Munster SFC Q-Final – Waterford v Cork

Classy Cork in total control

From the Irish Times newspaper

MUNSTER SFC FIRST ROUND

Cork 2-18 Waterford 1-7 : THERE WAS never even a doubt about the outcome at Dungarvan yesterday with Cork the undisputed masters as they cruised to victory over outclassed Waterford in a disappointingly one-sided game in front of an attendance of 3,504.

Except for a brief spell early on, Waterford were always playing catch-up and, when Cork’s top forward Donncha O’Connor fisted Paul O’Flynn’s pinpoint pass to the net in the sixth minute, there was an inevitability about the outcome.

That goal eased Cork into a four -point lead, 1-2 to 0-1 and, with Nicholas Murphy dominating at midfield, and behind him attacking wing back John Miskella also playing superbly, Cork were forcing virtually all of the pace.

Waterford opened the scoring through a Brian Wall free after three minutes, but Cork steadily eased clear with magnificent points from Miskella, James Masters (two), and O’Connor and they led 1-10 to 0-3 at the interval.

Waterford restarted with Gary Hurney at full forward, but Cork’s defence remained rock-solid.

Within 10 minutes of the restart, Cork had extended their lead to an unassailable 15 points.

O’Connor (a free) and Miskella tacked on further points before their second goal on 40 minutes killed the game. A score of real quality it was too, Masters’ deft cross being met beautifully on the volley by Paul Kerrigan who gave goalkeeper Tom Wall no chance.

Waterford’s goal came from a quickly taken free by Shane Walsh after 55 minutes.

CORK : A Quirke; R Carey, M Shields (0-1) , A Lynch; J Miskella (0-3) , G Canty, G Spillane; A O’Connor, N Murphy; P O’Flynn (0-1) , P O’Neill, P Kerrigan (1-2); D Goulding (0-2), J Masters (0-2), D O’Connor (1-5). Subs : F Gould for A O’Connor, K OConnor for Lynch, N O’Leary for Spillane, J Hayes for O’Connor C O’Neill (0-2) for Masters.

WATERFORD : T Wall; S Briggs, T O’Gorman, E Rockett; W Hennessy (0-1), M O’Gorman (0-1) , T Grey; S O’Hare (0-1), S Walsh (1-0), B Wall (0-2, two frees), G Hurney (0-1) , G Power; L Lawlor, L O’Lionain, P Hurney. Subs: S Cunningham (0-1) for Power, P Ogle for Grey, Maurice O’Gorman for P Hurney.

Referee: Rory Hickey (Clare).


Clinical Rebels power past Déise

Waterford 1-7 Cork 2-18

By Michael Moynihan of the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, May 25, 2009

NO SURPRISES in the sunshine of Fraher Field yesterday, with Cork running out comfortable winners over Waterford in this Munster SFC clash to set up their expected clash with Kerry in the Munster semi-final.

The 3,504 supporters – many from Cork – who were in Dungarvan enjoyed the summer sun but a strong breeze blew towards the scoreboard end of the ground, helping Cork in the first half, and Waterford opted to withdraw players when they faced the wind. It didn’t work as a tactic – Déise scoring forward Liam O Lionnain and his marker Ray Carey tussled behind the Waterford 45-metre line more than once, and Cork had time and space in which to build attacks, enjoying the luxury of several short kick-outs to unmarked defenders.

After an initial burst from Waterford in which they notched a point from a Brian Wall free and two wides, Cork settled down to dominate the middle third of the field with Nicholas Murphy very prominent. They were on the scoreboard through Paul O’Flynn and Donncha O’Connor (free) before the critical event of the first half.

In the 10th minute, Daniel Goulding found Paul O’Flynn with a neat pass, and Donncha O’Connor’s crossfield run, opening up the space, gave O’Flynn plenty of open ground ahead of him. The Ballyclough man made ground before timing his handpass across the square, where O’Connor rose to flick home, but Waterford full-back Thomas O’Gorman got the final touch, turning the ball into his own net as he tried to put it wide.

The Leesiders weren’t long pressing home their advantage, going on a streak of eight unanswered points as Waterford struggled to break out of their own half; Cork wrapped up their scoring spree with a long-distance point from full-back Michael Shields, which underlined the freedom the defenders in red enjoyed.

Waterford had to rely on the odd individual flash for consolation, and good work by Gary Hurney forced an opening, but his strong shot was saved well by Alan Quirke. By contrast, any time Cork sallied upfield they looked likely to score, and Kerry boss Jack O’Connor, sitting in the stand, will have noted the Cork penchant playing diagonal balls into the left corner for Donncha O’Connor to feast upon.

Sean O’Hare’s point for Waterford on the half-time whistle left the score 1-10 to 0-3, but the game swiftly deteriorated as a competitive spectacle. Having established a match-winning double-digit lead, Cork seemed happy to keep Waterford contained, adding a Miskella point on 49 minutes. It was immediately followed by a long Masters delivery which was nudged over the line by Paul Kerrigan for an untidy goal: Cork 15 ahead.

Waterford didn’t die – quick thinking by Shane Walsh produced a goal from a free reducing the difference to 12 points with quarter of an hour left, and Alan Quirke had to look lively soon after to save from O Lionnain.

Cork finished the game 14 points ahead, and apart from a couple of injury worries, manager Conor Counihan’s main headache will selecting a team to face Kerry.

His defence looks settled, but Colm O’Neill looked classy when introduced in the second half, and Michael Cussen may also come into the reckoning.

However, Alan O’Connor left before half-time with an injury, and O’Neill also took a knock and left the action before full-time: Counihan admitted after the game that with only two weeks to go until his side face Kerry, they have little enough time to get everyone fit. For Waterford it’s back to the drawing board, though manager John Kiely remains optimistic ahead of Waterford’s next outing is on July 4.

Scorers for Waterford: S. Walsh 1-0 (f), B. Wall 0-2 (fs), W. Hennessy, S. Cunningham, M. O’Gorman, G. Hurney and S. O’Hare o-1 each.

Scorers for Cork: D. O’Connor 0-5 (03 fs), P. Kerrigan 1-2, T. O’Gorman 1-0 (OG), J. Miskella 0-3, D. Goulding, C. O’Neill and J. Masters 0-2 each; P. O’Flynn and M. Shields 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: T. Wall, S. Briggs, T. O’Gorman, E. Rockett, W. Hennessy, M. O’Gorman (c), T. Grey, S. O’Hare, G. Hurney, B. Wall, S. Walsh, G. Power, L. Lawlor, L O Lionnain, P. Hurney.

Subs: P. Ogle for Grey, S. Cunningham for Power (50); M. O’Gorman for P. Hurney (61).

CORK: A. Quirke, R. Carey, M. Shields, A. Lynch, J. Miskella, G. Canty (c), G. Spillane, A. O’Connor, N. Murphy, P. O’Flynn, P. O’Neill, P. Kerrigan, D. Goulding, J. Masters, D. O’Connor.

