All-Ireland Senior Camogie Final – Cork 2-12 Kilkenny 1-9

Cork defeated Kilkenny by 2-12 to 1-9 in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final on Sunday September 14th at Croke Park.




Cork win All-Ireland senior camogie final

Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie final: Cork 2-12 Kilkenny 1-9

Report from GAA.ie

Cork inflicted a second consecutive defeat on Kilkenny to claim their first Liberty Insurance All-Ireland title since beating the same opposition in 2009. It was a strange game that didn’t get going in the first half, although that had much to do with Kilkenny’s clear superiority. The Cats went in at half time leading by 1-6 to 0-4 and that in no way flattered them.

Cork star, Jenny O’Leary admitted that the Leesiders hadn’t performed at all in the first half and resolved to change that in the latter period. “I don’t know if the occasion got to us or our heads were in our boots but we just said at half time that we’d worked too hard and we weren’t going to let it behind us. “It was just a puck of the ball between us and thankfully we came out on the right side of it. We have waited a long time for this.”

O’Leary played a big role in the turnaround with a goal that brought the sides level in the 41st minute. By that stage, Cork had already shown a newfound zeal and intensity. They ramped up the physicality noticeably in defence and as a result, speedsters Briege Corkery and Julia White, and the graceful Orla Cotter were able to exert a much greater influence at the other end of the field.

This was an extremely tactical affair, with both sides withdrawing players deep and Cork pulling Cotter back on Denise Gaule for puckouts, in a bid to nullify the Windgap forward’s aerial strength. The Leesiders didn’t look comfortable in the first half though. They were only a point behind at the end of the opening quarter but Kilkenny had certainly settled better.

Aoife Murray made an outstanding reflex save from Michelle Quilty in the seventh minute after the excellent Katie Power had caught a long delivery and offloaded quickly but the Cork goalkeeper was unable to deny Quilty 11 minutes later. Gaule added three points but Cotter and Eimear O’Sullivan were on target for Cork to keep them in touch.

It was evident from the opening seconds of the throw-in that Paudie Murray had lit a fire under his players at the break and though Shelley Farrell stretched the margin to six soon after the resumption, Cork proceeded to score a goal and five points without reply. White set up Katriona Mackey for a point in response and Cotter (Free), O’Leary, Corkery (with White again the provider) had the deficit down to a goal when O’Leary struck for the defining score.

It had its genesis in some stout defensive work that forced a turnover and Cotter worked the ball out to Ashling Thompson. The Milford midfielder sent the ball down the left wing to Angela Walsh who hand-passed to O’Leary. There was still plenty of work to do and she certainly took a lot of steps as she cut inside but John Dolan was probably giving advantage for a foul. A goal ensued and the sides were level.

Cork pushed on from there and Cotter launched a fantastic score. Emma Kavanagh made two excellent saves from Mackey and Walsh to keep Kilkenny in touch but points from Corkery and a Cotter 45 put three between them. There was drama late on as Aoife Neary had solid claims for a penalty turned down and in the game’s final act, Walsh took another pass from Julia White to score a goal to spark wild celebrations.
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Scorers for Cork: O Cotter: 0-6(4fs); J O’Leary 1-1; A Walsh 1-0; B Corkery 0-2; E O’Sullivan, J White, K Mackey 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kilkenny: D Gaule 0-5(4fs); M Quilty 1-1; C Dormer, S Farrell, K Power 0-1 each.

CORK: A Murray, J O’Callaghan, A Geary, L Tracey, E O’Sullivan, G O’Connor, P Mackey, R Buckley, A Thompson, J O’Leary, A Walsh, B Corkery, J White, O Cotter, K Mackey
Sub: J Casey for O’Leary (60+2)

KILKENNY: E Kavanagh, M Power, K McDonald, J Frisby, C Phelan, C Dormer, E Aylward, L Fennelly, A Dalton, D Gaule, A Dunphy, A Connery, S Farrell, K Power, M Quilty
Subs: M Walsh for Connery (44), A Neary for Farrell (53), E Keane for Fennelly (56)

REFEREE: J Dolan (Clare)







Admission Details

Please note the below details for the 2014 Liberty Insurance All Ireland Camogie Finals Sunday September 14th Croke Park

Premier Junior Final 12 noon

Intermediate Final 2.00pm

Senior Final 4.00pm

Admission Prices:

Adult pre-booked €25

Adult ticket purchased on the day €30

Students/OAPS €15/£20 * Students & OAPS must purchase an adult ticket and the relevant refund is available on the day at selected stiles

Juveniles (U16s) €5

Juvenile Group – 10 juveniles – one adult goes free €50

Adult Group – Minimum of 15 tickets for €200

Maximum 20 additional tickets can be purchased at €15 each

To purchase tickets online go to gaa.tickets.ie

Tickets also available to purchase in Centra & SuperValu outlets nationwide

All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship Final – Limerick 1-12 Kilkenny 0-10

Limerick defeated Kilkenny by 1-12 to 0-10 in the All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship Final on Sunday September 14th at Croke Park.



Limerick crowned All-Ireland camogie champions

Report from the Limerick Leader newspaper

LIMERICK were crowned All-Ireland intermediate camogie champions this Sunday with a 1-12 to 0-10 win over Kilkenny in the championship final in Croke Park. Captain Fiona Hickey climbed the steps of the Hogan Stand to lift the winning trophy and make amends for their final loss twleve months ago when they failed narrowly to Galway.

The win for the Joe Quaid managed side ensures that Limerick win promotion to the senior championship next season. The superb camogie title brings an end to Croke Park championship final heartbreak for Limerick. Since the 1973 All Ireland senior champions win for Eamonn Grimes and Co, Limerick had lost five senior hurling finals, two minor hurling final, a ladies football final and last year’s camogie final. Indeed over the past four decades only the 2010 All-Ireland championship winning ladies footballers had emerged victorious from an adult championship final in Croke Park.

In this thrilling final win, Limerick led 1-5 to 0-6 at half time after playing into the wind. It was Kilkenny captain Mags Fennelly that had the opening score of the game but two Niamh Mulcahy frees had Limerick settled and ahead by the fifth minute. Mulcahy had a third free to increase the Limerick lead before Mary O’Callaghan had the first Shannonside point from play in the 14th minute for a 0-4 to 0-2 advantage.

