Gala Senior and Intermediate Camogie Championship – Cork vs. Tipperary

Tipperary travelled to Páirc Uí Rinn with realistic hopes of getting the win they needed, but Cork managed to edge them out with a battling two point victory, 1-13 to 0-14.

What will disappoint the Premier girls most is that they took the game to their hosts, actually led starting out the second half with the wind to their backs, but they were eventually worn down by Cork. The Cork goal came in the opening half from Emer O’Farrell following Gemma O’Connor’s hard work.

However, in what turned out to be a real test for the home side, they got the response from Cathriona Foley, Mary O’Connor and Jenny Duffy in defence. And with points from Gemma O’Connor, Rachel Moloney and Sile Burns they were back on track. Finally a long range free from Orla Cotter put enough daylight between the sides.

Tipperary, although not named on the original team started Claire Grogan and Eimear McDonnell. McDonnell was in her usual good form scoring three points, but Cork switched Rena Buckley who marked her closely in the second half. Cait Devane left her mark with six points.

Cork 1-13, E O’Farrell 1-1, G O’Connor, S Burns 0-3 each, R Moloney 0-3 (0-2f, 0-1’45), B Corkery 0-2, O Cotter 0-1

Tipperary 0-14, C Devane 0-6 (0-3f, 0-1’45),E Mc Donnell 0-3, M Shortt 0-2, C Grogan 0-2 (0-1f),J Ryan 0-1


Cork 2-9, E Watson 1-3, D Luby 1-1, M Coleman,M Regan 0-2 each, M Browne 0-1

Tipperary 2-6, N Flanagan 1-1, N Walsh 1-0,, A Mc Loughney 0-3 (0-2f), L Davis, C Johnston 0-1 each

Therese O’Callaghan,

Camogie Association PR and Media

Gala Senior Camogie Championship – Clare vs. Wexford

Wexford the Division One league champions overcame Clare (2-15 to 0-3) to finish behind Galway.

Katrina Parrock hit 1-2 while Michelle Hearne registered their second goal with Una Leacy and Kate Kelly raising white flags.

Wexford 2-15, K Parrock 1-2, M Hearne 1-0, U Jacob 0-6 (0-2f), U Leacy 0-3, K Kelly 0-2 (0-1f), R Breen, L Holohan 0-1 each

Clare 0-3, S O’Loughlin 0-2 ’45, F Lafferty 0-1

Gala Senior Camogie Championship – Galway vs. Limerick

Galway, minus some of their regular names, accounted for Limerick in Athenry, 1-16 to 0-8. Brenda Hanney netted their goal, while Aislinn Connolly and Jessica Gill claimed 11 of their points. Niamh Mulcahy scored all eight of Limerick’s tally.

Galway 1-16,, B Hanney 1-0,A Connolly 0-7 (0-4f, 0-1’45),, J Gill 0-4 f, M Dunne 0-2,N Mc Grath, N Kilkenny, L Ryan 0-1 each
Limerick 0-8, N Mulcahy 0 -8, (0-7F)

All-Ireland GAA ESB MFC Q-Final – Kerry v Roscommon

Munster champions Kerry defeated Roscommon by 3-15 to 1-17 after extra time in the ESB All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Q-Final played at Croke Park on Monday.

Hurley blasts Kerry to hard-fought win

Kerry 3-15 Roscommon 1-17 (After extra-time)

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

THREE years after their heartbreaking final reversal in Ennis, Kerry managed to enjoy some minor football cheer against Roscommon in Croke Park yesterday. In a cracking All-Ireland MFC quarter-final that took 80-odd minutes to deliver a conclusion, Kerry showed a clinical nature in finally closing out the game in extra-time. Roscommon stole into the lead in the 74th minute when Ciarán Murtagh pointed and their small band of supporters began to sense another famous coup of the Kingdom was imminent. But Kerry’s focus was unwavering and they rattled off 1-3 in the closing stages. Substitute Kieran Hurley lobbed over from the right wing and moments later the St Pat’s youngster fetched a high ball, swivelled and banging a shot to the net. Roscommon thieved a point back from Darren Clabby but Greg Gibson and Eanna O’Connor added the finishing touches with late points.

