All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers – Kilkenny 1-22 Waterford 2-16

Kilkenny defeated Waterford by 1-22 to 2-16 after extra time in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers on Saturday July 13th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Never say die Cats having time of their lives

Kilkenny 1-22 Waterford 2-16 aet

By Diarmuid O’Flynn from the Irish Examiner newspaper

Not once, not twice, not even thrice but four times Kilkenny were forced to excel by battling Waterford to win this titanic All-Ireland SHC qualifier in Semple Stadium on Saturday evening. First, with just seven minutes remaining of normal time, they held a five-point lead but were pegged back, point-by-point Déise captain Kevin Moran and supersub Ray Barry to the fore. Then, right at the end of the two minutes’ added time, Matthew Ruth broke onto a ball inside the 45m line with the posts at his mercy and duly pointed. A second earlier however referee James Owens blew for full-time and it didn’t count.

Forced to regroup, Kilkenny came out and shot five consecutive points to start extra-time, looking like winners for the third time. Not yet though, not yet. Waterford got their first goal; worse from a Kilkenny perspective. It should have been disallowed, Jake Dillon standing inside the square when Seamus Prendergast’s shot was saved, striking home the rebound.

Worse was to come for the Cats. Just two minutes remaining of extra-time Kilkenny still a goal to good, Waterford got their second goal and this time there was no question, Barry rifling home the rebound of Maurice Shanahan’s 20m free. That score tied the game yet again, momentum again with Waterford. And again, and for the final time, Kilkenny rose to the challenge.

Fittingly it was two young guns, captain Colin Fennelly and Richie Hogan showing the way with a point apiece while one of the old stagers, Aidan Fogarty, hit the final point. Over the hill? Four big games in three weeks in a heatwave bound to take its toll on an ageing team? Not these guys. Where do they get that continuing resolve? No-one knows them better than manager Brian Cody. “Ah, we dug savage deep a few times! There were huge questions asked here,” he said. “If our spirit was remotely diluted or if our attitude or determination was in any way below par, we would have been blown away because that’s the standard they were playing at. Every one speaks about the outstanding Waterford players who are no longer playing with them and they were top class players, you could rattle off the names. “Now they have assembled a team of serious, serious skill and ability and determination, and they have a lot of good young players coming behind them as well. We came here expecting a ferocious challenge and with a full realisation that we could be beaten tonight if we were anyway off attitude-wise at all, we wouldn’t have a hope of winning this match. And that’s what drove us on, I suppose. Great credit is due to them.”

One of those players is Tommy Walsh and not for the first time the Tullaroan Tiger epitomised the spirit of which Brian speaks. As Waterford raced into an early 0-5 to 0-2 lead, roared on by their massive support in the 17,235 crowd, Tommy was one of those who drove the recovery, helped Kilkenny to a one-goal half-time lead (1-6 to 0-6). The goal came just before the break, a Richie Power penalty deemed to have come back into play off the back stanchion supporting the net. And what a half! “It was like a coliseum out there!” said Walsh. “Waterford came back at us a few times but that’s what championship is all about. We met them in the league and they played a good style of hurling, all short passing; they’re well able to play around with the ball and we were under no illusions coming in.”

Five Waterford points in a row (two by rampaging Kevin Moran and two by sub Ray Barry) tied the game in regular time, that Matthew Ruth ‘winning’ point for the Cats ruled out. No matter. In that extra-time, the momentum should have been with Waterford it was Kilkenny playing their best hurling of the game, perhaps even of the season. “You’re trying from minute one and sometimes it comes off, sometimes it doesn’t,” said Tommy; “We hit a few wides at different stages but at the end, we were more clinical. “It was just great out there. It was like Nowlan Park last week, the crowd really got into it, real old-style championship hurling. The smaller grounds, where the crowd are kind of on top of you, I think that’s what every player loves. This one was just epic, great to be part of it.”

Made epic by Waterford, who grabbed two more goals in that extra-time, Jake Dillon and Ray Barry, tying the game again with just two minutes left, momentum swinging again. Did Tommy feel it was going from them? Did he hell! “No, never!” And so Kilkenny drive on, that indomitable spirit intact, taking the by-way rather than the highway. Better this way perhaps? “Who knows? We won’t know til the next day and hopefully we’ll come with a big game again.”

Scorers for Kilkenny: R Power (1-5, 2fs, 1-0pen), R Hogan (0-5), C Fennelly (0-4), E Larkin (0-4, 3fs), A Fogarty (0-2), M Ruth, M Fennelly (0-1 each).

Scorers for Waterford: R Barry (1-3), J Dillon (1-2, 1f), K Moran, D Fives (0-3 each). R Foley, J Barron, B O’Sullivan, J Nagle (free), S Prendergast (0-1 each).

KILKENNY: E Murphy; P Murphy, JJ Delaney, J Tyrrell; T Walsh, B Hogan, K Joyce; E Larkin, M Rice; C Fennelly (c), R Power, M Ruth; A Fogarty, W Walsh, R Hogan.

Subs for Kilkenny: H Shefflin for W Walsh (39), M Fennelly for Rice (47), W Walsh for Shefflin (70), L Ryan for Fogarty (70), A Fogarty for W Walsh (83), C Fogarty for JJ Delaney (88).

WATERFORD: S O’Keeffe; S Fives, L Lawlor, N Connors; J Nagle, M Walsh, K Moran (c); R Foley, D Fives; J Dillon, S Prendergast, S O’Sullivan; J Barron, M Shanahan, B O’Sullivan.

Subs for Waterford: R Barry for B O’Sullivan (48), M O’Neill for Shanahan (55), S Walsh for O’Neill (inj. 58), P Prendergast for Foley (inj. 60), T Browne for D Fives (inj. 68), E Barrett for Barron (77), D Fives for P Prendergast (82), M Shanahan for Moran (inj. 85).

Referee: J Owens (Wexford)


Kilkenny emerge from Waterford epic

Report from the web site

All-Ireland Hurling Championship Phase III Qualifier: Kilkenny 1-22 Waterford 2-16 (AET)

Kilkenny advanced to the All-Ireland quarter-finals on Saturday night by defeating Waterford after extra-time in an incredible game at Semple Stadium. With the first game of the double header in Thurles between Clare and Wexford having dramatically gone to extra-time, it seemed unlikely that the second one would require the additional period as well, but a dramatic Waterford comeback in normal time ensured it would. In the end, the game was very similar to Clare’s win over Wexford. Kilkenny had looked almost certain to advance after the 70 minutes, but from nowhere, Waterford produced a remarkable comeback, hitting five unanswered points between the 63rd and 72nd minute.

