Cork SFC Final – Clonakilty vs. St. Finbarr’s – Match Report

Super-sub O’Regan delivers for Clon

Clonakilty 1-13 St Finbarr’s 1-12

By Fintan O’Toole from the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, September 28, 2009

IT may have been a routine affair for long stretches, but yesterday’s Evening Echo Cork SFC final in Páirc Uí Chaoimh still managed to conjure up a breathless finish. The prospect of a finale laced with drama and tension had looked quite remote entering the third quarter as Clonakilty stood tall on the scoreboard with a 1-12 to 0-7 advantage. In front of 10,172 observers, the West Cork men had firmly bossed proceedings with the consequential effect that notions of a contest had drained away. Yet St Finbarr’s, who had been limp and lifeless for three quarters of the game, summoned a brave and defiant closing display that nearly carried them to an improbable victory.

The first-rate form which had carried them to this juncture eluded St Finbarr’s for a long time, but they were finally ignited into life in the 47th minute. Substitute Jason Sexton slalomed through the Clonakilty defence before sending a measured shot to the corner of the net. And, from there, the Togher side took off. They rattled off the points to draw level by the 56th minute and Clonakilty were faced with the appalling vista of losing a county final they had looked guaranteed to win 10 minutes earlier. But, just as the momentum lay with St Finbarr’s, Clonakilty kept their heads to wrestle it back in the 58th minute. Team captain Timmy Anglin made a typically lung-bursting run before his progress was impeded and referee Conor Lane awarded a free 45 yards from goal.

With regular free-taker Colin O’Donovan having been substituted, the responsibility was entrusted to wing-back David O’Regan, who had entered the action midway through the first-half when Nigel Hayes was withdrawn through injury. In that context O’Regan seemed an unlikely choice for such a kick, but he adapted to the pressure brilliantly by arrowing the ball straight between the posts. From there Clonakilty were in defensive mode, repelling St Finbarr’s desperate late thrusts to engineer a levelling score. Sexton had a late chance but, under pressure, his shot drifted wide as Clonakilty clung on grimly to that one-point advantage. The final whistle saw them deservedly crowned champions, yet they will be the first to admit that they should never have endured such a nerve-jangling passage to victory. The quality, power and fluency of Clonakilty’s football was exceptional for three-quarters of the game, so it was remarkable that they wound up chiselling out such a slender success.

Scorers for Clonakilty: C McManus, C Callanan 0-3 each, Timmy Anglin 1-0, P Griffin, C O’Donovan (0-1f), M O’Brien, D Murphy, H Kenny, N Griffin, D O’Regan (0-1f) 0-1 each.

St Finbarr’s: F Murray 0-5 (0-3f), J Sexton 1-0, R Leahy (0-1f), J O’Donoghue 0-2 each, G Leahy, R O’Mahony, C O’Sullivan 0-1 each.

CLONAKILTY: E Harte; T O’Sullivan, Tony Anglin, D O’Brien; D Murphy, N Griffin, N Hayes; S Nagle, Timmy Anglin; D Lyons, M O’Brien, C O’Donovan; C Callanan, C McManus, P Griffin.

Subs: D O’Regan for Hayes (inj) (28), H Kenny for O’Donovan (38),

ST FINBARR’S: K McTiernan; P Kennedy, M Shields, G O’Connor; C Lyons, J Coyle, M Ryan; E Keane, A O’Shea; C McCarthy, G Leahy, J O’Donoghue; R Leahy, R O’Mahony, F Murray.

Subs: R O’Dwyer for Coyle (25), C O’Sullivan for O’Shea (41), J Sexton for G Leahy (47).

Referee: Conor Lane (Banteer)

TG4 All-Ireland Senior Ladies Football Final – Cork v Dublin

TG4 ALL-IRELAND LADIES SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

CORK 1-9 DUBLIN 0-11

JACKIE CAHILL AT CROKE PARK

CORK had to dig deep against luckless Dublin before clinching a fifth successive TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football championship crown at Croke Park on Sunday.Eamon Ryan’s all-conquering Leesiders found themselves two points behind with eight minutes remaining of a low-scoring decider but called upon their vast reserves of experience to annex yet another title. Substitute Mairead Kelly made a big impact in the closing stages, scoring one point and creating another, as a run of four unanswered points saw Cork squeeze over the line with the bare minimum to spare. Dublin, back in the final for the first time since 2005, can count themselves unfortunate not to have left GAA HQ with the Brendan Martin Cup as the ultimate souvenir.

They were the better team for long spells, displaying incredible levels of hunger and intensity with their superb tackling particularly evident. The Sky Blues, inspired by Mary Nevin, got off to an ideal start with the first two points of the game but were rocked on their heels in the fifth minute. Cork, in typical fashion, absorbed the early pressure and then struck back with a vengeance as Nollaig Cleary banged home a fine goal at the Hill 16 end, after taking a pass from top scorer Valerie Mulcahy. Cork went hunting for more goals as they attempted to blitz the Leinster champions and Amy O’Shea struck the base of the post in the 10th minute, before Rhona Ní Bhuachalla blazed wide soon after.

Dublin, who had five forwards on target from play in the opening half, survived that onslaught and had chances of their own to claim an elusive goal. As early as the second minute, Sinead Aherne found herself one on one with Cork goalkeeper Elaine Harte but the Rockbán shotstopper blocked Aherne’s shot with her legs. With 17 minutes on the watch, Dublin were presented with a penalty chance after Aherne was hauled down by Ciara O’Sullivan but Aherne’s poorly-struck shot was easily saved by Harte. O’Sullivan spent ten minutes in the sin-bin for that indiscretion but Dublin failed to make their numerical superiority count on the scoreboard. However, they did lead by 0-6 to 1-2 at half-time and some harsh words were spoken in the Cork dressing room during the interval as they charged out of the blocks in the second period.

The first of five second half points for Mulcahy hauled Cork level and the teams would find themselves deadlocked on three further occasions before the finish. It was real tit-for-tat fare, with Dublin looking the more likely team, but the pattern of the game was similar to the All-Ireland senior hurling final and the Dubs couldn’t land the knockout punch. Cork were on the ropes and there for the taking but displaying the steel of champions, they refused to yield and hung in there in the face of stiff Dublin pressure. Dublin’s strong running game, mixed with ferocious and hard-hitting tackling, caused Cork plenty of problems and Aherne finished a flowing move which involved five pairs of hands to send her side 0-10 to 1-5 clear in the final quarter.

It was time for cool and experienced heads in the Cork camp and it was Mulcahy, Juliet Murphy and Nollaig Cleary who stood tall as the Rebelettes clawed their way back. Scores from Mulcahy and sub Kelly tied the game for the sixth time before Cleary and Mulcahy fired Cork two points clear with just minutes to go. Aherne’s third point cut the gap back to just a single point again with two minutes remaining but Cork played keep ball with possession and ran the clock down effectively as Dublin chased red-clad shadows.

Scorers for Cork: V Mulcahy 0-5 (3f), N Cleary 1-1, J Murphy 0-2f, M Kelly 0-1.

Scorers for Dublin: S Aherne 0-3 (1f), M Nevin & A McGuinness 0-2 each, S McGrath, E Kelly, L Davey and L Peat 0-1 each.

CORK: E Harte; R Buckley, A Walsh, G O’Flynn; C O’Sullivan, B Stack, B Corkery; J Murphy, N Kelly; N Cleary, D O’Reilly, A O’Shea; M O’Connor, V Mulcahy, R Ní Bhuachalla.

Subs: L McMahon for O’Shea (39), L Barrett for Ní Bhuachalla (42), M Kelly for O’Connor (50).

DUBLIN: C O’Connor; A Cluxton, N Comyn, M Kavanagh; C Barrett, S Furlong, S McGrath; D Masterson, N McEvoy; M Nevin, A McGuinness, E Kelly; L Davey, S Aherne, L Peat.

Subs: L Kidd for Cluxton (26), N Hurley for Kelly (39), E Travers for Barrett (54), K Flood for McEvoy (56), R Byrne for Nevin (57).

Referee: D Corcoran (Mayo)

Match Reaction

Mary O’Connor

By Jackie Cahill

“SEE your four and raise you one!” The triumphant cry and good-natured dig at Kilkenny’s four-in-a-row hurlers from Cork captain Mary O’Connor following her side’s victory in Sunday’s TG4 All-Ireland Ladies senior football final. Cork claimed a fifth successive title at Croke Park, a remarkable feat in the modern era but still behind Kerry’s nine-in-a-row of 1981-1990. O’Connor also hinted at her disappointment with the Cork county board’s decision not to reschedule Sunday’s county senior football final, a game which clashed directly with the showpiece ladies decider at GAA HQ. During the course of a lengthy and emotional acceptance speech, long-serving O’Connor said: “For some people, in the greater scheme of things, ladies football is not important. “But for us, this is the greater scheme of things.”

