Munster Senior Football Semi-Final – Kerry 1-18 Clare 1-12

Kerry defeated Clare by 1-18 to 1-12 in the Munster Senior Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday June 11th at Cusack Park Ennis.


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Munster SFC Semi-Final: O’Donoghue inspires Kerry

Kerry 1-18 Clare 1-12

Report By Peter O’Connell for GAA.ie

Munster champions Kerry eventually qualified for a Munster final meeting with Cork on July 2, when they held off Clare in Cusack Park, Ennis.

While the first half was a good battle, Kerry upped their game considerably in the last 25 minutes and outscored Clare 1-10 to 0-7 during the second period. Following a first half, which featured seven yellow and one red card, the teams were tied at half-time, Clare 1-5 Kerry 0-8.

Gary Brennan set the tone right from the throw in when the Clare captain cut through the Kerry defence from the throw in. He laid off to David Tubridy who fired over a sublime, left footed point. When Tubridy goaled a 13th minute penalty, which was won by Keelan Sexton, Clare led 1-3 to 0-2. Jamie Malone added a point to extend Clare’s lead by the 18th minute.

However Kerry, who had the breeze, fought their way back into it with four James O’Donoghue points, while Paul Geaney added two. Kerry were reduced to 14 players when Donnchadh Walsh was shown a second yellow, a minute before half-time, when the wing forwarded fouled Clare’s Martin McMahon. Kerry briefly led, but Ciaran Russell, attacking from wing back, equalised just before the interval, leaving the 5,786 attendance that a possible shock was on.

That belief deepened when Clare put over the opening two points of the second half with Eoin Cleary and Cathal O’Connor firing over frees won by Gary Brennan. However, the game turned on an incident nine minutes into the second half when a Jamie Malone shot hit the Kerry crossbar and ended up spinning wide. At that stage Clare led 1-8 to 0-10 and a goal at that juncture, would have rattled Kerry further.

Kerry responded with a flurry of points from James O’Donoghue, Stephen O’Brien, Anthony Maher and Shane Enright. Stephen O’Brien, who impressed after being introduced at half-time, netted Kerry’s goal three minutes from full-time. While Clare had an extra man, O’Brien walked through the heart of the Clare defence before goaling.

Kerry showed their experience when a lesser team could have panicked. While Gary Brennan was outstanding in the first half, Jack Barry came more into in as the game developed, while James O’Donoghue looked very sharp from play and frees for Éamon Fitzmaurice’s team. Anthony Maher also had a good spell in the second half, which played a key role in helping Kerry to establish control.

Scorers for Kerry: James O’Donoghue 0-9 (4fs), Stephen O’Brien 1-1, Paul Geaney 0-4 (2fs), Anthony Maher, Michael Geaney, Shane Enright, Bryan Sheehan (f) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: David Tubridy 1-3, Eoin Cleary 0-6 (4fs), Jamie Malone, Ciaran Russell, and Cathal O’Connor (f) 0-1 each.

KERRY: Brian Kelly; Fionn Fitzgerald (captain), Mark Griffin, Shane Enright; Peter Crowley, Tadhg Morley, Paul Murphy; Jack Barry, Anthony Maher; Michael Geaney, Kevin McCarthy, Donnchadh Walsh; Barry John Keane, Paul Geaney, James O’Donoghue
Subs: Stephen O’Brien for Barry John Keane (half-time), Jack Savage for Kevin McCarthy (45), Jonathan Lyne for Michael Geaney (52), Kieran Donaghy for Anthony Maher (61), Bryan Sheehan for Jack Barry (64), Johnny Buckley for Paul Geaney (68).

CLARE: Joe Hayes; Gordon Kelly, Kevin Harnett, Martin McMahon; Pearse Lillis, Dean Ryan, Ciaran Russell; Gary Brennan (captain), Cathal O’Connor; Jamie Malone, Seán Collins, Shane Brennan; Eoin Cleary, David Tubridy, Keelan Sexton
Subs: Cian O’Dea for Shane Brennan (50), John Hayes for Pearse Lillis (56), Eoghan Collins for Kevin Harnett (66), Gearóid O’Brien for Cathal O’Connor (70).

