All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final – Waterford 0-21 Wexford 0-10

Waterford defeated Wexford by 0-21 to 0-10 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday July 24th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

All Ireland SHC Q-F: Comfortable victory for Waterford

All Ireland SHC Quarter-Final

Waterford 0-21 Wexford 0-11

By Jackie Cahill at Semple Stadium for

Waterford erased some of the bitter memories of their Munster final collapse against Tipperary by easing into the All-Ireland semi-finals this afternoon.

Derek McGrath’s Déise recorded an ultimately comfortable 10-point victory over South-East rivals Wexford in this afternoon’s quarter-final clash at Semple Stadium. The scene is now set for a repeat of last year’s All-Ireland semi-final in a fortnight’s time at Croke Park, when Waterford will face champions Kilkenny.

Waterford struck 17 wides over the course of the 70-plus minutes – seven from Austin Gleeson alone, but still had enough about them to cope with the Wexford challenge. Derek McGrath’s team were 10 points ahead in the second half – 0-15 to 0-5 – before Wexford rallied to within five with a run of five unanswered scores.

But Waterford hit back with six on the trot themselves to make this one safe and seal a safe passage to the last four. There was a huge setback for Waterford in the first half, however, as Darragh Fives limped off with what appeared to be a recurrence of a quad injury.

Wexford also lost Eoin Moore in the second period as the Oulart-the-Ballagh defender was stretchered off in agony. By half-time, Waterford had registered as many wides, 12, as points.

They led by 0-12 to 0-05 at the end of a disappointing first half pockmarked by poor shooting and the occasional long-range special. With both sides operating sweeper systems, goal chances were at a premium.

Austin Gleeson registered five of their first half wides, but also contributed a point, as Jamie Barron, Shane Bennett and Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh hit two points each. Waterford’s leading first half scorer was Pauric Mahony, with three of his four points from frees, as Lee Chin hit two points from play Wexford, with Conor McDonald adding two frees.

Waterford raced into a 0-6 to 0-1 lead by the 10th minute as Wexford found scores hard to come by. McDonald went for goal from a 20m free that was blocked in the 13th minute and he was off-target from the resultant 65.

McDonald did nail an 18th minute free to end a 12-minute barren spell on the scoreboard for Wexford, but Waterford seemed to be cruising and operating well within themselves as they went on to lead by seven points at the break.

That massive wides tally in the first half will have been a concern to boss McGrath, however, but with the breeze at their backs in the opening half, and Wexford playing with a massed defence, the temptation was always there to have a pop from outside the 45m line.

Scorers for Waterford: Pauric Mahony 0-8 (6fs), A Gleeson, J Barron, S Bennett, M Walsh, M Shanahan and B O’Halloran 0-2 each, J Dillon 0-1.

Scorers for Wexford: C McDonald 0-5 (4fs), L Chin 0-2, É Martin, L Ryan, J O’Connor and D Dunne 0-1 each.

Waterford: S O’Keeffe; S Fives, B Coughlan, N Connors; D Fives, T de Búrca, Philip Mahony; K Moran, J Barron; Pauric Mahony, A Gleeson, Shane Bennett; M Walsh, M Shanahan, P Curran
Subs: C Gleeson for D Fives (inj., 12), J Dillon for Shanahan (50), B O’Halloran for Curran (55), Stephen Bennett for Shane Bennett (60), C Dunford for Gleeson (temp 64-69), C Dunford for Walsh (70+2).

Wexford: M Fanning; E Moore, M O’Hanlon, P Foley; É Martin, L Ryan, D O’Keeffe; Jack O’Connor, E Conroy; L Óg McGovern; L Chin, D Dunne; H Kehoe, C McDonald, P Morris
Subs: A Kenny for Conroy (27), N Kirwan for Kehoe (45), S Donohue for Moore (inj., 51), A Nolan for Morris (65), Joe O’Connor for McGovern (68)

Referee: A Kelly (Galway).

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Team News

The Waterford Senior Hurling Team to face Wexford on Sunday in the All Ireland Quarter Final has been named.

1. Stephen O’Keeffe (Ballygunner)
2. Shane Fives (Tourin)
3. Barry Coughlan (Ballygunner)
4. Noel Connors (Passage)
5. Tadhg de Burca (Clashmore / Kinsalebeg)
6. Austin Gleeson (Mount Sion)
7. Philip Mahony (Ballygunner)
8. Jamie Barron (Fourmilewater)
18. Darragh Fives (Tourin)
10. Kevin Moran (De La Salle)
11. Shane Bennett (Ballysaggart)
12. Michael Walsh (Stradbally)
13. Patrick Curran (Dungarvan)
20. Pauric Mahony (Ballygunner)
21. Maurice Shanahan (Lismore)

WEXFORD (SHC v Waterford): M Fanning (Glynn-Barntown); E Moore (Oulart The Ballagh), M O’Hanlon (St James), J Breen (Adamstown); D O’Keeffe (St Anne’s), P Foley (Crossabeg/Ballymurn), É Martin (Geraldine O’Hanrahans); J O’Connor (St Martin’s), E Conroy (Naomh Éana); L Óg McGovern (St Anne’s), L Chin (Faythe Harriers), H Kehoe (Cloughbawn); P Morris (Ferns St Aidan’s), C McDonald (Naomh Éanna), D Dunne (Davidston/Courtnacuddy)

They last met in the quarter-final in 2008 when Waterford won an All-Ireland quarter-final clash by 2-19 to 3-15 while their most recent championship clash was two year ago when Wexford won a qualifier tie by 3-15 to 2-15.

Their most recent competitive clash was in this year’s Allianz League Division 1 quarter-final in March when Waterford won by a point (0-17 to 1-13) in Innovate Wexford Park.

Wexford led by 0-8 to 0-2 after 19 minutes but Waterford rallied strongly and were only a point behind (0-9 to 0-8) at half-time. Waterford were four points ahead with ten minutes left before Wexford drew level with a goal from Conor
McDonald and a point from Harry Kehoe. However, a late point from a free by Maurice Shanahan proved the winner.
Wexford are bidding to reach the All-Ireland semi-final for the first time since 2007 while Waterford were there last year, losing to Kilkenny.

Waterford 1-21 Clare 0-17 (Munster semi-final)
Tipperary 5-19 Waterford 0-13 (Munster final)
Dublin 2-19 Wexford 0-12 (Leinster quarter-final)
Wexford 1-21 Offaly 1-13 (All-Ireland qualifier – Round 1)
Wexford 0-23 Cork 1-17 (All-Ireland qualifier – Round 2)

Wexford 3-15 Waterford 2-15 (2014 All-Ireland qualifiers, Nowlan Park)
Wexford: Mark Fanning; Liam Ryan, Matthew O’Hanlon, Keith Rossiter; Andrew Shore, Eoin Moore, Ciaran Kenny; David Redmond, Lee Chin; Harry Kehoe, Podge Doran, Jack Guiney; Liam Og McGovern, Conor McDonald, Paul Morris.
Subs: Diarmuid O’Keeffe for Kehoe; Willie Devereux for Rossiter; Ian Byrne for Devereux; Garrett Sinnott for Redmond; Rory Jacob for McGovern.

