Bord Gáis Energy Ladies NFL Division 4 Semi Final – Limerick 0-8 Louth 0-7

Limerick defeated Louth by just a single point, 0-8 to 0-7, in the other semi-final played at Crettyard, Laois. Louth were on top for much of the game but paid the price for missed chances as the Shannonsiders squeezed through to the final. Jenny McGuinness was off-target with a late free that would have taken the game into extra-time but the forward’s effort went agonizingly wide. McGuinness did finish as Louth’s leading scorer, however, with 0-3 while Dymphna O’Brien hit a similar tally for Limerick.

Ann Eager’s Limerick side had to come from a point down at half-time, 0-3 to 0-4, to book their place in the showpiece decider, where the winners will gain promotion to Division 3. Eager admitted: “It looked like Louth were going to destroy us in the early stages. We’re notoriously slow starters and it wasn’t good for the heart out there! It was nail-biting stuff and you’d have to feel sorry for Louth as well.”

Bord Gáis Energy Ladies NFL Division 4 semi-final results:

Longford 3-17, Offaly 1-08

Limerick 0-08, Louth 0-07

Match Preview

LGFA; Bord Gáis Energy Ladies NFL Division 4 semi-finals;

By Jackie Cahill

LIMERICK boss Ann Eager has described next Sunday’s Bord Gáis Energy Ladies National Football League Division 4 semi-final showdown with Louth as a “huge” game.

Ladies Football top brass changed the format of the League this year, with the previous two up, two down promotion and relegation system replaced with one up, one down.

In recent years, the finalists in Divisions 2, 3 and 4 were automatically promoted but in the coming weeks, the top four in each of those groupings will battle it out for just one promotion place.

And Eager admitted: “That was a bit disappointing. Going back a few years, if you got to the final, you were promoted. But we don’t make the rules.”

Eager, a native of Kerry, is an experienced coach and has been involved with a number of club sides in recent years.

She is a former PRO with the Kerry ladies board and took over the Shannonsiders from ex-Limerick footballer Tommy Stack, who stepped down at the end of the 2011 campaign.

In the group stages, Eager guided Limerick to a second place finish behind table-toppers Longford, with just one defeat in five matches.

Limerick will now play Louth in next Sunday’s semi-final at Crettyard and when the sides met earlier this season, Limerick needed a last-minute goal from Claire O’Riordan to snatch a 2-4 to 0-9 win.

Looking ahead to the rematch, Eager reflected: “It’s huge, absolutely huge. This is a new Limerick team and I was told that from the 2010 and 2011 panels, 21 players have gone. We have a lot of minors and new young players coming in as well but we still have experienced players.

“Some have retired, others have gone away and even on the present panel, we have one girl going to Australia. But it’s happening everywhere – it’s the environment that we’re living in now.”

Eager added: “We only beat Louth by a point in February – we stole it off them and next Sunday will be very close.

“Louth are a very good all round team, very strong up the middle.

“They’re every bit as good as any team that we have played. The last game was so close and they’ll be really up for it as well. They had us there for the taking but took their eye off the ball in the last few minutes.”

In next Sunday’s other Bord Gáis Energy Division 4 semi-final, Longford will play Offaly at St. Loman’s, Mullingar.

Cadburys GAA Football All Ireland Under 21 Championship Semi-Final – Dublin 3-11 Cork 0-14

Classy Dublin pass stern Cork test

Dublin 3-11 Cork 0-14

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

They did not replicate the crushing defeats they inflicted on opponents in the provincial arena, but there was still plenty of merit to and plenty to admire in Dublin’s victory in Saturday’s Cadbury’s All-Ireland U21FC semi-final in Portlaoise. For the second time in three years Jim Gavin steered a Dublin U21 side into an All-Ireland final and in the process experienced redemption after losing to Cork at this stage three years ago. Dublin entered the encounter on the back of a dazzling Leinster campaign which was defined by the star of Ciarán Kilkenny rising inexorably.

The Castleknock youngster was predictably under the spotlight here, yet Cork managed to stifle his influence, with Alan Cronin shadowing him throughout, while the supply of possession into him was cut out frequently. Yet other Dublin players stepped up to the plate. Full-forward Philip Ryan was the main man as he weighed in with a 2-3 haul, Gary Sweeney scythed through the Cork defence regularly during the opening period while Paul Hudson picked off a couple of lovely points in the second-half. “I wasn’t surprised that the other guys stepped up,” remarked Gavin afterwards. “I see them in training. You just knew it was coming. Other games, Ciarán was playing well so the guys just gave him the ball and it’s great to see them step up today. “Certainly they were the best team we played. It’s no surprise in an All-Ireland semi-final against a very physical Cork side. There are lots of really good footballers in their team and they play a really good brand of football. So we knew and the players knew we would have to up it to another level. We struggled in some parts of the game but I thought the guys showed great resolve.”

The scoring statistics provide food for thought for Cork when they reflect on this defeat. They matched Dublin in registering 14 scores over the hour but a failure to raise a green flag proved detrimental to their hopes of success. Brian Hurley smashed a shot against the crossbar in the 11th minute but that was the closest Cork came to working the ball past Dublin goalkeeper John Brian Carthy. In the second-half Cork needed a goal to ignite their revival yet could not unlock the Dublin defence. Cork notched four points from play in the opening 11 minutes but the fact that they managed two points from play thereafter demonstrated how Dublin came to terms with the Rebels threat.

