GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final – Kilkenny 4-24 Tipperary 1-15

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Semi-Final: Tipperary 1-15 Kilkenny 4-24

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Kilkenny wore all their finery at Croke Park on Sunday as they produced a performance to rival their very best and defeat Tipperary by an incredible 18 points in the All-Ireland semi-final. Remarkably, they outscored Tipperary by 19 points in the second half, scoring 3-15 in a 35 minute spell of such bewildering majesty that it could well rank as their greatest ever spell of hurling. Tipperary led by 1-10 to 1-9 at the break after an extremely tight first half, and after 44 minutes there was still just two points between the teams.

However, it was then that Kilkenny turned up the heat, first through a superb individual goal from Aidan Fogarty, and then shortly afterwards with another three-pointer from Eoin Larkin. Those goals helped forge a gap of 10 points with 15 minutes to go, but Kilkenny reserved their most dominant spell for the final stages, ruthlessly punishing Tipperary all over the park, and landing point after point, until a fourth goal from TJ Reid rubbed a final dab of salt into the Premier wounds. At the end of the storm, the gap was 18 points, a mind-blowing tally given that in the last three years, just one point has separated the sides in a trilogy of All-Ireland finals.

At half-time, such an outcome was hardly plausible, as Tipperary led by a point after a sensational first half full of incident. The game began in heated fashion, with a few schemozzles taking place in the early seconds after Aidan Fogarty had got the first point of the game for Kilkenny. It was nip and tuck for the first 20 minutes or so, with the sides trading scores of exceptional quality. Kilkenny were 0-4 to 0-2 ahead after 10 minutes after Fogarty’s second point, but then a superb score from Conor O’Mahony, and points from Bourke and Noel McGrath, either side of a brilliant effort from Richie Power, left it 0-5 apiece.

The sides then exchanged the next four scores, but it was around this stage that Kilkenny began to gain the initiative, and they moved two points clear at 0-9 to 0-7 when a Henry Shefflin free followed a fine score from Colin Fennelly. Then, Kilkenny struck for goal. Shefflin, who had been very quiet to that point, brilliantly caught a ball in midfield, raced towards goal and passed beautifully to TJ Reid, who fired smartly and low to the net. That score put Kilkenny five ahead with time running out in the first half, but the Tipperary response was exemplary.

Just three minutes after the goal, Tipp plundered one of their own. Kilkenny goalkeeper David Herity won a race for possession with two Tipp attackers, but upon winning the ball, he dallied, was dispossessed, and Pa Bourke was on hand to tap into an empty net. Tipp then finished the half with three unanswered points to go in at the break ahead, Bourke (2) and Noel McGrath fizzing balls over the bar for them. Both sides flashed over scores after the restart, but then two powerful set-pieces from Richie Power put Kilkenny 1-14 to 1-12 ahead. Then, in the classic Kilkenny style which has left so many teams on the floor in the last decade, they struck two goals in the space of a few minutes.

Fogarty got the first, dashing off on a mazy run before hitting a shot to the top right hand corner which Brendan Cummins probably should have saved. Bourke and Cillian Buckley traded scores in the seconds afterwards, but then a Shefflin free extended the gap to six. That was followed by a third Kilkenny goal, this one coming from Larkin, who beat his man and finished well after the smartest of assists from Shefflin, who flicked a high ball right into the path of his half-forward ally. It was pure symphony by now from Kilkenny, and TJ Reid’s second goal, Kilkenny’s fourth, summed up their elegance and dominance, a classy weave and turn before a killer finish to the net. It was relentless stuff by now, and Tipperary didn’t know where to look.

That left the score at 4-17 to 1-13, and Kilkenny weren’t done, adding seven more points before the finish to stamp home their authority with the killer instinct that has become their preserve. It all means they have now reached 13 of the last 15 All-Ireland finals, and will now face Galway, their conquerors from the Leinster final, at Croke Park on September 9.

