Munster GAA SFC Semi-Final – Cork 5-17 Waterford 2-8

Cork defeated Waterford by 5-17 to 2-8 in the Munster Senior Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Clinical Cork limber up for Killarney

Cork 5-17 Waterford 2-8

By Fintan O’Toole, Páirc Ui Chaoimh for the Irish Examiner newspaper

THEY spent yesterday afternoon in Páirc Uí Chaoimh but Cork’s footballers had subconsciously drifted to another stadium long before the finish of yesterday’s Munster SFC semi-final stroll against Waterford. When Daniel Goulding prodded the ball to the net in the ninth minute to catapult Cork into a nine-point lead, thoughts among players and the talk amongst supporters began to revolve around Fitzgerald Stadium. The Killarney showdown that looked inevitable after the Munster GAA chiefs spun the draw drum last October was always going to come to pass. Cork’s blistering start yesterday against a beleaguered Waterford side meant their path to a provincial decider on July 3 was assured. Similar to the manner in which Kerry dispatched Limerick on Saturday night, Cork never allowed any sense of anxiety to creep into yesterday’s game.

This was routine business. They pounded the Déise defence from the off and the subsequent deluge of scores enabled them to cruise to an 18-point victory. Waterford may have been plying their trade in Division 3 of the league this spring as opposed to the basement level they have inhabited over the last decade, but that did little to bridge the yawning chasm that existed between the power, skill and pace of Cork and the Déise. Thomas O’Gorman once more embellished his reputation as a tight-marking defender, captain Tony Grey kept foraging throughout at half-back while Gary Hurney showed flashes of his ability when serviced in attack. But that was never going to be enough. This was a lopsided affair from the early stages as a result of Cork’s ruthlessness and dominance.

What did Conor Counihan learn from this encounter? A moot point, much like the post-match dissection of the runaway quarter-final win over Clare a fortnight ago. The fact they have not had a gut-check to date in Championship 2011 does raise its own issues, ones the management are more than aware of. Of course, Kerry will certainly provide a rigorous test, but there is much to admire in the fashion that Cork have been pulverising their opponents of late. The clinical edge they displayed in front of goal yesterday will please Counihan.

After the Clare game, he spoke ruefully of the chances to raise green flags Cork had spurned. They atoned in style as five balls whizzed past Waterford netminder Kieran Cotter. Considering they’d struck four goals in the eight games en route to glory last September, Cork improved their strike rate immeasurably. The opening goal in the fourth minute may have had a touch of fortune about it when John Miskella’s long hoof forward deceived Cotter and looped into the net but thereafter they carved open the Waterford defence with sparkling play and crowned moves with splendid finishes.

Goulding displayed his poacher instincts with two strikes, one in each period, and indeed was foiled twice for the hat-trick early in the second half, first by a fine save by Cotter and then a timely block by Kieran Connery. Paul Kerrigan walloped home a stinging drive in the 18th minute that pushed Cork into a 14-point lead even at that early juncture while the fifth goal was the pick of the bunch, a bullet into the top corner by Fintan Goold in the 43rd minute. Despite their visible supremacy, the desire amongst the Cork players to maintain a high tempo throughout was noticeable. In that respect the performances of Kerrigan, Goold and Miskella were encouraging. That trio were all forced off through injuries in the opening half of the league final with Dublin in April and those ailments impeded their football thereafter. But with full fitness regained, Kerrigan and Miskella were both hungry for possession from the off.

Miskella’s attacking raids, yielding 1-2, were redolent of the free-scoring form he displayed in 2009, while Kerrigan charged incessantly through the Waterford defence. When introduced in the second half, Goold demanded possession and was at the heart of Cork’s drive until the finish. In a generally high-tempo performance by Cork, there were a couple of black marks. Their concentration wavered in a 15-minute spell before the interval as they attempted too many audacious passes and some sloppy play allowed Waterford to string together a few points. Conceding two goals will not sit well either with a defence that prides itself on being miserly.