Cork played bright and inventive football in the first-half yet the end product did not reflect that. Hurley always looked a threat in attack, John O’Rourke looked menacing at half-forward and Ruairi Deane worked furiously hard all through at midfield. Cork were four points adrift at the interval, 2-5 to 0-7, but misplaced passes and wayward shots cost them the chance to trim that gap further. After Philip Ryan’s brace of first-half goals had placed Dublin in a healthy position, they got a further boost after the break when wing-back Jack McCaffrey rampaged forward before assuredly rolling a shot to the net. That placed Dublin into a 3-5 to 0-7 advantage and despite Cork battling admirably to get back into contention, Gavin’s side were always able to keep them at an arm’s length.

Cork looked to shake things up by bringing Dan McEoin, who had made a key scoring contribution in the Munster final, off the bench and shifting Damien Cahalane out to midfield. However Dublin packed their defence to crowd out Cork attackers in possession and with Emmet Ó Conghaile, Paul Maguire and Hudson having strong last quarters, they were able to look forward to the prospect of an All-Ireland final. Gavin is hoping the experience of the U21 final two years ago and last September’s minor decider will stand to the Dublin players that were involved. “You would hope that we would have that experience of it. It is just a game of football with all the razzmatazz involved with it. But you hope that would count for something. But it’s a different competition and different group of players. I don’t think from observing close up that these guys look back. We always tell them to look forward.”

Scorers for Dublin: P Ryan 2-3 (1-0 pen, 0-1 ‘45); J McCaffrey 1-0; E Ó Conghaile, P Hudson 0-2 each; D Byrne, G Sweeney, C Kilkenny, P Maguire 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork: B Hurley 0-5 (0-4f); L Connolly (0-1 ‘45), K Hallissey (0-2f), J O’Rourke 0-2 each; D Óg Hodnett, M Sugrue, D McEoin (0-1f) 0-1 each

Subs for Dublin: P Maguire for Byrne (38); G Seaver for Schutte (45); P O’Higgins for Reddin (46); H Dawson for Hudson (55); E Keogh for Sweeney (57)

Subs for Cork: D McEoin for Hallissey (half-time); C O’Sullivan for Wall (40); B O’Driscoll for Healy (51); A Cadogan for Sugrue (55).

Referee: M Higgins (Fermanagh).

Frewen Cup U/16 ½ A Football Final – P.S. Chorca Dhuibhne 0-8 Clonmel CBS 0-7

Corca Dhuibhne hold on and close in on clean sweep

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne 0-8 CBS Clonmel (Tipperary) 0-7

By Kieran McCarthy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne moved one step closer to an unprecedented clean sweep of Munster and Kerry colleges’ football titles yesterday. The West Kerry school added the Frewen Cup (Munster colleges U16½ A FC) to the four other titles already won this season after surviving a late CBS Clonmel fight-back in yesterday’s final in Mallow. With Tom Ó Suilleabháin and Cathal Ó Bambaire providing the spark up front, Barra Ó Suilleabháin a strong presence in midfield and Maitiú Ó Flatharta commanding an impressive reargued display, Corca Dhuibhne had the edge on the Tipperary school, who relied heavily on Waterford minor Conor Gleeson in attack.

After a four-point scoring burst in seven second-half minutes pushed Corca Dhuibhne 0-8 to 0-4 clear midway through the half, the impressive Gleeson kicked the last three scores of the game to set-up a grandstand finish. Corca Dhuibhne manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice admitted: “Clonmel really put it up to us. We just barely hung on in the end. If there was another minute or two in the end they would definitely have got level. They were totally in the ascendancy.”

With this Corca Dhuibhne team completing their own double, adding the Frewen Cup to the Dunloe Cup won in Kerry, as well as the senior side winning both the Corn Uí Mhuirí (Munster) and O’Sullivan Cup (Kerry), the school (U15½ team) has also won the Moran Cup (Munster) and are in a replay of the Russell Cup (Kerry) where they play Tarbert Comprehensive. It’s a staggering haul of silverware with Fitzmaurice explained: “We know there is a great crop of players there. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing really, when a group like this comes along you have to make the most of it. It’s been a fantastic season.”

But Corca Dhuibhne were made work very hard for their first Frewen Cup title since 1936. Despite playing against the wind in the first half, the Kerry school moved 0-3 to 0-1 clear after 20 minutes following a pair of Seamus Ó Muircheartaigh frees and a Cathal Ó Bambaire effort but Clonmel had pulled level by the break (0-3 apiece) thanks to late points from Gleeson and Gearóid Aherne. After swapping early second half points, Corca Dhuibhne — who had 10 of the panel who won this season’s Corn Uí Mhuirí — surged four points clear (0-8 to 0-4) through Tom Ó Suilleabháin (2), Tomás Ó Sé and Cathal Ó Bambaire. A heavy hailstone shower announced the start of Clonmel’s comeback but as well as missing the suspended Ian Fahey they left it too late, as Corca Dhuibhne held on to keep their grand slam dreams alive, with the Munster treble already in the bag.

Scorers for Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne: T Ó Suilleabháin, C Ó Bambaire, S Ó Muircheartaigh (2fs) 0-2 each, T Ó Sé, B Ó Suilleabháin 0-1 each.

Scorers for CBS Clonmel: C Gleeson (3fs) 0-6, G Aherne 0-1.

POBALSCOIL CHORCA DHUIBHNE: L de Bhaulís; B Ó Beaglaoich, C Ó Suilleabháin, C Ó Murchú; C Ó Gairbhia, M Ó Flathartha, M Ó Conchúir; B Ó Suilleabháin, Colm Ó Beaglaoich; B Ó Raoill, T Ó Sé, Caoihghin Ó Beaglaoich; T Ó Suilleabháin, C Ó Bambaire, S Ó Muircheartaigh.

Subs: S Ó Bambaire for S Ó Muircheartaigh (45), S Ó Muircheartaigh for C Ó Gairbhia (55).

