Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Quarter-Final – Dublin 2-11 Clare 0-10

Dublin defeated Clare by 2-11 to 0-10 in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Quarter-Final on Monday August 7th at O’Moore Park Portlaoise.


Electric Ireland MFC Q-F: McGarry impresses for Dublin

DUBLIN 2-11 CLARE 0-10

Report from GAA.ie

Ross McGarry was the star of the show as Dublin defeated Clare at O’Moore Park. A first half McGarry goal ensured Dublin led at the break by 1-3 to 0-5.

Clare, beaten comprehensively by Kerry in the Munster decider, produced a much improved performance. Dermot Coughlan was sharp from fres, while Gavin Cooney also impressed for Clare.

Five minutes after the restart McGarry added a second goal for Dublin. In the closing stages Sean Hawkshaw kicked a couple of good points as Dublin advanced.

Scorers for Dublin: Ross McGarry 2-4 (3fs), Sean Hawkshaw and Ciaran Archer (1 45) 0-2 each, Eoin O’Dea, Karl Lynch Bissett, and Fionnan O’Sullivan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: Dermot Coughlan 0-4 (3fs), Gavin Cooney 0-3 (2fs), Gearoid Cahill, Jack Sheedy, and Ross O’Doherty 0-1 each.

DUBLIN: David O’Hanlon; Darren Maher, Peadar O’Cofaigh, Liam Flatman; Kieran Kennedy, Neil Matthews, Eoin O’Dea; Donal Ryan, Mark Tracey; Karl Lynch Bissett, James Doran, Daniel Brennan; Ross McGarry, Sean Hawkshaw, David Lacey
Subs: Fionnan O’Sullivan for Brennan, Ciaran Archer for Lacey, Aaron Lynch for Maher, Adam Byrne for Ryan, Harry Ladd for McGarry, Gavin Nangle for Kennedy.

CLARE: Stephen Ryan; Jack Sheedy, Jayme O’Sullivan, Joe Miniter; Diarmuid Ryan, Fergal Donnellan, Colin McNelis; Danny Griffin, Keith White; Dermot Coughlan, Ross Phelan, Sean Rouine; Ross O’Doherty, Gavin Cooney, Gearoid Cahill
Subs: Seamus Casey for Cahill, Ciaran O’Donoghue for Phelan, Aidan Reynolds for Griffin, Paudie Kelly for O’Sullivan, Connor Dillon for White, Colm O’Brien for O’Doherty.



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All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Galway 0-22 Tipperary 1-18

Galway defeated Tipperary by 0-22 to 1-18 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday August 6th at Croke Park.


Match Highlights



Joe Canning masterclass sees Galway through to All-Ireland hurling final

Galway 0-22 Tipperary 1-18

Report from John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Joe Canning proved the match-winner here with a stunning point, his 11th of the game, as the minimum again separated Galway and Tipperary.

In front of 68,184, a Brendan Maher long-range free in additional time levelled the sides for a 12th time in an absorbing encounter. But Canning was on hand to send Galway into their first final since 2015.

This latest addition to the trilogy saw several scares at both ends in the second half although the more clear-cut came from Galway, who led by two points on two occasions in the final quarter only for Tipperary to haul themselves back into it through sheer guts.

As might have been expected, Tipperary began better going 0-4 to 0-1 up after eight minutes. Darren Gleeson’s booming puck-outs were causing Galway some difficulty although Galway soon settled and struck the next four points.

Seamus Callanan struck his first point from play in the 15th minute to square matters but Galway enjoyed another burst, sending over three points in a row. Conor Cooney was looking as sharp as the Leinster final and Conor Whelan back to the great form he had shown prior to the Leinster final.

Galway’s failure to clear a Callanan mishit in the 23rd minute led to John McGrath’s goal. Patrick Maher challenged Colm Callanan and while the ball ended up with Adrian Tuohy he wasn’t allowed to raise the ball by John McGrath and he was able to round Callanan to ground-stroke to the net.