Kerry had not been strenuously tested en route to their Munster title but were thrust into genuine combat here. Roscommon asked searching questions and manager John Kennedy believed it was their strength in personnel that got Kerry over the line. “Our real strength is our panel. We sprung a lot of fellas today. Those guys are champing at the bit to get their starting place and they delivered for us.” Hurley’s late scoring salvo clearly stood out for Kerry, but Ian Galvin and Pa Joy notched points at vital stages, and Jamie O’Sullivan returned from injury to pitch in when introduced. The sharing of the scoring load was central to Kerry’s success with Eanna O’Connor, Mark Reen and Niall O’Shea all emerging as the go-to guys in attack. Eleven different players inked their names on the Kerry scoresheet and that went a long way towards booking an All-Ireland semi-final tussle against Armagh on August 23.

Roscommon shipped two points inside the opening two minutes, but after that attuned to the pace of the game and showed no sign of any hangover from last weekend’s Connacht final loss. Kerry led 0-4 to 0-2 after the opening quarter, Eanna O’Connor flighting over three points, yet Roscommon gained a strong foothold in the match from thereon. Cathal Shine switched to centre-forward and along with Daniel Qualter, he sourced plenty of possession for Roscommon. Close to goal they had a gem in Niall Kilroy, whose trickery caused problems for Kerry all day. A Colin Compton point in the 30th minute left them very much in touch at the break, only trailing 0-6 to 0-5.

Kerry got a flying start to the second half when the Roscommon defence misjudged a long ball and Mark Reen rounded keeper Naos Connaughton and prodded a shot to the net. Another Rathmore forward, Donal O’Sullivan, pointed soon after and they were 1-7 to 0-5 to the good. Roscommon’s recovery operation was marvellous. Six points were strung together in 11 minutes that left them 0-11 to 1-7 ahead. But Kerry rallied and Niall O’Shea smashed through the Rossies defence before being felled in the 51st minute. O’Shea took the resultant penalty himself and his finish was clinical to the bottom corner. That looked like wrapping it up and Shane Carroll’s point from distance in the 59th minute appeared the coup de grace as Kerry led 2-9 to 0-12. But a stunning injury-time goal by Cathal Shine rescued Roscommon and sent the match into extra-time. The additional periods were tight as the teams traded points yet Hurley’s scoring intervention settled the issue.

Scorers: Kerry: N O’Shea (1-0 pen), M Reen, K Hurley 1-1 each, E O’Connor 0-4 (0-2f), D O’Sullivan 0-2, D Kelly, S Carroll, J O’Sullivan, I Galvin, P Joy, G Gibson 0-1 each.

Roscommon: C Shine 1-1, N Kilroy 0-4, D Qualter 0-3 (0-1f), D Clabby, C Murtagh 0-2 each, S Leydon, S Oates, A Feehily (0-1f), C Compton, B Carthy 0-1 each.

KERRY: P O’Sullivan; M Galvin, P Galvin, N Fitzgerald; G Gibson, J Coffey, D Wren; S Carroll, J Sherwood; D Kelly, M Brennan, D O’Sullivan; M Reen, N O’Shea, E O’Connor.

Subs: M Griffin for Wren (35), J O’Sullivan for Kelly (38), I Galvin for Reen (49), K Hurley for O’Connor (54), M Thiemann for O’Sullivan (56), P Joy for Sherwood (60), J Walsh for Brennan (68), Sherwood for Griffin (70), O’Connor for O’Shea (79).

ROSCOMMON: N Connaughton; C Cafferkey, D Butler, P Feeney; N Daly, P Brogan, D Connellan; D Qualter, S McNulty; S Oates, S Leydon, J Carty; C Compton, C Shine, N Kilroy.

Subs: B Carthy for Leydon (inj) (11), A Feehily for Compton (44), K Donoghue for Carthy (54), D Clabby for Oates (57), C Murtagh for Feehily (67), M Sweeney for Feeney (70), Oates for Leydon (80).

Referee: Gary McCormack (Dublin)

Team News

The Kerry team for the All ireland ESB Minor Quarter Final V Roscommon is as follows:

1. Paul O’Sullivan, Pól Ó Súilleabháin

2. Matthew Galvin, Maitiú Ó Gealbháin (Ballymac)

3 .Philip Galvin, Pilib Ó Gealbháin (Ballymac)