CBS CLONMEL: J McDonald; R Lyons, T Cooney, R Dennehy; P Maher, S Nagle, K Guiry; D Ryan, L Boland; R Gunne, S Lonergan, P White; G Aherne, C Gleeson, R Peters.

Sub: S Kelly for R Lyons (42).

Referee: Conor Lane (Cork)

Munster Council Meeting – April 19th 2012

The promotion of the upcoming Munster Senior Championships was the main item on the agenda for the meeting of the Munster GAA Council held on Thursday night at Limerick. Delegates were informed of the packages being put in place for the upcoming championships with the focus on club discount packages and family packages. Tickets will also be available for purchase across the 50+ Centra and Supervalu stores in Munster. Full details of all tickets promotions and prices will be communicated to clubs and counties in the coming weeks while the launch of the Munster Senior Hurling and Senior Football Championships will take place on Monday May 14th at the Mallow GAA Complex.

Deputy CEO Enda McGuane confirmed that a 33% discount was made available for advance purchase through clubs, the Munster GAA web site and via Centra and Supervalu for last weeks Cadburys Munster Under 21 Football Final. 564 adults purchased tickets in advance at €10 for the extra time thriller between Kerry and Cork, a €5 discount on the headline price. McGuane also confirmed that the Council recorded an increase on attendance for the Munster Under 21 Football Championship for the fourth consecutive year.

Delegates made enquires about eligibility criteria for Under 16s being granted free admission at non-ticketed Munster GAA games. Chairman Sean Walsh confirmed that the National GAA policy for a number of years has been that free admission is given to those who are Under 16 on the day of the match. This is line with the criteria for other bodies such as Irish Rail and Bus Eireann. Deputy CEO Enda McGuane confirmed that the attendance of 5,318 at the recent Cadburys Munster Under 21 Football Final included the free admission of 1,150 Under 16s. Delegates felt that the GAA did not get enough credit for allowing Under 16s free admission to numerous games, a practice not offered in many competing sports.

The meeting heard that the new Munster GAA Headquarters in Limerick was progressing well. Chairman Sean Walsh invited all delegates to inspect the premises at the June meeting of the Council. It is hoped to move in to the new HQ following the completion of the Munster Championships in July with an official opening to follow in the autumn.

Chairman Sean Walsh paid tribute to all those involved with the North American County Board (NACB) on the launch of their strategic plan at Annual Congress last Friday. Munster GAA are partnered with the NACB and have worked closely together to produce an impressive document. The Chairman paid particular tribute to the input of Joey Carton to the strategic plan.

The Chairman also paid tribute to the Cork Under 21 Footballers (on their victory over Kerry in the Munster Final), to former Chairman of the Munster Council Jimmy O’Gorman (on being elected as GAA representative of Congress – formally known as Trustee) and to all the winners in the recent Munster Scor Sinsear Final held at Templemore.

Munster MFC Semi-Final 1st Playoff – Kerry 1-14 Waterford 1-3

Kingdom power past Déise but questions remain

Kerry 1-14 Waterford 1-3

By John Murphy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Although there was never a doubt about a decisive Kerry victory in last night’s Munster MFC losers group game at Fraher Field, Dungarvan, the quality of the Kingdom display raises serious questions about their ability to win the provincial title. Waterford displayed determination aplenty, but they just didn’t have the all-round ability to bring off a surprise result, and in the end the 11-point margin mirrored the difference in class between the sides.

Kerry, backed by a very strong breeze, totally dominated the opening half and weren’t at all flattered by their 1-7 to no score lead at the interval. They had a tonic start when corner-forward Conor Keane fisted their only goal in the second minute after a woeful defensive mix up, but after that, they wasted numerous scoring opportunities. They had kicked half a dozen wides inside the opening 10 minutes, although an exception was centre-forward Jack Savage, who landed four quality points as Waterford struggled to even get out of their own half. Kerins O’Rahillys clubman Savage stood head and shoulders over everyone as he led that Kingdom attack in regal style, while just behind him midfielder Kieran Murphy was equally influential.

Despite the magnitude of their task facing into the second half, Waterford, to their credit, set about getting back into the game in a very determined style. Reward came early as the outstanding Ryan Donnelly finally opened their account from a 37th minute free and that was followed almost immediately by another from play by an industrious Michael Curry. In the 40th minute their goal came when Donnelly expertly converted a penalty after a foul on Laurence Houlihan and the gap had been narrowed to half a dozen points. But with their supremacy under threat Kerry upped the ante and five unanswered points in the closing nine minutes sealed their deserved win.

Scorers for Kerry: J. Savage (0-6); C. Keane (1-1); K. Murphy (0-3); N. Sheehy (0-2, 0-1 free); K. McCarthy, D. Daly (0-1) each.

Scorers for Waterford: D. Donnelly (1-1, 1-0 pen, 0-1 free); M. Curry, L. Houlihan (0-1) each.

KERRY: G. Curran (Dingle); C. O’Luing (An Ghaetacht), G. Crowley (Templenoe). S. O’Connor (John Mitchels); B. Crowley (Templenoe). R. Murphy (Beaufort). J. Barry (Na Gaeil); E. O’Conchuir (An Ghaeltacht). K. Murphy (Kilcummin); N. Sheehy (John Mitchels). J. Savage (Kerins O’Rahillys). C. Fitzgerald (Churchill); K. McCarthy (Kilcummin). D. Daly (St. Mary’s). C. Keane (Legion).

Subs: A. Spillane (Templenoe) for Fitzgerald (26); G. O’Shea (Dr Crokes) for McCarthy (H.T.); S. Moloney (John Mitchels) for Barry (H.T.); G. Horan (Austin Stacks) for O’Luing (33); A. Barry (Brosna) for Sheehy (57).

