Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Final Replay – Tipperary 2-18 Dublin 1-11

Superb Tipperary seal minor glory

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor Championship Final Replay: Dublin 1-11 Tipperary 2-18

Tipperary were always in control against Dublin as they cruised to a big victory in their All-Ireland minor hurling final replay clash at Croke Park on Sunday.

The Premier County were fully deserving winners as they won their 19th All-Ireland title with 10 points to spare. Although Dublin fought hard until the end, they didn’t perform anywhere near as well as they did in the first game three weeks ago, and couldn’t live with a much improved Tipperary performance.

William Maher’s side led by 11 points at the break, with goals from Mark McCarthy and Tadhg Gallagher inside the first 15 minutes sending them on their way. The two goals established a six-point lead for Tipperary, and once they got that far in front, they never looked back as Dublin struggled to make any inroads on the gap whatsoever.

The second half was barely a contest as Dublin couldn’t get the scores they needed to make Tipperary sweat. Tipperary only added eight points to their tally in the second 35 minutes, but it was more than enough as they cruised to glory. Led by some excellent free-taking from the nerveless John McGrath, Tipperary led 0-3 to 0-2 after a few minutes and then pounced for the first goal through McCarthy.

McCarthy outpaced a couple of defenders, and bore down on goal from the left. The angle was acute by the time the chance to shoot came, and he didn’t connect first time with the ball. However, he struck it as it hopped and buried it past Cian Mac Gabhann to send Tipperary four clear after 10 minutes.

Two good points from James Roche for Dublin, brought in as a late replacement for Caolán Conway, brought Dublin back to within three, but then Gallagher grabbed the second goal. This time it came after a raid down the right. He raced past Dublin defender Shane Barrett and buried low to the net in the left corner.

Tipperary were playing the much more fluent hurling, were in much greater control of the sliotar, and hardly struck any wides in the first half. They added substantially to their lead before the half-time whistle, and with points from Seán Maher, Stephen Cahill and the continued scoring excellence of McGrath, they led 2-10 to 0-5 at half-time.

Straight away after the restart, McGrath powered over a beautiful point from play, nipping any potential Dublin comeback in the bud before it even started. That put 12 between the sides, and although Paul Winters clipped over a few frees for Dublin in the next few minutes, Seán Maher’s point for Tipperary after 45 minutes kept Dublin 12 points ahead.

Tipp inevitably eased off in the final 15 minutes, and Dublin profited from that when they struck for goal in the 53rd minute. Full-forward Oisín O’Rorke hit the goal, a sharp finish after a good ball inside. It was all they could muster though, and fittingly enough McGrath struck the last two points of the game to take his tally to 0-10 overall, and send Tipperary over the line with 10 points to spare.

Scorers for Dublin: P Winters 0-6 (6f), O O’Rorke 1-1, J Roche 0-2, E O’Donnell 0-1, C Costello 0-1

Scorers for Tipperary: J McGrath 0-10 (7f, 1 65), M McCarthy 1-2, T Gallagher 1-2, S Maher 0-2, S Cahill 0-1, B Maher 0-1

Dublin: C Mac Gabhann; E Lowndes, C O’Callaghan, S Barrett; E O’Donnell, R Murphy, S McClelland; C Costello, C Cronin; C McHugh, C Boland, D Gormley; J Roche, O O’Rorke, P Winters
Subs: K O’Flynn for R Murphy (HT), C Conway for C McHugh (39), S Treacy for J Roche (45), R Tierney for C O’Callaghan (60).

Tipperary: P Maher; R Maher, M Breen, J Peters; T Fox, T Hamill, B Heffernan; B Maher, S Cahill; J McGrath, D Fitzell, S Maher; T Gallagher, J Shelly, M McCarthy.
Subs: S O’Brien for S Maher (52), S Ryan for S Cahill (57), C Lanigan for T Gallagher (59), J Loughnane for M McCarthy (61).

Tipperary captain Bill Maher with the Irish Press Cup
Photo courtesy of Jerry Ring

Tipp’s hard graft bears sweet fruit

By IAN RIORDAN at Croke Park for the Irish Times newspaper

Tipperary 2-18 Dublin 1-11: THE NOTION that replays often produce different games entirely sure proved true, with Tipperary so utterly improved from three weeks ago that Dublin simply couldn’t get a look in.

In the end it was a less of a contest and more of a demonstration, Tipperary’s superior speed and agility evident throughout, their 185 training sessions this year bearing sweet fruit. For a Dublin team that had matched them for long periods in the drawn game, it was a harsh lesson on several counts, although not entirely unexpected: if they played well enough to rival Tipperary the last time, they didn’t do that here. This is Dublin’s second successive All-Ireland minor hurling final defeat – having lost to Galway last year. If anything they might feel further away now from that honour, last won in 1965. They can’t afford to think that way, given the current conveyor belt of talent, but this one will almost certainly hurt in the short term.

For Tipperary, victory brings a 19th minor hurling title, the first since 2007. It pushes them one ahead of Cork, and just one short of Kilkenny’s record of 20. More importantly they’ve unearthed some underage diamonds, such as John McGrath, Bill Maher, Tadhg Gallagher, Ronan Maher and Jack Peters – and that’s just for starters. The feeling after the drawn game was that Tipperary wouldn’t be as slow to start this time. Actually, they started in fast-forward, racing at Dublin from the throw-in and establishing a comfortable advantage they were never once in danger of surrendering.

