The Final of the Bord Gais Energy Munster GAA Hurling U21 Championship will take place on Sunday 8th August.
Tipperary Supporters Club All Ireland U16 Hurling Tournament
28th & 29th Aug 2010
Finals – Sunday 29th August in Semple Stadium
Cup Final – Tipperary 2-20 Galway 1-9 – Referee: Shane Hourigan (Limerick)
Shield Final – Corcaigh 1-12 Luimneach 0-11 – Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tipp)
THE FINAL COUNTDOWN
The Final Countdown is a bash the night before each final in Croke Park- dinner, drinks and entertainment and GAA legends as special guests.
Hurling Saturday 4th September
Football Saturday 18th September
The evening will begin with a Two Team cocktail in the GAA museum, then dinner & entertainment will follow in the Cusack Suite on level 5 (premium level). There will be a few surprises on the night too (signed jerseys/ hurls from finalists)! And of course some All Ireland tickets are prizes!
Our hosts for the evenings are Ger Gilroy and Eoin McDevitt from Newstalk.
Cork defeated Galway by 3-15 to 5-8 in the ESB GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Semi-Final on Sunday at Croke Park.
Cork stage stunning comeback to reach Minor final
From the GAA.ie web site
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Brian Hurley’s three injury time points were crucial as Cork completed a remarkable comeback to secure a 3-15 to 5-8 win over Galway, claiming their place in the final of the ESB GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship, where they will face Tyrone. Cork trailed by 5-6 to 2-6 with 16 minutes left, but they ate into Galway’s lead in the final quarter and Hurley was the Rebels’ hero in added time. Kevin Hallissey was immense for the Leesiders, scoring 2-2, including the equalising point in the 57th minute. Hurley’s winner came three minutes into stoppage time after he was fouled by a Galway defender and then kicked the ensuing free himself.
Galway’s opening goal came seven minutes in. Peadar Ó Griófa, who had opened the Tribesmen’s account minutes earlier, was the man who did the damage. Wing-forward Niall Quinn made a searing run and appeared to attempt a long-range point, but his shot dropped short and Ó Griófa was on hand to gather possession and drop kick the ball past David Hanrahan, the Cork goalkeeper. Cork responded immediately, with John O’Rourke hitting the target after Mark Sugrue had given the Rebels the lead in the third minute. A further effort from Damian Cahalane, the rangy midfielder, reduced the gap to one – 1-1 to 0-3 – with 12 minutes gone. Galway, however, scored three successive points to take control of the game. Niall Walsh, Quinn and Conor Robbitte did the damage for the Westerners as they moved four points clear.
Credit to Cork, they hit back and Brian Hurley grabbed one back, having been denied a goal minutes earlier by a brilliant save by Galway goalkeeper James Keane. A Daniel Fitzgerald free brought Cork right back into the game. With two minutes left to the break, there was a goal between the sides when Cathal O’Neill, who had just come on as a substitute, struck a fine point from play. But all the action in the first half came at the death. Cork were level when they pillaged a fine goal, as the effervescent O’Rourke fed Kevin Hallissey, who placed the ball to the back of the net. They were on terms for just a minute, however. Again, Ó Griófa was Cork’s tormentor. Dual star Daithí Burke dropped a shot short and the Galway corner forward pounced to ram home his second of the game, giving his side a 2-5 to 1-5 half-time lead.
The second half started as the first had ended. Cork hit the back of the net inside three minutes of the restart, as Hurley struck a fine goal after collecting a long ball into the danger area. Once again, Cork were level for less than a minute. Daithí Walsh squirmed clear of the Cork defence and rippled the net from a tight angle before Rabbitte added another four minutes later after terrific work by Shane Maughan. Galway led 4-5 to 2-5. In a helter skelter game full of incident, Galway would score their third goal of the half when Maughan once again set up Rabbitte for another fine goal. Cork were three goals down and in major trouble.
