Irish Daily Star Camogie League Division 2 Final – Cork 1-12 Down 2-6

Cork defeated Down by 1-12 to 2-6 in the Irish Daily Star Camogie League Division 2 final on Sunday May 4th at Clane.

Cork late show too much for Down in Camogie League Division 2 final

Cork 1-12 Down 2-6

Report provided by the Camogie Association

CORK PRODUCED A storming last quarter to deny Down in a pulsating Camogie League Division 2 final in Clane. Former All-Ireland senior winning captain, Amanda O’Regan shot a goal and seven points for the Leesiders, while Caroline Sugrue was awarded player of the match. Catherine McGourty and Fionnuala Carr fought hard for Down but they could not deny their rampaging opponents in the closing stages.
Down got off to a dream start with a sixth minute goal from Nicola Braniff and with McGourty amongst the points, they lead by one at half time, 1-4 to 0-6.

Brid McGourty and O’Regan exchanged scores early in the second half before Jessica Kavanagh saved Catherine McGourty’s penalty in one of the game’s defining moments. McGourty made up for that with a goal to put Michael McCullough’s side clear but they failed to score again. O’Regan brought the teams level with a goal from a 25th minute free that dropped just under the crossbar and late points from O’Regan, Laura Treacy and Sugrue sealed the verdict.

SCORERS FOR CORK: A O’Regan 1-7(1-6fs); C Sugrue 0-3, L Treacy, S O’Neill 0-1 each

SCORERS FOR DOWN: C McGourty 1-3; N Braniff 1-0; N Mallon 0-2, B McGourty 0-1

CORK: J Kavanagh, S Buckley, L O’Sullivan, N O’Keeffe, S Harrington, C Foley, S Hayes, L Treacy, H O’Regan, C Sugrue, C Desmond, S O’Neill, J Hennigan, A O’Regan, M Cahalane

DOWN: M McNally, J Fowler, C McGovern, K Tinnelly, C Rocks, F Carr, E McCormick, A Keown, L McPolin, C McGourty, P Gribben, K McMullan, N Mallon, N Branniff, B McGourty

REFEREE: R Kelly (Kildare)

Irish Daily Star Camogie League Division 2 final

Cork v Down, Clane, 2.30pm

The impressive aspect of Down’s 100% success rate in Group 1 of the second tier was that they came out on the right side of a couple of fiercely-fought tussles against Antrim and Laois early on. That set them up nicely and they were comfortable from there. Again though, they showed their character by digging out a two-point win over Meath to clear the penultimate hurdle.

Source: Official Camogie

Cork were held to a draw by Kildare in their opener on February 23 but did what they needed to from then to top a very tight group by beating Meath and Waterford. With Tipperary withdrawing from Group 2, the Rebels have had the benefit of only four games, including their 2-6 to 0-8 semi-final win over Laois, while Down have had six.

The Mourne women have a battle-hardened outfit that took a little time to bounce back from losing consecutive All-Ireland premier junior finals in 2011 and 2012 but they seem to have regained their mojo and in Fionnuala Carr, Catherine McGourty and Niamh Mallon, possess some of the finest purveyors of camogie skills around.

Cork made reaching this final a target at the start of the year and can call on the talents of former All-Ireland senior winning captain Amanda O’Regan, while Jess Hennigan will threaten the Down defence.

Cork: S.Ryan; S.Buckley; L.O’Sullivan; N.O’Keefe; S.Harrington; C.Foley; S.Hayes; L.Tracey; H.O’Regan; C.O’Neill; C.Desmond; S.O’Neill; J.Hennigan; A.O’Regan; M.Cahalane

Down: M.McNally; J.Fowler; C.McGovern; K.Tinnelly; C.Rocks; F.Carr; G.O’Higgins; A.Keown; L.McPolin; C.McGourty; P.Gribben; K.O’Higgins; N.Mallon; N.Branniff; B.McGourty

AHL Division 1 Final – Kilkenny 2-25 Tipperary 1-27

Kilkenny defeated Tipperary 2-25 by 1-27 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Final on Sunday May 4th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Source: TG4

Kilkenny claim third consecutive league crown

Report by Seán Moran at Semple Stadium for the Irish Times newspaper

Kilkenny 2-25 Tipperary 1-27

Kilkenny have retained the Allianz National Hurling League title and recorded the county’s first three-in-a-row in the competition after a breath-taking final in Thurles was decided after 90 minutes before a crowd of 21,601. It ran to the very end when a TJ Reid played a one-two with Richie Hogan to gallop into space behind the opposition lines and unerringly shoot the winning point.