Galway responded quickly with a Johnny Coen point to level the game and Whelan fired over his third point of the first half, but Callanan was causing bother again and availed of a Daithí Burke slip only for his namesake in goal to keep out his shot.

Tipperary, though, keep the pressure on, helped in no small part by how their much-maligned full-back line led by James Barry were performing, and Callanan and Brendan Maher sent over successive frees.

Canning hit three first-half wides, one of them from a free, and he picked up a yellow card for a rash foul on Pádraic Maher whose shoulder rattled him in last year’s semi-final encounter.

However, it was Canning who was dishing it out here and he won a sideline shouldering Michael Breen off the field and subsequently sent the placed ball over the bar.

Callanan followed that up with a point despite being initially blocked by Coen and Canning finished out the scoring to bring Galway to within one at the break, 1-10 to 0-12.

Scorers for Galway: J. Canning (0-11, 6 frees, 1 sideline, 1 65); C. Whelan (0-4); C. Cooney, J. Coen, J. Cooney (free) (0-2 each); C. Mannion (0-1).

Scorers for Tipperary: S. Callanan (0-5, 3 frees); J. McGrath (1-1); J.O’Dwyer, B. Maher (1 free) (0-3 each); Pádraic Maher, N. McGrath (0-2 each); S. Kennedy, J. Forde (0-1 each).

GALWAY: C. Callanan; A.Tuohy, Daithí Burke, J. Hanbury; P. Mannion, G. McInerney, A. Harte; J. Coen, David Burke (c); N. Burke, J. Canning, J. Cooney; C. Whelan, C. Cooney, C. Mannion
Subs for Galway: J. Flynn for N. Burke (46); J. Glynn for C. Mannion (53); S. Maloney for C. Cooney (70); G. Lally for G. McInerney (temp, 70+1-70+2).

TIPPERARY: D. Gleeson; D. Maher, J. Barry, M. Cahill; S. Kennedy, R. Maher, Pádraic Maher (c); B. Maher, D. McCormack; M. Breen, N. McGrath, Patrick Maher; J. O’Dwyer, S. Callanan, J. McGrath
Subs for Tipperary: S. Curran for D. McCormack (temp, 7-11); J. Forde for M. Breen (34); N. O’Meara for J. Forde (61).

Referee: B. Kelly (Westmeath).





Team News

As Tipperary prepare to meet Galway for the third year in a row at the semi-final stage of the championship, manager Michael Ryan and his fellow selectors have chosen fourteen of last year’s All-Ireland winning team to start in defence of their title against the Tribesmen on Sunday. It means a return for Darren Gleeson in goal and Michael Cahill at left corner back with James Barry reverting to his customary full back position.

TIPPERARY: Darren Gleeson; Donagh Maher, James Barry, Michael Cahill; Seamus Kennedy, Ronan Maher, Padraic Maher; Brendan Maher, Michael Breen; Dan McCormack, Patrick Maher, Noel McGrath; John O’Dwyer, Seamus Callanan, John McGrath

GALWAY: Colm Callanan; Adrian Tuohy, Daithi Burke, John Hanbury; Padraig Mannion, Gearoid McInerney, Aidan Harte; Johnny Coen, David Burke; Cathal Mannion, Joe Canning, Joseph Cooney; Conor Whelan, Niall Burke, Conor Cooney.



GALWAY AND TIPPERARY IN THIRD SEMI-FINAL SAGA

They produced two epic GAA hurling All-Ireland semi-final clashes in 2016 and 2015 and they return for a third instalment next Sunday. Its Galway v Tipperary in the first of the semi-finals (Croke Park, 4.0), with Cork v Waterford coming up a week later.
Galway will play Kilkenny in the minor semi-final as a curtain-raiser to the senior game next Sunday (2.0).
Galway beat Tipperary by a point (0-26 to 3-16) in the 2015 semi-final, with the Premier gaining revenge by exactly the same margin (2-19 to 2-18) last year.


