The Sunday Game – A 125th GAA Anniversary Munster Hurling Special

‘’The Sunday Game’’

Sunday July 5th. 2009 – Live on RTE Television, 9.30p.m. RTE Two

A 125th. GAA Anniversary Munster Hurling Special

Join Des Cahill for this very special tribute to 125 years of Munster Hurling and a preview of this year’s Munster Hurling Final between Tipperary and Waterford in Semple Stadium, Thurles on Sunday July 12th.

The programme will be LIVE from RTE, Donnybrook and from Hayes Hotel, Thurles on the night

Munster GAA ESB MFC Final – Kerry vs. Tipperary

Sherwood’s haul provides platform for comfortable Kerry victory

Kerry 0-12 Tipperary 0-6

Munster MFC final

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Monday July 06 2009

KERRY found little resistance from Tipperary as they claimed the Munster minor football title at Pairc Ui Chaoimh yesterday. John Kennedy’s side never trailed, having registered three points before Tipp got off the mark and lead by 0-8 to 0-1 at half-time. That lead could even have been more as the Kingdom had shot seven wides by the 20-minute mark, and though Tipp doubled their tally with three points in the last six minutes, it was little more than a consolation. Jack Sherwood was very impressive as he kicked four points from play, while corner-forward Eanna O’Connor, son of senior manager Jack, was on target with three frees, though Kerry will know that they must improve if further progress is to be made.

Far too often moves broke down through poor shooting, something that will be a concern for Kerry despite their dominance at midfield and the swift movement that Tipp’s defence found so troublesome. Tipperary, who were well beaten by the Kingdom in the first round before coming through the back door, never really threatened, and the fact that Johnny McMahon, a 44th-minute sub, was their top scorer with two frees tells its own story. Points from Thomas Hill and Liam Treacy for Tipp immediately after the interval gave brief signs of a comeback, but by the 50th-minute Kerry had extended the lead to 0-12 to 0-3 as the tempo wound down.

Scorers — Kerry: J Sherwood 0-4, E O’Connor 0-3(3fs), D O’Sullivan, S Carroll, D Kelly, I Galvin, N O’Shea 0-1 each.

Tipperary: J McMahon 0-2, B Hewitt (f), R Peters, T Hill, L Treacy 0-1 each.

KERRY — P O’Sullivan; M Galvin, P Galvin, D Wrenn; G Gibson, J Coffey, N Fitzgerald; J Sherwood, D O’Sullivan; N O’Shea, S Carroll, M Brennan; I Galvin, D Kelly, E O’Connor. Subs: M Thiemann for Brennan (45), M Reen for I Galvin (53), D Doody for O’Connor (55), M Griffin for Gibson, D Culhane for Fitzgerald (both 60).

TIPPERARY — A Wall; P Dalton, J Ryan, G Quinn; L Murphy, G Mulhair, D Dwyer; J Lonergan, E Kendrick; T Hill, M Ivors, R Peters; L Treacy, R McGrath, B Hewitt. Subs: S O’Meara for Lonergan (25), J McMahon for Treacy (44), A Matassa for Hill, E Kent for Kendrick (both 55).

Ref — M Rock (Clare)

Fixture Details

SUNDAY JULY 5TH. 2009
At PAIRC UI CHAOIMH, CORK

Munster GAA Minor Football Championship FINAL
Tiobraid Arann v Ciarrai at 12.00noon
Reiteoir: Michael Rock (An Clár)

Team News

Kerry (MF v Tipperary) – Paul O’Sullivan (Churchill); Matthew Galvin (Ballymac), Philip Galvin (Ballymac), Danny Wren (Tarbert); Greg Gibson (Waterville), James Coffey (Beaufort), Niall Fitzgerald (Waterville); Jack Sherwood (Firies), Donal O’Sullivan (Rathmore); Niall O’Shea (Piarsaigh na Dromada – Captain), Shane Carroll (Austin Stacks), Michael Brennan (Churchill); Ian Galvin (Derrynane), Damien Kelly (St. Michaels / Foilmore), Eanna O’Connor (St. Michael’s/Foilmore)
Subs:
16. Padraic McCarthy (Rathmore) Pádraig MacCárthaigh
17. Declan Doody (Austin Stacks) Déaglán Ó Dúda
18. Mark Griffin (St. Michael’s/Foilmore) Marc Ó Griofa
19. Mark Reen (Rathmore) Marc Ó Rinn
20. Max Thiemann (St. Michael’s/Foilmore) Max Thiemann
21. Jeremy Hoare (Glenbeigh/Glencar) Diarmuid Ó h-Uidhir
22. Padraig O’Connor (Gneeveguilla) Pádraig Ó Conchubhair
23. David Culhane (Ballylongford) Dáithí Ó Cathláin
24. Stephen O’Brien (Kenmare) Stiofán Ó Briain

Tipperary (MF v Kerry) – A Wall; P Dalton, J Ryan, G Quinn; L Murphy, G Mulhair, D Dwyer; E Kendrick, J Lonergan; T Hill, M Ivors, R Peters; L Treacy, R McGrath, B Hewitt

Tipperary Press Pack Munster Minor Football 2009

Paths to the Final

Tipperary

Munster MFC First Round: 16/4/09- Tipperary 1- 6 Kerry 1-11- at Semple Stadium

Losers Final: 25/4/-09 –Tipperary 1-15 Waterford 0-6 -at Semple Stadium

Munster Semi Final: 14 May 2009: Tipperary 0-13 Cork 0-10 a.e.t – at Pairc Ui Caoimh

For 2-34 Against 1-30

Kerry

Munster MFC First Round: 16/4/09- Kerry 1-11 Tipperary 1- 6 – at Semple Stadium

Munster Semi-Final: 14 May 2009 Kerry 2-10 Clare 1-4 at Austin Stack Park

For 3-21 Against 2-10

Tipperary Team Appearances in numbers – Subs appearances in brackets

Twenty five players made an appearance in the three games so far. Twenty of them made the starting line up with eleven gaining starting positions in three games.

1 Aaron Wall (Cahir) 3

2 Paddy Dalton (Arravale Rovers) 3

3 Jonathon Ryan (Ardfinnan) 3

4 Graham Quinn (Clonmel Og) 3

5 Luke Murphy (Ballylooby/Castlegrace) 3

6 Gerard Mulhair (Arravale Rovers) Captain 3

7 Darragh Dwyer (Moyle Rovers) 3

8 Eddie Kendrick (Cahir) 2 (1)

9 Jack Lonergan (Moyle Rovers) 3

10 Thomas Hill (Moyle Rovers) 2 (1)

11 Ross McGrath (Newport) 3

12 Roger Peters (Cahir) 3

13 Michael Ivors (Ballingarry) 1

14 Liam Treacy (Loughmore/Castleiney) 2 (1)

15 Billy Hewitt (Ardfinnan) 3

16 Shane Foley (Moyle Rovers) (1)

17 Eoin Fitzpatrick (J. K. Brackens) 1

18 Sean O’Meara (Arravale Rovers) 2 (1)

19 Eoin Kent (Ballina) 1 (2)

20 Aldo Matassa (Clonmel Commercials) 1 (2)

21 Johnny McMahon (Inane Rovers) 1 (2)

22 Shane Power (Clonmel Commercials) (1)

23 Brian Lowry (Arravale Rovers) (1)

24 John Ryan (Borris-Ileigh0 (1)

25 Brian O’Hara (1)

Scorers:

Jonathon McMahon 1-8 (6f); Billy Hewitt 1-5 (1f); Ross McGrath 0-6 (1f); Roger Peters0-5 (3f, 1=45); Liam Treacy 0-5 (3f); Tomas Hill 0-2; Jack Lonergan and Luke Murphy 0-1 each.

Kerry appearances

Paul Sullivan 2

Padraig O’Connor 1 (1)

Philip Galvin 2

Niall Fitzgerald 2

Danny Wrenn 2

Jeremiah Hoare 2

Michael Finnegan 2

Shane Carroll 2

Max Thiemann 1

Jack Sherwood 2

Damien Kelly 2

Michael Brennan 2

Niall O’Shea 2

Eanna O’Connor 2

Donal O’Sullivan 2

Matthew Galvin 1

Mark Griffin (2)

Kieran Doona (1)

Ian Galvin 1 (1)

Mark Reen (2)

Kieran Hurley (2)

J O Sullivan (1)

Kerry Scorers:

Eanna O’Connor 2-7; Donal O’Sullivan 0-5; Shane Carroll and Niall O’Shea 0-3 each; Jack Sherwood, Michael Brennan and Mark Reen 0-1 each.

Match Track

Munster MFC First Round: 16 April 2009

Tipperary lose opening round game to O’Connor inspired Kingdom

Kerry 1-11 Tipperary 1-6

Eanna O’Connor maintained his rich vein of form when scoring 1-5 for holders Kerry in last night’s ESB Munster MFC first round win over Tipperary at Semple Stadium.

Fresh from scoring a last-gasp winning goal for Colaiste na Sceilge in last Saturday’s Hogan Cup final against St. Mary’s, Edenderry, the son of Kerry senior boss Jack O’Connor was once again in scintillating form as the Kingdom cruised into the semi-finals.

O’Shea, along with fellow full forwards Niall O’Shea and Donal O’Sullivan, scored their side’s combined first half total as the visitors took a 1-7 to 0-4 lead into the interval.

Tipperary scored just 1-1 from play over the 60 minutes with their goal coming from substitute Johnny McMahon in injury-time. Kerry paraded seven of Colaiste Na Sceilge’s All-Ireland Colleges winning side over the hour, and they showed no ill-effects as they advanced to a semi-final on May 13.

KERRY – P Sullivan; P O’Connor, P Galvin, N Fitzgerald; D Wrenn, J Hoare, M Finnegan; S Carroll 0-1, M Thiemann; J Sherwood, D Kelly, M Brennan; N O’Shea 0-2, E O’Connor 1-5, D O’Sullivan 0-3. Subs – M Griffin for P O’Connor, K Doona for Thiemann, I Galvin for Brennan, M Reen for E O’Connor, K Hurley for Kelly.

TIPPERARY: Aaron Wall (Cahir); Eoin Fitzpatrick (JK Brackens), Jonathan Ryan (Ardfinnan), Paddy Dalton (Arravale Rovers); Darragh Dwyer (Moyle Rovers), Graham Quinn (Clonmel Óg), Luke Murphy (Ballylooby/Castlegrace); Sean O’Meara (Arravale Rovers), Eoin Kent (Ballina); Ross McGrath (Newport) (0-1), Liam Treacy (Loughmore-Castleiney) (0-3), Roger Peters (Cahir); Gerard Mulhaire (Arravale Rovers), Jack Lonergan (Moyle Rovers), Billy Hewitt (Ardfinnan) (0-1). Subs: Jonathan McMahon (Inane Rovers) (1-1) for Kent (23); Thomas Hill (Moyle Rovers) for Peters (42); Bryan Lowry (Arravale Rovers) for Hewitt (42); Aldo Matassa (Clonmel Commercials) for Fitzpatrick (53).

Ref – Richard Moloney (Limerick)

Munster MFC Semi Final: Kerry see off wasteful Banner

14 May 2009

Kerry 2-10 Clare 1-4

An own goal by Clare wing back Seanie Malone early in the second half helped Kerry on their way to a flattering nine-point win in this ESB Munster MFC semi-final clash at Austin Stack Park.

The visitors, who opened the scoring through Cathal McInerney in the 10th minute, enjoyed the lion’s share of possession in the first half, but over-elaboration and wasteful finishing cost them dearly as Kerry went into the break ahead by 0-5 to 0-4.

Clare were still trailing by a point when disaster struck in the 34th minute when Kerry centre back Jeremy Hoare’s fisted effort rebounded off the post, only to hit the luckless Malone and cannon into the net.

The Kingdom then took control with points from Eanna O’Connor, Donal O’Sullivan and Michael Brennan, but Clare were handed a lifeline when Conor Ryan netted in the 47th minute. However, Kerry were not to be denied and a 56th minute goal from O’Connor sealed their place in the final against Tipperary for the second year-in-a-row.

Kerry – P O’Sullivan; M Galvin, P Galvin, N Fitzgerald; M Finnegan, J Hoare, D Wren; S Carroll 0-2, D Doody; I Galvin, J Sherwood 0-1, M Brennan 0-1; N O’Shea 0-1, E O’Connor 1-2, D O’Sullivan 0-2. Subs – K Hurley for I Galvin, J O’Sullivan for D Doody, M Griffin for M Finnegan, P O’Connor for D Wren, M Reen 0-1 for J Sherwood.

Clare – W Deloughhrey; M O’Connor, Sean Brennan, G Johnson; S Collins, E Malone, S Malone; K O’Connor, Shane Brennan; D Sexton 0-1, C Ryan 1-0, S Tierney; C McInerney 0-3, E Finucane, C Nolan. Subs: M Malone for C Nolan, S Lynch for E Finnucane, C King for S Tierney, E Fitzgerald for S Brennan, D O’Neill for C Ryan.

Ref – D O’Mahony (Tipperary ).

Losers Final 25-4-09: Tipperary 1-15 Waterford 0-6 at Semple Stadium

TIPPERARY enjoyed a comprehensive 12-point victory over Waterford at Semple Stadium last night to revive their dreams of ESB Munster minor football championship glory.

Last year’s beaten finalists bounced back from their quarter-final reverse against holders Kerry to book a semi-final showdown with Cork on May 13.

Tipp were far too good for a disappointing Waterford in last night’s semi-final play off at Semple Stadium, a game played out in front of less than 200 spectators.

Billy Hewitt’s goal five minutes before half-time helped Tipp to lead by 1-8 to 0-2 at the break and toothless Waterford never looked like launching a second half fightback.

