Electric Ireland Munster MFC Play Off 2 – Clare 2-11 Limerick 0-5

Clare defeated Limerick by 2-11 to 0-5 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Play Off 2 on Wednesday April 29th at Cusack Park Ennis.



Munster MFC: Clare 2-11 Limerick 0-5

Report from the Irish Independent web site

The winning margin of 12 points was no more than they deserved as Limerick were poor on the night. The home-side were first to draw blood with a Sean Malone point early on and as the half progressed, it was evident that he was The Banner’s main man.

By half-time, Clare lead by 1-7 to 0-3, with the diminutive corner-forward recording 1-2 of that tally. Limerick opened their account in the 12 minute from a Mikey Morrissey pointed free. This score inspired the Shannonsiders to take a 0-3 to 0-1 lead by the 19th minute, but their ascendency was short-lived.

A goal from Malone in the 23rd minuted kick-started an impressive 1-5 to no reply by half-time and put the hosts firmly in pole position, despite playing against a strong breeze. Clare grabbed the second-half’s first two scores through Keelan Sexton as the Banner looked to maintain their dominance.

A goal by sub Conor Lynch in the 44th minute effectively ended the game as a contest with Limerick struggling to make any impression on the scoreboard. Two points by substitue Adam Storan was all they could produce in the second period.

Scorers –
Clare: S Malone 1-3, K Sexton 0-5 (3f), C Lynch 1-0, C Pyne, C Hehir, C Brennan 0-1 each.
Limerick: M Morrissey 0-2 (2fs), A Storan 0-2, E Sheehy 0-1.

Clare – K Roche, K Killeen, C Pyne, C O’Halloran, L Devitt, P Lillis, C Hehir, D Bohannon, S O’Donoghue, A Sweeney, N Murray, K Sexton (C), P McNamara, C Brennan, S Malone.
Subs: C Murray for McNamara (17, inj), C Lynch for O’Donoghue (33, injy), N McCarthy for Lillis (37), M Nugent for N Murray (46), J Morrissey for Sweeney (50), C Downes for Hehir (59).

Limerick – A Murphy, D Hanley, L O’Connell, F Murphy, J Wallace, S Ivess, S Murphy, A Kerins, M Whelan C McSweeney, M Morrissey (C), E Sheehy, D Kelly, M Connolly, J Ryan. Subs: P Maher for Hanley (ht), A Storan for Ryan (37), C Stephenson for Whelan (46), R Hayes for C McSweeney (52), D Corrigan for Connolly (55), A White for Morrissey (55)

Ref – S Mulvihill (Kerry)


Fixture Details

WEDNESDAY APRIL 29TH
ELECTRIC IRELAND MUNSTER MINOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY-OFF GAME 2
Clare v Limerick
An Clár v Luimneach
Venue: Cusack Park, Ennis 7pm
Referee: Seamus Mulvihill (Ciarraí)
Extra time if necessary



Team News

Limerick Manager Jerry O’Sullivan has named his starting team for the Munster Minor Football Playoff v Clare. There are no changes from the team that defeated Waterford last week. The Limerick Captain is Mikey Morrissey from the Rathkeale club.

Limerick Minor Football Team
1. Aaron Murphy Fr. Casey’s
2. David Hanley Ballysteen
3. Luke O’Connell Mungret
4. Fionn Murphy Killteely-Dromkeen
5. John Wallace Glin
6. Sean Ivess Newcastlewest
7. Sean Murphy Newcastlewest
8. Adam Kerins St.Senan’s
9. Michael Whelan Hospital-Herbertstown
10. Andrew White Rathkeale
11. Mikey Morrissey Rathkeale CAPTAIN
12. Ed Sheehy Granagh Ballingarry
13. Diarmuid Kelly Newcastlewest
14. Mark Connolly Adare
15. James Ryan Athea.


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Allianz Football League Division 1 Final – Dublin 1-21 Cork 2-7

Dublin defeated Cork by 1-21 to 2-7 in the Allianz Football League Division 1 Final on Sunday April 26th at Croke Park.



Fixture Details

26.04.2015 (Sun)
Allianz Football League Roinn 1 2015 Final
Páirc an Chrócaigh 16:00
Áth Cliath v Corcaigh
Referee: Padraig Hughes (Ard Mhacha)
(E.T. if Necessary)




Team News

The Cork Senior Football team is named as follows:

1. Ken O’Halloran (Bishopstown)
2. Tom Clancy (Clonakilty)

3. Michael Shields (St. Finbarr’s)

4. James Loughrey (Mallow)

5. Jamie O’Sullivan (Bishopstown)

6. Conor Dorman (Bishopstown)

7. Tomás Clancy (Fermoy)

8. Eoin Cadogan (Douglas)

9. Fintan Goold (Macroom)

10. Kevin O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)

11. John O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers)

12. Colm O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)

13. Colm O’Neill (Ballyclough)

14. Mark Collins (Castlehaven)

15. Brian Hurley (Castlehaven)

Subs:

16. Paddy O’Shea (St. Vincent’s)

17. Stephen O’Donoghue (Ballincollig)

18. Noel Galvin (Ballincollig)

19. Stephen Cronin (Nemo Rangers)

20. Brian O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)

21. Daniel Goulding (Éire Óg)

22. Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers)

23. Donal Óg Hodnett (O’Donovan Rossa)

24. John Hayes (Carbery Rangers)

25. Barry O’Driscoll (Nemo Rangers)

Unavailable for selection due to injury: Ian Maguire, Ruairi Deane, Donncha O’Connor and Patrick Kelly.

Selectors: Brian Cuthbert (Bishopstown) – Manager, Owen Sexton, Kilbrittain, Ciaran O’Sullivan (Urhan), Don Davis (O’Donovan Rossa), Ronan McCarthy (Douglas).

Medical Officer: Dr. Con Murphy (U.C.C.) Physiotherapist: Colin Lane



Match Coverage

This game will be shown live on TG4

All-Ireland Scór Sinsir Final 2015

The All-Ireland Scór Sinsir Final 2015 will take place on April 25th 2015 at Citywest Hotel Dublin.

Munster MFC Play Off 1 – Limerick 2-14 Waterford 3-10

Limerick defeated Waterford by 2-14 to 3-10 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Play Off 1 on Wednesday April 22nd at Newcastlewest.


Munster MFC: Limerick come back to sink Déise

ELECTRIC IRELAND MUNSTER MFC PLAY-OFF: LIMERICK 2-14 WATERFORD 3-10

Report from GAA.ie

Limerick came from behind to defeat Waterford by the narrowest of margins in their Munster Minor Football Championship play-off in Newcastlewest on Wednesday night. Jerry O’Sullivan’s side will now face Clare in another play-off next week, with the winner of that game joining Cork, Kerry and Tipperary in the last four.

Waterford were by a distance the better side in the first half, and goals from Michael Culloo and Shane O’Meara helped them into a 3-6 to 0-7 interval lead. Limerick, without a win in the Munster MFC since 2010 before this game, looked to be heading for another defeat, but remarkably they turned around the eight-point deficit to win by a point.

They clawed back a few points early in the second half, and then John Wallace’s goal on 37 minutes left them just three points behind. Limerick dominated the remainder of the half, gradually reducing the Déise lead and eventually overhauling it on 57 minutes when Seán Murphy found the net. Waterford had no response, and Limerick advanced.