PATHS TO THE SEMI-FINAL
GALWAY
Galway 2-28 Dublin 1-17 (Leinster quarter-final)
Galway 0-33 Offaly 1-11 (Leinster semi-final)
Galway 0-29 Wexford 1-17 (Leinster final)
Average For: 1-29
Average Against: 1-15

Galway’s Top Scorers
Joe Canning……..0-26 (0-19 frees, 0-1 ‘65s’, 0-1 s/l)
Conor Cooney…..1-12
Conor Whelan……0-12

TIPPERARY
Cork 2-27 Tipperary 1-26 (Munster quarter-final)
Tipperary 2-28 Westmeath 0-15 (Qualifiers)
Tipperary 6-26 Dublin 1-19 (Qualifiers)
Tipperary 0-28 Clare 3-16 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
Average For: 2-28
Average Against: 2-18

Tipperary’s Top Scorers
Seamus Callanan………3-29 (0-18frees, 0-1 ‘65’)
John McGrath…………..4-10
John O’Dwyer………….1-13 (0-2 frees, 0-1 s/l)


LAST FIVE SEMI-FINALS
GALWAY
2016 Tipperary 2-19 Galway 2-18
2015: Galway 0-26 Tipperary 3-16
2012: Galway 0-22 Cork 0-17
2005: Galway 5-18 Kilkenny 4-18
2001: Galway 2-15 Kilkenny 1-13

TIPPERARY
2016: Tipperary 2-19 Galway 2-18
2015: Galway 0-26 Tipperary 3-16
2014: Tipperary 2-18 Cork 1-11
2012: Kilkenny 4-24 Tipperary 1-15
2011: Tipperary 1-19 Dublin 0-18


LAST TEN CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES
It’s 6-4 to Tipperary in their last ten championship clashes with Galway.

2016: Tipperary 2-19 Galway 2-18 (All-Ireland semi-final
2015: Galway 0-26 Tipperary 3-16 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2014: Tipperary 3-25 Galway 4-13 (All-Ireland qualifier)
2010: Tipperary 3-17 Galway 3-16 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2005: Galway 2-20 Tipperary 2-18 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2003: Tipperary 1-18 Galway 1-17 (All-Ireland qualifiers)
2001: Tipperary 2-18 Galway 2-15 (All-Ireland final)
2000: Galway 1-14 Tipperary 0-15 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
1993: Galway 1-16 Tipperary 1-14 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1991: Tipperary 3-13 Galway 1-9 (All-Ireland semi-final)


FLASHBACK…2016 ALL-IRELAND SEMI-FINAL
Tipperary 2-19 Galway 2-18
Galway led by 1-10 to 0-11 at half-time and by 2-15 to 0-19 after 62 minutes but goals by John O’Dwyer and John McGrath set Tipperary on their way to a thrilling victory.

Tipperary: Darren Gleeson; Cathal Barrett, James Barry, Michael Cahill; Seamus Kennedy, Ronan Maher (0-1), Padraic Maher (0-1); Brendan Maher (0-1), Michael Breen (0-3); Dan McCormack, Patrick Maher, Noel McGrath (0-3); John McGrath (1-1), Seamus Callanan (0-9 all frees), Niall O’Meara.
Subs: John O’Dwyer 1-0 for O’Meara, Jason Forde for Noel McGrath, Sean Curran for Breen, Tomas Hamill for Kennedy.