Tipp had managed just 1-1 from play against the Kingdom but this was a much improved attacking display as 1-8 was registered with five of the six starting forwards on target.

In contrast, Waterford scored just three points from play in the entire game and their night was summed up when Sam Lawless blasted over the crossbar from close range with just Aaron Wall to beat eleven minutes after half-time.

Wall did well twice in the first half to deny first Ian Galgaly and later Paul Whyte with good saves.

TIPPERARY: Aaron Wall; Graham Quinn, Jonathon Ryan, Paddy Dalton; Gerard Mulhaire, Darragh Dwyer, Luke Murphy; Jack Lonergan (0-1), Sean O’Meara; Thomas Hill (0-1), Ross McGrath (0-2), Rogers Peters (0-3, 2f); Aldo Matassa, Jonathon McMahon (0-6, 5f), Billy Hewitt (1-1).

SUBS: Liam Treacy (0-1) for Matassa (42), E Kendrick for O’Meara (39), Eoin Kent for Lonergan (58), B O’Hara for Mulhaire (60), J Ryan for Dwyer (60).

WATERFORD: K Williams; R Buckley, R Cahill, S O’Connor; D Houlihan, C Flaherty, S Lynn; M O’Halloran, S Crotty; S Lawless (0-1), B O’Halloran (0-1), S Nolan; I Galgaly, P Whyte (0-4, 2 45s, 1f), K Moore.

SUBS: J Power for Nolan (38), T Carew for Lynn (38), K Guiry for M O’Halloran (48), J Curran for Galgaly (49), C Roche for Lawless (60 +1).

Referee: C Lane (Cork).

Munster MFC Semi Final: 4/5/09: Tipperary 0-13 Cork 0-10 a.e.t

Tipperary caused a major surprise last night when they recorded an extra-time victory over Cork in the ESB Munster MFC semi-final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

The visitors recovered from losing a five-point lead in the second half of normal time to shock Mick Slocum’s much-fancied Cork side. Tipp set out their stall early on and raced into a 0-6 to 0-0 lead after 26 minutes. The impressive Billy Hewitt accounted for three of their early points, but Cork recovered somewhat late in the half to trail by 0-2 to 0-6 at the interval.

Though Brian Hogan got the first point of the second half to reduce the deficit to three, Tipp replied with points from Roger Peters, Ross McGrath and Thomas Hill to open up a 0-8 to 0-3 lead.

However, Cork – who survived a missed penalty by Ross McGrath in the 53rd minute – fought back and Dean Brosnan equalised to force extra-time.

But three unanswered points from McGrath in the first period of extra-time gave Tipp a 0-12 to 0-9 lead, and while Ger Minihane replied for Cork, substitute Johnny McMahon had the final say for the Premier County.

Tipperary – Aaron Wall (Cahir); Paddy Dalton (Arravale Rovers), Jonathon Ryan (Ardfinnan), Graham Quinn (Clonmel Og); Daragh Dwyer Moyle Rovers), Ger Mulhair (Arravale Rovers) Capt, Luke Murphy (Ballylooby- Castlegrace) 0-1; Eddie Kendrick (Cahir), Jack Lonergan Moyle Rovers); Roger Peters (Cahir) 0-3, Ross McGrath (Newport) 0-3, Thomas Hill Moyle Rovers) 0-1; Michael Ivors (Ballingarry), Liam Treacy (Loughmore- Castleiney) 0-1, Billy Hewitt (Ardfinnan) 0-3. Subs: Shane Power (Commercials) for Treacy, Sean O’Meara (Arravale) for Lonergan, Aldo Matassa (Commercials) for Hill, Shane Foley (Moyle Rovers) for Hewitt, Billy Hewitt (Ardfinnan) for Power, Jonathon McMahon (Inane Rovers) 0-1 for Kendrick, Eoin Kent (Ballina) for McGrath.

Cork – S Mellett; D O’Donovan, D Rogers, D Cahalane; A Cronin 0-1, R O’Sullivan, W O’Mahony; E Healy, P Wiley; D Nation, J O’Rourke, D Drake 0-1; D Fitzgerald 0-1, J Dineen 0-2, B Hurley 0-2. Subs – S Downs for Rogers, S Finn 0-1 for Healy, G Minihane 0-1 for Nation, D Brosnan 0-1 for Fitzgerald, M Russell for Dineen, D Murphy for O’Sullivan, Dineen for Russell.

Ref – M Rock (Clare).

Last Munster Final Win for Tipperary 1995…………….July 23

Tipperary 2-6 Cork 0-10

Tipperary Minor footballers produced a display of quality, character and self belief in overcoming hot favourites, Cork, to claim their fifth munster minor football crown at Killarney.

The majority of the official attendance 43, 375 had come early to witness Tipp grab two first half goals from wing forward, Darren Owens followed by one from a penalty through Brian Maguire to enable Tipp take 2-2 to 0-5 half time lead.

Tipp were under severe pressure in the second half as their lead was reduced to one, twice during the half. However their defence, backed by a powerful display by former Tipp player and selector, Niall Kelly, were doing enough to hold out and on full time a Declan Browne point, his third of the hour, put Tipp on the road to victory when scenes of unparalled joy from a small Tipp following greeted the final whistle.

Tipp played against a slight breeze in the first half but Cork opened the scoring though a Declan Barrett free after three minutes. Paul Fitzgerald made a good save from Joe Deane at the other end as Kieran Connolly doubled Cork’s advantage on nine.

Paul Ormond was leading the way for Tipp at midfield and with the Tipp attack gaining more ball, it was important to see them rewarded. The reward came in the form of a goal from Darren Owens who wriggled his way through the Cork cover. Brian Maguire added a point before Liam Beale replied for the rebels.

Tipp continue to enjoy plenty chances in front of goal but over elaboration meant a poor return until Declan Browne secured a point from an acute angle. The lead increased to five when Brain Maguire slotted home a penalty after Terry Kearns was fouled on twenty minutes.

Cork looked in trouble but two points, the first from wing back, Anthony Lynch followed by another from Colm Crowley brought them back in touch as the half time whistle arrived.

On the restart, Cork reduced the margin with a Derek Browne free. Ballyporeen man, David Fogarty restored Tipp’s three point advantage and Brian Maguire increased the margin with a free out near the sideline.

But Cork were far from finished and three points on the trot from Derek Barrett, Joe Deane and substitute, Timmy McCarthy put the minimum between the sides. McCarthy almost had a goal but his thundering shot came back off the Tipp crossbar. Tipp held their nerve and a point by Declan Browne stemmed the tide. A free by Barrett brought Cork within one again with five minutes on the clock. Tipp continued to hold firm as Brendan McKeogh, Niall Kelly and Mark Cummins stood the test under a lot of Cork pressure and when Browne found the posts on full time it was relief for the Tipp side.

Full time score Tipp 2-6 Cork 0-10.

SCORERS: Tipp: B Maguire 1-2 (1gl =pen and 0-1 free); D Owens 1-0; D Browne 0-3; D Fogarty 0-1.

Cork: D Barrett 0-4 (all frees); A Lynch, K Connolly, L Beale, C Crowley, T McCarthy and J Deane 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: Paul Fitzgerald (Fethard); Brendan McKeogh (Ballina), Niall Kelly (Kildangan), Mark Cummins (Arravale Rovers); Thomas Keane (Fethard), Ben Walsh (Commercials), Brendan O’Dwyer (Moyle Rovers); Paul Ormond (Loughmore-Castleiney), David Fogarty (Ballyporeen); P.J. Sweeney, Moyle Templetuohy), Brian Maguire (Latten Cullen), Darren Owens (J K Brackens); Terry Kearns (Clonmel Og), Mark O’Shea (Capt) (Aherlow), Declan Browne (Moyle Rovers).

Subs: Mark Ryan (Kickams-Rahaelty) for Kearns; Alan Fogarty (Ballyporeen) for P J Sweeney.

CORK: James O’Connell; Niall McCarthy, Shane Murphy, Brian Kidney; Donal Philpot, Sean Og O’Halpin, Anthony Lynch; Jmaes Fleming, Kieran Connolly; Alan O’Shea, Derek Barrett, Liam Beale; Colin Crowley, Austin Walsh, Joe Deane.

Subs: Nicholas Murphy for Connolly; Alan Beale for Fleming; Timmy McCarthy for Alan O’Shea.

Referee: Kevin Walsh (Clare).

Previous Encounters

Last Tipperary Win Over Kerry ….. February 2, 2002

Tipperary 2-11 Kerry 2-9

It’s not a thrill we often enjoy in a county where the caman is king. Tipperary, enforced with six players from the North Division, beating Kerry in the big ball game, and doing it with one hell of a comeback that created a sensational end to this Munster Minor championship clash in Kilmallock on Saturday last.

For so long it seemed as if it was going to be the same old story. Kerry, banging home two goals in the first half and, sprinting off into an eight point lead by the 29th minute. At that stage it looked as if tradition would hold firm. Kerry looked as if they were destined for nothing more than a training session, Tipp for a thrashing.

Tipp looked as if their race was well and truly run by half time, when they trailed by 2-5 to 0-4. Even though they were winning as much possession as Kerry, the attack seemed devoid of the talent needed to notch up the necessary scores. Michael Dillon and Shane Ryan were the only ones to pose an element of danger in an otherwise languid sextet. A tendency to overplay the ball ruined many scoring opportunities.

In contrast, Kerry’s forwards were far more enterprising. Not least wing forward, Damien McCarthy, whose four points alone in the first half matched Tipp’s total tally for the period. Damien Casey’s goal from play in the 29th minute and Declan O’ Sullivan’s 17th successful penalty shot were due reward for a team that was playing direct and intelligent football. Even though Tipp enjoyed the advantage of a significant breeze from the resumption, only a chronic optimist would have predicted the events that were to unfold. For the first twenty minutes of the second half nothing suggested that the blue and golders could mount the kind of monumental effort required to test the rampant Kerry men.

Shane Ryan, an inspiring and powerful full forward, did strike three points in this period, but his efforts were cancelled out by Donnacha Walsh, Damien McCarthy and Declan O’ Sullivan. With only eleven minutes of normal time remaining, only a daft man would have said that Tipp would beat their opponents who were lording it, 2-8 to 0-7. But players, like the indefatigable Paudie Breen, never gave up trying.The Eire Og man was a revelation throughout, dominating the midfield exchanges. Breen’s hard work finally paid off when it resulted in Tipp’s first goal in the 40th minute. The Nenagh man’s long delivery found corner forward Conor O’Brien who dispatched the ball to Kilruane’s Stephen Murphy, whose powerful volley from short range shook the back of the net.

Murphy’s score was the tonic Tipperary needed. Every member of the team seemed to lift themselves to a new plane, beginning to play like men inspired. The whiff of an upset was in the air, and when Michael Dillon followed up with two points from frees the gap was down to just two points, 2-8 to 1-9. Colin O’ Connor attempted to put a halt to Tipperary’s gallop when he hit back with a point, but their gallop was too powerful. Tipp’s Michael Dillon soloed up field before dispatching the ball over the bar to narrow the gap again to two points with a minute of normal time remaining. Tipp fans breathed a collective sigh of relief when referee, Michael McCann, indicated that stoppages incurred throughout the game merited four minutes of extra time. Tipp pressed like a team possessed, and finally got their reward bang on 34 minutes when substitute, Ian Barnes stepped up to become hero of the day.

The Clonmel Commercials man, who had come on late in the second half for Newport’s Vincent Murphy, gathered a ball sent in towards the full forward line by wing back, Brendan Healy, blasting a sensational winning goal to the net. As if to prove that Tipperary’s resurgence was no temporary aberration, Michael Dillon followed up with another point from a free before the end to increase Tipperary’s advantage to two points.Other stoppages, and what seemed like an inordinate amount of time allowed by the referee, meant that the second half went on for forty minutes. A dumbfounded Kerry were kept scoreless for the last fourteen minutes.

Scorers: Tipperary: Michael Dillon, 0-6, 3 frees; Shane Ryan, 0-4, 1 free; Stephen Murphy, 1-1, 0-1 free; Ian Barnes, 1-0. Kerry: Damien McCarthy, 0-5, 1 free; Declan O’ Sullivan, 1-2, 1-0 penalty and 0-1 free; Damien Casey 1-0; Colin O’ Connor and Donnacha Walsh, 0-1 each.

Tipperary: Pat Ryan, (Ardfinnan); Robert Cremin (Burgess), Daniel Kelly (Cappawhite), Andrew Hickey (Newport); Brendan Healy (Loughmore-Castleiney), Hugh Coughlan (Moyne Templetuohy), Philip Ryan (Arravale Rovers); Paudie Breen (Nenagh Eire Og), Paul Brennan (Loughmore-Castleiney); Alan Rockett (Carrick Swans), Michael Dillon (Fethard); Vincent Moloney (Newport); Stephen Murphy, Kilruane (Kilruane MacDonagh) Shane Ryan (Newport), Conor O’ Brien (Eire Og Annacarthy).

Sub: Ian Barnes for V. Murphy.

Kerry: Brian Sheehan; Padraig Sheehan, Paul Heaslip, Brian Sugrue; Michael Cronin, Michael Slattery, John Brosnan; Stephen Brosnan, Declan O’Sullivan; Patrick O’ Connell, Donnacha Walsh, Damien McCarthy; Colin O’ Connor, Cathal McGerailt, Damien Casey. Subs: Dan Doona for D. Casey; Michael Curran for M. Cronin; Shane O’ Sullivan for M Slattery.

Referee: Michael McCann, Clare.

Tipp minors give Kerry a fright

27 April 2006

Kerry……2-10

Tipperary…2-7

Kerry had to dig deep to get the better of a fired-up Tipperary team in the Munster minor football championship at Newcastle West on Wednesday night, April 26.