Just like Clare did against Wexford, Kilkenny stormed clear of Waterford in extra-time, but while Wexford were unable to recover against Clare, Waterford did recover against Kilkenny, and extra-time goals from Jake Dillon and Ray Barry had Waterford level with two minutes left on the clock. But Kilkenny, like they have done consistently for a decade, delivered it when it mattered most. They hit three points in the two minutes that were left after the second Waterford goal, and that was enough to finally take the win in what truly was one of the great hurling epics. Kilkenny lead by three points, 1-6 to 0-6, at the end of a first half which never really took light.

It was Waterford who made by far the better start to the game, and they led 0-3 to 0-0 after 10 minutes. Kilkenny hit a few early wides and they were punished by the Déise as Richie Foley, Brian O’Sullivan and Darragh Fives all fired over to open up the gap for Michael Ryan’s side. Colin Fennelly finally got Kilkenny off the mark on 12 minutes, but Waterford continued to impress, and they lead 0-5 to 0-2 after a second inspirational score from Fives. However, Waterford hit only one more point for the remainder of the half as Kilkenny took charge.

A Richie Power brace and a point from Fennelly, which could have been a goal but for a fine save from Waterford goalkeeper Stephen O’Keeffe, made it 0-5 apiece, and then Eoin Larkin fired over his first free of the game to edge Kilkenny ahead for the first time in the game. Dillon levelled it up for Waterford shortly afterwards, but some late drama at the end of the first half left Kilkenny three in front at the break. Aidan Fogarty was fouled close to goal after a brilliant catch, and Kilkenny were awarded a penalty. Power struck it, and it appeared to be blocked on the line as it ricocheted back out to the onrushing players. The umpires signalled for a point after the rebound had been flicked over, but after consultation with the umpires, the referee awarded a goal, with Power’s penalty shot having hit the stanchion at the back of the net before deceptively firing back out to the players.

Three remained the gap after 49 minutes following points from Seamus Prendergast and the impressive Power, but Kilkenny were gaining in strength as the finish line loomed and points from Power and Larkin put them five ahead with just over 10 minutes to go. A point from the outstanding Barry put four in it, but Larkin’s free left Kilkenny five ahead with 61 minutes on the clock. However, Brian Cody’s side faded dramatically in the final 10 minutes as Waterford hit five points without reply to take the game into extra-time.

Barry (2) and Dillon pointed before Kevin Moran thundered over two inspirational points to take the game into extra-time. The way the end of normal time had panned out, it looked as though Kilkenny had nothing left in the tank, but they powered clear at the start of the extra period, and lead 1-17 to 0-15 after a few minutes, with Richie Hogan very prominent. Dillon’s goal just before half-time in the extra period left just two in it again, but two points from the brilliant Hogan had Kilkenny four ahead shortly after. Waterford kept battling though, and were three behind when awarded a 21 metre free with two minutes to go.

Maurice Shanahan went for a goal with the strike, but it was blocked on the line, and came back out to Barry, who controlled brilliantly before smashing to the net. That left it 1-19 to 2-16 with 89 minutes of hurling played. Incredibly though, Kilkenny surged forward again in one final act of brilliance. Colin Fennelly, Matthew Ruth and Aidan Fogarty all fired over points in the final two minutes to definitively grab the win for their side, and when the final whistle eventually came, it was hard to know where to begin after one of the most remarkable hurling matches one could ever hope to see.

Scorers for Kilkenny: R Power 1-5 (1 pen, 3f), R Hogan 0-5, E Larkin 0-4 (3f), C Fennelly 0-4, A Fogarty 0-2, M Fennelly 0-1, M Ruth 0-1.

Scorers for Waterford: R Barry 1-3, J Dillon 1-2 (1f), D Fives 0-3, K Moran 0-3, R Foley 0-1, B O’Sullivan 0-1, J Barron 0-1, S Prendergast 0-1, J Nagle 0-1 (1f)

Kilkenny: E Murphy; P Murphy, JJ Delaney, J Tyrrell; T Walsh, B Hogan, K Joyce; E Larkin, M Rice; C Fennelly, R Power, M Ruth; R Hogan, W Walsh, A Fogarty. Subs: H Shefflin for W Walsh (40), M Fennelly for M Rice (48), L Ryan for H Shefflin (72), W Walsh for A Fogarty (72), A Fogarty for W Walsh (83).

Waterford: S O’Keeffe; S Fives, L Lawlor, N Connors; J Nagle, M Walsh, D Fives; K Moran, R Foley; J Dillon, S Prendergast, S O’Sullivan; B O’Sullivan, M Shanahan, J Barron. Subs: P Prendergast for N Connors (Temp, 17-18), R Barry for B O’Sullivan (48), M O’Neill for M Shanahan (55), S Walsh for M O’Neill (58), P Prendergast for R Foley (60), T Browne for D Fives (68), E Barrett for J Barron (78), M Shanahan for K Moran (85)

Fixture Details

Saturday July 13th

GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Phase III

Semple Stadium Thurles 19:00

Cill Chainnigh v Port Láirge

Referee: James Owens (Loch Garman)

(E.T. if Necessary)

Team News

KILKENNY (SH v Waterford) – E Murphy; P Murphy, JJ Delaney, J Tyrrell; T Walsh, B Hogan, K Joyce; E Larkin, M Rice; C Fennelly, R Power, M Ruth; R Hogan, W Walsh, A Fogarty.

WATERFORD (SH v Kilkenny) – S O’Keeffe; S Fives, L Lawlor, N Connors; J Nagle, M Walsh, D Fives; K Moran, R Foley; J Dillon, S Prendergast, S O’Sullivan; B O’Sullivan, M Shanahan, J Barron.

