All-Ireland Junior Football Championship Final – Cavan 2-14 Kerry 0-14

Cavan defeated Kerry by 2-14 to 0-14 in the All-Ireland Junior Football Championship Final on Saturday August 23rd at O’Moore Park Portlaoise.


Team News

Kerry team to play Cavan as follows –

1. Shane Murphy – Kilcummin2. Fionán Clifford – Waterville
3. Kevin O’Dwyer – Waterville
4. Danny Wrenn – Tarbert
5. Greg Gibson – Waterville
6. Denis Daly – St. Marys
7. Gavin Crowley – Templenoe
8. Andrew Garnett – Spa
9. Brendan O’Sullivan – Valentia
10. Philip O’Connor – Cordal
11. Ciaran Keating – Skellig Rangers
12. Brian Crowley – Templenoe
13. Gavan O’Grady – Glenbeigh/Glencar
14. Paul Kennelly – Ballydonoghue
15. Thomas Hickey (Capt) – Castleisland Desmonds

Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Semi-Final – Cork 1-9 Wexford 1-9

Cork and Wexford played out a draw (1-9 to 1-9) in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Semi-Final on Saturday August 23rd at Semple Stadium Thurles.

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Semi-Final – Tipperary 2-18 Cork 1-11

Tipperary defeated Cork by 2-18 to 1-11 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday August 17th at Croke Park.

All-Ireland SHC: Superb Tipp surge into final

ALL-IRELAND SHC SEMI-FINAL: TIPPERARY 2-18 CORK 1-11

Report from GAA.ie

Tipperary will face Kilkenny in the All-Ireland SHC Final on September 7 after recording a stunning victory over Munster rivals Cork at Croke Park on Sunday. Munster champions Cork were meeting Tipperary in a championship match at Headquarters for the very first time in their long shared history, but Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s fancied Rebels were completely outclassed by a totally re-energised Tipperary.

Two brilliant goals from Séamus Callanan in either half paved the way to victory for Tipperary, and they were the better side throughout as they punished Cork’s profligacy in front of goal, the Rebels finishing with 15 wides.

While Callanan’s eye for goal was exemplary, so too was John O’Dwyer’s, with the Killenaule man striking 0-6 from play. Tipperary’s midfield pairing of Shane McGrath and James Woodlock were also outstanding, as they contributed 0-6 between them. Tipp led by two points at the break and probably should have been even more in front. It mattered little though, as Cork were totally outclassed after the restart, Tipperary scoring 1-11 in the second half to just 1-3 from the Rebels.

Tipperary held a slender 1-7 to 0-8 lead at the interval, but they were good value for it after having the better of Cork for the opening 35 minutes. Cork took an early lead through Alan Cadogan, but Tipp took control in the eighth minute when Callanan, by far their pre-eminent attacker of 2014, cracked in a wonderful goal from 20 metres.

The ball broke to him after a slip from Cork’s Shane O’Neill, but Callanan did brilliantly to find the top right hand corner of Anthony Nash’s net from a considerable distance out. The score energised Tipperary, and points from O’Dwyer (2) and Woodlock followed to leave Eamon O’Shea’s side five ahead at 1-3 to 0-1. The sides traded the next few scores but Tipperary were looking confident and two scores from Shane McGrath had them five ahead at 1-6 to 0-4.

Cork came into the game in the second quarter, but they were still guilty of some poor wides, and although points from Anthony Nash (free) and Conor Lehane cut the deficit to three, O’Dwyer replied with an inspirational score, blocking down Damien Cahalane and clipping over, to keep Tipp four ahead.
However, with Aidan Walsh and Daniel Kearney beginning to see more and more ball around the middle, Cork hit the final two scores of the half through Nash and Patrick Horgan (frees) to trail by two at the interval.

Points from McGrath, Woodlock and Callanan after the break restored a five-point Tipperary lead, but the killer score came on 47 minutes when Callanan found the net again brilliantly. After some characteristically trojan work from Patrick Maher, Callanan hit a venomous drive past Nash into the roof of the Cork net to leave Tipp eight ahead.