Scorers for Tipperary: P Bourke 1-8 (4f, 4 ’65), J O’Neill 0-2, N McGrath 0-2, S McGrath 0-1, C O’Mahony 0-1, J O’Brien 0-1

Scorers for Kilkenny: H Shefflin 0-11 (9f, 1 ’65), TJ Reid 2-2, A Fogarty 1-3, R Power 0-3 (1f, 1 ’65), E Larkin 1-0, M Fennelly 0-1, M Rice 0-1, C Fennelly 0-1, C Buckley 0-1, B Hogan 0-1

Tipperary: B Cummins; C O’Brien, P Curran, M Cahill; T Stapleton, C O’Mahony, Padraic Maher; B Maher, S McGrath; P Bourke, Patrick Maher, L Corbett; B O’Meara, J O’Brien, N McGrath.

Subs: S Bourke for B O’Meara (46), P Stapleton for T Stapleton (46), D Maher for P Curran (61), J O’Neill for J O’Brien (63), J Woodlock for B Maher (66).

Kilkenny: D Herity; P Murphy, JJ Delaney, J Tyrrell; T Walsh, B Hogan, K Joyce; M Fennelly, M Rice; H Shefflin, TJ Reid, E Larkin; C Fennelly, R Power, A Fogarty.

Subs: C Buckley for M Rice (19), R Doyle for P Murphy (64), N Hickey for K Joyce (64), M Ruth for C Fennelly (64), C Fogarty for A Fogarty (67).

Attendance: 50,220

GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Semi-Final – Tipperary 2-16 Galway 1-14

Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor Semi-final: Tipperary 2-16 Galway 1-14

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Tipperary will play Dublin in the All-Ireland minor final after they beat Galway by five points at Croke Park on Sunday. They responded from an early Galway goal after just two minutes to take control of the match and lead by a point at the break. Then, Mark McCarthy’s goal early in the second half proved to be a decisive score, as it moved Tipperary into a four-point lead, which Galway weren’t able to overturn from there until the finish.

Galway’s cause was not helped by the dismissal of full-back Paul Killeen with 15 minutes to go when Tipperary already led by three, and the Premier County cruised to victory from there. Tipperary led by a point at the break after an exciting and very keenly contested first half. Galway raced into a 1-1 to 0-0 lead after just three minutes, with Jason Flynn lashing in their goal after a fine assist from Brian Molloy.

However Tipp came roaring back, and points from Stephen Cahill and Barry Heffernan were quickly followed by a goal from Cahill, which came about after a long ball was poorly dealt with by the Galway defence. John McGrath then edged Tipperary two clear, and suddenly Tipp were in charge having been four points behind after just a few minutes. The sides traded scores for the remainder of the half, McGrath on form from set pieces for Tipp and Darragh Dolan and Ronan O’Meara firing over classy scores for Galway, but Tipp held the narrow advantage going in. The impressive Dolan levelled for Galway shortly after the break with a fine effort from play, his third, and for a while the game remained extremely tight, both sides trading scores freely.

However, McCarthy’s superb goal, a powerful finish from the left, changed the complexion of the game, and when a Jack Shelly point followed it seconds later, Tipperary led by five. Galway responded well, and points from Flynn, Cathal Mannion and Dolan put just two in it again. The tide then turned irrevocably towards Tipperary, however. First, wing-back Tom Fox sent over a superb score to restore a three point lead, and then Galway captain Killeen picked up a second yellow and was sent off. Galway had no way back then, and Tipperary, led by the impressive finishing skills of McGrath, cruised to victory.

Scorers for Tipperary: J McGrath 0-7 (3f, 2 ’65), S Cahill 1-2, M McCarthy 1-1, J Shelly 0-2, S Maher 0-2, B Heffernan 0-1, T Fox 0-1

Scorers for Galway: J Flynn 1-1, B Molloy 0-4 (3f), D Dolan 0-4, R O’Meara 0-3, C Mannion 0-1, A Higgins 0-1

Tipperary: P Maher; R Maher, M Breen, J Peters; T Fox, T Hamill, B Heffernan; B Maher, J McGrath; T Gallagher, J Shelly, S O’Brien; S Cahill, K Slattery, M McCarthy.

Subs: S Ryan for K Slattery (HT), S Maher for S O’Brien (43), C Lanigan for J Shelly (59).

Galway: M Ó Conghaile; D O’Donoghue, P Killeen, É Burke; S Caulfield, S Sweeney, B Keane; S Collins, C Mannion; B Murtagh, D Dolan, J Flynn; R O’Meara, M Mullins, B Molloy.

