Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling All Ireland U21 B Championship Semi-Final – Kerry 0-13 Roscommon 0-12

Kerry stumble past Rossies

By Damian Stack at Toomevara, County Tipperary for the Kerryman newspaper

Wednesday August 24 2011


KERRY………………………..0-13 ROSCOMMON……………..0-12

IT was as close as the scoreline suggests. Even closer if that’s even possible. Kerry were very much on the rack in the last ten minutes of this game. Hanging on as Roscommon finally got the bit between their teeth and played far better hurling than either side had been able to produce up to then. Had the game gone on another minute or two then Seamus Qualter’s men have would surely secured a draw and extra time and the way things were going and with the kind of form John Coyne was showing having been moved from centre to full-forward, the Rossies could have dumped Kerry from the competition.

When John Meyler spoke after the game he spoke of disappointment. An understandable reaction. On paper – and yes we know games aren’t won on paper – this looked a pretty formidable Kerry side, but it simply didn’t fire. Certain players had fine games, but as a unit they just didn’t perform. A lot of that, one suspects, is down to the fact that this was Kerry’s first game at this grade this season. Roscommon had a Connacht championship campaign under their belts. It told. They were generally the sharper, more tidy bunch of hurlers.

They weren’t exactly flush with quality forwards – only Coyne really shone for them up front – but they were still more economical and got more out of their attacks than Kerry did. Shane Nolan wasn’t at his best – in fairness to the Crotta youngster he was carrying a knock into this game – but even so you would have expected guys like Colm Harty and, especially, Ronan Kenny to step up to the mark. Harty is only finding his way back into hurling at this level following a bad long term injury, but for Kenny, a member for two years of Meyler’s senior set-up, to fail to make an impact is more difficult to explain. It’s frustrating for both himself and for Meyler. He’s going to have to use the final to prove that he’s the good hurler we suspect he might be.

Still there were plenty of positives for Kerry in this game. Anthony Fealy was a rock at centre-back, while the full-back line was impervious – Brian Murphy dominated, while James O’Connor and Jason Bowler, the captain, both played blinders alongside him. Neither side impressed in the first half. It was slow. It was stop start. It was foul and free ridden. Only four of the ten points scored in the first half was from play – two for Coyne, one for Nolan and one for a reasonably impressive Sean Weir.

Kerry led at the break by two and the second half continued in a similar fashion. Tit for tat. A pointed free from Nolan here, a pointed free from Coyne there with neither Kerry pulling away or Roscommon coming too close until those closing exchanges. The furthest Kerry got away from Roscommon was three clear with ten minutes to play. It was, observers felt, enough of a lead to secure Kerry victory given that Roscommon didn’t look like scoring freely or didn’t look like scoring an all important goal.

Maybe that’s why Kerry faded so much in those last ten minutes. Maybe they felt they had the job done. They hadn’t. The Rossies piled on the pressure and were it not for the performance of the full-back line and the simply trojan efforts of PJ Keane at midfield – he was everywhere for Kerry in the second half, roaring into the game after a disappointing opening thirty – they would have been caught. They weren’t caught, however. They’ve got time to put things right between here and the final against Westmeath. Time to welcome Darragh O’Connell back into the fold, but alas not Padraig Boyle who’s out long term it seems. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. Bright spots for Kerry for sure, but plenty of work to be done.

KERRY: Martin Stackpoole, James O’Connor, Brian Murphy, Jason Bowler, Patrick O’Keeffe, Anthony Fealy, Jason Leahy, PJ Keane, Brendan Brosnan, Sean Weir (0-1), Ronan Kenny, Colm Harty (0-1), Pa Joe Connolly (0-2), Shane Nolan (0-8 7f), Brian Leen Subs: Stephen Leen (0-1) for B Leen, Sean Dowling for R Kenny

ROSCOMMON: Conor Fitzgibbon, Kieran Dowd, Peter Kelleghan, Declan Leonard, Declan Dowling, Brian Donnelly, Niall Keenan, Alan Moore, Gerard Gill, Eamon Mulry ( 0-1), John Coyne ( 0-10, 6f), Eamon Bannon, Jamie Lawlor, Naos Connaughton, Eamon Kenny (0-1) Subs: Cormac Kelly for N Connaughton, Cillian Egan for G Gill

REFEREE: Michael O’Connor (Limerick)

Team News

The Kerry U21 hurling team to play Roscommon on Saturday August 20th is as follows –

1. Martin Stackpoole (Lixnaw) , 2. James O Connor (Abbeydorney), 3. Brian Murphy (Causeway) 4. Jason Bowler, Captain (Ballyduff) 5. Patrick O Keefe (Glenflesk) 6. Anthony Fealy (Causeway) 7. Jason Leahy (Causeway) 8. PJ Keane (Abbeydorney) 9. Brendan Brosnan (Lixnaw) 10. Sean Weir (Crotta O’Neills) 11. Ronan Kenny (Ballyheigue) 12. Colm Harty (Causeway) 13. Pa Joe Connolly (Ballyduff) 14. Shane Nolan (Crotta O’Neills) 15. Brian Leen (Abbeydorney)

Subs – Nicholas Leen (Ballyduff), Stephen Leen (Ardfert), Sean Dowling (Kilmoyley), Thomas Quill (Crotta O’Neills), Conor Fitzelle (Kilmoyley), Adam White (Causeway), Micheal O Sullivan (Kilgarvan), Anthony Carroll (Ballyduff), Kevin Orpen (Ardfert), Daire O’Sullivan (Kilmoyley)

Management – Bainisteoir John Meyler Trainer Joe O’Connor Maor Foirne Frank Flannery Selector John Hennessey Selector Sean O’Shea Physiotherapist Trudy Tait

All-Ireland GAA Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Tipperary 1-19 Dublin 0-18

Tipp defence steps forward

Tipperary 1-19 Dublin 0-18

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, August 15, 2011

THE last time we saw this Tipperary team, in the Munster final five weeks ago, it was the attack winning all the plaudits, a seven-goal blitzing of Waterford. Yesterday, in this All-Ireland senior hurling semi-final at sun-soaked Croke Park, it was the turn of the defence to make a name for themselves. Those highly-rated Tipp forwards again managed 19 points but against an injury-hit but fired-up Dublin side that exceeded all expectations they were confined to just the one goal.

Time for the Tipp defence to step forward, and step forward they did. No goal conceded, not even a sniff of a goal until the final minute when Brendan Cummins cleared off the line from Ryan O’Dwyer while an ill-judged shot from Paul Ryan in the 32nd minute was the only save the Tipp custodian had to make in 70 minutes. Yes, Dublin played a tactically defensive game, withdrawing both Dotsy O’Callaghan and Alan McCrabbe to reinforce midfield and the half-back line, but they still managed to apply constant pressure up front; this time it was the Tipp defence standing tall. Tipperary needed Paul Curran in control at full-back, needed Paddy Stapleton and sweeper Michael Cahill at their covering best alongside him. They needed Conor O’Mahony to hold the middle, needed John O’Keeffe and the immense Padraic Maher to hold their ground in the face of incessant Dublin attacks. All delivered.

Even as we praise Tipperary, however, we must also give due credit to Dublin, to Anthony Daly and his management team especially. Shorn of Stephen Hiney, Tomás Brady and Óisín Gough from their defence, denied the towering presence of Conal Keaney from the midfield/half-forward area, they were given no chance whatsoever of even coming close to the All-Ireland champions, of containing that lethal attack. Daly and Dublin had other ideas, however, and that patched-up defence was magnificent, heroes all from two to seven.

They got off to a terrible start, a soft goal conceded to Lar Corbett in just the third minute. Peter Kelly failed to catch the bouncing ball and Lar ghosted in behind to just beat the advancing Gary Maguire and flick to the net. It was a cruel blow for both Kelly and Dublin; both would recover, and recover quickly. Lar did manage a further three points before the break, but he was the only Tipp forward on song as Kelly went to give an inspirational performance for Dublin. Within minutes of the Tipp goal Dublin had notched three points, Alan McCrabbe, Liam Rushe (towering midfield performance before tiring in the final minutes) and the lethal Paul Ryan the scorers.

The sides then went tit-for-tat with three points apiece, leaving it at 1-3 to 0-6 after 14 minutes – game on, and game very much on when Dublin then added three points without reply. In fact were it not for a couple of underhit shots that dropped tamely into the grateful mitt of Brendan Cummins, and a goal attempt by Paul Ryan that should have been tapped over, Dublin would have been even further ahead. As it was, with a couple of late points from midfielders Shane McGrath and Gearoid Ryan, Tipp managed to pull it back to level pegging at the break, 1-8 to 0-11.

Tipp were being asked questions, no doubt about that. They made changes, came out for the second half with last year’s All-Star Brendan Maher introduced to midfield, Noel McGrath (hardly touched a ball in the first half) moved up front, and it was McGrath with the first point of the second period, followed by two pointed 65s from a subdued Eoin Kelly after two good body-blocks by the magnificent Gary Maguire. With Tipp three points clear (1-11 to 0-11), this was when they were expected to start driving on but it was Dublin stepping forward and points from sub Maurice O’Brien (1) and free-taker Paul Ryan (2) had the game tied again by the 45th minute.

Eventually, in the final quarter, Tipperary did manage to battle their way free of Dublin, but a battle it was. From the sideline – strange to relate in a game that was so close all through – there was never a sense that Dublin would actually win, but this was because the Tipperary defence was so in control. The Dublin forwards worked very hard, none more so than veteran Liam Ryan, getting a rare but justified start at full-forward. Ultimately, however, they needed a goalscorer, they needed a Lar Corbett. From the evidence of what we saw in the minor semi-final, Dublin notching six goals in their win over Waterford, that threat is coming. Meanwhile, thanks to that defence, Tipp go through to another All-Ireland final meeting with Kilkenny. The attack? Seamus Callanan, Patrick Maher, Eoin Kelly, John O’Brien all hauled ashore before the end.

The vagaries of sport?

Scorers for Tipperary: L Corbett 1-3; E Kelly 0-6 (0-2f, 0-3 65s); N McGrath 0-3 (0-1 s/l); P Maher 0-2; G Ryan 0-2; S McGrath, S Callanan, P Bourke (f), 0-1 each.

Scorers for Dublin: P Ryan 0-9 (0-6f, 0-1 65); L Ryan, D O’Callaghan, A McCrabbe, R O’Dwyer, L Rushe, J Boland, P Kelly, M O’Brien, S Ryan, 0-1 each.

Subs for Tipperary: B Maher (Callanan 35); P Bourke (Patrick Maher 56); B O’Meara (Ryan 65); S Bourke (Kelly 70); J O’Neill (O’Brien 73).

Blood sub: T Stapleton (P Stapleton 45/46).

