Dean Ryan Cup Under 16 ½ A Hurling
Ardscoil Ris 2-15 Nenagh CBS 1-12
Defending champions Ardscoil Ris Limerick survived a significant challenge from Nenagh CBS in a titanic opening round clash in the Dean Ryan Cup at Newport on Wednesday. Played in 20C temperatures, Ardscoil Ris won the toss and elected to play with the strong breeze.
In the opening half, both sides struggled to cope in the windy conditions, getting numerous opportunities for scores but not putting pressure on the umpires to raise any flags in the opening quarter. Ardscoil Ris took five minutes to open their account when they scored two points in quick succession. Nenagh CBS were doing well in the possession stakes but took until the 11th minute to score their first point. By the 15th minute, the teams were level at 0-2 apiece but had combined to hit 9 wides, 5 for Nenagh at this stage.
Ardscoil Ris got on top in the second quarter and looked to have scored a goal in the 21st minute only to have the score ruled out for a square ball infringement. While the teams were level at 0-4 apiece after 24 minutes, eventually the dominance of Ardscoil Ris with wind assistance began to take hold and the Limerick school added the final four points of the opening half to leave the interval score – Ardscoil Ris 0-8 Nenagh CBS 0-4. The tally of 12 scores was offset by 16 wides in that opening half with 10 for Ardscoil Ris.
Nenagh CBS needed a good start to the second half to attempt to reduce the deficit but instead were hit with a sucker punch when Aidan Moriarty struck for an Ardscoil Ris goal in the first minute to give his side a 7 point lead. Slowly but surely however, Nenagh began to take control with their puckouts in particular now reaching the Ardscoil Ris square as the strong wind intensified. This pressure eventually told when Nenagh scored a goal in the 39th minute. This was followed by two quick points and heading in the final quarter, the sides were level with Nenagh seemingly having all the momentum.
Ardscoil Ris to their credit stayed calm and through intelligent short passing against the wind, managed to score two points in quick succession to stem the tide. Nenagh’s cause suffered a major set-back in the 49th minute when following a lengthy skirmish, they were reduced to 14 men. Ardscoil Ris capitalised almost immediately when Aidan O’Connor scored his side’s second goal. Nenagh would reduce the deficit to just three points with five minutes remaining on the clock but Ardscoil Ris dominated the final stages, scoring four of the last five points in the game to run out winners by a somewhat flattering six point margin after an excellent contest.
Ardscoil Ris will now go forward to play Midleton CBS in the Quarter-Final scheduled for next Wednesday October 5th.
Ardscoil Ris: C O’Neill; F Mac Giolla Cearrch, E Keogh, K Dempsey; C Coughlan, J Considine, C Bourke; M Keane, E McEvoy (0-1); B O’Connor (0-2), S Long (0-1), C O’Neill (0-7, 0-4 frees); A O’Connor (1-0), A Moriarty (1-4, 0-3 frees), S Connolly
Subs: S Gallagher for O’Connor, S Begley for Moriarty
Nenagh CBS: C Grace; D Spillane, D McKelvey, B Keating; C Murray, S Phelan, C O’Farrell; S Spillane (0-1), C O’Brien (0-2 frees); C Hennessy, C O’Kelly, S Hayes (1-8, 0-6 frees); R Clifford (0-1), J O’Keeffe, C Griffin
Referee: Jim Lees (Newport)
Dean Ryan Cup Under 16 ½ A Hurling
Thurles CBS 2-13 Our Lady’s Templemore 1-13
Thurles CBS and Our Lady’s Templemore played out a highly competitive match in the opening round of the Dean Ryan Cup played at The Ragg on a sunny, warm Tuesday afternoon.
Thurles CBS had the aid of the strong breeze in the first half and hit the front in the opening minute when the Templemore rearguard failed to clear their lines, allowing Max Hackett to poke the ball to the net from close range. Despite this early set-back, Templemore scored 3 of the next 4 points to reduce the deficit to a point after 10 minutes.
Somewhat against the run of play, John Lanigan won possession along the end line and from a tight angle hit an unstoppable shot to the roof of the net to restore a four point lead for Thurles CBS. Boosted by this second goal and thanks to the accurate free taking of Darren Flood, Thurles stretched their lead to 2-5 to 0-5 after 22 minutes. Both schools had their moments for the remainder of the first half, swapping point for point and by the interval, Thurles led by five points – 2-8 to 0-9.
Now playing with wind assistance, Templemore required a good start to the second half to reduce the deficit. However, it was Thurles who were the better side in the third quarter, stretching their lead to 2-12 to 0-10 after 45 minutes as Templemore struggled for scores.
In the 46th minute, Templemore got back in to the game when following a goalmouth scramble, substitute Johnny Campion raised a green flag to reduce the deficit to just four points. Templemore were now on top and forcing Thurles in to the concession of a number of frees. However, in the second half alone, Templemore struck four scoreable frees wide. In the 53rd minute, Templemore won a 20 metre free in front of goal and with the deficit still at four points, elected to go for goal. Gearoid O’Connor’s shot was saved and his follow-up shot from the rebound was deflected at the expense of a 65 which went wide.
Templemore reduced the deficit to three points in the 54th minute but crucially, Thurles got the next score when Darren Flood pointed a free, their first score in 16 minutes. Templemore scored a point from the next play but despite incessant pressure by Templemore in the closing stages, there would be no further scores as Thurles earned a place in the next round courtesy of a three point victory.
Thurles CBS will now go on to play Gaelcholáiste Mhuire Thuaigh AG in the Dean Ryan Cup Quarter-Final next week while Our Lady’s Templemore will now look ahead to the start of the Dr. Harty Cup on October 12th.
