Munster Senior Football Semi-Final – Cork 0-16 Tipperary 1-11

Cork defeated Tipperary by 0-16 to 1-11 in the Munster GAA Senior Football Championship Semi-Final on Saturday June 21st at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Cork survive almighty Tipp scare


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It was a close-run thing, but ultimately Cork did just about enough to secure a passage to the Munster final as they saw off Tipperary at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday evening.

With the game about to move into injury time, Tipp led by 1-11 to 0-13, but Cork sub Aidan Walsh kicked three consecutive points before Barry O’Driscoll assured them of victory. Despite being strong pre-match favourites, however, there was never really a stage when Cork lived up to that billing. Even though Daniel Goulding put them ahead with a second-minute free, Tipp set their tone as Peter Acheson and Conor Sweeney pointed to put them in front and by the 11th minute they led by 0-5 to 0-2, an advantage which should arguably have been greater.

Cork looked to have found some rhythm as they then reeled off five unanswered points, with Mark Collins, John Hayes and Paul Kerrigan all impressing while Goulding converted a pair of frees and Tipp struggled to make any real headway. They never panicked, however, and an excellent Steven O’Brien effort was added to by a free from Conor Sweeney to tie matters at 0-7 each. Again, Cork pushed on as Mark Collins and Fintan Goold both scored and Hayes should have put them five points clear but his goal attempt after an incisive move was somehow kept off the line by Acheson. That was in the 35th minute, but it was Tipp who went in leading at half-time as O’Brien arrowed a ball from midfield into Sweeney’s hands and he slotted past Ken O’Halloran in the Cork goal.

Despite Cork having introduced Aidan Walsh and Eoin Cadogan by the start of the second half, there was no discernible change in the pattern of the game, as Sweeney ensured that any home scores were responded to in kind by the visitors. As the second half wore on, however, Tipp became paralysed at the prospect of a first championship win over Cork since 1944, despite the fact that the hosts were struggling in a big way themselves. Though sub Colm O’Neill kicked two points for Cork to bring them back to within a point, 1-10 to 0-12, a Tipp replacement, Brian Mulvihill, put them two ahead again. Walsh would have the final say, though.
Scorers for Cork: D Goulding (0-3f), A Walsh 0-3 each, M Collins, C O’Neill (0-2f), B O’Driscoll 0-2 each, B Hurley (0-1f), J Hayes, P Kerrigan, F Goold 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: C Sweeney 1-4 (0-3f), B Grogan 0-2f, M Quinlivan, S O’Brien, C O’Riordan, P Acheson, B Mulvihill 0-1 each.

CORK: K O’Halloran; M Shields, T Clancy, N Galvin; J Loughrey, P Kelly, J O’Rourke; A O’Sullivan, F Goold; M Collins, P Kerrigan, B O’Driscoll; D Goulding, B Hurley, J Hayes
Subs: A Walsh for O’Sullivan (34), E Cadogan for Goulding (half-time), C O’Neill for Kerrigan (46), C O’Driscoll for Collins (51), D Óg Hodnett for Hurley (53), C Vaughan for Clancy (62).

TIPPERARY: P Fitzgerald; P Codd, C McDonald, G Mulhair; C O’Riordan, R Kiely, P Acheson; S O’Brien, G Hannigan; P Austin, I Fahey, B Fox; C Sweeney, M Quinlivan, B Grogan
Subs: B Mulvihill for Fahey (44), J Coghlan for Austin (58), C McCullough for Grogan (60), H Coghlan for Hannigan (66), A Campbell for Mulhair (69).

When – Saturday June 21st at 7pm

Where – Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork

Referee – Fergal Kelly (Longford)
Standby Referee – Rory Hickey (Clare)
Linesman – Damien Maher (Westmeath)
Sideline Official – Richard Moloney (Limerick)
Umpires – Phelim Kelly, Tomas O’Rourke, Paul Kelly, Patrick Maguire (Longford)

Next Round – the winners play Clare or Kerry in the Munster final on Sunday July 6th.

Team News

The Tipperary Senior Football team to play Cork in tomorrow’s Munster Semi-Final at 7:00pm in Pairc Ui Chaoimh shows 1 change from the side which defeated Limerick in the Quarter-Final.