Brian Cuthbert’s men refused to panic, though, and set about tearing into the nine-point gap. Their task was helped when Hallissey stole in for his second goal in the 46th minute. Cork then hit five points in succession to level the game with three minutes left, Hallissey scoring the equaliser with a towering effort from play. Galway then ended an 18-minute scoreless spell to regain the lead, as Maughan found his range from play. However, the Rebels secured their spot in the final when their hero of the hour, Hurley, scored three injury time points. The winner, in the 63rd minute, came after the Castlehaven man had scorched clear of the Galway defence and was fouled. He picked himself up off the ground and tapped over the free to secure a scarcely believable win for the Rebels.
Cork: D Hanrahan, J Goggin, M O’Shea, D Murphy, D Lester, T Clancy, J Wall (0-1), J Burns, D Cahalane (0-2), J O’Rourke (0-1), D Fitzgerald (0-1, 0-1f), A Cronin, K Hallisey (2-2), M Sugrue (0-2), B Hurley (1-5, 0-5f).
Subs: D McEoin (0-1) for Fitzgerald, K Fulignati for Murphy, C O’Sullivan for Goggin, S O’Mahony for Sugrue, T Hegarty for Lester
Galway: J Keane, C MacDonnacha, J Shaughnessy, P Varley, M Loughnane, M Kelly, J Vaughan, E Commins, T Flynn, N Quinn (0-1), F O Curraoin, N Walsh (1-1), P Ó Griófa (2-1, 0-1f), C Rabbitte (2-1), S Maughan (0-3, 0-1f).
Subs: D Burke for Vaughan, C O’Neill (0-1) for Commins, F O Bearra for Quinn, A Varley for Walsh, D Black for Mac Donnacha
Referee: E Kinsella (Laois)
The Cork Minor Football team to play Galway on Sunday at 1.30pm in Croke Park will line out as follows:
CORK (MF v Galway) – David Hanrahan; James Goggin, Matthew O Shea, Darren Murphy; Diarmuid Lester, Tom Clancy, Jamie Wall; Jamie Burns, Damian Cahalane; John O Rourke, Daniel Fitzgerald, Alan Cronin; Kevin Hallissey, Mark Sugrue, Brian Hurley
Subs: – Shane Masters, Kevin Fulignati, Kevin Sheehan, Tom Hegarty, David O’Donovan, Conor O’Sullivan, Dan McEoin, Luke Connolly, Stephen O’Mahony
Kilkenny defeated Cork by 2-17 to 1-13 in the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Intermediate Championship Final on Saturday at Semple Stadium Thurles.
Clinical Cleere helps classy Cats end Cork’s reign
From the Irish Times newspaper
ALL-IRELAND IHC FINAL Kilkenny 2-17 Cork 1-13: KILKENNY’S quest for a hat-trick of All-Irelands got the perfect start when the intermediates got the better of reigning champions Cork at Semple Stadium on Saturday. Goals at the start and the end of the game from Peter Cleere helped Kilkenny grab their second title at this grade in three years – and avenge last year’s final defeat. Cleere’s second goal in the 61st minute sufficed to dampen Cork spirits which had soared after Colm Casey’s fine goal left them just two points down, 1-15 to 1-13, with a few minutes remaining.
Cleere won a dropping ball and blasted a shot past goalkeeper Declan McCarthy and Bill Beckett added two late points to stretch the winning margin to seven. Cleere’s first goal gave Kilkenny a 1-3 to 0-2 lead after seven minutes. However, Cork rallied and edged ahead midway through the half thanks to a points from Bill Cooper and Danny O’Callaghan. Kilkenny led 1-6 to 0-8 at the interval and the sides were then level three times but once midfielder Niall Walsh fired a long-range point in the 47th minute Kilkenny never looked back.
KILKENNY : L Tierney; M Phelan, P Murphy, K Mooney (0-1, free) ; J Cotterell, R Cody, Niall Doherty; P Hartley, N Walsh (0-1); B Beckett (0-4, one free), R Dollard (0-2), N Cleere (0-1, free); M Grace (0-2), P Cleere (2-0), A Healy (0-4, three frees). Subs: B Lennon (0-1) for Cody (37 mins); Noel Doherty (0-1) for N Cleere (47 mins).