Thurles CBS: K Bracken; J Hickey, P Melbourne, K Hayes; F Hanafin, Z Jackson, K Larkin; J Morrissey, K Moloney; K Ryan (0-1), D Flood (0-8, 0-7 frees), D Tynan (0-2); M Hackett (1-0), J Lanigan (1-0), J Kirwan (0-2)
Subs: D Ryan for Kirwan (41m), E Purcell for Hackett (55m)
Our Lady’s Templemore: N Keane; R O’Dwyer, J Ryan, S Lowe; C McGrath, F Purcell, S Frend; D Lawlor, R McCormack; S Ryan (0-1), J Ryan, C Ryan (0-2); L Campion, G O’Connor (0-8, 0-7 frees), J Devanney (0-2)
Subs: P Glasheen for Lawlor (39m), J Campion for L Campion (45m)
Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)
Our Lady’s Templemore Team
Cork defeated Dublin by 1-7 to 1-6 in the All-Ireland Senior Ladies Football Championship Final on Sunday September 25th at Croke Park.
TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football final
By Jackie Cahill at Croke Park
CORK are TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football champions for the 11th time in 12 seasons.
The Rebelettes sealed six-in-a-row with a narrow one-point victory over Dublin in front of a record 34,445 attendance at Croke Park – as Ephie Fitzgerald capped his first year in charge with the ultimate reward. It’s the third successive year that Cork have seen off the Sky Blues in the Brendan Martin Cup decider and they turned the screw in the second half to get the job done in a low-scoring encounter.
But with just a point between the sides at full-time, a disallowed Carla Rowe effort that looked a certain score in the first half could be a post-game bone of contention.
Still, Dublin were four points down in the final minute before Sinéad Aherne netted a penalty for the Sky Blues with essentially the last kick of the game. Cork’s Rena Buckley received the player of the match award and it was fully merited as the Leesiders turned up the heat and built up a decisive lead at a crucial stage in the second half.
The sides were level at 1-3 to 0-6 with 20 minutes remaining before Cork struck for four unanswered points between the 48th and 54th minutes. Doireann O’Sullivan scored three of them – each equally brilliant in its own right as Orla Finn also chipped in with a valuable score.
Dublin scored just 1-2 in the second half – including Aherne’s penalty – as Cork pulled down the shutters. At half-time, the sides had shared just seven points, Dublin ahead by 0-4 to 0-3
They’ll argue that it should have been a two-point advantage as TV replays indicated that Rowe’s 22nd-minute effort clipped the inside of Martina O’Brien’s right hand upright and went over the bar. Cork moved two points clear early on but Dublin worked their way back into contention and they were level seven minutes before the break, Lyndsey Davey slotting over the equalising score.
And Aherne was on target two minutes before the break with the lead score as Dublin hit the front for the first time. The opening score of the second half went to Aherne and Dublin as they opened up a 0-5 to 0-3 advantage but Cork had sprung Rhona Ní Bhuachalla from the bench at half-time.
Two years ago, Ní Bhuachalla scored a crucial goal as Cork came from ten points down to catch Dublin and she was at it again today.
Captain Ciara O’Sullivan created the chance with a driving run and Ní Bhuachalla was on hand to find the net with a low finish. That goal had Cork 1-3 to 0-5 in front but Dublin were level with McEvoy’s 40th minute score. But then Dublin entered the Cork ‘death zone’ as the Rebelettes turned up the heat and came with a crucial run of scores.
Teams & scorers –
Scorers for Cork: R Ní Bhuachalla 1-0, O Finn (2f) & D O’Sullivan (1f) 0-3 each, O Farmer 0-1.
Scorers for Dublin: S Aherne 1-3 (1-0 pen, 0-1f), N Healy, N McEvoy & L Davey 0-1 each.
CORK: M O’Brien; M Ambrose, B Stack, R Phelan; S Kelly, D O’Reilly, V Foley; A Walsh, B Corkery; R Buckley, Á O’Sullivan, O Farmer; C O’Sullivan, D O’Sullivan, O Finn
Subs: R Ní Bhuachalla for Á O’Sullivan (h.t.), E Scally for Walsh (44).
DUBLIN: C Trant; O Carey, D Murphy, L Caffrey; S Goldrick, S Finnegan, N Collins; L Magee, N McEvoy; M Lamb, N Healy, C Rowe; L Davey, S Aherne, N Owens
Subs: S Woods for Owens (44), M Ní Scanaill for Caffrey (44), S Furlong for Lamb (50), O Leonard for McEvoy (52), L Collins for Murphy (53).
Referee: B Rice (Down)
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Cork: Martina O’Brien; Marie Ambrose, Bríd Stack, Róisín Phelan; Vera Foley, Deirdre O’Reilly, Shauna Kelly; Rena Buckley, Briege Corkery; Annie Walsh, Ciara O’Sullivan (capt), Orlagh Farmer; Áine O’Sullivan, Doireann O’Sullivan, Orla Finn
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Dublin: Ciara Trant; Olwen Carey, Deirdre Murphy, Leah Caffrey; Sinéad Goldrick, Sinéad Finnegan, Niamh Collins; Lauren Magee, Molly Lamb; Noelle Healy (capt); Nicole Owens, Carla Rowe; Niamh McEvoy, Sinéad Aherne, Lyndsey Davey
Kildare defeated Clare by 1-13 to 1-12 in the All-Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Championship Final on Sunday September 25th at Croke Park.
TG4 All-Ireland ladies intermediate football final
Kildare 1-13 Clare 1-12
By Jackie Cahill at Croke Park
GOALKEEPER Mary Hulgraine was the star of the show as Kildare atoned for last year’s TG4 All-Ireland ladies intermediate final defeat by going one better at Croke Park this afternoon.
The Lilywhites edged out Clare by just a single point to win the Mary Quinn Memorial Cup – despite losing centre back Aishling Savage to the sin bin for ten minutes in the second half. Hulgraine performed heroics throughout to keep Clare at bay, as the Banner County were denied a first intermediate crown since 2009.