Subs: F. Goold for A. O’Connor (34); K O’Connor for Lynch (49); N. O’Leary for Spillane and J. Hayes for D. O’Connor (52); C. O’Neill for Masters (60).

Referee: R. Hickey (Clare).

* A minute’s silence was observed before the game in memory of Michael Curran, former chairman of Dungarvan GAA club.


Cork 2-18 Waterford 1-7

Rebels start well against Waterford

From the GAA.ie web site

Sunday, 24 May

Cork enjoyed a solid if not spectacular start to their championship campaign as they had 14 points to spare over Waterford at Fraher Field on Sunday afternoon.

Conor Counihan’s side led from start to finish, but will know that things will be far more difficult when they travel to Killarney to play Kerry in two weeks’ time.

Nonetheless, they did what was required of them, and showed no signs of complacency, with Paul Kerrigan, John Miskella and Nicholas Murphy very impressive.

Playing with the wind in the opening period, Cork found things to be going mainly their own way as they had built up a 1-10 to 0-3 lead by the break.

They were totally dominant as they won all of their own kick-outs and pressured Waterford well when the Déise were in possession, while up front they proved far sharper than their hosts, Donncha O’Connor the star man as he had 1-4 next to his name by the interval.

The goal came in the 12th minute, by which stage Cork led 0-2 to 0-1, Paul O’Flynn put through on goal after a very good passing move and having the presence of mind to handpass across to O’Connor, who flung himself at the ball and directed it low past Tom Wall.

A feature of Cork’s scoring was how many assists for points were coming from accurate kicked passes, Kerrigan the best exponent of this as he was involved in countless scores. His Nemo Rangers club-mate James Masters proved to be a beneficiary of this as well as O’Connor as he picked off two great scores in quick succession.

The Rebels’ dogged defending ensured that Waterford scoring chances were at a premium and, when the defence was breached, Alan Quirke was in fine form, as he showed when he saved well from Gary Hurney in the 26th minute.

It was a similar story upon the resumption, though the tempo had dropped somewhat. Kerrigan was on hand to get Cork’s second goal on 50 minutes when he finished soccer-style after a Masters point attempt fell short. And though this was quickly cancelled out when Waterford’s Shane Walsh beat Quirke with a quickly-taken free from the 20-metre line, it did not prompt a Waterford fightback.

The game became scrappier as Cork emptied their bench, though one of the subs, Colm O’Neill, who captained the county’s U21 side to All-Ireland victory recently, did score two points, and the final margin of 14 did not flatter them.

SCORERS:

CORK: D O’Connor 1-5 (0-2f), P Kerrigan 1-2, J Miskella 0-3, J Masters, D Goulding, C O’Neill 0-2 each, M Shields, P O’Flynn 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: S Walsh 1-0 (f), B Wall 0-2f, S O’Hare, W Hennessy, S Cunningham, M O’Gorman, G Hurney 0-1 each.

CORK: A Quirke; R Carey, M Shields, A Lynch; J Miskella, G Canty, G Spillane; A O’Connor, N Murphy; P O’Flynn, P O’Neill, P Kerrigan; D Goulding, J Masters, D O’Connor.
SUBS: F Goold for A O’Connor (35, inj).

WATERFORD: T Wall; S Briggs, T O’Gorman, E Rockett; W Hennessy, M O’Gorman, T Grey; S O’Hare, S Walsh; G Power, G Hurney, B Wall; L Lawlor, L Ó Lionáin, P Hurney.

REFEREE: R Hickey (Clare).


Cork 2-18 Waterford 1-07

From the RTE.ie web site

Sunday, 24 May 2009 19:20
Cork set up a Munster SFC semi-final showdown with arch rivals Kerry as Donnacha O’Connor shot 1-05 in Dungarvan this afternoon.

The reigning Munster and NFL Division 2 champions had too much power for a gallant Waterford side that netted through a close range free from Shane Walsh.

Wind-backed Cork led by 1-10 to 0-03 at half-time, with O’Connor
linking with debutant Paul O’Flynn for his 11th minute goal.

Paul Kerrigan crowned his first SFC start with a ‘soccer style’ goal,
sending the Rebel fans in the 3,504 attendance home happy.

Cork were very heavy favourites to progress from this quarter-final encounter – rated 1/500 to win by some bookmakers – and while they took a while to warm to the task, Conor Counihan’s men were soon in the ascendancy.

Waterford had dual players Shane Walsh and Gary Hurney back in their starting line-up and they ensured there was little between the sides in the opening exchanges.

But once the Rebels adjusted to the conditions, which were sunny but with a strong wind behind them, the scores began to follow.

Brian Wall knocked over a free to put the Deise in front but O’Connor was quick to reply and Championship newcomer O’Flynn then pointed from play.

A slick passing move ended with O’Flynn flinging the ball across for the inrishing O’Connor to direct it beyond the reach of goalkeeper Tom Wall and Cork were beginning to simmer.

Wall and O’Connor exchanged frees, with the Corkman using the wind to good effect. Still, by the midpoint of the half, the pre-match favourites were only ahead by 1-03 to 0-02.

They put on a spurt in the ensuing minutes with two long range points from James Masters, another from Daniel Goulding and two well-executed efforts from defenders John Miskella and Michael Shields.

The Cork defence was rock solid, with goalkeeper Alan Quirke doing well to deny Hurney before the break.

Waterford added two more points to their tally before the half-time whistle. Wall and Sean O’Hare were both on target, but O’Connor was the man grabbing the headlines with 1-04 of Cork’s 1-10 first half total.

The intensity dropped on the resumption courtesy of 13 scoreless
minutes, save for a fifth point of the day for Ballydesmond clubman O’Connor.

Cork registered their second goal on 50 minutes when Kerrigan
sidefooted the ball to the net after Masters had played a high ball
in. Wayne Hennessy, a tireless worker in defence for Waterford and arguably their best player, raided forward for a well-deserved point.

And Waterford had more joy when Walsh planted a 20-metre free past Quirke and into the back of the Cork net for the hosts’ only goal.

A Deise comeback never looked on the cards and two late points from substitute Colm O’Neill, the captain of Cork’s 2009
All-Ireland-winning side and recently-announced Cadbury Hero of the Future, pushed the winning margin out to 14 points.

So a satisfying first day out in the 2009 Championship for Cork, but Counihan and his players know full well that improvements will be needed if they are to retain their Munster title and make it a summer to remember.

Scorers: Cork: D O’Connor 1-05 (0-02f), P Kerrigan 1-02, J Miskella
0-03, J Masters, D Goulding, C O’Neill 0-02 each, M Shields, P O’Flynn 0-01 each
Waterford: S Walsh 1-00 (1-00f), B Wall 0-02 (0-02f), S O’Hare, W
Hennessy, S Cunningham, M O’Gorman, G Hurney 0-01 each.

CORK: A Quirke; R Carey, M Shields, A Lynch; J Miskella, G Canty, G Spillane; A O’Connor, N Murphy; P O’Flynn, P O’Neill, P Kerrigan; D Goulding, J Masters, D O’Connor.