John Coghlan comes in to the side at corner-back in place of Ger Mulhair.

Tipperary (SFC v Cork): Paul Fitzgerald (Fethard); John Coghlan (Moyne Templetuohy), Paddy Codd (Killenaule – Captain), Ciarán McDonald (Aherlow); Colin O’Riordan (J K Brackens), Robbie Kiely (Arravale Rovers), Peter Acheson (Moyle Rovers); Steven O’Brien (Ballina), George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers); Philip Austin (Borrisokane), Ian Fahey (Commercials), Brian Fox (Eire Óg Annacarty); Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen), Michael Quinlivan (Commercials), Barry Grogan (Aherlow)

CORK (SFC v Tipperary): K O’Halloran; M Shields (capt.), T Clancy, N Galvin; J Loughrey, P Kelly, J O’Rourke; A O’Sullivan, F Goold; M Collins, P Kerrigan, B O’Driscoll; D Goulding, B Hurley, J Hayes
Subs: D Hanrahan, J O’Sullivan, E Cadogan, D Cahalane, Tomás Clancy, A Walsh, R Deane, C O’Driscoll, D Óg Hodnett, C O’Neill, C Vaughan

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For the Record

  Cork Tipperary
2014 Team Manager Brian Cuthbert Peter Creedon
2013 Championship Performance Defeated Limerick by 3-17 to 0-8 in Munster quarter-final.

Defeated Clare by 1-20 to 1-11 in Munster semi-final.

Lost Munster final to Kerry by 1-16 to 0-17.

Defeated Galway by 1-17 to 1-16 in Qualifiers Round 4.

Lost All Ireland quarter final to Dublin by 1-16 to 0-14.

Lost quarter-final to Kerry by 2-19 to 0-8 in Munster quarter-final.

Lost Qualifiers Round 1 game to Galway by 1-12 to 0-11 at Pearse Stadium, Galway on June 29th.

Number of Munster Senior Football titles 37 9
Last Munster Senior Football Title 2012 1935
Munster Senior Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 36
Won – 22
Lost – 9
Drawn – 5
Played – 19
Won – 3
Lost – 14
Drawn – 2
Last meeting in the Munster Senior Football Championship June 3rd 2007 Limerick (Munster Semi-Final) –
Cork 2-18 Tipperary 0-10.

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship 2014


Saturday May 31st

@ Pairc na nGael, Limerick          Tipperary 2-14         Limerick 2-11

Saturday June 7th

@ Cusack Park, Ennis                   Clare 2-8                   Waterford 2-8

Quarter-Final Replay

Saturday June 14th

@ Fraher Field, Dungarvan           Clare 3-11                 Waterford 0-12  


Saturday June 21st

@ Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork                         Cork v Tipperary                            @ 7pm

Sunday June 22nd

@ Cusack Park, Ennis                               Clare v Kerry                                   @ 3.30pm


Sunday July 6th

2pm throw-in


Top Scorers Munster SFC 2014

Paul Whyte (Waterford)                      1-7 (0-4 frees)

Barry Grogan (Tipperary)                   1-4 (0-3 frees)

Eoin Hanrahan (Limerick)                  1-4 (1-0, pen, 0-3 frees)

David Tubridy (Clare)                                     1-3 (0-1 free)

Philip Austin (Tipperary)                     1-2

Gary Brennan (Clare)                         1-2

Liam Ó Lonáin (Waterford)                 1-2

Shane McGrath (Clare)                      0-5

JJ Hutchinson (Waterford)                 0-4

Ian Ryan (Limerick)                            0-4 (0-3 frees)

Shane Brennan (Clare)                       1-0

Enda Coughlan (Clare)                       1-0

Rory Donnelly (Clare)                         1-0

Sean Collins (Clare)                            0-3

Useful Information

Both Tipperary and Clare were promoted from the Allianz Football League Division 4 this year with Tipperary defeating Clare in the final to secure the Division 4 title.