Waterford: Stephen O’Keeffe; Noel Connors, Liam Lawlor, Padraig Prendergast; Shane Fives, Kevin Moran, Darragh Fives; Tadhg de Burca, Michael Walsh; Shane O’Sullivan, Pauric O’Mahony, Jake Dillon; Shane Walsh, Colin Dunford, Austin Gleeson.
Subs: Gavin O’Brien for Shane Walsh, Stephen Molumphy for Darragh Fives, Seamus Prendergast for Dillon, Martin O’Neill for Mahony, Stephen Bennett for Lawlor.

Waterford have a good record in quarter-finals, winning seven, drawing one and losing two of their previous ten appearances.
2015: Waterford 2-21 Dublin 1-19
2012: Cork 1-19 Waterford 0-19
2011: Waterford 2-23 Galway 2-13
2010: Waterford 1-16 Galway 0-18
2008: Waterford 2-19 Wexford 3-15
2007: Waterford 2-17 Cork 0-20 (Replay)
2007: Waterford 3-16 Cork 3-16 (draw)
2006: Waterford 1-22 Tipperary 3-14
2005: Cork 1-18 Waterford 1-13
1998: Waterford 1-20 Galway 1-10

This will be Wexford’s sixth quarter-final appearance, having won three and lost two of their previous five.
2014: Limerick 4-26 Wexford 1-11
2008: Waterford 2-19 Wexford 3-15
2007: Wexford 3-10 Tipperary 1-14
2003: Wexford 2-15 Antrim 2-12
2001: Wexford 4-10 Limerick 2-15

Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Quarter-Final – Limerick 0-17 Wexford 0-9

Limerick defeated Wexford by 0-17 to 0-9 in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday July 24th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Electric Ireland MHC Quarter-Final: Limerick finish strongly

Electric Ireland MHC Quarter-Final

Limerick 0-17 Wexford 0-9

By Jackie Cahill at Semple Stadium for

Brian Ryan scored 10 points as Limerick shrugged off their Munster final defeat against Tipperary to book a slot in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland MHC semi-finals.

Ryan hit six frees and four from play as Limerick beat Wexford by eight points to set up an All-Ireland semi-final against Leinster champions Dublin. In what was a disappointing encounter at Semple Stadium, Wexford registered 15 wides and had a second half Barry O’Connor goal ruled out for a square ball.

Limerick’s winning margin flattered the Treaty boys as they finished with a flourish, claiming six of the game’s last seven points to run out comfortable winners, Ryan hitting five of them. Wexford could never get closer than three points to Limerick in the second half and missed a glorious chance in the 42nd minute to cut the margin to two, as Damien Reck fired a free wide.

Limerick took their time burning off Wexford, but eventually did and can now look forward to another All-Ireland semi-final appearance.
Limerick, playing against the breeze, led by 0-8 to 0-5 at the end of a disappointing first half.

Ryan was Limerick’s scorer-in-chief, hitting four pointed frees, as Conor Boylan pitched in with a brace from play. Wexford’s Theo Doyle chipped in with two fine points but between them, the sides managed just six points from play between them in the opening half.

They were level twice in the early exchanges, at two and three points apiece, before Limerick established a 0-7 to 0-3 lead, a run of four unanswered scores comprised of three Ryan frees and a long-range Josh Adams effort.Doyle ended a 21-minute barren spell for Wexford before Kyle Hayes and Wexford’s Reck (free) traded scores approaching the break.

Scorers for Limerick: B Ryan 0-10 (6fs), C Boylan 0-3, J Adams (f), M O’Grady, K Hayes, and D Woulfe 0-1 each.

Scorers for Wexford: D Reck 0-3 (2fs, 1 65), L Stafford and T Doyle 0-2 each, C Flood (f) and A Walsh 0-1 each.

Limerick: M O’Kelly; B Nash, C Nicholas, R Connelly; J Adams, C O’Connor, F Hourigan; J Boylan, D Carroll; M O’Grady, K Hayes, D Woulfe; C Boylan, A Barrett, B Ryan
Subs: C McCarthy for Carroll (30+1), P O’Riordan for Barrett (45), J Flynn for McCarthy (50), C Magnier Flynn for Woulfe (53), C O’Grady for M for O’Grady (57).

Wexford: J Henebery; C Scallan, D Byrne, E Molloy; J Cullen, C Firman, C Flood; G Molloy, A Walsh; L Stafford, D Reck, B O’Connor; C Hearne, M O’Neill, T Doyle
Subs: Q Saunders for Cullen (41), M Doyle for T Doyle (43), S Wall for Hearne (51), E Kelly for O’Neill (56).

Referee: D Hughes (Carlow).

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Team News

The Limerick minor hurling management team of Pat Donnelly (Manager) (South Liberties), selectors Brian Foley (South Liberties), John Mulqueen (Bruff) and Anthony Daly (Coach) has released their team and panel to face Wexford this Sunday noon clash with Wexford in the All Ireland minor hurling championship Quarter final at Semple Stadium Thurles.

The Limerick minor hurling team and panel is as follows
1. Mark O Kelly (Croom), 2. Brian Nash (South Liberties), 3. Conor Nicholas (Monaleen), 4. Ronan Connelly (Adare) 5. Josh Adams (Ballybrown), 6. Ciaran O Connor (Kilmallock), 7. Finn Hourigan (Murroe/Boher), 8. Jerome Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), 9. Darragh Carroll (Newport), 10. Michael O Grady (Knockainey), 11 Kyle Hayes (Kildimo/Pallaskenry)(Captain), 12. David Woulfe (Kilmallock), 13. Conor Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), 14. Anthony Barrett (Kilmallock), 15. Brian Ryan (South Liberties).
16. Jamie Power (Monaleen), 17. Cian Magnier Flynn (Killeedy), 18. John Flynn (Patrickswell), 19. Darren Golden O Mahony (Monaleen), 20. Brian Timmons (Murroe/Boher), 21. Paul O’Riordan (Bruff), 22. Paul O Brien (Mungret/St Pauls), 23. Cal McCarthy (Kilmallock), 24. Conor O Grady (Hospital/Herbertstown).

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers – Clare 2-12 Roscommon 1-9

Clare defeated Roscommon by 2-12 to 1-9 in Round 4A of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers on Saturday July 23rd at Pearse Stadium Salthill.

Roscommon disappoint as Clare’s footballers make history

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

Clare 2-12 Roscommon 1-9

Clare made a little bit of history in Salthill this afternoon, securing a first ever place in an All-Ireland football championship quarter-final at the expense of a Roscommon side whose season petered out tamely after a promising league campaign.

The Banner did make the All-Ireland semi-final as Munster champions in 1992 but this is the first time the county has made the last eight since the back door format was introduced back in 2001 and they made it by playing some superb football.