Kildare will return to the senior grade next year and will do so on the back of a first All-Ireland win since the junior success back in 2004. It’s a first-ever intermediate crown for Kildare and they had to battle for it after Clare came from seven points down in the first half to draw level at the break. Kildare looked winners all over as they opened up a 1-7 to 0-3 lead in the first half but Clare hit 1-4 without reply to get level by half-time.
Noelle Earley’s goal in the seventh minute, set up by Eadaoin Connolly, was a crucial score for Kildare and with Hulgraine keeping the Banner at bay at the other end, Alan Barry’s charges were in control. But Clare finally breached Hulgraine’s goal in the 28th minute when star forward Niamh O’Dea supplied Ailish Considine for a fine goal. That was the final score of the half, as the sides went in level at 1-7 apiece, but Clare were presented with a glorious chance to move ahead three minutes into the second half.
Gráinne Nolan was fouled and the corner forward assumed penalty responsibilities herself. But Nolan failed to connect as she would have liked and Hulgraine got down to her left, executing a decent save. That was a pivotal moment as Kildare registered the next three scores – inspirational captain Aisling Holton, Maria Moolick and Ellen Dowling (free) on target.
But after Kildare lost Savage to the sin-bin, Clare worked their way back and were level at 1-11 each down the home straight.
Kildare responded with points from Holton and sub Molly Price (free) – as O’Dea’s fifth point, a free in stoppage time, proved mere consolation as time ran out for the Munster champions.
Teams & scorers –
Scorers for Kildare: N Earley 1-1, R Byrne (1f) & E Dowling (3f) 0-3 each, A Holton & M Moolick 0-2 each, E Connolly & M Price (f) 0-1 each.
Scorers for Clare: N O’Dea 0-5 (1f), A Considine 1-1, G Nolan 0-4f, S Bohannon & C Hickey 0-1 each.
KILDARE: M Hulgraine; T Duggan, P Keatley, R Cribbin; S Kendrick, A Savage, M Nolan; E Burke, A Holton; R Byrne, M Moolick, E Connolly; M McKenna, N Earley, E Dowling
Subs: R Reidy for Keatley (h.t.), E Fogarty for Byrne (38), M Price for McKenna (50), R Corrigan for Savage (52), G Lyons for Connolly (55).
CLARE: E O’Driscoll; K McCormack, L Ryan, S Harvey; R Considine, E O’Gorman, G Harvey; L Henchy, B Mahon; S Bohannon, A Considine, N Keane; C Hickey, N O’Dea, G Nolan
Subs: C Harvey for G Harvey (h.t.), A Keane for Hickey (42).
Referee: K Delahunty (Tipperary).
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CLARE: E O’Driscoll; K McCormack, L Ryan, S Harvey; R Considine, E O’Gorman, G Harvey; L Henchy, B Mahon; S Bohannon, A Considine, N Keane; C Hickey, N O’Dea, G Nolan.
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KILDARE: M Hulgraine; T Duggan, P Keatley, R Cribbin; S Kendrick, A Savage, M Nolan; E Burke, A Holton; R Byrne, M Moolick, É Connolly; M McKenna, N Earley, E Dowling
Kilmoyley defeated Ballyduff by 1-18 to 2-13 in the Kerry Senior Hurling Championship Final Replay on Saturday September 24th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.
Kerry defeated Galway by 3-7 to 0-9 in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Final on Sunday September 18th at Croke Park.
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Kerry win third All-Ireland Minor Final in a row
Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Final
Kerry 3-7 Galway 0-9
By John Harrington at Croke Park for GAA.ie
Kerry won an impressive third Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship in a row in Croke Park today, but they were made to work hard for it by a tigerish Galway side.
The final winning margin was comfortable enough in the end for Kerry, but this game was still in the melting pot until David Clifford scored an outrageously brilliant goal for the Kingdom late in the second-half. Galway had been coming on strong at that stage in the game but Clifford’s sucker-punch floored them. Until then their hard-working, counter-attacking strategy put them in with a shout of pulling off a big shock, but Clifford proved there is no substitute for pure class.
Kerry had won their five matches on the way to this All-Ireland Final by an average of 14 points, so it was hardly a surprise that Galway set up with a safety-first approach from the start. Full-forward Seán Raftery played deep as a sweeper, they defended in numbers and tackled with great tenacity.
That Galway grittiness combined with a slippery sod meant that Kerry struggled to find their usual rhythm for most of the first half and as a spectacle it as far from the free-flowing, high-scoring encounter most had predicted. Seán O’Shea did open the scoring for Kerry after two minutes, but another 17 would elapse before the scoreboard operator would be called into action again.
Galway were frustrating Kerry, but their good-work in defence was being undone by some poor shooting at the other end of the field when they successfully created scoring opportunities on the counter-attack. They were made pay for that profligacy when Kerry scored the first goal of the match after 19 minutes, in slightly fortuitous circumstances.
Centre-forward O’Shea was almost certainly shooting for a point when he kicked the ball-goalwards from 35 yards out, but it landed in the small square and wing-forward Diarmuid O’Connor had timed his run perfectly to get his fist to the ball and direct it past Galway goalkeeper Cormac Haslam. Galway finally got a score of their own a couple of minutes later when a surging run from Ryan Forde earned a free that Desmond Conneely converted.
Moments later though the Tribesmen were reeling again when Kerry scored their second goal of the match. And, once again, they made good use of their height advantage against a Galway full-back line conceding inches in all positions. This time David Clifford won a high delivery into the box and immediately hand-pass to full-forward David Shaw who finished low and hard to the net. For those of you who like tracing the GAA Gene, Shaw is a first-cousin of Mayo footballers Aidan, Séamus, and Conor O’Shea.
