GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final – Cork 1-16 Roscommon 0-10

Cork defeated Roscommon by 1-16 to 0-10 in the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday in Croke Park.

Cork book semi-final date with Dublin

From the RTE.ie web site 

Sunday, 1 August 2010 18:48

Cork booked a GAA Football Championship semi-final clash with Dublin after a 1-16 to 0-10 win over Roscommon at Croke Park. But it was only in the second half that the Munster men showed glimpses of what they are capable of. After a lacklustre first-half display, Cork led by just a point, and fell behind early in the second period to a courageous but limited Roscommon side. The Rebels increased the tempo thereafter, with Pearse O’Neill turning on the style at centre-forward, and drilling home the only goal of the game in the 64th minute. Manager Conor Counihan will be pleased with the quality of his side’s second-half performance, but concerned over the fitness of centre-back and captain Graham Canty, who limped off with a hamstring injury on 57 minutes. Daniel Goulding found the range right from the outset, knocking over a 20-metre free, and adding a ’45, before Donal Shine curled over a gem from far out on the left wing for Roscommon, having taken David O’Gara’s return pass.

The Rebels found it difficult to break down a hard-working Roscommon defence, and the willingness of the Roscommon attackers to help out was highlighted by Cathal Cregg’s wonderful block on Aidan Walsh. However, midfielder Walsh helped the Munster men shade possession in the central area, and Goulding’s fourth score was followed by a Paul Kerrigan point for a 0-05 to 0-01 lead in the 22nd minute. O’Gara launched a massive point from almost 50 metres to lift Roscommon spirits, and when John Rogers slotted over a 27th-minute effort, just three points separated the sides. Goalkeeper Geoffrey Claffey kept the Rossies very much in the game with a smart save from Pearse O’Neill, who connected first-time when sent in by Walsh. But the Connacht champions grew in confidence, with Michael Finneran and Karol Mannion stepping it up in the midfield battle, and in a rousing finish to the half, Shine steered over two more points. Had he not missed a couple of decent chances, Roscommon would have been in front at the break, rather than 0-06 to 0-05 behind.

They went ahead early in the second half. First Alan Quirke had to produce a brilliant save to deflect Ger Heneghan’s shot over the bar, then midfielders Mannion and Finneran both tagged on points. But Nicholas Murphy and Donncha O’Connor, who were among three subs introduced at half-time by Counihan, started to make an impact, and as Roscommon legs became heavy, the Rebels reeled off five points on the spin to go four clear. Goulding, O’Connor, Ciaran Sheehan, Kerrigan and O’Neill were all on target, and it was O’Neill who fired in a 64th-minute goal to seal the win, after substitute Alan O’Connor had turned over possession. Donncha O’Connor was content to tap a penalty over the bar as the Rebels cruised over the finish line.

Cork: A Quirke, R Carey, M Shields, J O’Sullivan, N O’Leary, G Canty (0-1), P Kissane, D Kavanagh, A Walsh, P Kerrigan (0-2), P O’Neill (1-2), P Kelly, D Goulding (0-6, 2f, 1 ’45), C Sheehan (0-2), C O’Neill.

Subs: N Murphy forWalsh, D O’Connor (0-3, 1 pen) for C O’Neill, J Miskella for O’Sullivan, E Cotter for Canty, A O’Connor for Kavanagh

Roscommon: G Claffey, S McDermott, P Domican, S Ormsby, S Purcell, C Dineen, D Casey, M Finneran (0-1), Karol Mannion (0-1), D Keenan, D O’Gara (0-1), C Cregg, J Rogers (0-1), D Shine (0-5, 3f), G Heneghan (0-1).

Subs: C Garvey for Purcell, K Higgins for Rogers, E Kenny for Mannion, J Dunning for Cregg

Referee: C Reilly (Meath)

Team News

Roscommon: G Claffey; S McDermott, P Domican (captain), S Ormsby; S Purcell, C Dineen, D Casey; M Finneran, K Mannion; D Keenan, D O’Gara, C Cregg; J Rogers, D Shine, G Heneghan.

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

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 7th at 3:30pm in Newbridge.

Fixture Details

07.08.2010 (Sat)

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

Newbridge 3.30pm
Cill Dara v Ciarraí
Referee: Fergus Smith (An Mhí)
(E.T. if Necessary)

ESB GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Quarter-Final – Cork 3-11 Armagh 0-19

Cork defeated Armagh by 3-11 to 0-19 in the ESB GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday in Croke Park.

Last-gasp O’Mahony goal denies Armagh

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Monday August 02 2010

AN INJURY-TIME goal from Cork substitute Stephen O’Mahony settled this dramatic contest at Croke Park yesterday. With Armagh leading by two points, they looked set to be facing Galway in the last four but, with their last attack, Cork made ground through John O’Rourke and though he was stripped of possession close to goal, O’Mahony was on hand to poke the ball home. Armagh’s early play was swift, and Ryan Conlon and Ryan Rafferty both impressed as they built a 0-7 to 0-2 lead by the 18th minute, with Rafferty unlucky to be denied an early goal. A Diarmuid Lester point for Cork cut the gap, and though a good Adrian Forker free cancelled that out, O’Rourke then struck for a Cork goal.

Armagh responded, however, and two points from Forker put them ahead by 0-12 to 1-5 at the break. A raft of changes for Cork at half-time made them look a more solid outfit, and in the opening 10 minutes of the second half they narrowed the gap to three (0-13 to 1-7). Though Brian Hurley reduced the lead to two soon after, points from Barry Seeley and Forker looked to have re-asserted Armagh’s control. A burst of 1-1 from Cork sub Dan Mac Eoin tied things at 0-15 to 2-9, however, and Hurley then gave his side the lead before McKenna equalised for Armagh. When O’Mahony pointed with five minutes left, Cork were back in the lead. But another Forker free levelled it before Niall McConville scored his second point. Sub Colin Stevenson then made it a two-point game before the drama of O’Mahony’s goal sealed it for Cork.

Scorers — Cork: J O’Rourke, D Mac Eoin, S O’Mahony 1-1 each, B Hurley 0-3 (0-1f), D Lester, K Sheehan (0-1f), K Hallissey, D Fitzgerald, D Cahalane 0-1 each. Armagh: A Forker 0-6 (0-3f), R Rafferty, R Conlon, B Seeley (0-1f), N McConville 0-2 each, C Stevenson, P Carragher, P McGeown, C Gough, M McKenna 0-1 each.

CORK — D Hanrahan; K Fulignati, D Cahalane, D Murphy; D Lester, T Clancy, J Wall; J Burns, J ORourke; K Sheehan, D Fitzgerald, A Cronin; K Hallissey, T Hegarty, B Hurley. Subs: M O’Shea for Wall (h-t), D Mac Eoin for Sheehan, S O’Mahony for Hegarty (48), D ODonovan for Fulignati (51), M Sugrue for Fitzgerald (59).

ARMAGH — M McNeice; R McCaughley, C Hoey, R Finnegan; D Nugent, J King, N McConville; P Carragher, C Gough; M McKenna, A Forker, B Seeley; R Conlon, P McGeown, R Rafferty. Subs: D Mullen for McCaughey, C Stevenson for Conlon (57), C Trainor for Seeley (58).

Ref — C Reilly (Meath)

Team News

The Cork Minor Football Team to play Armagh in the All-Ireland Minor Football Quarter Final in Croke Park on Sunday August 1st. at 12noon

CORK MF (v Armagh) – David Hanrahan, Kevin Fulignati, Damien Cahalane, Darren Murphy; Diarmuid Lester, Tom Clancy, Jamie Wall; Jamie Burns, John O’Rourke; Kevin Sheehan, Daniel Fitzgerald, Alan Cronin; Kevin Hallissey, Tom Hegarty, Brian Hurley

Subs: – Shane Masters (Kilmichael), Matthew O’Shea (Glengarriff), James Goggin (St Finbarr’s), Sean Ryan (Newcestown), David O’Donovan (Nemo Rangers), Mark Sugrue (Bandon), Dara Ring (Canovee), Dan McEoin (Ilen Rovers), Stephen O’Mahony (Gabriel Rangers)

GAA Football All-Ireland Junior Championship S-Final – Kerry 1-17 Lancashire 1-8

Kerry defeated Lancashire by 1-17 to 1-8 in the GAA Football All-Ireland Junior Championship Semi-Final on Saturday in the Old Bedians Sports Ground in Manchester.

MacGearailt inspires Kerry

From the Irish Times newspaper

ALL-IRELAND JFC SEMI-FINAL

Kerry 1-17 Lancashire 1-8

FORMER KERRY senior star Aodán MacGearailt kicked six points as the county’s junior side reached the All-Ireland final on Saturday night in Manchester. British champions Lancashire started the brighter and Clare man Eoin Meaney gave the home side the lead through a free in the second minute. Kerry moved through the gears and after half-back Eamon Hickson opened their account in the seventh minute the visitors settled. Don Murphy, MacGearailt (two frees) and Gary Sayers all raised white flags before John Buckley finished to the net in the 21st minute.

Leading by seven points late in the first half, Kerry were rocked by corner forward Richie Coss’s slick goal in the 28th minute. Before the restart, though, Lancashire were down to 14 men after Willie Ahern was red-carded for kicking out at a Kerry defender. MacGearailt converted another free to give Kerry a 1-7 to 1-2 interval lead. Lancashire kicked the first three points of the second half but Kerry then went on a scoring spree with Buckley’s 47th minute point being the pick of their scores. Kerry now face Sligo in the final on August 21st.

KERRY: S Ó Ciardubháin; G O’Connor, F Griffin, A Cahill; E Hickson (0-2), A Greaney, B Guiney; M Coakley, D Murphy (0-1); M Murphy (0-3), M O’Donoghue (0-1, capt), A O’Sullivan (0-1), Sayers (0-1), A MacGearailt (0-6, four frees), J Buckley (1-2). Subs: B Poff for G Sayers, A Fitzgerald for Buckley, T McGoldrick for Coakley, B McGuire for O’Connor, B Gleeson for Cahill.

LANCASHIRE: J Sheehan; R Gallagher, J Gibney, D Fitzpatrick; S Gallagher (capt), S Molumby (0-1), M Moore; R. O’Donoghue, L Coyne (0-1); C O’Connor, J McDermott, N Plant (0-1); E Meaney 0-4 (three frees), W Ahern, R Coss (1-0). Subs: J Corcoran (0-1) for O’Connor, A Boyle for R Gallagher, E Vahey for R O’Donoghue.

Referee: Gary McCormack (Dublin)

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Kilkenny 3-22 Cork 0-19

Kilkenny defeated Cork by 3-22 to 0-19 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday in Croke Park.

Rebel ship swept aside by perfect Cats storm

By Martin Breheny for the Irish Independent newspaper

Monday August 09 2010

EVEN the gods tried their mischievous hand to unseat Kilkenny but found, like so many opponents before them, that the greater the challenge, the greater the response from Brian Cody’s history-chasing squad. By the half-hour mark, Kilkenny had lost centre-back Brian Hogan and centre-forward Henry Shefflin to injury but had already secured their 21st successive championship victory and were looking forward to an 11th All-Ireland final appearance in 13 seasons on September 5. The sides were level at 0-2 each when Hogan went off with a damaged collarbone in the 16th minute but by the time Shefflin retired with a knee injury in the 27th minute, Kilkenny were leading by 2-6 to 0-3 and safely on their way to the final. Indeed, even at that early stage, the only matter of concern for Kilkenny supporters was whether Hogan and/or Shefflin would be fit for the final. Cork were already well beaten and beginning to look like a side that had no heart to take on the awesome storm that Kilkenny had whipped up. It says something about Kilkenny’s power that their momentum was in no way lessened by the departure of Hogan and Shefflin.

James Ryall slotted in at centre-back and looked as if he was a regular in the position, while Martin Comerford replaced Shefflin and took less than a minute to mark his arrival with a spectacular long-range point. By half-time, Kilkenny were 13 points clear (2-12 to 0-5), while Cork were on their way to their heaviest championship defeat since losing to Limerick by 18 points in 1996. Cork outscored Kilkenny by 0-14 to 1-10 in the second half but it didn’t even come close to providing any sort of consolation. It really was a compelling exhibition of power, pace and precision by Kilkenny but, it must be said, it was made easier than expected by the anaemic resistance offered by Cork. They lost a classic All-Ireland final narrowly to Kilkenny in 2006 but had slipped to nine-point inferiors in the next championship clash two years ago and were 12 points off the pace yesterday. In truth, the margin flattered Cork who, after a decent opening quarter, were outgunned mercilessly by a Kilkenny side who came as close to delivering perfection as was possible.

They hit Cork for 1-7 without reply between the 21st and 32nd minutes, the goal coming from Aidan Fogarty, who had sent out an early warning of Kilkenny’s intentions when he fired over the opening point after just 15 seconds. Not even Shefflin’s departure made any difference to Kilkenny’s power play. Losing such an influential figure might have been expected to weaken their concentration — however briefly — but it actually seemed to have the opposite effect. Cork’s traumatic day was going from bad, to worse, to awful as they closed out the first half with the unusual sight of Ben O’Connor sending a relatively easy free wide. By then, Cork had a mere five points on the scoreboard, three from O’Connor frees, plus one each from open play by midfielder Cathal Naughton and wing-back Sean Og O hAilpin.

No Cork forward scored from play in the first half, or indeed until the 15th minute of the second half, a statistic that shows how tightly they were fettered by the Kilkenny defence. Despite naming him in the starting line-up, Cork took to the field without Michael Cussen, opting instead to play Cian McCarthy. Quite what they hoped to achieve with that subterfuge is difficult to say as one suspects that Kilkenny wouldn’t have been too concerned about what line-up they faced. Shane O’Neill, who was named at corner-back, wasn’t fit to play, which was a serious setback. He was badly needed in a defence that was being gradually and effectively unhinged after starting well enough.

Kilkenny were leading 0-3 to 0-2 after 17 minutes, at which stage they made the first decisive break when Shefflin played Eddie Brennan in on goal and he beat Donal Og Cusack with a crisp strike. It was Cork who needed to be making that type of decisive break but they were utterly incapable of prising openings from a miserly Kilkenny defence. Only three of Kilkenny’s first-half total of 2-12 came from frees, while no fewer than eight different players contributed, leaving the dressing-room a very contented place at half-time. For Cork, the second half was always going to be about damage limitation but it was notable that their body language as they came back onto the pitch didn’t suggest they were in any frame of mind to take on the mountainous task.

Denis Walsh started the repair work by withdrawing attackers Aisake O hAilpin and Cian McCarthy for the second half and would later replace centre-forward Kieran Murphy, as well as both midfielders, Tom Kenny and Cathal Naughton, but it was more a case of shooting in the dark than carefully lining up the targets. Granted, it was never going to be easy against an opposition that keeps moving the target. Kilkenny resumed the second half on full throttle, scoring four points in the opening four minutes. Cork took 10 minutes to record their first score, by which stage the pace and intensity of the game had dropped significantly. The Rebels got an opportunity to score a goal in the 48th minute when Pat Horgan was awarded a penalty when frankly it looked as if he should have been penalised for trying to barge his way through. He lined up the strike himself, only to see it deflected over the bar.

Horgan would go on to score four points from play in the final 20 minutes but, by then, there was a looseness about the game as it headed towards an inevitable conclusion. Kilkenny got in for their third goal in the 62nd minute when Richie Power made a fine catch off a John Mulhall delivery, spun into position and fired past Cusack. It finished off an excellent afternoon for Power who looked on top of his game right from the off. But then so were the majority of his colleagues, including the subs who fitted in so seamlessly. It really was a case of Kilkenny at their efficient best as they moved to within one win of a place in history. As for Cork, it was a dismal end to a championship that started so promisingly when they hammered Tipperary in late May. That success must have seemed from a completely different age as they trooped out of Croke Park with nothing except memories that will haunt them for a long time.

Scorers — Kilkenny: R Power 1-8 (0-6f), A Fogarty 1-2, E Brennan 1-1, M Fennelly, M Comerford, H Shefflin (0-1f), J Fitzpatrick 0-2 each, E Larkin, T Walsh, TJ Reid 0-1 each. Cork: B O’Connor 0-7 (0-6f), P Horgan 0-6 (0-1 pen, 0-1f), J Gardiner 0-2, C Naughton, S Og O hAilpin, N McCarthy, J O’Connor 0-1 each.

Kilkenny — PJ Ryan 7; J Dalton 7, N Hickey 8, J Tyrrell 7; T Walsh 8, B Hogan 7, JJ Delaney 8; J Fitzpatrick 7, M Fennelly 9; TJ Reid 7, H Shefflin 7, E Larkin 8; E Brennan 7, R Power 9, A Fogarty 8. Subs: J Ryall 7 for B Hogan (16), M Comerford 7 for Shefflin (27), M Rice 7 for Brennan (53), J Mulhall 7 for Reid (55), D Lyng 6 for Fitzpatrick (63).

Cork — D Og Cusack 6; S Murphy 5, E Cadogan 5, B Murphy 6; J Gardiner 5, R Curran 6, S Og O hAilpin 5; T Kenny 5, C Naughton 6; C McCarthy 5, K Murphy 5, N McCarthy 5; P Horgan 7, A O hAilpin 5, B O’Connor 5. Subs: P O’Sullivan 5 for A O hAilpin (h-t), W Egan 5 for C McCarthy (h-t), J O’Connor 6 for K Murphy (44), M Cussen 6 for Naughton (47), G Callanan 5 for Kenny (59).

Ref — B Gavin (Offaly)
Awesome Cats crush Cork

From the GAA.ie web site

Sunday, August 08, 2010

We should be used to this, yet every time Kilkenny come to Croke Park and crush their biggest rivals, we gape and coo and marvel at their majesty anew. They took it to another level today, asphyxiating Cork in the second quarter of a game they owned and won in the end with little fuss, by 3-22 to 0-19. As Cork manager Denis Walsh admitted afterwards, this Kilkenny team has no weaknesses and their only choice was to go “toe-to-toe” with the champions. The ploy worked for 17 minutes, until Eddie Brennan took a ball from Henry Shefflin and delivered the first massive incision of the afternoon. Rebel blood spilled thereafter and Kilkenny cut loose. At one stage in the second quarter, they hit 1-6 without reply to leave their opponents dazed and punch drunk. Kilkenny never relented. Not once in that first half. They took control of the midfield, where James Fitzpatrick and Michael Fennelly hurled with the intensity and zealousness of men playing for their places in the September final. Richie Power delivered on his awesome talent to strike 1-8, taking his marker, Eoin Cadogan to the cleaners with an incredible display at full-forward. Their second goal, in the 22nd minute, was scored by Aidan Fogarty, as all of their starting forwards hit the target in the first half from play. By contrast, Cork’s sole score from play in the first 35 minutes came from a midfielder, Cathal Naughton. Pat Horgan came to life in the second half, but Aisake Ó hAilpín was gobbled up by Kilkenny full-back Noel Hickey and failed to re-emerge for the second half.

Kilkenny’s performance was all the more remarkable given they lost Brian Hogan (shoulder) and Shefflin (knee) to injury before 27 minutes had elapsed. “It was a big, big blow to any team,” said Cody, the Kilkenny boss. “But we speak of the panel and we believe in the panel and somebody comes in to fill in their shoes.” Martin Comerford, who lost his place in the starting XV, illustrated his manager’s point when he scored a terrific point a minute after replacing Shefflin. He helped the Cats to a 2-12 to 0-5 lead at the break. Cork, to their credit, did not hide in the second half and they outscored their opponents after the break to save some face on a bleak afternoon.

Cork’s plans were in trouble from the start. Corner back Shane O’Neill, a key member of their defence, failed to shake off a hamstring injury and was replaced in the team by Shane Murphy, while Michael Cussen was replaced by Cian McCarthy in the half-back line. Kilkenny opened the scoring in the first play of the game, Aidan Fogarty tapping over after winning possession from the throw-in. It was down the other end of the field, though, that all eyes were trained, as Kilkenny full-back Noel Hickey and Cork’s Aisake Ó hAilpín were yellow carded for their part in an early altercation. Dónal Óg Cusack, the Cork goalkeeper, delivered his first three puck outs long; when he opted to go short for the first time, Shefflin intercepted and put Kilkenny two clear. Had Cusack not been at his best in the 11th minute, it might have been the start the Rebels feared. Richie Power escaped from Eoin Cadogan, but his shot was brilliantly saved by the Cloyne man.

Two Ben O’Connor frees in a three-minute spell then had Cork level. Having struggled in the opening quarter, Cork now had a foothold in the game. The Cats, as they are wont to do, hit back mercilessly. Richie Power nudged them back in the lead before two goals in a five-minute spell changed the course of the game. The first was a thing of beauty; the second less so. Both counted the same. Shefflin, who was causing Seán Óg Ó hAilpín all sorts of problems, steamed through the Cork defence and laid the sliothar off for Eddie Brennan, whose low shot beat Cusack in the 17th minute. Cusack’s goal was again breached five minutes later and this time the Cork goalkeeper was at fault. He came out to claim a high ball on the edge of the square, but he spilled possession, allowing Aidan Fogarty in to profit from his blunder.Cork’s confidence appeared to drain away. It wasn’t going to plan for the Rebels.

They started to lose battles all over the pitch, especially in midfield. Kilkenny lost Hogan and Shefflin to injury, but it mattered little. The Cats were remorseless, relentless. As if to illustrate the mantra their manager, Cody, has always espoused, Comerford, on the pitch a minute in place of Shefflin, fired over a wonderful point from play. Now that’s strength in depth and a truly democratic panel. The Cats, inspired by the sublimely talented Richie Power, who finished with 1-8, necklaced five points together after the second goal. When Eoin Larkin robbed Naughton of possession and drilled over the bar, the Cats led by 2-10 to 0-3. Ben O’Connor and Sean Óg Ó hAilpín stemmed the seemingly inexorable tide just before the break, but the Cats finished the half with another couple of points, from Power and captain TJ Reid, to reassert their dominance. They led by 13 points, 2-12 to 0-5, at half-time.

That lead had grown to 17 five minutes into the second half, after Brennan and James Fitzpatrick had added points from play to a couple of Power frees. It took Cork 11 minutes to register a second half score, Ben O’Connor knocking over his fourth free of the game. Patrick Horgan had a chance to reduce the gap further when he was hauled down in the square by JJ Delaney. The Glen Rovers man took the penalty himself, but his shot skimmed the crossbar and all he registered was a point. Horgan was Cork’s only forward who threatened from play and he added a second score a minute later. The Rebels, however, were fighting a losing battle and Kilkenny moved into another gear at will, as Power, who was making hay on Cadogan at full-forward, capable of crushing any fleeting pockets of resistance. The talented Carrickshock man ended the game as a contest when he picked Cadogan’s pocket from a high ball into the square, turned and lashed past Cusack.

Cork hit back with three successive points, but it was mere optics, as Tommy Walsh and Michael Fennelly contributed points to Kilkenny’s remarkable total. Horgan, the beacon of hope on an otherwise gloomy day for Cork, finished with another pair of scores to bring his personal haul to 0-6, but Denis Walsh’s side were well and truly beaten, 3-22 to 0-19.

CORK: D Óg Cusack; S Murphy, E Cadogan, B Murphy; J Gardiner (0-2), R Curran, S Óg Ó hAilpín (0-1); T Kenny, C Naughton (0-1); C McCarthy, K Murphy, N McCarthy (0-1); P Horgan (0-6, 0-1f, 0-1 penalty), A Ó hAilpín, B O’Connor (0-7, 0-6f).

Cork Subs: P O’Sullivan for A Ó hAilpin HT, W Egan for C McCarthy HT, J O’Connor for K Murphy ’44, M Cussen for Naughton ’48, G Callanan for Kenny ’59.

KILKENNY: PJ Ryan; J Dalton, N Hickey, J Tyrrell; T Walsh (0-1), B Hogan, JJ Delaney; J Fitzpatrick (0-2), M Fennelly (0-2); TJ Reid (0-1), H Shefflin (0-2, 0-1f), E Larkin (0-1); E Brennan (1-1), R Power (1-8, 0-6f), A Fogarty (1-2).

Kilkenny Subs: J Ryall for B Hogan, M Comerford for Shefflin ’27, M Rice for Brennan ’53, J Mulhall for TJ Reid ’56, D Lyng for Fitzpatrick ’63.

Referee: Brian Gavin (Offaly)

Attendance: 41,060

Team News

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

KILKENNY – 1. P.J. Ryan (P.S. Ó Riain)Fenians, 2. John Dalton (Seán Ó Daltún) Carrickshock, 3. Noel Hickey (Nollaig Ó hÍcí) Dunnamaggin. 4. Jackie Tyrrell (Seán Ó Tirial) James Stephens 5. Tommy Walsh (Tomás Breathnach) Tullaroan, 6. Brian Hogan (Briain Ó hÓgáin) O’Loughlin Gaels, 7. J.J. Delaney (J.J. O Duláinne) Fenians, 8. James ‘Cha’ Fitzpatrick (Seamus Mac Giolla Phádraig) Ballyhale Shamrocks 9. Michael Fennelly (Micheál Ó Fionnalaigh) Ballyhale Shamrocks, 10. T.J. Reid (T.S. Ó Riada) Ballyhale Shamrocks, 11. Henry Shefflin (Anraí Ó Sibhleáin) Ballyhale Shamrocks, 12. Eoin Larkin (Eoin Ó Lorcáin) James Stephens 13. Eddie Brennan (Eadbhard Ó Braonáin) Graig Ballycallan, 14. Richard Power (Risteard de Paor) Carrickshock, 15. Aidan Fogarty (Aodhán Ó Fogartaigh) Emeralds,

SUBS: 16. David Herity (Daibhéid Ó hÓireachtaigh) Dunnamaggin, 17. Michael Kavanagh (Micheál Caomhánach) St. Lachtains. 18. James Ryall (Seamus Ó Riail) Graigue Ballycallan, 19. Michael Rice (Micheál Rís) Carrichshock 20. Derek Lyng (Derek Ó Loinn) Emeralds, 21. Martin Comerford (Máirtín Mac Cumascaigh) O’Loughlin Gaels, 22. Richie Hogan (Risteard Ó hÓgáin) Danesfort, 23. Paddy Hogan (Pádraig Ó hÓgáin) Danesfort 24. Canice Hickey (Cainneach Ó hÍcí) Dunnamaggin, 25. Damien Fogarty (Damien Ó Fógartaigh) Erins Own, 26. Sean Cummins (Seán Ó Comáin) Rower Inistioge, 27. John Mulhall (Seán Ó Maolchathail) St. Martins 28. Michael Grace (Micheál de Grás) Rower Inistioge, 29. Eoin Guinan (Eoin Ó Coinneáin) St. Lachtains, 30. Richie O Neill (Risteard Ó Néill) Kilmacow

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CORK-KILKENNY RENEW BIG TIME RIVALRY

Cork v Kilkenny is one of the oldest and most famous rivalries in hurling and the public can look forward to another thrilling instalment when the counties clash in the first of the GAA’s Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship semifinals in Croke Park on Sunday. Kilkenny, who are chasing their fifth All-Ireland title in a row, have recorded 20 successive championship wins since losing the 2005 All-Ireland semi-final to Galway. In the intervening period they have beaten the following counties: Galway (4), Wexford (4), Cork (2), Offaly (2); Dublin (2); Waterford (2); Clare (1), Westmeath (1), Tipperary (1), Limerick 1.

Kilkenny are bidding to reach their 11th final in 13 seasons, having missed out in 2001 and 2005 when they lost both semi-finals to Galway. Cork are bidding to reach the final for the first time since 2006. They last played Kilkenny in the championship in 2008 when they lost the All-Ireland semi-final by nine points.

Paths to the semi-final

Kilkenny

Kilkenny 4-19 Dublin 0-12 (Leinster semi-final)

Kilkenny 1-19 Galway 1-12 (Leinster final)

Average For: 2-21 Average Against: 0-14

Kilkenny Scorers

Henry Shefflin….1-19 (0-13 frees, 0-2 ‘65s)

Aidan Fogarty….2-1

Richie Power……1-3

TJ Reid…………..0-5

Michael Rice……0-4

Eddie Brennan…1-2

Richie Hogan…..0-2

Eoin Larkin…….0-1

Martin Comerford….0-1

Cork

Cork 3-15 Tipperary 0-14 (Munster quarter-final)

Cork 2-19 Limerick 0-12 (Munster semi-final)

Cork 2-15 Waterford 2-15 (Munster final)

Waterford 1-16 Cork 1-13 (Munster final replay – after extra-time)

Cork 1-25 Antrim 0-19 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

Average For: 1-20; Average Against: 0-17

Cork Scorers

Ben O’Connor……………..2-24 (1-18 frees)

Pat Horgan…………………..3-4 (1-0 pen)

Niall McCarthy……………1-10

John Gardiner……………0-11 (6 frees, 3 ‘65s)

Paudie O’Sullivan………..1-7

Cathal Naughton………….0-9

Aisake Ó hAilpín………….2-2

Kieran Murphy…………….0-6

Tom Kenny…………………0-4

Jerry O’Connor……………0-3

Michael Cussen……………0-2

William Egan………………0-2

Lorcan McLoughlin…….0-1

Seán Óg Ó hAilpín………0-1

Brian Murphy………………0-1

Last Championship Clash

Kilkenny 1-23 Cork 0-17 (2008 All-Ireland semi-final)

Kilkenny: PJ Ryan; Michael Kavanagh, Noel Hickey, Jackie Tyrrell; Tommy Walsh, Brian Hogan, JJ Delaney; James ‘Cha’ Fitzpatrick (0-1), Derek Lyng (0-1); Eddie Brennan (0-4), Martin Comerford, Eoin Larkin (1-2); Richie Power, Henry Shefflin (0-9), Aidan Fogarty (0-4).

Subs: Willie O’Dwyer (0-1) for Comerford, TJ Reid (0-1) for Power, Michael Rice for Fitzpatrick.

Cork: Donal Og Cusack; Shane O’Neill, Diarmuid O’Sullivan, Brian Murphy; John Gardiner (0-1), Ronan Curran, Sean Og O hAilpin; Tom Kenny (0-2), Jerry O’Connor (0-1); Ben O’Connor (0-8), Niall McCarthy, Pa Cronin (0-1); Cathal Naughton (0-1), Joe Deane, Patrick Horgan (0-1).

Subs: Kieran Murphy for Deane, Tommy McCarthy (0-1) for Niall McCarthy, Neil Ronan (0-1), Paudie O’Sullivan for Naughton.

Last Allianz GAA Hurling National League Clash

Cork 0-18 Kilkenny 1-13 (14 March 2010), Páirc Uí Chaoimh

Scorers: Cork: J Gardiner 0-7 (0-3f, 0-2 ’65’), P Horgan 0-4 (0-2f), P O’Sullivan, N McCarthy 0-2 each, T Kenny, C Naughton, J O’Connor 0-1 each.
Kilkenny: R Power 0-7 (0-4f), J Mulhall 1-3, M Grace 0-2, E Larkin 0-1.

Cork — D Óg Cusack; S O’Neill, E Cadogan, S Murphy; J Gardiner, R Curran, B Murphy; T Kenny, C Naughton; B O’Connor, M O’Sullivan, N McCarthy; K Murphy, A Ó hAilpín, P Horgan. Subs: J O’Connor for O’Sullivan (48), P O’Sullivan for Horgan (57), M Cussen for B O’Connor (60).

Kilkenny — P J Ryan; C Hickey, B Hogan, J Dalton; T Walsh, J Tyrrell, JJ Delaney; J Tennyson, P J Delaney; J Mulhall, W O’Dwyer, E Larkin; M Grace, R Power, A Fogarty. Subs: E Brennan for O’Dwyer (43), J Ryall for PJ Delaney (55), S Cummins for JJ Delaney (67).

Last ten championship meetings

2008: Kilkenny 1-23 Cork 0-17 (All-Ireland semi-final)

2006: Kilkenny 1-16 Cork 1-13 (All-Ireland final)

2004: Cork 0-17 Kilkenny 0-9 (All-Ireland final)

2003: Kilkenny 1-14 Cork 1-11 (All-Ireland final)

1999: Cork 0-13 Kilkenny 0-12 (All-Ireland final)

1992: Kilkenny 3-10 Cork 1-12 (All-Ireland final)

1983: Kilkenny 2-14 Cork 2-12 (All-Ireland final)

1982: Kilkenny 3-18 Cork 1-13 (All-Ireland final)

1978: Cork 1-15 Kilkenny 2-8 (All-Ireland final)

1972: Kilkenny 3-24 Cork 5-11 (All-Ireland final)

Kilkenny 7 Cork 3

Last 20 All-Ireland semi-finals

Kilkenny

2009: Kilkenny 2-23 Waterford 3-15

2008: Kilkenny 1-23 Cork 0-17

2007: Kilkenny 0-23 Wexford 1-10

2006: Kilkenny 2-21 Clare 1-16

2005: Galway 5-18 Kilkenny 4-18

2004: Kilkenny 3-12 Waterford 0-18

2003: Kilkenny 3-18 Tipperary 0-15

2002: Kilkenny 1-20 Tipperary 1-16

2001: Galway 2-15 Kilkenny 1-13

2000: Kilkenny 2-19 Galway 0-17

1999: Kilkenny 2-14 Clare 1-13

1998: Kilkenny 1-11 Waterford 1-10

1997: Clare 1-17 Kilkenny 1-13

1993: Kilkenny 4-18 Antrim 1-9

1992: Kilkenny 2-13 Galway 1-12

1991: Kilkenny 2-18 Antrim 1-19

1987: Kilkenny 2-18 Antrim 2-11

1986: Galway 4-12 Kilkenny 0-13

1982: Kilkenny 2-20 Galway 2-10

1978: Kilkenny 4-20 Galway 4-13

Won 16; Lost 4.

Cork

2008: Kilkenny 1-23 Cork 0-17

2006: Cork 1-16 Waterford 1-15

2005: Cork 0-16 Clare 0-15

2004: Cork 1-27 Wexford 0-12

2003: Cork 3-17 Wexford 2-7 (replay)

2003: Cork 2-20 Wexford 3-17 (draw)

2000: Offaly 0-19 Cork 0-15

1999: Cork 0-19 Offaly 0-16

1992: Cork 2-17 Down 1-11

1990: Cork 2-20 Antrim 1-13

1986: Cork 7-11 Antrim 1-24

1985: Galway 4-12 Cork 5-5

1984: Cork 3-26 Antrim 2-5

1983: Cork 5-15 Galway 1-16

1979: Galway 2-14 Cork 1-13

1977: Cork 3-14 Galway 1-15

1975: Galway 4-15 Cork 2-19

1970: Cork 4-20 London 2-9

1954: Cork 4-13 Galway 2-1

1952: Cork 1-5 Galway 0-6

Won 14, Drew 1, Lost 5.

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Tipperary 3-19 Waterford 1-18

Tipperary defeated Waterford by 3-19 to 1-18 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday in Croke Park.

Sheedy hits right note in ruthless Tipp attack

Tipperary 3-19 Waterford 1-18

All-Ireland SHC semi-final

By Martin Breheny for the Irish Independent newspaper

Monday August 16 2010

WATERFORD finished with five of their six starting forwards sitting in the stand, a statistic which goes a long way to explaining why their latest attempt to reach the All-Ireland final ran aground on the jagged rocks strategically placed by hard-working Tipperary. John Mullane took the forward battle to Tipperary with as much efficiency as he could muster but was left so short of support that he would be forgiven for ignoring his colleagues on the lonely journey back home last night. It was evident from quite early on that he was very much on his own in terms of being a consistent source of menace against a well-organised Tipperary defence. Davy Fitzgerald’s decision to promote Brian O’Halloran to the starting line-up (he came in for Seamus Prendergast, who was named on the team on Friday night) didn’t work as the youngster found Paul Curran’s power, craft and experience all too much. In fairness to O’Halloran, he needed low deliveries played left and right of him so that he could draw Curran out of position but instead had to make do with high, hanging balls, which were far more suited to his vigilant marker. Prendergast replaced O’Halloran after 22 minutes but that didn’t bring about much improvement either. Indeed, it wasn’t until Ken McGrath was introduced after 51 minutes that Waterford made any real progress against a defence where Curran, Declan Fanning, Padraic Maher and Conor O’Mahony ran the security operation with considerable authority. Further up, Shane McGrath was the dominant presence at midfield, while the attack was quick and slick, frequently stretching Waterford to breaking point. Liam Sheedy’s pre-match switch of Noel McGrath from right corner-forward to centre-forward worked superbly, as did the recall of John O’Brien.

Noel McGrath hurled like a man who was delighted to be liberated from the confines of the corner. He scored five points from  open play while also undermining Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh, who has so often been the anchor that held the Waterford defence in place. With Walsh under intense pressure, uncertainty spread through the defence and was ruthlessly exploited by the Tipperary attack. O’Brien, back in favour after doing well as a sub against Galway in the quarter-final, seized his big chance and played himself on to the team for the All-Ireland final by scoring six points from open play in what was probably his best performance at Croke Park. Lar Corbett was hugely productive too, covering acres of ground, bringing colleagues into play with accurate passes, while decorating it all by scoring 1-2.  Eoin Kelly’s radar wasn’t at its sharpest from frees (rather uncharacteristically, he sent four wide) but he more than compensated in open play with two second-half goals. Noel McGrath, O’Brien, Kelly and Corbett scored 3-13 between them from play, which was in sharp contrast to their Waterford counterparts.

Their starting six forwards managed just five points from open play, with three coming from Mullane. It highlighted the extent to which the Waterford attack struggled on a day when their Eoin Kelly made no impression in open play and also missed two frees he would normally stroke over with effortless ease. Despite their problems, Waterford stayed with Tipperary up to the three-quarter mark,  due mainly to the honesty of their efforts and the hard-working ethic, which is a trademark of their game. Indeed, when they reduced the six-point interval deficit (1-11 to 0-8) to only three points (1-12 to 0-12) in the 46th minute, it looked as if they might be heading towards building up a momentum that would compensate for their difficulties in attack.

However, Tipperary’s response was quick and effective. Noel McGrath and Lar Corbett pointed before Eoin Kelly’s poaching instincts took him clear of the Waterford defence as the ball broke off a line cut and he swept it past Clinton Hennessy. It put Tipperary eight points to the good (2-14 to 0-12) after 52 minutes and on their way to another All-Ireland final date with Kilkenny. Waterford won the final quarter by a point (1-6 to 1-5) but Tipperary were in cruise mode for much of it, safe in the knowledge that they weren’t in any danger of being reeled in. Eoin Kelly added their third goal on the hour mark, while Waterford’s consolation goal was scored by substitute Eoin McGrath in the 68th minute.

It really was a frustrating day for Waterford, who faced their first big test after 22 minutes when Corbett took a delivery from Padraic Maher and shot to the net.  Like quite a few other of Tipperary’s scores, it came as a direct result of sloppy play by Waterford as Maher easily picked up a poor clearance out of defence. There were other occasions too when poorly directed passes cost Waterford dearly. Tipperary were far more accurate with their transfers and, with so many of their forwards very much on their game, it was always likely that they would run up a big score. Waterford’s tactic of swarming around midfield never really worked. It left them short-handed close to goal and while Mullane did his best, there was a limit to what he could achieve on his own.

So then, Tipperary are back in the All-Ireland final and another clash with Kilkenny, whom they matched for over an hour last year before being overtaken on the run-in.  Are they better this year? They hadn’t been up to now but there’s no doubt that they moved up a gear yesterday and they will feel that they’re coming good at exactly the right time of the year. They have averaged 3-18 in their two games at Croke Park over the past three weeks, a sizeable return which, if repeated against Kilkenny, would give them a right good chance of capsizing the five-in-a-row boat.  Mind you, it’s most unlikely the attack will get anything like as much room against Kilkenny, the proven experts at closing down opposition forwards.

As for Waterford, it turned into yet another depressing August Sunday at Croke Park. It was their seventh defeat in eight All-Ireland semi-finals since 1998, a disappointing return for a team that has won four Munster titles in the past eight years. It keeps them rooted as a top-four team who just can’t make the breakthrough. They would have thought in advance that a 1-18 return might prove enough but it didn’t come close against a much a more enterprising Tipperary outfit. Besides, 1-3 of Waterford’s return came in the final 10 minutes, by which time Tipperary were already thinking ahead to the final.  One suspects that, had it been closer, the Tipperary defence would have been far more difficult to breach on the home stretch, just as they had been when the game was finely balanced earlier on.

Scorers — Tipperary: E Kelly 2-3 (0-3f), N McGrath 0-7 (0-1f, 0-1 ’65’), J O’Brien 0-6, L Corbett 1-2, S McGrath 0-1. Waterford: E Kelly 0-5 (0-5f), T Browne (0-2f 0-1 ’65’), K McGrath (0-1f), J Mullane 0-3 each, E McGrath 1-0, R Foley, K Moran, S Prendergast, S Molumphy 0-1 each.

Tipperary — B Cummins 7; M Cahill 7, P Curran 8, P Stapleton 6; D Fanning 8, C O’Mahony 8, Padraic Maher 8; B Maher 6, S McGrath 7; G Ryan 5, N McGrath 9, Patrick Maher 6; E Kelly 8, L Corbett 9, J O’Brien 9. Subs: S Callanan 7 for Ryan (50), P Bourke 6 for Patrick Maher (62).

Waterford — C Hennessy 6; E Murphy 5, L Lawlor 5, N Connors 6; T Browne 6, M Walsh 5, D Prendergast 6; S O’Sullivan 5, R Foley 5; S Molumphy 5, K Moran 5, E Kelly 5; J Mullane 9, B O’Halloran 5, S Walsh 5. Subs: S Prendergast 6 for O’Halloran (22), K McGrath 7 for Kelly (51), D Shanahan 5 for Moran (55), E McGrath 7 for S Walsh (55), T Ryan for Molumphy (66).

Ref — J Sexton (Cork)
All action Tipp in mood for final atonement

Tipperary 3-19 Waterford 1-18

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, August 16, 2010

AFTER this, a far more comprehensive All-Ireland semi-final win than the scoreline would suggest, it can be said with certainty – Tipperary are back. Back in another All-Ireland final and back to the kind of form they showed in almost toppling Kilkenny in last year’s decider.  Seems like a long time ago now that this same Tipperary team were suffering something of a crisis against Cork down in Páirc Uí Chaoimh in the first round of the Munster championship.  Yet it was only a few months ago, May 30 to be exact, when they crashed to a 10-point defeat.

After that defeat we were left wondering which was the aberration, that startlingly poor performance, or the heights of last September? Well, now we know. In Tipperary’s subsequent All-Ireland qualifier wins over first Wexford, then Offaly, there were hints; then came the All-Ireland quarter-final and a late, late win over Galway, a victory chiselled from adversity, coming from two points behind in the final minutes to win by one. That win showed character, showed steely determination, vital ingredients in any ambitious side. This one though showed class, real class, a comprehensive beating of a Waterford team that all season had set out its stall to defend, to keep the score down and then count on the likes of their two marquee forwards, John Mullane and free-taker Eoin Kelly, to do just enough for them to win.

Mullane was superb again yesterday, scored three points from play and was fouled for three more, and Eoin contributed five points from placed balls but was well held otherwise by the tenacious Declan Fanning. With no-one else really featuring, however, against an on-fire Tipperary defence in which Paul Curran and Conor O’Mahony were superb, a dominant midfield of Brendan Maher and Shane McGrath, and a sizzling attack that was firing on all cylinders, that wasn’t even nearly enough.  A start-to-finish and front-to-back team performance, everyone contributing, this was a rallying cry for Tipperary, a real return to form.  The first quarter was a battle, the kind of dogfight Waterford wanted, the kind of dogfight they had thrived on in winning Munster, and after 17 minutes they were level, 0-5 apiece.

Already, however, the signs were there. Young Noel McGrath (hard to believe he’s still only 19) was having a field day at centre-forward for Tipp on Waterford’s outstanding defender Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh, while John O’Brien – whose selection had caught many by surprise – was causing huge problems in the corner.  All over the field there was a purpose about Tipperary’s play, and Waterford were struggling to contain the Premier men’s pace and power. When the first Tipperary goal did come, however, it was a simple affair. Another huge ball from the Tipperary half-back line by the unchallenged Padraic Maher was plucked from over the head of Waterford full-back Liam Lawlor by Lar Corbett – Clinton Hennessey was given no chance.

That strike put Tipperary five points ahead by the 23rd minute, and though Waterford fought back again, a flurry of points before the break (O’Brien, McGrath and Tipp free-taker Eoin Kelly) saw Tipp, the odds-on favourites, ahead at the break by six (1-11 to 0-8).  Waterford were in trouble and a good start to the second half was needed by the Munster champions. It came too with points from Kelly (two frees), a long-range free by Tony Browne, and a super score by Mullane bringing them back to within a goal of Tipp in the 46th minute (1-12 to 0-12). That was their last hurrah though as points from Noel McGrath (took over the long-range frees from Eoin Kelly) and Lar before the second Tipperary goal. Battling a back injury for the last week, Eoin Kelly was now in another battle, with all the various members of the Waterford inside defence but with Noel Connors particularly. But then a moment of genius. A clever touch on a long McGrath sideline ball, a quick pounce on the break, a first-time ground shot, and Eoin had his first goal to propel Tipperary into an eight-point lead (2-14 to 0-12).

That was the end of it. Oh, there was a third Tipperary goal, Eoin Kelly again, put clear in the 60th minute by the pace and pass of Lar Corbett for an open shot, but the game was already decided.  As they had done on a few successful occasions this season Waterford brought on the cavalry, five of their starting forwards replaced, Big Dan Shanahan and the McGrath brothers, Ken and Eoin, coming in for the final 20 minutes. All too late, even if Ken (3 points) and Eoin (a goal) McGrath did suggest that they had much more to offer.  Overall, a complete team performance for Tipperary in a complete win, and it throws up the prospect of another hotly contested All-Ireland final.  Would anyone have seen that at the end of last May, however? So much can change in less than three months.

Tipperary: Brendan Cummins; Paddy Stapleton, Paul Curran, Michael Cahill; Declan Fanning, Conor OMahony, Padraic Maher; Brendan Maher, Shane McGrath (0-1); Gearóid Ryan, Patrick Maher, John O’Brien (0-6); Noel McGrath (0-5), Eoin Kelly (2-5), Lar Corbett (1-2).
Subs: Seamus Callanan, Pa Bourke.

Waterford: Clinton Hennessy; Eoin Murphy, Liam Lawlor, Noel Connors; Tony Browne (0-3), Michael Walsh, Declan Prendergast; Shane O’Sullivan, Richie Foley (0-1); Kevin Moran (0-1), Stephen Molumphy (0-1), Eoin Kelly (0-5); John Mullane (0-3), Shane Walsh, Brian O’Halloran.

Subs: Seamus Prendergast (0-1), Ken McGrath (0-3), Tommy Ryan, Eoin McGrath (1-0).

Referee: J Sexton (Cork)
Tipperary get past Waterford to face Kilkenny in final

From the Breaking News.ie web site

Tipperary 3-19 Waterford 1-18

Tipperary will face Kilkenny in the final of the GAA All-Ireland Hurling Senior Championship for the second year in a row after they overcame Waterford at Croke Park today. Goals proved to be the deciding factors for Liam Sheedy’s side, who were fully deserving of their win, benefiting from some astute tactical decisions on the sideline. Noel McGrath was probably Tipp’s brightest star, though captain Eoin Kelly plundered two goals while John O’Brien, Shane McGrath and Padraic Maher also shone. John Mullane showed up well for Waterford but not enough of the rest of their forwards did so, in contrast to Tipp’s attacking division.

After an even opening, Tipp powered ahead to lead at half-time, 1-11 to 0-8, the crucial score coming from Lar Corbett in the 22nd minute, when he caught an excellent Padraic Maher delivery to kick the sliothar past Clinton Hennessy in the Waterford goal. That, and the performances of Noel McGrath and John O’Brien, who scored seven points between them in the opening period, was the difference between the sides. McGrath, playing at centre-forward, was in excellent form as he was involved in a number of scores, curbing the influence of Déise centre-back Michael Walsh in the process. While midfield was even for the most part, Shane McGrath’s display meant that Tipp were shading matters there, but even though some of Waterford’s distribution was poor, Eoin Kelly was on form from frees for the most part while John Mullane also contributed two good points. Paul Curran and Padraic Maher were shining in defence for Tipp, who never trailed in the opening half bar the game’s opening score, from Richie Foley. By the time of the goal, Tipp had forged 0-7 to 0-5 ahead, and though Waterford stayed in touch from there to the break, Tipperary looked that bit sharper, Corbett’s point in injury time meaning that there were six points between the sides at the interval.