REFEREE: Padraig Hughes (Armagh)






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CLARE: Joe Hayes; Gordon Kelly, Kevin Harnett, Martin McMahon; Pearse Lillis, Dean Ryan, Ciaran Russell; Gary Brennan, Cathal O’Connor; Shane Brennan, Sean Collins, Jamie Malone; Kealan Sexton, Eoin Cleary, David Tubridy.

KERRY: Brian Kelly; Fionn Fitzgerald, Mark Griffin, Shane Enright; Peter Crowley, Tadhg Morley, Paul Murphy; David Moran, Anthony Maher; Michael Geaney, Kevin McCarthy, Donnchadh Walsh; Barry John Keane, Paul Geaney, James O’Donoghue.


They meet for the third time in a year, having clashed twice in the 2016 championship, with Kerry winning both the Munster semi-final and All-Ireland quarter-final.

LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES
2016: Kerry 2-16 Clare 0-11 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2016: Kerry 2-23 Clare 0-17 (Munster semi-final)
2014: Kerry 1-17 Clare 1-13 (Munster semi-final)
2012: Kerry 2-22 Clare 1-6 (All-Ireland qualifier)
2008: Kerry 1-14 Clare 0-5 (Munster semi-final)



*Clare last reached the Munster final in 2012, which was also the last time Kerry failed to reach the final.
*Kerry are having their first outing in this year’s championship while Clare have already beaten Limerick by 1-13 to 1-12 in the quarter-final. Eoin Cleary scored 1-4 (0-2 frees) and David Tubridy 0-4 (0-2 frees) for the winners.
*Kerry go into the championships as Allianz League (Division 1) winners for the first time since 2009, a year they also won the All-Ireland title. They did not win the Munster title that year, losing the semi-final to Cork in a replay.
*Eamonn Fitzmaurice is in his fifth season as Kerry manager; Colm Collins takes charge of Clare for a fourth season.


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Clare’s last win over Kerry in the championship was in the 1992 Munster final. Prior to that, they hadn’t beaten the Kingdom since 1949.


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Munster Junior Football Championship Semi-Final – Kerry 0-26 Limerick 0-6

Kerry defeated Limerick by 0-26 to 0-6 in the Munster Junior Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday June 11th at Cusack Park Ennis.


O’Sullivan makes his point as Kerry stroll to final

Munster JFC: Kerry 0-26 Limerick 0-6

Reigning All-Ireland Junior champions Kerry were ruthless in their first competitive outing of the year, as they had 20 points to spare over a very disappointing Limerick in Cusack Park, Ennis, yesterday.

Eleven players registered scores for the Kingdom, who only momentarily looked in any difficulty, while the presence of Brendan O’Sullivan at midfield one of the noticeable features of the side fielded.

Limerick registered the opening two points of the game through Kieran Daly, before Jeff O’Donoghue got Kerry’s first score in the fifth minute and from then on it was one-way traffic.

Eight consecutive Kerry points would follow until the 20th minute, when John Bourke scored for Limerick. Kerry’s lead would be 0-13 to 0-4 at half-time and they matched their first-half total in the second period. Limerick needed a fast start to the second half to have any chance of a revival, however, Kerry quickly snuffed out any faint hope they held.

Valentia midfielder O’Sullivan scored two points and received a noticeable show of support from the Kerry fans when substituted in the 46th minute after the recent doping violation controversy he has been embroiled in.

Two points from defender Pa Kilkenny was one of the few highlights of a processional second period, as it took some good goalkeeping from James Brouder to stop Kerry sub Ivan Parker scoring the only real goal chance of the game with three minutes left.

Roibéard Ó Sé hit the final score of the game after an impressive display in midfield alongside O’Sullivan, as Kerry now go on to face Cork in the final for the fourth consecutive year where they will be expecting to face a far more difficult challenge.