That goal prompted some exhibition hurling from Tipperary, as John O’Dwyer fired over three in a row to take his tally to six and Woodlock clipped over his third of the day to leave Tipperary 11 clear. Cork managed a goal before the end from substitute Rob O’Shea, but in truth, the Rebels never looked capable of any sort of meaningful revival as Tipp made the most of their struggles to surge into the final and set up a date of destiny with arguably their greatest rivals of all.

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Scorers for Tipperary: S Callanan 2-4 (1f), J O’Dwyer 0-6, J Woodlock 0-3, S McGrath 0-3, N McGrath 0-2

Scorers for Cork: C Lehane 0-3, R O’Shea 1-0, A Nash 0-2 (2f), P Horgan 0-2 (2f), A Cadogan 0-1, A Walsh 0-1, S Harnedy 0-1, L McLoughlin 0-1

TIPPERARY: Darren Gleeson; Cathal Barrett, Paudie Maher, Paddy Stapleton; Brendan Maher, James Barry, Kieran Bergin; Shane McGrath, James Woodlock; Gearóid Ryan, Patrick Maher, John O’Dwyer; Noel McGrath, Seamus Callanan, Lar Corbett
Subs: Denis Maher for Ryan (57), Eoin Kelly for Corbett (60), Jason Forde for Patrick Maher (63), Michael Cahill for McGrath (65), Conor O’Brien for Woodlock (69).

CORK: Anthony Nash; Shane O’Neill, Damien Cahalane, Stephen McDonnell; Christopher Joyce, Mark Ellis, Lorcan McLoughlin; Daniel Kearney, Aidan Walsh; Conor Lehane, Bill Cooper, Seamus Harnedy; Alan Cadogan, Patrick Cronin, Patrick Horgan
Subs: Paudie O’Sullivan for Cadogan (46), Stephen Moylan for Cronin (46), Rob O’Shea for Walsh (55), Jamie Coughlan for Harnedy (64).

Referee: James Owens (Wexford)

Attendance: 68,728



Team News

The Tipperary team to play Cork is unchanged from the side which defeated Dublin in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final.

1) Darren Gleeson (Portroe)
2) Cathal Barrett (Holycross-Ballycahill)
3) Paudie Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)
4) Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh)
5) Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh)
6) James Barry (Upperchurch-Drombane)
7) Kieran Bergin (Killenaule)
8) Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch)
9) James Woodlock (Drom& Inch)
10) Gearóid Ryan (Templederry)
11) Patrick Maher (Lorrha-Dorrha)
12) John O’Dwyer (Killenaule)
13) Noel McGrath (LoughmoreCastleiney)
14) Seamus Callanan (Drom and Inch)
15) Lar Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields)

The Cork Senior Hurling team to play Tipperary in the All-Ireland Semi-Final at 3.30pm on Sunday in Croke Park will line out as follows –
1. Anthony Nash (Kanturk)
2. Shane O’Neill (Bishopstown)
3. Damien Cahalane (St Finbarr’s)
4. Stephen McDonnell (Glen Rovers)
5. Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh)
6. Mark Ellis (Millstreet)
7. Lorcan McLoughlin (Kanturk)
8. Daniel Kearney (Sarsfields)
9. Aidan Walsh (Kanturk)
10. Conor Lehane (Midleton)
11. Bill Cooper (Youghal)
12. Seamus Harnedy (St. Ita’s)
13. Alan Cadogan (Douglas)
14. Patrick Cronin (Bishopstown – Captain)
15. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers)

Jimmy Barry-Murphy and his selectors have made no changes to the team that won the Munster Final, with captain Pa Cronin recovering from an injury sustained in that game.

Subs
16. Darren McCarthy (Ballymartle)
17. Conor O’Sullivan (Sarsfields)
18. Killian Burke (Midleton)
19. Willian Egan (Kilbrin)
20. Eoin Cadogan (Douglas)
21. Brian Lawton (Castlemartyr)
22. Jamie Coughlan (Newtownshandrum)
23. Stephen Moylan (Douglas)
24. Cian McCarthy (Sarsfields)
25. Rob O’Shea (Carrigaline)
26. Paudie O’Sullivan (Cloyne)



Ticket Details

For the All-Ireland Hurling Semi-Final on August 17th ticket prices are as follows;
• €40 Adults (all stands)
• €5 Juveniles (Cusack and Davin stands only)
• €25 Terrace
• Student/OAP Concession price is €30 (€10 rebate only available on full price (€40) Cusack and Davin stand tickets)

The GAA Club Pass (Adult groups)
Available to all GAA clubs for GAA Senior Championship All-Ireland Quarter Finals and Semi Finals in Croke Park.