With usual attackers Niamh Mulcahy and Caoimhe Costello playing and dominating midfield and the half back trio of Katie Campbell, Sarah Carey and Claire Mulcahy on top Limerick were beginning to dominate. Mulcahy’s fourth free maintained the lead before the crucial score of the half came in the 19th minute. Costello and Mairead Fitzgerald created the opening up the left wing and when the ball was crossed into the goalmouth Deborah Murphy kept her composure to crash the ball to the Hill 16 net for a 1-5 to 0-3 lead.

But that was it for Limerick in the half and they were to go the next 11-minutes without a score. Bit by bit Kilkenny’s found their feet and had the last three scores of the first half, all frees. That left it 1-5 to 0-6 to Limerick at half time. It was a half that saw Limerick hit four wides and Kilkenny just one.

On the resumption Kilkenny looked to reduce the deficit and had three points from play in the opening 10-minutes. The Limerick reply came from minor star Caoimhe Costello. Twice she was at the end of moves to split the posts into the Davin End Stand. Those early scores left it 1-7 to 0-9 with 20-minutes to play.

It was now Limerick showed all the experience of last year. The next three scores came the way of Limerick and the attack was now brimming with confidence as Mulcahy, and Rebecca Delee increased the lead to four points entering the final quarter. And, that lead was despite hitting 10-wides over the course of the game.

But it was a final quarter that Limerick dominated and Kilkenny were to score just once in the final 20-minutes. An Orla Hanrick free in the 47th minute of the game merely interrupted the Limerick flow. Play of the Match Niamh Mulcahy had her third point of the half to stretch the lead and then another of the minor stars Delee registered her second to seal the win.

SCORERS: Limerick: Niamh Mulcahy 0-7 (4frees), Deborah Murphy 1-0, Caoimhe Costello and Rebecca Costello 0-2 each, Mary O’Callaghan 0-1. Kilkenny: Orla Hanrick 0-5 (3frees), Mags Fennelly and Lydia Fitzpatrick 0-2 each, Catherine Foley (free) 0-1.

LIMERICK: Sile Moynihan (Ahane); Fiona Hickey (Granagh-Ballingarry), Michelle Casey (Killeedy), Judith Mulcahy (Ahane); Katie Campbell (Na Piarsaigh), Sarah Carey (Granagh-Ballingarry), Claire Mulcahy (Ahane); Caoimhe Costello (Adare), Niamh Mulcahy (Ahane); Lorraine McCarthy (Bruff), Mary O’Callaghan (Bruff), Rebecca Delee (Newcastle West); Deborah Murphy (Knockaderry), Aoife Sheehan (Granagh-Ballingarry), Mairead Fitzgerald (Granagh-Ballingarry)
Subs: Dymphna O’Brien (Killeedy) for Mairead Fitzgerald (h-t), Sinead McNamara (Na Piarsaigh) for Lorraine McCarthy (h-t), Karen O’Leary (Newcastle West) for Mary O’Callaghan (43mins), Nimah Ryan (Bruff) for Deborah Murphy (59mins), Deirdre Fitzpatrick (Killeedy) for Aoife Sheehan (60mins).

KILKENNY: Ann Marie Lennon; Edel Frisby, Catherine Foley, Therese Muldowney; Claire Aylward, Aine Fahey, Stacey Quirke; Megan Farrell, Mary O’Connell; Sarah Crowley, Anna Farrell, Laura Norris; Mags Fennelly, Orla Hanrick, Lydia Fitzpatrick
Subs: Aine Gannon for Laura Norris (h-t), Aine Kinsella for Stacey Quirke (49mins), Sarah Ann Quinlan for Orla Hanrick (51mins).

REFEREE: Ray Kelly (Kildare)




Admission Details

Please note the below details for the 2014 Liberty Insurance All Ireland Camogie Finals Sunday September 14th Croke Park

Premier Junior Final 12 noon

Intermediate Final 2.00pm

Senior Final 4.00pm

Admission Prices:

Adult pre-booked €25

Adult ticket purchased on the day €30

Students/OAPS €15/£20 * Students & OAPS must purchase an adult ticket and the relevant refund is available on the day at selected stiles

Juveniles (U16s) €5

Juvenile Group – 10 juveniles – one adult goes free €50

Adult Group – Minimum of 15 tickets for €200

Maximum 20 additional tickets can be purchased at €15 each

To purchase tickets online go to gaa.tickets.ie

Tickets also available to purchase in Centra & SuperValu outlets nationwide

All Ireland Under 21 Hurling Final – Clare 2-20 Wexford 3-11

Clare defeated Wexford by 2-20 to 3-11 in the Bord Gais Energy All Ireland Under 21 Hurling Championship Final on Saturday September 13th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

All-Ireland U21: Kelly inspires Clare to 3-in-a-row

ALL-IRELAND U21 HURLING FINAL: CLARE 2-20 WEXFORD 3-11

Report from GAA.ie

Clare made history on Saturday evening in Thurles as they completed a three-in-a-row in the All-Ireland U21 Hurling Championship, becoming only the fourth side in the history of the competition to do so. Cork, Tipperary and Limerick are the other counties to have achieved the feat, but this Clare side have marked themselves out as one of the greatest of all-time at underage level with another stirring final victory.

They were in control of the game more or less all the way through at Semple Stadium, but they were made to work hard for their win by a talented, hard-working and brave Wexford side, who despite hitting three second-half goals, couldn’t claw the back the five-point lead Clare had established by half-time.

Tony Kelly was magnificent for Clare, scoring 0-7 from play in a display which firmly underlined his well-established class, but Wexford goals in the second half from David Dunne (2) and Conor McDonald threatened the Clare coronation. Aaron Cunningham’s goal had put Clare 2-11 to 0-9 ahead early in the second half, but Wexford found the net twice in the last 10 minutes to set up a tense finale.

However, Clare flashed over a few superb points before the end to wrap up the win and complete their own individual slice of history – they are the first side from Clare to win three All-Irelands in a row at minor, U21 or senior level. Clare led 1-8 to 0-6 at half-time, with a five-point first-half haul from Kelly, in addition to a David Reidy goal, putting the champions in a dominant position.

The game took a while to get going, but after the sides traded the opening four scores – Kelly and Cunningham for Clare, Jack Guiney with two frees for Wexford – the contest swung dramatically in the 13th minute. Wexford, who hadn’t created much up to that point, suddenly broke through on goal through Kevin Foley. Foley burned in a direct line for Keith Hogan’s goal, and his powerful shot looked bound for the net, only for it to crash off the bar before Clare eventually cleared.