A Tony Browne free within a minute of the restart gave Waterford some hope, however, and when Eoin Kelly converted his fourth free the gap was down to four, while his Tipperary namesake was struggling from placed balls, missing three in the opening nine minutes of the second half. O’Brien’s fourth point had put them four ahead again though, but Waterford looked to have the momentum now, Mullane with a fine score and another Kelly free making it 1-12 to 0-12 in the 46th minute. Davy Fitzgerald’s side were defending far better than they had been in the first half, but in attack they were still being made to work hard for their scores, as evidenced by the withdrawal of Eoin Kelly for Ken McGrath in the 51st minute.

At the other end Noel McGrath, having taken over free-taking duties, restored Tipp’s four-point lead before Corbett added a wondrous point, and then came the second goal, Kelly showing brilliant skill to create a chance from Noel McGrath’s sideline. With an eight-point lead, 2-14 to 0-12, Tipp were now fully in command and Waterford went for broke, bringing on Dan Shanahan and Eoin McGrath for Kevin Moran and Shane Walsh. Points from another sub, Ken McGrath, and Stephen Molumphy got them back into it somewhat, but Noel McGrath was in irrepressible form, sending over two points in the space of a minute.

Waterford needed a goal and they almost got it but Mullane’s tame shot was saved by Brendan Cummins and though a Ken McGrath point followed, less than a minute later the game was as good as over, as Eoin Kelly scored his second goal, profiting from a Corbett handpass. Mullane did have another goal chance brilliantly blocked by Cummins while Ken McGrath had a 20m free stopped, and though Tony Browne scored the 65s that resulted from both of those chances, Waterford needed more. They got it when Eoin McGrath flicked the ball past Cummins when a Walsh free floated over the Tipp defence, making it 3-18 to 1-17, and his brother Ken followed that immediately with a point to leave two goals in it as the game entered its final minute of normal time. Tipp were not going to be caught though and O’Brien’s sixth point wrapped things up for them, setting up a rematch with the Cats next month.

TIPPERARY: B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, M Cahill; D Fanning, C O’Mahony, Padraic Maher; B Maher, S McGrath (0-1); G Ryan, N McGrath (0-7, 0-1f, 0-1 65), Patrick Maher; J O’Brien (0-6), L Corbett (1-1), E Kelly (2-3, 0-2f).

Subs: D Young for Fanning (blood, 33-34), S Callanan for Ryan (50), B O’Meara for O’Brien (blood, 54-57), P Bourke for Patrick Maher (62)

WATERFORD: C Hennessy; E Murphy, L Lawlor, N Connors; T Browne (0-3, 0-2 65, 0-1f), M Walsh, D Prendergast; S O’Sullivan, R Foley (0-1); S Molumphy (0-1), K Moran (0-1), E Kelly (0-5f); J Mullane (0-3), B O’Halloran, S Walsh.

Subs: S Prendergast (0-1) for O’Halloran (22), K McGrath (0-3, 0-1f) for Kelly (51), D Shanahan for Moran, E McGrath (1-0) for Walsh (both 54), T Ryan for Molumphy (66)

Referee: J Sexton (Cork)

Team News

The Tipperary team to play Waterford in the All Ireland senior hurling semi-final against Waterford on Sunday shows one change from the team which defeated Galway in the quarter-final. John O’Brien returns to the team at left half forward in place of his Toomevara clubmate, David Young with Shane McGrath being named in midfield instead of Young.

The team is:

1. Brendan Cummins (Ballybacon-Grange)

2. Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh)

3. Paul Curran (Mullinahone)

4. Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)

5. Declan Fanning (Killenaule)

6. Conor O’Mahony (Newport)

7. Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

8. Brendan Maher (Borris–Ileigh)

9. Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch)

10. Gearóid Ryan (Templederry Kenyons)

11. Patrick Maher (Lorrha & Dorrha)

12. John O’Brien (Toomevara)

13. Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)

14. Eoin Kelly (Mullinahone) Captain

15. Lar Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields)

Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland Under 21 ‘B’ Championship Semi-Final – Kerry v Fermanagh

Kerry will play Fermanagh in the Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland Under 21 ‘B’ Championship Semi-Final on Saturday August 21st at 1:15pm in Pearse Stadium Galway.

Fixture Details

21.08.2010 (Sat)
Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland Under 21 ‘B’ Championship Semi-Final

Pearse Stadium 1.15 pm    
Ciarraí v Fear Manach
Referee: Sean Whelan (Loch Garman) 
(E.T. if Necessary)

ESB GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor Championship Semi-Final – Clare 0-20 Dublin 2-13

Clare defeated Dublin by 0-20 to 2-13 in the ESB GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor Championship Semi-Final on Sunday in Croke Park.

Banner braced for Cats clash

Clare 0-20 Dublin 2-13

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, August 16, 2010

A CAMPAIGN which began on a low note in mid-April against Waterford has changed dramatically for the Clare minor hurlers. In Croke Park yesterday they overturned Dublin in the ESB All-Ireland MHC semi-final and in the process banished the memories of their early season reversal in Dungarvan as they ensured the county will contest it’s first national decider at this grade since 1997. There, on September 5, they will face a Kilkenny team that breezed into the final last week by a massive 19 points. Clare’s victory here was considerably tighter.

They nursed a two-point lead entering the dying embers and were hugely relieved to see Dublin substitute Robert Hardy’s blinding drive in the 62nd minute whistle over the bar. Thus, when referee Eamonn Hassen called a halt to the action, Clare had just a point to spare, but they should have been further ahead. By the 18th minute Clare led 0-8 to 0-1 and while they never enjoyed such a substantial advantage again, they still inserted daylight between the sides during the rest of the match. In the second-half they led by five points in the 35th minute, four points in the 48th minute and again by four points in the 53rd minute. But Dublin rallied on each occasion and Clare’s final point arrived eight minutes before the final whistle.

The two goals Dublin plundered in the second-half were integral in ensuring their challenge for honours remained on stable foundations. The first in the 36th minute was sloppy from Clare’s viewpoint and opportunist from Dublin’s. Cormac Costello floated in a sideline from the right wing that Clare goalkeeper Ronan Taaffe grasped, but the sliothar spilled from his hand and Emmet O Conghaile was on hand to bundle a shot to the net. The second in the 53rd minute was a well-taken strike with Costello creating the space to bang a low shot to the bottom corner.

In the face of adversity, Clare’s response to the concession of each goal was admirable. After O Conghaile’s strike they reeled off three of the next four points in the game and when Costello goaled, Clare simply went downfield and split the posts three times in a row. Those scoring bursts were essential to their ultimate triumph and ensured their claims to a final berth were legitimate. But they still had to sweat anxiously heading down the stretch, a point admitted by joint-manager Gerry O’Connor afterwards. “We’ve made life hard for ourselves all year. We got a great start, dominating puckouts and winning all the breaks but Dublin are a hugely physical team and they ground us down. They made a lot of changes, brought in Hetherton inside in the full-forward line and pushed us to the limit. We’ve been conceding goals all year and each time it has driven us on. That’s the strength to this team all year, that in adversity we really respond.”

In the early exchanges, Clare’s display was spellbinding. Enda Boyce opened brightly and went on to give a fantastic display at wing-back, while midfielder Tony Kelly was involved all over the pitch, adorning his work with two classy points. Their forwards looked dangerous, with Daire Keane and particularly Niall Arthur in lethal form. Arthur wound up with eight points next to his name and he maintained the high standards he set early on, Keane could have inflicted further pain on Dublin in the 18th minute after the impressive Paudge Collins played him into space, but Eamonn Dillon diverted his goalbound shot over the bar. Dublin rallied significantly before the interval and managed to outscore Clare 0-6 to 0-1 in that time frame.

Centre-forward Ciaran Kilkenny lobbed over a couple of beautiful points while Conor Murphy and Danny Sutcliffe gave strong displays as well. They only trailed 0-9 to 0-7 at half-time and were very much in the hunt. But Clare’s hurling was at a consistently higher pitch in the second-half. Arthur fired over a pair of frees straight after the break and Cathal Malone lashed over a shot from distance to see them 0-12 to 1-7 in front. Even when O Conghaile hit the net, Clare kept their heads and were aided by Arthur continuing to shine in attack, and substitute Aaron Cunningham producing a dazzling cameo that yielded two lovely points. To their credit Dublin kept charging at their opponents with Dean Flood’s freetaking very accurate and John Hetherton making a big impression when introduced at full-forward. Costello’s goal instilled their challenge with hope but Clare’s composure was critical in sealing a final date with Kilkenny. Banner joint-manager Donal Moloney admits they face a serious challenge in that encounter but is eagerly awaiting the day.