Subs for Dublin: M O’Brien (McCormack 35); D Plunkett (McCrabbe 53); S Lambert (Schutte inj. 63); S Ryan (L Ryan 65); P Carton (Durkin inj. 73). Blood sub: S Lambert (Durkin 53/56).

Referee: C McAllister (Cork)


Rising Blues give Ryan’s men timely reality check


By Martin Breheny for the Irish Independent newspaper

Monday August 15 2011

THE outcome was predictable but not the manner in which the winners achieved it. Installed at ridiculous odds of 1/16 to reach the All-Ireland final for a third successive year, Tipperary became the latest to discover that Dublin are now a really substantial force in hurling, one which will exert a major influence on the destination of all the big prizes over the coming years. Indeed, as the Dublin squad filed out of Croke Park after securing third place on the 2011 ratings (they deserve to be ahead of Waterford for winning the Allianz League and doing much better against Tipperary), they must have wondered how yesterday’s game would have gone if they were able to call on injured quartet, Conal Keaney, Stephen Hiney, Tomas Brady and David Treacy. No county can afford to lose two excellent defenders, a strong-running, ball-winning forward and an opportunist finisher without shedding power. Dublin improvised well but still came up a little short. In fairness, they coursed their vaunted opponents all the way to the finish line in a tense, absorbing contest where the essential difference rested in Tipperary’s capacity to create, and take, scores under pressure on the home run. Their experience proved crucial in the final quarter at a time when the immense physical effort which Dublin had invested all day began to take its toll.

Tipperary out-scored Dublin by 0-7 to 0-3 in the final 22 minutes, to finish the half with a 0-11 return which was exactly the same total (1-8) as the first half. Dublin scored 0-11 in the first half and seemed to be set for a broadly similar return in the second half when they landed four points in the opening 13 minutes. However, the strike lines dried up considerably from there on. Their passing, which had been crisp and accurate in the first half, became increasingly erratic, making life a whole lot more difficult for their attack against a Tipperary defence where Michael Cahill was very effective as the loose man. Conscious of Tipperary’s high goal rate (24 in their previous six championship games), Dublin set themselves up with extra defensive reinforcements as midfielder, Johnny McCaffrey dropped into defence with half-forward Liam Rushe moving out towards midfield. Dublin’s half-forwards were also funnelling back as part of the grand design to close off the channels that Tipperary exploited so effectively in the Munster Championship. It looked like a futile exercise as early as the third minute when Lar Corbett read the angles to perfection to capitalise on a defensive mix-up before whipping the ball to the Dublin net. The spectre of another Tipperary landslide beckoned but, unlike Waterford, who disintegrated in the Munster final, Dublin ignored the setback and drove on.

The reward for their hard work and resilience was a highly productive period in which they out-scored Tipperary by 0-9 to 0-3 over the next 17 minutes. Dublin produced possibly their best hurling of the year in that phase, winning many of the one-on-one battles, working the ball cleverly into scoring positions and picking off a string of excellent points to lead by 0-9 to 1-3. Corbett was Tipperary’s only real attacking threat during the first half as the hard-working Dublin defence went into top security mode. And on occasions when their locks were picked, goalkeeper, Gary Maguire intervened. He made a great save from Seamus Callanan just before half-time, but Tipperary still finished strongly to draw level (1-8 to 0-11). When Tipperary shot three unanswered points in the opening seven minutes of the second half, they again appeared poised to press on for a comfortable win. But, just as they had done in the first half, Dublin launched a counter-offensive and scored three points in three minutes to draw level. Indeed, their haul might have been higher had sub Maurice O’Brien managed to keep his drive lower in the 43rd minute. Briefly, the goal chance was on but his shot flew high over the bar, much to the relief of Brendan Cummins on a day when he created a hurling championship appearance record.

Tipperary led by a point after 58 minutes and it was from there on that they really imposed themselves on the game, scoring five more points while conceding only two. A number of factors created the conditions for Tipperary’s growing superiority. Padraic Maher, who had also been very good in the first half, Conor O’Mahony, Paul Curran and Michael Cahill tightened the defensive bolts; Shane McGrath asserted himself around midfield while Noel McGrath and Eoin Kelly raised their game in attack. Anthony Daly talked afterwards about Tipperary’s greater economy and it certainly applied in the final quarter. Peter Kelly, who made some wonderful catches and upfield bursts, one of which he finished with a spectacular point, led Dublin’s defensive operation, but it wasn’t quite as well co-ordinated as in the first half.

That allowed Tipperary to wait patiently for the openings and, when they arrived, they had the accuracy to exploit them. Kelly pointed three second-half ’65s’; Noel McGrath angled over a delightful sideline cut; Padraic Maher galloped forward to score an inspiring point and sub Pa Bourke finished it all off with the last point of the game from a free in the 72nd minute. Dublin pressed forward in desperate pursuit of a goal in the closing seconds and came close enough, too, but Tipperary held out and, in the process, reached the All-Ireland final after conceding only one goal in four games.

They were expected to win yesterday’s game much more easily, but that was under-estimating the degree to which Dublin have improved this year. Indeed, in hindsight, this was precisely the right game for Tipperary. They needed a tough test after the untroubled march through Munster and Dublin certainly provided it. Also, the fact that they never really shook off a Dublin team that were well beaten by Kilkenny will dampen down expectations somewhat for the final. Tipperary are still favourites for the big showdown on September 4, but yesterday’s game provided a welcome level of reality for Declan Ryan to work off in the run-up to the final. As for Dublin, they have signed off on their best season in decades with the realistic expectation that there’s more to come next year and beyond.

Scorers — Tipperary: E Kelly 0-6 (2f, 3 ’65s’), L Corbett 1-3, N McGrath 0-3 (1 s/l), Padraic Maher, R Ryan 0-2 each, S Callanan, P Bourke (f), S McGrath 0-1 each. Dublin: P Ryan 0-9 (6f, 1 ’65’), A McCrabbe, L Rushe, J Boland, L Ryan, D Callaghan, M O’Brien, R O’Dwyer, S Ryan, P Kelly 0-1 each.

Tipperary — B Cummins 7; P Stapleton 6, P Curran 8, M Cahill 7; J O’Keeffe 7, C O’Mahony 8, Padraic Maher 9; G Ryan 6, S McGrath 7; S Callanan 6, N McGrath 7, Patrick Maher 6; E Kelly 7, J O’Brien 6, L Corbett 8. Subs: B Maher 6 for Callanan (h-t), P Bourke 7 for Patrick Maher (56), B O’Meara for Ryan (65), S Bourke for Kelly (69), J O’Neill for O’Brien (72).

Dublin — G Maguire 8; P Kelly 8, N Corcoran 7, P Schutte 6; M Carton 7, J Boland 8, S Durkin 7; J McCaffrey 7, L Rushe 7; C McCormack 6, R O’Dwyer 6, A McCrabbe 6; D O’Callaghan 7, L Ryan 7, P Ryan 8. Subs: M O’Brien 7 for McCormack (h-t), D Plunkett 6 for McCrabbe (53), S Lambert 6 for Schutte (63). S Ryan for L Ryan (65), P Carton for Durkin (72).

Ref — C McAllister (Cork)



Dublin push Tipperary all the way

By SÉAN MORAN at Croke Park for the Irish Times newspaper

Tipperary 1-19 Dublin 0-18: THE MERE fact that it’s necessary to record that All-Ireland champions Tipperary deserved their win says a great deal about Dublin’s defiant performance. Coming into yesterday’s All-Ireland semi-final missing five potential starters, Anthony Daly’s team were patronised for the quality of their season to date and damned by faint expectations. It took virtually the entire match for Tipp to establish a safe distance on the scoreboard and they progress to a third successive final against Kilkenny having been tested by the ferocity of the underdogs and in the knowledge that they will have to raise their game in the next couple of weeks.

Coming off a seven-goal demolition job in the Munster final, it wasn’t surprising that the champions appeared a little uneasy about the expectations created. Two years ago Dublin’s footballers caved in after an early goal from Kerry icon Colm Cooper and yesterday it was the hurlers’ turn to look into the abyss in the opening exchanges. Lar Corbett, reigning Hurler of the Year and scorer of 6-6 in the Munster championship, ghosted into the danger area in the third minute and after Peter Kelly obligingly fumbled possession, was on hand to touch the ball into the net and sound the alarm bells.

Dublin’s response was admirable but so was Kelly’s. Corbett helped himself to another three points on the Lucan man’s watch but 1-3 was as bad as it got and in the second half, Kelly gave a fearless display of catching and clearing – even getting up for a point of his own in the 69th minute. It’s not the first time Daly has sent out a team emboldened to exceed expectations. In the face of a team averaging four goals a championship match in the past year, it was hardly surprising that he opted for the extra defender. John McCaffrey stayed back for most of the match, although Dublin adopted more orthodox patterns in the closing stages when they were actually chasing scores that might have won the match.

The defensive effort was immense. Kelly aside, Niall Corcoran gave Eoin Kelly as hard an afternoon as he’s ever got and Paul Schutte kept John O’Brien scoreless. Joey Boland was back to his best form at centre back and he too hit an inspiring point to level the match in the eighth minute. On either side, Michael Carton made life really uncomfortable for Tipp’s chief hewer of wood and drawer of water Patrick Maher and Shane Durkin played as well as he ever has for the county.

The downside of all of the defensive concentration was that the underpopulated full-forward line was stretched too thinly to be able to capitalise on some of the great, relieving clearances that were launched in the direction of Paul Ryan and Ryan O’Dwyer, whole-heartedly taking on his erstwhile team-mates, and Michael Cahill found himself the happy recipient of a fair bit of uncontested ball. It took Dublin four minutes to cancel out Corbett’s goal. Points from Alan McCrabbe, Liam Rushe and a Paul Ryan free levelled the match and from then on in the game, Dublin posed a major challenge. Rushe and Conor McCormack played centrefield and their youthful energy put Shane McGrath and Gearóid Ryan under severe pressure.

Paul Ryan’s high-yield free taking was once more Dublin’s chief source of scores but he threw in a couple from play to finish with 0-9 and move clear at the top of the scoring charts for 2011 and, on 53 points, apparently safe from the danger of being caught by any of next month’s finalists (although that point is made advisedly in the case of Corbett). Dublin’s attempts to add a goal were unavailing. McCrabbe’s poor cross was smartly intercepted by Pádraic Maher – having another outstanding match at wing back for Tipperary – and Paul Ryan’s optimistic pop at goal instead of taking the point provided an easy stop for Brendan Cummins, who yesterday broke Christy Ring’s championship appearance record of 65.

Before the break, Corbett set up Séamus Callanan for a goal chance but Maguire saved well. Level at half-time, could Dublin maintain the effort and momentum? Unsurprisingly the answer was ‘no’ but they still managed to push the contest all the way until the final bell. Their energies flagged and the crisp, perceptive passing that swiftly built attacking movement in the first half became a bit more ragged and made life harder for the forwards in their contest for the ball.

