All-Ireland SFC Qualifiers – Kildare 1-21 Cork 1-13

Kildare defeated Cork by 1-21 to 1-13 in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers on Saturday July 25th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Listless Cork felled by Qualifier kings Kildare

By Brendan O’Brien, Semple Stadium for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kildare 1-21 Cork 1-13

Kildare more than lived up to their reputation as the Qualifier kings with a comprehensive victory over a disappointingly flat Cork side in their All-Ireland qualifier Round 4A qualifier at Semple Stadium this evening. Time and again in recent seasons the Leinster county has resurrected their summer with a long and winding run through the back door. They will now once again see action in the month of August after confounding the majority of pre-match expectations and odds.

Kildare had been heavily beaten by Dublin in Leinster before righting the ship in the Qualifiers, first with a narrow win against Offaly and then with a comprehensive beating of Longford. Cork, of course, were seven days off a Munster final replay loss to Kerry. The hangover looked pronounced.

Cork could argue that nothing went right for them on the night between James Loughrey’s early black card, Alan O’Connor’s loss before half-time with suspected knee damage and Conor Dorman hitting the crossbar soon after the interval. Not to mention Kevin O’Driscoll’s straight red after 55 minutes.

That would be to gloss over a listlessness that made one wonder how this was the same group of players who had a Munster title snatched from their grasp by Kerry. To think, too, that Kildare probably should have lost their summer opener to Laois. Such is the beauty, sometimes terrible, of the qualifiers.

The sides chaperoned each other closely through the first 25 minutes or so with the scores standing at four points apiece before Kildare went on the rampage to claim eight of the next nine white flags before the half-time whistle. Dorman hitting the crossbar with a palmed effort after 37 minutes was compounded shortly after when Niall Kelly – superb all evening – finished off a team move at the far end with a lovely effort to the net and suddenly Kildare led by seven.

Cork fell away thereafter and the gap had grown to a dozen points before Colm O’Neill caught the Kildare defence napping when sending a free low into the semi-guarded net with 13 minutes to go. Points soon after from Colm O’Neill and Brian Hurley gave the hint of it being an unlikely comeback.

It wasn’t. Kildare steadied and saw out the remainder of this comfortably enough despite losing Emmet Bolton to a late red card.

Scorers for Kildare: N Kelly (1-3); E O’Flaherty (0-5 frees); P Fogarty (0-3, 1 free); A Smith and P Cribbin (0-2); M Donnellan (0-2 frees); O Lyons, E Doyle, P O’Neill, C McNally (all 0-1).

Scorers for Cork: C O’Neill (1-4, 1-2 frees): D O’Connor (0-5, 4 frees); B O’Driscoll, M Collins, P Kerrigan and B Hurley (all 0-1).

Kildare: M Donnellan; O Lyons, C Fitzpatrick, M O’Grady; K Mufrnaghan, E Doyle, E Bolton; T Moolick, P Cribbin; C McNally, E O’Flaherty, P O’Neill; N Kelly, A Smith, E Callaghan
Subs: P Fogarty for Callaghan (inj, 35+4); P Kelly for O’Grady (38); M Sherry for O’Flaherty (black card, 51); M Conway for McNally (57); F Conway for Kelly (64); G Whyte for Smith (71).

Cork: K O’Halloran; S Cronin, J O’Sullivan, M Shields; C Dorman, J Loughrey, B O’Driscoll; A O’Connor, E Cadogan; C O’Driscoll, M Collins, K O’Driscoll; C O’Neill, D O’Connor, P Kerrigan
Subs: B O’Driscoll for Loughrey, black card (12); F Goold for O’Connor (inj, 20); B Hurley for C O’Driscoll (HT); T Clancy for Cronin (43); J O’Rourke for Dorman (48); D Og Hodnett for O’Sullivan (66).

