Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Semi-Finals

Clare defeated Cork by 1-20 to 1-11 in the Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Semi-Final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Monday evening. Clare led by 1-9 to 0-5 at the interval and held their lead comfortably for most of the second half to run our deserving nine point winners.

In the other semi-final, Tipperary defeated Limerick by 1-13 to 0-15 on Wednesday evening at Semple Stadium Thurles. Tipperary led by 1-8 to 0-8 at half-time thanks to an 18th minute goal by Shane Bourke. Limerick dominated for long periods in the second half and drew level with two minutes of normal time remaining before a late point by Tipperary full-forward Mark O’Meara in the 62nd minute ensured a one point victory for Tipperary.

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers

Limerick 4-12 Meath 4-3 – Limerick defeated Meath by nine points in the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday evening. Limerick led by 2-6 to 0-3 at the interval and stretched their lead to 4-11 to 0-3 by the 53rd minute. Meath scored four goals in the closing minutes but Limerick had too much to spare and ran out deserving winners. Limerick will now play Kildare in the next round of the Qualifiers. Match Report

Westmeath 0-15 Tipperary 0-6 – Westmeath had nine points to spare over Tipperary at Ardfinnan on Saturday afternoon. Westmeath led by 0-7 to 0-1 at half-time with the scores coming from Denis Glennon and Dessie Dolan. Tipperary got back to within four points early in the second half but three good points from play by Denis Glennon put Westmeath back in control to run out easy winners. Match Report

Christy Ring Cup Quarter-Final – Carlow vs. Kerry

Carlow 1-14 Kerry 2-4 – Carlow started the strongest, racing ahead to open up a six point lead (0-9 to 0-3) at half-time in Tralee. As the game progressed the goals began to flow for both sides with Kerry bagging two to Carlow’s one. However, the men from the Kingdom struggled to score as freely as their Leinster counterparts and ultimately Carlow had enough firepower to see them through to the semi-final.

Tommy Murphy Cup Quarter-Finals

Leitrim 1-12 Clare 1-8

Wicklow 0-18 Waterford 0-12 Match Report

Munster Senior Hurling Championship Final

Tipperary vs. Clare

Tipperary defeated Clare by 2-21 to 0-19 in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship Final. Match Report

Munster Minor Hurling Championship Final

Cork are the Munster Minor Hurling champions after a 0-19 to 0-18 victory over Tipperary on Sunday.

Munster Senior Football Championship Final

Cork came from eight points down at the interval to defeat Kerry by 1-16 to 1-11. Kerry led by 1-8 to 0-3 at half-time thanks to a goal from Donnacha Walsh. However, Cork totally dominated play in the second half, outscoring their opponents by 1-13 to 0-3 during that period to run out deserving winners.

Afterwards, Munster Council Chairman Jimmy O’Gorman presented the cup to Cork captain Graham Canty. Match Report

Munster Intermediate Hurling Hurling Championship Final – Tipperary vs. Limerick

Tipperary will play Limerick in the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Final on Wednesday evening July 23rd at 7:30pm in Semple Stadium Thurles.

TIPPERARY (IH vs. Limerick) – Matthew Ryan (Templederry Kenyons); Lee Mackey (Carrick Davins), Michael Costello (Drom & Inch), Ronan Sherlock (Silvermines); Evan Hanley (Lattin-Cullen), Jim Bob McCarthy (Golden-Kilfeacle), John Lillis (Thurles Sarsfields); Timmy Minogue (Templederry Kenyons), Michael Harding (Golden-Kilfeacle); Noel Hogan (Lorrha-Dorrha – Captain), Cathal Dillon (Aherlow), Gearóid Ryan (Templederry Kenyons); Jody Ryan (Sean Treacys), David Morrissey (Galtee Rovers), Patrick Maher (Lorrha)

LIMERICK (IHC v Tipperary): B. Hennessy (Kilmallock); T. Condon (Knockadery), C. Carey (Patrickswell), G. O’Leary (Dromin/Athlacca); D. Stapleton (Doon), Damien Moloney (Effin), S., Walsh (Glenroe); A. Brennan (Caherline), P. O’Brien (Kilmallock); David Moloney (Blackrock), P. O’Reilly (Patrickswell), D. O’Connor (Granagh/Ballingarry); D. O’Neill (South Liberties); P. McNamara (Murroe/Boher), A. O’Connor (Ballybrown)

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers

Semple Stadium Thurles will be the venue for a double-header of All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship action on Saturday evening next. At 5:00pm, Waterford will play Offaly while at 7:00pm, Cork take on Galway.

