Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Play-Off 1 – Clare 5-11 Waterford 0-6

Clare defeated Waterford by 5-11 to 0-6 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Play-Off 1 on Wednesday April 19th at Cusack Park Ennis.

Gearóid Cahill hat-trick eases Clare home against Waterford

Report by Gerry Quinn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Clare 5-11 Waterford 0-6

The Clare minor footballers recorded a 20-point win over Waterford at Cusack Park, Ennis last night.

A scintillating second-half performance in this play-off game saw Seamus Clancy’s charges overwhelm the visitors. Yet the Banner were only two points to the good at the break, 1-3 to 0-4. Clare began in whirlwind fashion with a point by wing forward Sean Rouine, inside 25 seconds. Ross O’Doherty added a further score before Banner corner forward Gearóid Cahill goaled on four minutes. His right footed effort crashed to the roof of Aaron Beresford’s net.

Waterford managed to get on the scoresheet after six minutes, with a Tom Looby free. Mick Devine added another from play and there was just a goal between them (1-2 to 0-3) after nine minutes. Gavin Cooney scored Clare’s fourth score and third point from a free but it was to be his side’s final one of the half.

Waterford got a grip on the game and but for some poor shooting, they should have been ahead at half-time. Tom Barron had Waterford’s third point in the 20th minute and their fourth a minute into injury time. Clare held all the aces in the second period.

Team captain Dermot Coughlan and Waterford’s Barron exchanged points by the 41st minute and then Ross O’Doherty, a Clare corner-forward sent them on their winning way with a goal. His first time volley found the back of the net after a good delivery by Cahill.

The Corofin club man went on to grab two more goals as the half progressed and O’Doherty helped himself to his second and Clare’s fifth in second-half injury-time. Clare will now have home advantage against Tipp next Wednesday, while Waterford exit the competition.

Scorers for Clare: G Cahill (3-0), R O’Doherty (2-1), D Coughlan (0-3) 2 f’s, S Rouine (0-2), J Sheedy, D Ryan, G Cooney f, R Considine, C O’Donoghue (0-1) each.

Waterford: T Barron (0-4) All f’s, T Looby f, M Devine (0-1) each.

CLARE: M Lillis, J Miniter, J O’Sullivan, J Sheedy, D Ryan, F Donnellan, C McNelis, C McMahon, D Griffin, S Rouine, D Coughlan (capt), R Phelan, R O’Doherty, G Cooney, G Cahill.
Subs: C O’Donoghue for Phelan (24), K White for Griffin (h/t), A O’Brien for McNelis (45), R Considine for Cooney (50), A McNamara for McMahon (55 ), C O’Brien for Cahill (60).

WATERFORD: A Beresford, M Hogan, D Cullinane, S Murphy-Nix, M Twomey, S Ahern, C Kilgannon, M Devine, C Cullinane, T Loobey, D Booth, S Whelan-Barrett, S Curry, D O’Keeffe (capt),T Barron.
Subs: R Lynch for O ‘Keeffe (41), J Devine for Kilgannon(45), R Stringer for Horgan (54), N Dumphy for Whelan Barrett (55), R Power for Curry (55). Referee: J Ryan (Cork).

Munster Under 17 Hurling Semi-Final – Cork 2-22 Tipperary 2-9

Cork defeated Tipperary by 2-22 to 2-9 in the Munster Under 17 Hurling Competition Semi-Final on Tuesday April 18th at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Young Rebels hold their nerve to topple Tipp

Report by Denis Hurley for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Munster U17HC: Cork 2-22 Tipperary 2-9

Thirteen points separated Cork from Tipperary in last night’s Munster U17HC semi-final at Páirc Uí Rinn, but it took an unanswered 1-7 in the final 10 minutes to secure victory.

John Considine’s side looked to have ensured a clash with Waterford in next week’s final when Brian Roche netted in the 42nd minute to make it 1-14 to 1-7, but Tipp had an instant response, as Ray McCormack got his second goal and Stephen Kirwan pointed.

Having had more than a few goal chances go amiss earlier, it was a precarious position for Cork, but they pushed on impressively, with Tommy O’Connell and Roche among the points, while Declan Hanlon scored a second goal late on. “They took their two goal chances. We could probably have got more than we did, but if you don’t go for them, you won’t get them. Hopefully, we can get another few next week,” said Considine.

“You can’t talk about silverware until the last match and now we’re in that position. We’ve played Waterford twice already, two draws. If we play like we can play, we’ll win, but it could go either way.”

Cork led by four at the end of the first half and that lead would have been greater, but for three fine saves by Tipperary goalkeeper Conor Grace, while the visitors managed to convert their only real goalscoring chance of the opening period.

That came from full-forward Ray McCormack in the fourth minute, profiting from a good Eoghan Connolly pass to make it 1-1 to 0-2, but Cork had a strong response. Performing well in the air, the Rebels reeled off six points in a row, with one of Owen McCarthy’s two points in this period almost a goal but for Grace.