The primary reason Tipperary held steady and won was the class shown by their top performers. Noel McGrath had been relatively anonymous in the first half but came out after the break to score three points. Eoin Kelly calmly nailed three 65s and a free to keep the scoreboard moving. Twice Dublin levelled again in the second half with Ryan frees but on both occasions Tipperary restored the lead immediately through Noel McGrath and a long-range shot from Pádraic Maher. Dublin adopted a more orthodox line-out as the match entered its final phase. Rushe went into full forward to try and apply his aerial power to grabbing a precious goal but Tipperary have conceded just one in the championship to date and held out again yesterday. There were a couple of late raids on the goal deep in injury-time but by then Dublin trailed by four and Tipp’s lead was inviolable.

TIPPERARY: 1 B Cummins; 2 P Stapleton, 3 P Curran, 4 M Cahill; 5 J O’Keeffe, 6 C O’Mahony, 7 Pádraic Maher (0-2); 8 G Ryan (0-2), 9 S McGrath (0-1); 10 N McGrath (0-3, 0-1 sideline cut), 11 S Callanan (0-1), 12 Patrick Maher; 13 E Kelly (0-6, 0-3 65s, 0-2 frees), 14 J O’Brien, 15 L Corbett (1-3). Subs: 21 B Maher for Callanan (half-time), 17 P Bourke (0-1, free) for Patrick Maher (56 mins), 22 B O’Meara for Ryan (65 mins), 18 S Bourke for Kelly (70 mins), 23 J O’Neill for O’Brien (73 mins). Yellow card: O’Meara (73 mins).

DUBLIN: 1 G Maguire; 2 N Corcoran; 3 P Kelly (0-1), 4 P Schutte; 5 M Carton, 6 J Boland (0-1), 7 S Durkin; 10 C McCormack, 12 L Rushe (0-1); 13 D O’Callaghan (0-1), 14 L Ryan (0-1), 9 A McCrabbe (0-1); 8 J McCaffrey, 11 R O’Dwyer (0-1), 15 P Ryan (0-9, 0-6 frees, 0-1 65). Subs: 20 M O’Brien (0-1) for McCormack (half-time), 22 D Plunkett for McCrabbe (53 mins), 19 S Lambert for Schutte (63 mins), 23 S Ryan (0-1) for L Ryan (66 mins), 17 P Carton for Durkin (73 mins). Yellow card: McCormack (11 mins).

Referee: C McAllister (Cork).

Key moments

3rd minute: Peter Kelly gets to a dropping ball first but fumbles and Lar Corbett flicks it into the net for an ominous start for the outsiders. 1-0/0-0

7th minute: Paul Ryan’s first free of the match levels the scores as Dublin put the bad start behind them. 1-0/0-3

20th minute: Another free from Ryan pushes the lead to three, Dublin’s high point on the scoreboard. 1-3/0-9

33rd minute: Corbett lays off a pass to Séamus Callanan and his goal attempt is saved by Gary Maguire to keep the scores level at the interval. 1-8/0-11

36th minute: Instead of taking his score after a fine break, David O’Callaghan passes to Liam Ryan, who is well-covered by the defence and the chance to regain the lead immediately on the restart is lost. 1-8/0-11

49th minute: Immediately after Paul Ryan’s free has equalised the match for the second time in the second half, Pádraic Maher launches a long-range point to restore Tipperary’s lead, which they never subsequently lose. 1-13/0-15

50th minute: Paul Ryan is denied a 65 when the ball appears to go out off a defender. A point would have levelled the match. 1-13/0-15

73rd minute: Replacement Pa Bourke converts a free to give Tipperary a four-point lead and make redundant Dublin’s goal attempts in the dying seconds. 1-19/0-18


Corbett goal guides Tipp into third successive final

From the web site

Sunday, August 14, 2011

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final

Tipperary 1-19 Dublin 0-18

Tipperary are through to a third successive All-Ireland final for the first time since the early 1960s following a four-point win over Dublin at Croke Park on Sunday. Lar Corbett’s goal after three minutes proved crucial in the end, Tipperary’s leading all-time Championship goal scorer grabbing the 26th of his career after confusion in the Dublin defence. Corbett, the Hurler of the Year, plundered 1-3 in total from very limited possession, as Dublin cleverly cut off the supply of quick ball that the Tipperary full-forward line has thrived on this year. Having clearly learned from Tipperary’s massacre of Waterford in the Munster final, Dublin manager Anthony Daly moved both Johnny McCaffrey and Liam Rushe into the half-back line to provide extra cover. Corbett’s early goal aside, the ploy worked a treat with Dublin defending heroically at times to keep the reigning All-Ireland champions at bay.

However, Dublin’s scoring statistics at the end told a familiar story; Paul Ryan, who moved clear at the top of the Championship scoring charts, scored exactly half their total. No other Dublin player hit more than a single point. While Corbett did the damage for Tipp in the first half, Eoin Kelly and Noel McGrath lent a helping hand at crucial stages in the second half, McGrath landing a particularly important sideline cut to give his side a three-point cushion going into the last five minutes. Daly asked that his players have no regrets after the game and it is hard to pick holes in their performance, for they emptied everything they had on the pitch, more than matching Tipperary physically, but they might have been short that little bit of extra class and experience in the second half. After the early setback, Dublin hit a rich seam of form, with a six-point haul from Paul Ryan helping them to parity at the break, 0-11 to 1-8.

Three successive points on the resumption of play put Tipperary in the driving seat, but again Dublin came back, drawing level in the 46th minute thanks to two more frees from Paul Ryan. Tipperary eased ahead with scores from Pádraic Maher and Eoin Kelly and they would not relinquish that lead in the final quarter, as they showed all their experience to claim an All-Ireland final place against Kilkenny on September 4. Inevitably, Dublin’s intensity flagged in the second half, and as mistakes crept into their game, Tipperary kept their nerve and calmly picked off their scores in the closing stages.

Although Dublin full-back Peter Kelly ensured a frantic finish with a point that reduced the gap to three in the final minute of normal time, Pa Bourke landed a free to secure the win in the second minute of added time. Just three minutes in, Dublin’s plans were in tatters when Corbett pounced for a goal. Shane McGrath played a low ball into the full-forward line and Corbett snuck in between his marker, Kelly, and goalkeeper Gary Maguire to prod the ball home. It was a desperate blow for Daly’s side, but they responded strongly, three points in as many minutes levelling the game by the seventh minute. Alan McCrabbe and Rushe pointed from play and Ryan opened his account with a free. Dublin led for the first time in the game n the 16th minute when Ryan hit his third of the afternoon. The Ballyboden St Enda’s man had a superb first half and he turned provider for David O’Callaghan, fielding a high ball and flicking a pass to his team-mate. When Ryan hit yet another score from a free, Dublin were 0-9 to 1-3 ahead.

But Tipperary’s attacking threat was always bubbling and Corbett would plunder another three points from play by the end of the half to add to his early goal. Gearóid Ryan, Seamus Callanan and Shane McGrath lent a hand in the scoring stakes, Ryan levelling matters at 0-11 to 1-8 on the half hour mark, which was the last score of the half. Both sides had goal chances before the break. Ryan shot straight at Brendan Cummins – who was appearing a record-breaking 66th time in the Championship for his county – when he probably should have popped the sliotar over the bar to give the Dubs the edge at the break.

Tipp’s chance was even better. Conor McCormack dallied in possession and was stripped of the ball and Corbett unselfishly fed Callanan, whose low shot was well saved by Gary Maguire, the Dublin goalkeeper. Having established an early lead with the first three points of the second half, Dublin hit back before Tipperary manager Declan Ryan brought on Brendan Maher and Pa Bourke to freshen up his attack. How Daly would loved to have been able to call on the likes of Conal Keaney and David Treacy in the closing stages. As Tipperary pulled away in the final quarter, one could only wonder if the Dubs would have closed that gap in class had it not been for the crippling number of injuries they have suffered this year. In the end, Tipperary fully deserved the win, but they will be massively relieved to pass such a searching test against a team that appear well placed to challenge the Tipperary-Kilkenny duopoly of recent times. For now, though, the two best teams in the country will meet for the third year in a row on the first Sunday in August.

Tipperary Scorers: L Corbett 1-3, E Kelly 0-6 (0-3f, 0-2 65), N McGrath 0-3 (0-1 sl), Pádraic Maher 0-2, Gearóid Ryan 0-2, S Callanan 0-1, S McGrath 0-1, P Bourke 0-1 (0-1f).

Dublin Scorers: P Ryan 0-9 (0-6f, 0-1 65), D O’Callaghan, L Ryan, L Rushe, R O’Dwyer, A McCrabbe, J Boland, P Kelly, M O’Brien, S Ryan (all 0-1).

Tipperary: B Cummins, P Stapleton, P Curran, M Cahill; J O’Keeffe, C O’Mahony, P Maher; G Ryan, S McGrath; N McGrath, S Callanan, P Maher; E Kelly, J O’Brien, L Corbett. Subs: B Maher for S Callanan (HT), T Stapleton for P Stapleton (45-46), P Bourke for Patrick Maher (56), B O’Meara for G Ryan (65), S Bourke for E Kelly (70), J O’Neill for J O’Brien (72).

Dublin: G Maguire; N Corcoran, P Kelly, P Schutte; M Carton, J Boland, S Durkin; A McCrabbe, J McCaffrey; C McCormack, R O’Dwyer, L Rushe; D O’Callaghan, L Ryan, P Ryan. Subs: M O’Brien for C McCormack (HT), D Plunkett for McCrabbe (53), S Lamber for Durkin (53-56), S Lambert for Schutte (63), S Ryan for L Ryan (65), P Carton for Durkin (72).

Referee: Cathal McAllister (Corcaigh)

Attendance: 43,563

Team News

The Tipperary senior hurling team to play Dublin in All Ireland senior hurling semi-final next Sunday has no changes in personnel from the team which started the Munster SH final against Waterford. There is one positional switch with Noel McGrath at number 10 and Seamus Callanan at number 11.

The team is:

1. Brendan Cummins (Ballybacon-Grange)

2. Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh)

3. Paul Curran (Mullinahone)

4. Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)

5. John O’Keeffe (Clonoulty Rossmore)

6. Conor O’Mahony (Newport)

7. Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

8. Gearóid Ryan (Templederry Kenyons)

9. Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch)

10. Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)

11. Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch)

12. Patrick Maher (Lorrha & Dorrha)

13. Eoin Kelly (Mullinahone) Captain

14. John O’Brien (Toomevara)

15. Lar Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields)

Dublin (SHC v Tipperary) – Gary Maguire; Niall Corcoran, Peter Kelly, Paul Schutte; Michael Carton, Joey Boland, Shane Durkin; Alan McCrabbe, Johnny McCaffrey; Conor McCormack, Ryan O’Dwyer, Liam Rushe; David O’Callaghan, Liam Ryan, Paul Ryan.

