Munster TG4 Intermediate Ladies Gaelic football final – Clare v Waterford

The Munster TG4 Senior and Intermediate Ladies Gaelic football finals will be held on Saturday next July 4th at Bruff G.A.A grounds County Limerick.

Intermediate – 5:15pm – Clare v Waterford

Senior 7.30pm – Cork v Kerry

The Intermediate tie pairs Clare the reigning Munster champions with Waterford who dropped down from the senior grade of 2008. The Banner County piped in last years All Ireland by Tipperary will want to prove this is there year and with their Minor team defeating Cork in the Provincial final should ooze with confidence. Eimear Considine will lead the attack and she also played a significant role with Munster earlier on this year. Waterford on the other side have a lot of experience and will look on this fixture with some caution they also have introduced a number of players and will be led by Michelle Ryan of the Ballymacarbry club.

Mini games involving all four Counties will take place at half time of both games giving the opportunity to forty young girls to represent their respective Counties on the biggest day of the Provincial calendar. The referees of the mini games have come through the Grab Your Whistle Programme and this should help kick start their refereeing careers.

A great evenings entertainment is guaranteed at Bruff and followers of Ladies Gaelic football are asked to come out and support the game on Saturday next July 4th with proceedings getting underway at 5.15pm.

All-Ireland SHC Qualifiers Phase 1 – Cork vs. Offaly

Cork defeated Offaly by 3-19 to 1-12 in the first round of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers on Saturday in O’Connor Park Tullamore.


Hurling Qualifiers Round-Up

From the GAA.ie web site

Saturday, July 4.

Cork coasted to a comfortable win over Offaly in Saturday’s GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Qualifier Phase One encounter.

Cork 3-19 Offaly 1-12

Aisake O hAilpin bagged a brace of goals as Cork secured a comprehensive 3-19 to 1-12 win over Offaly in Tullamore. Cork outscored their opponents by 2-8 to just 0-4 in the second half to run out comfortable winners in the end. O hAilpin struck in the first half to help Cork to 1-10 to 1-8 half-time lead before streaking away for the in after the break.

Shane Dooley netted for Offaly, but Ben O’Connor was on top form for the Rebels, scoring three points from play in the opening 35 minutes. After the break, Denis Walsh’s side exerted their complete control with Patrick Horgan and Aisake O hAilpin raising green flags.

Fixture Details

GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Qualifier Phase 1

Tullamore 7.00pm Uíbh Fhailí v Corcaigh

Referee: Dickie Murphy (Loch Garman)

(E.T. if Necessary)

Team News

The Cork Senior Hurling team to play Offaly in Saturdays All-Ireland Qualifier is listed below

1. Donal Óg Cusack (Cloyne)

2. Shane O’Neill (Bishopstown)

3. Eoin Cadogan (Douglas)

4. Shane Murphy (Erin’s Own)

5. John Gardiner (Na Piarsaigh)

6. Ronan Curran (St. Finbarr’s)

7. Seán Óg Ó hAilpín (Na Piarsaigh)

8. Tom Kenny (Grenagh)

9. Tadhg Og Murphy (Sars)

10. Jerry O’Connor (Newtownshandrum)

11. Pa Cronin (Bishopstown)

12. Timmy McCarthy (Castlelyons)

13. Ben O’Connor (Newtownshandrum)

14. Aisake Ó hAilpín (Na Piarsaigh)

15. Kieran Murphy (Erin’s Own)

Admission Details

There are no tickets for the Cork v Offaly hurling qualifier in Tullamore on Saturday, July 4th at 7pm. General admission tickets can be purchased online at http://tickets.gaa.ie/ but these only guarantee admission to the venue and not to any particular seating.

All-Ireland SFC Qualifiers Round 1 – Waterford v Meath

Ward fires Royals back on glory trail

By DAMIAN LAWLOR of the Sunday Independent newspaper

Sunday July 05 2009

MEATH 1-20 WATERFORD 0-8

MEATH recovered from a sluggish start in both halves to comfortably progress to the second round of the All-Ireland qualifiers at Pairc Tailteann last night. The game was well over as a contest by the break, but it didn’t look so facile for Eamonn O’Brien’s side at the start. Indeed, it took them a full 15 minutes to get going. Smothered by their opponents, they trailed 0-2 to 0-1 at one stage and Waterford even missed a goal chance in that time. It was a perfect evening for football with the Pairc Tailteann pitch looking resplendent under the summer sunshine, but the air was humid and it sucked the life and legs out of both teams.