Captain Daire Connery launched a free from halfway on 16 to make it 0-8 to 1-2 — he would finish with five points, including four long-range dead balls — and, while Mark Downey responded for Tipp, it was only brief respite.

Roche, Connery and O’Connell opened up a six-point advantage, with one heading for the net but for Grace’s intervention. By half-time, it was 0-12 to 1-5, Glen Loughnane and Bryan McLoughney with late Tipp points.

When Kevin McCarthy pointed from Michael Nally’s good pass on the resumption, there was just a goal in it again. Two excellent Colin O’Brien points gave Cork breathing space again, but cheap wides prevented them pushing on further, while Josh Ryan got a good block on O’Connell’s shot.

Hanlon’s great win was the catalyst for Roche to open up that seven-point lead, but Tipp replied instantly, Darragh Flannery and McCarthy combining to set up McCormack for a kicked effort to the net.

They were back to three points, thanks to Kirwan, and O’Brien’s sixth point for Cork was answered by a Shane Doyle free. Joe Stack might have had another Cork goal but again Grace saved well, however Cork took over in the closing stages. They had moved nine clear when Hanlon got the second goal, and they will travel to Waterford next week.

Scorers for Cork: C O’Brien (0-6, 2 frees), D Connery (0-5, 4 frees), B Roche (1-2), T O’Connell (0-4), D Hanlon (1-0), O McCarthy (0-2), S Twomey, C O’Callaghan, J Stack (0-1 each).

Scorers for Tipperary: R McCormack (2-1), B McLoughney (1 free), S Kirwan (0-2 each), G Loughnane, K McCarthy, S Doyle (free) M Downey (0-1 each).

CORK: L Donovan (Na Piarsaigh); E Roche (Bride Rovers), C Nyhan (Ballinascarthy), R Sheehan (Mallow); A Walsh Barry (Carrigtwohill), C O’Callaghan (Dromtarriffe), J Hallahan (Cloyne); D Connery (Na Piarsaigh), S Twomey (Courcey Rovers); D Hanlon (Blarney), C O’Brien (Granard Gaels), T O’Connell (Midleton); O McCarthy (Inniscarra), J Stack (Kiltha Óg), B Roche (Bride Rovers).
Subs: S McCarthy (Fermoy) for Hallahan (48, injured), K Murphy (Sarsfields) for O McCarthy (53), K Farmer (Midleton) for Hanlon, K Finn (Midleton) for Stack (both 60).

TIPPERARY: C Grace (Toomevara); D Flannery (Kiladangan), Z Jackson (Moycarkey-Borris), J Ryan (St Mary’s); P Devlin (Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill), B McGrath (Na Sairséalaigh Óg), B Murphy (Cappawhite); G Loughnane (Roscrea), E Connolly (Cashel King Cormacs); M Nally (Holycross-Ballycahill), B McLoughney (Kiladangan), K McCarthy (Toomevara); M Downey (Rosegreen), R McCormack (Borris-Ileigh), S Kirwan (Burgess).
Subs: J Ryan (Boherlahan-Dualla) for Connolly (21), S Doyle (JK Brackens) for McLoughney (35), É McBride (JK Brackens) for Loughnane (42), S McAdams (Kilruane MacDonaghs) for McCarthy (49).

Referee: T Walsh (Waterford).

Munster Under 17 Hurling Semi-Final – Waterford 2-16 Clare 0-14

Waterford defeated Clare by 2-16 to 0-14 in the Munster Under 17 Hurling Competition Semi-Final on Monday April 17th at Cusack Park Ennis.

Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1 Semi-Final – Galway 1-21 Limerick 1-11

Galway defeated Limerick by 1-21 to 1-11 in the Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1 Semi-Final on Sunday April 16th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Galway to contest first Allianz HL Final since 2010

Allianz Hurling League Semi-Final


Report By Declan Rooney for GAA.ie

Galway proved to be too strong for Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds. Three weeks ago David Burke gave a stunning display and hit six points as Galway claimed a 0-24 to 1-18 win over Limerick here. And Michael Donoghue’s side were brilliant in the second-half as they stretched clear after Conor Cooney scored a 56th minute goal.

Galway won their ninth league crown when they beat Cork 2-22 to 1-17 at Semple Stadium seven years ago. But since then they have struggled and Wexford pipped them in the race for promotion to the top tier this season. However, Galway will play in the final again and they held a 0-13 to 1-5 lead at half-time after they dominated the first-half.

Conor Whelan, Cathal Mannion and Conor Cooney accounted for eight of their points in the first-half as they stretched clear of Limerick, who had William O’Donoghue to thank for keeping them in touch, he scored their goal. Cathal Mannion and Shane Dowling (free) traded early points, before Conor Cooney hit a couple of points and Cian Lynch blazed a goal chance left and wide.

The teams went point for point again before Galway gained the ascendency with points from Cathal Mannion and Conor Cooney. But when Limerick needed a goal they got it, and it was O’Donoghue who profited from the hard-work of David Dempsey, who set up the chance.