Within 30 seconds, Clare were breaking at the other end through Shane O’Donnell on the left wing. O’Donnell did brilliantly, leaving the Wexford defence in ribbons before hand-passing across to Reidy, whose finish past Oliver O’Leary to the net was low, neat and clinical. That left Clare 1-2 to 0-2 ahead, and while Wexford stayed with them for the next 10 minutes thanks to points from Guiney (frees) and Gary Moore, the remainder of the half was all about Kelly, who showed what a unique hurler he is.

The Ballyea prodigy fired four brilliant points from play in a luminous eight minute spell to leave Clare deservedly five clear at the interval.
Wexford started the half well with points from McDonald and Guiney, but Clare responded with scores from Colm Galvin and Bobby Duggan to go four clear again before they broke through for their second goal on 38 minutes.

It was a superb goal, well worked and brilliantly executed. Jamie Shanahan and Bobby Duggan combined well before Cunningham controlled the ball on his stick and finished to the net in two deft movements. When that score was followed by a booming Colm Galvin point, Clare led by eight points and were crusing to victory, but Wexford won a penalty moments later, after Rhys Clarke was fouled by Jarlath Colleran.

Guiney’s penalty was saved and deflected out for a ’65’ which he scored, but Wexford had the ball in the net moments later anyway, substitute Dunne rifling the ball to the net to give Wexford hope as the game ticked towards the final quarter. Three Duggan points in quick succession and a gem from Kelly stemmed the Wexford fight back and sent Clare eight clear again but then a second Dunne goal, a fine finish with eight minutes to go, gave Wexford half a chance.

When McDonald slammed a shot past Hogan and into the roof of the net two minutes later, a previously improbably Wexford comeback suddenly looked like a possibility, but Clare showed what a great side they are in the closing stages. Showing no signs of panic whasoever, they closed out the win ruthlessly. Colm Galvin, an All Star and an All-Ireland senior winner, fired over two brilliant points, while Kelly clipped over his seventh from play in a fitting finale to the game. It was hard on Wexford – they have a team they can be proud of and they battled hard – but history will always remember this Clare team, and tonight they showed exactly why.

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Scorers for Clare: T Kelly 0-7, A Cunningham 1-2, D Reidy 1-1, C Galvin 0-4, B Duggan 0-4 (2f), J Shanahan 0-1, G O’Connell 0-1

Scorers for Wexford: J Guiney 0-7 (6f, 1 ’65’), D Dunne 2-0, C McDonald 1-1 G Moore 0-2, C Devitt 0-1

CLARE: Keith Hogan; Jarlath Colleran, Jack Browne, Séadna Morey; Gearóid O’Connell, Conor Cleary, Jamie Shanahan; Colm Galvin, Eoin Enright; Bobby Duggan, Tony Kelly, Peter Duggan; Shane O’Donnell, Aaron Cunningham, David Reidy
Subs: Cathal O’Connell for G O’Connell (49), Alan O’Neill for S O’Donnell (55).

WEXFORD: Oliver O’Leary; Andrew Kenny, Liam Ryan, Eoin Conroy; Jim White, Shane O’Gorman, Jack O’Connor; Aidan Nolan, Conor Devitt; Jack Guiney, Gary Moore, Pádraig Foley; Rhys Clarke, Conor McDonald, Kevin Foley
Subs: James Cash for G Moore (Blood Sub, 20-21), David Dunne for Jack O’Connor (35), James Cash for Jim White (42), Peter Sutton for J Cash (59).

Attendance: 15,081

Referee: Cathal McAllister (Cork)

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Report: Arthur Sullivan



Fixture Details

13.09.2014 (Sat)
Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All Ireland U21 Championship Final
Semple Stadium Thurles 19:00
An Clár v Loch Garman
Referee: Cathal McAllister (Corcaigh)
(E.T. if Necessary)


Team News

WEXFORD (U21 v Clare): Oliver O’Leary; Andrew Kenny, Liam Ryan, Eoin Conroy; Jim White, Shane O’Gorman, Jack O’Connor; Aidan Nolan, Conor Devitt; Jack Guiney, Gary Moore, Pádraig Foley; Rhys Clarke, Conor McDonald, Kevin Foley


GAA Stars Reveal ‘What It Takes’

What does it take to represent your County at the highest level of the game? Donegal’s Karl Lacey, Dublin’s Jonny Cooper, Kerry’s James O’Donoghue, Mayo’s Rob Hennelly, Cork’s Lorcán McLoughlin, Kilkenny’s Lester Ryan, Tipperary’s Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher, and Clare’s Colin Ryan tell GAA.ie what advice they would give to aspiring youngsters.

Munster SFC Structure 2015

At a meeting on Thursday September 11th, Comhairle na Mumhan unanimously approved a new format for the Munster Senior Football championship for 2015.

The format is:
1) The 2 finalists from 2014 (Ciarraí agus Corcaigh) receive a bye into the semi-finals for 2015.
2) The remaining 4 counties (An Clár, Luimneach, Portláirge agus Tiobraid Árann) play in 2 quarter finals, the pairings for which will be decided by an open draw.
3) The 2 winners of the quarter finals qualify for the semi-finals along with the two finalists from 2014.
4) The pairings for the semi-finals will be decided by open draw.

The Munster Senior Hurling Championship and all other championships will be played using the same format as pertained in 2014.

The draws for the 2015 Munster Senior Hurling and Senior Football Championships will take place on Thursday October 9th.

2014 GAA All-Ireland Hurling Finals: Were You There?

82,179 people witnessed the 2014 GAA Hurling All-Ireland Championship Finals – were you one of them? We captured the best moments of the day as Kilkenny claimed the 2014 Electric Ireland Minor Championship, while the senior final ended in a draw between Tipperary and Kilkenny – we catch up with Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley, former Ireland and Munster rugby star Alan Quinlan, Tipperary manager Eamon O’Shea, Kilkenny’s Eoin Larkin and more who reflect on a great day in Croke Park.

GAA ‘Round The Square Super Scores Week 17

The best scores from one of the greatest GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Finals of all time – look back on the Super Scores from Kilkenny vs Tipperary last Sunday – features great scores from the likes of Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher, Richie Power, Brian Hogan, John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer, and Lar Corbett
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All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final – Kilkenny 3-22 Tipperary 1-28

Kilkenny and Tipperary finished level after an exciting game in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday September 7th at Croke Park.


