All-Ireland SHC Q-Final – Waterford v Galway

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final

Waterford defeated Galway by 1-16 to 0-18 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday in Semple Stadium Thurles.

Dream lives on for Déise

Waterford 1-16 Galway 0-18

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, July 27, 2009

NO recriminations or no excuses,” said Galway manager John McIntyre after this All-Ireland quarter-final loss in Semple Stadium yesterday. “It was there for us, we let it slip, and that will torment the team management and the players for some time to come.” He’s an honest, straight-talking guy, is John McIntyre, and in this, he was absolutely spot on. Tormented Galway will be, no doubt about that, but what excuse can there be when you’re beaten by a better team on the day? Oh there will be recriminations in the City of the Tribes, but not from within this squad, because McIntyre knows – though they failed to protect a six-point final-quarter lead yesterday, Galway were beaten in the end by a Waterford team of magnificent character, a team that simply refuses to die.

Waterford, had been expected to fade away after their All-Ireland final shellacking by Kilkenny last September. But under the promptings of manager Davy Fitzgerald they dug themselves out of that hole, had a half-decent league campaign before struggling to get past Limerick in the Munster semi-final and losing to Tipperary in the final. Twenty minutes to go yesterday and Waterford looked dead and buried and the eulogies were being prepared for guys like man-of-the-match Tony Browne, who again hurled himself to a standstill. 0-16 to 0-10 it was at that stage, Galway in the driving-seat after a five points to one scoring burst that had seen them negate a threatened Waterford comeback immediately after the break. As they had been in their previous three championship matches, three powerful performances against Kilkenny Clare and Cork respectively, Galway were hugely impressive in building up that lead with total commitment from one end of the field to the other.

John Mullane, scoring star of the year to date – and not just for Waterford – came in for particular attention. Mullane started on the edge of the square, a tactical move to test the suspect pace of stand-in Galway full-back Eugene McEntee, but that didn’t work out, and soon the flying De La Salle man was back in his more usual spot, the right corner. There, however, he ran into the buzz-saw that is Ollie Canning and was eventually forced to forage further out the field, at wing-forward. A dozen points Eoin Kelly notched for Waterford in this game, but five of those were from frees won by the flying Mullane, and he also set up another, for Seamus Prendergast. It was risk management, by Galway, conceding those frees, and for most of this game it worked a treat. Four points they led by at the break, 0-11 to 0-7, Joe Canning again doing the bulk of their scoring with six, wing-forwards Aongus Callanan (2) and Andy Smith (1) on target while Kelly had five from placed balls for the Déise. Could have been more of a lead, had Galway capitalised on a couple of goal opportunities, six wides also hurting their cause. Still, at that stage they were looking good for the win.

A couple of early points after the restart, from Kevin Moran and Eoin Kelly, gave Waterford hope, but again Galway pressed, and again it paid dividends. Three points from Joe Canning, one each from Damien Hayes and Ger Farragher, to yet another from the unerring stick of Kelly, had Galway back in control – or so it seemed – in the 50th minute, 0-16 to 0-10. There it stayed for another seven minutes, until Waterford – inspired by the introduction of the Shanahan brothers Maurice and Dan – again fought back, and four points, all from placed balls by Kelly, made it a two-point game with only five minutes remaining. Showing great resolve, Galway again stretched it out to four with points from sub Joe Gantley and Damien Hayes. But showing even greater resolve Waterford came back. Another sub was introduced, dual star Shane Walsh from Fourmilewater, and after Big Dan had used his height and weight advantage to grab a high centre, a perfect layoff to Shane was hit perfectly on the turn and the game had its only goal. We were now at 0-18 to 1-14 with two minutes of regulation time remaining plus two of added time. The tide was now turned, and Waterford were riding high. Eoin Kelly, with his 12th point, his 11th free, tied it up in the 71st minute and then came the winner.

Fittingly it fell to Mullane; a huge ground-devouring burst out of defence by Declan Prendergast, pass, an authoritative shot on the run from 65m – what a way to win an All-Ireland quarter-final! Galway had a last chance, a left-sided shot under huge pressure from wide left by Joe Canning, but it flashed across the posts. So, still very much alive, this Waterford team, but how much of a kick is left in them? Two weeks now to ready themselves for Kilkenny, again, though the word is that talisman Ken McGrath should be ready for that one. What odds on them now, however? 3/1 against yesterday, they made nonsense of that – how much life can still be left in this team?