CORK : D McCarthy; M Walsh, C Fogarty, B Coleman; T Healy, K Hartnett, M Ellis; D O’Callaghan (0-2, frees) , B. Fitzgerald; B Corry, B Cooper (0-3), C Casey (1-1) ; M. Harrington, E Conway (0-7, all frees) , M. O’Sullivan. Subs : S Corr for B Fitzgerald (48 mins), B. Lawton for Conway (53 mins), J Halbert for O’Sullivan (55 mins).
Referee: A Kelly (Galway)
MUNSTER FE 15 HURLING COMPETITION
5 Counties, Cork, Limerick, Tipperary, Clare and Waterford will take part in the 14th. Annual Carrigdhoun/Munster Fe 15 Hurling Competition which will be played in the Ballymartle GAA Grounds, Riverstick, Co. Cork on Saturday next August 28th with games starting at 10.30a.m. and the Finals scheduled for 4.00p.m.
Limerick were winners of the inaugural competition in 1996 when they beat Cork in the Final while Clare were winners in 1999 and 2006 and Tipperary won their only title in 2008 while the Cork side has been victorious on eight occasions and on Saturday next will be hoping to win the competition for the ninth time
The competition is run on a round robin basis with the Preliminary games of 30 minutes duration (15 minutes each half) while the Final will be of 40 minutes duration.(20 minutes each half)
The Programme of games is as follows
Pitch 1 Pitch 2
10.30am Cork v Waterford Limerick v Tipperary
11.20am Limerick v Clare Cork v Tipperary
12.15pm Cork v Limerick Clare v Waterford
1.45pm Clare v Tipperary Waterford v Limerick
2.45pm Waterford v Tipperary Cork v Clare
4.00pm FINAL 3.45pm – PLATE FINAL
The Final takes place on Pitch 1 at 4.00p.m. with the winners presented with the Ted Hanley Memorial Cup while the Plate Final will take place on Pitch 2 commencing at 3.45p.m.
The Competition is organised by the South East GAA Board.
Cork defeated Dublin by 1-15 to 1-14 in the GAA Football All-Ireland Junior Championship Semi-Final on Sunday in Croke Park.
Rebels come good at the death
GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship semi-final
Cork 1-15 Dublin 1-14
Sunday, August 22, 2010
From the GAA.ie web site
It was a game Cork should never have won. For 55 minutes Pat Gilroy’s young Dublin side controlled a fascinating semi-final at Croke Park. They played with a rabid intensity that never dropped, not for one moment, and stifled and frustrated Cork to the point where Conor Counihan’s men looked a pale shadow of the team that has become one of the dominant forces of the modern game. Dublin, as expected, didn’t contest Cork’s kickouts, allowed them to have the ball in defence and then set up an impregnable blue wall just inside their own half. Cork attacked and attacked and kept coming up empty, as Dublin showed an unrestrained zeal and desire to go about their defensive duties. They stripped Cork of the ball time after time and closed down the space so that the Rebels looked like they were entangled in poison ivy every time they crossed into the Dublin half.
However, Dublin’s plan had a flaw and it was exposed as the game entered the final quarter. The intensity remained constant but the concentration levels dropped in the closing stages and their discipline suffered as a result. Cork never gained as much as a toehold – they did have a fleeting period of dominance in the first half – in the game until the 53rd minute, when they were awarded a penalty after substitute Colm O’Neill was fouled by Ross McConnell and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Dublin had maintained a constant lead of around four points to that point, but when Donncha O’Connor stepped up and drilled a low shot from 11 metres off the post and to the back of the net, Cork were suddenly back in the game.
McConnell had been immense to that point, but the intensity levels he and Michael Dara Macauley had shown in dominating the midfield battle meant that he was weary – both mentally and physically – as the game entered its most critical juncture, when tired minds can be as dangerous as battered limbs. Bernard Brogan, who finished the game with another incredible tally of 1-7, and Bryan Cullen responded with points for the Dubs and nudged them back into a three-point lead.