The average number of scores per game in the Munster Senior Football championship since 2008:

2008 – 21 scores per game; 2009 – 24; 2010 – 28; 2011 – 33; 2012 – 27; 2013 – 30.8, 2014 so far – 24.7

Since 2000, Kerry have drawn as many matches in the Munster Senior Football Championship as they have lost, 5 draws (all v Cork) as compared to 5 defeats in 38 matches played.

This year’s quarter final draw between Clare and Waterford was the first drawn game in the Munster senior football championship since 2010 when Cork and Kerry drew 0-15 each in the semi-final at Fitzgerald Stadium on June 6th. Kerry won the replay by 1-15 to 1-14.

This year’s semi-final pairings are a bit of a novelty as Cork and Tipperary last met in the Munster championship in 2007 and Kerry and Clare last met in Munster in 2008, although they did meet in the 2012 qualifiers when Kerry won by 2-22 to 1-6.

Clare last qualified for the Munster senior football final in 2012, where they lost to Cork by 3-16 to 0-13.

Tipperary last qualified for the Munster senior football final in 2002 where they lost to Cork in a replay by 1-23 to 0-7.

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship Roll Of Honour

Kerry (75) – 1892, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1919, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013

Cork (37) – 1890, 1891, 1893, 1894, 1897, 1899, 1901, 1906, 1907, 1911, 1916, 1928, 1943, 1945, 1949, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012

Tipperary (9) – 1888, 1889, 1895, 1900, 1902, 1918, 1920, 1922, 1935

Clare (2) – 1917, 1992

Waterford (1) – 1898

Limerick (1) – 1896

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship – List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began 1888 –

Munster Senior FOOTBALL Cup

No Name – Presented by Munster Council in 1928

All Ireland GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship

In the Senior Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Kerry are top with 36, 13 ahead of the next county – Dublin. Cork are 4th in the roll of honour with 7 titles. Tipperary have won 4 All-Ireland’s, their last in 1920 while Limerick won the first ever All-Ireland Senior Football Championship played in 1887 and also won the All-Ireland in 1896.

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ger Ryan at for more information

Munster GAA Junior Football Championship Semi-Final – Cork 0-15 Limerick 0-13

Cork defeated Limerick by 0-15 to 0-13 in the Munster GAA Junior Football Championship Semi-Final on Saturday June 21st at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

McCarthy relieved as Rebels edge brave Limerick

By Denis Hurley for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Cork 0-15 Limerick 0-13

All-Ireland junior champions Cork opened their Munster title defence with victory over Limerick at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday evening.

It was not always comfortable for the hosts, however, as they saw a five-point half-time lead reduced by the John Mullane-inspired visitors.

However Cork held out, to the delight of manager Paul McCarthy, who was unable to choose any of last year’s successful side.

“We made hard work it, but a lot of it was because that it was our first outing together. In previous years, a lot of the players would have played together but this bunch never had, apart from challenge matches.

“We’d be hoping they’d grow and develop and the win will give us confidence. We’ll be underdogs in the Munster final but that’ll suit us.”

Despite Mullane opening the scoring with a free in the third minute, it was the only time Limerick led and Cork soon took control, with Fionn O’Shea and James Kind on top at midfield. Paul Condon, Mark Sugrue and Conor Flanagan were among those to impress as Cork raced into a 0-7 to 0-1 lead. Limerick’s scoring drought was ended when Andy Murphy pointed — though a goal was on — but by half-time, Cork were 0-10 to 0-5 ahead.

Three points from Mullane after the restart were only answered by a Paul Condon free. Flanagan’s booming free in the 43rd minute made it 0-12 to 0-8 and while Mullane responded with a 45, Condon converted another excellent dead ball on 49, followed by points from Mark Sugrue and Flanagan to make it 0-15 to 0-9.

They wouldn’t score again, Mullane — Limerick’s only second-half scorer — with four in a row in the closing stages, but Cork had done enough.

Scorers for Cork: P Condon 0-6 (three frees), C Flanagan 0-4 (frees), S Hickey, M Sugrue (one free) 0-2 each, S Beston 0-1.

Scorers for Limerick: J Mullane 0-10 (five frees, one 45), J Mullins, A Murphy, P Nash 0-1 each.

