All-Ireland Ladies Football Intermediate Championship Final – Donegal 2-12 Waterford 0-16

Donegal defeated Waterford by 2-12 to 0-16 in the All-Ireland Ladies Football Intermediate Championship Final on Sunday at Croke Park.

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies intermediate football championship final

Donegal 2-12 Waterford 0-16

by Jackie Cahill at Croke Park….

LETHAL full-forward Yvonne McMonagle bagged 2-5 from play as Donegal claimed the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies intermediate football championship title at Croke Park on Sunday.

The north-westerners captured the Mary Quinn memorial cup with a hard-fought two-point victory against Munster champions Waterford, who were appearing in their very first All-Ireland since the senior decider in 2000.

Ulster champions Donegal will make the step up to the senior championship in 2011 and what a season it has been for Michael Naughton’s team, who added the All-Ireland crown to the Bord Gáis Energy National League Division 2 title.

Donegal repelled a spirited fightback from Waterford and came again with a strong surge midway through the second half to clinch the silverware.

Donegal led by two points at half-time, 1-7 to 0-8, and stretched that lead to five less than two minutes after the restart when McMonagle rattled home the second of her two brilliant goals.

McMonagle’s first, in the 22nd minute of the first half, was brilliantly finished at the Hill 16 end with her left foot and she cracked home her second with her right boot.

The Glenfin star’s ability to kick off both feet makes her so difficult to mark and this was an attacking display right out of the top drawer as all five of her points from play were textbook efforts.

One first half point from tight on the endline was worth the admission fee alone and McMonagle would go on to torment the Waterford defence in a roving commission.

Overall, 2003 All-Ireland junior champions Donegal created the better goal chances, five alone in the first half.

Eilish Ward was denied by Waterford goalkeeper Aimée Jordan in the 14th minute, Niamh Hegarty shot wide soon after before McMonagle finally broke through the Déise resistance, after Hegarty had hit the post seconds earlier.

Hegarty went close again four minutes before half-time, after Geraldine McLaughlin had a goal ruled out.

An overworked Waterford defence had suffered an early blow when Gráinne Enright was sin-binned in the sixth minute but the damage was minor.

0-3 to 0-1 clear when Enright picked up her yellow card, the scores were tied at 0-4 apiece when she returned.

The star turn all through this game was McMonagle, who also starred when Donegal won the Division 2 final against Kildare earlier this year.

She bombed through for a sensational goal early in the second half but despite going five points down, Waterford refused to wilt.

And a run of five unanswered points, with top-scorer Michelle Ryan on song from frees, hauled Waterford level at 0-13 to 2-7 by the 44th minute.

Donegal had gone 13 minutes on the clock without a score before McLaughlin popped over a 45th minute point from play before McMonagle, one with her left and then with her right, slotted over two points from play.

2-10 to 0-13 clear, Donegal had breathing space again having weathered the Waterford storm and while Jason Lynch’s team twice got back to within a single point, the Ulster standard bearers held on to clinch a memorable league and championship double.

Scorers for Donegal: Y McMonagle 2-5, G McLaughlin 0-5 (3f), A McDonnell & G Houston 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: M Ryan 0-8f, L Wall & S Ryan 0-2 each, G Enright, M McGrath, E Power & A Wall 0-1 each.

DONEGAL: R McClafferty; D Toner, D Foley, K Wilson; C Hegarty, M Herron, T McCafferty; A McDonnell, K Guthrie; G Houston, N Hegarty, K Feeney; E Ward, Y McMonagle, G McLaughlin.

Subs: N Stapleton for Foley (40), K Keeney for Houston (49), R Friel for Feeney (52).

WATERFORD: A Jordan; N Dunphy G Enright, L Hogan; L Ryan, M Foley, M Wall; M McGrath, E Power; G Kenneally, M Ryan, L Wall; M Delahunty, S Ryan, A Wall.

Subs: N Briggs for Delahunty (39), A Dunphy for M Wall (44).

Referee: D McEnery (Westmeath)

All-Ireland Ladies Football Junior Championship Final – Limerick 4-10 Louth 3-8

Limerick defeated Louth by 4-10 to 3-8 in the All-Ireland Ladies Football Junior Championship Final on Sunday at Croke Park.

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies junior football championship final

Limerick 4-10 Louth 3-8

by Jackie Cahill at Croke Park

LIMERICK came from six points down at half-time to claim the All-Ireland ladies junior football championship crown against Louth at Croke Park on Sunday.

The Shannonsiders, beaten finalists against Antrim last year, came storming back in the second half, having trailed by 1-4 to 3-4 at the break.

Tommy Stack’s charges completed a remarkable turnaround in the second half, outscoring Louth by 3-6 to 0-4 as the West County Hotel Cup was secured in emphatic style.

This success marks a very first All-Ireland Ladies football crown for Limerick in the adult ranks and they will now make the step up to the intermediate grade in 2011.

Ultimately, it was the scoring prowess of Marie-Claire Curtin and Dymphna O’Brien that settled an exciting Croke Park decider, as the lethal pair hit 3-10 between them.

Curtin finished up with 2-5, including 1-4 in the second half, while sensational full-forward O’Brien took her championship tally to 13-39 with a 1-5 haul.

Clodagh Reidy completed the scoring for Limerick, beaten Bord Gáis Energy NFL Division 4 finalists this year, and it was the wing-forward’s stunning goal four minutes into the second half which sparked a spirited revival.

Having cruised into the final with four comfortable victories, Limerick received their stiffest test of the entire season as Louth, who had come through arguably the tougher side of the draw, produced their best performance of the year.

2-1 from full-forward Anne-Marie Murphy helped to establish that six-point lead for the Leinster outfit while influential centre forward Kate Flood scored the other first half goal.

The sides were level at 0-2 apiece with 17 minutes on the watch before the game exploded into life when Murphy bagged two Louth goals in as many minutes.

Wing forwards Susan Byrne and Sandra Lynch combined to place Murphy for her first goal to hand Louth a 1-2 to 0-2 lead.

And within a minute, Murphy was fouled by experienced Limerick full-back Sandra Healy, who later went off injured, before picking herself up to convert the resultant 19th minute penalty.

Limerick badly needed a kick-start and they got it in fortuitous fashion in the 20th minute of a goal-filled spell as Curtin’s free from 30m drifted into the net over the head of Louth goalkeeper Caoimhe Breen at the Canal End.

Reidy went close to a second Limerick goal two minutes before half-time when her shot drifted just wide before Louth struck again at the perfect time, just seconds before the half-time hooter, for a third goal.

Lynch was involved again as her free was superbly fisted home by Flood to give Louth valuable breathing space at the midway point.

The second half was a different story, however, as Limerick piled on the pressure and Louth lost two players – corner back Aine McGee and wing forward Byrne – to yellow cards.

Limerick hit Louth with an unanswered 1-2 after half-time, the goal brilliantly smashed into the top corner at the Hill 16 end by Reidy in the 34th minute, before experienced midfielder Orlaith Kirk hit Louth’s opening point of the second half.

Back came Limerick with a 40th minute goal to take the lead for the first time in the match as O’Brien’s shot came off the crossbar and Curtin picked up the pieces from close range.

Now 3-6 to 3-5 clear, Limerick had a lead they would not relinquish and O’Brien put the icing on the cake six minutes from time when she slotted the ball into an empty net after Breen had tipped Reidy’s shot onto the post.

Scorers for Louth: A.M. Murphy 2-1 (1-0 pen), K Flood 1-2, O Kirk 0-2, S Byrne, M Reid (f) & C Page 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: M.C. Curtin 2-5 (1-3f), D O’Brien 1-5 (0-2f), C Reidy (1-0).

LOUTH: C Breen; A McGee, S Quinn, G Lynch; P Marmion, A.M. Lynch, S McDonald; O Kirk, R Heaney; S Byrne, K Flood, S Lynch; M Reid, A.M. Murphy, C Page.

Subs: G Rogers for McDonald (36), G Mackin for Reid (41), L O’Neill for Marmion (41).

LIMERICK: C Murphy; M O’Brien, S Healy, A Neary; E McGuire, Y Moynihan, P Donnelly; E Enright, S Larkin; J Garvey, M Flanagan, C Reidy; J O’Gorman, D O’Brien, M.C. Curtin.

Subs: L Higgins for Healy (inj, 22), L Higgins for Garvey (39), O Giltenane for Moynihan (inj, 46).

Referee: J Niland (Sligo)

2010 GAA Vodafone All-Star Hurling nominations

Tipperary top hurling All Stars nominations

From the RTE.ie web site

Friday, 24 September 2010 08:33

Tipperary have been rewarded for their stunning defeat of Kilkenny in this year’s All-Ireland final as 14 of the team have been nominated for 2010 GAA All Stars, sponsored by Vodafone. The newly crowned All-Ireland champions last year claimed four All Stars, after they also topped the nominations leaderboard at the end of an epic season which saw them pipped at the death by great rivals Kilkenny in the All-Ireland final. Tipp will be looking forward to crowning a magnificent year when the awards, along with the Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards in both hurling and football, are presented live on RTÉ 2 on Friday night, 15 October.

The football awards will be announced the day before. But a coronation of a different kind is still on the cards as Henry Shefflin remains on course for a record 10th All Star after also being nominated for this year’s awards. Shefflin, who is nominated for a ninth successive time, will be hoping to surpass the record jointly held by his fellow county-man DJ Carey and Kerry football legend Pat Spillane, whom he joined on nine awards last year. The seven-time All-Ireland senior hurling medal winner is one of 11 Kilkenny players nominated for awards this year, just one less than last year’s 12 nominees. Shefflin’s Kilkenny teammate Tommy Walsh, who has seven awards to his name, received his eighth successive nomination.