All-Ireland SHC: Incredibly, a draw once again

ALL-IRELAND SHC FINAL: KILKENNY 3-22 TIPPERARY 1-28

Report from GAA.ie

After 43 years without a replay, the 2012 and 2013 finals finished level, and at the end of an incredible final on Sunday, the scarcely credible scenario of a third replay in a row is now before us.

Incredibly, the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship final has finished level for the third year in a row as Kilkenny and Tipperary played out a remarkable draw at Croke Park on Sunday. The replay will take place at Croke Park on Saturday, September 27.

After 43 years without a replay, the 2012 and 2013 finals finished level, resulting in replay wins for Kilkenny and Clare, and at the end of an incredible final on Sunday, the scarcely credible scenario of a third replay in a row is now before us.
It’s almost impossible to summarise what happened in Sunday’s final, so varied was the drama, so numerous the incident. Here’s an attempt anyway. In an incredibly high-scoring game – four goals and 50 points scored – Tipperary looked like they had snatched it at the end when their fans celebrated in ecstasy after John O’Dywer landed a huge free from well inside his own half.
However, referee Barry Kelly asked for HawkEye’s verdict and the shot was wide according to the score detection system. There was barely any time left and so it was a draw.
Kilkenny had looked set for victory as they led by four points with five minutes to go, but Tipperary finished the game brilliantly and points from Paddy Stapleton, Jason Forde and two from O’Dywer had them level heading towards injury-time.
O’Dywer looked like he had sealed the most incredible finish for Tipp with his late free, but after the initial joy of their fans erupted, the cold reality set in when a miss was announced on the big screen.

The game to that point had been gripping. Kilkenny had taken their goal chances – TJ Reid and Richie Power finding the net in the second half, with Power also scoring in the first – while Tipperary couldn’t take theirs. They missed penalties in either half through Séamus Callanan and O’Dywer, and also missed other goal chances, often going for green flags when white ones were on.
Tipp had led by two at the break but the goals gave Kilkenny supremacy for much of the second half, and with Richie Hogan giving a brilliant point-scoring display in the second half for Kilkenny, the Cats looked to be heading for victory until the end.

However, inspired by Callanan, Lar Corbett and O’Dywer, Tipperary hung in there and secured the draw.
An enthralling first half ended with just two points separating the teams, Tipperary leading 1-13 to 1-11. However, their lead probably should have been more given the position they held on 22 minutes when Callanan stood over a penalty.
Leading by five points following a goal a minute earlier from Patrick Maher, Callanan went for the jugular and struck for goal, but his effort was blocked on the line and Kilkenny got it away.
It was a decisive moment as just five minutes later, Kilkenny trailed by a single point following a goal from Power and points from Hogan and Michael Fennelly.
The sides were level at 0-6 apiece at the end of the first quarter, with John O’Dwyer and James Woodlock firing over superb scores for Tipperary, and Kilkenny finding their range early on through Eoin Larkin and Reid.
Tipperary enjoyed a dominant spell at the start of the second quarter, and points from Callanan and McGrath were followed by Maher’s brilliant goal, scored when the Lorrha-Dorrha man caught the ball directly from a Darren Gleeson puck-out, surged in on goal and forced it past Eoin Murphy, who probably should have saved what was a weak enough shot.

Maher then won the penalty in a similar move which Callanan missed, but Corbett extended the Tipp lead to six soon afterwards with a fine score. However, then came Power’s goal. The Carrickshock man showed fine composure to retain possession and poke it past Gleeson, after an excellent assist from Reid.
That made it 1-9 to 1-7 and Fennelly’s point left just one between them 10 minutes from the break. The two sides shared the remainder of the points before the interval and Callanan completed the first-half scoring with a free in injury-time to leave Tipperary two clear.
Kilkenny surged into the lead at the start of the second half when Reid cracked in a wonderful individual goal, turning sharply and finishing high to the roof of the net.
The second half then turned into a point-scoring fest, with the sides replying to each other seemingly score for score. Tipperary responded to the Kilkenny goal with points from Shane McGrath and Noel McGrath, Noel’s point levelling the sides for the eighth time.
Tipp were pushing for goals, no-one more so than Larry Corbett, and the enigmatic Thurles man almost found the net on 41 minutes, cracking a brilliant shot off the post.
Then on 49 minutes, Kilkenny found the net at the other end through Power for his second and his side’s third. He finished well after being set up by Michael Fennelly, and that put Kilkenny 3-16 to 1-18 ahead.
The points kept being amassed thereafter by both sides, but with Richie Hogan in strikingly impressive form for Kilkenny, finishing with 0-6 from play, it looked as though the Cats had just too much for their opponents. Tipp were hanging in there though, with Hogan’s main competitor for Hurler of the Year Séamus Callanan matching his point-scoring exploits.
On 60 minutes, Tipperary had a great chance to get back into the game when Corbett won a penalty for his side, storming through on goal before being fouled by Jackie Tyrrell. O’Dywer took it this time, Callanan having missed the first, but the result was the same, the sliotar being blocked on the line by Kilkenny and cleared.

Kilkenny led 3-21 to 1-24 after Hogan and Callanan traded scores again but even the entrance of Henry Shefflin on 66 minutes couldn’t halt Tipperary’s comeback, the Premier County showing tremendous resilience to stay with Kilkenny on the scoreboard when the game looked lost.
Corner back Stapleton got a crucial score in the revival, but John O’Dywer was the main man, the Killenaule youngster firing the key scores to level the sides up after 68 minutes.
It seemed that he had won it as the clock ticked on 72 minutes, the solitary minute of injury time having elapsed, but when HawkEye ruled that his free had actually gone wide, a great sigh – relief for Kilkenny fans, pain for Tipperary fans – rang out across Croke Park. There was no winner.
They meet again in three weeks’ time.

Tipperary-Kilkenny
Stats
Puckouts: 31-30
Puckouts Won: 14-18
Puckouts Won %: 45%-60%
Shots: 39-34
Scores: 29-25
Shot Efficiency: 74%-74%
Successful Hook/Black/Tackle: 9-11

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Scorers for Kilkenny: TJ Reid 1-8 (6f), R Power 2-1, R Hogan 0-6, E Larkin 0-2, C Fennelly 0-1, M Fennelly 0-1, C Fogarty 0-1, W Walsh 0-1, B Hogan 0-1.

Scorers for Tipperary: S Callanan 0-7 (2f), J O’Dywer 0-7 (2f), Patrick Maher 1-1, N McGrath 0-4, L Corbett 0-2, S McGrath 0-2, J Woodlock 0-1, G Ryan 0-1, M Cahill 0-1, P Stapleton 0-1, J Forde 0-1.