Limerick break Waterford hearts

By John Redington for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Last night’s rip-roaring Munster minor football phase-one qualifier in Newcastlewest ended with Seán Murphy’s goal three minutes from time giving Limerick their first championship win in the grade since 2010. The game’s final score capped an extraordinary comeback by the hosts, who had leaked three goals as they were blown out of it in the first half by the majestic presence of Conor Prunty in the Decies midfield.

Down nine points just after the break, Limerick’s winless streak looked like stretching to 13, but an outstanding half-back line led the relentless charge that kept grinding away until Waterford’s lead had vanished. After a slow start, Waterford took over, with Conor Murray’s point and a Michael Culloo goal helping to push them seven ahead. Mikey Morrissey’s reply was followed by O’Meara ploughing up the middle for a barnstorming goal.

However, after Diarmuid Kelly replied and Looby and White swapping frees, Limerick were frustrated as Culloo’s speculative shot was deflected to the Limerick net. Morrissey and Kelly hit back for Limerick and were met by two Looby frees before Morrissey’s free left the half-time score at 3-6 to 0-7.

Murray brought the gap back to seven, but the hosts restarted more positively. Points from Adam Storan and Morrissey showed Limerick’s intent. John Wallace then ended a lightning passing movement to the net. Limerick momentum faltered as Prunty regained his mastery of the middle and Seán White’s free and an O’Meara score broke the sequence until the Shannonsiders found their second wind in the closing minutes.

Two Richard Hayes frees and one from Morrissey cut the margin to two and, while Prunty pointed, the Limerick tide was rolling. Colm McSweeney scored a point and Seán Murphy sent the crowd into rapture by bundling the ball into the net after fellow Newcastlewest man Kelly was blocked. Waterford’s hopes of rescuing their season faded when corner-back Darragh O’Grady earned a second yellow.

SCORERS for LIMERICK: M Morrissey 0-6 (3f), J Wallace, S Murphy 1-0 each, D Kelly, A White (2f), R Hayes (2f) 0-2 each, A Storan, C McSweeney 0-1 each.

Scorers for WATERFORD: S O’Meara 1-2, D Looby 0-4 (3f), M Culloo 1-1, E Sheehy 1-0 (og), C Murray 0-2, C Prunty 0-1.

LIMERICK: A Murphy; D Hanley, L O’Connell, F Murphy; J Wallace, S Ivess, S Murphy; A Kerins, M Whelan; A White, M Morrissey, E Sheehy; D Kelly, Connolly, J Ryan
SUBS: : A Storan for A White (20m), C McSweeney for E Sheehy (ht), R Hayes for M Connolly (43m).

WATERFORD: K Dwane; D O’Grady, S Ryan, C McCarthy; C Barry, J Elstead, N Montgomery; C Prunty, C Looney; M Culloo, C Murray, S O’Meara; M Sweeney, D Looby, D Guiry
SUBS: S White for D Looby (43m), D McGrath for N Montgomery (55m), M Phelan for C Looney (56m), D McGuckian for J Elstead (60m), G Sheehan for M Sweeney (60m).

REFEREE: D Murnane (Cork)


Fixture Details

WEDNESDAY APRIL 22ND
ELECTRIC IRELAND MUNSTER MINOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY-OFF GAME 1
Limerick v Waterford
Luimneach v Port Láirge
Venue: Newcastlewest 7pm
Referee: David Murnane (Corcaigh)
Extra time if necessary



Team News

Limerick Manager Jerry O’Sullivan has named his starting team for the Munster Minor Football Playoff v Waterford.

The Limerick Captain is Mikey Morrissey from the Rathkeale club.

Limerick Minor Football Team
1. Aaron Murphy Fr. Casey’s
2. David Hanley Ballysteen
3. Luke O’ Connell Mungret
4. Fionn Murphy Killteely-Dromkeen
5. John Wallace Glin
6. Sean Ivess Newcastlewest
7. Sean Murphy Newcastlewest
8. Adam Kerins St.Senan’s
9. Michael Whelan Hospital-Herbertstown
10. Andrew White Rathkeale
11. Mikey Morrissey Rathkeale CAPTAIN
12. Ed Sheehy Granagh Ballingarry
13. Diarmuid Kelly Newcastlewest
14. Mark Connolly Adare
15. James Ryan Athea

Waterford minor football team to play Limerick, tomorrow Wednesday night in Newcastle West.

1. Kevin Dwane – Ballinacourty
2. Darragh O’Grady – Brickey Rangers
3. Stephen Ryan – Nire
4. Conor McCarthy -Ballinacourty
5. Carthach Barry – Brickey Rangers
6. John Elstead – Ballinacourty
7. Neil Montgomery – Ballinacourty
8. Conor Prunty – Ballinacourty
9. Ciarán Looney – Nire
10. Michéal Culloo – Ballinameela
11. Conor Murray – Rathgormack
12. Shane O’Meara – Nire
13. Michael Sweeney – Stradbally
14. David Looby – Ballinacourty
15. Dylan Guiry – Nire – Captain


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Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Semi-Final – Cork 1-27 Dublin 2-23

Cork defeated Dublin by 1-27 to 2-23 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Semi-Final on Sunday April 19th at Nowlan Park Kilkenny.


Hurling S-F: Cork complete stunning comeback

ALLIANZ HURLING LEAGUE SEMI-FINAL: CORK 1-27 DUBLIN 2-23

Séamus Harnedy scored the winner but it was Patrick Horgan that was the hero for Cork as they somehow overturned a 12-point deficit to snatch victory in the final seconds of injury time to book a place in the Allianz Hurling League Division I final.

Horgan scored an incredible 17 points for a Rebel unit that underperformed for three-quarters of the game and apart from Harnedy and Conor Lehane in patches, offered little attacking threat. Dublin had opened up that 12-point margin by the 18th minute and led by nine at the interval. They still had six points in hand entering the final 10 minutes but somehow left it slip.

Given the circumstances, this will be a very bitter pill to swallow. Dublin were on a different plane to Cork in terms of intensity for much of the game and particularly in the first half, showing greater desire in the individual battles and pace once they had it.
They had 2-15 on the board by half-time and the fact that all bar three points of that tally came from play will tell you everything you need to know about the looseness of the Cork defensive effort.

That is not to detract from the Dubs’ effort though as the likes of Conal Keaney and Paul Ryan drove over points from inside their own half, while Mark Schutte really enjoyed himself on Damien Cahalane. And ‘Dotsy’ O’Callaghan provided a contender for goal of the season with a scintillating score in the 18th minute.

In contrast, Cork butchered a couple of goal chances and were hugely reliant on Pat Horgan’s accuracy from placed balls. Lehane opened the scoring with a point for Cork but Schutte turned Cahalane with ridiculous ease to score a second minute goal. It was a score symptomatic of the frailties in Cork’s rearguard, although the failure of midfield and the forward division to win possession didn’t help.

Johnny McCaffrey, David Treacy, Paul Ryan and Schutte all had points before O’Callaghan collected the sliotar in the right corner and showed searing pace to beat off four Cork defenders. He finished with a low shot to the corner and it was 2-9 to 0-3. Horgan hit the next three points from frees but Dublin were the hungrier side and they led at the interval by 2-15 to 0-12.