All-Ireland winning captain Eoin Kelly will be going for his sixth All Star while Tipperary’s hat-trick hero of the All-Ireland final Lar Corbett will be hoping to pick up his second award. Some 21 of the 45 nominees will be going for their first award – seven more than last year. In all, seven counties have players nominated, with Offaly and Antrim with the smallest number of nominees, with one each. Three players from last year’s All Stars – goalkeeper PJ Ryan (Kilkenny), defender Conor O’Mahony (Tipperary) and midfielder Alan McCrabbe (Dublin) – were not nominated.

The GAA All Stars, sponsored by Vodafone, Hurling Nominations for 2010 are:

Goalkeepers:

Brendan Cummins (Tipperary)

Donal Óg Cusack (Cork)

Clinton Hennessy (Waterford)

Full backs:

Jackie Tyrell (Kilkenny)

Noel Connors (Waterford)

Ollie Canning (Galway)

Paddy Stapleton (Tipperary)

Paul Curran (Tipperary)

John Dalton (Kilkenny)

Shane Kavanagh (Galway)

Shane O’Neill (Cork)

Michael Cahill (Tipperary)

Half backs:

Tommy Walsh (Kilkenny)

JJ Delaney (Kilkenny)

Michael Walsh (Waterford)

Tony Browne (Waterford)

Pádraic Maher (Tipperary)

Tony Óg Regan (Galway)

Ronan Curran (Cork)

Declan Fanning (Tipperary)

John Gardiner (Cork)

Midfield:

Michael Fennelly (Kilkenny)

Shane McGrath (Tipperary)

Brendan Maher (Tipperary

Ger Farragher (Galway)

Shane O’Sullivan (Waterford)

Michael Rice (Kilkenny)

Half forwards:

Noel McGrath (Tipperary)

Eoin Larkin (Kilkenny)

Gearoid Ryan (Tipperary)

Henry Shefflin (Kilkenny)

Niall McCarthy (Cork)

Damien Hayes (Galway)

TJ Reid (Kilkenny)

Lar Corbett (Tipperary)

Patrick Maher

Full forwards:

John Mullane (Waterford)

Eoin Kelly (Tipperary)

Richie Power (Kilkenny)

Shane Dooley (Offaly)

Patrick Horgan (Cork)

Joe Canning (Galway)

Liam Watson (Antrim)

Aidan Fogarty (Kilkenny)

John O’Brien (Tipperary)

Breakdown of nominations by counties is as follows:

Tipperary 14

Kilkenny 11

Cork 6

Galway 6

Waterford 6

Antrim 1

Offaly 1

Tipperary top All Star list

O’Mahony odd man out as Shefflin chases record 10th award

By Cliona Foley for the Irish Independent web site

Friday September 24 2010

TIPPERARY’S dream season looks set for a highly decorated conclusion, after all but one of their All-Ireland final starters received nominations for the 2010 Vodafone Hurling All Stars last night. Centre-back Conor O’Mahony, who won his second award at wing-back last year, is the only Premier man to miss out as Tipp dominate the shortlist. They receive 14 nominations, three more than Kilkenny — whose five-in-a-row ambitions Tipp so resoundingly buried in the All-Ireland final. Kilkenny’s Henry Shefflin received his 10th successive nomination — despite the infamous cruciate injury that restricted his appearance in both the semi-final and final. The Ballyhale star is on course to surpass the record nine All Stars that he jointly holds with fellow county legend DJ Carey and Kerry footballer Pat Spillane.

The seven-time All-Ireland champion is one of 11 Kilkenny players nominated, which is just one less than last year — and includes an eighth successive nomination for wing-back star Tommy Walsh. Beaten All-Ireland semi-finalists Waterford and Cork, like Galway, have six nominations each, with four of the Deise’s in defence. Ulster champions Antrim had only one nominee, in forward Liam Watson. Just seven counties are represented and Galway fans may quibble about their share. Joe Canning is included, despite a less than sparkling summer by his stellar standards, yet there was no room for wing-back David Collins who was consistent all season after returning from a long injury lay-off.

Galway supporters may also wonder how goalkeeper Colm Callanan, one of the stars of their Division 1 league title, was not included — though there is no disputing the inclusion of Brendan Cummins, Donal Og Cusack and Clinton Hennessy as contenders for the No 1 jersey. Offaly top-scorer Shane Dooley is his side’s only representative and, after getting several nominees last year when Alan McCrabbe made the final cut in midfield, the Dublin hurlers, like Wexford, failed to get a single nomination this time round. One feature of this year’s selection is how many first-time nominees — 21 of the 45 selected — are included but that also reflects the youth of the Tipperary team in particular.

All-Ireland winning captain Eoin Kelly may be going for his sixth All Star and Lar Corbett — tipped to win Player of the Year — is in line for his second in-a-row, but Tipperary’s Michael Cahill, Gearoid Ryan and Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher have all received nominations in their first senior championship seasons. And though he only battled his way back off the bench in the late stages of Tipperary’s championship run, John O’Brien’s performances did enough to get him noticed. The 2010 All Star hurling team will be revealed live on television on Friday, October 15, a day after the football winners are announced.

Tipperary top list while Shefflin aims for number 10

By SEÁN MORAN Gaelic Games Correspondent for the Irish Times newspaper

GAELIC GAMES: TIPPERARY’S status as All-Ireland champions, acquired earlier this month, has been recognised in the list of nominations for this year’s GAA hurling All Stars, sponsored by Vodafone. With 14 nominations, Tipp are at the top of the list for next month’s awards, with defeated finalists Kilkenny next in line with 11. Munster champions Waterford, league winners Galway and the team they beat in the final, Cork, who also lost the Munster final after a replay, get six each. Two counties are allocated one single nomination, Offaly and Antrim.

Henry Shefflin, whose place in Kilkenny’s pursuit of a fifth successive All-Ireland was unfortunately taken away by injury in the 13th minute of the final, is nominated despite limited game time in the All-Ireland series and is on the verge of what would be a record 10th award, moving him past fellow countyman DJ Carey and Kerry footballer Pat Spillane. Another record in the offing is the possibility of Cork goalkeeper Donal Cusack becoming the first player to win an All Star in three successive decades, having been honoured in 1999 and 2006. He is joined in that category by Waterford’s Tony Browne, who was Hurler of the Year as well as an All Star in 1998 and added awards in 2006 and ’07.

Another goalkeeper, Tipperary’s Brendan Cummins, misses out on the possibility by a year, having won his first All Star in 2000. Kilkenny’s Tommy Walsh, the reigning Hurler of the Year, is in line to receive his eighth successive All Star, having been nominated and almost certain to be selected. His award would further extend a remarkable record for his county, who have all four leading award winners in hurling, with Walsh himself, Shefflin, Carey and 1970s and ’80s goalkeeper Noel Skehan.

Waterford’s Munster title places a number of their players in position for recognition. John Mullane is almost certain to hold the All Star he won last year, whereas Michael “Brick” Walsh, having been the frontrunner for centre back for a lot of the summer, will be under pressure from Tipperary’s under-21 captain Pádraic Maher, whose tour de force in the All-Ireland final catapults him into the reckoning. Noel Connors will also have his backers at corner back. League winners Galway are short of certainties, although Damien Hayes is the nearest to that category. Cork, also with six nominations, don’t have any obvious candidates beyond Cusack.

Three of last year’s team have not received nominations: Conor O’Mahony, the only one of the starting Tipperary side from this month’s All-Ireland final not to make the short list; Dublin’s Alan McCrabbe, reflecting a disappointing year for Anthony Daly’s team; and Kilkenny goalkeeper PJ Ryan, who wasn’t in the form of last season when he was a Hurler of the Year candidate. The list is short on controversy after a season of strong individual performers, in contrast to the football nominations which reflect the fact all four senior semi-finalists came through the qualifiers and that eventual champions Cork had very few players who shone consistently during the season.

Their hurling counterparts, Tipperary, also had to overcome an early defeat by Cork, but during the qualifier series and the All-Ireland stages a number of players developed outstanding levels of consistency. All-Ireland winning captain Eoin Kelly is nominated for what would be his sixth All-Star, putting him level with the county’s leading award winner, former manager Nicky English. Lar Corbett, who hit three goals in the final, will be hoping to pick up his second gong. Twenty-one of the 45 nominees will be going for their first award, seven more than last year.

Their All Stars from last year, with the exception of O’Mahony, Pádraic Maher, Lar Corbett and Noel McGrath are all nominated again, although Maher and McGrath are on different lines. Of the rest of the 2009 line-up, Kilkenny’s Jackie Tyrrell, Walsh, JJ Delaney, Corbett, McGrath and Waterford’s Mullane are odds-on to retain their awards, whereas the prospects of Kilkenny pair Shefflin and Michael Rice are complicated by injury, which kept them from most of the All-Ireland stages. Liam Watson’s nomination gives the Antrim forward the chance of becoming the county’s first award winner in the 19 years since Terence McNaughton picked up a centrefield position in the 1991 team. Offaly’s Shane Dooley, recognised for an exceptionally high-scoring year, will be considered for what would be his county’s first since his uncle Johnny Dooley 10 years ago.

The county breakdown is: Tipperary 14, Kilkenny 11, Waterford, Galway and Cork 6 each, Offaly and Antrim one apiece.

Broken down on a provincial basis the 45 nominees divide as follows: Munster 26 and Leinster 19, allowing that Galway and Antrim now compete in the latter championship.