Clare were exceptional in the first-half, taking the game to Roscommon throughout despite the fact that they faced into a stiff wind and the attempts of the Connacht side to push up on their kickouts and stem their attacks at source.

The problem for Roscommon was that they were ridiculously open at the back which meant that Clare had ample space and time to do damage on those occasions when they were able to manoeuvre possession beyond their own half.

They had already sniffed about Darren O’Malley’s net by the time David Tubridy scored the first goal seven minutes in and another followed on 24 minutes when Jamie Malone finished off a team effort that will be a contender for score of the summer.

Gary Brennan hadn’t much of a hand in either of those scores but the dynamic midfielder had a key role in all half-dozen of Clare’s point in the period. The man was a colossus but he had plenty of support from Colm Collins’ well-oiled side.

Roscommon, by way of contrast, looked rudderless and clueless. So good going forward during the league, they reverted to mass defence against Galway and they appeared lost between those two stools back on this return to Pearse Stadium.

Management made a raft of changes to the team that appeared in the programme but there was no kick in them, not even when Clare’s Cathal O’Connor was harshly sent off on a straight red after catching Niall Daly late with what was an admittedly late tackle after 37 minutes.

That at least set the tone for a scrappy second period that was marked by cards of all three colours. Roscommon’s Kevin Higgins was the next to walk, for a black. Teammates Sean Mullooly and David Murray would follow for a second yellow and a black respectively.

Enda Smith did bring Roscommon back to within three points with his 55th-minute goal but it was a rare score in a low-scoring half until Clare, who spurned a number of good scoring opportunities in the third quarter, rediscovered their rhythm with five of the last seven points.

Croke Park and the last eight awaits them. What a story!

Scorers for Clare: E Cleary (0-6, 2 frees); D Tubridy (1-2, 0-1 free); J Malone (1-0); D Ryan, G Brennan, S McGrath and S Malone (all 0-1).

Scorers for Roscommon: E Smith (1-1); C Murtagh (0-3 frees); S Mullooly and C Devaney (both 0-1); N Kilroy, D Shine and D Murtagh (all 0-1 frees).

Clare: J Hayes; M McMahon, K Harnett, S Hickey; D Ryan, G Kelly, C O’Dea; G Brennan, C O’Connor; J Malone, K Sexton, S Collins; P Lillis, D Tubridy, E Cleary
Subs: P Collins for Tubridy (48); S McGrath for Lillis (52); E Coughlan for Sexton (61); S Malone for Cleary (74); P Burke for S Collins (75); D Burke for Malone (76).

Roscommon: D O’Malley; S McDermott, S Mullooly, N McInerney; J McManus, N Daly, D Murray; D Keenan, C Compton; U Harney, N Kilroy, E Smith; C Cregg, D Shine, C Murtagh
Subs: T Corcoran for Compton (32); C Connolly for Murtagh and K Higgins for Harney (both HT); D Murtagh for Cregg (42); F Cregg for Shine (68).

Referee: P Hughes (Armagh)

Team News

They meet for the first time in a competitive encounter since Round 6 of the 2011 Allianz Football League Division 4 campaign when Roscommon won by 0-16 to 1-10 in Ennis.

Both counties have made great progress since then, with Roscommon now a Division 1 side while Clare won promotion to Division 2 this year.

Roscommon last reached the All-Ireland quarter-finals in 2010, having won the Connacht title. Clare reached the All-Ireland semi-finals as Munster champions in 1992. The new championship system, which introduced quarter-finals, was launched in 2001.

Roscommon 1-15 New York 0-17, Gaelic Park (Connacht first round)
Roscommon 1-21 Leitrim 0-11, Carrick-on-Shannon (Connacht semi-final)
Roscommon 4-16 Sligo 2-13, Dr.Hyde Park (Connacht semi-final)
Roscommon 1-10 Galway 0-13, Pearse Stadium (Connacht final)
Galway 3-16 Roscommon 0-14, Elverys MacHale Park (Connacht final replay)
Clare 0-16 Limerick 0-13 (Munster quarter-final)
Kerry 2-23 Clare 0-17 (Munster semi-final)
Clare 0-14 Laois 1-10 (All-Ireland qualifier – Round 2)
Clare 2-17 Sligo 1-13 (All-Ireland qualifier – Round 3)


All-Ireland Junior Football Championship Semi-Final – Kerry 4-17 Lancashire 3-10

Kerry defeated Lancashire by 4-17 to 3-10 in the All-Ireland Junior Football Championship Semi-Final on Saturday July 23rd at Old Bedians Sports Ground, Manchester.

Second-half goal rush fires Kingdom into junior decider

Kerry 4-17 Lancashire 3-10

Kerry turned on the gas in the second half to ruthlessly crush the best efforts of the Red Roses of Lancashire and set up a final against Mayo on August 6.

The opening half was nip and tuck and, if anything, Lancashire were playing the more composed football as they took the fight to their more renowned visitors.

Michael Higgins pointed for the home team before Kerry took a 0-3 to 0-1 lead as Sean Mici O Conchuir and Kieran Hurley pointed. Kerry native Darren Russell then collected a rebound off the upright to goal for Lancashire. Kerry replied through Niall O’Shea and David Foran to leave the sides tied at the interval, Lancashire 1-6 to Kerry’s 0-9.

Kerry resumed a rejuvenated side after the break, helped by three substitutions, and they put Lancashire to the sword. The Kingdom scored 1-3 without reply, with the goal coming from Kevin O’Sullivan when he easily palmed into an empty net.
Gerry McCaughey replied with a major for the hosts; however Kerry rattled off the next six scores, three of them goals from Kieran Hurley, Robert Wharton and O’Shea.

Young players like Wharton, Andrew Barry, Patrick Clifford, Fionan Clifford, Cathal O Luing, Adrian Spillane and Jason Foley look likely to graduate to Kerry’s senior ranks in the near future. A late consolation goal by McCaughey was just reward for a valiant Lancashire effort.

Scorers – Kerry: K Hurley 1-4, S M O Conchuir 0-6 (2fs), N O Shea 1-2, R Wharton and K O’Sullivan 1-0 each, F Clifford 0-2, J C O’Connor, D Foran and D Roche 0-1 each. Lancashire: G McCaughley 2-0, D Russell 1-1, S Sands 0-3, C Harper 0-2 (1f), M Higgins, C Conway, P McGuirk, and D Meaney 0-1 each.

KERRY – D O’Shea; F Clifford, J Foley, C Ó Lúing; L Bastible, A Barry, R Wharton; A Spillane, M O’Donnell; B Ó Seanacháin, K O’Sullivan, D Foran; S Michéal Ó Conchúir, K Hurley, N O’Shea
Subs: J C O’Connor for M O’Donnell (h-t), P Clifford for L Bastible (h-t), L O’Donoghue for D Foran (h-t), P O’Donoghue for K O’Sullivan (50), D Roche for A Spillane (53), Dara O’Shea for R Wharton (55).