Tipp made the perfect start when David Keogh finished to the net after Kerry goalkeeper Tomas Mac an tSaoir had saved Brian Jones’ initial effort. The Kingdom had to wait until the 19th minute to open their account through Gary Sayers. Three minutes later, Paddy Curran – in his third year as a county minor – converted a penalty to put them in the driving seat.

Kerry did hit a purple patch which yielded points from David Moran, O’Driscoll, Curran and Sayers to lead by 1-6 to 1-2 at the break.

When James Doolan added a second Kerry goal in the 52nd minute, six points separated the sides. However, driven on by centre back Paddy Codd, Tipperary refused to throw in the towel and David Keogh’s second goal had the Kingdom hanging on for victory.

Scorers – Kerry: P Curran 1-2, J Doolan 1-1, G Sayers 0-3, D Moran 0-2, G O’Driscoll and E Kennedy 0-1 each. Tipperary: D Keogh 2-1, S Carey 0-3, D McCormack 0-2, T Dunne 0-1.

Munster Minor Final Meeting June 9 2006

Kerry 1-13 Tipperary 0-8

AN explosive 10-minute spell at the start of the second half saw Kerry finally overpower Tipperary to capture their first Munster minor football title in two years at Fitzgerald Stadium yesterday.

The switch of Tommy Walsh to midfield just before half time swung the game in Kerry’s favour as he assumed complete control to deliver a man of the match display.

Team captain Paddy Curran went to the forty and suddenly Kerry were a transformed side as they shredded a weaker Tipperary rearguard with power, pace and clinical finishing that settled the outcome in six minutes.

Kerry had struggled in the first half and led 0-5 to 0-4 despite playing with a strong wind and looked in trouble.

The game changed though in the opening seven minutes of the second half when Kerry scored 1-4 without reply, Gary Ayers netting for the Kingdom.

Curran and Patrick Curtin added points and by the 27th minute Kerry had raced 1-9 to 0-4 clear and the game was over a contest.

Tipp never gave up but were second best and despite a couple of Dalton frees, Kerry were just too strong and cruised to victory.

SCORERS – Kerry: P Curran 0-6 (0-3f), G Sayers 1-2, D Moran 0-2 (0-1f), G O’Driscoll, P Curtin, and J Doolan 0-1 each. Tipperary: T Dalton 0-5 (0-4f), S Carey 0-2f, M Doyle 0-1.

KERRY – T Mac an tSaoir; B Russell, S Browne, D O Se; S Enright, A Greaney, B Costello; M Moloney, G O’Driscoll; J Buckley, T Walsh, D Moran; G Sayers, P Curran, P Curtin. Subs D O’Shea for M Moloney, E Kennedy for J Buckley, J Doolan for G Sayers.

TIPPERARY – M O’Donnell; J Coghlan, D Buckley, C Aylward; B Fox, P Codd, D O’Brien; P Donnellan, T Dunne; S Carey, B Jones, S Quinlan; T Dalton, S Browne, D Keogh. Subs: C Coen for S Browne, D McCormack, P Murphy for D O’Brien, M Doyle for P Donnellan.

REF – M Condon (Waterford).

Curtin goals sink Tipp

12 April 2007 Kerry 3-7 Tipperary 0-10

A brace of first half goals from full forward Patrick Curtin helped holders Kerry to a 3-7 to 0-10 victory over Tipperary in their Munster MFC first round clash at the Gaelic Grounds on Wednesday night.

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Tipperary 1-9 Kerry 1-9

By Liam Hogan

As a result of Conor Sweeney’s converted last minute free, Tipperary grabbed a draw after staging a late recovery in rain washed Pairc Ui Caoimh following an exciting minor final last Sunday.

The result means that the teams will meet in the replay next Saturday in Cusack Park, Ennis, a result that team manager, Philly Ryan was happy with

“We are delighted with the outcome, delighted with a draw. We thought we had a chance near the end. We were five points down but we knew we had the team to do it. We kept our head and our shape and we played ball and that’s what we have been doing all year, “said Philly.

The comeback was all the more remarkable as Tipp trailed Kerry by five points at half time 1-6 to 0-4 and both sides aadded two each to keep the same margin 1-8 to 0-6, with 23 minutes left. The scores dried up until a splendid goal by midfielder, Alan Moloney in the 48th minute sparked the revival. Tipp came level and six minutes remaining. A draw looked possible until Barry John Walsh got what looked like the winner with a splendid angled free out near the sideline.

Tipp raced back for the leveller and Sweeney played a captains part in forcing the sides to meet again.

This was a great performance by the Tipp side with the defence playing really well. Led by man of the match, Robert Kiely at centre back, the Tipp defence grew in confidence as the game progressed. The Arravale man had able assistance from returnee, Christophe Sheehan plus Conor Walsh on the wings. Both Alan Moloney and Peter Acheson combined well at midfield and such was the efforts from that five, that the Kerry midfield and half forward line were replaced over the hour.

Up front, Gavin Ryan was very good at centre forward while Conor Sweeney, David McGrath and Michael Dwyer had their moments.

The game itself was very stop-start, with a total of 59 frees awarded over the hour. Tipp got off to a good start with Conor Sweeney pointing after 22 seconds. Top Barry John Walsh on 1-6 (0-6 from frees) and son of former Kerry star, Sean Walsh, had the teams level on two minutes before Conor Sweeney put Tipp ahead with a twenty metre free.

Tipp showed early nerves and the Kerry side exploited their weakness with some defence splitting runs with one of those runs leading to a 10th-minute goal by Barry John Walsh when the full-forward finished a good move involving corner-forwards Paul Geaney and Cian Tobin.

Kerry stretched their lead with two more Walsh frees. Conor Sweeney then missed a 35 metre free but made up for the error, some minutes later. Barry John keane replied in similar fashion and centre forward, Mike Tim O’Sullivan edged them further ahead on 25 minutes.

Kerry sprang another enterprising move which led to another Walsh pointed free. Meanwhile, Tipp replaced Donnagh Heffernan with Eoin Fitzpatrick before the half finished on a more positive note for Tipp with Michael Dwyer getting on the scoresheet with a free.

Walsh added a free to Kerry on the restart. Tipp replied with frees from Dwyer and Sweeney before Paul Geaney put Kerry in a comfortable five point lead after 37 minutes.

An eleven minute barren spell accompanied by heavy rain, the game really came to life when Alan Moloney ghosted through the Kerry defence to goal with 11 minutes left put only two points between the sides.

Tipp then came level after points by Conor Sweeney and Michael Dwyer, but Walsh, who normally took his frees with his left boot, looked to have given Kerry the win after a brilliant free off his right boot and from out on the left wing.

However, Tipp got one more chance when a free was brought in for dissent and Sweeney made no mistake to ensure a second meeting.

The Tipperary manager suggested that his team would have liked better weather conditions and Kerry manager, and three times All-Ireland Medal winner, John Kennedy agreed.

“Conditions were poor for both teams. It was a battle. We could have won the game. There were a few chances there when we were four or five points up when we should have kicked a few points but we didn’t. Tipp got a chance to put away a goal and the imputeus grew in the last few minutes. I think a draw was a fair result in the end,” said John.

But the last word goes to Philly: “We didn’t get the victory. We were five points down at half time. We made a change before the break. Maybe we should have moved sooner. We know we are a better team but our performance, today, is a boost for Tipp football.

Man of the match, Robert Kiely (Tipperary).

SCORERS: Tipperary: C Sweeney 0-6 (0-3f), A Moloney 1-0, M Dwyer 0-3 (0-2f).

Kerry: BJ Walsh 1-6 (0-6f), MT O’Sullivan, BJ Keane (0-1f), P Geaney 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: Jack English; Donnagh Heffernan, Shane Russell, Kevin O’Riordan; Christopher Sheehan, Robert Kiely, Conor Walsh; Alan Moloney, Peter Acheson; David McGrath, Gavin Ryan, Darren Lowry; Conor Sweeney, Paul Horan, Michael Dwyer. Subs: Eoin Fitzpatrick for Heffernan (26), Thomas Hanley for Horan (35), Liam Treacy for Lowry (53).

KERRY: Brian Kelly; Padraig Reidy, Jonathan Lyne, Fionn Fitzgerald; Peter Crowley, Barry Shanahan, Maurice Hickey; Wayne Gutherie, Daithi Casey; James O’Donoghue, Mike Tim O’Sullivan, Barry John Keane; Paul Geaney, Barry John Walsh, Cian Tobin. Subs: John O’Mahony for Fitzgerald (blood, 2-4), Colm O’Shea for MT O’Sullivan, Jamie O’Sullivan for Casey (both 39), Niall O’Shea for Keane (45), Colm Moriarty for Gutherie (51), Kieran McKenna for O’Donoghue (55).

REF: Martin Collins (Cork).

Munster Minor Football Final replay 2009

Kerry 2-12 Tipperary 0-8

By Liam Hogan

Tipperary may have lost the replay of the Munster Football final at Cusack Park Ennis last Saturday but they can in now way be disappointed with a rousing display against the might of the Kingdom.

No doubt this Kerry team were mighty relived to have escaped as they were in for a dog fight with this tenacious Tipp side. Tipp had lost of possession in the first twenty five minutes but two points from Conor Sweeney through frees was not enough in return for a Kerry side that never allowed any freedom of movement to the Tipp boys who were stifled by the concession of many frees.

The bright side of Kerry’s display was set by tar midfielder Wayne Guthrie whose fielding was a joy to watch. As a result the Kingdom, also helped by a stiff breeze, held a 0-5 to 0-1 lead by the 19th minute with the ability to convert chances in front of goal ensuring that a seven-point lead at the break, 0-9 to 0-2.

Moments after the re-start a legitimate claim for a foul on one of their Tipp attackers in front of the Kerry goal went unheeded and a subsequent Kerry defensive move ended up as a well taken goal by man-of-the-match Barry John Walsh at the other end.It sealed victory for Kerry and even though the Premier County boys proved competitive until the end, Kerry had too much in the tank. Tipp, to their credit, never gave up with great displays by Christopher Sheehan, Robert Kiely, Alan Moloney and Pater Acheson, the premier side kept their opponents scoreless for a 15-minute period.

Now Tipp will meet the losers of the Leinster final Meath or Offaly on the weekend August nine.

Scorers — Kerry: BJ Walsh 2-4 (0-4f 1-0 pen), J O’Donoghue 0-4, C Tobin (f), W Guthrie, D Casey, M T O’Sullivan 0-1 each. Tipperary: C Sweeney 0-6 (4f), P Acheson (45), D Lowry 0-1 each

Kerry: B Kelly; P Reidy, B Shanahan, F Fitzgerald; P Crowley, J Lyne, M Hickey; J O’Sullivan, W Guthrie; D Casey, MT O’Sullivan, C Tobin; J O’Donoghue, BJ Walsh, P Geaney. Subs: BJ Keane for Geaney (42), B O’Mahony for Reidy (50), N O’Shea for Tobin (55),C Moriarty for J O’Sullivan (58)

Tipperary: J English; E Fitzpatrick, K O’Riordan, S Russell; C Sheehan, R Kiely, C Walsh; P Acheson, A Moloney; D Lowry, G Ryan, P Horan McGrath; C Sweeney, D McGrath, M O’Dwyer. Subs: T Hanley for Horan (35), D Heffernan for O’Riordan (42), L Treacy for McGrath (49), S Boland for Walsh (58), D Bourke for Lowry (58).

Referee: M Meade (Limerick).

Tipp have won 5 times against Kerry:

3-8-30 1st rd proper Tipperary 2-5 Kerry 2-4 Mallow

29-7-34 Final replay Tipperary 2-3 Kerry 0-5 Dungarvan

21-8-55 Final replay Tipperary 0-9 Kerry 1-5 Semple

01-7-84 Final Tipperary 2-3 Kerry 0-8 Killarney

2-3-2002 1st rd round robin Tipperary 2-11 Kerry 2-9 Killarney

Tipperary have played 16 Munster Finals in total winning 5:

Against Kerry Tipp have played 12 deciders, won 3, drawn 3, and Kerry lead 6-3:

09-8-31 Final Tipperary 0-7 Kerry 3-6 Tralee

15-7-34 Final draw Tipperary 2-3 Kerry 2-3 Clonmel

29-7-34 Final replay Tipperary 2-3 Kerry 0-5 Dungarvan

26-7-36 Final Tipperary 1-2 Kerry 1-5 Limerick

27-4-46 Final Tipperary 0-2 Kerry 4-17 Tralee

24-7-55 Final draw Tipperary 0-9 Kerry 1-6 Killarney

21-8-55 Final replay Tipperary 0-9 Kerry 1-5 Semple

01-7-84 Final Tipperary 2-3 Kerry 0-8 Killarney

02-7-02 Final Tipperary 1-7 Kerry 3-16 Semple

09-7-06 Final Tipperary 0-8 Kerry 1-13 Killarney

6-7-08 Final Tipperary 1-9 Kerry 1-9 P. Ui Caoimh

12-7-08 Final Replay Tipperary 0-8 Kerry 2-12 Ennis

Four Minor Football Finals v Cork

Tipperary came up against Cork in four finals and it stands at 2-2:

21-7-35 Final Tipperary 3-5 Cork 0-4 Fermoy

17-7-83 Final Tipperary 1-5 Cork 1-11 P.Ui Caoimh

18-7-93 Final Tipperary 2-7 Cork 2-15 Semple

23-7-95 Final Tipperary 2-6 Cork 0-10 Killarney

Tipperary v Kerry Meetings Through the Decades:

1960’s

Five meetings. Kerry won all five in 1960, 65, 67, 68 and 69. But it was the 1967 semi-final meeting in Fermoy which resulted in a two point win for Kerry, 4-10 to 3-11, which gave reason for hope in the future.

