Munster Senior Football Semi-Final – Kerry 1-26 Limerick 3-9


Munster Senior Football Championship – semi final

By Murt Murphy for

Kerry 1-26 Limerick 3-9

Kerry routed an outclassed Limerick side in this one sided Munster Senior Football Championship semi final played at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick this evening. It was very much men against boys as Kerry won as they liked and they seemed content to take points when goals were on as Limerick gained some level of respectability with late goals in both halves Kerry dominated the opening half and only for their failure to avail of five goal scoring opportunities, they would have been out of sight by half time. Jim O’Donovan gave Limerick the early lead inside the opening minute, but that was as good as it got for the home side, as Kerry attacked in waves with some fabulous movement and accurate foot passing, from players like Bryan Sheehan, Declan and Darran O’Sullivan.

The key battles at both ends of the pitch were being won by Kerry, as Tom O’Sullivan kept Limerick danger man Ger Collins under wraps, while Kieran Donaghy completely outplayed Shane Gallagher in air and on the ground. Then when you toss in the genius of Colm Cooper, Limerick was on the ropes for the opening half hour. Once Kieran Donaghy levelled, it was all one way traffic with Cooper adding four points, Declan and Darran O’Sullivan two apiece while Bryan Sheehan added two points from placed balls and in between in the 12th minute , Kieran Donaghy sent Darran O’Sullivan racing through, and when he dropped the ball, he finished soccer style to the Limerick net. Then with Kerry threatening to run riot , Limerick rallied in the final seven minutes of the half, after three substitutions, scoring 1-3 without reply with Seanie Buckley beating Brendan Kealy at his near post for a 28th minute goal and then Ger Collins adding two points, the final point could well have been a goal, after Kealy was dispossessed as Kerry led 1-11 to 1-4.

The second half was nothing more than a training spin for Kerry as Cooper, Donaghy and Declan O’Sullivan continued to score points at will as they stretched 1-18 to 1-6 clear by the 52nd minute. Limerick never gave up and grabbed goals in the 53rd minute from Ger Collins and in the 67th minute from Seamus O’Carroll, but it was a no contest as Kerry did as they pleased with Paul Galvin playing a nice cameo role off the bench. Limerick clearly missed their injured duo of John Galvin and Stephen Lucey while Kerry’s concession of three goals will be Jack O’Connor’s only concern as Kerry prepare for a probable Munster Final meeting in Killarney with All-Ireland Champions Cork in four weeks time.

Man of the Match; Declan O’Sullivan ( Kerry)



C Cooper 0-7 ( 0-1 free) , Darran O’Sullivan 1-3 Declan O’Sullivan 0-4, B Sheehan 0-2(0-1 ’45), K Donaghy and K O’Leary 0-2 each , K Young, P Galvin, B J Keane , E Brosnan, D Bohan D Geaney 0-1 each Limerick G Collins 1-4 (0-1 free), S Buckley and S O’Carroll 1-0, S Kelly 0-1 free J O’Donovan J McCarthy, S Gallagher, M Sheehan 0-1 each



B Kealy, S Enright, M O’Se, T O’Sullivan, A O’Mahony, E Brosnan, K Young, B Sheehan, A Maher, Darran O’Sullivan, Declan O’Sullivan, D Walsh, C Cooper, K Donaghy, K O’Leary

Subs: P Galvin for Darran O’Sullivan (50), B J Keane for D Walsh (58), M Quirke for B Sheehan (58), D Bohan for A O’Mahony (58), D Geaney for K O’Leary (60)


B Scanlon, S Lavin, S Gallagher, M O’Riordan, P Ranahan, J McCarthy, B Fitzpatrick, T Lee, J O’Donovan, S Buckley, J Kelly, S Kelly, G Collins, J Cooke, I Ryan

Subs: E Joy for J O’Donovan (28), M Sheehan for E Joy inj (30), E O’Connor for J Kelly (32), J O’Riordan for B Fitzpatrick (45), S O’Carroll for S Kelly (60)

Referee R Hickey (Clare)


Munster SFC: Kerry outclass Limerick

From the Hogan Stand newspaper

Kerry had too much firepower for Limerick in this provincial semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds (1-26 to 3-9). The match was a lot more one-sided than the final scoreline suggests, with late Limerick goals in each half putting some respectability onto the scoreboard. Colm Cooper scored seven points for Jack O’Connor’s men (six from play), and Darran O’Sullivan struck 1-3, with the goal coming in the twelfth minute and setting the tone for a long evening for the hosts.

Kerry – who had twelve different scorers as well as an outstanding defensive display from Tom O’Sullivan – bossed the opening period, with Kieran Donaghy, Bryan Sheehan, Darran O’Sullivan, Declan O’Sullivan and Cooper pulling the strings. Jim O’Donovan had put the losers into an early lead but Donaghy levelled and Kerry points flowed from Cooper (four), the O’Sullivans (two each) and Sheehan (two).

The hosts made three substitutions before closing the half out with a run of 1-3, including two points from Ger Collins and a 28th-minute Seanie Buckley major. It was 1-11 to 1-4 at the break and the visitors reeled off seven of the next nine points to assume a 1-18 to 1-6 advantage by the end of the third quarter. Under-strength Limerick kept battling to the bitter end and they were rewarded with goals from Collins (53) and substitute Seamus O’Carroll (67) but this one went very much with form and Kerry are into another Munster final in four weeks’ time.

Kerry: B Kealy; S Enright, M O’Se, T O’Sullivan; A O’Mahony, E Brosnan (0-1), K Young (0-1); B Sheehan (0-2), A Maher; Darran O’Sullivan (1-3), Declan O’Sullivan (0-4), D Walsh; C Cooper (0-7), K Donaghy (0-2), K O’Leary (0-2). Subs: P Galvin (0-1) for Darran O’Sullivan (50), B J Keane (0-1) for D Walsh (58), M Quirke for B Sheehan (58), D Bohan (0-1) for A O’Mahony (58), D Geaney (0-1) for K O’Leary (60).