That goal meant Limerick only trailed by 0-7 to 1-3 after 20 minutes, but then Galway hit three in a row through Johnny Coen and two Joe Canning frees. Shane Dowling got Limerick’s first point since the 13th minute when he scored a free four minutes from the interval, but that was cancelled out again.

Galway hit three of the last four points in the half, and Cathal Mannion’s third score of the game left them five points ahead at the break. Limerick defeated Galway when they last won the title way back in 1997, and despite two points from Canning and David Burke, three Shane Dowling efforts and a Barry Nash score had Limerick back within three.

But that was a close as they would get as Gearoid McInerney set up Conor Cooney’s goal with 14 minutes remaining. That gave Galway a 1-15 to 1-9 lead and they flexed their muscles after that scoring six of the last eight points in the game.

Substitutes John Fitzgibbon and Nash tapped over consolation points for Limerick, but Canning scored three more, while Cathal Mannion, Conor Cooney, and Thomas Monaghan sealed the win.

Scorers for Galway: C Cooney 1-4, J Canning 0-7 (6fs), C Mannion 0-4, C Whelan 0-2, P Mannion 0-1, Johnny Coen 0-1, David Burke 0-1, Thomas Monaghan 0-1.

Scorers for Limerick: S Dowling 0-5 (4fs), W O’Donoghue 1-0, B Nash 0-2, D Dempsey 0-1, D Byrnes 0-1, C Lynch 0-1, J Fitzgibbon 0-1.

GALWAY: Colm Callanan; Adrian Tuohy, John Hanbury, Aidan Harte; Padraic Mannion, Gearoid McInerney, Daithi Burke; Johnny Coen, David Burke; Joseph Cooney, Joe Canning, Padraig Brehony; Conor Whelan, Cathal Mannion, Conor Cooney.
Subs: Thomas Monaghan for Brehony (54), Paul Killeen for Hanbury (55), Niall Burke for J Cooney (63), Jason Flynn for Whelan (66), Sean Loftus for David Burke (68).

LIMERICK: Nickie Quaid; Richie English. Richie McCarthy, Mike Casey; Diarmaid Byrnes, Declan Hannon, Seamus Hickey; Alan Dempsey, William O’Donoghue; Shane Dowling, David Dempsey; Gearoid Hegarty; Graeme Mulcahy, Kyle Hayes, Cian Lynch.
Subs: Gavin O’Mahony for Hannon (16), Sean Finn for Hickey (38), Barry Nash for Mulcahy (48), John Fitzgibbon for D Dempsey (53), James Ryan for A Demspey (53).

REFEREE: Paud O’Dwyer (Carlow).

Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1 Semi-Final – Tipperary 5-18 Wexford 1-19

Tipperary defeated Wexford by 5-18 to 1-19 in the Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1 Semi-Final on Sunday April 16th at Nowlan Park Kilkenny.

Five goals help Tipp through to Division 1 final with win over Wexford

Tipperary 5-18 Wexford 1-19

Report by John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

The McGrath brothers John and Noel were the difference for Tipperary as their second-half goals sent the All-Ireland champions into a Division 1 final meeting with Galway next Sunday.

In front of over 19,000 in Nowlan Park, Tipperary found it difficult to shrug off Wexford and led by just two points up to the hour mark when Michael Ryan’s men hit an unanswered 2-4 in the space of five minutes. John McGrath found his range for the second time in the game when Dan McCormack teed him up and Noel added his second in the 64th minute when substitute John O’Dwyer picked him out.

Brendan Maher then struck for two points to put the seal on a flattering win for Tipperary although they had to do without any scored free, awarded just one for the entirety of the game.

Wexford had approximately 20 scoring opportunities in the first half which against this strong breeze was quite something. Their accuracy, though, let them down and they went in at the break 2-6 to 0-8 down. The first Tipperary goal in the sixth minute came by way of a James Breen error from a slack ball forward by Seamus Kennedy. John McGrath pounced on his error and headed towards goal before smashing a shot past Mark Fanning.

Wexford recovered and had a couple of points on the board when Noel McGrath, put through by Niall O’Meara, scored a second in the 18th minute although Breen looked to have been fouled by O’Meara in the build-up much to the ire of Davy Fitzgerald who entered the field to remonstrate with referee Diarmuid Kirwan. He then received a shoulder from Jason Forde for his troubles.

The team then exchanged points but a brace of scores, Lee Chin and David Redmond obliging, brought Wexford to within four. Seamus Callanan and Jason Forde cancelled them out but Wexford again enjoyed a good spell and would have felt they should have been closer than the four-point margin.

Scorers for Tipperary: J. McGrath, N. McGrath (2-2 each); B. Maher (1-2); M. Breen (0-4); S. Callanan (0-3, 1 65); J. Forde (0-2); P. Maher, J. O’Dwyer, D. Quinn (0-1 each).