Match Coverage

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All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers – Clare 3-24 Wexford 1-20

Clare defeated Wexford by 3-24 to 1-20 after extra time in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers on Saturday July 13th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Clare have more in the tank

Clare 3-24 Wexford 1-20 aet

By John Fogarty GAA Correspondent from the Irish Examiner newspaper

The vagaries of youth were in no short supply in Saturday’s undercard qualifier where the greenness of one team and exuberance of an individual on the other side collectively brought this game into extra-time. Clare had been coasting it, five points ahead with three minutes to go, with their last two scores in normal time courtesy of Seadna Morey and Tony Kelly as Wexford’s full-back Tomás Waters was refused a stoppage for treatment to a serious knee injury. The 16 wides they had built up look to be just a small blot on the copybook until Wexford’s Jack Guiney grabbed the game by the neck.

He had made a couple of attempts earlier with shots at goal from 20-metre frees, one being saved and the other fizzing over the bar. But after he, from a free, and then 17-year-old substitute Conor McDonald cut the gap to three in the second minute of injury-time, Guiney fielded Ciarán Kenny’s long ball in and turned for goal. David McInerney, already on a yellow, pulled desperately at Guiney’s jersey but the 20-year-old brushed it off to strike past Patrick Kelly and level the game at 1-17 apiece.

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald bemoaned his team’s attempt to kill the contest in the closing stages. “I thought the problem we had in normal time was that we tried to play out the game. We were five points up with a few minutes to go and tried to play it out. You can’t do that because if a team get a point or two there’s always a chance they can get a goal. “It was into the 72nd minute when they got it. We went too defensive. People say that we’re a defensive team but we’re not. “We’re normally attack-minded. I’d like to think we’ve more scores than most teams this year and that’s what we’ve set out to do — attack. “I’m just disappointed we went on the defensive in the last 10 minutes and if you draw a team onto you, you’re in trouble. “We never looked in trouble in that whole game. I know they got the goal to draw but that was the only time they looked like it.”

Cathal McInerney’s two first half goals in extra-time eventually put Wexford to the sword, his first in the fourth minute of the additional period capitalising on sloppy play and restoring Clare’s five-point lead. He goaled again four minute later when neat work by Tony Kelly and Conor McGrath put him in. Wexford managed just one point in those first 10 minutes as Clare led 3-20 to 1-18.

The second half was processional but for Guiney cracking the bar with a rasping strike and Bobby Kenny being sent from the pitch for a second yellow card offence. “The momentum was well gone by half-time of extra-time but look it in fairness to the lads it wasn’t good enough in extra-time,” said Liam Dunne. “Clare got a good game today. Best of luck to Davy and the Clare lads but we didn’t come down to make up numbers and whoever Clare draw the next day (Clare) won’t be going out to make up the numbers. They’ve got a young team and fair play to them.”

Fitzgerald took the opportunity after the game to defend his team’s style and those who have supported it in the wake of the Munster semi-final defeat by Cork. He knows Clare will be less fancied of the remaining teams in the Championship but isn’t bothered. As the strains of the Rocky theme over the Semple Stadium PA could be heard, he said: “We’ll be total outsiders but we’ll like that. We’re fighters in Clare and I’d like to thank some of our great support here today. “Some of them were absolutely fantastic and that’s what we needed at the end, all of Clare getting behind us. We’ll keep going. It isn’t so long ago that I know where we were in Clare. The progress that these young lads have made is fantastic. The backing that we have got from the county board and the sponsor (is superb), this thing doesn’t happen by accident. This happens by people working together and not knocking people. “The genuine people who have come to me since the Cork game… to me, personally, that means an awful lot. The people who came to me and said ‘don’t change what you’re doing, stay with you’re doing, don’t mind the knockers who are in every county’… genuine people are great.”

Fitzgerald admits he’s a bit of a headache in picking his forwards the next day, with two-goal hero McInerney and Aaron Cunningham impressing off the bench and Darach Honan to come back from injury. He also has the U21s’ midweek Munster semi-final against Waterford to consider. Shane O’Donnell, who replaced Honan in the starting line-up and scored Clare’s first-half goal in normal time, will also be featuring heavily in his thoughts. That score helped Clare into a 1-10 to 0-8 lead and one they threatened to augment but for a catalogue of wides after the break. As indicated on Saturday, ruthlessness is the last attribute that an aspiring team attains but Clare are getting there.

Scorers for Clare: C Ryan (0-10, six frees, two 65s); C McInerney (2-1); S O’Donnell (1-1); T Kelly (0-5, 0-1 pen); J Conlon (0-3); B Bugler, P Collins, S Morey, A Cunningham (0-1 each).

Scorers for Wexford: J Guiney (1-8, 0-6 frees); D Redmond, P Morris, P Doran, G Moore (0-2 each); G Sinnott, C Kenny, C McDonald, M O’Regan (0-1 each).

Subs for Clare: S Morey for P O’Connor (blood 11-15); S Morey for C Galvin (54); A Cunningham for P Duggan (59); C McInerney for S O’Donnell (65); F Lynch for J Conlon, N O’Connell for Colin Ryan (both 70+1); Colin Ryan for S Morey (full-time); J Conlon for C McGrath (80+1); S Morey for P O’Connor (inj 86).

Subs for Wexford: G Moore for E Quigley (34); H Kehoe for R Kehoe (half-time); E Doyle for T Waters (inj 64); PJ Nolan for H Kehoe, C McDonald for P Doran (both 68); M O’Regan for G Sinnott (76); C O’Shaughnessy for K Rossiter (79).

Red card: B Kenny (89, second yellow).

Referee: Diarmuid Kirwan (Cork).

CLARE: P Kelly; C Dillon, D McInerney, D O’Donovan; B Bugler, P Donnellan, P O’Connor; C Galvin, C Ryan; J Conlon, T Kelly, P Duggan; P Collins, S O’Donnell, C McGrath.

WEXFORD: M Fanning; E Moore, T Waters, B Kenny; R Kehoe, K Rossiter, C Kenny; A Shore, D Redmond; P Morris, E Quigley, G Sinnott; P Doran, J Guiney, R Jacob.


Clare power past Wexford after extra-time

Report from the web site

All-Ireland Hurling Championship Phase III Qualifier (AET): Clare 3-24 Wexford 1-20

Clare advanced to the All-Ireland quarter-finals with a 10-point victory over Wexford at Semple Stadium on Saturday evening, but the Banner men needed extra-time after a dramatic fightback from Wexford. The Munster side lead by six points at half-time, and held their lead for almost the entire second half despite Wexford coming back strongly at them. Clare lead by four points in injury-time, but Conor McDonald gave Wexford hope with a point on 71 minutes.

