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

GALA INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP

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 SF Qualifiers Round 4 – Limerick v Meath

Meath 1-13 2-09 Limerick

Saturday, 1 August 2009 20:55

Report from the RTE.ie web site

Meath set up an All-Ireland SFC quarter-final clash with Mayo, thanks to the narrowest of Qualifier wins over Limerick at Portlaoise. The Royals appeared to be cruising to a comfortable win when they led by six points at the beginning of the final quarter. But in front of a crowd of 7,300 at O’Moore Park, the courageous Treaty men stunned their opponents with two goals. Meath had ace attacker Stephen Bray dismissed on a straight red card in the 66th minute, but held on for a place in next Sunday’s last eight clash. However, the loss of Bray, who scored four quality points from play, will be a huge blow to their chances of making it through to the semi-finals.

Limerick’s conservative approach allowed Meath to run at them in the opening quarter, during which they built up a 1-04 to 0-02 lead. The sides were level at a point apiece when Cian Ward opened up the Treaty defence with a superb pass to release Peadar Byrne, who was denied by a wonderful Sean Kiely save. Ward converted the resultant ’45, and got in for a twelfth minute goal, dribbling past two defenders before finishing with precision past a helpless Kiely. Nigel Crawford took some clean possession in midfield, and Stephen Bray hit a couple of points to open up a five points lead.

Limerick could have had a goal when midfielder John Galvin powered through only to send a crossing shot just wide at the far post. A perfect example of swarm tackling turned over possession and crafted the opportunity which David Bray finished with a point, and at the break, Meath led by 1-06 to 0-05. Limerick had wind advantage in the second half, but Meath increased their advantage through all-action corner back Chris O’Connor. And with the assistance of goalkeeper Paddy O’Rourke’s massive kick-outs into the breeze, the Royals pressed on, with Byrne hitting a couple, one of which should have been a three-pointer.

But the Munster men grabbed a lifeline in the 48th minute in the form of a Seanie Buckley goal. The Limerick skipper somehow managed to steer the ball past a clutch of defenders and goalkeeper O’Rourke to re-ignite his side’s challenge. Meath rallied again for Stephen Bray to restore their five points lead, but Limerick grabbed a second goal on 57 minutes, punched home by substitute Jim O’Donovan. Meath were reduced to 14 men on 66 minutes when Stephen Bray received a straight red card, but they held on for a place in the last eight.

Meath: P O’Rourke, C O’Connor (0-02), A Moyles, E Harrington, S Kenny, C McGuinness, C King (0-01), N Crawford, B Meade, P Byrne (0-02), J Sheridan, S Bray (0-04), D Bray (0-01), B Farrell (0-01), C Ward (1-02, 1f, 1 ’45).

Subs: M Burke for Byrne (58)

Limerick: S Kiely, J McCarthy, S Gallagher, M O’Riordan, S Lavin, S Lucey, P Ranahan, J Stokes, J Galvin, P Browne, C Joyce-Power, S Buckley (1-00), G Collins (0-02, 2f), S Kelly (0-04, 1f), I Ryan (0-03, 2f).

Subs: J O’Donovan (1-00) for Stokes (39), J Mullane for Browne (53), B O’Brien for Joyce-Power (61), E Hogan for Buckley (67)

Referee: P Hughes (Armagh)

Match Preview

They meet for the second successive year in the qualifiers. Last season’s clash in the Gaelic Grounds was quite remarkable as Limerick won by 4-12 to 4-3 on a day when Ian Ryan scored 3-7 for the rampant winners. Brian Farrell (2-1) and Joe Sheridan (2-0) countered late on for Meath but a miserable points tally left them nine points behind. Limerick led by 4-11 to 0-3 with fifteen minutes remaining before staging a late burst which salvaged some pride without ever coming close to saving the day.

Meath enjoyed a much better run in the 2007 qualifiers reaching the All-Ireland quarter-finals where they beat Tyrone before losing to Cork in the semi-finals.

How they got here

Limerick 1-11 Tipperary 1-9 (Munster Quarter-Final)

Limerick 1-13 Clare 1-9 (Munster Semi-Final)

Cork 2-6 Limerick 0-11 (Munster final)

Dublin 0-14 Meath 0-12 (Leinster quarter-final)

Meath 1-20 Waterford 0-8 (Qualifiers Round 1)

Meath 1-15 Westmeath 1-5 (Qualifiers Round 2)

Meath 2-12 Roscommon 0-11 (Qualifiers Round 3)