CORK: P Kirby; J McLoughlin, S Murphy, M O’Shea; N McCarthy, J Daly, B Weathers; F O’Shea, J Kind; C Flanagan, B Coughlan, M Sugrue; S Beston, P Condon, S Hickey.
Subs: J Dineen for O’Shea (48), D Pyne for Coughlan (52), R Buckley for Daly (56), A O’Connor for Beston (58), C Brosnan for Kind (60).

LIMERICK: G Neville; K Brosnan, W Cronin, M Phelan; C Sheehan, P Mullins, T McCarthy; T Butler, C Madden; J Millins, P Nash, J Mullane; A Murphy, M Fitzgibbon, M O’Sullivan.
Subs: E O’Donnell for Murphy (half-time), B Hannigan for Brosnan (46), M O’Sullivan for Sheehan (50), M Geary for O’Sullivan (53), E O’Donoghue for Mullins (59).

Referee: D Grogan (Tipperary)

Cork hold off Limerick to book place in Munster junior football final

Cork 0-15 Limerick 0-13

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CORK HAD TO withstand a second-half fightback from Limerick before prevailing in this evening’s Munster junior football semi-final in Páirc Uí Chaoimh. John Mullane, who has plenty senior experience with Limerick in recent years, inspired their second-half revival with some brilliant point-taking as they cut the gap to two points in a frantic finale. Cork did enough to hold and reach the final where they will play the winners of tomorrow’s game between Kerry and Clare in Ennis.

Cork were All-Ireland champions at this level last year and thus had to field a completely new side. But they started brightly to be in front by 0-7 to 0-2 after twenty minutes and held a 0-10 to 0-5 advantage at the interval. Limerick reduced the deficit to three points during the second-half before Cork upped the ante again and were 0-14 to 0-9 clear with ten minutes remaining.

Limerick rallied strongly in the closing stages but Cork’s attackers had put enough on the board. Full-forward Paul Condon finished with 0-6 while Brian Coughlan, Mark Sugrue and Shane Beston – who all have recent U21 inter-county experience – caught they eye in their offensive play as well.

Scorers for Cork: Paul Condon 0-6 (0-3f), Conor Flanagan 0-3 (0-1f), Mark Sugrue (0-1 ’45), Shane Beston (0-1f), Seamus Hickey 0-2 each.Scorers for Limerick: John Mullane 0-9 (0-5f), Peter Nash, Jason Mullins, Andy Murphy 0-1 each.

1. Pat Kirby (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
2. John McLoughlin (Kanturk)
3. Sean Murphy (Ballydesmond)
4. Matthew O’Shea (Glengarriff)
5. Niall McCarthy (Kinsale)
6. Jeffrey Daly (Fermoy)
7. Brendan Withers (Lyre)
8. Fionn O’Shea (Clyda Rovers)
9. James Kind (Passage)
10. Conor Flanagan (Passaage)
11. Brian Coughlan (Kinsale)
12. Mark Sugrue (Bandon)
13. Shane Beston (Mitchelstown)
14. Paul Condon (Mayfield)
15. Seamus Hickey (Rockchapel)
22. John Dineen (Eire Og) for O’Shea (47)
24. Dave Pyne (Glanworth) for Coughlan (51)
18. Rory Buckley (Macroom) for Daly (56)
21. Anthony O’Connor (Knocknagree) for Beston (57)
20. Cillian Brosnan (Brian Dillons) for Kind (59)

1. Gary Neville (St Patrick’s)
2. Mark Phelan (St Patrick’s)
3. Wayne Cronin (St Patrick’s)
4. Kevin Brosnan (Monagea)
5. Tony McCarthy (Kildimo Pallaskenry)
6. Pa Mullins (St Patrick’s)
16. Conor Sheehan (Cappamore)
8. Thomas Butler (Feohanagh-Castlemahon)
9. Colin Madden (Bruff)
17. Andy Murphy (Cappamore)
11. Peter Nash (Kildimo Pallaskenry)
12. John Mullane (St Patrick’s)
13. Jason Mullins (St Patrick’s)
14. Mike Fitzgibbon (Feohanagh Castlemahon)
15. Mark O’Sullivan (St Mary’s Sean Finns)
20. Bryan Hannigan (Feenagh Kilmeedy) for Brosnan (46)
23. Michael Geary (St Patrick’s) for O’Sullivan (53)
19. Eoin O’Donoghue (Cappamore) for Mullins (58)