Subs: A Morrissey for B Murtagh (HT), P English for S Collins (40), O Treacy for M Mullins (48), S Linnane for A Morrissey (57), A Higgins for B Molloy (59).

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC Quarter-Final – Kerry 0-11 Dublin 0-10

Kerry 0-11 Dublin 0-10

Report from the RTE.ie web site

Kerry advanced to a third successive TG4 All-Ireland Ladies’ SFC semi-final by claiming a one-point victory against Leinster champions Dublin in Saturday evening’s quarter-final tie at St. Brendan’s Park, Birr. Dublin forward Sinéad Ahern had the chance to take the game into extra-time with the last kick of the game but the former All-Star dragged a free wide from the 20m line. The full-time hooter sounded as Ahern’s effort sailed wide as Kerry, beaten Munster finalists, recovered in fine style to keep their season alive. Lorraine Scanlon, named at midfield, but operating at full-forward, received the player-of-the-match award while lacklustre Dublin, All-Ireland champions in 2010, were best served by centre back Sinead Goldrick.

Kerry, who led by four points at the break, were in control and leading by 0-10 to 0-06. Dublin, who bowed out at the quarter-final stage for a second successive season, were struggling for inspiration but finally kicked into life and made a real fight of it. Until then, the Jackies had been continually frustrated by the massed Kerry ranks as the game developed into a real war of attrition.

But inspired by the superb Goldrick, Dublin fought back and points from the Foxrock/Cabinteely ace, sub Amy McGuiness and Ahern (free) brought Dublin to within a single point, trailing by 0-09 to 0-10. Kerry were hanging on, but Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh slotted over a wonderful free from an acute angle to open up a two-point lead with time running out. Wind assisted Dublin responded with less than a minute to go when Niamh McEvoy sent over a free and there was still time for late drama, with Ahern off-target as the Dubs chased parity.

At half-time, Kerry were 0-08 to 0-04 clear but it took some time for the game to ignite. The sides were deadlocked three times before Kerry hit five points without reply to establish a 0-08 to 0-03 advantage. Megan O’Connell, who went off early in the second half hit, three points for the Kingdom, including one score that could have been a goal as the Southern Gaels player palmed the ball over the crossbar from Ní Mhuircheartaigh’s pass.

Ace forward Ní Mhuircheartaigh also scored three points in that opening half, including two frees, while Sarah Houlihan and Deirdre Corridan scored a point each. Dublin were held to just two points from play in the opening half, but the Sky Blues were aggrieved on two occasions when referee John Niland whistled play back for earlier infringements, when clear goal chances had opened up if play was allowed to continue. Louise Scanlon came closest to a Kerry goal in the 16th minute before Corridan tapped over while Natalia Hyland blazed just over the crossbar from Dublin’s next attack.

Scorers for Dublin: S Ahern 0-03f, A McGuinness (1f), S Goldrick & N Hyland, 0-02 each, N McEvoy 0-01f.

Scorers for Kerry: L Ní Mhuircheartaigh 0-04 (3f), M O’Connell 0-03, S Houlihan, D Corridan, P Dennehy & L Galvin 0-01 each.

DUBLIN: C O’Connor; G O’Malley, J O’Sullivan, S O’Mahony; R Ruddy, S Goldrick, F Hudson; G Fay, S Finnegan; O Leonard, N Collins, N Hyland; S Ahern, N McEvoy, A Ring.

Subs: A McGuinness for Collins (17), S Woods for Leonard (40), A McKenna for Ring (46), K Flood for Hyland (46), S Tracey for Hudson (54).

KERRY: E Murphy; C Lynch, A Leonard, A Lyons; J Brosnan, A Desmond, L Galvin; E Sherwood, B Breen; S Houlihan, D Corridan, C Kelly; M O’Connell, L Scanlon, L Ní Mhuircheartaigh.

Subs: P Dennehy for O’Connell (35), M Quirke for Corridan (50), C Buckley for Lyons (56).