10-7-60: S-Final Tipperary 2-7 Kerry 4-8 Clonmel

07-7-65: S-Final Tipperary 0-4 Kerry 1-15 Ballylongford

04-7-67: S-Final Tipperary 3-11 Kerry 4-10 Tipperary

05-7-68: S-Final Tipperary 1-8 Kerry 2-13 Tipperary

02-7-69: S-Final Tipperary 0-3 Kerry 3-14 Clonmel

1970’s

Tipp and Kerry met six times with the 1973 clash resulting in a replay. Their meetings occurred in 1971, 72, 73 (plus replay) 75 and 78.

07-7-71: S-Final Tipperary 2-1 Kerry 2-16 Fermoy

30-6-72: S-Final Tipperary 2-7 Kerry 2-12 Fermoy

06-7-73: S-Final Tipperary 2-7 Kerry 0-13 Clonmel a draw

11-7-73: Replay Tipperary 0-5 Kerry 0-14 Listowel

26-7-75: S-Final Tipperary 0-5 Kerry 6-23 Clonmel

24-5-78: S-Final Tipperary 1-7 Kerry 1-13 Miltown

1980’s

The teams met four times and Kerry won in 1980, 81, and 86 with Tipp winning the Munster final in 84.

16-5-80:S-Final Tipperary 3-9 Kerry 4-8 Clonmel

10-7-81: S-Final Tipperary 1-3 Kerry 2-13 Kilorglin

01-7-84: Final Tipperary 2-3 Kerry 0-8 Killarney

25-4-86: 1st Rd Tipperary 0-5 Kerry 1-4 Clonmel

1990’s

The sides met three times each resulting in Kerry wins.

1990- May 2 Tipperary 2-5 Kerry 2-12 Castleisland

1991: Jul 11 Tipperary 1-5 Kerry 1-10 Clonmel

1992: May 13 Tipperary 1-5 Kerry 1-15 Beauford

2000’s

Tipperary Meetings V Kerry 2000 to 2009

2-3-02 Round Robin Tipperary 2-11 Kerry 2-9 Killarney

2-7-02 Final Tipperary 1-7 Kerry 3-16 Semple

01-3-03 Rd Robin Tipperary 1-7 Kerry 2-13 Kilmallock

01-7-04 Semi Tipperary 1-5 Kerry 1-13 Limerick

27-4-06 1st Rd Tipperary 2-7 Kerry 2-10

9-7-06 Final Tipperary 0-8 Kerry 1-13 Killarney

11-4-07 1st Rd Tipperary 0-10 Kerry 3-7 Limerick

03-7-08 Final Tipperary 1-9 Kerry 1-9 P. Ui Caoimh

09-7-08 final Rep Tipperary 0-9 Kerry 2-10 Cusck Pk Enni

16-4-09: 1st Rd Tipperary 1-6 Kerry 1-11 Semple stadium

Tipperary Minor Football in the past two Decades : Full list of Results 1990 to 2009

For the Nineties Tipp played 21, Won 6, Drew 3, Lost 12 = 35% success.

02-5-90: Q- Final- Tipperary 2-5 Kerry 2-12 Castleisland

11-7-91: S- Final- Tipperary 1-5 Kerry 1-10 Clonmel

13-5-92: Q- Final- Tipperary 1-5 Kerry 1-15 Beauford

06/5/93: Q-Final- Tipperary 1-13 Waterford 0-7 Clonmel

07/7/93: S- Final- Tipperary 1-13 Limerick 1-6 Clonmel

18/7/93: Final- Tipperary 2-7 Cork 2-13 Semple Stadium

11/5/94: Q- Final- Tipperary 0-6 Waterford 1-6 Stradbally

13/7/95: S- Final Tipperary 0-9 Waterford 1-6 Semple Stadium

16/7/95: Replay Tipperary 1-9 Waterford 0-8 Dungarvan

23/7/95: Final Tipperary 2-6 Cork 0-10 Killarney

24/4/96: Q-Final Tipperary 1-4 Cork 2-18 P. Ui Rinn

09/4/97: Rd Robin Tipperary 0-6 Clare 2-12 Limerick

17/4/97: Rd Robin Tipperary 3-5 Limerick 1-11 Newcastlewest

30/4/97: Rd Robin Tipperary 2-16 Waterford 1-4 Clonmel

18/597: R.R. Final Tipperary 3-7 Limerick 3-9 Clonmel

15/4/98: Rd Robin Tipperary 1-8 Limerick 0-17 Limerick

23/4/98: Rd Robin Tipperary 1-12 Waterford 2-9 Dungarvan

6/5/98: Rd Robin Tipperary 1-8 Clare 2-7 Limerick

15/4/99: Rd Robin Tipperary 2-10 Limerick 1-8 Semple Stadium

22/4/99: Rd Robin Tipperary 1-5 Clare 4-9 Kilmallock

5/5/99: Rd Robin Tipperary 1-10 Waterford 2-8 Semple Stadium

2000’s

For the Decade 2000- 2009: Played 42, Won 17, Drew 4, Lost 21 = 44%

12-4-00: Rd Robin Tipperary 2-5 Limerick 2-16 Limerick

20-4-00: Rd Robin Tipperary 1-6 Waterford 5-9 Dungarvan

03-5-00: Rd Robin Tipperary 2-7 Clare 1-13 Limerick

04-4-01: Rd Robin Tipperary 0-12 Clare 0-3 Bruff

10-4-01: Rd Robin Tipperary 1-5 Limerick 0-9 Fermoy

02-5-01: Rd Robin Tipperary 2-8 Waterford 2-8 Fermoy

12-5-01: Play-off Tipperary 1-9 Limerick 0-10 Fermoy

16-5-01: R.R. Final Tipperary 0-9 Waterford 2-6 Fermoy

05-7-01: S-Final Tipperary 0-8 Cork 0-10 Limerick

02-3-02: Rd Robin Tipperary 2-11 Kerry 2-9 Kilmallock

16-3-02: Rd Robin Tipperary 0-13 Cork 0-13 Kilmallock

30-3-02: Rd Robin Tipperary 0-10 Limerick 0-7 Fermoy

04-4-02: Rd Robin Tipperary 1-12 Clare 3-9 Bruff

17-4-02: Rd Robin Tipperary 3-14 Waterford 2-6 Fermoy

04-7-02: Mun S-F Tipperary 1-8 Limerick 2-4 Fermoy

02-7-02: Final Tipperary 1-7 Kerry 3-16 Semple Stadium

01-3-03: Rd Robin Tipperary 1-7 Kerry 2-13 Kilmallock

08-3-03: Rd Robin Tipperary 2-9 Cork 1-9 Ballyagran

15-3-03: Rd Robin Tipperary 2-6 Limerick 2-5 Fermoy

29-3-03: Rd Robin Tipperary 1-10 Clare 4-9 Claughaun

16-4-03: Rd Robin Tipperary 2-15 Waterford 1-3 Fermoy

03-7-03: Semi F Tipperary 0-8 Cork 2-18 Kilmallock

31-3-04: Q-Final Tipperary 1-12 Limerick 0-6 Fermoy

01-7-04: Semi Tipperary 1-5 Kerry 1-13 Gaelic Grounds

06-4-05: Q-Final Tipperary 7-12 Waterford 1-1 Fermoy

29-6-05: S-Final Tipperary 0-7 Cork 3-14 Gaelic Grounds

27-4-06: 1st Rd Tipperary 2-7 Kerry 2-10 Newcastlewest

10-5-06: Losers Tipperary 0-11 Clare 1-7 Gaelic Grounds

29-6-06: S- Final Tipperary 2-7 Cork 2-6 Gaelic Grounds

09-7-06: Final Tipperary 0-8 Kerry 1-13 Killarney

11-4-07: 1st Rd Tipperary 0-10 Kerry 3-7 Gaelic Grounds

18-4-07: Losers Tipperary 2-5 Clare 0-11 Gaelic Grounds

21-4-07: Replay Tipperary 2-11 Clare 0-13 Kilmallock

25-4-07: Losers Final Tipperary 1-12 Waterford 0-8 Fermoy

09-5-07: S-Final Tipperary 0-5 Cork 1-9 Kilmallock

16-4-08: 1st Rd Tipperary 3-9 Waterford 0-8 Dungarvan

14-5-08: Mun S-F Tipperary 2-8 Limerick 0-9 Semple Stadium

03-7-08: Final Tipperary 1-9 Kerry 1-9 P. Ui Caoimh

09-7-08: Final Rep Tipperary 0-9 Kerry 2-10 Cusack Pk Ennis

16-4-09: 1st Rd Tipperary 1-6 Kerry 1-11 Semple Stadium

25-4-09: Losers final Tipperary 1-15 Waterford 0-6 Semple Stadium

13-5-09: S-Final Tipperary 0-13 Cork 0-10 P. Ui Caoimh a.e.t.

N.B For the past three seasons 2007-09: Tipp played 12, Won 6, Drew 2, Lost 4 = 58%

Roll of Honour

Kerry top the Munster Minor Football roll of honour with 40 titles and are the defending champion.
Tipperary have won 5 titles to date, the last one in 1995.

Munster Minor Football Championship Roll of Honour

Press Pack Munster Minor Football 2009

Management

Manager: David Power (Kilsheelan/Kilcash) 086-3386350

Coach: Liam Cronin (Moyle Rovers)

Selectors: Pat Murphy (Kilruane McDonagh), Fergal McDonnell (J. K. Brackens), Kevin Hally (Rockwell Rovers)

Trainer: Christopher Ryan (Kilsheelan/Kilcash)

Paths to the Final

Tipperary

Munster MFC First Round: 16/4/09Tipperary 1- 6 Kerry 1-11- at Semple Stadium

Losers Final: 25/4/-09 –Tipperary 1-15 Waterford 0-6 -at Semple Stadium

Munster Semi Final: 14 May 2009: Tipperary 0-13 Cork 0-10 a.e.t – at Pairc Ui Caoimh

For 2-34 Against 1-30

Kerry

Munster MFC First Round: 16/4/09Kerry 1-11 Tipperary 1- 6 – at Semple Stadium

Munster Semi-Final: 14 May 2009 Kerry 2-10 Clare 1-4 at Austin Stack Park

For 3-21 Against 2-10

Tipperary Team Appearances in numbers -Subs appearances in brackets

Twenty five players made an appearance in the three games so far. Twenty of them made the starting line up with eleven gaining starting positions in three games.

1 Aaron Wall (Cahir)  3

2 Paddy Dalton (Arravale Rovers)  3

3 Jonathon Ryan (Ardfinnan)  3

4 Graham Quinn (Clonmel Og)  3

5 Luke Murphy (Ballylooby/Castlegrace)  3

6 Gerard Mulhair (Arravale Rovers) Captain 3

7 Darragh Dwyer (Moyle Rovers)  3

8 Eddie Kendrick (Cahir)  2 (1)

9 Jack Lonergan (Moyle Rovers)  3

10 Thomas Hill (Moyle Rovers)  2 (1)

11 Ross McGrath (Newport)  3

12 Roger Peters (Cahir)  3

13 Michael Ivors (Ballingarry)  1

14 Liam Treacy (Loughmore/Castleiney)  2 (1)

15 Billy Hewitt (Ardfinnan)  3

16 Shane Foley (Moyle Rovers)  (1)

17 Eoin Fitzpatrick (J. K. Brackens)  1

18 Sean O’Meara (Arravale Rovers)  2 (1)

19 Eoin Kent (Ballina)  1 (2)

20 Aldo Matassa (Clonmel Commercials)  1 (2)

21 Johnny McMahon (Inane Rovers)  1 (2)

22 Shane Power (Clonmel Commercials)  (1)

23 Brian Lowry (Arravale Rovers) (1)

24 John Ryan (Borris-Ileigh0 (1)

25 Brian O’Hara (1)

Scorers:

Jonathon McMahon 1-8 (6f); Billy Hewitt 1-5 (1f); Ross McGrath 0-6 (1f); Roger Peters0-5 (3f, 1=45); Liam Treacy 0-5 (3f); Tomas Hill 0-2; Jack Lonergan and Luke Murphy 0-1 each.

KERRY Appearances–

Paul Sullivan 2

Padraig O’Connor 1 (1)

Philip Galvin 2

Niall Fitzgerald 2

Danny Wrenn 2

Jeremiah Hoare 2

Michael Finnegan 2

Shane Carroll 2

Max Thiemann 1

Jack Sherwood 2

Damien Kelly 2

Michael Brennan 2

Niall O’Shea 2

Eanna O’Connor 2

Donal O’Sullivan 2

Matthew Galvin 1

Mark Griffin (2)

Kieran Doona (1)

Ian Galvin 1 (1)

Mark Reen (2)

Kieran Hurley (2)
J O Sullivan (1)

Kerry Scorers:

Eanna O’Connor 2-7; Donal O’Sullivan 0-5; Shane Carroll and Niall O’Shea 0-3 each; Jack Sherwood, Michael Brennan and Mark Reen 0-1 each.

Match Track

Munster MFC First Round: 16 April 2009

Tipperary lose opening round game to O’Connor inspired Kingdom

Kerry 1-11 Tipperary 1-6


Eanna O’Connor maintained his rich vein of form when scoring 1-5 for holders Kerry in last night’s ESB Munster MFC first round win over Tipperary at Semple Stadium.

Fresh from scoring a last-gasp winning goal for Colaiste na Sceilge in last Saturday’s Hogan Cup final against St. Mary’s, Edenderry, the son of Kerry senior boss Jack O’Connor was once again in scintillating form as the Kingdom cruised into the semi-finals.

O’Shea, along with fellow full forwards Niall O’Shea and Donal O’Sullivan, scored their side’s combined first half total as the visitors took a 1-7 to 0-4 lead into the interval.