Wexford needed to win the puck-out and score a goal in the remaining 30 seconds, and incredibly, they did just that. The sliotar ended up with Jack Guiney, and he rifled to the net to secure a dramatic last-gasp draw for his side, and send the contest into an additional 20 minutes. Liam Dunne’s side had nothing left to give in the extra period though, and Clare immediately took control of the game a few minutes after the restart with two goals from Cathal McInerney. They then streaked away from Wexford, and were so comfortable by the end that Tony Kelly was able to tap a penalty in the last minute of extra-time over the bar.

Clare had led 1-10 to 0-7 at half-time in normal time, having taken control of the match midway through the first half. A brilliant goal from Shane O’Donnell after 14 minutes was the key score of the opening period, and put Davy Fitzgerald’s side two ahead at the time. O’Donnell finished well after catching a high ball played towards the Wexford goal, and when it was followed up by points from nerveless placed-ball striker Colin Ryan, Kelly and O’Donnell himself, Clare led 1-6 to 0-4 with 27 minutes played.

Guiney had kept Wexford in touch with some excellent frees, while Gareth Sinnott also pointed, but Clare had a chance to go further in front when Wexford defender Tomás Waters gave away a penalty on 31 minutes. Kelly’s effort from the penalty was blocked on the line, but Brendan Bugler pointed immediately afterwards, and Clare led by six at the break. Wexford showed plenty of fight after the restart, but they were struggling to eat into the Clare lead and the gap remained six midway through the second half at 1-15 to 0-12. Then, three Wexford points without reply, from David Redmond, Guiney (free) and Podge Doran left just three in it with less than 10 minutes to go.

Clare edged five clear again following points from Seadna Morey and Kelly, and the game looked up for Wexford. However, when Guiney fired over another free, and McDonald stung one over a minute into injury-time, the Model men were left with one last chance to level the game up, having trailed since O’Donnell’s 14th minute goal. Guiney’s goal with what was one of the last pucks of the game sent the Wexford fans into raptures, but it was a short-lived joy for them, as Clare ran riot in extra-time, with McInerney outstanding. A painful extra period was completed for Wexford when they had Bobby Kenny sent off at the very end (two yellows), and Kelly’s point from the resultant penalty wrapped up what was in the end a satisfying and deserved victory for Clare.

Scorers for Clare: C Ryan 0-10 (3 ’65, 6f), C McInerney 2-1, S O’Donnell 1-1, T Kelly 0-5 (0-1 pen), J Conlon 0-3, M Collins 0-1, S Morey 0-1, B Bugler 0-1, A Cunningham 0-1

Scorers for Wexford: J Guiney 1-8 (1 ’65, 5f), D Redmond 0-2, P Morris 0-2, P Doran 0-2, C Kenny 0-1, G Sinnott 0-1, G Moore 0-1, C McDonald 0-1, G Morris 0-1, M O’Regan 0-1

Fixture Details

Saturday July 13th

GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Phase III

Semple Stadium Thurles 17:00

An Clár v Loch Garman

Referee: Diarmuid Kirwan (Corcaigh)

(E.T. if Necessary)


TG4 Munster Ladies Football Senior Championship Final – Kerry 1-16 Cork 1-15

Kerry defeated Cork by 1-16 to 1-15 in the TG4 Munster Ladies Football Senior Championship Final on Saturday July 13th at Castletownroche.

TG4 Munster Ladies Senior Championship Final

By Donal Barry

Kingdom regain Crown and end 10 year famine

Kerry 1-16 Cork 1-15

At Castletownroche

“Everything comes to an end” those were the humble words from Cork Manager Eamon Ryan as his side had to give second best to Kerry in the Munster Senior Final. It was Corks second loss to the Kingdom in a matter of weeks and few would begrudge William’s O’Sullivans team their moment in the sun as they came out in top in an epic Munster Final in which the sides were level nine occasions and were still deadlocked with 2 minutes of play remaining. The temperature on the field was 28 degrees prior to the start of the game but as both sides set about their tasks, the temperature was ratcheted up a few more notches.

The scores came hot and heavy inside the first 13 minutes as both teams were level on 0-5 each after some blistering football. The Kerry forwards were causing trouble and racked up the frees as Ni Mhuirtceartaigh brought her scoring boot s and kicked 3 vital frees, Dennehy and Corridan added one each as nothing separated them. Cork replies coming from Corkery, O’Sullivan, Finn and 2 frees from Mulcahy. It might have taken the defences some time to get the handle on things but they did and the resultant 15 minutes yielded little in scores but plenty in action as Aislinn Desmond, Aoife Lyons and Cait Lynch were flawless in the Kerry full back line as Cork were forced into shooting 8 costly first half wides.

Kerry went to the break ahead by a solitary point (0-7 to 0-6) having never being behind as the teams were level on five different occasions. They were level again inside the first minute of the second half with a Ni Bhuachalla point. Galvin and Houlihan pushed Kerry out to a two point lead by the 36th minute but Cork were level again inside two minutes as Nollaig Cleary and Orla Farmer were causing all types of problems for the Kerry half back line and were rewarded with a point each. Both teams continued to pound each other with hard tackling, fast running and great off the ball support play. It was evident that a special game was playing out as both sets of supporters began to applaud both teams’ scores as they wondered who would give in first.

Cork were first to land a telling blow. Briege Corkery charged through the Kerry defence on the 39th minute to bury her shot low to the Kerry net to give Cork their biggest lead since the game started. In other years that would have been the daylight the rebels needed but Kerry were not going away and they had the lead back to a point as Bernie Breen and Sarah Houlihan added Kerry points. Mulcahy added a pointed free on the 41st minutes as there was no slow down in the pace of the game.

This time it was Kerry who were to up the ante and Patrice Dennehy escaped her marker in the Cork box to shoot past Martina O’Brien and within a minute Deirdre Corridan added her 3rd point of the day to give Kerry a two point lead. Such as the ding dong nature it was not a surprise that the rebels were level again by the 45th minute as Mulcahy and Geraldine O’Flynn both added points.

