2020 Joe McDonagh Cup

Last updated
2020 Joe McDonagh Cup
Dates25 October – 13 December 2020
Teams5
Champions Colours of Antrim.svg Antrim (1st title)
Conor McCann (captain)
Darren Gleeson (manager)
Runners-up Colours of Kerry.svg Kerry
Bryan Murphy (captain)
Fintan O'Connor (manager)
Tournament statistics
Matches played11
Goals scored37 (3.36 per match)
Points scored419 (38.09 per match)
Top scorer(s) Colours of Antrim.svg Ciarán Clarke (4-47)
2019 (Previous)(Next) 2021

The 2020 Joe McDonagh Cup was the third staging of the Joe McDonagh Cup since its establishment by the Gaelic Athletic Association in 2018. [1] The competition was initially scheduled to begin on 10 May 2020 and end on 29 June 2020. Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Gaelic games, the first-round games were delayed until 25 October 2020.

Contents

Laois, the 2019 champions, were promoted to the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship, while Offaly were relegated to the Christy Ring Cup. Meath and Carlow entered the cup.

On 13 December 2020, Antrim won the Joe McDonagh Cup after a 0-22 to 1-17 win over Kerry in the final at Croke Park. [2] It was their first ever title. [3] [4]

Teams and venues

Five teams compete in the 2020 Joe McDonagh Cup. [5]

TeamColoursLocationStadiumCapacitySponsorCaptainManager
Antrim Colours of Antrim.svg Belfast Corrigan Park 5,000fonaCAB Conor McCann Darren Gleeson [6]
Carlow Colours of Carlow.svg Carlow Netwatch Cullen Park 21,000 IT Carlow Diarmuid Byrne
Richard Coady
Colm Bonnar
Kerry Colours of Kerry.svg Tralee Austin Stack Park 12,000 Kerry Group Bryan Murphy Fintan O'Connor
Meath Colours of Meath.svg Navan Páirc Tailteann 17,000Glenveagh PropertiesSeán Geraghty [7] Nick Weir
Westmeath Colours of Westmeath.svg Mullingar Cusack Park 11,000 Renault Aonghus Clarke [8] Joe Quaid [9]

Competition Format

Joe McDonagh Cup

Initially each of the five teams play the other four teams in a round of single round-robin matches. The top two teams qualify for the Joe McDonagh Cup final which is held at Croke Park.

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship

Normally the top two teams also enter the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship where they 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 senior hurling championship was shortened in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in the cancellation of the participation of the two Joe McDonagh Cup finalists.

Promotion to Leinster or Munster SHC

The winner of the Joe McDonagh Cup can also be promoted to the following year's Leinster or Munster Senior Hurling championships, which form the first round of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship. How this is achieved depends on the province to which the Cup champions belong.

If the Joe McDonagh champions are a non-Munster team, they are automatically promoted to the following year's Leinster Championship and the bottom-placed team in the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship are automatically relegated to the following year's Joe McDonagh Cup. If the champions are a Munster team (effectively, Kerry), they must win a play-off with the bottom-placed team in the Munster Championship to gain promotion at that teams expense to the following year's Munster Championship.

Relegation

The bottom-placed team in the Joe McDonagh Cup are usually relegated to the following year's Christy Ring Cup, and replaced by the 2020 Christy Ring Cup Champions. In 2021 the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship will be increased from five to six teams, meaning there will be no team relegated from the Joe McDonagh Cup in 2020. The 2020 Christy Ring Cup winners will be promoted to Maintain the Joe McDonagh Cup as a five team competition.

Group Stage

Table

Key to colours
    Advance to Joe McDonagh Cup Final
PosTeamPldWDLSFSADiffPts
1 Colours of Antrim.svg Antrim 431014-898-64+437
2 Colours of Kerry.svg Kerry 43017-754-67+166
3 Colours of Westmeath.svg Westmeath 42024-709-76-214
4 Colours of Carlow.svg Carlow 41126-839-80-63
5 Colours of Meath.svg Meath 40045-636-92-320

