Limerick defeated Waterford by 2-12 to 0-7 in the Quarter Final of the Munster GAA Senior Football Championship on Sunday at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.
Limerick capitalise on Scanlon heroics
Report from the Irish Independent newspaper
Limerick 2-12 Waterford 0-7
Be the first to comment There was nothing to suggest at half-time at the Gaelic Grounds yesterday that this was going to turn into a stroll for Limerick as just a point separated the sides. But the game turned two minutes after the restart when Limerick goalkeeper Brian Scanlon saved a penalty from Mark Ferncombe. Waterford did not score after that and Limerick tacked on 1-7 to ease into a semi-final showdown with Clare on June 9.
“It was a big moment all right. It was a great save by Brian Scanlon,” said Limerick manager Maurice Horan afterwards. “We were sickened when we saw the referee awarding a penalty. But Brian got himself organised, he had a minute or two. I won’t say he did a Petr Cech on it but he saved it. It was a turning point for us.”
Waterford kicked all of their scores from play in the opening half but failed to register a single score after the restart and, aside from the penalty miss, they also shot eight wides in the second half. “At the end of the day we had opportunities to close the gap in the last 10 minutes but that didn’t happen. It is very difficult,” reflected Waterford boss John Owens. “It was one of those days we felt if we could get within striking distance, but we had that in the first half and we didn’t push on and that was disappointing.” He will face a difficult task getting them ready for the qualifiers but they gave as good as they got in the opening half but in Ian Ryan, who finished with 1-7, Limerick had a match winner.
Waterford’s collapse was not evident in the opening half in front of a crowd of 2,431 and Limerick led by 1-5 to 0-7 at the break after both sides picked off some fine scores. The crucial score of the opening period was a goal after 19 minutes from Seamus O’Carroll when Waterford goalkeeper Kieran Cotter failed to deal with a swirling high ball from the right by Paul Kinnerk. It broke kindly for Eoghan O’Connor and he set up O’Carroll who blasted to the roof of the net. The sides were deadlocked at 0-3 each when O’Carroll struck, with Waterford racing into an early lead thanks to points from JJ Hutchinson and Ferncombe.
Ryan landed his third free before O’Carroll blasted to the net but the Waterford response to the goal was good, with Hutchinson getting his second point before Tony Grey reduced the margin to the minimum seven minutes from the break when he again went forward to score. The game turned when Ian Corbett brought down Grey two minutes after the restart but Ferncombe’s miss from the resultant penalty was crucial. Within a minute, Ryan turned the screw with a Limerick point and Waterford never looked like recovering. The O’Gorman twins, Maurice and Thomas, were both booked as Waterford struggled to contain a rejuvenated Limerick attack.
Ryan pointed both frees following the bookings to open up a 1-8 to 0-7 lead after 56 minutes and there really was only going to be one winner after that. Limerick manager Horan introduced Stephen Kelly and the Newcastle West man looked sharp, picking off a good point and was full of running. Ger Collins also finished the game strongly and shot two points as Waterford’s day of woe got worse. Appropriately, it was Ryan who finished the contest in style when he worked his way in from the left and gave Cotter no chance with a rocket to the roof of the net to set up a semi-final clash with Clare as they bid to reach the Munster final for the third time in four years. They will go to Cusack Park with plenty of confidence, especially if their injury situation continues to improve, but it looks like being another short summer for Waterford.
Scorers — Limerick: I Ryan 1-7 (6f), S O’Carroll 1-1, G Collins 0-2, J Cooke, I Corbett 0-1 each. Waterford: T Grey, M Ferncombe, JJ Hutchinson 0-2 each, S Ahearne 0-1.
Limerick — B Scanlon 8; J McCarthy 7, P Browne 7, L O’Dwyer 6; S Lavin 6, J Riordan 7, P Ranahan 6; T Lee 7, P Kinnerk 7; S Buckley 6, G Collins 7, E Barry 6; E O’Connor 7, S O’Carroll 7, I Ryan 8. Subs: I Corbett 6 for Barry (33), J O’Meara 6 for Kinnerk (48), S Kelly 7 for O’Carroll (56), J Cooke 6 for Lee (62), S Lucey 6 for Ranahan (68).