Tipperary scored just 1-1 from play over the 60 minutes with their goal coming from substitute Johnny McMahon in injury-time. Kerry paraded seven of Colaiste Na Sceilge’s All-Ireland Colleges winning side over the hour, and they showed no ill-effects as they advanced to a semi-final on May 13.

KERRY – P Sullivan; P O’Connor, P Galvin, N Fitzgerald; D Wrenn, J Hoare, M Finnegan; S Carroll 0-1, M Thiemann; J Sherwood, D Kelly, M Brennan; N O’Shea 0-2, E O’Connor 1-5, D O’Sullivan 0-3. Subs – M Griffin for P O’Connor, K Doona for Thiemann, I Galvin for Brennan, M Reen for E O’Connor, K Hurley for Kelly.

Tipperary: Aaron Wall (Cahir); Eoin Fitzpatrick (JK Brackens), Jonathan Ryan (Ardfinnan), Paddy Dalton (Arravale Rovers); Darragh Dwyer (Moyle Rovers), Graham Quinn (Clonmel Óg), Luke Murphy (Ballylooby/Castlegrace); Sean O’Meara (Arravale Rovers), Eoin Kent (Ballina); Ross McGrath (Newport) (0-1), Liam Treacy (Loughmore-Castleiney) (0-3), Roger Peters (Cahir); Gerard Mulhaire (Arravale Rovers), Jack Lonergan (Moyle Rovers), Billy Hewitt (Ardfinnan) (0-1). Subs: Jonathan McMahon (Inane Rovers) (1-1) for Kent (23); Thomas Hill (Moyle Rovers) for Peters (42); Bryan Lowry (Arravale Rovers) for Hewitt (42); Aldo Matassa (Clonmel Commercials) for Fitzpatrick (53).


Ref – Richard Moloney (Limerick)

Munster MFC Semi Final: Kerry see off wasteful Banner

14 May 2009

Kerry 2-10 Clare 1-4
An own goal by Clare wing back Seanie Malone early in the second half helped Kerry on their way to a flattering nine-point win in this ESB Munster MFC semi-final clash at Austin Stack Park.

The visitors, who opened the scoring through Cathal McInerney in the 10th minute, enjoyed the lion’s share of possession in the first half, but over-elaboration and wasteful finishing cost them dearly as Kerry went into the break ahead by 0-5 to 0-4.

Clare were still trailing by a point when disaster struck in the 34th minute when Kerry centre back Jeremy Hoare’s fisted effort rebounded off the post, only to hit the luckless Malone and cannon into the net.

The Kingdom then took control with points from Eanna O’Connor, Donal O’Sullivan and Michael Brennan, but Clare were handed a lifeline when Conor Ryan netted in the 47th minute. However, Kerry were not to be denied and a 56th minute goal from O’Connor sealed their place in the final against Tipperary for the second year-in-a-row.

Kerry – P O’Sullivan; M Galvin, P Galvin, N Fitzgerald; M Finnegan, J Hoare, D Wren; S Carroll 0-2, D Doody; I Galvin, J Sherwood 0-1, M Brennan 0-1; N O’Shea 0-1, E O’Connor 1-2, D O’Sullivan 0-2. Subs – K Hurley for I Galvin, J O’Sullivan for D Doody, M Griffin for M Finnegan, P O’Connor for D Wren, M Reen 0-1 for J Sherwood.

Clare – W Deloughhrey; M O’Connor, Sean Brennan, G Johnson; S Collins, E Malone, S Malone; K O’Connor, Shane Brennan; D Sexton 0-1, C Ryan 1-0, S Tierney; C McInerney 0-3, E Finucane, C Nolan. Subs: M Malone for C Nolan, S Lynch for E Finnucane, C King for S Tierney, E Fitzgerald for S Brennan, D O’Neill for C Ryan.

Ref – D O’Mahony (Tipperary ).

Losers Final 25-4-09: Tipperary 1-15 Waterford 0-6 at Semple Stadium

TIPPERARY enjoyed a comprehensive 12-point victory over Waterford at Semple Stadium last night to revive their dreams of ESB Munster minor football championship glory.

Last year’s beaten finalists bounced back from their quarter-final reverse against holders Kerry to book a semi-final showdown with Cork on May 13.

Tipp were far too good for a disappointing Waterford in last night’s semi-final play off at Semple Stadium, a game played out in front of less than 200 spectators.

Billy Hewitt’s goal five minutes before half-time helped Tipp to lead by 1-8 to 0-2 at the break and toothless Waterford never looked like launching a second half fightback.

Tipp had managed just 1-1 from play against the Kingdom but this was a much improved attacking display as 1-8 was registered with five of the six starting forwards on target.

In contrast, Waterford scored just three points from play in the entire game and their night was summed up when Sam Lawless blasted over the crossbar from close range with just Aaron Wall to beat eleven minutes after half-time.

Wall did well twice in the first half to deny first Ian Galgaly and later Paul Whyte with good saves.

TIPPERARY: Aaron Wall; Graham Quinn, Jonathon Ryan, Paddy Dalton; Gerard Mulhaire, Darragh Dwyer, Luke Murphy; Jack Lonergan (0-1), Sean O’Meara; Thomas Hill (0-1), Ross McGrath (0-2), Rogers Peters (0-3, 2f); Aldo Matassa, Jonathon McMahon (0-6, 5f), Billy Hewitt (1-1).

SUBS: Liam Treacy (0-1) for Matassa (42), E Kendrick for O’Meara (39), Eoin Kent for Lonergan (58), B O’Hara for Mulhaire (60), J Ryan for Dwyer (60).

WATERFORD: K Williams; R Buckley, R Cahill, S O’Connor; D Houlihan, C Flaherty, S Lynn; M O’Halloran, S Crotty; S Lawless (0-1), B O’Halloran (0-1), S Nolan; I Galgaly, P Whyte (0-4, 2 45s, 1f), K Moore.

SUBS: J Power for Nolan (38), T Carew for Lynn (38), K Guiry for M O’Halloran (48), J Curran for Galgaly (49), C Roche for Lawless (60 +1).

Referee: C Lane (Cork).

Munster MFC Semi Final: 4/5/09: Tipperary 0-13 Cork 0-10 a.e.t

Tipperary caused a major surprise last night when they recorded an extra-time victory over Cork in the ESB Munster MFC semi-final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

The visitors recovered from losing a five-point lead in the second half of normal time to shock Mick Slocum’s much-fancied Cork side. Tipp set out their stall early on and raced into a 0-6 to 0-0 lead after 26 minutes. The impressive Billy Hewitt accounted for three of their early points, but Cork recovered somewhat late in the half to trail by 0-2 to 0-6 at the interval.

Though Brian Hogan got the first point of the second half to reduce the deficit to three, Tipp replied with points from Roger Peters, Ross McGrath and Thomas Hill to open up a 0-8 to 0-3 lead.

However, Cork – who survived a missed penalty by Ross McGrath in the 53rd minute – fought back and Dean Brosnan equalised to force extra-time.

But three unanswered points from McGrath in the first period of extra-time gave Tipp a 0-12 to 0-9 lead, and while Ger Minihane replied for Cork, substitute Johnny McMahon had the final say for the Premier County.

Tipperary – Aaron Wall (Cahir); Paddy Dalton (Arravale Rovers), Jonathon Ryan (Ardfinnan), Graham Quinn (Clonmel Og); Daragh Dwyer Moyle Rovers), Ger Mulhair (Arravale Rovers) Capt, Luke Murphy (Ballylooby- Castlegrace) 0-1; Eddie Kendrick (Cahir), Jack Lonergan Moyle Rovers); Roger Peters (Cahir) 0-3, Ross McGrath (Newport) 0-3, Thomas Hill Moyle Rovers) 0-1; Michael Ivors (Ballingarry), Liam Treacy (Loughmore- Castleiney) 0-1, Billy Hewitt (Ardfinnan) 0-3. Subs: Shane Power (Commercials) for Treacy, Sean O’Meara (Arravale) for Lonergan, Aldo Matassa (Commercials) for Hill, Shane Foley (Moyle Rovers) for Hewitt, Billy Hewitt (Ardfinnan) for Power, Jonathon McMahon (Inane Rovers) 0-1 for Kendrick, Eoin Kent (Ballina) for McGrath.

Cork – S Mellett; D O’Donovan, D Rogers, D Cahalane; A Cronin 0-1, R O’Sullivan, W O’Mahony; E Healy, P Wiley; D Nation, J O’Rourke, D Drake 0-1; D Fitzgerald 0-1, J Dineen 0-2, B Hurley 0-2. Subs – S Downs for Rogers, S Finn 0-1 for Healy, G Minihane 0-1 for Nation, D Brosnan 0-1 for Fitzgerald, M Russell for Dineen, D Murphy for O’Sullivan, Dineen for Russell.

Ref – M Rock (Clare).

Tipperary Munster Minor Winning Teams 5

1934 – TIPPERARY: Andy Greensmith (Captain), James O’Connor, Willie Griffin, Dick Power, Mick Byrne, Hugh O’Donnell, Jimmy Hickey, Mick Lawlor, Harry McGrath, Tom Kenny, Charles Dillon, Mick Gavin, John Maher, Martin Power, Pat Blanchfield, Eamon O’Toole.

1935 – TIPPERARY: Eddy Smyth, A.Quirke, Tom Kenny, Bill Hennessy, Mick Gavin, Maurice Flynn, Eddie Mythen, Neddy O’Meara, Charles Dillon, Billy Treacy, Jimmy Hickey, Billy O’Donoghue, Harry Greensmith, Jimmy Rafferty, Dick Power (Captain)

1955 – TIPPERARY: Sean Ryan, Jerry King, Sean Condon, Patrick Burke, Sean Connolly, Tom Walsh, Sean Walsh, Philly Tobin, Liam Boland (Captain), Gus Danagher, Eddie Casey, Davy Stapleton, Jack Connors, John Ferris, Mick Moroney.

1984 – TIPPERARY: Ger Enright, David Walsh, Richie Quirke, David Williams, John Owens, Frank Howlin (Captain), Michael Holland, Brian Burke, Gerry Ryan, Michael Goonan, Jim O’Meara, Kevin Farrelly, John Hackett, Anthony Crosse, Thomas Sheehan.
Sub: Derek Pyke.

1995 – TIPPERARY: Paul Fitzgerald, Brendan McKeogh, Niall Kelly, Mark Cummins, Thomas Keane, Ben Walsh, Brendan O’Dwyer, Paul Ormond, David Fogarty, P.J. Sweeney, Brian Maguire, Darren Owens, Terry Kearns, Mark O’Shea (Captain), Declan Browne.
Subs: Mark Ryan, Alan Fogarty.

Last Munster Final Win 1995…………….July 23

Tipperary 2-6 Cork 0-10

Tipperary Minor footballers produced a display of quality, character and self belief in overcoming hot favourites, Cork, to claim their fifth munster minor football crown at Killarney.

The majority of the official attendance 43, 375 had come early to witness Tipp grab two first half goals from wing forward, Darren Owens followed by one from a penalty through Brian Maguire to enable Tipp take 2-2 to 0-5 half time lead.

Tipp were under severe pressure in the second half as their lead was reduced to one, twice during the half. However their defence, backed by a powerful display by former Tipp player and selector, Niall Kelly, were doing enough to hold out and on full time a Declan Browne point, his third of the hour, put Tipp on the road to victory when scenes of unparalled joy from a small Tipp following greeted the final whistle.

Tipp played against a slight breeze in the first half but Cork opened the scoring though a Declan Barrett free after three minutes. Paul Fitzgerald made a good save from Joe Deane at the other end as Kieran Connolly doubled Cork’s advantage on nine.

Paul Ormond was leading the way for Tipp at midfield and with the Tipp attack gaining more ball, it was important to see them rewarded. The reward came in the form of a goal from Darren Owens who wriggled his way through the Cork cover. Brian Maguire added a point before Liam Beale replied for the rebels.

Tipp continue to enjoy plenty chances in front of goal but over elaboration meant a poor return until Declan Browne secured a point from an acute angle. The lead increased to five when Brain Maguire slotted home a penalty after Terry Kearns was fouled on twenty minutes.

Cork looked in trouble but two points, the first from wing back, Anthony Lynch followed by another from Colm Crowley brought them back in touch as the half time whistle arrived.

On the restart, Cork reduced the margin with a Derek Browne free. Ballyporeen man, David Fogarty restored Tipp’s three point advantage and Brian Maguire increased the margin with a free out near the sideline.

But Cork were far from finished and three points on the trot from Derek Barrett, Joe Deane and substitute, Timmy McCarthy put the minimum between the sides. McCarthy almost had a goal but his thundering shot came back off the Tipp crossbar. Tipp held their nerve and a point by Declan Browne stemmed the tide. A free by Barrett brought Cork within one again with five minutes on the clock. Tipp continued to hold firm as Brendan McKeogh, Niall Kelly and Mark Cummins stood the test under a lot of Cork pressure and when Browne found the posts on full time it was relief for the Tipp side.

Full time score Tipp 2-6 Cork 0-10.

SCORERS: Tipp: B Maguire 1-2 (1gl =pen and 0-1 free); D Owens 1-0; D Browne 0-3; D Fogarty 0-1.

Cork: D Barrett 0-4 (all frees); A Lynch, K Connolly, L Beale, C Crowley, T McCarthy and J Deane 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: Paul Fitzgerald (Fethard); Brendan McKeogh (Ballina), Niall Kelly (Kildangan), Mark Cummins (Arravale Rovers); Thomas Keane (Fethard), Ben Walsh (Commercials), Brendan O’Dwyer (Moyle Rovers); Paul Ormond (Loughmore-Castleiney), David Fogarty (Ballyporeen); P.J. Sweeney, Moyle Templetuohy), Brian Maguire (Latten Cullen), Darren Owens (J K Brackens); Terry Kearns (Clonmel Og), Mark O’Shea (Capt) (Aherlow), Declan Browne (Moyle Rovers).