Galway midfielder Céin D’Arcy hit back with Galway’s first score from play, but Kerry and Shaw had the last say of the half with a really classy, curling point. Six points down at the break, 2-2 to 0-2, Galway required a strong start to the second half if they were going to make a match of this, and they got it by scoring two fine points within a minute of the resumption.
First wing-back Adam Quirke charged forward and arced over a lovely right-footed effort on the run. Possession was won again straight from the resultant kick-out, and when the ball was transferred to Robert Finnerty he made no mistake from close range. Kerry were looking a little bit rattled all of a sudden, a poor wide from the normally lethal Clifford summing up their state of mind.
Finnerty reduced the gap to just three points to a free, before Kerry finally got some sort of purchase on the game again when defender Niall Collins charged forward and pointed from a tight angle to show his forwards how it was done.
The Kingdom still didn’t look as comfortable as we’ve become used to seeing them this year though, and a point from Ryan Forde and another free from Finnerty meant Galway were still within three by the mid-way point of the second-half, as they trailed by 2-4 to 0-7.
A buzz went through the ground when Desmond Connelly then cut the deficit to two with another free, as Galway and Mayo supporters alike roared on the boys from the West. But just when it looked like the underdogs were building up a real head of steam, Clifford settled the game with a piece of individual brilliance.
He’s been Kerry’s key player all year but was finding the going tough in this match against Galway’s number three Seán Mulkerrin, a hardy bit of stuff from the Aran Islands. Clifford’s moment came though when he moved out to wing-forward and Mulkerrin passed him on rather than continue to shadow him.
A promising Galway attack broke down when two players went for the same ball and allowed Kerry to turn it over, and when it was cleared to Clifford on the wing he put his head down and ran straight at the Galway goals.
He covered around 40 yards at high speed before he unleashed a blistering shot right into the top left-corner of the net past a helpless Cormac Haslam. Pure quality.
Kerry now had a five-point buffer, and never looked like being caught from there. They finished the match with a flourish as points from Dara Moynihan, Cormack Linnane, and Seán O’Shea put a gloss on the final score-line that was a tad unfair on a gutsy but ultimately outclassed Galway side.
Scorers for Kerry: David Shaw 1-1, David Clifford 1-0, Diarmuid O’Connor 1-0, Seán O’Shea 0-2 (2f), Dara Moynihan 0-2, Cormac Linnane 0-1, Niall Collins 0-1.
Scorers for Galway: Robert Finnerty 0-3 (2f), Desmond Conneely 0-2 (2f), Ryan Forde 0-1, Céin Darcy 0-1, Adam Quirke 0-1, Rory Cunningham 0-1 (1f)
Kerry: Billy Courtney; David Naughten, Niall Collins, Graham O’Sullivan; Michael Potts, Daniel O’Brien, Mícheál Foley; Mike Breen, Mark Ryan; Dara Moynihan, Seán O’Shea, Diarmuid O’Connor; David Clifford, David Shaw, Brian Friel
Subs: Cormac Linnane for Brian Friel, 48; Caolim Teahan for Niall Collins, 54; Bryan Sweeney for David Shaw, 60; Kieran Dwyer for Micheál Foley, 65; Stefan Okunbor for Diarmuid O’Connor, 67.
Galway: Cormac Haslam; Liam Boyle, Seán Mulkerrin, Eoin McFadden; Adam Quirke, Ernán McDonagh, Fionán Garvey; Céin D’Arcy, John Maher; Finian Ó Laois, Evan Murphy, Ryan Forde; Robert Finnerty, Seán Raftery, Desmond Connelly
Subs: Barry Goldrick for Evan Murphy, 38; Ross Murphy for Séán Raftery, 50; Rory Cunningham for Robert Finnerty, 56; Eoghan Deely for Fionán Garvey, 56.
Ref: Ciáran Branagan (Down)
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The Kerry Minor team for The All Ireland Final 2016 has been announced:… https://t.co/7TenuhSLoA
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The Kerry Minor Football Team to play Galway in the Electric Ireland All Ireland Minor Football Final at Croke Park on Sunday next (1:15) shows one change from the side that defeated Kildare in the semi final; Brian Friel, originally named on the semi final side, but who cried off with an injury on the morning of the game, is fit to resume and comes in at corner forward instead of Bryan Sweeney.
In the subs, Cian O’Callaghan of Firies comes into the match day squad in place of clubmate Niall Donohue.
The team, captained by Sean O’Shea is as follows:
1. Billy Courtney Dr. Crokes
2. David Naughten Dr. Crokes
3. Niall Collins Listowel Emmets
4. Graham O’Sullivan Dromid Pearses
5. Michael Potts Dr. Crokes
6. Daniel O’Brien Glenflesk
7. Micheál Foley Ballydonoghue
8. Mike Breen Beaufort
9. Mark Ryan Rathmore
10. Dara Moynihan Spa
11. Sean O’Shea Kenmare
12. Diarmuid O’Connor Na Gaeil
13. David Clifford Fossa
14. David Shaw Dr. Crokes
15. Brian Friel Rathmore
16. Sean Ó Lúing An Ghaeltacht
17. Bryan Sweeney Listowel Emmets
18. Kieran Dwyer St. Pats
19. Ferdia O’Brien Austin Stacks
20. Micheál Reidy Ballymacelligott
21. Caolim Teahan Glenbeigh-Glencar
22. Stefan Okunbor Na Gaeil
23. Cormac Linnane Beale
24. Cian O’Callaghan Firies
Bainisteoir: Peter Keane (St Marys)
Treanalaí: Chris Flannery and Padraig Murphy
Roghnoirí: Tommy Griffin (Dingle), James Foley (Kilcummin)
Liaison Officer: Christy Killeen
Additional Players on the Kerry Minor Panel
Cormac Leane Milltown Castlemaine
Nill Donohue Firies
Tomás O’Connor Ballymacelligott
Fionán Mackessy Ardfert
Darren Casey St. Mary’s
Ryan O’Neill Na Gaeil
Chris O’Donoghue Glenflesk
Cian Gammell Killarney Legion
Fiachra Clifford Laune Rangers
The team contains two of the starting fifteen from last year’s All Ireland final win over Tipperary – Billy Courtney and Sean O’Shea while three others who played in that final –Daniel O’Brien, Mike Breen and Graham O’Sullivan (introduced as subs) also make the starting fifteen. Bryan Sweeney who started at full forward in last year’s final, and who played in the semi final against Kildare, is included among the subs.
