Eirgrid All-Ireland Under 21 Football Championship Final – Tyrone 1-11 Tipperary 0-13

Tyrone defeated Tipperary by 1-11 to 0-13 in the Eirgrid All-Ireland Under 21 Football Championship Final on Saturday May 2nd at Parnell Park Dublin.

All-Ireland U21 Football: Tyrone beat Tipp in final


Reporter: Paul Keane at Parnell Park for GAA.ie

Cathal McShane struck the crucial Parnell Park goal as Tyrone came from behind to secure a dramatic fifth EirGrid All-Ireland U-21 football title. The big midfielder gave a warrior’s display, picking up an injury in the process of the historic 47th minute strike which forced his substitution late on.

Tyrone just about held on his absence as Tipp, trailing by three points entering injury-time, pulled two back through inspirational captain Colin O’Riordan. But Tommy Toomey’s side would come up just short in their remarkable bid to add a first U-21 crown to the county’s minor success of 2011.

As for Tyrone, their first win at the grade since 2001 was earned the hard way with few even expecting them to beat Roscommon in the semi-finals. They trailed by two at half-time here and by the same margin with 14 minutes remaining but finished strong for a famous win. They only downside was an injury-time second yellow card for defender Michael Cassidy.

Tyrone came into the encounter seeking to move level with Galway on joint third in the U-21 roll of honour. But it was first-time finalists Tipp that neutrals favoured after a breakthrough campaign that yielded landmark wins over Cork and holders Dublin.

Tipp’s side contained four of the starting team from the 2011 All-Ireland minor final while John McGrath, a starter then, came on this time. Steven O’Brien and O’Riordan were both on that minor final team four years ago at nearby Croke Park and have formed a dominant midfield axis at U-21 level.

O’Riordan, an All Star nominee last year and a target for Aussie Rules scouts, proved difficult for Tyrone to handle throughout. He won primary possession at midfield and drove forward impressively, winning one free that Kevin O’Halloran converted.

O’Halloran scored three points in the first-half in all to give Tipp a 0-7 to 0-5 half-time lead. They were good value for it as they attacked with efficiency and recycled the ball cleverly. Full-forward Josh Keane helped himself to a brace of points while Ian Fahey and Bill Maher were also on the mark.

Tyrone were terribly wasteful in attack, shooting 10 first-half wides that must have frustrated legendary attackers Peter Canavan and Brian Dooher in their management team. Full-forward Daniel McNulty blasted three of those wides though partly redeemed himself by winning and then converting a free on the stroke of half-time.

Mark Bradley, a late addition to the team in place of Ruairi McGlone, hit two points for the Red Hands in the opening half. Both sides were forced to undergo a second warm up due to a 45-minute stoppage at half-time after a ‘medical emergency’ in the crowd. It didn’t affect the quality which improved marginally on the first-half offering.

McGlone came into the Tyrone attack and pointed immediately before firing a goal chance narrowly wide. The resurgent Red Hands did draw level at 0-8 apiece before Tipp reopened the two-point gap with 15 minutes to play.
It was anyone’s game now but a well worked 47th minute Tyrone goal finished superbly by McShane swung it decisively in their direction. The green flag put them one ahead and while they moved 1-11 to 0-11 clear approaching injury-time they were forced to battle for their lives in added-time.
Scorers for Tyrone: Cathal McShane 1-0, D McNulty 0-3 (0-3f), Lee Brennan 0-2 (0-2f), Mark Bradley 0-2, Mark Kavanagh 0-2, Conor Meyler 0-1, Michael Cassidy 0-1.

Scorers for Tipperary: Kevin O’Halloran 0-6 (0-5f), Josh Keane 0-3 (0-1f), Colin O’Riordan 0-2 (0-1f), Ian Fahey 0-1, Bill Maher 0-1.

TYRONE: Sean Fox; Ruairi Mullan, Padraig Hampsey, Ciaran McLaughlin; Michael Cassidy, Ruairi Brennan, Kieran McGeary; Frank Burns, Cathal McShane; Mark Kavanagh, Conor Meyler, Matthew Walsh; Mark Bradley, Daniel McNulty, Lee Brennan.
Subs: Ruairi McGlone for Walsh (HT), Ruairi Kelly for McShane (59), Peter McKenna for Lee Brennan (63).

TIPPERARY: Evan Comerford: Colm O’Shaughnessy, Jimmy Feehan, Kevin Fahey; 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.
Subs: John McGrath for Paul Maher (53).

Referee: Fergal Kelly (Longford)

Fixture Details

02.05.2015 (Sat)
Eirgrid GAA Football All Ireland U21 Championship Final
Parnell Park, Dublin 18:00
Tiobraid Árann v Tír Eoghain
Referee: Fergal Kelly (An Longfort)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Video – Colin O’Riordan speaking ahead of the game

Team News

Ahead of their historic EirGrid All-Ireland U21 Football Final against Tyrone on Saturday next, May 2nd, at 6pm in Parnell Park, Dublin, the Tipperary management team led by manager Tommy Toomey have announced their side to contest Tipperary’s first ever All-Ireland Final appearance at this grade.