Dual star O’Connor, playing in a 17th All-Ireland final yesterday, added at an official press conference: “They (Cork county board) have their job to do and the Cork Ladies board have their job. “I was just saying earlier in the week that I was disappointed and I got burned, the headlines didn’t do me any justice. “We’ve won five in-a-row and the Cork county board have supported us in terms of pitch facilities and so on.” When asked if a sixth successive title is possible next year, O’Connor replied: “Talent and underage success is there but as seen today, it’s very difficult to win five. “It takes nine months and these players have given a lot to football. “We’re going to celebrate this, we’re going to try and fund-raise for a big holiday, if you could put it out there that we’re looking for some help in that department, I think we deserve it!

“If the men had won five All-Irelands in-a-row I think they’d be in free cars, free junkets and be made Freemen of the City but we’re going to enjoy this because it’s the 27 players and management that have been with us the last five years that have made it.” After finding themselves behind at half-time, O’Connor admitted that some strong words were exchanged in the Cork dressing room during the interval. She revealed: “We know there’s only a certain life cycle in every team, we know it’s going to come to an end but it wasn’t going to be today. “We had harsh words at half-time, we were being outworked for the ball and weren’t supporting the person on the ball. “We said we were going to put our heads down for the second-half and that the scoreboard only mattered when the hooter went.”

Eamon Ryan

By Jackie Cahill

TEAM manager Eamon Ryan admitted that Cork were fortunate to claim a fifth TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football championship crown at Croke Park on Sunday but paid huge tribute to the character of his players. Ryan revealed: “Dublin would consider themselves very unlucky but on the other side of it, we had players playing with antibiotics. “Juliet (Murphy) was very sick, Briege Corkery was very sick. They were with Doctor Con (Murphy) on Wednesday night.” Ryan looked at the scoreboard with eight minutes remaining and revealed that he uttered an expletive at that point, believing that the game was gone from the Leesiders as they found themselves two points behind. He added: “It wasn’t the management that got us through. It was the players because I honestly thought, looking at the clock with eight minutes left, that it was gone.

“All credit to the players, I don’t know where they got it from. I shifted Juliet back to centre back and she came out roaring at me, she wanted to go back to centre field. And she made two or three great forays. The last eight minutes was down to the players.” Five second half points from Valerie Mulcahy proved crucial as the Leesiders edged a tight final and Ryan reflected: “Valerie would be the first to admit that her first half wasn’t great. There were exchanges at half time but that’s Valerie. She is one of the best footballers. With the ball she’s superb.” Attempting to pinpoint the secret of Cork’s remarkable success, Ryan mused: “I’ve no secret anyway. Trying to analyse it, we were lucky enough to get eight or nine girls who had never won anything at underage and then we got eight or nine that had won a lot. The gelling of those two worked. The older group were keeping the younger group in check. The younger ones then abided by the guidelines that the older girls laid down. Our role in that wouldn’t be hectic. It was the two groups gelling and having mutual respect for each other. “We know that the last game, every morning we get up, is getting nearer. So the drive is within the team to push that last game. That would be what is going through their heads. Let’s push it back, we have to push it back, rather than thinking five in a row.”

Gerry McGill

By Jackie Cahill

DISAPPOINTED Dublin manager Gerry McGill admitted that missed chances cost his team dearly in Sunday’s TG4 All-Ireland Ladies senior football championship final. Dublin missed a glorious early goal chance and a tenth minute penalty, key moments which came back to haunt the Sky Blues as they lost out by just a single point. McGill reflected: “The best team never loses I suppose. “I think it comes down to taking your chances and unfortunately and at this point we’d have to say we missed a few chances at the end and were left to rue them.

“We were within six minutes of winning an All-Ireland and we had them on the rack for long periods in the game but that’s sport, that’s the way it goes.” Nonetheless, McGill was hugely proud of the performance of his Leinster champions as they handed Cork their toughest championship test in recent times. He said: “A lot of people didn’t think we’d have any chance at all. We always believed we were a good enough set of players and that we were good enough to go all the way. “Penalties, you see fellas in England getting 50 grand a week and they’re missing penalties. “We wouldn’t be here today without Sinead Aherne’s talent all year. “It’s neither here nor there.

“I don’t think it decided the game. We were two points up but over a five or six minute period Cork got a bit of dominance and we conceded one or two sloppy scores. If you make mistakes Cork will punish you whereas other teams mightn’t. “The work rate was tremendous. We maybe could have made one or two changes earlier. “When you’re one or two points up and it’s very tight one or two changes can change the course of the game. “Fatigue came into it at the end but we gave it our best and you can’t ask for any more.”

Team News

CORK (Ladies SF v Dublin): E Harte; Rena Buckley, A Walsh, G O’Flynn; B Corkery, B Stack, C O’Sullivan; J Murphy, N Kelly; N Cleary, D O’Reilly, A O’Shea; M O’Connor (capt), V Mulcahy, Rhona Buckley.

Paths to the Final

CORK: Munster Final: Cork 6-15 Kerry 0-9; Championship Quarter-final: Cork 4-23 Kildare 0-6; Championship Semi-final: Cork 3-10 Mayo 1-9

DUBLIN: Leinster Final: Dublin 5-6 Meath 1-8; Championship Quarter-final: Dublin 1-13 Kerry 2-6; Championship Semi-final: Dublin 2-14 Monaghan 1-15

Senior Championship

· There are 16 counties competing in the Senior Championship

· A Qualifier System was introduced into the Senior Championship in 2008

· Teams knocked out of the provincial championships enter the first round of qualifiers while provincial runners-up enter the second round of qualifiers

· Provincial winners enter the All Ireland Championship at the quarter-final stage

· One team is relegated from the Senior Championship

· Senior Championship Teams: Armagh, Cork, Donegal, Down, Dublin, Galway, Kildare, Kerry, Laois, Leitrim, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Sligo, Tipperary, Tyrone

TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Final – Clare v Fermanagh

Clare defeated Fermanagh by 3-10 to 1-11 in the 2009 TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Final in Croke Park on Sunday.

TG4 ALL-IRELAND LADIES INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

CLARE 3-10 FERMANAGH 1-11

JACKIE CAHILL AT CROKE PARK

CLARE made up for last year’s final heartbreak by capturing the TG4 All-Ireland ladies intermediate football championship crown at Croke Park on Sunday.

The Banner County received a fierce test from first-time finalists Fermanagh but eventually emerged five-point winners to erase the heartbreak of the 2008 defeat against Tipperary.

Clare looked on course for a comfortable victory with 20 minutes remaining as they led by seven points, 2-7 to 0-6, but a remarkable Fermanagh rally brought the Ernesiders level with eight minutes left on the clock.

A run of 1-4 without reply tied the game at 1-10 to 2-7 but just when it appeared that Clare’s hold on the game had slipped, they recovered with a strong finish to secure the title.

Clare, who drew with Fermanagh in the group stages, racked up 1-3 in the final seven minutes of playing time as two-goal heroine Majella Griffin’s 53rd minute strike proved crucial.

The experienced Griffin finished a move which covered almost the entire length of the pitch, with Aine Kelly and Sinead Kelly instrumental in the build-up.

Clare assumed complete control again to close the game out and secure senior championship football in 2010.

An exciting second period was in direct contrast to the opening half, which was littered with bad wides and poor passages of play.

Clare got off to the best possible start in the second minute when Griffin’s speculative shot slipped through the fingers of Fermanagh goalkeeper Donna Gilroy and into the net.

In the first half, Fermanagh were restricted to just three points, all from placed balls, as Clare went on to lead by 1-3 to 0-4 at the break, despite enduring a 17-minute barren spell.

Eimear Considine bagged a fine solo goal three minutes after the restart to put Clare 2-4 to 0-4 in front and it took Fermanagh until midway through the second half to register their first score from play.

However, Aisling Moane’s 45th-minute point sparked a dramatic revival which caught fire just a minute later when top scorer Caroline Little cracked home a fine goal.

Further points from Moane and Little hauled Fermanagh level but after working so hard to restore parity, the Ulster representatives were undone as Clare roared away again to claim a memorable win.

Clare scorers: M Griffin 2-4 (0-4f), E Considine 1-1, L Henchy, F Lafferty, R Lenihan, E Morrissey & N Keane 0-1 each.

Fermanagh scorers: C Little 1-5 (0-4f), S Little 0-3f, A Moane 0-2, S Hamilton 0-1.

CLARE: D Walsh; S Eustace, L Kelly, S Hoey; M Delaney, S Kelly, L Woods; L Henchy, F Lafferty; M Considine, E Morrissey, E Considine; A Kelly, N Keane, M Griffin.

Subs: R Lenihan for M Considine (52), G Lynch for Lafferty (56), B Kelly for Morrissey (58), C Considine for A Kelly (58), A.M. Callinan for Griffin (59).

FERMANAGH: D Gilroy; T Hughes-Little, E McGovern, C Woods; A Newell, P Melanaphy, A Gallagher; C Murphy, K McManus; A McBrien, S Hamilton, A Moane; D Maguire, S Little, C Little.

Subs: S McGovern for Woods (36), A McCaughey for McBrien (56), N Curran for E McGovern (59).

Referee: J Murray (Dublin)

Paths to the Final

FERMANAGH: Group A: Fermanagh 2-6 Cavan 0-12; Fermanagh 1-13 Wexford 1-7; Fermanagh 1-9 Clare 2-6; Championship Semi-final: Fermanagh 2-11 Longford 1-10

CLARE: Group A: Clare 3-19 Cavan 2-11; Clare 2-12 Cavan 2-11; Clare 2-6 Fermanagh 1-9; Championship Semi-final: Clare 3-17 Waterford 3-9

TG4 Ladies Football Junior All-Ireland Final – Limerick v Antrim

Limerick lost to Antrim by 3-10 to 2-8 in the TG4 Ladies Football Junior All-Ireland Final on Sunday in Croke Park.

TG4 ALL-IRELAND LADIES JUNIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

ANTRIM 3-10 LIMERICK 2-8

JACKIE CAHILL AT CROKE PARK

TWO goals by wing-forward Mairead Cooper proved decisive as Antrim were crowned TG4 All-Ireland ladies junior football champions at Croke Park on Sunday.

Last year’s beaten semi-finalists emerged five-point winners against Limerick to secure a place in the 2010 intermediate championship.

The Saffrons had drawn with Limerick in the group stages of the competition but the West County cup will reside in Ulster for the first time since Armagh’s victory in 2005.

Impressive full-forward Claire Timoney was Antrim’s star turn in the first half, collecting 1-3 as the winners established a 2-6 to 1-4 interval lead.

It was a game littered with goal chances and while Limerick raised the first green flag after ten minutes, Antrim were more clinical with the possession that came their way in attack.

Limerick’s top scorer Dymphna O’Brien took advantage of a mistake by Antrim goalkeeper Ciara McCoy to tap home but Cooper replied in kind seven minutes later.

Eight minutes before the break, Creggan Kickhams player Eimear Kelly placed Timoney for Antrim’s second goal and they went on to lead by five points at the break.

Limerick opened the second half in blistering fashion and after Yvette Moynihan pointed, Louise Higgins bagged a superb solo goal in the 35th minute to haul the Shannonsiders back into contention.

Higgins escaped the attentions of a number of defenders, dummied McCoy and stroked the ball into the far corner as Limerick moved to within a point of their opponents, 2-6 to 2-5.

Antrim, appearing in their very first All-Ireland final, spurned another goal chance in the 43rd minute when sub Aimee McAtamney shot straight at Ella O’Shaughnessy but the Ulster outfit remained comfortable nonetheless.

With six minutes remaining, sub Leanne Higgins brought Limerick to within two points, 2-10 to 2-8, but Cooper raised clear three minutes later to net her second goal and put real daylight between the teams.

Cooper was denied a hat-trick in the final minute when her rasping drive struck the crossbar and rebounded to safety but by then, victory was already assured.

Scorers for Antrim: C Timoney 1-5, (0-2f), M Cooper 2-1, C Kelly & E Gallagher (1f) 0-2 each.

Scorers for Limerick: D O’Brien 1-4 (0-1f), Louise Higgins 1-0, Y Moynihan, T Mulcaire, K Campbell & Leanne Higgins 0-1 each.

ANTRIM: C McCoy; Eimear Kelly (St Ergnats, Moneyglass), B Scullion, G Campbell; N Kelly, C Mullan, D McAteer; G McCann, M McCann; Eimear Kelly (Creggan Kickhams), S Daykin, M Cooper; C Kelly, C Timoney, B McClenaghan.

Subs: E Gallagher for E Kelly (Creggan Kickhams) (h/t), C Carey for Daykin (46), A McElroy for Cooper (60).

LIMERICK: E O’Shaughnessy; M O’Brien, S Healy, T Power; E McGuire, H Fogarty, S Larkin; P Donnelly, Y Moynihan, T Mulcaire; K Campbell, Louise Higgins, D O’Brien.

Subs: E Enright for Larkin (20), N Richardson for Moloney (h/t), Leanne Higgins for Power (40), M.I. Casey for Garvey (50).

Referee: T Lennon (Dublin)

Path to the Final

ANTRIM: Group A: Antrim 3-9 Limerick 1-15; Antrim 5-6 Carlow 1-4; Championship Semi-final: Antrim 3-9 Derry 2-6

LIMERICK: Group A: Limerick 1-15 Antrim 3-9; Limerick 2-11 Carlow 2-5; Championship Semi-final: Limerick 4-11 Louth 2-7

2009 Football All-Star nominations announced

2009 Football All-Star nominations announced

From the RTE.ie web site

Thursday, 24 September 2009 22:01

All Ireland and National League Champions Kerry have been rewarded for another memorable season, with all bar three of the team that started in Sunday’s final win over Cork nominated for 2009 GAA Football All Stars. In all, 12 counties are represented in the nominations list, compared to seven in hurling, with defeated finalists Cork having the second highest total with 10 nominees, Tyrone third with five and Dublin in fourth with four nominees. Champions Kerry also have two players – Paul Galvin and Tomas Ó Sé – shortlisted for Footballer of the Year, with Cork’s Graham Canty the other nominee. The Young Footballer of the Year will be decided between Donegal’s Michael Murphy, Cork’s Colm O’Neill and Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea.

Only five of last year’s All Stars team are nominated – Kerry’s Tomas Ó Sé, Declan O’Sullivan and Colm Cooper and Tyrone’s Justin McMahon and Davy Harte. Wicklow are rewarded for a year in which they played a record six championship games by having two players nominated, Leighton Glynn and Ciarán Hyland. They will be hoping to join the Garden County’s sole recipient to date on the All Stars list, Kevin O’Brien. Antrim, through June Player of the Month Michael McCann, have their first nominee since 2000 while Mayo’s Trevor Mortimer will be hoping to join his brothers Kenneth (1996) and Conor (2006) on the All-Stars thanks to his nomination with team mate Andy Moran. Kildare’s Dermot Earley – Player of the Month in June – will be hoping to collect his second All Star, having won an award 11 years ago. Limerick have also been rewarded for a strong season in which they ran Cork close in the Munster final before losing by a single point to eventual semi-finalists Meath in the qualifiers, with two nominees in defender Johnny McCarthy and midfielder John Galvin, who was also nominated in 2004. Kerry’s Tadhg Kennelly is one of 17 first time nominees, capping a truly memorable year in which he fulfilled his dream of emulating his late father Tim by winning his first All Ireland senior medal. Kennelly, who returned from Australia in March, also became the first Irishman to win both an All Ireland and AFL Premiership title.

2009 GAA Football All Stars nominations

Goalkeepers:

Stephen Cluxton (Dublin), Diarmuid Murphy (Kerry), Alan Quirke (Cork)

Full Backs:

Tommy Griffin (Kerry), Tom O’Sullivan (Kerry), Marc Ó Sé (Kerry), Anthony Lynch (Cork), Michael Shields (Cork), Ciarán Hyland (Wicklow), Karl Lacey (Donegal), Johnny McCarthy (Limerick), Justin McMahon (Tyrone)

Half Backs:

Graham Canty (Cork), John Miskella (Cork), Michael McCarthy (Kerry), Tomas Ó Sé (Kerry), Davy Harte (Tyrone), Ryan McMenamin (Tyrone), Barry Cahill (Dublin), Johnny Davey (Sligo), Andy Moran (Mayo)

Midfield:

Dermot Earley (Kildare), Nicholas Murphy (Cork), Alan O’Connor (Cork), Kevin Hughes (Tyrone), John Galvin (Limerick), Séamus Scanlon (Kerry)

Half Forwards:

Paul Galvin (Kerry), Tadhg Kennelly (Kerry), Alan Brogan (Dublin), Leighton Glynn (Wicklow), James Kavanagh (Kildare), Trevor Mortimer (Mayo), Paddy Kelly (Cork), Pearse O’Neill (Cork), Joe Sheridan (Meath)

Full Forwards:

Bernard Brogan (Dublin), Colm Cooper (Kerry), Declan O’Sullivan (Kerry), Tommy Walsh (Kerry), Daniel Goulding (Cork), Michael Murphy (Donegal), Michael McCann (Antrim), Stephen O’Neill (Tyrone), Alan Smith (Kildare)

Footballer of the Year:

Graham Canty (Cork), Paul Galvin (Kerry), Tomas Ó Sé (Kerry)

Young Footballer of the Year:

Michael Murphy (Donegal), Colm O’Neill (Cork), Aidan O’Shea (Mayo)

All-Star Hurling Award nominations revealed

Tipp top All Star nominations list

From the Irish Times newspaper

After a campaign that they will look back on with a mixture of pride and frustration, Tipperary were handed 13 nominations for the hurling All Stars this evening. The beaten All-Ireland finalists top the list, edging champions Kilkenny (12) into second place.

Galway have six players up for consideration with Waterford represented by five men on the initial list.

Tommy Walsh, John Mullane and Lar Corbett will contest the hurler of the year award while Joe Canning, Pádraic Maher and Noel McGrath are shortlisted for the young hurler gong.

Kilkenny’s Henry Shefflin may have missed out on a nod for the ultimate accolade but will join a select band should he win a ninth All Star next month. Only DJ Carey and Pat Spillane have reached that mark.

The final team that will be named at an awards ceremony in the Citywest hotel on Friday, October 16th.