Subs used: F Gould for A O’Connor (35 mins)

WATERFORD: T Wall; S Briggs, T O’Gorman, E Rockett; W Hennessy, M O’Gorman, T Grey; S O’Hare, S Walsh; G Power, G Hurney, B Wall; L Lawlor, L Ó Lionnáin, P Hurney.


O’Connor leads Cork slaughter of Decies

By Cliona Foley of the Irish Independent newspaper

Monday May 25 2009

THREE words here: lambs, ritual and slaughter.

In the opening 10 minutes, Waterford actually looked intent on defeating the naysayers, scoring first, kicking three wides and dropping another chance short.

Shane Hurney and Liam O’Lionnain both forced excellent saves out of Alan Quirke in either half and, for a side whose preparations were apparently undermined by local hurling fixtures, they were as game as ever.

Yet, while they beat the pessimistic spread-betting forecast by a point, whatever way you look at it, a 14-point defeat still tells a story. And it says something about Cork’s superiority that they actually played the last five minutes a man down, taking the precaution of hauling off injured players even though they had already used up all their substitutes.

Their first injured to be called ashore despite the absence of cover was Paul Kerrigan and they actually put him back in when Colm O’Neill got a knock, proving Cork manager Conor Counihan already had their semi-final with Kerry in a fortnight’s time in his sights.

Kingdom boss Jack O’Connor was among yesterday’s 3,504 crowd at sunny Dungarvan but, like Counihan, it’s hard to know exactly what he’ll have learned.

Cork’s own ‘twin towers’ of Nicholas Murphy and Alan O’Connor completely dominated midfield before O’Connor was lost to injury.

Their full-forward line, who scored 1-7 from play, mixed brilliance with some skittishness.

Donnacha O’Connor looked particularly lethal, scoring 1-4 (1f) by half-time before Maurice O’Gorman came back to contain him and Cork could actually afford to call both himself and James Masters ashore before the final quarter.

Players of the calibre of U-21 star Colm O’Neill proved able replacements and while Wayne Hennessy kept Paul Kerrigan scoreless until a flukey second-half goal, the flying Nemo half-forward caused all kinds of trouble with some sublime foot-passing of a quality which is far too rare in the modern game.

Defensively, Cork got caught on the counter-attack too often in the second-half but by then their focus had waned and they had already lost Anthony Lynch to injury.

Selfless

But their victory never looked in doubt after a Nicholas Murphy hand-pass split the defence after 11 minutes and Paul O’Flynn selflessly off-loaded for O’Connor to punch a goal, though a defender may have got the last touch.

They led 1-10 to 0-3 by half-time and if there could be any talking point in such a one-sided first-half it was whether Waterford’s decision to sacrifice an attacker (Liam Lawlor) to defence had backfired badly.

Full-forward O’Lionnain also played very deep and thrived more when thrown forward later. Lawlor’s direct marker, wing-back John Miskella, scored three points from play and Cork full-back Michael Shields also contributed a point as Cork’s unfettered defenders roamed forward at will.

Decies boss John ‘Jackson’ Kiely reasoned that he played Lawlor as a sweeper because “he’s so composed between the two lines of defence,” but it definitely left them too short of options in attack.

Kiely admitted his side had little preparation “because they had to give three weeks to club hurling” but their greatest disgust was the uncharacteristic concession of two sloppy goals.

The second came 15 minutes into the second half when Masters’ attempt at a point fell just short and Kerrigan side-footed it into the netting.

Waterford actually replied with a swift 1-1 of their own; a point from Hennessy promptly followed by quick-thinking Shane Walsh who goaled brilliantly with a quick free while Cork were still arguing over its concession.

Within minutes, O’Lionnain picked up a breaking ball to burst through the defence with only the ‘keeper to beat but, for the second-time, Alan Quirke was not found wanting and was very solid all day.

Only being outscored by four points in the second half demonstrates that Waterford kept plugging on, with dual star Gary Hurney their attacking fulcrum and their bench providing some late scores.

But Cork were simply never rattled.

Scorers — Cork: D O’Connor 1-5 (2f), P Kerrigan 1-2, J Miskella 0-3, D Goulding, J Masters, C O’Neill 0-2 each, M Shields, P O’Flynn 0-1 each. Waterford: S Walsh 1-0, B Wall 0-2 (2f), W Hennessy, S O’Hare, G Hurney, S Cunningham, M O’Gorman 0-1 each.

Cork — A Quirke 9; R Carey 8, M Shields 8, A Lynch 9; J Miskella 9, G Canty (Capt) 8, G Spillane 8; A O’Connor 8, N Murphy 9; P O’Flynn 8, P O’Neill 7, P Kerrigan 8; D Goulding 7, J Masters 8, D O’Connor 9. Subs: F Goold 7 for A O’Connor (inj, 36 mins), K O’Connor 6 for Lynch (inj 47), N O’Leary 8 for Spillane (52), J Hayes 6 for D O’Connor ( (52), C O’Neill 8 for Masters (58).

Waterford — T Wall 6; S Briggs 6, T O’Gorman 8, E Rockett 7; W Hennessy 7, M O’Gorman 7 (Capt), T Grey 6; S O’Hare 7, S Walsh 7; G Power 6, G Hurney 7, B Wall 6; L Lawlor 6, L O’Lionnain 7, P Hurney 7. Subs: P Ogle 6 for Grey (51), S Cunningham 7 for Power (51), M O’Gorman 7 for P Hurney (60).

Ref — R Hickey (Clare).


Hurling

Senior Football Championship

Admission Details
Admission is by payment at the turnstiles. Adult price is €20, Students and Senior Citizens will be admitted for €10 on production of current valid photographic ID while Juveniles (U16) will be admitted free of charge. Munster GAA will be issuing free flags to all juveniles attending the games.

Fixture details
SUNDAY MAY 24th, 2009
Munster GAA Senior Football Championship
Port Láirge v Corcaigh at 3.30p.m.
At FRAHER FIELD, DUNGARVAN
Reiteoir: Rory Hickey (An Clár)

Team News
Two debutants in Rebels

From the GAA web site

Cork boss Conor Counihan has named two SFC debutants in his side for their Munster opener against Waterford on Sunday in Dungarvan. Corner back Ray Carey and wing forward Paul O’Flynn both are included for The Rebels, who are piping hot favourites to beat John Kiely’s men.

CORK  (SF v Waterford): A Quirke; R Carey, M Shields, N O’Donovan; J Miskella, G Canty, G Spillane; A O’Connor, N Murphy; P O’Flynn, P O’Neill, P Kerrigan; D Goulding, J Masters, D O’Connor.

WATERFORD (SF v Cork) – TBC

Match Preview
Munster SFC Quarter-final

Dungarvan: Cork v Waterford, 15.30

From the GAA.ie web site

Cork are many people’s sly bet for Sam Maguire glory in 2009 and they begin their road to justifying that support with a clash with Waterford in Dungarvan on Sunday.