Keeping the tremendous faith he has about his panel all through the campaign, Tommy has announced the same starting XV that defeated Dublin in the semi-final, in what all Tipperary supporters hope will be a winning formula for success on Saturday evening.

TIPPERARY (U21F v Tyrone) – 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)

Admission Details

Adult: €20/£18
Students/OAP’s: €15 (concession tickets only available at the grounds on match day)
Juveniles do not require a ticket

This is an unreserved fixture.

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GAA Go coverage

Tipperary fans who live outside Ireland and can’t make it home for the All-Ireland U-21 football final this Saturday they can access it on GAAGO at https://gaago.rte.ie/fixture/FU21-F/

Our coverage will include the live game and pre and post match analysis from TG4. GAAGO is only for use outside of Ireland. For any technical questions our FAQ’s should cover it https://gaago2.desk.com/ if any supporters want any further information just drop us an email at support@gaago.ie and we’ll be in touch.

Tesco Homegrown National Ladies Football League Division 4 Final – Offaly 3-7 Limerick 1-8

Offaly defeated Limerick by 3-7 to 1-8 in the Tesco Homegrown National Ladies Football League Division 4 Final on Saturday May 2nd at Parnell Park Dublin.

Daly shoots Offaly to Ladies Division 4 triumph

Report from RTE.ie

Mairéad Daly fired Offaly to Tesco Ladies National Football Division 4 glory on Saturday afternoon at Parnell Park. Daly, who netted twice in the 2013 All-Ireland junior final, was up to her old tricks again on the national stage as she scored 3-1.

The Faithful County won a second Division 4 crown in three seasons, with third tier football next season the big prize on offer for the winners. In dreadful conditions at Parnell Park, St Rynaghs player Daly shone like a beacon from the start as the Shannonsiders were left heartbroken at the Donnycarney venue.

Daly netted as early as the second minute to put Offaly on the road to victory and at half-time, the winners led by 2-5 to 0-3 having played with the breeze from the start. Daly grabbed her second goal two minutes before half-time, finishing from close range after Linda Sullivan’s attempted point bounced off the upright.

Sullivan was also impressive for Offaly in that opening half with two points from play but Limerick, in contrast, struggled for scores.
Ace forward Dymphna O’Brien finished with four points for Limerick but she was held scoreless from play. And when Daly completed her treble in fortuitous fashion early in the second half, the game was up for Limerick.

Daly’s shot proved too hot to handle for Martina Giltenane as the ball squirted through the Limerick goalkeeper’s grasp in the greasy conditions. That goal handed Offaly an unassailable ten-point lead – 3-5 to 0-4 – but spirited Limerick responded almost immediately with their only goal of the game. Shauna Ryan’s long-range free went all the way to the net as Limerick were handed a glimmer of hope and while the margin was trimmed to five points by full-time, Offaly held out for a comfortable win and promotion.

Scorers for Limerick: S Ryan 1-1, D O’Brien 0-4f, S Carroll 0-2, A Neary 0-1.

Scorers for Offaly: M Daly 3-1, L Sullivan 0-3, R Egan, O Heavey (f) & K Furey (f) 0-1 each.

Limerick: M Giltenane; J Garvey, L Hanley, K Reidy; O Giltenane, S O’Sullivan, Y Culhane; N Richardson, A Meaney; M Kelleher, B Cahill, A Neary; D O’Brien, S Carroll, S Ryan.
Subs: C Coughlan for Richardson (7), G Regan for Coughlan (HT), A Regan for Cahill (49), M Curtin for Carroll (50), M O’Shea for O Giltenane (53).

Offaly: L Devery; A Byrne, C Bennett, M Guinan; N Farrelly, R Egan, C O’Connor; E Dalton, A Norris; A Corbett, O Heavey, K Furey; M Daly, E McEvoy, L Sullivan.
Sub: S Farrelly for Bennett (54).

Irish Daily Star Division Two Camogie League Final – Waterford 3-10 Laois 2-5

Waterford defeated Laois by 3-10 to 2-5 in the Irish Daily Star Division Two Camogie League Final on Saturday May 2nd at Netwatch Cullen Park.

Christy Ring Cup – Kerry 2-17 Down 2-10

Kerry defeated Down by 2=17 to 2-10 in the first round of the Christy Ring Cup on Saturday May 2nd at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

Fixture Details

02.05.2015 (Sat)
Christy Ring Cup Round 1
Tralee 13:00
Ciarraí v An Dún
Referee: John Keane (Gaillimh)
(E.T. if Necessary)