Fixture Details

14.08.2011 (Sun)

GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Semi Final

Páirc an Chrócaigh 3.30pm

Áth Cliath v Tiobraid Árann

Referee: Cathal McAllister (Corcaigh)

Match Coverage

This game will be shown live on RTE2


Press Pack – Tipperary Senior Hurling – 2011 All Ireland SH Championship Semi-Final

Tipperary V Dublin

In Croke Park on Sunday, August 14 2011 at 3.30pm

Team Announcement

The team will be announced by email and local radio no later than 9pm on Thursday August 11th. If selection is ready by Tuesday, August 9th, it will be announced that night. It will be posted on the Tipperary GAA website shortly after it is announced.

Player Profiles

A full list of player profiles can be found on the Tipperary GAA web site – click on the following link to view this information – For previous inter-county results involving Tipperary and Tipperary teams not mentioned in this press pack, please visit the Tipperary GAA Archives web site –

New Players on panel for 2011:

Shane Bourke (JK Brackens) – forward John Coghlan (Moyne Templetuohy) – defender Michael Gleeson (Thurles Sarsfields) – midfielder Stephen Lillis (Thurles Sarsfields) – defender Paddy Murphy (Nenagh Éire Óg) – forward John O’Keeffe (Clonoulty Rossmore) – defender John O’Neill (Clonoulty Rossmore) – forward Thomas Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons) – defender

Injured Players

Seamus Hennessy (Kilruane MacDonaghs) has an inflamed left knee and will be unavailable for selection.  At time of going to print, all other players are available for selection.

Management Profiles

Declan Ryan (Clonoulty Rossmore), Tommy Dunne (Toomevara) and Michael Gleeson (Thurles Sarsfields) are in their first season in charge of the Tipperary Senior Hurling team.

Declan Ryan was Manager of the Tipperary minor hurling team in 2007 when they won the All Irleand title. Tommy Dunne was coach and Michael Gleeson was a selector. Tommy Dunne was coach to the Tipperary U-21 team which won last year’s All Ireland title and was also Manager of the Toomevara senior hurling team last year. Michael Gleeson managed Thurles Sarsfields to victory in the Tipperary senior hurling championship in 2009 and 2010 and has also managed Thurles Sarsfields minor teams to win county titles in both hurling and football.

Declan Ryan won three All Ireland senior hurling medals with Tipperary in 1989, 1991 and 2001. He played 41 championship games for Tipperary between 1988 and 2001, scoring 9-64 in 26 wins, 4 draws and 11 defeats. He represented Tipperary at minor and under 21 levels and captained the under 21 team to win Munster and All Ireland titles in 1989. He also won 4 National Hurling League medals, 5 Munster senior hurling championship medals, 2 All Star awards and 2 county senior hurling championship medals with his club, Clonoulty Rossmore, in 1989 and 1997.

Tommy Dunne captained Tipperary to win the All Ireland senior hurling title in 2001 and was named Hurler of the Year in 2001. He played 44 championship games for Tipperary between 1993 and 2005, scoring 6-109 in 24 wins, 4 draws and 16 defeats. He won an All Ireland under 21 hurling medal in 1995 and also represented Tipperary at minor in 1991 and 1992. He won 10 Tipperary county senior hurling championships with his club, Toomevara, including 2 as captain and 3 Munster club championship medals. He also won 3 National Hurling League medals, 2 as captain, 2 Munster senior hurling championship medals, a Munster minor championship medal and 3 All Star awards.

Michael Gleeson played senior hurling for Tipperary against Clare in the 1977 Munster senior hurling championship. He also played in the 1975/76 and 76/77 National Hurling Leagues. He played senior hurling with Thurles Sarsfields for 10 years between 1974 and 1983, winning a county championship medal in 1974 and 3 Mid Division senior hurling medals. He began his career in team management with the Durlas Óg club in Thurles and has made a major contribution to the recent revival in the fortunes of Thurles Sarsfields at underage and adult level.


Dr. Cian O’Neill from the Moorefield Club in Kildare and a lecturer and course director in Sports Science in University of Limerick (UL) is in his fourth year as the team trainer. He has extensive experience training and coaching club, colleges and inter-county teams including the Limerick senior footballers and Kildare minor footballers.

Tipperary’s Previous Championship Games 2011

Tipperary 7-19 Waterford 0-19 Munster SHC Final Páirc Uí Chaoimh 10/7/11

Tipperary: B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, M Cahill; J O’Keeffe, C O’Mahony, P Maher; G Ryan, S McGrath; S Callanan, N McGrath, P Maher; E Kelly (capt), J O’Brien, L Corbett.

Subs: B Maher for O’Keeffe (35+1 mins-half-time, blood sub), P Bourke for Callanan (50), B Dunne for Ryan (54), S Bourke for N McGrath (61), B Maher for Padraic Maher (63), D Gleeson for Cummins (64).

Scorers: L Corbett 4-4, E Kelly 2-6 (0-3f), S Callanan 1-0, J O’Brien 0-3, N McGrath (0-1sl), P Bourke 0-2 each, G Ryan, S Bourke 0-1 each

Tipperary 4-19 Clare 1-19 Munster SHC S/f Páirc na nGael Limerick 19/6/11

Tipperary: B Cummins; J O’Keeffe , P Curran , M Cahill ; D Young , C O’Mahony, Padraic Maher ; G Ryan , S McGrath ; S Callanan , N McGrath , Patrick Maher ; E Kelly , J O’Brien , L Corbett.

Subs: S Lillis for Young (h-t), P Stapleton for O’Keeffe (h-t), P Bourke for O’Brien, J Woodlock for Ryan (62), J Coghlan for Curran (70).

Scorers: S Callanan 1-5, E Kelly 1-3 (2f), N McGrath 0-3, Patrick Maher, L Corbett 1-0 each, Padraic Maher, G Ryan, S McGrath, P Bourke all 0-2 each.

Tipperary 3-22 Cork 0-23 Munster SHC Q/f Semple Stadium 29/5/11

Tipperary: B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, M Cahill; D Young, Pádraic Maher, J O’Keeffe; G Ryan, S McGrath; S Callanan, N McGrath, Patrick Maher; E Kelly, J O’Brien, L Corbett.

Subs: J Woodlock for S McGrath ’40, C O’Mahony for Young ’59, B Dunne for O’Brien ’62, P Bourke for Ryan ’66.

Scorers: E Kelly 1-07 (0-5f), L Corbett 1-2, S Callanan 0-5, N McGrath 0-4 (0-2 sl), B Dunne 1-0, J O’Brien 0-2, Patrick Maher 0-1, J Woodlock 0-1.

Championship scorers 2011: E Kelly 4-16; L Corbett 6-6; S Callanan 2-10; N McGrath 0-9; J O’Brien 0-5; Patrick Maher 1-1; P Bourke 0-4; B Dunne 1-0; G Ryan 0-3; Padraic Maher 0-2; S McGrath 0-2; S Bourke 0-1; J Woodlock 0-1;

13 players in total have scored.

Championship debutants 2011: John O’Keeffe (v Cork on starting 15), John Coghlan, Stephen Lillis (both v Clare as subs), Shane Bourke (v Waterford as sub)

Clubs 2011

There are 31 players on Tipperary’s training panel at present representing 18 clubs. Thurles Sarsfields, county champions in 2009 and 2010, have most representatives with 6, followed by Toomevara with 3 and Borris-Ileigh, Clonoulty Rossmore, Drom and Inch, Kilruane MacDonaghs, Mullinahone and Templederry Kenyons with 2 each. 10 clubs have 1 representative each – Ballinahinch, Ballybacon Grange, JK Brackens, Killenaule, Lorrha and Dorrha, Loughmore Castleiney, Moyne Templetuohy, Nenagh Éire Óg, Newport and Portroe.

Allianz Hurling League 2011


Saturday February 12th at Semple Stadium                       Kilkenny 1-17    Tipperary 1-10

Saturday February 19th at Croke Park                              Dublin 1-16        Tipperary 1-15

Saturday March 5th at Semple Stadium                             Tipperary 1-20   Waterford 0-18

Sunday March 13th at MacDonagh Park, Nenagh    Tipperary 1-20   Offaly 1-10

Sunday March 27th at Pairc Ui Chaoimh                            Tipperary 1-14   Cork 1-14

Sunday April 3rd at Pearse Stadium, Galway                     Tipperary 4-22   Galway 1-14

Sunday April 17th at Semple Stadium                               Tipperary 0-17   Wexford 1-14


35 players lined out for Tipperary during the 7 matches compared with 32 in 2009.


22 players scored during the AHL led by Pa Bourke (0-42) and followed by Shane Bourke (3-7), Noel McGrath (0-14), Gearoid Ryan (2-5), Benny Dunne (1-7) and John O’Brien (1-6).

League Debuts

10 players made their Allianz League debuts during this year’s campaign – Shane Bourke, Sean Carey, John Coghlan, Eddie Connolly, Paddy Fanning, Michael Gleeson, Paddy Murphy, John O’Keeffe, Brian O’Meara and John O’Neill.

Tipperary V Dublin: Previous Championship Meetings

Played 8, Tipperary won 6, Dublin won 1 and 1 draw:

Date      Venue   Stage    Result   Referee

July 7th 2007     Parnell Park      Qualifier            Tipperary 1-20

Dublin 1-11        Dominic Connolly



September 3rd 1961       Croke Park        All Ireland Final Tipperary 0-16

Dublin 1-12        Gerry Fitzgerald (Limerick)


September 7th 1930       Croke Park        All Ireland Final             Tipperary 2-7

Dublin 1-3         Stephen Jordan (Galway)


October 28th 1917          Croke Park        All Ireland Final             Dublin 5-4 Tipperary 4-2 Willie Walsh



June 27th 1909 Athy      1908 All Ireland Final replay       Tipperary 3-15

Dublin 1-5         J. McCarthy (Cork)


April 25th 1909  Jones Road        1908 All Ireland Final     Tipperary 2-5

Dublin 1-8 (Draw)

Tom Irwin (Cork)

October 27th 1907          Kilkenny            1906 All-Ireland Final     Tipperary 3-16

Dublin 3-8         Tom Irwin (Cork)



March 27th 1898            Jones Road        1896 All-Ireland Final     Tipperary 8-14

Dublin 0-4

Dan Woods (Dublin)

Tipperary Captains

1896 – Michael Maher; 1906 and 1908 – Tom Semple;  1917 – Johnny Leahy; 1930 – JJ Callanan; 1961 – Matt Hassett; 2007 – Francis Devanney

Tipperary Team v Dublin 7/7/2007 Qualifier Group B,  Round 2

G Kennedy; E Buckley, D Fanning, P Curran (S McGrath (60) (0-1) ); E Corcoran, C O’Mahony, S Maher; H Maloney, B Dunne (0-1); F Devanney (0-1), R O’Dwyer, L Corbett (1-1) (L Cahill (65)); S Butler (0-2), E Kelly (0-3) (D Egan (25) (0-1)), W Ryan (0-10).