Referee: David Grogan (Tipperary)

Team News

The Cork Junior Football team to play Limerick in the Munster Semi-Final on Saturday will line out as follows:

1. Patrick Kirby (Tadgh MacCarthaigh)
2. John McLoughlin (Kanturk – Captain)
3. Sean Murphy (Ballydesmond)
4. Mathew O’Shea (Glengarrif)
5. Niall McCarthy (Kinsale)
6. Jeffrey Daly (Fermoy)
7. Brendan Withers (Lyre)
8. Fionn O’ Shea (Clyda Rovers)
9. James Kind (Passage)
10. Conor Flanagan (Clyda Rovers)
11. Brian Coughlan (Kinsale)
12. Mark Sugrue (Bandon)
13. Shane Beston (Mitchelstown)
14. Paul Condon (Mayfield)
15. Seamus Hickey (Rockchapel)

16. Anthony Casey (Kiskeam)
17. Conor O’Sullivan (Clyda Rovers)
18. Rory Buckley (Macroom)
19. Fionn Herlihy (Mitchelstown)
20. Cillian Brosnan (Brian Dillons)
21. Anthony O’ Connor (Knocknagree)
22. John Dineen (Eire Og)
23. Kevin Sheehan (Mallow)
24. Dave Pyne (Glanworth)

Having won the 2013 All-Ireland title, Paul McCarthy and his selectors were obliged to start with a new team this year, as players who played in last year’s All-Ireland Final, whether as starting players or subs, were ineligible to play this year.

Limerick Manager Diarmuid Sheehy has named his starting team for the Munster Junior Football semi-final V Cork on 21st June in Pairc Ui Chaoimh at 5.00pm.

Limerick Junior Football Team V Cork on 21st June 2014.
1. Gary Neville St Patricks
2. Mark Phelan St Patricks
3. Wayne Cronin St Patricks
4. Kevin Brosnan Monagea
5. Tony McCarthy Kildimo Pallaskenry
6. Pa Mullins St. Patricks
7. Paul Whyte St. Marys/Sean Finns
8. Thomas Butler Feoghnagh Castlemahon
9. Colin Madden Bruff
10. Keith Hartnett St. Marys/Sean Finns
11. Peter Nash Kildimo Pallaskenry)
12. John Mullane St Patricks
13. Jason Mullins St Patricks
14. Mike Fitzgibbon Feoghnagh Castlemahon
15. Mark O’ Sullivan St. Marys/Sean Finns
16. Conor Sheehan Cappamore
17. Andy Murphy Cappamore
18. Brian O’ Leary Knockane
19. Eoin O’ Donoghue Cappamore
20. Bryan Hannigan Feenagh Kilmeedy
21. Eoin O’ Donnell St. Marys/Sean Finns
22. Michael O’Sullivan Dromcollogher/ Broadford
23. Michael Geary St Patricks

Management; Diarmuid Sheehy- Cappamore(Manager), Selector; Moss Mc Carthy Dromcollogher/ Broadford; Laison Officer; Pat O’Shaughnessey

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers Round 1 – Limerick 1-16 London 1-13

Limerick defeated London by 1-16 to 1-13 in Round 1 of the the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers on Saturday June 21st at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Limerick come through London test


Report from the web site

London – last year’s Connacht finalists – bowed out of the 2014 championship after a three point loss to Limerick in the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday afternoon. Ian Ryan was the star of the show for Limerick as he scored eight points, three from frees to lead his team to victory. Limerick got things going when Ian Ryan linked with captain, Seánie Buckley in the fourth minute, while Damien Dunleavy scored in the sixth minute for London, yet that would be their last point for 20 minutes.

Slowly but surely Limerick were getting on top up front and with their defence rock solid they attacked at will. A fine score from John Galvin began the rout in the 12th minute and with Danny Neville, Ger Collins, Brian Scanlon, Killian Phair and Ryan, with two more, all finding the target in a devastating 15 minute spell, the signs were ominous. Mark Gottsche’s introduction for Brian Collins in the 24th minute gave the Exiles more impetus going forward and he got their account up-and-running again with a point four minutes later.

Joe Feeney and goalkeeper, Adrian Faherty, from a free brought London to within four points with five minutes left in the half only for Limerick to go in with a 0-11 to 0-6 lead at the break as Phair, Ger Collins and Ryan all scored. London were emphatic in the opening exchanges of the second-half and by the 43rd minute they had taken a shock 1-10 to 0-11 lead thanks mainly due mainly to the sharp-shooting Dunleavy, and it was he that got their goal eight minutes after the break to surge into the lead.

Nonetheless, Limerick did not panic and substitute Gearóid Hegarty soloed through to finish forcefully into Faherty’s goal and give his side a two point lead with 12 minutes left. Lorcan Mulvey and Tony Gaughan pointed for the visitors to draw them level and it was set for a grandstand finish, but that was as good as it got as Brian Scanlon, from a free and two points from Ryan saw Limerick ease to victory.
Scorers for Limerick: Ian Ryan 0-8 (0-3f); G Hegarty (1-0); K Phair, G Collins and B Scanlon 0-2 each, J Galvin and D Neville 0-1 each.
Scorers for London: D Dunleavy 1-5; J Feeney 0-2; A Faherty 0-1 (0-1f), M Gottsche, M Miskelly, L Mulvey, E O’Neill and T Gaughan 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: B Scanlon; J McCarthy, S O’Dea, M O’Riordan; I Corbett, P Browne, P Ranahan; T Lee, J Galvin; S Buckley, G Collins, D Tracey; D Neville, K Phair, I Ryan
Subs: G Hegarty for Buckley (16); M Brosnan for Treacy (43); E Hanrahan for Phair (48); S Lucey for Corbett (53); J O’Riordan for T Lee (58); J Lee for Neville (63)

LONDON: A Faherty; B Collins, S Curran, D McCarthy; P Butler, S Mulligan, S Hannon; A Bradley, M Carroll; G Crowley, D Dunleavy, L Mulvey; M Miskelly, T Gaughan, J Feeney
Subs: M Gottsche for Collins (24); B Mitchell for Feeney (55); S Kelly for Bradley (62); C O’Neill for Crowley (68); C Carty for Hannon (71)

Referee: Pádraig O’Sullivan (Kerry)

Attendance: 607

Limerick footballer survive severe London test

by Jerome O’Connell for the Limerick Leader newspaper

THE Limerick senior footballers have advanced to the second round of the All Ireland SFC Qualifiers after a severe test from London. In the Gaelic Grounds this Saturday afternoon it finished 1-16 to 1-13. Limerick advance to round two on July 5 against one of the losing provincial semi-finalists; Galway/Sligo, Donegal/Antrim, Cork/Tipperary, Dublin/Wexford.

London led 1-11 to 0-12 entering the final quarter but John Brudair’s Limerick came back strongly in the end.It was 1-13 each with five minutes to play but late scores sealed the nervy Limerick win in front of just 607 spectators. Limerick were 0-11 to 0-6 up at half time. The home side had made all the early running but found it hard to break down a packed London rearguard. By the 12th minute it was only 0-2 to 0-1 to the home side, who were wearing blue.

Ian Ryan and John Galvin had those opening Limerick points. Then Limerick took over and by the 25th minute were 0-8 to 0-1 clear. Debutantes Killian Phair and Danny Neville were along this scoring streak as well as goalkeeper Brian Scanlon (free). But London then came to life with three points in a row. Indeed they were to out score Limerick 0-5 to 0-3 in the final eight minutes of the half.

The start of the second half was all London and they kicked 1-4 without reply to go 1-10 to 0-11 ahead for first time. An Ian Ryan free had Limerick off the mark in the 12th minute of the half. Inspired by goalscroer Damien Dunleavy, London kept pouring forward and held the lead until the 57th minute. That’s when Gearoid Hegarty had the all-important Limerick goal. But London had two points in replay to level up the contest with five to play.

But goalkeeper Brian Scanlon and Ian Ryan had Limerick frees to ease the tension. Then in injury time Ryan capped a fine individual performance with his fifth score from play.