The new National Football League Division Two champions are monumental favourites against John Kiely’s unfancied troops and will set up a by now annual (in fact much more than that) meeting with Kerry in the Munster semi-final with victory.

Ten times Cork have played Kerry in the Championship in the last four seasons, their last win being in last year’s Munster final and defending that provincial crown is the first step on the road to possible glory this year. Their two subsequent meetings with Kerry – the All-Ireland semi-final and subsequent replay – showed that, even in eventual defeat, the Croke Park hoodoo the Kingdom have over them is waning and if such a fixture arises this summer then the men in red will be full of confidence.

All that talk is for another day, however. For now, Waterford provide the opposition for Conor Counihan’s men. The Rebels chief did superbly with his team last year and they look an even stronger bet this year. A towering collective of colossuses, Cork should outmuscle most opposition this year and they still have players with the necessary speed and skill to embrace with that power – just ask beaten Division Two finalists Monaghan.

One such fast and skilful player is Paul Kerrigan. The Nemo Rangers man, son of All-Ireland winner Jimmy, makes his first Championship start at left wing forward on Sunday and he can be expected to be one of the stars of the show in Dungarvan.

There are debuts for corner back Ray Carey and Paul O’Flynn, who come into an otherwise experienced fifteen, with quality shining through the side in the form of John Miskella, Graham Canty, Nicholas Murphy, Pearse O’Neill and competent attacking pair Daniel Goulding and Donncha O’Connor, who is likely to swap places with James Masters who has been named at full forward.

Anthony Lynch is missing but capable Bishopstown man Noel O’Donovan is an able replacement for him at left corner back and in midfield Alan O’Connor has had a more than solid season in the NFL. All in all, the Cork team is well equipped to dish out a lesson to their opponents on Sunday.

But no game is ever just about one team. Waterford will be on the field as well on Sunday and would love to bring the Rebels back down to earth after their league success. A mixed season in Division Two saw them win more games than they lost but given the level of opposition they faced it has done little to offer too much promise to anyone backing the Deise cause. Still, canny Kiely can always be expected to encourage a side to make it as difficult as possible for the opposition.

The bearded chief does at least have dual players Gary Hurney and Shane Walsh available and they will be handed key roles. But Mick Ahearn, Jason Seaward and Justin Walsh are all ruled out, while doubts remain over Sean O’Hare, Tom Wall, Ger Power, Shane Briggs and tasty forward Eddie Rockett.

Waterford stayed with Kerry for a while a couple of years ago, but were well beaten by the end and Sunday is likely to see just such a result again. Cork will want to start in style and start in style they should.

Verdict: Cork

Christy Ring Cup Q-Final – Kerry v Derry

Kerry moved into the semi-finals of the Christy Ring Cup for the first time ever on Saturday.

Kerry 4-21 Derry 2-12

From the GAA.ie web site

Kerry produced a brilliant second-half performance to brush aside the challenge of Derry in the Christy Ring Cup quarter-final in Mullingar on Saturday afternoon.

Shane Brick [pictured] scored 0-15 to lift the Kingdom to their first-ever Christy Ring Cup semi-final, where they will meet champions Carlow on Saturday, June 6.

John Mike Dooley scored three vital second-half goals – giving him four in total after his first-half effort – as Kerry took advantage of the strong breeze at their backs after the break.

Evan Sweeney had put Kerry ahead with a point from play after a pass from Shane Brick to give Kerry a 1-6 to 0-8 lead at the break.

However, Derry nudged ahead after the interval when Ruairi Convery emerged from a thicket of players to force the ball to the back of the net.

Kerry goalkeeper John Healy was injured in the incident and was forced off the field. Corner-forward Sean Young took over between the posts and Gary O’Brien came in to fill the void in the attack.

Derry then moved ahead when Malachy Scullion pulled on the ball one-handed for a fine goal that saw the Oak Leafers move into a 2-9 to 1-9 lead.

However, Shane Brick’s accuracy from frees and the re-introduction of James Godley swung the game back in Kerry’s favour before Dooley struck two trademark goals in as many minutes to put his side ahead.

Brick then fired an inspirational free from 100 metres out and followed it up with a ’65 to leave Kerry 3-14 to 2-11 ahead.

Jason Casey and Shane Brick added further scores as Kerry streaked ahead in the closing minutes.

Dooley then grabbed his fourth goal of the game when he booted the ball to the net at the death.


Dooley and Brick inspire Kingdom comeback

By Kerry 4-21 Derry 2-12

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Monday May 25 2009

Kerry reached their first Christy Ring Cup semi-final after blowing Derry’s challenge out of the water, with a final-quarter scoring blitz from their twin destroyers, Shane Brick and John Mike Dooley, in this quarter-final played at Mullingar on Saturday.

The scoreline does not tell the full story of this contest, however, because when Derry corner-forward Ruairi Convery sent a sideline cut over the bar in the 51st minute, Derry led 2-11 to 1-12 and looked the more likely side to progress.

Kerry began well and opened the scoring with a goal in the opening minute through Dooley. However, Derry gained the upper hand in midfield thanks to Kevin Hinphey and Oisin McCloskey and Kerry’s front men were heavily restricted for a spell.

Kerry went in 1-6 to 0-8 in front at the break and had a breeze at their backs for the second half, but got off to a terrible start when Convery netted from a rebound off John Healy’s fine save. Derry then pounced again when Michael Scullion flicked a McCloskey free to the net. Brick, though, kept Kerry in touch with some superb points as Derry led by two with 20 minutes left.

Then the introduction of James Godley for the Kingdom into the midfield with John Griffin seemed to ignite Kerry’s challenge and Dooley struck two goals in a minute, which stunned Derry.

Kerry were now rampant, with Brick on fire and scoring at will before Dooley scored his fourth goal late on to send a shocked Derry crashing out.

Scorers — Kerry: S Brick 0-15 (6f, 1 ’65), J M Dooley 4-0, E Sweeney 0-4, J Fitzgerald and J Casey 0-1 each Derry: R Convery 1-7 (5f), O McCloskey 0-5 (3 ’65, 2f), M Scullion 1-0.

Kerry — J Healy, P O’Grady, A Healy, J Godley, C Harris, T Murnane, J Griffin, E Sheehy, J Fitzgerald, E Sweeney, S Brick, J Casey, S Young, J McCarthy, J M Dooley Subs: M Hanafin for J Godley (inj) (34), G O’Brien for J Healy (inj) (38), J Godley for J Fitzgerald (50), S Maunsell for J McCarthy (66), P Monson for C Harris (70)

Derry — A McGill, R McCloskey, C Quinn, S McNicholl, P O’Kane, S McCullagh, M Craig, K Hinphey, O McCloskey, C Murphy, D Leahy, B Dodds, A Kelly, P McCloskey, R Convery Subs: M Scullion for P McCloskey (14), G O’Kane for M Scullion (45), P McCloskey for C Murphy (55), E McGukin for S McCullagh (65)

Ref — S Whelan (Wexford)

Féile Peile na nÓg 2009

PRESS RELEASE
21.05.09

Féile Peile na nÓg 2009 takes centre stage in Kildare

Féile Peile na nÓg 2009, which will be sponsored by Coca-Cola, returns to Kildare for the first time in 21 years on the first weekend of July and will be the largest underage sporting competition of its kind in Europe this year.