Scorers for Waterford: E. Kelly 0-12 (0-11 frees); S. Walsh 1-0; K. Moran 0-2; J. Mullane, S. Prendergast, 0-1 each.

Scorers for Galway: J. Canning 0-9 (0-5 frees, 0-1 65); D. Hayes 0-3; A. Callanan 0-2; G. Farragher 0-2; J. Gantley, A. Smith, 0-1 each.

Subs for Waterford: M. Shanahan (Nagle 45); S. Walsh (Casey 55); D. Shanahan (Moran 65).

Subs for Galway: J. Gantley (Healy 56); K. Hayes (Donnellan 61); A. Kerins (Smith 70).

Referee: D. Kirwan (Cork)
Waterford 1-16 Galway 0-18

Report from the RTE.ie web site

Sunday, 26 July 2009 19:08

Waterford staged an amazing second-half comeback to snatch victory from Galway thanks to a John Mullane point a minute from time. There could not have been a more dramatic finish at Semple Stadium as Waterford set up a semi-final meeting with All-Ireland champions Kilkenny on 9 August. Galway looked to be cruising when they led by six points after 57 minutes of this quarter-final clash, but Déise boss Davy Fitzgerald made three key substitutions, bringing on the Shanahan brothers, Dan and Maurice, and Shane Walsh. And all three played major roles in the win which gives Fitzgerald’s men a chance to gain revenge on Kilkenny for last year’s final hammering at Croke Park. Dan Shanahan missed a goal chance but two minutes from the end, he set up Shane Walsh for a cracking goal which levelled this Thurles tie. And in the decisive play in injury-time, John Mullane scored his only point to earn a famous win against a Galway side for whom Joe Canning scored nine points – one kicked effort and the rest from placed balls. But crucially Canning fluffed a last-second chance to force extra-time when he shot wide.

At the end of a disappointing first half, the Tribesmen, recent conquerors of Cork, were four points in front (0-11 to 0-07) after dominating most of the exchanges. The highlight of the half was a kicked point by Joe Canning who also scored three points from frees and one from a sideline cut. Aonghus Callanan scored two points from play and Damien Hayes and Ger Farragher had the other two points. Waterford never got going in the opening 35 minutes and five of their points came from frees by Eoin Kelly, with Kevin Moran and Seamus Prendergast getting their only scores from play.

Both sides were unhappy with decisions by the umpires and the most controversial came with a last-second ruling wide of a doubled effort from Kelly. Backed by the breeze in the second half, Waterford began at pace and Kinvara clubman Colm Callanan made a superb save to deny Mullane a goal. But points by Kevin Moran and another Kelly free cut the deficit to two points. A pointed free by Canning settled Galway and a well-taken point by Damien Hayes restored their four-point advantage, before Canning (free) and Ger Farragher had John McIntyre’s side six in front. Eoin Kelly and Canning swapped points before Kelly had four in a row, three of them from frees, to set up a tremendously tense finale. Galway went two points in front again before Dan Shanahan plucked a high ball down and pass to the right for Walsh to bat right-handed past Callanan and into the back of the net. That priceless goal was followed by a pointed free by Kelly and with a defiant Waterford inspired by their on-field captain Stephen Molumphy, they pounced for the all-important winner when Mullane ended his scoreless streak.

Scorers: Waterford, E Kelly, 0-12, (0-11f), S Walsh, 1-0, K Moran, 0-2, S Prendergast and J Mullane, 0-1 each.

Galway: J Canning, 0-9 (0-5f, 1 ’65’), D Hayes, 0-3, G Farragher and A Callinan, 0-2 each, J Gantley, and A Smith, 0-1, each

Waterford: C Hennessy; E Murphy, D Prendergast, N Connors; T Browne, M Walsh, A Kearney; K Moran, S O’Sullivan; J Nagle, S Prendergast, S Molumphy (capt); J Mullane, E Kelly, S Casey.
Subs used: M Shanahan for Nagle, 44, S walsh for Casey, 54, D Shanahan for Moran, 63.

Galway: C Callanan; D Joyce, E McEntee, O Canning (capt); F Moore, J Lee, E Lynch; G Farragher, K Hynes; A Callanan, C Donnellan, A Smith; D Hayes, J Canning, N Healy.
Subs used: J Gantley for Healy, 55, K Hayes for Donnellan, 60 mins

Referee: Diarmuid Kirwan, (Cork)

Team News

WATERFORD (SH v Galway) — C Hennessy; E Murphy, D Prendergast, N Connors; T Browne, M Walsh, A Kearney; K Moran, S O’Sullivan; J Nagle, S Prendergast, S Molumphy; J Mullane, E Kelly, S Casey.

Galway (SH v Waterford) –

1 Colm Callanan

2 Damien Joyce

3 Eugene McEntee

4 Ollie Canning Capt

5 Fergal Moore

6 John Lee

7 Eoin Lynch

8 Ger Farragher

9 Kevin Hynes

10 Aonghus Callanan

11 Cyril Donnellan

12 Andy Smith

13 Damien Hayes

14 Joe Canning

15 Niall Healy

Match Preview

They have met eight times in the championship and Galway are still looking for their first victory over their Munster rivals. Waterford have won eight times, often by large margins. Their last clash was in 2006 when Waterford won a qualifier tie in Walsh Park. That was very close (1-25 to 2-20) unlike many of their previous clashes. Despite the championship history books, Galway will be encouraged by their win over Waterford in the National League last March when they won by 1-21 to 2-12. Joe Canning (0-9) and Cyril Donnellan 1-2 were Galway’s top scorers while Eoin Kelly scored 2-7 for Waterford.

All-Ireland SHC Q-Final – Limerick v Dublin

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final

Limerick defeated Dublin by 2-18 to 1-17 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday in Semple Stadium Thurles.

Limerick fight on as Dublin adventure ends

Limerick 2-18 Dublin 1-17

By Jim O’Sullivan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, July 27, 2009

IRRESPECTIVE of how it was accomplished, Limerick qualifying for the All-Ireland hurling semi-final after a topsy-turvy campaign was a notable achievement for Justin McCarthy and his players in Thurles yesterday. Courageous and skilful Dublin looked more than capable of victory for a long time but on the day, they were not destined to succeed under the inspired management of Anthony Daly. Ultimately, what decided a cracking contest was a strengthening Limerick challenge which was given an overdue boost by James Ryan’s long-range score in 60th minute which broke the deadlock after the teams had been level for the fifth time. And, while the outcome was to remain uncertain, Limerick opening up a gap with three superb scores from man-of-the-match Gavin O’Mahony put them in a virtually unassailable position with the clock running down.

With questions about their capability being fuelled by uncertain displays against Wexford and Laois, Limerick went into the game under a cloud. And, just as they had the previous week, they got off to a slow start, with Dublin corner-forward Liam Rushe putting the ball in the net almost from the throw-in. Notably, however, after conceding too quick scores – the second from a splendid sideline shot by midfielder Alan McCrabbe – it didn’t take them as long this time to bounce back. O’Mahony put over two points and full-forward Paudie McNamara goaled in the 15th minute. Helped to settle by stronger play in defence – with Damien Reale first to show up well in the right corner and team captain Mark Foley once more highly influential – Limerick became more vigorous in tackling and overall were more competitive. Continuing pressure from Dublin saw them make openings regularly and win frees from which McCrabbe made the most, as well as doing best at midfield until O’Mahony and Donal O’Grady found their form.

The net effect was that the game was delicately balanced with scores level a second time in the 22nd minute. Yet, Dublin were more threatening in attack, with Rushe, David O’Callaghan and David Treacy forming a strong full-forward trio. And, at the other end, the stability in defence was emphasised by a vital save by goalkeeper Gary Maguire when he denied Paudie McNamara a certain goal in the 25th minute. Nearing half-time Dublin enjoyed a three-point advantage, but Limerick were given a lifeline when Brian Murray converted a questionable 34th penalty awarded to Paul Browne to leave the interval score 1-10 to 2-7.