4. Niall Fitzgerald, Niall MacGearailt (Waterville)

5. Greg Gibson, Gréagóir MacGib (Waterville)

6. James Coffey, Séamus Ó Cofaigh (Beaufort)

7. Danny Wren, Dónal MacBhrain (Tarbert)

8. Shane Carroll, Seán Ó Cearbhaill (Austin Stacks)

9. Michael Brennan, Micheál Ó Braonáin (Churchill)

10. Niall O’Shea (Captain), Niall Ó Sé (Piarsaigh na Dromada)

11. Jack Sherwood, Seán Sherwood (Firies)

12. Donal O’Sullivan, Dónal Ó Suilleabháin (Rathmore)

13. Mark Reen (Rathmore) Marc Ó Rinn

14. Damien Kelly, Damien Ó Ceallaigh (St. Michael’s/Foilmore)

15. Éanna O’Connor, Éanna Ó Concubhair (St. Michael’s/Foilmore)


16. Padraic McCarthy (Rathmore) Pádraig MacCárthaigh

17. Padraig O’Connor (Gneeveguilla)

18. Ian Galvin, Ian Ó Gealbháin (Derrynane)

19. Mark Griffin (St. Michael’s/Foilmore) Marc Ó Griofa

20. Jamie O’Sullivan (Kilcummin)

21. Max Thiemann (St. Michael’s/Foilmore) Max Thiemann

22. Pa Joy Laune Rangers

23. James Walsh Knocknagoshel

24. Kieran Hurley (St Pat’s Blennerville)

All-Ireland JFC S-Final – Cork v Louth

Cork will play Louth in the All-Ireland Junior Football Championship Semi-Final on Saturday August 8th at 3:00pm in O’Moore Park Portlaoise.

The winners will play Roscommon or London in the All-Ireland Final.

Fixture Details

08.08.2009 (Sat)

GAA Football All Ireland Junior Championship Semi Final

Portlaoise 3.00pm An Lú v Corcaigh

Referee: Michael Meade (Luimneach)

(E.T. if Necessary)

ESB GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor ‘B’ Championship Q-Final – Kerry v Kildare

Kerry will play Kildare in the ESB GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor ‘B’ Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday August 8th at 3:00pm in Austin Stack Park Tralee.

Fixture Details

ESB GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor ‘B’ Championship Quarter Final

Saturday August 8th

Tralee 3.00pm Ciarraí v Cill Dara

Referee: David Copps (Corcaigh)

(E.T. if Necessary)

All-Ireland GAA ESB MFC Q-Final – Tipperary v Mayo

Connacht champions Mayo defeated Tipperary by 3-11 to 1-8 in the ESB All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Q-Final played on Monday at Tullamore.

Corduff goal sends prolific Mayo on their way


From the Irish Independent newspaper

Tuesday August 04 2009

Mayo marched on with a comprehensive eight-point victory over Tipperary in Tullamore. While Mayo had an early goal chance when Killeen O’Connor shot against the crossbar, Tipp opened the scoring with a pointed free from Billy Hewitt on 10 minutes. Mayo got their first score two minutes later when O’Connor set up Alex Corduff who made no mistake by finding the net to bring the game to life. Ciaran Charlton added a point, with Ray Dempsey’s charges securing their second goal of the game after 21 minutes. Corduff was the provider this time as he passed to Darren Coen who found the net. A Corduff point stretched the lead to seven points before Tipperary rallied with a goal and a point. Eddie Kendrick netted from close range, before a pointed free from Hewitt reduced the deficit to just a goal. Mayo, however, got the last scores of the half with two points from Andrew Farrell to leave the half-time score at 2-4 to 1-2 in favour of the Connacht champions.

Mayo then stretched their lead to seven points early in the second half with points from O’Connor and Jack McDonnell. All Tipperary’s second-half scores came from frees, with two from McMahon still leaving five points between the teams after 42 minutes. Mayo, however, sealed their passage with their third goal five minutes later with Aidan Walsh creating the chance for O’Connor. The eight-point lead was maintained until full-time as both sides swapped four points apiece.

Scorers — Mayo: K O’Connor (0-1f), A Corduff 1-1 each; D Coen 1-0; C Charlton, A Farrell 0-2 each; A Walsh, J McDonnell, D Herbert, B Walsh 0-1 each. Tipperary: E Kendrick 1-0; B Hewitt, (4fs), J McMahon (4fs) 0-4 each.

MAYO — M Slingermann, M Walsh, K Rogers, D Gavin, M McCormack, S McDermott, C Charlton, D Kirby, A Walsh, D Coen, A Farrell, F Durkin, J McDonnell, K O’Connor, A Corduff. Subs: D Herbert for D Coen (40), J Donoghue for J McDonnell (50) K Crowe for M McCormack (55), B Walsh for F Durkin (57) J Carney for A Walsh (58).