Limerick: B Scanlon; S Lavin, S Gallagher (0-1), M O’Riordan; P Ranahan, J McCarthy (0-1), B Fitzpatrick; T Lee, J O’Donovan (0-1); S Buckley (1-0), J Kelly, S Kelly (0-1); G Collins (1-4), J Cooke, I Ryan. Subs: E Joy for J O’Donovan (28), M Sheehan (0-1) for E Joy (30), E O’Connor for J Kelly (32), J O’Riordan for B Fitzpatrick (45), S O’Carroll (1-0) for S Kelly (60).

Click to listen to GAA Football podcast with Niall Cahalane (Cork), Eamon Fitzmaurice (Kerry) and Trevor Giles
(Courtesy of the Irish Examiner)

Next Round – the winners play Cork or Waterford in the Munster Final on Sunday July 3rd at 2:00pm.

Admission Prices
Adult Covered Stand (Mackey Stand) – €20 (Tickets can be pre-purchased in advance through Clubs or on  (Note – patrons can travel INTERNALLLY from the Mackey Stand to the Uncovered stand if they so wish on the night. Entry to stands will be via the Mackey stand only.)
Adult Terrace (Clare End) – €10
Family tickets for the Covered Stand at €20 for adults and €5 for Under 16s (Tickets can be pre-purchased in advance through Clubs or on
Under 16s will admitted free to the terrace
Student/OAP – Concession on specific s styles on the day (on production of I.D.)

Munster GAA would like to confirm that student discounts apply to all students who present valid ID cards. In relation to Second Level students we are aware that schools don’t produce cards but they can get Student travel Cards from USIT offices or from Alternately, Secondary students can get an ISSU scholar card from or International student ID card from Unfortunately the scheme has been much abused in the past and we were forced to seek ID cards from all patrons attempting to avail of the discount. This is in keeping with other bodies such as Irish Rail and Bus Eireann.

Team News

The Kerry team to play Limerick on Saturday at 6.45pm in The Gaelic Grounds Limerick is as follows: 1. Brendan Kealy, (Kilcummin) 2.Shane Enright (Tarbert) 3 Marc Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht) . 4 Tom O’Sullivan (Rathmore) 5. Aidan O’Mahony (Rathmore) 6. Eoin Brosnan (Dr. Crokes) 7. Killian Young (Renard) 8. Anthony Maher (Duagh) 9.Bryan Sheehan (St. Mary’s ) 10. Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar) 11. Declan O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar) 12. Donnchadh Walsh (Cromane), 13. Colm Cooper (Dr. Crokes) Captain 14 Kieran Donaghy(Austin Stacks) 15.Kieran O’Leary (Dr. Crokes)

Subs: Tomás Mac a t’Saoir (An Ghaeltacht) Paul Galvin (Finuge) Daniel Bohan (Austin Stacks) Barry John Keane (Kerins O’Rahilly’s) Michéal Quirke (Kerins O’Rahilly’s) Padraig Reidy (Scartaglin) David Geaney (Daingean Uí Chúis) Adrian O’Connell (St Michaels Foilmore) Niall O’Mahony (Spa) Peter Crowley Laune Rangers Daithí Casey (Dr. Crokes) Brian Maguire (Listowel Emmetts) Johnny Buckley (Dr. Crokes)

Seamus Scanlon is unavailable for selection as he is undergoing a minor medical procedure.

LIMERICK v Kerry in the Munster SFC quarter-final at the Gaelic Grounds, Saturday at 6.45pm: B Scanlon; S Lavin, S Gallagher, M O’Riordan; P Ranahan, J McCarthy, B Fitzpatrick (captain); T Lee; J O’Donovan; S Buckley, J Kelly, S Kelly; G Collins, J Cooke, I Ryan.

Traffic Management Plan

Limerick v Kerry Junior & Senior Football Championship Match(s)

Saturday 4th.June,2011 Gaelic Grounds, Ennis Road, Limerick

Throw In 4:45pm & 6.45pm

Major Event Pulse ID 32365



The following is the Traffic Management Plan to cater for the above event which is deemed a “Category B” Event as follows:

Sarsfield Bridge, Shannon Bridge, Thomond Bridge and New Limerick Tunnel will be open to 2 way Traffic at all times Traffic travelling inbound on the M7 or from other routes should follow the N18 Galway Route and use Exit 3 (Clonmacken Exit ) – similarly traffic inbound on N18 should use Exit 4 Caherdavin Exit. Delays can expected on all routes owing to extra volumes.

Road Closures will not apply or be put in place for this event.

No general parking spaces are available immediately outside or within the grounds and vehicle access to the grounds (this includes access for vehicles with special needs) is limited by Pass (Only) issued by Stadium Management.

Parking restrictions will be put in place at/near the Stadium and Vehicles found in breach will be impounded. Penalty €125.00 p-ayment before release. The same applies to vehicles parked in bus lanes/ cycle lanes Prosecutions in Court may arise also.

The Garda advice to all patrons attending this event on 4th.June, 2011 is to use bus/mini bus, private hire or share transport to this event. Arrive early and avail of street/multi- storey parking in the city centre area. Patrons can either walk out to the Stadium – 15/20 minute walk or avail of the Public Bus or any Taxi/PSV vehicle service. Patrons heeding of this advice are likely to avoid delays in travelling home after event.

