2018 Joe McDonagh Cup

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2018 Joe McDonagh Cup
Dates5 May 2018 - 1 July 2018
Teams6
Champions Colours of Carlow.svg Carlow (1st title)
Richard Coady and Diarmuid Byrne (captain)
Colm Bonnar (manager)
Runners-up Colours of Westmeath.svg Westmeath
Tommy Doyle (captain)
Michael Ryan (manager)
Relegated Colours of Meath.svg Meath
Tournament statistics
Matches played17
Goals scored50 (2.94 per match)
Points scored661 (38.88 per match)
Top scorer(s) Colours of Antrim.svg Neil McManus (3-67)
(Next) 2019

The 2018 Joe McDonagh Cup was the inaugural staging of the Joe McDonagh Cup since its establishment by the Gaelic Athletic Association. [1] [2] The fixtures were announced on 13 April 2018. The competition began on 5 May 2018.

Contents

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.

Teams

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).

TeamColoursSponsorCaptainManager(s)LocationStadiumCapacity
Antrim Colours of Antrim.svg Creagh Concrete Neil McManus Dominic McKinley
Terence McNaughton
Ballycastle Páirc Mac Uílín 4,900
Carlow Colours of Carlow.svg IT CarlowRichard Coady Colm Bonnar Carlow Dr. Cullen Park 21,000
Kerry Colours of Kerry.svg Kerry Group Pádraig Boyle Fintan O'Connor Tralee Austin Stack Park 12,000
Laois Colours of Laois.svg MW Hire Services Ross King Éamonn Kelly Portlaoise O'Moore Park 27,000
Meath Colours of Meath.svg UnifluJames Kelly Nick Fitzgerald Navan Páirc Tailteann 15,000
Westmeath Colours of Westmeath.svg Renault Tommy Doyle Michael Ryan Mullingar Cusack Park 11,000

Format

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.

Group Stage

Table

PosTeamPldWDLSFSADiffPts
1 Colours of Carlow.svg Carlow (Q) (P)5401122102208
2 Colours of Westmeath.svg Westmeath (Q)5401130115158
3 Colours of Kerry.svg Kerry 53021059786
4 Colours of Laois.svg Laois 5203118123-54
5 Colours of Antrim.svg Antrim (Playoff)5203130116144
6 Colours of Meath.svg Meath (R)500594146-520

Rounds 1 to 5

Round 1

5 May 2018Round 1 Meath Colours of Meath.svg 2-18 - 5-25 Colours of Antrim.svg Antrim Páirc Tailteann, Navan
3:00 pmJ 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 Colours of Laois.svg 1-21 - 2-21 Colours of Westmeath.svg Westmeath O'Moore Park, Portlaoise
3:00 pmR 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 Colours of Carlow.svg 0-21 - 0-18 Colours of Kerry.svg Kerry Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow
2:00 pmD 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)

Round 2

12 May 2018Round 2 Antrim Colours of Antrim.svg 2-16 - 0-19 Colours of Carlow.svg Carlow 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 Colours of Westmeath.svg 4-24 - 2-17 Colours of Meath.svg Meath 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 Colours of Kerry.svg 3-20 - 0-19 Colours of Laois.svg Laois 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)

Round 3

19 May 2018Round 3 Carlow Colours of Carlow.svg 0-21 - 1-14 Colours of Meath.svg Meath 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 Colours of Antrim.svg 1-19 - 1-20 Colours of Laois.svg Laois 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 Colours of Kerry.svg 0-15 - 2-12 Colours of Westmeath.svg Westmeath 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)

Round 4

2 June 2018Round 4 Meath Colours of Meath.svg 0-16 - 0-18 Colours of Kerry.svg Kerry 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 Colours of Laois.svg 2-15 - 2-25 Colours of Carlow.svg Carlow 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 Colours of Westmeath.svg 2-19 - 1-20 Colours of Antrim.svg Antrim 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)

Round 5

9 June 2018Round 5 Meath Colours of Meath.svg 0-14 - 3-23 Colours of Laois.svg Laois 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 Colours of Carlow.svg 3-21 - 1-21 Colours of Westmeath.svg Westmeath 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 Colours of Antrim.svg 1-20 - 2-21 Colours of Kerry.svg Kerry 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)

Final

Final
Westmeath Colours of Westmeath.svg 1-24 - 2-26 Colours of Carlow.svg Carlow
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.
Croke Park, Dublin
Referee: C McAllister (Cork)

Relegation/Promotion play-off

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.

Relegation/Promotion
Antrim Colours of Antrim.svg 3-23 - 1-17 Colours of Kildare.svg Kildare
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.
Athletic Grounds
Referee: D Hughes (Carlow)

Statistics

Top scorers

Overall
RankPlayerCountyTallyTotalMatchesAverage
1 Neil McManus Antrim 3-6776612.66
2 Denis Murphy Carlow 0-505068.33
3 Shane Conway Kerry 0-363657.20
4 Ross King Laois 0-353548.75
5 Niall O'Brien Westmeath 3-233265.33
6 Allan Devine Westmeath 2-243056.00
7Patrick Conneely Meath 1-222555.00
8 Chris Nolan Carlow 1-212464.00
9James Doyle Carlow 4-112363.83
10 Jack Regan Meath 1-182154.20
In a single game
RankPlayerClubTallyTotalOpposition
1 Neil McManus Antrim 0-1717 Kerry
2 Neil McManus Antrim 0-1313 Westmeath
3 Shane Conway Kerry 0-1212 Antrim
Jack Regan Meath 0-1212 Antrim
4Nigel Elliott Antrim 3-0211 Meath
Neil McManus Antrim 1-0811 Carlow
Denis Murphy Carlow 0-1111 Antrim
Neil McManus Antrim 0-1111 Laois
Ross King Laois 0-1111 Antrim
5Conor Johnston Antrim 2-0410 Meath
Patrick Conneely Meath 1-0710 Carlow
Ross King Laois 0-1010 Westmeath
Denis Murphy Carlow 0-1010 Westmeath
Denis Murphy Carlow 0-1010 Westmeath

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