Scorers for Wexford: C. McDonald (0-7, 6 frees); L. Chin (0-4, 1 65); D. Redmond (0-3); L. Ryan (1-0); J. O’Connor, D. O’Keeffe, P. Morris, D. Dunne, K. Foley (0-1 each).

TIPPERARY: D. Gleeson; M. Cahill, J. Barry; R. Maher; S. Kennedy, P. Maher, C. Barrett; B. Maher, J. Forde; D. McCormack, N. O’Meara, S. O’Brien; N. McGrath, S. Callanan, J. McGrath.
Subs for Tipperary: M. Breen for N. O’Meara (h-t); J. O’Dwyer for S. O’Brien (48); D. Quinn for J. Forde (65); T. Hamill for J. Barry, B. Heffernan for S. Kennedy (both 68).

WEXFORD: M. Fanning; J. Breen, L. Ryan, D. Reck; S. Murphy; W. Devereux, M. O’Hanlon (j-c), D. O’Keeffe; A. Nolan, J. O’Connor; P. Morris, D. Redmond, L. Chin (j-c); D. Dunne, C. McDonald.
Subs for Wexford: J. Guiney for D. Reck (49); H. Kehoe for D. Redmond, K. Foley for P. Morris (both 54); S. Donohue for A. Nolan (63).

Referee: D. Kirwan (Cork).

Eirgrid All-Ireland Under 21 Football Championship Semi-Final – Galway 2-14 Kerry 2-10

Galway defeated Kerry by 2-14 to 2-10 in the Eirgrid All-Ireland Under 21 Football Championship Semi-Final on Saturday April 15th at Cusack Park Ennis.

EirGrid All Ireland U21 SF: Galway advance to decider

EirGrid All Ireland Under 21 Football Semi-Final

GALWAY 2-14 KERRY 2-10

Report By Cian O’Connell for GAA.ie

Galway stunned Kerry producing a dynamic display in Ennis to secure a deserved EirGrid All Ireland Under 21 Semi-Final victory.

Prompted by the excellent Cein D’arcy and Peter Cooke, Galway seized the initiative and were able to deal with a third quarter Kerry rally. Having hit 37 shots during a fast and frenetic match Galway could have prevailed by a greater margin, but they still did enough to take a prized scalp.

Galway commenced the game in blistering fashion scoring 1-7 from nine attempts in the first 10 minutes. It was a purposeful patch from Gerry Fahy’s charges, who thundered into the contest netting a sweet goal after only 24 seconds. Cein D’arcy, Eoin Finnerty, Robert Finnerty, and Sean Kelly were all involved in a swift build up with Dessie Conneely rattling the Kerry net.

Buoyed up by that major Galway continued to pour forward in search of further scores with Peter Cooke, Michael Daly, Robert Finnerty, Sean Kelly, and Kieran Molloy landing splendid points. Kerry were in deep trouble, but the relocation, for a spell, of the pacy Matthew Flahety to a sweeper role was critical, while Galway, initially clinically, started to waste opportunities.

The fact that Kerry, fielding 14 All Ireland minor winners, could only muster one point from play before the break, courtesy of Killian Spillane, proved just how diligent Galway were defensively. At the interval Galway led 1-9 to 0-4 against the raging hot favourites and an interesting second period beckoned.

Within a minute of the restart Matthew O’Sullivan bundled a disputed Kerry goal over the line and Jack O’Connor’s team were firmly back in the reckoning. Flaherty was back operating at wing forward kicking a couple of points which narrowed the gap down to 1-10 to 1-6.

Crucially Galway landed four of the next six points with Cooke, McDaid, and D’arcy contributing handsomely edging the Tribesmen 1-14 to 1-8 in front. Kerry’s Barry O’Sullivan was sent off in the 48th minute for a second bookable offence and Galway confidently closed out the deal.

Eoin Finnerty fashioned an opportunity which substitute Colin Brady converted for the insurance goal and while Jordan Kiely responded with a Kerry major it was merely a consolation. Galway’s decider with Dublin in a fortnight should be tasty.

Scorers for Galway: Peter Cooke 0-5 (3fs), Dessie Conneely and Colin Brady 1-0 each, Michael Daly and Sean Kelly 0-2 each, Cillian McDaid, Cein D’arcy, Kieran Molloy, Paul Mannion, and Robert Finnerty 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kerry: Killian Spillane 0-4 (3fs), Matthew O’Sullivan and Jordan Kiely 1-0 each, Matthew Flaherty and Shane Ryan (1f, 145) 0-2 each, Conor Geaney (f) and Sean O’Shea (f) 0-1 each.

GALWAY: Ronan O’Beolain; Ruairi Greene, Sean Andy O’Ceallaigh, Liam Kelly; Cillian McDaid, Dylan McHugh, Kieran Molloy; Peter Cooke, Cein D’arcy; Sean Kelly, Michael Daly, Paul Mannion; Robert Finnerty, Eoin Finnerty, Dessie Conneely.
Subs: Colin Brady for Paul Mannion (41), Michael Boyle for Robert Finnerty (53), Colm O’Braonain for Cein D’arcy (57), Eric Lee for Cillian McDaid (60).