McGrath’s strike from the placed ball was faultless throughout, and when Gallagher and Mark McCarthy took incentive from some slack Dublin defending in the opening quarter with a goal each it was clear which team were more tuned in to the task at hand. The key was focus, revealed Tipperary manager William Maher, who now has the distinction of both captaining (in 1996) and managing his county to All-Ireland minor titles. “I just think our focus was more on the actual game of hurling this time . . . when you come within a minute of winning an All-Ireland, then draw it, with an injury time free, that focuses your mind fairly quickly. So, we just worked on our game.”

That focus was apparent everywhere. While Tipperary’s forwards converted practically every chance to build an 11-point advantage at half-time (0-5 to 2-10), the backs were proving every bit as focused, Ronan Maher, Michael Breen and Peters ensuring Dublin didn’t get a sniff of the goalmouth. “That’s been our philosophy all year,” said Maher, “that’s he’s a defender, not a corner back or wing back. And likewise the forwards, who have to be able to play everywhere. So, our guys are very comfortable on the ball.”

With that, he confesses that his team have trained 185 times this year: “That’s the effort that’s gone in, we’ve left no stone unturned, and we’re just delighted with what’s happening. The hurlers we have in Tipp at the moment, underage, is fantastic. We’re delighted with every one of them.” Given the start Dublin afforded Tipperary, Dublin manager Shay Boland could have no complaints, only regrets – wondering why they left themselves with such a mountain to climb. Paul Winters tried in vain to keep them in touch with the placed ball, but Oisín O’Rorke’s 1-1 came too late to matter, and others such as dual star Cormac Costello simply looked tired. “I don’t know if there is any reason why we started so slow,” said Boland. “All I know is that . . . Tipperary just got the breaks early on. “The way it is at minor, it’s very hard to recover. It’s not like senior where you have maybe more time with them and a lot more experiences that fellas can learn from. This is do or die every day you go out, but Tipp were better on the day than us and we have no qualms about that.”

He admitted that Dublin had lost some of their focus in the three weeks: “It was a challenge, a particularly long break and, I’ll be honest with you, I’d have preferred just the week. That’s not an excuse, but, yeah, it was an issue to try and get fellas up. Obviously Tipp did. I’d love to know what they did.” He admitted, too, that his term as minor manager was up, but said the future looked bright: “Dublin just need to keep doing what we’re trying to do, and someday we’ll get over the line.”

Last word, then, to Tipperary midfielder and captain Bill Maher – who this time last year won an All-Ireland minor title with the county footballers: “There is some serious talent in Tipperary, and with a bit of luck that will come through at the senior stage in both codes and hopefully we’ll get a few more All-Irelands in the future.” On this evidence no one would bet against it.

TIPPERARY: P Maher; R Maher, M Breen, J Peters; T Fox, T Hamill, B Heffernan; B Maher (0-1), S Cahill (0-1); J McGrath (0-10, seven frees, one 65), D Fitzell, S Maher (0-2); T Gallagher (1-2), J Shelly, M McCarthy (1-2). Subs: S O’Brien for S Maher (53 mins), S Ryan for Cahill (57 mins), C Lanigan for Gallagher (59 mins), J Loughnane for McCarthy (60 mins).

DUBLIN: C Mac Gabhann; E Lowndes, C O’Callaghan, S Barrett; E O’Donnell (0-1), R Murphy, S McClelland; C Costello (0-1), C Cronin; D Gormley, C Boland, C McHugh; J Roche (0-2), O O’Rorke (1-1), P Winters (0-6, all frees). Subs: K O’Flynn for Murphy (half time), C Conway for McHugh (38 mins), S Treacy for Roche (45 mins), R Tierney for O’Callaghan (59 mins).

Referee: A Kelly (Galway)


McGrath leads red-hot Tipp to promised land

By Donnchadh Boyle for the Irish Independent newspaper

Tipperary 2-18 Dublin 1-11

All-Ireland MHC final replay

TIPPERARY lived up to their billing as the best minor team in the country with a comprehensive dismissal of Dublin. Tipp did the damage with two goals in six first-half minutes and they were blows that Shay Boland’s Dublin side would not recover from. Having managed just 1-2 from play in the drawn game, Tipp effectively had the game sewn up at half-time, enjoying a 2-10 to 0-5 advantage by then. Mark McCarthy bagged Tipp’s first goal after nine minutes when he whipped home from a tight angle after losing control of possession under pressure from Robert Murphy and Shane Barrett.

And while Dublin steadied the ship with two quick-fire points from James Roche, the Dubs were cut open again when Tadhg Gallagher’s searing pace took him clear to register their second goal and give them a 2-4 to 0-4 lead after 14 minutes. Tipp would outscore Dublin by 0-6 to 0-1 for the remainder of the half, a period that Boland acknowledged left his side in deep trouble. “Tipperary just got the breaks early on and look, that’s the way it is at minor, it’s very hard to recover,” said the Dublin boss, whose two-year term as manager ended after the game. “It’s not like senior where you have maybe more time with them and a lot more experiences that fellas can learn from. This is do-or-die every day you go out. We didn’t have time to recover, Tipp were better on the day than us and we have no qualms about that.”