Seven of the St Brendans Killarney Hogan Cup winning team of 2016 are included, Billy Courtney, Davin Naughton, Daniel O’Brien, Michael Potts, Dara Moynihan, David Clifford and David Shaw.
Kerry Minor Footballers take on Galway in All Ireland Final
Sunday next will see the culmination of a long drawn out championship season for the Kerry Minor team when they take on Galway in Croke Park with a 1:15 throw-in. The road to Croke Park started way back on 13th of April in Dungarvan when Kerry got their season of to a good start with an emphatic victory over the local side. A month later, Kerry had six points to spare over Clare at Milltown-Malbay and they then had to wait until July 3rd for the Munster final with old adversaries Cork, a game that Kerry eventually won by six points despite the concession of three goals. The quarter final and semi final victories over Derry and Kildare were due to exceptional second half displays on both occasions and there is no doubt that Kerry are well worth their final place.
Opponents Galway come into the game with a fine pedigree also. They had ten points to spare in their opening game against Roscommon and then defeated Mayo by six points in the Connaught final. They defeated Laois by seven points in the quarter finals and then accounted for many people’s favourites for eventual honours, Donegal, far more comfortably than the four points winning margin would suggest.
So the scene is set for an epic battle between two footballing sides with Ciaran Branagan of Down the man in the middle.
While Kerry have won the previous two All Irelands in the grade, as manager Peter Keane pointed out at the team press briefing, this particular group of players and their management are looking to make their own bit of history in Croke Park on Sunday. Some players of course have experience of All Ireland final day from last year and others were part of the Hogan Cup colleges victory with St Brendans in Croke Park earlier in the year and this no doubt will be of benefit to them, however, every game presents a new challenge and collectively they will know that only a top class performance on the day will suffice. We wish all involved the very best of luck on Sunday.
GALWAY: C Haslam (Glenamaddy); L Boyle (Kilkerrin-Clonberne), S Mulkerrin (Aran Islands), E McFadden (Salthill-Knocknacarra); A Quirke (Annaghdown), E McDonagh (Bearna), F Garvey (Monivea-Abbey); C D’Arcy (Caherlistrane), J Maher (Salthill- Knocknacarra); F Ó Laoi (An Spidéal), E Murphy (Salthill Knocknacarra), R Forde (Annaghdown); R Finnerty (Salthill-Knocknacarra), S Raftery (Glenamaddy), D Conneely (Moycullen).
Kerry are bidding to win the Electric Ireland Minor Football Championship title for a third successive year, a feat they last achieved in 1931-32-33. Cork were the last county to complete the minor treble in 1967-68-69. Galway last won the title in 2007. Galway and Kerry last met in the minor final in 1994 when Kerry won by 0-16 to 1-7.
PATHS TO THE FINAL
Galway 3-11 Roscommon 1-7
Galway 1-9 Mayo 0-6
Galway 3-10 Laois 0-12
Galway 2-12 Donegal 1-11
Kerry 2-21 Waterford 1-2
Kerry 1-13 Clare 1-6
Kerry 3-14 Cork 3-8
Kerry 1-24 Derry 2-10
Kerry 2-26 Kildare 0-10
ALL IRELAND MINOR ROLL OF HONOUR
13 – KERRY (1931-32-33-46-50-62-63-75-80-88-94-2014-2015)
11 – Dublin (1930-45-54-55-56-58-59-79-82-84-2012)
10 – Cork (1961-67-68-69-72-74-81-91-93-2000)
8 – Tyrone (1947-48-73-98-2001-2004-2008-2010)
7 – Mayo (1935-53-66-71-78-85-2013)
6 – GALWAY (1952-60-70-76-86-2007)
4 – Derry (1965-83-89-2002)
4 – Down (1977-87-99-2005)
4 – Roscommon (1939-41-51-2006)
3 – Laois (1996-97-2003)
3 – Meath (1957-90-92)
2 – Cavan (1937-38)
2 – Louth (1936-40)
2 – Armagh (1949-2009)
2 – Tipperary (1934-2011)
1 – Clare (1929)
1 – Offaly (1964)
1 – Westmeath (1995)
Kilkenny defeated Cork by 1-13 to 1-9 in the All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final on Sunday September 11th at Croke Park.
Hungry Cats end 22 years of hurt
By Daragh Ó Conchúir
Kilkenny 1-13 Cork 1-9
ANN Downey was the centre of attention but it was a team effort that landed Kilkenny’s first Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie title since 1994.
Downey was captain 22 years ago and having played in Kilkenny’s 12 successes at this level, accumulated in a 20-year period from 1974, remains an ever-present in the Noresiders’ winning history, as manager of the new champions.
There had been many devastating heartbreaks since legendary figure climbed the steps of the Hogan Stand to receive the O’Duffy Cup, as Kilkenny had fallen at the final hurdle on six occasions.
She was boss when a team comprised largely of teenagers lost to Cork in 2009 and many of those were still there when she returned to the fold to finish the job at the beginning of this year.