Cork seemed to get to grips with Kerry during this period and Flynn with 2 pointed frees from distance gave Cork a two point lead. It looked at this stage that Kerry were finally going to succumb to the champions but there was no doubt that this was to be Kerry’s day as Ni Mhuirtceartaigh added two points either side of a double save by the Cork keeper on both Laura Rogers and Patrice Dennehy’s effort. Sarah Houlihan had Kerry ahead on the 57th minute as the game began to open up again and positions meant nothing as players popped up all over the field. Nolliag Cleary a minute later to levelled matters at 1-15 apiece and even with 2 minutes on the clock neither side were looking to settle for a share of the spoils.

Kerry came again for one last effort and Ni Mhuirtceartaigh split the posts to give Kerry that precious lead. Cork were to get one last chance as Geraldine O’Flynn had a 40 Metre free. She had pointed 3 fine efforts but this time the Liscarroll player saw her effort hit the crossbar and bounce out into play. In the scramble that ensured Aoife Lyons emerged with ball and won a free for her troubles.

Seconds later the hooter went and signalled the end to Corks great reign as Munster champions. It truth both sides could have won the game. Cork will be reflective of the fact that they contributed 13 wides while Kerry were more accurate with only 7 wides. However Kerry did open Cork up twice for two great goal chances but two super saves by debutant Martina O’Brien kept them at bay. So its Kerry that march on through the front door as Cork will take the less familiar route on the qualifiers. However no team will relish that draw. There is a strong possibility that both these sides could meet later in the year as the Kerry/Cork rivalry has taken on a new form.

Kerry : E Murphy, C Lynch, A Desmond, A Lyons, B Lane, C Kelly, D Hallissey, E Sherwood, B Breen 0-1, S Houlihan 0-4(2F), D Corridan 0-3, L Rogers, P Dennehy 1-1, L Galvin 0-1, L Ni Mhuirtceartaigh 0-6 (4F)

Subs: M O’Connell for D Corridan (51), J Brosnan for P Dennehy (55), SJ Joy for B Lane (55)

Cork : M O’Brien, A M Walsh, B Stack, D O’Reilly, B Corkery1-1, A Walsh, G Flynn 0-3(3F), A Walsh, R Buckley, N Cleary 0-2, D O’Sullivan 0-1, O Farmer 0-1, V Mulch 0-4(4F), R Ni Bhuachalla 0-1, O Finn 0-2

Subs: C O’Sullivan for A Walsh (40), E Farmer for O Finn(40), Aisling Barrett for A M Walsh(57)

Ref: Michael Duffy (Tipperary)

Main Player: Louise Galvin may have only contributed one point to the scoreboard but the Finuge/St.Senans players was stuck in everything good in the Kerry attack

Match Reaction (Bernie Breen Captain)

Greatest day ever

“The greatest day ever” was how captain Bernie Breen described the feeling of collecting the Diarygold Munster Cup. She was the first Kerry captain since 2003 to do so and only the third in 23 years such has been the long wait. “Our team were fantastic, they gave everything they had and I think we really deserved this win today”. Reflecting on the recent good form of Kerry, Breen feels that nothing has come overnight “We have been building over the last 4 years and we’re getting a little closer each year, so it’s not been an overnight success or anything. It’s been a long road and we have had plenty hard days but today made up for it all”. Breen (who like all her team mates was swept away after the game with the many family members and friends) was adamant that more is to come with this team. “I think this result will bring us on a lot now”. Having already 2 cups collected when asked about a possible third in September, Breen was happy just to celebrate this one. “One step at a time we’ll celebrate this one first and see what happens”


Kingdom see off champs

By Maire de Faoite for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kerry 1-16 Cork 1-15

A late Louise Ní Mhuirceartaigh point saw Kerry deny All-Ireland champions Cork a 10th successive Munster SFC title on Saturday in Castletownroche. The reigning champions had been bidding to match Kerry’s record, however the Kingdom had other ideas in front of the 1,100-strong crowd, having garnered confidence from beating Cork in the opening round of the championship in Cahersiveen last month (3-10 to 3-8).

A delighted Kerry captain, Bernie Breen, noted the experience of losing last year’s All-Ireland final in Croke Park had helped them over the line in their last two encounters with the champions. “Coming into the game we were hoping to push on from the win in Cahersiveen and that really stood to us in the final minutes because we knew we could do it,” he said. “I suppose the difference between last year and this year is that we experienced the hype of Croke Park and we’re finding it easier now to play in front of big crowds and in getting over the line in big games.”

Kerry led at half time, 0-6 to 0-7, in a cracking encounter that saw the sides level 11 times throughout. “They were the worst conditions I ever played in,” said player of the match Louise Galvin of the fierce heat. “There wasn’t even a puff of air out there, and I know that’s good for the game itself, but it was just so, so hot.”

Cork started the better in the second half with Corkery goaling in the 40th minute, only for Kerry’s Patrice Kearney to cancel it out in the 44 minute with a goal of her own. In the last 10 minutes both teams went on runs, with Cork’s Geraldine O’Flynn slinging over three frees before Ní Mhuirceartaigh popped up with the lead point with just two minutes remaining — 1-16 to 1-15. O’Flynn had a chance to level matters from a long distance free inside the final minute, only for the ball to hit the crossbar and land into the hands of a Kerry defender. For the first time in the history of the qualifiers, Cork will now have to go through the back-door, with the draws being made today in Croke Park.

Scorers for Cork: V Mulcahy (0-4, 0-3f), G O’Flynn (0-3 frees), B Corkery 1-1, N Cleary and O Finn 0-2 each, R Ní Bhuachalla, D O’Sullivan and O Farmer 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kerry: L Ní Mhuirceartaigh (0-7, 0-3f), S Houlihan (0-4, 0-2f), D Corridan 0-3, P Dennehy 1-1, B Breen 0-1.

CORK: M O’Brien; AM Walsh (c), B Stack, D O’Reilly; B Corkery, Angela Walsh, G O’Flynn; Annie Walsh, Rena Buckley; N Cleary, D O’Sullivan, O Farmer; V Mulcahy, R Ní Bhuachalla, O Finn.

Subs: C O’Sullivan for Annie Walsh and Emma Farmer for O Finn (45), A Barrett for AM Walsh (56), S Kelly for R Ní Bhuachalla (59).

KERRY: E Murphy; C Lynch, A Desmond, A Lyons; B lane, C Kelly, D Hallissey; E Sherwood, B Breen; S Houlihan, D Corridan,L Rogers; P Dennehy, L Galvin, L Ní Mhuirceartaigh.