More than 30,000 boys and girls across the country and in overseas units have competed for a place in this year’s finals, which will involve six divisions for boys and four for girls.

Clubs from visiting counties will enjoy the hospitality of Kildare’s host clubs who will be represented by a combined total of 77 boys’ and girls teams.

Uachtarán Cumann Lúthchleas Gael Criostóir Ó Cuana, in the company of Uachtarán Cumann Peile na mBan Pat Quill, will officially launch the competition this evening.

The GAA President lauded the excellent organisational skills that have been evident in the planning of the event.

He said: “It has been impossible to ignore the real buzz that is detectable around the county of Kildare over the course of my visits to schools and clubs in recent days and I think everyone lucky enough to be involved with the Féile weekend can expect a competition to rival any.

“The attention to detail shown and the success of the organising committee in harnessing so much goodwill in recent weeks and months means Kildare can expect a Féile Peile na nÓg competition organised to the highest standards.

“This competition is about so much more than the games and the social interaction between the players and mentors with people from other clubs, counties and overseas units should ensure that this turns out to be a weekend to remember.

“I thank everyone involved, sponsors Coca-Cola and all parties who have supported this venture and I am confident that we will be treated to a competition that shows why this event is so firmly etched in the GAA’s calendar.”

Coca-Cola’s support of Féile competitions stretches back as far as 1971 and is one of the GAA’s longest running national sponsorships.

Erica Roseingrave, Public Affairs and Communications Manager for Coca-Cola HBC Ireland said: “We’re delighted to be sponsoring the 2009 Coca-Cola Féile Peile na nÓg finals in Co Kildare, and are very much looking forward to an exciting festival of Gaelic football later this summer.

“We’d like to wish the local and national organising committees, officials, clubs, participating teams and everyone associated with the finals the very best of luck over the coming weeks.”

Féile Peile na nÓg 2009 will begin with the traditional parade on Friday July 3 in Newbridge. It will feature participating teams, eight bands, including The Artane Boys Band, The Defence Forces Brass Band, The Air Corps Pipe Band and The Garda Band.

Coiste Féile Chill Dara is delighted to announce that President Mary McAleese will be in attendance to review the parade while renowned broadcaster Michael Ó Muircheartaigh will act as MC and present each team as they parade past the review stand.

Coiste Féile Chill Dara and all the Kildare clubs extend a warm hand of friendship and hospitality to all the visiting clubs, demonstrating the true meaning of Féile, and hopes that their Kildare experience is one of enjoyment, camaraderie in sport resulting in a weekend that turns out to be a truly memorable event in the sporting lives of all participating.

Munster GAA – County Ticket Packages

Pictured with the newly designed Munster Championship crest are Jim Forbes, Munster Council PRO, Iona O'Mahony and Colette McGrade, Laird Design, and Paul Dermody, Sponsorship Manager Croke Park.

Pictured with the newly designed Munster Championship Crest are Jim Forbes, Munster Council PRO, Iona O'Mahony and Colette McGrade, Lairdesign, and Paul Dermody, Sponsorship Manager Croke Park.

What is it?
If you support both county Senior Hurling and Football teams from your county you can now choose to buy a ticket package which will give you a ticket for your counties first games in the Munster GAA Senior Championships at a reduced price.

How much do I save?
By purchasing your ticket package you will receive a €10 discount on the admission price. The package will be available for a charge of just €40.

What does it entitle me to?
Depending on what county package you purchase you will receive a ticket to your counties first Munster GAA Senior Football and Hurling Championship games.

County Ticket Packages – By County:

Package Date Hurling Game Date Football Game
*Clare 21st June Clare v Cork/Tipperary 7th June Clare v Tipp/Limerick
Cork 31st May Cork v Tipperary 24th May Cork v Waterford
Limerick 14th June Limerick v Waterford 24th May Limerick v Tipperary
Waterford 14th June Waterford v Limerick 24th May Waterford v Cork
Tipperary 31st May Tipperary v Cork 24th May Tipperary v Limerick

*Clare package not currently available

Where can I purchase a county package?
County packages can be purchased through County Boards.

Camogie Player Welfare Committee announced

Camogie President Joan O’Flynn has announced the establishment of the Association’s first Player Welfare Committee. The Committee, headed up by Stellah Sinnott manager of the 2007 senior All Ireland winning Wexford team, will be comprised of eight current inter-county players and Paula Rankin, Head of Sports Science in Carlow Institute of Technology.O’Flynn said, “As the national governing body of camogie, it is important that we exercise an active interest in and support for the health, safety and welfare of our players. The establishment of a Player Welfare Committee, headed up by Stellah Sinnott, is a very significant demonstration of this.”

She continued “Player welfare is a shared responsibility between players, coaches, mentors and administrators. There are now more camogie players, more camogie clubs and more camogie competitions than ever before. This means that there are more girls and women playing and undergoing intensive training for camogie.

“Camogie players, as female athletes, have specific issues and experiences, different to their male counterparts. As sporting equals, it is really important that we provide good guidance and best practice on health and well-being issues in recognition of this.

“This Committee, with a clear focus on women in gaelic games, includes a range of members with professional backgrounds in health and sports science. It is an important initiative and I am confident that it will be a positive influence in the future development of camogie and it is recognition of the centrality of the player in our game.”

The Committee will focus on key elements of player welfare. These will include increasing awareness and knowledge of the relationship between good nutrition and sporting performance, and promoting awareness of compliance with anti-doping requirements as set down by the Irish Sports Council.

It will also focus on gathering objective evidence on the extent and nature of player injuries, promoting awareness and education on injury prevention and recovery, and examining the adequacy of player insurance and developing standards of player welfare. This development will culminate in a national strategy and action plan on player welfare.

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Camogie – Munster win Gael Linn Inter-Provincials

MUNSTER turned the tables on Connacht in yesterday’s Gael Linn inter-provincial senior camogie final with the adverse weather playing havoc with proceedings, delaying the start of the matches throughout the afternoon in Donaghmore Ashbourne GAA grounds. However, it didn’t deter the Munster side from battling back from an earlier defeat to the westerns in the round-robin series.

Munster triumphed in the final 0-7 to 0-2 – the hard work completed in the opening half having played against the wind 0-4 to 0-1, as Orla Cotter hit three important points.
In the group series, Connacht represented by the Galway panel and managed by former county hurler Liam Donoghue, managed to win both their matches but came up short in the decider.

Because of Ulster’s withdrawal this year, the games were played in a blitz format with games 15 minutes a half. It was clear from Connacht’s opening narrow one-point win over Leinster, 2-3 to 0-8 that they were not going to relinquish their title too easily.