KILKENNY: Eoin Murphy; Paul Murphy, JJ Delaney, Jackie Tyrrell; Joey Holden, Brian Hogan, Cillian Buckley; Richie Hogan, Conor Fogarty; Michael Fennelly, Colin Fennelly, TJ Reid; Walter Walsh, Richie Power, Eoin Larkin. Subs: A Fogarty for W Walsh (49), Padraig Walsh for J Holden (61), Henry Shefflin for C Fennelly (67), John Power for R Hogan (71).

TIPPERARY: Darren Gleeson; Cathal Barrett, Pádraic Maher, Paddy Stapleton; Brendan Maher, James Barry, Kieran Bergin; Shane McGrath, James Woodlock; Gearóid Ryan, Patrick Maher, John O’Dywer; Noel McGrath, Séamus Callanan, Larry Corbett. Subs: Michael Cahill for G Ryan (50), Eoin Kelly for J Woodlock (64), Jason Forde for S McGrath (67), John O’Brien for Callanan (71).

Referee: Barry Kelly (Westmeath)

Attendance: 82,179

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Report: Arthur Sullivan



Team News

The Tipperary Senior Hurling team to play Kilkenny in Sunday’s All Ireland Senior Hurling Final in Croke Park at 3.30pm has been named. There is no change to the team that started against Cork in the All Ireland semi-final.

The following 5 players will play in their first senior All Ireland Hurling Final.

Darren Gleeson
Cathal Barrett
James Barry
Kieran Bergin
John O Dwyer

Tipperary (SH team v Kilkenny) – Darren Gleeson (Portroe); Cathal Barrett (Holycross-Ballycahill), Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh); Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh – Captain), James Barry (Upperchurch-Drombane), Kieran Bergin (Killenaule); Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch), James Woodlock (Drom & Inch); Gearóid Ryan (Templederry Kenyons), Patrick Maher (Lorrha-Dorrha), John O’Dwyer (Killenaule), Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch), Lar Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields)

KILKENNY (SH v Tipperary): Eoin Murphy; Paul Murphy, JJ Delaney, Jackie Tyrrell; Joey Holden, Brian Hogan, Cillian Buckley; Richie Hogan, Conor Fogarty; Michael Fennelly, Colin Fennelly, TJ Reid; Walter Walsh, Richie Power, Eoin Larkin






Match Officials

Sunday, September 7
GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final
Cill Chainnigh v Tiobraid Árann
Páirc an Chrócaigh, 15.30
Referee: Barry Kelly (An Iarmhí)
Stand By: Brian Gavin (Uíbh Fhailí)
Linesman: Colm Lyons (Corcaigh)
Sideline: Cathal McAllister (Corcaigh)
Umpires: Michael Coyle, Seamus O’Brien, Paddy Walsh and Paul Reville.



Check out the Tipperary GAA Press Pack released for this game


KILKENNY AND TIPPERARY IN FASCINATING CONTEST

It’s hurling’s biggest day and it’s coming your way next Sunday when Croke Park hosts the GAA All-Ireland senior and minor finals.
It’s Kilkenny v Limerick in the minor decider at 1.15, followed at 3.30 by the clash of Kilkenny and Tipperary in what promises to be an epic contest. Kilkenny are bidding to win the title for the 10th time in the new Millennium, having last been successful in 2012.
Tipperary’s last All-Ireland win was in 2010. It will be the sixth successive year that the counties have clashed in the championship, with Kilkenny having won in 2009-2011-2012-2103 and Tipperary prevailing in 2010.

How they reached the All-Ireland final
Kilkenny
Kilkenny 5-32 Offaly 1-18, Nowlan Park (Leinster quarter-final)
Kilkenny 3-22 Galway 5-16, Tullamore (Leinster semi-final)
Kilkenny 3-19 Galway 1-17, Tullamore (Leinster semi-final replay)
Kilkenny 0-24 Dublin 1-9, Croke Park (Leinster final)
Kilkenny 2-13 Limerick 0-17, Croke Park (All-Ireland semi-final)

Kilkenny’s scorers
TJ Reid……………………..3-40 (0-28 frees, 0-4 ‘65’s)
Colin Fennelly…………..2-16
Eoin Larkin………………3-6
Richie Hogan……………1-12 (0-2 frees)
Aidan Fogarty…………..1-6
Padraig Walsh………….0-9
Mark Kelly………………2-0
Henry Shefflin…………0-6
Walter Walsh………….0-5
Michael Fennelly…….0-3
Richie Power…………..1-0
Tommy Walsh………..0-2
Lester Ryan……………0-2
John Power…………….0-1
Brian Hogan…………..0-1
Paul Murphy………….0-1

TIPPERARY
Limerick 2-18 Tipperary 2-16, Semple Stadium (Munster semi-final)
Tipperary 3-25 Galway 4-13, Semple Stadium (All-Ireland qualifier)
Tipperary 5-25 Offaly 1-20, Portlaoise (All-Ireland qualifier)
Tipperary 2-23 Dublin 0-16, Semple Stadium (All-Ireland quarter-final)
Tipperary 2-18 Cork 1-11, Croke Park (All-Ireland semi-final)

Tipperary scorers
Seamus Callanan……. 7-38 (0-25 frees, 0-2 ‘65s)
John O’Dwyer……….. 2-20
Lar Corbett………….. ..2-7
Noel McGrath……… 0-10
Patrick Maher……….. 2-3
Gearoid Ryan…………1-5
James Woodlock… ..0-6
Shane McGrath………0-5
Kieran Bergin………. 0-5
Denis Maher………… 0-3
Niall O’Meara……….0-1
Eoin Kelly…………….. 0-1
Jason Forde…………..0-1
Thomas Stapleton ….0-1
Shane Bourke……….0-1

Last five Championship clashes
Kilkenny 0-20 Tipperary 1-14 (2013 All-Ireland qualifiers)
Kilkenny 4-24 Tipperary 1-15 (2012 All-Ireland semi-final)
Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 1-16 (2011 All-Ireland final)
Tipperary 4-17 Kilkenny 1-18 (2010 All-Ireland final)
Kilkenny 2-22 Tipperary 0-23 (2009 All-Ireland final)