Goalkeepers

Brendan Cummins Tipperary

Donal Óg Cusack Cork

Clinton Hennessy Waterford

Full-back line

Jackie Tyrrell Kilkenny

Noel Connors Waterford

Ollie Canning Galway

Paddy Stapleton Tipperary

Paul Curran Tipperary

John Dalton Kilkenny

Shane Kavanagh Galway

Shane O’Neill Cork

Michael Cahill Tipperary

Half-back line

Tommy Walsh Kilkenny

JJ Delaney Kilkenny

Michael Walsh Waterford

Tony Browne Waterford

Pádraic Maher Tipperary

Tony Óg Regan Galway

Ronan Curran Cork

Declan Fanning Tipperary

John Gardiner Cork

Midfielders

Michael Fennelly Kilkenny

Shane McGrath Tipperary

Brendan Maher Tipperary

Ger Farragher Galway

Shane O’Sullivan Waterford

Michael Rice Kilkenny

Half-forward line

Noel McGrath Tipperary

Eoin Larkin Kilkenny

Gearóid Ryan Tipperary

Henry Shefflin Kilkenny

Niall McCarthy Cork

Damien Hayes Galway

TJ Reid Kilkenny

Lar Corbett Tipperary

Patrick MaherTipperary

Full-forward line

John Mullane Waterford

Eoin Kelly Tipperary

Richie Power Kilkenny

Shane Dooley Offaly

Patrick Horgan Cork

Joe Canning Galway

Liam Watson Antrim

Aidan Fogarty Kilkenny

John O’Brien Tipperary

Breakdown by county

Tipperary 14

Kilkenny 11

Cork 6

Galway 6

Waterford 6

Antrim 1

Offaly 1

Awards presented on Friday, October 15th

2011 GAA Championship Draws

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2010 GAA Vodafone All-Star Football nominations

Rebels lead football All-Star nominations

From the Breaking news.ie web site

Cork’s march to their first All-Ireland SFC title since 1990 has been recognised with 11 of the Rebels squad shortlisted for the 2010 GAA Vodafone All-Star Football awards. Conor Counihan’s charges lifted the NFL Division 1 trophy and Sam Maguire Cup in 2010. Last Sunday’s slender win over Down at Croke Park capped off a fine season for the Leesiders. A total of 12 counties have players shortlisted for All-Star awards. Beaten All-Ireland finalists Down have the second highest number with seven nominees, semi-finalists Kildare are third highest with five nominees, and Dublin and Tyrone are next – both with four.

The Rebels have received just under a quarter of the 45 nominations, with at least one Cork player shortlisted for each line on the pitch. Only ten of the players nominated are previous All-Stars. Kerry duo Colm Cooper and Tomás Ó Sé are the most decorated nominees, with five All-Stars each. Indeed, only three members of last year’s All-Stars team are nominated – Cork duo Michael Shields and Graham Canty along with Kerry’s Tomás Ó Sé, who are all in line for awards in defence. None of the 2009 All Star midfield, half-forward line or full-forward line selection are among this year’s nominees. Notably, last year’s Footballer of the Year, Kerry’s Paul Galvin, has also failed to make the shortlist. Of the four provincial champions – all of whom were defeated at All-Ireland quarter-final stage – Tyrone fare the best with four nominees, with Kerry and Meath on three each and Roscommon on two. Beaten Leinster and Connacht finalists Louth and Sligo, respectively, were rewarded for their resurgent seasons with two nominees each, while Munster’s defeated finalists Limerick have one nominee (John Galvin) – one less than last year when they were also beaten provincial finalists.

2010 GAA VODAFONE ALL-STAR NOMINATIONS:

Goalkeepers –

Alan Quirke (Cork)

Brendan McVeigh (Down)

Pascal McConnell (Tyrone)

Full-backs –

Michael Shields (Cork)

Rory O’Carroll (Dublin)

Peter Kelly (Kildare)

Charlie Harrison (Sligo)

Philip McMahon (Dublin)

Justin McMahon (Tyrone)

Dan Gordon (Down)

John O’Brien (Louth)

Marc Ó Sé (Kerry)

Half-backs –

Paudie Kissane (Cork)

Kevin McKernan (Down)

Philip Jordan (Tyrone)

Emmet Bolton (Kildare)

Tomás Ó Sé (Kerry)

Graham Canty (Cork)

Noel O’Leary (Cork)

Joe McMahon (Tyrone)

Eamon Callaghan (Kildare)

Midfielders –

Aidan Walsh (Cork)

Paddy Keenan (Louth)

Michael Darragh Macauley (Dublin)

John Galvin (Limerick)

Kalum King (Down)

Nicholas Murphy (Cork)

Half-forwards –

Paddy Kelly (Cork)

Daniel Hughes (Down)

Graham Reilly (Meath)

Martin Clarke (Down)

Joe Sheridan (Meath)

John Doyle (Kildare)

Paul Kerrigan (Cork)

Seamus Kenny (Meath)

Cathal Cregg (Roscommon)

Full-forwards –

Daniel Goulding (Cork)

Bernard Brogan (Dublin)

Donie Shine (Roscommon)

Colm Cooper (Kerry)

Donncha O’Connor (Cork)

David Kelly (Sligo)

Benny Coulter (Down)

James Kavanagh (Kildare)

Padraic Joyce (Galway)

BREAKDOWN OF NOMINATIONS BY COUNTY:

Cork – 11

Down – 7

Kildare – 5

Tyrone – 4

Dublin – 4

Kerry – 3

Meath – 3

Roscommon – 2

Sligo – 2

Louth – 2

Galway – 1

Limerick – 1

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final – Cork 0-16 Down 0-15

Cork defeated Down by 0-16 to 0-15 in the 2010 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final on Sunday in Croke Park.

Rebels come good in the end

By IAN O’RIORDAN at Croke Park for the Irish Times newspaper

Cork 0-16 Down 0-15: Cork have put an end to their unenviable record of losing All-Ireland football finals with the most dramatic and narrowest of victories in Croke Park. The one-point margin reflected what was a tense and tight battle throughout, but in the end Cork proved deserving winners to inflict a painful defeat on Down, who had set the pace for long periods. So, it wasn’t to be six titles from six finals for Down, and yet few people could deny Cork their moment – particularly after the brave and ultimately determined way they went about their victory. Cork’s euphoric reaction at the final whistle reflected what it meant to win this title, as did the expression of team captain Graham Canty on lifting the Sam Maguire. Canty didn’t start due to a hamstring injury, but his second half introduction was one the things that helped swing the momentum in Cork’s favour.

It probably won’t go down as one of the better All-Ireland finals, played before an official attendance of 81,604, but the frantic climax made up for the poor first half. It will certainly be fondly recalled by Cork – who had twice lost All-Ireland finals in the previous three years, both times to Kerry, and 16 previous finals in total. Now they’ve collected a seventh title, their first since 1990. Yet, Down had been the better team for most of the first half, and held a three-point lead at the break. But the slow-burning game finally caught fire in the last 20 minutes when both sides went at each other with increasing determination. Daniel Goulding’s contribution of 0-9 was pivotal, as Donncha O’Connor was one of the few other Cork forwards that managed to sparkle.

Cork had trailed throughout the first half, and so needed the better start to the second half, yet Down made it, Paul McComiskey hitting his third point. A Goulding free balanced that out, and on 41 minutes, Canty was introduced to instil further momentum into Cork. It worked, with Goulding’s fourth free reducing the gap to two points, 0-9 to 0-7. Mark Poland and O’Connor then exchanged scores, as the tension mounted. Goulding reduced the gap to the minimum on 47 minutes, and finally the Cork supporters came alive. Both sides turned up the aggression, but Cork made it count – levelling the game on 50 minutes with a beautiful point from Ciaran Sheehan. Kevin McKernan restored Down’s advantage, briefly, as O’Connor’s free levelled it again – before Paul Kerrigan shot Cork in front on 56 minutes.

Two 45’s in quick succession from Goulding pushed Cork 0-14 to 0-11 in front, just before the hour mark, and for the first time they looked like winners. Still, Peter Fitzpatrick clawed one back for Down with just over five minutes to play. But when O’Connor curled over a gem of a point it looked like Cork’s day. Again Down reduced it to two, with a point from Ronan Murtagh. But Cork hit back with Goulding’s third 45, before Benny Coulter shot over the bar at the other end, when the goal chance appeared to be on. Hughes then fisted a point to close the gap to one, 16 to Down’s 15 – with only two additional minutes announced. But Down ran out of time, ultimately, as Cork won the vital last swing of possession.

Cork were dealt a blow before the start when Canty failed a late fitness test on his troubled hamstring, with John Miskella taking his place instead. Yet Cork started like a hurricane, assaulting the Down defence. Sheehan had a glorious goal chance stopped on the line by Daniel McCartan. Yet all they could salvage from that series of attacks was a free for Goulding, on two minutes. Down soon settled into the game, a nice point from Danny Hughes on five minutes, followed by an even better effort from Paul McComiskey on 10 minutes. Still, both teams were guilty of some overly-anxious play, and several wides. Cork levelled it again on 13 minutes with a second free for Goulding, but Down were winning more possession – and a Marty Clarke free put them back in front moments later, followed by a big point from his brother John. Another free for Marty Clarke followed, and so Down were up 0-5 and 0-2, and already looking far more comfortable.

McComiskey added his second point on 18 minutes, and Down went four clear, leaving Cork looking increasingly directionless. Paul Kerrigan and Miskella both hit awful wides around 25 minutes, and on the sideline manager Conor Counihan must have been wondering if they’d ever get their act together. At the other end, Hughes stretched Down’s lead to five with his second point. Eventually, a free from Donncha O’Connor ended Cork’s 20-minute wait for a score, and moments later, in the 31st minute, Goulding scored their first from play. Marty Clarke added a third free, but O’Connor responded with a great point, as Cork finally got their skates on. So, they went into the break with Down just three points clear, 0-8 to 0-5. But Cork’s second half performance, and the hunger and desire they showed in ending their losing finals streak, was what this game will be long remembered for.