€10 per Adult
All Ireland Quarter Finals/Semi Finals only
Minimum 15, Maximum 50 adults
Seats in Davin Stand in Croke Park
Applications must be made by the Club Secretary and emailed to tickets@gaa.ie from the Club Secretary’s GAA email account (secretary.clubname.county@gaa.ie)
Payment in advance is required (payment method will be organised on receipt of application)
Strictly limited to 1 application per Club

The GAA Group Pass (Juvenile groups)
Available to all GAA clubs for all Croke Park fixtures (bar the All-Ireland Finals) and selected GAA Championship fixtures.

€3 per juvenile (16 or under),
1 adult free for every 10 juveniles,
Additional adults at stand face value,
Seats in Davin Stand in Croke Park,
Applications must be made by the Club Secretary and emailed to tickets@gaa.ie from the Club Secretary’s GAA email account (secretary.clubname.county@gaa.ie)
Payment in advance is required.
Strictly limited to 1 application per Club

Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Limerick 1-27 Galway 2-9

Limerick defeated Galway by 1-27 to 2-9 in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday August 17th at Croke Park.


Match Preview


Team News

LIMERICK: Eoghan McNamara (Doon); Sean Finn (Bruff), Paddy O’Loughlin (Kilmallock), Jamie Porter (Monaleen); Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen), Andrew La Touche Cosgrave (Monaleen), Conor Byrnes (Murroe-Boher); Robbie Hanley (Kilmallock), Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh); Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh-Castlemahon), Barry Nash (South Liberties), Cian Lynch (Patrickswell); Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh), Tom Morrissey (Ahane), Conor Fitzgerald (Claughaun)
Subs: Cian Hedderman (Ballybrown), Lorcan Lyons (Monaleen), Darragh Fanning (Pallasgreen), Edward Doyle (Monaleen), Thomas Grimes (Na Piarsaigh), Brian Ryan (South Liberties), Conor McSweeney (South Liberties), Barry Murphy (Doon), Conor Moroney (Tournafulla)

GALWAY: G Loughnane (Loughrea); D Cronin (Cappataggle), O Coyle (Loughrea), S Roche (Kilnadeema Liatram); R Doyle (Turloughmore), J Holland (Turloughmore), R Bellew (Padraig Pearses); D Nevin (Cappataggle), K McHugo (Tommie Larkins); C Whelan (Kinvara), D Mangan (Kilconieron), S Linnane (Turlough); J Grealish (Gort), B Burke (Killimordaly), C Shaughnessy (Turloughmore)

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Championship Quarter Final – Cork 1-15 Mayo 0-9

Cork defeated Mayo by 1-15 to 0-9 in the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Championship Quarter Final on Saturday August 16th at O’Connor Park Tullamore.


TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC quarter-final

Cork 1-15 Mayo 0-9

By Jackie Cahill at O’Connor Park, Tullamore

EAMONN Ryan’s champions Cork have waltzed into the semi-finals of the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies senior football championship with a comfortable nine-point victory over Mayo in this evening’s quarter-final in Tullamore. The Rebelettes finished with a flourish to book their place in the last four once again and with hopes of a ninth All-Ireland crown in ten seasons still very much in their sights.

Eimear Scally came off the bench to palm home Cork’s only goal of the game eight minutes from time and Mayo finished the game with 14 players when midfielder Claire Egan was sin-binned. Cork never hit the high notes but still had more than enough class and experience to take care of Mayo.

The Westerners stuttered past Westmeath by just a single point last weekend and Cork were simply a bridge too far. Mayo were just a point behind early in the second half when leading scorer Cora Staunton kicked two early scores in the second half but that was the cue for Cork to open up with four points without reply, three of them from prolific inside forward Valerie Mulcahy.

Player of the match Rena Buckley was also on target for the Leesiders and while Mayo responded with two further points, to cut the deficit back to three, Cork stepped on the gas once again to get the job done. At the end of a disappointing first half, Cork led by 0-7 to 0-4, having battled into the wind in the first half.