Dublin got the first score on the restart when Cormac Costello pointed. It was the Whitehall youngster’s first chance in what was his fifth All-Ireland final at the minor grade across hurling and football. But neither he nor the other Dublin dual players who featured (Eric Lowndes and Conor McHugh) after their football success a week ago, could exert enough influence to stem the growing Tipp tide, though Boland wasn’t offering excuses. “They’re great young fellas, massive athletes. They’re as fit as fiddles,” he said of his dual players. “It’s more about getting up mentally. After winning, they were probably in a good space, but it is a bit difficult when they don’t get a chance to hurl with you in that period. “But, look, these are only small problems. We’ve just got to get over the line and keep doing what we’re trying to do and some day we’ll get the break.”

John McGrath had his fingerprints on many of the good things Tipp did and punished every Dublin indiscretion within free-taking range, as Tipperary produced a remarkably efficient performance. They didn’t hit a wide in the first half and worked up just three in the second 30 minutes. At one stage, Tipp had opened up a 14-point advantage and an Oisin O’Rorke goal was merely consolation for Dublin.

And boss William Maher revealed the remarkable effort his Tipp side put into this year, stating his side met on 185 occasions over the course of their campaign. “I think our focus was more on the actual game of hurling this time,” said Maher. “When you come into an All-Ireland final, it’s difficult to control things outside of that. We controlled everything today, and the individual performances gave us a great platform for a good performance. “But the hurlers we have in Tipp at the moment, underage, are fantastic. We’re delighted with every one of them. We’ve a panel of 32, and they’ve done something like 185 training sessions this year. “That’s the effort that’s gone in, we’ve left no stone unturned, and we’re just delighted with what’s happening.”

Five Tipperary youngsters have collected medals in football and hurling in consecutive years. Captain Bill Maher, Dylan Fitzell, McGrath, Steven O’Brien and Colin O’Riordan have already enjoyed a decorated career and while they’ll have to make a decision on which code they’d like to pursue, Maher was happy just to be a part of winning teams. “There is some serious talent in Tipperary,” said the Kilsheelan-Kilcash youngster. “I’m just lucky to be in with some fantastic players and long may it last. There is serious talent to come along in hurling and football and, with a bit of luck, that will come through at senior level in both codes and hopefully we’ll get a few All-Irelands in the future.”

SCORERS — Tipperary: J McGrath 0-10 (7f, 0-1 ’65), T Gallagher, M McCarthy 1-2 each, S Maher 0-2, S Cahill, B Maher 0-1 each. Dublin: P Winters 0-6 (6f), O O’Rorke 1-1, J Roche 0-2, C Costello, E O’Donnell 0-1 each.

Tipperary — P Maher; R Maher, M Breen, J Peters; T Fox, T Hamill, B Heffernan; B Maher, S Cahill; J McGrath, D Fitzell, S Maher; Tadhg Gallagher, J Shelly, M McCarthy. Subs: S O’Brien for S Maher (52), S Ryan for Cahill (57), C Lanigan for Gallagher (60), J Loughnane for McCarthy (61).

Dublin — C MacGabhann; E Lowndes, C O’Callaghan, S Barrett; E O’Donnell, R Murphy, S McClelland; D Gormley, C Cronin; C McHugh, C Boland, C Costello; J Roche, O O’Rorke, P Winters. Subs: K O’Flynn for Murphy (h-t), C Conway for McHugh (38), S Treacy for Roche (45), R Daly for O’Callaghan (60).

Ref — A Kelly (Galway)

 

Team News

The Tipperary minor hurling team to play Dublin in the Electric Ireland All Ireland minor hurling final replay on Sunday next shows 1 change from the team which started the drawn game. Dylan Fitzell starts instead of Steven O’Brien. The team is:

Paul Maher (Moyne Templetuohy)
Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)
Michael Breen (Ballina)
Jack Peters (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
Tom Fox (Eire Og Annacarty Donohill)
Tomás Hamill (Killea)
Barry Heffernan (Nenagh Eire Og)
Bill Maher (Kilsheelan Kilcash) Captain
Stephen Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)
John McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)
Dylan Fitzell (Cashel King Cormacs)
Sean Maher (Clonoulty Rossmore)
Tadhg Gallagher (Kildangan)
Jack Shelly (Mullinahone)
Mark McCarthy (Toomevara)

Dublin: C Mac Gabhann; E Lowndes, C O’Callaghan, S Barrett; E O’Donnell, R Murphy, S McClelland; C Costello, C Cronin; C McHugh, C Boland, D Gormley; C Conway, O O’Rorke, P Winters.

DUBLIN v TIPPERARY

Paul Winters pointed a late free to earn Dublin a replay in the Electric Ireland minor final. Dublin led by three points at half-time but Tipperary raised their game in the second half and seemed set for victory until Winters earned Dublin a late reprieve.