Scorers –

Kerry: C Cox 0-6 (5f), K Spillane 0-4 J O’Donoghue (1 ’45’) and P O’Connor 0-3 each, B O’Sullivan, P Kilkenny and I Parker 0-2 each and T O Sé, E Cronin, E O’Connor and R Ó Sé 0-1 each
Limerick: K Daly 0-3 (2f), J Bourke 0-2 and T Griffin 0-1

Limerick: J Brouder, M O’Keeffe, M O’Leary, J Bridgeman, C McSweeney, P Moran, S Sheahan, T Griffin, M Fitzgerald, J Bourke, S Murphy, J McGarry, E O’Donnell, P De Brún, K Daly
Subs: J English for Fitzgerald (25), C Berkery for Murphy (H/T), R Flattery for O’Leary and A Harnett for McGarry (both 40) and S Doherty for McSweeney (47)

Kerry: T Mac an tSaoir, E Kiely, J McGuire, P Kilkenny, J Walsh, M Foley, D O’Brien, R O Sé, B O’Sullivan, P O’Connor, J O’Donoghue, E O’Connor, K Spillane, C Cox, T Ó Sé
Subs: L Carey for O’Sullivan (46), I Parker for T Ó Sé (47), DJ Murphy for McGuire (50), E Cronin for O’Donoghue (54), B Barrett for O’Brien (55) and D Ó Sé for P O’Connor (56).

Ref – J Hannan (Clare)


Team News

The Limerick junior football manager Diarmuid Sheedy and his selectors Brian Nolan (Rathkeale), John O Grady (Oola) has released their match team to face Kerry this Sunday’s in their clash with Kerry in the Munster junior football championship semi final at Cusack Park Ennis at 1.30pm.

1 James Brouder (Mountcollins), 2 Mike O Keeffe (Newcastle West), 3 Mike O Leary (Newcastle West), 4 James Bridgeman (St Senans), 5 Colm McSweeney (Gerald Griffins), 6 Pakie Moran (Ballysteen), 7 Sean Sheahan (Rathkeale), 8 Tommie Griffin (Gerald Griffins), 9 Maurice Fitzgerald (St Senans), 10 John Bourke (Oola), 11 Sean Murphy (Newcastle West), 12 Jamie McGarry (Claughaun), 13 Eoin O Donnell (Rathkeale), 14 Padraig De Brún (Firies), 15 Kieran Daly (Na Piarsaigh).

Munster Senior Football Semi-Final – Cork 1-10 Tipperary 1-9

Cork defeated Tipperary by 1-10 to 1-9 in the Munster Senior Football Championship Semi-Final on Saturday June 10th at Pairc Ui Rinn.


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Munster SFC: Cork finish strongly to defeat Tipperary

Cork 1-10 Tipperary 1-9

Report By Denis Hurley for GAA.ie

Luke Connolly’s 70th-minute goal sent Cork into the Munster SFC final as Tipperary were edged out at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday evening.

Not since 1940 and ’41 had the Rebels been defeated by their Premier County counterparts in the football championship in consecutive years, but that seemed set to happen with Conor Sweeney netted for Tipp on 69, making it 1-09 to 1-10.

However, Cork held their nerve and the ball was worked through Michael Hurley, James Loughrey and Mark Collins, whose pass allowed Connolly to palm home.

Cork will know that work is needed ahead of the final, though. Peadar Healy’s side only managed one point in the first half, shooting nine wides, but their saving grace was that Tipp were also inefficient in front of the posts, registering four points, but with seven wides of their own.

Twice, Cork had good goal chances, with Colin O’Neill denied by a Ciarán Kenrick save in the second minute and Paul Kerrigan shooting wide on 10. When Conor Sweeney – Tipp’s attacking talisman after Michael Quinlivan was forced off injured in the first half – kicked two points on the resumption, Tipp were 0-6 to 0-1 ahead and Cork were up against it.

Even though they responded through Kerrigan and substitute Donncha O’Connor, Cork were still finding the Tipp defence difficult to pierce and a counter-attack after such a turnover gave Liam Boland a great chance. He was allowed to carry the ball deep into Cork territory and opted to go for goal, but Cork goalkeeper Ken O’Halloran saved with his legs. Had that gone in, Tipp would have had a 1-6 to 0-3 lead but, as instead, by the time they would score again, Cork had made a game of it.