Round 1

25 October 2020Round 1 Antrim Colours of Antrim.svg 4-25 – 1-15 Colours of Westmeath.svg Westmeath Corrigan Park
C Clarke (2-8, 6f); C McCann (1-3); N McKenna, K Molloy (0-4 each); A O’Brien (1-0), G Walsh, E Campbell (0-2 each); D McMullan, S McCrory (0-1 each). Report B Murtagh (0-6f); Niall O’Brien (1-2); D Clinton (0-4); A Clarke, N Mitchell, S Williams (0-1 each).Referee: S Stack (Dublin)
25 October 2020Round 1 Kerry Colours of Kerry.svg 1-20 – 0-13 Colours of Meath.svg Meath Austin Stack Park
S Conway 0-9 (9f); S Nolan 1-2; M Boyle 0-4; M O'Leary 0-2; B Barrett, M Slattery, C Harty 0-1 each. Report P O'Hanrahan 0-8 (6f, 1 '65); J Regan 0-4; S Whitty 0-1.Referee: T Walsh (Waterford)

Round 2

31 October 2020Round 2 Westmeath Colours of Westmeath.svg 0-14 – 2-19 Colours of Kerry.svg Kerry TEG Cusack Park
B Murtagh 0-4 (3f), D Clinton 0-3, R Greville, A Devine, N O'Brien 0-2 each, D McNicholas 0-1. Report S Conway 1-12 (8f), S Nolan 1-0, P Boyle 0-3, C Harty 0-2, M O'Leary, M O'Connor 0-1 each.Referee: S Cleere (Kilkenny)
31 October 2020Round 2 Carlow Colours of Carlow.svg 2-25 – 5-16 Colours of Antrim.svg Antrim Netwatch Cullen Park
M Kavanagh 0-7 (5f), C Nolan 0-5, E Byrne 1-2, J Kavanagh 0-4, JM Nolan 1-1, T Joyce, K McDonald 0-2 each, D Byrne, J Nolan 0-1. Report C Clarke 2-7 (1-0pen, 5f, 1 '65'), C McCann 1-1, N McKenna 0-3, D Nugent, J McNaughton 1-0 each, K Molloy 0-2, D McCloskey, P Burke, C Cunning 0-1 each.Referee: C McAllister (Cork)

Round 3

7 November 2020Round 3A Carlow Colours of Carlow.svg 1-22 – 1-21 Colours of Meath.svg Meath Netwatch Cullen Park
M Kavanagh (1-13), J Nolan (0-3), C Nolan (0-3), J Kavanagh (0-2), E Byrne (0-1). Report Report]J Regan 0-6 (1’65, 5f), P O’Hanrahan 0-4 (3f), D Kelly 0-3, D Healy 1-0, K Keoghan 0-2, J Walsh 0-2, A Douglas 0-1, D McGowan 0-1, A Gannon 0-1, P Conneely 0-1.
14 November 2020Round 3B Antrim Colours of Antrim.svg 3-18 - 2-14 Kerry Corrigan Park
C McCann (2-3); C Clarke (0-9, 7f); M Bradley (1-2); K Molloy (0-3); D McCloskey (0-1). Report S Conway (1-7, 3f); D Collins (1-2); T O’Connor, S Nolan, B Barrett, M Boyle, P Boyle (0-1 each).Referee: P Murphy (Carlow)

Round 4

21 November 2020Round 4 Kerry Colours of Kerry.svg 2-22 - 1-23 Colours of Carlow.svg Carlow Tralee
S Conway (0-08, 0-03f, 0-01’65’), D Collins (2-01), M Boyle (0-04), M O’Leary (0-03), M O’Connor (0-02), M Leane (0-02), S Nolan (0-01), B Barrett (0-01). Report M Kavanagh (0-11, 0-11f), C Nolan (0-05), J Nolan (1-01), K McDonald (0-02), E Byrne (0-01), D Byrne (0-01), J Kavanagh (0-01), J Doyle (0-01).Stadium: Austin Stack Park
Attendance: 0
Referee: C McAllister (Cork)
21 November 2020Round 4 Meath Colours of Meath.svg 1-19 - 2-20 Colours of Westmeath.svg Westmeath Navan
13:30 GMTP O’Hanrahan (0-8, 8 frees), J Walsh (1-2), A Gannon (0-3), J Regan (2f) (0-3 each), S Morris, A Douglas, K Keoghan (0-1 each). Report A Clarke (0-9, 7 frees), L Loughlin, S Williams (1-0 each), C Boyle, J Boyle (0-3 each), N Mitchell (0-2), R Greville, D Clinton, A Cox (0-1 each).Stadium: Páirc Tailteann
Attendance: 0
Referee: R McGann (Clare)

