Munster GAA SFC Q-Final – Limerick 2-12 Waterford 0-7

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.

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Limerick capitalise on Scanlon heroics

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Limerick 2-12 Waterford 0-7

Munster SFC

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)

Video Previews

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Admission Prices

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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

Match Preview

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.

Team News

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.

Fixture Details

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 pro.munster@gaa.ie for more information

For the Record

Limerick Waterford
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


Quarter-Finals

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


Semi-Finals
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

Final

Sunday July 8th (Replay date – July 14th)

2:00pm throw-in

Useful Information

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.

Munster GAA Guides

Munster GAA is delighted to introduce a new initiative for the 2012 Munster Senior Hurling and Senior Football Championships to improve the customer experience for our loyal supporters.

The “Munster Guides” will be dressed in a distinctive pink Munster GAA jersey (kindly sponsored by O’Neill’s) who will meet patrons as they enter the stadium. They will provide a warm welcome, directions to your seats and other facilities when needed.

They will also help out with pre-match entertainment activities such as Free face-painting for kids and act as a point of contact for your queries as you enter the ground.

Watch out for them throughout the Championship and we hope you enjoy the games.

 

Munster GAA Junior Football Championship Quarter Final – Waterford 2-13 Limerick 1-10

Casey strike paves the way for Deise victory

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Waterford 2-13 Limerick 1-10

WATERFORD proved much too crafty for Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds, though at one stage in the second half the Shannonsiders had narrowed the gap to a goal. Two first-half goals, the first after 13 minutes, and the second with the last action of the half, were the real difference between the sides. The first goal was superbly taken by full-forward Mitchell Casey who took a great catch from a cross by John Coffey before blasting his shot past James Brouder from close range. Goal number two was even more brilliantly executed, with Waterford goalkeeper Paul Houlihan starting a move which involved six players before David Power applied the finishing touch.

By half-time, Waterford led 2-4 to 0-4 and they went further ahead when Ed Hogan had the opening point on the resumption. That sparked a Limerick revival. Substitute Mark O’Sullivan scored a goal to raise their hopes of a comeback, but Waterford retained possession very efficiently in the final quarter and they cruised to a comfortable victory.

Waterford’s defence was superb, especially in the first half, during which Limerick’s only point from play came from wing-back John Bourke. Full-back Declan Prendergast, Richie Hennessy and Ger Dunphy excelled, while Michael O’Gorman and Patrick Lynch dominated midfield. Ronan Cahill was the perfect middle man in the half-forward line and he was flanked by the two Powers, Paul and David, who also shone all through. Limerick were a big disappointment, with only John Bourke, Stephen Nix and Derry O’Connor, catching the eye.

SCORERS — Waterford: D Power 1-2, M Casey 1-1, G Crotty 0-3, P Power, E Hogan (1f), 0-2 each, R Hennessy, R Cahill, J Coffey 0-1 each. Limerick: K O’Callaghan 0-5 (4f), D O’Connor 0-3, M O’Sullivan 1-0, J Bourke 0-2.

WATERFORD — P Houlihan; J Walsh, D Prendergast, G Dunphy; A O’Loughlin, E Rockett, R Hennessy; M O’Gorman, P Lynch; P Power, R Cahill, D Power; E Hogan, M Casey, J Coffer. Subs: G Crotty for O’Gorman (h-t), S Lannon for O’Loughlin (40), K Sheehan for Lynch (52), D Wall for P Power (59), K Buckley for Casey (59).

LIMERICK — J Brouder; M O’Keeffe, S Browne, A O’Sullivan; P Sheahan, S Nix, J Bourke; B O’Brien, T Cahill; K O’Connor, M Quilligan, T McMahon; S Cronin, K O’Callaghan, D O’Connor. Subs: M O’Sullivan for Cronin (22), B O’Sullivan for McMahon (25), G Noonan for Cahill (39).

REF — J Lynch (Kerry)

 

Casey and Power pave way for Déise

Waterford 2-13 Limerick 1-10

By John Redington for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Former Waterford senior boss John ‘Jackson’ Kiely made a successful return to inter-county management when his side secured victory in yesterday’s Munster JFC quarter-final at the Gaelic Grounds. A 15th minute goal gave the visitors a lead they never relinquished. A second moments before the interval was a huge blow to the hosts. After Limerick pair Kieran O’Callaghan and John Bourke traded scores with Ronan Cahill and John Coffey, Waterford took control when Mitchell Casey netted after fielding a long delivery.

O’Callaghan sent over another two frees either side of points from Paul Power and David Power before the latter’s injury-time goal gave Waterford a 2-4 to 0-4 interval lead. Mark O’Sullivan’s goal lifted Limerick hopes but the two Powers responded to ease Waterford worries. Scores from Derry O’Connor and O’Callaghan brought Limerick within two but Waterford finished in style to ease into the last four.

Scorers for Waterford: D Power 1-2, M Casey 1-1, G Crotty 0-3, P Power 0-2, E Hogan 0-2 (1f), R Cahill 0-1, J Coffey 0-1, R Hennessy 0-1.

Scorers for Limerick: K O’Callaghan 0-5 (4f), D O’Connor 0-3, M O’Sullivan 1-0, J Bourke 0-2.

WATERFORD: P Houlihan; J Walsh, D Prendergast, G Dunphy; A O’Loughlin, E Rockett, R Hennessy; M O’Gorman, P Lynch; P Power, R Cahill, D Power; Edmond Hogan, M Casey, J Coffey.

Subs: G Crotty for M O’Gorman (h-t), S Lannon for A O’Loughlin (38), K Sheehan for P Lynch (52), D Wall for P Power (58), K Buckley for M Casey (60).