Waterford — K Cotter 6; K Connery 6, T O’Gorman 7, M O’Gorman 7; T Grey 7, S Briggs 6, C O’Keeffe 5; S Ahearne 6, S O’Hare 5; JJ Hutchinson 7, S Dempsey 5, P Hurney 5; M Ferncombe 6, W Hennessy 7, T Prendergast 6. Subs: L O Lionain 6 for Prendergast (35), J Veale 6 for Ferncombe (59), P Whyte 6 for Hurney (59), S Fleming 6 for Hutchinson (59), A Doyle 6 for M O’Gorman (69).
Ref — C Lane (Cork)
Relief for Horan as Treaty take time to shake off rust and dump Déise
Limerick 2-12 Waterford 0-7
By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper
They have knocked at the provincial title door for years and made a successful attempt at the start of another tilt at Munster in the Gaelic Grounds yesterday. There was no silverware on show here and the 2,341 patrons present witnessed a level of performance that will require refinement if Limerick are to finally thrive this summer. The 11-point margin concealed the competitive nature of Waterford’s performance for a good hour and a few shortcomings on Limerick’s part. Yet at the beginning of a championship road, victory was all manager Maurice Horan desired to set up a meeting with Clare on June 9.
“We lost the first round of the Munster championship last year so we’re happy in that sense to have won this,” reflected Horan. “I wouldn’t be delighted with the first half though. We were very rusty at times, some of our passing went astray and there a breakdown in communication as well. “But at least we got organised at half-time. We swallowed up their attacks and started to settle whereas they got demoralised. Our subs came on and made an impression. The penalty was obviously a major turning point as well.”
The spot kick Horan referred to came in the 38th minute when Waterford substitute Liam Ó Lionáin was felled by Limerick youngster James O’Meara. It had the sense of a pivotal moment at the time and that was confirmed afterwards. Waterford had only been 1-5 to 0-7 adrift at the interval and were firmly in the hunt. Their defence was shutting down Limerick’s attacking sources as Wayne Hennessy acted as an important screen while Kieran Connery and Tony Grey made impressive forays forward.
An attack missing talisman Gary Hurney was coping well with JJ Hutchinson, parachuted into the team before the off, and Mark Ferncombe confidently kicking four points between them. When the chance came to hit the net from the penalty, a goal would have been a huge boost but Ferncombe’s effort was smothered by Limerick netminder Brian Scanlon. That knocked Waterford back and they endured a tough second half in front of goal as they failed to add to their half-time tally.
“It’s very disappointing,” admitted Waterford boss John Owens. “Great credit to Limerick, they persevered and got the scores when they needed. You wouldn’t read too much into the scoreboard. “When the team gets a run on you, the heads go down. We just didn’t get enough ball into our forwards and it’ll be very difficult to pick things up now.”
It took Limerick a long time to get into their stride yet they always had the cushion of a functioning rearguard behind them. Padraig Browne and John Riordan were excellent in the spine, Stephen Lavin’s influence became more pronounced as the match progressed and Thomas Lee, a recent returnee from Australia, put in a good shift at midfield. Their attack found it difficult to punch holes but the opportunism of Seamus O’Carroll in rifling the ball to the net in the 19th minute, after a skyscraper by Paul Kinnerk slipped from Kieran Cotter’s grasp, proved important.
Ian Ryan should have found the net in the 31st minute when his shot flew over the bar but his class told by the finish. His free-taking was exemplary as his points from those situations allowed Limerick to keep Waterford at arm’s length during the second half. In the 69th minute he provided the gloss to the victory with a stinging drive to the net.
Limerick had their own scoring problems in the second half yet the old guard dug them out in the finale. Stephen Kelly sprang from the bench to lob over the first point from play of the second half in the 63rd minute and Ger Collins, quiet by his high standards, knocked over a brace. The sight of Stephen Lucey joining in the action was reassuring for Limerick supporters and they will hope to have Jim Donovan fit and ready for the semi-final. That will be a stern test but this was at least a start that offers hope.
Scorers for Limerick: I Ryan 1-7 (6fs), S O’Carroll 1-1, G Collins 0-2, J Cooke, S Kelly 0-1 each.
Scorers for Waterford: M Ferncombe, T Grey, JJ Hutchinson 0-2 each, S Ahearne 0-1.
Subs for Limerick: I Corbett for Barry (33), J O’Meara for Kinnerk (48), S Kelly for O’Carroll (56), J Cooke for Lee (63), S Lucey for Ranahan (68).
Subs for Waterford: L Ó Lionáin for Prendergast (ht), J Veale for Ferncombe (59), S Fleming for Hutchinson (59), P Whyte for Hurney (59), A Doyle for M O’Gorman (70).
Referee: Conor Lane (Cork)
From Wednesday at 9am to Saturday at 12pm, a limited number of discount Mackey Stand tickets for €15 will be made available for this game at www.tickets.ie and also through Centra and Supervalu stores throughout Munster.
Adult – Mackey Stand – €20
Student/OAP – Concession on specific styles on the day (on production of I.D.) – €10
Group Stand Discount (when purchased through a club) – €15
Under 16s will admitted free
From the GAA.ie web site
The Munster GAA Football Championship 2012 gets underway this weekend with the meeting of Limerick and Waterford at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. While Limerick have reached four Munster finals this Millennium and Waterford have not contested a provincial final since 1960, there has been surprisingly little between the sides when they have met in recent years. In fact, the most recent meeting was in the Allianz League back in March, when the Déise torpedoed Limerick’s promotion hopes with an excellent 1-18 to 1-14 victory at the Gaelic Grounds.
That victory earned John Owens’ side a measure of revenge for the Round 3 All-Ireland Qualifier defeat they suffered at the hands of Limerick last summer. After a trimming by Cork in the Munster Championship semi-final, Waterford regrouped and earned a creditable victory over London in Ruislip, with team captain Gary Hurney scoring 1-3. In the next round at the Gaelic Grounds, the game turned on a controversial incident involving Tom Lee in the 59th minute when, with Waterford trailing by just two points, Hurney was sent off. The in-form Stephen Kelly was to the fore as Limerick took advantage of their numerical advantage to record a five-point win.
Hurney is ruled out of Sunday’s game after damaging his jaw in a club championship game with Ballinacourty, while Kelly, Limerick’s star in their run to a first-ever All-Ireland quarter-final appearance, has failed to make their starting XV and is a major loss with ligament damage. Midfielder Lee is thrown straight into midfield having arrived back from Australia at the start of the month. His inclusion is a major plus given talisman John Galvin is unavailable after damaging his cruciate knee ligament once again in the league game against Fermanagh. Eoin Barry makes his championship debut at wing-forward.
Limerick have won nine Munster Championship games since 2000, but only two of those victories have come at the Gaelic Grounds, against Waterford in 2004 and Clare in 2006. An indication of the size of the task facing Waterford is the statistic that they have won just twice in the Munster Championship since 1988, with both victories coming on home soil against Clare. Speaking this week, Waterford manager John Owens was confident of overcoming that poor record. “There’s only a kick of a ball between the two counties on a championship day or a league day,” he said. “What we will be hoping is that we bring our ‘A’ game and take these guys on in their own backyard, nobody in the dressingroom is afraid of that.”
The prize for the winners is a semi-final place against Clare.