Captain Kerrigan led by example, rounding off a team move to get his second, and Luke Connolly, Mark Collins, and Barry O’Driscoll all scored in quick succession to make it 0-7 to 0-6 with 18 minutes remaining. Sweeney equalised, as he would do after O’Connor made it 0-8 to 0-7 with a free, but the introduction of Mark Collins helped to give Cork a presence in the middle and Kerrigan and O’Connor pushed them two clear by the 64th minute.

Tipp sub Kevin O’Halloran’s shot from distance landed just over the crossbar of his namesake Ken to leave just one in it coming down the stretch. When Sweeney palmed home a high delivery, the Cork faithful were shellshocked. But the Rebels produced a response.

Scorers for Cork: Paul Kerrigan, Donncha O’Connor (2fs) 0-3 each, Luke Connolly 0-2, Barry O’Driscoll, Mark Collins 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: Conor Sweeney 0-5 (1f), Robbie Kiely, Liam Boland, Liam McGrath, Kevin O’Halloran 0-1 each.

CORK: Ken O’Halloran; Michael Shields, Jamie O’Sullivan, Kevin Crowley; Colm O’Driscoll, James Loughrey, Tomás Clancy; Ruairí Deane, Ian Maguire; Brian O’Driscoll, Paul Kerrigan, John O’Rourke; Colm O’Neill, Peter Kelleher, Luke Connolly
Subs: Donncha O’Connor for Kelleher (30), Barry O’Driscoll for Brian O’Driscoll (35), Seán Powter for Colm O’Driscoll (half-time), Mark Collins) for Barry O’Driscoll (44-50, blood), Mark Collins for Deane, Michael Hurley for O’Rourke (59), Gary Murphy for O’Neill (66).

TIPPERARY: Ciarán Kenrick; Shane O’Connell, Paddy Codd, Alan Campbell; Bill Maher, Robbie Kiely, Jimmy Feehan; Liam Casey, George Hannigan; Josh Keane, Diarmuid Foley, Brian Fox; Conor Sweeney, Michael Quinlivan, Liam McGrath
Subs: Liam McGrath for Quinlivan (19, injured), Kevin for Foley (47), Alan Moloney for Casey (52, injured), Kieran Bergin for Hannigan (57), Colm O’Shaughnessy for O’Connell (57), Jason Lonergan for Boland (66).

REFEREE: Ciarán Branagan (Down)







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The Cork team to play Tipperary in the Munster Senior Football Championship Semi-Final tomorrow Saturday 10th June in Pairc Ui Rinn @ 5pm has been announced as follows.

1. Ken O’Halloran (Bishopstown)
2. James Loughrey (Mallow)
3. Jamie O Sullivan (Bishopstown)
4. Stephen Cronin (Nemo Rangers)
5. Tomas Clancy (Fermoy)
6. Michael Shields (St Finbarrs)
7. Kevin Crowley (Millstreet)
8. Kevin O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
9. Ruairi Deane (Bantry Blues)
10. Colm O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
11. Mark Collins (Castlehaven)
12. John O Rourke (Carbery Rangers)
13. Colm O Neill (Ballyclough)
14. Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael)
15. Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers) – Captain

The Tipperary team to play Cork in the Munster Senior Football Championship Semi-Final in Páirc Uí Rinn at 5pm this Saturday evening, June 10th, has been announced by manager Liam Kearns and lines out as follows –

1. Ciarán Kenrick – Moyle Rovers
2. Shane O’Connell – Golden-Kilfeacle
3. Paddy Codd – Killenaule
4. Alan Campbell – Moyle Rovers
5. Bill Maher – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
6. Robbie Kiely – Carbery Rangers
7. Jimmy Feehan – Killenaule
8. Liam Casey – Cahir
9. George Hannigan – Shannon Rovers
10. Josh Keane – Golden-Kilfeacle
11. Liam Boland – Moyle Rovers
12. Brian Fox (Capt.) – Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill
13. Conor Sweeney – Ballyporeen
14. Michael Quinlivan – Clonmel Commercials
15. Liam McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney


They meet for a second successive year, with Tipperary having won last year’s semi-final by two points in what was their first championship success over the Rebels since 1944.

LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES
2016: Tipperary 3-15 Cork 2-16 (Munster semi-final)
2014: Cork 0-16 Tipperary 1-11 (Munster semi-final)
2007: Cork 2-18 Tipperary 0-10 (Munster semi-final)
2002: Cork 1-23 Tipperary 0-7 (Munster final) – Replay
2002: Cork 2-11 Tipperary 1-14 (Munster final) – Draw


*Cork beat Waterford by 1-12 to 1-11 in this year’s Munster quarter-final; Tipperary will be having their first championship outing
*Tipperary were promoted from Division 3 as champions this year, winning six of eight games. Cork finished fourth in Division 2, winning two, drawing three and losing two of seven games.
*Managers, Peadar Healy (Cork) and Liam Kearns (Tipperary) are both in their second seasons.
*Peadar Healy’s League and Championship record since taking over as Cork manager at the start of last season reads: Played 19; Won 8, Lost 8, Drew 3.
Liam Kearns’ record with Tipperary in the same period is: Played 21, Won 11, Lost 7, Draws 3.


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DID YOU KNOW?

Tipperary are bidding to reach successive Munster finals for the first time since 1993-94. The last time Cork missed out on reaching the Munster final in successive years was in 2003-2004.


Munster Senior Hurling Semi-Final – Clare 3-17 Limerick 2-16

Clare defeated Limerick by 3-17 to 2-16 in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday June 4th at Semple Stadium Thurles.



Munster SHC: Clare out-shoot Limerick

CLARE 3-17 LIMERICK 2-16

Report By Jackie Cahill for GAA.ie

Clare are through to a first Munster senior hurling final since 2008, after scoring a four-point victory over Limerick in Thurles this afternoon.

Shane O’Donnell struck two early first half goals and Conor McGrath netted in the second half as the Banner men set up a July 9 meeting with Cork or Waterford.

It’s Clare’s second successive championship victory over their neighbours, having beaten them in last year’s All-Ireland qualifier. Clare could even afford the luxury of a missed Tony Kelly penalty with two minutes of normal time left.

And while David Reidy hit four pointed frees, he also sent a number of efforts wide in the second half. But Limerick, who head for the qualifiers, will rue a huge tally of 11 first half wides. And after coming from eight points down to level, with an unanswered run of 1-5, they allowed Clare to regain the advantage approaching half-time.

Having been reeled in, Clare hit five unanswered points before the interval, to lead by 2-10 to 1-8, in front of 19,168 spectators. It was O’Donnell who had provided Clare with an early platform, recapturing his 2013 All-Ireland final replay hat-trick form with a sensational opening quarter of an hour.

O’Donnell netted in the fifth minute, taking advantage of indecision in the Limerick full-back line when goalkeeper Nickie Quaid could only half-clear John Conlon’s effort which dropped short. O’Donnell was on hand to send a ground-stroke to the net and in the 14th minute, he struck again to hand Clare a 2-2 to 0-3 lead.

O’Donnell followed up with a point and when Colm Galvin and Reidy (free) added further scores, Clare were eight ahead – 2-5 to 0-3. That was Limerick’s cue to come alive and they did, drawing level with 1-5 in five minutes.

After points from Peter Casey and Cian Lynch (2), David Dempsey goaled in the 22nd minute, profiting after Andrew Fahy popped Lynch’s effort into the air. Fahy will feel he should have done better but the goalkeeper, making his full Munster senior championship debut, had done well a couple of minutes earlier to keep out Kyle Hayes.

Shane Dowling (free) and Paul Browne hauled Limerick level with scores – 1-8 to 2-5 – but Clare took over again before half-time and notched five points. In the second period, Clare comfortably kept Limerick at arm’s length, as the played with a slight breeze towards the Town End of Semple Stadium.

Limerick tried desperately hard to work their way back into contention and were within three, 1-12 to 2-12, before more hesitation in defence allowed in McGrath for a 51st minute goal. Clare went on to lead by eight points again and were in cruise control down the home straight. Quaid conceded a penalty after fouling Clare sub Aaron Cunningham but Kelly drove the penalty low and wide.

