Munster Senior Football Championship

Limerick 1-8 Tipperary 1-5 – Limerick will meet Cork in the Munster SFC semi-final on June 15 after emerging from a disappointing quarter-final clash against Tipperary with a three-point victory. Match Report

Clare 0-9 Waterford 0-7 – A late flourish earned Clare a victory over Waterford at Cusack Park, Ennis and a chance to meet Kerry next month in the semi-final of the Munster Senior Football Championship. Match Report

Munster Junior Football Championship Results

Limerick 0-13 Tipperary 0-11 – Match Report

Clare 1-10 Waterford 2-4

Munster Minor Football Championship Semi-Finals

Kerry 0-13 Cork 0-11

Tipperary 2-8 Limerick 0-9 Second half goals by Conor Sweeney and David McGrath helped the Tipperary Minor Footballers to a 2-8 to 0-9 semi-final victory over Limerick at Semple Stadium.

All-Ireland Under 21 Football Final – Team News

Kerry will play Kildare in the All-Ireland Under 21 Football Championship Final on Saturday May 3rd at 7:00pm in Semple Stadium. Martin Duffy of Sligo will be the referee.

KERRY (U-21F vs. Kildare): Tomas Mac an tSaoir; Colin O’Mahoney, Mike Moloney, Shane Enright; Aidan O’Sullivan, Killian Young (Capt), Gavin Duffy; Davin Moran, Alan O’Sullivan; Kieran O’Leary, Johnny Buckley, Mike O’Donoghue; Paddy Curran, Tommy Walsh, Paul O’Connor

KILDARE (U-21F vs. Kerry) N. McConnell; C. Brophy, D. Brennan, S. Murphy; J. Browne, G. White, T. Byrne; M. Water, N. Higgins; D. White, E. O’Flaherty, C. Kelly; S. Fahy, A. Smith, G. Smullen

Munster Senior Football Championship

Tipperary vs. Limerick

Tipperary will play Limerick in Fermoy on Sunday at 3:30pm in the first round of the Munster Senior Football Championship.

The counties met 31 times in the Munster championship with Tipperary having won 21 times to Limerick’s eight while there have been two draws. Limerick won their last clash in 2004 en route to the Munster final where they lost in a replay to Kerry. Limerick were in Division 3 of this year’s National League where they finished in 6th place after wining two, drawing one and losing four of their seven games. Tipperary had a great run in Division 4, clinching promotion after winning six of their eight games. They later lost the final to Offaly who were also promoted. Next Sunday’s winners will play Cork in the semi-final on June 15.

TEAM NEWS
Limerick (SFC v Tipperary): Sean Kiely; Diarmuid Carroll, Johnny McCarthy, Stephen Walsh; Padraig Browne, Stephen Lavin, Pa Ranahan; Tom Cahill, John Galvin; Stephen Kelly, James Ryan, Seanie Buckley; Kieran O’Callaghan, Dermot Phelan, Ian Ryan.
Subs: Mike Jones, Shane Gallagher, Ger Collins, Andrew Lane, Mike Crowley, John Cooke, Lorcan O’Dwyer, Micheal Reidy, John Marsh, Tom Collins, Gareth Noonan, Pat Ahern, Eoin Keating, Conal O’Cruali, James Donovan, Darragh McMahon, Conor Mullane.

TIPPERARY (SFC vs. Limerick) – Paul Fitzgerald (Fethard); Aidan Foley (Moyle Rovers – Captain), Mark Peters (Galtee Rovers), Ciaran McDonald (Aherlow); Paddy Codd (Killenaule), Robbie Costigan (Cahir), Niall Curran (Mullinahone); Kevin Mulryan (J. K. Brackens), Eamon Hanrahan (Commercials); Paul Johnson (Moyle Rovers), Brian Jones (Arravale Rovers), Damian O’Brien (Eire Og-Annacarty) ; Sean Carey (Moyle Rovers), Seamus Grogan (Aherlow), Barry Grogan (Aherlow)

LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES
2004 -Limerick 0-16 Tipperary 3-5
1998 – Tipperary 1-13 Limerick 1-12
1997 – Tipperary 1-17 Limerick 2-8
1993 – Tipperary 3-18 Limerick 3-8
1991 – Limerick 0-14 Tipperary 2-7

LAST YEAR LIMERICK
Cork 2-14 Limerick 0-7 (Munster quarter-final) Louth 0-14 Limerick 0-13 (Qualifier – R1)

TIPPERARY
Cork 2-18 Tipperary 0-10 (Munster semi-final) As a Division 4 team, Tipperary were ineligible for the All-Ireland qualifiers but competed in the Tommy Murphy Cup where they lost to Clare.
Clare vs. Waterford

Clare will play Waterford in Cusack Park Ennis on Sunday at 3:30pm in the first round of the Munster Senior Football Championship.

The counties have clashed 26 times in the Munster championship, with Clare holding a 15-9 lead, while there have been two draws. It’s the second time in a year that they met in the Munster campaign, with Waterford hoping to repeat last season’s success which was achieved on a 1-6 to 0-7 scoreline in Dungarvan. Prior to that, Clare had won their previous four clashes with Waterford. The counties also clashed in this year’s National League with Waterford having six points to spare in their Division 4 tie in Dungarvan in early March. Connie Power kicked 1-9 for the rampant Waterford men that day. Next Sunday’s winners will play Kerry in the semi-final on June 15.

LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES
2007 – Waterford 1-6 Clare 0-7
2005 – Clare 2-14 Waterford 2-10
2002 – Clare 3-10 Waterford 2-9
2000 – Clare 0-15 Waterford 1-7
1990 – Clare 0-13 Waterford 0-9

LAST YEAR
Waterford 1-6 Clare 0-7 (Munster quarter-final) As Division 4 teams, neither were eligible to compete in the All-Ireland qualifiers. Both played in the Tommy Murphy Cup where Clare beat Tipperary before losing to Antrim while Waterford beat Carlow but lost to Wicklow.

Munster Senior Football Championship Semi-Finals

Kerry vs. Clare

Team News

CLARE (SFC vs. Kerry): J Hayes; L Healy, C Whelan, G Kelly; N Considine, D Connole, J Hayes; G Quinlan, G Brennan; D Russell, S Hickey, S Collins; R Donnelly, C Dillon, D Tubridy.

KERRY (SFC vs. Clare): Diarmuid Murphy (Dingle); Marc Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht), Tom O’Sullivan (Rathmore), Padraig Reidy (Scartaglin); Tomás Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht), Aidan O’Mahony (Rathmore), Tommy Griffin (Dingle); Darragh Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht), Seamus Scanlon (Currow); Paul Galvin (Finuge – Captain), Declan O’Sullivan (Piarsaigh Na Dromada), Eoin Brosnan (Dr. Crokes); Colm Cooper (Dr. Crokes), Tommy Walsh (Kerins O’Rahilly’s), Brian Sheehan (St Mary’s)
Subs: Kieran Cremin (Dr. Crokes), Kieran Donaghy (Austin Stacks), Killian Young (Renard), Seán O’Sullivan (Cromane), Micheal Quirke (Kerins O’Rahillys), Darren O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh / Glencar), Daniel Bohane (Austin Stacks), Mike Frank Russell (Laune Rangers), Paul O’Connor (Kenmare), Kieran O’Leary (Dr. Crokes), Donncha Walsh (Cromane), David Moran (Kerins O’Rahilly’s), Mike Moloney (Dr Crokes), Rónán Ó Flatharta (An Ghaeltacht)

Match Preview

They meet for the first time in the Munster championship since 2004 when Eoin Brosnan (1-4) and Mike Frank Russell (0-5) landed 1-9 between them as Kerry won a quarter-final tie by 2-10 to 0-9. As is the case with so many counties, Clare have a poor championship record against Kerry, having won just three of 43 clashes while one was drawn. However, Clare still have very happy memories of 1992 when they beat Kerry in the Munster final.

