Munster SHC S-Final – Waterford 0-22 Clare 1-15

Waterford through to Munster final

From the GAA.ie web site

Monday, June 07, 2010

Waterford are through to the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship final after a 0-22 to 1-15 defeat of Clare at Semple Stadium, Thurles on Monday afternoon. Davy Fitzgerald’s side trailed by four points after playing into the wind in the first half, but a much-improved second-half display, inspired by the excellent Tony Browne and the Prendergast bothers, Seamus and Declan, saw them produce a blistering finish that a young Banner side could not handle. The Déise will play either Limerick or Cork in the Munster final next month at the same venue. Waterford nudged two points clear in the opening stages, as Stephen Molumphy and John Mullane were on target. Clare looked nervous and there were fears that they would be over-run by a far more experienced side. However, Clare soon found their feet and three points in a two-minute spell gave them the confidence they needed. John Conlon ensured all of the Banner’s half-forward line were on target in the first ten minutes.

Clare’s pace in the half-forward line was causing serious problems for the Déise in the opening quarter, with Sean Collins (two) and midfielder Nicky O’Connell hitting the target three times for Ger O’Loughlin’s side in that spell, nudging them 0-7 to 0-3 ahead after 20 minutes. Waterford were clearly struggling to win any possession in the middle of the field and were it not for four points from Eoin Kelly – three of which came from frees – they might have been even further in arrears. As the half wore on, Davy Fitzgerald, the Waterford boss, switched Maurice Shanahan and Mullane and the ploy worked as both players were on target to reduce the deficit to two points, 0-9 to 0-7, just before the break.

However, the Banner engineered a goal in the 34th minute as Darrach Honan won a breaking ball in the full-forward line and the rangy number 14 unleashed a rocket past Clinton Hennessy, the Waterford goalkeeper. Colin Ryan added a point in the next attack and the underdogs led by four, 1-10 to 0-9, at the break. Kevin Moran and Kelly tagged on late scores for Waterford to reduce the damage done in the first half.

Moran gave Waterford the perfect start with a point on the resumption of play and Molumphy added his second of the afternoon to halve the lead Clare took into the break. Honan responded with a point for Clare, but Declan Prendergast and Maurice Shanahan soon had the gap down to a minimum. Clare were coming under increasing pressure playing into the breeze and their half-back line began to exert their influence in the opening stages of the second half. Mullane levelled the game for the third time in the 44th minute as the intensity of the game gradually cranked up. Waterford resumed the lead for the first time in 38 minutes when Molumphy knocked over his third of the afternoon to give his side a 0-16 to 1-12 advantage with 21 minutes left on the clock.

Honan, the star of Clare’s U21 All-Ireland triumph last year, was causing Waterford full-back Liam Lawlor all sorts of problems, and he brought his total to 1-3 for the afternoon with 16 minute left to edge O’Loughlin’s men into the lead once again. But the lead changed hands with great regularity in a thrilling contest, with Kelly levelling the game with a fine point from play from inside his own half. Seamus Prendergast, just on as a sub, had Waterford ahead once again. Waterford’s senior players, including the always inspirational Browne, came into their own and they scored the last three points of the game to secure a place in the Munster final. Clare had an opportunity to level the game from a free, but once again they were punished for a poor wide when Kelly scored his sixth point of the game and Ken McGrath, who came on as a second-half substitute, hit a point before Seamus Prendergast delivered the insurance score in injury time.

Nothing dull about Déise as Clare show signs of life

Waterford 0-22 Clare 1-15

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

A DULL afternoon in Thurles yesterday, cold and drizzly, dense and low-lying grey clouds enveloping the whole area; reflective of those conditions, out in Semple Stadium a pitiful crowd of just over 11,000 to witness a fixture which, only a few years ago, was one of the glamour clashes on the GAA calendar. And yet, defying both the weather and an absence of any kind of atmosphere, the hurlers of Waterford and Clare combined to give us a wonderful contest, a game that was decided only in the final ten minutes, Waterford scoring four points without reply to just deservedly take the honours.

Clare came to Thurles as complete underdogs; a Division Two team beaten out for promotion by Wexford in this same ground a few weeks ago in the league final on a day when they couldn’t find the posts, a young side with a rookie manager and with seven championship debutants. A four-point half-time lead (1-10 to 0-9), however made a nonsense of that, and in fact had Clare not suffered a repeat of their league final shooting yips (eight first-half wides), they would have been even further ahead. All over the field Clare were on top, Waterford making only occasional isolated stands. Inside, where Waterford opted for a two-man full-forward line, Cian Dillon was handling the size and threat of former hurler-of-the-year Dan Shanahan, while youngster Conor Cooney was doing a decent damage-limitation job on the ever-dangerous John Mullane (held him to two points from play and two more from very softly awarded frees, both notched by Eoin Kelly).

The Clare half-back line of Brendan Bugler, Diarmuid McMahon and Patrick Donnellan were also on top, Nicky O’Connell was the pick of the four midfielders (though Shane O’Sullivan was doing well for Waterford), while pacy wing-forwards Seán Collins and Jonathon Clancy picked off two fine points apiece. Inside, however, was where Clare really had Waterford in trouble, the lanky frame of Darach Honan causing major problems for first Eoin Murphy, then Liam Lawlor. U21 again next year, the Clonlara youngster isn’t just about height and a telescopic catching arm, he also has sublime skills, and his goal in the 33rd minute was a score of real quality, a power shot from about 20m off his left side over Clinton Hennessey’s left shoulder. With that goal, and a subsequent Colin Ryan point, Clare took a six-point lead and as half-time approached, a shock was certainly on the cards. Two softly conceded frees just before the interval, however, both of them from distance but both pointed by the lethal Eoin Kelly, threw Waterford a lifeline, reduced that deficit to four.

With the strong wind now at their backs, the second-half was dominated by Waterford, supersub Declan Prendergast with three fine points from wing-back, his older brother Seamus – another sub – with another two, while Ken McGrath put an exclamation mark on his late cameo appearance with a long-ranger from halfway. Some contribution from the bench, all of whom, it appeared, felt they had something to prove. “I’ve been criticised in Waterford, written off, but I proved a point today, scored three points,” said Declan; “I didn’t come on to do any scoring, I came on to defend, but the ball ran for me, I put them over the bar.”

It wasn’t just those three, however; corner-back Noel Connors was prominent all through, Tony Browne now thundered into the game as did Brick Walsh at centre-back, and together with Declan Prendergast, this trio formed a wall across the 45m in this half. Team captain Stephen Molumphy came in with two fine points, John Mullane was still busy, the Shanahan brothers Dan and Maurice – though both were eventually taken off – also contributed, while Eoin McGrath came up with the score of the game, perhaps even the point of the championship, a missile from just outside his own 45m line. For Clare, Darach Honan remained a threat up front, added two points, and the O’Donovan twins, Cormac and Domhnall, along with David Barrett, impressed on their introduction. The wise old heads (on and off the pitch) were the difference eventually, won it for Waterford, but mark this down: this Clare side will be heard from again.

Waterford: C Hennessy; N Connors, L Lawlor, E Murphy; T Browne, M Walsh, J Nagle; S O’Sullivan, R Foley; K Moran (0-2), M Shanahan (0-2), E Kelly (0-6, 4f); J Mullane (0-3), D Shanahan, S Molumphy (0-3). Subs – D Prendergast (0-3) for Nagle (h.t.), S Prendergast (0-2) for M Shanahan (50), S Walsh for D Shanahan (60), K McGrath (0-1) for Moran (64), E McGrath for Molumphy (70+2)

Clare: D Touhy; P Vaughan, C Dillon, C Cooney; B Bugler, D McMahon, P Donnellan; B O’Connell, N O’Connell (0-3, 1f); S Collins (0-2), J Conlon (0-1), J Clancy (0-3); F Lynch, D Honan (1-3), C Ryan (0-1). Subs – C O’Donovan (0-1) for Ryan (45), D O’Donovan for B O’Connell (52), D Barrett (0-1) for Lynch (57), A Markham for Clancy (66).

Ref: Brian Gavin (Offaly)

Team News

Donal Touhy, Cian Dilon, Conor Cooney, Nicky O Connell, Sean Collins, John Conlon and Darach Honan make their championship debuts on Monday next against Waterford in the Munster Championship semi final.

Also 7 of last years All-Ireland Under 21 team line out. Conor Cooney was u.21 captain in 2008.

Brian O Connell continues as Captain with Pat Vaughan as Vice Captainn

Clare Senior Hurling Team v. Waterford

Munster Hurling Championship 2010

1. Donal Touhy (D.O.Tuathaigh) Crusheen
2. Pat Vaughan (P.O.Beachain) Crusheen
3. Cian Dillon (C.O.Diolion) Crusheen
4. Conor Cooney (C.O.Cuana) O’ Callaghans Mills
5. Brendan Bulger (B.O.Buiglir) Whitegate
6. Diarmuid McMahon (D.O.MacMathuna) Kilmaley
7. Patrick Donnellan (P.O.Donalain) O’ Callaghans Mills
8. Brian O Connell (B.O.Conaill) Wolfe Tones na Sionna (Capt).
9. Nicky O Connell (N.O.Conaill) Clonlara
10. Sean Collins (S.O.Coilean) Cratloe
11. John Conlon (S.O.Conallain) Clonlara
12. Jonathan Clancy (S.O.MacLannchaidh) Clarecastle
13. Fergal Lynch (F.O.Lionsigh) Clooney-Quin
14. Darach Honan (D.O.hEoghanain) Clonlara
15. Colin Ryan (C.O.Riain) Newmarket on Fergus
16. Philip Brennan (P.O.Braoinin) Tulla
17. Mark Flaherty  ( M.O.Flaitheartaigh) Killanena
18. Domhnall O Donovan (D.O.Donnabhain) Clonlara
19. Cormac O Donovan (C.O.Donnabhain) Clonlara
20. David Barratt (D.O.Bairead) Newmarket on Fergus
21. Alan Markham (A.O.Marchain) Kilmaley
22. Martin ”Oige” Murphy (M.O.Murchu) Cratloe
23.  Michael Scanlon  ( M.O.Scealain) Scariff
24. Gerry Quinn (G.O.Coinn) Corofin
Manager: Ger O Loughlin
Selectors: Danny Chaplin
Liam Doyle

First Aid : Dr Padraic Quinn

Chartered Physio : Shane O Regan

Kit Man : Michael Colins

Liasion Officer : Pat Fitzgerald

WATERFORD named their team and it is as follows –

Clinton Hennessey

Eoin Murphy

Liam Lawlor

Noel Connors

Tony Browne

Michael Walsh

Jamie Nagle

Shane O’Sullivan

Richie Foley

Dan Shanahan

Kevin Moran

Stephen Molumphy – Capt.

John Mullane

Eoin Kelly

Maurice Shanahan

Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Waterford 1-13 Clare 0-13

Waterford defeated Clare by 1-13 to 0-13 in the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Monday in Semple Stadium Thurles.

Déise men break Banner hearts as brave fightback falls short

Waterford 1-13 Clare 0-13

By Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

LAST year’s beaten finalists Waterford held off a spirited Clare fightback to book their place in the Munster intermediate hurling championship final on July 22. Eight minutes after half-time at a rain-soaked Semple Stadium yesterday, the Déise looked in complete control as they led by nine points, (1-10 to 0-4). That was before a run of five unanswered Clare points dragged the challengers back into contention and while Waterford surged six points clear again, three late Banner County points left the South East outfit hanging on at the finish. With two minutes remaining, Seán Chaplin’s sixth point of the day had cut the gap back to a goal (0-13 to 1-13) but Waterford held firm in the remaining two minutes of normal time, plus two extra added on by referee Noel Cosgrove.

Waterford will now meet Limerick or Cork in next month’s final as they go in search of just a second Munster intermediate hurling title, and first since 2007. For Clare, the fruitless wait for a first provincial title at this grade will continue for at least another season although the county’s famed fighting qualities were very much in evidence in the second half. With a strong breeze blowing into the Killinan End favouring Waterford in the opening half, they wasted no time in racking up a healthy lead. Liam Óg Daniels’ charges were happy to shoot on sight from long range and with 21 minutes on the watch, Waterford had opened up a 0-8 to 0-1 lead.

Lively corner forward Pádraig Hickey ended a 23-minutes barren spell for Clare with a 26th minute score and Hickey struck again a minute later to keep his side clinging onto Waterford’s coattails. At half-time, Waterford led by 0-9 to 0-4 and they struck for the game’s only goal five minutes after the restart as full-forward Nicky Jacob brilliantly blocked down Cathal Chaplin before whipping the loose ball to the net. Mark Gorman’s free sent Waterford nine points clear but Clare, featuring 2009 All-Ireland U21 winning captain Ciaran O’Doherty at corner back, took advantage of the breeze behind them to make a real fight of it until the finish.

Scorers for Waterford: M Gorman 0-5 (3f), N Jacob 1-1, J Kearney, D Murphy & C O’Gorman 0-2 each, J Hurney 0-1.

Scorers for Clare: S Chaplin 0-6 (5f), M Duggan 0-3, P Hickey & P O’Connor (1f) 0-2 each.

WATERFORD: S O’Keeffe; S Kearney, J O’Leary, J Coffey; S Hannon, P Murray, J Hurney; D Murphy, N O Murchadha; C O’Gorman, M O’Gorman, J Kearney; M Gorman, N Jacob, K Landers.

Subs: B Phelan for Landers (26), JJ Hutchinson for J Kearney (53), A Lawlor for O’Gorman (60).

CLARE: G O’Connell; M O’Regan, D Shannon, C O’Doherty; P Kelly, M Hawes, P O’Connor; K Dilleen, C Chaplin; S Chaplin, T O’Donovan, J O’Connor; M Duggan, A Brigdale, P Hickey.

Subs: M O’Donnell for Brigdale (20), D Russell for J O’Connor (42), D Kennedy for Hickey (inj, 46), M Earley for Shannon (51), F O’Grady for O’Regan (56).

Referee: N Cosgrove (Tipperary)

Munster SFC S-Final – Cork 0-15 Kerry 0-15

Cork and Kerry played out a 0-15 to 0-15 draw in the Munster Senior Football Championship Semi Final on Sunday at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.

Still no separating old rivals

From the GAA.ie web site

Cork and Kerry will meet again next Sunday after Colm Cooper’s injury-time free ensured a 0-15 to 0-15 draw in the Munster GAA Football Championship semi-final at Killarney on Sunday afternoon. However, Cork were left to rue some costly mistakes in the final quarter as they led by four points midway through the second half and missed a couple of glorious goal chances with ten minutes left to seal a place in the Munster final against Limerick. The Rebels led 0-14 to 0-10 in the 53rd minute after dominating much of the game, but they failed to register another score until substitute Colm O’Neill put them back in the lead with his first touch of the ball in the final minute.

However, just as Cork looked to have held off a Kerry comeback that saw the All-Ireland champions kick three successive points in the final ten minutes, Cooper levelled the game after being fouled by Paudie Kissane and ensured a replay when he curled the ball delightfully over the bar with a free from his hands way out on the touchline. Remarkably, it was almost a carbon copy of the semi-final last year, when Colm O’Neill also put Cork ahead in injury time before Bryan Sheehan levelled the game from a free. Kerry will now travel to Cork for the replay next Sunday afternoon at 2.00pm in Páirc Uí Chaoimh having lost by eight points in the Munster semi-final replay last year, although the Rebels will be confident of repeating that success after dominating for much of the game.

Their inability to kill off the game in the final quarter will be a worry for their manager Conor Counihan, who had been hoping to mastermind a first Cork win in Killarney since 1995. That looked very much a possibility when Cork had two great chances to effectively win the game in the 61st minute. Midfielder Alan O’Connor raced clear on goal and was denied by a brilliant save by Brendan Kealy, the Kerry goalkeeper, before the ball broke to Aidan Walsh, who dragged his shot badly wide. Kerry trailed by 0-8 to 0-6 at half-time, but they had goal chances either side of the break that might have changed the complexion of the game. Just before the interval, Donaghy and Sheehan combined and the giant Austin Stacks man was through on goal but he pulled his shot badly wide. Three minutes into the second half, Donaghy turned provider for Donncha Walsh, but this time Alan Quirke denied Kerry with his knee.

Two Kerry substitutes, Anthony Maher and BJ Keane, kicked points to level the game at 0-14 apiece with a minute left, before Colm O’Neill and Cooper traded scores in injury time to level the game. Kerry boss Jack O’Connor will have significant worries of his own after Cork dominated the midfield battle and neither Michael Quirke nor Seamus Scanlon finished the game. Quirke was forced off at half-time after taking a knock to the face, while Scanlon looked off colour and failed to come to grips with Cork’s midfield pairing of Alan O’Connor and debutant Aidan Walsh. Allied to that, Paul Kerrigan’s pace caused massive problems for Marc Ó Sé and the Nemo man managed to filch three points of the Kerry corner back.

Kieran Donaghy – who was Kerry’s ace in the quarter-final defeat of Tipperary – was well marshalled by Graham Canty, while Declan O’Sullivan’s influence was negated by the brilliant Michael Shields. Cork’s half-back line were immense as a rule, with Paudie Kissane giving his finest ever display in a blood and bandage jersey, kicking three superb points from play and causing havoc with his lung-bursting charges from defence. Kerry’s ace was Bryan Sheehan, who kicked six points (five from frees) and was a constant threat from open play as well as from placed balls. Sheehan kicked four points in the first half and was instrumental in Kerry’s blistering start. Thaye were three points ahead by the ninth minute and Cork looked to be struggling in the middle third of the field.

The Kingdom were ahead as early as the third minute, when Michael Shields was shown a yellow card for a foul on Declan O’Sullivan and the ever-reliable Sheehan slotted over the resultant free. Aidan Walsh, the young Cork midfielder making his Championship debut, had a difficult opening ten minutes, turning over ball three times, the first of which saw Donncha Walsh rob him of the ball, feed Donaghy and he found Declan O’Sullivan, who sent Kerry two points clear. Cork were struggling and Sheehan – who kicked four points in the first half (0-3f) – was troubling Cork corner back Ray Carey. The St Mary’s man found Cooper with a clever diagonal ball and Cooper applied a clever finish to give Kerry a three-point lead.

However, Kerry’s monopoly of the ball soon ended when Cork started to gradually take over in the midfield battle, as Pearse O’Neill aided Walsh and O’Connor in a crowded middle third. Cork got off the mark in the 10th minute, with Daniel Goulding landing a free and Donncha O’Connor adding a second from a free from the other side of the field. Cork were level when Paddy Kelly kicked their first point from play, but the Rebels might have been further ahead had Marc Ó Se not denied Goulding with a brilliant block after an Aidan Walsh pass. Cork had by now taken complete control of the midfield battle and their superiority began to tell on the scoreboard as they kicked three successive points in a three-minute spell. The first in that purple patch came after Kealy, the Kerry goalkeeper, was blown up for taking too much time taking a free kick. The referee threw in the ball and Kerrigan won possession and popped the ball over. Kissane, the Cork wing-back, was starting to have an increased influence on the game and he broke from defence and landed a fine point in that spell. Cork led 0-8 to 0-5 when Kerrigan beat Tomás Ó Se for pace on the outside and fisted the ball over the bar.

Kerry pulled one back just before half-time to leave two points between the sides at the break, before they hit three successive scores in a three-minute spell to reduce the gap to two points by the 43rd minute. However, Cork hit back with three points of their own to pull clear again and Kissane was on target with two brilliant points, off either foot, to nudge the Rebels clear again. Kerry introduced Anthony Maher for Quirke at the break, while David Moran also had an influence after coming on for Scanlon after 48 minutes. However, the most telling change was the introduction of Paul Galvin for Darran O’Sullivan. Galvin foraged and battled and appeared to inspire those around him as Kerry, with the aid of Tomás Ó Sé’s second point from play, staged a late comeback to ensure another day out next week.

Kerry: B Kealy; M Ó Se, T Griffin, T O’Sullivan; T Ó Se (0-2), M McCarthy, K Young; S Scanlon, M Quirke; Darran O’Sullivan, Declan O’Sullivan (0-1); D Walsh; C Cooper (0-4, 0-3f), K Donaghy, B Sheehan (0-6, 0-5f).

Subs: A Maher for Quirke (blood sub, 13-16), Quirke for Maher (0-1) HT, D Moran for S Scanlon ’48, P Galvin for Darran O’Sullivan ’53, BJ Keane (0-1) for D Walsh ’60, P Reidy for K Young ’62,

Cork: A Quirke; R Carey, G Canty, J O’Sullivan; N O’Leary, M Shields, P Kissane (0-3); A O’Connor (0-1), A Walsh, P O’Neill (0-1), D O’Connor (0-2, 0-2f), P Kelly (0-1); D Goulding (0-3, 0-2f), C Sheehan, P Kerrigan (0-3).

Subs: F Goold for O’Connor ’58, C O’Neill (0-1) for D Goulding’62, D Kavanagh for O’Connor ’66,

Referee: Pádraig Hughes (Armagh)

Attendance: 35,786

Team News

Cork (SF v Kerry): A Quirke; R Carey, G Canty, J O’Sullivan; N O’Leary, M Shields, P Kissane; A O’Connor, A Walsh; P O’Neill, D O’Connor, P Kelly; D Goulding, C Sheehan, P Kerrigan.

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Cork on Sunday 7th June is as follows:

1. Brendan Kealy Kilcummin 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. Seamus Scanlon Currow 9. Micheál Quirke Kerins O’Rahillys

10. Darran O’ Sullivan Glenbeigh /Glencar 11. Declan O’ Sullivan Piarsaigh Na Dromada 12. Donnacha Walsh Cromane

13. Colm Cooper Dr Crokes 14. Kieran Donaghy Austin Stacks 15. Bryan Sheehan (CAPTAIN) St. Mary’s

The substitutes are:

16 David Hennessey Kerins O’Rahillys 17. Padraig Reidy Scartaglin 18 Paul Galvin Finuge

19. Anthony Maher Duagh 20. Adrian O’Connell St Michael’s Foilmore 21. Kieran O’Leary Dr. Crokes

22. Barry John Keane Kerins O’Rahillys 23. Niall O’Mahony Spa 24. Pat Corridan Finuge

25. David Moran Kerins O’Rahillys 26. Daniel Bohan Austin Stacks 27. Paudge O’Connor Legion

28. Johnny Buckley Dr Crokes 29. Jonathan Lyne Legion 30. James O’Donoghue Legion

Bainisteóir: Jack O’Connor (Piarsaigh Na Dromada)

Traenálaí: Alan O’Sullivan (Kerins O’Rahillys)

Roghnóirí: Ger O’Keeffe (Austin Stacks) Eamon Fitzmaurice (Finuge)

New Members panel since game played V Tipperary :, , Daniel Bohan, Paudge O’Connor, Johnny Buckley, Jonathan Lyne and James O’Donoghue

Ticket Sales

Terrace Tickets for the Kerry v Cork Munster Senior Football Semi Final at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney on Sunday June 6th. will be on sale from the MUNSTER GAA TICKET VAN at the following SuperValu Stores in Kerry and Cork

MONDAY MAY 31st.

11.00am to 12.30pm Garvey’s SuperValu, Listowel

2.30pm to 4.00pm Keane’s Super Valu, Killorglin

5.00pm to 6.30pm Walsh’s SuperValu, Cahirciveen

TUESDAY JUNE 1st.

11.00am to 12.00pm Healy’s SuperValu, Dunmanway

1.15pm to 2.00pm SuperValu, Tramore Road, Cork

3.00pm to 4.00pm Collins Super Valu, Carrigaline

5.30pm to 7.00pm Dick’s SuperValu, Charleville

FRIDAY JUNE 4th

11.00am to 12.30pm  Caulfield’s SuperValu, Bandon
2.30pm to 3.30pm   Scally’s SuperValu, Blackrock, Cork
5.00pm to 6.30pm   Reidy’s SuperValu, Mitchelstown

Munster Senior Football Championship Semi Final – Limerick 1-17 Waterford 1-9

Limerick defeated Waterford by 1-17 to 1-9 in the Munster Senior Football Championship Semi Final on Sunday at Fraher Field Dungarvan.

Limerick too strong for Déise

From the GAA.ie web site

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Limerick reached their second consecutive Munster GAA Football Senior Championship Final after enjoying an eight-point win, 1-17 to 1-9, over Waterford at Fraher Field in Dungarvan on Sunday afternoon. Aided by an early goal from Ger Collins, Mickey Ned O’Sullivan’s side were always in control, and though a dogged Waterford – who had to play 58 minutes of this game with 14 men – put it up to them, Limerick’s greater scoring power saw them through in the end. The performances of goalscorer Collins, Ian Ryan and Stephen Lavin were noteworthy for the Treatymen, while Waterford captain Tony Grey surged forward from wing-back to score twice but the early loss of Tommy Prendergast hampered the Déise as it meant a reconfiguration at midfield, where John Galvin and James O’Donovan enjoyed the upper hand for Limerick.

The victors enjoyed a brilliant start as Collins’ goal put them into an early 1-1 to 0-1 lead, the attacker meeting a delivery from Stephen Kelly to punch to the Waterford net in the eighth minute. Waterford’s cause worsened soon after when Prendergast was dismissed by referee Syl Doyle for a high challenge on O’Donovan, but Gary Hurney, their goalscoring hero in the win over Clare in the previous round, repeated the feat when he fired past Brian Scanlon to level at 1-2 apiece in the 14th minute.

Overall though, Limerick were stronger for the remainder of the half as Lavin and Ryan both sent over two points each and at half-time it was 1-8 to 1-4, two frees from Brian Wall keeping the home side in touch. The opening 10 minutes of the second half saw Waterford sub Kevin Power and Limerick captain Seanie Buckley exchange points, but the Déise could not find the momentum needed for them to stage a fightback to get them into contention. In contrast, Limerick continued to pick off scores, corner-back Mark O’Riordan got forward for a great point, with Collins and sub Conor Fitzgerald also weighing in and four unanswered points in the closing stages rounded off matters for them, Waterford’s Grey also being sent off, for a second booking, in injury time.

Team News

LIMERICK (SF v Waterford): B Scanlon; M O’Riordan, J McCarthy, A Lane; S Lavin, S Lucey, P Ranahan; J O’Donovan, J Galvin; P Browne, J Ryan, S Buckley; G Collins, I Ryan, S Kelly.
Subs: C Ranahan, S Gallagher, E Joy, C Fitzgerald, E O’Connor, J Mullane, C Joyce-Power, D Carroll, R Hayes, G Noonan, S O’Carroll, C Mullane, J Cooke, B Fitzpatrick

WATERFORD (SF v Limerick): T Wall; M O’Gorman, T O’Gorman, K Connery; T Grey (capt.), S Briggs, E Walsh; M Ahearne, T Prendergast; B Wall, C McGrath, W Hennessy; L O Lionain, R Ahearne, G Hurney.

Munster Junior Football Championship Semi Final – Kerry 1-12 Cork 0-9

MacGearailt fires Kingdom win

Kerry 1-12 Cork 0-9

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, June 07, 2010

FORMER senior star Aodhán MacGearailt netted the crucial second-half goal that enabled Kerry to defeat 2009 All-Ireland champions Cork in yesterday’s Munster JFC semi-final at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney. As Kerry led 0-11 to 0-6, MacGearailt calmly converted with a low shot in the 50th minute after a surging run by midfielder Gary O’Driscoll. The first half was a tightly contested affair. Eamonn Hickson and Eoin O’Neill drove Kerry on from the half-backs, while the twin threat of Michael O’Donoghue and Aodán MacGearailt showed up well down the centre of their attack. MacGearailt’s freetaking was spot on as he converted an early brace, O’Donoghue registered a beauty from play and Hickson stole forward for another point from play.

By the 17th minute Kerry were deservedly 0-4 to 0-2 in front with only Andy Concannon’s freetaking keeping Cork in the hunt. However Cork rallied before the Firstly in the 19th minute Mark Harrington blazed over after being well-placed by David Goold and then in the 26th minute Conor Brosnan fired over the bar after Harrington’s initial effort was blocked. A terrific point by O’Donoghue edged Kerry 0-5 to 0-4 ahead but Harrington tied matters at the interval.

In the second half Kerry held Cork scoreless for a 19-minute period as Hickson grabbed his second point of the game, Gary Sayers swung over a free, O’Driscoll lobbed over a point, Alan O’Sullivan shot over another and when John Buckley split the posts in the 48th minute, Kerry led 0-10 to 0-5. The MacGearailt strike stretched their advantage and although Cork responded with two Goold frees and a score by Stephen Keohane, Sayers rounded the action off with a closing score for Kerry.

Scorers for Kerry: A MacGearailt 1-2 (0-2f), M O’Donoghue 0-3, G Sayers (0-1f), E Hickson 0-2, G O’Driscoll, A O’Sullivan, J Buckley 0-1. Scorers Cork: A Concannon (0-2f), D Goold (0-2f), M Harrington 0-2, C Brosnan, M Kelleher, S Keohane 0-1.

KERRY: S Óg Ciardubháin; G O’Connor, F Griffin, A Cahill; E Hickson, A Greaney, E O’Neill; G O’Driscoll, D Murphy; B Poff, M O’Donoghue, A O’Sullivan; G Sayers, A MacGearailt, J Buckley. Subs: M Murphy for Poff (46), T McGoldrick for Buckley (50), M Coakley for D Murphy (53), D Doyle for Cahill (60).

CORK: S Murphy; D O’Riordan, D Lynch, K Harrington; S Kelleher, C O’Connell, B Daly; M Kelleher, O Mulrooney; A Concannon, M Harrington, F O’Shea; J O’Connell, D Goold, C Brosnan. Subs: E Manning for Concannon (38), S Keohane for Kelleher (45), T Clancy for Mulrooney (47), B Coughlan for O’Shea (54), L Shorten for Brosnan (54).

Referee: Michael McGann (Clare)

Team News

The Kerry Junior Football Team to play Cork on Sunday 7th June is as follows

1. Seán Óg Ó Ciardubháin – Cordal-

2 Gavin O’Connor – Castlegregory

3 Fergal Griffin – Glenbeigh/Glencar-

4 Aidan Cahill – Spa-

5 Eamon Hickson –Annascaul-

6 Adrian Greaney – St. Pats-

7 Eoin O’Neill – Renard-

8 Gary O’Driscoll – Skellig Rangers-

9 Don Murphy – Gneeveguilla-

10 Michael Murphy – Gneeveguilla-

11 Michael O’Donoghue – Spa-(Captain)

12 Alan O’Sullivan –Tuosist-

13 Gary Sayers – Keel-

14 Aodán MacGearailt – An Ghaeltacht-

15 John Buckley – Currow –

Subs

Paul O’Sullivan – Churchill-

Mike Coakley – Scartaglin –

Brendan Poff – St. Pats –

Tom McGoldrick – Brosna –

Daniel Doyle – Churchill-

Francis Courtney – Beaufort –

John Paul Brosna –Gneeveguilla-

Brian McGuire – Listowel-

Brian Gleeson –Spa-

Bainisteóir: Kerry O’Sullivan Currow; Roghnóirí : Pat Brosnan(Brosna) & Tim Dennehy (Castlegregory)

Munster Junior Football Championship Semi Final – Limerick 0-9 Waterford 1-5

Limerick defeated Waterford by 0-9 to 1-5 in the Munster Junior Football Championship Semi Final on Sunday at Fraher Field Dungarvan.

Team News

LIMERICK (JF v Waterford): P Ivess; D Woods, K O’Connor, E Mulcahy; E O’Donnell, B Teahan, E Barry; M Behan, E Horan; T Collins, J O’Connell, D McCarthy; L Costelloe, T Butler, R Lynch. Subs: C Wallace, T Begley, E Fitzgibbon, R Browne, S Mulcahy, W Enright, M Galvin, D Finnerty, M Lyons

Christy Ring Cup Hurling Semi-Final – Kerry 2-17 Wicklow 2-14

Kerry defeated Wicklow by 2-17 to 2-14 in the GAA Christy Ring Cup Semi-Final on Saturdayat MacDonagh Park Nenagh.

Team News

Kerry Vs Wicklow Christy Ring Cup Semi-Final Nenagh @ 3.30pm, Sat 5th of June

1 Bernard Rochford Killeagh, Cork 2 Colin Harris, Captain Kilmoyley 3 Tom Murnane Kilmoyley 4 Andrew Keane Crotta O’Neills

5 James Godley Kilmoyley 6 Liam Boyle Ballyduff Liam Ó Baoighill 7 John Fitzgerald Causeway

8 Mike Conway Lixnaw 9 John Griffin Lixnaw 10 John Egan Ardfert 11 Michael Boyle Ballyduff 12 Darragh O’Connell Abbeydorney

13 John Mike Dooley Causeway 14 Gary O’Brien Ballyduff Gearóid Ó Briain 15 Shane Nolan Crotta O’Neills

The Substitutes are as follows:

16 John Brendan O’Halloran Kilmoyley 17 Brian O’Leary Abbeydorney 18 Aidan Healy Abbeydorney

19 Colm Harty Causeway 20 James Flaherty Lixnaw 21 Eoin Sheehy Kilmoyley

22 Ronan Kenny Ballyheigue 23 James McCarthy Kilmoyley 24 Sean Young Kilmoyley

25 Niall Young Kilmoyley 26 David Fitzelle Kilmoyley 27 Shane Brick Kilmoyley 28 Jason Casey Ballyheigue 29 Padraigh Monson Causeway 30 Sean Maunsell Kilmoyley 31.Darren Twomey Crotta O’Neills 32. Adrian Royle Kilmoyley 33. Richard Nolan Crotta O’Neills 34. Nicky Leen Ballyduff 35.Andy McCarthy Kilmoyley 36. Patrick O Keefe Glenfesk

Munster Senior Hurling Final venue – statement

STATEMENT FROM MUNSTER GAA

Following a meeting of the Competitions Control Committee of Munster Council GAA held this evening (Thursday June 3rd) in Aras Mumhan, Limerick the decision was taken to revert to the original venue of Semple Stadium, Thurles should both Waterford and Cork qualify for the Munster GAA Senior Hurling Final on Sunday July 11th.