Tipperary in All Ireland Hurling Semi-Finals

Tipperary have played in 30 All Ireland Hurling semi finals, winning 24 and losing 6. The details are:


2010     Tipperary 3-19   Waterford 1-18

2009     Tipperary 6-19   Limerick 2-7

2001     Tipperary 3-12   Wexford  0-10  (Replay)

Tipperary 1-16  Wexford 3-10    (Draw)

1997     Tipperary 2-16   Wexford 0-15

1991     Tipperary 3-13  Galway 1-9

1989     Tipperary 1-17   Galway 2-11

1988     Tipperary 3-15   Antrim 2-10

1971     Tipperary 3-26   Galway 6-8

1958     Tipperary 1-13   Kilkenny 1-8

1950     Tipperary 4-7     Galway 2-6

1949     Tipperary 6-18   Antrim 1-4

1945     Tipperary 5-9     Antrim 1-6

1930     Tipperary 6-8     Galway 2-4

1925     Tipperary 12-9   Antrim 2-3

1922     Tipperary 3-2     Galway 1-3

1916     Tipperary (Boherlahan) 8-1         Galway 0-0 (Galway conceded at half time)

1913     Tipperary (Toomevara) 10-0       Roscommon 0-1

1909     Tipperary (Thurles) 6-7              Galway 5-7

1908     Tipperary (Thurles) 5-15             Galway 1-0

1906     Tipperary (Thurles) 7-14             Galway 0-2

1900     Tipperary (Two Mile Borris) 1-11 Kilkenny 1-8

1898     Tipperary (Tubberadora) 3-14     Galway1-3

1896     Tipperary (Tubberadora) 7-11     Galway 0-4

1887     Tipperary (Thurles) 4-7              Kilkenny 0-0


2008     Waterford 1-20 Tipperary 1-18

2003     Kilkenny 3-18    Tipperary 0-15

2002     Kilkenny 1-20    Tipperary 1-16

1993     Galway 1-16      Tipperary 1-14

1987     Galway 3-20      Tipperary 2-17

1924     Galway 3-1        Tipperary 2-3


Top Scorers

Lar Corbett is Tipp’s top goal scorer of all times with 25 goals. He is followed by Eoin Kelly with 21. Kelly has scored a total of 21-342 for Tipperary while Corbett has scored 25-64. The next highest scoring totals among the present panel are by Seamus Callanan (8-32); Benny Dunne (5-30); Noel McGrath (2-38); and John O’Brien (2-35).

Championship Appearances

Brendan Cummins equalled Christy Ring’s championship appearances record of 65 in the Munster final. The top ten championship appearance numbers on the Tipperary panel are completed by Eoin Kelly (52); Lar Corbett (46); Benny Dunne (38); Paul Curran (36); Conor O’Mahony (31); Shane McGrath (27); John O’Brien (25); Seamus Callanan (17) and Padraic Maher, Noel McGrath and Paddy Stapleton (all on 14).

Dublin and Tipp Connections

The connections between Dublin and Tipperary hurling are many and varied. 4 of the links between the current Dublin panel / management and Tipperary are:

1) Ryan O’Dwyer is from Cashel;

2) Declan O’Dwyer’s father, Francis, is from Clonoulty Rossmore and is a former committee member of the Tipperary Supporters Club, the fund raising and support group for Tipperary hurling founded by Michael “Babs” Keating in 1986.

3) Shane Ryan’s father Jack is from Moneygall, his paternal grandfather was the late Seamus Ó Riain who served as President of the GAA and his maternal grandfather was the late Sean Ó Siocháin who served as Director General of the GAA for many years. Shane’s uncle, Eugene Ryan, is currently Secretary of the North Tipperary GAA Board.

4) Dublin selector, Richard Stakelum is from Borrisoleigh and has previous experience leading teams out of hurling famines – he captained Tipperary to victory in the Munster SH Championship final replay at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney in 1987, Tipp’s first title since 1971.

Captain from Dublin

Declan Carr of Holycross Ballycahill, who captained Tipperary to win the 1991 All Ireland SHC title nad later managed the Tipp under 21 hurling team, was born in Dublin and lived there until his mid-teens. His brother Tommy is a former captain and manager of the Dublin senior football team and has also managed the Roscommon and Cavan senior football teams.

Resident in Dublin

There was a time not so long ago when there were always at least 4 Tipperary players living in Dublin – now there is only Michael Gleeson there full-time with Noel McGrath there during the academic year when he is studying at UCD.

Two former Tipperary managers, Michael “Babs” Keating and Nicky English, who between them have managed Tipperary for 14 of the last 25 years, both reside in Dublin. Current Tipp selector, Michael Gleeson, also resided in Dublin for many years before returning to his native Thurles.

Alone all alone

When Dublin lost to Tipperary in the 1961 All Ireland Final, Premier man Paddy Croke from Killenaule, who lined out at full forward,  was the only non native on the Dublin team, which was captained by full back, Noel Drumgoole, and powered by St. Vincent’s and Crumlin players.

Record attendance

The championship attendance record for meetings between Tipperary and Dublin is 67,866, which was set at the All Ireland Final meeting at Croke Park on September 3 1961.

Popping them over

Jimmy Doyle, who played with the help of  pain killing injections for his ankle injury, was Tipperary’s top scorer in the 60 minute 1961 All Ireland final with a return of 0-9 , 7 from frees. He retired with about six minutes to play, at which stage Tipp led by 0-16 to 1-11. Achill Boothman added a Dublin point but the equaliser remained elusive, with Larry Shannon’s late angled free going narrowly wide. Jimmy’s scoring return was overtaken by Willie Ryan in the 2007 Qualifier meeting at Parnell Park. The Toomevara man struck 10 points, including 6 frees, for the winners in a nine point victory.

Mighty men

Spotted sitting near each other, at this year’s All Ireland Quarter Finals, in Semple Stadium were two survivors from that 1961 encounter. Jimmy Grey was Dublin’s goalkeeper and he kept a clean sheet on the day – a significant performance against the best forward line of that era. His early save from ‘Mackey’ Mc Kenna, when he deflected a goal bound shot over the bar, for the opening score of the game is often recalled. Michael Maher was full back for Tipperary and despite the ‘kitchen heat’, Willie Jackson got through for the only goal of the game, early in the second half. When you consider that Dublin scored 7-5 against defending Leinster and All Ireland Champions, Wexford, who had beaten Tipp by 10 points in the 1960 Final, it was a good day’s work. Both men are still enjoying the games and no doubt will be present on August 14 to support their successors. Both of course also went onto to make significant contributions to the GAA at administrative level.

Toss of a coin

Trivia fans might like to know that Dublin won the toss before the 1961 All Ireland Final and with no breeze to consider, Noel Drumgoole decided to defend the Railway/Hill 16 end in the first half. Tipperary led by 0-10 to 0-6 at the break. It would have been somewhat different, only for Donal O’ Brien’s two excellent saves of shots from Willie Jackson and Bernie Boothman.

Early finish

In the 45th minute of the 1961 Final, the referee sent Dublin’s Lar Foley and Tipperary’s Tom Ryan to the line. Many revisionists say that Dublin would have won if Foley had finished the game, but we must remember that Ryan was a splendid hurler and he provided the scoring pass for John ‘Mackey’ Mc Kenna’s crucial goal in Tipp’s win over Wexford a year later. The disallowed Tipp goal in the 61 final, following a goalmouth melee just before half time would probably have clinched the game, if it had been given.

Easy win

The 1896 Final meeting at Jones Road on 27/3/1898 saw an extremely large and enthusiastic gathering of spectators. One newspaper report noted that the game turned out as expected and was a ‘one horse affair’. Michael Maher won the toss for Tipperary and he put Dublin facing a piercing North East breeze. Tipp scored a goal in the first minute, held Dublin scoreless for twenty, led at half time by 4-6 to 0-1 and despite the losers ‘’playing all they knew, they were never in the running’’. Tipperary’s 34 point win is the record championship winning margin between the counties.

Life in Athy

The Athy club history advises that their pitch was rented in 1905 from the South Kildare Agricultural Society. The venue was among the first in Leinster to be fenced and the 1908 All Ireland Final replay there was ‘played in splendid conditions’. The attendance of 6,000 to 7,000 spectators was boosted by special trains, which carried 1,500 people from Kingsbridge (now Heuston Station). Tipperary started as ‘warm favourites’, but the first half was ‘well contested with some splendid hurling’ according to The Irish Independent report. Tipp led at half time by 1-5 (Hugh Shelly scored the goal) to 1-1 and took control early in the second half. Two goals by Anthony Carew pushed Tipp clear and despite a break, when the ball was lost after a Tipp point, the game finished with a point from the winning captain, Tom Semple.  Tipp won by 16 points, which was hard to believe, after the teams had drawn two months earlier.

On May 15 this year, that occasion was celebrated in Athy, with a Tournament game, between the two counties. The score was- Tipperary 3-20 Dublin  0-26  .That Dublin performance impressed Tipp people more that night than it had in their Allianz NHL win at Croke Park on February 19.

One loss

Dublin have only beaten Tipperary once in championship hurling and that was when they dethroned the Premier County in the 1917 All Ireland Final, which was played at Croke park on October 27. A contemporary report noted that it was a fine day of sunshine, a good ground and a sympathetic (to Dublin) crowd of 12,000approx. Collegians had the Dublin selection and they augmented their line up with ‘several seasoned hurlers from Southern counties, who qualified by their residence in the capital’.

Dublin got off to a great start and led by 2-2 to nil before Tipp goals from Hugh Shelly and Jer ‘Darby’ Collison got them to half time 2-2 to 2-0. Bob Mockler who had been involved with previous Tipperary teams, was in great form for Dublin . Tipp got two second half goals per Willie O’ Dwyer and Mick Leahy, but Dublin got three- Bob Mockler, Brendan Considine and Joe Phelan –his second. Considine had come on as an early substitute for the injured Hugh Burke and his goal – doubling on a chest high pass from Frank Burke – was among the best seen in a Final up to then.

Afterwards, the winning captain Dr. John M Ryan was carried shoulder high to the pavilion, where cheering was long continued by Dublin supporters. Tipperary had players from Boherlahan, Thurles, Killenaule, Toomevara, Moneygall and Two Mile Borris, while Dublin was represented mainly, by players, from Collegians, Faughs, Rapparees and Commercials.

The referee, Waterford’s Willie Walsh, ‘was most painstaking and got through his task with satisfaction to all’.