But, with the clock ticking down, Cork came into their own, as Colm O’Neill and Paddy Kelly put them into a perfect position to mount a late assault with a pair of well-taken scores. It was then that Dublin’s inexperience betrayed them and they began to concede frees within O’Connor’s range. In a three-minute spell, O’Connor punished the Dubs with three brilliantly-taken frees, the second of which leveled the game in the 69th minute, before he nudged Cork ahead for the first time in the first minute of stoppage time. The prelude to the third of those scores saw McConnell sent off on a second yellow card for a late foul on Cork wing-back Noel O’Leary. Dublin were creaking and Cork had, without warning, taken control of the game. The Rebels attacked again and Derek Kavanagh, now free of his marker, slotted over the insurance point. Although Bernard Brogan did land a latepoint for the Dubs, it was too late; they had blow their chance of making it to the All-Ireland final.
Cork are now in an All-Ireland final, which they will be strong favourites to win, after a season that has been pockmarked by poor performances and erratic form. This showing will have done little to convince their detractors that they are ready to end a 20-year stretch on Leeside without and All-Ireland title. Cork’s flaws were routinely exposed by Dublin, especially in the first half of an exciting game, when they were caught cold by a sucker punch of an early goal. Just two minutes in, Cork were punished for poor organisation at the back as Ray Carey was left one-on-one with Bernard Brogan and the Dublin danger man collected a Niall Corkery pass to hit the net. Dublin were humming after their electric start and Philly McMahon and Alan Brogan had them 1-2 to 0-2 ahead after 10 minutes.
Cork were being overrun in midfield and struggled to cope with Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton’s clever kickouts. However, Cork might have been on level had Cluxton not spread himself brilliantly to deny Pearse O’Neill after Alan O’Connor had punched a massive hole in the Dublin defence. Bernard Brogan and Eoghan O’Gara were causing panic in the Cork defence in those opening stages and it wasn’t long before Graham Canty, who had passed a late fitness test to take his place at centre-back, and Michael Shields were brought back to shepherd the pair. Cork were drowning in midfield and Macauley and McConnell were winning an abundance of possession which the Brogan brothers were thriving on.
Eventually, Cork began to settle and Aidan Walsh’s point 19 minutes in, having kicked two bad wides earlier, was the point they needed to ease their way back into the battle. Paul Kerrigan reduced the gap to just three when he kicked his sole score of the afternoon just before the break, and, amazingly, he might have then leveled the game had his attempted point from an angled not cannoned off a post. Bernard Brogan did hit a late score for the Dubs to give the score line – 1-8 to 0-7 – a more accurate reflection at half-time. Cork lost Canty to injury at the break, with dual star Eoin Cadogan coming into the full-back line to replace the Rebels’ leader. They got to know each other in the 42nd minute, when O’Gara was lucky to escape with a yellow card after clashing with the Douglas man.
Dublin dominated the third quarter, but a couple of points from McConnell and Bernard Brogan was their only return. Cork were completely frustrated and they were unable to implement their strong-running game, as every time they made it into the opposition territory they seemed to turn over possession or shoot aimlessly and make questionable decisions. However, for all their dominance, Dublin were completely reliant on Bernard Brogan for scores and they never managed to build up anything more than a five-point lead. Those failings would haunt them when Donncha O’Connor clinically punished them in the closing quarter.
Dublin: S Cluxton; M Fitzsimons, R O’Carroll, P McMahon (0-1); K Nolan, G Brennan, C O’Sullivan; R McConnell (0-1), MD Macauley (0-1); N Corkery, A Brogan (0-2), B Cullen (0-1); D Henry, E O’Gara, B Brogan (1-7, 0-1f).
Dublin Subs: B Cahill for O’Sullivan ’33, P Flynn for Henry ’46, E Fennell for Corkery ’57, C Keaney (0-1, 0-1f) for O’Gara ’63, D Bastick for O’Carroll ’68.
