GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2B – Tipperary 2-15 Cavan 0-18

Tipperary defeated Cavan by 2-15 to 0-18 in the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2B on Saturday July 8th at Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan.



Cavan relinquish six-point lead to lose to Tipperary

Cavan 0-18 Tipperary 2-15

Report from the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tipperary flicked the switch at half-time and threw everything into attack, and the rewards were rich and bountiful as they came from six points behind to beat Cavan in a Round 2B Qualifier at Kingspan Breffni.

Defensively, they looked nervous, uncertain and sometimes naïve, but once they moved to a more natural offensive strategy, the smiles returned to Premier faces and they played with a free-spirited joy.

Soon they had made it a 12 points swing, turning a six points deficit into a six points lead, and won somewhat comfortably by three in the end to go into Monday’s draw for round 3.

Second-half goals from Conor Sweeney and Robbie Kiely rewarded the spirit of adventure and positivity embraced by Liam Kearns’s side as they ran fearlessly at the Ulster men.

Tipperary started strongly with a couple of early scores from Sweeney and Jack Kennedy, but it was soon evident that their attacking strategy was one-dimensional.

Sweeney was isolated up front, and struggling to make inroads against a couple of markers, while their transition from defence lacked pace and urgency.

Cavan were soon in the ascendancy, bringing width to their game and stretching their opponents with pace along the flanks.

Gearoid McKiernan, impressive newcomer caoimhin O’Reilly and Niall McDermott all found the target as the Breffni men found their confidence.

Martin Reilly gave them the lead for the first time in the 14th minute, and after Robbie Kiely had pulled back a Tipp point, Cavan struck five on the spin, two of them from midfielder Tomas Corr, to go six clear at 0-10 to 0-4.

Sweeney was keeping Tipp in it with frees, and they trailed by 0-12 to 0-6 at the break after Caoimhin O’Reilly had slotted over his second score.

Tipp pushed everything into attack on the restart and Jack Kennedy and Kevin O’Halloran, along with Sweeney, got the scoreboard ticking.

Cian Mackey burst through from deep to win the free that McDermott knocked over, but nothing could revive a flagging Breffni side.

Tipperary’s evolving attacking threat was further strengthened by the introduction of All-Star Michael Quinlivan on 47 minutes, while Philip Austin’s power was another positive factor as Kearns dipped into his talented squad of substitutes.

O’Halloran’s 50 metre free cut the deficit to two point s the game slipped into its final quarter, and the Premier men were a team transformed.

They showed no fear as the committed men forward without inhibition, and Austin made a vital intervention, bringing them leve before winning the penalty that Sweeney sweetly stroked home in the 56th minute.

Austin and Sweeney were involved again in the move that ended with Kiely smashing home their second goal in the 62nd minute, and Quinlivan’s point had them six clear.

Cavan did pull back points thrugh Seanie Johnston, Thomas Galligan and Padraig Faulkner, but their season was beyond rescue, and Tipp marched on to the third round, with another exciting summer calling.

Cavan: R Galligan; P Faulkner (0-1), K Clarke, J McLoughlin; J McEnroe, N Murray, C Moynagh (0-1); G McKiernan (0-3, 1f), T Corr (0-2); C Mackey (0-1), M Reilly (0-2), C Brady; C O’Reilly (0-2), L Buchanan, D McVeety (0-1)
Subs: N McDermott (0-2, 2f) for Brady (12), R Connolly for Buchanana (h-t), T Galligan (0-1) for Corr (47), J Dillon for McDermott (56), S Johnston (0-2, 1f) for O’Reilly (59), N Clerkin for McVeety (BC 60)

Tipperary: C Kenrick; C O’Shaughnessy, A Campbell, E Moloney; B Maher, R Kiely (1-1), J Feehan; L Casey, G Hannigan; J Keane, K O’Halloran (0-2, 1f), B Fox (0-1); J Kennedy (0-3, 2f), C Sweeney (1-5, 1-0 pen, 5f), L Boland
Subs: D Foley (0-1) for Boland (0-2), P Austin (0-01) for O’Shaughnessy (h-t), M Quinlivan (0-1) for Hannigan (47), L McGrath for O’Halloran (67), K Bergin for Maher (73)