WATERFORD: A. Kirwan (Stradbally); C. Burke (Tramore). J. O’Donnell (Brickey Rangers). B. Looby (Ballinacourty); S. O’Donovan (Modeligo), T. Burke (Clashmore), J. Barron (An Ghaeltacht); T. Devine (St Patrick’s), M. Kiely (St Patrick’s); A. O’Donoghue (Gaultier), M. Curry (Rathgormack), P. O’Connor (Clashmore); C. Gleeson (Nire), L. Houlihan (Brickey Rangers), R. Donnelly (Dungarvan).

Subs: S. Halley (St Olivers) for C. Burke(40); M. Casey (Clanna Gael) for O’Donoghue(48); M. Troy (St Patrick’s) for Houlihan(54); D. Scanlon (Clashmore) for Kiely(58).

Referee: Kevin Murphy, Cork.


Murphy the maestro as Kerry crush Waterford

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Kerry 1-14 Waterford 1-3

Munster MFC play-off

A strong first-half showing allowed Kerry to keep their championship hopes alive at Fraher Field last night. The visitors played with the aid of the elements in the opening half and carved out a 1-7 to 0-0 lead at the break. After losing to Tipperary in the quarter-final last Saturday, Kerry started with intent. The scoring spree began only 90 seconds into the contest, when Conor Keane fisted home a Niall Sheehy delivery to the net. Jack Savage also kicked four points and Kieran Murphy landed two as they established a commanding 10-point cushion.

Murphy dominated the midfield exchanges and rifled over his third point on the resumption. But the home side refused to wilt and hit 1-2 without reply in a three-minute spell to breathe life back into the game. Waterford opened their account on 37 minutes when Ryan Donnelly converted a free, quickly followed by a point from Michael Curry. Then Donnelly emphatically dispatched a penalty to the roof of the net on 40 minutes after Gavin Crowley fouled Laurence Houlihan.

After seeing their lead reduced to six points, Kerry found the perfect response. Points from the impressive Savage and Sheehy eased any nerves as they pulled away. Waterford full-back Jack O’Donnell received his marching orders three minutes from time after picking up a second yellow. Mickey Ned O’Sullivan’s side will now face Limerick on April 24 to earn a place in the last four.

Scorers — Kerry: J Savage 0-6 (3f), C Keane 1-1, K Murphy 0-3, N Sheehy 0-2(1f), S Moloney, D Daly 0-1 each. Waterford: R Donnelly 1-1 (1-0 pen, 1f), L Houlihan, M Curry 0-1 each.

Kerry — G Curran; C U Luing, G Crowley, S O’Connor; B Crowley, R Murphy, J Barry; E O Conchuir, K Murphy; N Sheehy, J Savage, C Fitzgerald; K McCarthy, D Daly, C Keane.

Subs: A Spillane for Fitzgerald (27), S Moloney for Barry (h-t), G O’Shea for McCarthy (h-t), G Horan for O Luing (34), A Barry for Sheehy (54).

Waterford — A Kirwan; C Burke, J O’Donnell, B Looby; S O’Donovan, T Burke, J Barron; T Devine, M Kiely; A O’Donoghue, M Curry, P O’Connor; C Gleeson, L Houlihan, R Donnelly.

Subs: S Halley for C Burke (42), M Casey for O’Donoghue (49), M Troy for Houlihan (54), D Scanlon for Kiely (59).

Ref — K Murphy (Cork)

For the Record

Kerry Waterford
2011 Championship Performance Defeated Waterford in the first round before losing to Tipperary by 2-12 to 3-8 in the semi-final. Lost to Kerry in the first round and to Clare in the Losers Group 1st playoff by 4-14 to 1-9
Number of Munster Minor Football titles 41 0
Last Munster Minor Football Title 2009 N/A
Munster Minor Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 46
Won – 35
Lost – 8
Drawn – 3
Played – 38
Won – 6
Lost – 27
Drawn – 5
Last meeting in the Munster Minor Football Championship April 13th 2011 – Kerry 4-16 Waterford 0-6 (Austin Stack Park Tralee) – goals by Padraig Boyle (2), Jamie Moriarty and Thomas Hickey helped Kerry to a 22 point victory.

Odds and Ends

Prior to 2012, Kerry’s last defeat in a first round Munster Minor Football Championship game was in March 2002 when they lost to Tipperary by 2-11 to 2-9 at Kilmallock. Kerry avenged that defeat with a 3-16 to 2-6 win over Tipperary in the 2002 Munster Final played at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Kerry have never lost 2 Munster Minor Football Championship matches in the one year.

Dating back to 2005, Waterford have won 1 of their last 16 games in the Munster Minor Football Championship.

Clare’s victory against Waterford in the first round ensured a semi-final place in May. Clare have qualified for the Munster Minor Football Semi-Final in just 2 of the previous 6 seasons dating back to 2006, losing the semi-finals of 2009 (to Kerry) and 2011 (to Cork).

Since 1956, Cork and Kerry have won every Munster Minor Football title with the exception of 1984, 1995 and 2011 when Tipperary were successful.

Tipperary have played 48 matches in the Munster Minor Football Championship since 2000, more than any other Munster county.

Cork, Kerry and Tipperary have won at least 1 match in the Munster Minor Football Championship every year since 2001.