LANCASHIRE – M Donnelly; C Owens, D McTaggart, M Collins; M Higgins, P McGuirk, G Morris; S Sands, N Donnelly; M Comney, G McCaughley, C Mullen; D Russell; C Conway, C Harper
Subs: D O’Malley for G Morris (42), R Devlin for M Collins (43), D O’Neill for C Mullen (43), J O’Hagan for N Donnelly (48), P Murphy (Brendans) for C Conway (55), P Murphy (Mitchels) for D Russell (55).

Ref – N McKenna (Monaghan)

Team News

The Kerry Junior team to play Lancashire in the All Ireland Junior Football Semi Final in Manchester on Saturday (2pm) shows 3 changes in personnel from the side that defeated Cork in the Munster final.

Fionán Clifford comes into the full back line in place of the injured Darren Brosnan; Robert Wharton starts in the half back line instead of Patrick Clifford and Kevin O’Sullivan starts at centre forward in place of team captain Paul O’Donoghue who is carrying an injury. Sean T Dillon, John C. O’Connor and Dara Roche join the substitutes list.

The team lines out as follows:

1 Darragh O’Shea Ballydonoghue
2 Fionán Clifford Waterville
3 Jason Foley Ballydonoghue
4 Cathal Ó Lúing An Ghaeltacht
5 Laurence Bastible John Mitchels
6 Andrew Barry Na Gaeil
7 Robert Wharton Renard
8 Adrian Spillane Templenoe
9 Michael O’Donnell Austin Stacks
10 Brian Ó Seanacháin Ballydonoghue
11 Kevin O’Sullivan Kenmare
12 David Foran St Senans
13 Sean Michéal Ó Conchúir An Ghaeltacht
14 Kieran Hurley St Pats
15 Niall O’Shea Dromid Pearses
Fir Ionaid:
16 Kieran Fitzgibbon Kenmare
17 Dara O’Shea Kenmare
18 Patrick Clifford Templenoe
19 Sean T Dillon St Senans
20 John C. O’Connor Kerins O’Rahillys
21 Lee O’Donoghue Glenflesk
22 Paul O’Donoghue (C) St Marys
23 Dara Roche Glenflesk
24 Adam Barry Brosna

Bainisteóir: Stephen Wallace (Ardfert)
Róghnóirí: Timmy O’Sullivan (Kerins O’Rahillys), Jimmy Keane (Brosna), Brian Hickey (Skellig Rangers).

Additional Players on the Kerry Junior Panel
Daniel Daly (St Marys), Conor O’Shea (St Marys) and Shane Fitzmaurice (Brosna). Darren Brosnan (Gneeveguilla), Stephen O’Sullivan (Templenoe) and Ciarán Keating (Skellig Rangers) were not considered due to injury.

All you want to know about Lancashire
Britain, just like Ireland, is divided into playing counties and within these counties are clubs. In Lancashire, there are 11 clubs. Manchester has 7 clubs: St.Lawrences, St.Brendans, Oisins, St.Peters, St.Annes, St.Marys and Fullen Gaels. In Liverpool there are two clubs: Wolfe Tones and John Mitchels; whilst Ellan Vannin Gaels are from the Isle of Mann and St.Patricks operate out of Chester.

Wolfe Tones are a dual club, whilst Fullen Gaels are a hurling only club. They are joined by Emerald Gaels in Leeds to complete a three team Lancashire Hurling League.

Ladies football is well represented in Lancashire where St.Lawrences, Oisins, John Mitchels and Wolfe Tones compete; they are joined by St.Christophers in Leeds. There are both Senior and Junior leagues to cater for all in both men’s and ladies football.

Lancashire men’s football can claim to be the strongest footballing county outside of London. They last won the All-Britain Inter-County Championship, the ‘Sam Maguire’, apart from this year; in 2013. This was the fourth consecutive year in which they won the competition. On the club front the competition is fierce. Typically, the club which captures the Lancashire Senior Championship go in as favourites for the All-Britain club championships. John Mitchels have won this competition for the last three years, having to compete with the winners of all the other counties. There are 8 competing counties in Britain .St.Peters won it only 6 years ago.

John Mitchels have competed in the All-Ireland Junior Final on two occasions, where they were defeated on both occasions by Kerry clubs. First up, was in 2009 when Skellig Rangers beat them by a single point. Secondly, Brosna stopped them only last year when they were defeated by only a point again. The Liverpool men were once again halted in their pursuit of the All-Ireland glory last year by another Kerry outfit, the impressive Templenoe.

In hurling, Lancashire have entered the Lory Meagher Cup this year for the second time and are competing well.

Kerry or Lancashire?
Darren Russell hails from Kerry and now plays for John Mitchels and Lancashire. He is a small and nippy corner forward and his fantastic ball skills and quickness of thought are a huge asset for Lancashire. He has settled well in Liverpool since he arrived this year and is vital not only vital for his club, John Mitchels; but also for the county.
Name: Darren Russell
DOB: 25/02/1998
Club in Kerry: Asdee
School: Tarbert Comprehensive
Honours: County and Munster Junior B Champions 2014
Difference between football home and abroad: The main difference is probably tactically as here you have many teams playing a short hand passing game where as at home most teams tend to play more direct. There’s definitely a difference in the physicality over here as well.

Kerry Juniors in action in Manchester

The Old Bedians Grounds in Manchester is the venue as Kerry Juniors put their All Ireland title on the line when they take on British champions Lancashire in the semi final that has a 2pm throw in time on Saturday Having won the title last year means that manager Stephen Wallace and his management team had to assemble a whole new team this season and while understandably, they were far from a coherent outfit in their opening game against Limerick, they played well against a seasoned Cork outfit in the Munster final.

Of course it must be conceded that they had a little element of good fortune in that semi final against what was effectively a second string Limerick side and Adrian Spillane’s winner could not have come at a better time given that Limerick had no time to respond. In the provincial decider, we saw the attacking side of the team in the first half while in the second period when their backs were to the wall at times, we saw at first hand the defensive qualities of the side.
Team captain Paul O’Donoghue led by example in those two games but he is rated doubtful for Saturday’s game as is corner back Darren Brosnan, half back Patrick Clifford and Stephen O’Sullivan. John C. O’Connor of Kerins O’Rahillys, who did not play senior championship with his club last year, has been drafted into the panel for Saturday’s game. This is a potential banana skin for Kerry but knowing the management team, they will leave no stone unturned in an effort to reach a third successive final. Referee is Niall McKenna of Monaghan. Beaten finalists from last year, Mayo and beaten semi finalists from last year, Wexford meet in the other semi final, also on Saturday.

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers – Tipperary 1-21 Derry 2-17

Tipperary defeated Derry by 1-21 to 2-17 in Round 4A of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers on Saturday July 23rd at Kingspan Breffni Park Cavan.