Referee: F Kelly (Longford)



Fixture Details

08.07.2017 (Sat)
GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2B
Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan 14:00
An Cabhán v Tiobraid Árann
Referee: TBC
(E.T. if Necessary)


Team News

The Tipperary team to play Cavan in Round 2B of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship in Kingspan Breffni Park, tomorrow afternoon, July 8th, has been announced by manager Liam Kearns.
With a panel curtailed by injury, Liam has handed Championship debuts to Emmett Moloney (Drom & Inch) and Jack Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials) among four changes to the side which lost narrowly to Cork in their recent Munster Semi-Final. Colm O’Shaughnessy (Ardfinnan) and Kevin O’Halloran (Portroe) are the other players also drafted in.

The Tipperary starting XV lines out as follows;
1. Ciarán Kenrick – Moyle Rovers
2. Colm O’Shaughnessy – Ardfinnan
3. Alan Campbell – Moyle Rovers
4. Emmet Moloney – Drom & Inch
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. Kevin O’Halloran – Portroe
15. Jack Kennedy – Clonmel Commercials

Cavan (All-Ireland SFC v Tipperary): Raymond Galligan; Padraig Faulkner, Killian Clarke, Jason McLoughlin; James McEnroe, Niall Murray, Conor Moynagh; Liam Buchanan, Tomas Corr; Cian Mackey, Martin Reilly, Ciaran Brady; Caoimhin O’Reilly, Gearoid McKiernan, Dara McVeety.

TG4 Munster Intermediate Ladies Football Championship Final – Tipperary 4-9 Clare 1-14

Tipperary defeated Clare by 4-9 to 1-14 in the TG4 Munster Intermediate Ladies Football Championship Final on Saturday July 8th at Mallow.

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2 – Tipperary 6-26 Dublin 1-19

Tipperary defeated Dublin by 6-26 to 1-19 in the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2 on Saturday July 8th at Semple Stadium Thurles.


Fixture Details

08.07.2017 (Sat)
GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2
Semple Stadium, Thurles 17:00
Áth Cliath v Tiobraid Árann
Referee: TBC
(E.T. if Necessary)


Team News

Looking forward to the weekend action, Tipperary manager Michael Ryan has announced his side to face Dublin in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Round 2 fixture in Semple Stadium this Saturday, July 8th at 5pm.

There are two changes in attack from the last day with Jason Forde and John McGrath both holding their places having been introduced in that Round 1 victory.

The team lines out as follows as follows:
1. Daragh Mooney – Eire Óg Annacarty-Donohill
2. Donagh Maher – Burgess
3. Tomás Hamill – Moyne-Templetuohy
4. James Barry – Upperchurch-Drombane
5. Joe O’Dwyer – Killenaule
6. Ronan Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
7. Padraic Maher (Capt.) – Thurles Sarsfields
8. Brendan Maher – Borris-Ileigh
9. Michael Breen – Ballina
10. Jason Forde – Silvermines
11. Patrick Maher – Lorrha-Dorrha
12. Dan McCormack – Borris-Ileigh
13. John O’Dwyer – Killenaule
14. Seamus Callanan – Drom & Inch
15. John McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney

Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final Replay – Cork 2-22 Tipperary 2-19

Cork defeated Tipperary by 2-22 to 2-19 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final Replay on Monday July 3rd at Pairc Ui Rinn.


Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final replay: Classy Cork advance

CORK 2-22 TIPPERARY 2-19

Report By Jackie Cahill for GAA.ie

Cork’s minor hurlers ensured that they will join their seniors in Thurles next Sunday, as they scored a three-point victory over Tipperary in an entertaining Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Semi-Final replay.

A massive 8,142 attendance descended on Páirc Uí Rinn for the second instalment – and Cork ended Tipp’s reign as provincial and All-Ireland champions.

Cork were 11 points up in the second half but Tipp – boosted by goals from substitutes Cathal Bourke and Kevin McCarthy – had the gap down to just a single point in stoppage time.

But up stepped star man Brian Turnbull to stretch Cork’s lead back out to two points, before Daire Connery’s late, late free sealed victory.