Paths to the final

Dublin 4-24 Carlow 0-3 (Leinster quarter-final)

Dublin 1-12 Kilkenny 0-10 (Leinster semi-final)

Dublin 2-15 Wexford 1-14 (Leinster final)

Dublin 4-14 Clare 2-17 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Dublin 1-16 Tipperary 2-13 (All-Ireland final)

Tipperary 6-21 Kerry 0-11 (Munster quarter-final)

Tipperary 2-25 Waterford 0-12 (Munster semi-final)

Tipperary 1-16 Clare 1-12 (Munster final)

Tipperary 2-16 Galway 1-14 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Tipperary 2-13 Dublin 1-6 (All-Ireland final)

Previous Dublin –Tipperary Minor finals

2012: Dublin 1-16 Tipperary 2-13

1954: Dublin 2-7 Tipperary 2-3

1953: Tipperary 8-6 Dublin 3-6

1952: Tipperary 9-9 Dublin 3-2

1946: Dublin 1-6 Tipperary 0-7

1945: Dublin 3-14 Tipperary 4-6

All-Ireland Minor Hurling – Roll of Honour

20 – Kilkenny (1931-35-36-50-60-61-62-72-73-75-77-81-88-90-91-93-2002-2003-2008-2010)

18 – Cork (1928-37-38-39-41-51-64-67-69-70-71-74-78-79-85-95-98-2001)

18 – TIPPERARY (1930-32-33-34-47-49-52-53-55-56-57-59-76-80-82-96-2006-2007)

9 – Galway (1983-92-94-99-2000-2004-2005-2009-2011)

4 – DUBLIN (1945-46-54-65)

3 – Wexford (1963-66-68)

3 – Limerick (1940-58-84)

3 – Offaly (1986-87-89)

2 – Waterford (1929-48)

1 – Clare (1997)

Official Opening of new Munster GAA Headquarters

The official opening of the new Munster GAA Headquarters at Castletroy Limerick took place this afternoon (Saturday September 29th). The ceremony was performed by Liam O’Neill, Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael in the presence of Munster GAA Chairman Sean Walsh and a large gathering of Gaels from across the province.

The purpose built 12,000 square foot facility will provide a home for all GAA activities in the province of Munster. In addition to the Coaching and Administration staff of Munster GAA, office space will be provided for other GAA affiliated bodies including Handball, Ladies Football and Camogie.

 

Munster GAA Chairman Sean Walsh speaking at the official opening said “We are delighted today to officially open this iconic building which will serve the needs of Munster GAA for many years. Great credit is due to all those officers and delegates past and present who helped to achieve the objective of building a facility to provide a home for all GAA activities in the province of Munster”.

The building designed by Leydon, Hassett and Associates Architects and built by Griffin Brothers Construction took just over a year to complete and provided employment for 15 workers at its peak. This follows on from the contribution the GAA has made to the construction industry in Munster over the last 4 years which is valued at over €40 million.

The project was completed under budget and the total cost including site purchase was under €3.5 million. In keeping with the original project brief issued by the Munster Council, the project was completely funded from a restructuring of Munster GAA’s operating cash flows and had no impact on the funding provided to Clubs, Counties and other GAA affiliated bodies. Throughout the project 72% of revenues generated were redistributed to these bodies.

Speakers at today’s launch included Liam O’Neill, Sean Walsh, Munster GAA CEO Pat Fitzgerald, Paddy Leydon of Leydon, Hassett and Associates Architects and master of ceremonies Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly.

Ed Donnelly

Munster GAA PRO

Pictured at the official opening of the Munster GAA HQ
Left to Right – Pat Fitzgerald (CEO), Enda McGuane (Deputy CEO), Robert Frost (Vice-Chairman), Liam O’Neill (GAA President), Sean Walsh (Chairman), Padraic Duffy (Director General), Mike Fitzgerald (Treasurer)

Click to view more photos from the Official Opening

 

Munster Council Meeting – September 27th 2012

Thursday September 27th 2012 will go down in history as the first ever meeting to be held in the new Munster GAA offices at Castletroy, Limerick. Munster GAA Chairman Sean Walsh welcomed all present and paid tribute to the officers and delegates past and present who helped to achieve the objective of building a purpose built facility to provide a home for all GAA activities in the province of Munster. The official opening of the new Munster GAA offices by GAA President Liam O’Neill will take place on Saturday September 29th.

Munster Council delegates agreed to extend the contract of the current Munster GAA CEO Pat Fitzgerald by a further five years to 2018.

A meeting of the Munster CCC was held earlier in the evening. Delegates were informed that the GAA Senior Championship draws in hurling and football would take place on Thursday October 4th. The suggestion of a seeded draw in the Munster Senior Football Championship was brought up at a full meeting of Munster Council on June 8th but was never more than a topic for discussion in conjunction with many other topics. While there was much subsequent comment on the proposed return to a seeded draw in Football, the reality is that no request or motion for a change to this rule has been made and consequently, the draw for the 2013 Munster Senior Hurling and Senior Football Championship will be open as in previous years.

Munster GAA CEO Pat Fitzgerald confirmed that the inter-county competitions in Junior Football and Intermediate Hurling will remain in place for the 2013 season.

The Munster CCC also confirmed that the 2013 Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling competition would begin in mid-January to look to avoid a direct clash with the Fitzgibbon Cup competitions which caused problems for third-level colleges teams in 2012.  The McGrath Cup Senior Football competition will begin as normal on the first weekend of January.

 

Munster GAA Development Grants

Munster GAA provides generous grant aid to support GAA units in the development of their facilities in the province.

Click here to read more about the Munster GAA Development Grants

Ulster Bank GAA Force

 

€/£100 each for the first 100 clubs who enter GAA Force

€25,000/£22,000 for the winning club

€5,000/£4,400 each for the four provincial winning clubs, one province

Enter by 27 September and you could win 20 GAA footballs for your club*

Closing Date Enter by the 5 October

*Enter your club between now and the 27th of September and you will be entered into a draw to win 20 Footballs for your club.