Galway: Colm Callanan; Adrian Tuohy, Daithi Burke, John Hanbury; Aidan Harte, Padraic Mannion, Gearoid McInerney; David Burke (0-1), Johnny Coen; Cathal Mannion, Joseph Cooney (1-1), Joe Canning (0-5, 0-3 frees, 0-1 ‘65’); Jason Flynn (0-2), Conor Whelan (0-2), Conor Cooney (1-6, 0-4 frees)
Subs: Andy Smith for Tuohy; Cyril Donnellan for Canning; Shane Maloney (0-1) for Whelan; Niall Burke for Cathal Mannion, David Collins for Harte


*The counties met in this year’s Allianz League final when Galway won by 3-21 to 0-14 in the Gaelic Grounds in April. They led by 0-11 to 0-5 at half-time and second half goals by Jason Flynn (2) and Cathal Mannion helped them to run out easy winners.
*Both Tipperary and Galway have won five and lost five of their last ten All-Ireland semi-finals.

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Under 17 Competition Final – Cork 1-19 Dublin 1-17

Cork defeated Dublin by 1-19 to 1-17 in the GAA Hurling All-Ireland U17 Competition Final on Sunday August 6th at Croke Park.


Cork crowned inaugural All-Ireland U-17 hurling champions

GAA All-Ireland U17 Hurling Final

CORK 1-19 DUBLIN 1-17

Report By Jackie Cahill for GAA.ie

CORK were crowned inaugural All-Ireland U17 hurling champions at Croke Park this afternoon

The Rebels held out for a two-point victory against a Dublin side reduced to 14 players in the second half, when midfielder Tom Aherne was dismissed in the 42nd minute for a second bookable offence.

Fintan Clandillon’s Sky Blues worked incredibly hard and gave it everything but Cork, with a healthy sprinkling of minor stars who’ll be back at Croke Park next Sunday for an All-Ireland semi-final, managed to keep them at arm’s length.

Dublin will rue Aherne’s red card, while goalkeeper Eddie Gibbons, who netted a first half penalty, sent another one hurtling over the crossbar in the 37th minute.

When Aherne was sent off, Dublin were two points down, before John Considine’s Cork stretched the gap to three points.

On four more occasions before the finish, Cork led by three and while Dublin did get within one, with eight minutes left, they could never draw level.

At half-time, Cork held a slender one-point lead, ahead by 1-9 to 1-8.

Dublin opened better and stormed into an early 0-4 to 0-1 lead, Tom Aherne, Billy Ryan, Liam Murphy (free) and Kevin Kirwan all on target in an unanswered spell, after Blake Murphy had put Cork ahead with a superb opening score.

But Cork worked their way back to level at 0-5 each by the 14th minute, with minor panellists Daire Connery, Colin O’Brien (scorer of 1-10 in the U17 semi-final victory over Galway) and Declan Hanlon leading the charge.

Dublin struck for goal in the 20th minute, as Gibbons slammed home a superb penalty after Kirwan was fouled.

That score put Dublin 1-6 to 0-6 clear and the lead moved out to four points when captain Mark Grogan landed a score.

But Cork hit 1-3 without reply between the 24th and 29th minutes to gain the whip hand, the goal coming from full-forward Joe Stack in the 28th minute.

Aaron Walsh Barry sent a long ball towards the Dublin square and Stack outmuscled his marker Kevin Burke, brother of senior player Donal, before finding the net.

Blake Murphy registered his second point for Cork to move the young Rebels 1-9 to 1-7 in front, before Liam Murphy’s third free of the half kept Dublin in touch at the break.

Early in the second period, the sides were level twice, at 1-10 and 1-11 apiece, but there was a feeling that Cork were turning the screw, even before Aherne picked up that second yellow card.

After Liam Murphy was hauled down by Cork goalkeeper Eoin Davis, Gibbons had that second penalty chance but his effort cleared the crossbar.

Cork managed to hold firm in a tense finish, as sub Owen McCarthy came off the bench to score two crucial points.

The counties will meet again next Sunday at Croke Park – with a place in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Final on offer for the winners.

Scorers for Cork: Daire Connery 0-6 (5f), Colin O’Brien 0-5 (3f), Joe Stack 1-0, Declan Hanlon 0-3, Blake Murphy and Owen McCarthy 0-2 each, Cormac O’Brien 0-1.