They had fallen short in the 2013 and 2014 deciders in the interim, but with Conor Phelan and Paddy Mullally in situ as well, the brains trust behind WIT’s Ashbourne Cup success were ready to apply their winning formula.
They appeared to have struck the right balance in terms of positional switches, while the likes of WIT player Julie Ann Malone was introduced to the squad for the first time. With four points, the Mullinavat attacker repaid that faith and ended this game as Liberty Insurance Player of the Match.
Kilkenny played the wings as much as possible, although Gemma O’Connor still got in plenty of possession. Meanwhile, Denise Gaule had a free role that saw her having a very influential role. Crucially, Cork could never get their overlapping game going, with the likes of Katrina Mackey, Briege Corkery and Amy O’Connor less prominent than normal.
Added to all that were the lessons learned from previous disappointments, and the ravenous hunger to get over the line. Kilkenny looked composed throughout and with the defence on top, Gaule unerring from placed balls and Malone on fire, they always held the upper hand. A 42nd minute goal from Shelly Farrell – one of three sisters lining out for Kilkenny – gave Cork a mountain to climb and they never looked like reeling in the deficit.
They weren’t helped as Gemma O’Connor was sent off in the 53rd minute having been shown a second yellow card but typical of a team that has won the last two titles, they kept trying right to the end. Emma Kavanagh had to make a very smart save from Eimear O’Sullivan on the hour and Orla Cotter drove a powerful shot beyond her from a free in the third minute of injury time but Kilkenny were able to see it out comfortably to complete a famous double, having bagged the Intermediate crown earlier.
They sealed another double too, as they harnessed the National League title in May, so there can be no argument about their status as the nation’s premier outfit this season. As expected, team lists were of statistical interest only, with both outfits rotating regularly in a bid to create some element of space. Kilkenny were more successful in this regard and Miriam Walsh wasted a goal chance after just 20 seconds when failing to gather 20m out from the Cork posts.
Meighean Farrell and Gaule (free) got the scoreboard going, but Cotter, who was one of Cork’s best performers throughout responded with a free. Malone hit a super score as she dropped to her knees but Cotter launched a mighty effort from 50m to put one between them once more.
Alarm bells must have been ringing as the normally solid Cork full-back line allowed a long ball to clear them. Aoife Murray rushed out to meet Michelle Quilty, doing enough to put off the Kilkenny skipper, whose first time shot rolled inches wide. Cork made the most of the let-off, enjoying perhaps their best period of the game, as Mackey fired over a spectacular point to bring the sides level and then O’Sullivan finished well from wide on the right to give them the lead for the only time in the game.
This was where the Black and Ambers were different to previous years, remaining calm and displaying real mental resolve to hit the next four points – Gaule with three frees and Malone the other, after showing good strength and then composure. Ashling Thompson ended the run with a 22nd minute point before Cork were awarded a penalty, when Davin Tobin dragged down Hannah Looney.
Aoife Murray came forward to take the penalty and her rasping shot was destined for the top corner before Anne Dalton deflected it over.
That was probably a crucial moment four minutes from the break and Gaule slotted a free at the other end to make it 0-8 to 0-6 at half time. Gaule and Malone were on the mark early in the second half as Kilkenny went three clear before Farrell took a pass from Katie Power and drove a ferocious shot high to the far corner of the Cork net.
There were still 18 minutes remaining but in a game with so little space, it was always going to be tough for the Rebels to get back, particularly as Power and Malone added points to open a nine-point gap. Mackey and Libby Coppinger – introduced after playing the first 40 minutes of the Intermediate final – did their bit as Paudie Murray’s charges dug deep but there would be no way back.
SCORERS FOR KILKENNY: D Gaule 0-7(fs); J A Malone 0-4; S Farrell 1-0; M Farrell, K Power 0-1 each
SCORERS FOR CORK: O Cotter 1-2 (1-1fs); K Mackey 0-2; A Murray (pen), A Thompson, H Looney, E O’Sullivan, L Coppinger 0-1 each
KILKENNY: E Kavanagh, D Tobin, E Keane, J Frisby, C Dormer, A Dalton, C Phelan, A Farrell, M Farrell, S Farrell, D Gaule, J A Malone, M Quilty, K Power, M Walsh
Subs: K A Doyle for A Farrell (59), A Dunphy for Power (60+2)
CORK: A Murray, L O’Sullivan, R Buckley, L Treacy, M Cahalane, G O’Connor, P Mackey, O Cotter, A Thompson, E O’Sullivan, H Looney, K Mackey, A O’Connor, O Cronin, B Corkery
Subs: L Coppinger for L O’Sullivan (48), J Hosford for Cronin (57)
REFEREE: E Cassidy (Derry)
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KILKENNY (SC v Cork) – E Kavanagh; J Frisby, D Tobin, C Dormer; C Phelan, E Keane, M Farrell; A Farrell, A Dalton; D Gaule, JA Malone, K Power; M Quilty, M Walsh, S Farrell
CORK (SC v Kilkenny) – A Murray; P Mackey, L Treacy, L O’Sullivan; M Cahalane, G O’Connor, R Buckley; O Cotter, A Thompson; H Looney, O Cronin, E O’Sullivan; A O’Connor, B Corkery, K Mackey
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Kilmoyley drew with Ballyduff in the Kerry Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday September 11th at Austin Stack Park Tralee – Final score Kilmoyley 1-17 Ballyduff 2-14
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Kilkenny defeated Cork by 3-6 to 1-11 in the All-Ireland intermediate Camogie Championship Final on Sunday September 11th at Croke Park.
Fennelly brace gets Kilkenny home
By Daragh Ó Conchúir
Kilkenny 3-6 Cork 1-11
THE Fennelly name lit up Croke Park once more as Kilkenny produced a strong second half performance to just edge out Cork in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Final at Croke Park.
