideline), D Murphy (all frees) and C Nolan 0-5 each, D Byrne and E Byrne 1-1 each, P Coady 0-3, J Doyle 0-1 and K McDonald 0-1 each.|
|2 June 2018Round 4|| Westmeath ||2-19 - 1-20||TEG Cusack Park, Mullingar|
|A Devine 0-7 (3fs, 365s), C Doyle and N O’Brien 1-2 each, N Mitchell 0-3, L Varley 0-2, P Greville, A Clarke, R Greville 0-1 each.||Report||N McManus 0-13 (7fs), K Molloy 1-0, C McCann 0-2, P Burke, J Dillon, N Elliott, E Campbell, and C Johnston 0-1 each.||Referee: R McGann (Clare)|
|9 June 2018Round 5|| Meath ||0-14 - 3-23||Páirc Tailteann, Navan|
|J Kelly 0-4, P Conneely 0-4 (2fs), J Regan 0-3 (1f), J Toher 0-1, C McCabe 0-1, S Morris 0-1.||Report||B Conroy 1-5, C Dwyer 1-3, R King 0-6 (3fs, 265s), P Purcell 1-2, W Dunphy 0-2, S Maher 0-2 (1f), N Foyle 0-1, R Mullaney 0-1, E Lyons 0-1.||Referee: P Burke (Kilkenny)|
|9 June 2018Round 5|| Carlow ||3-21 - 1-21||Netwatch Cullen Park, Carlow|
|D Murphy 0-10 (5f, 1 “65”), J Doyle 3-1 (1 “pen”), C Nolan 0-3, J Kavanagh and P Coady 0-2 each, E Byrne, JM Nolan and B Tracey (1f) 0-1 each.||Report||N O’Brien 0-6 (4f), A Clarke 0-4, S Clavin 0-3, N Mitchell 1-0, J Boyle, E Price and D Clinton 0-2 each, P Greville and J Gilligan 0-1 each.||Referee: C Cunning (Antrim)|
|9 June 2018Round 5|| Antrim ||1-20 - 2-21||Páirc Mhuire, Cushendall|
|N McManus 0-17 (10 fs, 1 65), C Clarke 1-0, C McCann 0-1, D McKinley 0-1, C Johnston 0-1.||S Conway 0-12 (11 fs, 1 65), M Boyle 1-2, J Goulding 1-1, P Boyle 0-2, D Griffin 0-1, B O'Leary 0-1, B Barrett 0-1, T O'Connor 0-1.||Referee: P Murphy (Carlow)|
| Westmeath ||1-24 - 2-26|
|A Devine 0-8f, E Price 0-6, A Clarke 0-3, N O’Brien 1-1, R Greville 0-2, D McNicholas 0-2 (1f), D Clinton 0-1, N Mitchell 0-1.||Report||D Murphy 0-10 (9f, 1’ 45), C Nolan 1-4, P Coady 0-4, J Doyle 1-1, JM Nolan 0-3, E Byrne 0-2, K McDonald 0-1, D Byrne 0-1.|
The bottom team after the round robin games, Meath , were relegated to the 2019 Christy Ring Cup.
The second-last team in the Joe McDonagh Cup (tier 2), Antrim , defeated Kildare, the winners of the 2018 Christy Ring Cup final (tier 3) and thereby retained their place in the Joe McDonagh Cup.
| Antrim ||3-23 - 1-17|
|N McManus 2-10 (6f, one ’65′); K Molloy 0-6; C McCann 1-1; N Elliott 0-2; R McCambridge, E O’Neill, E McCloskey and J Dillon 0-1 each.||Report||P Divilly 1-6 (2f); J Burke 0-6 (5f); B Deay 0-2; C Bonus, K Whelan and É O'Neill 0-1 each.|
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