CORK: A Quirke; E Cadogan, M Shields, R Carey; N O’Leary, J Miskella, P Kissane; A O’Connor, A Walsh; C Sheehan (0-1), P O’Neill, P Kelly; D Goulding (0-9), D O’Connor (0-5), P Kerrigan (0-1).

Subs: N Murphy for O’Connor (half time), G Canty for Kissane (41 mins), C O’Neill for P O’Neill (55 mins), D Kavanagh for Murphy (65 mins), J Hayes for Kerrigan (68 mins).

DOWN: B McVeigh; D Martin, D Gordon, D Rafferty; D Rooney, K McKernan (0-1), C Garvey; P Fitzpatrick (0-1), K King; D Hughes (0-3), M Poland (0-1), B Coulter (0-1); P McComiskey (0-3), J Clarke (0-1), M Clarke (0-3).

Subs: C Maginn for J Clarke (45 mins), R Murtagh (0-1) for McComiskey (55 mins), B McArdle for Rafferty (56 mins), A Brannigan for King (64 mins), C Laverty for Poland (66 mins)

Referee: David Coldrick (Meath)

Team News

Cork SFC (v Down): Alan Quirke, Eoin Cadogan, Michael Shields, Ray Carey, Noel O’Leary,. Graham Canty (captain), Paudie Kissane, Alan O’Connor, Aidan Walsh, Ciaran Sheehan, Pearse O’Neill, Patrick Kelly, Daniel Goulding, Donncha O’Connor, Paul Kerrigan

CORK AND DOWN HEADLINE FOOTBALL’S BIG DAY

It has been a fascinating season on the GAA All-Ireland hurling and football final circuit and there’s one more big day to come when Cork and Down clash in the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final in Croke Park on Sunday (3.30). It will be preceded by the ESB GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Final between Cork and Tyrone at 1.15.

It will be a first ever All-Ireland final meeting between Cork and Down – indeed they have only met once before in the championship back in 1994 when Down won a semi-final by five points.

Cork are seeking their 7th All-Ireland senior title – and their first since 1990 – while Down are seeking their 6th and their first since 1994. Down have the distinction of having won all five finals they reached in 1960-61-68-91-94.

Cork have appeared in four finals since winning their last one in 1990 but lost in 1993-99-2007-2009.

Paths to the final

Cork

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) Cork 1-15 Dublin 1-14 (All-Ireland semi-final) Played 7, Won 5, Drew 1, Lost 1.

Average For: 1-14; Average Against: 0-12

Cork Scorers

Daniel Goulding……………..1-34 (0-24 frees, 0-2 ‘45s’) Donncha O’Connor…………1-16 (0-9 frees, 0-1 penalty) Paddy Kelly…………………….0-12 (0-6 frees) Ciaran Sheehan………………..0-9 Pearse O’Neill………………….2-3 Colm O’Neill…………………..0-8 (0-1 free) Paul Kerrigan…………………..0-6

Paudie Kissane…………………0-3

Aidan Walsh……………………0-3

Derek Kavanagh……………..0-3

Graham Canty…………………0-2

Alan O’Connor………………..0-2

Fintan Goold………………….0-2

Michael Shields………………0-1

Noel O’Leary………………….0-1

John Hayes……………………0-1 (free) John Miskella…………………0-1

Down

Down 1-15 Donegal 2-10 (Ulster quarter-final) After extra-time Tyrone 0-14 Down 0-10 (Ulster semi-final) Down 1-14 Longford 1-11 (Qualifier Round 2) Down 1-12 Offaly 1-10 (Qualifier Round 3) Down 3-20 Sligo 0-10 (Qualifier Round 4) Down 1-16 Kerry 1-10 (All-Ireland quarter-final) Down 1-16 Kildare 1-14 (All-Ireland semi-final) Played 7, Won 6, Lost 1.

Average For: 1-16; Average Against: 1-11

Scorers

Martin Clarke……..1-27 (1-0 penalty, 0-14 frees, 0-4 ‘45’) Mark Poland……….1-18 (0-13 frees) Benny Coulter…….2-11 Daniel Hughes…….0-14 Ronan Murtagh……1-7 John Clarke…………1-5 Ambrose Rodgers….1-5 (0-1 ‘45’) Paul McComiskey..0-5 (0-1 free) Aidan Carr………….1-0 Peter Fitzpatrick…..0-3 Kevin McKernan….0-3 Conor Maginn………0-2 Conor Garvey………0-1 Dan Gordon…………0-1 Declan Rooney……..0-1

Cork in All-Ireland Finals

2009: Kerry 0-16 Cork 1-9

2007: Kerry 3-13 Cork 1-9

1999: Meath 1-11 Cork 1-8

1993: Derry 1-14 Cork 2-8

1990: Cork 0-11 Meath 0-9

1989: Cork 0-17 Mayo 1-11

1988: Meath 0-13 Cork 0-12 (Replay)

1988: Meath 0-12 Cork 1-9 (Draw)

1987: Meath 1-14 Cork 0-11

1973: Cork 3-17 Galway 2-13

1967: Meath 1-9 Cork 0-9

1957: Louth 1-9 Cork 1-7

1956: Galway 2-13 Cork 3-7

1945: Cork 2-7 Cavan 0-7

1911: Cork 6-6 Antrim 1-2

1907: Dublin 0-6 Cork 0-2

1906: Dublin 0-5 Cork 0-4

1899: Dublin 1-10 Cork 0-6

1897: Dublin 2-6 Cork 0-2

1894: Dublin 0-5 Cork 1-2 (Match unfinished)

1894: Dublin 0-6 Cork 1-1 (Draw) Goal equalled five points

1893: Wexford 1-1 Cork 0-1

1891: Dublin 2-1 Cork 1-9 (Goal outweighed any number of points)

1890: Cork 2-4 Wexford 0-1

Played 24; Won 6, Drew 2, Lost 15, Unfinished 1.

Down in All-Ireland Finals

1960: Down 2-10 Kerry 0-8

1961: Down 3-6 Offaly 2-8

1968: Down 2-12 Kerry 1-13

1991: Down 1-16 Meath 1-14

1994: Down 1-12 Dublin 0-13

Played 5, Won 5.

Previous Championship Meeting

Cork and Down have only met on one occasion in championship history. That was in 1994 when Down won by 1-13 to 0-11 prior to beating Dublin in the final. The semi-final teams were:

Down: Neil Collins; Michael Magill, Brian Burns, Paul Higgins; Eamon Burns, Barry Breen, DJ Kane; Gregory McCartan, Conor Deegan; Ross Carr, Greg Blaney, James McCartan; Mickey Linden, Aidan Farrell, Gary Mason.

Cork: John Kerins; Mark Farr, Mark O’Connor, Niall Cahalane; Brian Corcoran, Stephen O’Brien, Tony Davis; Shea Fahy, Danny Culloty; Stephen Calnan, Larry Tompkins, Don Davis; Colin Corkery, Joe Kavanagh, Paul McGrath.

Top Scorers 2010 Championship

Kildare’s John Doyle looks certain to top the scoring lists for the 2010 GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championships. He scored 1-49 (52 points), one point ahead of Bernard Brogan (Dublin) on 3-32 (51 points).

The top scorers from Cork and Down, Daniel Goulding and Martin Clarke have a chance to close the gap next Sunday but are 15 and 22 points respectively behind Doyle.

The top ten are as follows:

1. John Doyle (Kildare)………….1-49 (52) 2. Bernard Brogan (Dublin)…….3-42 (51) 3. Daniel Goulding (Cork)………1-34 (37) 4. Donal Shine (Roscommon)….1-31 (34) 5. Martin Clarke (Down)…………1-27 (30)

– Colm Cooper (Kerry)……………1-27 (30) 7. Cian Ward (Meath)……………..2-23 (29) 8. Padraic Joyce (Galway)……….1-25 (28) 9. Joe Sheridan (Meath)…………..5-11 (26) 10. Bryan Sheehan (Kerry)………2-19 (25)

GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Roll of Honour Will Cork win their 7th All-Ireland title and join Meath in joint fourth place on the roll of honour or will Down win their 6th title and join Cork in joint fifth place?

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)

HISTORIC FOOTBALL FINAL ON SEPTEMBER 19

History will be made in the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final on Sunday, September 19 when Cork and Down meet for the first time at this level. Down clinched a place in the final for the first time since 1994 with a two point (1-16 to 1-14) win over Kildare in last Sunday’s semi-final. It’s the sixth time that Down have reached the final and, remarkably, they have won all previous five in 1960-61-68-91-94. Cork and Down have met only once before in the championship. That was back in the 1994 All-Ireland semi-final which Down won by 1-13 to 0-11. Cork will be bidding to win the title for the first time since 1990 and for the 7th time in all. They have reached four finals since 1990 but lost them all to Derry (1993), Meath (1999), Kerry (2007) and Kerry (2009).

Cork will also be in the ESB GAA Football Minor All-Ireland Championship Final where they will meet Tyrone. It’s the first time since 1993 that Cork are in both Minor and Senior finals.

GAA All Ireland Football Finals Referees Announced

David Coldrick (Meath) and Michael Duffy (Sligo) have been appointed as referees for All-Ireland GAA Football Senior and Minor Football Finals respectively.

David will be assisted by umpires Tony Kearney, John Coldrick (both Blackhall Gaels), James Matthews (Cortown) and Stephen O’Hare (Syddan). The stand-by referee for this fixture will be Gearóid Ó Conámha (Galway), the linesman is Maurice Deegan (Laois) and sideline official for the day, Syl Doyle (Wexford).

This is the second senior inter-county football final refereed by the Meathman.

ESB GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Final – Tyrone 1-13 Cork 1-12

Tyrone defeated Cork by 1-13 to 1-12 in the ESB GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Final on Sunday in Croke Park.