Subs: Mark Ryan (Kickams-Rahaelty) for Kearns; Alan Fogarty (Ballyporeen) for P J Sweeney.

CORK: James O’Connell; Niall McCarthy, Shane Murphy, Brian Kidney; Donal Philpot, Sean Og O’Halpin, Anthony Lynch; Jmaes Fleming, Kieran Connolly; Alan O’Shea, Derek Barrett, Liam Beale; Colin Crowley, Austin Walsh, Joe Deane.

Subs: Nicholas Murphy for Connolly; Alan Beale for Fleming; Timmy McCarthy for Alan O’Shea.

Referee: Kevin Walsh (Clare).

Previous Encounters

Last Tipperary Win Over Kerry ….. February 2, 2002

Tipperary 2-11 Kerry 2-9

It’s not a thrill we often enjoy in a county where the caman is king.

Tipperary, enforced with six players from the North Division, beating
Kerry in the big ball game, and doing it with one hell of a comeback that
created a sensational end to this Munster Minor championship clash in Kilmallock
on Saturday last.

For so long it seemed as if it was going to be the same old story. Kerry, banging home two goals in the first half and, sprinting off into an eight point lead by the 29th minute. At that stage it looked as if tradition would hold firm. Kerry looked as if they were destined for nothing more than a training session, Tipp for a thrashing.

Tipp looked as if their race was well and truly run by half time, when they
trailed by 2-5 to 0-4. Even though they were winning as much possession
as Kerry, the attack seemed devoid of the talent needed to notch up the
necessary scores. Michael Dillon and Shane Ryan were the only ones to
pose an element of danger in an otherwise languid sextet. A tendency to
overplay the ball ruined many scoring opportunities.

In contrast, Kerry’s forwards were far more enterprising. Not least wing
forward, Damien McCarthy, whose four points alone in the first half
matched Tipp’s total tally for the period. Damien Casey’s goal from play in the
29th minute and Declan O’ Sullivan’s 17th successful penalty shot were due
reward for a team that was playing direct and intelligent football.

Even though Tipp enjoyed the advantage of a significant breeze from the
resumption, only a chronic optimist would have predicted the events that
were to unfold.

For the first twenty minutes of the second half nothing suggested that
the blue and golders could mount the kind of monumental effort required to
test the rampant Kerry men.

Shane Ryan, an inspiring and powerful full forward, did strike three
points in this period, but his efforts were cancelled out by Donnacha Walsh,
Damien McCarthy and Declan O’ Sullivan. With only eleven minutes of normal time
remaining, only a daft man would have said that Tipp would beat their
opponents who were lording it, 2-8 to 0-7.

But players, like the indefatigable Paudie Breen, never gave up trying.
The Eire Og man was a revelation throughout, dominating the midfield
exchanges. Breen’s hard work finally paid off when it resulted in Tipp’s first goal
in the 40th minute. The Nenagh man’s long delivery found corner forward
Conor O’Brien who dispatched the ball to Kilruane’s Stephen Murphy, whose
powerful volley from short range shook the back of the net.

Murphy’s score was the tonic Tipperary needed. Every member of the team
seemed to lift themselves to a new plane, beginning to play like men
inspired. The whiff of an upset was in the air, and when Michael Dillon
followed up with two points from frees the gap was down to just two
points, 2-8 to 1-9.

Colin O’ Connor attempted to put a halt to Tipperary’s gallop when he
hit back with a point, but their gallop was too powerful. Tipp’s Michael
Dillon soloed up field before dispatching the ball over the bar to narrow the
gap again to two points with a minute of normal time remaining.

Tipp fans breathed a collective sigh of relief when referee, Michael
McCann, indicated that stoppages incurred throughout the game merited four
minutes of extra time. Tipp pressed like a team possessed, and finally got their
reward bang on 34 minutes when substitute, Ian Barnes stepped up to
become hero of the day.

The Clonmel Commercials man, who had come on late in the second half for
Newport’s Vincent Murphy, gathered a ball sent in towards the full
forward line by wing back, Brendan Healy, blasting a sensational winning goal to
the net.

As if to prove that Tipperary’s resurgence was no temporary aberration,
Michael Dillon followed up with another point from a free before the end
to increase Tipperary’s advantage to two points.

Other stoppages, and what seemed like an inordinate amount of time
allowed by the referee, meant that the second half went on for forty minutes. A
dumbfounded Kerry were kept scoreless for the last fourteen minutes.

Scorers: Tipperary: Michael Dillon, 0-6, 3 frees; Shane Ryan, 0-4, 1
free; Stephen Murphy, 1-1, 0-1 free; Ian Barnes, 1-0. Kerry: Damien McCarthy,
0-5, 1 free; Declan O’ Sullivan, 1-2, 1-0 penalty and 0-1 free; Damien Casey,
1-0; Colin O’ Connor and Donnacha Walsh, 0-1 each.

Tipperary: Pat Ryan, (Ardfinnan); Robert Cremin (Burgess), Daniel Kelly
(Cappawhite), Andrew Hickey (Newport); Brendan Healy (Loughmore-Castleiney), Hugh Coughlan (Moyne Templetuohy), Philip Ryan (Arravale Rovers); Paudie Breen (Nenagh Eire Og), Paul Brennan (Loughmore-Castleiney); Alan Rockett (Carrick Swans), Michael Dillon (Fethard); Vincent Moloney (Newport); Stephen Murphy, Kilruane (Kilruane MacDonagh) Shane Ryan (Newport), Conor O’ Brien (Eire Og Annacarthy).
Sub: Ian Barnes for V. Murphy.

Kerry: Brian Sheehan; Padraig Sheehan, Paul Heaslip, Brian Sugrue;
Michael Cronin, Michael Slattery, John Brosnan; Stephen Brosnan, Declan O’
Sullivan; Patrick O’ Connell, Donnacha Walsh, Damien McCarthy; Colin O’ Connor,
Cathal McGerailt, Damien Casey. Subs: Dan Doona for D. Casey; Michael Curran
for M. Cronin; Shane O’ Sullivan for M Slattery.

Referee: Michael McCann, Clare.


Tipp minors give Kerry a fright

27 April 2006

Kerry……2-10
Tipperary…2-7

Kerry had to dig deep to get the better of a fired-up Tipperary team in the Munster minor football championship at Newcastle West on Wednesday night, April 26.

Tipp made the perfect start when David Keogh finished to the net after Kerry goalkeeper Tomas Mac an tSaoir had saved Brian Jones’ initial effort. The Kingdom had to wait until the 19th minute to open their account through Gary Sayers. Three minutes later, Paddy Curran – in his third year as a county minor – converted a penalty to put them in the driving seat.

Kerry did hit a purple patch which yielded points from David Moran, O’Driscoll, Curran and Sayers to lead by 1-6 to 1-2 at the break.

When James Doolan added a second Kerry goal in the 52nd minute, six points separated the sides. However, driven on by centre back Paddy Codd, Tipperary refused to throw in the towel and David Keogh’s second goal had the Kingdom hanging on for victory.

Scorers – Kerry: P Curran 1-2, J Doolan 1-1, G Sayers 0-3, D Moran 0-2, G O’Driscoll and E Kennedy 0-1 each. Tipperary: D Keogh 2-1, S Carey 0-3, D McCormack 0-2, T Dunne 0-1.

Munster Minor Final Meeting June 9 2006

Kerry 1-13 Tipperary 0-8

AN explosive 10-minute spell at the start of the second half saw Kerry finally overpower Tipperary to capture their first Munster minor football title in two years at Fitzgerald Stadium yesterday.

The switch of Tommy Walsh to midfield just before half time swung the game in Kerry’s favour as he assumed complete control to deliver a man of the match display.

Team captain Paddy Curran went to the forty and suddenly Kerry were a transformed side as they shredded a weaker Tipperary rearguard with power, pace and clinical finishing that settled the outcome in six minutes.

Kerry had struggled in the first half and led 0-5 to 0-4 despite playing with a strong wind and looked in trouble.

The game changed though in the opening seven minutes of the second half when Kerry scored 1-4 without reply, Gary Ayers netting for the Kingdom.

Curran and Patrick Curtin added points and by the 27th minute Kerry had raced 1-9 to 0-4 clear and the game was over a contest.

Tipp never gave up but were second best and despite a couple of Dalton frees, Kerry were just too strong and cruised to victory.

SCORERS – Kerry: P Curran 0-6 (0-3f), G Sayers 1-2, D Moran 0-2 (0-1f), G O’Driscoll, P Curtin, and J Doolan 0-1 each. Tipperary: T Dalton 0-5 (0-4f), S Carey 0-2f, M Doyle 0-1.

KERRY – T Mac an tSaoir; B Russell, S Browne, D O Se; S Enright, A Greaney, B Costello; M Moloney, G O’Driscoll; J Buckley, T Walsh, D Moran; G Sayers, P Curran, P Curtin. Subs D O’Shea for M Moloney, E Kennedy for J Buckley, J Doolan for G Sayers.

TIPPERARY – M O’Donnell; J Coghlan, D Buckley, C Aylward; B Fox, P Codd, D O’Brien; P Donnellan, T Dunne; S Carey, B Jones, S Quinlan; T Dalton, S Browne, D Keogh. Subs: C Coen for S Browne, D McCormack, P Murphy for D O’Brien, M Doyle for P Donnellan.

REF – M Condon (Waterford).

Curtin goals sink Tipp

12 April 2007 Kerry 3-7 Tipperary 0-10

A brace of first half goals from full forward Patrick Curtin helped holders Kerry to a 3-7 to 0-10 victory over Tipperary in their Munster MFC first round clash at the Gaelic Grounds on Wednesday night.

Last Year

ESB MUNSTER MINOR FOOTBALL FINAL 08

Tipperary 1-9

Kerry 1-9

By Liam Hogan

As a result of Conor Sweeney’s converted last minute free, Tipperary grabbed a draw after staging a late recovery in rain washed Pairc Ui Caoimh following an exciting minor final last Sunday.

The result means that the teams will meet in the replay next Saturday in Cusack Park, Ennis, a result that team manager, Philly Ryan was happy with

“We are delighted with the outcome, delighted with a draw. We thought we had a chance near the end. We were five points down but we knew we had the team to do it. We kept our head and our shape and we played ball and that’s what we have been doing all year, “said Philly.

The comeback was all the more remarkable as Tipp trailed Kerry by five points at half time 1-6 to 0-4 and both sides aadded two each to keep the same margin 1-8 to 0-6, with 23 minutes left. The scores dried up until a splendid goal by midfielder, Alan Moloney in the 48th minute sparked the revival. Tipp came level and six minutes remaining. A draw looked possible until Barry John Walsh got what looked like the winner with a splendid angled free out near the sideline.

Tipp raced back for the leveller and Sweeney played a captains part in forcing the sides to meet again.

This was a great performance by the Tipp side with the defence playing really well. Led by man of the match, Robert Kiely at centre back, the Tipp defence grew in confidence as the game progressed. The Arravale man had able assistance from returnee, Christophe Sheehan plus Conor Walsh on the wings. Both Alan Moloney and Peter Acheson combined well at midfield and such was the efforts from that five, that the Kerry midfield and half forward line were replaced over the hour.

Up front, Gavin Ryan was very good at centre forward while Conor Sweeney, David McGrath and Michael Dwyer had their moments.

The game itself was very stop-start, with a total of 59 frees awarded over the hour. Tipp got off to a good start with Conor Sweeney pointing after 22 seconds. Top Barry John Walsh on 1-6 (0-6 from frees) and son of former Kerry star, Sean Walsh, had the teams level on two minutes before Conor Sweeney put Tipp ahead with a twenty metre free.

Tipp showed early nerves and the Kerry side exploited their weakness with some defence splitting runs with one of those runs leading to a 10th-minute goal by Barry John Walsh when the full-forward finished a good move involving corner-forwards Paul Geaney and Cian Tobin.

Kerry stretched their lead with two more Walsh frees. Conor Sweeney then missed a 35 metre free but made up for the error, some minutes later. Barry John keane replied in similar fashion and centre forward, Mike Tim O’Sullivan edged them further ahead on 25 minutes.

Kerry sprang another enterprising move which led to another Walsh pointed free. Meanwhile, Tipp replaced Donnagh Heffernan with Eoin Fitzpatrick before the half finished on a more positive note for Tipp with Michael Dwyer getting on the scoresheet with a free.

Walsh added a free to Kerry on the restart. Tipp replied with frees from Dwyer and Sweeney before Paul Geaney put Kerry in a comfortable five point lead after 37 minutes.

An eleven minute barren spell accompanied by heavy rain, the game really came to life when Alan Moloney ghosted through the Kerry defence to goal with 11 minutes left put only two points between the sides.

Tipp then came level after points by Conor Sweeney and Michael Dwyer, but Walsh, who normally took his frees with his left boot, looked to have given Kerry the win after a brilliant free off his right boot and from out on the left wing.

However, Tipp got one more chance when a free was brought in for dissent and Sweeney made no mistake to ensure a second meeting.

The Tipperary manager suggested that his team would have liked better weather conditions and Kerry manager, and three times All-Ireland Medal winner, John Kennedy agreed.

“Conditions were poor for both teams. It was a battle. We could have won the game. There were a few chances there when we were four or five points up when we should have kicked a few points but we didn’t. Tipp got a chance to put away a goal and the imputeus grew in the last few minutes. I think a draw was a fair result in the end,” said John.

But the last word goes to Philly: “We didn’t get the victory. We were five points down at half time. We made a change before the break. Maybe we should have moved sooner. We know we are a better team but our performance, today, is a boost for Tipp football.

Man of the match, Robert Kiely (Tipperary).

SCORERS: Tipperary: C Sweeney 0-6 (0-3f), A Moloney 1-0, M Dwyer 0-3 (0-2f).

