Munster Ladies Football Senior Championship Final – Kerry 2-13 Cork 2-4

Kerry defeated Cork by 2-13 to 2-4 in the Munster Ladies Football Senior Championship Final on Saturday July 11th at in Mallow.

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Focus on Cork’s Ciara O’Sullivan

By Jackie Cahill

DESPITE all of the huge success that Cork’s ladies footballers have enjoyed over the past decade, it’s the one that got away that’s referenced the most.
Banagher in county Offaly played host to a shock of seismic proportions in 2010, when Tyrone stunned Cork in the TG4 All-Ireland senior quarter-final.
It was a dreadful afternoon for Cork who lost Bríd Stack and Aisling Barrett to the sin-bin, and Ciara O’Sullivan and Geraldine O’Flynn to cruciate knee ligament injuries.
O’Sullivan, Cork’s current captain, worked her way back to full fitness but in the 2012 All-Ireland semi-final against Monaghan, she damaged the same knee again.
Remarkably, she lined out in the final against Kerry and played until the 57th minute before being replaced by Annie Walsh.
A six-week gap between semi-final and final allowed O’Sullivan to strengthen the knee with gym work to a strong enough level where it would hold tough.
After another Brendan Martin Cup win, she then went for surgery.
“In some ways, 2010 was nearly better,” the Mourneabbey player reflected.
“I wasn’t missing anything, we were knocked out and I was back in time for the knockout stages of the championship the following year.
“But it was sickening to do it after three minutes and Geraldine’s was five or six minutes later.
“My sister (Roisin) had done hers the year before so I had a fair idea that it could have been that (cruciate) alright.
“In 2012, I thought there was no way I had done it again. I didn’t have a fraction of the pain from the first time.
“I played on for a bit but was more upset when I got the result of that MRI.
“The final was still to come in a few weeks and that was the most upset I’ve been over the course of the two of them.
“But then Galway drew with Kilkenny in the All-Ireland hurling final and our match got pushed back. That gave me extra time I the gym and made a big difference.
“Thankfully I played the final and got the operation then afterwards.”
When it happened first in 2010, O’Sullivan and O’Flynn helped each other along virtually every step of the way along the road to recovery.
“I rehabbed with Geraldine,” O’Sullivan says. “Not that I’d have wished Geraldine to tear hers but it was good that we were both coming back at the same time, jogging at the same time, twisting at the same time.
“It was good to have someone. I’d still go to training and feel part of it so it wasn’t a big deal when I came back because I’d been there all the time
“But fitness-wise, it was a big deal trying to get back to the pace of it again.
“Touch wood, the knee is ok now but you’d be more conscious of it as well. We do a lot of work with Cork building it up before matches and training, hopping on one leg and that kind of thing. That’s because of the amount of us that it’s happened to.”
Tomorrow evening in Mallow, Cork start as red-hot favourites to retain their TG4 Munster championship crown against Kerry, a team who have presented them with some problems in recent years.
The Leesiders will also start as the team to beat in the race for All-Ireland glory in September.
If they do manage to retain the Brendan Martin Cup, Cork will have made it ten All-Ireland titles in eleven seasons.
They rode their luck at Croke Park last year, O’Sullivan admits, as they came from ten points down in the final 20 minutes to pip Dublin.
With typical honesty, O’Sullivan reveals how she believed the game was gone before one of the greatest sporting comebacks of all time unfolded.
She explains: “With 20 minutes to go, we weren’t thinking about making a big comeback.
“We were just thinking about making it a little bit less embarrassing.
“It’s grand to say now that we knew we would come back, with hindsight, but at the time, we were in Croke Park on the biggest day of Ladies football and borderline disgracing ourselves.
“All of our plans had gone out the window and we just wanted to bring it back to some sort of respectable scoreline.
“As time went on and we got back in it and made it a bit more respectable, then we could think about having a go alright – but not with 20 minutes to go.
“I don’t think anybody, realistically, was thinking at ten points down that we could get it back. It was about bringing down the score and see where we went after that.”

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers – Cork 0-20 Clare 0-17

Cork defeated Clare by 0-20 to 0-17 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers on Saturday July 11th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

SHC R2: Cork break Clare in the end


By Jackie Cahill at Semple Stadium, Thurles for

A sensational late scoring burst from Cork ensured that the Rebels gained revenge for their 2013 All-Ireland final defeat to Clare at Semple Stadium this evening.

Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s Leesiders came from two points down to win by three with a run of five unanswered points to book a place in the All-Ireland quarter-finals. Patrick Horgan was superb for Cork in that late scoring burst, hitting four points split evenly between frees and play.

Paudie O’Sullivan came off the bench to pop over the insurance score for Cork, who scored 20 points but registered as many wides. Clare were wasteful too in front of 25,245 spectators in Thurles, racking up a tally of 17 wides over the 70 minutes. And for the second successive year in the qualifiers, the Banner County bow out.

They were in a good position when sub Colm Galvin opened up a 0-17 to 0-15 advantage but Cork had that late sting in the tail as they scored a second successive championship win. At half-time, Cork led by 0-10 to 0-9 in what was an intruiging tactical battle.

Both teams operated with sweepers and two-man inside lines, ensuring that goal chances were at a premium. There were some sublime pieces of skill nonetheless, most notably when Conor Lehane’s audacious flick found Patrick Horgan in the 25th minute, before Lehane collected a return pass to fire over.

But Cork, playing against a diagonal breeze, were dreadfully wasteful in that first half, registering eleven wides. Horgan was responsible for four of them, including three from play, but he would emerge as the match winner.

Scorers for Cork: P Horgan 0-8 (5f), P Cronin, S Harnedy & C Lehane 0-2 each, A Walsh, C Murphy, B Cooper, A Cadogan, J Coughlan & P O’Sullivan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: T Kelly 0-5 (1f), C McGrath 0-3, Colin Ryan (2f) & S O’Donnell 0-2 each, D McInerney, Conor Ryan, S Golden, D Honan & C Galvin 0-1 each.

CORK: A Nash; D Cahalane, S McDonnell, B Murphy; A Walsh, M Ellis, C Murphy; B Lawton, D Kearney; B Cooper, P Cronin, P Horgan; A Cadogan, S Harnedy, C Lehane. Subs: R O’Shea for Kearney (43), J Coughlan for Cadogan (50), P O’Sullivan for Cronin (59), D McCarthy for Lawton (65).

CLARE: P Kelly, D McInerney, C Dillon, S Morey; B Bugler, P O’Connor, J Browne; Conor Ryan, Colin Ryan; J Conlon, T Kelly, S Golden; D Honan, S O’Donnell, C McGrath. Subs: A Cunningham for Conlon (half-time), P Donnellan for Colin Ryan (43), C Galvin for Golden (49), D Reidy for Morey (57), J Conlon for Honan (67).

Referee: Barry Kelly (Westmeath)


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Team Cork Senior Hurling
1. Anthony Nash (Kanturk)
2. Damien Cahalane (St. Finbarr’s)
3. Stephen McDonnell (Glen Rovers)
4. Brian Murphy (Bride Rovers)
5. Aidan Walsh (Kanturk)
6. Mark Ellis (Millstreet)
7. Cormac Murphy (Mallow)
8. Daniel Kearney (Sarsfields)
9. Bill Cooper (Youghal)
10. Conor Lehane (Midleton)
11. Patrick Cronin (Bishopstown)
12. Brian Lawton (Castlemartyr)
13. Alan Cadogan (Douglas)
14. Seamus Harnedy (St. Ita’s)
15. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers)

16. Patrick Collins (Ballinhassig)
17. Shane O’Neill (Bishopstown)
18. William Kearney (Sarsfields)
19. Killian Burke (Midleton)
20. Aidan Ryan (Midleton)
21. Rob O’Shea (Carrigaline)
22. Stephen Moylan (Douglas)
23. Paudie O’Sullivan (Cloyne)
24. Luke O’Farrell (Midleton)
25. Jamie Coughlan (Newtownshandrum)
26. Darren McCarthy (Ballymartle)

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers – Dublin 1-17 LImerick 1-16

Dublin defeated Limerick by 1-17 to 1-16 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers on Saturday July 11th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Paul Ryan inspires Dublin to come-from-behind victory over Limerick


By Conor McKeon for the Irish Independent

A little pulse from a team that looked, not too long ago, to be flatlining. Indeed, eight points down in the first half tonight in a fraught, tense All-Ireland SHC qualifier with Limerick in Thurles, a search for a blue pulse mightn’t have come up with much.
But Dublin grew.

A Dosty O’Callaghan second half goal. A tour de force from Paul Ryan (0-12, 6f). Danny Sutcliffe relocating his form. And a compelling demonstration from Liam Rushe as to his best position. They all conspired to put Dublin through in a breathless finale. Dublin displayed lots of their insecurities in the first half.