Kerry will be having their first outing in this year’s championship whereas Clare already have a win behind them. They beat Waterford by 0-9 to 0-7 in the quarter-final tie on May 25 on a day when David Tubridy was their top scorer on 0-5. Kerry are bidding for a place in the final for a sixth successive year while Clare last reached the final in 2000 where they lost to Kerry.

Last Five Championship Meetings
2004 – Kerry 2-10 Clare 0-9
2000 – Kerry 3-15 Clare 0-8
1999 – Kerry 3-17 Clare 0-12
1997 – Kerry 1-13 Clare 0-11
1992 – Clare 2-10 Kerry 0-12

Cork vs. Limerick

Team News

Cork (SFC v Limerick): A Quirke; D Duggan, G Canty, B O’Regan; P Kissane, G Spillane, N O’Leary; N Murphy, A O’Connor; P O’Neill, F Goold, S O’Brien; D Goulding, D O’Connor, J Hayes.
Subs: P O’Shea, K O’Connor, J Masters, D Kavanagh, C McCarthy, P Kelly, M Cussen, P Kerrigan, K O’Sullivan, A Lynch, O Sexton, S O’Donoghue, A O’Sullivan, M Harrington.

LIMERICK (SFC v Cork): S Kiely; D Carroll, J McCarthy, S Gallagher; P Browne, S Lavin, P Ranahan; J Galvin, J O’Donovan; S Kelly, J Cooke, S Buckley; G Collins, K O’Callaghan, I Ryan.

Match Preview

They meet for the third successive year with Cork seeking a triple success over Mickey Ned O’Sullivan’s side. Cork have enjoyed long periods of dominance over Limerick in the Munster championship down through the years, winning 21 of 24 games while Limerick have won three, the last of which was in 2003 when they secured a ten-point winning margin (0-16 to 0-6).

Conor Counihan, a double All-Ireland winner with Cork in 1989-90, is in his first season as manager and will be having his first outing in the championship whereas Limerick have already won a game, beating Tipperary by 1-8 to 1-5 in the quarter-final on May 25. Seanie Buckley’s first half goal proved crucial for the winners. Limerick are seeking to reach the Munster final for the first time since 2004 when they lost a replay to Kerry. The last time Cork failed to reach the final was in 2004.

Last Five Championship Meetings
2007 – Cork 2-14 Limerick 0-7
2006 – Cork 0-9 Limerick 0-5
2003 – Limerick 0-16 Cork 0-6
2000 – Cork 3-13 Limerick 2-8
1999 – Cork 4-13 Limerick 1-6

Munster Minor Hurling Championship

Cork 0-23 Limerick 1-11 – Cork qualified for a Munster semi-final thanks to a 9 point victory over Limerick. Match Report

Cork will now play Waterford in the semi-final while Tipperary take on Clare in the other semi-final. Both semi-finals are fixed to take place on June 25th.

Cadburys All-Ireland Under 21 Football Final

Kerry defeated Kildare by 2-12 to 0-11 in the Cadburys All-Ireland Under 21 Football Championship Final on Saturday evening at Semple Stadium Thurles. Kildare took an early 0-3 to 0-1 lead before a goal from Kerry wing-forward Mike O’Donoghue put the Munster champions in front and Kerry led by 1-5 to 0-6 at half-time. Kerry dominated the early stages of the second half and a second goal for O’Donoghue ensured victory for the Kingdom by seven points. Match Report

National Football League Finals

Derry came from behind to defeat Kerry by 2-13 to 2-9 in the National Football League Division 1 Final. Match Report

In the Division 4 Final, Tipperary lost out to Offaly by 2-13 to 0-12. Match Report

National Hurling League Final

Tipperary captured their 19th National Hurling League title on Sunday thanks to a 3-18 to 3-16 victory over Galway at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick.