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.

‘Round the Square Superscores: Week 5

The best moments from the GAA action over the weekend of June 14 / 15.

Munster GAA Senior Hurling Semi-Final – Cork 2-23 Clare 2-18

Cork defeated Clare by 2-23 to 2-18 in the Munster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday June 15th at Semple Stadium Thurles.


Munster SHC: Revenge for impressive Rebels

Munster SHC Semi-Final: Cork 2-23 Clare 2-18

Report from the web site

Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s Cork have defeated Clare by five points in this afternoon’s Munster SHC semi-final at Semple Stadium. Patrick Horgan scored 2-11 from placed balls for the Rebels, who will now meet Limerick in a second successive provincial decider on July 13.

This was sweet revenge for Cork – who lost to Clare after two classic All-Ireland finals last September. And Horgan was the star turn in front of 28,660 spectators in Thurles – hitting 1-8 before half-time, with 1-3 added in the second half. Horgan found the net from a free in the 33rd minute – striking the ball from the 20m line and surprising the Clare players on the goalline after the initial award was given a couple of metres further back.

And Horgan struck again with eleven minutes remaining, lashing home a penalty at head height to establish a 2-20 to 1-16 lead for Cork. Two minutes later, Paudie O’Sullivan flashed over a point with his first touch after coming on as a substitute and Cork were rampant. The tie was effectively over as a contest as Clare – playing their first competitive game for eight weeks – struggled to cope. In between, Cork had come through two games against Waterford and they looked sharper and fitter all over the pitch as the game wore on.

Cork had the breeze from the start but the sides were level six times before Horgan put some daylight between them approaching half-time.
There was still time for John Conlon to find the net from close range with a Clare goal that kept the Banner County in touch at half-time, trailing by 1-10 to 1-13. Clare were back to within two points of the winners twice in the second half but Cork held their nerve and a quickfire brace of scores from Daniel Kearney within a minute were massive points.

Horgan’s penalty strike, buried following a Brendan Bugler foul on Seamus Harnedy, put the seal on a memorable Cork display and the Leesiders march forward to a final meeting with Limerick at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Sub Darach Honan bagged a consolation goal for outclassed Clare in the final minute but the clock was against the Banner men, who will now attempt to regroup for the All-Ireland qualifiers.
Scorers for Cork: P Horgan 2-11 (1-0 pen, 1-11f), D Kearney & A Cadogan 0-3 each, C Lehane 0-2, D Cahalane, A Walsh, W Egan & P O’Sullivan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: C Ryan 0-6 (5f, 1 65), J Conlon 1-2, C Galvin, C McGrath & N O’Connell 0-2 each, P Donnellan, T Kelly, P Collins & C McInerney 0-1 each.

CORK: A Nash; S O’Neill, S McDonnell, C Joyce; D Cahalane, M Ellis, L McLoughlin; D Kearney, A Walsh; S Harnedy, B Cooper, C Lehane; A Cadogan, P Horgan, P Cronin
Subs: S Moylan for Cooper (59), W Egan for Kearney (60), P O’Sullivan for Harnedy (60), E Cadogan for Ellis (67).

CLARE: D Tuohy; D McInerney, C Dillon, J Browne; P O’Connor, C Ryan, B Bugler; C Galvin, P Donnellan; J Conlon, C Ryan, P Duggan; T Kelly, C McGrath, P Collins
Subs: S Morey for Browne (h.t.), N O’Connell for Donnellan (45), C McInerney for Galvin (51), D Honan for Conlon (63).

Referee: J McGrath (Westmeath)

Horgan provides cutting edge

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Cork 2-23 Clare 2-18

It was a lovely sunny afternoon in Semple Stadium yesterday for this Munster SHC semi-final, yet only one third of the crowd that saw these sides contest two All-Ireland finals last year were there to see it.

It was a very different result also but a fair one, regardless of the justified sense of grievance from the Clare supporters at the imbalance in the refereeing in the first half. And their manager Davy Fitzgerald admitted as much. “There were other factors which I won’t get into,” he said. “I think the free count was 12-5 in the first half. Conor McGrath was absolutely pulled to pieces but no free. “But listen, Cork were faster, better and stronger than us all over the field and deserved their win. They killed us at midfield, were very dominant there. Fair play to them, they were very strong today.”

The big questions beforehand centred around preparation and how much of an advantage would Cork’s two games against Waterford prove, especially given that they are still blooding five newcomers to this year’s championship starting 15? How ready would Clare be, given that they haven’t had a competitive game in eight weeks? A major advantage was the answer to the first question. Not ready enough, the second.

Clare started well and were looking the sharper outfit in the opening 11 minutes at the end of which they led 0-5 to 0-3, courtesy of points from John Conlon and Podge Collins and three frees from Colin Ryan. Gradually, however, Cork began to get a foothold in the game and from there to just before half-time set the trend. Out-hustled. Out-muscled. Out-hurled. And outscored 1-10 to 0-5.

Clare managed a goal just before the break, a ball that could have and should have been cleared from inside the Cork square was pounced on and tapped home by John Conlon, leaving just three points between them at the break (1-13 to 1-10). Even at that stage though, and refereeing non-decisions notwithstanding, it was clear this wasn’t the Clare of 2013.

Midfielders Daniel Kearney and Aidan Walsh were the driving force for Cork. Walsh with some phenomenal leaping catches and both with great box-to-box runs. Defence though was the foundation and here Cork got their match-ups spot on.

Damien Cahalane — one of the championship newcomers — was named to start at full-back and there were fears his inexperience might be exposed by All Star Conor McGrath. It didn’t happen. Damien lining out instead at wing-back on Peter Duggan and giving a stellar performance. At full-back on McGrath was Stephen McDonnell — the Glen Rovers man was magnificent.

Christopher Joyce was switched from wing-back to the corner and again, an excellent game, quelling 2013 Hurler of the Year Tony Kelly. Shane O’Neill did likewise in the other corner on All Star Podge Collins.

The inside threat that had cost Cork last September thus neutralised, Mark Ellis and Lorcán McLoughlin also superb in the half-forward line, the new midfield pairing growing in dominance as the game progressed, it was now up to the Cork forwards to deliver. They did so, but here was the only imbalance in the Cork team.

Alan Cadogan was again lively, again causing problems, drawing several fouls from his marker Jack Browne while also scoring a fine point. Conor Lehane also did well in that half, two fine points, one after a little bit of stick magic to control the ball over the head of his marker.

Not for the first time, though it fell to Patrick Horgan to do the bulk of the scoring for Cork and not for the first time he delivered. All from placed balls, yes, a few of the simple variety for the Glen’s finest. Some weren’t, however, not least the goal he belted home from a 25m free left of centre in the 33rd minute, the score that really lifted Cork.

Into the second half and though again Clare started reasonably well, reducing the Cork lead to two points within eight minutes (1-15 to 1-13, Ryan with two pointed frees), again it was Cork looking the better side. And again, though Cadogan and midfielder Kearney came in with a fine brace apiece, it was Horgan doing the bulk of their scoring. The pick of his scores in this half was his penalty, awarded after a foul on Seamus Harnedy in the 59th minute, after Clare had made a bit of a run to reduce their deficit to four (1-20 to 1-16).

The new and temporary rule introduced by Croke Park last week states that a penalty or 20m free can’t now be struck from inside the 20m line. It proved no problem to Patrick. He placed the ball about four metres outside the line, a straight-forward two-step lift, bullet strike, and this game was decided. Sub Darach Honan managed a late consolation goal for Clare, but this day belonged to Cork.

Scorers for Cork: P Horgan 2-11 (1-11f, 1-0 pen), A Cadogan, D Kearney 0-3 each, C Lehane 0-2, D Cahalane, A Walsh, W Egan, P O’Sullivan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: Colin Ryan 0-6 (5f, 1 65), J Conlon 1-2, D Honan 1-0, C McGrath, C Galvin, N O’Connell (0-2 each), T Kelly, P Collins, P Donnellan, C McInerney 0-1 each.

CORK: A Nash; S O’Neill, S McDonnell, C Joyce; D Cahalane, M Ellis, L McLoughlin; D Kearney, A Walsh; S Harnedy, B Cooper, C Lehane; A Cadogan, P Horgan, P Cronin (c).
Subs for Cork: S Moylan for Cooper (59), W Egan for Kearney (inj. 59), P O’Sullivan for Harnedy (60), E Cadogan for Ellis (inj. 67).

CLARE: D Touhy; D McInerney, C Dillon, J Browne; P O’Connor, Conor Ryan, B Bugler; C Galvin, P Donnellan (c); J Conlon, Colin Ryan, P Duggan; T Kelly, C McGrath, P Collins.
Subs for Clare: S Morey for Browne (35), N O’Connell for Donnellan (45), C McInerney for Galvin (51), D Honan for Conlon (63).

Referee: J McGrath (Westmeath)

Attendace: 28,660

Team News

Cork (SH v Clare): Anthony Nash; Shane O’Neill, Damien Cahalane, Stephen McDonnell; Christopher Joyce, Mark Ellis, Lorcán McLoughlin; Daniel Kearney, Aidan Walsh; Conor Lehane, Bill Cooper, Seamus Harnedy; Alan Cadogan, Patrick, Patrick Horgan

1. Donal Tuohy
2. Cian Dillon
3. David McInerney
4. Jack Browne
5. Brendan Bugler
6. Conor Ryan
7. Pat O’Connor
8. Colm Galvin
9. Pat Donnellan
10. John Conlon
11. Colin Ryan
12. Peter Duggan
13. Podge Collins
14. Conor McGrath
15. Tony Kelly

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2014 Clare Cork SH S-Final Front Cover

Munster GAA Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Cork 4-17 Clare 2-20

Cork defeated Clare by 4-17 to 2-20 in the Munster GAA Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday June 15th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Early scoring blitz puts Cork on road to victory

By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Cork 4-17 Clare 2-20

A blistering opening seven-minute spell – in which the Rebels outscored their opponents by 3-4 to 0-2 – laid the foundation for Cork’s victory in this entertaining Munster IHC semi-final. David Drake and Michael O’Sullivan (2-0) torched the Clare rearguard for three early goals, with Drake grabbing his second, Cork’s fourth, by the end of the first quarter. Clare corner-forward Bobby Duggan pounced for the Banner’s sole major of the opening half on eight minutes, Gerry O’Connor’s side 4-7 to 1-8 adrift at the break.

Clare upped the tempo at the change of ends, Cathal Malone’s 42nd minute goal reducing the deficit to four – 4-12 to 2-14. Subsequent points from Cathal O’Connell, Bobby Duggan, Shane McGrath and Patrick Fitzgerald further narrowed the gap, but Cork’s ability to keep the gap at two points would prove crucial. Cork substitute Kevin Hallissey split the posts on the stroke of full-time to rubber stamp the win.

Scorers for Cork: P O’Brien (0-8, 4fs), M O’Sullivan, D Drake (2-1 each), C Murphy (0-2), R Cashman, M Walsh, J Cronin, R Crowley, K Hallissey (0-1 each).

Scorers for Clare: B Duggan (1-10, 0-8fs), C Malone (1-2), P Fitzgerald (0-2), S Gleeson, S McGrath, M O’Neill, A Lynch, C O’Connell, G O’Connell (0-1 each).

CORK: R Cunningham; J O’Callaghan, A Dennehy, B Ó Tuama; R Cashman, T Healy, M Walsh; C Barry, J Wall; C Murphy, P O’Brien, M O’Sullivan; M Kenefick, J Cronin, D Drake.
Subs: T Lawrence for Barry (17), R Crowley for Cashman (45), A Mannix for Kenefick (48), K Hallissey for Wall (50).

CLARE: E Quilligan; C Nolan, C Duggan, K Ryan; G O’Connell, J Shanahan, E Boyce; P Fitzgerald, J Colleran; S Gleeson, S McGrath, C Malone; M O’Neill, A Lynch, B Duggan.
Subs: C O’Connell for Gleeson (ht), Ward for Lynch (ht), S Taylor for Boyce (37 mins), N O’Connor for Nolan (40), S O’Brien for Colleran (53).

Referee: J O’Brien (Tipperary)

Six goals served up as Cork get the better of Clare in Munster intermediate semi final

Cork 4-17 Clare 2-20

Report from

CORK SET UP a Munster intermediate hurling final with Tipperary after claiming victory over Clare in a six-goal thriller at Semple Stadium this afternoon. In the curtain-raiser to the senior encounter between the sides, Cork built on their opening round win over Waterford to stave off the challenge of a Clare team who were making their 2014 competitive bow. Cork got off to an explosive start. Michael O’Sullivan and David Drake both found the net inside the opening two minutes to put them into a 2-1 to 0-1 lead.

Matters got even better for Cork when O’Sullivan fired home his second goal in the 7th minute. Despite Bobby Duggan pulling a goal back for Clare, Cork incredibly managed to strike their fourth early goal through Drake in the 12th minute as they went 4-4 to 1-5 clear. Sharpshooters Duggan for Clare and Peter O’Brien traded points in the second quarter with Cork going in at the break in possession of a 4-7 to 1-8 lead.

Cork continued to maintain that advantage in the early stages of the second-half before Clare fought back and received a boost when Cathal Malone grabbed a goal in the 42nd minute. That left Clare 4-12 to 2-14 adrift and on a couple of occasions during the finale, Duggan converted frees that left them only three points adrift of Cork.

The Rebels were reduced to 14 men late on when Michael O’Sullivan received a second yellow card but points by O’Brien and substitutes Ronan Crowley and Kevin Hallissey helped them run out three-point winners. Cork now advance to a final meeting with Tipperary on Friday June 27th at a Cork venue.

Team News

The Cork Intermediate Hurling team to play Clare at 2pm on Sunday will line out as follows:

1. Richie Cunningham (Youghal)
2. John O Callaghan (Inniscarra – captain)
3. Alan Dennehy (Charleville)
4. Barra O Tuama (Castlemartyr)
5. Ross Cashman (Kilbrittain)
6. Tadhg Healy (Buttevant)
7. Michael Walsh (Kildorrery)
8. Nicky Kelly (Mayfield)
9. Jamie Wall (Kilbrittain)
10. Cormac Murphy (Mallow)
11. Peter O’Brien (Kildorrery)
12. Michael O’Sullivan (Tracton)
13. Mark Kenefick (Ballygarvan)
14. John Cronin (Lisgoold)
15. David Drake (Carrigaline)

16. James Mc Sweeney (Bandon)
17. Tomás Lawrence (Brian Dillons)
18. John Grace (Youghal)
19. Colm Barry (Castlelyons)
20. Ronan Crowley (Bandon)
21. Kevin Hallissey (Eire Og)
22. Adrian Mannix (Kilworth)
23. John Sheehan (Argideen Rangers)
24. Cian Mc Carthy (Brian Dillons)

Munster SFC Q-Final Replay – Clare 3-11 Waterford 0-12

Clare defeated Waterford by 3-11 to 0-12 in the Munster Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final Replay on Saturday June 14th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.

Goals key as Clare advance

Munster SFC Semi-Final: Clare 3-11 Waterford 0-12

Report by Tomás McCarthy for

A bossy midfield display from Gary Brennan steered Clare to a Munster semi final meeting against Kerry as they dismissed Waterford by eight points at sunny Fraher Field on Saturday.

The Clondegad clubman kicked 1-2 with brother Shane and substitute Rory Donnelly also accounting for goals. The dismissal of Waterford midfielders Shane Ahearne and Tommy Prendergast on black cards in the first half dashed their chances. In front of 1,357 fans, Gary Brennan’s goal on 25 minutes split the teams (1-6 to 0-6) at half time. The hosts received an early blow when Ahearne controversially received a black card for a high tackle on Martin McMahon just 90 seconds in.

Despite that setback, they deservedly built up an early four point advantage. Paul Whyte struck three (two frees and one from play) and then Conor Phelan set up JJ Hutchinson. Clare settled as Gary Brennan controlled the centre. Sean Collins, David Tubridy and Shane McGrath all kicked points to leave them two down (0-5 to 0-3). The dazzling JJ Hutchinson swung over his third from play but that proved Waterford’s last score of the half.
Ahearne’s absence was sorely felt as Brennan’s influence increased. Clare mopped up the breaking ball and found the crucial goal to level matters. Shane Hickey located Gary Brennan charging through and he finished delicately under Stephen Enright (0-6 to 1-3).

Shane McGrath kicked Clare into the lead with back to back singles and Sean Collins added his second. Waterford then lost their second starting midfielder Tommy Prendergast to another black card. The Banner chalked up nine first half wides but departed three in front.
Clare coasted clear of their opponents on the resumption. Gary Brennan, Sean Collins and Jamie Malone tagged on points. With 48 minutes on the watch, Gary Brennan’s point effort struck the post and his brother Shane finished in scruffy fashion (2-9 to 0-6). Case closed.

Declan Allen ended a thirty minute wait for a Waterford score. Brennan didn’t take his foot off the gas. Substitute Rory Donnelly delivered a third green flag with nine minutes left after Eoin Cleary’s precise delivery. He tucked away his opportunity to the bottom corner. Liam Ó Lonáin struck two second half efforts and JJ Hutchinson brought his tally to four as the Deise retaliated with the closing three points of a disappointing evening. Colm Collins’ side host Kerry next Sunday while Waterford seek a recovery through the backdoor.

Scorers for Waterford: P Whyte 0-5 (4fs), JJ Hutchinson 0-4, L Ó Lonáin 0-2 , D Allen 0-1.

Scorers for Clare: G Brennan 1-2, S Brennan, R Donnelly 1-0 each, S Collins, S McGrath 0-3 each, C Russell, J Malone D Tubridy 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: S Enright; Maurice O’Gorman, O Keevers, T O’Gorman; D Crowley, S Briggs, C Phelan; S Ahearne, T Prendergast; T Ó hUallacháin, Michael O’Gorman, B Wall; L Ó Lonáin, P Whyte, JJ Hutchinson
Subs: W Hutchinson for Ahearne (2), D Allen for Prendergast (32), M Curry for W Hutchinson (H-T), C O’Keeffe for Phelan (45), D Grey for JJ Hutchinson (67).

CLARE: J Hayes; D Ryan, K Hartnett, M McMahon; C Russell, G Kelly, S Collins; G Brennan, B Harnett; S Hickey, E Coughlan, S McGrath; M O’Leary, S Brennan, D Tubridy
Subs: J Malone for B Hartnett (24), R Donnelly for Coughlan (56), E Cleary for Tubridy (57), L Healy for McMahon (63), P McMahon for Collins (65), S McNelis for Hickey (66).

Referee: M Deegan (Laois)

Clare gear up for Kingdom

By Tomás McCarthy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Waterford 0-12 Clare 3-11

Clare made no mistake at the second time of asking when easing past their Waterford hosts at Fraher Field in Saturday night’s Munster SFC quarter-final replay.

Their task was made easier by the second minute dismissal of Shane Ahearne in a controversial black card call for a high tackle on Martin McMahon that left Waterford boss Niall Carew fuming with referee Maurice Deegan. “It was a poor decision by the referee,” Carew said. “The black card was supposed to stop cynical play. There was nothing cynical in that, the game was only on 90 seconds. He swung his arm, he didn’t drag him to the ground.”

The challenge didn’t fall under the black card category in his view. “A fella 5 foot 3 or 4 running at pace and ducks and Shane Ahearne sticks out his hand. How that was given as a black card is beyond me. There’s too many interpretations of the black card anyway. To lose your best player like that, it’s impossible then.”

Ahearne midfield partner Tommy Prendergast also saw black before the interval but Carew had no issue with that call: “With Tommy’s one the rule does state that if you do trip it is a black card. That was more out of frustration than anything else. We were always going to be under pressure without our best player. Last week, Shane got the better of Gary Brennan and I think this week that he would have as well. The black card was always going to be controversial. It won’t be big because it’s Clare and Waterford but it cost us. I will certainly be appealing Shane Ahearne’s black card just out of principle more than anything else.

And Clare boss Colm Collins admitted that Ahearne’s black card shifted the momentum. “To lose someone of his quality so early in the game was devastating for Waterford. I felt that there was only going to be one result when that happened.” In Ahearne’s absence, Gary Brennan crushed a makeshift midfield cobbled together by the hosts. The captain posted 1-2, including a decisive first half goal, and monopolised the kickouts.

Waterford started briskly despite losing Ahearne. Paul Whyte confidently shot three (two frees) and JJ Hutchinson added another to establish a four point advantage after 11 minutes. Brennan steadied Clare as Seán Collins, David Tubridy and Shane McGrath narrowed the gap to two (0-5 to 0-3). Hutchinson enjoyed the freedom of his corner forward role and fired his third points on 22 minutes. However it was their last score of the half.

The hosts struggled to claim Stephen Enright’s kickouts and Clare turned the screw. On 24 minutes, Shane Hickey’s pass found Brennan charging down the centre and he steadied before finishing low under Enright (0-6 to 1-3). Two points from Shane McGrath and Sean Collins’ sealed a three point half time lead (1-6 to 0-6). Nine wides in contrast to none for Waterford also displayed their dominance.

Brennan took up where he left off with a wonderful point on the restart before Collins and Jamie Malone landed more scores. Shane Brennan miscued with the goal at his mercy but made amends on 48 minutes. When brother Gary saw his shot strike the upright, Shane was perfectly placed to tidy up the crumbs. 2-9 to 0-6 in the clear and no doubt about the outcome. Substitute Rory Donnelly tucked away a third into the bottom corner on 61 minutes after collecting a delivery from Eoin Cleary. The prize for victory is a clash with Kerry next weekend in Cusack Park.

Scorers for Waterford: P Whyte 0-5 (4fs); JJ Hutchinson 0-4; L Ó Lonáin 0-2; D Allen 0-1.

Scorers for Clare: G Brennan 1-2; S Brennan, R Donnelly 1-0 each; S Collins, S McGrath 0-3 each; C Russell, J Malone, D Tubridy 0-1 each.

Waterford: S Enright; Maurice O’Gorman, O Keevers, T O’Gorman; D Crowley, S Briggs, C Phelan; S Ahearne, T Prendergast; T Ó hUallacháin, Michael O’Gorman, B Wall; L Ó Lonáin, P Whyte, JJ Hutchinson.
Subs for Waterford: W Hutchinson for Ahearne (2); D Allen for Prendergast (32); M Curry for W Hutchinson (H-T); C O’Keeffe for Phelan (45); D Grey for JJ Hutchinson (67).

Clare: J Hayes; D Ryan, K Hartnett, M McMahon; C Russell, G Kelly, S Collins; G Brennan, B Harnett; S Hickey, E Coughlan, S McGrath; M O’Leary, S Brennan, D Tubridy.
Subs for Clare : J Malone for B Hartnett (24); R Donnelly for Coughlan (56); E Cleary for Tubridy (57); L Healy for McMahon (63); P McMahon for Collins (65); S McNelis for Hickey (66).

Referee: M Deegan (Laois)

Team News

CLARE (SF v Waterford): Joe Hayes; Dean Ryan, Kevin Harnett, Martin McMahon; Shane Hickey, Gordon Kelly, Ciaran Russell; Gary Brennan, Shane McGrath; Sean Collins, Enda Coughlan, Barry Hartnett; Martin O’Leary, Shane Brennan, David Tubridy

WATERFORD (SF v Clare): Stephen Enright; Dean Crowley, Thomas O’ Gorman, Maurice O’Gorman; Conor Phelan, Shane Briggs, Oran Keevers; Shane Ahern, Tommy Prendergast; Michael O’Gorman, Liam O’ Lonáin, Tadhg O hUallacháin; Brian Wall, Paul Whyte, JJ Hutchinson

Ticket Information

Munster GAA can confirm that all pre-purchased adult tickets for the Munster GAA Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final Replay between Clare and Waterford will be reduced by €5. Tickets are now on sale via, Centra & Supervalu

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Semple’s Summer Showdown – Clare v Cork

Clare and Cork do battle on Sunday in a repeat of last year’s All-Ireland Final. Who will come out on top on this occasion?

Munster harder to win than the All Ireland – Tony Kelly

The 2013 Hurler of the Year Tony Kelly reckons winning this year’s Munster Senior Hurling Championship will be a bigger ask than claiming the Liam McCarthy last September.

Clare have been waiting in the wings to discover who they have to play to book a provincial final assignment with Limerick and Cork come into their last 4 meeting in the southern province with the benefit of 2 games under their belt.

Kelly became the first player in history to win both the Young Hurler of the Year and the Hurler of the Year in the same season in 2013 but he reckons the weeks ahead will provide an even bigger challenge for his fellow countymen starting this weekend.