The match-up between these two heavyweights developed into a real war of attrition and it was Cork who coped best as rain began to sheet across the pitch before half-time. Cork seemed intent on scoring a first half goal but Mayo, to their credit, defended in numbers.

Goalkeeper Yvonne Byrne’s kickouts provided some difficulty for her teammates but after one loose delivery, Cork failed to capitalise in the fourth minute as Helena Lohan managed to scramble Grace Kearney’s effort off the line. Mulcahy had kicked the opening score of the game and by half-time, the Rockbán star had four points to her credit, including two frees.

At the other end, it was star forward Staunton, locked in a battle royale with Angela Walsh, who was causing Cork most problems. Staunton scored three first half points from play, including one sensational effort off the outside of her right boot. That score tied the game at 0-4 apiece but Cork finished the first half well, as Walsh stormed forward to fist a superb 23rd minute point, before Mulcahy converted two close-range frees.

Scorers for Cork: V Mulcahy 0-7 (5f), E Scally 1-0, O Farmer 0-2, Angela Walsh, G O’Flynn (f), R Buckley, C O’Sullivan, E Farmer & N Cleary 0-1 each.

Scorers for Mayo: C Staunton 0-7 (3f), G Kelly 0-2.

CORK: M O’Brien; R Phelan, Angela Walsh, B Stack; V Foley, D O’Reilly, G O’Flynn; R Buckley, B Corkery; Annie Walsh, C O’Sullivan, O Farmer; V Mulcahy, G Kearney, E Farmer.
Subs: O Finn for E Farmer (40), A Barrett for Foley (44), E Scally for Kearney (48), N Cleary for Mulcahy (52), A.M. Walsh for O Farmer (54).

MAYO: Y Byrne; M Corbett, H Lohan, A Bell; C Connelly, S Tierney, M Carter; C Egan, K Sullivan; G Kelly, F McHale, N Kelly; P Coyle, C Staunton, S Rowe.
Subs: F Doherty for N Kelly (26), A Herbert for Coyle (38), A Touhy for F Doherty (49), D Doherty for G Kelly (50).

Referee: G Corrigan (Down).


Match Preview

Cork v Mayo
O’Connor Park, Tullamore, 18:00 (G. Corrigan)

Saturday marks the anxiously awaited return to action for the defending champions and current TESCO Homegrown National Football League Champions, Cork who haven’t been seen since easily defeating Kerry in the Munster Final. Cork won’t need any warnings about how dangerous this stage of the championship can be having struggled against Armagh and Dublin last year. There is an abundance of talent in this squad that gives this Cork team the looks of an even stronger outfit than in previous years. However, it will be the usual suspects that you will look to on the Cork 15. Brid Stack and Angela Walsh have both been in fine form as is current Player’s Player of the Year, Geraldine O’Flynn alongside Deirdre O’Reilly. Rena Buckley and Briege Corkery will contest the midfield battle with Annie Walsh and Ciara O’Sullivan operating in the half forward line, Cork will again look to Valerie Mulcahy for the majority of their scores but watch out for rising stars Emma Farmer and Emer Scally being introduced.

Mayo lost to Galway in Connacht for the third time in a row and followed that up with a real struggle to overcome Westmeath in the last round. They have yet to hit the heights expected of them but there is no better motivation than seeing the Rebellettes at the opposite end of the pitch. Midfield will be hugely important in this match and in Claire Egan and Fiona McHale the Connacht side have a duo well capable of winning that dual. Sarah Rowe returned from international soccer duty to be player of the match for Mayo in the last round and she will need to be at her best again to take the pressure of the great Cora Staunton in the full forward position. Cora scored 2-06 out of 3-08 against Westmeath, there can be no doubt where the threat to Cork will come from.

Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor B Hurling Championship Semi Final – Kerry 2-22 Roscommon 0-5

Kerry defeated Roscommon by 2-22 to 0-5 in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor B Hurling Championship Semi Final on Saturday August 16th at MacDonagh Park Nenagh.

‘Round The Square: Super Scores Week 13

This week’s Super Scores shows the best of the football between Armagh and Donegal, and Dublin vs Monaghan, while we also see the best scores from the GAA All-Ireland Hurling Semi-Final between Limerick and Kilkenny. Who scored Kilkenny’s crucial second goal – Eoin Larkin or Richie Power?! We also see goals from Odhrán Mac Niallais, Diarmuid Connolly, Bernard Brogan, and Richie Hogan.