Fantasy clash

How would Tipperary’s Lar Corbett have fared against Dublin’s Lar Foley, if the decades hadn’t separated them? Styles would have been different for a start and it would be hard to imagine the St Vincent’s man moving from the full back line, as the Tipp man roved the pitch. Lar Foley was one of Dublin’s best ever dual players and while he won Senior Football All Ireland honours in 1958 and 1963, his one shot at hurling glory ended disappointingly, in 1961. In a Hogan Stand interview (20/3/2002) the Dublin great opined – ‘why does everyone have to keep asking me about that one after all the things I’ve won ? That was a brilliant Tipperary team if you look through the team sheet; we played against some of those lads for years after that in Railway cup and we managed to beat them twice ,which we felt was quite an achievement’.

Three two

Ryan O’ Dwyer’s impressive 3-2 scoring return, against Limerick, has been mentioned regularly in the build up to the semi final, but Tipp people also recall that Dublin’s David Tracey bagged  a similar score against them in the NHL game at Semple Stadium on March 29th 2009.

Déjà vu

When Dublin beat Tipperary in the 1917 All Ireland Final they had a strong Munster input, with Clare Tipperary and Limerick natives notably involved. In 2011 they have, inter alia, influences from the same counties.

The brothers

In the 1917 All Ireland Final, two Toomevara brothers played on opposing sides. Stephen Hackett lined out for Tipperary ,while  Martin played for Dublin. There were four Tipp men on that Dublin team –Jim Cleary, Frank Burke and Bob Mockler were the others. Jimmy Murphy (Horse & Jockey) who was then living in Dublin, declined to play with the City men, but his loss to the Tipp attack was significant. It was interesting to note that Collegians (UCD, Veterinary College, St Patrick’s Training College, St. Enda’s Training College) had the  team selection, but there wasn’t one Dublin native on the winning team. The winning team comprised  of 4 from Tipp, 3 each from Cork , Limerick , 2 from Clare, 1 each from Kilkenny, Laois & Kildare.

Fifty years ago: All Ireland Final 1961

Tipperary – Donal O’ Brien, Matt Hassett (Capt), Mick Maher, Kieran Carey, Mick Burns, Tony Wall, John Doyle, Matt O’ Gara (0-2), Theo English, Jimmy Doyle (0-9),Liam Devaney, Donie Nealon (0-3), John ‘Mackey’Mc Kenna (0-1), Billy Moloughney, Tom McLoughney (0-1). Subs, Tom Ryan ( K) for J Mc Kenna, John Hough for Matt O’ Gara (injured), Sean Mc Loughlin for Tony Wall (injured).

Dublin—Jimmy Grey, Des Ferguson, Noel Drumgoole (Capt), Lar Foley, Liam Ferguson, Christy Hayes, Shay Lynch, Des Foley (0-1), Fran Whelan, Achill Boothman (0-5), Mick Bohan, Larry Shannon (0-3), Bernie Boothman (0-1), Paddy Croke, Willie Jackson (1-2). Sub. E Malone for M Bohan.

The Howard Connection

Liz Howard, PRO of Tipperary County Board for over 20 years, former President of the Camogie Association and former Tipperary Person of the Year, is a long-time Dublin resident. Her Dublin connections do not stop there.  Her father, the noted hurler, Garrett Howard, won All Ireland SHC medals with both Dublin and his native Limerick. He served as a Garda in Tipperary for many years and played club hurling with Toomevara.

William Maher – selector with both counties

William Maher of Ballingarry, who captained Tipperary to the All Ireland minor title in 1996 and is currently a Tipperary under 21 hurling selector, is a former Dublin minor hurling selector.

1952 Captain

Jim Prior, a native of Borrisoleigh, captained Dublin in the 1952 All Ireland SHC Final which they lost to Cork.

Next game

The winners of the Tipperary v Dublin game will play in the All Ireland Final at Croke Park on September 4th.  The losers will be out of the championship.

Feel free to use any of this information as appropriate.

Ger Ryan

PRO, Tipperary County Board


All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Dublin 6-19 Waterford 5-13

Dublin Minors through to first final since 1983

Report from the web site

Sunday, August 14, 2011

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor Championship Semi-Final

Dublin 6-19 Waterford 5-13

Four goals from Cormac Costello helped Dublin overcome Waterford in a thrilling GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor Championship semi-final. Goals were the order of the game with no fewer than 11 scored over the course of the game, with four coming for the Dubs in the first half. This game was over as a contest before the break. The four goals that had passed Paddy Cooke in the Waterford goal killed the game as a contest and all the Déise could do was try and make the score respectable in the second half. Ciarán Kilkenny rattled in the first goal as early as the fourth minute, Castleknock man scuffing his effort into the back of the net after a long solo run.

The Déise responded well and scored four points on the bounce, the best coming from Cathal Curran which levelled the game with 10 minutes gone on the clock. It looked like Liam O’Connor’s Waterford would push on from there but that failed to materialise. Costello opened his goal-scoring account with quarter of an hour gone. Some fine work by Emmet Ó Conghaile left Costello in yards of space to finish with ease. The Dubs pushed on then scoring seven points and there looked to be only one winner.

The men from the capital did not stop there and two more goals before the interval looked to have finished off any chance of Waterford making a comeback. Paul Winters stepped up with Dublin’s third, and their fourth came on the stroke of half time. Costello caused all sorts of confusion in the goal area after a long ball was fired in by Kilkenny. The ball was not dealt with by the Waterford defenders and Costello helped the ball into the back of the net, leaving the scores at 4-12 to 0-7 at half time. Waterford registered the first point of the second half through corner back Jamie Barron but further damage was caused five minutes after the restart by the Dublin forwards. Costello was on hand to score his third goal of the game and show the Dubs were the team in control.

Points from Stephen Bennett, Jake Dillon and Gavin O’Brien helped narrow the gap but thanks to three goals in a 10-minute spell, it looked like there could be a comeback on. Substitute Cormac Heffernan, on 41 minutes, gave the Déise a glimmer of hope and six minutes later they had a second goal from another sub, Adam O’Sullivan. O’Brien was next up for Waterford with the pick of the bunch as his strike sailed past Cormac Ryan in the Dublin goal and nestled into the top corner. Dublin turned on the style again and Costello was on hand to hit a fourth goal in the 44th minute to end any hopes of Waterford fight back. Heffernan was in the thick of things for the Déise as he was brought down in the Dublin area and Bennett stepped up to fire home the penalty but the damage was already done at that stage.

Shay Boland’s Dubs responded well and three points from Kilkenny and a point piece from Aodhán Clabby and Brian McCarthy made sure of the victory. A fluke goal from Waterford took the one-sided the look off the score line a little but there was no doubt Dublin were going on to face Galway in the final.

Dublin Scorers: C Costello 4-2, C Kilkenny 1-6 (0-1f), P Winters 1-3 (0-2f), A Clabby 0-3, E Ó Conghaile 0-1, C Cronin 0-1, G Whelan 0-1, J Desmond 0-1, M McCaffrey 0-1, B McCarthy 0-1.

Waterford Scorers: G O’Brien 1-3, S Bennett 1-1, P O’Keeffe 1-1, C Heffernan 1-0, A O’Sullivan 1-0, D Breathnach 0-3, J Dillion 0-2 (0-1f), C Curran 0-1, J Barron 0-1, C Chester 0-1.

Dublin: C Ryan; E Lowndes, C O’Callaghan, S McClelland; C Crummy, J Desmond, M McCaffrey; G Whelan, C Cronin; C Kilkenny, C McHugh, E ÓConghaile; C Costello, A Clabby, P Winters. Subs: O’Rorke for Winters (44), B McCarthy for McHugh (47), D Gormley for Cronin (59).

Waterford: P Cooke; J Barron, D Ahern, C Wlash; I Kenny, D Foley, J Power; S McNulty, R Barry; J Dillon, G O’Brien, D Breathnach; P O’Keeffe, S Bennett, C Curran. Subs: D O’Brien for P O’Keeffe (HT), A O’Sullivan for D Breathnach (37), C Chester for C Curran (37).

Referee: Garrett Duffy (Aontroim)

All-Ireland Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Clare 2-18 Galway 2-9

Clare battle back after terrible start

Clare 2-18 Galway 2-9

By Gerry Quinn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, August 15, 2011

A SPIRITED Clare bounced back from a horror start to win Saturday’s exciting All-Ireland IHC semi-final at Cusack Park, Ennis. The outcome appeared sealed inside two minutes by which time Brian Murphy and Kevin Keehan had plundered Galway goals. However, Clare kept their cool and were rewarded in the 4th minute when Pádraig Hickey netted for the hosts. After the thundering start the game then settled as both sides reeled off points with Galway maintaining a narrow lead at the break (2-7 to 1-7).

Clare veteran Niall Gilligan narrowed the gap on the restart before Joe O’Leary (‘65) and a Keehan free in the 38th minute had Galway four clear. Remarkably, it was to be their last score as they capitulated to a hungrier home outfit. Gilligan was in fine form and a haul of 1-4 from play by Hickey secured him the man of the match award. Clare hit 1-8 without reply with substitute Joe O’Connor netting deep in injury-time.

Clare manager Kevin Kennedy never doubted his side despite the concession of those early goals: “We didn’t panic and we haven’t panicked all year. It was a small bit of a worry but we settled down. The boys (Ronan Keane and Shane Golden) got on top in midfield while ‘Gilly’ came out to centre-forward and we started getting on top.”

Scorers for Clare: N Gilligan (0-8) 4 f’s, 2 ‘65’s, P Hickey (1-4), J O’Connor (1-0), T Carmody (0-2), M Duggan, S Golden, R Keane, K Dilleen (0-1).

Scorers for Galway: K Keehan (1-6) 0-4 f’s, B Murphy (1-2), J O’Leary (0-1) ‘65.

CLARE: A Fahy, M Earley, P Kelly, A Brigdale, K Moynihan, M Hawes, J Fennessy, R Keane, S Golden, M Duggan, T Carmody, K Dilleen, D O’Rourke, N Gilligan, P Hickey.

Subs: J O’Connor for O’Rourke (39).

GALWAY: K O’Grady, A Leech, D McClearn, P Holland, J O’Leary, D Hayes, B Mahoney, K Brady, N Callanan, F Healy, K Kilkenny, E Concannon, C Kavanagh, K Keehan, B Murphy.

Subs: J Cooney for Concannon (22), B Hanley for Kavanagh (27), K Burke for Callanan (33), M Corcoran for Hanley (49), R Gantley for Kilkenny (56).

Referee: T Carroll (Offaly)

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC quarter-final – Kerry 3-11 Mayo 0-10

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC quarter-final

Kerry 3-11 Mayo 0-10

By Jackie Cahill at St Brendan’s Park, Birr

BEATEN Munster finalists Kerry produced a strong second half performance against Connacht champions Mayo at St Brendan’s Park in Birr on Saturday afternoon to book a place in the semi-finals of the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies senior football championship for the second successive year. Just a point separated the two teams when the met in last year’s qualifiers but Kerry emerged victorious with ten points to spare on this occasion. Mayo had a seven-point haul from Cora Staunton but the Westerners, who trailed by 0-6 to 1-6 at half-time, managed just a single point from play in the second half, scored by substitute Amy Bell.