The match hinged on two penalty awards, which got Kilkenny back into it when Tipperary had taken control on the scoreboard. At the very end of the first half Mark Kelly was first to react when Henry Shefflin was dispossessed but he was fouled by Pádraic Maher, who received a yellow card, as he tried to advance and the penalty was dispatched by Reid. Reid had just previously pointed a free from his own half of the field and so a six-point deficit was reduced to two by the interval, Tipp leading 1-11 to 1-9.

They had actually started the match the better, striding into a four-point lead before their opponents got on the board, but after John O’Dwyer’s seventh-minute point the match began to swing in the direction of the home side. By the half-hour Tipperary had outscored their opponents by 1-11 to 0-4 in the period since Kilkenny’s strong start. The goal was a well-taken flick to the net by O’Dwyer, who got on the end of Noel McGrath’s line ball.

There was little discernible pattern although it was a barren afternoon for the bigger names up front. Séamus Callanan who had been having a good campaign found it difficult to get much change out of JJ Delaney whereas at the other end Shefflin was well contained by Cathal Barrett and didn’t score at all.

At the start of the second half Tipp pulled away again with points from Denis Maher and a couple of frees from Callanan. In the 48th minute, they led by three when Barrett was penalised for a frontal challenge on Reid, who having recovered, drove home the penalty to level the match at 2-11 to 1-14.
The match swung from one side to the other in final quarter: Kilkenny through Reid and Richie Hogan, who recovered from a slow start to finish with six points and then Tipp through Callanan, Noel McGrath and O’Dwyer.

Tipperary were commonly perceived to have greater need of a win after losing the last three matches between the counties and they will accordingly be disappointed that they had the winning of the match, particularly at the end of normal time when a number of chances came to nothing. Yet they were fortunate to take the match to extra time, as they trailed by a point with time nearly up after Michael Fennelly had stormed through the middle for what looked like the decisive scores.

In a dramatic finale Tipperary clawed the match into extra time. John O’Dwyer’s long-range free broke around the goal and after Patrick Maher had tried to find a way through he managed to flick a pass from the defensive cul de sac to the supporting Kieran Bergin and his point levelled the score.
The pendulum continued to swing in extra time. Kilkenny led by one at the break, 2-21 to 1-23. In the closing 10, Noel McGrath and Callanan with a free and 65 pushed Tipperary back in front, but with the match level in the 90th minute a mistake by Tipperary goalkeeper Darren Gleeson sent a free out into touch. It gave Kilkenny the platform from which they took the match and Reid and Hogan duly obliged.

TIPPERARY: 1. D Gleeson; 17. C Barrett, 3. Pádraic Maher, 4. M Cahill; 5. 6. J Barry, B Maher (capt), 7. C O’Mahony; 8. K Bergin (0-2), 9. J Woodlock (0-1); 10. D Maher (0-2), 11. Patrick Maher (0-1), 12. J O’Dwyer (1-3); 13. N McGrath (0-5, one line ball), 14. S Callanan (0-10, eight frees, one 65), 15. N O’Meara (0-2).
Subs: 25. G Ryan for D Maher (54 mins), 23. S McGrath for Woodlock (55 mins), 18. S Bourke (0-1) for O’Meara (62 mins), 24. J O’Brien for Callanan (69 mins), 14. S Callanan for O’Brien (76 mins), 24. J O’Brien for O’Dwyer (80 mins), 12. J O’Dwyer for Bourke (88 mins).