This encounter saw Galway star Veronica Curtin return to competitive action and her goals were a major factor, with Wexford’s Kate Kelly chipping in with five points.
In the second match Connacht chalked up a noteworthy victory over a strong Munster side, 5-3 to 0-4. Green flags from Curtin lining out at corner forward, Brenda Hanney, Brenda Kerins, Therese Maher and Ann Marie Hayes was the main difference. Claire Grogan bagged three points for Munster.

So, with Connacht safely through to the decider, the opposition would come from the last match between Leinster and Munster with Munster braving the elements and their battling qualities shining through to advance on a hard-earned 2-2 to 0-2 score line. Clare’s Carina Roseingrave and Emily Hayden from Tipperary the goal-getters.

The junior final also involved Connacht and Munster with Connacht running out victors 4-4 to -0-2 – the Munster side got to the final on scoring difference following their draw with Leinster in the group section. Niamh McGrath and Molly Dunne netted first half goals, while Roscommon’s Annette McGeeney and Stacey Coen grabbed majors in the second half to seal the win.

Therese O’Callaghan,
Camogie Association PR and Media

Munster senior panel:
A Murray (Cork); S Kelly (Tipperary), M O’Connor (Cork), S Lafferty (Clare); T O’Halloran (Tipperary), F Lafferty (Clare), S Hayes (Cork); B Corkery (Cork), O Cotter (Cork); D Murphy (Clare), G O’Connor (Cork), G Kinnane (Tipperary); E Dillon (Cork), A O’Regan (Cork), R Kaiser (Clare).
Subs: D Lynch (Clare), A Lyng (Waterford), L Linnane (Clare), U O’Donoghue (Cork), K Lynch (Clare), C Roseingrave (Clare), J O’Callaghan (Cork), N Mulcahy (Limerick), J O’Halloran (Tipperary), M Shortt (Tipperary).
Management: E Shortt(Tipperary), M O’Regan(Cork), B Sherlock(Clare).

Christy Ring Cup – Kerry vs. Down – Report

The Kerry Senior Hurling team lost to Down in Round 2 of the Christy Ring Cup on a scoreline of 3-11 to 2-10 on Saturday evening at Austin Stack Park Tralee.


Christy Ring Cup Round 2A

Kerry 2-10 Down 3-11

Report from the GAA.ie web site

A late Down rally at Austin Stack Park in Tralee ensured the Mourne men came away with the spoils on a 3-11 to 2-10 scoreline. The home side held a narrow advantage at the break with full-forward James McCarthy getting the crucial goal after 30 minutes. Outside of McCarthy, Shane Brick scored all of Kerry’s points in the opening 35 minutes. Brick continued his good form for the Kingdom in the second-half but Down’s Simon Wilson was more than his equal from placed balls and in general play. Gareth Johnson goaled for Down after 11 minutes of the second-half but Kerry’s John Mike Dooley pushed the home side 2-9 to 2-8 ahead with a poachers goal.2 However, Down finished the better and Johnson’s second goal put the final nail in Kerry’s coffin. 


 Kerry Hurling Team V Down in Austin Stack Park1 John Healy  (Ballyheigue)2. Padraig O’Grady (Ballyduff) 3. Aidan Healy (O’Dorney) 4.James Godley  (Kilmoyley) 5 Colm Harris( Kilmoyley) 6.Tom Mournane( Kilmoyley )  (Capt) 7. John Griffin (Lixnaw) 8. Jason Casey (Ballyheigue) 9.John Fitzgerald( Causeway) 10. Evan Sweeney (Loughmore Castleiney) 11.Shane Brick (Kilmoyley) 12.  Billy Brick( Kilmoyley) 13. Sean Young (Kilmoyley) 14. James McCarthy  (Kilmoyley )15. John Mike Dooley (Causeway)

 Subs:16. John Brendan O’Halloran  (Kilmoyley) 17.  Eamon Fitzgerald (Causeway) 18. Mike Hanifin (O’Dorney) 19.  Eoin Sheehy ( Kilmoyley) 20.  Padraig Maunson (Causeway) 21.  Paudie Moriarty (Ballyheigue) 22. Gary O’Brien (Ballyduff) 23. Liam Boyle( Ballyduff) 24.Sean Maunsell (Kilmoyley) 25.  Brian O’Leary (O’Dorney) 26.  Adrain Ryle (Kilmoyley) 27 Niall Young (Kilmoyley)

ESB Minor Football Semi-Final Results / Reports

Kerry and Tipperary will once again meet in the ESB Munster Minor Football Championship Final having overcome Clare and Cork in their respective semi-final meetings this evening.

Kerry overcame a spirited Clare challenge in Tralee on a scoreline of 2-10 to 1-4 while Tippeary outscored Cork by 0-13 to 0-10 after extra-time in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

The ESB Munster Minor Football final will take place on July 5th at 12 noon. 

 


 

 

Tenacious Tipp leave Rebels reeling
Tipperary 0-13 Cork 0-10 after extra-time

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Thursday, May 14, 2009

TIPPERARY sprung a huge surprise in last night’s Munster MFC semi-final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, edging out Cork after a marathon affair that required extra-time to deliver an outcome.

The action closed out in near darkness, yet despite the tremors this result will cause, it was difficult to fault Tipperary’s claims to victory; in a largely mundane match, Tipperary produced the best passages of play.

Indeed they should have wrapped up the match before it entered the additional stages, having raced into a 0-6 to 0-0 lead after 26 minutes and also spurning a 53rd minute penalty when Ross McGrath smacked his shot against the crossbar. At that juncture the tide seemed to have shifted in Cork’s direction, but Tipperary improved on a poor second-half display to close out the match in a decisive fashion in extra-time.

Tipperary were the proprietors of the first-half play with a cornerstone of their overall control being their ploy of sitting corner-forward Michael Ivors in front of the full-back line. It paid a handsome dividend as Ivors frequently intercepted Cork passes defence and gave a splendid display. Cork struggled to negotiate a route past Ivors and overall Tipperary covered well in defence in the opening half and choked the supply lines outfield.

But Cork’s passing was also desperately poor as they wildly lashed balls forward and Tipperary showed greater intelligence to their offensive play. Roger Peters and Billy Hewitt both confidently pointed for them within the opening ten minutes.

Cork in contrast began sluggishly and their difficulties were exacerbated by the loss of full-back Darragh Rodgers through injury. Tipperary increased their advantage with some good scores as the first-half wore on courtesy of Liam Treacy, Luke Murphy and a Hewitt brace.

By the 26th minute they had sailed 0-6 to 0-0 clear and Cork’s plight was deepening. The display of wing-back Alan Cronin did offer Cork a bright spot, and they finally managed to jump off the scoring mark before half time through John Dineen and Brian Hurley. Suddenly the interval deficit of 0-6 to 0-2 was somewhat less daunting.

Cork cranked up the pressure after the interval extracting valuable contributions from Damien Cahalane, Rory O’Sullivan and Patrick Wiley. But it failed to translate into an early deluge of scores and Tipperary had increased their lead to 0-8 to 0-3 by the 45th minute. The game could have been killed off by then but Cork goalkeeper Sean Mellet produced an outstanding save to deny Ross McGrath.