Subs: M O’Connell for D Corridan (52), J Brosnan for P Dennehy and L Mangan for B Lane (53).

Referee: M Duffy (Tipperary)


TG4 Ladies football round-up

Compiled by Jackie Cahill

KERRY ended Cork’s hopes of ten in a row in Munster with a sensational victory in Saturday’s TG4 provincial ladies senior football championship final in Castletownroche. The Kingdom were crowned Munster champions after scoring a 1-16 to 1-15 victory over the All-Ireland champions. It was Kerry’s second victory over Cork in this summer’s championship, after they won by 3-10 to 3-8 in the first round.

Cork had the chance to equalise at the death but Geraldine O’Flynn’s free bounced agonisingly off the upright and William O’Sullivan’s Kerry survived to book their place in the All-Ireland quarter-finals. Cork must regroup through the qualifiers in their quest for a third successive All-Ireland crown and other would-be challengers now realise that the Rebelettes are beatable. Kerry started well and were 0-7 to 0-5 clear after 20 minutes, before Cork missed a host of chances.

At half-time, a point from Orla Finn brought the Leesiders to within touching distance, as they trailed by 0-6 to 0-7. The sides were neck and neck during the early second half exchanges before Briege Corkery netted for Cork. But Kerry went ahead again when Patrice Dennehy netted and they would hold out for a famous win.

Match Preview

Ladies previews

By Jackie Cahill

CORK wing-back Geraldine O’Flynn admits that Kerry are “on a roll” as the sides prepare to do battle in Saturday’s TG4 Munster ladies senior football final (3.45). The neighbours collide in Castletownroche and Cork have revenge on their minds after Kerry beat them by two points in the first round of this year’s provincial competition. The Leesiders bounced back with a comfortable victory over Clare before Kerry’s victory against the Banner County set up a heavyweight Munster final clash – and another repeat of last year’s All-Ireland final.

Allstar O’Flynn said: “We’re definitely looking forward to it. We had a very tough match in Caherciveen and we’re expecting nothing less again this Saturday. “Kerry had a great League and won (Division 2) silverware, which they had come very close to over the last couple of years. They’ve been to Croke Park, done all that, added the League title and then beat us in the championship. They’re on a roll really and they should be very good again on Saturday.”

Cork are going for a tenth successive Munster title but O’Flynn admits that last month’s defeat to Kerry led to plenty of soul-searching. It was Cork’s first championship defeat since the 2010 All-Ireland quarter-final against Tyrone and O’Flynn revealed: “It did take a few days to sink in. Reflecting on it, we looked at areas where we needed to improve on. We got ourselves together a bit and while we were slightly under against Kerry, they were well up for it on the day.”

Team News

Kerry have announced their starting 15 for Saturday’s TG4 Munster ladies senior Football Final with Cork. There are 4 changes from the side which defeated Clare last weekend.

Aoife Lyons, Denise Hallissey, Emma Sherwood,and Deirdre Corridan come back into the starting line up. Gina Crowley, Julie Brosnan, Megan O Connell and Mags Fitzgerald drop to the bench.

The team in Full is……

Edel Murphy, Laune Rangers

Cait Lynch, Castleisland Desmonds

Aislinn Desmond, Rathmore

Aoife Lyons, Castleisland Desmonds

Breeda Lane, Listowel Emmets

Caroline Kelly, Southern Gaels

Denise Hallissey, Inbhear Sceine Gaels

Emma Sherwood, Firies

Bernie Breen, Laune Rangers

Sarah Houlihan, Laune Rangers

Deirdre Corridan, Southern Gaels

Laura Rogers, Austin Stacks

Patrice Dennehy, Laune Rangers

Louise Galvin, Finuge/St Senans

Louise Ni Mhuirtceartaigh, Corca Dhuibhne

Subs – Julie Brosnan, Scartaglin, Amanda Brosnan, Dr Crokes, Gina Crowley, Inbhear Sceine Gaels, Rosie Young, Abbeydorney, Maria Quirke, Na Gaeil, Claire O Sullivan, Inbhear Sceine Gaels, Megan O Connell, Southern Gaels, Margaret Fitzgerald, Scartaglin, Sarah Jane Joy, Laune Rangers, Cassandra Buckley, Spa, Leanne Mangan, Castleisland Desmonds.


TG4 Munster Ladies Football Intermediate Championship Final – Waterford 2-13 Tipperary 1-13

Waterford defeated Tipperary by 2-13 to 1-13 in the TG4 Munster Ladies Football Intermediate Championship Final on Saturday July 13th at Castletownroche.

TG4 Munster Ladies Intermediate Championship Final

Waterford Claim 5 in a Row

By Donal Barry

Waterford 2-13 Tipperary 1-13

At Castletownroche

Waterford were crowned Munster Intermediate champions after they produced a late burst that finally broke a bold Tipperary resistance in which the premier county made the running for long stages. Waterford’s greater finishing power saw them outscore their opponents by 1-3 in the last quarter as they held Tipperary scoreless and they continue to dominate the Intermediate section in Munster by claiming a 5 in a row.

It was Tipperary that showed their intent early as Gillian O’Brien hit the Waterford net as early as the 3rd minute to give them a 1-1 to 0-0 lead. Edel Hanley had earlier pointed a free. It took Waterford a matter of minutes to get back into the game with Michelle Ryan(F),Shona Curran and Aoife Landers all adding points. Gillan O’Brien was giving the Waterford half back line a torrid time and added 2 further points either side of a Michelle Ryan free to leave them ahead 1-3 to 0-4 by the 16th minute. It may have been the soaring temperatures but the second quarter performance dipped somewhat as both sides contributed a number of wides. Shona Curran was impressive on the half forward line and on the 23rd minute latched on to an Elaine Power pass to send a pile driver to the net to give Helen Kennedy no chance. Both sides swapped pointed frees from Edel Hanly and Michelle Ryan to leave the Waterford girls ahead 1-5 to 1-4.

Gillian O’Brien had them level again by the 27th minute after her impressive run through the Waterford defence resulted in a point. Tipperary were pushing hard now and Aimee Jordan produced a tremendous point blank save from Hanley. It could have been a game changer but it spurred Waterford on as Linda Wall and Michelle Ryan (F) continued to add Waterford scores to give them a 2 point lead. However Tipperary were not for wilting and the a late first half point by the impressive substitute Patricia Hickey saw the sides head to the dressing rooms with only a point between them with Waterford 1-7 to 1-6 to the good.