Last Thursday, Turnbull and Connery collected 0-16 and they were on fire again this evening, registering 0-14 for the young Rebels. Craig Hanafin was another to excel for the hosts, sniping 1-4 from play over the hour.

Despite registering eight of their 12 wides in the first half alone, Denis Ring’s young guns were still 2-11 to 0-10 clear. After Tipp, playing with the breeze, had cruised into an early 0-4 to 0-1 lead, Cork opened up with a devastating scoring run that yielded 2-5.

Hanafin netted in the fifth minute, taking a pass from Liam O’Shea before finishing well, before O’Shea himself raised a green flag six minutes later. That run left Cork 2-6 to 0-4 in front – an eight-point lead – before Tipp stopped the rot through Jake Morris, who would finish with five points from play.

Conor Bowe also enjoyed a good first half for Tipp, but Cork were nine points clear approaching half-time, before the visitors kept themselves rallied to keep themselves just about in touch. Cork could also have had another goal in the 22nd minute – but O’Shea flashed an effort across the face of goal.

Tipp opened the second half with the opening score but Cork gained a firm stranglehold on proceedings and were 11 ahead – 2-17 to 0-12 – in the 42nd minute.

Back came Tipp with a gritty rally and Bourke’s goal with nine minutes left gave them hope. Tipp lost Jerome Cahill to a second yellow card in the 60th minute, but were still knocking on the Cork door late on, as sub Darragh Woods collected five of his six points from frees.

In the second minute of stoppage time, Kevin McCarthy found the net and Tipp sensed blood. But Cork steadied and two of their leading stars – Turnbull and Connery – found the range to edge them home and end a run that had seen the county lose their previous four Munster semi-finals.

Next Sunday’s tussle with Cork marks the first Munster minor hurling decider for the county since 2008 – and they’ll join their seniors on a double-bill against Clare.

Scorers for Cork: Brian Turnbull 0-8 (4fs), Craig Hanafin 1-4, Daire Connery 0-6 (2fs, 1 sideline), Liam O’Shea 1-0, Robert Downey 0-2, Sean O’Leary Hayes and Evan Sheehan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: Darragh Woods 0-6 (5fs), Jake Morris 0-5, Anthony McKelvey 0-4f, Cathal Bourke and Kevin McCarthy 1-0 each, Conor Bowe 0-3, Niall Hoctor 0-1.

CORK: Ger Collins; Eoin Roche, James Keating, Conor O’Callaghan, Brian Roche, Sean O’Leary Hayes, Aaron Walsh Barry; Ger Millerick, Daire Connery; Evan Sheehan, Craig Hanafin, Diarmuid Lenihan; Liam O’Shea, Robert Downey, Brian Turnbull
Subs: Declan Hanlon for O’Shea (51), Barry Murphy for Sheehan (58).

TIPPERARY: Eoin Collins; Michael Purcell, Michael Feehan, Jerome Cahill; Robbie Quirke, Craig Morgan, Kieran Breen; Bryan O’Mara, Paddy Cadell; Conor Bowe, Jake Morris, Ray McCormack; Niall Hoctor, Anthony McKelvey, Conor McCarthy
Subs: Darragh Woods for McCarthy (h.t.), Eoghan Connolly for O’Mara (h.t.), Kevin McCarthy for Breen (42), Cathal Bourke for Hoctor (43), Billy Seymour for McKelvey (46).

REFEREE: Johnny Murphy (Limerick).


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Match Programme

Munster Senior Football Final – Kerry 1-23 Cork 0-15

Kerry defeated Cork by 1-23 to 0-15 in the Munster Senior Football Championship Final on Sunday July 2nd at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.



Munster SFC Final: Kerry outclass Cork

KERRY 1-23 CORK 0-15

Report By Paul Brennan for GAA.ie

At least the Cork crowd got seasonal weather in Killarney. That’s about as much as they can take from their near annual pilgrimage to Kerry’s tourism capital, but just what their footballers will take from the visit is quite another matter. The search for answers on Leeside continues.

In Kerry they have all the answers. At least with respect to the Munster Championship as the Kingdom hoovered up a fifth successive provincial title, wiping the floor with Cork in the process.

If Kerry felt they needed to put down a performance to match Dublin’s annihilation of Westmeath a week earlier then they came close. And that’s granting that Cork are marginally better than Westmeath.