KERRY: Shane Ryan; Tom Leo O’Sullivan, Jason Foley, Tom O’Sullivan; Brian O’Beaglaoich, Brian O’Seanachain, Gavin White; Andrew Barry, Barry O’Sullivan; Matthew Flaherty, Sean O’Shea, Brandon Barrett; Killian Spillane, Matthew O’Sullivan, Conor Geaney.
Subs: Michael Burns for Brandon Barrett (29), Roibeard O Se for Brian O’Seanachain (41), Jordan Kiely for Sean O’Shea (45), Jack Morgan for Gavin White (56), Robert Coffey for Tom Leo O’Sullivan (59), Daniel O’Brien for Brian O’Beaglaoich (60).

REFEREE: Brendan Cawley (Kildare).

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Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship – Limerick 1-10 Waterford 0-9

Limerick defeated Waterford by 1-10 to 0-9 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship on Wednesday April 12th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Limerick forced to dig deep against spirited Waterford

Report from the Irish Examiner newspaper

Coming into last night’s first round of the Munster championship in the Gaelic Grounds, few were giving Waterford any hope, as they were off the back of almighty hidings from Cork teams in last week’s U17 tie and the 2015 U16 tournament.

However, they threw the form book out the window and, despite losing a man to a debatable first-half decision, they ignited the game after the break before an injury-time goal delivered Limerick a flattering victory.

Though they made heavy weather of their dominance of a turgid opening period, Limerick looked to have the game well under control when they led by six 10 minutes into the second half.

However, once Waterford threw caution to the wind coming up to the three-quarter mark and started to attack with conviction, Limerick struggled to protect their lead and were thankful for the breaks and the decisions going their way before the game ended after five eventful added minutes.

After a shapeless opening, Seán Whelan-Barrett’s free got Waterford off the mark, before Limerick skipper Karl Moloney replied. With the breeze behind them, the hosts were dominating possession but, between shooting wide and failing to get the last pass in, they didn’t take the lead until the quarter mark, but Niall McAuliffe’s free adjusted the radar, as Seán Ryan and Noel Callanan quickly followed up.

Waterford’s task was made more difficult when Billy Power received a straight red for a challenge, but Limerick failed to exploit the extra man and Mark Twomey pulled one back with a free. Coming up to the break, the home side picked it up again, as Ryan sent over his second and Callanan and McAuliffe followed up to increase their lead to 0-7 to 0-2.

The pace of the game moved up a notch on the restart, with Twomey sending over a 50-metre free, only to be met by Callanan and a Rory O’Brien free. However, when Whelan-Barrett replied off a free, Waterford began to move forward with greater intensity as they took over midfield. It was game on when Darragh O’Keeffe pulled back another and Tom Barron’s ground kick skimmed inches over the crossbar off a goalmouth scramble.

O’Brien’s free, brought in for dissent, halted the Decies march, but it was met in kind by Barron and, after sub Brian Lynch brought the gap back to two, Waterford were denied the lead when Cian Walsh spectacularly saved off Whelan-Barrett. After two chances were missed, Whelan-Barrett sent over a free.

However, just as they were closing in for the kill, a Limerick break drew a free close in. It was quickly taken and sub Calvin Moran burst in to shoot to the corner of the net. Waterford tried to respond and had a penalty call turned down before time ran out.

Scorers for Limerick: N Callanan 0-3, Calvin Moran 1-0, S Ryan, N McAuliffe (1f), R O’Brien (2f) 0-2 each, K Moloney 0-1.

Scorers for Waterford: S Whelan-Barrett 0-3 (3f), M Twomey (2f), T Barron (1f) 0-2 each, D O’Keeffe, B Lynch 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: C Walsh; M Quinlan, E Burke, C Ferris; P Power, J Fitzgerald, J Cummins; K Moloney, L Kennedy; B Coleman, N Callanan, R O’Brien; D Burke, S Ryan, Colm Moran.
Subs: N McAuliffe for Colm Moran (inj 5), P Collins for N McAuliffe (35), Calvin Moran for S Ryan (40), A Costelloe for B Coleman (52).

WATERFORD: A Beresford; M Horgan, S Ahern, D Cullinane; S Murphy-Nix, M Twomey, C Kilgannon; M Devine, C Cullinane; B Power, D Booth, S Whelan-Barrett; S Curry, D O’Keeffe, T Barron
Subs: B Lynch for D Booth (38), D Montgomery for S Curry (46), J Walsh for D O’Keeffe (54).

Referee: D Grogan (Tipperary).

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The Waterford Minor Football Team to play Limerick was named tonight!