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All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final – Wexford 3-13 Cork 3-6

Wexford defeated Cork by 3-13 to 3-6 in the All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final on Sunday September 16th at Croke Park.

 

Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All Ireland U21 Championship Final – Clare 2-17 Kilkenny 2-11

Clare 2-17 Kilkenny 2-11

Report from the RTE.ie web site

Clare claimed their second All-Ireland U-21 Hurling Championship title with a 2-17 to 2-11 win over Kilkenny at Semple Stadium. Cathal O’Connell’s early goal helped Clare to a six-point lead, but John Power (penalty) and Ger Aylward netted for the Cats to give them a 2-07 to 1-07 advantage at the interval. Conor McGrath fired home a second Clare goal as the inspired Banner men turned on the style with a superb second-half display. Patrick O’Connor turned in a wonderful defensive display, and O’Connell finished with a personal tally of 1-06 as the Cats were denied a 12th title.

Clare struck a major blow in the sixth minute when skipper Conor McGrath sent Cathal O’Connell in for a goal, the corner forward applying a clinical finish past Dylan Walsh. The banner had earlier moved clear with points from Cathal McInerney, O’Connell and wing-back Seadna Morey. John Power hoisted Kilkenny’s second score, but a couple of superb long-range efforts from Colm Galvin and Patrick O’Connor eased the Munster men in to a 1-05 to 0-02 lead.

But the Cats began to get some momentum going in the second quarter, with Geoff Brennan firing over along range point and Walter Walsh offering a glimpse of the goal threat they would carry when his fiercely struck shot was superbly deflected over the bar by goalkeeper Ronan Taaffe. Kevin Kelly’s third point narrowed the gap to two, and in the final three minutes of the half, they stunned Clare with two goals. First Power won the penalty that he blasted home himself, and in stoppage time Ger Aylward got in behind his marker to first time the sliotar to the net.

But Clare were back in front within four minutes of the restart. Intense pressure brought them four quick-fire points, with three of them from the stick of O’Connell. With Morey and Patrick O’Connor performing heroically in their defence, Clare stepped up the intensity. And when skipper Conor McGrath smashed home their second goal on 44 minutes, they led by four. O’Connor made a vital interception to deny Aylward as Kilkenny pressed in the closing stages for the goal that would bring them back into the game.

But with McGrath and Shane Golden having stretched the advantage to six, it was looking good for the Banner. They could have had a third goal in the dying stages when O’Connell brought a superb save from Walsh, and there was another exceptional moment at the back when Paul Flanagan stepped in to repel the Cats once again.

Clare scorers: C O’Connell 1-06 (0-04f), C McGrath 1-01, C McInerney 0-04, T Kelly, A Cunningham, P O’Connor, S Morey, C Galvin, S Golden 0-01 each.

Kilkenny scorers: J Power 1-01 (1-0 pen), G Aylward 1-01, K Kelly 0-06 (3f), W Walsh 0-02, G Brennan 0-01.

Clare: Ronan Taaffe; Paul Flanagan, David McInerney, Killian Ryan; Patrick O’Connor, Conor Ryan, Seadna Morey; Colm Galvin, Shane Golden; Tony Kelly, Padraic Collins, Aaron Cunningham; Cathal McInerney, Conor McGrath, Cathal O’Connell.

Subs used: P Duggan for Cunningham, N Arthur for Collins.

Kilkenny: Dylan Walsh; Jason Corcoran, Willie Phelan, Brian Kennedy; Luke Harney, Richie Doyle, Joe Lyng; Geoff Brennan, Ollie Walsh; Kevin Kelly, Padraig Walsh, Cillian Buckley; Walter Walsh, John Power, Ger Aylward.

Subs used: M Gaffney for O Walsh, C Kenny for P Walsh.

Referee: Diarmuid Kirwan (Cork)

Team News

Clare have named an un-changed Team,that defeated Antrim in the All Ireland Semi Final, for Saturdays All Ireland Under 21 Final against Kilkenny, No changes were expected after a 28 point victory in the clash with the men from Antrim. Clare will play in only their 2nd All Ireland under 21 final, since the competition was inaugurated in 1964. Victory over the same opposition in 2009 in Croke Park, recorded our first ever victory.

The Team is as follows –

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 Cunnungham

13 Cathal McInerney

14 Conor McGrath

15 Cathal O Connell

 

Kilkenny Team to play Clare in Under 21 All Ireland Final

1. Dylan Walsh Thomastown

2. Jason Corcoran John Lockes

3. Willie Phelan Dunnamaggin

4 Brian Kennedy St. Lachtain’s

5. Luke Harney Kilmacow

6 . Richie Doyle Barrow Rangers

7. Joe Lyng Rower Inistioge

8. Geoff Brennan St. Patricks

9 . Ollie Walsh Dicksboro

10. Kevin Kelly (Capt.) St. Patricks

11. Padraig Walsh Tullaroan

12. Cillian Buckley Dicksboro

13. Walter Walsh Tullogher Rosbercon

14. John Power Carrickshock

15 . Ger Aylward Glenmore

 