First Round

Saturday April 14th

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick            Cork 3-13 Limerick 0-6
@ Austin Stack Park Tralee            Tipperary 2-9 Kerry 0-8
@ Cusack Park Ennis                      Clare 2-20 Waterford 0-6

Semi-Final Play-off 1

Tuesday April 17th

@ Fraher Field Dungarvan  Kerry v Waterford @ 7:00pm

Semi-Final Play-off 2

Tuesday April 24th

Limerick vs. Kerry or Waterford

(See venue permutations below)

@ Kerry venue                                    Kerry v Limerick
(met in 2010 Semi-final at Newcastlewest)

@ Waterford venue    Waterford v Limerick
(last meeting in 2010 First Round at Kilmallock)


Wednesday May 16th

@ Cork venue Cork v Tipperary

@ venue TBC Clare v v Winners of Semi-Final Play-off 2


Sunday July 8th

2012 Munster Minor Football Championship Matches played to date

Tipperary 2-9 Kerry 0-8 – April 14th @ Austin Stack Park Tralee (Munster First Round)

Scorers –
Tipperary: C Kennedy 2-2 (0-2f), T J Ryan (0-1f), B Maher 0-2 each, J Lonergan, I Fahey and P Quirke 0-1 each
Kerry: N Sheehy (fs), D O’Se (0-1f) 0-2 each, K Murphy (45), A Barry, S Moloney and E O’Conchuir 0-1 each

Clare 2-20 Waterford 0-6 – April 14th @ Cusack Park Ennis (Munster First Round)

Scorers –
Clare: E Cleary 1-6, C Cleary 0-6, C.Deasy 1-0, B Lynch, J Malone 0-3 each, N Deasy 0-2.
Waterford: R Donnelly 0-5, D Scanlon 0-1.

Cork 3-13 Limerick 0-6 – April 14th @ Gaelic Grounds Limerick (Munster First Round)

Scorers –
Cork: C Horgan 3-0 (1 pen), B O’Driscoll 0-4 (2f), ST O’Sullivan 0-3, A O’Donovan, C Vaughan 0-2 each, I Maguire, P Fitzgerald 0-1 each
Limerick: R Burke 0-2 (1f), S Barrett, J Breen, G Bateman, C Sheehan 0-1 each

2012 Top Scorers – Munster Minor Football Championship

Conor Horgan (Cork) – 3-0 (1-0 penalty)
Eoin Cleary (Clare) – 1-6
Colman Kennedy (Tipperary) – 2-2 (0-2 frees)
Conor Cleary (Clare) – 0-6
Ryan Donnelly (Waterford) 0-5
Brian O’Driscoll (Cork) – 0-4 (0-2 frees)
Sean T O’Sullivan (Cork) – 0-3
C Deasy (Clare) – 1-0
B Lynch (Clare) – 0-3
J Malone (Clare) – 0-3
Niall Sheehy (Kerry) – 0-2 (0-2 frees)
Dara O’Se (Kerry) – 0-2 (0-1 free)
Robbie Burke (Limerick) – 0-2 (0-1 free)
Alan O’Donovan (Cork) – 0-2
Cathal Vaughan (Cork) – 0-2
TJ Ryan (Tipperary) – 0-2 (0-1 free)
Bill Maher (Tipperary) – 0-2
N Deasy (Clare) – 0-2

D Scanlon (Waterford), Jason Lonergan (Tipperary), Ian Fahey (Tipperary), Philip Quirke (Tipperary), Kieran Murphy (Kerry) (0-1 45), Adam Barry (Kerry), Sean Moloney (Kerry), Eanna O’Conchuir (Kerry), Sean Barrett (Limerick), J Breen (Limerick), G Bateman (Limerick), C Sheehan (Limerick), Ian Maguire (Cork), Paul Fitzgerald (Cork) 0-1 each

Munster Minor Football Championship Roll Of Honour

Kerry (41)

1931, 1932, 1933, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009.

Cork (29)

1939, 1952, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2010

Tipperary (6)

1934, 1935, 1955, 1984, 1995, 2011

Clare (3)

1929, 1930, 1953

Limerick (1)


Munster Minor Football 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 in1929 –

Munster Minor Football Cup

The Tadhg Crowley Cup was presented by Munster Council in 1990 to commemorate late Munster Council Treasurer. Tadhg was elected as Munster Council Treasurer in 1968 and served until his death in December 1989. A teacher by profession, he also served as Kerry County Board Secretary from 1955 until 1970. Tadhg was recognized as a specialist in organizing and handling styles and gates at big Munster Championship games.

All Ireland Minor Football Championship

In the Minor Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Kerry top the charts with 11 titles while Cork are tied for second with Dublin with 10 titles. Clare won the first All-Ireland Minor Football title in 1929 while Tipperary’s two All-Ireland successes at this grade came in 1934 and 2011. Between them Munster counties have accounted for 24 All-Ireland Minor Football titles, ahead of Leinster and Ulster (20 titles each) and Connacht (17 titles).

Kerry were All-Ireland Minor Football Champions in 1931, 1932, 1933, 1946, 1950, 1962, 1963, 1975, 1980, 1988, 1994

Cork were All-Ireland Minor Football Champions in 1961, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1974, 1981, 1991, 1993, 2000

Allianz Football League Division 1 Semi-Final – Cork 2-17 Down 1-12

Cork 2-17 Down 1-12

From the web site

Cork had too much for Down as they reached the Allianz Football League Division 1 final Cork will meet Mayo in the Allianz Football League Division 1 final thanks to a comfortable 2-17 to 1-12 win over Down at Croke Park. Three Colm O’Neill points helped Cork to a 0-09 to 0-07 interval lead, with Conor Laverty hitting three for the Mourne men. O’Neill drilled home a 43rd minute goal as Cork went six clear, but Aidan Carr hit the net from a penalty. Cork secured their place in the decider when midfielder Alan O’Connor plundered his side’s second goal 10 minutes from the end, and O’Neill finished with a 1-06 tally.

A crowd of just 11,342 attended the double bill at GAA Headquarters, a figure which is likely to prompt questions over the wisdom of staging the games at the venue. The sides were deadlocked on three points each after just seven minutes, following a frantic start which saw Arthur McConville, Conor Laverty and Benny Coulter hit the target for Down, with Pearse O’Neill (two) and Colm O’Neill responding.