TIPPERARY — A Wall, P Dalton, J Ryan, G Quinn, L Murphy, G Mulhair, D Dwyer, A Matassa, E Kendrick, T Hill, B Hewitt, R McGrath, R Peters, J McMahon, S Fagan (L Treacy 27m).
Subs: L Treacy for S Fagan (27), S Power for R Peters (42), M Ivors for T Hill (44), E Kent for A Matassa (53), J Carroll for G Quinn (56).

REF — E Kinsella (Laois)

Sharper Mayo prove too strong

From the Irish Times newspaper

Mayo 3-10, Tipperary 1-8

DESPITE A slow start which saw neither side able to raise a flag for the first 10 minutes Mayo surged to an eight-point win over Tipperary in this All-Ireland quarter-final tie at O’Connor Park, Tullamore yesterday.

Mayo’s sharper attack was to ultimately seal a semi-final place, two first-half goals building the platform for victory and the third, 15 minutes from time, really killing the game as a contest.

Tipperary’s main source of scoring came from frees, Billy Hewitt and Johnny McMahon sharing their eight points between them and their only score from play was a goal by Eddie Kendrick.

That came in the 21st minute just as Mayo were beginning to dominate after the opening score from Alex Durkan who found the net on 10 minutes. Five minutes later Darren Coen added a second goal as Mayo took command to lead 2-4 to 1-2 at the interval.

James McDonnell and Cillian O’Connor added two early points in the second half but the goal that effectively ended Tipperary’s interest in the championship came when Cillian O’Connor turned his marker and fired low into the net.

Mayo finished off the game in style with points from two of their substitutes, Brian Walsh and Darl Herbert, along with a second point from wing back Ciarán Charlton.

Mayo manager Ray Dempsey said after the game: “No disrespect to Tipperary but we have to step up again if we are to qualify for the final.”

MAYO: M Slingermann; M Walsh, K Rogers, D Gavin; M McCormack, S McDermott, C Charlton (0-2); D Kirby, A Walsh (0-1); D Coen (1-0), A Farrell (0-2), F Durkan; J McDonnell (0-1), C O’Connor (1-1), A Corduff (1-1). Subs: D Herbert (0-1) for Coen (40 mins), J Donoghue for McDonnell (50 mins), K Crowe for McCormack, B Walsh. (0-1) for Durkin (58 mins), J Carney for A Walsh.

TIPPERARY: A Wall; P Dalton, J Ryan, G Quinn; L Murphy, G, Mulhair, D O’Dwyer; A Matassa, E Hendrick (1-0); T Hill, B Hewitt (0-4 all frees), R McGrath; R Peters, J McMahon (0-4, all frees), S Fagan. Subs: L Treacy for Fagan (24 mins), S O’Meara for Peters (44 mins), M Ivors for Hill (45 mins), S Powers for Peters (46 mins), E Kent for Matassa (53 mins).

Referee: E Kinsella (Laois)

Mayo into minor semi-final

Monday, August 03, 2009 – 10:33 PM

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Mayo 3-11 Tipperary 1-8

A trio of goals proved vital as last year’s beaten ESB All-Ireland Minor Football Championship finalists Mayo gained a comfortable win over Tipperary in this afternoon’s quarter-final in Tullamore. It was an excellent team display from a Mayo side that had ten players on target. Thanks to goals from Alex Corduff and Darren Coen, the Connacht youngsters led by 2-2 to 0-1 in the 21st minute. The decision of Mayo manager Ray Dempsey to utilise Corduff as a third midfielder certainly reaped dividends, with the Ballina Stephenites clubman immediately making an impact in the role. Corduff cracked home the first of his side’s goals soon after. Fergal Durkin broke the ball down at midfield to Cillian O’Connor who fed Corduff and Aaron Wall was left with no chance in the Tipperary goals. This was the start of a dominant Mayo spell as they showed excellent form in front of the posts despite playing into a stiff wind.