LIMERICK: J Brouder; M O’Keeffe, S Browne, A O’Sullivan; P Sheehan, S Nix, J Bourke; B O’Brien, T Cahill; K O’Connor, M Quilligan, T McMahon; S Cronin, K O’Callaghan, D O’Connor.

Subs: M O’Sullivan for S Cronin (23), B O’Sullivan for T McMahon (28), G Noonan for T Cahill (38).

Referee: J Lynch (Kerry)

Team News

Limerick Junior Football Team V Waterford on 20th May 2012.

1. James Brouder Mountcollins.

2. Michael O’Keeffe Newcastlewest.

3. Shaun Browne Newcastlewest.

4. Aidan O’Sullivan Bruff.

5. Patrick Sheahan St. Mary’s/Sean Finn’s. Captain.

6. Stephen Nix Newcastlewest.

7. John Bourke Oola.

8. Bobby O’Brien Bruff.

9. Tom Cahill Fr. Casey’s.

10. Keith O’Connor Hospital/Herbertstown.

11. Michael Quilligan Newcastlewest.

12. Tony McMahon Pallasgreen.

13. Sean Cronin Newcastlewest.

14. Kieran O’Callaghan Ballylanders.

15. Derry O’Connor Fr.Casey’s.

16. Tom Enright Fr. Casey’s.

17. Gary Enright St. Mary’s/Sean Finn’s.

18. Shane O’Connor Fr. Casey’s.

19. Mark O’Sullivan St. Mary’s/Sean Finn’s.

20. Brendan O’Sullivan Hospital/Herbertstown.

21. Padraigh Horan Glin.

22. Jamie Lee Newcastlewest.

23. Conor Henebry Galbally.

24. Garrett Noonan Dromcollogher- Broadford.

Management Team: Manager John Cummins (Galbally); Selectors Billy Lee (Newcastlewest) and Gerry O’Sullivan (Hospital/Herbertstown); Logistics Coordinator Kieran Donovan (St.Mary’s/Sean Finn’s)

 

Waterford Junior Football Team

1. Paul Houlihan St. Saviours P. Ó hUallacháin

2. Justin Walsh Nire S. Breathnach

3. Declan Prendergast Ardmore D. de Priondargáis

4. Ger Dunphy Newtown G. Mac Donnchaidh

5. Adam O’Loughlan St. Molleran’s A. Ó Lochlainn

6. Eddie Rockett (CAPTAIN) Stradbally E. Mac Rocéid

7. Richie Hennessy Ardmore R. Ó hAongasa

8. Michael O’Gorman Nire M. Ó Gormáin

9. Patrick Lynch Ballinacourty P. Ó Loingsigh

10. Paul Power Portlaw P. de Paor

11. Ronan Cahill Rathgormack R. Ó Cathail

12. David Power Kilrossanty D. de Paor

13. Edmond Hogan Rathgormack E. Ó hÓgáin

14. Mitchell Casey De La Salle M. Ó Cathasaigh

15. John Coffey Stradbally S. Ó Cofaigh

Limerick’s Pa Ranahan gunning for Waterford

The Limerick star has been looking ahead to the opening Munster Senior Football clash with Waterford this Sunday.

With the big guns of Cork and Kerry on the other side of the draw the Shannonsiders are fancying their chances of a provincial final spot.

Limerick boss Maurice Horan sizes up Waterford

Ahead of their Munster Senior Football Championship opener against Waterford
Maurice Horan has been chatting about the pressures of the job, the ambition on
Shannonside for success and the prospect of facing the Deise in their provincial opener this weekend.

Some of the GAA’s biggest names have been sharing their views about the 2012 Munster Senior Hurling and Football Championships. Tipp’s Paul Curran is asking the Premier public to give Lar Corbett a chance to get up to the pace of championship training while Kerry’s Eoin Brosnan admits that the Kingdom don’t want to end their season before it takes off by thinking too far ahead and reversing the outcome of their result in last year’s All Ireland final. The pair were amongst a host of stars who were in attendance at the Munster GAA Championship launch in Mallow where details were also given of some new ticket deals for the provincial series.

Electric Ireland Munster MFC S-Final – Tipperary 1-10 Cork 0-9

Premier punch puts Cork on the canvas

Tipperary 1-10 Cork 0-09

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tipperary’s ambitions of retaining their All-Ireland MFC crown remain intact after they staved off the determined challenge of Cork in an engaging Munster semi-final clash in Páirc Uí Chaoimh last night. With several survivors from the side that claimed national success last September, Tipperary required all that experience to emerge with the honours in front of 2,221 patrons. Victory also set up a final showdown on July 8 against a Kerry team they defeated in the opening round.

The critical score in this tight tie arrived just after the interval. Only two minutes had elapsed in the second-half when Tipperary’s John Martin punted in a cross from the left wing and the towering figure of Philip Quirke availed of the new square ball rule to steal in and fist the ball to the net. That proved the only green flag of the game and was the centrepiece of a fine performance by the Moyle Rovers man who posed a significant threat throughout for the Cork rearguard.

Quirke was helped in the attacking department by John McGrath who pulled the strings from centre-forward and scored four points, divided evenly between open play and placed balls, while Ian Fahey, unable to start due to an injury, made a massive impact when introduced at the break. He kicked two brilliant long-range points and enhanced Tipperary’s prowess in claiming aerial possession. “Coming down to Cork and beating a well-prepared team is massive,” enthused Tipperary manager David Power afterwards. “Ephie Fitzgerald had them in great shape and they were super fit. It was probably the toughest game we’ve played over the two years. It’s a pity for Cork that they’re out as I think they’re one of the top eight teams in the country. It wasn’t a pretty performance and we can play better football. Cork restricted us though.”

Defeat here confirmed Cork’s exit from this season’s minor championship and after thrashing Limerick in their opening fixture, it was their misfortune to be handed such a tricky assignment here. They battled furiously throughout. Corner-back Stephen Cronin gave an excellent defensive display in nullifying the threat of Colman Kennedy, Ian Maguire was an energetic force at midfield while Kevin Crowley made several rampaging runs forward. Substitutes Aidan Moynihan and Killian McIntyre shone when drafted on at half-time in improving Cork’s attacking play.

But Cork were left to rue their shooting in front of goal as they amassed 13 wides over the hour that included three misses from scoreable close-range frees. The close attentions of the Tipperary rearguard ensured the Cork forwards never received any clearcut goal-scoring opportunities in open play and their best chance to raise a green flag came with last kick of the game from the penalty spot. Yet Brian O’Driscoll’s injury-time shot was expertly palmed away by Tipperary netminder Evan Comerford, whose accurate kickouts and composed fielding were frequent facets of the play.

The teams were locked together at 0-5 apiece at the break. Tipperary had made the early running with Steven O’Brien and Martin giving them a foothold in midfield, and they led 0-5 to 0-3 by the 23rd minute. However Cork made an encouraging revival before the break with Killian O’Connor and Cathal Vaughan ensuring parity by half-time. Tipperary almost found the net late on when Kennedy lobbed in a cross but O’Brien flashed a shot wide at the far post. The clashes between the respective sets of players in the tunnel as they headed for the dressing-rooms indicated the feisty nature of the action at that juncture.

Tipperary received an early second-half fillip when Quirke found the net but Cork moved back into contention. Moynihan and McIntyre both looked menacing in attack which was reflected in the white flags they raised while Maguire galloped forward to lob another shot between the posts. With ten minutes remaining they were still in contention as they trailed by 1-8 to 0-8. However Tipperary, principally through the twin attacking forces of Fahey and Quirke that contributed a combined total of four points in the second-half, were always able to stay ahead on the scoreboard. Two points was the smallest deficit that Cork ever faced and the sense grew during the second-half that they needed a goal to overhaul their opponents. But a Tipperary defence where James Feehan, Kevin Fahey and Bill Maher produced strong second-half showings held out to triumph.

Scorers for Tipperary: P Quirke 1-2, J McGrath 0-4 (0-2f), I Fahey 0-2, S O’Brien, C Kennedy (0-1f) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork: C Vaughan (0-1f), I Maguire 0-2 each, A Moynihan, K McIntyre, K Crowley, A O’Donovan, K O’Connor 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: E Comerford; D Cass, J Feehan, L Egan; K Fahey, D Fitzell, B Maher; S O’Brien, P Quirke; J Lonergan, J Martin, G Henry; C Kennedy, J McGrath, J Shelly.

Subs: TJ Ryan for Shelly (half-time), I Fahey for Henry (half-time), J Maher for Lonergan (60)

CORK: M Martin; S O’Leary, T O’Rourke, S Cronin; J Davis, C Hyde, K Crowley; B O’Driscoll, I Maguire; S T O’Sullivan, A O’Donovan, P Fitzgerald; C Vaughan, C Horgan, K O’Connor.

Subs: A Moynihan for Horgan (half-time), K McIntyre for O’Sullivan (half-time), C Ryan for O’Rourke (57)

Referee: Padraig O’Sullivan (Kerry)

Match Preview

To look ahead to the game, Red FM have been speaking to Cork manager Ephie Fitzgerald. Click here to listen to this interview

Team News

CORK (MF v Tipperary): M Martin (Nemo Rangers); S O’Leary (Iveleary), T O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers), S Cronin (Nemo Rangers); K Crowley (Millstreet), C Hyde (Naomh Aban), J Davis (Douglas); B O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh), I Maguire (St Finbarr’s); S T O’Sullivan (Garnish), A O’Donovan (Nemo Rangers), P Fitzgerald (Douglas); C Vaughan (Iveleary), C Horgan (Nemo Rangers), K O’Connor (Mallow).

Subs: P Shanahan (Carbery Rangers), A Moynihan (Canovee), K McIntyre (Carrigaline), E Dennehy (St Finbarr’s), A Murphy (St Michael’s), C Ryan (Pedlar’s Cross), K Davis (O’Donovan Rossa), P O’Brien (Bandon), D O’Driscoll (Clann Na Gael)

The Tipperary Minor Football team to play Cork in the Munster minor football semi-final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Wednesday, May 16 at 7.30pm is:

1. Evan Comerford (Clonmel Commercials)

2. Darren Cass (Clonmel Commercials)

3. James Feehan (Killeneule)

4. Lorcan Egan (Loughmore Castleiney)

5. Kevin Fahey (Clonmel Commercials)

6. Dylan Fitzell (Cashel King Cormacs) CAPTAIN

7. Bill Maher (Kilsheelan Kilcash)

8. Steven O’Brien (Ballina)

9. Philip Quirke (Moyle Rovers)

10. Jason Lonergan (Clonmel Commercials)

11. John Martin (Ballyporeen)

12. Greg Henry (Killenaule)

13. Jack Shelly (Mullinahone)

14. John McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)

15. Colman Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials)

For the Record

Tipperary Cork
2011 Championship Performance Defeated Limerick, Kerry and Cork to win the Munster title before going on to claim All-Ireland honours defeating Dublin in the Final. Defeated Clare in both the first round and the semi-final before losing to Tipperary by 3-11 to 1-9 in the Munster Final at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.
Number of Munster Minor Football titles 6 29
Last Munster Minor Football Title 2011 2010
Munster Minor Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 48
Won – 22
Lost – 22
Drawn – 4
Played – 41
Won – 26
Lost – 12
Drawn – 3
Last meeting in the Munster Minor Football Championship July 3rd 2011 – Tipperary 3-11 Cork 1-9 at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney (Munster Final) – Goals by Liam McGrath, Michael Quinlivan and Greg Henry helped Tipperary to their 6th Munster Minor Football title.