Previous Kilkenny-Tipperary All-Ireland finals
2011: Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 1-16
2010: Tipperary 4-17 Kilkenny 1-18
2009: Kilkenny 2-22 Tipperary 0-23
1991: Tipperary 1-16 Kilkenny 0-15
1971: Tipperary 5-17 Kilkenny 5-14
1967: Kilkenny 3-8 Tipperary 2-7
1964: Tipperary 5-13 Kilkenny 2-8
1950: Tipperary 1-9 Kilkenny 1-8
1945: Tipperary 5-6 Kilkenny 3-6
1937: Tipperary 3-11 Kilkenny 0-3
1922: Kilkenny 4-2 Tipperary 2-6
1916: Tipperary 5-4 Kilkenny 3-2
1913: Kilkenny 2-4 Tipperary 1-2
1911: Kilkenny 3-3 Tipperary 2-1
1909: Kilkenny 4-6 Tipperary 0-12
1898: Tipperary 7-13 Kilkenny 3-10
1895: Tipperary 6-8 Kilkenny 1-0

LAST TEN ALL-IRELAND FINALS
KILKENNY
2012: Kilkenny 3-22 Galway 3-11 (replay)
2012: Kilkenny 0-19 Galway 2-13 (draw)
2011: Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 1-16
2010: Tipperary 4-17 Kilkenny 1-18
2009: Kilkenny 2-22 Tipperary 0-23
2008: Kilkenny 3-20 Waterford 1-13
2007: Kilkenny 2-19 Limerick 1-15
2006: Kilkenny 1-16 Cork 1-13
2004: Cork 0-17 Kilkenny 0-9
2003: Kilkenny 1-14 Cork 1-11
Wins 8; Defeats 2

TIPPERARY
2011: Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 1-16
2010: Tipperary 4-17 Kilkenny 1-18
2009: Kilkenny 2-22 Tipperary 0-23
2001: Tipperary 2-18 Galway 2-15
1997: Clare 0-20 Tipperary 2-13
1991: Tipperary 1-16 Kilkenny 0-15
1989: Tipperary 4-24 Antrim 3-9
1988: Galway 1-15 Tipperary 0-14
1989: Tipperary 4-24 Antrim 3-9
1971: Tipperary 5-17 Kilkenny 5-14
Wins 6; Defeats 4

Last Championship Clash
2013 All-Ireland Qualifiers (Phase 2)
Kilkenny 0-20 Tipperary 1-14, Nowlan Park
Kilkenny: E Murphy; P Murphy, JJ Delaney, J Tyrrell; Walsh, B Hogan, K Joyce; E Larkin (0-11. 0-10 frees), L Ryan; C Fennelly (0-1), R Power (0-2), M Ruth; TJ Reid, W Walsh (0-3), R Hogan (0-3).
Subs: G Aylward for Reid; A Fogarty for Aylward; H Shefflin for Ruth.
Tipperary: B Cummins; C O’Brien, P Stapleton, M Cahill; B Maher, C O’Mahony, Padraic Maher; J Woodlock (0-1), S McGrath; Patrick Maher, N McGrath (0-1), J O’Brien (0-1); J O’Dwyer (0-3), E Kelly (0-5, 0-4 frees, 0-1 ‘65’), L Corbett(1-0).
Subs: S Callanan (0-2) for Corbett; K Bergin (0-1) for Shane McGrath; J Forde for Patrick Maher; G Ryan for John O’Brien; B O’Meara for Kelly.

ALL-IRELAND ROLL OF HONOUR
Will Kilkenny extend their lead at the top of the title table or will Tipperary narrow the gap? Kilkenny are currently four clear of Cork and eight ahead of Tipperary
34: Kilkenny (1904-1905-1907-1909-1911-1912-1913-1922-1932-1933-1935-1939-1947-1957-1963-1967-1969-1972-1974-1975-1979-1982-1983-1992-1993-2000-2002-2003-2006-2007-2008-2009-2011-2012).
30: Cork (1890-1892-1893-1894-1902-1903-1919-1926-1928-1929-1931-1941-1942-1943-1944-1946-1952-1953-1954-1966-1970-1976-1977-1978-1984-1986-1990-1999-2004-2005).
26: Tipperary (1887-1895-1896-1898-1899-1900-1906-1908-1916-1925-1930-1937-1945-1949-1950-1951-1958-1961-962-1964-1965-1971-1989-1991-2001-2010)
7: Limerick (1897-1918-21-34-36-40-73).
6: Dublin (1889-1917-1920-1924-1927-1938).
6: Wexford (1910-1955-1956-1960-1968-1996)
4: Galway (1923-1980-1987-1988)
4: Offaly (1981-1985-1994-1998)
3: Clare (1914-1995-1997-2013)
2: Waterford (1948-1959)
1: Kerry (1891)
1: Laois (1915)
1: London (1901)

GAA HURLING ALL-IRELAND SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014
LEINSTER
Group Qualifiers: April 27: London 2-17 Carlow 2-17; Antrim 0-23 Westmeath 2-11; May 4: Antrim 2-18 Carlow 1-17 Laois 1-15 Westmeath 1-9; May 11: Laois 1-22 Carlow 0-14; Antrim 1-17 London 2-7; May 18: Carlow 0-14 Westmeath 1-9; Laois 2-13 London 0-16; May 25: Antrim 0-22 Laois 0-20; Westmeath 2-12 Laois 1-12.
Quarter-finals: June 1: Wexford 5-19 Antrim 0-21; Galway 1-22 Laois 0-23; June 7: Kilkenny 5-32 Offaly 1-18, Nowlan Park.
Semi-finals: June 14: Dublin 0-22 Wexford 1-14, Wexford Park; June 22: Galway 5-16 Kilkenny 3-22, Tullamore;
June 28: Replay: Kilkenny 3-19 Galway 1-17, Tullamore.
Final: July 6: 0-24 Dublin 1-9, Croke Park.
MUNSTER
Quarter-final: May 25: Cork 1-21 Waterford 1-21; June 8 (replay): Cork 0-28 Waterford 0-14, Thurles.
Semi-finals: June 1: Limerick 2-18 Tipperary 2-16, Thurles; June 15: Cork 2-23 Clare 2-18, Semple Stadium.
Final: July 13: Cork 2-24 Limerick 0-24, Pairc Ui Chaoimh.
ALL-IRELAND QUALIFIERS
Round 1: June 28: Waterford 2-22 Laois 1-15, Walsh Park; June 29: Offaly 2-19 Antrim 1-20, Ballycastle.
July 5: Clare 2-25 Wexford 2-25 (after extra-time), Ennis; Tipperary 3-25 Galway 4-13, Thurles.
July 12: Replay: Wexford 2-25 Clare 2-22, Wexford Park.
Round 2: July 12: Tipperary 5-25 Offaly 1-20, Portlaoise; July 19: Wexford 3-15 Waterford 2-15, Nowlan Park.
ALL-IRELAND QUARTER-FINALS
July 27: Tipperary 2-23 Dublin 0-16, Thurles; Limerick 4-26 Wexford 1-11, Thurles.
ALL-IRELAND SEMI-FINALS
August 10: Kilkenny 2-13 Limerick 0-17, Croke Park.
August 17: Tipperary 2-18 Cork 1-11, Croke Park.
ALL-IRELAND FINAL
September 7: Kilkenny v Tipperary, Croke Park

