Munster Senior Football Quarter-Final – Clare v Limerick

Clare will play Limerick in the Munster Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday May 28th at 3:30pm in Cusack Park Ennis.


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Munster Senior Football Quarter-Final – Cork v Waterford

Cork will play Waterford in the Munster Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday May 27th at 7pm in Fraher Field Dungarvan.


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Munster Senior Hurling Semi-Final – Limerick v Clare

Limerick will play Clare in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday June 4th at 4pm in Semple Stadium Thurles.


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  • Munster Senior Hurling Quarter-Final – Cork 2-27 Tipperary 1-26

    Cork defeated Tipperary by 2-27 to 1-26 in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday May 21st at Semple Stadium Thurles.



    Munster SHC: Rebels ambush Tipperary

    CORK 2-27 TIPPERARY 1-26

    Report By John Harrington at Semple Stadium for GAA.ie

    After the final whistle blew on this epic game of hurling, the Semple Stadium pitch quickly turned red. You don’t normally associate Munster quarter-finals with pitch invasions, but the explosion of joy that greeted their team’s win under-scored just how big a result this was for Cork hurling and their supporters.

    The Rebels have been down for longer than they’re used to, but this win, and nature of it, felt like a rebirth of sorts. They didn’t just beat the All-Ireland champions on their own patch, they did so with the sort of flair and grit that was long the hallmark of successful Cork hurling teams.

    Tipperary were torn apart at times by the fluency, speed, and ruthless finishing of his Cork team. All of Cork’s forwards were superb, but Conor Lehane, Shane Kingston, and Patrick Horgan in particular took a wrecking ball to the Tipperary defence.

    It wasn’t just Cork’s pace and power in attack that caught the eye, there was also a steely approach in defence that has been marked absent for too long. Colm Spillane and Mark Coleman were particularly heroic throughout, but it was the collective effort that proved most critical in the final 20 minutes of the game.

    From the very start, this match took on a very different aspect to the Munster Quarter-Final the two teams contested last year. Back then it was a grey, wet day, and Cork’s decision to play with an extra man in defence leached even more of the colour out of the occasion.

    This time around things were very different. Cork backed themselves to go toe for toe, man to man with Tipperary, and with both teams committed to attack it was an open, free-flowing game from the off.

    One of the variables coming into the game was just how Cork’s young guns would cope with the heat of a high-stakes Championship match against the reigning All-Ireland Champions.

    The entire left-flank of the Cork team as it was named – Corner-back Colm Spillane, wing-back Mark Coleman, midfielder Darragh Fitzgibbon, wing-forward Shane Kingston, and corner-forward Luke Meade – were making their first championship starts.

    So the extent to which all five of them all played with such confidence from the very start was a huge boon for Cork and really laid down a marker.

    Spillane caught some great ball in the full-back line, Coleman’s deliveries from the half-back line were excellent, Fitzgibbon was busy in midfield, Kingston’s athleticism was hugely impressive, and Meade’s movement and finishing was top-class.

    One of the stand-out features of the game throughout was the manner in which the Tipp half-back line was being dragged out of position which left acres of space in front of their full-back line.

    That’s never an ideal scenario against a Cork inside forward line blessed with real pace and finishing power in the shape of Alan Cadogan, Patrick Horgan, and Seamus Harnedy, and by the eight minute both Tipperary full-back James Barry and corner-back John O’Keeffe were on yellow cards as they were forced to tackle desperately.

    By that stage in the game we already had a shoot-out on our hands with the teams level on five points apiece, and the action didn’t let up from there. As much as the Tipp defence was struggling to contain the Cork attack, at the other end of the field they looked extremely dangerous themselves.

    Centre-forward Michael Breen was winning his battle against Mark Ellis, and John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer was looking sharper than at any time since last year’s All-Ireland Final. Much of his work was self-less too, as he assisted four first-half Tipperary points with some slick passing. As the half progressed, the action never let up as it swung from one end of the pitch to the other and blow was met by counter-blow.

    When the half-time whistle blew the teams were level at 0-15 apiece, but it was the Cork supporters who rose to their feet to applaud their team off. This wasn’t just an acclamation of how well their young team were hurling against the All-Ireland champions, it verbalised the growing sense in the ground that Cork were more up for this battle than Tipperary were.

    The All-Ireland champions were somehow keeping pace despite being half a yard behind their men to the majority of balls, but in the second-half Cork’s greater appetite and athleticism ultimately told. The first big breakthrough came on 43 minutes when Shane Kingston scored a goal that Tipperary goalkeeper Darren Gleeson will have a few sleepless nights about next week.