Tipperary’s possession was limited at this stage as Mayo pressed for scores. Corduff was again involved for Mayo’s second goal, linking with McCormack before Coen slotted the ball to the net. Mayo built up a seven-point lead but this was quickly cut to three points as Tipperary enjoyed a purple patch. A 23rd-minute goal from Eddie Kendrick, following a well-timed pass from John McMahon, gave Tipperary a much-needed lift. Billy Hewitt’s second point, a minute later, left a goal between the sides, but Mayo impressed once again before the interval as a brace of Andrew Farrell points ensured a 2-4 to 1-2 interval lead. Jack McDonnell and Cillian O’Connor were impressive for the eventual winners on the restart, with O’Connor netting Mayo’s third goal as they broke 3-6 to 1-4 in front by the 47th minute. Mayo fired on all cylinders and with Tipperary relying heavily on Hewitt and McMahon for scores, the westerners held plenty in reserve to progress.

Scorers –
Mayo: A Corduff, J McDonnell 1-1 each, D Coen 1-0, C Charlton, A Farrell 0-2 each, J McDonnell, A Walsh, D Herbert, S McDermott, B Walsh 0-1 each.

Tipperary: J McMahon (0-4f), B Hewitt (0-4f) 0-4 each, E Kendrick 1-0.

Ray Dempsey refuses to get carried away

By Mike Finnerty for the Mayo News newspaper

Monday, 03 August 2009

THE few hundred supporters that paid in to watch yesterday’s All-Ireland Minor FC Quarter-Final were just leaving O’Connor Park when Ray Dempsey was asked for his thoughts.

The Mayo manager is known for his pragmatic approach and after an honest, solid, workmanlike victory, he was sticking to the script. His team will have to improve when they go to Croke Park.

“Today was all about going through to the semi-final,” he told The Mayo News. “The performance at times was very good and, at other times, it wasn’t great. We need to get a bit of consistency, but the lads have played two big games in the space of a week now, a Connacht final and an All-Ireland Quarter-Final.

“But those games should have brought the lads on a lot and they’ll relish the chance now to play Dublin or Down in the semi-final because that’s going to be another step higher.”

Mayo’s three goals were ultimately the scores that underlined the gulf in class between the teams. The first two arrived in the space of nine first half minutes while the killer-blow was applied 13 minutes from time. In between, Mayo did enough to get by.

“We manufactured goals but the most disappointing thing was that we over-elaborated in the first 15 minutes,” replied Ray Dempsey when asked about the pleasing aspects of his team’s performance.

“We didn’t keep it simple and we tried to force the issue, to take on too much. As a result there was no end product out of it.

“This team is a decent team once nobody worries about who is getting credit for playing well,” he added. “We need to work just a little bit more on that. The players have to be accountable a bit for that, they have to keep it simple and keep our game-plan intact.”

There is no doubt though that the graph is rising for this Mayo team. They hit the ground running against Galway, went about their business efficiently against Roscommon in the Connacht Final replay, and this win was another step in the right direction.

“Yeah, the lads are improving,” agreed their manager. “They’re gelling together as a team all the time and that’s what happens with minors, they get to know each other. We’ve a lot of work to do in the next month and it’s time now to see where we’re at.

“We have to improve if we’re to have a chance against Dublin or Down. That performance wouldn’t be good enough to beat either of those teams but, having said that, our lads were coming off the back of two hard games.”

So, next stop Croke Park for the team that Ray Dempsey, Kevin Beirne, Tomás O’Grady and Kevin Beirne have built over the last seven months. The sap is rising.

“The lads set out goals and ambitions at the start of the year and one of them was to get to Croke Park and perform,” said Dempsey. “That’s the opportunity we have now.”

Team News

The Tipperary team to face Mayo in the All-Ireland Minor football quarter- final at Tullamore next Monday shows three changes from the team that lost to Kerry in the Munster final at Pairc Ui Caoimh on July 5 last. Aldo Matassa takes over at midfield in place of Jack Lonergan. Johnny McMahon is promoted to full forward as is newcomer Shane Fagan to left corner forward, leaving Michael Ivors and Liam Treacy on the bench. There are some positional changes also with Billy Hewitt and Ross McGrath moving out to the half forward line while Roger Peters goes from left wing forward to top of the right.

The team is as follows.