Admission Details

The GAA has confirmed that the GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship qualifier programme – Phase 4 at Semple Stadium, Thurles is NOT an all-ticket event. However Unreserved stand and terrace tickets can be pre-purchased on www.gaa.ie, from the GAA ticket office on 01/8658657 or from Ticketmaster outlets.

Admission Prices are as follows:
Stand €25
Stand Juvenile €5
Terrace €15
Senior Citizens/Students (with I.D.) Stand €10
Student Terrace (with I.D.) €10
Juvenile Terrace Free

Waterford vs. Offaly – This will be only the second senior championship game between the counties, having met for the first time in the All-Ireland qualifiers in 2005 when Waterford won by 1-26 to 1-15 at Dr.Cullen Park. Paul Flynn (1-8), John Mullane (0-8) and Ken McGrath (0-5) were Waterford’s top scorers while Brian Carroll (0-5), Damien Murray (1-0) and Aidan Hanrahan (1-0) were Offaly’s top scorers. Offaly were well beaten by Kilkenny in the Leinster semi-final last month but bounced back in great style to beat Limerick by ten points in a qualifier tie last Saturday. Waterford lost to Clare in the Munster quarter-final but revived their All-Ireland prospects with a comfortable qualifier win over Antrim.

Cork vs. Galway – This will be the 30th championship clash between the counties, stretching back to 1901 when they met for the first time in the All-Ireland semi-final which Cork won by 7-12 to 1-3. Cork lead 25-4 with Galway’s four wins coming in 1975-79-85-2002. They last met in the 2005 All-Ireland final which a Cork team, for whom Ben O’Connor scored 1-7, won by 1-21 to 1-16. Ger Farragher was Galway’s top scorer on 0-8. Galway’s last win over Cork was in the 2002 All-Ireland qualifiers. Eugene Cloonan scored 0-9 as they ran out easy winners, 0-21 to 1-9 in Semple Stadium.

Last Five Championship Clashes
2005: Cork 1-21 Galway 1-16 (All-Ireland final)
2002: Galway 0-21 Cork 1-9 (All-Ireland qualifier)
1990: Cork 5-15 Galway 2-21 (All-Ireland final)
1986: Cork 4-13 Galway 2-15 (All-Ireland final)
1985: Galway 4-12 Cork 5-5 (All-Ireland semi-final)

CORK (SH v Galway) — D Og Cusack; S O’Neill, D O’Sullivan, B Murphy; J Gardiner, R Curran, S Og O hAilpin; T Kenny, J O’Connor; P Cronin, N McCarthy, T McCarthy; B O’Connor, J Deane, C Naughton

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers

Limerick vs. Meath – Meath were the big beneficiaries of last year’s qualifiers, coming through all three rounds before beating Ulster champions, Tyrone in the All-Ireland quarter-final. However, their great run ended in a semi-final defeat by Cork. Limerick failed to make it past the first round, losing at home to Louth. However, their hopes have been raised this year by a fine performance in the Munster semi-final against Cork. Two late goals beat the Limerick men who then saw Cork go on to win the final against Kerry.

Limerick (SF v Meath): S Kiely; D Carroll, J McCarthy, S Gallagher; P Browne, S Lavin, P Ranahan; J Donovan, J Galvin; S Kelly, J Ryan, S Buckley; G Collins, M Crowley, I Ryan.

Tipperary vs. Westmeath – As a Division 4 side, Tipperary missed the qualifiers last year but are back in contention this year after winning promotion to Division 3 last April. This will be Westmeath’s fourth game in the 2008 championship, having already played Westmeath, Offaly and Dublin in Leinster.
Last Championship clash: Westmeath 0-12 Tipperary 1-8 (2005 Round 1 qualifier).

TIPPERARY (SF vs. Westmeath) – Paul Fitzgerald (Fethard); Niall Curran (Mullinahone), Mark Peters (Galtee Rovers), Ciaran McDonald (Aherlow); Paddy Codd (Killenaule), Robbie Costigan (Cahir), Christopher Aylward (Clonmel Og); Eamonn Hanrahan (Commercials), George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers); Damian O’Brien (Eire Og Annacarty), Philip Austin (Borrisokane), Hugh Coghlan (St. Vincents); Sean Carey (Moyle Rovers – Captain), Brian Coen (Fethard), Barry Grogan (Aherlow)

Westmeath (SF v Tipperary): G Connaughton; F Boyle, K Gavin, J Keane; M Ennis, D Heavin, D Healy; D O’Donoghue, P Bannon; S Quinn, J Smyth, D Harte; D Dolan, Denis Glennon, D Bannon