Bord Gais Energy Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship – Cork 1-16 Waterford 1-3

Cork defeated Waterford by 1-16 to 1-3 in the Bord Gais Energy Munster GAA Under 21 Hurling Championship Quarter Final on Wednesday at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Rebels off to a flier as Déise get a roasting

Cork 1-16 Waterford 1-3

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

THREE days after the county senior side had departed Páirc Uí Chaoimh with an emphatic championship victory, Cork’s U21 outfit replicated that effort at the same venue in last night’s Bord Gáis Energy Munster U21HC quarter-final against Waterford. Cork may have had endured a barren 12 years nationally in this grade but they began their 2010 exertions with a hugely commanding display as they bossed this encounter from start to finish. Cork suffered the late withdrawal of wing-forward Aidan Walsh before throw-in, seemingly with an eye to his involvement in next Sunday’s Munster SFC quarter-final in Killarney, but his absence did not appreciably weaken the team. Backboned by an outstanding defence that leaked few scores to the Waterford attack, Cork moved with plenty of authority. But for massive wastefulness in front of goal in the first-half when they totted up 12 wides, their interval lead of 0-7 to 0-1 would have been notably extended. Yet the poverty of Waterford’s display meant Cork were never forced to rue that profligacy.

The only dark note on Cork’s night was the dismissal of centre-forward Cian McCarthy in the 35th minute when he was given his marching orders by Declan O’Driscoll, along with Waterford midfielder Owen Whelan after the pair became entangled in an off-the-ball incident. Those two reds were complemented by seven yellow cards shown in the first-half, but the high card count was strange considering it was not an intensely spiteful clash due to Cork’s undoubted superiority.

Waterford struck the first blow on the scoreboard when Shanahan hammered over a sixth-minute free yet alarmingly from their viewpoint that transpired to be their solitary score of the half. They struggled to pierce the defensive shutter Cork had erected in their half-back line and when they did direct matters towards the Cork goal, they found their opponents possessed resolute operators there too. Eoin Keane produced a determined outing at full-back and when called upon in the 15th minute goalkeeper Darren McCarthy was adept in thwarting a blinding drive by Thomas Ryan. By the 13th minute Cork had a 0-3 to 0-1 advantage with Cian McCarthy making an early impression on centre-forward that was backed up by a scoring salvo of two points. As the half progressed Cork’s shooting showed gradual signs of improvement with Newtownshandrum’s Ryan Clifford attuning his radar most successfully. His positional awareness was excellent in creating the space to flight over three late points before the break, including one memorable effort from out on the right touchline.

The dismissal of McCarthy early in the second-half failed to perturb Cork as they continued to pour forward. Impressive midfielder Seamus O’Farrell strode forward for a pair of expertly-taken points and the names of Michael Bowles and Mark Collins were soon inked on the scoresheet as well. Shane Kearney registered a fine point for Waterford in the 38th minute but the fact that it transpired to be their only effort from play all night was illuminating. By the 47th minute Cork were ahead by 0-12 to 0-3. Waterford defenders Shane Kearney, Noel Connors and Phillip Mahony tried manfully to keep Cork at bay but the constant waves of attacks broke them down. In the 62nd minute Cork finally managed to get in for the goal their efforts deserved. A superb flowing team move constructed the opening with an overlap created by Daniel Kearney and Luke O’Farrell, creating the chance for sub Michael O’Sullivan to bang the ball to the net. There was still time for Waterford to grab a goal of their own with a tremendous shot to the top corner by Brian O’Sullivan in the 63rd minute, but that was not going to stop Cork advancing to a last four meeting with Tipperary.

Scorers for Cork: R Clifford 0-6 (0-3f), M O’Sullivan 1-0, C McCarthy (0-1f), S O’Farrell, L O’Farrell 0-2 each, M Bowles, M Collins, J Nagle, P Gould 0-1 each

Waterford: B O’Sullivan 1-0, M Shanahan 0-2 (0-2f), S Kearney (Ballyduff Upper) 0-1.

CORK: D McCarthy; S McDonnell, E Keane, C O’Sullivan; J Nagle, W Egan, L McLoughlin; D Kearney, S O’Farrell; M Collins, C McCarthy, M Bowles; L O’Farrell, T Murphy, R Clifford.

Subs: P Gould for Murphy (43), R White for Collins (46), M O’Sullivan for Bowles (55), G O’Connor for Nagle (57), F Keane for Clifford (60).

WATERFORD: S O’Keeffe; N Connors, B Coughlan, S Kearney (Dungarvan); J Prendergast, P O’Mahony, S Daniels; S Fives, O Whelan; R Fenton, M Shanahan, S Kearney (Ballyduff Upper); B O’Sullivan , S Aherne, T Ryan.

Subs: A Connors for Fenton (half-time), P Prendergast for Daniels (47), P Donovan for Ryan (inj) (50), S Power for Aherne (52).