Reduce the risk of theft or interference with property and do not leave any bags/mobile phones or other valuables in vehicles


Do not park illegally – your actions may have consequences for Emergency Vehicle Access or damage local amenities

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at for more information

For the Record

Kerry Limerick
2011 Team Management Jack O’Connor (Piarsaigh Na Dromada – Manager),
Alan O’Sullivan (Kerins O’Rahillys – Physical coach), Donie Buckley (Castleisland Desmonds – Coach),
Ger O’Keeffe (Austin Stacks – Selector), Diarmuid Murphy (Daingean Uí Chúis – Selector)
Maurice Horan
(Na Piarsaigh – Manager), 

Ephie Fitzgerald (Coach/Selector)

Joe Lee
(Newcastlewest – Selector)

2011 Team Captain Colm Cooper
(Dr. Crokes)
Barry Fitzpatrick
2010 Championship Performance Won the Munster Final with victories over Tipperary, Cork (after a replay) and Limerick. Lost to Down in the All-Ireland Senior Football Quarter-Final. Qualified for the Munster Final with a 1-17 to 1-8 victory over Waterford. Lost to Kerry by 1-17 to 1-14 in the Munster Final. Lost to Cork by 0-16 to 1-11 after extra time in the All-Ireland Qualifiers
Number of Munster Senior Football titles 73 1
Last Munster Senior Football Title 2010 1896
Munster Senior Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 30
Won – 21
Lost – 4
Drawn – 5
Played – 21
Won – 9
Lost – 11
Drawn – 1
Last meeting in the Munster Senior Football Championship July 4th 2010 at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney – Kerry 1-17 Limerick 1-14 (Munster Final) – Limerick led by 3 points at the interval before Kerry scored 1-7 without reply to take the lead. Limerick came back to level but 3 late Kerry points saw them secure their 73rd Munster crown.

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship 2011

Quarter-Finals (Extra time)

Sunday May 22nd

@ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney    Kerry 2-16 Tipperary 0-11

@ Pairc Uí Chaoimh                       Cork 1-23 Clare 0-11

Saturday June 4th (Replay date – June 11th)

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick           Limerick v Kerry 6:45pm

Sunday June 5th (Replay date – June 11th)

@ Pairc Ui Chaoimh                       Waterford v Cork 3:30pm



Sunday July 3rd (Replay date – July 9th)

2:00pm throw-in

2011 Munster Senior Football Championship Matches played to date

Kerry 2-16 Tipperary 0-11 – May 22nd @ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney (Munster Quarter-Final)

Kerry: B Kealy; K Young, M Ó Sé, T O’Sullivan; T Ó Sé, E Brosnan, A O’Mahony; S Scanlon, B Sheehan; Darran O’Sullivan, Declan O’Sullivan, D Walsh; C Cooper, K Donaghy, K O’Leary.
Subs: M Quirke for S Scanlon (26 – blood); P Galvin for K O’Leary (53); BJ Keane for Darran O’Sullivan (60); D Bohan for A O’Mahony (63); S Enright for T O’Sullivan (63); A O’Connell for E Brosnan (69)

Tipperary: M O’Donnell; A Morrissey, P Codd, C McDonald; C Dillon, L Egan, C Aylward; G Hannigan, B Jones; B Fox, P Austen, H Coghlan; C Sweeney, S Grogan, B Grogan.
Subs: B Mulvihill for S Grogan (43); P Acheson for C Sweeney (56); J Cagney for B Jones (66); S Hahessy for P Austin (70);

Referee: Maurice Condon (Waterford)

Cork 1-23 Clare 0-11 – May 22nd @ Pairc Ui Chaoimh (Munster Quarter-Final)

Cork: A Quirke; R Carey, M Shields, J O’Sullivan; G Canty, N O’Leary, D O’Sullivan; A O’Connor, A Walsh; C Sheehan, P Kelly, P O’Neill; D Goulding, D O’Connor, D Goold.
Subs used: P Kerrigan for Goold (47 mins), P Kissane for Shields, F Lynch for Kelly (both 62), N Murphy for Walsh (65), J Miskella for O’Sullivan (66)

Clare: Joe Hayes; K Hartnett, B Duggan, L Healy; John Hayes, G Kelly, M McMahon; N Browne, G Brennan; G Kelly, D Tubridy, C O’Connor; A Clohessy, D O’Neill, R Donnelly
Subs used: S Brennan for O’Connor, S McNeiles for John Hayes (both half-time), J Dowling for O’Neill (70 mins).

Referee: Eddie Kinsella (Laois)

2011 Top Scorers – Munster Senior Football Championship

Daniel Goulding (Cork) – 0-8 (0-6 frees)
Donnacha O’Connor (Cork) – 1-4 (0-2 frees)

Bryan Sheehan (Kerry) – 2-1 (1-0 penalty, 0-1 free)
Colm Cooper (Kerry) – 0-5 (0-2 frees)

Rory Donnelly (Clare) – 0-5
Ciaran Sheehan (Cork) – 0-4

Darran O’Sullivan (Kerry) – 0-3

Declan O’Sullivan (Kerry) – 0-3

Barry Grogan (Tipperary) – 0-3 (0-2 frees)
David Tubridy (Clare) – 0-3 (0-1 free)
Conor Sweeney (Tipperary) 0-2 (0-1 free)
Philip Austin (Tipperary) – 0-2
Gary Brennan (Clare) – 0-2

Michael Shields (Cork), Alan O’Connor (Cork), Aidan Walsh (Cork), Pearse O’Neill (Cork), Paul Kerrigan (Cork), John Miskella (Cork), Kieran O’Leary (Kerry), Eoin Brosnan (Kerry), Aidan O’Mahony (Kerry), Donnacha Walsh (Kerry), Brian Fox (Tipperary), George Hannigan (Tipperary), Brian Mulvihill (Tipperary), Peter Acheson (Tipperary), Alan Clohessy (Clare)  – 0-1 each

FOOTBALL – Odds and Ends

Allianz Football League Division 1 champions Cork proved that points win games, not goals. The Rebels scored just 6 goals in 8 matches in the League (compared to 18 goals for League runners-up Dublin). However, a contribution of 131 points (average of 16+ per game) proved sufficient to retain their League title.

Kerry conceded just 5 goals in Allianz Football League Division 1 action (Dublin 3, Armagh and Down 1 each).

There has been a 33% increase in the number of scores in each of the last 3 Munster Senior Football Championships – 2008 (21 scores per game), 2009 (24 scores per game), 2010 (28 scores per game).

Clare, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford have played a combined 17 competitive away matches in 2011 and won 3. Clare, Tipperary and Waterford have away games in their first Munster Championship matches.