On one side, 1-8 conceded wasn’t a bad tally to concede. But their use of the ball and their own 0-7 haul wasn’t going to even nearly cut it against a Limerick team still shaky from their own provincial misfortune.

Conal Keaney and Mark Schutte tore Laois’s full-back asunder a week previous but against Seamus Hickey and Richie McCarthy, neither player had nearly the same effect. Partly, Dublin’s ball in wasn’t particularly measured or inventive but mostly, those two – McCarthy in particular – revelled in a straight-up raffle for ball against their direct men.

With Limerick edging ahead, David Breen rounded Liam Rushe in the 26th minute and buried a shot past Gary Maguire. At 1-7 to 0-2, Limerick’s day looked pretty straight forward. Yet Dublin redoubled their efforts around the breaking ball area, dropping both wing-forwards deep and with the recalled Daire Plunkett making occasional spurts in behind Limerick’s cover, Dublin got back into it.
Paul Ryan hit three frees, one of which was bought expertly by substitute, Dosty O’Callaghan. Ryan hit another from play and with Danny Sutcliffe providing a more coherent conversation between Dublin’s defence and attack, Mark Schutte scored a fourth Dublin point on the trot to put Ger Cunningham’s team to within four. Ryan, however, missed a free on the stroke of half-time.

One that might, had he converted, have laid a little more uncertainty into Limerick’s half-time appraisal of an otherwise dominant effort. As it happened, the break never stunted Dublin’s momentum. With Ryan dropping deep, they generated the first four scores of the second half to go level but Limerick hit back with four of their own, from Seánie Tobin.

Only a goal, it seemed, would turn this game Dublin’s way and O’Callaghan, loitering behind a breaking ball, provided it to finally put Dublin one up. Limerick came back hard but Ryan gave an exhibition of scoring from long range and Rushe, several instances of brutish leadership at the back.

Ryan’s final point put Dublin two up but Tobin ensured a climax and in all the fussing and fumbling of a desperately pressure-filled final passage, Dublin held out for an All-Ireland quarter-final spot.

SCORERS – Dublin: P Ryan 0-12 (6f), D O’Callaghan 1-0, D Plunkett 0-2, R O’Dwyer, M Schutte, C Boland 0-1 each. Limerick: D Hannon 1-2 (0-1f), S Tobin 0-6 (5f), S Dowling 0-4 (2 ‘65, 2f) G Mulcahy 0-2, P O’Brien, K Downes.

DUBLIN: G Maguire; P Schutte, C Crummey, S Barrett; S Durkin, L Rushe, N Corcoran; D Plunkett, J McCaffrey; E Dillon, R O’Dwyer, D Sutcliffe; P Ryan, C Keaney, M Schutte. Subs: D O’Callaghan for Dillon (29), J Boland for Corcoran (50), C Boland for Keaney (58), D Treacy for M Schutte (65 inj)

LIMERICK: N Quaid; S O’Brien, R McCarthy, S Hickey; P O’Brien, G O’Mahony, W McNamara; J Ryan, P Browne; G Mulcahy, D Breen, C Lynch; S Dowling, K Downes, D Hannon. Subs: D Morrissey for McNamara (43), S Tobin for Dowling (43), D O’Grady for Breen (55), D Reify for Hannon (65), C King for Browne (69)

REF: C McAllister (Cork)


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LIMERICK: Nickie Quaid; Seamus Hickey, Richie McCarthy, Seanie O’Brien; Paudie O’Brien, Gavin O’Mahony, Wayne McNamara; Paul Browne, James Ryan; David Breen, Declan Hannon, Shane Dowling; Graeme Mulcahy, Kevin Downes, Cian Lynch.

DUBLIN: Gary Maguire; Niall Corcoran, Cian O’Callaghan, Paul Schutte; Chris Cummey, Liam Rushe, Shane Barrett; Johnny McCaffrey, Ryan O’Dwyer; Cian Boland, Eamon Dillon, Danny Sutcliffe; Paul Ryan, Conal Keaney, Mark Schutte

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers – Tipperary 3-21 Louth 0-7

Tipperary defeated Louth by 3-21 to 0-7 in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers on Saturday July 11th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Tipperary win one-sided encounter with Louth

By Eoghan Cormican for the web site

Tipperary 3-21 Louth 0-7

Tipperary comfortably accounted for a truly abysmal Louth effort in the opening game of the Thurles triple-header this afternoon. The home outfit were full value for their 23-point win in this massively one-sided round 2B football qualifier clash.