Scorers for Dublin: Liam Murphy 0-7f, Eddie Gibbons 1-1 (pens), Lee Gannon and Billy Ryan 0-2 each, Enda O’Donnell, Tom Aherne, Mark Grogan, Kevin Kirwan, and Mícheál Murphy (65) 0-1 each.

CORK: Eoin Davis; Eoin Roche, Ciarán Nyhan, Ronan Sheehan; Cormac O’Brien, Conor O’Callaghan, Aaron Walsh Barry; Daire Connery, Seán Twomey; Brian Roche, Declan Hanlon, Tommy O’Connell; Blake Murphy, Joe Stack, Colin O’Brien. Subs: Ronan McCarthy for Cormac O’Brien (temp 23-30), Owen McCarthy for O’Connell (35), Shane Barrett for Murphy (53).

DUBLIN: Eddie Gibbons; Andrew Dunphy, Kevin Burke, Tommy Kinnane; Seán Kinsella, Enda O’Donnell, Lee Gannon; Tom Aherne, Mícheál Murphy; Kevin Kirwan, Billy Ryan, Mark Grogan; Luke McDwyer, Kevin Desmond, Liam Murphy
Subs –Seán Clerkin for Desmond (44), Liam Dunne for M Murphy (52), Mark Sweeney for Kirwan (54).

REFEREE: John Keane (Galway)


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Electric Ireland Minor Football Championship Quarter-Final – Kerry 1-22 Louth 2-9

Kerry defeated Louth by 1-22 to 2-9 in the Electric Ireland Minor Football Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday August 5th at O’Moore Park Portlaoise.


Kerry overpower Louth in Electric Ireland All-Ireland MFC Quarter-Final

Kerry 1-22 Louth 2-9

Report By Jason O’Connor for GAA.ie

While not a vintage display Kerry won a 22nd consecutive game at Minor level to reach Croke Park once more. Louth managed to find their way through the Kerry defence on two occasions for goals although they would still lose out by 10 points in the end.

1-6 in a strong period between the sixth and the 15th minute was a big factor in Kerry’s win as team captain David Clifford finished with nine points (three frees) in their win.

Donnachadh O’Sullivan scored Kerry’s goal in the eighth minute to put them 1-3 in front before Louth registered their first score a minute later but it was the switch of Brian Friel to centre-forward along with the prowess of Diarmuid O’Connor and Barry Mahony at midfield that were key factors in Kerry’s win.

Louth had to rely on Ciaran Keenan and John Gallagher for inspiration and both were involved in the Leinster side’s first goal right before half-time. Gallagher took advantage of a lapse in the Kerry defence to find Keenan who buried the ball past Deividas Uosis to make the half-time score 1-11 to 1-5 for the Kingdom.

Kerry restarted with the first three points of the second period but despite a black card for Louth’s Conor Morgan, his replacement Conor Nicholson was on hand to give Eoghan Callaghan the pass for Louth’s second goal in the 39th minute as the score looked interesting at 1-14 to 2-6. The Munster Champions weren’t panicking however as Fiachra Clifford put over two patient points in sending Kerry back on their way to another tilt at the Tommy Markham Cup.

Cavan will be Kerry’s opponents in the All-Ireland Semi-Final in two weeks time but Roscommon must first be negotiated by the team’s U-17 contingent in next Saturday’s All-Ireland U-17 Semi-Final in Ennis.