Kerry’s only competitive defeats of 2011 to date have come against Allianz Football League Division 1 finalists Cork and Dublin – losing by 1 point on both occasions.

Clare joined Dublin as the only counties in the Allianz Football League to score 10 goals more than they conceded during the League rounds. Clare scored 13 goals (5 each against London and Kilkenny) and conceded 3.

Since 2000, Limerick have won 2 home games in the Munster Senior Football Championship – against Waterford in 2004 (1-18 to 0-7) and against Clare in 2006 (2-5 to 0-8).

Cork’s Daniel Goulding was the 3rd top scorer in the 2010 Provincial and All-Ireland Senior Football Championships, scoring 1-43 to lie behind John Doyle (Kildare) and Bernard Brogan (Dublin) in the top scorer charts.

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship Roll Of Honour

Kerry (73) – 1892, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1919, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010

Cork (36) – 1890, 1891, 1893, 1894, 1897, 1899, 1901, 1906, 1907, 1911, 1916, 1928, 1943, 1945, 1949, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2009

Tipperary (9) – 1888, 1889, 1895, 1900, 1902, 1918, 1920, 1922, 1935

Clare (2) – 1917, 1992

Waterford (1) – 1898

Limerick (1) – 1896

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship – List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began 1888 –

Munster Senior FOOTBALL Cup

No Name – Presented by Munster Council in 1928

All Ireland GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship

In the Senior Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Kerry are top with 36, 14 ahead of the next county – Dublin. Cork are 4th in the roll of honour with 7 titles. Tipperary have won 4 All-Ireland’s, their last in 1920 while Limerick won the first ever All-Ireland Senior Football Championship played in 1887 and also won the All-Ireland in 1896.

Munster Junior Football Championship Semi-Final – Kerry 1-19 Limerick 0-6

Rampant Kerry always in control against Limerick

Kerry 1-19 Limerick 0-6

By Kieran McCarthy, Gaelic Grounds for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, June 06, 2011

WITHOUT ever needing to move out of second gear, Kerry booked their spot in the Munster JFC final with the minimum of fuss on Saturday. Easing home by a whopping 16 points, the Kerry juniors simply brushed aside a poor Limerick challenge in this disappointing semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds that was every bit as one-sided as the score-line states. With Alan Fitzgerald leading the Kerry charge with a haul of 1-8 (1-7 from placed balls), alongside the impressive Andrew Garnett at midfield, Kerry had the game’s two top performers, while Limerick, after a promising opening five minutes, were distinctly second best for most of the contest.

Having raced into an early 0-3 to 0-1 lead, Limerick, thanks to promptings of full-forward Garrett Noonan, looked to make a game of it. However, with Garnett and Tim Coakley settling in midfield, Kerry quickly took control. Six points on the trot in a 10-minute spell saw Kerry overhaul Limerick’s advantage, as the visitors moved 0-7 to 0-3 ahead, thanks to three Fitzgerald frees, as well as efforts from Garnett, Gary Sayers and Gavin O’Grady. Still holding that four-point advantage at half-time, 0-9 to 0-5, Kerry kicked on in the second half, outscoring Limerick by 1-10 to 0-1, with Fitzgerald clinically dispatching an early penalty after O’Grady was fouled in the square.

Incidentally, it’s the second match in a row that Kerry have held the opposition to just one second half score, as they achieved the same feat against Tipperary in the first round match two weeks’ previously. So with Limerick just managing a solitary Donnagh Kelly point in reply, the second half was a Kerry procession, as they added scores at will, with Fitzgerald, Sayers, Garnett, Brendan Poff and Paul Kennelly all helping to keep the scoreboard operator busy.

Scorers for Kerry: A Fitzgerald 1-8 (6f, 1-0 pen, 1 45), G Sayers 0-3, B Poff, A Garnett, G O’Grady (1f) 0-2 each, P Kennelly, M Brennan 0-1 each.

Limerick: G Noonan (3f), D Kelly, J Bourke, T Collins 0-1 each.

KERRY: S Óg Ó Ciardubháin; K O’Dwyer, S Brosnan, C O’Mahony; E Hickson, B Costello, J Walsh; M Coakley, A Garnett; G Sayers, M Murphy, M Brennan; G O’Grady, B Poff, A Fitzgerald.

Subs: P Kennelly for M Brennan (45); F Courtney for M Murphy (51); T McGoldrick for G O’Grady (54); P O’Connor for J Walsh (54); K O’Connor for C O’Mahony (54).

LIMERICK: C Wallace, M Fitzgerald, A O’Sullivan, D Finnerty; C Ryan, P Martin, E Mulcahy; E Horan, P Horan; B O’Sullivan, J Bourke, T Scanlon; R Lynch, G Noonan, T Collins.

Subs: M McMahon for E Horan (ht); T Butler for D Finnerty (ht); D Kelly for B O’Sullivan (ht); D Lambe for P Horan (45); B Shannon for T Collins (52).

Referee: Keith O’Brien (Tipperary)

Admission Prices
Adult Covered Stand (Mackey Stand) – €20 (Tickets can be pre-purchased in advance through Clubs or on
Adult Terrace (Clare End) – €10
Student/OAP – Concession on specific s styles on the day (on production of I.D.)
Family tickets for the Covered Stand at €20 for adults and €5 for Under 16s (Tickets can be pre-purchased in advance through Clubs or on
Under 16s will admitted free to the terrace

Team News

The Kerry Junior team to play Limerick in the Munster GAA Junior semi final on Saturday next at 4.45pm is as follows:

1. Sean O’Ciardubháin, Cordal 2. Kevin O’Dwyer, Watervill Shane Brosnan, Kerins O’Rahillys 4. Colin O’Mahony, Ballydonoghue 5. Eamon Hickson, Annascaul 6. Brian Costello, John Mitchels 7. James Walsh, Knocknagoshel 8. Mike Coakley, Scartaglin9. Andrew Garnett, Spa 10. Gary Sayers, Keel 1. Michael Murphy, Gneeveguilla (Capt) 12. Michael Brennan, Churchill13. Gavin O’Grady, Glenbeigh-Glencar 14. Brendan Poff, St. Pats 15. Alan Fitzgerald, Castlegregory