The Waterford Senior Football Team to play Limerick is as follows –
1. Kieran Cotter Geraldines C. Mac Oitir
2. Maurice O’Gorman Nire M. Ó Gormáin
3. Thomas O’Gorman Nire T. Ó Gormáin
4. Kieran Connery Clashmore/Kinsalebeg C. O Conaire
5. Wayne Hennessy Ardmore W. Ó hAonghusa
6. Tony Grey Stradbally A. de Gré
7. Shane Briggs Ballinacourty S. De Brig CAPTAIN
8. Shane Ahearne Stradbally S. Ó hEathairn
9. Sean O’Hare Ballinacourty S. Ó hEithir
10. Patrick Hurney Ballinacourty P. O’hUrnai
11. Paul Whyte Kilrossanty P. de Faoite
12. Cillian O’Keeffe Clashmore/Kinsalebeg C. Ó Caoimh
13. Tommy Prendergast Kilrossanty T. de Priondargáis
14. Sean Fleming Clashmore/Kinsalebeg S. Phleimeann
15. Mark Ferncombe Ballinacourty M. Ferncombe
Eoin Barry (26 years) from the Dromcollogher-Broadford club makes his Championship debut and Paul Kinnerk makes his first Championship start having come on as a sub in the Round 3 qualifer V Waterford in 2011. Ger Collins (Monaleen) is the team captain. Thomas Lee returns having missed all the AFL games.
Limerick Senior Football Team V Waterford MSFC 20th May 2012.
1. Brian Scanlon, Gerald Griffin’s.
2. Johnny McCarthy, St.Kieran’s.
3. Paudie Browne, Fr. Casey’s.
4. Lorcan O’Dwyer, Pallasgreen.
5. Steven Lavin, Adare.
6. John Riordan, Fr. Casey’s
7. Pa Ranahan, Ballysteen.
8. Thomas Lee, Ballylanders.
9. Paul Kinnerk , Monaleen.
10. Eoin Barry, Dromcollogher-Broadford.
11. Eoghan O’Connor, St. Mary’s/Sean Finn’s.
12. Seanie Buckley, Dromcollogher-Broadford.
13. Ger Collins, Monaleen CAPTAIN.
14. Seamus O’Carroll, Cappagh Kilcornan.
15. Ian Ryan, St. Senan’s.
Management Team ; Manager Maurice Horan (Na Piarsaigh) , Selector Joe Lee (Newcastlewest), Selector/Coach Brian Lacey. Doctor: Dr. Mick Lucey, Head Physio: Jamie Bowman, Assistant Physio: Darragh Kennedy.
SUNDAY MAY 20TH
Munster GAA Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final
Limerick v Waterford
Venue: Gaelic Grounds Limerick @ 3:30pm
Referee – Conor Lane (Cork)
Stand By Referee – Michael Collins (Cork)
Linesman – Derek O’Mahony (Tipperary)
Sideline Official – Keith O’Brien (Tipperary)
Umpires – John Joe Lane, Ger Fleming, D J O’Sullivan, Pat Kelly
Replay date – May 26th
Next Round – the winners play Clare in the Munster Semi-Final on Saturday June 9th at 7:00pm
Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
For the Record
|2011 Championship Performance||Lost to Kerry by 1-26 to 3-9 in the Munster Semi-Final before making a good run in the Qualifiers, defeating Offaly, Waterford and Wexford. Limerick lost to Kerry in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final by 1-20 to 0-10 at Croke Park.||Lost to Cork by 5-17 to 2-8 in the Munster Semi-Final. In the Qualifiers, Waterford defeated London by 1-17 to 0-13 before losing to Limerick by 0-14 to 0-9 at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.|
|Number of Munster Senior Football titles||1||1|
|Last Munster Senior Football Title||1896||1898|
|Munster Senior Football Championship Record since 2000||Played – 22
Won – 9
Lost – 12
Drawn – 1
|Played – 14
Won – 2
Lost – 12
Drawn – 0
|Last meeting in the Munster Senior Football Championship||June 6th 2010 at Fraher Field Dungarvan – Limerick 1-17 Waterford 1-9 (Munster Semi-Final) – an early Ger Collins goal set Limerick on their way to an eight point victory over Waterford.
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|Last meeting in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship||July 16st 2011 at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick – Limerick 0-14 Waterford 0-9 – (All-Ireland Qualifiers) – Stephen Kelly kicked 7 points for Limerick to help them to a hard fought victory
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|Last meeting in the Allianz Football League Division 4||March 24th 2012 at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick – Waterford 1-18 Limerick 1-14 – Waterford scored six unanswered points in the final quarter to secure a come from behind victory with Gary Hurney accounting for 7 of Waterford’s points.