It mattered little as the game was done and dusted but there was some late cheer for Limerick when Hayes, making his senior championship debut, netted in the final minute.

Scorers for Clare: Shane O’Donnell 2-2, Conor McGrath 1-3, David Reidy 0-5f, John Conlon 0-2, Seadna Morey, Conor Cleary, Colm Galvin, Jason McCarthy & Ian Galvin 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: Shane Dowling 0-7f, David Dempsey & Kyle Hayes 1-1 each, Paul Browne (1 sl) & Cian Lynch 0-2 each, Peter Casey, Pat Ryan & Barry Nash 0-1 each.

CLARE: Andrew Fahy; Seadna Morey, David McInerney, Patrick O’Connor; Gearóid O’Connell, Conor Cleary, David Fitzgerald; Colm Galvin, David Reidy; Tony Kelly, Shane O’Donnell, Padraic Collins; Aron Shanagher, Conor McGrath, John Conlon
Subs: Jason McCarthy for O’Connell (54), Ian Galvin for Collins (59), Aaron Cunningham for Shanagher (63), Cathal Malone for McGrath (65), Cathal McInerney for Kelly (69).

LIMERICK: Nickie Quaid; Sean Finn, Richie McCarthy, Mike Casey; Dan Morrissey, Declan Hannon, Seamus Hickey; Paul Browne, James Ryan; Shane Dowling, Cian Lynch, David Dempsey; Peter Casey, Kyle Hayes, Graeme Mulcahy
Subs: Barry Nash for Mulcahy (h.t.), Richie English for Mike Casey (40), Tom Morrissey for Peter Casey (53), Aaron Gillane for Dowling (57), Pat Ryan for James Ryan (57).

Referee: James McGrath (Westmeath)




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    SHANNONSIDE RIVALS IN BIG MUNSTER BATTLE
    Clare v Limerick in the Munster semi-final is the big hurling attraction next Sunday (Semple Stadium, Thurles, 4.0) as the great rivals clash for a third successive year.
    Clare won an All-Ireland qualifier tie last year while Limerick won a Munster quarter-final clash in 2015.

    LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES
    2016: Clare 0-19 Limerick 0-15 (All-Ireland qualifiers)
    2015: Limerick 1-19 Clare 2-15 (Munster quarter-final)
    2013: Clare 1-22 Limerick 0-18 (All-Ireland semi-final)
    2012: Limerick 3-18 Clare 1-20 (All-Ireland qualifiers)
    2008: Clare 4-12 Limerick 1-16 (Munster semi-final)

    *This will be the 55th championship game between the counties. Limerick won 35 to Clare’s 18, with one draw, from the previous 54.
    *Both teams are under new management this year. John Kiely leads Limerick into the championship for the first time while Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor take charge of Clare.
    *Clare finished fifth in 1A in this year’s Allianz League (two wins, three defeats) before beating Dublin in a relegation play-off.
    *Limerick finished third in 1B (three wins, two defeats). They beat Cork in the quarter-final before losing to Galway in the semi-final.
    *Clare are seeking their first win in the Munster championship since beating Waterford in the 2013 quarter-final. They lost to Cork in 2014, to Limerick in 2015 and to Waterford last year.
    *Limerick lost their opening Munster game against Tipperary last year, having beaten Clare in 2015, Tipperary in 2014 and 2013.
    *Tony Kelly scored 0-9, Podge Collins and Shane O’Donnell 0-3 each when Clare beat Limerick by 0-19 to 0-15 in last year’s All-Ireland qualifiers. They led by 0-11 to 0-5 at half-time. Shane Dowling on 0-6 was Limerick’s top scorer.
    *The only draw between Clare and Limerick in 54 championship games was in 1970. A Munster quarter tie in Thurles ended on a Limerick 3-9 Clare 2-12 scoreline. Limerick won the replay by 1-10 to 0-4 in Limerick.
    *The winners will play Cork or Waterford in the Munster final on July 9.