KILKENNY: 1. E Murphy; 2. P Murphy, 3. JJ Delaney, 4. B Kennedy; 5. J Holden, 6. J Tyrrell, 7. C Buckley; 8. M Fennelly (0-2), 9. P Walsh (0-2); 10, R Hogan (0-6), 11. C Fennelly (0-1), 12. TJ Reid (2-11, both goals penalties, eight frees, one 65); 13. R Power (0-3, one free), 14. M Kelly, 15. H Shefflin.
Subs: 22. L Ryan for Holden (29 mins). 23. W Walsh for Kelly (43 mins), 24. E Larkin for C Fennelly (61 mins), C Fennelly for Shefflin (74 mins).

Referee: J Owens (Wexford).

Team News

The Tipperary Senior Hurling team to play Kilkenny in tomorrow’s Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Final is unchanged from the side which defeated Clare in the semi-final.

Tipperary (SH v Kilkenny) – Darren Gleeson (Portroe); Cathal Barrett (Holycross-Ballycahill), Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields); James Barry (Upperchurch-Drombane), Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh – Captain), Conor O’Mahony (Newport); Kieran Bergin (Killenaule), James Woodlock (Drom & Inch); Denis Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Patrick Maher (Lorrha), John O’Dwyer (Killenaule); Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch), Niall O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs)

KILKENNY (SH v Tipperary): E Murphy (Glenmore); P Murphy (Danesfort), JJ Delaney (Fenians), B Kennedy (St Lachtain’s); J Holden (Ballyhale Shamrocks), J Tyrrell (James Stephens), C Buckley (Dicksboro); M Fennelly (Ballyhale), P Walsh (Tullaroan); R Hogan (Danesfort), C Fennelly (Ballyhale), TJ Reid (Ballyhale); R Power (Carrickshock), M Kelly (O’Loughlin Gaels), H Shefflin (Ballyhale)
Subs: D Herity (Dunnamaggin), T Walsh (Tullaroan), B Hogan (O’Loughlin Gaels), K Joyce (Rower Inistioge), C Fogarty (Erin’s Own), M Walsh (Young Irelands), L Ryan (Clara), W Walsh (Tullogher Rosbercon), E Larkin (James Stephens), A Fogarty (Emerlds), J Farrell (Thomastown).

Source: TG4


Ticket Details

Seating is unreserved but Stand Specific so a ticket can be purchased for either the O Coinneain or O Riain stand and correct ticket must be used for each stand on the day.

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Irish Daily Star Camogie League Division 4 Final – Kerry 1-10 Limerick 1-10

Kerry and Limerick drew in the Irish Daily Star Camogie League Division 4 final on Sunday May 4th at Abbeydorney.

Kerry 1-10 Limerick 1-10

Report from the Camogie Association

Kerry and Limerick will have to go at it all over again to decide the destination of the Irish Daily Star Camogie League Division 4 trophy after this thrilling draw in Abbeydorney. Limerick looked to have one hand on the cup when they led at half time by 1-6 to 0-4. They eked out an early two-point advantage but two pointed frees by Sara Murphy (frees) and a score from play by Jessica Fitzgerald edged Kerry ahead.

David Doyle’s charges didn’t score for the remainder of the half though and when Elaine Kennedy’s long ball dropped into the Kerry net, Limerick pushed on to establish that five-point advantage. That lead was up to six approaching the end of the third quarter but Jessica Fitzell’s scrambled goal and Patrice Diggin’s excellence at centre-back galvanised the Kingdom girls. Four points from placed balls brought Murphy’s tally to eight and gave Kerry the lead but an injury-time point from Limerick’s accurate midfielder Caitrín de Bhál snatched a deserved draw for Ger Curtin’s side.

