40th Annual One Direct Kilmacud Crokes All Ireland Senior Hurling Sevens Competition launched

Donegal progress to their first All Ireland Final in twenty years – Were you there?

Donegal eliminate Cork in the first of the 2012 All Ireland SFC Semi Finals – Were you there?

 

 

Former Cork Star Colin Corkery analyses The Rebels defeat

Following their exit from the Championship to Donegal at the semi final stage, former Cork player Colin Corkery examines how the Rebels lost the game and what lies ahead for Conor Counihan’s men.

Kerry announce Eamonn Fitzmaurice as new SF Manager

Kerry County Committee has tonight ratified Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Finuge) as Kerry Senior Team Manager for the next three years.

Darragh Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht) has also been ratified as Kerry u21 Manager for the next two years with U21 selectors: Harry O’Neill (Dr. Crokes)l , John Shanaghan (Valentia) and Noel Kenneally (Listowel Emmetts). The Kerry Senior Team selectors will be announced at the next County Committee meeting.

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final – Donegal 0-16 Cork 1-11

Magnificent Donegal power into final

Report from the GAA.ie web site

GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final: Cork 1-11 Donegal 0-16

Donegal will play in the All-Ireland football final on September 23 after securing a fully-deserved victory over Cork at Croke Park on Sunday. The Ulster champions were magnificent, playing an open, attacking style of football whilst also defending with true grit, discipline and skill.

The first half was extremely tight, with Donegal edging it by a single point, but they completely controlled the second half, with the foundations of their victory laid in a dominant spell in which they moved four clear of Cork shortly after the restart. Donegal were then in total control throughout the second half, and Cork looked like a beaten docket, but they managed to force in a late goal to cut the Donegal lead in injury time and leave just two points in it.

But it was a comeback in cosmetic terms only, as Donegal broke up the field immediately and won a late free, which soaked up the final few seconds and paved their path to the final. At the end of an absorbing opening 35 minutes, Donegal led by a point at 0-8 to 0-7. The first half was remarkably tight, and the sides were level seven times, with neither ever moving more than one point in front. Michael Murphy got Donegal off the mark with a close-range free before two good points from play from Paul Kerrigan and Paddy Kelly put Cork ahead. McFadden, who finished the game with 0-5, levelled with a free for Donegal and he then finished off a beautiful, flowing move to put the Ulster champions ahead, striking sweetly over after Murphy caught a long ball and laid it off to him in one fluid movement.

Then it really was a case of the counties just following each other over the bar. Goulding levelled at 0-3 each, Murphy put Donegal ahead, and then Ciarán Sheehan fisted over to level at 0-4 each. Rory Kavanagh kicked probably the point of the half to put Donegal ahead again, a lovely, curling effort from the right, but then a quickfire brace from the lively Colm O’Neill had Cork ahead again. Donegal were playing a much more attacking game than normal with McFadden, Murphy and Patrick McBrearty all operating very close to the Cork goal, and they finished the half the stronger of the two sides with good points from play from the brilliant Karl Lacey, David Walsh and the tireless Mark McHugh putting them in one ahead at the break.

Donegal started the second half extremely well, and driven forward by their dominating midfielders Gallagher and Kavanagh, moved into a four point lead shortly after the restart and began to move away from Cork for the first time. McFadden established the game’s first two-point lead with a lovely effort from play, and then two fine scores from defensive raiders Frank McGlynn and Lacey made it 0-11 to 0-7. Aidan Walsh stemmed the tide for Cork with a good kick from the right, but then Donegal broke down the field and created a clear goal chance. However, Rory Kavanagh’s effort was blocked out as far as Anthony Thompson, who clipped it over the bar.

The key moment in the second half from a Cork perspective came on 47 minutes when Colm O’Neill hit the bar from close range. It was inches from rippling the net, and if it had have gone in, the lead would have been down to just one point. But Donegal picked up the breaking ball off the bar and charged up the field again. They survived the scare, and never really looked back from there until the finish. Their defence began to purr at its optimum level, breaking down Cork attacks with ease, while they were carving out more and more chances up front, which were being converted with confidence and class.

The final 20 minutes truly belonged to Donegal, and when McFadden powered over a 45′ on 59 minutes, the gap was five points at 0-15 to 0-10. The lead remained five deep into injury-time, but Cork managed to grab the goal that had eluded them all game, but only when it was too late, O’Neill slotting past Paul Durcan to cut the gap to two. There was hardly any time left though, and when the final whistle came seconds later, it was greeted by joyous Donegal celebrations, as their fans began to contemplate the vista of a first All-Ireland final appearance since the sacred year of 1992.

Scorers for Cork: C O’Neill 1-3, C Sheehan 0-3, P Kerrigan 0-2, P Kelly 0-1, D Goulding 0-1 (1f), A Walsh 0-1

Scorers for Donegal: C McFadden 0-5 (2f, 1 45′), M Murphy 0-3 (3f), K Lacey 0-2, R Kavanagh 0-1, David Walsh 0-1, M McHugh 0-1, F McGlynn 0-1, A Thompson 0-1, M McElhinney 0-1

Cork: A Quirke; N O’Leary, M Shields, E Cadogan; P Kissane, G Canty, F Goold; A O’Connor, A Walsh; C Sheehan, P Kelly, P Kerrigan; C O’Neill, D O’Connor, Daniel Goulding.

Subs: P O’Neill for F Goold (HT), D O’Sullivan for A O’Connor (48), N Murphy for D O’Connor (56).

Donegal: P Durcan; P McGrath, N McGee, F McGlynn; E McGee, K Lacey, A Thompson; N Gallagher, R Kavanagh; R Bradley, L McLoone, M McHugh; P McBrearty, M Murphy, C McFadden.

Subs: David Walsh for R Bradley (30), M McElhinney for R Kavanagh (59), Declan Walsh for F McGlynn (69), D McLaughlin for P McBreaty (72), C Toye for C McFaddden (72).

Attendance: 55,169

Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All Ireland U21 Championship Semi-Final – Clare 4-24 Antrim 0-8

Clare march into U21 decider

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-21 Semi-Final: Clare 4-24 Antrim 0-8

Clare were utterly dominant at Semple Stadium on Saturday as they cruised past Antrim and into the final of the Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-21 Championship. The game was never a contest, as Clare took an early lead and continued to absolutely dominate the game for the full 60 minutes. They struck four goals through Cathal McInerney, Conor McGrath (2) and Niall Arthur, but the most impressive feature of their play was their point-taking, as they registered a huge tally of points against an Antrim defence which had no meaningful resistance.

Clare led 2-14 to 0-3 at the break, and the second half was simply target practice for them, as they emptied their bench and continued to add scores with ease. They led 0-6 to 0-1 after 13 minutes, Seadna Morey, Cathal O’Connell and Aaron Cunningham all hitting fine early points for them. It could have been much worse for Antrim early on had outstanding goalkeeper James O’Mullan not pulled off a series of superb saves from a number of Clare efforts, and he continued with this form throughout the game, denying Clare at various junctures. O’Mullan’s efforts were simply repelling the inevitable Clare tide though, and three points in the space of a minute from the outstanding O’Connell pushed them eight clear.

The Munster champions were utterly dominant by now, and after McInerney struck Clare’s first goal on 20 minutes, the gap was 13 points. Antrim responded with points from Michael Devlin and Kevin McKiernan, but Clare continued to plunder scores before the break, and finished the half with a second goal. Full forward McGrath got it, finishing sweetly after racing onto a breaking ball through the middle. That left it 2-14 to 0-3, with no way back for the Saffrons. Clare’s third goal came shortly after the break, McGrath finishing well after holding off a few Antrim challenges.

By this stage, Clare started taking off some of their marquee forwards, withdrawing McGrath and O’Connell, but the pattern of scoring showed no interruption. Arthur flicked in a lovely fourth goal with five minutes to go for Clare to further advance his case for a starting berth for the final, although by then the game had become very pedestrian.