1 Aaron Wall Cahir

2 Paddy Dalton Arravale Rovers

3 Jonathan Ryan Ardfinnan

4 Graham Quinn Clonmel Og

5 Luke Murphy Ballylooby/Castlegrace

6 Gerard Mulhair Arravale Rovers Captain

7 Darragh Dwyer Moyle Rovers

8 Aldo Matassa Clonmel Commercials

9 Eddie Kendrick Cahir

10 Thomas Hill Moyle Rovers

11 Billy Hewitt Ardfinnan

12 Ross McGrath Newport

13 Roger Peters Cahir

14 Johnny McMahon Inane Rovers

15 Shane Fagan Ardfinnan

All-Ireland IHC Semi-Final – Cork v Galway

Farrell and O’Sullivan lead way in commanding Cork display

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Cork 2-23 Galway 1-10

Monday August 10 2009

A freak 44th-minute goal from Luke Farrell proved to be the turning point as Cork cruised to a comfortable victory over Galway at O’Moore Park. Galway actually led at the interval by a point, 1-7 to 0-9, despite having trailed by a hefty deficit of 0-8 to no score after just 15 minutes. By that stage, Cork already had six different players registering a score and Maurice O’Sullivan almost made it a seventh, but his ground stroke was well stopped by Galway goalkeeper and captain Damien Howe. Senior footballer, Mark Lydon, finally got the Tribesmen off the mark in the 16th minute with a well-taken score. While Leigh Desmond responded with a pointed 65, it was all Galway from there to the end of the half, with Tom Tierney helping himself to five points, four of them frees. Substitute Martin Kelly was only on the field a matter of seconds when he goaled just prior to half-time, surprisingly giving his side the lead.

The Rahoon-Newcastle man skillfully controlled and struck without putting his hand to the sliotar, after Anthony Nash had saved brilliantly from Eamon Hyland. Three points from Desmond (free), Mark O’Sullivan and Lorcan McLoughlan helped Cork restore their lead. Then 19-year-old Farrell entered the fray and thundered into the game, scoring that unexpected goal and three points, while Mark O’Sullivan ensured the the job was finished off by adding a goal and four. Farrell’s pace proved significant throughout and after tearing through the middle, his attempted pass to Eamonn Collins eluded everyone and the sliotar trickled over the line. The points were racked up after that and Mark O’Sullivan put the exclamation mark on a fine personal display in injury time when taking a pass from the unselfish Brian Lawton before burying to the net from close range. The Rebels will now face holders Kilkenny in the All-Ireland final on August 29.

Scorers —

Cork: Mark O’Sullivan 1-5, L Farrell 1-4, L Desmond 0-5 (3f, 1 65), L McLoughlan, E Collins 0-2 each, E Dillon, B Ring, B Lawton, A Mannis(f), W Egan 0-1 each.

Galway: T Tierney 0-6 (5f), M Kelly 1-1, D O’Reilly 0-2, M Lydon 0-1.

Cork — A Nash; B Coleman, D McSweeney, B Murphy; J Carey, R Cashman, J Jordan; E Dillon, L Desmond; R O’Dwyer, Mark O’Sullivan, L McLoughlan; Maurice O’Sullivan, L Farrell, B Ring.

Subs: E Collins for Mark O’Sullivan blood (30-ht); Collins for Maurice O’Sullivan (36); A Mannix for Ring (40); J O’Leary for Dwyer (49); B Lawton for Desmond (55); W Egan for McLoughlan (60).

Galway — D Howe; P Shiel, B Lohan, P Plower; D Dunne, A Keary, M Broderick; B Daly, D McEvoy; M Lydon, T Óg Regan, JP O’Connell; D O’Reilly, T Tierney, E Hyland.

Subs: M Kelly for McEvoy (30); T Madden for Lydon (42); B Lucas for Daly (51); S Duane for O’Connell (56).

Ref — J O’Mahoney (Limerick)

All-Ireland GAA ESB MHC S-Final – Tipperary v Kilkenny

Kittens repel Tipp surge to book final date as Stapleton miss proves crucial

Kilkenny 1-21 Tipperary 2-16

By Jackie Cahill for the Irish Independent newspaper

Monday August 10 2009

CHAMPIONS Kilkenny were made to sweat by Tipperary before eventually advancing to the final on September 6. The Cats led by eight points after 15 minutes and by six at half-time, before they were pegged back midway through the second half. Tipperary had the momentum, after clawing level at 2-12 to 0-18, but Kilkenny full-forward Walter Walsh fired home a 46th-minute goal to turn the tie back in favour of the Leinster champions. Tipp hit back again to trail by just a single point in the closing minutes and were left hanging their heads when Brian Stapleton, who had hit a 44th-minute equaliser, missed a glorious opportunity to level matters once again. Buoyed by that let-off, Kilkenny worked the ball to the other end of the field and, with just seconds remaining, substitute Martin Gaffney fired over an insurance free.