The first was a Gary Hurney penalty on the stroke of half-time after he was fouled by Eoin Cadogan and left Waterford 3-8 to 1-6 adrift as they headed for the dressing rooms. The second saw Brian Wall pump in a free in the 60th minute with Alan Quirke misjudging the flight of the ball and it fell into the net. But that’s nit-picking. The issues that will vex Counihan now is settling on the starting 15 that’s best equipped to claim the scalp of Jack O’Connor and Co. Six alterations were made to the line-up yesterday, none of them appreciably weakening Cork’s hand.

Then amongst the substitutes that were thrust into action, Fintan Goold put his hand up for selection, his younger brother David picked off two tidy points and Denis O’Sullivan looked like a man intent on building on his impressive campaign so far. Ray Carey, Jamie O’Sullivan, Pearse O’Neill and Noel O’Leary were never asked to unzip their tracksuit tops. Four weeks to go and there’s plenty to consider.

Scorers for Cork: D Goulding 2-2, P Kerrigan 1-3, J Miskella 1-2, F Goold 1-0, F Lynch, D Goold 0-2 each, D O’Connor (0-1f), P Kelly, C Sheehan, A Walsh, G Spillane, E Cotter 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: G Hurney (1-0 pen), B Wall (1-0f) 1-1 each, S Fleming 0-2 (0-1f), S Briggs, B Phelan, T Prendergast, R Ahearne 0-1 each.

Subs for Cork: N Murphy for Walsh (39), F Goold for Sheehan (39), G Spillane for Miskella (45), D Goold for Goulding (55), D O’Sullivan for Shields (55).

Subs for Waterford: R Ahearne for Hennessy (33), T Connors for P Hurney (45), C Phelan for Connery (50), K Power for Phelan (53), J Hurney for Walsh (57).

Referee: Pat Fox (Westmeath)

 

Clinical Cork earn high praise from Counihan

Cork 5-17 Waterford 2-8

By Denis Hurley for the Irish Independent newspaper

An impressive start from All-Ireland champions Cork set the tone as Conor Counihan’s team easily advanced past Waterford in the semi-final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. While Cork were rarely stretched by the visitors, the Rebels still produced an excellent performance, dealing well with the task at hand and showing little signs of complacency. And Cork manager Counihan was pleased with their fine start. “We got a good start and it was always going to be difficult for Waterford then,” he said. “We played some of our best football for a long time in the first 20 minutes, the goals probably knocked them back a bit. “It was two teams, one playing quite well and the other not playing as well as they can — though they had a period before half-time when they got a goal and a few points.” He added: “You always want to be the best you can be, but at times we made basic errors, which we’ll have to work on, but all in all you can’t be too critical.”

It has been one of the criticisms levelled at this Cork team — that they do not score enough goals and fail to kill off teams — but here they attempted to do so early on, having registered 3-7 in the first 19 minutes, Waterford having mustered only two points. The first of those goals carried plenty of good fortune, as centre-back John Miskella’s ball from between the ’45’ and ’65’, intended for Daniel Goulding, was misjudged by Waterford goalkeeper Kieran Cotter and the ball bounced into the net. That made it 1-1 to 0-1 with four minutes gone, but the second goal, on nine minutes, had no luck attached to it as the Rebels carved open the Waterford defence.

They possibly overdid things, Donncha O’Connor playing a sideline ball to Ciaran Sheehan and taking the return before twice exchanging passes with Patrick Kelly, who then palmed across goal towards Goulding for an easy finish. The points were flowing over as well, as Sheehan scored a beauty on 12 minutes and Goulding got another before the third goal. Kelly’s perfect pass into the path of Alan O’Connor set things in motion, the midfielder just getting his toe to the ball to send it to Goulding and his handpass allowed Paul Kerrigan to finish clinically past Cotter. But, amazingly, the Rebels would then go 14 minutes without scoring as Waterford added three points with Brian Phelan applying a top-quality strike, and while Aidan Walsh ended Cork’s drought with a fine score, Waterford still finished stronger.