There was little change in the trend of the game on the resumption, with McCrabbe regaining the lead for Dublin from a free. Having trailed five times by a point until a Breen score brought the sides level for a fourth time in the 54th minute, Limerick started to dominate in defence. Stephen Lucey was stronger at full-back, Foley (now on the right), made a lot of clearances and Brian Geary was seen to best effect. But, the biggest contribution came from Seamus Hickey at left half, reserving his best form for the end. Dublin remained in contention thanks to the stubborn play of Joe Boland and captain Stephen Hiney in defence, the reliability of McCrabbe and the probing play of Rushe and O’Callaghan at the heart of their attack. However, their backs were to the wall after an O’Shaughnessy free brought Limerick level and James Ryan’s score gave them the lead for the first time.

Psychologically, that marked a breakthrough and in the concluding 10 minutes the combination of errors and inexperience proved costly for Dublin. The cumulative effect was to see them limited to a single point in the last 13 minutes and deprived at the death of a possible goal when Murray stopped a low ball from substitute Kevin Flynn. By then, Limerick had opened up a four-point gap thanks to Gavin O’Mahony’s accuracy. Considering how difficult Dublin made it for them to get scores all day, it was an impressive feat and fully deserving of a semi-final spot against Tipperary.

Scorers for Limerick: G O’Mahony 0-8 (5f, 2 sidelines, 1‘65’); A, O’Shaughnessy 0-5 (5f); J Ryan 0-4; P McNamara, B Murray (pen) 1-0 each; D Breen 0-1.

Scorers for Dublin: A McCrabbe 0-8 (7f, 1 sideline); L Rushe 1-0; D O’Callaghan 0-2; D Sweeney, L Ryan, D Treacy, M Carton, S Hiney (f), S Durkan & R O’Carroll 0-1 each.

Subs for Limerick: O Moran for W McNamara, 31; J O’Brien for Browne, 46; D Ryan for O’Shaughnessy, 72.

Subs for Dublin: S Durkan for McCaffrey, 29; K Flynn for Ryan, 49; P Carton for O’Carroll, 55; S Lambert for Sweeney, 60.

Referee: Michael Wadding (Waterford)
Limerick 2-18 Dublin 1-17

Report from the RTE.ie web site

Sunday, 26 July 2009 19:54

A superb display by Gavin O’Mahoney inspired Limerick to victory against a gallant Dublin at Thurles. O’Mahoney scored eight points, including the last three of an enthralling contest in which the sides were level at the interval thanks to a penalty with the last strike of the half for Limerick’s second goal. Dublin got off to a whirlwind start with a first-minute goal by Liam Rushe following a long-range free, which bounced in front of Limerick goalkeeper Brian Murray and Rushe got the vital touch. Alan McCrabbe scored eight points for Dublin whose lack of experience at this level told in the second half when they had a number of needless wides.

It took Limerick until the 60th minute to lead for the first time. Dublin had a dream start when Liam Rushe goaled inside 30 seconds following a long-range free from Alan McCrabbe. David Sweeney put over a superbly taken point and when Alan McCrabbe had a marvelous point from a sideline, Dublin led 1-3 to a single point for Limerick, a free by Gavin O’Mahoney. O’Mahoney pointed a second free, which was countered by a glorious point by Liam Ryan for Dublin. A third free by O’Mahoney kept Limerick in touch but Dublin continued to dominate and David Treacy put over a sweetly struck point to make it 1-5 to 0-3.

But a glorious two-minute spell for Limerick saw Paudie McNamara make a great catch from Tomas Brady and McNamara raced through to beat Garry Maguire and within a minute, James Ryan scored a point and the sides were level after seventeen minutes with yet another O’Mahony free. Dublin edged back in front with David O’Callaghan’s point, which was cancelled out by a free from Andrew O’Shaughnessy. A superb point from 65 yards by Michael Carton gave Dublin new confidence and goalkeeper Maguire made a marvelous save to deny McNamara a second Limerick goal.

McCrabbe, free, and James Ryan exchanged points before McCrabbe and substitute Shane Durcan had Dublin three points clear again. Just on half time the game took a dramatic turn. As Paul Browne bore down on the Dublin goal, he was deemed to have been hauled down and the Limerick goalkeeper cracked the penalty to the net to make it level, Limerick 2-7, Dublin 1-10 at the interval. Dublin also started the second half in style and had two points inside three minutes from McCrabbe and Stephen Hiney.

O’Mahoney’s sideline point for Limerick was cancelled out by a superb point by Ross O’Carroll and then James Ryan and McCrabbe swapped points. Andrew O’Shaughnessy, free, and David O’Callaghan exchanged points as the tempo stepped up. Limerick hit the front for the first time on the hour mark but fittingly, it was man of the match Gavin O’Mahony who turned the screw on Dublin with the last three points, a 65, a sideline and a free, to put an end to a gallant run by the Dubs.