    Kingston’s initial shot was hooked/blocked by a trio of Tipp tacklers, but he collected the ball again and somehow got off a shot that bounced over Gleeson’s hurley and into the back of the net.

    Tipperary’s initial response was positive as they scored the next two points of the match, but Cork just never let up as Conor Lehane in particular came roaring into the game at centre-forward.

    Tipp were staying in touch thanks mainly to the heroism of Michael Breen who would finish the day with six points form play, and then it looked like they’d seized the initiative when John McGrath blasted a goal after a brilliant pass from Seamus Callanan.

    But Cork simply refused to be denied and immediately struck back with two points from the by now on-fire duo of Kingston and Lehane.

    Tipperary were struck a sickening blow when their best defender Cathal Barrett was forced off after 62 minutes with what looked like a bad knee injury, and slowly the self-belief seemed to drain from Tipp whereas Cork struck for home confidently.

    Two more points from Lehane had the one ahead before they struck what was ultimately the decisive blow of the game when substitute Michael Lehane raced onto a Darragh Fitzgibbon delivery and finished with aplomb.

    Tipp fought to the death, but it was Cork who delivered the final fatal cuts with points from Luke O’Farrell and Seamus Harnedy that drew great, triumphant roars from their support.

    The summer has just begun and it will be interesting to see where the Rebels go from here, but this game really felt like an important milestone for their developing, young team. As for Tipperary, they have a lot of soul-searching to do, but it would be very premature to write them off just yet.

    Scorers for Cork: Conor Lehane 0-10 (4f, 1 ’65), Shane Kingston 1-4, Patrick Horgan 0-4, Michael Cahalane 1-0, Luke Meade 0-3, Alan Cadogan 0-3, Seamus Harnedy 0-2, Luke O’Farrell 0-1

    Scorers for Tipperary: Michael Breen 0-6, Seamus Callanan 0-6 (2f), John McGrath 1-1, Noel McGrath 0-3, Dan McCormack 0-3, John O’Dwyer 0-2 (1 sideline), Brendan Maher 0-2, Padraic Maher 0-1, Niall O’Meara 0-1, Sean Curran 0-1

    CORK: Anthony Nash; Stephen Mcdonnell, Damien Cahalane, Colm Spillane; Christopher Joyce, Mark Ellis, Mark Coleman; Bill Cooper, Darragh Fitzgibbon; Seamus Harnedy, Conor Lehane, Shane Kingston; Alan Cadogan, Patrick Horgan, Luke Meade
    Subs: Luke O’Farrell for Alan Cadogan (57), Michael Cahalane for Luke Meade (66), Lorcan McLoughlin for Darragh Fitzgibbon (70)

    TIPPERARY: Darren Gleeson; Cathal Barrett, James Barry, John O’Keeffe; Seamus Kennedy, Ronan Maher, Padraic Maher; Brendan Maher, Michael Breen; Dan McCormack, Sean Curran, Noel McGrath; John O’Dwyer, Seamus Callanan, John McGrath
    Subs: Niall O’Meara for Sean Curran (50), Joe O’Dwyer for Seamus Kennedy (57), Alan Flynn for Cathal Barrett (64)

    Ref: James Owens




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    Team News

    The Tipperary senior hurlers open their campaign in defence of their Munster SH Championship crown with a Quarter-Final fixture against Cork in Semple Stadium on Sunday next; May 21st at 4pm.

    In naming his side manager Mick Ryan has made one change in personnel from the team that won the corresponding fixture last year, with John O’Keeffe coming in at left-corner back for the injured Michael Cahill.

    The starting XV lines out as follows –

    1. Darren Gleeson – Portroe
    2. Cathal Barrett – Holycross-Ballycahill
    3. James Barry – Upperchurch-Drombane
    4. John O’Keeffe – Clonoulty-Rossmore
    5. Seamus Kennedy – St. Mary’s
    6. Ronan Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
    7. Padraic Maher (Capt.) – Thurles Sarsfields
    8. Brendan Maher – Borris-Ileigh
    9. Michael Breen – Ballina
    10. Dan McCormack – Borris-Ileigh
    11. Sean Curran – Mullinahone
    12. Noel McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
    13. John O’Dwyer – Killenaule
    14. Seamus Callanan – Drom & Inch
    15. John McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney

    CORK (SH v Tipperary): A Nash (Kanturk); S McDonnell (Glen Rovers), D Cahalane (St Finbarr’s), C Spillane (Castlelyons); C Joyce (Na Piarsaigh), M Ellis (Millstreet), M Coleman (Blarney); B Cooper (Youghal), D Fitzgibbon (Charleville); S Harnedy (St Ita’s), C Lehane (Midleton), S Kingston (Douglas); A Cadogan (Douglas), P Horgan (Glen Rovers), L Meade (Newcestown)
    Subs: P Collins (Ballinhassig), C O’Sullivan (Sarsfields), K Burke (Midleton), L McLoughlin (Kanturk), C O’Leary (Valley Rovers), B Lawton (Castlemartyr), D Brosnan (Glen Rovers), L O’Farrell (Midleton), M Cahalane (Bandon), M O’Halloran (Blackrock), C Murphy (Mallow).



    LAST SIX CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES
    2016: Tipperary 0-22 Cork 0-13 (Munster quarter-final)
    2014: Tipperary 2-18 Cork 1-11 (All-Ireland semi-final)
    2012: Tipperary 1-22 Cork 0-24 (Munster semi-final)
    2011: Tipperary 3-22 Cork 0-23 (Munster quarter-final)
    2010: Cork 3-15 Tipperary 0-14 (Munster quarter-final)
    2009: Tipperary 1-19 Cork 0-19 (Munster quarter-final)

    MOST RECENT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
    Tipperary 0-22 Cork 0-13 (2016 Munster quarter-final, Semple
    Stadium).
    Tipperary led by 0-14 to 0-5 at half-time; Cork cut the deficit to seven
    points in the second half but the home side finished strongly to run
    out nine-point winners in front of a 29,114 crowd.

    MOST RECENT CLASH
    Cork 0-26 Tipperary 3-16 (Allianz HL 26 March 2017, Pairc Ui Rinn)
    Cork led by 0-14 to 2-6 at half-time; it was level in stoppage time in
    the second half before Patrick Horgan scored the winning point for
    the Leesiders, taking his total to 0-15 (0-10 frees, 0-1 sideline)



    2017 ALLIANZ LEAGUE
    Tipperary: 1st 1A; Reached final, losing to Galway. Played 8, Won 5,
    Drew 1, Lost 2.
    Cork: 2nd 1A: lost quarter-final to Limerick. Played 6; Won 3, Lost 3

    CORK IN SEMPLE STADIUM
    Cork’s last championship win over Tipperary in Semple Stadium was
    in 2006 when then won the Munster final by 2-14 to 1-14.

    THE ROAD AHEAD
    The winners play Waterford in the Munster semi-final on June 18; the
    losers head for the qualifiers on July 1.

    MANAGEMENT
    Michael Ryan (Tipperary) and Kieran Kingston (Cork) are in their
    second seasons.

    DID YOU KNOW?
    Tipperary scoring ace, Seamus Callanan (28) is heading into his 10th
    championship season, having made his debut against Cork in the 2008
    Munster championship.



    Match Programme

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  • Munster Senior Camogie Championship Final – Limerick 1-13 Cork 0-14

    Limerick defeated Cork by 1-13 to 0-14 in the Munster Senior Camogie Championship Final on Saturday May 20th at Charleville.

    Munster Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Waterford v Cork

    Waterford will play Cork in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday June 18th at 4pm in Semple Stadium Thurles.

    Munster Under 17 Football Final – Kerry 0-15 Cork 0-10

    Kerry defeated Cork by 0-15 to 0-10 in the Munster Under 17 Football Final on Tuesday May 16th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.


    Munster Under 17 Competition Final

    Kerry 0-15 Cork 0-10

    Report from the Kerry GAA web site

    Kerry became the first – and probably the last – winners of the special Munster Under 17 football competition following a deserved victory over Cork before a fine attendance of 1,631 at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park this evening. It was a tough encounter between these age old rivals with no quarter asked or given and while Cork may have had as much possession as the winners, Kerry were the better side at taking the chances that came their way.

    Cork it was who got off to the better start reeling off three points within the first four minutes courtesy of Blake Murphy (free and play) and the towering Mark Keane and at that stage Kerry certainly looked like they were in for a torrid evening of it. Sean Doherty opened Kerry’s account in the 5th minute but then Kerry had a let-off when Conor McMahon hit the cross bar when he looked like goaling. Kerry, with the aid of the wind, improved and points from Michael Slattery and Michael Kelleher levelled the game up after 15 minutes by which stage Cork had kicked four wides.

    Kerry showed a gradual improvement and Michael Kelleher’s pointed free was followed by good scores from Dara Casey and Michael Slattery who had by now moved out to centre forward to good effect. Minor player Mark Cronin had his first point in the 24th minute for Cork followed by another from Blake Murphy but Sean Keane responded for the homeside and the sides swapped points again before the break with Blake Murphy for the visitors and Michael Slattery for the home side pointing to leave the half time score reading 8 points to 6 in Kerry’s favour.

    Emotions were high as the sides left the field but Kerry resumed in a determined mood and had three quick-fire scores inside the opening five minutes of the half before Cork had settled. Each of them, from Franz Sauerland, halftime sub Dáire Cleary and Barry Keane , could arguably have been goals as Kerry made inroads for the first time through the centre of the Cork defence and Kerry were 11 to 6 clear. Mark Cronin and Conor Russell responded as Cork began to use the wind advantage and while Sean Keane had a good score for Kerry, Blake Murphy was almost in on goal but settled for the point to leave Kerry three ahead at the three quarter stage.

    Cork were on top by now but poor finishing was to cost them while Kerry also had a couple of bad wides from good positions. Sean Keane gave Kerry breathing space with a point in the 20th minute and Fergal Barry had a great run out of defence which ended with him being hauled to the ground at the other end at the expense of a black card as he bore down on goal. The free, from an advantageous position, was missed but the siege at the other end had been lifted and Kerry added two more points from the impressive Dáire Cleary and Michael Kelleher either side of a Mark Cronin point for Cork. At the very end Sean Keane had a great chance to wrap it up when he was one on one with Cork keeper Cian Lankford but the Corkman stood his ground.

    So a very satisfying win for the homeside who recovered from a shaky start to take the game to their opponents. Kerry’s next outing will not be until the August weekend when the semi finals – Munster V Connaught – will be played. The final is on August 20th. After the game the Chairman of the Munster Council, Jerry O’Sullivan presented the Cup to winning captain Sean O’Connell who had put in a great hour’s work around the centre of the field.

    Scorers: Kerry: Michael Slattery, Sean Keane and Michael Kelleher (1 free) 0-3 each, Dáire Cleary 0-2, Franz Sauerland, Dara Casey, Sean Doherty and Barry Keane 0-1.

    Cork: Blake Murphy 0-5 (1 free), Mark Cronin 0-3, Conor Russell, Mark Keane 0-1 each.

    Referee: Donnacha O’Callaghan (Luimneach)


    Team News

    The Kerry Under 17 Football Team to play Cork in the final of the Munster GAA Under 17 Football competition at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park at 7pm on Tuesday evening has one change in personnel from the side that defeated Tipperary in the semi final; Donal O’Sullivan misses the final due to a hand injury sustained in the closing stages of the Minor semi final between the sides and is replaced by Sean Doherty of Glenflesk with Barry Slattery of Legion joining the match day squad.

    The team contains three players who saw action in that Minor semi final; Goalkeeper Deividas Uosis and centre back Eddie Horan started in that game while Michael Slattery was introduced as a sub. Under 17 captain Sean O’Connell and Dylan Casey were also members of the Minor panel.

    The team, captained by Sean O’Connell of Cordal is as follows:

    Deividas Uosis Dingle

    Gearóid Lyne Annascaul

    Dylan Casey Austin Stacks

    Fergal Barry Na Gaeil

    Luka Brosnan Castleisland Desmonds

    Eddie Horan Scartaglen

    Thomas Devane Dingle

    Seán O’Connell (C) Cordal

    Franz Sauerland An Ghaeltacht

    Dara Casey Glenbeigh/Glencar

    Sean Doherty Glenflesk

    Michael Kelleher John Mitchels

    Barry Keane Listry

    Michael Slattery Austin Stacks

    Seán Keane Listowel Emmets

    Fir Ionaid:

    Brian Lonergan Ballymacelligott

    Donagh McMahon Austin Stacks

    Dáire Cleary Laune Rangers

    Micheál Devlin Killarney Legion

    Muiris Fitzgerald St Mary’s

    Barry Slattery Killarney Legion

    Darren Looney Killarney Legion

    David Shanahan Castleisland Desmonds

    Daragh O’Connor Laune Rangers

    Bainistíocht:

    Bainisteoir: Peter Keane (St Marys)

    Treanalaí: Chris Flannery and Padraig Murphy

    Roghnoirí: Tommy Griffin (Dingle), James Foley (Kilcummin), Colm Whelan (St Senans)

    Coach: John Dillon (Duagh)

    Additional Players on the Kerry Under 17 Panel

    Shay Walsh Scartaglen

    Daniel Casey Kilgarvan

    Brian O’Regan Ardfert

    Oisín O’Connor Glenbeigh/Glencar

    Ian McGillycuddy Beaufort

    William Goodwin Castlegregory

    Rehabbing from Injury

    Donal O’Sullivan Kilgarvan

    Kerry and Cork go head to head again in the Under 17 Final

    Following fast on their Munster Minor Championship semi final clash last week, Kerry and Cork go head to head once again, this time in the Munster GAA Under 17 Football Final in Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on Tuesday evening at 7pm.

    Both sides have a number of players from that Minor Semi Final eligible to play; Kerry can call on the likes of goalkeeper Deividas Uosis , Edward Horan, Michael Slattery and Dylan Casey and Cork have the likes of their towering midfielder Mark Keane, wing forward Jack Murphy and corner forward Mark Cronin available.

    Kerry will be without Donal O’Sullivan who picked up a hand injury in the closing stages of the minor semi final and he will be a big loss to the home side. A feature of the Kerry panel of players is the spread of clubs and in particular the fact that a lot of the smaller rural clubs are represented.

    Cork have had two games in the competition defeating Waterford by 6-24 to 0-1 in Fraher Field in Round 1 and they then accounted for Limerick by 5-18 to 1-6 in the semi final. Kerry have played just one game in the competition when defeating Tipperary by 3-11 to 1-6 in the semi final in Austin Stack Park.

    Donnacha O’Callaghan of Limerick will be the referee on Tuesday evening and following this final, the competition will be parked until later in the Summer.

    The Semi finals will be played on the August weekend – Munster V Connaught – and final on August 20th.

    The Cork team to play Kerry in the Munster U17 Football Competition Final on tomorrow Tuesday 16th May in Austin Stack Park Tralee @ 7pm has been announced as follows.

    Cork U17 Football team

    1. Cian Lankford – (Kilavullen)
    2. John Corcoran – (Nemo Rangers)
    3. Daniel O Mahony – (Knocknagree)
    4. Eoin Murray – (Dohenys)
    5. David Lardner – (Fermoy)
    6. Greg Lardner (Fermoy)
    7. James O Mullane (Kilmurry)
    8. Mark Keane – (Mitchelstown)
    9. Neil O Sullivan – (Adrigole)
    10. Fionn Herlihy – (Dohenys)
    11. Blake Murphy – (Na Piarsaigh) – Captain
    12. Jack Murphy – (Eire Óg)
    13. Mark Cronin – (Nemo Rangers)
    14. Conor Russell – (Douglas)
    15. Conor McMahon – (Kilshannig)
    Subs
    16. Diarmuid Doody – (Buttevant)
    17. John Kelleher – (Glanmire)
    18, Killian Murphy – (Glanmire)
    19, Liam Twohig – Aghinagh
    20. Conor Crowley – (Glanmire)
    21. Ronan Dalton – (Nemo Rangers)
    22. Adam Coleman – (Nemo Rangers)
    23. Sean Desmond – (Clondrohid)
    24. Colin Walsh – (Cullen)

    Coach: James McCarthy (Castlehaven)
    Selectors: James McCarthy (Castlehaven), Brian Lotty (Glanmire), Ben Flahive (Douglas), Michael Beston (Mitchelstown)

    Leinster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Round Robin – Laois 2-21 Kerry 3-15

    Laois defeated Kerry by 2-21 to 3-15 in the Leinster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Round Robin on Sunday May 14th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.


    Laois see off 14-man Kerry to book knock-out spot

    By Paul Brennan for RTE.ie

    Kerry 3-15 Laois 2-21

    Laois will play Wexford in the Leinster SHC quarter-final after overcoming the resolute challenge of Kerry in a gripping contest in Tralee. This was a winner-takes-all game as both teams chased a place in the next round of the provincial championship.

    In the end Ross King’s expertise from placed balls and a costly sending off for Kerry proved decisive to the outcome with the visitors just about getting over the line to set up a quarter-final crack off Davy Fitzgerald’s Yellow Bellies.

    Laois will be joined in those quarter-finals by Westmeath – who will play Offaly – while Kerry just about retained their Leinster SHC status on scoring difference, which means Meath are relegated to next season’s Christy Ring Cup.

    A win for Kerry could have qualified them for their first Leinster quarter-final but Laois were, arguably, the slightly better side overall in Tralee, although the home side pushed the winners all the way to the last puck.

    Laois got the perfect start with Neil Foyle finding the Kerry net after just two minutes when Martin Stackpoole had initially saved well from Patrick Purcell, but Kerry were soon back on level terms with points from Jordan Conway, Mikey Boyle and two Shane Nolan frees to make it 1-01 to 0-04 after five minutes.

    Nolan and King divided the next six points between them, before Patrick Purcell and Nolan swapped points from play to make it 0-08 to 1-05 after 25 minutes.

    It was another 11 minutes before the next score arrived – a long-range point from Aaron Dunphy – but then Kerry hit Laois for two goals in additional time, with Nolan scoring twice past Enda Rowland to send the Kingdom to the half time break 2-8 to 1-7 in front.

    Kerry would have hoped to built on that momentum after the break but Laois started the second half the better team, and when midfielder Patrick Pucell goaled in the 41st minute Laois took the lead and the momentum at 2-10 to 2-08.

    Laois kicked on with King converting three more frees, as well as points from Purcell and Stephen Maher, as they extended their lead to 2-15 to 2-09, with Kerry defender Sean Weir being sent off for a second booking in the just after the three-quarter hour mark.

    Kerry battled away and when Mikey Boyle’s retaken 25-metre free breached the Laois goal line the deficit was to three points, but with their numerical disadvantage the hosts couldn’t get any closer.

    Late scores from King and substitute Stephen Bergin helped Laois see out the victory and put them into the open draw that saw them pulled out to face Wexford at the end of the month. Shane Nolan’s two goals for Kerry weren’t enough

    Kerry: M Stackpoole, J O’Connor (0-01), R Horgan, S Weir, J Buckley (0-01), D Dineen, T Murnane, J Goulding, P O’Connor, B O’Leary, M O’Leary, J Conway (0-01), P Boyle (0-02f), M Boyle (1-01, 1-00f), S Nolan (2-06, 0-04f, 0-01 ’65’).
    Subs: J Griffin (0-01) for J Goulding (58 mins), M O’Connor for J Conway (60 mins), B Murphy (0-01) for T Murnane (64 mins), P Lucid (0-01) for S Nolan (68 mins).

    Laois: E Rowland, L Cleere, L Bergin, D Palmer, C Collier, C Dywer, M Whelan, R King (0-13, 11f, 1 ’65’), P Purcell (1-02), S Downey (0-01), R Mullaney, P Whelan, A Dunphy (0-01), N Foyle (1-00), S Maher (0-01)
    Subs: J Lennon for P Whelan (inj, 32 mins), Aidan Corby (0-01) for R Mullaney (HT), M Kavanagh (0-01) for S Downey (57 min), S Bergin (0-01) for S Maher (64 mins), B Corby for N Foyle (69 mins).

    Refere: Alan Kelly (Galway)




    Lidl Ladies NFL Division 3 Final Replay – Tipperary 0-15 Wexford 1-10

    Tipperary defeated Wexford by 0-15 to 1-10 in the Lidl Ladies NFL Division 3 Final Replay on Sunday May 14th at St. Brendan’s Park Birr.



    Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 3 final replay

    Tipperary 0-15 Wexford 1-10

    By Jackie Cahill at St Brendan’s Park, Birr

    AISHLING Moloney and Aisling McCarthy contributed 0-11 between them as Tipperary were crowned Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 3 champions on Sunday.

    Despite losing three players to second half sin-binnings, and finishing the game with 13 players, Tipp held out in an enthralling replay against Wexford at St Brendan’s Park, Birr.

    Beaten finalists after a replay with Waterford last year, Tipp got over the line this time to secure promotion to Division 2. And they had to do it the hard way, coming from six points down in the first half to hold on with two to spare.

    Ultimately, it was a strong second half display from Tipp that ensured silverware for the Premier County. Behind by 0-5 to 1-8 approaching the break, McCarthy’s point kept Tipp in touch at the interval, trailing by five.

    They’d played against the wind in the opening half but opened the second half with seven unanswered points, as Wexford lost former Kerry star Bernie Breen to the sin-bin. Tipp went from six points down to two points up with eight points in a row either side of the break, and they won the second half by 0-9 to 0-2.

    After half-time, McCarthy knocked over two frees before Moloney hit three on the trot from play. Gillian O’Brien put over a 41st minute point and when Moloney was on target again, Tipp moved 0-13 to 1-8 in front.