Referee: J Niland (Sligo)

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC Quarter-Final – Galway 5-19 Clare 2-16

Clare 2-16 Galway 5-19

Report from the RTE.ie web site

Connacht champions Galway cruised into the last four of the 2012 TG4 All-Ireland Ladies’ Senior Football Championship following a 12-point victory against Clare at St Brendan’s Park, Birr, on Saturday afternoon. Edel Concannon hit 1-7 as the Westerners booked their place in their first semi-final since 2005. But despite being on the losing side, Clare’s magnificent full-forward Niamh O’Dea claimed the player-of-the-match award, having scored 1-6 of her 1-8 tally from play.

Ultimately, it was a run of 1-5 without reply immediately after half-time that saw Galway home, as a three-point interval lead was stretched to eleven. Emma Curley netted in the fourth minute of the second half and Galway, who were 13 points clear approaching the finish, were on their way against beaten Munster semi-finalists Clare. The Banner County had stunned Meath in round 2 of the qualifiers but they were outclassed by rampant Galway.

Clare scorers: N O’Dea 1-08 (0-02f), A Considine 0-06 (5f), R Looney 1-00, N Keane & E Considine 0-01 each.

Galway scorers: E Concannon 1-06 (0-03f), E Curley 2-00 (1-00 pen), A Clarke 1-02, A Daly 1-01, G O’Connor 0-03, G Conneally, C Hehir & L Joyce 0-02 each, E Gannon 0-01.

CLARE: E O’Driscoll; S Kelly, L Kelly, L Ryan; R Looney, L Henchy, M Delaney; M Considine, F Lafferty; N Carroll, N Keane, M Kelly; N Lardner, N O’Dea, A Considine.

Subs: E Considine for Lardner (21), S Harvey for Delaney (h.t.).

GALWAY: L Higgins; M Coyne, S Conneally, R McPhilbin; B Hannon, E Flaherty, S Burke; E Curley, A Daly; G Conneally, D Brennan, C Hehir; E Gannon, A Clarke, E Concannon.

Subs: G O’Connor for Gannon (26), L Joyce for Brennan (42), N Duggan for G Conneally (54), A Rohan for Curley (58).

Referee: M Farrelly (Cavan)

All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Semi Final – Cork 3-10 Galway 0-12

Cork defeated Galway by 3-10 to 0-12 in the All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Semi Final on Saturday at Nowlan Park Kilkenny.

 

No change to Tipp line up for Kilkenny Semi Final

Tipperary senior hurling manager Declan Ryan is keeping faith with the side that won the 2012 Munster Final against Waterford for the Premier’s 4th successive championship meeting with Kilkenny.

Toomevara’s John O’Brien, grieving over the passing of his brother Thomas who is being laid to rest today, is named and full forward while 2010 All Ireland winning captain Eoin Kelly is being held in reserve as Lar Corbett starts his second successive championship

Irish Examiner Munster GAA Supporter of the Year

The Irish Examiner and the Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Awards are searching for Munster’s GAA supporter of the Year. We want to celebrate GAA fans who have real pride in club or county. Do you get dressed up in your county colours and go to the match? Do you know the score of every GAA match your county or club has ever played in? Whatever it is, if that describes you, let us know because we are searching for the Irish Examiner Munster GAA Supporter of the Year!

In addition to winning a number of great prizes, the person will be honoured at the glittering Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Awards in December. We will select a finalist from each county after the deadline for entries closes in August. Each finalist will then be profiled in the Irish Examiner and their winning photo will be posted to facebook and open to public vote. Coupled with the input of our adjudication panel and the public vote, the overall winner will be selected. The more creative the entry the better your chance of being a finalist!

To enter

■ Simply send us your captioned photo – Tell us who is in the photo, where it was taken and why it is special – maybe it’s what you wear or how passionate you are at games!

EARLY BIRD PRIZE

ENTER before midnight Sunday, July 1, and be in with a chance to win some great prizes!

■ Tickets for two to the Munster football final. Overnight accommodation at the Greenhills Hotel Limerick in the newly refurbished Executive suite. Dinner for two in Hugh’s on the Green restaurant as well as full use of the hotels health and leisure centre.

■ Tickets for two, overnight accommodation and dinner on one evening to the Munster Hurling final.

Prizes for each finalist

■ Signed county jersey.

■ Overnight accommodation and tickets for two at the glittering black-tie Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Awards in December.

Irish Examiner Munster GAA Supporter of the Year

In addition to the finalist prize items above, the overall winner will receive:

■ The title of Irish Examiner Munster GAA Supporter of the Year Award at the Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Awards.