Referee: D O’Driscoll (Limerick)

Team News

Cork U-21 — C McCarthy; S McDonnell, E Keane, C O’Sullivan; J Nagle, W Egan, L McLoughlin; D Kearney, S Farrell; M Bowles, C McCarthy, A Walsh; R Clifford, T Murphy, L O’Farrell

Waterford U-21 — S O’Keeffe; S Kearney, B Coughlan, N Connors; J Prendergast, P Mahony, S Daniels; S Fives, O Whelan; R Fenton, S Ahearne, S Kearney; B O’Sullivan, M Shanahan, T Ryan.

Christy Ring Cup Hurling Semi-Final – Kerry 2-17 Wicklow 2-14

Kerry defeated Wicklow by 2-17 to 2-14 in the GAA Christy Ring Cup Semi-Final on Saturdayat MacDonagh Park Nenagh.

Team News

Kerry Vs Wicklow Christy Ring Cup Semi-Final Nenagh @ 3.30pm, Sat 5th of June

1 Bernard Rochford Killeagh, Cork 2 Colin Harris, Captain Kilmoyley 3 Tom Murnane Kilmoyley 4 Andrew Keane Crotta O’Neills

5 James Godley Kilmoyley 6 Liam Boyle Ballyduff Liam Ó Baoighill 7 John Fitzgerald Causeway

8 Mike Conway Lixnaw 9 John Griffin Lixnaw 10 John Egan Ardfert 11 Michael Boyle Ballyduff 12 Darragh O’Connell Abbeydorney

13 John Mike Dooley Causeway 14 Gary O’Brien Ballyduff Gearóid Ó Briain 15 Shane Nolan Crotta O’Neills

The Substitutes are as follows:

16 John Brendan O’Halloran Kilmoyley 17 Brian O’Leary Abbeydorney 18 Aidan Healy Abbeydorney

19 Colm Harty Causeway 20 James Flaherty Lixnaw 21 Eoin Sheehy Kilmoyley

22 Ronan Kenny Ballyheigue 23 James McCarthy Kilmoyley 24 Sean Young Kilmoyley

25 Niall Young Kilmoyley 26 David Fitzelle Kilmoyley 27 Shane Brick Kilmoyley 28 Jason Casey Ballyheigue 29 Padraigh Monson Causeway 30 Sean Maunsell Kilmoyley 31.Darren Twomey Crotta O’Neills 32. Adrian Royle Kilmoyley 33. Richard Nolan Crotta O’Neills 34. Nicky Leen Ballyduff 35.Andy McCarthy Kilmoyley 36. Patrick O Keefe Glenfesk

Munster Junior Football Championship Semi Final – Limerick 0-9 Waterford 1-5

Limerick defeated Waterford by 0-9 to 1-5 in the Munster Junior Football Championship Semi Final on Sunday at Fraher Field Dungarvan.

Team News

LIMERICK (JF v Waterford): P Ivess; D Woods, K O’Connor, E Mulcahy; E O’Donnell, B Teahan, E Barry; M Behan, E Horan; T Collins, J O’Connell, D McCarthy; L Costelloe, T Butler, R Lynch. Subs: C Wallace, T Begley, E Fitzgibbon, R Browne, S Mulcahy, W Enright, M Galvin, D Finnerty, M Lyons

Munster SFC S-Final – Cork 0-15 Kerry 0-15

Cork and Kerry played out a 0-15 to 0-15 draw in the Munster Senior Football Championship Semi Final on Sunday at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.

Still no separating old rivals

From the GAA.ie web site

Cork and Kerry will meet again next Sunday after Colm Cooper’s injury-time free ensured a 0-15 to 0-15 draw in the Munster GAA Football Championship semi-final at Killarney on Sunday afternoon. However, Cork were left to rue some costly mistakes in the final quarter as they led by four points midway through the second half and missed a couple of glorious goal chances with ten minutes left to seal a place in the Munster final against Limerick. The Rebels led 0-14 to 0-10 in the 53rd minute after dominating much of the game, but they failed to register another score until substitute Colm O’Neill put them back in the lead with his first touch of the ball in the final minute.

However, just as Cork looked to have held off a Kerry comeback that saw the All-Ireland champions kick three successive points in the final ten minutes, Cooper levelled the game after being fouled by Paudie Kissane and ensured a replay when he curled the ball delightfully over the bar with a free from his hands way out on the touchline. Remarkably, it was almost a carbon copy of the semi-final last year, when Colm O’Neill also put Cork ahead in injury time before Bryan Sheehan levelled the game from a free. Kerry will now travel to Cork for the replay next Sunday afternoon at 2.00pm in Páirc Uí Chaoimh having lost by eight points in the Munster semi-final replay last year, although the Rebels will be confident of repeating that success after dominating for much of the game.