Kerry: BJ Walsh 1-6 (0-6f), MT O’Sullivan, BJ Keane (0-1f), P Geaney 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: Jack English; Donnagh Heffernan, Shane Russell, Kevin O’Riordan; Christopher Sheehan, Robert Kiely, Conor Walsh; Alan Moloney, Peter Acheson; David McGrath, Gavin Ryan, Darren Lowry; Conor Sweeney, Paul Horan, Michael Dwyer. Subs: Eoin Fitzpatrick for Heffernan (26), Thomas Hanley for Horan (35), Liam Treacy for Lowry (53).

KERRY: Brian Kelly; Padraig Reidy, Jonathan Lyne, Fionn Fitzgerald; Peter Crowley, Barry Shanahan, Maurice Hickey; Wayne Gutherie, Daithi Casey; James O’Donoghue, Mike Tim O’Sullivan, Barry John Keane; Paul Geaney, Barry John Walsh, Cian Tobin. Subs: John O’Mahony for Fitzgerald (blood, 2-4), Colm O’Shea for MT O’Sullivan, Jamie O’Sullivan for Casey (both 39), Niall O’Shea for Keane (45), Colm Moriarty for Gutherie (51), Kieran McKenna for O’Donoghue (55).

REF: Martin Collins (Cork).

Munster Minor Football Final replay 2009

Kerry 2-12

Tipperary 0-8

By Liam Hogan

Tipperary may have lost the replay of the Munster Football final at Cusack Park Ennis last Saturday but they can in now way be disappointed with a rousing display against the might of the Kingdom.

No doubt this Kerry team were mighty relived to have escaped as they were in for a dog fight with this tenacious Tipp side. Tipp had lost of possession in the first twenty five minutes but two points from Conor Sweeney through frees was not enough in return for a Kerry side that never allowed any freedom of movement to the Tipp boys who were stifled by the concession of many frees.

The bright side of Kerry’s display was set by tar midfielder Wayne Guthrie whose fielding was a joy to watch. As a result the Kingdom, also helped by a stiff breeze, held a 0-5 to 0-1 lead by the 19th minute with the ability to convert chances in front of goal ensuring that a seven-point lead at the break, 0-9 to 0-2.

Moments after the re-start a legitimate claim for a foul on one of their
Tipp attackers in front of the Kerry goal went unheeded and a subsequent
Kerry defensive move ended up as a well taken goal by man-of-the-match
Barry John Walsh at the other end.

It sealed victory for Kerry and even though the Premier County boys
proved competitive until the end, Kerry had too much in the tank.

Tipp, to their credit, never gave up with great displays by Christopher Sheehan, Robert Kiely, Alan Moloney and Pater Acheson, the premier side kept their opponents
scoreless for a 15-minute period.

Now Tipp will meet the losers of the Leinster final Meath or Offaly on the weekend August nine.

Scorers — Kerry: BJ Walsh 2-4 (0-4f 1-0 pen), J O’Donoghue 0-4, C Tobin
(f), W Guthrie, D Casey, M T O’Sullivan 0-1 each. Tipperary: C Sweeney
0-6 (4f),

P Acheson (45), D Lowry 0-1 each

Kerry: B Kelly; P Reidy, B Shanahan, F Fitzgerald; P Crowley, J Lyne, M
Hickey; J O’Sullivan, W Guthrie; D Casey, MT O’Sullivan, C Tobin; J
O’Donoghue, BJ Walsh, P Geaney. Subs: BJ Keane for Geaney (42), B
O’Mahony for Reidy (50), N O’Shea for Tobin (55),C Moriarty for J
O’Sullivan (58)

Tipperary: J English; E Fitzpatrick, K O’Riordan, S Russell; C Sheehan,
R Kiely, C Walsh; P Acheson, A Moloney; D Lowry, G Ryan, P Horan
McGrath; C Sweeney, D McGrath, M O’Dwyer. Subs: T Hanley for Horan (35),
D Heffernan for O’Riordan (42), L Treacy for McGrath (49), S Boland for
Walsh (58), D Bourke for Lowry (58).

Referee: M Meade (Limerick).

Tipp have won 5 times against Kerry:

3-8-30 1st rd proper Tipperary 2-5 Kerry 2-4 Mallow

29-7-34 Final replay Tipperary 2-3 Kerry 0-5 Dungarvan

21-8-55 Final replay Tipperary 0-9 Kerry 1-5 Semple

01-7-84 Final Tipperary 2-3 Kerry 0-8 Killarney

2-3-2002 1st rd round robin Tipperary 2-11 Kerry 2-9 Killarney

Tipperary have played 16 Munster Finals in total winning 5:

Against Kerry Tipp have played 12 deciders, won 3, drawn 3, and Kerry lead 6-3:

09-8-31 Final Tipperary 0-7 Kerry 3-6 Tralee

15-7-34 Final draw Tipperary 2-3 Kerry 2-3 Clonmel

29-7-34 Final replay Tipperary 2-3 Kerry 0-5 Dungarvan

26-7-36 Final Tipperary 1-2 Kerry 1-5 Limerick

27-4-46 Final Tipperary 0-2 Kerry 4-17 Tralee

24-7-55 Final draw Tipperary 0-9 Kerry 1-6 Killarney

21-8-55 Final replay Tipperary 0-9 Kerry 1-5 Semple

01-7-84 Final Tipperary 2-3 Kerry 0-8 Killarney

02-7-02 Final Tipperary 1-7 Kerry 3-16 Semple

09-7-06 Final Tipperary 0-8 Kerry 1-13 Killarney

6-7-08 Final Tipperary 1-9 Kerry 1-9 P. Ui Caoimh

12-7-08 Final Replay Tipperary 0-8 Kerry 2-12 Ennis

Four Minor Football Finals v Cork

Tipperary came up against Cork in four finals and it stands at 2-2:

21-7-35 Final Tipperary 3-5 Cork 0-4 Fermoy

17-7-83 Final Tipperary 1-5 Cork 1-11 P.Ui Caoimh

18-7-93 Final Tipperary 2-7 Cork 2-15 Semple

23-7-95 Final Tipperary 2-6 Cork 0-10 Killarney

Tipperary v Kerry Meetings Through the Decades:

1960’s

Five meetings. Kerry won all five in 1960, 65, 67, 68 and 69. But it was the 1967 semi-final meeting in Fermoy which resulted in a two point win for Kerry, 4-10 to 3-11, which gave reason for hope in the future.

10-7-60: S-Final Tipperary 2-7 Kerry 4-8 Clonmel

07-7-65: S-Final Tipperary 0-4 Kerry 1-15 Ballylongford

04-7-67: S-Final Tipperary 3-11 Kerry 4-10 Tipperary

05-7-68: S-Final Tipperary 1-8 Kerry 2-13 Tipperary

02-7-69: S-Final Tipperary 0-3 Kerry 3-14 Clonmel

1970’s

Tipp and Kerry met six times with the 1973 clash resulting in a replay. Their meetings occurred in 1971, 72, 73 (plus replay) 75 and 78.

07-7-71: S-Final Tipperary 2-1 Kerry 2-16 Fermoy

30-6-72: S-Final Tipperary 2-7 Kerry 2-12 Fermoy

06-7-73: S-Final Tipperary 2-7 Kerry 0-13 Clonmel a draw

11-7-73: Replay Tipperary 0-5 Kerry 0-14 Listowel

26-7-75: S-Final Tipperary 0-5 Kerry 6-23 Clonmel

24-5-78: S-Final Tipperary 1-7 Kerry 1-13 Miltown

1980’s

The teams met four times and Kerry won in 1980, 81, and 86 with Tipp winning the Munster final in 84.

16-5-80:S-Final Tipperary 3-9 Kerry 4-8 Clonmel

10-7-81: S-Final Tipperary 1-3 Kerry 2-13 Kilorglin

01-7-84: Final Tipperary 2-3 Kerry 0-8 Killarney

25-4-86: 1st Rd Tipperary 0-5 Kerry 1-4 Clonmel

1990’s

The sides met three times each resulting in Kerry wins.

1990- May 2 Tipperary 2-5 Kerry 2-12 Castleisland

1991: Jul 11 Tipperary 1-5 Kerry 1-10 Clonmel

1992: May 13 Tipperary 1-5 Kerry 1-15 Beauford

2000’S

Tipperary Meetings V Kerry 2000 to 2009

2-3-02 Round Robin Tipperary 2-11 Kerry 2-9 Killarney

2-7-02 Final Tipperary 1-7 Kerry 3-16 Semple

01-3-03 Rd Robin Tipperary 1-7 Kerry 2-13 Kilmallock

01-7-04 Semi Tipperary 1-5 Kerry 1-13 Limerick

27-4-06 1st Rd Tipperary 2-7 Kerry 2-10

9-7-06 Final Tipperary 0-8 Kerry 1-13 Killarney

11-4-07 1st Rd Tipperary 0-10 Kerry 3-7 Limerick

03-7-08 Final Tipperary 1-9 Kerry 1-9 P. Ui Caoimh

09-7-08 final Rep Tipperary 0-9 Kerry 2-10 Cusck Pk Enni

16-4-09: 1st Rd Tipperary 1-6 Kerry 1-11 Semple stadium

Tipperary Minor Football in the past two Decades : Full list of Results 1990 to 2009

For the Nineties Tipp played 21, Won 6, Drew 3, Lost 12 = 35% success.

02-5-90: Q- Final- Tipperary 2-5 Kerry 2-12 Castleisland

11-7-91: S- Final- Tipperary 1-5 Kerry 1-10 Clonmel

13-5-92: Q- Final- Tipperary 1-5 Kerry 1-15 Beauford

06/5/93: Q-Final- Tipperary 1-13 Waterford 0-7 Clonmel

07/7/93: S- Final- Tipperary 1-13 Limerick 1-6 Clonmel

18/7/93: Final- Tipperary 2-7 Cork 2-13 Semple Stadium

11/5/94: Q- Final- Tipperary 0-6 Waterford 1-6 Stradbally

13/7/95: S- Final Tipperary 0-9 Waterford 1-6 Semple Stadium

16/7/95: Replay Tipperary 1-9 Waterford 0-8 Dungarvan

23/7/95: Final Tipperary 2-6 Cork 0-10 Killarney

24/4/96: Q-Final Tipperary 1-4 Cork 2-18 P. Ui Rinn

09/4/97: Rd Robin Tipperary 0-6 Clare 2-12 Limerick

17/4/97: Rd Robin Tipperary 3-5 Limerick 1-11 Newcastlewest

30/4/97: Rd Robin Tipperary 2-16 Waterford 1-4 Clonmel

18/597: R.R. Final Tipperary 3-7 Limerick 3-9 Clonmel

15/4/98: Rd Robin Tipperary 1-8 Limerick 0-17 Limerick

23/4/98: Rd Robin Tipperary 1-12 Waterford 2-9 Dungarvan

6/5/98: Rd Robin Tipperary 1-8 Clare 2-7 Limerick

15/4/99: Rd Robin Tipperary 2-10 Limerick 1-8 Semple Stadium

22/4/99: Rd Robin Tipperary 1-5 Clare 4-9 Kilmallock

5/5/99: Rd Robin Tipperary 1-10 Waterford 2-8 Semple Stadium

2000’S

For the Decade 2000- 2009: Played 42, Won 17, Drew 4, Lost 21 = 44%

12-4-00: Rd Robin Tipperary 2-5 Limerick 2-16 Limerick

20-4-00: Rd Robin Tipperary 1-6 Waterford 5-9 Dungarvan

03-5-00: Rd Robin Tipperary 2-7 Clare 1-13 Limerick

04-4-01: Rd Robin Tipperary 0-12 Clare 0-3 Bruff

10-4-01: Rd Robin Tipperary 1-5 Limerick 0-9 Fermoy

02-5-01: Rd Robin Tipperary 2-8 Waterford 2-8 Fermoy

12-5-01: Play-off Tipperary 1-9 Limerick 0-10 Fermoy

16-5-01: R.R. Final Tipperary 0-9 Waterford 2-6 Fermoy

05-7-01: S-Final Tipperary 0-8 Cork 0-10 Limerick

02-3-02: Rd Robin Tipperary 2-11 Kerry 2-9 Kilmallock

16-3-02: Rd Robin Tipperary 0-13 Cork 0-13 Kilmallock

30-3-02: Rd Robin Tipperary 0-10 Limerick 0-7 Fermoy

04-4-02: Rd Robin Tipperary 1-12 Clare 3-9 Bruff

17-4-02: Rd Robin Tipperary 3-14 Waterford 2-6 Fermoy

04-7-02: Mun S-F Tipperary 1-8 Limerick 2-4 Fermoy

02-7-02: Final Tipperary 1-7 Kerry 3-16 Semple Stadium

01-3-03: Rd Robin Tipperary 1-7 Kerry 2-13 Kilmallock

08-3-03: Rd Robin Tipperary 2-9 Cork 1-9 Ballyagran

15-3-03: Rd Robin Tipperary 2-6 Limerick 2-5 Fermoy

29-3-03: Rd Robin Tipperary 1-10 Clare 4-9 Claughaun

16-4-03: Rd Robin Tipperary 2-15 Waterford 1-3 Fermoy

03-7-03: Semi F Tipperary 0-8 Cork 2-18 Kilmallock

31-3-04: Q-Final Tipperary 1-12 Limerick 0-6 Fermoy

01-7-04: Semi Tipperary 1-5 Kerry 1-13 Gaelic Grounds

06-4-05: Q-Final Tipperary 7-12 Waterford 1-1 Fermoy

29-6-05: S-Final Tipperary 0-7 Cork 3-14 Gaelic Grounds

27-4-06: 1st Rd Tipperary 2-7 Kerry 2-10 Newcastlewest

10-5-06: Losers Tipperary 0-11 Clare 1-7 Gaelic Grounds

29-6-06: S- Final Tipperary 2-7 Cork 2-6 Gaelic Grounds

09-7-06: Final Tipperary 0-8 Kerry 1-13 Killarney

11-4-07: 1st Rd Tipperary 0-10 Kerry 3-7 Gaelic Grounds

18-4-07: Losers Tipperary 2-5 Clare 0-11 Gaelic Grounds

21-4-07: Replay Tipperary 2-11 Clare 0-13 Kilmallock

25-4-07: Losers Final Tipperary 1-12 Waterford 0-8 Fermoy

09-5-07: S-Final Tipperary 0-5 Cork 1-9 Kilmallock

16-4-08: 1st Rd Tipperary 3-9 Waterford 0-8 Dungarvan

14-5-08: Mun S-F Tipperary 2-8 Limerick 0-9 Semple Stadium

03-7-08: Final Tipperary 1-9 Kerry 1-9 P. Ui Caoimh

09-7-08: Final Rep Tipperary 0-9 Kerry 2-10 Cusack Pk Ennis

16-4-09: 1st Rd Tipperary 1-6 Kerry 1-11 Semple Stadium

25-4-09: Losers final Tipperary 1-15 Waterford 0-6 Semple Stadium

13-5-09: S-Final Tipperary 0-13 Cork 0-10 P. Ui Caoimh a.e.t.