Overall, the quality of football on view was poor for long stages and only Meath’s ability to shoot accurately from long range saved their embarrassment. It was towards half time, with the visitors tiring, when they began shooting at will and on sight. They hit seven wides and 0-12 before the break and it was enough to see them home against the minnows. There were stars for the underdogs, however. Wayne Hennessy had a bright opening but the skilful O’Gorman twins, Maurice and Thomas and Shane Briggs were outstandingly resolute in defence. At midfield they were wiped out, though, and the deficiency in that department gradually killed off their challenge.

Meath were best served by Joe Sheridan who looked menacing from the very start. He’s bang in form again and will be their playmaker for as long as they are in the championship. Tearaway corner back Chris O’Connor had a fine game with three points from play, Cormac McGuinness worked hard too and Cian Ward was lethal, as usual, from frees. But in many ways it was a no-win situation for the Leinster side. Just as Waterford hit three points on the trot after the restart the vocal crowd were on their side’s case straight away again — there’s no let-up when you have a pedigree like Meath’s. They opened the scoring through McGuinness after six minutes, but most of the 5,000 crowd were cribbing with their display after 10 minutes. Waterford took a one-point lead after 10 minutes as their swarm attack style of play opened the way for points for Hennessy and Patrick Hurney, when a goal was most definitely on. They lost influential full-forward Ger Power after a few minutes through injury but didn’t look out of place on the big stage.

The crowd wanted Meath to play more direct and let their feelings known from the stands. Sheridan duly levelled the scores with a fine point and the Senechalstown man then had a goal chance seconds later which Tom Wall saved brilliantly. With almost the entire Meath half empty they began to attack with the wind at their backs and hit two points on the trot from corner back Chris O’Connor and Peadar Byrne. At this stage the wind was growing and it aided the home side. Waterford looked to be retreating into their shells and were totally outclassed at midfield and couldn’t win any primary possession. Ward hit two frees in a row to leave Meath 0-6 to 0-2 up after 27 minutes. It was a stop-start affair with play broken up through injuries and poor home shooting — they hit five wides in 20 minutes.

But Waterford were camped in their own half and couldn’t get out. Meath hit another three wides and notched further scores from impressive corner back O’Connor and Byrne. O’Connor will have a future as a corner-forward, never mind defender, after this impressive display. The game effectively ended as a contest towards the end of the first half. Byrne added another score and O’Brien’s men, blessed with more firepower and artillery, stretched eight points clear at the interval, 0-12 to 0-2, and left John Kiely’s side without a score for half an hour.

The highlight was a booming Sheridan score on the stroke of half time. How they left him off against Dublin for so long is anyone’s guess. Waterford salvaged their pride with a much tighter display in the second half with some fine points by Munster player Liam O’Lionain and Tony Grey and they left Meath frustrated as the game wore on. Had the Decies not imploded midway through the first half this contest would have been much tighter.

As it is, Meath progress with their forwards in better fettle. Late sub Jamie Queeney showed their strength in depth with a late goal but there is still much more to do to get where they want to.

Scorers — Meath: C Ward 0-4 (4f), J Sheridan, C O’Connor, P Byrne 0-3 each, J Queeney 1-0, B Farrell, D Bray (2f), C McGuinness 0-2 each, S McAnarney 0-1; Waterford: W Hennessy (1f), Liam O’Lionain 0-2, T Grey, P Hurney, C McGrath, B Wall 0-1 each.

Meath: P O’Rourke; C O’Connor, A Moyles, E Harrington; S Kenny, C McGuinness, C King; N Crawford, B Meade; P Byrne, J Sheridan, S McAnarney; D Bray, B Farrell, C Ward. Subs: M Burke for P Byrne (h/t), B Regan for C McGuinness (58), S Sheridan for A Moyles (60), J Queeney for S Kenny (62), M Ward for N Crawford (65).