SCORERS FOR KERRY: S Murphy 0-8(6fs, 2 45s); J Fitzell 1-2

SCORERS FOR LIMERICK: C de Bhál 0-7(5fs, 1 45); E Kennedy 1-0; K Carroll, M Creamer, M Fitzgerald 0-1 each

KERRY: M O’Carroll, T Moran, A Fitzgerald, S Horgan, O Young, P Diggin, M Costello, N Leen, AM Leen, E Ryall, L Collins, G McNamara, J Fitzell, C Godley, S Murphy. Subs: J O’Keeffe for Godley (40), J Cronin for Ryall (45)

LIMERICK: C Fitzgerald, G Lee, N Barry, C Neville, M McCarthy, L Scanlon, N Curtin, C de Bhál, R Noona, K Carroll, E Kennedy, M Lynch, M Clancy, M Creamer, S Tobin. Subs: M Fitzgerald for Clancy (ht), S Cllins for Lynch (ht), N Tuite for Noonan (45)

REFEREE: W Cole (Cork)

Irish Daily Star Camogie League Division 4 final

Kerry v Limerick, Abbeydorney, 2.30pm

Reaching the final in their first year competing in the Irish Daily Star League is a phenomenal achievement by Kerry, and a testament to everyone involved in Kingdom camogie. Most of all, it is a credit to the team itself and with the likes of high-scoring Sarah Murphy, Patrice Diggin and minor star Niamh Leen in their ranks, they will make a bold bid for honours.

Source: Official Camogie

It is a sign of Limerick’s progress too that their second unit is making a national final, the season after their first team annexed the Division 2 title and narrowly failed to add an intermediate All-Ireland. What’s more, they were just two points away from reaching a Division 1 semi-final this time around.

It appears that there is very little between the teams, with Kerry, who have reached the last two All-Ireland junior B finals, edging their group outing by 1-7 to 0-6 in Martinstown on March 9. That was Limerick’s only reverse and it was no surprise to see Ger Curtin’s crew, powered by Noreen Barry and Muireann Creamer, overcoming Tyrone by two goals in their semi-final, while Kerry had to work hard to account for Dublin by three points.

Kerry; M.O’Carroll; T.Moran; A.Fitzgerald; M.Weir; S.Horgan; P.Diggin; M.Costello; N.Leen; AM Leen; E.Ryall; L.Collins; G.McNamara; O.Young; C.Godley; S.Murphy.

Limerick: C.Fitzgerald: G.Lee; N.Barry; C.Neville; M.McCarthy; L.Scanlon: N.Curtin; C.De Bhal; R.Noonan; K.Carroll; E.Kennedy; M.Lynch; M.Clancy; M.Creamer; S.Tobin

Irish Daily Star National Camogie League Division 1 Final – Kilkenny 1-15 Clare 0-4

Kilkenny defeated Clare by 1-15 to 0-4 in the Irish Daily Star National Camogie League Division 1 Final on Sunday May 4th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Kilkenny camogie team beat Clare to win first national title since 2008

Report from

Kilkenny 1-15 Clare 0-4

KILKENNY CLAIMED THEIR first national title since 2008 when they proved much too strong for Clare in a disappointingly one-sided Irish Daily Star camogie league Division 1 final at Semple Stadium. This competition provided the Noresiders with their last silverware at senior level and on this evidence, they will make a bold bid for All-Ireland honours later this year, having fallen at the last hurdle last September.

The Clare defensive unit was clearly unsettled by the loss of Eimear Considine to injury in the seventh minute, with the Kilmaley player being stretchered off with a knee injury. Kilkenny had suffered their own misfortune before the throw-in though, with influential full-forward Shelley Farrell unavailable due to an ankle knock. They settled reasonably well though and with the conditions making controlling the sliotar difficult they led by a point (0-2 to 0-1) approaching the end of the opening quarter.

They opened up from there though, with points from player of the match Denise Gaule and a Miriam Walsh brace stretching the margin to four.
Clare’s inexperience showed itself at this juncture, in what was their first-ever national final at the highest level, as they began to chase goals rather than take the point-scoring opportunities presented to them. Missing a couple of early frees also betrayed their nerves.

It was no coincidence that their longest-serving operator, Deirdre Murphy presented their chief threat and she scored a lovely point to make it 0-5 to 0-2. Kilkenny finished strongly though, and points from Gaule (free), Leann Fennelly, Áine Connery and Walsh gave them a seven-point interval lead. Chloe Morey landed a trademark long distance free immediately after the restart but that would be Clare’s last score until Murphy’s injury-time point.