Just what Eamonn Fitzmaurice and his players will have gleaned from another thumping of Cork is anyone’s guess but one thing is certain: the age-old Kerry-Cork rivalry is dead and gone for now. Just under 32,000 spectators came more in hope than expectation of a contest but got nothing close to that.

It took 12 seconds for Paul Geaney to get Kerry off the mark, David Moran doing the approach work from the throw-in. A minute later Geaney turned provider for his cousin Mikey, and a minute on again full back Mark Griffin raided forward to tee up James O’Donoghue for his first of the day. A long afternoon beckoned for Cork.

Cork were 0-6 to 0-1 down by the tenth minute there was little evidence of a insurgency by the Rebels. In the 12th minute Ian Maguire broke the Kerry cover and bore in on goal but missed the sort of chance no Cork team can afford in Killarney.

Cork were six adrift, 0-8 to 0-2, after 18 minutes but points from Maguire, Niall Coakley (two frees) and Luke Connolly (free) kept them in contention, even if Kerry carried the greater threat, with Paul Geaney drawing a smart save from Ken O’Halloran from close range.

Tomas Clancy’s 36th minute point made it 0-10 to 0-7 but then a little sequence that summed up the day. Connolly tried a Hail Mary point from over 50 metres that was way off line, but there was just enough time left in the half for Kerry to work the ball upfield and find Paul Geaney who coolly worked the space and angle to score. Cork individualism versus the Kerry collective. Cork hit and hope against Kerry precision.

The first minutes of the second half would, understandably, be crucial for a Cork team still in contention on the scoreboard but just about hanging on everywhere else. Within three minutes Kerry had scored four points, through substitute Stephen O’Brien (2), David Moran and O’Donoghue, who tidied up after James Loughrey had initially blocked his goal-bound shot.

Cork had one chance to drag themselves back into the contest but after a surging run, Clancy smacked his shot into the side-netting and the Rebels were beaten.

Donncha O’Connor carried the late fight for Cork, scoring six points in the closing quarter, but Kerry underlined their dominance when Paul Geaney bundled the ball past O’Halloran for the game’s only goal, seconds after Cork defender Jamie O’Sullivan was dismissed for a black card foul.

A fifth Munster title for Kerry, then, and four weeks to prepare for an All-Ireland quarter-final where no one will fancy them. The same won’t be said for Cork who go into the Qualifier draw where everyone might fancy them.

Scorers for Kerry: Paul Geaney 1-5 (0-1f), James O’Donoghue 0-7 (4f), Stephen O’Brien 0-3, Mikey Geaney 0-2 (1 ’45’), Shane Enright 0-1, Paul Murphy 0-1, David Moran 0-1, Anthony Maher 0-1, Kieran Donaghy 0-1, Barry John Keane 0-1.

Scorers for Cork: Donncha O’Connor 0-6 (4f), Mark Collins 0-2 (1f), Luke Connolly 0-2 (1f), Niall Coakley 0-2 (2f) Tomas Clancy 0-1, Ian Maguire 0-1, Paul Kerrigan 0-1

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, Paul Geaney, Kieran Donaghy, James O’Donoghue
Subs: Stephen O’Brien for D Walsh (ht), Johnny Buckley for K McCarthy (41 mins), Killian Young for F Fitzgerald (blood, 50 mins), Jack Barry for A Maher (59 mins), Barry John Keane for J O’Donoghue (63 mins), Darran O’Sullivan for K Donaghy (64 mins), Jonathan Lyne for M Geaney (65 mins).

CORK: Ken O’Halloran, James Loughrey, Jamie O’Sullivan, Sean Powter, Tomas Clancy, Michael Shields, Kevin Crowley, Aidan Walsh, Ian Maguire, Ruairi Deane, Mark Collins, Kevin O’Driscoll, Niall Coakley, Luke Connolly, Paul Kerrigan
Subs: Donncha O’Connor for N Coakley (ht), Alan O’Connor for R Deane (38 mins), Colm O’Driscoll for M Shields (41 mins), Michael Hurley for K O’Driscoll (45 mins), Eoin Cadogan for J O’Sullivan (b/c, 63 mins), Stephen Cronin for J Loughrey (inj, 63 mins).