The scores were level for a fourth time after an Aidan Walsh point was cancelled out by an eye-catching effort from Mark Poland, who split the posts from a difficult angle. Cork’s ability to retain possession and move the ball with purpose saw them go two clear through Colm O’Neill, and they held onto that two point cushion when Donnacha O’Connor slipped in behind full back Brendan McArdle to punch over a point. But McArdle made up for the lapse by pushing upfield to shoot a neat score for the Mourne men.

Eoin Cadogan and Michael Shields stood firm at the back as the Ulster men countered again, and Down suffered a blow when full forward Laverty, who had contributed three points from play, was forced out of the game by injury. The hard-working Paul Kerrigan curled over a point under pressure to send the Rebels in with a 0-09 to 0-07 interval lead Conor Counihan’s side stepped up the intensity after the restart, and after Colm O’Neill and Kerrigan had added to their personal tallies, the pair combined for a 43rd minute goal.

It was Kerrigan who slipped the ball inside for O’Neill to gather at pace and send a low angled shot to the bottom corner of the net past Brendan McVeigh. Now five points adrift, Down went for goal, but Coulter was denied by a superb Ray Carey block, but the International Rules star did hoist a wonderful point soon afterwards to keep his side’s hopes alive. And the Mourne men were right back in it when substitute Jamie O’Sullivan scooped the ball off the ground to deny Kalum King a certain goal, conceding a penalty which Aidan Carr drilled home in the 54th minute.

But Cork hit back with a second goal, gifted from close range to Alan O’Connor after goalkeeper McVeigh had failed to hold a dropping ball. And they finished the job off with late scores from Colm O’Neill and Daniel Goulding.

Cork scorers: C O’Neill 1-06 (0-2f), A O’Connor 1-00, P Kerrigan, P O’Neill 0-03 each, D O’Connor, A Walsh, N O’Leary, D Goulding, B O’Driscoll 0-01 each.

Down scorers: A Carr 1-02 (1-00 pen, 0-01f), C Laverty, B Coulter 0-03 each, A McConville (f), P Turley, M Poland, B McArdle 0-01 each.

Cork: A Quirke, R Carey, M Shields, E Cotter, N O’Leary, E Cadogan, P Kissane, A O’Connor, P O’Neill, F Goold, P Kelly, P Kerrigan, C O’Neill, A Walsh, D O’Connor.

Subs: J O’Sullivan for Cotter, B O’Drioscoll for Walsh, D O’Sullivan for Cadogan, M Collins for Goold, D Goulding for O’Connor

Down: B McVeigh, D McCartan, B McArdle, D Turley, K McKernan, N McParland, C Garvey A Rogers, K King, P Turley, M Poland, A Carr, A McConville, C Laverty, B Coulter.

Subs: C Maginn for Laverty, A Brannigan for D Turley, D O’Hare for McConville

Referee: M Higgins (Sligo)

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Limerick 0-19 Carlow 1-9

Limerick finish on winning note

Limerick 0-19 Carlow 1-09

By John Reddington for the Irish Examiner newspaper

With nothing but pride at stake, Limerick ended a disappointing league campaign on a winning note at the Gaelic Grounds yesterday. Showing far more hunger than Carlow, the hosts survived a few early scares before taking over control in the second quarter. Limerick moved into an early lead but were lucky to see goal chances from Con Murphy and Derek Hayden blaze wide before Carlow’s fourth point brought the sides level.

However, the hosts took over after that and rattled off the scores for a lead of 0-9 to 0-4 at the break. Murphy hit back immediately on the restart but Limerick’s greater work rate smothered any chance of a revival even though Seán Gannon bagged the game’s only goal in the closing minutes.

Scorers for Limerick: I Ryan 0-6(3f), G Collins 0-4, D Treacy 0-3, S Lavin 0-2, B Scanlon 0-1 (f), J Riordan 0-1, P Ranahan 0-1, G O’Connell 0-1.

Scorers for Carlow: C Murphy 0-4, S Gannon 1-0, K Jackson 0-2, B Murphy 0-1, B Murphy 0-1 (f), JJ Smith 0-1 (f).

LIMERICK: B Scanlon; S Lavin, S Lucey, L O’Dwyer; J Riordan, P Browne, P Ranahan; P Kinnerk, D Treacy; J O’Meara, E O’Connor, E Barry; G Collins, S O’Carroll, I Ryan.

Subs: S Buckley for S O’Carroll (45 mins), B Fitzpatrick for P Browne (55), J Donovan for J O’Meara (59), S Nix for S Lucey (61), G O’Connell for E O’Connor (64 mins).

CARLOW: A O’Brien; BJ Molloy, C Lawlor, P Murphy; B Lambe, Nolan, B Kavanagh; Brendan Murphy, K Jackson; Brian Murphy, C Murphy, S Gannon; C Walshe, D Haydon, D Foley.

Subs: JJ Smith for D Foley (ht), Tony Bolger for C Lawlor (43), P Reid for D Hayden (52), E Finnegan for C Walshe (59), J Kennedy for Brian Murphy (64).

Referee: D Corcoran (Mayo)

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Wicklow 1-15 Clare 1-12

Wicklow battle to promotion

Wicklow 1-15 Clare 1-12

By Mark Kennedy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Wicklow footballers secured promotion to Division 3 at Aughrim yesterday when they beat Clare. Victory was not easily achieved and Clare, who only needed a draw to get promoted, pushed Wicklow all the way. With just nine minutes left the sides were deadlocked at 1-12 apiece after Clare had wiped out a six-point deficit and then a chance of a goal was lost when a crucial move broke down in front of goal. Wicklow free-taker and corner-forward Tony Hannon, top scorer with 0-7, killed off Clare with his shooting skills.