Instead, with Mairéad Power and Jacqui Frisby completely on top in their full-back line, and Ann Dalton, Gaule and Walsh dominant, Kilkenny exerted themselves. Gaule brought her tally to six points with four well-taken scores, while Walsh and Fennelly also found the target. Aoife Neary goaled from close range in the 41st minute to cement their superiority and though the likes of Murphy, Kate Lynch and Máire McGrath put up a brave resistance, Clare were never going to deny Kilkenny.

SCORERS FOR KILKENNY: D Gaule 0-6(3fs); M Walsh 0-4; A Neary 1-0; L Fennelly, A Connery 0-2 each; A Dalton 0-1

SCORERS FOR CLARE: D Murphy 0-3(1f); C Morey 0-1(f)

KILKENNY: E Kavanagh, M Power, K McDonald, J Frisby, C Dormer, E Keane, E Aylward, A Dalton, a Dunphy, A Connery, M Walsh, D Gaule, M Quilty, L Fennelly, A Neary
Subs: C Phelan for Connery (51), M Dargan for Walsh (54), A Kinsella for Aylward (59)

CLARE: D Lynch, R McMahon, M McGrath, C O’Leary, N O’Dea, C Morey, E Considine, K Lynch, O Duggan, D Murphy, F Lafferty, C Hennessy, N Kaiser, L McMahon, E Horgan
Subs: K Horgan for Considine inj (7), C McMahon for Hennessy (19), H McMahon for K Horgan (45), V Loughnane for E Horgan (46), K Cahill for Duggan (50), A Griffin for O’Leary (59)

REFEREE: G O’Dowd (Limerick)

Irish Daily Star Camogie League Division 1 final

Clare v Kilkenny, Semple Stadium, 1.30pm *Live on TG4

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Clare caused a minor shock by ending Cork’s three-in-a-row bid in the semi-final but given that they had only lost to the Leesiders after extra time at the same stage of last year’s competition, and beat them in the 2012 Munster final, it couldn’t be described as a sensation. With the younger girls having gained experience and a vital veteran element still having a key role in the squad, the time had come for the Bannerwomen to step up to the plate.

They have reached their first national final at senior level the hard way though, needing to carve out a dogged two-point win over Limerick to earn a three-way play-off. They didn’t give their Shannonside rivals a sniff next time out however, and a comfortable win over their western neighbours and All-Ireland champions, Galway secured the semi-final berth. The confidence derived from those wins, added to the sharpness the extra games gave them, certainly helped them end the champions’ run.
Kilkenny have had a much more serene progression through the group section, with the Bannerwomen providing their sternest challenge when getting to within five points of them in Ballyhale on March 8. Wexford rallied late on in the semi-final but the Noresiders were good value for their 2-7 to 1-7 victory.

The Black and Ambers had a tremendous championship campaign last season but were dreadfully disappointed to lose the All-Ireland final to Galway. They look very motivated this term and will be desperate to end a drought at national level that goes back to the winning the league in 2008. They have a really strong look at both ends of the field, with Ann Dalton, Jacqui Frisby, Shelly Farrell, Denise Gaule and Elaine Aylward in excellent form.

Clare are in bonus territory but won’t be looking at it like that as finals are for winning. With Máire McGrath, Chloe Morey, Deirdre Murphy, Eimear Considine and Nikki Kaiser in their ranks, they can be expected to fight hard to do just that.

Kilkenny: E.Kavanagh; M.Power ; K.McDonald; J.Frisby; C.Phelan E.Keane; .E.Aylward; A.Dunphy; A.Dalton D.Gaule; M.Walsh; L.Fennelly (Capt); M.Quilty; S.Farrell ; A.Neary

Clare: D.Lynch ; C.Morey; M.McGrath; C.O’Leary; R.McMahon; N.O’Dea; E.Considine; K.Lynch (Capt) O.Duggan; N.Kaiser; F.Lafferty ; D.Murphy ; C.Hennessy ; L.McMahon; E.Horgan