Christy Ring Cup Hurling – Kerry 1-23 Meath 2-18

Kerry defeated Meath by 1-23 to 2-18 in the second round of the Christy Ring Cup Hurling on Saturday May 9th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

Kingdom survive major scare to progress to semi-finals

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Kerry, beaten finalists for the last two years, moved into the semi-finals of this year’s Christy Ring Cup at Austin Stack Park in Tralee yesterday, but not before getting a major scare.

It came from a very committed and skilful Meath side, who had Kerry on the ropes for three-quarters of the game, but the Kingdom’s experience and patience saw them over the line, 1-23 to 2-18.

Meath were quick off the blocks and with Jack Regan unerring from frees and converting a 20th minute penalty which appeared highly debatable. Kerry were relying on Shane Nolan from frees, after Colm Harty gave them a first minute lead, with a cracking goal. However Meath were employing a sweeper and with Michael Burke, James Toher, and Damien Healy to the fore, Kerry just could not crack the system, as Meath led 1-13 to 1-9 at the interval.

Kerry played much better in the second half, with the introduction of Sean Weir on the 40, and it was Kerry’s bench that proved crucial in this comeback. Still three points adrift, Kerry rallied with Shane Nolan (2) and sub Rory Horgan levelling the contest as Meath visibly wilted, with Nolan giving Kerry the lead in the 55th minute and they never looked like losing it.

Padraig Boyle added a long range free, while Daniel Collins, and former Tipp minor underage star, John O’Neill pushed Kerry five clear, and Willie McGrath’s late goal, was a mere consolation.

Fixture Details

09.05.2015 (Sat)
Round 2(A)
Tralee 12:30
Ciarraí v An Mhí
Referee: Declan O’Driscoll (Luimneach)
(E.T. if Necessary)

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Munster Senior Camogie Semi-Final – Tipperary 0-14 Limerick 0-7

Tipperary defeated Limerick by 0-14 to 0-7 in the Munster Senior Camogie Semi-Final on Saturday May 9th at the Tipperary Camogie Grounds, The Ragg.

Tesco Homegrown National Ladies Football League Division 3 Final – Sligo 2-12 Waterford 2-8

Sligo defeated Waterford by 2-12 to 2-8 in the Tesco Homegrown National Ladies Football League Division 3 Final on Saturday May 9th at Parnell Park Dublin.

Tesco Ladies National Football League Division 3 final

Sligo 2-12 Waterford 2-8

By Jackie Cahill at Parnell Park, Dublin

PADDY Henry’s Sligo claimed a remarkable come-from-behind victory against Waterford in this afternoon’s Tesco Ladies National Football League Division 3 decider at Parnell Park. The Yeats County girls were eight points down in the first half but rallied to claim a first League crown since their 1995 Division 3 success.

In the process, Sligo claimed promotion to Division 2 for the 2016 campaign and the manner of victory was all the more startling given that Waterford beat them by 22 points in the group stages of the League campaign. Sligo, admittedly depleted, suffered a 0-6 to 5-13 whipping early in the season and when Waterford full-forward Sinead Ryan bagged two first half goals this afternoon, the big fear was that the Déise would run riot again.

But Ryan’s opposite number and player of the match Katie Walsh turned the game on its head to finish with a personal haul of 2-4. And after Waterford steamed into a 2-3 to 0-1 lead in the first half, they were outscored by 0-5 to 2-11 for the remainder of the game. Sligo also registered eight wides in the first half, as Waterford had just the one, but the roles were reversed after half-time as the runners-up finished with six second half wides.

Pre-match favourites Waterford grabbed the first goal of the game in the tenth minute, when Ryan struck from close range after Michelle Ryan’s attempted point struck the upright. And when Ryan netted again just two minutes later, after Aileen Wall’s defence splitting pass opened up the Sligo defence, Waterford were eight points clear.

But Sligo rallied with three successive points before Walsh slotted home a penalty after Emma Murray was sin-binned for a foot block offence. By half-time, Sligo were back in the hunt, trailing by 1-4 to 2-4, and they took over in the second period.

Walsh’s second goal handed them the lead for the first time and it was one they would not relinquish. Gráinne Kenneally became the second Waterford player to enter the sin-bin midway through the second half and Sligo had goalkeeper Noelle Gormley to thank for a fine save to deny Shauna Dunphy 12 minutes from time. Waterford rallied to within two points down the home straight but their day ended in miserable fashion when Murray was sent off for a second bookable offence in the 56th minute.