MUNSTER GAA FOOTBALL MINOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2012

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 1-14 Waterford 1-3

Semi-Final Play-off 2

Tuesday April 24th

@ Austin Stack Park Tralee            Kerry 3-9 Limerick 0-5

Semi-Finals

Wednesday May 16th

@ Pairc Ui Chaoimh Cork v Tipperary @ 7:30pm

@ Cusack Park Ennis Kerry v Clare @ 7:30pm

Final
Sunday July 8th

Useful Information

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).

Kerry’s defeat to Tipperary in the 2012 first round match broke a 12 match unbeaten run at Austin Stack Park Tralee in this competition dating back to 1993. On that occasion, Cork defeated Kerry by 2-7 to 1-9 in the Munster Minor Football Championship Semi-Final on July 9th 1993.

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.

Limerick have lost 7 of their last 8 matches in the Munster Minor Football Championship dating back to 2008. Their only success in that time was a 3-10 to 2-4 victory over Waterford at Kilmallock in the first round in 2010.

Dating back to 2005, Waterford have won 1 of their last 17 games in the Munster Minor Football Championship.

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.

2012 Munster Minor Football Championship Matches played to date

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

Kerry: S Cahillane; C Ó Lúing, G Crowley, S O’Connor; B Crowley, R Murphy, G Horan; E Doyle, G O’Sullivan; S Moloney, D Ó Sé, E Ó Conchúir; N Sheehy, D Daly, C Keane.
Subs: K Murphy for G O’Sullivan (18); C Fitzgerald for D Daly (30); A Spillane for E Doyle (41); A Barry for N Sheehy (46); J Savage for D Ó Sé (58).

Tipperary: E Comerford; T O’Donoghue, J Feehan, L Egan; K Fahey, D Fitzelle, B Maher; S O’Brien, P Quirke; J Lonergan, J McGrath, G Henry; J Shelly, I Fahey, C Kennedy.
Subs: D Cass for T O’Donoghue (36); J Maher for G Henry (52); T Kirwan for J McGrath (56); TJ Ryan for J Shelly (58).

Referee: James Bermingham (Cork)

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

Clare: L Corbett, F Pyne, S Garry, J Brown, C McNeilis, C Murray, M Bohannon, J Malone (Capt.), E Hanrahan, S Corry, N Deasy, T Lynch, B Lynch, E Cleary, C Cleary
Subs: S McGuire for Corry (38), C Deasy for T Lynch (38), N Pender for C Cleary (46), E Clancy for Bohannon (48), C Burke for E Cleary (52).

Waterford: A Kirwan, D Fitzgerald, B Looby, S Halley, T Devine, T Burke, J Barron (Capt.), M Houlihan, M Casey, M Curry, M Kiely, S O’Donovan, A O’Donoghue, P O’Connor, R Donnelly.
Subs: C Gleeson for Casey (half-time), D Scanlon for Houlihan (39), C Burke for Fitzgerald (41), L Houlihan for Curry (43).

Referee: David Grogan (Tipperary)

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

Cork:  M Martin; S O’Leary, T O’Rourke, S Cronin; K Crowley, C Hyde, J Davis; P Fitzgerald, A O’Donovan; S T O’Sullivan, C Vaughan, B O’Driscoll; K McIntyre, K O’Connor, C Horgan.
Subs: I Maguire for McIntyre (half-time), A Moynihan for O’Connor (half-time), E Dennehy for Crowley (36), A Murphy for O’Leary (53), P Kelleher for Fitzgerald (58).

Limerick: J O’Meara; D Greaney, M O’Connor, K Meade; P White, S Cahill, S Barrett; D Condron, R Burke; S O’Dea, D Daly, R McKenna; J Frawley, D O’Donovan, E O’Donnell.
Subs: T McCarthy for McKenna (28), C O’Shea for O’Dea (28), J Breen for Frawley (35), G Bateman for O’Donnell (50), C Sheehan for O’Donovan (53).

Referee: Edmund Walsh (Kerry)

Kerry 1-14 Waterford 1-3 – April 17th @ Fraher Field Dungarvan (Munster Semi-Final 1st Playoff)

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).

Referee — Kevin Murphy (Cork)

Kerry 3-9 Limerick 0-5 – April 24th @ Austin Stack Park Tralee (Munster Semi-Final 2nd Playoff)

Kerry: G Curran; C Ó Luing, G Crowley, S O’Connor; B Crowley, R Murphy, G Horan; E Ó Conchúir, K Murphy; G O’Sullivan, J Savage, C Fitzgerald; N Sheehy, D Daly, C Keane.
Subs: G O’Shea for N Sheehy (41); A Barry for C Keane (54); D Collins for C Ó Luing (58); D Foran for D Daly (60); E Doyle for K Murphy (60).

Limerick: J O’Meara; D Greaney, M O’Connor, K Meade; P White, S Cahill, S Barrett; D Condron, R Burke; E O’Donnell, D Daly, T McCarthy; D Stapleton, D O’Donovan, J Breen.
Subs: J Frawley for T McCarthy (41); R McKenna for D Daly (44); D Jones for D Greaney (48); C O’Shea for D O’Donovan (50).