N.B For the past three seasons 2007-09: Tipp played 12, Won 6, Drew 2, Lost 4 = 58%

Munster Senior Football Championship Final – Cork vs. Limerick

Rebel relief as gallant Limerick rattle champs

Cork 2-6 Limerick 0-11

By Jim O’Sullivan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

GALLANT Limerick could take little comfort from the fact that they gave Cork the fright of their lives in yesterday’s GAA Munster football final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. In different circumstances, if the supposed All-Ireland contenders had not been given an early lifeline through a dubious penalty award, or wing-back Stephen Lavin had been on target with a goal attempt nearing half-time, the probability is that Mickey Ned O’Sullivan’s excellently-prepared team would have been celebrating the end of a 113-year championship hoodoo.

In the event, after Stephen Kelly had halved a two-point deficit four minutes from the full-time whistle, they still had enough possession to have gained an equaliser. And after a splendid opening 35 minutes performance – during which they almost totally outplayed the holders through the intensity of their play and the quality of their scoretaking – that would have been the very least they would have deserved instead of having to endure such a shattering defeat. Forced to line out without Anthony Lynch and John Miskella – whose combined absence was to be felt over the first 45 minutes – Cork made a confident start through a James Masters point taken with ease after a mere 45 seconds. But remarkably that was to be one of only two scores from play they got over the course of the entire half.

The explanation for that was that Limerick were winning majority possession all over the field and were moving the ball about with pace and purpose, the consequence of which was that Cork could never get their normal game functioning and were largely devoid of any attacking threat of consequence. In sharp contrast, once Limerick got over early nerves, when some efforts at scores fell short more through a deficiency in their kicking than a lack of conviction, they started to put Cork under serious pressure. Notably, midfield exchanges didn’t have much of an impact on the way the game was being played out – Limerick’s Jim O’Donovan proving the most effective ball-winner – but what was to prove hugely influential was their penetration at half-forward.

Helped by a strong half-back line in which Stephen Lavin on the right played a key role all through, leading scorer Ian Ryan not only gave terrific leadership at centre-forward, but in the process as good as negated the impact of Cork captain Graham Canty (who was to finish the half on the left wing). Ryan’s accuracy from a variety of positions – it yielded him four points – boosted the Limerick effort considerably, as did the contribution from team captain Seanie Buckley on his left. And, other than conceding a 14th minute goal, their challenge went from strength to strength. The goal came from a penalty awarded to Daniel Goulding when he appeared to fall at the precise moment he tried to get in a shot, when tackled from behind.

And while Donncha O’Connor expertly converted it, over the 70 minutes his role was minimal, showing a capacity to win some good ball in the air but brilliantly marked by John McCarthy. Goulding was the one member of the attack, other than Pearse O’Neill at periodic stages, to play well, but he didn’t maximise his return. The effect of the goal was to see Limerick’s lead wiped out when Goulding (set up by O’Connor) levelled in the 17th minute, but that marked the end of Cork’s scoring and Limerick’s confidence visibly increased as they strengthened their grip.

After O’Connor might have got a (more deserving) penalty shortly afterwards, Limerick quickly regained their lead and other than more positive defending – with Michael Shields the most effective – Cork had little to offer by way of a more positive response to a deteriorating situation. At the break they trailed 0-8 to 1-2, but more aggressive all-round play saw them lift their standard quickly on the resumption.

However, while they created as many scoring chances in a ten minute period as they had over the opening half, poor shooting left them down. At the same time, stronger pressure almost forced full-back Mark O’Riordan to give away an own goal. Nearing the three-quarters stage, the game had reached a position close to stalemate, neither side having scored (Limerick’s penetration steadily weakening) and doubts still existing about Cork’s capacity to recover. But in typical form, they quickly transformed the game, with Goulding managing in a four-minute period to match their first half-scoring total. It came after a major turnaround in their defensive capability, reflected in a vast improvement in Canty’s play, continuing good form from substitute Paudie Kissane, solid covering from Kieran O’Connor and the dominance of Shields.

The net effect of which was to neutralise the threat from Ian Ryan and Seanie Buckley and seriously undermine their challenge overall. Goulding pointed in the 51st minute, then goaled from a ball crossed by Canty which was cleverly broken down by substitute Colm O’Neill – and then finished off one of the team’s best moves of the game to put Cork back in the lead. To Limerick’s great credit, they were quickly on level terms – through Lavin – before O’Neill with a great kick and O’Connor (from a free) gave Cork a two-point advantage ten minutes from the end of normal time. It set the scene for a dramatic conclusion to the game, with Limerick getting one back in the 68th minute through the crafty Kelly, minute but being frustrated in their endeavours to save the game through powerful Cork defending.

Scorers for Cork: D Goulding, 1-3; D O’Connor, 1-1 frees; J Masters and C O’Neill, 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: I Ryan, 0-4; S Buckley, 0-3; P Ranahan, G Collins, S Lavin and S Kelly 0-1 each.

Subs: P Kissane for O’Regan, 27; C O’Neill for Masters, 50; A Walsh for Spillane, 59; P O’Flynn for Kerrigan, 61; F Goold for A O’Connor, 64.

Subs: K O’Callaghan for Joyce-Power, 34; J Stokes for O’Callaghan, 55; A Lane for Gallagher, 62; E Hogan for Browne, 65.

Referee: R Hickey (Clare)

*Attendance: 20,676 (last year – 22,784, Cork v Kerry)

 

Rebels come back for narrow win

From the GAA.ie web site

Sunday, July 5.

Cork claimed the Munster title for the second year running at Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Sunday – but not without a massive struggle against rank outsiders Limerick.

Cork 2-6 Limerick 0-11

In the end, Conor Counihan’s Rebels stuttered over the line with a point to spare, but Limerick led for much of the game and but for some wayward second-half shooting could well have won their first provincial crown since 1896. The game turned when Colm O’Neill, the star of Cork’s GAA Cadbury’s All-Ireland Under-21 success, was introduced midway through the second half. O’Neill gave Cork a physical presence in attack and played a pivotal role in Daniel Goulding’s vital goal. O’Neill struck a glorious long-range effort that levelled the game minutes later and Cork dominated the closing stages to emerge with the win.

Cork’s reputation as the team most likely to break up Kerry and Tyrone’s dominance of the All-Ireland Championship was hardly accentuated, but manager Counihan will find comfort in the fact that his players came good when it really mattered. For Limerick, they will undoubtedly be dubbed – rather patronisingly given their superb showing – gallant losers after rattling the Rebels to their core and leading the game 0-8 to 1-2 at half-time. John Galvin was outstanding in midfield for Mickey Ned O’Sullivan’s side, while the supremely talented Ian Ryan fired over four points from play in the opening half alone.

It could have been even more bleak for Cork had they not been awarded a somewhat fortuitous penalty, which Donncha O’Connor dispatched expertly to peg Limerick back after they had raced into a 0-4 to 0-1 lead. It looked like the spur the Rebels needed, but they failed to kick a single further score in the first half and it was Limerick, whose half-back line exposed some yawning gaps in the Cork armoury, who hit four more scores without reply.


Roll of Honour

 

Munster Senior Football Championship Roll of Honour

Fixture Details

SUNDAY JULY 5TH. 2009
At PAIRC UI CHAOIMH, CORK

Munster GAA Senior Football Championship FINAL
Corcaigh v Luimneach at 2.00p.m.
Reiteoir: Rory Hickey (An Clár)

Ticket Details

Tickets for the Munster Football Final are available on line since Friday morning June 19th

  • Tickets will cost €35 for adults to the covered stand, €30 for adults to the uncovered stand and €20 to the terrace.
  • Juveniles can purchase tickets for €5 to either of the stands.
  • Student terrace tickets are available through the participating county boards for €15.
  • Senior Citizens can obtain a refund of €10 on full priced stand tickets at designated turnstiles on production of valid ID prior to entering the stadium.
  • Family tickets are available at €5 per child accompanied with an adult and must be booked through the clubs in the participating Counties.
  • Group Rates – €3 per child with 1 Adult free with every 10 children. Tickets must be booked in advance through the participating County Boards.

Special Ticket Package for Munster Senior and Minor Finals

The Munster Council have put together a special package for the 2009 Munster Senior and Minor Hurling and Football Finals.  The package consists of a ticket to both the Munster football and hurling finals and is offered at €5 discount per game. For example, if someone chooses to buy a covered stand ticket for both games they will be charged €60 and not €70 if purchase separately. These special tickets will be available online from 10:00am on Thursday morning June 25th while stocks last.

To purchase Munster GAA tickets please click here

Team News

CORK (SF v Limerick) – Alan Quirke (Valley Rovers); Ray Carey (Clyda Rovers), Michael Shields (St. Finbarrs), Anthony Lynch (Naomh Aban); John Miskella (Ballincollig), Graham Canty (Bantry Blues-Capt.), Kieran O’Connor (Aghada); Alan O’Connor (St. Colms), Nicholas Murphy (Carrigaline); Paddy Kelly (Ballincollig), Pearse O’Neill (Aghada), Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers); Daniel Goulding (Eire Og), James Masters (Nemo Rangers), Donncha O Connor (Ballydesmond)

LIMERICK (SF v Cork) – Limerick: S Kiely; J McCarthy, S Gallagher, M O’Riordan, S Lavin, S Lucey, P Ranahan, J O’Donovan, J Galvin, P Browne, C Joyce-Power, S Buckley (Capt), G Collins, S Kelly, I Ryan

Flags

County Flags will be distributed FREE to all children at the Final.

Musical Entertainment

Music will be provided by the Band of the First Southern Brigade

Match Coverage

The match will be shown live on TV3.

Captains

Captains of Munster Final Winning Senior Football Teams will be presented to the crowd at half-time in the Senior Final.

Match Preview

Munster Football Final Preview

From the GAA.ie web site

Saturday, July 4

Cork and Limerick meet in the Munster football final for the first time since 1901, with the Rebels looking for their fourth provincial title of the decade, while the Treaty men have a slightly more modest record having failed to lift the trophy since 1896. History is against Mickey Ned O’Sullivan’s side, but they need only look to the Munster clash between the two sides last year to realise that they have the ability to pull off a massive shock. Cork used their ‘get out of jail free card’ that day and needed two late goals to escape with a win. However, that was manager Conor Counihan’s first Championship game in charge and he has completely reshaped his team since then. Although the core of the Cork team has remained unchanged, Counihan has impressed sharp observers with his eye for introducing talent that may have flown beneath the radar of some of his predecessors.

Counihan has looked beyond the traditional strongholds of Cork football and given opportunities to a host of players who may not have previously been given a chance to wear the blood and bandage. The gamble has paid off handsomely and Cork now have arguably the strongest squad in the entire Championship. Doubts over their big game mentality were all but erased with the eight-point replay win over Kerry, and admirers have been queuing up to praise the brand of football they play. It’s an all-action, aggressive style, but they now have the talent in the inside forward line to finish teams of when it really matters.

Limerick have enjoyed a slightly more underwhelming path to the final, beating Tipperary and Clare. However, the win over John Evans’ Tipperary was a brilliant confidence booster after they struggled in Allianz NFL Division Three this year. Part of Limerick’s success has been the availability of their dual players, while Stephen Kelly has returned from a broken hand just in time to take his place at full-forward. The battle between Cork full- back Michael Shields and Kelly will be key on Sunday. Cork have made just one enforced change, bringing Kieran O’Connor in at wing-back in place of the suspended Noel O’Leary. The availability of John Miskella on the other wing is a major plus as the Ballincollig clubman has enjoyed a vintage season.

Cork should prove too strong in the middle third, and if they get their tails up, players like Nicholas Murphy, Alan O’Connor and the supremely fit Pearse O’Neill could cause serious damage through the heart of the Limerick defence. Cork’s ability to counter-attack with pace from defence is their most potent weapon, and unless the wily Mickey Ned has some sort of tactical plan in store, the Rebels could run out easy winners.

Cork: A Quirke; R Carey, M Shields, A Lynch; J Miskella, G Canty, K O’Connor; A O’Connor, N Murphy; P Kelly, P O’Neill, P Kerrigan; D Goulding, J Masters, D O’Connor.

Limerick: S. Kiely; J. McCarthy, S. Gallagher, M. O’Riordan; S. Lavin, S. Lucey, P. Ranaghan; J. O’Donovan, J. Galvin; P. Browne, C. Joyce-Power, S. Buckley; G. Collins, S. Kelly, I. Ryan.