Tyrone hang on to claim Minor title

From the GAA.ie web site

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Tyrone won their eighth ESB GAA Football All-Ireland Minor title thanks to a 1-13 to 1-12 defeat of Cork at Croke Park on Sunday. The Red Hands led by eight points with six minutes left, but as we well know, this Cork team doesn’t know when it’s beaten and they staged yet another dramatic late recovery to ensure a thrilling finale. However, there was to be no repeat of the Rebels’ semi-final comeback win over Galway, as Tyrone held on to win by a single point after Kevin Hallissey had hit the net for Cork after 55 minutes.

Dan MacEoin, who finished with 0-5 from play, was brilliant for Cork in the closing minutes – as was influential sub Stephen O’Mahony – but Cork’s hopes were dashed when Ronan O’Neill pointed in the last minute to save the day for Tyrone. MacEoin hit back with an injury time response for the Rebels but try as they might, they could not find an equaliser. Tyrone were overwhelming favourites going into the game and they justified that tag by steaming into a 1-5 to 0-0 lead by the 20th minute mark. As starts go, it couldn’t have gone much worse for the Rebels, who rejigged their defence from the start, with Tomás Clancy playing in the full-back line and Mathew O’Shea lining out at centre-back.

Brian Cuthbert’s side struggled in defence, however, and conceded two early points, as Niall Sludden and John McCullagh put the Red Hands into the lead. McCullagh, the Tyrone full-forward, added his second of the game, before Eunan Deeney and Thomas Canavan increased their lead to five. Just when it looked like it couldn’t get much worse for Cork it did. Much worse. A long ball into the full-forward line from Ronán Ó Neill crept over the last line of defence and was palmed away by David Hanrahan, the Cork goalkeeper, falling kindly for Harry Óg Conlon, who tapped the ball into the empty net. Tyrone led by 1-5 to 0-0 with 20 minutes on the clock.

To Cork’s credit, they hit back with five successive scores to reduce the gap to three by the 29th minute. Brian Hurley initiated the Cork recovery with a point from a free before MacEoin kicked the first of two fine scores from play. Hurley was to land three scores from placed balls in that purple patch, but Cork might have had a greater return when Hallissey was presented with a goal chance just before the break. The impressive John O’Rourke saw his shot blocked and the ball fell for Hallissey, who drove his effort over the bar when he might just as easily have raised a green flag. Tyrone finished the half with centre-back Michael Donaghy landing a score from play to give his side a 1-6 to 0-5 lead at the break.

Again, Tyrone made the early running on the resumption of play, McCullagh firing his third of the afternoon and O’Neill opening his account with a free. Cork hit back. MacEoin snatched a second fine score, while O’Rourke had Cork within four when he landed his first of the day. It was a short-lived revival, though, as Tyrone eased ahead with another scoring burst, McCullagh again among the scorers as he struck his fourth to give the Red Hands a seemingly unassailable 1-12 to 0-7 lead with 10 minutes left. However, just as Cork have done on three other occasions this year, they staged a remarkable late recovery. This time, though, it was not to be enough.

O’Mahony, a 49th minute sub, broke down a long ball for his team-mate, Hallissey, who cracked a brilliant low shot to the back of the net to start the revival. Cork hit the next three points to bring the gap back to just a single score with a minute left on the clock, but their momentum was halted when Conlon broke clear and had his shot superbly saved by Cork goalkeeper Hanrahan. The rebound fell for O’Neill who fired over what looked like the insurance score. Although MacEoin did hit his fifth point of the day in the 62nd minute, it was too late and Tyrone celebrated their second success in the grade in the last three years.

TYRONE: C Spiers; S McGarrity, C Clarke, HP McGeary; N Sludden (0-1), M Donaghy (0-1), E Deeney (0-1); H Óg Conlon (1-0), C Grugan (0-2); R Donnelly, T Canavan (0-1 free), R Devlin; S Tierney, J McCullagh (0-4), R Ó Néill (0-2, 0-1 free).

Subs: P McNulty for Donaghy (40), L Girvan for Devlin (48), D Donnelly for Tierney (54).

CORK: D Hanrahan; J Wall, T Clancy, A Cronin; K Fulignati, M O’Shea, C O’Sullivan; J Burns, D Cahalane; K Hallissey (1-1), T Hegarty, J O’Rourke (0-3); D McEoin (0-5), M Sugrue, B Hurley (0-3 frees).

Subs: D Fitzgerald for Hegarty (30), L Connolly for Sugrue (43), D O’Donovan for Fulignati (44), S O’Mahony for O’Sullivan (49), K Sheehan for O’Rourke (60).

Referee: Michael Duffy (Sligeach)

ESB GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Final
Will Cork win the ESB GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship title for the first time since 2000 or will Tyrone win their fourth in ten years? The answer will emerge in Croke Park next Sunday when they launch the big day with what promises to be a very exciting encounter.

Cork have won the title ten times (one less than Kerry who lead the honours table) while Tyrone have seven titles.

Cork previously won the title in 1961-67-68-69-72-74-81-91-93-2000 while Tyrone were successful in 1947-48-73-98-2001-2004-2008.

Paths to the final

Cork

Cork 1-9 Clare 0-9

Cork 2-12 Tipperary 2-9

Cork 1-8 Kerry 1-7 (Munster final)

Cork 3-11 Armagh 0-19 (All-Ireland quarter-final) Cork 3-15 Cork 5-8 (All-Ireland semi-final) Average For: 2-11; Average Against: 1-13

Tyrone

Tyrone 1-13 Antrim 1-8

Tyrone 1-10 Down 0-10

Tyrone 1-14 Armagh 0-5 (Ulster final)

Tyrone 2-12 Kerry 0-9 (All-Ireland quarter-final) Tyrone 3-10 Mayo 0-16 (All-Ireland semi-final) Average For: 2-11; Average Against: 0-11

GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Roll of Honour

11 – Kerry (1931-32-33-46-50-62-63-75-80-88-94)

10 – CORK (1961-67-68-69-72-74-81-91-93-2000)

10 – Dublin (1930-45-54-55-56-58-59-79-82-84)

7 – TYRONE (1947-48-73-98-2001-2004-2008)

6 – Galway (1952-60-70-76-86-2007)

6 – Mayo (1935-53-66-71-78-85)

4 – Derry (1965-83-89-2002)

4 – Down (1977-87-99-2005)

4 – Roscommon (1939-41-51-2006)

3 – Laois (1996-97-2003)

3 – Meath (1957-90-92)

2 – Cavan (1937-38)

2 – Louth (1936-40)

2 – Armagh (1949)

1 – Clare (1929)

1 – Offaly (1964)

1 – Tipperary (1934)

1 – Westmeath (1995)

GAA All Ireland Football Finals Referees Announced

David Coldrick (Meath) and Michael Duffy (Sligo) have been appointed as referees for All-Ireland GAA Football Senior and Minor Football Finals respectively.

Michael Duffy’s (Enniscrone/Kilglass) umpires for the minor final are Kevin Bourke (Enniscrone/Kilglass), Pat Cawley (Easkey), Pádraig McGourty (Glenfarne/Kiltycloger) and Pádraic Hamilton (Coolaney/Mullinabreena). The stand by referee is Joe Curley (Meath), linesman Frank Flynn (Leitrim) and sideline official, John Fitzpatrick (New York).

Fixture Details

19.09.2010 (Sun)

ESB GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Final
Páirc an Chrócaigh 1.15pm
Corcaigh v Tír Eoghain
Referee: Michael Duffy (Sligeach)

Match Coverage

This game will be shown live on RTE2

Limerick Wheelchair Hurling

The first ever Limerick Wheelchair Hurling Session which took place in Old Christian’s GAA Club on the evening of September 15th last. This is an initiative run with Munster/Limerick GAA (Pat Culhane, Hurling Development Administrator, Limerick city) in conjunction with Limerick City Sports Partnership (Liam McDonough, Sports Inclusion Development Officer ). The idea for this initiative came from the meeting of GAA personnel with Liam at the Special Olympics All-Ireland Finals which took place recently on the week of June 9th – 13th at the University of Limerick. The finals featured 1,900 Special Olympics athletes from the island of Ireland and for the first time the GAA was invited to demonstrate the skills of Hurling and Camogie. Tony Watene (GAA National Inclusion Officer) brought a group together consisting of Paudie Butler (National Hurling Coordinator), Noel Hartigan (Limerick Games Manager), Pat Culhane (Hurling Development Administrator), Adrian O’Sullivan (Games Development Administrator) and Clare Camogie player Carol O’Leary on the day to provide excellent coaching inputs to the athletes. From there Liam and Pat set about putting together a plan to target wheelchair users in the limerick city and greater limerick area.

A great evening was had by all at the first session. There was enthusiasm in abundance there with everybody practicing the basic skill of striking the ball. This was followed by Pat going through the rules of the game, followed by a very competitive match that was played in a positive spirit. Everybody seemed to have a great fun and were anxious when enquiring when the next session will be. It expected that numbers will increase over the coming weeks! GAA National Inclusion Officer, Tony Watene said, “I’m delighted that this positive initiative has got off to a flying start and can see it going from strength to strength. Limerick GAA has been doing sterling work on the Inclusion front this year. Whether they’re working with new or existing communities or with people with a Disability, I know they’re in good hands.” Many thanks should be given to Old Chriatian’s GAA club and their team of FÁS staff for making their facilities available.

The Limerick Wheelchair hurling team will be training on Thursday evenings in Old Christian’s GAA indoor hall from 7-8pm on September 23rd, 30th, October 7th and have a game on Saturday 16th October. ALL wheelchair users, family and friends are welcome! Anybody who would like to give it a go or maybe volunteer to help with the coaching or organising should contact

Liam McDonough (Limerick Sorts Inclusion Development Officer) – Mobile: 0871798199 or Email: lmcdonough@limerickcitysports.ie

Pat Culhane (Hurling Development Administrator) – Mobile 0863096-856 or Email: pat.culhane.munster@gaa.ie

Camogie – Gala All Ireland Premier Junior Championship Final – Waterford 1-9 Antrim 1-9

Waterford and Antrim drew on a scoreline of 1-9 to 1-9 in the Camogie Gala All Ireland Premier Junior Championship Final on Sunday in Croke Park.