Scorers for Kerry: D Clifford (0-9, 3f), B Friel (0-5, 1f), Donnachadh O’Sullivan (1-1), Donal O’Sullivan (0-3, 1f), F Clifford (0-2), N Donohoe and M Slattery (0-1 each)

Scorers for Louth: C Keenan (1-3, 2f), J Gallagher (0-6, 4f) and E Callaghan (1-0)

KERRY: Deividas Uosis; Sean O’Leary, Chris O’Donoghue, Cian Gammell; Michael Potts, Eddie Horan, Niall Donohoe; Barry Mahony, Diarmuid O’Connor, Adam O’Donoghue, David Clifford, Donal O’Sullivan, Fiachra Clifford, Donnachadh O’Sullivan, Brian Friel
Subs: Dylan Casey for S O’Leary (41), Patrick Warren for Donoghue (46), Ryan O’Neill for Horan (47), Michael Slattery for Donal O’Sullivan (52), Ciaran O’Reilly for Donnachadh O’Sullivan (54) and Michael O’Leary for Potts (56)

LOUTH: Alan McGauley; Alan Connor, Dean McGreehan, Dan Corcoran; Leonard Grey, Nicky Browne, James O’Reilly; Liam Jackson, Conor Morgan; Gerry Garland, Conor Gillespie, Eoghan Callaghan; Ben Mooney, Cathal Keenan, John Gallagher Subs: Conor Nicholson for Moran (BC, 35), Fergal Malone for Gillespie, Jack Murphy for Browne (both 47), Shane Hickey for Garland (50), Keelan O‘Neill for Mooney (58)

Referee: Martin McNally (Monaghan)



Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Quarter-Final – Galway 1-22 Tipperary 0-10

Galway defeated Tipperary by 1-22 to 0-10 in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday August 5th at Semple Stadium Thurles.


Galway make smooth progress to last four

By Daragh Ó Conchúir

Galway 1-22 Tipperary 0-10

A STUNNING opening quarter laid the groundwork for Galway as they charted a comfortable path to the last four of the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship.

The result of the opening quarter-final at Semple Stadium would have ensured that Mark Dunne’s players were extremely wary of the Tipperary threat and they laid down a marker from the beginning, streaking into a 0-10 to 0-0 lead despite playing into the wind.

Tipperary did show plenty of spirit however and did extremely well to peg back the westerners to a seven-point margin at the interval, when they trailed by 0-12 to 0-5.

Orla O’Dwyer reduced that by one more 35 seconds after the resumption but with the wind at their backs and the speed and movement of their forwards creating so many opportunities, there was no way that Brian Boyle’s crew were likely to prevail having started so poorly.

It was all too easy for the westerners early on as the McGrath sisters Orlaith and Niamh got on the scoresheet, with the youngest of the four siblings on the squad Siobhán causing carnage and adding two of her own later on.
Maria Cooney and Niamh Kilkenny also shot a pair of points each, while Ailish O’Reilly punished Tipp’s defensive indiscretions clinically, converting four from four placed balls.

Ciardha Maher finally got Tipp on the board in the 21st minute, after Sarah Healy had saved Mary Ryan’s hand-passed attempt at goal and that seemed to settle the home side. Cáit Devane, Orla O’Dwyer, Mairéad Teehan and Maher also found their range to give their side hope at the break.

O’Dwyer’s second score added to that optimism but when O’Reilly profited from a neat touch by Aoife Donohue to calmly place a ground shot beyond Orla McEniry for a goal and it was over from that juncture.

Ann Marie Starr, Niamh McGrath, Donohue and the graceful Kilkenny kept the scoreboard ticking over and though Devane, Megan Ryan and Róisín Howard did earn some reward for their efforts, the margin would have been much greater but for the 11 wides Galway recorded as they became a little self-indulgent with the game in the bag.
Notably, the Galway defence kept up their intensity and workrate throughout, pulling off a range of hooks and blooks and forcing numerous turnovers.

Tara Kenny and Heather Cooney were magnificent in that regard with the former earning the Player of the Match award, although there were plenty other contenders.

In the end, both sides introduced a host of subs as the game fizzled to its inevitable conclusion but while Tipperary will be disappointed that they didn’t ask more questions of Galway, the Tribeswomen appear hellbent on adding to their haul of two All-Ireland titles, and winning their first since 2013.