Tipperary made a bold bid to win this one early in the second half as Sheelagh Carew and Mairead Morrissey got to grips with the midfield battle. Lorraine O’Shea was showing some of her impressive form too as they scored 5 points inside the first ten minutes of the second half. Waterford did not panic and Elaine Power and Michelle McGrath added points to see Tipperary ahead 1-11 to 1-9. The game began to open more as both teams were finding plenty space in the big surrounds of the Castletownroche pitch. Aoife Landers 42nd minute point had the teams back to one but Tipperary added a further brace from the boots of Gillian O’Brien and Patricia Hickey to give them a solid 3 point lead heading into the last quarter. However momentum switched to the champions as Michelle McGrath, Aoife Lander and Aileen Wall moved up the gears. A 51st minute goal by Aileen Wall put Waterford back in front and with Tipperary struggling in all sectors now it was Waterford who relied on their greater experience to close the game out. Michelle McGrath had Waterford’s last score in the 54th minute and despite the best efforts of Gillian O’Brien and Patrica Hickey Tipperary could find no way through as their greater earlier effort seemed to take too much from them.

Waterford will have been delighted to capture their 5th Munster title. Aimee Jordan made a crucial save in the first half, Karen McGrath, Michelle McGrath, Elaine Power, Shona Curran and Aoife Landers all play active roles in their side’s victory. For Sean O’Donovan and Tipperary it was a disappointing end as they came up short again to Waterford. However the Tipperary performance had enough evidence to show that the season could well continue into September. Samantha Lambert, Misread Morrissey, Lorraine O’Shea, Sheelagh Carew, Patricia Hickey and the very impressive Gillian O’Brien were to the fore in the Tipperary side

Waterford: Aimee Jordan, Nora Dunphy, Ann Dunphy, Mary Foley, Roisin Tobin, Grainne Enright, Karen McGrath, Michelle McGrath 0-3, Elaine Power 0-1, Aoife Landers 0-3, Shona Curran 1-1, Mairead Wall, Aileen Wall 1-0, Michelle Ryan 0-4(4F), Linda Wall 0-1

Subs: Shauna Dunphy for Shona Curran(40), Dearbhla Ni Haoda for Mairead Wall (56)

Tipperary: Helen Kennedy, Brid Condon, Samantha Lambert, Rachel Kenneally, Anne O’Dwyer Jennifer Grant, Barbara Ryan, Mairead Morrissey, Sheelagh Carew0-2 , Lorraine O’Shea 0-2, Gillian O’Brien 1-4, Niamh Lonergan, Edel Hanley 0-3(2F), Kelly Hackett, Aisling Mc Carthy

Subs: Patricia Hickey 0-2 for Kelly Hackett (20) Katie Lyne for Rachel Kenneally (44)

Ref: Sean Joy (Kerry)

Main Player: Karen McGrath of Waterford won player of the match but was closely followed by her team mate Michelle McGrath and Tipperary’s Gillian O’Brien who was to the fore in everything good by Tipperary and finished the day with 1-4.

Team News

Tipperary will play Waterford in the TG4 Munster Intermediate Football Championship Final in Castletownroche, Co. Cork on Saturday 13th July at 2.00pm. Tipperary have announced their starting 15 with three changes from the side which defeated Limerick. Rachel Kenneally and Jennifer Grant are introduced in defence replacing Sinead Delahunty and Claire Carroll while Mairead Morrissey comes in at midfield in place of Aoife Ryan.

The Tipperary team in full is as follows –

1. Helen Kennedy (Cappawhite)

2. Brid Condon (Aherlow)

3. Samantha Lambert (Ardfinnan)

4. Rachel Kenneally (Aherlow)

5. Anne O’Dwyer (Cappawhite – Captain)

6. Jennifer Grant (Brian Borus)

7. Barbara Ryan (Moyle Rovers)

8. Mairead Morrissey (Brian Borus)

9. Sheelagh Carew (Cappawhite)

10. Lorraine O’Shea (Mullinahone)

11. Gillian O’Brien (Moyle Rovers)

12. Niamh Lonergan (Moyle Rovers)

13. Edel Hanley (Aherlow)

14. Kelly Hackett (Moycarkey)

15. Aisling Mc Carthy (Cahir)


Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship – Galway 3-12 Clare 1-12

Galway defeated Clare by 3-12 to 1-12 in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship on Saturday July 13th at Cusack Park Ennis.

Fixture Details

Saturday 13th July 2013

Liberty Insurance Senior Camogie Championship Grp 1

Clare v Galway

Referee – Alan Lagrue

Cusack Park, Ennis 13:00

Munster Poc Fada Final

Stevie Brenner of De La Salle, Waterford retained his Provincial Poc Fada Championship title while Andrew Fahey of Whitegate in County Clare finished in second place on Saturday July 13th at the Galtee Mountains Tipperary.

Martina McMahon of Limerick was the winner in the Camogie final and Adam O’Brien of Ahane in Co. Limerick coveted the Under 16 Hurling title.

Click to view photos on the finals on Munster GAA Facebook


1st Stevie Brenner De La Salle Waterford 26

2nd Andrew Fahey Whitegate Clare 28

3rd John Chawke Kildimo/Pallaskennry Limerick 28

4th Darren Cuddihy Toomevara Tipperary 29

5th Seamus Coffey UCC Cork 29

6th Jason Leahy Causeway Kerry 31


1st Adam O’Brien Ahane Limerick 19

2nd Padraig McNamara Kilmaley Clare 20

3rd Declan Dalton Fr O’Neills Cork 20

4th Eoin Kiely Abbeyside Waterford 20

5th Brandon Barrett Causeway Kerry 20

6th Shane Stapleton Sean Treacys Tipperary 20



in The Glen of Aherlow

on Saturday 13th July from 11:00am to 1:30pm

Sponsored by Martin Donnelly

The Munster Poc Fada will take place this year on Saturday 13th of July across the Galtee Mountains in the Glen of Aherlow. In line with a directive from the National Poc Fada Committee the Munster Competition will be held across a Mountain Range and will be run somewhat similar to the National Finals in the Cooley Mountains.