    DID YOU KNOW?
    Clare have reached only one Munster final (2008 when they lost to Tipperary) since the start of the new Millennium.


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  • TG4 Munster Senior Ladies Football Championship – Waterford 3-11 Cork 1-11

    Waterford defeated Cork by 3-11 to 1-11 in the TG4 Munster Senior Ladies Football Championship on Sunday June 4th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.


    Waterford stun Cork in TG4 Munster ladies SFC

    Report By Jackie Cahill

    PAT Sullivan’s Waterford secured a sensational six-point victory over reigning TG4 Munster and All-Ireland ladies senior football champions Cork on Sunday afternoon.

    The Déise girls ran out 3-11 to 1-11 winners at Fraher Field to book a first Munster senior final appearance in ten years.

    The landmark result also marks Waterford’s first time to beat the Rebelettes in the senior championship since 2003.
    Cork now face a winner-takes-all clash with Kerry in a fortnight’s time to see who will provide Waterford’s provincial final opposition.

    Fresh from stunning the Kingdom last month, Waterford made sure of their final place by making it two wins from two in the round-robin series. On the weekend it was confirmed that dual star Rena Buckley will not be committing to football this year, Cork fell to their first championship defeat since the 2015 Munster final loss to Kerry.
    Waterford were off to a flyer when Aileen Wall, brilliant throughout, scored the opening point.

    Remarkably, Sullivan’s charges would lead from there all the way to the finish, and they were further boosted by Roisin Tobin’s brilliant third-minute goal. In the 14th minute, Grainne Kenneally netted Waterford’s second goal and by the 22nd minute, all six of their starting forwards were on the scoresheet.

    Aine O’Sullivan’s 25th minute goal hauled struggling Cork back into contention but Ephie Fitzgerald’s visitors still faced an uphill task ahead of the second half, trailing by 1-3 to 2-6. Waterford had played with the breeze in the opening half and while Cork have found themselves in worse situations in championship football, this was one rescue act they couldn’t pull off.

    Two brilliant Michelle Ryan points early in the second half maintained Waterford’s momentum but a run of five unanswered scores had Cork ominously in contention with nine minutes left. Cork had moved to within four points, 1-9 to 2-10, but Wall found the top corner for Waterford’s third goal in the 52nd minute and that proved a pivotal score.

    That strike had Waterford 3-10 to 1-9 clear and another Michelle Ryan point sretched their advantage. Cork did register the final two scores of the game, midfielder Jess O’Shea on target with both, but Waterford were left to savour a famous victory, one that blows the race for provincial and All-Ireland honours wide open.

    Munster Under 25 Reserve Hurling Semi-Final – Limerick 4-18 Clare 0-17

    Limerick defeated Clare by 4-18 to 0-17 in the Munster Under 25 Reserve Hurling Semi-Final on Sunday June 4th at Semple Stadium Thurles.


    Hat-trick from Ahern gets Limerick hurling off to good start against Clare in Thurles

    Limerick advance to face Waterford in the final.

    Limerick 4-18 Clare 0-16

    Report by Jackie Cahill for the42.ie

    PAUDIE AHERN FIRED a hat-trick of goals as Limerick cruised to victory over Clare in this afternoon’s Munster U25 Reserves hurling competition semi-final at Semple Stadium.

    Ahern bagged one in the first half and two more in the second period as the Shannonsiders ran out 14-point winners.
    There was some confusion over the final scoreline, with the scoreboard crediting Clare with 17 points, but journalists in both stands were in agreement that the Banner men had scored 16. It mattered little to the end result, however, as Limerick produced a powerful second half display to win pulling up.

    At half-time, they were 1-10 to 0-8 clear, as Clare relied heavily on the free-taking of captain Shane McGrath to remain in touch. Ahern’s 19th minute goal, arrowed into the top corner, helped Limerick to that five-point interval lead, before they built on it considerably.

    Ahern scored his second goal in the 35th minute, Mike Mackey netted in the 43rd and Ahern completed his treble a minute later as the Shannonsiders upped the ante. Limerick lost full-back Darragh Fanning to a second yellow card with four minutes of normal time remaining but highly-rated young goalkeeper Eoghan McNamara preserved a ‘clean sheet’ with a string of late saves.