    O’Brien was sent to the sin-bin in the 44th minute and when Maria Curley and Moloney followed, Tipp were down to 12 players. Wexford’s long run without a score had finally ended in the 47th minute when Ellen O’Brien pointed and Catriona Murray’s levelled the game at 1-10 to 0-13.

    Wexford were lucky not to concede a goal seven minutes from the end when McCarthy’s free dropped short before Roisin Howard forced a brilliant save from Mary Rose Kelly, who tipped the ball onto the post. Wexford were reduced to 14 players late on when Sarah Harding-Kenny was sin-binned before O’Brien’s return brought Tipp back to 13. And Tipp managed to find the crucial late scores to secure victory, McCarthy taking her tally to 0-5 with a brace of frees.

    In the first half, it had looked positive for Wexford, playing with that strong breeze and frustrating Tipp with a packed defence, while breaking at pace. Clara Donnelly was particularly dangerous for the Slaneysiders, with probing runs from deep, and captain Fiona Rochford showed up well again, after her last-gasp free ensured a replay.

    With less than 19 minutes on the watch, a tight game was level at 0-4 each, after Wexford had led by three.
    Orla O’Dwyer’s leveller for Tipp had forced a brilliant tip-over save from goalkeeper Kelly and Rochford’s goal in the 25th minute was another major fillip.

    Rochford’s speculative effort from distance deceived Tipp goalkeeper Lauren Fitzpatrick and dipped into the net, putting Wexford 1-5 to 0-4 clear. That goal helped Wexford to lead at the break but Tipp began the second half firing on all cylinders, and would eventually prevail following an incident-packed game.

    Scorers – Tipperary: A Moloney 0-6 (1f), A McCarthy 0-5 (4f), O O’Dwyer 0-2, J Grant & G O’Brien 0-1 each.

    Wexford – F Rochford 1-3 (0-1f), E O’Brien & A Murphy 0-2 each, B Breen, K Kearney & C Murray (f) 0-1 each.

    Wexford – M.R. Kelly; M Doyle, M Cullen, S Harding-Kenny; N Mernagh, R Murphy, G Hearne; B Breen, K Kearney; C Donnelly, C Murray, N Butler; A Murphy, F Rochford, E O’Brien
    Subs: S Cloake for Hearne (46), F Rowe for Butler (57).

    Tipperary – L Fitzpatrick; E Buckley, S Condon, C Condon; B Condon, S Lambert, M Curley; J Grant, A Moloney; E Fitzpatrick, A McCarthy, N Lonergan; G O’Brien, O O’Dwyer, M Morrissey
    Subs: R Howard for Lonergan (46), E Kelly for Morrissey (52).

    Referee: S McNulty (Wicklow)

    Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Play-Off 2 – Limerick 0-19 Waterford 1-7

    Limerick defeated Waterford by 0-19 to 1-7 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Play-Off 2 on Thursday May 11th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.


    Perfect 10 for O’Brien as Limerick advance to Munster semi-final

    Limerick 0-19 Waterford 1-7

    Tomás McCarthy reports from the Gaelic Grounds for the42.ie

    PAUL O’BRIEN DELIVERED 10 points (nine from dead balls) as the Limerick minors shrugged off a sticky Waterford challenge in the final quarter at the Gaelic Grounds.

    The lethal marksman from Mungret St Pauls didn’t shoot a wide all evening with Dylan O’Shea (0-3) and Ronan Connolly (0-2) providing support in attack. Conor Nicholas and Jerome Boylan starred in defence as the Shannonsiders advanced to the provincial semi-finals next month.

    Waterford closed to within a point early in the second half mainly through the endeavours of Billy Power. But James Lacey’s charges hit 11 wides and Thomas Douglas pinged the ball off the crossbar at a crucial stage. Five of the six starting forwards were replaced before the full-time whistle. Waterford were dealt a blow prior to throw-in as full-back James Flavin missed out through injury.

    Limerick midfielder Rory Duff snapped the sliotar immediately and split the posts after just seven seconds and O’Brien, Ronan Connolly and Dylan O’Shea quickly developed a four-point gap.
    The visitors recovered though as Ian Beecher and Billy Power raised white flags. Seven minutes before the break, Iarlaith Daly was sandwiched by Nicholas and Mikey O’Brien and referee John McCormack signalled for a penalty. Captain Thomas Douglas billowed the roof of the net with an absolute stinger to level matters (0-5 to 1-2).

    The Treaty men claimed the last four points of the half, however. Paul O’Brien knocked over two frees and a ’65 while O’Shea registered his second single to make it 0-9 to 1-2 in favour of John Mulqueen’s side. On the change of ends, Power narrowed the gap to two with an early brace before Douglas cracked a shot off the metalwork five minutes into the second half. Another Power double from frees then left only a point between them (0-10 to 1-6).