Cork did manage to raise their levels in the second half but in truth, it would have been impossible not to. They did manage to cut off the supply to Schutte some bit but still Cork were relying on Horgan, and it though Gary Maguire pulled off a blinding save to deflect his piledriver over, the score earned a reaction from the Cork support and the players.

Having said that, Ryan showed a fantastic touch for a brace of quick points to make it 2-19 to 0-17 but one sensed that Dublin were becoming increasingly defensive into the wind and Horgan hit three points on the trot before Aidan Walsh drove over from inside his own half.

Again, Dublin seemed to have found the necessary answer, with Benn Quinn, Ryan (free) and Rushe making it a seven-point game once more. The key score was a goal from Paudie O’Sullivan after a one-two with Cooper, who held his nerve well to return the ball to the Cloyne man and coming after a Lehane point, there was only a goal in it.

O’Callaghan made it four but after a phenomenal intervention by Peter Kelly denied Anthony Spillane a goal, Horgan landed his third 65. Two more points followed and Lehane levelled in the 70th minute, having appeared to briefly consider going for goal. The Midleton man showed maturity there and did so again with 10 seconds of injury time remaining, when collection possession out wide on the left, after O’Sullivan was blocked brilliantly by Kelly. He must have been tempted to shoot but instead, sent the ball to Harnedy 30m out and the St Ita’s man did the needful. The final whistle sounded from the puckout and the Dublin bodies strewn along the turf told you all you needed to know.
***
Scorers for Cork: P Horgan 0-17(11fs, 3 65s); C Lehane 0-4; S Harnedy 0-3; P O’Sullivan 1-0; L O’Farrell, A Cadogan, A Walsh 0-1 each

Scorers for Dublin: P Ryan 0-7(3fs); D O’Callaghan, M Schutte 1-3 each; L Rushe 0-3; C Keaney, J McCaffrey, D Treacy 0-2 each, B Quinn 0-1

CORK: A Nash, S O’Neill, D Cahalane, W Kearney, L McLoughlin, A Walsh, S McDonnell, D Kearney, R O’Shea, C Lehane, S Harnedy, B Cooper, A Cadogan, L Farrell, P Horgan
Subs: B Lawton for Harnedy blood (15-16), P O’Sullivan for Cadogan (51); A Spillane for O’Farrell (63),

DUBLIN: G Maguire, C O’Callaghan, P Kelly, P Schutte, S Durkin, C Crummey, C Keaney, J McCaffrey, N McMorrow, R O’Dwyer, L Rushe, P Ryan, D O’Callaghan, M Schutte, D Treacy
Subs: B Quinn for McCaffrey (54), C Cronin for O’Dwyer (62), O O’Rorke for Treacy (68)
Referee: J Owens (Wexford)
***
Report: Daragh Ó Conchuir for GAA.ie




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Juveniles: €5/£5

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Concessions: €15 (bought at the venue on match day only)
Juveniles: €5/£5

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Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Semi-Final – Waterford 1-19 Tipperary 2-15

Waterford defeated Tipperary by 1-19 to 2-15 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Semi-Final on Sunday April 19th at Nowlan Park Kilkenny.


Hurling S-F: Deise hold their nerve to beat Tipp

ALLIANZ HURLING LEAGUE SEMI-FINAL: WATERFORD 1-19 TIPPERARY 2-15

Waterford earned due reward for a ferocious workrate and a belief in their system with a victory that sees their progress continue apace under Derek McGrath. The Allianz Hurling League final, due to be played on May 3, will now be a repeat of the Munster championship opener between Cork and Waterford, and while that might not be ideal, the manner of both wins will have pleased the managers involved.

It is hard to believe but McGrath was on the receiving end of quite a bit of criticism after his debut season, despite a proven record of working with young players at colleges’ and underage level. Testament to his ability was on show once more today as unlike other teams that have come out of Division 1B, Waterford had the pace of hurling and touch to match the top-tier sides, following up the defeat of Galway with this tremendous win over the hot favourites.

As the game entered the final 10 minutes, Tipperary gradually chipped away at Waterford’s lead. Having gone 11 minutes without a score, they went from two points in front to four behind after Colin Dunford’s 51st minute goal.
As Waterford’s inexperience began to show and they all too often hit aimless ball away to spaces unpopulated by teammates, it looked like Tipperary had timed their run well when Pádraic Maher levelled in the 67th minute.
It was the Déise men that prevented a period of extra time though. Kevin Moran was fouled 55m out and tight to the right sideline. Pauric Mahony made light of the tension to register his 13th point and after a final minute of incessant Tipp pressure, Waterford held out for a deserved success.

Like Cork for much of the first semi-final, Tipperary looked flat for a lot of this game, although that lethargy was something that seeped in as the game wore in. While appearing not to operate at full tilt, Eamon O’Shea’s crew could not cope with the desire and industry of their opponents, and after scoring two goals in the first 14 minutes, rarely threatened another major.

Waterford needed a good start and two points from a Pauric Mahony 65 and free was encouraging. Tipperary showed where there strength lay though with a fifth minute goal from Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher, that was clinically taken after a Jason Forde delivery.

The Waterford defence did look quite stretched at times in the opening quarter of an hour and John O’Dwyer had a brilliant goal after some dextrous work by Forde and a well-timed pass by Brendan Maher. A couple of points from Seamus Callanan and it was 2-4 to 0-3. Waterford began to get on top around midfield though and with Mahony clinical from placed balls were right back in it at half time, trailing by just 2-8 to 0-11.

There was one wonderful cameo from Austin Gleeson, who ran from inside his own half, burning off three defenders and beating another with a swerve of hip, stick and sliotar, before having a shot saved by Darren Gleeson. That never looked enough given the strength of the wind. O’Shea acknowledged Waterford’s dominance around the centre by relocating Shane McGrath to his more natural habitat but Jamie Barron and Moran continued to prosper in that area, while Maurice Shanahan was colossal as well.

When Forde pointed in the 48th minute, it was 2-11 to 0-15 but Shanahan, who had landed a monster score just before that, knocked over his second. Then came Dunford’s score and one sense the belief of the Waterford support growing. The players too.

Shanahan placed Barron for another long-distance score and Mahony converted two frees, including one inside his own 65. O’Keeffe did make a smart stop from Niall O’Meara, while Darren Gleeson did the same from Tom Devine at the other end. Conor Kenny started the Tipp comeback and it looked like they would deny the underdogs. It wasn’t to be though and it was Waterford’s day.
***
Scorers for Waterford: Pauric Mahony 0-13(11fs, 1 65); C Dunford 1-1; M Shanahan 0-3; J Dillon, J Barron 0-1 each

Scorers for Tipperary: S Callanan 0-8(6fs, 1 65); J O’Dwyer 1-1; P Maher 1-0; N O’Meara 0-2; J Forde, J Woodlock, P Maher, C Kenny 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: D Gleeson, P Curran, C O’Mahony, P Stapleton, S McGrath, P Maher, R Maher, J Woodlock, M Breen, P Maher, B Maher, J Forde, S Callanan, J O’Dwyer, N O’Meara
Subs: J Barry for Stapleton (43), S Bourke for O’Dwyer (45), C Kenny for Forde (53), G Ryan for McGrath (58), J Meagher for Curran (67)

WATERFORD: S O’Keeffe, S Fives, B Coughlan, N Connors, A Gleeson, T De Búrca, Philip Mahony, J Barron, K Moran, M Walsh, Pauric Mahony, J Dillon, C Dunford, M Shanahan, Stephen Bennett
Subs: B O’Halloran for Bennett (51), S O’Sullivan for Walsh (63), E Barrett for Moran (70).

Referee: B Kelly (Westmeath)
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Report: Daragh Ó Conchúir for GAA.ie



Fixture Details

19.04.2015 (Sun)
Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1 Semi Final
Nowlan Park, Kilkenny 16:00
Tiobraid Árann v Port Láirge
Referee: Barry Kelly (An Iarmhí)
(E.T. if Necessary)



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Juveniles: €5/£5

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Team News

The Tipperary Senior Hurling team to play Waterford on Sunday next, April 19th, in the Allianz Hurling League Semi-final in Nowlan Park at 4pm has been announced.

Though the squad has been hit with a number of recent injuries, Eamon O’Shea and his management team are still able to field a strong and experienced starting XV.

Darren Gleeson and John O’Dwyer return after their recent injuries, Conor O’Brien and Shane McGrath replace the injured Cathal Barrett and Kieran Bergin, while the big news is the addition of Seamus Callanan to the full forward line after his successful red card appeal last night.

So the team lines out as follows;

Darren Gleeson (Portroe), Paddy Stapleton (Borris Ileigh), Conor O’Mahony (Newport), Conor O’Brien (Éire Óg Annacarty), Michael Breen (Ballina), Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), James Woodlock (Drom & Inch), Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch), John O’Dwyer (Killenaule), Brendan Maher Capt., (Borris Ileigh), Jason Forde (Silvermines), Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch), Patrick Maher (Lorrha Dorrha), Niall O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs).

The Waterford Senior Hurling Team to play Tipperary on Sunday in the Allianz Hurling League Semi Final has been announced following training tonight.
1. Stephen O’Keeffe Ballygunner
2. Shane Fives Tourin
3. Barry Coughlan Ballygunner
4. Noel Connors Passage
5. Tadhg de Búrca Clashmore Kinsalebeg
6. Austin Gleeson Mount S ion
7. Philip Mahony Ballygunner
8. Jamie Barron Fourmilewater
9. Tom Devine Modeligo
10. Kevin Moran De La Salle
11. Pauric Mahony Ballygunner
12. Jake Dillon De La Salle
13. Brian O’Halloran Clashmore Kinsalebeg
14. Michael Walsh Stradbally
15. Colin Dunford Colligan


Match Coverage

This game will be shown live on TG4


Match Day Information

Kilkenny GAA looks forward to welcoming supporters from all participating counties to Nowlan Park next Sunday. We do encourage patrons to purchase tickets in advance both to avail of discount and to facilitate easy entry to the stadium on match day. The weather forecast for the weekend looks quite settled and I can assure you that the playing surface is in great condition for the games. So we are really set fair for a great occasion and great atmosphere in the compact Nowlan Park grounds.

Season Tickets
Season Tickets are valid for this fixture and access is to Ardan de Gras (Paddy Grace Stand) only via Stiles 9 to 12 on Hebron Road.

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Car Parking will be available at O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Club adjacent to Nowlan Park. There is also a facility at the HSE premises in Lacken on the Carlow Road – 5 minute walk to Nowlan Park. MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre right beside the Ground also offers very reasonable car parking together with the usual Shopping Centre catering facilities. Please follow Match Parking signs from Kilkenny’s Ring Road.

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Eirgrid All-Ireland Under 21 Football Championship Semi-Final – Tipperary 0-14 Dublin 0-12

Tipperary defeated Dublin by 0-14 to 0-12 in the Eirgrid All-Ireland Under 21 Football Championship Semi-Final on Saturday April 18th at O’Connor Park Tullamore.


U21 Football: Tipp through to first-ever final

EIRGRID All-Ireland U21 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL: TIPPERARY 0-14 DUBLIN 0-12

Steven O’Brien capped an incredible display with one of the two late scores that secured Tipperary a first-ever Eirgrid All-Ireland U21 football final place. The midfielder was outstanding and swooped in injury-time along with the team’s top scorer Kevin O’Halloran for the winning points in Tullamore.

In the process, the Munster champions dumped holders and favourites Dublin out of the competition. The shock result at O’Connor Park hung in the balance throughout a tense second-half that Tipp largely dominated but didn’t close out until the dying moments. Dessie Farrell’s Dublin will kick themselves at failing to advance to the May 2 All-Ireland final having enjoyed a five-point lead early in the second-half.

But they were poor from then on and only drew level late on when they enjoyed a brief spell of dominance. It was a tight and tense opening and with 21 minutes on the clock there’d been just five scores exchanged. Dublin held a narrow 0-3 to 0-2 lead, though Tipp were arguably the happier as they played into the teeth of a stiff breeze.

The Dubs crucially finished the half strongly with four points before the interval to finally put some daylight between the teams. They outscored Tipp by three points in this period to take a 0-7 to 0-3 half-time lead.
Conor McHugh weighed in with four first-half points in total while fellow seniors Shane Carthy and Cormac Costello also dissected the posts.

It was a significant burst as Dublin had found themselves behind in the second-half of all three of their previous games in the Leinster championship – against Laois, Longford and Kildare. Still, their four-point cushion was tempered by having to play into the wind after the break. They coped with it well in initially, moving five clear after another Carthy point.

But Tipp’s response was impressive and four points without reply signalled their intent to battle all the way.
Josh Keane, senior star Colin O’Riordan, O’Brien and Liam Casey were all on the mark. Dublin looked nervy and McHugh pulled a relatively easy free kick wide.

Tipp had strong momentum on their side and finally drew level in the 49th minute at 0-9 to 0-9 when Keane converted his third free of the afternoon. Dublin had their chances but their attack was poor and Farrell rang the changes.
But Tipp continued to press their advantage and back to back O’Halloran points moved them two clear with nine minutes remaining.

Dublin did draw level at 0-12 apiece thanks to points from Costello and sub David Campbell. But Tipp weren’t to be denied and scores from O’Brien and O’Halloran in the 61st and 62nd minutes sealed a famous win.
***
Scorers for Tipperary: Kevin O’Halloran 0-4 (0-3f), Josh Keane 0-3 (0-3f), Colin O’Riordan 0-2, Steven O’Brien 0-2, Liam Casey 0-1, Jason Lonergan 0-1, Ross Mulcahy 0-1

Scorers for Dublin: Conor McHugh 0-4 (0-1f), Cormac Costello 0-4 (0-3f), Shane Carthy 0-2, Colm Basquel 0-1, David Campbell 0-1

DUBLIN: Lorcan Molloy; David Byrne, Martin Cahalane, Ross McGowan; Aonghus Farrell, Eric Lowndes, Conor Mullally; Stephen Cunningham, Shane Carthy; Niall Scully, Andy Foley, Eoin Murchan; Colm Basquel, Cormac Costello, Conor McHugh. Subs: Shane Cunningham for Stephen Cunningham (25), Shane Clayton for Foley (45), Eoin Fletcher for Cahalane (49, BC), Aaron Byrne for Basquel (49), David Campbell for Scully (52).