Subs: 16. Paul O’Sullivan, Churchill 17. Francis Courtney, Beaufort 18. Paul Kennelly, Ballydonoghue 19. Pa Kilkenny, Glenbeigh-Glencar 20. Tom McGoldrick, Brosna 21. Pádraig O’Connor, Gneeveguilla 22. Kieran O’Connor, Listowel 23. Edmund Walsh, Knocknagoshel 24. To be announced

Match Preview

Kerry’s absent stars could make clash with Limerick a close call

By Murt Murphy for

Kerry O’Sullivan has probably the most difficult job in football, in fact the manager of any junior intercounty team, particularly Kerry and Cork never know because of the vagaries of the rules, what players they will have from game to game so planning is very much on an ad hoc basis. However the Currow clubman takes it all in his stride – doesn’t do stress or get over excited, so possibly possesses the right qualities for this difficult job.

Kerry started with a big win over Tipperary after a tight opening half and one would imagine that this would set the side up nicely for Saturday’s tilt at Limerick. However while a week might be a long time in politics it’s even longer when you are the Kerry Junior boss. Since the win over Tipperary just two weeks ago, Kerry have lost centre back Adrian Greaney who is gone to Boston and wing forward JB Spillane had done his collar bone and if Kerry beat Limerick, he will also miss the Munster Final. On the positive note it appears that Mike Coakley and Colin O’Mahony who missed the Tipperary game are fit again and Mikey Brennan who was due to head away from the summer has delayed his departure for now. Kerry has the advantage of a game under their belts as Limerick is making their first appearance on Saturday, so that should give Kerry a slight edge.

Team boss Kerry O’Sullivan confirms that there will be changes from the Tipperary game “Adrian Greaney will definitely be missing, but Colin O’Mahony and Mike Coakley who missed out the last day, should be fit for Saturday. JB Spillane will be out with his collarbone injury so it will not be the same line up. The players were playing Co League over the weekend so we will have see have we picked up any knocks but right now we don’t have any plans to add players to the panel. With so many players going away or thinking about going away, you just don’t know where you stand at the moment and you would just be hoping to get over this game and then seeing what you have left in early July. Fellows are hedging at the moment about travelling but we will definitely know after the Co Championship so it’s all about winning on Saturday and having a look then”

O’Sullivan thinks that the fact that Kerry have played a game and Limerick have not will stand to the Kingdom “Having a match under your belt is bound to be an advantage in a competition where there is no prior form like a league or anything so rather than going in cold, having a game, has to be an advantage to a team. “ O’Sullivan was most impressed with Kerry’s team work first day out “ I think it was the teamwork from a team that were playing for the first time together that impressed me most against Tipperary. I thought the players really bedded in well together when they got going in the second half. We will not be making any wholesale changes maybe a few positional to accommodate the replacements but that will be it”

So what does the Kerry boss think of Limerick and Kerry’s chances “We would be optimistic on the basis that the game we played will stand to us. We have obviously lost a couple of key players but we have probably built up enough of an understanding to be competitive. We should certainly start the game better and we would be hopeful of not falling behind early on. We will hope that our forwards will get enough balls and if they do we would be hoping to post enough scores against a Limerick side who will probably be physically bigger than us”

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at for more information

For the Record

Kerry Limerick
2011 Team Management Kerry O’Sullivan (Trainer – Currow),
Tim Dennehy (Castlegregory), Pat Brosnan (Brosna)
Ned English (Manager),
Paul Murphy (Coach),
Brian Kelly (Mungret),
Niall Crowley (Na Piarsaigh)
2011 Team Captain Mike Murphy
2010 Championship Performance Defeated Tipperary, Cork and Limerick to win the Munster Junior Football title. Lost to Sligo in the All-Ireland Final. Defeated Waterford by 0-9 to 1-5 in the Munster Semi-Final before losing to Kerry in the Munster Final.
Number of Munster Junior Football titles 39 4
Last Munster Junior Football Title 2010 1950
Munster Junior Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 24
Won – 18
Lost – 5
Drawn – 1
Played – 16
Won – 4
Lost – 11
Drawn – 1
Last meeting in the Munster Junior Football Championship July 6th 2010 at Newcastlewest – Kerry 3-12 Limerick 1-6 (Munster Final) – goals by Michael Murphy, Brendan Poff and Alan O’Sullivan helped Kerry to win the Munster title against Limerick.

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Junior Championship 2011


Sunday May 22nd

@ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney    Kerry 2-16 Tipperary 1-8

@ Pairc Uí Chaoimh                       Cork 2-14 Clare 0-6

Saturday June 4th

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick           Limerick v Kerry 4:45pm

Sunday June 5th

@ Pairc Ui Chaoimh                       Waterford v Cork 1:30pm


Wednesday July 6th

7:30pm throw-in

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Junior Championship Record – 2000 to 2010

2011 Munster Junior Football Championship Matches played to date

Kerry 2-16 Tipperary 1-8 – May 22nd @ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney (Munster Quarter-Final)

Kerry: S Óg Ó Ciardubháin; K O’Dwyer, S Brosnan, B Maguire; E Hickson, A Greaney, J Walsh; A Garnett, B Costello; G Sayers, M Murphy, JB Spillane; G O’Grady, B Poff, A Fitzgerald.
Subs: F Courtney for B Costello (48); M Brennan for A Greaney (48); T McGoldrick for A Fitzgerald (53); P Kennelly for G O’Grady (53); P Kilkenny for J Walsh (57).

Tipperary: J English; D O’Sullivan, D Lynch, R Kiely; D Leahy, J O’Callaghan, M O’Sullivan; D Heffernan, E Kendrick; B Hewitt, A Moloney, G Ryan; J Egan, D Butler, A Walsh.
Subs: M O’Dwyer for J O’Callaghan (24); T Hanley for D Heffernan (40); G Quinn for M O’Sullivan (50); S O’Connor for D Butler (50); A Hannigan for B Hewitt (57).