Scorers: Limerick: G O’Mahoney, 0-8 (5 f, 2 sidelines, 1 65), A O’Shaughnessy, 0-5 (5f), J Ryan, 0-4, P McNamara, 1-1, B Murray, 1-0.

Dublin: A McCrabbe, 0-8, (7f, 1 sideline), L Rushe, 1-0, D O’Callaghan, 0-2, S Hiney, M Carton, R O’Carroll, L Ryan, D Sweeney, D Treacy, S Durcan, 0-1 each

Dublin: G Maguire; N Corcoran, T Brady, S Hiney (capt); M O’Brien, J Boland, M Carton; J McCaffrey, A McCrabbe; R O’Carroll, L Ryan, D Sweeney; D O’Callaghan, L Rushe, D Treacy.

Subs used: S Durcan for McCaffrey, 28, K Flynn for Ryan, 49, P Carton for O’Carroll, 55.

Limerick: B Murray; D Reale, S Lucey, M O’Riordan; G O’Mahony, B Geary, M Foley (capt); D O’Grady, S Hickey; J Ryan, D Breen, W McNamara; A O’Shaughnessy, P McNamara.

Subs used: O Moran for W McNamara, 31 mins

Referee, Michael Wadding (Waterford)

Team News

LIMERICK (SH v Dublin) — B Murray; D Reale, S Lucey, M O’Riordan; G O’Mahoney, B Geary, M Foley; D O’Grady, S Hickey; J Ryan, D Breen, W McNamara; A O’Shaughnessy, P McNamara, P Browne

DUBLIN (SH v Limerick) –

1 Gary Maguire

2 Niall Corcoran

3 Tomás Brady

4 Stephen Hiney

5 Maurice O’Brien

6 Joe Boland

7 Michael Carton

8 John McCaffrey

9 Alan McCrabbe

10 Ross O’Carroll

11 Liam Ryan

12 David Sweeney

13 David O’Callaghan

14 Liam Rushe

15 David Treacy

Match Preview

They have met just four times previously in the championship, the last coming in 2006 when Limerick won a qualifier tie by 2-16 to 1-13 in Limerick. Prior to that, they hadn’t met since the 1934 All-Ireland final which Limerick won in a replay.

Their last competitive clash came in the National League on March 1 last when Limerick won by 1-11 to 0-12 at the Gaelic Grounds. It was level (0-6 each) at the break but a Niall Moran goal in the second half proved crucial as Limerick edged to victory by two points. Moran scored 1-4 while Andrew O’Shaughnessy hit 0-6 (all frees) for the winners while Alan McCrabbe was Dublin’s top scorer on 0-8 (0-6 from placed balls).

Limerick are seeking to reach the All-Ireland semi-final for the second time in three seasons while Dublin last played in the All-Ireland semi-final in 1948 when they beat Antrim by 8-13 to 2-6. They later won Leinster titles in 1952 and 1961 but advanced directly to the All-Ireland final in both of those years.

Previous Championship Meetings

2006: Limerick 2-16 Dublin 1-13 (All-Ireland qualifiers)

1934: Limerick 5-2 Dublin 2-6 (All-Ireland final) Replay

1934: Limerick 2-7 Dublin 3-4 (All-Ireland final) Draw

1921: Limerick 8-5 Dublin 3-2 (All-Ireland final)

How they got here

Dublin

Kilkenny 2-18 Dublin 0-18 (Leinster final) Dublin 0-18 Wexford 1-13 (Leinster semi-final) Dublin 2-16 Antrim 0-12 (Leinster quarter-final)

Limerick

Limerick 0-20 Laois 1-14 (All-Ireland qualifiers) Limerick 1-13 Wexford 0-14 (All-Ireland qualifiers) Waterford 0-25 Limerick 0-17 (Munster semi-final) Replay Limerick 1-8 Waterford 0-11 (Munster semi-final) Draw

Limerick in All-Ireland quarter-finals

2007: Limerick 1-23 Clare 1-16

2006: Cork 0-19 Limerick 0-18

2005: Kilkenny 0-18 Limerick 0-13

2001: Wexford 4-10 Limerick 2-15

Dublin are playing in the quarter-finals for the first time.