TIPPERARY: Evan Comerford; Kevin Fahey, Jimmy Feehan, Colm O’Shaughnessy; Ross Mulcahy, Luke Boland, Bill Maher; Steven O’Brien, Colin O’Riordan; Jason Lonergan, Ian Fahey, Liam Casey; Kevin O’Halloran, Josh Keane, Paul Maher. Sub: Dean McEnroe for P Maher (59).
Referee: Jerome Henry (Mayo).
***
Report: Paul Keane for GAA.ie


Fixture Details

Eirgrid GAA Football All Ireland U21 Championship Semi Final
O’Connor Park, Tullamore 16:00
Áth Cliath v Tiobraid Árann
Referee: Jerome Henry (Maigh Eo)
(E.T. if Necessary)



Ticket Prices

Adults: €15
Concessions: €10 (can only be bought at grounds on match day)
Juveniles do not require a ticket

This is an unreserved fixture


Match Coverage

This game will be shown live on TG4


Team News

The Tipperary U21 team to play Dublin in the EirGrid GAA All-Ireland Football Semi-final on Saturday next, April 18th, at 4pm in O’Connor Park, Tullamore has been announced.

Following on from last week’s thrilling Munster Final victory over Cork, manager Tommy Toomey and his management team have remained faithful to that side and announced the same starting XV for Saturday.

Therefore Captain Colin O’Riordan leads the charge at midfield with Steven O’Brien, while up front man of the match from the final Ian Fahey and last week’s debutant Kevin O’Halloran will be looking to add to their exciting profile. In defence the impressive Evan Comerford will hold station between the posts once more as he provides cover for a solid backline.

The team in full is as follows;

Evan Comerford (Kilsheelan Kilcash), Kevin Fahey (Clonmel Commercials), Jimmy Feehan (Killenaule), Colm O’Shaughnessy (Ardfinnan), Ross Mulcahy (Moyle Rovers), Luke Boland (Moyle Rovers), Bill Maher (Kilsheelan Kilcash), Steven O’Brien (Ballina), Colin O’Riordan Capt. (JK Brackens), Jason Lonergan (Clonmel Commercials), Ian Fahey (Clonmel Commercials), Liam Casey (Cahir),Kevin O’Halloran (Portroe), Josh Keane (Golden Kilfeacle), Paul Maher (Kilsheelan Kilcash)

Dublin

1. Lorcan Molloy (St Annes)
2. Emile Mullan (Na Fianna)
3. David Byrne (Naomh Olaf)
4. Eoin Murchan (Na Fianna)
5. Eric Lowndes (St Peregrine’s)
6. Conor Mulally (Cuala)
7. Ross McGowan (Kilmacud Crokes)
8. Stephen Cunningham (St Sylvester’s)
9. Shane Carthy (Naomh Mearnóg)
10. Gavin Burke (St Vincent’s)
11. Andrew Foley (Clontarf)
12. Niall Scully (Templeogue Synge-Street)
13. Cormac Costello (Whitehall Colmcille)
14. Conor McHugh (Na Fianna)
15. Colm Basquel (Ballyboden St-Enda’s)

Electric Ireland Munster MFC Q-Final – Kerry 0-14 Clare 0-3

Kerry defeated Clare by 0-14 to 0-3 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Quarter-Final on Wednesday April 15th at Austin Stack Park, Tralee.



Kerry were always the dominant force

Report by Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

KERRY 0-14 CLARE 0-3: In a lifeless encounter in front of 1,962 souls, Kerry were erratic in front of goal, error-prone and lazy in the tackle. And yet for all the cobwebs associated with a first championship outing, the Kingdom were by some distance the superior force.

The visitors failed to score from open play over the hour, while Kerry, who really never moved beyond second gear upon the change of ends, clocked eight wides and squandered as many more scoring opportunities. The winning margin stood at 11-points, it so easily could have been double that.

Such was Clare’s inferiority. Such, essentially, was Kerry’s dominance. “We mixed the good and the bad,” said Kerry manager Jack O’Connor. “We were decent in the first-half, we had a good lead at half-time. In the second-half, we were playing against a tricky wind and a tricky sun. We wouldn’t be overly happy with the second-half. “We certainly would have liked to have kicked four or five more points.”

By half-time Kerry’s progression was all but assured – the home outfit establishing a 0-10 to 0-1 advantage. They had rendered their opponents scoreless from play and on top of the 10 white flags raised, at least two goals should have been added. Conor Geaney had Kerry off the mark on seven minutes and points followed from Stephen O’Sullivan, Bryan Sweeney, Geaney and midfielder O’Connor. Clare full-forward Keelan Sexton finally broke their deadlock on 16 minutes, having previously missed two routine frees.

The Banner defence was struggling to hold down Geaney and O’Sullivan, and on the rare occasion they moved within shooting distance of the Kerry goal, the required composure was sorely lacking. Geaney (0-2), O’Sullivan and two from full-forward Linnane had the champions home and hosed returning to the dressing room at the break. The contest petered out thereafter. The second-half would produce just six scores.

Clare’s attacking woes didn’t let up – Sexton and goalkeeper Killian Roche on target from the placed ball to bring their tally to 0-3. For Kerry, Gavin White, goalkeeper Billy Courtney, Michael Foley and Evan Cronin etched their names onto the score sheet. Cork next, and plenty of room for improvement.

Scorers for Kerry: C Geaney (0-4); C Linnane (0-1 free), S O’Sullivan (0-2 each); B Courtney (0-1 free), E Cronin (0-1 free), G White, M O’Connor, B Sweeney, M Foley (0-1 each).

Scorers for Clare: K Sexton (0-2, 0-2 frees); K Roche (0-1, 0-1 free).

KERRY: B Courtney (Dr Crokes); D Brosnan (Gneeveguilla), J Foley (Ballydonoghue), T O’Sullivan (Dingle); G White (Dr Crokes), M Breen (Beaufort), D O’Brien (Glenflesk); M O’Connor (Dingle), JM Foley (Kilgarvan); B Ó Seanacháin (Ballydonoghue), B Sweeney (Listowel Emmetts), S O’Shea (Kenmare); S O’Sullivan (Templenoe), C Linnane (Beale), C Geaney (Dingle).
Subs: E Cronin (Spa) for Linnane (44 mins), D O’Shea (Kenmare) for O’Sullivan (53), G O’Sullivan (Dromid Pearses) for White (53), B Barrett (Ardfert) for S O’Shea (55), M Foley (Spa) for S O’Sullivan (55), R Buckley (Listry) for Foley (57).

CLARE: K Roche (Cooraclare); K Kileen (Kilmurry Ibrickane), N McCarthy (Lissycasey), C Pyne (Killimer); P Lillis (Cooraclare), C Downes (Naomh Eoin), C Hehir (St Joseph’s); K Burke (Cooraclare), S O’Donoghue (Cooraclare); C O’Halloran (Éire Óg), C Murray (St Joseph’s), P McNamara (Kilmaley); E Tubridy (Doonbeg), K Sexton (Kilmurry Ibrickane), A Sweeney (St Breckan’s).
Subs: N Murray (O’Currys) for McNamara (HT), C Brennan (Clondegad) for Burke (HT), J Morrissey (Cooraclare) for Tubridy (42 mins), D Foran (Killimer) for A Sweeney (55), R McMahon (Kildysart) for Pyne (55).