Referee: Conor Lane (Cork)

Cork 2-14 Clare 0-6 – May 22nd @ Pairc Ui Chaoimh (Munster Quarter-Final)

Cork: T. O’Connor; R. Buckley, O. O’Mahony, K. Harrington; S. Kiely, R. O’Sullivan, B. Daly; A. O’Sullivan, S. O’Sullivan; D. O’Donovan, K. O’Driscoll, C. O’Driscoll; M. Cronin, A. O’Brien, C. Keane.
Subs: AJ O’Connor for Daly (45); T. Clancy for S. O’Sullivan (50); M. Dilworth, for O’Donovan (55); P. Gayer for R. O’Sullivan (55); B. Coughlan for A. O’Sullivan (55).

Clare: T. Burke; C. Marrinan, D. Hickey, Dean Ryan; S. Tierney, P. O’Connor, C. O’Brien; T. Ryan, S. Crotty; E. Lyons, S. Collins, P. Clancy; P. McMahon, David Ryan, M. McCarthy.
Subs: M. O’Loughlin for Merrinan (ht); P. Collins for E. Lyons (ht); G. Lyons for C. O’Brien (ht); m. Malone for D. Ryan (35); A. Considine for S. Crotty (50).

Referee: Brian Tyrell (Tipperary)

2011 Top Scorers – Munster Junior Football Championship

A Fitzgerald (Kerry) – 1-4 (0-2 frees)

Cathrach Keane (Cork) – 2-1
Alan Moloney (Tipperary) – 1-3 (0-2 frees)

Mark McCarthy (Clare) – 0-5 (0-2 frees)
G O’Grady (Kerry) – 1-1 (0-1 free)
G Sayers (Kerry) – 0-4
C. O’Driscoll (Cork) – 0-4 (0-1 free)
Mark Cronin (Cork) – 0-3 (0-1 free)
Gavin Ryan (Tipperary) – 0-3
B Poff (Kerry) – 0-2
Kevin O’Driscoll (Cork) – 0-2

D. O’Donovan (Cork), S. O’Sullivan (Cork), Andrew. O’Sullivan (Cork), A. O’Brien (Cork), P. McMahon (Clare), E Hickson (Kerry), JB Spillane (Kerry), J Walsh (Kerry), B Costello (Kerry), B Maguire (Kerry), J Egan (Tipperary), D Butler (Tipperary) 0-1 each

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Junior Championship Roll Of Honour
Kerry (39) – 1913, 1914, 1915, 1924, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1930, 1931, 1934, 1936, 1938, 1941, 1946, 1947,

1949, 1954, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1983, 1985, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010

Cork (27) – 1911, 1932, 1933, 1940, 1951, 1953, 1955, 1957, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1996, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2009

Tipperary (7) – 1910, 1912, 1923, 1935, 1937, 1952, 1998

Limerick (4) – 1916, 1929, 1939, 1950

Waterford (3) – 1948, 1999, 2004

Clare (1) – 1925

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Junior Championship – List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began in 1910 –

Munster Junior FOOTBALL Cup

No Name – Presented by Munster Council in 1957

All Ireland GAA FOOTBALL Junior Championship

34 of the 80 All-Ireland titles contested in this grade have been won by 4 Munster counties. In the Junior Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork and Kerry lead the way with 15 and 14 titles respectively. Tipperary have won 3 All-Ireland’s while Waterford’s 2 titles came in 1999 and 2004.  23 counties in total have won an All-Ireland Junior Football title.

Christy Ring Cup Hurling Final – Kerry 2-21 Wicklow 2-8

Meyler eyes return to big stage for Ring victors

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Kerry 2-21 Wicklow 2-8

Christy Ring SH Final

Kerry were crowned champions at Croke Park on Saturday and afterwards manager John Meyler said that it’s time to start thinking about a return to the Munster championship. The Kingdom last played in the premier provincial competition back in 2000, but Meyler believes the progress in the county could lead to them being back in the senior grade within three years. “This is very satisfying. This is our second Christy Ring final in a row, and we should have won last year, but were caught by a lack of experience. We finally put two good halves together, which we hadn’t done all year; we finished well, saved our best hurling until last really — that was a real plus,” he said. “Even before this game, I said we’d have to sit down with the county board, with the clubs, with the GAA itself and sort this out — what are we going to do? “We’ve won two U-21 ‘B’ titles, we’ve won a minor ‘B’, Causeway College won the schools, we’ve won the Christy Ring, we’ve stayed in Division 2 — we’re on the way up, but we’re two or three years away from competing (in Munster),” Meyler added.

The former Wexford boss believes there is merit in the Christy Ring champions being given a shot at the Liam MacCarthy by being entered into the qualifiers. “Yeah, that wouldn’t be bad. It would be a good experience and the more of that the better. We’re two or three years away from competing against the top teams as the Munster championship is hugely competitive — Tipperary are really opening up a gap, then you’ve Cork, Waterford, Limerick, Clare all pushing on,” he said. But before any of that is ironed out, there is also Meyler’s managerial future to be decided with Saturday’s victory marking the ends of his two- year term. He refused to be drawn on the subject afterwards and was afraid of tempting fate — citing his bitter experience in Wexford, where he was unceremoniously dumped after two years at the helm there. “The last contract I had, I was fired, so I’m not talking about this now. My two-year contract is up, I’m finished, so it’s up to the county board next, and it’s up to the players themselves whether or not they want to go on another level.

“I’m not discussing it — when I was in Wexford they kicked me out the door, and I thought I had done reasonably well in the two years.” Captain Michael Boyle used his acceptance speech to ask the Kerry county board to give the hurlers a holiday for this victory, and he was even more forthright about them keeping Meyler. “He has done phenomenal work with Kerry and that was the icing on the cake today — if he doesn’t get another contract there’s something wrong,” he said. Kerry were deserving winners as a younger and sharper Kingdom side were a step ahead of a battling Wicklow all through. Andrew Keane and Jason Casey were the pillars in defence, while up front, Darragh O’Connell was in sharp-shooting form and ably assisted by Shane Nolan, Mike Conway and John Egan.