Their inability to kill off the game in the final quarter will be a worry for their manager Conor Counihan, who had been hoping to mastermind a first Cork win in Killarney since 1995. That looked very much a possibility when Cork had two great chances to effectively win the game in the 61st minute. Midfielder Alan O’Connor raced clear on goal and was denied by a brilliant save by Brendan Kealy, the Kerry goalkeeper, before the ball broke to Aidan Walsh, who dragged his shot badly wide. Kerry trailed by 0-8 to 0-6 at half-time, but they had goal chances either side of the break that might have changed the complexion of the game. Just before the interval, Donaghy and Sheehan combined and the giant Austin Stacks man was through on goal but he pulled his shot badly wide. Three minutes into the second half, Donaghy turned provider for Donncha Walsh, but this time Alan Quirke denied Kerry with his knee.

Two Kerry substitutes, Anthony Maher and BJ Keane, kicked points to level the game at 0-14 apiece with a minute left, before Colm O’Neill and Cooper traded scores in injury time to level the game. Kerry boss Jack O’Connor will have significant worries of his own after Cork dominated the midfield battle and neither Michael Quirke nor Seamus Scanlon finished the game. Quirke was forced off at half-time after taking a knock to the face, while Scanlon looked off colour and failed to come to grips with Cork’s midfield pairing of Alan O’Connor and debutant Aidan Walsh. Allied to that, Paul Kerrigan’s pace caused massive problems for Marc Ó Sé and the Nemo man managed to filch three points of the Kerry corner back.

Kieran Donaghy – who was Kerry’s ace in the quarter-final defeat of Tipperary – was well marshalled by Graham Canty, while Declan O’Sullivan’s influence was negated by the brilliant Michael Shields. Cork’s half-back line were immense as a rule, with Paudie Kissane giving his finest ever display in a blood and bandage jersey, kicking three superb points from play and causing havoc with his lung-bursting charges from defence. Kerry’s ace was Bryan Sheehan, who kicked six points (five from frees) and was a constant threat from open play as well as from placed balls. Sheehan kicked four points in the first half and was instrumental in Kerry’s blistering start. Thaye were three points ahead by the ninth minute and Cork looked to be struggling in the middle third of the field.

The Kingdom were ahead as early as the third minute, when Michael Shields was shown a yellow card for a foul on Declan O’Sullivan and the ever-reliable Sheehan slotted over the resultant free. Aidan Walsh, the young Cork midfielder making his Championship debut, had a difficult opening ten minutes, turning over ball three times, the first of which saw Donncha Walsh rob him of the ball, feed Donaghy and he found Declan O’Sullivan, who sent Kerry two points clear. Cork were struggling and Sheehan – who kicked four points in the first half (0-3f) – was troubling Cork corner back Ray Carey. The St Mary’s man found Cooper with a clever diagonal ball and Cooper applied a clever finish to give Kerry a three-point lead.

However, Kerry’s monopoly of the ball soon ended when Cork started to gradually take over in the midfield battle, as Pearse O’Neill aided Walsh and O’Connor in a crowded middle third. Cork got off the mark in the 10th minute, with Daniel Goulding landing a free and Donncha O’Connor adding a second from a free from the other side of the field. Cork were level when Paddy Kelly kicked their first point from play, but the Rebels might have been further ahead had Marc Ó Se not denied Goulding with a brilliant block after an Aidan Walsh pass. Cork had by now taken complete control of the midfield battle and their superiority began to tell on the scoreboard as they kicked three successive points in a three-minute spell. The first in that purple patch came after Kealy, the Kerry goalkeeper, was blown up for taking too much time taking a free kick. The referee threw in the ball and Kerrigan won possession and popped the ball over. Kissane, the Cork wing-back, was starting to have an increased influence on the game and he broke from defence and landed a fine point in that spell. Cork led 0-8 to 0-5 when Kerrigan beat Tomás Ó Se for pace on the outside and fisted the ball over the bar.

Kerry pulled one back just before half-time to leave two points between the sides at the break, before they hit three successive scores in a three-minute spell to reduce the gap to two points by the 43rd minute. However, Cork hit back with three points of their own to pull clear again and Kissane was on target with two brilliant points, off either foot, to nudge the Rebels clear again. Kerry introduced Anthony Maher for Quirke at the break, while David Moran also had an influence after coming on for Scanlon after 48 minutes. However, the most telling change was the introduction of Paul Galvin for Darran O’Sullivan. Galvin foraged and battled and appeared to inspire those around him as Kerry, with the aid of Tomás Ó Sé’s second point from play, staged a late comeback to ensure another day out next week.

Kerry: B Kealy; M Ó Se, T Griffin, T O’Sullivan; T Ó Se (0-2), M McCarthy, K Young; S Scanlon, M Quirke; Darran O’Sullivan, Declan O’Sullivan (0-1); D Walsh; C Cooper (0-4, 0-3f), K Donaghy, B Sheehan (0-6, 0-5f).

Subs: A Maher for Quirke (blood sub, 13-16), Quirke for Maher (0-1) HT, D Moran for S Scanlon ’48, P Galvin for Darran O’Sullivan ’53, BJ Keane (0-1) for D Walsh ’60, P Reidy for K Young ’62,

Cork: A Quirke; R Carey, G Canty, J O’Sullivan; N O’Leary, M Shields, P Kissane (0-3); A O’Connor (0-1), A Walsh, P O’Neill (0-1), D O’Connor (0-2, 0-2f), P Kelly (0-1); D Goulding (0-3, 0-2f), C Sheehan, P Kerrigan (0-3).