16. Richie Reid Ballyhale Shamrocks

17. Owen McGrath John Lockes

18. Cathal Kenny Barrow Rangers

19. Ian Duggan Mullinavat

20. Martin Gaffney Dicksboro

21. Paul Buggy Tullaroan

22. James Cassin Rower Inistioge

23. Michael Brennan St. Patricks

24. James Gannon St. Patricks

25. Pat O’Carroll Lisdowney

26. Conor Martin Emeralds

 

EXTENDED PANEL MEMBERS:

27. Sean Phelan Lisdowney.

28. Stephen Staunton St. Patricks.

29. Conor Tobin Fenians.

30. Johnny Hayes Kilmacow.

31. David Glynn Dicksboro.

32. Paddy Butler O’Loughlin Gaels.

33. Danny Kenny Dicksboro.

34. Canice Maher St. Martins.

35. Sean Kehoe Young Irelands.

36. Robert Lennon Bennettsbridge.

 

TEAM MANAGEMENT:

Richie Mulrooney, Adrian Finan & Brían Ryan

Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Final – Tipperary 2-13 Dublin 1-16

Winters frees rescue minor draw for Dublin

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor Championship Final: Dublin 1-16 Tipperary 2-13

Dublin and Tipperary will meet again in a replay after the All-Ireland minor hurling final finished in a draw at Croke Park on Sunday. Paul Winters hit two late frees to rescue a draw for Dublin, who had given as good as they got throughout a very enjoyable and high standard contest. An extremely competitive and lively game was very tight for the full 60 minutes, and there was never more than a few points between them at any stage.

Dublin led by three at the break, but a well-taken goal from Mark McCarthy shortly after the break put Tipperary in the lead for the first time in the game. The second half was nip and tuck thereafter, but William Maher’s young Tipp side still held a two point lead going into the last few minutes. But Winters held his nerve to fire the two late set-pieces over, and ensure the two sides would have to meet again. Dublin led 1-8 to 1-5 at the break, having provided by far the greater scoring threat in the first half.

All of Tipp’s first half scores came from placed balls from midfielder John McGrath, who finished with a remarkable tally of 1-11 overall (all from set-pieces), whereas Dublin had five different scorers in the opening period. The capital side raced into a 0-4 to 0-0 lead within a few minutes, Winters (2), Eoghan O’Connell and Conor McHugh their early scorers. Tipperary then burst into life, with McGrath firing in 1-1 in the space of two minutes. He clipped over a free, and then was on hand to bury a penalty to the net after the lively McCarthy was fouled. The sides then traded a couple of scores each, and just past the midway point in the half they were level at 1-3 to 0-6.

Then on 18 minutes, Cormac Costello delivered a stunning individual goal in Croke Park for the second Sunday in a row. Last weekend he fired in a majestic goal for the Dublin minor footballers against Kerry, and he did something similar for the hurlers against Tipperary. He raced over the 20 metre line, across the face of the goal towards the Hogan Stand side, and after carving out enough space for himself, drove a low shot back across the goal and into the bottom right hand corner of the goal.

That gave Dublin a three point lead, and that remained the advantage at the end of the first half after the sides shared two more points each. It didn’t take Tipperary long to turn things around after the restart though. McGrath powered over a 65, and then Seán Maher hit their first point from play to leave just one between them. Then, Tipperary broke through for a second goal to move into the lead for the first time in the game. McCarthy broke through the last line of the Dublin defence and raced in on goal. He kept his cool, and finished low past Cian MacGabhann.

That made it 2-7 to 1-8, but Dublin responded well and points from Cian Boland and Seán McClelland had them level after 40 minutes. The sides were still level with less than 10 minutes to go, after Dublin answered three McGrath placed balls with points from Winters (2 frees) and a fine effort from Donal Gormley from play. McGrath knocked over a couple of frees either side of a fine score from Costello, and then when Maher flashed one over, Tipp led by two with time running out. But Dublin got their chances, and took them, with Winters firing over the two crucial frees, the second of which was a very impressive effort given the testing circumstances.

Scorers for Dublin: P Winters 0-7 (6f), C Costello 1-2, C McHugh 0-2, C Boland 0-2, E O’Donnell 0-1, S McClelland 0-1, D Gormley 0-1

Scorers for Tipperary: J McGrath 1-11 (1 pen, 9f, 2 65), M McCarthy 1-0, S Maher 0-2

Dublin: C Mac Gabhann; S Barrett, C O’’Callaghan, E Lowndes; E O’’Donnell, R Murphy, S McClelland; C Costello, C Cronin; C McHugh, D Gormley, C Conway; P Winters, C Boland, O O’Rorke.

Subs: C Bennett for C Conway (51).

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

Subs: S Ryan for J Shelly (HT), K Slattery for T Gallagher (52), C Lanigan for M McCarthy (61).