Scorers for Sligo: K Walsh 2-4 (1-0 pen, 0-1f), S Reynolds & S O’Reilly 0-2 each, B Byrne, E O’Reilly, K Moloney & D McGrath 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: S Ryan 2-3 (0-2f), A Wall 0-2, G Kenneally, M Delahunty (f) & M Ryan 0-1 each.

SLIGO: N Gormley; O McGowan, G O’Loughlin, C Casey; R Goodwin, E Codd, J Mulligan; S McTiernan, B Byrne; E O’Reilly, S O’Reilly, S Reynolds; L.A. Laffey, K Walsh, K Moloney.
Subs: L Brett for Moloney (22), D McGrath for Laffey (40), G Carty for Brett (57).

WATERFORD: K Hannon; L Wall, K McGrath, E Murray; M McGrath, E Power, M Dunford; N Fennell, M Wall; G Kenneally, M Delahunty, A Wall; M Ryan, S Ryan, A Murray.
Subs: C McGrath for Fennell (h.t.), S Dunphy for Wall (42), H Landers for A Murray (53).

Referee: J Murphy (Carlow)

Tesco Homegrown National Ladies Football League Division 1 Final – Cork 3-8 Galway 1-14

Cork and Galway played out an exciting draw in the Tesco Homegrown National Ladies Football League Division 1 Final on Saturday May 9th at Parnell Park Dublin.

Tesco Ladies National Football League Division 1 final

Cork 3-8 Galway 1-14

By Jackie Cahill at Parnell Park, Dublin

LORNA Joyce’s late point salvaged a replay for Galway in this afternoon’s enthralling Tesco Ladies National Football League Division 1 final at Parnell Park. Galway, runners-up in 2010, 2007, 2005 and 1979, had holders Cork rattled at the Donnycarney venue but couldn’t deliver the knockout punch.

Galway led by four points in the second half when they were awarded a penalty after Cork goalkeeper Martina O’Brien impeded Geraldine Conneally. The penalty responsibility fell to Annette Clarke, who converted two in last year’s Division 2 decider, but the midfielder dragged her effort well wide.

Having wriggled off the hook, Cork netted almost immediately at the other end, Valerie Mulcahy picking up the pieces after Doireann O’Sullivan’s shot was well saved by Johanna Connolly. Cork sub Rhona Ní Bhuachalla made a positive impact with eight minutes left, netting a third goal for the Rebelettes as they moved two points clear, 3-8 to 1-12.

But Galway had a kick left in them and after Tracey Leonard kicked her eighth point, and sixth from play, Joyce swung over the leveller.
Leonard had five points from play in the first half for Galway, who trailed by 0-6 to 1-6 at the break. Ciara O’Sullivan’s 15th minute goal separated the sides, palmed over the line following a neat interchange of passes with Valerie Mulcahy, scorer of 1-5.
The sides had been level twice in the early stages before O’Sullivan’s goal but Leonard kept the Tribeswomen in the hunt with a remarkable display of sharpshooting.

But Galway opened the second half with a run of 1-4 without reply to transform a three-point deficit into a four-point lead. Points from Clarke and Louise Ward brought Kevin Reidy’s Westerners to within a point before former All-Ireland minor medallist Ward banged home a stunning goal six minutes after half-time.

Leonard added two frees for a four-point lead but resilient Cork were boosted by Clarke’s miss and did enough to claim a replay, which will take place next Saturday, May 16 at a venue to be confirmed.

Scorers for Cork: V Mulcahy 1-5 (0-4f), C O’Sullivan & R Ní Bhuachalla 1-0 each, R Buckley, A Walsh & D O’Sullivan each.

Scorers for Galway: T Leonard 0-8 (2f), L Ward 1-1, A Clarke, B Hannon, P Gleeson, E Concannon & L Joyce 0-1 each.

CORK: M O’Brien; M Ambrose, R Phelan, B Stack; V Foley, R O’Sullivan, G O’Flynn; R Buckley, B Corkery; C O’Sullivan, A Hutchings, A Walsh; D O’Sullivan, V Mulcahy, O Finn.
Subs: E Scally for Finn (38), R Ní Bhuachalla for Hutchings (42), L Joyce for Concannon (57), G Kearney for Walsh (51).

GALWAY: J Connolly; S Gormally, E Flaherty, Á Seoighe; N Connolly, N Ward, S Burke; A Clarke, G Conneally; B Hannon, P Gleeson, L Ward; O Divilly, T Leonard, E Concannon.
Subs: C Cormican for N Connolly (38), O Farmer for D O’Sullivan (57), A Daly for Divilly (51).

Referee: G Corrigan (Down)