SCORERS FOR GALWAY: A O’Reilly 1-7(0-6fs, 0-1 45); N Kilkenny 0-4; N McGrath 0-3; M Cooney, S McGrath 0-2 each; O’McGrath, A M Starr, A Donohue, C Finnerty 0-1 each

SCORERS FOR TIPPERARY: C Devane 0-3(2fs), Ciardha Maher 0-2, O O’Dwyer 0-2, M Teehan 0-1, Megan Ryan 0-1, R Howard

GALWAY: Sarah Healy, S Dervan, R Black, T Kenny, H Cooney, R Hennelly, L Ryan, O McGrath, A M Starr, N McGrath, M Cooney, N Kilkenny, A Donohue, A O’Reilly, S McGrath
Subs: N Hanniffy for Cooney (51), C McGrath for Black (55), Shauna Healy for Kenny (56), C Finnerty for Donohue (58), N Coen for S McGrath 58)

TIPPERARY: O McEniry, C Walsh, G Grace, J A Bourke, A McGrath, Caoimhe Maher, C Quirke, E Fryday, Megan Ryan, O O’Dwyer, C Devane, N Walsh, Mary Ryan, R Howard, Ciardha Maher
Subs: M Teehan for McGrath temp (23, McGrath for Fryday 33), T Ryan for Caoimhe Maher (37), E Loughman for Bourke (37), M Campion for Walsh (53)

REFEREE: O Elliott (Antrim)


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Match Preview

Galway v Tipperary, Semple Stadium, 7pm

In one sense, Tipperary are already in bonus territory, having waited until the last round of games to record a win that proved enough to make it through to this stage by one point on score difference against their victims, Offaly.

It was the definition of fine margins but the fact of the matter is that Tipp had been performing reasonably well, without getting the results.
Another fact is that they were in the top six last year too and were minutes away from a sensational victory over Wexford. They allowed an eight-point lead to slip and went out to a Kate Kelly injury-time point.

Lack of consistency has dogged them for a couple of years now but while Sarah Fryday is a huge loss, Cáit Devane’s return has offered more firepower, and Orla O’Dwyer, Megan Ryan and Nicole Walsh are dangerous attackers too.

Galway are on their third management team in three seasons with the retired former goal sneak Molly Dunne joining ex-Galway and Dublin hurler Niall Corcoran in Mark Dunne’s backroom staff. Much of the playing personnel is familiar however.

Niamh Kilkenny remains a driving force from the middle and along with Lorraine Ryan provides serious leadership. Ailish O’Reilly has assumed freetaking duties and is doing very well, while also retaining her eye for goal. Orlaith McGrath is in top form too while the youngest of the siblings Siobhán (Niamh and Clodagh are also on the panel) invariably contributes off the bench.

There have been some tweaks in defence with long-hitting Sarah Healy assuming the goalkeeper’s mantle from the now-retired Susan Earner.
Galway will be expected to advance to the Semi-Finals but Tipp have shown before that they can bother the very best if they put their best foot forward.

Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Quarter-Final
Saturday August 5th
Dublin v Wexford
Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary
Throw-in: 5pm
Referee: Cathal Egan (Cork)

Galway v Tipperary
Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary
Throw-in: 7pm
Referee: Owen Elliott (Antrim)

*Extra-time to be played in the event of a draw in either game.

Admission Prices
Adults: €10
Students/OAPs: €5
Juveniles (U18): Free

Tickets can be purchased online from www.tickets.ie or from selected Centra and SuperValu stores nationwide. Tickets will also be available to purchase at the ground on the day of the match.


All-Ireland Junior Football Championship Final – Kerry 2-19 Meath 1-14

Kerry defeated Meath by 2-19 to 1-14 in the All-Ireland Junior Football Championship Final on Saturday August 5th at O’Moore Park Portlaoise.


Kerry crowned All-Ireland Junior Football Champions

Kerry 2-19 Meath 1-14

Report By Jason O’Connor for GAA.ie

KERRY’S dominance at All-Ireland Junior Football level continued in Portlaoise today as despite Meath doing their best to prevent a third consecutive title going the Kingdom’s way, the Royals could not match their more potent firepower when it mattered.