Brian Wall’s effort crept just over Alan Quirke’s crossbar before Gary Hurney was pushed in the small rectangle by Eoin Cadogan, the corner-forward taking the penalty himself and sending Quirke the wrong way. Clearly Cork were given a lecture at half-time about letting Waterford back into contention. Cork’s fourth goal arrived within 18 seconds of the restart as Walsh and Donncha O’Connor combined to give Goulding a chance, which he took with relish. After that goal, the game was a procession as Cork continued to go for the jugular while Waterford were completely stifled, barely getting a sniff of a chance. Goulding was unlucky not to get his hat-trick on 41 minutes when his ground shot was blocked by Kieran Connery after he had dispossessed Cotter. But substitute Fintan Goold ensured that the Rebels scored five goals in a championship match for the first time since the 1993 All-Ireland semi-final win over Mayo, with a brilliant top-corner finish moments later.

Corner-back Eoin Cotter and substitute David Goold also got in on the scoring act, though Waterford did glean some consolation as Brian Wall’s free from 35 yards eluded Quirke and bounced in. It was mere window-dressing on the scoreline, however, and Cork’s passage to face Kerry in the final was never going to be blocked. Counihan dismissed any notions that the two finalists won’t know what level they are at following their respective facile semi-final victories. “I think the teams know themselves well now at this stage, there’s no tricks up the sleeve,” Counihan said afterwards. “Cork people always like going to Killarney and we’re looking forward to it, we know that there’s only a point or two in it at any time.”

Scorers — Cork: D Goulding 2-2, P Kerrigan 1-3, J Miskella 1-2, F Goold 1-0, F Lynch, D Goold 0-2 each, P Kelly, A Walsh, C Sheehan, E Cotter, D O’Connor (0-1f), G Spillane 0-1 each.

Waterford: B Wall (1-0f) , G Hurney (1-0 pen) 1-1 each, T Prendergast, S Fleming (0-1f) 0-2 each, S Briggs, B Phelan 0-1 each.

CORK — A Quirke 6; E Cadogan 6, E Cotter 7, M Shields 8; G Canty 7, J Miskella 9, P Kissane 6; A O’Connor 7, A Walsh 8; C Sheehan 7, P Kelly 8, F Lynch 7; D Goulding 8, D O’Connor 6, P Kerrigan 8. Subs: F Goold 8 for Sheehan, N Murphy 6 for Walsh (both 39), G Spillane 7 for Miskella (45), D Goold 7 for Goulding, D O’Sullivan 6 for Shields (both 55).

WATERFORD — K Cotter 7; M O’Gorman 6, T O’Gorman 7, K Connery 6; E Walsh 6, S Briggs 5, T Grey 6; M Ahern 5, B Phelan 6; B Wall 7, P Hurney 6, W Hennessy 5; G Hurney 6, S Fleming 6, T Prendergast 6. Subs: R Ahearne 6 for Hennessy (33), T Connors 6 for P Hurney (44), C Phelan 6 for K Connery (47), K Power 6 for B Phelan (54), J Hurney 6 for Walsh (57).

Ref — P Fox (Westmeath)

 

Munster SFC: Five-star Rebels roast Decies

Cork hit the net five times as they consigned Waterford to an 18-point drubbing at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. The defending All-Ireland champions set up a provincial final meeting with Kerry by hammering John Owens’ men by 5-17 to 2-8. The contest was over by half time as goals from John Miskella, Daniel Goulding and Paul Kerrigan had the winners ahead by 3-8 to 1-6, with Gary Hurney netting for the visitors from a late penalty.