Midfielder Eamon Kearns tried hard to inspire the Garden County, but apart from a period in the first half, they struggled to make headway with dual star Leighton Glynn closely watched during he match. In the 22nd minute of the game Andy O’Brien won a penalty for Wicklow, but Jonathan O’Neill’s shot was well saved by Darren Dineen on the line. Kerry led 1-10 to 0-6 at the break and when O’Connell burst inside to score a goal in the 37th minute it was a tall order for Wicklow, who improved when they brought on James Quirke in attack. But there was no way through a tight Kerry defence who were protected well by goalkeeper Bernard Rochford, a member of the All-Ireland-winning Cork panel in 1999.

SCORERS — Kerry: D O’Connell 1-9 (4f, 1 ’65’), S Nolan 0-5, J Egan 1-1, M Conway 0-2, J Griffin, M Boyle, G O’Brien, J Flaherty 0-1 each. Wicklow: J O’Neill 1-4 (3f, 1 ’65’), J Quirke 1-1, A O’Brien 0-2, D Hyland 0-1.

KERRY — B Rochford 9; P O’Grady 8, J Godley 7, E Fitzgerald 8; C Harris 7, J Casey 8, A Keane 9; D Dineen 8, J Griffin 7; M Boyle 8, G O’Brien 8, D O’Connell 9; J Egan 7, M Conway 7, S Nolan 8. Subs: J Flaherty 7 for M Conway (51), L Boyle 7 for O’Brien (63), J Fitzgerald for E Fitzgerald (68), C Harty for S Nolan (68), A Royle for Egan (68).

WICKLOW — W O’Gorman 8; J Connors 6, G Keogh 6, B Cuddihy 6; S Kelly 6, L Kennnedy 6, G Bermingham 6; E Kearns 8, R Leddy 7; A O’Brien 6, E Glynn 6, L Glynn 6; T Doyle 6, J O’Neill 7, D Hyland 6. Subs: J Quirke 8 for T Doyle (h-t), E O’Neill 6 for J Connors (41), W Collins 6 for Bermingham (58), J Murphy 6 for E Glynn (65), E Dunne for S Kelly (69).

Ref — G Duffy (Antrim)


Christy Ring Cup Final

Kerry 2-21, Wicklow 2-8

From the web site

Kerry eased to a comfortable victory with a 13 point win over Wicklow in the Christy Ring Cup Final at Croke Park today. Kerry started the scoring with a point from Shane Nolan with Wicklow recording their first score on 7mins through their right corner forward, Andy O’Brien. Minutes later, Nolan again came to the fore with a well taken goal for Kerry. Points were exchanged before Kerry’s Darragh O’Connell pointed a beautiful long range effort. Despite Kerry’s dominance, Wicklow earned a penalty on 22mins, resulting in a great save on the line from Kerry’s midfielder John Griffin. A great block from Eamon Fitzgerald denied Wicklow a certain goal on 30mins before three points from Kerry closed out the half on a scoreline of 1-10 to 0-6 in favour of Kerry.

The first score of the second half went to Kerry before the matches’ top scorer, Kerry’s Darragh O’Connell with a final tally of 1-9 scored a magnificent goal on 36mins. Wicklow fought back with another penalty on 38mins when substitute James Quirke was denied by the Kerry goalie but followed up with a low drive to the net for a Wicklow goal. Kerry dominated the next 10mins rattling off a number of points before a Wicklow point on 47mins. The Kerry fullback, Godley denied a certain goal on 52mins before another period of ascendancy for Kerry brought them further out of reach. Despite a goal on 67mins from Wicklow’s Quirke and goal attempts right on fulltime, Kerry’s extra class and guile on the day saw them ease to a 2-21 to 2-8 victory.

Team News

The Kerry Hurling team to play Wicklow in the Christy Ring Cup Final on Saturday in Croke Park at 2pm is as follows:

1 Bernard Rochford Killeagh, Co Cork2 Padraig O’Grady Ballyduf 3 James Godley Kilmoyley 4 Eamon Fitzgerald Causeway 5.Colin Harris Ballincollig, Co Cork 6. Jason Casey Ballyheigue 7 Andrew Keane Crotta O’Neills 8 Darren Dinneen St Brendans 9 John Griffin Lixnaw 10 Darragh O Connell Abbeydorney 11.Gary O’Brien Ballyduff 12. Michael Boyle, Captain Ballyduff 13. Shane Nolan Crotta O’Neills 14. Mike Conway Lixnaw 15 John Egan St. Brendan’s

Subs as follows: 16 John Brendan O’Halloran Kilmoyley 17 James Flaherty Lixnaw 18 Liam Boyle Ballyduff 19 John Fitzgerald Causeway 20. Adrian Royle Kilmoyley 21. Brian Murphy Causeway 22 Paud Costelloe Ballyduff 23 Colm Harty Causeway 24. Padraig Boyle, Ballyduff 25. Padraigh Monson Glen Rovers, Co Cork 26. Patrick O’Keeffe Glenflesk 27. Aidan Boyle Ballyduff, 28. Darren Wallace St Brendans. 29. Brendan Brosnan Lixnaw 30. David Fitzell (Kilmoyley) 31. Darren Delaney (St. Brendans) 32. Anthony Fealy (Causeway) and 33. Jason Leahy (Causeway)

Manager: John Meyler Selectors: John Hennessey & Sean O’Shea Coach/trainer: Joe O’Connor

Match Preview

From Croke Park to Semple Stadium – that’s John Meyler’s plan for Kerry hurling

By Murt Murphy for

Kerry hurling boss John Meyler does not do a “give them what they want interview” full of fifty/fifties,” sure they are an up and coming team” and “we will give it our best shot” – no John Meyler does not suffer from the modern day managers paranoia with the media – he simply shoots from the hip and calls it as it is.