Waterford snatch late draw in Junior final

Sunday, September 12, 2010

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Antrim 1-9 Waterford 1-9

A 60th minute point from Karen Kelly set the seal on a fine second half rally by Waterford to snatch a draw in the Gala All-Ireland premier junior final at Croke Park.

Antrim held the upper hand for much of this encounter, leading at the end of a dour first half by 0-4 to 0-3.

Nerves clearly had a role to play in that opening period. Two-time All Star Jane Adams fired over two frees for Antrim but had a third inexplicably scrubbed out by referee Donal Leahy for a square ball.

Waterford hung in there with points from Karen Kelly and Áine Lyng. The second half was a more open affair and the more imposing Saffrons looked set for victory as they opened up a five-point advantage, due largely to Raquel McCarry’s goal from close range.

Adams laid the groundwork for that score but was struggling to have as much of an impact as might have been expected, due to the double-teaming tactics employed by Waterford.

The Munster girls gradually worked themselves back into the game and hit four consecutive points from Lyng (two), Jenny McCarthy and Kelly before Gráinne Kenneally booted to the Antrim net in the 53rd minute after fielding McCarthy’s delivery brilliantly.

Within a minute, Kelly sent a rasper into the side-netting and a goal then would probably have sealed Waterford’s first ever title but Antrim had plenty left in the tank.

Katie McAleese caught brilliantly in a heavily contested aerial battle before turning and lofting over before Adams pushed pushed them ahead with just over a minute remaining, after making space brilliantly.

Waterford were not to be beaten though and Kelly sent over her third point from play from 35m with just seconds of normal time remaining to equalise.

There was still time for one last attack from the Déise. Niamh Rockett’s persistence earned an opportunity but her shot veered just wide and the sides will meet once again on October 3.

Antrim: M Graham; R Torney, A Martin, A Jackson; C Doherty, E Connolly, B Orchin; K O’Neill, N Connolly; M Convery 0-1, N McGuinness 0-1, S Graham, R McCarry 1-2, J Adams 0-4(3fs), L Connolly. Subs: A McCall for Martin inj (7); C Hamill for N Connolly (28); K McAleese 0-1 for L Connolly (36); M Connolly for Orchin (48)

Waterford: A O’Brien; E Hannon, S Curran, KM Hearne; P Cunningham, P Jackman 0-1(f), J Simpson; C Raher, M Murphy; A Lyng 0-4(3fs), G Kennelly 1-0, J McCarthy 0-1; N Rockett, K Kelly 0-3, N Morrissey. Subs: D Fahy for Murphy (39); S Kiernan for Morrissey (39)

Referee: D Leahy (Tipperary)

Team News

Waterford Team Lineout Premier Junior Championship Final 2010

1. Ashling O’Brien, A. Ní Bhriain Lismore

2. Emma Hannon, E. Ní hÁnnáin Gall Tír

3. Shona Curran, S. Ní Chorráin Lismore

4. Kate Marie Hearne, C.M Ní hEathírn Butlerstown

5. Pauline Cunningham, P. Nic Cuinneagáin St. Annes

6. Patricia Jackman, P. Seac Gall Tír

7. Jennie Simpson, S. Nic Shim St. Annes

8. Charlotte Raher, C. Ní Reachair St. Annes

9. Mairead Murphy, M. Ní Mhurchú (Capt) St. Annes

10. Áine Lyng, Á. Ní Loinn Gall Tír

11. Grainne Kenneally, G. Ní Chinnaolaidh Lismore

12. Jenny McCarthy, S. Nic Carthaigh Cappoquin

13. Niamh Rockett St. Annes

14. Karen Kelly, C. Ní Cheallaigh St. Annes

15. Nicola Morrissey, N. Ní Mhuireasa Lismore

16. Fiona Kiely, F. Ní Chadhla An Rinn

17. Vicky Gaffney, V. Ní Ghamhna Butlerstown

18. Sally O’Grady, S. Ní Ghráda Gall Tír

19. Shauna Kiernan, S. Hic Thiarnáin Lismore

20. Deirdre Fahy, D. Ní Fhathaigh An Rinn

21. Áine Breatnach Butlerstown

22. Mary O’ Donnell, M. Ní Dhónaill An Rinn

23. Ashling Kelly, A. Ní Cheallaigh Butlerstown

24. Aileen Cummins, A. Ní Chomáin Gall Tír

25. Margo Heffernan, M. Ní hIfernáin Gall Tír

26. Clara Hogan, C. hÓgáin Gall Tír

Manager: Andy Moloney

Coach: Niall Dunphy

Selector: Carolyn Ahern

Trainer/Physio: Shay Fitzpatrick

Antrim Lineout Gala Premier Junior Championship Final 2010

1 Mairead Graham, M. Ní Ghréacháin  Portglenone
2 Rhona Torney, R. Ní Thorna   St. Johns
3 Aileen Martin, A. Ní Mháirtín  Dunloy
4 Aisling Jackson, A. Nic Shiacais   St. Johns
5 Coleen Doherty, C. Ní Dhochartaigh  O’Donovan Rossa
6 Emma Connolly, E. Ní Chonghaile  Loughgiel  
7 Bronagh Orchin    O’Donovan Rossa
8 Kerrie O’Neill, K. Ní Néill   O’Donovan Rossa
9 Noelle Connolly, N. Ní Chonghaile  Loughgiel
10 Michaela Convery, M. Nic Ainmhire  Tír na Óg
11 Natalie McGuiness, N. Nig Aonasa  O’Donovan Rossa
12 Shannon Graham, S. Ní Ghréacháin  Creggan
13 Racquel McCarry, R. Nic Fhearaigh  Loughgiel
14 Jane Adams, S. Nic Adaim (Capt)  O’Donovan Rossa
15 Laura Connolly, L. Ní Chonghaile  Loughgiel

16 Sinead Laverty, S. Ní Laibheartaigh  Creggan
17 Eleanor McConville, E. Nic Conmhaoil Creggan
18 Charlene Hamill, C. Ó hÁmaill  Loughgiel
19 Bernie McKinley, B. Nic Fhionnlaoich Loughgiel
20 Muirinn Quinn, M, Ní Choinne  O’Donovan Rossa
21 Ashling McCall, A. Nic Camhaoil  O’Donovan Rossa
22 Louise McMullan, L. Nic Mhaoláin  Dunloy
23 Katie McAleese, C. Nic Giolla Íosa  Portglenone
24 Sarah Maguire, S. Nig Uidhir   Creggan
25 Noreen Graham, N. Ní Ghréacháin  Ahoghill
26 Chloe Drain, C. Ní Dhreáin   Dunloy
27 Maeve Connolly, M. Ní Chonghaile  Loughgiel
28 Theresa Adams, T. Nic Adaim  O’Donovan Rossa
29 Orla McCall, O. Nic Camhaoil  O’Donovan Rossa
30 Brenda Clarke, B. Ní Chléirchín  Portglenone
 
Management   
Michael McCullough
Ronan McWilliams
Michael McCambridge

First Aid
Maria Donnelly

Bord Gais All-Ireland Under 21 Hurling Championship Final – Tipperary 5-22 Galway 0-12

Tipperary defeated Galway by 5-22 to 0-12 in the Bord Gais All-Ireland Under 21 Hurling Championship Final on Saturday in Semple Stadium Thurles.


Tipp-top performance results in 25-point win 

From the GAA.ie web site 

Saturday, September 11, 2010
 
Tipperary improved what was already an excellent week as they enjoyed a massive 5-22 to 0-12 victory over Galway in the final of the Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland Under-21 Championship at Semple Stadium on Saturday evening. The Munster county were absolutely unstoppable, an early blast of goals from Brian O’Meara (29 seconds) and John O’Dwyer (three minutes) giving them a lead which was never relinquished, while Sean Carey’s goal made it 3-4 to 0-2 inside 15 minutes. Featuring five of the team which started in the senior All-Ireland win over Kilkenny last Sunday, Tipp were in excellent form, shooting only three wides in a first half that saw them end with 3-7 compared to their opponents’ nine points. 

While Galway’s tally should have been higher – they had nine first-half wides – a strong finish to half, thanks to three unanswered points from David Burke (two) and Niall Quinn, meant that they were in contention, just, at the turnaround. If they were to cause an unlikely comeback, however, then they needed a goal or two but with Tipp goalkeeper James Logue in such good form that was always going to be a tough task. Instead, it was Tipp making all of the chances at the outset of the second half, O’Dwyer unlucky not to get a second goal while only a point from Galway sub Bernard Burke interrupted five Tipp points and another goal, from Patrick Maher in the 42nd minute.  

Things got even better for the Premier County with 12 minutes left when Noel McGrath’s free from behind his own 65 deceived Galway goalkeeper Kris Finnegan and travelled all the way to the net. That made it 5-13 to 0-10 and the rest of the game was a procession for Tipp as they continued to reel off points – they would finish with 11 different scorers – while Galway’s agony was compounded when Quinn was sent off for a foul of Padraic Maher. Twenty-five points separated the sides at the end, the largest-ever winning margin in an under-21 All-Ireland final, and for the first time since 1989, Tipperary have completed the senior and under-21 double.  