■ Coaching session by a leading intercounty player for your local club.

■ One pair of tickets for each match your county plays in the 2013 Munster GAA Senior Championships.

■ Munster GAA Season Ticket – gives the winner access to all club Championship, Minor, U-21, Intermediate and Senior matches in the province, 75 games in total running throughout the year. Are you Irish examiner Munster

GAA Supporter of the Year? enter FREE online www.irishexaminer.com/competitions

For full terms and conditions visit www.irishexaminer.com/sport.

Closing date Saturday, August 18, 2012

 

PRESS RELEASE – CALLING ALL MUNSTER GAA FANS

• Search is on for Munster’s top GAA fan

Monday, May 28, 2012. The Irish Examiner and the Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Awards have launched the search for Munster’s GAA supporter of the Year in a bid to celebrate GAA fans who have real pride in club or county.

Do you get dressed up in your county colours and go to the match, do you know the score of every GAA match your county or club has ever played in? If you feel that describes you, we want to know because we are searching for the Irish Examiner Munster GAA Supporter of the Year! In addition to winning a number of great prizes, the person will be honoured at the glittering Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Awards in December.

Munster Council Chairman Sean Walsh welcomed the return of the provincial ‘Supporter of the Year’ competition, in association with the Irish Examiner, for this season’s inter-county senior championships saying: “We’re delighted to launch the initiative for a second year and particularly to be in partnership with the Irish Examiner. It gives us the chance to honour and recognize those supporters who devote a large amount of their time to support their county’s teams. Supporters can nominate either themselves or another supporter throughout the championship. They can do this by sending a picture to the Irish Examiner facebook page or through the dedicated competitions site which is up and running.”

Last year’s inaugural winner was well known Cork fan, Cyril Kavanagh, instantly recognisable with his Mexican cape and sombrero. However Kavanagh isn’t just an “occasion junkie” — he’s a frequent visitor to Cork training sessions.

To enter GAA fans simply go to www.irishexaminer.com/competitions or via the competitions tab on www.facebook.com/IrishExaminerSport and submit their captioned photo. Tell us who is in the photo, where it was taken and why it is special – maybe it’s what you wear or how passionate they are at games!

A finalist will be selected from each Munster county after the deadline for entries closes in August. The more creative the entry the better your chance of being a finalist!

Coupled with the input of our adjudication panel and a public vote through facebook and text vote, the overall winner will be selected.

PRIZES

For the early bird fans who submit their entry before midnight Sunday, July 1, we have bonus prizes where two fans and a friend could win a fantastic weekend away to either the Munster Senior Hurling or Football final in July. Each prize includes tickets for two, two nights B&B accommodation and dinner on one evening.

For each of the six finalists, they will get signed county jersey as well as overnight accommodation and tickets for two at the glittering black-tie Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Awards in December.

The overall winner will be crowned Irish Examiner Munster GAA Supporter of the Year at the Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Awards. They will get a coaching session by a leading intercounty player for their local club. In addition they will receive one pair of tickets for each match their county plays in the 2013 Munster GAA Senior Championships as well as a Munster GAA Season Ticket – gives the winner access to all club Championship, Minor, U-21, Intermediate and Senior matches in the province 75 games in total running throughout the year.

All Ireland SHC Semi Final 2012 Tipperary vs Kilkenny

Tipp want to realise their potential against Kilkenny


It’s not Kilkenny’s record as one of the greatest teams
to grace Croke Park in modern times that’s preying on the minds of
Declan Ryan and his Tipperary senior hurling squad heading
into their All Ireland Semi Final with the reigning champions.

It’s a concern with delivering a performance that realises their potential
according to the Premier manager.

The Munster champions have an impressive championship record over the ages against the Noresiders which shows Tipp
leading in their summer meetings by 13 wins to 8 in their 21 encounters to date but it’s the 4 point defeat in last
year’s All Ireland final that still haunts the blue and gold panel according to 2010 winning captain Eoin Kelly who believes if his fellow county men can play to their potential they will be a force to be reckoned with.

Former Cork Senior Hurling Captain considers the road ahead

Cork’s 1999 All Ireland winning captain Mark Landers discusses the Rebel County’s future following their Semi-Final defeat to Leinster Champion’s, Galway.