HURLING NOMINATIONS

GOALKEEPER

Brendan Cummins (Tipperary)

Clinton Hennessy (Waterford)

PJ Ryan (Kilkenny)

FULL BACKS

Ollie Canning (Galway)

Noel Connors (Waterford)

JJ Delaney (Kilkenny)

Michael Kavanagh (Kilkenny)

Pádraic Maher (Tipperary) **

Fergal Moore (Galway)

Shane O’Neill (Cork)

Paddy Stapleton (Tipperary)

Jackie Tyrell (Kilkenny)

HALF BACKS

Tony Browne (Waterford)

Declan Fanning (Tipperary)

Mark Foley (Limerick)

Stephen Hiney (Dublin)

John Lee (Galway)

Conor O’Mahony (Tipperary)

John Tennyson (Kilkenny)

Michael Walsh (Waterford)

Tommy Walsh (Kilkenny) *

CENTREFIELD

Séamus Hickey (Limerick)

Alan McCrabbe (Dublin)

Shane McGrath (Tipperary)

Gavin O’Mahony (Limerick)

Michael Rice (Kilkenny)

James Woodlock (Tipperary)

HALF FORWARDS

Eddie Brennan (Kilkenny)

Séamus Callanan (Tipperary)

Aonghus Callinan (Galway)

Lar Corbett (Tipperary) *

Pat Kerwick (Tipperary)

Eoin Larkin (Kilkenny)

John O’Brien (Tipperary)

Ben O’Connor (Cork)

Henry Shefflin (Kilkenny)

FULL FORWARDS

Joe Canning (Galway) **

Martin Comerford (Kilkenny)

Damien Hayes (Galway)

Eoin Kelly (Tipperary)

Noel McGrath (Tipperary) **

John Mullane (Waterford) *

David O’Callaghan (Dublin)

Richie Power (Kilkenny)

David Treacy (Dublin)

* Hurler of the Year

** Young Hurler of the Year

Snub to Cats as Tipperary top All Star nominations

Thursday, September 24, 2009

From the Irish Examiner newspaper

THE all-conquering Kilkenny hurling team has received fewer Vodafone All Star nominations than Tipperary, the side they beat three times this season on their way to a historic four All-Ireland titles in-a-row. Eyebrows will be raised by the fact that Kilkenny have received 12 All Star nominations in comparison with All-Ireland finalists Tipperary’s 13, despite the fact that the Cats beat the Munster county in both the league and championship deciders this season, a run of success which has contributed to Kilkenny being hailed as one of the greatest teams of all time. “I wasn’t aware the nominations were out,” said Kilkenny selector Martin Fogarty yesterday evening. “To be honest we wouldn’t put much store by those. “Obviously they’re nice awards for the players to receive, but All Stars and Man of the Match awards, they wouldn’t really mean that much.”

Eyebrows will also be raised at the disclosure that Waterford’s Eoin Kelly, the second-highest scorer in this year’s All-Ireland senior hurling championship, has been omitted from the list of nominations for 2009. The omission echoes last year’s controversy, when Kelly’s county colleague John Mullane did not make the final selection, despite notching 2-21 from play that season, though Mullane later picked up a Gaelic Players Association (GPA) award. Kelly scored 2-47 this year, one point behind top scorer Joe Canning of Galway, who is nominated for this year’s full-forward line. Two years ago Kelly was also omitted from the nominations while his county team-mate Eoin McGrath made the longlist, even though McGrath was used as an impact substitute that season. At that time Kelly said: “It just seems like it is going to be a bit of a joke, doesn’t it? “Looking at it, I just thought it was a bit silly but that’s it.”

In all there are 14 first-time nominees — including the Tipp players Pádraic Maher, Paddy Stapleton, James Woodlock, Pat Kerwick, John O’Brien and Noel McGrath; Dublin’s Stephen Hiney, Alan McCrabbe and David Treacy (David O’Callaghan was nominated last year); Kilkenny’s Michael Rice; and Limerick’s Gavin O’Mahony. The others are Waterford’s Noel Connors, and Fergal Moore and Aengus Callinan of Galway. All but three of last year’s All Stars team are nominated (the exceptions are Cats Noel Hickey and Cha Fitzpatrick as well as Eoin Kelly of Waterford).

Tommy Walsh is line for his seventh successive award, while Henry Shefflin will join his fellow county-man DJ Carey and Kerry football great Pat Spillane on nine awards if selected this year. Eoin Kelly of Tipperary is going for his sixth, having missed for the last two years. Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh of Waterford is nominated for the half-back line, having won an award at midfield in 2007 and being nominated at half-forward the previous year. Declan Fanning, who is nominated at half-back, was full-back on the 2007 All Star team. Four of Kilkenny’s All-Ireland starters miss out — Brian Hogan, Derek Lyng, Richie Hogan and Aidan Fogarty. Last year Martin Comerford was the only one of the 15 starters omitted. Twelve months ago Kilkenny had 14 players nominated while Tipperary had nine. John Mullane, Lar Corbett and Tommy Walsh have been nominated for Player of the Year, while the Young Player of the Year nominees are Joe Canning, Pádraic Maher and Noel McGrath.

Tipperary GAA Archives web site launched

Tipperary County Board Press Release – September 21st 2009

Tipperary Archives Website – www.tippgaaarchives.com

Tipperary County Board is pleased to announce the launch of a new Tipperary GAA Archives web site, www.tippgaaarchives.com, which records details of Tipperary championship teams since 1886 and Tipperary County and Divisional Rolls of Honour since competitions began.

The new website was launched on Saturday September 19th at a function in the Anner Hotel Thurles by County Chairman, Barry O’Brien. The initiative was sponsored by the Tipperary GAA 125 Committee chaired by Seamus J. King. Among the guests at the launch was Jimmy Butler Coffey of Newport, who will be 100 years old later this year and is the last surviving member of the Tipperary team which won the All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship in 1937.

The archives site includes a list of every player who was part of a Tipperary Championship team from Minor up to Senior level in Hurling and Football since 1886. The list of over 17,000 players was compiled over the past couple of years by PJ Maxwell, an underage All Ireland hurling medallist with Tipperary and captain of the Tipperary team which won the 1980 Munster Under 21 Hurling Final. Thanks to the assistance of the clubs in Tipperary, over 90% of the players will include the correct Christian name also.

The new web site will also include the Divisional and County Championship Roll of Honour for all grades in Hurling and Football from Minor C grade all the way up to Senior since each competition began. This list was compiled by former County PRO and current Tipperary I.T. Committee Chairman, Ed Donnelly, from numerous sources and again, thanks to the assistance of the clubs, the name of the winning captain is included for over 75% of all County Champions.

All Ireland senior hurling medallist, former All-Star and current Tipperary Minor Hurling Manager, Mark O’Leary, set up the web site and supporting database. The use of modern technology will ensure that not only can the information be easily searched online but the web site can be updated in real-time

Tipperary County Board would like to thank the 125 Committee for sponsoring this initiative and to thank most sincerely PJ, Ed and Mark for their dedication to the project. It has required painstaking research and will be a very valuable reference point for anybody interested in Tipperary GAA.

Queries and feedback should be directed to Ed Donnelly, Chairman Tipperary IT Committee, at ed.donnelly@gaa.ie or 087-2055642 or to Ger Ryan, PRO, Tipperary County Board at pro.tipperary@gaa.ie or 086 8149146.

Ger Ryan

PRO, Tipperary County Board

Tel: 086 8149146

Email: pro.tipperary@gaa.ie

www.tipperary.gaa.ie

All-Ireland SFC Final – Cork v Kerry

Kerry overcame a poor start to thoroughly outplay Cork and claim their sixth GAA All-Ireland Football title this decade.

Kingdom crush Rebels’ dreams

From the GAA.ie web site

Sep 20, 2009

Kerry established a four-point lead with ten minutes left on the clock and absorbed everything Cork had to throw at them in a strangely subdued ending to the game. It had all looked so promising for Conor Counihan’s Rebels, who led by six points – 1-3 to 0-1 – after just 11 minutes. However, the tactics that have served Counihan so well were easily countered by Kerry boss Jack O’Connor and Cork were made to look distinctly ordinary after a season where they emerged as genuine contenders at the top table. Kerry played with 12 men in defence for much of the game and Cork’s forwards seemed to bounce off a green and gold defensive wall continually. The ploy of choking up the middle third paid off handsomely for O’Connor, as many of Cork’s key players in their Championship run, were anonymous on the afternoon.

Cork’s problems were abundantly obvious and their return of just six point in the final 60 minutes of the game was never going to be enough. It was a redemptive afternoon for the Kingdom, who endured a tortuous summer both on and off the field. If Cork were undone by Kerry’s lightning start in the 2007 final, it was the Rebels that got off to a flyer this time. They were 1-3 to 0-1 ahead inside 11 minutes. Cork’s goal came from a stray Nicholas Murphy pass – intended, it seemed, for Daniel Goulding – which ended bounced perfectly into Colm O’Neill’s hands. The Ballyclough clubman turned Tommy Griffin and crashed a shot into the roof of the net from a tight angle.

Kerry: D Murphy; M O Se, T Griffin, T O’Sullivan; T O Se (0-2), M McCarthy, K Young; D O Sé, S Scanlon; P Galvin, Declan O’Sullivan (0-1), T Kennelly (0-2); C Cooper (0-6, 0-6f), T Walsh (0-4), Darran O’Sullivan (0-1).