There was little indication of the drama that was to come as Kilkenny roared into a 0-10 to 0-2 lead against the beaten Munster finalists midway through the first half. David Collins breathed life into a flat Tipperary challenge in the 19th minute with a cracking goal, but Kilkenny still led by 0-15 to 1-6 at half-time, having played with the breeze in the first half. Tipp’s top scorer, John O’Dwyer, netted four minutes after the half-time interval to bring Tipp within striking distance — 2-7 to 0-16 — and they were level 10 minutes later as Stapleton fired over a superb leveller from the Hogan Stand side of the field. Crucially, though, Tipp failed to get ahead and they paid the price when Liam Butler coughed up possession under pressure and Walsh tucked home a super goal at the Hill 16 end. Walsh was Kilkenny’s most dangerous attacker during the game, but all six starting forwards scored from play, as Geoff Brennan and Seán Kehoe helped themselves to five points apiece. Kilkenny will now play Galway or Waterford in the final in four weeks’ time.

Scorers —

Kilkenny: G Brennan, R Kehoe (4f) 0-5 each, W Walsh 1-2, M Gaffney (1f), R Doyle (2 ’65s) 0-2 each, C Kenny, O Walsh, C Buckley, G Aylward, C Maher 0-1 each.

Tipperary: J O’Dwyer 1-8 (0-7f), D Collins 1-1, S Curran 0-3, E Murray 0-2, B Stapleton, T Butler 0-1 each.

KILKENNY — J Power; I Duggan, W Phelan, J Lyng; L Harney, R Doyle, J Gannon; C Kenny, O Walsh; G Brennan, S Kehoe, C Buckley; G Aylward, W Walsh, C Maher. Subs: S Phelan for Gannon (42), M Gaffney for Aylward (43), J Cassin for Kehoe (58).

TIPPERARY — D McCormack; S Maher, L Butler, A Ryan; D Maher, W Ryan, J Meagher; A Hogan, B Stapleton; S Curran, T Butler, E Murray; D Collins, J O’Dwyer, A Cleere. Subs: D Butler for Cleere (41), P Heffernan for L Butler (51), M O’Brien for Collins (53), J Forde for Hogan (54).

Ref — D O’Driscoll (Limerick)

Team News

The Tipperary Minor Hurling team to play Kilkenny in the All Ireland Minor Hurling semi-final on August 9th in Croke Park has 2 changes in personnel from the team which lined out against Wexford in the quarter-final. Dan McCormack replaces injured goalkeeper Paul Ryan and Andrew Ryan comes into the team in place of Michael O’Brien.

1. Dan McCormack (Borris-Ileigh)

2. Stephen Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

3. Liam Butler (Moyne-Templetuohy)

4. Andrew Ryan (Toomevara)

5. Denis Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

6. Willie Ryan (Clonakenny)

7. John Meagher (Loughmore Castleiney)

8. Alan Hogan (Shannon Rovers)

9. Brian Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons)

10. Sean Curran (Mullinahone)

11. Thomas Butler (Clonoulty Rossmore)

12. Eanna Murray (Templederry Kenyons)

13. David Collins (Drom & Inch)

14. Ruairi Gleeson (Kildangan)

15. Adrian Cleere (Ballingarry)

KILKENNY: J Power; I Duggan, W Phelan, J Lyng; L Harney, R Doyle, J Gannon; C Kenny, O Walsh; G Brennan, S Kehoe, C Buckley; G Aylward, W Walsh, C Maher (capt).

TG4 All-Ireland Senior Ladies Football Championship – Kerry v Meath

In Nenagh, Kerry recovered from their Munster final mauling as they advanced to the All-Ireland quarter-finals with a comfortable round 2 qualifier victory over Meath.

Kerry ran out 2-19 to 0-10 winners at McDonagh Park as Debra Murphy netted the Kingdom’s two goals.

The Knockaderry was on target at the beginning and end of the first half to help establish a 2-6 to 0-8 interval advantage.

Kerry then outscored Meath by 0-13 to 0-2 in the second half to book their place in the last eight.

Sarah Houlihan claimed the player of the match award after contributing eight points.

Kerry scorers: D Murphy 2-1, S Houlihan 0-8, M O’Donoghue & P Dennehy 0-4 each, L Ní Mhuircheartaigh 0-2.

Meath scorers: E Duffy & G Nulty 0-3 each, M Sheridan 0-1, G Doherty, E Wardick & L Keenan 0-1 each