Referee: Michael Rock (Clare)

2012 Top Scorers – Munster Minor Football Championship

Conor Horgan (Cork) – 3-0 (1-0 penalty)
Eoin Cleary (Clare) – 1-6
Ryan Donnelly (Waterford) – 1-6 (1-0 penalty, 0-1 free)
Jack Savage (Kerry) – 0-8 (0-4 frees)
Colman Kennedy (Tipperary) – 2-2 (0-2 frees)
Conor Cleary (Clare) – 0-6
Niall Sheehy (Kerry) – 0-6 (0-4 frees)
Kieran Murphy (Kerry) – 0-5 (0-2 45)
Conor Keane (Kerry) – 1-2
Eanna O’Conchuir (Kerry) – 1-1
Brian O’Driscoll (Cork) – 0-4 (0-2 frees)
Gerald O’Sullivan (Kerry) – 1-0
Gavin O’Shea (Kerry) – 1-0
Sean T O’Sullivan (Cork) – 0-3
C Deasy (Clare) – 1-0
B Lynch (Clare) – 0-3
J Malone (Clare) – 0-3
Denis Daly (Kerry) – 0-2
Sean Moloney (Kerry) – 0-2
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

Greg Horan (Kerry), Cillian Fitzgerald (Kerry), D Scanlon (Waterford), L Houlihan (Waterford), M Curry (Waterford), Jason Lonergan (Tipperary), Ian Fahey (Tipperary), Philip Quirke (Tipperary), Adam Barry (Kerry), Sean Barrett (Limerick), Jack 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)

1956

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

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

Electric Ireland Munster MFC S-Final – Kerry 0-17 Clare 3-4

Rejuvenated Kingdom back for shot at final glory

Kerry 0-17 Clare 3-04

By Kieran McCarthy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Almost 12 months on from the night of one of Kerry’s lowest moments in the Munster MFC, the Kingdom survived a late onslaught from Clare at Cusack Park, Ennis last evening to book their place in this year’s final. Last year Kerry surrendered an 11-point lead in the provincial semi-final against Tipperary before losing out but Mickey Ned O’Sullivan’s current young guns were full value for this win that has set-up a Munster decider against the Premier — a team that already beat the Kingdom this season.

But O’Sullivan is more bullish ahead of the rematch: “We know that Tipp were probably 10 points the better team when we met them last but we are looking forward to another crack. We are a better team now, we are playing a better brand of football and the lads are getting more confident. “There is more to come from this team. They play a beautiful brand of football. We just decided to stand back and let them play instead of telling them how to play. We were holding them back I felt.”

Leading 0-10 to 2-3 at half time, Kerry bossed the second period as Clare struggled, notching just 1-1. But Conor Cleary’s second goal — rifling home a 59th minute free — set-up a cracking finale, dragging them to within a point, 0-14 to 3-4. Kerry didn’t panic though, instead they used the ball intelligently and worked scores from the excellent centre-back Ronan Murphy, and subs Sean Moloney and Niall Sheehy to guarantee a victory they deserved. Trailing 0-2 to 0-1 after the early exchanges, it was Clare that made the first serious move of the game just five minutes in when full-forward Eoin Cleary was dragged down in the square after a surging run. His twin brother Conor was clinical with his penalty, passing the ball into the top right corner to send Clare 1-1 to 0-2 ahead.

And by the time their second goal arrived midway through the half, Kerry had outscored the home side 0-4 to 0-1 — to move 0-6 to 1-2 ahead. With the Kerry full-back line looking very fragile early on, the excellent Clare skipper Jamie Malone took full advantage, driving past three Kerry backs before slipping home an excellent solo goal, as Clare hit the front again (2-2 to 0-6). But as the half wore on Kerry settled with Cillian Fitzgerald (2), Gavin O’Shea and Conor Keane giving them a 0-10 to 2-3 ahead at the break. A Darragh Carmody brace for Kerry was sandwiched by a Brian Crowley point and the visitors led 0-13 to 2-4, with 10 minutes left. In a thrilling finale, Kerry held their nerve to book their final spot against a county that has held the upper-hand over them as this level in recent years.

Scorers for Kerry: J Savage (3f) 0-5, C Fitzgerald 0-3, C Keane, D Carmody 0-2 each, G O’Shea, B Crowley, R Murphy, S Moloney, N Sheehy 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: C Cleary (1-0 pen, 1-1f) 2-1, J Malone 1-2, E Cleary 0-1f.

KERRY: G Curran; C Ó Luing, G Crowley, S O’Connor; B Crowley, R Murphy, G Horan; K Murphy, E Ó Conchúir; G O’Shea, J Savage, C Fitzgerald; D Carmody, D Daly, C Keane.

Subs: S Moloney for D Daly (ht); N Sheehy for J Savage (60); G O’Sullivan for C Fitzgerald (60).

CLARE: L Corbett; S Garry, F Pyne, J Brown; E Clancy, C Murray, C McNelis; J Malone, E Hanrahan; S Corry, N Deasy, K Malone; B Lynch, E Cleary, C Cleary.

Subs: S McGuire for F Pyne (ht); M O’Leary for K Malone (ht); J Downes for N Deasy (37); E Courtney for E Hanrahan (44); M Bohannon for C McNelis (50).

Referee: Richard Moloney (Limerick)

Team News

KERRY (MF v Clare): G Curran (Dingle); C Ó Luing (An Ghaeltacht), G Crowley (Templenoe), S O’Connor (John Mitchels); B Crowley (Templenoe), R Murphy (Beaufort), G Horan (Austin Stacks); K Murphy (Kilcummin), E Ó Conchúir (An Ghaeltacht); G O’Shea (Dr Crokes), J Savage (Kerins O’Rahilly’s), C Fitzgerald (Churchill); D Carmody (Na Gaeil), D Daly (St Mary’s), C Keane (Legion)

Subs: S Cahillane (Keel), S Moloney (John Mitchels), E Doyle (Ballyduff), M Tierney (Kerins O’Rahillys), D O’Flaherty (Cromane), J Barry (Na Gaeil), G O’Sullivan (Listry), D Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht), A Spillane (Templenoe), N Sheehy (John Mitchels), C Sheahan (Legion)