    But the team in green eased the pressure through three unanswered points. Iarlaith Daly got the Déise back within striking distance heading into the last quarter but it proved to be their final score of the evening. Jerome Boylan took charge at centre-back and late points by David Woulfe, Connolly and Paul O’Brien wrapped up a home victory.
    Limerick face an away trip to Clare in the last four on 28 June.

    Scorers for Limerick: Paul O’Brien 0-10 (8fs, 1 65’), Dylan O’Shea 0-3, David Woulfe, Ronan Connolly 0-2 each, Dan Minehan, Rory Duff 0-1 each.

    Scorers for Waterford: Billy Power 0-5 (4fs), Thomas Douglas 1-0 (1-0 pen), Iarlaith Daly, Ian Beecher 0-1 each.

    Limerick

    1. Daithi Heffernan (Mallow)
    2. Conor Flahive (Mungret St Pauls)
    3. Conor Nicholas (Monaleen)
    4. Ciaran Barry (Ahane)
    5. Mikey O’Brien (Doon)
    6. Jerome Boylan (Na Piarsaigh)
    7. Dan Minehan (Ahane)
    8. Michael O’Grady (Knockainey)
    9. Rory Duff (Mungret St Pauls)
    10. Paul O’Riordan (Bruff)
    11. Paul O’Brien (Mungret St Pauls)
    12. David Woulfe (Kilmallock)
    13. Dylan O’Shea (Garryspillane)
    14. Ronan Connolly (Adare)
    15. Ryan Tobin (Garryspillane)
    Subs:
    22. Brian O’Grady (Kilteely/Dromkeen) for Mikey O’Brien (13)
    24. Eoin Sheehan (Garryspillane) for O’Riordan (41)
    23. Jack Ryan (Doon) for Duff (41)
    19. Calvin Carroll (Patrickswell) for Tobin (48)

    Waterford

    1. Eoghan Browne (Mount Sion)
    18. Dan Booth (Colligan)
    17. Matt Noonan (Cappoquin)
    4. Tadhg Foley (Ballygunner)
    5. Mairtín Power (Clonea)
    6. Tom Barron (Fourmilewater)
    7. Luke O’Brien (Mount Sion)
    8. Sean Whelan-Barrett (Abbeyside)
    9. Edward Cullen (Mount Sion)
    10. Conor Whelan (Brickey Rangers)
    11. Iarlaith Daly (Lismore)
    12. Ian Beecher (Tallow)
    13. Tom Looby (Abbeyside)
    14. Thomas Douglas (De La Salle)
    15. Billy Power (Clonea)
    Subs:
    22. Niall O’Keeffe (Passage) for Looby (h-t)
    24. John Devine (Dungarvan) for Whelan (h-t)
    19. Sean Carton (De La Salle) for Douglas (49)
    23. Kyle Bennett (Lismore) for Beecher (56)
    21. Evan McGrath (Mount Sion) for Power (56)

    Referee: John McCormack (Tipperary)


    Team News

    Manager John Mulqueen and his selectors has released their minor hurling team and match panel for this Thursday evenings Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship semi final meeting with Waterford in the Gaelic Grounds at 7pm. The Limerick Team and match panel is as follows
    1. Daithi Heffernan (Mallow), 2. Conor Flahive (Mungret St. Pauls),
    3. Conor Nicholas (Monaleen) (Captain), 4. Ciaran Barry (Ahane),
    5. Mikey O’Brien (Doon), 6. Jerome Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), 7. Dan Minehan (Ahane), 8. Michael O’Grady (Knockainey), 9. Rory Duff (Mungret St. Pauls), 10. Paul O’Riordan (Bruff), 11. Paul O’Brien (Mungret/St. Pauls), 12. David Woulfe (Kilmallock), 13. Dylan O’Shea (Garryspillane), 14. Ronan Connolly (Adare), 15. Ryan Tobin (Garryspillane).
    Subs: 16. Gearoid Barry (Kilmallock), 17. Kevin Bonar (Bruff), 18. Ken Byrnes (Old Christians), 19. Calvin Carroll (Patrickswell), 20. Jason Fitzgibbon (Cappamore), 21. David Moloney (Monaleen), 22. Brian O’Grady (Kilteely/Dromkeen), 23. Jack Ryan (Doon), 24. Eoin Sheehan (Garryspillane).


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