The writing was on the wall for Colin Kelly’s charges from very early in the second period, Colin O’Riordan’s goal on 41 minutes moving Tipperary 3-13 to 0-6 clear. O’Riordan’s speculative effort from 65-metres out slipped through the gloves of Louth ‘keeper Craig Lynch, summing up a truly miserable day at the office for the Wee County.

Kevin O’Halloran, Barry Grogan and Conor Sweeney landed points to swell the winners tally, with Louth failing to register a single score in the first 32 minutes of the second-half. Having played against the elements in the first period, Tipperary had put themselves in a superb position come half-time, leading 2-10 to 0-6.

Ger Mulhaire, who earned a late call up at the expense of Brian Fox, stole through for a second minute goal, with Tipperary’s second green flag arriving on 27 minutes. Tommy Durnin produced a foot-block to deny Conor Sweeney and referee Rory Hickey was in no hesitation awarding a Tipperary penalty. Sweeney dusted himself down to dispatch the place-kick.

Louth wasted two placed ball efforts approaching the break and, indeed, the visitors failed to add to their tally in the final 12 minutes of the first-half. For the home outfit, Peter Acheson landed two fine points from midfield, while Kevin O’Halloran was razor sharp from the dead-ball situation. The Portroe corner-forward finished the half with four points to his name.

Scorers for Tipperary: K O’Halloran (0-7, 0-4 frees, 0-2 ’45’s); C Sweeney (1-2, 1-0 pen, 0-1 free); C O’Riordan (1-1), G Mulhaire (1-0); R Acheson, P Austin, M Quinlivan (0-2 each); B Grogan (0-1 free), S Kennedy, L Casey, J Lonergan, B Fox (0-1 each)

Scorers for Louth: D Byrne (0-2); R Burns (0-1 free), C Judge (0-1 free), R Holdcroft, P Smith (0-1 each)

Tipperary: E Comerford; C McDonald, P Codd, J Feehan; S Kennedy, R Kiely, A Campbell; C O’Riordan, P Acheson; G Mulhair, C Sweeney, L Casey; K O’Halloran, M Quinlivan, P Austin.
Subs: B Fox for Mulhair (43), C O’Shaughnessy for Kennedy (44), J Lonergan for Casey (45), B Grogan for Austin (48), A Morrissey for Acheson (60), B Mulvihill for Kiely (62)

Louth: G Lynch; P Rath, D Finnegan, A Williams; D Byrne, D O’Hanlon, A Reid; T Durnin, J Cailiff; B Duffy, P Smith, C McKeever; R Burns, C Judge, R Holdcroft.
Subs: E O’Connor for C McKeever (24 mins), C Grimes for Judge (26), E Lafferty for O’Hanlon (HT), Jim McEneaney for Califf (43), D Maguire for Holdcroft (44), D McComish for Lafferty (51, bc).

Referee: R Hickey (Clare)


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The Tipperary Senior Football team to play Louth, in the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2B, in Semple Stadium, on Saturday next July 11th at 2.45pm has been announced by manager Peter Creedon.

Peter has been forced to make a number of changes to the side that played Kerry in the Munster semi-final due to player injuries.

Four players coming in are from this year’s U21 side which reached the All-Ireland Final. Jimmy Feehan from Killenaule makes his Senior Championship debut at corner back, while Ian Fahey from Clonmel Commercials lines out in midfield.

Upfront, Liam Casey from Cahir and Kevin O’Halloran from Portroe make their full Senior Championship debuts also, with both having previously been introduced as replacements against Kerry, while Liam also got a run out against Waterford in the Munster quarter-final. Liam and Kevin bring their valuable U21 experience into the attack as Tipperary bid to make it one step nearer to an All-Ireland Quarter-Final.

Ruled out through injury are Steven O’Brien and George Hannigan who both lined at midfield the last day.

The team for Saturday lines out as follows;

Evan Comerford – Kilsheelan Kilcash
Ciarán McDonald – Aherlow
Paddy Codd Capt. – Killenaule
Jimmy Feehan – Killenaule
Seamus Kennedy – Clonmel Commercials
Peter Acheson – Moyle Rovers
Alan Campbell – Moyle Rovers
Colin O’Riordan – J K Brackens
Ian Fahey – Clonmel Commercials
Brian Fox – Eire Óg Annacarty
Conor Sweeney – Ballyporeen
Liam Casey – Cahir
Kevin O’Halloran – Portroe
Michael Quinlivan – Clonmel Commercials
Philip Austin – Borrisokane