    While Ahern will grab the headlines for his goal-scoring exploits, Limerick were also well served by free-taker Kyle Dillion, who racked up seven of his eight points from placed balls. Nine Limerick players got on the scoresheet during the game, with five of the starting six forwards on target, along with both midfielders and wing backs.

    Scorers for Limerick: Paudie Ahern 3-0, Kyle Dillion 0-8 (7f), Mike Mackey 1-2, Barry Murphy 0-3, Darragh Cotter (f), Thomas Grimes, Lorcan Lyons, Robbie Hanley & Oisin O’Reilly 0-1 each.

    Scorers for Clare: Shane McGrath 0-11 (10f), David Conroy 0-2, Michael O’Neill, Kevin Hehir & Michael Moloney 0-1 each.

    Limerick

    1. Eoghan McNamara (Doon)
    2. Conor McSweeney (South Liberties)
    3. Darragh Fanning (Pallasgreen)
    4. Dan Joy (Kilmallock)
    5. Darragh Cotter (Castletown/Ballyagran)
    6. Josh Adams (Ballybrown)
    7. Thomas Grimes (capt. – Na Piarsaigh)
    8. Lorcan Lyons (Monaleen)
    9. Robbie Hanley (Kilmallock)
    10. Mike Mackey (Adare)
    11. Barry Murphy (Doon)
    12. Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh)
    13. Kyle Dillion (Bruff)
    14. Oisin O’Reilly (Kilmallock)
    15. Paudie Ahern (Killeedy)
    Subs
    20. Luke Doran (Ballybrown) for Joy (47)
    18. Jack Cagney (Granagh/Ballingarry) for Lyons (49)
    17. Cian O’Brien (Mungret St Pats) for Grimes (51)
    24. Andrew La Touche Cosgrave (Monaleen) for Flanagan (51)
    23. Darragh Carroll (Newport) for Ahern (55)

    Clare

    1. Daniel Vaughan (Tulla)
    4. Conor O’Halloran (Éire Óg)
    3. Eoin Quirke (Whitegate)
    2. Ciaran Cooney (O’Callaghans Mills)
    5. Ben O’Gorman (Wolfe Tones)
    6. Dara Walsh (Éire Óg)
    7. Rory Hayes (Wolfe Tones)
    8. Michael O’Malley (Kilmaley)
    9. David Conroy (St Joseph’s Doora Barefield)
    12. Oisín Donnellan (Feakle)
    17. Kevin Hehir (Inagh Kilnamona)
    10. Michael O’Neill (Kilmaley)
    13. Brian Corry (Sixmilebridge)
    14. Martin Daly (Feakle)
    15. Shane McGrath (capt. – Feakle)
    Subs
    18. Billy Connors (Cratloe) for Donnellan (h.t.)
    24. Michael Moloney (Éire Óg) for Walsh (35)
    19. Cian Nolan (Smith O’Briens) for O’Halloran (38)
    20. Padraic O’Loughlin (Clonlara) for Daly (44)
    11. Kevin McCafferty (Wolfe Tones) for Corry (46)

    Referee: Joe Larkin (Cork)


    Team News

    TG4 Munster Intermediate Ladies Football Championship – Tipperary 8-16 Limerick 1-3

    Tipperary defeated Limerick by 8-16 to 1-3 in the TG4 Munster Intermediate Ladies Football Championship on Saturday June 3rd at Sean Treacy Park Tipperary Town.

    Restrictions on large bags or backpacks

    Munster GAA takes the security of patrons attending our games extremely seriously and liaises with An Garda Síochána locally, on a game by game basis, in the formulation of match specific event plans.

    Advice from statutory bodies informs our approach to the organisation of our games and major events and may continue to do so over the course of the summer and beyond.

    Munster GAA advises patrons not to bring large bags and back packs to games. Patrons that do so may be subject to a security check on entry to the ground, which may delay entry time.

    We will continue to liaise with the Gardaí. We thank all our supporters for their ongoing cooperation