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Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship 2012
Sunday May 20th (Replay date – May 26th)
@ Pairc na nGael Waterford v Limerick @ 3:30pm
Sunday May 27th (Replay date – June 2nd)
@ Semple Stadium Thurles Tipperary v Kerry @ 2:00pm
Saturday June 9th (Replay date – June 16th)
@ Cusack Park Ennis Clare v Waterford or Limerick @ 7:00pm
or Gaelic Grounds Limerick
Sunday June 10th (Replay date – June 16th)
@ Pairc Ui Chaoimh Cork v Tipperary or Kerry @ 2:00pm
Sunday July 8th (Replay date – July 14th)
There has been a 57% increase in the number of scores in the last 4 Munster Senior Football Championships – 2008 (21 scores per game), 2009 (24 scores per game), 2010 (28 scores per game), 2011 (33 scores per game).
Cork have won both competitions entered thus far in 2012, Cork won the McGrath Cup in January with victories over Clare, CIT and Tipperary, conceding a total of 20 points in 210 minutes of action. Cork then progressed to win the Allianz Football League Division 1 title for the third consecutive year. During the 7 group matches in Division 1, Cork conceded the least amount of scores (an aggregate of 78 points). Kerry had the second best defensive record with a concession of 86 points on aggregate. Cork’s defensive record in the 12 competitive matches played in 2012 has seen them concede an average of 8.16 points per game.
Since 2000, Kerry have drawn more matches in the Munster Senior Football Championship than they have lost, 5 draws (all v Cork) as compared to 4 defeats in 33 matches played.
Tipperary have lost their first game in the Munster Senior Football Championship in the last 8 seasons. Tipperary’s last Munster SFC victory came in the first round in 2003 when helped by 11 points by Declan Browne, the Premier County defeated Waterford at Walsh Park by 0-18 to 1-12. Cork native Denis Walsh was the Waterford manager on the day.
Since 2000, Limerick have won as many matches in the Munster Senior Football Championship (9) than Tipperary (2), Clare (5) and Waterford (2) combined. Only 2 of those 9 Limerick victories have come at home, against Waterford in 2004 (1-18 to 0-7) and against Clare in 2006 (2-5 to 0-8). Limerick have a home tie with Waterford in the 2012 first round on May 20th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.
Clare have won 1 of their last 7 matches in the Munster Senior Football Championship, a 0-9 to 0-7 victory over Waterford at Cusack Park Ennis in May 2008.
Waterford have won 2 matches in the Munster Senior Football Championship since 1988. Both victories have come at the expense of Clare in games played at Fraher Field Dungarvan – a 1-6 to 0-7 victory in 2007 and a 1-10 to 0-9 win in 2010.
Cork’s Daniel Goulding was the top scorer in the 2011 Munster Senior Football Championship with 2-16 (0-9 from frees) in three matches. Colm Cooper (Kerry) was second with 0-14 (0-5 frees) while there was a three-way tie for 3rd place involving Darran O’Sullivan (Kerry – 2-6), Declan O’Sullivan (Kerry – 0-12) and Donnacha O’Connor (Cork – 2-6, 0-3 frees, 1-0 penalty).
Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship Roll Of Honour
Kerry (74) – 1892, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1919, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011
Cork (36) – 1890, 1891, 1893, 1894, 1897, 1899, 1901, 1906, 1907, 1911, 1916, 1928, 1943, 1945, 1949, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2009
Tipperary (9) – 1888, 1889, 1895, 1900, 1902, 1918, 1920, 1922, 1935
Clare (2) – 1917, 1992
Waterford (1) – 1898
Limerick (1) – 1896
Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship – List of Winning Teams
Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began 1888 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/sf_teams/
Munster Senior FOOTBALL Cup
No Name – Presented by Munster Council in 1928
All Ireland GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship
In the Senior Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Kerry are top with 36, 14 ahead of the next county – Dublin. Cork are 4th in the roll of honour with 7 titles. Tipperary have won 4 All-Ireland’s, their last in 1920 while Limerick won the first ever All-Ireland Senior Football Championship played in 1887 and also won the All-Ireland in 1896.