Referee: Colm Lyons (Cork)

Team News

The Tipperary minor hurling team to play Dublin in the Electric Ireland All Ireland minor hurling final on Sunday next shows 1 change from the team which started against Galway in the All Ireland semi-final. Sean Maher starts instead of Kevin Slattery. The team is:

Paul Maher (Moyne Templetuohy)

Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

Michael Breen (Ballina)

Jack Peters (Kilruane MacDonaghs)

Tom Fox (Eire Og Annacarty Donohill)

Thomas Hamill (Killea)

Barry Heffernan (Nenagh Eire Og)

Bill Maher (Kilsheelan Kilcash) Captain

John McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)

Sean Maher (Clonoulty Rossmore)

Jack Shelly (Mullinahone)

Tadhg Gallagher (Kildangan)

Stephen Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)

Steven O’Brien (Ballina)

Mark McCarthy (Toomevara)

Dublin: C Mac Gabhann; S Barrett, C O’’Callaghan, E Lowndes; E O’’Donnell, R Murphy, S McClelland; C Costello, C Cronin; C McHugh, S Treacy, C Conway; O O’’Rorke, C Boland, P Winters.

Match Preview

Dublin and Tipperary meet in the minor final for the first time since 1954, when Dublin won. It will be their sixth meeting overall in finals with Dublin leading 3-2 from their previous five clashes. Both teams arrive in the final as provincial champions and with Dublin seeking their first All-Ireland title since 1965 while Tipperary last won the crown in 2007. Dublin are in the final for a second successive year, having lost to Galway last year.

Paths to the final

Dublin 4-24 Carlow 0-3 (Leinster quarter-final)

Dublin 1-12 Kilkenny 0-10 (Leinster semi-final)

Dublin 2-15 Wexford 1-14 (Leinster final)

Dublin 4-14 Clare 2-17 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Average For: 3-16; Average Against: 1-11

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Tipperary 6-21 Kerry 0-11 (Munster quarter-final)

Tipperary 2-25 Waterford 0-12 (Munster semi-final)

Tipperary 1-16 Clare 1-12 (Munster final)

Tipperary 2-16 Galway 1-14 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Average For: 3-19; Average Against 1-11

Previous Dublin –Tipperary Minor finals

1954: Dublin 2-7 Tipperary 2-3

1953: Tipperary 8-6 Dublin 3-6

1952: Tipperary 9-9 Dublin 3-2

1946: Dublin 1-6 Tipperary 0-7

1945: Dublin 3-14 Tipperary 4-6

All-Ireland Minor Hurling – Roll of Honour

20 – Kilkenny (1931-35-36-50-60-61-62-72-73-75-77-81-88-90-91-93-2002-2003-2008-2010)

18 – Cork (1928-37-38-39-41-51-64-67-69-70-71-74-78-79-85-95-98-2001)

18 – TIPPERARY (1930-32-33-34-47-49-52-53-55-56-57-59-76-80-82-96-2006-2007)

9 – Galway (1983-92-94-99-2000-2004-2005-2009-2011)

4 – DUBLIN (1945-46-54-65)

3 – Wexford (1963-66-68)

3 – Limerick (1940-58-84)

3 – Offaly (1986-87-89)

2 – Waterford (1929-48)

1 – Clare (1997)

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies IFC Semi-Final – Waterford 2-10 Fermanagh 0-14

TG4 All-Ireland ladies intermediate football championship semi-final

FERMANAGH 0-14 WATERFORD 2-10

By Jackie Cahill at St Brendan’s Park, Birr

MICHELLE Ryan scored 1-6 against Fermanagh on Saturday afternoon as beaten 2010 finalists Waterford qualified for the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies intermediate football final on September 30. The Munster champions edged past the 2009 runners-up by two points in an entertaining semi-final at sun-kissed St Brendan’s Park in Birr. And it was Ballymacarbry star Ryan who led the line brilliantly for Waterford at centre forward, scoring three crucial points from play in the second half after notching 1-3 in the first half.

Ryan has won eleven county and three All-Ireland club medals with her club and the 26-year-old would dearly love to win an All-Ireland title with the county team. Waterford, who led by two points at half-time, were by far the better side in the second half and thoroughly deserved a victory that sets up an All-Ireland final showdown with Armagh. They were five points clear – 2-9 to 0-10 – midway through the second half before full-back Gráinne Enright was sin-binned.

But Fermanagh’s numerical advantage was short-lived as sub Danica Beattie suffered a similar fate in the 48th minute. Waterford, with the breeze advantage in the second half, looked on course for a comfortable victory but Fermanagh made a real fight of it in the closing stages. And the Erne County, inspired by Caroline Little, were back to within two points with three minutes remaining, before Waterford played keep ball to run the clock down and see the game out.

At half-time, they led by 2-4 to 0-8 and it was experienced stars Michelle McGrath and Ryan who kicked late first half points to hand the Déise a crucial advantage. The sides had been level three times in the opening half but wind-assisted Fermanagh had to work harder for their scores as Waterford’s support play opened up the opposition defence on more than one occasion. Fermanagh led by 0-3 to 0-2 before Shona Curran scored Waterford’s opening goal in the 13th minute, finishing off a handpassing move with a clinical close-range finish.

Caroline Little and Noelle Connolly hit back with Fermanagh scores to tie the game before Waterford scored a second goal in the 17th minute. Aileen Wall was fouled and from the resulant penalty, Ryan stepped forward and beat Roisin Gleeson with a powerful strike. That score handed Waterford a three-point lead – 2-2 to 0-5 – but three unanswered points tied the scores again for a Fermanagh side reduced to 14 players following the sin-binning of Tara Little. The centre back’s absence allowed Waterford to push forward before the break to open up a narrow half-time lead.