Cork : A Quirke; R Carey, M Shields, J Miskella; N O’Leary, G Canty (captain), P Kissane; A O’Connor, A Walsh (0-1); P Kerrigan (0-1), P O’Neill, P Kelly (0-2); D Goulding (0-4, 0-3f), C Sheehan, D O’Connor (1-5, 0-4f, 1-0 pen).
Cork Subs: E Cadogan for Canty HT, N Murphy for O’Connor ’43, C O’Neill (0-1) for Sheehan ’52, D Kavanagh (0-1) for Miskella ’61, F Goold for O’Leary ’71.
Referee: Maurice Deegan (Laois)
Attendance: 82, 225
Odds and Ends
Cork and Dublin last clashed in the championship in the 1995 All-Ireland semifinal when Dublin won by 1-12 to 0-12 en route to winning the title. The sides clashed in Round V of the Allianz GAA Football National League campaign last spring with Cork winning by 2-13 to 2-6 in Páirc Uí Rinn. Cork last won the All-Ireland in 1990. This is the first year since 1999 that Kerry won’t be in the All-Ireland semi-final.
In fact, none of the counties who won All-Irelands since 1996 will be in the semi-finals. Meath (1996-99), Kerry (1997-2000-2004-2006-2007-2009), Galway (1998-2001), Tyrone (2003-2005-2008), Armagh (2002), won all the titles since 1996 but haven’t made the last four this time.
CORK & DUBLIN IN SEMI-FINAL SPECTACULAR
The pairing is set for the GAA All-Ireland senior hurling final and now it’s the turn of the footballers to embark on the semi-final trail, starting this Sunday when Cork play Dublin in Croke Park (3.30pm).
Cork will be appearing in the senior semi-final for the sixth successive year (they won two, lost three and drew one of six appearances since 2005) while Dublin’s last semifinal outing was in 2007 when they lost to Kerry. Dublin’s last semi-final win was in
1995 when they beat Cork by a goal and went on to win the All-Ireland title.
Cork have had only one championship win over Dublin, which came in 1989 when they finished four points ahead in the semi-final, en route to winning the title. Cork’s last All-Ireland win was in 1990, while Dublin last claimed ‘Sam Maguire’ in 1995.
Paths to the semi-final
Dublin 2-16 Wexford 0-15 (After extra-time) Leinster quarter-final Meath 5-9 Dublin 0-13 (Leinster semi-final) Dublin 1-21 Tipperary 1-13 (Qualifier – Round 2) Dublin 0-14 Armagh 0-11 (Qualifier – Round 3) Dublin 2-14 Louth 0-13 (Qualifier – Round 4) Dublin 1-15 Tyrone 0-13 (All-Ireland quarter-final) Average For: 1-16; Average Against: 1-13
Cork 0-15 Kerry 0-15 (Munster semi-final) Kerry 1-15 Cork 1-14 (After extra-time) Replay Cork 1-19 Cavan 0-4 (Qualifier – Round 2) Cork 0-12 Wexford 0-5 (Qualifier – Round 3) Cork 0-16 Limerick 1-11 (Qualifier – Round 4) After extra-time Cork 1-16 Roscommon 0-10 (All-Ireland quarter-final) Average For: 1-14 Average Against: 0-11
Bernard Brogan…………..2-35 (0-16 frees) ‘Mossy’ Quinn…………….0-12 (0-7 frees, 0-1 ‘45’) Eoghan O’Gara……………3-2 Conal Keaney……………..0-8 (0-6 frees) Alan Brogan……………….0-8 Bryan Cullen……………..0-6 Michael Macauley……..1-2 Stephen Cluxton……….0-5 (0-5 ‘45s’) Paul Flynn…………………0-3 Ross McConnell…………0-3 Kevin McManamon…….0-3 Eamonn Fennell………….0-2 Philip McMahon………..0-2 Kevin Nolan………………0-1 Ger Brennan……………..0-1
Daniel Goulding……………..1-30 (0-21 frees, 0-2 ‘45s’) Donncha O’Connor………… 0-11 (0-5 frees, 0-1 penalty) Paddy Kelly…………………….0-10 (0-6 frees) Ciaran Sheehan………………..0-9 Pearse O’Neill………………….2-3 Colm O’Neill…………………..0-7 (0-1 free) Paul Kerrigan…………………..0-5
John Hayes……………………0-1 (free) John Miskella…………………0-1
Previous Championship Clashes
All but five of the previous Cork-Dublin games took place more than one hundred years ago with club clubs sides representing the counties in some cases.