1. Aaron Beresford (Ballinacourty)
2. Michael Horgan (Colligan)
3. Shane Ahern (Ballinacourty)
4. Reece Stringer (Colligan)
5. Sam Murphy-Nix (Colligan)
6. Mark Twomey (Ballinacourty)
7. Conor Kilgannon (Gaultier)
8. Mick Devine (Dungarvan)
9. John Devine (Dungarvan)
10. Billy Power (Rathgormack)
11. Dan Booth (Colligan)
12. Sean Whelan-Barrett (Ballinacourty)
13. Stephen Curry (Rathgormack)
14. Darragh O’Keeffe (Gaultier)
15. Tom Barron (The Nire)

Limerick minor football team and match panel is released by the management team of John Ryan manager, coach/selector Brian Nolan and selectors Cathal Minihane and David O Connor this evening. Limerick will take on Waterford this Wednesday evening at the Gaelic Grounds with a starting time of 7pm.

The Limerick minor football team is as follows 1. Cian Walsh (St. Senans), 2. Mark Quinlan (Galbally), 3. Eoin Burke (St. Kierans), 4. Cillian Ferris (Ballysteen), 5. Padraig Power, (Rathkeale), 6. Jack Fitzgerald (Adare), 7. James Cummins (Galbally), 8. Karl Moloney (Crecora/Manister) (Captain), 9. Liam Kennedy (St. Kierans), 10. Barry Coleman (Rathkeale), 11. Noel Callanan (St. Kierans), 12. Rory O Brien (Fr. Caseys), 13. David Burke (Mungret/St.Pauls), 14. Niall McAuliffe (Newcastle West), 15. Colm Moran (Mungret/St.Pauls) (V.Captain)

Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship – Kerry 2-16 Clare 1-6

Kerry defeated Clare by 2-16 to 1-6 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship on Wednesday April 12th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

Kingdom firepower too much for Banner

Report from the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kerry unleashed their superior firepower in the opening half of this Electric Ireland Munster MFC quarter-final against a Clare side caught in the headlights in near perfect conditions at the Austin Stack Park last night.

Kerry have not lost a Munster minor game since the quarter-final defeat against Cork in 2013. Facing an attack spearheaded by top gun David Clifford, Clare were under the cosh from the outset.

Donal O’Sullivan converted a free inside the opening minute and then added a point from an assist by Fiachra Clifford. Centre forward Brian Friel, a survivor from last year’s All-Ireland final winning side, then carved open the Clare defence to make it 0-3 to 0-0 inside the opening four minutes.

Clare’s Colin McNeilis and wing-forward Sean Rouine were trying to curb the Kingdom but Kerry’s defence were able to cut out any Clare attack in the opening quarter with Ryan O’Neill, Sean O’Leary, and Michael Potts particularly effective.

Kerry controlled the middle as well thanks to Barry O’Mahony and Diarmuid O’Connor while Adam Donoghue fetched some good ball at wing-forward. Kerry struck for two goals in a two-minute spell when a sweeping move started by Michael Potts saw Fiachra Clifford feed David Clifford who slipped the ball to th Clare net in the sixth minute. A minute later Donal O’Sullivan was on hand when Donncha O’Sullivan’s shot was parried by Clare keeper Mark Lillis and he finished to an empty net.

Clifford them made it 2-4 to no score and another O’Sullivan free had Kerry in cruise control by the end of the opening quarter, leading 2-5 to 0-0.

Clare got their only score of the opening half in the 16th minute when a free from midfielder Danny Griffin was knocked down by Danny Cooney on the edge of the square into the path of Gearoid Cahill who found the Kerry net.

That was as good as it got for Clare, who had three more efforts before the break but they were all collected by Kerry keeper Devidas Uosis while Kerry tacked on five more points, a ’45 and a superb effort from play by David Clifford and one each from Barry O’Mahony, Donncha O’Sullivan and a free from Donal O’Sullivan, to leave Kerry 2-10 to 1-0 ahead at half-time.

Scorers for Kerry: Donal O’Sullivan (1-6, 4 frees), D Clifford (1-4, 1 ’45), E Horan, B O’Mahony, B Friel, F Clifford, D O’Sullivan, and N Donohue (0-1 each).

Scorers for Clare: G Cahill (1-0), G Cooney (0-3, 2 frees), D Coughlan (0-2, 1 free), D Ryan (0-1).

KERRY: D Uosis ( Dingle); R O’Neill (Na Gaeil), C O’Donoghue (Glenflesk), S O’Leary (Kilcummin); M Potts (Dr Crokes), E Horan (Scartaglen), P Warren (Gneeveguilla); B Mahony (St Senans), D O’Connor (Na Gaeil); A Donoghue (Castleisland Desmonds), B Friel (Rathmore), F Clifford (Laune Rangers); Donnchadh O’Sullivan (Firies), D Clifford (Fossa), Donal O’Sullivan (Kilgarvan).
Subs: M Slattery (Austin Stacks) for B Friel(h/t), N Donohue (Firies) for P Warren (45), C O’Reilly (Austin Stacks) for S O’Leary (47), J Griffin (Dr Crokes) for F Clifford (50), C Ferriter (Annascaul) for Donnchadh O’Sullivan (52), M O’Leary (Renard) for M Potts (57).

CLARE: M Lillis (Cooraclare); J Sheedy (St Breckans), J O’Sullivan (Wolfe Tones), J Miniter (Kilrush); F Donnellan (Cooraclare), K White (Inagh Kilnamona), C McNeilis (Clondegad); D Griffin (Eire Óg), P Kelly (St Breckans); S Rouine (Ennistymon), C O’Donoghue (Cooraclare), D Ryan (Cratloe); G Cooney (Kilmurry Ibrickane ), D Coughlan (Corofin), Cahill (St Joseph’s Doora Barefield).
Subs: Rian Considine (Cratloe ) for Ciaran O’Donoghue (38), A McNamara (Ml Cusack’s) for G Cahill (48), C McMahon (Cratloe ) for P Kelly ( 50), A O’Brien (St Breckans) for K White (55), R O’Doherty (Ennistymon) for D Griffin (58), R Phelan (Kilrush) for D Ryan (60).

Referee: D Murnane (Cork)

The Kerry Minor Football Team to play Clare in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Quarter Final at Austin Stack Park on Wednesday evening contains just 4 of the side who played in the All Ireland Minor Final last year – Michael Potts, Diarmuid O’Connor, Brian Friel and David Clifford.

Potts, together with Chris O’Donoghue, Sean O’Leary and Donnchadh O’Sullivan, were members of the St Brendans College Hogan Cup winning side this year.

The team, captained by David Clifford is as follows:

Deividas Uosis Dingle

Ryan O’Neill Na Gaeil

Chris O’Donoghue Glenflesk

Sean O’Leary Kilcummin

Michael Potts Dr. Crokes

Eddie Horan Scartaglen

Patrick Warren Gneeveguilla

Barry Mahony St. Senans

Diarmuid O’Connor Na Gaeil

Adam Donoghue Castleisland

Brian Friel Rathmore

Fiáchra Clifford Laune Rangers

Donchadh O’Sullivan Firies

David Clifford (C) Fossa

Donal O’Sullivan Kilgarvan

Fir Ionaid:

Nelu O’Doherty Dr. Crokes

Ciarán O’Reilly Austin Stacks

Niall Donohue Firies

Michael Slattery Austin Stacks

Michael O’Leary Renard

Jack Griffin Dr. Crokes

Dylan Casey Austin Stacks

Cathal Ferriter Annascaul

Mark Ashe Dingle


Bainisteoir: Peter Keane (St Marys)

Treanalaí: Chris Flannery and Padraig Murphy

Roghnoirí: Tommy Griffin (Dingle), James Foley (Kilcummin)

Additional Players on the Kerry Minor Panel

Ciaran Kennedy (Beaufort), Eddie Browne (Listowel Emmets), Ruadhan McCarthy (Dingle), Luka Brosnan (Castleisland Desmonds), Sean O’Connell (Cordal).

Rehabbing from Injury: Cian Gammell (Killarney Legion) & Cian O’Callaghan (Firies)

Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship – Cork 3-21 Tipperary 1-8

Cork defeated Tipperary by 3-21 to 1-8 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship on Wednesday April 12th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Cork breeze past Tipp exercise

Report from the Irish Examiner newspaper

For Cork, this Munster minor quarter-final had dwarfed to a futile exercise long before the finish. Brian Herlihy’s young charges had travelled in expectation of a serious challenge, an examination similar to what last year’s class had been subjected to when these counties met at this very juncture. That particular quarter-final ended with a winning margin of three points for Cork. It wasn’t so close on this occasion. Not by a long shot.

The visitors finished 19 points clear. In truth, the gap could have been even greater. The winners, in front of a crowd of 1,158, kicked 15 wides, while second-half sub Cillian Myers-Murray blasted a goal chance wide in the final quarter. Colm O’Callaghan, too, could have opted for goal when kicking the last two of his three points. That manager Brian Herlihy was able to empty his bench by the 49th minute tells you how dominant Cork were and, equally, how poor Tipperary were.

This was a throwback to the dark old days when Premier football teams were routinely routed by Cork and Kerry. The home outfit kicked only two scores in the opening 20 minutes and only three scores in the closing 20 minutes. Matt O’Dohery’s side meet either Clare or Waterford on April 26 and the manager has some job on his hands to lift morale after this bruising annihilation.

It was effectively game over at half-time as the visitors held a 1-9 to 0-4 advantage and such was the lack of oomph in the Tipperary play that there was nothing to suggest a comeback of any sorts would materialise after the break.

The home side struggled desperately around midfield, especially under their own kick-out. Cork’s midfield pair of Ryan Walsh and Mark Keane, along with half-forward Colm O’Callaghan, won restart after restart. And with half-backs Jason Harrington and Jack McCarthy bursting off the shoulder each time, the Tipperary defence found themselves scrambling on numerous occasions to block the Cork runners coming from deep.

It all contributed to a constant supply of ball into Cork’s inside line, with Mark Cronin, Cathal O’Mahony, and Damien Gore finishing the half with 1-6 between them. That tally had risen to 3-13 by the final whistle. The Rebels’ opening four points arrived via the dead ball, with each member of that full-forward line throwing over a free, two in the case of full-forward Cathal O’Mahony.

Ryan Lambe kicked the home outfit’s opener eight minutes in. He was one of only two Tipperary players to score from play in the first half an hour. Mark Cronin supplied Cork’s opening goal on 16 minutes, taking the pass from Damien Gore after a fine through ball from centre-back Peter O’Driscoll. Defenders Jack McCarthy and Dylan Ward had written their names onto the scoresheet by half-time. There was no let-up in the pressure applied upon the change of ends, the winners outscoring their opponents by 2-7 to 0-2 in the first 17 minutes of the second period.

Evan Murphy turned over Tipperary defender Paul Devlin in the build-up to Cork’s second goal, Cronin applying the finish for his second green flag of the evening. Gore delivered their third major, Jack McCarthy instrumental in the creation of the score. The visitors finished with nine scorers in total, subs Colm Barrett and Cillian Myers-Murray making an impression when sprung.

Adam McGrath landed a consolation goal 10 minutes from time. It made no difference. This was an evening to forget for Tipperary football.

Scorers for Cork: M Cronin (2-4, 0-2 frees); D Gore (1-5, 0-2 frees); C O’Mahony (0-4, 0-2 frees); C O’Callaghan (0-3); D Ward, J McCarthy, E Murphy, C Barrett, C Myers-Murray (0-1 each).

Scorers for Tipperary: R Lambe (0-3); A McGrath (1-0); S Ryan (0-2, 0-2 frees); R Quigley, C Kennedy, M Stokes (0-1 each).

Cork: K McMahon (Kilshannig); L Finn (Mitchelstown), W Ronan (Kilmurry), D Ward (Douglas); J Harrington (Adrigole), P O’Driscoll (Ilen Rovers), J McCarthy (Carrigaline); R Walsh (Kanturk), M Keane (Mitchelstown); J Murphy (Éire Óg), E Murphy (Dromtariffe), C O’Callaghan (Éire Óg); M Cronin (Nemo Rangers), C O’Mahony (Mitchelstown), D Gore (Kilmacabea)
Subs: C Barrett (St Finbarr’s) for J Murphy (39 mins); C Myers-Murray (St Finbarr’s) for O’Mahony (41); S Meehan (Kiskeam) for Harrington (42); D O’Mahony (Knocknagree) for Ronan (45); J Corcoran (Nemo Rangers) for Finn (45); D Moynihan (Ballydesmond) for E Murphy (49).

Tipperary: J Dolan (Fethard); J Harney (Moyle Rovers), S Grogan (Cahir), J Ryan (Boherlahan-Dualla); R Quigley (Moyle Rovers), P Devlin (Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill), E McBride (JK Brackens); C Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials), J Flannery (Galtee Rovers); D Mulcahy (Moyle Rovers), S Ryan (Galtee Rovers), C Boland (Clonmel Commercials); M Stokes (Kilsheelan-Kilcash), R Lambe (Clonmel Commercials), D Tynan (Inane Rovers)
Subs: D Bolger (Moyle Rovers) for Quigley (HT); C O’Sullivan (Clonmel Óg) for McBride, A McGrath (Galtee Rovers) for Tynan (both 38); D O’Leary (Ardfinnan) for Devlin (46); C McKenna (Cahir) for Ryan (48); L Cleary (Borrisokane) for Harney (50).

Referee: R Moloney (Limerick).

Team News

As Tipperary commence their Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship campaign, the starting XV to play Cork in the Quarter-Final in Semple Stadium, tomorrow night, Wednesday April 12th at 7pm, has been announced by manager Matt Doherty and lines out as follows;

1. Jack Dolan – Fethard,
2. John Ryan – Boherlahan-Dualla
3. Stephen Grogan – Cahir
4. Jack Harney (Joint Captain) – Moyle Rovers
5. Ríain Quigley – Moyle Rovers
6. Paul Devlin – Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill
7. Conall Kennedy – Clonmel Commercials
8. Jake Flannery (Joint Captain) – Galtee Rovers
9. Eanna Mc Bride – JK Brackens
10. Diarmuid Mulcahy – Moyle Rovers
11. Shane Ryan – Galtee Rovers
12. Calvin Boland – Clonmel Commercials
13. Mark Stokes – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
14. Ryan Lambe – Clonmel Commercials
15. Darragh Tynan – Inane Rovers

Munster Under 17 Hurling Quarter-Final – Clare 3-25 Kerry 1-3

Clare defeated Kerry by 3-25 to 1-3 in the Munster Under 17 Hurling Competition Quarter-Final on Tuesday April 11th at Cusack Park Ennis.

Team News