Issued on behalf of Munster GAA by
Jim Forbes
PRO

Bord Gais Energy Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship – Cork 1-16 Waterford 1-3

Cork defeated Waterford by 1-16 to 1-3 in the Bord Gais Energy Munster GAA Under 21 Hurling Championship Quarter Final on Wednesday at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Rebels off to a flier as Déise get a roasting

Cork 1-16 Waterford 1-3

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

THREE days after the county senior side had departed Páirc Uí Chaoimh with an emphatic championship victory, Cork’s U21 outfit replicated that effort at the same venue in last night’s Bord Gáis Energy Munster U21HC quarter-final against Waterford. Cork may have had endured a barren 12 years nationally in this grade but they began their 2010 exertions with a hugely commanding display as they bossed this encounter from start to finish. Cork suffered the late withdrawal of wing-forward Aidan Walsh before throw-in, seemingly with an eye to his involvement in next Sunday’s Munster SFC quarter-final in Killarney, but his absence did not appreciably weaken the team. Backboned by an outstanding defence that leaked few scores to the Waterford attack, Cork moved with plenty of authority. But for massive wastefulness in front of goal in the first-half when they totted up 12 wides, their interval lead of 0-7 to 0-1 would have been notably extended. Yet the poverty of Waterford’s display meant Cork were never forced to rue that profligacy.

The only dark note on Cork’s night was the dismissal of centre-forward Cian McCarthy in the 35th minute when he was given his marching orders by Declan O’Driscoll, along with Waterford midfielder Owen Whelan after the pair became entangled in an off-the-ball incident. Those two reds were complemented by seven yellow cards shown in the first-half, but the high card count was strange considering it was not an intensely spiteful clash due to Cork’s undoubted superiority.

Waterford struck the first blow on the scoreboard when Shanahan hammered over a sixth-minute free yet alarmingly from their viewpoint that transpired to be their solitary score of the half. They struggled to pierce the defensive shutter Cork had erected in their half-back line and when they did direct matters towards the Cork goal, they found their opponents possessed resolute operators there too. Eoin Keane produced a determined outing at full-back and when called upon in the 15th minute goalkeeper Darren McCarthy was adept in thwarting a blinding drive by Thomas Ryan. By the 13th minute Cork had a 0-3 to 0-1 advantage with Cian McCarthy making an early impression on centre-forward that was backed up by a scoring salvo of two points. As the half progressed Cork’s shooting showed gradual signs of improvement with Newtownshandrum’s Ryan Clifford attuning his radar most successfully. His positional awareness was excellent in creating the space to flight over three late points before the break, including one memorable effort from out on the right touchline.

The dismissal of McCarthy early in the second-half failed to perturb Cork as they continued to pour forward. Impressive midfielder Seamus O’Farrell strode forward for a pair of expertly-taken points and the names of Michael Bowles and Mark Collins were soon inked on the scoresheet as well. Shane Kearney registered a fine point for Waterford in the 38th minute but the fact that it transpired to be their only effort from play all night was illuminating. By the 47th minute Cork were ahead by 0-12 to 0-3. Waterford defenders Shane Kearney, Noel Connors and Phillip Mahony tried manfully to keep Cork at bay but the constant waves of attacks broke them down. In the 62nd minute Cork finally managed to get in for the goal their efforts deserved. A superb flowing team move constructed the opening with an overlap created by Daniel Kearney and Luke O’Farrell, creating the chance for sub Michael O’Sullivan to bang the ball to the net. There was still time for Waterford to grab a goal of their own with a tremendous shot to the top corner by Brian O’Sullivan in the 63rd minute, but that was not going to stop Cork advancing to a last four meeting with Tipperary.

Scorers for Cork: R Clifford 0-6 (0-3f), M O’Sullivan 1-0, C McCarthy (0-1f), S O’Farrell, L O’Farrell 0-2 each, M Bowles, M Collins, J Nagle, P Gould 0-1 each

Waterford: B O’Sullivan 1-0, M Shanahan 0-2 (0-2f), S Kearney (Ballyduff Upper) 0-1.

CORK: D McCarthy; S McDonnell, E Keane, C O’Sullivan; J Nagle, W Egan, L McLoughlin; D Kearney, S O’Farrell; M Collins, C McCarthy, M Bowles; L O’Farrell, T Murphy, R Clifford.

Subs: P Gould for Murphy (43), R White for Collins (46), M O’Sullivan for Bowles (55), G O’Connor for Nagle (57), F Keane for Clifford (60).

WATERFORD: S O’Keeffe; N Connors, B Coughlan, S Kearney (Dungarvan); J Prendergast, P O’Mahony, S Daniels; S Fives, O Whelan; R Fenton, M Shanahan, S Kearney (Ballyduff Upper); B O’Sullivan , S Aherne, T Ryan.

Subs: A Connors for Fenton (half-time), P Prendergast for Daniels (47), P Donovan for Ryan (inj) (50), S Power for Aherne (52).

Referee: D O’Driscoll (Limerick)

Team News

Cork U-21 — C McCarthy; S McDonnell, E Keane, C O’Sullivan; J Nagle, W Egan, L McLoughlin; D Kearney, S Farrell; M Bowles, C McCarthy, A Walsh; R Clifford, T Murphy, L O’Farrell

Waterford U-21 — S O’Keeffe; S Kearney, B Coughlan, N Connors; J Prendergast, P Mahony, S Daniels; S Fives, O Whelan; R Fenton, S Ahearne, S Kearney; B O’Sullivan, M Shanahan, T Ryan.