Referee: Paddy Neilan (Roscommon)






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Match Programme

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Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Final – Kerry 2-21 Clare 0-3

Kerry defeated Clare by 2-21 to 0-3 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Final on Sunday July 2nd at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.


Clare crushed as Kerry dominate Munster MFC final

Kerry 2-21 Clare 0-3

Report by Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kerry cruised to a fifth consecutive Munster MFC title with this 24-point hammering of Clare this afternoon.

Thirteen points separated the teams when they met back in April but this was a far more one-sided contest, with Kerry landing 2-3 in second-half stoppages.

The first-round meeting between these two sides was over after 10 minutes and while Clare lasted a little longer on this occasion, there didn’t look to be any road back for them at half-time as they trailed by 0-10 to 0-2.

David Clifford, who operated from full-forward, proved far too much for Clare full-back Jayme O’Sullivan and, indeed, the entire Banner defence. He finished the half with six points from play. Mind you, his tally could have been in double-digits as he kicked four first-half wides.

The Kingdom raced 0-4 to 0-1 clear by the eighth minute but were let down thereafter by a number of wides. They wouldn’t score again until the 22nd minute. From there to the break, they hit six to Clare’s one.

Diarmuid Ryan and Dermot Coughlan (free) registered Clare’s only two points in the opening period. Coughlan’s free arrived in the 27th minute and they did not add to their tally until Coughlan kicked a second free on 59 minutes.

The second half was a glorified procession. Donal O’Sullivan and David Clifford both swelled their personal tallies before the late avalanche of scores heaped further misery on Clare.

Scorers for Kerry: Donal O’Sullivan (2-8, 0-3 frees); D Clifford (0-6); Donnchadh O’Sullivan, F Clifford (0-2 each); B Mahony, B Friel J Griffin (0-1 each).

Scorers for Clare: D Coughlan (0-2, 0-2 frees); D Ryan (0-1).

Kerry: D Uosis (Dingle); S O’Leary (Kilcummin), C O’Donoghue (Glenflesk), C Gammell (Legion); M Potts (Dr Crokes), E Horan (Scartaglen), N Donohue (Firies); B Mahony (St Senan’s), 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: J Griffin (Dr Crokes) for Friel (44); M O’Leary (Renard) for Gammell (48); P Warren (Gneeveguilla) for D Clifford (49); C O’Reilly (Austin Stacks) for Donnchadh O’Sullivan (52); R O’Neill (Na Gaeil) for Donohue (52); D Casey (Austin Stacks) for O’Leary (55).

Clare: M Lillis (Cooraclare); J Sheedy (St Breckan’s), J O’Sullivan (Wolfe Tones), J Miniter (Kilrush); S Rouine (Ennistymon), F Donnellan (Cooraclare), C McNeilis (Clondegad); D Ryan (Cratloe), K White (Inagh Kilnamona); R Phelan (Kilrush), D Coughlan (Kilmurry Ibrickane), R O’Doherty (Ennistymon); G Cahill (Corofin), G Cooney (Éire Óg), R Considine (Cratloe).
Subs: C O’Donoghue (Cooraclare) for Considine (HT): D Griffin (Éire Óg) for White (41); C O’Brien (St Breckan’s) for Cahill (43); C McMahon (Cratloe) for Phelan (45); A Reynolds (Killimer) for Cooney (50); S Casey (Kildysart) for Rouine (52).

Referee: D Murnane (Cork).


GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 1 – Kilkenny 0-20 Limerick 0-17

Kilkenny defeated Limerick by 0-20 to 0-17 in the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 1 on Saturday July 1st at Nowlan Park Kilkenny.



All Ireland SHC Qualifier: Kilkenny triumph at Nowlan Park

KILKENNY 0-20 LIMERICK 0-17

They had a real battle, but Kilkenny held off a strong challenge from Limerick to advance to Round Two.

Brian Cody’s Cats worked hard over the 70 minutes to shake off a dogged Limerick at a sunny Nowlan Park on Saturday evening.

The opening half was a slow-burner, as both sides found it hard to find their rhythm in a stop-start affair. Limerick started with the wind, but couldn’t make it work in their favour – they shot 13 wides in the first half alone.