Waterford: T Wall; S Briggs, T O’Gorman, M O’Gorman; E Rockett, L Lawlor, T Grey; S O’Hare, B Phelan; W Hennessy, B Wall, L O Lionain; S Cunningham, G Power, P Hurney. Subs: C McGrath for G Power inj (4), E Walsh for S O’Hare inj (h/t), Ml O’Gorman for S Cunningham (55), J Phelan for C McGrath (63)

Referee: T Quigley (Dublin)

All-Ireland SFC Qualifiers Round 1 – Tipperary v Louth

Evans hails Tipp ‘Independence Day’ after morale-boosting win

Tipperary 2-10 Louth 1-12

By Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, July 06, 2009

JOHN EVANS declared July 4 as Independence Day for Tipperary football after Saturday’s landmark qualifier win against Louth. The Premier County, impressive in the NFL this year, scored a first championship victory since 2003 as they came away with a gritty one-point win from Drogheda’s Gaelic Grounds. Evans has masterminded two successive promotions since taking charge but this was his first championship success, at the fourth time of asking. Tipp’s long wait for success in the championship had stretched back six years, when they defeated Carlow, but the NFL Division 3 champions now face Sligo in the second round qualifiers with optimism.

Evans said: “Tipperary have made a break away from just being league contenders. We bridged a 38-year gap in the league with silverware and now we’ve ended a six-year wait for a championship win. It came down to the wire – three times they came back at us and three times, we fought them off.” Barry Grogan’s well-taken 26th minute goal helped Tipp establish a 1-8 to 0-5 half-time advantage against their hosts The game was pockmarked by a massive tally of 54 frees while referee Syl Doyle felt the need to brandish 13 yellow and two red cards though the match was never dirty.

A run of four unanswered points before half-time proved crucial as Tipp reached the midway point six ahead and while they led by seven with nine minutes of normal time remaining, a late Louth surge left Tipp hanging on. Crucially, Tipp conceded just two points with 14 men after goalkeeper Matthew O’Donnell was sent off before the numbers were evened up when Derek Crilly was dismissed for a second bookable offence. A dramatic second half, which saw Louth attacker JP Rooney miss one and then later score another penalty, sprung to life when O’Donnell caught Colm Judge high around the neck as he rounded the goalkeeper seven minutes after half-time.

Doyle’s decision to red card the Killenaule shot-stopper was correct but when play finally resumed four minutes later with a resultant penalty, Rooney failed to make Tipp pay, screwing his effort wide. Tipp, beaten Munster SFC quarter-finalists against Limerick, funnelled men back and held firm for the next seven minutes before centre back Crilly saw red. And with nine minutes remaining, Philip Austin rounded Louth goalkeeper Stuart Reynolds and found the net with his left foot for the visitors’ very first score of the second half.

That goal opened up a 2-8 to 0-7 lead but the Wee County challenge was revived four minutes from the end of normal time when Robbie Costigan was penalised for a foot block and Rooney tucked away the penalty. Louth kept battling and were back to within a single point before Tipp survived over five minutes of injury time for a precious win. Evans acknowledged Tipp have shaken a huge monkey off their backs. He roared: “July 4; Independence Day and freedom for Tipperary.” In front of 2,000 fans, Tipp carried the greater cutting edge in the first half, despite Louth statistics revealing that the home side won 15 kick outs compared to Tipp’s four.

The trend favoured Eamonn McEneaney’s side 2-1 in the second half and yet Tipp still came away with the spoils. Evans insisted: “Nice football doesn’t win games. Today we decided we would contain and attack, rather than going all out attack. We said we’d approach this game with a lot more composure.” McEneaney is considering his future as manager after four years in charge. Hopes were high of victory on Saturday to erase the memory of the Leinster SFC reverse to Laois but McEneaney was left to lament a cruel run of luck which robbed him of four key players at various stages. The former Monaghan star said: “We lost Darren Clarke to suspension for four weeks, Mick Fanning tweaked his hamstring before the game and we had him earmarked to man-mark Barry Grogan (who finished with 1-5).

“Shane Lennon hurt his knee and looked like he was on fire. Then his replacement Aaron Hoey dislocates his shoulder.” When asked about his future in charge, McEneaney replied: “We’ll see. I’m going to take some time out first. We have a (Leinster) junior final (replay) against Longford on Wednesday in Longford. For the rest of the players on the panel, they’ll be mad to get out and prove a point.”

Scorers for Louth: JP Rooney (1-3), B White (0-3f), P Keenan, R Carroll, C Judge, S Lennon, D Maguire & A Hoey (f) (0-1 each).