Referee: J Ryan (Cork)



Admission Details

Adults: €10
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Under 16’s do not require a ticket

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Team News

The Kerry Minor Football Team to play Clare in the Quarter Final of the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Minor Football Championship in Austin Stack Park on Wednesday evening at 7pm contains just one of the side that won the All Ireland title last year – Mark O’Connor at midfield who also captains the side. Stephen O’Sullivan, who was introduced as a sub in all of Kerry’s games last year is named at corner forward and Jason Foley, also a sub last year, is named at full back. (Last year’s centre back, Andrew Barry, who is recovering from injury is included on the extended panel).

The team is as follows:
1. Billy Courtney Dr. Crokes
2. Darren Brosnan Gneeveguilla
3. Jason Foley Ballydonoghue
4. Tom O’Sullivan Dingle
5. Gavin White Dr. Crokes
6. Mike Breen Beaufort
7. Daniel O’Brien Glenflesk
8. Mark O’Connor (Capt.) Dingle
9. John Mark Foley Kilgarvan
10. Brian Ó Seanacháin Ballydonoghue
11. Bryan Sweeney Listowel Emmets
12. Sean O’Shea Kenmare
13. Stephen O’Sullivan Templenoe
14. Cormac Linnane Beale
15. Conor Geaney Dingle

Fir Ionaid
16. Eoghan O’Brien Churchill
17. Dara O’Shea Kenmare
18. Evan Cronin Spa
19. Graham O’Sullivan Dromid Pearses
20. Ronan Buckley Listry
21. Brandon Barrett Ardfert
22. Jack Morgan Austin Stacks
23. Michael Foley Spa
24. Jack Goulding Ballyduff

Bainistíocht:
Bainisteoir: Jack O’Connor (Dromid Pearses)
Roghnoirí: Micheal O’Shea (Castlegregory), Eamon Whelan (St Senans).
Treanalaí: Alan O’Sullivan and Arthur Fitzgerald.
Captain: Mark O’Connor (Dingle)
Kitman: Ger O’ Mahony,
Physio: Kieran O’Shea,
Liaison Officer: Christy Killeen

Extended Panel players:
Darren Casey St. Mary’s
Micheal Foley Ballydonoghue
Mark Sugrue Renard
Colin Griffin Austin Stacks
Cian Ó Murchú An Ghaeltacht
Andrew Barry Na Gaeil
Ferdia O’Brien Austin Stacks
Micheal Reidy Ballymacelligott
Karl Mullins Kerins O’Rahillys

Clare

1. Killian Roche (Cooraclare)
2. Pearse Lillis (Cooraclare)
3. Niall McCarthy (Lissycasey)
4. Kieran Killeen (Kilmurry-Ibrickane)
5. Conor Downes (Naomh Eoin)
6. Killian Burke (Cooraclare)
7. Colm Pyne (Killimer)
8. Killian Brennan (Clondegad)
9. Sean O’Donoghue (Cooraclare)
10. Conor O’Halloran (Éire Óg)
11. Keelan Sexton (Kilmurry-Ibrickane)
12. Padraig McNamara (Lissycasey)
13. Alan Sweeney (St Breckan’s)
14. Nigel Murray (O’Curry’s)
15. Cormac Murray (St Joseph’s Milltown)

Electric Ireland Munster MFC Q-Final – Cork 2-15 Limerick 2-7

Cork defeated Limerick by 2-15 to 2-7 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Quarter-Final on Wednesday April 15th at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick.



No surprise as Cork far too strong for Limerick

Report by Denis Hurley for the Irish Examiner newspaper

LIMERICK 2-7 CORK 2-15: Little in the way of surprise at the Gaelic Grounds as Cork eased to an eight-point Electric Ireland Munster MFC win over Limerick. Beforehand, the bookmakers reckoned the handicap was nine points. Even if Cork had covered it, there would still be room for improvement ahead of the semi-final against Kerry but manager Donal O’Sullivan was taking both positives and negatives from the tie.

“We learned a lot,” he said. “We were happy with the victory but there are a lot of aspects that we’d be worried about ahead of the Kerry game. “Defensively, we were naïve. They weren’t lacking commitment but they got caught out a few times. Limerick’s forwards would trouble a lot of teams, maybe we could have played a sweeper but we wanted to see what we could do without one.”

Cork’s first three attacks yielded points from Stephen Leonard – a late replacement for the injured Shane Kingston – and two by Steven Sherlock, but once Limerick got past halfway they gave indications that they might contend. James Ryan drew a save from Cork goalkeeper Chris Kelly and moments later Ed Sheehy found Mark Connolly, who slotted his shot to the net. When Andrew White sent over a free, the hosts had the lead but it would prove to be a fleeting experience.

Midfielder Eoin O’Brien and Sherlock restored the advantage to Cork before David Loweny was fouled for a penalty after Gary Murphy and Conor Hughes had combined to feed him. While Aaron Murphy got a hand to Sherlock’s spot-kick, he couldn’t keep it out and in quick-time Cork were seven points clear. Connolly’s second goal, after he won a good delivery and slalomed past two defenders, suggested that Limerick could make things difficult again, but Cork’s reply was as emphatic as it was swift.

Murphy, so central to Cork’s attacking forays, used his speed to good effect and, while he could have taken on his own shot from a tight angle, he handpassed across goal, allowing David Lowney to palm home. The exchange of points by White and Daniel Ó Duinnín ensured that the seven-point gap remained at half-time, Cork ahead by 2-9 to 2-2, and the second half didn’t challenge that pattern.

Leonard continued to take advantage of his inclusion as he kicked three further points, including a pair of well-taken frees, and Murphy got in on the scoring act too. White remained accurate from dead balls for Limerick but it wasn’t until Diarmuid Kelly scored on 54 minutes that they got a point from play. Cork’s defence, while not ultra-tight, was a bit more secure and no real goal chances accrued, ensuring that the outcome wasn’t in question.

The next assignment for Cork is a semi-final clash against Kerry on May 13 and O’Sullivan is hopeful of improvement between now and then. “We’ve a couple of players injured who’d be big players for us, the likes of Shane Kingston and Tom Bushe. We’re playing Galway in a challenge game shortly and we’ll find out as we go along.”

Scorers for Cork: S Sherlock 1-5 (1-0 penalty, two frees), D Lowney 1-1, S Leonard 0-4 (two frees), G Murphy 0-2, D Ó Duinnín, C Hughes, E O’Brien 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: M Connolly 2-0, A White 0-4 (frees), D Kelly, J Ryan (free), P Maher 0-1 each.

CORK: C Kelly (Éire Óg); N Walsh (Douglas), T O’Connell (Clonakilty), C Dennehy (St Finbarr’s); S Powter (Douglas), R Walsh (Castlehaven), K Dwyer (Macroom); D Ó Duinnín (Cill na Martra), E O’Brien (Douglas); S McEvoy (Clonakilty), D Lowney (Clonakilty), C Hughes (Canovee); S Leonard (Ilen Rovers), G Murphy (Castletownbere), S Sherlock (St Finbarr’s).
Subs: S Madigan (Buttevant) for O’Connell (10, injured), R Fowley (Buttevant) for Hughes (43), C O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers) for Ó Duinnín (52, injured), S Lucey (Ballincollig) for Dennehy (54), S O’Neill (Kildorrery) for Sherlock (58), S O’Driscoll (Glanmire) for Murphy (58).