Subs: D Walsh for T Kennelly ’51, A Quirke for D O Se ‘57, K Donagahy for Darran O’ Sullivan ’57, D Moran for T Walsh ’67, A O’Mahony for K Young ’70.

Cork: A Quirke; K O’Connor, M Shields, A Lynch; J Miskella, G Canty, N O’Leary;n A O’Connor, N Murphy; P Kerrigan, P O’Neill, P Kelly (0-1); D Goulding (0-4, 0-2f), C O’Neill (1-1), D O’Connor (0-3, 0-3f).

Subs: D Kavanagh for A Lynch ’58, J Masters for D Goulding ’63, M Cussen for A O’Connor

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Kingdom use their know-how to squeeze life out of Rebels

By MARTIN BREHENY from the Irish Independent newspaper

Monday September 21 2009

CORK know how to reach All-Ireland finals but Kerry know how to win them. Therein lay the crucial difference between the sides yesterday as a game that appeared to offer Cork a real chance of finally beating Kerry in Croke Park returned to a familiar pattern for Conor Counihan’s crew as they ran aground on the jagged rocks which appeared all over the field. Kerry outscored their sinking rivals by 0-15 to 0-6 from the 11th minute on, leaving Cork to confront the sorrowful mystery of how they could play with such vitality in the opening minutes only to have the life squeezed from their challenge for the rest of the game. It looked in those hectic opening minutes as if Cork would indeed live up to their ranking as the most improved team in the country who had finally worked out how to win an All-Ireland final. Instead, it was no more than a mirage which faded quickly once Kerry secured the defensive bolts and set about applying consistent pressure to a Cork defence which had looked so sturdy all summer. The big difference this time was that Cork’s vaunted half-back line of Noel O’Leary, Graham Canty and John Miskella, who had dominated previous opposition with their stampeding runs, now found themselves having to think a whole lot more about their defensive duties. With that trio facing their own problems, Cork were unable to generate the same levels of momentum which took them to the final.

They did well enough at times around midfield but after that early bout of enterprise the attack were decommissioned as a Kerry defence, splendidly led by Tom O’Sullivan and Tomas O Se, herded them into a cul-de-sac before robbing them of their initiative. The end result was that Cork managed just 1-4 from play on a gloriously pleasant afternoon which invited players to showcase their talents. Cork should have done a whole lot better but as their confidence levels sagged in the second half, their shooting disintegrated into an embarrassing mess. They kicked 10 wides in the second half while Kerry missed the target only twice in a period which yielded a disappointingly low 0-8. The Kerry defence had a major input into Cork’s inaccuracy as the forwards found themselves under the severest of pressure as they lined up their shots.

For all that, it took a smart save by Diarmuid Murphy to deny Cork a goal in the 48th minute after Daniel Goulding darted in along the endline. The angle was tight but Goulding got his shot away only to have it blocked by Murphy’s imposing figure. A let-off for Kerry but it showed Cork that while they were four points adrift there was still hope of a recovery. The next eight minutes yielded three Cork points to pare the gap to one but it was as close as they got. Digging deep into their reserves of experience and fortitude, Kerry’s response to the latest threat was to kick three points in two minutes with Tommy Walsh landing two while O Se booted over a third to leave it 0-16 to 1-9 after 59 minutes.

Remarkably, there were no further scores as Kerry funnelled back, inviting Cork onto them. By now, Cork had run out of ideas as to how they might unhinge the Kerry defence. Indeed, it was painful for their supporters as they watched the attacks crabbing across the field while making very little forward movement. With a four-point working majority, Kerry were happy to play down the clock which they did to perfection to land their 36th All-Ireland crown. Cork’s review of yesterday’s game will be a painful process.

They couldn’t have hoped for a better start as they bounded into a five-point lead (1-3 to 0-1) after 11 minutes while looking very much like a side that had taken their Munster dominance over Kerry to Croke Park. Full-forward Colm O’Neill scored the goal in the 11th minute after being played in by a precision delivery by Nicholas Murphy. Kerry full-back, Tommy Griffin, whose game expanded into a tour de force from there on, slipped as he chased O’Neill, presenting the Corkman with a glorious opportunity which he availed off with a crisp drive past Murphy. Suddenly, Kerry found themselves facing a real challenge and while they would never admit it now, they must have had fears that it would turn out like the Munster semi-final replay which Cork won by eight points. However, a free by Colm Cooper began the recovery process in the 13th minute and by half-time Kerry were two points clear (0-11 to 1-6), having out-scored Cork by 0-10 to 0-3 after O’Neill’s goal. Tadhg Kennelly, Walsh and Declan O’Sullivan had been especially effective in Kerry’s revival, raising questions of the Cork defence which they hadn’t encountered all season.

Kerry won the second half by 0-5 to 0-3 which was heartbreaking for Cork, who enjoyed lots of possession but failed to exploit it due a combination of poor shooting, wrong decision-making and vigilant Kerry defending. For some strange reason, Cork played a very narrow attacking game, resulting in severe traffic problems down the middle while the wings went largely unpopulated. That suited Kerry’s dogged defenders who were happy to scrap away, secure in the knowledge that they had the measure of the Cork attackers. O’Neill’s early burst of productivity was impressive but he got nothing off Griffin from there on. Corner-forwards, Goulding and Donncha O’Connor also had a barren outing as did the half-forward trio. Paul Kerrigan and Patrick Kelly had been highly effective wing men throughout the season but were well beaten this time while Pearse O’Neill was unable to inflict himself on the opposition with anything like the same authority of previous games.

All that is a tribute to the Kerry defence which were brilliantly effective on their third visit to Croke Park since early August. They conceded 1-7 to both Dublin and Meath and 0-9 yesterday which shows just how much they have improved since being hit for 1-17 by Cork last June. Mike McCarthy’s return was certainly a positive factor but the others raised their game too. Griffin settled in well at full-back; Tom O’Sullivan regained his best form while the O Se brothers increased their level of influence too. In addition to carrying out his defensive duties so well yesterday, Tomas also galloped forward to kick two crucial points. John Miskella had scored 0-9 from wing-back going into yesterday’s game but got few opportunities to go forward yesterday. Neither did Canty nor O’Leary, both of whom were pre-occupied with defensive duties.

Ray Carey’s absence from the Cork full-back line weakened their resistance as his replacement, Kieran O’Connor struggled against Walsh before being substituted at half-time. Walsh took his high standards into the second half too, as did midfielder Seamus Scanlon, who had an excellent afternoon. Cooper was quieter than usual in open play, although he did win a few frees which he pointed en route to a final tally of 0-6. It says much for the spread of efficiency in the Kerry team that they could beat a highly-rated Cork team without the ‘Gooch’ reaching his optimum level. But then it all comes back to know-how, a commodity which Kerry had in abundance as they ended the GAA’s 125th anniversary season as they did the 75th and 100th — with Sam preparing to settle in for the winter.

Scorers –

Kerry: C Cooper 0-6 (6f), T Walsh 0-4, T O Se, T Kennelly 0-2 each, Declan O’Sullivan, Darran O’Sullivan 0-1 each.

Cork: C O’Neill 1-1, D Goulding 0-4 (2f), D O’Connor 0-3 (3f), P Kelly 0-1.

Kerry — D Murphy; M O’Se, T Griffin, T O’Sullivan; T O Se, M McCarthy, K Young; D O Se, S Scanlon; Darran O’Sullivan, T Kennelly, P Galvin; C Cooper, Declan O’Sullivan, T Walsh. Subs: D Walsh for Kennelly (51), M Quirke for D O Se (57), K Donaghy for Darran O’Sullivan (57), D Moran for T Walsh (68), A O’Mahony for Young (71).

Cork — A Quirke; K O’Connor, M Shields, A Lynch; N O’Leary, G Canty, J Miskella; A O’Connor, N Murphy; P Kelly, P O’Neill, P Kerrigan; D Goulding, C O’Neill, D O’Connor. Subs: E Cadogan for K O’Connor (h-t), F Goold for Kerrigan (49), D Kavanagh for Lynch (58), J Masters for Goulding (63), M Cussen for A O’Connor (66)

Ref — M Duffy (Sligo)

KERRY CLAIM 36th ALL-IRELAND TITLE IN GAA’S 125 YEAR

Kerry won the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior title in the 75th and 100th anniversary years of the Association and they reached another important milestone on Sunday when they also took the crown in the GAA’s 125th year. They achieved with it a four-point win (0-16 to 1-9) win over Munster champions, Cork and, in the process, won the Sam Maguire Cup for the 5th time this decade. Only twice before (1930s and 1980s) did Kerry win five titles in a decade so it crowned another outstanding ten year campaign by the Kingdom.

2009 – GAA Football Senior Championship

All-Ireland champions – Kerry

Runners-up – Cork

Connacht champions – Mayo

Leinster champions – Dublin

Munster champions – Cork

Ulster champions – Tyrone

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Games: 62

Biggest win: 27 pts: Dublin 4-26 Westmeath 0-11 (Leinster semi-final) Biggest score: 4-26: Dublin (v Westmeath – Leinster semi-final) Top scorers: Michael Murphy (Donegal) 0-36 points; Cian Ward (Meath) 3-26; Donncha O’Connor (Cork) 3-25.