Scorers for Tipperary: B Grogan (1-5, 0-3f), P Austin (1-0), B Coen (0-2 (1f), R Costigan, B Fox & B Coen (0-1 each).

Subs for Louth: A Hoey for Lennon (inj, 20), P Smith for Hoey (inj, 37), B McArdle R Finnegan (60), D Maguire for Reid (60).

Subs for Tipperary: P Fitzgerald for Mulryan (45), D O’Brien for Carey (58), A Fitzgerald for Austin (inj, 64), E Hanrahan for Coghlan (70+3), A Moloney for Mulvihill (70+5).

Referee: Syl Doyle (Wexford)


Grogan shoots Tipp to victory

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Sunday July 05 2009

TIPPERARY 2-10 LOUTH 1-12

GRITTY Tipperary dug deep in Drogheda last night to record a famous one-point victory over Louth in the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers. Ace marksman Barry Grogan grabbed 1-5 as Tipperary scored a first championship victory since 2003 with this win at the Gaelic Grounds. Leading by seven points with nine minutes remaining, Tipp looked set for a comfortable win but a late Louth revival left Tipp hanging on at the finish.

They eventually survived to book a place in next Saturday’s second round of qualifiers, despite registering just 1-2 in a dramatic second-half. Louth forward JP Rooney scored one penalty and missed another while both sides were reduced to 14 men after half-time. Played out in front of approximately 2,000 spectators, match referee Syl Doyle dished out 13 yellow cards and two reds in a game which was far from nasty. Huge question marks now hang over the future of Louth manager Eamonn McEneaney, who has now completed four years at the helm.

This victory is a major fillip for Tipperary, who were left devastated by a crushing Munster SFC semi-final defeat to Limerick, having gained promotion from Division 3 earlier this year. Ironically, it was victory against Louth at Semple Stadium in March which clinched the ascent to Division 2 for Tipperary but last night’s visitors will be more pleased with a first championship win since the 2003 victory over Carlow.

Tipp led by 1-8 to 0-5 at half-time but the game took a dramatic twist seven minutes after the break when the Premier County’s goalkeeper Matthew O’Donnell was given a straight red card for hauling down Colm Judge. Rooney stepped up for the resultant penalty but scuffed his effort wide as Louth missed a penalty for the fourth time this year.

Crucially, Tipp conceded just two points before the numbers were evened up in the 53rd minute when Louth centre back Derek Crilly was dismissed for a second offence. With nine minutes left, Philip Austin rounded Louth goalkeeper Stuart Reynolds and found the net for Tipp’s first score of the second-half. That score opened up a 2-8 to 0-7 lead for Tipp but Louth fought back and when Rooney netted the second penalty with four minutes of normal time remaining, it was very much game on.

Scorers — Tipperary: B Grogan 1-5 (0-3f), P Austin 1-0, B Coen 0-2 (1f), R Costigan, B Fox, B Coen 0-1 each.

Louth: JP Rooney 1-3, B White 0-3 (3f), P Keenan, C Judge, S Lennon, D Maguire, A Hoey (f), R Carroll 0-1 each.

Tipperary: M O’Donnell; P Codd, C McDonald, C Higgins; C Aylward, H Coghlan, R Costigan; G Hannigan, K Mulryan; S Carey, P Austin, B Fox; B Mulvihill, B Coen, B Grogan.

Subs: P Fitzgerald for Mulryan (45), D O’Brien for Carey (58), A Fitzgerald for Austin (64), E Hanrahan for Coghlan (70), A Moloney for Mulvihill (70).

Louth: S Reynolds; P Rath, D Finnegan, J O’Brien; R Finnegan, D Crilly, G Hoey; B White, P Keenan; A Reid, R Carroll, D Reid; C Judge, S Lennon, JP Rooney.
Subs: A Hoey for Lennon (20), P Smith for Hoey (37), B McArdle R Finnegan (60), D Maguire for Reid (60).

Referee: Syl Doyle (Wexford)

Fixture Details

04.07.2009 (Sat)

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Qualifier Round I

Drogheda 7.00pm An Lú v Tiobraid Árann

Referee: Syl Doyle (Loch Garman)

(E.T. if Necessary)

Team News

The Tipperary team to play Louth in the first round of the All-Ireland Qualifiers shows four changes from the team that lost to Limerick in the May Munster Senior Football championship.