TIPPERARY: J Logue; K O’Gorman, Padraic Maher, M Cahill; J Barry, B Maher (0-1 65), C Haugh; S Hennessy (0-3, 0-1f, 0-1 65), N McGrath (1-3, 1-0f); S Carey (1-3), P Murphy (0-2), Patrick Maher (1-0); J O’Dwyer (1-3), B O’Meara (1-3, 0-1f), M Heffernan (0-2).
Subs: C Coughlan for O’Gorman (44), J O’Neill (0-1) for O’Dwyer (52), A Ryan for Murphy, J Gallagher for McGrath (both 56), K Morris (0-1f) for Heffernan (56).  

GALWAY: K Finnegan; D Connolly, P Gordan, G O’Halloran; N Donoghue, D Burke, S Óg Linnane; J Coen, B Daly; J Regan, N Quinn, E Forde; R Cummins, G Burke, G Kelly.
Subs: J Cooney for Forde (23), B Burke for G Burke (half-time), J Grealish for Linnane (41), D Glennon for Cummins (44), B Flaherty for Gordan (51).  

Referee: J McGrath (Westmeath)


Premier stars round off perfect weekTipperary 5-22 Galway 0-12 

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Independent newspaper 

Monday, September 13, 2010 

THE future for hurling has assumed a blue and gold hue. Six days after their seniors sacked the kings of the game in style in Croke Park, Tipperary illustrated in Semple Stadium on Saturday night the strength of their underage production lines. In a lopsided Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland U21HC decider, Tipperary blew Galway away in devastating fashion. 

Any suggestions that the euphoria generated from the senior triumph would distract the U21 camp were quickly dispelled. Within 30 seconds Brian O’Meara had made a trademark aerial fetch before clinically finishing to the net. In the third minute a sweeping and intricate team move was rounded off by John O’Dwyer raising the second green flag and when Sean Carey lashed a low shot to the bottom corner in the 15th minute, the contest was over. They were now 3-4 to 0-2 ahead but Galway rallied before the interval to shave the deficit to 3-7 to 0-9 but Tipperary were ruthless in the second-half and always capable of cranking up the gears.  

“You get itchy when you see the two goals going in at the start because you ask ‘where do we go from here?’,” admitted Tipperary boss Ken Hogan. “But thankfully the lads kept the consistency levels up. We came in at half time disappointed because we conceded the last three points before the break. We reiterated to the lads that it was back to basics – we had to work and work hard. The players deserve huge plaudits because they drove themselves on from the word go and they finished the job. “Our motto was ‘Team Before Me’ all along. Those guys were driven and it was a pleasure to work with them and Tommy Dunne, a tremendous coach, TJ Connolly and Willie Maher. It gave me a new life and a new sense of identity to work with these guys.”  

Tipperary’s sheer array of scoring options was dazzling. By the final whistle eleven players had helped keep the scoreboard ticking over and Tipperary’s 5-22 total ensured their entire U21 scoring return from four championship games was a phenomenal 10-93. Their senior stars made key contributions with Padraic Maher and Brendan Maher anchoring a resilient defence, Michael Cahill stifling the threat of Richie Cummins in the left corner, and both Noel McGrath and Padraic Maher growing into proceedings as the game progressed. But the most striking aspect of Tipperary’s performance was the shining displays of the less-renowned figures in their line-up. James Barry looks a great prospect at wing-back, Sean Carey’s terrific industry at half-forward yielded a 1-3 return while John O’Dwyer maintained his sublime form at corner-forward. The man-of-the-match bauble on the night went to Brian O’Meara at full-forward and the award carried plenty merit. He has not been a presence for the Tipperary seniors since their dejecting experience in Páirc Ui Chaoimh last May but at U21 level O’Meara has excelled all season. He was immense under the high ball and gave Galway full-back Paul Gordon a torrid time.  

Galway were peripheral on a night of Tipperary hurling exuberance. The contentious venue selection certainly did them no favours and the lack of supporters meant Galway competed in an intimidating atmosphere. But manager Anthony Cunningham had no qualms in admitting afterwards that they collided with an exceptional team. Even if the game had been played in familiar environs like Pearse Stadium or Kenny Park, it’s hard to envisage Galway reversing the result. Tipp played at a faster pace, brought a greater physicality to bear on the close exchanges and their skilful touches in attack generated a torrent of scores. Despite the catastrophic opening to the game, Galway did battle vigorously throughout the first-half and saw plenty of possession.  

Midfield was a profitable sector for them through the efforts of the excellent Johnny Coen and Barry Daly, and they cut open the Tipperary defence to create chances. Their shooting betrayed their approach work however as they knocked nine balls wide of the posts in the opening-half. Registering a goal would have been a serious boost as well but they found Tipperary netminder James Logue in a miserly mood. He denied Joseph Cooney, Gerard Kelly and Bernard Burke from close range, and when he was beaten in the 43rd minute Kelly’s shot slapped against the crossbar. The match transpired to be a miserable experience for Galway and despite the spirited endeavour of Bernard Burke, they collapsed in the final quarter as Tipperary outscored them 1-10 to 0-2. Galway’s misery was compounded when centre forward Niall Quinn was sent off in the 52nd minute.  

Scorers for Tipperary: J O’Dwyer (1f), B O’Meara (1f), S Carey, N McGrath (one goal free) 1-3 each; Patrick Maher 1-0; S Hennessy 0-3 (1‘65, 1f); M Heffernan, P Murphy 0-2 each; J O’Neill, K Morris (1f) 0-1 each.Scorers for Galway: J Coen, D Burke (2fs), 0-2 each; B Daly, J Regan, N Quinn, G Burke, G Kelly, J Cooney, J Grealish, B Burke, 0-1 each. 

Subs for Tipperary: C Coughlan for O’Gorman (44), J O’Neill for O’Dwyer (52), A Ryan for Murphy (52), J Gallagher for McGrath (55), K Morris for Heffernan (56). 

Subs for Galway: J Cooney for Forde (23), B Burke for G Burke (26), J Grealish for Linnan (41), D Glennon for Cummins (44), B Flaherty for Gordon (55). 

Referee: James McGrath (Westmeath)
 


Superb Premier tap into feel good factor 

By Colm Keys for the Irish Independent newspaper 

Monday September 13 2010 

There was one saving grace for Galway — it wasn’t a 70-minute game. Had it been, God knows what score Tipperary would have run up. As it was, the Bord Gais All-Ireland U-21 title was Tipperary’s for certain after only two minutes. Superb early goals from Brian O’Meara and John O’Dwyer, as they surfed the tidal wave of celebration from the week that was, quickly turned it into another demonstration of Tipperary’s incredible hurling arsenal. Their challenge to Kilkenny’s great dynasty is gathering serious pace. For good measure they broke the previous margin of victory for an U-21 final, surpassing Cork’s 24-point replay win over Wexford in 1970, when another double was completed. This is an exceptional U-21 team, the reason why even the most discerning Tipperary supporters are giddy at the prospect of what the next five years will bring. 

With the Liam McCarthy Cup nearby, Kilkenny’s bid for immortality thwarted and a buzz around Thurles that was palpable, there couldn’t have been a better environment to be a talented young Tipperary hurler — all the ducks were in a row.  The argument over the venue, while a valid one for Galway to press during the week, was largely irrelevant by the end.  Had they been forced out to the Aran Islands by currach in the eye of a storm, Tipp would still have prevailed, such was the sureness of their touch and power of their play. The venue, the 21,110 crowd and the feeling of celebration in the air around Semple Stadium only added to that certainty, albeit ruthlessly.  

Perhaps Galway talked themselves out of it during the week. Talk of protests, poor ticket sales and anger over the undemocratic choice of venue for a national final could subconsciously have eaten into their psyche. When Tipp struck for those early goals, a difficult task became impossible. For Galway, it became an exercise in damage limitation, an exercise they didn’t carry out too well. O’Dwyer’s delivery to O’Meara for that early goal was a clear portent of what was to come and when O’Dwyer finished himself after a slick move involving Seamus Hennessy, Noel McGrath and finally O’Meara, whose switch pass made it, the ground could have opened up for Galway’s hard-pressed defenders. It got only marginally easier. By the 15th minute Patrick Maher scythed through, as he does so well, to set up Sean Carey for the third goal and a 3-4 to 0-2 lead. Carey is perhaps Tipperary’s least celebrated attacker but he was terrific, vying with O’Meara and Seamus Hennessy for man of the match.  

Galway did manage to get some traction, chiefly through Johnnie Coen’s efforts at midfield, and with the wind they had at their backs they hit four unanswered points between the 16th and 23rd minutes that helped to arrest the slide. By the break it wasn’t looking as bad for them, a 3-7 to 0-9 deficit appearing more manageable. Galway manager Anthony Cunningham took the view that they had been competitive up to that point. “They got a great start. Maybe the first ball could have been a free out but then we missed quite a bit — nine wides,” he reflected.  

But the Tipperary management asked for ruthlessness in the second half and with wind assistance they got it, the points raining over with little or no response. What gaps at the other end Galway did find were invariably closed off by Padraic Maher, captain and full-back for the night.  Behind him James Logue made three good saves, one in the first half from Joseph Cooney, son of former Galway star Joe. With Brendan Maher hurling at his ease at centre-back, the platform was a very stable one for Tipp. They moved through the gears effortlessly, McGrath stepping it up particularly around midfield. Patrick Maher’s penetrating run behind the defence on 41 minutes provided the fourth goal and when McGrath’s free from close to his own ’65’ deceived everyone and found the Galway net on 47 minutes, the gap was a massive 18 points (5-13 to 0-10).  