Keeva Fennelly was central to the effort, scoring two goals as Kilkenny overturned a four-point interval deficit to get their hands on the Jack McGrath Cup. Fennelly’s father Ger won three Hurling All-Irelands with Kilkenny – including one as captain – and joined his six brothers as Ballyhale Shamrocks garnered three more at club level.
Michael and Colin have been among the latest generation gracing Croke Park but it was their first cousin’s turn to capture the headlines this time, finishing expertly on the double to break Cork’s hearts. It had looked bleak for the victors in the first half and they could probably count themselves slightly fortunate to be only 0-7 to 0-4 behind at half time.
Cork played in a similar style to the Seniors, linking well, running off the shoulder and always attempting to find a colleague.
Linda Collins was on fire and the Courcey Rovers full-forward had three points as Paudie Murray’s side scorched into a 0-5 to 0-1 lead after 20 minutes.
Crucially, Collins had a shot at goal blocked that would have put them even clear and Ciara Holden, who had slotted their only point at that juncture, added a couple of more to keep them in contention. Amy Lee did well to deny Kilkenny at the other end but Finola Neville and Rachel O’Shea were on the mark to make it 0-7 to 0-4 at the change of ends.
Kilkenny returned to the pitch with their intent visible in body language and how they met their opponents as they resumed their positions. It showed as they were level within three minutes, Holden pointing before Jenny Clifford hand-passed to the Cork net.
The momentum swung back in the Leesiders’ direction however as Collins provided a deservingly resounding finish for a goal in the 38th minute after Caroline Sugrue’s dancing feet had created the chance.
Sugrue laid the groundwork for a magnificent point by Collins from the next attack and Cork were four ahead once more. Within a minute, Fennelly did well to hand-pass to Cork net though and she repeated the trick five minutes later.
Both sides had plenty opportunities in the final quarter but despite points from O’Shea, Collins and the final score of the game from Keeva McCarthy, Kilkenny just kept their noses in front, Holden’s successful free just before that proving significant.
SCORERS FOR KILKENNY: K Fennelly 2-0; C Holden 0-5(4fs); J Clifford 1-0; A Fahey 0-1
SCORERS FOR CORK: L Collins 1-5; R O’Shea 0-4(3fs); F Neville, K McCarthy 0-1 each
KILKENNY: K Maher, R Phelan, J Norris, N Sweeney, N Leahy, K Nolan, E Frisby, A Kenneally, L Greene, K Fennelly, C Holden, J Clifford, S Walsh, Á Fahey, E Coonan
Subs: C Walsh for Coonan (42), L Phelan for Sweeney (45), C Phelan for Fahey (52)
CORK: A Lee, L Coppinger, L Weste, N Ní Chaoimh, J Crowley, S Buckley, S Harrington, C Sigerson, J Barry, K Hickey, S Fahy, F Neville, R O’Shea, L Collins, C Sugrue
Subs: E Murphy for Coppinger (41), L Lynch for O’Shea (46), K McCarthy for Fahy (49)
REFEREE: J McDonagh (Galway)
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Waterford defeated Galway by 5-15 to 0-14 in the Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland U21 A Championship Final on Saturday September 10th at Semple Stadium Thurles.
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Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland U-21 Hurling Final
WATERFORD 5-15 GALWAY 0-14
By John Harrington at Semple Stadium for GAA.ie
Waterford won this evening’s Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland U-21 Hurling Final in five-star style as the swept Galway aside at Semple Stadium. In the first-half especially it looked like men against boys as a bigger, stronger, faster, and more skilful Deise outfit cut loose.
The Tribesmen battled back in the second-half to make a contest of it, but then Waterford simply put their foot on the accelerator again and zoomed off into the sunset. The writing was already on the wall for Galway after just 45 seconds when Waterford scored their first goal of the match.
A long ball from defence was broken past the Galway half-back line and DJ Foran raced onto it, soloed towards goal, and then smashed the sliotar to the back of the net. Foran played a key role in Waterford’s second goal 12 minutes later when his hand-pass sent Patrick Curran clear and the corner-forward cleverly improvised to bat the ball past Galway goalkeeper Cathal Tuohy.
That put Waterford 2-3 to 0-3 ahead, and a bad situation for Galway then got much worse when they conceded another goal a minute later. Curran was the creator this time as a delicious reverse hand-pass sent Stephen Bennett clear and Waterford full-forward lanced his drive to the top corner via Tuohy’s hurley.
Galway were already looking like a beaten docket, but team-captain Brian Molloy at least kept carrying the fight to a superior Waterford. He was up against the mighty Austin Gleeson, but was getting the better of their own personal duel as he hit two nice points from play. Molloy couldn’t do it all on his own though, and Galway were being beaten in too many other areas of the pitch.
Michael Kearney was the third member of the on-fire Waterford full-forward line to get in on the scoring act as two sweet points in a row form him stretched their advantage to 12 points. Tom Devine came very close to scoring Wateford’s fourth goal of the day, but his driven shot was superbly tipped over the bar by Tuohy. By now Waterford centre-back Gleeson was warming to the task and a typically brilliant point from him brought the curtain down on the first-half as Wateford went into their dressing-rooms leading by 3-10 to 0-6.
There was little expectancy that Galway would be able to make a match of it from there, but to their credit they tried their very best. Perhaps Waterford thought the match was already won, but for the first ten minutes of the second-half they were very much second-best as Galway slung over five unanswered points in a row.
Brian Molloy was still doing some classy work, but now he was ably assisted by Seán Linnane and Eanna Burke who had both suddenly thundered into the game. A Patrick Curran free finally got Waterford off the mark, but Galway still smelled blood and it was no surprise that Molloy went for goal from a 25-yard free. Unfortunately for him, he drove it well wide.