The starting times for the competitions are 11.00am for the Under 16 with the Senior starting at 11.30am and the expected finish time is 1:30pm

We would suggest that everyone comes properly prepared with boots (football or mountain, thick socks and rain gear).

Directions: Head for Tipperary Town. On arrival take the R664 to Lisvernane, which is a journey of 8 miles. This road is out by Sean Treacy Park and follow the signs from there.

Come along to the beautiful Glen to follow your county representatives.


Limerick John Chawke Kildimo/Pallaskennry

Kerry Jason Leahy Causeway

Clare Andrew Fahey Whitegate

Cork Declan Dalton Fr O’Neill’s

Tipperary Darren Cuddihy Toomevara

Waterford Stephen Brenner De La Salle


Limerick Adam O’Brien Ahane

Kerry Brandon Barrett Causeway

Clare Padraig McNamara Kilmaley

Cork Seamus Coffey U.C.C

Tipperary Shane Stapleton Sean Treacys

Waterford Eoin Kiely Abbeyside


Limerick Martina McMahon Croagh/Kilfinny

Kerry Patrice Diggin Causeway

Clare Jessica O’Neill Clooney/Quinn

Cork –

Tipperary Ciara Holohan Burgess/Duharra

Waterford Aisling O’Brien Lismore


1. Each contestant will be accompanied by a Referre (score keeper) and flag marker (appointed by the overall organiser Maor)

2. Referees will be provided with three sliotars each starting out. In the case of losing these the referee must request additional ones from the Maor

3. The Referee shall make an accurate record of The Hurler’s score, poc by poc. He must record each poc on the scorecard – immediately as it occurs. A poc is deemed to have been taken when the sliotar is struck by The Hurler in the contest irrespective of the direction it takes (The Sliotar).

4. The Referee shall see to it that The Hurler when taking the poc does not pass the score-flag or remove it before a poc is taken. Penalty: The Referee shall apply the following penalty if this rule is broken by The Hurler and do so from the beginning of the contest in the case of each and every such foul by The Hurler. Before the next poc immediately following such a foul The Referee shall bring back the score-flag by the exact same distance by which The Hurler has passed the flag while taking the previous poc. The Feighlí Scoir shall apply this penalty strictly throughout.

5. The Hurler’s Choice of Position to Poc From: The Referee should not permit The Hurler to choose a position which is off the line of the course, any further away from the score-flag than the length of his Camán held out at arm’s length. This is a matter of discretion but must be applied if being abused.

6. The Referee shall ensure that there are no undue delays caused by his Hurler, members of his Meitheal or others. A reasonable time may be spent searching for a lost Sliothar. The Referee may afford facilities for other Hurlers in the contest to pass.

7. The Referee shall indicate to The Hurler when a poc may be taken.

8. The Referee shall check that The Hurler’s follow the course as follows:

From the starting point the senior route will head approximately south-west towards Loc Curra, aiming to pass the baseline between two trees that will be indicated. After passing through the trees the course will then turn approximately north-west towards a hilly knoll. The sliothars will have to pass to the left (West) of the pole on top of this knoll and the course then turns due north approximately, downhill to the finish.The U16 & Ladies Courses, which are identical commence where the trees are on the senior course and then follow the same course as set out above for the senior participant, also passing to the left (West) of the pole on top of the knoll.


Munster Under 16 Football Tournament

The Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel sponsored Munster U16 Football Tournament took place recently (13th July) in brilliant sunshine in three West Limerick Venues, Mick Neville Park Rathkeale, St Marys/Sean Finns GAA & Adare GAA. This year saw a different format with the finals taking place on the same day. Kerry South took the honours in the Cup Final overcoming Tipperary in a very exciting game and Corcaigh were victorious in the Shield Final over the second Cork team. Throughout the day there were some exciting games of football served up and some great skill on display. No doubt many of these young players will go on to represent their county at Minor, U21 & eventually senior level.

First Round Results – Tipperary 2-13, Cork 1-7; Kerry South 3-12, Corcaigh 2-8; Kerry North 4-8, Limerick 2-03; Clare 6-14, Waterford 1-8. Cup Semi-Final Results – Tipperary 3-07, Kerry North 0-13; Kerry South 2-11, Clare 3-07. Shield Semi-Finals Results – Cork 4-10, Limerick 2-08, Corcaigh 8-17, Waterford 1-03. Shield Final Result – Corcaigh 1-14, Cork 4-02. Cup Final Result – Kerry South 0-10, Tipperary 1-05

Thanks to all who ensured that the tournament was once again an enormous success. Especially our sponsors the Fitzgerald Family from the Woodlands House Hotel in Adare, who have been associated with the tournament since its inception. A big thanks also to Munster Council, our referees, Adare & St Marys/Seans Finns GAA Clubs, the grounds man in Mick Neville Park, pitch coordinators and everyone who helped in any way.


The Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel sponsored Munster U16 Football Tournament Launch took place recently in Adare. Jerry O’Sullivan, Vice-Chairman of Munster Council officially launched the tournament and made the draws for the eight participating counties. It will take place on Saturday 13th July. This is the 21st year of the tournament and the Fitzgerald Family have been sponsoring it since it’s inception. Venues this year will be Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale, Bog Garden, Rathkeale & Adare GAA.


FIRST ROUND – 13/07/13

(A) Cork V Tipperary Sean Marys/Sean Finns GAA Rathkeale Ref: TBC 11.00

(B) Corcaigh V Kerry South Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale Pitch 2 Ref: TBC 11.00

(C) Kerry North V Limerick Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale Pitch 1 Ref: TBC 11.00

(D) Clare V Waterford Adare GAA Ref: TBC 11.00

Winners of first round games advance to Cup semi-finals, losers of first round games advance to Shield semi-finals

CUP SEMI-FINALS –– 13/07/13

C V A St Marys/Sean Finns GAA Rathkeale Ref: TBC 13.00

D V B Mick Neville Park Pitch 2 Ref: TBC 13.00


C V A Mick Neville Pitch 1 Ref: TBC 13.00

D V B Adare GAA Ref: TBC 13.00

SHIELD FINAL – 13/07/13 Venue: Mick Neville Park (1)


CUP FINAL – 13/07/13 Venue: Mick Neville Park (2)