CLARE (MF v Kerry) – Liam Corbett; Fergal Pyne , Sean Garry, Jack Brown; Eoin Clancy, Cian Murray, Conor McNelis, Jamie Malone, Eoin Hanrahan; Kieran Malone, Niall Deacy, Sean Corry; Barry Lynch, Eoin Cleary, Conor Cleary

For the Record

Kerry Clare
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 Cork in the first round. Defeated Waterford and Limerick in the Losers Group playoffs before losing to Cork in the semi-final by 1-16 to 0-6.
Number of Munster Minor Football titles 41 3
Last Munster Minor Football Title 2009 1953
Munster Minor Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 48
Won – 37
Lost – 8
Drawn – 3
Played – 42
Won – 15
Lost – 23
Drawn – 4
Last meeting in the Munster Minor Football Championship May 13th 2009 – Kerry 2-10 Clare 1-4 at Austin Stack Park Tralee (Munster Semi-Final) – Two second half Kerry goals helped the Kingdom to book their Munster Final place at the expense of Clare.

MUNSTER GAA FOOTBALL MINOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2012

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 1-14 Waterford 1-3

Semi-Final Play-off 2

Tuesday April 24th

@ Austin Stack Park Tralee            Kerry 3-9 Limerick 0-5

Semi-Finals

Wednesday May 16th

@ Pairc Ui Chaoimh Cork v Tipperary @ 7:30pm

@ Cusack Park Ennis Kerry v Clare @ 7:30pm

Final
Sunday July 8th

Useful Information

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).

Kerry’s defeat to Tipperary in the 2012 first round match broke a 12 match unbeaten run at Austin Stack Park Tralee in this competition dating back to 1993. On that occasion, Cork defeated Kerry by 2-7 to 1-9 in the Munster Minor Football Championship Semi-Final on July 9th 1993.

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.

Limerick have lost 7 of their last 8 matches in the Munster Minor Football Championship dating back to 2008. Their only success in that time was a 3-10 to 2-4 victory over Waterford at Kilmallock in the first round in 2010.

Dating back to 2005, Waterford have won 1 of their last 17 games in the Munster Minor Football Championship.

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.

2012 Munster Minor Football Championship Matches played to date

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

Kerry: S Cahillane; C Ó Lúing, G Crowley, S O’Connor; B Crowley, R Murphy, G Horan; E Doyle, G O’Sullivan; S Moloney, D Ó Sé, E Ó Conchúir; N Sheehy, D Daly, C Keane.
Subs: K Murphy for G O’Sullivan (18); C Fitzgerald for D Daly (30); A Spillane for E Doyle (41); A Barry for N Sheehy (46); J Savage for D Ó Sé (58).

Tipperary: E Comerford; T O’Donoghue, J Feehan, L Egan; K Fahey, D Fitzelle, B Maher; S O’Brien, P Quirke; J Lonergan, J McGrath, G Henry; J Shelly, I Fahey, C Kennedy.
Subs: D Cass for T O’Donoghue (36); J Maher for G Henry (52); T Kirwan for J McGrath (56); TJ Ryan for J Shelly (58).

Referee: James Bermingham (Cork)

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

Clare: L Corbett, F Pyne, S Garry, J Brown, C McNeilis, C Murray, M Bohannon, J Malone (Capt.), E Hanrahan, S Corry, N Deasy, T Lynch, B Lynch, E Cleary, C Cleary
Subs: S McGuire for Corry (38), C Deasy for T Lynch (38), N Pender for C Cleary (46), E Clancy for Bohannon (48), C Burke for E Cleary (52).

Waterford: A Kirwan, D Fitzgerald, B Looby, S Halley, T Devine, T Burke, J Barron (Capt.), M Houlihan, M Casey, M Curry, M Kiely, S O’Donovan, A O’Donoghue, P O’Connor, R Donnelly.
Subs: C Gleeson for Casey (half-time), D Scanlon for Houlihan (39), C Burke for Fitzgerald (41), L Houlihan for Curry (43).

Referee: David Grogan (Tipperary)

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

Cork:  M Martin; S O’Leary, T O’Rourke, S Cronin; K Crowley, C Hyde, J Davis; P Fitzgerald, A O’Donovan; S T O’Sullivan, C Vaughan, B O’Driscoll; K McIntyre, K O’Connor, C Horgan.
Subs: I Maguire for McIntyre (half-time), A Moynihan for O’Connor (half-time), E Dennehy for Crowley (36), A Murphy for O’Leary (53), P Kelleher for Fitzgerald (58).

Limerick: J O’Meara; D Greaney, M O’Connor, K Meade; P White, S Cahill, S Barrett; D Condron, R Burke; S O’Dea, D Daly, R McKenna; J Frawley, D O’Donovan, E O’Donnell.
Subs: T McCarthy for McKenna (28), C O’Shea for O’Dea (28), J Breen for Frawley (35), G Bateman for O’Donnell (50), C Sheehan for O’Donovan (53).

Referee: Edmund Walsh (Kerry)

Kerry 1-14 Waterford 1-3 – April 17th @ Fraher Field Dungarvan (Munster Semi-Final 1st Playoff)

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).

Referee — Kevin Murphy (Cork)

Kerry 3-9 Limerick 0-5 – April 24th @ Austin Stack Park Tralee (Munster Semi-Final 2nd Playoff)

Kerry: G Curran; C Ó Luing, G Crowley, S O’Connor; B Crowley, R Murphy, G Horan; E Ó Conchúir, K Murphy; G O’Sullivan, J Savage, C Fitzgerald; N Sheehy, D Daly, C Keane.
Subs: G O’Shea for N Sheehy (41); A Barry for C Keane (54); D Collins for C Ó Luing (58); D Foran for D Daly (60); E Doyle for K Murphy (60).