All-Ireland SF Qualifiers Round 4 – Kerry v Antrim

All-Ireland Senior Football Qualifiers Round 4

Kerry defeated Antrim by 2-12 to 1-10 in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers on Sunday in Tullamore.

Kingdom survive another storm

Kerry 2-12 Antrim 1-10

By Brendan O’Brien for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, July 27, 2009

SO, why all the fuss? Here August comes and with it another Kerry team preparing for an All-Ireland quarter-final. Same as it ever was then, yeah? Well, yes and no. How could it, with Colm Cooper and Tomás O Sé starting on the bench? As expected, the pair were made cool their heels on the sideline after their infractions last weekend but both were eventually called on by Jack O’Connor who, despite everything, has again taken Kerry to the last eight of the championship. As expected, Antrim ran them close. The sides were level with eight minutes of normal time to play but then came Paul Galvin’s goal, Kerry’s second, and the prospect of a seismic shock subsided. The Gooch and O Sé were two-fifths of a second wave that O’Connor badly needed after a dispiriting first-half performance that ended with Kerry lucky to be just a point in arrears. Yes, they were that bad. Killian Young came in for Tomás O Sé at wing-back, to good effect, but it wasn’t so simple up front where, Cooper’s omission aside, a number of other changes were made. Tadhg Kennelly came back from injury, Darran O’Sullivan got the nod to start in the corner and Declan O’Sullivan was pushed up to the edge of the square with Tommy Walsh shuffling over to the left.

It was hardly surprising, they lacked cohesion going forward, especially in the first half when it was hard to know whether to blame ball to the forwards or the receivers’ failure to present themselves as a target. Now and then, glimpses of their capabilities emerged, as in the 12th minute when Darran O’Sullivan and Tadhg Kennelly combined to present Tommy Walsh with the space to slot a shot low to the net. Darran O’Sullivan saw a chance of a second goal rebound off keeper John Finucane two minutes later but Kerry’s form began to disintegrate from there to the half-time whistle. Two terrible frees, one from Sean O’Sullivan and another from Declan O’Sullivan that flew 15 yards wide, were symbolic of their travails and Antrim seized the opportunity. Tony Scullion kickstarted it with a goal 19 minutes in. That he should have been pulled up for steps is immaterial now and his fellow wing-back James Loughrey almost added a second four minutes from the break. That pair were pouring forward stage safe with Terry O’Neill back holding the fort.

Unfortunately for Antrim, their shooting was every bit as bad as Kerry’s general play and they must have feared the worst when they saw Cooper jogging on before the interval in place of Sean O’Sullivan. Something was needed because Kerry went 16 minutes of the first half without a score and another 10 minutes spanning both sides of the interval. This despite an almost total dominance of the midfield. It was that battleground that won them the game. By the game’s end they claimed over 71% of the game’s 35 kickouts. It was no surprise they won more frees on the restart. Another key to their improvement was Mike McCarthy who called O’Neill’s bluff playing practically as a half-forward. The Kilcummin centre-back ran riot through the centre of Antrim’s defence in the third quarter.

Cooper extracted the maximum reward for those efforts with four frees and Paul Galvin added another from play before Liam Bradley saw fit to call O’Neill to the line. O’Connor trumped that by sending in Micheal Quirke. The Kerins O’Rahillys man had saved Kerry’s bacon in Longford and he was in imperious form again for 15 minutes here. Galvin’s goal stemmed directly from the big man’s catch and quick ball forward. Michael McCann did his best to keep Antrim in business with four points in the last 15 minutes but Kerry finally discovered something resembling their old groove with four of the last five points. For Kerry, tentative signs that their worst performances may finally be behind them. That said, yesterday’s performances won’t suffice for an All-Ireland quarter-final. Not by a long shot. Theirs’ is a season that remains very much in the balance.

Scorers for Antrim: M McCann 0-4 (3f), T Scullion 1-0, P Cunningham 0-3 (2f), T McCann 0-2, C Close 0-1.

Scorers for Kerry: T Walsh 1-2, C Cooper 0-4f, P Galvin 1-2, P O’Connor 0-2f, Declan O’Sullivan 0-1, S O’Sullivan 0-1f.

