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 Junior Football Championship Semi Final – Kerry 1-12 Cork 0-9

MacGearailt fires Kingdom win

Kerry 1-12 Cork 0-9

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, June 07, 2010

FORMER senior star Aodhán MacGearailt netted the crucial second-half goal that enabled Kerry to defeat 2009 All-Ireland champions Cork in yesterday’s Munster JFC semi-final at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney. As Kerry led 0-11 to 0-6, MacGearailt calmly converted with a low shot in the 50th minute after a surging run by midfielder Gary O’Driscoll. The first half was a tightly contested affair. Eamonn Hickson and Eoin O’Neill drove Kerry on from the half-backs, while the twin threat of Michael O’Donoghue and Aodán MacGearailt showed up well down the centre of their attack. MacGearailt’s freetaking was spot on as he converted an early brace, O’Donoghue registered a beauty from play and Hickson stole forward for another point from play.

By the 17th minute Kerry were deservedly 0-4 to 0-2 in front with only Andy Concannon’s freetaking keeping Cork in the hunt. However Cork rallied before the Firstly in the 19th minute Mark Harrington blazed over after being well-placed by David Goold and then in the 26th minute Conor Brosnan fired over the bar after Harrington’s initial effort was blocked. A terrific point by O’Donoghue edged Kerry 0-5 to 0-4 ahead but Harrington tied matters at the interval.

In the second half Kerry held Cork scoreless for a 19-minute period as Hickson grabbed his second point of the game, Gary Sayers swung over a free, O’Driscoll lobbed over a point, Alan O’Sullivan shot over another and when John Buckley split the posts in the 48th minute, Kerry led 0-10 to 0-5. The MacGearailt strike stretched their advantage and although Cork responded with two Goold frees and a score by Stephen Keohane, Sayers rounded the action off with a closing score for Kerry.

Scorers for Kerry: A MacGearailt 1-2 (0-2f), M O’Donoghue 0-3, G Sayers (0-1f), E Hickson 0-2, G O’Driscoll, A O’Sullivan, J Buckley 0-1. Scorers Cork: A Concannon (0-2f), D Goold (0-2f), M Harrington 0-2, C Brosnan, M Kelleher, S Keohane 0-1.

KERRY: S Óg Ciardubháin; G O’Connor, F Griffin, A Cahill; E Hickson, A Greaney, E O’Neill; G O’Driscoll, D Murphy; B Poff, M O’Donoghue, A O’Sullivan; G Sayers, A MacGearailt, J Buckley. Subs: M Murphy for Poff (46), T McGoldrick for Buckley (50), M Coakley for D Murphy (53), D Doyle for Cahill (60).

CORK: S Murphy; D O’Riordan, D Lynch, K Harrington; S Kelleher, C O’Connell, B Daly; M Kelleher, O Mulrooney; A Concannon, M Harrington, F O’Shea; J O’Connell, D Goold, C Brosnan. Subs: E Manning for Concannon (38), S Keohane for Kelleher (45), T Clancy for Mulrooney (47), B Coughlan for O’Shea (54), L Shorten for Brosnan (54).

Referee: Michael McGann (Clare)

Team News

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

1. Seán Óg Ó Ciardubháin – Cordal-

2 Gavin O’Connor – Castlegregory

3 Fergal Griffin – Glenbeigh/Glencar-

4 Aidan Cahill – Spa-

5 Eamon Hickson –Annascaul-

6 Adrian Greaney – St. Pats-

7 Eoin O’Neill – Renard-

8 Gary O’Driscoll – Skellig Rangers-

9 Don Murphy – Gneeveguilla-

10 Michael Murphy – Gneeveguilla-

11 Michael O’Donoghue – Spa-(Captain)

12 Alan O’Sullivan –Tuosist-

13 Gary Sayers – Keel-

14 Aodán MacGearailt – An Ghaeltacht-

15 John Buckley – Currow –

Subs

Paul O’Sullivan – Churchill-

Mike Coakley – Scartaglin –

Brendan Poff – St. Pats –

Tom McGoldrick – Brosna –

Daniel Doyle – Churchill-

Francis Courtney – Beaufort –

John Paul Brosna –Gneeveguilla-

Brian McGuire – Listowel-

Brian Gleeson –Spa-

Bainisteóir: Kerry O’Sullivan Currow; Roghnóirí : Pat Brosnan(Brosna) & Tim Dennehy (Castlegregory)

Munster Senior Football Championship Semi Final – Limerick 1-17 Waterford 1-9

Limerick defeated Waterford by 1-17 to 1-9 in the Munster Senior Football Championship Semi Final on Sunday at Fraher Field Dungarvan.

Limerick too strong for Déise

From the GAA.ie web site

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Limerick reached their second consecutive Munster GAA Football Senior Championship Final after enjoying an eight-point win, 1-17 to 1-9, over Waterford at Fraher Field in Dungarvan on Sunday afternoon. Aided by an early goal from Ger Collins, Mickey Ned O’Sullivan’s side were always in control, and though a dogged Waterford – who had to play 58 minutes of this game with 14 men – put it up to them, Limerick’s greater scoring power saw them through in the end. The performances of goalscorer Collins, Ian Ryan and Stephen Lavin were noteworthy for the Treatymen, while Waterford captain Tony Grey surged forward from wing-back to score twice but the early loss of Tommy Prendergast hampered the Déise as it meant a reconfiguration at midfield, where John Galvin and James O’Donovan enjoyed the upper hand for Limerick.

The victors enjoyed a brilliant start as Collins’ goal put them into an early 1-1 to 0-1 lead, the attacker meeting a delivery from Stephen Kelly to punch to the Waterford net in the eighth minute. Waterford’s cause worsened soon after when Prendergast was dismissed by referee Syl Doyle for a high challenge on O’Donovan, but Gary Hurney, their goalscoring hero in the win over Clare in the previous round, repeated the feat when he fired past Brian Scanlon to level at 1-2 apiece in the 14th minute.

Overall though, Limerick were stronger for the remainder of the half as Lavin and Ryan both sent over two points each and at half-time it was 1-8 to 1-4, two frees from Brian Wall keeping the home side in touch. The opening 10 minutes of the second half saw Waterford sub Kevin Power and Limerick captain Seanie Buckley exchange points, but the Déise could not find the momentum needed for them to stage a fightback to get them into contention. In contrast, Limerick continued to pick off scores, corner-back Mark O’Riordan got forward for a great point, with Collins and sub Conor Fitzgerald also weighing in and four unanswered points in the closing stages rounded off matters for them, Waterford’s Grey also being sent off, for a second booking, in injury time.

Team News

LIMERICK (SF v Waterford): B Scanlon; M O’Riordan, J McCarthy, A Lane; S Lavin, S Lucey, P Ranahan; J O’Donovan, J Galvin; P Browne, J Ryan, S Buckley; G Collins, I Ryan, S Kelly.
Subs: C Ranahan, S Gallagher, E Joy, C Fitzgerald, E O’Connor, J Mullane, C Joyce-Power, D Carroll, R Hayes, G Noonan, S O’Carroll, C Mullane, J Cooke, B Fitzpatrick

WATERFORD (SF v Limerick): T Wall; M O’Gorman, T O’Gorman, K Connery; T Grey (capt.), S Briggs, E Walsh; M Ahearne, T Prendergast; B Wall, C McGrath, W Hennessy; L O Lionain, R Ahearne, G Hurney.