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Fightback takes Tipperary’s footballers into their first ever All-Ireland quarter-final

By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tipperary 1-21 Derry 2-17

Conor Sweeney was the hero for Tipperary in Cavan as they mounted a late fightback to reach their first All-Ireland quarter-final. Liam Kearns’ side will face Galway in Croke Park tomorrow week after Sweeney slotted over two additional time points as Tipperary recovered from a Eoghan Brown goal in the 67th minute.

In a fascinating game spoiled by a glut of questionable refereeing decisions that hurt both sides, Derry went two points up via the excellent Danny Heavron in the last minute of regulation time but Tipperary responded impressively with points from Kevin O’Halloran (free) and Sweeney’s sweet brace.

Tipperary would have kicked themselves had they lost this having been five points up on the hour mark. O’Halloran goaled in the 48th minute when he made the most of a poor Thomas Mallon clearance after he fielded a Bill Maher point attempt that had dropped short.

It was Maher’s point which put Tipp five clear but Derry responded with points from Mark Lynch, Liam McGoldrick and Chris Bradley before Brown finished to the net from a move involving Lynch and Ciaran McFaul saw Derry go one up.

Tipperary didn’t register a wide until the 25th minute but they then accumulated four in as many minutes. Aided by the wind, those misses were costly and underlined further by Derry’s flurry towards the end of the half.

In two minutes, Derry took Tipperary for 1-2, a Lynch free and Enda Lynn finding the posts either side of Lynch’s goal, which was created by a brilliant burst from midfield from Heavron, Derry’s best player in that period. Niall Loughlin scored three first-half points but Tipperary were struggling to handle Heavron’s runs.

Both teams were also poor on their own kick-out and at least 1-5 of Derry’s 1-7 first half total came by way of winning ball from Tipperary restarts. Tipperary went in one behind, having scored 10 points, but they badly needed a goal yet it was Derry who were threatening more at the other end.

Tipperary led by four points in the 19th minute but they needed scores from injury-time points from O’Halloran and Quinlivan to give them something more to show for a first half where they were marginally the better side.

Scorers for Tipperary: K. O’Halloran (1-5, 0-4 frees, 0-1 45); M. Quinlivan (0-6, 4 frees); C. Sweeney (0-5); J. Keane (0-2); P. Austin, P. Acheson, B. Maher (0-1 each).

Scorers for Derry: M. Lynch (1-4, 0-3 frees); D. Heavron (0-4); N. Loughlin (0-3); E. Brown (1-0); J. Kielt (0-2, 1 free); E. Lynn, E. Bradley, L. McGoldrick, C. Bradley (0-1 each).

TIPPERARY: E. Comerford; C. McDonald, A. Campbell, J. Feehin; B. Maher, C. O’Shaughnessy, R. Kiely; P. Acheson (c), G. Hannigan; J. Keane, M. Quinlivan, B. Fox; K. O’Halloran, P. Austin, C. Sweeney
Subs for Tipperary: A. Moloney for G. Hannigan (h-t); S. Leahy for R. Kiely (67); M. Hanley for C. O’Shaughnessy (70+4); K O’Halloran (black, 75).

DERRY: T. Mallon; O. Duffy, B. Rogers, C. Mullan; K. McKaigue, C. McKaigue (c), C. McAtamney; C. McFaul, N. Holly; E. Lynn, D. Heavron, N. Loughlin; J. Kielt, E. McGuckin, M. Lynch
Subs for: N. Toner for E. Lynn (43); C. Bradley for J. Kielt (50); E. Bradley for N. Holly (52); L. McGoldrick for O. Duffy (56); E. Brown for E. McGuckin (62); N. Forrester for D. Heavron (inj, 70+3).

Referee: M. Duffy (Sligo)

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Team News

The Tipperary team to play Derry in tomorrow’s All-Ireland Football Championship round 4A qualifier in Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan has been announced by manager Liam Kearns. Liam keeps faith with the starting 15 that lined out against Kerry in their recent Munster Final.

The Tipperary team lines out as follows –

1. Evan Comerford – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
2. Colm O’Shaughnessy – Ardfinnan
3. Alan Campbell – Moyle Rovers
4. Ciarán Mc Donald – Aherlow
5. Bill Maher – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
6. Robbie Kiely – Carbery Rangers
7. Jimmy Feehan – Killenaule
8. Peter Acheson (Capt.) – Moyle Rovers
9. George Hannigan – Shannon Rovers
10. Josh Keane – Golden-Kilfeacle
11. Kevin O’Halloran – Portroe
12. Brian Fox – Éire Óg Annacarty
13. Philip Austin – Borrisokane
14. Michael Quinlivan – Clonmel Commercials
15. Conor Sweeney – Ballyporeen

The Derry team to play Tipperary in Round 4A of the All-Ireland SFC Qualifiers at Kingspan Breffni Park on Saturday (5.00pm) is as follows:
1. Thomas Mallon (An Lúb)
2. Gareth McKinless (Baile an Doire)
3. Chrissy McKaigue (Sleacht Néill) (C)
4. Karl McKaigue (Sleacht Néill)
5. Ciarán McFaul (Gleann)
6. Brendan Rogers (Sleacht Néill)
7. Ciarán Mullan (Eoghan Rua)
8. Conor McAtamney (Suaitreach)
9. Niall Holly (Eoghan Rua)
10. Daniel Heavron (Machaire Fíolta)
11. Christopher Bradley (Sleacht Néill)
12. Eoghan Brown (Baile Eachaidh)
13. James Kielt (Cill Ria)
14. Emmett McGuckin (Machaire Fíolta)
15. Mark Lynch (Beannchar)
16. Conor McLernon (Machaire Fíolta)
17. Neil Forester (Baile Stíl)
18. Liam McGoldrick (Eoghan Rua)
19. Michael McEvoy (Machaire Fíolta)
20. Cailean O’Boyle (Leamhaigh)
21. Oisín Duffy (Forghleann)
22. Niall Toner (Leamhaigh)
23. Niall Loughlin (Grianloch)
24. Emmett Bradley (Gleann)
25. Enda Lynn (Grianloch)
26. Gerard O’Kane (Gleann an Iolair)

Another novel championship pairing as Tipperary bid to reach the All-Ireland quarter-finals for the first time while Derry are attempting to qualify for them for the first time since 2007.

Derry are coming off three successive qualifier wins over Louth, Meath and Cavan while Tipperary beat Waterford and Cork before losing to Kerry in the Munster final.

Tyrone 3-14 Derry 0-12 (Ulster quarter-final)
Derry 1-18 Louth 2-10 (All-Ireland qualifiers – Round 1)
Derry 1-14 Meath 1-11 (All-Ireland qualifiers – Round 2)
Derry 1-17 Cavan 0-18 (All-Ireland qualifiers – Round 3)
Tipperary 1-15 Waterford 1- 7 (Munster quarter-final)
Tipperary 3-15 Cork 2-16 (Munster semi-final)
Kerry 3-17 Tipperary 2-10 (Munster final)


Scór Scriptwriting Competition



Cumann Lúthchleas Gael (GAA) through its cultural branches, Coiste Náisiúnta Scór and Coiste Náisiúnta na Gaeilge is holding an open competition for newly composed original scripts, which would be available to clubs for performance in Léiriú Stáitse and Aithriseoreacht/Recitation for any performer taking part in Scór competitions. The competition details are as follows:-

1) Script for Léiriú Stáitse. Léiriú Stáitse is a stage presentation with a theme based on an aspect of Irish life, culture or folklore (including GAA). It would be a dramatic presentation in serious or comic form, of not more than 10 minutes duration, and which would be performed by groups of at least 3 and not more than 8 people. Simple props may be used.