Referee: M Duffy (Sligo)

Team News

Cork Senior Football to play Kildare

1. Ken O’Halloran (Bishopstown)
2. Michael Shields (St. Finbarr’s)
3. Jamie O’Sullivan (Bishopstown)
4. James Loughrey (Mallow)
5. Stephen Cronin (Nemo Rangers)
6. Brian O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
7. Barry O’Driscoll (Nemo Rangers)
8. Alan O’Connor (St. Colum’s)
9. Eoin Cadogan (Douglas)
10. Colm O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
11. Mark Collins (Castlehaven)
12. Kevin O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
13. Colm O’Neill (Ballyclough)
14. Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers)
15. Donncha O’Connor (Ballydesmond)

16. Paddy O’Shea (St. Vincent’s)
17. Tomás Clancy (Fermoy)
18. Noel Galvin (Ballincollig)
19. Conor Dorman (Bishopstown)
20. Ian Maguire (St. Finbarr’s)
21. Fintan Goold (Macroom)
22. Brian Hurley (Castlehaven)
23. Daniel Goulding (Éire Óg)
24. Donal Óg Hodnett (O’Donovan Rossa)
25. John Hayes (Carbery Rangers)
26. John O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers)

Note: Due to injury Tom Clancy (Clonakilty) and Patrick Kelly (Ballincollig) were not considered for selection for this game.

How they got here

Cork1-20 Clare 1-8 (Munster semi-final)
Kerry 2-15 Cork 3-12 (Munster final) Draw
Kerry 1-11 Cork 1-6 (Munster final) Replay

Kildare 0-16 Laois 0-16 (Leinster quarter-final)
Kildare 3-18 Laois 1-11 (Leinster quarter-final) Replay
Dublin 5-18 Kildare 0-14 (Leinster semi-final)
Kildare 1-15 Offaly 1-13 (Round 2 qualifier)
Kildare 2-24 Longford 0-11 (Round 3 (qualifier)

This will be only the fifth clash between Cork and Kildare in championship history, with previous results as follows:
2012: Cork 2-19 Kildare 0-12 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2008: Cork 2-11 Kildare 1-11 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
1956: Cork 0-9 Kildare 0-5 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1928: Kildare 3-7 Cork 0-2 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Cork are attempting to qualify for the All-Ireland quarter-finals for the 12th time, having missed out on three occasions (2001- 2003-2004) since the new championship system was introduced in 2001. A win would see them reach the last eight for the 11th successive year.

Kildare are bidding to reach the quarter-finals for the sixth time, having previously got there in 2008-2009-2010-2011-2012).


All-Ireland Junior Football Championship Semi-Final – Kerry 3-13 Wexford 2-9

Kerry defeated Wexford by 3-13 to 2-9 in the All-Ireland Junior Football Championship Semi-Final on Saturday July 25th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.

Kerry perform great late escape

By Kieran McCarthy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kerry 3-13 Wexford 2-9: The full-time score gave a somewhat misleading representation as Kerry performed a late escape act in Dungarvan on Saturday afternoon to remain on course for a 16th All-Ireland junior title.

With 46 minutes on the clock, the Munster champions trailed by 2-8 to 0-9 after Michael Dwyer rammed to the roof of the net for Wexford, who were boosted by the arrival of Mattie Forde in the second half.

It forced the Kingdom to take drastic action. Manager Stephen Wallace sprung Brendan O’Sullivan and Thomas Hickey from the bench and the fresh legs powered them forward over the final quarter.

O’Sullivan and Liam Kearney managed to monopolise midfield while Hickey showed enthusiastically in the corner. On 49 minutes, leading marksman Conor Cox palmed to the net at the back post following a fluent passing move and Kerry were back in the game. Seven minutes later, Kearney produced a huge catch before Hickey sprayed across for Cox to punch home once again.

The comeback was complete when Killian Spillane finished another defence-splitting attack involving O’Sullivan and David Culhane in the final minute of normal time. A lethal injection of 3-4 in the space of 13 minutes. It could have turned out very differently as David Power’s Wexford fully deserved their five-point lead entering the last leg of the journey. A thumping drive from Paudie Barden to the top corner of Shane Murphy’s net on 16 minutes gave them encouragement.

Donal Shanley and Niall Harney also knocked over fine scores to leave them 1-6 to 0-7 in the clear at halfway. Only a late brace by Philip O’Connor prevented Wexford from holding a more sizeable advantage.