All-Ireland SHC Semi-Final – Kilkenny 2-13 Limerick 0-17

Kilkenny defeated Limerick by 2-13 to 0-17 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday August 10th at Croke Park.

SHC Semi-Final: Cats survive Limerick storm

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final: Kilkenny 2-13 Limerick 0-17

Report from GAA.ie

Kilkenny are through to the All-Ireland final following a heroic defeat of Limerick in a thrilling semi-final at Croke Park on Sunday.
Goals from Richie Hogan just before the break and Eoin Larkin in the second half proved the difference for the Cats, who were under intense pressure for long stages of a gripping, if manic, game played in terrible conditions.

Without a championship win over Kilkenny since the 1973 All-Ireland final, Limerick led by three points on the half hour mark and then by two midway through the second, but Kilkenny’s goals came at just the right time on each occasion, and Brian Cody’s charges repelled Limerick in the closing stages to record a narrow win.

Limerick hurled up a storm in the first half, but still went in two points down at the break. They were 0-6 to 0-4 up after 17 minutes, having played with a manic intensity that caught everyone – even Kilkenny, it seemed – by surprise. Their first five scores all came from play and came from five different players.

Kilkenny, by contrast, hit eight wides in the first half and only Michael Fennelly, who had a super opening 35 minutes, seemed at the pace of the game in the early stages, even if his younger brother Colin did manage to fire over three first half points. Limerick were still three up, 0-10 to 0-7, by the half hour mark, Shane Dowling scoring an audacious one-handed point after getting the better of JJ Delaney.

But the zip went from Limerick’s play and Kilkenny came to life in the driving rain. Colin Fennelly and Pádraig Walsh snapped over points and, on the stroke of half-time, Kilkenny got a killer goal. TJ Reid, who was well marhsalled by Séamus Hickey, was fouled by Donal O’Grady, but he managed to offload to Richie Hogan who fired home a terrific goal to leave Kilkenny 1-9 to 0-10 ahead.

Limerick regained their composure in the second half and, amid a monumental shower that darkened the skies to such an extent that the lights had to be switched on, they came at Kilkenny again with a spell of sustained pressure. Shane Dowling brought the Shannonsiders level and then Seánie Tobin and Dowling again had them two clear and in a commanding position midway though the second half.

However, in the 56th minute, shortly after Cody had brought Henry Shefflin and Richie Power off the bench, Kilkenny hit back with a killer goal. A high ball was played into a crowded square, and while Richie Power looked to have gotten his hurl to it first, but subsequent replays appeared to show that Larkin flicked the ball to the back of the net.

TJ Reid clipped over a free soon after the goal and Kilkenny were two clear. Declan Hannon replied with a beauty from play, but Kilkenny should have had a penalty near the end when Donal O’Grady fouled Power when the Carrickshock man was through on goal. In the end, James McGrath awarded a free which Reid tapped over.

Limerick came at Kilkenny as relentlessly as the rain in the closing stages, but the Cats defended like dogs, and in a final act of defiance, it was Paul Murphy who emerged from a crowd of players with the ball in the final play before McGrath blew his whistle, sparking wild celebrations from Cody and the Kilkenny players, who failed to make the last four in 2013.
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Scorers for Limerick: S Dowling 0-7 (0-4f, 0-1 65), D Hannon 0-5, G Mulcahy 0-2, D O’Grady 0-1, D Breen 0-1, Seánie Tobin 0-1.

Scorers for Kilkenny: TJ Reid 0-5 (0-4f), C Fennelly 0-4, R Hogan 1-0, E Larkin 1-0, P Walsh 0-2, M Fennelly 0-2.

LIMERICK: Nickie Quaid; Tom Condon, Richie McCarthy, Séamus Hickey; Paudie O’Brien, Wayne McNamara, Gavin O’Mahony; James Ryan, Paul Browne; David Breen, Donal O’Grady (capt), Declan Hannon; Shane Dowling, Kevin Downes, Graeme Mulcahy
Subs: Seán Tobin for K Downes (41), Thomas Ryan for D Breen (62), Niall Moran for D O’Grady (67).