Scorers for Fermanagh: C Little 0-6 (5f), S Little & N Connolly 0-2 each, R O’Reilly, M Connolly, A Moane & L McFrederick 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: M Ryan 1-6 (1-0 pen, 0-2f), S Curran 1-0, M McGrath, L Wall, A Wall & H Landers 0-1 each.

FERMANAGH: R Gleeson; R O’Reilly, O Reihill, C Woods; M Connolly, T Little, S Hamilton; A Moane, D Chapman; N McManus, N Connolly, A McBrien; S Little, L McFrederick, C Little.

Subs: D Beattie for McManus (43), B Brogan for Hamilton (52), S Woods for McFrederick (56).

WATERFORD: A Jordan; A Landers, G Enright, N Dunphy; R Tobin, G Kenneally, K McGrath; M McGrath, E Power; H Landers, M Ryan, L Wall; A Wall, S Curran, M Wall.

Subs: P Fitzgerald for M Wall (56).

Referee: J Flood (Wexford)

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC Semi-Final – Cork 2-15 Monaghan 0-12

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC semi-final

CORK 2-15 MONAGHAN 0-12

By Jackie Cahill at St Brendan’s Park, Birr

EAMON Ryan’s Cork booked their place in a seventh TG4 All-Ireland Ladies senior football championship final in eight seasons with a comfortable nine-point point victory over Monaghan at St Brendan’s Park in Birr on Saturday afternoon. The holders will face Kerry in the All-Ireland final on September 30 – in what will be a repeat meeting of the Munster final between the counties in July, a game Cork won by six points.

Kerry boss William O’Sullivan was an interested spectator as Cork avenged their Bord Gáis Energy National League Division 1 final defeat against Ulster champions Monaghan by scoring an impressive All-Ireland semi-final win. And if Cork see off the Kingdom in the showpiece decider at Croke Park, they’ll have won the All-Ireland title in seven of the last eight seasons.

In a repeat of the 2008 and 2011 finals, Cork led by 1-9 to 0-6 at half-time and it was a devastating scoring blitz before the break that put the holders in a real comfort zone. Monaghan, with the aid of the breeze in the first half, led by 0-5 to 0-4 in the 18th minute but Cork opened up with a run of 1-5 without reply to cruise into a seven-point lead. Valerie Mulcahy, quiet until then, began to cause real problems for Monaghan captain and full back Sharon Courtney. And after the superb Briege Corkery had kicked her second point of the game to bring Cork level at 0-5 apiece, the Leesiders scored the opening goal of the game.

It was a move instigated from inside the Cork half and finished by Rhona Ní Bhuachalla, who also netted against Monaghan in last year’s final. Ní Bhuachalla was one of three late changes to the Cork starting line-up and the deadly forward justified her inclusion with a cool finish, rounding Linda Martin before slotting the ball into an empty net. Mulcahy added three points on the trot, including two from play, before inspirational midfielder Juliet Murphy kicked a 27th minute point – her third of the half.

Shellshocked Monaghan responded through Ciara McAnespie before Murphy dragged a free wide with the final kick of the half when a score would have propelled Cork into a seven-point interval lead. Monaghan opened the second half with three unanswered points to reduce the deficit to just three points but in typical fashion, Cork hit back with three successive scores of their own. And for the remainder of a tie played out in front of a healthy attendance, Cork kept Monaghan comfortably at arm’s length.

Experienced defender Angela Walsh made a welcome return to the Cork colours in the second half, coming on as a second half sub for Ciara O’Sullivan. But worryingly for Cork, O’Sullivan went off with a knee injury that must put her final participation in some doubt. O’Sullivan suffered cruciate knee ligament damage against Tyrone in the 2010 quarter-final and Cork management will hope that the Mourneabbey player has not suffered a serious injury on this occasion.

Gallant Monaghan never gave up in the second half but any faint hopes of a comeback were snuffed out when Nollaig Cleary pounced from close range for Cork’s second goal near the end, after a long-range free had struck the Monaghan upright. And Cork will start as red-hot favourites to lift the Brendan Martin Cup again when they face Kerry in the final. A remarkable era of dominance shows no signs of ending just yet and whenever the questions are asked of this remarkable bunch of players, they just keep on responding.

Scorers for Cork: N Cleary 1-2, V Mulcahy 0-5 (3f), J Murphy 0-4 (2f), R Ní Bhuachalla 1-0, B Corkery & O Finn 0-2 each.

Scorers for Monaghan: C McConnell 0-4 (2f), N Kindlon 0-4f, C McAnespie, E McCarron, L McEnaney & C Mohan 0-1 each.

CORK: E Harte; A.M. Walsh, B Stack, D O’Reilly; B Corkery, R Buckley, G O’Flynn; J Murphy, N Kelly; O Farmer, C O’Sullivan, D O’Sullivan; N Cleary, V Mulcahy, R Ní Bhuachalla.

Subs: L McMahon for Farmer (42), O Finn for Ní Bhuachalla (50), Angela Walsh for C O’Sullivan (51), A Hutchings for Kelly (54), Annie Walsh for Cleary (58).

MONAGHAN: L Martin; G McNally, S Courtney, C Reilly; T McNally, N Fahy, A McAnespie; A Casey, E McElroy; C McAnespie, L McEnaney, C Mohan; C McConnell, N Kindlon, C Courtney.

Subs: E McCarron for McElroy (25).

Referee: J Niland (Sligo)

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