Limerick: J O’Meara; D Greaney, M O’Connor, K Meade; P White, S Cahill, S Barrett; D Condron, R Burke; E O’Donnell, D Daly, T McCarthy; D Stapleton, D O’Donovan, J Breen.
Subs: J Frawley for T McCarthy (41); R McKenna for D Daly (44); D Jones for D Greaney (48); C O’Shea for D O’Donovan (50).

Referee: Michael Rock (Clare)

2012 Top Scorers – Munster Minor Football Championship

Conor Horgan (Cork) – 3-0 (1-0 penalty)
Eoin Cleary (Clare) – 1-6
Ryan Donnelly (Waterford) – 1-6 (1-0 penalty, 0-1 free)
Jack Savage (Kerry) – 0-8 (0-4 frees)
Colman Kennedy (Tipperary) – 2-2 (0-2 frees)
Conor Cleary (Clare) – 0-6
Niall Sheehy (Kerry) – 0-6 (0-4 frees)
Kieran Murphy (Kerry) – 0-5 (0-2 45)
Conor Keane (Kerry) – 1-2
Eanna O’Conchuir (Kerry) – 1-1
Brian O’Driscoll (Cork) – 0-4 (0-2 frees)
Gerald O’Sullivan (Kerry) – 1-0
Gavin O’Shea (Kerry) – 1-0
Sean T O’Sullivan (Cork) – 0-3
C Deasy (Clare) – 1-0
B Lynch (Clare) – 0-3
J Malone (Clare) – 0-3
Denis Daly (Kerry) – 0-2
Sean Moloney (Kerry) – 0-2
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

Greg Horan (Kerry), Cillian Fitzgerald (Kerry), D Scanlon (Waterford), L Houlihan (Waterford), M Curry (Waterford), Jason Lonergan (Tipperary), Ian Fahey (Tipperary), Philip Quirke (Tipperary), Adam Barry (Kerry), Sean Barrett (Limerick), Jack 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)

1956

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

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

2012 Munster Senior Hurling & Football Championship Launch

The Launch of 2012 Munster Senior Hurling and Football Championships took place on Monday May 14th at Mallow GAA Complex.

The speakers included Munster GAA Chairman Sean Walsh, GAA President Liam O’Neill and special guest Pat Spillane (Kerry).

Click to view Munster GAA Facebook for photos from the launch

The Games – Hurling

Munster GAA HURLING Senior Championship 2012

Quarter-Final

Sunday May 27th (Replay date – June 2nd)

@ Semple Stadium Thurles Tipperary v Limerick 4:00pm


Semi-Finals
Sunday June 17th (Replay date – June 23rd)

@ Semple Stadium Thurles Clare v Waterford 4:00pm

Sunday June 24th (Replay date – June 30th)

@ Pairc Ui Chaoimh                        Cork v Limerick or Tipperary 4:00pm
or Gaelic Grounds Limerick

Final

Sunday July 15th (Replay date – July 22nd)

4:00pm throw-in

The Stats – Hurling

In Division 1A of the 2012 Allianz Hurling League, Tipperary racked up the second highest total of scores, an aggregate of 119 points (3 goals and 110 points). On the flip side, Tipperary conceded the most scores, an aggregate of 115 points followed by the concession of 1-25 in the semi-final defeat by Cork. Waterford recorded the lowest number of scores, an aggregate of 91 points. Clare conceded just 84 points on aggregate in their 5 games in Division 1B, the lowest total conceded by any of the 12 Division 1 teams.

The 2011 Munster Senior Hurling Championship saw an increase in the number of scores per game for the first time in 4 years. The average number of scores per match in 2011 was 43, a significant increase of 9 scores per match on the 2010 Munster Senior Hurling Championship. The highest scoring game yielded 48 scores, the first round victory of Tipperary over Cork by 3-22 to 0-23.

Since 1966, 14 teams have won the Hurling League Division 1 Final by 8+ points. Strangely, none went on to win the All-Ireland later that summer. Similarly dating back to 1991, of the last 7 teams to win the Munster Senior Hurling Final by 8 or more points, only one of them have won the All-Ireland two months later – Clare in 1995 following their 1-17 to 0-11 Munster Final victory over Limerick.

Over the last 3 seasons, Semple Stadium Thurles has played host to 9 of the 14 Munster Senior Hurling Championship matches played. Pairc Ui Chaoimh hosted 3 matches while Pairc na nGael in Limerick hosted 2 games.

Tipperary have won 7 of their last 8 matches in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship dating back to 2008, winning 3 of the 4 Munster titles on offer in that period. Their only defeat came at the hands of Cork in May 2010, a 3-15 to 0-14 defeat at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Waterford is the only Munster county to have at least 1 victory in the last 3 Munster Senior Hurling Championships. Cork won at least 1 Munster Senior Hurling Championship match from 2003 to 2007 (5 consecutive years). Aside from that Cork period of dominance, only Tipperary (2000 to 2002) and Waterford (2002 to 2004 and 2009 to 2011) have managed to go 3 consecutive years with at least 1 victory within the last decade.

Clare have failed to record a Munster Championship victory in 7 of the last 8 seasons.

Limerick have won 1 of the last 16 Munster Senior Hurling Championship matches they have played, an extra-time victory over Tipperary in the 2007 Munster Semi-Final 2nd replay at the Gaelic Grounds. During that period, Limerick have drawn 5 times. Limerick’s last Championship victory away from Pairc na nGael came in 2001 with victories over Cork and Waterford at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Clare have not drawn a match in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship since finishing level with Tipperary in 1999.