Scorers for Clare: C O’Connell 0-7 (2f), C McGrath 2-0, N Arthur 1-2, T Kelly 0-4 (3 65′), C McInerney 1-0, P Collins 0-2, A Cunningham 0-2, S Morey 0-2, S Golden 0-1, P Duggan 0-1, P O’Connor 0-1, C Malone 0-1, D O’Halloran 0-1

Scorers for Antrim: K McKiernan 0-2, M Devlin 0-2 (1f), J Black 0-1, C Laverty 0-1, E McAlonan 0-1, D McKinley 0-1

Clare: R Taaffe; P Flanagan, D McInerney, K Ryan; P O’Connor, C Ryan, S Morey; C Galvin, S Golden; T Kelly, P Collins, A Cunningham; C McInerney, C McGrath, C O’Connell.

Subs used: P Duggan, C Malone, D O’Halloran, N Arthur, S O Halloran

Antrim: J O’Mullan; R McCloskey, R Gillan, C Morgan; J Black, M Donnelly, J McCouaig; A McKeown, F Donnelly; M Devlin, S Dobbin, K McKiernan, N Elliot, C McCann, D McCloskey.

Subs used: E McAlonan, C Laverty, C Murray, D McKinley, N McFadden.

Team News

Clare shows one change for Saturday’s All Ireland Semi- final clash with Antrim, from the side that defeated Tipperary in the Munster Under 21 Hurling final in Cusack Park. Cathal McInerney who was introduced as a substitute during that game at corner forward, retains his place, with David O Halloran reverting to the bench,

Clare are bidding for a place in the All Ireland under 21 final for only the second time in the county’s history. Galway or Kilkenny await the winners of Clare and Antrim. The final is fixed for Semple Stadium on Sept 15th.

1. Ronan Taaffe

2. Paul Flanagan

3. David McInerney

4. Killian Ryan

5. Patrick O Connor

6. Conor Ryan

7. Seadna Morey

8. Colm Galvin

9. Shane Golden

10. Tony Kelly

11. Padraic Collins

12. Aaron Cunningham

13. Cathal McInerney

14. Conor McGrath

15. Cathal O Connell

Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All Ireland U21 B Championship Semi-Final – Kildare 5-17 Kerry 1-11

Kildare defeated Kerry by 5-17 to 1-11 in the Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All Ireland U21 B Championship Semi-Final on Saturday at MacDonagh Park Nenagh.

 

GAA Football All Ireland Junior Championship Final – Kerry 0-19 Mayo 1-7

Kerry defeated Mayo by 0-19 to 1-7 in the GAA Football All Ireland Junior Championship Final on Saturday at Cusack Park Ennis.

Team News

Kerry Junior Team to play Mayo in the GAA Football All Ireland Junior Championship Final on Saturday 25th August 2012 in Cusack Park, Ennis at 2.30pm

1.Seán Óg Ó Ciardubháin (Cordal)

2. Kieran Quirke (Duagh) 3. Brendan O Mahoney (John Mitchels) 4 Kevin O’Dwyer (Waterville) 5.Marcus Mangan (Capt ) (Milltown/Castlemaine) 6.Jack Sherwood (Firies) 7. James Walsh (Knocknagoshel) 8. Andrew Garnett (Spa) 9. Alan O’Sullivan (Tuosist) 10.Niall O’Mahony (Spa) 11.Niall Ó Sé (Piarsaigh na Dromada) 12.Paul O’Donoghue (St. Mary’s) 13.David O’Callaghan (St Pats Blennerville) 14. Mike O’Donoghue (Spa) 15.Conor Cox (Listowel Emmets)

Substitutes:

16. Sean O’Dee (Beale) 17. Michael Brennan (Churchill) 18. Eamon Hickson (Annascaul) 19.Colm Kerins (Milltown Castlemaine ) 20. Edmund Walsh (Knocknagoshel) 21. Niall Fitzgerald (Waterville) 22. Jason Hickson (Annascaul) 23. Brendan Poff (St Pats Blennerville) 24. Cathal Moriarty (Milltown Castlemaine) 25.Daniel O’Dwyer (Waterville) 26. Pat Corridan (Finuge)

Manager: Sean Moynihan (Spa)

Trainer: Willie Cahill, (Spa)

Selectors: Michael A O Connell (Piarsaigh na Dromoda), Seamus Murphy (St. Pats Blenerville)

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC Quarter-Final – Cork 8-27 Donegal 0-2

Cork Prove Too Strong for Donegal

Report from the Ladies Football web site

Cork 8-27 Donegal 0-2

All-Ireland champions Cork sent out a strong statement of intent as they recorded a massive 49-point victory over Donegal in the TG4 Ladies Football All-Ireland Senior Championship quarter-final at Dr Hyde Park in Roscommon on Saturday.

Though up against a Donegal side depleted due to a number of squad members attending a wedding, Cork showed sheer ruthlessness in making sure they did not fall into the trap that saw them eliminated by Tyrone at the same stage two years ago.

The outcome was never in doubt at any stage, as Cork began in emphatic fashion, Nollaig Cleary goaling inside 30 seconds following good work from Geraldine O’Flynn, and while Roisín Friel responded with a Donegal point, Ciara O’Sullivan added a second green flag.

With Bríd Stack marshalling a strong defence, Cork were not giving their opponents many scoring opportunities, and at the other end Cleary, O’Sullivan, Laura MacMahon and Valerie Mulcahy were all among the scores.

A third goal arrived in the 15th minute when Cleary won the ball and finished after O’Sullivan’s point attempt fell short, leaving it 3-5 to 0-1, and O’Sullivan and Annie Walsh both had chances to add further goals.

As it was, Donegal’s only other first-half score came through Kate Kearney and Cork continued to add on the points at the other end, Mulcahy with two in quick succession before Cleary point just before the hooter to leave it 3-13 to 0-2 at half-time.

After Mulcahy and Cleary pointed early in the second half, sub Rhona Ní Bhuacha added another goal before Mulcahy converted a penalty when Ní Bhuachalla was fouled. Ní Bhuachalla and another sub, Doireann O’Sullivan, were keen to make an impact and both scored some fine points before Cleary got the six goal and her hat-trick

Such was Cork’s dominance they could afford to withdraw Player of the Year Juliet Murphy for the final 20 minutes, but even so Doireann O’Sullivan and Mulcahy added further goals as the rout continued.

Scorers for Cork: N Cleary 3-4, V Mulcahy 2-6 (1-0 penalty, 0-2f), D O’Sullivan 1-4, R Ní Bhuachalla 1-3, C O’Sullivan 1-2, L MacMahon, J Murphy (0-2f) 0-3 each, G O’Flynn, O Farmer 0-1 each.

Scorers for Donegal: K Kearney, R Friel 0-1 each.

CORK: E Harte; AM Walsh, B Stack, D O’Reilly; B Corkery, R Buckley, G O’Flynn; J Murphy, N Kelly; A Walsh, C O’Sullivan, L MacMahon; N Cleary, V Mulcahy, G Kearney.

Subs: O Farmer for A Walsh, R Ní Bhuachalla for Kearney (both half-time), A Barrett for Corkery (37), D O’Sullivan for Murphy (40).

DONEGAL: N Mailey; O Carr, K Wilson, T Khan; T McCafferty, G Houston, A Watters; E Gallagher, A McDonnell; K Kearney, K Guthrie, R Friel; R Curran, CD Shovlin, K Feeney.

Subs: A McDonnell for Khan (18), R Boyle for Curran (43), O Furlong for Feeney (47), B McGinty for Houston (51).

Referee: G Corrigan (Down).

 

Kilkenny progress to their seventh All Ireland SHC Final in a row – Were you there?

Click here for details about Clare v Limerick Munster SHC Semi-Final on June 4th