KILKENNY: David Herity; Paul Murphy, JJ Delaney, Jackie Tyrrell; Joey Holden, Brian Hogan, Cillian Buckley; Richie Hogan, Conor Fogarty; Pádraig Walsh, Michael Fennelly, TJ Reid; Colin Fennelly, Mark Kelly, Eoin Larkin
Subs: Henry Shefflin for M Kelly (52), Richie Power for P Walsh (53).

Referee: James McGrath (Westmeath)

Attendance: 45,478
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Report: Brian Murphy




Team News

1. Nicky Quaid (Effin)

2. Tom Condon (Knockaderry)
3. Richie McCarthy (Blackrock)
4. Seamus Hickey (Murroe/Boher)

5. Paudie O Brien (Vice Captain) (Kilmallock)
6. Wayne McNamara (Adare)
7. Gavin O Mahony (Kilmallock)

8. James Ryan (Garryspillane)
9. Paul Browne (Bruff)

10. Declan Hannon (Adare)
11. Donal O’Grady (Captain)(Granagh/Ballyingarry)
12. Shane Dowling (Na Piarsaigh)

13. Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock)
14. Kevin Downes (Na Piarsaigh)
15. David Breen (Na Piarsaigh)

Kilkenny Team & Subs

1. David Herity (Dunnamaggin)
2. Paul Murphy (Danesfort)
3. JJ Delaney (Fenians)
4. Jackie Tyrrell (James Stephens)
5. Joey Holden (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
6. Brian Hogan (O’Loughlin Gaels)
7. Cillian Buckley (Dicksboro)
8. Richie Hogan (Danesfort)
9. Conor Fogarty (Erins Own)
10. Padraigh Walsh (Tullaroan)
11. Michael Fennelly (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
12. TJ Reid (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
13. Colin Fennelly (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
14. Mark Kelly (O’Loughlin Gaels)
15. Eoin Larkin (James Stephens)
SUBS
16. Eoin Murphy (Glenmore)
17. Brian Kennedy (St. Lachtains)
18. Kieran Joyce (Rower Inistioge)
19. Lester Ryan (Clara)
20. Tommy Walsh (Tullaroan)
21. Henry Shefflin (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
22. Aidan Fogarty (Emeralds)
23. Richie Power (Carrickshock)
24. Walter Walsh (Tullogher Rosbercon)
25. John Power (Carrickshock)
26. Jonjo Farrell (Thomastown)








Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Kilkenny 1-23 Waterford 1-14

Kilkenny defeated Waterford by 1-23 to 1-14 after extra time in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday August 10th at Croke Park.

MHC Semi-Final: Kilkenny through to final

Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final: Kilkenny 1-23 Waterford 1-14 (AET)

Report from GAA.ie

Kilkenny are through to the All-Ireland Minor final for the first time since 2010 after an extra-time defeat of Waterford at Croke Park on Sunday.
After the sides finished level at the end of normal time, Kilkenny having forced extra-time thanks to a late Alan Murphy 65, substitute John Walsh scored the decisive goal for the Cats in the second half of extra-time.

Murphy chipped in with a superb haul from placed balls for Pat Hoban’s charges, who lost to Waterford by two points at the same stage last year.
Kilkenny were 0-9 to 0-4 ahead after 24 minutes despite hitting several poor wides in the opening stages.

Waterford struggled against the strong breeze, but their midfielder Andy Molumby registered two excellent scores from play, before Shane Ryan and Colm Roche had the gap down to three with two quick-fire scores.

Murphy rounded off the first half scoring with a free, his fourth of the game, and Kilkenny had a four-point lead, 0-10 to 0-6, at the break, but Hoban’s charges probably would have hoped for more having dominated the game with the elements behind them.

Waterford started the second half with a bang when Shane Bennett cut through the Kilkenny defence and slammed a shot to the back of the net. Kilkenny had a goal chance of their own three minutes later, but Murphy sent a glorious chance wide.

When Cormac Curran put Waterford ahead in the 58th minute, it looked like an even more costly miss. However, when Walsh’s late shot was well saved by Waterford goalkeeper Billy Nolan, Murphy pointed the resultant 65 to send the game to extra-time.

Blanchfield opened the scoring in the first period of extra-time with a glorious point, before Murphy added two more scores from placed balls as the Cats led by 0-19 to 1-14 at the break.