Lowest score: 0-7 Derry (v Tyrone); Roscommon (v Mayo); Laois (v Down).

Draws: 4 – Cork v Kerry (Munster semi-final); Wicklow v Westmeath (went to extra-time – Leinster quarter-final); Roscommon v Wexford (2nd round qualifier); Donegal v Derry (went to extra-time – 3rd round qualifier) One point wins: 12: Cavan 0-13 Fermanagh 1-9; Mayo 2-12 Galway 1-14; Cork 2-6 Limerick 0-11; Monaghan 0-13 Armagh 0-12; Tipperary v Louth; Wexford 2-11 Offaly 0-16; Sligo 1-

13 Tipperary 1-12; Wicklow 1-15 Down 0-17; Kerry 0-14 Sligo 1-10; Donegal 2-13 Derry 0-

18 (after extra-time); Donegal 0-14 Galway 0-13; Meath 1-13 Limerick 2-9.

GAA FOOTBALL ALL-IRELAND SENIOR ROLL OF HONOUR

Kerry’s last All-Ireland triumph means that they have won almost as many titles as their three closest pursuers put together. Kerry are on 36, followed by Dublin on 22, Galway on 9 and Meath on 7. Nineteen counties have won the All-Ireland senior football title leaving the following still chasing their first crown: Antrim, Fermanagh, Monaghan, Sligo, Leitrim, Clare, Waterford, Carlow, Laois, Longford, Westmeath, Wicklow, Kilkenny.

36 – Kerry (1903-04-09-13-14-24-26-29-30-31-32-37-39-40-41-46-53-55-59-62-69-70-75-78-79-80-81-84-85-86-97-2000-2004-2006-2007-2009)

22 – Dublin (1891-92-97-98-99-1901-02-06-07-08-21-22-23-42-58-63-74-76-77-83-95)

9 – Galway (1925-34-38-56-64-65-66-98-2001)

7 – Meath (1949-54-67-87-88-96-99)

6 – Cork (1890-1911-45-73-89-90)

5 – Down (1960-61-68-91-94)

5 – Cavan (1933-35-47-48-52)

5 – Wexford (1893-1915-16-17-18)

4 – Kildare (1905-19-27-28)

4- Tipperary (1889-95-1900-1920)

3 – Louth (1910-12-57)

3 – Mayo (1936-50-51)

3 – Offaly (1971-72-82)

3- Tyrone (2003-2005-2008)

2 – Limerick (1887-1896)

2 – Roscommon (1943-44)

1 – Armagh (2002)

1 – Derry (1993)

1 – Donegal (1992)

Team News

Cork (SF v Kerry): A Quirke; R Carey, M Shields, A Lynch; N O’Leary, G Canty (capt), J Miskella; A O’Connor, N Murphy; P Kerrigan, P O’Neill, P Kelly; D Goulding, C O’Neill, D O’Connor

Kerry (SF v Cork): (1) Diarmuid Murphy (Dingle) (2) Marc Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht) (3) Tommy Griffin (Dingle) (4) Tom O’Sullivan (Rathmore) (5) Tomás Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht) (6) Mike McCarthy (Kilcummin) (7) Killian Young (Renard) (8) Darragh Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht) (9) Seamus Scanlon (Currow) (10) Paul Galvin (Finuge) (11) Declan O’Sullivan (Piarsaigh Na Dromada ) (12) Tadhg Kennelly (Listowel Emmett’s) (13) Colm Cooper (Dr. Crokes) (14) Tommy Walsh (Kerins O’Rahilly) (15) Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar) (Captain)
Subs: Ger Reidy (Castleisland Desmonds) Aidan O’Mahony (Rathmore) Donnacha Walsh (Cromane) Bryan Sheehan (St. Mary’s) Micheál Quirke (Kerins O’Rahillys) Paul O’Connor (Kenmare) Padraig Reidy (Scartaglin) David Moran (Kerins O’Rahilly’s) Anthony Maher (Duagh) Seán O’Sullivan (Cromane) Daniel Bohan (Austin Stacks) Kieran Donaghy (Austin Stacks) Aidan O’Shea (Glenbeigh/Glencar) Maurice Corridan (Finuge) Barry John Walsh (Kerins O’Rahillys) Kieran Quirke (Duagh) Rónán Ó Flatharta (An Ghaeltacht)

GAA All Ireland Football Final Referees

The GAA have confirmed that Marty Duffy of Sligo has been appointed to referee the GAA All Ireland Senior football championship final between Kerry and Cork at Croke Park on Sunday, September 20th. The Enniscrone/Kilglass man will be taking charge of his first ever All Ireland senior final. M. Duffy has previously refereed a number of Sligo and Connacht Finals and took charge of this years Allianz National Football League Final between Kerry and Derry. He also officiated at the Dublin V Tyrone league meeting on 31st January 2009.

Match Preview

SOUTHERN GIANTS HEAD FOR CROKE PARK SHOWDOWN

Cork and Kerry met for the first time in the senior football championship in 1889 and launched what has become one of the country’s great sporting rivalries. The latest instalment comes in the most important game of the year when they clash in next Sunday’s GAA All-Ireland senior football final in Croke Park (3.30pm).

It will be preceded by the All-Ireland minor football final between Armagh and Mayo (1.15). Both games will be shown ‘live’ on RTE 2.

It will be the third clash between Cork and Kerry this year as Kerry pursue their 36th All-Ireland title – and their fifth this decade – while Cork are seeking their first title since 1990. Remarkably, it will be the 19th championship clash between the counties this decade.

Cork and Kerry clashed in the 2007 All-Ireland final with Kerry winning by 3-13 to 1- 9. It’s the third time since the introduction of the qualifiers that the All-Ireland final has been between counties from the same province as in addition to the two Cork- Kerry deciders in 2007 and 2009, Tyrone beat Armagh in the 2003 final.

Cork are attempting to become the fifth county to win the title this decade, joining Kerry, Tyrone, Armagh and Galway on the honours list.

Paths to the final

Cork

Cork 2-18 Waterford 1-7 (Munster quarter-final) Cork 1-10 Kerry 0-13 (Munster semi-final) Cork 1-17 Kerry 0-12 Kerry (Replay) Cork 2-6 Limerick 0-11 (Munster final) Cork 1-27 Donegal 2-10 (All-Ireland quarter-final) Cork 1-13 Tyrone 0-11 (All-Ireland semi-final) Played 6, Won 5, Drew 1, Lost 0.

Cork scorers

D O’Connor……….3-22 (0-15 frees, 2-0 pens) D Goulding…………2-16 (0-2 frees) P Kerrigan…………2-8 J Miskella…………..0-9 P O’Neill…………..1-5 C O’Neill……………0-9 (0-1 ‘45’) J Masters………….0-4 P Kelly………………0-4 F Goold…………….0-4 P Kissane………….0-2 P O’Flynn…………0-2 G Canty……………0-2 F Lynch……………0-1 N O’Leary………..0-1 M Shields………….0-1 A O’Connor……..0-1

Kerry

Kerry 0-13 Cork 1-10 (Munster semi-final) Cork 1-17 Kerry 0-12 (Replay) Kerry 1-12 Longford 0-11 (Qualifiers Round 2) Kerry 0-14 Sligo 1-10 (Qualifiers Round 3) Kerry 2-12 Antrim 1-10 (Qualifiers Round 4) Kerry 1-24 Dublin 1-7 (All-Ireland quarter-final) Kerry 2-8 Meath 1-7 (All-Ireland semi-final) Played 7, Won 5, Drew 1, Lost 1.

Kerry scorers

Colm Cooper………………….1-28 (0-19 frees) Tommy Walsh………………..3-8 Declan O’Sullivan………….0-10 Paul Galvin……………………1-7 Darren O’Sullivan………….1-6 (1-0 pen) Bryan Sheehan……………….0-8 (6 frees) Sean O’Sullivan……………..0-6 (3 frees) Tadhg Kennelly………………0-6 Donncha Walsh………………0-5 Paul O’Connor………………0-4 (3 frees) Darragh O Se…………………0-3 David Moran…………………0-1(‘45’) Tomas O Se……………………0-1 Tom O’Sullivan…………….0-1 Seamus Scanlon…………….0-1

Last clash

Cork 1-17 Kerry 0-12 (2009 Munster semi-final replay), Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Cork: A Quirke; R Carey, M Shields, A Lynch; J Miskella (0-2), G Canty, N O’Leary; A O’Connor, N Murphy; P Kelly (0-1), P O’Neill, P Kerrigan (0-1); D Goulding (0-5, 0-2 frees), J Masters (0-1), D O’Connor (1-5, 1-0 pen, 0-3 frees).

Subs: F Goold (0-1) for Murphy; P O’Flynn (0-1) for Kerrigan; J Hayes for Kelly; F Lynch for A O’Connor.