“We’re delighted to be in the final and facing Kilkenny. It’s a great honour and privilege to be in the last two in Ireland, we’re really going to look forward to it. Obviously their score and performance last weekend was exceptional, but they don’t hold any fear for us. We’ve had a few games against them early on in the year. It’s a replay of last year’s U21 final so we’re going to come here and set out our stall to do ourselves justice on the day.”

Scorers for Clare: N Arthur 0-8 (4f); D Keane 0-3; T Kelly, A Cunningham 0-2 each; C Galvin, C Malone, P Collins, J Shanahan, D O’Halloran 0-1 each.

Scorers Dublin: C Costello, E O Conghaile 1-1 each; D Flood 0-4 (3f); C Kilkenny 0-3; J Hetherton 0-2 (2f); G Whelan, R Hardy 0-1 each.

Clare substitutes: A Cunningham for Malone (45), A Mulready for D O’Halloran (54)

Dublin substitutes: N Maguire for Kelly (27), J Hetherton for Whelan (37), R Hardy for McCarthy (43), N Ryan for Flood (58)

Referee: E Hassen (Derry)

Bord Gais All-Ireland Under 21 Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Tipperary 2-32 Antrim 1-7

Tipperary defeated Antrim by 2-32 to 1-7 in the Bord Gais All-Ireland Under 21 Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Saturday in O’Connor Park Tullamore.

Tipperary cruise through to U-21 hurling final

From the Breakingnews.ie web site

All-Ireland U-21 HC semi-final

Tipperary 2-32 Antrim 1-7, Tullamore

Tipperary registered 15 wides but it mattered little as they easily saw off the challenge of Antrim in the first of today’s Bord Gais Energy All-Ireland Under-21 Hurling Championship semi-finals at O’Connor Park in Tullamore. Corner forward John O’Dwyer was the star of the show, bagging a goal in either half as Tipperary advanced to the showpiece final on September 11. Antrim boss Dinny Cahill got not change from his native county who dominated throughout, with O’Dwyer’s first goal setting Tipperary on their way. O’Dwyer’s spectacular first came in the second quarter, and Tipp pushed into a 1-11 to 0-0 lead before Thomas McCann eventually opened the Saffrons’ account in the 26th minute. The centre-forward’s point was a well-taken score but Tipp continued to dominate up to half-time. Scores arrived from all sectors for the Munster champions, indeed nine players were on target for the Premier County side in the opening half. Brian O’Meara, Patrick and Brendan Maher and O’Dwyer claimed points to power Tipp towards a 1-18 to 0-1 interval lead.

Tipperary manager Ken Hogan could afford to call senior star Noel McGrath ashore at the break. The midfielder had contributed six points during the opening half hour, and was replaced by Adrian Ryan for the second half. Tipperary were hungry for goals and although Cormac Donnelly denied John O’Neill, and Antrim goalkeeper Eoin Gillan blocked John O’Dwyer on the rebound in the 47th minute, a second goal came quickly for Hogan’s youngsters. O’Dwyer sent Tipp into a 2-25 to 0-4 lead with a superb 48th minute ground strike, after Michael Heffernan had played the ball in from the corner. Antrim quickly made amends, with Michael Armstrong doubling on a speculative PJ O’Connell shot, 30 seconds later, for the Ulster side’s only goal. Defender James Campbell and Armstrong (0-2) adding points late on, but Tipp were not going to be reeled in and they comfortably cruised to a 28-point win. For Antrim, it is another crushing blow as their wait for a first ever All-Ireland final appearance at this age grade continues.

Scorers: Tipperary: J O’Dwyer 2-3, N McGrath (0-2f, 0-2 ’65’), M Heffernan 0-6 each, S Carey 0-4, B O’Meara, K Morris 0-3 each, Padraic Maher, B Maher, S Hennessy (0-1f), Patrick Maher, P Murphy, J O’Neill, A Ryan 0-1 each.

Antrim: M Armstrong 1-2, T McCann 0-2, J Campbell, C Carson, D Hamill 0-1 each

TIPPERARY: J Logue; K O’Gorman, J Coghlan, M Cahill; J Barry, Padraig Maher, B Maher; S Hennessy, N McGrath; S Carey, P Murphy, Patrick Maher; M Heffernan, B O’Meara, J O’Dwyer.

Subs used: A Ryan for N McGrath, K Morris for Patrick Maher (both half-time), C Hough for B Maher (39 mins), J O’Neill for Hennessy (41), A Ryan for Carey (49), C Coughlan for O’Gorman (50).

ANTRIM: E Gillan; K Molloy, C Donnelly, S Shannon; L McAuley, M Donnelly, J Campbell; PJ O’Connell, E Laverty; M Devlin, T McCann, C Rocks; M Armstrong, C Carson, D Hamill.

Subs used: G Laverty for McCann (12-13 mins, temp), M Burke for McAuley (39), G Laverty for Rocks (49), N Cunningham for C Donnelly (52), M Lynch for O’Connell (59).

Referee: Tony Carroll (Offaly)

Team News

The Tipperary under 21 hurling team to play Antrim in the All Ireland U-21 semi-final on Saturday afternoon in Tullamore shows no change from the team which defeated Clare in the Munster final. The team is:

1. James Logue (Ballingarry)               
2. Kevin O’Gorman (Thurles Sarsfields)         
3. John Coghlan (Moyne-Templetuohy)          
4. Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)  
5. James Barry (Upperchurch Drombane)
6. Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)  Captain
7. Brendan Maher (Borris–Ileigh)       
8. Seamus Hennessy (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
9. Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)      
10. Seán Carey (Moyle Rovers)                      
11. Patrick Maher (Lorrha & Dorrha)              
12. Brian O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs)    
13. Michael Heffernan (Nenagh Éire Óg)         
14. Paddy Murphy (Nenagh Éire Óg)              
15. John O’Dwyer (Killenaule)

GAA Football All-Ireland Junior Championship Final – Sligo 2-10 Kerry 1-7

Sligo defeated Kerry by 2-10 to 1-7 in the GAA Football All-Ireland Junior Championship Final on Saturday in Pearse Stadium Galway.

Sligo claim historic Junior title

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Sligo’s Junior team made amends somewhat for the disappointing end to their Senior side’s season by claiming the GAA Football All-Ireland Junior Championship title after a 2-10 to 1-7 defeat of Kerry at Pearse Stadium on Saturday. Yeats’ manager and Galway native Kevin Walsh led his adopted county to its first success in the grade since 1935.

David Maye, who finished with 0-8 for Sligo, was the standout performer on the day, while early Kieran Finan and Ciaran McNamara goals helped the winners to a 2-4 to 1-3 half-time lead. Brendan Poff raised a green flag for the Kingdom in response. Kerry’s hopes of staging a comeback after the break were all but ended when they had three men sent off – Brendan Guiney, Michael Murphy and Colin O’Mahony.

Team News

The Kerry Junior team to play Sligo in The All Ireland Junior Final in Pearse stadium in Galway on Saturday next is as follows: 1. Séan Óg O’Ciarubháin, 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. Brendan Guiney, Listowel Emmets 8. Mike Coakley, Scartaglin 9. Don Murphy, Gneeveguilla 10. Michael Murphy, Gneeveguilla 11. Michael O’Donoghue, Spa (Capt) 12. Alan O’Sullivan, Tousist 13. Gary Sayers, Keel 14. Aodán MacGearailt, An Ghaeltacht 15. John Buckley, Currow

Substitutes are as follows:

16. Paul O’Sullivan, Churchill 17. Brendan Poff, St. Pats 18. Brian McGuire, Listowel Emmets 19. Tom McGoldrick, Brosna 20. Alan Fitzgerald, Castlegregory 21. Brian Gleeson, Spa 22. Francis Courtney, Beaufort 23. Colin O’Mahony, Ballydonoghue 24. Daniel Doyle, Churchill 25.Flor McAuliffe, Brosna

Trainer: Kerry O’Sullivan, Currow

Selectors: Tim Dennehy, Castlegregory and Pat Brosnan, Brosna