They kicked on further when Power sent in 2004 All-Star Forde for the second half. The Kilanerin man only needed 50 seconds to make an impression and measure a point from the right wing.

Although Cox and O’Connor pared down the arrears to one, Forde sprinkled more magic dust at the other end. He intercepted a stray sideline ball and slipped a pass inside for Michael Dwyer to finish emphatically past Murphy. A seven-point Kerry win looked implausible before Wallace’s rejig turned things round.

Scorers for Kerry: C Cox (2-4, 4 frees); K Spillane (1-0); P O’Connor (0-3); B O’Sullivan (0-2); T Hickey, L Kearney, J O’Donoghue, J Walsh (0-1 each).

Scorers for Wexford: P Barden (1-1); M Dwyer (1-0); D Shanley (0-3, 3 frees); N Harney (0-2); C Redmond, D Murphy, M Forde (0-1 each).

KERRY: S Murphy; D O’Donoghue, D Culhane, G Crowley; J Walsh, T Morley, E Kiely; G O’Sullivan, L Kearney; P O’Connor, J O’Donoghue, B Crowley; A O’Donoghue, C Cox, J Kiely.
Subs: K Spillane for J O’Donoghue (44); B O’Sullivan for G O’Sullivan (47); T Hickey for Kiely (47); A Barry for A O’Donoghue (56).

WEXFORD: R Cleary; P Curtis, J Rossiter, P O’Keeffe; S Doyle, R Vallejo, G Carty; G Malone, J White; N Harney, D Shanley, M Dwyer; M Rossiter, P Barden, K Rowe.
Subs: M Forde for Rossiter (HT); C Redmond for Rowe (33); A Maddock for Curtis (44); D Murphy for Malone (50); S Gaul for White (58).

Referee: J Bermingham (Cork)

Fixture Details

25.07.2015 (Sat)
GAA Football All-Ireland Junior Championship Semi Finals
Fraher Field, Dungarvan 14:00
Loch Garman v Ciarraí
Referee: James Bermingham (Corcaigh)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Team News

The Kerry Junior Football Team to play Wexford in the All Ireland Junior Football Semi final in Dungarvan on Saturday at 2pm shows one change in personnel from the side that defeated Cork in the provincial final with Listry’s Gary O’Sullivan, introduced as a sub in that game, coming in at midfield in place of Brendan O’Sullivan. Killian Spillane joins the match day panel instead of the injured Greg Gibson. The team, captained by Alan O’Donoghue of John Mitchels is as follows:

1 Shane Murphy Kilcummin
2 Dan O’Donoghue Spa
3 Jack McGuire Listowel Emmets
4 David Culhane Ballylongford
5 James Walsh Knocknagoshel
6 Tadhg Morley Templenoe
7 Gavin Crowley Templenoe
8 Gary O’Sullivan Listry
9 Liam Kearney Spa
10 Brian Crowley Templenoe
11 Jeff O’Donoghue Glenflesk
12 Philip O’Connor Cordal
13 Thomas Hickey Castleisland Desmonds
14 Conor Cox Listowel Emmets
15 Alan O’Donoghue (C) John Mitchels

Fir Ionaid:
16 Darragh O’Shea Ballydonoghue
17 Eamon Kiely Brosna
18 Brian Sugrue Renard
19 Michael Brennan Churchill
20 Brendan O’Sullivan Valentia
21 Jordan Kiely Dr Crokes
22 Adam Barry Brosna
23 David Griffin Ardfert
24 Killian Spillane Templenoe

Bainisteoir: Stephen Wallace (Ardfert)
Roghnoirí: Fergus Clifford (Listry), Denis O’Sullivan (Dromid Pearses), Timmy O’Sullivan (Kerins O’Rahillys)

Additional Info:

Additional Squad Members:
Paudie Clifford Fossa
Roibeard Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht

On the Injured List:
Denis Daly St Marys
Greg Gibson Waterville
Patrick Clifford Templenoe
Liam Carey Beaufort
Brian Rayel Lispole