Kerry: D Murphy; M O Se, T O’Sullivan, P Reidy; T O Se, A O’Mahony, K Young; D O Se (0-1), T Griffin; P Galvin, Declan O’Sullivan (0-1), T Kennelly (0-1); C Cooper 0-4, 0-4 frees), T Walsh, B Sheehan (0-2, 0-1 free).

Subs: Darran O’Sullivan (0-2) for Sheehan; D Moran (0-1, ‘45’) for M O Se; A O’Shea for Reidy; D Walsh for T Walsh, E Brosnan for D O Se.

Cork v Kerry: A Busy Decade

This has been the busiest rivalry of all since the introduction of the All-Ireland qualifiers in 2001. Remarkably, next Sunday’s Munster semi-final will be the 19th meeting between the counties since 2000. They have met in one All-Ireland final, five semi-finals (one replay), six Munster finals (one replay) and six semi-finals (two replays) with the results going as follows: Kerry 10; Cork 4; Draws 4.

They met three times in 2008-2006-2002 and twice in 2007 and 2005. They are again heading for a third clash this year. The last year Kerry and Cork didn’t meet in the championship was in 1997 which makes it by far the most consistent fixture in the entire championship programme.

Cork v Kerry: 18 Championship Clashes (2000-2009)

2009 – Cork 1-17 Kerry 0-12 (Munster semi-final) Replay

2009 – Cork 1-10 Kerry 0-13 (Munster semi-final)

2008 – Kerry 3-14 Cork 3-13 (All-Ireland semi-final) Replay.

2008 – Kerry 1-13 Cork 3-7 (All-Ireland semi-final)

2008 – Cork 1-16 Kerry 1-11 (Munster final)

2007 – Kerry 3-13 Cork 1-9 (All-Ireland final)

2007 – Kerry 1-15 Cork 1-13 (Munster final)

2006 – Kerry 0-16 Cork 0-10 (All-Ireland semi-final)

2006 – Cork 1-12 Kerry 0-9 (Munster final) Replay

2006 – Cork 0-10 Kerry 0-10 (Munster final)

2005 – Kerry 1-19 Cork 0-9 (All-Ireland semi-final)

2005 – Kerry 1-11 Cork 0-11 (Munster final)

2004 – Kerry 0-15 Cork 0-7 (Munster semi-final)

2002 – Kerry 3-19 Cork 2-7 (All-Ireland semi-final)

2002 – Cork 0-15 Kerry 1-9 (Munster semi-final) Replay)

2002 – Cork 0-8 Kerry 0-8 (Munster semi-final)

2001 – Kerry 0-19 Cork 1-13 (Munster final) 2000 – Kerry 2-15 Cork 1-13 (Munster semi-final) Kerry 10, Cork 4, Draw 4.

ALL-IRELAND SF WINS

Kerry 35 (1903-04-09-13-14-24-26-29-30-31-32-37-39-40-41-46-53-55-59-62-69-70-75-78-79-80-81-84-85-86-97-2000-2004-2006-2007)

Cork 6 (1890-1911-45-73-89-90)

ALL-IRELAND FINAL DEFEATS

Kerry: 18 (1892-1905-15-23-27-38-44-47-60-64-65-68-72-76-82-2002-2005-2008)

Cork: 13 (1891-93-97-99-1906-07-56-57-67-87-88-93-99)

GAA ALL-IRELAND ROLL OF HONOUR

Will Kerry clinch their 36th senior football title and move fourteen clear of nearest rivals, Dublin? Or will Cork win their 7th title and join Meath in joint third place behind Kerry, Dublin and Galway.

Nineteen counties have won the All-Ireland senior football title leaving the following still chasing their first crown: Antrim, Fermanagh, Monaghan, Sligo, Leitrim, Clare, Waterford, Carlow, Laois, Longford, Westmeath, Wicklow, Kilkenny.

35 – KERRY (1903-04-09-13-14-24-26-29-30-31-32-37-39-40-41-46-53-55-59-62-69-70-75-78-79-80-81-84-85-86-97-2000-2004-2006-2007)

22 – Dublin (1891-92-97-98-99-1901-02-06-07-08-21-22-23-42-58-63-74-76-77-83-95)

9 – Galway (1925-34-38-56-64-65-66-98-2001)

7 – Meath (1949-54-67-87-88-96-99)

6 – CORK (1890-1911-45-73-89-90)

5 – Down (1960-61-68-91-94)

5 – Cavan (1933-35-47-48-52)

5 – Wexford (1893-1915-16-17-18)

4 – Kildare (1905-19-27-28)

4- Tipperary (1889-95-1900-1920)

3 – Louth (1910-12-57)

3 – Mayo (1936-50-51)

3 – Offaly (1971-72-82)

3- Tyrone (2003-2005-2008)

2 – Limerick (1887-1896)

2 – Roscommon (1943-44)

1 – Armagh (2002)

1 – Derry (1993)

1 – Donegal (1992)

Match Preview

CORK AND KERRY TO MEET FOR 19th TIME THIS DECADE

For the second time in three seasons, Cork and Kerry will meet in the GAA All-Ireland senior football final on September 20 after Kerry clinched their place in the decider with a four point win over Meath in last Sunday’s semi-final. It will bring to 19 the number of times the counties have clashed in the championship this decade. Kerry have won ten to Cork’s four while there have been four draws, two of which came in 2008 and 2009. Kerry were easy winners over Cork (3-13 to 1-9) in the 2007 All-Ireland final. Since then the counties have met five times with Cork having won two, Kerry one while there were two draws.

All four of Cork’s wins this decade have come in the Munster championship but they have yet to beat Kerry in Croke Park. The counties have clashed six times in Croke Park since 2002 with Kerry having won five in (2002-2005-2006-2007-2008) while there was also a draw in 2008. Kerry are back in the final for a sixth successive year, something last achieved by Dublin in 1974-79. It will be Kerry’s 8th appearance in the final this decade. The only years they missed out on were 2001 and 2003.

It’s the third time since the All-Ireland qualifiers were introduced in 2001 that two counties from the same province have qualified for the final. Armagh met Tyrone in 2003 while Cork and Kerry clashed in 2007. The All-Ireland minor final will be between Armagh and Mayo.

Cork v Kerry: 18 Championship Clashes (2000-2009)

2009 – Cork 1-17 Kerry 0-12 (Munster semi-final) Replay

2009 – Cork 1-10 Kerry 0-13 (Munster semi-final) Draw

2008 – Kerry 2-14 Cork 1-13 (All-Ireland semi-final) Replay

2008 – Kerry 1-13 Cork 3-7 (All-Ireland semi-final) Draw

2008 – Cork 1-16 Kerry 1-11 (Munster final)

2007 – Kerry 3-13 Cork 1-9 (All-Ireland final)

2007 – Kerry 1-15 Cork 1-13 (Munster final)

2006 – Kerry 0-16 Cork 0-10 (All-Ireland semi-final)

2006 – Cork 1-12 Kerry 0-9 (Munster final) Replay

2006 – Cork 0-10 Kerry 0-10 (Munster final) Draw

2005 – Kerry 1-19 Cork 0-9 (All-Ireland semi-final)

2005 – Kerry 1-11 Cork 0-11 (Munster final)

2004 – Kerry 0-15 Cork 0-7 (Munster semi-final)

2002 – Kerry 3-19 Cork 2-7 (All-Ireland semi-final)

2002 – Cork 0-15 Kerry 1-9 (Munster semi-final) Replay)

2002 – Cork 0-8 Kerry 0-8 (Munster semi-final) Draw

2001 – Kerry 0-19 Cork 0-13 (Munster final)

2000 – Kerry 2-15 Cork 1-13 (Munster semi-final)

Kerry 10, Cork 4, Draw 4

Snippets

O’CONNOR & COOPER IN LINE TO TOP SCORING HONOURS

The race to top the 2009 GAA All-Ireland senior football scoring charts will go right down to the final day as Colm Cooper (Kerry) and Donncha O’Connor (Cork) attempt to overtake the leading pair.

Donegal’s Michael Murphy currently leads the table on 0-36, followed by Cian Ward

(Meath) on 3-26 (35 points) but since these pair are now finished the attention turns to Cooper and O’Connor who are in joint third place on a total of 31 points.

That leaves them needing to score six points to overtake Murphy who recorded his total over six games. O’Connor has played six games while Cooper has played seven.

Unusually, Wicklow have marksmen in the top ten with Tony Hannon having landed

1-22 and Seanie Furlong 1-21 in a championship run that took in six games, one of which went to extra-time.

Top Scorers 2009 SF Championship

Player……………………………………Total………… Games

Michael Murphy (Donegal)…….0-36…………………7

Cian Ward (Meath)……………….3-26………………….7

Donncha O’Connor (Cork)…….3-22………………….6

Colm Cooper (Kerry)…………….1-28…………………7

John Doyle (Kildare)……………..0-27………………….6

Bernard Brogan (Dublin)………2-20…………………..4

Tony Hannon (Wicklow)……….1-22………………….6

Donie Shine (Roscommon)…….0-24………………….5

Seanie Furlong (Wicklow)…….1-21…………………..6

Michael Meehan (Galway)…….2-17…………………..4

Gala All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship Final – Cork v Galway

A GOAL at the death from Maria Walsh saw Cork live to fight another day, dramatically finishing on par with Galway in the Gala All Ireland intermediate championship final, 2-9 to 0-15, at the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday. Walsh from the Ballyhea club was on hand to fire the equalising score on 60 minutes.