Clare trailed 1-8 to 1-6 at half-time, fell six points behind early in the second half before fighting back to level in the 61 minutes. But then they were reduced to 14 men with the sending off of full-back Shane McNeilies on a second yellow card and also lost influential midfielder Gary Brennan to injury.

Scorers for Wicklow: T Hannon 0-7 (6fs), D Hayden 1-1, D Healy, L Glynn, S Furlong (1f) 0-2 each, J McGrath 0-1.

Scorers for Laois: D Tubridy 0-7 (6fs), R Donnelly 1-1, S McGrath 0-2, G Brennan, S Brennan 0-1 each.

WICKLOW: J Flynn; C Hyland, A McLoughlin, A Byrne; D Healy, M McLoughlin, S Kelly; J Stafford, R Finn; L Glynn, D O’Sullivan, D Hayden; T Hannon, S Furlong, J McGrath.

Subs: S Byrne for M McLoughlin (64), A O’Malley for J McGrath (68).

CLARE: J Hayes; B Hartnett, S McNeilies, L Healy; M McMahon, G Kelly, J Hayes; G Brennan, G Quinlan; G Kelly, S McGrath, A Clohessy; R Donnelly, D Tubridy, N Browne.

Subs: C Kelly for G Kelly (ht), S Brennan for N Browne (ht), Sean Haugh for B Hartnett (ht), D Russell for G Brennan (48).

Referee: C Lane (Cork)

Allianz Football League Division 1 Semi-Final – Mayo 2-15 Kerry 1-17 (AET)

Mayo 2-15 Kerry 1-17 aet

Report from the web site

Mayo earned a place in the Allianz Football League Division 1 final after a titanic tussle with Kerry Mayo scored a rare Croke Park victory over Kerry, 2-15 to 1-17, to qualify for the Allianz National Football League division one final after an extra-time thriller. Substitute Richie Feeney hit a sensational winning point, with Bryan Sheehan just missing with a late leveller chance from a ’45.

It was a memorable encounter which saw both sides enjoy their spells of dominance, two second half goals adding to the drama at GAA headquarters. Conor Mortimer steadied Mayo nerves with a couple of early points, and when corner back Keith Higgins powered through from the back, linking with Mortimer and Andy Moran, to pick off an inspirational score, they led by three.

Kerry’s wasteful use of possession contrasted with the creativity of Andy Moran, who never put a pass astray as the westerners established a foothold. Michael Conroy’s superb pass sent Mortimer in for his second from play, and Alan Dillon made it 0-6 to 0-1 in the 13th minute. Paul Galvin’s emergence as an effective playmaker sparked Kerry into life, and scores from Colm Cooper, Patrick Curtin, Anthony Maher and Kieran O’Leary narrowed the gap to a single point on 20 minutes.

Mortimer brought his tally to five, but that was quickly cancelled out by a Cooper free. It was Mayo who finished the half strongly, Moran taking advantage of sloppy defending to fire in a shot on goal that flew just over the bar. Mortimer’s sixth sent them in with a 0-9 to 0-7 lead, but Kerry, with Maher and Sheehan on top at midfield, came strongly early in the second half, Cooper and Galvin pulling back points.

Both sides had goal chances, with Moran’s shot blocked by Sheehan, before Darran O’Sullivan had an effort superbly saved by David Clarke. The Kingdom took the lead for the first time in the 49th minute when Kieran Donaghy, now operating at full forward, laid off for O’Sullivan to split the posts. But they were soon five points ahead, substitute James O’Donoghue volleying home a goal in the 53rd minute.

Mayo’s response was positive, quick points form wing-back Colm Boyle and a somewhat subdued Mortimer, but Kerry spirits were raised once again when Sheehan powered over a monster free. But a moment of madness from Kieran Donaghy, who sent a backpass straight into the arms of Dillon, led to Paul Galvin conceding a penalty which Pat Harte expertly tucked away. And it was in the fifth minute of stoppage time that substitute Killian O’Connor won the free which he converted himself to tie it up at 1-13 each.

Sheehan and substitute Barry John Keane helped Kerry to a 1-16 to 1-14 lead midway through extra-time. But back came Mayo again, and somehow wing-back Colm Boyle managed to swivel and shoot to the net despite being surrounded by three defenders. Superb defending from Kevin Keane denied BJ Keane a third point, and it was substitute Richie Feeney who broke away on the left to arrow over the winner.

Mayo scorers: C Boyle 1-1, C Mortimer 0-7 (4f), K O’Connor (1f), A Dillon 0-2 each, A Moran, K Higgins, R Feeney 0-1 each.

Kerry scorers: J O’Donoghue 1-0, B Sheehan 0-6 (5f), C Cooper 0-4 (3f), BJ Keane 0-2, A Maher, P Galvin, K O’Leary, P Curtin, D O’Sullivan 0-1 each.

Mayo: D Clarke, K Keane, G Cafferkey, K Higgins, L Keegan, D Vaughan, C Boyle, B Moran, J Gibbons, K McLoughlin, A Moran, A Dillon, C Mortimer, J Doherty, M Conroy.

Subs: P Harte for Doherty, E Varley for Conroy, D Geraghty for B Moran, K O’Connor for Mortimer, R Feeney for McLoughlin, A Campbell for Harte

Kerry: B Kealy, S Enright, M O Se, K Young, P Crowley, A O’Mahony, B Maguire, A Maher, B Sheehan, P Galvin, Darran O’Sullivan, K Donaghy, C Cooper, K O’Leary, P Curtin.