Kilkenny made a bright start, a Paddy Deegan point coming in between two T.J. Reid frees, but Limerick weren’t about to let them get far ahead. By the 18th minute there was just a point between the sides, Gearoid Hegarty finishing a good move involving Kyle Hayes and Peter Casey to leave the Treaty County breathing down Kilkenny’s necks (0-4 to 0-3).

Goal chances were few and far between in the opening half, but Reid almost went close to nabbing one when a low Michael Fennelly pass broke his way.

The roles were reversed on 23 minutes, when Fennelly tried a one-handed shot after dashing on to Reid’s defence-splitting pass, but his shot was straight at goalkeeper Nickie Quaid who stopped the shot, then reacted well to prevent the sliotar from spilling back over the line.

The Cats grew in confidence as the half wore on, helped in no small way by the hard work of Fennelly, Deegan, and Walter Walsh. The Tullogher man enjoyed a purple patch in the second quarter, scoring three good points as Kilkenny stretched into a three-point lead (0-8 to 0-5) by the 33rd minute.

However, they couldn’t shake off Limerick for long. With Hayes and Shane Dowling in good form, the Treaty men got to within two points at the break (0-10 to 0-8).

Limerick were quicker out of the traps in the second half, and with Peter Casey leading the way they took the game to Kilkenny. They were on level terms by the 44th minute, but found themselves chasing the game again when Kevin Kelly (two), Lester Ryan and Walter Walsh fired the Cats into a five-point lead by the 64th minute.

Shane Dowling (free), Barry Nash and Pat Ryan helped to close the gap to two points with time almost up, but injury-time scores from T.J. Reid and Lester Ryan sealed Kilkenny’s place in Monday morning’s draw.

Scorers for Kilkenny: TJ Reid 0-8 (6fs), Walter Walsh 0-4, Paddy Deegan 0-3, Kevin Kelly, Lester Ryan 0-2 each, Chris Bolger 0-1.

Scorers for Limerick: Shane Dowling 0-8 (6fs), Peter Casey 0-3, Gearoid Hegarty, Kyle Hayes 0-2 each, Pat Ryan, Barry Nash 0-1 each.

KILKENNY: Eoin Murphy; Paul Murphy, Padraig Walsh, Joey Holden; Conor Fogarty, Cillian Buckley, Joe Lyng; Michael Fennelly, Paddy Deegan; Chris Bolger, Walter Walsh, T.J. Reid; Richie Hogan, Colin Fennelly, Ger Aylward
Subs: Kevin Kelly for Aylward (44), Liam Blanchfield for Hogan (52), Lester Ryan for Deegan (55), Mark Bergin for Bolger (64).

LIMERICK: Nickie Quaid; Sean Finn, Richard McCarthy, Michael Casey; Dan Morrissey, Declan Hannon, Seamus Hickey; Darragh O’Donovan, Paul Browne; David Dempsey, Cian Lynch, Geraoid Hegarty; Peter Casey, Shane Dowling, Kyle Hayes
Subs: Barry Nash for Hegarty (46), James Ryan for O’Donovan (50), Tom Morrissey for Dempsey (54), Pat Ryan for Browne (59), Graeme Mulcahy for Lynch (68).

REFEREE: Brian Gavin (Offaly)


GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 1 – Tipperary 2-18 Westmeath 0-15

Tipperary defeated Westmeath by 2-18 to 0-15 in the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 1 on Saturday July 1st at Semple Stadium Thurles.


All Ireland SHC Qualifier: Champions Tipperary advance

TIPPERARY 2-18 WESTMEATH 0-15

Report By Jackie Cahill for GAA.ie

Champions Tipperary flattered to deceive as they struggled through to Round 2 of the All-Ireland SHC qualifiers.

Westmeath produced a gritty performance to keep the losing margin to single figures – as Tipp failed to raise a gallop at Semple Stadium. Westmeath’s footballers lost by 31 points against Dublin last weekend, but their hurlers produced a display to be proud of in Thurles.

In the first ever Senior Hurling Championship clash between Tipp and Westmeath, the hosts ran out nine-point winners, but struggled for any real form in front of 6,893 spectators.