They have clashed five times since 1974 with Dublin wining in 1974-83 (replay) and 1995 while Cork won in 1989 while there was one draw (1983)
1995: Dublin 1-12 Cork 0-12 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1989: Cork 2-10 Dublin 1-9 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1983: Dublin 4-15 Cork 2-10 (All-Ireland semi-final) Replay
1983: Dublin 2-11 Cork 2-11 (All-Ireland semi-final) Draw
1974: Dublin 2-11 Cork 1-8 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1908: Dublin 0-6 Cork 0-2 (All-Ireland final)
1907: Dublin 0-5 Cork 0-4 (All-Ireland final)
1902: Dublin 1-2 Cork 0-4 (All-Ireland ‘Home’ final
1899: Dublin 1-10 Cork 0-6 (All-Ireland final))
1897: Dublin 2-6 Cork 0-2 (All-Ireland final)
1894: Cork 1-2 Dublin 0-5 (All-Ireland final replay) Unfinished
1894: Dublin 0-6 Cork 1-1 (All-Ireland final) Draw – A goal equalled five points
1891: Dublin 2-1 Cork 1-9 (All-Ireland final) A goal outweighed any number of points
Last Five Semi-finals
2009: Cork 1-13 Tyrone 0-11
2008: Kerry 3-14 Cork 2-13 (Replay)
2008: Kerry 1-13 Cork 3-7 (Draw)
2007: Cork 1-16 Meath 0-9
2006: Kerry 0-16 Cork 0-9
2007: Kerry 1-15 Dublin 0-16
2002: Armagh 1-14 Dublin 1-13
1995: Dublin 1-12 Cork 0-12
1994: Dublin 3-15 Leitrim 1-9
1993: Derry 0-15 Dublin 0-14
Last Championship Clash
Dublin 1-12 Cork 0-12 (1995 All-Ireland semi-final) A goal by Jason Sherlock proved the difference between the sides. Dublin led by 1-5 to
0-6 at half-time and were five points clear after 39 minutes. Cork battled back but Dublin held solid to qualify for the final where they beat Tyrone.
Dublin: John O’Leary; Keith Galvin, Dermot Deasy, Paddy Moran; Paul Curran, Keith Barr, Mick Deegan; Paul Bealin, Brian Stynes; Jin Gavin, Paul Clarke (0-1), Dessie Farrell; Charlie Redmond (0-7), Jason Sherlock (1-0), Mick Galvin (0-4).
Subs: Pat Gilroy for Bealin, Ciaran Walsh for Keith Galvin, Vinny Murphy for Clarke.
Cork: Kevin O’Dwyer; Mark Farr, Mark O’Connor, Niall Cahalane; Ciaran O’Sullivan, Stephen O’Brien, Brian Corcoran; Liam Honohan, Danny Culloty; Don Davis, Larry Tompkins (0-2), Padraig O’Mahony; Mark O’Sullivan (0-2), Joe Kavanagh (0-1), Colin Corkery (0-7)
Subs: Stephen Calnan for O’Mahony, Shea Fahy for Davis, Padraig O Regan for Calnan
Last Competitive Clash
Cork 2-13 Dublin 2-6 (NFL: 20 March 2010, Pairc Ui Rinn)
Scorers: Cork: D Goulding 1-4 (0-2 frees), P Kerrigan 1-2, D Kavanagh, P Kelly 0-2 each, P O’Flynn, C Sheehan, A O’Connor 0-1 each. Dublin: B Brogan 1-2 (0-1 free), K McManamon 1-1, E Fennell, C Keaney (free), A Hubbard 0-1 each.