1st Prize – €500
2nd Prize – €300

2) Aithriseoireacht / Scéalaíocht – Recitation / Storytelling. This competition is for a solo performer and it takes entries in the form of recitations, monologues, poems and stories relating to Ireland (including GAA), its history, local folklore, people or places. Each piece to be of not more than six minutes duration.

1st Prize – €500
2nd Prize – €300

The script writing competition is open to all. Fáilteofar roimh iontrálaithe as Gaeilge agus cuirfear duais speisialta de €200 don Léiriú / Aithriseoireacht Gaeilge is fearr muna mbíonn ceann i nGaeilge sa céad nó sa dara áit.

Prizes will be presented to the winning entries by Aogán Ó Fearghail, Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, at Páirc an Chrócaigh, on a date to be announced. All the Scripts entered will be made available to GAA Clubs in Book Form for use in Scór competitions. Though Scripts are freely available to Clubs, this will not prevent the author from using the work in another Forum should he/she wish to do so. The author will be acknowledged in any performance.

Entries should be sent by email to on or before the closing date of 11 February, 2017.

It is the hope of both Coistí that this project will generate a good response.



Tá an Chumann Lúthchleas Gael tríd Choiste Náisiúnta Scór agus Coiste Náisiúnta na Gaeilge ag reactáil dhá chomórtas – Léiriú Stáitse agus Aithriseoireacht – le h-aghaidh scripteanna nua-chumtha. Sonraí na gcomórtaisí mar leanas:-

1) Léiriú Stáitse. Ba chóir an téama a bheith dírithe ar gnéith den saol Gaelach (CLG san áireamh), cultúr nó béaloideas. D’fhéadfadh an Léiriú Stáitse a bheith drámatúil ach dáiríre nó greannmhar, curtha i láthair ag grúpa ar a bheadh ochtar (8) aisteoirí agus gan níos lú ná triúr (3) sa ghrúpa. Tá teora ama de deich (10) noiméad curtha leis an chomórtas seo de réir rialacha Scór. Beifear in ann fearas stáitse simplí a úsáid.

Céad Duais – €500
Dara Dúais – €300

2) Aithriseoireacht/Scéalaíocht. Fáilteofar roimh iontrálaithe i bhfoirm aithriseoireachtaí, monalóig, dánta agus scéalta maidir le stair na hÉireann (CLG san áireamh), béaloideas áitiúl, daoine nó áiteanna. De réir rialacha Scór tá teora ama de sé (6) noiméad curtha leis an gcomórtas seo.

Céad Duais – €500
Dara Dúais – €300

Tá na chomórtaisí scríobhnóireacht scripte oscailte do chách. Fáilteofar roimh iontrálaithe as Gaeilge agus cuirfear duais speisialta de €200 don Léiriú / Aithriseoireacht Gaeilge is fearr muna mbíonn ceann i nGaeilge sa céad nó sa dara áit.

Bronnfaidh Aogán Ó Fearghail, Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael na duaiseanna ar na buaiteoirí ag ócáid i bPáirc an Chrócaigh ar dáta atá le socrú. Cuirfear na scripteanna ar fáil do chlubanna CLG i bhfoirm leabhar le h-úsáid i gcomórtaisí Scór. Cé go mbeidh na scripteanna ar fáil do chlubanna, ní bheidh cosc ar údar a chuid obair a úsáid ag fóram eile. Tabharfaidh an té/grúpa a bheidh ag aithris nó ag cuir i láthair na bpíosaí, aitheantas don té a chum an script. Foilseofar na h-iontráil i bhfoirm leabhar a chuirfear ar fáil do chlubanna an Chumann Lúthchleas Gael.

Ba cheart na h-iontrálaithe a sheoladh isteach tríd an ríomhphost chuig scó roimh 11ú Feabhra, 2017.

Tá súil ag an dá Choiste go mbeidh an-suim ag daoine sa tionscadal seo.


Tipperary’s history maker Ronan Maher

By Ed Donnelly

The Under 21 Hurling grade at Munster and All-Ireland level first came in to existence in 1964 with Tipperary being the first winners of both titles in a team captained by Francis Loughnane of Roscrea. In the intervening 52 years, many excellent hurlers have played in the Under 21 competition and have gone on to become household names in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship.

During that period, a number of hurlers have progressed from the Minor ranks straight in to their respective Senior inter-county panels and had the task of combining Under 21 and Senior Hurling Championship duties in the same season. In most cases, a young up and coming hurler has assumed a supporting role in their Senior set-up, often starting on the wings or in the corner before progressing in later years to a more central position in the team.

During the history of the GAA, the position of centre-back is usually reserved for a team’s best hurler. Someone who can read the play, help out their fellow defensive colleagues and also mark their own player successfully. It is a position where certainly in previous eras, demanded a physicality not often found in Under 21 players.

And while hurling in more recent years has become a faster game where pace and power are the key ingredients, the centre-back position is rarely entrusted to a young up and coming hurler.
To illustrate this point, in the 52 years since the Under 21 grade began, no Under 21 hurler has ever lined out at centre-back on a successful Munster Senior Hurling Final team until 2016. In his fourth year playing Under 21, Ronan Maher (who will turn 21 on October 9th, 2016) lined out in the centre-back position in the 2016 Munster Final and became the first ever Under 21 hurler to do so on a Munster Senior Hurling Final winning team.

With so many good centre-backs playing for Munster counties over the years, such a statistic seems improbable. Some of the best centre-backs over the years such as Ronan Curran (Cork), Sean McMahon (Clare), Conor O’Mahony (Tipperary) and John Crowley (Cork) would have established themselves on their respective Senior teams at an early age but alas, their county was either not successful at the Senior grade in their early years on the team or they started out playing wing-back before moving in to the centre at the age of 22 or 23.

What makes the achievement of Ronan Maher last Sunday even more remarkable is that one has to delve in the history books all the way back to 1955 to find a centre-back on a Munster Senior Hurling Final winning team as young as the current Tipperary defender. In that season, 18 year old Seamus Ryan of Cappamore lined out at centre-back in Limerick’s 2-15 to 2-6 victory over Clare. Before that, one has to go back to the 1938 season when Waterford were crowned Munster champions thanks to a 3-5 to 2-5 victory over Clare with a certain John Keane lining out at centre-back. John was born on February 16th 1917 so had recently turned 21 before helping his county to Munster Senior honours that season. John’s impact on the game of hurling and of the centre-back position is one of folklore, a position enshrined by John’s inclusion at centre-back on both the Team of the Century (selected in 1984) and the Team of the Millennium (chosen in 1999).