Galway kept trying to work the ball into goal-scoring positions, and might have been better off had they continued to take their points because they were creating the sort of opportunities that were marked absent in the second-half. All their good work was then undone when Waterford struck for their fourth goal of the match, and it was something really special.
Stephen Bennett zoomed onto a long clearance into the left corner and immediately dove a low ball across goal where his brother Shane slid in connected with a one-handed swipe to the back of the net. Waterford were in full flow again all of a sudden, as Patrick Curran swept over two great long-range points in a row.
Then came the fifth goal, and it was the most spectacular of the lot. Stephen Bennet reached high to snatch an Austin Gleeson sideline ball and roofed the ball to the net from what seemed an impossible angle. A couple more points from Shane Bennett and Curran rounded off the scoring before the final whistle finally went and the blue and white hordes invaded the pitch to hail their heroes. This generation of Waterford hurlers is something special. It’s surely only a matter of time before they deliver big in the senior grade too.
Scorers for Waterford: Patrick Curran 1-9 (6f), Stephen Bennett 2-0, Shane Bennett 1-1, DJ Foran 1-0, Michael Kearney 0-2, Austin Gleeson 0-2 (1f) T Devine 0-1.
Scorers for Galway: Brian Molloy 0-6 (3f), Eanna Burke 0-3 Seán Linnane 0-2, Conor Whelan 0-2, Kevin McHugo 0-1.
Waterford: Jordan Henley; William Hahessy, Conor Gleeson, Darragh Lyons; Michéal Harney, Austin Gleeson, Conor Prunty; Mark O’Brien, Shane Bennett; Colm Roche, Tom Devine, DJ Foran; Patrick Curran, Stephen Bennett, Michael Kearney
Subs: Adam Farrell for Tom Devine (56), Dermot Ryan for Darragh Lyons (58), Billy O’Keefe for Mícheál Harney (60), Peter Hogan for Shane Bennett (61), Barry Whelan for William Hahessy (61)
Galway: Cathal Tuohy; Conor Jennings, Darragh O’Donoghue, Declan Cronin; Vincent Doyle, Shane Cooney, Seán Loftus; Dan Nevin, Darragh Dolan; Kevin McHugo, Brian Molloy, Seán Linnane; Thomas Monaghan, Éanna Burke
Subs: Eamon Brannigan for Thomas Monaghan (ht), Jack Grealish for Kevin McHugo (43), Fintan Burke for Dan Nevin (55), Cian Burke for Seán Linnane (60)
Ref: Seán Cleere (Kilkenny)
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Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland U21 Championship Final
Semple Stadium, Thurles 17:00
Gaillimh v Port Láirge
(E.T. if Necessary)
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The Waterford Team to face Galway tomorrow in the Bord Gais Energy All Ireland Under 21 Hurling Final against Galway at 5pm in Semple Stadium has being named!
1. Jordan Henley (Tallow)
2. William Hahessy (Clonea)
3. Conor Gleeson (Fourmilewater)
4. Darragh Lyons (Dungarvan)
5. Míchéal Harney (Bunmahon)
6. Austin Gleeson (Mount Sion)
7. Conor Prunty (Abbeyside)
8. Mark O’Brien (Ferrybank)
9. Colm Roche (Shamrocks)
10. Shane Bennett (Ballysaggart)
11. Tom Devine (Modeligo)
12. DJ Foran (Portlaw)
13. Patrick Curran (Dungarvan) – (Jt Capt.)
14. Stephen Bennett (Ballysaggart)
15. Michael Kearney (Ballyduff Upper)
1. Cathal Tuohy (Tommie Larkins)
2. Conor Jennings (Loughrea)
3. Darragh O’Donoghue (Kilnadeema Leitrim)
4. Declan Cronin (Cappataggle)
5. Vincent Doyle (Turloughmore)
6. Shane Cooney (St Thomas)
7. Sean Loftus (Turloughmore)
8. Darragh Dolan (Cappataggle)
9. Dan Nevin (Cappataggle)
10. Kevin McHugo (Tommie Larkins)
11. Brian Molloy (Kilnadeema Leitrim – Capt.)
12. Sean Linnane (Turloughmore)
13. Thomas Monaghan (Killimordaly)
14. Conor Whelan (Kinvara)
15. Eanna Burke (St Thomas)
Semple Stadium, Thurles will host the Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland U-21 finals next Saturday when Mayo and Meath clash in the ‘B’ decider at 3.0, followed by Galway v Waterford in the main event at 5.00.
Waterford won the Munster title by beating Clare (3-23 to 1-11) and Tipperary (2-19 to 0-15), landing the provincial prize for the first time since 1994. They had an easy win over Antrim (5-25 to 1-8) in the All-Ireland semi-final.
Patrick Curran (2-25, 0-16 frees, 0-2 ‘65s’) is top scorer for Waterford, who are bidding to win the All-Ireland U-21 title for the first time since 1992. That was their only All-Ireland success in the grade while Galway, who were last successful in 2011, are bidding for their 11th title. They qualified for the final by beating Dublin (0-21 to 0-19) after extra-time. Team captain, Brian Molloy scored 0-10 (0-5 frees, 0-1 ‘65’) for the winners.
Meath beat Wicklow in the quarter-final and Kerry in the semi-final of the ‘B’ competition while Mayo beat Kildare and Roscommon.
U-21 HURLING ALL-IRELAND ROLL OF HONOUR
11: Cork (1966-68-69-70-71-73-76-82-88-97-98)
11: Kilkenny (1974-75-77-84-90-94-99-2003-04-06-08)
10: Galway: (1972-78-83-86-91-93-96-2005-07-11)
9: Tipperary (1964-67-79-80-81-85-89-95-2010)
5: Limerick (1987-2000-01-02-15)
4: Clare (2009-2012-13-14)
1: Waterford (1992)
1: Wexford (1965)