Cork: P O’Shea; R Carey, M Shields, E Cotter; N O’Leary, P Kissane, E Cadogan; A O’Connor, D Kavanagh; F Gould, N Murphy, P Kelly; D Goulding, P Kerrigan, J Hayes. Subs: C Sheehan for Murphy (9), S Kiely for O’Leary (63), F Lynch for Gould (68), B O’Regan for E Cotter (68).
Dublin: M Savage; P Conlon, M Fitzsimons, P McMahon; H Gill, C O’Sullivan, G Brennan; E Fennell, R McConnell; A Hubbard, M Macauley, P Flynn; D Henry, B Brogan, K McManamon. Subs: K Nolan for Brennan (30), D Kelly for McAuley (h-t), D Magee for McConnell (43), C Keaney for Flynn (48), M McAuley for Fennell (63).
Sligo defeated Kerry by 2-10 to 1-7 in the GAA Football All-Ireland Junior Championship Final on Saturday in Pearse Stadium Galway.
Sligo claim historic Junior title
Report from the GAA.ie web site
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Sligo’s Junior team made amends somewhat for the disappointing end to their Senior side’s season by claiming the GAA Football All-Ireland Junior Championship title after a 2-10 to 1-7 defeat of Kerry at Pearse Stadium on Saturday. Yeats’ manager and Galway native Kevin Walsh led his adopted county to its first success in the grade since 1935.
David Maye, who finished with 0-8 for Sligo, was the standout performer on the day, while early Kieran Finan and Ciaran McNamara goals helped the winners to a 2-4 to 1-3 half-time lead. Brendan Poff raised a green flag for the Kingdom in response. Kerry’s hopes of staging a comeback after the break were all but ended when they had three men sent off – Brendan Guiney, Michael Murphy and Colin O’Mahony.
The Kerry Junior team to play Sligo in The All Ireland Junior Final in Pearse stadium in Galway on Saturday next is as follows: 1. Séan Óg O’Ciarubháin, 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. Brendan Guiney, Listowel Emmets 8. Mike Coakley, Scartaglin 9. Don Murphy, Gneeveguilla 10. Michael Murphy, Gneeveguilla 11. Michael O’Donoghue, Spa (Capt) 12. Alan O’Sullivan, Tousist 13. Gary Sayers, Keel 14. Aodán MacGearailt, An Ghaeltacht 15. John Buckley, Currow
Substitutes are as follows:
16. Paul O’Sullivan, Churchill 17. Brendan Poff, St. Pats 18. Brian McGuire, Listowel Emmets 19. Tom McGoldrick, Brosna 20. Alan Fitzgerald, Castlegregory 21. Brian Gleeson, Spa 22. Francis Courtney, Beaufort 23. Colin O’Mahony, Ballydonoghue 24. Daniel Doyle, Churchill 25.Flor McAuliffe, Brosna
Trainer: Kerry O’Sullivan, Currow
Selectors: Tim Dennehy, Castlegregory and Pat Brosnan, Brosna
Tipperary defeated Antrim by 2-32 to 1-7 in the Bord Gais All-Ireland Under 21 Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Saturday in O’Connor Park Tullamore.
Tipperary cruise through to U-21 hurling final
From the Breakingnews.ie web site
All-Ireland U-21 HC semi-final
Tipperary 2-32 Antrim 1-7, Tullamore
Tipperary registered 15 wides but it mattered little as they easily saw off the challenge of Antrim in the first of today’s Bord Gais Energy All-Ireland Under-21 Hurling Championship semi-finals at O’Connor Park in Tullamore. Corner forward John O’Dwyer was the star of the show, bagging a goal in either half as Tipperary advanced to the showpiece final on September 11. Antrim boss Dinny Cahill got not change from his native county who dominated throughout, with O’Dwyer’s first goal setting Tipperary on their way. O’Dwyer’s spectacular first came in the second quarter, and Tipp pushed into a 1-11 to 0-0 lead before Thomas McCann eventually opened the Saffrons’ account in the 26th minute. The centre-forward’s point was a well-taken score but Tipp continued to dominate up to half-time. Scores arrived from all sectors for the Munster champions, indeed nine players were on target for the Premier County side in the opening half. Brian O’Meara, Patrick and Brendan Maher and O’Dwyer claimed points to power Tipp towards a 1-18 to 0-1 interval lead.