In the final quarter Cork finally started to slip into a scoring groove, atoning for their earlier series of wides. John Dineen, Cronin and David Drake all slotted over points and the impetus lay with Cork entering the final ten minutes. They enjoyed a great slice of fortune in the 53rd minute when McGrath’s penalty effort hit the bar rather than the net, and they seized on that opening to force parity through a Daniel Fitzgerald free and a fine shot by substitute Dean Brosnan.

But despite funnelling a multitude of ball forward, Cork’s attack failed to capitalise as they struck a few excellent chances for a match-winner wide.

Extra-time wound up suiting Tipperary. They had looked like being submerged by Cork pressure nearing full-time but capitalised on the reprieve to settle themselves. Their defence spearheaded by the brilliance of Paddy Dalton, Graham Quinn and Gerard Mulhair, kept the Cork attack at bay while centre-forward Ross McGrath carried the scoring burden.

McGrath arrowed over three points in the first half of extra-time and Tipperary held a sizeable 0-12 to 0-9 lead by the 70th minute. Ger Minihane grabbed one back for Cork, yet Tipperary’s rearguard was stout and a lovely 78th minute score by substitute Johnny McMahon sealed a famous Tipperary win.

Scorers for Tipperary: B Hewitt (0-2f), R Peters (0-1f, 0-1 ’45), R McGrath (0-1f) 0-3 each, L Treacy, L Murphy, T Hill, J McMahon 0-1 each.

Cork: J Dineen, B Hurley 0-2 each, D Brosnan, A Cronin, D Drake (0-1’45), D Fitzgerald (0-1f), S Finn, G Minihane 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: A Wall; P Dalton, J Ryan, G Quinn; L Murphy, G Mulhair, D Dwyer; E Kendrick, J Lonergan; T Hill, R McGrath, R Peters; M Ivors, L Treacy, B Hewitt. Subs: S Power for Treacy (24), S O’Meara for Lonergan (50), A Matassa for Hill (58), S Foley for Hewitt (58), B Hewitt for Power (60), J McMahon for Kendrick (72), E Kent for McGrath (80).

CORK: S Mellet; D O’Donovan, D Rodgers, D Cahalane; A Cronin, R O’Sullivan, W O’Mahony; E Healy, P Wiley; D Nation, J O’Rourke, D Drake; D Fitzgerald, J Dineen, B Hurley. Subs: S Down for Rodgers (inj) (21), S Finn for Healy (37), G Minihane for Nation (44), D Brosnan for Fitzgerald (55), M Russell for Dineen (62), D Murphy for O’Sullivan (70), Dineen for Russell (76).

Referee: Michael Rock (Clare)

 

 


 
Tipp’s McGrath crushes Rebel revival to seal final showdown with Kingdom

 

Tipperary 0-13 Cork 0-10 (AFTER EXTRA-TIME)

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Thursday May 14 2009

TIPPERARY recovered from losing a five-point second-half lead to get the better of Cork at Páirc Uí Chaoimh last night.

They blitzed the home side in the first half as Billy Hewitt caused the Cork defence all sorts of problems, registering three points in the opening period as they led 0-6 to 0-2 at the break.

Though Brian Hurley got the first point of the second half to reduce the arrears to three, Roger Peters, Ross McGrath and Thomas Hill made it 0-8 to 0-3 to Tipp.

However, Cork fought back and Dean Brosnan equalised to force extra-time. Helped by points from McGrath, though, Tipp led 0-12 to 0-9 at half-time in extra-time and they held that three-point advantage to advance to the final.

Scorers — Tipperary: B Hewitt (0-2f), R McGrath (0-1f), R Peters (0-1f, 0-1 ’45) 0-3 each, L Murphy, L Treacy, T Hill, J McMahon 0-1 each. Cork: J Dineen, B Hurley 0-2 each, D Drake (0-1 ’45), A Cronin, D Fitzgerald (0-1f), D Brosnan, G Minihane, S Finn 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY — A Wall; P Dalton, J Ryan, G Quinn; D Dwyer, G Mulhair, L Murphy; E Kendrick, J Lonergan; R Peters, R McGrath, T Hill; M Ivors, L Treacy, B Hewitt. Subs: S Power for Treacy (24), S O’Meara for Lonergan (50), A Matassa for Hill, S Foley for Hewitt (both 56), Hewitt for Power (61), J McMahon for Kendrick (72), E Kent for McGrath (80).

CORK — S Mellett; D O’Donovan, D Rogers, D Cahalane; A Cronin, R O’Sullivan, W O’Mahony; E Healy, P Wiley; D Nation, J O’Rourke, D Drake; D Fitzgerald, J Dineen, B Hurley. Subs: S Downs for Rogers (21), S Finn for Healy (36), G Minihane for Nation (43), D Brosnan for Fitzgerald (54), M Russell for Dineen (60), D Murphy for O’Sullivan (71), Dineen for Russell (76).

REF — M Rock (Clare).

 


 

Kerry 2-10 Clare 1-4

From the Irish Independent newspaper 

It took a freak own goal early in the second half by Clare wing-back Seanie Malone to afford struggling Kerry the breathing space they needed to see off a brave Banner challenge at Austin Stack Park.

Clare enjoyed the lion’s share of possession in the opening half, but over-elaboration cost them dearly as they wasted good possession in front of the Kerry goal and the Kingdom were fortunate to retire 0-5 to 0-4 in front at the interval.

Clare were still trailing by a point when disaster struck as Jeremy Hoare surged forward for Kerry and when he punched the ball across goal it hit the post and cannoned into the net off the in-rushing Malone. Kerry points followed from Eanna O’Connor, Donal O’Sullivan and Michael Brennan, but Clare got a lifeline on 47 minutes when Conor Ryan goaled. However, Kerry upped the tempo and a 56th-minute O’Connor goal sealed victory.

Scorers — Kerry: E O’Connor 1-2 ( 0-1f), S Malone 1-0 (og), S Carroll, D O’Sullivan 0-2 each, J Sherwood, M Brennan, N O’Shea, M Reen 0-1 each. Clare: C Ryan 1-0, C McInerney 0-3 ( 0-1f), D Sexton 0-1

KERRY– P O’Sullivan; M Galvin, P Galvin, N Fitzgerald; M Finnegan, J Hoare, D Wren; S Carroll, D Doody; I Galvin, J Sherwood, M Brennan; N O’Shea, E O’Connor, D O’Sullivan. Subs: K Hurley for I Galvin (ht), J O’Sullivan for D Doody ( 34), M Griffin for M Finnegan ( 38), P O’Connor for D Wren ( 56), M Reen for J Sherwood ( 56).

CLARE — W Deloughhrey; M O’Connor, Sean Brennan, G Johnson; S Collins, E Malone, S Malone; K O’Connor, Shane Brennan; D Sexton, C Ryan, S Tierney; C McInerney, E Finucane , C Nolan. Subs: M Malone for C Nolan ( ht), S Lynch for E Finnucane ( 38), C King for S Tierney (50), E Fitzgerald for S Brennan ( 55), D O’Neill for C Ryan ( 56) .