Goulding (within 30 seconds of the restart) and substitute Fintan Goold added to the Leeside goalfest, while Brian Wall bagged the second Waterford goal from a free. Cork’s first three majors arrived inside the opening 19 minutes and the game was a patent mis-match between the Division One winners and the side that finished bottom of Division Three. Waterford enjoyed a purple patch coming up to the short whistle, with scores from Brian Phelan, Hurney, Shane Briggs and Tommy Prendergast. But the Rebels were far too strong and twelve of their players got their names on the scoresheet.

Cork: A Quirke; E Cadogan, E Cotter (0-1), M Shields; G Canty, J Miskella (1-2), P Kissane; A O’Connor, A Walsh (0-1); C Sheehan (0-1), P Kelly (0-1), F Lynch (0-2); D Goulding (2-2), D O’Connor (0-1), P Kerrigan (1-3). Subs: F Goold (1-0) for Sheehan, N Murphy for Walsh (both 39 mins), G Spillane (0-1) for Miskella (45), D Goold (0-2) for Goulding, D O’Sullivan for Shields (both 55).

Waterford: K Cotter; M O’Gorman, T O’Gorman, K Connery; E Walsh, S Briggs (0-1), T Grey; M Ahern, B Phelan (0-1); B Wall (1-1), P Hurney, W Hennessy; G Hurney (1-1), S Fleming (0-2), T Prendergast (0-2). Subs: R Ahearne for Hennessy (33 mins), T Connors for P Hurney (44), C Phelan for Connery (47), K Power for Phelan (54), J Hurney for Walsh (58).

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(Courtesy of the Irish Examiner)

Team News

The Cork Senior Football Team to play Waterford in the Munster S.F.C. Semi-Final @ Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday 5/6/11 at 3.30pm will line out as follows:

1. Alan Quirke Valley Rovers

2. Eoin Cotter Douglas

3. Michael Shields St. Finbarrs

4. Eoin Cadogan  Douglas

5. Graham Canty Bantry Blues

6. John Miskella Ballincollig

7. Paudie Kissane Clyda Rovers

8. Alan O’Connor St. Colum’s

9. Aidan Walsh  Kanturk

10. Ciarán Sheehan Eire Óg

11. Patrick Kelly Ballincollig

12. Fiachra Lynch Valley Rovers

13. Daniel Goulding Eire Óg

14. Donncha O’Connor Ballydesmond

15. Paul Kerrigan Nemo Rangers

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at pro.munster@gaa.ie for more information

For the Record

Cork Waterford
2011 Team Management Conor Counihan
(Aghada – Coach);
Terry O’Neill (Bantry Blues); Peadar Healy (Naomh Aban); Ger O’Sullivan (Dromtarriffe); Jim Nolan (Castlehaven)
John Owens (Manager),
Jim McGrath (Selector),
Liam Dalton (Selector),
Kenny Hassett (Selector),
Joe Hagan (Selector) 

 

2011 Team Captain Graham Canty
(Bantry Blues)
Tony Grey (Captain)
Wayne Hennessy
(Vice Captain)
2010 Championship Performance Drew with Kerry in the Munster Semi-Final before losing the replay by 1-15 to 1-14. Cork then recorded victories over Cavan, Wexford, Limerick, Roscommon and Dublin to qualify for the All-Ireland Final where they recorded a 0-16 to 0-15 victory over Down. Defeated Clare by 1-10 to 0-9 in the Munster Quarter-Final before losing to Limerick by 1-17 to 1-9 in the semi-final. Waterford subsequently lost to Offaly by 0-15 to 0-10 in Round 2 of the All-Ireland Qualifiers
Number of Munster Senior Football titles 36 1
Last Munster Senior Football Title 2009 1898
Munster Senior Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 28
Won – 16
Lost – 7
Drawn – 5
Played – 13
Won – 2
Lost – 11
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the Munster Senior Football Championship May 24th 2009 at Fraher Field Dungarvan (Munster Quarter-Final) – Cork 2-18 Waterford 1-7 – goals by Paul Kerrigan and Donnacha O’Connor helped Cork to a 14 point victory over Waterford.

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


Semi-Finals
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

 

Final

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 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/sf_teams/

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.