Tipp are in the hat for Monday morning’s round 2 qualifier draw, but they’ll have to improve significantly to trouble superior opposition next weekend.

With 17 minutes of normal time remaining, Westmeath were just three points behind, 0-12 to 1-12, when Cormac Boyle forced a brilliant save from Tipp’s championship debutant and netminder Daragh Mooney.

A goal then would have levelled matters, but Tipp, playing with a second half breeze, swept to the other end of the field and sub Jason Forde pointed.

From there, they wouldn’t be caught and were eleven points clear before Westmeath’s leading scorer, Allan Devine, scored two points deep in stoppage time to keep the margin between the sides at full-time in single figures.

Tipp registered 16 wides over the course of the game and also suffered a real blow when Niall O’Meara was stretchered off in the second half with an ankle injury, while ace marksman Seamus Callanan was subbed off.

Showing six changes from the that started the Munster quarter-final defeat to Cork, Tipp never got going and only a late goal from sub John McGrath added some gloss to the scoreline.

Tipp led by just four points – 1-10 to 0-9 – at the end of a desperately poor first half. John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer netted for the hosts in the 15th minute, but it was one of the rare highlights of a dreadful opening period from the All-Ireland champions.

The game was 40 seconds old and Westmeath, playing with a first half breeze, had a two-point lead, Killian Doyle and Niall O’Brien raising white flags. Tipp took over from there and were nine points clear, 1-9 to 0-4, by the 19th minute.

They could have goaled as early as the third minute, but Paddy Carroll saved well at his near post from Michael Breen, before O’Dwyer found a way past him later in the half.

After moving into that big lead, the Premier County dozed off and went 18 minutes without a score, as Westmeath hit five on the spin. That purple patch from the Lake County narrowed the gap to just three points – 0-9 to 1-9 – before Ronan Maher stopped the Tipp rot in the second minute of stoppage time, firing over the final score of the half from distance.

Scorers for Tipperary: John O’Dwyer 1-3 (1f), Seamus Callanan 0-5 (4fs, 165), John McGrath 1-1, Noel McGrath, Niall O’Meara & Jason Forde 0-2 each, Ronan Maher, Brendan Maher and Patrick Maher 0-1 each.

Scorers for Westmeath: Allan Devine 0-6 (4fs), Paul Greville (1f) and Killian Doyle 0-2 each, Aonghus Clarke, Robbie Greville, Derek McNicholas, Niall O’Brien and Cormac Boyle 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: Daragh Mooney; James Barry, Tomás Hamill, Donagh Maher; Joe O’Dwyer, Ronan Maher, Pádraic Maher; Brendan Maher, Noel McGrath; Dan McCormack, Patrick Maher, Michael Breen; John O’Dwyer, Seamus Callanan, Niall O’Meara.
SUBS: Jason Forde for Breen (44), John McGrath for Callanan (45), Aidan McCormack for O’Meara (60), Steven O’Brien for Patrick Maher (64) Tom Fox for Pádraic Maher (68).

WESTMEATH: Paddy Carroll; Shane Power, Tommy Doyle, Gary Greville; Aaron Craig, Paul Greville, Liam Varley; Aonghus Clarke, Robbie Greville; Joey Boyle, Killian Doyle, Derek McNicholas; Allan Devine, Niall Mitchell, Niall O’Brien.
Subs: Cormac Boyle for J Boyle (21), Brendan Murtagh for McNicholas (64), Darragh Egerton for O’Brien (66), Jack Galvin for C Boyle (69), Conor Shaw for Varley (70+1).

REFEREE: Paud O’Dwyer (Carlow).

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 1 – Waterford 1-35 Offaly 0-14

Waterford defeated Offaly by 1-35 to 0-14 in the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 1 on Saturday July 1st at Bord na Móna O’Connor Park Tullamore.


All Ireland SHC Qualifier: Emphatic win for Waterford

WATERFORD 1-35 OFFALY 0-14

Report By Kevin Egan for GAA.ie

Qualifier records aplenty were broken at Bord na Móna O’Connor Park in Tullamore when Waterford record their largest ever qualifier win and simultaneously inflicted Offaly’s largest ever qualifier defeat in an utterly one-sided contest.