Kerry, impressive winners against last year’s All-Ireland intermediate champions Donegal last weekend, were in good form again with Deirdre Corridan, a late call up in place of Maria Quirke, catching the eye with a haul of 1-2 crowning a hard-working display. But it was Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh’s goal in the 22nd minute that put some breathing space between the teams in the opening half, helping Kerry to lead by three points at the break. Ní Mhuircheartaigh collected a pass from Louise Galvin and slotted a low shot past Yvonne Byrne for the first of three Kingdom goals.

Five minutes after half-time, Lorraine Scanlon was credited with Kerry’s second goal as she got the faintest of touches to divert fellow midfielder and team captain Bernie Breen’s accurate delivery past Byrne. And in the 46th minute, Corridan made the game safe for Kerry with her side’s third goal and again, it was a flowing move from William O’Sullivan’s team that cut through Mayo. Sarah Houlihan finished with a 0-5 haul for Kerry but overall, this was an impressive team display and even wing back Denise Hallissey got in on the act, bombing forward for two points from play. Mayo struggled desperately for scores and to break down a resolute Kerry defence, with Jason Taniane’s team registering just six points from play. It’s been a disappointing season for Mayo, who despite winning the Connacht championship, were also relegated from Division 1 of the Bord Gáis Energy National Football League before bowing out of the championship in tame fashion.

Scorers for Mayo: C Staunton 0-7 (4f), A Gilroy, C Hegarty & A Bell 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kerry: D Corridan 1-2, S Houlihan 0-5 (2f), L Ní Mhuircheartaigh 1-1, L Scanlon 1-0, D Hallissey 0-2, P Dennehy 0-1.

MAYO: Y Byrne; L Ryder, C Hanahoe, D McDonagh; N Hurst, M Carter, N Tierney; C Egan, F McHale; S Cafferky, A Gilroy, K Sullivan; C Hegarty, C Staunton, L Cafferky.

Subs: C McManaman for S Cafferky (45), A Bell for McDonagh (45), A Roddy for Hegarty (60), G Kelly for Gilroy (60+1).

KERRY: E Murphy, C Kelly, A Leonard, A Lyons; D Hallissey, A Desmond, S.J. Joy; L Scanlon, B Breen; D Corridan, M O’Donoghue, L Galvin; S Houlihan, P Dennehy, L Ní Mhuircheartaigh.

Subs: S Corkery for Ní Mhuircheartaigh (49), L Cronin for Dennehy (49), M O’Connell for Scanlon (56), M Quirke for Galvin (58), C Reen for O’Donoghue (60+1).

Referee: P Kehoe (Carlow)

All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Semi-Final – Wexford 2-11 Cork 1-9

Wexford defeated Cork by 2-11 to 1-9 in the All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Semi-Final on Saturday at Nowlan Park Kilkenny.


All-Ireland GAA Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Kilkenny 2-19 Waterford 1-16

Kilkenny display killer instinct to dismantle Deise


By Martin Breheny from the Irish Independent newspaper

Monday August 08 2011

A familiar August tale of Kilkenny efficiency and Waterford shortcomings colliding to produce a predictable result. Just as they had done over five previous seasons, Kilkenny booked in for another All-Ireland final date without having to show their full hand, while, yet again, Waterford failed to cross the class line which has proved so elusive for so long. They were infinitely better than in the Munster final where Tipperary humiliated them, but still came up quite some way short.

Nobody could question Waterford’s workrate, resolve or resilience, but even a tightly-packed combination of all three was never going to be enough to dislodge Kilkenny in their obsessive drive to return to the All-Ireland final. If Waterford were to succeed where they failed repeatedly against Kilkenny over the last seven years, they needed to perform at a level not reached this season. It would also have required Kilkenny to drop down a few notches, a scenario that looked most unlikely when they hit Waterford for 1-2 in the opening six minutes.

Ominously, Kilkenny’s first score was a goal from Danesfort sniper Richie Hogan, who smashed the ball to the net in the third minute. Could this turn into a repeat of the 2008 All-Ireland final where Kilkenny scourged Waterford in a manner not seen on the big day for a very long time? With the memory of the seven-goal Munster final massacre still lurking dangerously close to the surface, Waterford must have feared that unless they stopped the bleeding immediately they were in line for a second embarrassing defeat in four weeks.

To their credit, they stemmed the flow and, having done that, they set about trying to wound Kilkenny. For a time, they succeeded, cutting a 1-3 to 0-1 Kilkenny lead after 10 minutes to just a two-point deficit after 31 minutes. Much of the credit for the recovery belonged to John Mullane, whose driving runs from centre-forward seriously discommoded the Kilkenny defence. Moving Mullane out from the corner has reinvigorated him and he continued to cause serious problems for Kilkenny all day. He scored 1-6 — all from open play — and was desperately unlucky not to have landed a second goal in what became a match-turning minute just before half-time. Mullane hit his first goal in the 25th minute and eight minutes later looked certain to strike again when he pulled the trigger from close range.

However, Kilkenny goalkeeper David Herity, who was extremely secure all day, made a brilliant block, diverting the ball into the air before collecting it comfortably. It was the worst possible outcome for Waterford, who might have had a goal, a point or even a ’65’ off Mullane’s drive. However, their bad luck got worse almost immediately when Kilkenny broke downfield and Colin Fennelly played in Hogan, who batted the ball to the net. It was a six-point turnaround in the space of a minute, leaving Kilkenny leading by 2-9 to 1-7 when they could so easily have been trailing by 2-7 to 1-9.

Henry Shefflin pointed a free just before the interval to further depress Waterford as they headed for the dressing-room. They needed a positive start to the second half, but instead it was Kilkenny who retained the initiative, out-scoring Waterford by 0-5 to 0-1 in the third quarter. It left Kilkenny leading by 10 points after 51 minutes and, while Waterford pared it back by one around the hour mark, it still looked as if they were headed for a comprehensive beating.

However, Waterford summoned a late of burst of energy, firing over four unanswered points to come within striking distance with seven minutes left, but, as Kilkenny have done so often in the past, they tightened their defensive security, ensuring that Waterford couldn’t get through for the goal they so badly needed. Subs Paddy Hogan and Eddie Brennan scored late points for Kilkenny before Mullane closed out the scoring, leaving Kilkenny six points clear and comfortably through to their ninth All-Ireland final in 10 seasons. They did it with the minimum of fuss while always giving the impression they had plenty in reserve if tougher questions were asked.

Eight Kilkenny men scored in the first half — seven from open play — while only four countered for Waterford, three from open play. That was a significant difference on a day when Mullane’s excellence was the only redeeming feature of the Waterford attack. Shane Walsh scored two goals against Kilkenny in the 2009 All-Ireland semi-final, but found no room to manoeuvre yesterday; Eoin Kelly made no impression, while Pauric Mahony, who has done well overall in his debut season, had a lean time too. Tony Browne, Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh and Noel Connors did well in the Waterford defence, but, in terms of overall balance, Kilkenny held the edge all over the field.

Paul Murphy, Jackie Tyrrell and Tommy Walsh were ultra-vigilant in defence, Michael Fennelly emerged as the day’s most influential midfielder, while in attack Hogan’s goals, Shefflin’s leadership and Colin Fennelly’s industry left Waterford with a range of difficulties. Kilkenny’s only blip was their inaccurate shooting. They shot seven wides in the first half and were off-target 10 times in the second, an error rate which suggests that target practice will be high on the agenda in Nowlan Park over the coming weeks. Waterford had their shooting problems too, especially in the opening 15 minutes of the second half when they shot five wides, while scoring just one point.

It left them with far too much to do and while they showed commendable appetite for the recovery effort, they needed goals to really rattle Kilkenny. They dropped lots of lengthy deliveries in front of the Kilkenny goal, but the defence sealed all approach routes in front of Herity. In the end, then, it was business as usual for Kilkenny, while Waterford are once again facing the reality that, despite their best efforts, they just can’t break through the barrier which continues to torment them in August. Kilkenny, in contrast, are back in the All-Ireland final after straight-forward wins over Wexford, Dublin and Waterford.

Scorers — Kilkenny: H Shefflin 0-7 (4f), R Hogan 2-0, M Fennelly 0-3, C Fennelly, E Larkin 0-2 each, M Rice, B Hogan, TJ Reid, P Hogan, E Brennan 0-1 each. Waterford: J Mullane 1-6, E Kelly 0-3 (2f), P Mahony (2f), M Shanahan (1f) 0-2 each, S Molumphy, S Prendergast, R Foley (f) 0-1 each.

Kilkenny — D Herity 8; P Murphy 8 N Hickey 7, J Tyrrell 8; T Walsh 8, B Hogan 6, JJ Delaney 7; M Fennelly 8, TJ Reid 6; M Rice 7, R Power 7, H Shefflin 7; C Fennelly 7, E Larkin 7, R Hogan 8. Subs: P Hogan 7 for Reid (h-t), E Brennan 7 for Rice (61).

Waterford — C Hennessy 7; N Connors 7, L Lawlor 6, D Fives 6; T Browne 7, M Walsh 7, D Prendergast 5; K Moran 6, S O’Sullivan 6; S Prendergast 6, J Mullane 9, P Mahony 5; S Molumphy 6, S Walsh 5, E Kelly 5. Subs: J Nagle 6 for D Prendergast (h-t), M Shanahan 7 for Mahony (44), T Ryan 6 for Kelly (52), R Foley 6 for S Walsh (53).

Ref — B Kelly (Westmeath)


Hogan double helps Cats to sixth successive final

Report from the web site

Sunday, August 07, 2011

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final

Kilkenny 2-19 Waterford 1-16

Kilkenny may have failed to reach their usual high standards, but they did enough to beat Waterford by six points and reach their sixth successive GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship final. Two Richie Hogan goals at either end of the first half were the difference between the sides in the end, but the Cats would have won by a far more comfortable margin had they not struck a total of 17 wides. Hogan’s 34th minute goal helped Kilkenny to a 2-10 to 1-7 lead at the break. That margin flattered the Cats as Waterford had recovered well from the concession of an early Hogan goal to reduce the gap to just two points in the second quarter after John Mullane’s 25th minute strike had brought them right back into contention.

When Kilkenny hit five of the first six scores in the second half, the portents looked ominous for the Déise. However, Kilkenny failed to show any of their trademark ruthlessness in a disappointing second half as their forward line struggled to capitalise on the surfeit of ball coming their way, hitting wide after wide and allowing Waterford back into the game. Thanks largely to the inspirational Mullane – who finished with 1-6 from play – the Déise staged a brief rally in the closing 10 minutes and whittled the gap back to five by the 64th minute.