Subs: F Goold for O’Connor ’58, C O’Neill (0-1) for D Goulding’62, D Kavanagh for O’Connor ’66,

Referee: Pádraig Hughes (Armagh)

Attendance: 35,786

Team News

Cork (SF v Kerry): A Quirke; R Carey, G Canty, J O’Sullivan; N O’Leary, M Shields, P Kissane; A O’Connor, A Walsh; P O’Neill, D O’Connor, P Kelly; D Goulding, C Sheehan, P Kerrigan.

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Cork on Sunday 7th June is as follows:

1. Brendan Kealy Kilcummin 2. Marc Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht 3. Tommy Griffin Dingle 4. Tom O’ Sullivan Rathmore

5. Tomás Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht 6. Mike McCarthy Kilcummin 7. Killian Young Renard

8. Seamus Scanlon Currow 9. Micheál Quirke Kerins O’Rahillys

10. Darran O’ Sullivan Glenbeigh /Glencar 11. Declan O’ Sullivan Piarsaigh Na Dromada 12. Donnacha Walsh Cromane

13. Colm Cooper Dr Crokes 14. Kieran Donaghy Austin Stacks 15. Bryan Sheehan (CAPTAIN) St. Mary’s

The substitutes are:

16 David Hennessey Kerins O’Rahillys 17. Padraig Reidy Scartaglin 18 Paul Galvin Finuge

19. Anthony Maher Duagh 20. Adrian O’Connell St Michael’s Foilmore 21. Kieran O’Leary Dr. Crokes

22. Barry John Keane Kerins O’Rahillys 23. Niall O’Mahony Spa 24. Pat Corridan Finuge

25. David Moran Kerins O’Rahillys 26. Daniel Bohan Austin Stacks 27. Paudge O’Connor Legion

28. Johnny Buckley Dr Crokes 29. Jonathan Lyne Legion 30. James O’Donoghue Legion

Bainisteóir: Jack O’Connor (Piarsaigh Na Dromada)

Traenálaí: Alan O’Sullivan (Kerins O’Rahillys)

Roghnóirí: Ger O’Keeffe (Austin Stacks) Eamon Fitzmaurice (Finuge)

New Members panel since game played V Tipperary :, , Daniel Bohan, Paudge O’Connor, Johnny Buckley, Jonathan Lyne and James O’Donoghue

Ticket Sales

Terrace Tickets for the Kerry v Cork Munster Senior Football Semi Final at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney on Sunday June 6th. will be on sale from the MUNSTER GAA TICKET VAN at the following SuperValu Stores in Kerry and Cork

MONDAY MAY 31st.

11.00am to 12.30pm Garvey’s SuperValu, Listowel

2.30pm to 4.00pm Keane’s Super Valu, Killorglin

5.00pm to 6.30pm Walsh’s SuperValu, Cahirciveen

TUESDAY JUNE 1st.

11.00am to 12.00pm Healy’s SuperValu, Dunmanway

1.15pm to 2.00pm SuperValu, Tramore Road, Cork

3.00pm to 4.00pm Collins Super Valu, Carrigaline

5.30pm to 7.00pm Dick’s SuperValu, Charleville

FRIDAY JUNE 4th

11.00am to 12.30pm  Caulfield’s SuperValu, Bandon
2.30pm to 3.30pm   Scally’s SuperValu, Blackrock, Cork
5.00pm to 6.30pm   Reidy’s SuperValu, Mitchelstown

Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Waterford 1-13 Clare 0-13

Waterford defeated Clare by 1-13 to 0-13 in the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Monday in Semple Stadium Thurles.

Déise men break Banner hearts as brave fightback falls short

Waterford 1-13 Clare 0-13

By Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

LAST year’s beaten finalists Waterford held off a spirited Clare fightback to book their place in the Munster intermediate hurling championship final on July 22. Eight minutes after half-time at a rain-soaked Semple Stadium yesterday, the Déise looked in complete control as they led by nine points, (1-10 to 0-4). That was before a run of five unanswered Clare points dragged the challengers back into contention and while Waterford surged six points clear again, three late Banner County points left the South East outfit hanging on at the finish. With two minutes remaining, Seán Chaplin’s sixth point of the day had cut the gap back to a goal (0-13 to 1-13) but Waterford held firm in the remaining two minutes of normal time, plus two extra added on by referee Noel Cosgrove.

Waterford will now meet Limerick or Cork in next month’s final as they go in search of just a second Munster intermediate hurling title, and first since 2007. For Clare, the fruitless wait for a first provincial title at this grade will continue for at least another season although the county’s famed fighting qualities were very much in evidence in the second half. With a strong breeze blowing into the Killinan End favouring Waterford in the opening half, they wasted no time in racking up a healthy lead. Liam Óg Daniels’ charges were happy to shoot on sight from long range and with 21 minutes on the watch, Waterford had opened up a 0-8 to 0-1 lead.

Lively corner forward Pádraig Hickey ended a 23-minutes barren spell for Clare with a 26th minute score and Hickey struck again a minute later to keep his side clinging onto Waterford’s coattails. At half-time, Waterford led by 0-9 to 0-4 and they struck for the game’s only goal five minutes after the restart as full-forward Nicky Jacob brilliantly blocked down Cathal Chaplin before whipping the loose ball to the net. Mark Gorman’s free sent Waterford nine points clear but Clare, featuring 2009 All-Ireland U21 winning captain Ciaran O’Doherty at corner back, took advantage of the breeze behind them to make a real fight of it until the finish.

Scorers for Waterford: M Gorman 0-5 (3f), N Jacob 1-1, J Kearney, D Murphy & C O’Gorman 0-2 each, J Hurney 0-1.

Scorers for Clare: S Chaplin 0-6 (5f), M Duggan 0-3, P Hickey & P O’Connor (1f) 0-2 each.

WATERFORD: S O’Keeffe; S Kearney, J O’Leary, J Coffey; S Hannon, P Murray, J Hurney; D Murphy, N O Murchadha; C O’Gorman, M O’Gorman, J Kearney; M Gorman, N Jacob, K Landers.

Subs: B Phelan for Landers (26), JJ Hutchinson for J Kearney (53), A Lawlor for O’Gorman (60).

CLARE: G O’Connell; M O’Regan, D Shannon, C O’Doherty; P Kelly, M Hawes, P O’Connor; K Dilleen, C Chaplin; S Chaplin, T O’Donovan, J O’Connor; M Duggan, A Brigdale, P Hickey.

Subs: M O’Donnell for Brigdale (20), D Russell for J O’Connor (42), D Kennedy for Hickey (inj, 46), M Earley for Shannon (51), F O’Grady for O’Regan (56).

Referee: N Cosgrove (Tipperary)

Munster SFC S-Final Replay – Kerry 1-15 Cork 1-14

Kerry defeated Cork by 1-15 to 1-14 in the Munster Senior Football Championship Semi-Final Replay on Sunday after extra time in Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Kingdom edge out Cork after extra time

From the Setanta web site

For the second time in seven days 70 minutes could not separate Kerry and Cork, but it is the Kingdom who advance to the Munster SFC final after an extra-time win. The Sam Maguire holders will go on to meet Limerick in the provincial decider after a 1-15 to 1-14 success over their great rivals at Pairc Ui Chaoimh, the men in green and gold having the greater legs in the latter stages and kicking four points to Cork’s three in the additional twenty minutes.

Colm Cooper was punished for a poor early wide as Cork took a lead of two thanks to frees from Daniel Goulding and Donncha O’Connor, a set-piece from Bryan Sheehan getting the Kingdom off the mark after a cautious opening. Kerry goalkeeper Brendan Kealy has been pinpointed as a weak link by some because of his perceived uncertainty under the high ball and Goulding almost profited when he rose above him to get a hand to the ball but the danger was cleared. A few minutes later, however, the same Cork man did raise the green flag after the Kerry number one caught another high one but then lost it on the ground as the forward whipped it away and found the net. Kerry dragged the gap back to one with a point from Cooper and a nice one from range for Donaghy just after he had been off target with a similar effort.

Goulding then sent another goal chance across the goalkeeper but it was deflected behind for a ’45 which the forward kicked over. A score from O’Connor and a fine individual point from defender Michael Shields then saw the Rebels stretch their lead to five points, necessitating the introduction of Paul Galvin from the bench from Jack O’Connor after Declan O’Sullivan had trimmed the gap by one. Derek Kavanagh and Graham Canty found themselves booked after an ugly scuffle that saw Cooper grabbed by the throat, but Cork put those breaches behind them as Ciaran Sheehan rifled over his first Championship point, though he was probably gong for goal with his left foot. Kerry’s own Sheehan kicked over his second point before Donaghy rose above Canty and set up Cooper whose effort at goal from straight in front went desperately wide, the All-Ireland champions trailing by 1-6 to 0-5 at the interval.

But they started the second half with gusto and goaled almost immediately. Donaghy was the man who got it as he towered above Canty again to collect a hand-pass from Cooper and finished coolly beyond Alan Quirke. Donncha O’Connor responded with a couple of scores, one from a free, with Sheehan’s third point keeping the Kerry scoring ticking over. Next was a sublime point from Patrick Kelly who curled the ball over from the right flank before points were traded between O’Sullivan and Goulding, Cooper’s second score of the day leaving the gap at two. The Rebels really should have extended that lead but an admittedly difficult free from sub Colm O’Neill was sent wide at the far post before Alan O’Connor blazed wide during a spell of Cork possession. Cooper punished them with two frees to level the game, the second coming after a foul by Canty on the Dr Crokes ace, one which saw the Cork captain receive a second yellow card and resulting red.

Cork full forward Sheehan managed to reinstate his side’s lead after pointing when he collected a Donncha O’Connor free, but Kerry responded with a super score from Marc O Se who bypassed all challengers on the left to fire over a score and take the game to an extra 20 minutes. The first score of the extras was sent over by Cork’s Fintan Goold, but Cooper kicked a softly-awarded free and two very well-taken scores from Barry John Keane had the Kingdom 1-14 to 1-12 ahead at half-time in extra-time. A rare point was kicked over with composure by Cork’s Noel O’Leary to drop the Kerry lead back to one again but a foul by Eoin Cadogan on Donaghy gave Cooper the chance to tuck over the decisive free, a later effort from the Leesiders’ John Hayes not enough for Conor Counihan’s charges who must now take the long road of the qualifiers.

Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Cork 1-24 Limerick 3-17

Cork defeated Limerick by 1-24 to 3-17 after extra time in the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Team News

LIMERICK (IH v Cork): A Murphy; M Keane, E Kiely, C Noonan; D Ahern, R McCarthy, J Riordan; J Dillon, D Hanley; G Murphy, M Noonan, T Quaid; P Harty, T O’Brien, L Costello. Subs: S O’Donoghe, C Kearney, P Leahy, D Moloney, T Crawford, W Griffin, D Quaid, A McAuliffe, D McCarthy.

Munster SHC S-Final – Cork 2-19 Limerick 0-12

Corl defeated Limerick by 2-19 to 0-12 in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship Semi Final on Sunday in Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Cork 2-19 Limerick 0-12

From the RTE.ie web site

Sunday, 20 June 2010 21:01

Substitute Paudie O’Sullivan’s late goal put the seal on a comfortable Munster SHC semi-final win for Cork, as 14-man Limerick’s resistance eventually petered out at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. This inexperienced and youthful Limerick side started well under a strength-sapping sun, but Sean Herlihy’s first half dismissal for striking was a serious setback. Cork were 1-10 to 0-06 ahead by half-time, with Pat Horgan netting from a penalty and Graeme Mulcahy impressing for the underdogs with three points. The second half was a one-sided affair, however, and although midfielder Tommy O’Brien finished with six points for the Shannonsiders, Cork’s Man of the Match Niall McCarthy (0-05) was just as influential.

With the dispute between last year’s panel and manager Justin McCarthy still not resolved, the Limerick starting line-up included nine Championship debutants. David Breen, Paul Browne, Paudie McNamara, new captain Bryan O’Sullivan and James O’Brien were the only survivors from last August’s All-Ireland semi-final loss to Tipperary. Cork, the recent conquerors of Tipp, had chosen an unchanged team during the week, but a hamstring problem saw midfielder Tom Kenny replaced by the 20-year-old Lorcan McLoughlin who made his SHC bow. When these sides met in National League Division 1 in February, Denis Walsh’s charges gained a 2-21 to 1-14 victory and most pre-match predictions suggested a cakewalk for the league champions.

Certainly given Cork’s electric triumph over Tipp and the lack of Championship experience across the current Limerick squad, a heavy beating looked on the cards for the visitors. It was a cagey opening from both sides with little final product. James O’Brien, Pat Horgan, Niall McCarthy and Tommy O’Brien all hit wides before Paudie McNamara converted a sixth minute free for the lead score. Andrew Brennan darted forward for Limerick’s second point, sandwiched between Cork’s opening efforts from Jerry O’Connor and Horgan. But the Rebels took a lead they would not relinquish, courtesy of an 11th minute penalty which was won and sent to the net by corner forward Horgan. Amid a spell of fluent, fleet-footed attacking from Cork, Horgan then took his tally to 1-02 with a well-taken point. Limerick stuck stubbornly to their task, albeit with McNamara struggling from placed balls. A brace of points from Mulcahy moved Limerick onto 0-04, but with ten minutes remaining in the half, Cork had cantered on to 1-07.

McCarthy, McLoughlin and Ben O’Connor all pointed during that period, and Horgan missed a second penalty – Shane O’Neill, the defender who fouled him, doing well to block the shot and clear. An Anthony Owens point was followed by two from the O’Connor twins, Jerry and Ben, with the latter’s being probably the point of the half – a sublime strike from a tight angle near the right sideline. Cork seemingly had the quality to pull clear, but with target man Aisake O hAilpin kept quiet by David Breen, Limerick were growing in confidence by the minute. They earned a penalty of their own when John Gardiner floored the onrushing James O’Brien. Yet Cork goalkeeper Donal Og Cusack rescued his wing back when he saved McNamara’s penalty effort and the danger was averted.

A knee injury to corner back Brian Murphy left Cork having to readjust and Limerick suffered a huge blow in injury-time when referee James Owens gave a straight red card to Limerick wing forward Sean Herlihy as he was seen swinging out at Cork substitute Shane Murphy in retaliation. The sides split two points as the half came to a close, Mulcahy and Cork captain Kieran Murphy on target, and Walsh’s side were able to build a match-winning lead in the opening minutes of the second period. Tommy O’Brien nipped it back to 1-10 to 0-07 for Limerick, before scores from Ben O’Connor, McCarthy and Jerry O’Connor launched Cork towards a double figures lead.