Results so far this year suggested that Waterford were always likely to win this fixture with ease, but Offaly will have been very happy with their performance in the first 20 minutes, when they played into the teeth of a very stiff breeze and held their own, sharing the first 12 points of the game.

Both sides played with extra defenders, Offaly dropping Emmet Nolan and Shane Kinsella into deeper roles while Tadhg de Búrca came back to operate as a seventh back for the Déise men, and consequently both sets of attackers struggled to make inroads in the early stages. Offaly’s Shane Dooley was lively, converting five frees, including two which he earned himself, and with both sides patiently using their extra men to move the ball up along the lines, the contest took time to catch fire.

Inaccuracy plagued some of the Waterford forwards in the early stages too, but when they finally found their rhythm, they were irresistible.

A close-range score from Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh was the first of eight points in a row for the Déise men in the space of just 10 minutes, and while the stiff breeze that blew down towards the Park Avenue end of the Tullamore venue was a key factor, some of the striking of the sliothar from the Waterford forwards was simply sublime. Austin Gleeson, Maurice Shanahan and even de Búrca got on the scoresheet, the defender hitting the target with a monster strike from inside his own ’45.

Still Offaly were entitled to be moderately happy as half time drew closer, as any single figure deficit would have been seen as good going into the breeze. That all changed in the 33rd minute, however, as a monster puckout from Stephen O’Keeffe dropped right into the Offaly penalty area and with a quick catch and strike, Shane Bennett was able to flash the ball underneath James Dempsey for what turned out to be the game’s only goal.

Gleeson, Jamie Barron, Darragh Fives and Shanahan all added further points for Waterford to make it 1-18 to 0-8 at the break and while Offaly would have hoped to have fared better with the wind in the second half, they never looked like making any inroads against a Waterford side that was growing increasingly dominant in every phase of the game.

Good movement and support play out from the back allowed Waterford to work the ball into key scoring areas and while the Offaly attack was robbed of their most potent weapon when Shane Dooley was withdrawn due to injury at half time, the midlanders will still be hugely disappointed not to have asked more testing questions of the Waterford back line, particularly close to goal. Stephen O’Keeffe proved his worth with an excellent diving save to deny Peter Geraghty late in the game, but otherwise Offaly never looked like getting in to sneak the goals that they needed to stay in touch.

The strength in depth of the Munster county was clear to see when Colin Dunford, Jake Dillon, Tommy Ryan and Patrick Curran came off the bench to make scoring contributions, three of them doing so with their very first touch, however McGrath will be acutely aware that much tougher tests lie in store.

Scorers for Waterford: Pauric Mahony 0-11 (8fs, 165), A Gleeson 0-6, P Curran 0-4 (2fs, 165), S Bennett 1-0, J Barron 0-3, D Fives, K Moran, C Dunford, M Shanahan 0-2 each, T De Búrca, M Walsh, T Ryan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Offaly: S Dooley 0-5 (5fs), J Bergin 0-3 (2fs), J Mulrooney, E Nolan, O Kelly, S Kinsella, B Conneely, P Guinan 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: S O’Keeffe; N Connors, B Coughlan, S Fives; D Fives, C Gleeson, Philip Mahony; J Barron, K Moran; M Walsh, A Gleeson, Pauric Mahony; T De Burca, M Shanahan, S Bennett
Subs: C Dunford for Walsh (48), J Dillon for Shanahan (48), S Daniels for Moran (52), T Ryan for Bennett (55), P Curran for Pauric Mahony (59).

OFFALY: J Dempsey; B Conneely, D Shortt, P Camon; S Gardiner, A Treacy, D King; P Murphy, S Ryan; S Kinsella, J Bergin, J Mulrooney; O Kelly, S Dooley, E Nolan
Subs: E Grogan for Treacy (ht), S Cleary for Dooley (ht), M Cleary for Nolan (54), P Geraghty for Kinsella (54), P Guinan for Murphy (58).

REFEREE: Alan Kelly (Galway).


GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2A – Clare 2-18 Laois 0-14

Clare defeated Laois by 2-18 to 0-14 in the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2A on Saturday July 1st at O’Moore Park Portlaoise.