Congratulations to Ronan Maher on this achievement and we look forward to following his career in the Blue and Gold in to the future.

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers – Cork 2-9 Longford 1-6

Cork defeated Longford by 2-9 to 1-6 in Round 3B of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers on Saturday July 16th at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park, Longford.

Colm O’Neill and Pa Kelly power Cork into next round of Football qualifiers

By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Longford 1-6 Cork 2-9

Cork progressed to Round 4A of the All-Ireland qualifiers this afternoon largely thanks to the half-time introductions of Colm O’Neill and Pa Kelly.

After a dire first half, Cork scored 1-4 without reply in the opening 16 minutes of the second half, the first of those scores ending 34 minutes without one. Replacements O’Neill and Kelly scored 1-2 between them, O’Neill showing his finishing prowess for the 49th minute goal after being set up by Sean Powter.

Powter and Michael Hurley added plenty of vim to Cork’s general play in that period, which was in such contrast to the first half when they looked so out of sorts. In Kelly and O’Neill, the ball was sticking in the full-forward line and Kelly was the architect of Ian Maguire’s 61st minute goal, which crowned the win for the visitors.

Both sides lost a man following a brief melee in the 53rd minute, which resulted in straight red cards for James Loughrey, Darren Gallagher and a yellow card for James McGivney. Having seen Michael Brady retire early to injury, Longford were without their starting midfield pair.

Cork’s start was promising and but for a Paddy Collum block in the second minute Peter Kelleher would have been in for his second goal in as many games. It was Kelleher’s highlight in a difficult half for the young Kilmichael man who was hounded by the Longford full-back line.

Points from Loughrey and Paul Kerrigan were the result of Cork putting serious pressure on the Longford kick-out as was Hurley’s effort in the 10th minute, which put them 0-3 to 0-1 ahead.

But Hurley’s strike was their last score of the half. Cork began to struggle on their own kick-out as Alan O’Connor found himself swamped and Longford, guilty of some poor wides as were Cork, were level in the 19th minute when Diarmuid Masterson angled over a fine point.

Then came the penalty goal six minutes later when Robbie Smyth lost his marker Noel Galvin. Although Galvin didn’t appear to foul Smyth, Barry Cassidy thought otherwise despite Smyth being able to find the net. Brian Kavanagh stood up and put Ryan Price the wrong way.

James McGivney added a point in the 34th minute to give Longford a four-point lead, 1-4 to 0-3, going into the break. One they deserved for simply being less awful than their opponents.

Scorers for Longford: B. Kavanagh (1-1, 1-0 pen); R. Smyth (0-2, 1 free); D. Masterson, J. McGivney, M. Quinn (0-1 each).

Scorers for Cork: C. O’Neill (1-1, 0-1 free); I. Maguire (1-0); M. Collins, P. Kerrigan (free) (0-2 each); J. Loughrey, M. Hurley, P. Kelly, J. O’Rourke (0-1 each).

LONGFORD: P. Collum; D. McElligott, B. Gilleran, B. O’Farrell; C. Farrelly, D. Brady, M. Quinn; M. Brady, D. Gallagher; D. Masterson, B. McKeon, J. McGivney; R. Smyth, B. Kavanagh, L. Connerton
Subs for Longford: M. Hughes for M. Brady (inj, 46); P. McGee for B. McKeon (54); D. Reynolds for L. Connerton (63); B. Farrell for B. Kavanagh (65).

Sent off: M. Brady (straight, 53); D. Masterson (second yellow, 69).

CORK: R. Price; C. O’Driscoll, E. Cadogan, N. Galvin; B. O’Driscoll, J. Loughrey, T. Clancy (Fermoy); A. O’Connor, I. Maguire; K. O’Driscoll, M. Collins, M. Hurley; D. Goulding, P. Kelleher, P. Kerrigan.
Subs for Cork: S. Powter for B. O’Driscoll (35+1); C. O’Neill for D. Goulding, P. Kelly for K. O’Driscoll (both h-t); J. O’Rourke for P. Kelleher (58); R. Deane for A. O’Connor (70); S. Cronin for C. O’Neill (black, 70+4).

Sent off: J. Loughrey (straight, 53).

Referee: B. Cassidy (Derry)

They meet for the first time in the championship, with Longford bidding to reach the Round 4 qualifiers for the first time since 2006.

Offaly 2-21 Longford 2-13 (Leinster 1st round)
Longford 2-24 Down 3-17 (All-Ireland qualifier – Round 1) after extra-time
Longford 2-13 Monaghan 1-13 (All-Ireland qualifier – Round 2)
Tipperary 3-15 Cork 2-16 (Munster semi-final)
Cork 2-12 Limerick 0-10 (All-Ireland qualifiers – Round 2)

Team News

The Cork senior Football team for tomorrow All-Ireland Football Championship Qualifier Round 3B v Longford in Pearse Park has been announced as follows

Cork Senior Football Team
1. Ryan Price (O Donovan Rossa)
2. Colm O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
3. Eoin Cadogan (Douglas)
4. Noel Galvin (Ballincollig)
5. Tomas Clancy (Fermoy)
6. James Loughrey (Mallow)
7. Brian O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
8. Alan O Connor (St Colum’s)
9. Ian Maguire (St Finbarr’s)
10. Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers)
11. Mark Collins (Castlehaven)
12. Kevin O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
13. Colm O Neill (Ballyclough)
14. Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael)
15. Luke Connolly (Nemo Rangers)
16. Micheal Martin (Nemo Rangers)
17. Daniel Goulding (Eire Og)
18. John McLoughlin (Kanturk)
19. John O Rourke (Carbery Rangers)
20. Michael Hurley (Castlehaven)
21. Niall Coakley (St Jude’s)
22. Paddy Kelly (Ballincollig)
23. Ruairi Deane (Bantry Blues)
24. Sean Powter (Douglas)
25. Stephen Cronin (Nemo Rangers)
26. Tom Clancy (Clonakilty)

Longford team and squad for All-Ireland qualifier V Cork 16th July 2016

1 Paddy Collum (Fr. Manning Gaels)
2 Cian Farrelly (Emmet Óg)
3 Barry Gilleran (Longford Slashers)
4 Dermot Brady (Longford Slashers)
5 Donal McElligott (St. Columbas)
6 Michael Quinn (capt) (Emmet Óg)
7 Diarmuid Masterson (Dromard)
8 Michael Brady (Longford Slashers)
9 Darren Gallagher (St. Mary’s)
10 Barry O’Farrell (Carrickedmond)
11 James McGivney (St. Columbas)
12 Barry McKeon (Colmcille)
13 Robbie Smyth (Abbeylara)
14 Brian Kavanagh (Kilmacud Crokes)
15 Liam Connerton (Rathcline)

16 Ciaran Garvey (Mostrim)
17 Dessie Reynolds (Sean Connollys)
18 Mark Hughes (Emmet Óg)
19 Brian Farrell (Mostrim)
20 Andrew Farrell (Cashel)
21 Paul McKeon (Colmcille)
22 Rory Connor (Kenagh)
23 David McGivney (St. Columbas)
24 Seamus Hannon (Mostrim)
25 Paul McGee (Dromard)
26 Kevin Diffley (Ballymahon)

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All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers – Clare 2-17 Sligo 1-13

Clare defeated Sligo by 2-17 to 1-13 in Round 3A of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers on Saturday July 16th at Markievicz Park, Sligo.