Round 5

28 November 2020Round 5 Westmeath Colours of Westmeath.svg 1-21 - 2-13 Colours of Carlow.svg Carlow Mullingar
A Clarke 0-13 (0-6 frees, 0-2 65s), C Boyle 0-4, N Mitchell 1-0, J Galvin 0-1, S Williams 0-1, B Murtagh 0-1, L Loughlin 0-1 Report C Nolan 0-5 (0-2 frees), J Nolan 1-1, JM Nolan 1-0, K McDonald 0-4 (0-3 frees), J Kavanagh 0-2, E Byrne 0-1.Stadium: TEG Cusack Park
Attendance: 0
28 November 2020Round 5 Meath Colours of Meath.svg 3-10 - 2-30 Colours of Antrim.svg Antrim Navan
13:30 GMTJ Kelly 1-1, S Morris 1-0, D Healy 1-0 (1-0f), P O'Hanrahan 0-2 (0-1f, 0-1 65), A Douglas 0-2, J Walsh 0-1, P Potterton 0-1, K Keoghan 0-1, D Kelly 0-1 (0-1f), D McGowan 0-1. Report C Clarke 0-12 (0-10f), M Bradley 0-8, D McCloskey 1-0, N McKenna 1-0, C McCann 0-2, J McNaughton 0-2, N McKeague 0-2, E Campbell 0-1, R McGarry 0-1, D McMullan 0-1, D Nugent 0-1.Stadium: Páirc Tailteann
Attendance: 0
Referee: D Hughes (Kilkenny)

Final

13 December 2020Final Kerry Colours of Kerry.svg 1-17 - 0-22 Colours of Antrim.svg Antrim Dublin
13:00 GMTS Conway (0-9, 0-8 frees); M Boyle (1-0); M O’Leary, D Collins (0-2 each); P O’Connor, C Harty, P Boyle, B O’Leary (0-1 each). Report C Clarke (0-11, 0-8 frees); N McManus (0-4, 0-2 ‘65s, 0-1 free); N McKenna, C Gunning (0-2 each); J McNaughton, C McCann, M Bradley (0-1 each).Stadium: Croke Park
Attendance: 0
Referee: L Gordon (Galway)

Statistics

Top scorers

Overall
RankPlayerClubTallyTotalMatchesAverage
1 Ciarán Clarke Antrim 4-4759511.80
2 Shane Conway Kerry 2-4551510.20
3 Martin Kavanagh Carlow 1-313448.50
4 Aonghus Clarke Westmeath 0-232345.75
5 Conor McCann Antrim 4-102255.40
Pádraig O'Hanrahan Meath 0-222245.50
6 Chris Nolan Carlow 0-181844.50
7 Daniel Collins Kerry 3-051443.50
Michael Bradley Antrim 1-111434.66
8 Jack Regan Meath 0-131334.33
In a single game
RankPlayerClubTallyTotalOpposition
1 Martin Kavanagh Carlow 1-1316 Meath
2 Shane Conway Kerry 1-1215 Westmeath
3 Ciarán Clarke Antrim 2-0814 Westmeath
4 Ciarán Clarke Antrim 2-0713 Carlow
Aonghus Clarke Westmeath 0-1313 Carlow
5 Ciarán Clarke Antrim 0-1212 Meath
6 Martin Kavanagh Carlow 0-1111 Kerry
Ciarán Clarke Antrim 0-1111 Westmeath
7 Shane Conway Kerry 1-0710 Antrim
8 Conor McCann Antrim 2-039 Kerry
Ciarán Clarke Antrim 0-099 Kerry
Shane Conway Kerry 0-099 Meath
Aonghus Clarke Westmeath 0-099 Meath
Shane Conway Kerry 0-099 Antrim

Awards

In February 2021, the GAA named the 2020 Joe McDonagh Team of the Year. Conor McCann of Antrim was named as the 2020 Joe McDonagh Cup player of the year. [10] [11]

Reference

  1. Moran, Seán (30 September 2017). "GAA Congress approve round-robin provincial hurling championships". Irish Times. Retrieved 30 September 2017.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. Cormican, Eoghan (13 December 2020). "Antrim see off Kerry to secure McDonagh Cup success at Croke Park". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 13 December 2020.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. "Clarke points the way as Antrim celebrate Joe McDonagh Cup glory with win over Kerry". The 42. 13 December 2020. Retrieved 16 December 2020.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. "ANTRIM 0-22 KERRY 1-17". GAA.ie. 13 December 2020. Retrieved 16 December 2020.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. "McManus inspires Antrim". GAA. 30 June 2018. Retrieved 6 May 2019.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. Devlin, Michael (10 May 2019). "Guide to the Joe McDonagh Cup". GAA. Retrieved 10 May 2019.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. "Meath hurlers unveil new sponsor".
  8. Casserly, Mark (24 January 2019). "Aonghus Clarke named senior hurling captain for 2019" . Retrieved 10 May 2019.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. O'Brien, Kevin (16 September 2019). "New era for Westmeath as Cooney and Quaid get the green light". Westmeath Independent. Retrieved 8 May 2019.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. "Joe McDonagh and Champions 15 award winners announced". The 42. 15 February 2021. Retrieved 16 February 2021.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. "Antrim lead the way on Joe McDonagh Team of the Year as Kilkenny duo vie for camogie award". Irish Independent. 15 February 2021. Retrieved 16 February 2021.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