LIMERICK: A Murphy (Fr Caseys); F Murphy (Kilteely-Dromkeen), L O’Connell (Mungret), D Hanley (Ballysteen); J Wallace (Glin), S Ivess (Newcastlewest), S Murphy (Newcastlewest); A Kerins (St Senan’s), M Whelan (Hospital-Herbertstown); A White (Rathkeale), M Morrissey (Rathkeale), E Sheehy (Granagh-Ballingarry); D Kelly (Newcastlewest), M Connolly (Adare), J Ryan (Athea).
Subs: A Storan (Mungret) for Morrissey (25), P Maher (Adare) for Sheehy (half-time), R Hayes (St Senan’s) for White (51), D Corrigan (Kildimo-Pallaskenry) for Kelly (54), G Brennan (Claughaun) for F Murphy (60), C Stephenson (St Patrick’s) for Wallace (60).

Referee: S Lonergan (Tipperary)



Admission Details

Adults: €10
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Under 16’s do not require a ticket

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Team News

Limerick Manager Jerry O’Sullivan has named his starting team for the Munster Minor Football Quarter final V Cork. There are 4 player on this team that were on the 2014 team that was defeated by Cork, Luke O’Connell, Sean Murphy, Sean Ivess and Mikey Morrissey. The Limerick Captain is Mikey Morrissey from the Rathkeale club.

Limerick Minor Football Team and subs for game V Cork on Wednesday 15th April in Gaelic Grounds.

1. Aaron Murphy Fr. Casey’s
2. David Hanley Ballysteen
3. Luke O’ Connell Mungret
4. Fionn Murphy Killteely-Dromkeen
5. John Wallace Glin
6. Sean Ivess Newcastlewest
7. Sean Murphy Newcastlewest
8. Adam Kerins St.Senan’s
9. Michael Whelan Hospital-Herbertstown
10. Andrew White Rathkeale
11. Mikey Morrissey Rathkeale CAPTAIN
12. Ed Sheehy Granagh Ballingarry
13. Diarmuid Kelly Newcastlewest
14. Mark Connolly Adare
15. James Ryan Athea

The Cork Minor Football team is named as –

1. Chris Kelly (Éire Óg)
2. Nathan Walsh (Douglas)
3. Tiarnan O’Connell (Clonakilty)
4. Conor Dennehy (St. Finbarrs)
5. Sean Powter (Douglas) Capt.
6. Ronan Walsh (Castlehaven)
7. Kevin Dwyer (Macroom)
8. Daniel Ó Duinnin (Cill na Martra)
9. Eoin O’Brien (Douglas)
10. David Lowney (Clonakilty)
11. Gary Murphy (Castletownbere)
12. Conor Hughes (Canovee)
13. Sean McEvoy (Clonakilty)
14. Shane Kingston (Douglas)
15. Stephen Sherlock (St. Finbarrs)
16. Mark White (Clonakilty)
17. Cathal O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers)
18. Shane O’Driscoll (Glanmire)
19. Seamus Madigan (Buttevant)
20. Stephen Leonard (Ilen Rovers)
21. Ryan Fowley (Buttevant)
22. Shane O’Neill (Killdorrey)
23. Sean Wilson (Douglas)
24 Sean Lucey (Ballincollig)

Tuesday late change to Cork team: No 20 Stephen Leonard (Ilen Rovers) is drafted on to the starting 15 following Shane Kingston’s defection due to injury. Evan Ryle (Carrigaline) is added to the bench and will wear no 14.

Management; Donal O’Sullivan (Castletownbere) – Bainsteoir; Andrew McCarthy, (Inniscarra) – Maor Foirne; Tom Dorgan, (Ballincollig); Mick Comyns, (St. Finbarrs); Paul Holland (Argideen Rangers).

Medical Officer: Dr. Fiachra Ó Deasunaigh, (Bishopstown). Physiotherapist: Niamh O’Sullivan, (Castletownbere).

Stats: Brian Walsh (Aghada). Maor Uisce: Mark Byrne (Glanmire), Ollie O’Sullivan (Castletownbere)

Munster MFC Q-Final – Tipperary 2-16 Waterford 1-7

Tipperary defeated Waterford by 2-16 to 1-7 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Quarter-Final on Wednesday April 15th at Semple Stadium Thurles.



Tipperary go into cruise control in second-half

Report by Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Job done for Tipperary at Semple Stadium last evening as Charlie McGeever’s hosts blew away Waterford to book their place in the Electric Ireland Munster MFC semi-finals. For Tipp, it’s a last four clash with a playoff winner on May 13 as Waterford attempt to regroup for a knockout fixture with Limerick next week. But Waterford will feel they have something to work on after posing some problems for Tipp in the first-half.

In front of over 600 spectators, the visiting Déise found themselves 0-1 to 0-5 behind midway through the first half but were ahead after scoring 1-2 in four minutes. Goal chances were missed at either end before a slow burner burst into life in the final ten minutes of the first-half. Tipp dual star Stephen Quirke, the county’s minor hurling captain, and Jack Kennedy had been calling the tune for the winners before Conor Murray flashed life into Waterford.

Murray had bagged a couple of points before setting up Shane O’Meara for a 26th minute goal. Tipp’s response was good, however, as Kennedy scored two points before another dual player, Tommy Nolan, added another in first-half stoppage time. Tipp were 0-8 to 1-3 clear at half-time before Sean White notched Waterford’s only point from play of the second-half on the resumption. That was the cue for Tipp to gain control as they hit 1-5 without reply to end this as a contest.

Delahunty scored the 35th minute goal, pouncing on Waterford goalkeeper Kevin Dwane’s error.With the sun beaming from the Killinan End into his eyes, Dwane failed to deal with Kennedy’s pointed effort that dropped short. Delahunty was in no mood for charity and fisted home to hand Tipp a 1-11 to 1-4 advantage.

A second goal arrived 10 minutes later and this time Dwane had no chance as sub Brendan Martin coolly slotted beneath his body from Shane Power’s pass. That was pretty much that as Tipperary kept the scoreboard ticking over until the finish, with Kennedy, Martin and Ross Peters adding further points. Sean White kept the Waterford flag flying with a couple of placed balls interrupting Tipp’s scoring runs but this was too easy for the home side, who are rated as a team to watch in this year’s championship.

The obvious reward for Tipp’s victory is the avoidance of both Cork and Kerry until a potential Munster final. There is some obvious talent in the Tipp ranks, with Quirke and Kennedy shining like beacons and, having contested three successive provincial deciders from 2011-13, the chances are that Tipp will contest a second Munster final under McGeever’s watch.

Scorers for Tipperary: J Kennedy 0-5 (3f), J Delahunty 1-2, B Martin 1-1, S Quirke 0-3, A Buckley & T Nolan 0-2 each, R Peters 0-1.