Clare blitz Sligo in second half to progress

By Liam Maloney, Markievicz Park for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Sligo 1-13, Clare 2-17

An excellent second-half display saw Clare move into the last 12 of the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship following their seven-point defeat of an overpowered Sligo at Markievicz Park today.

The winners outscored Sligo by nine points in the second period, 1-13 to 1-4, having been two points down at half-time, 0-9 to 1-4. This was the third time the counties met in the Qualifiers – Clare having won their first meeting in 2004 and Sligo having the edge 12 months later in 2005.

Earlier this year Clare defeated Sligo by seven points at Miltown Malbay in the opening round of the Allianz Football League – a campaign that ended up with Clare taking the Division Three title. Sligo, who didn’t start powerhouse attacker Pat Hughes, instead naming him on the bench, led 0-4 to 0-1 by the 14th minute with two of these points from classy full-forward Niall Murphy.

Clare relied on Eoin Cleary for their opening three points, including a snapped effort from close-range after a David Tubridy free attempt came off the upright. The visitors were trailing by four points, 0-7 to 0-3, when they received a lifeline with the awarding of a 26th minute penalty after David Tubridy was impeded.

Tubridy tucked home the spot-kick to make it a one-point game, 0-7 to 1-3,but a black card for Podge Collins four minutes later took the gloss off Clare’s revival. Sligo held a two-point interval lead, 0-9 to 1-4, despite playing the better football during a wind-assisted first-half as Clare had amassed six wides by the half-time whistle.

Clare took the lead for the first time in the 47th minute when David Tubridy pointed from distance and then Clare goalkeeper did his bit with an impressive stop from Brian Egan’s close-range effort.

Midfielder Cathal O’Connor also landed three excellent points from play as Clare moved four points clear, 1-12 to 0-11 by the 54th minute. Clare midfielder Gary Brennan’s superb goal with nine minutes left put the game out of Sligo’s reach although the home side notched a goal two minutes later from substitute Pat Hughes, who netted from a rebound.

Scorers for Clare: D. Tubridy (1-3, 2f, 1-0 pen); E. Cleary (0-5, 2f); C. O’Connor (0-4); K. Sexton (0-3); G. Brennan (1-0); P. Lillis (0-1); S. McGrath (0-1)

Scorers for Sligo: A. Marren (0-3, 2f); M. Breheny (0-3, 2f); P. Hughes (1-0); N. Murphy (0-3, 1f); Brian Egan (0-1); Kyle Cawley (0-1); A. McIntyre (0-1); C. Henry (0-1)

SLIGO: A. Devaney; D. Maye, K. McDonnell, E. Flanagan; Keelan Cawley, G. O’Kelly-Lynch, Brendan Egan; J. Hynes, A. McIntyre; A. Marren, M. Breheny, N. Ewing; Brian Egan, N. Murphy, Kyle Cawley
Subs for Sligo: P. Hughes for J. Hynes (47); C. Henry for A. Marren (66) (black card); N. Gaughan for G. O’Kelly-Lynch (66)

CLARE: J. Hayes; D. Ryan, K. Harnett, M. McMahon; C O’Dea, G Kelly, S Hickey; G Brennan, C O’Connor; J. Malone, S. Collins, P. Lillis; E. Cleary, D. Tubridy, P. Collins
Subs for Clare: K. Sexton for P. Collins (30) (black card); S. McGrath for D. Tubridy (65); E. Coughlan for P. Lillis (67); P. Burke for J. Malone (66); S. Malone for E. Cleary (68); D. Nagle for S. Collins (70)

Referee: Anthony Nolan (Wicklow)

They meet for the third time in the championship, having clashed in the 2004 and 2005 All-Ireland qualifiers.

Clare won by 1-15 to 1-7 in Ennis in 2004 while Sligo won by 1-13 to 0-11 in Castlebar in 2005.

Roscommon 4-16 Sligo 2-13 (Connacht semi-final)
Sligo 2-15 Leitrim 0-10 (All-Ireland qualifiers – Round 2)
Clare 0-16 Limerick 0-13 (Munster quarter-final)
Kerry 2-23 Clare 0-17 (Munster semi-final)
Clare 0-14 Laois 1-10 (All-Ireland qualifier – Round 2)

Munster GAA Post Primary Schools Draws 2016/2017

This season will see a change in structure to the Dr. Harty cup competition. Comhairle Iarbhunscoileanna Na Mumhan hosted their AGM on the 12th May 2016. There was a strong feeling on the ground by participating schools that the Dr. Harty cup competition had to get away from groups of five teams. The structure this season will be the same as the B & C Munster PPS senior hurling competitions given the fluctuation in teams competing.

The eight teams that qualified to last year’s quarter finals are seeded into eight different groups this season. Two teams will qualify from each group. The winners of the groups will face the runners up from a different group in the last round of 16. This will mean that there will be four rounds of the competition hosted before Christmas and the quarter finals, semi-finals and final will be hosted after Christmas the same as previous years. This system will guarantee every team at least two meaningful games in the competition.

This year’s group for the Dr. Harty cup and the Corn Uí Mhuirí are outlined below;

Groups for Corn an Artaigh 2016/2017
Group A
Col Iosaef Kilmallock
CBC Cork

Group B
Gaelcolaiste Mhuire AG
DLS Waterford
Thurles CBS

Group C
Castletroy CC
HS Clonmel
Blackwater CS

Group D
Ham HS Bandon
Ard Scoil Ris

Group E
Midleton CBS
St Colmans Fermoy

Group F
Our Ladys Templemore
St Flannans Ennis

Group G
St Francis College Rochestown
Charleville CBS

Group H
Abbey CBS
Nenagh CBS

The draw for the Corn Uí Mhuirí competition will remain constraint with previous years.

Groups for the Corn Uí Mhuirí 2016/2017
Group A
St Francis College Rochestown
Col Na Sceilge
Tralee CBS
Col Cholim Ballincollig

Group B
Clonakilty CC
HS Clonmel
Mercy Mounthawk Tralee
Col Chriost Rí

Group C
ISK Killorglin
DLS Macroom
Ham HS Bandon
St Brendan’s Killarney

Group D
St Fachtna’s Skibbereen
PS Chorca Dhuibhne
PS SL Rathmore
St Flannans Ennis