Related Research Articles

Carlow GAA

The Carlow County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) or Carlow GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic games in County Carlow and the Carlow county teams.

Leinster Senior Hurling Championship

The Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship, known simply as the Leinster Championship, is an annual inter-county hurling competition organised by the Leinster Council of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). It is the highest inter-county hurling competition in the province of Leinster, and has been contested every year since the 1888 championship.

The 2006 Christy Ring Cup was the second staging of the Christy Ring Cup, the Gaelic Athletic Association's inter-county hurling tournament for second tier teams. The cup began on 3 June 2006 and ended on 6 August 2006.

The 2007 Christy Ring Cup began on Saturday, 9 June 2007. The Christy Ring Cup is an annual hurling competition organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association since 2005 for middle-ranking hurling teams in Ireland. The 2007 competition was won by Westmeath GAA.

The 2014 All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship is the 84th staging of the All-Ireland hurling championship for players under the age of eighteen since its establishment by the Gaelic Athletic Association in 1928. The championship began on 9 April 2014 and will end on 7 September 2014.

The 2016 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship was the 129th staging of the All-Ireland championship since its establishment by the Gaelic Athletic Association in 1887. It is the top tier of senior inter-county championship hurling.

The 2017 Christy Ring Cup was the 13th staging of the Christy Ring Cup hurling championship since its establishment by the Gaelic Athletic Association in 2005. The competition began on 22 April 2017 and ended on 10 June 2017.

2017 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship

The 2017 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship was the 130th staging of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship since its establishment by the Gaelic Athletic Association in 1887. The championship began on 23 April 2017 and ended on 3 September 2017. The draw for the championship was held on 13 October 2016 and was broadcast live on RTÉ2.

The 2018 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship was the 131st staging of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship since its establishment by the Gaelic Athletic Association in 1887. It is the first tier of senior inter-county championship hurling.

The Joe McDonagh Cup is an annual inter-county hurling competition organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). It forms the second tier of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, and is the second highest level of inter-county championship hurling competition in Ireland. The last of the five tiers to be established, the competition was contested for the first time in 2018.

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.

The 2018 Leinster Senior Hurling Championship is the 2018 installment of the annual Leinster Senior Hurling Championship organised by Leinster GAA.

The 2019 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship was the 132nd staging of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, the Gaelic Athletic Association's premier inter-county hurling tournament, since its establishment in 1887. The draw for the 2019 fixtures took place on 11 October 2018. The championship began on 11 May 2019 and concluded on 18 August 2019.

The 2019 Joe McDonagh Cup was the second staging of the Joe McDonagh Cup since its establishment by the Gaelic Athletic Association in 2018. The fixtures were announced on 11 October 2018. The competition began on 11 May 2019 and ended on 30 June 2019.

The 2018 Munster Senior Hurling Championship was the 2018 installment of the annual Munster Senior Hurling Championship organised by Munster GAA.

The Kerry county hurling team represents Kerry in hurling and is governed by Kerry GAA, the county board of the Gaelic Athletic Association. The team competes in the Joe McDonagh Cup and the National Hurling League.

The Carlow county hurling team represents Carlow in hurling and is governed by Carlow GAA, the county board of the Gaelic Athletic Association. The team competes in the Joe McDonagh Cup and the National Hurling League.

The Meath county hurling team represents Meath in hurling and is governed by Meath GAA, the county board of the Gaelic Athletic Association. The team competes in the Joe McDonagh Cup and the National Hurling League.

The Westmeath county hurling team represents Westmeath in hurling and is governed by Westmeath GAA, the county board of the Gaelic Athletic Association. The team competes in the Joe McDonagh Cup and the National Hurling League.

The 2021 Joe McDonagh Cup is the fourth staging of the Joe McDonagh Cup since its establishment by the Gaelic Athletic Association in 2018. The competition is scheduled to begin in May 2021 and end in June 2021.