Subs for Antrim: A Douglas for O’Boyle 13, C Murray for Close 50, K Brady for O’Neill 54, S Burke for Niblock 65.

Subs for Kerry: C Cooper for Sean O’Sullivan 31, T O Sé for O’Mahony 48, D Walsh for Kennelly 48, P O’Connor for Darran O’Sullivan 57, M Quirke for Scanlon 58.

Referee: J White (Donegal)

Kerry 2-12 Antrim 1-10

Report from the RTE.ie web site

Sunday, 26 July 2009 15:49

Kerry finally made it to the All-Ireland quarter-finals, but once again they were made to battle all the way by another would-be giant-killer in Antrim. Jack O’Connor still has many problems to iron out with his misfiring side, but he will have been encouraged by a much-improved second-half performance in Tullamore. Having struggled to get the better of Longford, Sligo and now Antrim, the Kingdom continue to struggle for form. Kerry struck a major blow in the 12th-minute when Tadhg Kennelly slipped a pass inside to Tommy Walsh, and the big Kerins O’Rahilly’s man drilled a low shot past John Finucane. Moments later, Finucane pulled off a brilliant save from Darran O’Sullivan, who got on the end of a sweeping move involving Paul Galvin and Declan O’Sullivan.

Declan O’Sullivan eased the Kingdom into a 1-02 to 0-01 lead, but Antrim responded with a well-worked goal, with James Loughrey making ground on the right before slipping the ball to fellow wing back Tony Scullion, who rounded goalkeeper Diarmuid Murphy before planting the ball in an empty net. Kerry went 17 minutes without scoring, during which both Sean O’Sullivan and Declan O’Sullivan were guilty of glaring misses from easy frees, prompting the introduction of Colm Cooper on the half-hour. Tommy Walsh brought the Munster men level, but Ciaran Close’s fisted point in stoppage time sent the Saffrons in with a 1-04 to 1-03 interval lead.

Cooper converted two frees to bring the sides level 10 minutes into the second half, and two minutes later regained the lead for Kerry. Mike McCarthy’s surging runs forced Antrim to concede the frees from which Cooper punished the Ulster side, but Michael McCann steered over three Antrim frees, and with 10 minutes to play, the sides were still deadlocked on 1-08 each. But the game took an irreversible twist in the Kingdom’s favour when Michael Quirke fetched at midfield, and Donnacha Walsh sent Galvin in to finish to the net from close range. It was all over for brave Antrim, and Kerry finished the job off with a string of points from Paul O’Connor and Galvin.

Kerry: D Murphy, M O Se, T Griffin, T O’Sullivan, K Young, M McCarthy, A O’Mahony, D O Se, S Scanlon, P Galvin (1-2), T Kennelly, Darren O’Sullivan, T Walsh (1-2), Declan O’Sullivan (0-1), S O’Sullivan (0-1, f).

Subs: C Cooper (0-4, 4f) for S O’Sullivan (30), T O Se for O’Mahony (43), D Walsh for Kennelly (43), P O’Connor (0-2, 2f) for Darran O’Sullivan (56), M Quirke for Scanlon (58)

Antrim: J Finucane, C Brady, A McClean, K O’Boyle, T Scullion (1-0), J Crozier, J Loughrey, M McCann (0-4, 3f), A Gallagher, T O’Neill, C Close (0-1), N McKeever, P Cunningham (0-3, 2f), K Niblock, T McCann (0-2).

Subs: A Douglas for O’Boyle (13), C Murray for Close (49), K Brady for O’Neill (53), S Burke for Niblock (64)

Referee: J White (Donegal)

Match Preview

This will be only the third game between Antrim and Kerry in championship history.

They last met in the 1946 All-Ireland semi-final when Kerry won by 2-7 to 0-10.

Antrim won their first meeting back in 1912, beating Kerry by 3-5 to 0-2 in an All- Ireland semi-final, played at Jones’s Road which now houses Croke Park.

2009 Championship

Antrim 1-10 Donegal 0-12

Antrim 0-13 Cavan 1-7

Tyrone 1-18 Antrim 0-15 (Ulster final)

Cork 1-10 Kerry 0-13 (draw)

Cork 1-17 Kerry 0-12 (replay)

Kerry 1-12 Longford 0-11

Kerry 0-14 Sligo 1-10