Both Ciaran McDonald and Robbie Costigan return after injury while Kevin Mulryan gains a starting position at midfield. However the main talking point will be the introduction of Matthew O’Donnell to goal in place of Paul Fitzgerald.

O’Donnell, from Killenaule and current U-21 dual sub-keeper, has been a regular sub-keeper with the senior side for the past two seasons. He played in round seven of this year’s Allianz National Football league clash against Longford.

Apart from Paul Fitzgerald, theres Conor Morrissey, Brian Jones and James Tierney who had to make way.

The Tipp team is as follows – Matthew O’Donnell (Killenaule); Paddy Codd (Killenaule), Ciaran McDonald (Aherlow), Christopher Higgins (Galtee Rovers – Captain); Christopher Aylward (Clonmel Og), Hugh Coghlan (St. Vincents), Robbie Costigan (Cahir); George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers), Kevin Mulryan (J. K. Brackens); Sean Carey (Moyle Rovers), Philip Austin (Borrisokane), Brian Fox (Eire Og-Annacarty); Brian Mulvihill (Moyle Rovers), Brian Coen (Fethard), Barry Grogan (Aherlow)

Munster TG4 Senior Ladies Gaelic football final – Cork v Kerry

Cork 6-16 Kerry 0-9

There were no surprises on Saturday as reigning National League, provincial and All-Ireland champions Cork displayed ominous form when crushing Kerry by 6-16 to 0-9 in the TG4 Munster final, played at Bruff, Limerick.

Cork led by 1-9 to 0-4 at half-time before the floodgates opened in the second half as the Rebelettes collected a sixth successive provincial title.

Deirdre O’Reilly scored Cork’s first half goal before Rhona Buckley, Valerie O’Reilly (two), Amy O’Shea and Norita Kelly added the second half strikes.

Kerry have now tasted defeat against Cork in four of the last six Munster finals and Jim McEvoy’s charges remain firm favourites to annex a fifth successive All-Ireland title.

Cork scorers: V Mulcahy 2-5 (0-3 frees), M O’Connor 0-5 (0-1 free), R Buckley 1-2, A O’Shea 1-1 (0-1 free), N Kelly 1-0, J Murphy 0-2 (0-1 free) and N Cleary 0-1.

Kerry scorers: M O’Donoghue 0-4, P Dennehy 0-2, B Breen and L Ní Mhuircheartaigh 0-1 each, and S Houlihan 0-1 (free).


Match Preview

The Munster TG4 Senior and Intermediate Ladies Gaelic football finals will be held on Saturday next July 4th at Bruff G.A.A grounds County Limerick. Senior 7.30 Cork v Kerry, Intermediate Clare v Waterford

Cork the reigning Munster & All Ireland champions come into this fixture as raging hot favorites having recently retained the Bord Gais division 1 National League at their ease back in May. Seven of the players played a key role with Munster in winning the Mick Talbot Cup at the end of May when defeating Leinster and the Munster side was captained by Cork Full Back Angela Walsh. Lethal goal scorer Valerie Mulcahy was at her best also in this Tournament and with Norita Kelly regaining her form since returning from her knee operation who would bet against them.

Kerry on the other side have introduced a number of young players and they are well aware of the task that faces them however they have prepared well and the experience gained playing with Munster recently will boost their confidence. Captained by Margaret O Donoghue and the experience of Patrice Dennehy in the attack with the assistance from the new contingent should provide for an interesting game.

The Intermediate tie pairs Clare the reigning Munster champions with Waterford who dropped down from the senior grade of 2008. The Banner County piped in last years All Ireland by Tipperary will want to prove this is there year and with their Minor team defeating Cork in the Provincial final should ooze with confidence. Eimear Considine will lead the attack and she also played a significant role with Munster earlier on this year. Waterford on the other side have a lot of experience and will look on this fixture with some caution they also have introduced a number of players and will be led by Michelle Ryan of the Ballymacarbry club.

Mini games involving all four Counties will take place at half time of both games giving the opportunity to forty young girls to represent their respective Counties on the biggest day of the Provincial calendar. The referees of the mini games have come through the Grab Your Whistle Programme and this should help kick start their refereeing careers.

A great evenings entertainment is guaranteed at Bruff and followers of Ladies Gaelic football are asked to come out and support the game on Saturday next July 4th with proceedings getting underway at 5.15pm.