Tipperary’s Eoin Kelly was the top scorer in the 2011 Munster Senior Hurling Championship, scoring 4-16 (0-10 from frees) in 3 matches. Lar Corbett (Tipperary) was 2nd with 6 goals and 6 points from play including 4-4 in the Munster Final v Waterford. Pauric Mahony (Waterford) was third on the scoring charts with 0-20 (0-16 from frees) in two matches. Seamus Callanan (Tipperary) scored 2-10 from play to finish fourth.

Limerick and Tipperary have both lost 26 Munster Senior Hurling Finals. Cork have lost 29.

The History – Hurling

Munster GAA HURLING Senior Championship Roll Of Honour

Cork (50) – 1890, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1907, 1912, 1915, 1919, 1920, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1939, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006

Tipperary (39) – 1895, 1896, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1906, 1908, 1909, 1913, 1916, 1917, 1922, 1924, 1925, 1930, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1971, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 2001, 2008, 2009, 2011

Limerick (18) – 1897, 1910, 1911, 1918, 1921, 1923, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1955, 1973, 1974, 1980, 1981, 1994, 1996

Waterford (9) – 1938, 1948, 1957, 1959, 1963, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2010

Clare (6) – 1889, 1914, 1932, 1995, 1997, 1998

Kerry (1) – 1891

Munster GAA HURLING 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/sh_teams/

Munster Senior HURLING Cup

No Name – Presented by Munster Council in 1928, new cup presented in 1990

All Ireland GAA HURLING Senior Championship

In the Senior Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork are second on the list with 30 titles, 3 behind Kilkenny. Tipperary have won 26 All-Ireland titles and are the defending champions. Limerick have 7 titles, their last one in 1973. Clare have won 3 titles in 1914, 1995 and 1997 while Waterford’s two titles came in 1948 and 1959. Kerry won the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final in 1891.

The Games – Gaelic Football


Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship 2012


Quarter-Finals

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


Semi-Finals
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

Final

Sunday July 8th (Replay date – July 14th)

2:00pm throw-in

The Stats

FOOTBALL – Odds and Ends

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).

The History – Football

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.

The Venue

Mallow GAA Sports Complex

Venue for Munster GAA Senior Championship Launch

Mallow GAA Sports Complex offers the most versatile and adaptable venue for all your event requirements. In addition to our main Function Room we offer four Meeting Rooms of different sizes along with the Eugene Carey Bar as an additional event option. The size and layout options of the rooms makes Mallow GAA Sports Complex the ultimate venue for conferences, seminars, exhibitions, banquets or private functions.

From large conference rooms to private meeting rooms, every type of event can be accommodated. Our facilities along with our dedicated team will ensure your event is an amazing success in the most unique of settings.

Among the events we cater for include –

  • Conferences & Seminars
  • GAA Socials and Dinners
  • Corporate Social Events
  • Award Ceremonies & Graduations
  • Exhibitions
  • Product Launches & Promotional Activities
  • Birthday Parties  – All Ages
  • Full size Indoor Astro Turf Pitch & Floodlit Outdoor Astro Pitches (can be divided into ¼ pitches)
  • 2 Hurling Alleys
  • 4 Grass Pitches
  • State of the Art Gym
  • Car Parking Facilities up to 600 plus

Mallow GAA Sports Complex aims to provide first class levels of service to each & everyone using the Complex and to extend a warm welcome to all who will use the centre for GAA Club facilities, improving their health & fitness, socialising or meetings.

The Tickets

Munster GAA Match Promotions

Munster GAA’s ticket promotion strategy for the 2012 Munster Championships focuses on value for GAA club members and families.

For ticketed matches, clubs who purchase a minimum of 20 Terrace tickets will avail of a €5 reduction on each ticket. This means that patrons can attend all Munster ¼ and Semi Finals for €10. Similarly, clubs can purchase Stand tickets in advance (minimum of 50 per club) and receive a 20% discount for seats in specific sections of the stand. These ticket offers for clubs will allow our club membership to receive a benefit not available to any other supporters.

Munster GAA will offer attractive Family packages for supporters. In 2011, over 30,000 family tickets were sold for Munster Championship matches. For the upcoming Munster Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final and Semi-Finals, a family package of 2 adults and 2 children will cost €60 (Uncovered). The same family package will cost €70 for both of the Munster Senior Championship Finals and an increased allocation of family tickets for all ticketed games will be made available.

Munster GAA in conjunction with our sponsors will provide Family Zones complete with Face Painting and other fun activities to enhance the experience for both parents and children attending our games. Watch out for our Match Day Greeters who will be on hand to help you at every venue. Details will be confirmed in advance of selected matches. Concessions for OAP’s and Students will continue to be available for purchase following the sale of 6,500 Concession tickets in 2011. Juvenile Group tickets will be available for all matches.

Munster GAA will work through a number of channels to promote our games successfully in the coming weeks through the normal media outlets in addition to in-store promotions through the GAA sponsors Centra and Supervalu. Our games will be promoted via online advertising with Google and Facebook and also through Failte Ireland, Tickets.ie, Ticketmaster and many others.

  • Family Packages– 2 Adults and 2 Kids total price €60 (Uncovered), (€70 for Final) – Available from Clubs and County Boards. Limited numbers available online.
  • Kids go Free – Kids under 16 years of age free into all non-ticketed matches.
  • Terrace Group Tickets– Minimum order 20 – Order 20 get 7 free €10 per ticket, (€15 for Final) – Available from Clubs. FOR ALL MATCHES.
  • Stand Group Tickets – Minimum order 15 – Buy 8 get 2 free €25/€20 per ticket, (€30/€25 for Final)- Available from Clubs Only (Tickets in selected sections)
  • Juvenile Group Tickets – Minimum order 20 – 20 Kids and 2 Adults €60 (All Matches) – Available from Clubs Only