Subs: J O’Donoghue for O’Leary, E Brosnan for O’Mahony, D Walsh for Curtin, J Lyne for Maguire, BJ Keane for Young, J Buckley for Crowley

Match Preview

Kerry v Mayo, Croke Park, 2pm

From the web site

Sunday, April 15

Allianz Football League Division I Semi-Final

Kerry v Mayo, Croke Park, 2pm

Having met in the final round of Division I of the Allianz Football League less than a week ago, Kerry and Mayo should have a fairly good measure of one another when they meet in the first game of the semi-final double header at Croke Park on Sunday.

Mayo had more to play for in that last clash, with Kerry having been already safely into the semi-finals as table toppers before the game. James Horan’s men looked like they would need a win to make the last four, but in the end a draw was enough to see them set up another game with the Kingdom for a place in the final.

While that outcome was more than satisfactory for Mayo, they had their reasons to be a little discontented afterwards. They led the Kingdom by eight points at one stage, and were still 1-12 to 0-9 ahead after 48 minutes. Beating Kerry in Kerry is a rare scalp, and it looked a very real prospect for long stages.

However, Mayo’s much maligned “old failings” returned as they failed to score for the rest of the game, and allowed Kerry to edge back and eventually level it up with late scores from Bryan Sheehan.

Results elsewhere meant the draw got them through but giving up such a lead was hardly stellar stuff, especially given how ruthless they had been in maintaining their dominance over Dublin the week before.

Still, it would be folly to use last Sunday’s game as much of a guide for the latest instalment, as there is plenty to differentiate this encounter from the last.

For one, it’s in Croke Park which brings a whole new dynamic to any game. Secondly it’s a semi-final, which creates a different impetus from that of ordinary League games, and thirdly, Kerry have strengthened their team significantly from the last day, when they rested many big names.

Marc Ó Sé, Darran O’Sullivan and Declan O’Sullivan have all been named in the starting XV having come on from the bench last weekend, and their presence from the start will guarantee a different intensity.

Kerry’s most comfortable environment has always been semi-finals and finals in Croke Park. Although League showdowns will never have the same allure of Championship D-Days, Kerry rarely disappoint in the business end of competitions.

And unfortunately for Mayo, that is exactly where they have disappointed over the years. They have always shown flashes of brilliance during campaigns, their monumental recent victory over Dublin a case in point, but when it comes close to trophy time, they stutter, and Kerry more often than not have been the ones who have most provoked those collapses.

But Jack O’Connor and James Horan will eye this game and the League in general, with a cold eye. Ultimately, spring is all about showing potential, desire and hopefully some form ahead of the Championship, and both counties have done that regardless of what happens on Sunday.

Kerry cruised into the semi-finals with five wins and just one defeat, while Mayo had a few stutters in a campaign bookended by excellence. Kerry’s good form was driven mostly from familiar places, with a few new names thrown into the mix, while Mayo’s best moments have been at midfield and in the forwards, with Aidan O’Shea blooming in the centre and providing an efficient engine room for an attack with plenty of class.

So Jack O’Connor certainly doesn’t seem to have too many concerns going into the summer, and while Horan has plenty of things to work on, he has also plenty of things to be hopeful about.

Those realities turn Sunday’s game into bonus territory for both teams. Kerry will take victory and defeat in much the same way – they won’t get too excited about either. A Mayo win would give them an unexpected early season chance for silverware – an ideal tonic before embarking on the rest of the year.

Colm Boyle returns for Mayo having being absent through injury last Sunday, but Aidan O’Shea is set to miss out after the recurrence of a groin problem, which could keep him out for up to a month. The loss of the Breaffy man would be a major blow to Horan, given how vital he has been to Mayo so far this year.

As mentioned already, Kerry have made a number of changes to their starting team, with many established names returning to the XV. Colm Cooper will make his second start of the season, having made a successful return to the team last weekend following a break.

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Waterford 0-9 London 0-9

Waterford hold wasteful London

Waterford 0-09 London 0-09

By John Murphy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Less than 50 paying customers turned out at sun-splashed Fraher Field, Dungarvan, yesterday for this final round tie. London should have won but the inability of their forwards to capitalise on plentiful possession cost them both points. They should have had a goal as early as the opening minute but the crossbar denied Padraig McGoldick after a bad goalkeeping blunder by Kieran Cotter. Waterford then eased into a 0-5 to 0-2 lead by the 23rd minute, but a brace of Lloyd Colfer points and another superb one by Lorcan Mulvey had London level at 0-5 each at the break. Waterford had the accuracy of Mark Ferncombe to thank as his 66th minute effort secured a share of the spoils.

Scorers for Waterford: M. Ferncombe (0-6, 0-3 frees); S. O’Hare (45’), JJ. Hutchinson, S. Fleming (0-1) each.

Scorers for London: L. Colfer (0-3); K. O’Leary(0-2); L. Mulvey, P. McGoldrick, S. McVeigh, S, Kelly (0-1) each.

WATERFORD: K. Cotter; A. Doyle, M. O’Gorman, K. Connery; T. Grey, E. Walsh, McGrath; S. Dempsey, S. O’Hare; C. McGrath, L. O’Lionain, C. O’Keeffe; M. Ferncombe, S. Fleming, JJ Hutchinson.

Subs: W. Hennessey for McGrath (ht); J. Veale for O’Lionain (51); P. Hurney for O’Keeffe (56); G. Nugent for Hutchinson (60).

LONDON: E. Byrne; P. Sherry, S. McVeigh, D. McGreevy; T. Gaughan, S. Mulligan, K. O’Leary; P. Finn, L. Mulvey; C. McCallion, S. Doolan, G. Crowley; P. McGoldrick, M. Gottsche, L. Colfer.

Subs: S. Hannon for Crowley (45); S. Kelly for McCallion (47); A. Moyles for Finn (60); J. Scanlon for Gaughan (64); A. Rafferty for Doolan (69).

Referee: Keith O’Brien (Tipperary)