Limerick: Ian Ryan 0-8 (3frees), Gearoid Hegarty 1-0, Ger Collins, Brian Scanlon (2frees), Killian Phair 0-2 each, John Galvin, Danny Neville 0-1 each.
London: Damien Dunleavy 1-5, Joe Feeney 0-2, Mark Gottsche, Adrian Flaherty (free), Marcus Miskelly, Sean Hickey, Lorcan Mulvey (free), Tony Gaughan 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: Brian Scanlon; Sean O’Dea, Johnny McCarthy, Mark O’Riordan; Iain Corbett, Paudie Browne, Pa Ranahan; Tom Lee, John Galvin; Darragh Treacy, Ger Collins, Seanie Buckley; Danny Neville, Killian Phair, Ian Ryan
Subs: Gearoid Hegarty for Seanie Buckley, inj (15mins), Micheal Brosnan for Darragh Treacy (43mins), Eoin Hanrahan for Killian Phair (48mins), Stephen Lucey for Iain Corbett (53mins), John Riordan for Tom Lee (57mins), Jamie Lee for Danny Neville (65mins).

LONDON: Adrian Flaherty; Philip Butler, Stephen Curran, Donnacha McCarthy; Seamus Hannon, Tony Gaughan, Shane Mulligan; Aaron Bradley, Martin Carroll; Greg Crowley, Damien Dunleavy, Joe Feeney; Marcus Miskelly, Brian Collins, Lorcan Mulvey
Subs: Mark Gottsche for Brian Collins 24mins), Sean Hickey for Marcus Miskelly (44mins), Barry Mitchell for Joe Feeney (55mins), Sean Kelly for Aaron Bradley (62mins), Cathal O’Neill for Greg Crowley (69mins), Caoimhin Carty for Seamus Hannon (71mins).

REFEREE: Padraig O’Sullivan (Kerry)

Fixture Details

All Ireland SFC Qualifiers Round 1A
Limerick v London, Gaelic Grounds, 3.00pm
Referee: Padraig O’Sullivan, Kerry
E.T. if Necessary

Team News

Limerick Manager John Brudair has named his starting team for All Ireland Qualifier V London on 21st June in the Gaelic Grounds at 3.00pm.

Limerick make 4 changes to the team defeated by Tipperary 3 weeks ago, in come Brian Scanlon, Pa Ranahan, John Galvin and Killian Phair who is making his championship debut for Limerick. There are also a number of positional changes. The team captain is Seanie Buckley.

Limerick: Brian Scanlon; Seán O’Dea, Johnny McCarthy, Colm Moran; Iain Corbett, Pádraig Browne, Pa Ranahan;Thomas Lee, John Galvin; Darragh Tracey, Eoin Hanrahan, Seánie Buckley (Captain); Ger Collins, Killian Phair, Ian Ryan (Vice-Captain)

GAA Handball US Nationals Round-up

Brady Reigns Supreme in Minneapolis

Handball fans across the world have run out of superlatives for Paul Brady as the Cavan man put in yet another virtuoso display of almost perfect Handball en route to claiming his 9th US Nationals title in Minneapolis.

Having suffered only his first defeat in six years last month in Salt Lake City, some were questioning Brady’s form, sensing a possible change of guards among the top echelons of World Handball. But Brady answered all in style, never conceding more than 10 points a game as his power, accuracy and sheer athleticism was unmatched all week. Jeff Streibig (Last 16: 21-10, 21-5), Nicolai Nahorniak (QF: 21-3, 21-2) and Killian Carroll (SF: 21-5, 21-10) all felt the wrath on Brady’s revenge mission before Californian Emmett Peixoto could muster little better in the final, falling at 21-15, 21-2.

In the Ladies section, Corks Catriona Casey slammed the Singles & Doubles titles; defeating Aisling Reilly in the Singles 21-14, 15-9 (ret injured), before teaming up with Limerick’s Martina McMahon to win the Doubles against Danielle Daskalakis & Tracy Davis (NY/Arizona). Armagh’s Charlie Shanks made it a clean sweep for the Irish as he teamed up with Minnesota’s Andy Nett to seal the Mens Open Doubles crown.