It always refreshing if not a challenge to talk to the former Wexford boss, because you never know what he is going to say next and he will never skirt around a contentious issue- sometimes he starts his answer half through a question!

John Meyler has done a lot for Kerry hurling – remember that famous day back in 1993 when Kerry shocked the hurling world by beating Waterford in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship – Meyler was at the helm then and by no accident of fate if Kerry could win the Christy Ring Cup, that’s where Meyler wants to head with Kerry again – back into the Munster Championship but more about that anon!

Meyler is happy to be in the Christy Ring Cup final and reflects on the campaign to date “We have played three matches to date and two of them were away from home. Kildare was the first match and we struggled. It was just six days after we finishing our league campaign and we were missing a number of players through injury including John Griffin. We played Meath at home and we were without both John Griffin and the suspended Andrew Keane along with the likes of Mike Conway who had to pull out before the game so we stuttered at times during both those games but always finished well. I think we scored about 1-5 at the end of both those two games so we showed the necessary character.

Then we had to travel to Newry for a semi final meeting with Down and it was a long trip on Fri/Saturday for the game but we had Colin Harris, John Griffin and Andrew Keane back and that strengthened us up considerably so it was great to have those players back into the squad and back into the team”

Meyler refuses to accept that in Newry just like in Killarney and during key games in the National League, that Kerry have a habit of not finishing off teams, of allowing big leads slip and in Newry Kerry led by as much as nine points at one stage of the second half “I said before we travelled to Newry that if we go up there and beat Down, then we would be a in good position to win the Christy Ring Cup and I think that’s the important thing. We went away to a difficult venue, after a long journey and we had a full squad that did the business. We were reduced to thirteen men with six minutes to go and it showed great character from the players left on the field to hold out. It was great to see Mikey Boyle catching the last puck out when we were up a point and you needed somebody to show leadership, Mikey who is the captain did what had to be done and that’s what character is all about.

I think last year I was driving them on more, but this year they are taking more ownership of what is required to be done in clutch situations and it definitely got us through to the final in Newry.”

Meyler makes no secret of the fact that he has loftier ambitions for this Kerry squad and Kerry hurling down the road and believes that this year while the public might not appreciate it- he feels Kerry hurling is in a better place “Look last year we played in Division 3 and won it easily enough but it probably wasn’t much good in terms of improving the standard. This year, we played in a very competitive Division 2, played seven games, won two, lost five. The main objective this year was to remain in Division 2 and we achieved our aim. Last year we won Division 3 and we had a months break before we went back training for the Christy Ring Cup while this year it was a straight turn around and into two matches and then a three week break to the semi final. That probably suited us because the lads were used to the pitch of the hurling in Div 2 so it has benefited us.

But then going in now to the Christy Ring Cup Final now without Tom Murnane is a bit a of negative but we have all the other players back so we are travelling to Croke Park to win”

Meyler admits that the Kilmoyley defender is a huge loss “Tom has been our most influential and most consistent player for last two years because he is a big game player. Last year when we were in trouble against Down we put him in fullback and he did the job. While he is superb centre back or half back, he really has made a huge difference to us at fullback and he will be a huge loss. But look the character of this team is all about coping. Look when I thought after four games in the League that four points had us reasonably safe I decided that against Limerick, Clare and Laois we could try fellows and they were able to gain valuable experience. That’s why when we went into the Christy Ring Cup without John Griffin, Colin Harris and Andrew Keane, we were able to put fellows in who had played three or four matches in the league and that gave them the experience they needed which is important. So we have qualms about throwing people in anymore when we need them because they all have hurled against strong opponents and they can get to the pace of the game quickly. We could not do that in the past”

Meyler makes no secret of the fact that he is going with a young side to Croke Park but he emphasizes that this is year two of a three or maybe a five year plan for Kerry hurling and this team is a mere work in progress with a loftier ambitions down the line “No I am not afraid of going to Croke Park with a young side. Young people today have no fear – no fear of a big challenge and no obstacle faze them. These lads have been used to winning, including two U-21 All-Ireland’s, all at B level but they know what is required from the training we have been doing. They know where the bar is and they will not go below it. The younger lads are the future – Colm Harty is back, Padraig Boyle , still a minor is back in, and there a are a few more young fellows starting to come on board. So its work in progress and I think my three year plan may well be a five year plan. I want to be ready for the Munster Senior Championship down the road that’s the plan – anything else along the way is a bonus. The bottom line is that I want Kerry hurling to be able to compete at Munster Championship level – simple as that – whether its next year or three years down the line”

So can Kerry beat Wicklow on Saturday “Last year we let ourselves down badly because we did not play against Wicklow in the semi final at Nenagh. Andrew Keane got sent off after four minutes and we were all over the shop. Wicklow should have beaten us and we were just haunted to get away with a win in the last few minutes. We had to put Mike Conway back to centre back and James Flaherty came on and scored four points. While I was delighted with the win I was really annoyed with the lads because I felt that we lacked a certain bit of composure at vital times. But this year is different. I respect Wicklow- they won Div 3B and then Div 3A and they are up in Div 2 next year and they are in the final of the Christy Ring Cup. They have a dangerous full forward line and O’Brien caused us all sorts of problems last year, and I am sure Leighton Glynn will be back and when you throw in Jonathon O’Neill, they have serious forwards. Look we know they are a good side but my concern is to get Kerry right on the day and if we play as we are capable of playing, I am confident that we can do it”

The Kerry boss sums up his thinking on what and where Kerry hurling must go from here when asked what winning the Christy Ring Cup would mean to him and Kerry “ It would mean that we would be back in September to start training for next years Munster Senior Hurling Championship and looking forward to travelling to Semple Stadium to play Tipperary next May” Meyler quips- which returns us to the beginning again – The Wexford native has lofty ambitions for Kerry hurling – this Saturday he is hoping to take another step along the way in Croke Park by helping Kerry claim the Christy Ring Cup for the first time!