Elecric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Final – Kilkenny 2-17 Limerick 0-19

Kilkenny defeated Limerick by 2-17 to 0-19 in the Elecric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Final on Sunday September 7th at Croke Park.


Minor Final: Walsh shines as Cats deliver again

Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Final: Kilkenny 2-17 Limerick 0-19

Report from GAA.ie

Kilkenny secured their 21st All-Ireland minor title and their first since 2010 with a deserved win over Limerick at Croke Park on Sunday.
John Walsh, who was brought into the side following his match-winning goal in the semi-final against Waterford, hit a remarkable 2-5 from play for the Cats, who completed a remarkable turnaround having lost their Leinster Championship opener against Dublin by 2-8 to 0-3 back in April.
Kilkenny were 0-12 to 0-10 ahead at the break after playing with the strong breeze, and two Walsh goals, in the 40th and 52nd minutes, as well as a superb defensive performance, kept a talented Limerick side seeking a first title in the grade since 1984 at bay in the second half.
Limerick were favourites going into the game, but appeared to struggle with the occasion and were nervous in the first-half in particular. Brian Ryan’s charges also missed two excellent goal chances, while Walsh dispatched the two opportunities that came his way clinically.

Kilkenny played with a strong breeze at their backs in the first half and were 0-6 to 0-3 ahead after 16 minutes, with corner forward Walsh and Ronan Morrissey grabbing a brace apiece from play in that spell. Limerick were nervous early on, but they found their feet and hit three scores without reply to draw level within three minutes, Tom Morrissey, Barry Nash and the excellent Cian Lynch all firing over scores from play.

Alan Murphy’s accurate free-taking was a feature of the first-half and the Glenmore man used the breeze to land a huge effort from well inside his own half to nudge the Cats back into a two-point lead. Morrissey, however, was causing difficulties for the Kilkenny defence and his skill and ingenuity created an opening for Conor Fitzgerald on 25 minutes, but the sub dragged a ground stroke just wide of the post.
Barry Nash pulled Limerick level again and then Ronan Lynch, who was relatively quiet in an attacking role in the first half, had the Shannonsiders ahead with his third score of the half.

Such was the strength of the breeze, Kilkenny needed to go in with some sort of lead at the break, and Walsh stepped up in added time to fire over two more scores, bringing his tally to five in the first half and giving his side a 0-12 to 0-10 lead at the break.
Liam Blanchfield and Alan Murphy added to Kilkenny’s lead immediately after the break before Cian Lynch and Ronan Lynch hit back for Limerick.
Peter Casey then had a superb shot saved by Kilkenny goalkeeper Darren Brennan before the Cats scored the first goal of the game two minutes later, Walsh jinking his way through the Limerick defence and kicking home a fine goal.

Limerick hit back again and appeared to be the stronger side at the start of the final quarter, but Walsh struck once again in the 52nd minute, this time firing a fine shot past Limerick goalkeeper Eoghan McNamara to give his side a 2-17 to 0-17 lead. Limerick went in search of goals in the closing stages, but Kilkenny hung on doggedly and Pat Hoban’s side secured a surprise but well-deserved victory.
***
Scorers for Kilkenny: John Walsh 2-5, Alan Murphy 0-6 (0-6f), Ronan Corcoran 0-3, Liam Blanchfield 0-2, Luke Scanlon 0-1.

Scorers for Limerick: Ronan Lynch 0-9 (0-7f, 0-1 65), Cian Lynch 0-3, Tom Morrissey 0-2, Barry Nash 0-2, Séamus Flanagan 0-2, Barry Murphy 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, Ronan Corcoran; Alan Murphy, Liam Blanchfield, John Walsh. Subs: Billy Ryan for Ross Butler (HT), Eoin Kenny for Conor Browne (38), Andrew Gaffney for Ronan Corcoran (59).

LIMERICK: Eoghan McNamara; Seán Finn, Paddy O’Loughlin, Lorcan Lyons; Colin Ryan, Andrew La Touch-Cosgrave, Conor Byrnes; Robbie Hanley, Thomas Grimes; Séamus Flanagan, Barry Nash, Cian Lynch; Peter Casey, Tom Morrissey, Ronan Lynch. Subs: Conor Fitzgerald for Conor Byrnes (16), Ed Doyle for Conor Fitzgerald (HT), Jamie Porter for Lorcan Lyons (HT), Barry Murphy for Thomas Grimes (54).

Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)
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Report: Brian Murphy



Team News

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

KILKENNY
1. Darren Brennan (St Lachtain’s)
2. Tommy Walsh (Tullaroan)
3. Conor Delaney (Erin’s Own)
4. Cathal McGrath (John Locke’s)
5. Pat Lyng (Rower-Instioge)
6. Jason Cleere (Bennetsbridge)
7. Darragh Joyce (capt, Rower-Instioge)
8. Conor Browne (James Stephens)
9. Luke Scanlon (James Stephens)
10. Sean Morrissey (Bennettsbridge)
11. Ross Butler (O’Loughlin Gaels)
12. Ronan Corcoran (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
13. Alan Murphy (Glenmore)
14. Liam Blanchfield (Bennettsbridge)
15. John Walsh (Mullinavat)
SUBS
16. Shane Murphy (Glenmore)
17. Conor Doheny (Dicksboro)
18. Billy Ryan (Graigue Ballycallan)
19. Donnacha O’Connor (Tullogher Rosbercon)
20. Liam Hennessy (Glenmore)
21. Richie Leahy (O’Loughlin Gaels)
22. Eoin Kenny (Slieverue)
23. Andrew Gaffney (Dicksboro)
24. Robbie Donnelly (Thomastown)





Match Officials

Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor Championship Final
Cill Chainnigh v Luimneach
Páirc an Chrócaigh, 13.15
Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tiobraid Árann)
Stand By: John Keenan (Cill Mhantáin)
Linesman: Eamonn Hassan (Doire)
Sideline: James Clarke (An Cabhán)
Umpires: David Heelan, Alan Horgan, Paul Ryan and John Hadnett

TG4 All Ireland Ladies Football Senior Championship Semi Final – Cork 5-16 Armagh 2-11

Cork defeated Armagh by 5-16 to 2-11 in the TG4 All Ireland Ladies Football Senior Championship Semi Final on Saturday September 6th at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park Longford.