Scorers for Waterford: S O’Meara 1-0, S White 0-3 (1f, 1 45), C Murray 0-2, D Looby (f) & M Sweeney 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: C Manton; T Lowry, M Irwin, T Fitzgerald; M Kehoe, S Power, L Fahy; J Kennedy, T Nolan; A Buckley, S Quirke, D Owens; E Moloney, C Cashman, J Delahunty.
Subs: B Martin for Cashman (h.t.), J Bergin for Fahy (45), B McGrath for Delahunty (48), G Whelan for Fitzgerald (52), R Peters for Nolan (55), J Butler for Kehoe (57).

WATERFORD: K Dwane; C McCarthy, S Ryan, D O’Grady; N Montgomery, D McGuckian, C Barry; C Looney, C Prunty; D Looby, D Guiry, S O’Meara; M Sweeney, S White, C Murray
Subs: M Culloo for Looney (40), D McGrath for O’Meara (44), M Phelan for Looby (44), G Sheehan for Montgomery (53), E Kelly for Sweeney (58).

Referee: B Kelly (Clare)



Admission Details

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Team News

The Tipperary minor football team to play Waterford in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Quarter Final in Semple Stadium on Wednesday night at 7pm has been announced.
Danny Owens captains the side making it a memorable double for his Moyle Rovers Club as his team mate & club colleague Stephen Quirke captained the Tipperary minor hurlers last week, with Emmett Moloney of Drom & Inch the other dual player.
In all 6 of last years starting 15 in the Munster Semi -Final line out again in Charlie McGeever’s side as they get their campaign under way.

Charlie Manton (Fethard), Tommy Lowry (Arravale Rovers), Morgan Irwin (Moyle Rovers), Tadhg Fitzgerald (Moyle Rovers), Liam Fahy (Rockwell Rovers), Danny Owens Capt. (Moyle Rovers), Mark Kehoe (Kilsheelan Kilcash), Tommy Nolan (Drom & Inch), Stephen Quirke (Moyle Rovers), Aidan Buckley (St. Patricks), Jack Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials), Shane Power (Galtee Rovers), Emmett Moloney (Drom & Inch), Conor Cashman (Cahir), Jack Delahunty (Newport).

Waterford minor football team to play Tipperary on Wednesday night in Thurles.

1. Kevin Dwane Ballinacourty
2. Conor McCarthy Ballinacourty
3. Stephen Ryan Nire
4. Darragh O’Grady Brickey Rangers
5. Carthach Barry Brickey Rangers
6. John Elstead Ballinacourty
7. Neil Montgomery Ballinacourty
8. Ciarán Looney Nire
9. Conor Prunty Ballinacourty
10. David Looby Ballinacourty
11. Conor Murray Rathgormack
12. Shane O’Meara Nire
13. Michael Sweeney Stradbally
14. Sean White Gaultier
15. Dylan Guiry Nire


Fixture Details

When – Wednesday April 15th at 7pm

Where – Semple Stadium Thurles

Referee – Barry Kelly (Clare)
Standby Referee – Richard Moloney (Limerick)
Linesman – Damien Fox (Clare)
Sideline Official – Rory McGann (Clare)
Umpires – Michael Howe, Maurice Healy, Robbie Healy, Micheál Crehan (Clare)

Extra time – (2 periods x 10 minutes only) to be played if sides finish level at the end of 60 minutes

Next Round – the winners play the winners of the second play-off game in the in the semi-final on May 13th. The losers will play the losers of Cork v Limerick in the first Play-Off game on Wednesday April 22nd.

Admission Prices –
Adult – €10
Student/OAP with appropriate ID Card – €5
Under 16s are free


For the Record

Waterford Tipperary
2015 Team Management Tim Lenehan – Manager

 

Gary Hurney – Coach

Selectors – Oran Curran  David Nugent, John Browne

Jonny Flavin – Physio

 

Charlie McGeever – Manager

Selectors – Niall Fitzgerald, Kieran Healy, Michael Power and Shane Stapleton.

Mike O’Sullivan – Coach

2015 Team Captain Dylan Guiry (Nire) Danny Owens
(Moyle Rovers)
2014 Championship Performance Lost to Tipperary by 2-11 to 2-7 in first round.

Defeated Clare by 6-9 to 4-12 in second play-off game.

Lost to Cork by 1-14 to 1-8 in semi-final.

Defeated Waterford by 2-11 to 2-7 in the first round.

Lost semi-final to Kerry by 2-18 to 0-7

Number of Munster Minor Football titles 0 7
Last Munster Minor Football Title N/A 2012
Munster Minor Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 44
Won – 8
Lost – 31
Drawn – 5
Played – 55
Won – 27
Lost – 24
Drawn – 4
Last meeting in the Munster Minor Football Championship 2014 Munster Minor Football Championship first round at Fraher Field Dungarvan on April16th – Tipperary 2-11 Waterford 2-7.

MUNSTER GAA FOOTBALL MINOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2015

First Round

Wednesday April 15th

@ Semple Stadium Thurles           Tipperary v Waterford                      @ 7pm
@ Austin Stack Park Tralee           Clare v Kerry                                     @ 7pm

@ Páirc na nGael Limerick            Cork v Limerick                                 @ 7pm

 

Play-off 1

Wedneday April 22nd  

@ TBC                                               Cork or Limerick v Tipperary or Waterford

Play-off 2

Wednesday April 29th 

@ TBC                                               Clare or Kerry v Winner of Play-Off 1. 

Semi-Finals

Wednesday May 13th

@ TBC                                   Winners of Clare v Kerry v Winners of Cork v Limerick
@ TBC                                   Winners of Tipperary v Waterford v Winners of Play-Off 2     

Final
Sunday July 5th

@ TBC                                                                                                                       @ 12:00 noon


Munster Minor Football Championship Roll Of Honour

Kerry (43) 1931, 1932, 1933, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014.

Cork (29) 1939, 1952, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2010

Tipperary (7) 1934, 1935, 1955, 1984, 1995, 2011, 2012

Clare (3) 1929, 1930, 1953

Limerick (1) 1956


Munster Minor Football 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 in 1929 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/mf_teams/


Munster Minor Football Cup

The Tadhg Crowley Cup was presented by Munster Council in 1990 to commemorate late Munster Council Treasurer. Tadhg was elected as Munster Council Treasurer in 1968 and served until his death in December 1989. A teacher by profession, he also served as Kerry County Board Secretary from 1955 until 1970. Tadhg was recognized as a specialist in organizing and handling styles and gates at Munster Championship games.


All Ireland Minor Football Championship

In the Minor Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Kerry top the charts with 12 titles while Cork are tied for second with Dublin with 10 titles. Clare won the first All-Ireland Minor Football title in 1929 while Tipperary’s two All-Ireland successes at this grade came in 1934 and 2011. Between them Munster counties have accounted for 25 All-Ireland Minor Football titles, ahead of Leinster and Ulster (20 titles each) and Connacht (18 titles).

Kerry were All-Ireland Minor Football Champions in 1931, 1932, 1933, 1946, 1950, 1962, 1963, 1975, 1980, 1988, 1994, 2014

Cork were All-Ireland Minor Football Champions in 1961, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1974, 1981, 1991, 1993, 2000

Click here for details about Clare v Limerick Munster SHC Semi-Final on June 4th