The defending champions started with the first three points of the game but gained a significant lead of 1-5 to 0-3 after 14 minutes when Conor Cox punished Meath goalkeeper Johnny Lynch for the game’s first goal.

Meath responded well through some impressive scores from Ben Brennan and were denied two goal chances themselves before half-time, Pa Kilkenny blocking Adam Flanagan from close range while Kerry goalkeeper Tomas Mac an tSaoir saved well from Neil Shortall in the 24th minute as their lead was 1-8 to 0-7 at half-time. Both sides traded scores after the restart but the decisive moment for Kerry would come in the 43rd minute with their second goal.

Phillip O’Connor found Tomas Ó Sé with a great high ball as the corner-forward managed to fist home for a 2-12 to 0-9 lead. Meath didn’t drop their heads but it was always going to be an uphill task from there, James Conlon scoring four points off the subs bench as Cox led the way on the scoring front for Kerry with a total of 1-8, three coming from frees.

Meath had a late consolation goal through Seán Reilly to make the scoreboard look a bit better but it was a score they could have done with much earlier in proceedings as Mac an tSaoir showed he hadn’t lost his concentration in pulling off another save before the end.

Eanna Ó Conchúir’s dismissal mattered little for the victors before the end as Kerry’s win is their 18th title overall at this level putting them one ahead of Cork on the Roll of Honour after a thrilling extra-time win for the Kingdom over the Rebels in the Munster Final of this competition in advance.

Scorers for Kerry: C Cox (1-8, 3f), T Ó Sé (1-2), K Spillane and P O’Connor (0-3 each), P Kilkenny E Ó Conchúir and I Parker (0-1 each).

Scorers for Meath: B Brennan (0-6, 2 ‘45’, 1f), J Conlon (0-4), S Reilly (1-0), D Rowe, W Carry, K Ross and D Healy (0-1 each).

KERRY: Tomas Mac an tSaoir, Eamon Kiely, Jack McGuire, Brian Sugrue; James Walsh, Pa Kilkenny, Dan O’Brien; Roibeard Ó Sé, Brendan O’Sullivan; Phillip O’Connor, Jeff O’Donoghue, Éanna Ó Conchúir; Killian Spillane, Conor Cox, Tomas Ó Sé
Subs: Liam Carey for O’Donoghue (38), Michéal Foley for Kilkenny (51), Stephen O’Sullivan for Cox (57), Ivan Parker for O’Sullivan (59), PJ Mac Laimh (An Gaeltacht) for Walsh (60), DJ Murphy (Gneeveguilla) for Kiely (60 +2)

MEATH: Johnny Lynch, Adam Lynch, Luke Moran, Michael Flood; David Toner, Damien Healy, Willie Carry; Adam Flanagan, Conor Farrell; Neil Shortall, Kevin Ross, Cathal McConnell; Jason Scully, Daire Rowe, Ben Brennan
Subs: James Conlon for Scully (19), Stephen Coogan for Ross (41), Seán Reilly for Farrell (46), Ciaran O’Rourke for Carry (49), Conor Moriarty for Shortall (52), Jason Scully for Rowe (57).

Referee: John Hickey (Carlow)


Team News

Kerry (JFC v Meath): Tomás Mac an tSaoir; Eamonn Kiely, Jack McGuire, Brian Sugrue; James Walsh, Pa Kilkenny, Daniel O’Brien; Roibéard Ó Sé, Brendan O’Sullivan; Philip O’Connor, Jeff O’Donoghue, Eanna Ó Conchúir; Killian Spillane, Conor Cox, Tomás Ó Sé. Subs: Billy Courtney, Liam Carey, Stephen O’Sullivan, Ivan Parker, Dara Ó Sé, Michael Foley, P.J. Mac Lámh, Graham O’Sullivan, D.J. Murphy.