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC semi-final

Cork 5-16 Armagh 2-11

By Jackie Cahill at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park, Longford

EAMONN Ryan’s Cork blasted out an ominous statement of intent as they obliterated Armagh by 14 points in Saturday’s TG4 All-Ireland Ladies senior football championship semi-final.

The Rebelettes will contest their ninth final in ten seasons on September 28 when they face off against Leinster champions Dublin at Croke Park.
Cork, current holders and winners of the All-Ireland senior championship in eight of the last nine years, will start as raging hot favourites against the 2010 champions after baring their teeth against a highly-rated Armagh.

The Orchard County, Tesco Homegrown Division 3 champions, defeated last year’s beaten All-Ireland finalists Monaghan to claim the Ulster title, before following that up with an impressive All-Ireland quarter-final victory over Laois. But Cork blitzed them as Nollaig Cleary, holder of eight All-Ireland senior medals, came off the bench to illustrate the depth available to manager Ryan.

Cleary kicked 1-3 from play in the second half and her goal, in the 38th minute, knocked the stuffing out of Armagh at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park in Longford. Cleary netted with her first touch to send the Leesiders 3-9 to 1-6 clear, and effectively out of sight.

Captain Briege Corkery and 2013 player of the year Geraldine O’Flynn drove Cork forward and Armagh were simply overwhelmed. Valerie Mulcahy finished as Cork’s leading scorer but Cleary contributed massively after coming on and player of the match Ciara O’Sullivan’s direct running carved open gaping holes in the Armagh defence.

Orla Finn justified her inclusion in the starting line-up with three points from play on a day when eight Cork players were on the scoresheet. At half-time, Cork were 2-6 to 1-4 clear and in a dominant position, with O’Sullivan and Grace Kearney striking for goals. And yet it was Armagh who got off to the better start, recovering from two points down to move 1-2 to 0-2 clear by the ninth minute.

Cork goalkeeper Martina O’Brien conceded a penalty following an awkward aerial collision with Sinéad McCleary and skipper Caroline O’Hanlon converted for the game’s opening goal. That was the cue for Cork to respond with an unanswered 2-4 to gain firm control of proceedings. Cork’s first goal was scored by O’Sullivan in the 16th minute, with Kearney adding the second eight minutes before half-time.

Referee Gus Chapman consulted with his umpires before allowing the goal to stand, amid suspicion that Kearney was in the square when she touched home O’Sullivan’s pass. Kelly Mallon’s point in the 24th minute ended a barren spell on the scoreboard for Armagh dating back to O’Hanlon’s penalty.

Mulcahy shot wide with a goal for the taking and Armagh clung on to Cork’s coattails at the break, with Niamh Henderson clipping over the final score of the opening half. But Cork were immense after half-time and after Cleary found the net, further goals followed from Rhona Ní Bhuachalla, also with her first touch after coming on, and prolific corner forward Mulcahy. Cork were 20 points clear, 5-16 to 1-8, before Siobhán Mackle registered a late consolation goal for Armagh.

Scorers for Armagh: C O’Hanlon 1-4 (1-0 pen, 0-1f), S Mackle 1-0, F McKenna 0-3 (0-1f), S McCleary 0-2, N Henderson & K Mallon 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork: V Mulcahy 1-7 (0-5f), N Cleary 1-3, C O’Sullivan, G Kearney & R Ní Bhuachalla 1-0 each, O Finn 0-3, G O’Flynn 0-2, B Corkery 0-1.

ARMAGH: K Daly; M Tennyson, C Morgan, L Kenny; S Reel, N Marley, R O’Reilly; C O’Hanlon, N Henderson; S McCleary, F McKenna, A McCoy; L McConville, K Mallon, M McAlinden.
Subs: S Marley for O’Reilly (23), S Mackle for McAlinden (34), M McGuinness for Kenny (43), C Murray for McConville (45), S Feeney for McKenna (51).

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, O Finn.
Subs: N Cleary for Kearney (35), R Ní Bhuachalla for O Farmer (42), A Barrett for Buckley (49), E Farmer for Finn (49), N Kelly for Phelan (52).

Referee: G Chapman (Sligo)


Fixture Details

Saturday 6th September

TG4 All Ireland Intermediate Championship Semi Final – ET if necessary – Live on TG4
Fermanagh v Roscommon, 1.45pm, Glennon Brothers, Pearse Park, Longford, (C McManus)

TG4 All Ireland Senior Championship Semi Final – ET if necessary – Live on TG4
Armagh v Cork, 3.30pm, Glennon Brothers, Pearse Park, Longford, (G Chapman)


Match Preview

TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football championship semi-final

Armagh v Cork

Glennon Brothers Pearse Park, Longford, 3:30 (G. Chapman)

LAST weekend’s first TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football championship semi-final went as the bookies predicted, with Dublin advancing to their first decider since 2010.

On Saturday afternoon, Ulster champions Armagh and reigning League Division 1, Munster and All-Ireland title holders Cork battle it out for a spot against the Dubs on September 28.

This clash is a repeat of last year’s qualifier between the sides, a tie that Cork edged by just a single point.

Armagh have improved since then and claimed the Ulster title with victory over Monaghan, before cruising past Laois in the quarter-finals.
Captain Caroline O’Hanlon is in scintillating form and the midfield battle against Cork pair Rena Buckley and skipper Briege Corkery will be something to savour.
We have learned from experience that you write off Cork at your peril and when the chance of Brendan Martin Cup glory presents itself, this remarkable group of players generally grasp the opportunity.
The Rebelettes scorched Kerry in the Munster final before beating Mayo in the All-Ireland quarter-final.

And while it will be tight, Eamonn Ryan’s all-conquering charges get the nod to make it through to a ninth final in ten seasons.

Odds: Cork 2/5 Draw 10/1 Armagh 9/4

Verdict: Cork