REF — D O’Mahony (Tipperary)

2009 ‘125 Year’ GAA Football Championship Up and Running

PRESS RELEASE
13.05.082009 ‘125 Year’ GAA Football Championship Up and Running

Tyrone’s 2008 All-Ireland winning captain Brian Dooher today brought the Sam Maguire trophy back to Croke Park in the company of four rival team captains ahead of another summer of eagerly anticipated championship action.

Team captains Ciarán McKeever (Armagh), Graham Canty (Cork), Paul Griffin (Dublin) and Damien Burke (Galway), representing the four provincial winners from last year, were all present at the official launch of this year’s championship.

Mayo’s Connacht championship win over New York last weekend kickstarted the 2009 competition and Fermanagh and Down and Louth and Carlow will enter the fray this weekend with their respective Ulster and Leinster assignments.

The first games of the GAA Football Munster Championship see Cork face Waterford and Tipperary clashing with Limerick on May 25.

GAA Uachtarán Criostóir Ó Cuana believes the 2009 competition has the potential to match the excitement and drama of recent seasons.

He said: “The GAA has been well served by the quality of the games produced by the football championship in recent years and I have no reason to doubt that similar levels of dedication and commitment from the counties involved will give rise to a competition that will illuminate the summer.

“I suppose the big questions for football followers everywhere is whether Kerry can reverse the losing trend in games against Tyrone in recent seasons if their paths cross and whether a new county can come out of the pack and challenge a dominance shared by these two counties that now stretches back to 2002 when Armagh emerged victorious.

“We are all looking forward to another summer of top level action and I thank our supporters Toyota, Ulster Bank and Vodafone for their ongoing support and imaginative sponsorship of this competition.”

By kind permission of Mr Louis Fitzgerald, yesterday’s photo shoot featured the football used at Croke Park on Bloody Sunday November 21 1920.

GAA Football Championship Fixtures May 2009

Connacht
May 10 New York 0-10 Mayo 2-19; May 31 Leitrim v Roscommon, Carrick-on-Shannon.

Leinster
May 17 Carlow v Louth, Parnell Park; May 24 Kildare v Offaly/ Longford v Wicklow, both Portlaoise.

Munster
May 24 Waterford v Cork, Dungarvan; Limerick v Tipperary, Semple Stadium.

Ulster
May 17 Fermanagh v Down, Brewster Park; May 24 Derry v Monaghan, Celtic Park; May 31 Tyrone v Armagh, Clones.

A full list of 2009 GAA Football Championship Fixtures is available at www.gaa.ie and a full football media guide will be circulated in the coming days.

ESB Munster GAA Minor Football Championship Semi-Finals – Team News

Reigning ESB Munster Minor Football Champions Kerry take on Clare (Austin Stack Park, Tralee) while defeated finalists from 2008 Tipperary take on Cork on Wednesday, May 13th. Throw in time is 7.00pm.

Admission to these games will be by payment at the turnstiles. Adults will be charged €10 while Students and Senior Citizens will gain admission for €5 on production of current, valid, photographic ID. Juveniles (U16) are free of charge

Fixture Details

ESB Munster GAA Minor Football Championship 2009.
Semi Finals

WEDNESDAY MAY 13th. 2009.

Ciarrai v An Clar 
@ Austin Stack Park, Tralee     7.00p.m.
Reiteoir – Derek O’Mahony(Tiobraid Arann)
Extra Time in the event of a Draw

Corcaigh v Tiobraid Arann  
@ Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Cork     7.00p.m.
Reiteoir – Michael Rock (An Clár)
Extra Time in the event of a Draw

Team News

TIPPERARY (MF v Cork): A Wall (Cahir); P Dalton (Arravale Rovers), J Ryan (Ardfinnan), G Quinn (Clonmel Óg); L Murphy (Ballylooby/Castlegrace), G Mulhair (Arravale Rovers), D Dwyer (Moyle Rovers); E Kendrick (Cahir), J Lonergan (Moyle Rovers); T Hill (Moyle Rovers), R McGrath (Newport), R Peters (Cahir); M Ivors (Ballingarry), L Treacy (Loughmore/Castleiney), B Hewitt (Ardfinnan).

Subs: P Nolan (Clonmel Commercials), S Foley (Moyle Rovers), J Fennelly (Ballingarry), E Fitzpatrick (J. K. Brackens), S O’Meara (Arravale Rovers), E Kent (Ballina, A Matassa (Clonmel Commercials), J McMahon (Inane Rovers), S Power (Clonmel Commercials).

CORK (MF v Tipperary): S Mellett (Carrigaline); D O’Donovan (Ilen Rovers), D Rodgers (Brian Dillons), D Cahalane (Castlehaven); A Cronin (Nemo Rangers), R O’Sullivan (Argideen Rangers), W O’Mahony (Clann na nGael); E Healy (Aghada), P Wiley (St Finbarr’s); D Nation (Nemo Rangers), J O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers), D Drake (Carrigaline); D Fitzgerald (Kiskeam), J Dineen (Éire Óg), B Hurley (Castlehaven).

Subs: A O’Donoghue (Aghada), S O’Shea (Adrigole), D Brosnan (St Nicholas), S Finn (Glanworth), G Minihane (O’Donovan Rossa), S Down (Kilmurry), R Deane (Bantry Blues), D Murphy (Castletownbere), M Russell (Aghada).

KERRY (MF v Clare): P O’Sullivan (Churchill); M Galvin (Ballymacelligott), P Galvin (Ballymacelligott), N Fitzgerald (Waterville); M Finnegan (Spa), J Hoare (Glenbeigh/Glencar), D Wrenn (Tarbert); S Carroll (Austin Stacks), D Doody (Na Gaeil); I Galvin (Derrynane), J Sherwood (Firies), M Brennan (Churchill); N O’Shea (c) (Dromid Pearses), E O’Connor (St Michael’s/Foilmore), D O’Sullivan (Rathmore).

Subs: P McCarthy (Rathmore), P O’Connor (Gneeveguilla), M Griffin (St Michael’s/Foilmore), K Hurley (St Pat’s), M Thiemann (St Michael’s/Foilmore), J O’Sullivan (Kilcummin), M Reen (Rathmore), K Doona (Laune Rangers), D Culhane (Ballylongford).

CLARE (MF v Kerry): W Deloughrey (Cratloe); M O’Connor (Kilmaley), Sean Brennan (Wolfe Tones), G Johnson (Kilmurry-Ibrickane); S Collins (Doora-Barefield), E Malone (Corofin), S Malone (Miltown Malbay); K O’Connor (Kildysart), Shane Brennan (Clondegad); D Sexton (Kilmurry-Ibrickane), C Ryan (Cratloe), S Tierney (St Breckan’s); C McInerney (Cratloe), E Finnucane (Lissycasey), C Nolan (Doora-Barefield).