Despite their difficulties in attack, Kilkenny’s defence held solid and superb performances from Jackie Tyrrell and Paul Murphy helped them stem the tide in that worrying closing spell, as late points from Michael Rice and Eddie Brennan ruled out any fleeting hopes that Waterford would claim a first Championship win over their south-east neighbours for the first time in 52 years. Waterford, one suspected, needed a positive start to give them the confidence they needed bridge that daunting gap; they got the opposite. With just under three minutes played, the Cats ransacked their full-back line, as Richie Hogan raced onto a breaking ball and fired to the net. Michael Fennelly and Henry Shefflin added quick scores to compound the Déise misery.

Eight minutes had passed before Waterford registered a point, Eoin Kelly on target from a free, but there were signs that, despite the horrible start, Waterford were up for the battle. Kevin Moran was excelling again in midfield and he found a bristling Mullane, who sent over a fine score from play. When Pauric Mahony and Seamus Prendergast made it three Waterford scores in a row, belief began to course through their side, especially after Prendergast’s wonderful effort in the 13th minute.

However, Kilkenny ruthlessly stamped out that little revival when they hit four points in six minutes. Fennelly, who has been in inspired form at midfield this year, hit a second point, while TJ Reid and Eoin Larkin were also on target. Six points down, Waterford needed a response – and it was Mullane who came up trumps again with a goal on 25 minutes. Seamus Prendergast won the ball and rather than take his point, the Ardmore man spotted Mullane’s run and he finished brilliantly to the Kilkenny net.

Davy Fitzgerald’s side were buzzing and two lovely points from Mullane and Kelly reduced the gap to just two points – 1-9 to 1-7 – with four minutes to go to half-time. Indeed, they might have had the lead had Kilkenny goalkeeper David Herity not saved well from Mullane, who probably should have taken his point given the tight angle. Nevertheless, Waterford were on top and looked on course to be trailing by a very manageable margin at half-time. But disaster struck when a loose defensive clearance was snaffled up by the Cats and Colin Fennelly fed Richie Hogan, whose flicked finish over Clinton Hennessy was sublime. Henry Shefflin added a point in added time to leave Kilkenny six ahead at the break.

Shefflin opened the second half with two more scores and by the 51st minute, the Cats had increased their lead to 2-14 to 1-8 and the game appeared to be over as a contest. However, that is when Kilkenny uncharacteristically lost their way and allowed Waterford back into the game. The Déise forwards had struggled in the third quarter and the introduction of Maurice Shanahan, Tommy Ryan and Richie Foley appeared to give them a new lease of life. Waterford’s comeback began in earnest in the 56th minute, as captain Stephen Molumphy began a purple patch that produced six points in nine minutes. Shanahan hit three and Mullane added two more points from play to his total.

But there was to be no fairytale ending to Waterford’s roller coaster season as Kilkenny responded with two points to end any hopes of a comeback. Rice and Brennan finally hit the target for the Cats after their second half performance had been pockmarked by a string of wides.

Kilkenny Scorers: H Shefflin 0-7 (0-4f), R Hogan 2-0, M Fennelly 0-3, E Larkin 0-2, C Fennelly 0-2, M Rice 0-2, E Brennan 0-1, B Hogan 0-1, TJ Reid 0-1.

Waterford Scorers: J Mullane 1-6, E Kelly 0-3 (0-2f), M Shanahan 0-3 (0-2f), P Mahony 0-2 (0-2f), S Molumphy 0-1, S Prendergast 0-1.

Kilkenny: D Herity; P Murphy, N Hickey, J Tyrrell; T Walsh, B Hogan, JJ Delaney; M Fennelly, M Rice; TJ Reid, R Power, E Larkin; C Fennelly, H Shefflin, R Hogan. Subs: E Brennan for R Hogan (Temp, 34-36), P Hogan for TJ Reid (HT), E Brennan for M Rice (61)

Waterford: C Hennessy; D Fives, L Lawlor, N Connors; T Browne, M Walsh, D O’Sullivan; K Moran, S Sullivan; S Prendergast, S Molumphy, P Mahony; J Mullane, S Walsh, E Kelly. Subs: J Nagle for D Prendergast (HT), M Shanahan for P Mahony (45), T Ryan for E Kelly (52), R Foley for S Walsh (53).

Referee: Barry Kelly (Westmeath)

Attendance: 31,634

All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Galway 1-23 Clare 1-18

Galway Minors see off Clare after extra-time

From the web site

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor Semi-Final

Clare 1-18 Galway 1-23

A last minute goal from Galway’s Gerard O’Donoghue forced extra-time in Croke Park where the Tribesmen proved too strong for Clare and progressed through to the Minor Hurling All-Ireland final. Galway captain Shane Maloney, who registered 0-10, played a massive part for Galway as he led his side to a memorable victory.

Oisín Hickey’s goal for Clare with 10 minutes to go looked to have given the Banner the edge going into the closing stages but a goal mouth scramble allowed O’Donoghue to score and give Galway another chance in the two additional periods. Clare midfielder Tony Kelly almost won the game in normal time but his effort came off the post and Galway powered their way through extra-time with an impressive 20-minute performance.

Gerry O’Connor and Donal Moloney’s Clare side were on top throughout the first 60 minutes and it showed when they were 0-6 to 0-3 up with 20 minutes gone, the best of the bunch coming from Aaron Cunningham and Shane O’Donnell. Galway looked to have forced their way back into the game with two frees from Maloney, who is in his third year as a Minor, which narrowed the gap to just two points but Clare’s Cathal O’Connell stepped up to the plate to bring the sides in at half-time 0-9 to 0-5

Matt Murphy’s Galway side came out a different team in the second half and managed to score four points on the bounce to level up the sides but with 10 minutes left on the clock, Hickey looked to have done enough for Clare. A fine run from Cunningham opened up the space for corner forward Hickey and he struck the ball home.

The sides exchanged points in the closing stages of the game but it was O’Donoghue’s last-gasp goal that forced the extra-time with Kelly’s effort for Clare rebounding off the upright in cruel fashion. Fitness proved to be the key in this game as Maloney opened the added period with two quick scores but Clare only managed the one point in the first half of extra time. The second half was pretty much the same and points from Galway subs Jack Carr and Brian Molloy made sure their side were going through.

Clare Scorers: C O’Connell 0-6 (0-2f) A Cunningham 0-4, O Hickey 1-0, T Kelly 0-3 (0-1f), C Galvin 0-3, S O’Donnell 0-2, M Moroney 0-1.

Galway Scorers: S Maloney 0-10 (0-7f), G O’Donoghue 1-2, J Carr 0-3, P Brehony 0-2, D Higgins 0-2, J Hanbary 0-1, B Lane 0-1, M Mullins 0-1, B Molloy 0-1.

Clare: E Quilligan; S O’Brien, J Browne, S Morey; J Colleran, J Shanahan, G O’Connell; C Galvin, T Kelly; E Enright, C O’Connell, P Duggan; S O’Donnell, O Hickey, A Cunningham.
Subs: S Liddy for G O’Connell (38’), M Moronry for G O’Connell (45’), D Moloney for Liddy (70’), G O’Connell for O Hickey (77’).

Galway: S Mannion; O Teagle, P Killeen, C Diviney; J Hanbary, S Sweeney, P Mannion; B Lane, P Brehony; J Flynn, J Glynn, A Tuohy; G O’Donoghue, S Maloney, K Cullinane.
Subs: J Carr for Cullinane (30’), D Higgins for Flynn (37’), B Molloy for Lane, M Mullins for Flynn (54’), P Flathery for G O’Donoghue (69’).

All-Ireland Junior Football Championship Semi-Final – Cork 0-14 Sligo 1-6

Cork defeated Sligo by 0-14 to 1-6 in the All-Ireland Junior Football Championship Semi-Final on Saturday at Croke Park.

Team News

The Cork Junior Football team to play Sligo in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Saturday at 5pm in Croke Park will line out as follows:

1. Tom O’Connor


2. Enda Wiseman 3. Eoin O’Mahony 4. Kevin Harrington

Castletownbere Macroom Bantry Blues

5. Seán Kiely 6. Richard O’Sullivan 7. AJ O’Connor

Macroom Kinsale Kiskeam

8. Andrew O’Sullivan 9. Daniel O’Donovan

Castletownbere Bishopstown

10. Tom Clancy 11. Cathrach Keane 12. Brian Coughlan

Fermoy Newcestown Kinsale

13. Kevin Hallissey 14. Andrew O’Brien 15. Liam Shorten

Eire Og Kildorrery B. Átha’n Ghaorthaidh

Captain: Cathrach Keane


16. Sean Murphy Lyre

17. Bart Daly Newmarket

18. Rory Buckley Macroom

19. Peter Daly St Mary’s

20. Pat Gayer Castlemagner

21. Murt Kelleher Whitechurch

22. Matt Dilworth Knocknagree

23. Hurl Dockery Mallow

24. Conor Brosnan Ballinora


All-Ireland Minor B Hurling Championship Quarter-Final – Meath 2-12 Kerry 0-6

Meath defeated Kerry by 2-12 to 0-6 in the All-Ireland Minor B Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

Team News

The Kerry Minor team V Meath Austin Stack Park Tralee Saturday 6th August 2011 at 2pm is as follows:

1. Kieran Fitzgibbons Kenmare .

2. Tom B McElligott Crotta ONeills

3. Colman Savage Kilmoyley

4. Kevin O’ Sullivan Kenmare

5. Paul McGrath Causeway

6. Tommy Barrett Causeway

7. Mikey O’Halloran Ballyheigue

8. Luke Fitzell Kilmoyley

9. Darren Leahy Causeway

10.Pa Jo Connolly Ballyduff

11. Muris Delaney Causeway

12. Daniel Collins Kilmoyley

13. Shane Dunne Ballyheigue

14. Padraig Boyle Ballyduff

15. Ricky Heffernan Lixnaw

16. Jason Wallace Lixnaw

17. Eric O’Connor Ballyduff

18. Vincent Savage Kilmoyley

19. Tomas Casey Ballyheigue

20. Tadhg Moore Dr Crokes

21. David Goulding Ballyduff

22. Damien Lynch Ballyduff

23. John Godley Kilmoyley

24. Sean Nolan Kilmoyley

25. Kevin Bowler Ballyduff

26. Keith Carmody Causeway

27. Dougie Fitzell Kilmoyley

28. Tony Cunningham Abbeydorney


Manager : Ger McCarthy Causeway

Coach : Joe Walsh Kilmoyley

Selector : Joe Walsh Kilmoyley

J P Leahy Ballyduff

Andy O’Sullivan Kenmare

Physio Maura Griffin

Team Attendant Kiernan Houlihan