Tipperary didn’t ease up there either, pressing on to score nine of the last 10 points in a massacre that left a chill in the few Galway supporters that did make their way to Thurles for the evening.  The frustration was compounded when centre-forward Niall Quinn was red-carded for catching the imperious Padraic Maher in the face with a stray elbow on 52 minutes. Galway could manage just three second-half points and were thwarted by the crossbar when Gerard Kelly’s shot from a Cooney pass rebounded off it.  
At the other end, it seemed that anything lifted in the direction of the Galway goalmouth carried over as Tipperary registered scores in the second half at a rate of one every two minutes. It was their second such double, matching the achievement in 1989, and manager Ken Hogan was rich in his praise. “It’s a testament to the guys that they were training with us on Tuesday night when they could have been in Mullinahone with their captain Eoin Kelly. We’d all love to have been with Liam Sheedy in Garrykennedy on Thursday night,” he said. “But no, the guys stayed away to train with us. The guys only had one goal and that goal was to complete the double in six days.” The choice of venue still rankled with Cunningham afterwards but he wasn’t offering it as an excuse. “I think it probably had a bit of a bearing in the last 20 minutes,” he said. “It wasn’t a level playing field and everybody knows that. It’s not nice to put young players into this environment, but I wouldn’t take away from Tipperary. They were fantastic.  “The couple of last goals for Tipperary really put the tin hat on it. It’s hard on the players. It’s okay on everybody else but these are young guys, 19-year-olds, 20 and 21-year-olds and they’re only learning their trade, but we’ll be pushing them to pick up the pieces and drive on.”  

Scorers — Tipperary: N McGrath (1-0f), S Carey, B O’Meara, J O’Dwyer 1-3 each, P Maher 1-0, S Hennessy 0-3 (0-1 ’65’, 0-1f), M Heffernan, P Murphy 0-2 each, K Morris (0-1f), J O’Neill, B Maher (0-1f) 0-1 each. Galway: D Burke (0-2f), J Coen 0-2 each, B Daly, J Regan, G Burke, G Kelly, B Burke, J Grealish, J Cooney, N Quinn 0-1 each.  

Tipperary — J Logue; K O’Gorman, P Maher, M Cahill; J Barry, B Maher, C Hough; S Hennessy, N McGrath; S Carey, P Murphy, P Maher; M Heffernan, B O’Meara, J O’Dwyer. Subs: C Coughlan for O’Gorman (43), J O’Neill for O’Dwyer (51), A Ryan for Murphy (51), J Gallagher for McGrath (55), K Morris for Heffernan (56).  

Galway — K Finnegan; D Connolly, P Gordan, G O’Halloran; N Donoghue, D Burke, S Og Linnane; J Coen, B Daly; J Regan, N Quinn, E Forde; R Cummins, G Burke, G Kelly. Subs: J Cooney for Forde, B Burke for G Burke (26), J Grealish for Linnane (40), D Glennon for Cummins (44), B O’Flaherty for Gordan (51)  

Ref — J McGrath (Westmeath)


Perfect start provides apt end to perfect weekAll Ireland U-21 Hurling Final: Tipperary 5-22, Galway 0-12

By Enda McEvoy at Semple Stadium, Thurles for the Sunday Tribune newspaper
 
One of those matches where the opening paragraph of the report could have been written after 10 minutes, or in this case after three minutes. By then Tipperary had two goals on the board and the All Ireland under-21 hurling silverware was on its way to joining the MacCarthy Cup in the county board’s trophy cabinet here.  A perfect end to a perfect week. 

A perfect start was the order of proceedings for the winners last night. Only 30 seconds had elapsed when Galway, trying to be too clever about clearing their lines, overdid it and yielded possession to John O’Dwyer under the New Stand. His centre was grabbed by Brian O’Meara and finished to the net without fuss. Another 90 seconds, another Tipp goal, with O’Meara returning the favour this time by playing in O’Dwyer for a simple finish following Seamus Hennessy’s swift, whipped delivery from midfield. To make it even worse for Galway, Tipperary were the team playing against the wind. 

Gradually the visitors settled, but only gradually. Their full-forward line was playing too far out the field, which was one problem. The inaccuracy of their shooting was another; by the eighth minute they had four wides racked up, ominous given that in the circumstances they needed to make every opportunity count. The biggest problem for them of all, though, was the sheer and simple fact of Tipperary’s superiority, which was emphatically underlined again after 14 minutes by way of the hosts’ third goal. The provider this time was Patrick Maher, who made progress down the centre of the Galway defence and dodged an opponent before offloading to Sean Carey, whose low shot beat Kris Finnegan. Tipperary 3-4 Galway 0-2.  

Cue, inevitably, something of a lull for Tipp, in the course of which their opponents hit four points in succession through Garry Burke, Johnnie Coen, James Regan, who had recorded three wides up to that, and Gerard Kelly. The closest they came to seriously troubling the winners arrived in the 24th minute when James Logue was required to make a sharp close-range save from Joseph Cooney. Significantly, Tipp counter-attacked immediately and O’Meara finished the move with a point. By half-time there was seven points in it – not too bad a situation for Galway, relatively speaking, given their horrific start. But the ship had sailed.  

Of that there could have been little room for argument, and even less room once Tipperary restarted with a monster, wind-backed point from the hitherto quiet Noel McGrath (cue loud whoops from the appreciative audience) and further scores from O’Meara, McGrath again and Paddy Murphy. Five of the winners’ forwards had made the scoresheet by now; Patrick Maher made it six when rampaging through for his side’s fourth goal after 41 minutes.  

Sadly for Galway, more than a quarter of the game remained. Equally sadly, Finnegan got his bearings wrong under a long-range free from McGrath, mistiming his jump and having the sliotar dip under the crossbar and into the net. They played out the last seven minutes minus the services of Niall Quinn, dismissed for a foul on Padraic Maher. Not that it mattered by then. Not that anything mattered by then, unless you were one of the slew of subs the winners introduced for their moment of reflected glory as the game dragged on towards its conclusion.  They’ll winter well in the homes of Tipperary, happy with what has been and dreaming of what may be to come.  

Tipperary J Logue; K O’Gorman, Padraic Maher, M Cahill; J Barry, B Maher (0-1), C Hough; S Hennessy (0-3, 1f, 1 65′), N McGrath (1-3, goal free); S Carey (1-3), P Maher (1-0), B O’Meara (1-3, 1f); M Heffernan (0-2), P Murphy (0-2), J O’Dwyer (1-3) Subs C Coughlan for O’Gorman, 43 mins; J O’Neill (0-1) and A Ryan for O’Dwyer and Murphy, 51 mins; J Gallagher for McGrath, 54 mins; K Morris (0-1f) for Heffernan, 55 mins  

Galway K Finnegan; D Connolly, P Gordan, G O’Halloran; N Donoghue, D Burke (0-2fs), S Óg Linnane; J Coen (0-2), B Daly (0-1); J Regan (0-1), N Quinn (0-1), E Forde; R Cummins, G Burke (0-1), G Kelly (0-1) Subs J Cooney (0-1) for Forde, 22 mins; B Burke (0-1) for G Burke, 25 mins; J Grealish (0-1) for Linnane, 41 mins; D Glennon for Cummins, 44 mins; B Flaherty for Gordan, 50 mins  

Referee J McGrath (Westmeath)


 

Match Tracker

As per all previous games in the Under 21 Hurling Championship, you can follow the match online via a Live Match Tracker on the Tipperary GAA Twitter and Facebook pages.  

Team News  

The Tipperary under 21 hurling team to play Galway in the All-Ireland U-21 final on Saturday evening at Semple Stadium shows 1 change in personnel from the team which defeated Antrim in the semi-final. Following the failure of John Coghlan’s personal hearing last night to change the decision to suspend him for 4 weeks arising from an incident in the semi-final, team captain, Padraic Maher moves to full back, Brendan Maher moves to centre back and Ciaran Hough (Lorrha & Dorrha) comes into the team at left half back. The team is: 

1. James Logue (Ballingarry)               
2. Kevin O’Gorman (Thurles Sarsfields)         
3. Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)  Captain
4. Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)  
5. James Barry (Upperchurch Drombane)
6. Brendan Maher (Borris–Ileigh)
7. Ciarán Hough (Lorrha & Dorrha)
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)  

GALWAY: K Finnegan; D Connolly, P Gordan, G O’Halloran; N Donoghue, D Burke, S Óg Linnane; J Coen, B Daly; J Regan, N Quinn, E Forde; R Cummins, G Burke, G Kelly.

Match Preview
  

TIPPERARY PURSUE U-21 TITLE
With the GAA Hurling All-Ireland senior title secured, Tipperary go in search of a double when they take on Galway in the Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling All- Ireland U-21 final in Thurles on Saturday (7.0). The game will be shown live on TG4.  

Tipperary last won the U-21 title in 1995 while Galway were last successful in 2007. Galway are seeking their 10th title while Tipperary are pursuing their ninth.  

Tipperary will be anchored by senior stars Padraic Maher, Patrick Maher, Brendan Maher, Michael Cahill, Noel McGrath, Seamus Hennessy, Michael Heffernan and Brian O’Meara while David Burke is Galway’s best-known performer.  

Tipperary last won the senior/U-21 All-Ireland double in 1989. Tipperary beat Cork and Clare to win the Munster title and then easily ousted Antrim in the All- Ireland semi-final while Galway accounted for Leinster champions, Dublin in the semi-final.  

Previous All-Ireland U-21 title wins
9 – Galway (1972-78-83-86-91-93-96-2005-2007)
8 – Tipperary (1964-67-79-80-81-85-89-95)  

Paths to the final
Tipperary 2-17 Cork 0-21 (Munster semi-final) After extra-time Tipperary 1-22 Clare 1-17 (Munster final) Tipperary 2-32 Antrim 1-7 (All-Ireland semi-final)
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Galway 2-14 Dublin 1-10 (All-Ireland semi-final)  

Previous Galway-Tipperary U-21 finals
1978: Galway 3-15 Tipperary 2-8 (replay)
1978: Galway 3-5 Tipperary 2-8 (draw)
1979: Tipperary 2-12 Galway 1-9
1983: Galway 0-12 Tipperary 1-6

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