McCarthy’s youngsters were fading, despite the best efforts of top scorer O’Brien, and they had goalkeeper Tadhg Flynn to thank for a smart save as he denied Paudie O’Sullivan a goal after a clever attack involving Sean Og O hAilpin. O’Brien had closed the gap back to 1-15 to 0-09, prior to that. Cork replied through wing forward McCarthy who hit another gear in the second half. He tagged on two excellent scores. It was now becoming a shootout between O’Brien and McCarthy as the result had long been put to bed. Cusack did well again to prevent Mulcahy from rippling the net. It was a goal that Limerick’s dogged efforts had deserved, but it never came and O’Sullivan, taking a pass from fellow substitute Michael Cussen, thundered through to bat home Cork’s second in the 69th minute. Cork skipper Murphy struck the final point to make the winning margin 13 points. A satisfactory scoreline for the Rebels who march into their first Munster final since 2006, while Limerick can, at least, take some positives from today into the All-Ireland qualifiers.

CORK: D Og Cusack; S O’Neill, E Cadogan, B Murphy; J Gardiner (0-01), R Curran, S Og O hAilpín; L McLoughlin (0-01), C Naughton (0-01); B O’Connor (0-03, 0-01f), J O’Connor (0-03), N McCarthy (0-05); K Murphy (0-02), A O hAilpin, P Horgan (1-02, 1-00 pen).

Subs used: S Murphy for B Murphy (33 mins), M Cussen for A O hAilpin, P O’Sullivan (1-01) for Horgan (both 49), G Callanan for Naughton (54), R Ryan for S Og O hAilpin (62).

LIMERICK: T Flynn; S O’Neill, D Breen, K O’Rourke; S O’Riordan, B O’Sullivan, P Browne; T O’Brien (0-06, 0-03f, 0-01 ’65’), A Brennan (0-01, 0-01f); P McNamara (0-01, 0-01f), J O’Brien, S Herlihy; G Mulcahy (0-03), A Owens (0-01), R McKeogh.

Subs used: L O’Dwyer for O’Riordan (24 mins), C Mullane for McNamara, P Russell for McKeogh (both half-time), N Quaid for Brennan (44), A O’Connor for Owens (59).

Referee: James Owens (Wexford)

Team News

CORK (SHC v Limerick): D Og Cusack; S O’Neill, E Cadogan, B Murphy; J Gardiner, R Curran, S Og O hAilpin; T Kenny, C Naughton; B O’Connor, J O’Connor, N McCarthy; K Murphy (capt0, A O’hAilpin, P Horgan.

LIMERICK (SH v Cork): T Flynn; S O’Neill, D Breen, K O’Rourke; S O’Riordan, B O’Sullivan, P Browne; T O’Brien, A Brennan; J O’Brien, P McNamara, S Herlihy; G Mulcahy, A Owens, R McKeogh.
Subs: B Hennessy, S O’Connell, L O’Dwyer, N Quaid, D Madden, D Kenny, C Mullane, P Russell, A O’Connor, C Hayes, D Moore, M Deegan, A O’Connell, M Noonan, D Lynch.

ESB Munster Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Clare 1-17 Limerick 2-12

Clare defeated Limerick by 1-17 to 2-12 in the ESB Munster Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Friday in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Arthur’s accuracy the catalyst as Clare march on

From the Irish Examiner newspaper

Clare 1-17 Limerick 2-12

Saturday, June 26, 2010

AN exhibition of free-taking by Niall Arthur, who scored eight times from placed balls, earned Clare a two point victory over Limerick in a keenly contested ESB Munster MHC semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick last night. However, Clare were always the better team and fully deserved their win, Limerick’s second goal coming in the 60th minute from a free by Shane Dowling. Apart from Arthur’s contribution, David O’Halloran and Paudge Collins also make outstanding contributions up front while Paul Flanagan and Kevin Lynch were the pick of their backs.

Limerick had hoped to build on the success of the Árd Scoil Rís team who won this year’s Dr Harty Cup title for the first time, but on the night could never match the pace and skill of their opponents. Only Kevin McDonnell, Declan Hannon and Shane Dowling came out of this game with their reputations fully intact. Clare got the perfect start and stormed into an 0-4 to nil lead after just five minutes. Their hurling was far crisper all over the field with Kevin Lynch who had finished his Leaving Cert earlier in the day, a commanding figure at centre. Up front, O’Halloran’s pace troubled the Limerick defence and after John Fitzgibbon opened the home side’s account with a point, Arthur wasted a glorious chance of a Clare goal, driving into the side netting after O’Halloran put him through. But it was a temporary let-off for Limerick. From a lengthy clearance by Enda Boyce, O’Halloran won possession and took off on a great run before rattling the Limerick net from 12 metres for a superb individual goal.