Tipperary manager Ken Hogan could afford to call senior star Noel McGrath ashore at the break. The midfielder had contributed six points during the opening half hour, and was replaced by Adrian Ryan for the second half. Tipperary were hungry for goals and although Cormac Donnelly denied John O’Neill, and Antrim goalkeeper Eoin Gillan blocked John O’Dwyer on the rebound in the 47th minute, a second goal came quickly for Hogan’s youngsters. O’Dwyer sent Tipp into a 2-25 to 0-4 lead with a superb 48th minute ground strike, after Michael Heffernan had played the ball in from the corner. Antrim quickly made amends, with Michael Armstrong doubling on a speculative PJ O’Connell shot, 30 seconds later, for the Ulster side’s only goal. Defender James Campbell and Armstrong (0-2) adding points late on, but Tipp were not going to be reeled in and they comfortably cruised to a 28-point win. For Antrim, it is another crushing blow as their wait for a first ever All-Ireland final appearance at this age grade continues.
Scorers: Tipperary: J O’Dwyer 2-3, N McGrath (0-2f, 0-2 ’65′), M Heffernan 0-6 each, S Carey 0-4, B O’Meara, K Morris 0-3 each, Padraic Maher, B Maher, S Hennessy (0-1f), Patrick Maher, P Murphy, J O’Neill, A Ryan 0-1 each.
Antrim: M Armstrong 1-2, T McCann 0-2, J Campbell, C Carson, D Hamill 0-1 each
TIPPERARY: J Logue; K O’Gorman, J Coghlan, M Cahill; J Barry, Padraig Maher, B Maher; S Hennessy, N McGrath; S Carey, P Murphy, Patrick Maher; M Heffernan, B O’Meara, J O’Dwyer.
Subs used: A Ryan for N McGrath, K Morris for Patrick Maher (both half-time), C Hough for B Maher (39 mins), J O’Neill for Hennessy (41), A Ryan for Carey (49), C Coughlan for O’Gorman (50).
ANTRIM: E Gillan; K Molloy, C Donnelly, S Shannon; L McAuley, M Donnelly, J Campbell; PJ O’Connell, E Laverty; M Devlin, T McCann, C Rocks; M Armstrong, C Carson, D Hamill.
Subs used: G Laverty for McCann (12-13 mins, temp), M Burke for McAuley (39), G Laverty for Rocks (49), N Cunningham for C Donnelly (52), M Lynch for O’Connell (59).
Referee: Tony Carroll (Offaly)
The Tipperary under 21 hurling team to play Antrim in the All Ireland U-21 semi-final on Saturday afternoon in Tullamore shows no change from the team which defeated Clare in the Munster final. The team is:
1. James Logue (Ballingarry)
2. Kevin O’Gorman (Thurles Sarsfields)
3. John Coghlan (Moyne-Templetuohy)
4. Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)
5. James Barry (Upperchurch Drombane)
6. Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields) Captain
7. Brendan Maher (Borris–Ileigh)
8. Seamus Hennessy (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
9. Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)
10. Seán Carey (Moyle Rovers)
11. Patrick Maher (Lorrha & Dorrha)
12. Brian O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
13. Michael Heffernan (Nenagh Éire Óg)
14. Paddy Murphy (Nenagh Éire Óg)
15. John O’Dwyer (Killenaule)
Kerry will play Fermanagh in the Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland Under 21 ‘B’ Championship Semi-Final on Saturday August 21st at 1:15pm in Pearse Stadium Galway.
Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland Under 21 ‘B’ Championship Semi-Final
Pearse Stadium 1.15 pm
Ciarraí v Fear Manach
Referee: Sean Whelan (Loch Garman)
(E.T. if Necessary)