Four minutes into the second period of extra-time, Mullinivat man Walsh caught a high ball into the full-forward line, ran straight at the Waterford goal and kicked the sliotar home.

Kilkenny totally dominated the closing stages, with Murphy and Blanchfield, in particular, adding to their personal hauls, and the Cats ran out nine-point winners.
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Scorers for Kilkenny: A Murphy 0-11 (0-3 65, 0-7 f), J Walsh 1-1, L Blanchfield 0-5, S Morrissey 0-2, R Corcoran 0-2, C Browne 0-1, B Ryan 0-1.

Scorers for Waterford: P Curran 0-6 (0-5f), S Bennett 1-0, A Molumby 0-3, C Curran 0-2, S Ryan 0-1, C Roche 0-1, E Meaney 0-1.

KILKENNY: Darren Brennan; Tommy Walsh, Conor Delaney, Cathal McGrath; Pat Lyng, Jason Cleere, Darragh Joyce; Conor Browne, Luke Scanlon; Seán Morrissey, Ross Butler, Billy Ryan; Alan Murphy, Liam Blanchfield, Ronan Corcoran
Subs: John Walsh for B Ryan (37), Eoin Kenny for R Butler (40), Andrew Gaffney for C Browne (56), Billy Ryan for A Gaffney (68), Conor Browne for R Corcoran (76).

WATERFORD: Billy Nolan, David Prendergast, Eddie Hayden, Michael Cronin; Conor Prunty, Conor Gleeson, Jack Mullaney; Darragh Lyins, Andy Molumpy; Shane Bennett, Colm Roche, Cormac Curran; Peter Hogan, Patrick Curran, Shane Ryan
Subs: Eddie Meaney for S Ryan (38), Shane Murray for J Mullaney (49), Shane Ryan for C Roche (73), Aaron O’Sullivan for P Hogan (74)

Referee: John Keenan (Wicklow)
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Report: Brian Murphy



Team News

Waterford Minor Hurling Team to play Kilkenny in the All Ireland Minor Hurling Semi Final on Sunday has been named following training tonight.

1. Billy Nolan Roanmore
2. David Prendergast Lismore
3. Eddie Hayden Ballygunner
4. Michael Cronin Ardmore
5. Conor Prunty Abbeyside
6. Conor Gleeson Fourmilewater
7. Jack Mullaney Stradbally
8. Darragh Lyons Dungarvan
9. Andy Molumby Cappoquin
10. Shane Bennett Ballysaggart
11. Colm Roche Shamrocks
12. Cormac Curran Brickey Rangers
13. Peter Hogan Ballygunner
14. Patrick Curran Dungarvan
15. Shane Ryan (Capt.) De Le Salle



Wheelchair Hurling Inter-Provincial League Round 4

The M. Donnelly GAA Wheelchair Hurling Inter-Provincial League Round 4 will take place on Saturday August 9th from 10:30am to 1:30pm in the Athlone Institute of Technology


Fixtures – Saturday August 9th

Round 1 Ulster v Leinster 10.30am
Round 2 Munster v Connacht 11.00am
Round 3 Connacht v Ulster 11.35am
Round 4 Munster v Leinster 12.05pm
Round 5 Munster v Ulster 12.40pm
Round 6 Connacht v Leinster 1.10pm


Film – It’s not for the faint hearted


Some quick facts about Wheelchair Hurling
Q1 – What is Wheelchair Hurling?
Answer – Ground hurling, played by Wheelchair users.

Q2 – How old is the sport?
Answer – Wheelchair hurling was ‘invented’ in 1998 in a Dublin Special Needs school, by school Principal, Tim Maher.

Q3 – How many players are involved?
Answer – Teams are 6 a side, made up of: 2 Forwards, 1 Midfielder, 2 Backs and 1 Goal keeper.

Q4 – Does the game have zones?
Answer – Yes, there are three zones.
1. Attackers and Defenders must stay in their appropriate zones.
2. Midfielders can travel in both the attacking and defensive zones.
3. The Goal keepers are the only players allowed in the goal keeping zones.



Contact Details

For more information about Wheelchair hurling, contact Tony Watene (01) 8363222 or inclusion@gaa.ie