In a very entertaining encounter, the Cork girls performed best while playing with the wind in the opening half. Michelle Browne was on target with some fine point-taking and when Eimear Watson netted on the run up to the break, they took a 1-7 to 0-7 lead to the dressing-room. Meanwhile, Martina Conroy was in superb form for Galway, the Killimor girl shooting a total of 10 points over the hour.

Mainly through the accuracy of Conroy, the Connacht side fought their way back, taking over the lead with well-taken points from the stick of Tara Rutledge as well. Having gradually gained the upper hand, and in front by three points, the Jack McGrath trophy (donated by a well-known Cork referee) looked to be heading west after spending the last 12 months in Kilkenny.

But, just like their remarkable semi-final victory over Derry, Cork were able to find another gear in the closing minutes. Trailing by three points and with time almost up, Niamh Dilworth picked out Walsh who gave Deirdre Ward no chance in the Galway goal to set up a replay in three weeks time on October 10.

GALA ALL-IRELAND INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL:

Cork 2-9, E Watson 1-1, M Walsh 1-0, M Browne 0-6 (0-4f), L Power,M Watson 0-1 each.

Galway 0-15,M Conroy 0-10 (0-6f, 0-1’45), T Rutledge 0-3, C Bowes, C Murray 0-1 each.

Therese O’Callaghan
Camogie Association PR and Media


Match Preview

GALA ALL IRELAND INTERMEDIATE CAMOGIE FINAL

Cork v Galway, Gaelic Grounds Limerick, Saturday, 2pm

CORK go in search of their second All Ireland title in two weeks when they meet Galway at the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday. The county is on a high from last weekend’s success and players like Pamela Mackey whose twin sister Katrina made an impact in GAA headquarters, will play a big part.

Galway make no secret of the fact that they will give it everything to bring silverware to the west. Aoife Lynskey, Caroline Murray and Tara Rutledge will ensure no stone is left unturned.

Verdict: Galway

Team News

Cork: J Kavanagh; A M Fleming, C O’Neill, A Sheehan; P Mackey, R Curtin, C Motherway; M Walsh, H O’Mahony; M Watson, M Coleman, L Power; D Luby, E Watson, M Browne.

Galway: D Ward; J Coone, N Lawless, K Brien; C Gill, S Dervan, C Kelly; P Kenny, A Lynskey; C Bowes, C Murray, M Conroy; T Rutledge, G Kelly, L Pardy.

Bord Gais Energy GAA All-Ireland U-21 Hurling Final

Conlon shows nerves of steel to point way for new breed

Clare 0-15 Kilkenny 0-14

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Monday September 14 2009

Another Sunday in Croke Park, another Plan B. Whatever chance the hard-pressed stewards had to keep Kilkenny off the field, they hadn’t a prayer once referee Cathal McAllister blew his whistle for the final time to pronounce Clare All-Ireland U-21 champions for the first time. The ‘edge-of-the-seat’ manner of their victory made it an impossibility to provide any secure cordon afterwards as they came pouring from the stands in a whirlwind of excitement to acclaim a new generation of heroes. No county wears its collective heart on its sleeve more than Clare and while the numbers were less than 1995 or ’97, the joy that greeted this win was overwhelming. The fact that they beat the game’s most imperious county is a consideration for another day. They needed to draw on all the county’s traditional grit and obstinacy to first rein in Kilkenny and then keep them at bay in a truly gripping finish.

McAllister only had to award seven frees, four to Kilkenny, in a second half that ebbed and flowed to a wonderful hum before finally resting on Banner shores. They’ll cherish it in Clare after a decade that failed miserably for the most part to build properly on the legacy of Lohan, Daly, McMahon, O’Connor and Fitzgerald. The bitter relations between some of the game’s protagonists in more recent years can be put behind them now as they look to a brighter future underpinned by some of these players. Clare had held sway throughout the first half, empowered by the force of their full-back line that saw Cian Dillon make some wonderful catches and Eamonn Glynn and captain Ciaran O’Doherty sweep all before them.

Centre-back Nicky O’Connell and centre-forward John Conlon, the eventual man of the match, also played leading roles as the Banner wriggled clear by the break. Colin Ryan’s marksmanship from placed balls — six frees and a ’65 were converted — punished the indiscipline of the Kilkenny defence every time. Kilkenny did manage to get to grips with Darach Honan, Clare’s main threat, who struggled in the physical furnace he found himself in. That said, an injury since the semi-final win over Galway may also have held him back. He was taken out of it by Kilkenny corner-back Paul Murphy in injury time at the end of the first half, a tackle not too dissimilar to Jackie Tyrrell’s on Seamus Callanan the previous week. Ryan’s free made it 0-8 to 0-6 but it was a fragile lead, however, and sure enough when Richie Hogan popped over his second score just on the restart, Kilkenny found impetus from it.

David Langton’s game rose at centre-back, Mark Kelly went to a higher gear at midfield, Colin Fennelly ran at the Clare defence and from a deeper position Hogan found more room and had more influence. The two-point lead didn’t last long with corner-forward James Nolan equalising and then Fennelly putting them clear. Kilkenny just got tighter in the close exchanges and smarter with possession, forcing Clare into mistakes that may have cost them dearly. Conlon steadied them with a point on 39 minutes when he emerged from a thicket of options, spurning the scent of a goal he might have had for a safer option. It was a good call.

Nolan went by Dillon for the lead again and Hogan sent Kilkenny two clear as the game took on a predictable route in that third quarter. But Clare had the will and when Cormac O’Donovan pointed on 43 minutes to close the gap again, and ‘keeper Donal Tuohy brought off a remarkable save from Hogan, who had to settle for a point on 49 minutes, Kilkenny would have sensed an unwillingness in their opponents to yield. Emboldened by that defiance, Clare braced themselves for the home straight and drew energy from the crowd. Conlon’s equalising point (0-12 each) on 51 minutes did more than anything to lift them and while Fennelly and Liam Ryan drove wide uncharacteristically at the other end, it was Conlon again who sent them clear, showing nerves of steel in such a dogfight.

Kilkenny weren’t about it yield either and came back with inspirational scores of their own, Kelly taking a pass from Hogan to drive them 0-14 to 0-13 clear with his third point. Still Clare kept coming however. Ryan pointed a long-range free and then O’Donovan, with less than a minute remaining, fired over on the run from about 50 metres. Kilkenny had time and their full-forward John Joe Farrell spurned a glorious chance to equalise when he delayed sufficiently to allow pressure from the full-back line and the threat was averted, giving rise to jubilant scenes once again. For Clare manager John Minogue, a selector with Cyril Lyons in 2002, the prospect of a new generation witnessing this was most pleasing.

“We haven’t had good days since 1997 so it’s a good victory for a new generation. There are a lot of young kids who didn’t see Clare winning in 1995 or ’97. It’s important but whether it will add huge glory to Clare or not we will have to wait and see.” Conlon was happy that the bitterness of their 2008 Munster final defeat to Tipperary can be parked now. “The belief all year has been unbelievable. We just felt we couldn’t be beaten. It’s like a good club team. You haven’t seen that with Clare lately. I don’t know did last year drive us on for this year. We socialise together, everyone gets on like a house on fire.” The flames from that blaze can illuminate the next decade.

SCORERS —

Clare: C Ryan 0-9 (8f, 1 ’65), J Conlon 0-3, C O’Donovan 0-2, C Morey 0-1.

Kilkenny: R Hogan 0-5 (1f), M Kelly 0-3, J Nolan, C Fennelly, J Mulhall 0-2 each.

Clare — D Tuohy 8; E Glynn 8, C Dillon 8, C O’Doherty 8; D O’Donovan 6, N O’Connell 8, J Gunning 5; E Barrett 7, C O’Donovan 8; C Morey 6, J Conlon 9, S Collins 7; C Tierney 6, D Honan 5, C Ryan 7. Subs: C McGrath 7 for Tierney (44), P O’Connor 5 for Morey (49), E Hayes for Gunning (53).

Kilkenny — C McGrath 7; P Murphy 7, P Nolan 7, C Fogarty 6; M Walsh 7, D Langton 7, Lester Ryan 7; M Kelly 8, Liam Ryan 7; C Fennelly 8, M Bergin 5, J Mulhall 8; R Hogan 8, J J Farrell 6, J Nolan 7. Subs: N Cleere 5 for Bergin (49).

Ref — Cathal McAllister (Cork)

Roll of Honour

BORD GAIS ENERGY GAA ALL-IRELAND U-21 HURLING FINAL Roll of Honour

11 – Cork (1966-68-69-70-71-73-76-82-88-97-98)

11 – Kilkenny (1974-75-77-84-90-94-99-2003-2004-2006-2008)

10 – Galway (1972-78-83-86-91-93-96-2005-2007)

8 – Tipperary (1964-67-79-80-81-85-89-95)

4 – Limerick (1987-2000-2001-2002)

1 – Waterford (1992)

1 – Wexford (1965)

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