Limerick struggled to come to grips with the pace and skill of a very talented Clare side, and were in real danger of being completely over-run. However, after going 12 minutes without a score, Sean Kelly landed a point and it sparked a tremendous revival by the home side which yielded four points without reply. It was now Clare’s turn to soak up the pressure, and at the break it was all to play for at 1-8 to 0-8.

There was a far great pep in Limerick’s step on the changeover and they were level after 33 minutes when Declan Hannon’ free from inside his own 65-metre line wasn’t cleared and Michael Ryan first-timed the loose ball to the net. The goal tied the game for the first time and they were level twice more after exchanging points, but O’Halloran continued to torment the Limerick defence and with Collins equally efficient at centre forward, the visitors edged three points clear thanks to the excellent accuracy of Arthur’s frees.

Limerick were in need of a goal if they were have any chance, and it didn’t look like coming as a resolute Clare defence, in which corner back and captain Flanagan was outstanding, gave nothing away. Points by the busy Collins and another from a free by Arthur put Clare five up with minutes to go. There was still a kick left in Limerick however, and they won a 20-metre free which Shane Dowling drilled to the net, but it was too little too late and Clare held on for a well-deserved victory and a place in the final against the winners of tonight’s second semi-final involving Cork and Waterford.

Scorers for Clare: N Arthur 0-8 (all frees); D O’Halloran 1-1; P Collins 0-3; J Shanahan, T Kelly 0-2 each; D Keane 0-1.

Scorers for Limerick: D Hannon 0-6 (0-2 65s); S Dowling 1-2 (frees); M Ryan 1-0; J Fitzgibbon 0-3 (0-2 frees); S Kelly 0-1.

CLARE: R Taaffe; P Flanagan, N Purcell, S Morey; E Boyce, K Lynch, S O’Halloran; C Galvin, T Kelly; C Malone, P Collins, J Shanahan; D O’Halloran, N Arthur, D Keane.

Subs: A Mulready for Malone (40); H Vaughan for Purcell (48).

LIMERICK: OW O’Rourke; B Murphy, A Dempsey, B Hannigan; M Carmody, K O’Donnell, C O’Riordan; D Hannon, S Kelly; M Fitzgibbon, T Ryan, D Morrissey; J Fitzgibbon, S Dowling, M Ryan.

Subs: D Murphy for O’Riordan (22); J Mulcahy for Kelly (half time); B O’Connor Mulcahy (45); R Ryan for T Ryan (51); J Aherne for M Fitzgibbon (55).

Referee: D Copps (Cork)

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers – Tipperary 0-13 Laois 0-12

Tipperary defeated Laois by 0-13 to 0-12 in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers on Sunday in Semple Stadium Thurles.

GAA Qualifiers Round 1: Mulvihill wins it for Tipp

From the GAA.ie web site

Sunday, June 27, 2010

A point in injury time from sub Brian Mulvihill gave Tipperary a 0-13 to 0-12 victory over Laois in their GAA All-Ireland Football Senior Championship Qualifier Round 1 clash at Semple Stadium in Thurles on Sunday afternoon. In a game that was level eight times, both sides could put forward cases for having deserved victory, but in the heel of the hunt, Tipp showed the greater composure to eke out the win, whereas Laois had 11 wides in the second half. Playing with the wind in the first half, Tipp must have feared the worst when the half-time interval came with the sides level at 0-7 each, Tipp’s Barry Grogan with four of his side’s tally, but some canny changes by Tipp manager John Evans at half-time helped to keep them in the game after the restart.

Mulvihill was brought on, while George Hannigan was restationed from wing-forward to midfield and he had a hugely positive impact around the middle in that second period. Grogan would also continue his fine form, ending the game with seven points, and with time running out, Tipp seemed fairly safe, leading by 0-12 to 0-10. The lead could have been even greater, as Stephen Hahessy and Philip Austin both missed good goal opportunities for the home side in the second half. Late points, however, from Laois’s Padraig McMahon and John O’Loughlin then looked to have forced the game into extra time before Mulvihill popped up with his vital late intervention

Team News

LAOIS SF V Tipperary: Michael Nolan; Peter O’Leary, Mark Timmons, Denis Booth; John O’Loughlin, Cahir Healy, Padraig McMahon; Kevin Meaney, Brendan Quigley; Billy Sheehan, Niall Donoher, Padraig Clancy; Michael Tierney, Donie Kingston, Ross Munnelly

TIPPERARY SF V Laois: Matthew O’Donnell; Paddy Codd, Robbie Costigan, Alan Morrissey; Ciaran McGrath, Brian Jones, Brian Fox; George Hannigan, Kevin Mulryan; Seamus Hahessy, Hugh Coghlan, Peter Acheson; Philip Austin, Barry Grogan, Conor Sweeney.

Last year’s qualifiers
Tipperary 2-10 Louth 1-12; Sligo 1-13 Tipperary 1-12; Down 2-9 Laois 0-7.

2010 Championship
Kerry 2-18 Tipperary 2-6; Meath 2-13 Laois 1-16 (After extra-time); Meath 2-14 Laois 0-10 (replay).